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Biblical Allusions in Melville's Moby Dick - In The Town-Ho’s Story, Melville uses many different types of figurative devices to describe the relationship between Steelkilt and Radney. Radney is known and described as the inferior, yet higher ranked, mate, while Steelkilt is described as the more respectable, but lower ranked mate. Melville faintly, yet noticeably relates Moby Dick as a God and Steelkilt as Jesus. Such clever biblical allusions accurately describe Moby Dick and Steelkilt and although Melville does not give any biblical significance to Radney, the readers can still clearly visualize Radney’s character....   [tags: Biblical Allusions, Melville, Moby Dick,] 689 words
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The Two-Tiered System of Allusions - In Hollywood today, most films can be categorized according to the genre system. There are action films, horror flicks, Westerns, comedies and the likes. On a broader scope, films are often separated into two categories: Hollywood films, and independent or foreign ‘art house’ films. Yet, this outlook, albeit superficial, was how many viewed films. Celebrity-packed blockbusters filled with action and drama, with the use of seamless top-of-the-line digital editing and special effects were considered ‘Hollywood films’....   [tags: essays research papers] 1605 words
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Allusions In Invisible Man - Allusions in Invisible Man Invisible Man, written with ingenuity by Ralph Waldo Ellison, is a masterpiece by itself, but it also intertwines into every page one or more allusions to previously written masterpieces. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, and whether it was Ellison who incorporated the works into his own or others who incorporated his work into their own, it makes for a brilliant piece of literature. Ellison defines the character of the Invisible Man through literary, Biblical, and historical allusions....   [tags: essays research papers] 1581 words
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Grapes Of Wrath Biblical Allusions - John Steinbeck carefully molded his story The Grapes of Wrath to encompass many themes and ideas. He included several Biblical allusions to enforce his message of the migrating families coming together to form a community. Steinbeck alludes to Biblical characters through Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon, events like the family’s journey to California and the flood at the end of the novel, and teachings throughout the novel.      The Biblical allusions represented by the characters in the novel are most obvious in the characters of Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon....   [tags: John Steinbeck Bible Religion essays papers]
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Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies - Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies In the story, Lord of the Flies, there are many biblical allusions; Simon represents Jesus, the pig’s head represents Satan or rather their satanic sides, Jack represents Judas, and the island represents the Garden of Eden. Through out this novel these allusions play large parts in the story and ideals place in the story. Simon, one of the major characters in the story, is set as the allusion of Jesus. Christ always had an affinity with children; in Ch. 4, he shows his way with the ‘littluns’ by picking fruit for them....   [tags: Lord of the Flies] 730 words
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Biblical Allusions to The Grapes of Wrath - Biblical Allusions to The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902. He studied marine biology at Stanford University and then traveled east on a freighter through the Panama Canal. Steinbeck went to New York to work as a newspaper reporter but soon returned to California and held a variety of jobs while he wrote. Steinbeck published Tortilla Flat in 1935, Of Mice and Men in 1937, and The Red Pony in 1937, which established his reputation as a forceful writer....   [tags: Papers] 1466 words
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Allusions to the Brave New World - Allusions to the Brave New World 1. Ford Henry Ford (1863-1947) revolutionized the automobile industry with the assembly line method of production, which proved very successful for 15 million Model Ts were sold. Humans were similarly produced in the Brave New World where the embryos passed along a conveyor belt while a worker or machine would have a specific task dealing with the specimen. Again, this assembly line method proved very successful. 2. Lenina Vladmir Lenin (1870-1924) founded the communist party in Russia and the world’s first communist dictatorship....   [tags: Industrialization Science American History Essays] 1315 words
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Death in Venice: Timeless Psychoanalysis through Greek Allusions - ... However, Alfred takes Aschenbach’s music and displays how chaos can create music, as it is all based on interpretation, thus the senses – the sensual being a characteristic of the Dionysian myth. As we know, through Tadzio, Aschenbach loses “control” of his reasonable mien, and falls down the path of the sensual, impulsive, and irrational in his pursuit of beauty, thus following the path of Dionysus. In the film we see this through the acting of Dirk Bogarde, the film’s Aschenbach, as he becomes more and more harried and unkempt the further along the story, and his “pursuit” of Tadzio goes, he has been “negligent” as the barber states, much different than the initially proper, well dressed, and orderly Aschenbach from the beginning of the film....   [tags: Literature]
