“My Son -A Terrorist? (He was such a gentle boy)
In the article “My Son-A Terrorist? (He was such a gentle boy), Unni Wikan discusses the life of Muhammad Atta, a young innocent boy, who later became one of the pilots during the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. In search for reasons behind such drastic transformation, Unni Wikan an antropologist who has lived in Egypt and may have crossed path with Muhammad Atta compares his life to that of another boy Sayyid whom she had known on a personal level. From what she had observed from Sayyid’s lifestyle, she believes that it may contribute in understanding why an innocent boy like Muhammad Atta would later become a martyr and also explain what factors enables or hinders such transformation. Muhammad Atta, a tender hearted young man who believes he carried out God’s will on September 11, was brought up by responsible parents who kept their “doors closed” as a sign of proper upbringing according to the author. From what Unni Wikan’ could remember from her experience in Egypt, Atta was known as a gentle boy hence the doubt of his parents in believing that he took part in the September 11 atrocities. The shock comes from knowing that Atta was not moved by politics or religion as a young man. The reasons why he would one day find himself in the midst of extremist lies in the connection of his life to that of Sayyid. Sayyid, a young religious man who feels entitled to his own interpretation of Islam, lived close to Muhammad Atta; he was clean of corruption, bribery and avoided both in all possible ways. Although fervent in his religion, his extreme fundamentalist behaviors never really (sounds unsure it is ok if the text specifically say so otherwise uou can say "his fundamentalist behaviour did not surface") surfaced until he felt cheated by the education system after his extradition. Left(was it his choice if not he was "made" kinda sounds contradictive with previous assertions) to abuse those who...
...Examining “MySon, My Executioner”
Poets.org states Donald Hall, the author of “MySon, My Executioner”, was born in 1928 in Hamden, Connecticut. As an adolescent he began writing. At sixteen he attended the Bread-Loaf Writer’s Conference, and in the same year had his first work published. Hall graduated in 1951 from Harvard University in Boston with a BA. In 1953 he graduated from the University of Oxford in England. Hall has published many books of poetry, edited textbooks and anthologies, written autobiographies, and has won many awards. In 1972 he married the poet Jane Kenyon. In 1995 Kenyon died from leukemia. Hall’s “MySon, My Executioner” was written in 1955.
“MySon, My Executioner” by Donald Hall out of Literature and the Writing Process, contains a lot of symbolism, irony, and some contradictions. It focuses on the speaker’s child. The child is an infant, and the speaker is likely the author. The poem discusses struggles new parents feel as they attempt to bond with their new child. The title “MySonMy Executioner” sets the mood for the irony of the poem. The speaker seems pessimistic about parenthood, saying their small newborn son’s new life is the parent’s demise. The writer exaggerates the fact the being a parent is very demanding with irony...
...children. Every family has a different approach in how they deal with the conflict. As a class we have read and discussed Caroline Hwang’s essay “The Good Daughter.” as well as Janna Malamud Smith’s essay “MySon, My Compass.” There is different approach illustrated by Hwang's and Smith's essay as they choose their own lifestyle and confront their parent’s arrogant behavior. Hwang essay explains how immigrant children are living a paradox, forcing her to keep her Korean culture and adapting to the American culture as well. Hwang also describes that her parents chooses her future lifestyle. Hwang decided that living up to her parents expectations would save her from possibly losing a relationship with her parents. Smith essay reflects on a son who influenced his parents to change their eating habits for the better. The sacrifice his parents made for him just to make him happy. Each essay analyzes a different approach to family conflicts.
Family conflict discussed in Caroline Hwang essay creates an idea of ineffective parenting. Hwang parental expectations affect how she chooses to live her life, whether the outcome would result in either pleasing herself or her parents. In the essay Hwang implied that, “If I'm a failure and my life is a washout, then what does that make my parents live?” As an immigrant her parent’s image is very important. Hwang feels she owes her parents her life and the...
...Imagery in “MySon the Fanatic”
Imagery in the language: Look especially on metaphors, similes and symbols. You also have to interpret the title
Julie - page 193-194
Page 193 line 7-8: “His son was outgrowing his teenage attitudes.”
It is a metaphor because a plant can grow, but your teenage attitudes can’t be outgrowing.
Page 193, line 15-17: "He was aware that he had become slightly afraid of his son, who, alongside his silences, was developing a sharp tongue.
It is a metaphor because your tongue can’t be sharp. What Parvez means is that his son is critical in a wise manner.
Page 193 line 27: “Even the unhappy walls bore marks where Ali’s pictures had been removed.”
It is a metaphor because walls can’t be unhappy. The text says that the walls are unhappy, because the pictures had been removed from the walls. It means that the walls are empty.
Page 193 line 33: “Like him, most of the other drivers were punjabis.”
It is a comparison, because the text compares Parvez with the other drivers. They are both punjabis.
Page 193 line 40-41: “And he was afraid, too, that they would blame him for the wrong turning his boy had taken.”
It is a metaphor because Ali isn’t turning his body, but he is changing his behaviour.
Tilde - side 195-196 :
side 195, line 2(“nighty activities” = kodeword for her nightly visits with men. not a metafor)
side 195, line 9 “she became buisnesslike, and told him...
Question: What does Arthur Miller tell us through the character of Joe Keller in “All MySons”?
