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The Advantage of Sarcasm - The Advantage of Sarcasm “Sarcasm is a form of humor that uses sharp, cutting remarks or language intended to mock, wound, or subject contempt or ridicule, generally saying the opposite of what the statement really is” (Oxford). Brian Dickerson, a free press columnist, does just that to bring the readers over to his side. He utilizes a very convincing combination of sarcasm and emotional appeal in his column called “Promises to Keep. Not in the Government”, that ultimately seduces the reader to believe exactly the point he tries to get across....   [tags: Semantics] 857 words
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Larkin´s Sarcasm About Religion - Philip Larkin’s poetry topics range from rants about sex to his experiences with religion. Religion is one of the most predominant topics he uses and his attitude towards religion is seen through these poems. In several of his poems his attitude towards religion is shown through his various uses of diction and sarcasm. He writes about some church experiences and other experiences with God. Larkin has a sarcastic attitude towards religion in order to show his doubt in faith. Through lots of Larkin’s poetry, religion is mentioned in some way or another....   [tags: Philip Larkin, poetry, faith, church]
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Sarcasm about Religion in Voltaire´s Candide - ... Voltaire’s view of this here with this satire is that the actions that these men did were dishonorable and these practices were pretty common in their time. This sexual satire occurs many more times with Cunegonde for example and her moment as a slave. “ My Jew, intimidated, concluded a bargain, by which the house and myself should belong to both in common; the Jew should have for himself Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and the Inquisitor should have the rest of the week.” they talked this over at a mass which shows the irony in the conversation....   [tags: Satire, Hypocrisy]
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Sherman Alexie's Subtle Sarcasm - Sherman Alexie's Subtle Sarcasm Sherman Alexie illustrates a subtle sarcasm that is very consistent among his stories. He conveys many of the current social issues that seem to be constant among those of Indian heritage. His main characters all have very similar characteristics: very laid back and socially conscious. An important characteristic that his characters share is a sense of wit and cynicism which helps convey Alexie's ideals in many regards. The first rhetorical device Alexie utilizes is his methophorical use of his titles....   [tags: American Literature Sherman Alexie Essays] 890 words
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geoffrey chaucers use of sarcasm to describe his characters - Geoffrey Chaucers use of sarcasm to describe his characters. Geoffrey Chaucer used sarcasm to describe his characters in “The Canterbury Tales.” It will point out details that are seen in the book that help explain how he used this sarcasm to prove a point and to teach life lessons sometimes. I will also point out how this sarcasm was aimed at telling the reader his point of view about how corrupt the Catholic Church was. Chaucer uses an abundance of sarcasm, as opposed to seriousness, to describe his characters in “The Canterbury Tales.” Chaucer did not begin working on “The Canterbury Tales” until he was in his early 40s....   [tags: essays research papers] 1745 words
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Sarcasm and Irony in Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal - Sarcasm and Irony in Swift's A Modest Proposal In his lengthy literary career, Jonathan Swift wrote many stories that used a broad range of voices that were used to make some compelling personal statements. For example, Swifts, A Modest Proposal, is often heralded as his best use of both sarcasm and irony. Yet taking into account the persona of Swift, as well as the period in which it was written, one can prove that through that same use of sarcasm and irony, this proposal is actually written to entertain the upper-class....   [tags: A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift] 1501 words
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Essay on Satire, Sarcasm, and Irony in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Satire, Sarcasm, and Irony in Catch-22       Joseph Heller's narration, dialogue, and characterization in Catch-22 all create a unique perspective of war and our society's bureaucracy. The satire, sarcasm, irony, and general absurdity of the novel provide a view of the irrationality of man's behavior. The horror that is portrayed in Catch-22 is intensified by the humorous way in which it is portrayed. Distortion and exaggeration highlight the characters and scenario while magnifying the confusion....   [tags: Catch-22 Catch 22 Joseph Heller] 700 words
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Irony and Sarcasm in A Mystery of Heroism and War is Kind - Irony and Sarcasm in A Mystery of Heroism and War is Kind In literature, similar themes are portrayed in many different ways, mostly according to the time period they were written in. A new generation of writers came of age after the civil war, known as the realists. They dominated American fiction from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. They took their ideas from the slums of the rapidly growing cities at that time, from the factories replacing farmland, and from the every day common people: poor factory workers, corrupt politicians, soldiers, and even prostitutes....   [tags: Papers] 946 words
