In the poems “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur and “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins, both poets portray how different explanations to children pan out. Both poems describe the speaker being dishonest to one or multiple students, however, one is more of a little white lie while the other is a lie on a much bigger scale. The first poem utilizes personification and humor to coax a child back to sleep by easing her fears. The second poem applies homonyms and hyperbole to maintain the innocence of a room full of students. Through the use of these different literary techniques, the poets are able to express how the adults provide an explanation for children.
As adolescent girls grow up they start to lose their inner kid that was once inside them. The said to be nature and source of the problem with adolescent girls are the fairy tales that are read to those girls at a young age. “Fairy tales capture the essence of this phenomenon,” (Pipher 12). These fairy tales show adolescent girls that if you go through a life threatening situation your prince charming will come to save you. It also teaches girls that through all of this they transform into “passive and docile creatures” (14-15).
All of the people before the girl were just trying to get a bargain on the bird not even thinking about it’s happiness or well-being. The sick girl could have just kept the swallow for her own amusement, but instead let it be free to make it happy. This theme is portrayed by several characters in the story. One way the author conveys this message through the bird by implying that nobody understood how the bird felt because they weren't in its situation. The only one to understand the bird was the girl, because she knew what it was like being stuck.
In the book To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper lee, Aunt Alexandria visits the finch’s house for a while. In her visit Aunt Alexandra feels like Atticus isn’t racing his children properly and because of this Aunt Alexandria pursues Scout to be more lady like since she’s a girl even though scout disagrees. “I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could possibly do nothing in a dress, she said I shouldn’t be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandria’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets and wearing Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore I should be a ray of sunshine in my fathers lonely life.”pg,Lee This shows that Scout doesn’t want to be a stereotypical girl, but Aunt Alexandria is pursuing her to be more lady-like just because of her gender . To this day people still stereotype females.
The poem “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins has a greater lie than “The Death of Santa Claus”, in its intention to save the innocence of students. It is necessary to tell the truth when the lie is destroying students future and breeding ignorance. To begin, in this poem the history teacher is trying to protect the innocence of his students by simplifying most historic allusions to make them sound friendly and less important. For example Collins writes, “The Spanish Inquisition was nothing more than an outbreak of questions...” (Collins 7-8). This is a lie because the Spanish Inquisition was not a period of questions but a period of religious intolerance and brutality.
In his article, “Banned Book Awareness: To Kill A Mockingbird” (2012), Wolf Baldassarro explains the argument of people who are opposed to the alleged “Racist” book To Kill A Mockingbird. Baldassarro supports this explanation by showing the claims made by numerous schools wanting a release of the book from required curriculum. Baldassarro purpose is to help those who don’t support the book in order to prepare students for the real world which is what education is supposed to do right? Wolf Baldassarro uses a sarcastic tone with his young and non supportive audience. This source is useful by means of kindly explaining how people find the book inappropriate.
In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Atticus allows Scout to be herself because Atticus realises that at this age, Scout becomes more of a tomboy. Despite other ladies picking on Scout to be more “ladylike”, Scout simply ignores their requests. Although Atticus listens to Aunt Alexandra’s nagging of making Scout more “ladylike” and getting her to “wear a dress”, Atticus does not do anything about it to solve it. Atticus does not care about how Scout looks. So, if Scout is concerned about wearing a dress, Atticus will not bother about it because it is up to her whether she wants to wear a dress or not.
Told through the point of view of the character Daisy, Tyler uses irony to tell the story of a teenage boy who is failed by the adults in his life who are supposed to help him flourish, including his parents, a psychologist, and his tutor. When Donny is performing poorly at school, the school contacts his parents to attend a conference to discuss Donny’s behavior. Tyler portrays irony with the character of Donny’s mother, Daisy, as Daisy herself is a former school teacher, so it is ironic that her child is failing at school as she should know better than other parents how best to help her child succeed academically. Daisy tells the principal that they are concerned about Donny, but that “he tells us he doesn’t have any homework or he did it all in study hall. How are we to know what to believe?” (3).
When one is able to understand the truth, they gain knowledge and learn to treat everyone fairly. With the usage of various literary devices, Lee explains that in a society, prejudice fuels ignorance and ignorance in turn results in prejudice forming a vicious cycle. One can break this cycle by understanding the truth, which can be achieved sometimes by stepping into others shoes and understanding their perspective. Martin Luther King Jr. said, being ill informed is dangerous. Ignorance must not be valued, because it causes people to perceive things
When her house starts to smell fowl, they try to tame the stench without her knowing because they do not want to confront her about it. Also, the townspeople never come into her house nor force her to pay her taxes. These are all ways in which they are showing Miss Emily respect. After Miss Emily dies, the people gift her a rose as a gratitude of respect towards her life. This is also when they come across the gray strand of hair which lay on the pillow next to the corpse of Homer