The attitude of Lena about the system changed a lot since she started seeing Alex. In the beginning she was clearly a follower of the governments system because in the book the author describes how Lena could not wait for the cure and be finally safe. But as soon as she became close to Alex she got infected and started to do illegal things. Before she met him she would never have gone into the wild and do illegal things like passing the fence and going to the wilds or even lie to her aunt just so that she is able to see her boyfriend. In the end she even fled out of her society in the wilds, she sacrificed her own safety to be with the person she fell in love with and stand up against the government. There are several reasons for her breakout, the day she saw the crypts Lena found out her mother was still alive which means that her aunt and her uncle lied to her the whole time about the death of her mother so she
Robert Alexander’s The Kitchen Boy is a work of historical fiction that captures the execution of the infamous Romanov family during the Russian Revolution through their kitchen boy, Leonka. In the beginning, the reader finds out the narrator claims to be the Romanov’s kitchen boy, who is now very old, and is recording the story of his personal encounters with the Romanov family for his granddaughter, Katya. We also learn that he is now living in Oak Forest, Illinois and his real name is Mikhail Semyonov, also known as Misha. Misha, the main character, shows the reader the daily activities and interactions of Tsar Nicholas and Alexandra, along with their entire family --- four girls and a young boy. At the end of the novel, the reader finds
The introduction to Irene Gut Opdyke’s experiences before and during World War II left me speechless. It seems impossible to me that she experienced so much pain and suffering in a few short years. The observations, emotions, and reactions to Irene’s marvelous writing in part one of In My Hands have already begun to change how I view kindness and sacrifice.
In The Complete Maus, Art Spiegelman uses his style of illustration to convey the theme of power in his graphic novel. In 1980, cartoonist Art Spiegelman wrote the first volume of Maus. Before Art’s work came into prominence, comics had not been truly acknowledged as art. His work would practically evolve graphic novels into a recognized form of literature. Art Spiegelman was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948 to Vladek and Anja Spiegelman, but his family immigrated to Rego Park in Queens, New York three years later. His father, Vladek, was a wealthy textile salesperson and manufacturer in Poland. Both of his parents survived confinement to the Jewish ghettos and imprisonment in the Auschwitz Nazi Concentration camp in Poland. His mother, Anja,
In Art Spiegelman's Maus I and Maus II -- a graphic novel biography of his father -- he depicts Vladek in a manner that both supports as well as challenges Horace's belief that adversity brings out hidden talents that would have otherwise lain dormant. While adversity helps him grow as a person, it later goes on to hurt him in the end.
From the outside, many students live consists of all happy moments. Some people hide their stories deep down within themselves to bury the problems they want to hide. In my senior year of high school, I remember seeing this one sophomore girl that was super cute, energetic and playful at my senior barbeque. Her smile was filled with love, but I could see that her eyes told a different story. A few weeks later, I found out that she was in my associate student body (ASB) class and was placed in the same group as me. Together we planned school dances and rallies for the rest of the year. Little by little, I got to know her more and she saw me as her older sister. The girl that I saw at my senior barbeque was filled with shattered memories of her childhood and I learned that she did not have a good fundamental support at home. I have always noticed that she had scars on her wrists that looked like they were from deep cuts, but I noticed she always wanted to hide them. One day, I noticed that the cut on her wrist looked really recent so I
“The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson” and “Abuelito Who” compare and contrast Literary Analysis’
In conclusion, the quote “Imagination is the one weapon in the in the war against reality” by Jules de Gautier, relates to “Vaclav and Lena” because Vaclav and Lena use imagination to forget about the issues they face in reality and are able to postpone having to deal with them. They are able to focus on the dream that they share and forget about the troubles that they have to face in
A person’s fundamental beliefs and attitudes can be greatly influenced by the people in their lives. As an illustration, the presence of parents in a child 's life can influence them greatly. Parenting goes far beyond the care of the child, as parents also have a significant influence on the child’s personality, emotional development, and behavioral habits. Like in Karen Thompson Walker dystopian novel The Age of Miracles, the protagonist 's parents also have a crucial impact on her self-discovery. The novel is an inventive story, combining classic coming-of-age themes with the horror of a natural disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The novel shows how the protagonist, Julia, changes drastically as she moves forward in her adolescent years.
