Everyone has a different way to deal with overwhelming situations. It can be more difficult for people with mental illness to cope with the hardships of life. For instance, in “Horses of the Night,” the character of Chris has dissociative symptoms that can be linked to his depression. Margaret Laurence’s short story tells the story of Chris, a young teenager who moves to from a small farm to the town of Manawaka in order to go to high school. The story is told by his younger cousin, Vanessa. As she grows up, she learns that Chris is depressed. The author uses the theme of fantasy to show that he does not cope well with reality. The horses, Shallow Creek, and the children are symbols that show us the fantasy that Chris lives in.
‘Notes from a Small Island’, written by Bill Bryson is a reflective travel journal comparing Bryon’s past views and opinions of Britain, his expectations and thus the reality of what he discovers it to have become. Bryson uses satire, humour, irony and sarcasm to generate a pace and lucid flow within his writing, and for the reader this can be thoroughly captivating and entertaining.
Leading the horse to the adjoining pasture, Jackson buttoned his coat, put on his gloves, pulled his stocking hat over his ears and put his cowboy hat over the top Since it was March and there was still a good bit of snow on the ground, he didn’t intend to go far, it was too cold for that. All he wanted was to get the feel of the horse and see how well he responded to him as a rider. For his first ride, he already had quite the audience on the other side of the fence. He mounted the horse and had quite the audience on the other side of the fence for his first ride. Taking the reins, he mounted his horse and queued him into a walk using his voice and legs. Once they were going he put the horse through his paces, first at a trot and then a full
The autobiographical-novel maintains its poetic form through repetition, alliteration, and rhythm. As Kincaid writes, “…for no real sunset could look like that; no real seawater could strike that many shades of blue at once; no real sky could be that shade of blue…” This charm lulls and immobilizes the reader, such that Kincaid’s narration graduates from the victim of such transformative power to a practitioner in her own right. The mystical form powerfully mixes with historical content, opening up new possibilities for discussions that extend the political argument beyond the metaphysical. Indeed, the deceptive simplicity of diction and the finely controlled syntax examine Antigua’s clouded process of existence with incisive clarity. An emotionally truthful, intimate, and poignant piece, A Small Place demonstrates the author’s conflicting attitudes of love and disappointment towards her birthplace. As Covi praises, “Reading A Small Place is like looking at the sea: the message is carried by the tide, but it is impossible to say upon which particular
The journey took Abigail weeks, but at last she had made it. She had not expected Barbados to be such a beautiful place, a true tropical paradise. Now she faced a different type of problem. Where would she sleep? How would she eat? All these types of questions made their way through her
As she burrowed her face into his chest, she inhaled his familiar scent of perspiration and spicy bay rum. Shifting around, she nestled her back into Asa’s solid chest and shoulder. When he wrapped his arms around her, and she could feel the rhythmic beating from his heart. Moored work boats filled the glassy, calm harbor, many of them on their way to the Northeast after a winter in the South and the Caribbean. Since land and sea were in a constant tussle for wind in Nell’s coastal town, it was unsettling to her when it died. When Asa began to caress her arm, a haunting penny
“The aged maps call it ship trap island” said whitney “ What a name the place has am I right. The Sailors seem to hate the place they think it is as bad As pirates” I misunderstand it must be some tradition. “Can’t see the sea but I can smell it as well as momma’s cookin” rainsford said as he looked through the dense tropical night. I could feel the night coming down onto me and the yacht
Moreover, other themes include the effects and after effects of colonialism, as well as her general feelings of alienation. In her first non-fiction work, “A Small Place,” Kincaid captures the essence of Antigua through the use of vivid diction and imagery. After not having been home for twenty years, Kincaid returned to the island and based the book on the lives and lifestyles of those living
I look to where my pencil used to be to see it has vanished from sight. Bending down to check underneath my desk I see it lying a few inches away from my feet. “Emma?”
explains to the narrator that the sugar she eats in New York comes from Barbados, that they are
The mule seemed to sense Titus desire to get home because he quickened his pace. It was a slower trot that did not cause the boy or the owl to bounce up and down to the point that they may slide off his back. After traveling for several hours, Titus raised his arm and pointing to the castle just over a kilometer down the road. “There, that will be your new home,” He said, as he patted the mule on the
“Oh, look at that one!” Gwaine said, pointing at the screen. “I definitely want to go there. Look at all the cool things you can do in Tierra Del Fuego. You can sail across the Strait of Magellan, and that food. Those steaks. And lemon chiffon pie…”
Kincaid utilizes specific words to gives us intimations about the setting of the story. She utilizes words like pepper pot, benna, doukona, okra, this words discloses to us that we are in a Caribbean island particularly with benna which is
Canadian author, Austin Clarke, sets the novel in Bimshire, a disguise of his native island Barbados. The plot takes place in the aftermath of World War II, during which the island of Barbados was active within the war, meaning that military combat occurred in Carlisle Bay by U-Boat attacks. In this time period, Barbados was heavily influenced by England, its colonial ancestor, because they provided military protection and direction for the island. This demonstrates the island’s reliance on England, reflecting its colonial past. The author embodies colonialism and it's clear reminisce in his writing of the fictional island, especially through the struggles of its black citizens, who he had witnessed first hand as a young boy due to Clarke’s upbringing in Barbados in the 1930’s.