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    Writers use symbolism to strengthen their writing, making it more interesting and adding a layer of deeper meaning by adding key literary elements because it fills the story with excitement which makes it more fun for the reader. Most authors get an opportunity to utilize these literary devices to make each story his or her own like setting the tone, building the characters, and leading the reader through the journey of the authors mind. Likewise, the literary elements like imagery and syntax are used by the author to attempt to create a mental picture in the mind of the reader and syntax to help make inferences and draw conclusions about what the reader reads. In the short stories, Indian Education by Sherman Alexie and The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Dandicat, display literary terms like imagery and syntax in a unique way to convey vividness and to draw the reader in to deepen the reader’s understanding of the work. In the short story Indian Education, the author Alexie uses the literary term imagery as a method to show vivid details with the purpose of making the reader feel the the moment in the story. For example, in the story Junior says, “I could hear the white girls forced vomiting, a sound so familiar and natural to me after years of listening to my father’s hangovers” (177). As a reader it is through those words like vomiting and hangovers that create a visual representation of ideas in the mind of the reader. When the author speaks of feelings, they are…

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    Raymond Carver “Jerry and Molly and Sam” is a short story of a man who is an alcoholic. The story takes us to the life of an alcoholic whose name is Al. Because Al hates the dog he plans “to get rid of the dog without Betty or the kids finding out about it” (Carver 15). This is significant because he thinks that getting rid of dog will fix all his problems. Furthermore, he thinks that the dog is useless. According to Stephanie Harrison, editor of the Adaptations, she emphasizes that most of…

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    After a loved one has passed, many try to find the piece of them that is missing. In the short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie, Jackson Jackson attempts to earn over nine hundred dollars to "win" back the regalia from his grandmother at the pawn shop. Unfortunately the one day he has to earn the money for the regalia, he only comes back with five dollars, the amount he originally began with. Superficial readers would believe that Jackson goes on the journey to only win the…

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    Carver felt that without getting sober, he would have died at the age of 40. Carver was a working man, he pumped gas, cleaned toilets, picked tulips, swept hospital corridors, and managed an apartment building; this gave him a better understanding of the working life than any writer. One of his jobs, he would do all the required work in the first hour and then he would move on to writing for the rest of his shift. His first two poetry collections were released before his first short story book.…

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    Little Things Carver

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    “Little Things” written by Raymond Carver demonstrates how lost hope in a family develops regularly throughout the world today. This is significant, for Carver creates a short story with minimal usage of explanations to inform readers of how couples take the road to hell. You can describe his writing as an unspoken story; stories where much of the author’s writing is implied or understood without being spoken. Our minds take in information and create scenarios from his writing with what was…

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    The Lost Cat Analysis

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    Chris Innis English 1102 Ms. Whittaker Paper 1, Final Draft 2/5/13 The Color Black Sherman Alexie’s short fictional story, “Do You Know Where I Am,” begins with a Native American narrator named David, and he tracks his relationship with his wife, Sharon, until her untimely death at the end. All was peachy with this couple until they happened to stumble upon a black cat that an elderly couple had lost some time ago. Sharon prodded David to rescue the cat, and when he did, she proceeded to…

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    The texts “I Escaped A Violent Gang” and “Making Sarah Cry” have similar themes of courage. Each text shows the theme differently throughout the text. In “I escaped A Violent Gang” the author had to go through different events needing courage. In “Making Sarah Cry” Sarah shows courage while standing up to her bullies. While both of these texts share a common theme, the mood of the texts is completely different. The memoir “I Escaped A Violent Gang” has a mood of sadness and is a bit scary…

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    his flaws, but also his perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes towards people and relationships. His perceptions cannot fully he described as wrong but as unfavorable to the general well-being of the society. The character portrays himself as one who looks at people and the world in carless and immature matter. However, despite his childishness, he is not completely adjusted to viewing the world that way. The narrator does invite us to question; if the narrator is an immature person. This essay…

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    In the short story, “Cathedral”¸ written by Raymond Carver, the narrator is a middle-aged man who is very judgmental towards a blind man, however, as the story develops, the reader comes to the realization that “[The blind man] sees how to get along with others... by contrast, the narrator, although sighted, does not see how his isolation damages himself, his wife, and their relationship (Bloom, 47).” This story has a biased view towards the blind man because it is told in the first person view…

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    The title of the text is, “The Bath: What We Talk about When We Talk about Love.” It is written by Raymond Carver and the primary characters are Scotty, his mom, Mrs. Ann Weiss, his dad, who was referred to mostly as the father in the story. The story concerns a boy called Scotty who will soon celebrate his 8th year birthday. In preparation for the birthday, his mom went to the baker’s shop to order his spaceship chocolate cake, which will be ready on Monday morning before the birthday starts…

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