James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” was initially very confusing. I had trouble distinguishing between the past and the present when the speaker was reflecting on school (Baldwin 1-3). However once he began to do so, I remembered how Professor Ewan told us to avoid writing chronologically. I did not understand why he had told us this other than to make our work more interesting. Reading this short part of the fiction text gave a sense of nostalgia and established a kind of connection and introduction to the unnamed character.
In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby portrays 3 things about his personality. The reader happens to learn of his personality by his actions, words, and how the other characters view him. First, Gatsby isn’t the man others can always trust. There are times in the book where other characters are wondering where he is.
He has been living his life obsessing over Daisy in the hopes of impressing her and has done this all for her and not for himself. Fitzgerald use of figurative language in the novel presents the complications Gatsby ran into throughout his life. The implicit meanings in the passages and the novel as a whole can also relate to society as a whole because Gatsby, although wealthy, can still go through problems just like others can, and still does not achieve his ultimate dream in the end. Gatsby is not able to reach this dream because he had held onto the past for too long, and cannot pursue other elements of happiness. He has wrapped his life around one person, who did not made him feel complete.
Background information was researched to give the readers context on the author himself including his early life and his inspirations to write the novel; to give the readers a basic idea on who the writer is and why he wrote the novel. I included the literary criticism on the novel to revel both sides of the novel and to look at the novel from another perspective, the reason writers use colour symbolism was included to educate the readers on why many writers use colour symbolism. The disillusionment experienced by numerous American citizens was involved in the essay to closely inform the readers on what the disillusionment and idealism that the American citizens believed actually
There are approximately 130 million known published books in the world, so what’s special about Bartleby the Scrivener. Within its 64 pages, Herman Melville uses Bartleby, an unassuming oddball, to humor and enlighten readers. Bartleby’s temperament is undeniably different than most of society, but there is purpose behind his actions. Despite Bartleby’s seemingly unimaginative demeanor, he is in reality preserving his own unconventional artistic identity by refusing to copy others’ work or conform to societal norms, ultimately providing a model of resistance.
Throughout the text, Vladek is seen trying hard to connect with Artie so he can learn to protect himself but Artie does nothing but push him away because his only motive to be with his father is to write his comic book and in Mala’s case, Vladek isn’t in love with her. He just wanted her company, unlike how he was deeply in love with Anja. The survivors of the Holocaust all have different stories and perspectives of what they went through, but one thing they all have in common is that The Holocaust left an impact on them and changed
At the beginning he is honest and because he is not judgemental, a lot of people tell him their secrets, and he happens to be in the middle of everything and knowing everything even though he does not want to be part of it after he realizes how cynic is the people that he is hanging out with now. “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life” (Fitzgerald 23) Nick says this at the beginning of the book when he does not really knows the society that he is moving in. After the summer ends, and Gatsby is killed and all the other things that happened, all the secrets, all the selfishness, he feels, without doubt, repelled by the society and he moves back to the
When Gatsby states that “of course [he] can” repeat the past (pg. 110), he is only setting himself up for disaster. While he was once able to bring forth his dreams into reality, he soon sees that his “dead dream [was]…trying to touch what was no longer tangible.” (pg. 134) His dream was quite obviously dead, and Gatsby had lost that once-empowering superpower, because the modernization of the East is far different from the Western
In, “The Red room,” by H.G. Wells, we get a snapshot of a nameless narrator about to enter an ominous room, antagonized by three mysterious ghost-like characters. The prose here does not include the entire story, but even this small snippet shows Wells uses distinct literary techniques such as imagery to characterize the narrator, as well as the other characters. We are only introduced to a few characters, but in the short time we see them we get an ominous sense about them, even though there is no context given as to who they are or why they are there. The author/narrator states, “I put down my empty glass on the table and looked about the room, and caught a glimpse of myself, abbreviated and broadened to an impossible sturdiness, in the queer old mirror at the end of the room.”
There are also other themes in the text, among others dishonesty. Dishonesty is a theme because; it is mentioned, many times, that either nobody is telling the truth or that the main character is the only honest man at the party. However, with this said, it is important to notice, he is the narrator, and could himself be lying to himself or us. There is also a man, which automatically assumes that the library’s books are fake, and therefore very superficial.
The novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald is an example of failure of the American dream. The American dream is the belief that anyone regardless of race, class, gender, or nationality, can be successful in America (Blog Prep Scholar). Jay Gatsby is a character in the novel who does not come from old money; he comes from humble backgrounds and strives for a dream he never gets. In despite Daisy Buchanan does come from old money, therefore she is like the barrier Fitzgerald adds to the novel to portray an example of how wealth and unrealistic dreams will always end up in failure.
Antithesis is a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect F Scott. Fitzgerald employs this technique to contrast the character of Nick Carraway with that of the overarching themes present in the society that are also possessed by the other individual characters. This society is steeped in the social stratification and conspicuous materialism that is characteristic of the jazz age of the 1920’s. “These characters… constitute America itself as it moves into the jazz age” , and just like the society that was looking to increase in prosperity, the individual characters in the Great Gatsby were also in pursuit of acquiring and maintaining this money, status and social prestige.
One event that is surprising to me personally in the book was when arthur gave nate his 1st place prize which was a skateboard that nate really wanted. Why this is surprising to me is because nate hated him because he entered in his troop and stole his 1st place spot and took his spot in his troop with his friends teddy and francis which they let him in the troop and nate did not agree to the decision of letting him in [Arthur] On pg.43 and on pg.85 it states,teddy says this is nate's best friend¨He really wants to win that skateboard¨. Then nate says ¨no that's my skateboard not his¨.On page 85 it also states , Nate sad this¨Arthur made me some brownies that's so obnoxious and on page 73 nate says¨how much I hate arthur he's so irritating