When I was young, I was terrified of vacuum cleaners. This fear came to be when my mom took me to Famous Footwear to buy new shoes. The employee there was wearing flip flops and she had a band-aid on her big toe. When I asked her what had happened, she said that her vacuum cleaner ate her toe. Ever since then, I had an ultimate fear of vacuum cleaners. In the story “The Elevator” by William Sleator, Martin, the 12 year old boy, also struggles to overcome his fears. Martin and his father move to a new apartment complex. When they arrive, Martin is greeted by a creepy elevator and a stalker. He does everything to avoid asking his father for help because his father shows apathy for the danger his is in. This leaves Martin alone and trapped with his fears. William Sleator shows us Martin’s lack of ability to get over his fears by building suspense through Martin’s thoughts and actions, which are all efforts to avoid those fears… He is severely claustrophobic in the elevator, extremely paranoid of the fat lady, and intimidated by his father.
Finally, the authors demonstrated theme by using the setting of the excerpts. To start, McCourt states ”You can look in people’s windows and see how cozy it is in their kitchens with fires glowing.” in this exerpt calles Angela’s Ashes. Angela is jelous of the way that the other families get to live a happy life, but she has to steal from the happy families in order to make her own happy. This shows how when you are not as lucky as others, you tend to do things to make youself feel better than them and you may hurt them in order to do so. Also, Petry excerpt called The Street
Two cavemen stumble upon a burning log, neither familiar with fire, the first trusts his instincts proceeding to run away cowardly, he survives only to later die a lonely cold death succumbing to hypothermia; while the second takes the log to his cave and proceeds to thrive, living a long, prosperous life, despite being haunted by the fact his greatest accomplishment was picking up a exaggerated stick. See the first man trusted his instincts, a strategy that kept him alive until then, while the other took a risk and it payed off but we have those instincts because risks do not always pay off. These primal instincts allow humans to quickly fall back to the tried and trusted safe path but can also lead a person to do something to meet the needs
What is fear? Fear is is something you have when you are scared of something or in shock, so in the book The Elevator A boy Martin is scared, of course he was always uncomfortable in elevators afraid they would fall,but there was something especially unpleasant about this one. There scary and they can break down at anytime without you knowing.it could fall, and the lights could go off and you can't get help right away .He was walking down the stairs and he broke his leg because he was too scared to scared to ride the elevator with the big old lady.He is claustrophobic,paranoid,and may suffer from Cacomorphobia and Scopophobia. The elevator was so small that is felt uncomfortable and crowded even when there was
One reason I think this because in the beginning of the short, the two men disagreed on which way the little boy should wear his new hat. One man, who appeared to be the boy's father, wanted him to wear it down, while the other man, who appeared to be his grandfather, wanted the young boy to wear the hat up. The boy obviously didn’t like either of the ways, so he wore the hat his very own way and not how his father or grandfather wanted him to. I think this is an example of the theme because the boy wore his hat how he wanted and not how the two men wanted it
Martin is searching for a solution to his problems that will keep all his loved ones safe. Martin Meadows is an ideal husband. He works hard in his office and his home. Martin is amazingly efficient, tending to the garden, decorating for Christmas, cooking for his children, and pulling their lose teeth. He longs for the days back in Alabama when his family was happy and alcohol was not a part of their lives. From the start of the story Martin is weary from the disappointment he has encountered in the changes seen in his wife.
Life has always been complicated in Mexico as shown in the novel “The Crossing” by Gary Paulsen where the main character Manny is homeless and starving. Starting from when the Aztecs took over Mexico and then crumbled under the invasion of the Europeans, to the Mexican American war. There has been many wars and revolts in Mexico, which equals many catastrophic events. The wealth gap between the rich and the poor is immense. They live side-by-side with their big mansions and their shabby houses.
