Critical Statement: In “We Wear the Mask”, Paul Laurence Dunbar employs the shift in the symbol of the mask to elucidate the tribulations imposed upon a isolated community. In the first stanza of the poem, Dunbar emphasizes the mask as a facade which forcefully obscures the authentic sentiments of a segregated community. The stanza introduces the masks’ objective and prowess in deception. Furthermore, it investigates the effects of the mask on its host. The author writes, “We wear the mask that grins and lies, / It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— / This debt we pay to human guile; / With torn and bleeding hearts we smile” (Dunbar 1-4).
With the help of imagery, the reader is able to see, hear, and feel what the narrator experiences. Alliteration is seen as Wiesel writes, “So I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival” (64). In this passage, Eliezer feels guilty that taking care of his dying father has become a burden, and he wishes he could just take care of himself. By using alliteration to express his shame, Wiesel draws the reader's attention and transmits the feeling to the reader. In the novel, Madame Schachter has visions of something terrible happening while on the train to Auschwitz as she exclaimed how she sees fire and flames.
In the painting there is a man sitting on the curb smoking, he looks very depressed just like the narrator in the short story although he shows depression in many different ways. Raymond Carver and Edward Hopper together create a very mellow and depressed story along with painting, they are both very serious. In “Cathedral” Raymond Carver mentions many times, different ideas about alcohol possibly representing depression and feelings of isolation, “I did the drinks, three big splashes of Scotch with a splash of water in each. Then we made ourselves comfortable and talked about Robert’s travels,” (Carver 217). In the painting by Hopper, there is no alcohol but there is isolation, sorrow, and a
War Photographer Comparison In War Photographer, the poet portrays that conflict is severe and explores the disastrous effects of it. This is implied through metaphors especially when it describes seeing a man ‘a half-formed ghost’. Remains similarly explores the idea of conflict but shows its lasting effect through similar techniques like repetition as when the poet repeats ‘dozen rounds.’ In War Photographer, Duffy uses a range of techniques to explore the idea of conflict and its evil nature. As said before, metaphors are used like ‘half formed ghost’ to portray the photograph that he took was of a dying man and to get the reader to understand the severity of war and the lives cost in it. The overall point of this poem is to convey the cruelty of war and what it accomplishes.
The presence of greed utilized by Chaucer in the Pardoner’s tale presents satire as his character is meant to be honorable, yet, behind the scenes is actually the most unethical one. The first example the audience is shown of this fraud is as the pardoner explains his motives, when he states, “Of avarice and of swich cursednesse/ Is al my prechyng, for to make hem free/ To yeven hir pens; and namely, unto me!/ For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,/ And no thyng for correccioun of synne” (114 – 118). The Pardoner is extremely upfront regarding his greedy motives as seen in the quote “For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,” (117). The sole reason he is in this game is no other reason than to make money. The revelation of this goal results in an ironic situation as his job consists of preaching against greed, while the only reason of his employment is driven by his own greed.
In the end proctor says “ let rebecca nurse go like a saint; for me it is fraud” and “it is evil and I do it.” (miller 138) This quote furthermore proves that he knows he is responsible for where he is at and for his actions. Based on this information proctor meets all the characteristics of a tragic hero and therefore is one. Proctor does have goodness in him, but he tends to keep it hidden. He has some superiority because if he didn’t he would not be so feared. His tragic flaw that he suffers from is being lustful and he even admits it.
Tragedies often trigger emotional responses to audiences. It allows an individual to perceive the situation and emotionally respond to it. Sophocles uses the relationships of individuals with one another that incorporate compromise and division between the clashes of stubborn heroism and defeat. In tragedies, one many often feel pity, which can be very relatable to the reader and audiences. This can be evident in “Oedipus the King.” Oedipus is human, regardless of his pride, his intelligence, or his stubbornness and we can recognize this in his reaction to his wrongdoings.
