I am a middle aged single white male named Biff Loman. I used to be a confident, popular highschool football player, who got all the pretty girls. My father has very high expectations for me. He expects me to fulfill all of his dreams as a salesman, and live the American dream in his perspective. He wants me to settle down and get married, and maybe even have some kids, but that’s definitely not the life I want to live. After high school is when everything went down hill. I went to boston in the summer and caught my father cheating on my mother with a mistress. It took away my motivation of becoming successful, and it even made me not go to summer school for math, which I failed in my senior year. I’ve had several jobs since graduation. People also call me a freelancer. I hate a routined life with nothing but constriction, and working a 9 to 5 job with the same pattern and nothing to look forward to. I like working in the farm and having my freedom. Unlike me, my brother, Happy is well off. Living close to home, with a stable job. I always thought I would be like him. I feel bad that mother has no clue about my fathers affair. It pains me to watch her always taking his side. My parents expect so much in me, while my brother never gets pressured to do anything. Now I am trying to get back in my feet and become something that my parents will be proud of.
In the poem, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou, contains both a connotative and denotative meaning. The literal poem is about a caged bird that sings, because its voice is the only thing left that it has due to all the restrictions. The caged bird cries to get someone’s attention and recognition, while the free bird gets to fly and do what it pleases to, but the caged bird never gives up and keeps singing for the hope of being free. The connotative behind the poem is actually about the black slaves in the United States, during the civil rights movements. The caged bird represents the African Americans that were lacking human rights at the time, while the free bird represents the Caucasians. It is saying that the Black Americans are struggling to get their point across the White people who aren’t recognizing their problems, but the Black Americans don’t stop using their voice to make a change to their unfair situation. The title is significant, because Maya Angelou was a African American women, who experienced the racism and understood the feeling of being restricted. The whole poem is basically a metaphor, because it contains a different connotative meaning behind it. End rhyme is seen in the poem in the parts “still” and “hill”. Near rhyme is also used im “breeze” and “trees”. Personification is present when the author describes the caged bird’s shadow shouts on a nightmare. It is personification because a shadow doesn’t shout. This poem contains a deeper meaning that can help us reflect on the historical mistakes that we’ve made in the past, and understand how the Black Americans felt on a more personal level.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Penguin, 1983.
(book lord of the flies)
James, Wendy. Class Interview. 8 Nov.2017.
Bragg, Rick. “Judge punishes Arkansas boys who killed 5.” Retrieved January 22 (1998): 2012.
Sachs, Susan. “A Chilling Crime and a Question: What’s in a Child’s Mind?, (1998
(The following of quotes are description of the Island in the Lord of the Flies)
1) the shape
“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore” (38).
2) the reef
“The reef enclosed more than one side of the island, lying perhaps a mile out and parallel to what they now thought of as their beach” (38)
3) the scar
“Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea” (39)
4) what covers the island
“On either side rocks, cliffs, treetops and a steep slope: forward there, the length of the boat, a tamer descent, tree-clad, with hints of pink: and then the jungly flat of the island, dense green, but drawn at the end to a pink tail” (38)
5)The home of the “beastie”
“They swarmed across the bridge and soon were climb- ing and shouting.”
6)Where the shelters are built
“The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach.”
“They were on the lip of a circular hollow in the side of the mountain. This was ﬁlled with a blue ﬂower, a rock plant of some sort, and the overﬂow hung down the vent and spilled lavishly among the canopy of the forest. “
“Trees, forced by the damp heat, found too little soil for full growth, fell early and decayed: creepers cra- dled them, and new saplings searched a way up.”
“Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake—blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple” (Pg. 10)
10)Where they found the conch
“Ralph had stopped smiling and was pointing into the lagoon. Something
creamy lay among the ferny weeds.” (Pg. 18)
“He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last.” Standing there still as ice, he could feel the sweat dripping from his forehead as the firing squad loads their guns. He watched every single movement of each soldier, as they prep their guns ready to aim and shoot right through his body. Everything was in slow motion. Walter Mitty trembled, as he looks up to the sky, and desperately starts to pray. “Dear God, please give me one last chance,” he pleaded, as the head of the team yelled, “ready?” “BANG!” Walter expecting pain in his body, slowly looked down, and there a squealing K9 unit laying on his feet, which seemed to be a German Shepherd, had a deep wound in its throat, and looked into Mitty’s eyes.
