A Separate Peace takes place during World War 2. This setting affects the way of life at Devon, with an added summer session to propel the senior class into the army. Gene acknowledges the seniors as “draft-bait” (Knowles 15). The war not only affects the graduating class, but also most of Gene’s activities. “For me, … this moment was the war.
Introduction Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger published in 1951 is a fictional story of a boy named Holden Caulfield who is suspended from his high school for bad grades. Written in the first person narrative through the voice of Caulfield, the narration brilliantly brings out the isolation and alienation that many teenagers feel. The novel has had a huge influence on modern society and on popular culture. It has been associated with many shootings such as that of John Lennon and the attempted assassination of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. The people behind these shootings have been able to relate to Holden's character further provoking them to take such action.
These descriptions of the wind’s actions give the wind a violent personality. Thus the image of the wind violently attacking the people characterizes the wind as an antagonist. The wind continues its assault when it finds Lutie Johnson. However, this time the wind acts curiously by lifting her hair and exploring the sides of her head. At this point Lutie Johnson feels “naked and bald”.
Gene 's victory in this war with himself portrays how war can prevail in and out of uniform. The importance of war emphasizes not only the actual war taking place but also both Gene and Finny 's internal conflict with themselves, and their external conflicts with each other. This also expresses how even though considering the book takes place during World War II, The Devon School still tried to shield the boys from the war, that the residual effects of war can still seep through the cracks and reach everyone at the school. One person can only hide so much, especially if there is a war going on, emotionally or literally. People often try to reduce the appearance of emotions and shield personal battle scars from the public eye, similar to how Devon attempted to shield the war from the students attending.
The first type of symbolism shown in the novel is the stone Reef received from his grandmother which she referred as a sick stone. Furthermore, Reef’s grandmother gave him a stone when he got car sick during a ride, she said, “When you feel like you’re gonna throw up, just squeeze it hard. It’ll take the sick feeling away”(33). The stone is a symbol that rounds out the novel and contributes greatly to the plot, and impacts both of the main characters, Reef and Leeza. First, Reef uses stones to cope with his stress of life in general, and moreover to allow him to get emotional over the loss of his grandmother.
In Sherman Alexie’s short stories (and poems), there usually three central themes that the story rotates. In this paper, I will be exploring how he (Alexie) explores the themes losing culture, a cycle of regret, and using drugs (mainly alcohol) to escape. In Indian Education, the short story, Alexie seems to show that whenever young Victor tries to express himself through his culture, he is punished. Take the section “First Grade” for example. In first grade, Junior (the main character and narrator) says that “The little warrior in me roared to life that day..” and makes comparisons to traditional Native American warriors, such as describing the brusies on the other boy’s face as “war paint” or how Junior chants “it’s a good day to die”, which is phrase typically associated with Crazy Horse, who was a Native American chief.
In conjunction with depicting virtually palpable scenes of warfare, the book reveals the emotions and thoughts of the soldiers on the battlefield, making the work a potent asset for an anti-war propaganda machine. Subsequently, the narrative also alludes to the feelings soldiers have after returning home, which would help one understand the pain and burdens combatants endure within their own psyche. The story is told through the eyes of protagonist Paul Baumer, a young man that enlist in the military with his classmates, as he embarks on an escapade that would prove to be more costly than expected. It gives an actual account of what is happening on the front and in Paul’s head, which can help deter
Leaving one questioning and unknowing of their surroundings, mystery, a feeling well known throughout all of mankind, causes one to become flustered at their surroundings and leave little knowledge available to integrate into situations. Surprising and bewildering, bad weather, an overcast through the world set by unknown conditions, indeed leaves one ignorant of their surroundings and causes them to question their forehand knowledge. An unforseen breeze, dashing through the sky, leaves an entire area bewildered. Lurking through the sky, a heavy fog overshadows an entire civilization, leaving awe in place Weighing down an entire area and shadowing every possible aspect of life, gray clouds set an auspicious mood throughout atmosphere. Flustering, shocking, and negligent, mystery, a feeling caused by candidness of one’s situation, is symbolized clearly in bad weather, a condition that causes many feeling inauspicious.
"The Destructors" tells the story of a gang of teens in England, after the war, who want to destruct an old man 's house. Throughout the story there were many conflicts between the two main characters Blackie and T. Through the influence of the main character ‘T’, the gang destroys an old man’s house, for no other reason than to destroy something beautiful. This can be viewed as disturbing, as it is not something most kids would spend their free time doing; which starts to give the idea that the story may be a depiction of something greater. Greene uses symbolism to show that the gangs meeting place as a bombed out parking lot is relevant because the place where they meet up is a site of destruction. Graham Greene’s short story, “The Destructors” utilizes symbols and conflict to display the theme of loss of innocence and power.
All throughout history, strong men kill the weak and move forward. Take, such as, the book The Art of War written by Sun Tzu, a book about how to never lose a war. It talks about not giving in and never surrendering. Not only does the The Art of War inflate the perspective on how to see the enemy, it broadcast the idea of symbols being used in a war setting. In literature, authors use their day-to-day problems as symbols in their books alike Sun Tzu.