Furthermore, his belief was focused that one needs to participate in negative emotions to relieve the pain that he or she feels. Edgar Allan Poe creates a character in desperate need of aid in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” utilizing an aspect of art: music, to try and relieve Roderick of the pain he is dealing with a the solution to his suffering, but does not provide permanent relief. Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher” is structured to have Roderick arouse feelings of cheerfulness as he listens to music. For instance, his mental state was abnormal based on the narrator 's initial description, “He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone endurable...could wear only garments of certain texture...flowers were oppressive...tortured by a faint light...and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror” (Poe 164). The narrator 's depiction of Roderick portrays him
A comparative of study of Elizabeth Barret Browning 's 'Sonnets of the Portuguese ', and F. Scott. Fitzgerald 's novel, 'The Great Gatsby ', provides insight into the moral concerns of different eras. 'The Great Gatsby ' was published in 1925, during the Jazz age, also known as the 'Roaring Twenties '. The moral concerns of the 1920s were vastly different to those of the 1850s patriarchal society, when Elizabeth Barrett Browning 's, 'Sonnets of the Portuguese ' were released in the Victorian era. Through the exploration of similar themes in these two texts, a comparison between them delineates the moral concerns of both of these eras.
In the given passage from the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author compares and contrasts two sets of characters, Tom and Daisy with Gatsby, to surface the differences that had been drawn between them due to their attitudes and moral values. Through the usage of dialogues, focus on the moral values of each set and Nick Carraway’s description of the characters the author conveys this idea to the readers. One reason behind the significance of this passage is the fact that through the usage of dialogues and Nick Carraway’s descriptions the author adds a dimension to the ‘careless’ characters in the novel, Tom and Daisy. Throughout the novel Tom has proven to be a selfish and hypocritical man who would do anything to save
As examples of dystopian fiction, metropolis and 1984 share some common concerns and conventions. In a comparative essay, analyse and evaluate each text as an artistic response to the political, social and cultural climates of their respective contexts: Texts are inherently responses which represents composers concerns of their political, social and cultural climates. Both Fritz Lang’s German Expressionist Film Metropolis (1927) and George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948) portray the subjugation of the individual and the divide between social classes. Lang’s focus is on the consequences to society due to loss of values such as compassion in Weimar Germany following WWI. Meanwhile, Orwell represents the crushing of individual
Social norms can cause individuals hysteria and make them feel left out which causes them to break apart from society. Both Edgar Allen Poe and Jon Krakauer use different instances of conflict and foreshadowing to achieve a similar idea of the negative aspects of society. Society can cause individuals to think differently and cause them to make decisions whether they are good or bad. Edgar Allen Poe and Jon Krakauer illustrate internal conflict in differing ways. In his short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allen Poe uses conflict to show how Rodrick isolation from society shows his effort to be himself despite living with illnesses.
The philosophy that is central to the novel, Absurdism, has elements that are derived from conclusions made on Camus’s own sociopolitical environment and the course of his own life. The political tension and overall chaos of the world in the early 1900s included not one, but two world wars, global economic depression, and the peak of European imperialism and violence. In moments in history in which people felt overwhelmingly helpless to the whims of a chaotic world, some choose to turn to assigning meaning through religion or metaphysical philosophies and analyses that help people explain their situation and thus control it. Camus, like the others that lived during this time, chose to accept the evident pointlessness to the world. Camus projects his own philosophy onto Meursault, and declares, “I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world” (Camus and Ward 122), approaching life as how Absurdism facilitates.
In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale, humanity is portrayed as a cyclically flawed being. Through the use of extended metaphors, allusions, and flashback descriptions of the past, the world created is meant to reflect reality and the shifts in societies as they occur. However, Atwood’s ultimate purpose is to not only show that nations and cultures collapse and rise in the place of their ancestors, but that this constant push and pull is created by man’s own inability to change. The depicted, pre-Gilead world shows possible flaws in the generally left-trending political avenues of society, and represents the current world as a whole. Just as in the real world, this fictional world sees an increasing comfort level with sex and businesses
Depression and sadness affect some people harder than others, and how it affects them determines what they will do with their lives from that point on. Michael Bristol, in his article, “The Customary and the Ethical: Understanding Hamlet’s Bad Habit’s,” claims that Hamlet’s suit of solemn black is anything but customary in the Danish court. He adds that it “is a bad habit that is ostentatious, confrontational, and slovenly” (Bristol 70). Bristol notes that the word custom often refers to something idiosyncratic in the play and says that Hamlet has forgone all custom of exercise when he reprimands his mother cruelly for her enjoyment of his uncle’s embraces. In Michael Bristol’s, “The Customary and the Ethical: Understanding Hamlet’s Bad Habits,” Hamlet’s attire is seen as not customary in the Danish court; however, this argument obscures the reality of mourning loss and depression.
He used fragmentation in his poetry to juxtapose literary texts against one another. When it comes to topics, Eliot saw society as helpless and wounded, furthermore he visualized that culture was decaying, and he tried to capture that. As a modernist writer, Eliot was fascinated by the idea of symbolism, and consequently, this can be observed in his poems. Usually making use of symbolism using music, he juxtaposed lyrics from an opera by Richard Wagner with songs from pubs in “The Waste Land”. He believed that high culture, including art, opera, and drama, was in decline while popular culture was on the rise.
Mad Men and The Waste Land depict two modernist themes: decay and apathy – the depiction of these two themes are different in each work. The Waste Land is a post-WWI poem that depicts a pessimistic approach on how people ought to live – focuses on European culture. Mad Men is a TV show that explores American culture and takes place during the beginning of the Vietnam War. After thorough scrutiny of the two works, it appears that war is the major cause of the challenging and onerous nature of the modernist period for many people. In The Waste Land, a common English idiom (signifying the closing of a pub) “Hurry up please, it’s time!” is used to show men drowning their sorrows in alcoholic beverages (Eliot, 35).
In Richard Rodriguez’s memoir Brown: The Last Discovery of America, he explicates America’s transition from a ‘greening environment’ to the future of ‘browning.’ The paradox will become the future, and social standards will subside as a new dominant categorization emerges. He exploits that the stigma created by other countries of America as the golden state is false when it comes to the reality of categorization, and discrimination of minorities and those who do not conform to the social normalities in the United States. He makes the reader question their culture and identity as he searches for his own. Because of Rodriguez’s application of pathos and logos throughout his memoir, it allows the reader insight on his journey to find his identity
They, as conservatives, feel the extreme change in society during JFK’s presidency created problems. The authors feel Kennedy ruined America’s reputation, caused citizens to rebel, and somehow disrupted family life. This is an unfair interpretation. As, multiple times earlier in their accounts, Schweikart and Allen have shown obvious bias towards leaders who promoted change, such as FDR. Yes, the authors feel he had no equal, at least in his time period, they feel this way mainly because of his differences from JFK.
Society of Tennessee Williams’ time saw sexuality as a part of ourselves that should be suppressed because of it’s destructive nature. Throughout A Streetcar Named Desire Williams showcases his characters in this anti-sex society. He shows them in this society, not to praise it, but instead to highlight the negative effects of existing in such a world. Through the actions and consequences his characters face in conforming to societies’ standards Williams manages to communicate a story that condemns society for keeping people from expressing their sexuality and from being stable, whole and sexual human beings. Expressing sexuality or sexual desires leads the play 's characters to death or to ruin, the suppression of desire is destructive and