In the essays, “Reading to Write” by Stephen King, “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, “Learning to Read” Malcolm X, and “Learning to Write” by Frederick Douglas have three things in common. In each essay Reading has contributed towards the authors life leading to benefit from learning to read, allowing them to leave a legacy behind. In each essay the authors has thought their self how unlike Frederick Douglass. For Stephen King, reading has done a lot for him. King stated, “Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones” (221).
Novels do tend to follow certain rules, and Middlesex is no exception. The crocus proves the infinite interpretations of symbols, and Eugenides creates them exactly how Foster says authors do. Sure, Foster’s book may be a bit boring, but it is nothing if not accurate, at least in this
In order to properly describe characters, authors most commonly use both physical traits and descriptions of personality. However, readers often leave their understanding of characters at the simple physical descriptions provided, “...his sunken haggard eyes,” being the only characteristic they attribute to the person whose story they are following (61). Despite the fact that physical traits do not directly affect personality, McCarthy did a brilliant job of relating the two. By using words such as sunken and haggard, the author brings to mind an entire way of life, one that involves little food and poor conditions.
Reading the first time, the reader would make no sense of those subtle secrets hidden in the pages. This is excellent writing, as it shows you put much more effort into your book. To add, without any foreshadowing, this book would more plain. There has to be something that a person can predict, no matter if it was wrong or right. Foreshadowing, is a major part of the book that readers, like me, can unequivocally enjoy.
Reading this book, he seems to want to tell the reader about how things happened accurately. With all that happened in this timeline he covers a great amount of information and relays that to the reader as well. It was written in a uniform way, Schafer is clear and consistently stays on topic. Not being much a reader, some of the information can get a little overwhelming at times if the reader does not focus and possibly has to reread some of the pages to stay on topic. However Schafer 's opinion does not seem to show throughout the book, but his passion for writing and history pour out on the pages.
Since I have never been a comic book fan it is hard to relate to the struggles that comic book fans go through. Wolk sheds light on comic books and how they are underappreciated in today’s society because they are not viewed as art. I have never seen comic books as a form of art but thanks to Wolk’s text I will defiantly be looking at them from a different point of view. I also am guilty of thinking that if a person were to read comics that they were a bit nerdy. Now I know that comic books are a lot deeper than I first believed thanks to Wolk’s writing.
Emotions are a key part of any book, most authors write books with the intent of eliciting a certain response or emotion. Sherwood Anderson is no different, every chapter in Winesburg, Ohio is written to provoke the reader to think about the obvious as well as the hidden ideas. Hands and Paper Pills both produce a similar feeling in the reader, this feeling is sympathy. The two characters Wing Biddlebaum and Doctor Reefy experience hardship in their life although this hardship is one the reader may not have experienced; it is difficult not to feel some sympathy for the two characters. While most readers will feel sympathy for both character which character they feel more sympathy towards may differ.
When I first read the story, it was very slow. The way it started in the first chapter did not really catch my attention, and it is also because I am not into war stories. Usually when I read books, it would immediately catch my attention, in which this book has not. Another key factor that I did not like about this book is that there should be more fighting scenes, or more experiences. A good fight scene between the soldiers and the Vietnam people would have catched all of our attention, because everyone likes a good fighting description.
A hallmark of Hemingway's writing style is his minimal use of adverbs. He uses simple short sentences that are very easy to figure out and this sets him apart from other literary legends. Is this a good or a bad thing? William Faulkner once stated that Hemingway, “... has no courage, has never crawled out on a limb. He has never been known to use a word that might cause the reader to check with a dictionary to see if it is properly used” (Faulkner).
During the time that I read 1984 I made a promise with the writer to be attentive and to comprehend all the information. My first meeting with the writer was slightly dull in all honesty. But, as I spent more time with the book and the writer it started becoming more interesting and engaging. Of course, there were times where the book bored me. For example, the excerpts from Emmanuel Goldstein’s book was slightly tedious to read.
Davis 's way of writing The Return of Martin Guerre is very easy to read. Davis says in On the Lame, a response to critic Robert Finlay 's review of the book, that she wanted it to read like a mystery novel for all readers. Davis backs up what shes says with historical facts and does ask questions on chronological events. Such as when the real Martin leaves, Davis states that it would be interesting if Martin went to his ancestral home or not after stealing from his father to escape. Davis does not spend a lot of time on the topic, but spends enough to make it interesting and remind the reader that these were real thinking people all those centuries ago. The first half of the book is great for general readers who like history, but do not want all the deep details.
Although I could not relate because of my lack of note-taking skills, the article did teach me a few things. The article helped me see that reading a book is more of a conversation with the author and myself. I believe Alder delivers an unyielding response and has a large number of the answers for the disagreement against marking in books. Alder does not say in his article that his view is the correct tactic but is rather only presenting a proposition of one way that he has attempted and experimented with and has discovered it to be an effective way. I believe this article could be read by anybody interested in increasing their learning experience and what they take out of their readings.
The entire assignment was basically creating a presentation on a genre we found on our own to show our understanding of the concept. At the beginning of this class I thought that all of the writing assignments were going to be extremely hard, but after this assignment I realized that these assignments really aren’t going to be too difficult. I think this is due to the Writing as a Process SLO and that fact that it really helps break things into easy understandable parts that flow into one another. I’m glad this was the first assignment because it helped me get a good foothold of what this class is going to be without being too