When night falls, and the visitors leave the spider monkey exhibit and then eventually the zoo, the speaker is the only one left, back where he started at the bench. The speaker then starts to compare what the monkey did by reaching at his bottom, to what would happen if a human did it. He goes on to talk about how wrong it is. The speaker wants everyone to know this but he can’t say it so he says, “... and we will say these words as we stand; no; think them.” Rice uses diction fantastically here. By putting semicolons in between the word no, it really lets the reader know that the speaker is self conscious.
Another example, arguably the most important, is the monkey’s paw, “His hand grasped the monkey’s paw and with a little shiver he wiped his hand on his coat and went up to bed” (Jacobs 177). The monkey’s paw symbolizes greed. In the story Mr. White physically holds onto his greed and bad things happen to him. By the end of the story, he let’s go of this greed and the monkey’s paw, allowing fate to flow naturally rather than meddling with it. In the end we can see how the author, W. W. Jacobs, used various literary devices to demonstrate theme throughout the story.
It gives the reader a sense of hope and happiness. The narrator is dreaming about what he wants to do after the cold, miserable winter is over.The author uses imagery to describe the lush fields and paradise-like setting that the narrator is imagining- the “ferns that never fade” and the “…quiet hill /Where towers the cotton tree”. Personification also plays a role in building up the cheerful and blissful mood. The place that the narrator is recounting has “wide- mouthed orchids that smile” and a “laughing crystal rill”, both of which are positive descriptions. Adjectives describing beautiful settings, such as the “open glade” and “summer isle”, add to the bright, cheerful mood.
“The Lottery”: The Symbolism Within A literary symbol is defined as “an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant” (“Symbolism”). The short story “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, has many examples of symbolism that can be found in various places throughout the story. Some specific examples of symbolism in “The Lottery” are the black box used to draw names, the names of the people within the story, and the pieces of paper inside the black box. The first piece of symbolism found in “The Lottery” is the black box. The black box is symbolic in two different ways: it represents tradition and death.
The End of the Paw In the White house there has been some peculiar behavior going about. Sergeant Major Morris has considered giving the Whites a magical monkey paw, but instead he throws it on the crackling fire. Consequently, Mr. White had saved it, but soon regrets it because, Herbert soon dies with the White’s first wish. As Mrs. White opens the front door, Mr. White struggles to reach for the talisman on the table and make his third wish. Nevertheless, he then grabs the paw, but, is too late.
Imagery and Symbolism in Edgar Allen Poe Stories Every bone in my body shook, and every vein pulsed louder and louder until the footsteps stopped right at my front door. Simple, yet descriptive sentences make Poe 's stories interesting and connective to his readers. Although that wasn 't a line by Poe, It’s a small representation of how Poe can influence others. Throughout The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar uses symbolism and imagery to entice his readers. This is extremely important to his writing because it allows the reader to understand, connect and engage with his writing.
The second example of loyalty doesn 't guarantee respect, also occurred when Caliban flung the kitten up in the air and the kitten survives. And he learns that you cannot hurt a “week, helpless little thing” but his master did know that he felt that way and he loses his respect. Emma-Lindsay Squire wrote “ Caliban had one abiding cats… caliban loathed them, chased them savagely, killed the mercilessly… they usually died with a broken neck and a broken back… he leaned at the gray cat, caught her, flung her up into the air… he say he had not killed her. He came nearly, ready to shake her with precisely deathly twist that he knew so well. Still she did not move.
A great story always has at least one theme. A theme is a central idea that the story’s events make the reader think about deeply. They are like the ground work of the story, giving the reader something to hold on to through out the story. Some stories may contain many themes, however, they all need at least one to give direction as well as purpose to the reader. Several themes appear in Rick Riordan 's novel Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, including the fight against good and evil, friendship, and the betrayal of loved ones.
In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, for example, the speaker immediately compares the subject of his admiration to a bright, sunny day, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate” (1-2). This light, found in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and many other famous works of art, often signifies beauty. In other words, beautiful women are often compared to light and day while they are rarely compared to darkness and night. Because of its prominence in art and literature, comparing a woman to “a summer’s day” - to light and warmth - has become “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought;” it has become a cliché (dictionary.com).