Both of the short stories "Everyday Use", by Alice Walker, and "The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, are written in first person point of view. This point of view gives the reader a lot of detail and description of the events or problems in the story. It also lets us know what the characters are thinking and doing throughout the story. The first person point of view in "Everyday Use" really helps the reader to comprehend the predicaments that the eldest daughter creates. It also shows Mama and Maggie's lack of oral skills but still shows their competence to survive on what they have. Mama's descriptions in the beginning are full of detail and respect for her children and the items that have an "everyday use". As Mama starts to give details about the house and Dee and Maggie and their financial status', a picture starts to form. As Mama described herself she seemed strong and almost invincible. "I was always better at a man's job" (91) she said. But later, as Dee came in the house and started taking Maggie and Mama's things she seemed weak and subservient to Dee. Mama was as powerless as Maggie, watching her things go right out of the door. Those made Wangero seem not only strong but also stronger than Mama and that is why Maggie was so afraid of her. There was a great amount of respect lost for Mama as she built herself up only to let Wangero "walk" all over her. Near the end of the story as Mama finally decided to tell Wangero "no", my respect for her returned. It takes a lot to say "no" to some people and you could tell that Mama had had enough. The first person point of view helped show Mama's struggle to...
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Macbeth Was Macbeth a tragic hero? Or was he a crazed serial killer who thrived upon the killings of both friends and enemies? Shakespeare's knowledge of human nature was confirmed again by this tragedy, which reflects the idea of crime and consequence. Macbeth is the story of a well - respected soldier, whose ambition is his fatal weakness. The timely prophecies of three witches about his future confirm his ambition of becoming king and aided by his cunning wife who shares his desires he is driven to evil. In this essay I will try to prove that he had "vaulting ambition" rather than just being a cold - blooded murderer. Macbeth has all the qualities of a classic Shakespearean tragic hero. He was of high birth and position, Thane of Glamis and co-leader with best friend Banquo of the king's army. Although co-leader the king speaks of him more frequently than his counterpart and therefore I consider him the senior out of the two. This is confirmed in Act One Scene Two when Duncan receives reports back about the proceedings of the battles; at not one time in this report is there a mention of Banquo only of "Brave Macbeth" and without even Macbeth speaking a word you get the impression that he is a strong loyal character whom everyone respects. Of all these features of a tragic hero the most important is his ambition, which is played upon by circumstances. I consider this very important as Macbeth's ambition was triggered by the prophecies of the witches. There is also a hint of evil in Macbeth from the first time he talks " so foul and fair a day I have not seen" This echoes the first words of the witches "Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair"! This I believe is more...
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"Fugitive Pieces" by Anne Michaels, "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay and "Empire of the Sun" by J.G. Ballard
The power to overcome life threatening experiences helps a person to grow within. In the books Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard, and The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, the main characters--Jakob, Peekay and Jim respectively--were all able to overcome adversity at a young age. This was developed through their relationships with a father-like mentor, their ability to build courage from fear and their informal education. With these elements they were able to survive through harsh conditions to develop as individuals. The main characters were able to overcome adverse situations in life through the presence of a father-like mentor. All three main characters were separated from their fathers at a very young age. Having a father figure to look up to is essential as it provides the youth with a sense of support, security and a feeling that they are not alone in the world. In Fugitive Pieces Jakob is rescued by Athos during the Holocaust. Athos cares for Jakob and takes Jakob in as if he was his own son. "If you hurt yourself Jakob, I will have to hurt myself" (Michaels 45). Jakob was able to rely on Athos as he grew up. He was able to feel "not that [he] owed Athos everything but that [he] loved him" (Michaels 60). Jakob was able to feel safe in his surroundings as a result of the tenderness Athos showed him. Similarly, in Empire of the Sun, Jim was separated from his parents during the Japanese occupation of China in WWII. He met two people who supported him and helped him to grow. Basie rescued Jim from the streets and took care of him throughout their imprisonment. Jim emulated Basie and wanted nothing more than to gain his approval. "Jim noticed how different Basie...
