Perhaps O’Brien sought to chronicle through fiction those whose experiences would ‘speak out and speak up’ from the battlefield. In any case, one rationally may presume that O’Brien’s works mirror the public’s distaste for the war. Following this rationale, one also may presume a substantial degree of commonality between the management of the theme of war across each preceding literary period and the Postmodern
Through the plight of the “everyman” Prufrock, Eliot captures the stagnation of the western civilized world, and calls into question the modern man’s lack of development. Before looking at Eliot’s usage of “linger” in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” it is imperative to trace the usage of the word in the early English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary Online, when the word “linger” first appeared around the 1300’s in Old English vernacular it simply meant “To dwell, abide by, stay (in a place).” As the English language advanced, however, the word evolved to represent more than just physical inactivity, and it is this all encompassing inactivity that represents Eliot’s concerns in the poem. By 1871, the word linger had advanced to the point where it included prolonged consideration; “To dwell upon, give protracted consideration to, be reluctant to quit.” By 1883, the word had once again evolved when it began to represent unfulfilled desires; “To have a longing or craving, to hanker.” The latter two definitions better encapsulate the poem’s protagonist’s plight, because not only does
Emma vs. Clueless Essay 1.1 “In what way have the changing values and attitudes of different times been shown by the study of your two texts?” At different periods of time human society has been recorded to value certain qualities and behaviours over others, this is evident in art, music and literatures. By observing the similarities and differences of two novels belonging to periods, with the difference of a century’s time between them, we are given a perfect example of this alteration in values and attitudes. In Emma Jane Austen challenges the values of the Regency period’s strict social hierarchy and the attitudes of the “higher class” verses the “lower class.” She also reflects the roles of woman and their minor role in 19th century English society, when compared to men of ‘equal’ birth and wealth, and the importance of a “good match” when entering into the matrimonial state. In Hecherling’s Clueless we are also faced with a class structure, though it appears to be more fluid and easily manipulated or overcome by the use of money. In 20th century America the reasons and importance on marriage for both women and men has clearly changed and it is no longer necessary to be settled early and therefore couples are free to marry for life.
Francesca Milone Mrs. Holton AP Language (P2) 10 September 2011 The Things They Carried: Fact Versus Fiction Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried emphasizes not only the surreality of war, but also where to draw the line into reality. The makes up characters, places, and stories to get his argument across throughout the novel, making it contradictory and fictitious, but at the same time creating a sense of reality. In The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien illuminates the differences between fact and fiction, mainly within the context of war, to demonstrate that no person can understand what takes place in a war unless he or she has actually been there. Tim O'Brien contradicts himself and others by highlighting fact and claiming later
It could also be a chivalrous gesture against an evil tyrant, even if it is not sincere like in “A & P” by John Updike. “Quote here.” (Updike). Any point in a story where two or more characters have opposite goals that they are trying to accomplish, and it creates a problem for the characters involved. Every character has a Voice in which they speak, and a Point of View in which they see the events of the story and think about them. There is no way to have a story without keeping each character's voice and opinion unique.
(27). One may be so inclined as to concur with Marlow's dismissive statement, to discard any notion of feminine importance within Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, to focus instead upon issues of "greater importance" within the novel, such as the question of Marlow's racism or Conrad's narrative frame and its implications. However, to ignore the role of women in this novel would effect an injustice upon one's fully developed interpretation of Heart of Darkness, as women play an essential part in the comprehension of these dominant issues, particularly in the unveiling of Marlow's greatest curiosity: the veiled "truth" within the enigmatic character of Mr. Kurtz. In fact, women serve as clandestine vehicles in uncovering the impetus behind Kurtz's penchant for the untamed Congolese wilderness, facilitating Marlow's discovery of Kurtz's multifarious nature, and, ultimately, illuminating Marlow's perception of the "civilized" world. Kurtz's captivation by the unruly African wilderness indeed baffles Marlow.
In Sophocles’ Antigone and in Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, it is clear that society is affected by the inequality inherited in their laws. Throughout both plays, characters have to find their way to achieve their desires and contribute to society. Not only did gender categorize people in that time, but also the faith people had changed the way others perceived you. Although now, we think of law as a benevolent institution, in Antigone we see that law oppresses women rights and is unjust, whereas in Merchant of Venice law limits religion, women and doesn’t act fair upon citizens. In both Antigone and Merchant of Venice, women are minimized and are not taken into account by higher classes.
I attempt to follow a value rule that is based on “utilitarianism” (Rathus, et al., 2005, p. 6), in which my values reflect concern for the greater good of society’s majority, rather than my own. As with my value system, my critical thinking skills in making decisions about sex have long been set. I remain skeptical of the beliefs and biases of others, preferring to come to my own conclusions concerning sex and what I find sexually stimulating. However, I fervently condemn many behaviors as immoral, such as rape, unethical as in the case of adultery, or against nature as with practicing bestiality. Other sexual behaviors, whether I agree with them, or not, such as sodomy, sexual preference, and any other sexual choices that does not harm another, are not mine to judge.
Because myths are linked historically not just to literature, but also to the experience of the sacred, their use has the effect turning an experience sacrosanct (Clasby xi). The two texts, Wild Thorns and Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story are imbued with various myths, of heroism and martyrdom, nation and national identity, and the motherland and revolution. Though the myths in the story are born out of a historical and political necessity to create a unified community, the same myths are also far removed from the lived experience, often alienating characters instead, and limiting the exploration of different possibilities and interpretations of history and nation. Myths, as the chosen form of communication of “prophets, poets and rebels” (Clasby xv), offer a symbolic language for articulating experience that can be used as a narrative of the experience of a people. In the light of the fact that many scholars see “modern consciousness” as a fall grace (Clasby 1), myths elevate the ordinary experience to the sacred (Clasby xi).
She says that she might “never be able to come to a conclusion” or produce “a nugget of pure truth” for her audience to take away. “When a subject is highly controversial” she explains, “one cannot hope to tell the truth” and “One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold”. By choosing meta-fiction as the medium for her argument, Woolf continues to emphasise and thematize the multifaceted network of relationships between fact and lie, truth and fiction and opinion and emotions. This represents the highly complex relationship network between truth and freedom. Woolf writes in the stream- of-