As stated in the book, “I sit on her lap, put my head on her chest and put my arms around her and we start rocking. She holds me tight like Mama used to” (Lester 36). This is being told by Sarah Pierce and just shows the kind of person Emma is. She cares for her young ‘masters’ and acts as a mother figure when their actual mother cannot. Although slaves are frowned upon when having a relationship with white masters, Emma takes it upon herself to love and make sure Frances and Sarah are in good hands. According to the novel, it also asserts, “(She hugs her father tight.) Tell Mama I won’t forget nothing she taught me. Tell her I’ll be alright. And I’ll be strong Papa. I’ll be strong” (Lester 94). This demonstrates the courage and perseverance Emma possesses, even when she is being ripped away from her loving family. When she’s being sold, she keeps her head up and tells herself not to look defeated. Emma is very strong and will not let anything show her (very few) weaknesses. As demonstrated, this protagonist has positive characteristics based on what thirteen years of ups and downs she has gone through. Emma Henry is simply an
Innocence first proclaims itself when Sarah discovers that she is not returning home. Sarah’s behaviour and lack of understanding towards pressing information is a portrayal of how she has been raised to be quite naïve. These preceding traits are revealed when Sarah explains to her brother, “I’ll come back for you later. I promise.” (9). Here, Sarah proves her innocent nature as a result of being raised by her parents in an exceedingly structured way. Guilt emanates into Sarah’s moral conscience when her father confesses that “we are not going back. They won’t let us back.” (23). Furthermore, Sarah’s sheltered upbringing is proved to be true when she smiles at a boy during the roundup and he looks back at her like she’s crazy. She then thinks to herself, “Maybe [I] had got it all wrong. / … Maybe things were not going to
Readers will chuckle with delight, weep, and have a feeling of warmth and happiness overall, while indulging in the sappy historical romance Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. This novel shows the relationship and eventual marriage between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. They go through many challenges in life, both together and in the 50 years Eliza spent alone carrying on Alex’s legacy after he was shot and killed in a duel. The theme of this book is to keep fighting for the ones you love, and to stand with them in times of trouble. I personally enjoyed the look into the personal lives of the Hamiltons’, especially Eliza’s struggles and challenges. This book takes humor and sadness and twists it into a story that portrays yet
Laura Snow was a junior in high school. She was a nice girl with glowing eyes. She also loved this boy in high school named Peter Grange. He went out with her for a while, but in pity. Her parents were divorced, and she lived with her mother in the town of Modesta. Although everyone liked her, she hated herself. She thought of herself as "a 160-pound lump with a bust that looked like twin watermelons and a rear that looked like twin
Marriage, a broad theme in this book, can be broken down throughout. Emma’s sister has gone off after getting married and left her alone. After her sister’s marriage, Emma proclaimed that she was not destined for love and made herself the town’s unofficial matchmaker. The entire novel is built around relationships and matchmaking, with Emma and Mr. Knightly, Harriet and Robert Martin/ Elton, and Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill.
Although seemingly innocent, the small town of Corrigan, where the novel, Jasper Jones, is set, is home to a vast number of lies and secrets, and holds an immense amount of deception and manipulation within its walls. Secrets are a pivotal part of life and the human experience, and Jasper Jones reflects this in a relevant and thought-provoking manner, presenting the ways in which secrets and deceits can alter a person’s life for the worse, and cause emotional damage and trauma to those involved with the dishonesty.
Humans need social interaction to flourish and they tend to select a few people to become closest with. They share secrets, gossip about others, and support each other in times of need, but how well can someone really know another person? In Nineteen Minutes the reader watches Josie Cormier get ready for school, hiding her private personality away for the day. “Either Josie was someone she didn’t want to be, or she was someone who nobody wanted” (Picoult 8). To all of Josie‘s classmates, friends, teachers, and even her own mother she seems like the perfect child. Josie hangs out with the right crowd, gets great grades, and follows all of society's rules perfectly, but no one really knows who she is. Behind the mask perfection Josie is just another teenager struggling with depression and identity issues. The author chooses to make the most popular girl in school also one of the most depressed to show that although things may seem beautiful on the outside, they can be rotting from the inside. Picoult is proving how that easy it is for people to hide their personalities to the world.
In the novel Breathing Underwater, by renowned author Alex Flinn, the protagonist discloses a very personal story through the use of journals. Breathing Underwaters’ main character is sixteen-year-old Nick Andras. The novel begins in court room, where nick is being tried for abusing his former girlfriend. Nick is ordered to attend an anger management class and write 500 words a week about his past relationship. However in the flick Finding Forrester, the protagonist is teenage basketball star, Jamal. The movie begins in jamal's bedroom with shots of classic hardcover books, and small pocket journals. The viewers later find out that all the journal previously seen were jamal's, that he has been writing in since his father left. Finding forrester takes us through jamal's’ journey of befriending a recluded author and their connection through writing. Breathing underwater and finding forrester can be compared and contrasted in many ways.
