entry 1- Nguyễn Lê Linh

20 Sep

Item 1


A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies for Sale”. Signs have a way of attracting children, and soon a little boy appeared at the store and asked, “How much are you gonna sell those puppies for?” The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37, can I look at them?” The store owner smiled and whistled. Out of the back of the store came his dog running down the aisle followed by five little puppies. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy.

“What’s wrong with that little dog?” he asked. The man explained that when the puppy was born the vet said it had a bad hip socket and would limp for the rest of its life. The little boy got really excited and said “That’s the puppy I want to buy!” The man replied “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll give him to you.” The little boy got upset. He looked straight into the man’s eyes and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. He is worth every bit as much as the other dogs and I’ll pay the full price. In fact, I will give you $2.37 now and 50 cents every month until I have him paid for.”

The man countered, “You really don’t want to buy this puppy, son. He’s never gonna be able to run, jump and play like other puppies.” The little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the man and said, “Well, I don’t run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands.” The man was now biting his bottom lip. Tears welled up in his eyes… He smiled and said, “Son, I hope and pray that each and every one of these puppies will have an owner such as you.”

1.     Rhetorical devices:

  • Metaphor:  The puppy and the little boy imply each of us in our real life.

2.    Message

We may be imperfect with our own defects, but it does not make us worthless. We deserve to be worth as much as other people. Therefore, never should we be pessimistic and give up when we can still try. The little boy in the story is an example of strong will for all of us.

 Item 2

  Thank You, Father

Fathers hold you when you have bad dreams
And they comfort you when all is lost it seems.
Fathers teach you to dribble a basketball and shoot a free throw
And they lead you as you grow.
Fathers teach you how to drive a car
And they try to teach you how to putt for par.
Fathers wipe the tears of your broken heart
And they hold your hand when you don’t know how to start.
Fathers quiz the boys who take you on a date
And they scold those boys who bring you home late.
Fathers carry you on their shoulders when you’re too small to see
And they watch as you giggle when they bounce you on their knee.
Fathers extend their feet to you when they teach you how to dance
And they always give you a second chance.
Fathers wait in the wings while you start your own life
And they pray for a husband to make you a wife.
Fathers walk you down the aisle on your wedding day
But fathers never really give their little girls away.

1.     Rhetorical devices:

  • Rhythm: Terminal rhythm:

“Fathers hold you when you have bad dreams
And they comfort you when all is lost it seems.”

  • Repetitions:

The structure “Fathers…./And they….” is repeated in the beginning of each pair of sentences.

2.      Message:

The love of a father to his children may be silent but very deep and sincere. Fathers keep their eyes on every of your steps, take care of you and always wish you best wishes since you are small until you have grown up.

Item 3

1.     Rhetorical devices:

Irony: A woman wishes that she could get rid of the hard work at home and have more money. Then, her wish comes true and she becomes a man.

2.      Message :

The picture implies that women have to do much housework, while men don’t and even have more money than women. The housework is not shared fairly between men and women.






5 Responses to “entry 1- Nguyễn Lê Linh”

  1. nguyenanhngoc09e24 September 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I think the picture also implies about the gender inequality between man and woman, not just only about unequal division of house work. We can see that, man is often offer the higher salary job, and they can earn more money than woman with more powerful position.

  2. buihoangdinh September 22, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    I think in the picture (item 3), there is a contrast in the woman’s saying, (perhaps the painter use the device antithesis here) less >< more.
    You can also point out another devices such as parallelism (no V-ing, no V-ing).
    Additionally, another message that i can draw from this cartoon is about the sacrifice of a woman in the family. She can't act good in both parts of a housewife and a woman in society, in work.

  3. nguyenhuyenmy09e24 September 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I specially like your third item which is about the unfairness between the roles of the man and the womwn in the society, As I know, like Dinh’s idea, the rhetorical devices are parallelism and contrast as well

    @ Dinh: I do not agree with you that the picture talks about the sacrifice of the woman nowadays. In fact, I know some woman can do well both housework and socail work, the important thing is that they feel hard, not unable to do

  4. duongthithuhuong September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I think the rhetorical of the item 1 is simile and the meaning is that you should have sympathy for other people

  5. hoangthilehang September 30, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    @Dinh and My: the parallelism here should not be mentioned because this is not a poem or a story.
    @Huong: In my opinion, the lesson that Linh has withdrawn covers yours.

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