The word sad in the poem has two purposes. One purpose is to leave open the man’s feelings so others can interpret his feelings and by using the word sad it helps the reader understand the mood of the poem. The son calls his father baba as if he sees his dad being some sort of entertainment, that is also why he is asking for a story. The word baba is also childlike to add to the childlike tone of the poem.
The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” written by Theodore Roethke uses vague and ambiguous language about the relationship he and his father share. The unique circumstances of each family are never easy to understand. Father’s helps build a solid foundation in their sons lives by their presence, their absence, their criticism, their encouragement, and ultimately, the lessons passed along from one generation to the next. The tone of the poem gave me the impression that Roethke loved his hard working, rough housing, playful father.
Blues of hopes engages mainly with James Baldwin’s short story Sonny's Blues. In Sonny's Blues, the author depicts essentially two characters, two brothers: the first one who gets lost in his illusion of relative social success and the other, who is trying to find his way outside the box. Like Sonny's Blues, Blues of Hope tries to engage the reader in the risky attempt the find, not only another way, but also a better way outside our common social life, our traditional perception of life and our social success standard. Blues of Hope might be considered, firstly, as a monologue reflecting the state of mind of a suffering person, like sonny's brother who is in a personal quest for salvation. A real intimate monologue, whose beginning has the
Paul and Luke’s belonging to self is examined throughout both the texts. Paul’s belonging is most clearly seen through his connection to music as it is what he identifies himself with. As Paul ponders the different styles of his parents he realizes that he is their “mulatto”, a musical metaphor for a combination of different parts. Paul’s struggle to belong to self is conveyed through Keller who uses symbolism to describe Paul’s arrogance in his musical ability “The thumb… is too strong. A rooster.
One method Thomas uses in writing his poem is repetition of several powerful lines. The most powerful lines is, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The repetition of this line shows how Thomas feels about his father and how much he needs him to stay. Another line that is repeated is, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” This line is obviously the title of the poem and stresses an encouraging message to his father.
Therefore, he saw many slaves and the way they were treated. One day, Levi’s father talked to one of the slaves. Later, the slave was punished by his master and whipped for talking to Levi’s father. Levi never forgot this, for he was with his father and experienced it with his own eyes. The family became part of the Underground Railroad and their house was called the “Grand Central Station” because no slave was ever captured or returned from there house.
Frederick Douglass went into slavery the first moment, he was born. When born into slavery, the person endured hardship and poverty. Frederick Douglass had to live his life under the control of a white man and was not able to do anything except work all day long. The only thing a slave was able to do was on the orders of the master: “Suddenly he woke to the terrible shrieks of his aunt Hester. Old Master was whipping Hester for spending time with her boyfriend” (12).
Troy 's hatred of his father acts as a catalyst for many moments in Troy 's life, in negative and positive ways alike. Unlike most fathers, Troy 's father didn 't leave him with a material possession such as a house but instead left him with emotional baggage that crippled the earlier and later parts of Troy 's life. From the beginning, Troy 's father was abusive to his mother and all of his siblings. Troy and his family worked hard on their father 's farm and endured his bitterness towards being a sharecropper. Troy states that his father was greedy and would put his own personal needs above the needs of the family.
The story begins the setting forth that Tom is an honest and religious man. Uncle’s Tom Cabin is based around Tom’s story in which he is an African-American slave. He suffers tremendous amount of pain throughout his life but what amazes me the most is that he never lost his faith to God. He and his family are good, honest people that try to work hard to please their owners. Along the story, Tom will encounter several obstacles that will test his faith and the results will leave every reader breathless.
He shows a clear love for his family by his struggle to take care of them. “And so at a very early age when he was striving desperately to build a barn through sharecropping, Okonkwo was also fending for his father’s house” (Achebe 22). This quote shows that Okonkwo cared enough for his family, that he worked hard as a youth to fend for them, even with his resentment towards his father. Achebe writes very clearly how angry it makes Okonkwo that he has to support his father’s idle lifestyle, and how he overcomes it with his sympathy for his mother and sisters. Okonkwo is also sympathetic by the way he treats Ikemefuna, a stranger to his village, who Okonkwo grows fond of secretly.
If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die” (54). The words of Ishmael 's father help galvanize Beah to continue on his journey although it is harsh and unbearable. Beah is struggling with depression and isolation, but the words of his father give him a sense of hope and light at the end of the tunnel that he will survive. The war was harsh, and the cruel and unjust treatment of the soldiers causes Ishmael Beah to live his childhood in fear and discomfort. He exclaims that “we were always either at the front lines, watching a war movie, or doing drugs.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain is a tale of a young man growing up in the time of slavery and his struggles with the society in which he lives. Twain helps the reader see the development of Huck’s conscience . From the very beginning of the tale Huck is at conflict with how he is being told to dress and behave to what feels right to him. Through his relationship with Ms. Watson, Pap, Jim, the con men and robbers and Tom you can tell Huck is conflicted with the morals of the white society on the Mississippi River.
Douglass gives us a critique of slavery by describing the mistreatments of slavery he was forced to endure. Throughout the book Douglass describes the physical abuse he endured while a slave but to more accurately capture the atmosphere of slavery he explained the mental abuse he sustained as well. At a certain point in the narrative he talks about how he was eventually allowed to work at a ship yard as a caulker. While he worked there he received a weekly wage but at the end of the week he was obligated to give all of his earnings to his master. This ritual was accompanied with the idea that if a slave is deprived of his earnings he will not desire them at all but sometimes Douglass’ owner would give him some money to encourage him to keep working but instead, “[I]t had the opposite effect.
His accounts are real: his claims are backed with real life accounts, anecdotes as well as statistics suggesting the lopsided difference in living standard and income between an average black and an average white. He has experienced the “struggle” of what it was like living in the States as a black. The “struggle” that his son will undeniably experience and go through. Therefore, Coates’s concerns are simply rationalized as a father he is for the son that he has. He refuses to hide behind the naïve optimism and instead faces the painful reality to live this life of struggle.
During World War Two, the firebombing of Dresden, Germany, lasted two days, and killed 135,000 people. Billy Pilgrim survives this tragedy, and lives to tell the tale. In the novel Slaughter-house Five, Kurt Vonnegut utilizes the worst firebombing in war history to illustrate how violence can take a dramatic toll on someone that is irreversible and life-changing, often to the point of mental illness. Vonnegut writes that it is “a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet tralfamadore.”