Automatically, the reader knows that serious issues are about to be discussed and that the outcome may not be positive. This novel challenges the material ideology discussed above. It does this by bringing the issues to the forefront and reporting on them in a fictitious yet realistic manner. The reader is not led to believe that the ending will be happy, he is supposed to expect the consider the harsh realities of the world throughout the piece.
“Whether you think you can or think you can 't, you are right” - Henry Ford. Perspective can change an entire reality for an individual. This is also prevalent in John Edgar Wideman’s “Newborn Thrown In Trash and Dies” as he uses a unique first person perspective to reveal his story. Many thoughts and ideas come to mind when this title is recited, however, this is precisely what transpires in John Edgar Wideman’s short story. In “A Newborn Thrown In Trash and Dies” a new born baby discusses the different phases of a life that could have been. Widman presents his story in the first-person point of view. Wideman expresses events as he is the narrator -a female infant, who is plummeting to her death through a garbage chute. Wideman’s use of the first person point of view enables him to describe the events in the story through his eyes, gaining the trust of the reader, to depict the social issue of child abuse and abandonment.
A mother and a child. A love that transcends no bounds. To give up a child leaves a hole that nothing can fill. An empty abyss. In the heat of the moment, the mother is convinced that she is doing right by the child. Giving that child a life that they themselves will not be able to give. It hurts to leave, but they know deep down, that the sacrificing of their happiness for the child’s well-being is what is best. In the photograph Mother and child by Jerome Liebling, the mother stands, child in arms, before the steps. Before the steps of giving up the one piece of joy she has in her life. Holding a blank expression on her face, trying not to show any emotion as it would only make what she is about to do harder. She is tired, worn down by the weight of the world. Contemplating what she is about to do, although she knows it will not help.
Fear is also generated in this piece of propaganda in that it plays on the emotions of the viewer by making them aware of what may be left behind if they die by a thoughtless and preventable accident. This further prompts safe driving, that it reveals to the viewer real life accidents, and promotes concern to the viewer. It also gives a sense of pity for the child that has been abandon by its deceased parents.
The second experience that Baby has which causes her loss of innocence is being placed in foster care while her father is in the hospital. First of all, while Baby spends time in foster care she is exposed to many sad, disheartening realities about life and her own childhood. Baby is forced to come to terms with many sad realities and she sees things that children should never see while living in foster care. For one, she watches as a boy is beaten up by some bullies and then yelled at by his uncle. After that, the boy sinks into a deep depression, showing Baby a sad side of life. Also, the boy’s uncle asks Baby “...Is he [her dad] still selling weed?” (33). Baby is forced to come to terms
Finally, the depiction of figure is perhaps the most interesting and intellectually challenging element in this piece. The figure, while emotionally withdrawn from the viewer, is physically imposing. She is looking down and away from the viewer, as if the isn’t aware that she is being watched. Her mask-like facial features also do little in the way of conveying emotion. Her body, however, is quite different. The dark thick lines shaping her muscles and limbs, the detail in the curls of her hair, the placement of her fingers, and her exposed breast all demand the attention of the viewers’ eye. The bold lines that define her legs, waist, and hip, make her seem intrusively part of our space. The awkward placement of her
Text Page Number Response “Mom stood fifteen feet away. She had tied rags around her shoulders to keep out the spring chill and was picking through the trash while her dog, a black-and-white terrier mix, played at her feet. Mom’s gestures were all familiar --- the ways she tilted her head and thrust out her lower lip when studying items of potential value that she’d hoisted out of the dumpster.”
Besides the intuitive black-and-white graphics, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close displays a series of gripping texts that range from profound seriousness to adventurous lightheartedness. The story follows through the footsteps of a nine year old boy named Oscar Schell after his father passed away from the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Oscar is left traumatized and is constantly unhappy with himself and others. Through his story, Oscar illustrates how to forgive himself from the feelings of regret, loss, and emotional strain. Furthermore, he provides an explicit example showing that even after a painful heart-rending experience, one can overcome fear and transcend grief.
The Pain of Heartbreak “The Fountain House” presents the idea of relinquishing for a loved one at any cost. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya weaves a dreamlike reality to capture a father’s conviction that his daughter can still live in spite of various medical professionals pronouncing her dead. The effect characterizes the father as delusional. The story’s pathetic symbolism emphasizes the heartbreaking situation of a father, so desperate to save his daughter that he is willing to commit the ultimate transgression.
Just then the mother heard an explosion, and her eyes grew mad and welled up with tears. She ran through the streets of Birmingham, calling her child’s name out.
Folds and unfolds the edge of the blanket as the unfolding of what there is to come. But not in that moment, in which the sound is raucous, intermittent, albeit it only incites, rehearses the awakening. Besides desires what mobilizes us is the smell of coffee, pasture, manure, Nellore cattle, corn porridge, pamonha, and to cut Ourinhos as if it was a burden. Traffic jam, exhaust pipe, red light, sudden stop, leather upholstery, São Paulo, driver, as if it was today. The hallucinating aroma of a moldy London (fish and chips), impersonal and acrylic in the office, rubberized and anodized on the subway. It will explode. Just as one can divert secrets, one can compartmentalize sensations of sweat, repugnant heat, cooked beasts, prepared as in a soup, the filthy and hideous streets of Liberia, malaria and death in the air. As hot and drenched as it must look clean, thus the sanitary water from Amapá pervades the nostrils, lots of loose bitches, what a level! How necessary it is to soften the fear, the wet, but harmless, rocks and snow of Canada. When the food produces gas, it is better to go into a drugstore and consume Chinese
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Rather than making this film into a devastatingly tragic tale of familial loss, Girard chooses to articulate the pain of miscarriage in a refreshingly realistic way. The setting of the miscarriage in an unashamedly public space, that lacks the comfort and intimacy of a family home or medical room, is potentially configured to cast a raw and honest depiction of the mournful reality of miscarriages that affect anything between 10-25% of all pregnant women. The film’s characterization of a bereaved mother is equally refreshing in that it does not reduce Lilly to a hysterical, grieving mess after she miscarries in the cubicle. Rather, Lilly’s admirable engagement with the death of her unborn child chimes suitably with the temperate, subtle and measured tones of the film which are reflected in the soft, dusky pinks of the bathroom interior, delicate embraces by husband and wife, mother and child and the light, plucking of French guitar strings in the film’s melodic, non-diegtic music. Lilly does not scream or shout, fall down or become inconsolable when comforted by her loving husband. Her sobs indicate her internal suffering to the viewer, but instead, she chooses to respond courageously to her miscarriage for the sake of her
The story, “Stop the Sun”, introduces the concept of negative emotions that are caused by the actions of others. Especially, in Terry’s case, where his father has ‘vietnam syndrome’ or post-traumatic stress disorder. Terry’s father randomly blanks out at random times, and it happens often throughout the day. When one day it happens in the mall, Terry becomes extremely embarrassed and confronts the situation. Although, he realizes the hardships that his father went through and promises not to be embarrassed of him anymore. Throughout the story, the main character goes through a lot to truly learn a deeper side to his father’s illness.
Seeing in Gray On the train: The air is thick with the stench of human filth and fear. We are crammed in more tightly than even livestock would be allowed. People are sitting on top of one another, but we have been here so long, most have ceased to care. At first, it was loud, and the car was teeming with a mixture of fear and anger and expectation, but that has long since passed. After the first five days, many were already dead, and more were on there way. The mothers with babies are especially heartbreaking to watch. They hold their tiny bundles with such love, and yet such horror, for they know that their babies are dying. The gifts that they anticipated with overflowing joy are now bloated and misshapen from malnutrition and being