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The Sins of Gregor Samsa of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis - The Sins of Gregor Samsa of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa’s crimes originate from his intense devotion to his family, and thus in his intense devotion to his work, which in turn makes him intently devout to the conformist society that creates his world. Gregor’s crimes are not of the scope that contains what one may consider normal or standard crimes, and his motivations come from a separate set of values than those that society would consider to be the median. As a result of Gregor’s abnormal and distinctive crimes, he becomes the victim of an odd punishment that indirectly benefits all of Gregor’s previously mentioned motivations....   [tags: Metamorphosis essays]
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Chaim Potok's The Chosen - Chaim Potok's The Chosen In the book The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, Reuven Malter is shaped by everyone around him. During this interaction his character becomes more developed and engaging. Through the interactions, it becomes apparent that Reuven’s father is always teaching his child how to improve himself. The conversations between Reuven and his father help prepare Reuven develop the mentality and the personal qualities, such as wisdom, compassion, and tolerance, necessary to become a rabbi. In all of their conversations, Mr....   [tags: Chaim Potok Chosen Essays]
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Hatred in Notes of a Native Son - The Destructive Nature of Hatred Hatred for white society was a common sentiment among the black community during the 1950s. These feelings were expressed through different mediums, ranging from music and art, to the written word. But James Baldwin, a popular black writer during this time period, does not harp on this subject. Instead of preaching about his hatred for white America, Baldwin utilizes his narrative and analysis techniques to illustrate the destructive nature of the black society’s hatred for white society in “Notes of a Native Son”....   [tags: James Baldwin]
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An American Requiem - In An American Requiem, by James Carroll, Carroll describes his struggle for knowledge, individuality and separation from his father's beliefs. The relationship between them slowly degenerates with age, and as James becomes more aware of the life happening outside of his family. Throughout the novel, Carroll focuses on many of the prominent world issues of the time, giving light to both extreme sides through his father and himself, as his father eventually comes to represent relatively everything that he does not....   [tags: James Carroll] 1009 words
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Bread Givers Summary Paper - Bread Givers The 1920s was a hard and painstaking era in American history. Many family's throughout New York lived in absolute poverty and saved week to week just to make enough to eat and pay the rent. Many Immigrants flooded the streets desperate for work while living conditions were harsh and many starved. This is just the case of the novel Bread Givers, written by Anzia Yezierska. In this story we follow Sarah Smolinsky, an ambiguous independent Jewish girl "trapped" by her religious traditions....   [tags: Anzia Yezierska] 1707 words
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Writing About Childhood Memories Through Poetry - Have you ever felt regret about being selfish towards your parents or thankful for everything your parents have done for you. In the poems “My Papa’s Waltz”, by Theodor Roethke and “Those Winter Sundays”, by Hayden White both narrators have felt the same feelings towards their parents. Writing about childhood memories can be a great method of symbolizing emotional experiences of one’s childhood. Both poems are very similar themes. Each of the poems tell a story of a child who reminisce on their lives by telling about certain events that occurred during their childhood....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 1038 words
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The Power of One - ... I immediately understood why Elie describes his father as he did earlier, a rather selfish response to Elie’s request to leave the town for the family’s sake. If Elie’s father had answered differently, their fate could have been very different indeed. Elie’s father was a respected grocer and religious leader in the Village of Sighet. He was often consulted upon in the town and personal matters. A tremendous amount of discipline was displayed by Shlomo (Elie’s father), as he never stirred away from his religious beliefs during his menacing experience, which ultimately took his life....   [tags: Literature Review]
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My Papa’s Waltz - That's not just coke in Dad's glass - My Papa’s Waltz - That's not just coke in Dad's glass Some define alcohol abuse as "the recurrent use of alcohol to the extent that repeated use results in an inability to fulfill normal role functions, or presents legal or social/interpersonal problems, or creates a hazard to self or others" (Suppes 339). While most people seem to drink in moderation, others have a hard time drinking responsibly. Sometimes alcohol abuse can lead to physical abuse, mental abuse, loss of a job, alcoholism, or the breaking down of relationships....   [tags: My Papa's Waltz Essays] 681 words
