As a writer during the Great Depression, John Steinbeck impacted an audience who found consolation in his famous literature, during a time of desolation and despair. Through the means of his writing, women have a perpetual role of trying to deviate from their societal roles, but are inhibited and rejected by society. The female characters in Steinbeck’s writing all are depicted as inferior in relation to their male counterparts. This observation brings about a new query open for deliberation. Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women?
Satire is very abundant in this novel and is found in many different themes and characters. One of the main targets of satire in the novel is Pangloss’s philosophical optimism. Voltaire also uses satire to criticize religion, war and mortality. His characters escape death, only to have them face harsher situations. Voltaire exaggerates situations to show how ridiculous some ideas or opinions can be.
Her poems are interesting to read, too. I researched a little more in depth about the true meaning behind some of the stanzas (since I’m not use to the language used). It definitely helped me realize more how sarcastic she was about how men treated women and how she was standing up against it through her
When comparing and contrasting the two short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Revelation” written by Flannery O’Connor, many similarities are noticed between the main characters as well as many differences. The author of the short stories based them on rejection and redemption in the modern world and it is shown in both stories. The Grandmother and Mrs. Turpin are similar and opposite when comparing being selfish and hypocritical, as well the amount of grace in each character’s life’s. Both the grandmother from “A Good Man is Had to Find” and Mrs. Turpin from “Revelation” are selfish characters but show their selfishness in different ways. The grandmother is selfish throughout Flannery O’Connor’s short story and the author displays it many times during the story.
I thought it’s interesting that the author has Wade and Art3mis develop a relationship where they both have crushes on each other even though they never met in person before. This just shows that OASIS can help people find someone they actually love and care about. At first I was still struggling to read these chapters, but once I read one, the rest of them were easily to get excited about.
Thoughtful Laughter For centuries satirical novels have inspired audiences by using wit and humor to ignite thoughtful laughter. This thoughtful laughter implements comical sarcasm to highlight prominent issues in society. Voltaire’s Candide and Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens both use satirical techniques such as tone, irony, litotes, hyperboles, and, parodies to criticize stereotypes, greed, and corruption. Both novels are centered on their main characters plight, with Candide’s dangerous adventures and the beauty contestants ‘struggle for survival. However, the tones of the novels contradict the setting as the tones are playful and bubbly.
Foolishness is a theme that plays a huge part in Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Foolishness is defined as ‘lacking good sense or judgement’, and there is definitely a whole of that shown in many, if not most, of the characters in the play. This play is, however, a comedy, and when not taken seriously, all the empty-headedness adds a huge part in the hilarity of the play. Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen, and Algernon are characters in this play who do an exceptional job of displaying their foolishness. Lady Bracknell is a very ignorant and superficial character as is made obvious in the way she deals with different circumstances.
In the passage from “Fennimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses” by Mark Twain, he describes the blatant ignorance and stupidity of the very popular writer Fennimore Cooper. He tells also of the lack of attention to detail and how most of the plot in Cooper’s stories aren’t logical in the least. Twain writes this to show that not only he himself would not make those mistakes but that they are very large and noticeable mistakes that were blatantly made. Through this essay Twain portrays a quite critical and mocking attitude towards Cooper’s writings. In the text, Twain uses highly critical and intelligent diction to portray his mocking tone throughout the essay.
While reading Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas, I was pleasantly surprised with how I liked the literature. As I am not a fan of poetry I wasn't expecting to like this particular piece, but I found that many, if not most, of the poems were fascinatingly executed. Another theme I found that was incorporated into many pieces was land and territory. One of the first poems that caught my attention was “Three”. In this poem Long Soldier structures her poem so that it creates a box shape which ironically is what the poem is about.
“There is within me (and with great sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction,, and at times I was mean to doodle.” This Quote accurately displays the sort of imagery and tone often displayed in the short story with its’ bone chilling effect. The story at times seems like it may take a turn for the better and the mood will get lighter or happier or maybe even fluffier, but no the author brilliantly fools the reader with false hope of happiness, of life, and of content. There is many literary elements used in the scarlet ibis but the most common being bright and intricate Imagery, a foreboding amount of foreshadowing, and a brilliantly set and released mood. In The Scarlet Ibis the author gets extremely creative whilst using imagery to the point where you feel as if you are the narrator feeling the beat of his heart every strain, every pain, every ounce of guilt. “for a long time, it seemed forever, i lay there crying, sheltering my scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.” there is also the sort of imagery that creates not an ominous mood but a happy one in its place.