In “Wildwood”, Junot Diaz presents a troubled teenager by the name Lola to have distinct conflicting values with her mother. Her mother has controversial Dominican norms and responsibilities. These norms are not what Lola wants to be. Her mother soon gets sick and increases Lola’s feelings to take action on how she wants to live her life. When Lola and her mom continue to carry their abusive conflict, Lola decides to run away to Wildwood. Lola does this because she is a lost soul with no foundation of who she really is. As she runs away from her “Domincaness” that she desperately needed change from, her mother finds her in Wildwood and returns her to the origin of a “perfect Dominican daughter” which is the Dominican Republic. Once there she
In Barbara Kingsolver’s story, “The Bean Trees”, something that makes it so effective is her use of figurative language to depict scenery. In chapter 12, Mattie takes Taylor, Esperanza and Estevan to a beautiful desert at the time of the first rain, so they can see the natural world come to life. In order to make the scene come alive, Kingsolver uses sillies, metaphors and personification as a mean of figurative language.
Parents are the biggest influence upon their children. From the time a child is born to the time they leave the household, the values that the parents hold are instilled into their children. Parents are required to make crucial decisions about how to raise their children in order to guide them through the inevitable obstacles and hardships of life. In The Glass Castle, many would argue the lack of care and responsibility the Walls had for their children. The author, Jeannette Walls, uses Rex and Mary Walls to demonstrate that their strong traits of non-conformity, self-sufficiency and perseverance are passed on to their children, allowing them to develop to their full potential. Children are dependent on their parents to
In Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s Monster Culture (Seven Thesis), Cohen analyzes the psychology behind monsters and how, rather than being a monstrous beast for the protagonist of the story to play against, “the monster signifies something other than itself”. Cohen makes the claim that by analyzing monsters in mythology and stories, you can learn much about the culture that gave rise to them. In Thesis 1 of Monster Culture, Cohen proposes that “the monster’s body literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy”, specifically the fear, desire and anxiety of the cultures that gave rise to it;; fFor example, vVampires, undead, represent a fear of death. Monsters are born of an intense fear, desire, or internal conflict, “at this metaphorical
In the world there are amazing regions to explore and see. However, we usually don’t see them in person. Writers use the fact that readers may not know anything about their region, but are able to read or experience the region the writers provide. In fact, Twain uses this to his advantages to talk about his home village near the Mississippi River, as well as, Jewett shows us the wilderness in Maine. Jewett and Twain uses regionalism throughout both of their writings, by creating their own types of settings. Each other shows how their region is different in their writing; Twain compared to Jewetts’ has many differences in their settings and some comparisons as well.
In A.S. Byatt’s “The Thing in the Forest”, the author uses the elements of a short story to craft a dark, fairy tale. The title of the story, “The Thing in the Forest”, in the sense that it foreshadows the main idea of the story. The audience expects more than just a "thing", as listed in the title. Byatt emphasizes that the main characters are the two-main protagonist who were girls dealing with more than just a “thing” in the forest that affected them for the rest of their lives. this is the use of symbols that expresses a meaning to focus on the story. A.S. Byatt emphasizes more on the plot and setting, characters, theme and symbols.
In the essay, “A Literature of Place”, by Barry Lopez focuses on the topic of human relationships with nature. He believes human imagination is shaped by the architectures it encounters within life. Lopez first starts his essay with the statement that geography is a shaping force for humans. This shaping force is what creates our imagination; the shaping force is found within nature. Everything humans see within nature is remembered, thus creating new ideas and thoughts for our imagination. Lopez also states that humans should not be isolated in the universe. Therefore saying that people need to get out and explore the world, or to open yourself to new adventures. Exploring new things bring the connection between relationships and happiness that humans need.
Is it possible that Equality didn’t make a wise decision during his time in Anthem? Should he have given away his light bulb so the scholars would destroy it?
