All Literature Is Protest

1275 WordsMar 19, 20156 Pages
Asantewa Rogers Period 4 Ms.D “All literature is protest. You can’t name a single literary work that isn’t protest” was a quote said by Richard Wright. My interpretation of this quote is that through all of literature, there is protest. There is protest from the protagonists and even the antagonists. I agree with this quote because in every piece of literature there is a conflict that one faces, and characters show their dislike towards something in different forms of protest. This quote is proven to be true in “Screeno” and “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities”, both of which are short stories written by Delmore Schwartz. One way that this quote is portrayed is by using symbolism. In the short story “Screeno”, written by Delmore…show more content…
Another way this quote is portrayed is in the short story “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities”, also written by Delmore Schwartz. The speaker in this story has a conflict of Man vs. Man, which involves a struggle, (mental or physical) between two characters in the story. The speaker doesn’t want to grow up to be like his father and make the same mistakes he has. His father put too much value in money. “My father tells my mother how much money he has made in the passed week” (page 4) shows readers that his father made his finance public, which wasn’t necessary. The author also writes that the amount of money had “been exaggerated”. The father also seems pessimistic on page 4, when he makes an announcement to the mother that ‘you have to die sooner or later anyway”. If the couple is on a date, the father shouldn’t be talking about things like them dying. This also leads to a conflict of Man vs. Self when the speaker wants to change how he will grow up; not to be like his parents. “Only remorse, hatred, scandal and two children whose characters are monstrous!” show that the speaker thinks his own qualities are ‘monstrous’, and he thinks about changing them so he won’t be like his father. This quote is also supported through imagery in the story. The speaker’s parents were on a date, and while passing a fortune teller’s booth, the mother wanted to go in. The father did not want to do, and they “begin to argue about it” (pg 8). He was about to walk off
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