Brian S. Ekasala ENC1102-170861 Professor Martin-Buchanan May 29, 2013 Journal Response #2 Retrospective Narration of “Orientation” “Orientation” written by Daniel Orozco (McMahan 454) was to me, mostly a comical read. I have that dark sense of humor I guess. I liked the way the story was presented. By using primarily first person narration, I felt as if I was the one being shown around the office on my first day of work. I found myself conjuring up question after unanswered question as I was being pulled into a story line about yet another employee. I became less interested in the particulars of who exactly was the narrator, the intended audience, or the office itself; and more interested in the inner workings of the office …show more content…
For example, immediately following the quick background about Anika Bloom having her palms bleed and foretelling Barry Hackers’ wife’s death, you’re told not to talk to her or you may end up like Colin Heavey; who became doomed after having talked to Anika. This effectively stopped me in my tracks; no wonder Daniel Orozco has gained so much notoriety for this short story, there’s so much depth to it. Anytime the storyline started to become boring the author would interject something so contrast that it demanded attention. To go from describing the benefits plan and showing the kitchenette into a description of how Barry Hackers’ wife is now haunting the office. To go from a description of the Supplies Cabinet and Gwendolyn Stich’s penguins into a very detailed description of Kevin Howard, a known serial killer, in such a callous way was shocking! I was left with a view of what I believe is San Francisco. A description of the view from the photocopier room mentioned, “It overlooks the park, where the tops of those trees are. You can see a segment of the bay between those two buildings over there” (McMahan 457). I did a little research on the author and found in an interview he mentioned “his worst job and growing up in San Francisco” (KQED). I found it amusing that one of the very
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This will go over the character, the time, and the setting in the book, helping to show and understand the theme because the author can convey plot points and themed information better through the components of the book themselves, rather than outright stating it in the book.
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He created a monster story disguised as a detective story, which left the audience in awe at the climax in the story where they discover the truth. The way the author simulated the setting in the novella is very reminiscent of how Palahniuk set up the climax in Fight Club. The audience is given the image of individual who has altered persona.
For example, when the audience learns that Somesh dies, it is very shocking because there was no back story, and the author was writing the story as if it were to have a happy ending, Somesh and Sumita were just beginning to fall in love. When the author abruptly breaks the audience’s hearts, she then goes back to explain what happened to Somesh. Doing this puts the audience on an emotional rollercoaster and captures the reader’s attention, drawing them deeper into the story. The author does not always use this skipping ahead wisely; it can be confusing at times and catches the reader off guard. It forces the audience to go back and reread until they understand what she is
Throughout all of its history, San Francisco has been one the most emblematic cities recognized around the world, as well as one that has seen many tragic events such as the earthquake of 1906, whose devastating aftermath ultimately destroyed the “Golden City” and menaced its citizenry. However, in “Story of an Eyewitness,” Jack London offers the audience a particular account of the event through the use of rhetorical devices and an extended metaphor of San Francisco’s seemingly “doomed fate,” painting a vivid and dramatic image of the tragedy that transcends the geographical and material destruction of the city in order to reveal the innermost loss and significance of San Francisco: its populace’s hope and virtue.
Beautiful imagery laced amidst a wondrous storyline, accompanied by memorable and lovable characters are all elements pertaining to enjoyable works of fiction. Tales that keep one up late into the night forever reading just “one more page” forever propelling the intrinsic imagination for a novel enthusiast. Yet, at times there are deeper meanings hidden between the lines. Symbols, analogies, and latent parallels all connecting to real life events and situations being portrayed by the author. Using literary theory can bring a more profound understanding of the reading material at hand, as well as unique insight as to what the author was feeling or intending to portray at the time of writing.
In the story, Orientation, wrote by Daniel Orozco, he captures the true spirit of the stereotypical workplace, by using the lack of dialogue, humor, and repetition. The story conveys a sense of workplace alienation. This story is all about the tension between people’s essential identity, crucial interconnectedness, and collaboration required of workers. He shows a new employee the ropes. It features a deadpan mix of senseless instructions. Orozco describes the absurd work environment, and he shows the readers to see the wide variety of social absurdities that employees can find in the workplace. Orozco gives a lot information about the work expectations and his co-workers’ private life; he also implies some perspectives about bullying in his workplace. He brings out the typical office affair to reflect human relationships.
This paragraph shows that Barker spent a lot of time putting details into his illustrations was very important because they created lots of suspense and force you to pay attention to the illustrations.
Theoretical Orientation Reflection Paper Natasha Cartwright Senior Seminar February 8, 2017 Dr. Hill Theoretical Orientation Reflection Paper Introduction In the field of social work it is essential to be aware of theoretical approaches to incorporate into the work and realize which one fits more effectively with your different perspectives of life. With a better understanding of who you are, it becomes more easier to figure out your best way of counseling; figuring out which theories you find least and most appealing helps as well. When you are rooted in a theoretical orientation that aligns with your personal values and beliefs everything aligns up well. Applying your research of theoretical orientations to your actual work creates
Every plot point and storyline shift is a puzzle piece the author puts down in front of the reader to bring him in on their secret.
Daniel Orozco’s short story “Orientation” is a comedic type of piece written to make you feel like you’re the main character being led through this maze of rules and cubicles and employees, as well as their lives all at once. It’s not really clear who is the narrator in this story, but what is clear is that Orozco chose to tell the story through the eyes of the reader. The whole point of view takes us (the audience) for a ride and makes us a character. If it was written differently and not told the way it has, the story would have lost its humor and quirkiness. It’s a very interesting and different away to incorporate all these pieces of a puzzle that is the “Office Orientation” and
I found the orientation to be a very odd and funny story to read. The story is about a person who has just be hired to work at an office and someone is giving him a tour of the place and of new co-workers. The first thing I noticed is the lack of an introduction to the person giving the orientation,the person who is getting the tour of the office and what type of an office this is. I assume the person who is being giving the tour is us the reader since the narrator seems to be speaking to us directly in the story. However later on in the story when the narrator is giving a description of the targeted victims of the office’s serial killer he states “white male, a young adult no older than thirty, heavyset, with dark hair and eyes”. While its
For a first novel, the prose was lovely, and the mystery and alienation came through in the story that always danced over and across a line of fantasy, leaving multiple avenues to interpret parts of the story. It was intangible as ice or snow in the sun, melting and reforming.