Figurative language has a tremendous influence on literature because it enlivens the words and makes them jump off the page. This allows the reader to visualize the scene in a unique, explicit way. Laurie Anderson’s Speak demonstrates an abundant use of figurative language. Figurative language appears in various forms; this includes simile, metaphor, personification, symbol, hyperbole and more. Speak is a book written about the internal and external conflicts that protagonist, Melinda faces after being raped by Andy Evans (“IT”) and hated by her peers for ruining an end-of-summer party. This has traumatized Melinda and she is too afraid to speak up. Anderson enhances the big theme of sadness and depression through similes, metaphors,
The narrative arc in the short story “ Flowers For Algernon” and the film “Charly,” share many similarities and differences. The short story is told from Charlie’s perspective whereas the film is told from an omniscient point of view. The different perspectives give the readers a sense of emotional attachment to the characters. In the text, Charlie’s narration develops a critical mood. On the contrary, the narration of the film creates a more emotional point of view and connects with the audience at a more profound level. First, the exposition introduces the characters and the setting of the story in both text and film. However, in the film, Charlie is portrayed as a slightly more immature character compared to the story. In the beginning, the film
In her short Story, “ Birthday Party” Katharine Brush uses diction and vivid imagery to convey her disapproval for traditions of society and lack of appreciation of a wife by her husband.
When considering Junot Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a reader must understand that he embodies his idea of a “textual Caribbean” in a theme: disjointed occurrences eventually breed clarified understanding. To clarify, given a character in a bildungsroman, he is inclined to encounter certain experiences that may initially appear to lack coherence. In addition a reader faces a similar inclination to become lost in the disjointed events in the life of the character. The reader must be aware that when the character faces a revelation or epiphanic experience in the story, occurrences that originally seemed incoherent become simplified in the wake of the characters new
In the duration of, “The Birthday Party”, by Katharine Brush, the narrator dictates a couple who’ celebrating the husband’s birthday. Brush uses literary devices in the short story in order to show, an open interpretation that men could be cruel people in a specific situation.
In the short story, “Birthday Party”, by Katharine Brush, Brush used literary devices such as shifts in mood and tone, from light and warm-hearted to bleak, first person point of view, and alliteration to demonstrate society’s flaw in failing to recognize and appreciate the little actions people do for one another.
Nothing is worse than being told something that has been kept from you, “Secrets”. The world is full of secrets and as soon as you get your mind wrapped around one, it’s hard to let go. Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, give us another perspective of trials and tribulations, this time dealing with secrets. In Carter’s fairy tale, she introduces a seventeen year old pianist and her journey to the “Castle of Murder”. Being half her husband’s age and he already going through three marriages, the girl’s mother couldn’t help but to respect her decision. Her mother was a warrior, fierce one to be exact, “My eagle-featured, indomitable mother; what other student at the Conservatoire could boast that her mother had outfaced a junkful of Chinese pirates, nursed a village through a visitation of the plague, shot a man-eating tiger with her own hand and all before she was as old as I” (Carter). The bride is later sent away to her husband’s castle to escape into womanhood, or marriage. After countless amounts of sex and lust, Marquis, her husband, takes her virginity and proposes to her. There was no way she could say no to a fat rock of a ring plus a huge castle of a house. During their honeymoon, Marquis gets a business call to travel New York leaving his bride skeptical. He leaves the keys to all the doors with his bride making it clear to use all but one key, the key to his “enfer”, or as Marquis would call it. The young pianist, loved to play the piano, and as soon as her
The main point of this essay was to point out to the reader the ridiculous state of human nature when presented with a situation that is outside of our expertise. As we observe the narrator’s struggle to put together this cardboard toy, his use of both overstatement and understatement show the progression of his frustration with this task. One example of this ironic language can be found in the first sentence when the narrator states “I made a most interesting discovery: the shortest, cheapest, method of inducing a nervous breakdown ever perfected. (Perelman)” As readers we are able to recognize that this is a vast overstatement, however this statement adds a humorous effect to the text that draws our attention to the fact that it is very easy to relate to this feeling of frustration that appears when faced with a task that is difficult to overcome.
"The Boat" is a short story by Alistar Maclead. Throughout the narrative the reader is introduced to several different characters. Who are unique and carry different personalities, that have impacted and are connected to the narrator's present state. The mother in particular named Jenny Lynn, plays an important role in this piece. What the mother says, does, and how, she interacts with others is a way one can interpret her as a person and really see her true colors and state of mind. In "The Boat" the mother is a powerful character; she is committed to her job, she has a strong opinion about life at sea, and through her devotion and drive she sheltered her kids; to the extent where it had a negative effect. It is through these measures
In Kiss and Tell, Alain de Botton humorously describes a situation between tactless and socially oblivious parents and their uncomfortable adult daughter, Isabel, who is on a date with her new boyfriend. Using immaturity and a lack of etiquette in the actions of the characters, multiple examples of irony, and the anticipation of Isabel’s father’s actions which all ultimately lead to a comedic effect, de Botton produces a universal experience that brings humor to the audience while commenting on family dynamics.
Andre’s Mother by Terrence McNally discusses some deep topics using an issue prevalent in modern society. The play takes place at the funeral of Andre, a gay man who died of AIDS. Readers see how different characters react to his death, from his lover to his mother. The funeral itself and the fact that Andre was gay present two major themes that are distinct but also connected. These themes are shown through the interactions between characters and the use of symbols. These aspects of the play work together to explore ideas related both to grief and acceptance.
After reading the critical essay “Neon Gothic: Lost in Translation” by Wendy Haslem, her central argument was found to be that of how Lost in Translation (Coppola,2003) presents a nontraditional approach to a romance in comparison to the expected. Haslem goes on to support her claim of an unconventional romance by using examples of scenes from the film, such as the scene where Bob and Charlotte share a goodbye kiss. In traditional romantic films, there is no mistake in understanding the intent of a kiss. However, in Lost in Translation, the intent of the kiss shared between Bob and Charlotte is not very direct and arises a lot of questions to its meaning. Another piece of textual evidence found to support the claim is the connection made between the two main characters throughout the film. One would assume that the unique bond shared between them would lead to the start of a formal relationship, but to our surprise the couple was not united at the end of the film. Again, supporting the claims of an
Can people be fully mature? Many teeangers and adults think they are mature and can control many things. Here are two literary works that show how people are not fully mature as they thought. A short story “Crystal Stars Have Begun to Shine” by Martha Brooks and a poem “12 years old” by Kim Stockwood deal with the maturity of people. Each has written about the speaker’s experiences of growing up to become adults. Although they share similar theme, which is about the coming of age, each has portrayed the theme in different ways. Both “Crystal Stars Have Begun to Shine” and “12 years old” support the same theme, “coming of age” by struggles and expriences during relationships. However, each has different tone and way of showing the theme.
Discuss the ways in which Rosario Castellanos challenges and subverts gender stereotypes in her work?
Molière was one of France’s most successful playwrights of the 17th Century. Due to this fact, the nature of Molière’s comedy is a product of his time. During this period, theatre audiences were vastly different to spectators of today’s time, as they were often unruly and impatient. Theatre had to immediately capture the audience’s attention