The human condition is defined by Dictionary.com as being the positive and negative aspects of existence as a human being, especially the inevitable events such as birth, childhood, adolescence, love, sex, reproductions, aging, and death (Dictionary.com 1). Although humans place confidence that they are remarkably different from their ancestors, humans share countless amounts of similarities over time that do not modify. Mortals cannot adjust these aspects, and will always experience them. These elements to consider range from loneliness to death. The poem, Beowulf, written by an unknown author demonstrates countless facets of the human condition, including loneliness, vengeance, greed, violence, gifting, mortality, and envy.
Ms. Sylvia Plath, an acknowledged poet and the English lecturer at Smith College, has been an inspiration to the youth in poetic realm. The varied assortment ranging from “Pursuit”, to “Mad Girl’s Love Song”, to “Spinster” has given the poetic foundation a varying aspect of confessionalism. Although of providing a new paradigm for poetry, Ms. Plath’s course is so indulged in expression that is making poetry excessively subjective. The use of poetry as a form to express personal emotions is recognized, but lack of reason and overwhelming depression with gender bias is hurtful for all. Subjectivism is an integral portion of poetry to express human emotions.
‘Plath perceives the domestic life as restrictive and a complete obliteration of her own self-worth’. Using ideas of feminist theory from the critical anthology to inform your argument, to what extent do you agree with this view? As a female poet subject to 1960’s patriarchy, Plath’s domestic and professional claustrophobia were inevitable. Married to the successful poet, Ted Hughes, she was incessantly reminded of the artistic restraints assigned to equally talented females. Plath’s poetry, looking particularly at her ‘Collected Poems’, illustrates the consequential disorientation and loss of identity caused by such patriarchal dominance, demonstrating sentiments of disgust as she is forced to adopt certain gender stereotypes in ‘Morning Song’ (1961).
Sickness, aging, and injury mix together in all three stories to make an unhappy concoction of thematic loss. Clearly, the themes in these short tales weave visible patterns of sadness in life. Demonstrably, the characters in these fables show a prime example of decay in the
Investigation of the Mysterious Poetic Techniques of Body Clock Sikelianos uses very unique poetic techniques to connect with her reader and attract audiences of all types. Eleni Sikelianos is a female contemporary American poet, who seems to be very appalled about where the world is today. The references she makes often describe the world negatively, by calling it a hot or dead place, and by comparing it to a hellish state. Sikelianos doesn’t hold anything back, even if it may offend some. Instead, she tries to point out the flaws of the world and people’s dedication to time, along with helping guide her audiences to a free-minded state.
Adding to her ethos appeal, hooks (1994) uses perceptive appeal to pathos. For example, when hooks (1994) writes “They almost always portrayed the poor as shiftless, mindless, lazy, dishonest and unworthy” (p. 484) she provokes an emotional response in her audience by using these undesirable labels. Another example is when she writes “…one crucial value that I had learned from Baba, my grandmother…” (p. 485). This was no doubt to have her audience relate emotionally about relationships within their own
How does Steinbeck create contrasting images of Curley’s wife in ‘Of mMice and mMen’? Intro: How could a character with no name be so deep and complex? The novella ‘Of mMice and mMen’ uses symbolism and hidden meanings to add depth to the characters, Curley’s wife being a prime example. The novella offers contradicting descriptions and presentations of Curley’s wife making us hate and disapprove of her while the next moment we feel guilty and mourn her. Steinbeck creates contrasting images of Curley’s wife by using literary techniques such as pathetic fallacy, juxtaposition and irony.
Her poems are interesting to read, too. I researched a little more in depth about the true meaning behind some of the stanzas (since I’m not use to the language used). It definitely helped me realize more how sarcastic she was about how men treated women and how she was standing up against it through her
The presentation by Janna, Ashley, Joey, and Amber described the effects of Romanticism through their powerpoint and role play game. Through Emma’s early life, marriage, and affairs, Flaubert criticizes Romanticism. These ideals just created an illusion for Emma about what life should be like, constantly making her unhappy, restless, and bored. The book was seen as obscene because the content truly exposed the consequences of vice and adultery. To Emma, her affairs seemed like the perfect way to escape from her mediocre life and mundane marriage.
The nurse gives the audience a reflection of the feelings and emotions recurring into Medea’s soul and forcefully makes the readers empathise with her and help everyone argue that she is not villain but victim as she has many allegations of being villainous in the play. The minor character of the nurse also brings out the big persistent theme of feminism as she constantly mentions the regular sufferings of a woman in; the ancient Greek era and sympathises with Medea when she cries about her being betrayed and rebels from being a compressed house wife. The audience is also given plenty of subtle hints which is a dramatic technique and builds interest, by the nurse such as “[Medea] hates her sons […] I dread to think of what is hatching in her mind”. All in all, the nurse plays an important role in starting the play effectively and vividly describing the pains and hardships Medea has gone through during her life, and how Jason’s bad behaviour has turned her into a beast that can do anything to attain