Imagining the Hansen Family and Birmingham Bomb Kills Four

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Alyssa Prior
2/7/13
English 3rd period
Mr. Haydon
​“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go” (Unknown Author). As a nation, the people will be faced with adversity but with every step we accept, learn, cherish and let go. Anna Quiden, writer for Newsweek magazine, describes the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11. She writes this for the friends and family of te victims and all the concerned Americans across the country. Her article is filled with hope, so that the people can stand together and unite as one. Another hardship that has shaped America was written in the New York Times in 1963, by Claude Sittton called “Birmingham Bomb kills 4.” This article was written about the riots and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights movement in thedeep south. He writes to inform the people of the events happening and to describe that there was no such thing as “separate but equal” in the radically divided town of Birmingham. In the articles “Imagining the Hansen Family” and “Birmingham Bomb Kills 4,” both authors use tragic imagery to passionately portray the devastation, destruction and death caused by hate. ​The article by Anna Quiden, “Imagining the Hansen Family,” she uses dramatic imagery to portray the feeling ofdevastation and destruction of the horrific event that changed America. In this article by Quiden, she relies back to the hard past. “They left behind not so much monumental mass of rubble, but tricycles, sweater drawers, love letters, flower beds, books, video cameras, unpaid bills, untidy kitchens, mothers, fathers,uncles, brothers, sons, daughters, friends from Maine to California. “ 9/11 didn’t just affect the people who died, it affected a whole nation, whether you knew people that wereinvolved or not. So much was left behind, houses, families, a life. The author uses this form of polysyndeton to...
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