Many people use quotes, whether in daily life or writing. People use quotes to emphasize a situation and to support their ideas. Similarly, In Station Eleven, written by Emily St. John Mandel, the traveling symphony uses the quote from Star Trek, "Survival is Insufficient." This quote means that just surviving is not enough, we have to live and enjoy. Dieter, an actor, says that the quote is lousy and a Shakespeare quote would be more profound, but a Shakespearean quote would not be more appropriate. Dieter has a problem with the quote being from star trek because of the lack of literary merit the show holds. However, Shakespeare would not be more appropriate because both Shakespeare and Star Trek are a part of their past, and it doesn't matter
In the book, A Tale Of Two Cities, Dickens starts with the famous quote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” (Dickens, Chapter 1). The book takes place in two areas, London, England and Paris, France. The people of France, specifically the peasants, were suffering through starvation, high taxes, and overall neglect from the government. Meanwhile England is beginning to shift into the Industrial Revolution, which can be considered one of the country’s highest point in history. They were able to mass produce and thus strive with the money the earn from their products. In comparison, France was in crippling debt from the wars they had managed to involve themselves in.
Lennie old Lennie the great old Lennie. Lennie wants to own a rabbit farm. But there are some of Lennie traits that I believe will make it a little bit of a struggle for Lennie. The traits that will hurt Lennie the most are he does not like to talk, he is mentally challenged, childish and playful, also he is very strong. These traits will harm Lennie in the long run because rabbits are small creatures and could be harmed if he is too rough.
Blanche’s death speech plays a vital role in the development of the play “A Streetcar named Desire”. In the monologue the tension between Blanche and Stella comes to a zenith as Blanch explodes with rage as she expresses her jealousy-driven feelings to Stella. In doing so Blanche reveals much more, including her unstable mental state, her emotional reaction to the lost of Belle Reve, and most importantly her preoccupation with the theme of death.
A theme is the prime element of literature, which contains the central idea of the story. It helps reflect on the characteristics that a story might have and reflects on observations interpreted from our view of the author. The theme, a main idea or underlying meaning of literary work may be stated directly or indirectly, but it is ultimately our job to figure it out. Throughout any story, short story or poem you can see the constant change of imagery that will play a big part in the development of the characters ability’s to demonstrate the theme. In “The Storm” by Kate Chopin, the theme illustrates many sexual desires, adultery, and happiness as well as shows a theme of conflict. Chopin uses a storm to represent sexual passionate tension that builds throughout the story between the two main characters Alcee and Calixta.
Shirley Jackson states “I suppose you’ve got Don upset about that his daughter is already six months and hasn’t yet begun to learn to dance.Well apologize to her right now….she is prbley worried why you keep jumping around.”The way this quote supports the topic sentence is this shows the different side of Miss.Strangeworth. In shorter words the quotation means she is starting to get into other peoples buisness showing her different. Shirley Jackson says “STRANGEWORTH HOUSE engraved on the cheap news paper shop paper...it’s almost like a joke and Miss.Strangeworth writes on the letter SOME PEOPLE SHOULDN’T HAVE CHILDREN SHOULD THEY, then she goes to the post office just at sundown when it’s starting to get dark to deliver the letters and in the process she drops a letter and a little kid comes up and says this may be good news i’m going to take it to her.” Then once the town figured out who it was they sent her a letter saying,” LOOK AT WHAT USED TO BE YOUR ROSES.” These last two quotations show the other side of Miss.Strangeworth. The way these last two quotations show the topic sentence is true is that this shows the real Miss.Strangeworth. This paragraph shows the not innocent side of Miss.Strangeworth and what the town did because of
In the beginning , Billy thought the landlady was ‘terribly nice’,which he was quite grateful to have such a nice landlady who give him a well-appointed service, but as the conversations go on, Billy was then frightened by her weird and creepy contents, he ‘sat there staring straight ahead of him into the far corner of the room, biting his lower lip.’ tells the readers that he’s begin to frightened and suspect landlady, foreshadowing the readers that she might be doing something that couldn’t be trusted by Billy.
This refers to my theme because Death isn’t in a hurry to take her to its final resting place, he will get you there eventually, so why the rush? One last quote that describes the theme is in lines 17-20, it says, “We paused before a House that seemed/ A Swelling of the Ground-/ The Roof was scarcely visible-/ The Cornice – in the Ground.” This quote expresses my theme because the speaker and Death reach their final destination and the speaker symbolizes the grave as her home because this is where she will be laid to rest for eternity.