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Autobiographical Memory - Autobiographical Memory `Memory` is a label for a diverse set of cognitive capacities by which humans and perhaps other animals retain information and reconstruct past experiences, usually for present purposes. Autobiographical memory is a complex and multiply determined skill, consisting of neurological, social, cognitive, and linguistic components. At most beasic level, autobiographical memories refer to personally experienced past events. Over the past decade the research into autobiographical memory has led to an account of human memory in which personal goals play a major role in the formationk, access and contruction of specific memories Episodic memory is reconceived as a memory system that retains highly detailed sensory perceptual knowledge of recent experience over retention intervals measured in minutes and hours....   [tags: Neurology Biology Neurological Essays]
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Autobiographical Comparison - Autobiographical Comparison While reading through James Baldwin's Autobiographical Notes, I was struck with a sudden flash of inspiration. I already knew that I enjoyed Baldwin's works more than any others we have read in class so far: Rodriguez's writing I found to be dull and victimized; Jacobs's was precisely an explanation of how bad slaves lives were and nothing more; and although Virginia Woolf's writings were not painful to read the overall style left me feeling dreamy and disconcerted (after a while all those semicolons got to me)....   [tags: James Baldwin Philosophy Essays] 1046 words
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Autobiographical Elements of Essays of Elia - The most charming beauty of romantic literature is the trait of its being intensely autobiographical and subjective. Similarly, "Essays of Elia" unfold the life history and idiosyncratic mind of Charles Lamb in a semi-factual way. The real delight for the Romantic comes from his infusion of fact and fiction as, otherwise, his essays would have become mere boring and passionless statements about his personal and private life. Our charm and fascination do not grow less, for we are never too close to the reality or surrounded by totally imaginary details and accounts....   [tags: Charles Lamb] 724 words
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Review of Mairs' Autobiography Entitled, On Being a Cripple - “On Being a Cripple” is placed under the genre of autobiography because it focuses on a significant personal experience in Mairs’ past and draws out the meaning as she tells her story and reflects on her experiences. The key factors of an autobiographical essay include dramatic events or episodes, vivid details and narration, and an interweaving of narration with reflection on and interpretation of the essayist’s experiences (Norton xxvii). This essay focuses on Mairs’ experiences and personal struggles with multiple sclerosis....   [tags: autobiographical essay, ] 597 words
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Autobiographical Writing on my 5th Birthday - Autobiographical Writing My 5th birthday My 5th birthday is 1 of my earliest memories and is the first birthday I can remember I don't know why it has stuck in my memory so much but I can remember it like it was yesterday. It started very early in the morning around 5 am which is ridiculously early to be getting up and you wouldn't catch me getting up that early these days, but at the time I was used to it because my mum worked at night and my dad started work about 6 so I used to have to go round my next door neighbors house till my mum got home at about 8, the lady next door was called Maureen she was about 50 and she was quite tiny and had short gray hair....   [tags: Papers] 575 words
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Autobiographical Elements in Joseph Conrad's "heart of Darkness" - "Heart of Darkness" is Conrad's journey to the Self/Autobiographical elements in the "Heart of Darkness" (by: Purwarno, Faculty of English Literature, UISU, Medan, Indonesia. E-mail: purwarnofs@uisu.ac.id) "Heart of Darkness" is the most famous of Joseph Conrad's personal novels: a pilgrim's progress for a pessimistic and psychological age. After having finished the main draft of the novel, Conrad had remarked, "Before the Congo, I was just a mere animal." The living nightmare of 1890 seems to have affected Conrad quite as importantly as the Andre Gide's Congo experience 36 years later....   [tags: World Literature] 817 words
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Divine Comedy - Autobiographical Journey in Dante’s Inferno - Dante’s Inferno - Autobiographical Journey The Inferno is more than just a fictional story about someone traveling through the universe. It is actually more like an autobiographical journey of life through its author, Dante Alighieri’s eyes. Written in the early 1300s by a disgruntled Dante living in exile, he literally describes a man who has been trapped, and must find a way to escape. Allegorically, he’s telling us about the terrible moment of crisis that occurs in each one of our lives “when evil inside and outside of ourselves seems to block any hope for further constructive development”....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 605 words
