The farmers ran down the icy roads with “clubs to harvest the pheasants that sat helplessly in the roadside ditches”. These farmers are already prepared to hunt down and harvest these poor cold pheasants. Although the parents may be satisfied with their decisions, children can have many difficulties. The farmers’ sons did not bring “clubs, or snacks, or anything but themselves”.
The short story “What Happened During the Ice Storm” utilizes two major literary elements; one of which expresses a current social issue. The author, Jim Heynen, employes allegory and imagery to represent charity and self-sacrifice. Imagery is often used in this short story to create a somber tone, for instance “most animals were safe…But not the pheasants” and ”The boys stood still in the icy rain. Their breath came out in slow puffs of steam.” The boys and the pheasants are allegorical representations: The pheasants represent someone who is in need, and consequently, the boys using their coats to warm the pheasants represents the choice self-sacrifice over self-preservation. The purpose of the short story is to make the reader ask themselves
“What Happened During the Ice Storm” is at a superficial level a story about boys who, during an ice storm head outside to kill some pheasants for their supper, instead they feel sorry for the cold, frozen birds, and lend them their coats. However, by looking beneath the surface, we see Heynen conveying that the naivety of children needs to be removed in order to enable children to grow up which is a key element in pushing one 's moral boundaries. Heynen’s theme of overcoming naivety is portrayed though passing down traditions from father to son. During the storm the fathers went out “with clubs to harvest the pheasants that sat helplessly in the roadside ditches.” (1) The boys also went out in the “freezing rain” to also find some pheasants to ‘harvest’, but unlike the farmers they had brought no sacks or clubs nothing but themselves. When the other farmers clubbed the cold and helpless pheasants, the boys took a different approach at the situation at hand.
The boy has returned from gathering berries in the woodland, and the setting is now in a city. He was constrained in life to remain in favor of the streets holding buckets of blackberries, trying to sell them for a dollar to individuals who had cash and simple lives. The boy fantasies about being able to take the berries home and making pies and cobbler, but however that fantasy is immediately decreased
Later on in the story, Leper decides to join the secret society by jumping from the tree. “Elwin ‘Leper’ Lepellier has announced his intention to make the leap this very night, to qualify, to save his face at last.” (Chapter 4, page 22). He hangs out with the guys sometimes and even helps them develop the game of Blitzball (Chapter 3, page 16). Leper usually stayed by himself and did his own hing, like skiing during the winter session trying to find a beaver dam (Chapter 7, page 9). He does his own thing, until he decides to join the army.
He sulks into the woods, where he learns of fire and eating, and other important senses of survival. Feeling a wish for company, he seeks out a village and finds a cottage with a small family, but is instantly met with the same exile like treatment he received from Victor. After being abused by the villagers, he runs to the forest again. Shelly describes part of this journey in chapter 16, “Nature decayed around me, and the sun became heartless; rain and snow poured;…the surface of the earth was hard and chill, and bare, and I found no shelter.” (Shelly, 83). This time spent here helped to begin to develop the creature’s mind, proving he was in fact rather intelligent.
When was the last time you and your significant other fought? In Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver, the story is about a husband (or boyfriend) who is leaving for an unknown reason, he demands to take the baby with him, but the wife (or girlfriend) will not let him. Undoubtedly, the parent's rage and lack of communication leads to the death of their son. Raymond Carver presents symbolism throughout the short story to indicate something awful is going to happen. The first sentence of the short story is: “Early that day the weather turned and the snow was melting into dirty water.” Snow is a great example of symbolism, because snow is pure or it could be cleanliness.
The flowers symbolize Paul’s position in society as an outcast. First, the flowers in the winter is like Paul in his community. For example, the flowers in the garden are “blooming against the sides of which the snow-flakes stuck and melted” (Cather). The snow-flakes on the flowers represents the coldness Paul receives from his teachers and neighbors because they express their aversion towards him and the flower he wears. Similarly, the blossoms are mock by the winter cold (Cather).
As I said before, we as human beings don’t measure risks when something that we love doing or we would love to do is done. This is what happened to Christopher McCandless, he always wanted to go away from society and take a journey into the wild places of the U.S. and Alaska. After two years of continuous backpacking through many different places and meeting new friends he got to a bleak place in Alaska and he died from starvation. We all have a grief feeling about his death, but he died “on his own law”, he was happy doing what he was doing. If you were one of Christopher McCandless parents, would you be regretting having let go your son?
In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis,” Hurst uses vivid imagery, strong symbolism, and well-written diction to raise awareness and sensitivity towards children with disabilities. In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” Brother teaches Doodle, who is disabled, to walk. At the beginning of the story, few people believe that Doodle will even survive. Doodle overcomes the challenge of walking, and he finds a Scarlet Ibis in a tree, but it later dies. At the end of the story, Brother and Doodle are running to get home in a storm, and Doodle sadly passes away and does not get home.