Mood is the feeling that a story gives a reader, and Norman Maclean’s writing is brimming with it. The mood shifts throughout the entire story as well. Toward the beginning there is always a lighthearted and fun mood to the story. “He was last off the train, and he came down the platform trying to remember what he thought an international-cup tennis player looked like” (Maclean 32). This quote describes Neal when he first dismounted the train in Montana. Norman’s tone in this passage suggests that he disliked Neal. He critiques Neal’s ridiculous looks and comes to the conclusion that they would not get along. Another point in the story that shows a light tone occurs after Norman’s first attempt to fish with Neal. “The women squatted on the floor of the box, and had been making sandwiches until they saw my head appear like a target on canvas. Then they pointed their cutlery at me” (Maclean 53). Obviously, by reading their reaction to the sight of Norman, the trip did not go well. Norman left Neal earlier after Neal refused to fish with him. It was mainly Neal’s fault, but the women blamed Norman and did not let him inside the tent where it was dry. The mood of this part of the story is playful between the women and Norman. Maclean has made it clear to the reader that there is no danger in the situation but that Norman is being punished for Neal’s illness. Whereas most of “A River Runs Through It” has a bright mood, it changes near the end to one of sadness. “I am haunted by waters” (Maclean 113). This is the last line of the book, and it expresses Maclean’s true feelings about all of the losses he has experienced through the years. By this time, he has lost all of his family, which explains why he is “haunted.” The mood of this line is bone-chilling and sobering in its meaning to the author and also to the reader, who can now understand Maclean’s pain. The true skills of an author come
In addition to adding a sense of insecurity to the story, the water, as Judd is “staring down”, symbolizes him taking a reflective look into both his life, and the idea of life(2). Furthermore, the rushing of water signifies life itself, and how it can be smooth, rocky, and even sometimes unstable. In addition to this new insight Judd gains, he also obtains a sense of adulthood as a result of this newfound knowledge. This understanding that “they would lose me” is an idea that very scarcely seen, in which not many people make at all in their
Water represents Sethe's transition from slavery to freedom. Sethe left Sweet Home pregnant with Denver, "and ran off with no one's help" (p.224). She ran scared and fearful of the trackers following her trail. Sethe met Amy Denver, a white women, on her way to Ohio. Amy helped Sethe find the Ohio River. The river was "one mile of dark water...[and] it looked like home to her and the baby"(p.83). When Amy left, Sethe traveled downstream and met Stamp Paid. He helped her and Denver cross the river to freedom. Stamp took Sethe upstream, "and just when she thought he was taking her back to Kentucky, he [Stamp Paid] turned the flatbed and crossed the Ohio like a shot" (p.91). The river locked away the memories of Sweet Home and began her life with Denver at 124. Water represents the transition of Sethe's slave life to her life of freedom. Again, water has cleansed the soul of the sin of slavery. The river is now a barrier. It separates Sethe's life of slavery, to her new life of freedom.
Deliverance by James Dickey was published in 1970 and presumably takes place in 1970’s Georgia. Specifically, the book starts out with the main characters living in a large Georgia city, with the protagonists then deciding to embark on a canoe trip in the Northern Georgia wilderness. Essentially, the novel begins in an urban setting, and then subsequently moves into a more rural setting where the bulk of the book takes place, along the fictional river known as the “Cahulawassee”, as well as the within the wilderness and small towns surrounding it. The book is told through in the first-person perspective of the leading protagonist; Ed. Ed is a graphic designer who is aged somewhere roughly in his forties, and he is quickly growing tired of
The last and most prominent example of the river symbolizing peace, calmness, and freedom was the ability of Huck and Jim to when they wanted �lit the pipes, and dangle their legs in the water and talk about all kinds of things.� The most surprising aspect was when Huck stated that �we was always naked, day and night.� This continues to portray the theme of peace, calmness, and freedom that is given to the characters by the river. The most obvious is that because the river was so peaceful and calm that it led to their freedom to do as they please without the barriers given by society on land.
The author symbolizes the water as transition and spirituality, the lake is symbolized as the elusive badness the boys want so badly. The narrator notices that none of them are as bad as they try to act. After that night the narrator realizes he cannot make it in that life, rather the narrator wants to go to the safety and security of his home and parents.
