I think Golding has finished the novel with an ending that could be viewed as ironically sad or happy and wants the reader to think what they want. From the beginning of the novel everything seems to e going well and even nature seems to be on their side and the whole island is idyllic. The island holds perfect features like the platform and log benches for democratic meetings, a bathing pool for washing and Pigs and fruit trees so they could easily survive. When Ralph first blows the conch it immediately becomes a symbol of authority and order which helps Ralph become leader in the vote. Unfortunately the deterioration of democracy starts very early on when Ralph lets Jack become in charge of the choir “The choir belongs to you, of course.” they become savages at the end of the novel: and try to take over using Ralph’s inadequacy to lead and think straight against him: “There was something he wanted to say; then the shutter came down”.
The satiric novel, Catch 22, at some times is outright hilarious, invoking laughter that requires thought. The issues throughout the book begin with frivolity and light-heartedness, but slowly become more and more serious as the novel progresses. One important character, Milo Minderbinder, invokes thoughtful laughter, but at the same time represents much deeper issues within society. Milo is introduced as a down to earth mess hall officer who concocts new recipes. He immediately provides laughter and amusement to the reader with his seemingly absurd operation that he started.
Octavia E. Butler’s work Kindred is a profound novel that illustrates the destructive power of obessive love. Butler also does a remarkable job protraying the graphic nature of racial prejudice in the 1800s as opposed to how it’s viewed in modern times via time travels – which gives the reader the oppurtunity to compare and contrast the two distinct eras. Dana’s (the narrator and protagonist of Kindred) choice to continue saving Rufus’ life, regardless of his absurd behavior, causes her time travels to prolong – given that Rufus was the focus and cause of them – and Rufus eventually beomes obsessed with Dana. As Dana chooses to save Rufus’ life, she not only prolongs her time travels to the antebellum Maryland of the early 1800s but also saves her life and preserves the familail bond of the slaves. “Was that why I was here?
As delightful as it is catching the many allusions and direct nods scattered throughout Ready Player One, the novel's characters and story often feel trapped within the clutches of their author's love for one particular set of cultural artifacts. Cline's characters resemble, for the most part, a collection of perfectly enjoyable representations pulled from a pantheon of ancient, geek archetypes. Wade Watts, aka Parzival in the OASIS, being the impoverished and outcast nerd with a shitty life. Art3mis being the love interest with some hidden shame, or weakness, who might just be more of a nerd than our hero and seems destined to help bring him out of his shell and into the real world. There is also the hero's best friend, Aech, who spends most of his time in a simulated basement, and a Japanese duo, Shoto and Daito, who name themselves after swords and are always good for a discussion of honor when the occasion
Sarah Draper Mrs. Jennings AP English 12 5th period B Shiloh In Bobbie Mason’s short story, “Shiloh” he uses many techniques in order to convey his overall message. Mason uses of similes and metaphors, symbolism and parallelism to help reveal the once happily marrage flaws and now being unhappy. Throughout the shot shory, not only does the author expose the reader to the feelings and actions of the characters but also in the authors eye he high lights the thing needed in order to make a happy marriage. Mason’s creative use of similes and metophors allows the reader to fully understand how the long distances and time can have a negative afect on a persons marriage. In lines 13-15 the rig that Leroy used to drive was compared
“An Interlude” The John Gardner’s fiction excerpt “An Interlude” from the novel October Light is a literary narrative portraying young love relying primarily on description. Gardner’s excerpt could be called a love scene, but it is hardly traditional or cliché. His main purpose seems to be to create similarity between the two characters by giving physical descriptions of Margie and Terence, and describing the setting they are in. The writer’s main tactic is simple literary narrative, as he illustrates the short interactions between the young boy and girl who like each other. In one of Dr. Polnac’s comments on the excerpt, he says “Gardner creates verisimilitude…” throughout the narrative between Terence and Margie using physical, characteristic, and setting description.
When reading the short story, From a Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Der Zee, Faye experiences a sense of love and dissatisfaction. The intensity of the emotions in this story is commonly relatable and predictable, making this story not only powerful but a form of formula fiction as well. The events that occur to Faye, quickly leads the reader to the themes of love, dissatisfaction, and the happy ending that is easily predicted. Although Faye’s conflict is resolved very fast, and typical of a happy modern day romance story, it allows the reader to feel a sense of comfort, Bad things happen to good people, but if you have love there is hope. Faye is a fragile woman who is recovering from a traumatic accident.
While there is clear mediation and criticism of the heady days of the ‘jazz age’, the novel goes beyond its immediate historical context; bemoaning not only the indifference of the lost generation, but exploring the danger of desire, lamenting the result of “living too long with a single dream”, and deconstructing the contradictory nature of the American Dream. And combined with vividly drawn foible characters and an irresistible lyrical style, surely this is a book which cannot help but resonate with modern
Bruce Dawes Essay Bruce Dawes poems, written in the 1900’s, are very influential pieces, even to this day because the themes and ideas he wrote about have maintained relevancy to a contemporary audience. Dawes poems are largely cynical, he discusses problems that he sees in society. Three concepts which are discussed frequently throughout Dawes’ poetry are the meaninglessness of life, our materialistic lifestyles and the constrictive nature of society. These themes can all be adapted to modern situations and applied to modern people and society. Three of his poems ‘ enter without so much as knocking’, ‘life-cycle’, ‘homecoming’ and ‘’weapons training’ all strongly convey at least one of the above themes in quite similar way.
‘‘The Gilded Six-Bits’’ is a story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. It playfully portrays the happy domestic life of two young newlyweds and shows the havoc that is wreaked when a slick and sophisticated outsider comes into their community and into their home. The story is typical of Hurston's fiction in that it offers a positive and affectionate vision of African-American life, that it is set in her native town of Eatonville, and that it reflects the rich oral traditions of that community. ‘‘The Gilded Six-Bits,’’ rich in metaphor and melodious dialect, is a meditation on the meaning of value and a celebration of emotional resilience and integrity. The Gilded Six-Bits" is a story about a young couple who live in a small Negro settlement