The book follows Asher's development as a person and an artist. Asher is very gifted as an artist and, when he was younger, couldn’t control himself. He often seems detached from the world around him and generally zoned out. As Asher grows, the conflict becomes more visible between art and religion. He makes more decisions about what is more important to him. The conflict becomes one not only of Asher's art, but of his need to express his feelings through it. Asher expresses his mother's pain is through a Christian symbol. Lev’s art has led him to accept a world that is very different from his Hasidus society, to evolve meaning from Christian symbols. On the other hand, he finds it freeing expressing himself and how he personally sees the world. His freedom comes at a price though.
Philip Roth is the most prominent American novelist in American literature. His book, “Portney’s compliant” is one of the most important literatures for the ethnic group in the world especially for the Jews in America. According to Prof. Sasha Senderovich “Philip Roth’s book is the bible for the Jewish people.” (Lecture). Through the practice with cultural tradition and try to assimilate with the gentile world, Roth reveals his gloom with complain to his psychiatric, Dr. Spielvogel to free from orthodox Jewish tradition in the American society. Inversely, through goy’s behavior, lifestyle, food, and their anti-Semitic psycho, dragged up him back to his tradition. Therein, the juxtaposition between two cultures fabricates him with an enormous confusion and he felt rootless about his identity and end up with his complaint to the doctor. However, the experience of Alex life, established a statement that, “being minority in a society, for the first or second generation,
Just as Burroughs reveals the drug underground as it really is, Asher Lev is an artist of reality. His talent for art was recognized early in his life, but it was some years later that his view of the world became more apparent. He was neither a pessimist nor was his an optimist, but his drawing capture a little of both realms. He drew what he felt: what he saw as reality in his mind. More often in the book, however, do we see Asher's pessimistic views on the world come out because of the events that are going on in his life. "I don't like the world, Mama. It's not pretty. I won't draw it pretty." (52) Just like Burroughs, Asher does not think about what would be acceptable to those who view his works, or the beliefs of his religion, or if what he is drawing may be considered wrong; he just draws what he truly feels at the time.
In what ways does Rich Cohen's Tough Jews add to our understanding of the development of organized crime? This book is regarding the obscure stories of Jewish gangsters, who in the '20s and '30s were in association with the Sicilians and in a lot of ways just as influential. But it's much more than merely a story of organized crime; the writer links the legends and thoughts of Jewish kids growing up amongst those gangsters to the value system of his father plus his friends, and how their attitude regarding "Tough Jews" gave them an option to the stereotypical roles permitted them by America at large. In its own strange, violent way it's a luminous, striking explanation of the eastern European Jewish immigrant experience in America. (Kaminsky, Stuart M. "The Individual Film: Little Caesar and the Gangster Film." American Film Genres. Pflaum Publishing, 1974: 13-32.) When organized crime reared its ugly head in the late 1920s in Brooklyn, at the base were men like Meyer Lansky and Ben Siegel, both Jews. Rich Cohen's romantic story of Jewish gangsters, Tough Jews, brings to life the ta...
The Nazis systematically exploited the Jews in many ways, but a subtle, and lesser-known approach they used was to silently capitalize on the positive-thinking of the Jews. The Jews consistently denied reality during the Holocaust in an effort to shield themselves from the horrors that were occurring to their people. Many historical pundits see the Jews’ collective denial of their genocide as a mere lack of awareness, despite obvious evidence of the ubiquity of Nazi anti-Semitism at the time. It is clear that the Jews were wrong to deny reality during the Holocaust because it prevented a possible means of escape for them, concealed evil with optimism, and hindered their decision-making processes.
...s Eli who, as he awakens to the laws of Gods, also becomes aware that just as there are laws beyond those he preaches, there is pain beyond his own. Greek tragedies were successful in that they taught viewers how to extend their compassion, and Roth duplicates this motive. He suggests that if one is willing to accept the laws of God, then one can also help others. It is an idealistic message perhaps, but when one is suffering, one wants to believe that others are concerned, even if they don’t physically share the pain.
To begin with, the dual narratives of the text here present a unique mixture of chronology and perspective. Moreover, noteworthy is also McBride’s usage of the rhetorical strategy of alternate chapters and parallelism. This can be seen when McBride remarkably places related chapters together to juxtapose the life of his mother and that of himself. This allows one to observe the parallelism in the two lives; and perhaps more importantly, understand the significance Ruth’s life has had on McBride. For example, McBride places the chapters “Shul” and “School” next to each other. Here, both Ruth and James are struggling and are trying to fit in but are rejected due to racial and social conflicts. Another example is, “The New Testament” and “The Old Testament.” Both of these chapters revolve around the embarrassment Ruth and James feel for their circumstances. In “The Ne...
To begin with, the dual narratives of the text here present a unique mixture of chronology and perspective. Moreover, noteworthy is also McBride’s usage of the rhetorical strategy of alternate chapters and parallelism. This can be seen when McBride remarkably places related chapters together to juxtapose the life of his mother and that of himself. This allows one to observe the parallelism in the two lives and to understand the significance Rachel's life had on McBride. For example, McBride places the chapter titled “Shul” and “School” next to each other with each giving a view of the problems they faced in school. Here both Ruth and James are struggling and are trying to fit in but are rejected due to racial and social conflicts. Another example is “The New Testament” and “The Old Testament.” Both of these chapters revolve around the embarrassm...
Fear can be conveyed in the novel Frankenstein which can be seen in the opening of paragraph chapter 5. The opening paragraph describes the setting as ‘dreary’ and Victor’s feelings and emotions are shown through the use of words such as ‘anxiety’, ‘agony’ and ‘agitated.’ As the reader begins to read chapter 5, the reader immediately feels as though what is going to happen in the chapter is fearful. On a chill night of November, his scientific dream comes true. He brings his creation to life. Upon the opening of the creature's "dull yellow eye," Victor feels violently ill, as though he has witnessed a great catastrophe.
Imagine you’re face to face with death, what is the feeling most people would get? Not, everyone in this world could feel that feeling, which is fear. Christopher Boone, a 14 year old boy, for one, can’t feel fear like others because of his autism. In fact, he can’t express his emotions like other children, because of his autism. Just imagine living without emotions, wouldn’t that be torturing? But, just like any strong person, or a person that’s been through rough situation, you’ll learn to express those feelings you thought you didn’t have. In the book “The curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” you can see the development of his expression towards fear. Christopher found out many things about his father that made him fear his own father, he got into situations that he has never been in before and made him feel real uncomfortable, which developed to fear, and it wasn’t just Christopher that felt fear in the book, his father also was terrified about Christopher finding out the biggest secret, about his mother whereabouts.