Essay the third
Essay the fourth
When I asked my
family members for a piece of old writting from our family, we could not
find anything at first. After digging around for a while, my mother found a
picture with some writting on it from my Grandmother. The writting was on
the back of the picture and it explained what she thought about me.
This article was written in November of 1987, six months after I was born.
The picture was taken one day that month when I went to visit my grandmother
and grandfather to be introduced to them. The picture was taken that day,
and in late November of 1987 my mother received some pictures of me. On the
back was the writting, "Daniel is a beautiful child, give the world to him,
make him feel speacial!" Since the day the picture with the writting on
arrived in my house, it has been kept in a picture frame. In the picture is
myself looking in a curious way, while writting of the past is on the back
of the picture.
I asked my mother, " Why did you save this". She repiled, " Because it
is a great picture of you and the writting on the back reminds me of what
people think of you. I then called my grandmother and asked her, " Why was
this written"? She said, " I just wanted to show your mother and father how
much I think of you". I then asked my dad, "If this was in a museum of the
future, what would a tour guide say about it"? My father said, " It would
melt people's hearts, because it has such positive and happy writting on the
back of the picture."
Now I know why this picture, with a peice of writting has stayed in my
family. I am greatly thrilled to hear, what my grandmother said, when I was
In the movie Pearl
Harbor, the president of the Unites States gives a famous speech. Franklin
Delano Roosevelt gave a speech to inform America that they were attacked and
that they will enter World War 2. The speech is well known as “FDR’s War
This speech is well remembered because of lines used in the speech. FDR
says a famous line that we all have heard, “A date which will live in
infamy". Here FDR is referring to December 7, 1941. He is saying how all
Americans will remember what happened on that day.
The speech was given to invoke a feeling of anger in Americans. The
president wanted to make a case to Americans that it was perfectly all right
to enter World War 2. In the speech the line," Very many American lives have
been lost" is a good example of this. The speaker here gives an example of
why Americans should be angry.
The speech could also serve as a meaning of inspiration to the country.
The speech gives the American people the feeling that they are a strong
country and that they will not be taken down. The speech could inspire more
people to join the military forces of the US. The line," With confidence in
our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people, we will
gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God" This line serves as an
inspiration for Americans not to worry.
This speech could be considered ahead of its time because; it gives the
Americans an idea of what is to come. Before it was given the Americans
didn't know what would happen. Therefore this speech is ahead of its time.
Many pieces of
writing in the style of Romanticism were written during the 1500s.
William Shakespeare’s work was no exception. His work is a good example of
Romanticism. In Shakespeare’s sonnet number 33, he uses images that provoke
thought, to elucidate what he thinks about his friend, whom he is no longer,
a quittance too. Shakespeare’s uses images to describe his poem with the
line: “With all triumphant splendor on my brow.
The line stated above refers to Shakespeare talking about his friend. With
all the triumphant splendor seems to mean in the glorious way his friend
lived. The line" on my brow" may mean, that his friend that it was always on
his mind. In other words Shakespeare uses this line to say that his friend
had a glorious life, and he felt jealous. Maybe other people would keep
reminding him of his friend’s honor. His friends success made William feel
he was not as good as him.
In line eight of the poem we see another image. Here the line, "Stealing
unseen to west with this disgrace" points out that he was a cleaver thief.
The line disgrace seems to point on that he thought what he was doing was
right. The authors friend here could have been stealing anything. He could
have stolen an item that belonged to William or someone he knew. Or maybe
The Authors friend stole a love intrest that William was intrested in.
Finally an image that that stands out is line 11. Here the line says, "
But out, alack, he was but one hour mine." But out alack seems to be saying
but here this. The phrase, but one hour mine, seems to be saying I only knew
my friend truly for an hour, or we deeply connected for one hour. Maybe the
author never truly never knew the man. Maybe he made eye contact with the
man and felt a connection.
Sonnet number 33 is a great sonnet. It sees there is anger of the author
to a person he once knew. The sonnet seems to point out that the two were
close, but in the end there seem to be anger for the friend of this author.
