The root of Poe’s fondness of death could go back to his father leaving him at a young age, or a terrible example of a father figure all throughout his life and have never been accepted. Death is huge in many of his works as in Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-tale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum just to name a few. And within all of these the two main characters were somehow one way or another brutally murdered which taking the psychoanalytic approach you can say that Poe was writing thinking his real father or his other “father” figure, as one of the less unfortunate characters in his stories. It may have been all the therapy he needed, maybe that was why he wrote so dark and
Many modernists were inspired by the Civil War, WWI, and the Great Depression to introduce a new theme into literature. This theme consisted of the stream of conscious, and hopelessness. A short piece that has both of these themes is “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” by Katherine Ann Porter. Porter’s short story compared to many other modernistic pieces during the modernist time period. A terrific comparison to this story is the story “Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, which also has both the stream of conscious and hopelessness as themes.
American author Flannery O’Connor stated in her essay that “[t]he form of a story gives it meaning which any other form would change.” Gothic writer William Faulkner wrote the story “A Rose for Emily” in five parts not in chronological order so that the reader is engaged throughout the entire story. By using this format, he is able to get across his intentions of Emily to the reader, that she is crazy; however, she is worthy of the town’s care and affection. In Part I, the story opens with Emily’s funeral and all of the town attending. Though, Emily’s death is not what the author wants the reader to focus on, instead, he attempts to get across the image of her house, an old house that “had once been white” and had no one other than a servant has entered the inside for around ten years. On line 18, the author states that Emily’s house is “an eyesore among eyesores.” Gothic literature focuses on the potential evil and uses settings of dark, eerie, and in this case, Emily’s “decay[ing]” house.
Throughout the novel, Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer, explores the concept of illumination through Safran’s relationship with Lista, the death of Lista’s unborn child and Herschel’s death. Moreover, while illumination is usually associated with positive experiences, Foer’s pioneers the concept of illumination by first implementing tragic situations and then utilizes the tragic situation to either convey a message in his literature or to develop a character. Foer portrays illumination through Safran’s relationship with Lista. Illumination arises when the relationship between Safran and Lista is described: “He could never completely love her, not with all of himself. He could never be completely owned, and he could never own
This may be because “Remember”, was written by the person that would soon die, unlike “Funeral Blues” which is entirely negative towards death not only forbidding themselves from moving on but also forbidding the world from moving on after the tragic passing of the loved one. This may be one of the many different attitudes the two poems have towards
Skloot 's personal relationships with the family members further detract from the unbiased, informational theme the book once had when Skloot herself enters the story as another character. Her intimacy with Deborah leads Skloot to not only greatly sympathize with her, but also to move the whole focus of the latter half of the book to their shared experiences. Chapter 34, for instance, focuses mainly on the emotional and even physical upheavals between her and Deborah when Skloot attempts to include Henrietta 's medical records in her book. Although Skloot 's intended purpose was to capture Deborah 's sensitivity concerning her mother, at this point in the story it had already been well established that the subject of Henrietta was not easily dealt with by the Lacks family. From this chapter on, the story has completely lost the engaging scientific ethos it once described and concludes as one about Skloot and her dealings with Deborah.
In both plots the main characters are faced with either dying themselves or killing a close friend or family member. Also, both plots end after the main characters make their decision to live themselves or kill a loved one. In both plots that civil war has harmful effects on people both internally and externally. The two plots are similar in these ways, they differ however, when it comes to... The characters in both stories are similar, but they also have many differences.
Another of the techniques used throughout both texts is the use of the art of story telling, and this is explored in a very deep and intricate way throughout the texts. The reader does not find out until the end of the book that the whole book has been written by one of the main characters, Briony. She chooses to write the book in order to give her sister Cecilia the happy ending she deserved with the man whom Briony doomed to prison and later war. Knowing that she could not bring the two back
William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” is a tragic one as love lead to the deaths of both young lovers. Yet there is still a question that remains in this story Who was responsible for the six deaths in the play Romeo and Juliet. Most of the blame for the six deaths in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare rests on both the Montague and Capulet families. The main reason is that their hatred for each other got way out of hand. As we can see that in Act 3.1.
In the short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” many different causes led to Beatrice’s death. In my opinion many of the characters in the story played a crucial role in ending Beatrice’s life, though some characters were more responsible for her death than others. Signor Pietro Baglioni and her father, Dr. Rappaccini were both significantly responsible for her death. Baglioni was responsible for giving Beatrice an antidote which resulted in her physically dying and Rappaccini was completely responsible for making her poisonous and destroying her life which was not what he intended to do. Beatrice’s father, Dr. Rappaccini played an important role in ending her life.