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The Light Side of Abuse - The Light Side of Abuse missing works cited Abuse is a difficult and sensitive subject that can have long lasting effects. These traumatic emotional effects are often intensified if the abuse happens at a young age because children do not understand why the abuse is happening or how to deal with it. There are many abuse programs set up to counter the severe effects which abuse can have. Even more, poets and writers all over the world contribute works that express the saddening events and force the public to realize it is much more real than the informative articles we read about....   [tags: Violence Crime Essays] 1713 words
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A Speakers Reflections - A Speaker’s Reflections Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays” is a reflection the speaker has regarding his father. An analysis of the poem’s tone and language reveals the speaker regrets his father did so much for the family and “no one ever thanked him”. It is obvious the speaker feels regret for the way he behaved toward his father in the past by examining the phrases in the poem, particularly with the description of the father. The connotations of the language used in this description denote the father in a certain way that the speaker did not see him as before....   [tags: essays research papers] 853 words
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Background Information - I. BACKROUND INFORMATION Jill Stacey Moreland(born Itabari Njeri) was born in Brooklyn, New York. She started off as being a singer/actress; but she found a calling in journalism. She obtained her B.S. from Boston University, and then later on she received her M.S. form Columbia University. She worked as a writer for numerous projects, and then was the author of three books. She wrote “Family Portraits and Personal Escapades,” “The Challenge of Diversity”, and “Reflections of a New World Black.” Currently Jill Stacey does public speaking at Universities about memoir, multiculturalism, and ethnic conflict....   [tags: essays research papers] 672 words
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Understanding the Holocaust through Art Spiegelman's Maus - The experience of being in the Holocaust is hard to imagine. The physical pain and fear that a survivor of the Holocaust felt could never fully be understood by anyone other than a fellow survivor. The children of survivors may not feel the physical pain and agony as their parents did, but they do feel the psychological effects. For this reason Artie and his father could never connect. The Holocaust built a wall between them that was hard to climb. Artie makes an attempt to overcome the wall between him and his father by writing the comic Maus about his father’s life in hopes to grow closer to him and understand him better, yet he struggles in looking past his father’s picky habits and hypocritical attitude....   [tags: Jewish Studies] 799 words
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Powder - Essay 1 Powder Powder, a short story written by Tobias Wolff, is about a boy and his father on a Christmas Eve outing. As the story unfolds, it appears to run deeper than only a story about a boy and his father on a simple adventure in the snow. It is an account of a boy and his father’s relationship, or maybe the lack of one. Powder is narrated by a grown-up version of the boy. In this tale, the roles of the boy and his father emerge completely opposite than what they are supposed to be but may prove to be entirely different from the reader’s first observation....   [tags: Fictional Writing, persuasive]
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Lost Between Love and Abuse - ... Is this poem reflecting a child abuse or a drunken father who was deeply loved by his son. This question troubled most of the readers. Some of them had a problem answering this question fearing to misinterpret the poem. My first reaction when I read the poem was unpredictable and I immediately formed a positive impression; perhaps because I haven’t experienced living with an alcoholic and abusive father. When I read the title, for a moment I thought that the way the son was treated was a father’s ritual before bed time which was accepted by the son and the society on that era....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Silence in Chaim Potok's The Chosen - Silence in The Chosen In the book The Chosen the four main characters have different views on how children should be raised. Danny Saunders was said to be raised in silence. Danny was raised in silence in that communication was cut off between Danny and his father, except when they were studying Talmud. The reason Danny’s father did not speak to his son is because Rabbi Saunders wanted to have Danny think things through himself. Reb Saunders also wanted Danny to grow up in the same manner he himself was raised....   [tags: Potok Chosen Essays] 629 words
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Analysis of Neil Perry - Analysis of Neil Perry "Carpe diem boys, seize the day!" Robin Williams' character exclaims in the film "Dead Poets Society". Williams portrays passionate English professor John Keating, whose lessons go far beyond the classroom. Keating teaches his students to follow their own hearts and minds instead of the conformist ideals taught at their strict boarding school. Several of Keating's students take his lessons to heart and resurrect the Dead Poets Society, a secret club that meets late at night to read and discuss poetry....   [tags: essay papers] 568 words
