Kordich, Catherine J., and Harold Bloom.Bloom's how to write about John Steinbeck. New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism, 2008. Print. The author delves into the application of symbolism and epiphany within John Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums.”
Pride and Prejudice is one of the most loved novels of Jane Austen. Published during 1813, the novel tells an intensely personal story in which the money mindedness and pride of the then people influence the family life. This novel unravels the triumph of true love above all barriers of financial security and status offered to all on the basis of monetary benefits.
Paulo Coelho's enthralling novel ‘The Alchemist’ has provided a philosophy for life and hope for many on the very simple ways of life and self belief. The novel has inspired extremely committed following across generations of people around the world. The story, incredible in its simplicity and inspiring wisdom, accounts for the life an Andalusian shepherd boy, Santiago. The author of the essay discusses the main proplems of the novel.
The most profound symbol in “Because I could not stop for Death” is Death, who is described as a gentleman, and the driver of the carriage that stops for the speaker. This man is immediately identified as Death, but unlike the harrowing visions of the Grim Reaper that many of us are familiar with, he is depicted as a suitor, a kindly gentleman wanting only to escort a lady to her final resting place.
The sign, as elaborated by Ferdinand de Saussure in Course in General Linguistics opens up the field of linguistics to that of literary analysis as well. The main contribution of Saussure’s with this work lies in the fact that it made it possible for theorists o look at language as not merely something that existed but also something that shaped existence.
The author suggested that the Shepherd in the poem is not the type which gathers the flock of sheep but rather a feudal owner of flocks of sheep to afford such refinement as expressed in the poem. It would also seem inconsistent that the poem could be written by an uncouth shepherd considering the discipline used in the meters of the poem.
In Being and Nothingness, Sartre tries to affirm human existence to have existed before it has ever obtained its meaning or fundamental nature. The ultimate goal of Sartre in writing the essay was to validate that indeed “free will” is real and is existent (Levy 111).
Revenge is part of man’s nature and is a typical reaction, especially when one is slighted or insulted by another. Revenge can even be taken as a form of justice to redeem one’s honor and to teach the offender that the insult will not go unpunished, as what Poe portrayed in his “Cask of Amontillado.”
Gender roles and relations are reflected in The Oval Portrait that depicts how men use and exploit the physical beauty of women in the name of art and cultural values. The narrator finds a portrait that is “absolute life-likeliness” (Poe).
Figuratively, fire and ice could refer to emotions. The Free Dictionary defines fire as “the burning intensity of feeling, ardor or enthusiasm. From the phrase, “From what I’ve tasted of desire”, it could be well understood that the term fire as used in the poem refers to such feelings.
This paper focuses upon the Inferno (Hell), the first part of The Divine Comedy, followed by the Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Heaven). It is a classic Christian theological text that uses strong poetic imagination and allegorical allusion. It is underlined that Dante meets both mythological and real people during his long voyage.
In both Amy Tan’s “A Pair of Tickets” and Sherman Alexie’s “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”, there is the theme of parents who are somehow absent from their children’s lives. Jing-Mei’s mother is presented as being more important than her father in the book. Moreover, there are serious misunderstandings between the two.
A common, yet not pervasive aspect of tragedy is that the main character/protagonist is oftentimes attempting to “fix” some aspect of the current world or return to the simplicity, joy, or other positive elements of a bygone era. For instance, one of the most famous tragedies ever penned, and of his, sees the story open with Oedipus attempting to find a way to read his native home town of plague.
In the play A Tempest by Aime Cesaire is based upon the character of Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Caliban is a deformed slave, and this is shown through many different passages in the original play.
H. G. Wells perceives – as ought to every man of even ordinary intellect on the one hand the turmoil of bourgeois social relations, and on the other hand that society’s dynamic forces, in the form of science and technical resources, contain tremendous potency which can only be actualized in diverse social relations.
Andrew Jackson, a Defining President of United States. “Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own; one cherishes it not only as precious but sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and it’s conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”1 This is a quote by Andrew Jackson which reflected his views as an American citizen, as a military leader and as a president.
The lady with the lapdog is a short interesting story written by Anton Chekhov. It is a four chapter, fiction story written with great expertise and discloses an adulterous affair between the Russian Banker, Dmitri Dmitrich Gurov and the lady with the lapdog Anna Sergeyevna.
Maupassant in his story, “The Necklace” portrays Mathilde Loisel as a woman of middle class. However, Loisel’s fantasy is to lead a life similar to that of the wealthy class. This is depicted from a proud nature in the story, “…born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries" (Spack 46).
Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, is a book written in 1916 that reflects Susan’s preoccupation and perceptions towards culture-bound notion of gender and sex roles. This is a patriarch society that views women as lesser beings with totally no role to play.
Edgar Allan Poe, leaving a remarkable literary legacy in the fields of science fiction and horror, is currently regarded the pioneer of the modern detective story. He is also greatly renowned as a poet. His psychologically gripping stories exploring the profundities of the human consciousness gained him remarkable prominence.
Zola’s portrayal of sexuality in Germinal serves as a grounding force for the story. The physicality of the characters, thus enunciated, is a counterpoint to the revolutionary socialist ideas that suffuse the political and philosophical vision of the novel, with the political and poetic facets of the writing fortifying each other.
