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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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Friedrich Durrenmatt’s Use of Allusions to Enhance the Plays Plot - In The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt, the use of allusions is very prevalent helping to compare the extent to what Durrenmatt is describing to its allusions. Durrenmatt’s implementation of allusions is used to offer a deeper understanding of the characterization, to compare the current town of Guellen to what it once was in order to explain why the town needs Claire’s money, and to show the irony of biblical ideas in order to show how Claire’s doings are as far from morally right as could be. Friedrich Durrenmatt's use of allusions in order to enhance and describe the characters include the famous Romeo and Juliet, Lais, and Lord Alfred Tennyson....   [tags: the visit, friedrich durrenmatt, allusions]
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Allusions to the novel Lord of the Flies - Allusions to Lord of the Flies Many works of literature inspire new works to be made every day. From things as old as beowulf to the many shakespeare plays, current day writers keep pulling ideas from the classics to create their own stories. Because of this, many older works of literature are still relevant today. The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is more current than ever with allusion from Popular television shows, music that is heard on the radio and the newest blockbuster movie....   [tags: TV shows, Novels]
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The Most Dangerous Game: A Story of Allusions - ... Many people are not aware of Purdey’ Gun Company, with the exception of hunters and individuals educated on hunting. Any common person reading this would quickly look over the observation of the guns being from Purdey’s. Someone would have to look up this type of gun to understand what is being applied, therefore it is not an effective allusion used by the author. If one were to continue reading, the next major allusion to come up is concerning the ethnicity of General Zaroff and Ivan. It is said that they are both Cossacks, “‘He is a Cossack,’ said the general, and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth....   [tags: Hunting, Weapons, Killing] 745 words
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Allusions in Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville - ... The narrator represents Peter, and Bartleby represents Jesus. When Peter was confronted by the servant girls and the High Priest in The Bible he denied knowing Jesus three times. “17 Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, ‘You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not.’” (NKJV, John 18:17). Peter denied Jesus because he was afraid of being arrested and killed for being associated with Jesus. The narrator denied Bartleby because he was afraid that he would have to deal with his inability to work again....   [tags: literary analysis]
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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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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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Biblical Allusions in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery - Throughout many works of literature, authors have used allusions for the reader to be able to make multiple connects between many different important works of art. In all types of literature, whether it is a poem, novel, or part of a casual/scintillating conversation, allusions are between the lines of most readings, connecting dots immediately due to their hidden, yet obvious meanings. Once one takes a closer look, the reader can observe that Jackson uses biblical allusions in her short story to create many references to different stories and facts in the Bible: such as sin, Jesus saving Mary, Jesus dying on the cross, and more....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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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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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: Golding´s Lord of the Flies - In many classic novels, authors use biblical allusions to highlight a certain character or situation. By using biblical allusions, authors can help the reader better understand what it is that they want to convey through their literary work. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Golding utilizes symbolism of places and characters to allude to the Bible. Out of the many references, four significant biblical allusions – title of the novel, Simon, beast, and the island itself – emphasize Golding’s theme inherent sin and evil in mankind....   [tags: classic novels, symbolism, William Golding] 897 words
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Allusions to God in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins - Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Victorian poet who frequently utilized symbols to demonstrate how God is evident in all living things. His allusions to God are evident in such works as: “Pied Beauty”, “Spring”, “The Windhover”, and “God’s Grandeur”. The purpose of this research is to examine the way in which Hopkins uses his terms inscape and instress to illustrate these allusions to God. Hopkins’s poetry demonstrates to the readers that seeing beyond the physical appearance of things, and recognizing God’s touch on all things allows for a deeper sense of appreciation, and makes them more beautiful....   [tags: Victorian Poet, Poetic Analysis, God, Symbolism]
