The subject matter of this poem is the difficulties young soldiers face but in the end, they only receive sarcastic cheers from the crowd and they clearly don’t know the trenches they had lived in. The mood of the poem is very negative towards the war because it talks about how the war takes away the innocence of the young soldier. In the beginning of the poem, it started out to be carefree and innocent when the boy was still enjoying life until later on, he realizes the hardship he had to face in the trenches. The mood gradually becomes gloomy and dark and the surroundings were just too terrible for a simple boy to tolerate. “Slept soundly through the lonesome dark, and whistled early with the lark.” It describes the place where he was, to be unbearable and a terrible condition for a boy to be in.
One of the major themes in Thomas’ Rain, is the notion of uncertainty and helplessness as he feels incapable of loving ‘Like me who have no love which this wild rain has not dissolved except the love of death’ this monosyllabic line makes it very direct and to the point, which makes this statement seem very certain however emphasising his true emotion; of unworthiness. Thomas uses pathetic fallacy to link his emotion to the weather ‘wild rain’ could be linked to Thomas’ mind set and asserting the theme of uncertainty. No one so much as you is a poem which also expresses his incapability of love only in a different context, as it is directly written to someone, who is never actually revealed ‘I but respond to you/and do not love’ shows he wishes he could love, but he cannot. However in Rain, he is directly addressing his inadequacy. This could reflect Thomas’ mind set and depression which is not only suggested in his work, but throughout his life also.
He explains that adults are inevitably phonies, and, what’s worse, they can’t see their own phoniness. Phoniness, for Holden, stands as an emblem of everything that’s wrong in the world around him and provides an excuse for him to withdraw into his cynical isolation, a defense mechanism to help him deal with his loneliness. Holden expends much of his energy searching for phoniness in others, yet at the same time, while he is a self-admitted compulsive liar, he never acknowledges his own phoniness. This is not only ironic, but hypocritical, since phoniness is what Holden claims to detest more than anything else in the world. Holden is further hypocritical because while decrying the abhorrent nature of adulthood, he spends much of his energy trying to behave like an adult, as evidenced by his actions such as hiring a prostitute, spending money
He describes his life as being worthless and takes every opportunity to express how little he cares. In reply to Miss Manette asking him if a better life would be more ideal, he replies, “I shall never be better than I am. I shall sink lower, and be worse.” (Dickens 144). Mr. Darcy and Mr. Carton’s acquaintances both make these judgments of them based off their attire, rumors, and what they say. However, we later find in both novels that these characterizations are not entirely true.
He goes on to contend that there is a disturbed quality about every other of his body parts. He tells us that the reason for this is not caused by the music’s agitating nature but rather by the lack of soul and also of any bold, easy, self assured, and exuberant rhythms. The nature of its tender, golden, melodies that are oil smooth take away any gravity from its leaden, iron life (Darby 60). Wagner’s subjugation of drama and music to prose’s dictates, and the component of theatre in his operas is degrading to his music. Another disappointment has to do with the
At the beginning of the story, the narrator sits on several assumptions regarding the blind man. He views him as someone who is lacking a significant part of life (vision), and therefore will have a certain set of attributes. The narrator even views his love life as being empty and without meaning, due to the fact that he could not gaze upon his wife. What is occurring here is the first portion of this theorized meaning within the story; the lack of awareness of another person’s perspective. The sharp, quick presumptions humans make on those that they do not understand usually fall on faulty and baseless beliefs.
'we're living on a skelter' indicates that they are living in a downward spiral and there is no hope of it ever getting better. however much the downbeat tone of the poem sets a dull, depressing atmosphere, there are a few line which indicate the smallest ray of hope 'i'm a good neighbour' and 'lobotomy ensures my good behaviour' make it seem as if he strives for acceptance and a good life but he is constantly been knocked back 'if you believe i'll decieve' indicating that people do no have a lot of faith in him or trust him to do well. throughout the poem, the poet gives off the feeling that he is judged. 'let me take you down the corridors of my life' he wants you to have an insight into his life, so you can
Lies in Heart of Darkness After declaring his passionate hate of lying it is odd to see the complete reversal of character in Marlow by the end of the book. Then perhaps it is not a change but merely an unexpected extension of his character that gives a different dimension to his personality. His statement "You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie...it appalls me. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do" (Longman 2210) gives what one may rightly consider a very straightforward clean cut description of the man's moral view and character traits. Yet by the end of the book one may feel he has not only betrayed their trust but himself and all the values he seemed to embody during the course of the story.
In Darlington Hall, Lord Darlington made monumental mistakes in the name of the country and believed he was accomplishing something good and positive until he realized that he was indeed “out of his depth” and with his sickness overcoming him he passes away leaving Stevens alone to survey the extent of Darlington’s “good will” which was nothing but incompetent decisions made by an amateur. “The Remains of the Day” is an insightful book on the statement of how people lie to themselves to make failures palatable and creates a rich environment full of painful but deeply embedded memories that each character has to relive in order to come to terms with themselves and each other.