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My Papas Waltz - Revealing Child Abuse in “My Papa’s Waltz” In Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz,” the persona reveals an incidence of child abuse that happened earlier in his life. He divulges the occurrence of abuse through the use of certain words and noting the actions that go on during the “waltz.” Through the use of graphic diction, Roethke informs the reader that “My Papa’s Waltz” depicts an episode of child abuse. The persona Roethke creates discloses the incidence of child abuse to the reader by using particular words in his poem....   [tags: essays research papers] 557 words
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A Rose for Emily - We learn many things through experience as we grow older, and these experience lessons make us who we are in life. In William Faulkner's short story, "A Rose for Emily," Emily Grierson was among the higher class of people in her community, and her family acted as if they were above the other classes. Her family demanded the respect and fear of many yet, "behind their hands" (Faulkner 78) the same many scrutinized and judged Emily. This crowd grew very conscious of Emily since she became a recluse....   [tags: American Literature] 424 words
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Imagery in Sylvia Plath's Poetry - Imagery in Sylvia Plath's Poetry Sylvia Plath employs vivid imagery and a reminiscent tone to convey her feelings of grief, guilt, and disdain the day she first visited her father's grave, and the devastating effects his death had on her. Plath addresses the poem to her deceased father, of whom she harbors a deep daughterly love for, along with a bitterness created when he seemingly abandoned her and her mother when he died. Several times throughout the poem, Plath conveys how she feels as if her father's death had killed her as well....   [tags: Papers] 408 words
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Turning Point in Ernest Hemingway's Indian Camp - Indian Camp Ernest Hemingway's "Indian Camp" is a story in which a man looks back upon a very influential event in his childhood. The story tells of a young boy named Nick, who watches as his father aids in the birth of a young Indian child. The circumstances that arrive during this event shape the "older Nick's" perception of his father, as well as life and mortality. Nick experiences his first eye-opening experience in the lines on page sixteen which describe the screams of the woman....   [tags: Ernest Hemingway, Indian Camp] 459 words
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Sarty's Transformation in William Faulkner's Barn Burning - Sarty's Transformation in William Faulkner's Barn Burning    In William Faulkner's story, "Barn Burning", we find a young man who struggles with the relationship he has with his father and his own conscience.  We see Sarty, the young man, develop into an adult while dealing with the many crude actions and ways of Abner, his father.  We see Sarty as a puzzled youth that faces the questions of faithfulness to his father or faithfulness to himself and the society he lives in.  His struggle dealing with the reactions that are caused by his father's action result in him thinking more for himself as the story progresses....   [tags: Faulkner Barn Burning Essays]
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Full Fathom Five - Full Fathom Five In Sylvia Plath’s poem, "Full Fathom Five" she describe her father in beautiful and abstract terms which signify aspects to the relatioship Plath had with her father. This poem, along with other works from Sylvia Plath, provide a lot of insight into the type of relationship she might have had with her father. The imagery Plath uses to describe her father is reminiscent of fairy tails and monsters, where the idea she gives me about her father is a larger-than-life character which is made of the sea; huge, with white hair, and beard....   [tags: Full Fathom Five Essays] 727 words
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Fathers Attitude of Love Towards Sinners. - Fathers Attitude of Love Towards Sinners The Parable of the Prodigal Son reveals both Gods love for those who are ready to accept it, which in this case is the prodigal son who returns to his father, and his rejection of the self-centered righteousness. Repentance and forgiveness are essential to everyday life. In the book of Luke, the parable of the prodigal son is told. The father in the parable represents God. The prodigal son is symbolic of one who is living in sin, repents, and returns to fellowship with God....   [tags: Religion Religious Biblical Papers]
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Barn Burning - In "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner, Sarty Snopes is a young, poor boy who is caught in a moral dilemma. He struggles tremendously between staying loyal to his family and remaining true to his own morals. Sarty's idealized image of his father, as well as his loyalty to his own blood, restrains Sarty (in the beginning of the story) from turning his father in to the authorities for his crime. His strong sense of moral direction, however, weighs heavily on his mind throughout the story and compels him to do the right thing in the end....   [tags: American Literature] 529 words
