Similar to “The History Teacher”, “A Barred Owl” is also about an adult, in this case a parent trying to keep her child’s innocence. “A Barred Owl” is about a typical scenario where a child is afraid of the unknown in the dark. Both involve adults telling lies in order to try to protect the youth. The irony in this is that the adults are doing something that is morally frowned upon, however it is suppose to actually help the kids. Contrasting areas between these two poems include the rhyme schemes.
Summer Abdallah Mr. Weeg AP English Literature 1 December 2010 A Barred Owl and History Teacher In the poem “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur uses symbolism and soothing diction to portray how the innocence of a child can be protected by the lies we tell; while in the “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins uses deceiving imagery and realistic juxtaposition to acknowledge the fact that although their innocence is shielded by our lies, it is inevitable to guard them from the world. As the child was awakened by the freighting owl voice, Wilbur uses soothing diction in “we tell the wakened child that all she heard/ odd question from a forest bird,” to create a lie of comfort for the little girl. “Words, which can make our terrors bravely clear/can also domesticate a fear,” also demonstrates Wilbur’s soothing diction as he explains how the reassurance of a lie could secure the Childs innocence. The symbolism also utilized by Wilbur creates a sense of ease only told through a protective falsity. As Wilbur describes “the warping night air have brought the boom/of a owls voice into her darkened room,” exposes the reality of the world entering the Childs mind.
In response to the breaking of the teacup Nana calls Mariam a harami or bastard. Mariam describes her encounters with Jalil, her father, and how he treats her with love and compassion. Throughout this chapter Nana seems to be very negative about everything. She says that every story that Jalil has told Mariam it not real and she thinks that she and Mariam would be better off dead. Chapter 2 Nana describes her side of the birth of Mariam.
Madison Carroll Ms. Diana AP English Literature 1 November 2012 Assignment #3 Despairing Companionship “Modern Love,” a poetic sequence by George Meredith, describes a skeptical view regarding of modern love. Meredith’s devastating tone, complex similes and metaphors, and dark imagery convey a sad and regretful outlook on modern relationships. “Modern Love” is riddled with a tone of regret and heartache, making this modern love more like the opposite of love. The speaker says, “she wept with waking eyes” and her “strange low sobs” were “strangled mute.” The words describing this woman are full of grief, full of “vain regret.” Her husband is painfully aware of his wife’s sadness, through her reaction to “his hand’s light quiver by her head” and her sobs that were “dreadfully venomous to him.” The speaker’s worried tone shows that the husband wishes for his wife to be happy, but his actions of loving care and cautiousness do nothing to quell her tears. This view of modern love is hopeless, full of despair for both the man and his distraught wife.
Nathaniel Hawthorne goes into depth about sins that most people don’t want to hear about. During the time period of The Scarlet Letter, adultery was extremely frowned upon, and was punishable by death. Dimmesdale kept the guilt and the pain of what he had done bundled up inside; Hester`s sin was brought to light she stood on a scaffold alone as people watched; Chillingworth was letting his anger and hatred control his very being. Hester along with her baby had nothing else to do, but stand and watch as her lover stood by. As she was tried for the very thing he should be tried for.
When Atticus fails to understand that Boo was the one who killed Bob, Scout explains Atticus a lesson which is usually visa versa, that you must never kill a Mockingbird and by exposing and giving him the negative publicity towards Boo it would be like killing him in a way. This is the major turning point in Scouts maturity because she finally sees Boo not as evil but as a gentle creature just stuck in a bad situation. Although Scout matured drastically she still managed to be daddy’s little girls when she falls asleep on Atticus’ lap when he reads to her. This is only normal because even though Scout learned so much she is still so young and has a lot more to learn in
but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (90). Atticus tells his children this, and the lesson is then reinforced by a neighbor, Miss Maudie, telling the two children that their father was right in his teaching. Atticus effectively told his children not to harm the innocent, who do harm to nothing or noone. Arthur Radley is later called a mockingbird by Scout, after she realizes that bringing him to court for saving her and her brother by stabbing Bob Ewell would be similar to shooting a mockingbird.
TKAM Text Response Essay There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible." How do the events of to kill a mockingbird cause scout and Jem to set aside childish understandings and move towards maturity? Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird provides the audience with an insight into the naïve and childish understandings of two young children growing up amongst the cruelty and harshness of the people in the society of the 1930's.
Tess’ trusting nature betrays her as she is seduced by Alec D’Urberville; as a result her innocence is taken and replaced by a baby as she falls pregnant. The baby is suddenly snatched from Tess by a fatal illness, thus Tess’ is left saddened by Alec’s manipulation of her, this is further underlined as the baby is named ‘Sorrow’ which in turn clarifies how much pain Alec had brought upon her. Although Alec is the first culprit to cause Tess pain, I believe that Angel hurts Tess more as he furthers her pain and suffering when he separates from her shortly after their wedding, Angel takes our protagonist on an emotional journey from the summit of happiness at Talbothays to the depths of sadness at Flintcomb-Ash. She is pushed to the brink of depression by Clare’s prolonged visit to Brazil. Angel reveals
Blake writes of the demoralization of children in his poems who have the unhappy job of cleaning up after others. He provides his sad & pitying commentary on a thankless job. He writes the poem from the point of view of a child, pulling the reader in & making him empathize with the children. The child narration is furthered through song and rhyming. In Blake’s 1789 poem, the persona begins by stating that his mother died when he was young & that his father sold him before he could properly protest his future uncivilized job of sweeping chimneys.