Darkness can be a comfortable place for anyone. Without having to look at yourself or have people see you, one may not feel as judged or insecure. Light is revealing. In a bright room, you can’t hide tears, blemishes, or emotions. Blanche, from A Streetcar Named Desire, knows the pain of light all to well. Blanche flees a failed company and a failed marriage in attempt to find refuge in her sister’s home. Through her whirlwind of emotions, the reader can see Blanche desires youth and beauty above all else, or so the readers think. In reality, she uses darkness to hide the true story of her past. In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Williams uses the motif of light to reveal Blanche’s habit of living in a fantasy world until the light illuminates her reality.
Of Mice and Men, a novel by John Steinbeck, happiness is the most intriguing, and clear desire to all of the characters in the short story novel Of Mice and Men. George became happy when he thought up the idea of having a ranch like when he was a kid, all he wanted to do was to be happy. He wanted no worries at all, no worries about where to sleep at night, no worries about food, nothing! So when you think about it, everything that George does in this book was to be happy, or was to make others happy. When Lennie said he wanted to tend the rabbits at the farm, this is all Lennie could think of. There was nothing else on his mind, but to tend the rabbits at the made up ranch. Therefore when you look back at it everything that Lennie did was
Through a copious amount of literary and visual devices it has been established and reinforced that although an individual may experience deep feelings of sadness and depression caused by loneliness and not being listened to they hold the potential to encounter the experience of joy by creating their own happiness and appreciating the smaller things in
In the novel, The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, a missionary family travel to the African Congo during the 1960’s, in hopes of bringing enlightenment to the Congolese in terms of religion. The father, Nathan, believes wholeheartedly in his commitment, and this is ultimately his downfall when he fails to realize the damage that he is placing upon his family and onto the people living in Kilanga, and refuses to change the way he sees things. However, his wife, Orleanna, and her daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May, take the Congo in, and make the necessary changes in their lives, and they do this in order to survive with their new darkness that they are living in. Curiosity and acceptance help the ones with curious minds,
“A populace never rebels from passion but from impatience of suffering,” Edmund Burke. NEED help with A BRIDGE. Fahrenheit 451 illustrates that rebellion is healthy because it causes a faulty society to break down and ultimately rebuild in a better way. The Omelas the author suggests that a society needs a sacrifice to stay healthy and rebellion doesn’t necessarily affect change.
“From the depths of a land of silence of charred bones of burned vine shoots of stomps of screams” is interpreted as a dark atmosphere because of the dark diction, while “your voice sounds like… wind howling in a coconut… like a pig drowning...like a frog singing at Carnegie Hall” is interpreted as dark humor. There are several ways in which Canadian and Caribbean authors provide a dark or depressing setting to their literature. Canadians are known for their dark humor, which makes their literature unique and distinctive. The authors provide a fresh, new look at literature by providing a dark setting and using different diction. Three ways that Canadian and Caribbean authors portrayed darkness is through diction, atmosphere, and humor.
How does Bradbury use light and dark imagery to characterize society? The light is the type of people trying to help the people in the dark to understand how they can change for the better,Montag takes a journey from a literary darkness to a knowledgeable light. “Her face, turned to him now, was fragile milk crystal with a soft constant light in it. ...the strangely comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle.” (pg. 11)Clarisse is described as one of the people in the light,and as Montag comes started to know Clarisse more, she blocks out his view on many things and tries to change him for the better. Meeting Clarisse starts to change how montag reacts. Her curiosity and questioning is so unique that Montag is stunned by
We all have dark moments in our lives. Whether we choose to overcome it with light or allow it to take over is up to us. Two renowned classics both present darkness as a recurring theme in the protagonists lives. In the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, two best friends, Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway encounter a carnival late October, a time that carnivals never come in their town. At first they refuse to believe that it is true but nevertheless, Jim with his curious and fearless personality convinces the fairly conservative Will that they should go explore it. Soon, they discover that the carnival is fueled by evil and sadness. Many of their acquaintances In contrast, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Both novels. The fitter choice for incoming 9th graders to read in preparation for honors English is Something Wicked This Way Comes because it features more intricate character development throughout the story, clever symbolism, and themes that are able to be expanded.
