L Ove, Hate Fiction Short Essay

1047 words - 4 pages

Love and Hate Reaction Paper

Carl R. Foster

April 28, 2009

Barbara Murray

University of Phoenix

Love and Hate Fiction Short Story

Reaction Paper

This paper details my reaction to a group of short stories. An explanation of the strategies I think the writer uses to convey a particular idea and what I think the theme of the work is, and describe how I personally relate to the theme and include relevant quotes from the writing to support the paper. Draw a conclusion that is unique to your own interpretation of the theme after having read the stories

Like many of the characters in the chapter titled "Love & Hate", the main characters are experiencing, or have experienced, alienation and loneliness. In my opinion the narrator's are unhappy with their work, jealous, and unconnected to the other human beings.

In "Cathedral" the theme is Alienation and loneliness, and love. Carver's distain for Robert is blatantly obvious (Carvers wife communications with Robert over the years), however his character become more sensitive when on the couch and as Roberts openness and simplicity of life becomes less of a threat to Carver, his distain turns to understanding and comfort ability in the end. The irony it seems is that although Robert is blind, we can see Carver was blind about many things. The story ends with hope.

In "A Rose for Emily" the themes are Death, Community v. isolation, and Love & Hate William Faulkner's central theme in the story "A Rose For Emily" is to "let go of the

past." Emily Grierson has a tendency to cling to the past and has a reluctance to be independent. Faulkner uses symbols throughout the story to cloak an almost allegorical correlation to the reconstruction period of the South. Even these symbols are open to interpretation; they are the heart and soul of the story. With the literal meaning of Faulkner's story implies many different conclusions, it is primarily the psychological and symbolic aspects, which give the story meaning. Through out the story there is a theme of hate or loathing for the father along with love is compounded by the love interest she appears to eliminate because of her rejection. Her in your face attitude toward the community.

In "Sweat" the them is oppression, love and hate. In "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston, Sykes, the main character's husband is the biggest dominating and oppressive influence in her life. Despite the fact that she is always working to sustain herself and her husband, he always goes out with Bertha and spends all of...

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