The statement “we’re going to tell on the boss’’ attracts attention
The reader becomes eager to know what offenses must have been committed. Michael Hoffman’s hesitation must be strongly caused by something. The reader wants to know what causes the bad luck Hoffman is avoiding. Only a short while later that the reader learns that it is a belief system that so defines people’s lives so that they do what would appear crazy to other people. The classical modern examples blend well with examples of deep-seated beliefs in ancient cultures.
The examples given are proof that people indeed believe in superstitions
For example Hoffman retraces his steps to avoid bad luck. Alison Prouty never sets a hat on the bed and never takes salt from someone’s hand. Furthermore, people who believe in superstitions cause their neighbors to believe in them, or at least observe them to avoid hurting one another. For example, Alison’s husband does not do things Alison doesn’t, and which are believed to cause bad luck.
When bad luck is not experienced by individuals, they believe that the charms they carry are in control. For example, Benson believes that the dollar bill makes him never run out of money. Jennifer believes that her charm eliminates the minor accidents she had become used to. Lily Chen and other staff in her office accepted Buddha charms they believed would bring peace, happiness and good health. Steven Benson always carries a dollar bill with him. He believes he can never run out of money if the bill is always with him.
Contradictions arise when people, who would like to think that superstitions are not their thing, always find themselves involved in superstitious acts. For example, Steven Benson likes to think that they are not effective but carries a dollar bill to avert bad luck. Alison’s husband teases her for her beliefs but finds himself carried away too. Examples of traditional practices regarding beliefs in superstitions have also been given. For instance, in ancient Egypt, people used eye symbols on houses to protect themselves from evil. Scandinavians believed that oak and acorn trees brought good luck/fortune. Some traditional beliefs are still practiced today. For example, some parents bury a newborn’s placenta under a tree in order to avert bad luck to the child.
Annie Blaylock uses correct grammar
She uses short, concise sentences as well as long well punctuated explanatory sentences. She uses the APA style well, for example, in revealing the source of the photo.
The story is captivating to the end. Many concise examples are used convince the reader of the extent of belief in superstitions, and reveal some contradictions regarding some people’s beliefs and their actual behavior. The language used reveals the writer’s viewpoint: superstitions are obvious. For example, she says that by Alison spitting on the ground when a cat crossed her path, ‘she did what any smart person would do.’ There is a mixture in the use of the first person and third person reporting. This has reduced monotony usually caused by plain third person reporting.