In The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Rose Mary is the mother of the Walls children who often does not act as a true adult. Rose Mary’s attitudes and behaviours are childlike, and therefore her children must take on responsibility for the lack her own. Rose Mary ignores her obligations as a parent and chooses an irresponsible way of life which endangers her children. Rose Mary has never properly matured into adulthood due to her lack of financial stability, bliss ignorance and optimism, and her selfishness nature.
While reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the relationship between Rex and Rose Mary walls and their children became to be very intriguing. Specifically how they raised their kids without holding anything back, an idea reinforced by a famous Walt Disney quote This quote describes how “trying to shield” children ) from reality” wouldn’t “do them any favor.” This idea was enforced by multiple occasions from the book which include letting Jeannette cook by herself at the age of 3, even after getting serious burns from cooking, letting the kids do whatever they wanted as long as they “Used common sense”, and the incident where Rex let Jeannette go upstairs with a stranger because he knew she could defend herself.
In the short story " My favorite Chaperone" by Jean Davies Okimoto ,the main characters are the members of a Russian immigrant family adjusting to their life in America. We learn about them through the eyes and thougths of Maya, the teenager daughter trying to cope with the new life and culture , while having to maintain the old life and culture at home with her parents and her little brother Nurzhan, who is the only one who understands her.
Finding one passion could be tricky. Sometimes we confuse passion with skills, passion is something that you do and enjoy no matter how tired or even if it doesn’t make you a millionaire. Skills are something that you are good at but you don’t enjoy, one will continue on this path because we need to pay our bills. This doesn’t make it right or wrong but we should be happy with ourselves doing what we enjoy.
Claire Aguilar-Hwang Mrs. Veitch 2 2/15/18 Endless Possibilities Entering a rocket, risking life, exhilarating adventures waiting. Travelling to the moon, to the endless possibilities in outer space, just like what 37 year old Charlie Gordon feels in the science fiction short story “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. He has a surgery, risking his life. There are highs and lows waiting for him the minute the surgery is complete.
Forgiveness is the theme of the Glass Castle because although Jeannette Walls was neglected, betrayed, and even belittled by her parents she doesn’t hold any negative feelings towards them. She exemplifies the theme of forgiveness by never blaming her parents for neglecting them, when her mother and father both squander her money on themselves, or when her parents allowed Erma to treat them as horribly as she did. Jeannette knows who her parents are, accepts and forgives, to the point that she can have a Thanksgiving dinner with Lori, Brian, and Mom reminiscing about the days of past.
Anthony Doerr in All the Light We Cannot See adds an interesting character named Frederick who goes against what's normal and stands up for what's right. Frederick is unlike the other boys at Schulpforta because he does not care what people think of him. He does what he thinks is right and talks about what he wants to talk about even if the school doesn’t approve of it. This leads Frederick into a bad situation that turns the wrong way. Frederick also meets a friend at Schulpforta named Werner who knows what he is doing is wrong, but still does it because he is afraid of the consequences. Fredrick shows Werner what it means to stand up for what someone believes in by being out of the ordinary daily, protecting others even if they are enemies,
Blood may be thicker than water, but pride can be thicker than both blood and water. Pride can be life or death. Pride can be good or bad. In the story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst the narrator’s pride ruled over his actions and decisions. The narrator’s pride lead to the death of his little brother, Doodle.
Octavia Butler is well known for having a variety of unconventional themes within her novels and short stories. Butler is one of the first female writers in the feminist science fiction genre, as well as, one of the few African-American women writers in the science fiction genre itself. Her novel Kindred published in 1979, is prime example of the unique and distinct perspective Butler brings to the genre; it is a blend of a neo-slave narrative and feminist science fiction. This blend of themes demonstrates the purpose of feminist science fiction itself: to reconstruct ideas of gender, sex, history, and ideas of the female body. Kindred is also used as a mechanism to defy and reconstruct the science fiction genre by using a female as a main character, redefining dystopias in the science fiction genre, and challenging masculinity of science fiction.
For Annie Dillard there’s no area of knowledge without its accompanying urge of wonder; she has an appreciation of recognition and perfusion of the world, and as well a bonus for communicating disbelief. I believe she is very different to most people. When we look at the world around us we only see a portion of what is actually there, but on the other hand, she constantly absorbs every detail of the place and experience around her. But her unique skill lies in taking what she has seen, experienced and written about with fierce prose. In her book, :The Abundance,” Dillard writes about subjects in wide-range and diverse as solar eclipses, the family jokes, the bundle of energy that is the weasel, as well as essays on skin, and tsunamis.
One follower had stood out in particular for the Shining Path. Maritza Lecca Garrido seemed unlikely to be a high-ranking Sendero member, yet alone politically engaged. She was a middle-class citizen devoted to dancing and Catholicism. Reasons for her association with the Shining Path are unknown, possibly being personal. With her circumstance, she could have been trying to make sense of all the chaos occurring in Peru and wished to become useful to society despite her seemly frivolous occupation. The young woman owned a dance studio, making the perfect cover-up for Guzman to hide. The Shining Path became her new occupation and religion. Although despite Guzman’s ruthless beliefs, one must acknowledge how incredibly well-prepared he was. Antonio
In the excerpt “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is an example of modernism in literature. This experimental form of writing consists of a list of suggestions on how women should carry themselves to live a happy and fulfilling life. Kincaid takes common advice that’s daughters are constantly hearing from their mothers and tie them in a series of commands that she uses in this poem. This piece represents the transfer of knowledge through a family’s history, or words of wisdom from parent to child. Seeing the way that this story is written was puzzling to me at first. What I thought was interesting about the story as well is the format by which the author wrote the story using only semicolons to separate the sentences. There is not an introduction of the characters. It starts off with a conversation and it does not even sees to follow a flow.
One of the most famous works of literature was written near the end of the 8th Century BCE. This work of literature takes the reader through the long, harsh journey Odysseus had through to return home. During his journey, Odysseus goes through many challenges which includes escaping from the Sirens. While escaping from the Sirens, Odysseus told his men tied up on a sail of a boat, and not to untie him even if he begs, and his men had beeswax in their ear to block the Sirens and Odysseus voices. Since Odysseus was so intimidated by the Sirens causing his hubris to disappear. In the painting Ulysses and the Sirens, John William Waterhouse use the image of the sirens all in Ulysses and his men faces to show that no matter how intimidating a person feels about others bad intentions, people should just push through it and ignore it, while in her poem “Siren Song”’ Margaret Atwood uses the same scene to show how sometimes people make another person feel special for they can hoax someone into doing something.
Prison is considered an appalling place to be, but Bartleby thinks otherwise. “And to you, this should not be so vile a place. Nothing reproachful attaches to you by being here. And see, it is not so sad a place as one might think. Look, there is the sky, and here is the grass” (27).