Brooklyn is more about loss than gain? How accurate is this statement?
Brooklyn is neither more nor less about loss than it is about gain. Rather they are both two of the crucial ideas within the novel experienced by characters other than just Eilis. These two key ideas which are evident throughout play an important role in aiding the growth and development of characters throughout the novel, particularly Eilis. The examples of apparent loss experienced include the losses for family and loss of family, not just the deceased such as Rose or Eilis’s father but also the living which results in the loss of home ensuing in severe homesickness. Certain gains recognizable are a new refined sense of identity for Eilis, in that she has gained much more confidence and self-assurance which helped in developing room for growth and maturity from the once passive and shy girl in a confident woman. Leaving for Brooklyn upon the wishes of others brings out the need for survival in Eilis. She gains the need for survival not only when in Brooklyn but also on the journey there. The hardships she faced were that of the migrant experience in the 1950’s which required the need to survive in order to establish more successful life not only Brooklyn but other foreign countries. There are no particular losses which outweigh the gains and vice versa. Both are very relevant and central ideas in Brooklyn, which not only help the development in characters as well as making it more relatable to the readers. Although not mentioned in the opening sequences of the novel, we eventually come to learn of a loss even earlier than when Eilis leaves for Brooklyn, this being the death of the Eilis and Rose’s father. The loss of their father is also a defining factor for Mrs. Lacey’s character. Never once throughout the novel is Mrs. Lacey’s first name ever mentioned. This could mean that the role she plays is only defined as a dutiful wife and mother. Mrs. Lacey also loses her three sons as they...
...Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn operates, like so much of modern fiction, on planes of moral ambiguity and relativism. Few clearly correct options present themselves to the central character who maintains our sympathy because of the emotionally fraught situation in which she finds herself. But unlike so much modern fiction, Brooklyn offers a potential way forward, an exit strategy from the perpetual regret and reconsideration brought on by most moral and emotional conundrum. It is, in its artfully fictitious way, as therapeutic as a really good self-help book. As someone who has suffered innumerable bouts of homesickness since leaving The United States for Ireland in 1993, I felt soothed in reading it. It offers an anatomy of homesickness that is both compassionate and life affirming.
Eilis Lacey, the novel’s heroine, wants to do right by all of the people she loves, but any choice she makes will cause damage to someone. Hers is a story at once painfully contemporary and as old as Diaspora itself. At the urgings of her widowed mother and encouraging sister, unemployed bookkeeper-in-training Eilis emigrates to 1950s New York from provincial Ireland with the sponsorship of well-intentioned Father Flood. After a nauseating sea passage, during which she suffers an intense physical and symbolic emptying, she finds herself working on the shop floor of an Italian owned Brooklyn department store.
We picture her stunned yet...
...An Analysis of “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” and “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking”
By Austin Cooley
ENGL 2027 – 007
In “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” the story follows the narrator’s experience with life as he takes a beautiful ferry ride. The man talks about the meaning of his life to other people. In this crowd he brings together all of the strangers and finds a connection. His journey through “space and time” is focused on the people. In the first sections, Whitman sets the scene by describing his surroundings. He personifies a few objects, thus, making them more relatable to the people he is surrounded by. He feels connected to a pattern larger than himself, and how the past and the future resemble each other. And so he gets into the real question of his musings: how is it that we are all connected? What is it that binds us?
Walt Whitman asks himself and the reader of the poem what significance a person's life holds in the scope of densely populated planet. The poem explores the difficulties of discovering the relevance of life. The methods that helped Whitman grasp his own idea of the importance of life are defined with some simple yet insightful and convincing observations. By living under and for the standards of others, a person can never live a fulfilling life. Distinguishing oneself from the mobs of society can be next to impossible when every other human is competing for the same recognition with their own similar accomplishments....
The Spectacular Notorious Brooklyn Bridge
When you hear the word bridge, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind is connection. Yes, connection is such a vague word when we talk about a bridge but it blossoms in variety and definitions when we specify the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is the first bridge built in New york City 1883. The first of many construction work that would build the well known juggernaut of a city that we have here today. Many people view the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of new york city and for great reason,. The Brooklyn Bridge connected Brooklyn to Manhattan island and was the upstart of urban working and a spike in business in the city. People could transport goods many more goods much faster and now people can explore the city very often. It was a big moment for New york city and many people have been awe inspired by it. Two writers, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lewis Mumford wrote poems about this bridge and their views were interesting to say the least.
