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    In the poem “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”, by Emily Dickinson, Dickinson describes a bird with specific details. The bird is always with you: every second, every minute, every hour. Not only is it with you anytime, but wherever you are, you can always find it. It is with you even in the toughest times, but we seldom to realize it. We only realize and appreciate that little bird when we are in the deepest tragedies because the bird feels more sweet in the hardest times in life than in our regular

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    Journals Bloom, Harold. Tim O'Brien's The things they carried. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005. Print. Entry 1 In the first chapter titled “The Things They Carried,” the author said that they carried the physical items like ponchos and ammunition, but what resonated with me was how he described the intangible things that each of them carried. They carry the life that they left back in the United States. I can’t imagine what it would be like to leave the life that’s lived for eighteen

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    The character Penny is a protagonist in Byatt’s story “The Thing in the Forest”, and is presented in two lives or stages: childhood and adulthood. As a little girl, Penny is described as “thin and dark and taller, probably older than Primrose, and had a bloodless transparent paleness with a touch of blue in her lips” (Byatt 3). In the later stages of the story, Penny is described as having a “transparent face that had lost detail – cracked lipstick, fine lines of wrinkles – and looked both younger

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    Until I Eat This Thing

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    incredibly unnerving to many people. These industries are essentially infinite even after a human 's demise. They are seemingly singular in focus and it all boils down to perspective, numerous things are multi-faceted — even facts. In the stories "The Last Stop," "I 'm Not Leaving Until I Eat This Thing," and "The Long Good-Bye: Mother 's Day In Federal Prison," they each have an obscure agenda in cupidity for money. A sign reading, "Visa and Mastercharge Welcome Here" (Cable 58), an enthusiastic

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    Andrew Makasziw explains the great importance of his poncho, the military had issued him when he joined the military, in “The Thing I Carried”. He explains why he always carried the poncho while he was in the military. One of the reasons was that the poncho offered privacy in Afghanistan. While Andrew Makasziw was in Afghanistan he had to live in 15 feet long by 20 feet wide room packed with 7 bunk beds. So, privacy was a big issue, but what he did to solve this issue was to drape his poncho from

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    significant meaning. The book The Things They Carry by Tim O’Brien, is no different. It has meaning on all levels, from physical, to mental, all the way to spiritual. A a book 's title goes much farther than just the words on the cover, all books have a title with a meaning much deeper than most would choose to believe. The soldiers carry much more than physical objects, and these things they carry affect them in many different ways and levels. One of the more obvious things they carry, are physical objects

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    When creating a story, symbolism can be a crucial factor that helps represent ideas and morals that build onto the characters and the work as a whole. Things Fall Apart and The Poisonwood Bible both use a great amount of symbolism to create a picture for the reader and connect ideas throughout the plot. In Things Fall Apart, the harvesting of yams is used as a symbol to represent wealth and fire is also used to describe Okonkwo’s aggressive behavior. The Poisonwood Bible uses a parrot named Meshuselah

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    back from seeing your best friend drown in a field used as the village toilet? This exact thing happens in The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The memoir takes place in Vietnam and is about a group of boys in the Alpha Company. In the book, you see the author getting drafted into the war, you walk along with the soldiers, and you see what happens to them when they return home, if they get there. The Things They Carried shows me that you can 't truly understand war without being in it. In the beginning

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    In the play Into the Woods written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, Little Red sings the song “I Know Things Now.” I chose the song “I Know Things Now” because I can relate to the lyrics. Most of the songs in Into the Woods have a theme to them and the song, “I Know Things Now,” definitely has a theme of maturity. Little Red does not listen to her mother when she does not stick to her path to her grandmother’s house. After she strays from the path, she ends up learning to listen to her mother

