Wildness and Beauty in Heart of Darkness Is it possible to describe beauty and savagery at the same time? This is exactly what Joseph Conrad does throughout the book Heart of Darkness. Even though it looks like the main character Marlow stresses the negative and hostile sides of the nature in his narration, he still cannot hide his admiration. In fact, a glance at his description of the African woman in Kurtz’s station successfully helps the reader understand this admiration mixed with fright as a nice metaphorical summary of all the things he witness in his journey. The description of this woman starts with her entrance into Marlow’s sight, expressed in a way as if she is entering a stage in a theatre, from “right to left”.
The excerpt from The First Betrayal by Patricia Bray conveys a mood of suspense through her word choice and use of [figurative] language. She creates a mood of suspense by choosing words such as “consume,” “engulf,” and “swallow,” among others. These words provide a feeling of frailty and powerlessness. All of these words as well as many other expressive ones are used to portray the darkness. Bray offers vivid imagery [and figurative language(personification)] that causes darkness to be more prevalent in the story.
Imagery is a big part in the story, Joyce Carol Oates uses powerful imagery to show Connie’s uprising panic. From comparing Connie’s fantasy to her powerless state when she had to listen to Arnold trying to convince her to come out and what he wants to do to her. Oates focus on Arnold Friend’s physical form, implying the words “thighs”, and “buttocks” to show his sexual nature and how Connie thinks of him. “ She recognized most things about him, the tight jeans that showed his thighs and buttocks and the greasy leather boot and the tight shirt, and even the slippery friendly smiles of his-”, her repletion on the word tight focus on his physical form and his “slippery friendly smile” by saying it’s creepy, his appearance doesn’t suit Connie
"Sable" as a self-portrayal of her shading is a fascinating selection of words. Sable is exceptionally significant and alluring. This portrayal differentiates strongly to the "underhanded bite the dust" of the following line. The ramifications of her last sentence are likewise this: the "angelic train" will incorporate both white and black. In the last sentence, she utilizes the verb "remember" - suggesting that the reader is as of now with her and simply needs the suggestion to concur with her point.
O’Connor makes use of key symbols in her short story “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” to promote the changing ideas of social class and racism seen in her main message within her story. One key symbol seen throughout the story is Ms. Chestny’s hat and attire, which she believed to be a status symbol of her racial grace and superiority throughout the story. O’Connor describes Ms. Chestny’s hat and outfit, writing “It was a hideous hat. A purple velvet flap came down on one side of it and stood up on the other; the rest of it was green and looked like a cushion with the stuffing out” (660), and that she was one of the few members of her class that showed up to the Y wearing a hat and gloves (660), in order to describe Ms. Chestny’s belief of social grace through fashion. As the story progresses, the reader begins to see the racial changes that took place during the civil rights movement and begin to understand the true meaning behind O’Connor’s symbolism.
Lit Terms 1-3 Simile: A simile is a figurative language that expresses a resemblance between two different things. In the novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling, she use simile to describe the look of Madam Pince the librarian. “They waited and a moment later the vulture-like countenance of Madam Pince appeared round the corner, her sunken cheeks, her skin like parchment and her long hooked nose illuminated unflatteringly by the lamp she was carrying” (288). In this sentence, the author writes a similarity between Madam’s face and the vulture’s face in order to imply that Madam’s insight is as strong as vultures. The purpose of this simile is that the author wants to highlight the insight of Madam in order to foreshadow
In the following essay I will discuss and form a clear analysis about Elizabeth Bishop’s poem ‘Exchanging Hats’ that was published in 1979. Elizabeth Bishop is an American short-story writer that was born in 1911 and loved writing poems to describe the dominating side between male and female. It addresses many things such as crossing dressing, gender roles and it brings out a deeper meaning of fashion. It refers to the world famous story of Alice in Wonderland. It is done in such a way where everything that is being describe is not being said directly but rather describing actions that symbolizes different principals of theories.
Every time Dimmesdale clenched his chest in pain or wallowed in self-pity, he did not feel only one thing, but felt several. He felt the subsequent hypocrisy of his actions, guilt, shame and fear. This is no more than a perfect example of Hawthorne’s ability to sense emotion and portray it in his characters, as stated by George Ripley, “Hawthorne’s tragedies, however, are always motivated with a wonderful insight and skill”(Ridley 295). Hawthorne writes character emotions so well that when he read The Scarlet Letter to his wife for the first time, “it broke her heart…which I look upon as a triumphant success. Judging from its effect”(Hawthorne), he saw her sadness as a victory only because that was the goal of the
After lunch, we are ushered into a big tent to hear a poet. The poet has an African-sounding name even though she isn’t from Africa. Her talents seem to be rhyming pussy with hussy and fussy. Then she reads a poem where we are supposed to yell “Wax and Wane!” after lines like, “Women have vaginas that can speak to one another!” It feels good to yell. It feels good to pump my fist in the air, and for the first time since being here, I feel this sort of electric woman power.
Ginny is portrayed as an unlikeable, dominant character and uses many acting choices to express her message about Asian-Americans and identity in racism—the idea that not all Asians are the same and each have their own distinct personality. Her use of body language and ensemble make her seem to be a dominant, know-it-all individual. For example, when she and Brian are conversing for the first time, she was cold and had a stuck-up attitude. Also, her use of vocal tones and mannerisms enhances the play by giving a more realistic impression to her character. In the scene when Ginny and Brian are in the bedroom, she pretends to be a stereotypical Asian-American to carry her point about identity to Brian and the audience.