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  • The Motif Of Sacrifice In Toni Morrison's Sula

    This essay will be discussing how the motif of sacrifice is used by Toni Morrison throughout her novel Sula (1974), namely the sacrifice of motherhood. Sacrifice is found in different forms in Sula; physically through self-mutilation, murder or suicide and also the emotional sacrifice of love. This sacrifice of love is shown primarily through the mothers in the story, through what they have had to give up to keep their children alive. The motif of sacrifice in Sula is most strongly…

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  • Motif Analysis Of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha

    Motif Analysis In his 1922 novel Siddhartha, Herman Hesse utilizes the motif of water and rivers to represent Samsara, the divine cycle of rebirth driven by desire, and reveals his belief of independence and self-awareness as the path to enlightenment. In the novel, a river is mentioned when Siddhartha is at an enlightened point in his life, when his is following his own path and practicing balance. The story opens “in the sunshine on the river…”(Hesse 3) and in that scene Siddhartha is…

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  • The Quest Motif In Crying Of Lot 49

    In the first chapter, Foster focuses on the quest motif and indicates that this feature is an essential convention in literature. The quest is important because it is linked to any trip or journey endeavored by a character in a text. Common quests involve a wild path, a Holy Grail, a princess, a dragon, and a good and an evil knight. Foster explicitly explains the five stages that make up a quest: “(a) a quester, (b) a place to go, (c) a stated reason to go there, (d)challenges and trials en…

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  • Alison Bechdel's Motifs In Fun Home

    exposes her emotions and personal perplexities within the literary and graphic aspects of her memoir such as her relationship with her father and her road to self-discovery. Approaches such as distinct pigment of the drawings, and the use of specific motifs and allusions are how Bechdel’s hidden and confused thoughts are represented. Bechdel’s illustrations are toned with a dismal blue/green colour throughout most of Fun Home. The chilled, placid, and dismal tint reflects Alison’s distant…

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  • Motifs In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

    novel that cannot simply be labeled as a love story. About a tragic and unfulfilled love, the book does not conclude with the traditional happy ending for the main characters and the female lead dies halfway through the story. One of the important motifs in Wuthering Heights revolves around books. Throughout the novel, books are not only representatives of comfort and suffering, but also act as a method of reconciliation for a broken relationship. For some characters in Wuthering Heights, books…

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  • Motherhood In Tianmiao's Motifs In Her Art

    Life was simpler in the past, according to Tianmiao her mother died of Cancer in 2011, revealing distinctive motifs in her art, tumor like balls attached to deformed female casts, or matted patches of thread and silk, perhaps an abstract display of how cancer cells spread, and result in the deterioration of the host (Guest). Her childhood ties, not only to her mother, but to her homeland are strong, she claims that she could not have continued down this path if she remained in the States, “It is…

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  • Fate Motifs In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

    “fate” is at play. Simple phrases like “fatal loins” and “star crossed lovers” help show the audience that the deaths were meant to be, and nothing could have prevented Romeo and Juliet from taking their own lives. From early on in the play, the fate motif is not what is to blame for the death of the characters. The reason for their deaths is not fate, but is simply the people around them that caused the outcome in the play. In the play there are several people who deserve the blame of the…

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  • Motif Analysis Of Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre Motif Analysis (Revision) During the Victorian Era, much of the literature is about struggle and societal problems. This type of writing is seen in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre, the protagonist, is a female orphan who faces many struggles throughout her life in Victorian England. The lack of a paternal figure is just one of these many struggles. Throughout Jane’s life, she encounters many older, more mature, female and male characters. The finding of these paternal…

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  • The Motif Of Nature In Jack London's Klondike Stories

    some regard, or has a very strong motif of nature. This is an important characteristic of London’s writing style, and is quite clear in all of his stories. London has a whole collection of stories which were labeled the Klondike Stories, and these obviously have a strong motif of nature. This motif is made so clear that the collective title of these stories is associated with nature. Furthermore, even a story that is not necessarily meant to have a nature motif, may still seem as if there is one…

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  • What Is The Motif Of Reality In A Midsummer Night's Dream

    blinds sleepers to the world around them. This confusion between reality and dreams inspired many writers throughout the years, including William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare’s Elizabethan romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream contains the motif of sleep to emphasize the wariness people should possess when dealing with the differences between appearances and reality. Primarily, Shakespeare…

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