Although, changing the word to “slave” prevents issues concerning the “n-word” and changes the text so it is less offensive to readers. This may be true, but I believe the use of the word in the story plays an important part in fully understanding the necessary points in the story. Some people are unsure of how to handle the use of the n-word in the story, and some understand that using it is accurate because it demonstrates to the reader how people spoke during the time the book was written, which modifies the setting. I believe New South Books was not justified in changing “nigger” to “slave” because it alters the meaning of the story, and makes it harder for the reader to completely absorb the text. The uneasiness the “n-word” creates in class is important because it causes teachers and students to face the word and discuss their feelings about it, which is an important conversation.
Some Reasoning into Slaughter-house Five Kurt Vonnegut uses echoes and repetition as literary tools to directly and indirectly ingrain thoughts within the reader’s mind. As Vonnegut states in the end of the first chapter, the beginning, “This one is a failure, and had to be….” The point of this statement is to first introduce the idea of the inevitable (which I’ll get to later), but mostly that this book will not influence you in the way the reader would most likely intend. Vonnegut says that “People aren’t supposed to look back…..” that the reader won’t be able to make sense of the book by looking back on it, but that one must continuously read and “….not do it anymore.” Kurt Vonnegut is a master at mixing the power of repetition, with the effectiveness of subtlety. The story itself is stripped down to stark essentials, allowing Vonnegut’s use of repetition to shed light in the way that he so desired. He uses blatant repetition, to compliment his subtle showing of themes.
For example, in his story of “Anelida and Arcite” he ends the story with: “Then ende I thus, sith I may do no more. I yeve hit up for now and evermore, For I shal never eft putten in balaunce…” (Chaucer, lines 342-344). It lets his reader know immediately what it is that he wanted him or her to realize from reading his story. It is not a moral in the sense that it is telling someone what he or she should do but it is a moral in the sense that, it is what the reader has learned from reading the tale. Chaucer wrote this story in the 14th century, now fast forwarding to the 20th century, we have Elizabeth Bishop and Sylvia Plath, who not only write in modern English instead of Old English but now they have adopted a more modern way of presenting their aphoristic statements, which may not be closed off like Chaucer who will mark the prelude to his statements with “Conclusion, thus end I thus.” Now it is somewhat harder
The poem was pretty boring at the beginning and I didn’t fell the poet was trying to prove anything. I didn’t get the poet’s point almost until the end of the poem. The theme was very beneficial for the reader and it helps the reader think and do whatever he/she wants in this life without hesitating and before it’s late, as the student said, but I would have also said that there was another theme which tells us to live our life the way we want it not only to get experiences. The theme has reminded me of a person that have once wanted to do something very badly but he couldn’t do it. What happened and very briefly is that a dear friend of mine, whom had once lived, wanted to travel to many countries he had in mind.
Therefore, he won’t do that in his writing because it may decrease the reader’s attention. Second of all, he concluded that he wasn’t appreciated the end of the book. He said, “The plot developments were outlandish”. According to that, it expressed him to avoid ending the story like that. Furthermore, there is the encouragement for him to write a better book: “I can do better that this.
I do not have any misconceptions about writing I'm just very out of practice and I'm sure with time it will become a lot easier and feel more natural. I need to focus on staying on topic, grammar and punctuation. I tend to go off topic once I get another idea something similar but not part of the idea I was going for in my paper. In order to improve this weakness is by keeping my ideas organize will help me stay on topic After reading chapter one it gave me a new motivation to learn about writing. I have always just gave myself the excuse that I am not a good writer and that’s how I am going to live.
Procrastination Procrastinate: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc. There comes a time in all of our lives where we feel the need to procrastinate. Everybody procrastinates, we put things off because we don’t want to do them. Procrastinating is part of being human. You could be a much better writer if you gave yourself time to create a rough copy, revise, and proofread.
These short phrases tell a lot about what is going to happen. If the audience were to guess what happened in these two chapters, it would be that the war has been initiated and hidden places were found to keep shelter. This can bring an emotional tie to the audience because depending on certain situations, these short phrases can bring up sensitive topics that people wouldn’t talk about on a daily bases unless it is brought up. Another example, is in the beginning of the novel, Beah directly tells his audience that “at times [he] thought that some of the stories that the passersby were told were exaggerated. The only wars [he] only knew of were those that [he] read about or [has] seen in movies such as Rambo:
This story is a study in how actions often have unintended consequences. While the young man had lighthearted intent, clearly the decision to touch the young woman was a bad idea. The major conflict of the story was caused by the young man touching the girl. Between peer pressure and hormones, the young man’s reasoning was understandable. He probably did not intend for the girl to get hurt.
What Free writing essentially is just to help us clear our mind and put our thoughts onto a piece of paper. It is a good way to think and brainstorm what we are planning to write about, but it won't necessarily improve our writing skills. Peter Elbow's own essay about free writing would've been unable to be published had it not been edited. Elbow mentions many things that editing takes out of papers. For example, unacceptable thoughts and feelings, your own voice and "bad writing" (106).