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An Autobiographical Portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald as Jay Gatsby - Frances Scott Key Fitzgerald, born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota, is seen today as one of the true great American novelists. Although he lived a life filled with alcoholism, despair, and lost-love, he managed to create the ultimate love story and seemed to pinpoint the ¡§American Dream¡¨ in his classic novel, The Great Gatsby. In the novel, Jay Gatsby is the epitome of the ¡§self-made man,¡¨ in which he dictates his entire life to climbing the social ladder in order to gain wealth, to ultimately win the love of a woman: something that proves to be unattainable....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Autobiographical Essay - My aspiration toward a better education starts all the way back to when I started school in Russia. Out of the short educational experience that I had in Russia, I remember that almost everybody wanted to be the straight-A student (or straight-"5" by Russian grading). That, combined with the constant pressure from my family helped me get excited about school and made me want to learn. My education in Russia was cut short, however, when we moved to the United States. In the United States, education is a bit different from Russia....   [tags: Autobiography] 980 words
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Autobiographical Statement - ... I vowed, on that five hour train ride, that if I could travel through Europe on my own, I could do anything. That vow has not gone unchallenged. Other events, incidents, and obstacles have been put in my way. I spent several years of my life suffering from an eating disorder. The months I spent in recovery were, without a doubt, the most trying, frustrating, and faith-testing months of my life. Those months were more difficult than simply navigating a foreign map, yet I never gave up trying to return to my once happy and healthy self....   [tags: Personal Statement] 1350 words
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Use of Rhetorical Appeals and Diction in Richard Wright’s Autobiographical Work, Black Boy - Use of Rhetorical Appeals and Diction in Richard Wright’s Autobiographical Work, Black Boy In his autobiographical work, Black Boy, Richard Wright wrote about his battles with hunger, abuse, and racism in the south during the early 1900's. Wright was a gifted author with a passion for writing that refused to be squelched, even when he was a young boy. To convey his attitude toward the importance of language as a key to identity and social acceptance, Wright used rhetorical techniques such as rhetorical appeals and diction....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 535 words
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Racial Segregations and Hope for More Equal Life in McBride's Autobiography, Color of Water - In showing the youth of his mother and her abusive father, McBride identifies the racism of the South in 1940s. With mentions of his past he highlights the racial segregations in order to portray a more equal way of life. The racial segregation begins as he questions his identity wondering why his mom is white and he is black. When James goes to the bus to take him to summer camp and the kid shakes his father’s hand in a “hip” way and then says his dad is a Black Panther James yells for his mother then punches the other kid in the face (p....   [tags: racism, discrimination, autobiographical] 602 words
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Exploring the Autobiography of Malcom X - "We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary." These words were spoken by Malcolm X, a civil rights leader and political activist. He is also the main character, narrator, and author of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. The autobiography takes place in various cities in the United States, such as Omaha, New York, and Detroit, as well as the Middle East, and Africa....   [tags: autobiographical, civil rights leader, segregation] 1065 words
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Anterograde Amnesia - ... Every day he woke up to discover tattooed facts all over his body, taking him closer to his wife’s murderer. Leonard met a woman, Natalie, and physically abused her after getting into an argument. Upon leaving the house, Leonard failed to find a pen to write a note of what happened, on Natalie’s photo. While trying to stay focus, he instantly forgot about the situation when she came back a few minutes after. Unaware of what happened, Natalie lied stating that a man named Dodd hit her because her boyfriend, Jimmy Grant, owed him money....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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Retrospectives - Retrospectives I selected three autobiographical pieces and one analytical for the portfolio. The order is: "Multi-Threaded ThingTM," an autobiographical paper which took inspiration from the form of Susan Griffin's "Our Secrets," and represented my life by pseudocode written in different computer programming languages; "Autobiographical Comparison," which was a partially successful attempt to compare and contrast my beliefs with those of James Baldwin; "Virginia Woolf: Assertive or Introspective," an analytical assessment of Virginia Woolf's motives while writing her memoir A Sketch of the Past; and "The ideal Life," an autobiographical response to the fantasy life portrayed in Maxine Hong Kingston's "White Tigers." I chose this layout because it sorts the papers by an increasing amount of time spent on each paper, which coincides with an increasing order of my satisfaction with it, as well as for some other reasons....   [tags: Autobiographies Education Essays] 1425 words
