Dominant moods or qualities of stories “The Word Love” is a vivid story that focus on the feeling of love. The story is about love of the narrator for her mother and the love she feels for her boyfriend, which conflict because of the cultural differences. While the story “Silver Pavements and Golden Roofs” is an insightful story that shows the effect of moving to America and living an uncomfortable life. The narrator in “The Word Love” is a person who falls in love with an American man, believing herself to be in love, and she accepts things that are in conflict with her own tradition such as living together with her boyfriend and then worries about what her mother would say if she finds out. Aunt Pratima in the story “Silver Pavements and Golden Roofs” is a helpless and gutless person who is lied to accept marriage to a man who she thoughts was wealthy.
Analyzing the contrasting aspects of her self-inflicted isolation highlighted Ibsen’s intended meaning of the work as a whole. His inclusion of the patriarchal social structure, the importance of reputation, the sacrifice motif, and the leading of self-realization into a chance at redemption transformed the entertaining drama into a masterpiece that challenged social themes established at the time A Doll’s House was written. Nora’s “unhealable rift” forced between herself and her home undoubtedly changed the entire course of her life, yet without it, she would still be stuck in a doll’s house, unable to become her own individual and constantly relying on Torvald for her sense of
‘Positive characters … usually prove miserably ineffectual when contending with ruthless overwhelming powers’ claims Amin Malak, noting on such protagonists as Winston Smith and Offred in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and, when looking at the dystopian genre as a whole, he certainly seems to be correct. Dystopian fiction does seem to portray the worse side of human nature than the better, leaving the positive traits to the struggling protagonists. While utopian writers seemed to think that the essence of human nature was to do good, dystopian writers seem to think very differently and it is from this notion that these novels seem to be written. Nineteen Eighty-Four certainly seems to do this, with almost every member of the society representing one or more negative aspects of humanity. Throughout the novel, Winston constantly references the fact that ‘Today there were fear, hatred and pain’ and that in this society of Ingsoc ‘No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred’ and this is displayed in many, various ways.
The mood of the story is based off of reality and illusion as Calvino was growing up his life wasn 't very consistent. We can tell this because all the other moods of his stories are either happy or just down right brutal. In The Enchanted Garden Calvino used his imagination when writing the mood, making it what he wanted the readers to look into where he imagined going when his life was inconsistent. Tying these two things together Italo made a wonderful short story. Italo calvino was a good writer, he was inspiring to many
The Things They Carried is a warbook romanticized into a love story illustrating these concepts of love. There is nothing more clear to the eye than the amity created between the soldiers while serving their country, putting their lives in each other’s hands every day. As quoted “And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war… It's about love and memory. It's about sorrow.” (O’Brien 134) Tim O’Brien’s purpose in writing this work was not to share his experiences alone, but to also make you feel what he felt, the affection and devotion he possessed for the others. The concept of love is not always the romantic love between significant others, sometimes it is exemplified through actions and behaviors of the friend right next to
The motif of duality has inspired countless stories. From “Jekyll and Hyde,” to Beauty and the Beast, tales of one side of man, gentle and sweet, is contrasted via the other, a terrifying beast. Ursula Le Guin’s short story “The Wife’s Story” is no different. Written from the perspective of a grieving wife, we see through her point of view the transformation from her kind-hearted husband to a horrific monster, but with a twist. The wife is not exactly what one might assume, written from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf rather than Red Riding Hood.
Desire is a strong theme in Alice Hoffman’s novel Practical Magic. Each character has a reason for wanting an item, or person. There are many symbols that represent the needs of the main characters. A dove’s heart stands for the love and affection that is shared between two people. Lilacs represent strength, and that one can grow even during difficult times.
What is the line between reality and illusion? This absurdity is examined in Emily Jenkin’s thrilling story, We Were Liars, as she introduces a young lady by the name of Cadence Sinclair Eastman, a torn girl with several problems. She gives the reader a story of how she turned into this shell of a person she once was, and really wants to give her side of it. The Sinclair family are very rich and powerful people. The two owners of the wealth live on a private island, while the rest of the family only visits during the summer.
Thesis Both of the stories shared the same theme that is disappointment. To be specific, both of the lead character in these stories experienced disappointment in the end of their stories after what had happened did not met their expectations on what they think should and would happen. Contextualizing • An American childhood • Dillard hangs out with boys, expose her with “rugged” lifestyles even though she is a girl—by breaking and flaunts the rules • “Nothing girls could compare”—it means that there is a stereotypical thing about women/girls in 1950s • Longing to Belong • It is obvious that Shah wanted ‘freedom’ and wants to finds her roots • As she said about the tableau vivant of the Afghan bride—oppressive society? • She realizes that all the best things she heard about her
Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, seeks to portray the reality hidden beneath the social exterior of the ‘happy American Family’ of the 1950s, and aims to expose the dysfunctional relationships, often concealed behind an outwardly happy marriage. Albee has created a plot where his characters are immersed in peeling the veneers of pretension off one another and where truth and illusion are engaged in a continuous battle. The eponymous jingle, which is repeated many times in the play, is a parody of a children’s ditty and seeks to convey the fear associated with confronting the difference between illusion and reality. The name of the modernist author “Virginia Woolf” replaces the original reference to the big bad wolf as Albee wishes to find out “who’s afraid of living life without illusions” (Flanagan). Being an Absurdist, Albee believed that illusions often generate a false content for a person’s life and hence, should be abandoned ("Edward Albee: Who 's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?").