In ‘You’re’, the fact that the foetus is described as ‘clownlike’ reminds us of how it has not yet developed its features and therefore may look odd. However, the word clownlike also lends itself to childishness and playfulness which relates to the innocence of the child. In ‘Morning Song’, it could be suggested that the opening line does not possess the same connotations as in ‘You’re’. For example, the baby is compared to ‘a fat gold watch’ which is an unusual comparison. Unlike the word clown which is a soft word, ‘fat’ is sharp.
It is perhaps too good-natured for comedy. It has little satire, and no spleen. It aims at the ludicrous rather than the ridiculous. It makes us laugh at the follies of mankind, not despise them, and still less bear any ill-will towards them. Shakespear's comic genius resembles the bee rather in its power of extracting sweets from weeds or poisons, than in leaving a sting behind it.
Capitalist imagery is a key symbol used by John Cooper Clarke to describe his love for the recipient of this poem whilst also satirising the modern age of Britain: “I wanna be your vacuum cleaner Breathing in your dust” The poet, by saying that he wishes to be the recipients “vacuum cleaner” automatically brings a homely and domestic image to the readers mind, perhaps suggesting that he is longing for a life and a home together with the addressee. This makes it a very useful symbol for Cooper Clarke as he uses it to express the profundity of his love. This is supported by the alliteration of the soft ‘c’ sound in the line, insinuating a feeling of comfort and security for the couple. As a modern audience, this is the image that is brought to mind for us but in terms of the context of production and Cooper Clarke’s punk audience in the 1970’s, this line would have brought a different feeling to light. A “vacuum cleaner” would be seen as symbol for capitalist society and the ideal of normality that Cooper Clarke’s audience would be fighting by dressing as they did or listening to the music and poetry that they did.
The Catcher in the Rye We’re surrounded by phonies, people who pretend to be something they’re not. They’re insincere frauds. Phonies are what’s wrong with the world. Phoniness is the fault in any person. Phonies are hypocrites who push the phoniness onto others when they are themselves.One could almost wish to go back in time to childhood where life was in black and white, where everything was innocent.
In simpler language, it means to aim for perfection. On the surface, it sounds nice, but all this ignores the basic human trait, the one shared across cultures, languages, and races: imperfection. To be human is to be errant. Thus, the dreams of idealists often get dashed and projects they attempt often end either in failure or at least "less than they could have been." On the other hand, realism means "the inclination towards literal truth and pragmatism" (ibid).
The Fools songs, riddles and jokes are a source of comic relief, used to break up the intensity of scenes. The Fool appears to have a deceptively simple part in the play when in actual fact his role is of key significance. The Fool and Lear have a fascinating relationship throughout the play. Lear seems to depend on his Fool increasingly to be his voice of reason or his conscience, because he reminds Lear of all his mistakes and manipulates his feelings into realising them. This is a great irony as the King who is supposed to be wise is in-fact a fool, yet the Fool himself is full of
His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people’s hair, leads to disaster. Although Steinbeck’s insistent repetition of his characteristics makes Lennie a rather flat character, Lennie’s simplicity is central to Steinbeck’s conception of the novella. Of Mice and Men is a very short work that manages to build up an extremely powerful impact. Since the tragedy depends upon the outcome seeming to be inevitable, the reader must know from the start that Lennie is doomed, and must be sympathetic to him. Steinbeck achieves these two feats by creating a protagonist who earns the reader’s sympathy because of his utter helplessness in the face of the events that unfold.
Dr.HEIDEGGER’S EXPERIMENT THEME OF FOOLISHNESS AND FOLLY "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is rooted in a rather pessimistic view of human nature. The story argues that people are, for the most part, fools. They don't learn from their mistakes, they're generally petty, and we can't expect anyone to change for the better. In this story, foolishness is particularly associated with youth, or at least a youthful state of mind. Hawthorne does provide a counter-example to his foolish characters in the form of Dr. Heidegger, but even this character has his sinister side.
First let us consider the human context. Scapin’s usual role is to accidentally attract attention (of the wrong kind) and then find ways to elude and escape whilst still looking like an innocent little ‘creature’. Using cunning and daring plans and lying and cheating he was able to be successful. In The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin, a female played Scapin although it is known to be a male part. It is interesting to note how at the end of the play Amanda Hartley who played Scapin said that rather than turn the part into that of a male as it should have been, she turned it into a ‘creature’- not male and not female, but somewhere in between.
Through Holden’s eyes we see the flawed and phony side to the world, in contrast to the innocent and pure depiction of children. The representation of adults in the book is of ‘phoniness’, because Holden perceives the behaviours of the world at large to be fake and superficial; phoniness is Holden’s phrase to describe this. On the other hand, children in the book are portrayed in a very innocent, carefree light, illustrating Holden’s perception of their good and true purity. This difference between childhood and the rest of the world is shown by his love of children such as his younger siblings compared to adults who he relates to phoniness. It is shown in the way Holden remembers those people of his childhood compared to those he knows in the adult society, such as Sally Hayes.