Understanding both Poe and Wilde’s narrative styles is extremely important in fully understanding the texts and the authors behind those texts, for example on one hand Poe throws the reader into an already finished story in ‘William Wilson’, while in The Picture of Dorian and Gray Wilde’s use of aestheticism is undeniable. However unusually for Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray is also Gothic, this interesting departure from Wilde’s usual aesthetic style has been the subject of much debate and discussion among scholars, nonetheless for Sucur in The Picture of Dorian and Gray “the Gothic is dealt with from an aesthetic perspective”, (Sucur 2007, n.p.) yet the question still remains why would Wilde chose to depart from his successful formula of
Ambiguity in John Keats poems Applied to the poems To Autumn and La Belle Dame Sans Merci The following essay treats the problem of ambiguity in John Keats poems To Autumn and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Ambiguity is treated by the structuralism school and is presented as an intrinsic, inalienable character of any self-focused message, briefly a corollary feature of poetry. Not only the message itself but also its addresser and addressee become ambiguous.
Whereas William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s criticism functions as one of the references in prompting praiseworthy works, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is a modified product of rebuttal in a manner that it does not necessarily conform on the notions of the traditional Romantic attitude, given that its basis for experience does not imitate the life of a common man, and the usage of suspension of disbelief is maximized to the extent of dangerous imagination. Despite these conflicting ideas, Poe’s The Raven still manages to take resemblance from its precursors, like as prioritizing the poet over the work itself, preoccupation towards imagination, quality of achieving unity of effect, and as such.
Amir sees his friend in physical, mental, and emotional pain and does nothing to stop it. In order to justify this betrayal Amir believes that “Nothing [is] free in this world. Maybe Hassan [is] the price [he] ha[s] to pay, the lamb he ha[s] to slay to win Baba. [Is] it a fair price? The answer float[s] to [his] conscious mind before [he] could thwart it: He [is] just a Hazara [isn’t] he?”
Equality sees this now, and knows that it should not be this way. That that is not a way to live. Ayn Rand has a very similar idea, which she displays in her short essay “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”. You can infer from her essay that she does not agree with this lifestyle. In her essay she states, “Nothing can corrupt and disintegrate a culture or a man’s character as thoroughly as does the precept of moral agnosticism, the idea that one must never pass moral judgement on others, that one must be morally tolerant of anything, that the good consists of never distinguishing good from evil.”
Specifically, too much pride can lead to bad outcome. The unnamed narrator did so so much to prove to his parents and others around him that he was his brother’s keeper. He pretended to be nice unknown to his parents for instance he stated “there is within me(and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty born by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at time I was mean to doodle.” Right from the beginning, we know the unnamed narrator’s gut feelings against his brother. He only tried to be nice so that he can fulfill his selfish ends.
“If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death” -Samuel Butler. Perhaps some believe in this quote although on a deeper level it can be seen as foolish and ignorant. In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death”, the author, Edgar Allan Poe, applies an abundance of literary devices to make evident the foolishness of ignoring death’s inevitability by comparing life and death. Essentially Poe utilizes allusions throughout the story to barry a deeper meaning into the text of the story.
During the story, the narrator, Montresor, consistently gets put down by his friend Fortunato, who mocked the narrator’s family name. Montresor, being very proud of his family name felt
Nonetheless, narrator starts by addressing to the reader that he or she is “nervous… I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (Poe1128), the narrator goes on to tell the reader that he or she well tell a story where he or she will show that the narrator is not crazy yet confess to the killing of an old man. The narrator explain that he or she very much respected the old who had never do the narrator wrong and desired none of his money “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me….
Don’t like it…Burn it. This description, by Captain Beatty, of the society in Fahrenheit 451 shows how the society in 451 is a politically correct, sterile society, where debate and active thinking are all but gone. In both Fahrenheit 451 and today’s modern society, political correctness rules society and in these politically correct society’s anything considered “offensive” by a group is hidden or destroyed. However this removal of alternate ideas leads to the death of debate and more importantly the death of ideas that go against the main, presented idea of society. Furthermore the dearth of debate and thinking promotes and creates an ignorant society, where this ignorance is accepted by society.
Crane writes Henry saying, “‘Well, we both did good. I 'd like to see the fool what 'd say we both didn 't do as good as we could’” (205). In this small gesture, the reader is shown that Henry is becoming more and more selfless, as Henry would have taken the glory for the victory and refused to share it even two chapters earlier. Crane is sure to leave Henry with flaws, however: “A scowl of mortification and rage was upon his face.
This scene demonstrates Paul’s capability to steal and willingness to break the rules, without the consideration of others. Does this change your connation of Paul? How? Would you have done the same, considering the consequences of your actions? Why?
Transcendentalists believed nature is a source of truth and inspiration. They are people who go beyond who go beyond the reasoning of something. For example Thoreau and Emerson were transcendentalist who had these same beliefs. It is important to be an independent thinker because it teaches you not to be like other people and to be your own unique person. “I am a transparent eyeball, I am nothing; it’s all the currents of the universal being circulate through me; I am a particle of god”- Emerson.
Guilt Within The Tell Tale Heart Have you ever made a decision then a couple days later you feel something inside that is just urging to get out and tell someone what you did? That feeling is guilt. Odds are a person hasn’t killed another human, but that’s what our narrator is feeling within The Tell Tale Heart. The narrator commits a heinous crime which he cannot hide any longer since the guilt began to eat away at his morals. Speaking of morals, isn’t it strange how our morals can be changed or altered just by an idea we believe in?