Despite his clear disdain for books, he can quote deep, introspective lines and build arguments using them. (pg 103). In this disarming conversation, Beatty catches Montag off guard by describing his dream and the fight they had, quoting deep literature and making his point about how books can be used to argue either side, clearly getting into Montag’s head. Yet despite his self-assurance, he is unhappy. This fact is kept hidden until after his murder, as Montag thinks of the events leading up to it.
Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help develop and inform the text's major themes. One of the prominent themes in the novel The Catcher in the Rye and one of great interest to the narrator himself, would be the omnipresent theme of death. It could be argued that the novel is not only full of references to death in the literal sense, physical disappearance, but also in the metaphorical, taking the form of spiritual disappearance, something which Holden often focuses on, along with the actual theme of mortality. It is possible that this occurs in his reluctance to interact with the living world, as his means of escaping from the reality he despises, his mundane thoughts and the “phoniness” that he is surrounded with. Holden becomes increasingly attracted to the idea and comes close to obsession, as his mind is flooded with thoughts of death and disappearance, as well as questions which are revealed throughout the novel.
As others claim, suspense is better kept with first-person view, since the narrator discloses certain elements, but because the narrator can’t get into the minds of the other characters, not much is disclosed anyways. Throughout the story, suspense is an important part. To explain, the reader wants to know the consequences for Miss Strangeworth’s letter, and when her roses are destroyed it is not as satisfying because we did not know what the character planned to do. Third-person single vision allows the author to describe the world differently than the POV character would, yet also keep suspense, “The entire story is filtered through the point-of-view character’s consciousness” (Gotham
However, my opinion on the books places The Chosen over To Kill a Mockingbird due to the relatable theme, easy-to-follow plot, and the sense of completion it offers. Although, there are many aspects of To Kill a Mockingbird that exceed aspects of The Chosen. For example, the theme of racial discrimination in To Kill a Mockingbird, though not as relatable, addresses a much bigger and important message to its original audience. In different eyes, the books could seem very different. After all, the value of books are not decided by the book themselves, but by the readers with their own
“The most substantial of Moby-Dick’s boring parts are the ‘cetology chapters,’ widely acknowledged as the chapters that ‘story lovers love to skip’” (Doyle 2). Moby Dick begins with attention grabbing chapters that lure readers in, such as the relationship between Ishmael and Queequeg and Ahab losing his leg; both of which have plots that are fascinating. Readers do not expect a relationship between two men to be written about in the nineteenth century, and so the audience becomes curious and actually reads to find out what kind of acts they performed in that time between two racially different men and also compare a homosexual relationship today. Then Ahab has this obsession over a large white sperm whale (Moby Dick) and feels the need
I think this book is unique because he shoots the truth at you right between your eyes. It takes the lid of the "common truth" box and shows out in the open how misused they are. This book will change your perspective in so many areas of your life and your personal development. You will be amazed how you didn’t read this book before. I think this book is a must read book.
Third Hand actually.”(O’Brien 109) This statement by Rat Kiley does both, as he gives the reader background information about the stories that follow, but at the same time, it also gives the story a sense of unreliability as he states that the rest of the story is entirely speculation. Kiley uses these tools in order to have the reader feel how he feels, he wants them to know that while the story may not be true it perfectly exemplifies life at war. This is due to the fact that Kiley tells us that the story may not be true, but with war stories it doesn’t matter if the facts are true, it matters that the feelings are true. A narrator in a story has the ability to add in or leave out facts which the narrator can use in order to get his or her point across and teach a
In today’s world, one can find many instances of selfishness, whether it be corruption, killing, or even breaking a heart. However, like a diamond in the rough, someone who is truly selfless is hard to come by. One example of a selfless writer is C.S. Lewis, author of Till We Have Faces. Lewis wrote some of his novels in a way to not only educate the world that selflessness will always win but also the fact that selfishness will always lose.
Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses has haunted and perplexed readers and critics since its publication in 1988. The Satanic Verses models itself on the two-fold working of memory and imagination and skilfully interweaves the combined machinery of dreaming and waking. A distinction of both worlds—dream and reality—offers strange workings of the author’s (or more specifically, of the characters’) capacity to conjure beasts, humans and bodily metamorphoses. Events thus populate the world of The Satanic Verses in the manner of a dream-like-waking or a waking-like-dream. This intricate mixture of dream and reality is also complicated by the difficulty of the efforts to translate dream-language into reality or reality into dream-language.
You could see it when she got sarcastic and impatient with me because I couldn't explain myself or I did things wrong. Stop thinking about class, she'd say. Like a rich man telling a poor man to stop thinking about money.” In conclusion, the theme is the most realist element in the novel The Collector, along with the unity of the story, the detailed depiction of the two main characters, and the use of language. However, the way in which Fowles plays with realist and postmodern elements indeed make us wonder whether this work is realist or postmodernist. John Fowles beautifully combines characteristics of both realism and postmodernism to create an uncategorisable work of art, as he is considered to be the missing link between realism and postmodernism.