In the time that Le Morte d’Arthur was written, Arthurian romances lined the bookshelves of Europe. Knights, wizards, sorceresses and mythical creatures are what the general public yearned for in the 1400’s. Lots of conflict, battles and, you can guess it, romance. Le Morte d’Arthur has been said to be written by Sir Thomas Malory, but since there were several somewhat prominent fellows named the same, the true author is a mystery. The most agreed upon author by experts is Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel, said to be born “...after 1415 and before 1418” (Field).
Since the beginning of literature, authors have discussed many themes and life truths through their writing, and though they may be separated by centuries of cultural evolution, many of the characters created by these authors share a common theme. Likewise, the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the novella The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare are very different stories, yet they also share a common theme. The three of the texts share the common theme of “When people ambitiously pursue their goals, they can be blinded from seeing the reality around them and make illogical decisions.” In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the main character, Antonio, cannot
The diction of a poem or story can change how the reader can visualize what the author is saying. Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Stephen King are a few very famous authors that use diction to add more to their stories. Think about it, without diction, many of great stories from the past and present all use great word choice. Diction can be the difference between reading the story and visualizing the story. Both “Call of the Wild” by Jack London and “Wolves” by John Haines both take place during the time of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Modern classics such as the novels written by Stephen King are masterful examples of suspenseful horror that have been read by millions worldwide. However, many people don’t know about one of the foremost authors of early horror, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe helped to solidify the horror genre, using distinct stylistic ideas in all of his short stories, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”, and “The Cask Of Amontillado”. Poe utilizes many similar tools and formats for his gothic stories, creating a distinct format that he consistently adheres to. Poe in part codifies the horror genre through his use of suspense, while also managing to slip in ironic scenarios throughout his short stories.
Synthesis Essay: Young Arthur In the several versions of Arthur’s story regarding the Sword in the Stone, there are many unique difference among them. Like these several variations, Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d 'Arthur and Thomas Westwood’s “The Sword of Kingship” are different in their own way in the retelling of the Sword in the Stone. In Westwood’s time period of the 1800s, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Gothic Fiction movement was prevalent. Because Westwood lived in the 1800s, these movements have influenced him in his writings.
Throughout the novel of A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens presents numerous examples of contrast. One example are the motifs. He also uses contrast through his anaphoras. The use of setting changes also adds to the differentiation. Dickens’ use of contrast adds to the story and makes it more interesting for the reader.
Throughout his afflicted life, Charles Dickens withdrew agonizing pain, distress, and wonder that rested in himself and the world around him and adeptly weaved them into novels that are still applicable to readers today. One of Dickens’s greatest accomplishments in the literary world was Great Expectations, which was almost an autobiography of Charles.
Gothic literature is style of literature that consistently delivers scary, gory, and captivating stories using one main literary element. This element is theme. Some notable prices of gothic literature which use lots of theme to deliver the story include, Rip Van Winkle, the devil and Tom Walker, and the Legend of the sleepy Hollow. In all of these stories, there is a universal idea to deliver messages through the use of different themes types of greed, all of themes are brought to life by using different thoughts and ideas to further better the writing, and make each story different than the other one. In addition, in some cases, Irving uses personal experiences to further enhance the theme of the stories.
Satire is a literary element that has been used for centuries by authors, comedians, and many other types of writers in order to convey their own opinion of a situation in a lighthearted way. Typically, authors use satire as a way to point out the flaws a situation has. Most audiences respond positively to this type of writing as they find it comedic or entertaining. Charles Dickens would often use satire to poke fun at different concepts happening in his novel A Tale of Two Cities, such as the justice system of France, ego of nobles, and personality of his characters, in order to emphasize his opinion on them and encourage the reader to realize what exactly in society needs to be changed.
In many great literary novels, justice is one of the key themes that is studied, debunked, and questioned. Some of them hint at it; others dedicate the entire novel to the idea of it. For Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, and Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell, justice is touched on in many different ways than is usual for great novels. Despite being written nearly two thousand years apart, both stories share similar ideas about the idea and pursuit of justice. While the specific justices do vary, both are alike in the tragic outcomes that befall each main character.
Authors of classic American literature often utilize a character’s development to establish a worldview or opinion. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald use their narrators, Huck Finn and Nick Carraway, to suggest an argument about American society. Seeking adventure, both characters embark on a journey, but their encounters with society leave them appalled. While they each have personal motives for abandoning their past, both end up interacting with different cultures that lead them to a similar decision about society and their futures. Ultimately, they stray from the dominant culture in order to escape the influence of society.
Odysseus: Heroism Essay Odysseus, a name uttered in nearly each and every sentence, but one of the extensive controversies of all time revolves around our most cherished character of the most illustrious greek franchise, The Odyssey, by one of the most famous B.C. authors, Homer. The great puzzle, as described in layman's terms, would be is Odysseus a hero? Many people would argue that he is, those people are dead now, the remaining people state that he’s just an average guy who happens to be blessed by several ancient gods known to unfairly punish their subjects. When in reality he’s not trying to be rude nor hurt others, but is out purely for himself and his journey to re-obtain the love of his lost wife Penelope.
The hot take that took Europeans by surprise is no longer just a thought and put into play in real life. The Enlightenment thought was transferred into books that we still read today. Some Enlightenment thoughts are individual and humanity as a whole can progress to perfection, tolerance is to be extended to other creeds and ways of life, and education should impart knowledge rather than mold feelings or develop character. Three major Enlightenment stories are Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, Tartuffe by Moliere, and Candide by Voltaire. Each author used different types of enlightenment ideals and put them into art.
“After the primarily necessities of food and raiment, freedom is the first and strongest want of human nature (Mill).” It was common to have married women who viewed their marriage as a cage. Because is still expected of a woman at this time, it makes since to feel as though its only obligation. Louisa Mallard completely alters her attitude about her husband’s death once she’s grasp the reality of her new entitlement to freedom.
As a middle-class Jew growing up in an ethnically mixed chicago neighborhood, he was already in danger of being beaten up. Becoming deeply involved in books would only make matters worse for him. Graff had a hard time “relating” to the books his father would try to get him read. He did not really see the meaning behind it. It was also inferred that he would have to go to college and buckle down, which meant premed, prelaw, or major and business.