“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.” This was from Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse.” John Steinbeck used this quotation as the title of his book, Of Mice and Men. As in the poem, human being’s plans also do not always go as intended. Even in this title, Steinbeck is already foreshadowing what will happen in the story.
To have a great story, it has to make use of literary elements to give detail and depth to a story. Stories can leave a feeling or thought that can make the reader think about what they just read. Making use of literary elements can help give hints to what the story is gonna be about or what is going to happen in the future. The four stories that our class read use these two elements and a few of the stories can almost tell the entire story just in the first two pages. Two of the most well used literary elements is symbolism and foreshadowing.
Foreshadowing: Clues or hints that suggest what will happen later in a story. One fine example of foreshadowing is the short story, ‘A Monkey’s Paw,’ by W.W. Jacobs. In this story, the use of foreshadowing foretells many of the future plot points and creates suspense by doing so. Shows of foreshadowing are shown throughout the like the sentence, “Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils... (Paragraph 1).”
Suspense is an extremely important technique that can be used in many contrasting ways. It gives readers the opportunity to slip into their favorite character’s shoes, sit on the edge of their seat, and ultimately immerse themselves into the book. The Most Dangerous Game and The Monkey’s Paw written by Richard Connell and W. W. Jacobs respectively, demonstrate this technique in a very similar way. Both of these authors use elements of suspense in their stories, using foreshadowing, dialogue and diction to create very eerie and ominous atmospheres.
Do you know anyone who has Orinthophobia, the fear of birds? Or do you yourself fear the birds? “The Birds”, written by Daphne De Maurier, is a short story that uses various literary terms to make an exceptional piece of writing. The story uses the literary devises such as foreshadowing, imagery, and characterization to create an exhilarating tale. Maurier uses these three components to tell a thrilling story that keeps the reader on edge.
Nowadays we see people with one arm, or one leg, people who are gay, lesbian, or transgender . We also see people who have mental disabilities, or disabilities in general. No matter what they have or how much different they are from you. You don't kill them, You don't send them away to go live elsewhere away from you all because they are different. Now do you?
While reading “A Rose for Emily” there are various literary devices throughout the short story that reveals the ending irony. The overall short story takes you through a cycle of events leading up to the death of Homer Barron. Miss Emily being one of the many important figures in town, allowed herself to adventure into an emotional roller coaster. From her father dying, to her meeting the love of her life, to her killing him because he was planning on leaving. Ultimately literary devices such as foreshadowing, repetition, and irony are used to understand the irony at the end of the short story.
“If you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush.” This quote is an example of foreshadowing in the book titled “Of Mice and Men,” a book that uses foreshadowing in many ways. This book is about two men, George and Lennie, who are complete opposites physically and mentally. George is a small man with defined feature and very intelligent, and Lennie is a gigantic man who is very troubled mentally. This story is about them going to a farm where they try to make enough money to buy themselves some land that they will be able to live off of.
People need people. Being lonely can make society go insane… especially unexpected people. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, two unlikely paired men named George is an undersized, dark man with “sharp, strong features”; he’s quick to face when it comes to his friend Lennie. Lennie, his companion is his opposite, a sweet, dous size man with a “shapeless” face that has a mind of a child. They share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and mostly to Lennie, keeping the rabbits... but traumatic events gets in their way to make it tough for them to accomplish it.
The bizarre twists of fate of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’ Conner leaves the reader perplexed and reveled to a preconceived ending of good prevailing against evil this gives the story its unique and arousing end which most stories do. O’ Conner uses literary proficiency such as foreshadowing, symbolism, eccentric characters, In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” The Grandmother character is brought to light as self-centered and manipulative. She tries to do everything in her favor and sway situations to fit her own interest regardless of other characters. She tries to manipulate Bailey not to go to Florida but Tennessee, seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind, “seize” isn’t just a casual attempt.
Literature can be traced back all the way to Mesopotamia: third millennium BC, where the world’s first two earliest works of literature can be found known as Enuma Elish and Epic of Gilgamesh (HISTORY OF LITERATURE). The Epic of Gilgamesh is known as one of the oldest epic poems that is a compilation of a king from the Mesopotamian city of Uruk that did several exploits, features the list of Sumerian kings that ruled in about 2700 BC (HISTORY OF LITERATURE). Reading on a daily basis in comparison to the 21st century, one reads literature like something very normal and ordinary reading everywhere one goes. It is completely different from back then as not everyone was thought how to read and write, only some fortunate people knew how to read
The reader's mood is affected by the author’s use in tone, mainly by word choice. The passage examples of these may include “The Monkey’s Paw”, “The Tale-Tale Heart”, and “The Open Window”. All of these passages have something in common, they all have scary tones in them. For instance, a line from the “Tale-Tale Heart” is “ I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this!