Entry 1 – Vu Thi Phuong Thanh

19 Sep

ENTRY  1_VU THI PHUONG THANH

ITEM 1: Poem

FOG_By Carl Sandburg

The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

1.      Rhetorical Devices

  • Rhyme
    • Imperfect rhyme: “on the little cat feet. / It sits looking”
    • Internal rhyme: over habour and city
    • Terminal rhyme: over harbor and city / on silent haunches
  • Simile: There are some similarities between two images in the poem: the cat – the fog

_Both are mysterious and quiet

_Both come whenever they want and go so quickly

  • Metaphor

As far as I am concerned, the fog is the mystery, or the confusion in life, that can make us fearful, like the fog in the night spreading over the harbor and city – the very large and immense spaces. It cannot be denied that people are often afraid of what they cannot see, and the fog often hides what we are trying to view from us. Therefore, if we keep calm, sit silently and look carefully, like the cat, we can see that there is nothing to be afraid of. The ending can be understood in two ways. Firstly, some people say that the fog “moves on”, it means that the fear and the mystery can come at any time, but it also can go immediately if the people can observe and overcome it. Seconly, others argue that the cat “moves on”, it means that the people realize nothing to be scared, so they continue progressing. To put things together, two points of view are not contrary.

2.      Messages

In the life, we often encounter the mystery that we cannot see or understand, and something that can make us scared of and confused, the most important thing is to keep calm, observe and find out what the real problem is, and then continue progressing. The difficuties in life easily comes but also easily goes resembling the fog  in the night, although it can hide everything to make us fearful, it will disappear when the sun rises.

ITEM 2: Story

The Ant and the Grasshopper Fable

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

1.      Rhetorical devices

  • Symbol
    • The Ant symbolized the people who have the foresight and work hard for their future
    • The Grasshopper symbolized the people who do not care what will happen tomorrow, they just want to enjoy the today’s life
  • Parallelism
    • In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content
    • “Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?””I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
    • But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil

2.      Messages

Be responsible for yourself and your own life! It is best to prepare for the days of necessity

 

ITEM 3: Cartoon

1.      Description

An African American adult angel holds a White American infant angel in heaven and says “I know how you feel! When I was a slave down there, the courts didn’t think I was fully human either.”

2. Rhetorical devices: Irony

  • The adult angel was depicted as the Black man. In fact, black men and women were once treated as less than human, let alone depicted as more than human
  • The child obviously expressed his/her sadness at the situation, although he/ she is too small to have any understanding or awareness
  • The black angel says “When I was a slave down there”, and now they are in heaven; moreover, the black man who used to be a slave is now holding the white baby

3.      Messages

In this cartoon, the satirist has wanted to question the way we treat all minority groups in our earthly courts, especially the black slaves and the abused unborn children today, by depicting a heavenly court where these minority groups have the highest privilege and status. The message is quite sad: only when being dead, these abused minority groups can find justice and peace.

SOURCES:

  1. http://www.examples-help.org.uk/examples-of-metaphors.htm
  2. http://www.aesops-fables.org.uk/aesop-fable-the-ant-and-the-grasshopper.htm
  3. http://differentviewsonabortion.blogspot.com/2010/04/cultural-analysis-ad.html
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4 Responses to “Entry 1 – Vu Thi Phuong Thanh”

  1. daothihongnhung September 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    You should add more messages in the second item: People in general should save money for the rainy days in the future eventhough they have a lot of money now. No one can make sure that they have enough money for their future.

  2. lythithuy September 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    In my opinion, in your item 3, the author also criticizes racial discrimination and calls everybody in the world to prevent it. He/she also shows that today the fact is different from before. Today more African American have been looked up to and have succeeded. President Barack Obama is a famous example.

  3. dothihonghanh September 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I think your message of the first item are too far from the poem. personally, it is that the fog symbolizes our fear of the unknown. Once we see there is nothing to be afraid of, our fears “move on.” In addition, in the picture of the third item, the message is simply that there is serious race discrimination between white and black people.

  4. nguyenthisim October 13, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Your good point is that you carefully analyzed the sample. I agree with all of them. But for the first one, it is emphasized that people should be wise when they face the mysterious things in life. And for the last one, it also point out the discrimination of the black.

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