Argumentative Essay In Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, an ambiguous ghost story is told by a man named Douglas. The story was given to Douglas on a manuscript by the woman who wrote and lived it many years before. The governess and narrator of the ghost story was hired to work at a country home named Bly to care for two children. Everything is going well for the governess at her new job until she begins to see apparitions. Many argue that the governess has gone insane and hallucinates the ghosts, while others believe that the ghosts that appear to the governess are really there.
Furthermore, her eagerness to read highly impacted her later writing career. Welty expresses her passion for books by utilizing rhetorical devices such as imagery, analogy, and characterization in her short story. In the first scene, Welty starts by characterizing Mrs. Calloway as the obstacle that she had to overcome to read. The librarian has a “dragon eye”, which characterizes her as a menacing and unwelcoming figure that guards its treasure. Unlike most librarians in reality who have assistants to help them, Mrs. Calloway administers the library “by herself.” As a result, the librarian had a streaming countenance that shows her unnecessary hard work and a need to soothe herself physically and emotionally.
Yet another difference to the widespread picture of the monster is that he is, a rather articulate creature. During the novel, Mary Shelley weaves books like Milton’s Paradise Lost, Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, Volney’s The Ruins of Empires, and Plutarch’s Lives, into her own story by letting the monster read them. Shortly, this monster is better read than most of today’s high- school graduates. Those books, however, are another important aspect. Mary Shelley choose those books prudently.
When she arrived to Himmel Street she could barley read a sentence and now, years later she decided to write her own story. During the bombing of Munich Liesel concluded her novel “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I made them right” (528). Just like that those couple of words saved her life and all of the struggles became worth it. Overall The Book Thief has a brilliant way of integrating the power of words. The message portrayed allows the audience to see how the positives can outweigh the negatives no matter the situation.
This week I watched the Netflix original movie To the Bone. I was first drawn into this movie when looking through the Netflix originals list; when I saw the trailer.The trailer fascinated and captivated me, leading me to watch the movie. The movie follows a young women, named Ellen, on her journey seeking treatment for anorexia nervosa. The movie shows her struggle with thoughts of inadequacy, isolation, along with many other struggles as she struggles with her illness. Overall, minus a few hiccups, I greatly enjoyed this movie.
Shirley Jackson a very popular author well known for her short story called “The lottery” which always leaves the reader thinking. “The Lottery” was published on June 28, 1948 which is just weeks after it was written. Some other pieces written by Jackson are “The Haunting of Hill House”, “We have always lived in the castle” as well as “Life among the savages”. Jackson tends to write about horror and mystery and has many other pieces with supernatural themes. Many pieces written by Jackson have a small-town setting that end with horror.
Jewett’s story “The Foreigner” is considered to be a ghost story of her time but not the type of ghost story we have read in Jame’s “The Jolly Corner”. Unlike James’ ghost story that left the reader spooked at the ending, Jewett’s did not leave you with the same unsettling feeling. Jewett instead uses Mrs. Todd to represent the ghostly presence because of the way she tells her story of Mrs. Tolland. I felt more of a witchiness presence than a ghost story because of the characters connection to the supernatural, for example when we see Mrs. Todd walk in on Mrs. Tolland’s "fête day” a day where she honors a religious ritual to tell her that her husband has died, she starts to die herself. On Mrs. Tolland’s death bed, I realized that she is not
Inspired by the well-known Japanese ghost story “Bancho Sarayashiki”, The Girl from the Well’s plot and theme would translate very well in a film. Set in America and sinister valley in Japan, we have an avenging ghost for a ptagonist, Okiku, targeting predatory men. Sign me up. This book will satisfy any horror fan and curious
To my surprise, people living in the time when the book first was published, were fascinated by ghost stories (Beidler 184). With many ghost cases recorded during that time, I believe that James merely produced The Turn of the Screw as another fictitious testimony of the trending topic of ghost phenomena that was roaming around town. In the edited version of the book, James biographical background is discussed which states that he struggled financially because “his books were not selling well” (Beidler 13). For this reason, I made a possible connection concerning one of the reasons James decided to write about ghosts; needless to say, his desire to make a successful book that engaged his audience. The seriousness about the belief in ghost influenced my understanding of the story because those that believed that there “is no such thing as ghosts” were looked as irrational (Beidler 195).
Roald Dahl’s ‘The Landlady’, a mystery-horror short story, is purposely written to entice the readers to think about how people are not always as they seem. Dahl uses the art of foreshadowing to focus on the mysterious Landlady. The Landlady is described as about forty-five or fifty years of age with a round pink face, gentle blue eyes and pale lips. She also has small, white, quick moving hands with red fingernails. At first, the Landlady seems pleasant and accommodating, however, as the story progresses the reader discovers there is more to the Landlady; her true personality and purpose.
Mary’s exploitation of her reputation as something of a ‘witch’ was no fresh concept however. Another sorceress hailing from Yorkshire, Knaresborough based Ursula Southill, better known as Mother Shipton, had been famed for prophesying the future some three centuries previously. She exhibited prophetic and psychic abilities from an early age and, with her large crooked nose, bent back and twisted legs, to the superstitious her appearance was that of the archetypal ‘witch’. Though she was taunted by the local populace, they were nevertheless accepting of the remedies and potions that Ursula made from local flowers and herbs. But as well as her skill in making traditional remedies, Mother Shipton had another gift – she could predict the future.
AJ Krafton – Heartstopping fiction that is epic in scope Author AJ Krafton has always been fascinated with Victorian society and has a thing for vampires, which is very evident when reading her book, The Heartbeat Thief. However, having already written about demivamps in her Demimonde series, she came up with a brand new twist for The Heartbeat Thief. Today we chat to her about the immense research that the book required, the challenge of writing about macarbe subject matter and the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on her work.
I have to admit that I spent a really good time while reading Myriam Gurba’s Painting Their Portraits in Winter. Personally I have always enjoyed reading novels that contain topics, stories out of common. Myriam Gurba’s novel is full of ridiculous, interesting, and, in some occasions, disgusting stories. What I really liked most about the book is the story about the tamales and the dead children. I am pretty sure that this December every time I see a tamal I would be thinking in this creepy story.
The required readings that I enjoyed during the past year were The Great Gatsby, The Taming of the Shrew and Frankenstein. These novels had lessons to express. In The Great Gatsby, I learned that people change and if you live in the past you 're in for a rude awakening. Taming a woman is foolish and you 're never tamed its compromise you succumb to in the Taming of the Shrew. In Frankenstein, your passion can drive you to accomplish a multitude of endeavors for ethical or unethical reasoning, yet it will come with consequences.
My favorite character had to have been Vera Clawthone because mostly she was the protagonist and that means that she was the main character in the story although I also liked philip lombard too. I am very happy that I got a chance to read this book because I probably would never get the chance to read it again. I may read another one of agatha christie 's books because I enjoyed this one so much but as I look her books that she has written, a lot of them are about murder so maybe not but i’ll just have to read and see. This book to me reminds me of the gameboard clue and how it sort of resembles it. So in overall i enjoyed this book and believe that it is a good read, I think everyone should get a chance to read this