In John Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men”, symbolism is a crucial factor to understanding and addressing different themes or topics the story talks about and make them more manageable, but also to engage readers. The author uses different symbols such as animals, characters, and places to portray the themes of dreams, innocence, loneliness, friendship, the American Dream, the weak and the strong, among others. Without understanding these key symbols readers probably wouldn’t understand the context of the story or what the author wants to express, making it very boring when reading it. Definitely, these symbols give a deeper meaning to the story, which could be also described as an allegory. Throughout the story, it can be seen that the author
Authors use characters and genres to develop theme. Sometimes different genres can be used to build the same theme. In the poem, “The Lesson of the Moth,” poet Don Marquis uses the protagonist, a moth, to teach the narrator, Archy, a cockroach, what it is like to have a dream worth dying for. Similarly, Daniel Keyes, author of “Flowers for Algernon,” a short story, uses the main character, Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who longs to be smart, to develop the idea that it is better to risk to achieve happiness rather than to live wondering what life could have been like. Both the poet and the author use the main character in their literary work to contribute to the idea that risking something is worth even momentary happiness.
Initially, Rodwell may have joined the war with noble intentions, but by the time Robert meets him, he has already began to take note of the dehumanizing nature of war, which begins his long descent into misery. Rodwells initial willingness to see the best in a situation blinds him to the cruelty and misery of warfare. As an illustrator of children’s books, Rodwell is well accustomed to fairy tale stories, but chooses instead to draw in a more realistic manner. He says, “ I should draw that toad, for instance, just as he is without embellishment. In his own right, you know, he has a great deal of character.” This choice indicates that Rodwell is not as naive as one might assume he is.
SOCIAL CLASS 3. CRIME,GUILT AND INNOCENCE SELF IMPROVEMENT This novel , Great Expectations , teaches us that loyalty and affection plays much more important role than that of having a status in the social advancement and social class . Dickens , taking the theme as a central theme and shows us how pip learns the lessons from his experience of his life which encourages Pip for his good development . Pip is an idealistic person by heart , when he conceive that something is better that he already has , he is always there for an improvement . He takes all his follies to a perfection whether it comes to when he longs to be a wealthy person or to be a good one or to be a good learner .
He took into consideration many elements to ensure his works reached a point where the reader would feel awestruck and could feel the many feelings pictured in the writings. Poe’s characters and stories were represented often by the rejection of the rational, a characteristic of the Romantic era, exchanging it with intuition and emotions. In "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", considered the first detective story, Poe introduces us to Auguste Dupin. Dupin, throughout the story, tries to constantly think like the criminal, following his intuition in order to resolve the crime. The display of emotions in his stories is what draws the attention of the reader.
Writers from all over the world use symbolism to enhance their stories and create something so beautiful in each of their pieces. In To Kill a Mockingbird and Night, symbolism was so effective because it provided depth to the text, allowed the reader to break through the surface layer of the story, and gave readers the freedom of interpreting the story in different ways. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the author uses symbolism in her writing to create this bittersweet novel while one of the major symbols was the mockingbird. On page 119, Harper Lee wrote, “...it's a sin to kill a mockingbird, mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.. They don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.” In this book, the mockingbird took form in two different people from opposite sides of the
I thought this was a good poem and I enjoyed the rhyming and the imagery throughout the poem (Carroll, Lewis). Another one of Carroll’s poems is “Tweedledum and Tweedledee” which is a poem about two young boys who are about to start a battle with each other, but they are both scared off when a crow flies down near them. This poem uses similes, metaphors, rhyme, and imagery to show that Tweedledum and Tweedledee are feisty and contentious. Like the poem, “How Doth the Little Crocodile”, the rhyme scheme is the same as before which is abab. I thought the poem was entertaining and had an appealing storyline (Carroll, Lewis
This Paper aims to highlight the elements of realism in George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man (1894), Shaw was considered a towering figure of his time, depicted his society candidly for which he suffered criticism in early days. But later on, he established his image as an anti-romantic in his society. As we know that literature is mirror of society, Shaw reflects the same beautifully in his works. Through comedy, Shaw tries to present the real picture of his time and society. In this paper we concentrate on Shaw’s patriotism themes of love and war in “Arms and the Man”, this fantastic romantic comedy.
When someone first reads this story, their first reaction is not, “oh, this is a pleasant story and will be one of America’s finest short stories”. It is usually, “what the heck is happening right now?” Then what exactly makes Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” so crucial in American literature? Other scholars have pointed out that it is the use of symbolism in the text. Many times the readers see and notice the symbolism and somehow relate it to their lives. Irwin Goldstein once stated, “The symbolic meaning of words can be so powerful that people are willing to risk their lives for them or take the lives of others”.
In all his poems, Ted Hughes has very significantly related a particular animal to all other creatures and also to human experiences and human concepts. His early poems ‘The Hawk in the Rain’ and ‘Lupercal’ very well express Man’s relation with the animal world. The originality and vivid description of animals make his poetry unique. Through metaphors and images, Ted Hughes has portrayed the animals very vividly and poetically. In most of his poems, Hughes has indirectly and symbolically depicted the contrast and sometimes the similarity between animals and mankind.