Despite its profound position, the novel Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has been challenged of its place in high school student’s education by parents and educational groups. Their main argument implied that the novel contained sexual explicitness, obscenity, racial remarks and vulgar reasons. However, Their Eyes were Watching God should contain its place in the high school English curriculum because of two reasons: its significance in American History and the moral of love and self-expression. First, this book withholds too many important factors in American history to be left out. Hurston uses various examples in order to express the hardships of
The novel provides very descriptive and colorful imagery within each chapter to help recreate the scenes. Each character introduced plays a role and can show their relation with the plot despite how short their essential “screen time” is such as Louella, a victim of the murderer. The theme of an individual vs. society within the chapter and can be seen when in several different ways. My personal view on how The Lake Ladies, provides this, is from the point of view of the murderer. Throughout the novel, the reader is constantly given the question “Why would the murderer do this?
In the novel “Cathedral” By Raymond Carver, many themes and motifs are subtlety hinted throughout, a major motif that stood out to me was the presence of sight throughout the story and what deeper meaning it has towards the characters. “Cathedral” is a short story about a dissatisfied man who timidly allows his wife’s old friend stay at their house after his wife passes away. The man’s name is Robert and he happens to be blind this unsettles the narrator because of his preconceived notions and expectations of what a blind person should be like. As the story goes on the reader realizes that maybe the narrator may be the one who actually cannot see the world around him, which leads to an Epiphany. Blindness is a dominant motif in this story, and it serves multiple metaphorical functions.
By analyzing these stories, the different points of view can explain why tension was created. In “from Confetti Girl”, the point of view of the narrator was different from her parents’ because all she wanted to do was spend time with her father than focus on education all the time. According to the text, it states, “Nothing’s more important than his books and vocabulary words. He might say I matter, but when he goes on a scavenger hunt for a book, I realize I don’t.” The narrator also made the point that showed resentment of her father’s efforts to impose his interests on her. In Paragraph 34, it states, “As soon as he leaves, I put the book on my nightstand and used it as a coaster.
For this prompt we have been asked to discuss how the novel Being There fits into the course’s overall theme “Illusion and Self-Deception”. Having gone through the book twice now I have to say in my opinion Kosinski’s Being There is an elaborate journey of pretend for the protagonist, Chance. There is a definite feeling throughout the novel that Chance does not quite know who he is or how he should act. Lacking an understanding of reality due to his mental handicap, Chance never realizes the implications of his words and actions. Chance is constantly trying to emulate someone on television or put something around him in the context of television, never showing a true interest in anything other than the garden or the television itself.
In every novel around the globe you can find carefully constructed paragraphs, written by the author to send a specific message to the readers. In The catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, one particular section overflows with symbolism, metaphors, and hidden messages. By analyzing the passage’s diction, setting, and selection of detail it is possible discern the less overt statements hidden in the text and reveal the turbulent nature of the main character, Holden Caulfield. The diction of this passage appears to be the key in unraveling Holden’s mood swings.
“Cathedral” has a major irony; the narrator who seems a little too ignorant towards blindness seems to have no clue about his own limitations in sight. The motif of blindness really stands out when we look at how the narrator can see through his eyes but he does not realize the limitations he is placed in due to that, and how these limitations prevent him from seeing greater things in life. Basically the story is about transcendence; which is an existence beyond the limitations of the physical things. What Robert has that the narrator lacks is the ability to see into the wonders of things, tenderness in humanity, and definitely a curiosity that makes him truly alive and also free from the limitations of the physical factors. At the end of
Faulkner explains the majority of the story through the characters’ perceptions, or past experiences. A common theme Faulkner illustrates is isolation and alienation throughout the Bundrens, especially during the journey. Every character is essentially isolated from the others; moreover, the characters in the novel do not effectively communicate with one another. Although the reader is privy to the characters’ thoughts and emotional responses, none of the characters adequately expresses their dilemmas or desires to others. Many of the Bundren kids were static, except for Vardaman and Darl.
Guy de Maupassant, the author of "The Necklace", uses foreshadowing to develop the theme that there are consequences for being untruthful. Foreshadowing gives the reader hints to predict a result in the story. In the text, Mrs.Loisel "didn't listen to him and rapidly descend the stairs." The quote shows foreshadowing because when Mrs.Loisel didn't listen to her husband, and instead quickly left the party, it gave the reader a hint that something is going to happen to Mrs.Loisel. As the story progresses, the story states that Mrs.Loisel lost the diamond necklace and created a plan to trick Mrs.Forestier into thinking that she never lost the necklace.
"It's tragic to have sight but no vision." - Hellen Keller This quote applies to Raymond Carver's story "Cathedral", which is about a sighted man who has no spiritual vision and a Blind Man with spiritual enlightenment. By the end of the story the Narrator's third eye is opened with help from the Blind Man. The Narrator is a very neurotic man. We know that the Narrator is an isolated person based on his own wife stating that he has no friends.