Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, revolves around the story of Bishop Jean Marie Latour, his death, and his legacy. Cather uses Latour as a vessel in order to display the world around him. It’s through him we learn about New Mexico, the people, and the visuals he encounters. He describes various legends, Indian traditions, religions Catholic Priests beliefs, and scenery as he travels along his spiritual journey reflecting on his new location. Latour’s point of view on New Mexico is filtered through his experiences, which is how Cather gains her audience. Cather uses his character as a source in order to show the surroundings and develop the story, rulings on characterization and human interest to keep the reader invested. Latour
The theme change is explored through the attitude and personality of the persona. The novel “Catherine Called Birdy” by Karen Cushman and the song “Hazy Shade Of Winter” by the Banlges explore the concept of change.The personas in the texts experience change in perspective, world and self which throughout the text inevitably leads to growth and development.
In the novel, The Secret Life of Bees, I related to the character Lily Owens right at chapter one. In the first chapter of this novel, Lily was describing herself as a visual for readers. While Lily was briefly explaining her physical appearance, the line, “…Even the boys who wore their hair in ducktails dripping with Vitalis and carried combs in their shirt pockets didn’t seem to attracted to me, and they were considered hard up” (Monk Kidd 9), relates to many young girls. I, as a teenager, criticize myself very harshly just because a boy may not like me and that is what Lily is doing in this passage. I feel that Lily feeling this type of way and expressing it helped me to connect to her right from the beginning and put myself into her shoes
All stories present three styles of writing, known as the three philosophies of life. These three philosophies consist of Naturalism, Realism, and Romanticism. Author Willa Cather displays all three of these philosophies in her story, O Pioneers!, a novel inspired by the poem Pioneers! O Pioneers!, written by Walt Whitman. While Cather uses all three philosophies to write her novel, she uses Naturalism most frequently.
Just like the butterflies lifecycle characters in the novel also go through changes. Marie used to think she was happy with Frank, but later realized that she wasn't happy with him. She changed the way she felt about him. Marie later went on to realize her true feelings were with Emil. When Marie was with Frank she was older, and just like when a butterfly is trapped in its cocoon, she was trapped with Frank and couldn't leave him. Marie finally got away from Frank for a little bit, but her getting away led to her death. While walking outside, Marie is depicted as a moth making its way out of the fields. Since a moth's message is to listen to your inner voice this might be saying that Marie needs to listen to her's. Marie's inner voice is telling her that she needs to be with Emil. She is hiding from her true self by staying with Frank, and she should get away to be with Emil. The butterfly reminds people that life is short and to enjoy it while they can. Just like the butterfly Marie and Emil had a short life. Before they were together, they constantly fought themselves from being with each other. As soon as they got together they were able to enjoy life. Cather used the two white butterflies at the of O Pioneers to represent Emil and Marie after they died. It shows that they can finally be happy together without any worries. Marie and Emil don't have to fears about anybody seeing them together, they can now be together
One of the most well-known works of literature without a doubt is Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case.” The story is famous because of the richness of writing that Cather employs in making a formidable story one that can help people understand the current times and the world in which we live in especially regarding naturalism and regionalism. This is an interesting story with twists and turns about a young Calvinist man, whom because of circumstances of life felt he does not belong to this life. Paul’s life is filled by people who push him to the limits and make him feel unwanted, among these are; his abusive father, the uncaring teachers and also his classmates that have greatly misunderstood him (Cather and Schlenk 19). It would be justified to say that this is a classic case study on temperaments. There is more to this story than just the interesting story of Paul and the drama that is his life. This critical analysis aims at uncovering some of the aspects of this piece of literature such as the style of writing, the genre, the narrator’s point of view, the
Do you know anyone who has Orinthophobia, the fear of birds? Or do you yourself fear the birds? “The Birds”, written by Daphne De Maurier, is a short story that uses various literary terms to make an exceptional piece of writing. The story uses the literary devises such as foreshadowing, imagery, and characterization to create an exhilarating tale. Maurier uses these three components to tell a thrilling story that keeps the reader on edge.
