She wants total extermination of an entire race. This desire shows how revenge stored up for all these years is the most deadly kind of all. Madame Defarge’s desire to kill innocent people solely for revenge shows how powerful revenge can truly be. The storming of Bastille, the execution of old Foulon, and Madame Defarge’s cruel passion show how Dickens masterfully uses the theme of revenge in A Tale of Two Cities. The storming of the Bastille lights the spark of revenge within the French peasants.
Byron and Shelley: Themes of Destruction “Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal Wreck,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelly in his poem, “Ozymandias.” This theme of destruction also forms the basis of Lord Byron’s poem, “Darkness.” Although each poem has a very different narrative, tone and plot, they reflect fears about the legacy of human influence and the destruction of civilization. The common theme of destruction, found in Percy Bysshe Shelly’s poem “Ozymandias” and Lord Byron’s poem, “Darkness” reflects the poets’ shared fears about the future by writing about ideas of civilization, the fall of mankind due to nature and natural instincts, life and death. “Ozymandias” and “Darkness” explore the theme of destruction through
This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.” (34). This observation illustrates the reality of the world, especially during the war. Closer to the story, this can directly compare to the overbearing, poor class of society and that of Gatsby and the Buchanan’s caliber. In many cases, the rich and elite know nothing outside the realm of their own lavish lives, and rarely care for anything besides it. Gatsby may have turned his life around as to not be stuck clawing the walls within the likes of the valley of ashes, but he seems to have forgotten reality and focuses sharply upon huge parties, scandal, and especially winning Daisy back.
He painted the yellow wheat, the black crows, below a dirt path leading to a dead end, somewhere among the field, and above a furious sky, venting his anger upon every unlucky blossoming plant. He loved life. He loved it passionately, madly, he loved it to insanity but it was time for him to leave. He pulled out a revolver from his pocket and aimed it in his stomach. A deafening noise disrupted the silence of the wheat field and the finished canvas rolled on the ground together with the body.
The reoccurring theme of “the power of blackness” and the uneven balance of transcendental and puritan views are apparent throughout the novel. “The power of blackness” brings out the sin and the worst in all of us including the people we least expect to be evil. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and the minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, have secret meetings leading to an affair in the forest. As a result of their affair, a child is born. Since Hester is the mother, she cannot hide the fact that she is the mother of the child or that she has had an affair and is punished with jail time and a scarlet letter pinned to her bosom that she must wear for the rest of her life.
Hamlet’s state of depression, brought on before the story’s start and remaining until its end, is the most present and influential factor in the grim mood of his tale; this view of the world dictates the story and causes life on Earth to greatly ... ... middle of paper ... ...ensity of the darkness of his vision, acquainting all his peers with feelings comparable to death. His tale is a fantastical account of how the thought of death can take hold of a person’s mind, thereby poisoning him and eventually his environment and making the purity of his soul as fleeting as the beauty of flowers that become weeds. It is a warning to those who would take death lightly or try to manipulate it for their own gain. According to Hamlet’s fate, as well as those of Laertes and Claudius, no matter how seemingly noble the justification, death is a dangerous tool in the hands of a human and a preoccupation with it makes one fit for nothing else. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
The word ash is repeated multiple times and represents feelings such as depression and death. The valley is becoming more and more of a waste land, the ash is taking over the farms and land which expresses that life in the valley can only be dull. There is nothing that isn’t covered by ash. 3. “But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paint less days” Represents a certain motif, consisting of the words Great and Bright, However it is stated that his eyes are dimmed.
The dead bodies scattered around reminded one about the worst possible outcomes of each and every war that takes place in the lap of our mother nature!!! [BR] Abhay Raichand the ultimate winner in the battle of love and power was running like a maniac now. His eyes roamed here and there only to see the sight of those lifeless bodies lying around scattered and unattened. The dead bodies made him feel more scared and depressed, he felt scared for his own people, for everyone who fought for him and for his love, sad for those who lost there life because of this destructive war. [BR] Abhay's face looked peturbed and gloomy.
These letters lead the creature to say, “Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred” (Shelley 91). Not only does the creature realize that he is ugly and scared like a blasted tree, but he also realizes here that he no longer has any family.
West writes in such a way that the reader feels as though he is experiencing the battlefield for himself, allowing the reader to imagine what a wet, muddy, sodden ground splashed with shallow pools and tufts of crackling cornstalks would look like. West accomplishes this great sense of visualization again when he begins to describe the dead all around him on lines 21 to 25, “Shot fruitlessly — and everywhere the dead. Only the dead were always present — present. As a vile sickly smell of rottenness; The rustling stubble and the early grass, The slimy pools — the dead men stank through all” (West, 21-25). Here, West does a great job at depicting what the scenery on no man’s land was like.