In the novel, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, rhetorical devices are used to illustrate the characters throughout the book to be either be good or evil by the usage of diction, connotation and denotation as well as other rhetorical devices. By using rhetorical devices it allows the audience to gain a better deeper comprehension of the book. The rhetorical devices allow Steinbeck to describe the characteristics of each character to define them as either good or evil which allows the reader to analyze the parallels between one another. In addition, rhetorical devices for example metaphor, tone, diction, simile, imagery, analogy, allegory, and paradox contribute to the author’s style which creates an image for readers to comprehend. Steinbeck uses word choice, tone, anaphora to highlight the juxtaposition between Cathy Ames and Abra Bacon to illustrate how evil and goodness change the perspective about their inherent point.
Darkness, as expected, symbolizes evil and madness. As Marlow travels into the unexplored region of the world, he discovers the evil that lives there in the form of the Europeans, who essentially were meant to bring enlightenment. In the pursuit of ivory (that is something physically light), the white man has embraced the darkest places of its nature; its primitive self. Women (Kurt’s painting) Marlow and Kurtz both agree that women symbolism the goodness in humanity. They are the decency and purity that is left in the world, especially with all the evil that Marlow and Kurtz’s eyes have seen.
Hawthorne demonstrates the effects of sin on the lives and reputations of Hester, Dimmesdale, Pearl, and Chillingworth. Although many might argue, especially given the Puritan setting of the novel, that public confrontation of sin tarnishes a person’s reputation, Hawthorne’s recurring motif of sin serves to make a broader point about the dangers of repressing sin. The Scarlet Letter suggests that the acknowledgement of sin as an innate aspect of humanity ultimately fosters personal growth. Mentions of sin recur frequently throughout Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. For instance, Hawthorne describes Hester’s holding Pearl as “taint[ed] of deepest sin” (Hawthorne 85).
It shows the dominant aesthetic aspects of the sonnets. It uses theories of intertextuality and semiotics in terms of aesthetics. Study of theories of Roman Jakobson (1896-1982) and Roland Barthes (1915-1980) regarding semiotics in Shakespeare's sonnets shows metaphors of the sonnets as aesthetic signs. This study
(6) Interestingly, Conrad's immersion with one character's physical and psychological experience in the Congo represents the social phenomenon of European Imperialism as a whole. Conrad explores all the themes related to Imperialism, including oppression, madness, hypocrisy, and wilderness. The overall image of Imperialism painted from this novella is a dark one, speckled with uncertainty, confusion, and
Our argument can be further strengthened by taking a look at the setting of both the novels. Enas subhi in his article “ civilization and savagery in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness with some references to Golding’s Lord of the Flies” quotes Robert Serif as “One of the principle things one “sees” in Conrad’s fiction is the relationship between man and his environment. Put visually, this is the linkage, by image and symbol between inner and outer landscapes. External landscape is itself, in most cases, symbolic. Whether river or sea, jungle or sprawling city, it serves as representation of the inscrutable and labyrinthine complexity of human experience and the power of the irrational in Conrad’s universe (p, 4).” The beginning of the novel shows the main theme of the novel as “civilization and savagery”.
Knowles notes that “the omniscient narration [that has] a singleness of focus and sparkling sarcasm that are the strengths of the story” (xv). Conrad’s use of two narrators highlights the modernist themes of the novel such as Marlow’s alienation as well as his hope for ascent from the darkness of colonisation. Marlow has some characteristics that are similar to those of the speaker in T. S Eliot’s poem The Preludes, he is alienated and his narrative holds on to the hope of progress and an end to colonisation. Hope that promises that positive change will occur as shown through Marlow’s explanation of Kurtz’s last words, “The Horror” (179). Most of the novel is told from Marlow’s point of view.
One of the major themes in the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is deception. In Act I Scene IV, one of the characters, Marcellus, claims: “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark” (1.4.100). This is referring to the act of deception, where everything may look fine to the naked eye, but there are underlying problems occurring in the state of Denmark. In utilizing diction and metaphors, Shakespeare adds more depth to one of the major themes of the play. Metaphors are used by Shakespeare to compare Claudius to a deathly creature, while nobody realizes his mal intentions.
Published in the year 1902, Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” is a story told in the frame narrative voice. The story talks about a voyage the main character, Marlow, embarks on. Throughout Conrad’s novella, Marlow journeys up the Congo River which is assumed to be in Africa. “Heart of Darkness” can be observed and viewed as a mythical journey in search of oneself as well as the search for what we believe is the truth. Marlow also travels up the Congo River in pursuit of a white man, Kurtz, who is an ivory trader.
London is a dialectic, and as such, William’s Blake writing of the city is furious and furiously hopeful. London is a world built on an idea of itself, a paradox of formed creation and self-creation. There is the mythic home of the high and the holy; the idealized picture of a city created from the written word—the land where chivalry thrives and Arthur soars, where from the ashes a city can once again rise and Shakespeare can pen his words. There is also the gritty underbelly of a city that glitters with the gold of the rich and the sweat of the poor, where an engine of steam is built to sweep the privileged far and wide, and to fog the struggles of those who cut their hands building it. London is a paradox of the myth and the truth underneath
In what way is your appreciation of both texts enhanced by a comparative study? Discuss in relation to both Taronga and Divergent Dystopian literature is a fictional text where society itself is the antagonist. This genre explores the social and political structures that are obscured. Society’s characteristics are expressed through poverty, immorality and power. Society itself is working in contradiction to the protagonist’s aims and aspirations.
The scarlet letter begins its role as a symbol in the novel by bearing a penal meaning, as a punishment for an adulterer. The scarlet letter initially manifested itself as the embodiment of sin. If the sacred command, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” did not exist the rest of Hester’s existence would completely change and the sin would disappear. But alas, for Hester the strict puritan community forces her to wear the scarlet letter. Consequently, she must bear with her the association between the ornate fabric has: “The magistrates are God-fearing gentlemen, but merciful overmuch,—that is a truth," added a third autumnal matron.
Hyde and ended up uniting with the bad side. Then me personally I would feel that in some form of way Dr. Jekyll had to have some type of evil thoughts in the mist of his creation of the evil side. Some comparisons i could say about both Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde was? Both refuse to be responsible for innocent people. They also are very ambitious .