Although the poems "Recalling War" by Robert Graves and "Mental Cases" by Wilfred Owen are both concerned with the damage that war does to the soldiers involved, they are different in almost every other respect. Owen's poem examines the physical and mental effects of war in a very personal and direct way - his voice is very much in evidence in this poem - he has clearly seen people like the 'mental cases' who are described. It is also evident that Owen's own experiences of the war are described: he challenges the reader with terrifying images, in order that the reader can begin to comprehend the causes of the madness. Graves on the other hand is far more detached. His argument is distant, using ancient images to explore the immediate and long-term effects of war on the soldier.
Every individual in the world is frail. Everyone experiences sorrow. In the classical literature novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author describes the book as "a tale of human frailty and sorrow". Hawthorne uses the novel to depict Arthur Dimmesdale's "human frailty and sorrow" through his physical appearance, emotional state, and words spoken to other characters throughout the novel. As Dimmesdale continues to hide and cover up the sin that he committed from the community, it becomes physically obvious that Dimmesdale is experiencing the frailty and sorrow that come from being a human when Hawthorne describes him "suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul, and given over to machinations of his deadliest enemy, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale [has] achieved a brilliant popularity in his sacred office.
There are similarities and differences in the utilization of this literary technique, but in both cases the authors employ unexplainable occurrences to develop characters and communities. The effect of these unearthly happenings are deep, and they allow characters to showcase their true feelings, to set the mood of the novels, and also to draw the reader into the story. "124 was spiteful. Full of a baby's venom,” (Morrison, 1) is the opening line of Morrison’s Beloved. With this sentence, the reader is immediately put on edge.
He endures pain from Roger Chillingworth who tortures him. While Hester endured the public shame of the scarlet letter “A” on her chest, Dimmesdale goes through a much more painful experience. Dimmesdale’s guilt is an internal struggle and is much
Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” makes the reader acutely aware of the impact of war. The speaker’s experiences with war are vivid and terrible. Through the themes of the poem, his language choices, and contrasting the pleasant title preceding the disturbing content of the poem, he brings attention to his views on war while during the midst of one himself. Owen uses symbolism in form and language to illustrate the horrors the speaker and his comrades go through; and the way he describes the soldiers, as though they are distorted and damaged, parallels how the speaker’s mind is violated and haunted by war. Chaos and drudgery are common themes throughout the poem, displayed in its form; it is nearly iambic pentameter, but not every line fits the required pattern.
Some of the main symbols of the novel are The Hanging Wall, the colours of the clothing of the different women and the Eyes. All these symbols add different features to the story which are important. Some add fear, suspense, and overall they all add an important understanding of the story line. Margaret Atwood, was able to successfully create symbols which added depth and helped with the understanding of the novel. With these symbols she used in the novel she proved the importance and the positive effects strong symbolism can have with plot and character
They go through terrifying experiences that continue to strengthen their bonds, but also destroy their mental state. Through Paul’s eyes, Remarque shows the devastation that war has on the mind. Depression, one of many psychological disorders, is an illness that Paul is stricken with in the war. This disease can plummet people into a state of complete sadness and hopelessness, a common theme that
There are many rhetorical devices that Dickens uses in the novel. In this novel, he uses metaphors, symbolism, similes, personification, hyperboles, repetition, and many other devices to enhance the complexities of the novel. Using these makes the novel more complicated to read and the devices will make you think about what you read. Rhetorical devices help Dickens get the point across through the story. Literary devices are used in text because using these types of devices will make the author’s writing more unique and enjoyable to read.
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Any interesting, thought-provoking, moving story or novel has many key aspects. It must have an excellent plot, character development, and story development as well, but most importantly, it must have many layers a reader can delve into and analyze. These commonly occur in the form of allegories. An allegory, by definition, is a work of art in literature in which a deeper, hidden meaning can be found. Not only do they voice the author’s opinions and engage a reader, allegories also reveal moral principles not commonly found without analysis.