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Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick - Biblical and Mythological Allusions in Moby Dick An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art. Writers often use biblical and mythological allusions to which their readers are familiar. In Moby Dick, Herman Melville frequently uses biblical and mythological allusions. With these allusions the reader begins to understand the topic of discussion and is also exposed to the wisdom and knowledge Melville possess. The first allusion appears in the first line of the novel....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 614 words
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Symbols, Symbolism, and Allusions in The Stranger (The Outsider) - Symbolism and Allusions in The Stranger " That's all for today, Monsieur Antichrist." " Specking very quickly and passionately, he told me that he believed in God, that it was his conviction that no man was so guilty that God would not forgive him, but in order for that to happened a man must repent and in so doing become like a child whose heart is open and ready to embrace all". A. The people in this short quote is Monsieur as the judge is talking to him. The judge don't think Monsieur believe in Jesus because Monsieur is always talking about how he does not care about anything and he rather just be in jail where he belongs....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 858 words
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Use of Allusions in Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress - The speaker in Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress'; is a man who is addressing a silent listener, who happens to be his mistress. In this dramatic monologue the speaker tries to explain his feelings to his mistress. The speaker uses many allusions to empires and other objects, events and ideas that are not directly related to his feelings, in order to explain how he feels. He uses these allusions to exaggerate his feelings in order to clearly show them. After reading over the poem once, you get a sense of what the speaker is feeling....   [tags: Andrew Marvell To His Coy Mistress] 545 words
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman's Tale - The Canterbury Tales, - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman’s Tale There is no doubting Chaucer’s mastery at paroemia; that his adaptations of his many and varied sources transcended their roots is attested by the fact that, unlike many of his contemporaries or authorities, his works have not “passen as dooth a shadwe upon the wal”[1]. Yet while his skill as a medieval author is undisputed, the extent of his subtlety is not always fully appreciated. In The Canterbury Tales, for instance, while some tales were rapid in drawing academic interest and scholarly interpretations, others were quickly dismissed as ribald tales, as simple fabliaux hardly worthy of more than a cursory examination....   [tags: Chaucer Shipman's Tale Essays]
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Powerful Theme and Allusions to Sex in Anderson's Womanhood - Powerful Theme and Allusions to Sex in Anderson's Womanhood   Catherine Anderson's poem "Womanhood" tells about a young girl and her transition to womanhood.  In this intricately woven poem the reader will learn very little about the girl.  Neither she nor her mother are ever named, and no information is given about them or their family life.  What the reader does discover is what lies ahead for her as she begins her first day sewing rugs.  The poem begins a few moments before she enters the gates of the sweatshop that symbolizes her entry into womanhood.  Anderson uses metaphor within this poem to dramatize the difference in what lies ahead for her.  She should be looking forward to a bright and cheerful future, instead, she is faced with the drudgery of a life working in a sweatshop sewing rugs.  Anderson has woven this poem together so there is a link created between the first and second stanzas of the poem.  Each line in the first stanza, describing the carefree attitude of the young girl correlates with a line in the second stanza illustrating how her life will be far different after she enters the gates of the factory and womanhood.              Within this poem there are many references or allusions to sex.  Most women are considered to have entered womanhood when they have their first sexual experience with a man.  Anderson plays up this aspect of becoming a woman in the poem to symbolize the girl's losing her innocence and youth to work in the sweatshop.  In essence, she is losing her virginity to that same sweatshop.  The first of these allusions to sex is in the opening lines of the poem; "she slides over/the hot upholstery" (1,2).  The young girl is described as sliding over hot upholstery, like girls sometimes do to snuggle up next to their boyfriends when driving a car.  This verse can also be seen as a metaphor for the hot young skin of a beautiful young girl.  Another example of these references is when Anderson describes the girl  as "loves humming & swaying to the music" (5).  This can be seen as the act of sexual intercourse itself.  The rhythmic swaying of bodies can be seen as little else especially when paired with line 25, "rocking back and forth"(25).  This is further emphasized by Anderson by her use of the ampersand signs (&) which she only uses in these two lines.  Finally, the young girl's becoming a woman will be similar to the other girls, by having "a cigarette and a joke"(9).  Many couples engage in this ritual of lighting up a cigarette after having sex.  These allusions to sex illustrate how unnatural the coming transition will be when she begins work in the factory.  Starting this factory job should not be how her society decrees she has become a woman....   [tags: Anderson Womanhood Essays] 1327 words
