Cultural Studies Approach The short story “The Hand” shows the emotional ride of a new bride addressing the feelings of her new life and new husband. The initial approach of a first time reader may find this story confusing, as they sit inside the mind of the bride. Further breaking down the reading through a critical reading strategy allows the story to be viewed in a specific way, thus making it easier to understand. Looking at the short story “The Hand”, the characters desires, behaviors, and emotions can be analyzed through a cultural studies lens. The desires of the wife, before she notices her husband’s hand, can reflect the culture in this time period of the story, 1924.
In contrast to medieval sculptures, which was based on religious sentiments, Renaissance sculptures took biblical topics, but focused on the human aspect of the characters involved. One such biblical story of the young David slaying the Philistine giant Goliath with a stone from his sling, served as a heroic inspiration for numerous Renaissance artists. Two of Florence’s most celebrated sculptors Donatello and Michelangelo rendered the same story of David in extremely novel and distinct way. Being a foremost masterpiece in the Bible, David 's story was a factual account illustrating the fact that Lord intercedes for His people. David was a shepherd, the youngest of the eight sons of Jesse of Israel, and his state was battling the Philistines, including a 9-foot giant named Goliath.
The novel ‘Nada’ written by Carmen Laforet is a twisted heart-breaking tale about a year in the life of the 18-year-old female protagonist Andrea. Throughout this year, Andrea spends in Barcelona with her relatives, she developed various relationships, both homosexual and heterosexual. For the purpose of this essay I will discuss Andrea’s highly affective homosexual relationships with her best friend Ena and her aunt Gloria and how she views and describes both woman differently. I will also briefly contrast her homosexual relationships with that of her heterosexual relationships with Pons and her uncle Román. I will begin with discussing Adrea’s relationship with Gloria, as this relationship began before her relationship with Ena did.
Based on dictionary.com, an archetype is defined as the first example or model from which all things of the same kind are replicated or on which they are established; a model, or the first shape of something. Blood Wedding is a play written by Federico Garcia Lorca where he uses many archetypes to tell the story of a feud between two families and a marriage. All throughout the play, Federico Garcia Lorca would use names such as Bride, Bridegroom, Mother, Father, Maid et cetera to portray the function of the characters instead of using their names. Federico Garcia Lorca uses archetypal characters in Blood Wedding to portray the cultural difference between the old generation and the new, to bring about and enhance Leonardo’s character, and to portray the irony of the use of archetypes One of the reasons why Lorca uses archetypal characters would be to portray the theme of the old generation versus the new. Although some of the most important conflicts revolve around the individual versus the society, the conflict between generations plays a subtler yet more insidious role within the tragic events.
While the canonical western version of Beauty and the Beast idealizes civilization and demonstrates the taming influence of Beauty’s duty, self-sacrifice, and virtue, a deeper look at the tale and some of its alternative versions reveals an equally compelling glorification of the wilder side of human nature: Beauty’s acceptance of Beast represents the necessary integration of the grittier, uglier aspects of humanity in order to achieve a fully authentic human experience. When people think of Beauty and the Beast, the association they generally have is with the Disney
The House of Bernarda Alba is the representation of Lorca's powerful theatrical sense, this means that the play focuses less on the plot and more on the created atmostphere around it. The entire play is set in Bernarda's house, with her five daughters and help. The Alba family lives in a small village in Andalusia, a region of Spain. The major theme that surrounds the play is Patriarchy, which is ironic since the described house is a matriarch ran by Bernarda. Within the play we witness the gossiping of women, they are the only character that are given lines.
Writers from all over the world use symbolism to enhance their stories and create something so beautiful in each of their pieces. In To Kill a Mockingbird and Night, symbolism was so effective because it provided depth to the text, allowed the reader to break through the surface layer of the story, and gave readers the freedom of interpreting the story in different ways. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the author uses symbolism in her writing to create this bittersweet novel while one of the major symbols was the mockingbird. On page 119, Harper Lee wrote, “...it's a sin to kill a mockingbird, mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.. They don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.” In this book, the mockingbird took form in two different people from opposite sides of the
5 Noted ubiquitously among such works created by Rodolfo Anaya and Harper Lee, powerful symbolism is carried out through wonderful conveyance of literary technique in each author’s respective novels. Granted both authors can employ symbolism accordingly, each author has their signature trademark in providing symbolism, and imploring the reader to search for a deeper meaning within given context. One of Harper Lee’s most powerful symbols is simply the title of her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The title itself has little connection to the plot, but it carries a great deal of symbolic weight in the book. One may simply look past this, but the symbol lies within the mockingbird itself.
George Saunders first published The Semplica Girl Diaries in The New Yorker in 2012 and then again in his collection of short stories Tenth of December, in 2013. The main characters are a middle aged, unnamed man and his family (a wife, two daughters and a son). In an interview Saunders admitted that the inspiration for this twisted story came from a dream which explains the origin of a strange concept in it— Semplica girls, women from underdeveloped countries paid to hang in rich people’s gardens, connected to each other by a wire in their brains. However, the main message is a conscious writing choice. This story explores the struggles deprived people go through and choices they make when facing them.
Literary Analysis The motivation of others can come in many different varieties. In the book, Kick Kennedy, written by Barbara Leaming, it demonstrates the use of individual characters to show the difference in motives. The book is written about Kick Kennedy’s life from the age of six teen until her death. Set in the early twentieth century, it highlights her interactions with her family and lover. While writing this book, Leaming used all the characters to show how their motivations affected others.