Theme is defined as the underlying meaning in a work of literature. Authors develop theme to connect literature to our daily lives. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, “A and P” by John Updike, and “Cold Equations” by Tom Goodwin, all have different themes, but place an important emphasis on the heartache and pain caused by learning the truths in life. In these short stories, each character has a realization about life and it changes their future perspective on the world. The theme in “The Scarlet Ibis” is the duality of pride, and the idea that although some pride is good, when you let it control you, it can be devastating.
Subsequently, the reader can make different predictions on what will occur throughout Don’t Get Caught, and the ability to predict and analyze uniquely is one of the principal ideals of Postmodernist literature. Ultimately, the central purpose of an author’s novel is to engross the reader, by writing in a genre and movement that is appropriate the book. Appropriately, Kurt Dinan engages the reader with both a Mystery genre and Postmodernist elements in his novel, Don’t Get Caught. Postmodernists believe that traditional authority is false and corrupt, and the central theme of Don’t Get Caught is that the powerful students play pranks and humiliate the less influential students. There exists a social elite club known as the Chaos Club that plays pranks on the school and faculty, and nobody can figure out the leader of the club is or who the members’ are.
Both symptomatic and surface reading could, in ways, be viewed as similar methods of criticizing and reading a text. Both forms of criticism can be considered outdated methods of reading that have seen a revival throughout generations. Both techniques have been taught to students, at a young age and while students are analysing a piece of work, they must always search for the hidden meaning that lay beneath the words, the form and the structure of the text. The only difference between the two, is that with surface reading, the critic must isolate the text from the political and social problems of the time, and instead focus on its literary techniques to learn more in depth about culture, history and literature itself. However, with symptomatic reading, the critic must take into account the issues in society, whether it be pollution, slavery or even women’s rights.
Jessica Christy Klayton Kendall English 121 7 September 2015 A Better Understanding In the essay ‘Disliking Books” Gerald Graff claims that he has an “advantage teaching literature”. That advantage is attributed to the fact he felt animosity and fear towards books growing up. He didn’t understand what he was to say about these books that never related to him. Or why he was supposed to say these things. Understanding the confusion about these things and knowing that there is more than one way to get to the goal, loving and understanding literature, is the true reason that Graff has an advantage as a literature teacher.
It may be argued that these lessons can just be learned later--that they can just be a sort of afterthought. However, it is much easier to have these lessons learned and known. One of these classroom skills taught is memorization. It was also said by him that, “It is remarkable that, given the repeated need to memorize in school, so little time is spent developing the skill. One of the few places in school where one can learn how to memorize is during the production of a play” (Smith 15).
Knowledge In The Odyssey VS Farenheit 451 Knowledge is facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education: theoretical or understanding of a subject. In the epic poem, the Odyssey, Odysseus is the true definition of knowledgeable by the way he gets through the struggles of his life. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag uses his knowledge to oppose the world he lives in. This common theme, knowledge, is important in Fahrenheit 451 and the Odyssey; they have many differences and things in common when dealing with this. The Odyssey has many ways knowledge helps the characters get through their journeys.
Qualities from the past are most of time still present today. Which is why, for example in literature, books that are being read by students today should be read by the teacher and can be used in the classroom. According to Morgan (n.d), “Let them tell you about their world and you’ll have a much easier time telling them about yours. Effective teaching hinges upon communication, and you can’t communicate without entering into the world of those you wish to reach.” When teachers
For example, writers in the civil rights movement write about regression and human rights being violated compared to those authors who came after the civil rights movements talk about more freedom and human rights finally being acknowledged. These historical events that occurred during the authors’ time are significant to the readers of the authors because it allows the reader to interpret the work the way it was supposed to be, and understand what the writers in trying to explain through his or her
Furthermore, “Loving Your Enemies” is something that is immensely complex, however extremely possible and essential for humankind to exist harmoniously in this corrupt society. As he said in this “We will be able to matriculate into the university of eternal life because, we have the power to love our enemies,to bless those persons that cursed us, to even decide to be good, to those persons who hated us,and we even prayed for those persons who despitefully used
So the need of the hour in English Literature is Goethe’s eloquent plea for ‘World Literature’. It seems not only appropriate but almost inevitable. One of the important objectives of Comparative Literature is “to liberate man from ignorance and prejudices and to help them retain their freedom through realization of their capacities as human beings” I and also to make the aware of experience of living. The national literature may not fulfil the above thirst of and taste of the literature people. So one can advocate the comparative method of English literature Teaching.