Paper 2 Final - Stokes 1 Kaitlyn Stokes Professor Kyle ENGL 101 27 September 2016 What is the World The world is good The world is bad The world is

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Stokes 1 Kaitlyn Stokes Professor Kyle ENGL 101 27 September 2016 What is the World? The world is good. The world is bad. The world is grey, filled with both the good and the bad. This is assumed to be common knowledge, yet is still being taught in schools. If everyone knows this ‘common fact’ then why is it insist on that the children learn this fact at home and in school? The characters of the short story “Snow” and the television show “Girl Meets World” both go through similar experiences of learning that the world doesn't only contain bad things, but that there is more of it than they had believed. Yolanda During the Cuban Missile Crisis Julia Alvarez wrote a short story titled, “Snow.” In it, she writes an account of a fictional character called Yolanda, and her struggles in moving to a new country, learning a new language while also learning about what is going on in the world. She attends a Catholic School, and explains that, “Slowly, [Sister Zoe] enunciated the new words I was to repeat: laundromat, cornflakes, subway, snow. Soon I picked up enough English to understand holocaust was in the air” (Alvarez). Yolanda is not just learning a new language at her young age, but she is also learning what it means when the world around her is at war. She has to learn about the evil in the world in two different languages. While seeming to understand the difference between the evil in her new found world, and the good, she is surprised to learn that such things aren’t quite as easy to understand. Her teacher, Sister Zoe, drew a picture of what a nuclear explosion would look like using chalk. During this
Stokes 2 time of technology, that is the best way to show her young students what this greatly feared evil looks like. But, as Yolanda eventually explains, her crude drawing can easily be misleading when one doesn’t fully grasp the world around them. Where Yolanda lived before is never explained, but the fact that she is learning a new language and her lack of knowledge about snow leaves the

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