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  • Our Mother's Mispronounced Words
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    Close Reading It mattered that education was changing me. It never ceased to matter. My brother and sisters would giggle at our mother's mispronounced words. They d correct her gently. My mother laughed girlishly one night, trying not to pronounce sheep as ship. From a distance I listened sullenly. From that distance, pretending not to notice on another occasion, I saw my father looking at the title pages of my library books. That was the scene on my mind when I walked home with a fourth-grade c...
  • St Therese Of Lisieux
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    St. Therese of Lisieux There are some people that find the great St. Teresa of Avila, the namesake of my Therese Martin, rather terrifying. When you get to know a little about her, she seems very charming and you begin to like her. Little Therese, on the other hand, has never been disliked and has never made anybody in the least afraid. She was characterized by a complete ordinariness and if it wasn't for her being an exceptional person, she would be a "normal" woman. Nevertheless, her main sign...
  • First Stanza With Crichton Smith
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    Grief is a state of powerful emotion, when friends and relatives are plagued with guilt and regret over unspoken words and wasted moments. This is the emotive basis for the powerful poem 'You " ll take a bath' by Scot's poet Iain Crichton Smith. Throughout the poem Crichton Smith successfully creates a haunting portrayal of his guilt-laden grief over his mother's final years and the role he played in her neglect. This neglect is evident in the vivid image of his mother's home combined with her f...
  • Stevenson's Poem The Victory
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    Anne Stevenson" I thought you were my victory / though you cut me like a knife" (Stevenson 1-2) The opening lines of Anne Stevenson's poem The Victory set a tone of conflict. This poem, at its surface, expresses a mother's thoughts on giving birth to a son. Stevenson describes the mixed feelings many mothers have upon the delivery of their first born. The final release from pregnancy and birthing pains, coupled with the excitement of bringing a live creature into this world, at first seem a vict...
  • Jing Meis Mother
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    An Interpretive Essay: "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan Turning through pages of stories the words within them appear to be dimensionless and static. As one begins reading, a discovery of a spirited journey is made. In the story, "Two Kinds" written by Amy Tan a crucial component she created was the narrator. The narrative voice develops the tone, symbolism, language, and characters in the story which make the story come alive in your thoughts. Jing-Mei is the narrator who is a daughter of a Chinese immig...
  • Word Mother
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    Introduction One of the most fascinating aspects of words is that they all have a past. Some words in English, for example, can be shown to have been in place for more than 5000 years (P. Baldi, 1999). Ordinarily we pay little attention to the words we articulate; we concentrate instead on the meaning we intend to express and we are seldom conscious of how we express that meaning. Only if we make a mistake and we have to correct it or we have difficulty remembering a word we become conscious of ...
  • Zora Neale Hurston
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    Between Cape jasmine bushes and chinaberry trees, Zora Neale Hurston's childhood, was a warm sweet memory illustrated in an extract of Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography. In this excerpt, diction and point of view jump from the page to give the reader a lucid and realistic view of life "down there" in the farm, sheltered from society to protect the plentiful love, food and company of the Hurston home, compared to "way up north" where "rare" apples are abundant and gardenias are sold for a d...
  • My Mothers Words
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    IS THAT MY MOTHERS WORDS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH My favorite phrase during my teenage years was, When I have children I wont treat them like you treat me! Now I am sure every mother on earth has heard their daughters say these words, but at the time I had put all the venom a 13 year old could into those words. I was sure I had deeply wounded my mother and this would send her screaming into the dark Carolina night. I was so wrong. She didnt turn a hair on her permed head. Could it be she had heard...
  • Words Of Baumer's Comrades
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    All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel set in World War I, based around the changes formed by the war on one young German soldier. During his time in the war, the main character, Paul Baumer, changes from an innocent boy to a hardened veteran. More importantly, during the course of this change, Baumer outcasts himself from those societal influences that has been the base of his life before the war. This rejection comes as a result of Baumer's realization that the pre-enlistment society does not...

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