Armand Bombardier (inventor of the snowmobile) Joseph-Armand Bombardier was born in 1907. Armand was into mechanics at an early age when he made small locomotives, toy tractors and boats. At 17, Armand became an apprentice mechanic before heading to Montreal to study electrical and mechanical engineering. In 1929, he married Yvonne and soon after he lost his son to peritonitis because the family failed to get means to the hospital in time. That challenged him to find a mean of transport in snow winter.
Even with a few minor weaknesses, the book is overall a fantastic read and is a safe recommendation for anyone interested in nonfiction that is riveting. The book begins with the unexpected crushing of The Endurance by the ice pack and a description of the crew scrambling to salvage supplies. The men are quickly forced to abandon the ship and attempt to survive the extreme and harsh climate traversing large ice floes on foot. At this point, “Many of them, it seemed, finally grasped for the first time just how desperate things really were.” (100) The men initially set up a long-term camp called “Ocean Camp,” floating uncontrollably on an ice floe up until the sinking of The Endurance. Next, the men were forced to establish “Patience Camp” where they struggled to survive.
London also presented Darwin’s idea of survival of the fittest in his story. Darwin’s idea implies that those best adapted to particular conditions will succeed in the long run. In relation to “To Build A Fire,” London explains how the man wanders through Alaska, where it is 75 degrees below zero, and eventually fails to make it to his destination. The man back at home had warned him of the dangers of Alaska’s winter, but he had simply laughed it off and casually taken on the challenge. Soon after, though, he was aware of the fact that it was extremely cold and life threatening to travel on the trail at that time.
William Ortiz English 161 October 22, 2009 Powder Comparison In Powder by Tobias Wolff, a man and his son talk as they drive through heavy snow on their way to the boy’s house. They are going to the boy’s house to spend the holidays with the boy’s mother. The son and the father are similar in that they are both fun-loving and controlling, but the boy is different in that he is still young enough to escape his father’s irresponsible lifestyle. The boy and his father are fun-loving people. This is shown throughout the story.
Jimmy Corrigan is a graphic novel from Chris Ware that talks about a lonely, sad and pathetic man who just got a letter and an airplane ticket from his father on a Thanksgiving week, asking him to meet him for the first time. His lonesome life leads him to long for adventure and action, so he finds it in everyday objects which he manipulates with his imagination. The story goes back and forth in time to demonstrate the different Corrigan generations, and how they affect Jimmy’s emotional state in the present time after he was abandoned by his father. Throughout the story, Chris Ware emphasizes everyday objects by sometimes dedicating a whole panel to just one object. These objects may seem to slow the story down but they work as catalysts.
This fiction short story “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich his, short story he uses a first person narrator. In addition to Lyman’s first person account, fact that the story is told from his point of view is also a element of the narrative structure .Lyman narrates THE STORY and recounts memories of his relationship with his brother, telling of the good times they had with their car until Henry’s deployment to Vietnam. Lyman misses Henry dearly and writes him often, always told stories of the trouble with him and his brother got into when they were younger. The road trip that the brothers take in the red convertible to Canada. In this scene the red convertible is symbolizing Henry and Lyman's close relationship to one another.
Nonstandard diction refers to expressions that are not considered legitimate words according to the rules of Standard English usage. Nonstandard diction includes "ain't," "theirselves," "hisself," "anyways," "alot" (the accepted version is "a lot"), and "alright" (the accepted version is "all right"). Most good dictionaries will identify such expressions with the word "Nonstandard." ( When you refer to information contained in Joe’s book (and everyone is required to do this) but have no reference, your essay is not theoretically sophisticated. You must have references even if you do not directly quote.
The Red Convertible: A Brother in Arms Louise Endrich’s short story “The Red Convertible” is about how even the bonds of family and friends may not be enough to subdue the trauma caused by war. The story begins in 1974 as our narrator, Lyman, a Native American, retells the story about his brother Henry and the red convertible they both owned. After buying it impulsively, both of the brothers spend the summer driving around the Dakotas, Montana, and taking a hitchhiker back to Alaska. When they return home, Henry is sent to Vietnam and does not return for three years. When he returns home, Lyman notices that his once carefree brother is now “jumpy and mean.” It’s obvious that the war has changed and traumatized Henry, most likely because he was a prisoner of war.
The fact that Milkman even wants to leave his home represents the gradual maturation and understanding of his identity and his choice to stray from his father's example and leave town to obtain his inheritance and to become a self-defined man. He realizes when he needs to leave when he is on a plane, flying above the land, looking at his life in the ‘big picture’: “In the air, away from real life, he felt free, but on the ground, when he talked to Guitar just before he left, the wings of all those other people’s nightmares flapped in his face and constrained them. Lena’s anger, Corinthian’s loose and uncombed hair, matching her slack lips, Ruth’s stepped up surveillance, his father’s bottomless greed, Hagar’s hollow eyes–he did not know whether he deserved any of that, but he was fed up and he knew he was fed up and he knew he had to leave quickly”(220-221). Morrison suggests that flying makes Milkman ponder his decisions and clear his mind, as well as “[feel] free” which equates to letting go of what keeps him tied down: Lena, Corinthians, Hagar, Ruth, Macon Jr., and Guitar. Although Milkman is unsure whether he deserves the weight of his family, he is sure that he needs to escape it by leaving and literally flying away, which signals his yearning for independence and weightlessness.
But it was real, I know that much, it was like a physical rupture…”(780). O’Brien uses imagery as a tool for dramatic purposes, and allows the reader to enter the mind of someone who has just received a draft notice. His words put visions and voices in our head, and forces us to take a more active role in Tim O’Brien’s feelings. O’Brien writes a vague note to his parents and takes off. He starts to drive north, then straight west along the Rainy River, which separates Minnesota from Canada.