The character Emmeline Grangerford from Mark Twain's classic "Huckleberry Finn" romanticizes death, using it as a central theme in all of her art and poetry. This is especially ironic since, when Huck learns of her, she is already dead.
In chapters 17 and 18 of "Huckleberry Finn," Huck is plunged into the world of the Grangerfords, who are feuding with the Shepherdsons for reasons no one can accurately remember. All the Grangerfords seem to romanticize death to some degree, holding that family honor is more important than life. They consider Emmeline's overly sentimental and amateurish work to be the height of art. After a Grangerford daughter runs away with a Shepherdson son in a Romeo-and-Juliet moment, the feud breaks out in force, and Huck escapes.
The Grangerfords, especially Emmeline Grangerford, are a satirical reference the overly sentimental Victorian literature of Twain's time. The feud between the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons with its bad behavior and deaths is a satirical jab at the notion of "civilization."Learn More
The power of love and trust against the backdrop of poverty is the primary theme of Langston Hughes' short story "Thank You, M'am." The collision of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones with the young Roger, who tries to steal her purse, is both psychological as well as physical. His desire to own a pair of blue suede shoes motivates him to try what appears to be his first robbery, but her upright morality and firm belief in doing what is right knocks his greed right down to the ground.Full Answer >
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A number of themes are found in "Montana 1948." Some themes include justice versus loyalty, the consequences of the abuse of power, the collapse of family structures, race relations and coming of age.Full Answer >
The theme of "The Monkey's Paw," a short story by W.W. Jacobs, is the danger of wish fulfillment and interfering with fate. In this supernatural tale first published in 1902, a family tampers with fate and pays an enormous price.Full Answer >