Daniel E. Samide said of Ambrose Bierce‘s work, “Bierce’s story is a vivid reminder of how narrative techniques we may take for granted become powerful when combined by a mastery magician of words. We could all do worse than take a hint from Ambrose Bierce when we ply our own word magic(Samide par.13).” Ambrose Bierce provides the reader many opportunities to better understand the thoughts and emotions of the protagonist, Peyton Farquhar, through his use of symbolism throughout An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge. The symbolism in An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge is first evident in the name of its protagonist, Peyton Farquhar. Peyton Farquhar is a very unusual name. Bierce uses such an odd name to add to the meaning of the story’s plot.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird portrays discrimination against Tom Robinson by the Southern community of Maycomb, Alabama, as a result of the Jim Crow Laws, and in disregard of God’s law. The Jim Crow Laws had a strong influence on many people during the time that they were enforced in America. Many examples and traces of this influence can be found in To Kill a Mockingbird. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, published this book in 1959, a few years before the Jim Crow Laws ended. Many people have the belief that Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, as an autobiography of her own life, including the racism she witnessed (Smith).
Also, “The broad stream in his banks complaining” (Tennyson), in this exert Tennyson is metaphorically comparing the stream to a speaking human. Tennyson used a lot of imagery in this poem. In line one, the river is the first image and so, in a way, everything is put in relation to the river. Camelot is down the river, the island is in the middle of the river, and the fields are on either side of the river. Beginning, middle, and end, we keep coming back to the river.
Joseph Bean Ms. Biloholowski English 1 30 April 2013 "Oh Captain, My Captain": A Critical Analysis "Oh Captain, My Captain" by Walt Whitman is a narrative poem using an extended metaphor to discuss the death of the late Abraham Lincoln. Walt Whitman uses many literary devices to fully portray this metaphor that is essential to the entirety of the poem. Whitman was born in 1819 and therefore he was able to experience firsthand the events of the Civil War and write about them. This experience allows for the reader to receive a deeper meaning from this poem opposed to one written about the same topic by an author of today. Walt Whitman uses many literary devices to describe his key metaphor throughout the beginning, middle, and end of the poem.
The Paradoxical Nature Of Our World as Introduced By Heraclitus Heraclitus, a Pre-socratic philosopher, explored the nature of human beings and the inconsistency of our world. He used terms such as flux, motion and change to explain what he found to be true about our nature. Heraclitus states paradoxically that “In the same river we both step and do not step, we are and we are not.” In this statement he captivates the idea of constant change via empirical observation and the paradoxical behavioral of our world. This statement arose many questions in the philosophical world; philosophers such as Cratylus introduced the concept of not being able to step in the same river once due to the constant change that occurs while stepping. Heraclitus, as well as Cratylus, were both Ontological and Epistemological thinkers who examined the nature of our world and what we know to be true, if any.
“Crossing The Swamp” by Mary Oliver When it comes to reading poetry, the works of Mary Oliver have always intrigued me. Her literal style of diction inspires vast articles of imagery engulfing the reader in many different rhetorical devices and adjectives; Regardless, in my paper I intend on establishing the majority of these techniques, along with their effect on the readers perception of what the author, Mary Oliver, in the way only she could have meant for them to be expressed. We will discuss the effects of diction usage and how it relates to the imagery portrayed in the poem. Oliver begins her first sentence with an allusion to "The nugget"; "The endless wet thick cosmos, the center of everything-the nugget." this reference to the swamp actually serves as a metaphor of the author's character's life being portrayed in the poem.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, there are many themes and symbols. Nature is the strongest factor in the novel because in a completely different geographical setting the story would have had not only a different outcome but Huck and Jim might never have found friendship and freedom. Twain uses symbols and hypocrisy to get his point across about society in this moving novel. The overarching symbol of the book is the Mississippi River. It represents many different things to Huck, Jim, and Twain.
Introduction: Joseph Conrad claimed in his 1897 preface to the The Nigger of the Narcissus that above all his aim was to make the reader ‘see’ and D.H Griffith asserted that “[t]he task I’m trying to achieve is above all to make you see” (Spiegel 1976:4). Analyzing these two opinions the difference between the author and auteur’s intentions become clear. Despite the difference in purposes in the world of films, films are generally created from literary sources like novels or short stories because there is the prestige involved in the film’s close relationship to literature, especially literature by authors of high standing. Besides the best stories for films are often to be found in the covers of the novels. There is also the best seller argument.
The rhythmic sound created by this refrain creates the feel of a steady, beating river, which contributes to the feel of the poem by simulating the thoughts of the narrator. Additionally, the very look of the lines upon a sheet of paper creates a river effect. If the poem is looked at omitting the third stanza, the
The river embodies the continuous flow of life and unity. It is a metaphor for all people’s experience converging and flowing towards enlightenment. Listening enabled Siddhartha to find unity in all things and to just “be”. “Lonesome Night” concerns itself with characters needing and seeking unity when they find themselves lost on the shared path to enlightenment. The author, the narrator, addresses his fellow travelers “You brothers, who are mine.” In his words to them, he draws together the figures in the poem to himself, unifying them, in a shared sense of brotherhood and desperation.