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Animal Farm by George Orwell.A commentary on the events leading up to Stalin's rise and the formation of the Soviet Union, the pigs at the heart of the novel represent figures such as Stalin, Trotsky, and Molotov.
Death is the mother of Beauty - from "Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens
Brutus: Peace! count the clock. Cassius: The clock has stricken three.(From Act II, scene i : lines 193 - 194 of Julius Caesar) The year was 44 AD, and there were no mechanical clocks at the time of Julius Caesar but were present in Shakespeare's times that is, when the play was written.
"War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength." George Orwell, 1984
"You're acting like such a Scrooge!"Alluding to Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this line means that the person is being miserly and selfish, just like the character Scrooge from the story.
"Perhaps we have been guilty of some terminological inexactitudes."Winston Churchill, not telling the exact truth
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.
"... and I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
"... I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."Martin Luther King 1963
"I had to wait in the station for ten days—an eternity." Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
In The Shining,Stephen King, Jack Torrance types over and over again on his pages, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." In this case, obsessive repetition demonstrates the character's unraveling mind.
The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allan Poe): the character "Fortunato" meets with a very unfortunate fate
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman uses this device to narrate Willy Loman's memories of the past. At one moment, Willy talks with his dead brother while playing cards with Charley. He relives a past conversation in the present. This demonstrates a character that is physically living in the present, but mentally living in the memories and events of the past.
"The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea."Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
"My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian. This is what my mother told me, I do not know these nice distinctions myself." A dog's tale, Mark Twain
"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!" —Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. "The Catcher in the Rye ,J.D. Salinger.
"How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows;
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
—By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells,
Of the bells
Edgar Allan Poe ,The Bells
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