English Writing 004 015
October 13, 2015 The Margins of Life: Not So Marginal After All
The world changes faster now than ever. At the same time, in general, when people grow into their adult selves, the world progresses at even a faster rate, due to the way that adults live and experience life. As such, there is a need to express what it is like to live in such a world, while being a certain age. Ian Frazier 's "In Praise of Margins" wonderfully illustrates what it means to be a child - who is so carefree and can play without reason or aim - as well as an adult, who must always find meaning and reason in their actions, even if it means at the cost of truly enjoying life, and thus question why humans live in the way that they do. Of course, I’m on his side.
Firstly, Ian Frazier begins his short story with telling the tale of his youth, namely his experiences with his young friends, who would go into the woods for no particular reason, other than to have fun. This was such a common occurrence, in fact, that it had become known as going "out into the woods"(para. 1). When I was a primary school student, five of my best friends and I came to a small garden after school every day. We had played balls, been free to talk, ran or lied on the grass. We were back home only someone’s parents came to catch us. We have spent four years like this, day after day, year after year. So I could say I totally understood what Frazier’s feeling was when he was in “the
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Voters between the ages of 50 and 64 were most likely to choose the 1950s, the decade in which they themselves came to age, as the best time for kids; voters under 30 were more likely to choose the 1970s” ( ). This poll reminds me the other poll “When researcher shows and provides new technology to teenagers , they said the new technology is cool or awesome and show their curiosity. When researcher shows and provides new technology to people between the ages of 20 and 41, they most likely to said this technology going to change the world and make big money. But when researcher shows and provides new technology to people between the ages of 43 and 61, little more than a third said they do not think this is good or they just do not like it.” Those polls just remind me a funny thing. Every one have their own opinion or idea to an identical subject. There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people's eyes. And people change their own opinion by different reasons,even for the very very same subject.There are so many examples. Some great men then we worship when we are teenagers. Since we grow up, we always have different opinion.We lost our favorite toy. We do not talk to a friend anymore just because he already become our the most familiar stranger. Time could change anything. Our opinion, idea, and thought are change
He mentions “All that at the ripe old age of twelve. And these hills are packed with other kids just as bad off”. A child should enjoy their youth as long as they can but instead they have to grow up faster. The sad fact is that its just something that generations have been used to and you can tell that it really hits Parks. All these events are life changing and cant let you avoid the feeling of overwhelming guilt. Although he is not meaning to make readers feel like that it helps in motivating those to get involved and make a change in any way
Sometimes, being alone in nature does not always teach us life lessons. Because of how busy we become searching for more connection, we do not get the chance to take in all of what nature has to offer. However, when we go out into nature with another person, experiences become more enriching, and we learn more valuable life lessons. This is also demonstrated in “Her First Elk” by Rick Bass, a story of a girl who went to the woods looking for one thing, and because of her interacted with other humans found so much more. It was simple, Jly had lost her father who used to hunt elk with her.
The child seems to address the reader and says, “You tell me it’s too early to be looking back, but that is because you have forgotten the perfect simplicity of being one and the beautiful complexity introduced by two” (76). The child goes on to list more magnificent experiences he had as a younger child. With these lines Collins masterfully predicts what the reader must be feeling. The reader is doubtful at first that this boy is old enough to be thinking about this, but as the stanza carries on they begin to realize he has a point. Collins reminds the reader of possible memories they have and proves that what this child is feeling is valid. The boy goes on to proclaim, “It is time to say goodbye to my imaginary friends, time to turn the first big number. Collins suggests that an active and free roaming imagination must be let go as one grows older. Again he targets the readers past experiences and reminds them that growing up can be a really sad thing. The reader is also reminded of the fun childhood they lost. It is clear to see that adults who have forgotten their past are the targeted audience as the poem reminds them of old times and causes them to remember lost memories of growing
He has reached a point in his life where he is expected to follow many more rules and essentially 'how to be a proper responsible adult' guidelines. Instead of being curious about his growth and the developing relationships around him, he convinces himself that the adult world is entirely dishonest and uninteresting. He also calls adults phony.
Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Often times in our society young people push off responsibilities, it's easy to do. Technology and other innovations have made it convenient for us to become distracted and to push things off. However when growing up, sometimes taking responsibility cannot be avoided. In coming of age stories, the author uses symbolism to exemplify how the protagonists experience new independence and responsibility while they transition from childhood to adulthood.
