William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi are examples of novels both similar and contrasting in their content. They each hold profound symbolism, showing obedience and law. Both stories also maintain the idea of civilization. And yet, these symbols contrast in how each item is manipulated when expressing ideas. The differences and similarities in the symbols of civilisation found in Lord of the Flies and Life of Pi are striking.
The luxurious castle with a dining room, piano, and servants are few of the factors that represent the status of the Medina family (Corman, 1961). In contrast, the narrator lives in a prison with a wooden floor, circular pit, and received food and water occasionally (Poe, 9 and 18). The narrator even clarified that, the water “...must have been drugged—for scarcely had I drunk, before I became irresistibly drowsy (Poe, 10).” This illustrates the distinct lifestyles of the characters. As a result, the setting of the castle creates a romantic mood.
In comparing the darkness of Pearl’s eye to a mirror the novel states “not her own miniature portrait, but another face in the small black mirror of Pearl 's eye” (Hawthorne, 134). Though the darkness and mirror are a part of Pearl they represent something much larger in Hester’s life. It is a metaphor towards reflection on herself and how she is aware of her own gloom. Overall, Hawthorne uses metaphor in oder to give readers insight to who the characters truly are and how they truly
Deceitful Women The short story “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton is dramatic and in no way is read lightly and with ease. The characters in the story are complex and intriguing. There are two ladies in the story, Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley, and a man, Delphin, in the middle of the women’s lives.
He used the novel to get across many points, but he also introduced a larger theme that is still relevant today: A person’s morals will often differ from what society views as correct. He developed this theme using a variety of literary devices, such as conflict, language, and satire. He seemed to have a great understanding for these devices and how they could impact the story he was portraying. Twain took views that went against society's beliefs, similar to many people at this time, which came across especially in his portrayal of Huck. All things considered, Mark Twain did an excellent job promoting the theme that drove his
Recognizing Salinger’s record with attraction to young or innocent girls and women, this could be seen as problematic. In Anne Marple’s essay, “Salinger’s Oasis of Innocence,” she describes how many of Salinger’s female characters appear to almost be asexual. When women in his works are sexual beings, this is often seen as a negative, almost “witchy.” Marple quotes William Wiegand who said, “Where object of delight is found in women, these women are often little girls or nuns, and what is admired is sexless in essence” (Marple). Salinger even addresses the issues of sex when he has one of the protagonists of “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” a dissatisfied, newly wed woman, Muriel, reading an article titled, “Sex is Fun--or Hell” in the opening scene.
Language is the reason that Shakespeare’s plays are so captivating. Language is used for comedic effect throughout this play. An excellent example of this is when Dogberry tells Leonato that if he “were as tedious as a king, [he] could bestow it all of [Leonato’s] Worship” (3.5.20-21). Dogberry’s errors in speaking are greatly contrasted by other’s sophisticated exchanges. These differences between social classes are still relatable centuries after the play was written, making it an important theme to explore.
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes the reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning. His stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning in the story with the use of sinister violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the characters, and the eerie setting creates a fascinating tale. Edgar Allan Poe’s story is told from the first-person point of view.
In “The Secret Life of Bees” Sue Monk Kidd uses various literary devices such as mood, motifs, and metaphors. Mood is a literary device that is used in Kidd’s novel “The Secret Life of Bees” to show how almost everyone has deep dark secrets that holds them in the past. Mood refers to the mental and emotional disposition of the way a subject or a character is portrayed, which in turn sets up the atmosphere or mood to the novel. For instance in Kidd’s novel, “The Secret Life of Bees”, the mood is frequently serious because it treats a series of somber issues: verbal and physical abuse, racial discrimination, violence, and death. However, Kidd punctuates these grave moments with humor and the desire of the characters to overcome.
She was Gatsby’s lover of his past and his vision of perfection. However, Daisy just wants to live in the wealth as she decided to leave Gatsby, who was still struggling with poverty, and engaged with Tom Buchanan. Her desire of money has been revealed while Gatsby is introducing his house and his closet full of luxurious and expensive clothes. She is overwhelmed by the tears of joy at his wealth and success, but not really at Gatsby himself as ”Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily” (92). She only feels happy while being surrounded by money - the corrupt materialism.