To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first

To look at everything always as though you were

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Rommley said? ‘To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: thus is your time on earth filled with Glory.’” Page:466 Speaker:Narrator Context:This is towards the end of the novel in which Francie is on the last day of her job and reminiscing on how great everything was at the office she worked at. -This is an example of figurative language in the novel. Betty Smith compares the last time
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anyone does anything to death. She presents this symbolic last day of Francie’s work as a chapter ending in her life, and although it is sad for Francie to never get to live a day at this same job again, it is also exciting that she will begin a new life. Katie is about to marry Sergeant McShane, which means Francie will now have all the funding she needs to finish her education, and that her family will no longer have to be in fear that they can starve or run out of money in the blink of an eye. The last day of work is represented in a figurative way to show that Francie has grown strong due to all the hardships and struggle she has faced in her life, and though she will never forget it or let it die in her memory, she can move on to a new phase in her life where she can better herself and accomplish her dreams. Smith also uses a simile in this quote when talking about a magnifying glass making things clearer, the last time someone does something. This comparison gives a deep message of people not appreciating what they have until it’s gone. Francie can relate to that because a few chapters earlier Francie and Neeley talk about how sad it is for Laurie that she will never be poor because she will not have as much fun as they did growing up. This shows that even though times were tough on the Nolans and there may have been dark times they did not know if they could get through, they appreciate having had those life experiences because it made them stronger and better people than they would have been if everything was just handed to them. “‘I know isn't it terrible? I sympathize with you, Doctor. there is no excuse for these people living in filth.’ A person who pulls himself up from a low environment via the boot-strap route has two choices. Having risen above his environment, he can forget it; or, he can rise above it and never forget it and keep compassion and understanding in his heart for those he has left behind him in the cruel up climb. The nurse had chosen the forgetting way. Yet, as she stood there, she knew that years later she would be haunted by the sorrow in the face of the starveling child and that she would wish bitterly that she had said a comforting word then and done something towards the saving of her immortal soul. She had the knowledge that she was small but she lacked the courage to be otherwise. when the needle jabbed, Francie never felt it. The waves of hurt started by the doctor's words were rocking her body and drove out all other feeling.” Page:145 Speaker:Nurse/Doctor/Francie Context: Francie and Neeley need shots in order to go to school. The children look very dirty as
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