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Man and Nature in Norman Maclean's book, Young Men and Fire - Man and Nature in Norman Maclean's book, Young Men and Fire Norman Maclean's book, Young Men and Fire, recreates the tragedy of the Mann Gulch fire. His ambition to have this lamentable episode of history reach out and touch his readers triumphs in extolling the honor and respect deserved by the thirteen smoke jumpers who died. This book is a splendid tribute to the courageous efforts of such men, as well as a landmark, reminding mankind to heed the unpredictable behavior and raw power of nature....   [tags: Young Men and Fire] 878 words
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Comparing Choice in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Thousand Cranes - Choice in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Thousand Cranes     The issue of choice arises when comparing Gabriel Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Yasunari Kawabata's Thousand Cranes. The men in each novel forever seem to be repeating the lives of their male ancestors. These cycles reveal that man as a being, just like the mythological heros, has no true choice in the ultimate course his life will take. The male characters' personal development is overshadowed by the identity of their ancestors....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Mythical American Dream Challenged in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Mythical American Dream Challenged in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman      Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman challenges the American dream. Before the Depression, an optimistic America offered the alluring promise of success and riches. Willy Loman suffers from his disenchantment with the American dream, for it fails him and his son. In some ways, Willy and Biff seem trapped in a transitional period of American history. Willy, now sixty-three, carried out a large part of his career during the Depression and World War II....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]
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Renewal in Yeats' Second Coming and Eliot's Journey of the Magi - Renewal in Yeats' Second Coming and Eliot's Journey of the Magi         Both William Butler Yeats' "Second Coming" and T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi" present a renewal process, but each one focuses on different goals and subjects; Eliot on a particular person's transformation, whereas Yeats predicts a renovation of the entire world as a result of an escalation of chaos. And while Yeats attempts to present a definite picture of what he believes will happen at the time of this renovation, as a human being, lack of foresight leaves him to conclude with nothing more than an unanswerable question....   [tags: Second Journey]
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Selling-Out the Asian-American Community in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Selling-Out the Asian-American Community in The Joy Luck Club i wish i could join in the universal praise for amy tan and her best-selling novel "the joy luck club." i wish i could find the latest chinese-american literary dish as appetizing as the rest of the american public does. but i can't. before amy tan entered the scene, public images of asian america had not developed since the middle of the century. the asian american male did not exist except as a barbaric japanese or vietcong soldier....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 673 words
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Character Eric Draven:A Hero with Faults in the Film, The Crow - Character Eric Draven:A Hero with Faults in the Film, The Crow The story of "The Crow" (a graphic novel turned movie) is the story of Eric Draven, a handsome young musician living in the dark gloom of a gothic-industrialized city plagued by continual rain. He is set to wed a beautiful girl when she is raped and left to die by a gang of criminals. Upon arriving to witness it in progress (taking place at his own home), Draven is killed as well; pushed out of a window as high as a skyscraper. The story then chronicles his resurrection from the dead in order to avenge their murders....   [tags: Movies] 1144 words
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Ellen Olenska as a Mythological Muse in The Age of Innocence - Ellen Olenska as a Mythological Muse in The Age of Innocence Long ago in ancient Greece, mythology was used to explain our world, our lives, and most importantly, our interpersonal relationships. Still today Greek mythology is infused into the literature of almost every influential and lasting author, one of the more effective authors being Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence. The relationship between Newland Archer and Madame Ellen Olenska, two protagonists in Wharton’s novel, is an example of the classic relationship between a muse and an inspired man....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Essay on Villains in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello - Comparing the Villains in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello The two villains in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello share much in common, despite their numerous differences. It is evident that Shakespeare framed the second piece of literature to be similar to the first. Although shorter, the plot of “Othello” is definitely more complex. The villains play a major part in the novels, and are very much alike in their line of thinking. The comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” depicts the story of a group of high-ranking soldiers who travel through a town called Messina....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 699 words
