Theme is defined as the underlying meaning in a work of literature. Authors develop theme to connect literature to our daily lives. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, “A and P” by John Updike, and “Cold Equations” by Tom Goodwin, all have different themes, but place an important emphasis on the heartache and pain caused by learning the truths in life. In these short stories, each character has a realization about life and it changes their future perspective on the world. The theme in “The Scarlet Ibis” is the duality of pride, and the idea that although some pride is good, when you let it control you, it can be devastating.
David Foster Wallace and Ernest Hemingway are two American writers. Even though they come from different generations, both men argue about the same subject, abortion, which is controversial during their time. While both of their short stories using a third person narrative, Wallace portrays his characters’ actions and behaviours by making readers experience their thoughts in “Good People” while Hemingway portray his characters by allowing readers to observe them from the outside in “Hills Like White Elephants”. Firstly, their different writing styles can help the reader to either understand the characters relationship quickly or slowly. Next, it would seem that the involvement of reader to understand the characters in “Good People” is greater than in “Hills Like White Elephants”.
James Baldwin is a renowned author best known for his work of essays, books and short stories, particularly those which dwell deeply into important social and psychological issues of discrimination, gender inequality, homophobia and so on. One of Mr. Baldwin 's most appreciated literary works is the short story 'Sonny 's Blues ' which focuses on two brothers who grew up together but take different paths in life. The story follows the narrator learning about his brother Sonny 's incarceration due to the use and selling of drugs until his brother gets parole. Throughout the story, we learn about the relationship between the pair and are able to witness the narrators ultimate understanding of Sonny and his ambition. As we continue to observe the impressive short story, we find the most recurring theme to be that of sorrow.
People often view these feelings as “illegitimate or not real”, which is unreasonable, I also think it is clearly a reason why victims have a difficult time coping with such struggles. However, a helpful way to cope with the moral injuries or trauma is through storytelling. I think that story telling is a great way for victims to express their feelings rather than ignoring it. The importance of storytelling is also seen in a book I read by Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. In his book, in a collection of short stories, he uses storytelling as an approach to cope with the trauma after the atrocities of the Vietnam war.
F Scott Fitzgerald uses topics like the past and inequality in society to make his theme of the decline of the american dream clear. This matters because this book is widely read and widely respected, people read this book and get attached with its characters. There are lessons in every chapter of this book that can teach you what the american dream is and how you can ruin it. This book allows people to learn from the mistakes of its characters, as to not make modern day society not like the society in the 1920s New York, East
Generally, a person is bullied because they are thought of as different, but if one isn't affected by this bullying, then they are honoring who they are on the inside. Standing out is rather okay if you are remembering that you are a single person. Also, this could be connected to an idea that Aristotle had, which was that everything posses its own “entelechy”, meaning that everything will eventually reach its highest potential. From there, this could be connected to the idea that everything happens for a reason, because everything has to happen for one to possess its greatest potential. Everything that occurs in life will either be a direct benefit or will be a learning experience, all of which will lead to something great.
Unbroken The author wrote this story to inform the reader of the life of Louis Zamperini, while also telling the story in an entertaining way. Hillenbrand demonstrated the main idea throughout the book by using rhetorical devices such as diction, syntax, imagery, and tone. Hillenbrand’s use of these rhetorical devices contribute to the book Unbroken by emphasizing the main character, Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s, life before, during, and after becoming a prisoner of war. In the novel, the author changes the tone throughout the book to add emotion to the story. In the beginning, she uses a depressing tone while also including statistics and the death rates throughout World War II.
Particular Purposes An author’s purpose is often revealed through the rhetorical strategies that he/she uses throughout their piece. David Sheff uses anecdotes and emotional appeal in order to achieve his purpose: to give a different view on the disease that is addiction. Similarly, Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch use emotional appeal and contrast of perspective in I Will Always Write Back to convey the message that standard of living should not limit a person’s capabilities. David Sheff’s memoir contains emotional appeal to achieve its purpose. It is packed with heart-wrenching moments that make the reader feel his pain.
When people study the story enough they can see their favorite characters through thin veils. On the whole, The Odyssey is a story of wit, bravery, and determinism. This story teaches people to think outside of the box and to persevere no matter what they are trying to do. “survive alone, bereft of all companions, lost for years”(Homer 973), and to, “make a fair sacrifice to Lord Poseidon”(Homer 974). Tiresias told Odysseus what he had to do to survive and he guided Odysseus, set him on the right path and told him of the hardships he would have to face.
As Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “For every obstacle there is a solution. Persistence is the key. The greatest mistake is giving up!” The gate, ladder and door are symbolic of solutions that one can use in this scenario to overcome the obstacle. Joy Kogawa implies that this is the more peaceful method and "the right way" to approach this obstacle. The rockets, bombs and battering rams are symbolic of a brutal procedure that one can use to overcome this obstacle.