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    Things Fall Apart -Chinua Achebe Okonkwo is a man whose fame is spread throughout the nine villages as he wins a competition with ‘Amalinze the Cat’. Okonkwo is a man who fears weakness and failure. He hated everything his father, Unoka, did which by the way was being gentle and idle, so he tended to be harsh just to not appear like his father. He, on the other hand, is a very respected warrior and has a great family, but he tends to get too overconfident in his way of thinking and beliefs. Okonkwo

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    In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe introduces the importance of African culture, specifically in the village of Umofia. This serves as a guide for the reader to get a better insight as to why things happen the way they do in many parts of the book. After Okonkwo, the main character accidentally kills a young boy with a loaded gun, one of his close friends, Obierika, reflects on the tragedy. In this passage, Okonkwo is sentenced to seven years in exile by the wise elders and Obierika, a respected

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    My dad was always adamant on teaching my brother different things than me. I was taught how to cook while my brothers were taken fishing and put in football teams. Neither of my brothers liked football but were expected to go. In today’s media, masculinity is admired and strived for. In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe shows us the downsides of masculinity with the characters Nwoye and Okonkwo. In the novel, the main character, Okonkwo, struggles with the fear of being feminine; His overcompensation

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    throwing Amalinze the Cat” during a fierce wrestling match (1). Amalinze the Cat was previously undefeated and “their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and seven nights” to celebrate Okonkwo’s wrestling victory (1). At the conclusion of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo has increased awareness when he realizes that his way of using brute

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    “Things fall apart, even when you think they’re stronger than you ever imagined.” ‘Things Fall Apart’, by Chinua Achebe is a book about about the struggles of an African man named Okonkwo and his families life falls apart right before their very eyes. It’s a son duty to carry on the families traditions in this tribe. Although in this story that’s not the case, Okonkwo struggles to get his eldest son Nwoye to act more like a man and less like a woman. Ezinma is Okonkwos favorite child and he wishes

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    Things Fall Apart Foils

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    The use of these literary devices flashback, imagery, foil, and symbolism in the novel " Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe help demonstrate the way that Okonkwo, and the Umofian culture defines masculinity and femininity. These devices help define masculinity and femininity through the characters in the novel, and how they explain the way that the differences of people have masculinity, and femininity. Chinua Achebe uses the flashback device to help define masculinity and femininity in the

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    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a tragic yet ironic story about a lower Nigerian tribe. Food and language come into play as an important traditional value to the Igbo tribe. The passage I chose to further analyze from chapter one is, “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” (4) This stood out to me because of the text emphasis on the well-known value placed on food. This quote signifies the rank of food, agriculture

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    has their own customs in which they are accustomed to, and that is no exception to the natives of both Nigeria and Australia. But one person 's customs, are likely to not align with another 's, and that is the cause of many problems. In the novel Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, a little village in Nigeria, Umuofia, is alone and is most of the time peaceful with their neighbors, and they follow a specific set of customs, passed down from generation to generation. An important custom of Umuofia

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    A sense of identity is often acquired and developed by everyone as they mature, but it is always changing as the culture changes. The novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, follows the development of several characters in response to a cultural shock caused by the Westernization of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. The protagonist of the book, Okonkwo, is a strong, diligent leader and supercilious warrior of the tribe who obsessed over his masculine image. However, Okonkwo’s eldest son, Nwoye, tries

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    Things Fall Apart Respect

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    diversity of the people and their cultures plays an important role for a living. Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, implies the importance of respect in the Ibo tribe because it plays a key role in their society. As the European settlers invade the Ibo’s land, there is a question of the balance of respect within the Ibo culture and between the two diverse religions. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe portrays that the Ibo culture values dignity between individuals to prove that respect leads

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    Things Fall Apart Gender

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    The Dogon’s belief that the absence of one of the two genders creates chaos in the world is used in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart (1958). Throughout the novel, Okonkwo, the male protagonist, considers females around him as inferior. Weakness and emotions, according to Okonkwo, are ‘womanly’ characteristics that a real man should not get acquainted with. This can be related to his hate towards his father, Unoka, who is described as being a coward and an agbala (woman) (Achebe, 1958: 11)

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