Shinsky1 Chloe N. Shinsky Mrs. Graham Honor’s English 6 February 2012 East and West: The Eggs in The Great Gatsby As the authors of many novels do, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses contrasting locations to denote forces that are essential to the meaning of his work, The Great Gatsby, an American novel. East Egg and West Egg are used to signify contradicting elements that assist the author in conveying the meaning of the story; society’s moral decay resulting from the possession of vast amounts of money (wealth) or the greedy desire for more money. These two locations are used not only to characterize this aspect of 1920’s American society but are also used to correspond to the types of characters encountered. East Egg and West Egg are "…identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay…” (1:9). But East Egg differs from West Egg because the people dwelling on East Egg have a
Explore the ways that Tennessee Williams constructs the character of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Willy Russell constructs the character of Rita in Educating Rita in light of the opinion that they have the desire to escape reality and fulfil their fantasies. Despite being set in different periods of history, both plays ‘Educating Rita’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ share similar themes of the fine line between fantasy and reality, and losing yourself in the former. In 1945 Tennessee Williams began work on the play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, and with the war ending in the same year, the play to reflects the cultural tensions of World War 2. Many felt uncomfortable being an environment with so many nationalities they were only a few years ago at war with. Cultural tensions are present in Blanche’s remark that Stanley is a ‘Polack’; during World War 2, the Polish were seen as the enemy; Blanche using this insult is not because she is against Polacks, but is her taking advantage of the frequently used insult at the time.
When Heaven and Earth Changes Places, written by Le Ly Hayslip, explores themes depicting family bonds, as well as the enemy of war being war itself. Nigger, written by Dick Gregory, discovers themes of societies running on racism and fighting for one’s rights. These two novels display various strategies used by the authors that help in developing the overall plot and authenticity. Hayslip and Gregory work together in dealing with common issues – most evidently not being accepted within a given society. Not only do they speak about their real-life situations in the form of autobiography, but they speak about larger and more complex issues.
Frankenstein driven by romantic imagery and set in historic context, that analysis the European divide in society perpetuated by superficiality. Contrastingly Blade Runner is consumed by commercialism that reflects the dystopian globalised world that omits normal societal values and morals. Both texts challenge the morality of artificial creation that is motivated by the characters' relentless ambition. The texts employ techniques such as allusions and tactical characterisation to depict the disconnection to nature and the manipulated visions of the characters as well as introducing the question of 'what it means to be human?' Character is emblematic of the ideas within the both texts.
Dark Traditions carried along through times As human behavior evolves, societies develop new patterns of conduct popularly accepted, however, the isolation of some societies and the strengthening of particular customs could make change and progress a hard thing to achieve. Such is the case of a chapter from the famous television series The Twilight Zone titled “The Beacon” written by Martin Pasko and Rebecca Parr, contrasted with Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” from the book “Literature” A portable Anthology. Both stories give us a whole perspective of how a paradigm could be inserted into a society and conserve itself throughout many generations no matter what the moral consequences could be. Primarily, both “The Beacon” and “The Lottery”
She described the experiences of her captivity occurred during the King Philippe’s War. (Lepore 127) The dichotomies mentioned at the beginning -Cain and Abel; Israel and Palestine; Romulo and Remo; Huascar and Atahualpa- did have a pattern of self destruction. New England and Chesapeake societies were different from their origins. The people that formed those new cities come from different social extraction from their original England. Those different ways to see the world were the framework they used to create solutions for their problems and answers for their questions.
It is clear that although Eilis does conform and stay with tony she is still inexperienced and confused as she falls back into her desire to please people. On her return to Enniscorthy she does not make her mother aware of her current marital status or even mention Tony. Eilis then compromises herself as she betrays Tony in being unfaithful leading on another man, Jim Farrell, ignoring the existence of her Husband Tony altogether. Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn is a Novel that follows the coming of age journey of main character Eilis Lacey and explores identity throughout the text. It was evident that social expectations can contribute to the encouragement of passive behaviour.Due to Eilis’ Compliant nature her desires are often suppressed leading her astray and compromising her moral integrity due to inexperience and the desire to please
Comparative Essay on the Great Gatsby and A Complicated Kindness By: Talha Siddique Submitted to: Mr. DeBeck Monday, June 4th, 2012 ENG 3U0 The novel, “A Complicated Kindness”, by Miriam Toews, and the novel, “The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, have numerous comparative elements in terms of characters and themes. Firstly, the central characters in both the novels defied the social norms in their respective communities. Secondly, the characters in their respective novels question theism. Finally, both novels contained a dysfunctional family that was on the verge of falling apart. Even though the two novels were written in a completely different time period, character psychology and religious themes are a common similarity
Identity Struggles in The Great Gatsby and Mrs. Dalloway F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway both present the argument that our surroundings, physical environment and human relationships impact the notion of self or personal identity. Furthermore, they both claim that society acts as a mirror, and that in life, humans cannot fully understand their identity until they see it reflected back to us by the mirror of others, at which time they are able to internalized it and reflect upon it. This theme is prominent throughout both novels, and is reflected in the actions of nearly all of the characters. It is especially evident, however, in the characters of Septimus and Clarissa in Mrs. Dalloway, as well as Gatsby and Nick in The Great Gatsby. Overall, through characterization and insight into past experiences of characters, both authors introduce the notion that outside factors such as location and relationships influence one’s concept of their personal identity, and thus society serves as a mirror for self-identity.
Within North America, one sees a continuation of the social and economic differences that defined the northern and southern colonies. Although differences in geography, economy, and population gave each colony its own particular character and problems, there remained many common concerns, not the least of which was how to deal with or avoid dealing with British mercantile restrictions. In sum, between 1700 and 1750, Britain’s American colonies began to show signs of becoming less English and more American with each passing year. This chapter explores the larger, soon to be ominous, differences between the colonies and England. OBJECTIVES A thorough study of Chapter 3 should enable the student to understand: 1.