Memoir Essays

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson’s “I Got This” is a personal memoir of her life, from her early childhood to her current life. Jennifer talks about her journey to stardom including her challenges, tragedies, and her triumphs. Throughout the book Jennifer continuously talks about how her weight had kept her from getting the parts she would audition for. However, once she lost the weight many doors were open for her. She also gives high praises to Weightwatchers for helping her lose over 80…

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Determination

In “The Glass Castle” we see many different possibilities pertaining to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. We see the father, Rex and one of the daughters, Maureen, who fall victim to Maslow. Then there’s Jeanette and the mother, Rose Mary who have both seemed to achieve self-actualization regardless of their hardships. Traditionally, Maslow’s Hierarchy is thought to be achieved by working up from the bottom of the pyramid to get to the top. However, in “The Glass Castle” this is not…

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The Fiftieth Gate

The interplay between history and memory is a solipsistic act, where history inevitably relies on memory to maintain its vitality whereas memory relies on history to sustain its immortality. Throughout Mark Baker’s polyphonous non-fiction memoir, “The Fiftieth Gate” and the thread like idea of the images below, memory is depicted as the panacea that enriches history as it provides diverse individual perspectives on the historical event of the holocaust. However, the biography also adduces the complications that memory might suffer,…

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Dog Years_ a Memoir

In Dog Years, poet Mark Doty walks his readers through the lives of his two dogs, Arden and Beau—from their wild romps in the beaches to their mournful death. This memoir is a personal meditation on loyalty and friendship and a gripping account on death and loss. Doty is a known American elegist, best known for stirring memoirs Heaven’s Coast and Firebird (Chapman, par. 3). The award-winning poet and novelist is famous for writing pieces based on personal experiences and…

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Statement of Explanation

Statement of Explanation – “The night that never happened” I am composing a creative piece in the form of a short story. The intended audience are adults who are unable to empathise with asylum seekers. I am agreeing with the prompt that ‘It is often the vulnerable and powerless, who are unable to avoid the effects of conflict. ‘ I will draw on ideas from the memoir “The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif” such as the setting and not to mention using…

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The Man at the Well

Some say it’s not what we do but what we don’t do that can truly define who we are. In the tenth chapter, “The Man at the Well”, from Tim O’Brien’s memoir, If I die in a Combat Zone, O’Brien manages to portray one of the most powerful messages throughout his entire journey. It’s about American ignorance, the inability to help those in need, the true meaning of humanity and whether we, as a population, are capable to break down…

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Black Boy by Richard Wright

Harper and Brothers in New York first published Black Boy, an autobiography of Richard Wright, in 1945. The Harper Perennial Edition, published in paper back in 1998 runs to 448 pages. There is more than one theme which runs through this work, of course, but the over-riding, end-all, be-all message which the author hammers home is that harm is done to fellow humans in the name of racial bigotry. Wright’s theme begins with the very title of the book. Black…

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The Horizontal World

In this passage from The Horizontal World, Debra Marquart shows her love for the upper Midwest despite the common negative opinions that most would first think about the region. While others would say that the region is dull and monotonous, Marquart finds her hometown as a place of great significance to her life. By her use of similes and allusions, she attempts to overcome the common negative first impressions of the Upper Midwest to show the reader its unique characteristics…

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Night by Elie Wiesel

The relationship between Eliezer and his father in the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel is interesting because of the way the relationship strengthens and weakens over the course of the book. The relationship is also interesting because of the way Eliezer allows others (inmates, Kapos, etc. ) to affect the way he feels towards his father. In Night, the relationship between Eliezer and his father is, at first, not strong. This is shown when Eliezer rebels against his fathers wishes…

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Law and Conflicting Perspectives

Composers represent conflicting perspectives through their own unique experiences and values as their political and social contexts. Geoffrey Robertson’s self styled memoir ‘The Justice Game’ written in the late 1900’s heavily reflects these conflicting perspectives in the ‘Trials of Oz’ and ‘The Romans in Britain’ through the employment of emotive and persuasive language and ridicule in the form of satire to which convey Robertson’s view through his eyes. Such conflicts also portrayed in Charles Waterstreet’s article’ It’s a long fickle…

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