This semester we have looked at many pieces of writing, including “Okay”, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Antigone Now, “Civil Disobedience”, and “The Ones Who Walk Away”. We analysed all of these pieces looking for themes addressing responsibility and found that even though each is quite different the authors use very similar writing techniques. Multiple writings shared the writing techniques pathos, the individual versus a community, and family to convey responsibility in the texts. The most impactful literature is the ones that pull at our heartstrings. Provoking emotion in a reader sucks them into the story.
Flynn uses many little fragment stories to build up the whole story between himself and his father, and each of them serves as a puzzle piece to their relationship and their life, just as how Flynn himself get to know his father. Every section is a scene, or an image, which is what Didion emphasizes. Using as much sense as possible, Flynn gives special texture to the memoir, making every scene sensible and realistic to readers. When describing the homeless shelter, Flynn writes “inside the shelter the tension is inescapable – the walls exude cigarette smoke and anxiety. The air is thick, stale, dreamy, though barely masking the overpowering smell of stale sweat.” (30) When talking about the absence of fathers, Flynn builds many images of irresponsible fathers rather than talk about the idea: “Even if around, most disappear all day, to jobs their children only slightly understand.
With the identity of everyone being a mixture of intrepid experiences and lessons we often forget that our origins are the base of who we are. Concepts like this are reasons that when reading the memoirs The Glass Castle and The Distance Between Us two characters showed incredible similarities in their identities. The two characters that resonate together are the fathers of both authors Rex Walls, Jeannette’s father, and Reyna’s father, Papi. Rex and Pai are comparable in their neglect of their children and the effect they had on their children. Primarily Reyna and Jeannette’s fathers share a relatable relationship with their children.
‘’I felt so lonesome, all of the sudden. I almost wished I was dead,’’ a quote from the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger which relates to how some teens felt at one point in their life.The novel was published to attract adult readers and has become popular for its themes, motifs, and connections an individual has with the main character, Holden Caulfield.We tend to feel a connection to the struggles of Holden Caulfield as we put ourselves in his shoes and see life through his perspective. The book is still relevant due to Holden facing challenges such as loneliness and the inability to make a connection to make with a purpose thus the readers see themselves in Holden. Furthermore, the book also relates to teens with the
Throughout the books Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, and Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, both of the authors have been giving the readers a constant reminder about the topic of othering. Whether the topic of othering was clear or hidden in the words, both Conrad and Achebe stress the fact that humans tend to alienate when they are faced with something different. How the authors introduced this topic came in various different ways, including how certain people were characterized, how symbolism was used, and how the book’s structure was composed. Throughout the books, different people were eventually introduced, but they were usually looked upon differently by the people of whom the main characters are a part of. As in Things Fall
Students should learn about the value the novel provides from that time-period in which Mark Twain wrote, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain put the N word in the novel for a reason, to describe the time-period in which these events had occurred. Phillip Rawls writes, “‘It’s such a shame that one word should be a barrier between a marvelous reading experience and a lot of readers,’ Gribben said. Yet Twain was particular about his words.” The use of the N word has brought many situations upon readers when coming across it, Rawls describes the idea that there was reasoning behind Twain’s writing. Peter Salwen says, “The great black novelist Ralph Ellison noted how Twain
While looking back to Part VI in the book and reviewing the essays, I have learned a lot about the life experiences from different kinds of people and how their background influenced their life. The unique stories in this part were all really eye-opening and interesting to read, because you might not knew or noticed what was happening back in the days. People simply do not pay attention to the different lifestyle other individuals might have, they might be ignorant or they don’t understand their lifestyle including their life experiences. A great example is the essay from Mary Brave Bird’s and Richard Erdoes “Civilize Them With A Stick”. Here the author Mary Brave Bird is talking about how her family’s and her own life experience as a Native American was.
At least once in everyone’s life they experience adversity. Many of these experiences may feel impossible in the moment, but after reading two books based on true stories, I have discovered that most things are possible to overcome. This is very important because if you can’t overcome adversity in life, it is not going to go very well for you. At the moment you may not realize the importance or solution to overcoming the adversity, but eventually you’ll find a way. Adversity is found in the book “Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World.” Courageously, the characters in this book, that I read in my language arts class, encountered a situation in which their expedition ship got stuck in the significant amount of ice surrounding the Antarctic.
The short stories “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The guest” by Albert Camus, “The Dead” by James Joyce, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman are all very interesting. At first glance these stories seem like they have absolutely nothing in common. They’re from different time periods, written by different authors, and all take place in a different location. After much thought, the theme of identity has made itself very clear in all four works. Whether identity unclear to the reader or the main character, there is a sense of false identity present in all four stories.
Just by this I could tell he was strong and powerful. These people I met for a brief period of time but the brief people don't only make my story book. I could go on for days about my family and friends and how I got to know them with starting out with knowing nothing about them. Friendships and families are a story and evolve the same way everything else in my mind does. It starts off brief and I guess around about what things can be and then as I get to know the thing or person I identify with their stories and how the things that have impacted them have stuck in my head to impact me too.
Compare the two different writing styles in which Habeeb and Sinclair has presented to us through their stories. In each their work has their own approach to the reader contribute the understanding of that time living with the harsh environment and the Great Depression. In my own knowledge of understanding, I feel “The Lamp at Noon” has introduced the story and the environment with including the readers been as first person point view. Which has us readers somewhat attached, and involved in the saturation. The complexes motions and feelings are created alone with the “Wind” in the reader’s mind, also the very important lessons was taught at the same time.
By bringing in the reader and letting them witness the tension and conflict, Joyce attempts to do what most writers desire, let the reader feel as if they are actually there and included in that scene. Since the reader is so closely tied to the story and each minor detail, the reader realizes that the protagonist, Gabriel Conroy, shares something in common with the other characters seated at the table, as well as the reader themselves. “The thing we share is our death” (Foster 9). All of the characters in that room will eventually die and that is foreshadowed by the title of the book, however the characters in the novel are unaware of that. People also share similarities in the fact that everyone’s lives are different ranging from the major life changing events, to the tiny details at the surface that make up who you are.