“Song of the Hummingbird” was written by Graciela Limon . The book is about an Aztec princess Huitzitzilin who talks about what happens to her during the Spanish conquest. Huitzitzilin decided to tell her story to Father Benito who is one of the main characters in the book. At the end of the book, Huitzitzilin dies and Father Benito finally sees the truth through her eyes and her story. The main idea or the lesson that this book is trying to teach a person is that you should not automatically judge a person until you get to know them. The book “Song of the Hummingbird” caused me to have a rollercoaster of emotions and the lesson that I liked the most from this book was that you should give someone a chance before you judge them. The lesson that the book teaches the students is that you need to have the strength and you need fight for what you believe in no matter what the punishments are.
"Song of the Hummingbird" demonstrates strength because Huitzitzilin had the strength to tell Father Benito what actually happened and was not afraid of what the punishments she might have gotten. One quote that shows the strength that Huitzitzilin was when she was telling her story to Father Benito “I was alive, and never again would this happen to me. When I opened my eyes, I realized that I would be free because pain had liberated me” (Limon 64). Huitzitzilin is telling Father Benito how she was able to overcome her obstacles and how she was free from the pain. Even after Father
“The free bird thinks of another breeze….a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams…” The two literary works “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” can be seen as mockingbirds that have flown over fields of prejudice and repeat what they have seen for all to hear. Jem Finch, a young boy and lawyer’s son from “To Kill a Mockingbird” clearly symbolizes a mockingbird because of his youth and innocence, and because of his innocence he cannot fully understand the racism in the story. Jem also has many similarities to the caged and free birds in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, whether it be Jem’s
Maya Angelou is a leader by example, she sets the standard by her actions and the stories she tells teaches the audience a lesson. Majority of her work is to inform us of the past and she wants us to learn from her experiences in life; she is a life teacher. The purpose of this poem was to inform us of the history of our country. The poem is titled “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and her purpose of writing this is to teach the reader why the caged bird sings. Maya Angelou wants to put the reader in her shoes to get the ultimate experience of racial inequality but instead by taking the role of a caged bird or a free bird.
As Thomas Foster tells us, every quest has five different items. They consist of a quester, a place to go, a stated reason for going, challenges and trials on the way, and a real reason to go there. In the book The Hummingbird’s Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea, we find all these elements. The first, the quester, is our main character, Teresita Urrea. Her “place to go” is not a physical place, we learn, but rather her purpose in life. Teresita’s purpose is to bring peace: Teresita becomes a saint, and helps to bring peace between the Spanish people and the Natives who both inhabit Mexico. Her reason for bringing this peace is simply her desire to help others- and when she becomes a saint,
Imagine living in a civilization that practiced human sacrifice and ritual dances, and then one day that civilization no longer exists because another culture decided to conquer them. These people are known to modern society as the Aztecs. In Graciela Limon's novel, Song of the Hummingbird, she illustrated how a culture like the Aztecs or Mexica, can quickly diminish when there are people such as the Spanish that have very limited understanding about certain subjects. Some people may say that the Aztecs were slaughtered because the Darwinian principle of natural selection even applies to mankind. This concept was perceptible when the Spaniards marched with horses, advanced technology, and armor. But through this novel,
The “Hummingbird’s Daughter” by Luis Alberto Urrea proved to be a novel full of Mexican culture and identity, focusing on such intricate detail all the way through. One character in particular, Don Tomas Urrea who is the father of Teresita, plays a very important role throughout the book being a father, for Teresita, a friend for some, and a ‘patron’ for most. Although at the start of the book this man is not fairly distinguished, reading deeper into the novel the reader is slowly hooked to how humble and courageous Don Tomas can be. Being the head of the family a lot is expected of Don Tomas, he has to be fierce in front of his men, at the same time a good leader for his workers, and eventually up to the point of playing the role of a father to his unexpected daughter Teresita.
Undeniably, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an interesting yet enlightening read about the discrimination and unfairness African Americans faced in the 1930s through the eyes of a child. There are numerous passages throughout the novel that are life lessons for not just the characters in the story, but the readers. Without a doubt, one life lesson that is displayed in the story is the empathy shown by Atticus. The life lesson of personal integrity is also a major one in the story, as well as persistence. Lastly, the theme of courage is significant and the life lesson of the mockingbird in the story has a deeper meaning than what might appear to readers. Overall, the life lessons of empathy, personal integrity, persistence,
Deep in the forest of Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the caged bird sings on. The singing slaves in Douglass’s narrative are the caged birds of Maya Angelou’s famous poem, filling the air around them with desire: desire for a freedom so far out of reach—for “things unknown but longed for still.”
Have you ever wondered just how fast a Hummingbird's wing beats? Or how many times a Hummingbird’s heart beats per minute? Well, I am here to enlighten your bird loving souls. For those of you who don’t know, a Hummingbird’s wing can beat up to 200 times per second, and a Hummingbird’s heart while in flight can beat up to 1,250 times per minute. Special muscles in their “shoulder” areas allow for them to fly in all directions, up, down, left, right you name it. These are just the basic facts, now let’s get into the good stuff.
Within ‘Birdsong’ Faulks uses the character of Stephen as his voice, through which he propounds his horror and perplexity at what is unfolding during the War. Faulks also introduces the idea of a new reality which is experienced by the men in the trenches.
This song represents the racism throughout the novel and the social hierarchy. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” a major subject discussed during the novel is racism, and in the song above the same subject is being discussed. In the song it talks about how white people have a privilege over black people, one of the examples used in the song is; “Hip hop started off in a block that I’ve never been to, to counteract a struggle I’ve never even been through.” This is saying white rappers didn’t start off where black rappers did and at they have not had to go through the same struggles at the beginning. Comparing this to the novel when Tom Robinson is on trial, all of the evidence proves he is innocent and that he has done nothing but go
The first and most important lesson for a grade school or middle school student to understand and appreciate is kindness. Kindness is a major theme in this book. Most of the characters give serious thought about how their actions will affect others. In this book it shows how much kindness matters. To quote the text people
These lessons are about the dangers and foolishness of racism, the passion of reading and telling stories, and female power. The story is set in 1964 in South Carolina, which is where racism was present. Throughout the story, Lily learn about how some African Americans were treated at the time and how racist the white people were being. Lessons about reading and telling stories were also in the book.Lily loves books and reading, and she wants to become a writer. Lily really starts writing when Zach gives her a notebook to record her thoughts. The last lesson is about feminism and the mothers. Lily has always wanted her mother back, and all she has to remember her by, is some of her possessions. In the end of the book, Lily learns that she has several 'mothers' , like Rosaleen, the Boatwrights, and the Daughters of Mary.
The third lesson is the moral. Until the last stanza, this is a simple descriptive poem. But the whole theme is wrapped up in the last stanza. That last line. In this poem, students should be able to see how a simple thing like those last two stanzas elevates this to art. Why is one painting of a tree art and their’s is not? How is one story worthy of class time and another not? Theme. Truth. In understanding that last line, they “get” the poem.
"No matter who tries to teach you lessons about life, you won't understand it until you go through it on your own." Lessons are an important part of everyday life. They help people learn through tough times or teach them how to avoid terrible situations. Lessons can be passed down from adults to their children, or other important people in their lives. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout understands not everyone is fortunate, there is more than meets the eye, and that you can not trust rumors.
The poem is about the vulnerability, innermost torment and the suppression of an emotional and fragile personality symbolized through the image of a Bluebird hidden inside the speakers mind.