Literature, and written works in general, has continuously shown through world history to react to the cultural, social and political context surrounding it. That being said, with a commitment to literary arts one can experience alternative worldly and cultural views to their own and learn new ways to live an authentic life. Once the gratifying freedom of literature has been opened an individual, the emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of their lives can expand to new heights. In the novel, Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, it tells the story of young men and woman discovering the profoundness of literature for the first time. The book being set during the Cultural Revolution in China, where all politically opposing art forms and culture has been censored from humanity, the central characters Luo, the Little Chinese Seamstress and the narrator strive to find the quintessence of freedom and self-expression through the books they read, even while under the ever repressive nature of Mao’s re-education villages.
The novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress challenges the concept of re-education and the aspects of the Chinese government by contrasting the Communist ideology to the dynamic character of the narrator, by using symbolism to complement the transformation of the major characters and by including the picaresque story of the Little Seamstress narrated by herself. The notion of re-education and Mao’s ideology are challenged by the development of individuality in the narrator. The narrator learns a lot about the world and builds his own moral system and set of ideals based on the books he reads: “Without him [Jean-Christophe] I would never have understood the splendor of taking free and independent action as an individual.” (Sijie 110). These words indicate that the narrator does not want to act as one of the many proletarians but he would rather have a unique distinguishable personality. The ideal world in the books, in contrast
“…We are invited to see this significance in the perspective of the poem … but through our own perspective…” (Simecek, 504). The techniques of explaining your perspective can prove to be a rather challenging task. The authors William Shakespeare and Anne Bradstreet do just this. With the use of multiple literary devices, the poets used emotions and feelings to make you understand the connections between the author and subject. The perfect examples being the two titles, “Sonnet 18” and “The Author to Her Book”.
Having no one familiar to turn to, she finds a passion for words and continues to steal more books and develops strength through her burgeoning intellect of words. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is about the power of words; in this novel Zusak reveals that one who truly knows the hidden strength behind all words, can dominate others because words are more powerful than any weapon. The importance of words is shown through the symbolism of certain words throughout the novel; the motif of hunger, how it leads to her hunger for words; and how different Liesel’s world would be without words. Simple words can have deeper meanings.They can be symbols of something different, something more. There are words in The Book Thief that are emphasized, because they have a deeper meaning.
Literacy is the key to freedom. In the articles “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” by Sherman Alexie, “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X, and “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass, the message of learning to read and write providing fate-changing opportunities for oneself as well as for others is present consistently. “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” by Sherman Alexie reveals that being able to read and write has a tremendous effect on one’s future. As evident in the following quote, “As Indian children, we were expected to fail in the non-Indian world,” Indians were “stupid” according to the stereotypes, and, unfortunately, Indian children “lived up to those expectations.” This stereotype had already
Literary Techniques and Overall Meaning Poetry is a very important and respected type of literature, and one that covers a vast range of topics. Some of the most impressive and response-invoking poems are those that cover more sensitive topics, such as discrimination and racism. Discrimination is a topic not overwhelmingly seen in poetry, but often very interesting to read. Author Sekou Sundiata creates a prime example of this in “Blink Your Eyes.” In the poem, he speaks about racism in the law, as well as how you are treated in society depends on your skin color. The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however.
Naturalistic writers wish to discover the laws which govern human lives, such as heredity and environment. “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin is therefore in every sense a naturalist novel as it contains such elements. The protagonist, Edna Pontellier, is surrounded by a world with which she does not fit in; she is a victim of sociological pressures, pressures that result in her perishing. While she is slowly trying to escape the norms of society at the time, everyone around her is closing in on her and she is therefore forced by her environment to take steps she would not otherwise take. Thus an important feature of a naturalist novel comes to light; “the determination by personal traits and by social forces in the family, the class and the milieu” Deutschstunden).
Beowulf is an excellent piece with a lot for the readers to desire and relate to while reading. This analysis explores different escapades while examining the role of women in the literature. One thing to point out is that female characters have always received very thin attention in different pieces of literature, something that has always made many people think that their role is meager. Every piece of literature has an important message to pass across to its intended audiences. Indeed, this study seeks to demystify the male-centric mindset to promote the visibility of women in the contemporary interpretation of literary works demonstrating that women play a greater role in the literature despite the proximity given to male protagonist.
The use of nature instead of visuals that are man-made are also important in relation to the story because when the line, “This was nature.” was first used, it was referring to the ugly side of mankind such as sex, drugs, and alcohol. Though setting was previously stated as the most important literary element, theme also ties nicely into the message the story is trying to make as well. Many readers may interpret this piece as a coming of age story for the Narrator or for adolescents in general. However, the theme is actually human nature and the choice to succumb or stray away from it. Human nature in it of itself is the power to make
The beauty of literature and the reason why I love it so much is that a writer must eventually relinquish the meaning of his or her book. Therefore everyone who reads it can take something out of it which no one has before. I find that a beautiful notion myself, but it seems that looking for these life lessons has become a less and less popular exercise as the years have gone by. Let it not be forgotten that a true piece of literature, like To Kill a Mockingbird, is meaningful in every period and that today, Atticus Finch's message should be heard in the midst of all the global conflicts that we hear of on the news every