The arrival of the first Europeans in the Americas is dramatically captured through the many writers who attempted to communicate what they saw, experienced and felt. What is more, the very purposes of their treacherous travel and colonization are clearly seen in their writings; whether it is poetry, history or sermons. Of the many literary pieces available today, William Bradford and John Winthrop’s writings, even though vary because the first is a historical account and the second is a sermon, stand out as presenting a clear trust in God, the rules that would govern them and the reason they have arrived in the Americas. First of all, William Bradford provides an in-depth look into the first moment when the Puritans arrived in the Americas. In fact, he chronicles the hardships they face on their way to Plymouth, yet he includes God’s provision every step of the way.
“Bartleby the Scrivener" is one of Melville's most famous stories. It’s also a very significant story because of the biblical comparisons you can make. In the bible it explains Jesus’s temptations in the wilderness. He was tested for forty days and forty nights. In this paper I would like to discuss a few scenarios were Bartleby went through some of the same things as Jesus did, in addition to reviewing the concept used while writing this story.
Foreshadowing is a very powerful literary device used in most, if not all, pieces of literature. Authors who intentionally add this aspect to their story use it as a way of building anticipation in the reader’s mind, thus adding the feeling of suspense. Ken Kesey masterfully applies this concept throughout his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by utilizing the intricate web of connections that he spins between characters and other elements present in the text. McMurphy’s eventual downfall is foreshadowed through subjects that he is subtly linked to such as both the dog and Ruckly. McMurphy’s behavioural patterns are likened to a dog several times in times throughout the novel, such as when Chief Bromden describes him sitting down, “He goes over to his chair, gives another big stretch and yawn, sits down and moves around for a while like a dog coming to rest” (Kesey 48), and when Harding says, “Friend… you… may be a wolf… You have a very wolfy roar,” (67).
He has taught at numerous universities in the United States. His writing is often understandable to the general public, increasing his audience. In both “The Afterlife” and “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins, the poet uses simple topics, tone, and dialect to display similarities within the two poems such as deeper meaning and historical context. Billy Collins heavily manipulates dialect in both of his poems to display historical context such as religion and the No Child Left Behind Act. “The Afterlife” discusses the different beliefs within multiple ideologies and religions on their ideas on life after death.
There are texts, which are so famous, that almost every western reader ever heard of them. These include for example the biblical stories (Adam and Eve in paradise, the ark of Noah, David and Goliath, etc.), the Greek myths and some other stories. These texts are a widely used source of inspiration for other writers and poets, especially the themes, such as love, hate and temptation. So does F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel ‘The Great Gatsby.’ He uses themes and elements from other texts and interconnects them in the storyline.
Literary devices have been used countless times by authors when writing stories. George Orwell’s Animal Farm, incorporates a plethora of literary devices which support themes and other important aspects of the story. Orwell uses diction, characterization, tone, and imagery which all make the story the classic it is. There are many examples of diction in Animal Farm which develop the story. Throughout the story, Napoleon is given a couple of different titles.
One of the most common themes in all of literature is the journey of a hero. Not only is this Hebraic cycle common in the literary world, but also in our human culture. All human beings go through their own Hero's journey. One example of such a journey would be the stages of human grief. Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha is considered by many readers to be symbolic of the circle of life itself. The character Siddhartha goes through a heroes journey that can relate to almost any human being, to find enlightenment or the hidden truth about life.
Aldo Leopold Throughout Fire Season by Philip Connors, the name Aldo Leopold is brought up in text multiple times. Not knowing who or what this name meant it interested me to why this name was such an important figure in Connors life as a fire watchmen. Connors holds a very high praise for this name and when brought up in the book he talks about some of the great contributions Aldo has made for the wilderness conservation movement. “He (Aldo Leopold) developed an influential argument in favor of wilderness with profound effects on the American landscape, some of them felt most tangibly on the stretch of country outside my window” (Connors, 11). This quote by Connors is just one of the many times that Aldo’s work is recognized as he sits in
His poem “Inspiration” best reflects these ideals and principles he holds. Nature was an over-soul that has the power to unite people with their true selves and with others. His impact in the transcendentalist community allowed for others to follow along in his footsteps. His relationship with Ralph Waldo Emerson, another impactful transcendentalist, influenced all of his work and greatly inspired him to play a bigger role as a transcendentalist. Thoreau’s lifestyle of uncertainty and freedom greatly impacts his writing along with writing in a period of racial division all across the country.
Emily Dickinson 's poem 519 also known as This is my letter to the World, can be interpreted in an abundance of ways. Upon reading it numerous times, I feel it was
Into the Wild was written by Jon Krakauer and is a biography. Into the Wild is about a man named Chris Mccandless who separates himself from his family, friends, and all civilization. After college Chris Mccandless separates himself from his family and he goes into the alaskan wilderness to live alone. Chris Mccandless denies a car that his parents offered him and before he went into the wilderness he burned all of his cash in his wallet before he went into the wilderness. Chris Mccandless separates himself from his family, he doesn’t accept any gifts, and he has a conflict with everything around him.
Into The Wild is written in both the 1st person, when the author is giving his own opinion or giving credibility, and in the 3rd person, when the author or anyone being quoted is talking about Chris McCandless. The effect Krakauer achieves is the notion of how isolated individuals exist in a state of wilderness and establishing his credibility. Krakauer personally connects with McCandless and explores every aspect of his life to discover the real truth of his death, and is convinced he did not die from starvation. He becomes emotionally attached to Chris and even develops a strong relationship with his parents. As a result, this effect leads to his writing being slightly biased.
Schools in various cities around the nation have been investigating certain books and their literary merit to determine whether they are appropriate for the school environment. Countless articles in today’s news world contain information and evidence surrounding both sides of the argument for almost any book that is questionable. Among the negatives that researchers have found often include inappropriate language for the students to be reading and sexual content considered too explicit for high school and middle school readers. On the other end of the spectrum, people see good things from these books such as their ability to teach students certain things while relating to their intended audiences at the same time. Chris McCandless, the main character of Into the Wild, is a character from which readers take a lot away.
Have you ever heard the calls? Buck sure has. In the novel The Call of The Wild by Jack London, Buck is a large st. Bernard that lives in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley with Judge Miller. As the story goes on Buck gets dognapped and sent to the man in the red sweater. The man in the red sweater is also known as the crack dog doctor.