14 Sept 2014
The Boy Left Behind
“Enrique’s Journey”, by Sonia Nazario, tells the story of a young Central American boy on his journey to find his mother in the United States. At the age of five, she left both Enrique and his sister with the hopes to find work within the United States. Undoubtedly, Sonia Nazario uses Enrique’s story to present the negative long term effect immigration has on family. For example, Enrique’s mother, Lourdes, decision to immigrate, and how it affected both her family in Honduras, and her family in the United States. Along with the reunion of Enrique and his mother, and how the degree of separation affected their relationship. And also, how Enrique’s immigration affected his own family with Marie Isabel and daughter Jasmin. Enrique’s mother, Lourdes, made the sacrificial decision in the beginning of the book to leave her two children behind to immigrate and find work in the United States. Lourdes left with high hopes of making a living sufficient enough to both send money to her children in Honduras, and possibly one day smuggling them to the United States. Subsequently, an unexpected pregnancy and inability to land a suitable job made her ability to save and send money slowly diminish. “The money Lourdes sends is no substitute for her presence. Belky, now nine, is furious about the new baby. Their mother might lose interest in her and Enrique and the baby will make it harder to wire money and save so she can bring them north.” (p16). Although Lourdes thought that her immigration would be beneficial to her children, no money could replace her presence to Enrique and Belky. Her children began to feel the effects of Lourdes
immigration especially with the new baby, and felt as if their mother was forgetting about them. This caused both Enrique and Belky to lose hope in ever reuniting with her once again. Unable to wait any longer, Enrique sets out on a quest of unimaginable peril to find his...
...Does the idea of a ‘journey’ apply to Tripitaka’s pilgrimage? If so, how?
The idea of embarking on journeys has stood the test of time - early man explored uncharted territories, while modern citizens jump at the chance to have an overseas experience. Are we truly concerned with materialistic experiences, or are we seeking to expand our horizons ? The term pilgrimage itself suggests a journey to a geographical location of spiritual importance. However, journey in this case may not solely be categorized as physical travel but also as the voyage of soul development.
Tripitaka's pilgrimage is more likely a spiritual journey to enlightenment than a mission to retrieve Buddhist scriptures from the West. Tripitaka in the story bears little resemblance to the historical monk. Historically, XuanZang's travels took him to many kingdoms, and his initiative to seek out the rulers of each of them suggests that his pilgrimage had also diplomatic intentions.
By contrast, the pilgrimage of Tripitaka, the story’s fictional equivalent to XuanZang, was set up to be an ideal case of spiritual journey.
Gold Cicada was his former name
As heedless he was of the Buddha's talk
He had to suffer in this world of dust...
....dedicated wholly to the pursuit of Nirvana (Vol.1, P.263)
Tripitaka was formerly a disciple of Buddha, but when he fell asleep during...
Grade 11 Honors English, Period 3
September 20, 2011
Lost in Fog
Shrouded under the foggy presence of lies and denial, one can live a misleading life. People are forced to operate under a façade until they are forced to reflect upon their fake life. This may result in epiphanies which compel them to learn something about themselves. In Long Day’s Journey into Night, a play by Eugene O’Neill, a day in the life of the Tyrone family is chronicled as they start off acting as a close family but the reality of their situation is unraveled through the day under the use of drugs and alcohol. Each member of Tyrone family attempts to hide the truths surrounding his or her faults, and although they eventually acknowledge it through epiphanies when they escape the guise of an ambiguous life, they do not do anything to reform themselves. The transformation of the characters occurs with the decline of the day, as various truths and epiphanies are revealed by the end of the play. James Tyrone, the patriarch of the Tyrone family, encounters his self realization when he discovers that his stinginess is a result of him not becoming the actor he wanted to be.
James Tyrone realizes the ramifications of compromising a successful acting career for monetary comfort, however realizes the complexity involved in changing and prefers to stay the same. Tyrone, as he is more commonly called, chastises his sons, Jamie, James Tyrone Jr. and Edmund for...
...<center><b>The Fog of Substance Abuse</b></center>
<br>As the fog descends around the Tyrone's summer home, another fog falls on the family within. This fog is that of substance abuse, in which each of the four main characters of Eugene O'Neill's play, Long Day's Journey into Night face by the end of Act IV. Long Day's Journey into Night is a metaphoric representation of the path from normalcy to demise by showing the general effects of substance abuse on human psychology and family dysfunctions through the characters Mary, Jamie, Edmund and Tyrone.
<br>Mary Tyrone makes the transition most clearly throughout the entire play. In Act I, her hands move restlessly, and she seems to be quite nervous. When she appears in Act II "one notices no change except that she appears to be less nervous, but then one becomes aware that her eyes are brighter and there is a peculiar detachment in her voice and manner" (O'Neill 58). These subtle signs of her relapse back to chemical dependency continue until the final scene, where she is most obviously under the influences of a chemical substance. The morphine seems to make her reminiscent of the past. In Act III, she talked about her two childhood dreams of becoming a concert pianist or a nun. By Act IV, she has dragged her old wedding dress from the attic and attempted to play the piano again. This presents a psychological reasoning for her relapses. She considers herself to be growing old and ugly,...
