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Louisa May Alcott - ... Alcott was 16 at the time, and here the painful separation from Hillside made her into a “little woman”. She had to support the family, so she tutored, sewed until dawn, and started a small school with Anna. These actions would not cease until death, unfortunately. After seven grueling weeks of caring for two invalids, when she was really supposed to stay for four weeks, she received her pay of only four dollars. She sent the money back and continued working, with no money to spend on herself....   [tags: American Author, Biography] 1659 words
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Author Bias in Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness - Authors often write not only to tell a story, but to communicate personal ideas and opinions to the readers. Even more personal beliefs can be read through the bias that the author uses, often the product of society or race. In the novella Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad displays his opinions through the attitudes and actions of his main characters Marlow and Mr. Kurtz. Similarly, Chinua Achebe shows his personal beliefs through the character Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart. Both authors, whether intentionally or not, show their opinions on the relations between Native Africans and European colonists in the Victorian era, and the races themselves....   [tags: Heart of Darkness, Things Fall Apart]
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Washington Irving - ... Critical Analysis Washington Irving was the first American author to establish himself as an in internationally recognized author. In doing so, he had to step away from the norm and distinguish both himself as an author, and America as a growing nation. He popularized the short story and became well known for his tales, particularly “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” I thoroughly enjoyed this story in particular. I am a huge fan of the way in which he intertwined the idea of a traditional ghost story and common characters and setting to make the story both believable and enjoyable....   [tags: Biography, Author Reports]
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Literary Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poetry - Literary Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poetry      Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous authors in American History, and a good amount of that can be attributed to her uniqueness in writing. In Emily Dickinson's poem 'Because I could not stop for Death,' she characterizes her overarching theme of Death differently than it is usually described through the poetic devices of irony, imagery, symbolism, and word choice.      Emily Dickinson likes to use many different forms of poetic devices and Emily's use of irony in poems is one of the reasons they stand out in American poetry....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poet Poetry Analyze Essays]
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Outliers by Malcolm Galdwell - ... Formally, those special people, whose lives lie beyond the conventional limits, are exceptions to all rules. But their true essence lies in the fact that they are not at all special. Even the most prominent of us firmly connected with the history and society - and it cannot but excite the imagination. Secrets of success can be opened and played. Looking at the Asians, you will see not a nation of geniuses who have reached incredible heights in mathematics and a community of people who are lucky enough to inherit the ability to work hard....   [tags: Summary, Author Biography]
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Samuel Clemens - The Life of Samuel Clemens A.K.A. Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as Mark Twain, the distinguished novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and literary critic who ranks among the great figures of American Literature. Twain was born in Florida Missouri, in 1835, To John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton. As a new born Twain already had moved four times westward. In 1839 the family moved again, this time eastward to Hannibal, Missouri. Hannibal was a frontier town of less than 500 residents....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Shooting an Elephant - The art of telling a story relies on the language used. Whether a writer is good at using the language appropriately is vital for an interesting and impressive story. So how can the uses of appropriate language affect the whole narration of a story. George Orwell, one of the most famous English authors, was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, in 1903. His father was a colonial official for the British and his mother’s family also had colonial ties. In 1922, Orwell worked as a British imperial policeman in Burma for five years but he finally returned to England again because he recognized the injustices of the British imperial rule in Burma and could not suffer the guilt of oppressing the Burmese anymore....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Orwell] 1589 words
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Imagery Evoked in Hamlet - Hamlet: Appearance vs. Reality One of the most famous and popular authors and script writers is William Shakespeare. Shakespeare has always been able to create interesting characters and one of the reasons they are so interesting might be that they are complex people with their inner selves differing from their outer selves. Are the characters in Hamlet the same on the inside as they appear to be on the outside. The characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet can be studied in a manner relating to appearance versus reality....   [tags: literary techniques, literary analysis] 968 words