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Analysis of Tone in Chapter 25 of The Human Comedy - Analysis of Tone in Chapter 25 of The Human Comedy Chapter 25, "Mr. Ara," begins with the gathering of neighborhood boys in front of Ara's market. August Gottlieb, Ulysses, Lionel, and other youths of Ithaca have just taken part in the theft of an apricot from Old Henderson's tree. Standing in front of the store, the boys revere the apricot as an item of sacrament. August, the boy who physically plucks it, is held in high regard for his bravery and efficiency. Although the apricot is hard and green and far from ripe, it has a deeper meaning to the young boys of the small town....   [tags: Human Comedy Essays] 1570 words
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Austen's Northanger Abbey and Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner - The Uncanny Works of Austen's Northanger Abbey and Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner   In order to discuss the literature of the uncanny we must first be able to define "uncanny", and trying to grasp a firm understanding of the term "uncanny" is problematic; since as accepted reference works such as the Oxford English Dictionary filter down into popular culture the meaning subtly alters, or becomes drawn towards only one aspect of what was originally a much broader definition. To illustrate this, the Oxford Complete Wordfinder, Reader's Digest (1999), defines: "uncanny adj....   [tags: Austen Northanger Abbey Essays]
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Stone Angel - Hagar as a Product of her Environment - Stone Angel - Hagar as a Product of her Environment        Since the commencement of our world, there have been those such as Hitler, Einstein and Hitchcock, whose very name stands apart from the masses; their distinct aura symbolized something far greater than just a simple human life.  Such a statement can be applied to Hagar Shipley, the protagonist from the novel The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, and hold true.  Hager is a unique character, whose essence rises above others, such that after understanding the journey of her life, her first name evokes a series of emotion within the reader.  Due to her crass nature and uncompromising pride, one questions if the prestigious backgroun...   [tags: Stone Angel]
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Drinking and the Dive Bouteille in Antonine Maillet's play Panurge - Drinking and the Dive Bouteille in Antonine Maillet's play Panurge In her play, Les drôlatiques, horrifiques et épouvantables aventures de Panurge, ami de Pantagruel d'après Rabelais, Antonine Maillet recreates beautifully the fantastic and incredible atmosphere present in the original works of Rabelais. She cuts and pastes together the most well known and exceptional selections of Rabelais' original text and creates a new story, adding along the way some finishing touches which give the play its Acadien content....   [tags: Panurge Essays] 1767 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The House of the Seven Gables - Symbolism in The House of the Seven Gables        American literature reflects life and the struggles faced during existence. Symbols are an eloquent way for an author to create a more fully developed work of art. The stories themselves tell a tale; however, an author also uses symbols to relay his message in a more subtle manner. Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the earliest authors to use symbols as an integral part of his plots. This is clearly seen in both The Scarlet Letter and in The House of the Seven Gables....   [tags: House of the Seven Gables Essays]
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Analysis of Satan's Speech in in John Milton's Paradise Lost - Analysis of Satan's Speech in Milton's Paradise Lost       John Milton's Paradise Lost is a work of enduring charm and value because of its theological conceptions, its beautiful language, and its "updating" of the epic to the modern world's values. Book II of this epic poem opens with Satan's speech to his minions in hell, proposing war on Heaven itself. In these first 44 lines, Satan is clearly established as epic hero, but at the same time is theologically/morally denounced by the speaker....   [tags: Milton Paradise Lost Essays]
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Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Talbothay and Tess's Struggle - Tess of the d'Ubervilles - Talbothay and Tess's Struggle     In Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Tess is spiritually homeless. She wanders from place to place, doomed by her guilt to suffer personal ruin. Most of her temporary domiciles are backdrops for unhappiness and uncertainty, but her time at Talbothay's Dairy is ostensibly a period of bliss. What purpose does this segment of the text - which on the surface seems so hopeful - serve. When she begins to work for the dairy and is wooed by Angel Clare, Tess is pulled asunder by two competing forces: nature and society....   [tags: Tess of the d'Urbervilles Essays]
