English Final:Pieces Summary Essay

The World on the Turtle’s Back
Iroquois Myth
about the left and right twins; grandma is moon and body is fish
left: evil, left armpit, lied, rules night and lower world
right: good, truthful, killed lefty, beheaded grandma, rules day and sky world
left + right are both necessary for balance in the world
Coyote and Buffalo
Trickster Tale
explains why there is lack of buffalo in Swah-netk’-qhu country
coyote is chased by buffalo bill
coyote makes horns for buffalo bill
buffalo bill gives coyote a calf that will supply him with food forever
coyote kills and eats the calf
woman comes and steals the bones
Fox and Coyote and Whale
Trickster Tale
explains why whales live in the ocean
fox loves his wife you doesn’t feel the same about him
fox’s wife sings love songs by the river
whale swims towards shore, transforms into man with braids, and makes love to fox’s wife
fox kills water maidens and travels to the place of water people
fox cuts off whale’s head while he is sleeping
fox retrieves his wife and puts coyote and his wife in his medicine pipe
fox tosses whale head into ocean
water and land people no longer love each other
Of Plymouth Plantation
tells the story of immigrants and the american dream
story of voyage overseas and the harsh first winter they endured, many died of sickness, relationship with Indians and Squanto
struggles and acheivements of Puritans
God helped people overcome obstacles through faith
To My Dear and Loving Husband
Anne Bradstreet expresses her undying love for her husband
enlightens her husband of her devotion
uses figurative language
Upon the Burning of our House
Anne Bradstreet shows remorse for her lost possesions when her house is burning down
trusts God that everything will be okay
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
talks about people who dont believe in god. uses repition, imagery and metaphors. and that these people will go to hell. Also talks about gods mercy and the relationship between god and humanity
The Crucible
Miller chose the 1692 Salem witch trials as his setting, but the work is really an allegorical protest against the McCarthy anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the early 1950s. In the story, Elizabeth Proctor fires servant Abigail Williams after she finds out Abigail had an affair with her husband. In response, Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft. She stands trial and is acquitted, but then another girl accuses her husband, John, and as he refuses to turn in others, he is killed, along with the old comic figure, Giles Corey
Poor Richard’s Almanack, A Printer’s Epitaph, The Autobiography
by Benjamin Franklin it contained many sayings called from the thinkers of the ages, emphasized such homespun virtues as thrift, industry, morality and common sense
Speech in the Virginia Convention
in this speech the author uses literary devices such as rhetorical questions, restatements and charged words to convey that the only solution to dealing with England is fighting them
The Crisis, Number 1
Enlightenment / Great Awakening – patriotic speech in an attempt to get soldiers for the war and to go against Britain’s unfair rule (challenged old ways of the Puritans)
Declaration of Independence
the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the colonies from Great Britain
Letters from an American Farmer
A document written by an emigrant French aristocrat turned farmer posing the famous question, “What, then, is the American, this new man?”
To His Excellency Mr. Washington
Phillis Wheatley wrote this poem praising Washington for his work in the Revolutionary War.
Letters to John Adams
letters Abigail Adams sends
Letter to Abigail Adams
letter John Adams sends
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
the book discusses his time spent in slavery, serving primarily on galleys, documents his attempts at becoming an independent man through his study of the Bible, and his eventual success in gaining his own freedom and in business thereafter
The Devil and Tom Walker
A faustian legend (story about a human who sells his soul to the devil). Tom lived with abusive wife. Sits down in an indian graveyard and talks with the devil. Devil offers him his treasure in exchange for his soul. Goes back to wife who pests him to go back and trade. She disappeared, Tom found her heart and liver (but no silver) and Devil’s hair ripped out on the ground. Tom decides to be a loan shark. Tom becomes a show-off christian- loud prayer, stingy giver. At the end, accused of having rediculous interest rates. “Devil take me if I charged you a farthing!” Devil did
about Thoreau living in the woods for two years and his experiences in nature
Civil Disobedience
natural history essay published in 1849 by transcendentalist author who was also an abolitionist and into simple living; the active refusal to obey certain laws, demands,and commands of a government or occupying power, without resorting to physical violence
The Great Gatsby
A novel depicting the picturesque idea of the self made American man and enterpreneur who rose from obscurity. was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (pages 742-7430

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