… Before moving away, he looked at Cecil and raised his foot, kicking him several times in the head to release his hateful venom” (108). Boll weevil is similar to war, as they both typically harm people for a hateful cause. Boll weevil kicks Cecil several times after he kills him, to show his hate toward him for not giving the money. Likewise, war is hateful because many soliders go out to fight, filled with hate, to fight for a one-sided cause. Both reprocussions as a result of Boll weevil’s actions, and war,
Truths can be tightly veiled, but it is books like David Hackett Fischer’s Paul Revere's Ride that expounds on the events untold and on the events largely distorted. Fisher immerses his readers into a time in history seldom depicted accurately. He gives the readers an authentic look into Paul Revere’s life, his journey and his persona. Fisher also provides his readers with a new prescriptive on our country’s desire for filiopietistic history. It is a topic rarely discussed, but after reading Fisher’s book, readers will feel a desire to journey on a quest for all truths in history.
Mankind is both intelligent and capable of making humble choices, however, it is the following choices of the Nazis that prove that much of humanity is deeply flawed and cruel. For example, when Elie first gets to the concentration camp, he is still confused as to where he was and if all that was happening was a dream. The thought of his surroundings being a dream soon turned to reality when, “A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes… children thrown into the flames.” (Wiesel 32).
He then says, “ Blood started coming out of his mouth. He started crying, and he rolled on the ground, as though the knives were on the outside of him instead of on the inside of him… That’s me in there with all those knives” (139). Paul was already considered to be senseless for torturing an animal but what demonstrates his heartless personality the most is that he takes pride in his tortues. The gruesome imagery used by Paul can be extended to symbolize how war demoralizes humans. This is shown through many occasions in the novel as soldiers of war start objectifying women, stealing syrup from the factory and most terrifying, torturing other human beings, as shown through the firebombing of Dresden.
Wiesel uses unsettling images with the intent to control the audience’s moral compass. Images of children dying “every minute” of “disease, violence, [and] famine” strike the audience with discomfort and a desire to end the agony which the kids feel (Wiesel). Similarly, Wiesel himself details the “most tragic of all prisoners” within his concentration camp, who “were dead and did not know it” (Wiesel). The pictures of unimaginable horror are powerful enough to force reality upon the audience and leave them with the need to support actions of change. Guilt also arises from Wiesel’s statement that “it is so much easier to look away from victims” (Wiesel).
John Steinbeck used repetition to display the realities of the men be destroyed time after time while chasing their dreams. In the story, John Steinbeck uses repetition to show the internal and external problems created by the same idea in the story. In chapter five, Lennie goes on to cause more problems unintentionally, he killed his puppy unknowing it would die because “[he] didn’t bounce [it] hard” (Steinbeck 85). In chapter five he also killed Curley’s wife while playing with her hair, once he let go of her “she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck” (Steinbeck 91). John Steinbeck used repetition in the killings caused by Lennie to show how he unintentionally did it.
The text states: “His aunt, with an explosive quickness that made me jerk in every nerve, snatched the wooden spoon out of the bowl of batter and hit him across the face. Harvey’s eyes opened a little more, but only a little. (Page 40)” This violent act, and Harvey’s almost nonchalant response, shows that this abuse is regular and has been going on for a long time. Also, how she assumes how Harvey is automatically guilty of stealing the telescope, without even asking him. His life at home is a negative external effect, and would have negative impacts on his attitude and actions.
That’s nice,’ and he stroked harder … She jerked sideways, and Lennie’s fingers closed on her hair and hung on...And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck…For a second he was bewildered. And then he whispered in fright, ‘I done a bad thing’” (Steinbeck 91).Furthermore, Lennie’s sin was a result from temptation which came from Curley’s wife. In Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife acted as a “serpent” who tempted Lennie to make bad decisions. The temptation worked as Lennie had killed Curley’s wife. In result, he was killed from the negative effect that came afterwards since Curley was
The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame. I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” (Poe 1) Similarly in dahl’s The Landlady The landlady portrays that she is a sweet old lady but that changes when she says ““That parrot,” he said at last. “You know something?
BANG, CLASH, BOOM, screams of terror and triumph that is the sounds of battle, or the sound of a journey. The hobbit, the Odyssey, Courage by Anne Sexton, even the Ugly Duckling. They all have one thing in common, they go on journeys that change them for the better or for worse. When you read all of them you see their fears and their hardships and what would make many people turn back at the sight of these trials of challenge. In these works of literature, like The Odyssey we see Odysseus go through many trails that killed many of his men like the Cyclops or Scylla and Charybdis.