The squealing noise continued, “Walter! Stop stepping on the poor dog’s feet!” Mrs. Mitty yelled from across the street. Walter jumps and quickly releases his foot from the dog’s paw. The dog was loosely tied up to a fence. It barked louder and louder each time Walter made a move. He was terrified of an animal he could not control.“It’s o-okay, g-g-good boy!” Walter stuttered, as he slowly backed away. The dog kept running towards him, ready to charge. The look in the dog’s eyes was horrifying. It was ready to shred Mitty into a thousand pieces. The tied up leash was getting looser each time the dog attempted to break free. Walter starts to run as fast as possible. “Where are you going?!” Mrs. Mitty yelled, as she watched her husband run for his dear life. Walter’s breath increased faster and faster, and he finally approaches an alleyway, but then quickly realizes it was a dead end. There was nowhere to escape. Walter Mitty stood there, hopelessly listening to the dog growl, as it slowly approached him.
…”The great lion tamer Walter Mitty!” The crowd cheers with excitement, as the ringmaster announces the next big act. Walter Mitty was standing in the middle of a big tent, made up of many colours. He was wearing a red tux, and he held a long whip in his hand. There were four lions sitting in a big cage, with the look of hunger in their eyes. Then a piece of crumpled paper hit Walter’s face. Walter unfolds the paper. It was a poster of a circus “Moscow’s Beast Tamer,” written in bold red letters. Mitty attempts to scan the crowd of people through the bright lights. The look of excitement in the crowd’s faces filled Mitty with adrenaline. The cages opened, and the crowd got louder. The four beasts ready to feed charge at Mitty in the speed of light. Suddenly, the feeling of butterflies in Mitty’s stomach changed into confidence. Mitty stood firm on his ground with the whip in his hand. “Stop!” Mitty said, as he whipped his whip to create distance. The crowd went wild, “Mitty the great! Mitty the great!” they screamed jumping out of their seats. Four giant cats were listening to Mitty. Soon, he was making the lions jump over objects, and dance on their hein legs. It was the lions that the people came to see, but the attention was on the star of the show, Walter Mitty.
This assignment is based off the tragic short story, “Father and Son,” by Bernard MacLaverty. The story is based on the conflict between the father and his son. It most likely took place in the 70s-80’s, Ireland during the IRA campaign. The relationship between the two is shown through both character’s perspectives. In this project, the story is simplified with the main plot points, and they are explained through photos and explanations. Their toxic relationship eventually leads them to a unfortunate ending.
“I know that in a few minutes he will come into look at me sleeping” (165).
This quote shows the doubt that the father has against his son throught the short story. In the son’s point of view, it reveals that his father comes to his room everyday to check on him and make sure that he’s in his bed and alive. Even though the son resents his father, because of the lack of trust that is shown to him, his father cares deeply for the boy and is giving up his time to make sure that he’s safe from past danger. The exposition introduces the characters and the setting of the story. The reader knows the mood of the story and the two main characters.
2) Rising Action
“My mother is dead but I have another one in her place. He is an old women” (167).
After the son’s mother died he feels like his father abandoned his role as being the man of the house and turned into the mother, because he prays, and weeps for his son like a woman. This quote shows how bitter the son is towards his father because of his word choice, and the reason behind the son becoming rebellious is possibly because of his mothers death and how his father dealt with it. The readers gets to know one of first the conflicts between the two characters that build up tention between them, which is one of the first rising actions.
3) Rising Action
“Look, Da, I have not touched the stuff since I got back. Right?” (168).
In the picture, it shows that the son and father are currently in a heated argument, because the father wants a conversation with his son but the son is trying to avoid it, and uses the excuse of not touching the drugs since the accident that occurred in the past. Every moment that the father and son have a conversation, it always becomes an argument about the son’s health and his whereabouts. In this scene, the readers get to know one of the main reasons as to why the two’s relationship has deflated.
4) Rising Action
“The door swings open and he pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow” (169).