The friend of the author seems to have envoked William to have negative
feelings for him. The friend here has appernetly hurt William so bad, that
he had to write it out in a sonnet to described how he feels. Upon further
research, Sonnet 33 is indeed a poem about a man Shakespeare once knew.
During the 20th
century America witnessed a surge of significant works by our neighbors
overseas. In the last half of the 20th century the country of England gave
the United States a lot of poems, plays, songs, short stories, and novels
that have changed American culture. Today I am writing a proposal of what to
call the twentieth century and what works should be added to a textbook of
the mid to late 1900’s works. Over the years we have experienced many
changes in America. That’s why the best name for this time era should be
called “The Age of Transformation”. The last 50 years of the 1900’s changed
tremendously. The works people read changed dramatically, making it easier
for a person to understand what was going on in the book because the writers
were writing the way people talked. The way people talked and dressed
changed dramatically. Words like “dude” and “far out” became popular. Women
started to wear mini skirts and men didn’t dress up in suits and ties as
much as the used too. The biggest change of American Culture happened in
these years. The culture of England was the main reason why all these
changes occurred. The early changes started in the 1960’s when the Beatles
came to America.
On February 9,1964 America first saw four men that would truly change the
way people looked at America. They were from Liverpool England and their
names John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. On the
night of February 9th they played their music on the Ed Sullivan show, which
was broadcasted across the United States on CBS. In front of a live audience
the four men who named their group “The Beatles” performed to a sold out
audience. When they played, the audience when fanatical with screaming and
clapping. On that night they performed five songs. The most famous song they
performed that night was entitled, “ I Want to Hold Your Hand”. During the
song when the group said “I can’t hide I can’t hide I can’t hide”(1), the
women in the crowd started to cry with excitement because the Beatles said
that like especially loud.
The way people dressed and they way they went about life changed after that
night. People became a lot more liberal and the idea of a rebellious
teenager came into existence. The infatuation with singing groups
consequently became more popular. Teenage girls and guys starting to hang
posters of their famous bands on the wall. Record sales also increased
widely after the Beatles released their Albums. However adults were not
completely happy with the Beatles. Adults were not ready for change since
they grew up in a house of strict rules. They were not ready to accept all
this change so fast, and that’s why they did not care for the Beatles.
Parents now had to deal with children who liked rocking roll style music and
who were more rebellious. The Beatles have also help create the phrase
“Tenny Bopper”, which is a teenager who is infatuated with music and the
people who play it. Later on in the late 1960’s the Beatles also influenced
a word we use today to describe liberal people at the time named “Hippies”.
The lifestyle the Beatles lived also made drugs a more common usage in the
United States. In 1969 the Beatles broke up as a group. Many people today
argue that John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono broke up the group. Some people
however do not think she did. It is still a debatable topic today. Through
all of this the Beatles have been one of the single biggest influences on
American culture. That’s why they have to be added into a textbook of the
late 20th century.
Besides the Beatles being huge influence, many works have changed American
culture. The play called Waiting for Godot has changed the way people look
at plays. Prior to this many plays were of a serious nature. William
Shakespeare was famous for those types of plays. However Waiting for Godot
was different. It was written by Samuel Beckett a famous writer from
Ireland. This play he wrote was said to be one of his most famous by many
historians. It’s first World Premiere was in Paris France, at the “Bank
Theatre of Babylon”. It came to the United States the following year. The
main characters in the play are Vladamir and Estragon. The play seems to be
about how they are trying to get rid of their boredom. However the play is
very comical, since the two characters have a terrible memory and they keep
forgetting what to do and say.
According to research this play is part of the “ Theatre of the Absurd”.
This means that play does not involve drama or any kind of logical language.
The play also incorporates the fact of the mind being separated from the
body. The character of Vladimir represents the mind of a person. The
character of Estragon represents the body of a person. If these two
characters are not around each other then they both cannot exist. The word
Godot is known as what people are looking for in life. In other words the
named of the play is called I’m waiting for what I am looking for. The end
result is Vladamir and Estragon realizing that they do not have to keep
looking for something to end their bordem, when all they need is each other.