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In many literary works, history is a core theme. Such is the case in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Thomas King's "Totem". Both stories' themes stress the importance of being critical of history. Each story, however, takes a different approach on the treatment of this theme. "The Lottery" suggests one should question history and tradition, and perhaps it is time to move on or change. In "Totem," the importance of remembering one's heritage and past is the intended message and theme. More specifically, the theme stresses the importance of remembering the Native People of Canada who were once so abundant in number. They are a large part of Canada's heritage, and are very rich in culture and tradition that should not be forgotten. In Jackson's "The Lottery," the characters in the story place great emphasis on the matter of tradition. The plot follows a small village of closely related and well-acquainted people who refuse to let go of past traditions. One such tradition they perform is a ritualistic practice, which they refer to as "the lottery." This lottery to which they refer, is not the typical kind one would expect. Rather, in this practice tickets are drawn from "the black box" to determine which of the village people was next to be stoned to death. The protagonist of this story, Tessie, ends up being the victim to this lottery, at which point her previously "positive" approach to this ritual changes to a more negative standpoint. In "Totem," King takes a slightly different approach on the matter of tradition. This story is centered around a Canadian museum/art gallery, which is dealing with a strange issue where totems keep re-appearing and disrupting the peace. All measures the museum takes to eliminate this problem are futile. There is an evident connection with the totems and...
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The Effects Society Has On the Characters in "Ghosts" Henrik Ibsen drew ideas for his plays from events in his life. Ibsen was born in Skien, Norway. During this time there was some tension between the Danish and the Norwegians. This animosity between the two cultures played a large part in Ibsen's life and his early work (Bloom 10). In Ibsen's early childhood his parents were social and prosperous people. But when he was seven years of age his father was forced to mortgage their house and they went into financial ruin. He was forced to apprentice an apothecary to earn money, but he was shunned by the community when he had an illegitimate son at the age of eighteen. Although he never knew his son he still fulfilled his financial obligation to him. This event could be a prime example used by Ibsen for his play, "Ghosts" (Bloom 10). When Henrik Ibsen wrote "Ghosts" he had been living in Italy. Here he started to write a short autobiography. This work was probably the foundation for one of his later works, "An Enemy of the People." Later, in June of 1881, he stopped all his works in progress to work on an idea he had been developing. By October "Ghosts" was completed and appeared as a book before Christmas. Right away it created the greatest scandal by any other book in Norwegian Literature (Beyer 122). One critic feels that the play "Ghosts" is a tragic drama. It is true to the definition of a tragedy stated by Aristotle. A true tragedy is defined by having unity of place, time and manner, and should also inspire intense feelings of pity for the tragic hero. Ibsen's "Ghosts" has these qualities. It has been described as the most classically constructed of Ibsen's plays by many critics (Meyer...
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Grandfather's Journey Essay A man coming from the homeland of Yokohama, Japan, Allen Say, the author and illustrator of Grandfather's Journey, has an historical backround that is reflected and described through this novel. "I wanted to talk about my own experiences in this country," says Allen. Say pursued the artist career by drawing and painting using his father as an influential authority. He then came to the United State with his father, at the age of sixteen, after living on his own for four years, to further his career. Say portrays his feelings towards his homeland and new country through his grandfather by showing illustrations and describing experiences of his life throughout the novel. In this biographical account, Allen Say tells about his own grandfather in Grandfather's Journey by explaining the positive outcomes in exploring other lands. Say begins the story by talking in first person and summing up the experiences of his grandfather. Starting from when his grandfather was a young man, Say traces his grandfather's steps from the time he leaves Japan to his landing in the United States. He shows how his grandfather grows up and becomes well-rounded through his experiences with moving from country to country and seeing different lands. The story opens with grandfather exploring the Pacific Ocean and arriving in North America. He discovers deserts, farmlands, cities, mountains and villages. Say's illustrations in this novel go along with his story accurately; In describing his creative, artistic side, he says that his illustrations are "limpid." The setting of this novel is changed by the turn of a page. Grandfather travels from Japan to the United States back and forth many times but after each travel Say portrays how his grandfather changes emotionally and grows throughout his whereabouts. Interpreting the life of his grandfather, Say explains how "the text...
