BRIAR ROSE-JANE YOLEN Yolen has created an ingenious story of great significance in Briar Rose. Aside from the novel itself being a fictional text, the book stresses the intrinsic importance of fairy tales to the responder. The resilience and power of these tales are emphasised as is the significance of true stories form the past. It is through the examination of the allegorical story told by Gemma and the characterisation used by Yolen that the concept of the hero and heroine is explored. Yolen has enabled her readers to understand the value of the past for the present and to witness both the true horrors as well as the acts of courage in her novel Briar Rose.
Chopin seems to use many different themes and symbols throughout the story to portray Edna’s character and way of life that causes the many problems and difficulties for her. Throughout the 19th century the literary technique of realism was widely used throughout many works of writing and especially throughout this novel. Realism is a technique that focuses on aspects of the characters life in a common view, meaning that the writing is focused on a particular setting or depiction of a certain plot within the norms of society. Chopin does an excellent job of using her writing to get the reader involved in the characters life and the feelings of the character at any given point throughout the story. Although realism seems to be most common throughout the story there is also a touch of naturalism throughout select passages.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor – Chapter 8 analysis “We want strangeness in our stories but we want familiarity too. We want a new novel to be not quite like anything we’ve read before. At the same time, we look for it to be sufficiently like other things we’ve read so that we can use those to make sense of it” (Foster 63). -Writers barrow because referencing to works that many are familiar with, such as fairytales creates a familiarity in which readers are comfortable with, which in turn can even help create a better understanding of a story. At the same time, the use of fairytales in a writer’s own work creates a uniqueness which appeals to many readers Why do writers often choose fairytales to barrow from instead of other literature like Shakespeare or Homer?
Imagery in Fiction Writing Authors often use imagery as a powerful tool for describing and delivering their main point in fiction writing. Imagery can hint at an underlying meaning, let the reader know character traits, describe the setting, and has a host of other uses. As such it is one of the most important literary devices. Two excellent examples of how to use imagery properly are Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” and Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”. In both of these stories the authors use imagery to help drive home their main points, although in a somewhat different manner.
Both Orwell and Dillard are very good at crafting a story from memory. They both use methods of story telling that engages the reader and makes you want to read more. Orwell carefully uses his words to give you as much feeling and thought as you read his story; where as Dillard writes her story in a way that progresses it with just enough information to keep the story fast and interesting. I believe that I write my stories more in the way Dillard does than Orwell. I usually write a story using minimal information and using just enough atmosphere so that you know what is happening as the story progresses.
ALLUSIONS IN FAHRENHEIT 451 Literary allusions often are used to relate a novel to various other pieces of literary work. Ray Bradbury used a multitude of literary allusions to enrich the plotline of Fahrenheit 451. These references provided subtle hints of depth in the novel to the reader. Some allusions helped the novel by adding to the plot, providing a relatable experience to the reader, referencing familiar stories and fables, and giving characters and settings that special something called an “it factor” that the reader could find special. Some allusions, however, were harmful to the plot or to the reader, most often by confusing the reader if they did not know the context of the original quotation.
A book that rings true attracts readers because it is able to allow the reader to imagine the scenario, a book that did this to me was Tangerine by Edward Bloor. In Tangerine, the author uses realistic situations to build up the plot of the story. Early use of realism strengthens the connection between the reader and the protagonist while allowing the end to be fictional and having the reader feels as if part of the story. Literary tools that are used to help support the connection are age, hobbies, setting, and character emotions and actions. In the novel Tangerine, the age of the protagonist, 12, is the age of the targeted audience are very similar.
By using different literary methods authors are able to give their readers a better understanding of the message behind the piece of work. Using methods such as themes and symbolism allows readers to find the underlying meaning of the story rather than just simply reading something with no meaning or emotion behind it. While reading Robert Frost’s Poem The Road Not Taken and Eudora Welty’s short story A Worn Path, people get a sense that life is a lonely place full of sacrifice at times. Although these two pieces are different, their use of symbolism gives readers a better understanding of the characters in each work and figure out their real struggles with the choices they make. Literature is meant to take its readers to another place and allow them to become part of it, whether it be a story or a poem or play.
A sense of being that will draw the reader or listener in, as if they themselves were in the story, helping them to feel the surroundings of the character within the pages of the book. And having an imagistic style in the way you write it a very helpful tool. An example of this tool being used is in the novel The Great Gatsby. The Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald exerts his strength for imagination, with contrasting moods and bubbling atmosphere, and in the end creates a resplendent tale. His story is about a misunderstood man who truly craves a fulfilled life.
This type of fiction has books that create new worlds, experiences, events and characters that cannot be found in the real world, but they still have a hold on reality that almost brings life to them. One such example is the wizarding world of JK Rowling. The characters created for the Harry Potter series, although fiction, are so life-like that children and young adults can almost reach out and become friends with them. They experience the same difficulties and growing pains but in a world that could never exist in ours. Historical Fiction on the other had brings to life events of the past, but while staying true to the general events that occurred, Historical Fiction sometimes creates characters, events and occurrences that did not happen.