There is a big difference between reading Dr.Seuss books and reading the Odyssey. Although some may argue they 're more similar than you may think. Authors slide in subtle writing techniques and themes to portray the moral or message they are trying to convey. No matter the level of writing or the type of story line similarities can always be found. This semester we have looked at many pieces of writing, including “Okay”, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Antigone Now, “Civil Disobedience”, and “The Ones Who Walk Away”.
Symbolism and Literary Elements in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" In "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson we see several literary elements used to both shock the reader and teach a valuable lesson about the inherent nature of man. From the detailed description of the setting to the use of color and foreshadowing Jackson demonstrates how a writer can tell a story that reveals new elements with every reading. "The Lottery" describes the dangers of blindly following tradition and the harm this can bring both to society and to families caught in the trap of blindly following what they consider to be societal norms. Through the use of literary devices Jackson relates the story to the reader, both preparing them for the inevitable conclusion and shocking them into understanding an important lesson about the world. In the beginning of the story Jackson introduces
The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury brought to light some scary yet plausible ideas on the future of the world. In the novel, firemen are ordered to burn books and the public is brainwashed into worrying more about materialistic happiness than taking the time to think. The epigraph at the beginning of the book reads, “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote is Ray’s way of drawing attention to the simple fact that although society will do its best to conform people to their liking, people must always challenge to question and rebel against the norm. One way this epigraph ties well with the book would be the ongoing challenging of the society that the main character, Montag, does all throughout the book. A prime example of this being the time when Montag had a lengthy and thought-provoking conversation with his wife, Mildred, on pages 146-151.
Golding through his use of symbolism clearly shows the movement from order to chaos throughout the novel. Unfortunately this idea that life can slip into chaos from order is not only fiction like Golding’s novel but the truth is that it has been a reality in some countries throughout the world. But hopefully in these cases in the future happy ending stories will be true ones rather than fictional ones. Nevertheless it is usually good that conquers evil and that more positives should be taken from stories rather than negatives. Stories should be judged by the level of interest it inspired in the reader and their consideration of its main theme.
Neil Gaiman once wrote, “some books exist between covers that are perfectly people-shaped” (Gaiman xvi). The idea that books can be defined as the sharing of thoughts and information between people reveals a deeper meaning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist faces a society in which books are censored and, thus, burned. This, according to his definition, means that if books become banned, certain connections between people will, too, be destroyed. Ray Bradbury reveals the theme (the importance of books) through the protagonist’s dynamic character, which comes as a result from his conflicts with society.
The purpose of the book was hard to understand at times, but soon I figured that the purpose was to inform the reader about the social reform. Sinclair really portrayed this book as more of a history story then a entertaining novel which made the book less exciting and more
Harrison Bergeron is an example of a dystopian society that has gone awry. While the concept of total equality on the surface may seem desirable, the author quickly dispels any potential positive outlook. From the perspective of today's reader, the people in the future appear to be slaves to the government; wearing chains, masks, and headphones to decrease their fundamental abilities. In addition, this savery is emphasised due to amount the main characters watch the television in the story. It would be interesting to ask the author if it inherently provides the sedative effect he describes in the story and if we have progressed towards this reality with the advent of smartphones.
Kyla Buchanan Reading 12-15-16 Period:8 Compare and Contrast Jonas”s dystopian society was irregular and judgemental. In this essay I’m going to compare and contrast his dystopian society with modern day. There are many ways they were alike and different in the text. In the first paragraph, I’m going to contrast Jonas’s society with modern day. Then, In the second paragraph I’m going to contrast modern day with Jonas’s.
Censorship is defined as the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts. There are benefits to this practice, but also negative backlashes. We see censorship not only in the world today, but it comes as a topic in many movies and books, such as Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. Censorships appeals to some people because they believe it has many benefits, which to some, overweighs the negatives. The fact that things such as extreme violence, and even sex is censored from television and to an extent, in some movies appeal to those who are weak in the stomach, and most of all to parents.
During the ancient times, one worldview that was brought up was how reason was used to understand the cosmos. The ancient times were a breaking point because there was a lot more of thought development that was used instead of just thinking of things randomly and having nothing to support them. When attending the colloquia “School of Rock: Songs that Changed our Lives” it was learned that philosopher, Charles Purse, brought up the “Aesthetic Ideal” which mirrored this worldview of the ancient times. The aesthetic ideal was said to be a felt sense of what is good, what is desirable, and what is wanted. This also mirrored the effect that music had on people.
Upon writing the essay, I decided the do it on the second prompt. I felt that my strengths lied on the my previous knowledge from past classes about learning about various debts and the Great Depression, which I formulated my future effects in the essay. I however, had a hard time deciding whether student debt alone may be significant enough to cause an entire turmoil of the economy, but I later thought that It possibly could in a more insidious way. The causes in the essay provided me the most difficulty. I have trouble concluding rational causes that could lead to the effects.