Many stories in literature are not complete without an Antagonist. The Antagonist can be the embodiment of evil or just a roadblock for the main character to overcome. In the short story Sweat, written by Zora Neale Hurston, features an abusive husband, Sykes, as the Antagonist. Sykes dominates and abuses his hard-working wife, Delia. Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor.
Literature is a wonderful thing; it explores the relationships between humans and their nature, historical events, and can be used to express one’s creativity. It can also be used to give moral guidance; this was Arthur Miller’s reasoning behind writing The Crucible. In this dramatic retelling of the Salem trials, Miller ensnares his reader with stories of adultery, betrayal, and material greed. His intention, however, is not to entertain with operatic drama. This play is a cautionary tale about finger pointing and its potentially fatal consequences.
Hermann Hesse highlights important moments on Siddhartha’s spiritual journey and his real life by utilizing symbolism, repetition, and tone in the novel. One could say that both Siddhartha and Hesse were selfish and ungrateful, but in order for one to prosper, their inner self has to first bloom. For this reason, Siddhartha and Hesse had to take time away from their respected life’s to understand the genuine meaning of life. More importantly, this novel served as way for Hesse, the author to vent and express his feelings. Through a fictional story and character, Hesse empathized real life events he once encountered.
The philosophy of care giving in graphic memoir The philosophy of life is very subtly portrayed in Joyce’s Special Exits. Special Exits by Joyce Farmer depicts the reality of life from a very different angle apparently. But later in the story, as the reader continues reading, it becomes clear to the reader that the comic scenes or instances which the author has set up are actually keeping aside from the readers the truth of life. The readers need to interpret the meaning lying underneath the comedy instances, which speak about the bitter reality of life. The author here speaks about the crumbling life of an elderly couple, who are seriously ill; they are in their last stage of life.
This theme has been expressed in a myriad of different characters and their circumstances. However, I believe that the portrayal of this theme through Lennie and George and their pursuit for the dream farm is the epitome of imperfect humans and their wild chase for their dreams. Lennie’s imperfection of his mental disability is portrayed obviously and consistently throughout the whole book however, George’s imperfections are rarely discussed in the novel. I believe that George’s main flaw is his unrestrained desire to create an adequate life for himself causes him to be persuaded by the most outrageous dreams. The overall concept of this representation explain that the imperfections of George and Lennie restrict their own ascension to their dream farm which is positioned at the very top as to represent the nonexistent
I groped for the stair railing in the dark and felt a warm hand take mine. Startled, I looked up into Ultima’s brown, wrinkled face (Anaya 24).” The loss of innocence ties in with the mythical aspects of the novel because when Antonio feels saddened by an event that will eventually reflect on him, he turns to Ultima as a saving grace to treat him and make him feel better. The loss of innocence is an important theme in the novel considering it is a major issue that Antonio has to face upon aging, and Ultima acting as the supernatural force brings light to the hard-to-face
Jakob is introduced in the flashback as the protagonist’s first boyfriend and heartache while Anna introduces her to the possibility of cog hearts. Of minor characters, there are quite a few names mentioned as a list by the protagonist as people she dated at some point: “After that I rented hearts for Michael, and Rose, and Genevieve,” (p. 2, ll. 31-2). Additionally, the style of speaking of former lovers shows the reader how the protagonist becomes progressively more careless and
It is through this that we learn the authentic, underlying story that the writer wanted to tell; the one of the real Hedda and her struggle for freedom in order to overcome the constraints of society. As the play progresses, we become aware of the different symbols and how each one is a representation of something much deeper than it firsts appears. In this essay I have made reference to a few symbols such as the pistols, the piano, the character of Hedda and the importance of hair. There are many more symbols which feature in the play which would require further examination such as Lövborg’s manuscript; the child and binding love of George and Thea, and a symbol of the future. However, I have discussed the symbols that interested me, as a reader.
In her novel, “The Giver”, Lois Lowry tells us: “The worst part about holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” She turns her own memories into fictionalized utopian books. Her mother had a photo from 1911 that had 3 children in it with freshly ironed pressed ribbons. The idea of a ribbon in Lily’s hair (a character from “The Giver”) came from a flashback memory of her mother.
It singles out the novel as the sanctuary of austere and unforgiving self-knowledge. The novelist’s omniscience imposes on all characters; and exposes the drama as the shoddier realm of evasive and corrupt self-dramatization. But this opposition is not blatantly stated in Mansfield Park. Although the drama is condemned, only implicitly is the novel proposed as an alternative, because the novel’s virtues are now the undemonstrative qualities of Fanny Price. The novel owes its power to its discretion in seeing through people who congratulate themselves on their impenetrability, in making the obtuse aware of their own shifty motives; it is superior because it is circumspect, stealthy and externally