Some of the recurring themes in works of postmodern literature turned out to be paranoia, minimalism, metafiction and twists on heroism. Heroism came to be a debatable topic in analysis of postmodern literature because of the arguable diversity between the novels. However, it’s sole purpose was not just to entertain, but like most art, for the author to express themselves in a way they haven’t been able to. As a result, Catch-22 presents Yossarian as an anti-hero used by its author, Joseph Heller, to introduce his opinion on war, war heroes and the current social status of the United States. The altered perception of heroism, believed to be present in only some works of postmodern literature, is used to convey the author’s state of mind to the reader in an
There are several instances where deception creates a false sense of reality in both the book and movie. Fitzgerald writes his book in first person with Nick Carraway as the narrator. The book presents Nick as garrulous. Therefore, the reader sometimes would detect uncertainty since the entire story is told by Nick. However, in the novel, Nick states "I am one of the few honest people I have ever known" (Fitzgerald 63).
Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief and Anthony Doerr, the author of All The Light We Cannot See both wrote award-winning novels that took place in the World War II setting. Each of these novels have their own ways of including symbolism, foreshadowing, and flashback. While reading each of these books, readers may be able to make many connections with each of Doerr’s and Zusak’s characters. Their novels may be similar, but the way they were produced is very different. Even though Markus Zusak and Anthony Doerr’s inspirations differ, their background and personal experiences influence their motivations for writing.
Although there are many differences between these two gifted authors, similarities can be discovered as well.The background of Walt Whitman is enormously different from that of Emily Dickinson. Because Walt Whitman was such an under privileged kid and rose from his struggle in avery romantic life style, we see this slight bit of romanticism in his writing, like when he says, “ But O heart! heart! heart!/O the bleeding drops of red,/Where on the deck my Captain lies,/Fallen cold and dead” (Whitman). This writing expresses such a dramatic and romantic view.
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” Edgar Allan Poe’s writing is still famous to this day. Not only his writing, but his life. He is known for having a difficult life and writing about it. Through all his poems and short stories there are little hints everywhere that relate to his life. Depression, insanity and tuberculosis were all common topics of Poe’s writing that related to his life.
As one of the most controversial American literary figures, Edgar Allan Poe has always attracted considerable attention from both critics and readers alike. Due to his allegedly eccentric personality and the dubious circumstances surrounding his death, the public perception of the writer has often been somewhat mythologized. When it comes to his works, Poe has been both critically acclaimed and disparaged, both acknowledged and disputed, but rarely ignored. As he left behind a significantly influential literary legacy, his place among the most important writers in American literature is today undeniable. Being both a journalist and a fiction writer, Poe produced numerous texts ranging from tales and poems to critical essays, reviews and newspaper
Cheever was born in May 1912, in Massachusetts (“John Cheever”). Cheever is sometimes referred to as the “Chekhov of suburbs” (“John Cheever”). Anton Chekhov was a highly regarded author, known for his themes of banality and randomness ("Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904"). Late in his life, Cheever suffered from a heavy drinking problem, which likely influenced this story (“John Cheever”). In “The Swimmer”, Neddy Merrill is
And even though he was a pioneer in the development of horror and the grotesque in American literature, not that many people think him first and foremost as a Southern writer. He had a unique and dark way of writing. His mysterious style of writing appeals to emotion and drama. Poe's most impressionable works of fiction are gothic. His stories tend to have the same recurring theme of either death, lost love or both.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (1) This opening line has set a precedent for foils in literature for decades to come. The use of a foil is meant to draw attention to a character’s flaws therefore making an opposing character’s strengths more visible. This novel exemplifies foiling through characters such as Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay, as well as the settings. It is for these reasons Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, as a whole, works as a foil. Sydney Carton is first introduced as an alcoholic lawyer without many morals.
Throughout many books and movies, there always is a certain character who appears to have the qualities of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a bad judgment call that eventually leads to his or her own destruction. Both Macbeth in the play Macbeth, and Severus Snape from the movie “Harry potter and the deathly hallows: part two”, appear to have the characteristics of a tragic hero. Although Macbeth and Severus Snape both demonstrate that they are flawed and noble, it is clear that Snape is a better example of a tragic hero because Snape’s motifs are more honorable; and the audience feels pity and fear for Snape as opposed to Macbeth. These characters are known to be noble and flawed individuals.
Dr. Seuss attended Dartmouth College, where he became the editor in chief of its humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. After graduating from Dartmouth, Geisel attended Oxford University in England. His planned was to become a professor but life had different plans for him. He met his wife Helen Palmer at the Oxford University. They got married in 1927 that same year he dropped out of Oxford, and the couple moved back to the United States.
The unprecedented use of prescription drugs by soldiers and veterans began during the second Gulf War and continues unabated today. The combination of increasingly prescribed drugs during and after military service has led to violence, suicide, incarceration, homelessness and in many cases chronic mental disabilities while under care and treatment from the VA. In many circumstances this has become a disability that most veterans can 't recover from because of numerous psychiatric drugs. I will be talking with you about the effects of prescribed medication and the effects that they have on veterans that could cause them to become unemployed and ultimately homeless. A lot of service members are skeptical about seeking professional help due to
Born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, Nathaniel Hawthorne was an only child. His father died when he was very young. When he was still a child, an injury to his leg left him unable to move for a very long time. He spent much of his time reading and soon focused on becoming a writer. He most likely added a “w” to his real last name “Hathorne” because of his ancestor’s involvement in the infamous Salem witch trials.