Lesson Two. Going Home Pete Hamill. Translation . East or west, home is best. There is no place like home. Home is home, be it ever so homely. All happy families resemble one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy .
Do you know the Chinese version for this poem?
in your mind?
Author poem. Please make a comparative study of the two English versions.
Pete Hamillwas born in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1935. He attended Mexico City College in 1956—1957, studying painting and writing. He has been a columnist for the New York Post, the Daily News, and New York Newsday, and has won many journalistic awards.
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The Dutch were the first settlers in New York. After the English took it over in the 1660s, the colony was renamed New York, after the Duke of York. It is one of the original 13 states to join the Union (it joined in 1788). The state includes everything from skyscrapers in Manhattan to rivers, mountains, and lakes in upstate New York. Niagara Falls is one of the chief attractions. New York is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States. Much of the state's greatness lies in exciting New York City, the largest city in the United States and the fourth largest city in the world; its many theaters, museums, and musical organizations make it one of the cultural centers of the Western Hemisphere.
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The first turnpike restaurant in the United States was opened in 1940 by Howard Johnson's on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The company soon became the leading toll road operator in the country.
Each restaurant is topped with a bright orange roof so the traveler could immediatelyrecognize the restaurant. This has become a beacon to travelers as Howard Johnson's is known for quality food at reasonable prices and with the added lure of ice cream in 28 flavors.Howard Johnson’s
This theme is best revealed by hundreds of yellow ribbons hung on the tree.
Theme of the Story
forget is important in all human
mutual care and love
husband & wife
based on sympathy and
Please find supporting details in the story.
The surprisingly big welcome Vingo received
The introduction of the setting and the characters
Vingo's story of going home and the young people's interest in it
The traveler could immediatelyplot takes, from the very beginning, the mode of narrative.Plot Analysis
This opening scene creates a mystery about the protagonist, making us look forward to something more.
The traveler could immediatelyexposition of the essential matter is managed by flashbacks (the confession of the protagonist).
As the plot evolves it arouses our expectations about what will happen to Vingo. Will he be forgiven or will he go on his journey? We readers are kept in suspense. Our interest is still held by the development of the plot.
Finally the mystery is solved and the traveler could immediatelysuspense is removed. We should say the plot is successfully complete.
The resolution, the outcome of the plot, turns out to be a pleasant surprise. We feel satisfied. The plot ends happily and the intended emotional effects are thus achieved.
Comparison and contrast are used here in portraying this traveler could immediatelyconflict.
Here comes the traveler could immediately climax of the story.
The oak tree was approaching. The bus became quiet. But Vingo's heart was pounding wildly. "To go or to stay"，this long struggling and torturing question would find its answer now. Suddenly the young people burst into shouting and crying. But Vingo remained unmoved. He sat there stunned, looking at the oak tree covered with hundreds of yellow ribbons through his misty eyes. He felt relieved to know he was finally forgiven by his wife. So do our readers. The conflict ends in a pleasant surprise, bringing an immense emotional impact on us. With the settlement of the conflict, the story comes to its end.
The girl dreamed of becoming a movie star.
Some thought it was the breakthrough scientists had dreamed of.
He's got the sort of money that you and I can only dream about.
almost an hour in the middle of his picture.
vanish from sight
vanish into the void
vanish into thin air
trace/vanish off the
face of the earth
varnish traveler could immediately: to cover with 给······涂清漆
tarnish: (esp. of metal surfaces) to lose; cause the loss of brightness （尤指金属表面）使失去光泽
furnish: to supply or provide; put furniture in
Sentence paraphrase: He sat without saying anything as if he did not know there were other people around.
unaware of : not knowing or realizing that sth. is happening or that sth. exists
Stain: his age, dressed in a plain brown suit that did not fit him. (2)v. a. to accidentally make a mark on sth. esp. one that cannot be removedb. to change the color of sth., especially sth. made of wood, by using a special liquid (Syn. dye)
Deep into the night, the bus pulled into a Howard Johnson’s …(3)Sentence paraphrase: Late at night the bus stopped at one of the Howard Johnson fast food chain restaurants. Every passenger on the bus got off to eat but Vingo didin’t.
subjunctivemood, "should" is dropped out
After the verbs expressing a command, decision, suggestion, such asdecide, decree, demand, insist, move, order, prefer, propose, recommend, request, require, suggest, vote, advise, determine, desire, resolve, urge, etc, in that-clause we usu. use subjunctive mood “(should) do sth.”.
For Vingo to give his opinion of his wife.
Really something: (she is ) really a special woman.
Paraphrase:… all the young people became excited and deeply interested in Vingo's story and in what was going to happen at Brunswick as they were looking at the pictures…
restrictive clause modifying "pictures"
Translation Brunswick, looking at the pictures Vingo showed them of his wife and three children. (Para. 7)
Vingo stopped looking, tightening his face into the ex-con's mask, as if fortifying himself against still another disappointment. (Para. 10)
to show a change in state
gerund as object
Paraphrase: Vingo moved his eyes away from the window, and his face again became expressionless as if he was trying to find the courage to face another possible blow, another disappointment in his life.
present participle phrase. Here "he was/were" is omitted after "as if".
to strengthen (sth. or oneself) so as to be able to deal with (i.e. an attack)
Then suddenly all of the young people were up out of their seats, screaming and shouting and crying, doing small dances, shaking clenched fists in triumph and exaltation. All except Vingo. (Para. 11)
present participles functioning as accompanying circumstances
Paraphrase: Then all of a sudden, all the young people left their seats and began doing all sorts of things they could think of to express their happiness and excitement. Vingo alone remained still.
Collocations seats, screaming and shouting and crying, doing small dances, shaking clenched fists in triumph and exaltation. All except Vingo. (Para. 11)
let out a scream
a scream of laughter/terror
Word formations seats, screaming and shouting and crying, doing small dances, shaking clenched fists in triumph and exaltation. All except Vingo. (Para. 11)
past participle functioning as accompanying circumstances
present participle functioning as accompanying circumstances
Paraphrase:Vingo sat still; he was utterly surprised, looking at the oak tree through tearful eyes.
restrictive clause modifying "tree"
Paraphrase:… a tree that looked like a banner of welcome, rising and rolling in waves in the wind.
Synonyms billowing in the wind. (Para. 12)
Translation billowing in the wind. (Para. 12)
Syntactic Devices billowing in the wind. (Para. 12)
To indicate the liveliness and hilarity of the young people.Writing Devices
Question: When it comes to young people, the author tends to use a lot of present participles. What is the intended effect?
To indicate his sadness, his nervousness and control of feelings.
Question: When it comes to Vingo, the author tends to use past participles. What is the intended effect?
Simile plain brown suit…
…a tree that stood like a banner of welcome… (Para. 12)
Simile: an explicit comparison between two things of different kind or quality, usually introduced by like or as, or other simile markers like "as if, as though, as… as, (just) as… so, similar to, bear a resemblance to", etc.
Alliteration plain brown suit…
…a tree that stood like a banner of welcome, blowing and billowing in the wind. (Para. 12)
Alliteration: the use of words that begin with the same sound in order to make a special effect
Translation plain brown suit…
Symbolism plain brown suit…
I told her if she would take me back, she would tie a yellow ribbon to the tree, and I would get off and come home.
Yellow ribbon symbolizes forgiveness and welcome to someone long lost.
Pay attention to the cultural differences. plain brown suit…
Do you know what they symbolize?
vampire (Western), luck (Chinese)