An author's descriptions of space can illuminate more about a story than just the setting and tone. In Crime and Punishment (1866), Fyodor Dostoevsky fills St. Petersburg with richly described buildings, streets, weather, and people which lend to the dark, melancholy tone of the novel and help the reader visualize the setting. As Figes writes, “Petersburg defied the natural order,” its artificiality morphing the Russian people toward a more European way of life. However, “even the Nevsky, the most European of [Tsar Peter’s] avenues, was undone by a ‘Russian’ crookedness,” an organic dent in the armor of the purposefully streamlined, inorganic design of the city.
Since there were so many “young men her father had driven away,” it can be inferred that Emily’s father was a very unwelcoming man who did not believe any male was good enough to meet the Grierson standards (Faulkner 55). As stated by Victor Strandberg, “driving away her suitors so as to keep her housekeeping services for himself, Emily 's father has ruined her chances for a normal life” (par. 3). After the death of Mr. Grierson, all that Emily had left was herself and the house because of the seclusion her father created. However, she could have willingly escaped this confinement because her father was no longer there to set rules for her. Instead, she “went out very little” (Faulkner 53).
For Lafeyette, the presentation of negative stimuli would be having an overcrowded household, having to duck and cover when random shootings between gangs happen on a daily basis, and watching his father come in and out of the apartment drunk (Kotlowitz, 1991). Lastly, Lafeyette’s environment, Henry Horner, and financial strain would be the prevention keeping him from obtaining his dream. Not only is strain objective and subjective but it can also arise from anticipation. Despite everyone experiences multiple strains, the impact of the strain differs by its magnitude,
The Elevator In the story the elevator, there is this kid named Martin, he is really scared of minor things, such as an elevator. The author William Sleator, wrote this story (the Elevator) about Martins fear, and the experiences that come with it. Yet, I am not one to judge considering I myself have a fear of getting burned. I guess you could say Martin’s not the only baby.
Nikolai Gogol's Petersburg tales give rise to an image of Petersburg as a ghostly and mysterious city inhabited by poor clerks and artists. Among all the aspects of Petersburg myth the author creates, the idea of madness is a prevailing theme. Characters' madness in the short stories intertwines with the demonic elements and constant reference to dreams. Lack of a clear boundary between the reality and fantasy, sleeping and waking create a specific "gogolian" atmosphere of a surrealistic and mystical city. Even the main characters such as Chartkov in "The Portrait", Major Kovalyov in "The Nose" and Piskaryov in the "Nevsky Prospect" themselves do not fully realize whether the action takes place in dream or in reality.
It represents the state of society, with all of its inequalities, prejudices, and deficits. But it also represents the state of society, with all of its inequalities, prejudices, and deficits. But it also represents Raskolnikov’s delirious, against state as he spirals through the novel toward the point of his confession and redemption . He can escape neither the city nor his warped mind from the very beginning, the narrator describes the heat and “the odor” coming off the city, the crowds, and the disorder , and says they “all contributed to irritate the young man’s already excited nerves.” Indeed, it is only when Raskolnikow is forcefully removed from the city to a prison in
Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov Romanovitch to claim that people must accept and overcome their suffering in order to feel remorse and establish a new life. Raskolnikov lives “crushed by poverty,” “hopelessly in debt to his landlady”, and feels guilty about the murder of Alyona and Lizaveta Ivanovna (1). His physical and mental state reflect his suffering; not only is he delirious most of the time, but is also sick and blames “the weakness of fever” for what he is feeling (77). He constantly lives in a state of denial, though small steps lead to the acceptance of the crime, first seen when he desires to confess to Nikolay at the police station. After he confesses to Sonia, she aids him by offering her sympathy, love, companion and offers him
Dostoyevsky’s novels center on the topic of man as a subject of his atmosphere. His novels can be seen as “a means of penetrating into the hidden depths of human psychology and tearing of all the different kinds of veils and masks which conceal the nature and content of man’s inner world” (Frank, 1976). The “plot is exceedingly complex but this very complexity tends to emphasize a similar quality in the nineteenth century Russian life” (Welleck,
The character of Malvolio is a Puritan, which would make him automatically disliked by the audience. Puritans were the enemy of the theatre, due to the fact that many Puritans abhorred the theatre, because they believed plays involved deceiving people through the use of costumes and make up. Also, Malvolio is believed to be a caricature of Sir William Knollys, an unpopular public figure at the time, making him vulnerable to satire. In the play, a trick is played on Malvolio which involves him being locked in a dark, dingy basement. While begging to be freed, Malvolio says, ‘’they have laid me here in hideous darkness.
Also, when Holden wakes up to Mr. Antolini patting him on the forehead in the middle of the night, he tells us of similar “perverty” stuff that happened to him multiple times as a child. Therefore, he clearly struggles to trust anyone he both meets and knows, which shows his insecurity and skepticism of others. Another instance of this is Holden’s relationship with D.B. Although Holden says that they were once close, he now considers D.B. as phony because of the work he does in the film industry. In doing so, he loses a close relationship with his brother, just because he feels
In Chapter, 5, an intercalary chapter, the tenant farmers suffers from the payments that were unable to be paid mainly due to the decreased crop production. The quote describes the owner’s situation where they were also struggling to pay for the debt they made. Steinbeck uses personification (metaphor) such as the ‘bank monster’ avoiding eating side-meat and ‘breathing’ to describe the bank’s desperate situation where their business would not be able to survive without the reliance on the landowners. Like the monsters, who break the peace and show their wickedness from their unconsciousness, the bank became a source of suffering and pain of the tenant farmers and transformed into ‘money-demanding machine’ when they got into a desperate situation.
Their living conditions were incredibly poor including overflowing toilets, unfinished quarters, crowds, and lacking meals. People would leave for grueling field work because they hoped it’d be better than the camp. The authors go on to tell that Jeanne loses her family completely and rapidly. Her mother grows cold, her respectable father a drunkard, and her brothers nonchalant and blunt. Many people die in this chaos and we’re truly shown how some crisis break people beyond recovery, for example ‘Papa’ her honest, hard-working father
However, Brown then goes on to report that, in fact, no matter how hard Byrd tried he would never be able to fully succeed in maintaining domestic and political serenity. Byrd and other elite planters lost control when “wives refused to obey their husbands, children flouted their father’s will, and slaves ran away” (Brown, 57). As structured and detailed as they made their regime over their dependents, they could never fully be in control and this left them in a constant dissatisfaction over their