The Book Thief is a remarkable book written by Markus Zusak. The book is about a little girl named Liesel based in the 1930s in Nazi, Germany. The narrative point of view in this book is death which is what makes it so extraordinary. The novel establishes the power of words to destroy people; despite that, the bonds they create overcome the negative effects. In the beginning Liesel does not realize how harmful words can be; however, as she matures she learns more about words and how powerful they truly are.
This is due to a vast amount of reasons, including the fact that the audience hears the alibis of each person regarding where they were at the time of Miss Murgatroyd’s murder. While this aspect of the chapter is important, one detail that is the most striking is the admission that Phillipa is actually Pip, the other daughter of Sonia Goedler. This part of the novel is a prime example of the deceitful nature of the characters and people in general. Christie writes, “The voice came from the shadows in the corner. Phillipa Haymes came forward, her face pale.
Esther Greenwood- magazine editor by conformity, yet secretly suicidal by choice. She is the first seen victim of caving in to what she thinks she must act like within Plath’s novel. There are many highlight moments to depict how everyone, in a way, is just like Esther- hiding yet seemingly unafraid. From the beginning, we are told that she’s surrounded by popular, beautiful women and as far as we can infer, she had the dream job as an editor. However, we also find out that she hasn’t been happy since the age of nine and has attempted suicide on multiple accounts.
Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. Peter’s daughter’s death was a part of his life and ruined him, so in order for Hazel to live her best life she cannot give up because Gus is dead. Hazel must conquer her fear of death to then live her best life. Only when Hazel lives her best life can she be ready to
To me, both stories are very similar; tales where the “blind” husband is made a cuckold of by one of his close friends. The reason why the Wife of Bath’s prologue is last is because she seems so unhappy. The fact that her tale was about her wishes, proves that she is not content with her life. She has yet to be loved as more than just a pretty face or a wealthy noble. This tale is known for the “Dorigen’s Complaint,” where she talks about all of the women through history who have killed themselves when in a position where they might lose honor.
Mallard. The two true themes of this story are loss and irony and Mrs. Mallard embodies both of these. The theme of loss is littered throughout this story; first Mrs. Mallard thinks that she has lost her husband; second she finds out that she has lost her new freedom, and finally Mr. Mallard loses his husband. While many readers may see Mrs. Mallard’s death as the greatest loss, Chopin’s writing suggests that it is instead the loss of new life that Mrs. Mallard has so quickly discovered. She had her entire new life planned out, and it all came crashing down within an hour.
I too Have a brave hand for this one thing, I too Have love enough, and this will give me strength for the last wound. I will follow you in death.” (Ovid 2). After she says that, she stabs herself, perhaps overcome with the fact she will not be with her love after that, or because she knows that it’s her fault she lost the love of her life. In “Pyramus and Thisbe” you can see how love gives us bad judgement that can lead to problems, or even worse, the death or two more young
Even the disturbing yet disconnected story of infant-snatching turns out to be foreshadowing for the stealing of her daughter, living safe somewhere in Gilead and all but dead to her mother (Atwood 206). This is the common thread that ties these flashbacks together: they are all pictures of her suffering, and whether they focus on her past life or her present, they are all problems that she continues to face. As she builds her resolve against the tyranny of Gileadean society, Offred’s memories become longer and piece together like a not-so-beautiful puzzle, tying together the past and the present into a new sense of perspective. One particular moment of reminiscence gives way to nearly a whole chapter of flashback, detailing the collapse of the American society and its slow but steady reduction of the rights of its women (Atwood 173-181). These stolen rights -- frozen accounts, mass layoffs from jobs, taking of private property -- drastically change the image of Gilead, at least to the previously oblivious readers, who prior to this retelling likely could not empathize very well with the protagonist.
Chopin uses the phrase, “…of joy that kills” at the end of her short story. The meaning behind the phrase is somewhat twisted. We know that Louise Mallard is not happy at all to see her husband’s face after thinking he was dead. The joy of Mrs. Mallards independence was ripped away from her so fast which caused the overwhelming feeling which caused her to die. Throughout the story Mrs. Mallard has experienced many obstacles in just the time of an hour.
Obstacles and problems are part of life and everyone has to face them in order to lead a normal life. "Sweat" written by 'Zora Neale Hurston' and "A Rose for Emily" by 'William Faulkner' are the short stories of two ladies from different environments facing the same problem of a rough relationship and disturbed life. Looking into the characters, tone, and plot of "Sweat" and "A Rose for Emily", it can be seen that both the ladies have different approaches to tackle with their tragedies. Emily gets rid of her lover directly and disappears from the world whereas Delia left her husband to die intentionally and gets away from suppression. Emily is kind of anti-hero in "A Rose for Emily" whereas Delia is a hero in "sweat" as she has a positive approach.