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  • Characteristics Of The Narrator In The Black Cat

    According to Robert Evans in The Kid Stays in that Picture, “There are three sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each one differently” ( The two sides of a story and the truth relates to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat. In The Black Cat, the unnamed narrator demonstrates unreliable narration. In The Black Cat, the unnamed narrator shows characteristics of unreliable narrator: weak reasoning, weak sense of morality and isolation through his actions. To begin, by trying to prove that the unnamed narrator is not crazy, the narrator demonstrates weak reasoning. In the scene where he kills Pluto, the cat, the mystery character demonstrates weak reasoning. “I took from my waistcoat - pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity” (Poe 2). In this scene, the unnamed narrator shows weak reasoning when killing Pluto. He clearly shows that he will get nothing good out of killing the cat. By killing the cat for no reason, this shows that he acts without thinking portraying the qualities of an unreliable narrator. Aside from killing Pluto with a knife, he kills another pet showing weak reasoning. “One morning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; -hung it with tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest…

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  • The Lady In The Looking Glass Analysis

    Sigmund Freud, a psychologist and sociologist in the 20th century, believed that self-description is rarely a true representation of one’s self because real motives are disguised by conscious thoughts preventing honesty (McLeod). People are inclined to present themselves as more interesting, and in turn believe others are naturally just as amusing. For example, someone in possession of silk from India sounds adventurous or exotic, but the reality could be that the silk from India was actually…

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  • Symbolism In Katherine Anne Porter's Flowering Judas

    Katherine Anne Porter’s famous short story “Flowering Judas” follows a women named Laura who is being courted by a man named Braggioni. The story itself uses symbolic meaning with flowers and religious symbols . With every event taking place in her house the reader feels the isolation with her. in Katherine Anne Porter “Flowering Judas the themes, author styles and literary devices all make the story more enjoyable to read. In Katherine Anne Porter’s “ Flowering Judas” the theme of Ideals vs…

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  • Beatty And Fahrenheit 451 Comparison

    Throughout writing, authors occasionally use contrasting characters to make their story more interesting or dramatic, and this strategy is often utilized by many great authors in many classic books. They create characters with opposing views to add dimension to the novel. One of the authors that took advantage of this plan is Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451. During his work, he writes about his main characters, Beatty and Montag, and uses contrasting views to add interest and depth to…

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  • Tambu Analysis

    stylistic clues to narrative unreliability are “frequent occurrences of speaker-oriented and addressee-oriented expressions” (97). A narrator’s reliability is doubted if he/she is an obvious monologist, talking mostly about him/herself and ignoring the views of other characters. Stylistically, then, Tambu’s narrative reliability is challenged. For one thing, the novel is characterized by its monologic, rather than dialogical, aspects. As a whole, the text is composed of speaker-oriented speeches…

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  • As I Lay Dying Darl Bundren Character Analysis

    William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying is an absurdist comedy that follows the Bundren family on their journey to the fictional town of Jefferson, Mississippi to bury the deceased matriarch of the family, Addie. Addie’s husband, Anse, and their five children of varying ages traverse the countryside to Jefferson to fulfill Addie’s dying wish of being buried alongside her family in town; however, each character has his or her own personal motive for going on the trip. Fifteen individual characters…

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  • Difference Between The Tell Tale Heart And The Black Cat

    events of the texts by employing different narrative strategies. In The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe establishes an unstable narrator to play with the ideas of subjectivity and reality. Juxtaposing this, the narrative voice in The Black Cat initially portrays himself as a highly logical, preparing the reader to interpret the events he describes as factual. The Tell-Tale Heart distances the reader from events through the eerily logical language used in relation to the narrator’s decision to murder his…

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  • God's Grandeur Poem Analysis

    In the poems “God’s Grandeur” by Hopkins, and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Banks the reader will find many similarities like the use of figurative language, diction, and theme. All these usages of rhetoric strategies help strengthen, and clarify the intent of the author. Both poems “God’s Grandeur” by Hopkins, and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop use figurative language, and imagery in order to push their message, and help the reader understand their point of view. In “God’s Grandeur”, Hopkins says…

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  • Techniques In Apocalypse Now

    Retell: In the film Apocalypse Now, scenes focus on the use of reconciling two opposing views of the same reality. In the scene, Willard aboard the navy patrol boat crosses paths with a Vietnamese sampan. At the moment, Willard is asking the men on the navy boat to ignore the sampan and continue on their journey. But, according to the protocol the Chief makes Chef search the sampan to look for any evidence of trafficking of supplies. A Vietnamese woman on board runs towards a basket which…

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  • Symbolism Of Nature In Return Of The Native By Thomas Hardy

    Nature of the native is written by Thomas Hardy who is a writer of nature and reality. He plots the story in an elaborately described landscape. His interest in nature scenes shows that he has spent his childhood close to nature. His closeness to nature makes him able to write on it. In the novel ''Return of The Native'' Hardy described a nature as Edgon Heath which is an antagonist to human beings. Heath is a character that influences other characters. It also has control on the lives of people…

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