The Yellow Ribbon By Pete Hamill Analysis Essay

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1 Going Home Pete HamillCulture Background about the text & authorsing the songabout Florida & New Jersey & Howard Johnson’sin-class discussionText appreciation structure analysis characters & writing skillsLanguage understanding sentence paraphrase word study

2 Going Home about the text
The text is based on “Yellow Ribbon”, a story written in the 1960’s by Pete Hamill, a successful American journalist and author.

3 Going Home about the author
Pete Hamill was born in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1935.In 1960, he went to work as a reporterfor the New York Post. He has wonmany journalistic awards.

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5 The background of the story
The time period: 1960s—70sThe Vietnam War (see the photos)Traditional values were losing out.

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7 The Yellow Handkerchief the movie

8 Yellow ribbon as a symbol

9 What does the yellow ribbon symbolize?
those waiting for the return of a loved one or of military troops who are temporarily unable to come home

10 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLD OAK TREE (a popular American song)

11 I'm coming home I've done my time
Now I've got to know what is and isn't mineIf you received my letter telling you I'd soon be freeThen you'll know just what to do if you still want meIf you still want me

12 Oh tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree
It's been three long years do you still want meIf I don't see a ribbon round the old oak treeI'll stay on the bus forget about us put the blame on meIf I don't see a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree

13 Bus driver please look for me
'Cause I couldn't bear to see what I might seeI'm really still in prison and my love she holds the keyA simple yellow ribbon's what I need to set me freeI wrote and told her please

14 Oh tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree
It's been three long years do you still want meIf I don't see a ribbon round the old oak treeI'll stay on the bus forget about us put the blame on meIf I don't see a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree

15 Now the whole damn bus is cheering
And I can't believe I seeA hundred yellow ribbons’ round the old oak treeI'm coming home

16 State flagState seal

17 Florida the "Sunshine State" Abbreviation: FL
Florida is one of the leading tourist states in theUnited States. Great stretches of sandy beachesand a warm, sunny climate make Florida a yearround vacationland. People enjoy swimming,fishing and water skiing in the inland and coastalwaters. Major attractions include Disney World,Miami Beach.

18 Florida beach

19 New Jersey the "Garden State" Abbreviation: NJ

20 Howard Johnson’s

21 The Howard Johnson Story
The world of 28 flavors...Someone you know wherever you go...Landmark for hungry AmericansThe Howard Johnson StoryCome join us on a walk down memory lane. How did this American Institution, Howard Johnson's, get started. It's a fascinating story...

22 In-class Discussion1. What do you think Vingo had done that got him in prison?2. How do you think Vingo behaved in prison? What do you think he wanted to do after his release?3. What kind of person do you think his wife was? Why didn’t she write to Vingo?4. Do you think the ability to forgive and forget is important in human relationships?

23 Text Appreciation Structure of the text Part 1 (para. 1- ) : 4
The introduction of the setting and the characters.4Where Vingo was going and what for, and how the young people got interested in what was going to happen.5-910-12Vingo was forgiven and welcomed home.

24 Text Appreciation Main Characters ②Vingo: ③Vingo’s wife:
①the young people:②Vingo:③Vingo’s wife:active, talkative, happy, consideratesad, worried, nervous, silentwonderful, strong-willed, kind-hearted, capable

25 Text Appreciation Writing Skills
1. detailed and vivid description of the appearance of Vingo2. keeping the reader in suspense until the very end3. happy ending4. in rhetoric

26 Text Appreciation Writing Skills
the young people, quite a lot of present participles, to indicate liveliness and joyfulness.-dreaming of golden beaches and sea tides-waiting for the approach of the great oak tree-screaming and shouting and crying, doing … ...Vingo, past participles, to indicate his sadness, nervousness, and his control of feelings.-dressed in a plain, ill-fitting suit-frozen into complete silence-He sat rooted in his seat-Vingo sat there stunned, looking at the oak tree

27 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
They were dreaming of golden beaches and tides of the sea as the grey, cold spring of New York vanished behind them.It was a grey, cold day in spring. As the bus left New York City, these young people were thinking about what they would enjoy in Florida-- the golden beaches and tides of the sea.

28 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
He sat in front of the young people, his dusty face masking his age, dressed in a plain brown suit that did not fit him.He sat in front of the young people. You could hardly tell how old he was because his face was covered with dust.

29 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
He kept chewing the inside of his lip a lot, frozen into complete silence:He kept biting the inside part of his lip, sat there completely speechless as if frozen up.

30 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
She’s a wonderful woman, really something: She is a wonderful woman, a really good, remarkable woman.Something: a thing or a person of some value or importance-He considers himself to be something, but actually he is nothing._He thinks he is something, since he was elected chairman of the committee.

31 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
When I was sure the parole was coming through:When I was certain that the conditional release from prison was to be approved by the authorities

32 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
She told the others, and soon all of them were in it, caught up in the approach of Brunswick:She told other boys and girls, and soon they all learnt Vingo’s experience, they were all interested in the coming of Brunswick.

33 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
Now they were 20 miles from Brunswick, and the young people took the windows seats on the right side, waiting for the approach of the great oak tree:Now they were only 20 miles away from the town, and the young people all sat by the window, waiting for the coming of the big oak tree.

34 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
Vingo stopped looking, tightening his face, as if fortifying himself against still another disappointment: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.

35 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
the ex-con’s mask: the expression of a former prisoner trying to hide his true feelingsto fortify oneself (against sb./sth.): to make oneself feel stronger or braver

36 Language Understanding —— sentence paraphrase
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.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.

