This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Preface: Shades Of Gray Essay

994 words - 4 pages

Do you know that moment when the sky looks like it’s going to fall apart? Your perfect image of the world has been completely erased. It feels like the wind and the water beneath my feet are the only thing keeping me afloat; as the gas seeps through the one crack of the wooden prison. A breath of relief escapes me for finally I can see my end in the shape of a gaseous poison designed to kill. Designed to wipe away the remaining memories of a 16 years old’s history.
It all started on April, 1, 2013 the first day we heard the sirens, and the last day of normalcy. Men tore through the front door throwing my mother and youngest sister to the ground. Their bodies becoming all to personal with ...view middle of the document...

Blood became her partner as the sodden body slipped away. Blood found itself in his place. It would kiss her to sleep at night. Sing her love songs by the firelight. His blood. Her blood. Their blood would keep them safe even in the afterlife.
The guards moved us quickly onto the truck My mother followed leaving behind a mixture of my father’s and her blood. There was little conspiracy about the reason we were being captured. Deep down we all knew because we had gone against (GERMAN DICTATOR, but no matter what we must stay strong. And at that moment time stopped. I saw what I would be riding in. The passengers included: a mother and her six daughters. A woman, and a dying baby. Lastly, an old bitter man. There were no words to explain the carnage I saw. Men were missing limbs. The newborn’s mother was bleeding from in between her thighs. The baby must have just come. The cries of a newborn child filled the wagon.
“Shut that God damn baby up,” the bitter man cried.
“I don’t know what to do. She won't eat”
“Well, that’s your problem. Not a damn person cares about it. We’re all going to die anyways. She’s lucky she gets to go first.” The woman looked as if someone had just slapped her across the face.
No one spoke after that. The silence that fell over the wagon was not enchanting, but haunting. It felt like a dirge. We all felt it a slow creeping death bestowed upon us. No matter how much mom tried to convince us that we were safe. I knew the truth.
“Sully, where are we going,” My little sister asked nudging me. I didn’t want to lie to her, but I knew that she couldn’t...

Find Another Essay On Preface: Shades of Gray

Summaries of Fifty Shades of Gray, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Dracula

1068 words - 5 pages The Picture of Dorian Gray The story begins in an artists home in the city of London. The artist, named Basil Howard, is talking with his friend Lord Henry about his newly found inspiration otherwise known as Dorian Gray. They discuss how innocent and handsome he is which of course leads to Lord Henry asking to meet and talk with him. Basil, fearing Henry's potential inluence on Dorian, asks him to leave. As if on some certain que Dorian

Shades of Gray: The Importance of Seeing the Other Side in a Post 9-11 World of Black and White

10175 words - 41 pages Shades of Grey: The importance of Seeing the Other Side in a Post 9-11 World of Black and WhiteOn September 11, 2001 at 8:45am American Airlines, flight number 11 out of Boston MA, carrying 81 passengers and 11 crew members crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center and exploded into flames. At 9:03am, United Airlines, flight 175, also out of Boston, carrying 56 passengers and 9 crew members crashed into the south tower. Soon after

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Use of Mirrors

648 words - 3 pages preface states that "it is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors." (3) In other words, art is in the eye of the beholder, and this reflects what the spectator sees as to the potent of the feeling they get which in turn reflects one's personality. Art is reflected by the one viewing the art, and their interpretation of it mirrors what they believe the art is supposed to represent. A spectator such as Dorian Gray finding out the meaning of

Youth and Corruption

1002 words - 4 pages Youth and Corruption Youth is an important factor in the character development in the Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Dorian is a child and his actions have no negative impact upon his own physical being, unlike the rest of the world. Once Dorian understands his actions have no impact upon his body and his soul takes the brunt of his actions he stops maturing and reverts from a kind, compassionate, and caring person to a child caring

The futility of art in society

1784 words - 7 pages that art should not be taken literally and should only be admired. In this case, art is his novel, so he wanted the general public to just read his art and admire it, and not to go any deeper than what it says. Wilde analyses how art is futile in The Picture of Dorian Gray through literary elements such as paradox, allusions to Shakespeare and fairy tales, and his frequent use of double life motif.In his preface, Oscar Wilde dares to say that "all

