In order to depict the gloomy setting of the reality he experienced, he rarely used warm colors in this period. His painting portrayed themes such as poverty and prostitution (encyclopedia.com). His use of colors creates the dark atmosphere as shown in his painting, “Old Jew and a Boy”, “Crouching Woman”, Blind Man’s Meal“, and “The Soup” (McCully, Marilyn). Another work called “La Vie” expresses the torment of his friend (encyclopedia.com). During this period, it was the time when he had moved frequently between the two cities, Paris and Barcelona (McCully,
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee teaches us about the town of Maycomb County during the late 1930s, where the characters live in isolation and victimization. Through the perspective of a young Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, readers will witness the prejudice that Maycomb produces during times where people face judgement through age, gender, skin colour, and class, their whole lives. Different types of prejudice are present throughout the story and each contribute to how events play out in the small town of Maycomb. Consequently, socially disabling the people who fall victim from living their life comfortably in peace. Boo Radley and his isolation from Maycomb County, the racial aspects of Tom Robinson, and the decision Atticus Finch makes as a lawyer, to defend a black man has all made them fall in the hands of Maycomb’s prejudice ways.
Explore the Theme of Loneliness and Isolation in “Of Mice and Men” Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” is centred around two workers, Lennie and George, and their friendship. George is a small, witty man while Lennie is a larger man with a “shapeless” face and is mentally slow. They begin working at a farm in the town of Soledad, meaning 'lonely ' in Spanish. The novel’s setting is inspired by the place of Steinbeck’s birth, Salinas, California, and the thoughts and feelings of the characters. During the course of the novel, Steinbeck provides indications of isolation and loneliness, as notable among being one of the novel’s motifs.
Sometimes, it even overpowers the very structure itself of the novella. Characters such as Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife are all subjects to it. John Steinbeck himself was largely analysing the lifestyles of migrant workers, and while doing so, found inspiration for ‘Of Mice and Men’. He portrays his knowledge by isolating certain characters in the novella. The accuracy of his observations are perfect, as at that time – during the ‘Great Depression’ - people felt like they had to use what little power they had to uphold their position on the social hierarchy scale.
I shall be writing about the theme of loneliness in the book of mice and men. There are a lot of themes in the story but I choose loneliness. Many characters for example Candy and George give examples of loneliness. I would also write about the effect of loneliness had on them. George may have had Lenny to accompany him but, it was not enough.
When her father dies, Emily suffers from isolation to the extent that she cannot let go of her father’s corpse. The author also brings out the theme of suffering from isolation when he uses descriptive words to show the reader how Emily is separated from the modern society. Some of the words the author uses are “coquettish decay” and “tarnished gold”. “Miss Emily’s house was left. Lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons” (Faulkner 32).
Richard Louv, a novelist, in Last Child in the Woods (2008) illustrates the separation between humans and nature. His purpose to the general audience involves exposing how the separation of man from nature is consequential. Louv adopts a sentimental tone throughout the rhetorical piece to elaborate on the growing separation in modern times. Louv utilizes pathos, ethos and logos to argue that the separation between man and nature is detrimental. Louv uses pathos to illustrate his disdain with man’s separation from nature.
Camus conveys to the reader that in Oran there were ‘violent extremes of temperature’ which illustrates the harsh living conditions at the time of the war. He conveys that though countries may be at war and individuals may be suffering and dying due the Plague, the weather may not always correspond to this. This is because the weather, and humanity as a whole are indifferent to the struggle of others. Camus also shows that there was a lack of passion and love in the town itself as he says ‘everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits’ (Camus 4). Through the course of the novel, we see that people come to love and care for their loved ones when there is an increase in hardship and struggle.
According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, humanity can be describes as “the quality or state of being humane” (in other words being kind to others) or “the quality or state of being human.” In David Benioff’s novel City of Thieves, both definitions can can be used when discussing the loss of humanity. From the cannibals in the marketplace to the young women in the farmhouse and the German soldiers, there are many examples of how people may lose their humanity during stressful times, especially during times of war. Lev is faced with many challenges throughout his journey where his humanity and the humanity of others is tested. When in a war ravaged, desperate atmosphere humanity can be an extremely tough thing for people to hold
My use of the theme of isolation through metaphor and setting in the short story “Starship” is effective because it helps reinforce the struggle of marriage and the alienation that both Jake and Abigail are experiencing. Placing the speaker in a setting that is away from her husband coherently reflects the divide and thus the isolation between the couple. “He shuts the door. […]I make my way downstairs […] and quietly step out the door into the ripening night”. The speaker’s inner hurt and isolation is matched by the quiet, post-rain night that is interrupted by the sound of a motorcycle engine.