The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is the tale of Hayley Kincain, a seventeen year old girl, and her incredibly unstable life with Andy, her father. Andy is a war veteran who suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder, and is constantly assaulted by horrific memories of the past. Hayley’s mother perished in a car accident soon after Hayley was born, while Andy was still deployed in Iraq. Hayley was raised by her grandmother Barbara until Hayley was seven, at which point Barbara died and Andy returned home to care for Hayley. However, Andy’s past war experiences and the horrifying events that he had seen on the battlefield haunted him endlessly. Rather than living a traditional life in an ordinary home,
The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson is a text that describes the experiences of Mary Rowlandson during her captivity by the Native Americans in the King Phillips war. The details about the capture which took place in 1676 are recorded in her diary accounts which were written a few years after she was released. The captivity lasted about eleven weeks and is accounted in the diaries. Rowlandson specifically believes that her experiences were related to the Bible and that the capture was a trial from God which she had to endure in order to survive and remain a true Christian woman who is suitable for the then puritan society (Harris 12). She judges the Native Americans from the religious perspectives which create an obvious bias against their culture. This paper will discuss how the narrator promotes the social and religious interactions between the various groups in the American society at the time of King Phillips war.
Throughout the course of human history, nothing we do has ever had as rapid and drastic an effect on history as war. Disasters would be near second place, and coincidentally Clara Barton affected both. Out of a multitude of achievements things, she was a nurse during the Civil War, did many things women of her day could not, and started the American Red Cross. Clara Barton was revolutionary for her influence on society and medicine in American history.
Laurie Halse Anderson’s historical fiction novel, Fever 1793 takes place in Philadelphia in 1793, during the yellow fever epidemic. Mattie is the daughter of Lucille Cook, and is extremely lazy at first. As the story progresses, she becomes more mature and more responsible for her own needs, as well as others’ needs. By using description and character development, Anderson shows that putting others before yourself is an important thing in life to learn how to do, especially with lives on the line.
In Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas, Le Guin gives a story about a utopian society based on a distinction of the idea of scapegoatism as well as thoughts educed from utilitarian philosophical thought as she lays suffering upon the child in lieu of that equal pain being put on the rest of the city. Through symbolism, setting, and imagery, the author portrays that there must be some evil present in order to truly understand that which is good.
In 1971, Alvin Ailey choreographed Cry, a three part work solo dance set to gospel music that describes an emotional journey filled with struggle, hardships, defeat, survival and joy. It was intended as a birthday present to Alvin’s mother and a dedication to all black women everywhere. The first part of the dance is the struggle of trying to maintain pride irrespective of the opposition faced from outside. The second part reveals the sorrow within after the woman’s pride has been shattered into pieces and finally the third part is a spirited celebration of finding strength and joy in God. Even though cry was dedicated to only black women, i argue the notion that all women both black and white of the nineteenth century could relate
Many readers were eager to read the tone in The Painted Drum and The Bingo Palace. The Bingo Palace was published in 1995 giving Louise Erdrich enough time to perfect the tones in her novels. Between both novels Louise Erdrich changed tone in both novels because in The Painted Drum it was about Faye Travers finding an ancient drum, The Bingo Palace is about Lipsha Morrissey falling in love for the first time. In comparing the tones in both novels, there will be an examination of the tone in two different novels by Louise Erdrich.
“I think I was annoyed that no-one had ever told me this kind of thing might happen” (Earls, p.38). What do you do when everything you know is stripped away from you and you are thrown into a new and completely different life? Nick Earls deeply explores the idea of alienation throughout the book 48 Shades of Brown, as the central protagonist Dan takes a journey through his final year of school. Nick Earls effectively recreates the aloneness that all teenagers feel as they journey into adulthood. This theme of alienation from society is evident through the examination of characters, plot, setting and symbols. The many diverse characters of this story add to the awkward and problematic relationships Dan forms throughout the novel.
