The Works of Flannery O’Connor: An Analysis of Racism and Self-Righteousness The ego is a force of the human mind since its beginning. The ego is what drives us to reach our potential, no matter the area of achievement. However, many times our ego can prove to be our downfall when we let it get the better of us. Especially in today’s age of racism in society, it is evident how the ego attributes to personal self-righteousness. Although prominent in the modern times of society, how has the ego affected literary works and their messages to their respective audiences.
To start off, the specific word usage that Wayman chose to use gives off the impression that poets have their drawbacks. Not once throughout the poem does he put in a positive word for the poet. In order to look at the figurative meaning of the poem we should look at the literal meaning of the text. For instance, “Cannot recognize visual absurdities” (Wayman, line 10). This quite literally means that the poet has trouble recognizing or simply cannot recognize anything that is absurd visually.
What is deconstruction in literature? According to Merriam Webster, a deconstructionist literary criticism is a “philosophical or critical method which asserts that meanings, metaphysical constructs, and hierarchical are always rendered unstable by their dependence on ultimately arbitrary signifiers” (Merriam). In other words, a deconstructionist literary criticism looks at the book as a whole and deconstructs the pieces of the novel and how they may seem unstable when compared to the whole meaning. This mindset is exhibited in that of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Franz Kafka leaves many aspects of the novel unexplained and he includes details that are unstable to the meaning of the novel as a whole.
He is addressing these things because the people have seemed to underestimate the reality of it and how real it makes someone feel. In conclusion, these are only theories, those ideas are nothing more than my own meandering opinion. However I do believe Ray Bradbury and Walter Van Tilburg Clark suggest that our world is coming to a swarm of uneducated fools. Though they have different plots, their novel and short story both infer things about today 's society. They both write about the mistreated literature and art.
Before diving into a psychological analysis, Freudian methods must be explained. Freudian Psychology is defined as “Psychology relating to or influenced by Sigmund Freud and his methods of psychoanalysis, especially with reference to the importance of sexuality in human behavior” (PsychologyToday.com). This definition, in simpler terms, means that it is the study of the sexual motives behind a person’s actions. Abigail Williams is
Ambiguity is a literary device used to make one sentence have two meanings; it brings uncertainty to the reader, which can be just as horrific as gore and violence. One author whom is well known for his use of ambiguity is Henry James, who used it to create chaos in the minds of his readers. Some of his uses can completely change the outcome of his novels, most notably in The Turn of the Screw, allowing the reader to decide the fates of each character. Henry James uses ambiguity through tone and diction to provide the reader with a more confusing and, in turn, more horrific story. The Turn of the Screw’s ending is considered ambiguous, in addition to being so abrupt and fast due to its syntax and punctuation.
The Romantic period was a very influential time for the arts, literature, and intellectual thinking in Europe. During this time, there was especially many talented writers who wrote romantic short stories. One of the most famous Romantic writers of the time was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist who specialized in dark romantic writing such as the “Birth-Mark.” In the “Birth-Mark,” Hawthorne uses symbolism to portray the sinfulness and imperfections of humans. Hawthorne’s view of man is that humans are not perfect and all-knowing, while humans have our own opinion and consider ourselves to be nonpareil because of our dominance and intellectuality.
How purposeful is this information with regard to the character 's psychological condition? What is important in analyzing and understanding the character? The chosen poem has confused audiences literally from the beginning. The complication with understanding of "The Road Not Taken" starts, appropriately enough, with its title. Revoke the poem 's conclusion: ″Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -/ I took the one less traveler by, / And that has made all the difference.″ these are not only the poem 's best – admitted lines, but the ones that gain what most readers take to be its central image: a lonely path that we take at tremendos risk, possibly for great reward.
Introduction Sigmund Freud is the great theorist of the mysteries of the human mind and a founder of the psychoanalysis theory which was formed in the 1800s, the theory is well known for accessing self-identity and the self in different ways in order to discover their different meaning, (Elliott, 2015). Buss (2008) states that Sigmund’s theory of Psychoanalysis offers a unique controversial insight into how the human mind works in a way that, this theory provided a new approach to psychotherapy, thus it means that it provided a new treatment for psychological problems that even highly qualified doctors couldn’t even cure. (Buss, 2008) According to Cloninger (2013), Erik Erikson on the other hand is the founder of the psychoanalytic-social Perspective which is mostly referred to as psychosocial development theory, Erikson became interested in child development when he met Anna Freud and he trained in psychoanalysis and with his Montessori diploma, he become one of the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. His theory describes eight stages of development that occurs in sequence throughout life and unlike Sigmund Freud’s theory, Erickson’s theory is more comprehensive because it encompasses cultural phenomena and mostly applied to therapy with Children and adolescence. (Cloninger, 2013) This essay explores Freud theory of Psychoanalysis and Erikson Psychosocial theory, analyzing, comparing and contrasting the two theories looking at the basic tenets and assumptions
Primarily, Finlay focuses on his criticism on Davis’s imagination of reconstructing of the Martin Guerre’s story in order to make a dramatized story. He thinks that Davis should use only full documentary evidence instead of using her imagination. For example, she relies on the Coras’s book, and at the same time; on her intuition and assumption due to the silence in Coras’s text. She responds back to Finlay in her article “On the Lame” in which she notes the “difficulty in the historian’s quest for truth…” The key point here is there is no one single narrative in history, but rather many stories to be told, representing various experiences in the past, is surely foundational to the historiographical school of new history. Also, she defenses her style of writing the book because she wants to make it accessible to the reader not only in the schools, but also to the average person.
This begs the question, what right and obligation does an author have to write outside of their experience concerning historical representations? In Debbie Reese’s blog, she argues that a description of historical fiction requires a certain level of historical accuracy that Cooper sometimes lacks. In Jonathan Hunt’s review of the book for Heavy Medal, he contends that Cooper’s work was entirely embedded in fiction, and did not matter whether historical accuracy was maintained. Often through artistic mediums, we are not trying to portray something truly accurate or realistic (apart from realism). Often, a poem or a piece of fiction is never going to be a true representation of, say, someone’s experience of war, it could, nevertheless, evoke a strong feeling.
Ferreday argues in her article that “reading disorders” inhibits our ways of hopeful thinking through media, which dismisses the potential of digital media on building connections. Most of Ferreday’s article is dense, which make it hard for readers to comprehend the main ideas of this literary work. Reading through this article was difficult due to the organization and diction of the article.
The First Amendment states many of the freedoms a US citizen posses, banning/censorship of books however has violated this idea of freedom. Some authors dislike the idea of censorship of books, such as Ellen Hopkins. Hopkins is a successful writer who wrote a bestselling book called, Crank. She also wrote the poem Manifesto which was adopted as the official manifesto of the American Library Association banned books week back in 2009. Crank was a book that was banned and censored, which Hopkins disliked.
Shade Lost: The Dissolving Narrators of Nabokov’s Pale Fire Charles S. Ross, Professor of English at the University of Hartford and a literary critic seemed to betray a kind of distaste for Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire in two book reviews about the novel. In one review of Brian Boyd’s analysis, Ross comments, “...the whole structure of the book is annoying, in fact, because it insists that a reader go through a series of missteps in order to reach the grand solution…” (375). I agree with Ross. The book is terribly difficult to decipher. But my own difficulty with the novel is largely due to an aversion of the primary narrator of the text, Charles Kinbote, whom I found intrusive.