This reveals that he views the people and their surroundings as simple and basic. In addition to including the most boring of details, Capote uses a great deal of imagery to describe the town and its residents. Focusing mostly on visual appeal, he describes the "sulphur-colored paint" and "flaking gold" to reveal the town's atrophying appearance and has-been status. Portraying the area as one that has seen better days, Capote writes about the "old stucco structure" that no longer holds dances, the crumbling post office, and the bank that now fails to serve its original purpose. Combining visual imagery with hints of
However, lack of gas in the pumps brings them back to reality, reminding them of the little hope they actually have. The deserted location is also used to show how meaningful everything other than food is. In the cash register wasn’t completely emptied, proving money has no meaning any longer, showing the destruction of society, priorities and the realism of the world they are living in. This is the complete reverse of how life would have otherwise been, where people would rather have money, and see a future in money. On the other hand in the current state of the world, gas and food take moneys place.
He prefers not to do anything there, either, and even prefers not to eat. The Narrator goes to visit Bartleby, but unsurprisingly, he can't get through to the strange scrivener. Eventually, Bartleby wastes away and starves to death, leaving only the Narrator to mourn him. As a rather odd end note, the narrator informs us that Bartleby previously worked as a clerk in an obscure branch of the Post Office known as the Dead Letter Office, sorting through undeliverable mail. We have to wonder what kind of
The reader will never find Douglass saying something such as; “Because I suffered from hunger and cold, which is clearly dehumanizing, you should abolish slavery”. Instead, Douglass leaves the facts as they are, with sentences so simple as; “I had no bed”. Douglass’ tone is so factual’istic, it is almost chilling. The way he writes so sincerely about something so horrible is truly heartbreaking, and the imbalance of tone and words, Douglass’ readers sense the logical reality to his words, which persuades them to come to their own conclusion about slavery. This quote from Douglass’ book clearly shows how Douglass
– This has the effect of making the reader read the extract quicker, therefore emphasising Henry’s urgency and desperateness in the text. Secondly, The museum is described as “Absolutely silent”, implying the fact that Henry is completely alone. This conveys an atmosphere of loneliness and eeriness. Furthermore, one could assume that Niffenegger says this to centre our focus solely onto Henry as he is alone. – Making any of his actions ever more meaningful and emotional once evaluated by the reader.
Steinbeck writes ‘for a moment the place was lifeless and then the two men emerge from the path’. Steinbeck uses a type of oxymoron, how can humans enter and it be lifeless? Humans are alive. Steinbeck may use this to exaggerate how harsh and lonely the depression was, and that it was just the two of them against the whole of America. Steinbeck describes the pair walking in ‘single file’ this suggests and hints to the reader that one man maybe following the other as they don’t know where they are going, leaving the other man leading and in charge.
He sparsely uses punctuation, which creates the illusion that the rules and conventions of writing do not matter in this post-apocalyptic world; it creates a sense of disorder as the importance of the ‘normal’ means nothing anymore. McCarthy doesn’t use apostrophes in his writing; ‘dont’ is the word he uses in place of ‘don’t.’ This relates to the theme of disorder as McCarthy is revealing to the reader that it is such a ‘barren, silent, godless’ world there is no hope for the previous code returning anytime soon. McCarthy’s lack of punctuation, including commas, gives his sentences a running feel: ‘He dreamt of walking in a flowering wood where birds flew before them he and the child and the sky was aching blue but he was learning how to wake himself from just such siren worlds.’ The lack of commas reflects the ‘barren’ land as there is a desolate mood to the sentences. This also reveals that McCarthy wants the character of the man to be seen as a man who is solely focused on looking after and caring for his son and information he would previously have had a care for are not important anymore. The opening of The Road quickly
The first person narrative that allows us to see his view makes him dislikeable. He tells his story of why he is in Thailand in one chapter and he says “escape through travel works”. This reinforces the readers dislike for him because it shows he is a weak character, simply running away from his problems. The 1st person perspective makes this clear allowing him to become symbolic of how not to
However, that paragraph makes his argument weak because the author did not explain his dislike of the electronic voices and how it is connected with the argument. His ending of the article is awkward. Although I understand that the automated voice system irritates him, there is no further explanation of why the transit is no longer close and personal. He should have added more evidences to the article. First, he could talk about the rush hour train.
In Mansfield's tale; Miss Brill is only just an artificial piece, an observer, an extra piece in the play of life; meaningless and unimportant. Likewise, in Hemmingway's tale; the old man sees no further value in life as he has lost his youth, confidence and a job; thus abolishing any purpose he might have left in life. Hemmingway used symbolization in order to transfer thoughts and ideas of aging and the play of life. This was done by using a form of allegory to extend metaphors and symbols to provide a story with two meanings: a literal meaning as well as a symbolic meaning. These symbolical meanings all have different moral, social, religious or political purpose and to play a role in communicating the meaning statement of the story which is our diminished purpose in life as we age.