“It is a sin to write this.” Is the quote used to begin the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand, and the start of its symbolic story. Which now is also how this analysis will start, to explain how Equality changed his mindset about his first words in the novel, and how his eventual change is the correct one. Throughout the book Equality slowly morphs into an individual due to different things that left an impact on him along the process of his story. This is all because writing is a sin in Equality’s society because writing can lead to self exploration, the society’s desired effect is for there to be zero individuals and accomplishes this goal by physically and mentally changing everyone. But Equality's final assessment of his so called sin is correct, in the terms of moral assessment which by definition is “the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual”. Therefore Equality discovers that he has done no sin at all, reaching individuality Equality finds out is not a sin, but is simply the path of truly finding what is actually
In his essay “Here,” Philip Larkin uses many literary devices to convey the speaker’s attitude toward the places he describes. Larkin utilizes imagery and strong diction to depict these feelings of both a large city and the isolated beach surrounding it.
Monsters have always been perceived as creatures with petrifying characteristics. They are often described as dire, dreadful, and horrendous. An individual deemed as a monster by an entire community must have committed atrocious acts; however, the unnamed protagonist in Margaret Atwood’s short story “Lusus Naturae” was considered monstrous by the entire faction despite neither committing such acts. The protagonist, who’s suffering from an illness called porphyria, was disdained and classified as a monster merely because of her looks—her yellow eyes, pink teeth, red fingernails, and long dark sprouting hair around her chest and arms. Even though her outward appearance is comparably peculiar with respect to the appearance of typical humans, one cannot basically imply that she is a monster. As ironic as it may sound, the protagonist’s family, along with the priest and the townspeople, are the genuine monsters in this literary piece.
He is “friendly” with “every bar and shallow,” and he admits that he would feel homesick for that place when he leaves it. By recalling such memories, Cather exposes Jim’s nostalgic feelings towards the countryside. Another time when Jim reveals his nostalgic tone towards the prairie using imagery is when Jim visits Widow Steavens. As he approaches Steavens’ house, Jim observes, “I found that I remembered the conformation of the land as one remembers the modelling of human faces” (240). With the simile, Jim compares the shape of the countryside to an artform such as sculpting the human form. There is an intimacy that is expressed here as Jim continues to recollect the setting of his childhood. A face is intricate and complex, and Jim parallels this feature with his detailed knowledge of the land--that is, he understands the countryside’s contours as much as an experienced artist does about people’s features. Through the use of imagery, Cather, once again, reveals nostalgic feelings Jim has about the Black Hawk
A word is an interesting object. Words have a clear cut meaning, sometimes not just one meaning either possibly three or four. Even after having these clear cut meanings words are also up to interpretation, where one person could see the word vagina as a disgusting, vile term someone else could see it merely as a medical term. Walker understands this concept and writes about fear in his “Black 101.” By using repetition, Walker is able to mold the audience’s interpretation of fear in a way that aligns with what he wants them to understand it as, which is this strong, negative connotation. Walker does this to convey to the audience that there is justification in the deaths of African Americans.
Writer, Michael Blanding, in his book, The Map Thief, conveys the gripping tale of a rare-map dealer, Forbes Smiley, who steals maps, incalculable to those of the world of cartography. Blanding reveals that this consuming conduct led to the destruction with not only his personal accords, but the entirety of his career. He contrasts the functionality of maps, as a source for navigation and as an expression of art, giving a new perspective to those unfamiliar of maps and Smiley’s infamous crime. With portraying a “map thief,” on the terms of such an objective realm, Blanding depicts the enticing and altering life of Smiley and the history of maps through the use of ironic descriptions, extensive foreshadowing, and appealing imagery.
Flatlands starts off with a square as the narrator explaining the world he lives in. For example, the square explains that the women in his world are lines, dangerous and idiotic. The lines let their emotions get the best of them constantly and will sometimes kill their husbands and have no recollection of what they have done. The men in the square´s world are all polygons, and the more sides they have, the more prestigious they are to society. In this, isosceles triangles are the lowest class, while circles are considered nobility. Squares in society are lawyers, while pentagons are doctors, and the more sides a shape has, they are higher up in things such as government and leadership. This world the square lives in, is considered the