31 p.g 213.) The author uses personification to describe the force and harshness in their actions, by doing this Cormier is successfully incorporating both visual and kinesthetic imagery into the quote as the reader is now exposed to both an image and a feeling of the painful sensation being experienced by Jerry. The use of Hyperbole in the line “They wanted to blind him, they wanted to kill him.” exaggerates the purpose of their doings. The students did not want Jerry dead they wanted him aware of the consequences he will be faced with if he continues denying selling chocolates. Cormier's
I could immediately feel Gabriel’s presence in the story because all of the characters seem to be afraid of what Gabriel’s reaction will be. As Gabriel confronts his son Roy we can see the theme of favoritism in the story. Baldwin highlights Gabriel’s favoritism towards Roy, “‘How do you feel, son? Tell your Daddy what happened?’” (22). As Gabriel is expressing terms of endearment towards Roy, we can see how he reacts towards John and Elizabeth with disdain and hatred.
The theme of inner savagery plays a very prominent role in both novels. Throughout “A Separate Peace” we learn that Gene is envious of Finny and essentially wants to be him. Gene is jealous that Finny is so popular, talented, and can get away with anything. Gene wants to see Finny get in trouble at least once for his actions. We see a prime example of Gene’s jealousy at the Headmasters’ Tea.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) In “The Scarlet Ibis” Brother is consumed by pride, and his actions towards Doodle show it. There are many examples throughout the story of his egotistical behaviors, and the few times in which he cares for Doodle are only for his own benefit. In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother is both cruel and kinds as he helps Doodle to succeed and thrive. Throughout Doodle’s life, Brother finds continuously unpitying ways to be merciless and inhumane towards Doodle. For example, When Doodle begins crawling, Brother renamed him, calling him Doodle because, “nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” (p31) When Brother does this relentless act, he believes
The main character has it implanted in his mind that he’s the talk of the school, of students, and teachers, and is tricking his emotions into making him feel bad because he knows the clothes he wears are bad. The author, Soto however, tries to explain that it is merely the boys thoughts of how much he hates the jacket that are messing with his mind. Soto says, “Although they didn’t say out loud, “Man, that’s ugly,” I heard the buzz-buzz of gossip, and even laughter that I knew was meant for me.” Soto is saying that the main character’s own thoughts are the main enemy that drives the main action in the story. Because of his thoughts, and his embarrassment, he becomes the reason his grades drop, the reason his friends abandon him. This helps to explain that people can be heavily affected by the type of clothes they wear, and supports the idea that most of this is just the characters tormenting thoughts of him being left behind because of his
Insecurity is the feeling of anxiousness and feeling self-conscious about one’s physical characteristics. In Gary Soto’s short story “The Jacket,” the main character says, “ I heard the buzz-buzz of gossip and even laughter that I knew was meant for me. And so I went, in my guacamole-colored jacket.” The boy with the ugly jacket feels insecure about his outward appearance because of the cruel laughter and judgement others are revealing and also tries to hide himself from the unwanted attention. Soto uses literary elements to express the hatred the boy felt towards the jacket, symbols to show that he was embarrassed of his culture and he wishes he had clothing like his other peers, and conflict to impact the way others viewed him to support the overarching theme: Focusing on the small things can distract one from the important things that matter. First, the literary element in “The Jacket” supports the overarching theme “Focusing on the small things can distract one from the important things that matter.” The boy is met with an ugly green jacket that his Mom bought for him for his middle school year.
Both are described as having a talent for finding the perfect thing to do or say to a person to hurt them the most and in the case of Archie this talent is used keep the Vigils in line, as well as the entire student and staff body. He is able to perceive how to gain the upper hand on Brother Leon during the beginning of the chocolate war by analyzing the Brother himself and discovering what he had done in order to try and make himself look good. After securing virtual amnesty from his crimes by manipulating Leon, he uses the secret society of the Vigils in a textbook cult fashion to dominate the school and more precisely, to attempt to dominate the
From start to finish it is apparent that Percy “Boy” Staunton from Fifth Business by Roberson Davies suffers from the personality disorder known as narcissism; which causes the victim to think too highly of themselves. A moment where Staunton shows that he believes he is greater than the main character: Dunstable Ramsay, is when he claims that “You unmarried men are terrible fretters. [...] The difference between us is that you've brooded over it and I've forgotten it” in a situation where he is trying to defend why he should not need to apologize for his past actions (Davies 270). Boy Staunton claiming such things shows that he believes that he is greater than others because he is able to forget about his guilty moments he had has in his past which clearly shows
And he would, too, if he could find a match. Ain’t it awful, Sam? (O. Henry 3). This creates a humorous tone because the kidnappers are terrified of the kid, when the kid should be terrified of the kidnappers. Another instance of situational irony is when “Red Chief” begins to speak with the kidnappers.
Insecurity is the feeling of anxiousness and feeling self consciousness about one’s self physical characteristics. In Gary Soto’s short story “The Jacket,” the main character says, “ I heard the buzz-buzz of gossip and even laughter that I knew was meant for me. And so I went, in my guacamole-colored jacket.” The boy with the ugly jacket feels insecure about his outward appearance because of the cruel laughter and judgement others are showing and also tries to hide himself from the unwanted attention. Soto uses literary elements, symbols, and conflict to support the overarching theme: Focusing on the small things can distract you from the important things that matter. First, the literary element in “The Jacket” supports the overarching theme