The Maples are getting a divorce, but can’t agree on the right time to tell their children and how to go about telling them. Eventually they decide to tell the news upon arrival of their oldest child, Judith. Richard Maple, the father, wants to make an announcement at dinner, while the mother, Joan, prefers to tell the children individually. After debate, they agree that Joan’s way is better. That night when Joan returned from her trip, the Maples enjoy a dinner of lobster and champagne to welcome her back. Richard realize he is “at a table where he sat the last time as head” and begins to cry as the children try to ignore his tears. Eventually their second youngest child, John, asks his mother why the father is crying. It is then, that the …show more content…
Because of the theme, the overall mood of the story can best be categorized as somewhat confusing. The tones present throughout the story are contrasting. In the beginning, the tone starts off very bright and happy like as Updikes describes the summer before “as canary-yellow bulldozer gaily churned a grassy, daily-dotted knoll into a muddy plateau”. Following, reality of the physical state of the tennis court now, “crumbling of handfuls of clay into cracks and hole”, Updike introduces the ominous tone present throughout majority of the remaining story. Supporting this tone are the many clear, descriptive symbols present such as “the old lock, aluminum frozen by corrosion” and the description of his skull “a white face, both frightening and soothing that wanted to shield from tears”. The tone is altered towards the end once Richard starts crying and majority of his kids are accepting to them separating. Less ominous, the tone is more sympathetic and reassuring. The vocabulary choice aides the understanding of the Maples internal conflicts that their marriage is experiencing and that they have to face while trying to come to an agreement, without causing a confusion to their family. Also the languages, mainly gloomy and depressing contribute greatly. Concluding, the contrasting tone supports the struggles that come with a marriage, the emotional ups and down and the tough decision of
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John plays with the feelings of the guilt taken over the boys. This feeling of war has influenced the actions of the boys Finny, Gene and Leper. John Knowles has used diction, imagery and figurative language to show the micro-level of the affects the everyday life of the boys in the story. Diction is very relevant in this story this Shows how the boys would interact with each other. He used diction to get some points across.
When Richard returns to his mom in terror, she announces
Next day the men go down to the court and try to free their wives. John and his friends try to tell the court that the children are lying, but the court wouldn´t listen nor believe them because they have already killed innocent
This fight is the start down the path of relationship termination. The differences in opinions about love which seemed to be unimportant before are becoming major issues and points of conflict. In this stage a couple “highlights their differences” (233) in a negative way, they are no longer fun and light they are coming between the members of the relationship. On day 282 summer and Tom go to an ikea together, they have a good day even though Summer seems distant and says she is not looking for anything “serious”. On day 290 Summer and Tom have jumped to termination and they have broken up.
Language, diction, and complex vocabulary can unknowingly help readers have a better understanding of a piece of literature. They can help readers have a better visual of character traits and different aspects that are presented throughout works of literature. The different uses of language, diction, and vocabulary are evident throughout Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange. Nadsat, which is “a hybrid of Russian and onomatopoetic words,” is an example of a distinctive use of language, diction, and vocabulary that Burgess uses to readers better understand character transformations and aspects that occur throughout the novel (Carson 200).
In the short story “Birthday Party,” Katharine Brush describes a couple the narrator sees in a restaurant having dinner. The couple seems happy together at first but the night takes an unexpected turn into a disaster, leaving the woman crying. What seems beautiful and perfect at first may not be perfect at all and Brush uses literary devices such as diction, imagery and parallel structure to convey this message. In the beginning of the story, Brush describes the couple as “unmistakably married.”
“This isn’t life. This is just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts,” he recognising that his wife has entered an obsessive relationship with a superficial consumer culture, loving success more than him. At a certain point, Lester just does not care anymore and makes no intentions in rescuing his troubles marrigage, but dedicating his time to a compensation of his lost youth, carelessly denying any of his responsibilities as a father or husband.
Lester 's overly monotonous tone and simplified sentences bring you into a world of purposefully plain dialogue that is used to demonstrate the mundane life that Lester and the Burnham 's live. As we learn more about the Burnham family, the facade that each of them seems to put up to display this picture of the "perfect" American Family following the American Dream, is progressively
“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain” (1 .1.28-30). Richard the third was a dangerous man and a self-proclaimed villain who was exploited through the dreams of his loved ones and peers. The dream motif goes on to illustrate how a hidden truth can dismantle and destroy a family. Each member of this family that had a dream faced their own unfortunate future demise not long after. Through the dreams Clarence quickly sees his fate, Stanley warns Hastings about his future, and finally Richard faces his truth and quickly meets his end.
James goes to ask his mother about the situation, and she is so surprised to see him she even faints. He does not understand why his mother faints after seeing him, so he rushes her to the hospital. At the hospital he gets the news that his wife remarried, his land was sold, and people thought that he was dead. James is so agitated, and he rushes to find his wife. He is filled with rage when he finds his wife carrying a toddler, three years of age whom he assumed was the son she bore with his friend.
In the short story “They’re not your Husband”, Raymond Carver describes the society in the 20th century by emphasizing the relationship between the characters. Carver accentuates the problems of Modern Society, as for instance the intern competition of the better life between people, by portraying the characters with a heavy use of contrast. The main character has a function as a substitute for Humanity due to the fact that it lies in human nature to compare each other. Comparing works as a sophistication of the person in order to make the best out of the person.