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The Mysterious Homer, Author of The Odyssey and The Iliad - The Mysterious Homer, Author of The Odyssey and The Iliad  A sketchy figure by the name of Homer is given credit for the two great epic poems of ancient Greece. The Odyssey and The Iliad influenced Greek culture, education, and morality. Little is known about Homer and many scholars question whether he existed at all. (Encarta) Some say two different unknown authors wrote the two poems. (Britannica) Others say that many oral poets were responsible for the finished products. (Britannica) In this report I will discuss the theories that support the existence of an author named Homer....   [tags: Homer]
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Word Choice and Tone in Bradstreet's "The Author to Her Book" - After reading "The Author to her Book," it helps to know about the author's background. Anne Bradstreet wrote this poem after she had received her recently published book. The problem was that she did not want her book published. In her eyes, it was unfinished and full of mistakes. In the poem, she treats the book as a child and uses a satirical tone. Her choice of words and tone are very important to the theme of the poem. Some readers, mainly logical, would think that the author is simply talking about a child....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Beat Generation - The "Beat Movement" in modern literature has become an important period in the history of literature and society in America. Incorporating influences such as jazz, art, literature, philosophy and religion, the beat writers created a new vision of modern life and changed the way a generation of people seen the world. The generation is now aging and its representative voices are becoming lost, but the message is alive and well. The Beats have forever changed the nature of American literature. They offered a method of escape from the unimaginative world we live in....   [tags: World Cultures] 1042 words
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Testing an Author’s Vision Organization Guide - Testing an Author’s Vision Organization Guide Introduction You will need to transition us, the readers, from our world into your paper. Make sure you give us a sense of context (what gave rise to your paper?), conflict (give us a sense of They Say/I Say), and focus (give us a question that focuses your paper or give us your thesis statement). So, for the focus you might have: ---Is this vision of genetic manipulation in literature possible, and if so, should we be afraid. ---OR….This vision of genetic manipulation is occurring in small amounts today and could blossom into a world in which individuals fear imperfection and groups of perfect people wield power over those less than the vision of perfection....   [tags: Assignment] 1045 words
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Louisa May Alcott: Daughter, Author, and Transcendentalist - While Louisa May Alcott is most often identified as an author, she also was a dedicated daughter and sister, a Transcendentalist, and an inspiration. Part of the reason that Louisa May Alcott stands out is because of her interesting family, career, and medical history. Born on November 29, 1832 to Bronson Alcott and Abigail May in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Louisa May Alcott was brought up in an unconventional home. For most of her life, Alcott resided in Boston, Concord, and Harvard, Massachusetts....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Transcendentalist, ] 995 words
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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: “Author’s Introduction” - Education is the key to achievement and paves the way to success. In the “Author’s Introduction” of her 1792 treatise, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft states that the education of women has been “neglected” and the instruction they receive is “a false system of education” focused on trivial matters. Because women have not been given educational opportunities on a par with men, she laments that women are viewed as inferior and “a frivolous sex” who can only rise in the world through marriage (Wollstonecraft)....   [tags: Feminism / Egalitarianism / Education]
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Charles Dickens - ... His novels have earned him a bit of immortality in the world of literature, an achievement which, love or hate his works, one has to respect him for. Critical Analysis In the book “Oliver Twist” a boy named Oliver is trying to find where he belongs in a world that is not so kind to him. He starts out by remaining “separate from both the official world, which fails to protect him, and the underworld which seeks to take him in” (Hobsbaum 37). The official worlds inability to come to Oliver’s aid is a comment made by Dickens on the “Parish’s refusal to give relief outside of its walls” to the poor and how because of this, many are driven to the dark world of crime which comes to be the shelter of many unfortunate people such as Fagin’s gang which in turn causes whoever enter this world to lose who they are as a person (Hobsbaum 39)....   [tags: literature, writer, Oliver Twist, poor, childhood]