I think that Arthur Miller tells us about responsibility, how we should be responsible and not blame it on other people, also how your responsible, the importance of family, how money affects people and war.
On Page 49 Joe Keller describes the importance of family, he says “see...this is what I mean. you get older and, you want to feel that you accomplished something. my only accomplishment is myson.” this shows how much Joe Kellers family means to him and how his son is the only person he bad he wants to give his son a good life, we also know this because on page 69 he says,
Your a boy what could I do, I’m in business, a man is in business; a hundred and twenty cracked your out of business; you got a process, the process don’t work your out of business, you don't know how to operate, your stuff is no good; they close you up, they tear up your contracts?
This quote shows how much Joe Keller tries to show his son that he did it because he was scared they would take his business from him, he also tries to justify what he did by saying that he did it for his son that he did it for him, we finally know this because he says “You lay forty years into a business and they knock you out in five minutes, what could I do, let them...
Reed Block 2
The play, All MySons, written by Arthur Miller, is a play about betrayal and the relationships between fathers and sons. Miller suggests throughout the play, that when moral values are sacrificed in order to be successful, loved ones and everything that is important to you may be lost. Joe Keller lies and cheats to help himself and his family business, yet in doing so he destroys his relationship with his twosons whom he was trying to look out for in the first place. Joe Keller shipped out cracked cylinder heads during the war that killed 21 men. Joe knew that if he shipped them out they would not hold up in the air. It was morally wrong of him to ship out the cracked cylinder heads, but he had to do it to be successful in business. In doing so, Joe Keller destroyed his relationship with his only living son Chris, and drove his other son Larry to commit suicide. Joe was trying to help his sons by keeping the business alive and ironically, all he did was cause them pain.
Towards the end of the play, Ann shows Kate a letter written from Larry the day he died. The letter explains that he committed suicide in the war after he found out what his own father had done. Larry’s letter shows that he clearly valued those men’s lives over the family business, “I can’t bear to live any more… Every day three or four men never come back and he sits back...
In this first final exam paper, I am going to discuss the lessons I learned from All MySons, as well as the plot, themes, characters, sets, lights, and costumes. All of these are major aspects for creating a theatrical vision for obvious reasons. I plan on furthering the reasons during the rest of this paper. While highlighting the reasoning for these important aspects of theater, I want to make it clear that these elements are clear throughout whatever play, musical, etc. that is taken intro production. Which is one general lesson I have learned throughout this class, as a whole.
First off, I am going to discuss the lessons that I learned from reading this great play, All MySons. As I said, I have learned that every little aspect of theater is greatly important in theatrical visions and this is a factor that will never change, even as the history of theater continues. Anyways, the first major theme I learned from All MySons dealt with something very personal to pretty much every single human. This lesson dealt with the fact that everyone, no matter what, creates a reality for themselves. As seen in this play specifically, the reality created for most of the Keller family had to deal with creating the stereotypical American family environment. Like any other “created reality”, things seem perfect until they are ultimately revealed as completely...
...Myson the fanatic
“Myson the fanatic” is written by Hanif Kureishi, he was born in 1954. He has written many short stories and he has often written about the subjects: race, nationalism and immigration. “Myson the fanatic” is written in 1997.
“Myson the Fanatic” is about the father Parvez who can’t understand his son Ali. Ali had a girlfriend, plenty of friends, was great in school and Parvez was very proud and happy with Ali and his choices and activities. But suddenly Ali starts throwing things out, breaks up with his girlfriend and behaves so different from what he used to. Parvez doesn’t understand what’s going on and wants to know. Parvez starts wondering if Ali is taking drugs and spying on him. At last Parvez gets aware that Ali has become extremely religious and lives his life as the Koran tells him and will not live in other ways. Parvez can’t take Ali´s reproach and indignity attitude and his fanatic way to see things. Ali keep censuring Parvez and Parvez gets more and more distressed about Ali´s contempt, that he gives up on him and loses all the control. So in the end of the story Parvez beats up Ali and shows that he is a fanatic himself.
Parvez is convinced that Ali is in wrong turn, and doesn’t question his own judgment. He is desperate in his attempt to understand what’s going on with Ali, who pitiless claims Parvez to be...
Where there is conflict, there are always victims that remain strongly impacted. Every human who has stepped foot on this earth has been victimized by something, whether it be painful or pleasant. Arthur Miller’s American tragedy, All MySons, deals with the American Dream of material wealth leading to contentment. This drama was written so that every character became a victim of loss in some way or form. The conflict that put these normal, everyday citizens into terrible circumstances was war. Although World War II was a victory for America, the victory brought many losses and sacrifices as revealed in the Keller family members Kate, Chris, and Joe.
While she did not have to behold the horrors of the war with her own eyes, Kate Keller was scarred just as much, if not more, than her husband, Joe, and her son, Chris. Kate had lost her second son, Larry, in battle, and like a typical mother would, searched for him everywhere and refused to believe that he was gone for good. The falling of Larry’s memorial tree during an overnight storm did not help much with the nightmares and constant depression either, and in fact made them worse and more consistent. Kate was not prepared to accept her son’s death because it would force her to also admit to her husband’s guilt for “murdering him”, perceived when she says to Chris, “Your brother’s alive, darling, because if he’s dead, your father killed him” (418). Joe...