Happiness is a rite of passage to everyone no matter what cost. It can be extremely difficult to take someone’s happiness away, but it can be done. For example, in the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand, Prometheus’ happiness is stripped from him in a futuristic society focused around similarity and compliance. Similarly, this unfortunately can happen as we are currently witnessing in Communist countries. Rand describes taking away individuality by forcing everyone to use “we” instead of “I”. However, individuality is the root of happiness. When happiness or individuality is stripped from you, it becomes increasingly difficult to be considered healthy or thriving. When someone finds themselves, they can be truly happy. Although, “Anthem” describes total
Ursula Le Guin defines Omelas as a utopia where the citizens’ lives are never wretched. Le Guin captures her readers’ attention by describing the city’s beauty with the colorful scenery, events featuring games and horse riding, and the everlasting happiness. She does a great job of leading her readers into thinking this could be the perfect society, but leaves us with the question of satisfaction. According to Le Guin, “happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive” (p. 2). This quote means that there must be a balance for the society to succeed. The basic needs in life are considered as water, food, and reproduction, and the simple wants are “central heating, subway trains, washing machines, and all kinds of marvelous devices” (p.2). The destruction to society could be one’s remorse for the child’s suffering. If one shows sympathy for the child and it is released from the basement, the city’s beauty and happiness will vanish. The child could represent selfless because its sacrifice is for the prosperity of Omelas. Le Guin explains that the society is a bargain between happiness and
Lauren DeStefano said, “ 'dystopian, ' by definition, promises a darker story” (DeStefano). One may find this to be particularly true in Ursula Le Guin’s “Those Who Walk Away From Omelas” when he is able to look past the happiness displayed proudly on the surface. Le Guin’s “Those Who Walk Away From Omelas” employs dystopian elements because the story, like other dystopian works, warns about societies with trapped citizens, living in a supposedly perfect city, who fail to question the structure of their society.
Throughout the story Sonny’s Blue, there are many different symbols that represent different things, with the disparate functions. Light and darkness are the two universal symbols of Sonny’s Blues. Light has usually conveyed the goodness, hope, and purity of life. In the other hand, darkness performs for death, tragedy, and negativity. As light connects with darkness, it created an attraction for the readers. Additionally, music is a conventional symbol that brings happiness to Sonny, the main character in the story.
The American Author, Ursula K Le Guin has written many novels and short stories in the past. She is most famous for her science-fiction novels and works. “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” is a short story based in the utopia city of Omelas. Le Guin tries to convey the idea of being able to live in a utopia only at the sacrifice of a young child’s innocence. Through the short story, Le Guin gives the reader the question: would you be able to live in a utopia knowing that there is a young child suffering for your happiness? Le Guin tells the reader that one should not be able to live in a perfect utopia (Omelas) knowing that the citizens are having to abuse a young child and rip him of his innocence just for the sake of their own happiness.
In “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” the town chooses to sacrifice one child for the happiness of the whole community. There is no clear explanation on why or how the child is chosen, but the child is chosen for the greater good of the society. “They all know it is there, all of Omelas. Some of
In the story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, The narrator defined Omelas as a Utopian city, where everyone in the city is filled with endless joy. The society that they have can be described as the perfect world. While everyone maintains a pleased life, there is a child that is mistreated by the town all to keep everyone happy with their lives. The child has to be locked up in a dark basement, where the child is feed every little and abused by the people in the city. If the child was not locked up and neglected the city could be in danger of losing that happiness, also in fear of the city being destroyed. Many people of the city chose to leave the city, because they didn't believe in the act of hurting that child. “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” (Guin pg 444) This quote is meant for the audience understand what the narrator is truly saying, which she is trying to compare the Omelas society as to the society today.