Friday, August 8, 2008

"Our tragedy and God's love for orphans" By - Steven Curtis Chapman

The article “Our tragedy and God's love for orphans” highlights the growing consern over the number of orphans in our world. According to author Steven Curtis Chapman “There are 143 million children in the world who have lost one or both parents.” Chapman also says “In America alone, there are half a million children in foster care, and approximately 120,000 of these children are waiting to be adopted.” Children are often orphaned or abandoned because of poverty, disabilities and disease. Every 15 seconds a child loses a parent because of AIDs. The author tells us his own opinion on the topic “My wife and I had always supported the idea of adoption, and as Christians, we understood the importance of loving and caring for others. But what I had not yet grasped was that adoption is a physical picture of what Jesus has done for me. I did nothing to deserve God's love; in fact, I was living as an orphan, without hope. Yet God chose to pursue a relationship with me, and through the death of his son Jesus, I was adopted into God's family.” This article states that people need to consider the benefits of adoption.
Throughout your childhood years you dream of having a big family when you grew up. When you are an orphan you dream of being a part of a big family. The author uses a strong opinion that catches the reader’s attention, and pulls them into the article. “Caring for these children is not the job of governments or institutions; instead, it is the job of families, people and communities” Chapman says. Steven also points out “We can each do something, whether it is donating, adopting, fostering, mentoring, visiting orphans or supporting families that have taken in orphans. You can change the world for an orphan” This reader supports this article because it is importaint to care for other people.

Irony In "What Is The What" By Dave Eggers

Irony is seen throughout many works of literature. In Dave Egger’s novel “What is The What” irony is used throughout the story. To begin with, Valentino, the narrator, is robbed in his home in Atlanta. When this happens Valentino wises he was back in Kakuma: “In Kakuma there was no rain, the winds blew nine months a year, and eighty thousand war refugees from Sudan and elsewhere lived on one meal a day.” This quote is ironic because in Atlanta he has freedom and he lives in an apartment, which for him is a great place. But the bad thing about living there is that he was getting robbed. In Kakuma he didn’t need to worry about getting robbed because he: “lived in a hut of plastic and sandbags and owned one pair of pants”. Now that he lives in Atlanta he owns: “…a television, a VCR, a microwave, an alarm clock, many other conveniences, all provided by the Peachtree United Methodist Church here in Atlanta”. Irony is a universal element: Irony is seen throughout novels and everyday discussion.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Examples of sentence Patterns in "The Lottery"

Adjectives Out of Order
Reckless and nervous, Tessie Hutchinson snatched a paper out of the box and held it tightly behind her back.

Tessie Hutchinson, winner of the lottery, was stoned to death.

Introductory Prepositional Phrase
With an uneasy felling, Bill Hutchinson waited to open the small folded piece of paper that was in his hand.

Gerund-Object of Preposition
With the silence of the crowed, Mr. Summers raised his hand and called the first person’s name.

Gerund Phrase
Waiting anxiously, is what the crowed did best.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Symbolism In "Of Mice and Men"

John Stieneback’s novel "Of Mice and Men" concerns two migrate farm workers during the 1930’s in California, who had a dream of owning their own ranch. Throughout the novel Steineback uses the technique of symbolism. This is clearly seen in George and Liennie’s farm, Curly’s wife,
and candy’s dog.

To begin with symbolism is seen in George and Lennie’s farm. It represents hopes and dreams, power, and hard work. The farm with rabbits for Lennie and work for George, is what they hope to get with there hard work. They talk about it frequently; they must work hard to save money to buy it. Candy also wants part of the dream. He offers them the money he has saved. The farm is also a symbol of power for George. When they own it, he won’t have to work for anyone else; therefore the farm is a symbol of many things.

Symbolism is also shown in curly’s wife. She wanted to be an actress. This is a symbolism of hopes and dreams. Instead she married a farmer’s son. She never gets to talk to anyone cause curly wont let her, she is lonely, curly is always somewhere else around the farm and she is always at the house. She could have had a wonderful life, but she thinks her mom threw out the letter from some acting job.

The third symbol is in Candy’s Dog, that’s a symbol of weakness. His dog got shot by Carlson because it was old and miserable, he thought of it as pitting it out of its misery. Candy was sad and he loved that dog. The dog was his friend and his companion.

Thus Stienbacks novel, "Of Mice and Men" concerning two migrant farm workers. During the 1930’s in California, who had a dream of owning their own ranch, uses the technique of symbolism. George and lennie’s farm, Candy’s wife, and Candy’s dog clearly illiterates this technique. This writer learned that symbolism doesn’t just mean one thing, it means many things.

Ambiguity in “The Sniper”

Ambiguity in the short story “The Sniper” is seen in Liam O’Flaherty’s writing. At the end of this story, O’Flaherty writes “The sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother’s face”. In this quote, “brother” could be signified as many different meanings. When you first read the story you get the feeling that the man the sniper shot was his true blood brother. As you continue thinking, the “brother” could be a man or a friend on the same side as he is on and he accidentally shot him in hesitation.

Tone and Atmosphere in “The Sniper”

The tone and atmosphere in the short story, “The Sniper” is seen throughout the story in the author's writing. Tone, mood and atmosphere are shown in the expressions through the author’s words and perspective. The tone and atmosphere help the reader to understand what the story is about, where it takes place and why.

The tone of the story is full of suspense, the story, “The Sniper”, took place at night in a city that was at war. “The long June twilight faded into the night” .It makes one think what will happen as you read the story. “The sniper could hear the dull panting of the motor. His heart beat faster”. The author wants the reader to feel the suspense kicking in, and it makes one want to continue reading to find out what is going to happen next.

The atmosphere of “The Sniper” refers to the mood of the story, Dark. The mood of the story is seen in certain words words. “He became bitten by remorse.” The words ruse, remorse, dying, pain, and weakness helps the reader understand the dark atmosphere. The words make the reader feel like that something has gone wrong.