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Roman Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Roman Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre The references to Roman figures in Jane Eyre are few but very effective. Charlotte Bronte uses allusions to Nero, Caligula, and Messalina that on the surface appear to be quite simple. However, with further investigation and analysis, it is very clear these simple references are anything but. The first Roman allusion occurs in chapter one in reference to John Reed. Comparing him to Nero and Caligula serves many functions. First, it illustrates just how cruel he is in the eyes of Jane....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre]
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Allusions and References in Walden to the Greek God Antaeus - Allusions and References in Walden to the Greek God Antaeus Like many great authors, both past and present, Henry David Thoreau uses literary techniques not limited to Greek mythological allusions. Throughout his masterpiece, Walden, mythological allusions are made from his ideas of life and his thoughts about his present state of the environment. Thoreau uses a mythological allusion when he states that, “They [the beans] attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus.” (Thoreau, 1849) Although Thoreau wrote Walden many centuries after the Greek civilization had been wiped out, the historical use of strength as exemplified in the myth of Antaeus drives many themes throughout Walden....   [tags: Papers] 635 words
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Biblical Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - Biblical Allusions in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre One Sunday evening, shortly after Jane arrives at Lowood School, she is forced to recite the sixth chapter of St. Matthew as part of the daily lesson (70; ch. 7). This chapter in Matthew states, Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat. or, What shall we drink or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed. / (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. / But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you....   [tags: Jane Eyre]
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Melville shows anger at Christianity through biblical allusions in Moby Dick - ... He only boards the Pequod to "gr[o]w merry again" in an attempt to add some adventure to his lackluster life (38). Throughout Moby Dick, the other sailors treat him as an outcast because of his lack of sea knowledge. Through it all, Ishmael displays unwavering faith when he downplays the dangers of whaling. When he says his “body is but the lees of my better being," he believes no physical harm can injure his soul (39). The salvation of his immortal soul is all that matters. The Ishmael of the Bible shares parallels with the one in Moby Dick....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Eluded Socialist Allusions within Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath - Eluded Socialist Allusions within Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath Imagine awaking to the first rays of dawn, finding yourself lying on a tattered scrap of cardboard beneath a highway overpass. Your empty stomach churns with numbing hunger and you know today will be yet another listless scramble for survival. Homeless, jobless, and hungry, you glare with fervent jealousy at those clothed, groomed, and pompous passers-by grasping their purses and wallets tightly when they catch sight of you. Ashamed and enraged, you feel cheated and wonder how it is possible for such financial diversity to exist within the same city....   [tags: essays papers] 895 words
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Free College Essays - Tone, Allusions and Diction in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Use of Tone, Allusions and Diction Puritans are well known for their morality in discipline, religious intolerance, and harsh punishments for those defying their beliefs. These Puritan influences had a great impact on early American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne provides an illustrated look into the Puritans and their community in his classic The Scarlet Letter. Through Hawthorne's use of tone, allusions with Hester and Dimmesdale, and the diction that is used to describe how the village behaves during the multiple scaffold scenes he provides a disapproval for these rigid moralists' extreme way of life....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 509 words
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Biblical Allusions in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby -      The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a world lost to superficiality and greed. Falsehood and deception are the currency which fuels the characters in the novel. Dwelling in this fallen world, Fitzgerald has placed a fallen god. Gatsby is bathed in descriptions that identify him as the Son of God. Fitzgerald makes a conscious effort to clothe this character with imagery and actions to make him the patron deity of this fallen world, but Gatsby is too much enveloped by his surroundings to save them and is consumed in the attempt....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Closely Examines Shakespeare's Use of Classical Allusions to Violent Death in Hamlet - One of the most striking classical references in Hamlet is to the fall of Troy and the death of its king, Priam. Hamlet wishes the player to recite a speech he .".cheifly loved..." and recites the first thirteen lines for him. Within the first five lines of this speech the audience is bombarded with images of darkness, ."..sable...black...night...ominous...dread...black...dismal..." . Hamlet describes .".Hellish Pyrrhus..." raging through Troy looking for the King. Pyrrhus is a symbol of brutal revenge....   [tags: European Literature] 1223 words
