Literary Criticism: “The Scarlet Ibis” “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it then the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone” (C.S. Lewis). Pride can be a dangerous thing if someone can not keep it under control. In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the narrator introduces his brother, Doodle, and his multiple health obstacles.
She seemed to make a joke of her husband’s impressionability, “Look! are they not lovely? One would swear they were real” (de Maupassant, 30). Monsieur Lantin’s vision was clouded by what he presumed to be true love, not allowing him to see through the lie. This aspect of the story expresses to readers the difference between appearance and reality.
The definition is concise, but probably not very clear. It’s not easy to define what “absolute perfection” is, especially because of the free will. The passion between Romeo and Juliet is misinterpreted by the two young lovers as love. And all the readers in all these centuries have been interpreting a dramatic idea of love not based on reality but on impulsive feelings as “The ideal Love” . Romeo’s longing for ideal love is the primary driving force behind most of his actions, that reveal themselves as impulsive and stupid.
Well some readers agree with his love interest Anastasia that he is the epitome of male beauty, while others consider him to be a deeply disturbed individual. For some Christian is merely misunderstood and meeting the right woman brought out his romantic side, but others find his abusive, manipulative and controlling side a bit harder to overlook. This means that while some considering his relationship with Anastasia to be beautiful and romantic it can also be seen as abusive and controlling. Professor Snape (Harry Potter) One of the most polarizing characters in the Harry Potter series is Severus Snape who some regard as a tragic hero while others view him as being purely bitter and conniving. While some readers can appereciate his complexity, intelligence and determination, many others find him to be abusive, petty arrogent.
‘Positive characters … usually prove miserably ineffectual when contending with ruthless overwhelming powers’ claims Amin Malak, noting on such protagonists as Winston Smith and Offred in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and, when looking at the dystopian genre as a whole, he certainly seems to be correct. Dystopian fiction does seem to portray the worse side of human nature than the better, leaving the positive traits to the struggling protagonists. While utopian writers seemed to think that the essence of human nature was to do good, dystopian writers seem to think very differently and it is from this notion that these novels seem to be written. Nineteen Eighty-Four certainly seems to do this, with almost every member of the society representing one or more negative aspects of humanity. Throughout the novel, Winston constantly references the fact that ‘Today there were fear, hatred and pain’ and that in this society of Ingsoc ‘No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred’ and this is displayed in many, various ways.
On the other side you want to stay true to the original Rogers and Hammerstein musical that you are retelling. Yet there was also a clear message in the story that was not in the original Rogers and Hammerstein or the Disney version. In this version there is a crisis in the kingdom, where the poor are being exploited by the rich and powerful. This is not only shown in the situation between the evil advisor and the people, but also in the dynamic between Cinderella and her stepmother. Thus, as the story progresses, you can see the theme of reconciliation and justice in both the relationship between Cinderella and Madame, and also with the poor people of the kingdom, and their new king Topher.
Readers have learned to expect this behaviour from those with hidden virtue as traditionally, this is how romance novel protagonists are portrayed: dangerous, brooding, etc. however in Heathcliff’s case, he does not reform to be a purely good person, instead his malevolence proves to be a long-lasting trait that persists. Both Heathcliff and Catherine have counterparts in the Linton siblings, their counterparts being the perfect opposite of the other: Edgar is Heathcliff’s counterpart being raised as the perfect gentleman, well mannered and with civilised values but while these traits get Catherine to marry him over Heathcliff, they are ultimately useless and weak. Isabella Linton, Catherine’s counterpart and Edgar Linton’s sister is cultured and much more civilised than Catherine who is wilder and lively, occasionally even cruel. In the first 16 Chapters, we see both characters personality develop: Heathcliff’s fluctuating between romantic and cruel and Catherine slowly going from lively to cold and unable to choose, leading to her health continuously declining until she passes
Hamlet and Ophelia “This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once… I loved you not” (3.1.114,119). Confusion clouds the audience’s judgement reading this quote from Hamlet. His paradox insinuates that he is insane and truly did not love her. Contrary to belief though, this quote was a way to set his “mousetrap” and force her to be in the background of his grand scheme.
Sleeping with Buddy would not count, though, because he would still be one person ahead of me, I would have to be someone else.” (p.74, The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath) Hence, it can be said that at some instances , it is the character’s (Esther) own melancholic and depressed nature that makes the situation comical for the reader and Buddy, as well, has been a source of comedy as he pops in and out throughout the story. There is also an evidence of obsession of being in a relationship with men that Esther has rather than being actually in love because she is found set up on a blind-date at the party with Marco, who almost ‘rapes’ her but she ‘fights back’ but the man she actually has sex with is Irwin. Hence, the situations Esther falls herself into most of the times are silly and humorous but the consequences and the outcomes of certain situations and her reaction to it makes it weary and depressing. Also, the way she interprets some of the things and builds scenarios is funny. Most of the times, she talks herself into it and at other times
Instead of being the good teenager who always says yes or no ma’am, he went against Capulet, which didn’t do much good for him because Capulet still won. This is isn’t the only example of Tybalt or the other characters showing their rebellious side against their parents or higher authority. As the story moves along, the more the theme of rebellion shows through. The reader learns from early on in the story that there is a feud between two families, the Montagues and the Capulet’s. The two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, are from different sides of the feud, but suddenly fall in love.
Who is to Blame in Romeo and Juliet As the New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder once said, “Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder.” Often we misjudged people, and sometimes we place our trust in the wrong person. It is all too easy to place your trust in someone and have them lead you astray. This is true for the title characters in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The young couple trusted Romeo’s confessor, Friar Lawrence, but it ended up being that trust that got them in trouble.
Research Analysis for "A Good Man is Hard to Find" Flannery O 'Connor 's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is certainly a surprising work of literature. With this story having a not so happy ending, it goes against all of the conventional ideas on what a typical storybook ending should be. Another unusual thing about "A Good Man is Hard to Find is the use of the term "good." It is thrown around excessively through the entire tale by the grandmother and even the Misfit seems to use this word as well. The interesting concept through the characters using this word is that they seem to be misusing it in a sense.