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Lost Boy David Pelzer's Autobiography Book Review

… David then told the judge that he wanted to be a ward of the court and he "felt Mother's radar of hate flicker, then turn off" (Pelzer, p. 73). When I read those words, I shuddered inwardly and could almost feel her eyes on the back of my head.

David Pelzer recognized that the entire foster care system has its faults, but reiterated that it also saved his life. It got him away from a severely disturbed mother and indifferent father who never took any responsibility for him. Indeed, even though David's parents were divorced, his father made no effort to obtain custody and hardy ever visited his son, much less bothering to provide any support. I can only agree with him that he was…. [read more]

Autobiographies a Memoir or Autobiography Essay

… " Hemingway readily acknowledges that his prejudices against homosexuality stem from his childhood and his socialization. He is open-minded enough to seek understanding about homosexuality through the eyes of his friend and fellow writer Gertrude Stein. Hemingway also acknowledges his being intrigued with gender, as when he describes F. Scott Fitzgerald in an ambiguous way: "a delicate long-lipped Irish mouth that, on a girl, would have been the mouth of a beauty," (from "Scott Fitzgerald"). Hemingway seems attracted to F. Scott Fitzgerald, while at the same time seeming homophobic.

As Alice B. Toklas is Gertrude Stein's lover, homosexuality pervades The Autobiography. Unlike Hemingway, though, Stein does not seem obsessed with either sex or gender. She addresses sex and gender rarely and tacitly, even though she…. [read more]

Autobiography X Malcolm Essay

… When Malcolm X is released from prison, he delves deeper into the organization. He penetrates to its political core and soon adopts his new name, changing it symbolically from his "slave" name of Malcolm Little to his name in liberation and rebirth, "Malcolm X" The rebirth in the Nation of Islam is the most formidable moment in the life of Malcolm X Malcolm X learns about the history of oppression, and realizes the structural reasons for institutionalized racism in America. The Nation of Islam suggests that African-Americans have never been given their promised access to social, political, and economic parity after slavery was abolished. Malcolm X's father died because racism was permitted to fester in the United States. Realizing how systemic racism is, Malcolm X…. [read more]

Autobiography 'I Don't Know, Jon Term Paper

… Team sports just didn't do it for me; I just never took to them and nor did I get into the rah-rah spirit of the local teams in spite of the hooplah and enthusiasm that surrounded competitive sports in high school and in my community. I believe now that I would have made a great athlete had I opened myself to that possibility. However, I did participate in other, more bookish, high school activities like yearbook and newspaper. I dove into those writing-related tasks with enthusiasm because they reflected my innate talents and interests in writing and publishing. I also did really well in all school subjects and mostly got A's until college.

I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1982 and when I…. [read more]

Autobiography I Am a Spanish Man Term Paper

… Autobiography

I am a Spanish man, living in the United States of America. I am an average student, and an average American. I live in the poorer section of America, and I have a girlfriend called Maria Tirado, who I like to refer to as a 'Gift from God'. I have not enjoyed what is generally known as a traditional and conventional 'happy childhood', what with my father being a complete alcoholic, and my mother living out her life on welfare, without any access to funds, and with absolutely no access to health care. She has already suffered two strokes, and who knows when the next one would strike next? However, I must state that both my parents have succeeded in making me believe in…. [read more]

Franklin Autobiography Benjamin Essay

… He soon acquired a reputation for being honest, loyal, efficient and industrious, which meant a great deal to him, and he expected those who did not follow his principles to fail in life, as they often did. [4: Franklin, p. 48.] [5: Franklin, p. 53.] [6: Franklin, p. 54.]

Clubs, associations and societies were always very important in Franklin's life even at a young age. He formed a club for mutual improvement called the Junto, which later became the American Philosophical Society, making Philadelphia the center of the American Enlightenment, and also went on to found a newspaper and a lending library. At the same time, he was admitted shrewd and cunning, and stole business from a rival firm, which did a poor job of…. [read more]

Autobiography of One Self Essay

… Autobiography

My memory from ten years ago is vague. Perhaps this is normal, as I was only eight years old back then. Maybe nobody can really remember all the way back when they were eight. I am 18 now, and my life is vastly different from what it was ten years ago. I spent my early years -- or so I was told -- with my family on the distant, dark continent of Africa. For some reason the name always makes me think of pounding drums and hard, damp earth. I remember very little from that time, beyond something about bushes and dangerous animals. I am in civilization now. I am lucky. So I am told.

The white people are alien to me. Another distinct…. [read more]

Childhood, Personal and Academic Experiences Term Paper

… " When this happened to me, I lost all interest in the world, my friends, my family and the things that were usually of interest to me. I felt as though my world had collapsed and that no one could possibly understand how I felt. This is the odd thing about heartache, it feels so unique, and yet we know very well that everyone experiences heartache, and in fact, they seem to experience it in very similar ways. Just listening to one sad country song will tell you how common the feelings of heartache are.