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An Author's Credibility In The Academic Discourse Community - An Author's Credibility In The Academic Discourse Community The academic discourse community has certain expectations about an argument which make the work convincing and credible to members of the community. Before the work is even considered however, the community has expectations of the author. The author must fulfill these expectations in order to be considered credible or convincing. Some general criteria for an author in the academic discourse community include having a voice in the work, credentials and experience that make him or her qualified to write on the subject, a sense of professionalism about them shown in the tone and diction of the work, and a balanced view of all sides of the issue....   [tags: Academic Discourse]
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The Change of Perspective in the Author of Sky High - The Change of Perspective in the Author of Sky High The text Sky-High shows the change of perspective in the author, Hannah Robert, as she goes from an imaginative and curious child to an adult with less freedom and more responsibility. It explores the nature of change, which occurs in the transition from child to adult While the author is reminiscing about her childhood, we see her perspective of herself and her backyard and her world. Her backyard becomes a place where she can have many adventures with many different characters....   [tags: Sky High Hannah Robert Development Essays] 791 words
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Staging in Six Characters in Search of an Author - Staging in "Six Characters in Search of an Author" Pirandello's masterpiece, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" is well known for its innovative techniques of characterization, especially in the fullness of character as exhibited by the Stepdaughter and the Father, but it is especially renowned, and rightfully so, for the brilliant staging techniques employed by its author. Pirandello uses his innovative staging techniques specifically to symbolize, within the confines of the theater, the blending of the theater and real life....   [tags: essays papers] 578 words
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An Author Centered Response to "Simon and the Oaks" - It is apparent to me, after reading Simon and the Oaks, that the implied author is not one but two characters. Marianne Fredriksson constructs herself through both the characters of Karin and Simon. Through parallels evident to me relating to Karin's character, I am being drawn to recognize the influence of Fredriksson's "selfhood" in the text and it is through this that Karin becomes the implied author in the text. It is also projected to me that Fredriksson's ideologies, morals and beliefs are portrayed in the text through Karen, whilst the experiences, events and memories are being portrayed through the main character and narrator of the text, Simon....   [tags: European Literature] 481 words
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Mark Twain is a Great American Author - Mark Twain is a Great American Author In the book Huck Finn, Mark Twain not only writes about the adventures of a young boy, he depicts the struggle that people had to go through in that time period. That is just one of the reasons why some people consider Mark Twain to be the greatest American author of all time. As I was reading the book Huck Finn I started to agree more with what Mencken had to say "Put him beside Emerson, or Whitman, or Hawthorne, or even Poe; he was palpably the superior of all of them"....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 641 words
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Author Thomas Hardy and Educational Reform - Author Thomas Hardy and Educational Reform Britain did not establish a national system of education until the year 1870. Until this time, education for the masses was not centralized, but separated by class. Local authorities, philanthropists, and religiously affiliated societies usually provided education for the poor. Meanwhile, middle-class and upper-class children were either sent to public schools or home-tutored. Not until the year 1862 and the formation of the New Castle Commission would education start to become more standardized, though slowly....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Marvin Gaye Author Of Soul Music - Marvin Gaye; Author of Love Music Bibliography Bayles, Martha. Hole In Our Soul. New York: The Free Press, 1994 Coleman, Nick. “Lost Soul.” New Statesman 4 Sept. 1998: 127. EBSCO Host. Centennial High School Lib., Franklin, TN. 14 Feb. 2001 <http://www.epnet.com/ehost/login.html>. Editor’s of Time-Life Books. Turbulent Years: The 60s. Our American Century. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1998. “Gaye, Marvin (Pentz Jr.).” Biography.com: 4. Online. World Wide Web. 12 Feb. 2001. Available http//www.biography.com....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Mark Twain - Mark Twain It is indisputable that, during his many years of writing, Mark Twain established himself as a literary genius. It is also indisputable that the primary reason for his success as an author was his quick wit and sense of humor. During this nation’s time of political and social division, Twain wrote about many of the simpler things in life while always showing his humorist side. His brilliant comedic mind was especially unusual for any popular writer around during this rough time period in the nation’s history....   [tags: essays research papers] 1541 words
