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A Dwindling Faith - A Dwindling Faith "My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God…" (Wiesel 68). Most people would think hard times would strengthen people's faith, that they would rely even more on their beliefs. But that is not always the case. In times of great crises, people's faith may disintegrate to an almost nonexistent state. When people must look to physical things like food for survival, spiritual things like faith tend to be dropped. It has no use anymore. Night by Elie Wiesel is a dramatic book that tells the horror and evil of the concentration camps that many were imprisoned in during World War II....   [tags: Book Analysis Religion Night Elie Wiesel] 1395 words
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Medical Beliefs of the Hmong People Depicted in the Book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - In Hmong’s, they have their own traditional beliefs in which they hardly ever alter due to a different atmosphere. Some of the Hmong beliefs are they prefer traditional medicine, are culturally active, host ritual ceremonies, and are spirituality influenced. In the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, refers to the Hmong culture and their beliefs on medicine while their baby Lia Lee, is suffering from epilepsy in which they have a hard decision. Traditional Hmong’s have their own medicinal beliefs which they obey prior to obtaining Western medicine....   [tags: The Spirit catches you and you Fall Down] 1498 words
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Book Report on "The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage" by Clifford Stoll - The book, The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage is a 1990 novel written by Clifford Stoll. Published by arrangement with Doubleday, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc, the main idea of the book is a first-person account of the hunt for a computer cracker who broke into a computer at the Lawrence Berkley National Library. Winding up on the front page of The New York Times, the astronomer trained and accidental computer expert, Cliff Stoll became an unexpected American hero....   [tags: The Cuckoo’s Egg, Computer Espionage, Clifford Sto] 785 words
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Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: The Demise of the Soviet Union in Arch Puddington's Book - Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty was a marvelous creation that helped in the demise of the Soviet Union. There is no doubt that the Cold War was full of mischief and deceit, that it was necessary from a democratic perspective to hear the true sides of events. The innovations of the Cold War Committee enable these two stations to beam the correct versions of event behind the Eastern Curtain. For many Communist and noncommunist; there was only one version of what happened, and the advent of RFE and RFL gave the conquered people the opportunity to hear both sides....   [tags: Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Soviet Union, Ar] 1057 words
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Thomas King - THOMAS KING - WRITER Thomas King is a multi-talented and accomplished writer who expresses concerns of Aboriginal people through literature. He was born in 1943 in Sacramento California to a Cherokee father and a German and Greek mother and grew up in Sacramento. In 1980, King moved to Canada with his nine-year old son and lived in Alberta for about ten years. He returned briefly to the United States in 1986 to receive his PhD in English Literature at the University of Utah, but is now a Canadian citizen and resides in Guelph, Ontario....   [tags: Biography, Author] 327 words
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Cynicism in Works of Ambrose Bierce - The style and motives of Ambrose Bierce are those of a great intellect and cynic. Ambrose Bierce used graphic images to get his message across in a lot of his stories such as "Chicamauga" and "The Affair at Coulter's Notch". A good portion of his short stories were stories of innocent people and soldiers and their experiences. He also wrote a book called "The Devil's Dictionary," which reinterprets a few terms in the English language. Ambrose Bierce's cynical perspective, which can be seen within his literary works, actually masks a sensitive idealist, who wants to create an awareness in the readers of the horrors of war as well as the injustices and insensitivities in people and society....   [tags: Cynic Author] 585 words
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On Diodorus, Book 16, chapter 116. - An account of an omen of the death of Alexander; Diodorus does not give his source in the text, but by comparing the story with that of other authors it may be possible to determine from whom the story came, and by the differing motives of the author and source, for what reason the story came to be. Later in the same chapter there is a possible explanation of the episode, as one of the Companions, a Thessalian by the name of Medius, immediately after a second portent of Alexander’s fate takes him for a drinking session during which Alexander is struck ill and, according to Diodorus, dies shortly after....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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Minority Report: The Book vs the Movie - It is a fool-proof system born to ensure absolute safety…but when it crumbles, would you go against everything it stands for just to save it. This is the platform that Philip K. Dick, author of the sci-fi short story "The Minority Report" (MR), has given us. Set in a futuristic New York City, we see Police Commissioner John A. Anderton as the founder of a promising new branch of policing: Precrime, a system that uses "Precogs" (mutated and retarded oracles) to predict all future crimes. However, the system appears to backfire when Anderton himself is accused to kill a man he's never even heard of....   [tags: compare/contrast, films, movies] 1290 words
