Sunday, May 25th, 2014

 

When life is problematic, Matilda becomes energetic.

Matilda by Roald Dahl is one of the best works that contains humor, life lessons as well as violence. The book is titled after the protagonist who is a child prodigy. She’s a four year old girl that lives with her ignorant family and therefore, learns to do everything on her own. Her true adventure begins when she steps out of the house to get books from the library. From the very beginning, Matilda’s life remains daunting and serious. Regardless of the critical subject, the author was successful in keeping itRead More


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll is a story about a little girl named Alice who falls into a rabbit hole and emerges in the imaginative world of Wonderland. There, she discovers that the rational law of science no longer applies. The author utilizes an odd style of writing that emphasize the moments Alice feels through her journey. The feeling of fear, sadness, innocence, silliness, and curiosity motivates the characters of both Alice’s books. Also, gender role and class struggle plays an important role in both storiesRead More


The Shame of the Nation

The Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol addresses the shortcomings in inner city schools where the student body is comprised of a majority of Black and Hispanic students. Kozol presents the harsh reality and the struggle of these students that comes from a working class family. From the evidence he provides reveals that segregation is still a bigger issue that the authorities seem to neglect. Schools in US are more segregated today than they were forty years ago. It’s true that today African American students are far more secluded than theyRead More


The Namesake

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, addresses problems attached to the character’s name and identity. It’s about a teenage boy named Gogol who feels hatred toward his name as he grows up. The name is given by his father who’s a big fan of a nineteenth century Russian writer, Nikolai Gogol. Gogol wasn’t disturbed at first by his odd name until he was eleven years old, when on a class trip to a cemetery; he realizes that his name was totally strange. He observes the gravestones with many different names because heRead More