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The Poetry of Oku no Hosomichi and Tosa nikki - Two of Japanese most famous poets and authors of their time, Ki no Tsurayuki and Matsuo Bashou, are still important today for those same achievements. Both men wrote two well-known travel journals, and although they are labeled with the same title as “travel journal”, the two are very different. Ki no Tsurayuki wrote “Tosa Nikki,” around 936 in the Heian Period, and Matsuo Bashou, or simply Bashou, wrote “Oku no Hosomichi,” in 1689 in the Edo Period. The Heian Period seems more traditional whereas the Edo Period is the opening of modernization in Japan....   [tags: Biography ]
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A Critical Review of Animal Farm - A Critical Review of Animal Farm Once again, George Orwell shows his literary genius in writing. Through a brilliantly designed plot, the evidence for the horrors of totalitarianism, communism, and revolution have been shown. Throughout history, these types of events have destroyed societies, and George Orwell uses his strength in satire to show this. In someways, he even pokes fun at the communist regimes around the world by symbolizing them as animals. Truly, this book is not only serious in its message and theme, but it also gives a very entertaining story at the same time....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Toni Morrison's Sula - The Provinciality of Sula's Character's - The Provinciality of Sula's Character's In her review of Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, Sara Blackburn complains that the setting and characters "seem somehow frozen, stylized"(1). While Blackburn talks favorably about Morrison's past novels (The Bluest Eye in particular), she is of the opinion that Sula is less successful because the characters are confined to one location and one mode of thought. Morrison hasn't endowed her people with life beyond their place and function in the novel, and we can't imagine their surviving outside the tiny community where they carry on their separate lives (1)....   [tags: Sula Essays] 678 words
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J. D. Salinger - J. D. Salinger J. D. Salinger "The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." -James Bryce* In 1945, a novel was published that would forever change the way society views itself. The book, entitled The Catcher in the Rye, would propel a man named Jerome David Salinger to fame as one of the most famous authors of the twentieth century. This same man, not ten years after the publication and while still in the peak of his career, would depart from this society- the one that he so greatly changed leaving nothing but his literature to be his lasting voice....   [tags: essays papers]
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Hamlet's Motive - Hamlet has long-been associated with the name of William Shakespeare as a masterful work of literary art. It is one of the most debated, celebrated and studied pieces of all time; a marvel of showmanship from one of the most famous authors to ever pick up the elegant pen of words. Those who have read the drama often marvel at the complexity of Hamlet himself, and debate his hesitancy of action throughout the tragedy-namely, the supposed murder of Claudius which he ‘must’ commit. While many scholars agree on Hamlet’s reasons for delay, critics have yet to narrow their thoughts on Hamlet’s overlying motive: why does behave the way he does....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1677 words
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Hasek's Anarchist Beliefs Revealed in The Good Soldier Svejk - Jaroslav Hasek, one of the most famous Czech authors from the late 19th and early 20th century, created one of the Czech Republic’s greatest novels in The Good Soldier Svejk. Throughout The Good Soldier Svejk, Hasek not only tells the story of Svejk, but also tells multiple stories through the voice of Svejk. Clearly this is no coincidence and Hasek is using the stories within a story to make comments upon each other, but what exactly are these comments. Ultimately we must look into specific stories by Svejk and see how they demonstrate parts of Hasek’s anarchist beliefs as well as providing a sense of comedic humor and ridiculousness on Svejk’s part....   [tags: The Good Soldier Svejk] 1216 words
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Aliteracy: The Invisible Epidemic - “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain All children at a young age are taught to read either by their parent or at school. Then after some time the joy of reading books like Dr. Seuss “The Cat in the Hat”, or C.S. Lewis “Chronicles of Narnia,” and J.K Rowling “Harry Potter Series” becomes nothing but a distant memory. So the question that arises is are you aliterate. Unbeknownst to most people they have no idea of the word “aliteracy,” or think it is a spelling error for “illiteracy,” aliteracy is the disinclination to read, despite having the ability to do so (Oxford English Dictionary)....   [tags: Education]
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Romantic Writing - ... This reversion of colour from Songs of Innocence to Songs of Experience shows Blake’s criticism of contemporary society which lacks innocence and at the same time corrupts people involved in it. What more sorrowful is that neither church nor adults are conscious about their crime. The last two lines of this poem is direct condemnation of the church and the whole society from those suffering children—under the propaganda of church, people worship the idea of innocence blindly, as they “make up a heaven of our (the children’s) misery” (12), while ignoring the real conditions of the society and causing the loss of innocence....   [tags: literature, poetry, William Blake, society]
