In Joyce Carol Oates fictional short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” the majority of the story lies beneath the surface. More specifically than just the story, you realize that there is more to the character Arnold Friend than what may appear. The author has always remained silent and ambiguous about the real meaning of Arnold Friend’s true nature and she leaves room for the readers to make their own interpretation of him. Readers can analyze Arnold Friend and see him as the devil, he could just be the personification of popular music imagined by Connie in a dream, but Arnold Friend could also be the result of drug use. While “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” may seem like your average “coming of age” story at
The forced manhood results in an immediate loss of innocence. Considering innocence is usually associated with youth, his struggle with aging renders him feeling hopeless at times as if he has no one to turn to apart from Ultima, the curandera. For example, after Antonio witnesses the death of Lupito and runs home, Anaya states, “I felt dizzy, and very weary and six,. I ran the last of the way and slipped quietly into the house. I groped for the stair railing in the dark and felt a warm hand take mine.
Symbolic Blindness Sometimes insecurities cause people to judge others or criticize based on assumptions and not see things as they truly are. In the short story “Cathedral” the author Raymond Carver describes a narrator that is sarcastic and critical of his wife’s blind friend that is coming for a visit. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes opens up a whole new way of looking at things. The narrator is not very open to meeting his wife’s friend Robert because he has never known or be around anyone blind before. He states his “idea of blindness came from the movies”.
Freak the Mighty was written by Rodman Philbrick. It is about two opposite teenaged boys who become the greatest friends. The first one is the fast-growing giant, Max. Max thinks he doesn’t have a brain but that all changes when he meets Freak. Freak, also known as Kevin, is a boy as smart as Einstein himself.
Me Talk Pretty One Day is a nonfiction book written by author David Sedaris. The theme shows how life can have a range of emotions, but that doesn’t make the story any less interesting and worthwhile. Notably, Me Talk Pretty One Day is written like a memoir as David Sedaris recounts several stories from his childhood and even early adulthood. The stories cover a wide range of subjects, such as his childhood lisp that still presents itself as an adult, or his disastrous attempts at learning some semblance of basic French. However, he mentions how his stories seem devoid of interesting subjects in comparison to those of his boyfriend's, Hugh, who grew up in Africa, but he still shares his own life in hopes of entertaining another like Hugh entertained
This is true because two nights after the president’s murder Federal soldiers came looking for Mary’s son John Jr. As I mentioned earlier, John Jr. was a conspirator for Booth. At that moment, Powell arrived looking for a safe place to hide. Major H.W. Smith questioned Powell and Powell claimed he was there to dig a gutter for Mary. Major H.W Smith then asked Mary if she knew this man and she said,” Before God, sir, I do not know this man, and have never seen him, and I did not hire him to dig a gutter for me.” This is obviously a lie that Louis Powell and Mary Surratt told to Major H.W.
From the time he stabbed Kelley Farquhar and Mitzi Nalley and injured Ron Ross, to his final moments, Jonathan Wayne Nobles was not the same man. His Rehabilitation affected not only him, but everyone else around him. One could even consider Nobles a prime example of the power that rehabilitation has on someone. “If Jonathan Wayne Nobles were still around today, he could have taught us how to rehabilitate someone. Although, now we will never
Then, when they went to the camp, he starts to see all the things that 's happening. He starts to ask himself questions of why this is happening to him and that if there’s even a God that exist in this world. Lastly, his Father dies from the weather, and he couldn’t even cry because Elie was so empty inside. Also, he gets an infection and went straight to the hospital, but he notice when he looked himself that he wasn’t the same person anymore. There was nothing in his mind but remember what he looked like.
And ever since Kyle joined the wrestling team, it seems that Kyle and Scott don’t talk as much anymore. However, people who believe that Scott changed the most in the story are wrong. This is due to the fact that Scott still was very similar to the guy he was at the beginning of Sleeping Freshman Never Lie. Wesley Cobble is definitely the one who changed the most during the novel. Wesley Cobble was introduced into the book as a bully, and came out the complete
Connie was unable to see the men's true personality until they removed their glasses, which like Connie, a person who has multiple sides. They use similar expressions throughout the story, for example, “Christ” and the use of the word “dope” this further links the two characters personalities. At the end of the story, after Arthur stops Connie from calling the police, she willingly joins the two men. This shows Connie ignoring her superego- calling the police- to succumb to her id (8, 9). Connie once asks, “how come we never saw you before?” to which Arthur replies, “Sure you saw me before… You just don’t remember” these lines also illustrate the tendency for a person to repress their ultimate desires (5).