The first-person point-of-view found in Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado" is essential in creating the central theme of the story. This style of narration is also important in this particular story, because when a murderous protagonist, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his own perspective, the reader obtains a disconcerting look into his mental composure from the initial conjuring of his plan to the end result. The style of narration develops the unsettling tone of the story by allowing the reader to become personally acquainted with the thoughts and intentions of the protagonist. The first person point of view allows certain ironies to become evident, and furthermore, “The Cask of Amontillado” would not have been as psychologically powerful were
In the novel ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, memory is an important theme in the novel as it sets out the backbone of the book. It allows the author to structure however he chooses and in this case each person in the novel allows the reader to read their narrative. Not only that but considering that this was a detective novel, memory is what any detective in the Victorian times would have used and so it is important especially in discovering who had stolen the Moonstone. There was no other alternative than memory and so that is why memory plays a crucial role in this novel. The definition of memory is the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information, this is exactly how each person throughout the novel has given their perspective and narrative.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s journalistic novella, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, makes poignant and striking remarks on the idea of community and how community becomes the reason behind the final act of murder. Gabriel Marquez works on the sentiment of role models, such as the government, the honor in masochism, and the church, in
By using First Person Confessional, Zusak is able to give Death human like qualities. This allows readers to see a situation from a unique perspective not coming from another human, but still having that human like view. “I am haunted by humans” (Zusak 550). Giving death human like qualities allows readers to eliminate the feeling that death is some heartless entity everyone should fear. The readers can even relate to Death because of the feelings he/she acquires through the actions of man in the book.
While Edgar Allan Poe is indisputably referred to as the ¨Father of the Detective Story,¨ he could also be referred to as the ¨Father of Gothic Fiction.¨ He commonly used dark plots and themes to journey readers into the disturbed minds of his characters, and elements such as symbolism, metonymy of horror and a fascination with the past are prevalent throughout the great works of Edgar Allan Poe. Among his most popular pieces, ¨The Tell-Tale Heart” is no exception to his eerie and mysterious way of writing. This plot of this piece is focused around a mentally mad narrator who tries to convince the reader of his sanity while detailing a murder he committed. Poe´s short story, ¨The Tell-Tale Heart,¨ is a prime example of a gothic story because it includes an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, the theme of death and the sense of madness and emotional distress. The location of this tale is not set in a stereotypical haunted castle or old mansion, which is a staple of gothic literature.
The double in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson explores the human duality, and uniqueness of both expressions; that is, of good and evil as part of a larger whole. The work of Stevenson acquires a central place in fantasy literature doubled, differing with William Wilson already is that confronted with the good side of himself, while Stevenson 's novel is confronted by the evil side .The meeting of W.W with his namesake after committing a crime, also ended with a murder. In Jekyll and Hyde ends with repentance and sacrifice of his own life after confessing the crime to the police. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde represent a break in control, the oppressive legality and hypocrisy of Victorian society, exposed primarily from the perspective of the upper middle class professions: Jekyll and Lanyon both are doctors, as well as is Utterson important lawyer, Enfield and a man of success and
Affinity, Sarah Waters Upon reading the extract from Affinity by Sarah Waters I found the gender roles and the contrast between the characters interesting, and therefore I have chosen to critically analyse the extract through the lenses of patriarchal figures and feminism. I wish to highlight certain parts of the extract where I feel these concepts were brought to the fore in an intriguing way. Patriarchy is a system based on ‘the social position held by a male as head of a household’(Gunne lectures). From the outset of the extract the reader is introduced to the prominent patriarchal figure, Peter Quick. We are immediately made aware of the control he has over the other characters, as Miss Isherwood informs us she ‘had not slept a single
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.
The life and literary career of the author makes for as much fascinating reading as that of any of his great novels. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a novel that embodied both the writer’s personal dilemma and the dilemma facing his country in its attempts to liberalize or modernize itself and to liberate the common people from the tyranny of the Tsars and their autocratic supporters. The theme of the extraordinary versus the ordinary man relies on this sort of calculated logic. Raskolnikov uses to commit the murders, symbolizes the two halves of Raskolnikov’s nature these opposing sides are in conflict throughout the novel and are reflected in his victims. _____________________________________________________________________________
Chronicle of a death foretold is an essential novel in the Hispano-American literature. All of us, in some moment of our lives, should read it. In this novel, we can read the story of the last day alive of Santiago Nasar. The unexpected beginning where the author announces the death of the main character intrigues readers. The atmosphere of mystery is presented throughout the novel, because all the character could be the murderer or an accomplice.