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Bridging Two Worlds in Girl Interrupted - Bridging Two Worlds in Girl Interrupted      Susanna Kaysen's memoir, Girl Interrupted describes Kaysen's struggle to transcend across the boundary that separates her from two parallel universes: the worlds of sanity and insanity, security and vulnerability. In this memoir, Kaysen details her existence as a psychiatric patient diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in a mental institution where time seems circular alongside a parallel universe where time is normally linear. The hospital itself becomes a paradoxical representation of both strict confinement and ultimate personal freedom....   [tags: Girl Interrupted]
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The Film Girl, Interrupted: Portrayal of Truth in Hollywood Films - The Film Girl, Interrupted: Portrayal of Truth in Hollywood Films Most people are likely to relate Hollywood with money. If a person lives in the Hollywood area, people assume she or he is probably rich. If she or he is a Hollywood movie star, the person probably makes a lot of money. Therefore, to follow that line of thought, when Hollywood producers make a movie, they make it just for money. And some filmmakers do seem to make films only for the money the movies will earn. The action movie "Die Hard", the fantasy movie "Star Wars", and the adventure movie "Jurassic Park" are examples of exciting movies that were made just for the money by satisfying the audiences' appetite for escapi...   [tags: Hollywood Film Girl Interrupted] 1679 words
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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - Between character differences and overall structure of the memoir Girl, Interrupted written by Susanna Kaysen, it is difficult to find ways the book is similar to the film. Changing the way Kaysen perceives and shares her story with the audience changes the meaning behind her experiences illustrated throughout the text. Rather than seeing the gritty details of being hospitalized in a mental institution as described in the memoir, James Mangold, the director of the movie, portrays a less abrasive version so as to be visually pleasing and relatable to the viewer....   [tags: book and film comparison/analysis]
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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - Conformity: A Precondition of Sanity Sanity is subjective. Every individual is insane to another; however it is the people who possess the greatest self-restraint that prosper in acting “normal”. This is achieved by thrusting the title of insanity onto others who may be unlike oneself, although in reality, are simply non-conforming, as opposed to insane. In Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, this fine line between sanity and insanity is explored to great lengths. Through the unveiling of Susanna’s past, the reasoning behind her commitment to McLean Hospital for the mentally ill, and varying definitions of the diagnosis that Susanna received, it is evident that social non-conformity is often...   [tags: sanity, insanity, conformity]
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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - ... Kaysen described Torrey’s family as ones who “had to prove that nobody was crazy, and they were the ones who threatened to stop paying.”(Kaysen 95). Torrey’s parents would fly to Boston to visit the hospital and blame her for all their problems they were dealing with. When Torrey heard that her parents were coming to take her home she stated that “Being in Mexico means being dead and shooting speed to feel like you are not quite dead.”(97), which shows that she did not like being in Mexico probably because of all the pressure and expectations her parents had for her, leading to her drug abuse....   [tags: literary analysis, book review, plot] 847 words
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Portrayal of Mental Illness in Girl, Interrupted - The novel Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen shows the reader what life is like inside of a mental hospital in 1967. In this autobiographical novel, Susanna Kaysen is admitted into McLean Hospital, where she spends two years forced to follow the hospitals strict rules and being subjected to the nurse's constant checks and constant invasions of privacy. The movie was directed by James Mangold in 1999, and while it maintained some of the major elements in the book, several side characters were left out, such as Georgina's boyfriend Wade and the drug addict Torrey, and major plots were changed or left out completely....   [tags: movie, novel, hospital]
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Perceptions of Mental Illness in Girl Interrupted - The portrayal of people being sickly creatures has been used in Hollywood film for a very long time. This has been in the endeavor of putting the viewing public in the shoes of the patient and entertain them with over the top portrayals of disease. For patients that are women in particular this has been achieved by defining them along the lines of vague terms such as them being over emotional and unstable. Despite the advancement experienced by the society, women have not yet fully seen the goal of equality realize fruition....   [tags: film, border personality]
