asks the elder of two hunters riding through the first pages of Peter Beagle's Last Unicorn; "Times change," the other mutters. By the end of a brief conversation, the elder has made a judgment. Breaking out of the lilac wood, he shouts back over his shoulder as if he knows the listening unicorn can over-hear: "Stay where you are, poor beast. This is no world for you." Elders in fairy tales are wise, and the hunter may be right.
The white elephants are a major symbol in this story, symbolizing something that is unwanted. While her unborn child is symbolized by hills that look like white elephants, saying the country is dry and brown symbolizes that maybe she isn’t so excited about having this child, and her feelings towards it are “dry”, which leads them to discuss an abortion. The theme being that abortion is always very controversial is also explained when the girl takes back what she said earlier by saying, “they don’t really look like white elephants.” This quote shows that the girl maybe after all doesn’t want to get an abortion. Although, who in
Dante A. Zorrilla Professor Tsai English 1302 23 February 2013 Swans without Wings A beautiful princess trapped under a spell. During the day she is a white swan; during the night she returns to her human form, and in order to break this spell, she requires a pure and eternal love of a prince. It seems that is another fairy tale that is going to end up with a happy ending. The prince comes to rescue her and they live happily ever after. But what if it is not?
They are fairies, and when he approaches, all of them disappear, leaving an ugly old woman sitting on the green. He tells her of his troubles, and she offers to give him the answer to the queen's question, but, in return he must grant her whatever she asks for, which he promises to do. She whispers the answer in his ear (a naive touch - there is no-one around to hear what she says, but the device explains the Wife's keeping the answer from her audience). On the chosen day, the knight gives his answer before the queen and the ladies of the court: what women most desire is to have sovereignty over their husbands. All agree that the knight has answered aright and deserves to keep his life, when the old woman reminds the knight of his promise: she now demands that he marry her.
She was a beautiful yet very petite girl, she stood at 4’11’’ and weighed no more than 90 pounds. “Photographs...failed to do justice to her looks.” Bonnie Parker grew up dreaming about having true love and romance like in the movies, which could be the reason why she dropped out of school and rushed into marriage with Roy Thorton at the young age of 16. This marriage did not go as well as she had planned, and Thorton ended up in jail. Parker then moved on to live with her grandmother. Her dream of finding true love appeared to be over, that was until one night at a friend’s house when she was nineteen, she met Clyde Barrows, who was twenty one.
Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler, published in 2011. As I can see on the front cover of the book, the girl Myra is having the vision of the big blue sky. The bird is flying in the blue sky but not the girl, which represent the name of the book “Girls Don’t Fly”. Erik- Smart, perfect, rich, bit like subtle emotional abuser, Myra- Practical, self-sacrificing high school senior, self-esteem, relatable Pete- Nice, weird, unorganized Family- Unsupportive except for Carson, too focused on their own individual problems. Erik- Psychotic Pete- Condescending and weird.
Have child beauty pageants gone too far? By Eva Rakel Jónsdóttir ENS 503 Verzlunarskóli Íslands Instructor: Kristín Norland October 2011 For nearly fifty years children have been subjected to the world of beauty pageants where they have been forced to behave as young adults rather than children. For some girls glamorous dresses, make-up, fake hair and sparkling tiaras are a typical dress up/fun day. For some girls this is reality. Traveling across the country and competing against hundreds of other girls is a part of their lives.
Scout asks Miss Maudie, their nextdoor neighbor, why this is. Miss Maudie replies with, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Harper Lee 119). She learns to not harm or kill anyone or thing that is innocent, but this doesn’t quit stick to her until a few months later.
The theme is about how Jig sees the prospect of keeping her child and having a happy life, while the man fails to see the possibilities and works to encourage her to go through with the abortion. In the story, Jig looked at the hills and said, "They look like white elephants." The man replied, "I've never seen one." Then she replied, "No, you wouldn't have. “The hills symbolize the hindrances that we must climb, but they are not massive mountains.
There is no time to waste and the decision cannot be delayed. Jig was looking at the hill line while drinking her beer and described it as being “white in the sun” and down below the country was “brown and dry”. Once again the valley characterizes the infertile nature of the decision. She subconsciously sees the harsh emptiness that the abortion suggests in everything she sees. By describing the mountains as white elephants Jig is referring to the baby.