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Free Exercise of Religion? No Thanks by Christopher Hitchens - Christopher Hitchens was a leading controversial writer of his time (20th-21st century) who wrote several articles on subjects such as religion, literature, art, politics and war. (Hitchens, Christopher) In the article “Free Exercise Of religion. No Thanks”, the writer proposes a question and then proceeds to answer it, thus stating his opinion. The topic itself highlights the writer’s stance on the issue as it shows that he is against the idea of “free exercise”(Hitchens, 1) of religion. Hitchens has used the view of the majority, sarcasm, vivid imagery, pathos and sarcasm to back his claim and appeal to his audience to see his point of view....   [tags: sarcasm, vivid imagery, pathos] 540 words
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How Does Bernard Shaw Create Comedy, Seriousness, Sympathy, and Empathy in Pygmalion? - In the play, Pygmalion, Bernard Shaw creates many events that consist of comedy, seriousness, sympathy and empathy. These four emotions helps the audience decide what they feel towards --------------Shaw creates a lot of humour often in ways where Higgins is not aware of it. After Eliza had showed her anger and hatred towards him by throwing insults at him Higgins calmly replies back. The surprise for the audience in this is that usually the audience would expect Higgins to retaliate in a similar fashion, but instead he talks to her in a peaceful manner....   [tags: emotions, humor, sarcasm, serious] 1283 words
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Orwell's Portrayal of the Characters in the Last Chapter of Animal Farm - ... However, the aim here is not to criticise him being too fat, but to imply writer’s repugnance for this subject deliberately and encourage the audience to adopt the same negative attitude in an unconscious way. Moreover, many animal displays one dominant trait throughout the story and all the other personality features are omitted. For instance, Benjamin is an intelligent sceptic and always sticks to the “unalterable law of life” (p.50) even when all other animals are deceived by pigs’ figures....   [tags: satirical techniques, allusion, sarcasm] 950 words
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Two Great Short Stories Read by Many are A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Necklace by Guy De Maupassan - ... Loisel. He seems devoted to his wife even though Mathilde has always lived in her unrealistic dreams. Also Mr. Loisel sacrifices the shotgun he’s spent months saving up for so Mathilde can buy a dress for the upcoming party. The difference between two main stories are Emily killed her man so that she can stay with her man forever. This shows that Grierson’s excessive love leads to Barron’s downfall. However, Mathilde and her husband are still in love. Mr. Loisel is the one who goes all over the city looking for the necklace and he spends his life’s savings to replacing the necklace....   [tags: symbolism, tone, sarcasm]
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In Wilfred Owne's Poem, Dulce et Decorum Est, He Attempts to Enlighten the Public to the Tragedies of War - ... “Knock-kneed, coughing like hags” (line 2) further emphasizes how physically exhausted the soldiers are – to the point to where it is challenging to walk. The phrase “Men marched asleep.” (line 5) is almost comparing the men to zombies by showing how demoralized they were and that the men had accepted that they would probably die in this war. The author uses the word “blood-shod” (line 6) to describe the soldier’s boots; this indicates that the men have been on their feet for days and were literally wearing their own blood as shoes....   [tags: soldiers, sarcasm, death]
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Not So Distant Relatives: Evolution of Human Vocal Production - Humans and nonhumans are closely related to one another through physical form, but what exactly differentiates them from one another. Several people argue that there is not much difference between humans and nonhuman primates, but the most obvious difference is the way they communicate. Compared to humans, nonhumans’ ways of communicating is very simple. While both have their ways of communicating with their members, their vocal communication systems are also similar and different in terms of how they produce their vocal sounds and how they are structured, how complex they are able to produce their sounds and what they mean, how it relates to their societies, and what they intentionally use...   [tags: sarcasm, vocalization, nonhumas]
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Edgar Allan. Poe and H. L. Mencken’s Uses of Humor in Negative Reviews - ... Why write escapist ‘wastes-of-time’ that prove no quality or benefit to society, when you could write the next great Moby Dick or 1984. By using sarcasm to deliver his conclusion instead of just lambasting the novel, he makes it okay for the readers to laugh at it too, and wonder what the value was that we saw in it anyways. Though an effective tool in “Lachrymose Love,” Mencken’s positive review of Theodore Dreiser in his essay, “A Modern Tragedy,” lacks as much of a sense of humor. He demonstrates a similar viewpoint on what the import values are, praising the novel as “a criticism and an interpretation of life” (245), which does not try to outdo itself with fancy language and over-the...   [tags: writers, sarcasm, literary analysis, reviews]
