The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter written by Carson McCullers takes place during the late 1930s in a town in Georgie, a state in the South of the United States. During that time, the relationship between white Americans and African-Americans were regulated by the Jim Crow laws which enforced white supremacy. Through Carson McCullers’ use of place, racial tension, and class differences, she depicts herself as a southern writer and her novel as a piece of southern writing. Carson McCullers uses place to show the lifestyle of the south. The town in set in the deep south and has the aspects of racism and poverty.
In The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers argues that empathy is a prerequisite to dialogue because without understanding one another, humans cannot have constructive communication. Empathy is a prerequisite to dialogue, as shown when Singer can’t communicate well with people due to his lack of empathy. In the town that Singer lives in: “the rumors about [Singer] were rich and varied. The Jews said that he was a Jew… A lone Turk who had roamed into the town years ago… claimed passionately to his wife that the mute was Turkish. He said that when he spoke his language the mute understood…” (200).
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely—An Analysis on Forgiveness Claudia Rankine’s, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, incorporates themes that any one can easily connect with. In her writing, she includes topics such as death, loss, grieving, life, television, race, identity, forgiveness, a hint of hope, and, as the title states, loneliness. Rankine writes in a format that could be considered to be lyric essays or prose poems. Her writing, paired with visual cues, is filled with raw emotion that provides insight into issues that she has personally faced and that many others face on a daily basis. In the book, Rankine questions and even connects some of these topics together.
“It’s just a small story really, about, among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery…” (Zusak, pg. 5) The novel, The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak in 2005 explores the theme of family relationships. It is through nine-year-old Liesel Meminger, the protagonist, that the idea of a broken family during the era of Nazi Germany is explored. The Book Thief depicts the struggle of young German girl, Liesel Meminger, living in Germany during the time of Hitler’s reign. Liesel struggles to survive in a war-torn society filled with hatred and injustice.
In the articles, “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Wonders of the Invisible World - Trial of Martha Carrier" by Cotton Mather, and "Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop, each author expresses the importance of unity and uses different methods. In the novel, Hester stands in front of a crowd determined to accuse her and force the scarlet letter, or fabric in the shape of an “A,” signifying “adulterer” on her. Previously, Hester married an older man, Chillingworth, who temporarily sent her to America. Meanwhile, she enters an affair with the Puritan minister Dimmesdale and births their child, Pearl. Hester lives with Chillingworth who eventually dies before Dimmesdale, causing her to disappear and return peacefully alone.
The narrator from "The Tell-Tale Heart" hid his victim under the floorboards while the narrator from "The Black Cat" hid his victim inside the wall in the cellar. After they hid the bodies they both feel very proud and even boast to the reader about what a good job they did. The narrator from "The Tell-Tale Heart" can be quoted saying, "I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye, not even his, could have detected anything wrong." (pg. 717) He even ends his boasting with a ha!
Being Brave To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is a tale of two children, Jem and Scout. This powerfully inspiring and educational story entails daily life of the children, as well as the struggles they faced while their father is defending a black man’s case during a racially segregated time period. As an author, Harper Lee developed multiple themes throughout this story. These themes include good, evil, justice, fear, family, forgiveness, and compassion. Atticus illustrates the characteristics of bravery in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird by choosing to defend a black man in court, and shooting a rabid dog in Maycomb.
‘’I felt so lonesome, all of the sudden. I almost wished I was dead,’’ a quote from the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger which relates to how some teens felt at one point in their life.The novel was published to attract adult readers and has become popular for its themes, motifs, and connections an individual has with the main character, Holden Caulfield.We tend to feel a connection to the struggles of Holden Caulfield as we put ourselves in his shoes and see life through his perspective. The book is still pertinent due to Holden facing challenges such as loneliness and the inability to make a connection to make with a purpose thus the readers see themselves in Holden. Furthermore, the book also relates to teens with the
For in “The Black Cat” the setting is connected to the deterioration of the main character. From “he attended me where I went about the house” to “into the cellar of the building which our poverty compelled us to inhabit”. This transition of settings attributes to the frustration and anger received from reading. In contrast, “The Telltale Heart” the setting gives a certain eerie tone which emphasizes the madness of the character. The observations the character gives such as “I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye.” The setting is now adding on to the dark madness of the character.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” vs. “The Haunted Palace” Death and sorrow has entered everyone’s life at some point, but it can definitely have different effects on us. Edgar Allan Poe’s two short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” both deal with death and evil, which raises a question, how has evil effected Poe in his life to drive him to write pieces of writing such as these. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is about a man taken over by insanity and killing an old man because of it. “The Haunted Palace” is about this beautiful Palace that was then taken by evil and turned into a place of sorrow. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” both are acutely unalike, but have alike themes and meaning of symbolism.