...	In the play Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill, the Tyrone family is haunted not by what is present in flesh facing them, but by memories and constant reminders of what has been the downfall of the family for years. " No it can never be now. But it was once, before you-" (72) [James Tyrone referring to the Morphine addiction of his wife, Mary, which attributed to the undoing of the family]. Their trials and tribulations are well documented by O'Neill through the proficient utilization of theme, characterization, plot, setting, and style.
Throughout the play, O'Neill's theme is one of a disclosure into the life of a seemingly normal family on the outside yet convoluted with bitterness on the inside. It portrays the actions of a dysfunctional family and brings us on a reflective journey from when the fledgling family had started, devoted to one another with high hopes for the future, to what it is today, a family engulfed in turmoil. "Who would have thought Jamie would grow up to disgrace us Its such a pity You brought him up to be a boozer." (110) In this excerpt from Mary's conversation with James regarding their son, it is obvious that their life had taken a 180-degree turn from when their offspring were mere children with promise.
Characterization throughout the play helps us not only to understand the characters' actions but also to see into the soul of each and to comprehend their thoughts...
...Journey To The West 西游记
Growing up, we all had our favorite stories. My personal favorite was the Harry Potter series; I spent hours and hours immersed in those books. For a lot of Chinese children however, the story they grew up with was called Journey to the West, or XiYouJi. This story was written by Wu Cheng’en, an author who lived during the 16th century in the Ming dynasty. A very famous piece of literature, it is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature. The novel starts by telling the story of SunWuKong, who was born from a rock. He went on to learn 72 polymorphic transformations and becomes super powerful, powerful enough to challenge the Taoist Gods. The story goes on to tell about SunWuKong’s great rebellion against heaven, where he basically goes around and beats up everyone in the sky by himself. Eventually however, his arrogance leads to his downfall, and the Buddha manages to trap him under a mountain for five hundred years. The story then jumps to the introduction of Tang XuanZang, who is instructed by the Gods to go east to India on a pilgrimage and retrieve the Buddhist Sutras. After setting out on his journey, Xuan Zang bumps into SunWuKong who is still trapped under a mountain. With the help from the gods, Xuan Zang frees SunWuKong and takes him on as a disciple. He also meets a pig named ZhuBaJie and an ogre named ShaWuJing. Together, the 4 of them walk west towards their...
...Speech – “The only journey is the one within”
The internal journey; the journey within has been the subject of great cogitation and contemplation throughout academic discussion. Through scrutiny of Ivan Sen’s film ‘Beneath Clouds’ and Stephen Chbosky’s ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ we begin to see aspects of the affiliation between the internal journey and alternate journeys. Today, ladies and gentlemen I argue that the inner journey is the central and pinnacle of all conceived journeys, that all other journeys, work to shape and determine the fundamental and paramount internal journey.
The idea of the inner journey being moulded by other journeys is immediately noticeable through the lead male characters in both Beneath Clouds and the Perks of Being a Wallflower. Vaughn portrays himself as a being that lacks emotion and disregards a relationship with his family, however throughout the film we realise that he is a highly emotional character that attempts to uphold an external image of a hoodlum. Evidence of this can be seen through his carving in the tree, and his instinctive denial of his sensitive actions when asked by a fellow inmate. The close up of the ‘Country Meats’ sign and the caged horse as Vaughn observes is also symbolic and is a metaphor for Vaughn’s life and how he views his predestined future. He...
...Long Day's Journey into Night, expresses a different journey for each character, a journey that helps them to reveal their psychological needs.
B. Topic sentence 2:
Psychoanalysts denote the importance of the repression of the pleasure principle as a monitor of the characters in the play.
1. The characters’ psychological needs and the title.
2. The repression of the pleasure principle
Repression and desire
Long Day's Journey into Night which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published is the masterpiece of Eugene O'Neill, a Nobel Prize laureate often cited as the 'father of American drama'. It is undoubtedly an autobiography with a tragic sensation which leaves the audience with a sense of catharsis, or emotional rebirth through the viewing of powerful events that nearly every family can see itself reflected in it. This generalization makes it one of the most admired plays of the 20th century. Eugene O'Neill skillfully implies the characters' psychological needs in the title, the thing that made psychoanalysts point to the role of the repression of the pleasure principle in controlling the characters.
The title, Long...
...Long Days Journey: The Significance of Fog (8)
A Long Day's Journey Into Night, by Eugene O'Neill, is a deeply autobiographical play. His life was rampant with confusion and addictions in his family. Each character in this play has a profound resemblance, and draws parallels and connections with a member of his own family. The long journey that the title of the play refers to is a journey into his past. Fog is a recurring metaphor in the play; it is a physical presence even before it becomes a crucial symbol of the family's impenetrable confusion. It is referred to in the text as well as stage directions in this play. It sets the mood for the play in all its somber hues.
He uses the fog outside the house as an atmospheric element that has an ominous presence throughout this play. His parents and the surroundings that he grew up in were tainted by broken dreams, lies, disease, past issues, alcoholism and drug addiction. There was this web of darkness and fogginess that encased his life and past that is portrayed in this play as well as others by O'Neill. The symbolic implications of fog in the play are descriptive of the struggle in the minds of this deeply conflicted family. The significance of fog in O'Neill's writing can be examined in two forms. The first is what type of emblematic quality does the fog provide in this play, and the second is what are other plays in which O'Neill has used...