(143). That is to say, the evil, epitomized by the pig's head, that is causing the boys' island society to decline is that which is inherently present within man. At the end of this scene, the immense evil represented by this powerful symbol can once again be seen as Simon faints after looking into the wide mouth of the pig and seeing "blackness within, a blackness that spread" (p. 144). Meaning that everyone has lost control with power and themselves turning into
In Karl Shapiro’s “The Fly,” the typical life of a fly is shown, and the speaker exhibits his disgust for the creature being described. In this six-stanza poem, the author utilizes several literary devices to give the reader a visual of the fly’s life, while also utilizing diction that elicits an abhorrent tone from the speaker. This harsh perspective of the fly’s life is used as justification for the speaker’s act of killing these flies, which are only doing what their creator intended, in multiple ways. Through the theme of man’s savagery, symbolism, and frequent utilization of similes, the author brings a poetic thought to the unusual subject of a fly’s life and his impact on humans. Throughout this piece of literary work, the theme of the savagery of humans is displayed with a tone of power and contempt.
Death of a Heartbreak The poem, “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe is creepy, sorrowful, thrilling, Gothic Literature. In this poem, the raven, symbolizes the unanswered questions of life, and the sorrow for his loss. The narrator feels deep depression because he has lost his love, Lenore. He is mournful and heartbroken when a raven flies into his bedroom with a less than hopeful message. The definition of heartbroken is suffering from overwhelming distress; very upset (Google dictionary).
Edgar Allan Poe addresses the dark and gruesome side of human nature in his writing “The Black Cat”, which during that time and even now are perceived as radical ideas. This dark human nature is displayed in Poe’s writing as the narrator recalls the happenings of a most erratic event. The narrator, a pet lover with a sweet disposition, in this story succumbs to the most challenging aspects of human nature including that of addiction, anger, and perverseness. To the Christian believer, human’s sinful flesh leads people to do wrong because that is their natural tendency. The same idea is present in Poe’s writing as the narrator gives in to his own perverseness.
Words can maliciously sting like an agitated honey bee. Words are like dumbbells that we regularly carry on our backs and in our minds. I believe Toni Morrison is trying to remind people that words are incredibly powerful and oppressive language is the epitome of violence and ignorance because people do not realize the impact of invisible
Temptation and greed are significant elements in the three stories, as many of the characters’ actions are a result of bad decisions made due to these forces. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice’s food related temptations are what cause her change of size and her progression through the world of Wonderland. Alice is often not even hungry when confronted with items of food in the story, it is their presence that tempts her to eat them: “In the middle of the court was a table, with a large dish of tarts upon it: they looked so good, that it made Alice quite hungry to look at them” (96). It is her lack of restraint when it comes to her appetite that causes her change of size and her lack of power throughout much of the story. Gluttony is displayed for
The mood changes from the euphoric and perhaps slightly disturbing atmosphere in the first stanza to that of gloom in the second stanza. The melancholy tone in the stanza is emphasized by the choice of words “rat-grey”, “stinking” underscoring the sickening state and unpleasantness of the rotten berries. The poem deduces in a more sad, grave, accepting tone, revealing that even the child “hoped [the blackberries would] keep, knew they would not.” Contradicting, ‘Watermelon Pickle’ ends with a sad but hopeful tone saying “the bites [of the watermelons] are fewer now” stating how his joyful childhood has ended. The hopeful tone is the point as which he says “when we… Slice off a piece… Unicorns become possible again.”, he states how when he eats the watermelon there is hope that childhood can be re-lived. To conclude, these two poems have different tones from beginning to end that gives the reader a contrasting impression from each
Verbal Irony is when words are expressed contrary to the truth or someone says the opposite of what they really mean, in other words or to sum it up Verbal irony is sarcasm. Peck uses Verbal Irony commonly in the short story, for example he states,”Then quicker than the eye, she brings the side of her enormous hand down in a chop that breaks the Kobra’s hold on Melvin’s throat…...You could hear a pin drop in that hallway(peck 14)”.This shows that peck used Verbal Irony to express how quiet it was in the hallway. Throughout the anecdote, Richard Peck uses many interesting comparisons .An example would be when Peck says,”In a move of pure poetry Priscilla has Monk in a hammerlock,His neck’s popping like gunfire, and his heart’s bowed under the
For instance, the speaker has short bursts of exclamation in the phrases “oh da horror, oh what a shame” (14). The entire line in the poem, “oh da horror” is italicized to add feelings of disappointment, which is similar to the use of the modern-day term known as “Oh my God!” Shame is associated with lying, embarrassment, and cheating husbands, but in this context, it means a life is wasted because of its abrupt end. The concept of death is frightening because death comes unexpectedly. Furthermore, the author conjures further thoughts with the question: “why’d he do that to himself?” The question shows great importance because it is the only interrogative statement in the entire poem. The phrase “do that to himself” is of the utmost importance because it means he claimed his own life which would sadden those that knew him.
Hidden deep inside every one of us there is something very dark. Only in extreme situations will this darkness come out and take over us, especially if we do not understand it. Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of schoolboys who are stranded on an uninhabited island. As they struggle for survival, their fears slowly turn them into savages. Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, uses the pig’s head on a stick (Lord of the Flies) to symbolize the violent human nature that can be found buried in everyone, and how it can only be controlled if someone truly understands it.