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Death in Venice: Timeless Psychoanalysis through Greek Allusions - With the advent of film and the ability to produce visual representation of fictional (or non-fictional) characters, situations, and settings, one of the natural courses has been to adapt literary works to the new medium. Throughout time we have seen this occur endlessly, with subjectively varying results. Literature has been adapted to forms such as staged plays, live readings, as well as other visual forms, such as painting, sculpture, or photography, and in each adaption to a new medium, aspects of the tangible essence of the fiction are translated to fit its new form of expression....   [tags: Literature]
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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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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. “Call me Ishmael.” (Melville1)....   [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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The Concept of Race in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - ... The exemplification of Malcolm X’s life is depicted as one of an angry man tired of being seen as inferior to other based on the color of their skin. In any case, these examples show that conquering racism is much more difficult than it may seem, on both sides. In like manner, Gregory Fowler also uses allusions to prove his thesis. In the beginning of the essay, he alludes to multiple examples of racism in a more violent form. He cites past examples such as the Civil War, but also more recent ones such as James Byrd Jr....   [tags: racism, slaver, allusions, exemplifications]
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Melville shows anger at Christianity through biblical allusions in Moby Dick - Near the beginning of Moby Dick, Father Mapple reminds Pequod sailors of the biblical prophet Jonah and his unique encounter with a whale. The whale, known as a Leviathan in the Bible, swallows Jonah because Jonah refuses to obey God's command to preach to a wicked group of people. Father Mapple in his sermon says, "If we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists" (47). Once Jonah admits his sinfulness and follows his maker, the whale frees Jonah....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Christian Symbolism & Biblical Imagery in Macbeth - Many authors share a common thread in their writing, allusions to biblical concepts. The Bible is one of the most influential texts of all time and its presence can seen seen through countless pieces of literature.. One of the best examples of a literary work that has been fashioned after biblical elements is The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. “Christian philosophy' says Walter C. Curry ' recognizes two tragedies of cosmic importance: (1) the fall of Lucifer and a third part of the angelic hosts, who rebelled against God and were cast out, and (2) the fall of Adam who was originally endowed with perfection and freedom but who set his will against God and so brought sin and li...   [tags: biblical allusions in Macbeth] 2145 words
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Analysis of Herman Melville´s Moby Dick - ... Melville reminds the audience that like Ahab, the first mate of the Jeroboam sought out Moby-Dick with his harpoon with high hopes, but his spiritual insolence lead to Macey’s death. One evil Biblical king warns another of the costs of taking God’s doings into human hands. Herman Melville reveals the ultimate punishment that befalls on any man who attempts to rise above his limitations. This encounter ends as Gabriel, refuses to take a letter intended for the deceased first mate of the Jeroboam, which predicted that Ahab shall “soon [be] going that way” to the bottom of the sea and beyond (269)....   [tags: society, justice, humanity, allusions] 832 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 br...   [tags: Anderson Womanhood Essays] 1327 words
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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 througho...   [tags: Papers] 635 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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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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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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Edgar Allen Poe´s Childhood in the Poem Alone - ... “Then- in my childhood, in the dawn, Of a most stormy life- was drawn, From every depth of good and ill, The mystery which binds me still” (9-12). The speaker felt that they had no control over their fate. No matter what happened, whether it be good or bad, the speaker felt abandoned and tormented a result of this ‘mystery’. When looking at line 12 itself, “The mystery which binds me still”, the ‘mystery’ is referring to the death of a significant person in the speaker’s life. Because of the use of the word mystery, the reader can conclude that it was a sudden death, and the speaker did not know why it happened....   [tags: diction, symbolism, allusions, love, desolation] 578 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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Study the Bible! - Study the bible. : The Use of Bible Allusions in Literature Biblical references are a technique used in literature by authors to alter readers perceptions. The readers beliefs are challenged by using biblical references in literature. In “The Gospel According to Mark” by Jorge Luis Borges, Borges uses many biblical references to give readers a different view of the main character. With the biblical references being used in “The Gospel According to Mark”, readers are able to portray the main character, Baltasar Espinosa as a Christ-like person....   [tags: Use of Bible Allusions in Literature, Analysis]
