Thomas Pynchon is like Bigfoot, and Gravity’s Rainbow is like one of those rare photographs taken by fanatics. He rarely makes public appearances. There are only a few photos of him, mostly taken as a student at Cornell. Despite this, though, he is considered one of the greatest writers of the last few decades. The novel that cemented his place in the pantheon of American Literature was Gravity’s Rainbow. The story of the novel connects to the fears and passions of his contemporaries. Taking place in post-WW2 Europe (mostly Germany), the novel still manages to tell a universal story about war and its aftermath, and it does not balk at the dirty details of these subjects either. In 1974, the novel was selected to win a Pulitzer Prize, but was …show more content…
Questions of concepts native to Physics became intimate areas of creativity for Pynchon. A variety of such concepts show up in all Pynchon novels, but Gravity’s Rainbow is positively saturated in them. Engineering Physics is ubiquitous throughout the novel. Brian Stonehill, in an excerpt from his study, Artifice in Fiction, concludes that Pynchon’s use of scientific terminology is an integral ingredient in Gravity’s Rainbow (437). He’s right, since even the novel’s title, Gravity’s Rainbow, refers to the arc of a propelled object, including the famous rocket, around which the novel is based. Pynchon likely learned such things from his education in EP. This concept is in addition to other concepts important to the novel, including the Poisson distribution and Entropy. Entropy is such a common theme in Pynchon novels that Brian Stonehill has given it center stage in the story, as both a theme of the novel and an actual phenomenon (438). Pynchon likely studied these ideas in his Engineering Physics courses, but he doesn’t just appropriate Physics terms. Biology also comes into play in the novel, as Christine Turier says, “Spectro’s [a character in the novel] summary of the advantages of octopi as test subjects is in fact extremely accurate”
The book Rainbow High by Alex Sanchez is about three boys named Nelson, Kyle, and Jason are seniors in high school. As they are getting ready for college, they have to find a way to come out. Kyle and Jason are together and Nelson has a boyfriend named Jeremy, sadly after discovering Jeremy is HIV positive and Nelson is not, this causes many conflicts in their relationship, and Nelson has to try and fix it. Jason decided to come out to his coach, but is now worried he will not get his scholarship to Tech, he has to find a way to come out to everyone but still be eligible for the scholarship and win championship for basketball. I think the author does a good job creating a story with good realistic problems, and does a good job wrapping up.
The novel is about a struggling friendship between two Jewish boys that are growing up in Brooklyn, New York during the end of World War II.
In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, Elie tells about his dreadful experience as a Jewish prisoner in one of Hitler’s concentration camps. As he realizes all the cruelty he sees in the camps, he starts questioning his faith in God. He slowly starts losing faith/belief in God. The more horrible stuffs that happen to Elie, the more he becomes distant from God and starts showing less devotion towards himself. He began to change the way he was.
The Vietnam War is going on in the background of the novel and affects a character called Jeffrey. Jeffrey is a young Vietnamese boy. His family is not welcome in the small town of Corrigan and are abused and bullied. In the novel Jeffrey’s mother gets hot water spilt on her because the ladies husband died in the
He brings his experience from the bombing of Dresden and recalls his encounters during the tragedy. Through the subject of Billy, he describes the aftermath of man’s destructive power through the bombing, “It looked like Dresden after it was fire-bombed-like the surface of the moon” (). From this quote, he paints a true sight of war where nothing is left but dust. He relates this event to emphasize the fact that war is a place of sadness and despair and from Billy’s viewpoint he observes the hurtfulness and all the destructiveness of the world when the city of Dresden gets
World War I was one of the most barbaric and horrendous events that impacted world history. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich M. Remarque drives home this brutality through his main character. The theme brutality and carnage is displayed through the presence of death, violence, and the guilt the soldiers must carry within them. The soldiers were permanently scarred by the events they witnessed as death is always around them..
War is a harsh reality that is inflicted upon the unwilling through the “need” of it’s predecessors and those whom wish it. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is about 19 year old Paul and his friends in the “Second Company”. Even though they are just out of school age, they have already seen things that many could not bear to even think about. Eventually, all of his friends die, and even Paul too, dies. Remarque uses diction and syntax as literary devices to express his anti-war theme, or lesson.
Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, follows the life of a German Soldier, Paul Baumer, serving in the trenches in France during World War I. This novel is told from Baumer’s perspective and depicts the horrors of living in his shoes during this time. Paul and several other young soldiers volunteered for the war after their instructor in school, Kantorek and other authority figures back home filled their heads with glorious ideas about the war. Very quickly, he discovers the reality- gas attacks, fatal illness, starvation, rat infestations, and bloody trenches. This dehumanizing war affects Paul and the soldiers who fought in it by destroying their physical and emotional well being, changing their views on the meaning of life and death, obliterating their sense of nationalism by betrayal, and
Like what you ate for breakfast and who ranked up you think what soldiers go through nowadays and why they act so different when they come back because of how much war changes you. This depiction of war that the writer Walter Dean Myers shows us everything these soldiers go through and how it changes a man you could be a nonviolent man and never believe in god but once you're thrown in war your whole life will be
Readers, especially those reading historical fiction, always crave to find believable stories and realistic characters. Tim O’Brien gives them this in “The Things They Carried.” Like war, people and their stories are often complex. This novel is a collection stories that include these complex characters and their in depth stories, both of which are essential when telling stories of the Vietnam War. Using techniques common to postmodern writers, literary techniques, and a collection of emotional truths, O’Brien helps readers understand a wide perspective from the war, which ultimately makes the fictional stories he tells more believable.
War was absolutely devastating; emotionally and economically throughout the world. Especially after World War I, is was shocking to people because it was the first time anyone had witnessed something so distorting. In America, it changed everyone 's life styles. People became more materialistic and rebellious. The UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History talks about that time period by saying “The novel reflects the outward glitter and the inward corruption of the Roaring Twenties , also known as the Jazz Age, a decade of prosperity and excess that began soon after the end of World War I (1914–18) in 1918 and ended with the 1929 stock-market crash”(656).
Kurt Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army at the time of World War II. He was captured as a prisoner of war where he received much of his literary inspiration for Slaughterhouse-Five. The anti war theme throughout the book is touched on and also rebutted when Vonnegut states, “there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers” (Vonnegut 4). Vonnegut knows he is writing an anti war book but also is aware that wars cannot altogether be halted he is only trying to relay the horrors of war. The number of innocent victims killed by the bombing is alarming and Vonnegut keeping with his anti war theme made it a point to center his novel around the Dresden bombing which increased knowledge of what the historical city Dresden once was.
The nature of war has always been a cruel and inhumane part of our world and its history. Many themes, such as desperation and trickery, play a large role in the development of the short story, “All The King’s Horses” by Kurt Vonnegut. However, what is most particularly interesting is how Vonnegut portrays war the story and is represented the most throughout the novel is the theme of how destructive war is and how impactful it can be on many lives. Firstly, Vonnegut often subtly uses symbolism and allegories in order to portray the theme of war within the short story.