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Childhood in Poetry - Childhood in Poetry Childhood. It is the most bewildering point in life. There are limited means of communication with a child as they don't get understand fully the language of adults. However, the first few years of out lives are by far the most important. They can determine what kind of life we will lead in the future and our attitude towards the world can even be determined by the way we were born. Childhood is a rich source of information for poets: there is so much to write about, and the reader will be able to relate to it as they have all experienced childhood....   [tags: Papers] 1582 words
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Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son - In My Father’s Eyes The essay “Notes of a Native Son” takes place at a very volatile time in history. The story was written during a time of hate and discrimination toward African Americans in the United States. James Baldwin, the author of this work is African American himself. His writing, along with his thoughts and ideas were greatly influenced by the events happening at the time. At the beginning of the essay, Baldwin makes a point to mention that it was the summer of 1943 and that race riots were occurring in Detroit....   [tags: James Baldwin]
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Berlin Wall Piece - A Piece of History A seventh grader asks his dad about the eighties. Unfortunately his dad can't remember anything about the eighties;and the older sister helps him remember the past. “Berlin Wall Piece,” by Sam Shepard is a story where a small piece of concrete helps a crazy father remember his modern history. A theme for the story would be: how a small piece of history can bring back so many old memories and controversies. When the story first opens up, a seventh grader is interviewing his father for his social studies class....   [tags: Sam Shepard] 1505 words
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Commentary on Robert Hayden Poetry - This is a short lyric poem about the speaker’s childhood. The speaker remembers how his father made all those sacrifices for him. The poem’s view point compares that of a boy and the perspective of him as an adult. According to the first line, there is an action that precedes the anecdote. As the poem suggests, the father wakes up early every day of the week to do work, including Sundays. Robert Hayden, the author, uses imagery and diction to help describe the scene. The diction helps exemplify the imagery even better, the reader can sense how the speaker’s home felt like as well as the father’s hard work....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 943 words
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Free Siddhartha Essays: Themes in Siddhartha - Themes in Siddhartha Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse tells of a man, Siddhartha, and his search for peace.  Siddhartha leaves the Brahmins to become a holy Samamna.  He finds no satisfaction in the deprivation, which the Samanas practice, so he leaves their way of life to find the Buddha.  The Buddha's teachings fail to satisfy his desire to find a path to peace, also.  He then travels to a town but finds no answers there either.  Finally, beside the river, Siddhartha finds peace.  There are two main themes in Siddhartha; the father/son theme and the theme of peace and totality....   [tags: Hesse Siddhartha Essays] 348 words
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Abner and Sarty Snopes in Barn Burning - Abner and Sarty Snopes The nature of the relationship between father and son in William Faulkner's Barn Burning is displayed in the first paragraph of the story. In general a father-son relationship would be built on genuine respect, love, loyalty, and admiration. These building blocks were absent in Abner and Sarty Snopes relationship. Sarty's loyalty to his father appeared to come from a long time fear of the consequences of not obeying his father's commands. The "nigger" that could place the blame on Abner was not to be found....   [tags: Barn Burning Essays] 637 words
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Barn Burning - Use of Blood in “Barn Burning” “Barn Burning” is about the struggle of a boy to do what is right during the Post Civil War era. The main character, Sartoris Snopes, is a poor son of a migrant tenant farmer. In the opening scene he is being asked by a circuit judge about the burning of a farmer’s barn by his father. The boy does not tell on his father and is not forced to do so, but he thinks that he would have done so had he been asked. The father, Abner Snopes, served in the Civil War for both sides and has difficulty venting his anger....   [tags: essays research papers] 550 words
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Creation In Mythology - The creation of man and the world is a question that has resonated since the conscience of thought and analysis began. We as human beings have the tendency to seek out the reasons and truths of the phenomena that occur around us, and our desire to achieve answers has not hindered our exploration of human existence. We tease ourselves by asking the most simplistic questions: why are we here; how did we come to be; who created our world. And as our minds seek into the unknown and force us to develop the theories of our origins, the human hunger for reason and truth begs to differ....   [tags: essays research papers] 695 words
