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In the short story, “Gooseberries,” by Anton Chekhov we explore a story told by Ivan Ivanovitch and the way he conveys happiness is not typically the way a majority of people would view it. He would convey it as no point in pursuing and feeling happiness. He explains that to obtain happiness someone must be unhappy and carry the burden of it. It relates to ways one should live because one should always be aware of unhappiness coming their way while being happy. It is always short-lived and temporary. I agree with this because it allows people to not be vulnerable to these moments and isn’t as rough when the unhappiness moments come through.


Throughout Joy Harjo’s, “Perhaps the World Ends Here,” the author uses small stanzas to display a different method in how the kitchen table has proven significant in the family’s lives. She uses opposite meanings to convey the different things that occur at the table. For example, “At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.” She speaks about thinking about the past with bad memories of the enemies and the good memories of people they’d loved but ending sadly. She emphasizes the significance of the table by letting us know how deep the convos and how broad the length of these conversations go. Joy Harjo emphasizes the end of the world as hopefully a bittersweet ending. In that hopefully, the end of the world occurs while they are all sitting around the table so it’s just a poetic ending for them.


In Christina Rossetti’s, “Goblin Market,” the poem speaks about addiction and temptation. We get an overview of a person named Laura and her process of becoming addicted to dangerous fruits. The author uses the imagery of food to further explore the temptation of Laura going for the goblins’ fruits. The way goblins are described in the poem are shown as good creatures with beautiful voices but of course, they have evil intentions and basically could be called two-faced creatures. Laura gives in to the temptations of the goblins and becomes sick with addiction and it’s up to her partner Lizzie to save her. Lizzie goes to the goblins to get some more fruit from them to help her suffering Laura and they don’t like the fact that she’s taking it for someone else and not for herself so she deals with the goblins’ brutality and comes out victorious and saves Laura at the end. What I liked the most is how the author went in depth with addiction for Laura. How Laura’s daily activities became worse and the fact that she thought she was going blind and deaf because she couldn’t hear the goblin’s calls but Lizzie could. It helped a lot to know how these fruits were affecting her and what she was going through.