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Rip's Character and Symbolism in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle - Rip's Character and Symbolism in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle "Rip Van Winkle" has been a well-known story told throughout time. There is not a doubt that as a child, many of you heard the words of Washington Irving's famous tale of the man who slept for twenty years. Nor can one forget the "elves" that Rip Van Winkle spent the night with in the amphitheater. Like many stories, Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" has been told so many times throughout American history that it has lost its original purpose....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays Irving Papers] 841 words
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No Utopia Found in Wendell Berry’s What Are People For? - No Utopia Found in Wendell Berry’s What Are People For. The preface to Wendell Berry’s What Are People For. is in the form of a two-part poem, titled “Damage” and “Healing.” By carefully digging through its cryptic obscurities (“It is despair that sees the work failing in one’s own failure”), we find the main message: The more diminutive, local, and settled a culture, the healthier it is and the less “damage” it inflicts upon its people and the land. Berry can be called a utopian but not in the traditional sense....   [tags: What Are People For] 1015 words
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Stepladder of Evolution in Picasso’s Acrobat’s Family with a Monkey - Stepladder of Evolution in Picasso’s Acrobat’s Family with a Monkey In Picasso’s "Acrobat’s Family with a Monkey", the stepladder like orientation of characters demonstrates an evolutionary procession. At the top of the ladder sits the father, a high and mighty figure, like that of King Arthur. He towers above his family as if a king on a throne, looking down upon his royal subjects. He is the sole ruler and therefore must set himself apart from them. This is reflected in the position of his arms, which he keeps close to his body, like the independent child who refuses to hold his mother's hand when crossing the street....   [tags: Art Artists Essays] 980 words
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If Time Could Be Saved In A [in a] Bottle - If Time Could Be Saved In A [in a] Bottle [Nice title -- I wish more students put more thought into their titles.] 1 Anyone who has much exposure to the geriatric population knows that some elderly people are very content with their lives. Even though their bodies may not possess the same physical capabilities that they did in youth, they are surrounded by an aura of contentment that almost make one envious of the inner peace reaped as compensation for a life lived to its fullest capacity....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1493 words
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Role of Masculinity in Shiloh and A Streetcar Named Desire - Role of Masculinity in Shiloh and A Streetcar Named Desire A Truckdriver Named Shiloh Have you ever felt that men always screw things up. Perhaps it is not men themselves that cause destruction; maybe it is merely the result of the presence of a masculine character. The role of masculinity is an essential aspect in both Bobbie Ann Mason's short story entitled, Shiloh, and in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, although it functions very differently in each story. In Shiloh, we see the detrimental effects that the male role has even in its absence through the interactions that Leroy has with his with wife, Norma Jean....   [tags: essays papers]
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The Ways Dickens Creates Mystery and Suspense in The Signalman - Describe the ways Dickens creates mystery and suspense in The Signalman 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, also known as 'No1 Branchline', is part of the collection of short railway stories that are included in 'Mugby Junctions', published in 1866. These stories appear to have been written post the tragic Staplehurst, Kent train crash, in which Dickens was involved, but escaped unhurt. Following the accident, Dickens suffered from what we would call today, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This may have contributed to the reflective and supernatural nature of 'The Signalman'....   [tags: English Literature] 3140 words
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The Significance of Simon's Death in Lord of the Flies - Explore the Significance of Simon's Death in Lord of the Flies. The characters in this story are thrown into a world of their own with no parents, no structure or laws and no protection from their own primitive instincts. There are many ideas about society and the nature of man represented in the novel. The theme of inherent human evil battling with essential human goodness, as represented by Simon. His brutal murder by the other boys indicates the scarcity of that goodness amid an overwhelming abundance of evil....   [tags: English Literature] 1602 words
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The Great Gatsby: A Foolish Gatsby and a Corrupt Daisy - The Great Gatsby, is a classic American novel about an obsessed man named Jay Gatsby who will do anything to be reunited with the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. The book is told through the point of view of Nick Caraway, Daisy's cousin once removed, who rented a little cottage in West Egg, Long Island across the bay from Daisy's home. Nick was Jay Gatsby's neighbor. Tom Buchanan is Daisy's abusive, rich husband and their friend, Jordan Baker, has caught the eye of Nick and Nick is rather smitten by her....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays] 1658 words
