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Sally Morgan Essay

April 30th, 2010 No comments

The short passage used from the story “My Place” is written by Sally Morgan. Sally uses different conventions in the passage to position the reader to respond to her story. The conventions used are conflict, point of view and plot.

The conflict of self vs. self and self vs. others is used to position the reader into responding to the passage. The conflict of deciding to stay or leave the car, self vs. self, gets the reader to understand how doing so could lead to some dangers and that that character is accepting to face it. If they kid’s in the story leave the car they face the danger of boredom and dehydration, while leaving the car they face the danger of being kidnapped. At the end of the passage it shows how one of the sons talks back to his father, self vs. others. This creates the feal for the character and gets the reader to respond by the conflict of father and son. Conflict is used, in this passage, to get readers to respond to the way the characters interact with each other. Read more…

Essay on Bilingual Journey

April 16th, 2010 No comments

Imagine walking into a classroom on the first day of school. Imagine not knowing anyone. Imagine being filled with fear, nervousness, anxiety, frustration, and excited all at the same time. You take a seat and look at the person sitting next to you, he or she starts talking and you cannot understand anything they are saying. You try to talk back and everyone looks at you as if you were an alien. Rodriguez and Villanueva have experienced situations similar to this, due to the fact they were children of immigrants, living for the first time in America, not able to speak fluent English, if any at all.

Growing up Rodriguez only spoke Spanish, while his parents spoke fluent Spanish and broken English. His parents never spoke English to anyone other than “los gringos.” When Richard first attended school, he could hardly understand English let alone speak it and this gave him the name of the problem student in his classroom. Richard feared the sounds of the English language. Speaking Spanish in the house gave the family a sense of security, a sense of closeness. It was Spanish which calmed his nerves and made him feel secure. “I live in a magical world, surrounded by sounds both pleasing and fearful”. Richard attended a Catholic school taught by nuns. One day the nuns took it upon themselves to encourage the Rodriguez’s to practice the English language at home by asking, “Is it possible for you and your husband to encourage your children to practice their English when they are at home”. As the children are being taught English in school and it is their primary language, incorporating the English language into the daily routine of the Rodriguez household would be beneficial to all the children.
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Bartleby Paper

April 14th, 2010 No comments

Did one ever want to live in New York? What about working on Wall Street? One might prefer not to after reading, “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” by Herman Melville. This short story is not only about life on Wall Street but also how one should treat others less fortunate then oneself.

The main character is an elderly lawyer who never takes risky deals or draws attention to himself. His personality is similar to that of a shy turtle. He also provides us with the story in the first person point of view, introducing the strange Bartleby.

Bartleby is “a motionless young man…pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn.” The lawyer hires Bartleby to be a copier, but after awhile, Bartleby says he would “prefer not to” do his work. Then the lawyer finds out that Bartleby is living in the office but he feels bad for Bartleby so doesn’t say anything. But when Bartleby stops doing his job, he asks Bartleby to leave.

Bartleby does not leave however; he “remained as ever, a fixture in my chamber. Nay-if that were possible-he became still more of a fixture then before.” Finally, the main character can take no more and he moves out of the building, instead of just putting a restraining order on Bartleby. The lawyer tries to be kind to Bartleby by giving him a job, letting him live in the office, even after he had fired him, and having patience with him when he says “I prefer not to.” This shows that the main character had enough compassion to finally just give up on Bartleby. Read more…

Essay About O’Henry

April 9th, 2010 No comments

Authors of short stories use elements of style to make their stories interesting. There are many elements of style used by authors. Irony and theme are often used in short stories. This is clearly shown in O. Henry’s short stories such as: “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Lickpenny Lover,” “The Midsummer Knights Dream,” “The Cop and the Anthem,” and “Ships.” The short stories of O. Henry use the element of theme to bring about ironic endings.

In “The Gift of the Magi” there are elements of theme throughout the entire story. One example of theme in the story is that poverty affected both the main characters Jim and Della. Jim and Della both lived in a poor neighborhood with very little money. They both wanted to get each other a very meaningful Christmas present. Another element of theme in this story is that Jim and Della realize how much they love each other. Eugene Garcia fines that “In this trite little tale of mutual self-sacrifice between husband and wife, O. Henry crystallized dramatically what the world in all it’s stored up wisdom knows to be of fundamental value in ordinary family life”(short story criticisms 192). The theme of this story should always be kept in mine that love is more important then money.

Another example of an element of style is irony. Each person selling something valuable to them shows irony in “The Gift of the Magi”. Della had only saved up one dollar and eighty-seven cents to get Jim a Christmas present. Since she did not have enough money she went to a store and sold her hair. Jim at the same time went to a store to sell his watch for money for Della. They both got each other gifts with the money they had gotten from selling their items. The gifts that they sold each had something to do with what they had gotten each other. Della had gotten Jim a medallion for his watch, while Jim had gotten Della beautiful combs for her hair. Arthur Voss finds that it is ironic in “O. Henry’s famous story of the young married couple, each of whom sells a treasured possession to obtain money to buy a Christmas present for the other” (short story criticisms 114). The ironic conclusion of the story is that both Della and Jim were unable to use the gifts they had gotten each other.

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O’Connor’s Ending Essay

April 2nd, 2010 No comments

O’Connor’s short stories, for some people, might be optimistic since her characters are given opportunities to see themselves for what they are. Her characters, then, have a chance to get rid of their flaws, mostly pride and arrogance. Mr. Head, for example, thinks he’s smart and superior to others. However, at the end, he learns that he isn’t as good as he thought. “I never seen him before.” Saying this, Mr. Head loses Nelson’s trust. Turning his back on his only kin, he is ashamed and realised that he isn’t that good. O’Connor put the artificial nigger in the scene as an opportunity for Mr. Head to reconcile with Nelson. Fortunately, he takes that chance and learns the lesson.

However, as for me, her short stories are quite pessimistic. It’s true that her characters are given lots of opportunities to gain self-knowledge. But, not every character realises that and takes the chance. Mr. Shiftlet, for instance, is still the same. He stills thinks he is a good man, stopping for a hitchhiker. He doesn’t realise that it is evil to leave his retarded wife in the middle of nowhere. He even prays to God to “wash the slime from this earth”. How ironic! Or if the characters do realise their own flaws, they don’t have a chance to improve themselves. Take grandma from A Good Man is Hard to Find for example. Though she realises that she isn’t a decent lady as she thought, she is shot dead in the end. Joy is another character that learns from a painful lesson. All her life, bad things happens to her – disability, short-eyesight, living with her mother who doesn’t appreciate her knowledge. Worse enough, she is deceived by the man she thinks she can fool. Her intelligence, the only thing she’s proud of, is taken away. Giving up in despair or becoming a better person and learn to live with other people, the story doesn’t say how she will deal with this situation. Either way, I think it must be hard for her. (For me, it’s more likely that she will be Hulga, not Joy, considering what she’s been through for all her life.) Read more…