In the short story, "Martin", which takes place in the small town of Tracy, San Francisco, Nick Vaca, his older brother Catarino Vaca, and their cousin Vicente meet a boy new to the area, named Martin. When meeting Martin, jealously and hate for him is immediately drawn and is shown through symbolism and imagery throught the short story. Before their initial meet, the group of boys encounter Martin 's mother as she is yelling for him. Nick describes her as a "small, dark woman" and later implies that she has came straight from Mexico based soley off her appearance. The group then start to imagine what Martin might look like by creating rhymes to match the sound of his name, despite never coming to a consensus to what Martin might actually look
In The Ten Commandments, the Middle East, represented as Egypt, is depicted as literally ancient, because the story takes place in roughly 1300 to 1200 B.C.E. It is a dusty dry desert inhabited by Hebrews and Egyptians, as well as camels and it is portrayed through stereotypical shots of the pyramids, sphinxes, and other Egyptian monuments, many of which were still being constructed, thus dating Egypt as ancient. The fact that slavery was still prevalent in Egypt also presented the region as archaic and backwards. It is also presented as a place of false religion and mysticism.
The Father’s Sun Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road is known as one of the best books written in the last 25 years. McCarthy uses several linguistic and literary devices to illustrate the character’s feelings in the reader’s brain.
The experiences that many admirable writers undergo is what helps shape them into the great writers they are. May it be a rough childhood or a life full of twists and turns, writers are very good at carrying their emotions into their writing to get through to readers who may be experiencing similar things. This is a way of connecting the reader and allowing them to continue to read the writers work with a purpose. A writer that does exceptionally well with connecting readers in more of a simplistic and abstract way is the well-known poet, Shel Silverstein. He was a very strong and effective writer of children's poems that consist of themes such as relationships, imagination, selflessness, and other topics that give an underlying message that
To This Day by Shawn Coyczan a spoken word poem. This poem has many references and many examples of symbolism and the effect people have on you and how many people would choose a gun over words because words can be so much worse. One example of symbolism is whenever the child is surrounded by others and with lines pointed towards him is a big part of symbolism. The lines represent how all of his life he has been the person hate and anger have been directed to and everyone is directing everything to him and leaving him beaten and broken. Pills and knives can hurt but words have beaten this kid more than physical violence has, “One part because of the pills, and 99 parts because of the cruelty (Coyczan 4).
In Royce Mann’s poem, “White Boy Privilege” Royce Mann expresses the personal guilt, he feels for the pre-determined higher rank of white males over minority groups. Royce Mann apologizes to multiple minority groups for the unfair advantage white males are given at birth. However, Royce Mann also reveals a love for the white male privilege because white males do not have to be self-conscience in numerous scenarios which repeatedly affect minorities. Royce Mann admits many white males present a fear of losing their privileges to other minority groups. Nonetheless, Royce Mann believes these privileges do not have to be taken away from white males for everyone to receive equal opportunity and treatment.
They’re Always Watching One of the examples of symbolism found in the episode is when the main character crashes into a mirror when he’s in a rush sprinting down the stairs. The symbolism of this moment is that it is showing the inner-workings of the chaos of the moment. He is confusedly running about, trying to figure out what this world is, and why he’s a part of it. He crashes into his mirror right after he sees his reflection. This could represent how he is making the insanity for himself, quite literally, as shown at the end of the episode.
Emotional baggage is something 43% of adult people struggle with in their lifetime, according to a study done by Dr. Jonathan Maythorn, author of Life Leader. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, in Tim O’Brien’s short story, The Things They Carried, is no exception. Suffering from emotional baggage, regarding his past, on the battlefield is hindering his ability to function correctly, as one man should in a war. In other words, setting and symbolism in this short story shows that when the past is brought into the future, it can only drag people down.
The narrator in Matthew Zapruder’s “Schwinn,” has a very bleak and empty perspective of his childhood, along with how it shapes him into the person he is today. At the very beginning of the poem, an inner struggle presents itself. To put differently, the narrator is undoubtedly unhappy with his life and identity: “I hate the phrase ‘inner life’ My attic hurts, / and I’d like to quit the committee / for naming tornadoes” (1-3). The symbolism in this section is essential for the understanding of the poem. Terms the narrator uses have a purpose, such as “attic” and “committee for naming tornadoes”.
The poem “One Boy Told Me” by Naomi Shihab Nye, was told by her son when he was two and three years of age. His comments, thoughts, and remarks were jotted down verbatim by Naomi and pieced together to create the one of a kind free verse poem. Nye assembled the phrases into individual stanza’s where they coherently flow to one another to illustrate the mind of a toddler. Wide ranges of emotions and personalities invoke the inner child and their curiosity. Overall, her son’s interpretations of his surroundings and understandings are represented in how the idioms expressed set the stage for intrusiveness, humor, and poetic devices to contribute to the overall meaning.
Authors use symbols in literary to show you gateways into themes. Some are easily noticed but some are much more complex. In his literary work, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah uses symbols to underscore his central theme of oppression and freedom. The symbols used in this literary work to show the theme of freedom are the moon and the cassette tape Ishmael had from his childhood rap group. The symbol used to represent the theme of oppression is Ishmael’s dreams or nightmares.