When a child is first born, they develop the first memory of their life. When a child learns how to ride a bike, that memory is also implanted in their mind. And when a child first plays a sport they love, another memory is added to their mind. Thousands upon thousands of memories are remembered from almost every person. We never stop to think that, unfortunately, people have memory loss and that people lose precious memories and they can’t retrieve it back. This author, Tara Altebrando makes this the same for The Leaving, by whisking the reader off on a suspenseful and high staked journey where Scarlett Waters, Lucas Davis, Sarah Madson, Adam Acosta and Kristen Daley return with a blank mind and no memories of their past they left behind.
While reading “The Lost Sister” by Joyce Oates, I detected how the book was sliced up. I noted how the font on the words were unalike from the other words, this made me think that it was interesting from the jump. I found this essay to be very sensitive and fragile, from the beginning, middle, and end. “She was not a planned birth” (185). Starting there as the opening sentence I thought, wow, what is going on? This was appalling, shocking, and awful and I knew the book was going to be harmful toward someone. Through half of the book I didn't know what the little girl name was, but they were continually repeating Lynn. The little autistic girl name end up being Lynn Ann Oates after reading and fully understanding. Oates uses both pathos and
Though every word should be used, many of the more interesting words fall into disuse. Similarly, many people go through life without being acknowledged. A word to describe these demure people who have no one to dance with and are usually alone is wallflowers. In her poem “Wallflowers,” Donna Vorreyer expresses her idea that every word, like every person, should be welcomed into people’s lives. Beginning with a cherishing tone and then one of concern, she entices the audience and highlights the importance of unused words. She aspires for people to employ unused words in their lives. Because Vorreyer uses an extended metaphor, a direct juxtaposition, and a subtle shift, she illustrates how people need to make room in their lives for things that go unused.
It is within human nature to be competitive. While it is one of the most basic and primal instincts that has ensured our survival for centuries, today has become more for personal achievement. In movies, shows and on the internet we are constantly exposed to people competing for various reason. Athletes compete for the gold medal, game show contestants for money prizes and characters in movies for the object of their affections. When we best the challenges we decide to face, we often receive an overwhelming feeling of success along with the prize and, in turn, our confidence is boosted drastically. We are encourage to become the best versions of ourselves. However, when our attempts end in failure, we feel disappointed in ourselves and are discouraged from pushing ourselves again. In modern times, individuals often lack the motivation to challenge themselves because they fear their odds of failure. They would rather remain apathetic than even attempt to push themselves. It is essential that we have the dedication, fortitude and courage to regain the confidence to at least attempt a challenge or alter it to make it more beneficial to ourselves.
In poems it is essential to be a creative writer. The author uses many techniques from from exposing deep thoughts to giving humorous jokes throughout the sentence. As human beings, we all have a difficult time understanding others .We may agree or disagree depending our viewpoints on life. One of my Favorite poems is “The Ballad of Sue Ellen Westerfield” by Robert Hayden. My favorite poem is the type of poem that has some history and confusion. When getting the audience confused, it makes them want to know more and reread the whole passage again. Hayden’s poem is a fresh new opening that brought an old dimension, his creativity to open the minds of others and look back to the past.
The life of a ranch girl is unknown to many people across America. In Maile Meloy’s Ranch Girl, a female narrator brings the reader into her hard life being raised as a ranch girl. Through many different literary devices including, tone, mood, and characterization, the writer set the reader to feel everything the narrator depicts and the reader ingested with a heavier impact than the reader anticipates. The obligation to the community for the ranch girl is to break all stereotypes, thus showing her community and all ranch girls alike that she can be successful and break free of the ranch girl life.
Often the most important trait a person can posses is to be aware of their surroundings. If someone is aware of their surroundings on a physical, mental and emotional level, they have the power to fully immerse themselves in their experience, without hesitation or limitation. In Saidiya Hartman’s memoir Lose Your Mother, the reader is presented with an orator who lacks complete awareness of their surroundings, which later translates to a lack of self-awareness, while in both Jamaica Kincaid’s and Caryl Phillips respective memoirs the reader is presented with authors who are fully aware of their surroundings and thus self aware as well.
