The novel Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, utilizes grotesque and shocking imagery in order to attempt to evoke a strong sense of concern from the reader. Huxley wrote the novel as a criticism of the direction that he viewed the world as traveling towards. As noted by Richard Beckham, Huxley utilizes the technique of reductionism, the concept of simplifying or returning to a more basic state of being. This illustrates how much society has changed, or in the eyes of Huxley, degraded. Throughout the novel, the characters express a reduced form of society and humanity through their lack of emotion and motivations in order to convey the extent to which society has changed negatively.
In the poem from the sirens point of view, they do not seem to enjoying themselves and they are getting tired of being on that island. They could not be doing this on purpose if they want to leave. "I don't enjoy it here squatting on this island looking picturesque
It then turns out to be ironic and against normal expectations of the readers because there is the anticipation of something special to be spoken from the other party as well. Another piece of irony is toward the end of the poem when Prufrock shows his fear of death and becomes concerned with old age. Prufrock is talking to his friend as he narrates about the worries he undergoes because he is growing old and feeble (Eliot 371). The woman the speaker is referring to in a sense is not real because the presence of the woman is not there, which questions the legitimacy of the title for the poem. It can be the title is just pretending to more serious that it is since the monologue is what the character gives and sounds like a false love song.
Fredrick Douglass, a slave who escaped into the north and started a life for himself, wrote a narrative called “The Life of Fredrick Douglass” (1818-1895) about his life as a slave. In his narrative Fredrick Douglass says, “There was very little said about it all, and nothing done. It was a common saying, even among little white boys, that it was worth a half- cent to kill a “n****r,” and a half-cent to bury one.” (Douglass 4) Whites thought slaves were worthless. Southerners treat slaves as property when they are human beings. Slaves and slave owners during the time of the pre-civil war had laws.
In the 19th century, many literary works tended to avoid dark themes and ideas. Edgar Allen Poe, the author of “The Raven”, subverted that in one of the most darkest poems of all time. “The Raven” is a poem about a man who is thinking about his long lost lover, Lenore. We never know what had happened to her. Suddenly a raven appeared at the man’s window, and in trying to converse with the raven, the man’s sanity begins to slip.
Fitzhugh attempts to weave a dishonest and malicious narrative about the benefits of slavery and the negatives of freedom. He spouts logical fallacies that further show his lack of understanding and his weak argument base. How can a system of equality and liberty be less prosperous and beneficial than Fitzhugh’s system of dominance, control and subjugation? It cannot be. Through Fitzhugh's System people are kept in mental darkness and treated no better than cattle, and in most cases worse.
He states “The wretchedness of slavery, and the blessedness of freedom.” This shows how he described slavery and freedom. When Douglass escaped from slavery, he felt blessed but while he was still in slavery, he was miserable. In addition, he uses an antithesis example to say “It was life or death with me”. He chooses this example to explain how slavery either made him feel weak or how it made him feel dead. At this point, slavery has broken Douglass and made him feel useless to the
Fredrick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman who wrote My Bondage and Freedom which expressed his struggles and reflections about slavery. Through his journey, he has experienced the positive and the negative of being an indentured servant. Douglass has interacted with individuals who were much like as well as the people who put him down-slave-owners. The slave owner's lack of restraint and logical reasoning causes them to decline not only in the interactions with non-slave owners and interactions between other slave owners but also in economics and politics. Fredrick Douglas argues and justifies the dehumanization of slaves and explains why
These two don’t have similar interests either. Zebra and Andrea could have been friends, but might have been consumed by their differences. Andrea thinks that Zebra is gloomy because of the stories he tells. Then again, she is assuming. The author states, “‘You always tell such sad stories,’ said Andrea.” She wasn't very encouraging towards him.
I can’t talk to my wife, she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what i have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense…” (Bradbury 82). This quote by Montag shows the reader that he is feeling alienated since no one is listening to him. This illustrates the theme of alienation because he has no one to talk to and express his feelings to.