Communism in the Cold War "The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want, they spread and grow in the evil soil of the poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep that hope alive." as said by Harry S. Truman on march 12, 1947 in The Truman Doctrine.
Ethan Heitzenrater Becky Crays English 9/10 28 April 2017 Stereotypes Here and Now In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird based in the early 1900’s after The Great Depression Harper Lee uses stereotypes to show the true humanity within a person no matter the age, gender, race, or place in society. This is a subject has impacted people in the past, and is still impacting the people of today. These are tough issues to talk about, but Lee wrote it so all people would understand how important it is not to judge until you understand the person.
These cinematic elements invoke the idea of desperate struggle and internal conflict in a post-war-torn Rome. As this film is set in the culture of poverty-stricken Italy, it explores the themes of sacrifice and dire situations bringing out one 's worst self. This is demonstrated in the final scene of the film where Antonio is internally conflicted, but eventually chooses to sacrifice his morality and steal the bike in desperation as a final attempt to provide for his family. Similarly, Antonio and his family consistently sacrifice their belongings by pawning them off for the sake of the family and putting food on the table. For instance, Maria sells their expensive sheets in order to be able to afford to get Antonio 's bike out of the pawn shop, which allows him to have the advertising job.
The Grapes of Wrath: A Literary Analysis Some of the best and most efficient methods communicating issues pertaining to society are through literature that achieves empathy. Feelings of sympathy and concern are hard to achieve when relation to a situation cannot transpire. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck delivered the conditions and gruesome reality of the migrant and farm workers during the “dust bowl” years. Through Steinbeck’s novel, his use of symbolism and explicit language brings attention in a manner that was different and contemporary for its time of publication.
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ”-Confucius. This quote is about how revenge will hurt the user and the target. Revenge is the overall antagonist in the literature, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Ozymandias, and Viva la Vida. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a book based on after the French revolution when the citizens of France viciously send their ruler to their deaths for revenge.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, the icon of beautiful lyricism, uses many intriguing patterns within his novel, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, in his writing of the 1920s, introduces the reader to the world after the Great War; a world of overindulged wealth, unrealistic dreams, and undeniable poverty. Where there is wealth it is not used in an honorable way; where dreams may form, they are impossible to accomplish due to their exorbitant standards; and where dust accumulates, there poverty gathers as well. Throughout his novel, Fitzgerald uses the pattern of dust and ashes to display his essential themes of immorality, poverty, and death.
The researchers chose to analyze depression because as the works of Edgar Allan Poe or even just his name is word, it always creates a stigma of him being sad, king of emotional, dramatic, and other degrading, but nonetheless true labels. The researchers wished to dig deeper, beyond these labels and to find meaning and truth behind his works. As the researchers sought the true meaning of Poe’s works, they’ve found out that his life was as terrible as his writing was good.
As an author who has the sense of social responsibility, D.H.Lawrence never stops thinking about human society and he continues offering criticism about capitalist industrial civilization, which destroys interpersonal relationship. The Rocking-Horse Winner also describes the same topic that capitalist industrial civilization distorts the human relations. To better emphasis this topic, the author uses irony to make this short story more impressive. Irony can be divided into three kinds: verbal irony, circumstantial irony and dramatic irony. All these types can find the corresponding plots in this short story and I would like to analyze irony in the story from three parts.
For someone like Wilde, who as we have seen longed for the acceptance of his contemporise and superiors chose writing as his only true from of expression, a which through which he could fully be himself without the watchful eye of bourgeois Victorian society. Writing surely provided a means of escapism for this sense of loss, and for Wilde throughout his career aestheticism provided the perfect method of expression. So why for The Picture of Dorian Gray did Wilde turn towards the Gothic? Ultimately in The Picture of Dorian and Gray Wilde is writing against the ‘Paterian’ aesthetic of the day (Scheible 2014, 132) because he is using the Gothic tropes of doubling taken from Poe.
In the skillful novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the author carefully portrays the idea of loneliness and prejudice of outsiders in society during the hostile Great Depression. The author was even clever in where the story took place in Soledad, California, which translates to loneliness in Spanish. The story was based off Steinbeck’s own experiences as a rancher in 1929 when the stock market crashed, expressing that a rancher’s lifestyle was one of the desolate lives to live. The author uses the novel Of Mice and Men to deliver a greater message of being one who does not fit into mainstream society. Steinbeck uses characterization within the book through specific characters, such as Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and George, to express major themes of loneliness and prejudice and bringing awareness to the readers.
Hence, the only way how to examine the ‘real’ aspect of life of ordinary people in the thirties, since there were no video recordings, is through the letter written to the public figures. The words of the men, women, and also children addressed to persons that were thought to be responsible for all the suffering and pain, can give us a better feeling of what it was like at that time. Therefore, McElvaine’s work, Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the Forgotten Man, gives us the best insight about that time period and precisely describes the feelings and motifs why the letters were sent. Also, he smartly divides the letters into different sections, each characterized by the same group of senders. For example, he examines the letters from white men in one chapter and the elders in other.
In How to Read Literature like a Professor, Thomas Foster says “most works must engage with their own specific period in ways that can be called political” (122). A good example of a major work containing obvious political overtones is Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. In this novel focusing on a dispossessed family of Oklahoma farmers, Steinbeck criticizes the class prejudice against Dust Bowl migrants. He provides social commentary on the antagonism between Okies and Californians, while also condemning the large banks that forcibly takes the land from the farmers. The Grapes of Wrath is set in the mid-1930’s, during the Great Depression.
Kurt Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army at the time of World War II. He was captured as a prisoner of war where he received much of his literary inspiration for Slaughterhouse-Five. The anti war theme throughout the book is touched on and also rebutted when Vonnegut states, “there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers” (Vonnegut 4). Vonnegut knows he is writing an anti war book but also is aware that wars cannot altogether be halted he is only trying to relay the horrors of war. The number of innocent victims killed by the bombing is alarming and Vonnegut keeping with his anti war theme made it a point to center his novel around the Dresden bombing which increased knowledge of what the historical city Dresden once was.
e Cycle of Evil In his article titled “the frivolity of evil,” Dr Dalrymple defines evil as,” the elevation of passing pleasure for oneself over the long-term misery of others to whom one owes a duty.” Dr. Dalrymple describes how his community and the people who live there are stuck in a cycle of evil. He believes that this cycle is a side effect of Great Brittan’s transformation in to a welfare state along with our culture of entitlement. The many years of dedicated study and extensive observations, has granted Dr Dalrymple unique perspective and a deep insight regarding the human condition and their social concerns.
In the Great Depression era novel The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck deploys descriptive language to convey Man’s perseverance. For example in chapter 3 Steinbeck describes Man’s perseverance by using a turtle and it struggles to represent the Joad family’s struggles. One can see Man’s perseverance when narrator states, “Now the hands, braced on top of the wall, strained and lifted, and the shell came slowly up and rested its front end on the wall.” In this passage the phrases “strained and lifted” and “came slowly up” evoke the reader's sense of struggle and hardship because the turtle is slowly lifting itself with all its might over a large obstacle. This dialogue also expresses life’s will to survive regardless of the