Nonfiction Reaction Paper

1898 words - 8 pages

Nonfiction Reaction Paper

ENG/125

Nonfiction Reaction Paper
The nonfiction stories I have decided to write about are; “Who Will Light the Incense When Mother’s Gone?” by Andrew Lam and “Salvation” by Langston Hughes. Both of these stories are about a significant event in the authors lives in which they choose to write about. “Salvation” is a story about the author trying to find his way into the church and finally see the light or Jesus so his soul will be saved and his sins forgiven. ; “Who Will Light the Incense When Mother’s Gone?” was a writing about his mother having a hard time with the American culture and how her son, the author Andrew Lam, will be when he leaves home and ...view middle of the document...

352) and nothing happened to him when he lied just to be ‘saved’ because he was tired of waiting to be saved by seeing the light.
In Andrew Lam’s “Who Will Light the Incense When Mother’s Gone?” the author is trying to get the reader to understand that tradition should not die but along with life things such as tradition will change as life does. In the story his mother is 70 years old now and is afraid many of her traditions and faith will not be carried along by her family. Many things from our ancestors are no longer being practiced today as they were back then, hence life changes as well as people and traditions. “I share her fear that her generation and its memories of the Old World, what preserves us as a community, will fade away like incense smoke” (Lam 2003, p 1078). The story entails a family coming from Vietnamese heritage trying to practice certain cultures in America. The author, the son in this story, is growing up in America and his mother does not want her son speak more Vietnamese while at home when he was a teenager “No,” I answered in English, “what good is it to speak it? It’s not as if I am going to use it after I move out.” (Lam 2003, p 1078) The authors’ strategy here is just showing the reader that the narrator of the story, also the author, is caught up with growing up in America and bonding with the cultures he will be continuing with through in his life in America even though he was born in a different country.
Personal Relation
I can personally relate to the theme of “Who Will Light the Incense When Mother’s Gone?” and “Salvation” from my childhood. Both stories take me back to my grandmother when I was growing up as a catholic. My grandmother was solid catholic women active in the church and she was stern on the catholic upbringing and would not pressure for church attendance but would ‘highly’ recommend it weekly. The story salvation to me was more like going through reconciliation or confirmation, two of the seven sacraments. In the story “Salvation”, when the young boy was trying to understand Jesus and his own faith to me was like a kid not getting what he wanted for Christmas and he or she might question if Santa Claus was in fact real or not. This relates to the part where Langston debating on what to do because his friend just lied to be saved and Jesus still has not saved him and he is getting hounded by his aunt while pondering. “Langston, why don’t you come? Why don’t you come and be saved? Oh, Lamb of God! Why don’t you come?”(Langston 1940 p.352). I have never really ‘seen the light’ as one would say, but I have had experiences with the lord that I do not share, but at a young age of 12 I would have had all the uncertainties that Langston did when he was that age. I went to a catholic grade school for eight years and I had a difficult time grasping certain things with the church and it was only because of age. Langston did nothing wrong and I am sure as he got older he realized the significance...

Other Papers Like Nonfiction Reaction Paper

Freedom And Responsibility Essay

2141 words - 9 pages Built within the Constitution of the United States are specifically defined freedoms that are guaranteed to all citizens. Conversely, with every constitutional freedom there comes a corresponding responsibility. On September 25, 1789, the state legislature’s twelve proposed amendments were transmitted by congress, the first two dealing with congressional representation and congressional pay. The following numbers three through twelve were

Hate Crime Laws Essay

2348 words - 10 pages On June 7, 1998, 49-year-old James Byrd Jr. of Texas accepted a ride from three white men, who then beat him severely, urinated on him, chained him by his ankles to the back of their pick-up truck, dragged him for three miles into the countryside, and dumped his corpse in front of an African-American cemetery (Graczyk). A little over a year later, a jury sentenced ring leader John King to death by lethal injection (“Man Executed for Dragging

Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study Conceptualization And Treatment Plan

2140 words - 9 pages Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study of Sarah: A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Rational emotive behavior therapy, REBT, was developed by Albert Ellis and holds the central belief that the events in our lives do not cause our disturbances but that they are instead caused by our view of the events (Murdock, 2009). Murdock (2009) states that “people are seen as responsible for their behavior” (p. 279) but, because they are

Holidays In Albania

1636 words - 7 pages Have you ever thought about having exciting and incredibly cheap vacations? Albania might be the right choice. According to My Travel Guide, Albania is ranked the fourth among ten places worth visiting in Eastern Europe (“Top 10 Eastern European Destinations”). One can encounter three kinds of vacations in this Mediterranean country: winter, summer, and cultural. The ideal places to spend your winter vacations are the Albanian Alps. They are

