Angela is not a virgin when she gets married and her mother beats her “with such rage” that she thought “she was going to kill” her (46). Angela is so harshly punished for having premarital sex because her honor is ruined, but men can have sex with whomever whenever they want without any judgment or destroying of their honor. Here, a woman’s honor is determined by her virginity, while men can go about as they please and still be considered honorable. Also, men’s’ honor is affected by their expectations to defend the women in their lives. For example, “the Vicario brothers had told their plans to more than a dozen people” about killing Santiago in hopes of someone stopping them, because it is not in their character to murder a man.
In the novella, Chronicle of the Death Foretold, Gabriel García Marquez explores the malleability of truth through the use of point of view to question the extent of how one’s role in society affects one’s decision. In this compelling novella the narrator speaks in a journalistic tone while finding different perspectives of each of the character’s memory of the murder of Santiago Nasar. Each character holds a unique twist of what happened twenty years ago on that tragic day that no one will forget but everyone has a different version of. The style the novella Marquez chose is very influential on how he truth is discovered from each character. Marquez chose an unnamed, unknown, first person narrator.
It is also worth to notice that John Hawthorne, one of the Salem Witch Trial Judges, was his great grandfather (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography). Since Salem was his hometown, he developed his writing through the gospel of American Puritanism and intend to spread those principles through his literature which also gives the focus of his literature. Hawthorne’s writing style was unique and was well-regarded for several reasons. First of all, Hawthorne induces readers to use their own imagination to interpret the meaning of the tale, as it is evident in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Moreover, he likes to present multi-fold and multi-perspective of a character.
Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help develop and inform the text's major themes. One of the prominent themes in the novel The Catcher in the Rye and one of great interest to the narrator himself, would be the omnipresent theme of death. It could be argued that the novel is not only full of references to death in the literal sense, physical disappearance, but also in the metaphorical, taking the form of spiritual disappearance, something which Holden often focuses on, along with the actual theme of mortality. It is possible that this occurs in his reluctance to interact with the living world, as his means of escaping from the reality he despises, his mundane thoughts and the “phoniness” that he is surrounded with. Holden becomes increasingly attracted to the idea and comes close to obsession, as his mind is flooded with thoughts of death and disappearance, as well as questions which are revealed throughout the novel.
Within his short story, Chickamauga, Bierce is able to depict a realistic version of war and the devastation it creates through the application of imagery in his writing. The author administers imagery, which the literary diction defines as the use of “figurative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical sense,” (LiteraryDevice Editors) in order to visually represent the gruesome reality of the culture at the time. More precisely, the ghastly illustration of the soldiers, behavior of the child, and comparisons of mankind to animalistic forms, add to the detail of the story and solidifies Bierce’s assertion that war is not glory, but destruction. In representing the story in such a way, Bierce illustrates how even the most innocent of creatures can enact cruelty by representing the little boy as the embodiment of both childish curiosity and ignorance. Portraying unpleasant things to tell the truth about war would assent with Dreiser 's theory that the job of the author is to “express what we see honestly and without subterfuge” (155).
“The Fall of the House of Usher,” a gothic fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, is pervaded by multiple examples of post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of trace. A close examination of the narrative reveals a distinct trace between incestual conception and the current condition of the Usher siblings through the physical and mental hinders which oppress them; a relationship between the occupants of the Usher estate and the trace of themselves which they inflict on the outside of it; and the traces of the author’s personal life within the storyline through the motif of live entombment. Articulated by philosopher Jacques Derrida, the philosophy of trace identifies the relationship between the absent and the presence
The Gothic Short story “The Cask of the Amontillado” By Edgar Allen Poe sheds light onto common human ambitions and characteristics, whether it is the lust for revenge, power, or class struggle. The story is told through a first person narrative in which the narrator gives the reader precise accounts on his endeavour for revenge. In “The Cask of The Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, the author establishes this idea of revenge through
Overall Marquez uses the symbolic meaning of the animals to effectively bring across varying themes and place emphasis upon certain characteristics of the personas in A chronicle of a death foretold, allowing the readers to gain a deeper understanding of the themes and descriptions of characters. One of the main themes in which the use of symbolism helps aid in the effectiveness of bringing across the main theme of religion is the use of rooster symbolism. Here the animal symbolism is used to further develop the theme of disloyalty and distrust for the Roman Catholic religion that the town supposedly follows. The rooster is a holy animal within the Roman Catholic religion and gets offered by the townspeople to the
Symbolism is the exercise of using objects, people, situations or words to exemplify something else. Many authors frequently use symbolism in their literary works to express moods or emotions in order to give their work deeper meaning. In Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, she strives to highlight the evil and unjust things that exist in society while simultaneously revealing the good in the world. Atticus, the mockingbird, and Scout are all symbolic vehicles that are used to represent the themes of justice, morality, and ethics. One of the main characters in the novel, Atticus Finch, expresses the themes of justice, morality and ethics.
“All is true”. Discuss the relationship between reality and fiction in Le père Goriot. First of all, Le Père Goriot is a novel included in a series of novels called by Balzac “La Comédie Humaine”. In its Avant-Propos, Balzac claims that he wants to represent in this series of novels, the society and the variety of human types. This statement is related to the concept of realism, indeed by affirming that he wants to represent the society and the human types, his novels should have some real foundations taken from the reality.
He literally tells the suitors that they are leeches and they lack the guts to properly ask for his mother’s hand in marriage by asking her father. The change is obvious in Telemachus, and every great feat he accomplishes shows his resemblance to Odysseus. Athena’s talk with Telemachus has a profound effect on him, with him displaying the results just right after
Benvolio says this to Romeo, because Tybalt has just been killed because he killed Mercutio. “Romeo, away, be gone! / The citizens are up and Tybalt slain.”(3.1.130-131) This supports that Tybalt is to blame because his death leads to a lot more events like the capulet finding out and being heartbroken, but Juliet is even more sad because Romeo has been punished to exile but her parents don’t know that they are married. So to try and cheer up their daughter they try and marry her to another man to get her spirits up. This supports that Tybalt is to blame because his death leads to a lot more events like the capulet finding out and being heartbroken, but Juliet is even more sad because Romeo has been punished to exile but her parents do not know that they are married.
Sacrificial Actions for Justice and Equality The fight for equality and justice has been credited to various men and women that have sacrificed many aspects of their life. A majority traditional societies see changes to the status quo as a threat and often oppose them. When sacrificial actions are made for justice and equality, society is more susceptible to change. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the events that took place during the civil rights movement, demonstrate the sacrifice of one’s well-being in order to advocate for what is just. Atticus Finch’s actions, among other instances in the novel To Kill Mockingbird, illustrates one’s sacrifice for the sake of justice and equality.