Richard Preston does an outstanding job when making you feel as if you're reading about the apocalypse. One thinks to themselves throughout the course of the novel " This can't be real...This must be a script from an Alfred Hitchcock movie." These gruesome and violent life forms even scare experts such as Eugene Johnson, which would leave a bad taste in any civilian's mouth. I find that Preston's impressive use of figurative language and unique writing style made the work what it is, a brilliant piece of literature. He switched back and forth between Third person omniscient and first person point of views, giving an idea of everyone's personal views on the situation.
As the wise philosopher Albert Camus once said: “The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding” ("Albert Camus."). In the captivating short story Where Are You Going, Where Are you Been? Joyce Carol Oates is trying to show the readers that beauty and vanity can be sometimes harmful. Bored and tired of being ordinary, and still being treated as a child, the main character engaged in a rebellion that think will make her look older, more like an adult. The author also shows the readers how Connie’s obsession with her beauty, her dreaminess and carelessness of the world made her more ignorant and lack awareness.
Many reviewers noted that the novel has the plot which is sometimes chaotic. It is also reviewed that the novel’s imperfections meshed well with the flawed reality the book was trying to reflect. Jeanette Winterson, who is an award-winning English writer states about the novel as “Atwood knows how to show us ourselves, but the mirror she holds up to life does more than reflect…The Year of the Flood isn’t prophecy, but it is eerily possible” (17). Caroline Moore for the Daily Telegraph stated that “A sharp observer of the female psyche…Atwood’s richly fertile imagination plays to exuberant and often comic effect” and the Daily Telegraph also commented that “Margaret Atwood is genuinely inventive, rather than merely clever”. Michiko “Mitchi” Kakutani, who is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic for The New York Times, affirmed that “A gripping and visceral book that showcases her pure storytelling talents with energy, inventiveness and narrative
48,000 buildings were raised and unrepairable (Tibbots, Paul, Curtis LeMay) It is demonstrated that the bombs caused incredible damage. These statistics do not portray the amount of heirlooms toys and culture that was destroyed as well. This left thousands of people homeless and helpless. It seems the decision was heartless and intentionally cruel therefore making it
An urban legend, as defined by the Merriam –Webster dictionary, is an often a lurid story that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true. According to Nicholas DiFonzo, a renowned author and psychology professor, urban legends are “narratives about strange, funny, or horrible events that could have happened, the details of which change to fit particular locales and time periods, and which frequently contain a moral lesson.” The stories are entertaining, include cultural references, and convey people’s anxieties about certain topics. While some consider urban legends as myths with a possibility of truth in it, these tales evolve to suit the common themes of the time. In Jan Brunvand’s “The Runaway Grandmother,” he asserts the emotional tension when there is an unexpected death in the family. In this urban legend, an older woman usually a grandmother suddenly dies while on a family trip— a vacation abroad, a camping adventure, or a cross-border journey.
“This predilection for minding other people’s business was time-honored among the people in Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the upcoming madness.” (Miller, p. 1217), Miller describes the situation in Salem. Another literary device used in the play is imagery. Most of the settings are very dark to make the reader feel how unwelcoming and gloomy it was. Miller describes the courtroom like this: “The room is solemn, even forbidding” (Miller, p. 1249). Imagery is important because Arthur Miller wants the reader to feel the dark atmosphere in Salem at the
Aunt Marilyn presents the counter-opinion. She is represented as a realist who views the fantastical as a hindrance that is dangerous to society and the mind. While, Harlyn is reading The Hobbit, her opinion on fantasy is known through stating that, “she thought that fantasy stories were trashy, even dangerous, and so said often, ‘Empty make-believe’ was one of her favourite phrases” (Yolen 29). The term empty make-believe defines her opinion on fantastical stories. The genre of fantasy is dry and devoid of merit comprised of falsehoods that disturb reality to bend the mind into converting reality into
Theodore Sturgeon, an American science-fiction and horror writer and critic, called Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle “appalling, hilarious, shocking and infuriating” and argued “it’s an annoying book and you must read it. And you better take it lightly, because if you don’t you’ll go off weeping and shoot yourself.” and this is a very accurate description of this Novel. Kurt Vonnegut has a very dark and twisted sense of humor in this book and it may not appeal to all people. You have to be a certain type of person that has the same sense of humor as Kurt Vonnegut to truly enjoy this humor and this novel. Cat 's Cradle is Vonnegut 's novel about the day the world ended.
Introduction Fear of fear itself might seem like a farfetched notion or a highly complex subject matter, according to different perspectives. But it might not be too far off the mark to say that this particular branch of fear is the basis of every other kind of fear and all of them sprout of it only. Psychological thrillers and mysteries are a mix of drama, thriller, and mystery genres thrown in with the psychological elements meant to confuse readers and make them uncomfortable in its similarity to the deeper and sub-conscious parts of their own minds. They are read not just because it gives an insight into the psyche of characters and how it differs from their outward actions but also because they introduce a general and universal theme of
The Great Gatsby understands the intricate struggle citizens possess with their desire for wonder and fantasy, particularly in American society. As Gatsby had with Daisy, fantasies for the future are a universal experience. The search for wonder and fantasy occasionally leads to the point of self-destruction, of which Joshua Rothman in his New Yorker article “The Serious Superficiality of The Great Gatsby” states is “most appealing about ‘Gatsby’; its mood of witty hopelessness, of vivacious self-destructiveness… This atmosphere of casual, defiant, disillusioned cool is the novel’s unique contribution to literature. It’s the reason the novel’s endured.” The Great Gatsby reflects Americans and the ultimate risks that will be held from their ideals. The novel serves as a cautionary tale of the costs of fantasy.
In The Book Thief, a historical fiction novel by Markus Zusak, the narrator, Death, says; “I 'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both” (Zusak 491). Humans are complex beings with the ability to hold so many emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Death finds himself astounded by how they can be so beautiful and ugly at the same time. There are many things that are beautiful about Liesel Meminger, but then again just like anyone else, she also has those few ugly qualities.