37 Language Understanding —— word study
freeze: become unfriendly in manner-After their quarrel, they sat in frozen silence.-She gave me a freezing look.

38 Language Understanding —— word study
pull into: (of a vehicle) arrive at (a station); move in towards-The train pulled into the station on the stroke of 12.-Let’s pull into the parking lot and have a rest.

39 Language Understanding —— word study
to engage sb. in sth.: to make sb. take part in sth., eg.She tried to engage her roommate in a philosophical discussion.engagementengagedengaging

40 Language Understanding —— word study
①wonder about: feel curious about; be doubtful aboutJohn says he didn’t do it, but I am still wondering about that.②rooted: fixedThe boy stood rooted to the spot.He had a deeply rooted belief in free trade.

41 Language Understanding —— word study
retreat into/to: yield; move back to-The soldiers were ordered to retreat to safer positions.-At last we forced the enemy to retreat into the mountains from the town.

42 Language Understanding —— word study
The preposition “in” is often used to show a state or condition.Vingo nodded in ...He sat in complete …… shaking clenched fists in …but then some boys began to glance at me in …Good God! I was in …Compare:He thanked her and retreated into his silence.Vingo stopped looking, tightening his face into the ex-con’s mask.

43 Language Understanding —— word study
come throughi. arrive as expected-Has the train come through?ii. appear; show clearly-We are waiting for the results of the entrance exam to come through.

44 Language Understanding —— word study
be caught up in: be completely absorbed inI was caught up in conversation with a friend when someone knocked at the door.He was caught up in the story he was reading that he forgot it was time for supper.

45 Language Understanding —— word study
fortify against: strengthen (sth. or oneself) so as to be able to deal with (sth. such as an attack)Have some hot ginger soup to fortify yourself against cold.

46 Language Understanding —— word study
make one’s way to/through/across/along:go forward with difficultyThey made their way through the crowd.I made my way to the center of the town.

47 Homework Finish the exercises after the text.
Recite the required paragraphs.Written work: choose five phrases from the text to make up a story.

Tatsuro Kiuchi for Reader's DigestI heard this story from a girl I’d met in New York City. The girl told me that she had been one of the participants. Since then, others have said that they had heard a version of it in some forgotten book or been told it by an acquaintance who said that it had actually happened to a friend. Probably the story is one of those mysterious bits of folklore that emerge from the national subconscious every few years, to be told anew in one form or another. The cast of characters shifts; the message endures. I like to think it did happen, somewhere, sometime.

They were going to Fort Lauderdale— three boys and three girls—and when they boarded the bus, they were carrying sandwiches and wine in paper bags, dreaming of golden beaches and sea tides as the gray cold of New York vanished behind them.

As the bus passed through New Jersey, they noticed Vingo. He sat in front of them, dressed in a plain, ill- fitting suit, never moving, his dusty face masking his age.
Deep into the night, outside Washington, the bus pulled into a Howard Johnson’s, and everybody got off except Vingo. The young people began to wonder about him, trying to imagine his life: Perhaps he was a sea captain, a runaway from his wife, an old soldier going home. When they went back to the bus, one of the girls sat beside him and introduced herself.

“We’re going to Florida,” she said brightly. “I hear it’s beautiful.”

“It is,” he said, as if remembering something he had tried to forget.

“Want some wine?” she said. He smiled and took a swig. He thanked her and retreated again into his silence. She went back to the others, and Vingo nodded in sleep.

In the morning, the girl sat with Vingo again, and after some time, he told his story. He had been in prison in New York for the past four years, and now he was going home.

“Are you married?”

“I don’t know.”

“You don’t know?” she asked.

“Well, when I was in the can, I wrote to my wife,” he said. “I told her that I was going to be away a long time and that if she couldn’t stand it, if the kids kept askin’ questions, if it hurt too much, well, she could just forget me. I’d understand. Get a new guy, I said— she’s a wonderful woman, really something—and forget about me. I told her she didn’t have to write me or nothing. And she didn’t. Not for three and a half years.”

“And you’re going home now not knowing?”

“Yeah,” he said shyly. “Well, last week, when I was sure the parole was coming through, I wrote her again. We used to live in Brunswick, just before Jacksonville and there’s a big oak tree just as you come into town. I told her that if she’d take me back, she should put a yellow handkerchief on the tree, and I’d get off and come home. If she didn’t want me, forget it—no handkerchief, and I’d go on through.”

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“Wow,” the girl said. “Wow.”

She told the others, and soon all of them were in it, caught up in the approach of Brunswick, looking at the pictures Vingo showed them of his wife and three children—the woman handsome in a plain way, the children still unformed in the cracked, much- handled snapshots.

Now they were 20 miles from Brunswick, and the young people took over window seats on the right side, waiting for the approach of the great oak tree. The bus acquired a dark, hushed mood, full of the silence of absence and lost years. Vingo stopped looking, tightening his face into the ex-con’s mask, as if fortifying himself against still another disappointment.

Then Brunswick was ten miles, and then five. Then, suddenly, all the young people were up and out of their seats, screaming and shouting and crying, doing small dances of exultation. All except Vingo.

Vingo sat there stunned, looking at the oak tree. It was covered with yellow handkerchiefs—20 of them, 30 of them, maybe hundreds, a tree that stood like a banner of welcome billowing in the wind. As the young people shouted, the old con rose from his seat and made his way to the front of the bus to go home.

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