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Symbolism and Allusion - Symbolism and Allusion What major symbols are used. How appropriate is each symbol in its respective poem. How do the poets use the symbols to focus on the problems they present in their poems. Allusions and symbols are critical components of an interesting and understandable poem. Poets rely heavily on them because of the need to economize their words. Poems don't waste words on detailed explanations in order to be understood. They rely instead on the reader to use his own process for interpreting and connecting to the meaning, whether or not he understands the allusions or symbolism....   [tags: Papers] 986 words
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Biblical Allusion - “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) The fall of man- it’s a common topic all throughout the Bible. Many allusions to this familiar Biblical theme are made in the war-time novel, A Separate Peace, by American author John Knowles. In this work, Knowles relates many of his experiences as a teenage boy attending boarding school during World War Two. He uses Biblical allusions to reveal much about human nature. In Genesis 4:3-5 the Bible says, “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord....   [tags: essays research papers] 1780 words
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The Handmaid's Tale as a Biblical Allusion - The Handmaid's Tale: A Biblical Allusion Imagine a country where choice is not a choice.  One is labeled by their age and economical status.  The deep red cloaks, the blue embroidered dresses, and the pinstriped attire are all uniforms to define a person's standing in society.  To be judged, not by beauty or personality or talents, but by the ability to procreate instead. To not believe in the Puritan religion is certain death.  To read or write is to die.  This definition is found to be true in the book, The Handmaid's Tale (1986) by Margaret Atwood....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]
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Carl Sandburg's Use of Allusion in Grass - Carl Sandburg's Use of Allusion in "Grass" Carl Sandburg's short poem "Grass" represents a metaphor for the disguise of history. The persona tells how histories that have taken place are sooner or later disregarded. The persona tells that the histories should not be disregarded, but be left the way it is as cited in the poem "I am the grass .Let me work." People should notice the events that took place and learn from their mistakes and be better people. The places that are mentioned in the poem are allusions....   [tags: Poetry Sandburg Poem Grass Essays] 556 words
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Use of Allusion and Symbolism in Edward Scissorhands - Use of Allusion and Symbolism in Edward Scissorhands Nothing just happens in film. Directors all make certain choices in production in order to invite a particular response from the audience. The film, Edward Scissorhands is based around the introduction of a social outcast into a community and his attempts at acceptance. Although at first he is accepted whole heartedly and somewhat smothered, he later learns that despite how human he is, he cannot co-exist in the same world due to his differences....   [tags: Papers] 694 words
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BIBLICAL ALLUSION IN CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY - The use of Biblical allusions and references is evident in Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country. Against the backdrop of South Africa's racial and cultural problems, massive enforced segregation, similarly enforced economic inequality, Alan Paton uses these references as way to preserve his faith for the struggling country. By incorporating Biblical references into his novel, one can see that Alan Paton is a religious man and feels that faith will give hope to his beloved country. Throughout the entire novel, Alan Paton continuously uses references to the bible and while some are not very apparent, most of them are considerable evident....   [tags: essays research papers] 1100 words