"Too late, you're out of time. Be a grown-up." (Johnson ). As humans, we have discovered that as children grow, there comes a point in their lives where they transition from childhood to adulthood. This process is called "coming of age". The idea is that adolescents shed their childhood mindset and take on adult responsibilities. In The First Part Last, the protagonist, Bobby, is faced with the responsibility of having a child of his own, and he begins the coming of age process. By the end of the novel, it is obvious that Bobby has successfully come of age, based on the symbols and events that are show throughout the novel.
In Bryson’s story ,A Walk in the Woods Bryson uses similes, imagery and humor to describe his reasoning of going in to the woods. A Walk in the Woods has a tone of reverent which corresponds with his desire to venture into the woods. Bryson compares the Appalachian Mountains to a grandfather, “The AT is the granddaddy of long hikes”. By his comparison of the Appalachian Mountains to a grandfather gives the reader that mountains to him was like a matriarch of a family that was the foundation to all hikes that came after it.
Parents often say, “Listen to your elders.” This cliché can make some people apathetic, but when looking back, most appreciate the wisdom of their elders. The knowledge imparted to children is crucial for their ability to understand and improve the world. In XIV by Derek Walcott, the speaker uses imagery, metaphor, and other literary devices to convey the storyteller’s significance to his life.
In coming of age stories, the protagonists often experience a pensive and dramatic moment where either they break through to adulthood or retreat to childhood - it is this moment that unveils the magnitude of growing up for the reader.
A Walk in the Woods Chapters 5-9 Page 102-103 “Even in ideal circumstances…his expression bug-eyed and fearful.” After finishing the first nine chapters of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, detailing the first-hand experience of hiking through the Appalachian Trail, a certain passage displays many of the rhetorical strategies Bryson uses to develop his story and tone. In this particular passage, Bryson details the extreme distances he traveled on the trail with his companion, Stephen Katz, and the dangers they encountered due to the severe weather as they preceded with “painstaking deliberativeness”. Through Bryson’s use of simile, imagery, and onomatopoeia he creates a disheartening and ambivalent tone that reflects the struggles and endurance he underwent on the trail while captivating his audience. Bryson develops his tone and story by forming a simile to describe how one section of the trail was
Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, presented a young, naïve, and intelligent male teenager named Holden Caulfield whose independent lifestyle and philosophical anxieties mirrored that of our nation’s unworldly ways. First off, Holden was a mere 16-year-old at the time. His youthfulness was bounded by a reign of vulnerability and confusion, leaving him with a sense of being out of place in society. “When I finally got down off the radiator and went out to the hat-check room, I was crying and all. I don’t know why, but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome” (Salinger 153). These subtle traces of teenage angst and disarray shown in Holden’s character provided precise evidence towards the fact that a person’s age was a critical contribution to his/her power to gather wisdom.
Billy Collins’ “On Turning Ten” is a coming of age poem from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy who is unenthusiastic about his tenth birthday. Collins’ “On Turning Ten” uses structural irony to juxtapose childhood with coming of age to suggest that the uneasiness of the inevitable passing of time is difficult to come to terms with, as the imaginative nature of youth is lost. The speaker uses various literary devices to strengthen the use of structural irony throughout the poem.
What does it mean to grow up? Does it mean washing your car, paying your bills, getting a job? Does it mean getting married, having kids, and sprouting gray hair? Is it necessary? Is everyone capable of it? Is it going to be hard and will it be worth the effort? All of these questions are probably what made Peter Pan decide to never leave Neverland. Growing up means a lot of different things to many different people. If we look at the words “growing up”, we simply think of the physical aspect of ageing, growing tall and wide. But for most people, growing up means something deeper involving a change in the approach that an individual has to life and the actions that are taken with it. In this essay, we will look at why people have
After reading Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, I became more aware of the magic of summer and what it means to truly live. The novel gave me a new perspective of thee idea that life is like summer where you’re alive and feel free, but how it sadly doesn't last forever. The novel opened me up to the idea of looking at person’s mental age instead of their physical age. The novel follows the path of Douglas, a twelve-year-old boy living in Green Town, Illinois. In the novel, Douglas strives to enjoy his summer and to live his life to its fullest. In his adventuring, he becomes more aware of the nature of the world and tries to make sense of life and death. At the same time, Douglas sees people as “machines” that serve a