The fate of the elephant lies in his hands. Only he can make the final decision. Orwell wins the sympathy of readers by expressing the pressure he feels as an Anglo-Indian in Burma, struggling with his morals, and showing a sense of compassion for the dying animal. Readers sympathize with Orwell because they can relate to his emotions in the moments before the shooting.
One often used topic is that of death. The theme of death has been approached in many different ways. Emily Dickinson is one of the numerous poets who uses death as the subject of several of her poems. In her poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," death is portrayed as a gentleman who comes to give the speaker a ride to eternity.
Throughout the poem, Dickinson develops her unusual interpretation of death and, by doing so, composes a poem full of imagery that is both unique and thought provoking. Through Dickinson's precise style of writing, effective use of literary elements, and vivid imagery, she creates a poem that can be interpreted in many different ways.
The precise form that Dickinson uses throughout "Because" helps convey her message to the reader. The poem is written in five quatrains.
The way in which each stanza is written in a quatrain gives the poem unity and makes it easy to read.
For example, in line 5, Dickinson begins death's journey with a slow, forward movement, which can be seen as she writes, "We slowly drove-He knew no haste.
The poem seems to get faster and faster as life goes through its course. Another way in which Dickinson uses the form of the poem to convey a message to the reader occurs on line four as she writes, "And Immortality.
Perhaps the most notable way in which Dickinson uses form is when she ends the poem with a dash. Judith Farr believes that the dash seems to indicate that the poem is never ending, just as eternity is never ending In conclusion, Dickinson's form helps the reader begin to comprehend the poem.
Figurative language is one of the literary elements that Dickinson uses to help convey hidden messages to the reader. Alliteration is used several times throughout the poem.
An example of alliteration occurs in lines 9 through Bettina Knapp states that, "the alliterations The first instance of repetition occurs in lines 9, 11, and 12 as she writes, "We passed" three times.
The speaker in the poem is passing through everything that she has already lived through, thus giving the reader a sense of life going by. Another instance of repetition occurs in the fourth stanza. Dickinson repeats the word "ground" in lines 18 and 20 to help remind the reader that she is describing a grave, not a house.
Figurative language is also used as Dickinson creates two instances of perfect rhyme.
The first time perfect rhyme is used is in lines 2 and 4 with the rhyming of the words "me" and "immortality. Another literary element that Dickinson uses in her poem is tone, which is used to help create the general mood of the poem.
It is interesting to note that her tone in regards to death contrasts with that of her time period. Farr states that the people of Dickinson's era looked at death as being "a skeletal marauder-thief with a scythe and a grimace" Society in the s viewed death as being morbid and evil.
Dickinson, on the other hand, made death into being pleasant. She portrays death as being a kind gentleman, perhaps even a suitor, who is taking her out for a ride in a carriage. The imagery in "Because" assists in the creation of a pleasant tone.
Dickinson describes children playing, which also gives the poem a more affable mood. Another way in which Dickinson makes death a more agreeable subject for the reader is in the fifth quatrain as she compares the grave to a house.
In line 17, she writes, "We paused before a House. However, as Dickinson goes on to write in line 18, "A Swelling of the Ground-," the reader is reminded that it is actually a grave that she is being taken to.
By comparing the grave to a house, Dickinson helps to lighten the tone of the graveyard scene. The only time when Dickinson does give the reader a true sense of mortality is as the sun passes the speaker. The carriage is symbolic of a hearse and carries the speaker, who is symbolized as humanity, and her suitor, who is symbolized as death.
The two characters create the third passenger of the carriage, who is immortality.Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant," is an essay, so it does contain a thesis. Orwell's thesis is that when a white man becomes a tyrant, it is his own freedom that he loses. In the essay, Orwell demonstrates how he loses his freedom to behave intelligently and morally.
Topsy (circa – January 4, ) was a female Asian elephant put to death at a Coney Island, New York, amusement park by electrocution in January Born in Southeast Asia around , Topsy was secretly brought into the United States soon thereafter and added to the herd of performing elephants at the Forepaugh Circus, who fraudulently advertised her as the first elephant born in.
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