Social Isolation: A Lack of Belonging in Ondaatje’s The English Patient Loneliness is a common, yet unpleasant emotional response to isolation. This feeling of loneliness may be provoked by a disconnection from society, sometimes because of a person’s race or their gender. In a society that is becoming increasingly liberal, many believe that this discrimination will become obsolete. However, in Ondaatje’s The English Patient, the characters’ nationalities and genders are made obvious, suggesting that a person’s race or gender can lead to a lack of a sense of belonging thereby preventing them from succeeding. Kirpal, an Indian man fighting for the British army, finds himself torn between his obligation to the army and his nationality.
The short story, Prairie Gender, written by Rae Spoon examines ones’ difficulty identifying with a single gender. Spoon uses the literary device, irony in order to express the confusion and difficulty people have with gender. More specifically, the use of irony is used due to the fact that the gender conventions of society are flipped in the protagonists home town. Throughout the short story, the protagonist struggles to identify as a male or a female, primarily, due to the strict gender conventions society places on each gender. However, the town the protagonist grows up in, the gender expectations are reversed therefore amplifying her confusion.
Through the years, these literature artists have experienced many cultural injustices. Leonard’s poem “Six O’clock News” and Agard’s poem “Half-Caste” embody their cultural difficulties and experiences, and are both explicit pieces of cultural identity and how these people are looked upon by society. The meanings of these poems will be discussed and examined in depth in this essay. The structures of these two poems are very similar, but also very different. ‘Six O’clock News’ can be described as a rant, written in a single, unbroken verse with little punctuation.
Many authors create literary works such as books, articles, journals etc. in which they incorporate various literary elements to catch the reader’s attention. In addition to this, authors also use different literary elements to differentiate the personalities and characteristics of every character in their literary works. In the book “ This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz, he uses various literary elements such as personification, setting, imagery, and epigraph to convey the short stories. Furthermore, Diaz also uses conflict to characterize the personalities of each character.
Humanity often struggles accepting change in a hateful world. People seldom understand this melancholy idea better than Claude McKay. Claude McKay, a figurehead of the Harlem Renaissance, has multitudes poems, containing a broad spectrum of theme, from reflecting the Jamaican peasant life to challenging white authority in America. McKay rarely withholds emotions, especially those of bitterness, and his poetry often reflects the oppressive life in his early years. This oppression paved the way for poems speaking of the injustices and prejudice’s that impacted the lives of colored men and women in society.
Tell a story. These stories can show who people are in the world, to show a light to help find who’s lost in the dark. Stories can be ridiculous or heart-wrenching, but they can always provide character in the storyteller, and in the characters they weave with words. Most importantly, stories provide an understanding about an aspect of life, whether it is nature or social interaction. Recurring themes are created in order for common aspects among all the people inside the tale, to realize .
In the story, Holden tries to be different from others because it is the way to express identity for him. It causes him to be isolated from the society, and he sometimes feels loneliness in his life. Similarly, the girl in “First Muse” feels sadness and loneliness when she realizes that there is the literary border. She says, "I was stunned ...and fought back tears" (Alvarez, 3-5). Additionally, she says that "Maybe I could be the one exception to this writing rule?"
Regardless of whether characters in the books we read reflect others or ourselves, what is most critical is interfacing with them in ways that allow us to comprehend our identity today. Here and there finding out about our history through the eyes of various characters can be agitating or even agonizing, yet it additionally can be an enlivening to the obscure. Diversity in literature is also important because it has some influence on how different people are seen or not by some other cultures according to literature. When analyzing literary works, we must first see the structure of the work such as plot, which is the way that the author arranges the ideas or incidents that have place in the story. We also must take a close look to the character which is essential to the plot, without characters the writing would not have a true sense.
Racism against any culture abuses one’s dignity, and one’s culture. Common themes in the poem, white Best Friend, and the short story “Mericans” all have a common theme: Racism. Racism is a horrible characteristic that each nation shares. Even if people don’t realize that they are being racist. In these short stories/poems, I am going to share different views and literary analysis on racism.
Some people fight against this drawback and carve their identity and escape the drudgery. The characters Tilo, Ahuja’s wife, Geeta and Hamida, etc are a few examples. Gender plays a crucial role in the way in which immigrants experience diaspora, “…at each step of the migration process, women and men encounter different experiences” (Espín, 241). The characters in the novel are very clearly torn apart, often into multiple pieces both physically and emotionally. It shows how complex is the problem of identity crisis that Indians try to cope with in a foreign land.