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The Foreshadow in the Death of Richard III in Shakespeare - The Foreshadow in the Death of Richard III in Shakespeare Shakespeare’s tragedy of Richard III is a play where death is one of the central themes. It is therefore essential that Shakespeare makes this theme obvious to the audience even before characters die, and his primary way of doing this is through the foreshadowing of these deaths. He does this through dreams, language forms, imagery, curses, character and broken oaths. Due to these devices, the audience is already aware that certain characters will die, enabling Shakespeare to create dramatic irony....   [tags: Papers] 2060 words
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Uses of Archetype, Foreshadow, and Symbolism in One Hundred Years of Solitude - Uses of Archetype, Foreshadow, and Symbolism in One Hundred Years of Solitude Throughout all works of world literature, certain passages will have special significance to the plot progression of that novel. This key passage must provide insight upon the overall theme of that work through characterization, symbolism, and imagery. In Gabriel García Márquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, the passage selected for commentary uses the literary techniques of archetype, foreshadow, and symbolism to inform characterization....   [tags: One Hundred Years Solitude] 1355 words
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The Use of Symbolism to Foreshadow the Future in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson - The Use of Symbolism to Foreshadow the Future in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson Often authors use signs to foreshadow events that will happen in the future in their stories. For example an author might write "As he was walking down the dark eerie path dark skies began to form" . Here the writer uses a usually negative sign to foreshadow a negative future. This is the most common way for authors to foreshadow in a story, but it isn't the only way. In some instances authors use symbols to foreshadow the future of a character....   [tags: Literature Compare Contrast Symbolism] 1664 words
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King Lear: How First Scene Foreshadows - In most plays, first scene foreshadows and points out the key ideas and character interactions. Specifically, in the play King Lear, we can tell from the first act, contains powerful elements of foreshadowing that foretell the chaos and disasters that will unfold in the social and familial world of King Lear himself. In Shakespearean times, or Elizabethan times, it was expected for society to believe in the great chain of being and the love of their families. From begging scene of King Lear, we can see that this tragedy of Shakespeare starts off against the belief of Elizabethan times and foreshadows the rest of the play....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 910 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in A Tale of Two Cities - Symbolic Events - Symbolic Events in A Tale of Two Cities       Many events that take place in A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, foreshadow upcoming obstacles and give insight into the hardships of the townspeople. Symbolic events occur which describe the vengefulness of the peasants towards the aristocrats. The novel contains many events, which have symbolic value. Many of the symbols have to do with the inevitable clash between the aristocrats and peasants. These events foreshadow the war that is soon to become reality....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Three Witches - Macbeth: The Three Witches William Shakespeare has been by far the world's most popular playwright for more than 350 years. His ingenious ability as a playwright has captivated audiences and will captivate audiences for years to come. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. The specific date of his birth is not known but is celebrated on the feast of St. George, April 23. Little is known about his boyhood, but through examination it is thought that he collected a lot of his information from books and from daily observation of the world around him....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 938 words
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Venice: a lagoon city - ... The use of Venice as the setting in Mann’s work does not appear to be a co-incidence. Mann’s intention may have been to reinforce the atmosphere of atrophy and deterioration in Gustave Aschenbach’s life through the underlying character of the city. The Venice used in this novella is one infested with cholera, a pestilence that has been hidden so as to elude the otherwise inevitable public agitation. One interesting facet of the work that must be observed here is that it is this exact sentiment that is echoed in Aschenbach’s fervent belief that his implied homosexual inspiration must be kept secret....   [tags: geography, death in venice]
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Foreshadowing in A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor - In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," by Flannery O’Connor, one is struck by the unexpected violence at the end of the story. However, if one re-reads the story as second time, one will see definite signs of foreshadowing of the ending. In the course of this story, O’Connor uses strong imagery to foreshadow the people and the events in this story. There are three significant times she uses this technique. They are the description of the grandmother’s dress, the death of the family, and the conversation between the Misfit and the grandmother....   [tags: A Good Man Is Hard To Find Flannery O’Connor] 571 words
