Question Two David Malouf’s novel, Fly Away Peter tells of the events of the First World War through its protagonist, Jim Saddler, and his personal experiences. It also explores the tragedy and disruption that comes as a result of warfare. Through the use of narrative techniques Malouf clearly communicates his own personal attitude towards war which is that it is an unnecessary disturbance within the natural order that lacks overall purpose. These techniques, including symbolism, juxtaposition and intertextuality are also effectively employed throughout the novel to enhance the reader’s understanding of the key messages. Key messages conveyed throughout the novel relate to the effects of war as well as human experiences, these messages include
Still his greatest challenge was ahead; Mutsuhiro “the Bird” Watanabe. Under his reign Louie would be pushed past his breaking point, humiliated, and beat, but still stay true to himself. “Of all the violent and vile abuses that the Bird had inflicted upon Louie, non had horrified and demoralized him as this did. If anything is going to shatter me, Louie thought, this is it” (Hillenbrand 291). Louie was taken off work duty because his is injured, but begs for a job so he can keep a higher food ration.
He then contrasts between the bomber’s view to the civilians’ view from the ground. The bombers view is recognized from a plane filled with ammunition. This suggests the bombers are carefree of their acts committed, but the civilians are petrified for the safety of their lives due to the uncertainty of the attack which is to occur. The effect on readers is that while reading the poem they begin to notice the different views of the bombers and civilians while experiencing war. Also, the readers tend to realize the savagery conveyed by the
Throughout the novel, Capote depicts Perry Smith unable to decipher reality from imagination. Furthermore, towards the end Perry’s stories about his dreams of a huge and parrot-faced yellow bird started becoming more apparent as he stated that it “rescued him in moments of mortal danger” multiple times (266). With that being said, the color yellow symbolizes happiness and hope as the yellow bird would rescue Perry in times of trouble. In addition, the yellow bird is significant to the novel because it gives additional reasons for Perry to be diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. Hence, readers and other characters in the novel become emotionally attached to Perry as they feel sympathy for him.
Although the competition of power between him and Nurse Ratched made things hard for McMurphy to stay stable. McMurphy epitomizes a tragic hero throughout One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest because his hubris and his struggle to fight for his dignity leads to his
Now the vengeful urge no longer had sure footing.’’(230) This shows Louie being a forgiving person because he was beaten and almost killed by this man and now doesn't want to.Louie’s life experiences throughout the book show that he is a forgiving person. A second trait that Louie shows throughout the book is that he is a determined person. An example of this is when Louie grabbed the albatross and was getting pecked at but never let go and then broke the albatrosses neck. The book states, “Slowly,slowly Louie his raised hand,fingers open,then clamped down on the bird's legs.The bird pecked frantically,slashing Louie's knuckles.Louie grabbed its head and broke its neck.’’(113) This shows Louie is a determined person because even though he was getting pecked at he knew this was a his only chance for survival.Another example of Louie being a determined person is when Louie is the custodian for the pig and eats the leftovers from the pig and also its feces.The book states”Now he was condemned to crawl through the filth of a pig’s sty, picking up feces with his bare hands and cramming handfuls of the animal’s feed into his mouth to save himself from starving to death.’’(206)Another example of Louie being a determined person is when “The bird” asked him to hold the 6 foot beam and if he lowered his arms he would be jabbed with a gun.The book states”The Bird called a guard over. If the prisoner lowers his arms, the Bird told him, hit him with your gun.
Ambrose was an American story writer that used cynicism and naturalism to tell the cruel costs of of war on civilians. He used “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as a way to tell a story about Peyton Farquhar having a near-death experience similar to one he had in reality. With Ambrose’s military experience, he was well equipped to write about a traumatic injury that led to a near-death experience. His vault of memories including graphic images were used in each of his Civil War tales. Even though Ambrose Bierce may have seemed like a dark figure, he expressed cynicism of the Reconstruction era and shaped the writers who voiced disillusionment following
The theme of “Taking the Plunge” is to accomplish any challenge you have to overcome your fears on your own. In the beginning of the excerpt the narrator nervously rambling about anything to keep from losing nerve .” Do crows really always fly directly?” this distraction allows to continue his ascent up the diving platform. All the while constantly looking for another distraction to offset nerves, all the while continuing to accomplish the task at hand “you can’t see the bolts in this diving platform from the ground, which is good if your objective is to get more people to scale this crazy tower because those bolts are pockmarked and look wounded,” Continually finding flaws is a easy way to try and justify how crazy it is to dive from the diving platform is. The platform represents a great challenge and now it is being tackled rung by rung, simultaneously you can still feel the nerves as the ascent continues. Looking down at the ground to see Mrs., Snyder and her orange cream ice pop, becomes a goal to achieve to also have the orange cream ice pop.
Many people can recount a night like the narrator’s in “The Raven” when they felt alone and distraught. Overwhelmed by some great sorrow or situation, their mind could not find blissful sleep, but instead wandered to a place of doubt and fear. Though most people’s dreary night did not end with a visit from a talking bird, they can understand the angst of the speaker in “The Raven”. Edgar Allan Poe’s strategic writing, nightmarish effect, and relation to the main character captivates his audience. Poe utilizes specific techniques to bring about his desired effects.
We only realize and appreciate that little bird when we are in the deepest tragedies because the bird feels more sweet in the hardest times in life than in our regular, everyday life. After all the tragedies, the little creature with feathers is still with us, but it never wants anything in return. Now you wonder, how is a bird with us anywhere, anytime? It is not, it is “hope” that is with us anywhere, anytime. Dickinson relates these little creatures with “hope” because of their many similarities.