Themes The Loss of Innocence- The title of the novel Fallen Angels immediately emphasizes the theme of youth and innocence. As Lieutenant Carroll explains in Chapter 4, all soldiers are “angel warriors,” because the soldiers are still young boys and still as innocent as angels. In calling the novel Fallen Angels, Myers implies that the soldiers’ youth and innocence are more important than any of their other aspects, such as their religion, ethnicity, class, or race. The novel is first and foremost
Bless the Beast and the Children symbols, motifs, and themes essay In Bless the Beasts and the Children, symbols and motifs help progress the story and develop the theme that ?when faced with a certain situation, boys will do great things?. The boys can use symbols and motifs to help them get through obstacles without giving up and acheive their goal. The boys also give up symbols and motifs they used for comfort or stability that they no longer need because of their independence and maturity.
are several themes, motifs, and symbols. Dreams are a reoccurring theme. Dreams are connected to the unexplainable and mysterious events, occurring in the woods. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” can be compared to “The Tempest”, also written by Shakespeare, because it contains the same theme of dreams- “That, if I then had waked after long sleep, / Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming” (3.2. 139- 140, Caliban) Contrast of appearances verses reality is a common motif throughout
three things focused on throughout the short story is Faith, the forest that Goodman Brown takes his journey through, and the staff, which the old man who leads Goodman Brown on his way carries. The short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” uses several symbols such as: Faith, the forest, and the staff to contribute significantly to the allegory. Goodman Brown’s wife, Faith, not only represents Goodman Brown’s wife but also his religious faith. This dual purpose of Faith only makes it harder for Goodman
Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth”, Shakespeare uses various items to enhance his plot. He used many symbols, motifs, themes, and excellent character development. His development of certain characters had a major impact in “Macbeth”, by changing roles of characters he essentially changed the plot all together. The symbols that he used were there to enhance the play, and show what the protagonists were thinking or seeing. The themes he used were diverse yet they were used to show what certain scenes were all about
could have been a way to express his anger and sorrow without having to actually put his personal life into a book. His Edgar Allan Poe applied his personal turmoil by the themes, symbols, motifs, and the narrator’s experiences. One of the first ways he applied his personal life was through the themes of the books. Three of themes that reoccur are death, alcoholism, and a guilty conscience. Death is used many times; an example would be in the book “The Fall of the House of Usher”. In this book a brother
Beowulf: Themes and Motifs Beowulf is the most important work of Old English literature, and is well deserved of the distinction. Throughout the epic, the Anglo-Saxon storyteller uses many elements to build a certain depth to the characters. Just a few of the important character elements in Beowulf are Wealth & Honor, Biblical & Paganistic, and Man vs. Wild themes. Many of the characters in Beowulf are, like in most epics, defined by their status. But, in addition to status, the Anglo-Saxon
like Maycomb County. Like Jem and Scout, Lee’s father was also a Lawyer. In her novel, Harper Lee uses many examples of symbolism, themes, and motifs to tell the story of Scout growing up and learning life lessons in a sleepy town in Alabama. Symbols are used to portray concepts. Lee uses multiple examples of symbolism in the novel. The mockingbird became the main symbol throughout the novel when Atticus tells Jem and Scout that it is okay to kill blue jays, but killing a mockingbird is wrong. This
railroad in northern Alabama. It is very dark, horrid with soldiers hung over a river, and shot dead. Peyton Farquhar is a confederate soldier in the army. Peyton shows symbols, flashbacks, and foreshadowing as he is getting ready to die by execution. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has many examples of themes, motifs and symbols. One of the things Bierce puts in the story is the idea of flashbacks and foreshadowing. Peyton Farquhar is getting executed. As he is hanging there, He envisions himself
does not go away and the new ruler becomes overwhelmed and becomes the same thing. Works Cited Aiken, Michael. Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011. Print. Brackett, Virginia. British novel: 20th Century, vol.2. N.p.: Facts on File, 2005. Print. Orwell, George. Animal Farm. N.p.: n.p., 1946. Print. “Themes, Motifs & Symbols.” Spark Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2011. .