Walking down a flight of stairs, Tommy was surprised to see a train station. “What is this place?” he asked his mother.
“This is the subway, it is like a train station underground.” she replied.
“Oh!” he exclaimed, “I heard Landon talking about it the other day, it’s the-the underground railroad!”
“No honey, the underground railroad is something completely different.” his mother explained as they got onto the train.
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How would you feel if someone wanted to take you away from your family? Would you go? Or Would you make a fuss? In this story it's a short story called “Train Time” by D’Arcy McNickle. The story is about a guy named Major Miles that want to help kids, to get a better lifestyle, then they have right now. In the situation he gets interested in one of the kids life that is Eneas; the boy that has to take care of his grandparents because their sick, has to do their chores in the house ,and cut wood for his family to be warm. Major asked or more like request, that Eneas should go away to help him only, but Eneas didn’t like the idea. After, the situation, Major Miles made a list of kids and put the kids names, (Eneas) that didn't want to go. The characteristic Major miles provide me from his actions was hard-headed,cocky, and that he acts like a guardian because he believes his decision will make their lives better.
The pathways in between the safe house and the plantations would be called lines or even tracks. The pathway was not straight; it was actually “zigzag” as Siebert puts it. The reason for this is because it threw off the hunters in pursuit. In special emergencies the travellers would be transferred off one course and taken to alternative one. Another one of the terms was a passenger. The passengers were the slaves who were runaways. The guides for these runaway slaves, or passengers, were the conductors. The conductors were those who were either free African Americans or Abolitionist who guided the runaways to their destination, which would be a station. The abolitionist or the Underground Railroad conductor was seen as the hero of this time. These people were willing to put it all on the line for what they believed and what they thought to be right, even if that meant breaking the law to do it. The conductors did not keep any track of train schedules, passengers, or even dispatch books because that could be used against the conductors as evidence, at least that is what some historians seem to point out. Larry articulates that, “The conductors were pledged to secrecy and strict obedience, and all transactions were carried on orally through the use of an underground code of secret “signs and signals” which were well understood.” The runaway slaves and the conductors were the only people who knew the location of the Underground Railroad. This is exactly how the Underground Railroad was kept so secretive. Numerous people would believe that every single abolitionist was on board for stealing slaves and assisting them while they were escaping from their masters, but this was not the case. There were many abolitionists who believed that taking slaves was immoral or even useless. There were also some abolitionists who wanted the slaves to be free, but did not
The author shows Underground Railroad as a symbol for those homes and refugee institutes situated in North America, which gave shelter to the slaves who got away from their slavery in the South. These railroads were not real rather they just represented the stopovers during the journey of those slaves. The novel transforms that figurative railroad into an exacting one, placing the making of a progression of passages, tracks, and rail route autos that really gave physical transportation to getting away slaves. This is a completely imaginary creation: in chronicled reality, there was no such exacting railroad. Both the history and fictionalized railroad, in any case, have representative significance in like manner: to the getting away slave, and to those that helped them, the railroad implied liberty (SEAMAN,
The poem “on the subway,” by Sharon Olds shows the complicated relationship between Caucasians and African-Americans. The poem is three sections and each sections shows something different. In the First section the author present contrast between white and black. In the second the speaker begins to develop the obvious difference so that interrelationships emerge. In the third section, the narrator shows how this scene on the subway represents American culture.
On the way home to Maycomb, Jean Louise boards a train and comments that “she was glad she had decided to go by train. Trains had changed since her childhood, and the novelty of the experience amused her” (4). In this case, not only are trains a symbol of changing times, they are also metaphorically symbolic of the set paths that people will take through their life. In addition, trains only run on already laid railroads, further implying that people have the tendency to follow and maintain their beliefs and ideologies during their lives.
“I think we can make it across before the train!” I yelled picking up speed, watching for obstacles on the ground in the twilight that could trip us. “Come on, Joe!” I blurted.
Flannery O'Connor's short story, The Train, was published in 1948; her first novel, whose first chapter is drawn from "The Train," was published in 1952. The distance her work evolved is clear from its opening sentence. That distance is most easily calculated through a comparison of the novel with O'Connor's five published stories, which were labeled as chapters of a novel in progress.
The man besides the doors of the large metal box let out an annoyed grunt and stomped his foot on the ground. As he opens the Daily News to read the latest article, he mumbles under his breath, “When will these trains ever run on time? Do I have to be late because of the stupid train delays again? Why I ought to--”
Billy wanted the truth so he went to the railroad by the river and he knew if there was an answer he’d find it there. So him and a couple friends got into a train car on the train tracks and they set out to find it. They looked for hours and hours when finally they got to the end of the tracks there was a cave but it’s already dark and they didn’t bring flashlights so they went back to the beginning. They came back the next day but when they got to the end the cave wasn’t there but they saw the tracks continued. When they continued they found another cave so they walk in and it lights up. They continue to walk when out of nowhere it ends and they have to go back but when they got there the train tracks were gone and it was just water. It was
Having a goal helps people plan and motivate their desire to achieve what they’re aiming for. Setting goals is the first step of the process and it begins with what they want to do. Achieving goals take sacrifice, commitment, and overcoming obstacles on the path. The short story, “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing is about achieving a goal. A single mother and her child, Jerry, are on vacation at a beach. Jerry meets some local boys and watch them swim underwater for a long time. Jerry decides to set a goal and swim through the underwater tunnel. Lessing's characterization of Jerry shows that to achieve a goal, one must prepare, practice, and sacrifice. Characterization is revealed when the local boys leave Jerry, when Jerry practices breathing underwater, and when he achieves his goal.
Charon looked mildly impressed. "I don't suppose you have coins for passage. Normally, with adults, you see, I could charge your American Express, or add the ferry price to your last cable bill. But with children ... alas, you never die prepared. Suppose you'll have to take a seat for a few centuries."