Response Essay to “What the Dickens?” by Jerome Weeks “What the Dickens?” by Jerome Weeks analyzes elements of A Christmas Carol that can’t be translated on stage or in a film. He discusses how strong features of the book are nearly impossible to convey in a production as well as Dickens is able to include them in his book. Weeks also talks about different things movies or plays have done to bring A Christmas Carol to life and if the changes were successful or not. Jerome Weeks has a sarcastic writing style and his sarcastic comments show the irony of Dickens’ introduction because his first sentence is “Marley was dead: to begin with.” Weeks discusses how, although simple, Dickens’ opening sentence was strong and unique about describing someone who’s dead. Weeks also compares A Christmas Carol to Hamlet and discusses how both openings contain death to lead to rebirth.
“They resolved to leave means neither of the ingress nor to the egress to other sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within.” (E. A. Poe, “The Mask of the Read Death”). No ingress, neither egress that is the great exponent of arrogance, the external world does not matter for the Prince and his friends; only their pleasures and happiness is important for them. Secondly, the Prince´s strange tastes are linked with the gloom and darkness of the death. “The tastes of the duke were peculiar. He had a fine eye for colors and effects […]” (Poe E. A. year of publication?
Equality’s tunnel resembles Plato’s cave, and the Scholars represent those still not in reality. In fact, “The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore the things which are not known by all do not exist,” a mindset parallel to those unaware of reality (52). Equality travels to the Home of Scholars, attempting to bring them into the light, yet just as those in the Plato’s Allegory, the Scholars do not believe him. It is not until after Equality escapes into the forest, however, that he leaves the cave of morality: “We remembered we are the Damned. We remembered it and laughed” he jested (80).
Thus it can be expected that his ‘general anxiety disorder’ was caused due to prior traumatic life events therefore initiating him to act and react in this specific way. However Piglet is drawn to the tranquil presence of Winnie and the two characters share similar injuries to their self- esteem, allowing them to relate to one another. Owl: In the story of “Winnie the Pooh”, Owl is one of the most knowledgeable but yet his character still signifies the disorder, Dyslexia. This disorder is when the individual struggles to read or interpret words, letters or other symbols. However this condition does not affect their general intelligence.
Once upon a time, all of the fairy tale stories ended… wait let's backtrack. Not all of the stories ended, and not all of them ended the way you were told. You were probably told that they all had happy endings in which the villain dies and the hero is victorious, but that is not true. Your parents told you those adaptations because you were probably little and they did not want you to be scared, and have terrifying nightmares. The good thing about what they did, is that they made them less gruesome.
If this did not happen, the story would feel like a bare tree in the winter after all its beautiful leaves were stolen by the wind. However, some stories don’t necessarily need a “hailing” to feel complete. They just won’t make the cut for the hero’s journey. That's where one of Charles Dickens’ most popular novels A Christmas Carol fits in. Unlike Katniss, Scrooge does not get a big celebration in his honor.
Bilbo’s long and perilous journey with the dwarves’ taught him that he does not have to live a life that is considered “respectable” by his neighbors. Bilbo could have adventures and make a difference while still being himself. “Bilbo was no longer quite respectable… He was held by the hobbits of the neighborhood to be ‘queer.’ I am sorry to say, he did not mind.”(304) Bilbo expresses that he was not concerned about what the other hobbits thought of him. He was quite content with the life he had lived. The adventure Bilbo had been a part of opened his eyes and showed him that there is more to life than just tea and biscuits.
However almost everyday Jem finds toys or random objects in the tree out front of the Radleys house. This gives Jem the idea that Boo isn 't some horrible monster after all. “Atticus believes Jem killed Ewell in self-defense, but Tate makes him realize that Boo Radley actually stabbed Ewell and saved both children 's lives.”(lee 28) This quote shows that the children had been put in a situation where the so-called “monster” Boo Radley saved their lives and they now could look at him not as some maniac but a hero and regular person who stays inside to protect himself from the stereotypes and cruelty of the world because of something people had said and that had been spread throughout the
Slaughterhouse-Five, a phenomenon written by Kurt Vonnegut, features his protagonist Billy Pilgrim who discovered a new fundamental of death and became disconnected from actuality. It is concluded that Billy does not feel the need to be terrorized by the countless amount of corpses he encountered at war; resulting to his numbness. On the contrary, Tim O’Brien was able to make peace with death in The Things They Carried due to the realization that he can keep his friends (and himself) alive via stories. Many observations were made across both novels, although some were contradicting, there were ideas that enhanced each other. It is prominent as readers to be aware of the multiple connotations within a single quote.
Disney created the film Beauty and the Beast without a narrator to allow viewers to interpret the dialogue and actions of the many characters on their own. The film is essentially made for entertainment purposes, but it does contain themes that are educational in the sense that it teach life lessons involving love and judging others by appearances. The theme of love teaches viewers that it can be unexpected and unorthodox. Then, the film teaches the audience to not judge others by looks because Belle judges the Beast by his wild appearance but soon regrets her judgments when she learns he is kind.