Stiff It may sound odd, but Stiff by Mary Roach is by far the most lively and enthusiastic approach on discussing death that I have ever read. The author did something in this work that I never thought was possible. She made death enjoyable to read about. She even stated, “Death. It doesn't have to be boring.” (Roach 11). She successfully took on one of the most serious, dismal topics and made it enjoyable to read. The way she is able to do this is by using a style all her own which includes the frequent use of diction, imagery, and tone to paint exactly the desired picture in the readers head. A strategy that the author uses to display her style is by using diction in forms such as analogy and sexist language. An example of an analogy in Stiff "The heart is a king, who rules over all organs of the body; the lungs are his executive, who carry out his orders; the liver is his commandant, who keeps up the discipline; the gall bladder, his attorney general . . . and the spleen; his steward who supervises the five tastes." (Roach 171). This is an example of a metaphor because it compares two unlike things to illustrate the role of each organ in a manner that everyday people can understand. Sexist language is used when the author writes, “Here is the secret to surviving one of these [airplane] crashes: Be male. In a 1970 Civil Aeromedical institute study of three crashes involving emergency evacuations, the most prominent factor influencing survival was gender (followed closely by proximity to exit). Adult males were by far the most likely to get out alive. Why? Presumably because they pushed everyone else out of the way.” (Roach 125). This is sexist because it makes a generalization about all men. Another strategy that the author uses is tone. The author uses a humorous tone throughout most of the book to keep readers interested. The author uses a humorous tone in quotes like, “Many people will find this book disrespectful.
18 November 2014
101 Ways to Use your Cadaver
One of the main points that the author of Stiff, Mary Roach, attempted to portray is the importance that human cadavers are to be treated with the upmost respect. In the first quote that is presented everything that Roach discusses about respect seems to be contradicted. I selected this quote because it made me imagine the cadaver as a simple laundry sack that is being used as a target to shoot at. Of course this act….
7 August 2014
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Students tend to moan and groan about summer assignments, and I was doing just that when I discovered that I had to read a nonfiction book this summer. Originally, I pictured the books on the list as tedious and boring textbooks. To my surprise, the book descriptions intrigued me, especially Mary Roach’s Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, a book about the various scenarios for human bodies after people….
Stiff Final Essay
Bodies, body parts, decomposition, face lifts and leotards. Those are thoughts that run through the people head after reading this book, it has them thinking about what the just read and how its comprehended. The surprise of learning that cadavers can be used in many different areas and research is mind blowing to know people can still make a difference even after life. There many areas that surprised me to no end, but trying to attach a head onto a different body just takes….
A Review of Stiff by Mary Roach
Upon opening Stiff, the first thing that greets you is author Mary Roach’s biting wit. She starts the long journey of cadaver history by comparing death to a cruise, and it sets the tone for the book wonderfully.
This book is one of the best nonfiction books I have read in a long time. Roach uses dry humor and wit to accurately present facts and anecdotes about her research. Personal stories and her opinions thoughtfully intertwine with the research she has carefully….
natural part of the circle of life. Through different genres of literature, death is often romanticized, challenging society's view of death. Through aspects of religion, love, and grief, death symbolizes the revival of life. In the non-fiction work, Stiff: Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach explores death and the human body and comments on the physical, religious, and social responses of surgeons, students, and experts to cadavers. Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, ponders the spirituality and truth about….
Stiff Book Review
Have you ever heard of an exploding whale or seen the process of decay of carcasses? Well, Stiff goes into the goriest details of the progression of decay of cadavers which are dead human bodies. With each word it paints a very vivid picture of the scene Roach experienced at Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s almost so real that you can even smell the distinct and unique smell of decaying cadavers. Now this is only one chapter of the book. Let’s delve in deeper.
Roach nicely divides….
Stiff, by Mary Roach, is a nonfiction book about the “Curious lives of human cadavers”. In this book, Roach details the ins and outs of what happens when you donate your body to science, as well as other “uses” for dead human bodies. In dealing with such a seemingly gruesome subject, Roach keeps it quite tame and informative. From anatomy labs to cadaveric medicine, this book is sure to leave no cadaver questions unanswered.
The book begins with a foreseen segment on educational uses for cadavers….
Based off the three excerpts I chose from the book, "Stiff", by Mary Roach, I decided to rename the title, "How to Use Your Cadaver". The passages I chose all relate to the title since they deal with the different uses of cadavers.
My first passage from page 87 explains how cadavers have been used in car crash simulations to determine the force of impact during the crash. Most people, including myself, don't realize this even though we ride in a car almost everyday. Because of these cadavers….
Sending and Receiving Children: Adoption of Children from Foreign Countries
In Mary Roach’s book, Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, she describes how upstanding anatomists would pay “body snatchers” to dig up graves and retrieve bodies for “dissection” (44-45). The anatomists never saw anything wrong with digging up the bodies, dissecting, and desecrating beyond recognition, then throwing the bodies literally to the vultures. This disrespect of bodies still occurs today on a different….
Many of the actions that we do in our daily lives are pretty grotesque if you think about it. To live our lives as we do we need to acquire a certain mindset that keeps us from thinking about the facts behind it. In Mary Roach’s Stiff, she discusses how people adapt to dealing with cadavers. The way that they deal with cadavers is similar to how we deal with things in our everyday life.
Roach often discusses how people that work with cadavers regularly psychologically orientate themselves to accept….