The person that got the paper with the black dot would get stoned to death. In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson uses irony, symbolism, and tone to develop the plot of the story. The word irony is use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning (Irony 1). Dramatic irony is when a character in the play or story thinks one thing is true, but the audience or reader knows better (Research 2). It occurs when Tessie objects
As a result, the Metamorphosis has become one of the fundamental enigmas of the present day literary mind 's eye. Moreover, praise is given to Kafka’s symbolic and convincing representation of isolation, which he has developed through the literal image of a man being creepy-crawly. The situation of the transformation is realistic to the society that people live. Under adverse conditions, some humans undergo changes, which affect their entire lives. A good example is those who suffer mutilation as a result of being involved in fatal accidents or contracting diseases, which are expensive to cure or lack a cure.
Death is a concept toyed with by many authors and script writers alike. Any character death is used as a plot point in a story to drive home some idea. While there are the occasional sadistic writers who seem to just want to make their audience feel pain, even those deaths have a purpose. Catcher in the Rye by what 's his face and Rebel without a cause, directed by someone, are no exception to the rule, as both feature two hard hitting death scenes. Although they differ in personalities, Plato and James Castle share key plot point,their deaths, to illuminate the idea that those pushed far and hard enough by internal and outside factors will always reach a breaking point.
In the play the Montagues and the Capulets have an “ancient grudge… where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, due to the vendetta the two lovers were driven to death because of their forbidden love (Shakespeare). Unlike Shakespeare, Wilde uses names to further the satirical nature of The Importance of Being Earnest. Throughout the play Wilde is perpetually using situational irony, exaggeration, deflation and epigrammatic phrases in order to ridicule societies social norms. Although the play is satirical it also gives a lot of insight on the importance of names. The play states that names are enough to judge character and even status in society.
Edgar Allan Poe uses figurative language to develop the theme of “The Masque of the Red Death.” He uses figurative language in this short story to give the reader a sense of gloomy feeling. By using personification, simile, metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and many other examples the theme of the short story is revealed to be greatly impacted and developed well. Imagery is a great example of how figurative language develops the theme. Poe uses personification to give a very somber or gloomy tone and make the reader feel very uneasy and scared. An example of imagery would be “The “Red Death” had long devastated the country.
A story of tragedy is not uncommon with William Shakespeare and his works of prose. In his plays, death and despair is more likely than honor and prosperity. This is an included facet to Macbeth as well, having sinister themes of greed, manipulation, and brutality. Macbeth, by the infamous playwright, Shakespeare, presents us with multiple aspects factoring into whether the main character controls his actions that lead to the tragic events. The three witches introduced to the reader were the initial characters to plant the seed of greed in Macbeth’s mind.
William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello (1600) examines human flaws that transcend time, making it possess an enduring relevance. Set during a period of warfare between Venice and Turkey, Shakespeare explores the dangers of misplaced trust to create an engaging play focusing on a tragic hero’s moral collapse. Shakespeare also asserts the notion that disaffection can lead to individuals being susceptible to jealousy and vulnerable to manipulation. The universal afflictions of an excessive focus and reputation resonate with audiences today, showing Othello to hold relevance in the contemporary age. Shakespeare demonstrates that and individual’s insecurity arises from their social and cultural differences and often results in their susceptibility
The parallel in “The Lottery” and “The Rocking Horse Winner”, establish an understanding about their topics; yet two short stories are different, one illustrates admiration and other uncovers detestation. T. Bailey, an American Literature and Culture instructor gives us some canny comprehension, “The scapegoating line of interpretation associates the stoning of a victim with the ancient Hebrew tradition of choosing a scapegoat to carry off the sins of the community at large and is often seen as a statement about man 's inhumanity to man. Brooks and Warren (1971:74), for instance, cite the story as a tale about the "all-too-human tendency to seize upon a scapegoat", while others go back to Jackson 's own statement about the story shortly after publication that "I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story 's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives ”. These two stories make me to reflect on the story of the scapegoat shared in Leviticus 16:10, “…the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness”. Jesus our substitute who borne our sins and made full payment for the sins of humanity; in that small
Kate Chopin and Roald Dahl both use irony as well as similar themes of betrayal and heartbreak to motion their two very different storylines forward. Though the works take place in antithetical eras, each holds a similar calamity that results in the breaking up of the protagonists and soon to be antagonists. These moments of heartache hold relevance due to their unfortunate relatableness in today 's society. Upon further inspection of the themes and irony in Lamb to the Slaughter, and Desiree’s Baby, the reader can better understand the possible cruelties a relationship can hold as well as it 's sometimes unavoidable hardships. Both narratives bear a conspicuous similarity using irony.
Throughout many books and movies, there always is a certain character who appears to have the qualities of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a bad judgment call that eventually leads to his or her own destruction. Both Macbeth in the play Macbeth, and Severus Snape from the movie “Harry potter and the deathly hallows: part two”, appear to have the characteristics of a tragic hero. Although Macbeth and Severus Snape both demonstrate that they are flawed and noble, it is clear that Snape is a better example of a tragic hero because Snape’s motifs are more honorable; and the audience feels pity and fear for Snape as opposed to Macbeth. These characters are known to be noble and flawed individuals.
World War II was a period of time when life was depressing and difficult. Throughout this depression, people would come together and form a uniformity to surpass the negative emotions the war has caused.John Knowles, the author of A Separate Peace has revealed feelings of the war by showing different situations of the war through the use of diction, selection of details, and imagery. The war has caused many negative feelings to the citizens in the United States. Instead of presenting America as a land of happiness, Knowles uses the word “cry” to show America as a land of depression. Because of the war, civilians have came together as a whole, thus, having the same emotions.
Although fate has a part in the tragic play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare mainly focuses on the mistakes of the characters. Human mistakes are easier to point out rather than fate. A large amount of readers debate that fate is the main factor of the tragedy, but the tragic play focuses more on the human mistakes and how they are more functional in the cause of the tragedy.The unfortunate events of the “star-crossed lovers” has to do with more than just fate. Shakespeare refers to the mistakes made by Romeo that caused many problems in many directions. Romeo slays Tybalt in revenge of Mercutio , “Alive in triumph!
The Epiphany of Fear It is only human nature to succumb to and delve into the knowledge of the unknown or of foreign threats towards ones safety. It is this prime example of mass illusion that overtook the U.S. in the late 1940 's to early 1950 's with the panic induced by the Red Scare just as centuries before innocents were hung upon the gallows of Salem by those who let fear guide their actions. In response to this plague that was overtaking the U.S. “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller was born. Arthur Miller was a famous playwright whom had written and produced several famous plays in the United States with at the time at his most famous being “Death of a Salesman”. Troubled by the recent events occurring in the U.S. with the alienation and branding of innocents as