In “Letting Go”, David Sedaris has let go of his mother. Sedaris’s mother was one of the main causes of his smoking. As “A few years later, we were sitting around the breakfast table and she invited me to take a puff. I did” (Sedaris 1). At a young age, Sedaris’s first experience with a cigarette began with his mother. His mother encouraged his smoking later in his twenties. “My mother, however, looked at the bright side. “Now I’ll know what to put in your Christmas stocking!” She put them in my Easter basket as well, entire cartons” (Sedaris 3) When Sedaris officially began smoking his mother supported this terrible habit by buying him cartons of cigarettes as gifts. After Sedaris’s mother found out she had cancer, she attempted
“Don’t tread on me.” A driving statement engrained in the United States since the nation’s forefathers; now commonly used by many conservative Republicans, especially Tea Party members. Janice Areno is no exception. Raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Janice Areno strives to be a diligent worker to ensure the government has no chance to tread on her. In her book Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Hochschild discusses Areno’s opinions on the government to which she believes should be very limited. As a dedicated, religious woman who never relies on the government for anything, Janice Areno praises big business and removed government, but her views bring about problems that sometimes lack a feasible solution.
“Suzy and Leah,” a diary entry series by Jane Yolen, was about two different girls, one of whom lived in a refugee camp in the United States. These girls did not know or understand each other in the beginning, but they eventually became friends. Leah was a German-born Jew who had fled Germany in 1944. She had come to the refugee camp and quickly realized that it was in lack of food and clothing, much of which was donated by the people of the city.
In Saidiya Hartman’s, Lose Your Mother the question is expanded and complicated through out the text. Saidiya begins her search for identity when she was a child, as she would pretend John Hartman was her father because of the same last name. This evidently ended up becoming a life long journey of a self-made identity. Which Saidiya states, “Saidiya liberated me from parental disapproval and pruned the bourgeois branches of my genealogy.” (Pg.8) Identity can be both found and created with even a mix of both as seen with Saidiya.
The novel My Story by Elizabeth Smart is a nonfiction book that tells Smart’s experience as she was kidnapped and stolen away from her family for nine months. A man named Brian David Mitchell took Elizabeth out of her own bed one June night in 2002. This story displays how Elizabeth felt in these moments and all of those after the initial kidnapping in the nine months following. Elizabeth is forced into doing things that oppose her religion and her own morals and is moved out of her state and back before she is finally returned to her family. The reader is able to feel her pain and encounter the horrors that Mitchell and his wife inflict upon Elizabeth.
How do you spend your summer? This summer I spent half of my time focusing on the book When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. When You Reach Me is a novel that takes place in the late 1970’s. The main character, Miranda, receives letters from a mystery man. She is frightened at first, but when she kept getting them, she was interested in who was sending them an why. Throughout the story, Miranda gets in conflicts with her classmates that lead to misinterpretations. Each conflict helps find out who the mystery man in though. Three of Miranda’s classmates are Sal, her best friend, Marcus, and Julia. All three get into a misunderstanding with Miranda and they are all able to resolve the problems in different ways.
Katherine "Kate" J. Boo (born August 12, 1964) is an American investigative journalist who has documented the lives of people in poverty. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2000), the MacArthur "genius" award (2002), and the National Book Award for Nonfiction (2012). She has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 2003. Her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in addition to the National Book Award for
“The Girl I Hate” by Mona Awad tackles the daily problems of a girl who struggles with her body image. From counting calories to enjoying food, as if it is a sin, Awad creates a realistic story that many can relate to. Awad wrote a successful short story due to her ability to appeal to young females emotions, also known as pathos. Awad makes the audience feel a wide array of emotions from guilt to joy. It is easy to both love and hate the nameless main character. The author is successful because she has a purpose for creating the emotions the reader feels. Not only is Awad’s story incredibly relatable, but it is an important story for this day and age when more people are struggling with body confidence than ever.