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Swann’s Way - ... The tone of the text is dreamlike and almost ecstatic, emphasising the spiritual aspect of memories. Proust uses lyrical words such as “fluted scallop of a pilgrim’s head” (p.58) which echoes “the little scallop-shell of pastry, so richly sensual under its severe, religious folds,” (p.61). This imagery associates the madeleines with sensuality and the cakes evocatively recall sexual fantasies. The lyrical vocabulary attempts to persuade the reader that the subconscious and involuntary memory recall provides “the effect which loves has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me, it was myself.” (p.58)....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 795 words
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Philosophical Autobiography in Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy - ... More than Kamal, the character of Riyad may serve to represent Mahfouz' early literary ideas, especially since his style seems to be similar to Mahfouz' own-- more naturalistic than political. Riyad's writing is in fact criticized by Sawsan as "descriptive analyses of reality but nothing more. They provide no guidance or direction" (Sugar Street[+]+ 192). She goes on to say "he limits himself to description and analysis. Compared to real struggle, his work is passive and negative" (SS 193). Riyad's style seems to correspond with Mahfouz' statement about literary theory in another interview: "An artist, to my mind, has to depict ....   [tags: Literature Review]
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A Review on the Works of James Baldwin - ... I do not remember, in all those years, that one of his children was ever glad to see him come home." Baldwin portrayed his stepfather in all his rage, violence, and religious hypocrisy as the preacher Gabriel Grimes in his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain. This novel tells the story of the Baldwin family as James Baldwin knew it and its history as he imagined it. Most of it takes place religious gathering of shouting, singing, and testifying in a Baptist church in Harlem, during which the a large part of the history of the Grimes family is revealed by connected series of flashbacks....   [tags: Literature]
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Defining the Autobiography - Defining the Autobiography     In a lecture on autobiography, Diane Howard states, "The focus of autobiographical writing and performing is on subjective questions, struggles, and representations" (Howard 1).” “Autobiography is a broad term that lends itself to a variety of meanings and intentions.” There are many differences between autobiographies, especially along gender lines.” Women tend to write about different subjects than men do. Despite subjectivity and differences, there are similarities that make autobiography an autobiography.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines autobiography as "the biography of a person narrated by himself".” This is a vague definition that does not delve into the common similarities found among many autobiographies that separates them from other forms of writing....   [tags: Expository Definition Essays]
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How is Sympathy Provoked in ‘Piano’ and ‘Crabbit Old Woman’? - In the two poems Crabbit Old Woman and Piano, both the writers use language to provoke sympathy towards a person and their situation by using the present and the past tense to build up emotions. In the poem Piano, Lawrence introduces us to his childhood using a piano. He describes to us what his childhood memories used to be like with his mother, and what comfort he used to have in her presence. The first two lines of each of the three stanzas are all in present tense and the rhyme scheme is rhyming cuplets....   [tags: Sympathy, Piano, Crabbit Old Woman, poetry, D.H. L] 860 words
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James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Works Cited Missing In James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus, a young man growing up, has many of the same traits of the young James Joyce. For example, "On 1 September 1888, at the age of 'half-past-six', Joyce was taken by his parents to be enrolled in the finest Catholic preparatory school in Ireland, Clongowes Wood College, situated about twenty miles west of Dublin in the countryside near Clane"(Anderson, James Joyce 15)....   [tags: Papers] 925 words
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Flashbulb Memories - Human Memory 207, Do Flashbulb memories differ from other forms of memory. “Our past is preserved in a variety of memories of very different nature” (Salaman, 1970) There are many proposed divisions and sub-divisions of human memory, such as working memory, procedural memory, semantic memory or episodic memory. Many of the systems seem to overlap, with each having varying functions related to the maintenance of what is essentially human life. For example, episodic and autobiographical memory fundamentally share the same functions....   [tags: essays research papers] 2321 words
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Vivid Recollections in Poetry - ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy, ‘The Sick Equation’ by Brian Patterson and ‘I Shall Return’ by Claude McKay are all thought provoking poems, which are all similarly conveyed to the reader through the protagonists thoughts and vivid recolections. The authors narrative posture (being the protagonist) gives the reader an insight into the poets authorial stances, making each poem to some degree, autobiographical. When anaylising each poem it becomes apparent that numerous literary techniques have been amalgamated into the poems to add sharp contrasts, rythem, mood and evocative imagery, these litarry techniques help elaborate, emphasize and represent the theme of loss and isolation which is evident in each poem to various degrees....   [tags: poetry, memories, Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Patterson] 1366 words