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Eating Disorders and Image in Girl, Interrupted - Fact and Fiction paper #2 Psychopathology Every single day women are faced with the questions of whether they are pretty enough, skinny enough, whether men are attracted to them, whether they can be loved or not, and whether people think they are beautiful. Images of “beautiful” females are plastered all over the media, commercials, Internet, movies, TV shows, ad campaigns, etc. In today’s society the “perfect female proportions” are nearly impossible for one to healthily obtain, but this does not stop women of all ages to going through impossible measures in order to be one step closer to what they consider “perfection.” For many girls all ages, shapes, sizes, around the world, eating dis...   [tags: Diseases, Disorders]
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Borderline Personality Disorder in Girl Interrupted by Sussana Keysen - Girl, Interrupted by Borderline Personality Disorder Girl, Interrupted, an autobiography, follows Sussanna Kaysen an eighteen year old girl who finds herself being escorted to a taxi and being sent to McLean Psychiatric Hospital in Massachusetts. Only after a brief twenty minute interview with a psychiatrist she had just met regarding her failing grades, depression, suicidal attempts as well as her inappropriate relationship with her high school english teacher, she was convinced that she is in need of “rest” and agrees to voluntarily commit herself....   [tags: Psychoanalysis, Disorder, Mental Illness]
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Girl, Interrupted - Girl, Interrupted Part I: Critical Analysis Author: Susanna Kaysen. Girl, Interrupted: New York Division of Random House. Inc 1993. 1. What is the author’s topic. The author’s topic is about a teenager name Susanna Kaysen. At 18 she voluntarily turned herself into McLean Hospital. 2. Identify the author’s main idea(s). In other words, what is the main point the author is attempting to make about the book. The author’s has 2 main points; one point is about her two-year stay McLean hospital....   [tags: essays research papers] 1254 words
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Girl Interrupted - GIRL, INTERRUPTED by Susanna Kaysen (New York: Turtle Bay Books, 1993) 1. Author: Susanna Kayson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1948 where she still lives. She is the author of books which are in some parts related to her personal experiences. She worked as a free-lance editor and proof reader until an introduction to an agent set her career in motion. Her novels: The novel that caught the agent's attention, Asa, As I Knew Him, was published in 1987 and people were very interested in it....   [tags: essays research papers] 973 words
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girl interrupted review - One popular cultural myth about the mentally ill is the archetype of the "Sexy Crazy Girl", which we've seen in movies, comic books, and music. Losing your grip with reality is not a glamorous subject, but that's not what you get from Girl, Interrupted. It is apparent that all the girls in the movie had some type of dysfunctional personality, and bad things happen to some of them, but it just did not seem realistic. First off, most of the patients prtrayed were young, which made the care facility look like a youth home rather than a mental institution....   [tags: essays research papers] 749 words
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Borderline Personality Disorder in Girl Interrupted - Borderline Personality Disorder in “Girl Interrupted”      The movie, “Girl Interrupted,”is about a teenage girl named Susanna Kaysen who has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. People with Borderline Personality Disorder “are often emotionally unstable, impulsive, unpredictable, irritable, and anxious. They also are prone to boredom. Their behavior is similar to that of individuals with schizotypal personality disorder but they are not as consistently withdrawn and bizarre” (Santrock, 2003)....   [tags: Film Analysis Movie]
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Girl Interrupted vs. The Yellow Wallpaper - The main character in Susanna Kaysen’s, “Girl, Interrupted” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s, “The Yellow Wallpaper” are similar in the fact that they both were suppressed by male dominants. Be it therapist or physicians who either aided in their mental deformities or created them. They are similar in the sense that they are both restricted to confinement and must endure life under the watchful eye of overseers. However similar their situations may be, their responses are different. In the stories, there were both positive and negative aspects and characteristics that the two protagonists possessed....   [tags: essays research papers] 1066 words
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Borderline Personality Disorder Explored in Girl Interrupted - Girl Interrupted is a 1999 film in which Susanna, a high school senior on the verge of graduating with her class in 1967, is rushed to the Emergency Room because she consumed a whole bottle of Aspirin, followed by a bottle of Vodka. After being treated, Susanna is seen by a friend of her fathers, who is a Psychiatrist who believes that her actions were an attempt at suicide. Susanna, of course denies this, instead stating that she was making an effort to rid herself of a headache. The Psychiatrist recommends that she stay at a mental hospital named Claymore for a rest....   [tags: Abnormal Psychology]