This passage is symbolic to the point that it relates to the boys. Life is like the lake as in life can bring clarity and peacefulness or it can be murky and destructive. To the Narrator the Lake is a crucial life changing moment when he realizes that he is just a child and not this bad ass who can take on the world. “I was nineteen, a mere child, an infant, and here in the space of five minutes I’d struck down one greasy character and blundered into the waterlogged carcass of a second” (125).
The river represents the period between life and death. Another part of this symbol is the air representing life and under the rocks and waterfall representing death. Just as the transition from life to death is in motion, so is the rushing of the water. Both have a beginning and an ending point, but the part in the middle is constantly moving, swirling and churning. As the girl loses hope for survival and the waterfall is approaching, the narrator states, “[S]he becomes part of the river” (45). The girl now crosses over the borderline of life and death, and she is about to be swallowed up by the falls of death and can never return to life. However, when the diver goes into the river to save her, he comes out saying that “he’d never enter that river again” (47). He encounters the spiritual eccentricity of the edge of death when he looks into lifeless girl’s animated eyes, and he can not fathom that experience. Another symbol that is introduced twice is the gurgle of the aquarium, which symbolizes the attempt to understand nature’s cycle of life. As she floats downstream, the girl remembers “her sixth-grade science class, the gurgle of the aquarium at the back of the room”(45). During this moment, all of her thoughts are puzzled, and she cannot understand the death awaiting her. Later on, after sleepless nights, the diver is in the empty school where “the only sound the gurgle of the aquarium” (48). This moment is the point at which he decides
One of the main characters in the short story “The Things They Carried”, written by Tim O’Brien, is a twenty-four year old Lieutenant named Jimmy Cross. Jimmy is the assigned leader of his infantry unit in the Vietnam War, but does not assume his role accordingly. Instead, he’s constantly daydreaming, along with obsessing, over his letters and gifts from Martha. Martha is a student at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey, Jimmy’s home state. He believes that he is in love with Martha, although she shows no signs of loving him. This obsession is a fantasy that he uses to escape from reality, as well as, take his mind off of the war that surrounds him, in Vietnam. The rest of the men in his squad have items that they carry too, as a way
In “The Journey to the West,” the monk was accompanied by Pigsy, the Sha Monk, the Handsome Monkey King, and the horse. Each of these supporting characters possess a certain magical ability that assisted the monk on his journey, additionally they had their own flaws. This contrasts the monk, which has no magical ability and was devoted buddhism. The strengths, weaknesses, and backgrounds of these supporting characters encapsulate the idea of buddhism throughout the novel, and by including them and Xuanzang the book is able to summarize the idea of buddhism.
Tomorrow When The War Began is a well-known novel written by the Australian writer John Marsden, detailing the seige of Australia by an unknown power. In this book, the author draws out both the inferior and superior side of the characters in the various circumstances faced during war. This is clearly illustrated at the beginning of the book when the characters Homer, Kevin and Ellie take a journey to Hell. However when they returned, they realised that they were involved in a war. To suit this sudden realisation, they changed both their approaches and attitudes. These significant character changes reveal a completely different side of them, resulting in the considerable difference of character even when accompanied by their closest companions. Consequently, their friendship was brought to a whole new level. All of the changes is attributed to the realisation of the war, and it would be true to say that war brings out both the worst and best in people.
The narrator is symbolically baptized in the dirty waters of Greasy Lake. He foreshadows when he comments that the mistake of dropping his keys “[opens] the floodgate” of the events of the night to come. The water imagery helps emphasize the baptism and rebirth of the narrator and his friends
In this short story by Tim O’Brien, Lieutenant Jimmy cross leads a platoon of men in the Vietnam War. Unable to keep his thoughts from his unrequited love interested, Martha, Cross allowed his platoon to become lax in their duties and mentally removed from the war. The conflict arises when one of his men, Ted Lavender, is killed on a mission. The conflict is resolved when Lieutenant Cross abandons his youthful fantasy world for the reality of the war he is living in. Cross finds new purpose in the vigilant leadership of his men.