In his narrative poem, A Step Away from Them, by Frank O'Hara, places the reader in Manhattan during the lunch hour of a typical Thursday work day during the 1950s. Throughout the poem Mr. O'Hara uses visual imagery and motion to describe workers, commerce, and transportation during this era. The poem is four stanzas long and each stanza is connected to the next with a few words that require the reader to pause before moving on to the next stanza. The first and last stanzas are similar in length with second and third stanzas being shorter. The pauses between each stanza are effective in moving the reader on to the next scene as if turning the corner of a busy street.
Recognized and documented by Joseph Campbell, the monomyth archetype, or the hero’s journey is an essential paradigm of human experience that serves as the foundation to many stories. It often involves a hero partaking in an adventure, becoming victorious in a conquest and returning home forever changed. “The Step Not Taken” written by Paul D’Angelo follows the story of a man on a moral quest to determine the ethical reaction to the suffering of others. The man within the story is seen going through three consecutive stages. These stages represent the hero’s journey of separation, struggle or initiation and return or reintegration.
Irrational fear is a primal force of destruction in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning, and Crane’s “The Blue Hotel”. Fear drives Abner Snopes and Swede to destroy themselves and others. It is the inner core of each man and how he sees himself in the world that create a hostile reaction toward society. Snopes and Swede both see themselves as victims and engage in brutal combat. As each man sees himself a victim, each man attempts to vindicate himself through violence.
Jack Garcia English 1 Mr. Henry 10/24/2017 Fear “Fear grows in darkness, yet we retain the power to bring it into the light, to make the darkness conscious.”. Fear is thought of as a darkness but it can be a light.
Fear impacts people to take extreme measures and to act ludicrous. Fear is evident of townspeople accusing each other of witchcraft in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. It is evident John Proctor is fearing blackening his name for an act he did not commit. It also demonstrates Abigail Williams of fearing having a bad status in the
Christopher Paolini once said that “without fear there cannot be courage.” In “The Crucible,” John Proctor was put up to the ultimate test. During the Salem Witch trails if one was unable to cry real tears, unable to recite the Lord’s word, or seen with the “Devil’s Mark” then they would be accused of being a witch. Since witches are not real, it can be concluded that all who were accused were innocent. So, common ways that the public forced innocent people to confess about being a witch was to torture them, sexually abuse them, and have the threat of death looming above them.
After pondering how best to rule as a leader, legendary philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli considered that “People will be less likely to conspire against someone they fear than someone they love.” As a result he determined that it is “much safer to be feared than loved”. Throughout the course of time history has proven this to be true time and time again. From the ancient egyptians to dictators like Joseph Stalin, ruthless dictators have proven that fear is an excellent way to maintain control of a large group of people. This principle is shown in William Golding's Lord of the flies, when a large group of british boys is stranded on an island.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest. " Fear is anything but a new concept. Throughout history, it has dictated and shaped societies in ways unlike any other. The "Red Scare" during the 1950's is just one of many great examples that demonstrate just how much fear actually dictates our lives. Fear is the main driving factor in our society today, from political and social campaigns to what we eat and wear.
Both John Proctor and Abigail Williams, protagonist and antagonist, paramour and mistress, hold internal fears which fire their very actions defining the plot of the Salem Witch Trials. Proctor ultimately gives in and dies for what he believed to be a good cause, and Abigail ultimately abandoning Salem and leaves all the evil she had caused to find a new life. In short, the essence of fear is an all-too-powerful strength that, when your guard is let down, will consume you and your actions, conclusively drawing a negative fate. As the popular Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters Are on Maple Street” comes to an end, creator Rod Sterling states: “For while fear may keep us vigilant, it's also fear that tears us apart.”
As William Faulkner once said, “Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it” (Faulkner 872). Whether it is the monster under the bed, the fear of spiders, or the sense of panic that arises in a small space, fear is always present. This is true even if it only shows itself as butterflies that flutter in the stomach. Fear is important only because it is concrete and will never go away (Hemingway 487), and if an author can identify the fear that contributes to the formation of the human condition, he or she can make visible a truth that all of society can attest to: fear will always plague, but fear alone cannot kill.