The Correct Seasonal Colors for You

749 words - 3 pages warm. If silver, you are cool. Broadly speaking, cool people have blue, green or gray eyes and blond, black or brown hair. Warmer people have brown, black or hazel eyes and black, brown and blonde or reddish hair. These are just generalities and not hard rules though! Warm toned people are either an autumn or a spring. Warm with light hair are hallmarks of a spring. Good colors are those found in spring flowers. Pinks, bright blues and jazzy

The Genetic Disease - Color Blindness

465 words - 2 pages black, white and shades of gray.There are many types of genetic color blindness. For example, people who have the inability to distinguish any color variations have monochromatism, a condition of being completely color-blind. There are many other types of genetic color blindness that are less serious than monochromatism, such as protanopia, red-purple appears gray to the sufferers. Men have a much higher possibility of getting color blindness

The Picture of Dorian Grat

2423 words - 10 pages The Picture of Dorian Gray What would happen if every time a person invested emotion into art, they perished? That is the idea that Oscar Wilde presented in his 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The Picture of Dorian Gray focuses largely on the idea that art should only exist for beauty and admiration. An audience should not invest emotion into art, because it is proven by the novel that it can only end badly. Art should simply exist

interior decor

813 words - 3 pages and architectural aspects must be considered.Aspects of colourPsychological effects:-Colour gives character to a room. It creates an atmosphere I.e.colour adds warmth t cheerfulnes, peace and quiet to a room.Reds yellows reds browns and the their shades are warm .These are also considered to be stimulating colours.Pale green and blue ,and all light shades give a restful appearance.Pale blue is fresh and cool but dark blue can be depressing.Green

Playing High Action Video Games Improves Cognition

978 words - 4 pages groups. One group played a high action game called “Call of Duty 2,” while the other group played “The Sims 2,” a game that does not involve high action. Over nine weeks, the students were instructed to reach 50 hours of game play. At the end of the study, “the action game players showed an average of 43% improvement in their ability to discern close shades of gray, while the Sims players showed none” (Video games ‘can Improve 14 . . .). As one

Aestheticism in the Writing of Oscar Wilde

1447 words - 6 pages ability of art to consist of purely aesthetic qualities but the inability for art to consist of anything other than beauty. First published in response to the negative criticism surrounding the Lippincott's Magazine 1890 publication of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde established a sequence of epigrams illustrating his manifest aestheticism (in footnotes 3). Later used as the Preface of the 1891 publication, the epigrams extol beauty and spurn his

Similar Essays

Between Shades Of Gray Essay

858 words - 4 pages Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is one of the most famous historical fiction books ever written. This 352 paged book has inspired many teens to acknowledge the Genocide of Baltic people. Ruta Sepetys was inspired to write a fiction book instead of a non-fiction book based on the stories she heard from survivors of the genocide during a visit to her relatives in Lithuania. She interviewed dozens of people during her stay. Between Shades

Between Shades Of Gray Essay

969 words - 4 pages The horrors of Hitler and the Holocaust are well known events during World War II, but many people don’t know that Stalin killed over 20 million people in the same time frame, either by murder or starving them to death in Siberian work camps. Between Shades of Gray uncovers the lost story of the millions of Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian, and Finnish lives lost. The Baltic states annexation, the harsh conditions of Siberia, and the fearful lives

The Contrast Between Reality And Appearance In Between Shades Of Gray

690 words - 3 pages rather unflattering and therefore, although she “longs to draw” it as she sees, she is forced to conform (Sepetys). In Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, through the utilization of dialogue, imagery and characterization, conveys the contrast between reality and appearance in the protagonists’ artistic interpretations in order to convey the contextual setting of the novel. Through the dialogue, the contextual setting of the novel is revealed

Between Shades Of Gray Essay

1008 words - 4 pages The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a very famous historical fiction book in this decade. This 550 paged book has encouraged many teens to know more about the Holocaust, a genocide that took place during World War II. Markus Zusak wrote this book based on information from his parents’ memory, not based on a modern day conflict. His parents’ experience during the war greatly influenced him. Even though many of the characters in this book are