“The Chrysalids” is a novel lived through the eyes of a telepathic child, David Strorm, from central Labrador. Throughout the novel you can easily identify the problems David has to face and notice his lack of being able to problem solve, constantly relying on other characters in the novel. David shows very minimal heroic qualities, and often gets himself in trouble and at home by disobeying his father, Joseph Strorm, and his religion, rules and traditions. David concealed the identity of a blasphemy which is a major crime in his village. David is not the protagonist in this novel because he lacks wisdom and heroic traits that a true protagonist would have.
In the beginning of the novel, Guy Montag believes fully in the reasoning behind his job, and does not seem to question it at all, as he is characterized as someone who stands up for what he believes in. That is until he meets Clarisse McClellan who makes him stop and ponder on his ways of going about life. He begins to think doubtfully about the burning of books and looks to his conscience to find that maybe burning all of those books was the wrong thing to do. “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!” (Bradbury 71).
Have you ever heard common phrases such as “every man for himself”? Phrases like this are common sayings that have been knitted into our vocabulary which demonstrate our egotistic nature. From a young age, we’ve been told that we must take care of ourselves first, because no one else will. On the contrary, the book, Anthem, presents a society that is shockingly different. From not being able to use the pronoun, “I” to the idea of living only to serve to serve fellow men, the altruistic, “we” society presented in Anthem is the exact opposite of America’s egotistic, “me” society, due to the fact that we are a capitalist society and because of our society’s competitive nature.
As a fiction writer, Mark Twain, whose original name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, stands apart as a comic genius. In America, Mark Twain had popularized this new genre through two of his well- known novels. One is 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ' and the other 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn '. Mark Twain 's idea of a boy character is based on the picture of an average American boy. The American boy, by nature, is enterprising and mischievous, not a reserved character like his counterpart in England.
Do the ends always justify the means? Many classic novels often try to convey this question to its readers. In both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Grapes of Wrath, Mark Twain and John Steinbeck use flawed protagonists to help convey this message. Even though these protagonists do not necessarily follow the law, the reader is unable to stop supporting them in their quest for the American dream. Steinbeck and Twain both demonstrate a value of morals over the written law by creating sympathetic, yet "corrupted" protagonists.
Nick in my opinion is a perfect choice for a narrator because he is in the story, but yet still has an outside perspective of what is happening. Also, his observant personality allows him to tell the reader more about a character than usual. Nick’s ability to judge someone and his moral also helped when deciphering Jay Gatsby 's accomplishments or lies that he told about his past. Also, his social class falls between Gatsby and the Buchanan’s, this makes him more sympathetic to both. Nick’s role in my opinion,
As timeless as folklore and as outrageously funny as a tall tale, "Holes" ultimately charts the heroic journey of two very real boys.” The reason, Holes is a distinguished book that stands apart from other books is that Louis Sachar uses a nonlinear narrative approach by layering multiple plots and settings on top of each other, uses real life situations with just the right amount of humor, and shows how friendships are formed from a bad situation. Holes is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats, who is wrongly charged with stealing.
He could have started all over again or at least tried to. Moreover, it’s important to note that the way Sherwood Anderson wrote the story and his use of certain words made us sympathize with Adolph and refuse the false accusations made against him. For example when he said that “... and the touching of the hair were part of the schoolmaster’s effort to carry a dream into the young minds/ Although he still hungered for the presence of the boy, who was the medium through which he expressed his love of man(Anderson). These lines prove to us that there was nothing sexual about his touch to the boys, and that the love he had was a pure innocent love to all human beings. In fact, the whole story is about showing us how societies and people can be cruel.
Huck absorbs his father’s words, and although he cares for Jim, never views Jim as his equal. When Huck and Jim are having a disagreement, Huck gives up the argument easily, saying, “i see it warn’t no use wasting words--you can’t learn a nigger to argue” (86). Even when he compliments Jim, Huck’s words show his disregard for Jim’s race. After Huck and Jim narrowly escape a wrecked ship, Jim says he doesn’t want any more adventures, because of the amount of danger it put him into. Huck acknowledges Jim’s intelligence, saying, “he was most always right; he had an uncommon level head for a nigger” (82), but his compliment implies that he is surprised that a black man could be
Twain focuses on the character development and learning experiences of Huckleberry throughout the novel. Although taught that slaves were property and lesser people, Huck decides to follow through with helping free Jim regardless, even going as far as claiming he was willing to face consequences in the afterlife for doing so, because he thought Jim was just as human as he and other white men were and felt it was necessary to do so, despite what he learned from the White-dominated society he was raised in. This aspect was very important to me personally, as it represents the empathy and selflessness most humans are given by nature before being corrupted by societal hatred amongst other people. Empathy and compassion are two very important elements in my life, as I value them deeply both in social and political circumstances, and I think Twain did a great job of representing both of those things honorably through Huck’s