Although The Picture of Dorian Gray is considered to be a short novel , it contains some commonly found elements in a fairy tale. In the following essay I am going to present the similitudes that Wilde’s novel shares with fairy tales and give my opinion on whether the novel can be considered a prolonged fairy tale or not. One thing that needs to be taken into consideration is the fact that in this novel not all the elaments of a fairy tale are present. For example , in Oscar Wilde’s novel the time and the space is defined -the action takes place in England in the nineteenth century-, which is uncharacteristic of the usual fairy tale. But despite the fact that Wilde offers the reader many details regarding the setting where the action takes
In the novel “The Princess Bride”, William Goldman presents an abridgement of what is proposed to be the classic fairy tale by S. Morgenstern but is actually a novel created entirely on his own. The text is of a romantic love story between two protagonists in the country of Florin, a country which existed before Europe yet after the discovery of the Americas and Australia. Over the course of the novel, Goldman writes a story which strays from the normal parameters of a fairytale. Character design conflicts with the stereotypes and the word choice (Evil Stepmother, etc) is not typical. The timeframe set for the novel and the subplots within are rather ridiculous at times, even for a work of fiction.
Thomas C. Foster presents many valid points about the relationship between children’s fairy tales and other types of literature in his book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor. The Scarlett Letter is a great example of his ideas. The Scarlett Letter is also an example of Foster’s idea that literature that is inspired by other literature does not have to be exactly the same as the literature that it is inspired by. Instead, stories can contain distant connections or one obvious reference that can tie the two works
In stories both fiction and nonfiction, the author’s choice in the structure of the said story can greatly affect the meaning given to it, as well as the reader’s response to the story. In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, Poe uses chronological order as well as metaphors and allegory to create a particular feel. Similarly, in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, the author uses different structure - beginning with the end, then going more chronologically - to create a different feeling. Both stories would be completely different if it were not for the methods the authors chose to use for their stories’ structure. In The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, the author uses allegory, metaphorical speech, and chronological order to create the desired feeling in the text.
During the late eighteenth century, a new literary movement was born which focused on embracing individuality and emphasized imagination and emotions. Numerous literary pieces have visible Romantic qualities throughout the eighteenth century. Two prominent literary pieces with Romantic qualities present in their text are The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving and The Minister 's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Through their respective texts the author 's portray the Romantic qualities of human nature, the supernatural, and individual freedom in unique ways, but use them to contribute to the intended meaning of the stories. The Devil and Tom Walker and The Minister 's Black Veil convey the Romantic quality of human nature to be innately evil and greedy.
What kind of stories can come from the dark minds of writers during the Dark Romantic Era? One’s similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and “The Black Cat” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “The Scarlet Letter.” In these short stories and poems, you find a lot of symbolism that was popular during this time. Symbolism is an artistic and poetic style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express spiritual ideas, emotions, and states of mind. In all stories and poems, the use of symbols are what make the story feel so real to the audience. A symbol as simple as a bird can mean so much more then what you see, whereas a symbol as complicated as the sea, can mean so much less then what you thought.
I agree that both “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe can be described as short stories that value symbol over plot. Poe uses various symbols to disclose information or details to the reader, while also leaving components of the story open to interpretation. This symbolism tells its own story within the overall plot, rather than it being explained clearly by the author, cleverly adding to the interest of the read. This effective allegory allows the reader to question their literal understanding of the story, once faced with the deeper philosophical ideas. This means that in the case of these two short stories, symbols are valued over plot.
His unique ideas and techniques have influenced numerous Surrealist artists, both past and present. (SUCH AS?) Dali was chosen to design the opening image of the second ‘Surrealist Manifesto’, published in 1930 and around this time, Dali was developing his own idea about Surrealism. Hi ideas were expressed through his book called ‘The Visible Woman’ (1930). Within this book, he wrote that he felt Surrealist artists should “depict a kind of madness or fever in which a thing could look like one thing one moment and like another the next.” To achieve this, several Dali paintings used these ‘double’ images to confuse and disturb people looking at them.
This era is unusual due to it’s overlapping of both the Romantic and Realism Era. Due to its coexistence in two eras, this division serves as a platform for authors to attempt to establish a new literary culture aside from the rest of the world. Encompassing the Transcendental Era are the beliefs of ideality, establishment of a utopia, skepticism of religion, and the arrival of knowledge through intuition. The reader can see a demonstration of these beliefs in the short story To Build a Fire. In this story, London depicts
John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman came to light in June 1969. It is clear that the novel tackles motifs such as love and intrigue, prototypical themes of the Victorian Novel. However, Fowles’s ultimate motive was not that of writing a conventional Victorian story but that of revealing an experimental narrative in which Victorian elements are explored from a perspective of the late sixties. Fowles presents us with a new reading of 1867, incorporating references of many of the events that took place during that gap of time. Barry Lewis states that “The postmodernist writer distrusts the wholeness and completion associated with traditional stories, and prefers to deal with other ways of structuring narrative.” (Stuart Sim (ed.)