Metaphors

Meghan Reid
Meghan Reid
Meghan Reid Professor Zimmerman Honors English December 1, 1998 Nature and the Human Soul: The Shackles of Freedom Langston Hughes and Kate Chopin use nature in several dimensions to demonstrate the powerful struggles and burdens of human life. Throughout Kate Chopin?s The Awakening and several of Langston Hughes? poems, the sweeping imagery of the beauty and power of nature demonstrates the struggles the characters confront, and their eventual freedom from those struggles. Nature and freedom c
C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis, a well-known author and apologist, is best known by people of all ages for his seven volume series entitled The Chronicles of Narnia. As Lewis wrote about the land of Narnia, an imaginary world visited by children of this world, he had two obvious purposes: to entertain the readers and to suggest analogies of the Christian faith. Although some feel that his stories are violent, Lewis is successful at using fiction to open peoples? hearts to accepting Christ as their Savi
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With thebrass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, theblood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing allthe symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with thethought of
Anais Nin
Anais Nin
Anais Nin Anais Nin was a passionate woman, not only in her works but also in her life. The fact that she lived life to the fullest is what made her books so intriguing. Although her diaries were a chronicle of her experience, her fiction showed the reader sides of her while displaying everyone's innermost desires. In her own words Nin says, the role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say (Rollins), and she does exactly that. For this reason her works ta
Hamlet - Polonius: A Tedious Old Fool
Hamlet - Polonius: A Tedious Old Fool
Hamlet - Polonius: A Tedious Old Fool Polonius is an important and respected person. It seems appropriate that he investigates and controls the behavior of his son and daughter. He, as the King's advisor is no longer a private person but a public one: what he or his children do has important public, not just personal implications. However, if his actions and speeches are examined closer, it is evident that he is a limited and vain person who is overly concerned with his appearance and wears diff
The Tempest
The Tempest
The Tempest The importance of the character, language and dramatic significance of Antonio On June 2, 1609, five hundred colonists set out in nine ships from Plymouth in association with the imperial Virginia Company. It was the aim of this expedition to fortify John Smith's colony in Virginia. While eight of the party's vessels securely arrived at Jamestown, the flagship, called the Sea Adventure , was conspicuously absent. This ship --which carried the fleet's most valuable cargo, the admiral
Shakespeare And His Theater
Shakespeare And His Theater
Shakespeare and his Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery and electric lighti
Shakespeare - Globe Theater
Shakespeare - Globe Theater
Shakespeare - Globe Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery and electric lighti
Romeo And Juliet
Romeo And Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Summary Act I, Scene ii Paris asks Capulet for his daughter Juliet's hand in marriage. Capulet replies that she is still too young to be married, but nevertheless invites Paris to try to woo her at a banquet he is holding that night. He gives a servant a list of guests and tells him to take an invitation to each of them. The servant is illiterate, and so goes about trying to find someone to read the list for him. He runs into Romeo and Benvolio, who are still discussing Romeo's
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado about Nothing Title Much Ado About Nothing illustrates a kind of deliberately puzzling title that seems to have been popular in the late 1590s (ex As You Like It ). Indeed, the play is about nothing; it follows the relationships of Claudio and Hero (which is constantly hampered by plots to disrupt it), and in the end, the play culminates in the two other main characters falling in love (Beatrice and Bena*censored*), which, because it was an event that was quite pr
Romeo And Juliet - Contrast In Language
Romeo And Juliet - Contrast In Language
Romeo And Juliet - Contrast in Language Contrast Between Language of Love in the Balcony Scene and the Language of Death in the Final Scene of Romeo and Juliet In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare introduces many themes that he continues throughout all of his tragedies, including the language of love vs. the language of death. The balcony scene is the most valuable scene illustrating the language of love, whereas in the final scene of the play the language of death is used to s
Macbeth - Independence And Failure
Macbeth - Independence And Failure