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In the play Hamlet, King Claudius plays a main character that produces much of the conflict and troubles. King Claudius, at first, displays a smooth, proper, and respected king in his speech in front of the people. He perfectly honors his brother's death and expresses his happiness in marrying the widowed Queen. But as he goes through his list of people to speak to, he comes to Hamlet, his nephew and now son. King Claudius shows his frustration with Hamlet for the continuation in mourning for his father's death, and he is rude and tries to act fatherly towards Hamlet. The result is a clash but the King strives to cover his intentions of forgetting his deceased brother even though he unwisely says, "Why should we in our peevish opposition take [my brother's death] to heart?(1.2, lines 100-101)" That is cruel and insensitive towards his family. Later, in the following acts, the readers find that King Claudius was the murderer of his brother so that he gets the Queen and the throne to Denmark. More and more, the true character of Claudius reveals a man bent on achieving his happiness. As Hamlet wants to take action to avenge his father's murder, the King deceives and lies in an attempt to kill Hamlet so that he won't lose anything. His selfish motivation and scheming finally exposes his evil deeds and he receives his just punishment. King Claudius contrasts greatly with Hamlet in many ways because the King is unpardonable in his actions and words while Hamlet is justified in his desire to avenge the murder of his father. For example, the King asks Laertes if his father is precious to him "or are you like the painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart?(4.7, lines 107-109)" The irony is that the...
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Opposites Life is full of mystery. People, animals, and nature have these mysterious characteristics that are strange and unknown to anyone. The universe is composed of so many beautiful things, but at the same time these beautiful wonders can also be the most violent and unpleasant. LeGuin and Dillard wrote of "opposites", one dealing with man and his psychological structure, and the other, with nature and everything in it. Both authors start their essays with a story to help understand their thesis, and then they begin to explain and support their ideas. In Heaven and Earth In Jest, Dillard uses more of a comparison approach to help the reader better understand her thesis. For example, she wrote, "And some mornings I'd wake in daylight to find my body covered with paw prints in blood: I looked as though I'd been painted with roses." She describes how she would wake up sometimes in the morning to find her body covered with blood, from the cat that would jump through her window, but she uses a comparison technique, making the event seem horrific, but at the same time beautiful. She writes, "It could have been the rose of union, the blood of murder, or the rose of beauty bare and the blood of some unspeakable sacrifice or birth." Dillard uses comparison to make the blood seem both mysterious and deathly, but also beautiful. In The Child and the Shadow, LeGuin uses more of a symbolic technique. The man representing all that is civilized, and the shadow representing the dark side of the man's soul. Dillard's essay, Heaven and Earth In Jest, points out nature's violence, but also it's mystery. She begins to tell stories of beauty in nature, such as watching frogs by the water, and ends them by a giant water bug eating the...
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The main theme of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is adventure. The adventures of Huck show different emotions and the different roads of life. Mark Twain, the author, uses setting, theme, imagery, satire, characterization, and other elements. Satire is used of human nature when Huck sees Sherburn shoot Boggs, who everyone knows is harmless. When the angry mob goes to lynch Sherburn, he takes a stand on his porch. Sherburn then himself makes his speech. He accuses the men of being cowards. He says that no one really wants to be there and everyone is afraid. He goes on to say that they failed to bring a "true man," someone to follow who is brave and has a purpose. After the end of the speech, the crowd disperses. The speech was so powerful that it made Huck think, "I could a staid, if I'd wanted to, but I didn't want to." Twain uses Sherburn's speech to satirize the average man. Huck learns from this experience about the average man and his limitations. This is a constant theme throughout the book as Huck is always learning and playing on the nature of humans. Through the killing, the speech, and Huck's emotion, Twain used satire to portray all the details to create an astonishing way for Huck to show his thinking. Characterization is an element that Twain used strongly to show what type of person Huck really was. In the beginning of the story, Huck had no aversion to slavery. In the middle he meets a slave and helps him escape to freedom. In the end, Huck has a totally different view of blacks. The slave's name is Jim. Huck's characterization is showed when Huck's teacher talks to both Huck and Jim and therefore creates the difference in the way Huck and Jim talk....
