John of Patmos

John of Patmos was the prophet who wrote the book revelation having been inspired by God to write it. As an idiom John Patmos means a revelatory dream

 

Example: Joseph had a John of Patmos.

 

I had a John of Patmos when God spoke to me in a dream and told me read a contemporary version of the Bible—The Message.

 

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi is the democratically elected leader of Myanmar. She has distanced herself and ignored the plight of Rohingya Muslims are who are being ethnically cleansed by the junta of Myanmar called Tatmadaw. As an idiom Aung San Suu Kyi means being a cold shoulder to the suffering and the tormented.

Example: There are many Aung San Suu Kyis in the world.

The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are facing an Aung San Suu Kyi.

 

Analysis of Pickwick Papers by Dickens

Charles Dickens is a connoisseur of realist fiction. The Pickwick Papers are his first novel and it is a fable of comedy. The major characters in it are Mr. Pickwick and Snodgrass. The Pickwick Papers can belong to the genre of pulp fiction. The characters engage in frivolous banter and relish on trivial things. Though the novel intends to be comic it does not make one laugh.
The novel begins by Pickwick forming a club. The club discusses strange and bizarre things like the number of toads in England, the number of women who have attained puberty, the number of gnats in England and so forth.
The novel cannot be considered an aesthetic masterpiece. There are few figures of speech in the novel. The flaw in the novel is there is no story and no plot. The novel rambles from silly dialogues. Romance is something in the novel that is treated in a lighthearted comic vein. Pickwick becomes enamored with a middle-aged lady and kisses her in public. There is no philosophical content in the novel. Romance is a recurring leitmotif in the novel.
The novel is highfalutin and uses bombastic language. The reader becomes a prison of its language. The reader’s solitude is violated. The novel portrays the life of English bourgeoisie. All the characters in the novel exhibit similar behavior. The author’s psyche is one of pseudo narcissism. Pickwick is a volatile shenanigan who tries to flirt with various types of women. The novel is a symptom of psychological crises. There is very frugal literary depth. The reader is drowned in the chaos silliness. The novel is devoid of imagination and entirely rests on a gothic fantasy. The comic frenzy of Pickwick is one of obscurity. The novel has no complexity or diversity. The tone of the novel is ludicrous. One gets drenched in the ethos of self pity. The novel is a sentimental oeuvre, a manifestation of baloney. One can’t praise the novel for even a modicum of merit. The novel portrays the emergence of the bildungsroman of the author. The novel lacks coherence and is disingenuous. The realism inherent in the novel is pathetically obsolete when compared with contemporary times. The novel is quotidian is a literature of lackluster passion. The novel is highly egotistical and the strong arm of the author comes into play. The characters don’t speak for themselves. The novel lacks literary catharsis.

 

Analysis of Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway is an all time novelist and is famous for having won the Nobel Prize for the novel Old Man and the Sea. In the story he develops a relationship with a little boy. The story is about his adventures in fishing.
The common leitmotif of the old and man and the sea is the sea and man’s relationship with it. The sea is place from which the old earns his livelihood. The boy is a great pal of the old man. Their friendship is a long lasting one. Every day he fishes in the sea. The old man’s nature is marked by mirth and bonhomie.
There is a rich and subtle literary depth in the novel: old man and the sea. One must pay tribute to Hemingway for the choice usage or words. The novel reminds us vividly of pictures of an impressionistic landscape. The novel is very picturesque. The tone of the novel represents a narrative of music. The novel describes various adventures of the old man t sea. I became fascinated with the thoughts of Hemingway. Hemingway’s writing has induced a style known as Hemingwayesque.The Old Man and the sea is an aesthetic artifact. The novel portrays nature in a surreal mode. The old man is tired yet he carries on with his work with dedicated zeal. The young boy’s enthusiasm is infectious.
In the night the old man dreams of the sea and catching a whale. There is an eclectic syncretism of archetypal narcissism. The consciousness of the old man is filled with gusto and vigor. The old man’s only friend is the boy. One problem with the novel is that it lacks a philosophical depth. The novel is neither modern nor postmodern and is an exaggerated version of realism. Every page is filled with the description of the sea. The sea is passion and fishing an art. Reading the novel one encounters the meaning of life to be simple. The novel is motivational and encourages one to live a creative and authentic life. The novel is the result of a creative endeavor. The old man is in search of whales but does not come across whales. The psychological portrayal of characters is very insightful. The novel is profound in intensity. The novel focuses on the trivial things of life. The novel is reminiscent of an ordinary life lived. The sea is akin to a mother Goddess. The sea is a metaphor emotional intensity. Fish are metaphors for the catharsis of the soul. The fisherman instinct in the old man is tuned to the sea. He makes many voyages to the sea and comes with a bounty of a catch. The skiff on which he travels has phallic connotations. There is soulful relationship with the boy and the old man. The sea as nature’s vibrant instrument let looses a volley of tropes. Every journey made to the sea is one of resounding success. Oh sea! You are a metaphor for life. Oh fish! You are a metaphor for daily bread. The old man is a devout Christian. The novel belongs to no school of thought. The prose is rich and lyrical. The sea represents various stages of life of a man. Hemingway brings out the melody and rhythm of the sea. One can see the pathos in the novel.

 

Woman at the Well

This refers to the encounter of a Samaritan woman at the well by Jesus. Jesus was thirsty and asked her water to drink. She replied that Jews don’t have intercourse with Samaritans. Jesus then gave her a spiritual homily that those who drink my water will never thirst again. As an idiom: Samaritan woman means the dissemination of information.

 

Example: Governments indulge in the propaganda of Samaritan women.

 

The press through the Samaritan woman tries mold public opinion.

 

Wedding at Cana

We all know the gospel story about the wedding at Cana where when the wine became over, Jesus performed a miracle and turned water into wine. As an idiom wedding at Cana means the occurrence of a fortunate situation.

 

Example: Winning the first prize for a windfall is a wedding at Cana for me.

When will the wedding at Cana occur in my life?