Ernest Hemingway says that “All things truly wicked start from innocence” (Hemingway). In his opinion, when someone starts losing his innocence, all the things around him are going to be judged in a different way which appears to be more realistic and cruel. “Innocence” is mostly used to describe children since they are naïve and they comprehend less about events that happen around them. In Nino Ricci’s novel, Lives of the Saint, Vittorio is the one who has gradually become mature and has lost his innocence during his growth and development. Nino Ricci uses a variety of writing techniques to illustrate Vittorio’s loss of innocence throughout the novel. The theme of innocence is developed by the author by using various literary devices; by describing Vittorio’s childhood memories and by portraying conflicts between Vittorio and others.
In the story, Recitatif, by Toni Morrison, the theme is to people should never do stuff that they’ll regret because it will stick with them for the rest of your life. In the story, when Twyla, the main character, goes out to lunch with her friend from her orphanage, they discuss a girl named Maggie. Maggie was deaf so people physically abused her. Twyla thinks that Maggie fell down on her own, but in reality “They knocked her down. Those girls pushed her down and tore her clothes. In the orchard.” Twyla was shocked by this revelation, she claims that, “[she didn’t], that’s not what happened.” This dialogue illustrates the repetition of Twyla not remembering any of the things that happened. This shows how much the experience is troubling her
Murder on a Sunday Morning, is an Oscar award-winning documentary that tells of the conviction and trial of 15-year-old Brenton Butler for the death of Mary Ann Stephens in Jacksonville, Florida of May 2000. The film is a 111-minute movie directed by Jean-Xavier de Lastrade. The plot originates from the incident of Mary Ann Stephens being shot in the head by a black assailant; and then begins to unravel as Brenton Butler is arrested 90 minutes after the murder has occurred. Pat McGuinness, one of the main interviewees in the movie, takes up the case and defends Brenton Butler. The documentary presents the film from the trial, as well as interviews and investigations that Pat McGuinness and his partner Ann Finnel performed to gather facts for
Creating film adaptations of stage productions can be very easy, but creating a film adaptation of a stage production that makes effective use of the film medium to communicate an idea without losing the essence or message of the original production, well, it can be quite difficult. Although screenwriters, cinematographers, and directors have and use various tools that aren’t available to playwrights and book writers they often struggle with the effective presentation of an idea. They wonder what they could change to enhance the author’s message and how they could change it without losing/disparaging the original charm or themes. The constructive use of film techniques and film medium is the key to both a distinguished film adaptation, and the successful presentation of major ideas. It is evident that in Miller’s 1996 film adaptation that one of the major ideas present in The Crucible is the irony of male power. This idea could only be effectively presented through the use of various film techniques such as lighting, music/sound, and camera angles/shot selection.
Napoleon Dynamite, directed by Jared Hess, is an unique comedy following the life of a teen named Napoleon. Essentially, the film’s plot is following Napoleon, his family, and their odd adventures. The film shows Napoleon’s high school journey and his new friendships with Pedro and Deb. In the film, Napoleon and Deb work together to help Pedro run for the school president. Additionally, it follows Uncle Rico’s small businesses and Kip’s online love life. The film is filled with many laughs, but the story takes a look at the life of being an outcast in society. Jared Hess, through various characters in Napoleon Dynamite, examines the difficult and rewarding life of being different from everyone else.
Often it is the dark side of human nature that brings a story to life, and there is no sounder proof of this than William Shakespeare’s masterpiece Othello. The tragedy of the Moor of Venice is inflicted by the cruelty of Iago, perhaps one of the most intriguing antagonists in literary history. Iago’s cruelty is a defining element of the play, in that it pushes the plot forward as the trigger for all of the major actions throughout the story, serves as the cause of the cruelty of others around him, and reveals the character of each person in the play through their responses to his cruelty.
In the book Othello, Iago is a very manipulating man, throughout the book he manages to manipulate three main people, Roderigo, Cassio, and Othello. He uses all their weaknesses to bring them down. Iago wants revenge on Othello, because Othello overlooks Iago and his abilities, so Iago manipulates these three characters to get back at Othello in the long run. He comes up with a very good plan to get each other to turn against one another. So in the end he ends up getting what he wanted, revenge. Many characters fall into Iago 's web of deception throughout the book.
