For example, the author’s word choice in the sentence, “. . .graffiti-scarred building to the grim shadows.” The author wants the reader to understand the mood as eerie, creepy, and dark by describing the setting. Also, the sentence, “His father’s brows knitted over deep brown eyes.” allows the reader to comprehend how the author is trying to convey the character as. By doing so, the reader is able to infer the character as angry.
The beauty comes from the appearance of the roses but the thorns on the bush create the aspect and feeling of pain. Hawthorne explains, “... on the side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush… by strange chance, has been kept alive in history…” (Hawthorne 46). When describing the rose bush as wild, meaning it has been created by nature, this exhibits the evilness hidden within the bush. Hawthorne then continues by addressing how he wants the reader to portray his novel. He describes, “It may serve… some sweet moral blossom… or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow” (Hawthorne 46).
I groped for the stair railing in the dark and felt a warm hand take mine. Startled, I looked up into Ultima’s brown, wrinkled face (Anaya 24).” The loss of innocence ties in with the mythical aspects of the novel because when Antonio feels saddened by an event that will eventually reflect on him, he turns to Ultima as a saving grace to treat him and make him feel better. The loss of innocence is an important theme in the novel considering it is a major issue that Antonio has to face upon aging, and Ultima acting as the supernatural force brings light to the hard-to-face
“ The Fall of the House of Usher “ by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story about a man named Roderick Usher who initiates some events such as evoking his friend The Narrator as a protagonist to the dreadful mansion. The images such as the house and gothic ambience are used to reinforce the idea of giving the mystery to the reader. Edgar Allan Poe uses gothic elements to show how they affect the atmosphere and the characters. In the beginning , the gothic atmosphere of the house is indicated with terrifying images such as “ dull, dark and soundless ” that the feeling of horror vaccinated into reader by the thoughts of the narrator. Additionally , the house that the narrator mentions is illustrated as “ mansion of gloom “ which might be a sign that the aura of the house has something dreadful in it.
Keats’s diction, including “soft incense,” “embalmed darkness,” “each sweet,” and “seasonable month,” encapsulates the sanctuary for which the speaker yearns, and which he projects upon the nightingale’s experience (Nightingale 42, 43, 44). The exclusively serene imagery quickly fades, though, as Keats combines negative and positive language. Keats exposes the speaker’s budding awareness of the impossibility of reaching a painless reality through the line, “Fast fading violets cover'd up in leaves” (Nightingale 47). Like the pleasurable images above, Keats’s imagery incorporates the speaker’s desire to escape awareness of mortality around him, but unlike the other lines, the diction acknowledges death. Here the speaker has awareness of the
Edgar Allan Poe uses figurative language to develop the theme of “The Masque of the Red Death.” He uses figurative language in this short story to give the reader a sense of gloomy feeling. By using personification, simile, metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and many other examples the theme of the short story is revealed to be greatly impacted and developed well. Imagery is a great example of how figurative language develops the theme. Poe uses personification to give a very somber or gloomy tone and make the reader feel very uneasy and scared. An example of imagery would be “The “Red Death” had long devastated the country.
Sax uses anaphoras, an aggressive tone, and an ambiguous setting to convey that grieving takes you into a tunnel of anger and rage. In “the boy detective loses love,” the character is in the second stage of grieving, which is anger (Kessler).The character’s memories of love are beginning to haunt him causing his anger to build inside of him. In contrast, the character in “Gospel” is in the fourth stage of grieving, which is depression (Kessler). This is the second to last stage of grieving, which shows how he has realized the truth about his situation, but is unwilling to accept it. In this stage of
In this passage from Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne begins her life out of prison after being labelled as an adulterer. Accordingly, the author uses the narrator to illustrate Hester’s tormented psyche through the use of contrasts, ambiguity, and erratic syntax. Inviting the reader into Hester’s thought process does not necessarily provide the certainty that she or the reader may long for. The passage begins with Hester coming forth into the sunshine and out from the prison she had spent so much time in. But rather than Hester feeling happy to be free, she is distraught, something that is apparent through the descriptors Hawthorne uses.
The constant usage of punctuation marks, such as exclamation points, creates a jarring and uneasy tone, especially when paired with phrases like “Ha!” (line 27) in humorless context. The narrator uses exclamation points, trying to make light of the situation and stimulate reader involvement. When the narrator describes entering his victim’s room, he says, “Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust [my head] in!” (lines 23-24). Knowing that the reader would not actually laugh in this situation, the narrator adds an exclamation point to make the situation seem less grim. This ends up further emphasizing his instability.
The “bullet” has a negative connotation to it because it often is associated with gun violence, warfare, homicides, and death. The metaphor insinuates that the girl is hurting him on the inside because this literary device indicates the girl hurting him after they fell out of love. Moreover, the narrator describes a boy’s past situation by stating that “… his skin / was a boy with a sad laugh” (4-5). This “sad laugh” is an oxymoron that shows the boy appears