Love is parasitic. Oftentimes perceived positively, it silently renders its host subservient to lust, irrationality, anger, and vengeance. The manipulative Greek sorceress Medea falls victim to this curse in Euripides’ tragedy Medea, where after falling deeply in love, her husband Jason leaves her for another woman. Heartbroken, she goes on a murderous crusade to exact her revenge that even results in the death of her children. Aspects of Medea’s quest are apparent in the relationships in Jesmyn Ward’s coming of age novel centered around Hurricane Katrina, Salvage the Bones. Medea’s enchanting and ruthless tendencies are showcased through Skeetah and his dog China’s unwavering bond through sickness and brutal dog fights; on the contrary,
Behind every written novel, the author includes details that can be hidden between the lines of the book that could potentially be very important. A very important detail shown in this narrative is the use of foreshadowing. For example, in chapter VIII, Douglass concentrates very deeply on the direction of the steamboats that are traveling to Philadelphia. This explains he was carefully plotting his longing to escape without having to actually come out and tell the reader. This creates anticipation in the reader and leads to questioning. This is a very important component that the author used to keep suspense and interest.
1940 in America brought us Bugs Bunny in “A Wild Hare,” president Franklin Delano Roosevelt for a third term, the discovery of Stone Age paintings, and And Then There Were None. Over the Atlantic in Victorian England circa 1902, Lord Salisbury retired from being Prime Minister, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria were coronated, the Olympic Games were held, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published The Hound of the Baskervilles. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are two top examples of mystery thrillers. They vary in their narrative perspective, style of foreshadowing, tone, and characters. These are all important elements of literature used to enhance the plot.
Malcolm Gladwell does an excellent job in taking the expected and making it the unexpected. He shows that although hard work and dedication are important to be successful, they are not the only determining factors. Each chapter started out with a story of someone who seemed to have risen from nothing into something, and he carefully broke the situation down and analyzed the time periods, what their religion/ ethnicity were, family life, and what was occurring in the world during their youth. In each part he connected back to previous stories/examples to continue making the point that it is almost impossible to truly make a successful career out of nothing on your own. By dividing the book into two parts he is able to really explain
Barbra Bush once said,”I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.” You need to be close to your family no matter what. What would you do if you believe that your brother is the reason for your parent’s death? Rot & Ruin is a story that teaches a valuable lesson that is true for even a modern teen; It teaches on how family is important, and how you should have a strong relationship with your family.
Suspense. It's what makes us sit on the edge of our seats at movies, or has us biting our nails as we read. It’s the backbone behind any classic horror film where the babysitter keeps getting unknown phone calls about checking the children and she asks the police to trace the call only to get a call back saying it's coming from upstairs. Suspense is used in literature to give off a feeling of uncertainty. In W.F. Harvey’s story “August Heat”, he writes about our protagonist James and how he meets a bizarre character named Mr.Atkinson who he feels is an unnatural person and feels uneasy with him. Later when he is invited to stay the night, Harvey finished the story off with James saying he will “be gone in less than an
The book deals with the unstable emotions that the protagonist, a child goes through that eventually leads to a disconnect between his childhood and adulthood. It talks about loneliness, desperation and confusion that anyone who has no guide to ease them into the world goes through. It also talks greatly about the human mind’s ability to repress the memories that it finds too traumatic to deal with.
These two books would be interesting to read because you get to know the author more by knowing their personal experiences and you’d understand the story a little bit better since both books are first person narrative. You get to understand what they have been through and how difficult it was for them try to be who they are remembered for now. They contrast because Twain wrote about how badly he wanted to become a steamboat pilot while Frederick wanted to no longer be a slave. Throughout their stories they encounter problems and they always resolve them. If we get to read these books we get to know more about our past and how things were different before. Also, by reading these two books we get to understand how people in the past wanted these to be published for us to read.
William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” has had many art forms based off of it, for insistence “10 Things I hate about you”, directed by Gil Junger is one of them. While the plot, characters, and some themes are similar there are also many differences between the stories, allowing the audience to interpret the stories differently.
