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Binary Opposition

Discuss the significance of binary oppositions in Ernest Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain” A. Farahnak Looking at Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain”, we can find obvious binary oppositions lying in its different layers. Under the concept gender, we can see the man/woman binary opposition from the beginning of the story. When at first we are introduced to the American couple, they are confined in their hotel room because of the rain. Later in the story the man is depicted as negligent to his wife’s constant...

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Reality vs. Pretense: the Leading Binary Opposition in Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner"

literary works spot the light on realities that people conceal, it is where binary oppositions are truly presented. D. H Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner" is no exception. By presenting two main mythemes "Reality/Pretend" under the concept of attitudes, Lawrence shows how family members, society citizens and even inanimate objects prefer inferior pretense over superior reality. To begin with, the binary opposition of "Reality/Pretense" is intensively elaborated on by the attitudes of...

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Discuss the Significance of Binary Oppositions in Ernest Heminway's "Cat in the Rain"

A Discussion of the Significance of Binary Oppositions in Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain” Introduction "Cat in the Rain" is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway, which was first published in 1925 as a part of the short story collection In Our Time. The story is about an American man and wife on vacation in Italy. In the biography Hemingway's Cats, the author writes: “["Cat in the Rain"] was a tribute to Hadley (Hemingway’s wife), who was dealing with the first year of marriage, the...

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Opposition or Simply Non-Identity

Opposition or Simply Non-identity Perhaps what makes a literary work different from any other pieces of writing is its capability of being approached from different viewpoints. Works of literature are potentially capable of providing sufficient material for a vast variety of interpretations. Robert Frost's poem, 'The Road not Taken', an early 20th century, modern poem replete with numerous multi-layered significations, is a perfect example. Deconstructive reading of this poem is only one among...

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Wilde's Use of Binary Opposites Is the Key Comedic Element in 'the Impoprtance of Being Earnest'. to What Extent Do You Agree with This View?

Wilde’s use of binary oppositions is the key comedic element in the Importance of Being Earnest. To what extent do you agree with this view? Throughout the play, Oscar Wilde portrays several binary opposites using the characters and themes of the play, such as the town and country, class, age, gender and morals. However I don’t think that the binary opposites are the main source of comedy in the play. The reason I find it comical is from the fact that the play is a comedy of manners as well as...

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Deconstruction in Fashion

Western thought is structured in terms of binary oppositions, the separation of conceptual material such as Man/Woman; Black/White equally. However, these terms are not true opposites since one is always privileged over the other. An example he gives would be the concept of speech as more important than and as logically prior to writing. Another example exhibits the advantage of a masculine characteristic over feminine ones and how such binary oppositions are not the way things are but only how they...

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the use of binary oppositions and rhetorical questions. The combination of Lord of the Flies and “Where is the Love?” shows the viewers that conflict can be destructive to social order. Golding’s Lord of the Flies explores the negative consequences of conflict between civilisation or savagery; the instinct to work toward civilisation and order or the instinct to descend into savagery, violence and chaos. This is shown through the characterisation of Ralph and Jack as they act as binary opposites...

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ive dark green pebbles for eyes” really gives the audience an intense image and shows how she hardened from the inside and has nothing but venom filled in her veins. The feelings of the persona are mixed. Write about reasons for this binary opposition. The feelings of Ms Havisham are mixed due to the confusion inside and the baffling she’s had to deal with to come to terms with the “tragedy”. The feeling consist o hatred and evil towards this man shown through “ wished him dead” hating...

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The Moths And Other Stories

within depict a binary opposition. It is a tension between Curandismo and Catholicism. In the story the religious practices between that of Catholicism and “curandera” are binary opposites that in my opinion are depicted through symbolism. The conflict can be seen as the narrator being reprimanded for not going to church, and keeping refuge inside grandmothers house where she could pretend to have gone to mass. Although evading mass would necessarily be symbolic of binary opposition I believe that...

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"The ones who walked away from Omelas"

starving, tortured, forbidden of any happiness, and never to see the light of day. In order for this so called “perfect city” to exist, this child must live in endless misery and woe. In Le Guin’s writing of this story, she explores various binary oppositions, toleration, and the topic and use of a scapegoat, in order to create a metaphor of social injustice, discrimination, and human rights violations, which occur all around us today. The people of Omelas justify the misery and torture of the one...

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