Every day, thousands of African migrants take the path towards a land of exile, seeking a better life in a continent full of dreams: Europe. Alpha Abidjan-Gare du Nord is a graphic novel published in 2014 written by Bessora and illustrated by Barroux. This quite unique duo created Alpha Abidjan-Gare du Nord, a migrant narrative deeply entrenched in the actual context of immigration waves from Western Africa to Europe as the cartoon takes the form of an autobiographical fiction in which Alpha tells us his journey from Abidjan to Paris. Bessora is a Swiss-Gabonese author, who is mostly known for her novel Cueillez-moi, jolis Messieur… for which she received the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique Noir. Barroux designed the illustrations, the French illustrator is well known in the world of independent cartoon for his drawing-style influenced by naïve art. On an impressive diversity of aspects this graphic novel gives us a matchless insight of the condition of African migrants taking the journey to Europe. Thus, it can be noticed that various themes represented by characters arise from this narrative that is told
The “other,” are commonly perceived as anyone belonging to the Muslim faith, or having descended, and or immigrated, from the Middle East region. They regularly face hateful actions and insults. Regardless of what they have contributed to their communities, the post 9/11 world increased, and fortified, anti-immigrant attitudes towards Muslims living in the United States. The prejudice the Muslims face makes it difficult for them to work and live in the United States. In the novel, In The Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib, the characters are essentially excommunicated by the community they live in, resulting in the loss of clients and friends. Also contributing to the loss of Samir’s clients is the aftermath of Hosamm’s murder-suicide, which causes Samir’s children to recommend he relocate his practice. Therefore, the reader learns about the “other” from the words spoken, not only by Samir, an Egyptian-Muslim, but about him by his loved ones.
The aim of this paper is to go in depth about the characters in the story as well as the theme and literary elements within the story. The literary elements covered in the analysis starts with point of view, setting, flashback, irony, symbolism, imagery, diction, and metaphor all the while reinforcing the theme of the story which is death.
In the story " The Scarlet Ibis" James Hurst shows images of red and expresses that every choice we make has a consequence and its either good or bad. The first place he shows images of red is when doodle and brother went up to the barn loft and saw the coffin. "Daddy had Mr. Heath, the carpenter, build a little mahogany coffin for him". Mahogany is a shade of reddish brown. It shows how death can change the mood of the story. Another spot he shows images of red is when Brother is working Doodle too hard and he stopped on the ground and curled up. "He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained brilliant red". This image express how doodle was dying and suffering. In conclusion, Hurst explains how
Anger and domination are a powerful defence. Men use these tools to protect themselves, similar to a turtle’s shell protecting their flesh. Red evokes emotional instability and subjugation. In the “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, Flannery O’Connor uses red to symbolize this fragility in her characters. Red Sammy Butts protects his fragile soul by putting others below him. With The Misfit however, the colour red is paired with white to reflect the volatile anger underneath his respectful shell. Out of all the colours, O’Connor chose red as a prominent representative in men with their vices, and how they hide it.
“Who am I?” This question has been swimming in Red’s mind until he discovers who he really is. Red: A Crayon’s Story revolves around a blue crayon who is supposed to be red; it says so on his label. However, every time he tried to draw red objects like strawberries, ants, and fire trucks, they turn out blue. The story is written from a pencil’s perspective, in which the said pencil is Red’s teacher. The reader is taken on a journey with the protagonist where Red faces copious challenges and disappointment from his friends. All his peers wanted to help him be who he is “supposed” to be – red. They all had their own opinion. Maybe he was broken, maybe his label was too tight, maybe he was not sharp enough. They tried to help by giving him advice, setting up play dates with other crayons, nevertheless, nothing seemed to work. Even the other art supplies stepped in and tried to fix him to no avail. Red began to feel hapless and miserable until he met someone with a different perspective who could see him for who he truly was.
In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the color red symbolizes uncertainty of how life will play out. It was neither autumn nor summer, the time in which death was prominent. The garden was stained brown, and the bleeding tree arose from the ground, intimidating the atmosphere. The young boy recalled his dear little brother, Doodle they called him. “He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man's....Daddy had Mr. Heath, the carpenter, build a little mahogany coffin for him. But he didn't die, and when he was three months old, Mama and Daddy decided they might as well name him”(1 Hurst). Human do not like to be left in the dark, infact they are so scared from it they often lose control of what is actually going on. They feel as though everything must
In a person’s life, many situations transpire and make them feel pride over one’s self. Readers can see this in the short story,” The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. “In his spare time Hurst wrote short stories and plays, but The Scarlet Ibis was the only work of his that become famous “(gradesaver.com)”. In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” James Hurst uses red to symbolize warning, death, and guilt to show the change the older brother goes through, as he takes care of Doodle.
In Edith Wharton’s novel, Ethan Frome, the author uses symbolism to add depth to the story. Throughout the novel the cat embodies Zeena presence even if she is not in the room. The pickle-dish and the breaking of it symbolizes Ethan and Zeena’s marriage. Many different emotions and feeling are represented by the color red. Edith Wharton uses symbolism to add to the story. The cat symbolizes Zeena when she is not there.
It is universally acknowledged that society is made up of two parts—the men and the women. The Ottoman empire was no exception. From the 13th century to the early 20th, the Ottoman empire held a central role in the world of global politics, commerce, and culture. They conquered vast lands, spread Islam, and created a rich and glimmering culture. But, one must recognize that women, because they make up half of the population, played an important role in Ottoman society as romantic partners and financial agent; however, women were also dealt the role of being subservient to men.
In any novel, mystery and suspense is a popular characteristic, but contributes very well to what secures a gothic theme to a novel. Here, mystery and suspense are built throughout the novel based on the predicament of the characters. Initially, mystery is built very early on in the story, where the reader is interested to know who the
One thing, is all it takes for people to change their ways and do things out of greed and want, one thing, is all it takes for people to do whatever they can to get the pot at the end of the rainbow. Sometimes that means taking risks and chances, making choices that you would normally think twice about before doing. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Ozymandias, and Viva La Vida share the common idea that, people can change because of their selfishness and need of power, by using descriptive words to create imagery in their text.
Frank L. Baum used various colors through out his novel. These colors were used to describe different people, places and things. The colors were symbolic of those things. They symbolized how the world was during his time. I will be talking about 3 of them. The color black, white, and green.
Firstly, the book deals with several characters who contributed to this mentioned story. However, it is from chapter five of the book that we visualize more clearly the main characters.
My name is Asher Lev is a novel by Chaim Potok. The main character, Asher Lev grows up in the Hasidic Jewish community. Asher is an artist living in Brooklyn, whose world is surrounded by the rules of his religion and the Rebbe. Art is not a part of Judais, and is looked down upon more often than not. This problem hinders Asher’s gift of drawing, reputation, and his relationship with his parents. The people in Asher’s life, opinions on art and religion haves contradictions, which only leaves Asher in a battle between the two. Throughout the novel, Asher Lev is continually confused with the meaning of art by his influential community.