That was me. That was the author of this book”. Vonnegut begins his novel with himself as the narrator, keeping the promise he gave to Mary. Vonnegut’s own appearance in his novel also allows for its metafictional attributes, meaning that the novel draws attention to its own structure and telling. Harold Bloom in his book Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations on Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five examines the similarities with Vonnegut and Norman Mailer making himself a character in The Armies of the Night, Vonnegut used his own real-life experience in surviving the Dresden bombing to establish authorial legitimacy.
Elie Wiesel stated, “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” in his Nobel Prize Speech in 1986. In doing so, he clearly states the purpose of writing Night: to demonstrate the horrors that he experienced during the Holocaust, not becoming reticent in the process. In expressing this message, Wiesel utilizes a myriad of literary and rhetorical devices including but not limited to foreshadowing, diction that conveys inferiority, and analogies. An example of foreshadowing is seen early in the book when Mrs. Schächter, a friend the author’s family, started to lose control during the train ride to a concentration camp when “a piercing cry [from Mrs. Schächter] broke the silence: ‘Fire! I see a fire!
French designer Philippe Starck once claims: “I like to open the doors to people’s brain.” Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” reflects this principle in which the author advertently creates ambiguities and opens the possibilities of interpretation to the readers. Nathaniel Hawthorne employs commonplace symbols to present the ambiguity of sin and secrecy through a psychological lens in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. This short story also reflected the principle of Puritanism as well, such as the idea of manifest destiny represented by Mr. Hooper in the story. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. It is also worth to notice that John Hawthorne, one of the Salem Witch Trial Judges, was his great grandfather (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography).
Frankenstein is a book filled with puzzling hidden connections that can relate to what majority of us go through in American society today. Quotes throughout the novel create a piece of inspiration that we can look up to when discovering similar times. The diction revels pros and cons on how Starting off the novel At the trial for Justine Moritz, Elisabeth states vindication by saying “It may therefore be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion, but when I see a fellow creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.” She shows her friendship and support to Justine by touching the court with her moving words. By doing so it
Alienation as Self-Protection in The Catcher in the Rye Throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye, there are many themes, motifs and symbols that emerge and develop along with Holden, the protagonist, and the plot. Though the most significant theme is alienation as means for self-protection. In many instances, Holden isolates and alienates himself from his peers and the world in order to protect his morals and his self-imposed superiority. The first evidence of this alienation occurs when Holden speaks to his history teacher, Mr. Spencer. While talking about Mr. Thurmer’s lecture, Holden begins to ponder the “right side”, stating “if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s the game about?” (Salinger 12).
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is many things: it is a horror novel, a retelling of a Greek myth, maybe the first modern science fiction tale, and a parable about how people treat the “other” in society. It is this final motif that will be the focus of this current essay--it is the one that will probably have the most lasting appeal. People judge others by many things, but how they look is often the first and most unfair way they go about it. The first example of judging people by their appearance does not even concern Victor Frankenstein and his “creature”; it is when Victor first goes off to university and meets with the professors that will be teaching him. When describing M. Krempe, Victor, the narrator, says that he was “a little squat man with a gruff voice and a repulsive countenance” (48).
As an author who has the sense of social responsibility, D.H.Lawrence never stops thinking about human society and he continues offering criticism about capitalist industrial civilization, which destroys interpersonal relationship. The Rocking-Horse Winner also describes the same topic that capitalist industrial civilization distorts the human relations. To better emphasis this topic, the author uses irony to make this short story more impressive. Irony can be divided into three kinds: verbal irony, circumstantial irony and dramatic irony. All these types can find the corresponding plots in this short story and I would like to analyze irony in the story from three parts.
In Frankenstein, a cautionary tale by Mary Shelley, the reader is given a more extreme example that proves science has boundaries and shows many consequences without responsibility and ethics. In the beginning, Victor Frankenstein grew up eager for knowledge and a longing to learn. He studied diligently and the result was a fascination with life and death, “the genius that [had] regulated [his] fate (pg 22).” . Over his life, he developed a “God-complex” and set out to create life. Frankenstein did so without considering basic ethics and in his mind “life and death appeared to [him] ideal bounds, which [he] should first break through (pg 33).” His pride and desire to control the very nature of life ruled his life for years, driving him into an obsession.
Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, Les Miserable resonated with overtly and covertly in the Holocaust. This thesis helps college-level students to comprehend the cruel behavior place for the people in the Holocaust period. Les Miserables emerged from a network of the cultural and social significance to understand the political viewpoint. The novel has important aspects which involving the setting, violence, identity, hiding, hunger, memory, and social justice. “Jean Valjean’s flashback sequences, using a grainy, high-contrast and washed out image to denote Valjean’s harsh
I wanted to create a story based on a journey with mythological and psychological underpinnings told through science fiction. Upon looking for inspiration, I came across the work of American writer Joseph Campbell and his comparative mythology book “The hero with a thousand faces”. One of the core themes of Campbells book is the argument that all humanity is linked by certain universalities. He supports his case by cross examining various ancient mythical stories, fairy tales, fiction and even biblical writings of different cultures and outlines an underlying link. In his own words, these findings are summarised as