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Analysis of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - Analysis of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien In the book “The Things They Carried”, O’Brien uses imagery, figurative language and repetition to convey his message. O’Brien’s purpose for story telling, is to clear his conscience of war and to tell the stories of soldiers who were forgotten by society. Many young men were sent to war, despite opposing it. They believed it was “wrong” to be sent to their deaths. Sadly, no one realizes a person’s significance until they die. Only remembering how they lived rather than acknowledging their existence when they were alive....   [tags: Book Analysis, Imagery, The Things They Carried] 1347 words
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Left or Right? - ... For example, at the beginning of the story, George rants on about how he would lead a substantially better life if Lennie (the other protagonist) were not attached to him like a leach, depending on him constantly to defend and protect him. Yet, despite these hurtful complaints, and through the face of adversity, George still chooses to carry Lennie on his back, even though he claims that he weighs him down. This decision defines George as mature and compassionate with the desire not to be bitter and lonely, and although he does visit cathouses, and enjoy a few drinks now and then, his connection, responsibility, and commitment to Lennie, sets him apart from the ordinary labouring man, and synthesises who he truly is....   [tags: Of Mice And Men, The Odyssey, Book Analysis] 1160 words
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Robert Maynard Pirsig Bibliography - Robert Maynard Pirsig Bibliography Robert Maynard Pirsig was born in Minneapolis on September 6, 1928. After high school Pirsig decided to join the army and from the ages of 18 to 22 served the United States. Once discharged, he decided to study at the University of Minnesota. Here he obtained degrees in philosophy and journalism.(1) Once finished, Pirsig decided to travel to India. He talks about this trip in his book, stating it as a trip that expanded his experience but not his understanding....   [tags: Author, Pirsig, Biography]
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External Influences on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Writings - External Influences on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Writings “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson was a familiar title to me and prior to reading it I believed I was well versed about the story. I knew that Dr. Jekyll was an intelligent man who experimented with the idea of creating a more powerful version of him that would release his deepest inhibitions....   [tags: Stevenson Author Jekyll Hyde] 1332 words
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The Secret of Mike Hammer - ... In the more recent The Killing Man can be found a pretty wide collection of various exclamative phrases pleasing a new type of audience. Besides the childish nature of cursing there is one more important aspect of Vengeance is Mine because of which it can not keep up with its modern variant The Killing Man. It is the pace by which the plot unfolds and advances to its end. In the earlier book, this pace is very slow, there are lots of talking here and there, no real action, or if there is one it is short and not memorable....   [tags: Author, Novel Analysis, Contrasts]
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Analysis of the Author's Writing Techniques in Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Capote's In Cold Blood - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is an autobiography with a fictional aspect that depicts the life of Maya herself from the time she was eight to sixteen. The in-depth stories reveal the struggle and hardships she faced growing up. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a true account of the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959. The book gives a more thorough look at the details of the family and the killers, the book is written to take the events and elevate them into a story, enabling the event to transcend their specific historical moment....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Literary Technique] 997 words
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First They Killed My Father by Luong Ung - In 1975, The Khmer Rouge became the ruling political party of Cambodia after overthrowing the Lon Nol government. Following their leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge imposed an extreme form of social engineering on Cambodian society. They wanted to form an anti-modern, anti-Western ideal of a restructured “classless agrarian society', a radical form of agrarian communism where the whole population had to work in collective farms or forced labor projects. The Khmer Rouge revolutionary army enforced this mostly with extreme violence....   [tags: Cambodia Book Review] 1020 words
