In 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Vultures', the use of description is both vivid and surprising. The descriptions often lead the reader to expect a certain conclusion or tone and then the poets' use of description changes
In 'Night of the Scorpion' and 'Vultures', the use of description is both vivid and surprising. The descriptions often lead the reader to expect a certain conclusion or tone and then the poets' use of description changes and this changes the reader's anticipation of how the poems might develop; this is what makes the poems thought-provoking and surprising. The title 'Night of the Scorpion' sounds like the sort of name a horror film might be given. This is misleading because this poem is not like a horror film at all. Instead of the scorpion being the enemy, the poet 's description of the scorpion's circumstances leads us to feel sympathy for it. He has been 'driven' into the hut by 'ten hours of steady rain'. The use of the word 'driven' suggests that this is a last resort for the scorpion. He really does not want to be there, but he's desperate to be dry and quiet, so he crawls 'beneath a sack of rice'. At this point, we do not see the scorpion as an object of fear or horror as the title of the poems suggests. Ezekiel's sympathy for the scorpion is contrasted with the moment that the scorpion stings his mother - 'flash' reflects the sudden and shocking moment of the sting. His tail is described as 'diabolic' and the neighbours call the scorpion 'the evil one'; the repetition of the alliteration 'parting with his poison' helps the reader feel the sudden and dangerous nature
Comparing how the poets Levertov and Brathwaite use poetic techniques to convey ideas about belonging to a particular culture Both poets Brathwaite and Levertov describe how people belonging to a culture are changed by a more powerful culture. This is done in both poems by an amount of force. There are symbols and powerful techniques to bring you into this. In the poem 'Limbo', unable to protect and defend themselves, the West Africans find themselves exploited by the Europeans. Clearly, poetic techniques and structure are used to convey and influence the meaning of the poems. In the poems 'Limbo' and 'What were they like?', the poets create powerful symbols which can convey a range of key ideas. Levertov focuses on how the people of this particular culture live before and after the war. Both Levertov and Brathwaite focus on personifying his surroundings, possibly to make the anger he feels more real. Levertov focuses on these techniques to compare everyday life before the life splitting war, in a womb of silence and the soothing scenery complete with rolling green hills and loved families and then after in the crated landscapes and 'Charred' families together lying together. Brathwaite however uses the 'Limbo Stick' Lowering to show signs of submission and getting higher to show the path they have to fight for, the path to freedom. Brathwaite too uses this
In this essay I am going to compare the ways in which race has been represented in the two sitcoms "Desmond's" and "Mind your language." Desmond's is a sitcom set in a barber shop in the 1989 and Mind your language which is set in a school in 1970's. Mind your language reinforces stereotypes by the people's accents for example Ali said that he goes around and "nicking" on peoples doors when he's meant to say "knocking" on peoples door that's why you cant trust him and this also makes him sound dishonest. Ali and Ranjeet are in a conflict with each other because of the war against India and Pakistan. Jamila the Pakistani woman is represented as domestic because she is always knitting in class also there is conflict going on with Ingrid the Swedish woman and Anna the German woman who are trying to attract most of the men in the class because mostly the class is full of men. Ranjeet is shown as a typical Indian because he is always shaking his head and moving his hands and also him going to be arranged married to a another person that he doesn't even know and doesn't like. Taro the Japanese man has a camera on him because it shows that all Japanese people carry cameras and makes them look like tourists. All the students in Mind your language don't take learning English seriously by not doing their homework instead they buy it of Giovanni the Italian and coming late to their
Comparing Before You Were Mine and Mother, any distance Before you were mine and Mother any distance both explore range of themes relating to a mother and child bond and their love and affection. This poem is written by Simon Armitage in which he talks about the relationship between him and his mother and the great affect she had on his life. "you come to help me measure windows, pelmets, doors...". This shows how his mother helped him a lot whenever he needed someone to help him through his life as a child. The quote also shows us that he's moving into a new house because I think you would usually need to carry out these measurements when moving in, but even after he will be moving into a new house and away from her security, she is still there for him, and always will be. This emphasizes that they have a strong and healthy relationship. He also talks about how he feels as he is moving further away from him mother as he is growing up, "...unreeling years between us." and he shows that he still feels attached to her even though he is moving away. Before you were mine was written by Carol Ann Duffy who writes about her mother before the poet was born after seeing a photo of her when she was a teenager. She is inspired to write the poem because she thinks her mother was happier then. She begins the poem by setting the scene and portraying her to be romantic and attractive,
According To Critics Popular Culture Is: * Superficial * Formula Based * Mass Produced For Cheapness * Standardised Using examples explore the strengths and weaknesses of this argument. Culture has never been given a specific meaning; there are many different things that people perceive culture as. The difference between high culture and popular culture is frequently a matter of taste or judgement. Popular culture has been a problem for as long as there has been something called "popular culture." High culture according to some has durability i.e. it lasts for a long period of time for example: Beethoven, Mona Lisa, Mozart and Leonardo De Vinci. More select audiences such as opera, ballet, proms and art galleries are considered to have high value. There are many ideas/icons of high culture Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth which all use universal themes and ideas eg. Jealousy..... Popular cultures include Tabloids, Soap Operas, Reality TV, KFC, MTV appeal more to the senses of people. A lot of these are mass produced mainly for cheapness which makes it appeal able for the creators but also catches the target audience and get them watching each episode, or buy the product this is so that they can keep making more of the same ideas and it gets cheaper. Cross over culture is a mixture of high culture and popular culture. It keeps alive the high
Is this the best film opening ever? "Saving Private Ryan" First released in 1998 and directed and produced by the well known Steven spiel burg. Steven spiel burg is a well-known director that has directed over 50 movies, he directs movies such as jaws, et and Indiana jones and the last crusade. Saving private Ryan has won 5 Oscars, 52 other wins and 53 nominations. There are many many famous actors such as vin diesel,tom hanks and Matt damon.The genre of the film is action/adventure, you realize this whilst watching the first scene.. the use of music is very effective and relates to the scene.Every bomb, every gunshot, every scream, right down to the colored water is real.the opening scene is very effective and captures the audience very quickly. The first shot is one of the most memorable and very effective,which looks at pegs stretched all out along the beach.we see the camera shot of the German soldiers and we immediately see the advantage of the Germans over the American Spielberg,wonderfully,throws the camera around at such a dizzying pace we are lifted right from the theater seats and right into the war. Every bomb, every gunshot, every scream, right down to the colored water is real. Spielberg uses various camera angles and camera techniques such as the hand held camera,over head angles and wide angle shots, this give a dramatic affect to the audience. The wide angle
Night of the scorpion and Blessing both display images of the place. Each culture is similar in some ways. Scorpion is set a rural place and Blessing is presented in an urban place.
