Author Denise Giardina has great narrative abilities. She can spin a wonderfully coercive and succulent story, as she has done in Storming Heaven. The novel has a beautifully fictitious plot that ties in perfectly with the events surrounding the coal wars and the Battle of Blair Mountain. She really gives the reader an idea of what it might have been like to be a West Virginian during this era. The plot is set up in a way that causes it to be quite interesting to even those who are most loathing of history.
Octavia E. Butler’s work Kindred is a profound novel that illustrates the destructive power of obessive love. Butler also does a remarkable job protraying the graphic nature of racial prejudice in the 1800s as opposed to how it’s viewed in modern times via time travels – which gives the reader the oppurtunity to compare and contrast the two distinct eras. Dana’s (the narrator and protagonist of Kindred) choice to continue saving Rufus’ life, regardless of his absurd behavior, causes her time travels to prolong – given that Rufus was the focus and cause of them – and Rufus eventually beomes obsessed with Dana. As Dana chooses to save Rufus’ life, she not only prolongs her time travels to the antebellum Maryland of the early 1800s but also saves her life and preserves the familail bond of the slaves. “Was that why I was here?
Duarte's choice of colors used to highlight portions of certain types of language in MLK's speech, make this infographic a beautiful work of art! In addition to David McCandless' work, Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, has incorporated data visualization with 'infomotion' providing his audience the ability to see movement of the information within the infographic and what Rosling calls 'unveiling the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics'. . http://www.gapminder.org Below is a beautiful infographic done by Lemongraphic. This graphic shows data of a 37 minute bus ride broken down to record the time of each stop, stop number, and the number and type of passenger who boarded.
Through skilful characterization and techniques Atwood engages the reader’s mind, resulting in a chilling realisation that is not easily forgotten. This reminds us to exercise caution. Atwood makes us wonder whether the short term benefits of science are worth the long term disasters. Oryx & Crake portrays a world controlled by incredibly powerful global corporations who are willing to go to any lengths to make a profit. People who are lucky enough to work for one of these corporations are housed in compounds which are gated communities.
These topical matters which Yolen has used are the holocaust, and the fairy-tale sleeping beauty or less commonly known as briar rose. Both these subject matters are well known in society and have had huge impacts on history. Being such well known subject matters instantly engages the audience as they are able to apply their knowledge and to make cross-links between the two subject matters. Intertextuality of any text will be intriguing and engaging as the audience is able to compare and to know the basic outline of what is to come, this could be considered dramatic irony. The symbolism of the holocaust is engaging as fairy-tales are always considered to have a happy ending but using such a dark topical matter which seems to have no happy outcomes is able to surprise the audience and to keep them reading as the audience is waiting to see the “Happily ever after” (pg.
Yolen’s decision to write Briar Rose in a fairy tale forum helps provide another viewpoint that can help you comprehend such a gruesome period of history like the Holocaust. “Briar Rose reinscribes memory, and shows us what an important role storytelling can play in the acts of surviving and transcending horror.” (Wells 1) The very last article that I was able to find on the Briar Rose was a short one, but clearly had a positive reaction towards Yolen’s book. It states that Briar Rose regardless of the fact that it is a work of fiction speaks the truth and is brutally honesty. “Despite whatever connections we may or may not have to this dark period in history, there is a part of us that is only able to comprehend the true enormity of such stories when they are hidden in depts of older tales, for these old tales exist in
“Me Talk Pretty One Day” In the article “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” by David Sedaris, the major thesis states that through hard work and dedication, success can be had even in the most negative situation. Sedaris develops his thesis through subtle humor and an entertaining anecdote of his French college course and his “sauce-box” professor who finds joy in the belittlement of her students. The author’s purpose is to motivate college students who may be experiencing a difficult course with a less than pleasant instructor so that he may inspire students to achieve all their goals. Tone is a very vital part of a entertaining essay and David Sedaris was certainly aware of that. His tone is light-hearted and humorous, while still inspiring students to be the best possible.
Through this, Dickens is able to show readers that the things we should value most in life are priceless, and are the key to ultimately finding happiness. Dickens uses Old Fezziwig to guide Scrooge into recognising how treating his
HIGH PRAISE FOR RADICAL HONESTY "A breakthrough book. Dr. Brad Blanton shocks you, makes you laugh, and, above all, makes you think." —Riki Robbins Jones, Ph.D., author of Negotiating Love and founder of the Network for Empowered Women "The truth really is 'the light of the world.' Radical Honesty has helped me remove a few more mental shackles." —Wally ("the cookie man") Amos, author of Man with No Name: Turn Lemons into Lemonade "Brad Blanton's approach in Radical Honesty is at once shocking and healing.
Critical Analysis of Chapter 1, Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen laughs at her own society of the early 19th Century in her most famous opening line of her fiction novel, Pride and Prejudice, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This overstatement is a most effective introduction to her novel Pride and Prejudice as it not only captures the readers’ attention but also immerses the reader in the English 19th Century setting, introduces Austen’s ironic tone of writing and light hearted genre of the novel. Jane Austen uses chapter 1 to introduce her concerns regarding marriage, gender and social order. Austen intrigues the reader with the entertaining relationship between Mr and Mrs Bennet and teases the reader by cleverly introducing the protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, through dialogue. Austen relies on dialogue over description to voice her themes and issues; she uses diction and syntax to introduce the setting. Austen typically restricts the setting as a means of using select few characters to make more universal comments.