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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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The Goal of Flawed Perfection - As a twenty-first century academic, historical authors such as Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickenson, and Thoreau are praised for groundbreaking style and concepts; Historical events such as 9/11, the American Revolution, and the Holocaust are accepted as customary and influence our culture as well as writing. These influential roots of modern culture shape contemporary writing in the form of various allusions that bring meaningful connotations, contributing to a greater theme. Allusions incorporate notable anecdotes, figures, and historical events into a written piece....   [tags: Play Analysis, Relevant Allusions, Elizabethan Era] 1277 words
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Religious Allusions in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional novel “Cat’s Cradle”, indirectly explores issues that parallels into topics such as religion, scientific/technological advancements, political power and much more. Vonnegut’s novel is narrated by a character named Jonah (John). He, Jonah, sets out to write an anthropological book based off of what key people were doing on the day that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Throughout Vonnegut’s novel it can clearly represents how a writer can become a very destructive person to society....   [tags: literature, destructive writing, fiction]
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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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Allusion in The Swimmer, by John Cheever - ... Scott Fitzgerald’s work starting from the very beginning when Ned references his list of pools he must cross. He argues that this is an allusion to Nick Carraway’s list in Gatsby (Allen 289). He believes that there is without a doubt a relationship between the two works since Cheever uses many of the same literary devices as Fitzgerald does. This includes animal imagery, puns, and ethnic references that we see in both works when talking about the lists (289). His next argument for showing allusion is the families involved in the story....   [tags: The Swimmer Essays]
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Allusion and Symbolism in The Swimmer, by John Cheever - ... Less clearly, Merrill perverts baptism, the immersing of one into water in order to save them, by constantly immersing himself in water on a drunken quest to return to his old life, that he has, due, one again, to alcohol, forgotten he lost (“Perverted Sacraments”). This quest on which Merrill has embarked is what the allusion to Ponce de Leòn centers around. This allusion was first brought to attention by Charlie Sweet, in collaboration with Blythe Hal in 1989. Throughout the narrative, Cheever makes many parallels from Merrill's journey to that of an explorers, but it is never made explicit which explorer he is referring to, if any....   [tags: alcoholism, The Swimmer Essays]
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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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IRP Notes Package: Allusion, Symbolism, and Motifs - ... Thirdly, the change in Lurie’s perceptions about Teresa mirrors the change in Lurie’s sexual habits. Initially, Lurie plans to write a show about a “passionate young” (181) Teresa who falls in love with a “now less than passionate” (180) older Byron. In this scenario, Teresa symbolizes Melanie. However, later on in the novel Lurie changes the premise of his show, making it instead about a “Teresa in middle age” (181). The description of this older Teresa as a “dumpy” woman with a “heavy bust” and “stocky trunk” is quite similar to the first description we get of Bev Shaw as a “dumpy, bustling little woman with black freckles, close-cropped, wiry hair, and no neck.” (72)....   [tags: textual, information, myth, novel] 1458 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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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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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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Use of Foreshadowing, Allusion, and Irony in Ray Bradbury´s The Veldt - ... Three different incidences of foreshadowing are the familiar screams, carcasses being devoured, and possessions found out of place. Examples include “And suddenly they realized why those other screams had sounded familiar”, “They've just been eating," said Lydia. "I don't know what”, “There were drops of saliva on it, it had been chewed, and there were blood smears on both sides”. Kattelman says in her Critical Essay, “The opening definitely lets the reader know that something strange is going on here”(Hart)....   [tags: Consumerism, Family, Futuristic]
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Biblical Allusion in Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton - 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: Cry, The Beloved Country Essays]
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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 m...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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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]
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The Value of Genesis - Many teens today have a habit of questioning books that are too ‘old’ or ‘stuffy’ to apply to their lives. Some of them may find connections to works by William Shakespeare or Jane Austen, but what about the other books, such as those from the Bible. These are usually regarded as too religious to have any relations to life, but that is not necessarily true. Take, for example, Genesis. Although it is thousands of years old, the stories, themes, and modern-day allusions contained within it can still apply to everyday life- even to those teenagers who feel disconnected from this book....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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