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Literary Allusion in Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day - Literary Allusion in Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day       Gloria Naylor has endeavored to overcome the obstacles that accompany being an African-American woman writer.  In her first three novels, The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day, Naylor succeeds not only in blurring the boundary between ethnic writing and classical writing, but she makes it her goal to incorporate the lives of African-Americans into an art form with universal appeal.  Gloria Naylor explains this struggle by stating, "The writers I had been taught to love were either male or white.  And who was I to argue that Ellison, Austen, Dickens, the Brontes, Baldwin and Faulkner weren't masters?  They were and are.  But inside there was still the faintest whisper: Was there no one telling my story?" (qtd....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Symbol, Allusion, and Myth in Irving Layton's Rhine Boat Trip - Symbol, Allusion, and Myth in Irving Layton's Rhine Boat Trip        "...haunted/by the ghosts of Jewish mothers/looking for their ghostly Children" (Layton). Though physical evidence of the Holocaust is now slightly limited, as time tends to destroy the tangible, the cry for justice and the remembrance of systematic genocide by a sadistic people enacting ignorant dogma will ring indefinitely throughout the world. Humanity will always be guilty of the atrocities that it instigates. Irving Layton, in his poem, Rhine Boat Trip, depicts the eternal evidence of the Nazi Crime, a stain of culpability that is reducible from all who have witnessed it....   [tags: Rhine Boat Trip Essays] 880 words
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The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Imagery, Literary Allusion, Structure - The Love Song That was Never Sung A love song or a profession of love usually includes a culminating point where the suitor finally professes his love toward the woman. However T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is almost a guide on how to dissuade oneself from professing love to a woman. It does this by combining several different poetic methods to display a situation of desperation and trapped isolation. Basically, Alfred is clear on the fact that he wants to be a part of this woman’s –whom he loves- life, but he cannot bring himself to the complete the act, to say “I love you.” The poem itself consists of all of the reasons, going through Alfred’s head, why he should not profess his love....   [tags: essays research papers] 1064 words
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The Holy Bible as a Sustained Allusion - The Bible as a Sustained Allusion The Bible is a sustained allusion throughout the course of East of Eden, paralleling with the eternal story of Cain and Abel. According to the Bible, Cain is the "tiller of the ground" (Genesis 4:2). Caleb Trask, a farmer at heart, made a vast amount of money by selling beans. Upon presenting Adam with his present of fifteen thousand dollars, Adam not only discarded the gift, but caused Cal pain by comparing him to his godly brother, Aron, who graduated high school and started college at an early age....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays] 1495 words
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Grapes Of Wrath - Allusion - Text: "He held the apple box against his chest. And then he leaned over and set the box in the stream and steadied it with his hand. He said fiercely, "Go down an' tell 'em. Go down in the street an' rot an' tell 'em that way....Maybe they'll know then." He guided the box gently out into the current and let it go" (493). "I figgered, 'maybe it's all men an' all women we love; maybe that's the Holy Sperit- the human sperit-the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever'body's a part of.' Now I sat there thinkin' it, an' all of a suddent- I knew it....   [tags: essays research papers] 449 words
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The Biblical Allusion of Lot's Wife in "Slaughterhouse-Five" - Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five, uses the biblical allusion of Lot’s wife looking back on the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to parallel the story of Billy Pilgrim during the war and his experience after, when he returns to the United States. Although the reference is brief, it has profound implications to the portrayal of America during World War II, especially the bombing of Dresden. Although Lot’s wife’s action dooms her to turn into a pillar of salt, the narrator emphasizes her choice to indicate the importance of being compassionate and having hindsight....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1998 words
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Steinbeck's Biblical Allusion in The Grapes of Wrath - Biblical Allusion in The Grapes of Wrath A popular literary technique that can be found in a number of literary works is the biblical allusion.  John Steinbeck perfects this technique in his novel The Grapes of Wrath by introducing a character who is symbolic of Jesus Christ.  This character, Jim Casy, not only shares initials with this biblical figure, but he also grows thoughout the novel as a speaker, a mediator, an organizer, and, most remarkably, a martyr. At the advent of the novel, Jim Casy is quick to protest that he is no longer a preacher.  Nevertheless, evidence of his innate speaking ability is brought forth when he explains his thoughts and ideas to Tom.  For example, Casy remarks that “maybe there’s jus one but soul an everyone’s a part of it,” immediately foreshadowing his future decision to unite with other migrant workers.  Casy’s allusion to Jesus Christ serves as the force behind Tom’s character as it changes throughout the novel from self-absorbed to one who thinks about the future and what he can do to help.  Also, Casy utilizes his organizational skills when he unites some of his fellow “reds”, and they discuss the changes that need to be made.  In this very scene of the novel, deputies begin to harass the men and Casy cries out, “You don’t know what you’re doing.  You’re helpin’ to starve children.”  This is the final stage of Casy’s symbolism to Jesus  he is killed while preaching what he believes and therefore becomes a martyr for all the migrant workers....   [tags: The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck] 432 words
