Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry MorrisSongs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and Americas innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Maries children are Alice, seventeen - involved with a troubled young priest; Norm, sixteen - hotheaded and idealistic; and Benjy, twelve - isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mothers happiness that he hides the deadly truth only he knows about Duvall. Among a fascinating cast of characters we meet the childrens alcoholic father, Sam Fermoyle, now living with his senile mother and embittered sister; Sams meek brother-in-law, who makes anonymous love calls from the bathroom of his ailing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who - in complete contrast to the Fermoyles - live an orderly life in the perfect house next door.
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Hamlet: Death And Decay
Imagery of Disease in Hamlet In Hamlet Shakespeare weaves the dominant motif of disease into every scene to illustrate the corrupt state of Denmark and Hamlet's all-consuming pessimism. Images of ulcers, pleurisy, full body pustules, apoplexy, and madness parallel the sins of drunkenness, espionage, war, adultery, and murder, to reinforce the central idea that Denmark is dying.
Mary McGarry Morris
William Shakespeare quotes about death
This disorder has been triggered by the "unnatural death" of Denmark's figurehead, soon followed by a raft of murder, suicide, revenge and accidental deaths. Hamlet is fascinated by death throughout the play. Deeply rooted in his character, this obsession with death is likely a product of his grief. Hamlet is describing the life-cycle of human existence. In other words: we eat in life; we are eaten in death.
Topics: Theme. As I read the play, Hamlet, I was filled with many images that sparked my imagination and was mostly dark and dreadful. The imagery of disease, corruption, and decay contributes to the theme of death, and decay. The play immediately starts out with this evil dark imagery and is clear throughout the play and not limited to the last act when majority of the cast is struck by death. In the first scene, an atmosphere of darkness and uneasiness is immediately established. It gives imaginative expression to the rottenness in the state of Denmark.
King Claudius begins by acknowledging Old King Hamlet's death and says it "befitted" the "whole kingdom" to mourn Old Hamlet's loss emphasis on the past tense. But, he also asserts that it is "wise" for the "whole kingdom" to move on quickly. Self-interest "remembrance of ourselves" and self-preservation are both far more important. But why? Well, Claudius, as we will soon learn, is responsible for murdering Old King Hamlet so it's no wonder he wants to sweep the guy's life under the rug. Claudius has also helped himself to Old Hamlet's wife and crown so it's in his best interest if the kingdom moves on and forgets Old Hamlet. Pretty crafty, King Claudius.