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"I felt a Funeral in my brain" Almost unknown as a poet in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson is now recognized as one of the greatest poets who used many different devices to develop her poetry, which made her style quiet unique. A glance at one of her poems may lead one to believe that she was quiet and a simple poet. The poetry of Dickinson attempt to romanticize nature and speak of death and loneliness that is not only in her poems, but also in her life. "I felt a funeral in my brain". The use of words associated with death gives the poem an ominous and dark karma. At the beginning of this poem the feelings of grief and pain are evident. Throughout the rest of the poem, there is a strong sense that the speaker needs to make a choice between a world full of trouble and pain or a heaven that brings solitude and peace. In the first stanza, Dickinson uses the metaphor of a funeral to represent the speaker's sense that a part of her is dying, that is, her reason is being overwhelmed by the irrationality of the unconscious. "I felt the funeral in my brain" (li 1) a funeral is an appropriate image for this ordeal. The funeral marks the passage from one state to another (Life to death, sanity to insanity). Also a funeral is a formal event, whose rules and procedures suggest control and order. The control and order implicit in a funeral contrast ironically with the lack of control and loss of rationality that threaten the speaker. However, the poet is not observing the funeral but is feeling it. She is both observer of the funeral and participant, indicating that the Self is divided. The mourners are a metaphor to express her pain, "And...
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"If a society is to thrive, it must put its own overall success before the well-being of its individual citizens." ------------------------------
To maintain a society in well-being is a hard and essential target to any government. And when governing a nation, the leader always meets the dilemma between overall and individual benefit. I think a nation should put its own overall success on the first place, but also should not lookdown the well-being of individual citizens. A nation is a union of all people, but not some people. It is firstly must protect the public benefit. Only a nation defend the majority benefit, can it be cold a democracy nation. And only it can effectively protect public benefit, will people support it. If a nation looks down the overall success, it is doomed the nation's end day is coming soon. Retrospect the history, no thrived country didn't put its own overall successfully. Take the Tang Dynasty in China for instance. At the beginning of Tang, the King built new water construction, widened river width, and drew many disciplines to help people. The science, technology and art in Tang Dynasty all developed greatly. And it bring China into a thriving time. But at the end the Tang Dynasty, the leader didn't care the public trouble, only thought about living in richness and lavish. Soon, the Tang Dynasty was overthrow. Of cause, we speak of putting overall success before the individual well-being doesn't mean any government should neglect individual, or even use it as excuse for his failure in protecting individual benefit. After all, any nation is composed by every individual. Only most individual's benefit has been gained, only could call it the overall benefit has won. And any individual disaffection must has its reason, which is very probably will be the source that will grow the overall rejection power. So any government should also often detect and research the reason of individual's dissatisfaction. It is...
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ENGLISH EXT TASK 1 - "Individual and Society" ("A Doll House") The word individual is used when referring to a single human being. In society, an individual is particular person, who is considered special, has a distinct character, and possesses a uniqueness that sets them apart from every other person. Although the concept of individuality seems to suggest difference and separation, all humans are influenced by their environment. Is there such a thing as an individual in society? Or are we all just products of our time, and the society in which we live? Henric Ibsen explores this concept through his play; "A Dolls House". Ibsen's play was set in the 19th century, and reflects many aspects of the society at the time, one of the most important being, the role of women. Throughout my speech I am going to explore the role of women in 19th century society and its relation to the topic; "The individual and society". In the 19th century, British women were expected to marry and have children. The laws were based on the idea that women would get married and that their husbands would take care of them. When a woman got married, her wealth was passed to her husband. If a woman worked after marriage, her earnings also belonged to her husband. Women would usually not work and had no say in matters of business or finance. The idea was, that upper and middle class women had to stay dependent on a man: first as a daughter and later as a wife. In Victorian times, a woman's life wasn't her own, it was dedicated to her husband, children, and looking after the home. For a woman, marriage meant a life of subservience. They were expected to present themselves in a manner that was both visually pleasing and endearing...
