Ravens are not generally considered beautiful, peaceful creatures. In fact, these birds commonly identify with death, both literally and symbolically. From a literal standpoint, ravens scavenge for their food. They pick at the dead bodies of other animals, which directly associates them with demise. From a symbolic standpoint, countless cases of ravens being connected with darkness exist in literature.
While the words “reapers” and “scythes” could refer to the people who harvest crops and the instruments by which crops are harvested, they also could refer to death and the stereotypical caricature of the Grim Reaper, the personification of death. The more ominous interpretation of the poem continues as the reapers begin their work, as they “start their silent swinging, one by one.” The phrase invokes an image of death going about indiscriminately, killing whomever “he” chooses. Again, the dark imagery associated with death is repeated with
Sam and Eric were the ones to spot the beast and “They became motionless, gripped in each other’s arms, four unwinking eyes aimed and two mouths open.” (Golding 107). The beast from the air is truly a man, but the schizophrenia of the kids motivates them to believe that the adult, who represents civilization is truly a beast, which is quite ironic. Fear inside the kids had become much worse day by day, till they finally recognized a beacon of hope as its opposite, fear. This shows the kids slow, but steady decline from
In chapter 12 of the book Grendel , Grendel’s last words were “ poor Grendel’s had an accident...So may you all ” Grendel’s last words were meant as a curse. When Beowulf ripped Grendel’s arm off and Grendel slipped on blood .The animals , also his enemies were watching him die. Grendel hopes the animals that they will all die. For instance , he said “ Animals gathered around me , enemies of old , watch me die I give them what hope will appear a sheepish smile “ ( Gardner 173 ). In addition , Grendel said “ They watch on , evil incredibly , enjoying my destruction “ ( Gardner 174 ) .
Frankenstein was attacked and taunted by villagers, and did not fight back. He also took joy in being outside and observing nature. The monster snapped when he realized that he was very lonely and companionless. He allowed people to die, and even killed some. Frankenstein’s downfall is believed to be a result of a lack of nurture.
Mary Shelley’s purpose in her novel, Frankenstein, is to portray a desolate mood through the use of figurative language. The usage of personification mixed with imagery, “the bare trees waved their branches above me” creates a cold and lonely feel of the woods that emphasizes the creature’s struggle to be accepted in the world. It adds a sense of sorrow towards the creature as he continues to roam about with no life around him, since he is alone with the lifeless bare leafless trees. The creature then goes on to using a simile, “I, like the arch-fiend, bore a hell within me,” which portrays a sense of self-consciousness of the evil lurking within him ready to be unleashed. The creature knew he was capable of creating havoc and destruction,
They lurk in the shadows, invisible as they hide behind the night sky. After they have done their evil deed, it’s time to go back to the darkness where they wait until the next night to strike again. Monsters have been categorized as the wicked, ferocious, and destructive characters in every tale told. They end up dying a dramatic death, like Grendel in “Beowulf” and always seem to have someone who is out for revenge for their death. They prey on the weak and steal
Nor like an innocent lamb, that feels a hand on its head and looks up from the knife to the man’s face and dies – No, like some yellow-eyed beast that has killed its hunters let me lie down” (Jeffers, 28.) Medea considers herself an animal, a beast, even in the former quote because Jeffers has the other characters influence her
"Oh, I never see them, " he remarked; "and, moreover, the changes take place inside, you know." This is an example of foreshadowing as the doctor suggests that going into jungle is basically a death sentence. While Marlow managed to narrowly avoid death he did witness a lot of extremely twisted things inside the jungle which causes him to have mental struggles of his own. Practically the whole story we witness not only the mental deterioration of Marlow but also Kurtz. Kurtz apparently lost his head while in the jungle.
In the closer tree, three half-bird, half-woman creatures called Harpies peck at the tree-souls branches and clearly cause it discomfort. Dante and Virgil are also told that when a soul is cast to this forest, it starts as a sapling and is abused by the Harpies. This could be the reason why the roots of the trees shown are so deformed. The last detail Dante and Virgil hear is how the former bodies of the tree-souls are later hung on their branches and left for them to see the body that they once abandoned. Having text to accompany this illustration helps your mind paint a picture of old, gnarled, oak trees with blood coming out of the branches.