Macbeth - Independence and Failure Peasants of the early sixteenth century are often pictured carrying a bundle of limbs tied with vines on their backs. This is a perfect metaphor for the events in Macbeth. Macbeth is one of many thanes, or limbs, bundled together. The thanes are united by the king, or the vine. Scotland, or the peasant, carries the bundle by the sweat of his brow. They carry the bundle for fires on cold nights, or wars, and to build homes, or castles, to protect them from the e
Macbeth - Summary
Macbeth - Summary
Macbeth - Summary Act III Scene II Context: This is the scene in which Lady Macbeth remains calm, and tries to make sure Macbeth is in a good mmod before the banquet. Macbeth, on the other hand is feeling terrible about the crimes he's committed and is in turmoil. Language: Macbeth compares the people he's killed with a snake. This metaphor is quite a large one, and lasts for several lines. O! full of scorpions is my mind... Shakespeare tries to show what Macbeth is going through with this ima
Martin Luther King And Patrick Henry: Cry For Freedom
Martin Luther King And Patrick Henry: Cry For Freedom
Martin Luther King and Patrick Henry: Cry for Freedom Robert Hernandez English 11 Moore-4 October 4, 1996 Although Patrick Henry and Martin Luther King, Jr. are both skilled orators and use similar rhetorical devices to appeal to their audiences, they call for freedom for two totally different kinds of people. Both Patrick Henry and Martin Luther King, Jr. show their strengths as speakers through their use of these rhetorical devices. Among these are parallelism, allusions, metaphors, and rhetor
THOUGHTS ARE BETTER THAN ACTIONS
THOUGHTS ARE BETTER THAN ACTIONS
THOUGHTS ARE BETTER THAN ACTIONS The reports from the Department of Education Statistics show that more than 90 million American adults lack simple literacy. Less than 20 percent of them have the know-how of metaphors and less than 4 percent of them can calculate on a calculator when given a problem sum. 60,000 youngsters drop out by the middle of the school year. A number of these drop outs end up in the prison. Even these days 130,000 children bring in guns along with their books to school ev
Lucy Stowes Journey
Lucy Stowes Journey
Lucy Stowe's Journey Lucy Stowe's Journey When Lucy Stowe boards a ship to travel to Villette, she is asked Are you fond of a sea-voyage by (the yet to be known) Ms. Fanshaw. Since this was Lucy's first trip abroad, she answers that her fondness is yet to be experienced. Nonetheless, Lucy's partiality for the sea is evident throughout the novel. She illustrates her past with a myriad of nautical metaphors and imageries of water that suggests a spiritual connection to the sea. This connection a
Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes Nature and the Human Soul: The Shackles of Freedom Langston Hughes and Kate Chopin use nature in several dimensions to demonstrate the powerful struggles and burdens of human life. Throughout Kate Chopin^s The Awakening and several of Langston Hughes^ poems, the sweeping imagery of the beauty and power of nature demonstrates the struggles the characters confront, and their eventual freedom from those struggles. Nature and freedom coexist, and the characters eventually learn to fi
Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad: An Innovator in British Literature Joseph Conrad?s innovative literature is influenced by his experiences in traveling to foreign countries around the world. Conrad?s literature consists of the various styles of techniques he uses to display his well-recognized work as British literature. His prose style, varying from eloquently sensuous to bare and astringent, keeps the reader in constant touch with a mature, truth-seeking, creative mind (Hutchinson 1). Conrad?s nov
Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants Hills Like White Elephants, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story that takes place in Spain while a man and woman wait for a train. The story is set up as a dialogue between the two, in which the man is trying to convince the woman to do something she is hesitant in doing. Through out the story, Hemingway uses metaphors to express the characters? opinions and feelings. Hills Like White Elephants displays the differences in the way a man and a woman view pregnancy and
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Dulce et Decorum Est Dulce et Decorum Est Through vivid imagery and compelling metaphors Dulce et Decorum Est gives the reader the exact feeling the author wanted. The poem is an anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen and makes great use of these devices. This poem is very effective because of its excellent manipulation of the mechanical and emotional parts of poetry. Owen's use of exact diction and vivid figurative language emphasizes his point, showing that war is terrible and devastating. Furthermore,
Authority Vs Individuality
Authority Vs Individuality
Authority vs Individuality Authority is defined as a person or group of people who control the society and make major decisions affecting the society. Individual is a person who has no particular influence on the society and neither do his decisions. The term Authority may be applied to any type of people who hold some sort of influence or power on the society such as The Police; Courts from local courts to supreme courts and of course the ruling party of the government. The individual may be a
