A feeling of panic came over me. Time was running out. I frantically searched for escape. The hallways stretched into endless corridors, the people at the ends were tiny dots, disappearing into the horizon. Clawing at the air, overcome by horror, I staggered down the hall. It was coming. I dashed into a bathroom and locked it behind me. I frantically pulled down my pants, but it was too late. The last turd apologetically dropped into its porcelain throne. I sat there, defeated, tears of anguish flowing down my cheeks. And the greatest shit that was ever born, the king of the turds, the feces emperor, the champion of excrement, stood triumphantly in my pants, mocking me. The word shit on its own is a crude term, sheltered from the public ear by the less offensive term poop. However, when coupled with other words and implications, the word shit becomes a jack of all trades, the most versatile word in the English. The word shit, used alone, already refers to a wide variety of things. It can be used as an indication of quality, for example: "His essay was really shitty". This definition uses the qualities of fecal matter as a standard of judgement and by using the word shitty, one means that something is close to or has similar quality to shit. Also, shit can be used to replace nouns and verbs, for example : "He ate that shit like shrimp fried rice", or "Are you shitting me?" In both of these cases the word shit is used in the place of a noun or verb, and since the meaning of the word shit in the sentence is based off implications found in the context in which the word is used, the word can be used to replace any noun or verb. It can also be used as an expression of anger(I just bombed my math test. SHIT!). These three common usages of the word can be applied to almost every instance, therefore making the word shit the most versatile word in the English language. Despite the versatile nature of the word shit, it can, at times, be a simply crude and unmeaningful word. This, however, is not because of the nature of the word itself, but from the way it is used. This is because the meaning of the word has no strictly set meaning, and that the word is almost exclusively defined by the context in which it is used (with the obvious exception of referring to ones bowel movements).This affords the word a wide spectrum of meaning, allowing the word to not only mean anything, but also mean absolutely nothing at all While the word shit itself already can be used to indicate a wide variety of terms, by attaching a word before or after it, shit can take on whole new definitions. The most popular…
Edward Albee once said, "Every honest work is a personal or private yowl, a statement of one's individual pleasure or pain". The Zoo Story shows the attempt of the character Jerry to make a statement about himself, his life, his pleasure, his pain. It is, in effect, his "yowl." Language is his means. Albee shows that language does indeed have the potential to "facilitate authentic communication" between Jerry and Peter (738).
As the play begins, Jerry announces that "every once in awhile…
English 1020 / Essay on Short Fiction
Format: double-spaced, indented paragraphs; standard margins (1’), font (Times New Roman), and print size (12); no cover pages; use MLA format for parenthetical in-text citations; give your essay an unique title; 600-1,000 words in length. You may go over the 1,000 maximum only if needed.
Avoid informal diction and the use of first person "I."
Short story titles are placed in quotation marks.
Proofread your final submission. Sentence…
O'Connor's "Good Country People"
Spend some time detailing the specific and general (overall) ironies in this short story. How do these ironies underscore the title of this short story?
The title” Good Country People” signifies that country people are always helpful, respectful, and kind to one another. Country people are typically very accepting of one another. “Nothing is perfect. This was one of Mrs. Hopewell’s favorite sayings. Another was: that is life! And still another, the…
he has become indelibly linked with the character, and "Sam Spade" has become a generic term for hard-boiled private detective, recognized even by those who have neither seen the movie nor read Hammett's novel.
Dashiell Hammett and Detective Fiction
The Maltese Falcondid more than transform individual careers; it helped change the detective genre and paved the way for film noir. Indeed, Huston's film represents a change in film detectives somewhat comparable with the influence of Dashiell Hammett's…
The two literary selections which I have chosen to discuss in terms of the out-of-class essay are that of ‘Happy Endings’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘A Good Man is Hard’ to find by Flannery O’Connor. When doing an analogize of these stories one aspect of both stories that can be easily compared would be the authors choice of diction throughout both selections to grab the readers attention or to convey a message. Both pieces of literature use very harsh words when describing certain events that unfolds…
readers think of stories that are written down. Literature is more than just stories. Literature is short stories, novels, poetry and dramas. Literature allows a reader to escape into a different time periods, a place a reader can visit different parts of the world and even into space. Literature can bring out different emotions in a reader like joy, sadness, anger and even empathy towards a character in literature. Within this paper I will discuss the elements of short stories, poetry, and drama…
Nasser A Alhamed
Professor Diane Zoell
29 September 2014
Fiction Develop the World
Who does not like fiction? Many people nowadays like to read and watch made-up story books and movies. It brings to them pleasure and happiness. On the other hand some, other people think that fiction is more harmful than it is beneficial and has side effects. They believe it is responsible for violence and misbehaviour like increasing the crime rates. They are afraid because it may harm the brain and…
on one extracts from a story and fictional stories often have deeper meanings behind them while also causing us to think: does a fictional story convey a certain truth better than a nonfictional story?
Story telling is an ancient form of art, one practiced throughout human history and one that seems to have no cultural or religious boundaries. We’ve all heard stories that we still remember to this day; these stories usually have an important message that we are expected to pick up upon from the…
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Short Stories - Literary Devises
Title: Identities by W.D Valgardson
Point of View: Third Person
What type of character is the Protagonist?
The protagonist is a wealthy man who lives in a wealthy neighborhood with his wife and children, where he is probably pretty well-known.
The antagonist is guilt from not leaving a message to his wife. In the story, the protagonist goal was to drive around, but he stopped to call his wife to…
In this fiction short story “Ines in the Kitchen”, Cristina Garcia discusses a women in the story Ines, who is a housewife and pregnant. Garcia talks mainly about the character Ines and her situation and emotions. Throughout the story Ines feels trapped and confused about life in the choices she made, she feels betrayed not in the since from someone but of herself and the expectation of being a women. The author Cristina Garcia creates…