Willa Cather’s short story, “Paul’s Case” is about a young man who is determined to make his aspirations a reality by all means necessary. That meant being deceitful as a start of gaining control and social status and telling lies to get to where he felt like he belonged, but where did he belong? This desire was the beginning of a journey that would eventually leave him with nothing. There is something unusual about Paul, something that can only be explained by his demeanor and actions throughout the story. With that said, I intend to construct a complete character analysis of Paul as he searches for satisfaction.
In “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, the sheriff, Mr. Peters, is struggling to find a motive for Mr. Wright’s murder case due to his sexist views. However, Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife, along with Mrs. Hale is able to discover significant clues that lead to the revelation of Mrs. Wright’s motive because they relate to her living conditions. Although Mrs. Wright claims to have been asleep during her husband’s murder, the women conclude she strangled her husband, Mr. Wright, as evidenced by the slaughtered canary, the broken birdcage, and the errant quilt patch.
In Willa Cather’s essay she unfolds Sarah Jewett’s ability to express her feeling for writing through her diction to form art. In Sarah Jewett’s novel, her feeling for writing is shown through her main character who came to New England to write her own novel. Jewett shows the struggles she feels when writing her own novels through her character. In one of the passages she writes, “Literary employments are so vexed and uncertainties at best and and it was not until the voice of conscience sounded louder in my ears than the sea on the nearest pebble beach that I said unkind words of withdrawal to Mrs. Todd”(18). Miss. Jewett uses antagonizing diction in this passage from her story, in regards to expressing her feeling towards writing. She shows her main character struggling with trying to write when using the words “vexed” and “uncertain” to show how irritated and unsure what to write about.
As a woman, Alexandra Bergson is an unusual type. She is strong in a very different way, but it makes for a phenomenal pioneer. At the beginning of the novel, Cather defines a pioneer right out, “A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves”. (31-32). Based on that alone, and Alexandra’s development throughout the novel, she absolutely embodies a pioneer emotionally, mentally and perhaps even physically.
Throughout the story, birds were a recurring motif. They symbolize numerous things in varied novels. In this novel in particular, birds symbolize freedom and the possibility of escape. While citizens are restricted from venturing outside government borders, the birds can fly wherever they please. Lena was forced to break numerous laws and risk everything she had in order to enter “The Wilds”. But if she was a bird, she could 've simply flown over the fence and escaped into the wilderness.
The Short Story The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin explores the emotions of Louise Mallard a woman with a heart disease. In the hour that the story is told, it ranges from showing Mrs. Mallard different reactions to learning of her husbands death to him surprisingly showing up alive and eventually her untimely death from a heart disease. Although only a brief period of time is shown, many emotions are revealed through the third person omniscient point of view. This point of view shows more than just the protagonists thoughts and is not limited to one person. It allows the readers to know something about Mrs. Mallard that she does not as the story ends after Mrs. Mallard has already died. The readers can be more sympathetic towards Mrs. Mallard.
Bronte 's Jane Eyre transcends the genres of literature to depict the emotional and character development of its protagonist. Although no overall genre dominates the novel exclusively, the vivid use of setting contributes towards the portrayal of Bronte’s bildungsroman (Realisms, 92) and defines the protagonist’s struggles as she grapples with her inner-self, and the social expectations of her gender.
Butler is using the country as a symbol of Abigail's emotions and the way she lives in isolation from the 'real' world. In the text, it blatanly states that even though Abigail is surrounded by all of her loving family, how can she "[s]till feel so lonely." Even though she has many people around her, Abigail feels like she is alone. The reasoning for this is because she has been around the same people, more importantly, the same location. She lives in a place where you see and do the same thing constantly, so nothing is changing, giving it the feeling of solitude. Not only is the landscape affecting Abigails mood, but also the time of the year is taking a toll on her. In some places when it is winter but hasn't snowed, everything is cold, dead, dry and starts "[to] feel like a drought all over again." The feel of this scenery seems like everything is dull and lifeless, which can make anyone lonely. This use of symbolism of a country