When forced into a situation, some people crush under the pressure, but others prevail through it. This is proven in the story The Rights to the Streets of Memphis when a boy, the narrator, overcomes his fear. In the beginning of the short story, the narrator’s family is not able to provide food to put on the table. When the mother finally gets a job, she sends the narrator to the store to get food where he is attacked by a gang of boys. After being attacked multiple times, the narrator’s mother sends him back again, but this time he fights back against the boys. In the short story through indirect characterization, the narrator is developed as a complex character because he changes from cowardly to courageous.
"I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy." (Giovanni). Nikki Giovanni was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni on June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee (“Nikki”). Nikki Giovanni, professor at Virginia Tech and writer, was involved in a tragic event in 2007. Giovanni helped Virginia Tech move forward from the massacre that took place at the college. Nikki Giovanni has impacted our world through her poems, speeches, and books.
Girl Stolen by April Henry is about a girl named Cheyenne Wilder, that was sleeping in the car. After a minutes before Cheyenne realized that the car is being stolen along with her. Griffin only wanted the car, not Cheyenne. But when Griffin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne is from a wealthy family and her parents will do anything to get her back. Then everything changes. Now there was a reason to keep Cheyenne with them. But the biggest problem was that Cheyenne was blind.
In the play “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” and the poem, “Making Sarah Cry” they both have similarities and differences. In both text and poem they share the theme of courage. For instance in “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” they go to a “white only” restaurant and could have got arrested. In “Making Sarah Cry” Sarah stands up for someone who made fun of her. Although the theme is the same the characters act very different. In “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” the kids are upset society.
Here is what happens that shows this theme. Willow Chance a twelve year old girl had to overcome the sudden loss of both her parents, she had a hard time dealing, but with the help of Mai, Pattie, Dell Duke, and even Quang-Ha she was able to persevere. Mai and Quang-Ha had lived in a garage for several years because they never had enough money to live in a real home, despite that they made the best of it. Willow Chance persevered when her teachers thought she had cheated on a test she got a perfect score despite the fact that she knew she didn’t cheat. This theme is shown in real life when friends help someone cope with the death of a loved one and you persevere and go back to living your life normally. Rising up when things get hard against all odds is the greatest thing someone can
When I was 14 I had to move to San Clemente, California. I had already recently moved temporarily to Texas while a house was made ready for us on the military base. “The house is ready!” my mother had said excitedly, after being on the phone for a few minutes. “It’s time to go back?” I had asked. She had said yes then left the room. I then had to move from Texas back to California with my mom, sister, brother, and pets. Once we arrived it was quite an adjustment, I gained an injury, a new academic program, and added responsibilities at home. I guess it didn’t have to be so hard, the move, but it was quite a difficult experience.
Julia Alvarez, in her poem “’Poetry Makes Nothing Happen’?”, writes that poems do play a role in people’s lives. She supports her idea by using relateable examples of how poems might change someone’s life. Her first example is simple, poetry can entertain someone on long drives. This does not only aply to long dirves however, Alvarez uses this to show that poetry does not have to have a big influence on someone’s life, instead it can affect a person in the smallest of ways, such as entertainment. The second example describes poetry comforting someone after the loss of a loved one. This is an important role of poetry because everyone loses something precious to them at some point in their life. Her next example talks of a person who can receive
‘The book thief had struck for the first time, it is the beginning of an illustrious career’. Liesel’s book stealing in my mind does not qualify as criminality. But the failure/inability to apologize for stealing items, this is the greatest crime. Markus Zusak attends to show us the humanity in everyone, he does this by elaborating on words and sentences creating the theme criminality. Markus successfully uncovers the theme criminality creating a profound effect on the reader while also linking to modern day society.
