Even if the world has stopped caring, the narrator is there to remember everything and maybe that’s where the regret comes from. The narrator may feel that what she “hasn’t done” is act as an adequate guardian, that she hasn’t remembered everything that made her mother the mom she knew and loved. That doubt could create the wound she talks about in the last line which
In order to convey his reactions and frustrations, he created the poem “Did I Miss Anything?” (Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything?” par. 3-4). While incorporating tone, juxtaposition, and repetition, Wayman effectively asserts the theme of how absence leads to a loss of opportunities in the classroom. Throughout the majority of the poem, Wayman emphasizes a tone of sarcasm to demonstrate his annoyance as well as the important material that the student potentially missed, before shifting to a more serious tone. Initially, he portrays various exaggerated
The domineering presence of the maternal figure is eradicated and the chief motif of the novel revolves around the absence of the mother. The smothering maternal love that plays a significant role in character and identity forming has been put aside and the implications of the physical absence of the mother are taken as the essence of the novel for analysis. How the self is defined and identified in the absence of the mother explicates the plot of this fiction.The life of Xuela per se revolves around the central fact of the absence of the mother figure or a substitute to whom Xuela can rely for a mirror image which would eventually help her to form and affirm her identity. As her mother died the moment Xuela stepped into the world, what Xuela initially and primarily experiences is the abandonment. She wonders about the mother “this woman whose face I have never seen, not even in a dream,” about “what did she think” .
Gilman also highlights a lack of identity of the narrator through the setting of the novella which reflects the narrator’s societal confinement. The protagonist is surrounded by “hedges and walls and gates that lock”, which create a sense of separation that the narrator feels from others and the outside world. In addition, the room in which she is confined contains a “heavy bedstead, and… barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on”. These physical and ‘prison-like’ restrictions imposed on the protagonist clearly demonstrate her lack of freedom. Additionally, Gilman’s use of syndetic listing to describe the narrator’s physical entrapment is perhaps reflective of her feelings of suffocation and her inability to escape as the list feels never ending.
So, on the one hand, she tells the audience a story that ends up being illustrated by the postcards on the walls of her room, but, on the other hand, she offers to help, singing to us and checking if we are already asleep. The effect is different from the announced. I was not at rest, instead I felt wary and uncanny, as my mind kept flying from my own memoirs to the goals, doubts and fears that connect us all. The ‘we’ imposes on the audience/ collaborator. Differently, lying in bed, getting cosy and even ready to fall asleep is just what it takes to break with the world outside “my room,” namely with the linear order of past, present and future.
The text performs its own undoing through its medium by constantly unravelling its own inherent contradictions. The novel turns out to be a contesting site for the warring forces of signifiers and consequently disseminates into an indefinite range of self-conflicting significations. It is to Faulkner’s credit, the absolute artist that he is, could produce a sublime reading experience of it. In As I Lay Dying, Faulkner pushes language to its limit through Addie’s and Darl’s unconventional use of language. Their agrammatical, asyntactical, apertinent, and asemantic language questions and destabilizes the established orders embedded within the major language.
In fact, the story’s oddities contribute to its literary value when one carefully scrutinizes them. The grotesque elements create mystery, leading an audience to seek for a hidden meaning. William Faulkner designed the story in a way that forces readers to search for an answer, rather than blatantly displaying said answer. The main theme, literary device, and style of “Barn Burning” all come together to create not just a simple, easily
“ Saranell sprang to her feet and threw herself against the homespun Jean trousers and worsted shirt” (Carr 135). Even though Saranell was emotionally abandoned by Geneva, she still stood up for her mother. Regardless of the fact that she was emotionally neglected, Saranell continued to love her mother and was willing to sacrifice herself for her. Overall, emotional abandonment leaves children feeling unwanted with no one to turn to for help. No child should go through the pain and neglect that Saranell felt in Leaving Gilead.
Just as what William Faulkner said about the story: “it was an inevitable tragedy and nobody could stop it.”By employing the typical Gothic techniques in this story, Faulkner described the conflicts between the north and the south and expressed his own contradictory feeling to the southern civilization. He had realized that it was unavoidable that preservative southern values and traditions would gradually lost under the influence of capitalist culture and values. However, as a native, he felt anguished to witness its disappearance. Hence, through this story, Faulkner expressed his profound emotion for his “life-long home”, where he obtained the most of his direct materials for his
Moreover, as I explore the poem 'Do not go gentle into that good night ', I find different points of the 'isolation ' that occur as the poem goes on, I see this when Thomas writes ' 'sang the in flight, and learn, too late.. ' ' he did not want them to get isolated too late, also the wild men only focused on one thing which is like going around and exploring but they could have done so many things if they had organized their life and when the sun goes they die. Whereas in 'War Photographer ' people suffered from pain and death was is expected at any time but the people do not have a choice, even children die and suffer pain. Gradually, Thomas ends the poem with advice to his own father ' 'there on the sad height, curse, bless ' ' telling him to keep on fighting death which shows that he is very isolated by the idea of death. Thomas uses so many commas to make the reader stop and think about the points he is giving to his father. In conclusion, I see that isolation has affected the author which led him to write the poem and write about how you can fight isolation and stop it.