Mark Twain and James Thurber use conflict and figurative language to develop and enhance their humorous writing. Although conflict can be humorous in itself, the way conflict is presented and the author's tone used with the conflict can greatly increase the humorous effect. Mark Twain's short story, "A Toast to the Oldest Inhabitant: The Weather of New England," pokes fun at the uncertainty of New England weather, while Thurber's short story, "The Dog That Bit People," explores the adventures of a unique, matchless dog. Both authors have a very relaxed, casual, and sometimes satirical tone. The tone expressed by Twain and Thurber leads to very humorous moods in these two short stories.
As both the fictional character and the historical commander perform immoral acts to gain absolute power, they also commit deceitful deeds to consolidate that power. For example, by exploiting the animal’s fear of the attack dogs, Napoleon intimidates many animals to falsely confess their connections with Snowball; the narrator explains, “When they had finished their confession, the dogs promptly tore their throats out, and in a terrible voice Napoleon demanded whether any other animal had anything to confess.The three hens who had been the ringleaders in the attempted rebellion over the eggs now came forward and stated that Snowball had appeared to them in a dream and incited them to disobey Napoleon’s orders. They, too, were slaughtered.” (Orwell 93). The hens paranoid that the pigs will discover their misdeeds, confess the
In the fiction short story “Greasy Lake” author Bruce Springsteen writes about three young adults who think of themselves as tough characters only to have a run-in with actual bad people which put into perspective how they were merely acting like rebels and that they didn’t truly have it in them. There are many notions of epiphany and evolution in “Greasy Lake”. The protagonist which is also the narrator of the story tells the events in a sorrowful way. He forms his sentences in a way that lets the reader know that he doesn’t feel the same way anymore. This regret, this remorse is a rhetorical appeal known as pathos, which focuses on emotions.
The Sheep and The Dogs Napoleon uses the sheep because they were quite stupid and gullible. Once he had taught them the maxim "four legs good, two legs bad" they bleated it over and over whenever they were troubled or there was an argument going on. This meant no one could hear what was going on so the arguing had to stop, meaning that Napoleon often won arguments between him and Snowball. Later on Napoleon taught them a new maxim that went "four legs good, two legs better!" This was after the pigs had paraded around the yard, walking on their hind legs.
The continuous excuses given by Neil (“Too cold”, “I told you I can’t swim”, “No, it’s too cold”) shows his defences to cover up his disease, psoriasis as he is inferior about it. This is understandable as he is fearful of being found out and shunned by everyone. (“If there is one thing he couldn’t abide it was to be laughed at”) I sympathize with him as it is indeed unfortunate to have the disease and desperately trying to hide it. However, when he gave his final excuse “I’ve got my period”, the whole situation changed. Besides the readers getting some entertainment, they are fairly amused and laughed behind his back.
Critique of “First Flight” The “First Flight” is an excellent short story that made pathos for the reader to portray in the life of an everyman who has to deal with exclusion and people’s bad choices. Gregory is an 18 year old who just wants to be sociable but everyone just shuts him out and doesn’t pay attention to him. He stops in a train station to warm up and is ridiculed on a false accusation of stealing a pilot uniform. W.D Valgardson perfectly shows both of the main themes. W.D Valgardson perfectly shows that loneliness and isolation often leads to rash acts of cruelty, and to suicide or death.
They learn and develop throughout the book and many events shift how they think, for example the trial of Tom Robinson. Brother and sister, Jem and Scout are very alike but at the same time particularly divergent. These differences are key in understanding each personality. Jem carries a more level headed approach on things while Scout is more impulsive. This is displayed in chapter 10 pages 89-99, a “mad dog” comes onto their street and Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father normally a pacifist like man, shoots the dog with precise accuracy.
Them singing Beasts of England is hypocritical of the banishment, and supports the readers dislike of the pigs. Napoleon is seen wearing a 'Bowler hat' and 'gallop rapidly round the yard', this is the only time where Napoleon loses control. In my opinion, which may be disputed, this is a sign of Napoleon evolving in to the 'pig to man' he becomes in the end. His wearing of the bowler hat, an item of clothing, reveals his human behaviour in contrast to him galloping, which exposes his animal instincts. To us this image of a boar in a bowler hat is amusing although the animals must have been confused.
His sensitivity and bookishness puts unwanted distance between him and his brothers. Suddenly the ‘we’ becomes ‘they’ and ‘I.’ The author writes: ‘They smelled my difference — my sharp, sad, pansy scent.” We The Animals is a heart-wrenching read, that effectively uses language and incorporates a multitude of themes that gel within each other nicely, making the reader ‘reexamine what it means to love and hurt.’ (O, The Oprah Magazine)
They did anything that Napoleon commanded them to do. The dogs main impact on the story was when they chased Snowball off the farm and when they oversaw the slaughtering of all the animals ( ). “Napoleon is always right,” was Boxer’s motto and he always blindly supported Napoleon ( ). The sheep would save Napoleon when he did not know how to talk his way out of something by yelling out “four legs good, two legs bad!” ( ) Napoleon’s scare tactics were also very effective. A major example of Napoleon’s usage of scare tactics is the dogs.