In the introduction to Days of Obligation by Richard Rodriguez, Rodriguez encaptures the differences of societies within the nation of Mexico and state of California, both of which he is familiar with. Rodriguez informs the readers through different stylistic devices on the tragic society that is Mexico and comedy of California. Its is targeted to general audience as he simply contemplates the differences between comedy and tragedy which he talks about as if to an outsider looking in. All in all, Richard Rodriguez attempts to convey the wisdom of both comedic and tragic societies and just how different they are. Rodriguez throughout out the introduction states differences in culture and identity within the two different societies.
For the poor districts the Games are about living in constant fear of either death or losing one of their loved ones. The violent events in the arenas might entertain the Capitol residents, but “they cannot fool those in the districts, who are faced every day with the signifiers of violent repression” such as whippings or executions (Day
Stressing the immorality behind the oppression of human rights, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies displays a reverent tone as the heroic actions of the Mirabal sisters against a totalitarian government are described, showing Alvarez’s desire to possess the same courage. Though filled with numerous themes, the most prominent message
Written by Gabriel Garcia Márquez in 1958 as part of Los Funerales de la Mamá Grande, Un Día de Éstos is a short story addressing a vast theme; that of power and how it is balanced. By constructing the narrative primarily around the two characters of Don Aurelio Escovar, an unqualified dentist, and the mayor who is suffering of toothache, Márquez uses their reactions towards each other to guide the reader into understanding how easy it is to become vulnerable, notwithstanding their social class. CHARACTERISATION The theme of power is explored through the characterisations of the two men in the story and it could be said that this done primarily through continuous contrasts between them. To start with, the vocabulary that surrounds Escovar
This essay will explain and compare the irony in “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, and “The Censors” by Luisa Valenzuela. “The Sniper” is about a rebel during the revolution in Argentina. The rebel is a sniper that is in the middle of a battle with another sniper. He shoots the other sniper and kills him. He feels a
Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction which is about four sisters who fight the oppressive leader, Rafael Trujillo, in the Dominican Republic. Dede, Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria Mirabal are the four sisters who go against Trujillo, that are the epitome of a person’s courage, faith, compassion, and growth. These sisters come together and use these exemplary characteristics to fight an oppressive regime. The theme of the courage and strength to stand up to tyranny in In the Time of the Butterflies is best exemplified through the character of Minerva Mirabel, through her courage to stand up to Rafael Trujillo.
After a long fight with Trujillo, three sisters were murdered. “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez is about the Mirabal sisters long and weary fight with the revolution against Trujillo. Trujillo was the dictator for the Dominican Republic from 1930-1961. This essay will address the how they got to joining the revolution , their heroism and fight with the revolution. The Mirabal sisters showed heroism in the face of the Dominican Republic because of their resistance against Trujillo’s regime.
Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream film adaptation creates a fantastical spin on the well-known Shakespeare play. The director is able to create an effective dream-like setting with the use of projections, lighting, and puppetry. From the beginning, there is a sense of wonder created, as without word or introduction, Puck, played by Kathryn Hunter, glides onto stage and lays down on a mattress supported by branches. Puck is then lifted into the air and a large white sheet consumes the stage. Even for those familiar with the play, such as myself, it immediately commands your mind to travel to the dream world Taymor has created.
All of this violence is demonstrative of the theme of savagery. The play presents the idea that peace is an artificial state, suggesting that war is the natural way of being. This explains the setting of Rome, an empire which was at war for the vast majority of its history. The play depicts the Roman conversion from civility to barbarism, and poses
The theme in this play that our adaptation would be focusing is on Hysteria and Demoralization. We will be adapting this to modern society’s issues of bullying specifically cyber bullying. The definition of cyber bullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Today, Cyber bullying affects many teenagers because they are being harmed by others. In The Crucible, Abigail ends up ruining Proctor’s reputation as well as many other characters by accusing them of witchcraft. Abigail is seen as the villain in this story which aligns to cyber bullying because the person doing things to hurt the other person is the bully. Although the importance of reputation is not as important today as in The Crucible the similarities between Proctor and cyber bullying victims is that they could not take the bullying anymore.
In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream the circumstances surrounding love have been put into question, this occurs when a magical nectar is put in the eyes of three major characters, and changes their feelings towards the people in their lives. Titania, Lysander and Demetrius all have had the nectar put into their eyes, though Demetrius avoids having this done to him in act 2 scene 2 which is the scene that the focus of this paper will be looking at. Throughout the play, we focus largely on the love life of Helena, which unfortunately does not seem to exist. She is in love with Demetrius, whom does not care for her in the same way, he does not cherish her at all before he is under the influence of magic. Once Lysander declares
The Ironic Scenes of Shakespeare’s Famous Play “Never did mockers waste more idle breath,” cried Helena, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incorrectly thinking she was being mocked (Shakespeare 3.2 170). This is one of multiple examples of dramatic irony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more about a character 's situation than the character does. This is one of three types of irony, the other types are situational and verbal.
In Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, the audience encounters a dreadful array of violent acts, increasing in brutality and volume, which conclude in Tamora eating her own children ‘baked in a pie | Whereof their mother has daintily fed’ (5.3.59-60). The vivid representation and portrayal of violence, which begins with state-mandated execution, extends to rape and mutilation, and culminates in cannibalism, has earned Titus Andronicus the reputation of the most violent play written by Shakespeare. Through a close examination of the nature of the violence in the play, one could deduce that the chain of aggressions from a loss of control over legally authorized violence. The legal violence delineated in the earlier parts of the play is a dispute
In the Shakespearean comedy The Tempest, we are presented with the psychological violence associated with the abuse of power and continuous theme of colonialism explored throughout the play. In early works of Shakespeare it is evident that the violence interrogated in his plays consists of bloodshed and physical torture as opposed to his later works such as The Tempest where the play focuses on the ideology of psychological violence. The Tempest was one of the last plays written by Shakespeare and is recognised as one of his most popular works
“Modernism in the play Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca brought out through theme of Fate and Nature.” The play Blood wedding, set in the city of Spain during the age of modernism dating back to the 1930’s is written by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. The beauty of the time has been brought out in the form of nature and appallingly chronological events of destiny. It talks about the time when adultery and abortion were considered evils and women were chastised for obliging but men were acquitted for the same. This implies the making of a very misogynistic society with philosophies of modernism touching the Spanish ethos.