According to Lemony Snicket, “[You should] never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them” and writer Stephen King presumably would agree. In On Writing, pages one forty-seven through one fifty, King uses diction, critical and ardent tones and figurative language, to highlight the significance of reading and how it benefits a writer.
The culture in Northern America during the 1960’s and 1970’s was very controversial. There were several that were happy with it but several that were extremely unhappy with it. There were several causes for the protests that took place in the United States during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Allen Ginsberg was a prominent figure during the time of counterculture. Ginsberg lived from 1926-1997 and he was a very key individual in all these protests. His belief of keeping economic, social and political ideas very conformed to society was against everyone else’s. He believed that every individual should be able to be themselves and should not have to follow society’s norms. Another key event during the 1960s and 1970s was the anti Vietnam War protests.
McCandless, a compassionate young man who stole the hearts of everyone he met, possesses a thirst for adventure. Numerous individuals have misinterpreted McCandless as a reckless idiot who had squandered his life away; however, after deep scrutiny of Jon Krakauer’s work, McCandless is better characterized as a non conformed sensation seeker. Furthermore, McCandless could distinct with his virtuous actions he had perpetrated throughout his non conformed life. McCandless should be acknowledged for his non conformed lifestyle, adamant state of mind, and charismatic personality.
Life is fleeting and time moves quickly. In the blink of an eye, childhood becomes only a memory and the difficulties of the world become a factor of everyday life. E.B. White reflects on his earlier years in his personal essay “Once More to the Lake,” a detailed account of his childhood memories with his father at the lake. He carries on the father-son tradition by bringing his own son out to the lake, experiencing flashbacks to his youth. White lost his sense of self, as he began identifying himself as his son, feeling as though he was back at the lake with his father. This trip changed White’s outlook on life, for he finally realized that mortality was closer than he imagined. He was no longer young, and watching his son mature only made this notion more real. One day, he will be only a memory to his son, just like his father is to him. White uses a variety of rhetorical devices to convey the message to his audience that life moves quickly, not stopping for anything, including emotionally-charged diction, imagery, and personification.
“The Wild One” written by art historian Ellen Landau focuses on the psyche of post World War 2 American society and how Jackson’s Pollock’s influence was able to shatter the conventions of an “American hero”, simultaneously bringing about change to what is considered to be an acceptable approach to picture making. Landau’s article begins by asking the question “is he the greatest living painter in the United States?” , she lays this as the platform for her central argument, linking this argument by thoroughly evaluating Pollocks deep rooted personality traits which brought about his own unique style of art making.
Barry creates a tone of bitting humor."Maybe one time, years ago, these motorists happened to be driving in the left lane when their favorite song cam eon the radio, so they've driven over there ever since, in hopes that the radio will play the song again." He suggest
Throughout the novel, Krakauer uses strategies to demonstrate comparisons between himself and Christopher McCandless. These comparisons effectively show that Chris was sane enough to make his own decisions regarding Alaska. One of the reasons why Krakauer wrote this book was because he experienced a natural liking for McCandless. Ever since his initial encounter with McCandless’s story while working at the Outside magazine company, his affinity towards the young adventurer grew by leaps and bounds. This affinity came from the very similar experiences the two were involved in. In the author 's note from Jon Krakauer, he warns, “I interrupt McCandless 's story with fragments of my own youth. I do so in the hope that my experiences will throw
Lee Maracle’s “Charlie” goes through multiple shifts in mood over the course of the story. These mood are ones of hope and excitement as Charlie and his classmates escape the residential school to fear of the unknown and melancholy as Charlie sets off alone for home ending with despair and insidiousness when Charlie finally succumbs to the elements . Lee highlights these shifts in mood with the use of imagery and symbolism in her descriptions of nature.
The way Krakauer organizes Into the Wild helps support his argument towards Christopher McCandless and to the responses received by the article Krakauer had written earlier on McCandless and about his trip. Krakauer gives the readers background information for most of the book, along with excerpts from McCandless’s journal he seldom kept. McCandless’s journal entries include statements such as, “MOOSE!” on June 6th when he shot a moose instead of squirrels, and different types of birds which he had been eating since he got to the bus (Krakauer 166). McCandless’s last writing reads, “ I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all,” which he wrote on the back of a poem by Robinson Jeffers, "Wise Men in Their Bad Hours,"
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner has remained a fairly controversial and intriguing novel when it comes to analysis. It’s “stream of consciousness” style, extensive amount of narrators, and fragmented format leave much available for differing analysis. With the overwhelming amount of narrators comes several pivotal characters. In turn, investigating characterization becomes a popular form of analysis for this work. Many critiques develop connections to societal, religious, and biographical references while explicating the importance of setting and location to the plot; however, character analysis proved to have the greatest support and draw more deep, thought out analysis. Specifically, the sexual interpretation of the sometimes seemingly innocent Dewey Dell, and the self transformation of Cash are two viewpoints that have gained attention for this novel.
Gideon was convicted for burglary in the state of Florida for stealing money from the cash registry of a pool room. He was arrested and brought to the court where he requested for a court appointed attorney but the court declined his request and let him be his own attorney. He lost the trial and was sent to prison for 5 years.
In Ann Petry’s The Street, the urban setting is portrayed as harsh and unforgiving to most. Lutie Johnson, however, finds the setting agreeable and rises to challenges posed by the city in order to achieve her goals. Petry portrays this relationship through personification, extended metaphor, and imagery.
Life on the road is a commonly chosen path many individuals are pushed into taking as a result of the many overwhelming stresses in society, family, and life. These individuals find themselves jumping from job to job, settlement to settlement, to wandering the depths of nature’s wilderness and barely surviving on the little that they have. Living life on the road is a passage individuals take to find themselves, what they want to do in life, and find what the many meanings of life may be. A representation of an individual living life on the road can be found in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into The Wild. The book revolves around a college graduate named Chris McCandless who is plagued with the stresses of finding a career path that meets the criteria
“Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road.” (Into the Wild 179). 1992 Chris McCandless carved lyrics from his favorite Roger Miller song into a rusty abandoned bus on the Alaskan stampede trail. The Fairbanks city bus 142 was old, dirty, and isolated but it embodies McCandless and symbolizes a life lived free of society’s restrictions.
The early nineteenth century is well-known for originating a selection of authors known as the “lost generation”. One of these authors, Ernest Hemingway, is held in high regard today for his authentic stories. His novel, A Farewell to Arms, is an honest depiction of what war is like and is still being read to this day. Another author of the time, though not considered a member of the “lost generation”, is William Faulkner. Faulkner is remembered for his unique writing style, especially in his book, As I Lay Dying. The two authors are compared to each other when comparing and contrasting different writing styles. Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner’s differing treatment of their audiences through inventive usage of sentence structure, point of view, and varied word choice exemplify the stark differences between them.