Symbolism and Literary Elements in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" In "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson we see several literary elements used to both shock the reader and teach a valuable lesson about the inherent nature of man. From the detailed description of the setting to the use of color and foreshadowing Jackson demonstrates how a writer can tell a story that reveals new elements with every reading. "The Lottery" describes the dangers of blindly following tradition and the harm this can bring both to society and to families caught in the trap of blindly following what they consider to be societal norms. Through the use of literary devices Jackson relates the story to the reader, both preparing them for the inevitable conclusion and shocking them into understanding an important lesson about the world. In the beginning of the story Jackson introduces
He believes that making pesto will suddenly have Naomi running to him like he has just pulled out a legendary pickup line. But when the pesto is ruined he sees his only chance at redemption torn from his grasp. Clearly he uses these symbols to try and bring the consistency of his old life with him. The novel 48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls is effective in developing our understanding of the struggles that everyday people have to endure on a daily basis. The characters, plot, setting and symbols subtly and effectively express the theme of alienation throughout the book.
In “The Assault”, Harry Mulisch uses the protagonist Anton to change Anton’s mood in different settings, that eventually leads him to find closure. He experiences unhealthy tension that gradually fades into a release which describes his healing process. Throughout the novel, the ugly truth is revealed to him. From stories of the past, Anton gets caught up in mixed emotions from variety of characters in the novel. Each character reveals the truth of the night he lost his family to Anton.
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses many differnt retorical devices to add a personal flare to his work. He uses diction, symbolism, and irony to adress many different themes. These themes include Materialism, The American Dream, and includes a sharp and biting ridicule on American society in the 1920’s. The main point of Fitzgerald, arguement is one where he sharply criticizes the Society of the time. The first them addressed is symbolism.
Mary Oliver once said “Figurative language can give shape to the difficult and the painful. It can make visible and ‘felt’ that which is invisible and ‘unfeelable’.” Authors use figurative language in order to set the tone and mood for the story. In the stories “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, and “Stop the sun” by Gary Pulser, the authors use figurative language to develop the characters and tone. In “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” the author uses figurative language to develop the characters and the tone of the story. In the story the author uses similes to describe the tone in the sentence “His father’s words like the distant thunder that now echoed….” This helps the reader identify the father’s personality to be loud and argumentative, also his words are described as echoing letting the reader infer
Although Poe does use irony, it is not the only literary device he uses. Poe utilizes the technique of repetition. Poe uses the repetition of the thoughts and feelings of the characters to show how truly and utterly insane they are. In the poem, The Raven, Poe repeats the word “Nevermore” (stanza 8) to reveal how the character is going crazy from the death of a loved one. In an additional story, The Tell Tale Heart, Poe uses this repetition to manifest the displeasure and lunacy of the character, who is obsessed with watching
In TGG, Fitzgerald explores how love and relationships are impacted by the pursuit of material things, best seen in the concept of the American dream. EBB, on the other hand, shows that love with integrity will grow and strengthen over time, as reflected in her relationship with Robert Browning. Love in TGG, it is almost universally a selfish love, which is reflective of the growing American obsession with materialism and the loss of innocence in the post-war 1920s. Fitzgerald saw this suffused into relationships around him. Gatsby himself was pursuing Daisy, with a love he believed was pure but had become tainted by the world around him.
The color grey often symbolizes dull and lifeless characteristics or a state of depression. During the 1920s people in the working class were described as “grey” as they chased their goals they could never achieve. The Great Gatsby is a story of people who try to gain and reach success in a world where social classes vary significantly. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the color grey in both characters and settings to portray the disillusionment of the American Dream through his characters' corrupt ambitions and amoral behavior. Fitzgerald uses the color grey pervasively when describing his characters George Wilson and Jay Gatsby to illustrate their failures to obtain the American Dream.
The novel “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald symbolizes the corruption of the American Dream. The dream is represented by the ideas of independent man and women trying to accomplish their goals. The most corrupt characters are Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom. Gatsby’s desires has been isolated. His love and chasing for Daisy took over his whole life.
Jordan represents Fitzgerald 's theme of decay. She shows the corruption of the American dream and the decay of morality in the 1920s. Jordan’s significance in the novel is to play love interest for Nick and to tell us the story of Gatsby and Daisy. She is the one who is always there seeming to lurk and is very observant. She serves the purpose of filling in plot holes for the reader and an explanation to things that are unknown to us as the readers.