This quote is significant to the play as a whole as it is a metaphorical image of corruption and moral death plaguing not only the characters, but the whole area of Denmark as well, thus foreshadowing the eventual collapse of the nation. This metaphor once again appears in the dialogue when Marcellus states: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark (Act 1 Scene 4),” thus
This eerie tone continues thru-ought the poem to inflict that distinct sense of swampy awareness. As I pass through lines five I am captivated once again by this wetlands sense being established by the imagery used by Oliver. "Dense sap, branching vines, the dark burred faintly belching bogs." earthy diction, picked precisely so that the reader reacts; positively or negatively, which ultimately depends upon the reader. Personification is a clear indication of this relationship between writer and reader; "faintly belching bogs."
Buried Alive Edgar Allan Poe is methodical in creating a gothic darkness and evil storyline provoking sympathy anger, and back to understanding the actions of evil that Montressor inflicted without impunity. Poe creates fantasy and reality, “his fiction often made fun of what he wrought best: terror tales”, (Fisher xv) with The Cask of Amontillado, leaving the reader to question self on how far would you go to avenge your pride, and your honor. The Cask of Amontillado, Montressor narrates a sinister plot to punish and bury Fortunato alive is implausible, however, understanding how antagonistic Fortunato was towards Montressor and the mass of insults delivered may change the readers mind. Poe uses two unusual settings to create the atmosphere in the story, a carnival at night which initially reads as fun, festive, and happiness and however, if you look beyond that carnivals also create an environment of madness, and chaos which releases Montressor freedom to implement his plan of revenge and his high level of evil in which Montressor lures Fortunato into the family catacombs to die. The first setting in the story of jovial, happiness, and jubilant behavior amongst the crowd allows a sense of freedom for Montressor to move and execute his plan without suspicion from Fortunato.
The Tragic Hero of Venice By Kristina Delp ENGL 102-B19 Shakespeare’s play “Othello, the Moor of Venice”, would be considered a “tragic hero” and should be labeled as a Aristotelian tragedy, “an imitation of an action of high importance, complete and of some amplitude: in language enhanced by distinct and varying beauties… by means of pity and fear effecting its purgation of the emotions” (qtd. In Kennedy & Gioia 856). Othello begins on the beautiful streets of Venice. Venice is full of romance and mystery. Othello, a general in the Venetian army, secretly marries Desdemona the daughter of Senator Brabantio.
In the play Hamlet, Shakespeare uses the theme of corruption to metaphorically represent the deterioration of each Character’s physiological well being and state of mind when exposed to corruption that ends in death. The theme of corruption plays a role by instating the traits of death and mortality within each of the characters, both by choice and from exterior occurrences. Through the portrayal of Hamlet, a man who is obsessed with death, Shakespeare uses this obsession to explore both Hamlet's desire for revenge and his need for certainty when corruption disrupts the natural balance of order in his kingdom. In the process, Hamlet explores the many hardships that are bestowed upon him in order to reflect on the many characteristics that are associated with the exposure to corruption which lead to mortality. Hamlet becomes obsessed with the idea of death within the play, and as the story unfolds further, he begins to analyze death from multiple perspectives than ever before.
So being faced with it as a living, breathing person is powerfully frightening. The author uses similes to generate more puissant, vivid imagery. The simile ‘her skin as white as leprosy’ is quite petrifying because leprosy is a severe illness causing disfigurement and deformities to limbs. Describing the colour of somebodies pigment as a disease is seriously unsettling especially as leprosy can be extremely fatal. Repetition is a frequently used term in The Ancient Mariner.
Ernest is described in terms with positive connotations such as “spirit”, while Frankenstein is described in pejorative terms such as “loathing”. The juxtaposition allows Shelley to critique the Enlightenment and promote Romantic ideals. Humanity * Example: Frankenstein: “I ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge”. * Technique & Effect: Shelley uses the technique of dramatic irony to highlight Frankenstein’s error in the acquisition of knowledge, as the reader is already aware from the start of the novel the failure of
One of the ways Shelley explores the dark side of the human psyche is the suppressed and forbidden knowledge which Victor Frankenstein is hungry for. We can see this when Frankenstein states 'how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge'. However it will ultimately lead to a happier life that the man 'who believes his native town to be the whole world'. This drives Frankenstein to exceed the boundaries of science hence create new life. Shelley portrays the desire of knowledge as lust which, if left unhindered, can drive a man to peril.
The novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy features many examples of symbolism in order to enhance the reader’s understanding of the grim reality within the text: a nameless father and son struggling to survive in a world defaced by an overwhelming catastrophe. The symbols that McCarthy utilises are of natural phenomena that once existed in harmony but now battle for dominance, such as darkness and water representing the opposing ideas of destruction and survival respectively, and fire and ashes representing disparate concepts of hope and death. In contrast to these earthly things, the road that they walk upon, one of the last existing human constructions, features as a symbol of their journey of necessity to survive every passing day. The road that the central characters traverse throughout McCarthy’s text is a motif that represents their journey through the wasteland they once called home. Their destination is the coastline, which is a few months’ walk away; their belief is that it will be their deliverance, as everything depended on reaching the coast.
He continues this idea by using “wander” later in the line. The transferred epithet of “mean” conveys the hostile environment and makes us question the kind of people who live on the estate, suggesting they are perhaps cold, hateful and aggressive. The use of word choice immediately introduces the theme of purposelessness to the reader and creates a vivid portrayal of the scene. Despite the classical sonnet rhyming of the poem, it has been given an unconventional structure using enjambment throughout the octave, which modernises the poem overall and creates a stream of consciousness, engaging with the reader and ensuring the persona’s words appear genuine: “Play fortresses of brick and bric-a-brac spill out some ash” The plosive alliteration of “brick and bric-a-brac” creates a harsh and unwelcoming sound, signifying the worthlessness of everything on the estate and expressing society’s disgusted attitude towards the neglected area. “Ash” could connote the remains of the dead or of a crumbling building, insinuating decay and sorrow.