In the works of Literature an epiphany is “a moment of profound insight or revelation by which a character’s life is greatly altered” (24). In the short story “Cathedral” Raymond Carver uses epiphany to draw on the theme, blinded views can alter someone’s behavior. On the realistic level, epiphany advances the plot and character development because they are the basis for the story’s central action. They also help define the narrator and play a vital part in revealing the story’s theme. The following changes in the character’s views have shown an evident development.
This interactive oral discussion was about nihilism and its ability to foreshadow future circumstances in Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. Before this oral discussion my knowledge of nihilism was very limited. The discussion was based upon Noboru’s nihilistic views on his lack of a masculine father figure. This discussion was able to connect the nihilistic perspective of Noboru to the nihilistic views of Mishima.The general gist was to discuss how the theme of Nihilism affected the book and why Mishima chose nihilism as such a major theme. The discussion began with some history about nihilism.
Education, a life-altering event that involves the development of being more open- minded. When one’s horizons expand they begin to have a shift of perception. The process of becoming knowledgeable through education can differ from the individual or situation. It can also have one acquire gratitude for their change of insight. Two passages, “Learning to Read” by Malcom X and “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, each contain an individual who goes through the path of gaining wisdom.
Putting a situation into context that matches one’s own understanding makes the situation more meaningful. In both Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the main characters’ stories and accomplishments are reflected on while themes of individuality and the meaning of life are exhibited throughout. Due to this, the quote that best applies to both books is, “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
As author Yann Martel reveals in his writing, the same attribute is seen when individuals are placed in dire circumstances. In the novel Life of Pi, author Yann Martel utilizes repetitive syntax to display how possessing the perception of control is imperative to maintaining hope and staying rational. The repetition Martel employs when describing Pi’s goals displays that it is only when Pi has power that he is able to maintain focus and stay hopeful. For instance, when aiming to survive at sea, Pi told himself, “I had to devise a training program for Richard Parker...I had to start fishing very soon...I had to find a means of sheltering myself...I had to devise some sort of canopy...I had to improve the raft...”(168). The reiteration of “I had” places emphasis on Pi’s choices, producing a vague to-do list.
He does not know where he came from or who he is. Nevertheless, in this predicament, he discovers and assimilates to the island’s culture. When a series of bottles with messages wash up onto the shore, the castaway becomes engaged in evaluating the information they contain. In his categorization and evaluation of “knowledge” and “news”, the castaway desires to balance objectivity and personal posture. Knowledge, as referred to by the castaway, means knowledge sub specie aeternitatis.
A camera is no use without a lens, and a story is useless without a point of view. The point of view of a story is like a lens on a camera, it gives the reader the ability to look inside a world and get the perspective of a select picture. The point of view brings with it freedoms or limitations, thus affecting the reader and their comprehension of the events unfolding. Relationships between the story and the narrator are also created from the point of view, which is why narrative perspective is such an imperative instrument in the telling of a story. It is with the point of view that an author can guide the reader through various events and create an overall theme of a story.
A Study of Naturalism in “The Open Boat” In “The Open Boat” Stephen Crane employs the literary techniques of imagery, symbolism, personification, setting and situational irony to exemplify Naturalism as a movement. Crane reflects upon his real-life experience as he tries to make sense of man’s existence, man’s place in the natural world, man’s struggle for survival, and the importance of brotherhood to man. Despite the ruthless indifference of the sea and the hardships it presents, Crane suggests that the camaraderie among the characters is the key to making the trials and tribulations of their experience bearable. “The Open Boat” is a fictionalized portrayal of Stephen Crane’s experience following the sinking of the Commodore on New Year’s Eve, 1898. Crane fits the description of a naturalist because his writing “provides an excellent example of how environment affects people’s lives, opinions and destinies” (Kendir 2).
By utilizing the trappings of the Boy Meets Girl and Quest “masterplots” in his story only to reveal the story as an Initiation, Joyce creates an experience for his readers that mirrors that of the protagonist. In order to appreciate Joyce’s expertly crafted tale, one must examine the way in which
The fish, being the naive graduates, still have to learn to adjust their thinking because the water is challenging. In his speech “This is Water,” he mentions that, “It 's a matter of my choosing to do the work of somehow altering or getting free of my natural, hard-wired default setting which is to be deeply and literally self-centered and to see and interpret everything through this lens of self” (Wallace 3). An individual can go through life expecting the world to know what they expect, the author believes that one only thinks about themselves, which is the natural default setting. A human being’s natural default setting is what people often operate on, individuals are usually taught to be sharing but it is difficult to see other ideas because something about one another is not letting them be open to new opinions. There is a blind certainty inside one that is taken for granted.
Now that you understand personification and anthropomorphism, let’s focus on how you can include personification in your own writing. Personification is intended to create an image in the reader’s mind. It is meant to connect the reader with an object that is not human. As with all figures of speech, you first need to determine your tone. Consider for a moment the excerpt from the introduction: Here and there, little breezes crept over the polished waters beneath the haze of heat.
Members in society constantly use their imagination so it is of utmost importance to educate your imagination so you may express yourself, use your imagination to create your own ideas, and finally to appreciate the study of literature. Frye explains that the first level of language, the language of consciences or awareness is our
Setting helps establish the author’s voice and create characters. The writer’s goal is to master the craft. Describe each little detail; win the reader attention. Learning to craft is not easy. But the more one writes, read and reread and write, the better one gets at storytelling.