Literary Analysis: Characterization in Contemporary Literary Novels

The character journey is one core aspect of literary novels. This essay explores three contemporary literary works to examine the concept of characterization. Restraint of Beasts - Magnus Mills The first example of character growth was evident with the unnamed foreman character/narrator in Restraint of Beasts. Bourdain of the New York Times described the novel as … Continue reading Literary Analysis: Characterization in Contemporary Literary Novels

Literary Analysis: Kayden Kross’ “Plank”

Plank by Kayden Kross is a coming-of-age piece with an epiphany that takes place whilst in a tent during a family camping trip. Although age is never mentioned, it is clear that the person the narrator speaks of is transitioning into adulthood, as evidenced by newfound perceptions that are consistent with adult life. The story … Continue reading Literary Analysis: Kayden Kross’ “Plank”

Literary Analysis: David Sedaris’ “Six to Eight Black Men”

A few principles seem to govern the writing of humorous essays. The first principle is comparison and contrast, which Sedaris embraces so wonderfully throughout to evoke humor. He began by laying the groundwork for which to grow his comparisons and contrasts. The question of when Christmas presents are opened shows us the comparison of how … Continue reading Literary Analysis: David Sedaris’ “Six to Eight Black Men”

Literary Analysis: George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”

One of the most notable points to admire throughout Orwell’s piece is the conflict. Throughout the story, he is plagued with conflict, from his role as a police officer for an imperialist British government, to his decision to shoot the elephant. Throughout his entire essay, Orwell was in a position he did not want to … Continue reading Literary Analysis: George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”

Literary Analysis: Eudora Welty’s “Powerhouse”

Powerhouse was an intriguing story named for its tremendous primary character, a piano player named "Powerhouse." The beginning the story laid the scene beautifully to depict the impact Powerhouse had over an audience. Despite the power and radiance of his presence, there is an unspoken gloom hanging over the story due to taking part in … Continue reading Literary Analysis: Eudora Welty’s “Powerhouse”

Major Literary Analysis: Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a rich story written by Gabriel García Márquez, which details the history of the Buendía family and the fictional town of Macondo. The story follows numerous characters through multiple generations of the family, through repetitive names and fates. It begins with Úrsula Iguaran and José Arcadio Buendía, two cousins … Continue reading Major Literary Analysis: Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”