Any successful author understands that in order for their narratives to be read and liked by the general public, they must be able to connect to a reader’s emotions easily and powerfully. While the reader is reading the text, their mood might vary depending on what the author writes about, and how well they convey what they want their readers to feel. Writers often evoke many types of literary elements to achieve this, including imagery, diction, and their own tone. Take, for instance, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Her books are filled with fantastical aspects, and magical happenings, but this book series would most likely not be as popular if the reader could not connect with the character’s actions and emotions on a deeper level.
Sympathy, the feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune, can push an unwanted burden onto the shoulders of a reader. When reading different stories, antagonists might provoke sympathetic thoughts. A character that has the ability to spring the feeling of pity upon a reader can force a mixed perception of the activities during a story. Antagonists have had the unnoticeable trait of creating a lenity for themselves. Polyphemus, the antagonist Cyclops from the epic poem
In the fifteenth paragraph, Ottino and Morson explain the need for empathy in all people implementing logos. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The authors suggest empathy is “what literature is good at teaching.” Empathy “creates better people and better technical innovations for people to use.” They explain writers successfully use empathy when a reader can “identify with a character” and “experience what she is experiencing.”
Autism- a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Temple Grandin is most effectively when finding empathy for people who are different from a lot of people, but not less she should still be treated with equal respect. From the book “Temple Grandin” by Sy Montgomery, she writes a lot of quotes that makes the reader show empathy towards Temple. One of them is that “‘Temple has set a record!’ her father roared.
The poem “My Honest Words” by Mabel Fettucine is about a girl struggling to find herself in a crowd of others. She wants to be independent and not care what other people think. She can’t speak what she wants to say because of what other people would think of her. The author uses metaphors, similes, tone, shift in tone, and hyperboles to convey the idea that when people care what other people think, they are more likely not to be themselves. Fettuccine uses a hyperbole to show that the heart is a fragile and sensitive piece.
Attack at Sea” Writing Contest Bam!! The ship was sinking, but what’s sinking the it? HELP! The author helps the reader empathize by telling people about the people on board the ship and how it ended. The author helps me empathize for the passengers of the Lusitania by telling us by them falling off of the boat and getting hypothermia.
After reading and watching both perspectives I believe them both to be true to an extent. Krznaric argues a great point that we need empathy to understand others which is exactly how I feel when it comes to my job. Without empathy, we are incapable of knowing what another person is going through, what they’re feeling, and what their needs are. This quality isn’t only needed in the workplace but in our everyday lives. On the other hand, I believe that it is important to understand that empathy doesn’t come in a never-ending supply because we are human we can’t always understand everyone all the time.
In my opinion, empathy takes some understanding of the situation that someone is going through. If we cannot understand the tragedies people face then we won't be able to empathize with them. Instead, we pity them for having to experience such a horrible life. Now days we say we understand people and their feeling, but we can never fully understand unless we go through the exact same situation. Authors like Maya Angelou can help shed some light on a terrible situation, but in the long run unless we face the same situation we will never be able to understand their pain.
In order for one’s message to influence their readers, they must do one thing: connect. If an author does not connect their reader’s previous knowledge with their story’s overall message, the message will never reach the reader. In order to create this connection, an author may use literary devices. Literary devices in The Inferno by Dante Alighieri produce understanding. These literary devices aid in a pagan’s comprehension of the allegory.
An artificial world, full of greed and wealth, a place where all truth vanishes and only superficiality and materialism remains, this was the Victorian era. In the Victorian era, individual opinions and emotions were not considered. All that simply mattered were appearances, which stemmed from a universal lack of empathy. Empathy is an important factor and influence towards understanding character and sympathizing with others but a lack of empathy, along with the falsifications of reality is used to create and develop a sense of resilience. Resilience gives one the ability to ignore the negative opinions of others, while continuing to fulfill their desires, it is unaffected by empathy when one is already of wealth and status.