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Susanna Kaysen's Journal-Memoir, Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen's Journal-Memoir, Girl, Interrupted Sane or normal people have wondered at one time or another what it is like in a hospital that houses the insane. Susanna Kaysen opens the door to the reality and true insanity of being a patient in a mental hospital renowned for famous ex-patients, including Ray Charles Sylvia Plath, and James Taylor in her book, Girl, Interrupted. She stays focused on reality and her idea of perception as well as the friendships she acquires in her two year stay at McLean Hospital and her recovery period once she is released....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1209 words
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Girl interrupted - Rory Boyan Writing 1 04/19/02 Considering all the treatment methods used at Mclean Hospital, harsh physical treatments were rarely productive. Methods such as seclusion, ice-baths, Electro-shock therapy, and even the Hospitals atmosphere itself can make one wonder how anyone came out of there better than they went in. It seems odd that people teetering on the edge of sanity were subjected to such horrible treatments. Although such treatments sometimes worked, it in no way outweighs the horrible side effects that usually happen....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Psychiatric Institutions of the Sixties Portrayed in Ken Kesey´sOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and in the Film: Girl, Interrupted - In Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the film Girl, Interrupted directed by James Mangold authors both look at American psychiatric institutions of the 1960s and explore the idea that the hospitals act as microcosms for society. A microcosm is a small universe representative of a larger one thus suffers the same problems of conformity and rebellion, prejudice against minorities and authority figures ruling absolutely. Both authors use stylistic techniques to position the audience to respond to ideas common in both texts....   [tags: Microcosm, Prejudice, Authority]
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Stylistic Descriptions of Psyciatric Institutions of the 1960's in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the film Girl, Interrupted - ... Similarly, Mangold also shows the positive effect of rebelling against the institution and mental illness. Camera angles of Susanna Kaysen display her rebellion against her mental illness of “borderline personality disorder,” who correlates to Kesey’s Chief as he defeats his own mental illness. At the beginning, Susanna is placed far right to the screen, while sitting in car with a view of outside the back window. This symbolises Susanna is mentally incapable of controlling her own life, as the view out the window represents her past and those in it are controlling her....   [tags: society, authority, racism] 1019 words
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Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - The novel, Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets, by Stephen Crane, takes place in the slums of New York City during the 1890’s. It is about a girl, Maggie Johnson, who is forced to grow up in a tenement house. She had a brother, Jimmie, an abusive mother, Mary, and a father who died when Maggie was young. When Maggie grew up, she met her boyfriend, Pete. In Maggie’s eyes, Pete was a sophisticated young man who impressed Maggie because he treated her better than she had been treated to all of her life....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 1095 words
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Girl Interupted Book - Girl, Interrupted Girl, Interrupted is an autobiographical book written by Susana Kaysen which was turned in to a movie. Susana Kaysen expressed promiscuous behavior earlier in her life and was sent to the Claymore Mental Hospital to be analyzed. Throughout her development at Claymore, Susana formed bonds with a group of girls she would have never met until she was sent to Claymore. Claymore Hospital allowed these girls to become so close, and without this experience Susana would not be the girl she has turned out to be....   [tags: Susana Kaysen] 1499 words
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The Girl with the Blue and Green Eyes - ... She stood staring at them, but neither of the two seemed to either acknowledge or care for her existence though as they continued with the grotesque display. If anything, their "affections" only grew heavier. Skylar barreled through the crowd. When she finally made it to the first floor she saw the heart of the party was centered there. After scanning through the nearly dark room of all of the bodies dancing to the beat of the blasting music, she spots Cole again. Cole was sitting alone and having a drink....   [tags: personal narrative] 1712 words
