Literary Analysis: The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno Name: Course: Institution: Instructor: Date: Themes are fundamental and universal ideas that are explored in literary works. The epics of The Inferno by Dante and The Odyssey by Homer are two different stories with themes that that have some similarities while others have distinction. In The Odyssey, the central point is Odysseus struggling to go back home.
There is an example of an allusion in The Scarlet Letter- “The walls were hung round with tapestry, said to be from the Goblin looms, and, at all events, representing the Scriptural story of David and Bathsheba, and Nathan the prophet” (Hawthorne 84). This example of allusion is a biblical reference to when David had an affair with a woman named Bathsheba while her husband was sent to war. A guy in the bible named Nathan knew about David’s secret affair and threatened to tell Bathsheba’s husband. The situation in The Scarlet Letter is very similar to this biblical
In the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates the outcome and the meaning relies solely on the reader. For some it’s a riveting fight between good and evil and for others it’s a sordid tale of seduction and loss of innocence. Connie and Arnold Friend represent the struggle between good and evil. Oates’s mixture of literal, figurative, psychological and allegorical makes this a great and suspenseful tale. Oates unmasked Arnold Friend as a satyr which is a demi-god from Greek and Roman mythology.
Diction takes a great part when analyzing Jane Austen 's use of language in Emma. The level of words used in the novel are not extremely high; yet, complex sentence structures with extensive uses of commas, semicolons, parenthesis, and dashes add some complexity to the book 's diction overall. Austen applies varying styles of diction depending on the character being discussed or talking in each section. The overall diction in the novel is formal, largely because the time of the novel is set at a period when manners were highly valued.
In the first chapter of Erich Auerbach’s novel Mimesis titled Odysseus’ Scar, the stylistic properties of the Old Testament and Homer’s The Odyssey are contrasted to show the two foundational styles for ancient epic literature. Auerbach starts the chapter with an analysis of Homer’s use of digression with in book 19 of The Odyssey, when Odysseus’s true identity is discovered by Euryclea, to alleviate suspense within the book. He goes on to discuss how the comparison of the Homeric style with the “equally ancient and equally epic style” (7) of the tale of the sacrifice of Isaac in the old testament demonstrates “the genius of the Homeric style” (7). Auerbach then goes on to discuss how the Bible and Homeric representation of Gods differ in that
The movie adaptation by Rupert Goold instead takes place in a World War II esque era, and it expands upon the rhetorical appeals in the book, by adding visuals that assist the viewer in fully comprehending the original text. Through the uses of different visual techniques, such as panning, facial expressions, and editing, allow for the director to emphasize the meaning of a text by making the message into a visual medium. Lady Macbeth uses rhetorical appeals by evoking emotions into Macbeth by questioning his masculinity, and exhibiting Macbeth feel guilt in changing his mind about murdering Duncan for the title of king. In turn, this scene is enhanced by the Goold adaptation of Macbeth by using visual rhetoric techniques, such as camera zoom, facial expressions, and body language, in order to stress the rhetorical appeals used by Lady Macbeth. Questioning his manhood, Lady Macbeth is able to use rhetorical appeals in order to persuade Macbeth into executing King Duncan.
For instance, a sentence such as “Love bled from him,” could be considered an allusion to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for our sins. Likewise, words and phrases such as resurrection and silver coins also allude to historical, biblical events. Allusions such as these hint to other works and add greater depth to your story. Imagery underlines your theme with visual representation. The mockingly pin in The Hunger Games serves as imagery suggesting Katniss, like the mockingly, is a creature the Capitol never wanted to exist.
A settings role in English fictional writing Setting is often used in English literature to convey when and where the action is taking place in a story (Mays ,253). Descriptive settings helps the reader more clearly understand the thoughts and emotions of the protagonist. A setting is also known to convey the protagonist’s personality, morals and even help decipher the theme of the story (Mays, 253). Sometimes the themes of fictional writings can often seem to be ambiguous to the reader, which is why settings are helpful in fictional writings. A well-developed setting often is able to grab the reader’s attention and keep them interested through out the story.
This article will bolster my argument by providing these numerous examples and allowing me to explore and present the thoughts of another writer exploring a very similar topic. Ultimately, in my paper, this source will serve as a jumping-off point for many of my arguments. In doing this, I hope to employ it early and often to give my paper frame, direction, and purpose. Toscano, Margaret M. "Homer Meets the Coen Brothers: Memory as Artistic Pastiche in O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
Thomas C. Foster states in his book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, that there are three main items to understanding literature. The first item is memory; Memory helps a reader connect works of literature with other experiences as a way of possibly better understating the writing at hand. Symbolism is the second item noted by Foster. Symbolism can be used to open a readers mind to the big picture being painted. Not all works of literature are as complicated, as to where symbolism is splattered through the pages.
Particularly, Aubrey describes how the East of Eden letters evidently show Steinbeck’s interest in the biblical Cain and Abel story that seem to form the foundation of his novel. Furthermore, Aubrey discusses Steinbeck’s title ideas for his novel that bears emphasis on jealousy and rivalry between siblings. In addition, he explains Steinbeck’s philosophy and thought process writing that opposites like good and evil “cannot exist without the other” (2). In Aubrey’s words, the opposites of the world like good and evil have a relentless attraction to one another, for example, Adam’s moral nature falls for a devil like woman. Farther along in the article, Aubrey points out Adam’s
The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe is a movie based off a book written by C.S. Lewis. The movie has many parallels to the Paschal Mystery; which is the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However the plot of the movie is not similar to the Paschal Mystery, they are very different. But their are moments in the movie that are similar to Jesus’ Life, in the time of His crucifixion.
Thomas Foster claims that in most cases, the values of a writer’s dominant religion will in some way impact the literature they write (118). Many readers have found that when they returned to Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the Christian undertones were much more recognizable, and for some that was a negative experience. “There’s nothing like a flaming sword to separate you from something…in this case that something is former innocence” (Foster 50).