Premium Essay

I Like Trains

In: Film and Music

Submitted By awsmsaws11
Words 1042
Pages 5
Abdullah Noorulhaqq
Tara Burge
AP English Language Composition A
March 10, 2015

One author gives a firsthand account of what it was like to live through The Great Depression. Read this excerpt of John Steinbeck's essay "I Remember the Thirties."Then, answer the following questions based on Steinbeck’s rhetorical strategies. 1. The author says the decade had "a beginning, middle and end." His essay also has this structure. Briefly describe these three sections in Steinbeck's essay.Essentially the beginning, the middle, and the end he refers to are the beginning, middle, and end of the Great Depression. He described lie before the Depression as a writer. During the Depression, he described how tough life was and how writers were hard hit. After the Depression, he described the success he encountered in s his book. 2. What is Steinbeck's attitude towards those who "had it made" at the beginning of the decade? Quote the words or phrases that lead you to this conclusion.Steinbeck’s attitude toward those wo had it made was almost one of pity or somberness. He knew that those who had it made were not on solid footing and that the money they had could go as fast as they received it. What really helped me was “Their eyes had the look you see around the roulette table.” Meaning that they did not know what to expect next and had their hopes penned on something that was not even certain. 3. Steinbeck's use of sensory details provides a vivid description of life during that period. Choose two phrases containing sensory details and discuss why these effectively convey the author's image.I saw the wild spending, the champagne and caviar through windows, smelled the heady perfumes on fur-draped ladies when they came warm and shining out of the theaters. And Their eyes had the look you see around the roulette table. Effectively how “high and unpredictable the lives of...

Similar Documents

Free Essay

When I'M Brave Enough

...been the type to own up to them right off the bat. I find it awkward and sometimes too far off, raising a problem when ignoring it was all you probably needed. The thing is I still think about it. You’re not a idiot; it’s pretty obvious. I think you’re amazing and that won’t change no matter what this manages to morph itself into. And in my opinion, it doesn’t need to. But I think about the song, I think about the poems, I think about the unfinished story rotting because I’ve lost what motivated me to complete it. A story is a what-could-have-been right? When we daydream about our futures, daydream about bravery and acceptance and victory, it’s just a fantasy story of our lives. Sometimes I just have to write it down to make sure I don’t lose it. Don’t forget it. Understand that once upon a time, I was such and such. People say in the future, they’ll look back and laugh. I won’t laugh; I’ll understand. Perhaps not why, why you, why this time, why so silent and why so demanding but I’ll understand the circumstances. I’ll understand what drove me and what tore it apart. My entire life’s story out there for everyone to see. Sometimes I feel so exposed. It’s weaving together assumptions that are sometimes so out there, right in the open. But that’s okay, because even things I write a month ago, I no longer understand. I don’t know whom I was so pissed off at and what made me write a passage on loneliness. I don’t need to. It’s all in the moment.......

Words: 325 - Pages: 2

Free Essay

Biography

...I am 47 years old and I live in Texarkana, Texas. I moved to Texarkana about twelve years ago to get away from the craziness in Houston, Texas. So, I decided to move to the country where I now live with my boyfriend, two, toypoodles, a ferret and my boyfriends parents. We all live in the country on 5 ½ acres. Our home is 2 homes in one which are both separated, the parents live on one side and we live on the other. Once you have been use to living the city life and move to the country it can be quite an adjustment because there is not much to do in Texarkana, Tx compared to Houston. For instance, simple things for me like driving to town seem like such a chore. Since moving to the country instead of going shopping for dinner no more then a mile from home I now have to drive over fifteen miles to town. Sometimes i feel like I have wasted my entire day. The up side of living in the country is that it is quite peaceful and you do not have your neighbor in your back yard. I have four children 2 girls and 2 boys. My girls are Diana my oldest 29 who has two children My grandchildren Makelia 7 and Baby Juan 4. My daughter Mary is 28 and she has 3 boys Vince 8, Louie, 3, and Baby Luke who is 1 ½ . Then, my boys are Brigido 26 (he is my trouble child) who gave me my 2 beautiful grandchildren Isaiah 8, and Destiney who is 4. My baby is Cameron he is 22 years old and in college in Austin, Tx. I am not working at this point because I have been working on obtaining custody of my......