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Amber Way English 102 October 7, 2003 "Like a Winding Sheet" by Ann Petry In Ann Petry's "Like a Winding Sheet", we see a black man mind abducted by the disease called racism, which he try's to overcome by applying the values put upon him by his family. Having been living with racism so long, he struggles to continue to fight for his family beliefs. "Like a Winding Sheet" is about a Blackman name Mr. Johnson who lives with his wife Mae. They both work the night shift, in a labor plant. Johnson is always late for work because the aches in his legs. One Friday on the thirteen day of the month, Johnson went to work and got chewed up by his boss for being late. Then Johnson got rejected at the all-night-restaurant by the coffee lady. Every time someone rejects or come off inappropriate, Johnson looks at the situation as a racial insult and gets extremely mad. The only way to control his anger is the values bestowed on him by his family's upbringings. Can his family's values hold value when his anger gets unbearable? In "Like a Winding Sheet", Ann Petry uses structure to show the birth to the death of Johnson's struggles. She also shows symbols like the "lipstick" and "Wind Sheet" to argue why Johnson struggles to continue to fight for his family' belief, not to hit on women. In the beginning Johnson had an argument with his wife Mae about why she should go to work despite it was Friday the Thirteen. Petry states, "He couldn't bring himself to talk to her roughly or threaten to strike her like a lot of men might have done. He wasn't made that way" (285), which states his family's belief, the birth. This first argument symbolizes the beginning of Johnson "winding in a sheet". Johnson's belief...
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ENGLISH ESSAY – discuss the changes taken place throughout Josie's relationships with people by the end of her HSC year The changes taken place throughout Josie's relationships with people by the end of her HSC year has changed dramatically. Her relationship with her Nonna, Michael Andretti and her social school relationships with the girls from St Martha's slowly changes as she starts to mature and realise that she needs to open up her heart and accept who she really is, and to understand other people instead of blocking people that are different to her off her world, which stops her from realizing that she is already widely accepted by the rich snobs in St. Martha. At the end of her HSC year, her relationship with Michael Andretti changes Josie's and everyone's view of her illegitimacy. In the beginning of the book, she is furious at him for how he wrecked Christina's and Josie's life, dreams and socializing. Christina was kicked out of the house when she was pregnant and her dreams of being an artist was flushed down the drain when she was pregnant with Josie. For Josie, she had been teased by and talked about her illegitimacy when Michael wasn't in Sydney. "For him to actually exist was mind boggling. Sometimes I think his a myth.?Chapter1 pg15. "I don't care about him I wouldn't care if he was sitting in this room with us now. I'd look straight through him. We don't need him.?Chapter1 pg16. Although Josie feels this way in the beginning, she ends up meeting Michael Andretti and her hatred towards him changes to nervous and excited at the fact she is meeting him. "I felt sick at the idea of meeting him, though at the same time I desperately wanted to.?Chapter2 pg 18. "He's a barrister and although I didn't...
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"Many of the world's lesser-known languages are being lost as fewer and fewer people speak them. The governments of countries in which these languages are spoken should act to prevent such languages from becoming extinct."
