“Tom Sawyer and the Use of Novels” removes history from the conversation and focuses in on setting, characters, and plot, the “schematics” of literature. While some of what Rubin discusses I agree with, other claims I find hard to fully accept. In reviewing all three of these traits of Tom Sawyer, Rubin is able to argue that the novel is less about the American historical timeframe in which it takes place, but more about the feelings and emotions of what American life means. The first piece of the novel Rubin dissects is the setting. These paragraphs discussing setting in the review I found the most trouble with.
A book like "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," could be both a good example of using fiction to teach history and a good example of why using fiction to teach history can be dangerous. First, the point author argues that using fiction to teach history is a good example because he claims that it can attract younger readers to learn more about history. The Point author also argues that fables can teach us a moral lesson. In paragraph 3 it states, "Both the novel and movie do just that through their touching and thought-provoking exploration of the moral issues surrounding the Holocaust." The structure the Point author uses is that he first summarizes the story "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," then he explains and gives evidence supporting his argument.
He begins with the reasonable search for the reasoning behind the death and destruction that has overcome Thebes. This leads into his search for the man who murdered Laius, and finally to him questioning his own innocence and origin. The final stage of his search is where he becomes most intense, regretfully not considering the extent of the effect his discovery will have on him. Oedipus’ first investigation, as previously mentioned, relates to the terrible condition of Thebes. As father to his people, he sees the importance of relieving their suffering, and thus sends Creon to the Oracle at Delphi.
Acquiring this from the novel gives the reader a psychological perspective in that they are receiving feedback in a conscious way such as a hallucination or a phantasm (Dintenfass 2). Readers have curiously questioned the purpose of his novels such as Heart of Darkness, but the answer is quite simple. "[The] purpose is to get the reader to re-live [any] experience in some [significant] and concrete way, with all its complexity and messiness, all its darkness and ambiguity, intact" (Dintenfass 3). An addi... ... middle of paper ... ...n, eds. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
When interpreting characters in novels readers perceive characters by the impressions the author provides to writers. In the novels Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust and The Trial by Franz Kafka the characters Albertine and Josef K. can be looked at in many different perspectives. Proust portrays Albertine to be a multifaceted, unpredictable character but when taking a step away from the narrator’s thoughts she can be seem in a completely different light. Kafka’s main character Josef K. can either be seen as an innocent victim or as someone who deserves accusation. Writers who set up a story line that allow readers to take away from it what they wish, such as Proust and Kafka, make for the best writers (in my opinion), providing readers to take away from the novel and characters what they wish.
To conclude, it is safe to say that when one is put in a difficult position human instincts come into play and one's decisions are driven by the will to survive. In "Gregory" by Panos Ionnides, the narrator has a duty of serving his country. He could disobey his command to protect a friend, but in return would lose his life. In "Lather and Nothing Else" by Hernando Tellez, the barber has a choice of whether he wants to be known as a hero in his community by killing Captain Torres but would be killed by the opposing army. As a final point, if it comes down to one's own life or somebody else's and the power to decide is in one's own hands, one would always choose oneselves.
is the earliest example of the duality and unstability of his character. Macbeth’s mind is contemplating the murder of Duncan, but he clearly hasn’t come to terms with it. After he has carried out the murder, Macbeth is able to keep a mask of innocence. When he has the doubtful Banquo murdered, and his ghost appears to haunt him
Revenge is a recurring theme in Hamlet. Although Hamlet wants to avenge his father’s death, he is afraid of what would result from this. In the play Hamlet, Hamlet’s unwillingness to revenge appears throughout the text; Shakespeare exhibits this through Hamlet’s realization that revenge is not the right option, Hamlet‘s realization that revenge is the same as the crime which was already committed, and his understanding that to revenge is to become a “beast” and to not revenge is as well (Kastan 1). According to David Scott Kastan in “Hamlet and the Imitation of Revenge” Hamlet is concerned that he will leave a “wounded name” behind (1). What Hamlet fails to realize is that his name is already “wounded” because his father was murdered.
The manner in which Kerouac relates his own feelings to the dark, soothing atmosphere of the room gives the reader a clear idea as to what he is experiencing. This appeal to style lulls the reader into contemplation concerning their... ... middle of paper ... ... of my life you could call my life on the road." Sal needed Dean to have an identity. In fact, as much of a driving force that Dean was, in the end, Dean and Sal needed each other to balance out the holes in their personalities. Bibliography Charters, Ann.
He removes the bandage and his deep wound has not healed. He lies back down trying to catch his breath when as four people enter the room. They sit next to him asking what had happened and all he can say is “nothing it was a dream…just a bad dream.” As his friends stick by his side watching over him he notices the pouring outside. The rain smashes at the windows like hail and he whispers to himself “even the heavens weep.” But outside a notorious figure works the night, peering through the window he steps aside and takes his leave. With a malevolent grin on his lips his raspy voice utters “Kai…you are almost ready.” The wet and dark night shakes and rumbles as a devilish laugh echoes through the night making even the Devil himself quiver.