In Hemingway’s short stories great attention is paid to a matter of disillusionment, depression and existential difficulties. It is very probable that those are re-sults of disillusionment and dislocation that Hemingway suffered himself due to his experi-ences during World War I. Society was greatly affected by different kinds of loss, and they were defined by suffering; either physical or mental, caused by memories, trauma as well as shell-shock. Finally, Hemingway’s characters were also forced to cope with losing faith in values, ideas and beliefs which highlight the nothingness haunting humanity.
Love is paired with violence, hope with despair, and desire with fear and angst. Morrison uses the color red to capture the vividness of these emotions and showcase the polarizing effects slavery has on one’s state of mind. Yet, there is a common theme throughout the novel that as terrible as these emotions might seem, embracing the past is a necessary step to move on to the future. So only when Sethe and Paul D embrace the color red – and recognize that their past is part of their identity – can they fully begin a new life at 124 and have hope for a better
When the poem was wrote in the 1800s, many African- Americans were in slavery, and the poet wanted others to know how many of them felt. In the poem "Sympathy", by Paul Laurence Dunbar, he tells a story of a bird who is experiencing lack of freedom by using symbolism, figurative language, and imagery. In the first stanza of the poem the poet displayed sensory imagery. Sensory imagery is the language that appears to a reader’s five senses that includes; sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Dunbar used three of the five which included, sound, smell, and sight.
Society attempts to strip away strength and self love. It judges people based on what is on the outside which weakens them so they are no longer able to fight back. This poem is an attempt to rally the citizens of the world and bring them strength back. In “Still I Rise” Maya Angelou portrays the idea of persevering and discovering self worth through battling the hardships of society’s views. The world is strict in what it believes, if someone chooses to go against its ideals then society will attempt to drag them through the dirt.
Many African American musicians, artists, and writers blossomed as instigators for this cultural awakening, like Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and of course Langston Hughes to name a few (Hutchinson, p.1). Langston Hughes was a pioneer of contemporary African American literature. His work, Montage of a Dream Deferred, is comprised of several poems which read as one, centered mainly on the African American community in post World War II Harlem. The overarching motif is of the dream deferred, which was Hughes’ way of responding to racial oppression in America. The dream deferred refers to how there is the American dream, which exists for white Americans, and the dream deferred reflects on how the ideals of the American dream do not always include all people, like African Americans, Jewish people, and any person who has heard “the music of a dream deferred” (Hughes, p.425).
Thoughts and ideas, either salubrious or deleterious, constantly swarm the human mind. At one point, our thoughts reinforce our spiritual and worldly beliefs; at other times, our thoughts vanquish our life values, tarnishing our personalities. Emily Dickinson addresses changing, ambiguous mental states in her poem “There’s a certain Slant of Light”, describing her personal rise and falls while coping with depression. To convey this theme, Dickinson relies on a single literary device: juxtaposition. Through contrasting definitions of light and spirituality, Dickinson illuminates how depression affects the various mental states, creating a warped outlook on life.
While based on Khonsky and Hoe (2003), stress comes from the inability of a person to meet the certain expectations of life. It has always been part of everybody’s life; stress is acquired from all the responsibilities and demands of life. According to Anisman and Merali (1999), the ability of the body to adapt to challenges is called Homeostatic. However, according to Blonna (2005) and Familydoctor (2010), stress could either bring good or bad effects; it could make a person’s life better or put someonein deep misery (as cited in Kumari & Gartia, 2012).Apprehend that stress is only undeniably dreadful when it starts to be intolerable but most of the stress we are experiencing electrify us in our daily lives (Veena & Shastri, 2016). Stress is the response or action our body do to solve a certain challenge or demand in our lives (Vorvick, 2014).
Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first African-American poets to receive widespread recognition from both the Caucasian and African-American communities released many pieces of literature expressing his feelings throughout his life during the Reconstruction era. Two of these pieces, “We Wear the Mask” and “Sympathy” were short poems that veered from his regular dialectic pieces, aimed at aiding in Reconstruction, and held hidden rebellions against the mistreatment of African-Americans at the time the passages were released. The African-American and Ethnic Literary Studies critical approach is a tool used while critiquing pieces of literature that hold common themes or elements tracing back to slavery and segregation in early America. This approach
The following essay concentrates on superstitions and folklore in Chesnutt’s stories, and how Chesnutt uses African American folklore to celebrate his black identity throughout telling these stories. I use several scholarly articles which published in different periods. In the essay, “African American Folklore as Racial Project in Charles W. Chesnutt 's The Conjure Woman,” (Western Journal of Black Studies 36.4 : 325-336), Donald M. Shaffer Jr. argues that Chesnutt’s collection can be considered as a “racial project”. Chesnutt narrates these tales in order to destroy the concept of hierarchy and race in American society. The “race project” can be seen as linkages between the oral act of
Mulk Raj Anand believes that, “Suffering is born of the experience is being plunged in the world in which there are senseless killings.” (Vijay 75). As a psycho analytic poet Kumar is moved by the contemporary reality around the society. The sufferings of the poor affected him and so he wrote poems like Sounds of Hunger, Street