Wayne Dyer once said, “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don 't know anything about.” In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, ignorance is a common theme portrayed throughout the novel. It sets the impression of how all of the characters feel due to a society that has outlawed books. Guy Montag is a firefighter, whose job is to burn the books. Yet, he often steals them without the chief firefighter, or anyone else knowing. This is until the day he meets Clarisse, who looks at the world in a different way than anyone else. Then, shortly after, he has to burn down a house full of books and burn the woman inside also because she refuses to leave. This causes Montag to realize that books should not be burned and have great significance in the world. He then shows his wife the abundance of books that he has collected from his job, and his wife, Mildred, becomes concerned. This later causes her to make up lies to cover the fact that Montag is breaking the law of owning books. The ignorance shown in the novel is greatly illustrated on page ninety-five, due to the encounter of the
The poem I chose to analyze is We Wear the Mask, written by Paul Lawrence Dunbar in 1896. Its theme is about hiding our true feelings and emotions, and lying about who we are. When looking at Dunbar’s life history, and the political context at the time, we understand that he efficiently uses this theme in order to talk about how black people have to hide how they feel about their social status and the treatment they receive from white people. He conveys the theme to the audience thanks to a clever word choice. Indeed, he talks about “grin” and “smile”, using facial expressions as a description of the mask (Dunbar, lines 1 & 4). We realize he’s talking about the mask, and not the real emotions of the person, thanks to a contrast between negative
Imagine living in a town that experiences horrific, ongoing natural disasters all the time. This issue is a perennial time loop that the citizens of Tangerine County along with Paul Fisher the protagonist in the novel, Tangerine written by Edward Bloor experiences constantly. Paul Fisher’s life is being uncontrollable risked everytime he goes to the unorganized Windsor Middle School. He doesn 't know when lightning will strike or when the ground will fall right out from under him. He has to be circumspect of the natural incidents around him and his evil brother Erik with his “Erik Fisher Football Dream” disease.
This book by Kathy Reichs was the inspiration for FOX's TV series Bones. The book focuses on Temperance Brennan's childhood in the beginning and how she meets Evangeline Landry who goes missing a few years later. Now nearly 4 decades later Temp gets a new case involving a teens skeleton that makes her think of Evangeline. Hippolyte "Hippo" Gallant is the one that gives her this cold case, as the skeleton is referred to as "Hippo's Girl" throughout most of the book. Her past boyfriend, Ryan, is working another case involving missing girls that ran away to follow their dreams of acting/modeling. Temp focuses on these two cases mainly. Her sister, Harry, comes in to try and help her sister find her long lost best friend and sister, Obeline. They manage to find Obeline, and are told that her sister was murdered. Temp believes that Obeline's husband, Bastarche, is the one that killed Evangeline and the girls in Ryan's case. Obeline, everyone think that Bastarche abused her, killed herself, but the body isn't found. Harry goes off for unknown reasons and Temp is getting threats sent to her and gets pushed down stairs. It turns out that Bastarche's brother/ex-coworker was the one that was in charge of the who thing.
Stories of Tobias Wolff’s Bullets in the Brain and Timmy Reed’s Birds and Other Things We placed In Our Hearts has similarities and differences. Wolff’s Bullets in the Brain first appeared in The New Yorker on Sept 25, 1995 while Reed’s Birds and Other Things We placed In Our Hearts is publish in a web jounal Necessary Fiction on January 2014. The two stories have a theme that talks about respect - respect for individuality in Reed’s story and respect for person’s unlikeable traits in Wolff’s. In Reed’s story, the lead character learn to respect and accept his love despite the fact that they have different hearts. Also, he learns to accept her even though he knows that she would never be satisfied. In Wolff’s story, he emphasizes the importance of giving respect during the time when he enumerates the memories that Anders did not remember. He uttered “Anders did not remember the pleasure of giving respect.”
Similarly to the crucial aspects above, the poem “About Face” represents some issues already mentioned. The poem “About Face”, by Patience Agbabi is a poetic depiction of the mythological painting of the goddess of the hunt Diana and a hunter Actaeon.