The Paper Menagerie CER

In Ken Liu’s short story, “The Paper Menagerie” the paper origami that his mother makes symbolizes his mother’s love towards him and how love is fragile just like a piece of paper. Throughout the short story, the author often describes the origami coming to life and that this was “her magic”, we also can see that there is a relationship between the development of the mother and the development of the origami she made. For example, we can see this development in the story where it stated: “But Mom’s kind was special, She breathed into them so that they shared her breath, and thus moved with her life. This was her magic.” In the beginning, we can see that from Jack’s point of view that the origami looks like it’s alive and that it was because of his mother who gave life to these origami animals. But as the story continues Jack’s personality develops and his mother dies also the paper origami animals changed as well after his mom’s death: “The paper animals did not move. Perhaps whatever magic had animated them stopped when Mom died.” From these key points in the short story, we can see that Mom’s magic has something to do with her feelings towards her son which is the love she gives to her son Jack.

On the Sidewalk Bleeding Thesis Statement

The main character Andy in Evan Hunter’s short story entitled “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” initially believes that he wasn’t going to die but later understands that he is dying from the bullet wound. His changing understanding is revealed through the use of the change of weather, his thoughts, and his interactions with people. For example, paragraph 79 states: “Now in the alley, with the cold rain washing his hot body, he wondered about the meaning. If he died” this explains how the author uses symbolism to escalate events making the scene dramatic. The author also uses Andy’s thoughts to make the reader feel that the scene is building suspense. For instance, in paragraph 87 the author wrote: “He felt weak and very tired. He felt alone, and wet and feverish and chilled. He knew he was going to die now.” As the story continues the author adds in other characters that interact with Andy which eventually makes Andy realize his injuries weren’t minor but could lead him to death. For example, an interaction that the author wrote was: “‘I don’t want to get this mixed up in this. He’s a Royal. We help him, and the Guardians’ll be down on our necks.” (paragraph 66) From that moment on Andy starts to feel negative about himself.

English 9.8 Goals

I’m good at writing dystopian novels, mainly because in my past classes we have been focusing on the dystopian universe, and I find writing dystopian novels pretty interesting. I’m a bit of a slow reader, but I like to analyze books and write important notes down. I would like to work on my grammar skills to further improve my writing and to do that I will need to look at some references and examples as well as taking important notes relating to grammar so that I can fully understand how to use grammar correctly