His experience as a soldier in WWII forever changed the way he looked at the world. His cynical views of war, violence, sex, obsession and government control stemmed from an atrocious past; mainly from the memories of his experience during the firebombing of Dresden Germany. His satire is genius because it comes from an understanding of the implications of war, controlling governments and so forth. He never outright condemned these elements; instead he used dystopias as a subtle way to ridicule them. The works he wrote were absurd as a means to caution and expose the nature of sex, war, violence, obsession and government power.
To elaborate, the society limited the knowledge that citizens have access to by having firemen burn books. Montag, the protagonist, has become disillusioned with the constraints exerted upon him; the Old Woman and Clarisse’s words and actions pushed Montag to see the thinly veiled oppression surrounding him, and the sudden realization sent him spiraling. In the midst of his breakdown, Montag sought out Faber’s help, telling him “We have everything we need to be happy but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing... The only thing I positively know was gone are the books I burned in ten or twelve years” (Bradbury 78).
Stages of Life in My Antonia In the past, critics have demoralized and brutalized every writer they could get their pen on. This is seen from criticisms of Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats. These critics critique everything about the writer and his/her works. For instance, many critics criticize Willa Cather's novel, My Antonia. Their criticisms lie on the basis that My Antonia is based on cyclical themes with no structure holding each of My Antonia's books.
Death of a Salesman is probably one of Arthur Miller's greatest achievements. This play describes the sixty-three-year-old protagonist Willy Loman, a rounded and psychologically motivated individual. Willy is also a familiar American Philistine and even a universal type. He embodies the stupidity, immorality, self-delusion, and failure of middle-class values Miller portrays as being sterile and vicious. At the same time Willy's love of his delinquent sons, however harmful and wrongly expressed has made him "a King Lear in mufti."
It is probable that the crumbling house could have brought around any level of anxiety or fear. However, the tarn could be directly linked to the fear, as Poe described the mystical vapors as sluggish and leaden-hued (4th paragraph, bottom). Perhaps the fumes acted to kickstart their fears, leading them slowly but surely down the crumbling path of the story. I do not believe that this is the case, and that the incestual habits of the family have forever cursed the children with both mental and physical illnesses. Through the entire short story that is “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator spent much of the time at the beginning of the story describing the ominous appearance of the Usher family home, it turned out to be strong symbolism for the ways that Roderick and Madeline lived, and how it paralleled with their crumbling bloodline.
As Jack and Ralph argue over the rules, civilization and essentially control, Piggy 's main concern is what the grown-ups are"going to say"(114). Ironically throughout history adults have shown a craving for control. This craving has resulted in multiple wars, which will inevitably destroy
Comic and Tragic Elements in Slaughterhouse Five Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is the tale of a World War II soldier, Billy Pilgrim. His wartime experiences and their effects lead him to the ultimate conclusion that war is unexplainable. To portray this effectively, Vonnegut presents the story in two dimensions: historical and science-fiction. The irrationality of war is emphasized in each dimension by contrasts in its comic and tragic elements. The historical seriousness of the Battle of the Bulge and the bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humor; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to show his incredibly serious fatalistic views.
Death of a Salesman seems to conform to the 'tragic' tradition that there is an anti-hero whose state of hamartia causes him to suffer. The audience is compelled to genuinely sympathize with Willy's demise largely because he is an ordinary man who is subject to the same temptations as the rest of us. Miller uses many characters to contrast the difference between success and failure in the American system. Willy Loman is a deluded salesman whose... ... middle of paper ... ...ccess, and we measure men by occupational attainment rather than by the more difficult process of considering the whole person. We are all partners in the American Dream and parties to the conspiracy of silence surrounding the fact that failures must outnumber successes.
The Catcher and the Rye is a very controversial book even today. Many schools and libraries across the country have banned this book for various reasons. This paper will explore some of these reasons why this book is still causing debates among educators. To first understand why this book has caused so many debates we have to look at the time it was written in, the 1950’s. In the 1950’s the world was just recovering from the devastations of World War II, which ended five years ago.
An Analysis of Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions Kilgore Trout is a struggling novelist that can only get his novels published in porn magazines. Dwayne Hoover is a fabulously well-to-do car salesman that is on the brink of insanity. They only meet once in their lives, but the entire novel, Breakfast of Champions (1973), is based on this one meeting. The meeting is brief, but that is all the author, Kurt Vonnegut, needs to express his message. In fact, it is quite crucial that the meeting starts and ends almost instantly.