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The Narrow Road of the Interior written by Matsuo Basho - The Narrow Road of the Interior written by Matsuo Basho “Until the seventeenth century, Japanese Literature was privileged property. …The diffusion of literacy …(and) the printed word… created for the first time in Japan the conditions necessary for that peculiarly modern phenomenon, celebrity” (Robert Lyons Danly, editor of The Narrow Road of the Interior written by Matsuo Basho; found in the Norton Anthology of World Literature, Second Edition, Volume D). Celebrity is a loose term at times; it connotes fortune, flattery, and fleeting fame....   [tags: Matsuo Basho Transience Essays] 1218 words
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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay: Gender Roles and Feminism - Gender Roles and Feminism in To Kill a Mockingbird When the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was written by Harper Lee, the Southern United States was still clinging tightly to traditional values. Southern societies pressured men to behave as gentlemen, and women were expected to be polite and wear dresses. These stringent gender roles were adhered to in small southern towns because they were isolated from the more progressive attitudes in other areas of the United States. Harper Lee documents the life of one young girl growing up in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism] 1326 words
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The Sacerdotal Symbol of Courage in The Scarlet Letter - Dimmesdale contained seven years of shame and guilt deep inside his heart. The townspeople had seen Dimmesdale’s constitution feeble noticeably. They ironically believed it was because they were unworthy of his aura of goodness. With the benevolence of his office acting as holy protection, nobody suspected him of the sinful act of adultery. Suffering from self-inflicted ignominy and physical torture, Dimmesdale struggled to redeem himself in some fashion. Near the very end of the novel, Dimmesdale delivered a poignant confession to the townspeople....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays] 1098 words
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The Antagonistic View of Sexuality in O'Connor Wise Blood - The Antagonistic View of Sexuality in Wiseblood In the novel Wiseblood, by Flannery O'Connor, one finds an unpleasant, almost antagonistic view of sexuality. The author seems to regard sex as an evil, and harps on this theme throughout the novel. Each sexual incident which occurs in the novel is tainted with grotesquem. Different levels of the darker side of sexuality are exposed, from perversion to flagrant displays of nudity. It serves to give the novel a bit of a moralistic overtone.             The "Carnival Episode" illustrated Hazel's first experience with sexuality....   [tags: O'Connor Wise Blood Essays] 1240 words
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Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 128 and Gibran's The Prophet - Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 128 and Gibran's The Prophet        William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 128" suggests a rather playful and sensual approach to love, while an excerpt on love and marriage from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet has a didactic and intellectual tone. Shakespeare revels in lustful possession of his lover, but Gibran advises leaving space between partners in their relationship.   Well-endowed with imagery, Shakespeare's sonnet evokes the vision of a woman swaying back and forth playing a spinet, and the poet sitting back smiling and enjoying her movements, aroused by her music and charm....   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Tough Love in Mel Gibson's Hamlet and Branagh's Hamlet - Tough Love in Mel Gibson's Hamlet and Branagh's Hamlet      One of the most emotional and moving scenes in William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet is in Act III, Scene I lines 90-155 in which the title character becomes somewhat abusive toward his once loved girlfriend Ophelia. It is interesting to examine the possible motives behind Hamlet's blatant harshness in this "Get the to a nunnery" scene toward the easily manipulated and mild mannered girl. While watching Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson's film adaptations of the play, the audience may recognize two possibilities of the many that may exist which may explain the Prince's contemptible behavior; Kenneth Branaugh seems to suggest that th...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Till We Have Faces and The Vision of Ungit - Till We Have Faces and The Vision of Ungit        Queen Orual of Glome, the main character in C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces is often the victim of mysterious visions that appear to relate to her real-life experiences.  In one of her final visions, Queen Orual dreams that she is Ungit, an all-consuming goddess who is worshipped by the people of Glome.  Orual definitely is Ungit; she has several characteristics that give evidence of this.  Orual is all-consuming and possessive in her relationships with other people; she wears a veil to cover her ugly face, giving her a resemblance to the forbidding goddess; she is very demanding of her servants, which is similar to the intense rit...   [tags: Till We Have Faces Essays]
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Steven Spielberg’s Interpretation of Philip K. Dicks’s Minority Report - Steven Spielberg’s Interpretation of Philip K. Dicks’s Minority Report In the year 2054 crime has become a thing of the past. The relatively new Pre-Crime system allows the government to operate an elite police force, which with the help of three very talented and unique human beings can see into the future and prevent countless crimes, especially murders before they happen. In Philip K. Dicks’s short story, The Minority Report, the world we live in is nearly infallible. With the reduction of violent criminal acts, people can live their lives in peace and prosperity without the fear of the pain and suffering, which usually accompanies violence....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays]