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Broken Windows - In March 1982, The Atlantic magazine ran an article titled “Broken Windows” by George L. Kelling and James Q. Wilson. [1] The authors of this now famous article wrote, “Social psychologists and police officers agree that if a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken.” One broken window, left unrepaired, is a signal that the building is abandoned and that no one cares, so breaking more windows means nothing. The authors continue, “Vandalism can occur anywhere once communal barriers—the sense of mutual regard and the obligations of civility—are lowered by actions that seem to signal that ‘no one cares.’” To test this theory, Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychology professor, had an automobile without license plates parked with its hood raised on a street in the Bronx....   [tags: Psychology] 710 words
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Feminist Aspects of The Yellow Wallpaper - Feminist Aspects of The Yellow Wallpaper   The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman can by read in many different ways.  Some think of it as a tragic horror story while others may find it to be a tale of a woman trying to find her identity in a male-dominated society.  The story is based on an episode in Gilman's life when she suffered from a nervous disease called melancholia.  A male specialist advised her to "live a domestic a life as far as possible.. and never to touch a pen, brush or pencil..."   (Gilman, 669).   She lived by these guidelines for three months until she came close to suffering from a nervous breakdown.  Gilman then decided to continue writing, despite the physicians advice, and overcame her illness.  By writing The Yellow Wallpaper, she attempted to save others who suffered from her illness....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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The Life of Mary Shelley - The Life of Mary Shelley Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in 1791 in London. She is the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Goodwin. Wollstonecraft was a radical feminist writer, and Goodwin was a writer as well as a philosopher. It was said that this couple's combined intellect was dangerous to society; however, days after Mary's birth, Wollstonecraft died due to complications from the pregnancy. Mary spent a lot of time visiting her mother's grave when she was growing up. Her father taught her how to spell her mother's name by having her trace the letters on the headstone with her fingers, an interesting yet morbid way to teach a seven year old how to spell....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Invalidity of the Creationism Theory - Invalidity of the Creationism Theory Since I was a small child I have been interested in science, specifically the natural sciences. They have always intensely fascinated me. So of course being the curious child I was, I read many volumes on paleontology, paleo-archeology, and geology. During this same time, my parents were deeply involved in the church. They both had just graduated from seminary school and were thinking of starting their own ministry. This of course caused quite a conflict in me....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1280 words
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Hypocrites - Hypocrites In the beginning stages of this research paper, I had no clue what to write regarding the topic of plagiarism. I began my first paragraph in class just as everyone else did. Yet, I could not help but feel that this essay was going to be immensely boring if I were to continue writing on the act of plagiarism itself. My paper demanded the extra spark that would capture my audience in order to make them feel privileged to read my astounding research paper. So I became determined to start my research before my introduction paragraph....   [tags: Plagiarism Research Essays]
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Jim Morrison; From Boy To Legend - Jim Morrison; From Boy to Legend "hope is just a word when you think in Table Cloths Laughter will not end her funny feeling or assuage our strange desire Children will be born" Jim Morrison Jim Morrison is often thought of as a drunk musician. He is also portrayed to many as an addict and another 'doped up' rock star. These negative opinions project a large shadow on the many positive aspects of this great poet....   [tags: essays research papers] 1449 words
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Shakespeare And Frost - Masters Of Their Trade - &quot;The art of the poet is to explore the very questions of human existence&quot;. The art of poetry is a deep and involved process, which when used properly to infer an existentialist message, can turn lines of ink into a work of art. Major and famous authors of times past and present have frequently, and continue to deal with these issues of human existence. Two of these masters, William Shakespeare and Robert Frost are examples of writers who have made the step from poetry to works of art....   [tags: essays research papers] 712 words
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Shakespearen Sonnets - Shakespearen Sonnets William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all times. His works span a wide range of formats, styles, and themes. While best known for plays, such as the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet," he was also a composer of poetry. To many people, these poems constitute the greatest of Shakespeare's accomplishments. They were often highly emotional in nature, and dealt with timeless ideas such as beauty, love, and death. Each one of the poems is unique. Yet for all their differences, many of the poems share common themes and ideas about life....   [tags: Papers] 879 words