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The Chosen - The Chosen By: Chaim Potok The novel The Chosen is a story of two Jewish boys who become friends and go through lots of hard times together. The book starts out at a baseball game, one boy on one team and one boy on the other team. The game quickly turns more into a war rather than a game. Reuven was pitching when Danny came up to bat, Reuven threw the ball and Danny hit the ball straight back at him. The ball hit Reuven in the eye, shattered his glasses, and got a piece of glass in his eye. Reuven was taken to the hospital where doctors fixed his eye and he stayed there for five days....   [tags: essays research papers] 548 words
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Abortion: Babies Have Human Rights - Abortion is considered by a large amount of women as an avenue of escaping, when an unborn and unwanted child’s news come. There are two opposing arguments about the restriction of abortion. Ellen Willis in the text entitled, ‘‘Putting women into the abortion debate’’ is basically against human rights and she claims that, mother is the only person to decide about abortion. She claims that mother is the sole decision maker and, therefore, there should not be any limitations on her side. On the other hand, in the text entitled, ‘‘Living Roe V....   [tags: Argumentative Essay, Persuasive Essay] 610 words
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Revenge and Vengeance - Revenge More Important than Oedipus Complex - Revenge More Important than Oedipus Complex in Hamlet        A boy's streak of vengeance is not always merely Oedipal. Hamlet's revenge, and the situations that spur it, are not based on his love for his mother, but on the need to avenge his father's death. Although Hamlet is the only one who hears the ghost talk, others experience the sight. This proves that he does not subconsciously create the hallucination in order to rid his mother of her new lover. Once learning that his father was murdered, and that no one witnessed his death, Hamlet feels compelled to punish the killer....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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A Defining Moment in My Papa’s Waltz - A Defining Moment in My Papa’s Waltz   An older boy remembered his father, a hardworking blue collar man. He remembered how his father would walk into the home each evening with scraped hands and perspiration stained shirts. His father was a tough man. He was the kind of man that refused to go to the doctor and rarely hugged his children. Yet, he was a good man. The boy remembered how his father provided for the family and often times his smallest actions proved his paternal love for them. One particular memory stood out among the rest....   [tags: My Papa's Waltz Essays] 673 words
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The Third Bank of the River - The Third Bank of the River       Confusion, embarrassment, and guilt can all be found throughout João Guimarães Rosa's short story "The Third Bank of the River." Rosa forces the reader to analyze his words and delve deeply into the hidden meanings behind them. Upon first glance, a story unfolds of a father who seemingly abandons his family and chooses to live out the remainder of his life rowing a small boat back and forth along a river. There are circumstances leading up to this behavior, which new insight to the author's psychological meaning....   [tags: Third Bank of the River]
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Patriarchy in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - Patriarchy in The Metamorphosis Patriarchy, that is, the supremacy of the father in a family and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line, plays a major part in family life. However, the institution of patriarchy is not just limited to European cultures. In this essay, we will examine the instances of patriarchy in "The Metamorphosis" and compare it to instances in Japan. In the beginning of "The Metamorphosis," we can tell from the way Gregor's family is organized that Gregor is the 'father figure,' in that he is the primary breadwinner and the one who makes most of the decisions for his family....   [tags: Metamorphosis essays] 744 words
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Reaction in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth - Reaction in Milton’s Paradise Lost and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth It goes without saying that we all react to the experiences that we have. What differs from person to person is how those experiences affect our being and what each of us takes from those experiences and how we apply it to our lives from that point on. We see this happening not only in our own lives, but also in literature. The characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth and those from Milton’s Paradise Lost show, through their conflicts, that the experiences that they are exposed to affect their lives in a negative way....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Overcoming this Fatherless Plight - Overcoming this Fatherless Plight n the midst of the summer heat, I still could not believe that I was actually sitting in a classroom at Saint Peter’s College listening to strangers that I’d only known for a few weeks who were reading their personal letters in front of me. We were all instructed to compose a letter to a person whom we felt was worthy of another chance at reconstructing a botched relationship that we had with them. The most strikingly profound letter read was by a girl named Diana....   [tags: Personal Narrative] 1012 words
