Introduction In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis”, by James Hurst, it tells about a boy and his crippled brother. Throughout the story there are many events that depicts how the brothers are different and how the narrator is embarrassed by him. The theme of this story is that pride and ego can be harmful. As soon as Doodle is born the narrator shows a sense of disappointment and hatred towards his brother. One of the first signs of the narrator's feelings is in the third paragraph when he says “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” This shows that the narrator was disappointed and horrified of having a brother who would not be all there.
The alliterative structure combined with Hamlet’s cutting cries all add to his “weary” feeling, exhausted by “all the uses of this world” (133-134). Hamlet’s world is shaken, and his view on life has been altered as well. His depression is so great that he has thought of suicide, a huge cultural sin, as he knows. Hamlet’s thoughtfulness is also conveyed, taking six lines to delve into his emotions.
Two characters that symbolize the ‘failures’ of the system in terms of treatment are Ellis and Ruckley. Both patients are seen as failures of treatment when their conditions severely worsened after being forced to submit to electroshock therapy. Ellis, as a result of the electroshock therapy, is then a symbol of religion as he stands against the wall in the form of a crucifix. “Ellis is a Chronic came in an Acute and got fouled up bad when they over loaded him in that filthy brain-murdering room that the black boys call the “Shock Shop.” (Kesey, twelve.) As a result of his increase in illness, he lives his days in the hospital by being nailed to the wall of the ward in the shape of an eerie crucifix.
The direct and indirect characterization of Doodle shows the cruelty and how much the mentally handicapped were neglected in the time of the text in the story “The Scarlet Ibis”. The narrator directly characterized Doodle when he said, “He talked so much that we all quit listening to what he said.” This is showing they don’t care for Doodle. They don’t realize he needs extra help and treats him like a annoying burden. Once they realized Doodle would always be like this they just ignore him, even if he wasn’t speaking. They are treating him like the scarlet ibis when it was in pain and dying they just watched.
The imagery of the story is that it is confusing and harsh. Dick says, “Jesus, I’ve got the bastard kind.” This means he has a terrible headache. “It was the last time he’d seen them alive, or Nancy, or any of them.” This means he never saw the Clutters because they are all dead. Dick and Perry ‘were ten miles out and the water was darkening.” This means that they seem to be far away
Poe uses diction throughout the story to show the cockiness and haughtiness of the narrator. The imagery that Poe uses creates an irrational tone full of anger. When he first sees the eye his “blood ran cold” and later when the old man moaned he, “knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although” he “chuckled at heart”. After the murder, the subject yells about the old
Elie Wiesel’s somber speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, demonstrated the harsh reality of the numerous evils harvesting in the world. The main evil though was simply indifference, or a lack of concern. As a young Jewish boy, he faced the wickedness of the Holocaust, imprisoned at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and also losing both his parents and younger sister. The speaker saw atrocious horrors and suffered for a prolonged amount of time. Why was this permitted?
Mary Shelly uses vivid detail in this scene to describe the creature appearance. She makes him seem like the most hideous thing ever seen by human eyes. She describes it as “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs”(Shelly pg.79). She makes the reader feel bad for Victor because the reader knows he works hard on the creature. However, know reader should feel remorse for Victor leaves his creature.
This grief can be seen when Conrad says, “Conrad Jarrett the Anxious Failure dress this guy in blue and gray.” (Guest 2). This reveals that Conrad is in a deep depression because he doesn’t see himself as anything more than a failure. He associates himself with the two colors he recognizes as anxious and failure, he believes that he is missing a sense of humor. This connects to the stage of grief, depression, because when people are at this stage of grief they tend to put themselves down and think about the negative things in life. Conrad is clearly suffering from depression as shown in the quote above.
He shows this by making them afraid of childish things like monsters. Also, their vulnerability shows at the end of the story. “And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” After everything they went through, someone finally comes to rescue the boys and they respond by crying. They let down the guards they built for survival and revert to being kids. Overall, The Lord of the Flies was a very graphic novel that sought to depict the dark side of human nature.