The House in Faulkner’s Story “A Rose for Emily”

The House in Faulkner’s Short Story “A Rose for Emily.” “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, [1870s] set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had…

Something Wicked This Way Comes Chapter 3

For this post, I’ll be quoting from the following edition of Ray Bradbury’s masterful novel Something Wicked This Way Comes: Bradbury, Ray. Something Wicked This Way Comes. Large Print edition, Center Point Publishing, 2000. The page numbers will be different if you are reading from another edition of the book. Will and Jim as a Pair–Two Boys…

Hello, Moon – A Picture Book by Julie Downing

“Hello, moon. Goodbye, sun. Night is near. Day is done. In my opinion, Julie Downing’s Hello Moon is a perfect short picture book. The literary theme of Night versus Day plays heavily in this book. But in Hello, Moon, the nighttime is not sinister or evil. It  Dark versus Light – Night versus Day –…

The Moon & the Stars — Things That Light the Night

Darkness versus the Light or Night versus Day are themes that frequently appear in the arts. In most cases, when the theme of the night is employed in a literary piece, the darkness of the night alludes to something sinister that is present in the story. Dark versus Light – Night versus Day – Themes…

Winnie and the Wood in Tuck Everlasting

In Chapter 1 of Tuck Everlasting, we read that the Wood is the hub [of the wheel of life]. In this comment, Winnie is acknowledging the fact that Nature is of utmost importance in the book Tuck Everlasting.  In Tuck, Nature is an important Theme. Nature as a Theme in Literature When Nature is a…

Darkness Slipped In – Picture Book by Ella Burfoot

Image Credit Macmillan “Daisy was thinking of a game to play When Darkness slipped in at the end of the “He came in through the window and spread out on the floor. While Daisy danced and laughed and played then danced around some more. “Pretending that he wasn’t there, he slid along the wall. But…

Jacki Kellum Looks at the Book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Many of us write, but few of us create literature. Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting is literature. She had created literature before Chapter 1 of the book, Within a few words, Babbitt writes volumes–in the Prologue. Within a few words, Tuck Everlasting had become more than a mere spattering of words. Natalie Babbitt said the following…

Symbols in Literature – Symbolism

What Is A Symbol in Literature? In literature, a symbol occurs when one word in writing suggests an understanding of something different. Although it is not a powerful symbol, a heart might symbolize love–in terms of visual symbolism. Symbols are important in literature. The night or darkness can be a symbol in literature. Daytime or…