People can change and learn from their mistake.Learning from mistakes can influence people for the better. Reef learns his lessons in the “The First Stone” by Don Aker. Reef is in the North Hills group home for a year because of the Judge’s sentence. While at the group home, Reef begins to learn the importance of respect, the need for self-reflection and how important are true friendships. He was influenced by Frank Colville , Leeza and Alex.
In Away, Michael Gow discovers the way in which the key themes of redemption, self-knowledge and reality/unreality are vital to the overall understanding of the play and the reconciliation between the characters to each other as well as complications during their lives. Away has a short but detailed story line which allows us to see in which the way the families have broken connections between each other while on a Christmas family holiday. Gow used a range of stylistic devices to and language techniques including, structure, and characterization to explore and uncover the theme of reconciliation.
Secrets are like a personal, private jailer. They keep you locked away from others, isolated and alone in darkness. Every passing day makes your cell more condensed slowly trapping you between promises and morals. Secrets steal your freedom. Likewise, in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne refuses to expose the name of her husband and the name of her partner in sin; by not revealing the entire truth, Hester becomes a trapped soul in her own mind. The Puritan society isolates and publically humiliates the adulteress justifying the embarrassment as her need to repent. Her unnamed partner is trapped even more because he is completely living a lie. Symbolism is used by Hawthorne to show how imprisoned
Although control over a child may be seen as beneficial, many attributes of parental figures also suppress the natural essence of children. When Hannah moves in with Tante Rose, her life becomes dedicated to mastering Tante Rose’s piano. Despite previously living far more carefree home, when she moves in with her aunt, her lifestyle begins to change, saying, “Tante Rose demanded of me total commitment and devotion” (Horton, 33). Similarly, when Charlotte’s mother attempts to control Charlotte’s life, Charlotte describes her mother using a metaphor. She says, “my mother is a lofty mountain capped by virgin snow. The air around the mountain is clear and very cold; at the base of the mountain grow gnarled and crooked trees, surrounded by a scrub brush and poison ivy.” As their lives progress, both Hannah and Charlotte are viewed as the unwanted crooked trees, scrub brush, and poison ivy at the base in contrast to her mother being the essentially perfect mountain described. In fact, Tante Rose and Charlotte's mother ultimately become the virgin snow at the top of the mountain unaffected by society, independent to themselves and metaphorically on a higher pedestal. The girls are often subject to the authority of the figures above them and are expected to reciprocate the same attributes as their parental figures, restricting their sense of independence. In
Margaret Edson’s Wit gives perhaps one of the most alienating protagonists for a story about cancer. Vivian Bearing is dense, overbearing, selfish and arrogant and none of these attributes were hidden from the audience. These attributes are also not debatable in the sense that different readers would interpret them in different ways. Edson makes it clear that Vivian is not the warm and cuddly type. This could prove to be very unappealing to the audience, but yet Edson doesn't hold back on building Vivian's character to be more difficult for the audience to receive. I think by going about the main character in this way, Edson poses the question of whether or not an audience can empathize with someone that is unable to do so herself. Edson pushes the audience to recognize that Vivian shouldn't be any less deserving of understanding because she is not the typical saint-like cancer patient.
The main character’s journey is the most important way the theme of the movie is shown. We watch the character change as they change throughout the course of the film. She starts out as a child that has just been uprooted from her home and is constantly ignored by her parents. She finds happiness in things like looking for the well and wanting to start a garden. She also receives a doll from Wybie that she gets attached to. She latches onto thing for the attention that she can’t get at home, but she doesn’t seek it out from others either. Coraline’s mother makes her visit Spink and Forcible, and she should be happy to receive attention but she is not. She has no interest in anyone but her parents and the friends she left behind, to her their
“Suddenly, this little woods-girl is horror-stricken to hear a clear whistle not very far away” (Jewett). The stranger, who carries a gun and professes himself to murdering the animals that Sylvia holds dear demands the location of “the white heron” and promises “ten dollars to anybody who could show it” to him (Jewett). Sylvia, who has always lived a humble life, dreams of what riches the ten dollars could buy, but acknowledges the high price paid in love. As the stranger lingers, he gives Sylvia little gifts, ensnaring her in his manipulative trap like one of his birds. Paralyzed with indecision, Sylvia faces a choice between the life that she has come to love and the seductive words and promises of a stranger who would destroy it. The indecision that Sylvia faces soon consumes her waking and sleeping hours, and she forms a resolution: to seek the heron’s nest and come to a conclusion. “Now she thought of the tree with a new excitement, for why, if one climbed it at the break of day, could not one see all the world and easily discover from whence the white heron flew, and mark the place, and find the hidden nest?” (Jewett). Climbing the tree, Sylvia discovers the white heron’s secret; she watches as the bird “floats and wavers, and goes back like an arrow presently to his home in the green world beneath” (Jewett). Sylvia’s journey to the top of the tall pine tree reveals to her the location of the heron’s nest, putting the bird unknowingly in peril and the gravity of her upcoming decision. As she watches the white heron swoop to and from its nest, the bird reminds her of the joy of nature and the pitiful existence without it. Emboldened by her fortified conclusion, Sylvia descends from the wrestling pine boughs and shields the heron from the stranger with the strength of her silence, giving up
In Graham Greene’s novel, The End of the Affair, he was able to illustrate the story of Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles’ affair through various perspectives. Greene started with Bendrix, then in Book Three he changed the narrator to Sarah’s point of view. Overall, Greene was able to create this novel using nonlinear narration and unreliable narration.