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Use of Symbols and Foreshadowing in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck chooses to use many different and unique symbols in order to help develop characters and to foreshadow upcoming events. The symbols used in this story give it a more effective message and provide a better understanding to what Steinbeck has intended to convey. He uses many different forms of symbolism, some which are objects while some are actual human relationships, in order to make the story more realistic and to give it a more insightful approach....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis] 724 words
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Macbeth: Natural Vs. Unnatural -      In different periods of time, the lives of humans and nature were thought to have a connection, and this is emphasized in William Shakespeare's play MacBeth. In this play, unnatural events in nature foreshadow bad or unnatural occurrences in the lives of humans. Through out the play, Shakespeare continuously proves this point.           When Ross said "As sparrows eagles or the hare the lion" (I.ii.35), it proves this theory. Common knowledge says that sparrows do not classify as eagles does a hare classify as a lion....   [tags: essays research papers ]
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Foreshadowing in A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor - In "A Good Man is Hard to find" by Flannery O'Connor, one is struck by the unexpected violence at the end of the story. However, if the story is read a second time, reader can see definite signs of foreshadowing that hints to the ending of the story. Through O'Connor's technique of strong imagery to foreshadow the people and the events in the story is very compelling. There are two significant times that she uses this technique. They are the description of the grandmother's dress and the graveyard....   [tags: Flannery O'Connor] 282 words
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Essay on Stage Directions in The Glass Menagerie - Importance of Stage Directions in The Glass Menagerie       In Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, stage directions are as important to the theme of the play as the dialogue itself. Detailed stage directions intensify the unrealistic setting, foreshadow and emphasize events, and develop the characters. Dim colored lighting and symbolic melodies create the unrealistic setting for the memory play. In his opening narration Tom says, "Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays]
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Alienation and Isolation Depicted in "The Lemon Orchard" and "The Third and Final Continent" - The Lemon Orchard and The Third and Final Continent are about alienation and isolation. The role of the environment and the setting in both stories is very effective and dynamic, which further enhances the impact of the theme and mood within both stories. Throughout both stories, the setting and the environment, plays a huge role and makes both stories much more convincing. The Lemon orchard is a story set in a dark isolated lemon orchard. La Guma uses the environment and the setting to symbolize the actions of the men and to foreshadow things to come....   [tags: The Third and Final Continent, The Lemon Orchard] 1095 words
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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: A Masterpiece of Figurative Language - In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the author embraces his ability to ingeniously use figurative language. Throughout the play, William Shakespeare’s writing enhances his play in numerous ways. Macbeth clearly shows how Shakespeare uses figurative language as an instrument to keep the play interesting with good writing. Using allusions, irony, and foreshadows allows the audience to enjoy the depth Shakespeare creates in his characters and improves the audience’s comprehension of the plot. William Shakespeare keenly incorporates allusions into Macbeth....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Dishonor in Antigone and Chronicle of a Death Foretold - The belief and concept of dishonor in the Greek and Colombian culture of ‘Antigone,’ by Sophocles, and ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold,’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is a deciding aspect that blinds characters moral values. It is evident that in both societies Greek and Colombian, a family or an individual without honor is an outcast to the community. As honor plays a drastic role in outlining the culture of the society. Therefore the belief that a perpetrator has brought dishonor upon the family, or community foreshadows punishment for the individual, often conveyed through death....   [tags: Greek and Colombian Culture]
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Imagery in Macbeth - ... - What, / Will these hands ne’er be clean?” (5.1.36-37). This shows how Lady Macbeth has transformed from ruthless and guiltless after Duncan’s murder to guilt-ridden, haunted by her metaphorically blood-covered hands. This is reiterated later in the same scene when Lady Macbeth says, “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” (5.1.42-43). As well as using blood imagery to symbolize guilt, Shakespeare uses it to add a foreboding sense to Macbeth....   [tags: blood, William Shakespeare, tragic hero, guilt]
