Many times during the novel Of Mice and Men Steinbeck creates contradiction: Curley’s wife’s red wardrobe compared to the brown, mucky, ranch. Even George and tall Lennie are conflicting themes in the novel. These are only two small examples, looking deeper in the novel one finds the importance in Curley’s Wife’s death. The passage describing Curley’s wife’s death is the most emotionally wrenching for the reader in the novel. Steinbeck elicits contradictory feelings in the reader: sympathy for the recently murdered woman as well as sympathy for his murderer.
Duffy’s poem Havisham is based on the character Miss Havisham from the famous novel Great expectations Discuss how Duffy communicates this to the reader. Duffy’s poem Havisham is based on the character Miss Havisham from the famous novel “Great expectations” by Charles dickens. Miss Havisham was stood up at the alter by her fiancée, since then she has not changed out of her wedding dress and her house remains decorated ready for the wedding which never happened. “Beloved Sweetheart Bastard” In this quote, we can clearly see that Miss Havisham is angry and living in hate about her fiancée whishing him dead. Miss Havisham is a lonely woman who now lives a life of hate towards men as one broke her heart and she cannot get over this.
Character Analysis I have chosen to write a piece on the character Tansey from the book ‘A Greyhound Of A Girl’ by Roddy Doyle. I have chosen Tansey above all other characters from ‘A Greyhound Of A Girl’ because she was distinctive (from all the other characters) in physical form as she is a ghost but predominantly because she seemed quite mysterious and was introduced by the author in a very unique way. Tansey is first presented in page 6 of the book, Mary O’Hara, the main protagonist, meets her while she is coming home from school. When she is first introduced she seems eerie and mysterious. The author describes her with ‘She was wearing a dress that looked like it came from an old film, one of those films her mother always cried at’.
Plath’s gift of recreating her past experiences in a complex form, so as to remove them from her present, started to seem like an obsession, within which her poems show a regular pattern of self-centredness. It was this characteristic that lead her far from any ‘self-discovery’ and ‘self-definition’, and drove her to her death, ‘an art’ as she puts it. ‘Daddy’ is saturated with suppressed anger and dark imagery through Plath’s use of ambiguous symbolism, as it bitterly addresses the relationship she had with her father, who died when she was eight, and her husband Ted Hughes, who had broken her ‘pretty red heart in two’. It is intense with highly suppressed emotion, setting an aggressive, desperate, almost psychic tone that is highly concentrated on the theme of death. Grieved to the point of psychotic anger, Plath’s use of imagery throughout the poem accentuates the hopeless despair she felt at the conflicting male relationships in her life.
Poem Examination Throughout the English 100-022 class many poems have been examined. Every single one is unique in its own way, grasping the readers’ attention and pulling the person in for an indescribable experience; for me this poem is Joan Alishire’s “Slipping”. Everyone goes through the cycle of life, and at the end of their journey it is guaranteed that death will come their way. In Alishire’s poem “Slipping”, the daughter of a doctor explains the same concept of getting old and fragile, going through the cycle of life and eventually, life coming to an end, using her father as an example. The daughter explains the state that her father is in by using the word “slipping”, this is relevant because it helps the reader to quickly conclude that the old doctors’ life will shortly be coming to an end.
As Emily Dickinson once said, “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.” Sylvia Plath foreshadowed many different things in her poetry that reflect the difficult experiences she endured in life. Her father’s death and her husband’s abandonment influenced her writing in several different of her poems. Plath’s suicidal tendencies and the deep depressions she suffered also led to some of her darkest and more cynical poems. Her work is known for the violent imagery credited to some of her most questionable times in life. Although Sylvia Plath experienced a hard life full of suicidal thoughts, these unbearable times ultimately led to her most famous poetry today.
In the poem “Dulce et Decorum est” the title translates to “It is a wonderful and great honor to fight and die for your country”. The Title in itself is very ironic and it is one main point the writer is making. He says “you could hear , at every jolt, the blood/come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs” this shows the irony in the title because dyeing this way is not wonderful, as the poems title makes out to be. Another comparison of these two poems is the writer’s use of similes. A simile is a comparison often using the words like or as.
‘broke/choke’ Here a rhyming is used by the poet in order to emphasize the mothers’ trauma and desolation which shows that she was affected emotionally and physically. The title of the poem ‘‘The Hero’’ is an oxymoron in comparison with the rest of the poem. Meaning that it is ironically termed in order to create a comparison between the real meaning of a hero and Jack who is the kind of coward who gains the contempt of his comrades by trying to escape. The ironic tone of the title also raises the question of what a hero is through the whole poem which shows how cruel the war is to have destroyed precious ideas of heroism. The first stanza begins with ‘‘Jack fell as he’d have wished, the Mother said’’ An image of a grieving mother opens the poem.
London Brady AP Literature 11-5-11 A Modern Love George Meredith's poem "Modern Love" reveals the pains of a loveless marriage. Using a combination of poignant diction, mood-evoking imagery, and metaphor.The poem begins with the husband's awareness of his wife's misery. The alliteration in "By this he knew she wept with waking eyes" (line one) ironically, the line reads as if this is a nightly occurrence for husband and wife. By using the vague terms "he" and "she", the poem becomes universal, so that it could apply to countless other marriages. In an effort to comfort his wife, the husband places "his hand's light quiver by her head" (line two).
Great care was taken to tell Louise Mallard, who has a heart problem, of her husband’s death, Brently Mallard, during a railroad disaster. It was her sister Josephine, with Brently’s friend, Richards standing there for support, who gave Louise the news of her husband’s death, she immediately started to weep. “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, paralyzed inability to accept its significance.” (p. 15) Upon receiving the news, Louise is thrown into a downward spiral of her emotions. “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.”(p. 15) After she was done grieving in her sister arms, Louise went upstairs and locked herself in her room and immediately began mourning the loss of husband. She went over to a comfortable armchair and sank down into it.