In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Sethe, Denver, and Paul D each attempt to cope with their horrific pasts amidst a world haunted by the horrors of slavery. Paradoxically, these memories of despair often accompany intense feelings of motherly love, desire, and hope. Throughout the novel, the color red symbolizes this dichotomy through representing both the past memories of violence, hatred, and death associated with slavery along with the feelings of love, desire, and hope for a better future. After horrific oppression and brutality at Sweet Home plantation and the prison at Alfred, Georgia, Paul D carries a “tobacco tin lodged in his chest” concealing his memories and emotions from his slave life (Morrison 133). Despite Paul D’s fervent attempts to escape his past and conceal the feelings that come with it, he experiences brief pulses of emotion which are represented through the color red.
The Handmaid´s Tale is a popular dystopian novel by the author Margaret Atwood. Atwood tells a story about a not too distant future. The Handmaid´s Tale visits a large range of issues relating to power, gender, religious politics, pollution, and fertility issues. In Gilead, women´s bodies are politicized and restrained. Gilead is a place where you are surrounded by rules that must be obeyed because of the fear of the torture that will be received.
When this image is likened to a car we see that it emphasizes the lack of control which she feels over her own emotions. It is noticeable that even though she herself is not in control, yet she is more concerned about what others and the society would think she should be doing. From the onset of the novel, Esther is full of thoughts about cadavers; the execution of the Rosenbergs,
“Silhouettes” continue the familiar theme seen in the first two examples of despair. The reason for the narrator’s despair is love, or more precisely the loss of the love object. In all of the three examples, hell seems to describe the feelings of despair, agony and anxiety connected with love. The three examples also represent the lost love object in fairly negative manner as she is described as a serpent and a destroyer whose poisonous words and burning tongue as she sang her siren song and lured him into hell – into unceasing despair. A hell that he no longer cannot live without.
In countries all over the world, people face tragedy and misery. Even though they may vary in significance, humans and hardships are universal. However, what does differ, is how a person deals with the pain they recieve. Through the characters of The Diary of Anne Frank, one can truly see how different people react to painful experiences. The themes of isolation, warfare, and hope displayed within The Diary of Anne Frank illustrate how people thrive while battling tragedy.
The novelist obviously propagates the idea that suffering is a supreme discipline and one has to undergo pains to be able to feel intensively. Similarly, the painful experience of Isabel, to use Dorothy Van Ghent’s words, “by providing insight through suffering and guilt, provides also access to life − to the fructification of consciousness”228. Isabel walks out of her shattered romantic prismatic illusions of life and finds a clear mirror-image of the human nature which is always a mixture of good and bad. Her voyage from innocence to experience, in fact, results in her expanding consciousness. No doubt, she has to renounce her comfortable life to gain knowledge of the human world but it is, actually, what Tony Tanner says, “the birth of a conscience out of a waste of life”150.
This is yet another example of how a man can tragically break the spirit and heart of a woman unknowingly. This tool is only used though so authors can begin to unravel the true purpose of literature, and the purpose of their literature focuses on why these women are in so much pain and why they won't leave or try to escape their situation and what keeps them trapped there. The author builds the catalyst so they can focus on their true goal of writing about what occurs during the reaction, this is the true purpose of authors literature, and in this case, the purpose of the literature is to tunnel deep into the female heart and mine out its troubles, its problems, and everything that makes it tick. All of these authors are focusing on the affliction of the female heart. The authors write these women in instances of weakness so they can take a reader through the process of all the things they had to overcome to emerge stronger and more empowered on the other side of their situation,or tragically takes a reader through the events that lead to the main characters not being able to hold on any longer and what lead to their ultimate
We presented the contrast of Kareem and Kai’s physique with Ali’s body which brings out the physical consequences of being body shamed. Kareem and Kai were upraised tall while they were flexing while Ali was bending down and slouching henceforth making a clear distinction of confidence within a negative body language. As Haya’s group displayed similar insecurities through freeze frames they used an altering girl’s perspective to describe their story. The portrayal of a diminished figure was evident when Faten wrapped her hand around her waist while she gaped down with a frown. Comparatively, Ali wraps his hands around his face also contrasting Kai and Kareem’s smirk with a frown.
Using distinctively visual, sensory language and dramatic devices in texts allows the reader and audience to view as well as participate and relate to different emotions. In the fictional play “Shoe Horn Sonata” written by John Misto, 1995, Misto sets the scene by using dramatic devices to address the extremely confronting circumstances that the protagonists, Sheila and Bridie experience. Similarly, in the poem “Beach Burial” by Kenneth Slessor, 1944, Slessor too uses extremely strong visual language on the subject of war to overcome the gruesome realities of the subject matter. Misto’s play “Shoe Horn Sonata” shares the impacting journey two young women are forced to face, spending 1287 days in captivity in a Sumatran war camp, during world war two. The play explores the retelling of their stories from their own perspective 50 years later.