But, in addition to being a character study about coming to terms with oneself, Campo Santo also details a more immediate mystery to unravel in Firewatch. Because it quickly becomes apparent that something is amiss at Shoshone; a poorly handled confrontation with some careless campers combined with a sneaking suspicion they are being watched instills a sense of dread in the newfound friends. But, sadly, I feel that Firewatch 's plot is its least enjoyable aspect; in particular when contrasted to the well-written character study. And while I suspect Campo Santo were attempting to imbue the mystery with paranoia caused by the isolationism, they are unsuccessful in doing so satisfactorily. In particular, because the mystery is rendered nigh-on insignificant by its unlikely, and unrewarding, conclusion - it feels as if you are being strung along different avenues by multiple poorly conceived red herrings that all fail to amount to anything resembling meaningful.
These themes can be seen throughout the story as Mr. Hooper, the main character as a Reverend, punishes himself over a sin that is never revealed. He punishes himself to the utmost ability by blocking himself from the rest of the world, which in turn causes him to lose his social status and soon become a dark and mysterious man. Although society often frowns upon unexplained or uncommon beliefs, one should still be bound to them even if there are those who greatly oppose it, like Reverend Hooper had done in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Even though Mr. Hooper is in a healthy relationship with his wife, he says, “Know, then this veil is a type and a symbol, and I am bound to wear it ever, both in light and darkness, in solitude and before the gaze of multitudes, and as with strangers, so with my familiar friends. No mortal eye will see it withdrawn.
The Holocaust is not an easy subject to talk about, let alone read an entire book or watch an full movie on the affair. Yet, to present the despicable situation in a tasteful manor that not only causes people to think, but also creates such strong emotion is truly brilliant writing. That is exactly what is found in both Night and “Life is Beautiful.” Both of these works are masterpieces in their own right. It is truly a spectacle that both of these works cover the same harsh topics yet feel so completely different. Night and “Life is Beautiful” are both similarly fantastic works, however, it is their differences that make them stand out.
Which in the end resulted in a very unfitting demise for Gatsby and Myrtle. Nick is not an honest storyteller but he is a reliable narrator because throughout the story he has been judgemental towards others and not saying the full truth or truly giving the reader the satisfaction of knowing his feelings. In the beginning, he said this “In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.” (Pg.1). Thus from the very beginning of the novel, Nick was stating he had to reserve all judgments but as the reader continues to read on this statement turns out to be false as he in multiple occasions judges a character such as Tom, Gatsby, and Daisy. Nick is a reliable narrator though he tells the full truth all the way to the end well at least to the reader not actually to the characters in the novel.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is an amazing fiction short story. This story is highly focused on symbolism, imagery, and allegory. These three literary devices are what make this story as successful and impactful as it is. This profound impact of symbolism is more immediate and keeps readers interested throughout the story. It does not take much creative thought to connect the objects in the story and how they foreshadow their use.
Montresor has nothing but evil intentions, not to care about health. This creates a rather unique point of view for the reader, to make the outlook of the character appear more sane at the time. Words such as “precious” almost further creates an underset tone. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the sanity of the narrator is questioned through the entire length of the story; however, the irony aids in showing the mindset of this character toward the end. "Villains!"
In most interpretations of Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, it is usually deduced that John, the unnamed narrator’s husband in the short story, is a flat character that is used solely for plot advancement. This is most likely due to the combination of indirect discourse, an unreliable narrator, and the ambiguous ending that negatively impacts the reader’s opinion of him. But, if the reader views the short story as a tragedy, John plays a more impactful role in the story. By analyzing the story from an Aristotelian perspective of tragedy, John becomes Gilman’s unintentional tragic hero. According to a pdf titled “Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”, an Aristotelian tragic hero must possess certain characteristics.
All in all, I think the book has a great story, but lacks a proper structure for the story at hand. Sebastian Junger, the author, did a fine job presenting the information he gathered, but also lacked the story structure and plot that a novel has. The book, The Perfect Storm, would have been much better if stuck to one storyline. Regardless of the written text, we still have to respect and appreciate these courageous men, who lost their lives in a true battle of men against
Also, Susie consistently refers to him as “Mr. Harvey” for the entirety of the story – this is ironic as he does not deserve the title, nor the respect of being referred to in that way. Alice Sebold uses the symbolism, irony, and foreshadowing techniques throughout The Lovely Bones to successfully explore the complex themes of violence, grief, and mortality in a novel which ultimately causes the reader to feel empathetic towards Susie and her family, creating a captivating and thought-provoking story which shows the true nature of such a violent crime and the aftermath that it
He knows that the school doesn’t want him to be there anymore, his roommate almost beat him unconscious, and his parents will only be disappointed when they know that he has been expelled from yet another school. For Holden, it seems like there is no one else to turn to, except his younger sister Phoebe who he can’t see unless he goes home. Teenagers all across America feel this same sort of detachment from the rest of society. Only one thing going wrong could cause the rest of our worlds to collapse. Holden ended up trying to live on the streets when he ran out of money, and as the story progressed, he dug himself into a larger hole of loneliness.