Wooden Heart - Listener Analysis
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XjgBEzUm-B8 (lyric video)
This spoken word piece is about the human condition, and our corrupt nature. The ship refers to him, and the ocean is a metaphor for life. His fears, lies and nightmares (standard red devils and white ghosts) binding him, but they’re also the only thing keeping him together while the ocean “tosses him like leaves in this weather.” His dreams are sails, and they point him to his hopes and dreams in life. He says he built his own heart out of wood, and placed it inside himself (the iron ship), as he sails through the struggles in life (blood red seas), and finds his place in life. He’s not letting the struggles in life (waves) destroy his hopes and dreams. He says he believes in both anchors and saviors a line apart, so I’m assuming they are synonymous. His life is falling apart, but he still believes in whatever anchor is in his life, while he’s “sinking”. When he says he is pulling the rotten wood out of his heart, he means he’s letting go of the emotional baggage in his heart, so he can pursue his dreams. “We are all made out of shipwrecks, every single bouard washed and bound like crooked teeth on these rocky shores” That line is saying that we are all the person we are today because of our mistakes, and we’re all barely making it through life by ourselves. At this point in the poem, he starts referring to a community making it through together, rather than sailing through life just by himself. The line “we only have what we remember”, that repeats several times throughout the poem, states that if we didn’t have what we remember, we would just repeat the mistakes that we made in our past. “I am the barely living son of a woman and man who barely made it.” this line is basically repeating the very first line of the poem: “We’re all born to broken people on their most honest day...
...The Rental Heart
When you are in love you are in a very vulnerable place. You completely trust another person. If this person decides to leave you, he or she is breaking that trust. Even though things perhaps just did not work out, you were heading in different directions, or whatever the reason for a breakup might be, it is going to hurt. You have lived with a person who you completely trusted and now you have to live without that person. This can be very hard to deal with. For some people it is so hard to deal with that they may seek help from alcohol or even drugs. In the short story “The Rental Heart” by Kirsty Logan the protagonist deals with heartbreaks in a different way than we would see in our current world.
The story ”The Rental Heart” is about a binge dating person. The story is told by a first person narrator who also is the main character of the story. The story unfolds unchronologically. It starts briefly in the presence, but leaps back in time in a major flashback of the narrator’s life, before it again briefly returns to the presence where it ends. The protagonist of the story is very anonymous. We never learn about the main character’s name, looks, or even the gender. This anonymity appeals to a wider audience, making it easier for the reader to identify with the main character. At first we get the impression that the narrator is a boy, since we learn about “him” meeting a girl called Grace. Grace is...
...In Edgar Allan Poe's short-story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," the storyteller tries to convince the reader that he is not mad. At the very beginning of the story, he asks, "...why will you say I am mad?" When the storyteller tells his story, it's obvious why. He attempts to tell his story in a calm manner, but occasionally jumps into a frenzied rant. Poe's story demonstrates an inner conflict; the state of madness and emotional break-down that the subconscious can inflict upon one's self.
In "The Tell-Tale Heart", the storyteller tells of his torment. He is tormented by an old man's Evil Eye. The storyteller had no ill will against the old man himself, even saying that he loved him, but the old man's pale blue, filmy eye made his blood run cold. And when the storyteller couldn't take anymore of the Evil Eye looking at him, he said, "I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever."
This is the start of the storyteller's madness, and as the reader listens to what he says, the madness within the storyteller becomes very apparent.
For eight nights in a row, the storyteller went to the old man's chamber and cast a shred of light upon the Evil Eye that he so hated. For seven nights, it was always shut, and the storyteller could do nothing because it was only the eye that he hated, not the old man. On the eighth, the storyteller accidentally makes some noise and wakes the old man up. As a result, the...
...have anything to do with how good of a worker a person is.
An example of work shown in Heart of Darkness was when Marlow was talking about the native also known as the “fireman” and how good “a few months of training has done for that really fine chap” (48). At this point in the story, Marlow is repairing the boat and is working hard. The fact that Marlow takes his time to remember the quality of work that the native did at taking care of the boiler shows his appreciation for hard working men.
Even though Marlow appreciates hard workers, he still hates working himself saying, “I don’t like work—no one does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself” (36). Here Marlow tells his audience that even though working is not something that everyone wants to do, one can become a better person because of this. Knowing this, one can see Marlow values work—that it has made him a better person.
We also see how useful work is to Marlow when he speaks of the fireman and how Marlow views him as “useful because he was instructed” (48). Being a native, one wouldn’t initially think that Marlow would treat the fireman with respect. However Marlow does in fact think highly of him because of his contributions to the ship and keeping it running. Marlow would not think so highly of him if he wasn’t working and not useful to the expedition.
3. Uselessness and futility is prevalent throughout Heart of Darkness. One example of this is seen in Marlow’s...
...The tell-tale heart (1846)
Edgar Allan Poe
Definition of a ‘tell-tale’ = a gossip/er who tells things about others to get them into trouble
‘A tell-tale heart’ (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe is told through a homodiegetic narrator, who is most likely the old man’s butler. He tries to convince himself and the reader that, although he confesses to have killed the old man with the pale, blue eye, he is not mad.
