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.Know More
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 about Literature
The moral of a story is its central theme or the message being represented by an author in subtext. These messages will usually tackle broad subjects of moral discourse, such as friendship, redemption, greed or humility. In this sense, the moral of a story is not necessarily a summation at the end of its final chapter, although some authors might choose to explicitly reprise their central themes in this way.Full Answer >
The theme of "Just Lather, That's All" is the nuances of morality and an exploration of the line between doing what is "best" and what is "moral." The story further develops the themes of bravery, heroism and common sense.Full Answer >
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 >
Readers interested in mysteries, thrillers and adult fiction are the intended audience for John Sanford's Prey series. The market demographic for the books leans towards affluent, well-educated women.Full Answer >