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Girl with a Pearl Earring - “You smell of linseed oil.” My father spoke in a baffled tone. He did not believe that simply cleaning a painter’s studio would make the smell linger on my clothes, my skin, my hair. He was right. It was as if he guessed that I now slept with the oil in my room, that I sat for hours being painted and absorbing the scent. He guessed and yet he could not say. His blindness took away his confidence so he did not trust the thoughts in his mind. A year before I might have tried to help him, suggest what he was thinking, humor him into speaking his mind....   [tags: Art, Artists, Oil painting, Art Analysis]
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The Girl Scouts Builds Strong Leaders - Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912 and since its humble beginnings, the organization has grown to 3.2 million members—and that is just in the United States. Low created the organization to give girls the opportunity to develop into leaders and give back to their communities. Today, the Girl Scouts’ mission statement says, “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place” ("Facts about Girl Scouting”). This is a new, modern mission statement, but it holds true to the ideals that Low imagined for all girls....   [tags: Girl Scouts Essays]
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This Is How You Turn a Girl Into a Woman - Stories have a beginning, middle, and an end. This is not your typical short story piece. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid is an expressive, one-page portrait of womanhood. This methodical monologue is narrated by a strict and caring mother. Kincaid writes a “how-to guide” on the transformation from a little girl into a woman, by means of exposing gender roles. Most sentences start with “This is how you...” which directly informs the reader of what, or what not, to do to be a respectable woman. Girl is written in a very poetic style that is reminiscent of modern slam poetry....   [tags: Girl by Jamaica Kinkaid] 892 words
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - As an ordinary Jewish girl who was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank was an incredibly memorable girl due to the publication of her diary. Anne Frank was a liberal Jew; as for she did not follow all the traditions of Judaism. On the fourteenth of August 1944, a group of German uniformed police arrested the Frank family and was sent into The House of Detention, transitioned into the Westerbork Transit Camp and then to the Auschwitz concentration camp. In July 1945, after the Red Cross confirmed the death of the Frank sisters, Otto Frank passed Anne’s diary to historians who made continuous attempts to publish it....   [tags: jewish girl, diary]
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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Today, I am going to discuss the bestselling, fictional novel, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. In her book, Annelise Marie – better known as Anne Frank, documents her experiences during the Holocaust and World War II (WWII). Readers are better able to get a feel for the suspense going on and emotion that Jews experienced, through a teenage mind. Anne Frank was only about 13 when she began writing about her book and 14 during hiding. She talks about the dangers of outside, bombings, shootings, and air raids of foreign enemies, as well as the “call ups” by Gestapo and the capture of her fellow acquaintances (including their experiences in the brutal concentration camps)....   [tags: The Diary of a Young Girl]
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A Mysterious Girl Appears - The girl with an innocent heart traverses through an alley of darkness, of doors, and of chaos leading to the unknown. There, guided by the lost, provided the path to where the girl deemed she need to be. The girl entered the door, into a world once was promised for her to visit. Though, the girl was not happy, since she was all by herself; even less now that the time she will spend there remains in uncertainty. The girl lost consciousness, and slept without a dream, in the world she thought was a dream....   [tags: girl, innocent, dream, fate, question] 854 words
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Survival of 15 Year Old Girl - ... Day 57: It’s been around two months since my family was killed in a violent attempt to get food and other basic necessities. The winter months are approaching, and I fear that by myself I might not be able to survive. The government will have been shut down for a year, come January 2037. The result of the shutdown has been horrifying. There is barely any food in sight, and when there is food there is the struggle to get it. I have decided to make my way down south to attempt to survive the harsh winter of New Jersey....   [tags: girl, world, country, kill, travel] 993 words
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An Analysis of The Little Convent Girl - An Analysis of The Little Convent Girl                 Grace King's The Little Convent Girl is an excellent example of post-Civil War realism incorporating a trick-ending. In this local color short story, King methodically lures the reader into a false belief that her story is about an insignificant and nameless young girl who, after twelve years seclusion in a convent, is exposed to the fervor and excitement of a steamboat trip down the Mississippi River. The success of Ms. King's trick-ending is achieved through three basic elements; 1) de-emphasizing the importance of the main character, 2) tidbits of information followed by wordy misdirection, and 3) a false climax....   [tags: Little Convent Girl Essays] 736 words