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Plowing In Hope: Toward A Biblical Theology Of Culture - Plowing In Hope is a book that sets out to be a biblical theology of culture. It examines culture within its redemptive-historical context by beginning with the first two chapters of Genesis dealing with God's commands to Adam and Eve and then ending in Revelation with the disclosure of the New Jerusalem. David Bruce Hegeman, the author, defines culture as "the product of human acts of concretization undertaken in the developmental transformation of the earth according to the commandment of God." Hegeman wrote this book out of comments and encouragement from people in a pair of Sunday school classes he taught on Christianity and Culture....   [tags: Book Review Theological] 1485 words
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Ebook Readers Of The Future - Knowledge Center analyst J. Gerry Purdy predicts that up to 75 percent of the paper- bound book readers of the world could switch to using eBook readers within 10 years if the eBook readers incorporate certain features. Purdy notes that today people do not use eBook readers over regular paper-bound books because they do not provide the person reading the book with a better reading experience. He describes 15 features he believes eBook readers must have in order for most people to want to use one instead of reading a paper-bound book....   [tags: Technology Digital Book ] 1301 words
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Book Report On Rebecca - NOVEL STUDY Section A - Background Information 1) In 1907, a popular writer named Daphne Du Maurier was born. She wrote her first novel, Loving Spirit, in 1931. Other novels that Du Maurier wrote were Rule Britannia, My Cousin Rachel, The King’s General. The Scapegoat, Jamaican Inn and many more. Margaret Forester held high praises for Du Maurier. Forester had said, "No other popular writer {Du Maurier} has so triumphantly defied classification… She satisfied all t questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied too, the exact requirements of "real literature", something very few novelist do." Daphne Du Maurier died in 1985, at the age of 82....   [tags: essays research papers] 3719 words
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Book Review Freakonomics - "Anybody living in the United States in the early 1990s and paying even a whisper of attention to the nightly news or a daily paper could be forgiven for having been scared out of his skin... The culprit was crime. It had been rising relentlessly - a graph plotting the crime rate in any American city over recent decades looked like a ski slope in profile... Death by gunfire, intentional and otherwise, had become commonplace, So too had carjacking and crack dealing, robbery, and rape. Violent crime was a gruesome and constant companion......   [tags: Steven Levitt] 1509 words
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The Land Of The Bible: The Sacred Bridge - First Reading Critique: The Sacred Bridge Anson Rainey and R. Steven Notley are the authors of The Sacred Land Bridge, which is an Atlas of the biblical world and includes maps, pictures, and historical cementation as to the significance of this region. The biblical world that this atlas focuses on is defined as the eastern Mediterranean littoral, or more commonly called the Levant in modern archeological discussions. In my critique of this book I will be focusing on pages 30-34 which will define the boundaries and explain the importance of the Levant....   [tags: Theological Book Review Critique] 1189 words
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How Gender Politics Boosted Martial Ideals During the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars - How Gender Politics Boosted Martial Ideals During the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars Do you find it interesting that historians rarely agree on how and why wars are waged. As intricate as the proposed theories tend to be, gender politics is rarely an issue that is held up to a magnifying glass. In Kristin Hoganson’s book, Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, the author presents many valid examples of how the desire to uphold “manly values” fueled American leaders’ involvement in martial affairs....   [tags: Hoganson Book Review] 1370 words
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Acceleration by Graham McNamee - Acceleration by Graham McNamee * Duncan, Vinny, and Wayne are all friends working - or wasting time - the summer before senior year in high school. Duncan is the soul, Vinny the brains, and Wayne the muscle. At the end of the previous summer, Duncan tried to save a drowning girl and failed. Not being a hero has really affected his life, particularly his relationship with his girlfriend Kim. Also, he is now terrified of swimming, especially when the nightmares come back. Duncan's summer job is with the public transit lost and found....   [tags: Book Review McNamee] 1319 words
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Passivity Vs. Passion In The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Passivity Vs. Passion The Perks of Being a Wallflower is by no means a typical narrative. Taking the form of an epistolary novel presented as a series of letters from a boy who calls himself Charlie, but notes that he will change names and minor details so for the sake of his anonymity, the short novel tackles themes such as pedophilia, drug use, depression, abortion and many more complex issues. Stuck in the middle of the mix is a young boy who certainly is not the archetypal protagonist, the novel's wallflower....   [tags: Wallflower Perks Book Analysis] 1654 words
