The Two Brothers By Judith Beveridge.

596 words - 2 pages

How is the concept of power and powerlessness depicted in this text? "The Two Brothers" by Judith Beveridge portrays the perspective of a young girl forced to witness the horrific torture of animals by two brothers. The concept of power and powerlessness is presented in the poem. There are many techniques which assist in conveying this idea some include euphemism, simile, contrast and metaphor. Through these techniques readers gain a deeper sense into the power and powerlessness presented in the poem.The use of euphemism enhances the idea of power and powerlessness in the poem. The persona recounts an event where the two brothers "Showed me themselves". This implies the brothers exposed themselves showing her their bodies, tormenting her. She is powerless to the sexual abuse committed by the brothers. The brothers dominate the power as they have a choice of either sexually abusing her or not. As they have the choice, they obtain the power. The power of the brothers is also due to their sexuality, they are male, generally the more dominate sex. Through the use euphemism, the idea of power and powerlessness is conveyed.Simile is yet another technique used to express the idea of power and powerlessness. "We watched the snail boil and froth like illicit stills". This shows the individual powerlessness of the snail. Even with the protection of their shell, they are still vulnerable to the torture inflicted by the brothers. As they boil and froth they are unable to do anything about it, unable to prevent or save themselves from the torture, powerless. The simile also shows the power of the two brothers. The boys obtain their power as they have choices. They could easily exercise their power, torturing the animals or leave them alone as they have this choice they dominate the power. The...

Find Another Essay On The Two Brothers by Judith Beveridge.

Comparing "The Killer" by Judith Wright and "The flowers" by Alice Walker

889 words - 4 pages Bibliography:Mainly took notes from teacher, used wikipedia to look at the writer "Judith Wright's" background:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_WrightBoth the poem "The Killer" by Judith Wright and "The flowers" by Alice Walker deals with death, but in different ways. "The Killer" outline an incident of a girl killing a snake, suggesting that us human beings kill things that we fear, that we believe is harmful. While Alice Walker's "The

Issues reflected in "The Precipice" by Judith Wright and "In the Park" by Gwen Hardwood

1271 words - 5 pages In the two poems “The Precipice” by Judith Wright and “In the Park” by Gwen Harwood, the issues raised include motherhood, war and the environment.In “The Precipice”, an unnamed woman takes her children and leaps off a cliff in the bush, taking her (and their) lives. The three key issues addressed in this poem are:·Motherhood – the poem challenges the pretense that motherhood is joyful, life-fulfilling

"The Story of My Body" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, and "Never Just Pictures" by Susan Bordo

1275 words - 5 pages society: friends, place, and education. We reflect what we think it is correct in the opinions of others. This idea is expanded and explained in two essays: "The Story of My Body" written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, and "Never Just Pictures" by Susan Bordo.In the first essay, Cofer suggest that our body plays an essential role in our social life. The differences of race, color, and size can create many uncomfortable situations in our adolescence. She tells

Brothers' Relationship: The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich

1359 words - 5 pages 126). This sentence is what gives the reader a sense of what is going on and also sets up the story because one knows that the reading will lead up to this event. Also, by giving this clue right at the beginning, Erdrich build up a suspense of wanting to know for the reader and by doing that she has the reader hooked and will most definitely want to keep reading on to find out what happens to these two brothers. When reading the story, one may

The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoyevsky, Rebellion-Existence of God

1279 words - 5 pages In the novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoyevsky, chapter four is entitled rebellion; Ivan is questioning the existence and/or character of God. In this chapter, Ivan and his brother Alyosha, discuss if God is just and give examples to support their questions. Ivan suggests that believing in God, or spirituality for that matter, can bring unhappiness and suffering. Ivan explains this rationale by telling stories of mistreated and abused

Essay of "About a boy" by the Weitz Brothers

716 words - 3 pages Visual Text Essay question: "About a Boy"Analyse how links between the beginning and end help you understand a main theme or issue.The Film "About a Boy" by the Weitz brothers shows the development of the protagonist, Will from an isolated, selfish, dishonest and consume fixated man who escapes from meaningful relationships to a caring, selfless and honest man who finally understands that he needs other people to be happy. This development is

