Melisa-Maurice P. Janse van Rensburg’s personal essay "Not Like the Movie" reads much like that of a story. With foreshadowing, vivid imagery, and figurative language the writer pulls us into the disturbing and violent reality of the St James Church massacre. By beginning the essay with a nostalgic recollection of childhood daydreams and romanticism of war and honour, she foreshadows the contrast of the horrors to come. The imagery Janse Van Rensburg uses create both beautiful and dreadful scenes that add a strong sense of atmosphere to the text. Strong appeals to pathos are made by focusing on the emotion and distress she felt as a young nurse as well as the stylistic choice of language which invokes empathy in the reader.
The titillating aspect of this work is the scene of Brown in the hallway mirror. He becomes keenly aware of the figurative dead boy staring back at him. His mother’s absence is enough to send him spiraling back in time to the darker days. Brown’s physical ailments match his mental state and he can no longer accept solitude after the anxiety pulls him back. As he is speaking to Laney, Brown exhibits a mature disposition as his front for society and mentally notes the tinge of sadness that comes with Laney calling him Hugh.
The poem considers the illusion of war as glamorous, and stresses the violence of battle. The writer, Owen, also illustrates what impacts the war could bring to an individual, and the permanent loss of physical ability. ‘‘Refugee Blues’’, by W.H. Auden was written a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War. ‘Refugee’ emphasises their escape from persecution, their loss of identity,
He’ll be very frightened. ”(Quitters 218) Morrison is so close to tears after hearing that and calls Donatti a “... filthy bastard. ”(Quitters 218) This validates the thought of his wife and son suffering from his mistakes causes enough pain for him to avoid smoking. Further, When Morrison considers the
“Out on Bail” explores the mind of the narrator as he exhibits signs of a dissociative disorder through a theme of duality, evident in the traditional literary device of the mirror and similarities of routine. Also, the relationships made and confusion surrounding them contribute to the conclusion he has created an alter ego. The narrator killing off Hotel is essential to an acceptance of reality. Fuckhead does suffer from survivor’s guilt as it is difficult to let go of Hotel. Letting go of Hotel was not a cure all as he still faced a long road ahead, but was an essential step in his recovery.
In “Dulce et decorum Est”, Owen demonstrates the effect of battle as confusion and exhaustion through the use of simile: “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”. He characterizes the soldiers are extremely fatigued and anemic like “old beggars”. The word “double” exaggerates the soldiers’ movement to help indicate the physical effects of a clash. The phrase “bent double” has connotation of tiredness because the soldiers are exhausted while they “trudge” with their legs “bent
By creating characters in the novel who are excluded and labelled the author demonstrates how cruel society can be to people. The purpose of this essay is to show how the author reveals the experiences of marginalised characters in society. Joseph Davidson is an introverted, fourteen year old boy who feels that he is trapped within his own world of chaos, and he too is a marginalised character in the book. It is suggested by the author that other characters believe that Joseph’s mother smothers him too much and his father has
No matter how hard Gatsby tried to be worthy of Daisy, there were always lies and “foul dust float[ing] in the wake of his dreams” that kept them apart. Ultimately, this same dust killed him in the form of George Wilson who was living in the ash. At the conclusion of the book, Nick reflects on Gatsby’s continued hopeful attitude up to the very end of his life. However, as Nick writes, the different punctuation suggests he is slowly realizing what his experiences with Gatsby really mean.
In the novel, he spoke in broken accents: “Unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!” He constantly warns Walton if he is blind to the pursuit of his passion, then he will fall into the abyss that would cost a heavy
In the mortal world, Damiel saw the first-hand destruction, suffering and terror enter the lives of those living in Berlin. The demolition of the Potsdamer Platz during the war, the creation of the Berlin wall to separate the east from the west, as well as suicidal thoughts of those left in poverty or suffering with terror from the war all show the decaying society of man post-war era. Damiel’s thoughts show when he makes the decision to become a human, saying, “to transform what my timeless downward look has taught me and learn to bear a harsh sight,
In the book Milkweed Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable- Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Spinelli tells a tale of Misha; of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the eyes of the young orphan. According to some readers, Milkweed is a weird title for a book.
It is very ironic because while at the Front, all the men were discussing on what they are planning to do once the get home, but reality is nothing will ever be the same, wherever they go. Paul was the first to exhibit that loss of hope. I agree with the main thesis of this book that war is uncalled for, it is just a game that ruins innocent lives of the young population while the nations that they are fighting for are using them as toys, all just politics. The main thesis of this book is so easily shut down, but all it is is the truth, unfortunately wars are gruesome, gory, and
As The Scarlet Ibis is told through flashbacks, the narrator’s personality shows itself. He is young, naive, and childishly cruel at times. Brother allows his current self to reflect upon the person he once was and realize he has changed. As a reader, we realize that Doodle’s death jaded him. After all of these years, he still regrets what happened to Doodle and wonders if it truly was his fault.
Jem’s faith in justice and in humanity is badly damaged, and he retreats into a state of disillusionment. Jem says “Scout, I think I 'm beginning to understand something. I think I 'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley 's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it 's because he wants to stay inside." (304), in this quote it shows Jem idea’s of the world innocent broken, hinting that the reason why Boo Radley doesn’t want to come outside because of the world injustice and unfair
In The Wars, several characters endure their own destruction of innocence as a result of the war. Many innocent characters the reader encounters within the novel suffer the traumatic experiences of the war. The main character Robert is portrayed as a sensitive, loving young man who values life and has a strong connection with his sister Rowena. When he is faced with his loving sister’s unexpected death, this is the moment where he loses his innocence.