Normally humans inflict emotional pain to one another out of pleasure, the feeling of doing the action and simply because it is in our nature. Any human has the capability of commiting appalling actions under the right conditions. In Mark Twain’s “The Lowest Animal” there are many observations he has proven to be correct. In his essay he states the true reality of mankind and how cruelty resides in their human nature. He persuades us that man is ignorant, avaricious and foolish.
There’s an old saying that “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” In reality, that saying is wrong. Words hurt a person as much as punch or a kick can. It may not hurt someone physically, but it can scar someone mentally and emotionally. Due to the topics they are associated with, certain words or phrases can elicit strong reactions; some are positive, while others are negative but nonetheless, they all leave an impact on people. Today in class, we discussed a topic that is deeply engraved in American history yet widely avoided by many: race.
However, many people are unaware of the dark history of race and think nothing of it. For this very reason, I believe that it is highly important to firstly recognize the flaws in basing a society off race and then work on removing the classification of people by race to combat the existing racism throughout the world. A person should not be judged and assessed merely based off their skin color or culture, but rather by their actions and intentions. So, to group a wide variety of cultures into one category would be an unjust generalization made by social construct. For instance, African Americans are categorized by “black” in order to legitimize their exploitation as an apparently inferior race just because of skin color.
As this is a word that comes from a descriptive word, this may discriminate and dehumanize people who are of darker skin as they feel like that this is the only thing that they are. This word is usually used as a racial insult, and it is considered extremely offensive. The word is linked with violence and brutality from whites using this derogatory term to describe what black people are”. This happens to support the claim because it states of how the word is used towards people even if they have darker skin. As for the second side if the word should be considered appropriate, they believe that it should be appropriate.
Satire is unforgiving; realism is all-forgiving; and David Williamson has always attempted to merge the two, portraying people as wicked but pardonable. The more you get to know the baseness of the motives of each character, the more empathy you are intended to feel for them, as you come to realise that all people, even ourselves, despite all actions, generally mean well. As far as it goes, the good guys aren’t very good and the bad guys always fall short of the true evilness which they, in theory, are capable of. Many of Williamson’s plays start out as toughly satirical but end up merging into roughly sentimental, with even his basest, most deviant characters always having a comfortable, revealing scene; Even his nicest characters will admit to unworthy thoughts and ignoble desires. This play is a classic comedy of manners, with an almost humanist reference point.
Even though Cathy’s enticing beauty and innocent facade along with Adam’s strong morals and kind soul insinuate virtuous character, both succumb to deception. While Cathy exploited others for pleasure and Adam for an idyllic world, both suffered as much as the other for failing to recognize what the outcome of their deception would have been. As in everyday society, people confront and attempt to handle deception in their personal or work-related lives—even the innocent and unsuspecting. They lie for satisfaction or status or to themselves, such selfish endeavors, without consideration that what small pleasures they experience only last
Everything was happy until Douglass’s master knew that Douglass’s mistress taught Douglass, and the master warned mistress that her behavior was dangerous and unsafe because teaching slaves to read were discouraged or prohibited. Slaveholders feared slaves’ rebellions and attempts of escape. After the master’s “lecture,” Douglass lost his teacher who became coldness like his husband. Douglass was so sad and wrote in his book that “That cheer eye, under the influence of slavery, soon became red with rage; that voice, made all of sweet accord, changed to one of harsh and horrid discord; and that angelic face gave place to that of demon”(Douglass, page 19). Thus, slavery, as the poison, blinded human being’s eyes and made people discard their good qualities which they had initially.
A choked sound escapes him as he realizes the lone thigh would be attached to a body, he ignores the operators distant voice and brushes the leaves off the bloody and rumpled up man. "Are you okay, mister?" The boy questions, and closes his eyes internally groaning, well, of course he isn 't okay, dumbass. Although, the boy pokes at the unconscious man 's face a few times, he doesn 't let out the slightest twitch. Also, with the thought of checking his pulse in mind, the boy looks for it and a surprised expression takes over his features as he finds the steady but, faint heart beat.