As well as exploring serious themes that teenagers can relate to such as being confronted with consequential choices about life and love that can determine their lives, even more so than in adults. I was curious on what the authors actual purpose was so I found online an interview with Forman explaining why she wrote this
When one is seeking a new voyage to self-discovery such as love, death, war, or even an exciting moment in your life, it’s a struggle to find yourself when all of these occupancies’ are happening. In James Joyce “Eveline” and Tim O’Brien “The Things They Carried”, the characters overwhelming circumstances of events have a topic similar to each other’s story, love. With comparing any two stories, there is differences in a few topics as well. James Joyce story “Eveline” is regarding about a young girl name Eveline. Eveline is in love with a guy name Frank.
This includes love, religion, birth, death, life, struggle, survival etc that exist in the individual’s subconscious memory and recreated in literary works. The topic which is going to deal under this novel is about “The Complexities of Relationship in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s in Oleander Girl”. Divakaruni has given more importance to the family relationship in this novel and especially to the very notion of spouse relationship. There are so many couples in this novel like, Sarojini and Bimal Roy, Mr. and Mrs. Boses, Mitra and Seema and Rajat and Korobi. They all function from different perspective with their partnership that explains about both productive and disparaging situations of
In her short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? ", Joyce Carol Oates utilizes a variety of literary devices to strengthen the story in its entirety. This short story is essentially about a 16-year-old girl named Connie and the conflict between her desire to be mature and her desire to remain an adolescent. Throughout the story, the audience sees this conflict through her words in addition to through her behavior. The audience is also introduced to Arnold Friend, a rather peculiar man, who essentially kidnaps her.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story follows an individual named Craig Gilner, as he navigates the confusing and all-over-the-place period of adolescence. Over the course of our class, I will read the novel and relate Craig’s experiences to my own and to those of general adolescents. For this first reflection, the topic of cognitive foundations certainly sparked my interest, in particular, decision making and the zone of primal development. Adolescents may not make the greatest decisions during this time of their lives and interactions with others often inform particular thoughts or behaviours (LaMarre, 2018). This is why adolescents, like Craig, are so vulnerable.
Novels, in particular, can be particularly ambiguous in terms of genre. Murakami’s novel, Sputnik Sweetheart, is no different—it could easily be a mystery, a misshapen romance, or even science fiction. Classifying the novel in these ways, however, all result in a focus on Sumire; when focused on Sumire, the novel’s main character, the novel seems one-dimensional—it’s the story of a young woman who disappears. However, interpreting the novel with an emphasis on Miu, a supporting character, reveals the story’s true complexities and coming-of-age storyline. Miu’s transformation over the course of the novel and the resolution of her identity crisis shows that the novel is, in fact, a coming-of-age novel.
In the previous quote, it gives a hint of the grandmother lying dead on the side of the highway. O’Connor also mentions in the story a passing of a graveyard, also hinting toward death. In Short Stories for Students, Kathleen Wilson states, “In the first paragraph of the story, O’Connor introduces the Misfit, the murderer who eventually kills the family. Similarly, as the family prepares to embark on their vacation, the Grandmother plans her outfit with an eye toward tragedy. Dressed in a polka-dot dress trimmed with organdy and decorated by a spray of violets, ‘anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once she was a lady’” (Wilson 103).
In any work of fiction, there is bound to be a character who undergoes major changes in his personality and tries to fulfill his/her inner potential. Often times, as is the case with many of these novels, main characters in works like these mirror the inner thoughts and aspirations of the authors, giving anecdotal evidence and experiences via personal storytelling. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger explores this theme via a first-person narrative, carefully crafting and weaving stories and small details to invite the reader to sympathize in Holden Caulfield’s experience. Although critics often “complain of the novel’s pedestrian content,” in reality, personal storytelling and integrating themes into dialect is different from pedestrian, uninteresting content because of the nuances embedded within the text (Roemer 5). In his first description of Allie, although the passage is just a “pedestrian” description, the sheer difficulty of opening up and exploring themes subtly comes up via Salinger’s syntax, diction, and tone of the passage.
Literature and the arts are similar, they require us to tap into a deeper level of understand in what we read and see. The words are often an author’s experiences, thoughts, feeling, ideas or convictions. As readers we can sometimes connect with the author, having an emotional reaction to their works. In Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, the young couple is making a life decision about going through an abortion. I too was faced this decision in my own life at a young age.
Portable Childhoods by Ellen Klages Portable Childhoods is a collection of stories about childhood with a twist from the average normality of childhood infused with elements of fantasy and science fiction. The stories range from fantasy to horror most relating to childhoods and often in the voice of a young girl or woman. They leave quite an impression as your move from story to the next. Upon, finishing the book, two stories were left in mind replaying over and over until I was lost in its story. “Basement Magic” is unique twist on the evil stepmother/fairy god-mother story.
Huckleberry Finn is a significant character in Twain’s novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Typically anyone who reads this novel gains a sense of knowledge of what it was like to live in such times. In this book, Huck undergoes many types of occurrences ranging from manufacturing a gang with his friends to dressing up as a girl. Huck also is involved in more serious and controversial events that mentally force Huck to think like an adult. Readers get to experience Huck’s way of thinking throughout the whole book.
Exploring the change that Liesel undergoes as a dynamic character Change is an important part of life. Change could mean a lot of things. It could mean how the character changes their personality or attitude or it could mean how the character learns from their mistakes. In the novel, the book thief, the change that Liesel undergoes as a dynamic character is fascinating. After moving into a different town, she makes a lot of new relationships, also she shows her determination and passion towards books, she also starts understanding the power of words.
In other words, compare Geoffrey and Tobias Wolff’s childhood and look at how it impacted them as adults. With regards to this, I will also look at how their childhood experiences influenced their writing style. For example, Geoffrey tends to write really long and dense paragraphs, while Tobias on the hand, typically keeps his shorter. In The Duke of Deception, Geoffrey Wolff took on the task of justifying the lies that created a barrier between family, friends, and the general public. His memories from his childhood are disturbing, jaw-dropping, and tangled with guilt.
There are numerous amounts of techniques authors use in their novels to project a message, and interest the reader. However, certain styles may not work due to the fact that it possibly can result in an overdoing of such style, causing the reader to get bored and stop reading. The novel “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley Is a novel about developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that come together to change society. This book has a unique science-fiction theme and takes place in the future. Another book called “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood is a fictional book based on a true story about a girl named Grace who gets wrongfully convicted of a double murder.
The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a coming of age novel with a strong focus on adolescence and the problems commonly associate with it. Almost every reader can connect with the protagonist in the novel at some point, despite the unusual trauma she experiences at her age. She journeys through high school cliques, a loss of academic focus, the struggle with authority figures, sexuality, and humiliating teenage ritual. The story of Melinda Sordino is broadly applicable and her extraordinary circumstance highlight not just the social problems she experiences, but the internal conflict between her pre-pubescent self and her future adult self. Using themes from the novel I will explore the life of the protagonist, and how it relates to