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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift - A Modest Proposal A Modest Proposal is everything that a satirical story should be. It includes sarcasm and irony as Jonathan Swift takes us through a roller coaster ride to show us how the poor are treated miserably. The narrator begins by leading us down a path. He seems sincere and thinks it is a pity how everywhere you walk in the streets of Dublin you see the poor begging people for hand outs. He is seeking a solution to help the commonwealth. He appears to be a logical, educated person who makes it clear that he has been studying this subject for years....   [tags: sarcasm irony satire] 1465 words
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Geoffrey Chaucer View and Change on Judgement - As humans, it is a natural tendency to judge everything. We discriminate people, and judge them by who they are. Teenage girls judge other girls by what they wear, how they look, and how they present themselves socially. Do we do this on purpose. Of course not, but when we get bored with ourselves, we have to judge other people and compare. When we start this judgment process, we also form certain opinions towards that person or an organization. Geoffrey Chaucer is one of these people, but he actually did something about it....   [tags: hypocrisy, church, gender, satire, sarcasm]
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Satire in Dorothy Parker's Literary Work - Satire in Dorothy Parker's Literary Work Dorothy Parker was born in 1893 and died in 1967. She is known for using a mixture of humor, satire, and sarcasm in her poems. Satire is a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule of scorn. Three poems in which she uses humor, satire, and sarcasm are "Résumé", "Comment", and "One Perfect Rose". In the poem "Comment" she uses an example of sarcasm. Sarcasm is harsh or bitter derision or irony. This poem is about how life is sweet bliss....   [tags: Papers] 359 words
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Humor in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - ... When Romeo asks Mercutio what his dream was about, Mercutio says, “That dreamers often lie” (1.4.53). In this instance, the play on the word “lie” is witty and clever. Mercutio is stating that dreams “lie” as dreamers “lie.” Although humorous and comedic, this is thematically important, as it stresses the fabrications as well as the deceptions in dreams. Through the use of this pun we acquire that Romeo and Juliet choose to pin their hopes on a dream, and we later learn, that these dreams and hopes end with tragic results....   [tags: literary devices, love, tragic results] 683 words
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Haim G. Ginott's Congruent Communication Model of Discipline - ... Congruent Communication Congruent Communication means addresses situations, not students’ character or personality. Ginott emphasized those teachers at their best, using congruent communication (Manning and Bucher, 2001; Morris, 1996). 1. Do not advocate, moralize, enforce guilt, or demand promises. 2. They grant self-esteem on their students by treating them as social equals capable of making good decisions. Congruent communication includes many unusual elements that articulated in Ginott’s elucidations of teachers at their best and at their worst....   [tags: teacher, praise, sarcastic] 670 words
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Anne Sexton: Cinderella - As many of us know, our world today is not short of sarcasm. Many times sarcasm can be funny but other times it can cause harm. But in Anne Sexton’s poem, she uses sarcasm to throw her audience back to actuality, even a midst a fairytale element. In Anne Sexton’s poem, Cinderella she uses sarcasm and a basis of the true tale to make what many would call a “mockery” of the original Grimm Tale. Sexton does not refer to the Grimm brothers in her poem, for she considers this re-telling her own creation, uniquely by using irony to her advantage....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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William Shakespeare’s Hamlet - William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragic story that captures the audience’s emotions. The story wraps around the protagonist, Hamlet, whom finds out his father has been murdered by his uncle. Filled with hostility, Hamlet tries to organize a plan to seek his revenge. His hunger for vengeance only grows stronger as Hamlet experiences treachery, despair, sorrow, and animosity. The famous play by William Shakespeare portrays absolute and fabricated madness—from the overbearing grief to complete mania—and delves into the themes of sarcasm, suicide, and procrastination....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]
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Hamlet's Personality Faults - ... Hamlet states, "Not so, my lord, I am too much in the sun" (1.2.67). This was a response to Claudius asking “How is it that the clouds still hang on you?”, which basically meant that Hamlet needed to stop mourning, forget his father, and move on. Hamlet’s reply explained that he does not like being called Claudius’ son. Hamlet used a pun in his response to disrespect Claudius’ advice of forgetting his real father. Hamlet also used sarcasm in his response to disrespect Claudius as a father; the sarcasm showed that Hamlet never wanted to, and never will want to be the son of Claudius....   [tags: Shakespeare plays, character analysis] 1294 words
