Monsieur Lantin and his lady had the perfect marriage, falling deeper in love with one another by each passing day. The rising theme of irony, however, proves that appearance can overshadow reality. It creates tension between an intended meaning and a literal statement, used as a form of dry humour to provoke the reader. Throughout his short story, The False Gems, Guy de Maupassant emphasizes several forms of irony to display the universal theme of deviousness. Monsieur Lantin’s lady was thought to be an idyllic wife, but readers soon found out that the love between the married was an illusion.
Throughout the story, the Narrator exhibits a lack of self-awareness and insight with the people around him. Not only does this affect how he acts, but also others around him. His personality causes him to have no friends, only his wife, in which he misunderstands a countless number of times. For example, he feels jealous when his wife talks about her preceding husband, the military officer in the flashbacks. The Narrator thought, “Her officer—why should he have a name?” (Carver, 2) Evidently, the imbecilic Narrator was feeling jealous through his thoughts and actions.
When gifts and surprises are made, a little piece of ourselves go into them regardless of the simplicity of the surprise. In Katharine Bush’s short story, “Birthday Party,” the repercussions of a rejected surprise are seen through her use of heart-crushing imagery and keen details. First, Bush describes the “couple” so as to give readers a basic understanding of their forefront character. Starting by pointing out that they look “unmistakably married” is an interesting point that makes the two individuals seem happy with each other and enjoying each other’s company. By commenting on their marital/ relationship status the speaker sets up later events to be even more shocking.
In “Birthday Party,” Katharine Brush describes the event of a married couple celebrating the husband’s birthday in her short story. His wife plans a surprise for him, but instead he feels furious and embarrassed. Brush uses imagery and irony to emphasize certain moments of the story. First, imagery is used to depict the appearance of the married couple. “The man had a round, self-satisfied face, with glasses on it; the woman was fadingly pretty, in a big hat.” Additionally, this shows the woman’s beauty, while it shows the man satisfied with how his celebration is going.
When Lucetta waits to meet Henchard and ran into Farfrae, she quickly agrees to start a love relationship with Farfrae despite that she did not really know him. Perhaps this is a depiction of how women were portrayed in the pre industrialist era in Victorian England; they were spontaneous and romantic, taking decisions without thinking it through. Lucetta seems as a person who lives recklessly and in accordance with the moment rather than planning. She seems rather childish. Lucetta and Farfrae have a good relationship until the town people know about her past relationship with Henchard and decide to expose them.
Juliet is able to be empathetic to her father’s temporary anger since she knew it is only a result of his deep love and support. Tybalt is shown to display signs of infuriation due to love when he discovers Romeo at a Capulet party. Capulet is hosting a gigantic party for anyone who is not a Montague, and plans to organize a fun experience for all. Tybalt, the nephew of Capulet, is not so pleased when he discovers Romeo, a Montague, has snuck into the party. He immediately wants to fight Romeo for disrespecting his family, but his uncle, Capulet, resists since he knows Romeo is respectable and he does not want to ruin the mood of the party.
In the short story “Birthday Party,” by Katherine Brush, it is seen that the husband does not return his wife’s strong feelings towards him. Through characterization, Brush portrays the wife as the one who cares more about their relationship rather than the husband. The woman’s caring gestures that expressed her love for her husband was ruined when he was not pleased with her. After the waitress had brought the birthday cake, prepared by his wife for her husband, the man said “some punishing thing” to his wife, which caused her to cry “heartbrokenly and hopelessly.” The “punishing” thing the man had said to his wife must have been harsh as it made her cry “heartbrokenly and hopelessly.” Despite being a married couple, it is obvious that the
Another point to consider is the consummation of love cited in the original writing; Even though the love between the two was passionate, the couple only consummates their love after they are married, something that prevents them from losing the sympathy of the public. It is possible that Romeo and Juliet function as an equation of love and sex, with death. Throughout the tragedy, he and she fantasize about this "fulminating equality", usually attributed to a lover. For example, Mr. Capulet is the one who first realizes Julieta 's "death", comparing this factor with the deflowering of his daughter, and, a little later, Julieta compares, erotically, Romeo with death. Just before committing suicide, he decides to use
“Maude Clare” is about two people who are soon to be married, but someone from the groom’s past is trying to cause tension. Maude Clare is the groom’s past loved one and she thinks that she is better than the groom’s soon to be bride. Maude Clare has given the couple a gift, but the gift turns out to be an item the groom and Maude Clare shared in the past with each other. Maude Clare wants to get back at the groom for all the hurt he had caused Maude Clare. Moller tries to connect through “Maude Clare” so she can get a better understanding of the poem.
In “Birthday Party,” Katharine Brush’s purpose for writing the short story was to reveal how something that is good can go so wrong. She also demonstrates how some things are not what they seem. Especially in the situation that she wrote. Her purpose from the beginning to end is demonstrated by the use of literary devices. Brush begins by describing the scenario, she states, “They sat on the banquette opposite us.” This sets the sitting for the story, and she also mentions the characters to begin it: “They were a couple.” She continues to describe the couple.
Katharine Brush 's short story "Birthday Party" is about the perjury of a third person 's judgment about a birthday party thrown by a wife for her husband. Is truly a story with an objective to challenge defining how a man-woman relationship should function. This short story reveals how joyless a marriage can be when spouses are too unimaginative to stray from the bourgeois affection. The use of descriptions, perspective, diction and syntax portray the husband’s insolence so well that its purpose to induce the reader’s disgust is utterly achieved. Sensory details reveal how insignificant the celebration quickly rises into a heartbreaking emotional embarrassment.
On first impressions of his intended, the satirical Mr Bennet was ‘captivated by youth and beauty and the appearance of good humour which youth and beauty generally give’ (Austen, 1984) however shortly after a marriage constructed upon lust and desire, Mr Bennet’s ‘respect esteem and confidence’ in his wife soon vanished forever. Consequently, Mrs Bennet was demoted by her husband to the ranks of entertainment and a source of amusement for her ‘ignorance and folly’ and want of ‘decorum and propriety’ (Austen, 1984) Moreover with the loss of respect for his wife and the realisation that ‘a pretty face is but sorry compensation for the absence of common sense; and that youth and the appearance of good nature, with the want of other good qualities
After spending years married to Tom, she has become used to looking into the material items. When reunited with Gatsby she only points her attention on what he has materialistically: “They’re such beautiful shirts … it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such-such beautiful shirts before” (pg 92). The reason Daisy is so upset is because she acknowledges that she could have had multiple materialistic gains whist being married to Gatsby in a love-filled relationship. When she sees what she could have had her mirage of a perfect life begins to crumble. But this leads to her in the end resorting to her false outward appearance since it is easier for her to fall back into her lie that confront her own truth, that she is unhappy presently.