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Symbolism and Allusion in Maya Angelou's My Arkansas - Symbolism and Allusion in Maya Angelou's "My Arkansas" "There is a deep brooding/ in Arkansas." Arkansas is stuck in the past, its memories of hatred and crime from ante-bellum days hindering the progression towards Civil Rights. Maya Angelou's poem of the struggle to a new wave of equality uses both general symbolism and historical allusion to make its theme clear to the reader. The poem uses general symbolism in nature, in time, and historical allusion to make the theme clear in a concise but vibrant poem....   [tags: Maya Angelou My Arkansas] 808 words
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Symbolism and Allusion in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Symbolism and Allusion in Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers In Langston Hughes' poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", he examines some of the roles that blacks have played throughout history. Ultimately, the poem asserts that in every one of these aspects the black people have been exploited and made to suffer, mostly at the hands of white people. The poem is written entirely in first person, so there is a very personal tone, even though the speaker symbolizes the entire black race. The examples of each role cited in the poem are very specific, but they allude to greater indignities, relying on the readers' general knowledge of world history....   [tags: Negro Speaks Rivers Langston Hughes Essays]
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Image and Allusion In Because I Could Not Stop For Death - Image and Allusion In Because I Could Not Stop For Death Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” provides a wealth of language that serves to give the reader a deeper and more intricate picture of what is occurring in the poem by utilizing powerful images. The reader may garner a heightened level of understanding about the poem by examining these figures of speech and how they function within the poetry. In the first two lines of Dickinson’s poem, she uses language that sets the mood of the poem: “Because I could not stop for Death- / He kindly stopped for me” (1-2)....   [tags: essays papers] 814 words
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Symbolism and Allusion in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - Symbolism and Allusion in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot are representative works of two separate movements in literature: Modernism and Post-Modernism. Defining both movements in their entirety, or arguing whether either work is truly representative of the classifications of Modernism and Post-Modernism, is not the purpose of this paper; rather, the purpose is to carefully evaluate how both works, in the context of both works being representative of their respective traditions, employ the use of symbolism and allusion....   [tags: Woolf Beckett Godot Woolf Symbolism Essays]
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Biblical Allusion in Joyce Carol Oates' Story "Where are You Going? Where Have You Been?" - Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where are you going. Where have you been?" 'runneth over' with Biblical allusion and symbolism. The symbols of Arnold Friend, his disguise, and the music that runs through the story contribute to an overall feeling of devilishness, deception, and unease. The depiction of Arnold Friend runs parallel to the common conception of the Devil. Many aspects of his outward appearance, as well as his behavior, contribute to this by portraying him in a sinister manner. His nose is "long and hawklike" and he has a "slippery smile." His "greasy" boots don't fit him right, "as if his feet [don't] go all the way down." The stereotypical Beelzebub is often seen with hooves....   [tags: Bible, Literary Analysis] 1064 words
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Love: The Great Equalizer in Midsummer Night’s Dream - ... However, when Helena enters and converses with the star-crossed lovers she makes no mention of mythology as she discusses her unrequited love for Demetrius and resulting jealousy of Hermia. The absence of allusions in Helena’s speech accentuates the divide between herself and her friend. Barbara A. Mowat speaks eloquently on this concept in the Folger Library edition introduction. As Ms. Mowat explains, when the lovers speak to one another throughout the play, they make mention of the lovers of legend and myth in order to give the plotline a more elevated or fantastical appearance....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 954 words
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An Analysis of Pablo Neruda’s “The United Fruit Co.” - ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . / Then in the bloody domain of the flies / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . / smothered by gases, an Indian / fell in the morning: / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . / a branch with its death running out of it / in the vat of the carrion, fruit laden and foul” (line 13, 14, 30, 38, 39, 42, and 43; Fernandez 2). This also “expos[ed] the underside of the international political economy” when making note that the United States left with all the riches of Latin America symbolized by the imagery of “sail[ing] off with a booty of coffee and fruits,” in line thirty-two (Bleiker 1129)....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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