The Relationship between Ignatius and Myrna in A Confederacy of Dunces One of the most unique and strange relationships in modern literature exists between Ignatius Reilly and Myrna Minkoff, the two perceived dunces in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. The correspondence between them runs throughout the novel. In the beginning, Ignatius feels a certain air of superiority over her, yet she feels that he has lost touch with reality, and her suggestion begin to control his actions, as he tries to win at her own game. She genuinely cares for him and writes her opinion of how to transform his life. In three separate attempts to quiet her unrelenting criticism and suggestions, he heeds her advice, each time failing miserably and causing greater adversity for himself.
Just as the wheel is circular, so are the events in his life. Ignatius moves through his own bildingsroman, showing qualities of a genius in his words and qualities of a dunce in his actions at the Night of Joy, Levy Pants, Paradise Vendors, and (to complete the circle) again at the Night of Joy. At the opening of the novel, Ignatius and his mother escape the clutches of the police by entering a nearby bar, the Night of Joy. Ignatius and his mother meet Darlene and the bartender in the sudden visit. As he speaks to Darlene, Ignatius' stories are unimportant but he tells them in an elevated fashion.
The Modern Grotesque Hero in John Kennedy Toole's, A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole unleashes a compelling criticism of modern society in the principal work he produced in his short lifetime, A Confederacy of Dunces. Using masterfully crafted comedy, Toole actually strengthens his disparaging position on the modern world. Boisterously and unabashedly opinionated, Ignatius Reilly, the principal character of this novel, colors the narrative with a poignant humor that simultaneously evokes both laughter and pity from readers. Near the beginning of the story, his mother's financial difficulties suddenly force Ignatius to leave the womb-like security of his bedroom and seek employment, making him abandon his project of writing a scathing description of "the disaster course that history had been taking for the past four centuries" (Toole 41) on childish Big Chief tablets. The action of the novel revolves around Ignatius's experience in society as he bumbles from job to job with his ever-present sense of superiority.
Each and every one of the characters show us just how far we will go to “win”, also displaying the similarities the beautiful and ugly hold. In Les Miserables, Hugo writes of the three problems of the age, the dil... ... middle of paper ... ...renaissance architecture was viewed as grotesque and vulgar were now revered for their preservation. Hugo uses the time period as an image in both novels. “The French revolution was turmoil in political, economic, and social traditions. It was the age that observed the first conversions from the industrial revolution.
Pat, the White Rabbit's servant, is ordered to burn the house down. Scared Alice decides to threaten Pat, and the crowd out the window by saying Dinah will go after all o... ... middle of paper ... ...about this school work, the Gryphon interrupts the turtle, and asks Alice to go on about her adventures in Wonderland. After talking to the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle, she goes to the courtroom to find the Queen wondering who had stolen the tarts. The White Rabbit calls the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse, and then Alice. Alice forgetting that she had eaten the tart earlier had slowly gotten bigger, and then the king and ordered her to leave the court due to Rule 42 of the Courtroom.
While there, she pleads with the Governor, magistrates, and ministers that she be allowed to keep Pearl, exclaiming, 'She is my happiness!--She is my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life! Pearl punishes me too! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only... ... middle of paper ... ...er to overcome the passion, once so wild that had brought her to ruin and shame." (Hawthorne, 165) It was Hester's motherly sentiments to nurture and love her child that saved her from temptation and from death and opened her heart to the poor and needy around her.
This accentuates the realism of the film, makes people horrified at the characters and their filthy habits, and really makes the viewer think that t... ... middle of paper ... ...erview. This would attain a more accurate analysis of the film, and more could be discovered from the results of others' thoughts on the film. Bibliography Barker, M. From Antz to Titanic: Reinventing Film Analysis. Pluto Press; London: 2000 Freeman, A. Studies in Scottish Fiction 1945 to the Present.
Pearl constantly reminds Hester of her sin but at the same time Pearl also brings Hester joy which shows Hester’s new thinking of how no one can be purely evil. The society looks upon Pearl’s intuitivenes... ... middle of paper ... ...illingworth, because she is a product of his wife sin, she is a source of pain but she also brings him happiness because she is a burden to his wife too. Through Pearl’s character, Hawthorne brings the question of good versus evil out. One cannot be there without the other so society, which is destined to sin due to the original sin, cannot be the real judge of good or evil. Pearl was a burden to Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, and Hester but she was only a burden because she was leading them all towards good.
To What Extent Do You Believe that The History Boys and Love's Labour's Lost are Satires on Attitudes to Scholarship? In The History Boys and Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare and Alan Bennett both satirise scholarship to various degrees. Love’s Labour’s Lost overall is more satirical; however, there is also an obvious element of satire in The History Boys. In Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare heavily satirises education and the pompous nature of some of those who consider themselves scholarly, particularly through the verbosity and pretentious nature of characters such as Holofernes and Armado, as well as the deluded ideas that the King and his Lords have on scholarship. On the other hand, in The History Boys, Bennett presents several views on education, especially through the two contrasting teaching styles of Hector and Irwin, and their respective merits, the ranging spectrum of the definitions of history given throughout the play, and the way he uses the character of Hector as a satire of traditional attitudes to scholarship.
On the other ha... ... middle of paper ... ...gonist will eventually destroy himself for drug and alcohol. Also, on page 54, narrator says “…but you were my mother.” just because she poured more drink than he paid for. Protagonist’s mental destruction is so severe that even a little more drink can make a stranger his mother. “Work” is more implicit in terms of showing the fall of drug addicts compared to “Car Crash While Hitchhiking.” Drug leads to individual’s mental and physical collapse; “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” and “Work” both convey this by abrupt and confusing plot that follows narrator’s stream of consciousness, and unique figurative language. However, “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” delineates protagonist’s destruction more directly.