Over time, Henryson’s clear narrative to morality connection has become less common. Taking the Nun’s Priest’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales by way of example, the fable form, which Chaucer parodies, is distorted, destabilising the connection between story and morality. Crucially, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale is the same moral fable told in Henryson’s The cock and the Fox, meaning a comparative analysis of the distinct methodologies used are all the more intriguing. Through Chaucer’s constructing of complex subjectivity (Narkiss, 56) he disconnects the morality communicated at the conclusion of the tale from the story that preceded it. Referring solely to the influences of Chaunticleer and Pertelote, as the Nun’s Priest will be given specific context
In many ways, Candy’s dog plays a significant role in foreshadowing Lennie’s death and the manner of the death itself. Certainly, George has taken responsibly of killing Lennie himself after Candy tells him, “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” Candy and his dog lead a parallel relationship to that of George and Lennie. Alike Candy’s dog, Lennie depends wholly on George to take care of him. Vice versa, Candy alike George values his old dog not because of its usefulness but as a constant companion, someone who is devoted and loyal to him.
While discussing what Salamano should do after he loses his dog, Meursault suggests to Salamano that he should just get a new dog. Salamano responds very contrary to this suggestion arguing that getting a new do would be pointless because “he’d become used to this one, and it wouldn’t be the same thing” (Camus 44). Salamano’s loving tone in this quote demonstrates that his dog is unique to him, and therefore no other dog could replace it. This belief corresponds with society’s standard that love means appreciating someone or something uniquely for who or what they are. Meursault challenges this standard when asked by the prosecutor if he loved his mother.
Begging. Hoping that this time it’ll be different, that this time they’ll do something right and you’ll love them. You’re just like that, aren’t you, Rach? You’re a dog” (Hawkin 316). By representing Rachel as dog in his head, he was able to greatly insult her with little difficulty as well as make it easier for readers to understand how he feels about her without blatantly stating it.
Another dog, Billee, has a different personality. He is sensitive and pleasant and is stated, “Billee’s one fault was his excessive good nature, while Joe was the very opposite, sour and introspective, with a perpetual snarl and a malignant eye” (London 17-18). Lastly, the central character, Buck works hard to achieve his goal in being lead sleigh dog, and does so, like humans trying to try to accomplish certain objectives. The qualities of each dog such as Spitz, Billee, and Buck are extremely personified, embracing London’s use of the literary
The relevant poem to this one, found in the Songs of Experience, is “The Tyger” taken together, the two poems give a perspective on religion that includes the good and clear as well as the terrible. These poems complement and contrast each other to give us a better insight than either poem offers independently. They offer a good instance of how Blake himself stands somewhere outside the perspectives of innocence and experience he projects. Blake sees God as a being that
When Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, there is no doubt that he had certain morals in mind. The moral lessons or “truths” conveyed in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale and Prologue” and “The Pardoner’s Tale and Prologue” are a prime example of such. Chaucer composed the Canterbury tales to portray the diverse lives and issues of all who are derived from different cross-sections in Medieval society. In “The Wife of Bath’s Tale and Prologue” and “The Pardoner’s Tale and Prologue”, Chaucer utilized satire, allegories, and instructive moral in hopes of inciting a change in Medieval society. Chaucer composed “The Pardoner’s Tale and Prologue” to demonstrate corruption.
In the myth of Argos and Odysseus, the author and artist both bring the myth to life by using the emotion of the scene to give the viewer a graphic perspective. In the poem, the author describes the dog as neglected and treated with dishonor, but shows its loyalty to its owner. In the painting, the artist illustrates the owner to be loving toward the dog. Alexander Pope’s “Argus”and Theodoor Van Thulden’s Argos Recognizes Odysseus both expel a mournful tone to display the characters feelings towards each other. The painting shows that people have to choose between their desires and their responsibilities, while the poem shows how consistent loyalty earns the greatest respect, especially when being neglected by the rest of society.
Mark Twain believes that dogs are superior to man because out of all animals, man is the only one that is cruel enough to inflict pain on others just for the pleasure of doing it. Twain’s short story “A Dog’s Tale”, written in 1903, displays these beliefs and is done so from a dog’s point of view. This unusual take on the story is used to help convey the theme that one shouldn’t assume the others will do the same for them. The story includes literary elements such as characterisation, structural irony and a plot and conflict. It is a story of a loyal and heroic dog which unfortunately ends in an ironic twist of fate.