In Daniel Woodrell’s novel, Winter’s Bone, the bitter cold of a typical Ozark Winter highlights the harsh and bittersweet lives of the characters in the story. Ree’s quest to find her father interspersed with familial interactions are sharpened by Woodrell’s crafted imagery and descriptions of the merciless winter, and the phenomenal writing which included superb word choice, authentic dialect, and evocative figurative language. In fact, the book would not have the same emotional impact without them. Throughout this finely crafted book, Daniel Woodrell transports the reader to the stark, bleak, and grim reality of the Ozark mountains where the people and the poverty are synonymous. By juxtaposing descriptions of the raw winter and the protagonist Ree Dolly’s bleak life, the reader feels a more intense understanding and connection to the heart-rending plight and events of the characters.
Trinity Moore Mrs. Humphrey AP English 1/31/18 Short Story Anthology Assessment The short story novel A Sound of Thunder, written by Ray Bradbury, is filled with stories about adventure, space, loneliness, and more. What I interpreted from the book was that Bradbury used these stories to explain that humans have or will begin to isolate themselves from each other and earth itself. Beginning with the first story, “The Fog Horn,” This story is one of the most bitter stories in the entire book. Bradbury uses the words lonely, cry, deep, and alone many times throughout the story to make sure the reader understands that he wants the tone of this to be depressing. One example to show how he uses his words is when he wrote “…: the Deeps.
The wilderness is an uncaring cruel world where only the strong live. There is a complete transformation of the old civilized moral Buck to the harsher realities of life in the wilderness of the frosty north. Buck is once amazed by the brutality that he happened to see around him especially when a group of huskies tore his friend Curly apart, killing her on spot. But in due course of time, he learns to imbibe the
A Heaney Commentary Heaney’s collection of poems, North, solidifies the connection between myth, history, and the modern conflict in Northern Ireland. As a native from Ulster, the county where the conflicts spurred, Heaney feels responsible in trying to cease the violence of the ongoing war through paper and pen. The poet delves deeply into the history of his people with hopes to find redemption for his ancestors’ sins, and an epiphany to the violence enclosing him. The Grauballe Man, a literary composition from North, meticulously scrutinizes the iconic ‘bog body’ on display and presents his response towards the violence and chaos revealed in the piece of artifact. Exposure, the final poem from the collection, seeks to answer the fundamental question about the adequacy of his poems as he retires to Wicklow: was his attempt to impact the ‘The Troubles’ enough to hold the line against the violence and brutality of what is happening in Ulster.
Literary fiction is “… written by someone with serious artistic intentions who hopes to broaden, deepen, and sharpen the reader’s awareness of life (Johnson 57).” Literacy fiction gives the reader a deeper view on the real world aiming the reader to empathize with the characters and others. In the short story, Hunters in the Snow by Tobias Wolff is a prime example of literary fiction, as three men are hunting during a snow storm. Through the story, the author has the reader’s emotions shifting and engages the reader into what is going to happen next. Through the struggles of the men hunting in a snow storm, and getting injured the author shows actions of each character that the reader can relate to real world people, such as selfishness and
In the novel the monster was forced up into the mountains because he was not welcome in the town due to his skeptic ways and appearance. He feels gratification in the mountains (nature) that he feels accepts him for who he is no matter his looks and difference about him. Victor after William and Justine deaths also feels that nature comforts him and explains that, “…grief was augmented and rendered sublime by the Michty Alps, whose white and shinning pyramids and domes towered above all, as belonging to another earth, the habitations of another race of beings.” (Shelly 90) Victor is stating the generic view on his love for nature and how the mountains help comfort him in times of grief. Another similarity that is subtle are the desire of family Victor and the monster share. In Frankenstein, Victor’s mother dies leaving Victor alone and isolated.
Crane’s short story “The Blue Hotel” is an example of naturalism because of the way he intertwines nature with his characters. For example Crane gives the wind human characteristics by descriptions like “huge arms” that were making attempts to “embrace the flakes as they sped.” He was able to stimulate emotions and human-like qualities for the raging snow storm outside. As I was reading my attention was brought to these traits while I was imagining the “long mellow cry of the blizzard” and the snow wailing as it “flung to its grave in the south”. Here he transforms the storm outside is into a chilling graveyard. I enjoyed Crane’s style of naturalistic writing because he really does an amazing job of making the reader truly get into each character
American novelist Tobias Wolff, in his short fiction story, “Hunters in the Snow,” strategically uses the cold, hostile setting of a snowy winter hunting trip to help center around oddly dark themes such as self-esteem, self-absorption, and overindulgence. The story is set in snowy, cold, miserable weather that makes it a struggle to even walk, shown by Tub having to trudge through the icy snow, “as the edge of the crust bruised his shins.” This battle against the weather relates to Tub’s battle against overindulgence, which effects the story by incorporating and symbolizing one of the key themes. This also symbolizes Tub’s self-esteem issues when battled against his hostile, cruel “friends.” The cold gradually becomes more of a problem throughout
Things such as “blueblack cold”(2), and “banked fires blaze”(5), show the sort of exaggeration of the endures his father did for him. The poet’s vivid words help the reader conjure visions in of a hard working father up alone in the cold darkness, all for his child.The poet also uses more figurative language, like
His thoughts consist of flashbacks such as, “...Ralph knocking me down, rolling me in snow and fresh brown mud. And Ralph laughing and me going home, shamefaced…” (1). Because Doug is always in his mind, as readers we can see that this flashback contributes to indirect characterization. Indirect characterization has to do with reading in between the lines. Clearly, every time Doug discusses a rough experience with himself, it draws him closer to destroying whatever made him that way.
March 17, 1838 Dear Diary, Today while sitting in the crispy cold weather, with the clothes that now resembled rags, I sat pondering my life. My face now covered in the unpleasant texture of dirt and smut from the factory; now appeared to have become a part of m. My hands disarrayed and my cracked hands bandaged lay tight in my lap and now mirrored my life. I haven’t any parents to speak of so I found myself this alley where I write to you. Not far from work I await the loud bell to alarm me of my next shift down at the factory. Suddenly a gust of cool frost wind blew right in my direction; squinting against it and quivering violently I grasped onto my letters that I gathered over the years to fall into the rights hands.