James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (Autobiography) and Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust (Locust) are two fictional novels which portray America’s overwhelming social influence on the individual. Both protagonists, while astutely observing the superficiality of society, unknowingly become a part of the society’s duplicitousness. Just as Tod Hackett in Locust does not see himself as a part of the collective Hollywood-types, the mulatto unnamed narrator in Autobiography does not identify himself in either black or white community. The extent of individuals being unaware of their own participation in the flaws of society they note is highlighted with Tod unwittingly falling into the scripted lifestyle of Hollywood that extends off-screen, and the ex-coloured man in his discourse of white authority and subjugation of blacks. Though motivated by different ambitions of musical and artistic capabilities, this participation exemplifies a lack of self-awareness in becoming parts of the duplicitousness both negatively comment on.
We may try our hardest to conceal how we feel about the world around us, attempting to stay neutral, in an effort not to offend anyone around us. Though there are a few characters in Great Expectations that show this idea of duality, and how our private selves can differ from our public selves this essay will be focusing on Wemmick, and how he changes from his office self to his home-self. Different people have different ideas about how one should act when at work opposed to at home. When Dickens first introduces Wemmick, he is presented as a to-the-point person. Whenever Pip asks him a question, Wemmick responds with short, simple answers, and seems to be trying to convey as little information as he can.
Although we may have strong feelings toward certain people, we should not believe that they are better than any one of us. In the novel we see how Quentin has made up this image of his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelmen, as if she were more than human. The title, Paper Towns, has three meanings in which all represent a different way of how Q sees Margo. In the first part of the book, “The Strings”, “paper town” is used to refer to a city that is flimsy and planned, a city built out of origami. In the second part, “The Grass”, it is a reference to the subdivisions that were started and then abandoned, subdivisions that exist on paper, but not entirely on real life.
While these are minor weaknesses, they made the receiving of the information difficult to comprehend. This novel is important because it enlightens readers about how modern society was formed and how injustices and inequality were still faced by migrants despite journeying far away from the Jim Crow
Laila Halaby, Alameddine and Ali Yunis do not really lend themselves to such categorizations. In their narratives, they all display cosmopolitan or hybrid characters. Their novels suggest a different kind of reading and they solely aim at creating new modes of discourse in opposition to the Orientalist discourse. Their fiction is less nostalgic, yet emphasizing intercultural mobility. Their conceptualization of home is fluid, and thus, they show willingness to embrace different cultures.
Diaspora is a disarticulation of a community or an individual from one geographical region to another geographical region. Either intentional or forced such spatial movements from one’s native land to the foreign land are very common during post-colonial and postmodern globalized period. Diaspora as an area of study got reputation and transmission during the post 1990, prior to 1990 there was very little academic interest in the term and very few publications were associated with diasporic issues. Indian English fiction is repleted with several illustrations of diasporic issues where the artist makes an effective attempt to present India’s rich and varied culture, tradition and heritage while living in abroad. Writers like V.S.
In the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the house of Usher”, and “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, setting has a significant impact on the central ideas and themes that are presented. In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the couple of themes that are presented are differently impacted by the setting. One of the central ideas presented in this story is sanity. This is one of the ideas that setting does not play a large role in presenting. The actions that the neighbor takes against the old man completely illustrates this theme.
This creates a contradiction that so often draws the attention of the readers to a definite novel or a story of Ernest Hemingway. With regard to the writer and his works, one of the short stories that also depicts a much deeper meaning that it might seem after reading it, is the story “Cat in the Rain”. Despite its easy plot, the story pictures rather actual for our society issue of isolation that one might feel as a result of lack of fun and entertainment even in spite of having a partner. The idea of isolation from the world and from surrounding people is effectively implemented in the setting of the story, in its characters, in the mood created by the author, and in the events that occur as the story develops. All aspects of the story contribute to the idea of an unendurable solitude of a person, even though externally there are merely some signs of the profound feeling that is paralyzing the whole sole of a person and results in the development of egoistic approach to the events as well
Without being too obvious about it, Vijayan convincingly offers a picture of small-town wisdom and values. Especially striking is how readily readers can identify with the characters, despite the fact that their poverty, lack of education, lifestyle, and beliefs differ markedly from those of any Western reader. Ravi is not a dominant central figure, he almost merely one among many, the short chapters shifting focus among a large cast of characters. Ravi 's reasons for coming to the this distant spot are only gradually revealed. His background, once it is revealed (midway through the novel), seem an
Though not everything which is written down is Literature, but as a classification literature doesn’t really have a boundary line. Leaving aside the issue of identity, we cannot deny the fact that prose Writing in English from India’s Northeast has a powerful genre. There have been a number of writers, both in fiction and non-fiction, who claim serious attention. Insurgency, ethnic violence, corruption in the bureaucracy, home, migration, exile, memory are some of the powerful or dominant themes that the novelists of this region deal with. As mention earlier, writers like Mamang Dai, Easterine Kire and Temsula Ao have through their conscious writings about their people and their place contributed immensely for the people to see and hear the voices of the marginalized people.