Columbia After Horror Essay

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Kayla Parker Mrs. Schenk HonorsII/Compare and Contrast 28 February 2012 Columbia after Horror Like day and night, the historical fiction story “And of Clay Are We Created” by Isabele Allende and the newspaper article “I11-Equipped Rescuers Dig Out Volcano Victims; Aid Slow to Reach Columbia Town” from the Washington Post by Bradley Graham, the conspicuous similarities and differences that can be acquired after scrutinizing both genres are copious. The events in both articles took place in the year of 1985, after an earth-shattering volcano erupted and sent a massive mudslide to destroy the town of Armero. With the obliterated buildings encasing the mounds of thousands of human bodies and hindering what little help the rest of the world could provide, it was almost insuperable to find any survivors in the muddy rubble. Because of the difference in authors’ purposes, “And of Clay Are We Created” gives many more details about the setting, the emotions, and last but not least, the characters. The characters in both genres are identical, although they are named differently. Each presents a thirteen–year old girl, Azucena or Omaira, struggling to stay alive, and a news reporter, Rolf, begging for a pump so that he would at least have a chance to save the girl from the last stages of the dramatic play she had recently been a part of. In “And of Clay Are We Created” the author wrote in the perspective of the lover of the news reporter. By using this method, she added an abundance of details that enhanced the events exposed in the story. She also created a conflict that the news reporter faced. Man vs. man affected Rolf in “And of Clay Are We Created.” When he unexpectedly formed a bond with Azucena, he dolorously reminisced about his life as a child, which consisted of beatings and hurtful moments. Man vs. nature also played a role in this

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