The excerpt from The First Betrayal by Patricia Bray conveys a mood of suspense through her word choice and use of [figurative] language. She creates a mood of suspense by choosing words such as “consume,” “engulf,” and “swallow,” among others. These words provide a feeling of frailty and powerlessness. All of these words as well as many other expressive ones are used to portray the darkness. Bray offers vivid imagery [and figurative language(personification)] that causes darkness to be more prevalent in the story.
The house is really the only "character" in this story. We sympathize with the house just like we would with a human (or Martian) character, because Bradbury describes it like one: it has a skeleton, skin, and nerves . It even has a personality: it does things "carefully" and has "an old-maidenly preoccupation with self-protection". So we relate to the house as if it were a person, but do we like it?
Situational Irony is a very important element in literature and can be found in many famous literary works including Ray Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains. Situational Irony adds drama to the story and engages the reader. There are three specific examples of situational irony in There Will Come Soft Rains: The house continues to perform its daily tasks even though no one lives there, the house is destroyed by a tree branch that starts a fire yet it survived a nuclear fallout, and Mrs. McClellan’s favorite poem describes the situation in the story. The first example of situational irony can be seen in the fact that the house continues to do its everyday tasks even though all of the humans that used to live there are dead.
Imagine darkness, sin, and the desire to keep it all hidden from yourself and the outside world. Together Poe and Hawthorne paint this picture of traits which consist of suspense and darkness. Within the stories “Tell Tale Heart” and “Ministers Black Veil”, the two authors writing styles are vividly comparable. With the comparison of these short stories, it becomes more than feasible to feel the true emotion and movement that Poe and Hawthorne wished to give to their readers.
In the town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, a young woman by the name of Mayella Ewell sets the town in commotion by accusing an African American man with rape. Mayella will be powerful like a hurricane when she is in court in front of the judge, the jury, and the community. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee will show Mayella’s power by using class, race, and gender. Mayella’s class is not efficient, but she can still be powerful. In Document A it said “The Ewells live behind the town’s dump, in what used to be an old Negro cabin...
The short story, “There Will Come Soft Rains”, was about a house filled with technology. Stoves making things, automatic cleaners, and clocks telling you what time it is and when you have to leave. Also, at the end, the house was on fire and readers wonder what is going to happen next... This demonstrates personification with certain pieces of future technologies that are doing house chores that humans do. Personification is referenced to show human characteristics in non-human beings.
Painting Pictures With Similes Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”, is a story from the future about the last house standing after a fire swept through a town. Bradbury uses similes to help readers understand the setting. The middle of the story contains an incredibly vivid simile, “ [a]t four o'clock the tables folded like great butterflies back through the paneled walls” (Bradbury 2).This simile creates imagery and helps the reader picture the setting at that particular point in the story. The simile helps the reader imagine just how the table folds into the wall.
The theme that applies to the stories There Will Come Soft Rains (Teasdale), There Will Come Soft Rains (Bradbury), Nightmare Number Three, and By The Waters of Babylon is that one day, humans will cause their own self-destruction. In By The Waters of Babylon, it is set in the future, and the son of the priest has a vision of the past where the “gods” were having a civil war. On page 7, it says, “When gods war with gods they use weapons we do not know . . . It was the time of the Great Burning and Destruction.”
The amazing authors Edgar Allen Poe and Rey Bradbury wrote suspenseful stories. These two authors were born in different places in the United States. The great author, Edgar Allen Poe, lived mainly in Baltimore, Maryland and was born in 1809. Rey Bradbury, lived in Los Angeles, and was born in 1920. The two authors had different styles of writing that they advanced.
Romanticism was an artistic movement that gave special importance to emotions. Writers of the romantic period focused mostly on nature. They emphasized on new emotions, like terror, surprise and grief. The era marked literature because authors started to see nature from another perspective, and found a sort of "dark beauty". Writers were more passionate and emotional, as compared to previous ones.