Catch-22
Catch-22
Catch-22 In Catch-22, Joseph Heller reveals the perversions of the human character and society. Using various themes and a unique style and structure, Heller satirizes war and its values as well as using the war setting to satirize society at large. By manipulating the classic war setting and language of the novel Heller is able to depict society as dark and twisted. Heller demonstrates his depiction of society through the institution of war (i.e. it's effects and problems during and after war
Title Of Paper : The Hippopotamus Is Not A Church
Title Of Paper : The Hippopotamus Is Not A Church
Title of Paper : The Hippopotamus is not a Church Grade Received on Report : 100 The Hippopotamus is not a Church In The Hippopotamus, T. S. Eliot uses irony and contrasting metaphors to illustrate the secularity of the Christian Church and the spirituality of mankind. It is a satirical look at the establishment of Christianity. The hippopotamus in the poem is a metaphor for mankind and the True Church is a metaphor for Christianity. There are several sharp ironies that emphasize the dicho
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper I am Me, My Eyes Toward God Mark Evans Zora Neale Hurston an early twentieth century Afro-American feminist author, was raised in a predominately black community which gave her an unique perspective on race relations, evident in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston drew on her on experiences as a feminist Afro-American female to create a story about the magical transformation of Janie, f
The Jungle: A Close Examination
The Jungle: A Close Examination
The Jungle: A close examination There are a million people, men and women and children, who share the curse of the wage-slave; who toil every hour they can stand and see, for just enough to keep them alive; who are condemned till the end of their days to monotony and weariness, to hunger and misery, to heat and cold, dirt and disease, to ignorance and drunkenness and vice! And then turn them over to me, and gaze upon the other side of the picture. There are a thousand-ten thousand, maybe-who are
The Iliad
The Iliad
The Iliad Similes in the Iliad and What They Tell Us About Life in Homer's Greece The Iliad, an epic tale told by the famous Greek author Homer, is focused primarily on the Trojan War between the Greeks, or Argives, and the Trojans. This war was filled with bloody battles and a massive loss of life. Homer tells stories about a duration of time during this fighting, and not the entire war. He uses his story-telling abilities to focus the audience on the garish and sometimes mundane drudgery of
Jane Eyre - Critical Evaluation
Jane Eyre - Critical Evaluation
Jane Eyre - Critical Evaluation The novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė consists of the continuous journey through Jane?s life towards her final happiness and freedom. This is effectively supported by five significant ?physical? journeys she makes, which mirror the four emotional journeys she makes. 10-year-old Jane lives under the custody of her Aunt Reed, who hates her. Jane resents her harsh treatment by her aunt and cousins so much that she has a severe temper outburst, which results in he
The Crying Of Lot 49
The Crying Of Lot 49
The Crying of Lot 49 Names in The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is a very deep, complex, and demanding novel, requiring the wide breadth of knowledge. One of the most fascinating aspects of the novel is Pynchon's choice -- or rather, invention -- of the names he gives the characters and organizations described in the novel. These names function as metaphors for the people and things they represent, thus enabling us to understand the hidden meaning of the novel. The prota
White Fang
White Fang
White Fang Sybolism in White Fang Classic - a word misunderstood by many people around the world, mostly those of a younger generation. It is surprising how many people believe that the word classic means old or boring . This is just not the case. In actual fact, the label classic given to books means of the highest quality, or of enduring interest and value. Books with this label are the best there is. Every word is carefully thought out and made interesting for the reader. Symbolism, meaning a
Art Of War
Art Of War
Art of War As we are to think of China as the greatest peace-loving nation on earth, we are in some danger of forgetting that her experience of internal wars that no modern state can parallel. Her long military records stretch back to a point at which they are lost in the mists of time. She had built the Great Wall and was maintaining a huge standing army along her prolonged frontier centuries before the first Roman legionary was seen on the Danube. Her history is marked by the countless rebelli
Spoon River
Spoon River
Spoon River Spoon River Thomas Rhodes talks about how the people in Spoon River could have prevented their hard times. He compared people in Spoon River to navigators and sailors because they found with all their boasted wisdom how hard at the last it is to keep the soul from splitting into cellular atoms. He also says that seekers of earth's treasures are self-contained and harmonized even to the end. In this poem you are not told what Thomas does for a living, but it is implied that Thomas is