It is really a shame to think that some lesser-known languages in the world are getting totally wiped out from the face of the earth and the governments of those countries are doing nothing to save them. There are various reasons for the decrease in popularity of these languages. First of all, there are lots of countries in the world that have different languages spoken in different parts of the country. An example of such a country is India. A very small population speaks some of these languages, whereas many other languages are spoken by a considerable part of the country's population. Because of the dominance of these more popular languages, these lesser-known languages are at a risk of getting lost. Secondly, most of these countries have only one official language in spite of the presence of many different popular languages. This is done in order to help people of different languages communicate with each other without having to learn all languages. Therefore the government concentrates more on popularizing the official language among masses. Some schools and education centers uses these official and more popular languages to communicate among the masses. As such the lesser-known languages are totally ignored. Thirdly, people speaking these lesser-known languages may not have proper means to teach their language to others especially to their next generation. They may not have proper schools teaching their own languages. For example, in India, the state governments are trying to popularize the more prominent language in the state by making it compulsory for students to learn them in schools, but do not consider the lesser known languages. Finally, because of their unpopularity, people tend to get easily attracted to the more popular and easily spoken rich languages. They start speaking and learning more about the more popular languages and therefore change their mother...
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Michelle Hoover English 1023 Katherine Mansfield's "Miss Brill" describes an aging English teacher who routinely visits the Jardins Publiques. The park is where Miss Brill spends her delightful Sunday afternoons "visiting" with the people whom she hardly knows. Miss Brill lacks self-awareness and no information is offered about her apparently empty life. Miss Brill is starving for tenderness and companionship. The lack of children and husband echoes her need for warmth and compassion. Mansfield uses Miss Brill's actions to illustrate her suffering, pain and bitter loneliness and shows her attempts to experience life through total strangers and their life experiences. Miss Brill is a voyeur, observing, not actually participating in the life at the Jardins Publiques. Miss Brill thinks of herself as "quite expert" (319) in the eavesdropping, she does. She feels accomplished at "sitting in other people's lives just for a minute while they talk around her" (319). Miss Brill's need for companionship is evident in her perception of the band that plays at the Jardins Publiques. "It was like some one playing with only the family to listen" (319) denoting Miss Brill considers herself as a member of the family instead of the audience. The lack of respect and value others demonstrate for family and male companionship angers Miss Brill. This assumptive observation becomes apparent when she is critical of those she observes. Miss Brill views the man who shares her "special" seat as "a fine old man" (319) while the woman is referred to as "a big old woman" (319). She even takes a hostile attitude when she remembers an event that occurred the previous Sunday. The husband, a patient Englishman, has a difficult wife and the conversation disturbed Miss Brill to the point she"wanted to shake" (319) the ungrateful wife. These observations suggest that Miss Brill shows envy and...
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"My Side of the Matter" demonstrated multiple themes, including acceptance, denial, and regret. The man in this story seems to have made many mistakes in his life. As he tells us right from the beginning, his first mistake is marrying his wife, Marge, and his second mistake was getting her pregnant. Marge seemed to want to have control over their lives, because she moves them to her Aunts' house where her husband is not welcome. There, being as submissive as ever, doesn't argue with her aunts when told her husband can't sleep with her. To me, her aunts are a little naive to think that this married couple should not sleep in the same bed. But on top of that, the aunts treat this man with no respect, insulting his manhood and being outright disrespectful towards him. I also think this man needs to communicate more with his wife. They seem to be on a strange level, one that is not very loving or sensitive. Marge hardly ever sticks up for her husband while her aunts bash his confidence, making fun of him for just cashiering at a store. Personally, comparing this story to "The Somebody" I think they should be grateful this man even has a job. There is nothing they can do about their niece being pregnant, and it's not like she isn't married. Marge needs to move on and connect with her husband, I think they could work out most of their problems if they just talked with each other. The main tone is this story would probably be described as annoyed. Everyone seems annoyed at each other. In the beginning the man is annoyed with his life and his choices. The married couple are annoyed with each other and finally, the aunts are annoyed with the nephew-in-law and each other. No one in this story seems to be happy about anything, they all fight, they are...