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Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Hope in the Parable of the Prodigal Son - Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Hope in the Parable of the Prodigal Son In the first century AD, Jesus told a parable to the Pharisees, who believed they were better than the common sinners of the world. This has since come to be referred to as The Parable of the Prodigal Son. In this parable, Jesus tells of a family consisting of a father and his two sons. The older son appears to be very well mannered and level headed, while the younger seems somewhat rebellious. Jesus uses this story to try to teach a lesson to the Pharisees that everyone deserves the hope provided by a second chance in life if they are willing to swallow their pride, admit their mistakes, and ask for forgiveness....   [tags: The Parable of the Prodigal Son] 906 words
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Comparing My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke and Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden - Comparing "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke and "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden My Papa's Waltz, by Theodore Roethke, and Those Winter Sundays, by Robert Hayden, are two somewhat similar poems about respected fathers. To most people a father is not just the man who fertilizes their mother's egg, but a man that spends time with and takes care of them. While doing this, he gains their love and respect. In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take an admiring look back at the actions of their fathers, although; they both imply that their parents were not perfect....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 902 words
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Ernest Hemingway - Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway based his writing on real life experiences concerning death, relationships, and lies. He then mixed these ideas, along with a familiar setting, to create a masterpiece. Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park Illinois. One of Hemmingway’s first works was Indian Camp published in 1925. In many ways Indian Camp shows the relationship between Hemingway and his father. Hemingway then digs deeper into the past to create the love between Frederick Henry and Catherine Barkley, in A Farwell To Arms....   [tags: essays research papers] 1415 words
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Loyalty to Family in Barn Burning by William Faulkner - Loyalty to Family in Barn Burning by William Faulkner The short story "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner is a stark look at the struggle of a boy to try to do what is right, or do what is best for his family during the post Civil War era. The main character, Sartoris Snopes is a poor son of a migrant tenant farmer who, in the opening scene is being questioned about the burning of a farmers barn by his father, Abner Snopes. The boy is torn between choosing what is right, telling the truth, or lying to protect his father....   [tags: Short Story Barn Burning William Faulkner]
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How is Seamus Heaney's Irish Rural Heritage Reflected In his Poetry. - How is Seamus Heaney's Irish Rural Heritage Reflected In his Poetry. Seamus Heaney was born and grew up in the Irish countryside on his fathers' farm. His father was still using the traditional farming methods, which had been handed down for generations, even though technology had developed greatly in the early twentieth century. Heaney learns a lot from his father about farming and how generations of his family have done it. Heaney takes a great interest in it and he admires his father's skill in working the horses....   [tags: English Literature] 851 words
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Parentchild Association in Literature - Parentchild Association in Literature Some consider the most important aspect of the nuclear family is that of the relationship a child possesses with his parents. True, although, without this relationship, a child can still turn out to be a well-behaved child. However, in turn, they can also develop a defiant nature against their elders. Likewise, there are many other aspects that concern these relationships. For instance, there is the neglect that a child can receive from his parents, or that having a dominant mentor....   [tags: Papers] 1111 words
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Repentance: The Story of The Prodigal Son - ... The author uses all these symbols to portray a man in reality that has left Jesus and suffered because of his sin. Although the son has sinned, it doesn’t mean he can’t come back to Jesus. In the following paragraph, the son returns to his father and plans to say, “Father, I have sinned against the heavens and before thee. And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy servants” (28). We can see that upon the Sons arrival he has changed; not only does he make the decision to return home, he plans to tell his father to not call him a son but a servant....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Judgment - ... Georg goes so far as to intentionally avoid telling his friend of his good fortune in business and his impending marriage, which has been known for two months. Also interestingly enough, the friend identity and occupation are never revealed, which can be interpreted as a way to further isolate both Georg and this character. It even appears that Georg subconsciously feels unworthy of friendship, giving reason to further push away his friend, despite saying indicating that it is done for his friend....   [tags: Character Analysis, Georg Bendemenn] 1081 words
