Therefore, the snake can represent Delia’s protector, sin, death, or devil but it most certainly is a mirrored reflection of Sykes. Sykes routinely shows his lack of respect for Delia. One morning Delia, sorting laundry and wondering where Sykes has gone with her horse, becomes paralyzed by fear when suddenly something “long, round, limp, and black falls upon her shoulders and slithers to the floor beside her.” Again Delia is reminded of what a malicious man Sykes can be. He uses a bullwhip to scare her; she believes it is a snake. Delia
(this sentence seems a little odd or out of place) “Sykes, what you throw dat whip on me like dat? You know it would skeer me—looks just like a snake, an’ you knows how skeered Ah is of snakes.”(Does this need to be referenced?) Delia is a fragile colored woman who washes white people’s clothes. Her husband Sykes has no respect for her or what she does around their home. As Delia is in the kitchen sorting clothes, Sykes scares her using a whip to imitate a snake knowing Delia is terrified of snakes.
There are many gothic conventions in ‘Dracula’, and this is what makes it an eerie delight for the viewers, as well as making it fit into the ‘gothic’ genre. The movie is cleverly adapted from the book, sharing the same title- that was scribed by Bram Stoker. Some very common gothic elements include the theme of isolation and security. Both of these things can be seen in ‘Dracula’ The theme of isolation is presented by the way Dracula’s castle is shown to the viewers- dark, isolated from any form any other form of civilization in the middle of a great landscape consisting of myriad and secret passageways and being a ruin in itself. The settings presented are also dark and eeire, and Dracula himself lives in solitude with no other companion.
“Its style tends to be ornate, unnatural” (Carter 134). This is very true about Poe’s writing, his writing has a sense of flow to it and is ornate in its descriptions, but it is a dark ornate like something grand that is only a shadow of its former glory. For example, in “Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe describes the mansion in ornate detail, but using words that left the grand image in your mind but as a rundown macabre shadow of what it once was. Poe unquestionably works within the Gothic Mode; it can be identified in almost all his writings with the exception maybe being “The Bells” but even in that poem, Poe writes about funeral bells. One of his most well know stories, “The Raven” is a prime example of his usage of the Gothic Mode.
Pan’s Labyrinth, an award-winning Spanish film, has garnered awards for its elaborate use of mise-en-scene. In particular, the scene in which the protagonist Ofelia meets the Faun for the first time makes use of various mise-en-scene elements – setting, costume and makeup, lighting, and movement and performance, to trace a series of narrative events that initiate a goal-oriented plot. The scene starts with Ofelia and her mother Carmen, who are sound asleep in the bedroom. Ofelia is suddenly startled awake by the appearance of an unusually large stick insect, which transforms into a green fairy and gestures for Ofelia to follow it. She is led from the house compound into a labyrinth – a maze-like stone structure crowded with trees and roots – and finally emerges in front of a rotunda.
Since the prison is a place of darkness and sin, the beauty of a wild rose bush growing in such an unexpected place symbolizes God's grace. By starting off with a prison door and beautiful rosebush, Hawthorne is letting us know that the issues punishment versus forgiveness and judgment versus grace are going to be super important. Like I said earlier even though Hester went through many hardships she was able to overcome and bloom just like a rosebush would. The Scarlet Letter is a dark book at the beginning because the setting of the prison makes me think of sadness. When the prison is being described Hawthorne names everything that makes it such a sad place.
It’s the kind of dream that wakes you try and stay awake after, because you know it’s waiting there for you behind your closed eyelids. (McNamee 11) This quote illustrates that Duncan is uncomfortable with what happened. The nightmares of the drowning girl keeps coming back to him because he did not save her. Just like Duncan, in The Penance, Octavia feels uncomfortable because of what he has done. He killed the three children’s cat because Octavia thought the cat was eating the chickens.
This begins to frighten her so bad that her knees get weak; she does not know where to begin to look for the snake. Walking to her clothes, she hears the snake in her basket. Immediately she takes the lamp with the last match in it and runs to the kitchen in straight fear of the snake. After running, she finds out that the match blue out and she got frustrated because Sykes took the rest of the matches. Now the whole house is dark.
What Comes of Handling Snake-skin (pg 52) Jim told Huck that touching snake skin causes bad luck and Huck decides to trick Jim with a dead rattlesnake but ends up causing Jim a snake bite that takes “four days and nights” to heal. As the story goes on, Jim has repeatedly proved himself to be correct in Huck’s eyes, even thought Huck refuses to acknowledge it. XI. They’re After Us! (pg 52) Huck disguises himself as a girl to “slip over the river and find out what was going on” and he went to a lady who immediately found out that Huck was a boy
Was hospitality an empty gesture in ancient Greece? You could look back to Circe, Calypso, and the suitors of the Odyssey, as they all point to one answer. Hospitality in Greece is a central value, however the most hospitable, or the people who take the most advantage of hospitality are often those with ulterior motives. Circe breaks hospitality when she invites men into her home to turn them into swines. Circe had invited Odyseeus’s crew into her home, she filled their bowls with a wonderful stew but “Once they’d drained the bowls she filled, suddenly she struck with her wand, drove them into her pigsties, all of them bristling into swine” (Homer 237, 261-263).