“On Turning Ten” consists of many forms of poetic devices and figurative language, such as hyperboles, metaphors, euphony, cacophony, and mood to present the more bitter aspects of the bittersweet experience of growing up. The entire poem uses hyperbolic language to stress the sadness of the speaker. Collins uses a plethora of metaphors that show the juxtaposition of his childlike wonder he held when he was younger, versus the cold, bitter outlook he holds in present day. The writer uses a contrast of euphony and cacophony throughout the poem to highlight the change in the speaker’s life. All of these devices create various deep moods of despondent nostalgia for the reader.
The novel, Something Wicked, by Alan Gratz takes place on Birnam Mountain near Knoxville, Tennessee. The author, Alan Gratz, actually grew up in Knoxville Tennessee. During this time, there is a Scottish Highland Fair going on along with the Highland Games. The characters are linked to the setting because they all have Scottish backgrounds. The setting of the story influences the events in the novel with its historic background.
In the novel, Love Medicine, the reader gets to read about what it’s like to live a life as an Ojibwe Indian. The reader follows a family through the struggles of their everyday lives and witnesses how the individual characters develop through this story. Louise Erdrich created a character that’s development during these 60 years stood out significantly, Lipsha Morrissey. Lipsha’s character develops from a shy, anxious young man he was in the beginning into a more strong and confident man to wards the end. He does so by learning the true meaning of family and by discovering his own self worth in the process.
In his short story collection We Live in Water, Jess Walter echoes the theme that people are products of their environment, despite any effort to escape the adversities that hold them back. This theme clearly appears in the opening story, “Anything Helps,” where a widowed and homeless man, Bit, tries to recover from the death of his wife by making amends with his estranged son. This devastating yet heartwarming story shows how one man goes to great lengths in an attempt to change his life. Walter also exposes the theme in the most prominent piece of the collection. The story “We Live in Water” provides a flashback and flash-forward structure by following Oren Dessens, a man who cheats on his wife and has conflict with the worst man in town and describing the journey of Michael, a lawyer returning to his hometown expecting to find his absent father, but instead, ends up learning more about himself
A trip home through neighborhood pools ends up being a journey through many years of Neddy Merrill’s life. He learns that the passing of time is unavoidable, whether or not it is ignored. At the beginning of the story, the storyteller lets us know that Neddy is “far from young,’ yet he does his best to act youthful by sliding down a banister and plunging into a pool. (726)
Not knowing anything about the history of railroads, can give one mixed feelings about diving into a reading like this. How is one going to feel, is one going to enjoy it, are some of the many questions that float around in the mind of the reader. The answers to these questions solely depend on the author and what they do to utilize their skills to try and convince or create feelings between the reading and reader. “Railroaded” by Richard White, was a book that was found to be very interesting and really opens eyes to see different views and perspectives on railroads. One can see the advancement of the nation, as only a positive in allowing us to move in a forward direction to better one’s life and future. They “tied together” the nation, in
In the words of Steve Lopez, “You're only as good or bad as your latest attempt to make some connection with the world.” The novel, The Soloist, by Steve Lopez is an insight to Lopez’s time helping and connecting with Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless schizophrenic. When Lopez meets Nathaniel he is awed by his musical talent and soon discovers he once attended Julliard, a prestigious school of performing arts. Lopez’s story was transformed into a film produced in 2008. Lopez’s character in the book and film share similarities and differences in his personal life, attitude towards Nathaniel, and struggles that contribute to the overall theme of the novel.
Imagine being a 17 year old African American kid always being judged just because of his skin color. Everywhere you go you feel like all eyes are on you, especially when you go to a school that only has eight black kids. That's exactly how Justyce McAllister felt in Dear Martin by Nic Stone. In the book, the main character Justyce goes through a lot of conflict involving his skin color. Even though he has a full scholarship at Braselton Preparatory Academy, and is a very smart student, he still gets judged. One important message that came from this book was don’t judge someone just because of their skin color.
The novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published the 10th of may 1925, revolves around the main character Jay Gatsby as well as Nick Caraway. All of Nick’s supposed friends are very self-centered and greedy. I believe that the characters in the novel personify greed.
In some plays the experience of an important character changes him or her; this can be said about Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. A perfect example of a changed character from this play is Walter Lee Younger. Through the trials and tribulations that him and his family are made to face he becomes a better man.
By nature, shorter poems are more densely packed with cues and devices because authors cannot express their intended message over the sweeping length of a poem but rather they must be more concise and creative. A poet may write a shorter poem to juxtapose a simple surface message to a more meaningful deeper message. Thus, complexity and artistic value are unrelated to length, but rather, they are developed through masterful writing. “Good Times” by Lucille Clifton embodies the double-edged sword of complex storytelling within a short poem, as she identifies the speaker 's occasional good memories to develop an image of the speaker’s typical abject life. The short poem is crafted with patterns of repetition, for there are so few lines to fit meaningful insight into. In Lucille Clifton’s short poem, “Good Times” she uses repetition for emphasis and uniformity. In her use of repetition and anaphora, Clifton gives the seventeen line poem a lengthier, list-like feel and emphasizes the emotional impact of memories on the speaker, revealing a deeper, more complex aspect to the short, simple poem.
In “The Great Santa Barbara Oil Disaster, or: A Diary” by Conyus, he write of his interactions and thoughts that he has while cleaning the horrible and momentous oil spill that occurred in Santa Barbara in 1969. In this, there is a stanza that he writes that appeals to the entirety of the poem, the one that begins on page three with “Day six” and ends with “again & again.”; this stanza uses tone and imagery which allow for the reader to grasp the fundamental core of this experience and how Conyus is trying to illustrate the effects of such a disaster on a human psyche.
The seven deadly sins have a major contribution to the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Abigail Williams is a girl who started blaming witchcraft on innocent people, and had the court fooled so they would not think she was lying. John Proctor is the man who had an affair with Abby, and he was also the one who tried to stop the witchcraft trials by saying they were fake. Mr. Putnam is a man who likes to get his way, and always wants more land. These three characters, who are driven by their sins, cause problems in the story. The first sin is lust, which is defined as a very strong desire for something. The second sin is wrath, which is defined as extreme anger. And the third sin is greed, defined as a strong and selfish desire for something. It can be for wealth, power or food. Abigail Williams, John Proctor and Mr. Putnam committed three of the seven sins, lust, wrath, and greed, which lead to some of the unfortunate events in The Crucible.
She is unable to find consolation in her usual happy vacation spot following the death of her parents but perseveres past her previous exclamation to stop acting brave. The Cape in June would normally be a happy, carefree vacation, but when she travels there after her father’s funeral she does not find the normal joy of the gentle wind, the warm sunshine, and the welcoming sea: “We drive to the Cape. I cultivate / myself where the sun gutters from the sky, / where the sea swings in like an iron gate / … In another country people die” (5-8). The speaker uses paradoxical imagery to show her inner contradictions between a place that she feels is usually happy, and her current state filled with sadness. The gutter she describes that is holding onto the sun in the sky represents the warmth being held away from her, especially in this relaxed place. Even the waves approaching the shore are not gentle, and are in fact in her mind like an iron gate keeping her from the closeness of her loved ones. The speaker tries to rationalize her overwhelming feelings of grief, aware that this tragedy happens everywhere and the hardship that results is normal. After examining her surroundings, the speaker addresses death itself exclaiming, “My darling, the wind falls in like stones / from the whitehearted water” (9-10). After being touched by death,