Paul Contino has some information about this short story. Contino got his ph.D. in English from Notre Dame, and has been an editor and professor for years. He is currently a professor of Great Books. Contino says, “On that day, Anders was utterly receptive to life 's simpler joys, untainted by the ironic edge that provokes his death” (Contino). Contino is explaining that the irony employed as a literary device coincides with Wolff’s point that life is better when an individual does not analyze every little sentence spoken.
Jeff Haden’s “DO WHAT YOU LOVE? #@&** THAT!” is a counter argument to Steve Jobs speech to Stanford graduates expressing them to follow their hearts. Haden immediately explains how that is the worst advice you can give a young individual. He then formats his article with bold headlines, so the reader can easily identify his key points. All his key points include various forms of “passion” and how an individual might not always get paid for theirs.
When the second drawing was held only among the Hutchinson’s family, Tessie gets the same piece of paper with the dot and is stoned to death. Jackson uses imagery and irony, as well as symbolism to make us aware of the custom, and violence and tradition as the themes of this short story. One literary device which is used by Jackson in this story is imagery. Imagery is defined as concepts or expressions that appeal to the reader’s feelings. Jackson uses vivid imagery to illustrate the start of her story.
Through the story, author Tatiana De Rosnay writes about how strength, love, and sympathy can help you overcome the most difficult times of your life. In Sarah’s Key, Julia Jarmond is a journalist for Seine Scenes. She was born and raised in America, but moved to France in her adult years. She finds herself attracted to the fancy streets, the courageous men, and the overall pride of the Parisians. Married to Bertrand Tezac and with one daughter, Zoe, Julia feels that her life in Paris is picture perfect.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused.
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.
In Gary Soto’s short story “The Talk” he reveals how society values appearance way too much. The main characters discuss about how their appearance affects their self-esteem, mindset, and their future jobs. The characters start out discussing their appearance and call themselves ugly, “We were twelve, with lean bodies that were beginning to grow in weird ways. First, our heads got large, but our necks wavered, frail as crisp tulips” (par.2). The boys talk about their appearance as if they were really awkward when in reality they probably don’t look like the way their describing themselves.
She included a book Fighting for Life by Walter Ong to point out the opposition between two different genders method in conversing. The author overly assumed that every girl/woman and boy/man shares stories and secrets the same way. She connected the anecdote in the introduction to slowly wrap the essay up. Argument #5: “The communication problems... require a new conceptual framework about the role of talk in human relationships” (Tanner 24). Tanner has given a solution to solve the lack of communication hoping divorces number can decrease.
In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the author, Flannery O 'Connor, demonstrates how a short story can contain many aspects of feminism without one even noticing. Looking at the short story through a feminist point of view, one can quickly gather that O’Connor uses the old school gender roles from the very beginning of the short story. As reading the title, it automatically suggests the male characters in this short story are untrustworthy, not prevalent, and dangerous. With that being said, the female characters in this story are viewed in the eyes of how a woman should act. With the title stating that a good man is hard to find, it reinforces the idea that women need a man in their lives.
Another example of metaphor in the novel is how Mr. Twain depicts the characters to enunciate his views of the bigotry of social norms pushing the reader in a sense to understand what he means. Huckleberry Finn with his innocence and Jim with a thirst for equality metaphorically portray the minorities, Pap the trope of humanity that are corrupted and deprived by those that are uncivilized. “You’re educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you’re better’n your father, now, don’t you, because he can’t?