Pride and Prejudice Reader Response To me personally I found this book to be beneficial in understanding the ways of society throughout time. Within Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, Bingley and Jane's relationship proves that social pressures essentially inhibit people from fulfilling their true identities, and their true desires. Whether it manifests itself in the pressure to marry for security and convenience, or the pressure to attain affluence and culture, the social norm erases individual identity and the joy of independent choice. One example of this stems from Jane's relationship with Bingley. Her mother pushes her to marry him because of his wealth, but his sister, Caroline, urges him to marry a woman of higher status. This is a key example of how marriage becomes a matter of money-- and not just of financial security, but of status. For this reason, Jane and Bingley almost do not end up together, a result of unhappiness for the two. In response to Bingley's distance from Jane, Mrs. Bennet constantly nags and questions her daughter about Bingley. In fact, the reader is told that "an hour seldom passed in which she did not talk of Bingley, express her impatience for his arrival, or even require Jane to confess that if he did not come back, she should think herself very ill used. It needed all Jane's steady mildness to bear these attacks with tolerable tranquility" (96). Mrs. Bennet’s motivation for this constant nagging is, of course, her longing to see Jane in a good marriage and to be with someone of wealth and status. This social pressure to marry gainfully consumes Mrs. Bennet to the point where she not only has her "nervous attacks," but she makes her daughters miserable as well! Basically, the root of Jane and Bingley's unhappiness stems from the Bennet sisters' pressure to marry beneficially and the pressure put on Bingley by his sister to marry favorably, an urging which keeps him from proposing to Jane for quite some time. As far as
Friday, February 22, 2013
Critical Analysis of Nora Ephron “The Boston Photographs”
Nora Ephron author of “The Boston Photographs” reaches out to her readers by touching their emotions by some gripping photographs. She claims “Photojournalism is often more powerful than written journalism,” this theory is proven in her writing. In Ephron essay, she discusses the photographs that Stanley Foreman took of an attempted rescue that turned to a devastating….
Reader-response criticism is a school of literary theory that focuses on the reader (or "audience") and their experience of a literary work, in contrast to other schools and theories that focus attention primarily on the author or the content and form of the work.
Although literary theory has long paid some attention to the reader's role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, modern reader-response criticism began in the 1960s and '70s, particularly in America and Germany, in….
The reader response-response approach to critical literature “asks you to “connect” with literature, to find a personal link or imaginative entry into a story, poem, or play.” (Clugston, P. 413) Normally for any reader, this is one of the main characteristics the reader is performing. The reader by default is looking for some form of connection to the literary work he/she may be reading. Therefore, when the reader begins to make these connections, they are already utilizing the reader-response perspective….
The Mortal Immortal was quite different than past assigned readings for several reasons. First, it was a short story rather than a long-winded, descriptive novel. This appealed to me because that, in itself, shows a turn to the modern side of literature. Gone are the days of praising the sublime and merely hinting at characters emotions. More presently, audiences want to be quickly brought into the action, and to experience a high level of energy and enjoyment throughout the entire….
furthermore persuading his readers that under the right circumstances, critical choices have to be made.
His oppressive descriptions of George’s health issues successfully grasp reader’s attention, while forcing them to visualize and connect to the sorrows captured. Moreover, these descriptions help readers in overcoming personal struggles by bringing forth the reality of these situations. Philbert ensnares the unimaginable while releasing the truth of reality. Readers who have not experienced such….
9 September 2013
In the review of Dana Stevens, "The Help. A feel-good movie that feels kind of icky", she describes some of the strongest and weakest characteristics of the movie, she doesn't hate the film but I am sure that it is not in her favorites movies list. Stevens argues that the public wanted to watch the story in big screen and she declares that it is a good melodrama that contains some funny moments: “It's hard to actively hate The Help, a movie so solicitous of the….
Reader Response Theory
- can be traced back to Aristotle and Plato
- literature’s effect on the reader
- sources in the writings of the French structuralists (who stress the role of the perceiver as a maker of reality)
- reader criticism became recognized as a distinct critical movement only in the 1970s
- less a unified critical school than a vague collection of disparate critics with a common point of departure
- “Reader Theory” “audience theory” neutral terms….
9 September 2014
Reader Response #5
Dick Gregory’s “Shame”
In Dick Gregory’s “Shame,” he tells his heartbreaking experience with being in love with Helene Tucker. Gregory goes into detail describing the poverty he was stuck in at the time. He spent the majority of his time attempting to impress Helene. He brushed his hair and always had a little handkerchief, so he wouldn’t have to pick his nose in front of her. When he decides to impress Helene by giving to….
Readers have been responding to what they have read and experienced since the dawn of literature. For example, we have Plate and Aristotle who were concerned about audience responses and how plays generated pity and fear on them. Still, the audience or readers were passive. After the appearance of reader response theory, readers are activated. They involve themselves to elaborate the text, fill in the gaps and enact their experiences with the text. Most reader response critics can be divided into….
The Chrysalids Reading Response Chapters 4-6
There are a few patterns that I noticed in the Chrysalids the one that really jumped out at me was the idea of “normal” the entire story is based around the idea of “normal” and gods image. It's repeated all throughout the book, Sophie gets her foot stuck in the rocks she doesn’t want her shoe to be removed because she fears David will think of her having six toes as something abnormal, in Davids house where there are no paintings on the walls instead….