I first began to write about Emma Akin and The Negro American Series textbooks in late 2013, beginning by way of a dramatic format; the screenplay. After a year and numerous months of work on this project, a curator from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture suggested I write a children’s book, at which time I began work on doing illustrations for a coloring book. Ultimately, I chose to tell the story in a book written on a 7th-9th grade reading level, in hopes that the story would be simple enough for young scholars to comprehend, yet contain enough substance to interest adults and leave them wanting to hear more of the story.
Emma, a novel by Jane Austen, is the story of a young woman, Emma, who is rich, stubborn, conniving, and occupies her time meddling into others' business. There are several recurring themes throughout the novel; the ideas of marriage, social class, women's confinement, and the power of imagination to blind the one from the truth, which all become delineated and reach a climax during the trip to Box Hill. The scene at Box Hill exposes many underlying emotions that have been built up throughout the novel, and sets the stage for the events that conclude it.
In His Keeping is a suspenseful, passionate and action filled book as the second installment in the Slow Burn Trilogy by Maya Banks. Featuring, Arial Rochstor Abandoned as a baby, she grew up with her adoptive parents who discovered at a young age that Ari had telekinetic powers. As a result she grew up in isolation, with money and much love but was told at a very young age that she needed to suppress her powers because if anyone found out she had powers bad people are going to target her, and that's what they did. In a very bad situation Arial ends up alone without her parents and only has one person to turn to, the Deveraux brothers. Specifically, Beau Devereaux who is apart of an organization and now has set his belief on being her heroine,
Emma grew up in Birmingham, a fairly large town in Michigan. Her father had grown up around there and her grandparents lived there. She had fun in the chilly weather, but could get sick of it sometimes. She also grew up in a fun, always exciting, house. Her older sisters always brought new surprises. She always remembered laying in bed, awake, waiting for her dad to come home from his work late, just so she could get a kiss. Soon after she turned four her mom got sick of the rainy, cloudy weather and started looking for a new place to live. Her mom grew up in Seattle, which always had rainy weather, so she was ready to move. They always had California in mind, because they visited Disney land so often, and decided to look there. Soon her parents bought a house and moved out
My heart stutters in my chest. Mrs. Grier walks down my row, newspaper in hand. She kneels next to my desk. Her voice comes out too slow. ‘Eliza. Is this true?’ She holds up the paper. It’s turned to my paragraph and my stupid face. ‘Did...did you create Monstrous Sea?’”(Zappia, 273). Rather than being appreciative towards her parents for what they said and their praise, Eliza instantly shrinks away from it, her biggest secret having made its way into the real world. Had she not been anxious about getting such attention for it, she would’ve been okay with her identity being known, but all Eliza wanted was to live her life in the shadows, a dream that’s now been shattered. People acknowledging her isn’t something she normally experiences, and she doesn’t know how to handle all of the attention. After stumbling out of the room soon after being discovered, still disoriented from it, she manages makes her way to lunch. As she’s attempting to find one of her only friends, Wallace, the prying eyes and focus given to her by others who now know her true identity proves to be too much and ultimately fries her brain, with her thinking, “I am one hundred percent going to die. He’s supposed to be here so I can give him this drumstick. Jesus, I’m dying. My tray knocks off the edge of the table. Catches it, then catches my stomach. Crunches out of my hands. My legs buckle. Darkness slams down,”(Zappia, 276). The fear of discovery that built up inside her for so long proved to be
Alissa Nutting's short story "Model's Assistant" is about a woman who finds herself traveling from party to party only to wind up at a party where she meets a model called Garla. Garla is the stereotypical model figure, she has every one eating from the palms of her hands. The character of the story is so in awe of the model she doesn't even tell the reader of the story her name, setting a tone that the story is never really about her as a person but how this woman, Garla, has essentially changed her into whomever she needs that day. The character is there for Garla's every beckoning call and though she goes to extremes to be around this woman she never really stops herself to say that maybe she has went to far. In "Model's Assistant" the readers
Though at first glance, Emma appears to be a generic romantic novel about virtue and ladyhood, Austen actually challenges what the meaning of “ladyhood” is to the reader. We view Emma’s follies, trials, and triumphs through the eyes of the omnipotent narrator who first describes Emma as a stereotypical, wealthy young lady who is “handsome, clever…with…a happy disposition” (1). Through the use of irony, Austen employs a series of situations in which Emma, a “lady” of high standing within her community, challenges conventional thinking of what it means to be a young woman in the early nineteenth century, particularly her ideas concerning marriage and