They take back roads because they don’t like being rushed. On the roads, they see alluring scenery and it makes the ride much more diverting. “A Winter’s Drive” is a story about a man driving to Canada to see his aged house. He not only wants to see the home he grew up in, but he wants to recover a few hockey cards that were left behind from when he was a toddler. The mood of “Back Roads” is relaxed as shown through the scenery while the mood for “A Winter’s Drive” is anxious conveyed through the diction.
As the man hears sharp crackles in the air, he realizes his spit is turning into frozen ice sickles before hitting the snow. The man is traveling a trail on Henderson Creek with his dog towards his mining camp, where he is searching for construction timber to use when spring time arrives. While traveling across the frozen tundra, he becomes more aware of hot spring locations under the ice. Fearing the fact of getting wet in this frozen situation, his journey will increasingly become more dangerous. As the man travels along the trail, he pushes his dog ahead to test the ice and
The flowers symbolize Paul’s position in society as an outcast. First, the flowers in the winter is like Paul in his community. For example, the flowers in the garden are “blooming against the sides of which the snow-flakes stuck and melted” (Cather). The snow-flakes on the flowers represents the coldness Paul receives from his teachers and neighbors because they express their aversion towards him and the flower he wears. Similarly, the blossoms are mock by the winter cold (Cather).
The short story “What Happened During the Ice Storm” utilizes two major literary elements; one of which expresses a current social issue. The author, Jim Heynen, employes allegory and imagery to represent charity and self-sacrifice. Imagery is often used in this short story to create a somber tone, for instance “most animals were safe…But not the pheasants” and ”The boys stood still in the icy rain. Their breath came out in slow puffs of steam.” The boys and the pheasants are allegorical representations: The pheasants represent someone who is in need, and consequently, the boys using their coats to warm the pheasants represents the choice self-sacrifice over self-preservation. The purpose of the short story is to make the reader ask themselves
Goodman Brown is betrayed by his family and community, however he is equally at fault for betraying his family and community, as well as his own beliefs. This betrayal leads the protagonist to question the world and people around him. The theme of this short story is that betrayal leads to consequences and these consequences can be nonstop. Although it is not clear to the audience if Goodman Brown’s journey into the forest is a dream of reality, the plot offers insight into the protagonist’s subconscious and his struggle with faith. In this story, Young Goodman Brown sets off on a secretive adventure into the woods that he is very cautious about from the start.
Martin is in the same town he is, and notes that he will need to find a way out of this everlasting loop of life that he is in. John recalls the only place that he has not adventured before with a big scream “The Forest!” John sprints home to pack a bag and make his way to The Forest. On the long walk to The Forest John recalls many stories of all of the bad things that have happened in the forest, but now they do not matter anymore. John is doing this for his mother and will not stop until he finds her. John gets to The Forest then stops and stares in awe of the massive trees in front of him.
Kay storms back to the castle, mad at himself for making that mistake, and Wart stays to look for the hawk. Wart has to spend the night in the forest but soon the next he finds Merlyn, who looks extremely old. Wart did not know he was there, of course. Merlyn walks off into the forest and Wart follows, I think just because he does not have anything else to do and Merlyn seems kind. Merlyn is interesting, to say the least.
“He trudged on, squinting at the sprays of sunlight that cast a reddish hue on the snow-clad pines in a final farewell to daylight.”(313) The “reddish hue” described is a sign of what is to come as the light that is Charlie’s life is bid a “final farewell”. “Darkness folded itself over the land with a cruel swiftness. It fell upon the landscape, swallowing Charlie and the thread of track connecting civilization to nature’s vastness, shutting away with maddening speed the last wisps of light from Charlie’s eyes.”(313) Charlie is totally despair in the darkness is a symbol of effects of hypothermia pulling the life from him despite his efforts to fight it. “Smiling he welcomed the Orion queen – not a star constellation but the great Wendigo – dressed in midnight blue, her dress alive with the glitter of a thousand stars.”(313) The serene imagery of the Wendigo gives the end of the story an insidious feeling by trying to imply that Charlie, a child who only wanted to escape to his home welcomed his own death with open arms, when in actuality it was not Charlies choice at
In the first paragraph of “The Interlopers”, it states; “... a man stood one winter night watching and listening as though he waited for some beast of the woods to come within range of his vision and later of his rifle.” This created suspense because it makes the audience wonder if he’s hunting and if so, why is he hunting in the winter and in the dark? Tension builds as the paragraph progresses because the audience still doesn’t know who the man is and why he is standing in the outdoors. In the first paragraph of “The Lottery”, it states; “The people of the village begin to gather in a square between the post office and the bank around 10 o'clock.” This creates suspense because it makes the audience wonder why is the entire town gathering in a square around ten? The tension builds as the audience reads on and finds out they’re gathered for the lottery and they wonder who is going to win based on their perception of what they think “the lottery” is/will
When one thinks of nature, the first thoughts that may come to mind are bright flowers, green landscapes, and endless beauty. However, in the short story “Snow”, written by Frederick Philip Grove, readers learn that nature will stand down to no man and can take lives in the blink of an eye. In short, this tale is about a man, Redcliff, who goes missing in the middle of a blizzard and is eventually found dead, leaving behind, a widow and family depending on him. He is found by a group of three men: Abe, Bill, and Mike who recovers his body and in the end, breaks the tragic news to the family. The concept of nature in this work is painted as a vicious powerful villain who strikes fear and awe in all who witness its power.