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The Use of Satirie in Literature - Comedy is commonly used to lighten the mood of a troubled conscious, assumptions can be made that satire is being used to symbolize external or internal conflicts. Many believe satire is solely to entertain and surface laughter although it is there is meaning behind the laughter not just meaningless laughter. Literary authors use satire to portray the human condition of misery and humiliation to emphasize the mental selfishness of mankind. Making jokes about other genders, races, or interests is a selfish judgment based on personal opinion....   [tags: comedy, internal conflicts, believes]
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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift - ... However his tone of the whole essay along with his insincerity illustrated the comical effect of the proposal to make his argument seem unserious. Swift illustrates the purpose of the essay with his insincerity because for starters, he does not put the blame of the state's struggles on only the people but the British and politicians as well. He stated that after a poverty-stricken infant lived through his childhood years, they'd either abandon Ireland to fight for Spain or even sell themselves as servants to the Barbadoes....   [tags: essay analysis, Ireland catholics] 549 words
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Discuss the different kinds of humour in the play. Is it effective - Discuss the different kinds of humour in the play. Is it effective today. What is its purpose. Much ado about nothing is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. There are many kinds of humour in the play. The first kind of humour we come across is the skirmishes of wit between Beatrice and Benedick. Beatrice and Benedick are both sarcastic people and incidentally are sarcastic about each other. Sarcasm is a very good kind of humour, which is still effective to this day. Many people understand sarcasm and it's a good way of putting a point across....   [tags: English Literature] 579 words
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Iago’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello - Iago’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello Rhetorical strategies are continually used to get a point across or to manipulate another. Iago uses many devices to put false accusations into Othello’s head. In lines 330-447 in Act 3 scene 3, Iago uses rhetorical question, imagery, and sarcasm. He questions Othello and makes him think the worst between Cassio and Desdemona, and then his use of words adds color and a picture, so it has to be right. Last his sarcasm creates the assurances Othello needed to be duped....   [tags: Othello Essays] 478 words
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How Reliable Are the Different Ways of Knowing When It Comes to Leading Us towards the Truth? - Before we get to answer the question above, let us first discuss about what Truth really means. To me personally, there is no such thing as an absolute truth that exists in this world. The reason is because what we believe to be true might not be so by other people. Different people have different mindset and beliefs that they hold as their basis on having an opinion. There are three theories of truth: Correspondent, Coherence, and Pragmatic Theories. Correspondent theory states that a statement is true if it correspond to a real life situation....   [tags: perception, language, theories, truth] 1046 words
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Love in One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker and Cinderella’s Diary by Ron Koertge - A rose is the ultimate yet simplest sign of love. Billions are sold on Valentine’s Day and countless numbers are sold to epitomize a lover’s feelings throughout the year. The delicate petals, harsh and unforgiving thorns, vivid and deep colors, all of the things associated with a rose go towards it being the best way to sum up a person’s love for another. The rose has often been associated with a sign of romance. The thought of romance is not as appreciated in today’s time period in comparison to, say, fifty years ago....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]
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Literary Devices Used in A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift - Jonathan Swift, a well-known author, in his essay “A Modest Proposal,” implies that the Irish people should eat children so that they can better their chances of survival. Swift supports his implication by describing how his proposal will have many advantages such as, eliminating papists, bringing great custom to taverns, and inducing marriages. He comes up with an absurd proposal to eat and sell the children to the elite so the Irish can have a brighter future. His purpose is to show that the Irish deserve better treatment from the English....   [tags: cannibalsim, satire, famine]
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When Irony Lead to Settings and Society… - Irony: a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion. Readers fail to realize the importance of irony because of its common usage in most literary works. When an author provides irony in a novel, there are specific reasons why they do. Unfortunately, as readers, the development of irony does not capture our attention immediately, nor does it often hold analytical worth....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Dickens, French Aristocracy] 1022 words
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Huckleberry Finn: Society Is Not Always Right - J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “Not all those who wander are lost.” This quote illustrates that if people make their own decisions they will be able to find a path that suits their desires, not those of others. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck struggles throughout his adventures to find equilibrium between what he wants to do and what society wants him to do. Consequently, Huck tries to battle the inner conflicts that he has and not conform to society’s “accepted” values....   [tags: mark twain] 1231 words