This piece of work changed the way American’s look at plays. This play
was a driving force behind “The Theatre of the Absurd”. Waiting for Godot
was one of the first plays not to involve Romance or complicated Language.
It used simple language to make the audience understand what was going on.
The play is also a comedy, which was a first of its kind. Before it many
plays were taken very seriously and were always about a tragedy. One of the
funniest parts of the play is when Vladamir says, “Pull on Your Trowsers”(2).
Estragon realizes that his pants are down and says, “True” (2). The
character Estragon had his pants down the whole time, and did not realize
it. That’s one example of why this play is so successful. One writer said,
“This is one fascinating, amazing play” (Isted).
Besides plays, there have been many famous poems written in the mid to late
1900’s. Philip Larkin was a famous poet who wrote great works. One of his
most famous poems was called “ Talking In Bed”. The poem was written in the
1964. The message of the poem is about feeling like a failure in a modern
world. The poem is about a man lying in bed with his wife. He feels he can
be honest with her since he is in bed. The man seems to express himself by
saying time has flown by. The line “Yet more and more time passes
silently”(4) expresses that. The man also seems to point out that life is
unfair. The poem says, “Words at once true and kind”(11). It almost seems
like the man is saying that life treated him better when he was younger.
This poem should definitely be written down in a modern 20th century
textbook. Mainly because the author is not afraid to come about and complain
about how it is not fair to be getting old. The author uses the scene of a
bed because it modern times that’s the only place the couples could truly be
honest. Philip Larkin is a man who wasn’t afraid to tell how people feel in
a modern world.
Short Stories have been extremely popular in the late 20th century.
Dorris Lessing was one of the most famous British writers of that era. She
wrote a short story called
“ Through the Tunnel”, which was written in 1954. It was widely renowned as
a great short story. It was published in The NewYorker magazine on August 6,
This short story is about a young man named Jerry who discovers a secret
tunnel that is under the ocean. It goes from one side of the beach to the
other. The problem is that Jerry is scared that he might drown. Also he is
afraid that his parents my yell at him for even thinking of doing something
like this. Jerry sees other boys his age that are doing it so he tries to do
it as well. Jerry fights off his fears and gets across successfully. The
young man feels like he has become a man at the end of the story. This short
story should be put in a modern textbook because it goes in with the theme
of rebellion, which was a huge part of the early 1950’s and 60’s. The story
shows how a boy doesn’t obey his parents and go out as he pleases. That is
why this short story is an absolutely perfect example of how children became
more rebellion in the late 20th century.
British novels have had their influence on American culture. One of the
most famous British novelists of the time was Margaret Drabble. In 1980 she
wrote The Middle Ground. The story is about a woman named Kate Armstrong.
Throughout the story we learn about how she is a journalist. In the story we
find that her family and friends support her through all her decisions. We
learn that she is never happy even though she has so much in her life. Her
friends pray for her all the time. Kate Armstrong’s problem is that she is
afraid of the future. At the end of the novel Kate finally realizes that she
cannot control the future, and she tries to live a normal life.
This novel is great for the late 20th century textbook. Mainly because
the story is mainly about a woman, written by a woman. Before this timeframe
this was not a common thing to be heard of. The story is one of the first to
talk about how hard a women’s life is. The story is written the way people
talk so it is easy to understand. Margaret Drabble’s novels all seem to
revolve around a woman. Many women say, “ Her novels are skillfully
Between 1950 and 2000 the English language has changed dramatically. We
use a lot more slang words now a days then before. When we say a sentence we
try to make it as short as possible. We do not try to use fancy words. The
American English language today is short and straight to the point. Before
1950 American’s took great pride it the grammar of English. Now a day’s
people use the word ain’t more then ever before. Rappers use that word all
the time. Musicians are now swearing in their records, when it would have
been unheard of to do that in music before the 1950’s. Over all the language
today is shorter and involves a lot more swearing. Sure it is easier to
understand what people are saying, but when many people talk they sound
ignorant because of their low grammar vocabulary. Since works of writing
have changed so much it is hard for teenagers to read older works of
writing. That’s why so many young adults can’t stand works like Shakespeare
because they hate the way the authors wrote the language.