NIGHTHAWKS During the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, many cultural and social changes were arising in the United States. These changes were portrayed through an art form called American Realism, which attempted to depict the ordinary American life at home during different time periods. Edward Hopper became a well-known realist painter who displayed many common place scenes in his work, that capture the isolation of city life. In 1942, following the Pearl Harbor bombing, he painted his famous Nighthawks painting, which displayed the common themes of loneliness and in this case, wartime isolation, and uses Kairos, along with contrasting dark and light colors and four mysterious individuals, to bring out the deeper messages
At the station bar the scene is shot in a bright light, furthermore, the use of a wide range of scale from black and white depicts the characters: while Sarah is shown in light colors, seeming to be an innocent woman (…. ), Eddie uses dark dresses, and thought the audience already knows him, now, in addition, he shows different layers of clothing, from darker to lighter, which could mean that he has a good depth. In the tavern scene the light is different and projecting shadows from the characters. Eddie says ‘you look different’ and he is right, Sarah is shown under a different light and as a result, especially after confessing that she drinks, the contrast between them is not so wide, since she is shown darker than in the preceding scene. Furthermore, Eddie is enlightened with a back lighting increasing his charming.
Loren Eiseley explores the theme of the journey of dark descent in collection of essays called The Night Country, particularly in his essay titled “The Places Below.” Along with this comes the imagery of darkness, of “the night country,” which gives the volume its title and unifying theme. The “night country” into which people descend is described as a series of dark caves, tunnels, labyrinths, tombs, basements, and hidden passages by Eiseley. Per Eiseley, we will be drawn to the darkness because: You will be drawn to it by cords of fear and of longing. You will imagine that you are tired of the sunlight; the waters that unnerve you will tug in the ancient recesses of your mind; the midnight will seem restful – you will end by going down (Eiseley, 15)
Casablanca was rushed into production in December 1941, the month of the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii, which is also the month that the film takes place in. Just as the title implies, the setting is based in Casablanca, Morocco, where Rick Blaine owns a nightclub called "Rick 's Café Américain". As this film takes place in December 1941, the plot revolves around many refugees attempting to reach The United States, which was still neutral during that time of the war. Although, over the years, historians have questioned the historical accuracy, or lack thereof in Casablanca. A specific key to the plot is the “Letters of Transit”, a document that allows those who bear them unquestioned travel through German-controlled Europe.
The use of contrast and the play with light and darkness is fascinating. It has a great psychological effect on the audience. The Don Corleone’s office is submerged in darkness and the characters in the scene come in and out of the light, thereby directing the focus onto them. A very large part of the film is shot in low key lighting, to emphasize on the theme of the film which is essentially, the life story of the Mob in
Where as Nast’s comic shows him serving others, Keller’s shows him waiting to be catered to by the black servant, thus proving his superiority. Another difference can be seen in the guests present; while Nast includes men, women, and children, Keller only shows men at the table with one woman who is standing by the kitchen. Furthermore, Nast utilizes a round table to avoid hierarchy, and thus promotes equality of race and status. Uncle Sam is seated at the head of the table in Keller’s parody, thus degrading everyone else present. Also, towards the back, you can see people who seem to be of Asian descent in the doorway.
For example Lee incorporates imagery to create suspense in the scene where Jem, Scout, and Dill try to peek into the Radley’s house. “Then I saw a shadow of a man with a hat on… and the shadow was crisp as toast, moved across the porch toward Jem” (71). The fact that this takes place in the night creates a restless atmosphere. Incorporating suspense through imagery seems easy for Lee as she uses imagery that does not quite fit in with the story. For example, “the shadow was crisp as toast” (71) This conjures an uneasy feeling in the back of the reader's mind.
The title Night is especially important to the message Elie leaves with the reader. Elie Wiesel titles his book Night because night is significant to Elie’s experiences during the Holocaust because night symbolizes the darkening of souls and the loss in faith in others during this dark time period. It is also used as a passage of time to mark the most important and life changing moments in Elie’s life. One of the reasons Elie Wiesel chose to title his book Night is because the darkness of night represents the darkening of the souls and identities of many prisoners during the Holocaust. For example, after Elie’s first night in the concentration camp, he says, “The night was gone.
Have you ever wondered what goes on at night? Many people believe that night is simply the period of darkness in each twenty-four hour period. However, reading William Shakespeare's Macbeth may change someone’s mind. Reading about this tragedy may show that the word “night,” as it’s used in Macbeth evokes discomfort in the reader, including feelings of fear, chaos, and darkness. The evolution of the word 'night' illustrates a major theme in Macbeth by displaying the evil that occurs at night and presenting that what’s done in the dark, will eventually be revealed in the light.
Example Edward wears an all-black suit that looks similar to a strait jacket. While the people wear bright colorful outfits. Edward’s and the people’s outfits are different to show that Edward comes from a different place and that he is sad and dark. While the people are happy and don’t have anything to worry about. Also in Tim Burton’s movie Corpse Bride he uses low key lighting to show the scene’s intensity and how to feel during the scene.