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A Readers Guide To The Catcher In The Rye - A Reader’s Guide to The Catcher in the Rye Though J.D. Salinger’s book, The Catcher in the Rye, has served as a major controversial element of fiction within our reading society, it does, in fact, contain another side to the story. Holden Caulfield, who is sixteen, has just flunked out of another boarding school that his parents have sent him to. It seems that he has become very experienced in failing courses. The only classes that he manages to pass are the ones that repeat the same teaching material that he has previously learned in another school....   [tags: essays research papers] 594 words
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Edgar Allen Poes: "the Murders In The Rue Morgue" - Edgar Allen Poe's: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" In Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", a classic detective story is played out in a seedy Paris suburb. The story begins as the narrator meets Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, a poor but well-read young man. As they become close friends, they live together in seclusion, departing only briefly each evening to take introspective strolls along the dark Paris streets. Soon both the reader and the narrator begin to see Dupin's intimate knowledge of the human mind, always an underlying element in Poe's prose....   [tags: essays research papers] 1021 words
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Edgar Allan Poe - A Complicated and Disturbing Author - Poe is a very complicated author. His literary works are perplexed, disturbing, and even grotesque. His frequent illnesses may have provoked his engrossment in such things. In 1842 Dr. John W. Francis diagnosed Poe with sympathetic heart trouble as well as brain congestion. He also noted Poe's inability to withstand stimulants such as drugs and alcohol (Phillips 1508). These factors may have motivated him to write The Tell-Tale-Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat. All of these stories are written in or around 1843, shortly after Poe became afflicted....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe]
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The Influence of Society on the Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown illustrates vividly how society and culture can very much influence a person’s sense of identity and belonging, or in the case of Young Goodman Brown the lack thereof. Being a Puritan man in a society that scorned the ways of witches and the devil, Young Goodman Brown grew up with a very pious outlook on life. Yet when it occurs to him to look at life a little bit differently, Young Goodman Brown receives more than he has bargained for. The journey he embarks on sheds a whole new light on his society that not only creates a struggle between himself and his fellow men but also one within himself....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Presentation of Mr. Brocklehurst in Bronte's Jane Eyre - The Presentation of Mr. Brocklehurst in Bronte's Jane Eyre Chapter seven sees Jane slightly more experienced to the ways of Lowood School. She has come to accept the poor conditions laid down by Mr. Brocklehurst, however has not yet learnt to ignore them and Bronte describes Jane suffering a lot in this chapter. This lack of food and appalling living conditions are down to the head of the school, Mr. Brocklehurst. This man uses his apparent strong beliefs in Christianity as an excuse to provide the children of Lowood with the absolute bare minimum....   [tags: essays research papers] 1662 words
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Tension in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Explore how Harper Lee creates tension In the book - To Kill A Mocking Bird -. Explore how Harper Lee creates tension In the book "To Kill A Mocking Bird", Harper Lee creates tension in many different ways. You can especially recognise this build up of tension in Chapter twenty-eight onwards (pages 280-282 and 285-290). Harper Lee has also created tension in Chapter six (page 55), when Jem gets his trousers caught in the fence of the Radley place and in Chapter fifteen (page 166) where the incident by the jail with Atticus, Tom Robinson and the gentlemen takes place....   [tags: English Literature] 1439 words
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Pope Admiring Belinda in The Rape of the Lock - Pope Admiring Belinda in The Rape of the Lock The main character of Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" could be considered both hailed and damned by the overseer, but the complexities and sometimes contradictions of Belinda spark a more unbiased view. The appearance of Belinda and the world in which she lives is described in a very fantastical and beautiful way. Even small details such as the arrangement of Belinda's hair are due to wondrous entities known as the Sylphs, whose sole task is to make sure she is looking her best....   [tags: The Rape of the Lock Alexander Pope Essays] 1110 words
