Literature is replete with many cases and works that touch on the theme of how childhood memories affect one's life during adulthood. Adulthood, childhood, and the connection between the two are evident in Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This book explores the creativity and mindset of children told by an adult narrator in the memory of his past. The narrator recounts the difficulties he faced in his childhood by sparking memories tucked away in his brain. While narrating the story, he describes many incidences that compare adults' and children's worldview.
The Swimmer gives a view into the life of Ned Merrill, an affluent suburban man’s life. Cheever uses symbolism, imagery, and tone to convey the theme of narcissism and suburban emptiness during the 1960’s. In The Swimmer, Cheever uses symbolism as a tool to portray the theme of the short story. One symbol the author uses throughout the story is pools. The description of each pool shows the reader how Ned Merrill changes as a character.
In Alistair MacLeod’s “The Boat,” the narrator presents a story that highlights the ever-changing lives of Atlantic Canadians. “The Boat” displays a loss of culture and tradition within a small community family with all of the narrator’s siblings, including him, eventually moving away to pursue a more prosperous life with better opportunities. The passage analyzed in “The Boat” provides a description of the narrator’s father’s room where he spends the majority of his time when not on the water. The passage also showcases the open nature his room filled with books has and how its openness eventually led to each of the children developing a love for literature. This passage of “The Boat” is significant because it illustrates a theme of disorder
Furthermore, Bradley also indicates strong feelings towards two major themes of the book, which are pride in his country and a contempt for the media during wartime. Despite this book being nonfiction, it is clear that Bradley looks to create suspense and engage the audience using short sentence structure and anecdotes about his father and the other five men. For example, in chapter 5, page 20, Bradley writes, “December 1944. The last Christmas for too many young boys. Then off for the forty-day sail to Iwo Jima.” This excerpt contributes to Bradley’s dramatic tone as he talks about young men going off to battle, many not returning to see their families.
6. Ulysses The first episode is named Telemachus, the son of Ulysses and Penelope. He leaves his castle because it is occupied by young men who want to win Penelope`s heart and crown. Telemachus goes on a journey guided by a desire to find his father in order not to feel as a disrespected son in his own castle anymore. The book begins at 8 am on June 16 1904, a few miles outside of Dublin where Stephen Dedalus and Buck Mulligan are at Martello Tower.
The book follows a 20-year-old man named Steven, who is sent from Hong Kong, to his deceased grandfather's beach house in a coastal Japanese village to recuperate from Tuberculosis. Away from his friends and family, Steven's only companion will be Matsu. Matsu is the housekeeper and an accomplished gardener, who will care for Steven during his stay in Tarumi. In the beginning Steven and Matsu share little in common and rarely speak. However after a few days in Tarumi, Steven and Matsu start to warm up to each other.
Matthew Arnold publishes “Dover Beach,” in 1867. It is written in a time in history when many changes are taking place in the world that Arnold lives in, and these changes are evident in his writing. The Industrial Revolution is causing people to view the world in new and different ways as ideas and philosophies are changing. Because of the modern thoughts and ideas that are expressed in Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach,” it is considered to be one of the most important pieces of poetry of that time, and continues to be studied today. A study of Matthew Arnold’s life and career reveals his personal views of the world in his poem “Dover Beach.” Matthew Arnold was born on December 24, 1822, in Laleham, Middlesex (England).
The short story, Chef’s house, is written by Raymond Carver in 1983. This essay will include an analysis of the short story, a summary but mainly focus on the themes in the text, the style of writing and the effect it has. In the short story, we are introduced to Wes, a middle-aged man, and he has rented a house from another man called Chef. Wes – the main character, is a recovering alcoholic. He separated from his wife, Edna, and goes to live by the ocean, in a house he has rented from another recovered alcoholic, Chef.
Personal Enlightenment from Ordeals: Isolation in “The Old Man and the Sea” “‘Fish,’ [Santiago] said softly, aloud, ‘I’ll stay with you until I am dead’” (Hemingway 52). Ernest Hemingway writes these words in his novel The Old Man and the Sea in order to demonstrate the determination that Santiago, the titular old man, has to kill an enormous fish that he has hooked but been unable to catch. Santiago is an old fisherman in Cuba who has ostensibly run out of luck. The only person that has faith in Santiago is Manolin, a young boy who used to fish with the old man, but was told by his parents to go to a luckier boat. When Santiago alone finally hooks a fish out on the sea, he struggles with it for three days.
Picaresque novel is a early form of novel. It is usually a single person narrative relating the adventures of a rogue or a lowborn adventurer as he moves from place to place and from one social environment to another in his effort to survive. A picaresque hero can be likeable in the realism he portrays. Robinson Crusoe is the narrator of the story. Crusoe started sail at nineteen years of age, despite his father's demand that he stay at home and be contented with his middle life.