The setting of “The Story of an Hour” is Mrs. Mallard’s home and for the most part, it is her room where she locks herself after hearing the news of her husband’s death. Louise’s locking herself in her room after finding out about her husband’s accident seems to be a symbol of confinement or the feeling of being caged. However, the setting of “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” directs the reader towards a dream world of Aunt Jennifer, one where the Tigers on the tapestry represent the freedom and independence women want to have. So, while the setting of one is a closed and confined space representing the protagonist’s feelings before realizing her newfound freedom, and the setting of the other is open and unrestricted representing the protagonist’s dreams, both settings convey the same message of male domination in the lives of the main
She begins the poem by using words to describe the grandma’s house, all of which revolve around a country lifestyle. For example, she illustrates sitting on a porch swing, while watching the sun, “pushing its pink spikes through the slant of cornstalks” (Lines 3-7). This setting clearly places the two characters in the South, which has a connotation of having traditional customs and ideals. Just like how the mention of religion had an effect on the audience, this triggers the reader to already associate the grandmother with old-fashioned values, which sets up the theme later on in the poem. Parker brings up the opposing new values that the narrator has by depicting the her difficulty accepting her college environment. She mentions that how this struggle is affecting her by saying, “...the nights I cried into the familiar heartsick panels of the quilt she made me” (lines 25-26). This statement begins the narrator’s illustration of college by showing that it has been hard adjusting to a lifestyle that is completely different from everything she is previously familiar with. She continues to talk about her struggles by mentioning, “...how my stomach burned acidic holes at the thought of speaking in class, speaking in an accent, speaking out of turn, how I was tearing, splitting myself apart with the slow-simmering guilt of being happy despite
The Help (2011) directed by Tate Taylor, is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about Southern women in the 1960s. It's the story of the help: the black maids of Jackson, Mississippi, and the relationship with their white employers. The central theme of the film is courage, and how the characters embrace courage to overcome obstacles and fight for social justice. Whether it is their ability to deviate from in-group norms, or overcome fear, courage is essential throughout the characters' journeys. In this essay, I will analyse the situations endured by the characters, and how they respond to these situations with courage.
Discrimination has plagued the world since the beginning of time and continues to happen today. People can be discriminated against simply for looking different or following different customs. It has been implemented by governments throughout history, but it has also been practiced individually. “In Response to Executive Order 9066” and “Legal alien” are two poems that discuss the topic of discrimination.
Many times, people tend to judge things by their exterior appearance. Of course, it is only natural for one’s attention to be caught by something or someone aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. However, just because the superficiality of an object or entity is eye-catching, it does not always mean the content or value is of the same measure. For that reason, the phrase “never judge a book by its cover,” fits perfectly well regarding this subject matter. Because the outer presentation is appealing, one assumes that whatever lies within is just as appealing. Relatively, an individual is also apt to judge another individual by their physical features and attire, and presume their substance to be of equivalence. Thankfully, Margaret Atwood’s “Siren
At only age 16, Holden Caulfield struggles with basic day-to-day interactions and obstacles. When he comes across people, he is very selective over whom he lets in and how much he opens up. In “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Holden displays that he is a sensitive subject to work with on many different occasions. When dealing with family, it’s a touchy subject with which he does not like discussing a ton. When thinking about his siblings, Holden starts to reveal himself as a semi-sensitive guy. Regarding his friends, they are hit or miss with each one. Although he has been to many schools, he never seems to have friends that really stick with him. He has a few friends that throughout the novel he knows he can call up, but other than
In John Updike’s “A&P” and Joyce Oates’s “Where are you going, where have you been” there are multiple intriguing similarities and differences between both protagonists. Both stories involve an adolescent 's main character who goes through a type of struggle, however, the severity of their struggles differ greatly. “A&P” includes a young man named Sammy who loses his job grows an attachment to a small group of girls that are regular customers at the shop he works at. The situation in “Where are you going, where have you been?” is much more grim for the protagonist, a young teenage girl, Connie. She is put into a set of circumstances that put her life in danger. As Connie is home alone, a car pulls up into here driveway. She hardly recognizes