Gertrude, Claudius, Polonius, and many other characters all discover that Hamlet is having a very hard time with the death of his father. The Queen confronts Hamlet to tell him to cheer up, “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not forever with thy vailèd lids”(1.2.70-72). She notifies Hamlet that it is a natural occurrence when people die and not to be so miserable. Hamlet’s first sight of the ghost made him very traumatized.
An Explication of Howard Nemerov’s “The Vacuum” “The Vacuum” is about an old man grieving his deceased wife and what his life has become, messy and incomplete, as hinted by the poem’s title “The Vacuum”. The poet used many figurative speeches such as personification and alliteration in the poem. These speeches help readers relate to the old man’s feeling more easily. The title “The Vacuum”, makes readers think of the appliance, however, it has more than one meaning. It is a pun created by the poet.
*His father's death makes his mood very melancholy. He feels that his father left him and he mourns over his death. His father dies two months ago and he feels that isn't enough time to mourn. To point this out, But two months dread, nay, not so much, not two; (I,ii,138) The more Hamlet grieves about his father, the more he dislikes Claudius. To verify this, She married; O most wicked speed, to past.
All of the good things of the once lively city had gone away while the evil starts to build up its power and the city is in ruins. The message Edgar is trying to send out is that even the most beautiful things in life may be covered in darkness and the beauty of it all is gone. As I have mentioned Edgar had lost his mother, his brother, eventually his father, and his cousin/wife to death and it left his mind in dark shadows causing grieve and depression. Edgar Allan Poe had developed a drinking problem later on in life because he couldn’t live with reality. I have lost someone close to me and I know that darkness falls and it can bring you to a very depressed state, which is where Edgar had fallen.
To add to his hardships, he was poor, did not have a stable job, and was an alcoholic. Escaping from his depressing world, Poe drank and wrote short stories or poems with a negative outlook. Having this dark attitude is what made Poe such a great and creative writer. Everything he was feeling he brought out in his work. In this poem, Poe presents gothic images of a person who feels alone in this world.
Holden shows symptoms of depression by giving up when life confronts him with a problem. There are two examples that express’ Holden’s feelings towards death that are exhibited in this novel. A major conflict in this story is when Holden and his roommate get into a dispute. Holden mourns while looking out the window and says “I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead” (page 48, chapter 7).
In this particular poem Gay writes the death was “a fearful shock!” and that “The stores were closed, our flag was draped, Our hearts felt sick and sore..” He is clearly mourning the death of one of his country’s greatest leaders along with the rest of the America. Gay goes on to say “His eyes were growing dim, When with a faltering step they brought His weeping son to him.” This is in reference to President Lincoln’s youngest son Todd who was not with his father at the time of the shooting. “Weep not my boy, his friends did cry, But put your trust in Him, Who takes your father from your side..” is the next line that is referring to what other people in the room
To add to the mystery, when Arthur gets woke up by Spider, there is a noise which Arthur is obviously scared of and when he first wakes up he refers to the silence as ominous and dreadful. Furthermore after this event happens, the weather changes to a much “colder and damp” feeling which shows us that Hill has decided to connect weather with the goings on in the house. Once the noise has started again, Arthur refers to his job as “ghost hunting” which adds the ominous terror of what is in that room. To add to the terror as it was a moonless night, there would be very little for him to see with only his torch. Hill then revisits one of the terrors Arthur has already experienced with ‘The sound of a pony and trap’, by repeating the noise of a pony and trap, in the distance, crashing into the quicksand ahead, and as it was a moonless night, only the sound would be heard and nothing of the pong or the trap would be seen.
With the constant tapping Poe denies the presence of dark forces by saying it is the wind or the embers of the fire, but as the tapping continues more chills creep down. “Someone must be at my chamber door” he says, moving across the room and slowly reaching for the door handle Poe hesitates but then with some burst of courage he opens the door only to
The short story ‘The Landlady’, by author Roald Dahl (made in 1959), presents that not everybody is how they seem and in this case, the story leads up to a little old lady being a serial killer. The short story, a thriller/horror genre, is about a boy named Billy Weaver, representing a young, naïve and aspiring businessman, looking for a place to stay in the city Bath and was hypnotized into staying at an old landlady’s home, eventually getting poisoned by the landlady. The writer manipulates the readers to feel a certain way towards the “slightly dotty” old lady that she is charming, friendly and motherly. The main literary conventions foreshadowing, setting and reverse stereotypes, all adding up to the horror genre of the story. In the short story, Roald Dahl’s use of subtle foreshadowing had prepared his readers to suspect something was wrong.