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A Comparative Analysis of Armies of the Night and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in Regards to New Journalism - Taken at face value, Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test may seem very similar. They are both centered on a major author of the 1960s and his experiencing of historical events of the time, while set in the style of New Journalism. When examined closer, though, it becomes apparent that these novels represent two very different sides of New Journalism – Armies of the Night an autobiography with personal and political motivations, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test a sociological piece which tries to capture the essence of its subjects rather than the absolute facts....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Review: “Martin Eden” by John London - ... He wore rough clothes that smacked of the sea, and he was manifestly out of place in the spacious hall in which he found himself. He did not know what to do with his cap, and was stuffing it into his coat pocket when the other took it from him. The act was done quietly and naturally, and the awkward young fellow appreciated it. 'He understands,' was his thought. 'He'll see me through all right” (London, 1). As a character in the novel ‘Martin Eden‘, Jack London portrays how rocky, steep and rough the prime road to his career was in a time where success through individual hard work was unimaginable....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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Slave Narrative - ... Douglass watched his Aunt Hester being brutally whipped, and although describing it with detail 'where the blood ran fasted, there he whipped longest' (Douglass, Narrative, p.2074), he is unable to scribe his full emotional distress of the scene. This I note as being a tactic to portray the horror, through his personal reserve. For if Douglass was to discuss every excruciating emotion, this may have been viewed by some readers at the time, as a hyperbolic reaction, thus tainting the truth of the scene....   [tags: Comparative, Brown, Douglass, Jacobs 1] 1657 words
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An Analysis of Cantú's "Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera" - Norma Elia Cantu’s novel “Canícula: Imágenes de una Niñez Fronteriza” (“Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera”), which chronicles of the forthcoming of age of a chicana on the U.S.- Mexico border in the town of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo in the 1940s-60s. Norma Elia Cantú brings together narrative and the images from the family album to tell the story of her family. It blends authentic snapshots with recreated memoirs from 1880 to 1950 in the town between Monterrey, Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas....   [tags: Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Fronter]
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The Bildungsroman and Pip's Great Expectations - The Bildungsroman and Pip's "Expectations"      On the surface, Great Expectations appears to be simply the story of Pip from his early childhood to his early adulthood, and a recollection of the events and people that Pip encounters throughout his life. In other words, it is a well written story of a young man's life growing up in England in the early nineteenth century. At first glance, it may appear this way, an interesting narrative of youth, love, success and failure, all of which are the makings of an entertaining novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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The English Bildungsroman - The English Bildungsroman       The novel has a strong tradition in English literature. In Great Britain, it can trace its roots back to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe in 1719 (Kroll 23). Since then, the British novel has grown in popularity. It was especially popular in Victorian England. The type of novel that was particularly popular in Victorian England was the novel of youth. Many authors of the time were producing works focused on the journey from childhood to adulthood: Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre, George Eliot wrote The Mill on the Floss, and Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield and Great Expectations....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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The Warning in The Beast in the Jungle - The Warning in The Beast in the Jungle "In the case of Henry James there should not be much dispute about the exactness and completeness of the representation; no man ever strove more studiously or on the whole more successfully to reproduce the shape and color and movement of his æsthetic experience." These are the remarks of Stuart P. Sherman from his article entitled "The Aesthetic Idealism of Henry James," from The Nation, p. 397, April 5, 1917. Now, some seventy-two years later critical readers are still coming to terms with James' aesthetic vision....   [tags: Beast in the Jungle Essays] 2443 words
