In today’s world, one can find many instances of selfishness, whether it be corruption, killing, or even breaking a heart. However, like a diamond in the rough, someone who is truly selfless is hard to come by. One example of a selfless writer is C.S. Lewis, author of Till We Have Faces. Lewis wrote some of his novels in a way to not only educate the world that selflessness will always win but also the fact that selfishness will always lose.
When reading a novel, a reader will often imagine the outcome of the story based on the scenarios built by the author or narrator. In Pudd’nhead Wilson, The Great Gatsby and The Reservation Blues, however, the distinction between the expectation of the readers and the outcome of the story generates a sense of irony. The authors in all three texts use foil pairs to create that kind of conflict. They plot the story so that what we expect to happen on one person, according to one’s characteristics, actually happens on the other. The contrast between readers’ mind set and the ending of the stories suggests that all readers judge the characters based on their actions and assume a denouement for them.
Similarly, many other authors employ realistic details to expose societal critiques or unwritten messages within a narrative. For instance, Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” utilize realistic details to suggest hidden meanings within their stories. Moreover, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” and Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” employ realistic details to convey social critiques. Thus, realistic details illuminate the true nature of stories and offer social critiques. Hyper realistic and surreal details demystify the true nature
Obvious ones like commas and apostrophes get their own chapter, whereas hyphens and dashes combine into one and their uses are compared. Truss's thoughts, the origin story of each mark, other authors' thoughts, and examples of each punctuation mark are in each chapter and they usually end with a call-to-action from Lynne Truss to use punctuation correctly before it dies out. The book, however, has its faults according to Louis Menand, who thinks "the most objectionable thing about Truss's writing is its inconsistency" (Menand). The author of Eats, Shoots, Leaves would sometimes break her own rules or assume certain rules apply in America, but not in her home country of England, which would end up not being
Lakoff and Johnson argue that our life experience is based in metaphor and lists several examples in their piece Metaphors We Live By. Building on their examples, one can apply that the phrase LOVE IS WAR can also fit in with their list of examples. Disregarding fairness, these concepts appear to be polar opposites of each other at first glance. However, a deeper examination shows that we can use components of each subject to highlight parts of the other. LOVE IS WAR can be broken down into its subcategories: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, LOVE IS A STRUGGLE, and LOVE IS A FIGHT.
Theme is defined as the underlying meaning in a work of literature. Authors develop theme to connect literature to our daily lives. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, “A and P” by John Updike, and “Cold Equations” by Tom Goodwin, all have different themes, but place an important emphasis on the heartache and pain caused by learning the truths in life. In these short stories, each character has a realization about life and it changes their future perspective on the world. The theme in “The Scarlet Ibis” is the duality of pride, and the idea that although some pride is good, when you let it control you, it can be devastating.
One action, a split second decision can undo all good deeds in a person 's life. This often occurs in novels such as The Crucible by Arthur Miller or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne where characters make a life altering decision that causes them pain in the end. These character traits are used so often it becomes something of a stereotype, similar to the characters’ personalities in these iconic novels. The authors use cliches to express the idea that kind hearted people can become sinners despite their goodness. Through all of the symbolism in the story, Hawthorne clears up any confusion by saying that good people, like all others, commit sins.
She proves it by showing the character’s thoughts, by telling the story using the third person limited ()and also by making it appealing to our senses. To begin, the author uses characterization in her short story in order to show just how difficult it can be to start a meaningful relationship when both partners are still quite unfamiliar with one and other. Firstly, when Robert and Margot were about to engage in coitus, Robert says; “I always wanted to fuck a girl with nice tits”. The fact that the author chooses to use the words “nice tits” shows that the only thing that interests Robert in this relationship would be Margot’s body. It reveals just how meaningless the relationship between these two, which can almost be called strangers, truly was.
What if someone unexpected changed your way of thinking, permanently? What if God chose to send someone into your life to abolish you superficial thoughts? In both the stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, by Flannery O’Connor, and “Cathedral”, by Raymond Carver, the authors create main characters who lack faith and think superficially about life. However, in both stories, the authors send unexpected characters to act like mediums, for their job is to be the connection of the main character’s initial position in faith and their final position, revealed at the end of both stories. Even though the stories have a different plot and involve diverse kinds of characters, the final message and moral is the same.
Tim O’Brien never lies. While we realise at the end of the book that Kiowa, Mitchell Sanders and Rat Kiley are all fictional characters, O’Brien is actually trying to tell us that there is a lot more truth hidden in these imagined characters than we think. This suggests that the experiences he went through were so traumatic, the only way to describe it was through the projection of fictional characters. O’Brien explores the relationship between war experiences and storytelling by blurring the lines between truth and fiction. While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted.
The author uses several exclamation marks such as after “Heart!”, “tonight!”, Haste!”, and “remember him!”. This ads emphasis and is used so that the reader focuses greatly in those lines as they are the most important concepts to the author. The author, also uses personification and apostrophes like in the word “Heart”. A heart does not think or feel or forget. However, the author makes the speaker talk to it and make resolutions with it, that the heart and the speaker will both forget the person that broke their heart
From the reader’s point of view, the intention of this article seems to be a ‘writing guide for beginners’ rather than an argumentative essay because her writing lacks evidence and credibility. Lamott continuously uses her personal experiences, mostly from “me and most of the other writers I know” to exemplify her arguments throughout the writing.
The author of the book Krik Krak uses juxtaposition to create determined, strong characters in the short stories. The personality of these characters help construct a sense of hope throughout the stories. Some readers might argue that the mood is overall sad and depressing because of immorality the characters go through but in the end, they don’t lose hope and keep a positive mindset for the most part. I believe the majority of Haitians are determined and learn to deal with poverty and their difficult life conditions because it has been something they’ve had to deal with for a long time, which Danticat expresses through her
"I am world trapped in a person." I did not like reading until I came across a novel called The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Tartt shows the dangers of romanticising people and the past. She creates this ideology that no matter how good, everybody is bad. Tartt uses her characters to portray how literature does not shy away from the truth.