Though very different in subject, Shusterman uses the same literary techniques to show that it is his writing, and to move the plot forward and express the themes he wants to showcase. Just as left-behind fingerprints can be used to find people, Neal Shusterman leaves behind literary “fingerprints” in his novels, such as allusion, so that the reader can identify his writing. For example, he alludes the well-known movie, The Wizard of Oz. On page six of Full Tilt, Blake mentions that he “still can’t watch that movie without getting a sick feeling in [his] stomach, like it’s [his] own house spinning inside of a tornado.” This is used to explain that Blake feels like his family and home has become a chaotic mess. Another time that Shusterman alludes The Wizard of Oz is on page 194.
Verbal irony can be seen in the story when Montresor told the “attendees” to stay in the house while he was gone. Montresor knew the “attendees” would leave because he figured “These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance…” (paragraph 24). Poe uses this device to convey the cleverness of Montresor. Montresor is a clever man, who knows his attendees will not listen to him. Although Poe does use irony, it is not the only literary device he uses.
“Ray Bradbury’s writing danced along the boundaries between mystery, sci-fi, horror and fantasy”. (Brin 1) Ray Bradbury is an Author, famous for his science fiction short stories and novels. Many of his ideas influenced the stories of Hollywood. His short story “The Veldt” is similar to that of the movie “Smart house”. His idea of childhood not being completely innocent that he establishes in “The Small Assassin” can be seen in many horror films both past and present.
Through crazy stories and expressive writing, Miller took the reader on a captivating journey back to 1692 where bizarre things befell those residing in Salem. The story drafted by Arthur Miller, while filled with insane scenarios and diverse character personalities, proved to be educational as well as entertaining. The play informed its readers and viewers about the chaos surrounding the Salem Witch Trials; Miller stated that he changed some details to obtain his own purposes, but many elements of the story remain very similar to their initial counterparts. With little original
In "The Black Cat," even though the narrator agrees that it is hard to believe, he tells the reader, "Yet, mad am I not." (pg. 718) And in "The Tell-Tale Heart" the narrator dose not just state his sanity but also tries to convince the reader by saying, "observe how healthily, how calmly I can tell you the whole story." (pg. 715) He goes on to tell the reader that madmen know nothing and thinks that just because he knew what he was doing means he is not mad.
He uses the rhetorical technique of repetition and manipulates the meaning of his words to show the extent of the narrator’s madness. “You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded-- with what caution-- with what foresight-- with what dissimulation I went to work!” The narrator believes himself to be very intelligent and clever when he goes into the old man’s room at midnight.
Writers and producers made a lot of pieces talking about WWI during the 20st century but they often approached in many different ways the theme of disillusionment. The Grand Illusion by Jean Renoir and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque each have their own way of talking about disillusionment. The novel is more realistic in describing the perspective of Paul, the protagonist, and what he felt when he discovered the truth about war whereas the movie gives a more allegorical point of view of the war with romantic scenes and no scenes in the “real” front. But an important fact to compare both the movie and the novel is that the authors both participated in WWI but not on the same side and they both got wounded a number of times. The two works talk about disillusionment in two different ways, from two different perspectives and yet they convey the same message about disillusionment; war is never as honorable as it is shown throughout the media.
Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is seen as a true piece of American Literature that presents itself at the core of McCarthyism in the bitter wake of Communists spies inside the United States. In many cases the main character of Abigail Williams is considered secondary to that of John Proctor. However, many years later, Miller writes a screenplay for the 1996 film adaptation starring Hollywood heavyweights like Winona Ryder; whose portrayal seems to allow the character of Abigail to have more room to expand. It is to my opinion that the author does this to present a more rapid and truthful motif that differs from that of the 1950 ‘witch hunt’ for communists. It is shown in the differing aspects of Abigail’s character from play to screen,
They manner in which they can recite such petty details about a fictional person is astonishing. They can recall the Hessian Trooper’s death, sounds, apparel, and the battle he fought in, while most who believed in spirits of that sort would only identify it as a ghoul. Because of the townspeople’s imagination trumping their reason and seeking out an explanation for the howls they hear and the wind rushing past them besides the logical and apparent reasons ahead, they gave the premise for even more ingenuity to take place. Irving’s paragraph gives insight to his possible beliefs on imagination. As a romantic writer, Irving would have most likely thought of imagination as first to reason.
Although Steinbeck later admitted he was uncomfortable before the camera, he provided interesting introductions to several filmed adaptations of short stories by the legendary writer O. Henry. About the same time, Steinbeck recorded readings of several of his short stories for Columbia Records; despite some stiffness, the recordings provide a record of Steinbeck 's deep, resonant
Understanding that the concept is contained in the story line of the film still allows the vague possibility that these tactics can be used on the average person. Since classical conditioning is a real process its use in A Clockwork Orange helps add to the cult factor of the movie. No one truly wants to believe that conditioning a person’s response to fulfill the agenda of another person or group of people is a plausible concept, but it is. The experiments conducted by Pavlov during the 1890’s gave rise to a terrifying tool used in many literary works and films. Aldous Huxley used this very technique in his cult novel Brave New World, where a postmodern London in 2540 used reproductive technology, sleep learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning to profoundly change society (Huxley).
Was Edgar Allen Poe a man both blessed and cursed? According to various biographies written on Poe, some argue that he was the first to develop the popular genre known as “Gothic” literature. Poe bore a natural ability to write horrifying stories and poems that appealed to many people of his time, as well as film makers today. However, many of Poe’s misfortunes and tragedies in his personal life influenced his many dark writings, perhaps foreshadowing his own demise. In fact, his writings, such as “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and “Masque of the Red Death” are evidence that his unfortunate past had a significant impact on his sinister style of writing.