At the time of its release, Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) was the first film of its kind. The movie was shot on an extremely low budget that utilized limited technology and infinite creativity. As a matter of fact, the creativity that George Romero displayed with this work has shaped many of the concepts that are used in the modern era of film making. The idea of zombies as the world knows them today can be directly correlated to the ones in the movie itself. Likewise, using graphic content the way Romero did was unheard of in this era.
The Other Wes Moore is a novel about two men named Wes Moore, who were both born in Baltimore City, Maryland with similar childhoods. The author, Wes Moore, describes the path the two took in order to determine their fates today. Moore, the author, is a successful scholar, decorated veteran, and a political and business leader, while the other, who will be differentiated as Wes, ended up serving a life sentence for murder. Within both of their life stories, the novel’s sensory, description, and metaphors, can be analyzed into a deeper meaning. Wes had been living his whole life in the streets of Baltimore, grew up fatherless and was left with a brother named Tony who was involved in drugs, crime, and other illegal activity. Starting in the
Manchester was one of the most major cities of Great Britain throughout the nineteenth century, a time fueled by revolution and change, especially in industry. However, these changes were majorily negative, which lead to a significant amount of public unrest. Illness was everywhere, excrement lined the streets, and social hierarchies had developed more than ever before. The effects the Industrial Revolution had on the growth and people of Manchester included the destruction of the physical and emotional well-being of the citizens as well as the further complication of a social hierarchy so previously complex that it became a plague in itself, comparable to those that swept away an enormous amount of the population of the city throughout the
What are the conditions when society gets destroyed? Dystopias can be described as an imagined place where everything is miserable. They are characterized by human misery and poverty. The following essay will contain evidence from three stories; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, and There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. The authors of the dystopian stories, all demonstrate the theme of an oppressive government which assists them in showing how the government has the power to destroy society by stoning people, putting restraints on them and even using nuclear bombs, which all cause the death of innocent citizens.
The word “Lord” was derived from the Old English word “hlāfweard”, or breadwinner as well as the Old Norse word “dróttinn”. This word first appeared in the epic Beowulf as “hlaford” with a definition of “One who has dominion over others as his subject, or to whom service is due. A master, ruler”. Of course no one knows when Beowulf was written, but lord was used to show deference. Over time the meaning of “Lord” drifted from leader to a title of respected individuals, such as successful business magnates. In 1581 “Lord” was used in a similar way to the modern word landlord, “Like two tenants in one house belonging to seuerall lordes”. Later in 1681 when the most used definition for lord was of “a feudal superior” there was a proverb “drunk as a Lord,” showing the common man’s disdain for the excesses of the upper class. This feeling progressed even further in 1751 where disfigured individuals were mockingly called lords “His pupil.. was.. on account of his hump, distinguished by the title of his lord.” The change in usage was perhaps a not so subtle jab at the inbred aristocrats in power. No worries though, because it gets worse when Listener writes in 1967 that “When you need the House of Lords, it’s through there.” During the 1900’s, as people grew disillusioned by politicians, the ‘House of Lords” was used as slang for a lavatory, thus revealing the crappy reputation of politicians during this period.
Utterson and Mr. Enfield embark on one of their common Sunday strolls. They come across a jilted block of building. The writer describes the building as if it is simply an abandoned house. It shows this in the quote “a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper; and bore in every feature the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence.” By using vocabulary such as “discoloured” and “negligence” it gives us the impression of an abandoned building, having no interesting features. “Blind forehead” is a use of personification, by describing the face of the outer of the building as a human face. A blind face could suggest that the building bore no windows, giving the reader the impression that there is no one living inside. “Bore in every feature” emphasises the amount of damage that has been done to the building, and gives us the image of a broken down, jilted building. “Discoloured wall” tells us that the wall hasn’t been painted, and has been left alone for a long time. This furthers our image of an abandoned building. The writer gives the reader the impression that the person occupying the house doesn’t wish to be visited. It portrays this in the quote “equipped with neither bell nor knocker.” Bells and knockers are usually put on a door to notify that there is a visitor waiting outside, and since there is no “bell nor knocker” it shows us that the inhabitant does not want company. This is an example of deception in this novella as the
“ The Fall of the House of Usher “ by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story about a man named Roderick
The Chase Family Vault is one of the most haunting objects on the Island of Barbados. There lived the Chase Family Bodies. There have been many other people for other generations. They have always had one question… How does it move? The vault is sealed how does it move? It is in the middle of a creepy personally owned cemetery. But is it a ghost? Has it been Broken Into?
