“The end is nothing; the road is all” is a quote by Willa Cather. It basically means, don’t worry about your destiny, enjoy the journey. I agree with this quote 100% because of some of my own personal experiences that have taught me that the end result is far less important than everything it takes to get there. The first thing that comes to my mind when I read this quote is my experience in marching band. Too many people just talk about how great it will be at the end, and often take for granted the time they get to spend with all the wonderful people around them that have the same intrests and the same goal. Our directors constantly remind us not to take any of it for granted because we will regret it when it’s over, and they were so right.
Margaret Elliot is “beautiful, talented, critical, unsatisfied, tired of the world at twenty-four” (Great Short Works, 8). Engaged to a man she has no feelings for, life feels bleak and without purpose. She feels true love once with Eric, but just for a moment. For her whole life, Margaret “had searched the faces of men for the look that lay in his eyes. She knew that look had never shone before, would never shine for her on earth again, that such love comes to one only in dreams or in impossible places like this, unattainable always. This was Love’s self, and in a moment it would die” (Great Short Works, 29). For Willa Cather this is how love exists. Happy relationships are plentiful, but the enchanted, all encapsulating love of dreams only exists in glances. For Eric this glance is enough. He does not regret his decision or the damnation he is sure it will cause. For him “a day shall be as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day” as his love lives on.
The End Or Something Like That is the book I read the author of this book is Ann Dee Ellis it was published in May 1 2014 it has 346 pages in the book and has won no awards.
The short story, "My Last Duchess," by critically acclaimed, Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, is an intriguing and thought-provoking work of prose. Though it ties considerably to the famous work by the same name, written by Robert Browning, it also brings its own ideas, and symbols to the table. The most prominent symbolic link within this story is the representation between the characterization of Miss Bessie--the high school english teacher--and the narrator 's ideas, thoughts, and fears about life. The term life -- for the purposes of this essay -- is defined as the existence of an individual person and their course through the world. In “My Last Duchess,” the narrator 's life is symbolically represented through Miss Bessie by the character traits of a positive reputation, overcoming obstacles, and the solitary nature of people.
“Listen to the mustn’ts, the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts, and the never haves. Then, listen to me. Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” This is a poem the famous children’s poet Shel Silverstein. Now, if he was best known for being a children’s author, how could he even be considered to be controversial? Now, Shel Silverstein, while having no earlier inspiration for his career to draw and write for children, wrote many famous poem books, such as Falling Up and Where the Sidewalk Ends: however, with him writing these books came some controversy with it, such as claims that he promoted cannibalism and suicide.
Laura Hillenbrand is an America author of magazine articles and books. Hillenbrand was born in May 5, 1967, in Fairfax, Virginia. She has written only two books Seabiscuit a New York Times bestseller, and Unbroken, both non-fictions. She is considering one of the best American writers. Her New York Times Article, “A Sudden Illness” won the 2004 National magazine award, and she has also won twice the Eclipse Award, one of the highest journalist honor. Her most recent book Unbroken tells the inspiring story of Louie Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants.
Have you ever had that feeling of wanting to free yourself from something, breaking the wall that holds you back, cutting the string that won’t let you go on and be free? Emily Bronte in her poem “The Caged Bird” and “Sympathy” by Paul Dunbar portray their feelings in their lyric poems. Bronte was born in 1818 in Yorkshire, England. She lived during the end of the romantic period, which made a huge impact on her writings. Romanticism was “an artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 1700s and characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual 's expression of emotion and imagination…”
In Joshua Foer’s essay, “The End of Remembering” (found in Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, published 2011) he explores the history and current state of remembering and how technology affects it.
Willa Cather once said, “The end is nothing; the road is all.” It doesn't matter how things turn out, it's the journey that really matters. That's where you learn the most and are able to grow as a person. I agree with and respect this quote, because it reaches out to those who may be going through a rough time and are in need of comfort. This quotes shows us that through rocky times with ourselves, others, or life in general, that what matters most is not the result, but the road taken to where we are now.
The Spirit that Catches you and you fall was written in the year of 1997 by Anne Fadiman. The novel describes how the struggles experienced by an immigrant family who were from, Sinyabull Province in Asia during their time at a medical center in California. Fadiman narrates about a young child named Lia. Lia is the second born in her family and is suffering from epilepsy and causes her to have seizures. The novel exemplifies the cultures differences and clashes that are interfering with her regarding the treatment she is to receive. Fadiman also describes the miscommunications of the necessary medical treatment requirements with Lia's family and their denial of accepting the treatment because of spiritual values and including distrust. Fadiman shows the medical providers lack of sympathy towards Lia's family cultural practices as their daughter’s illness.
In the article “The End of Men,” Hanna Rosin offers several examples of women overpowering men. The inequality between men and women has become a critical issue in today’s society. According to Rosin, women are slowly surging ahead in the workforce and family life while men are left behind struggling to meet expectations. Rosin argues that this role reversal is taking place because women are simply better suited for postindustrial society.
After reading Paul's Case by Willa Cather I was able to come to the conclusion that I believe that the main theme of this short story was self pity. I believe that this was the theme that Willa was trying to convey because it seemed that Paul was never happy with what he had. When it came to school he seemed like he couldn't care any less if the teachers and administration had allowed him to return to school.
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” This quote by Joan Didion represents her unique writing style, which includes immense detail and intriguing sentence structure, causing her to eventually captivate an audience stretching all across the world. Born in 1934, Didion spent her childhood living in Sacramento, California. As a young adult, she attended Berkeley, where she entered a writing competition that ultimately earned her a prestigious job at Vogue. Didion decided to move to the bustling city of New York, where she then landed a job with Time Magazine. She married a fellow author by the name of John Gregory Dunne, and the pair adopted a daughter
In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” he explains how adults should act as children so they can enjoy life to the fullest. Because the description in the poem emphasizes the world in which children live in and does not mention the adult’s point of view, the children represent that people, specifically adults, need to take a step back and have the imagination of a child in order to find joy and passion again in their life. He uses literary devices in the piece in order to send the message that people take life too seriously and later regret not taking the incentive of enjoying themselves. By adults taking the role of a child, they forget all of their problems and enter a stress-free world, where finally, they can truly live life.
“The end is nothing; the road is all,” was said by Willa Cather. This quote means the same thing as “it is not about the destination, but about the journey.” This means don’t focus on the outcome of life, focus on the way through life. By focusing on the journey of life you can have more fun, more opportunities, and the unexpected can happen.
With the 1960s came a need for change, as an immense amount of smog and toxic chemicals used in agriculture and industry caused, the blue to fade away from the sky and water in America. Rachel Carson provided the catalyst for this change with her book Silent Spring published in 1962, which revealed the harmful impacts of pesticides on almost all wildlife and human beings. People reading a book wouldn’t be enough, though, for twenty million Americans came together on April 22, 1970, to celebrate the beauty of Earth and raise awareness about increasing concerns for the environment and declining quality of life. (maybe add a sentence about structure and diversity of the movement) Without these key events leading to the Environmental Movement’s diversity and unique structure through the 1970s, American values in politics and way of life would not have been able to change.