In Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Oskar Schell battles with his inner conflicts of fear caused by the tragedy of the loss of his father, leading to a life controlled by fear, closing many opportunities that lie ahead of him, and limiting his views of the real world. For instance, in the beginning of Chapter 3, Oskar explains the physical and emotional journey he embarks on, demonstrating the struggle he endures to overcome conforming to his fears. Oskar states, “A lot of the time I'd get that feeling like I was in the middle of a huge black ocean, or in deep space, but in not the fascinating way. It’s just that everything was incredibly far away from me” (Foer 36). Oskar retreats inside himself when he is
In Daniel Woodrell’s novel, Winter’s Bone, the bitter cold of a typical Ozark Winter highlights the harsh and bittersweet lives of the characters in the story. Ree’s quest to find her father interspersed with familial interactions are sharpened by Woodrell’s crafted imagery and descriptions of the merciless winter, and the phenomenal writing which included superb word choice, authentic dialect, and evocative figurative language. In fact, the book would not have the same emotional impact without them. Throughout this finely crafted book, Daniel Woodrell transports the reader to the stark, bleak, and grim reality of the Ozark mountains where the people and the poverty are synonymous. By juxtaposing descriptions of the raw winter and the protagonist Ree Dolly’s bleak life, the reader feels a more intense understanding and connection to the heart-rending plight and events of the characters.
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward,” says Steve Maraboli, a motivational speaker. This is a common theme in many of award-winning author, Neal Shusterman’s novels, such as Full Tilt and Everlost. The novel Full Tilt is about an anxious teenaged boy named Blake who has to go through seven rides, all relating to his fears and past experiences, so that he can survive a paranormal amusement park. Everlost is about two teens, Nick and Allie, who die in a car crash and are sent to a place in-between the afterlife and real life, called Everlost. Though very different in subject, Shusterman uses the same literary techniques to show that it is his writing, and to move the plot forward and express the themes he wants to showcase.
Farewell to Manzanar, written by Jeanne Wakatsuki and her husband James D. Houston, brings the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor to life through the the reimaging of the hardships and discrimination that Jeanne and her family endured while stationed at Manzanar. After the events of Pearl Harbor, seven year-old Jeanne is evacuated with family to an internment camp in which the family will be forced to adapt to a life in containment. Through the writings of Jeanne herself, readers are able to see Jeanne’s world through her words and experience the hardships and sacrifices that the Wakatsuki family had to go through. Farewell to Manzanar takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of a young American-Japanese girl struggling to be accepted by society.
Introduction Outlined as the ninth short story in Diaz and Pitlor’s The Best American Short Stories, For the God of Love, for the Love of God is an interesting read touching on the lives of average white families in the olden French society. Unlike many writers, Lauren Groff, takes a unique direction. She is poetic and artistic. Her simply laid-out plot and character development offer a sophisticated exploration to the critical issues that an ideal family ranging from health, racism, friendships, betrayal, introversion and life’s hopes. This paper makes an exhaustive review of the short story (pages 103-120) to capture what Groff drives at, in placing the readers into the perspective of ordinary life the French white people.
We learn about his love for Juliet, and his difficult past through flashbacks: his abusive father, and the event that killed his cousins. The novel represents marginalized youth in Canada in a way that we rarely see in literature and film. The novel has some very dark themes, including sexual abuse, violence, and substance abuse. The Lesser Blessed is a very bleak novel- because of the dark themes it presents,
Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl describes how the hellish, cold, and inescapable setting of a march toward a Nazi concentration camp as well as the cesspool itself degrade its victims to a point of not spiritual, communal resistance but pure hopelessness and moral corruption. The story juxtaposes two Jewish captives in order to view the different effects the setting has on their humanity, or the coalescence of one’s compassion, human value, and capacity to love. Rosa, the self-sacrificing mother of Magda, is the protagonist while Stella, Rosa’s envious niece, is the antagonist. In their interactions with the baby Magda, Ozick frequently characterizes Rosa as humane and loving and Stella as ravenous and cold-hearted, invoking the idea that, through her love, Rosa is able to
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” explores the theme of sanity and the effects it can have on people. Having many fears and choosing to not face them can result in the deterioration of people. In Roderick’s case, he spends much of his time feeling scared, so he becomes insane. Ironically, Roderick becomes “a victim to the terrors he anticipated” (15). The aspects of the story such as the house and his sister loom upon him with darkness because he cannot overcome his
The Giver is a book most people have read, but some might not be aware that there is actually a continuous scenario which the book Son concludes, therefore I will be introducing the book Son. The book is written by award winning author Lois Lowry, and she has gotten numerous influences from the occurences of her life. For example her journey around the world due to her father and husband’s job, her father’s memory loss, and the biggest factor; her son’s death in the Gulf War. From her broad and shocking experiences, Son is made up just like her life, exciting but distressing and devastating as well. While there is a message about life and bravery, Lois Lowry says that she has written books to express the importance of helping each other out
The aftermath of the horrifying and traumatic events of World War 1, brought a dramatic rise in of pacifist and anti-war literature, including the impactful novel All Quiet on the Western Front, composed by Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque’s personal experiences fighting in the futile battles of World War 1 drove him to portray a realistic perspective of war and serve a voice for the Lost Generation through his novel and make deliberate decisions to portray the betrayal of the older generation forcing innocent boys to engage in atrocities, the immense fear and sadness when losing a comrade, and the major physiological impacts soldiers endure, in order to influence audiences towards pacifism and away from romanticizing war. Born 1898 in Osterburg,