Say One Thing, Mean Another (The Use of Satire in Canterbury Tales) “Filth and old age, I’m sure you will agree are powerful wardens upon chastity”(Chaucer). Chaucer, the father of English literature wrote a tale called Canterbury Tales where he told a story about a religious journey. This tale is made up of many different stories by characters that Chaucer made up to prove a point. Chaucer doesn 't agree with a lot of things that are going on in his society so Chaucer uses satire. Which is the use of humor, or irony to expose people 's stupidity.
In John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden, the author explores mankind’s endeavor to overcome internal and worldly evil by utilizing biblical allusions and circular prose. One can infer that the novel is a great biblical allusion with the story of Cain and Abel from the Book of Genesis being a reoccurring insinuation. Steinbeck applies these biblical allusions to specify the moral and immoral characters in his novel. For example, Charles Trask receives a “long and crinkled scar” on his forehead that “turns dark brown” while he is filled with a malevolent rage (46). Later on in the story, Cathy Ames is also marked with a scar during a grisly altercation with the pimp she was exploiting.
Dostoevsky provides his own response to Ivan’s accusations through his character, Alyosha. Alyosha acknowledges that Ivan 's approach and defense of atheism, "lies in that he renounces God out of love for mankind, comes forward against the Creator in the role of the advocate of all suffering creation" (Kiskaddon, Elissa. “Dostoyevsky and the Problem of God”). Alyosha tells Ivan his reason for rejecting God is simply a ‘rebellion’ and says; “One cannot live by rebellion...” (The Brothers Karamazov pg 245). Alyosha reminds Ivan that Christ suffered an excruciating crucifixion and shed his innocent blood for the sake of man while he is the most innocent and
A Whole New World (A Critique of Milton’s Theology) Milton’s Paradise Lost is one of the most important pieces of literature because of its literary quality and its controversial relationship to theology. He is rather controversial with his portrayal of biblical figures. By rejecting the Trinity and depicting God and the Son as two separate beings, Milton creates a new theology. Through his use of this theology, Milton shows the Son’s rise to glory through action and character, a concept that gives way to an argument against the birthright of monarchs. By framing the story around the relationship between God and the Son, Milton is able to define his political values in Paradise Lost.
does use historical and biblical allusions through out his whole letter, there are two allusions that really stand out. On page 289 paragraph 31 Martin Luther King Jr. is referring to the clergymen letter of calling himself an “extremist” King proclaims “ But although I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist.........Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “your enemies, bless the, that cure you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use and persecute you”. In this biblical allusions Marting Luther King Jr. talks about God being an extremist he does this because does it not just create common ground for everyone who knows those are Gods words but is use effectively to his power. When Marting Luther King calls God an extremist he goes on saying “ the question is not whether we will be an extremist, but what kind of extremist” these two follow after one another because some not all people think it is insane to love your enemies, to bless them because they are bringing you down but people go by it because it is the right thing to do so with that being said Martin Luther King Jr. is claiming he might be considered an “extremist” now for doing something out of the ordinary but soon his “extreme” actions will no longer be considered “extreme”but will be considered doing something good. A historical allusion King uses is on page 286 paragraph 16 Martin Luther King Jr. states
Drawing upon his established ethos, Henry alludes to the Bible, implying that if the Convention ignored him they would face destruction. Henry develops this idea of destruction throughout his speech, creating an emotional sense of fear and urgency around his argument with words such as “snare,” “war and subjugation,” “chains,” and “tyrannical.” Despite this heavy pathos throughout his speech, Henry also incudes logic, speaking of how he must judge the future by the past, and for that reason can only find proof that Britain will continue to mistreat the Colonies. He additionally utilizes logos through recounting all the acts they have tried so far, which had all been in vain, as well as through a series of “if… then” statements, such as “if we wish to be free…[then] we must
In The Grapes Of Wrath, By John Steinbeck, the ending is very controversial in many ways, the most obvious ways though are fundamentally wrong, morally wrong, and just how depressing it is.Since the book came out in 1939, everyone has had a opinion on the ending to John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Michael Harmon once said, “The ending can be seen two ways, as a tool for people to recognize the poverty and destruction at that time, or as a way to get more citizens to read the book”. It has a very controversial ending, that Steinbeck thought would name the last nail into the coffin, so to speak, on how bad the dust bowl and moving west really was. Ma and Rose of Sharon look at each other and they agree that Rose of Sharon should use her milk, that she doesn’t need because her baby was stillborn, and feed this old man. Everyone gets out of the barn, and she feeds him.
In addition, literary criticism includes narrative criticism where the goal is to understand how each author wrote in order to produce a “desired effect on the reader” (Strauss 68). For instance, Mark was encouraging believers to stay strong under persecution by showing how Jesus endured the cross. Also, Luke includes so many outsiders—non-Jews, interacting with Jesus, which causes the reader to feel included in the Gospel story or to become one who includes those who have yet to meet Jesus. Additionally, literary criticism includes point of view; meaning, “The Gospel narrators always affirm the evaluative point of view of God, who is righteous and just and loving. By contrast, Satan and his demons are deceitful, evil, and destructive” (Strauss 70).
The Butter Battle Book is a book written by Dr.Seuss. It expresses the meaning for the [capitalization error] cold war during the 1950’s and how they would compare their weapons untill one side was better than the other. It shows how it was meaningless to keep on making nuclear weapons just to be better than the other [run-on sentence] and in this they are talking about the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This is one of the many good satire books he has written [run-on sentence] and that 's why he is so popular. This author best used writing craft to convey meaning is by using parody, metaphor, and exaggeration.
One of his most famous works was Candide. It was written thirty years after his exile to England and inspired by influential people at the time, including Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Isaac Newton. In this novel, Voltaire expresses his disliking of optimism and how it is merely “false hope.” He believed that although we are sometimes put into bad situations, they would not always result in a greater good. The world is naturally evil, and evil is bound to exist in the universe one way or another. Voltaire also “expressed his contempt towards organized religion and its disregard for human suffering” (Khan).