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The Lottery - ... The story ends with the town’s people murdering an innocent person yet the mood created in the beginning of the story was totally different and opposite from what happened ultimately in the story. The mood created at the beginning was of summertime with flowers and joy in the town as the people were calm. The ending is very ironic as the calm people are seen committing an unlawful act of stoning an innocent person to death as she screamed without mercy. The author use symbolism in the Lottery....   [tags: literary analysis, shirley jackson]
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Passage Analysis Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written in the fourteenth century in Northern dialect by an anonymous author who was a contemporary of Chaucer. The story begins in King Arthur's court. The Green Knight, a green monster who challenges the court to a Christmas game, Sir Gawain, a brave, loyal knight of the court, and King Arthur, the lord of the court, are the main characters. Lines 279 through 365, which deal with the Christmas game, also known as the beheading game, foreshadow the Green Knight's supernatural powers, Sir Gawain's victory over the Green Knight, and his bravery and loyalty to King Arthur....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Role Of The Common Man In A Ma - In most books, small roles are never very significant, but in A Man For All Seasons one of the characters proves this wrong. The common Man is an ordinary person who the audience can relate to. This ties in with one of the main idea of the play, human nature. The audience learns that the Common Man can jump into different roles and assume that characters identity. The roles he plays although modest, are still very important to the development of the plot. The speeches that he delivers help keep the audience informed on past events and upcoming conflicts....   [tags: essays research papers] 852 words
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Characters and Their Weaknesses - ... The blooming flower is indicative of their growing love, especially Juliet. Being her first experience of true love, her actions become more rash the deeper she falls in, even if she is aware of the consequences. As the flower blooms, so does Juliet’s realization and strength of her love for Romeo. The next meeting is their wedding, where Juliet is taken away by the most powerful of emotions, she becomes fully acceptant of the consequences, and does not think about them any more. As a result of it being unadvised and sudden, the strength of her love quickly develops into one that cannot be broken, leading to tragedy....   [tags: Shakespeare, Character Analysis] 806 words
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The Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth    Shakespeare’s Macbeth has many supernatural actions. Although all of supernatural do not have exactly same role in the play, the main purposes of supernatural are to attract the attention from audience [manipulation], to foreshadow future events, to show the characteristics of individual, and to connect the idea with theme. In the play, the supernatural occurs: witchesí appearance throughout the story, the strange behavior of Macbeth after the murderer of King Duncan, the situation of nature in Scotland, appearance of Banquoís ghost and imagination of dagger which was flying in the air....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 601 words
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Use of Weather in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Use of Weather in Jane Eyre In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, good weather is Bronte’s tool to foreshadow positive events or moods and poor weather is her tool for setting the tone for negative events or moods. This technique is exercised throughout the entire novel, alerting the readers of the upcoming atmosphere. In the novel, Jane’s mood is, to a degree, determined by the weather mentioned. For example, after Jane was publicly and falsely accused of being a liar by Mr. Brocklehurst, an upcoming positive event was predicted when Jane described her surroundings, “Some heavy clouds swept from the sky by a rising wind, had left the moon bare; and her light streaming in through a window near, shone full both on us and on the approaching figure, which we at once recognize as Miss Temple” (62)....   [tags: Jane Eyre Essays] 557 words
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Analysis of Narrative Perspective in the Lottery - "The Lottery" utilizes an objective third-person perspective to create suspense and foreshadow the ending. It begins by introducing a village and its people on a "clear and sunny" morning, "with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day" (NA, 781), with people finishing their tasks in order to gather for an annual town lottery. The narrator describes the community in a manner similar to that of an observant visitor. When the children leave school for the summer, with the boys gathering stones and the girls talking aside them, the reader is comforted by the light-hearted atmosphere of the village....   [tags: American Literature] 451 words
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Samson, Gregory, and the Herdsmen in Romeo and Juliet and Caius Marius - Samson, Gregory, and the Herdsmen in Romeo and Juliet and Caius Marius Throughout Shakespeare’s plays, there are minor characters that often occur for only one scene. These characters have a short dialogue which seems rather meaningless to the play; however, these dialogues usually foreshadow or summarize events and themes of the play. Although they have little effect on the movement of the play, they give insight into the underlying themes of the play. Comparing these minor characters and their scenes in three different versions of Romeo and Juliet (the Shakepeare edition, the Garrick edition, and Otway’s adaptation, Caius Marius) show the differences in the focus of each version....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Foreshadowing the Homecoming - The Odyssey: Foreshadowing the Homecoming The majority of the Odyssey is an account of Odysseus’ adventures trying to reach his homeland of Ithaka. Several of these adventures are false homecomings, the most prominent of which is his imprisonment on Kalypso’s island. This false homecoming is strikingly different from what one would expect of Odysseus’ real homecoming, but similar enough for parallels to be drawn between the two. Homer uses this false homecoming to foreshadow Odysseus’ true homecoming....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 861 words