British society in Where Angels Fear to Tread is portrayed as a society full of hypocrisy, which is juxtaposed with the more naturalistic and down-to-earth society which is represented by the Italian society in this novel (Kar-Man Ng, 1982, p. 16). The two societies are portrayed in opposition “between Apollonian and Dionysian, city and country, the British ‘insider’ and the foreign ‘outsider’” (Sampson, 2004, p.
The main character initially assumes he has been summoned to perform duties related to his profession, but encounters numerous difficulties when he tries to communicate with his employer, Count Westwest, whom resides in the Castle and owns the entire village.
“Oranges” effectively depicts the universal theme of young love and its role in the emotional development of adolescents, using succinct language, non-rhyming and narrative form, and meaningful, contrasting imagery.
In examining the nature of the witches within the work, it becomes clear to the author that they are a literary device that is provided in order to suggest the evil intentions of ‘plotters’ as well as the concept that ideas are dangerous. The witches are defined by a complex set of ideas that are related to the threat against the patriarchal society.
Literary issues surround the essence of tragedy as it is played out in Othello and the uniformity between the actions and aims of the characters. Moral issues focus on the depiction of righteousness and wickedness, and social issues emerge from the play’s presentation of justice, violence, and race.
The book is written in a breezy, journalistic style, and starts off with a number of narratives describing journeys the author has made to remote corners of the earth in search of evidence relating to climate change. A dimension which was lacking from the book was that of global markets and the capitalist structure of the world economy. The problem looks like simple incompetence on the part of governments.
In this paper spoken word poetry versus traditional written poetry will be analyzed in the following three entities: oral tradition and poetry in Black culture; poetry slams and the poetic play in the Black Arts movement; and African-American spoken poetry versus traditional written poetry which has been written by Anglos.
The research analyzes the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant in terms of describing the theme and identifying at least two of the literary elements in the short story that contribute to the theme by providing an example of each element. Finally, the discourse would explain how the selected literary elements affect the narrative theme.
In this essay, we are going to look at three particular women and the effects that their work and efforts in politics and society had on the US and the rest of the society. The here women to be looked at in this case are Blanca de Moncaleano, the Villarreal sisters, Andrea and Teresa and Luisa Capetillo.
In “The Horse Dealers Daughter”, D.H. Lawrence depicts the struggles of a woman who tries to cope with the collapse of her family and her strained relationship between her and her brothers. She does not feel loved and thus begins to feel insecure of her worth and purpose in life.
The author states that the novel also has pointed commentary about the war in El Salvador, along with indicting the immigration policies of the refugees of this war. Through it all, however, the culture and communication gap cause problems in the relationship, and, ultimately, the relationship does not survive because of it.
The border between the United States and Mexico not only demarcates two countries, but also differentiates between two cultures, two societies, one overdeveloped, and the other typically developing. In Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s novel, The Desert Blood, the protagonist, Ivon Villa is of Mexican descent, but was born and raised in the United States, who becomes a University professor.
Specifically, the novel implies that, for the Indians, death is much more sacred and meaningful, and therefore gratuitous killing is wrong. For the Westerners, this is not necessarily true, although, as the novel takes place during war, perhaps this is unfair.
The Agency especially in literature means capacity of the characters to function as autonomous agents in their respective lives. Sometimes the characters are fictional while sometimes they are real characters. In the paper an attempt is made to show the agency of the characters who are either immigrants, or prisoners, either political or social.
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A type of scientific inquiry that is very similar to the work of Dr. Frankenstein is that of transhumanism. Transhumanism is based on the pursuit of immortality through artificial recreation of the human mind in a mechanized system which is essentially a robotic form.
Psychoanalysis was proposed by an Austrian Neurologist Sigmund Freud who suggested it for the treatment of psycho patients by determining the circumstances which they have faced. In the light of his theories, the critic is done over the famous epic poem The Fairie Queene by Edmund Spenser.
One morning as Gregor Samsa woke up and discovered that he transformed from a human being into a vermin. Just like every man, he got shocked as to what he has transformed into and why it happened to him. However, it was not his main concern. The question that bothered him the most was how he would go to work in his condition. His family was depending on him since his father’s business was unsuccessful yet his father was too proud to admit it (Kafka & Jarvis, 3-30).
The two works: - Schiller’s ‘Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre’ and Kleist’s Die Verlobung in St. Domingo best illustrate the nature of violence in society: here being exemplified from the German peoples’ perspective.
While Sense and Sensibility reflects societal norms for marriage in the late 1700s and early 1800s, Austen’s work shows a wrestling going on between marriage for money or love, and in the end romantic ideals of marriage for love wins out.
The ability to create specific expressions within literature is not only bound by the expectations of the author. There are also expressions which are reflective of social and political issues as well as the historical applications of the time.
The role of the author in the canon of South African literature has been a subject of ongoing critical concern. The writer as artist has historically taken on, either voluntarily or as a function of social expectation, an inevitable sociopolitical importance in a society where large race-based power imbalances have played a critical role.
The works of Anton Chekhov and James Thurber are well known for their ability to understand the social realities of their respective societies. Their works also are able to analyze the intricacies and nuances of the human mind.