Blue Hotel
Blue Hotel
Blue Hotel It is not surprising for an author?s background and surroundings to profoundly affect his writing. Having come from a Methodist lineage and living at a time when the church was still an influential facet in people?s daily lives, Stephen Crane was deeply instilled with religious dogmas. However, fear of retribution soon turned to cynicism and criticism of his idealistic parents? God, the wrathful Jehovah of the Old Testament (Stallman 16), as he was confronted with the harsh realitie
Home Burial
Home Burial
Home Burial Hazelwood 1 Robert Frost?s Home Burial is a narrative poem that speaks of life?s tragedies. Frost?s writings style is very straightforward and direct. In Home Burial the setting appears to be the background of a tragedy that centers around the death of a child. It is important for the reader to recognize that Home Burial was written in the early 1900 hundreds. This gives the reader a better insight to understanding the husband?s reaction to the death of the child. During this time pe
The Bistro Styx
The Bistro Styx
The Bistro Styx Rita Dove: Literary Analysis Rita Dove has written many different kinds of poetry. She also wrote books, short stories plays and all types of literature. This essay will focus on specifics of her writing by analyzing three pieces of poetry that Rita Dove has written. The works we will be looking at are In the Old Neighborhood, My Mother Enters the Work Force, and The Bistro Styx. Through these three works you will see examples of Rita Dove?s use of home in her poetry, her use of
My Mother Enters The Workforce
My Mother Enters The Workforce
My Mother Enters The Workforce Rita Dove: Literary Analysis Rita Dove has written many different kinds of poetry. She also wrote books, short stories plays and all types of literature. This essay will focus on specifics of her writing by analyzing three pieces of poetry that Rita Dove has written. The works we will be looking at are In the Old Neighborhood, My Mother Enters the Work Force, and The Bistro Styx. Through these three works you will see examples of Rita Dove?s use of home in her poet
Old Neighborhood
Old Neighborhood
Old Neighborhood Rita Dove: Literary Analysis Rita Dove has written many different kinds of poetry. She also wrote books, short stories plays and all types of literature. This essay will focus on specifics of her writing by analyzing three pieces of poetry that Rita Dove has written. The works we will be looking at are In the Old Neighborhood, My Mother Enters the Work Force, and The Bistro Styx. Through these three works you will see examples of Rita Dove?s use of home in her poetry, her use of
Woman To Man
Woman To Man
Woman to Man Woman to Man by Judith Wright At first glance, the title seemed to have more than one connotation. Woman to Man; is the woman giving something to the man, maybe a gift? Woman to Man. Maybe the title is trying to compare the two genders? I was slightly confused when I read this poem at first, but it became apparent from the rich metaphors, that it was about the sexual relation between the woman and man. It is also about conception - or rather the potential of creating a child fro
Bushed
Bushed
Bushed Bushed The entire poem is a metaphor taken literally it can be considered just a short story about a man stranded on a beach. He wakes up early in the morning, awake and very alive, he goes to sleep feeling secure. He learns how to survive by eating porcupine bellies and keeping their quills as a prize for his hunting and survival skills. Taken on the metaphorical level it is all about a man who created a perfect life fore himself, a rainbow as Earle Birney put it. His perfect life was ru
The Parable Of The Cave
The Parable Of The Cave
The Parable of the Cave Plato?s analysis of the truth through The Parable of the Cave is an effective, valid tool to help us analyze our own life and ultimately find the truth. He did this by first analyzing his own life and the fetters and bearers who used shadows to keep him from reaching the roadway to wisdom. It has proved to be an effective assessment not only when he was alive but even up until today. The parable symbolizes man?s struggle to reach understanding and enlightenment and is a u
The Secretary Chant
The Secretary Chant
The Secretary Chant In this poem Marge Piercy?s speaker evokes a concrete vision of a woman who has lost her personal identity to her job. Her bold and descriptive use of metaphors allow the reader to envision a woman who is living her life vicariously through her career. Ms. Piercy successfully uses paradox, personification, and the pun to bring the character alive. With the use of metaphors, both implied and explicit, the reader can deeply empathize with the central character of this poem. Fro
Ode On A Grecian Urn
Ode On A Grecian Urn
