As days turn into months, months into years, years into decades, and so on and so forth, life itself and everyone in it is evolving in every way possible. From the way they dress, to the way they carry themselves, and to their beliefs and so much more. Even the way people study has completely evolved. A major reason behind change is technology. The world has become a new and improved digital world. Everyone expects this because in time they become smarter and new ideas are derived from it. People anticipate that one day this can eventually lead to cures for diseases and many other inventions that can only do well for them. Yet, what happens when great things are taken advantage of and their true powers are forgotten? The first story presented is “Parker’s Back” by Flannery O’conner, which displays religious oppression. The second story is “Diary of a Madman” by Lu Xun, this displays political and religious oppression. The last story is called “Araby” by James Joyce, which displays financial oppression. The last three stories will examine the importance of fiction in a digital world while reflecting on an important topic in today’s world, Oppression.
“Parkers Back” by Flannery O’conner is a very interesting short story. Religion oppression has been the subject for many stories since the beginning of time. Maybe the
reason these themes and subjects are so popular is because many can relate themselves with them. This story seems to take place in a poor community in the Deep South. This story actually shows a good presence of financial oppression as well, which brings the husband and wife strain in their relationship. Yet, what really takes over their relationship is how the wife is extremely religious. Usually when religion is brought upon people it is to bring relief and a sense of compassion that God is their savior and everything else that comes in the Bible. In this case, she is unpleasant and rude the way she makes him feel as if he is not good enough and is living a completely immoral life. Her actions may cause the reader to believe that they lead the husband to the terrible decisions he makes. Yet, since the beginning before they were married, Parker seemed unsure of his feelings toward her. Even when stating a description of her like the following: “was plain, plain. The skin on her face was thin and drawn as tight as the skin on an onion and her eyes were gray and sharp like the points of two ice picks” it seemed as an odd match since parker was an irresponsible and sinful man. Yet, even if it seemed he didn’t love her there was a strong underlying feeling that he wanted to please her and not lose her.
The second story “Diary of a Madman” by Lu Xun, reflects a symbolic representation of political oppression and religious oppression as well. The main character is obviously the ‘Madman’. As the reader, what he first says may come off shocking and they may think he is crazy point black, but as the reading goes on...