Human Dignity In Issac Singer's Autobiography

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The words Human Dignity can maintain a major aspect in ones life. Human Dignity generally refers to how one expresses him self and having self respect for yourself. As I read both of the Passages, I noticed how Human Dignity really comes into play in life. In Passage 1, a short story written by Anton Chekhov, clearly described and explained how Mashenka Pavletsky, the main character, has self-respect for her self. In the autobiography written by Issac Singer, he also shows how the Old Women, Washerwomen, Had Human Dignity for her self.In Passage one, Mashenka is a true and generous women. In line 4, Chekhov, uses the literary technique called simile. He is comparing the porters face "…..red as a crab." Passage one was about distrust and dishonesty. Mashenka being the main character in this short story, who has just graduated from boarding school, was going to her boarding house room when she noticed that everything was touched and was moved from the exact place where it was left. Then she was told that the owner's wife of the house has been raiding their rooms because she was in search of a brooch that was worth nearly $ 2000.00. When she noticed that she has had her privacy invaded she had lost all her trust into the lady. She has gained more self-respect than she has ever had because of this situation.Anton Chekhov, The author of this short story, has proved a well point in how human dignity is very important to our society and community. He shows how Mashenka has gained more dignity by confronting the owner of the house that she will be moving. When the owner tells her that he took his wife's brooch she felt even more betrayed. While they were having dinner that night, the author uses the technique called foreshadowing. In line 6 and 7, Chekhov, is saying "Madame Kushkin is in a fit, most likely, or else has quarreled with her husband." He is trying to make it clear to the reader that there would be an argument or an incident that would happen and change the scenario. Also, in line 55 the author uses a technique called onomatopoeia. He is pointing out the exact sounds in that scene.In Passage two, Issac Singer is describing the feelings and thoughts he had for his mother's washwoman. He is describing the personality and the physical appearance of this old lady. He is stating how old and wrinkled she was. The author also uses many literary terms. He used many personificational statements. One statement that proves this is when he says that " The women's eyes are as blue as the sky." This old washwoman was able to stand up to any weather. He says once how the winter was harsh, cold, people...

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