How does Hughes present a sesne of fear and menace in this story? The rain horse by ted hughes is a short story text. Ted hughes was a prolific poet and was more celebrated for his poetry than his prose. This narravtive reflects his poetry through the very vivid imagery created by the description of the blinding rain and mysterios horse. Hughes presents a sense of menace and fear through the description of the horse and the horse following him.
Hughes presents menace ad fear through the limited and mysterious descriptions of the horse. The simile: “It seemed to be running on its toes like a cat, like a dog up to no good. “ suggest that the horse is fast. The effect of this is that is gives a very mysterious impression of the horse to the reader. This presents fear and it the reader is unsure how to interpret the nature of this horse. The simile: “or a moment like a nightmarish leopard” suggests that the horse has a daunting aura about him. The use of the adjective “nightmarish” gives the horse a negative connotation this create a menacing and frightful impression of the horse to the reader. The description: “He got one snapshot glimpse of the red-veined eyeball” suggests the horse has a sense of anger. The effect of the compound adjective “red-veined’ is it creates an almost human like imagery of someone in pure anger state. This shows menace and fear as it portrays the horse to be angry and violent. The limited yet very descriptive language used to describe the horse presents fear to the reader.
...how Hughes gradually builds up a sense of menace in The RainHorse.
In 'The RainHorse', Hughes reflects his emotions of disappointment, frustration and anger through imagery phrases of threat. He uses the horse as a symbolic source of his feelings and describes them in figures of speech.
The return of the young man to the farm after twelve years made him a complete a stranger to the land which he didn't accept. The narrator manages to describe how this man is disillusioned, using the metaphor “so he waited, trying to nudge the right feelings alive” - depicting his disappointment towards the land that he had not visited for so long, and this is conveyed in the following quote “This land no longer recognized him, and he looked back at it coldly” The persona seems to have a strong sense of disconnection with the land surrounding him, and he appears with unease and frustration,”felt nothing but the dullness of feeling nothing, boredom and suddenly impatience” . The narrator described well the young man's mixed feelings of discomfort and frustration by using alliteration “so old and stiff and stupid” which lead him to an ultimate anger towards himself “anger against himself for blundering into this mud-trap ”. The phrase “remembered or shouted at as a trespasser – deterred him” gives the idea of how the man did not have a good history with the farmer since he is mentioned as a trespasser.
...created while gloom is built upon by the choice of dark, emotive words in description of the valley.
The rain is clearly a factor in this story and the impact it has on the man's emotional and mental state re-inforces the reader's perception that the man is clearly at conflict with a natural force, the rain. The author's negative choice of words when describing the rain and anything it touches expands upon the feeling of gloom present in this short story. "The distance had vanished in a wall of grey. All around him the fields were jumping and screaming." and words such as "icy rain on his bare skull" lacks any form of euphemism and thus creates a gloomy, if not hostile.
The sudden change of the man's mental state and his emotions over a short space of time by only rain draw comparison to a man suffering from the stress and is on the verge of a mental collapse. "He looked back at it coldly" "felt nothing but the dullness of feeling nothing. Boredom." but the man then feels impatient and anxious and then subsequently "A wave of anger went over him: anger against himself" - "and anger against the land". These few quotes allow the reader an intimate view of this man's mental thought and the effortless influence the rain has over him. This expands on the conflict in the story and thus the reader notices the man's conflict with oneself too.
The introduction of the horse...
...supernatural in his writing. He describes the horse as possibly ‘Clairvoyant’ which is certainly supernatural. Also when thinking to himself about an ordinary horse the man says ‘this horse was nothing like that’ which suggests that the Rainhorse is out of the ordinary, therefore out of this world and supernatural. When the horse is around the rain seems to pour much harder and heavier, it is almost as if thehorse has the power to control the element of rain. It is also describes as ‘nightmarish’ which suggests that it is supernatural as we can only dream about it. I feel that when he came back he was not greeted by the past he desired. I feel that the Rainhorse is a metaphor for all the bad and pain he suffered in his past that he wanted to forget, and each fight the man has with the horse is him fighting in his own mind to forget his past. When the man finally beats the horse in battle he sits down and says that a ‘chunk of his brain was missing’ and I believe that this chunk is the past which he has chosen to forget by destroying the horse.
The man in ‘The Rainhorse’ is always looking for a rational explanation to the seemingly supernatural events that occur. For example after the horse attack he says ‘the horse was evidently mad’. He is trying to hide what he doesn’t want to believe
Hughes and Conan...
The Horses by Edwin Muir describes a nuclear catastrophe and the reliance people have on technology. It describes how man would react when technology was no longer available to us. Initially people would listen for anything on the radio that would give them news, then they would observe the aftermath of the war, for example “a warship passed us, heading north, Dead bodies piled on the deck.” The narrator describes how even if the radio were to come on again, they would ignore it as they wouldn’t want to risk the possibility that the nuclear catastrophe could happen again: “we would not listen, we would not let it bring that bad old world that swallowed its children quick at one great gulp”. He goes on to reinforce the rejection of technology by describing the tractors lying in the fields: “we leave them where they are and let them rust”.
