Literary Analysis Examples

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Silas Marner

As Silas Marner spends most of his days home alone in his quiet home in Raveloe his neighbors think of him as quiet as well as stand-offish as he refuses to come outside and join the members of the society. Because of his tendency to be a homebody, Silas is considered to be a cold hearted, anti social person. However, as the reader sees when Silas takes in baby Eppie as his own, Silas has a heart that is extremely capable of love and affection as he so generously chooses to raise this child as his own. This situation reinforces that idea of not judging a book by it's cover as the reader is shown that the man that was once feared and a point of suspicion is now a hero and loving father.

Fahrenheit 451

The author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, was born in the 1920s, at a pivotal point in the United States. Until 1930 when the Tariff Act was passed, literary works were unable to enter the United States from other countries. As Bradbury grew up in this time era, he was exposed to the introduction of government censorship which in return became a direct reflection in his book. As Guy Montag, a fireman in the book, travels throughout the story, he realizes the importance of books and the stupidity of censorship. He is struck by the utter importance of learning, understanding, and educating through books and turns against his own family and friends as they dwell on insignificant things such as drugs emphasizing the point to prioritize one's life.

Lord of the Flies

William Golding, a nobel-prize winning author, demonstrates in his book Lord of the Fliesthe natural human tendency of competition and savagery. Because life was immensely civilized by the time of 1954 when the book was published, many people were exceptionally confused by the need to write such a book the highlights young boys fighting to the death on a deserted island. Golding begins the book with a group of civilized boys, similar to groups of boys seen in the 1950s, thought to be harmless. He specifically uses a group of young boys to show the savage-like tendencies hidden in us all, in this case even small children. As Ralph and Jack, the two leaders of each of the packs, battle it out to survive, the readers are flabbergasted with the mental image that Lord of the Flies paints in their heads of such young boys dying so quickly and so unconventionally thus calling attention to this inevitable human propensity.

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