In Homers Odyssey the sirens are described as luring, tempting, beautiful creatures that show no fear. Odysseus explains all the hardships and troubles him and his ship crew go through to avoid getting lured into the sirens with vivid imagery. “Now with a sharp sword I sliced an ample wheel of beeswax down into pieces, I kneaded them in my two strong hands” tells u that Odysseus isn’t going to take any chances and fight the irresistible song. Odysseus and his crew seem almost helpless when it comes to avoiding the sirens. Odysseus’s desire to listen to their deadly song is portrayed when his heart “throbbing to listen longer.” This helpless sense seems to be present throughout the entire passage.
Poseidon turns the Phaeacian ship into stone to punish the Phaeacians for their obligations of assisting travelers and wayfarers. This raises an exception to xenos, the Greek moral code of hospitality. Zeus, throughout the Odyssey enforces this moral code and punishes those who do not follow its provisions. In book 13 he goes against this, as he approves of Poseidon’s punishment of the Phaeacians, who anger Poseidon by practicing good xenos and helping all travelers, including Odysseus, return home. Zeus says- “Earth shaker, you with your massive power, why moaning so?
Fires destructive nature is the reason why those that aren’t seen fit to be in Heaven, are caste into the lake of Fire. As the bible states in Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE." The fire is to torment and destroy the flesh right off of a person’s body in a constant never ending cycle. Furthermore fire has predominately lead the way for dark and sinister emotions. When people think of fire they don’t think of joyous and cheerful feelings.
IX. The House of Death Floats By (pg 47) Young birds “flying a yard or two at a time and lighting” is a sign of rain later on, according to Jim’s conversation with Huck (45). The three or four foot deep flood sends houses afloat so Huck and Jim dig through them for supplies and one night, they found a dead man in the house and takes everything worthy from the house, paying no attention to the corpse. X. What Comes of Handling Snake-skin (pg 52) Jim told Huck that touching snake skin causes bad luck and Huck decides to trick Jim with a dead rattlesnake but ends up causing Jim a snake bite that takes “four days and nights” to heal.
Minos condemns Deadalus and Icarus to a Labyrinth. Being the master craftsman that Deadalus was he constructs a pair of wings out of wax and feathers, for both him and his son Icarus to escape from Labyrinth. After constructing the wings and giving them to Icarus he warns him: to not fly too close towards the sun, because the wax would melt on the wings, and send Icarus into the ocean where he would drown. Not listening to his father, Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wax melted and he fell to his horrible drowning death in the ocean. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 Montag and Icarus are similar in the sense that they both undermine the advice of others and they undermine the law.
At the beginning of the scene in the short story, we read about Nat having forgotten about something important. He then realises that the fire in the fireplace “was smouldering out”. This incident leads the birds down through the chimney into Nat’s house. DuMaurier uses olfactory imagery when Nat’s wife wakes up and tells Nat that she smells dead birds. As the passage goes on, we read about the singed feathers left behind by the birds, which adds more horror to the passage.
He is corrupted and civilized by his association with her, following which the animals in the forest reject him, but he is accepted by mankind as one of their own. In this passage Shamash elucidates the positive metamorphoses between the primitive life of the land and the civilized life of the city when Enkidu curses the prostitute. The God insists that Shamhat should not be cursed because she
This unique characteristic is rewarded with torture, expressed by the imagery and figurative language present throughout the poem. “What was thy pity’s recompense?/A silent suffering and intense;”(5-6, Byron). The use of the descriptive word “silent” represents both the way the other gods looked upon Prometheus’s sentence and the pride with which he held himself in its duration. He is viewed by Byron as a martyr of liberty, a cause that Byron was very adamant about and eventually gave his life for in the Greek War for Independence. Prometheus’s compassion for lesser mortals is juxtaposed against the natural hierarchy of his society, due to the fact that “Titans, like gods, have hitherto been the object of human attention, models of human aspiration and resentment.
He orchestrates the action so that just as we are becoming numb with horror over the deaths of young men, he modulates to a different key – the death of a cavalry horse – which is somehow more shocking and poignant. When our powers of indignation are battered, Harrison describes the wanton destruction of a peasant’s home and we feel anger again. When the noise and smell of battle overwhelm us, Harrison creates an oasis of calm, even lyricism. In one of these intervals, the soldiers are sent away from the front for a rest in a French village. They discover a stream and go swimming.
This allows the message to sink into the reader. The title of the novel is an obvious indicator to the author’s purpose which is to criticise prejudiced societies and people in the world. The mockingbird symbol is referred to by a variety of characters; from Atticus to Miss Maudie to Mr Underwood who “likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds”. Atticus’s message against harming those who have done no wrong is passed on to his son Jem who advises Scout to let a roly poly bug live “because they don’t bother you.” By doing this, Atticus exhibits that all it takes is the power of one to make a change to overcoming prejudice in people. His courage in defending ‘coloured’ Tom Robinson in a court case and enduring insults such as “nigger-lover,” helped to bring about the beginning of change in Maycomb.