In my opinion the author did not do an extremely good job persuading me with his argument. The author has cooked up theories that are not actual theories in proving his argument. The author himself state that his theories are untruthful and only help in adding his theories. Some of the author theories are just empirical data that the author interprets to his liking for supporting his arguments. The author seems to have done a well-researched work, but as mentioned about the research is invalid of insufficient to connect his main argument of very structure of empires promotes decay and that decay in turn facilitates the progressive loss of territories.
In conclusion, just as Conrad's narrator says, the story is hazy. The theme of morality, as Ian Watt put it, is "especially difficult to decipher." Conrad toys with the characters' value systems. As we can easily see, they are filled with uncertainty. Marlowe and Kurtz undergo changes in their view of morality, Marlowe, perhaps, never arriving at a tangible destination.
Yet when one consciously examines what Kurtz actually says in the novel, it becomes apparent that although his words sound artistic and profound, they are in reality incredibly ambiguous and devoid of meaning. It can be concluded that eloquence and delivery, rather than intrinsic value, fuelled the false grandiosity of Kurtz’s ideas. Nonetheless, those who do hear Kurtz speak overlook the emptiness of Kurtz’s words and are deceived by his eloquence — most notably the Russian trader, who claims Kurtz has “enlarged his mind” (123). Inca... ... middle of paper ... ...to remind us that the story at hand is understood through multiple levels, and given its medium, destined to be questionable in its integrity. ".
The Theme of Young Goodman Brown This essay intends to develop an interpretation of the theme of “Young Goodman Brown”. To come by a clear notion of the theme of “Young Goodman Brown” is no easy task, thanks to the confusing style of the author. As A.N. Kaul says in the “Introduction” to Hawthorne – A Collection of Critical Essays: Because Hawthorne was much given to evasions, mystifications, and prevarications of various sorts, because he repeatedly confuses the issues by shying sway from them, because he often talks of his fiction in terms of misty legends and faded blooms, because, in short, he seems frequently to disclaim his own vital interests, we must take care not to lose from sight those aspects of his work that are most essential to his vision. .
However, there are inconsistencies throughout and from the few sources available to modern historians we must consider Thucydides' creditability as questionable. The reader's dissatisfaction with Thucydides as an historian is derived from a combination of the suppression of evidence, which leads us to decipher his validity from the consistency of the text, and the problems we have with the text when we do so. Thucydides systematically ignores certain issues for instance religious, economic and social issues. He abandoned breadth to achieve depth, but in ignoring these issues he missed certain aspects of the war. Further and even closer to his chosen topic he completely ignores Persia as a factor in the background to the war and only alludes to the Megara decree which in other accounts has an important role to play in the out break of war.
Bergeron doesn’t have a clear thesis statement for his article. This fallacy made it difficult for the reader to know what Bergeron is willing to talk about , and was also difficult to him to divide the article into many parts each part discussing a separate idea. Chris Bergeron failed to convey his ideas to the reader in his article Myth and the Hero’s Journey: Big Screen Blockbusters” because he used many confusing ways while addressing his words . It could be considered that his language choice ,popular culture references, his misuse of sources and most importantly the lack of central thesis and organization are the confusing ways that he used in his article.
Norman Bryson, author of, “Hawthorne’s Illegible Letter,” critiques Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter by attacking the ambiguity of the story and the destruction of meaning he believes the vagueness creates. Bryson’s title in itself shrewdly criticizes the veil over legitimacy in Hawthorne’s piece by altering part of the original name. For a man with such clever word play, is it possible that even he fears the unknown at times? Although he doesn’t quite portray apprehension in his writing, it does seem as though he found solace in counter-acting previous judgments with much disregard for the possibility that the constant changes in the novel allow the reader infinite leg room for interpretation were written for a positive reason reason. Bryson’s claim that the overwhelming uncertainty of the fictional tale cloaks the novel’s supposed purpose is invalid for the likelihood that Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter to successfully portray his appreciation of the ambiguity that surrounded both the Puritan community and... ... middle of paper ... ...gible, understood image of a person known to embody a certain trait, Hawthorne’s vague description of his characters’ outward actions allow the reader to string together their own rope between the several inner and outer dimensions that in reality form an identity; alas, making indulging The Scarlet Letter a more active experience than it already is.
In chapter 7 of his book, Lynch addresses various opposing viewpoints that are centered on the idea that truth is a type of fiction and does not really exist. He immediately goes on to defend the existence of truth with claims that philosophers seldom deny the existence of truth and that the question “What is truth?” is simply pointless because truth “has no nature that needs explaining.” The Nietzchean view of truth is based on the belief that truth is not deeply normative or good. Lynch points out the flaw of this theory in that it hints at the unsatisfying logic “truth is worth caring about therefore the pursuit of truth must be blind relative to other things.” As a counterclaim, Lynch believes that people must balance the pursuit of one
Often times within literary history, authors have chosen to rely on unreliable narrators to add a veil of mysticism and sympathy to their twisted plots. Numerous authors attempt to make the reader believe that the unreliable narrator is in desperate need of compassion and understanding; however, Poe uses unreliable narrators to twist about the reality of the tale just enough to make the reader doubt everything within the story. This technique, employed by Poe in many of his works, adds a layer of mystery and uncertainty that becomes expected within his unique storylines. No author knows “twisted plots” more so than the morbid and abnormal Edgar Allen Poe. In his story, “The Black Cat, Poe uses an unreliable narrator to intensify the story by making the plotline doused with sporadic moments of truth in order to truly create a fine line between what is the truth and what is not.