My full name is Rachel(Rae) Noel Aikman. I am still 12 and I will be for a while because I was born on August 22, 2004. I have always lived in Eureka, but I was born in Peoria. I have a mother(Deanna), a father(Joe), two brothers (Nathaniel is 14 and Jason is 10), and a three year old dog, named Casey, who is a girl.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a children’s novel written by Eugene Yelchin. The story takes place in Soviet Russia during the Stalin era. The main character, Sasha Zaichik, is a loyal communist, faithful to Stalin and eager to soon serve as a young pioneer. Sasha’s father, an informant for Stalin, is abducted in the middle of the night. Sasha at first believes a mistake has been made but he learns that his father’s seizure was no accident. The disappearance of his father makes Sasha question everything he’s known. The setting and characters Yelchin creates make Breaking Stalin’s Nose a memorable work of literature.
Robert D. Zimmerman’s The Kitchen Boy is a fictional account of the only survivor from the Ipatiev House, who retells the dramatic story of the events leading up to the Romanov Family’s death. The novel is set during the Bolshevik/Russian Revolution in the cold, isolated region of Siberia, perfectly correlating with the Royal Family’s disconnection from the rest of their homeland of Russia in its darkest hour. Leonka struggles with decades of guilt because of a horrid event that was ultimately inevitable, but must put aside his guilt so that his granddaughter may correctly fulfill the detailed instructions in his will.
Written between 1935 and 1940, Anna Akhmatova’s “Requiem” follows a grieving mother as she endures the Great Purge. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s General Secretary, unabatedly pursued eliminating dissenters and, consequently, accused or killed hundreds of thousands who allegedly perpetrated political transgressions (“Repression and Terror: Kirov Murder and Purges”). Despite the fifteen-year censorship, Akhmatova avoided physical persecution, though she saw her son jailed for seventeen months (Bailey 324). The first-person speaker in “Requiem,” assumed to be Akhmatova due to the speaker’s identical experience of crying aloud “for seventeen months” (Section 5, Line 1), changes her sentiments towards deaths as reflected in the poem’s tone shifts. Akhmatova’s melancholic diction initially reveals her sorrow, but the tone transitions to serious and introspective when she uses allusions to religious martyrdom and imagery of fixed objects. These contemplations are later resolved when she integrates imagery of liberation to portray an ultimately triumphant and optimistic outlook towards the future.
The poet compares this mother to other mothers in the refugee camp to amplify her love for her child and therefore the suffering she has to go through while watching him die. The other mothers are described by the poet as having “long ceased to care”, suggesting that they have tragically given up their jobs of motherhood, heartbreakingly accepting the death of those close to them. However this is contrasted with this mother’s lovingness and refusal to accept the death of her son, portrayed through the short and sharp phrase “but not this one”. Ugly, disturbing, and brutal images of camp-life such as, “the air was heavy
Andrei was once on the fast track to becoming a professor, but is now working for the county council. He feels like a failure and exclaims, “Oh where is it, where did my past go, when I was young, happy and intelligent, when my dreams and thoughts had some grace, and the present and future were lit up with hope?” (Chekhov 87). Andrei becomes dissatisfied with life not only because of his occupational strife, but also the marital problems he is enduring. At one point, he reveals how he questions his marriage with Natasha, “I don’t understand what I love her for, or why – I love her so – or – at least, loved-“(Chekhov 83). Succumbing to professional and personal dilemmas, it is clear why Andrei would be dissatisfied with life. Andrei’s plight is used to show how educated nobility suffered from serious pressure and struggles, which could lead to a somber