Affirming Man's Dignity Only three million Jews lived through the World War II, and some of them were now the strongest men alive. Among these people, Elie Wiesel and Viktor Frankl were two victims, who now lived and passed their experiences of themselves being to several concentration camps and finally survived. They had similar perspectives on the issues of suffering, love, and memory. "Suffering... adds a deeper meaning to his life... The salvation of man... in love," Frankl said in "Man'
Jason Lam ENG OAO Mr. Wolk April 27, 1998 Death and Dying in A Prayer for Owen Meany The theme of death and dying in A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving is constant throughout the novel. Many events that prepare the characters for death occur through the death of Tabitha Wheelwright, through Owen's faith and religion, also through Owen's own death. In relation to the book and reality, there are events in life that people encounter that prepare themselves for death. In the nove
And Finally, Change In undertaking a journey, a person learns and changes. One may change emotionally, psychologically, as well as spiritually. The journeyer is scared at first, then usually goes through some pain and suffering. In the end, however, this journeyer comes out different then they were when they began, with some understanding. Stephan Kumalo, James Jarvis, and Absolom Kumalo undertake this very thing in Cry, the beloved Country, by Alan Paton. Stephan Kumalo, a priest f
The premise of this book is a man who loves to travel. Something always goes wrong, and he ends up on an island. On the first island he ends up finding a civilization of people 1/12 the size of normal humans. After he leaves that island, he ends up on three more masses of land that have a peculaiarity about the people. On Gulliver's next adventures, he meets extremly large people, primitive people, and people on a flying island. The character I most identified with was Gulliver. Gull
Honors English II 10th-7th period March 30, 1998 O. Henry led a life comprised of love, deception, losses, pain, and delight. He draws these aspects of his life into his talent of writing. One can find a description of O. Henry's life experiences in virtually all of his works. He describes his fears and longings, his triumphs and losses. One can consider a prime example of him incorporating his life into his art to be "The Last Leaf." O. Henry utilizes his trademark styles of a sacrifici
Through religion, philosophy, science, art, and mathematics, humans quest for an Absolute. They seek to find a "still point" where conflict cannot burgeon and principles may converge to an essential Truth. However, in Catch-22 Joseph Heller suggests the unsettling idea that Life holds no pervasive absolute because in actuality Life is the continual clash of absolutes. Through the main character Yossarian, one is able to understand how the individual creates a world applicable only to himself;
Slaughter House - Five as an American Novel Slaughterhouse - Five by Kurt Vonnegut is clearly an American novel. Vonnegut wrote this novel in an attempt to show Americans how they make mistakes as humans, and to do this, he had to link them to the book somehow. He accomplished this by including different aspects of American life, such as the family, the material possessions of Americans, and items that are purely American. By doing this, Vonnegut ensures that the people reading the book
"Catch-22" What is this novel about? Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is an interesting novel in the fact that throughout the entire novel the plot seems to go nowhere. It just seems to be a bunch of events strung together through the main character Yossarian. These events, however powerful, don't seem to lead to much of a point, until the reader finishes. Then, out of nowhere, comes the meaning behind the book. Heller does a great job of ending the book. By having Yossarian run away the mean
Alfred Lord Tennyson is one of the most well known writers of the Victorian period. Critics of Tennyson's works have ascertained that everything he has written has a basis of several characteristics. These characteristics being: a recurrent motif of individual isolation and the use of voyage or odyssey, dramatic monologue, an effort of equilibrium between the public and private obligations of the poet, experimen- tation with form, the resolution of a war between the ancients and modern
Women make up a fair portion of the most wonderful people on earth. They are compassionate, intelligent, patient, careful, independent and focused, They are business executives, actors, artists, poets, scientists, wives and mothers. They are, perhaps, the most subtly oppressed and disillusioned group in society. THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, by Betty Friedan, champions the cuase of the maladjusted, unsatisifed and all too common victim of "the problem that has no name"--the American housewife.