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"Night" Eliezer Wiesel The question "hope and belief are necessary to survive" is portrayed very strongly in this novel, most people in this book will follow, quote "without hope no-one can survive", although, in the case of Eliezer Wiesel this is not the case, through thick and thin he survives, losing friends, relatives and even close family members. He loses Moche" the Beadle, a good friend and mentor when the first selection takes place. then he loses part of his family when they get to Auchwich, then things get worse and worse and finally he loses his father, the one person closest to him. the only reason why he survives is because he does not't lose hope. During the lead-up to going to the concentration camps, the remaining towns people received messages from the hungarian police imitating the towns people who had already left, saying everything was great where they were fine. this caused the towns people to believe that everything was going to be fine and deportation was just like going on a holiday. when the towns people were put into the ghettos they thought, "we should no longer have before our eyes those hostile faces, those hate-laden stares. Our fear and anguish where at an end we were living at among jews, among brothers" instead of 'oh no we're being segregated' they always looked at the positive side of things. "hitler wont be able to do anything to us even if he wants to." and looking at the positive side of things became their downfall, When Eliezer finally arrives at Birkenau, the reception center for Auschwitz, he is picked to become a worker, and not to go to the crematory. there he sees a truck drive up and tip a truck load of babies into a fiery ditch. there Eliezer loses his...
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James Baldwin, a homosexual African American, the grandson of a slave focuses his writing on his "blackness" and environment (Harlem) in his essay, "Notes of a Native Son." There are three things that affect Baldwin the most, his race, his prejudice riotous society and the reconciliation with his father that he experiences. The essay concentrates on three important sections or effects; Harlem as a prejudice society, Baldwin's father's funeral, and, Baldwin's blackness and how he deals with his blackness. The funeral day of Baldwin's father there was mass hysteria in Harlem. Baldwin says, A few hours after my father's funeral, while he lay in state in the undertaker's chapel, a race riot broke out in Harlem. On the morning of the 3rd of August, we drove my father to the graveyard through a wilderness of smashed plate glass. (Page 52) The smashed plate glass symbolizes the broken community and broken life that Baldwin's father led. The tumultuous racial tensions in Harlem never ceased to die even with James Baldwin's father who was a bitter man. Much like Baldwin's father's life his funeral is surrounded by what essentially was wrong with Harlem; the poverty and racial hatred. His father was a very sequestered man. He couldn't live with white people because of the slavery issue; Baldwin's grandfather was a slave from New Orleans. Not showing any love for your children caused much despair in the life of Baldwin's father. There is a schism of love and hate inside his father. Baldwin says, In my mind's eye I could see him, sitting at the window, locked up in his terrors; hating and fearing every living soul including his children who had betrayed him, too, by reaching towards the world which had despised him. (Page 54) This proves that Baldwin's father was in fact mentally ill and...
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Physical Description In this novel the character Lennie Small is a huge man, shapeless of face, large pale eyes, wide sloping shoulders, walked heavily, dragged his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws, and he didn't swing his arms, but hung loosely. Character traits- Lennie Lennie is a very childish person. When a child really wants something they will bagged on tell they get what they want. This is exactly the way that Lennie repeditly does to George throughout the novel. When something comes up out if the blue Lennie has a really hard time trying to solve any problems so he always looks for George to answer for him. Lennie's not the type of guy that you would call smart. When he was younger a horse kicked him, which has caused him to be this way. But on the other hand his is like a big teddy bear, and a dam good worker. Lennie is a calm character he's not prone to violence. When Lennie was in a fight with Curly he didn't want to hit Curly back. In fact he wasn't going to his Curly back on tell George told him, this shows he's a very honourable person and trust worthy of George. Lennie's is always asking George to tell him stories about the past, present and future. Lennie loves the story about the ranch the most because he will be able to tend the rabbits on the ranch. Lennie doesn't seem to realize how strong he is because when he catches the mice he always holds them to tight, or when he was petting the little puppy that slim gave to him, he thought that the puppy was going to bit him so he slapped it out of reflex and killed it by accident. Lennie has a really hard time remembering everything that...
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