A single person can influence your life and alter it permanently, either in a good way or a bad way. Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk, is about the story of a twelve year old girl, Anabelle McBride, living on a farm with her family during World War II in the year 1943. She lived a regular life, attending school, having to deal with her two little brothers, and always wondering about the mysterious war veteran with guns slung over his shoulder, Toby. This was all until a new girl arrived in their town, whose name was Betty Glengarry. She was sent there to live with her grandparents because she was “incorrigible,” and caused trouble in her old town. The appearance of this girl precedes a plethora trouble in everyone’s lives. She threatens
In the book Everything I Never Told You, there are many different elements and techniques used within the book. The technique that I want to go into more depth on is the use of symbolism. I specifically want to focus on the symbolism in regards to Lydia, Hannah, and Nath’s love of astronauts and space.
“They both have the same talent of anger, those black, murderous fits of anger you only see in brothers, sister, mothers. My elder brother can’t bear not being able to do evil freely, to be boss over it not only here but everywhere. My younger brother can’t bear having to look on helpless as this horror, at what his elder brother is like” (Duras,61)
The American Civil War is one of the most impactful course of events in American History due to the massive violence, inadequate medical care, and destruction of the southern landscape. The war, which last from 1861-1865, resulted in over 625,000 casualties on the battlefield and a large unknown number of civilian and slave deaths. Due to the horrifying conditions of battle and of grossly understaffed and unequipped field hospitals, many soldiers deserted their positions and attempted to return home; such is the story of a confederate soldier named Inman in the novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The Civil War also massively impacted the nations African-American populations as slaves were now free, however,
He began again to daze off staring at the fire and imagining the hairy man crouched down in the summer sun. The Call of the Wild written by Jack London is an adventure book that follows the life of a once tamed dog known as Buck to a dog that has retrogressed to a more primitive state during the Yukon Gold Rush. Buck who eventually answered the call of the wild had to go through many difficulties to get there.The theme power of the primitive is reinforced by the retrogression of a dog despite the love of mankind.
Power and control plays a big role in the lives many. When power is used as a form of control, it leads to depression and misery in the relationship. This is proven through the themes and symbolism used in the stories Lesson before Dying, The fun they had, The strangers that came to town, and Dolls house through the median of three major unsuccessful relationship: racial tension between the African Americans and the caucasians in the novel Lesson before Dying, Doll’s House demonstrates a controlling relationship can be detrimental for both individuals and The Stranger That Came To Town along with The Fun They Had show that when an individual is suppressed by majority they become despondent.
Many siblings usually compete with each other in many things, such as games or races. One example of this, but in a more serious way, is the books Maus I and Maus II and the siblings Art Spiegelman and his brother Richieu. Art has never met Richieu, who died in the Holocaust, but Art feels as Richieu continues to compete with him. Art thinks that he is an outsider compared to Richieu because Art is the only one in the family that has not lived through the Holocaust. Richieu’s role in Maus I and Maus II is that he makes Art feel as Richieu is the favorite son and Artie can’t compare.
In past years, as well as, in the twenty-first century, African Americans are being oppressed and judged based on the color of their skin. In, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, this is the primary conflict that plagues Jefferson’s as well as Grant’s everyday life. By pleading guilty to a murder that he did not commit, Jefferson has to choose to die just as he is, a hog in the white’s eyes, or die a man. On the other hand, Grant, who is his teacher, is faced with being looked down upon by his community all because of his race and status. He is graced with the challenge of turning Jefferson into a man before his execution date. It is only a matter of time before they both realize that they cannot change the past and they have
Traumatic and scarring events occur on a daily basis; from house fires to war, these memories are almost impossible to forget. The Holocaust is only one of the millions of traumas that have occurred, yet it is known worldwide for sourcing millions of deaths. Elie Wiesel was among the many victims of the Holocaust, and one of the few survivors. In the memoir, “Night”, by Elie Wiesel, Elie, the main character, is forever changed because of his traumatic experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camps.
When a reader reads a piece of literature, they might find themselves having events and feelings in common with a character. When I read Kindred, I realize I connected with Dana and Kevin in the passage,“The Fall” part seven. Dana experiences the familiar symptoms connected to her time-traveling, and it is the feeling of dizziness. Kevin, who is accustomed to these episodes, latches on to Dana to travel back with her. Kevin and Dana arrive in a forest where they see Rufus with a broken leg after falling out of a tree. Dana and Kevin quickly asks Nigel to call for Rufus’s father to help transport Rufus home. Rufus convinces his father to let Dana and Kevin stay at their house. Dana gets sent to the cookhouse by Margaret Weylin, Rufus’s mother,
Louis Zamperini, an American soldier during World War II and an Olympic runner, was the main character in the biography Unbroken. While positioned on the Pacific Ocean, Louie’s plane crashed, and survived the crash with his two crewmates Phil and Mac. As the tortuous journey trudged on, Mac was tortured by nature's forces and died near the end of the journey. Louie and the stranded men floated for 46 days, living off of rainwater and fish, before being discovered by a Japanese patrol. When his torn, inflatable raft finally found land, the passengers were swept up by Japanese forces, putting them into torture camps. While at these camps Louie met the Bird, a ruthless guard who will haunt his dreams for the rest of his life. After Louie’s rough
In the excerpt above, Krakauer cites Roman Dial, a professor at Alaska Pacific University and renowned backcountry adventurer, to further support that people should not judge and assume that McCandless was incapable. In fact, McCandless’s ability to live in the wild for months was actually an impressive achievement. Krakauer and Dial recognize that McCandless did make fatal mistakes, but critics fail to give McCandless enough credit for what he was able to accomplish.
Lauren Wolk centers Wolf Hollow around Annabelle a twelve-year-old girl, who is challenged by the bullying from one of her new classmates: Betty Glengarry. Furthermore, she lives on a ginormous farm with her parents, grandparents, Aunt Lily, and two younger brothers, Henry and James in a tiny town just outside of Wolf Hollow, Pennsylvania. Annabelle first encounters Betty on her walk home from the school house. Betty wants her to bring her something valuable, consequently, Annabelle fails to please her, so she whacks her with a stick and threatens her to hurt her younger brother. Additionally, Annabelle also has to fight to bring Toby, a World War I veteran who became a vagabond, to justice, due to Betty’s numerous claims against him. Betty,
One of Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s most distinguished novel is Slaughterhouse-Five, a story about Billy Pilgrim who became a POW soldier much like Vonnegut was in his life. This story follows the life of Pilgrim, which at first reflected Vonnegut’s life until it took a wild turn when Pilgrim was abducted by Aliens that resembled upside-down toilet plungers, and was taken to the planet Tralfamadore. After being sent back to Earth, Pilgrim gets in a plane crash (and survives) and his wife dies of carbon monoxide poisoning after a car crash. Eventually he will tell everyone his experiences and what he knows including how and when he thinks he will die in the future. All of these are elements of science fiction, which took up the latter section of the
The Bitter Side of Sweet is a novel about the use of child labour and child trafficking in West Africa which supplies most of the world's cacao, a key ingredient in many types of confectionery. A report released last year by the Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine determined that in 2013/14, approximately 2.26 million children were working in cacao production, 2.12 million children were working in child labor in cacao production and 2.03 million children were working in hazardous work in cacao production in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana combined.