At the heart of a person‘s life lies the struggle to define his self, to make sense of who he is? Diaspora represents the settling as well as unsettling process. While redesigning the geopolitical boundaries, cultural patterns, it has also reshaped the identities of the immigrants with new challenges confronting the immigrant in negotiating his identity. Diaspora becomes a site where past is given a new meaning and is preserved out of intense nostalgia and longing. The novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid is significant in its treatment of the issues faced by immigrants in the diaspora.
2 People’s normality and everyday innocence was shook directly after the 9/11 attacks. In “September 12, 2001” by X.J Kennedy it was introduced with a horrifying image. The first stanza began with two choices both leading to death, “choosing between a fireball/and to jump holding hands” (Kennedy 3-4). Shortly after the first stanza there was a sharp climax, it began with a couple waking up to the horrors introduced in the first stanza. This couple seemed to have a great morning within their normal life until “we open eyelids on our pitiful share of time” (Kennedy 9).
The controversial novel ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ written by Ken Kesey (1962) explores many concepts thematically, these being referenced to frequently through the usage of various literary techniques. These explored themes all being widely discussed topics within the communist-ridden, and paranoia instilled period in which the novel was created. The antagonist, Nurse Ratched is metaphorically conveyed through her name via a pun as a device used to force cogs into place whilst also foreshadowing future events, this metaphor shaping the readers understanding of central ideas greatly. Nurse Ratched is also expressed as being the emblem for the Combine by Chief Bromden, this being reinforced with the motif of machinery and mechanical
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses these characters to symbolize the stereotypical people of a modern America. The most representative person from The Great Gatsby is Nick, who symbolizes the average person through his work, income, and perception. Nick lives an average life, using public transport to commute to a "nine-to-five" job almost everyday. This is revealed from a quote very early into the book, "A young man suggested we take a house together in a commuting town … At the last minute I went out to the country alone" (Fitzgerald 3). Almost immediately, Fitzgerald makes him out like everyone else, experiencing a fast, modern world first hand.
Spain sent General “Butcher” Weyler to control the situation in Cuba, so America sent the navy battleship called the USS Maine to the area to protect American investments. At first, the battleship USS Maine had no hostility, but until the Maine exploded at 9:40 pm on February 15, 1898 in Havana Harbor. There was 260 American naval personnel be killed on that ship. There was difference explanation of the explosion. Some people stated that the Maine was hit or blown up by the Spanish Navy, however, others said that the ton coal bunker exploded.
Most think of Colonial America as the United State’s first stake in land. Some think of it in relation to Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving special episode. While some truth holds to both of the previous statements, many do not understand or care to know the differences between each colony. From farming to foreign contact, each colony had different ways of living and standards within their society. In 1620, the Plymouth Colony was founded after a nine-week voyage across a great ocean with tremendous storms and hardships.
Whether this hidden duality is shown or not, it is always present no matter who or what the subject may be. Duality is shown to not only be a large portion of current society, but it has a massive effect on a fictional, yet realistic community from 17th century Massachusetts Bay. All throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter characters and symbols representing duality have been present, taking shape in important characters such as Hester Prynne, Pearl, Roger Chillingworth, and Arthur Dimmesdale, as well as objects such as the rose bush, the scaffold, and the forest. One of these symbols is Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the Puritan Priest of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Dimmesdale is seen
Ray Bradbury, the author of the short story, “A Sound of Thunder”, relies heavily on word choice to convey a mood of suspense. Countless times in this story, a series of events have occurred to portray that mood. One being, Travis is illustrating to Eckels the importance of not disturbing the past, considering it may “Add up infinitesimally” and nevertheless “Multiply out in sixty million years” (Bradbury 686). By utilizing the word infinitesimally, it gives off a sense of being unnecessary, however, by later using the word multiply, it redistributes the relevancy. This generated a mood of seriousness and alertness to not disturb the ancient world, and to avoid producing a societal consequence.
At the beginning of the novel, Changez shows a modest amount of love for his new home in New York. “I was, in four and a half years, never an American; I was immediately a New Yorker” (Hamid 33.) As the main character progresses, he starts to see the concealed, unsatisfactory point of view of American society. Consequently, his dislike evolves through many events, which ultimately leads him to smile after seeing the twin towers implode from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I stared as one-and then the other-of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed.
Joyce Carol Oates has captured an evolving nation in her countless works written in the past 50 years. Oates intricately illustrates the struggle of a second self, showing through her plays, novels, poems, and short stories the consequences of duality. Her protagonists often represent the nation as a whole and reveal the challenge to find a sense of self in a rapidly changing society. These characters have a wall that they struggle to overcome, which provides them with a limited perception and creates obstacles such as isolation and a loss of identity. The human experience is seen as a complex phenomenon from her perspective, using violent themes and events to illustrate how the ‘perfect’ world is not as innocent as most would think.