How does the poet create an image of a place in 'Night of the scorpion'? compare this with the way an image of a place is created in one other poem. 'Night of the scorpion' and 'Blessing' both display images of the place. Each culture is similar in some ways. 'Scorpion' is set a rural place and 'Blessing' is presented in an urban place. In 'Night of the scorpion' Nissim ezekial uses imagery to show what the people were like. 'like swarms of flies' he also describes the scorpion as the 'evil one'. These are very powerful words as the scorpion is likened to the devil. By doing this the writer has made the reader feel hatred for the scorpion. The writer has made a place feel negative as the reader will see bad things happening. The writer also brings religion into the poem. For example it says 'Thank god' this shows us that it is set in a place which religion place a big role in people's lives. We know that he poem is set in a small hut as it says 'The mud baked walls'. This tells us that it is set in a very poor area. The language in blessing is similar to the language of 'Scorpion'. For example they both use religious language. Such as 'God' and 'Blessing. The writer uses the word blessing to show that the water was blessed from god. At first 'Imtiaz Dharker' starts of explaining how there is no water and then there is a sudden rush of water. The writer starts off with a
Compare and contrast what the poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'The Laboratory' are saying about human relationships.
Compare and contrast what the poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'The Laboratory' are saying about human relationships and how the poet makes the poems interesting. The laboratory is about a woman wanting to poison/ kill her rivals so she can be the kings mistress. My Last Duchess is about a man describing his last Duchess, and how the painter flirted with her, he describes her features that show the painter was flirting with her. Both 'The Laboratory' and 'My Last Duchess' are of anger and resentment, in 'The Laboratory' it is the discarded mistress who is jealous about other women flirting and dancing with the King, and in 'My Last Duchess' it is of the Duke, and he is showing dis-pleasure in the way the his last Duchess conducted herself with other men. The quotes that back these up are, In the Laboratory. 'Soon at the King's, a mere lozenge to give And Pauline should have just thirty minutes to live! But to light a pastille, and Elise, with her head, And her breast and her arms and her hands should drop dead!' and in ' My Last Duchess' it was 'Too easily impressed; she like whate'er. The writer in the poems are trying to say relationships break down for one reason or another, in these cases it's infidelity, one person casting off someone for others, and in 'The Laboratory' she is fascinated with the process of how the alchemist makes the poisons, she thinks the
In his poem 'Limbo' Edward Kamau Brathwite explores and considers cultural identities from the point of view of unknown slaves. Brathwite when describing the slaves suggests the slaves are left in 'Limbo' about their own identities 'Darkness is over me'. This quote struck me the most as it suggests the slaves on the ship are not being given a chance to show their personalities rather someone else is controlling their personalitys/identifications, and they don't know when it is going to end. Similarly in 'Nothing's changed' Tatamkhulu Afrika tells us how the blacks identity has been taken away from them by the whites. Personally I feel 'Afrika' expresses lose of cultural identity in a emotional way but also readers can draw from their own previous experience. Nothing's changed is about a man going back after many years to an area he knew well in south Africa. The government had been racist so white people were in charge and black people had few rights. But the government had changed and the poet hoped he would see a different society. Sadly everything he sees seems to be the same as it was. For that reason, he called the poem Nothing changed. 'Glass' is a image used in this poem to show the racial segregation being suffered by the blacks. It is this glass 'Afrika' wants to break so 'cultural differences are broken and 'cultural identities are similar. The way limbo is
Essay Plan. Compare how Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes and Nothings Changed portray culture.
Compare how ‘Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes’ and ‘Nothing’s Changed’ portray culture. Intro: . Both describe the separation between different social classes 2. Ferlinghetti illustrates that there is an opportunity for change in everyone 3. Afrika says that nothing’s changed, and it never will 4. Both use angry tones Both describe the separation between different social classes . Ferlinghetti shows it through appearance . Beautiful People: ‘hip three-piece linen suit’ ‘short skirt and colored stocking’ ‘shoulder-length blond hair & sunglasses’ ‘casually coifed’- sibilance makes them sound smooth 2. Scavengers: ‘red plastic blazers’ ‘grey iron hair’ ‘hunched back’- grotesque 3. ‘Also with long hair and sunglasses’- born at some time with different opportunities, so similar yet so different . Afrika shows it through food . Rich and Powerful: ‘haute cuisine’- only the best, expensive, up-market, exclusive 2. Poor and Powerless: ‘bunny chow’- cheap meat, a poor man’s hamburger Ferlinghetti illustrates that there is an opportunity for change in everyone . No punctuation indicates classes are not set in stone, freedom, written in free verse 2. ‘Holding all four close together’- however different they are, anything can happen. 3. ‘looking down into’- role reversal 4.