With a plethora of books on varying subject matters, the world of literature is almost endless. Quality books and authors often camouflage further meaning behind a character, theme or symbol providing a treasure for readers willing to search. Ray Bradbury includes a hidden treasure in his novel Fahrenheit 451 by contrasting two of his main characters. The overall message of the story describes a futuristic society with many technological advancements, and the prohibition of books, where Ray Bradbury shows how devastating a society is with mindless technology and lack of quality literature and interactions. However, by exploring the juxtaposition between the characters Mildred and Clarisse, a further meaning can be found through their differing
In an ever-changing world, never has a war been so innovatively brutal as the First World War. One can speak of dehumanization, animalization and desensitization, evoking images of pain, terror and deadening. In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque melancholically, yet beautifully, depicts the absolute horrors of war and the way this gruesomeness affected the common soldier, analyzing both the psychological and the physical aspects, and assessing the ultimate ramification on its often-innocent victims. Through means of his pivotal narrator Paul Baümer, how effective was Remarque’s novel as a critique and debunking of World War I actually? The most obvious predominant theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is of course the incessant brutality of modern warfare, which the reader can experience in every single chapter.
The Toxicity of Humanity’s Advancement: An Emotional Argument Robert Crumb, one of America’s most legendary cartoonists, and Joni Mitchell, the Canadian folk-rock singer-songwriter, collaborated on “A Short History of America”. While the short was composed of already published works; the combination of Crumb’s comic, “A Short History of America” and Mitchell’s song, “Yellow Taxi Cab” bombarded the senses of viewers everywhere with literary appeals. Emotional appeals were found in abundance through the visuals and the audio, these appeals further the particular argument this dynamic duo is perpetuating about the destruction of the environment in the way of progress. Firstly, even if the destruction of the world tends to be an already fairly
Both Kurt Vonnegut and Sherman Alexie utilize unreliable narrators in this exact fashion with their novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Flight”. Throughout Flight and Slaughterhouse Five, both authors utilize this element in order to push forth their intended theme of anti-violence. Throughout their respective plots, we can see evidence of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Vonnegut’s novel, and Zits, the protagonist of Alexie’s story, both being unreliable narrators due to confirmation throughout each novel and the wild ideas within each character’s minds. Furthermore, we can connect the existence of the two character’s status of unreliable narrators to show how their unreliability is used in order to weave both novel’s themes of
Ghost stories have always been a favorite genre of novel to many people around the world. The thrill of a racing heart produces endorphins that give the human body an epic rush. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving is no exception as it leaves readers searching for answers on the whereabouts of Ichabod Crane. After his mysterious disappearance, many rumors spread about the events surrounding the location of Ichabod. The story of Ichabod’s encounter with the Headless Horseman and its origin as well as the involvement and motives of others proves to be an play an interesting role in this tale.
Michael Lewis flirted with many literary terms inside of: The Blind Side. Lewis uses abstract language through this story, it holds a concept that is so broad and simplistic, it is also ambiguous and definite. His language throughout the book conveyed a professed view on many things. When Lewis first introduces the main character Big Mike- he creates an atmosphere that sets Big Mike as an unknown potential. “His name was Michael Oher, but everyone just called him “Big Mike.” Tony liked Big Mike, but he also could see that Big Mike was heading at warp speed toward a bad end.
Dystopian fiction, is a very popular genre, which depicts worlds where society has broken down and generally devalues human beings. There is always a reason to write a dystopian novel. In the modern day world, there are a lot of dystopian fiction writers, for example Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Lois Lowry and etc., but one of the best dystopian fiction writers is Ray Douglas Bradbury. He wrote Fahrenheit 451, one of the most popular dystopian novels ever written. Bradbury was afraid of the technology and was against the mass-media propaganda in the USA, but it all started from the time period he lived in.
The Execution of Romanticism in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is one of the most thought-provoking Civil War stories written in the 19th century. In this story, Bierce digs his pen into philosophical questions about “the nature of time and the nature of abnormal psychology” (Logan 102). Yet because of the story’s multifaceted poignancy, scholarship has debated whether it is a Romantic yarn, a Gothic tale, or something abruptly more cynical. I will argue that “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is actually a transitional short story that explores how the rise of regionalism and realism during the Civil War led to the death of romanticism. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the central character Peyton Farquhar functions as a symbol of romanticism.
The Power of Words Words and language have great power and influence, they are in fact what makes people, people. The power of words is so immense that they can move people to new religions, practices, and change lives. But words also have a bad side, they can kill, hurt, and destroy people in many ways that go unnoticed. The Book Thief is a great example of this, it shows the power of words in Nazi Germany on a large scale and the effect on a small scale for a girl living in Germany. The power of words is an extremely underestimated aspect of daily life.
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll is a pretense poem with an abundant amount of fantasy imagery and heroism. Carroll, who is known for these dramatic poems, is well known for this poem. Much the same as most sagas with a focal character, "Jabberwocky" is basically titled after the most critical thing in the ballad – the goliath beast. The title of this ballad drives the reader to figure out that the beast is the focal power of the sonnet. It moves our regard for the beast, and far from our mysterious legend.
Political pressure was also a big factor. Although all three causal factors, (cultural, economical, and political) were important, the most important was political. The first, but not most important causal factor of Executive Order 9066 was cultural. One detail that supports the claim is in the text Japanese Americans, on page 13, “Tremendous political pressure was put upon President Roosevelt by California and their congression to intern
An Investigation of the Sociopath and the Psychopath in American Literature and Film American media today is flooded with the use of the sociopath as a main character, and for a liable reason; they’re charismatic, manipulative, powerful, and have an extremely different personality than most people. They’re charming and entertaining to watch, so it is a logical choice for authors and producers alike to use sociopaths and psychopaths as leading characters. Many of the most popular television shows, films, and books in American culture today feature a morally corrupted and, often times, cruel main character. However, this contradicts the personality of most American citizens and it is likely that if faced with a sociopathic or psychopathic