Ignatow moved on to write many poems and books and became the editor for many authors that seeked his assistance. His words reached many hearts across the world and his advice presented in many of his works helped many through struggles they once thought impossible to work out. Ignatow became an author many turned to in a time of need. Ignatow’s notebooks became a remarkable collection of a “man getting by as best he can from day to day” (Ray). As Ignatow illustrates his daily struggle with his family, schizophrenic son, and suicidal tendencies many of his readers are anxiously reading along with his roller coaster of a life.
He has also won 2012 Austrian State prize for European literature. His book Missing People (1978) is a good account of the hard experiences of his and his family after world War ll. This novel is an autobiographical discourse, which also contains biographies of many of his family member like his father, mother, brother, wife and friends. These autobiographies tell that how these people suffered just because of some politicians and socialists, who wanted to achieve their inhuman goals and pride. These survivors and their families had suffered the aftermaths for many later decades after the end of World War ll and death of Hitler.
King experienced trauma at a very young age when his parents split up, this caused Stephen and his brother David to divide their time between Indiana and Connecticut. Although, King would still write in his free time. One if the most influential writers of the twentieth century was Stephen King, and his works continue to have an impact on American Culture today. Stephen King was born in 1942 during the post World War II of United States history. This age influenced King throughout his life, especially in writing.
Content The concept of life and death cannot exist without one another. This topic is widely discussed throughout the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir explores Paul’s indeterminate definition of death as he passes through distinct stages of his life. As Paul progresses through each stage, he views death differently as he transforms from a student to a neurosurgeon, neurosurgeon to a patient, and eventually becoming a father, where he needed to take full responsibilities. The most important thing in life to him is illustrated the clearest as the book comes to an end, where Kalanithi explains how human knowledge is dependent on our roles and status in our society.
Moving on, John Gunther narrates the constant battle his son, Johnny Gunther, fought against a brain tumor in the book, Death Be Not Proud. Johnny died at the young age of seventeen after a constant struggle to fight his brain tumor. When Johnny was first diagnosed with a brain tumor and Dr. Penfield confirmed it, John narrates that, “with everybody listening Penfield cut through all the euphemisms and said directly, 'Your child has a malignant glioma, and it will kill him.” (Gunther, 55). At this moment is when it is known that the cancer is real and he has a limited time to live. John Gunther said that “Cancer is a rebellion- a gangster outbreak of misplaced cells”(Gunther, 78).
Taha Hussein is well renowned Egyptian author; he was born on Nov. 15, 1898 and died in Cairo on Oct 28, 1973. Hussein’s childhood was very harsh and unhappy as he lost his eyesight at age of three by a barber who was a local practitioner. This disability affected him as he was mistreated and bullied by his peers in school and his parents inadvertently treated him as a liability due to his illness. However, Hussein overcame his obstacles and flew to France to finish his education after he took his bachelor in University of Cairo. He was the first Egyptian to receive a PhD from Sorbonne, France.
After Elliot’s death, they were graciously granted four more children: son Carol (1902), who would later commit suicide in 1940; Irma(1903), who later developed mental illness; Marjorie(1905), who died in her late 20s after giving birth; and Elinor(1907), who died just weeks after being born (Robert Frost Biography). Yet another major stepping stone of how Frost’s symbolic poems contain depth and perception. The bad fortune further continues with multiple rejects from publishers concerning his poems. Due to career opportunities, Frost, and his wife came to an agreement to sell the farm and move the family to England. Within a few months, Frost found a publisher who would publish his first book of poems, “A Boy’s Will,” followed by “North of Boston” a year later (Robert Frost Biography).
This reflects Owen’s life at this time as he wrote this poem while he was recuperating in a military hospital for wounds sustained in the battlefield. Through the use of contrast, shocking imagery and juxtaposition Owen portrays the pity of war and the effects of the horrors of war on the soldiers. Owen creates pity for the soldier using emotive language in the first stanza. The soldier is described as “shivering in his ghastly suit of grey”. The adjective “ghastly” has connotations of ghouls and death.
Terrible incidents continue to follow Billy such as the loss of his wife in a car accident and later survived an airplane crash with heavily injures in his head. Surviving a terrible war and terrible postwar experiences made Billy spend some time in a mental hospital and all of a sudden he began talking about his imaginary race Tralfamadorian. In a mental hospital Billy socializes with another patient, Eliot Rosewater, a repeated character of Vonnegut’s previous novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, where he is introduces to the works of the science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout especially with the novel The Big Board, which creates out the scenario of his later adventures on Tralfamadore. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut leaves the reader decide the implication of the science fiction in his novel whether it is used as a strategic means to remove attention from the horror of Dresden atrocity or it is simply a product of schizophrenic mind of his character to flee from harsh reality to a fantastic
However, as fate would have it, his father passed away the same year. This left Letterman with the troubling decision of leaving his widowed mother and younger brothers for school in Philadelphia or staying behind to serve as the man of the house. Fortunately, for the American society, Letterman decided to attend the school, which many would say is the ultimate reason he succeeded in the medical field due to the school’s quality staff and modern approach to medical education, not to mention he was also studying during what some referred to as a “dark era of medicine” (McGaugh 16). Letterman graduated in March of 1849 with his final thesis titled “Influence of Sects in Medicine and Science”. He was one of 188 new doctors to graduate that year and soon decided to join the