The great writers of fiction speak to and inform the universal human heart and mind. They warn us of what we should and should not do or be. Furthermore, they do not tellus these human truths, they show us through character development, setting symbolism, and all the other tools at their disposal.
Fiction informs the human heart about the truth of our existence.
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Authors use. . .
To illustrate or explain the general, the abstract, or the whole
You may show how. . .
The meaning of the whole work
What the differences show us.
Don’t forget to tell. . .
Brainstorm, free-write, talk to others, make a jot list
Ask yourself. . .
have an argumentative edge
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice contains romance and suspense.
George Orwell’s 1984 shows a bad state of civilization.
Forrester’s Room with a View contrasts greatly with today.
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The characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice show pride and prejudice.
Symbolism in George Orwell’s 1984 is important to the theme.
Settings in Forrester’s Room with a View are crucial.
(These are all too abstract; they need to be concrete and specific!)
In George Orwell’s 1984 he uses political propaganda to illustrate the corruption of a totalitarian government.
In his novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy exhibits his pessimistic view of life through the intensity of his dark settings.
In Forrester’s novel A Room with a View, the character Lucy Honeychurch illustrates the idea that love conquers all by undergoing three distinct stages of development that end in her realization of her love for George.
The characters Anne Elliott and Lady Russell in Jane Austen’s Persuasion are parallel to the characters in the fairy tale Cinderella, showing that the virtuous can be triumphant over adversity.
Conrad uses the setting of the jungle, which actually represents “the heart of immense darkness,” to symbolize the insanity, obsession, and barbarism that invade the mind of his main character, Kurtz.
The demonic character Heathcliff in Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights demonstrates the romantic theme that people repeat the evil treatment that they endure as children.