Section #6 - Irony In the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury uses situational and dramatic irony in relation to the character of the Dust Witch. Firstly, situational irony is evident when the author says “Will pulled his bow back, freighted with single destruction. The bow broke in two pieces”. (Bradbury151) He mentions this as Will is attempting to destroy the balloon in order to get rid of the Dust Witch for the night. Instead of Will shooting the arrow out, it broke in two pieces, not achieving the result he would have expected.
The first witch tells her sisters of how she is not going to let the captain sleep to torment him. The idea of insomnia can be considered a motif of Macbeth due to its appearances throughout the play. A motif is a recurring idea or object that helps the audience better understand a piece of literature. The witches cursing of the captain is an extremely important scene because now any other instance of insomnia can be directly related back to the witches. The correlation between the witches and insomnia can then help the audience detect the supernatural presence of the three Weird
Despite the connotations that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may have lost focus in its message of anti-racism, the novel still displays a thoughtful and engaging take on the status of racism through setting and character development. Though authors like Jane Smiley believe the book is overpraised because the characters are shallow and ignored, Twain’s subtle commentary on racism through the use of his characters helps to create a realistic understanding of the social conditions at the time. One of Smiley’s main arguments against Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is that the novel overshadows Uncle Tom’s Cabin which she considers has more in-depth characters than the former book. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which for its portrayal of an array of thoughtful, autonomous, and passionate black characters leaves Huck Finn far behind.” From the excerpt we can see that Smiley
In The Tragedy of Macbeth, some of the most well known characters, the three witches, state that “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”. This quote is the theme of the play and helps set up the rest of the story. What this quote means is nothing is as it appears, that looks can be deceiving. In Act 1 when Banquo and Macbeth meet the witches, the witches tell them that Macbeth shall be Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, and that he shall be king of Scotland. They also tell Banquo that his sons shall be kings.
Innocence is not a strong enough force to combat the corruption from the evils of the world. Innocence can cause one to make bad decisions as they simply know no better. Furthermore, innocence can cause one to commit bad choices in the face of unfamiliar situations. Both All Quiet On The Western Front by Eric Remarque and The Quiet American by Graham Greene explore the concept that when one loses their innocence, it is swiftly replaced by wickedness. Both Remarque and Greene use their protagonists, Baumer and Fowler respectively, to exemplify the vulnerability of innocence and how leads to poor decision-making.
"Life is a matter of perspective. It can be amazing or wonderful, or it can be depressing and worthless" (Gray, n.d.). Stephen Gray fabricated this quote to convey that life is only as good or bad as one perceives it. Humans tend to have differing experiences, even if based on the same event, due to how they respond to the given situation. Looking at Elie Wiesel's (2006) book Night and the movie "Life is Beautiful" (2000), there are two divergent interpretations of how life can be perceived in the middle of arduous times.
What seems bad at first can often be a blessing in disguise and an apparent good can ultimately be bad for us. This is especially evident when the weird sisters say “fair is foul, and foul is fair” in William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” The play uses many examples to show how the sisters’ prediction that Macbeth will be king is actually foul. On the journey home Macbeth and Banquo encounter the weird sisters and receive the predictions. News that Macbeth will become king creates an inner conflict for him. He starts to think what actions he needs to do so the predictions become true.
How Characters in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, though corrupt, can evoke varying levels of sympathy. Throughout the story many characters display dishonest actions and their sinful natures. However, the characters may or may not invoke sympathy in the reader depending on their persona or purpose they convey to the reader. Ordinarily, one can separate these characters into different groups of whether or not they evoked any sympathy that may outweigh their actions. The first section is that of characters with little to no sympathetic qualities.
When Romeo first noticed Juliet he exclaims, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear: Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So Shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows (1.5.44-49). This supports the claim because Romeo Compares Juliet’s beauty to darkness and light. How she “teaches the torches to burn” and how she contrasts the darkness as in a bright jewel on the dark skin of an Ethiopian or the darkness of a crow.
Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” There is often dramatic irony in the storyline, therefore the audience’s view is meant to be quite different from that of the character. Upon analyzing the musical it seems as though this question of good or evil makes the work seem like political satire. We look at the things that they want us to look at, and we don’t see the things that they want us to ignore (Sewey). Another theme that is covered throughout the musical is discrimination. Although, it may seem as though Elphaba with her green skin would be the main person who is discriminated, this is not the case.
Despite the fact that a few of the names of Dumas ' family members and friends may be perceived as a bit humorous in English, the primary reason of contrasting the names in Farsi opposed to the English interpretations is to show the distinction between divergent names and cultures. The comparison demonstrates an example of how a name can have a beautiful meaning in one culture, yet can be marred and mocked in other cultures solely because of the pronunciation. Additionally, the comparison gives insight into a miniscule portion of the ridicule received by immigrants based off of their name or culture. This ridicule faced by immigrants, in my opinion, seems extremely offensive to not only the individual confronted with mockery, but to the individual
Jood Abuali December 7, 2016 IB English Period 7 Macbeth Questions Act 1 Scenes 1-8 Shakespeare opens the play by showing the witches to build up tension in the play. The presence of the witches foreshadows the conflict and suspense that is to come later throughout the play. Also, Shakespeare catches the attention of the readers with the witches’ mysterious and suspicious phrases and plans. The grim tone in which they use foreshadows the tragedies to come and the outcome of the play. This is shown in scene 1 when all the witches say, “Fair is foul,and foul is fair/, Hover through the fog and filthy air.”(1.1.11-12) This quotes interpretation is that bad can be good and good can be bad.
The n-word is acceptable because of its difference in meaning. Other words are offensive to other races, sexualities, and even genders. Compared to the n-word other offensive meanings seem to not be a big deal. This shows how unfair it would be to others who are offended by other words to have only this one word banned that does not even apply to them. Words such as faggot, queer, bitch, slut, etc.