The ending adds to the plot because it is usually an unexpected event that changes the flow of the plot. For example, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson has a tragic, horrible ending. This is what makes the story so dramatic. The ending is also the portion of the short story that teaches a lesson or shows the moral of the whole story. An example of a short story where the lesson is taught with the help of the surprise ending is Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
A Dangerous Symbol In his extremely short story, “The Paring Knife,” Michael Oppenheimer utilizes symbolism masterfully. In literature, authors typically use objects with which the readers are familiar in order to assist in plot development or to convey a key theme. They accomplish this by arranging the language so that the focus is continually shifted to the object throughout the selection. The reader is able to grasp new meaning because of either universal familiarity with the object or an immediate understanding of what the object represents within the context of the story. If an object is viewed by most or all readers in the same manner, the author is making use of conventional symbolism.
The appropriateness of From Ritual to Romance appearing in Apocalypse Now lies foremost in the fact that it was this book that inspired T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland, a poem that addressed Eliot’s reaction to the dislocation he felt following World War I. Coppola pays homage to Eliot by including both his poem and the book that inspired it in the modernized cinematic portrayal of Coppola’s response to the dislocation and moral ambiguities brought about by the Vietnam War. There is, however, more at work here than a mere homage to the influential poet. That Coppola should include From Ritual to Romance indicates a deeper commitment, a fact that is furthered by the physical placement of the book in the movie. On Kurtz’s table we find three books: The Bible, The Golden Bough, and, as mentioned earlier, From Ritual to Romance.
“Facing It” Poetry Analysis After serving his country in the Vietnam War, Yusef Komunyakaa pens the poem “Facing It”. In the poem, “Facing It”, Komunyakaa uses personal emotion, word association and symbolism to convey his message of grief and sadness when visiting the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial for the first time. Although Komunyakaa returned from war years before, the memories still haunt him. Like many war veterans, he is obviously facing life with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He is overcome with grief as he vividly recalls the flashbacks that he faces when visiting the Memorial for the first time.
The themes of the poems ‘The Manhunt’ and Quickdraw’ are about love and heartbreak. Both ‘Quickdraw’ and ‘The Manhunt’ explore themes of relationships and mostly rejection. In both poems, emotive metaphorical language is used however there are some differences for example in ‘The Manhunt’ the form is more like a list as compared to ‘Quickdraw’ which is more like a story/narrative. Also ‘Quickdraw’ conveys damage and she wants to cause the man pain compared to ‘The Manhunt’ which conveys damage that is already done. However, ‘The Manhunt’ focuses more on explaining the damage caused to the veteran.
However, ‘The Manhunt’ focuses more on explaining the damage caused to the veteran. This is different compared to ‘Quickdraw’. In ‘The Manhunt’ the semantic field is war and the poets have connected ideas of pain and a war atmosphere through the use of their words and emotive language. The images that this creates for the reader is that the woman is at home with the injured man and she is examining his injuries from the war, this was the only time he had actually allowed her to look at his scars and for the reader this could be a very emotional moment however for the man, he isn’t using his emotions it is almost as if he is lost and the woman is trying to find him whilst examining his injuries. As opposed to ‘Quickdraw’, the semantic field is Wild West and the poet has connected ideas of what a phone and a gun compare to and just how dangerous they could be and how dangerous they were for the woman in the poem, Duffy has conveyed this through her emotive metaphorical language.
However, the authors use different writing styles that demonstrate the different outlook on the characters, thus creating the illusion that Poe's character in "A cask Of Amontialldo" is crazier then Faulkener's character in a "Rose For Emily." The characters take extreme measurements to protect their pride, even if it means murder. The authors both like to use a lot of foreshadowing throughout the story that lets the reader know death is coming. Faulkner uses a out of order timeline to tell his story, and Poe uses hints throughout his story. Faulkner has death in the readers mind by starting out with "When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral," (Faulkner) already giving the death theme before the reader knows anything.
The Stranger in the Photo Is Me Essay When analyzing Donald Murray’s “The Stranger in the Photo Is Me” readers become conscious of Murrays endeavors to purposefully represent and explore his past while using powerful language and strong images. The article takes a narrative and nostalgic approach into Murray’s life, and bombards the reader with the author’s feelings about the picture and ultimately about his life. Murray’s purpose if to convey the profound impact war has had on his life. He recapitulates the idea of innocence throughout the piece and how he feels he lost such innocence through his experience in war. The passage is broken into two parts: the past before the picture and the past after the picture and the description of these two different pasts and the contrast between them is what ultimately helps make his point.
Crime and Punishment Theme Analysis Essay There are many themes in Crime and Punishment such as Love, Violence and the idea of the Superman. I believe that the central theme of Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is humans finding salvation through suffering because not only does it relate to every character in the book, but it also is a catalyst for other themes such as poverty and love. The first reason I think that this is the theme is because aall of the characters in this book suffers from some sort of internal or external suffering. For example the main character Raskolnikov must grow and realize this to overcome his conflicts and reach the salvation of peace within. Dostoevsky’s concentration and focus is on why suffering must exist and how this suffering can be overcome.
Crime And Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky and The Stranger by Albert Camus are novels from different time periods with asimilar context and influence, but the authors are contemplating, as almost all literature does, the same unanswerable questions both presented by, and a result of, the human condition. Death, and its relevance to life are important themes in these two indispensable works of literature . Significant characters in both works are affected by the death of those around them. The use of guns in the two literary works is significant to how the authors see death; as potentially avoidable or inevitable. This detail is a good basis for a comparison of the works’ treatment of death and its significance.