The December Man is a play created by the English Theatre that played at the National Arts Centre from November 16th, 2015 to November 20th, 2015. The play shows the effects of guilt. The young Jean (Kayvon Kelly), trembles in fear, and guilt from the 1989 Montreal Massacre. He feels guilt for not attempting to rescue those who have been wounded, and killed at the time of the massacre. His parents, Kathleen and Benoît are also greatly affected. They handle Jean’s emotional and mental troubles with difficulty.
Written by the author Neil Gaiman, is the award winning book ‘Coraline’.This book shows the themes ‘Family’ and ‘Fear’ throughout the book such as it when it talks about when Coraline and her Father are walking down the side of their apartments and when her Father tells Coraline to run up ahead while he got stung by wasps as the quote says, ”When you are scared but you do it anyway, that is brave” this quote is on page 57, chapter 5.
In Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, Mrs. Danvers, the gothic housekeeper of Manderley, makes the life of the new Mrs. de Winter a living hell due to her obsessive loyalty to the original Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca. When she sees the narrator in a fragile mental state, she uses it to her advantage to push her over the edge by telling her that, “none of us want you…It’s you that ought to be lying there in the church crypt, not her. It 's you who ought to be dead, not Mrs. de Winter”, sending the narrator into a temporary lapse in judgement (Du Maurier 246). The anger that Mrs. Danvers feels against the narrator is due to her undying loyalty to Rebecca, which is slightly irrational because the narrator had no part in the death of Rebecca. To add, Mrs.
“A Blizzard under Blue sky,” written by Pam Houston is a story about a girl who is suffering from depression. As readers may understand how common depression is affecting over 350 million people nationwide. In this poem the sufferer decides to cure herself despite her psychologist’s recommendations. Her art of healing comes from a more natural resource. The female in the story embarks on this dangerous journey with her two dogs Jackson and Hailey lacking human companionship facing this hardship ultimately alone. The story is set during the winter months in Utah, with temperatures well below zero, -32 to be exact. The author helps readers embark on this journey, allowing a very visual picture and understanding of how natural her medicine is.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter developed messages about the effects of sin and guilt on the human mind. His message intensified through its combination with transcendental ideals and symbols, which evolved into Hawthorne’s own perspective on transcendental principles when he addressed them in relation to his characters. Hawthorne included Transcendentalism in The Scarlet Letter in order to teach readers individual responsibility and to desire to seek the truth.
The Death of a Hired Man in my opinion is a typical poem by Robert Frost in which the author himself is convinced that ‘death’ is peaceful at home or to which we call home . Frost’s obsession surrounding death was depicted in various poems after and before the coming of The Death of a Hired Man. One standing out more than others is Home Burial which is a poem that was written nearly two years after. This poem was literally the ending of Frost’s “Death” obsession.
Love. Love is one beautiful way people use to identify one’s fondness. However, people do not always perceive one’s affection as “love.” There are different ways love can be expressed, yet individuals tend to portray their affection excessively unaware of the aggressive manners presented during the process. This superficial aspect causes people to misinterpret one’s fondness as loathing although the actions deep inside provide an insight into genuine love. The miscommunication further develops people’s relationships divergent from the original intent of the actions, arousing disputes. In William Gibson’s play based on Helen Keller’s life, The Miracle Worker, the characters also struggle with similar relationship conflicts concerning the idea of visible love. The intense interactions between characters illustrate possible hostility, but in fact, convey one character’s sincere endearment to another with love mistakenly translated. In other words, when simply evaluating the exteriors, Gibson’s dramatic techniques portray the treatment of love as hatred, but when explored internally, it’s in-depth essence is revealed.