The best part of falling in love was that I was blessed with two beautiful daughters, who are now 3 and 7 years old respectively. They are my greatest loves…. [read more]

Autobiography of a Reader Term Paper

… I am still not exactly sure why, but for whatever reasons, Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye made me feel less alone with my own feelings, in high school, than I had felt before I read it. I believe that in a lot of ways, The Catcher in the Rye even made my rather difficult high school years (emotionally speaking) a little easier for me.

By the time I got to college, I had become much more focused on reading books both inside and outside the classroom that dealt with business and/and/or leadership issues, as well as continuing to read my usual favorites: bestsellers having to do with sports; sports figures either living or dead, or strategies that could be applied to business, and/or real…. [read more]

Autobiography the First Low Point Term Paper

… Autobiography

The first low point in my life was the death of my cat when I was eleven.

She had been my companion for six years and died unexpectedly after being hit by a car. I had blamed myself for the accident, feeling that I should have done a better job of taking care of her. Two years later I lost my grandmother who had died a slow and painful death from Alzheimer's Disease. Even worse than my own grief was the pain of watching the sorrow in my own family, particularly my mother and grandfather. My next traumatic experience was being the victim of a car accident caused by a driver who was speeding. I had resented being injured by a person who was…. [read more]

Slave Narrative and Black Autobiography Term Paper

… Several blacks were even admitted to the Military Academy.

The white intellectual community came to see black literature as somewhat formulaic. The linguist Geneva Smitherman in Talkin and Testifyin. For Smitherman, Signifyin (g) is a black "mode of discourse" that is a synonym of "dropping lugs; joanin; capping; [and] sounding." She believed the slave narrative to be characterized by eight common features:

indirection, circumlocution metaphorical-imagistic (but images rooted in the everyday, real world) humorous, ironic rhythmic fluency and sound teachy but not preachy directed at person or persons usually present in the situational context punning, play on words introduction of the semantically or logically unexpected. (Gates, 94)

It is interesting to note that many of these characteristics are to be found in the Rhythm and…. [read more]

Benjamin Franklin the Autobiography Term Paper

… Benjamin Franklin


Benjamin Franklin will always be known as the most respected man in American politics- a man of courage, wisdom, foresight who had the true entrepreneurial spirit. In his book "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin," we get an insight into the mind and spirit of a man who knew no fears. He was a true symbol of the American Dream realized. The entrepreneurial spirit that he possessed turned him into a shrewd businessman, a great inventor and innovator, a community leader and later a very well-known and well-respected politician. This spirit that urged him to take initiative was evident from an early age. In the first chapter of the book, Franklin explains how he got a few boys into…. [read more]

Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography Term Paper

… Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

Benjamin Franklin, by his own account, was an unusually energetic, curious, productive person. We don't often see a person who is so multi-talented, and who also has the ambition and wherewithal to act upon his talents.

Thomas Jefferson, and perhaps even Leonardo DaVinci, could be compared to Franklin, with their wide-ranging inventions and thinking.

Franklin's areas of inquisitiveness were extensive and, rather than just taking a passive interest in his ideas, he went on to manifest them as libraries, post offices, stoves, fire stations and, ultimately, to help draft the document that signifies the free state of America. It is a curious study to determine exactly what it was that Franklin possessed that set him so far above others in his achievements…. [read more]

Twain's "The Story of the Good Little Boy Essay

… III. Theme

A theme that is ongoing in "The Story of a Good Little Boy" is that of and while as stated by Heam, Twain's story held that the "obedient child would always prosper." Jacob desired to be perfect just as were the Sunday school book boys and he wanted to, as they, to do the right thing. The work of Kolb notes that the humor of "The Good Little Boy" is within the lesson of morality related in satire. Harrell reports that Twain's writing style was peculiar in nature and that Twain "often liked to play with words." (p. 5) Lyttle reports that Mark Twain enjoyed playing on words and stated "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the…. [read more]

Autobiography of Malcolm X Term Paper

… Abandoning his life as a wastrel, Malcolm turns to devouring everything he can find to enrich his knowledge: "...from then until I left prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading on my bunk...I had never been so truly free in my life." (Haley, p. 199) Again, one sees here that Malcolm had the strength of character to form his own beliefs and reform and that too in a prison environment, which could have easily drawn him down further into a life of squalor and disgrace.

