Vonnegut’s mastery of diction allowed him to craftily developed characters in a manner that made them and the story they were a part of, seem real. As a narrator of Slaughterhouse-Five Vonnegut writes articulately, but not esoterically. He uses the vocabulary of an educated person, using polysyllabic words, but speaks in a manner that could be easily be understood by the ordinary people. As the various characters in the novel, Vonnegut adopts cleverly his level of diction to help build the character on a deep level. The more educated characters such as Edgar Derby speak in a manner fitting of someone who has been educated in such a way: You know we 've had to imagine the war here, and we have imagined that it was being fought by aging men like ourselves.
The stories “The Devil and Tom Walker” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster” both have a resounding theme of how the seemingly easy ways in life are not always the most beneficial in the long run, especially in regards to wealth. Although these stories have much in common, there are noticeable differences that make each of them unique. The resolution of the stories, the depiction of the Devil, and the role of saving grace are some of the aspects that differentiate these two stories. The resolutions in both of these Faust Legends have some differences and similarities. In the conclusion of “The Devil and Tom Walker,” Tom’s time runs out, and the Devil takes him.
In the story, Grendel attacks the city and demolishes thirty soldiers who lay happily asleep. This symbolizes when a Christian loves God, he will be attacked by Satan. Satan will try every way that he can to divert you away from God, and that is exactly what Grendel did as well. “And sometimes they made vows to the old stone gods, made heathen vows, hoping for Hell’s support, the Devil’s guidance in driving their affliction off.” (Lines 90-93). These lines let us know that evil did prevail over these people.
Their pain would have been incomparable to what others thought they felt. “What the hell?” and “Oh to hell with it!” are just some of the expressions we hear on a daily basis. “Almost every culture or religion in the world describes the existence of some sort of underworld or hell ... and while each is unique in its own way, there are elements that are strikingly common across them” (Hoebee, 2013). What’s common, as we all see, is the presence of torment and misery in each one. To me, however, we need not look into unworldly places or pits of fire to describe hell.
Vonnegut’s unusual treatment of the material also had a profound influence upon him, given the writer freedom to comment about himself both as a man and as an artist. In Breakfast of Championsexplained that, the “real” human being, the reader himself, was placed on Earth among these millions of machines so that the Creator could see how he would respond. Trout’s novel was structured as a letter from the Creator of the Universe to the “real” human being in the world. In this novel, people usually cling to ideas such as these because they seem to impose a kind of order upon an incomprehensible world, because they seem to help people make some sense out of life. The harmful idea that ignites Dwayne Hoover’s bad chemicals, for instance, suggests that he was the only genuine human being on the face of the Earth, and it helped Dwayne to understand why his life has been so
Then all together sorely wailing drew To the curst strand, that every man must pass Who fears not God. Charon, demoniac form, With eyes of burning coal, collects them all, Beckoning, and each, that lingers, with his oar Strikes. (Inferno, Canto III, lines
Achilles and the Fifth Circle of Hell There are two epics written centuries apart unknown to each other are yet strongly tied by shared themes and complementing insights; Homer 's, “Iliad” and Dante Alighieri’s, “Divine Comedia”. Both works have a high regard for the concept of balance. In the Iliad the concept of balance versus imbalance takes precedence over the normal concept of good or evil. In all things, the heroes and gods strive to maintain balance and rectify situations of imbalance. In the Divine Comedia balance is shown through the restoration of justice in the contrapassos.
Dante brings this woody scene to life for his readers by claiming “I [Dante] went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” (Canto I lines 1-3) From that ominous wood, Dante is escorted through the steep and winding levels of hell. In the Inferno, “hell” represents Dante’s own hell in his life, his home city of Florence, Italy. The steep and
The heroes Odysseus and Aeneas use the underworld as a place of knowledge and incite for the future. Although the experiences of these heroes are very similar, they still possess their own unique differences. These differences are made visible through a deep compare and contrast analysis of each individual epic. Primarily, the most significant similarity between Homer’s hero Odysseus and Virgil’s hero Aeneas is the purpose for exploring the underworld. Both heroes decided to go to the underworld to speak to a specific person for insight on the future.
Every plot that is given in the story makes sense that the readers can easily comprehend it. Every flashback of Dante have a relationship to each other that does not mislead the readers, for this story it is a causal plot, meaning that earlier events will cause later events to happen. The story is realistic for all the plot in the story do happen in the real world. It is stated in the flashbacks that the setting is in the Rural of Cagayan. The discussion of superstitions and traditions also reinforces the believability of the setting because “Kagay-anons” are known to believe in many superstitions and they also practice traditions.