With his use of diction, Hawthorne firmly establishes the tone of sadness in the novel. He chooses to use words such as darkening close, crime, gloomy, darker aspect, unsightly, frailty, and sorrow, which helps accomplish the dreariness in the tone. Even with the title of the first chapter being “The Prison Door”, Hawthorne immediately indicates punishment as a result of strict conformity. His diction has emphasis on darkness, which is a result of the rigidity of puritan society. The darkness, in turn, causes sadness among the people of the society, which Hawthorne indicates in his diction.
Throughout the whole poem, the readers are able to know his disapproval, dislike and displeasure over the place that he lives in, by creating a moody and sullen tone which enhances the eerily seriousness of the atmosphere. The content, aim and the theme help to reinforce the writer’s intentions and message of the poem. Through the four quatrains, iambic tetrameter poem, it shows a society that is portrayed as being devastated and grim. Using the basic rhyme scheme of abab, it shows how the people and the places are infected and affected. The rhyme is able to give a flow to the events, making it on-going showing how the society keeps on worsening day by day.
| Janie and Tea Cake manage to survive the deadly hurricane. They see death and destruction everywhere and there house is flooded. Janie is swept into raging waters, but is saved by Tea Cake. | Tea Cake spends time with Nunkie. | Janie experiences jealousy for the first time and tries to beat up Tea Cake.
Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders vividly recounts the effects of the plague on the small English town of Eyam in 1666. Brooks' novel explores the attitude and reactions of both the female and male characters in response to the disease. Brooks generally encourages readers to empathise with the female characters, whilst evoking feelings of disdain towards the masculine community. She achieves this through the deliberate use of the first person narration through the perspective of the main female protagonist, Anna Frith. Furthermore, Anna's narration forces readers to recognise the achievements of the female characters whilst highlighting the barbaric nature of the men.
In Like Water for Chocolate Esquivel takes traditional situations and adds magical elements, completely exaggerating otherwise normal scenarios with fantastic details. When the wedding guests become ill after eating the wedding cake, they vomit in quantities to cover the patio in a river. Tita and Pedro's final lovemaking is passionate and intense; it starts an explosive blaze that is viewed from miles away as fireworks. The magical realm is most evident in Tita's kitchen. There, Tita, who has never been pregnant, is able to nurse her nephew.
In an instance of foreshadowing, she thinking, “Oh well, whatever goes over the Devil’s back, is got to come under his belly”(39) which means that she knows eventually Skyes will get what’s coming to him. Delia sets out to do her washing and passes by a group of men sitting at a store. The tone and focus of “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston changes for a while as the men comment on how pretty Delia used to be and how it’s such a shame that she’s beaten so often and lost her good looks. They talk about Syke’s behavior with the Bertha woman and generally frown upon him, with one saying, “There oughter be a law about him… He ain’t fit tuh carry guts tuh a bear.”(31) Clearly the whole town seems to have a negative reaction against Sykes. On her way back, Delia sees Sykes out front of Bertha’s telling her that he will buy her whatever she wants.
An aspect that I was especially drawn to is the eye-opening nature of the passage. The reason for my interest is how strongly Douglass feels about this topic. Throughout the narrative, Douglass is extremely conservative when it comes to giving his opinion; the appendix, however, is quite the opposite. Douglass is very passionate in his dismissal of American Christianity because of life experiences, which include (but are not limited to) occurrences such as the slave songs, Douglass’s questioning of a deity, his masters’ cruelty, and the overall suffering Douglass went through. When the slaves are singing songs on their way to the Great House Farm, Douglass mainly focuses on his utter confusion and sadness regarding them.
Fethiye market has no more than ‘seven pitiful apricots’. The use of ‘pitiful’ shows the emotion that the reader should be feeling at this point. The writer is trying to create a double the empathy for himself and the locals. Should we feel sympathy for the writer as well as the market traders? We are encouraged to do so but perhaps we should as he experiences guilt while he views ‘a scene of utter poverty’.
'We mothers are so proud 6 Of our dead soldiers.' Then her face was bowed. 7 Quietly the Brother Ofﬁcer went out. 8 He'd told the poor old dear some gallant lies 9 That she would nourish all her days, no doubt 10 For while he coughed and mumbled, her weak eyes 11 Had shone with gentle triumph, brimmed with joy, 12 Because he'd been so brave, her glorious boy. 13 He thought how 'Jack', cold-footed, useless swine, 14 Had panicked down the trench that night the mine 15 Went up at Wicked Corner; how he'd tried 16 To get sent home, and how, at last, he died, 17 Blown to small bits.
This is a device to evoke the emotions in the reader rather than in the characters on the page. In the text “What business of mine is it, so long they don’t take yam from my savouring mouth” is used to break the fourth wall, almost the opposite of the verfremdungseffekt, pull in the reader. The quote perfectly describes the outside world from the perspective of the victims in the poem. Osundare is almost shouting the reader in the face saying “why don’t you do something about it?” which does make us feel guilty. Akanni, Danladi and Chinwe are all unknown characters to the reader, as they might even be to the writer.