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In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist and speaker of the story, Holden is confused with the world he lives in. He is dissatisfied and not in touch with his inner self enough to remain content. When Holden sees ducks flying south for the winter, he asks his taxi driver where they fly. The cab driver responds, saying they fly away from the cold, which they couldn’t survive in. The ducks symbolize their ability of freedom and escape from the deadly winter.
Holden is like the ducks in that he often “flies” away from his problems. The beginning of the story explains how he was kicked out of his boarding school due to his childlike and inappropriate actions.
He wants to fly like the birds to safety, his childhood where innocence and freedom reigned. Now, trapped by his thoughts, he is at a loss of how to face his problems, and instead continues flying away from them.
In other words, sex is often suggested with much more art and effort than it is described, and, if the author is doing his job, it reflects and creates theme or character. Choose a novel or movie in which sex is suggested, but not described, and discuss how the relationship is suggested and how this implication affects the theme or develops characterization. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth proclaims, “… Come you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty” (Macbeth: Act 1, scene 5).
In this scene, Lady Macbeth awaits King Duncan’s arrival at her castle, whom she ought to kill. She cries out to be “unsexed” so that she has the power of a man to do man’s work.
She expresses that her womanhood is holding her back from performing such an act of violence, and that she needs to “be a man.” Her relationship with her husband tends to be more manipulative and unloving, from the very start of their marriage. This scene enhances Lady Macbeth’s character and creates a stoic woman ready to kill. Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan is an important baptism scene, in that he did not need to be baptized, for he was born without original sing, yet he still baptized in the Jordan River. The story can be found in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:4-12, Luke 3:2-23, and John 1:28-33. The story in Matthew’s gospel in the New Testament of the Bible describes great disciple, John meeting Jesus at the Jordan River. Jesus requested that John, his earthly cousin, be his baptizer. John was an unashamed devout follower of Jesus. After Jesus was baptized, he immediately came out of the water, and the sun shone down on him and a dove flew near by, symbolizing the Almighty God. The importance of this baptism is that Jesus didn’t need to be baptized, as he was without sin. Yet, he did so as an example of what the people need to do, how we should be baptized, and to be freed from original sin in hopes of reaching eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
Discuss at least four different aspects of a specific literary work that Foster would classify under “geography.” In John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, geography plays a major role in the plot unfolding. With the geographical setting constantly shifting, the story maintains a constant stimulating aura. The story opens in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The dust storms of the time have ruined crops, and the Joad family is preparing to move west. A second location is the family’s travels on Route 66, the main road used by families during the Great Migration. Highway 66 is described as “the mother road, the road of flight” (Steinbeck 12.1). The families traveling on the road all are in desperate need of an income, with hopes of finding jobs in California. Finally, when the Joads reach California, the geography gives a mood of beauty and appreciation. A big theme is the anticipation of reaching the state, and once they arrive, the physical land of the state gives the families new hope.
The final geographical setting is the Hooverville the Joads live in in California. The land is full of poor families in shambles, starving and in poverty. California is shown to be beautiful in land, but dangerous in its desperate people. While the Joads work to cultivate money and food, they live amidst starving families. A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfil. Robert Frost’s poem is a four-stanza, AABB/CCDD/EEFF rhyme scheme poem.
He focuses on gratitude and thanksgiving for the season of spring. In the first stanza, the speaker addresses and calls on God’s ability to give humans appreciation for the season and all of the new life it brings. The second stanza further emphasizes spring’s ability to inspire people, and each individual’s quest for ultimate happiness. The third stanza focuses on observing the little changes in spring, and to observe the delightful gifts God brings forth in the springtime. Archetypes are myths that follow specific patterns in their characters/plots. Archetype is a type of pattern of a personality type seen throughout centuries of literature. Archetypes can be used to analyze personalities of complex characters and draw conclusions based on the text. Several archetypes include: the hero, the mentor, the everyman, the villain, etc. An archetypal story that describes the hero archetype is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the film series.
Harry, the teen protagonist in the stories, takes on responsibility from the start, living with his cold extended family. He soon discovers his other self in the “wizarding” world, and takes on the responsibility of keeping the world safe from evil and distress. Maintaining the hero stereotype, Harry faces near-death experiences, completes his quest, remains true to his self, and faces many hardships along the way. The 2017 Lionsgate film, Wonder, based on famed novel, describes the life of a young boy who has endured 27 surgeries in order to correct his facial imperfections. The plot tells the story of the boy beginning his first days of school, and the strength he gains when faced with bullies and feeling like an outcast. His physical imperfections are extreme, yet his confidence seems to grow over time, thus enhancing his personality as a whole. He ends up making friends, hearing a guest speaker on “Not blending in when you are born to stand out.”
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