Words: 408 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

Interview

...job is multifascited as the exec director, I manage the JMJ centers, 2 centers and mobile centers that go around on an RV. Coordinates everything, helps out in centers, go into the community. What JMJ is, what we do, promote that in the community to help secure volunterrs, fundin,g, promote awareness. Do a lot of strategic planning on how we're gonna grow. Trying to figure out what addicitonal programs we can offer. And then go out and do the speaking and build awareness. Various churches, youth ministries, and drink beer too. Whatever we need to do, oh I'll do it. I'm also an event planner. It's wonderful. Up until july, I was an engineer. Doing it for 11 years. Involved in JMJ, I loved everything about it, I was just busy. I had 3 little kids and work and all kinds of stuff going on. Not as involved as wanted to be. In April, our previous exec director wanted to retire. Looked at husband and said wanted to do this. Very fufilling. Transition into role. Completely new to me. So much fun and so awesome to be able to effect people's lives everyday. See the joy and gratefullness. Beautiful experence. Do you like your job? What do you like about it? I think the biggest thing is to be able to affect people in a positive way. As an enginner, I got to talk to oeopel and develop code, it was kind of boring and wasn't fulfilling. It was comfortable, I appreciated being paid very well. That was the hesitation. Once I made the jump, I realized that to be able to interact with......

Words: 1039 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Profile Essay

...agree on the suggestions he makes or vice versa. His profession requires a large amount of integrity, nobility and honesty because many local congressmen instead of helping the city they have been caught stealing money from projects for the city. “Sometimes I feel really homesick” (Casal). His job makes him travel a lot to Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora. Hermosillo is 450 kilometers away from Nogales, it’s a 4 hour drive, and he stays in Hermosillo for days or even a whole week. These trips distance Moises from his family. He have miss many important family events like his sons college graduation , wedding anniversaries, and even he has been alone in a hotel room during his birthday, and I know all this because Moises Casal is no stranger to me, he is my uncle. “Helping people has been one of my truth passions” (Casal). Moises always loved helping people since he was a little kid and that love for helping made him wanted to be a doctor. When he was 26 years old he graduated from medical school and became a otorhinolaryngologist and his life got better when he married my aunt Teresita. “The happiest day of my life was when I married my beautiful wife” (Casal). “As a doctor I helped a lot of people, but I felt like could do more for my community” (Casal). Moises worked in the medical field for 20 years, and he noticed...

Words: 801 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Death Takes the Train

...DEATH TAKES THE TRAIN  by D. M. Larson Copyright (c) 2012 by Freedrama.net A train car is empty.  Groups of people shuffle in and settle in to seats to the right.  People are talking about their trips and their destinations and how tired or hungry they are.  Then after a pause, the Grim Reaper walks on to the train and sits alone at the left side of the train car. MEL Is that who I think it is? MITCH I think so. MEL What's he doing on this train? TINA How do you know it's a he? MEL Death is always a guy. TINA Always? MEL I think so. TINA But he's wearing a dress. MITCH Or is more of a moo-moo. MEL Robe... it's a robe.  Guys can wear robes. TINA After a shower.   MITCH Or if they are some kind of judge. TINA Death is a like a judge. MEL True... I see what you mean. TINA A justice of the peace? MITCH A justice of rest in peace. TINA Nice one. MITCH Thanks. TINA You're welcome. MITCH So what's he doing here? TINA He's got a client I guess. MEL One of us? TINA No, he's probably on his way somewhere. MITCH Why is death taking the train? MEL His winged horse o' death didn't have the guts to go there... get it... because it's a skeleton horse... no guts... TINA Please don't explain the joke.  It's not funny if you have to explain it. MEL Geez... I'll just let Mitch make all the jokes then. TINA Thank you. MITCH You're welcome. TINA Death taking the train doesn't make any sense.  Doesn't that take too long?  Wouldn't......

Words: 1225 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Snowpiecer

... The result is a new ice age that wipes out all life on earth. The last survivors of humanity live on a train, created by the godlike Wilford, that is in perpetual motion around the globe and at this time the train has been circling the world for almost 18 years. The train is separated into an elaborate caste system, based upon the type of ticket passengers had when they first boarded. Those with first class tickets live towards the front of the train with every luxury imaginable. Those that had 3rd class tickets or were free riders live at the end of the train and lost all of their human rights. In the film, the class distinctions on the train mirror the class struggles between Karl Marx's bourgeoisie and the proletariat.  Those in the front of the train represent the bourgeoisie or capitalists and those at the back of the train represent the proletariat whose “work” is to procreate. The most obvious scene that suggests Marxism is when, Claude, the right hand of Wilford, enters the back of the train to take children of a certain size again. At one point the father of a seized child throws his shoe at her head. After which Minister Mason, represents Wilford who doesn’t leave the front of the train, comes in to bestow the punishment for this so called atrocity, along with a speech; “Order is the barrier that holds back the flood of death. We must all of us on this train of life remain in our allotted station. We must each of us occupy our preordained particular position.......