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Spatial Proximity During Virtual Communications: Emoticons - In an effort to alleviate the lack of spatial proximity during virtual communication, emoticons are becoming increasingly prevalent in the realm of instant messaging. Emoticons can be utilized in many different contexts due to their correspondence with spoken and written English. When used appropriately, emoticons will bridge the gap between online and face-to-face communication, and possibly add a new element to the way people converse. Emoticons, or emotion icons, conveys the facial features of one person to another when dialogue is constricted by distance....   [tags: instant messaging, smiley face]
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Analysis of e e cummings' Poem - The poem “next to of course god america I” is a satirical poem that indicates the speaker is a patriot but also mocks this passionate love of country. The deliberate absence of punctuation and capitalization allows the reader to take the lead and decide when and where to pause for effect. It also helps to create the irony of the two contrasting themes that are felt throughout the poem. What does the speaker actually intend with his words. It is interesting that he chooses to capitalize the pronoun ‘He’ as if placing the speaker in a place of superiority or distance....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, American Patriotism]
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - ... Gardiner. Mrs. Bennet never changes her motive to marry off her daughters. She is foolish, nosy, and simple minded. Mrs. Bennet cares mostly about societal rank and superficial concerns from the beginning of the novel. Mr. Collins, like Mrs. Bennet, is also very shallow and self centered as he is considered to be a “self-important, clergyman”(Wright 17), throughout the novel, as well. (Mr. Wickham, the enemy of Mr. Darcy, runs away with Lydia; little does Lydia know Wickham only cares about money.) Mr....   [tags: society rules for marriage, story analysis] 1318 words
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Douglass and Lincoln’s Past Voices - The Dark Ages were before the Renaissance, a time of intellectual darkness and barbarity where life itself is almost ‘missing’, because not much is known about it (The Editors). The 19th century could also be considered another, but colossally unalike, ‘Dark Ages’ to represent the hardships that each individual suffered (Colossal). It is a different dark from the actual Dark Ages, but with slavery, racism, and war, it has its reasons for being called the same thing. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and “Second Inaugural Address” were written in the 19th century where these subjects take place....   [tags: Civil war, American slavery]
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James Baldwin's Fifth Avenue, Uptown - In his collection of essays in Nobody Knows My Name, James Baldwin uses “Fifth Avenue, Uptown” to establish the focus that African Americans no matter where they are positioned would be judged just by the color of their skin. Through his effective use of descriptive word choice, writing style and tone, Baldwin helps the reader visualize his position on the subject. He argues that “Negroes want to be treated like men” (Baldwin, 67). Baldwin gives a vivid sketch of the depressing conditions he grew up on in Fifth Avenue, Uptown by using strong descriptive words....   [tags: Nobody Knows My Name, James Baldwin] 492 words
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The Effectiveness of My Interactions and How I Would Improve Them - The Effectiveness of My Interactions and How I Would Improve Them I feel that in my group activity I only used a few bad communication skills that is because I felt my group activity was successful and I managed to solve peoples problems, arguments, and get all of the Rainbows to listen to what I was doing and this was reflected by the fact that they managed to complete the activity. Although I feel that there were a few bad communication skills these were: * Sarcasm * Glaring * Interruption * Not going to their level * Leaving after a conversation Sarcasm With Rainbows I often used sarcasm although I was not fully aware that I was...   [tags: Free Essays] 400 words
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Comparison: Marriage, by Gregory Corso & The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T. S. Eliot - A common practice when faced with a difficult choice, self-examination, is the centerpiece of two popular poems: Gregory Corso’s Marriage and T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Both poems are dramatic monologues in which the speakers address the similar situations that they find themselves in. While the speaker of Eliot’s poem has a nervous and bashful approach in his attempts at romance, the hesitant postmodern speaker in Corso’s poem makes use of sarcasm to attack the institution of marriage....   [tags: Dramatic Monologues, Love]
