A Thin Veil of Satire- Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Numerous authors have opined Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story Young Goodman Brown, each with a new perspective or an improvement of their former. While it is not a much explored topic, avid readers of Hawthorne can attest to the fact that some of his works also use deep level humor to address human follies. Now, combining this kind of humor and an attack on (Puritanism) religious practices gives us humor as a standalone linguistic device that is not only symbolic and thematic, but also signify.

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Hints of Evil: How Shirley Jackson Foreshadows the True Meaning of the Lottery

Nearly everyone who reads Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery cannot even begin to fathom the true meaning of the lottery until it has already happened. The shock that we experience at the end on learning that the lottery’s winner becomes a sacrificial lamb to fulfill a tradition that has long lost its meaning catches us off guard. And I think this is partly the reason that the short story is still a success among Jackson’s readers; unknown to the reader, she builds on suspense that we only come to realize in the end. The hints that Jackson provides throughout the story only become evident to the reader after the first read. It is then that we go back to the story, from the beginning, and start seeing the instances of foreshadowing in bolder colors.

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Empathizing with the culprit- Lamb to the Slaughter Roald Dahl

Empathizing with the Culprit- Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

A murder most foul, an unlikely culprit, and a leg of lamb served to the detectives. Yet through all these, readers are still likely to associate more with the culprit than any other character.

It is in the evening and heavily pregnant Mary Maloney is eagerly waiting for her husband, Patrick, to come home from work at the Precinct. However, Patrick is jittery and even makes himself another drink- a stronger one- before telling his wife that he wishes to leave her.

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Journey to Transformation

Journey to Transformation: Araby by James Joyce

Joycean epiphany: one of those often subtle but definitive moments, after which life is never quite the same again. All of us, or a majority of us, have felt it. We discuss it so often as a literary effect that we forget how accurately it can depict how human beings experience change. To some extent this translates to the way we shape our memories, editing as we go and forgetting some details . Just like in James Joyce’s short story Araby, a grown man remembering a single night with a mixture of scorn and tenderness, a night when his childhood and adolescence naivety is shed, replaced with anguish.

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Violence During Slavery: Twelves Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup’s memoir ‘Twelves Years a Slave’ has received notable recognition in contemporary media. Among the many themes he explores, violence is central, narrating accounts of his and other slaves’ experiences in the hands of white slave owners. While it is apparent that violence was part of slavery in America, most slaveholders tried to deny this, masking it with such explanations as the slave tried to escape with every chance they got. Violence was a common aspect of slavery, used to achieve capture, punishment, silence, and submission in Northup’s narrative.

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Feminist short stories

3 Feminist Short Stories That you will Absolutely Love

Feminist literature has come a long way and I am still amazed by authors, especially female, who still keep at it. This is the kind of writing that uses language and literature to highlight social, economic, political, among other aspects, rights for women. Literature works vary in how they explore this issue and are often categorized in theories and feminism waves/periods. In most cases, the change in advocacy methods rises at certain times in history, mostly influenced by the political and social activities that were at their zenith.

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Everything is Far From Here by Cristina Huenriquez.

When Cristina Huenriquez’ short story ‘Everything is Far From Here’ was published in The New Yorker’s July 2017 issue, there was so much buzz among its discussions. An immigrant mother is separated from her young son as they cross the American border. She arrives at the camp earlier than her son and the rest of her time is spent worrying about him. At one point, her anguish gets the best of her and worries that she can no longer recognize her son. At another, she confuses a random boy with her son. When it is too much, she screams and the guards have to put her in confinement. She vows to stay here until her son comes.

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