Janie Court Acquittal

“So she was free and the judge and everybody up there smiled with her and shook her hand. And the white women cried and stood around her like a protecting wall and the Negroes, with heads hung down, shuffled out and away” (Hurston 188).

Hurston, Zora Neale. There Eyes Were Watching God. Harper Perennial, 2006

In Janie’s acquittal of Tea Cake’s murder, it is shown that the white women celebrate her victory while the black men leave in disappointment. It questions the racial perspective that people have on Janie who is lighter-skinned than other black women.

Linkage in Cane

“Night winds in Georgia are vagrant poets, whispering. Kabnis, against his will, lets a book slip down and listens to them. The warm whiteness of his bed, the lamp-light, do not protect him form the weird chill of their song: White man’s land.

Toomer, Jean. Cane, 67

This line from the novel can be interpreted as a linkage to the real world’s racial issues of its time. While Toomer rejects his novel as a presentation of a black literary work, there is linkage between what he writes to the experience of a black person living in America during that time period.

Style in The Maltese Falcon

“Spade by means of his grip on the Levantine’s lapels turned him slowly and pushed him back until he was standing close in front of the chair he had lately occupied. A puzzled look replaced the look of pain in the lead-colored face. Then Spade smiled. His smile was gentle, even dreamy. His right shoulder raised a few inches” (Hammet 77).

Hammet, Dashiel. The Maltese Falcon, 1930

From Hammet’s writing style, he tends to be very descriptive when it comes to describing characters and actions. His words and language invigorates life into the scenes where vivid imagery and description is used the most.


Inequality in As I Lay Dying

“‘Send her to the courthouse,’ I says. ‘Tell her all the doctors have gone to Memphis to a Barbers’ Convention.'”

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying. Vintage International. New York. (1990) 242.

Nearing the end of the novel, Dewey Dell is looking for an abortion treatment, yet the men such as MacGowan tries to prevent her from getting a doctor as she is a ‘country woman.’


Hauntings of the Past

“He was right there. The last shells missed him. He watched them explode with indifference” (Woolf 143).

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway. Harcourt Inc., 2005, ed. Bonnie Kime Scott, pg. 143

Septimus seems to be unable to escape his past from the war, thinking back to his to fallen comrade Evans, slowly going mad as interpreted by Woolf’s style of writing.

Perspective in Dubliners

“My eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom.”

Joyce, James. “Araby.” Dubliners, edited by Jeri Johnson, Oxford, 2008, p. 118.

From the narrator’s perspective, her image causes himself to feel the physical overflowing feeling a love. Thus, sharing his perspective on this woman that he observes daily.

The Middle Years

“He should never again, as at one or two great moments of the past, be better than himself.”

Henry James, “The Middle Years.” Henry James: Complete Stories 1892-1898, ed John Hollander and David Bromwich (New York: The Library of America, 1996), 335

Dencombe has denoted his own limitation of his own abilities from the very start, no longer believing in himself compared to his past self.