In the middle of the twentieth century, many novel-catastrophes were written. The Cold War and the associated arms race frightened and inspired the best writers, including John Wyndham. What did those writers want to tell us, the future generations? Can it be their warning to modern society?
When someone mentions archetypal literary devices, an epic American space opera comes to mind, right? No? Well, I’m here to illustrate the importance of Archetypes in the story from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. This is an in-depth analysis of three of the many archetypes found in Star Wars: “the mentor”, “the magic weapon”
The idea of “archetypes” can be dated as far back as Plato even though the term was only coined in the 1540s. The original archetypes were established over a period of time all over the world with influences from many different societies with different values. The essence of these archetypal characters is still deeply rooted in our 21st century society but, has been modified to better represent different societies now and along the way, new archetypes have been created as well.
In essence, these two poems are drastically different works of art. "Dulce et Decorum est" is a more graphical and relational work compared to the latter, as you go on a journey as a soldier who gets to experience traumatic and graphic events, it begins to alter what you think about war and conflict. As you read on, it gives you graphical wording to prove that the saying "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" is a misrepresentation of actual war. After reading, the underlying message becomes apparent, it wants you to alter your current perceptions about war and how pointless they really are. In contrast, "The Things that Make a Soldier Great" aims to clear up what soldiers really go to war for, they are not there for "The pomp and pride of kings" but only when you "Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run—You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.", soldiers fight to protect their homes, not their kings. The poem aims to glorify soldiers and certain aspects of war, it goes on to prove that in reality there really isn 't good vs bad on the battlefield, it 's just a man who "sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call, And only death can stop him now—he 's fighting for them all.", and this is our hidden meaning.
During The Black Plague, many died. To try to reduce the number of deaths and potentially stop the Plague from happening. These doctors were always clad in weird outfits. They used just as strange ways to try and ‘cure’ the victims of the plague. Some were not actually doctors, but pretended they were.
Before discussing the key characteristics of apocalyptic literature, it must be noted that it bears many similarities to the prophetic genre. Indeed, scholars suggest that apocalyptic is a development of Jewish prophetic literature. Mutual characteristics include the communication of God’s word for the present age, the themes of impending judgement and salvation, and the use of symbolism. However, in careful study of works such as 1 Enoch, 2 Esedras and 2 Baruch, as well as Daniel and Revelation, scholars have identified distinctive characteristics, which help to define apocalyptic as a unique
Will the future of Earth be bright or could it turn dark? In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “By The Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benét, two ominous futures are portrayed along with their dangers. In “Harrison Bergeron” everyone is equal and has to wear handicaps to ensure equality. In “By The Waters of Babylon”, future New York is in ruins after a bombing based off man’s technology. The stories “Harrison Bergeron” and “By the Waters of Babylon” compare and contrast based on the future and the warnings of the future based off the technology used.
In Dulce Et Decorum Est, the main idea is that it should be lovely and honorable to die for one’s country but actually it is not. Throughout the whole poem, imagery and searing tone were
“The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary,” which has not been more so than for Phoenix Jackson whom every year due to her love for her grandson embarks on a dangerous one-day journey to the city of Natchez. In this 1941 short story, “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, protagonist Phoenix Jackson, an elderly African-American women, whom despite her visual impairment, old age, memory loss and senility determines to procure medicine for her sickly grandson. Regardless of Phoenix Jackson’s limitations and negative experiences, she continues her journey undeterred. In order to characterize Jackson, Welty utilizes symbolic and situational archetypes to portray her as a strong, persevering, courageous, and loving women throughout her journey.
In this article, Yesilbas, Trendacosta, and Newitz, list thirteen examples of Armageddon stories that teach lessons about the real world and its end. One example they examine is Logan’s Run. This book depicts survivors of war, overpopulation, and pollution living in a city sealed off from the forgotten world. However, life and death are controlled by a computer and when a person turns 30 they are disintegrated and reborn. If you choose not to die, you will be referred to as a “runner”, a criminal hunted down and murdered by the police. They explain that Logan’s Run teaches that “[c]omputers aren’t infallible, no matter how appealing it may be to let a supercomputer run our whole world.” Yesilbas, Trendacosta, and Newitz provide similar
In addition to creating a strong sense of community, Mercerism allows its followers to feel a deep and impactful connection to each other through the futuristic empathy box. This contrasts with another cultural influence on the society in the novel, Buster Friendly, whose talk show is vapid and devoid of meaning. Empathy boxes connect its user to the consciousness of every other person using an empathy box at that time and to experience the events of Wilbur Mercer’s life as a part of a group. Isidore describes using an empathy box as “… the way you touch other people [and] the way you stop being alone.” (Dick 58) Through a shared experience of Wilbur Mercer’s life, the empathy boxes create a brief but powerful connection between its users.
Archetypes affect the reader, and most people who are chained to their book have just read over the words.They don’t realize the patterns the authors have placed within each text. Each character stands for something and it is universal pattern of human nature. Why does this affect the reader? Archetypes are relatable and link to many sought-after novels. Both Rise of the Guardians and Ender's Game follow the universal patterns of archetypes and are easily linkable. For example each text has anti-heroes, heroes, loyal retainers, and mentors.
Stephen King’s multiverse is extraordinarily unique and different from this universe, but at the same time, his multiverse has similar contrasting underlying principles that govern all beings in his imaginary world as they do in the real world.
Within the context of recent history, Wilfred Owen is often considered the greatest writer of modern British war poetry. Composing the vast majority of his poems in a one-year time span, Owen found inspiration from his personal experiences fighting in World War I and fellow poets joining in the fight around him. Born in 1893, Owen grew up the oldest of four children, enjoying a particularly close relationship with his mother while his father remained distant. Owen graduated from Shrewsbury Technical School at age eighteen. Afterwards, Owen took numerous odd jobs throughout Europe, seemingly at a loss for his purpose in life. Owen returned to England in September 1915, a year after the Great War began, and enlisted in England’s Artists’ Rifles
‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is a poem written by Wilfred Owen between the years 1917 and 1918. It describes the life on the battlefield and how it impacted the life of the soldiers. Owen most likely used his first hand experiences from when he was a soldier in World War 1. This poem describes the soldiers personal perspectives of war using the bare naked truth, not glorifying it in anyway.