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A Thousand Acres - This is a book report about the book A Thousand Acres. Jane Smiley wrote this book, the grade level is 7.7 and it is worth twenty-seven points. This book is about three sisters who are each trying to be given a third of the farm corporation set up by their father. The aging father is trying to set up the corporation so that the daughters won’t have to pay inheritance taxes. The youngest daughter, Caroline, who happens to be a lawyer does not like this idea. Rose and Ginny think that it is a good idea, they live on the farm....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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"Boys and Girls" is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who is enjoying her tomboy years and is defiant about becoming a woman.  The theme in "Boys and Girls" is this transition from the childhood tomboy into the mature woman.  The girl is unsure about whether she wants to be a woman or not, because she enjoys her father's work and wants to be a part of it.  On page 113, the girl expresses her feeling of disgust, "she (the mother) was plotting now to get me to stay in the house more, although she knew I hated it (because she knew I hated it) and keep me from working for my father."  The girl does not want to participate in womanly chores in the house; she wants to work outside with her father.  The whole story is centered around gender roles of women and the girl must face and accept that her role is not outside with the pelting operation.  The girl, who is the main character, describes her father¹s pelting operation in much detail showing her interest and knowledge of it.  On page 109 and the top of page 110, line eight, she describes what is meant by pelting operation by explaining, "that was what the killing, skinning, and preparation of the furs was called."  She likes her father's work so much that she concerns herself with knowing all about the operation.  She shows her enthusiasm and passion on page 113 by saying, "work done out of doors, and in my father's service, was ritualistically important."  This shows the girl's true feelings on what is important to her.  At the beginning of this same line, the girl tells what she does not like, "It seemed to me that work in the house was endless, dreary and peculiarly depressing."  She sees her mother's life and the work that she does and simply does not want to be a part of it.  She also outright says, "I hated the hot dark kitchen in summer; the green blinds and the flypapers, the same old oil table and wavy mirror and bumpy linoleum" (113).  The girl is showing her opposition to her assigned gender role.  She does not like working in the house or preparing comparing and contrasting of the father's world versus the mother's world.  The father's world is composed of outdoor work, fox farming, has no emotion, expresses freedom and identified by light.  The father's world is all about the death of animals.  So, there is no time for emotions.  This lack of emotions is also carried into the relationship between the girl and her father.  The girl says, My father did not talk to me unless it was about the job we were doing.  Whatever thoughts and stories my father had were private, and I was shy of him and would never ask him questions" (112).  The girl accepted this and considered it part of the attitude you have to have for this job.  The girl prefers her father's type of emotion rather than her mother's.  The girl describes her mother's emotions:  "In this he was quite different from my mother, who if she was feeling cheerful, would tell me all sorts of things‹the name of a dog she had had when she was a little girl, the names of boys she had gone out with later on when she was grown up, and what certain dresses of hers had looked like‹she could not imagine now what had become of them" (112).  At this point, the girl just like her father, feels that there is no time for emotions.  She believes her mother is silly for spending time pondering over what became of her past.  The father's world is also an expression of freedom unlike the mother's world.  The father is outside, breathing the fresh air while the mother is confined in the kitchen all day.  Since the father's world takes place outside, it is identified by light, specifically the sun.  The mother's world takes place indoors and it is identified by darkness.  The girl even describes the mother in relation to darkness by saying, "She looked out of place, with her bare lumpy legs, not touched by the sun, her apron still on and damp across the stomach from the supper dishes" (112-13).  This shows that the mother does not get out into the sun much, she is always in the "hot dark kitchen" (113).  Also, the father's world is very sensual.  the smell is described by saying, "the strong primitive odour of the fox itself, penetrated all parts of the house.  I found it reassuringly seasonal, like the smell of oranges and pine needles" (110).  The mother's world, as mentioned before, is quite different.  Her world is identified with darkness, hot, stuffy kitchens, indoors, isolated, and boring.  Through this contrast, the extreme differences between the gender roles of men and women are shown.  The girl says, "As soon as I was done I ran out of the house, trying to get out of earshot before my mother thought of what she wanted me to do next" (113).  The girl does not want to be confined to this monotonous work.  What she does not know is that it is soon to be her destiny....   [tags: Boys Girls Essays]
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