“Literature may, at times, act to hold a mirror up to the reader wherein they may glimpse a reflection of themselves.” To me, this quotation means that while reading any form of literature, the reader is able to connect to the characters in the work. Although the characters in a work of literature will not resemble the same personalities and individual values as the reader, oftentimes the reader is still able to recognize similar qualities within the characters. I agree with this quote, because I have read many works of literature in which I have been able to connect with one or more characters, whether it is through experiences, morals, interests, or any other aspect of the character’s personality. This idea is clearly established in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Although the characters in The Crucible do not reflect the exact qualities of my personality, I am still able to make connections to them. Throughout the play, I was able to see many reflections of myself in several characters. One character that I was able to connect to as the play progressed was Reverend John Hale. One quality of Reverend Hale that stood out to me was his undying determination to find the truth for himself. In life, we are often faced with rumors, gossip, or hear things that do not seem true to us. Like Hale, I believe that whenever we encounter such situations, we should not automatically assume that what we hear is true. Instead, I believe that we should make a point to find the truth for ourselves, so that we are able to know the reality of these situations. As the play went on, Hale realized that the growing rumors spreading throughout Salem concerning witchcraft might not have all been true. Therefore, he decided to take it upon himself to find out the truth. By doing this, Reverend Hale was able to discover for himself what was true and what was untrue, regardless of what other people were saying about the matters. I have always been one who tries to do the same, because I have learned that the majority of rumors are not true. By doing the same thing as Hale and discovering the truth for myself, I am able to avoid confusion and lies, and I have learned that you should always find things out for yourself before you assume that they are true. Another character from The Crucible that resembled some of my own personal qualities was John Proctor. John Proctor was a well-known, well-respected man in the Salem community, and everyone in Salem associated his name with good. However, Proctor was not a completely good person, because he has sinned. Later on in the play, when Proctor is tried in court, he realizes his sins, and although it will cost him his life, he confesses to the court and tells the truth. Ultimately, Proctor’s honesty leads to his death. This sudden realization is an example of epiphany. Miller’s use of epiphany in Proctor’s situation adds to the suspense and excitement of this particular point in the play. I am able to connect to John Proctor because I share his values of honesty. Even though Proctor could have saved his own life by lying to the court, he knew that being honest and telling the truth to the court would ultimately result in the best in the end. He was able to realize his mistakes, admit he was wrong, and redeem himself by being honest. I always try to be the same way, because I know that lies progressively become worse in the long run. I believe that being able to realize your own mistakes and admit them honestly is a great quality to have, and being honest is always a better thing to do than starting a false lie or rumor. An additional character in the play that I am able to connect with is Mary Warren. As the play progresses, Mary Warren is faced with a very difficult situation. She has to choose whether to tell the truth about Abigail Williams to save John and Elizabeth Proctor, or side with Abigail because she is her friend. She would like to
express the passionate want for freedom in their literary works, though these characters are different, they still express the same spirit for freedom. It’s time to break free!
Thurber and Chopin both used the symbol of freedom in their works. Chopin’s character Louise Mallard shower her passion for freedom by rocking back and forth in her chair by the window whispering “Free! Body and soul free!” (2) In another example: Thurber uses a character by the name of Walter Mitty who has a more unique…
Literature is a beautiful way of transferring feelings through words. Literature gives the writer an extraordinary amount of power when it comes to the formulation of a literary work. When writing an author has a plethora of techniques that can be used to not only make a point but also attract a reader. In works such as, A Raisin in the sun, The Sunset Limited, and Barbie Doll; the author(s) use one or more techniques to make their literature beautiful. Literature is not beautiful until…
“Thank you Ma’am” is a short story written by Langston Hughes. It features two main characters, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, the protagonist, and Roger, the antagonist. This story is an excellent source of social value and the author does a great job connecting to the audience. It takes place at night while Mrs. Jones walks home from work and a boy, Roger, decides to steal her purse and fails. The story takes a unique alteration after Mrs. Jones has roger in her custody. She does not punish…
there are two different ways in which readers approach literature. Lewis refers to them as “the literary” and “the unliterary.” The literary or few are the readers that will read a book with technique and truly appreciate the achievement of reading to understand the text. They will normally reread a book multiple times, as Lewis says, “Those who read the great works, on the other hand will read the same work ten, twenty or thirty times during the course of their lives” (2). The few are constantly looking…
rtying; and conceiving
extraordinary art, like literature. Rising from the attempts to understand themselves, writers in
those years sought to understand their condition. As famous for their associations with the
Roaring Twenties as for their literary careers, for instance, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest
Hemingway gave voice to the shifting,younger generation in that decade, chronicling feelings,
experiences, and where their generation may end up. The two close friends, however,
the “form” of literary work. Formalism focuses on analysing the structure and organization of ONLY the work. In other words, formalist views treat literary work as a closed unit, exempt from any other interpretation but the work itself.
The text’s formal elements are also analysed (which are the, figurative language, language structures and literary techniques in the work). Formal elements basically give the work meaning and effect as they contribute to the main structure of the work (plot, theme…
Quick List of Common Literary Terms
(Terms most applicable to AP Literature are in bold.)
Abstract Language-Language describing ideas and qualities rather than observable or specific things, people, or places. The observable or "physical" is usually described in concrete language.
Ad homonym—Latin for "against the man." When a writer personally attacks his or her opponents instead of their arguments
Ad populum—Latin for "to the crowd." A fallacy of logic in which the widespread occurrence…
decisions made to fit into society. “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy can be classified as a great work of art due to the use of internal conflict, symbols and imagery, as well as ethical evaluations addressing the human condition making this piece timeless and significant.
With this in mind, Marge Piercy describes the internal conflict of the character, who does not specifically have a name. This character struggles with the idea of trying to change herself. As she grows up she is normal girl that…
Various Letters from/to Mina, Lucy, Quincy and Arthur. Includes Dr !
The chapter jumps back to England and introduces the rest of the main characters through various
letters. All letters talk about everyday life, Minas letter speaks about the minor news she has heard
from Jonathon in Transylvania and how she wishes
to start a journal like diary to share with Lucy.
Lucy’s letter addresses…
therefor remain ignorant and closed off. It is shown here that “A Vision Beyond Time and Place” focuses on society’s problem, rather than an individual’s problem. This key difference between the texts, along with dissimilar literary techniques and contrasting diction, causes each work to convey dissimilar messages.
Nature has always been viewed a place of power, awe, and purity. Both authors recognize this and look to the sky when searching for enlightenment. In “Self Dependence”, the speaker desperately…