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Importance of Setting in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery - Importance of Setting in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery        The setting in the beginning of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity.  The image portrayed by the author is that of a typical town on a normal summer day.  Shirley Jackson uses this setting to foreshadow an ironic ending.        First, Jackson begins by establishing the setting.  She tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the story takes place.  This is important to get the reader to focus on what a typical day it is in this small town.  The time of day is set in the morning and the time of year is early summer....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Lottery Essays]
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Irony of The Setting in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Irony of The Setting in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson The setting set forth by Shirley Jackson in the beginning of The Lottery creates a mood of peacefulness and tranquillity. This setting also creates an image in the mind of the reader, the image of a typical town on a normal summer day. Furthermore, Shirley Jackson uses the setting in The Lottery to foreshadow an ironic ending. First, Shirley Jackson begins The Lottery by establishing the setting. To begin, she tells the reader what time of day and what time of year the story takes place....   [tags: Lottery Shirley Jackson Essays] 1111 words
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Lord Of The Flies - Setting is the physical environment in which action occurs. It is a common literary element of every story. However, when it is used eloquently, it can be seen as brilliant device that aids in the development of a story. In the novel Lord of the Flies, the author, William Golding, focuses on depicting his setting in great detail. Throughout the novel, he utilizes the setting to motivate character behavior, foreshadow events that will take place, and also to represent the values held by the characters....   [tags: essays research papers] 802 words
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An Essay on The Landlady by Roald Dahl - The Landlady by Roald Dahl In the short story “The Landlady,” Roald Dahl’s use of foreshadowing prepared readers well for the end of the story. He used hints such as describing the outside of the bed and breakfast, giving details of the entry and the bedroom, and also telling the readers about the living room. To begin, Dahl used the outside of the bed and breakfast as a use of foreshadowing. The sign was described to be distinctive. It was portrayed to be luring the boy inside....   [tags: The Landlady by Roald Dahl] 500 words
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Faulkner's Use of Foreshadowing in A Rose For Emily - In William Faulkner’s short story A Rose for Emily the order of events, though ordered un-chronologically, still contains extensive uses of foreshadowing. Faulkner Foreshadows Emily’s inability to perceive death as finality, Homer Baron’s death, and the fact that she [Emily] is hoarding Homers dead body. Faulkner also uses precise detailing and dynamic repetition in certain areas that contain foreshadowing, to grasp the reader’s attention. At the beginning of the short story, Faulkner does not elude too much to the coming events in the story....   [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner] 777 words
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Character Analysis: Stew - Mary Gaitskill uses a third person perspective, along with crafty diction and insightful allusions to keep her reader’s in suspense through her piece of “Tiny, Smiling Daddy”. It is with these tools that Gaitskill is able to slowly change our perceptions of the narrator from likeable to confusion and ultimately ending in dislike. “Tiny, Smiling Daddy” is told in the third person limited point of view through the father, Stew. This point of view is vital to our understanding of events, in that the progression of the story evolves only through Stew’s recollection of memories giving a very limited perspective....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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The Meteorologist Metaphor - The Meteorologist Metaphor Jane Eyre is a novel filled with rich metaphors and foreshadowing that is as detailed as the characters that make up the pages. These metaphors are used to create imagery; but more importantly, Charlotte Bronte makes use of reoccurring metaphors that come together to form themes and symbolism. Think of the novel as a Jello mold. A Jello mold becomes much more interesting and tasty if it has random fruits scattered throughout trapped within the sweet gelatin. These fruits do for the Jello, what metaphors do for a novel....   [tags: essays research papers] 720 words
