Love in Relationships vs. Love for Oneself In a day where loving yourself first is not only accepted but often expected, it is a stretch for the 20th (or 21st) century mind to see marriage as a necessity, as it was for Jane Austen and some of the greatest of her heroines. Marriage for money and convenience, as well as familial preservation, formally dominated matchmaking choices. Love and romance were but luxuries in the business-like fashion of marriage. Austen contested this reality and criticized it, but she also placed one thing above romance: the Self. Austen undoubtedly prizes respect for the Self above social expectation and relationships.
With critics delivering harsh words to Gaskell for annoyance about the plight of the poor, they could never deny her skills as a writer, which lead to her success as a writer. Her last novel was Wives and Daughters, which was published in 1864 by Cornhill Magazine. Another author had to finish the ending for her. Brief Summary of Wives and Daughters: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters are readings of ramblings of a lunatic about the poverty conditions of the people in England. Elizabeth Gaskell’s, Wives and Daughters is centered on the main character Molly Gibson.
Irony is an effective way for a poem, playwright or author to lighten an otherwise dark or cryptic story while simultaneously putting emphasis the story’s dark elements; in its obvious absence, the darkness of the story becomes more apparent. This is effective in many poems, such “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe, which is about the death of a childhood lover. The persona, assumed to be male, highlights the youth of the his lover, Annabel Lee, referring to her as “this maiden” (Poe line 3) and “a child” (line 7) to underline the fact that she died too young and too soon. He blames this on the angels, who “coveted” (line 12) them and their love. Poe uses irony to contrast, and, therefore, puts emphasis on, the negative circumstances surrounding Annabel Lee’s death by retelling the events in an idyllic tone.
The American Dream was the ideal goal for most common people across 1920’s America. These citizens, regardless of their social status and family history, strived to become accomplished first-class socialites. Even though they struggled to grasp this materialistic dream, high class citizens- specifically those born into wealth- already reached this heavenly goal. Truly, this makes the wealthy ultimately the American Dream themselves because of their granted status that the common people desired. This concept is incorporated in Fitzgerald’s American Classic The Great Gatsby : a fiction work that describes a poor young man named Gatsby and his relationship with the rich and beautiful Daisy Fay Buchanan.
He overcame the conditions that he was born into. His parents were mere farmers but he has been able to reinvent himself both figuratively and literally. His achievements cannot be dismissed because of such factors as luck or wealth. The medal of honor Gatsby earns from serving in the war and the mansion he owns on West Egg are a consequence of his enduring persistence. Although Gatsby’s objectification of women is displeasing, this novel is considered a great American novel because it convinces its readers, at least briefly, of Niccolò Machiavelli’s ideal that "the ends justify the means."
The Irish immigration has also brought famous figures, such as the painter Georgia O'Keeffe, and novelists Edgar Allen Poe and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Henry Ford, a successful leader in the vehicle industry is a man of Irish heritage. The most celebrated Irish American sports figure is George Herman “Babe” Ruth who dominated the American baseball league and is remembered as a baseball legend. These famous events and people have helped the nation to thoroughly respect the Irish. Irish immigrants traveled to the United States with so much courage and managed to get by all of the harshness of the new world, leaving a major influence in the country.
Jocelyn Lampkin Mrs. Walton English III 10 April 2014 Literary Analysis of Jay Gatsby and the American Dream The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was set back in the 1920s which is one the greatest decades in American history. It was a time when everyone wanted to “get rich quick.” Americans believe that if they have enough money, they can buy their happiness through materialistic spending, increase power socially, and possibly manipulate lost time. F. Scott Fitzgerald's characterization of Jay Gatsby embodies the American Dream ---nice car, family, money, the whole white picket fence with a dog scene that Americans visualize.Throughout the novel readers are exposed to some of Gatsby's “great” achievements. But not all “great” things in life end up being truly great, and Gatsby is an example of the American Dream’s downfall. Gatsby comes from a small town in North Dakota and he once lived with “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” but then met a “quick and extravagantly ambitious” man named Dan Cody who changes his life forever.
William Faulkner's classic Absalom, Absalom!, certainly ranks among the gems of twentieth century American literature and indeed is arguably the best Southern novel ever written. Indeed it might well be thought of as a metaphor of the Confederate legacy of the lost cause myth, which so desperately seeks an answer for how such a noble cause, championed by just and honorable men went down in utter collapse and defeat. For among the sorted affairs of the Sutpen clan lie the elements of destruction of Southern society. Cruelty, lies, deceit, greed, resentment, revenge, and worst of all in its white supremacist view, miscegenation. The summitry between this tragic tale, centered around the fictional plantation Sutpen's Hundred and the true history of the South is quite striking.
The story itself may not seem tragic but the social downfall of the Wingfield's in itself is tragic. Williams shows the Southern family in decline, with certain members holding desperately to past visions of grandeur. Amanda Wingfield desperately clings to her romanticized memories of her southern past. Williams makes it clear that her memories are just mere illusions. The south has a tragic history, just like Amanda and Rose.
“There would be no one to live for her in those coming years; she would live for herself… A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem n... ... middle of paper ... ... who were the least fortunate, literary realism was sure to have an impact on the reader. People were used to stories that were romanticized and that always had happy endings, so when groundbreaking authors began to write about the world as it really was and all the suffering that was happening at the time, it was extremely influential. Especially for events like the Civil and Women’s Rights movements, whose starting points were likely sparked by realist writers such as Kate Chopin and Paul Laurence Dunbar. If writers had continued sugarcoating the truth and keeping the public’s eyes closed when it comes to injustice, who knows if things would have ever gotten better? By enlightening the country about topics that were not necessarily pleasant but desperately needed attention, realist writers were able to spark changes that influenced not only the U.S., but the world.