An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge was a story written by Ambrose Bierce. He wrote it to be a suspenseful and confusing short story. The suspense brought on by Bierce employed to clench one's attention throughout this short story by using numerous literary techniques. With his use of imagery Bierce displayed that, in his mind, Farquhar, while being hanged, still had all of his thoughts and he believed that he was escaping the army, bringing suspense to the story. Farquhar thought that the rope had snapped and that he had fallen into the water, he imagined himself escaping the military by swimming away.
The tone in the poem “The Sirens” by James Russell Lowell, can be described as disheartening. For instance, “The sea is lonely, the sea is dreary, /The sea is restless and uneasy” (Lowell 1-2). Similar to the story, a description of the area, “bones /of dead men rotting in a pile beside them /and flayed skins shrivel around the spot” (Fitzgerald 132-134). In addition, “Voices sweet, from far and near, /Ever singing low and clear, /Ever singing longingly” (Lowell 42-44). Odysseus was compelled by the sirens’ voices, “...made me crave to listen...” (Fitzgerald
Both Dulce et Decorum Est and Mametz Wood present the incompetent results of war. Dulce et Decorum Est indicates the horrible facts and deaths in war. Moreover, Mametz Wood highlights how precious life is and how easily it can be lost as a result of battle. In this poem “Dulce et decorum Est”, Owen portrays the deadly effects of conflict through the use of metaphor: “as under a green sea, I saw him drowning”. Here, he describes the pain of the gas attack.
The story starts with a negative foreboding tone enhanced by the adjectives selected – “ungathered”, “unassailed” and “untended”. She personified the setting of summer evenings as “drawing their brown curtain of dusk”. In the setting of the story, the derelict farm, once owned by a seafaring man, holds many mysteries, which added to the supernatural tone of the story. There was “a suspicion of buried treasure and of a dark history.” There were even rumors abound that “some uncanny existence possessed the lonely place” until the main character of the story, the Gray Man, moved into that haunted place. Sarah Orne Jewett described grayish look to gray man’s skin and clothes, as well as, his air of serenity, goodness, and grace, even though he never smiled.
Another common fear during the First World war was emasculation. The loss of masculinity is mainly visible in the patients ' consciousness (Harris, 1998), thus in patients ' relationships, but also in dreams and nightmares and it is visible in Owen 's poetry as well. An extract in Regeneration that discusses the emasculation of the soldiers can be found in chapter four. Pat Barker already foreshadows on page 29 that emasculation is going to be an important theme in the chapter, as Anderson wonders if being locked up can be a "emasculating experience". The scene when Sassoon and Graves go swimming really emphasises the topic emasculation.
In Bad Waters In literature, water symbolism is conventionally used to convey lighter themes, such as life, cleansing, and purity. However, in a novel where a pair of young lovers endeavor to murder the mistress’ husband to achieve happiness and freedom in their relationship there is an abundance of dark and sometimes disturbing water imagery and symbolism. The author, Emile Zola, uses water symbolism in a nonconventional way to emphasise the dark themes portrayed in his novel Therese Raquin. Water would conventionally be used to symbolise life rather than death in literature, however Zola does the opposite and uses water to portray death or something akin to death. This is particularly evident in the river scene when the two aforementioned lovers, Therese and Laurent, are planning to drown Therese’s husband, Camille.
Sometimes being alone can be beneficial for some in small doses, however constant loneliness can annihilate a person. Edgar Allen Poe explores how isolation strengthens internal fear which leads to the metal break through “The Fall of the house of Usher.” The narrator's experiences are explained in great detail along with Poe dropping hints at what is to come throughout the story. He explains the extreme isolation of the Usher’s in order to convey the impact has on the body and mind. Poe uses the reader’s five senses and multiple connections in the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” to manifest how social confinement bolsters internal fear which leads to the psychological break down on a person. Poe uses imagery to explain the atmosphere of fear and the continuous breaking of Usher.
“The Most Dangerous Game” is set on a dank tropical night filled with nothing but an overwhelming darkness. This bleak, moonless night expresses an ominous and suspenseful effect, embodying a sense of danger in the air. “The mental chills, poisonous air, and blood-warm water” adds a perilous and enigmatic impression to their surroundings, as they speak of the mysterious island. Slowly, a feeling of uncertainty and anticipation arises, seeing that there are multiple indications of foreshadowing. Finally, all the characters are introduced and the antagonist is revealed on “Ship-Trap Island”.
Their lack of control and and their lack of obedience for rules brings them to savagery and loss of innocence, leading to the tragic deaths of a few of their own. William Golding uses symbolism, similes, and repetition to brilliantly and powerfully illustrate loss of civilization and innocence in the novel. Using these literary devices, Golding makes the read much more descriptive and meaningful. The novel really shows the darkness deep inside every man, and under the right conditions, this darkness can arise, resulting in a loss of innocence and civilization. Golding’s uses of symbolism, similes, and repetition help convey that theme even
Secondary imagination – how one work over primary imagination, how you consciously work over the inspired topic. A dream by Coleridge’s friend, John Cruikshank, was the inspiration for “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Coleridge and poet William Wordsworth discussed Cruikshank’s dream, with Wordsworth suggesting that Coleridge incorporate elements of the dream into a poem based on a crime committed on a ship at sea. Fancy is of the kind in mind with several images. To create images out of those. The poem is about an ancient mariner and he has to face a punishment.
"The Most Dangerous Game" is the piece of literature that I am going to analyze from the perspective of a quotation. I am going to show you how the text in this story relates to this quote/title. In "The Most Dangerous Game" Rainsford is stranded on this island in the middle of nowhere. Then When he thinks that he has found salvation, he is wrong. He is greeted by a man named General Zaroff.
“The Most Dangerous Game” is a story about how one man overcomes “the game,” which is, a “game” that can potentially be the end of someone’s life. The story is presented in two versions: the book and the movie. The book and the movie both have many similarities. However, they also have some major differences. One of the similarities of the two versions is how at the beginning of the story, Rainsford heard a scream while stranded on the island.
In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” Richard Connell uses setting to add to the plot, fabricating a thrilling read packed with action and suspense. For example, the main setting for the story is an island. Rainsford is fighting for his life, and the fact that he is trapped on an island contributes to the tension and excitement the story delivers. The author shows the readers what is going on in Rainford’s head, and depicted his thoughts as, “Now he got a grip on himself, had stopped, and was taking stock of himself and his situation. He saw that straight flight was futile; inevitably it would bring him face to face with the sea.
Similar to Lord of the Flies, this story was also set on an island which helped induce the savagery within Rainsford. General Zaroff lived on a remote island that was feared by Rainsford’s friend before she abandoned Rainsford and said “The place has a bad reputation – a bad one” which implies people avoid the area. This meant that general Zaroff was free to do whatever he pleased and this allowed his vicious fantasies to become reality. Zaroff’s sadistic game transformed Rainsford into a savage beast, as exemplified in the text “Rainsford did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay.’” Rainsford started as a sane human being who changed after coming to the island due to Zaroff’s influence.