1. falter - start to lose strength or momentum.
2. envelop - wrap up, cover, or surround completely.
3. transcend - be or go beyond the range or limits of (something abstract, typically a conceptual field or division).
4. console - comfort (someone) at a time of grief or disappointment
5. poignant - evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
6. disheveled - (of a person's hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered.
7. quarrel - a fight
8. plaintive - sounding sad and mournful.
9. prostrate – a gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in male mammals and releasing prostatic fluid.
10. wield - hold and use (a weapon or tool).
11. imperative - of vital importance; crucial.
12. invective - a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something.
13. revolt - rise in rebellion.
14. crematorium - a place where a dead person's body is cremated (burned).
15. elude - evade or escape from (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skillful or cunning way.
16. barrack - provide (soldiers) with accommodations in a building or set of buildings.
17. lucid - expressed clearly; easy to understand.
18. oblivion - the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening.
19. convalescent - (of a person) recovering from an illness or operation.
20. despair - the complete loss or absence of hope.
One of the key messages an author, a poet, a playwright, an artist, a photographer, or a politician can convey to an audience is the need for human compassion or empathy to inspire action or change and to bring about a deeper understanding of humanity and the world. Precise word choice and sensory details are an author’s keys to unlocking a reader’s deepest emotions, but startling illustrations, paintings, or photographs can also move people. Through a news article or broadcast, words can raise public awareness of social problems, but so can photographs, for example. Which are more effective, words or pictures? The excerpt from the informational text Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California, by California historian Kevin Starr, and the article “The Harvest Gypsies,” by the famous American author John Steinbeck, both inform readers about the hardships faced by migrant workers during the Great Depression. In fact, the photographs of artists like Dorothea Lange, as explained in Starr’s article, allow viewers to visualize the hard lives of migrant workers in California in the 1930s. While the photographs of Dorothea Lange and artists like her provide important insights into the terrible living conditions of the migrant workers, it is the deeper human stories provided by writers such as John Steinbeck that are more effective in bringing about social change.
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