When reading the text Fear, by Gary Soto, I can’t help but assume the author’s purpose or overarching theme was that our past or life experiences can affect how we act. In this stories case, a life without love, can cause terrible behavior. The plot of the story revolves around a boy that comes from a broken home, and due to such circumstances he bullies his peers. The story was a typical encounter a fifth grader would have with Frankie (boy from a broken home). The narrator says, “Some of us looked away because it was unfair.
Franklin leaves his home life because his life was being controlled by his school, and his parents. Franklyn did not let his rich parents make his life choices for him. Franklin Crabbe feels very strongly about his independency, and this is portrayed by running away into the wilderness. When he misses his final exam, his parents talk the school into letting him pass. This is an example as to how excessive his parents are about Crabbe following their dreams.
Soto uses literary elements, symbolism, and conflict to support the overarching theme: focusing on the small things like appearances can distract society from the bigger more important things. First and foremost, the literary element in “The Jacket” supports the overarching theme, focusing on the small things like appearances can distract humainity from the bigger more important things. In fact, the boy distracts himself with the small things like his jacket, therefore his life was filled with conflict and hard times. Soto explains, “I blame that jacket for those bad years. I blame my mother for her bad taste and cheap ways.
When Donny is performing poorly at school, the school contacts his parents to attend a conference to discuss Donny’s behavior. Tyler portrays irony with the character of Donny’s mother, Daisy, as Daisy herself is a former school teacher, so it is ironic that her child is failing at school as she should know better than other parents how best to help her child succeed academically. Daisy tells the principal that they are concerned about Donny, but that “he tells us he doesn’t have any homework or he did it all in study hall. How are we to know what to believe?” (3).
This displays the fear that the author had for his father. When reflecting over the poem, John J. Mckenna stated, “The author replaced the rather benign ‘kept’ with ‘beat’ thus making the situation more ominous, more negative” Roethke’s father worked manual labor and had a strong physique. This means that he might’ve been too rough with his son at times, but not intentionally to hurt him. That is one of the reasons Roethke feared his father slightly. Another change Roethke made to the poem was the gender of the child.
The main character has it implanted in his mind that he’s the talk of the school, of students, and teachers, and is tricking his emotions into making him feel bad because he knows the clothes he wears are bad. The author, Soto however, tries to explain that it is merely the boys thoughts of how much he hates the jacket that are messing with his mind. Soto says, “Although they didn’t say out loud, “Man, that’s ugly,” I heard the buzz-buzz of gossip, and even laughter that I knew was meant for me.” Soto is saying that the main character’s own thoughts are the main enemy that drives the main action in the story. Because of his thoughts, and his embarrassment, he becomes the reason his grades drop, the reason his friends abandon him.
Furthermore, Staples uses gloomy diction throughout the writing to create a sense of dread when approaching the subject of black men in public places. He uses terms such as “fearsomeness” and “frightening” in his anecdotes. By doing so, the reader can infer the tough experiences Staples had to endure even though he was an innocent man. The diction creates pity in a reader because it has strong negative connotations. Because the words are being connected to the author’s life, the audience is brought to imagine a “fearsome” and “frightening” world.
All through the book he discusses Covey with the utmost distaste, and yet, for a moment, he sympathizes with the man as if to find reason for his actions. Implying that all the deceiving Covey had done now, came back to him and that was why Frederick felt pity for the him. This could be seen as Coveys negative karma finding its way back. Throughout the passage the rhetorical and stylistic choices Frederick Douglass used convey a disgust towards a character who's actions set forth a series of events and the likemindedness he hopes to acquire from his audience.
It was all lies” (Gardner 54). It is obvious Grendel suffers the physical pain of being alone, and he gets addictive to hurting others due to his sadness. The more Grendel hears about people getting along he hates them and wants to fight them, because he can not have that. Grendel actions speak louder than his words when conveys his anger against the world. In the quote Grendel portrays this is what he does when he says, “It's all I have, my only weapon for smashing through these stiff coffin-walls of the world”
Using “blazoned” describes how other men would display their lesser side prominently and vividly, whereas in comparison Dr. Jekyll “hides them.” This shows us the vast difference between Dr.Jekyll 's opinion,a dn the opinions of the majority of man. “Morbid” projects Dr. Jekyll’s disturbing thoughts, degregrading himself. This gives the reader the impression that the darker side appears as a foul excess which Jeckyll wishes to completely get rid of. “Shame” furthers our understanding of this, as it tells us that he is ashamed of having a dark side.
In this story “The Jacket,” the boy need a new jacket. The boy’s mom finally gets enough money to buy him a jacket but it 's not the jacket he wants. When the boy came home from school he seen the jacket his mom gave and said “This jacket is so ugly im gonna cry”. As he puts the jacket on he rolls the sleeve up and walks downstairs as he’s ready for school.
The other Wes ' father abandoned him and is alive but not around. This is almost a more sad situation because Author Wes ' dad wasn 't there because he died and couldn 't be but the other Wes ' father chose not to be there. Any child needs their father and it effects Wes because now that he doesn 't feel wanted, rebels more, and has an older girlfriend. Author Wes moved to Nee York and is attending a private school but gets caught in the mix between the fancy rich white kids at school and his other friends in his neighborhood. He says, "I was becoming too ‘rich’ for the kids from the neighborhood and too ‘poor’ for the kids at school"(Moore 74).
Fear is a driving force for questionable antics. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the unfortunate boys demonstrate that fear can influence how one behaves. At first, when the idea of a beast is brought up by the boy with the birthmark, the others laugh at him. Later, the boys seriously consider the reality of a beast. Finally, Ralph and Piggy discuss how to come up with a cover for their grave actions.
This Boy’s Life Each person at some point in their lives experiences a tough situation that is overwhelming and difficult to handle. To help deal with the problem, one develops a coping mechanism to help with the stress or helplessness accompanied by the issue affecting him/her. Likewise, in This Boy’s Life, a memoir written by Tobias Wolff portrays a young boy who copes with his abnormal lifestyle by essentially running away every time he confronts an issue that he cannot handle.
The challenging years of early adolescence links childhood with adulthood in baffling ways that many youngsters wish to avoid. In The Secret Lion, written by Alberto Rios, symbolism is widely used to reveal the lessons that the narrator learns, along with his friend Sergio, as they try retaining childhood while stepping into the monotonous world of adulthood. Although the arroyo is a filthy river polluted by sewage, the rebellious boys consider it as their “Mississippi”. The narrator frequently refers to the arroyo as “... the one place we were not supposed to go”, portraying their rebellion side to readers as they go there anyway since it was the only place where they obtained freedom from the “changing” world.