22659 Mrs. Murawski American Lit Honors - Period 2 Sunday, December 14th, 2015 Influences of unreliability and reliability There is always that one friend that can never tell a story straight, There’s always loopholes, missing pieces and biases within the stories. These people are unreliable narrators. The unreliable narrators that we encounter day to day are ones that can’t be trusted. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has many influences that make him unreliable narrator throughout his journey in the story such as his profanity, his immaturity and the way he speaks the readers. To begin, Holden Caulfield in the story uses many different ways to express his feeling to us specifically in profanity.
This is just one example of the internal conflict going on endlessly within himself. When thinking of family, there are good times and bad times. When experiencing the moments that are extremely difficult for Elie and his father, he often thinks how great life would be if he could just get rid of his father’s dead weight. One evening when Elie’s father is very ill, the had of the block approaches Elie and tells him, “‘Don’t forget your in a concentration camp. Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else.
In Beowulf, it says “their ears could not hear his praise nor know his glory,” this is a connection to God in this epic, but in modern society, people with anxiety don’t hear praise they receive from others because they don’t believe it (lines 97-98). Grendel can’t help who his ancestors are, but he can help himself instead of living down to their expectations. In The Monster Called Anxiety, it says “The inside of my head is a loud place. Something is constantly bouncing around. I think about things I said or did years ago, about how ‘stupid’ I was,/ Anxiety makes me a difficult person to be friends with” (Ann).
Being hunted Rainsford poses many questions regarding Zaroff and his survival. As stated, “Rainsford second thought was even more terrible. It sent a shudder of cold horror through his whole being. Why had the general smiled? Why had he turned back?”
A scarlet ibis represents knowledge, and the boys knew they weren’t going to be able to accomplish their goal of doing more than just walking (Hurst 117). This setback promoted terrible things to come, both Doodle and the Ibis dying. The sighting of a scarlet ibis is extremely rare, just like the situations that were about to unfold. The short appearance of the scarlet ibis clued at what was to
Grendel feels like his existence truly does not matter to anyone not even his mother, which adds on to his existential nihilistic crisis. Grendel comes off as self-centered because he mentions how he “[creates] the whole universe”. This trait is said to be common amongst people associated with Taurus, exemplified with Grendel’s Solipsist beliefs about his lack of understanding of the world around him. When Grendel says “The world resists me, and I resist the world” it is proof of his inertia (Grendel pg). Which is another characteristic of the Taurus pertaining to the fact that he does not do anything positive to improve his relations with the humans and his mother.
Robbie shows excessive distress when anticipating or experiencing separation from his father. Prior to separation, he will become extremely anxious and often report abdominal pain. During separation, such as while at school, he will remain overly anxious and become severely upset, sometimes to the point of vomiting. Robbie has a persistent and excessive worry that something is going to happen to his dad. However, he does not specific what he thinks might happen.
Nowhere in The Natural History of Religion does Hume’s explicitly speak in favor of atheism (perhaps due to the fear of persecution at the time), and yet, I would categorize this work as atheist. Hume strategically places monotheism or “theism” in contention with polytheism, leading the reader to assume that one would eventually prevail, but instead, he picks apart at both until readers are left questioning their own faith and wondering what a more rational alternative might be. In sections 1-5, Hume discusses polytheism and its origin. In sections 6-8, Hume discusses how we transition from polytheism to monotheism, and finally, in sections 9-15, he compares and contrasts the two, pointing out weaknesses and flaws in both. Throughout the book,
In Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of criminal insanity, the first-person narrators confess unsound confessions. They control the narrative, which only allows us to see through their eyes. However, they do describe their own pathological or psychological actions so conscientiously that they exhibit their own insanity. They are usually incapable of stepping back from their narratives to detect their own madness. The narrator 's’ fluency is meticulous and often opulent.
The fear of being judged can leave a person feeling trapped in their day-to-day life. It could leave them feeling afraid to admit who they are, where they’ve been, and where it could take them in the end. “The Hollow Men” is a poem about the men stuck in a purgatory in between heaven and hell. These men are seen by others that pass through on their way to there eternity. The men do not follow them because they are afraid of their judgment, they are afraid of where they might go.
They 're about non-existent people, figments of imagination, if they 're fiction. And if they 're non-fiction, it 's worse, one professor calling another an idiot, one philosopher screaming down another 's gullet. All of them running about, putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun. You come away lost” (Bradbury). Clarisse views the world in a completely different aspect.
Much like money, time is a human construct. Human beings created the concept of time to organize the events of their lives in a continuous, chronological order. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five, depicts a different interpretation of time and the organization of events in Billy Pilgrim’s life. Billy Pilgrim’s life is broken up into brief events, and Vonnegut writes the events out of chronological sequence, which adds a unique flair to an already distinctive work of literature. In addition, Vonnegut includes the Trafalmadore alien’s perception of time to further solidify the theme in his work.
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five chronicles the life of Billy Pilgrim, a fictional character loosely based on Vonnegut’s own experiences in World War II. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s fictional novel that is set during the height of the Vietnam War. Both authors incorporate fact and fantasy scenes in their writings, albeit in different contexts. Vonnegut’s novel travels throughout time and brings the reader to both non-fictional and fantastical scenes. Conversely, O’Brien’s novel is written in chronological order, but also incorporates fact and fantasy into the timeline of the story.
Billy’s character in Slaughterhouse-Five clearly evidences post of traumatic stress because of what he experienced was traumatizing. After every war people suffered post traumatic stress. Entire families, not just the boys/men who were soldiers in war lived with the effects of post traumatic stress. Even the families of captured American soldiers, families who were safe here in the US, did not know if their loved ones would ever come back home but Red Cross let few of the families know if their family members in war are dead or alive.
Title: Slaughterhouse-Five Author: Kurt Vonnegut Thesis: Throughout KVs SF, he describes in matter of fact way the psychological impact/effects of the devastation of war and death upon Billy Pilgrim and how he handles it. Through the exploration of Billy Pilgrim’s detached and indifferent thoughts, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five illustrates the coping mechanisms of a World War II veteran with post traumatic stress disorder.