The world is full of outstanding and magnificent things, but due to the effects of human nature and the constant change ones’ world goes through the once magnificent objects lay waste in forgotten fields and valleys. In “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and “By the Water of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet, the idea of our ever-changing world is presented to us in two different ways. Throughout each literary work the authors use connotation, symbols, and metaphors to present the readers with two themes that greatly coincide with one another.
First and foremost, “The Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet is set in a futuristic time period. In the story we are presented with a young man, named John, who is initiated …show more content…
On his journey, John has to pass over a body of water, which is called Ou-dis-sun, this is used to symbolize the Hudson river which surrounds New York City. Upon …show more content…
Two vast legs of stone stand without a body, and near them a massive, crumbling stone head lies “half sunk” in the sand. The traveler told the speaker that the frown and “sneer of cold command” on the statue’s face indicate that the sculptor understood well the emotions (or "passions") of the statue’s subject. The memory of those emotions survives "stamped" on the lifeless statue, even though both the sculptor and his subject are both now dead. On the pedestal of the statue appear the words, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings, Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” But around the decaying ruin of the statue, nothing remains, only the “lone and level sands,” which stretch out around it. With the use of connotation, the theme is presented clearly to be that nothing has to last
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For Yusef, the memorial is more than a stone, but something he identifies with on a deeper level. It is this deeper meaning that inspires his emotional response: "I said I wouldn't/dammit: No tears. /I'm stone. I'm flesh” (line 3-5). This memorial, for Yusef, does not arouse in him new emotions but old existing ones; ones which he fights to contain with no success, although he came to the memorial with the knowledge that he would find it a highly emotional experience (Facing It).
Throughout life, evolution, or change, becomes the center of each day as people overcome many different obstacles. Literature, such as in Thomas Hardy’s poem, “The Ruined Maid” and Karen Russell’s, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” often upholds the same idea about change. In Hardy’s poem, two country girls simply conversate about the times they were apart to emphasize how ‘Melia changed in the city, yet she kept her same individuality. On the other hand, Russell displays through her writing more obvious change as girls were trained by undergoing five different stages as a way to teach them how to conform to new environments while remembering who they were at the beginning. Both authors illustrate the importance of change while hanging on to one’s roots, but Hardy uses a naive tone to create tension between the two girls while Russell uses an abundance of symbolism to represent each stage of change.
The statue is highlighted as everyone in the piece leans back with their line of sight directly viewing the statue. Douglas delightfully illustrates movement through both angular lines and circles. I will be able to use this source to display representation and meaning through this piece. This source is reliable as it is published through the website Blog Spot and provides a creative, knowledgeable insight to the
History & English The Wizard of Oz Reflecting the political circumstances in America during the late 19th century, The Wizard of Oz, functions as a monetary and political allegory. Woven throughout the story, populism, the belief that regular people rather than political insiders have control over their government, and the bimetallic standard, a monetary system composed of gold or silver, are prominent themes. In The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion represent the difficulties facing many Americans during the Populist Era. Symbolizing farmers´ issues, the Scarecrow, dressed in overalls, a straw hat, and plaid shirt holding a pitchfork searches for a brain.
The “Waters Of Babylon” is an optimistic story. The story revolves around the protagonist John as he makes his way to the forbidden “Place of the Gods”. Once in the Place of the Gods he realizes that this place was not inhabited by Gods but instead by humans (page 8). After this epiphany, John understands that his people could accomplish the achievements from past. On page 8 he says, “Nevertheless we make a beginning . . .
warning.” This helps the piece by giving non-human objects human qualities. A metaphor is used in this piece because it says “but they bloomed without thinking besides the others, the ones that emerged from the underworld” I believe this is a metaphor because it is using the underworld as a playoff of the dirt and soil that lies beneath them. It helps the vision of the piece develop.
The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The story raises questions for both the readers of The Odyssey and the characters it’s story contains. In Zimmerman’s work viewers experience a simplified interpretation of Homer’s grand and verbacious text. As viewers experience characters like Agamemnon, Telemachus and Calypso exhibit emotion through actors in Zimmerman’s stage direction.
Jonathan Edwards was a descendant of Puritan priests. He had an impact in the times of The Great Awakening. The Great awakening was a religious reaction to the enlightenment. The awakening was not completely going against the Puritan religion but rather trying to join the ideas of the enlightenment and religion itself into harmony (Lecture, Week 4). This was difficult as the enlightenment caused people to question their religion, which was unusual in the Puritan community.
Having read, The Poisonwood Bible book, it was both fascinating and interesting. The author, Barbara Kingsolver, was quick with her diction and used quite a lot of figurative language. The objective of the book was to show the true meaning of Africa and show how it was difficult to convert the people of Africa to Christianity religion. The setting was present in Georgia, which later they traveled to a village called Kilanga in Congo, in which they started their journey. The main characters includes, Nathan Price who was the main character, his wife Orleanna Price, and their four daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May.
The Wizard of Oz “There is no place like home” is the memorable quote from the movie Wizard of Oz. The catchy quote is certainly not the only thing we can learn from analyzing this movie. The Wizard of Oz is very real. Many fictional scenes reflect lessons that are relevant to real life.
The first setting is in 2055 in the United States, at Time Safari, INC., a time travel hunting agency. The entire place is clinical to prevent contamination in the past. Two of the characters discuss a recent political election where a well-liked candidate (Keith) won over what they assumed would be a dictator (Deutscher). A Sound of Thunder was written less than a decade after World War II ended. This means that U.S. was in a time of large development.
(George, 99). This demonstrates Gilgamesh’s newfound appreciation for his city and life, and provides the audience with closure of his
Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" effectively conveys the theme that nothing lasts. He describes in the poem a message from a long-forgotten ruler, one that reveled in his power and tried to instill terror in his subjects. The narrator of the poem is being spoken to by a stranger about a faraway desert in which an ancient visage rests untouched. The visage is accompanied by a pedestal that tells of the glory of Ozymandias, a name no one knows in their present time.