In the poems “A Barred Owl” and “The History Teacher”, the speakers are attempting to mitigate the evils of the world. Wilbur’s short poem is much less extreme than Collins’s when doing this. Wilbur uses a simple explanation while Collins continues to make up more and more absurd stories. The intention is the same, but the way the speakers go about it is very different. The speaker in Wilbur’s poem is merely a parent trying to settle a restless child, while the speaker in Collins’s poem is a teacher trying to shield his students from the many evils of the world.
The History Teacher, on the other hand, changes to a tone where we realize that the teachers methods are incorrect. We are shown that despite being kept from the worlds violent truths, the children still know of violence and bullying. Although it was not much, the little dialogue the poems had both had the effect of sugar coating the truth in order to misguide the children to a false conception of reality. “Who cooks for you?”, as stated in The Barred Owl, uses the actual sound the owl made and personifies it in order to help the child cope with the fear it caused. In The History Teacher, the line “How far is it from here to Madrid?”
In “A Barred Owl,” Wilbur begins the poem by effectively setting a simple, juvenile and innocent mood as shown through his use of synecdoche and onomatopoeia such as “night-air” and “boom.” This mood is further revealed in his use of consonance, assonance, and a simple couplet rhymed scheme throughout the poem. The first two lines provide an introduction to a very simple problem, that of the owl frightening a child. Then, by using “We” in the third line, Wilbur is able to involve the reader into the poem, as well as possibly encompassing society as a whole. It is up to us, then, to provide a solution to this problem and “We” have decided that it is best to use a very innocent white lie about the nature of owls. The second stanza offers an introspective analysis of the specific personal account related in the first stanza.
The History Teacher is written with an unmetered rhyme scheme, which maintains a poetic flow while allowing Collins more freedom to describe his story. He gives an anecdote of a teacher devoted to protecting his students from the unsympathetic and insensitive world he finds himself in. Adjusting history so as to convince his students that humanity is inherently good, he insists on eradicating all negativity from his lessons. Collins poem is more humorous and holds an ironic connotation, while Wilbur’s poem demonstrates a conventional story with an insightful and endearing tone. While both poems do have similar beginnings and
Using the words “bad”, “good”, and “you” frequently helps to dumb down such an intimidating essay to help the level of the obvious content meet the level of the writing. By writing this essay from the eyes of a child, Dillard is able to approach this difficult subject using simple language without seeming like she is questioning the intelligence of the reader. As the passage continues and we are finally told that “Santa Claus stood in the doorway,” Dillard repeats this statement as to paint an image of the scenario for the reader and to reiterate the importance of this moment in the authors life. As the story continues, the author is reflecting back on the night when Santa Claus came and how she now knows it was just Miss White. She refers to this memory of Santa Claus as one that played a part in the “making of Santa Claus, God, and Miss White an awesome, vulnerable, trinity.” This reference of the trinity immediately causes the reader to relate this memory of Christmas to a purely religious experience.
In this short story written by Ray Bradbury, the author wants to emphasize the negative effects of the technology on the family. In order to have a well written short story, the author must use many literary devices. During this tale, Bradbury uses metaphors, foreshadowing, dialogue, similes and tone levels to accentuate the emotional experience. One example of foreshadowing is right at the beginning of the story. George’s wife is so concerned about the nursery that she bothers to ask for a second opinion.
/ Author Edgar Allen Poe, in his eerie short story “The Tell-Tell Heart,” uses mood, symbolism and themes to explore the dark world of evil. / Poe uses the mood to pull the reader into an atmosphere. / In the beginning of the story, the mood is light. / “I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth,” the narrator says, reassuring the reader that his hearing is acute (2). / When pretty words, such as “heaven” are used, the reader does not realize that the mood of the story is superficially light.
Lost in the betrayal of his mother, uncle and his girlfriend Ophelia- Hamlet is the story of how a young prince tries to avenge his father’s death and the situations and consequences that follow. There are many themes and underlying messages in this play that may be difficult for the young generation to understand due to the Shakespearean dialect. Hamlet-No Fear Shakespeare by Neil Babra makes the book’s themes easy to understand due to the very detailed graphics and the accurate translation of the book into modern English. The graphics also help portray what the characters are feeling and their emotions at certain points, which helps one to understand the characters much better. Another good thing about this book is that every scene is translated accurately and there is nothing missing or added-it is true to the original book, thus making it a very good study guide for those who find Shakespeare difficult.
To Kill a Mockingbird displays important moral values and themes of growing up, courage and prejudice, particularly significant issues during Harper Lee’s time. Hence, I have decided to focus my assignment on what the novel is ultimately trying to display. Maturity and growing up are portrayed through the novel. Jem, Scout and Dill had to confront harsh realities of life such as adult hypocrisy, racial tension, human cruelty, death, and in the case of Dill, parental indifference. School education is ironically, shown very little in the book, which tells us that life is what helps us to grow up.
Summary: In “Justice: Childhood Love Lessons”, bell hooks notes that grownups, with their ways of discipline; often confuse children about the concept of love. (27). I agree with bell hooks; children are taught love is as simple as giving a hug or sharing your toys but when they are abused by their guardians with explanations such as “I do this became I love you” it will confuse them great deal. 2. Direct Quotation: bell hooks says, “Being hurt by parenting adults rarely alters a child’s desire to be loved and be loved by them [parents].