One of the main motifs discussed in the book is the idea of fragmentation, which Butler utilizes to illustrate the way any sort of separation from what is familiar can cause a person to suffer and be harshly damaged. As the novel progresses, Butler also includes instances in which Dana has to perform certain activities in order to survive in her trips to the past. These events are placed in the plot in order to exemplify the way in which the entire situation of time traveling puts plenty of distress upon Dana. Furthermore, this distress is one more example of how strange and shocking situations can result in damage for the person who experiences them. Butler also charges the plot with symbolism in order to convey this message.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down In the book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman explores the cultural collision between the Hmong Lee family and their American doctors. Along with the culture clash, the social stigma against the Hmong family brings to light a lot of the systematic, moral, and ethical issues that can arise in our healthcare. Ultimately, the combination of the cultural clash in medical perspectives, the underlying social stigma, the inadequate treatment, and the miscommunication hindered the proper diagnosis and recovery of led to the demise of the Hmong child. However, many of the problems could have been easily avoided or resolved with more patience, objectivity, and most importantly, cultural competence.
The story Sweetheart of The Song Tra Bong by Tim O’Brien is about the decline of human innocence. Throughout our lives we face many changes whether it be by choice or by the environment we are surrounded in. Although change can be good it can also decrease the morale of those around you. Mary Anne is the face of such a change that will make brave men cower in fear; her change signifies a falling of the most beautiful of angels, the epitome of light but who has been seduced by the hatred and darkness.
What we learn about the characters is that based on their description of loads such as heirlooms, love letters, and drugs that each of these voluntary items that they have carried hinders them and becomes a burden in some way to them. The “weight” of the items slow their speed and progress and the emotional “baggage” causes such handicaps as in paranoia or superstition. An example is the death of Lavender when O’Brien states, “ Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than Khe in mid-April"(97). The theme of repetition is experienced throughout the short
Unlike a quality that came to be. Unfairness changed people’s lives and nearly defined the meaning of the book. From Liesel’s father being taken away, to when Rudy dies, the book is filled with moments of sadness, yet with no apparent reason. This shows that as long as there is life, there will be
In the gripping novel Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen establishes the theme of old age crippling humans, causing both physical and emotional hardships. To begin with, Sara Gruen uses the character of Jacob to show the emotional hardships caused by aging. Jacob feels sad and alone in the nursing home, and even begins to lose who he really thinks he is: “Even when I look straight into the milky blue eyes, I can’t find myself anymore” (Gruen, 2007, p. 111). Jacob believes that age has completely changed him as a person, which is a drastic and frightening thought to have.
There are many things to be said about Ms. Blanche DuBois in the literary work “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Blanche Dubois has many personality flaws and traits have come from her many troubled experiences. One of her personality traits is that she is in a way insecure mainly due to the fact that she once had wealth and estate but lost it all. Those insecure faults arose from when she once felt the security of a marriage but lost that also when she discovered that he liked man in which led to him committing suicide. One of the best textual evidence to point to the fact is when she was looking for a compliment from Stanley.
Weather in literature is often used to symbolize the mood or mental state in which a character experiences. For example, rain is commonly associated with sadness. As it is commonly identified, fog is a cloudy element of weather that affects one’s ability to see clearly, however, it is also used in literature to represent a character’s lack of clarity. Throughout One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, the motif of fog is used to represent the mental instability and confusion Bromden experiences under Nurse Ratched’s ward. As the story progresses and Bromden gains confidence, the fog diminishes and he is able to overcome the Big Nurse.
Tragic love: the love between a man and a woman that once it is realised cannot be fulfilled. Othello, The Great Gatsby and The Fault in Our Stars each display how relationships become tragic due to faults within individual human nature as well as faults which are beyond their control. The Great Gatsby; a novel set in the 1920s, depicts a society viewed by Fitzgerald as surrounded by emptiness and recklessness. Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship is made tragic partly by society, but also by the flaws of Jay.
Many see their hometown as wonderful and enjoyable, but in the novel, Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, the small town of Starkfield, Massachusetts has a sort of weather that makes people who live there, such as Ethan Frome, miserable. In the novel the severe weather in Starkfield serves as the prime purpose for Ethan, Zeena, and Mattie’s horrible demise. He did what he could to find pleasure in his marriage with Zeena, yet he had trouble rediscovering the initial reason for marrying her. Once Mattie came along, her and Ethan started to fall for each other and he became unfaithful in his marriage and eventually it resulted in him sharing his unhappiness with both Mattie and Zeena. Ethan Frome lived in Starkfield his entire life.
Death is one of the most grave consequences that a person can face for their actions, however, to those with dangerously romantic views in literature it is not uncommon for it to occur. This, unfortunately is true for both of these novels. In Kingsolver 's novel, the Pierce families both actions and inactions result in the tragic death of the youngest daughter Ruth May. Their ideas that they did not have to conform to the society in which they were in and the romantic idea that everything would be okay within that family lead to this tragic death.
In the stories “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, both Montresor and Emily they killed a man without significant reasons. In both stories, the main characters can easily be classified as psychotic, from their disturbing behavior patterns and the actions committed by both individuals. In the story of "Emily Rose". It is obvious that Emily 's mental is not normal after her father was dead.
The process of growing in a character can be treacherous process. This process was demonstrated well by Reverend Dimmesdale in the novel, The Scarlett Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s style sets up Dimmesdale demise impeccably, giving the reader a deep and insightful look at Dimmesdale. Hawthorne explains the destruction of Dimmesdale, which is due to committing adultery with Hester, with his continued exacerbating health and the letter A throughout the novel. Hawthorne continuously comments about Reverend Dimmesdale’s ailing health, leading the reader to assume that the sin is eating him up from inside.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places” - Hemingway (“Ernest Hemingway Quotes”). This fits with the Snows of Kilimanjaro due to the fact that Harry feels as if he is broken. The war and his lifestyle have broken him down with severe PTSD. In this piece of literature, the reader can see how Hemingway has really provided insight into his own personal struggles and how his lifestyle drug him down as he mirrors Harry to his own life. Both show how the PTSD cycle has affected their lives and sent them on a spiral downward resulting in a feeling of no escape.
In the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton the narrator tells the readers how he met the main character,Frome, in Massachusetts. Edith Wharton takes the reader twenty-four years into the past and there we see that Frome is a young man,who chased after an education in science, but when his father dies he is forced to return back to the farm. After that his mother becomes ill and his cousin Zeena comes to take care of her,but when his mother dies, Frome marries Zeena out of loneliness. As time passes by Zeena becomes more sick, due to this their marriage is without love and Frome feels very lonely and has no one to talk to. Then Mattie silver,Zeena’s cousin,comes to take care of her,and Frome falls in love with her and can not imagine life without