Through the use of nature metaphors, the author both demonizes the concept of death. However, the specific metaphors he chooses, the wave, and winter, simultaneously highlight the importance and inevitability of death. Through his use of repetition in both poems, he calls attention to his two contrasting reactions towards death in each poem. He repeats how he is left speechless throughout the poem “The Force…”, And within the poem “Do Not Go Gentle…” he emphasizes his rage. Finally, through well-planned imagery, Thomas affirms to the reader that despite his aversion towards death, he still recognizes the value of it.
The gothic period in American history was full of dark themes that reflected the response that romanticism had on individualist literature. Instead of viewing individuals with hope, gothic’s looked at individuals with the potential of evil. This was the source of the macabre styles like fear, greed, and betrayal that came to define the gothic era. One of the defining authors of the era was Edgar Allan Poe who wrote the story Masque of the Red Death with many of the themes of the gothic era in mind. In particular, the story is primarily centered around death and our inability to escape it.
In “The Raven” Edgar Allen Poe’s use of vivid figurative language sets the melancholic tone for the darkness that is derived from that of death. Poe use of personification to convey the narrator’s loss of beloved love, simile to convey guilt from haunted memories and metaphor to convey madness from an omen of death contributes to the overall theme for “The Raven”. Edgar Allen Poe’s expressive word choices, sentence structure, and imagery to convey the tone play important roles in the writing of “The Raven”. In the poem “The Raven” there are many examples of literary terms.
Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help develop and inform the text's major themes. One of the prominent themes in the novel The Catcher in the Rye and one of great interest to the narrator himself, would be the omnipresent theme of death. It could be argued that the novel is not only full of references to death in the literal sense, physical disappearance, but also in the metaphorical, taking the form of spiritual disappearance, something which Holden often focuses on, along with the actual theme of mortality. It is possible that this occurs in his reluctance to interact with the living world, as his means of escaping from the reality he despises, his mundane thoughts and the “phoniness” that he is surrounded with. Holden becomes increasingly attracted to the idea and comes close to obsession, as his mind is flooded with thoughts of death and disappearance, as well as questions which are revealed throughout the novel.
Opening Paragraph: By showing death has a human-like nature, Mark Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, exemplifies that death does, in fact, have a soul death feels for the people that he has to take to the afterlife. With World War II occurring in Europe, death tells the story of a life of a particular young girl who piques his interests in the midst of a chaotic time in history. Zusak shows author's style by using personification, symbolism, and foreshadowing of death in The Book Thief.
The fictional town of Shyashyakook in David Duncan's novel, The Brothers K, cleverly portrays subjects such as culture, human instinct, and environment. Those three topics combined are used to enhance the theme of death and rebirth. Throughout the story one can find countless instances where a character has lost all hope and given up on their dreams, only to have their dreams resurrected and find their hope restored. When Duncan introduces the town, Shyashyakook, he describes a broken down place, once lovely and childishly innocence, that has become a place of full of hardship. But just like the human will, the people from this town continue to pick up their broken pieces and begin again.
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner In the excerpt from William Faulkner’s Southern novel, As I Lay Dying the author structures his novel through the use of literary features such as allusion, similes a belittling yet humorous tone, concrete imagery and a stream of consciousness style in the passage. Faulkner throughout the passage not only describes Cash’s reserved character and Darls perspective imagination but he also foreshadows the struggle the Bundren’s will go through as they prepare to go on the journey of burying Addie. First, Faulkner has the speaker Darl create a gloomy mood by using similes to display the ambiance in the room. Then Faulkner alludes to the bible and uses concrete imagery to illustrate both the surroundings and Cash’s concentration and determination as he makes his mother’s coffin.
After reading Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” connotations were noticeably used. With love of writing horror and dark stories, Edgar Allen Poe wrote “The Raven” about a loss of a member of his life along with other miserable stories in his life. Dreary is an important connotation because it gives a dull, bleak, and lifeless like the poem expressed. In stanza one, the narrator mentions how dreary the midnight sky is. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,” continues the feeling of a dull tone to fellow readers.
In her novel, "Sula," Toni Morrison addresses a wide range of topics. In any case, one of the subjects that truly snatched my consideration was the topic of death. The demeanor of the characters and the group toward death is extremely surprising and existential. Passing imprints the end of the life of a man. In, "Sula," this can happen through disorder or mischances.
Throughout the poem, “The Raven”, Poe uses anaphora as a way that shows he is creating a mysterious setting that continues through the majority of the poem. For example, Poe repeats the word, “Nevermore” at the end of each line, to inform the reader of the great sorrow he feels, referring to the death of his love, drawing the reader in. He also repeats the line, “nothing more”. “Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;— ’Tis the wind and nothing more!”.
A closer analyzation of Ambrose Bierce’s most famous work, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” shows that the pain of death, although inevitable and extremely keen at its onset, fades as the consciousness loses track of time and reality. In describing the death of Peyton Farquhar, Bierce uses a third person omniscient narrator to describe the pangs and sensations of death through synesthesia. As we read through the passage, we are able to feel Farquhar’s pain “shoot from his neck down through every fiber of his body and limbs” because it is described in a way that triggers our sense of touch. We become aware of the burning sensation felt throughout his body, imagining the “streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature”
Edgar Allan Poe. When one thinks or hears the name Edgar Allan Poe, one immediately thinks depression death, pain, darkness. With his popular works: The Raven, Tell- tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado all dealing with death, the question comes to mind, what has made Edgar Allan Poe so intrigued with death and revenge? Edgar Allan Poe had a strong desire to be wanted and loved (in my opinion). Edgar Allan Poe was deprived of real love, so he became this dark artist.
In the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there are many themes that demonstrate satire. One of the themes is racism. There are many examples of racism in this book that portray the use of satire. One example of racism is when Mark Twain makes fun of the feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons. “When I got down out of the tree I crept along down the river bank a piece, and found the two bodies laying in the edge of the water, and tugged at them till I got them ashore; then I covered up their faces, and got away as quick as I could.
Running away as a child can be seen as a way to escape. A child can escape their parents, their responsibilities, and society as a whole. It is a way to get away from everything in one’s life and live naturally. This is very similar to how Huckleberry Finn decides to live his life in the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. In this story, set in the south before the Civil War South, Huck decides to abandon his life at home and live life on a raft, floating down the Mississippi river with a runaway slave Jim.
In the Book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There are many Symbols but main one is That the Mississippi River Represents Freedom. In the book Huck and Jim take off in a raft to escape two horrible people called the king and the duke. Huck then says “So, in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and nobody to bother us.” The Mississippi River seems to give Huck and Jim more freedom from the horrible society and the people in it. The Ending of book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is very controversial because the ending seems to stand against everything the book has taught.