Robert A.Heinlein once said “The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out alive”. Irony is powerful and can majorly affect someone’s life and emotions. Authors use situational irony to create an unexpected twist in the plot of the story. This grabs the reader's attention and also leaves the reader intrigued. For example the situational irony in “The Ransom of Red chief” by O.Henry gives the reader a humorous emotion, and the situational irony in “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant uses situational irony to make the readers feel sympathy.
According to Maria Semple, a contemporary American novelist and screenwriter, “There 's something uniquely exhilarating about puzzling together the truth at the hands of an unreliable narrator.” As Semple explains with this quote, novels often times utilize unreliable narrators as a means of pressing forth thematic depth while grasping at an interaction between the audience and the author. Both Kurt Vonnegut and Sherman Alexie utilize unreliable narrators in this exact fashion with their novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Flight”. Throughout Flight and Slaughterhouse Five, both authors utilize unreliable narrators in order to push forth their intended theme of anti-violence. Throughout their respective plots, we can see evidence of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Vonnegut’s novel, and Zits, the protagonist of Alexie’s story, both being unreliable narrators. Furthermore, we can
Ezekiel 28:17 “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” The world is made of first impressions and has been for as long as organized society has been around. This is usually based on family lineage, appearance, wealth, and intelligence. Jane Austen challenges this notion in her last work, Persuasion. She makes this clear by introducing characters in a very matter of fact form, and then contradicting her description with their dialogue and actions throughout the rest of the novel undeniably making reference to the idea that first impressions are not only a waste of meditation but are also usually quite off. The story of Persuasion is focused around the issues that surround
In the play, the love story is hidden and almost overlooked. The play focuses so much on the hatred between the couple and the struggle to “tame” Katherine that the love story can get lost. Katherine has an ending speech in the play, expressing her feeling about a good wife and how they should submit to their husbands. This scene is supposedly a confession of love yet, it can be seen as Katherine, almost, sucking up to Petruchio to get on his good side and gain respect from him, not love. In the movie, the love story is more prominent and is easily noticed throughout the movie.
Unsurprisingly, this article discusses the emotions in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.” S.S. Jamil shows the irony in stereotyping women as overemotional, when the conventional roles Louise Mallard lives in force her to suppress her emotions. Jamil suggests that this is the cause of Louise’s heart trouble, since psychological health does affect physical health. The self-assertion that Louise discovers is permission to be herself, since emotions are a substantial part of who we are. The narrative of this article paints Louise as the victim and society as the culprit. Jamil references Brently Mallard as a pawn of society.
'The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid ' declares Austen in Northanger Abbey. An undoubtedly blunt message; yet I believe it far more aptly articulates the deprivation non-readers experience than the 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! ' quotation chosen for the new £10 note. As I read Northanger Abbey I was struck by its ability to charm me with its simple magnetism. I could tell Austen was not just a writer: she was, first and foremost, a reader.
Initially, Lydia’s characterisation as “self-willed and careless…ignorant, idle, and vain” foreshadows her eventual elopement with elopement being a punishable offense under the Hardwicke Act of 1753 which enables Austen to advocate a sense of independence, tempered with values of prudence and consideration for others. After Wickham deceitfully claims “Till I can forget his father, I can never defy or expose him”, the dramatic irony in the omniscient narration “Elizabeth honoured him for such feelings” exposes Elizabeth’s prejudiced dislike towards Darcy formulated from appearance and emotion rather than rationality. However, Elizabeth overcomes her prejudgement after reading Darcy’s letter, shown through the cumulative listing “Astonishment, apprehension, and even horror, oppressed her”, resulting in the ephiphany "she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd”, typifying the impact of the epistolary style in promoting introspection and re-evaluation of one’s morality. Consequently, the satirisation of the Regency value of Physiognomy in Elizabeth’s perceptive monologue, "There was some great mismanagement in (their) education. One (Darcy) has got all the goodness, and the other (Wickham) all the appearance of it" validates Elizabeth’s moral development, highlighting the importance of responsiveness to feedback in
Desiree is directly revealed by the narrator is such sentences: “For the girl grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere” (Chopin 1). Later, after the outside force of her husband’s (Armand Aubigny) unaffectionate treatment of her, she is indirectly characterized, “It was a sad looking place” (Chopin 1). Desiree’s house is used as a tool to characterize Desiree’s transformation to a beautiful and content woman, to a depressed mistress of a cruel man. Desiree is obviously a round character, since she undergoes a transformation to almost an opposite person, she is also a developing character. Her characteristics can be described differently before and after various turning points in the short story.
The way she wrote Jane Eyre and Villette , it is recommendable. Villette straightly criticize the society. Moreover it is a very romantically complex story. Villette touched the heights of success. Charlotte proved that to be a successful and immense writer one should not be a male or female, it’s the emotion that touches a reader’s heart.
The presence of the mysterious landlady, adds a lot to the story, which leads us into the next point, dealing with the suspense in the story. The story’s suspense goes up and down. The author of the story, Stella Duffy, elegantly uses literary devices to add flavor to the story. Hints are given early on, that the reader may only notice at the second or third read through, and foreshadowings are used in the story. A great example of a foreshadowing is on the last page in lines 166-177.