In his sermons to the Haitian congregants of the valley, Father Romain often reminded everyone of common ties: language, foods, history, carnival, songs, tales, and prayers. His creed was one of memory, how remembering—though sometimes painful—can make you strong (Danticat, 73). In “The farming of Bones,” Danticat presents the unvarnished effects of the construction of social identity to expose racial suppression on the men and women to illustrate the racial prejudice that took place in the 1937 massacre, which can also be referred to as the Parsley Massacre. While the majority of the novel is filled with sorrow, it is also full of life, love, and survival.
On August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coasts of southeastern Louisiana. Shortly after, New Orleans’ flood protection system failed, causing floodwalls and levees to topple and break. Covering major points in the film, as they broke, the lives, spirits, and thoughts of many Americans were also broken as well. In a documentary released on August 16, 2006, director Spike Lee utilizes rhetorical strategies to produce a profound vision into the city and it’s citizen’s internal devastation, grievance, and recovery of spirit, and our nation’s failure to assist; when the levees broke.
The witch panic started in Salem, Massachusetts hanged 19 people and inspired a wide-swept fear of the Devil and witchcraft that lasted for over a year. Historians have discussed why this panic occurred for years, producing a slew of opinions on what caused one small community to erupt into such fear. Two such historians, Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, attempted to understand the 1692 Salem witch trials by analyzing Salem Village’s social and economic tensions dividing the community in the book Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft. Yet the two historians ignore the largest group of participants in the witch trials: women. When looking at the documents recording the events of 1692, however, a historian cannot escape the importance of the young girls who were first afflicted and started the accusations. Instead of ignoring the female accusers in Salem Possessed, Boyer and Nissenbaum should have analyzed the events starting the witch hunt in early 1692 and the
In the book More God Less Crime the author focuses on a central topic of how faith based institution and individuals can aid in reducing crime in society. The book stresses that these new faith based policies can implement a life long lifestyle change. In our society today, there are many dangerous problems we face from false imprisonment to youth violence. Within the book in providing solutions such as rehabilitation that can eventually eradicate these problems that plague our society. By having a strong foundation of religion set in place it can help resolve unjust matters with the belief that morality is superior. By incorporating morality in inmates life 's and other members within the system, it enables them to lead a better life, by leaving their old ways behind. Furthermore, the book is divided into three sections which contain specific chapters catered to reducing crime and or explaining how it can be resolved.
Initially in the novel when the victims are arriving to the hospital they assume they are dead. Instead they are not dead they have just been placed in a zombie like state. To clarify, the Voodoo terminology of zombie is a person having no control or will of their own and they are controlled by a powerful practitioner, unless they are revived by a powerful practitioner they can easily be mistaken as dead, the most feared evil in Voodoo is a zombie. Allez had been turning girls into zombies and then selling them off to people that would purchase them. He uses Voodoo for his own self gain and to strike fear into others in order to have followers. Marie’s aunt also uses Voodoo in a bad way because she too is innately evil. She killed her sister out of jealously and rage that Marie Levant, her niece had the gift rather than her daughter Marie-Claire. Her aunt knowingly let her daughter Marie-Claire be a pawn in Allez’s plan of zombification. She embraced the fact of reinforcing devil worshipping, zombification and making the world fear
The novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time appeals to a wide range of readers. It allows to develop empathy for people who are living with a version of autism. As the novel is written from Christopher’s view, the readers can feel with him and get to know his understanding of the world. Christopher has few friends but takes pride in his capacity to remember nearly every detail he sees. Moreover, he portrays several problems of mathematical nature. He discusses, for example, the population development of frogs in the school pond. In doing so, the readers are encouraged to consider Christopher‘s diagrams and
Howard Phillips Lovecraft is a horror fictional writer who was very important and widely known in the twentieth century. He is considered one of the greatest fictional horror writers and he has been a hero and a villain who has influenced many people in positive and negative aspects.