In the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, he portrays the American dream is unattainable for his characters, Lennie and George, who ironically are each others opposites, work towards achieving their dream together. Each character has at least one thing standing between them and their American dream. Whether its their race, sexuality, physical, or mental disabilities. Through his narration and use of imagery, Steinbeck crafts the character Lennie Smalls as an untamed animal in order to reveal how impossible it is to attain the American dream as a mentally handicapped person.
In the novel, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote chose his words in a subjective manner. Capote inaccurately described many characters in his novel. He based his writing on his feelings and emotions rather than facts and evidence. Capote characterized Richard Hickock, Perry Smith, and Bonnie Clutter falsely. Capote described Richard Hickock as a bloodthirsty, violent person yet he did not actually kill any of the Clutters.
Therefore, he does not rouse the reader’s sympathy for the wife, and in the process, distances the readers as well. The narrator further distances the reader by reminding him always that he is reading a book. This scheme acts to disengage the reader from developing any form of emotion towards the characters in the narration.
However, people have failed to find the ultimate solution in a constant cycle. On the other hand, some people find life meaningless. These people do not seek any element in life, nor do they search for the true meaning of life. . Kafka, the author of the story “The Metamorphosis”, illustrates the concept of meaningless of life through the usage of the character Gregor Samsa, who faces a crisis where he is transformed into a bug-life figure and gradually doubts his own existence.
Solipsism is a philosophical belief that states only one 's own mind exists. Therefore, anything outside of the realm of one 's existence is uncertain. In multiple plays, Shakespeare 's characters are driven to explore truths they are given on their own accord. They rarely encounter the crux of the issue directly, so they run around the problem instead. For example, in Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio can prevent the majority of the play from happening if he asks Hero to explain what he saw in his window.
Tolkien himself has not helped the readers by refusing to elaborate on the role he is playing in the novel. Whatever he slips out, adds more to the element of confusion. In a letter to Naomi Mitchison, Tolkien states that “Tom Bombadil is not an important person — to the narrative. I suppose he has some importance as a ‘comment’. . . . [I]f you have, as it were taken ‘a vow of poverty’, renounced control, and take your delight in things for themselves without reference to yourself, watching, observing, and to some extent knowing, then the question of the rights and wrongs of power might become utterly meaningless to you, and the means of power quite valueless.
Hannah Arendt says that “nobody is the author or producer of his own life story”. This would lead us to believe that our lives are decided for us, either by fate or by the people around us and the actions they make during their stories Does this then create a need for external validation from other actors and sufferers in our story? Does this make us want to write our own stories? Is this why Thomas Builds-The-Fire tells his stories? Thomas Builds-The-Fire looks to Victor for validation.
In “The Black Cat” Poe presents many different settings, but none of them are highlighted in great detail. Poe might not have had wanted to focus on certain details, like when and where; instead, Poe may have wanted to focus on revealing the psychotic twist his mind had (“Edgar Allan Poe”). The story is about the bad things that happen within the narrator's life. The vague description of each setting does not bring the story to life, but it does create an suspicious theme to the story. The only settings in the story are the narrator's apartment and the cellar where the narrator killed his wife.
At no point does Hemingway reveal how a character responds. He merely states what they
Hemingway used a simple story to hide a deep, sensitive message for his readers to discover for themselves. He wanted people to put more thought into reading his story, therefore he left it up the oneself to discover hidden messages. Hemingway hid clues of abortion through the usage of white elephants, the drinking habits of the two characters, and the landscape. Never once did he straight up tell the readers that the two characters were having a secret, coded discussion about abortion. Things are not always what they
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the tone is objective. This tone is shown throughout the novel as the author simply states the facts and describes events in the story without offering his own opinions along with it. He ceases to hint as to how he feels about the actions of the characters or the plot in the story. For example, when the tribe begins to vigorously kill Simon, William Golding refrains from using his own judgements, and instead only delivers the facts of the murder to the reader. By doing this, the reader is able to form their own thoughts and feelings towards the plot.
In the book “Of Mice and Men,” John Steinbeck uses characterization to demonstrate the humans are self centered, and that they don’t pay much attention to others. To begin with, Steinbeck shows that humans are self centered through the use of characterization. After Lennie dies, Carlson says, “now what the hell you suppose is eatin’ them two guys.” (Steinbeck 107). This dialogue serves to remind us that even though someone just died right in front of them, they don’t honestly care.