Since the beginning of the written language, the reader's perception of a literary work has been based on their interpretation of how the story was portrayed. Differing points of view within the story generate diverse interpretations among readers. From Shakespeare to Faulkner, the aspect of differing viewpoints allows each story to convey contrasting feelings to the reader. In Eudora Welty’s Why I Live at the P.O., she uses a first-person view to reinforce this idea. The attitude of the narrator, sister, is biased in many respects to further her agenda.
“One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism” (Blair ). “Strange Fruit” was written by Abel Meeropol and published in 1937. Billie Holiday then went to to sing “Strange Fruits” in 1939, it quickly became one of her most requested songs. Abel Meeropol had once witnessed seeing a photograph of a lynching, aghast by what he had just seen, he decided to compose a poem about it. My overall response to the poem was stupefied because of how people could carry on lynching other humans for their race.
Nazneen, a traditional Muslim woman in Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane, is born to pursue her fate. The novel portraits Nazneen’s struggle in her arranged marriage as she tries to adapt to the London society and deals with her young lover. Being both pure and erotic, Nazneen has shown two sides to her husband and lover. Ali uses Nazneen’s dream caused by her guilty conscience to prove the contradict sides that existed inside Nazneen, one seen by Karim and Chanu as the “the real thing,” and the other known by herself as a corrupted woman. Nazneen represents a character of conflict more than anyone else in the novel.
Geographical location and environment are in many ways vital to the action of the texts on this course, in particular Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Although the environments in these two novels are poles apart, their impact on the protagonists of their respective texts and their ability to drive the plot bear an uncanny resemblance. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is set in a deeply Christian area in England. This Christian society with its strict beliefs, however immoral, provide many struggles for the main character of Jeanette to cope with. Her attempts to overcome these difficulties shape and develop her character.
Discuss and analyze how and to what ends fantasy and reality are intertwined in stories you have studied. In this essay, we will discuss how magical realism uses elements of real and of magic to create the literary style. At first, we will try to give a background of what magic realism, where it comes from, and how a story can be labelled as such. Alejo Carpentier’s “Viaje a la semilla” and Julio Cortazar’s “La noche boca arriba” will be our focus.
Lesson 3 Writing Assignment: Literary Analysis Two Characters: Two Ways of Thinking. Mathilde, from "The Necklace" and Della, from "The Gift of the Magi" might have many characterisitics in common, as well as they might have committed acts for resembling causes. While one of them was obsessed by money, the other just wanted one to have a better life, showing love for her family and living. They have many similar aspects, as well as they have many different ones.
Defamiliarization in Page’s poem: “Deaf-Mute in the Pear Tree” Page uses various methods of defamiliarization to change our perceptions of imperfection versus beauty as well the idea of deafness and muteness being imperfections. Some of these methods include incorporating ambiguity into her poem as well as contrasting the musicality of the poem and beautiful imagery to our preconceived ideas of imperfection and how we view deafness and muteness as imperfections and limitations. Defamiliarization in this poem also serves other purposes, but I have focused mainly on these aspects of defamiliarization. There are two basic interpretations of this poem.
The confinement of females under mental and physical distress is the central theme in Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and Wilkie Collins The Woman in White. Flaubert’s Emma Bovary is a narcissist whose self-induced obsession with literature restricts her from having a happy fulfilling life, as nothing compares to the excitement and adventures she reads in her novels. While the plot of Wilkie Collins The Woman in White depicts two women incarcerated against their will in a private mental institution. These private asylums proliferated in the mid nineteenth-century as alternatives to the established large-scale public hospitals/asylums.
Strange Fruit Among Southern Mary Lovelace O’Neal Painting Like A Man, Chapter 1, “Strange Fruit Among Southern Magnolias” (Excerpt) David Driskell and Howard University's Art Faculty Howard’s art faculty was also prominent but traditional and had a long appreciation in realistic renderings. They were conservative approach to painting and training artists to become teachers. O’Neal took a watercolor course from Lois Mailou Jones who O'Neal maintains hated her work. Jones had been recruited to Howard in 1930 from Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina where she had formed the department there.
In Betty Friedan’s novel, The Feminine Mystique, she addresses a problem deeply buried within women up until the beginning of the twenty-first century. A problem with no name, that makes women feel desolate and purposeless, forcing them to ask themselves “is this all?” Norma Jean toils with this very same question in Shiloh, a realistic fiction short story by Bobbie Ann Mason. The marriage of Norma Jean and her devoted, yet inactive husband Leroy falls to shambles when he is injured from work and has to remain home. They wander aimlessly around each other, much like ghosts, withholding their need to confide in one another, which inevitably leads to the end of their marriage.