Tim O’Brien in the short story, “The Things They Carried” used constant repetition in the story to communicate important literary themes to his readers. His narrative technique of repetition may have been interpreted to some readers as redundancy or rather strange obsession but this technique one believes is a technique he uses to show the reader how the soldiers or characters experiences the events in their mind through their memories as it was happening-which was sometimes constantly. Such example is the event of death throughout his short story. O’Brien repeatedly recounts the death of Kiowa and Lavender to the reader, each time adding and elaborating on the death in detail. The significance of Kiowa’s death is that is seems to be the pinnacle or center piece of the story to which the characters’s develop and most of the action of the story surrounds itself.
The hero’s journey is a common theme in many mythological novels that convey the adventures the protagonist experiences as they resolve their conflicts in attempt to become their own savior. As the novels go about the hero’s decisive crisis and victories, the protagonist is often subjected to develop as he grows mentally from learning from his problems. In the novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, the story of Antonio exhibits how coming of age can be difficult. As Antonio grows older, he learns that there are many obstacles he must face and surpass, and to aid him with these challenges is his mentor, the curandera, as she brings about the mythical aspects. Anaya’s story of the hero’s journey tells of Antonio growing up, and how he handles the many difficult
The concept of journey is a thematic element often used in literature. In Three Day Road the author, Joseph Boyden, uses the motif of journey to show transformation in the three main characters. As a part of this motif a character must go on a journey and face hardships in an attempt to reach their goal. This novel follows the main character, Xavier and his time at the front line in World War 1. The point of view switches between Xavier, who tells about his time at war with his deceased friend Elijah, and Niska, Xavier’s aunt and a windigo killer, who tells about her life and Xavier’s childhood.
Comparative Essay- Xavier Bird and Elijah Weesageechak Authors like Joseph Boyden teach readers about aboriginal culture, tradition and discrimination thorough a native perspective; this is shown through the book Three Day Road. Three Day Road is an award winning novel which shows the struggles many solders faced during WW1. This is exactly portrayed by the two main characters, Elijah and Xavier. Xavier is deeply rooted in his native culture and tradition. Whereas Elijah is more outgoing and likes taking risks as he begins to identify with the “white” culture.
In the books Ellen Foster and A Separate Peace the protagonists both go through turmoil and develop who they are as individuals. The narrator, Ellen, from Ellen Foster shows herself as a strong individual that has some baggage that she doesn't let stop her from achieving her ultimate goal, happiness. In A Separate Peace, the protagonist, Gene, was jealous of his friend and did something regrettable that changes Gene’s life and his friend’s forever. How these characters interact with others in the books shows the readers a lot about the identity of the protagonists. Ellen Foster is a book that paints a picture of a damaged girl in a damaged home and her journey to find the perfect family.
Three Day Road is a novel written by Joseph Boyden, the novel was first published in March of 2005. The novel is about a native family from Ontario, where two of the family members travel to Europe “to do their part” in the Great War. The novel also tells a story about how the remaining family member experienced the war from “across the pond”, we can also read flashback of how life was for the family before the war, and the tragic story of the native people of Canada. The novel gives a good picture of how life was in the trenches for the common soldiers of WW1. This essay will discuss physical and psychology stress that was inflicted on the characters during the war.
Not being able to fully grasp who’s perspective I’m reading this from, but then realized this story is about her. I would like to believe that she wrote this almost like a diary or journal about her struggling relationship. To really understand, people might have to sympathize with the author because many people go through different situations in life. For example this story was her in a relationship with friends involved trying to help. Of course at times individuals they would like to believe their judgment is better than people trying to help.
In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman uses careful comparisons and contrasts to appeal to the emotions of readers. Throughout the novel, Fadiman explores different scenarios that are encountered by the Hmong that would make anyone feel frightened. Through these scenarios, we discover what the Hmong have had to endure in order to make a small amount of progress. Some of the individuals in the novel we encounter, including Dr. Robert Small, see the Hmong as “ignorant” and “almost a Stone Age people”. However, some individuals such as the social worker to Lia Lee, Jeanine Hilt, and the author of the novel understand why the Hmong reacted the way they did to the doctors.
Each of these comics consist of a main character who gets diagnosed with a mental illness, acting as a traumatic event that alters the way they live their life. Lighter, Marbles and Depression are comics that differ in the mental illness the main character possesses, but are comparative in the main argument, or thesis, of the comic: the importance of having friends and family during a life-changing event in order to seek help and change for the better. Friends and family serve as an essential support system throughout the journey of a mental illness, by listening to the mentally ill individual and caring for them. In Lighter, Katie is
As a result of dealing with their guilt, these characters all experience changes in who they are. Robert Davies’ Fifth Business is a novel that investigates the quest to find the meaning of life; this helps the reader understand the theme in the novel of how appropriate approaches to coping with guilt are necessary in living a healthy life. Both enlightenment and guilt, which are thoroughly explored in the novel, forces readers to think about their own lives and educates them to refrain from avoiding their
This makes the themes of belonging and family even more prominent. Foreshadowing is used within these flashbacks, as the events that occur in these begin to mirror those happening to Taylor. Readers discover that Hannah has also struggled with belonging, as in chapter 14 Hannah (Narnie) speaks of how she doesn’t know what to do since Webb’s disappearance. This foreshadows Taylor’s journey, as losing those close to her resulted in her lack of self-belonging. All the themes of the novel link together, as family and friends resolve Taylors story arc by giving her a place to belong.
After he died, Mary constantly read books about grief from authors like C.S Lewis, Joan Didion, and H. Norman Wright. Reading those books finally made her realize she wasn’t alone. According to the Heroic Imagination Project, one of the main characteristics of a hero is wanting to help people in need (Cherry, “The Psychology of Heroism”). That’s exactly why Mary wrote the book; she wanted to show broken people they weren’t alone.
She decided to start writing about it because she knew she was going to kill herself and she owed it to Jiko to share her great life story, a memoir of someone she greatly saw as someone special to some special stranger. After a while, Nao had asked Jiko how she should start her diary and Jiko told her she should start from the present time and so she did. On two occasions, she speaks on how grateful she is to write to the person reading her diary even if it’s not a real person:”Anyway, I don’t really think you’re God or expect you to grant me wishes or anything. I just appreciate it that I can talk to you and you’re willing to listen. But I better hurry up or I’ll never catch up where I’m supposed to be” (137).
The Guardians is similarly structure to Revolution in that it makes use of short stories and asides to tell the whole tale that the author is attempting to convey to the audience. However, there is a key difference. Where Revolution was broad in scope The Guardians is focused. In Revolution it was Deb’s complex relationship with George and her coming of age on the road. In The Guardians the focus too lies on a complex relationship between the author and Harris; however, the two tales differ in that Manguso approaches her tale through the tragedy of her friend’s death.
Just like literature, music tells a story. Songs display thoughts and meaningful words that can help people get through hard times, just like a story can. You can relate yourself to literature and music because the artists and authors can share the same struggles you did. Both authors and artists hide behind their masterpieces, but when you read between the lines you find out their story and their struggle in life. You can always listen to songs and novels when you need advice.