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frankenstein - romanticism - Frankenstein: A Model of English Romanticism The literary world embraced English romanticism when it began to emerge and was so taken by its elements that it is still a beloved experience for the reader of today. Romanticism “has crossed all social boundaries,” and it was during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, it found its way into almost every niche in the literary world (Lowy 76). From the beginning of its actuality, “romanticism has forged its way through many eras including the civil war” (Hall 44)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Symbols and Symbolism in Death in Venice - Subtle Symbolism in Death in Venice   The dominant theme in Death in Venice is, obviously, death. This theme is exploited through the use of irony, imagery, and symbolism. The theme is most effectively explored by means of symbolism. Mann's symbolism is not as straight-forward as most authors, however, and the reader is forced to dig deep in order to determine the true meaning of any given passage. This pseudo-hidden symbolism forces the reader to be acutely aware of its presence from page one, or else the point may be missed altogether....   [tags: Death Venice Essays]
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Comparing Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers and Soap and Water - Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers and Soap and Water     In Anzia Yezierska's works Bread Givers and "Soap and Water", she uses similar aspects of the characters that portray her own life. Both of the stories resemble similarities of Yezierska's life and appear to be autobiographical to her personal experiences. The author portrays, in both the stories, a belief that the majority culture is "clean" while the minority culture is dirty. Sarah in Bread Givers and the narrator in "Soap and Water" each have a hunger that drive them in different directions: actual hunger for food, progress into society and a hunger for knowledge....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Dorothy Richardson - Dorothy Richardson Though acknowledged by literary circles as the first writer to use the stream-of-consciousness technique in her writing, Dorothy Richardson is not as widely recognized as the founder of this style. Her mannerisms and thought processes were affected for the rest of her life by her upbringing in a poverty-stricken family. Brought into the world in 1873, Richardson was destined for stereotypical feminine occupations: a tutor-governess in Hanover and London, a secretary, and an assistant....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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A Pattern of Visionary Imagery in W. S. Merwin - A Pattern of Visionary Imagery in W. S. Merwin After quoting Blake's own words to establish his work as essentially "'Visionary,'" and then defining that term as the "view of the world . . . as it really is when it is seen by human consciousness at its greatest height and intensity" (143), Northrop Frye suggests an important but largely ignored point for criticism in his essay "Blake After Two Centuries" when he observes that works like Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception "seem to show that the formal principles of this heightened vision are constantly latent in the mind," and that it is this constant availability of vision, near at hand but suppressed, which "perhaps explains the communicability of such visions" (143)....   [tags: Poem Poet Essays]
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English Literature Poems - English Literature Poems Compare the methods that ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ employs to highlight the importance of cultural identity with another poem. I have chosen to compare ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ as both poems highlight the importance of cultural identity in society. Both poets ‘Alvi’ and ‘Nicholas’ employ many different and similar methods to illustrate the importance of cultural identity. The poem ‘Presents’ is about the writer herself at a younger age feeling insecure as she is of dual heritage (mixed race) ‘in my English Grandmother’s dining - room....   [tags: English Literature] 1151 words
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An Analysis of Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" - "Shooting an Elephant" is one of the most popular of George Orwell's essays. Like his essays "A hanging" and "How the Poor Die", it is chiefly autobiographical. It deals with his experience as a police-officer in Burma. After having completed his education, Orwell joined the Indian Imperial Police, and served in Burma, from 1922 to 1927, as an Assistant Superintendent of Police. His experiences as an officer in Burma were bitter. He was often a victim of the hostility and injustices at the hands of his colleagues and officers....   [tags: European Literature] 2836 words
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Ulysses by James Joyce - Ulysses by James Joyce Many novelists directly reflect their life stories and personal circumstances in their works, so closely that the works may seem autobiographical. Although there are autobiographical parallels between James Joyce's life and that of his characters in Ulysses, the novel's scattered autobiographical details are more in the line of delightful puzzles to be ferreted out, rather than direct insights into Joyce's life. What is really important in Ulysses is not the ties to Joyce's personal experience; it is the way he uses his distinctively Irish experience to comment on the human condition in general. We think of Joyce as an Irish writer, and it may be surprising to learn that he left his native land as a relatively young man, feeling that its religion was constricting and its politics futile....   [tags: Papers] 1153 words
