Devil's Playground Summary: Devils Playground by Lucy Walker shows an Amish community and techniques to persuade the viewer to adopt attitudes and values that Walker has of the Amish. Documentaries not only present facts and versions of reality, they make comments on society, which are often used to influence personal perspective and opinion. The documentary, Devil's Playground produced by Lucy Walker uses the techniques of selection of omission, editing, music and sound and camera angles to bring attention to issues in our society revolving around the Amish community and their rumspringa rituals. Walker presents us with an observation of both the Amish society and the "English society" that the Amish teenagers experience with, this observation,
The Possibility of Evil- General Statement One’s actions reflect one’s character. Miss Strangeworth’s letters echo her true attitude toward others. In Shirley Jackson’s, “The Possibility of Evil”, Miss Strangeworth’s attitude and decisions reveal her character and indirectly impact the people of her town. Harrison Bergeron- General Statement To make a society function, a variety of talents and personalities must be present. To break this way of conformity, Harrison must try and break free.
The Widow’s Broom – Riley Finn How has your picture book helped you to understand an aspect of society? Society as we know it is full of moral codes and dignities that, whether we are aware of them or not, influence our every action and decision. Although unwritten, these rules dictate what we view as acceptable in our everyday lives. However, these guidelines can often be misconstrued or, more commonly, exaggerated to the point of ill founded prejudices. The Widow’s Broom, by Chris Van Allsburg looks at the way in which society can be misled by these prejudices, and this can lead to disharmony between individuals or groups.
Some of these relate to our individual differences whilst others relate to the situational factors we encounter. Individual differences are important personal factors such as gender, personality or culture that differentiate people. Individual differences between people may affect how they respond to situations where social influence is applied. Dispositional factors are individual differences including gender, age, ethnicity, self-esteem, personality, confidence and Locus of Control. The concept of Locus of control which was made by Rotter in 1966 refers to individual differences in people’s beliefs and expectations about what controls events in their lives.
Local Color In “At the ‘Cadian Ball,” Kate Chopin uses vivid imagery, or local color, to illustrate the setting in relation to the characters. Authors who use local color in their works bring a place, a time, and its people to vibrant life through the setting, climate, and religion of a particular region. Chopin focuses on the character’s dialects, the climate, and other unique aspects to bring the characters and rural Louisiana to life for the audience. A main issue that plagues the characters is the upstanding social hierarchy. The Creoles rule the region, followed by the Cajuns who work for them.
Many authors are known to use contrasting places to represent opposing ideas that are essential to the meaning of the work. One such author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, writes of a small Puritan town and a very opposite forest in his novel, The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne uses these places to emphasize the meaning of the work, which is the idea that people need isolation from, as well as connection with, other people. By contrasting the symbolism, inhabitants, and locations of each area, Hawthorne makes prominent to readers the central essence of his story. He does this mainly by making each place represent a different idea.
A cause for contention can arise, when the assumptions that dictate acceptance into a community come into conflict with a character’s integrity and values. In ‘The Crucible’, Miller depicts a society amongst which “A
The stories of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omeleas" by Ursula K. Le Guin depict societies that depend on scapegoats in order to maintain the ideal lifestyle. In the following analysis I will compare and contrast the conflicts scapegoats pose upon the society. The stories both carry the underlying theme of having a scapegoat; however the two stories differ in the character’s reaction. The two stories carry the same symbolic meaning: peace and harmony may be maintained within the community when there is a suffering scapegoat. The community achieves a form of relief by having the scapegoat symbolize the community's sin.
Brutality is the actions of people who have the power of being cruel to others. This is thoroughly expressed in depth across the novel of ‘Briar Rose’ however; hope is also showed in the novel where people find hope either in themselves or through power of human spirit. The second dual chapter of the novel called ‘castle’ was told by Josef. The holocaust is an example of brutality as Josef re-tells his experiences in the holocaust. Yolen helps the reader understand that ‘Briar Rose’ is both about brutality and hope through the use of her distinctive prose fiction techniques and a variety of themes and techniques.
Certain ironies require audience involvement, such as situational irony. The fence, however, is a representation of verbal irony. Most audiences would have taken note of Bono’s line regarding the purpose of the fence and would be able to predict the result of Troy’s errors. Dramatic irony is also present because the audience is aware of Troy’s infidelity, although Rose is not. We can also make out what Troy’s really thinks about Rose and his value and attitude towards women in general.