Words: 741 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

B&O Railroad

...The B&O Railroad By: Jaime Lewis For: Professor Knutson November 26, 2013 CON 101 Abstract The construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad started in July of 1828. The city of Baltimore came up with the idea to build this railroad from Baltimore to Ohio because of the competition throughout the popular seaports in the United States. Baltimore was already a popular city, but adding a train that could carry people as well as goods would make more people travel to Baltimore, and other places along the train’s route, bring goods into Baltimore, and help keep Baltimore alive. The B&O railroad was always expanding. The railroad is best known for being the first railroad in the United States that used a steam locomotive. B&O Railroad Why was there a need for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad? The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was built due to competition throughout the main seaports in the United States. Due to the fact that Baltimore is at the top of the Chesapeake Bay, it had many advantages over other ports. Another way for goods to be transported from Baltimore all they way to Ohio was a great idea for Baltimore, therefore causing the plan for the B&O Railroad. During this time Baltimore was flooding with business. They constantly had ships coming into the harbor as well as trucks riding the highways. Baltimore was (and still is) such a popular and thriving city, so the railroad made sense to help keep business, and the city, alive. Baltimore had......

Words: 2781 - Pages: 12

Free Essay

Culture Event Museum

...Cultural Event Report (Museum) HUM 112 World Culture II September 11, 2011 South Carolina State Museum 301 Gervais Street Columbia, South Carolina Friday, September 9, 2011 Cultural Event Report (Museum) The South Carolina State Museum tells the story of South Carolina through its many exhibits and programs. The museum shares many cultural history, natural history, science, technology, and art that display an interconnection to its tourists. The museum is located in the Columbia, South Carolina downtown area in a large building that holds many historical items and accommodates large groups of people. The museum’s elevator has a capacity that holds about 75 people, which is larger than the average elevator. There are four floors of historical pieces for viewing. The museum exhibits some of South Carolina most tangible and historical collection of the early 18th, 19th and 20th centuries including an area dedicated to the civic war, African American (slavery) and first discovered equipment such as, various communication equipment, audio, television, and electricity. The African American area exhibits some inspiring cultural displays. During my visit to the South Carolina State Museum on Friday, September 9, 2011, my most memorable African America exhibit was the African America Custom Funeral display. The museum displayed a hearse that African American used to carry a coffin for the decease. The black box hearse had a glass view on both sides......

Words: 1190 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

The Tangerines

...September 18, 1984 Dear Diary, I was late again! I woke up twenty minutes late this morning for the second time this week. From the moment I got up, I had a feeling it was going to be a long and dull day. Everything wasn’t going according to schedule and how I would like it to be. Earlier this week, when I arrived at the Yokosuka station at this time the train had already been long gone. However, today by walking with a slight jog, I was able to make it onto the train at the nick of time. Looking around in my second-class cabin, it was pretty empty; there were only a few others that I noticed. Upon a few stops, a young girl walked in, she wasn’t someone I would normally take interest in, but something about her did. It wasn’t the clothes she was wearing that appealed to me or even her looks. It was the third-class ticket she was holding in her hands. Since she got on was second-class, I assumed that this would be her very first time on a train; either that or she was just plain stupid. Throughout the ride she held the ticket with a firm grip. It almost felt like she was holding a part of her life that she can’t afford to lose. After a couple of minutes, she began to yank at the window trying to get it open, though it was meant to be closed during the ride. The window flew open with a loud “BANG”. As the smoke was slowly clearing, she lunged half her body out the side of the train. She had picked up the tangerines which she was carrying on......

Words: 587 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Non-Dialogue Play

...everyday life situations. These women will have to come together and help one another get through all the pain. Setting: In the morning, at the train station, on the train. Conflict: Somebody takes the wrong “baggage” of another person and has to deal with what they have/has been through. Resolution: The women meet back up at the train to exchange back and the women realized that you shouldn’t judge people before they actually get to know them. Conclusion: The two women get professional help and encourage others to try to get out and get help Characters Jessica: This women is 25 years of age and is what some call, promiscuous, Jessica was this way because she had no father figure in her life when she was growing up. Jessica’s mom wasn’t trying to hear what she had to say and she didn’t stop her life and see what was going on with her daughter. Jessica met this guy that she thought loved her, and the script got flipped. Her guy started physically and verbally abusing her. Jessica doesn’t know what to do; she has no way to get out. Jessica doesn’t want anyone knowing because she thinks they will just turn their backs on her like her mom did. Korean: Korean is 23 and has 2 children, a 7 year old and 5 year old. Korean has never succeeded in life like she had planned too. Korean dropped out of high school because she wanted to be like everybody else. Korean has no type of understanding of school and is embarrassed because she can’t help her kids the way she wants too. How......

