Many famous authors have struggled with alcohol and drug abuse, from the most notable, to those unheard of. The tortured artist complex falls under this category, and that is what Raymond Carver is. The influence of alcoholism in Raymond Carver’s writing is clear and comparable. Analysis of Carver’s life, his sober writing, and writings under the influence, yields a clear contrast in the two writing styles. Among famous authors who struggled with alcoholism, there was Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, and Jack Kerouac, who all became famous in their own right, however have the underlying themes of cynicism, gloom, and often grief.
Alcohol abuse and dependence is among one of the most prevalent issues in the United States today. It is known to help individuals cope with personal issues and to fix his or her’s emotions positively. However, in relationships like marital, family, and friends, the opposing people can be the target source of negative affection, and may tend to leave them from his or her own fear. In the novel Rabbit, Run, John Updike argues that a partner leaves their spouse in a tough situation when it affects them well enough, eventually making the other partner turn to alcohol to mend his or her problems. A spouse may leave their partner once finding them in his or her’s stressful problem in order to maintain peace.
Smack was a young adult novel about a couple in England who run away and after becoming squatters eventually become addicted to Heroin. This is another fiction novel with a few events and characters from real life. Smack received ma lot of praise however was widely criticized for contributing to a loss of innocence in young adult novels. The novel however received more praise than negative. Melvin Burgess explains on his website, “The approach it takes in being open, honest and upfront about drugs and drug culture is seen as being empowering thing, encouraging people to think for themselves, rather that encouraging them to take drugs, as its critics still sometimes try to make out”.
By what disaster did you lose your wits? Come out, my child, I beg you as a suppliant! '" (Sophocles, lines 1228-1230). Kreon 's use of the word suppliant shows how he feels subordinate to Antigone in this moment. In "Sonny 's Blues," Sonny uses heroin to cope with his past and how he feels misunderstood now, saying "Her voice reminded me for a minute of what heroine feels like sometimes-when it 's in your veins.
One such case is The Alcoholic in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s An Alcoholic Case. The Alcoholic, once a successful cartoonist, has sunk to a pathetic, near invalid drunk. In An Alcoholic Case, Fitzgerald uses the character of The Alcoholic to illustrate what can happen to us when we quit hope cold turkey. The idea of a central character being pessimistic is actually a bit of a rarity in Fitzgerald’s work. As noted in James Gindin’s essay Gods and Fathers in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Novels, Gindin notes, “Fitzgerald’s fiction always, in one form or another, reveals a strong element of moral judgement against which the heroes can be seen.
To follow, symbols are used to convey the importance and meaning of objects throughout each novel. The symbols that the authors use are hints for the readers to see how important certain objects are to the characters and how they affect them. Fitzgerald uses alcohol as a symbol of negativity that has a strong impact on the book. “‘One of your own sojers got shoved out of the back window an’ killed hisself!’” (Fitzgerald, 101). Alcohol leads to nothing but bad actions throughout the entire novel.
This quote from Edgar Allan Poe relates back to Poe’s drug use and although we can’t prove it, his drug use did seem to alter his state of mind. His unstable mentality did impact his writing by giving many of his male narrators psychotic tendencies. In the Tell Tale Heart the narrator starts to hear a heartbeat and it drives him insane. This represents Poe’s disturbed mind which was a result of his heavy drug use. Many of Poe’s stories reflects his use of drugs, childhood as an orphan and his grief from traumatic experiences.
The book Mosquitoland is about a troublesome young teenage girl who has a lot of family issues and was written by David Arnold. It was written in first person point of view by a sixteen year old named Mary Iris Malone or Mim Malone for short. The book starts off with Mary living with her father and new stepmother after her parent’s divorce. As a teenager, these major life changes do affect your behavior and emotions big time! Shortly after her parents split, Mim finds out that her mother is sick.
Characterization in “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver: Bias to Acceptance Intoxicants can have a vast impact on human behavior, whether they are legal or illegal substances. People consuming intoxicants can be observed in music, movies, TV shows, or even literature. In “Cathedral,” the characters consume both alcohol and marijuana. As one reads the story, he or she can observe the effects these substances have on the characters in “Cathedral.” One character in particular, the narrator, can be observed to have been affected by the substances. In the beginning of the story, he is openly against the blind man, but as the story progresses, his attitude appears to change after he consumes the intoxicants.
Addiction in The Picture of Dorian Gray “When you start becoming really successful, the demons start to tempt you, the demons of vanity and self importance…” (Ethan Hawke). In Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the lifestyle of an addict is reflected through Dorian’s opioid addiction. The lifestyle of an addict is one that revolves around the substance being abused, this can lead to cravings and devastating withdrawal symptoms, in Dorian’s case, this substance is opium. Dorian experiences many mental effects due to his addiction which including anxiety, irritability, and social withdrawal. The effects that opium has on Dorian goes much beyond the mental symptoms of abuse such as his impaired decision making.
I attended the Ipswich Female Seminary, where I befriended Emily Dickinson and ever since we helped each other in writing and progressing in our poetry. Tragedy marred my childhood, I witnessed my two baby brothers die as infants. My mother passed away when I was only 14 years old. And my father died three years later. However, my aunt orphaned us which helped my sister and I obtain an excellent education, which was unusual for women in