This quote shows the readers that even if the son says that he is healed and doesn’t do drugs anymore, the gun points out that the situation is about to worsen. Even though the father saw the gun he doesn’t do anything about it, possibly because he is hesitant about confronting him, and getting him mental help or it maybe because he doesn’t want their relationship to worsen. The gun firshadows that there will be a bigger problem to come. It is building up tention towards the climax, which is a rising action.
5) Rising Action
“My son with friends. Talking. What he doesn’t do with me” (169).
In this scene, the father thinks to himself, while listening to his son talk to his friends. He realizes how different his son is around others, and misses the feeling of getting along and bonding with him. It fits the rising action, because suspense is still building up, and the reader isn’t sure of the outcomes of the event.
“My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom of the stairs, his feet on the threshold” (169).
When the father hears a loud noise, he runs down to see what happened, and there his son was on the floor, bleeding out. It’s assumed that the son is dead, which is the highest point of interest of the story. The highest point of interest is fitting for the climax of the story, because all the key events have been leading up to the climax through plots that foreshadows the highest point of interest.
7) Falling Action
“I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there” (169).
The father notices a hole in the son’s nose, which shouldn’t be there. The father realizes that it is a gun shot wound, and that he doesn’t have much time left with his son. It is ironic that the father wanted him to stay home, because the son still ends up dying in his own house. This event fits the falling action, because the father is fully understanding the situation, and it clarifies the situation to the readers as well.
“My son let me put my arms around you” (169).
This is the last event of the story, when the father puts his arms around the son for the very last time. The father is having his last moment with his son, and all the hate that has been going on between them has come to an end. Throughout the story of the father’s perspective, he only ever wanted the best for his son, and a better relationship with his son, and the regret of not making an effort is shown when he holds with son before he passes. This scene fits the denouement, because it is the resolution of the story’s plot, where the story’s conflict ends.
In the story “Two Fishermen,” by Morley Callaghan, K.Smith also known as Smitty is a round character, who is introduced to the reader as a total stereotype, but is later revealed to be a kind hearted friendly person. Smitty is the town’s hangman that is known to be cold hearted, but as the story progresses, Michael learns that he is actually a very caring and friendly person. Smitty has 5 children, and a wife, who he cares for dearly. As Michael gets to know Smitty on the fishing trip, he kept mentioning that he “promised [his] wife [he’d] bring her back some fish”(Callaghan 2). Although he executes people, and believes that capital punishment is necessary he is still a family rounded person. When the crowd of angry people start to surround Smitty outside of the town jail, Michael starts to feel “dreadfully ashamed as though he were betraying Smitty, who last night had had such a neighborly time with him” (Callaghan 4). Michael knows that Smitty is not a horrible person that everyone thinks he is. The gut feeling of being ashamed for betraying Smitty is a significant sign that tells the reader that Michael isn’t fully satisfied with his decision, because he doesn’t feel like Smitty should be treated as an enemy. Smitty is known to be a stereotypical character, but is actually a kind and friendly person, which is surprising to most readers, because he is the Town’s Hangman.
Capital Punishment used to be a dark part of the Canadian Criminal Code between the years of 1865 and 1976. The government first attempted to abolish the Capital Punishment in 1914. If the story “Two Fishermen” was based in Canada, the Thomas Delaney might have had a different outcome. If the story was in 1961, it was not a premeditated murder or a murder of a police officer, guard or warden in the course of duty, so Thomas Delaney would have not been put on death row, but if it was a case that took place before the years of 1961, he might have been sentenced to the same punishment.
Capital punishment is a very controversial topic that many have strong opinions of. In the short story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Thomas Delaney is sent to death row for the murder of a attempted rapist. I think that that Thomas Delaney should not suffer the capital punishment, because he was defending his wife from getting raped, the murder was not planned, and killing as a punishment for murder doesn’t make sense. The person was trying to sexually abuse Delaney’s wife. So, partially deserved what happened to him. The tragic event happened in the heat of the moment, which is not right, but Thomas Delaney didn’t have bad intentions. To punish someone for murder by killing the murderer is not the right way to show that murder is wrong. It also shows that the punisher is not very different from Thomas Delaney, who is categorized as a killer. It doesn’t help progress society, and it is proven that the Capital Punishment has not decreased the murder rate. In conclusion, I think that the death row for Thomas Delaney is not appropriate because, he was defending his wife, it was not planned, and killing the murderer will not prove anything.