To Jeffers, the image of a burned forest and death is a form of beauty in itself. “Fire on the hills” can easily be classified as a dark poem about the beauty in destruction. The task of the reader is to explore as to why the Jeffers feels this way or at least try to comprehend it. Without looking up information about the poet himself, it may be difficult to draw conclusions. In order to properly understand and analyze this poem, the setting, the tone, and the mood must be looked at first.
Richard Louv, a novelist, in Last Child in the Woods (2008) illustrates the separation between humans and nature. His purpose to the general audience involves exposing how the separation of man from nature is consequential. Louv adopts a sentimental tone throughout the rhetorical piece to elaborate on the growing separation in modern times. Louv utilizes pathos, ethos and logos to argue that the separation between man and nature is detrimental. Louv uses pathos to illustrate his disdain with man’s separation from nature.
William Shakespeare's King Lear is depressing and has no mercy, but it also encounters many more aspects which are quite important for everyone to know, such as: trails of deaths, battles, love, hatred, treacheries and most importantly nature and culture. Shakespeare created a play where the world was cruel and there was only plotting and tragedy with no shining light at the end of the tunnel. Shakespeare makes King Lear, a natural figure to show the hypocrisy. The connection between King Lear and Cordelia is an analogy for the relationship of nature and culture. It seems that King Lear believed in culture instead of nature, he could not understand his youngest, nicest and the most loving daughter Cordelia only because she had no words to
From the beginning of their existence, humans have been destined to make mistakes. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates a tale of sin, evil, guilt, and shame, but also a story of failure. This juxtaposition of themes highlights not only mankind’s imperfection but its strength in the face of defeat. Hawthorne demonstrates the notion of man’s tendency to make errors, but still the power of resilience through the fallen withering yellow leaves on the forest floor. The falling of leaves is an inevitable and natural process.
As a result Enkidu ended up severely hurt. The Bull of Heaven symbolizes how unpredictable nature is. “Through the death of Enkidu, we are made aware of how scared Gilgamesh is of death however he still learns to survive, and evolve, but it also destroys an innocence that might have made death less painful. With death comes the knowledge of one’s own mortality”, “It was I who cut down the cedar, I who leveled the forest, I who slew Humbaba and now see what has become of me.” (Book 8) This also explains how the gods use the power of nature to frighten Gilgamesh and punish him for killing Humbaba. This shows that even though nature was an obstacle to Gilgamesh, he was still able to conquer
Both Remarque and Greene use their protagonists, Baumer and Fowler respectively, to exemplify the vulnerability of innocence and how leads to poor decision-making. Through the use of the protagonists in their novels, both authors would agree with Hemingway’s theory that “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” Although innocence usually receives a positive connotation, it supplies the garden to which wickedness can flourish. Innocence is often the culprit to poor decisions, due to a lack of personal development and experience. Remarque and Greene both illustrate that bad choices can result in the transformation to wickedness. In All Quiet On The Western Front, main character Paul Baumer declares “I am young, I am
Lynching was a public thing back then and people would come their to enjoy it, they found it pleasurable. Abel wanted people to see that lynchings are not okay, and we should stop doing them. The readers response he/she might give is “That was actually a good poem.” The poem is very well written and stated. Is depicts Lynching perfectly in the poem. Yet Abel does take twists on the poem, for example, “(1) Pastoral scene of the gallant south (2) The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth” (Meeropol 6-7).
By using “skinned alive,” he appeals to ethos and pathos by making the action seem morally wrong, thus invoking feelings of pity. Muir continues his mourning of the tree like an epitaph: “This grand tree is of course dead, a ghastly disfigured ruin, but it still stands erect and holds forth its majestic arms” (“Redwoods” par. 1). Once again, this serves the ethos and pathos by drawing stronger, human-like qualities out of the tree, elevating the audiences emotions. Muir does not only touch people’s passions and emotions; he reaches
In Act II, Scene iii of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare starts with Friar Lawrence giving a speech about nature, plants and more.. He is basically explaining how everything in life has a negative with a positive influence. Evil in the world keeps people from living virtuous lives. This creates a theme that focuses on his explanations to support it. In the beginning of Lawrence’s speech it basically talks about how the light in the world over- powers the dark.
Nature revolves around an innate balance. Everything has a respective place in the natural order, therein contributing to universal harmony. However, in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this idea is corrupted to suit a different theme: “fair is foul, and foul is fair.” In essence, everything that is thought of as good is actually evil, and vice versa. This theme is evident through the switched roles of the protagonist, Macbeth, and his wife, Lady Macbeth, and their respective levels of responsibility for the murder of King Duncan. Whereas the actual murderer commonly retains the characteristics needed to commit murder in cold blood, in Macbeth, that idea is twisted.
Richard Wright starts his poem with the description of a scene in the woods. The adjectives that he used such as ‘grassy’, ‘scaly’, ‘sooty’, all help create a gloomy environment and give the audience a sense of ill omen. The introduction of the poem points out the existence of a ‘cut’, which detach the author from the scene, and I think this may relate to the reason why Coates used this poem as a start, as there are also some cuts that make Coates feel the difference between the world and him. Coates starts his book with ‘son’, so I assume that the first intention of him writing this book is probably not to publish or sell, but to give his son an impression of how the real world treats black people differently according to the color of their
He uses deception and guilt which is in the form of plant imagery. Hawthorne uses many different negative types of plant imagery to show you his ideas.The living plant life, portrays the torturing of Dimmesdale by Chillingworth, becomes clear throughout the book. For example, when Chillingworth went to the forest to gather herbs he “dug up roots and plucked off twigs from the forest trees,” which symbolizes how Chillingworth was “plucking” the life out of Dimmesdale limb by limb. Also, Hawthorne describes grass as pure and without weeds to kill the
The setting appears to symbolize the world outside Puritan Salem, and thus, outside Goodman Brown’s capacity. The forest’s ambience triggers his acknowledgment of the true portrayal of life, embodying his fears and suspicions of what truly stands out of the norm. The path Goodman Brown journeys upon not only represents an embodiment of his fears and angst, but also as a passage of unavoidable sin and duality that later becomes the epitome of his pride’s destruction and ultimate recognition of the nature of life. During his solitary expedition through the woods, Goodman Brown also faces numerous Puritan citizens whom he originally assumes to be solely pure, such as Goody Cloyse and Deacon Gookin. He later realizes that the journey he has commenced upon is a ceremonial form of a sinful congregation; by encountering his fellow citizens, he fully acknowledges the nature of life.
Fragment 47 and 105 both use nature to symbolize the control that eros has over something that should be natural like falling in love. It forces the subject to develop an almost carnal urge to get an unattainable object. The effect of the “wind falling on oak trees” illustrates that the tree is effected by this consuming force, but is unable to do anything about it. Likewise, the subject’s mind is also overcome by eros. The individual in the poem is entering the beginning stages of madness; which can be inferred from the line, “Eros shook my mind.” In this instance, the mind is being shaken by the uncontrollable forces of lust, desire, and attraction.