His intention in lampooning was for his audience to enjoy the irony and sarcasm of his work while criticizing the foolish view of the upper class. During the time play’s release, many critics wrote about their opinions of the play. Some critics saw his work as a fantasy, others said it was burlesque, but there were also critics who understood Wilde’s purpose for writing this play (Kohl 272). For instance, Norbert Kohl said, “He is made to laugh at the hollow superficiality hidden behind the mask of earnestness, and to mock the rich facade…” (Kohl 272). Khol clearly understood that Wilde’s purpose of writing The Importance of Being Earnest was to publicly and comically criticize the rich.
As the wise philosopher Albert Camus once said: “The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding” ("Albert Camus."). In the captivating short story Where Are You Going, Where Are you Been? Joyce Carol Oates is trying to show the readers that beauty and vanity can be sometimes harmful. Bored and tired of being ordinary, and still being treated as a child, the main character engaged in a rebellion that think will make her look older, more like an adult. The author also shows the readers how Connie’s obsession with her beauty, her dreaminess and carelessness of the world made her more ignorant and lack awareness.
Richard Preston does an outstanding job when making you feel as if you're reading about the apocalypse. One thinks to themselves throughout the course of the novel " This can't be real... This must be a script from an Alfred Hitchcock movie." These gruesome and violent life forms even scare experts such as Eugene Johnson, which would leave a bad taste in any civilian's mouth. I find that Preston's impressive use of figurative language and unique writing style made the work what it is, a brilliant piece of literature.
Technology is known for its quick adaption and the new devices made to quench human activity. That is by depending too much on technology and forsaking human contact, which results in censorship and control over human thoughts. In addition, book burning embodies an element of censorship since it usually triggers from cultural, religious, or political oppositions. And since it is the main idea of the novel we can deduce that when no books are present people tend to become ignorant which is exactly what censorship is about. The theme of censorship is very important because it strives to combine all the events happening in the novel.
“Her characters, who sometimes accept and other times reject salvation, often have a warped self-image, especially of their moral status and of the morality of their actions” (Hobby). This addresses how some of the important lines in the story describe to the reader about the extreme exaggeration and the psychological realism of the church, which O’Connor wanted to express within her story. The extreme use of exaggeration and how the use of the characters bring a sense of an uncanny feeling of good and evil within each character, portrays how deep the meaning is seen in this short story. “the story is filled with dark, grotesque humor created largely by the story 's many ironies” (Hobby). The author of this source highly emphasizes that O’Connor creates this dark humor for her characters to build on her meaning in the story and uses irony to create the distortion within her
Kirsten Dunst once said, “You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you're in the most sad, confused time of your life. It just happens.” This quote relates to the relationships between the characters in Ethan Frome. The relationships people have with each other can affect them in a negative or positive way, and in Edith Wharton's novel, Ethan Frome, Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver enjoy a unique relationship that affects them both in a positive way. One positive effect of Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver’s relationship is that Frome initiated to invest more thought into his actions.
In this quote, Myrtle speaks snobbishly while imagining that she sounds fancy. In this quote, Myrtles’ yearning to become a part of the upper class can be seen very easily. In order to create a false impression of being wealthy, she becomes a complete braggart. In fact, Myrtle talks about how she shouldn’t have married into a lower class, and that she only married Wilson because she thought he was a gentleman. In reality, Myrtle is not part of the upper class at all and lives in a tiny garage in a dusty, forgotten place known as the valley of ashes.
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie goes through many ups -- finding true love, becoming independent -- and downs -- being abused physically and verbally, being subordinate to everyone -- before eventually discovering a complete sense of awareness. Throughout the novel, Hurston uses multiple literary techniques and devices to prove the idea that in order to become completely self aware, people must depend only on themselves and not on others. Throughout the entirety of the book, Hurston challenges the stereotypes of blacks. Hurston disputes the idea that blacks were incapable for love and romance because of their color and their apparent unintelligence (James 230).
Overall, it makes sense why during this time the girls’ dry and dull life resulted in their reason to spark such a mess for their entertainment. Any of the other theories do not make nearly enough scenes as this one. Not being able to do what you want and waking up knowing you’d spend your day cleaning around the house while your brother got to have fun fishing and hunting would make someone insane enough to do what these girls
If you have a friend who wears the most grotesque outfits ever and you tell them about it each day with the absolute truth, they may think of you as unkind and never want to be around you again because everyday you tell them how horrid they look. You should still tell them, but not how dreadful they look. In Emily Dickinson’s poem “Tell all the Truth but Tell it slant -”, she says “The Truth must dazzle gradually, Or every man be blind-”. These lines in her poem signifies you cannot tell the full truth to everyone all the time or else they will not be able to handle it. Therefore, to avoid ruining relationships with others, you should not tell the whole truth all the
She forgot about how much she disliked her aunt and how much she hated wearing dresses, and she joined the group of ladies in their conversations. Even though she didn’t want to act like a lady, she went along with it for her aunt. Also,
She is extremely particular in what the correct way to clean is, and how clean something should be (221). She loves to “prattle about human relationships or something” (222), and “tends to be extremely calloused [about sports]” (221). In this way Barry emphasizes the extreme stereotypes in men and women. Similarly, Britt uses stereotypes to describe neat people and sloppy people. While most people fall somewhere in the middle of these, Britt chose to write about the extremes on both sides.
In her short Story, “ Birthday Party” Katharine Brush uses diction and vivid imagery to convey her disapproval for traditions of society and lack of appreciation of a wife by her husband. Brush’s diction is not overly complex. Brush crates a common scene of an “unmistakable married” couple celebrating “the husband’s birthday.” The husband wears glasses and the wife is “fadingly pretty.”