The most significant moment in the poem is when the narrator describes the arrival of the horses. He briefly introduces the horses in line 3 of the poem: “Late in the evening the strange horses came”. The horses are strange and unfamiliar; man is unsure whether or not to trust them. The horses represent nature, arriving out of the devastation, mysterious and brave, like something out a story book. The coming of the horses symbolises the reawakening of the survivor’s awareness of nature and the importance of...
...The rain. The hurricane. That’s where it all began. The rain was so heavy that the whole city was flooded. Not just “get your shoes wet” flooded, no, more like Noah’s Ark flooded. And this right here litterally poured fear on all walks of life. For the Lockness Swimming Chair Monster has been waiting centuries for humans would be held captive by its natural habitat. As dusk began to set it, the Lockness Swimming Chair monster, or LSCM for short, began its hunt. Its first victim, a 7 year old girl, desperetly tried to swim away but would never make it back home. It was tragic to witness. Its first taste of blood and now it craved more. As the city saw no hope, the mortality rate continued to rise. Who was to save them? Well.. That would be me. My name is Lt. Jackson, an ex Navy soldier retired from the frontline. I was 7 months in, but any soldier knows you can never stay comfortable. I’m currently in hiding inside the attic of an half submerged house. I’ve spent 12 days in here with dry Ramen Noodles as my only food source. My time has been utilized to making any type of weapons to possibly destroy this beast. Luckily, my prayers has always been answered for whoever owned this house must’ve have done military duty themselves. An out dated but operational M-16 was acommpanied by a large supply of ammo. Otherwise impossible to have if it was an ordinary pedestrian, there was a supply of grenades, flash bombs, and remote-operated C4 almost 5 years...
...They gallop and trot, whinny and neigh, capturing our imagination — and our hearts. Indeed, horses are said to have done more to change human history than any other domestic animal, once upon a time carrying explorers to new frontiers and mighty armies to great conquests.
Though their glory days may be in the past, these hoofed creatures continue to enthrall us, as the NATURE program HORSES demonstrates in sparkling detail. From the steppes of Mongolia, where children race at breakneck speeds perched on stallions ten times their size, to the fields of Georgia, where people confined to wheelchairs find new freedom in the saddle, HORSES highlights the many roles played by this multi-talented beast of burden. There are also rare glimpses of the world’s most endangered horse, and an inside look at the art of the horse whisperers, the trainers who through their gentle touch can transform a wild bucking bronco into a stately show horse.
But the star of the show is the animal that scientists call Equus caballus, the modern horse species that includes everything from miniature Shetland ponies to massive draft horses able to pull astounding loads. The horse we know today, however, evolved from an ancestor that was quite different.
More than 50 million years ago, a small fox-sized animal crept through the forests of North America, browsing on fruit...
Choose a poem that has a powerful message: show how the poet conveys this message through his or her poetic techniques
The poem, 'The Horses' by Edwin Muir is a story giving us an image of the future after a nuclear war. It describes the experience of survivors of an nuclear war and extremely hard conditions in which they need to face during the nuclear war.
This poem is divided into two sections, the first section is a picture of the world after the nuclear war and the second section describes the coming of the 'strange horses' and the return of the nature.
This essay will show how the poet conveys the message through his or her poetic techniques.
At the beginning of the poem the poet takes us back to the past to tell us what happened during 7 days of nuclear war.
“Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep”
at this quotation the poet describes an nuclear war as a "seven days war", which gives us an idea of the time. This could be compared to the God’s seven-day world creation meaning the world was created in seven days time and in the same length of time it was destructed. he also uses an metaphor like “ world to sleep” which gives us an idea of rush destruction which was going on and helpless people who after such drama they give up and loose the battle. World becomes an empty, silent place.
As we go through, the poet tells us of ravages of nuclear war that...
...Plastic is light-weight, durable, low-cost, and has a wide variety of application ranging from a pen, which you use to write on the paper, to the waste paper basket, into which you throw the paper. Plastic undoubtedly has been the one of the greatest achievements by man. (Well, not comparable to the wheel though!) Anyhow, plastic has proved to be a boon in various ways. When you enter a hospital, you can never fail to notice plastic vials, bottles, syringes, tubes, and many more articles made of plastic; those which are used to save many lives everyday all around the globe. As I did mention above, plastic has replaced metals and glass as the primary material used in the manufacture of pens. To use metals to manufacture pens would be costly and using glass, though cheap, it is not a durable material. Plastic is used in the manufacture of thousands of home use articles such as boxes, cases, bottles, containers, tumblers, chairs, tables, and many more. It also, in some way or the other forms a part of almost all electrical equipment, be it the sheathing of a wire or a plug casing, or even the keys of your cell phone. Plastic finds itself in automobile, and aircraft parts; in kids’ toys, and everyday articles like a brush or a comb.
The extent of exploitation of plastic is unimaginable and never-ending. We have become exceedingly dependent on plastic, which is produced in large quantities every single day to suffice the demands for it. Plastic, though seems a very useful...