Interpretations Essay

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In Halley’s Comet by Stanly Kunitz a teaching is telling her first graders about Halley’s Comet. She tells them that if it hit earth there would be no school the next day. The children fill in the gaps and realize that there would not be any school because the world would end. One of her students is very concerned about this and that night while his family is asleep he creeps up to the roof. On the roof he sits and waits while looking at the sky. He is waiting for the world to end. Being a young child he does not totally understand everything that his teacher told him and he truly believes that the world is going to end that night. This is one example of the way that children interpret ...view middle of the document...

I was in awe of my mom and step dad and that in turn made me proud of almost everything that they ever did. One of those things was singing. I was so sure that if they just auditioned they would win on American Idol because they were so talented. This really reflects that way that little kids think. In their minds anything is possible and this causes misinterpretations. For me winning American Idol was a very realistic dream, however, winning that show would take a lot of hard work and talent that I had not considered at the time. In Halley’s Comet the child also misinterprets things and this causes him to think that the world is going to end. “I’m the boy in the white flannel gown sprawled on this course gravel bed searching the starry sky, waiting for the world to end.” When you little everything seems so real and possible. Nothing is impossible and that thought and pride lead me to think that my parents could win American Idol.
Above all, children are extremely curious about everything and Kunitz creates a character in his poem that was curious in the same way that I was as a child. When I was little I would always put myself in other people’s shoes and tried to picture what it would be like to be them. I think that this is another reason I wanted my parents to win American Idol. The people who won would obviously start producing their own music and from this music they became rich. When you are little being rich seems so awesome because then you could have anything that you ever wanted. I wanted things like trampolines and swimming pools and I knew that I would not get them unless my parents were rich, so this also leads to me considering them for American Idol. The kid in Halley’s Comet is also very curious because he wants to see if his teacher is right and the world will end the next day. “The whole family’s asleep except for me. They never heard me steal into the stairwell hall and climb the ladder to the fresh night air.” The boy is very curious because of what his teacher told him and for this reason he snuck out to find out for himself. Curiosity is a part of growing up, and I had my fair share of it.
In Halley’s Comet we never get to see what the little boy thought of his actions when he was older, but I think that...

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