Although her work has been consecutively ridiculed as a poor depiction of the Heian court life, it has also been thought of as comical. A deeper look into Shōnagon’s work shows that this comical relief, also known as okashi, has been included to express her own personal observations and opinions. Although, Shōnagon’s The Pillow Book may be viewed as a frivolous portrayal of court life, with the inclusion of satire and okashi it illustrates an insightful and contrasting perspective of the Heian period. At a first glance, The Pillow Book can be seen as a simple diary
Irony is also one of the important theme represented in the play. A successful irony is used to make an audience consider what has happened or said to emphasize an idea. Normally when a character is portrayed in an ironic sense, the person can only be saved from previous foolishness by divine intervention. Irony is evident in the words spoken by Madame Pernelle, in Act 1 Scene 1 as she is criticizing Elmire: “Daughter-in-law, please take this well/Behavior such as yours leads straight to hell.” (1.1.27-28). It’s ironic and funny that she considers Elmire’s mild behavior of spending money on fancy clothes sinful yet she praises the man whose actions is corrupt and devious.
Salman Rushdie is anything but ordinary. His style of writing is as explained, “He is not a realistic writer; he is the foremost practitioner in England of magic realism.” (1) He has a way of creating characters and plots that tell a story in a different way than normal authors. Similarly, In Toni Morrison’s speech, she uses a story of a blind woman to express the idea of the life and death of language. So, what’s the use/threat of stories that aren’t even true? Well in Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Rushdie and Toni Morrison speech, the stories are a way to expose the author’s true intentions by encouraging the use of imagination and creativity.
This is an excellent idea for adding modernization since this play does work neatly with adding theatrical elements such as music. However, the execution was exceedingly poor: the parodies were awkwardly worded, for instance, their interpretation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the artist Queen. This iconic song was used to portray the Canadian Antipholus’s confusion over Luciana. At the time she was under the belief Antipholus was cheating on her. The choice of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a poor one, as it felt as if they threw in lyrics to suit the play, but kept most of the original song which created a bizarrely grating final product.
As I have mentioned in my midterm essay, he also teaches her the rhetoric that would allow her to be heard and not dismissed. Though in lines 4.3.169-178, Petruchio seems to tell Katherina his justification for not wearing nice clothing, it also doubles as a metaphorical piece of advice and an explanation for his own actions. “Darkest clouds” (4.3.170) seem to suggest that her mean words are what hides the ‘honour’ that ‘peereth in the meanest habit.” The lines suggest that Katherina’s qualities are not worse than her sister’s in terms of beauty or temperament (“The more fool you for laying on my duty,” 5.2.130) perhaps even better due to her intelligence (“For ’tis the mind that makes the body rich,” 4.3.169) but the difference is that she does not know how to show it. In addition, Petruchio may also interpret fanciful words to be something that is dark and dishonourable but in using them, the truth, personified as the sun, can break through them. Sequentially, Katherina consciously participates in the game, but not because her spirit is broken but because she now knows how to ‘play along’ and be able to assert her own thoughts through the borrowing of Petruchio’s and his social status as a ‘man.’ It explains her kiss at the end of 5.1 as it becomes a compromise in order to get what she wants
Nevertheless, the greatest differentiation between the two films was how they portrayed the characters. Zeffirelli placed emphasis on the motherly nature of Gertrude, which often can be absent within other films, and overly dramatized the incestuous relationships between Gertrude, Claudius, and, possibly, Hamlet. In contrast, Branagh instead focused most of his attention on the supposed “insane” elements found within Hamlet and Ophelia, and illustrated how relationships were transformed over the course of the play. Branagh’s emotionally-charged Hamlet had proved to be one of the best renditions of the tragedy, though many state the movie itself was less relatable due to it being the literal
William Goldman has a talent of teaching life lessons through his work. In The Princess Bride, he teaches and shows the unfairness of love and life. His choice of characters and fairy tale help set the story’s tone. The fairy tale is a whirl wind of adventure keeping the story from any boring parts, since it is known as the abridge version. [The Princess Bride by William Goldman portrays the struggles and reality of love and the fact that life is not fair through comedic relief.]
The development of complex, round characters is a vital part of any story. Characters that are diverse, elaborate, and intricate are essential in making a story more interesting and enjoyable to the reader. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is an example of a fantastic novel that lacks this particular element. Though Dickens is often praised for writing a memorable novel that explores the injustices of the French Revolution while also establishing several underlying themes through the use of literary devices, he is validly criticized for the absence of character development in the central characters of the novel. Charles Darnay, Lucie Manette, and Madame Defarge are three such characters who do not undergo any change throughout the course
When being told a tale, perspective is key to developing thoughts and opinions about the story. Such an argument is often applied to the farcical play The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, where Petruchio takes the hand of the devilish Katherine in marriage. Although displayed as a figure unworthy of love, Katherine grows soft and humane through her marriage with Petruchio. In spite of that, some view Petruchio as a figure of force and suppression towards Katherine, who they see as a subservient character, due to their interpretation of his actions as inhumane and unfeeling. However, based upon the ends that these actions achieve, many readers believe otherwise.
I also loved how they made Lioge sound like a child creeper. One of Linoge’s first scenes in the book he is singing little tea cup. This also adds to the Horror effect of the Novel. What I didn't like about the book is the writing style. Another thing I love about the book is the setting.
Perspectives Based on the perceptives on Flannery O’Connor personality she is described to be a loner. O’Connor has a different way of think from other authors because of her “sly humor, her disdain for mediocrity, and her often merciless attacks on affection and triviality.” (Gordon) She wrote her works to fit a new style a dark humor with Southern Gothic theme. O’Connor shows how grotesque the world is and how it needs a light to help change the world. Her works of irony is her main contribution to the world. O’Connor’s first published story The Geranium made her famous because of her literary irony.
Shakespeare is knows to make tragic stories which revolve around tragic heroes. In the book Hamlet, hamlet is seen as a tragic hero for several reasons, one of them which is his tragic or fatal flaw procrastination. Often in Shakespeare’s book there is one main tragic hero but in Hamlet there are two, Hamlet and Ophelia. Ophelia who is the love interest of Hamlet is only seen in the play a couple of times, but she is a significant character because Shakespeare portrays her as an innocent women who is seen battling with her true feeling and her women duties.