Another characteristic of a self-actualized person in that he or she constantly draw from his life's experiences to develop clear value systems, which help find a meaning to life…. [read more]

Autobiography of Malcolm X And Can't Stop Book Report

… ¶ … Autobiography of Malcolm X and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation have been increasingly studied by various scholars because they provide important insights about Black Nationalism by examining the complexities in the life of some Americans. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is an account of the life of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, the author. In contrast, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is an account of how hip-hop crystallized the perspective of a polycultural and multicultural generation as well as changed politics and culture in America. These books have been studied by many scholars because of their significant insights regarding American politics and culture.

Summary of the Books

The Autobiography of Malcolm…. [read more]

Black Boy by Richard Wright Stands Today Research Paper

… Black Boy by Richard Wright stands today, some sixty years after its initial publication, as still perhaps the most comprehensive and gripping look at racism in the American literary tradition. Wright is not satisfied to merely portray American racism as an insidious way of viewing the world, or as a perspective held by a number of hateful individuals; instead, Wright underlines the fact that the core of race and racism exists in the very fabric of society. In other words, Wright believes that it would be virtually impossible to characterize American society in the absence of racism. So although the particular instances in which Wright is harmed by racism may have been perpetrated by a finite number of individuals, Black Boy makes it apparent that…. [read more]

Autobiography Leadership, Written by Rudolph Term Paper

… Research shows that Giuliani has not always been a popular or well-liked leader. However, this book shows him in a very positive light -- perhaps because, as many critics note, Giuliani does not take criticism well. However, this book is an effective look at his leadership skills, and his everyday life as mayor of New York City -- during crisis, but also during more stable times. It is a good, detailed look into the day-to-day life of the mayor of the largest city in America, and it should be required reading for anyone who wants to become a good and effective leader.

Giuliani began each workday with a morning meeting between his key staff and other personnel. He believes in tackling small problems first to…. [read more]

Auto Biography and Timeline Essay

… I tend to perceive my faith wherever I am in whatever situation, so that perhaps explains this particular mood of mine.

Other than my high school team winning the league championship when I was a senior, I believe my greatest accomplishment is keeping my family together. There was a time when a major incident happened at a wedding in which my extended family was at odds with one another -- and with me. I could have very easily acted like them and simply refused to talk to them anymore. Instead, I went out of my way to make overtures and clarified the situation so that I brought a greater understanding. As such, there are still aunts, cousins, and uncles that I can still call and…. [read more]

Child Abuse in Literature Essay

… David never got the services he, as a child needed.

Particularly, David experienced severe physical abuse, "another blow pushes my head against the tile counter top. I let the tears of mock defeat stream down my face as she storms out of the kitchen, seemingly satisfied with herself" (Pelzer 1993, p.4). According to chapter 5 of Crosson-Tower (2009), physical abuse of a child is an occurrence described through consideration of total social context with emphasis on certain aspects. Physical abuse as a result of an intricate web of variables, factors and attitudes, "Physical abuse is behavior that results from a complex web of attitudes, variables, and factors" (Crosson-Tower 2009, p.102). While it is not easy to predict correctly, which family is abusive, anger, stress, annoyance…. [read more]

Summer of 1976 Term Paper

… Mostly young -- raped and slaughtered -- their blood drained -- just bones now. Papa Sam keeps me locked in the attic too. I can't get out but I look out the attic window and watch the world go by. I feel like an outsider. I am on a different wavelength then everybody else -- programmed too kill. However, to stop me you must kill me. Attention all police: Shoot me first -- shoot to kill or else keep out of my way or you will die! Papa Sam is old now. He needs some blood to preserve his youth. He has had too many heart attacks. 'Ugh, me hoot, it hurts, sonny boy.' I miss my pretty princess most of all. She's resting in…. [read more]

Language and Culture in Autobiography Term Paper

… The people who raised pigeons and chickens. We were the foreigners on the block. A few neighbors smiled and waved. We waved back. But no one in the family knew the names of the old couple who lived next door: until I was seven years old, I did not know the names of the kids who lived across the street. (1)

When Rodriguez expresses his feelings about the interaction his parents have with the English speaking world it is also clear that he feels their degradation and possibly a lessoning of their value in his own eyes as well.

In public, my father and mother spoke a hesitant, accented, not always grammatical English. And they would have to strain -- their bodies tense -- to…. [read more]

Displacement in Whale Talk and Autobiography Term Paper

… ¶ … Displacement in Whale Talk and Autobiography of My Dead Brother

One issue that many ESL (English as a Second Language) learners must grapple with is the sense that they are different -- from their peers, and also from the dominant culture of America. However, all adolescents, regardless of their cultural background and language feel a disconnect, quite often, between what society expects of them and what they feel on the inside regarding who they are and who they want to be. Author Chris Crutcher's Whale Talk, is set in a high school which is torn apart by social conflicts and offers a literary reflection of ESL student's own emotions while still introducing them to certain social conventions of America, such as the world…. [read more]

Larger Purpose: Autobigraphy Autobiography Term Paper

… All writers, authors of fiction, of non-fiction or even something in between are to some degree teachers for future generations. The goal of nearly every author is to demonstrate the value of lived experiences. Though experience may define knowledge, that knowledge has only limited value if it goes unshared by others.

