Atonement, by Ian McEwan, explores the theme of love through a variety of techniques such as symbolism, metaphors and repetition discuss the themes of newfound, unavailable and nurturing love. Uniquely, McEwan intertwines these techniques with foreshadowing and imagery to convey complex emotions guilt and jealousy. Additionally, repetition and characterisation develop Cecilia’s caring nature.
Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!” (2). Mrs. Mallard’s relationship with her husband seems to not be happy and upon his death, she has a shift of mentality and starts to experience joy and hope instead of grief.
The final aspect of love in the novel is one of the importance and connection to family. The humiliation and contempt they all felt brought them closer together as they did not want to witness any of their suffering. Pearl’s reaction to her father’s death exemplifies the depth and strength of their connection. The narrator describes their final moments by saying “Pearl kissed his lips. A spell was broken.
She lets her erratic emotions get the better of her, and commits one last act of immaturity. After furiously destroying Ms. Lottie’s marigolds-the only form of beauty left for the whole neighborhood- Lizabeth realized that “that was the moment when childhood faded and womanhood began.” When Lizabeth had seen Ms. Lottie’s look of melancholy and sorrow, she had finally understood how gravely important the marigolds were to the old lady. In that moment, Lizabeth knew what she had done was remorseful, and she couldn’t help but feel compassionate towards her, “Whatever verve there was left in her, whatever was of love and beauty and joy that had not been squeezed out by life, had been there in the marigolds she had so tenderly cared for.” Innocence, maturity, and compassion; all of which Lizabeth felt during her transition from child to adult.
The main characters are influenced to great extents due to the ones they love; from risking their life to risking their own future, they show a clear sense of affection without any limitations. This unconditional love is represented among three people all living different lives in different time periods, showing that it is not just the trait of a single character or person in a certain time or place, but a trait that is the essence of human nature. The strong, unconditional acts of love carried out by Feld, Sobel and Phoenix, shows the strong connection between love and the nature of
This analysis studies Phelan’s quest for attaining forgiveness and reconciliation rested on improving four important ongoing struggles, relationships, economic status, dependence, and depression. Upon the death of his child, Francis, completely shattered, unable to ever express the situations to anyone. Francis had just turned from “Father” to “Killer”, because “Gerald
In “A Bolt of White Cloth,” the author, Leon Rooke, uses symbolism to describe love. He develops the idea that love can bring happiness into one's life but to achieve happiness, one’s must have compassion and commitment through hard times. This is shown through the interactions between the peddler and the couple, who live a simple life loving each other. The peddler states that, “You can only buy my cloth with love,” symbolizes that love can be priceless. The peddler sold his cloth to the couple for having compassion and commitment through the hardships of not being able to have children.
Throughout the story, there are symbols that significantly expressed the setting and the primary characters involved. Examples of the symbols could include: a heart as it represents Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition as well as her variant emotions; the window, whether it be opened or closed, could represent Mrs. Mallard’s freedom and life in a sense that she wanted to pass before she found new hope through the observance of the sky, and lastly, the chair which could represent Mrs. Mallard’s freedom and newfound independence after being oppressed within her relationship and society’s expectations of women in that period of time. References to the symbolism of the heart could be found throughout the story
English First Semester Final Essay To many readers, the most enjoyable stories are the ones that take place without sorrow, and betrayal. While these are both tragic topics, some pieces of literature are fantastic, while still broaching topics that may be harmful to the characters themselves. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, and the novella The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, all contain examples of the these specific topics. These pieces of literature all share common themes of family, magic, and betrayal.
When people are traumatized by an event they are pushed to experience the five stages of grief. The “Gospel”, by Philip Levine and “the boy detective loses love”, by Sam Sax both use characters that are going through one of the stages of grief. Levine and Sax both explain the thoughts and process of what a person thinks when they go through these stages with imagery. Levine uses symbolism, a sad tone, and a set setting in “Gospel” to illustrate that grieving takes you into a depth of thoughts. Sax uses anaphoras, an aggressive tone, and an ambiguous setting to convey that grieving takes you into a tunnel of anger and rage.
The corpse stood motionless, but addressed the widow in accents that seemed to melt into the clang of the bell, which fell heavily on the air while he spoke” (Hawthorne 15). This corpse-like groom symbolizes death, though he is still alive and able to speak. He tries and succeeds to pull the bride into the same state, proving how contagious despair can be. The bride’s subsequent misery demonstrates that she is just as sinful and
Although the couple may have not seen this as a big deal, it symbolizes the “broken” relationship that leads to an even more broken situation. This scene foreshadows that their argument will eventually end up hurting something or someone. Unfortunately, the flowerpot scene did foreshadow the end result of this
In relation to the theme of love vs. hate, it is shown in the novel that love is the strongest power in the entire universe. In many situations, Tristan has regularly been there to step in and help Alexis when necessary. Such as when on the beach where Alexis had punched a man beating his wife and daughter and before she knew it the man was charging at her. Then are there she said, “ Before I could, though, a large body charged into Phil and with a thudm he suddenly lay flat on his back on the ground ten yards away.” This shows that Tristan is protecting of Alexis as he came to defend her in a time of need. Another instance is when they are both at Sophia’s cottage and she says to herself, “The rainy evening was the perfect kind to spend snuggling