Ode on a Grecian Urn In John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, a boy finds himself entangled in his dream about an ancient carving. Keats uses an assortment of techniques to bring life to the work and make it more enjoyable to read. Using these techniques helps keep the readers attention, while also helping the reader to better relate to the situation. Imagery is the technique most widely used, probably because everyone can relate to it in their own way. John Keats uses imagery to make the reader t
Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson is a personal account, written by Mary Rowlandson in 1682, of what life in captivity was like. Her narrative of her captivity by Indians became popular in both American and English literature. Mary Rowlandson basically lost everything by an Indian attack on her town Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1675; where she is then held prisoner and spends eleven weeks with the Wampanoag Ind
Flea
Flea
Flea The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry. Two poets in particular, Andrew Marvell and John Donne, wrote carpe diem poetry full of vivid imagery and metaphysical conceits. Each conveyed the message of living for the now. This message can be clearly seen in the poems To his Coy Mistress by Marvell and Donne?s Flea. By using clever metaphors and meter, the poems not only are symbolic, but have almost a physical aspect to them. Though both poems take a similar approach, it is Marv
To His Coy Mistress
To His Coy Mistress
To his Coy Mistress The seventeenth century was an era of beautiful poetry. Two poets in particular, Andrew Marvell and John Donne, wrote carpe diem poetry full of vivid imagery and metaphysical conceits. Each conveyed the message of living for the now. This message can be clearly seen in the poems To his Coy Mistress by Marvell and Donne?s Flea. By using clever metaphors and meter, the poems not only are symbolic, but have almost a physical aspect to them. Though both poems take a similar appro
The Metamorphosis
The Metamorphosis
The Metamorphosis in franz kafka's the metamorphosis, kafka describes a son who suffers botha literal and symbolic transformation into a huge, repulsive, fatally wounded insect. through characterization, metaphors, and irony, kafka gives his story deep underlying meanings, yet writes so simply that it could very well be the point of view of a defenseless child. gregor samsa, the main character of the novel, believes himself to be useless to society in general. kafka uses characterization, by t
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God Metaphors and other such literary devices have been used for centuries by authors to create multiple meanings and hidden significance. Sometimes, an author will work with one image throughout a novel, and other times multiple images will be used to illustrate the many messages of a story. Still, few authors have achieved the kind of metaphorical beauty Zora Hurston realizes with in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston's most famous metaphor is the likening
Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants
Hills Like White Elephants Hills Like White Elephants , written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story that takes place in Spain while a man and woman wait for a train. The story is set up as a dialogue between the two, in which the man is trying to convince the woman to do something she is hesitant in doing. Throughout the story, Hemingway uses metaphors to express the characters? opinions and feelings. Hills Like White Elephants displays the differences in the way a man and a woman view pregnancy and
Dulce Est Decrum Est
Dulce Est Decrum Est
Dulce est Decrum est Dulce et Decorum Est All exceptional poetry displays a good use of figurative language, imagery, and diction. Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est is a powerful antiwar poem which takes place on a battlefield during World War I. Through dramatic use of imagery, metaphors, and diction, he clearly states his theme that war is terrible and horrific. The use of compelling figurative language helps to reveal the reality of war. In the first line, Bent double, like old beggars u
A Raisin In The Sun
A Raisin In The Sun
A Raisin in the Sun Based on the Poem Dulce et Decorum Est The poem is one of the most powerful ways to convey an idea or opinion. Through vivid imagery and compelling metaphors, the poem gives the reader the exact feeling the author wanted. The poem Dulce et Decorum Est, an anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen, makes great use of these devices. This poem is very effective because of its excellent manipulation of the mechanical and emotional parts of poetry. Owen's use of exact diction and vivid fi
Ordinary People
Ordinary People
Ordinary People Matthew Arnold's Devolpment of Setting In the poem Dover Beach,witten in 1867 Matthew Arnold creates the mood of the poem through the usage of different types of imagery. He uses a dramatic plot in the form of a soliloquy. Arnold also uses descriptive adjectives, similes and metaphors to create the mood. Through the use of these literary elements, Arnold portrays the man standing before the window pondering the sound of the pebbles tossing in the waves as representation of huma