A writer may wish to either eulogize of even challenge experiences and practices that have occurred within his or her past. He or she may wish to further develop the thoughts and ideas that may have led him or her to the level of personal growth and success that they are now living.

Augustine's Confessions, which gave birth to autobiography as a genre, enunciated and simultaneously solved these problems. Describing its author's life up…. [read more]

Compare and Contrast the Social Psychological Experiences of Black Boy by Richard Wright Term Paper

… ¶ … Richard Wright and John Griffin

Richard Wright's (1908-1960) story tells how he grew up one generation away from slavery, the son of a sharecropper and a schoolteacher. He became an alcoholic early and begged for drinks from the age of six. When his father, whom he hated, left the family for another woman, his mother became financially destitute and the family went to live with relatives. So he went to live with his grandmother, then with his mother's sister and Uncle Silas, to whom he became close. His grandmother, his mother and then his aunt, a teacher in a Seventh Day Adventist school, sometimes beat him until he became unconscious. His Uncle Silas was murdered by whites and Wright was forced to quit…. [read more]

Letter From a Birmingham Jail Term Paper

… It seems that King would subscribe to his reasoning, especially since he specifically cited Thoreau and his views in his letter. King and Thoreau were on the same page regarding civil disobedience, and they both ended up in jail because of it. That seems like a bond that would bring together their reasoning and their reaction to that reasoning.

Personally, I think we all have an obligation to uphold the laws and abide by them as much as possible. Most laws, such as traffic laws and burglary laws, are there to protect us and keep us safe from personal or bodily harm. However, that does not mean that there are not laws on the books that are unfair, shoddy, or prejudicial. In those cases, we…. [read more]

Henry David Thoreau Left Us Term Paper

… Emerson called special attention to that wisdom he saw in the brilliant, simple and honest Thoreau: "I must add the cardinal fact, that there was an excellent wisdom in him, proper to a rare class of men, which showed him the material world as a means and symbol. This discovery... was in him an unsleeping insight." Indeed, Thoreau materialized it in the other thinkers and lovers of mankind after his time, more than he did during his.

Emerson went farther to say that Thoreau "understood the matter in hand at a glance, and saw the limitations and poverty of those he talked with, so that nothing seemed concealed from such terrible eyes... This man was the man they were in search of, the man who…. [read more]

American Literature Frederick Douglas' Autobiography "The Narrative Essay

… American Literature

Frederick Douglas' autobiography "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas" and Kate Chopin's short story "A Pair of Silk Stockings" put across accounts from the lives of two African-Americans living in the nineteenth century. Whereas the action in "A Pair of Silk Stockings" takes place somewhere around the turn of the century, Frederick Douglas' account is told from the perspective of a man who lived through slavery and who is determined to contribute to ending it. In spite of the fact that slavery is no longer present in Kate Chopin's short story, one can still understand that African-Americans were discriminated at the time and that they were associated with poverty.

Douglas is prevented from achieving freedom by the slavery system, as it…. [read more]

Personal Autobiography Term Paper

… I followed this desire by applying to San Francisco State University and was accepted into the Masters of Counseling Psychology program to become a Marital and Family Therapist. It was while I was in graduate school that I began a relationship with someone in Southern California. After due consideration, I moved to Los Angeles. My intentions were to return to school immediately. However, the relationship failed and I postponed returning to school.

A occasionally return to St. Louis and am amazed to recall the pain of my childhood there. I look back now with renewed eyes, through countless hours of self-examination, therapy, and life experiences. Slowly, I have reconnected with earlier parts of my life and can return to my innate interests. I believe that…. [read more]

Comparative Analysis of Two Books Book Report

… ¶ … autobiography of Malcolm X, as narrated by Alex Haley, is written with a refreshing honesty as the author relives his own personal transformation from a petty, self-destructive criminal into an articulate activist, a militant study of white racism and his focus on self-help and self-respect for African-Americans. And there is the vividness with which the author portrays black popular culture-to the extent that even though he attempts to criticize the so-called lindy hops at Roseland dance hall in Boston from his viewpoint as a Muslim, his description makes them sound rather pretty amazing. These are but a few handpicked examples of the kinds of themes and depths this autobiography spans. The Autobiography of Malcolm X narrates an archetypal journey from despair and ignorance…. [read more]

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