For this discussion, I have chosen “Are the Rich Happy?” written by Stephen Leacock (1916) for my narrative essay and “Homeless” written by Anna Quindlen (n.d.) for my descriptive essay. In this essay discussion, I am going to compare/contrast the author’s purpose, the intended audience, and the impact on the reader’s that each author intended to accomplish through the essay that they wrote; I also plan to show that the descriptive essay communicates the author’s point of view superior to that of the narrative essay.
In the narrative essay, Leacock (1916) wanted to narrator an essay to show in his own words and through his own experiences what rich people think are problems, that they are not rich they are “pinched” (p2), and that they have more faith in money and possessions than they do in people which makes them bitter over time. Leacock (1916) shows an example of this when he tells of how Mr. and Mrs. Fowler were losing their butler, and it appears to be because of how he his treated; though Mr. Fowler promptly stated it was no fault of theirs, but it was because their butler did not like them (p16). Leacock went on to say that the Fowlers were going to have to rough it and take a ten room four bath suite (1916). While the purpose of Anna Quindlen’s (n.d,.) descriptive essay “Homeless” was written to show that people generalize the homeless as one group of people, not as individuals without a home (n.d., p10). Quindlen goes on to say “you are where you live (n.d., p2)” showing that the Ann the homeless lady that Quindlen had met is at home being homeless at this time in her life; Ann had a house once and to her she was not actually without a home, because that house in the picture that she showed Quindlen would alway...
... middle of paper ...
...things for granite that poor people cherish, and consequently poor people are fulfilled by the little things in life that the rich take for granite. While in contrast, Quindlen’s (n.d.) descriptive essay she used bold details in order to achieve a completely different impact on her reader’s. She wants to show the reader’s, “They are not the homeless. They are people who have no home” (n.d. p.10).The impact Quindlen (n.d.) wanted to have on her reader’s was to tug at their heart and inspire them to help the people that are without a home. (n.d. p.10)
2.Leacock, S. (1916). Are the rich happy? In R. Nordquist (Ed.), About.com Guide to Grammar & Composition. Retrieved from http://grammar.about.com/od/classicessays/a/Are-the-Rich-Happy-by-Stephen-Leacock.htm
3.Quindlen, A. (n.d.). Homeless. Retrieved from http://pers.dadeschools.net/prodev/homelesstext.htm
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich Jonathan Swift has suggested that "Satire is a sort of Glass, wherein Beholders do generally discover every body's Face their own; which is the chief reason...that so few are offended with it." Richard Garnett suggests that, "Without humour, satire is invictive; without literary form, [and] it is mere clownish jeering." (Encyclopaedia Britannica 14th ed. vol. 20 p. 5). Whereas Swift's statement suggests that people are not offended by satire because readers identify the character's faults with their own faults; Garnett suggests that humour is the key element that does not make satire offensive.... [tags: Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich Essays]
1043 words (3 pages)
- ... I used my process journal frequently and made many different checklists to plan what foods I would take and what I would put in each of the bags. I talked it over with my parents before I actually did my project so we could make plans for what which shelter we would go to, what day we would go, and who would accompany me during the project. I broke up all the parts in my project so I could manage my time easier. Some days I would write in my process journal and other days I would plan out what I needed to get at the store.... [tags: Homelessness, Homeless shelter]
1503 words (4.3 pages)
- One of life’s truly rarest treasures is human unselfish charity. The greatest thing in the world is mutual understanding and the endless feeling of appreciation of having a Home. A place that every one of us has to have: where a happy, loving family could be born, where love, support and acceptance, no matter what, always are, and where kindness, warmness, understanding are sincere and never go away. I think those of us who have homes have to count ourselves exceedingly fortunate, because we are blessed.... [tags: Are the Homeless Crazy?, 2015]
1325 words (3.8 pages)
- ... Without a proper department or agency assigned to the problem, how can one being to fix it. Quite similar to trying to make lemonade without any lemons at our disposal. A huge step forward was made recently as of November 17, 2015. The Orange County board of supervisors approved purchase of a building at 1000 North Kraemer Place in Anaheim. This building will be used as a year round emergency shelter and multi service center to serve the homeless in North Orange County cities. This has been apart of the Ten Year Plan To End Homelessness which has been attributed with the idea of ending major homeless problems in Orange County by 2020.... [tags: Homelessness, Homeless shelter]
1647 words (4.7 pages)
- Stephen Crane and The Civil War While merely speculative, some biographers claim that Crane began The Red Badge of Courage in response to a challenge made by an acquaintance urging him to write a war novel that exceeded the quality of Emile Zola’s Le débâcle. Crane, shortly thereafter, undertook the task and researched various articles in Century magazine on battles and leaders in the Civil War. In several personal letters he writes of the process he underwent in producing the narrative and discusses his opinions and feelings in reference to the quality of his work. While he generally concedes to the positive opinions surrounding its reviews, he makes a conscious effort to refut... [tags: Stephen Crane]
1791 words (5.1 pages)
- The short story, "The Rich Brother," by Tobias Wolff represents the same concept that everyday people all over the world encounter. This portrays how having siblings can be an enormous part of a persons life. The rivalry between siblings is often very competitive, but at the same time similar to magnets. When they are not connected it may seem they are independent and whole, but when examined closely it is obvious they are really relying on each other to function properly. Although Pete and Donald's life are separate and completely different, they are in fact very dependent on each other.... [tags: Sibling Rivalry, Rich Brother, Wolff]
1101 words (3.1 pages)
- The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway "Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive." Yet death is something that is inevitable, and for some shortcoming. In Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," Francis Macomber deals with the humiliation of being a coward and the constant battle for a "little boy" to come of age. Hemingway explores the theme of death through metaphors and influential symbols, ironically portraying the struggle to live with fear and the hunt for a "happy" life.... [tags: Ernest Hemingway Short Happy Macomber]
1233 words (3.5 pages)
- In Atwood's "Happy Endings", story A, John and Marry fall in love, get married, have several "stimulating and challenging" activities and then they die. Then the story continues with several different variations of this basic love story plot, however, a twist is added to each one. In Story B, Marry loves John, but John does not love her. John is in love with Madge. Mary then tries to kill herself to get Johns attention, but he does not notice, and she dies. In the end, John and Madge get married and live like the first story.... [tags: Happy Endings]
302 words (0.9 pages)
- Stephen Crane's A Mystery of Heroism Stephen Crane, an avant-garde writer of his time, forced his readers to look beyond his written words for a more underlined, meaningful moral in most of his stories. Crane follows a strict pattern in most of his work. His subject matter usually deals with the physical, emotional, and intellectual responses of ordinary people confronted by extraordinary, extreme experiences. Fairly common themes are presented in his writing, including fallen humanity and harsh realities; yet all seem to overlap in the category of heroism.... [tags: Stephen Crane Mystery Heroism Essays]
1314 words (3.8 pages)
- Homeless People have an image of what homeless people should be, I didn't fit these descriptions. I didn't have the messy hair, or the torn clothes, but that all changed. I had only been homeless a long time now, and I had tried my hardest to keep my clothes clean and clean myself. But I couldn't keep up with the standards I was setting for myself. It's a lot harder than people think.... [tags: Papers]
643 words (1.8 pages)