During the Elizabethan Era, drama began to flourish in Western Europe. Plays have become more violent and dramatic as well as new ways of driving a performance. William Shakespeare’s Othello involves a man named Iago who wants to get revenge on Othello who is known as ‘the Moor of Venice’. Iago is able to get Othello to fully trust him and manipulates Othello to believe in false claims which eventually brings both of them to their downfall. A soliloquy acts as an aid to the audience in order to understand a character’s internal thoughts. Shakespeare utilizes this technique frequently throughout the performance especially for the antagonist for the play, Iago. The soliloquies enhance Iago’s villainous characteristics by giving him moments to
In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare we are introduced to Othello who is the protagonist and faces a lot of obstacles, one of them being betrayal. Throughout the whole play we witness betrayal from many of the characters through their irrational behavior and actions. However the biggest betrayal we see is from Iago, who is the antagonist, in other words, the villain of the play. Iago plans on having his revenge and betraying Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Rodrigo and even his wife, Emilia. Betrayal is wrong and something that can’t be forgiven, at
Classic Italian literature within the Renaissance has often included a central idea embodied within a well thought out and biting prank to serve some form of justice or provide entertainment. Also, the common incidence of mimicry in the sixteenth century’s literal works produced large numbers of similar characters, plots, conflicts, and resolutions. The jokes within these literary works often employed the assistance of characters that found themselves encompassed within the prank during their daily lives. These individuals were swayed into aiding the joke by Fortune herself, whether aware of the trick or not. For example, Pietro Aretino’s play, The Stablemaster, was one of the most intriguing, well known, and detail oriented works that focused on the central idea of a prank, carried out to perfection because of the trick’s guidance by Fortune through Aretino’s use of imagery and satire in dialogue.
“Two Kinds,” by Amy Tan, essentially revolves around the struggle of Jing Mei and her constant conflict with her mother. Throughout her life, she is forced into living a life that is not hers, but rather her mom’s vision of a perfect child; because her mother lost everything, which included her parents and kids, so her only hope was through Jing Mei. Jing Mei’s mom watches TV shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show, which gives her inspiration that her daughter should be like the people and actors. First her mom saw how on the television a three-year-old boy can name all the capitals of the states and foreign countries and would even pronounce it correctly. Her mom would quiz Jing Mei on capitals of certain places, only to discover that she would
Act 3, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Othello embodies a pivotal point in the play, as it is a transition act that grounds the foundation of Iago’s development as an antagonist and the play’s development as a tragedy. In fact, Othello is written by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century. In Act 3 Scene 3, Iago begins his insinuations of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona, which petition Othello to consider the likelihood of Desdemona’s infidelity and Cassio’s disloyalty. In this particular scene, Shakespeare makes meticulous use of linguistic and dramatic techniques to characterise Iago as an scheming, deceptive and hypocritical antagonist.
Which brings out my next point, the theatre of the Absurd. Theatre of the Absurd plays a great role in this play and is influenced by the philosophical concept of existentialism, where there’s meaning to everything but at the same time everything is nothing. An example would be the character Lucky, despite the name “Lucky” he lives his life as a slave of another character, Pozzo. Lucky is known as a character that has a lot of knowledge but is unable the share it as he doesn’t have the ability to speak coherently. This can be shown in the long speech made by Lucky in the first act, where he talks about a lot of topics that seem unrelated to each other, suggesting that Lucky’s current life is very complicated and is shown in a darkly humorous way. This brings out one of the themes “ The nature of man ”, which shows the essential elements of a human condition where men lacks of identity and the inability to communicate with fellow man, showing the irony between the name and the conditions he is living
Baz Luhrmann is widely acknowledged for his Red Curtain Trilogy which are films aimed at heightening an artificial nature and for engaging the audience. Through an examination of the films Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, the evolution and adaptation of his techniques become evident. Luhrmann’s belief in a ‘theatrical cinema’ can be observed to varying degrees through the three films and his choice to employ cinematic techniques such as self-reflexivity, pastiche and hyperbolic hyperbole.
Romeo and Juliet is such an interesting play because even now, five hundred years later we are still talking and learning about this play. It is so relatable till date because people fall in love now as Romeo and Juliet did, families fight, as the Montagues and Capulets did. We can relate to each character in some. Which is what makes this play so compelling and lets it live, five hundred years later. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic tale of two lovers, separated by an epic feud of their two houses (Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet.) In these two houses there are many relatives and friends that make up much of the population of fare Verona. In the house of Montague there are two men. Mercutio and Benvolio. Both dear friends of the young Romeo. These two friends, so different in their ways are never found apart, or ever far from Romeo.