Saramago’s style of writing reinforces the plot because it represents and explains the events and psychological struggles endured by each individual in the novel. In Blindness, the narrator does not reveal the characters’ names, but treats them in a more impersonal way by using physical attributes, relationships, and professions to address them. For instance, when the book first starts, the reader discovers that a man who was driving his car has suddenly become blind. The narrator does not provide the reader with his name until he visits the Doctor, an ophthalmologist that attends his case, who first refers to him as “the first blind man.” The use of characteristics as names plays a role in the overall effect of the characters’ blindness given that it adds effectiveness to the story. References like “the boy with the squint” and “the girl with the dark glasses” seem effective since using physical characteristics to “name” the characters, although they are unable to see others, is something that "gives life" (change later)to the plot. When six new members enter the ward the doctor’s wife, referring to a blind policeman, says “he too knows that names are of no importance here.” Another interesting characteristic that i...
... middle of paper ...
...e reader to decipher who the speaker is and what message they are trying to communicate. This gets problematic as more characters appear for instance when the new blind internees enter the ward, and as they introduce themselves, “two of the men spoke at once.” Another important aspect of the plot in Blindness is the portrayal of the theme of human nature by means of detailed descriptions of the human behavior. The narrator constantly describes the actions of the main characters within the novel. The description is so detailed that at some points it turns into graphic descriptions of events that people usually do not openly discuss for example rape, sex, and other human activities such as going to the bathroom. These events portray the nature of human beings, and it is by means of exhaustive description that Saramago gets the reader to truly understand the concept.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- “Life…is composed of the most unpredictable, disparate, and contradictory elements,” according to Guy de Maupassant. “It is brutal, inconsequential, and disconnected, full of inexplicable, illogical catastrophes” (“The Writer’s Goal" 897). Utterly to the point with his words, Guy de Maupassant’s fame as a writer stemmed from his “direct and simple way” of telling readers what he observed (Chopin 861). His short story, “The Necklace,” is no exception. “The Necklace” is evidence of the literary realism that dominated literature during the 19th century.... [tags: Literary Analysis, Short Story Analysis]
1346 words (3.8 pages)
- While the words of “’Repent, Harlequin!’ said the Ticktockman” are new, the story is familiar. The ending is predictable; the reader knows that the Harlequin will be caught and the simple order of the dystopian society will be restored. The predictability of the conclusion is not a fault of Ellison’s writing, rather a merit. Ellison uses in depth characterization balanced with ironic outbursts and a mismatched plot to create a story that is predictable, for the right reasons, but memorable, for the wrong reasons.... [tags: plot, ironic outbursts, characterization]
561 words (1.6 pages)
- Recently, there has been a poorly written communication in the workplace, which has led to some hurt feelings, lower morale and possible loss of business. As a corporation, we have worked very hard to maintain the synergy thoughout our work environment. These latest events are starting to compromise multiple aspects of our company. First, we are loosing control and perspective of our colleagues. Camaraderie and atmosphere are suffering, placing us in jeopardy of destroying our active policies and their integrity.... [tags: Literacy Essays]
1250 words (3.6 pages)
- Mark begins and ends his gospel with schism. The division of the heavens when Jesus is baptized by John (Mark 1:10) and the final one, the tearing of the veil in the temple (Mark 15:38). These two schisms form the fundamentals of the Book of Mark. God splits the heavens, in order to establish His Son, and then He splits the veil of the temple, in atonement for His Son’s death. In between these boards of the book of Mark, in between the schisms, lies the vigorous, dynamic gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.... [tags: Bible, Literary Analysis, Historical Religion]
857 words (2.4 pages)
- Twelfth Night or What You Will is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. It has been performed hundreds of times and adapted into a number of modern films. The main plot of the play follows Viola, a girl who is rescued from a shipwreck and enters into the service of the Duke Orsino disguised as a man. Rising quickly in his estimation, Viola begins delivering messages of love on his behalf to Olivia, a noble woman who has no interest in Orsino’s advances. Over the course of the play Olivia falls in love with the disguised Viola, Viola falls in love with Orsino, and Viola’s twin brother Sebastian, who supposedly died in the shipwreck, returns.... [tags: Twelfth Night Sub-plot]
2034 words (5.8 pages)
- In Raymond Carver's Cathedral “appear...extreme versions of insularity,from a husband's self-imposed confinement to a living room in 'Preservation' to another's pathetic reluctance to leave an attic garret in 'Careful'” (Meyer). One of Carver's chief goals in cathedral is to criticize people who fail, in one way or another, to communicate with society. In almost every short story, the main character suffers from insularity due to a horrible event in his or her life, alcoholism, or a failure to consider others' thoughts and feelings.... [tags: Cathedral Essays]
2435 words (7 pages)
- Hedda Gabler written by Henrik Ibsen and Medea written by Euripides both present the ideas of women who have either been wronged in life or simply have lives which have taken a turn for the worse, who find themselves in times of distress. The playwrights therefore use different techniques to portray them, their suffering, and what they resort to do to ease this pain, and in Medea’s case, to fulfil her revenge. The former play is set in late nineteenth century Norway. Hedda Gabler must deal with a various number of situations which eventually build up and lead to her demise.... [tags: Literary Analysis ]
1456 words (4.2 pages)
- There are numerous works of literature that recount a story- a story from which inspiration flourishes, providing a source of liberating motivation to its audience, or a story that simply aspires to touch the hearts and souls of all of those who read it. One of the most prevalent themes in historical types of these kinds of literature is racism. In America specifically, African Americans endured racism heavily, especially in the South, and did not gain equal rights until the 1960s. In her renowned book The Color Purple, Alice Walker narrates the journey of an African American woman, Celie Johnson (Harris), who experiences racism, sexism, and enduring hardships throughout the course of her l... [tags: Literary Analysis ]
1382 words (3.9 pages)
- Effective Literary Elements in Wuthering Heights Critics analyze and examine Wuthering Heights to obtain a deeper understanding of the message that Emily Bronte wants to convey. By focusing on the different literary elements of fiction used in the novel, readers are better able to understand how the author successfully uses theme, characters, and setting to create a very controversial novel in which the reader is torn between opposite conditions of love and hate, good and evil, revenge and forgiveness in Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]
1568 words (4.5 pages)
- Plot of the novel Victor hides from the creature in a remote part of the world which is below 0°C and was found by a group of crusaders seeking to destroy the monster. Part 1 – Lesson 1 Life and times of Mary Shelley Mary Shelley was born on 30th August 1797, Somers Town, in London. Her parents were called William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. She had a depressing childhood because her mother died when she was 10 days old and was raised by her father and much resented step-mother. When Mary is sixteen, she meets a young poet called Percy Bysshe Shelley (future husband).... [tags: English Literature]
2090 words (6 pages)