Why do people make an initial judgement about a person they have only seen or heard about? Without any information at all, the brain formulates an answer to the question they were pondering: who is that person? One of our greatest sins is to place people into boxes, defining them into one shape, into one dimension. Stereotypes are a very predominant part of reality as well as fictional works. In the novels The Hangman’s Daughter and The Dark Monk , by Oliver Pötzsch, one of the most prevalent themes presented is the idea that people do not necessarily reflect what society expects from them, either because of their role or position within the community.
Factors, such as our abuse of phones, the internet, and television, indicate so. These forms of communication often obstruct the most meaningful type of interaction—face-to-face. Furthermore, some engage in frenetic activities in search of a sense of belonging, connectedness, and fulfillment. There seems to be a lack of middle ground between disconnectedness and unruly behavior. Lastly, we devalue elders and their wisdom by refusing to hear what they have to say, just as the people of Fahrenheit 451 ridiculed and criticized those who were knowledgeable about the world before the “purge” and refused to have a blind pulled over their eyes.
While Ray Bradbury’s novels are known to intertwine in many ways, it is distinctly seen in his interpretation of technology in The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451. These texts both contain literary devices that convey the negative effects of technological advancements on relationships. Bradbury presents the idea of technology leading to the downfall of society most prominently in his novel Fahrenheit 451 by blatantly alluding to the comfort and reliance the modern reality’s population takes in technology. He does this by portraying a society plagued by these advancements to the extent that individual intellect is cast out. For example, the action of mere intelligent conversation is torn from society with the introduction of parlor rooms
The Night-Soil Men were considered to be ghost’s because they did not hold an acceptable place in society. This spiel gives the readers a clear use of metaphors, imagery and point of view. The point of view in which this historical literary piece was told was the outsider's point of view. Someone who is one the outside looking in. This piece let the readers know and almost feel the struggle
“A time to keep silent and a time to speak,” (158) is a quote from the book Fahrenheit 451. This novel is all about how people conform to a society that burns books. They do so because they make people “think” thoughts that the government doesn’t want them to. Though there are some who are not conformed and read books to enlighten themselves to the ways of the past, that changes the way they see the present. Mildred, Faber, and Clarisse are characters that represent different aspects of conformity or nonconformity in the Fahrenheit 451 society.
(Wiesel 445). I believe this is the thesis because the author repeats the word indifference a lot, he even decides to explain what the word means; ?Etymologically, the word means ?no difference?-a strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between the light and darkness(?) good and evil? (Wiesel 444). He focuses the essay on how we humans lack the sympathy towards the less fortunate humans that are going through issues.
The quotation shown from Beowulf presents that the people who lived at that time became to have an unsympathetic mind towards their own lives and the others. As the quotation stated, “better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning,” the king kept arousing the evilness deep inside the people’s heart and got rid of the merciful mind. Moreover, this could presents the people at that time may values the desireness rather than the sympathetic feeling.Through forcing people to be an evil, concept of violence in people’s mind would become more lenient and motionless as the time passed. Also, the poem, itself, expressed that people are fighting over to get a power and to satisfy their desire of obtaining. The second part of quotation in the “Beowulf” presented the death as feeling of cold- hearted, violent and unimportant.
Mary Shelley described it as “I saw with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, -the pale student of unhallowed arts standing before the thing he had put together, I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out…His success would terrify the artist; he would rush away from his odious handiwork, horror stricken” However, the novel was not only created from a dream; there were many influences in Shelley’s life that had an effect on the book. An example of this would be “Paradise lost” by John Milton, which illustrates creation of man and the “downward spiral” due to misbehavior. This can be seen in Shelley’s novel where Dr. Frankenstein disobeys God by thinking he can create life, which leads him to misery and death. Another influence is Mary Shelley’s life, which contain numerous deaths, such as her mother, half-sister, Percy’s wife, and her own children. This can be the reason as to why the Dr. Frankenstein experienced abundant deaths in his life.
Henry James used ambiguity to provide a more sporadic and confusing environment in The Turn of the Screw. His uses are terrifying because humans are afraid of the unknown, and his goal was to horrify people to the core, only leaving them some of the pieces to make an answer. James relied not on ghosts being a scary topic, but on confusion and the imagination of the reader. Even in the end, he left the story as it was, creating a vast plot hole that the reader feels the need to make something out of, an ultimate use of ambiguity. It becomes a book that he didn’t write, but the reader wrote and chose their own interpretation of for a more personal
Indeed, Many characters have flaws affecting their decisions in English literature, they made mistakes only to realize them later. Aristotle considers a flaw is a weakness in human mind when mistakes and errors in plot or direction caused actions to change in a tragic manner as described in the tragedies of Oedipus and Antigon. In fact, Lear is the victim of this flaw that he can physically see, but he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight and understanding which contribute to his decision against his innocent daughter Cordelia.