Heart of Darkness is an important example of modernist novel in English literature. It is full of symbols. A symbol is used to imply a hidden meaning behind the surface. When we look at symbols, we can understand the meaning attached to them. Through the story, places, and characters mentioned in the novel, Joseph Conrad wants to show the truth of colonialism and its effect on both white and black people.
Things Fall Apart is a novel with literary merit—and lots of it. Part of the novel’s appeal lies in its compelling themes which strike chords that resound throughout time and across linguistic barriers. The clash of cultures, the struggle with change, and fatal character flaws are the main themes which Achebe’s novel probes. In order to sculpt a literary monument to the human condition and these universal themes, the author, Achebe, employs a broad variety of literary tools. Literary devices play a crucial role in enhancing the novel’s main themes and earning Things Fall Apart its widespread acceptance as a quality piece of literature.
I think it is unique to portray some of the story from the nazi side, because it gives understanding on why the nazis acted as they did. By showing both sides of the story it gives greater insight into the plot by showing the historical outlook of the nazis and the Jews and I think this is very useful for the narrative. The historical setting is an interesting and key part of the novel, it adds interest and tension, the contrast in how different people were treated at the time is intriguing and the difference in characters behaviour and personality from the beginning to the end is a direct result of the historical settings
It would be ironic to ban To kill a mockingbird especially in times like this. Students should read life lessons like theses and get beyond their worldview. In conclusion, To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that elegantly speaks to the injustice of racial prejudice. The content of the book makes great lessons and it is well worth the time. Indeed, it surely is a book that should be read at least once in a
Very often novels have many thrilling and exclusive themes. These themes represent the author’s views on many different aspects. Many authors use reflective themes to express their opinion on an regular done issue, in this case “discrimination.” John Wyndham’s, The Chrysalids gives the reader a point of you of the “abnormal people,” and makes you feel a certain way about the discrimination going on in this story. The story proves, that discrimination was demonstrated through the words and actions of groups of characters making judgments, a major theme in the novel. Making judgments of other beings is discriminating them, and this may affect a group of people, in The Chrysalids its representing David and the group of telepaths, because they’re considered evil and society considers their “deviant qualities” a threat which later will cause
While creating the graphic novel, Karasik and Mazzucchelli chose to keep it in black in white instead of using all hues of color. The City of Glass is a detective novel; anything that is connected to a detective will also be associated with to the various tones of black and grays because of the old detective movies. In the Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture the author claims,” Using Black and white instead of color can also affect the meaning of a story. Because many of the most ambitious and critically acclaimed comics works have told their stories without using primary colors, black and white, or at least subtle colors, has become emblematic of serious comic books” (Duncan and Smith, 142). The City of Glass is story of Quinn slowly descending into madness, using colors would have taken away the seriousness
A handful of further literary characters such as Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, were also clearly important predecessors to twentieth-century detective and espionage fiction. “According to Holmes, the “ideal detective” needs not only “the power of observation and that of deduction” but also “knowledge”. Though Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is more known as a author of detective fiction, some of his stories are in matter of fact early examples with the spy elements, e.g. The Naval Treaty, The Second Stain. In His Last Bow is the main protagonist Sherlock Holmes himself even as a double agent giving false data to the German army during the World War I. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, literary critic and editor who is also worth of mentioning as for the authors engaged in detective story.
Bakhtin emphasises the historical, cultural and social aspects of literary texts and that texts should be read through their context. His work is important, because he argues that events should be “composited, theorised and understood”, not just seen as events (Robinson 2011). Bakhtin’s Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics is seen as one of the most important theories on the novel written in the twentieth century. In Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, Bakhtin concentrates on the artistic thinking he calls polyphonic. Polyphony refers to the use of multiple voices or multivoicedness.
Reason and enlightenment played a dominant role during the period of the age of reason. Satirical and skeptical were the mode of their writing style. Emotions, feelings, instinct and idealism are key for the writer those emerged during the Romantic and Gothic period in American literature. Imagination and autobiographical elements dominate in the works whereas supernatural elements are blended in the works of the Dark Romantics. Autonomy and individualism are given preference by the transcendentalists.
Fitting to this call, the two novels from Atwood seek for hybrid identity from a personal level, just as what Colette Tennant considers while comparing the gothic elements in Atwood’s novels with those in the traditional Gothics. According to him, as one significant aspect of Gothics, the transformation of identity in Atwood’s “is most often psychological-even developmental-in that characters can be viewed as ‘working through’ issues of personal development and growth,” but not often physical, in “monstrous, frightening ways” like that in the traditional Gothics (6). That is to say, Atwood’s protagonists’ identity is more often than not in the process of changing. Moreover, he has further divided this personal transformation in Atwood’s novels into three categories: the first case is the “melding of personalities with those of the protagonists;” the second one is the “death of someone close to the protagonist,” usually the death of parents, which causes the transformation in the protagonist’s mentality; and the last one is that “a transcendence” of character’s identity is triggered by an awareness of trapping into transformations around her