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Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane is a short novel about a young girl and the people in her life. Despite its brevity, this book displays many significant themes that its author intertwines in the story plot. Such themes are determinism, hypocrisy, false morality, self-deception, and appearance verses reality.Maggie’s mother, Mrs. Johnson, is a symbol of hypocrisy in the story. She lost her husband, and had to raise her children by herself in poverty. She drinks to heal her pain so that she doesn’t have to face reality....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 547 words
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Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl - Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl Patchwork Girl, a hypertext vision sewn together by Shelley Jackson, is a story and an account of the creation of a monster and the relationship the mind has with the monster within the technical boundary of lexia. The monster metaphorically was originally created by Mary Shelley in Frankenstein, but has now resurfaced in a layered identity with an opposing forum of complexity. Jackson has designed her version of the timeless tale from the female perspective by offering the reader not only a facet into the monster’s mind, but that of Mary’s, the girl’s, and of the author’s, which accounts for three female angles of perception....   [tags: Shelley Jackson Patchwork Girl]
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Despair in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Despair in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Linda Brent, Ms. Jacobs' pseudonym while writing "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," became so entrenched in hatred of slaveholders and slavery that she lost sight of the possible good actions of slaveholders. When she "resolved never to be conquered" (p.17), she could no longer see any positive motivations or overtures made by slaveholders. Specifically, she could not see the good side of Mr. Flint, the father of her mistress. He showed his care for her in many ways, most notably in that he never allowed anyone to physically hurt her, he built a house for her, and he offered to take care of her and her bastard child even though it...   [tags: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl] 777 words
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Huck Finn - Maggie Girl of the Streets & Huck Finn Life in the 1800s has taken on an almost idealistic quality in the minds of many Americans. The images linked to this era of our history are, on the surface, pleasurable to recall: one room school houses; severe self-reliance; steam-powered railroads and individual freedom. All in all, we seem to recall a well-scrubbed past. Maybe, as we cross into the next century, it's time to take another look at the so-called "good old days." Two very well written works that help to see the latter side of family life in the late 1800s are Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 937 words
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Power And Control In Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - The world of Stephen Crane’s novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, is a dark, violent place. People curse one another openly and instigate fights over petty issues. The intense poverty of the populace leads to a feeling of general despair and creates a lack of self-confidence in each individual. People want to feel that they mean something. They want to know that their life does not go unnoticed. They desire power over others lives. The poor, who are constantly controlled by the rich, yearn for the opportunity to control their world....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 1329 words
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Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig - The Cambridge Introduction to the 19th-Century American Novel, the traditional sentimental novel’s storyline focuses around a young woman finding her way through life, usually without the support of a conventional family. The women overcome life’s hardships, and “the key to these women’s triumphs lies in their achievement of self-mastery” (Cane 113). According to Gregg Cane, these didactic novels are targeted at young women to instill the idea that a domestic home, marriage, and family are what construct a morally good woman....   [tags: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl]
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The Film My Girl - The 1991 movie My Girl tells the story of 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss who, having lost her mother at birth , lives with her dementia-ridden grandmother and her job-oriented father in the funeral parlour that he owns and operates. The story follows Vada, an extreme hypochondriac who has many strange misconceptions about death, through a variety of life-changing experiences, including the engagement of her father and the devastating loss of her best friend, Thomas Jay. Through these experiences, the audience witnesses Vada’s social, emotional, and intellectual growth, as well as her changing views of death....   [tags: Film Movie Analysis My Girl] 1939 words
