A common theme in many great works of literature is that of forgiveness. Through studying some of these classics, we can learn the lesson that forgiving others, lets you to let go of hate and anger, and to draw nearer to God; this helps people to be happier and to obtain peace, even in terrible circumstances. First, in Left to Tell, Immaculée was able to find comfort and peace, when she found it in her heart to forgive. Second, in Blood Brothers, Elias found comfort and strength in the understanding that Christ loves and forgives all. Third, in Les Miserables, we see the results of being selfless and choosing to forgive. In this essay, we will examine this fundamental theme in the books Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza, Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour, and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
The power of love in Harry Potter is unlike any other. So much so that it is an overwhelmingly significant and recurring theme throughout the entire series. From the self-sacrificial love of Lily Potter to the loving mother Molly Weasley to the unrequited love of Severus Snape. There is also the misunderstanding, or the absence, of love; which is equally as important in the novels. Especially since it was the main difference between Voldemort and Harry that was incredibly essential to the storyline. So essential that J.K. Rowling went out of the way to tell us about it in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when Dumbledore said, “if there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love” (229, SS). The concept of love is woven so inextricably within the very fabric of the novels, that it continues to challenge the reader all the way until the very end.
In the novel, The Hate U Give, author Angie Thomas discusses the internal, interpersonal, and societal discord of justice by analyzing the internal chaos that consumes Starr’s life, and how it affects her community and humanity as a whole. Starr is a 16-year-old black girl who is navigating through a multitude of tumultuous events in her teenage life. One of Starr’s best friends, Khalil, was shot unjustly by a white police officer. This sparks mass controversy within Starr’s gang-ridden community, Garden Heights, and eventually the entire nation. In addition, Starr faces her own identity crisis, as she lives in a low-income neighborhood but goes to a high school that educates upper-class students. Between these two environments, she finds herself adjusting her
In the short story “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there is a great deal of literary elements used to enhance the story. For example, imagery is used to draw the reader 's attention further into the story by having them see it happening in their head and allegory is used to pull the reader away from the story by referencing things that happened somewhere else. While these two literary elements are both used to magnify different parts of the story, as well as counterbalance each other, the literary device that this essay will be focused on is symbolism. While it appears in many parts of the story one of the most obvious uses of
Love is a strong thing in life that can be great but it also has a downside. In the novel there is love between Henry and Keiko. Also, between Marty and Samantha. The love between Henry and Keiko is very strong because they are two minority's in an all white school. This impact brings them together in the biggest way possible. They do not have any other friends besides each other so they are constantly together and talking. When they had to split up Henry never got to tell her goodbye the way he wanted to, so he went all the way to the camp she was at. This shows that he truly cares about Keiko. Their kiss together is what really strengthened their relationship. Marty and Samantha are also a couple but their love does not seem to be as strong
The symbols used by Gaines help show how authority in a relationship, even in an as big system as communities, leads to sadness and hurt for the controlled group. Nevertheless, A Lesson Before Dying is not the only piece of literature that has symbols that display that power leads to misery in a relationship.
In "Never Let Me Go", The novel begins by capturing the life of Hailsham, a mysterious boarding school designed to raise "special" students by dooming them to a determined fate of relinquishing their internal organs. As they grow older, the students are sent to complete their given tasks which are aided by specific "training" and eventually relocation to different hospitals in order to becoming a donor or "carer" for the donor before becoming one himself. Ishiguro focuses more on the emotional side of his characters by developing very sensitive relationships between the "clones", as they reflect upon their childhoods and set out to find answers to many secrets about the isolated gates of Hailsham. As a result, numerous themes are used freedom and free will, language and commumication, fate, power, class distinction. Also various techniques are used as narration style, symbolism,settings and the importance of the title.
The teenage rebellion, which most of people experience during the puberty, always worsens the relationship between parents and children. Written by Joyce Carol Oates, the short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” describes the condition and consequence of a family whose child is rebellious. Through the characterization, plot, and dialogue, Oates successfully exhibits the thesis that Connie’s bad ending is the consequence of her parents’ attitude and actions.
In the book Everything I Never Told You, there are many different elements and techniques used within the book. The technique that I want to go into more depth on is the use of symbolism. I specifically want to focus on the symbolism in regards to Lydia, Hannah, and Nath’s love of astronauts and space.
Throughout the context of “Bless Me Ultima,” it is evident that there are many motifs and examples of dichotomy. I believe that Anaya uses the previously mentioned elements of literature in order to provoke his readers’ thinking and help embody a struggle of understanding the world we live in. Motifs in this novel include: family, dreams, religion, education, and the list continues. For examples of dichotomy, the idea of good versus evil is the most vivid in this novel.
In William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesmen” there is Notable themes of gender role and gender identity. Faulkner’s Character Anse is Comparatively Similar but also Contrastingly different in the roles they both convey as head of their households, In their families and in society. Both Families can also be analyzed by their time period in which each piece of fictional literature took place. Faulkner’s novel “As I Lay Dying” was written in 1930 while Miller’s play was written in 1949.
What is one to make of the city of Omelas? It is a fantastical place so transcendental that the author herself struggles to properly detail its majesty. Omelas has everything— it is beautiful, technologically advanced, and bears no need for organized religion. The atmosphere is rich with music, festivities, and orgies. And even with all this excessive indulgence, the people manage to remain elite: expert craftsman in every art, scholars of the highest caliber, gentle mothers and fathers, and all-around good people. However, all this prosperity comes with a price. The success and happiness of Omelas stems from the immense
Roy Conli once said “When you're telling a story, the best stories, every character has an arc. Every one. And that arc is usually about finding yourself, or about at least finding something about yourself that you didn't know.” This is a prevalent theme in many examples of Young Adult Literature (YAL or YA). Three books that demonstrate the critical transformation between childhood and adulthood by exploring difficult social issues, finding personal identity, and letting go are a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Through this example, Cassandra shows us how Jace’s outlook on love changed throughout the story- in this quote Alec Lightwood; ‘parabatai’ of Jace, explains to Clary how dissimilar Jace has become ever since Clary became known to him, because this is the first time that Jace has ever ‘allowed himself to love’. A example beyond this text that shows the power of love, is the story of the Russian couple Boris and Anna Kozlov. They got married in 1946 and three days after their ceremony, Boris was called back to his unit in the Red Army. The two never saw each other for 60 years, with Anna’s family being exiled and Boris left in the army with no contact, but they never stopped loving each other. Miraculously, Boris and Anna arrived at the same town after six decades and all their feelings for one another returned. The time spent away from each other had not destroyed the bond they once had. Anna and Boris got married again, and become the lovely old couple everyone admires. “We have a love that moves the sun and all the other stars.”