In Part IV of "Night" a lot of action seems to be going on. Actions like: Jews getting their gold crowns taking out of their mouths, and a whole lot of hanging and death. Something that Wiesel says is, "I remember that on that evening, the soup tasted better than ever." But later he says, "That night the soup tasted like corpse." The taste of the soup relates very closely to the way he's feeling because towards the end of that part, a lot of Jews are being killed. So it seems that when he's eating at the end of the part, all he can think about is the hangings that were performed and how death is possibly right around the corner for me and that the thought of death could be haunting him. But towards the middle things seemed to be going somewhat his way, his crown being taken out of his mouth kept getting delayed by the first "dentist" and at some points he was able to work with his father so he must have been feeling alright, and probably pretty hungry, for the soup to taste somewhat good. But as the end of the part approached his feelings towards everything and the totally unacceptable deaths kept haunting him and that could have been what caused the soup to have a different taste and taste like corpse, or maybe they made the soup with the dead Jew's bodies?
This story is quality of attention because it's about a tragic event in our history. Moishe the Beadle is one of the many Jews whom were taken to concentration camps during the holocaust. Moishe the Beadle was a poor man, and in the story it says that the rich people didn't like the poor at this point in time, but he seemed to be an exception. He presence seemed to bother no one. What makes this story significant is that it explains in very good detail what a Jew, like Moishe the Beadle, had to go through during the time of the holocaust. The pain and terror that they had to experience and the death that was just around the corner for most of them. In part one of the story, the trip to the concentration camp with the Hungarian police and the Germans was torturous and exhausting for them as they made them run when they were already exhausted and thirsty and dehydrated. Moishe the Beadle explains in great detail a lot of what was happening so far in the story.
shtibl- a place used for communal Jewish prayer
penury- extreme poverty; destitution
waiflike- a homeless person, especially a forsaken or orphaned child
billeted- lodge (soldiers) in a particular place, especially a civilian's house or other nonmilitary facility
jubilant- feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph
antechamber- a small room leading to a main one
phylacteries- a small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law
surreptitiously- kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of
conflagration- an extensive fire that destroys a great deal of land or property
farce- a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrousy improbable situations
The Jews are being taken away from their homes by the Hungarian police and the Germans.
There was some points where it was said that the current event that was happening at a moment wasn't scary or something was a joy. How so?
"To Build a Fire" by Jack London is a story that contains naturalism. Naturalism is an extreme form of realism, naturalism in fiction involves the depiction of life objectively and precisely, without idealizing. However, the naturalist creates characters who are victims of environmental forces and internal drives beyond their comprehension and control. Naturalistic fiction conveys the belief that universal forces result in an indifference to human suffering. "To Build a Fire" is a story about a man who is away from camp in the wilderness with his dog and the problem in that situation is that it is the middle of a harsh winter and the weather is painfully cold. About 75 degrees below zero to be exact. What makes this story a naturalist story is that the man and his dog battle so badly with the cold, they are victims of the environmental force that is way beyond their control.
"The Sneetches" is an example of an allegory because, in my opinion, it kind of represents bullying. An allegory is a work with two levels of meaning, a literal one and a symbolic one. In such a work, most of the characters, objects, settings, and events represent abstract qualities. Personification is often used in traditional allegories. As in a fable or parable, the purpose of an allegory may be to convey truths about life, to teach religious or moral lessons, or to critcize social institutions. In "The Sneetches", the sneetches with the stars on their bellies are mean to the sneetches without the stars on their bellies by saying that they can not join in to the events that they are doing, like lounging on the beach, playing on the beach, and having bonfires. They think that they are not good enough, and the parents of little sneetches teach their children not to like them as well. They always never include the starless sneetches and they always leave them alone in the cold and darkness. The sneetches with the stars on their bellies represent the bullies and the sneetches without the stars on their bellies represent the bullied.
"The Terrible Things" is a story that symbolizes an allegory. An allegory is a work with two levels of meaning, a literal one and a symbolic one. In such a work, most of the characters, objects, settings, and events represent abstract qualities. Personification is often used in traditional allegories. As in a fable or parable, the purpose of an allegory may be to convey truths about life, to teach religious or moral lessons, or to criticize social institutions. "The Terrible Things" is allegorical because it represents the Holocaust. The terrible things are supposed to be the Nazis and the forest animals are supposed to be the Jewish people. The terrible things would invade the forest animals' land and take them all away; just like how the Nazis invaded the Jewish peoples' land and took them all away as well. The Terrible things seemed to be stronger than the forest animals so that was why it was so easy to take them away; the Nazis must have been stronger than the Jewish people as well so that must have been why they were easy to take away. In the end of "The Terrible Things", there was one forest animal that did not get taken away by the terrible things; just like in the real world, there must have been Jews that were able to hide and not be taken away by the Nazis. Over all, "The Terrible Things" represented and symbolized the Holocaust.
"The Second Coming": http://www.potw.org/archive/potw351.html
Symbols: Blood-Dimmed Tide, Spiritus Mundi
I feel like "blood-dimmed tide" represents an edge that is no longer an edge, and I feel like "spiritus mundi" represents a spirit of inspiration.
In the poem, he talks a lot of opposites, like the "blood-dimmed tide" is loosed and "spirtus mundi" is an image that now troubles his site.
What is satire? Satire is a literary technique in which people's behaviors or society's institutions are ridiculed for the purpose of bringing about social reform and improving society. Satire may be gently witty, mildly abrasive, or bitterly critical, and it often uses exaggeration to force readers to see something in a more critical light. One of satire's most reliable tools is verbal irony. Satirists also use humor and parody. "A Modern Proposal" seems to contain satire. One of the parts that caught my mind was when it said: "I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout." I think that that part of the story is satire because it seems to be a quite bitter way of proving a point. I believe the point that it is trying to prove is that currently in that society, children are not really needed due to the burden they seem to put on their parents; therefore telling them that they can be eaten is a bitter and over exaggerated, yet "good and convenient" way to get rid of them. The story was all about the poor selling their children to the rich people and then the children being eaten by the rich people.