The repetition of king’s show how arrogant Ozymandias was, yet when compared to the crumbling ruins of his statue, the poet undermines him and shows that he did not last forever as he thought he would. The audience of the era twinkle’s on the effects it can have on people and how long it can last before the eternal truth (religion) conquers it. The modern audience zoom in on the irony of “Ozymandias” which cuts much deeper as the audience realizes that the forces of mortality and mutability, described brilliantly in the concluding lines, will erode and destroy all our
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare has the infamous line from Marcellus “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Indeed, throughout the play, it is proven how rotten Denmark is. Shakespeare carries this extended metaphor with hints to it at almost every pass possible. In fact, in the beginning of the play, the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears, which should be a clear sign that something is amiss. Hamlet’s own musings his father’s death and mother’s marriage to his uncle is well embodied in the line when Hamlet speaks to Horatio “Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral baked meats/Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” (I, ii,16).
Finally, personification is used to show how the soldiers hid the horrors of the war and turned them into a more familiar sound like arguing. Through figurative language, the readers are clued into Collins’ insane choice and receive a clear image of how nihilistic the war raging around Collins was. “A Mystery of Heroism” is a short story that mocks heroism and what we define as a
Correct punctuation is the focus of the book Eats, Shoots, Leaves by Lynne Truss, a self-labeled "zero tolerance approach to punctuation" (Truss). Grammarian, Lynne Truss, attempts to interest the everyday reader in punctuation by using comical situations and correcting popular signs and slogans. Her "inner stickler", however, makes the book come across as pretentious and aggravating to the non-sticklers of the world. Truss uses inappropriate examples such as sticklers getting "very worked up after 9/11 not because of Osama bin-Laden but because people on the radio kept saying 'enormity' when they meant 'magnitude'," since sticklers "really hate that" (Truss 5). The breakdown of the most popular forms of punctuation are useful, but made barely readable due to the author's sense of humor and pretentiousness regarding the subject.
Understanding the context of the World Wars not only gives one insight into the suffering of the German Jews, but also highlights the danger of having a single story of a people to the point of believing that they are underserving of life, which is perhaps the only thing that no human, alive or dead, is more deserving of than another. The poem makes use of images of nature such as “spring as it blossoms anew” and “fish swimming” which highlights the importance of life above all else. The poem also puts an emphasis on looking at human beings as “souls” instead of using measures such as wealth and class to define them. This not only challenges the status quo but raises a sense of urgency within the reader to check themselves. As our paradigms shift, so does the way we communicate with and about those who suffer and along with that, how we tell their stories and how we see them and ourselves in the world.
Fahrenheit 451 I was a pleasure to burn. Fahrenheit 451 is a book of an untold future about how technology has ruined society and the minds of the people that live it in. Ray Bradbury used his knowledge of human nature and their reaction to new technology to write this book. In the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury uses conflict, imagery and irony to convey that ignorance is bliss a message that resonates in today’s society. Ignorance is bliss is a common phrase used to simulate that have lack of knowledge is perfect happiness.
Hurst uses foreshadowing in the form of the Narrator’s internal dialogue (i.e. “I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death”), as well as the dialogue between the Narrator and Doodle (i.e. “‘I’m going to teach you to walk, Doodle […] so I won’t have to haul you around all the time’”), to illustrate his guilt. Both elements support the idea that the narrator’s guilt is due to his pride throughout the story, and the Narrator understands and acknowledges that he harmed and ultimately killed Doodle. Thus, the Narrator becomes the storm that kills the Scarlet Ibis: his crippled
They display the apathy, ignorance, recklessness and equal hopelessness in the face of war that an anti-war writer would testify is fundamentally characteristic, at least from the view of the mass population. The risen soldiers, just as most Americans would agree, find their achievement in fulfilling personal dreams and enjoying life. The dichotomy of this relationship is the main theme upon what Irwin Shaw builds Bury the Dead on. The final third of Shaw’s agitprop is devoted to diving into these lost ambitions of the dead soldiers. This is possibly the most disturbing portion of the play as the reader begins to realize the human nature of these corpses and the pressures that put them in the grave.
For example in line 1, where McKay writes. “...bread of bitterness,” which compares bread to the idea of bitterness ultimately projecting a feeling of sourness in one's mouth to the audience. McKay uses this to illustrate the hardships he has faced in America. Another example of a metaphor in the poem is in line 3, where it writes “Stealing my breath of life.” This statement about America stealing McKay’s breath of life is a comparison between America and McKay’s culture, as culture is an inseparable part of one’s life and represents an individual’s breath of life. The metaphors used in McKay’s poem along with the personification of America and the associated imagery helps the reader understand McKay’s relationship with America in