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Gainsborough, A Story of a Painter and an Era - Gainsborough, A Story of a Painter and an Era To be able to appraise the originality of eighteenth century English art, one must recognize its importance in history. A great painter to research is Thomas Gainsborough. His artwork was an important aspect of the art community of the middle seventeen hundreds. His paintings seem to bring brightness and color to a period in art that needed his creative boost. His combination of portrait paintings along with beautiful landscapes was not recognized in his time, but would be recognized as remarkable later in history....   [tags: essays papers]
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Use of Language in Journey's End by RC Sheriff - The Use of Language in Journey's End Journey’s End was R.C. Sherriff’s only major theatrical production and had had relatively little experience of playwriting before. However, the language in the play does not show any evidence of this. Being set in the trenches in the Great War, and being with a serious, ingrained message, the play needed to be presented to the audience powerfully and effectively. The language needed to show the characters and their language as they would have been had they had actually been in the trenches at the time and make sure that they were as realistic as possible....   [tags: Journey's End Essays] 851 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches and Macbeth - The Witches and Macbeth       The belief in the existence and power of witches was widely believed in Shakespeare's day, as demonstrated by the European witch craze, during which an estimated nine million women were put to death for being perceived as witches (The Burning Times). The practice of witchcraft was seen to subvert the established order of religion and society, and hence was not tolerated. Witch hunting was a respectable, moral, and highly intellectual pursuit through much of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries (Best )....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Individual vs. Society in Mrs. Warren's Profession - Often in life there is a conflict between what is good for the individual and the moral values placed upon the individual by society.  This is true of the characters in George Bernard Shaw's play Mrs. Warren's Profession.  Shaw clearly demonstrates that actions frowned upon by society are not necessarily evil so long as they benefit the individual.      Perhaps the most obvious example of societal morals conflicting with individual need is the case of Mrs. Kitty Warren.  Mrs. Warren is a woman whose economic standing and lack of any professional skills forced her into becoming a prostitute....   [tags: Mrs. Warren's Profession Essays] 1544 words
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The Character of Mr. Jaggers in Great Expectations - The Character of Mr. Jaggers in Great Expectations Mr. Jaggers plays a pivotal role in the novel, Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens. We are first introduced to him in Chapter 11, where Pip encounters the rather condescending lawyer on the stairs of Satis House. Pip describes Mr. Jaggers as "a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion." We cannot help but notice that he is extremely pontificating, by virtue of him holding Pip's chin and being almost sure that Pip was of "a bad set of fellows" although he had scarcely known Pip for two minutes....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 871 words
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Essay on Uniting People in The Color Purple - Uniting People in The Color Purple Red, a color of hatred, a color of anger, a color of oppression. Purple, a color of pride, a color of love, a color of triumph. The clashing of colors, and the uniting of a people. Think of how much more we would see if we did not have eyes. Physical appearances rule the world; the spiritual and emotional gifts emanating from within each individual are left to live an empty existence of incessant, smother-some abuse and to die a tragic and appalling death....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 833 words
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Toni Morrison's Sula - The Fire Within Sula - The Fire Within Sula   Sula by Toni Morrison is a compelling novel about a unique, self-confident woman.  As in many other books, each secondary character in the story serves as a vehicle to explain the main character.  Hannah, Sula's mother, is dominated by the element of air; she is free spirited, frivolous and child-like.  On the other hand, the element of fire is prevalent in Sula, who is impulsive, hot-tempered and passionate.  Despite the differences between the two, Hannah's lifestyle intrigues and influences her daughter.  The effect Hannah has on Sula is reflected in many of her daughter's perspectives and actions.  As a result of the ubiquitous presence of fire within her, in c...   [tags: Sula Essays]
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Forces of Nature in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Forces of Nature in The Winter's Tale       "A sad tale's best for winter," young Mamillius declares (2.1, 25). So ominously begins Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a story that the audience is immediately tempted to deem a tragedy. However, unlike many of Shakespeare's other later works, which accrue more and more tragedy as the play progresses, The Winter's Tale begins tragically, but concludes happily. The play contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy, and the course appears to be dictated by the character's relationship with Nature or her representatives....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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