In Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem “Facing It”, he uses a regretful tone to successfully express the speaker’s memories of the Vietnam War. The poem starts out with the speaker looking at the memorial “My black face fades, hiding inside the granite.” (1), which helps visualize for the audience that the speaker is African American. However, this line is meaningful because it shows how he saw all the casualties that came out of the war, on the memorial, and visualizes the speakers hatred for the war. Later it becomes more evident that he was part of the war and how this caused the speaker’s ambivalence to surviving.
According to the late, tragic folk hero, Joe Hill, “A good song could be learned and remembered, while a pamphlet would be read once and thrown away.” (Weissman, 175) Such an idea proves its validity when examining the long-lasting professional and societal success of the depression-era folk protest singer, Woody Guthrie. Throughout his adolescence and his adventures as a box-car musician during the early 1930s, Guthrie faced hardships unparalleled by popular singers of his day. Taken aback by the horrors he witnessed as the dust bowl and the Great Depression tore through the badlands he called home, Guthrie faced emotional turmoil, both in himself, and in the society that surrounded him.
Success and Prosperity, two words that define the American Dream that every U.S Citizen would like to achieve. But, is this Dream alive and available for everyone? In the article “Hillbilly Elegy”, and the book Scratch Beginnings both discuss how the American Dream could be accomplishable for certain people. Many do believe that it is possible for anyone to reach this dream because there is a variety of government programs that are willing to help the low income families or individuals who need an extra push. There are also multiple citizens that need help but do not qualify for certain programs based on their families income.
Isolation of the human heart results in the inability to connect and take part in a greater existence, whereas blindness of the human eye gives way to the truth and tenderness of humanity found in the wonders of this world. In Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral”, the nameless narrator seems to exhibit behavioral patterns of an addict, tending to detach himself from the plot and all relationships that he continually fails to confront throughout life. The central figure, who abhors the blind, is ignorant of his own constraints, which prevent him from recognizing the traces of transcendence in humanity that lies beyond the temptation of physical pleasure. Through the utilization of the communion model, by way of first-person narration, characterization, and extended metaphors, Carver reveals the main character’s journey of rapport, which is indicative of a human’s limited sight of truth and understanding, leading one to search outside the scope of curiosity for a more fulfilling life. One may begin to apprehend Carver’s true message throughout “Cathedral” by first considering the significant role that the first-person perspective of the main character plays in the basic plot scheme.
The idea that hardships may bring out of someone something they did not know they had within them is something that many people believe. American culture is one that admires resolve in the face of hardship as we believe that is when someone shines that most. However adversity does not always bring out something that was not being shown before but rather gives a new direction to talents that someone already has. Adversity may push some to recognize talents they did not they had, like for example taking an advance class in a subject they did not like but finding they are talented in understanding the subject.
The Harlem Renaissance movement took place in 1920s New York City, because there were better opportunities found in the north. This was a time when Harlem became a cultural centre for African Americans. Artists from the African American community began expressing cultural pride and social frustration. Some of these artists include Countee Cullen, Claude McKay and Langston Hughes who became known as American Harlem Renaissance poets. Their use of poetic structure, theme, style and language contributes to the poets’ assumptions and beliefs.
In the first half of the twentieth century in American Literature, writers often portray individuals who are experiencing quiet despair in their lives. It is uncommon for writers in this time to illustrate stories of individuals going through hardships and troubles. Because of these traits, the stories become more intriguing and captivating for the reader to follow along with; this is one of the many reasons why the works that come out of the first half of the twentieth century are so memorable. First, the idea of feeling quiet despair is seen in the characters in the poetry of the early twentieth century.
The statement of inquiry is relevant to the poems. The contexts of societal issues do indeed shape our points of view and encourage better communication whilst simultaneously cultivating a spirit of solidarity with those who suffer. The three poems, “If – ”, “Tramp” and “Refugee Blues” not only capture the essence of this truth, but also allude to the fact that “it matters not how straight the gate” or “how charged with punishments the scroll”, wherever life is, there too shall hope, even if only a glimpse of it, be. The three poems woven together tell a story that does not belong to the rich nor to the homeless, it is a story that everyone shares.
Both poems talk differently about how you can be prevented from having your an identity. In ‘Refugee Blues’, the refugees are prevented from getting their official identity, which provides them safety. People who live in the country, the government and in some cases the governments from their home country is preventing them from achieving safety and a sense of belonging in a country. Again, unlike an unknown girl, this poem is more of a life or death situation.
The story “The Cathedral” was written by Raymond Carver in 1984. Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon on May 25, 1932 and died on August 2, 1988. He was known for writing short stories and poetry. During the 1980s Carver contributed to the revitalization of the American short story. Early on he found a passion in his writing.
Hughes Essay Langston Hughes, wrote “Refugee in America”, “I, Too”, and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. Hughes lived from February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967 and was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. Hughes was also one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form, jazz poetry. My thesis for the connection of these three poems are that they all relate to oppression and the change that is to come one day.
Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” excels at displaying the purpose by using a high skill level of craft. Jonathan Swift was known for his very successful book Gulliver’s Travels; however, “A Modest Proposal” goes above and beyond that in terms of craft. “A Modest Proposal” is a satirical article mocking the ridiculous ideas on how to improve Ireland’s condition given by the English. If there are too many children and there is not enough food, why not fix both and eat the children? Swift does not just place his plan out in the open, he leads up to it in a very elaborate way.
In the book, Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses three devices to make the reader feel and understand what is going on. They are imagery,tone,and the theme she shows these things on pages 90-91 when she is having the creature explain what happened when he ran out of Frankenstein’s house. The images she explains is about the forest the creature lived in then the tones shift as he learns. The theme is that the creature is starting to gain an understanding of humans and himself.