When problems come into your life, how do you go about solving them? How do you overcome these problems in times of hardship, heartbreak, and anguish? The poems “Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning of Our House,” by Anne Bradstreet, “World in Hounding Me,” by Sor Juana, and Narrative of the Captivity by Mary Rowlandson,” were all written by women who showed how they faced their problems with their braveness or help through God. These women showed us how they stayed strong and how they believed in God during times of hardship. As you read these poems you will be able to see how these three women endured hard times by keeping their faith in God and believing in him during their journey.
Love believes that Sappho and Vivien both represent loneliness and isolation within the poem. But, “contemporary queer subjects” can better relate to Vivien because they are seeking other lonely individuals like themselves in the past (36). Vivien sought out someone like her by translating Sappho’s lyrics and interrupting it in a different way. However, the concept of remembering someone remained
Being a teenager is a struggle, it is tough. A big part of being a teenager is finding who one really is. In Benjamin Alire Saenz’s novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Dante and Ari, two teenagers living in New Mexico, spend their time finding themselves. The overall power of the novel is to show how hard it is to find out who one really is. Saenz tries to emphasize the struggles of a teenager, and does it successfully.
Many critics, including A.M. Roberts and Haydar Ali, have expressed their discontent regarding the sexism in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Feminist writer Simone the Beauvoir explains her theory on the social stance of women in her book The Second Sex. In the chapter Myth and Reality this theory can be applied to several women described in “Heart of Darkness”. Both the intended and the African mistress of Kurtz are examples of a false sense of ‘mystery’ which places them in a separate group in society that de Beauvoir describes in The Second Sex. The most prominent point of The Second Sex is to illustrate how women are segregated from society by men, something which happens a lot in Heart of Darkness.
In the poem “The Vine” by Robert Herrick, Herrick battles with his waking moments in contrast to his dream that involves his sexual domination over a woman named, Lucia. The use of hyperbolic metaphors, suggestive tones, and the powerful imagery of his comparisons, show an important sense of himself as a sexually dominant man. Throughout the poem, his metamorphosis as a sexual human being is showcased through him conquering his impotence and taking control of his dominant sexuality. Herrick’s diction shows the relationship with words such as captivity, slavery, and quite often, the twisting of greenery versus its violent need to escape. The significance of these words is created by Herrick through his use of juxtaposition.
Love is a common theme among artists, who all define it differently. James Joyce defines love’s power in his collection of short stories: The Dubliners. Throughout Joyce’s short stories “Araby” and “Eveline,” Joyce uses literary devices to show love causes innocence to become ignorance. The unnamed narrator’s innocence shows throughout his attempts to impress his crush and transition into the adult world. Joyce characterizes the narrator before meeting his crush as optimistic when “The cold air stung us and we played till our bodies glowed” (16).
Wings of Desire by Ernst Wilhelm Wenders and Antigone by Jean Anouilh include life and death as an overbearing theme that affects both main characters of the film and play, Damiel and Antigone. As an angel, Damiel overlooks the lives of humans, delivers positive thoughts to them in times of need and overall tries to help each individual in this demolished city. Through his duty, Damiel is able to get a first-hand look at the experiences, prospects and the beauty of life. He also is exposed to the harshness of life and the terror of memories and overthinking the past, but in the end, he decides to become mortal knowing the consequences. Life and death influence Damiel’s decision to become a mortal human, after seeing human hardships and knowing
Toni Morrison's A Mercy, betrayal is an essential theme. It is betrayal that leads to the change in some character's personalities and behaviors. Florens' life is the outcome of two crucial betrayals, the first being from her own mother. At a young age she was agonized by the feeling of rejection, feeling as though she'd been "thrown away" by her mother. Fortunately, Lina treated her as her very own, taking good care of her, protecting her, and telling her stories.
In the poem “The Vine” by Robert Herrick, Herrick battles with his waking moments in contrast to his dream that involves his sexual domination over a woman named, Lucia. The use of hyperbolic metaphors, suggestive tones, and the powerful imagery of his comparisons, show an important sense of himself as a sexually dominant man. Throughout the poem, Herrick showcases his metamorphosis as a sexual human being through him conquering his impotence and taking control of his dominant sexuality. Herrick’s diction shows the relationship with words such as captivity, slavery, and quite often, the twisting of greenery versus its violent need to escape. Herrick creates a significance of these words through his use of juxtaposition.