Kurt Vonnegut has used his talent of writing to illustrate warnings of our society and point out intrusive messages that made him one of the most influential writers in American literature. With his gift of satirical humor combined with animated imagery he explores and pokes fun of complex issues such as war and religion from using his books as well as inviting the reader to alternative worlds that holds made-up deities and religion that invokes questions of reflections to conceive the world around us. Kurt Vonnegut was born in 11 November 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was born into a considerably wealthy family. His good life ended, however, when the Great Depression hit the economy leading to his parents’ downfall with alcoholism
In Flannery O 'Connor 's eccentric short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find the reader is introduced to her fundamental theme of Identity through a typical southern family. O’Connor’s exceptional use of fictional elements such as characterization, point of view, and setting further develop this theme in her work. She does so by familiarizing the use of violence, humor, and salvation along with point of view and setting to create a deeper connection between her work and the reader. O 'Connor 's typical use of violence and humor in her literary work broadens the characterization of the grandmother and the misfit throughout her story. She uses these elements in an effort to establish the characterization of her two main characters through the
The Holocaust is not an easy subject to talk about, let alone read an entire book or watch an full movie on the affair. Yet, to present the despicable situation in a tasteful manor that not only causes people to think, but also creates such strong emotion is truly brilliant writing. That is exactly what is found in both Night and “Life is Beautiful.” Both of these works are masterpieces in their own right. It is truly a spectacle that both of these works cover the same harsh topics yet feel so completely different.
Maus is a classic comic book by Art Spiegelman, and it is about a boy who had a strained relationship with his father. The author uses animals to represent various characters in the book. The book is mostly written in the war days, and the animal characters are mostly to avoid showing any biases or preconceptions about an individual culture. Maus by Spiegelman when compared to The Great Gatsby by Scott FitzGerald’s they are differences that are noted in the two comic books. The differences are regarding plot, theme, and conflict.
Conflict is one of the most basic elements of natural human behavior. Conflict, from a literary standpoint, serves its purpose to create tension within a story, which as a result keeps readers interested and engaged. Whether the conflict is with another person, with nature, or within yourself, it is ubiquitous and unavoidable. In Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, the struggles that Henry faces help to give depth and meaning to the story, as well as develop Henry as a character.
Figurative language can help to make a novel even better than it is in so many ways. It makes the details in the story come to life for the reader and it creates an impression on the reader. Hosseini uses the different types of figurative language, like similes and metaphors, to display several different concepts in this dynamic story. In the novel The Kite Runner, figurative language is used to show the difference between Pashtuns and Hazaras, the war and fighting in Afghanistan, and the power that Amir and Baba have.
Maus by Art Spiegelman is a World War II survivor written from a Jewish perspective. The book is however not representing a typical survivor tale, as Spiegelman has decided to tell it in a new, unconventional but revolutionary way; a comic strip. Even though comic strips are said to represent fiction, they can actually successfully transmit real stories and add a new dimension to it. This new dimension is generated by combining text and image. Spiegelman has decided to fully make use of this unique genre by portraying different ethnicities or nationalities in form of anthropomorphic creatures.
George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” This is significant because it fully depicts the conflict that occurs in the novel between the boys. A symbol is used to represent something as it has relevance to context. Symbols give deeper meaning or extend feeling to an actual word beyond what is being said. The use of symbols can be very helpful in bringing more change of conveyance in a piece of literature.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was known for his many ways of writing including hidden messages, allegory meanings and symbolism. Nathaniel also brought back Puritan style writing by discussing religion as a main focus in his texts with everyday people good or bad, also known as religious symbolism. In “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne symbolically illustrates the dark and bright sides of characters throughout the story in order to teach the moral lesson of man and the conflict within, the hidden evil among everyone represented in the mysterious man and Goody Cloyse, Goodman's unknown past, and his unknown future with his wife. Young Goodman Brown faces Internal conflict when leaving his wife during the night to meet with the mysterious man in the woods. “My journey as thou callest it forth and back again, musts needs be done twist now and sunrise.
Along with these elements, imagery supports characterization throughout the novel. These elements help to support the theme that chaos can occur in even the most peaceful places. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses conflict, imagery, and characterization to strengthen the story, and develop the theme in the novel. Steinbeck’s development of George and Lennie’s conflicts and even Candy’s help to advance the plot and develop the theme in the novel. George’s internal and external struggle is clear at the beginning of the
However, it would not be so eye-catching without its end pages that serve to make the comic book even more realistic. The chapter called “The abyss gazes also” is very dark and it lays special emphasis on Rorschach in order to show that he is an ordinary human being with a difficult past. Also, the way end pages use a lot of information readers are familiar with and the style in which end pages are presented to readers bear an underlying goal to bring comic book world closer to our
The basis of the persecution and murder by the Germany authorities was attributed to the fact that they perceived the Jews to be an inferior race. The issue was measured to be a historic landmark; as a result, many scholars wrote about the issue for pure academic purposes in recognized educational materials such as journals and books. However, the presentation in a comic manner by Spiegelman was perceived to be exceptional. Another reason Maus was worth winning the Pulitzer Prize was the graphic novel was a reflection of a tireless innovator who was ready to tackle a somber issue in a manner that both the adult and children could easily read and comprehend. The innovativeness of the author was apparent from being competent to create first-hand
Whereas he used superheroes from comic books to get his point across. Showing the reader uncomfortable realities
Mariko and Jillian Tamaki display a strong sense composition of visual literacy in Skim. In Skim the first area in the composition noticed is the contrast between lights and darks, the black gutters on some pages, the frameless panels, and cropped images. Each opening chapter or part is a double page spread that introduces you to the next section or diary entry. Skim is about a teenage girl named Kimberly, aka Skim writing in her diary. The story line is redundant of a teenager girl looking for love, trying to fit in, with self-image and self-esteem issues.
Two stories, “Home”, and, “Abela Invents the Zero”, each have one main character. These characters both change their values. They change from their personal experiences. They both change from their personal experiences. They both change for the better, Constancia in, “Abela Invents the Zero”, learns to respect her elders and Yevgeny in, “Home”, learns how to talk to his son.