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Marriage Interrupted - Marriage interrupted Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.-Martin Luther Marriage is something many hope to obtain. Many girls dream of finding happiness, love and respect when they get married similar to that of fairytales, they forget about the long forgotten social norms of my many cultures as it related to marriage; societies that were once very harsh casting aside feelings for financial security and the scenes of the perfect wife. This idea was especially true in British society, however there were some exceptions where love was the sole purpose for marriage and where the main hero wasn’t treated or treating their loved one as les...   [tags: culture, love, gender, equality, Jane Eyre]
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Hypocrisy in Steven Crane’s Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - Hypocrisy in Steven Crane’s Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets One of the many themes shown in Maggie: a Girl of the Streets is that of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy occurs when one pretends to be something that he or she is not. Most people associate hypocrisy with a person that speaks poorly of something, yet commits that something him or her self. In Maggie, many of the main characters in the novel display the trait of hypocrisy. The trait is displayed by the characters of Pete, Jimmie, and both Mr. and Mrs....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 689 words
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The Negative Impact of Industrialization on Children in Mahew's The Watercress Girl - The Negative Impact of Industrialization on Children in Mahew's The Watercress Girl The age of Industrialization brought about many enlightening changes to urban society. The technical innovations of the machine age and the inventions of mass transit (railroad) brought people in droves to the cities, forcing crowded unsanitary conditions. The increased need for workers put women and children into the workforce, providing cheap labor, but resulting in inhumane working conditions and "some of the worst evils of the factory system, [in which] workers, including children, toiled for up to sixteen hours a day, six days a week, under inhuman conditions: deafening noise, poor ventilation, dangero...   [tags: Watercress Girl Essays]
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Racial Issues in The Runaway Slave and Life of a Slave Girl - Racial Issues in The Runaway Slave and Life of a Slave Girl If you prick us, do we not bleed. -- Shylock, The Merchant of Venice Like Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the black slave women are dehumanized by the other characters in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point” and Harriet A. Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself. Sexually harassed by their white masters, these slave women are forbidden to express the human emotion of love....   [tags: Incidents Life Slave Girl]
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets: She Never Had a Chance - Maggie Never Had a Chance “She imagined a future rose-tinted because of its distance from all she had experienced before,” (53). The distance from the broken furniture and drunken bawls was not far. Maggie’s new wonderful cultural experience was a short glimpse at New York’s museums with time spent at cheap theatres and dance halls. Instead of a fairy tale story, Crane told of reality in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets – the reality that would face a young girl from a dirt poor, chaotic existence....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets] 1256 words
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Analysis of Stephen Crane's, Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - Analysis of Stephen Crane's, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Today in modern America, it has become almost impossible to avoid the tales of horror that surround us almost anywhere we go. Scandals, murders, theft, corruption, extortion, abuse, prostitution, all common occurrences in this day in age. A hundred years ago however, people did not see the world in quite such an open manner despite the fact that in many ways, similarities were abundant. People’s lives were, in their views, free of all evil and pollution....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets]
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Naturalism in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets - Naturalism in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane's interpretations of life are spawned from his own opinions of the world. These opinions correspond with naturalistic train of thought. He makes use of an observation technique to show the natural law of the universe: One can either accept the laws determining social order or become their victim. In the Novella, Maggie is used as a medium to paint the picture of the devastating consequences that befall one who attempts to violate this unspoken law, breaching the social and economic boundaries set upon them at birth....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets]
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