In Jack London’s, “To Build a Fire”, London uses literary devices to contrast the narrator’s dark and ominous tone with the main characters cavalier temperament. By presenting the readers to the setting, London begins to show them that the tone is very unhappy and fearful. Along with setting, the narrator presents the somber tone of the story through the total omniscience point of view. Additionally, various symbols are employed throughout the story to help support the narrator’s dark tone. Finally, the usage of foreshadowing from the start to the finish of the story helps to keep the fearful and dark tone.
He made everything seem to contradict itself that created constant tension between the reader’s expectations and the actual actions that will take place in the short story. Even between the characters that thought an event should happen or how it should in fact does not happen at all or happens in an entire different way than expected. Poe using the literary elements of symbolism, foreshadowing, and irony to let the reader become more interested in the evolving eventual plot made Cask of Amontillado a popular piece of literature that everyone of different backgrounds, ages, and gender can immerse themselves into. By using the elements he did, Poe could explain the reasoning behind Fortunato’s death and why was naïve to the events foreshadowing his murder. Aside from the technicality aspect of Poe’s use of elements, he also exposed the issues yet beauty of art and the artists themselves of the day and
Hopeless Mood in “The Most Dangerous Game” In the paragraphs before the climax of “The Most Dangerous Game”, Richard Connell creates a hopeless mood by invoking the use of discouraging diction and demoralizing details to immerse the reader into Rainsford’s predicament. The reader loses hope of Rainsford ever escaping from Zaroff when Rainsford “was awakened by a sound that made him know that he had new things to learn about fear. It was a distant sound, faint and wavering, but he knew it. It was the baying of a pack of hounds.” (647-650). The phrase of “new things to learn about fear” suggests that Rainsford heard something that will drastically reduce his chances of survival thus telling the reader that Rainsford is in a dire situation.
This novel is definitely a more challenging read than To Kill A Mockingbird as it requires lots of analyzation to fully understand the text. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the story of To Kill a Mockingbird. Although they are two completely different stories, they share themes of conscience and principles and doing what is right despite the opinions of
Mood is referred to as the atmosphere of a literary piece, as it creates an emotional situation that surrounds the readers. In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe there are many moods such as creepy, sad, violent, and ironic. Montresor meets Fortunato at a carnival, lures him into the catacombs of his home, and buries him alive. Montresor who decides to seek revenge against Fortunato specifically creates a mood of suspense. Who knew that insulting someone could lead to a dark and suspenseful death for Fortunato?
The setting is extremely essential to the plot of Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game” for two main reasons. For instance, when Rainsford is swimming to the island he notices that there are large rocks surrounding it: “ Jagged crags appeared to jut up into the opaqueness;”(3). Since there are large jagged rocks surrounding “ Ship Trap” island sailors would typically not dare go near them. If these rocks were not surrounding the island onlookers would see men being killed, not dock and General Zaroff would have no game to hunt. People would see the general’s cruel hunting game and report it to the authorities.
Poe’s eerie diction additionally puts forth more discomforting thoughts that can only be broken by one’s will-power. Every aspect about the plot, every detail within the setting, and every tumultuous noise forces the narrator to ponder his survival: “Then, very suddenly, thought, and shuddering terror, and earnest endeavor to comprehend my true state.” Poe’s somber diction continuously enforces the readers to acknowledge the extent of the depressed, dark setting. One of such intensity that the “blackness of eternal night” “seemed to oppress and stifle” the narrator, encompassing him in the fear that he will die in the pit. Poe further oppresses the narrator by giving the pit the connotation of a “dungeon” and having him realize that the pit
My eyes followed its outward or upward whirls with the eagerness of the most unmeaning despair; they closed themselves spasmodically at the descent, although death would have been a relief, oh, how unspeakable!” This piece of text shows how the author created suspense by making the reader think about whether or not the narrator was going to die. In this piece of text, the author uses imagery in order to create suspense by describing how dangerously close the pendulum was to him. I could have clasped the red walls to my bosom as a garment of eternal peace. In the text it also states, “‘Death,’ I said, ‘any death but that of the pit!’... I struggled no more, but the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long, and final scream of despair.
Despite his questioning over how to proceed, he ultimately comes to one pivotal conclusion, “He observes that such thinking turns people into cowards, and action into inaction,” (Applebee). This marks his official plan taking shape and action. In conclusion, the three major soliloquies from Hamlet each reflect the major themes of revenge, death, religion, as well as espionage. Through these incredibly engaging, Shakespeare addresses the greatest of the tragedy’s themes to the audience repeatedly. These speeches show the evolution of internal struggle within the protagonist, as he ultimately questions his position in life, as well as death.
The mysterious personality of the novel falls deep in the absolute depths of exploring darker edges of human feelings and does it well to bring about pity and terror among the visitors in the preeminent storytelling format. The gothic elements fused with the scary in the storyline where anxiety can be seen existing in the dark edges of the type and the locked secrets in back of doors retains on the memory of readers. Pictures that are hard to forget for instance as described by Jonathan Harker in his journal in chapter three "I observed the fingers and foot grasp the corners of the stones, worn clear of the mortar by the stress of years, and by thus using every projection and inequality move downwards with substantial speed, just as a