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How Is Contrast Used In ‘Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes', Compared To The Use Of Contrast In ‘Nothing's Changed'? - The two poems I am comparing are ‘Two Scavengers in a truck, Two Beautiful people in a Mercedes', written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, which shows the contrast between rich and poor in San Francisco, and ‘Nothings Changed', written by Tatamkhulu Afrika. ‘Nothing's Changed' is an autobiographical poem about a man returning to the town he grew up in as an adult, and how everything is still the same. The tone of ‘Two Scavengers' changes between sombre, when the poet is describing the two garbage men, and a more relaxed, happy tone when he is talking about the ‘Beautifuls'....   [tags: Poetry Compare Contrast] 1508 words
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Alice Munro - Alice Munro Alice Munro’s fiction receives its strength from her vivid sense of regional focus, the majority of her stories take place in Huron County, Ontario, and through the sense of her narrators she illuminates and gives personal significance to each story. Many of Munro’s themes are centered around adolescent girls dealing with the ideas of loving, growing up, and losing innocence in a small town. Munro steps away from the adolescent girl and in her most recent work focuses on problems of the middle aged, such as women alone and those of the elderly....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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American Indian Stories - In her book American Indian Stories, Zitkala-Sa's central role as both an activist and writer surfaces, which uniquely combines autobiography and fiction and represents an attempt to merge cultural critique with aesthetic form, especially surrounding such fundamental matters as religion. In the tradition of sentimental, autobiographical fiction, this work addresses keen issues for American Indians' dilemmas with assimilation. In Parts IV and V of "School Days," for example, she vividly describes a little girl's nightmares of paleface devils and delineates her bitterness when her classmate died with an open Bible on her bed....   [tags: essays research papers] 476 words
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Boccaccio v Keats - Boccaccio v Keats In reading Lisabetta (Boccaccios version) and Isabella (Keats version) it can help us understand Keats intentions, plans and achievements better. Keats deliberately begins his poem with the lovers, Keats sees the lovers as the main focus and he wants to reinstate their importance. Keats puts effort into portraying the lovers as young and innocent and due to the brothers their relationship is ruined. 'fair Isabelle, poor simple Isabelle Lorenzo, a young palmer in loves eye.' Keats seems to write in such a realistic way, it comes across as autobiographical....   [tags: English Literature] 678 words
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Critical Analysis of "graduation" - "Graduation" is an excerpt of the autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, written by Maya Angelou. While the book is autobiographical in nature, this particular excerpt is much discussed amongst literary circles because of Angelou's use of both objective and subjective narration. Objective narration describes the culture of Angelou's local community, Stamps Arkansas. The passage depicts the entire community of Stamps preparing for, and experiencing, graduation ceremonies at the local black schools....   [tags: American Literature] 426 words
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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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Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism? - Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism. François-Marie Arouet, better known under his pen name Voltaire, was one of the leading philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. He is considered the epitome of the eighteenth century, which has been named le siècle de Voltaire. His philosophical novel or conte, Candide, was published in 1759 and remains one of his most well known and widely read of his works—particularly for the English reader. In one part of his Columbia dissertation “Voltaire and Leibniz,” Richard A....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Literary Analysis: "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" - A narrative is constructed to elicit a particular response from its audience. In the form of a written story, authors use specific narrative strategies to position the ‘ideal reader’ to attain the intended understanding of the meanings in the text. Oliver Sacks’ short story The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an unusual short story because it does not display conventional plot development; the story does not contain conflict or resolution of conflict. The genre of the story is also difficult to define because it reads as an autobiographical account of an experience Sacks had with a patient while working as a neurologist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 2137 words
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