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Commentary on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - This passage comes from the first chapter of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Huckleberry is explaining how life is with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. He is describing one evening at his new home in their company. This section serves to characterize the two ladies, to foreshadow some events that will happen later in the novel, to create a mood of death, to reinforce the theme of death and rebirth, and to characterize Huckleberry. At the beginning of the passage, Huck describes Miss Watson as a deeply religious person....   [tags: essays research papers] 875 words
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Painting a Portrait of Death - “Painting a Portrait of Death” Death is inevitable to all forms of life. In giving birth to a typical family, Flannery O’Connor immediately sets the tone for their deaths, in the story, A Good Man is Hard To Find. O'Connor’s play on words, symbolism and foreshadowing slowly paves the way for the family’s death. O'Connor begins to paint the image of death with her presentation of the grandmother. As the family prepares for their adventure the grandmother carefully selects her attire. “A navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Awakening - Throughout The Awakening, Kate Chopin conveys her ideas by using carefully crafted symbols that reflect her characters' thoughts and futures. One of the most important of these symbols, the bird, appears constantly, interwoven in the story to provide an insight to the condition of Edna's and her struggle. At each of the three stages of her struggle, birds foreshadow her actions and emphasize the actions' importance while the birds' physical state provides an accurate measure of that of Edna's....   [tags: essays research papers] 859 words
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The Sounds of "Rebel Without a Cause" - Director Nicholas Ray was lucky to have a talented composer create an original score for Rebel Without A Cause. Leonard Rosenman was born in 1924 and studied music in New York and Europe. His work as a film composer and arranger is very traditional, and has been regarded by some music critics as "insignificant." However, Rosenman received Academy Awards and Oscar nominations for his work. Along with film scores, Rosenman wrote theme music and scores for numerous television shows. The score in Rebel Without A Cause is much like another film starring James Dean, East of Eden....   [tags: Film] 913 words
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Foreshadowing in Kate Chopin's The Storm - Foreshadowing in The Storm Effectively using foreshadowing in a piece of literature enhances the reader's curiosity. One clear example of such usage is seen in Kate Chopin's writing. Her use of foreshadowing in the short story "The Storm" adds an element of intrigue, holding the reader's interest throughout. In this story a father and son, Bobinôt and Bibi, are forced to remain in the store where they were shopping, waiting for an approaching storm to pass. Meanwhile, the wife and mother, Calixta, remaining at home, receives an unexpected visit from a former lover of hers, Alcée....   [tags: Chopin Storm Essays] 1069 words
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The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Setting - In the short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher," by Edgar Allen Poe, setting is used extensively to do many things. The author uses it to convey ideas, effects, and images. It establishes a mood and foreshadows future events. Poe communicates truths about the character through setting. Symbols are also used throughout to help understand the theme through the setting.Poe uses the setting to create an atmosphere in the reader's mind. He chose every word in every sentence carefully to create a gloomy mood....   [tags: essays research papers] 709 words
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Tennessee Williams' Use of Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams' Use of Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire Many playwrights use the technique of symbolism in their plays because it adds to the dramatic impact and allows the playwright to give the audience a deeper understanding of the play on a different level; this makes the play more interesting. Symbolism can be used to add tension to a scene, to foreshadow certain events in a play or even to give us a deeper understanding of a character. In "A Streetcar Named Desire" the author Williams uses a numerous amount of symbols to create all of these effects....   [tags: Papers] 1207 words
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Unraveling of Myths in Porter’s Old Mortality - Unraveling of Myths in Porter’s Old Mortality “There was a kind of faded merriment in the background, with its vase of flowers and its draped velvet curtains, the kind of case and the kind of curtains that no one would have any more. The clothes were not even romantic-looking, bur merely most terribly out of fashion, and the whole affair was associated, in the minds of the little girls, with dead things: the smell of Grandmother’s medicated cigarettes and her furniture that smelled of beeswax, and her old-fashioned perfume, Orange Flower....   [tags: Porter’s Old Mortality] 484 words
