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When I first read this book last year for my Junior Theme, I did not understand why it was such an acclaimed and respected novel. I thought it was too abstract and depressing. Now that I am reading it for the second time, I realize that I did not like the novel because it was not what I expected. I had prepared myself for the classic slave story about life on the plantation, slave rebellions, and the Underground Railroad. However, when I began reading Beloved, these events were only mentioned in memories that interrupted a former slaves present life struggle... Continue reading
Throughout the novel I have questioned Marlow's morals and whether he agreed or disagreed with the violence accompanied with imperialism in the Congo. In the end, I believe that Marlow does not care either way about the violence and the actions taken by the Europeans in Africa. Marlow is only concerned with efficient work and honest motives. On page 42, Marlow states, "I don't like work-no man does-but I like what is in the work-the chance to find yourself. Your own reality..." (42). Marlow admires efficient work because he believes it is the only way to create meaning and "your... Continue reading
Throughout Joseph conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, Marlow dehumanizes Africans, referring to them mostly as objects. For instance, Marlow describes the helmsman as a piece of machinery. Furthermore, he later refers to Kurtz's African mistress as a piece of statuary. This type of racism is different from the blatant discrimination used by Kurtz. For example, Kurtz openly admits that he takes ivory by force and rules by violence. While the Company claims that they are spreading civilization to the African, Kurtz admits that he is there for selfish reasons, describing his own treatment of the natives with words like "suppression"... Continue reading
Last year in English class, we read Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", a story about a writer who faces death while on an African safari. Interestingly, though each story has a completely different plot line, I was immediately reminded of "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" while reading "Hills Like White Elephants", also written by Hemingway. In only the first paragraph, the setting not only was similar to that of "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (a valley surrounded by hills or mountains), but the diction and syntax used to describe the setting resembled that of Hemingway's other story. Further parallels can be made... Continue reading
Throughout the novel, the characters struggle to resist suffering and to achieve a whole and grounded sense identity. However the clairvoyant actions of Lena, McEachern, Uncle Doc, and Grimm suggests that the characters, specifically Christmas, struggle in vain, as if they are only following a script of their predetermined fate. In chapter 19, when Grimm is in pursuit of Christmas, Faulkner writes as if Grimm was acting instinctively and in “blind obedience to whatever Player moved him on the Board.” This suggests that life is a only a game where all characters are moving towards a predetermined ending. It also... Continue reading
Last year my English class we read Faulkner's novel, "As I Lay Dying". In this novel, the names of every character had specific correlations to the character's persona and actions. For instance, the father's name, Anse, is related to the word "anserous", which means goose-like, stupid, and silly, all of which describe Anse's character. Similarly, in "Light in August", the character's names also have significant meanings that help illustrate their demeanors. For example, Reverend Hightower's last name represents how he is above all the other members of society morally, even though they condemn him for his failure to meet societal... Continue reading
Throughout the play, Prospero is accepted as the all-powerful magician, who has the power to control the spirits of the island. However, Prospero is a mere mortal man, causing the reader to question what the origins of his powers are. His books serve as symbol of his power in the novel. When Caliban planned the murder of Prospero, he told Stephano and Trinculo that they must burn his books in order to be successful in the endeavor (III. ii. 86-88). This suggests that without his books, Prospero is no more powerful than any other individual. I also find it interesting... Continue reading
Throughout the first three acts of the play, the repeated description of Caliban as a monster causes the reader to question whether he is human or another type of animal. Caliban's mother, Sycorax, was not portrayed as human, which implies that Caliban is of a different species as well. However, though they refer to him as "monster", Stephano and Trinculo describe him as having arms, legs, and eyes in his head, suggesting that he is, in fact, a man. In Act 1, Miranda and Prospero criticize Caliban and call him a monster. The fact that Miranda states that Caliban gabbled... Continue reading
One of the protagonists in Trust, Maria, undergoes a dramatic change in character throughout the film. In the beginning of the movie, she is disrespectful high school drop-out who has no motivation for her future. The audience does not feel sympathy for her, despite her father's death and her being pregnant, because she is portrayed as rude and irresponsible. For instance, she demands five dollars not only from her father, but from a random woman on a bench as well. Also, before she has even made her decision on whether to have an abortion or not, she ingest a six-pack... Continue reading
The world in which Muersault lives is irrational due to the lack of explanation of events throughout the novel. For instance, the only explanation given to why Muersault shot the Arab (not just once, but a surprising five times) is because the sun was in Muersault's eyes. The protagonist's actions were random and purposeless. Afterwards, at Muersault's trial and during his time in jail, he never constructs a more rational reason for his actions and he never feels remorse or regret in regards to the Arab. Another example of the irrationality of Muersault's world is the fact that he was... Continue reading
In the first three chapters of The Stranger, Meursault is portrayed as an individual who is indifferent to emotion and human interaction. When Meursault narrates, he shows more interest in the physical aspects of the world, especially the weather. For instance, at his mother's funeral, Meursault is detatched and feels no grief or sadness. However, he repeatedly complains about the unbearable heat. "But today, with the sun bearing down, making the whole landscape shimmer with heat, it was inhuman and oppressive"(Camus 15). Rather than describing the experience of his mother's death as unbearable, he only focuses on the weather. Furthermore,... Continue reading