Words: 922 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Personal Narrative On Trip To Chicago

...T is for Trip to Chicago So it all began, one afternoon when my dad gathered everyone into the van. We drove to aurora to a train station so we got our tickets and waited for the trian. My brother and i were really excited to go to chicago so we we heard the train coming down the tracks so when the train stopped we got onto the train then once everyone got on to the train we began to go we were sitting on the upper level of the train we had to stop every other town and drop people off and pick some more up then once we got to chicago it was so crowded it was like everyone was attached to each other once we got outside you could breath again it was kinda cool walking from under the train station then outside and seeing all these tall...

Words: 580 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Hills Like White Elephants

...Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” gives the reader a sense of the characters actions and emotions with the use of mood, symbolism and the meaning of the story’s title. The setting of this story establishes the overall mood of this piece. Hemingway sets the story in Spain at a train station on a very hot day. The train station is an empty valley. In the story, the side of the valley which the American and Jig are on has “…no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun” (Hemingway 203). This makes the reader feel the emptiness and loneliness of the surroundings. The characters are in an uncomfortable situation and the reader can sense this from the description of the surroundings. The uncomfortable situation the characters are facing is the decision of whether to have an abortion. The uneasy feeling is also present in the characters relationship. They do not seem like they have a happy relationship and the American seems to not care about the abortion. The American appears to come across as impolite when he says, “Just because you say I wouldn’t have doesn’t prove anything”, he says this when they are talking about the white hills (Hemingway 204). When they are talking about the abortion, the American says, “Its really an awfully simple operation” (Hemingway 205). This makes it seem like he does not care and he does not want the baby. The setting of this story symbolizes decision making. The American and Jig are at a......

Words: 821 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

A Report on an Excursion to

...November 2012. CERTIFICATION I certify that this study was carried out by Ajiborisha Wahab Toyosi of SSS1 class of True Light Missionary School, Awoyaya-Lekki, Lagos under the supervision of Mr. Obinna for the 2012/2013 academic session. ______________ _____________ Mr. Obinna Date [II] DEDICATION This project is dedicated to my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ajiborisha. May the Almighty God be with them and guide them through his power and guidance. Amen! [III] ACKNOWLEDGEMENT In the name of GOD, the Merciful, the Compassionate. I give praise to God the Lord of all Being, the Master of the Day of Doom for giving me the opportunity, wisdom, knowledge, strength and commitment to write this report and also for taken me up to this stage in my academic pursuits. In the process of completing this report I owe a debt of gratitude to many people, too numerous to mention. My immense gratitude goes to the proprietress of my school Dr. (Mrs.) Ladele for her spiritual and educational support and I’m proud to be counted among those that drank from the fountain of knowledge of True Light Missionary High School. I am also grateful to my head teacher for her support and I also appreciate the effort of other teachers for giving me the opportunity to work on this report as they always keeps me on my toes by constantly reminding me that I need to complete......

Words: 2830 - Pages: 12

Premium Essay

Paragraph About Chicago

...CHICAGO By jeniffer Reyes As Frank lloyd Wright said “Eventually, I think chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world”. I agree as Every city has its up and down, as much as it has its bad it is also great and striving. Through the material you can see that maybe although chicago isn't perfect it is great. Like with its hardworking people and stronge, busy businesses, trumping everything poor. To begin with, The city is very willing to improve and there are still a lot of good people. The united states is currently trying to untangle railroads but mainly chicago's rail systems since it is outdated and causes a lot of traffic for train companies. In the article Freight train late? Blame chicago by John...

Words: 709 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Personal Narrative: Standing Up On Here

...down “I know the feeling, I don’t like to feel booshie but I don’t like to stand up on here” I say in response “Someone who understands how I feel. I’m Andre, by the way” “Nice to meet you Andre ,I’m Kelly” Noticing Andre’s broad shoulders and perfect white teeth, I wonder if he is a model. Do beautiful people just drop from the sky in New York? It sure does appear that way I think myself Andre, notices the hair shampoo in my hand....

Words: 847 - Pages: 4