Literary Analysis Paper Outline This paper will analyze two very different stories: Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls, and Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour. Both stories deal with emotions felt during a major life change. The girl in Boys and Girls is coping with her emotional and physical changes as she goes from a being girl to a young woman. Louise Mallard, in The Story of an Hour, is coping with the sudden death of her husband, the complex emotions she feels at that loss and the jubilation she feels at suddenly gaining her freedom. The authors show how each the main character in each story bucks traditional gender roles, but they do so at different stages in their lives.
At the time he wasn’t only mourning the death of Annabel Lee but also the death of his wife a few years back which is the reason that he wrote The Raven. Learning about how all of the people that he loved, and cared for died will show just about anyone that it was not an easy life for Poe. A critic once said that Poe wrote and knew that any type of love had to come with loss (Kennedy). This showed a lot about Poe’s life as everyone that he loved he actually did lose. This made it a lonely life that made him very depressed.
After reading the novel The Secret Life of Bees, it would be easy to think that the main theme is discrimination or family, but in reality it is actually focused on the toll that mental illness takes on a family. The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness.
The speaker of the poem “Go Forget Your Father” by Cathy Linh Che seems to be reminiscing the past, which refuses to be forgotten, and pondering the future, which refuses to the revealed. The speaker talks about herself hurting over her breakup along with the relationship with her father. The word “fog” best captures the essence of the poem; it represents the uncertainty and mysteriousness of everything and conveys the heavy tone. Che writes, “I’ve been hiding / from my father” (6-7). The speaker speaks of her father throughout the poem as if he were someone of the past, long gone.
“The Courage My Mother Had” by Edna St. Vincent Millay was a very touching poem for me to read. Edna was a poet during the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. The poem was about a girl’s mother who passed away and the writer explains what courage her mother had which then was passed on to her daughter. This poem had left an impact on me when I had finished reading it because of such loss. Though I cannot say I had lost my mother but I did lose my sister a few years ago.
“Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.” This statement by Emily Dickinson expresses that you will never truly understand the meaning of success unless you have undergone failure. Emily Dickinson faced adversity throughout her fifty-five years of living as she experiences several losses. Because of this, the main theme in her poems is death as they are filled with constant bereavement however the themes of love, religion and nature are also present. On December 10, 1830, Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, and deceased on May 15, 1886. She is the daughter of Edward Dickinson, an attorney who died on June 16, 1874, in Boston, and Emily Norcross, who kept her last name; she died in 1882.
It looks at the mental state of anger and bitterness of Miss Havisham when her fiance betrays and abandons her on her wedding day. Both ‘Nettles’, and ‘Havisham’ have aligning themes of pain and vengeance, as well as conflicting feelings of love and helplessness. These themes are
Donald Hall's "Without" explains to the reader's the painful process that he had to go through losing his wife to leukemia. From the way Hall spoke about his wife in the book she seemed like she was very charming and someone that meant the world to him. They both had many things in common but one of the things that they both admired was writing poetry. In the poem "A Beard for a Blue Pantry", is where it simply said that his wife wrote poetry about the beard Hall grew. This book is written in past tense and he speaks of the memories he and Jane had together growing up.
¨My Papa's Waltz¨ by Theodore Roethke is a poem about a mother and a ¨small boy¨ who are abused by an aggressive father. In fact, Roethke uses a great amount of descriptive language to make us feel this way about the poem. For example, on line 5 and 6 ¨[w]e romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf ¨ gives us a negative picture in our minds of someone being brutally abused. Perhaps, the author writes this poem for the reason of him suffering with depression and mental illness. The author always had a rough relationship with his father; Roethke's father died when he was just 15 years old, which was a painful event in his life.
The Silent Killer Explication: “Alzheimer’s” by Kelly Cherry was published in 1997 during a time of personal struggle for Cherry and her dad. This short, free verse poem consists of twenty nine perplexing lines. The poet’s nontraditional placement of line breaks cause some ideas to fall off in mid-sentence, while others never complete the thought. This creates enjambments which mimic the disease’s confusing nature. The speaker of this poem is the author, who is also the daughter of whom she writes about.
I attended the Ipswich Female Seminary, where I befriended Emily Dickinson and ever since we helped each other in writing and progressing in our poetry. Tragedy marred my childhood, I witnessed my two baby brothers die as infants. My mother passed away when I was only 14 years old. And my father died three years later. However, my aunt orphaned us which helped my sister and I obtain an excellent education, which was unusual for women in