Grapes or wraths
Themes: mans inhumanity to man: Steinbeck consistently and woefully points to the fact that the migrants? great suffering is caused not by bad weather or mere misfortune but by their fellow human beings
The Saving Power of Family and Fellowship
The Grapes of Wrath chronicles the story of two ?families?: the Joads and the collective body of migrant workers. Although the Joads are joined by blood, the text argues that it is not their genetics but their loyalty and commitment to one another that establishes their true kinship
Rose of Sharon?s Pregnancy
Rose of Sharon?s pregnancy holds the promise of a new beginning. When she delivers a stillborn baby, that promise seems broken.
The Death of the Joads? Dog
When the Joads stop for gas not long after they begin their trip west, they are met by a hostile station attendant, who accuses them of being beggars and vagrants.
The black cat
The Power of the Dead over the Living
Poe often gives memory the power to keep the dead alive. Poe distorts this otherwise commonplace literary theme by bringing the dead literally back to life, employing memory as the trigger that reawakens the dead, who are usually women
Self vs. Alter Ego
In many of Poe?s Gothic tales, characters wage internal conflicts by creating imaginary alter egos or assuming alternate and opposite personalities.
In Poe?s murder stories, homicide requires animalistic element. Animals kill, they die, and animal imagery provokes and informs crimes committed between men.
Sanity: Although they are guilty, Poe?s narrators in these tales experience an irresistible urge to confess to their crimes. While each explains the circumstances of his hideous actions, he also attempts to defend his sanity
Song of myself
Conecction between body and soul
Who is afraid of Virginia
the name: The title comes from rewriting the words to the children's song, "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?" It comes up as a joke at Martha's father's party.
The couples in this play do not have any children and remain tied to their parents. Martha and George rely on Martha's father for his position and his paycheck.
Sexo: Because part of the established notion of success in this play and era is having children, sexuality is immensely powerful. As George tells Nick, the way to control a man is through the belly of his wife
The Corrupting Power of Unchecked Ambition
The main theme of Macbeth?the destruction wrought when ambition goes unchecked by moral constraints?finds its most powerful expression in the play?s two main characters. Macbeth is a courageous Scottish general who is not naturally inclined to commit evil deeds, yet he deeply desires power and advancement.
The Relationship between Cruelty and Masculinity
Characters in Macbeth frequently dwell on issues of gender. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood, wishes that she herself could be ?unsexed,? and does not contradict Macbeth when he says that a woman like her should give birth only to boys
The Difference between Kingship and Tyranny
In the play, Duncan is always referred to as a ?king,? while Macbeth soon becomes known as the ?tyrant.? The difference between the two types of rulers seems to be expressed in a conversation that occurs in Act IV, scene iii, when Macduff meets Malcolm in England
Though Poe examines the doppelganger in both ?The Fall of the House of Usher? and ?William Wilson,? he emphasizes different aspects of its character in the two stories. For example, in ?The Fall of the House of Usher,? Poe presents the possibility of a complete split between mind and body in the twin siblings of Roderick and Madeline
Cat on a hot tin roof
Manliness and Homosexuality
Like many of Williams's works, Cat concerns itself with the elaboration of a certain fantasy of broken manliness, in this case a manliness left crippled by the homosexual desire it must keep in abeyance.
Brick is Cat's broken man. The favorite son and longed-for lover of a wealthy plantation family, he possesses the charm of those who have given up and assumed a pose of indifference before the world. Brick?a "brick" of a man
As Brick pronounces to Big Daddy, mendacity is the system in which men live. Mendacity here refers to the mores that keep what Williams's dubs the "inadmissible thing" that is repressed at all costs.
The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The cat refers to a particular fantasy of femininity and feminine desire. The play's primary cat is Maggie, a typically hysterical, dissatisfied Williams heroine who prostrates herself before Brick.
The Father and Son
In Cat, the father and son appear in a decidedly narcissistic relation. Daddy's narcissistic love for Brick is clear. As Williams notes, Brick bears the charmingly masculine indifference Daddy must have in his youth. As Mama will note at the close of the play, Daddy wants above all that Brick provide him a grandson who is as much like his son as Brick is like himself. Brick is his rightful heir, his means of immortality.