“It seemed as if burning or destruction was for him a form of physical culture.”
Untouchable, page 14
It is interesting that the author uses the term “physical culture” because when I think of culture, I don’t imagine it as something exactly physical. Perhaps I am just narrow-minded, but culture is not something you can exactly pinpoint, but rather incorporates different aspects.
“These words were kindly meant, no doubt: but inscrutable are the ways of a woman’s heart!”
The Postmaster, page 167
It is interesting that in that sentence, the author decided to now call “the girl” a “woman.” Before the sentence, she was always referred to as “the girl”. However, it may be apparent the shift when the postmaster was sick and “Ratan ceased to be a little girl” (164).
“Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman”
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, page 25
Previously, her grandmother had told her she was a woman, which she denied being yet. However, it was not until she realized that marriage does not lead to love, something to similar to what her grandmother had said, that she “became a woman”; why is this the moment that lead to her development?
Before the quote, the narrator writes about seeds falling on the ground and the connection Janie has with it. There seem to be nature elements throughout the book. Aftert this, her realization became a reality in her “becoming a woman”. What connection do they have and why was it chosen?
“Their stares, giving him to himself, filled something long empty within him, and were like green blades sproutung in his consciousness.”
Jean Toomer, Cane, page 102
It was in this moment that Paul realized that there was a difference between his classmates and himself. The metaphor is very interesting as well.
“He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.”
Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, page 3
The introduction of the main character is rather weird. A connection between satan and Samuel Spade. Also the specification of blond also eludes to the character’s physical hair feature. Also could be interpreted as coming from the character’s opinion or the narrator opinion.
“Darl is our brother, our brother Darl. Our brother Darl in a cage in Jackson where, his grimed hands lying light in the quiet interstices, looking out he foams.
‘Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes'”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, page 254
The point of view is supposed to be Darl, however it seems as if someone else is taking over; there is a sense of lost or insanity; The repetition of “yes” and “our brother Darl” from previous chapters and this one; The whole chapter as a whole has a sense of not being in the right state of mind
“Her eyes are like two candles when you watch the gutter down into the sockets of iron candle-sticks”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, page 8
Simile between eyes and candles; odd comparison for a woman’s appearance; Why the comparison with candles?; seems like a very vivid use of diction
“The snares of the world were its ways of sin”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, page 136
Comparing snares with sin; what does “its ways”
“It was not a chapel but still you had to speak under your breath. It was a holy place.”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, page 34
It was something that caught my attention because it was if it had been said to him by his parents. As if he had been reprimanded and told that “it was a holy place” and therefore speaking at a high volume was not allowed.
“The light in the heart.”
Virginia Wolf, A Haunted House, page 11
Metaphor; uncommon correlation between light and heart; why not connect light with soul?; what does the light represent?
“He was lost, he was lost – he was lost if he couldn’t be saved.”
Henry James, The Middle Years, page 615.
Repetition; the usage of “lost”; literal or metaphorical?; was the lost in connection with the sense of impending death?; could the lost be in connection with his mind and his illness?