In the first poem Mayakovsky, who is a foreigner and was in the U.S for 3 months, praises the bridge in a way you could only imagine someone would if the lived in the city their whole lives. Mayakovsky describes the bridge as a church and explains arriving at the bridge as a “crazed believer entering” it (173). The sense he gives...
...The Brooklyn Bridge
After the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, it was known as the longest bridge in the world during that time period. The bridge is also defined as the first bridge to have been built with steel wires. In addition, The Brooklyn Bridge is included among the most elegant inventions of humankind and the best architectural achievement of its period. The history of the Brooklyn Bridge is a classic written by the strength and forfeit of two brilliant engineers, John A. Roebling and son Washington Roebling.
The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John A. Roebling in 1869, and was finished in 1883. In 1855, John Roebling, who was an owner of a wire-rope company and a well known bridge designer, proposed a postponement of the Brooklyn Bridge after he became irritated by the “Atlantic Avenue Fulton Street Ferry”. A ferry which transportation that transported passengers between Brooklyn and Manhattan. According to an article titled ‘Brooklyn Bridge History”, written by John S. Babbitt, John A. Roebling was a born in Germany in 1806, during the middle of the revolution and transformation. After feeling unhappy with farming in Germany, he moved to the United States in search of a better life. However, before migrating to the U.S., John Roebling received his degree in engineering at the Civil engineering Royal polytechnic institute of Berlin in...
This essay introduces the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bridge is located in America over the East river; the nearest city to the bridge is New York and Manhattan, Brooklyn.
After 60 years of political, financial and technical discussions to start the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge it was approved. The Bill to start construction was signed in 1869 by the New York Bridge company president, Ulysses S Grant. The cost of the original structure was $15,100,000.
John Augustus Roebling was the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge but during the review for the Bridge project, Roebling was badly injured by a ferry. This crushed his toes, causing them to be amputated, which left him laid up in bed. He died shortly afterwards which left his son, Washington Roebling who took over as Chief Engineer.
Construction began on 3 January 1870 under supervision of Washington. Shortly after taking charge of the bridge Washington got sick and caught the Bends during construction of the Manhattan caisson, because a fire occurred in the caisson and slowly burned for weeks. Since Washington got sick his wife, Emily Roebling helped to provide the critical written link between her husband and the site. Washington hardly went to the site and was known as the man in the window.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest and longest...
...What factors prevented The Bronx from developing like Brooklyn?
Well, to start talking about the factors that prevent the Bronx develop as Brooklyn, I have to say that the way in which we see the two cities greatly affects the factors, because perhaps the greatest factor in a city development, isn’t of interest in the other, and vice versa. For me the factors that are preventing the Bronx to develop as other counties in New York State or even the country are mainly education and economy.
Education is a global problem that for politicians they depict only with numbers or simple graphics when talking of the subject, or even when they’re running for office. But this problem is very critical for me, because anyone who is not properly educated cannot be overcome in the course of life, or maybe not gets a good job to support his family or even himself. Here in the Bronx, when it comes to education is the same, we have to talk about numbers and graphs by making comparisons with other counties and cities in New York State, in the boogie down Bronx 1/3 of the population over 25 Years lack to High-school diploma and, just 17% have finished college or a higher degree, the Lowest percent in New York according to the Census (Brooklyn 2nd).
Now I’ll talk about the second one, the economy. Education was first, in order for me to talk about the economy as well, because a person who is not well educated; their economic situation may not be...
The Brooklyn Dodgers
Brooklyn, one of the 5 boroughs in New York and being known as a magnet for immigrants, had its greatest amount of people moving into the borough during the 40s and 50s. It was the post-war era and families were sprouting all over New York. During that time the Brooklyn Dodgers were a significant part of Brooklyn and baseball history. Today the Brooklyn Dodgers remain as one of the most historical teams to ever play the game. No team could ever compare to its underdog persona they displayed from 1947-1957. It all started at Ebbets Field where the Dodgers became infamous in 1947 with the color barrio being broken by Jackie Robinson. They suffered season after season heart breaks to the dreaded Yankees in the world series to only ultimately win Brooklyn’s first ever world title in 1955. The Dodgers unexpected departure in 1957 deeply devastated all of Brooklyn’s fans and has yet to ever forget.
-Ebbets Field. Brooklyn, New York
This historic franchise begins in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn just east of Prospect Park on Sullivan and McKeever. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved into the new home of Ebbets Field in the summer of 1913 on April 9th. Ebbets Field was more than just some seats and a baseball diamond; it had character born of its construction that its fabled residents would later enhance. Ceaselessly...