Charles Dickens’ novels are usually set in the backdrop of the industrial age and Hard Times is no exception. Dickens presents “a criticism of the ‘Hard Facts’ philosophy and of the society which he believed increasingly to be operating on the principles of that philosophy” (Arneson 60). He puts forward the fictional setting of Coketown as a living factory that epithomises the “satanic industrialism […] derive[d] from an inhuman application of geo-metrically abstract principles in society, education, and religion” (Bornstein 159). Such society is thus in itself a regulated machine and unwilling to accept social change. Considering Dickens’ criticism of utilitarianism, it is therefore unusual that the narrative in Hard Times remains ambiguous
Arguably, the main point expressed in Turgenev’s novel was this issue of the abolition of serfdom. In fact, this issue divided Russia into proto-liberals and proto-democrats. The democrats were looking for a revolutionary change in the structure of Russia both regarding the economic and social conventions, while the liberals were looking for a steadier evolution and were seeking to avoid major social conflicts. The image of Bazarov is therefore , a product of the fearless spirit of the time, and he has been described as ‘the first Bolshevik’. The need of radical change is, in fact, expressed by Turgenev in Bazarov’s comportment: by his rejection of principals and ideals, by his disgust of autocracy, the existence of social hierarchies by his ‘scientific’, and reasonable approach to every detail of life.
Society has many effects on people, and of course, it could perhaps be a negative or positive effect toward humankind. The negatives of society as a whole were surely exposed through the eyes of uneducated, immature, Huckleberry Finn. Furthermore, Huck is faced with many struggles throughout the novel, including Miss Watson urging him to become so called “sivilized” (Twain 37), being abused by his filthy, drunk father, Pap, and most of all keeping himself and Jim, the slave, safe from the dangers they encounter. Huck learns many valuable lessons throughout his journey, and changes from an inexperienced boy to a knowledgeable young adult. In addition, Huck rebels against the accepted answers of
Feminists are dealing with how to understand the relations between patriarchy and how to confront, oppose male chauvinism in the ruling class. “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” ― Margaret Atwood’s saying at her official
The most pervasive theme is racism. The white policeman- - whose father lost his janitorial business because of particular governmental policy regarding minorities in society hones - is irate at African-Americans. A youthful African-American carjacker spouts the incendiary Black Power talk of the 1970s. Stereotyping is another theme in the film. For instance, the white DA's wife associates the locksmith with being a pack part in view of his ethnicity.
Anaphora is another rhetoric device that Bethel made use of in her essay. The anaphora presented was “like an iceberg” (Bethel, paragraph 6 and 7). This is an anaphora because she repeated “like an iceberg” a few times in front of sentences. Bethel also included a metaphor, “To protest that it isn’t is to get distracted by the tip of the iceberg” (Bethel, paragraph 16). This is a metaphor because Bethel is saying that, protesting that Wendy’s isn’t our culture is like being distracted by the tip of an iceberg.
F. Scott Fitzgerald like to write about the corruption of society and that with great amounts of wealth come great responsibility. “Winter Dreams” is about a middle-class boy from Black Bear, Minnesota falls in love with Judy Jones at a very young age. Years late he comes back to his old town where he regains his love for her but will never fully obtain her love and affection the way he so desires. Through many ways F. Scott Fitzgerald show Dexter as determined using characterization. Fitzgerald also uses symbolism to show deeper meaning in the story.
A Streetcar Named Desire looks at the issue of reintegration into a new world, as Thomas P. Adler very well pointed out (3). The old values were blown off by the cold breeze of a new era, leaving people with no alternative but to renegotiate their status. Thus, it follows naturally that the characters themselves encapsulate antagonistic perspectives upon the world. “Stanley and Blanche’s clash is not human against human but rather species against species” (Bak 2). Blanche DuBois stands for everything that the Old South represented: old-fashioned values, the decaying aristocratic class, the imagistic pastoral sensitiveness (Prince 3).
(Barthelme 3) The author uses the visual representation of Snow White’s beauty spots to foreground the physicality of her character – negating at the same time the traditional trope of a woman as a mysterious entity and in turn focus on the materiality of both the text and Snow White’s body. There are many elements which make Ronald Barthelme part of the canon of post-modernist writers. His skill in incorporating different discourses and texts into his own works; the way in which he uses parody and irony; the way in which he grafts his own language onto an indeterminate signifying system; and the way in which he refuses to create any definite system of meaning of his own - are only a few of them. All of the abovementioned elements can be found in Snow White. The novel, despite being written over fifty years ago, contains many elements which are still considered experimental in fiction, including genre mashup, experiments with language and narration techniques, metafiction, as well as features in the book pointing towards its materiality.
The Scarlet Letter is a perfect example of how one person in a society can defy the traditional social structure. Throughout the literature, Hawthorne presents numerous examples of feminist ideals through the character of Hester. After analyzing and interpreting the meaning of the novel, Hawthorne specifically targets gender roles in societies by making the protagonist of the story a woman. Hawthorne questions the expectation that men should retain all authority and purpose by creating a character that specifically rejects these traditional norms. Hawthorne continuously demonstrates feminist ideals by characterizing and portraying Hester to be the character that breaks gender roles in Salem society.