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Essay on the Structure of William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily - The Structure of A Rose for Emily   William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is a story that uses flashbacks to foreshadow a surprise ending. The story begins with the death of a prominent old woman, Emily, and finishes with the startling discovery that Emily as been sleeping with the corpse of her lover, whom she murdered, for the past forty years. The middle of the story is told in flashbacks by a narrator who seems to represent the collective memory of an entire town. Within these flashbacks, which jump in time from ten years past to forty years past, are hidden clues which prepare the reader for the unexpected ending, such as hints of Emily's insanity, her odd behavior concerning the deaths of loved ones, and the evidence that the murder took place....   [tags: A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner]
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Lord Of The Flies - Character - Viewing the Text from a Different Perspective Many times in novels the elements of setting, mood and tone are used to extend beyond the words in a text and elaborate the reader’s mind into imagining the actual events taking place. In the classic novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding utilizes the setting, mood and tone in great detail to reflect how the characters think, act and feel. Upon a desolate tropical island, a group of boys of different characteristics get marooned when their plane crashes....   [tags: essays research papers] 648 words
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The Setting of The Cask of Amontillado - The Setting of The Cask of Amontillado An important element in any story is setting. Authors use setting to convey certain feelings brought on by the character’s surroundings. It also subliminally serves to illustrate the character’s intentions. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe uses the dark, imposing setting to do just that, communicate the underlying theme of the story, being death, revenge and deception. Poe begins setting the tone of the story by describing the gloomy and threatening vaults beneath Montressor’s home....   [tags: Papers Poe Essays] 546 words
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The Tone Of Bright And Morning Star - Under Communist rule, everyone is equal by law. That's why during the 1920 to the 1950's, African Americans flocked to join the party. Included in the flock of black Communists was the renowned black author, Richard Wright, whose works are today known for their dark portrayal of black Communist life. A critic summarizes the influence on his stories: "As a poor black child growing up in the deep South, Richard Wright suffered poverty, hunger, racism and violence... experiences that later became central themes of his work" ("Richard Wright" 1)....   [tags: Richard Wright] 1992 words
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Symbolism in "The Lottery" - To a first time reader, Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” seems simply as a curious tale with a shocking ending. After repetitive reading of Jackson's tale, it is clear that each sentence is written with a unique purpose often using symbolism. Her use of symbols not only foreshadow its surprise and disturbing ending but allows the reader to evaluate the community's pervert traditional rituals. She may be commenting on the season of the year and the grass being “richly green” or the toying with the meanings of the character's names but each statement applies to the meaning and lesson behind her story....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 806 words
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Grapes of Wrath - Many critics have argued the Christian symbolism in the Grapes of Wrath many times. What they haven’t looked at in the formalist perspective is that Steinbeck didn’t want us to only see the Christian meaning in the book but also the spiritual meanings too. Anyone can point out the connections to Grapes of Wrath and the Bible but John Steinbeck didn’t want us to only see those, he wanted to take us on a spiritual journey to be able to come to the realization that Christianity is not only about going through the motions like going to church, praying, and reading the Bible, but it is okay to think and question to start a fire within us like Tom Joad finds at the end of the book before he leaves his family....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck ] 2667 words
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Goldsworthy and Koons: Sculpture and Senses - Goldsworthy provokes the audience to “look beneath the surface of things” by exploring his connection with the environment using materials from nature to convey his ideas. The earth artist utilises found tools and objects from the natural world to execute his ideas and intentions. He incorporates the “lifeblood of nature” through the notions of movement, change, light, growth, and decay. The sculpture, Rowan Leaves and Hole offers an insight into the beauty of nature encapsulated by fragile leaves, and the strong gradation of colour that depicts notions of growth and decay....   [tags: Art] 945 words
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Literary Elements Used in Mackinlay Kantor's A Man Who Had No Eyes - “A Man Who Had No Eyes” by Mackinlay Kantor is a short story full of twists and suprises that contains three elements of literature, flashback, foreshadow, and character. These elements fill the story with excitement and bring the story to a higher, more advanced level that is more enjoyable for the one reading. To begin with, flashback takes a major role in this story, informing the reader of past events that were unknown by breaking the plot of a story in order to inform of a previous event. The beggar had a flashback to the day he became blind....   [tags: literary analysis, literary techniques] 717 words
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