In Joan Didion’s essay, “Los Angeles Notebook”, she employs eerie to pedantic diction, ominous imagery, and selection of detail to portray the negative effect that the Santa Ana winds have on the people to describing why it happens, in order to convey her idea of humans being mechanistic, controlled by nature and our instincts. Throughout the essay, Didion uses unnerving to pedantic diction to describe the Santa Ana winds and their effects, in order to reveal her thought on human’s mechanistic nature. The “uneasy” air, “waning” arguments, and “screaming” peacocks, portray a very negative effect that the Santa Ana winds have on the people in Los Angeles, describing the way nature controls people and their actions. Didion also describes the wind “whining” and “blowing”, “drying the hills and the nerves to the flash point”. This creates the very unnatural, eerie feeling that the winds instill in people.
. . accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar” (Chopin 105). This observation clearly depicts the storm as threatening and dangerous. Yet, the tone gives the storm a form of consciousness, as if it is alive, “rolling in with sinister intention” (Chopin 105) We follow the entity of this storm as it converges upon Bobinot’s home where his wife, Calixta, is “furiously sewing” as it “began to grow dark” (Chopin 105).
This is highlighted with "shut", "bleached" and "dark-clothed". The cleaver use of "shut shops", "sun blinds", "sovereigns", "kings and queens" compounds a critisasation of authority, Larkin does this through sibilance. Larkin then presents the loss in the next stanza with the repetition of the theme of innocence this is highlighted with the quotation "dresses", "never such innocence", "little" and "never such innocence again". This created a sense of destruction and how the war has taken the innocence of so many young people. Also the use off an oxymoron "restless silence" foreshadows the tragedy that is to come.
Hill continues to describe the fog “ It was a yellow fog, a filthy, evil-smelling fog, a fog that chocked and blinded, smeared and stained” The word “choked” personifies the fog and makes it appear as a murderer. Furthermore, the fog suggests that Arthur Kipps vision of the future is blurred and little does he know what may happen when he sets off for Eel Marsh House. In addition, the gothic element is another theme which illustrates fear and isolation in the novel. Hill re-works this element of having a woman in distress who is usually being threatened by a cruel male, however in contrast, we read about Arthur Kipps in distress, threatened by the oppressive woman in black. She is portrayed as the more dominant and powerful one because of the effect she has on his emotions, for example, “for a moment I was as near to weeping tears of despair and fear, frustration and tension as I had ever been since my childhood” (p.125).
He looks down at the lifeless body and his instruments "on a dreary night of November" and "the rain pattered dismally against the panes." (47). This dark setting in this scene serves as a window into the doctor's heart and exposes his intentions. The desolate setting displays the regrets and remorse the doctor feels after creating the hideous creature. It foreshadows the continuous dark tone of the story.
Kowalski’s beast-like traits and inhuman strength are opposed to Blanche’s language capabilities right from the meeting between the two. Within this section the playwright portrays Blanche to have poor people skills as well as a desperate defiance and an intellectual ability. Williams also contrasts these traits with Stanley’s rough and compact nature that are part of the modern era of America that is going to crush and get rid of the older, weaker America that Blanche symbolises. Firstly, Williams uses personification to emphasise the immense force and effect that the family deaths have had on Blanche. This emotional turmoil is portrayed as powerful “blows in (her) face and (her) body” showing how painful that these deaths were for her and how influential they were in the loss of Belle Reve.
She uses words like “beating” and “howling” to describe the actions of rain and wind, instead of using words with more positive connotations. These words evoke uncomfortable feelings within the reader. Therefore, the tone of author comes off as more somber and belligerent. This use of diction ultimately leads to the understanding of Jane’s dismal upbringing. Also, these aggressive words resemble the hostility Jane faces within Gateshead.
He says that there” brains ache “due to the blowing winds. This shows us that the cold is also contributing to the pain the soldiers are going through. The author goes to the extent to describe the wind as “merciless iced east winds that knife us”. The author uses personification to show that the soldiers had little protection from the cold and the winds were causing them constant pain physically whereas there actual enemies (the Germans) were only causing physiological pain most of the time. The author also show us that the soldier are too worried to sleep as they are “Worried by silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous.” The use of sibilance of the sound ’s’ creates the effect of whispering to show the soldiers attempt to not draw the attention of the enemy, who are futilely using flares to see what’s going on.
“This poem was conceived and chiefly written a wood that skirts the Arno, near Florence, [Italy] and on a day when that tempestuous wind is at once mild and animating, was collecting the vapors which pour down the autumn rains.”(Percy Bysshe Shelley). “Ode to the West Wind contributed a great deal to the poem’s meaning.”(Jeannie Johnson). Why does Shelley want to destroy the world with his venomous thoughts? Does he want the world to afflict with him? What is his purpose of wanting a new family, if he is attempting to demolish the world?
In this scene, a storm appears as foreshadowing. When you think of a storm, you think of anger, sadness, and madness. That is why a storm is a great way to foreshadow King Lear’s madness. Madness is really playing an important part in King Lear. As the storm approaches around him, King Lear goes mad, tortured by the pain of the turn his life has received.