Mending the Relationship of Two Brothers in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

1270 words - 5 pages , but instead of his shame that he feels for his family. Sonny also states his fear that his brother will think, "this had to do with (Sonny) being a musician." Sonny's letter to his brother also includes Sonny's desire for the rebirth of the two brothers' relationship. When the two brothers meet a type of rekindling does occur. While traveling to the older brother's house, the two entertain each other by joking about goals set during Sonny's

Effect of Divorce on Children: What About The Kids? by Judith S. Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee

1051 words - 4 pages towards separation. Divorce does not signify separation for parents only; it also implies the consequence of a series of eternal effects for children if not treated carefully. Works Cited 1. “What About The Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce” by Judith Wellerstein and Sandra Blakeslee. 2. American Academy of Child and Adolescent 3. Helpguide.org 4. “Parenting After Divorce; Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children’s Needs” by Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D. 5. “The Truth About Divorce” by Barry Youngerman and Mark J. Kittleson, Ph.D. 6. “Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce” by M. Gary Neuman, L.M.H.C.

Type of motivation used in the novel Ordinary People, by Judith Guest

712 words - 3 pages In my opinion, cognitive motivation best represents the type of human behavior that is evident throughout the novel, Ordinary People, by Judith Guest. Simply, this type of motivation, as defined by Webster, is "a need or desire that causes a person to act." Behavior reflects many influences besides cognition. For example, external forces have the ability to dictate a person's behavior. Plato believed that people "do what they perceive to be

Religious themes within the film The Matrix. film directed by The Wachowski Brothers

1750 words - 7 pages religious themes within the film The MatrixWithin the 1999 sci-fi blockbuster movie of the year The Matrix directed by The Wachowski Brothers, it is evidently shown that religious themes are portrayed. Christianity is seen as the central theme although; other religious customs play an immense role revealing a prestigious amount of footage. Non-religious themes also contribute and appeal to the effectiveness of the film. The basic plot of the

A Discussion of The Grand Inquisitor from 'The Brothers Karamazov' by Fyodor Dostoevsky

686 words - 3 pages The Grand Inquisitor is an adaptation from The Brothers Karamazov, a novel written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is a Russian novel, set in 19th century Russia. The Inquisitor, the part of the story that we are dealing with, is a discussion between two of four brothers, Ivan and Alyosha.Alyosha is the youngest brother, of about twenty years of age. He is preparing to become a monk in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Ivan is older, about thirty years of

Similar Essays

The Domesticity Of Giraffes By Judith Beveridge

684 words - 3 pages contrast. The title “The Domesticity of Giraffes” depicts two contrasting ideas. With ‘domesticity’ we would associate with tamed animals, while ‘giraffes’ would present a sense of wilderness and freedom. This title juxtaposed the two contrasting images and through these images, readers are presented with the idea of powerlessness. Instead of roaming in the wilderness, the giraffe portrayed in this poem is confined to

The Trolley Problem, By Judith Jarvis Thomson

929 words - 4 pages the trolley’s path towards only one worker. Thomson finds the Bystander at the Switch case permissible under two conditions: 1) first, that the same threat is diverted from a larger to a smaller group of people, and 2) second, that the means by which this threat is diverted does not in itself constitute an infringement of anyone’s rights (1407). However, in order for her thesis to be correct, the Bystander at the Switch case must always be

The Sisters Brothers By Patric De Witt

850 words - 4 pages In the novel The Sisters Brothers, we learn a lot about the two brothers Eli and Charlie. Their violent history as professional killers as a job leads the readers to believe that killing is a part of them, and nothing will ever change that. In my opinion, I think Charlie would have the hardest time adjusting to living in a peaceful environment, and “’removed from all earthly dangers and horror” rather than Eli having a hard time. From what

Life Of Two Brothers And A Red Convertible By Louise Erdrich

720 words - 3 pages shows a normal relationship between two brothers before the effects of war. As Henry goes off to war, the relationship between him and his brother Lyman is shown by Lyman taking apart the car. When Henry returns home from the war he is a changed man who cannot seem to find himself. By Lyman messing up the car shows Henry how Lyman feels, and he talk to him. Henry said, “When I left, that car was running like a watch. Now I don’t even know if I