Throughout An Artist of the Floating World, Ishiguro allows for an extensive exploration into the destruction and reconstruction of physical landscapes, a motif that permeates the novel, providing insight into the fragility and disillusionment of Japan. This inability to progress beyond past trauma is foregrounded in the line “…A rainy morning… looking from under my umbrella at those skeletal remains”. Through the evocative descriptions of demolished buildings, Ishiguro utilises deathly connotations and the motif of a graveyard to suggest a pervading and inescapable sense of destruction and deterioration. The use of pathetic fallacy, further denotes the infiltrating sense of gloom and decay, drawing on the profound connection the Japanese have with their past and memories. Through Ono’s descriptions of Mrs Kawakami’s bar, Ishiguro continues to establish a sombre atmosphere and melancholic nostalgia of what was once a thriving pleasure district, overwhelmed by a perpetual sense of loss and devastation.
Parts of the book, such as this quote, really show how the Taliban damaged people’s homes and lives. Malala later goes on to write how devastated her family was after they returned to find their home in shambles. These kind of scenes show the internal malefactors or war, and how the aftereffects can be as horrifying as the conflict itself. Edge writes, “Broken bottles under children’s feet/Bodies strewn across the dead end street” (U2 9-10). Lyrics like these are written specifically to draw sympathy from listeners.
Standing atop the highway they take in all the Badlands has to offer, but all it can offer is desolation. The land hard and sodden with moisture, the trees blackened and barren, so dry with age they seemed to be rusted into the ground. Littered amongst them; thousands of steel boxes of every shape, size and colour. Someone had once told me they were called “Kars”. “A broken world” Will muttered to myself without knowing why.
Turning from a prideful boy to being merciful toward his dead brother. In fact, it all began when his brother was born, “with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s” (595). Doodle is weakened and incapable of doing activities normal kids do at his age. The narrator encourages Doodle to keep on pushing, but no sooner does the narrator learn that pushing Doddle over his limitations will sooner or later kill him. The narrator kills Doodle indirectly, as a consequence of the lack of knowledge he has about Doodle’s medical issues, and as said before, being enveloped in pride.
That’s what they came in there for. Held me down and took it.” (pg. 37) Here we see Sethe experience something that countless other slave women had, loss of sexual agency and personhood. She hyper-focuses on the loss of her milk because that hurts the most for her.
Furthermore, Nailer is wearing a mask that was given to him by his father but the mask is damaged and is the only mask his father has. However, there are adolescents doing the same work, but they do not have masks because they can’t afford them. To continue, Nailer goes further in the ship and is eventually filled in a pool of oil. Nailer is in danger because oil being more condensed and heavier than water. He is stuck in the tanker filled with oil which makes it seem like being caught in quicksand.
As the author explains, he is a boy with a glasses who is almost blind without his specs; however, nobody even cares about his situation and never stop bullying him. For instance, the times Jack takes Piggy’s glasses, Piggy goes almost blind and cannot see anything. We can understand his pain and feelings when he starts shouting and crying; “ Here–let me go! … Mind out! Give ’em back!
“Virgins”, by Danielle Evans, is a tragic story narrated by a young girl who places what she views as “inevitability” into her own terms. The protagonist of the story is Erica, a young, physically well-developed girl who has her own view on men and what exactly they want from her. Throughout the story, a constant battling environment surrounds her, and one side of her keeps pushing her to the verge of giving up everything - even her virginity. Evans uses the title of the story to question the importance of finite as virginity in relation to the value of a woman’s body. Through the use of character development, plot, themes, language and style, setting and figurative language, she is able to come up with a true proposal of the both self-value,
Victor had agreed to this and postponed marrying Elizabeth for two years. He brought his friend along, but dropped him off with a different friend because he couldn’t dig up bodies with the monster and Henry looking over his shoulder. As Victor began making a companion for the monster, he decided that he could not go through with this because it isn’t safe for society and even though his current monster is peaceful, the other one may not be the same. The monster watched as Victor destroyed his future companion, and then decided to destroy anyone who was close to Victor as a means of
The whole time we were doing that there was only one thing on my mind, was I going to get a deer or not. A couple days later we were getting out the guns so we could sight them in. I was nervous watching the other people shoot, but when my dad told me I was up I was terrified. At first he sat behind me and made me feel safe. But after a few shots he said, “I can’t sit behind you anymore because I’m not going to be able to sit behind you in the stand so you need to practice by yourself.” The first shot I took by myself, I fell over right on my butt.