Possible reasons for not giving details of the murder itself:
1. Narrative techniques on Poe’s part – open spaces: leaves the details up to the reader’s own imagination/fears
2. The murder and the old man isn’t really important to the narrator – it’s his ego that matters (how clever he is) + ensuring the interlocutor that he isn’t mad
3. That it’s all in his mind – the murder didn’t take place
Questions for the text
1. Who are the characters of this story? Do we get to know anything about their names, their jobs or any other of the things we normally use for a basic characterization
The narrator (most likely a man)
Younger than the old man, works for the old man – might be a butler (goes to the old man’s room every morning)
Describes himself as sick (p. 20, ll. 2-3)
“you” – an unspecified interlocutor – the reader? – or himself?
An old man
Without family living with him, probably well-off since he owns a big house
The police officers
The neighbors (who hears the screaming and calls the...
...An Analysis of "Heart of Darkness"
Joseph Conrad, in his long-short story, "Heart of Darkness," tells the tale
of two mens' realization of the hidden, dark, evil side of themselves. Marlow,
the "second" narrator of the framed narrative, embarked upon a spiritual
adventure on which he witnessed firsthand the wicked potential in everyone. On
his journey into the dark, forbidden Congo, the "heart of darkness," so to speak,
Marlow encountered Kurtz, a "remarkable man" and "universal genius," who had
made himself a god in the eyes of the natives over whom he had an imperceptible
power. These two men were, in a sense, images of each other: Marlow was what
Kurtz may have been, and Kurtz was what Marlow may have become.
Like a jewel, "Heart of Darkness" has many facets. From one view it is an
exposure of Belgian methods in the Congo, which at least for a good part of the
way sticks closely to Conrad's own experience. Typically, however, the
adventure is related to a larger view of human affairs. Marlow told the story
one evening on a yacht in the Thames estuary as darkness fell, reminding his
audience that exploitation of one group by another was not new in history. They
were anchored in the river, where ships went out to darkest Africa. Yet, as
lately as Roman times, London's own river led, like the Congo, into a barbarous
hinterland where the Romans went to make their profits. Soon...
...Analysis of “The Tell Tale Heart”
Edgar Allan Poe uses symbols, figures of speech, and the setting of the story in “The Tell Tale Heart” to reveal hidden morals and explain how the nameless, genderless, and ageless narrator felt while plotting and carrying out the murder of an old man. The narrator was driven crazy because of an old man’s vulture eye. He explained, “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe). Throughout the entire story, the paranoid narrator is fixated on defending his sanity to the reader by explaining how carefully he planned out the old man’s murder. After carefully observing the old man in his sleep for seven nights, he strikes on the eighth night with precision and the old man is dead. He buries him under the floorboards in the bedroom where he was murdered. When the police come after being told of a shriek coming from the home, the narrator becomes paranoid that the old man’s heart is beating loudly under the floorboards. Not being able to take the guilt any longer, he rips up the boards to reveal the body and admits to the old man’s murder.
The old man’s eye is most obvious symbol in Poe’s short fiction, “The Tell Tale Heart.” The narrator explains that the old man’s eye is like the eye of a vulture; dull and hazy. The eye could have been a medical condition but more than likely was a symbol of the man’s outlook on life....
...By: Jen Armstrong
The Heart of Darkness The search for truth and knowledge consumes us all at some point in our lives, but we don't always find what we are looking for in Truth. We wish it to be definitive, but more than that, we search for it with the strong belief that we will find it and be pleased, pleasantly enlightened, and will live better lives for it. In Heart of Darkness, it is shown that this is seldom true. Kurtz was destroyed by the truth he discovered about himself and the world he lived in. He had known and believed a "white" truth about the world he knew. His white truth was one of civilized, genteel ideas and actions. Living amongst the privileged few, the artists, musicians, orators, and other cultured people, he knew nothing of the dark depths of the human heart. When confronted with those horrible realities, he was forced to learn the "black" truth about life and people. His mind couldn't comprehend the truths he had to accept; it was totally contradicting to what he knew, and so he crumbled, selling his soul to sit among demons and devils. He was hollow inside, had no sense of moral or social responsibility, and the black truth he discovered ate away and destroyed him. He regressed to savage behaviors he had previously repressed and let the darkness fill the cold void within him. Because he knew so much blackness, he was unable to live in society again. He crossed over and relinquished all ties to the...
...Literary Analysis/Fiction Essay
September 6, 2013
Edgar Allan Poe is definitely one of the most renowned writers in the history of American fictitious writing. His dark stories lead readers to question whether they locked their doors tight enough before going to bed, and cause a need to double check around every corner before walking any further. The Tell-Tale Heart is a great example of his chilling writing abilities. The main character claims that he is not insane, but his actions argue otherwise. Is this man truly sick, however, or was it necessary that the old man’s evil eye be vanquished before it could cause tangible harm? This story uses epic symbolism and great character irony to answer this daunting question.
The story focuses on the skewed thoughts of the young murderer as he plots and carries out his homicidal plan. As said before, he claims he is perfectly sane, but the evil eye wishes him harm. He does, however, admit to having a condition that allowed him to hear exceptionally well, “The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them…I heard all things in the heaven and in the Earth. I heard many things in hell,” (634). By this confession, it is obvious that he is not completely lucid. Later on, he states that he, “… loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult,” (634). Why would a person, such as this man, desire to kill someone who had never caused him harm—had...