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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey - A Million Little Pieces by James Frey Main Characters: James, Leonard, Lilly, Miles, Hank Setting: A Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility Main theme: How a person deals with drug and alcohol addiction while in an institution Summary Chapter 1-5: The book opens with the narrator, James, waking up on an airplane. He is bleeding, missing four teeth, and has a broken nose. He doesn't know how he got these injuries or where he is going. They tell him that a concerned friend of his contacted them and that his injuries were the result of a fall down a fire escape....   [tags: Book Report Summary Frey] 1149 words
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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew The author of The Taming of the Shrew was William Shakespeare. Shakespeare lived from around April 23, 1564 to April 23, 1616. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and together they had three children, two girls and a boy (who died at the age of twelve)....   [tags: Book Report Shakespeare] 991 words
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Life in Oklahoma City by Ralph Ellison - Life in Oklahoma City by Ralph Ellison The author Ralph Ellison is a renowned writer and scholar with significant nonfiction stories credited to his name. He was born in Oklahoma City about the year 1913. His family had a small business wherein his father worked as a foreman but soon died when he was only three years old. After several years, he later found out that his father wished that he would someday become a poet after the great American essayist popularly known as Ralph Waldo Emerson who became his namesake....   [tags: Ralph Ellison Book Review] 1785 words
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A Look at the Final Chapter of Timothy Glander’s Book, Origins of Mass Communications Research During the American Cold War: Educational Effects and C - The final chapter of Timothy Glander’s book, Origins of Mass Communications Research During the American Cold War: Educational Effects and Contemporary Implications (2000) stands as a disappointing example of academic research becoming hijacked by the author’s personal opinion. Focusing on the hidden nature of propaganda in American life, his concluding chapter presents a very drastic view of the individuals who crafted the academic subject now known as mass communications. I see the need for investigating the status quo, for digging into the motivations behind the images and data churned out in the mass media, and for questioning the trivia facts that become common knowledge....   [tags: war, cold war]
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Comparing Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur - Comparing Notions of Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur The monastic lifestyle that Launcelot and his knights adopt after their conversion is one that Margery Kempe might approve of -- doing penance, singing mass, fasting, and remaining abstinent. (MdA, 525) But Launcelot's change of heart is not motivated by the emotions that move Kempe, nor is his attitude towards God the same as can be found in The Book of Margery Kempe and The Wakefield Mystery Plays....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Book Report on "Death of an Innocent" by Chris McCandless - In Death of an Innocent, Chris McCandless goes on a memorable and tragic journey into Alaska, but for most of his expedition he was known, not as Chris McCandless, but as Alexander Supertramp. The reason that he changed his name for his journey was because he is running away from his past and wanted to become the person he believed he really was. Chris McCandless had a very comfortable life of an upper-middle class citizen, with a good education and many opportunities. On a summer trip to California, Chris learned a life shattering secret, that he had actually had several half siblings....   [tags: Death of an Innocent, Chris McCandless, ] 987 words
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Toni Morrison - Toni Morrison In the mid twentieth century, the Civil Rights Movement influenced African-American writers to express their opinions. Most African-American writers of the time discussed racism in America and social injustice. Some authors sought to teach how the institution of slavery affected those who lived through it and African-Americans who were living at the time. One of these writers was the Toni Morrison, the novelist, who intended to teach people about all aspects of African-American life present and past....   [tags: Biography Toni Morrison Author Essays]
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Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a very uniquely written book. This book is comprised of countless stories that, though are out of order, intertwine and capture the reader’s attention through the end of the novel. This book, which is more a collection of short stories rather than one story that has a beginning and an end, uses a format that will keep the reader coming back for more. Typically, a novel contains four basic parts: a beginning, middle, climax, and the end. The beginning sets the tone for the book and introduces the reader to the characters and the setting....   [tags: O'Brien Things Carried Book Analysis] 1258 words
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The Hobbit - The Hobbit I.     Information about the book a.     The title of my book is “The Hobbit”. The book is about a hobbit and 13 dwarves. This hobbit’s name is Bilbo Baggins, and he lives in Hobbiton. b.     Copyright © 1966; Published by Ballantine Publishing Group. c.     The author of “The Hobbit” is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he decided to take up an academic career. He studied Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, Pembroke College, and Merton College and retired in 1959....   [tags: Hobbit Book Report Outline Essays] 1406 words