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Willy Russell's Educating Rita - Willy Russell's Educating Rita The play is in a naturalistic setting. The whole play takes place inside one room, namely Frank’s office; a book-lined study in a university in northern England. And by adhering to the unity of place Willy Russell is not just able to concentrate on the drama, but also the humour of the play. The play is set in year it was written, 1985. The play itself is structured into two Acts. The first act deals with Rita beginning her search and her education, trying desperately to fit into Frank’s world....   [tags: Papers] 1595 words
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Poe's Narrators In 'Cask Of Amontillado' And 'Fall Of The House Of Usher' - One of the most famous authors in American history is Edgar Allen Poe, thanks to his intricate and unsettling short stories and poems. One of the strongest aspects of Poe’s writing style is the allure and complexity of the narrator of the story. These narrators, ranging from innocent bystanders to psychotic murderers, add depth to such a short story and really allow Poe to explore the themes of death and murder which he seems to have an unhealthy obsession towards. Furthermore, he uses these narrators to give a different perspective in each of his many works and to really unsettle the reader by what is occurring throughout the story....   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe] 1977 words
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Charles Dickens and Samuel Clemens - Charles Dickens and Samuel Clemens (1812-1870) (1835-1910) Charles Dickens and Samuel Clemens lived in different parts of the world, England and America. Charles Dickens was twenty-three years old when Samuel Clemens was born. Charles Dickens was a boy who loved learning, while Samuel Clemens could hardly wait for school to end. Despite the fact that both authors reference Christianity and its customs, historians believe that Charles Dickens was a Christian whereas Samuel Clemens was not....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Changing Role of Science Fiction - The Changing Role of Science Fiction      Science fiction means a lot of things to a lot of different people, thus a variety of definitions have arisen to allow for this. Perhaps the most simple of these can be found in the The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which states that science fiction is "fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals" (652). Most of academia, however, prefers an extended version from Darko Suvin, who says SF is:   A literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative framework alternative to the author's empirical environment (Online 4)....   [tags: fiction]
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George Wells - Amanda Sullivan Herbert George Wells was born in 1866, in Bromley Kent. He was born into a poor family. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke both of his legs and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book he could find. Wells was awarded a school scholarship and furthered his education at the normal school of science in London (discovering authors). It was at the normal school that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H Huxley....   [tags: essays research papers] 970 words
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Man the Hunter Revisited - Man the Hunter: Revisited In 1966, a group of about fifty anthropologists met in Chicago for a conference that would later known as the “Man the Hunter” meeting. The meeting contrasted with earlier scholarship and presented a Hollywood approach to the topic of early man, one where our ancestors were strong, powerful, and in control of their environment. Anthropologists Sherwood L. Washburn and C.S. Lancaster (1968), both present at the conference claimed, “our intellect, interests, emotions, and basic social life—all are evolutionary products of the success of the hunting adaptation”....   [tags: Anthropology, Hunting] 1893 words
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Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and its Author -      Initially, of course, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literary works went unranked among those of other American and British writers. But his reputation grew gradually even among contemporary critics, until he was recognized as a “man of genius.” Edgar Allen Poe, in a review of Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” which had been written 12 years prior, said in Godey's Lady's Book, November, 1847, no. 35, pp. 252-6: It was never the fashion (until lately) to speak of him in any summary of our best authors....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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Jonson's "To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us" - Jonson's "To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us" Zeus, Apollo, Hermes, Shakespeare. Not often is the Bard included in a list of mythological gods. In fact, he is rarely thought of in connection with Greek and Roman mythology at all. Today, Shakespeare is hailed as one of the great playwrights of the English language, and is perhaps the most prominent, most studied of the English playwrights. But this was not the case in 1623, when Ben Jonson wrote his poem, “To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr....   [tags: Jonson Poem Shakespeare Eulogy Essays] 1864 words
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