Helen is the protagonist because she deals with changing her attitude towards people who are not like her or the other girls in the class. The story is told in her point of view and what she thinks of Myra. Helen is a flat character because there are not many details about her. Her thoughts mostly tell about what she thinks of Myra. Finally, Helen is a static character. Helen goes through the journey of understanding what it takes to reach out to someone that is considered “rotten smelling” and “withdrawn”. She does not like this and fears that the other girls will view her the same way. At first it seems that Helen will be friends with Myra and accept that she is different. Unfortunately, at the end of the story when Myra gives her one of her birthday gifts Helen thinks she will, “give it away, I thought, I won't ever play with it. I would let my little brother pull it
The character in the fictional book is what makes a great story and brings it to life to the reader’s eyes. In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” by author Joyce Carol Oates, the fifteen-year-old protagonist Connie is an interesting character who seems to be obsessed with wanting to grow up so fast. However, Connie seems to act differently when she is at home and when she is away from it. When she is away she seems to be a tad sexual with her appearance and tries hard to prove she is maturing. In this story, Connie is a tragic hero, who teaches us that even a great quality can be our doom. A tragic hero is usually a character who has a flaw that leads to their downfall at the conclusion. This happens when she tries so hard to act mature and finds out that maturity was not what she expected. Next, the narration is a key factor to the story that makes it what it is. The third person limited narration has Connie’s point of view which indicates that she somewhat thinks she knows what other characters are thinking throughout the story, sometimes the point of view seems to shift,
Equally important in the story is the use of characterization to show the reader exactly who the protagonist in the story is and what kind of life she is living, we first read of her sisters and how they act in contrast to the protagonist: “I [the narrator] wasn't even pretty or nice like my older sisters and I just couldn't do the girl things they could
protagonists and antagonists, the plot structure and events of the story and the way he
Marriage is a difficult thing to maintain now-a-days, and it was not much different back in the 80s. Bobbie Ann Mason’s Shiloh tells the story of how, the main character, Leroy slowly realizes that him and his wife, Norma Jean, are drifting apart. The 80s was a time period of expanding poverty, rising social problems, and drastic economic changes. Leroy decided to stay fixated on the past, while Norma Jean accepted the fact that the world is changing and prepared herself for it. Things change over time, and the couple disagreed on a way to enter the new world together.
In her novel Beloved, Toni Morrison spins an intricate web between names and numbers for the reader to unravel. The deep connection that lies between names and numbers is a direct correspondence to the identity and worth of black people during slavery. Beloved begins with the identity of the house which is characterized by a number. The house is given a temperament as if it is a living, breathing entity and yet it still referred to as a number. The significance of this is symbolic to the plight of the black slaves. Regarded as little above the common animal, slaves were defined by their selling price, essentially they were reduced to a number. Viewed as nonbeings they nevertheless feel and suffer their place in the south. The character Beloved is similar in this regard as well. All that defines her is an age and a name that remains unfluctuating through time. In an insufferable and cruel world, names and numbers play a critical role in understanding the identity of black existence in the South. To uncover the implications and nuances that names and numbers play will be instrumental to delving into the lives of black slaves. Beloved contains a vast amount of names and numbers and the connections between them deepen the novel and provide mammoth insight into understanding and interpreting Morrison’s work and purpose for juxtaposing such elaborate bonds between names and numbers.
Throughout all of history there has been an ideal beauty that most have tried to obtain. But what if that beauty was impossible to grasp because something was holding one back. There was nothing one could do to be ‘beautiful’. Growing up and being convinced that one was ugly, useless, and dirty. For Pecola Breedlove, this state of longing was reality. Blue eyes, blonde hair, and pale white skin was the definition of beauty. Pecola was a black girl with the dream to be beautiful. Toni Morrison takes the reader into the life of a young girl through Morrison’s exceptional novel, The Bluest Eye. The novel displays the battles that Pecola struggles with each and every day. Morrison takes the reader through the themes of whiteness and beauty,
In Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”, after Leroy’s accident in his truck, the pleasant illusion that he is in a perfectly functioning marriage is shattered leaving the reality that he and Norma Jean have ongoing issues that have been hidden and ignored for the majority of their marriage. The log cabin he never builds, the couple’s new hobbies, the baby they lost, the dust ruffle Mabel makes for them, and the trip they take to Shiloh ultimately cause Norma Jean to decide to leave Leroy. “Shiloh” is laden with symbols for the state of Norma Jean and Leroy’s marriage, and each situation introduced since Leroy’s accident forces them to look at how little they know about each other.
However, when taking a deeper look at literary devices such as protagonist, hyperbole, theme, irony,epiphany, it becomes clear that these stories are actually alike. Protagonist is defined as the lead character in conflict with another character which is the antagonist (Boyce). Both protagonists are faced with a new person in their life that is giving them trouble. Baxter’s protagonist Tommy, deals with the new and unique teaching ways of his strange substitute teacher (277).
Some of these characters play a major role in the plot while others represent a group of people that is discriminated, because of race or gender. George and Lennie are the main characters, which makes them most important to the book’s content. Their friendship and dream about having an own farm are most valuable for the story, since the plot is based on these factors. Crooks and Curley’s wife are on the other hand just as important as the previous characters, but they are more important for the linking between the book and The Great Depression than to the actual plot. These characters reflect how the society looked like in the past, which creates a perception of reality. For example, Curley’s wife has no name, which signalize her powerlessness and position on the ranch. This character does also represent a segment of American society that is discriminated against because of gender. Crooks symbolizes people that is discriminated because of race. These characters are important, because they strengthen the book's action, link, message and
It is the expectation of this paper to take a gander at Toni Morrison as an author and how she communicated her political perspectives through fiction. The short story by Ms. Morrison "Recitatif", written in 1983. She has turned into the voice for the Black American experience. "Recitatif" is the narrative of two ladies one dark and one white. From the earliest starting point of the story the peruser can get on racial pieces of information and arrive at this conclusion.
In Toni Morrison’s award-winning novel “Song of Solomon,” she fills the novel with deep symbolism. Macon Dead III, nicknamed “Milkman,” is a symbolic character throughout the novel. Not only is he as a character symbolic, but his name is as well. Milkman’s aunt, Pilate, has a significant and symbolic role in the novel. To her father, she represents the child who killed her own mother and took away his wife. In the Bible, Pontius Pilate is the Roman who is responsible for the execution of Jesus. With that information, one can say that the name Pilate seems to coincide with her father, Macon Dead’s, opinion on what Pilate represents. What’s ironic is that Pilate is a good person and is murdered in the end, just as Jesus was by Pontius Pilate. Guitar, Milkman’s best friend, is another significant character in the novel who portrays deep symbolism. Guitar is named after something that he wanted very badly as a child. “I saw it when my mother took me downtown with her. I was just a baby. It was one of those things where you guess how many beans in the glass jar and you win a guitar. I cried for it, they said. And always asked about it.” This unreachable goal describes his character throughout the novel. He is never able to overcome the obstacles that stand
The story of “Shiloh” is an example of what happens when a person is unwilling to adapt to his or her environment, ultimately resulting in a conflict and an ending. As Norma Jean adapts to her environment, Leroy is unwilling to adapt and is left behind resulting as the end of their marriage. The setting in the story of “Shiloh” supports the theme of the story by accentuating on what the characters do throughout the sequence of the story. An institution such as marriage