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Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie - Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie The book Orbiting the Giant Hairball was written by Gordon MacKenzie in 1996. Originally self-published the book became a business "cult classic". Gordon was an employee of Hallmark Cards for 30 years, where he inspired his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to “orbit” - to a mode of dreaming, daring, and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set....   [tags: Orbiting Hairball MacKenzie Book Review] 1991 words
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Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich - A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich The novel: A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (written by Alexander Solzhenitzyn), tells the story of a Russian soldier’s life in a Siberian labor camp around the time of World War II. The protagonist in the story, Ivan, better known as “Shukhov”, is wrongly accused of committing treason and is sentenced to full 10 years of imprisonment in the camp. Throughout the story, the author makes vivid references to help the reader identify with the setting, climate, and overall feeling of what Ivan must deal with on a day-to-day basis....   [tags: Alexander Solzhenitzyn Book Review Analysis] 920 words
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Empire Of The Sun by JG Ballard - What can I say about "Empire of the Sun" other than it is a brilliant book, "Empire of the Sun" is not about the end; it's all about the journey. Knowing that's going to happen is irrelevant, it's how things happen that's important and how people react to the events. The novel tells the story, in a fictional account, of the author's experiences as a young boy in Shanghai at the outbreak of the Second World War. Jim, the third person narrator of the novel, is separated from his parents when the Japanese invade Shanghai at the end of 1941....   [tags: Ballard Empire Sun Book Review] 843 words
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was not an easy book to read. Writing styles have changed tremendously since the 1700’s. Despite the cultural differences I learned a lot about the man and the time. Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable man. He was a printer, author, politician and an inventor. He was one of fifteen children in his family. Because he was from such a large family he was sent out to work at a very early age. He only had a few years of grammar school education when he started working in his fathers business....   [tags: Book Report Benjamin Franklin Essays]
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Suspense Examples In A Prayer For Owen Meany - Different Ways John Irving Creates Suspense in A Prayer for Owen Meany In John Irving's novel titled, A Prayer for Owen Meany, suspenseful events are of abundance, and there are multiple ways the author creates this suspense. Among these methods of creating suspense, four that stand out are the use of setting, the pace of the story, the involvement of mysteries to be solved, and the ability of the reader to easily identify and sympathize with the protagonist. By placing a character in a gloomy or solitary place, uncomfortable feelings are created, which append to the suspense....   [tags: Book Novel Analysis John Irving] 1482 words
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Black Hawk Down - Black Hawk Down Mark Bowden's 'Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War' is a minute by minute reconstruction of the climactic battle in the short, American military campaign in Mogadishu. The Battle of the Black Sea, as it is known, was the most serious firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. Eighteen American soldiers were killed, and more than 70 wounded, in 15 hours of ferocious fighting. More than 500 Somalis combatants were killed, among more than a thousand casualties....   [tags: Firefight History Book Historical Essays] 1106 words
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Abortion in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants - Abortion in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants The story "Hills Like White Elephants" is a conversation between a young woman `Jig' and an American man waiting for a train at a station in Spain. The author never names the topic of their discussion but as their dialogue progresses; it becomes evident that Jig is pregnant. The man wants Jig to abort the unborn child but she is unconvinced and wants to become a mother. Hemingway has brilliantly written the story's dialogue which "captures the feel of a private conversation while at the same time communicating the necessary narrative background" (O'Brien 19)....   [tags: Book Reviews Hemingway Elephants Abortion]
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Dr. Jekyl And Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is telling people that they fear the knowledge of their duality so they keep silent. That everyday people are silent they fight a "war" within their bodies and minds. People are afraid of the truth, about themselves, so they stay quiet. Everybody has a part of himself or herself that they don't reveal to anyone. People are afraid to show it, but when it comes out they would rather not talk about it. People cannot do this, it is essential that one be capable of good and evil to be in existence....   [tags: Robert Louis Stevenson Book Analysis] 908 words
