his mind when he notices a strange attitude of Edgar and he has pity for him. Especially, when Gloucester ask him for getting a shelter says: First let me talk with this philosopher./To Edgar. What is the cause of thunder?. (III.iv.162-163). Lear contemplates the miserable state of Edgar (disguised as Tom) whose poverty and nakedness reflect how gods are cruel and unjust to them.
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, one of the protagonists of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, stands as a highly conflicted character. The source of his divide stems from the consequences of private sins, and is prevalent within the first paragraphs of Chapter 12, “The Minister’s Vigil,” where the narration chronicles Dimmesdale’s surroundings as he dream walks through the town in a state of limbo. He is portrayed as a model citizen who lacks moral imperfections to the general public yet suffers privately from the juxtaposition of his sins to his position within the community. In this specific passage, Hawthorne uses somber diction and imagery to illustrate Dimmesdale’s strife, while portraying his internal conflict through the formation
This simile is used to give an eerie feel for the novel. Also in the short story, while Rainsford is drowning the author uses personification by saying,“the cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head”(9). Richard Connell uses personification to give this passage a suspenseful mood because of the feelings of frustration and uncertainty
The remaining boys on the island get rescued at the end of the book by a naval officer and when Percival goes to say his name and address “there was no more to come. Percival Wemys Madison sought in his head for an incantation that had faded clean away” (Golding 201). This shows that even Percival had changed due to the island and lost a part of him. At the end of the novel where Ralph weeps “for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart” (Golding 202), he is weeping for Percival. Percival is a symbol of innocence and Golding uses him as a way to intensify the loss of
In 1947, Martin Niemöller’s short poem became an iconic reminder of the consequences of the Holocaust. In his poem, First they came… , Niemöller exposes his unwillingness to help the victims of the Holocaust and the guilt he carries along with his actions. Niemöller blames himself for his inability to speak against this evil and warns the reader of a similar fate. His poem also relates to the works, Night by Elie Wiesel and Hangman by Maurice Ogden. All three have the same theme; that it is one’s solemn duty to stand against injustice.
Dylan Thomas’s famous elegy “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” is perhaps the greatest example of villanelle in modern poetry, using death as its focus. Death is a unifier in the sense that no man, big or small can resist their eventual end. However, the author recognizes the solemnness of the concept and connects it to the audience’s fear of losing a loved one. By doing so, the poem taps into the raw emotion of the will to live. This paper will describe how Thomas uses a series of brilliant poetic strategies such as diction, structure and rhythm to suggest that all men, while different in character, should passionately resist the inevitability of death.
The article The American Dream Is Dying, by David French, supports the events in the novel The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. The article revolves around Tim, a boy who “everyone just knew was doomed” and “no one was optimistic he’d pull through” (French). Similarly, those who lived on Mango Street were often unable to leave their broken households or abusive relationships, whether it was due to poverty or their inability to end a relationship for good. Both pieces of literature reflected negatively in their depictions of the American Dream. However, both works also seemed to share the idea that “only the American people can bring [the Dream] back from the brink” (French).
Hooper’s sacrifice acknowledges that sin comes at a high price, as he wore the veil, he isolated himself from the Puritan society and no longer accepted him as that was advent. The theme of the Minister’s Black Veil is that everyone has a secret sin, dying from others and that no one person can escape sin. “The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them” (Hawthorne). Reverend Hooper wears the black veil to communicate to his congregation and acknowledge that he has sinned. He sacrifices himself by wearing the black veil to recognize the sins committed by himself and the others townspeople; coming to terms with bad sins and remaining as part of humanity.
Odysseus had just blinded Polyphemus and yelled his name at him, and Polyphemus tells Odysseus that he will ask his father to give him a hard time at sea if he does not stay on the island. Polyphemus threatens Odysseus by saying “‘Come back, Odysseus, and I’ll treat you well, praying the god of earthquake to befriend you-his son I am, for he by his avowal fathered me, and, if he will, he may heal me of this black wound-he and no other of all the happy gods or mortal men’” (160, 564-559). Polyphemus wanted to make a deal with Odysseus; he would have his father make Odysseus’ voyage home smooth, and Polyphemus hoped that Poseidon could heal his eye wound. Polyphemus seemed to doubt that his father would help him with his blindness, which shows that their relationship is not close or strong. After Odysseus threatened to kill Polyphemus and says that Poseidon could not help his blindness, Polyphemus prays to his father, saying “‘O hear me, lord, blue girdler of the islands, if I am thine indeed, and thou art father: grant that Odysseus, raider of cities, never sees his home: Laertes’ son, I mean, who kept his hall on Ithaca.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus makes many stops on his journey home, delaying his trip even further. Homer tries to make Odysseus out to be some hero, but on his mind set is throughout the book is that he can do anything he wants. Even if his actions do hurt other he still will not have any repercussions. One of the only times in the epic that Odysseus actually shows his dejected state is when he 's cries on Calypso 's Island during the day and sleeps with her during the night. A quote to support this is “Off he sat on a headland weeping, there as a always, wrenching his heart with sobs and groans and anguish, gazing out over the barren sea through blinding tears...But lustrous Calypso shuddered at those words and burst into a flight of indignation.