Love is paired with violence, hope with despair, and desire with fear and angst. Morrison uses the color red to capture the vividness of these emotions and showcase the polarizing effects slavery has on one’s state of mind. Yet, there is a common theme throughout the novel that as terrible as these emotions might seem, embracing the past is a necessary step to move on to the future. So only when Sethe and Paul D embrace the color red – and recognize that their past is part of their identity – can they fully begin a new life at 124 and have hope for a better
When I finished reading the poem, I realized that my interpretation from the first reading had drastically changed from this reading. The new terms and analyzing certain lines in the has made me realize the theme. My first interpretation of the theme was that the poem was about love and how the Doone was hurt by his beloved, but now analyzing the poem the reasons stick out like a sore thumb. A flea is an insect that sucks bloods and can carries diseases. The author uses a flea as a metaphor to represent how his beloved betrayed him.
In the first stanza, the persona describes where she came from as “her own country”. The word “own” suggests a strong bond between the persona and her “country” as she sees it as the definite place she identifies as home. Her brother’s bawling behaviour and their repetition of “Home, home” echoes the misery the persona is feeling due to her separation from her “country”. In the lines “the miles rushed back to the city”, personification is used. This highlights her eagerness to reverse the family’s travels and go back to their home in Glasgow, their home and live back at “the street, the house, and the vacant rooms where we didn’t live anymore.” Such urge to go back to where the persona came from reinforces the strong attachment that she has for her “own country”.
Heartbreak and vengeance make the perfect cocktail for any juicy story, but so does the concept of a twisted illusion of reality. Stories of passion such as, Evona Darling written by Silas House and My Ex-Husband written by Gabriel Spera, are both examples of stories that give the reader the equation of love and hate entwined together with the tainted sense of reality. House descriptively writes a story about the passion of a mother’s love whose heart has been taken away by her child’s father, who through suspicious friends got Evona’s custody stripped away from her. On the other hand, Spera creates her poem in her perspective of being married to a man that betrayed her and played his cards of deceit. Both stories were passionately written after love had partaken, but the fairy tale ends had come upon them.
The poems “Hide and Seek”, “Remember” and “Do not go gentle into that good night” have all displayed the theme of fear at its best, using various techniques to achieve their desired effect. “Hide and Seek” deals with the fear and nervousness an innocent young boy could experience as he first steps out into the potentially dangerous, unrestful society, using a simple childhood game to highlight the stark differences between childhood and adulthood. On the other hand, “Remember” copes with the torment and anxiety Rossetti encounters of being potentially forgotten by her lover after death, although she had given in to her view and instead wishes a better life for her partner, born out of a deep and devoted love for him. “Do not go gentle”, however, takes on a more hostile and belligerent approach, contradicting with Rossetti’s peace and acceptance of death. This violent act, mixed with fears of his father’s possible demise, exhibits Thomas’s mental inability and unwillingness to let go of such an important part of his life, instead urging his father to rise against an inevitable ending.
The use of strong adjectives such as Delia Jones’ humming a song in a mournful key” (PG), Skyes “…snorted scornfully,” (PG) the “black box grew shabbier”(PG) sets a tone that the reader will use to follow thorough each story. As both stories reflect upon the simple lives of the character of the era, they both paint a picture of two individuals in an unfavorable scenario that they want to change. In “Sweat,” the antagonist is Sykes, the abusive, cheating husband of Delia, who wishes to run Delia out of her home in order to move his mistress in. In “The Lottery,” the protagonist Mrs. Hutchinson wants to save her husband from being stoned to death in a traditional ritual. “Sweat” starts by indirectly describing Delia as a hard-working, Christian woman.
In Lorca’sconflict themed play;Blood Wedding , symbolism is a dominating literature technique that forebodes the significant events that occur. The protagonist of the play, Leonardo, is seen to have a rebellious attitude towards society. The horse is perceived to be a symbol of occurrences that foreshadows his destiny, which is his death caused by his desire to attain individuality in the repressive society he lives in. This is especially prominent in the morbid lullaby sang by his mother and wife to his son, as the dark imagery of the horse and the river epitomizes Leonardo’s fate. This essay will explore the symbolic representation of the horse and the lullaby, to bring out the conflict between the protagonist and the society.
Carol Ann Duffy presents the theme of memory with guilt and regret. She compares rural England with the violent battle grounds. “Rural England, Home again to ordinary pain.” She refers to rural England with ordinary pain which could suggest the extreme pain felt on the battle ground can’t compare. The comparison of her memory and war allows the reader to relate. “…Fields which don’t explode beneath the feet, of running children in a nightmare heat.” Again she compares rural England with the violent battlegrounds.
A dramatic opening is created with “Beloved sweetheart bastard”. An oxymoron is created as “beloved” and “sweetheart” are pet names used for a lover while “bastard” is a harsh insult that would be said with the intent to hurt someone. This contradiction portrays Miss Havisham’s conflicted feelings and introduces the reader to the turmoil she experiences constantly. This idea of instability is reinforced in stanza 2. Duffy informs the reader of how Miss Havisham still parades around in her wedding dress.
“Can you relinquish the mood of childhood?” and “I crave for causes now and lasting things.” What has been implied in her Italian poems, love poems, response to Camus, comes out directly here: “I am English - - and on the surface made of gentle moods. Yet long for south and sun, seek for the white cities, vines on walls, sea left where the sands mould it, flesh sun- burnt and surrendered.” Her comments “Order is found, not imposed…..Our darkness is a promise of survival” seem almost wistful efforts to gain reassurance. She recalls: “I am the child that gathered broken grasses, that dreampt and screamed across the night. Yet every gentle thing has stalwart roots. The sensitive survive and tell their story.” And conclude this portion of her journey: “Clumsy the climbers now, and bold explorers.