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Holden's Pessimistic View of the World in The Catcher in the Rye - Lies, failure, depression, and loneliness are only some of the aspects that Holden Caulfield goes through in the novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger. Salinger reflects Holden’s character through his own childhood experiences. Salinger admitted in a 1953 interview that "My boyhood was very much the same as that of the boy in the book.… [I]t was a great relief telling people about it” (Wikipedia). Thus, the book is somewhat the life story of J.D. Salinger as a reckless seventeen-year-old who lives in New York City and goes through awful hardships after his expulsion and departure from an elite prep school....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 826 words
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Analysis of Self-Sacrifice in Part One, Chapter III – IV - Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, establishes his motifs through the use of. This novel reinstates the motif of self-sacrifice into different characters that interact with the main character, Raskolnikov. Although the largest case of self-sacrifice lies in the character of Sonya which is not thoroughly discussed in Chapter III and IV of Part One, pages 35 to 64 contributes the largest variety of self-sacrifice that is found within Crime and Punishment. Here, self-sacrifice comes in three different forms: the sacrifice of ones own body, the sacrifice of someone you love, and the sacrifice for someone you love....   [tags: Classic Literature]
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How does language in ‘Medea’ and ‘Hedda Gabler’ convey emotions? - Between Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripedes (484- 407), and Hedda Gabler, a play written by Norwegian Henrick Ibsen (in 1890) there is small difference in language between both plays as even though they were written in different eras and both have been translated from their original languages to English, they show similar uses of language, like sarcasm, speeches, lies, figurative language and vocabulary that expresses the character’s personality and emotions, which shows what they are really feeling: anger, unhappiness, resentment, boredom, jealously, amongst others....   [tags: Greek, Literary Analysis, Character Analysis] 1254 words
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Suppression and Hence Deterioration in the State of the Catholic - In 'A Modest Proposal', swift has portrayed the 18th century Ireland as plagued with the problem of overpopulation, unemployment, poverty and the exploitation of the labor class by the bourgeoisie(middle class). The same problem being addressed by Karl Marx in sociological labor theories. The course of actions suggested by Swift J is, however, adverse and sets forth an example of a satirical classic piece of literature viewed and analyzed by many people over the centuries. The theme of the essay is suppression and hence deterioration in the state of the Catholic subjects at the hands of their Protestant Landlords and similar conditions pertaining to 1729 in Ireland....   [tags: modest proposal, protestan landlords, ireland]
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Analysis of David Foster Wallace´s Novel: Infinite Jest - ... For the most part, truth in the novel is revealed only through the use of sarcasm, causing the significance of some characters’ words to be overlooked. Still, Wallace conveys the message that people should be willing to share their inner thoughts and feelings with others in order to get rid of irony of both reality and literature. The characters in Ininite Jest not only seek to escape reality through cynicism, but also by succumbing to addiction. The characters are prone to escape the harsh truth by means of addiction, which allows the characters to create an illusory reality or substitute consciousness....   [tags: Cynicism, Irony, Addiction] 697 words
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Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest - In Oscar Wilde’s satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, he engages the audience with a profound amount of conflicting dialogue starting with the title. The importance of being Ernest is quite a different meaning than the importance of being earnest. Wilde demonstrates a considerable amount of wit to unfold the importance of being both Ernest and earnest. The play centers on a young man named Jack, who incidentally has created an alter ego, Ernest, in order to frequent the aristocratic high life of London....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Multiple Phases of Hamlet by William Shakespeare - The play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare is a very popular piece till this day. It shows many different obstacles one person can go through and how others can act based off of this one person. Hamlet goes through many phases like: Sarcasm, Suicidal Tendencies, and Procrastination all because of some information that is found out about his father. As he passes through each phase everyone around him is affected in many different ways from insanity, to death this play will always be popular and studied alongside all of Shakespeare’s work....   [tags: Shakespeare plays] 1301 words
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Effectiveness of Irony in Pixar Movies - Effectiveness of irony is Pixar Movies Thesis Writing – Intro: “Once upon a time there was_______. Every day, ______. Because of that, ______. Until finally ______.”1 ~Pixar's fourth rule of storytelling “In a stunning turn of events, a superhero is being sued for saving someone who didn't want to be saved.”2 As with many Pixar movies, The Incredibles' main plot is based entirely around irony. The Incredibles is an ideal story that demonstrates Pixar's Fourth rule of storytelling. It begins with a unique character, who winds up in an unpredictable situation....   [tags: stroy, irony, movie, situation] 652 words
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