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Alice Walker's Literature - Alice Walker's Literature “Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence” -Alice Walker (Lewis n.pag) Walker is considered to an African American novelist, short story writers poet, essayist, and activist. Most of her literature are mostly from her personal experiences and are morale to numbers of African American all over the world. Walker defines herself as a “womanist” which means “The prophetic voice concerned about the well-being of the entire African American community, male and female, adults and children....   [tags: Author Writer Alice Walker] 1108 words
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Virginia Woolf - Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf was born in London, as the daughter of Julia Jackson Duckworth, a member of the Duckworth publishing family, and Sir Leslie Stephen, a literary critic, a friend of Meredith, Henry James, Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, and George Eliot, and the founder of the Dictionary of National Biography. Leslie Stephen's first wife had been the daughter of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. His daughter Laura from the first marriage was institutionalized because of mental retardation....   [tags: Author Writer Biography Woolf] 1700 words
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Chris Crutcher Biography - Chris Crutcher Biography Chris Crutcher was born on July 17, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio. His father was an Air Force pilot and his mother was a homemaker. Chris grew up in Cascade, Idaho. As a child there was not much for kids to do in Idaho, a tiny logging community north of Boise, so many children turned to sports. Chris got his education from Eastern Washington State College in 1968. His hobbies were running , basketball, swimming, biking, and competing in triathlon. Chris has an older brother who was valedictorian of his class....   [tags: Biography Writer Author] 1566 words
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Charlotte Bronte's Childhood Influences to Become a Writer - Charlotte Bronte's Childhood Influences to Become a Writer Charlotte was born to in 1816 in Yorkshire to Patrick Bronte and his wife. She was one of six children, an averaged size family in those days. The family were moved to Haworth (a small village in the west Yorkshire moors) in 1820. Sadly a year later Mrs Bronte died leaving the six children in her sisters care. Charlotte had to cope with the death of a mother when she was very young and the death of her two elder sisters a few years later....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Author Essays] 663 words
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The Iniquities of the Father - The Iniquities of the Father: A Look at the Faulknerian Family. Faulkner has been hailed as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, especially for his depictions of life in the Deep South. Many of his stories take place in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. In the Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, he focuses on two very different families in this county, and explores how the “iniquity of the fathers” is revisited “upon the children” (Holy Bible: KJV Deut. 5.9). In both novels, through the use of stream of consciousness and various other modernist writing techniques, Faulkner looks at two deeply troubled families with weak parents and confused children and explores how these children cope--or fail to cope--with loss....   [tags: Writer Author Faulkner Essays]
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was named after his father, James Hughes, but was known as Langston. He was the only child from his parents James and Carrie Hughes. His parents were not married for long because of an unhappy marriage. When they separated, Langston was left with his mother, who left him behind to move from city to city to find work. Langston ended up living with his 70 year-old grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. He lived with her until he was 13, and then he moved back with his mother in Lincoln, Kansas after his grandmother died in 1915....   [tags: Biography Writer Author Essays] 834 words
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Romanticisam And Washington Irving - Romantic stories did not always end with a happy ending. In fact, the originals of the modern romantic stories were about the evil of human nature. The work of early American writers like Irving and Poe show the influence of European Romanticism. Irving would stress on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories. The supernatural, the emphasis of nature, and exotic locations were used in Poe's works. Washington Irving would use an emphasis on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories....   [tags: Writer Author Irving] 1087 words
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Review of Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth - Throughout the novel, Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult, we as the reader are presented an inside look into the many boundaries that are placed on the main character, Katie Fisher. While one could argue that the majority of the boundaries were placed on her because of her religion there are also boundaries present that were placed on her because of her parents. Katie Fisher's life pressures are much similar to those of a young student named Neil in the movie Dead Poets Society, where he endures daily pressures that turn into a problem he cannot overcome....   [tags: Book Review] 1382 words
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