Both the poem “Warren Pryor” by Alden Nowlan and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr express a depressing tone. “Warren Pryor” is about a son who chooses a career that he dislikes in order to please his parents. “Harrison Bergeron” is about a dystopian society where excellence in any way is considered a disadvantage and inequality for others. In both texts, the protagonists all face the barrier of having their nature being stifled; however, the speaker in the poem chooses not to fight back for himself, while the majority in the short story is not even able to realize the barrier that they face. In the poem, the speaker Warren Pryor is under the pressure and high expectation of his parents that he has to choose to work
Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.
Ultimately , I believe that during our analysis of the poem we will come to find it is quite dark in tone. The controversiality of the poem becomes increasingly clear when one carefully examines the negative connotation of the poem. When it comes to the topic of abuse, many readers readily agree that this poem is about a young boy being abused by his alcoholic father. Where this argument usually ends, however, is on the question of
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Miss Emily Grierson, is faced with challenges that leave her no choice but to find a way to escape the internal struggle of loneliness created by her own actions, leading to self-inflicted destruction. Looking in on the surface, the female character is imprisoned by the repressiveness of her father. While he played a huge role in causing Emily’s mental state to deteriorate, it was ultimately the consequences of her own self-control that confined her mind. Because of her poor choices, Emily lives in misery instead of rescuing herself from such damaging chains of sorrow. Throughout the text, it is evident that the overall conflict in “A Rose for Emily” was driven by self-deprecation
The simile, ’spooky as hell’, has a mysterious and frightening tone. No one truly knows what hell is like but its negative connotations provide a vivid image of how frightening Perry can be. In the novel In Cold Blood it's described that Perry had a strong relationship with his father, but as Perry got older it worsened. The simile, "I loved my father but there were times when this love and affection I had for him drained from my heart like wasted water", "like wasted water" can represent that Perry did love his father but once Perry grew older he realized that he didn't love him anymore, and that his affection towards his father was wasted as it led to no positive outcome. This shows that Perry had some issues with his father, which could have affected his personality later on, as one needs to feel the love of a parent.
Krebs knows that the impressions his mother is making are not authentic and she, just like the rest of his fellow town folk are tired of hearing and reading the same stories from the war (De Baerdemaeker 24). Hemingway uses the story to painfully highlight the internal conflict that leaves an individual veteran like Krebs questioning his peculiar heroic status after fighting in the war. The protagonist of the short story, Krebs, is drafted by the state into the U.S. Army fighting in Rhineland having been uprooted from his home. The character traits of Krebs can be defined as rebellious, detached, and stressful. The creation of the character Krebs has been the epitome in the realization of the devastating
Samarya Jenkins 04/23/2016 Gatsby essay Mrs. Plonter Analyze the treatment of blindness, of seeing and not seeing, in the novel. In the great gatsby, gatsby himself blind. He is very blind to reality and blind to the truth about daisy specifically and people in general. He is assuming that if he can just do the right things without notice The treatment is his nature of writing and gatsby doesn’t see that Daisy has her own life and now and he had moved on and things aren't ever going to be the way he wants it. Many of the characters in the novel are blind to where the can’t see the good in things and sometimes things just pass them by and don't notice until it's the end.
Hamlet says to himself “a dull and muddy-spirited rascal, peal, Like a john-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause”(563-564). These lines really explain to us how Hamlet criticizes himself because of his inability to act on his feelings, he also explains how he feels as though this is all a dream. Though, he does admit in these lines that he cannot stand up for his father’s death, and grants this to the fact that he is not truly passionate to avenge his father. These lines really stood out to me because they so clearly illustrate the conflicting feelings Hamlet has; he is in grief but doesn't know how to take action from these emotions. From these lines, I was also surprised that Hamlet criticizes himself for not having the passion to avenge his
In the poem, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, you see a child wanting a father’s love and care. The story opens up by talking about his father being a drunk. Although it does not directly say it, we can tell by the way the boy talks about his father, and his father’s actions. “The whiskey on your breath” (1) is the first line of the poem, which indicates someone talking about alcohol on someone’s breath. As the poem goes on you can start to pick up that it is getting told by a son.
Because of his irritation, he does not see the mastermind of which Luke is serving. Even though the river is bad, it ends up giving back the bodies of Randy and Ruth back to their loved ones, showing some morality in its character. Luke’s action is influenced by the Tamassee and both can be seen as the antagonist of the story. Allen Hemphill and Herb Kowalsky are connected in the book because of their similar experience of losing their daughter. Kowalsky’s action are influenced by his loss of Ruth to the river.
I just watched. Paralyzed.” (Hosseini 73) Amir is a coward, and he is afraid of what will happen to him if he speaks on behalf of Hassan. As an adult looking back, Amir realizes that this was a turning point in his life. Furthermore, when he and Soraya were at Baba’s funeral, he shares a scene with Soraya where he opens up, “Soraya pulled me close and the tears finally came.” (Hosseini 185) Amir and Soraya are together for Baba’s passing and that helps Amir stay together. Amir cried in Soraya’s arms, which is something the book, only shows him doing one other time; this shows intimacy and a very close bond between the two.
Also, Holden even considers committing suicide multiple times throughout the novel. During his short time in Manhattan, just the thought of his yellowness and his gloves being stolen at Pencey Prep depresses him to the point where he decides to have more alcoholic drinks after a night in the town. After a night in which Holden didn’t socialize the way he wanted to, he feels so depressed that he wished he died. These instances are important, because it shows that his feelings are unreasonable, and as a result, his depression affects his rational
Drinking extremely large amounts of alcohol can cause problems for that person and the people around them. Alcohol plays a big part by influencing people minds. If adolescents drink alcohol, then it can cause problems for their actions. For example, on New Year’s Eve in the year 2013, a teenager was punched and gravely injured by another adolescent who ingested to much alcohol. Opponents of these views present several arguments.