This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Theif In The Night Essay

777 words - 4 pages

In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Terror” a man, who remains unnamed, attempts to persuade the reader that he is not completely insane by explaining the situation that has driven him to this He first says that he is marrying a woman whom he has seen only four or five times because he is afraid of being alone. He tells the reader not to judge him until he explains himself. He continues to explain by setting up a scenario that he has lived through. He came home one night, walked into his room, which he had always left locked, and found it unlocked. He meanders in and sees a man in his armchair by the fire. He is not alarmed by the man, thinking that he is a friend come to visit. He goes over to the ...view middle of the document...

He saw the man, reached out to touch him, and he disappeared, then the main character recalled, afraid. He concluded that it was not his brain that was causing the hallucinations because he reacted normally. “He did, nonetheless, arrive at a working definition, asserting that the doppelganger was, in the words of James George Frazier in The Golden Bough (1890-1915), a physical manifestation, or result, of an inner being, existing without.” (). He was under the impression that it was his eyes that were messed up because he saw “the thing”. He longs for the comfort of another human to ease the terror of the “thing.” That is why he is marrying the woman he has only just met.
The main character is marrying a woman who he has seen only four or five times. Why would someone do something like that? It is because, as mentioned before, he is alone and only wishes to have human company. The “thing” scared him deep down and he is now afraid of being alone because his demented mind has convinced him that it his aloneness that caused the “thing” to appear to him. He says that he does not believe in such things as spirits...

Find Another Essay On A Theif in the Night

Standing Up for One's Beliefs in The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

1075 words - 5 pages away or will have Liesel killed. She lived in a time where talking against her government result in extremely dire consequences. Her father, whom she idolized and told everything to, slapped Liesel when she told him she hated Hitler after his birthday celebration. Hans did stand up for what he believed in when hate crimes against Jews started. He helped a Jew fix his door after it had been vandalized and it caused him to not be accepted into the

Screams in the Night Essay

2002 words - 9 pages world. Those voices are the cries and aghast pleas of your two children, and the people you see around you are. RIGHT NOW! Even as we speak. Your grief has brought you here. The sounds you hear are of a city awake and alive at night. This is no mere trick of the mind. No concealment of a card by the magician. There is a reason this all seems so real, so alive, because it isn't a dream.” The man lost balance and off his chair in shock and utter

Terror In The Night

759 words - 3 pages It was a dark and stormy Halloween night and Sal and Jessher best friend were at Sal's house for the night to watchmovies.Knock, Knock, Knock, 'Sal, someones at the door do youwant me to answer it?', Jess yelled to Sal who was upstairsdoing her hair in the bathroom. 'Yeah Cool Jess its probablyjust some more annoying trick or treaters anyway', replied Sal.Jess got up off the couch and approached the door makingsure to peer through the peephole

Breathe in the Night

993 words - 4 pages checked into a fancy hotel with an amazing view. I hummed getting ready as he watched me in the mirror. Dinner in Seattle on a Friday night was terrible without a reservation but Jasper charmed the young waitress into letting us get seated sooner but we still had to wait. We sat on the couch as we waited and I watched as a rather odd looking couple walked in . The girl was a pretty blonde in a nice white dress and the boy was dressed nicely

"A Cry in the Night" by Ellis Carol

1379 words - 6 pages BackgroundMolly and her family were having a vacation at an old house in an old town called Lynnton. It started as a regular family vacation but soon Molly discovered that something frightening was going on. She saw a ghostly young girl wandering the town, disappearing and reappearing unexpectedly, awakening Molly in the middle of the night with her desperate cries of "Mother!" But only Molly could see her or hear her.Seeking to help the girl

A Night with the Wolves

1532 words - 7 pages I was in my bedroom on a hot summer night. I had my headphones and my music blasted up to full volume. But I still heard the loud bang downstairs. I was hoping that the noise was just an accident. But I heard another bang. I sighed as I went downstairs. When I arrived downstairs, I saw my parents in the middle of the living room. There was a dark purple pot in between them; the pot was all broken up into pieces. “Harold! Stop wasting our money

The Main Themes in Night

694 words - 3 pages Themes: One of the main themes throughout the book is the title of the book “Night”. There are references from Eliezer about night during the book, which are full of symbolism. The word “night” is used repeatedly, and Eliezer recounts every dusk, night and dawn through the entire book. For instance, Night could be a metaphor for the Holocaust—submerge the family and thousands of Jewish families in the darkness and misery of the

Lights in the Night Sky

748 words - 3 pages Aaron BolingStars in the Night SkyFor years humans have traced patterns in the night sky, these patterns are called constellations. Constellations aren't real in fact they are imaginary things that poets, farmers, and astronomers have made up. The real purpose of constellations is to help us tell which stars are which. To most people a constellation is a group of bright stars, but to an astronomer it is a definite area in the sky (Motz). Thus

Suspense In "The Last Night"

1207 words - 5 pages How does Stevenson create suspense in “THE LAST NIGHT”? Stevenson creates suspense in “The Last Night” by withholding information from the reader and by creating a gothic setting which reflects contemporary fears in London in the19th century. He also uses the character of Mr Hyde to create suspense by referring to the ideas of Darwin. Stevenson had already created suspense before the chapter had begun through the knowledge we have of Mr

Love in the Twelfth Night

804 words - 3 pages Williamson 3Maureen WilliamsonMr. DerrickEnglish 205November 3, 2014Love in the Twelfth NightThe Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare is a romantic comedy that teaches its readers about love in different forms with different intentions. Although the end is a happy one with many lovers being brought together by marriage, Shakespeare also includes many plot twists and situations that show that love can be portrayed in many diverse forms

A Comparison of Romantic Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night

1626 words - 7 pages Romantic Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night In all of Shakespeare's plays, there is a definitive style present, a style he perfected. From his very first play (The Comedy of Errors) to his very last (The Tempest), he uses unique symbolism and descriptive poetry to express and explain the actions and events he writes about. Twelfth Night, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream are all tragicomedies

Similar Essays

Symbolism In The Book Theif Essay

936 words - 4 pages " 'They [fallen dominos] look like dead bodies' "(Zusak 410). Noticed Kurt from Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. Kurt was using the dominos to symbolize something other than what the eyes see, the front cover of the book utilizes this technique as well. Within just the one picture on the front cover lies a whole new understanding of the book. The front cover of the book explains, shows, and foreshadows events in the book. The cover of The

The Book Theif, And The Power Of Words: A Review

991 words - 4 pages The Book Thief, and the Power of Words: A Review I find it exceptionally rare to venture across stories that are entirely new and unique in literature. I think there remain only a few novel plots, but most are endless variations that tend to lessen or dull the distinguishing factors of such stories. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, however, was so beautifully crafted with rich symbolism, multi-dimensional and memorable characters, as well as a

A Night In The Cold Essay

1106 words - 4 pages It must have been 4 feet long and must have weighed at least 30 lbs. It was one of the slimiest ones we ever caught. The tentacles were almost a foot long and the scales where the size of quarters.@ AYeah right, we believe you, (Paste your name here).@ While my peers were playing video games or hide-and-go-seek, (a friends name) and I were out ether exploring the unknown, or sleeping from staying out all night. None of the students in my sixth

A Cry In The Night Essay

2740 words - 11 pages A Cry in the Night The story starts in New York City, most likely present day. Then as the story goes on it moves to minnesota out to Erich's farm. It is winter in Minnesota and very cold. Characters: Jenny is the main character of the story. She is a divorced mother of two. She is young and pretty. She works at an art museum in New York City to support herself and her two little girls. She is kind and sweet and has a