Literary genres

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  • Kafka's Argumentative Analysis

    In the first position paper entitled “Odysseus’ Scar and the Question of Literary Form,” I concluded that wartime autobiographical writings—including letters, diaries, testimonies, oral histories, etc.—is a literary genre that successfully mediates the personal and the documentary, the contemporary immediacy and the broader history. This second position paper is an extension of the first one, looking into the tricky nature of autobiographical texts as a fragmentary literary genre. It argues that while fragmentary writings are famously celebrated in postmodernist thoughts for its potential to break through authority, it can also be as easily exploited by a unified discourse exactly because it is fragmentary, which made it more fragile to rewriting and reinterpretation. This paper—again—contrasts Said’s celebration of essay as a genre suitable for criticism, and Deleuze and Guattari’s ahistorical appropriation of Kafka’s letter to construct their own theory of “minor literature.” The paper ended with an example of the the Shanghai Jewish Museum, which by appropriating and reinterpreting testimonies of former Jewish refugees to create the myth of “Shanghai Ark,” unfolding and concealing history at the same time. Kafka or Minor Literature has been…

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  • Autobiographical Trope In The Armies Of The Night

    In autobiographical literary journalistic texts, the author functions as an on-page character as well as a real-life human being. According to Lejeune, the author “is not just a person, he is a person who writes and publishes. With one foot in the text, and one outside, he is the point of contact between the two,” (200). In order to maintain authenticity, the two must bear cohesive identity markers, drawing attention to cohesion between the self in the story and the author's own self. So, the…

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  • Twelfth Night Monologue Analysis

    The monologue is from the Twelfth Night. That monologue encompasses various literary elements that have varying significance to the monologue itself and the readers as well. The extent of this significance is dependent on the extent of the meaning that the literary devices add to the monologue. Therefore, the literary devices and elements employed in the monologue add meaning to it, make it more interesting, provide an understanding of how various elements can be analyzed in society and…

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  • Literary Elements In The Things They Carried

    The novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien had many themes throughout the story. The most outstanding theme was the effects the war had on people. The people in the book changed in many different ways because of the war. O’Brien uses literary devices, and literary elements in the Things They Carried to emphasize the effects that the war had on the soldiers. First of all, by expressing how O’Brien and his group of soldiers changed through the war he used many literary devices, such as…

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  • Literary Devices In Icefield

    Literary devices have been use in many writings to produce a special effect for the readers. From allusions to metaphors, each and every one of these devices serve a very important purpose. In the novel, Icefields, Thomas Wharton uses many literary devices to make Icefields more captivating for his audience. The use of these devices are mostly subtle but very impactful when discovered. Through the use of these literary devices readers can have a better understanding of the story. Wharton’s use…

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  • The Poet As Hero Analysis

    World War I gave birth to many stories, and with those stories came many pieces of literature. Some of the main ones include All Quiet on the Western Front, a book by Erich Maria Remarque, “The Poet as Hero”, a poem by Siegfried Sassoon and “Who’s for the Game”, a poem by Jessie Pope. These literary pieces had some key differences. Although Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, Sassoon’s “The Poet as Hero”, and Pope’s “Who’s for the Game” all shared their opinions on how soldiers should…

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  • Soldier Daddy Analysis

    When employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work. Both literary devices Imagery and tone were both used in clutches multiple times throughout the entire poem. Imagery was shown when the poem stated, “There’s a little boy standing by the fence with a flag in his hand” (1, Fowler). This shows that the boy understands that what his father may be doing is dangerous, and hard to bare with. However, he knows that the only thing he…

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  • Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Poem Analysis

    In Robert Frost's Poem "Stopping By Woods on A Snowy Evening" the speaker chooses to surround himself with the dangers of nature away from the comforts of society; whereas Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" is in a tower locked away from the beauties of society because of her own fears. As the speaker in Frost's poem secludes himself from society he notices the dangers around him and what they could potentially cause. In Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" he describes a man…

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  • Coyotito Symbolism Quotes

    “…the black distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food…” is an example of that literary device, and it shows that the scorpion was like the darkness and greed of the town or the sense of hunger in the smell of food. Another example is “ ‘This pearl has become my soul,’ said Kino. ‘If I give it up, I shall lose my soul.’ ” This shows that Kino wants the pearl so much that he will die with the pearl; he must have it. “... ‘I will fight this thing. I will win over…

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  • Literary Devices In Rebecca, By Daphne Du Maurier

    In Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, the author uses detail, diction, and imagery as literary techniques to create and shift throughout the passage between moods of mystery, a nightmare, and nostalgia. These moods evolve throughout the excerpt chronologically in three different segments. The atmosphere evolves chronologically as the narrator physically advances on her path to Manderley in her dream. In the excerpt from Rebecca, du Maurier uses literary devices, mainly diction, detail, and imagery…

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