It is also worth to notice that John Hawthorne, one of the Salem Witch Trial Judges, was his great grandfather (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography). Since Salem was his hometown, he developed his writing through the gospel of American Puritanism and intend to spread those principles through his literature which also gives the focus of his literature. Hawthorne’s writing style was unique and was well-regarded for several reasons. First of all, Hawthorne induces readers to use their own imagination to interpret the meaning of the tale, as it is evident in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Moreover, he likes to present multi-fold and multi-perspective of a character.
She even went on to go on to win a National Book Award. Primarily, the author focuses on writing short stories and, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is no different. This story is about a family vacation that goes terribly wrong. From an ill-tempered grandmother with a bad memory to a car accident with a few problematic witnesses the author employees foreshadowing throughout the entire story. O’Connor uses a unique blend of setting, tone, irony, and character development to make this short story a quick yet fascinating read.
EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com. Accessed 18 Mar. 2018. “Langston Hughes” by Carl Brucker attempts to explain the accomplishments Langston Hughes has had and who inspired his famous poem, “Mother to Son.” Langston Hughes won an Opportunity poetry prize, leading him to the publications of his other writings. Brucker justifies Hughes as not only a successful writer, but he also “used grant money to establish African American theatrical groups in Harlem and Chicago that produced several of his plays.” (5) After overcoming much criticism by blacks and whites, Langston Hughes influenced several generations of African American authors, and that is widely acknowledged.
James Baldwin is a renowned author best known for his work of essays, books and short stories, particularly those which dwell deeply into important social and psychological issues of discrimination, gender inequality, homophobia and so on. One of Mr. Baldwin 's most appreciated literary works is the short story 'Sonny 's Blues ' which focuses on two brothers who grew up together but take different paths in life. The story follows the narrator learning about his brother Sonny 's incarceration due to the use and selling of drugs until his brother gets parole. Throughout the story, we learn about the relationship between the pair and are able to witness the narrators ultimate understanding of Sonny and his ambition. As we continue to observe the impressive short story, we find the most recurring theme to be that of sorrow.
Even just by reading pages 5-12, I can tell that Ta-Nehisi Coates is a good writer because his essay is highly thoughtful and provocative, and the well-written narrative provides lots of powerful examples to depicts the racial struggle in the U.S. He told his son, “You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regression all land, with great violence, upon the body.” The concept of violence upon the body appears on every important point of my reading. This is more powerful than the examples of law enforcement and black Americans because it leads the reader to truly see the the fears provoked. He talks about how those who believe they are white are essentially doing the “theft” from the bodies of the black. By using example from the American history and some recent disputes between the police and the black, he seems to express hope, but then he realized there’s real hope.
In Alan Paton’s compelling novel “Cry, The Beloved Country” published in 1948, he eloquently writes about the characters Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis to tell a story with a momentous message about the effect of apartheid in South Africa. Paton expertly solidifies his dynamic and forceful writing in his novel with his uses of various literary elements like imagery, diction, allusions, motifs, and even the simplicity of his poetic writing voice. Although, in chapter 36 Alan Paton’s uses of biblical allusions and connotative diction serve to help the reader better understand and to highlight the change that is to come to the racial unjust country. Biblical allusions are all throughout the “Cry, The Beloved Country”, everywhere from names to direct quotations from holy scripture. Chapter 36 is no different with the presence of biblical allusions.
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is one of the most controversial novels that is taught in schools, making a major influence on American Literature with Twain’s use of satire and theories throughout the novel. Mark Twain’s real name is Samuel Clemens. His penname, Mark Twain came from Mississippi when he was on the river and others called out that name. Twain, who was born in Florida Missouri and wrote this book about his dream adventures growing up. His biggest dream was to become a steam boatmen.
In the short story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner we see how he foreshadows that Emily is the murderer of Homer. Within the introduction we are told that William Faulkner was a Southern writer who loved to write comedy and tragedy. I would definitely consider “A Rose for Emily” one of his best tragedy that he has written as it contains suspense and foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is defined as a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and helps the reader develop expectations about the coming events in a story.
The general focus of Gene Bluestein’s “The Blues as a Literary Theme” is that he is trying to explain what Ralph Ellison wanted readers to get from Invisible Man. More specifically, he praises the way Ralph Ellison wrote Invisible Man, talks about Ellison’s views on black and white relationships, and the hero’s struggle in the novel. Bluestein writes that Ellison’s novel “defines the ideological and technical possibilities of American Negro materials more accurately and effectively than any work in our literary history…Ellison not only brings us up to date…[he fills] in outlines …that had only been sketched earlier.” He talks about relationships between blacks and whites and states that Ellison wanted to “provide a portrait of the American…[to
He gained himself a reputation as a writer off of one book, “Invisible Man” and became successful. The short story “Battle Royal” is set in the 1950’s where racism is very much alive, the difference in the skin colors of the characters is a very evident symbol. The way that the blacks
In the small town of Hannibal, Missouri, a young author named Samuel Langhorne Clemens began to absorb his knowledge about the reality of life in the South during the early 1800’s. At the age of 41, Mark Twain, Clemens pen persona, had created one of the world 's most controversial but fantastic articles in American Literature. Throughout Mark Twain’s compelling novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a realistic setting of the old south is portrayed through the use of language including the disturbing ”N” word, satirical representations of Southern people, and typical southern scenery. Despite the book 's literary value and complete historical accuracy, select people and schools continue to either label the novel as racist or ban it in
Among the numerous books that celebrate the importance of being black and their heritage, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me remains paramount. As a poetic and exquisite piece of writing dedicated to his son, this story recounts Coates’s experience of living inside a black body in America. Countless moments within his life have built up to become an endless number of morals and lessons about the meaning of life. Utilizing ideas from other poets and from the influential people surrounding him, Coates is able to bring to life the true meaning of inhabiting a black body. His experience with writing blog posts for The Atlantic only propelled his career to reach this new height as a writer whose message is understood.
Bringing intellectual stimulation through his invigorating works, Claude McKay was recognized to be one of the most inspirational figures during the Harlem Renaissance. McKay served to be a model for blacks, especially those who suffered the tortures of slavery in America. Poems, short-written books as well as novels were representatives of his art. From the application of skill and a bit of imagination the writings he expressed revealed real events that spurred the movement of reviving black cultural identity.