With a wind chill of a hundred degrees below zero and a rapidly diminishing supply of oxygen, travelers are ascending their way to attain their ultimate destination, the summit of Everest. Jon Krakauer confronts a countless number of physical and psychological obstacles with his comrades along the ceaseless expedition. Into Thin Air is a reflection of physical and psychological violence because of the treacherous environment, varying experience level of each climber, advertisement of Everest, and the mental conflict within each individual.
An advocacy activity I observed this following weekend was at an off-Broadway play performed at Second Stage Theater in New York City. The play, Notes from the Field is written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith. In this performance, she gives her viewers a look into the past history of our country as well as some recent major headlining news that took part in our society. She re-enacts the behaviors of some characters but gives the viewers a different perspective then what the media portrays it to be. In the play, Anna shows some tragedies that took place in schools, and prisons systems. She shows the division of ethnic groups and how the civil rights actions have still failed even in today’s communities.
In this excerpt from the novel under the feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes, we are introduced to a young girl named Estrella. Throughout the excerpt Estrella’s character changes and develops in many ways. The author reveals these changes through her usage of literary devices such as selection of detail, figurative language, as well as tone.
Jimmy knows too well the agonies of abandonment. First, when his mother, Cecilia, ran away with Richard to pursue a better lifestyle. Then, due to his father’s, Damacio Baca, alcoholisms and violent behavior; he also had to leave Jimmy behind. In spite of the drawbacks from abandonment to being a maximum security prisoner in Arizona State Prison, Jimmy preserver’s the darkness of prison by overcoming his illiteracy. However Cecilia and Damacio is not as fortunate as their child; Cecilia is shot by Richard after confronting him for a divorce and Damacio chokes to death after he is released from the detox center(Baca 263). Therefore the most significant event in this section of the memoir, A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca is the death of Jimmy’s parents.
During the times times of when the founding fathers lived, the slaves they brought in suffered from the chains on their hands and being dragged by their owners. In the book, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, the protagonist, Isabel, is one of those slaves. She was taken away from her home and was sold with her family when she was only 1 year old. Curzon is a slave who fights for the patriots in order to gain his freedom. Isabel and Curzon are bound by their chains from their lives. Even as their experiences may be different, they share many chains events that bind them together. This is shown through their scars, their quest for freedom, and their imprisonment.
Lennie Small is a character that readers are drawn to right from the beginning of the book. His innocence stands out from the grimey coverings of loneliness and hopelessness that the other characters wear. The reason Lennie is so innocent is because he has a mental handicap, one that prevents him from understanding complex human emotions such as guilt, or concepts such as death. In addition Lennie has trouble remembering things, “" I tried and tried [to remember]...but it didn't do not good." Consequently, Lennie has trouble fitting in with society. Ultimately his mental disability is what leads to Lennie's demise at the end of the book. Another trait that is an essential part of Lennie's innocent character is his devotion to his closest friend George. In fact, the only times Lennie is shown to be angry is when George is insulted or threatened. When Crooks, the crippled, black, stable hand, implies bad things about George, this devotion is clearly shown. “Suddenly Lennie's eyes centered and grew quiet, and mad. He walked dangerously toward Crooks. 'Who hurt George?' he demanded" When it comes to George, Lennie would deviate from the normal passive motives of his persona. More support can be found when George is the only one who can convince Lennie to “get him[Curly]” when Curly attacks him, as well as being the only one to stop him. Perhaps the most prominent support for Lennie's childlike innocence is in his utter belief of George and his dream. No matter how
In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Steinbeck makes Lennie a very sympathetic character because of his lack of intelligence, his kind heart and his large body type. In the book Of Mice and Men, 2 men Lennie and George search to find work so that one day they can accomplish the dream of owning a farm. Lennie and George go to do work on a ranch and they stay in a bunker with a couple other guys. Lennie and George's boss of the ranch is pretty tough on them and so is the boss's son Curley. Lennie and George hope that the dream of having their own plot of land will one day come true. Steinbeck was successful at making Lennie sympathetic because Lennie is A very affectionate person who does not like to hurt anyone and he really cares about other people.
In the story Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows the protagonist of the story Lennie, as a sympathetic character. In the book, Lennie, a big strong guy and his friend George are on a journey away from their home town Weed, to a job on a ranch. Lennie is not
The Katabasis of Makina Humanity has always been fascinated with the journey of heroic individuals; indeed, American children grow up hearing the tales of tiny hobbits traveling across continents to destroy an artifact of great evil or the tale of three wise men who travel from afar to see the birth of their deity. In Yuri Herrera’s novella Signs Preceding the End of the World, readers witness another journey to a strange land fraught with peril for our heroine Makina, a Mexican woman on a journey to find and bring her brother back from the United States of America. Looking at her journey, Makina follows in the same tradition as other heroes like Orpheus and Odysseus, who also plunge themselves into the dangerous underworld. For American
The journey of the Joad family takes course during the period of the Great Depression in United States. This century brings extreme hardship upon families across America. Especially for the Joad family as they are also affected by the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. The economic decline and natural disaster cause the family to relocate and abandon their home, and their past. In times of crisis, the Joads must endure the loss of family, property, and a home. The Joads travel west to California in hopes of finding new jobs and a new home. On their 2,000 mile journey a leader arises among the family. Ma Joad becomes the leader of the family, she learns to control her emotions and act for the greater cause of her family’s survival. Ma Joad possesses the
Generally, mothers inspire their children each and everyday. However, the story of Lori Ciuffo DaCunha does not cease at inspiration. My mother's journey serves as a clear model, of the determination and persistence that should be present within all. As her only daughter, my opinion in my mother's actions most definitely is biased. Although, hundreds of others, who have been touched or even rescued by the result of my mother's journey comply with my statements. My mother, Lori Ciuffo DaCunha, once endured through the challenges of medical school and receiving support for the goals she obtained, for her future. However, throughout her lifetime, she has worked to utilize her experiences in order to teach others. Not containing her intelligence,
The journey of the Joad family takes course during the period of the Great Depression in United States. This century brings extreme hardship upon families across America. Especially for the Joad family as they are also affected by the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. The economic decline and natural disaster cause
I nominate Maritza Norman for the Mission Award because Maritza is a valued employee that always goes above and beyond in all aspects of her work. Whether it be doing things on her own, communicating with her co-workers and/or clients she makes it a point to overcome obstacles in her path to ensure that a solution is given to help them achieve their own goals. She is a devoted worker that aims to achieve perfection on a daily basis and will admit to her own faults to allow her room to exceed and overcome her own obstacles and be able to provide a better service for herself, her co-workers and the clients that she serves. Maritza shows that she is devoted to the Mission of Catholic Charities in the way that she makes herself readily available
Having Jeison as a hero for kids with their own disabilities is very rare, knowing they have someone to relate to can give them hope. When Jeison was in the adult life he wanted others to know the values that disabled kids have just the same as any other kids.(crowdrise.com)
Jody is about an adopted child. It is about searching her natural parents. Who wants to know her true identity. This is the story of being human who has ever about the heart’s journey home. This is true to life story written by Jerry Hulse. Jody was an adopted daughter by Mary and Bruce Carr, who’s married dozen years before they adopt her. She was born on May 13, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was faces now serious surgery and the doctors needed her family background or medical history about her parents. When she was 16 years old, she knew that she was only an adopted daughter. Her adoptive parents never told her about it, only the place where she was born. And that is the only information to find her mother. Jerry Hulse her husband is the first travel editor in Los Angeles. He was died on 2002 at the age of 77.