Emily’s house is described as “lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay” (451) and “an eyesore among eyesores” (451). Her house is from the Old South and is outdated compared to the rest of the buildings in the town, but she refuses to change anything with the house, leaving it to decay with her. The street that her house is on “had once been our most select street” (451), but now everything has changed around her house and her house is the only thing remaining from the Old South on the street. Industrialism is occurring around this time and is changing the town, but she refuses to change her house to match with the New South. On the same street as her house, “garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left” (451). These changes on the street cause her house to look out of place, because her house is from the Old South while everything else is the New South. Her town was also getting sidewalks as a part of the industrialization, which led to her meeting Homer Barron. There social changes going on around this time. One change in the town was “when the town got free postal delivery, Miss Emily rejected letting them fasten the metal numbers above her door and attach a mailbox to it” (455). She refused this change, because it was causing a change to her house, which
In Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” conflicted is a character trait that Trevor prominently displays, as his attempts to bring down divisions within societies interfere with his past and current life. Trevor is one of the many people who have been negatively impacted by the effects of World War II as he and his family have lost their place in the upper hierarchy. Soon after, Trevor becomes the new leader of The Wormsley Common gang, a group of teenage boys living in a rough part of London. Under Trevor’s leadership the gang goes to visit one of the more “beautiful” older houses around the area which is being held up by “wooden struts” (44). Trevor visiting a more beautiful side to the area reveals the confliction he has
Since the very beginning of cognitive thinking, scholars of some form have looked to dates throughout history that have changed the trajectory of society as a whole. Whether it be a gruesome altercation of forces or social movements that have changed the world - Emma Griffin in Liberty’s Dawn, elaborates on how the people of England had evolved as people during the Industrial Revolution.
In the short story August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains Ray Bradbury focuses readers’ attention on the last day of a smart house. Unlike its owners and other people, the building survived in an unnamed disaster with all its mechanisms and continued to follow its habitual schedule for some time. But it lost the last battle with forces of nature. Symbols in the story depict two different themes: the American dream or its horrible post apocalyptic interpretation, and the alienation.
Is Fitzgerald's novel a love story that exposes the American ideals, or may it be a satire that highlights troubles throughout the American Society in the twenties? The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald uses satire to comment on the American society during the roaring twenties. Satire is visible through the contrast between Jay Gatsby and George Wilson, but most importantly through the Valley of Ashes and Gatsby’s parties. Using these characters and places, Fitzgerald shows the American dream has died and been replaced with the pursuit of money, rather than happiness.
The dialogue in Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” reveals a man’s and a woman’s incongruent conflict on abortion, and the author’s fundamentally feminist position is visible in the portrayal of the woman’s independent choice of whether or not to keep the baby she is carrying.
Edward Hopper’s painting, House by the Railroad, portrays an abandoned, Victorian-styled mansion built adjacent to a railroad. Hopper depicts the lonely state of the house by emphasizing the shading of the house, colors, architectural design, and placement. In the poem, Edward Hirsch emphasizes the houses’s “emotions” through the usage of personification, diction and metaphors. Hirsch’s personification of the house provides us insight on how the house is feeling. For instance, he describes the physical appearance of the house by using words like “strange, gawky house”(142) and “faded cafeteria windows”(143). By examining his choice of words, we can visualize the extent of how unappealing and out-of-place the house appears in comparison to other