The adults use "white lies" as ways to control their children's thoughts because it is the only way they can. In this poem the adult also tells the child that the "forest bird" is only saying "Who cooks for you?” using this opportunity to remind the child who is in charge of them. "The History Teacher" presents a similar theme of the adult desire for children to remain innocent and powerless. However, the poem makes it clear that the teacher does not desire this as much as, perhaps, their parents do. The history teacher is more concerned that he must be the one to ruin their innocence.
Paige Carson April 4, 2014 2nd Period Compare and Contrast Essay Two poets, both being adults, attempt to deter young children with the intricate and clever lies from being afraid. Richard Wilbur and Billy Collins, however; have two completely dissimilar uses of literary elements to show the technique they have in steering these young minds away from the fear this world displays. Wilbur and Collins use diction, metaphors, and tone to portray two vastly different points of view. In "A Barred Owl", Wilbur tells the story of a young daughter awakened in the night by the sound of the wind, which her father attempts to explain to her as the noise of an owl. In "The History Teacher", Collins tells the story of a teacher explaining events in history differently than they actually were.
It is always an awkward moment when an adult is expected to explain something complicated to a child. In most of these cases adults are forced to take a decision whether to tell the child the crude lie or whether to try and protect the child and cover it up with a harmless white lie. This idea is very well portrayed in two different poems both of which deal with the same topic, adults who lie to children to protect them. A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur talks about a child who is waken up at night by the sound of the wind, which according to her father is just the sound of an owl from whom she must not be scared. On the other hand The History Teacher by Billy Collins deals with the euphemisms a history teacher uses in an attempt to protect his students’ innocence but in the end it turns out that the students are everything but innocent.
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. The owls voice exemplifies the wisdom and truth of a world the child is not familiar with. The “warping night air” illustrates the nature of the world outside the girls protective barrier as it tries to blow in her mind. In the end the child was reassured with the help of the lie and put back to sleep protected by the deceitful shield. Unlike “The Barred Owl,” Billy Collins “The History Teacher” uses continuous deceptions in order to mold the sheltering barrier that surrounds his young students.
Jem and Scout are both children of a passionate lawyer, Atticus Finch. The children are exposed to experiences that shape their right and wrong. Both kids have their own ways of dealing with the wrongs and both end up with 2 different conclusions on how the human race behaves. Jem and Scout are exposed to life changing experiences at a very young age. One experience is with Boo Radley who was the mysterious man who never leaved his house, and they always thought he was evil and they were all afraid of him, but then he saved them from being attacked but during the attack Jem was knocked out could so he never saw who saved them but Scout did.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Practice Essay Theme 1 - The Coexistence of Good and Evil The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is an exploration of the human condition: whether people are essentially good or essentially evil. The novel approaches this idea by dramatising Scout and Jem's transition from a perspective of childhood innocence to a mature understanding of the coexistence of good and evil. At the beginning of the novel, they approach life innocently, believing in the goodness of all people. Later during Tom Robinson's trial, the children are sorely disappointed and this is changed when the jury made up of their fellow townspeople convict the obviously innocent Tom Robinson, simply because he is a black man and his accuser is white. The realization that there is evil in those who they thought good greatly confuses Scout and Jem; after the trial they must re-evaluate their understanding of human nature.
First of all, To Kill a Mockingbird is an example of good literature because it has theme statements; one theme statement in this book is social inequality. One example of social inequality in this book is the Cunninghams. The Cunninghams are poor and have to trade goods for services. Scout must explain to the new teacher that Walter Cunningham will not accept lunch money from her because he cannot pay her back. The children of the town see this social problem as normal and think nothing of it.
One of the pivotal themes in the novel is upholding the goodness. Initially, the readers must be wondering about the significance of the title “To Kill A Mockingbird” that shows little connection with the plot. The title is actually a symbolism used rather extensively in the novel. Mockingbird is a harmless bird which lives in tranquility and entertains people by singing beautifully. During Christmas, when Jem and Scout receive air guns as a present, Atticus warned his children that if they must shoot at living creatures, they are forbidden from shooting at the mockingbirds.
- spoken by Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This quote shows how a child can see things in a different way then most people, and that they shouldn’t be ignored. 3. Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it." - spoken by Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This quote shows that children make mistakes, and they aren’t perfect. 4.
Both were young kids that looked at their missions as just an ordinary hike in the woods. They were always goofing around and didn’t take the situation seriously. One day, while messing around and not being aware of their surroundings, Curt stepped on a landmine and was blown into pieces in front of the entire platoon. Rat writes what he feels is a personal letter to Curt Lemon’s sister explaining how close of friends they were and informed her of his death. Rat becomes angered when he doesn’t receive a response from the sister.