Conflict is one of the most basic elements of natural human behavior. Conflict, from a literary standpoint, serves its purpose to create tension within a story, which as a result keeps readers interested and engaged. Whether the conflict is with another person, with nature, or within yourself, it is ubiquitous and unavoidable. In Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, the struggles that Henry faces help to give depth and meaning to the story, as well as develop Henry as a character.
The soldiers know that the inevitable battle is approaching but the enemy is hidden from sight yet is revealed to them through the sounds of war. The use of the word “gun” could also be used figuratively to refer to a soldier. The phrase “…made the earth speak of gigantic preparation…” is an example of personification- by giving the earth human qualities, Crane establishes the land itself as another character in the
A quote like that leaves an impression, an emotional sucker-punch to the gut that leaves a feeling of sickness that lasts. This tone of destruction and anguish is present throughout the novel as one soul-crushing catastrophe after another torments Elie during his imprisonment. Meanwhile, “Life is Beautiful” presents that same disheartening tone, yet puts a more optimistic twist on the situation. As stated before, Guido sets up the Holocaust as a sort of game with a sizeable prize on the line. This jocular set up is what causes Giosue to have a more positive outlook on the experience as a whole (Life is Beautiful, 2000).
All Quiet on the Western Front is a story, in which it allows people to know the true horrors of war. Throughout the story and in Erich Maria Remarque’s writing he uses many literary devices to emphasize what he experienced and the emotions he felt. The devices that he used are used in order to help the readers understand his experience and emphasize the theme of his war novel. Throughout this essay, I will show you a few of the literary devices used within the novel that emphasized the theme, the brutality of war. Within this essay you will learn about imagery, metaphors, and symbolism.
The poems, “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars” by Richard Lovelace, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Tennyson, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, and “The Song of the Mud” by Mary Borden, are all concerned with war. However, each poem has a distinct representation of it. While the two authors, Tennyson and Lovelace, glorify war by portraying it as honorable and worthwhile, Borden and Owen view war as a destruction of mankind and show their indignation and censure of war by depicting it as vile and gruesome in their poems. This essay will examine and compare the diction and tone of each poem to understand how they influence each poem’s underlying theme on war.
George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” This is significant because it fully depicts the conflict that occurs in the novel between the boys. A symbol is used to represent something as it has relevance to context. Symbols give deeper meaning or extend feeling to an actual word beyond what is being said. The use of symbols can be very helpful in bringing more change of conveyance in a piece of literature.
“How to Tell a True War Story” and “Ambush” are stories that both explore on topics: truth, the real definition of a true war story, and the role of truth. O 'Brien starts off “How to Tell a True War Story” with “This is true.” Starting this story with such a bold sentence not only makes it seem more true, but to some extent, it acts as a comfort statement to the narrator’s own doubts, as if there were unspeakable uncertainties and lies of the narrator. The title of this story also comes into play, with a meta-fictional name “How to Tell a True War Story”, as if it were a guide, a manual, having a true war story tell the readers how to tell a true war story. However ironically, towards the middle of the story, us as
( C.Moulton, 1983) In one hand, he mentions the farms and rural areas of the peacetime to highlight how war is ferocious and ugly. In the other hand, he mentions the three famous nature’s forces, Water, fire, and wind to show how the war is harsh. ( C.Moulton, 1983) Again, the controversial Iliad’s similes have uniqueness to its reader.
How does Jim make the movement from innocence to experience in the text ‘Fly away peter’ In the novel ‘Fly Away Peter,’ David Malouf uses the main protagonist, Jim Saddler, to move from a state of innocence and wellbeing to a stage of experience and fear. Malouf demonstrates to the reader the theme of innocence throughout the novel, and when coming to close the aspects of experience shines through. The use of several techniques such as binary opposites, metaphors, foreshadowing, and symbolism helps the narrative to illustrate the horrors and loss of the First World War and the exquisiteness and attractiveness of nature.
Authors often write with total purpose; every metaphor, every symbol, and every detail relating back to the novel’s intended focus. In Harry Mulisch’s The Assault, the importance of complexity is revealed through Anton’s journey to accept the reason for his family’s grim fate. As Anton opens himself up to remember and learn about the War, he develops the skills to understand the convoluted situation in which he endured during his earlier life. Mulisch’s distinct writing style and use of unmistakeable parallels, ironic contradiction, and vivid allusions to illustrate the value of complexity in giving meaning to the events leading up to and following his family’s death. The novel explores the value of complexity in giving meaning and significance to Anton’s life.
Biblical allusion is amongst the most common types of allusion. Writers use this type of allusion to endorse emotional reactions from the readers. An avid user of this writing style is Ernest Hemingway. In The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway alludes to Christianity a number of times, from the injury of the man’s hands to carrying a mast up a hill, one who has studied Christianity would have no trouble making these connections. Furthermore, another author that has included this allusion in their writing is F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta there are not only many allusions from various cultural origins given but the graphic novel can even be described as cultural pastiche (cf. Keller 4). These allusions are not limited to textual references (cf. Keller 7) and create intertextuality “which argues that other cultural artifacts and processes resemble language insofar as they refer only to other cultural products” (Keller 4). Keller also refers to the intertext as the shadow text (cf. Keller 10).