“He (Junot Diaz) conjures with seemingly effortless aplomb the two worlds his characters inhabit: the Dominican Republican the ghost-haunted motherland that shapes their nightmares and their dreams; and America (a.k.a. New Jersey), the land of freedom and hope and not-so-shiny possibilities that they’ve fled to as part of the great Dominican diaspora ”says New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani. Winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for fiction Junot Diaz wrote the The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as a reference to his experience living as an immigrant in New Jersey and his own ancestral homeland's experience under the dictator Rafael Trujillo. Almost two third of the story is told by an omniscient narrator who is later finally revealed to be Yunior de Las Casas, a college roommate of Oscar's who is also a character in the book , he dated Lola who is Oscar’s older sister. Yunior is also mentioned or seen in many of Diaz's short stories and is often seen as an alter ego of the author (Junot Diaz).
Subsequently, the reader can make different predictions on what will occur throughout Don’t Get Caught, and the ability to predict and analyze uniquely is one of the principal ideals of Postmodernist literature. Ultimately, the central purpose of an author’s novel is to engross the reader, by writing in a genre and movement that is appropriate the book. Appropriately, Kurt Dinan engages the reader with both a Mystery genre and Postmodernist elements in his novel, Don’t Get Caught. Postmodernists believe that traditional authority is false and corrupt, and the central theme of Don’t Get Caught is that the powerful students play pranks and humiliate the less influential students. There exists a social elite club known as the Chaos Club that plays pranks on the school and faculty, and nobody can figure out the leader of the club is or who the members’ are.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous American author from the antebellum period, notices the emphasis on individual freedoms in the works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists during his residency in the Brook Farm’s community. In response to these ideas, Hawthorne writes The Scarlet Letter, a historical novel about Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s lives as they go through ignominy, penance, and deprecation from their Puritan community to express their strong love for each other. Their love, even though it is true, is not considered as holy nor pure because of Hester past marriage to Roger Chillingworth, and thus Hester gained the Scarlet Letter for being an adulterer. Hawthorne utilizes biblical allusions, such as the stories of
It will give the silenced Haiti its literary voice once again. In the book, Krik Krak, a series of short stories, the author, Danticat, utilizes juxtaposition to create indecisive characters that in return create the overall mood of sympathy throughout the book. The specific examples that display indecisive characters, creating the general sense of sympathy are Guy, Marie, and the night woman. In the beginning of the book, the short story, “A Wall of Fire Rising,” Guy, one of the main characters is held in a personal crisis about his life as a man and status. For example, Guy seems to be depressed for the life he has and has given to his family.
Mary Oliver once said “Figurative language can give shape to the difficult and the painful. It can make visible and ‘felt’ that which is invisible and ‘unfeelable’.” Authors use figurative language in order to set the tone and mood for the story. In the stories “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, and “Stop the sun” by Gary Pulser, the authors use figurative language to develop the characters and tone. In “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” the author uses figurative language to develop the characters and the tone of the story. In the story the author uses similes to describe the tone in the sentence “His father’s words like the distant thunder that now echoed….” This helps the reader identify the father’s personality to be loud and argumentative, also his words are described as echoing letting the reader infer
Richard Rodriguez’s memoir, Hunger of Memory, and Sandra Cisneros semi-autobiographical collection of short stories, House on Mango Street, encompass juxtaposing perspectives with regards to space. Rodriguez’s expresses the purging of one’s past ethnic roots, including his association with the Chicano/x community. He develops his public voice through his mastery of English and his astute scholarship. Cisneros and Rodriquez alike expose the bleak realities of their experiences with regards to their affiliations with their ethnicity. Cisneros proclaims authority by embracing her cultural hybridity.
Familiarity breathes contempt. Throughout the realistic fiction novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the naïve protagonist searches far and wide for acceptance. He becomes familiar with many faces before he sees what lies underneath each of them. With that being said, once those encountered are familiarized, the narrator contradicts his original assumptions. As the novel begins to dive deeper into the life of the narrator, the reader is introduced to a controversial character, Dr. Bledsoe.
Willy touches on the subject of Biff not finding himself and at his age he should be able to find himself and if Biff has not it was nothing but pure laziness. I ask Willy with infinite patience to not contradict Biff in such a way. I succeed in convincing Willy that a Biff is just a very lost soul at the moment. finite patience to not contradict Biff in such a way. I succeed in convince him that a buff is just very lost.
1. Introduction This research paper deals with Washington Irving's most famous short story Rip Van Winkle, which tells the story of a man, who falls into a magical sleep during the English colonial time and wakes up twenty years later as a citizen of the United States of America. It will be looked into the characteristics that make Rip Van Winkle a Romantic piece of literature and how Washington Irving's intentions are reflected in his writing. Hereby Washington Irving’s life itself will be taken into consideration together with the Romantic period to demonstrate how these two domains are combined in Rip Van Winkle. 2.
Persepolis, a graphic autobiography depicting the life of Marjane Satrapi from her childhood to her adult years and Great Gatsby, a 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about young and mysterious millionaire Great Gatsby and his obsession for Daisy Buchanan are examples of literary works that are shaped based on the cultural, social, political and historical context of their respective time periods. The effect that the context has on the literary work will be analyzed in this essay. Persepolis is nothing but context. If the context is removed, then there would be no story. The story begins with the life of marjane and ends with her life.