In the novel “Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton, readers experience the story of a priest from a small village travelling to a big city to find his family. When he arrives in Johannesburg, he realizes that his family has faltered in regards to their faith and has experienced much difficulties in life. His sister is a prostitute who tells illegal items on the streets, his brother is a politician fighting for the rights of black people but ultimately only cares about his own power, and his son who is in jail for killing a famous anti-racism activist. “Cry, the Beloved Country” gives the reader an inside look on the complex relationships of fathers and sons and how their relationship is separated, reconciled, and ultimately how the father and son share common goals. First, the theme of the father and son being seperated is a major part of the novel.
Medina 3 They reenacted the Boston tea party and referred to the parents as the British or the redcoats meaning that the parents were a symbol of the king taking the power away from the people. Now along with the obvious themes of hard working and independence comes a theme deeper than those, effective communication and action. Leattlie Pi says “ seeking Independence might be the obvious theme for the book but the more important thing is the importance of using good communication skills and following them with actions”(8). In other words they’re trying to say to be committed. Some people would even say that duty was to pressuring on her parents but she said a big goal goal and achieved it, if you count getting $.25 raise in your allowance a big
The Battle Royal is a chapter from the novel “Invisible man” by Ralph Ellison. The plot is about a young afro-american male who has made a speech and is told he will obtain the opportunity to present his speech in front of a group of wealthy white men. The speech is about the afro-americans place in society and moreover their correlation to the white people. The boy has been praised because of his obedience towards the white population. The speech was going to be presented in the ballroom of a hotel but when the narrator arrives his events of the night takes a very unpleasant turn and he is forced to participate in the Battle Royal.
From the story the sniper the theme is the back ground of the story the overall idea. The moral expands on the idea and makes it something we can learn. In the story the theme is war, the moral of the story explains that war is risky and can hurt loved ones. That is how they are connected.
All I know is there are no heroes in this world. Not really. Just men and women who become old and tired and lose the strength to fight for what they love any longer.” The central theme of the novel was mainly focused on community and family. Will loses everyone he had after returning from the war. Although the having traumatic issues, it showed how he coped with his loses and how brave he emerged, choosing to protect his own once
“Not bloody stories, necessarily. Happy stories, too, and even a few peace stories” (33) makes the war what it is. Although war is labeled as pessimistic among society, it actually has ups with its downs such as life itself, these positive feelings and values positioned in the negative whole can both be seen in Brendan Hoffman’s photograph and Tim O’Brien’s short story “Spin” by looking at soldiers’ behaviors. Both in the story “Spin” and in the photograph, innocent and childish attitudes a soldier may carry are pointed out which reflects and creates the sweetness of war. In the story, O’Brien points out that they were guided by an old poppa-san through the mine fields each morning; during these mornings all soldiers “learned to love the
The story “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemmingway depicts the wounding and post-traumatic experience of the First World War of the main character Harold Krebs and his family. Like most soldiers’ experience of the war, upon return to their lives back home, their lives virtually had no more meaning to them. Krebs presents a painful realization in this manner in which he interacts with his mother. She tries to think of her son as a hero and make him feel like one by encouraging him to re-tell his tales from the war. Krebs knows that the impressions his mother is making are not authentic and she, just like the rest of his fellow town folk are tired of hearing and reading the same stories from the war (De Baerdemaeker 24).
From the eternal conflict between God and Satan, to the struggles of Winston Smith against Big Brother in 1984, by George Orwell, the battle between good and evil, morally just and unjust, oppressed and oppressor has been a central theme throughout much of mythology and literature. Such fantastical tales inspire us, we cheer for the victory of justice, sympathize with and favor the underdog, demanding his or her triumph. This sentiment of struggle and conflict for the sake of ultimate conquest is engrained in both my familial and American history. Throughout my childhood, my father emphasized the importance of diligence, determination, and perseverance in all aspects of life. He, Growing up in a lower-middle class family in Worcester, with his own father often unemployed, adopted a mindset centered around hard-work and attainment.