A Heart Of Darkness

1748 words - 7 pages In this short story, there are frequent significant subject and ideas that make the story, "A Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad, and haunting novel. The main theme is absolute white power over the natives. The theme validates the corruption, and the dependence caused by the white people as they took over the Congo. White men were giving all the power; they had no self-control, and in the end they did not use wisely. The white men became

The Aspects Of Vulnerability Among The Exploited In Medical Research

2287 words - 10 pages Essentially, everyone is in some state of vulnerability. However, some of us are more susceptible to harm due to our vulnerabilities. The susceptible are the individuals with the greatest risk. These individuals risk the loss of their autonomy, and maybe even their lives. Vulnerable populations can be found in every subset of society. However, as previously mentioned, there are some vulnerable populations that are at an even greater risk than

The Hitchhiker’S Guide To The Galaxy

1171 words - 5 pages The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy As the human race makes life-changing discoveries, it is made apparent that there is always more to learn as the universe, instead of becoming familiar, is becoming absurd. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, as well as the 2005 film adaption, portrays absurdity to be an all-encompassing system in the universe. Through the introduction and attempt to understand lack of reason, the

The Ford Motor Company Wage Increase Of 1914 And The Theory Of Incentives And Efficiency Wages

1252 words - 6 pages doubling these wages can only be justified if, in some other way, it generates an equal or superior amount of value (either through a better product, lower costs, or both). According to the theory of incentives and efficiency wages, this is indeed the case, and Henry Ford even asserted that this decision was one of the best-cost cutting judgements they ever made (Raff and Summers 1987). This paper will outline the history of Ford Motor’s 1914

Historical Analysis Of The Economical Breakthroughs Of The Industrial Revolution

1396 words - 6 pages A Historical Analysis of the Economical Breakthroughs of the Industrial Revolution During the Industrial Revolution, many elements of society experienced huge breakthroughs that would change the way they functioned forever. Economics were definitely one of them. With many new inventions and many factories appearing, many, many, more resources were being created than ever before. Also, all of the revenue from these resources was being given to

Leadership Portrayed in Monologue from Shakespeare’s Henry V

1214 words - 5 pages Leadership is defined as a socially constructed process and which also affect organizational future outcomes. Leader is someone at high position who have overall duty for an organization, she or he decide what to do and the way how to achieve it. (Carter and Greer, 2013)The role of leader is extremely important for an organization, leader use their own power to influence the followers though many different ways such as motivation in order to

Cuba Civil Rights

1906 words - 8 pages Picture a country that has limits on how much you can make random government imprisonments and more what do you do. That is the situation for the eleven million seventy-five thousand two hundred forty-four people of Cuba since the takeover of Fidel Castro. The US is opposed to Castro taking control of Cuba. Castro managed to ease the United States nerves when he said that Cuba was against all forms of communism. According to Lana Wylie the Union

Related Essays

Reaction Paper Nonfiction

1718 words - 7 pages Reaction Paper - Nonfiction ENG/125 - Literature in Society Reaction Paper - Nonfiction In class this week our discussion was about nonfiction and some differences from fiction. Google dictionary (n.d.) states “nonfiction is prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography and history.” For our assignment this week we were asked to select two of the five nonfiction texts from our week four readings

Nonfiction Reaction Paper

1023 words - 5 pages Reaction Paper - Nonfiction ENG 125 September 25, 2012 Reaction Paper - Nonfiction “Who Will Light the Incense When Mother’s Gone” by Andrew Lam and “Salvation” by Langston Hughes are the two nonfiction stories featured in this reaction paper. Although, the time period in which each story was written is not the same, both of these nonfiction stories share a common theme. The subject of that theme is one where an elder teaches

Reaction Paper

900 words - 4 pages Reaction Paper-Week IV Beverly L. Clanton University of Phoenix Eng/125 Molly Holmes 06/26//09 Reaction Paper-Week IV The nonfiction stories I read for this assignment were “Salvation, by Langston Hughes and Graduation, by Maya Angelou.” In the story “Salvation,” a young sinner, Langston Hughes, is brought to church by his aunt to “find Jesus." Even though Langston felt no connection to Jesus, he felt obligated to pretend, due to

Reaction Paper

1747 words - 7 pages Reaction Paper Nonfiction readings take some imagination to fully grasp the concept that the author is portraying. The short stories, “Salvation”, by Langston Hughes (Literature for Composition pp 343-344) and “Who Will Light Incense When Mothers Gone?” by Andrew Lam, (Literature for Composition pp 1115-1116), are no different where imagination is concerned. These two readings differ tremendously, having few similarities, although, they are