Asha Wallace February 16, 2013 English F-Band Critical Lens Essay
Yann Martel makes a conveying point through his quote “You must take life the way it comes at you, and make the best of it.” This quote means one must take the challenges that they encounter in life and find a way to get around them. One would agree with this statement. It is in fact true that despite the conflicts one encounters in life, one should stay optimistic and deal t=with the outcomes in a positive manor. Two works of literature that support this quote would be, Lemony Snicket’s use of characterization and tone in his book A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Adeline Yen Mah’s use of characterization and antagonism is Chinese Cinderella.
In the novels A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, three siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny: whose parents have died in an arsonous house fire are placed in the custody of several different distant family members homes. Although their distant cousin Count Olaf began to hunt the children down for their fortune; bringing on the murders of several characters in the book. The children stayed together and turned their situation into something that can bring them closer together and something that they can learn from. Even though the reader cannot physically see the characters, Lemony Snicket’s word choice can give the reader a clear mental picture of what the characters are going through. It is as if the author is reading the story directly to you; you are able to feel the characters pain and suffrage and can feel the hope and courage that they have. Violet, Klaus and Sunny are all characterized as strong, independent kids that know how to maneuver around things and avoid situations. Klaus, Violet and Sunny have learned to accept life with all its...
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