Words, Words, Words "Don't judge a book by its cover" is a turn of phrase which cautions one to truly know and understand a person before passing judgment upon them. In literature, this is the duty of the author: to introduce his or her readers to the characters; to let the readers get inside the heads of the characters and see the world from their perspective. In the realtivism of the literary universe, only through empathy can character be judged. Some authors hold the reader's hand and tell them exactly what to think about a character; they spell out exactly what that character's motivations are and whether these are congruous with the morals of the world the author has crafted. Other authors, such as William Faulker, leave the challenge up to the reader.
Compare and contrast the effectiveness of first person narration in Everyday Use and The Red Convertible. First person narrative style is used in both Everyday Use and The Red Convertible. First person narration allows the writer to be very selective, withholding certain facts or details from the readers. Our understanding to the story is thus limited to the things the narrator shared with us. The narrator guides us along the path constructed by the writer, revealing us the development of the story step by step, and leading us to the discussion of the themes concerned.
The use of first person narration is less accurate because the narrator’s emotions affect the plot. Depending on a person’s previous history, background, and culture, it is natural for two individuals to interpret the same situation differently. Whereas one person may have a positive outlook on the situation, the same person may have a negative perspective. In first person narration, the narrator, or person telling the story, is telling you his perspective of events, with little consideration to others’ interpretations. This leads the reader into understanding the storyline in compliance with the narrator’s beliefs.
Stories and poems are created from the authors’ imagination which enables us to use our own imagination and fall into the storyline as we read it, connecting with the literature. Being able to visualize what the author is revealing in their writings, gives a deeper look into the symbolization and language allowing us to further relate to the story or poem. In both Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” and Jean Rhys’ “I Use to Live Here Once”, the use of several forms of symbolism are evident, but I believe Welty’s creative writing includes a lot more symbolism and more descriptive details of her journey. In Welty’s “A Worn Path” the short story centers on the descriptive setting and the strong main character (Phoenix) on her journey through very rough territory to collect her sick grandson’s medicine. “She was very old and small and she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows on that early December chilly morning.
Throughout the novel The Family of Pascual Duarte , written by Camilo José Cela, Cela uses various techniques assembling these to build events with vehemence. From first person and third person perspective, ambiguity develops by a bias for what is the verifiable truth versus what is false. Also, by the use of ellipsis in the arrangement of scenes and a transcriber, it shows that the thought that is unfinished is left to the imagination and interpretation of the reader, but, could also be added to fit the opinion of what should have happened in the eyes of the transcriber or author. There is no way to assure of what was the truth in Pascual’s life due to the bias, ambiguity and interpretation. Perspective is presented in first person point of view throughout most of the novel.
As a consequence of this, Golding uses some of these horrific happenings to portray a message or even an extremely strong moral point through the setting and characters in particular. Golding specifically uses the interesting and diverse characters of Piggy and Simon to portray moral and ethical issues that concerned him at the time of when he wrote his novel. Not only this, but certain elements of Piggy and Simon’s personality and even exterior aesthetics are used to convey a message possibly about the government, democracy and society in general. When reading the novel, Jack and Ralph are first perceived as the main characters. It first seems, that Golding is really trying to make a point about these two boys’ behaviour he puts across the idea that these characters both dichotomous in terms of their interaction skills and general social demeanour are not morally upstanding.
How does Fitzgerald tell the story in Chapter One of ‘The Great Gatsby’? Fitzgerald uses form to tell the story of ‘The Great Gatsby’ in chapter one. He does this through Nick’s perspective. Fitzgerald introduces Nick as a first person narrator, but also as self-conscious through saying ‘-gives his name to this book’ which outlines this book as a novel about a novel. The first person narrative means that the reader is more likely to trust Nick’s account of events because we hear it from his point of view but is also unreliable as it is biased and not omniscient.
The story is told by a narrator and can be factual or fiction. The essay has a plot that typically is told chronologically or in spatial order, and there is creative tension which holds the audience’s attention. Descriptive writing is often referred to as painting with words. The descriptive pattern avoids general words in favor of specific terms to vividly portray a person, place, or thing. This style of writing allows the reader to visualize the topic and step into the writer’s experience.
As a first person narrator, Nick gives us the story through his own perspective; using sophisticated vocabulary (formal, literary terms). However Nick’s sentences can be challenging to read (grammatically complex) and creates obscurity for the reader; this gives us the impression Nick is a literary man, after all he is writing a book. First person narration creates a personal view for the reader because we gain an insight into the character’s thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, during this chapter, Fitzgerald does not use a focaliser; therefore we are only given one perspective from the narrator of the story, so far. We are given a recollection of certain experiences; for instance, when Nick says “after various delays I came east, permanently”, a sense of foreshadowing is created to engage the reader and also makes the reader curious, as to why Nick moved to the East and what caused him return to the Midwest?
The quote “Circumstances are beyond the control of man, but his conduct is his own power” by Benjamin Disaraeli has a strong message. The quote is trying to say that you can control how you act no matter what happens to you. One book that goes along with this quote is The Great Gatsby. In The Great Gatsby many things are out of a man’s control, but the characters still choose how to act. The novel is told from Nick Caraway’s point of view.