Horace Walpole's use of the theme of mistaken identities allowed him to distance himself from the role of author, increase reader interest, and raise the levels of horror and suspense within his novellas, while creating plot twists and driving the stories, in this case The Mysterious Mother and The Castle of Otranto, toward their conclusions.
The main characters in James Joyce’s “The Dead,” Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta, react to death in very different ways. Gabriel Conroy’s death drive results from anxiety due to his low self-esteem and fear of rejection, and Gretta Conroy reacts to death through repression, regression, and a fear of intimacy.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s love of nature and incorporation of related themes in his poems could stem from his years of imprisonment and being cut off from the outside, natural world and the freedom and connectedness that that represents to him.
In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe shows how the Igbo people react to the transition from a culture rich with storytelling, folklore, and oral traditions to a culture heavily influenced by Western Christian values and the resulting loss of magic, logic, and identity.
This work discusses the association of women and nature, parallels the oppression of women and nature, shows how the subjugation of nature effects women, and discusses a few of the options for combating this oppression.
“The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” centers on the theme of the speaker’s desire for an act of lovemaking, a subject of discussion that was forbidden at the time when the poem was written. In the poem, Prufrock’s desire is undermined by his own self-consciousness and subsequent inaction and embracing of fantasy.