Not only does Biss bring the topic to a personal relationship with her family, but she manages to explain her personal feelings about the telephone pole in just a few sentences. I think the strongest points of this essay are the accumulated amount of powerful words she uses after the shift of tone. Many people find it difficult to stay in one relationship for a very long…. I might just be comparing my pain and hers, assuming that mine is not as violently as terrible as hers. Essay — Time and Distance Overcome The relationship between white and black people in America is still today an ongoing issue, which can be traced back in history. The first section, we are presented with the history of the telephone, its background and how it came to be. Immediate Context The essay was initially published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Iowa Review, a quarterly literary journal.
It immediately draws a thick line between the lives of the rich and pale and the lives of the abused and mistreated black men. Reyna explores the difficulties that come with being a child of an immigrant, parents not being emotionally or physically present, and child abuse. By waiting for nearly three pages to introduce the real heart of the story, what is already a surprising middle section, surprises the audience even more by its starch contrast from the earlier paragraphs. White America has been repenting for its sins. Biss is not having any kind of sympathy with these black men and therefore this ironical tone.
Biss starts off talking about how a very few people found this new invention smart and innovative. Afro-Americans have been through a lot throughout the years. Konkrete tips og råd fra en jurastuderende, du kan bruge med det samme. Nothing is innocent, my sister reminds me. I think that by having such a dramatic change in the entirety of the work, it has its shock factor that effects the reader the most. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what this essay is about—she presents two American inventions: one genius, the other evil, and asks the reader to reconcile the distance. How could one of the greatest inventions of all time not be a miracle? Post quotes and ideas on the intention of the essay.
In the beginning I thought man, this essay is going to be an essay about how intruding of an invention the telephone was. She merely places the facts before us, and allows us to come to our own reaction, much in the way a painting or photograph might. The transition into the second half of the essay was abrupt and jarring. From the first to the second part there is a great change of mood, as the first part mostly devotes itself to describe the history of the telephone, the struggle between private persons and the telephone companies who put up the telephone poles; however in the second part that is divided from the first by three little stars the pivotal point is how the technological invention was used as a weapon to murder African Americans. I think talking of the public resistance to telephone poles to start with is important, because it introduces the beginning of our cultural relationship to them.
I did really like reading this, please know that! Beautifully tragic, but still written wonderfully. The telephone was meant to bring people together, not to bring pain and death. In total, this idea of a telephone network seemed useless and stupid. By telling about those who were sawing the poles down and at the same time tell that President Rutherford B. I will be speaking about my feelings and thoughts about how this book affected me and what I enjoyed about it. By changing the mood and including such disturbing events, the author has managed to make an overall entertaining and exciting story, and it is not until the very end, that the reader fully understands the concept of the story.
I enjoyed the facts, especially about the telephone wars. Theme: Racism, fear of the foreign, the evil in man, hatred. Keeping the first segment quiet and slow, the second segment relieves the interest for the story and puts the reader in a place where they have to continue reading to find meaning in the essay. They find these sites are so beneficial to them. The two main parts of the story relates to each other perfectly, however, with the great change in mood and topic, the readers find themselves in doubt whether the different parts actually are related. The essay begins with re-introducing every reader to the telephone and subsequently the telephone pole. This creates our initial impression, as well as plays on our biases living in the distant future from these events.
For me, the essay is a reminder that research can be an avenue into discovery, full of surprises. Discussion Questions From an interview with Carrie Oeding published in Gulf Coast From the same interview Criticism of an otherwise beneficial invention? Long distance runners have two major phase and the motion between long distance runners and printers are different. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. That is rather ironic, because we, more or less, cannot live without the telephone. . Sprinters have more focus on the thighs and the hip muscles.
Post the quotes and ideas that, in your view, exemplify the significance of the composition of the text. The two heavy parts are made of a stream of facts regarding the creation of the telephone — but with two very different sides of the same case. Biss does not preach, though her meaning is clear. We can see this because there is no plot, yet there is use of metaphors and wordplay. Once more I had absolutely no idea about these historical facts. The two parts do not quite fit in with each other.
And it dosent matter if the changes are good or bad for the people. It was only coincidence that they became convenient as gallows. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. I think the structure of this essay is very interesting. The essay deals with all the sceptical people, and the consequences from erecting the telephone poles to the crucifixions.