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A Hanging and A Tell-Tale Heart - Within a short story, there is usually an obstacle that the main character has to persevere through. Between the characters of the guard from George Orwell’s “A Hanging” and the servant from Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart”, they both experience the act of taking another person’s life. The guard from “A Hanging” works at a prison in Burma where felons await execution. His job is to lead the convicted men to their doom and makes sure everything goes routinely and swift. While the servant from “A Tell-Tale Heart” is a psychopathic man who lets his obsession over his boss’s glasseye lead him to plot and carry out his death....   [tags: Character Analysis, The Guard, The Servant] 1529 words
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Geoffrey Chaucer's The Shipman's Tale - ... In turn, the monk saw the wife’s condition and inquired as to whether or not she was ok. He asked her if she was kept up all night having sex with the merchant. In response, the wife admitted that she no longer had any lust for her husband. Wanting to know the whole story, John promised to keep it a secret and the wife then proceeded to tell him more. She said that her husband was the worst man to ever exist since the world began. She also admits that she owes a debt of 100 francs and asks the monk for the money instead of humiliatingly asking her husband....   [tags: story analysis, influential English works] 1174 words
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A Tale of Four Novels - Charles Dickens once stated, "My faith in the people governing is, on the whole, infinitesimal; my faith in the people is, on the whole, illimitable."(Fido 102), this is certainly reflected in A tale of two cities, which is a historical novel written by Dickens that outlines the events of the French Revolution through the story of a French aristocrat named Charles Darnay. Darnay is a Parisian aristocrat that renounces his aristocracy in order to pursue a new life in London where he falls in love with a woman by the name of Lucie Manette after escaping prosecution for treason due to the help of barrister named Sydney Carton....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Norse tale of Ragnarok - The Norse tale of Ragnarok presents an interesting example of apocalyptic literature by providing both an end and a unique beginning. The world which rises from the cosmic rubble seems to be essentially equivalent to that which the apocalypse destroyed, possessing the same creatures, features and Gods of times past. This considered, and by incorporating themes of time and fate, Snorri challenges the concepts of the past, present and future of Norse lore by providing a framework which allows for the potential reiteration of history....   [tags: Apocalyptic Literature] 1138 words
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Chaucers: The Pardoner's Corruption Tale - Written in the fourteenth century by Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales bursts its way into the literary world, and quickly made its mark as one of the early English masterpieces. Its poetic verses often disguised the disdain that Chaucer possessed for the hypocritical behaviors that were (and in many ways still are) present with the religious leaders. Throughout this lyrical writing, Chaucer tackles the opulent monk, the corrupt friar, and the flirtatious nun. However, the Pardoner is one of Geoffrey Chaucer's more difficult characters to understand....   [tags: Literature] 850 words
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The Wife of Bath’s Tale - “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a story about a widow who took a pilgrimage to the town of Canterbury with an array of dynamic characters whose diverse backgrounds allowed them to share their stories with one another to make the long journey more interesting. The widow named Alisoun in the “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” told the tale of her experiences with her five past husbands and a story about a knight and a witch. She truly believed that for a woman to have a happy life she would need to gain dominion over a man; however one could assume this was programmed into her by her influential mother and her own religious doctrines....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Geoffrey Chaucer] 2912 words
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Medea: A Tale of Tragedies - Medea; a tale of tragedies Medea is the tale of a forbidden love that ends in dismay. Euripides, who was a playwright born in 485 BC in ancient Greece wrote this aforementioned play, which was one of the greatest tragedies of all time. Medea tells the story of a barbarian princess who travels to Greece with her true love, Jason. When they arrive in Athens Medea sickeningly tricks Jason’s political rival Pelias own children into brutally killing him. The people in Athens are unaccustomed to her vicious ways, and are astonished at her behavior in civilization....   [tags: careless crime, euripides, instinct]
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The Heart Tells a Tale - How can one prove that he is mentally stable. In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Tell Tale Heart”, the narrator in the story explains how he was calm and sane the days before he rid himself of the vulture eye. “The Tell Tale Heart” is a story of an unnamed man who planned to kill the old man with the vulture eye. Night after night, the narrator would carefully make his way into the old man’s room to ensure he did not wake him, and look at the man’s vulture eye. On the eighth night, the narrator was successful in killing the man and left no evidence of the murder....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe story] 726 words
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The Tale of Robin Hood - THESIS STATEMENT Although only slightly factual in historical setting, the legends of Robin Hood have captivated the imaginations of young and old alike through the charming stories concerning the characters of Sherwood Forest. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through critical analysis and research concerning the legends and characters surrounding Robin Hood, this paper will present the theme of social justice for the common man as purported by the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest. INTRODUCTION The tale of Robin Hood has evolved into one of the greatest legends of all time and has fascinated the minds of all who have heard about it....   [tags: Analysis, Sherwood Forest] 2672 words
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A Wall In-Between - On August 13, 1961, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) constructed the Berlin Wall to prevent its citizen from leaving the country (Frederick Taylor, US News.com). For twenty-eight years, the Berlin Wall completely detached West Berlin, isolating its population from the remaining human race. Margaret Atwood represents this real experience in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Instead of dividing a large population, Atwood conveys the Harvard University perimeter wall as a divider between oneself and the people around them....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Comparing The Miller's Tale and The Reve's Tale - Similarities in The Miller's Tale and The Reve's Tale     "The Miller's Tale" and "The Reve's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales are very closely related. They both deal with the relationship between a jealous man, his wife, and a young scholar(s), and they both are immoral stories that contain sex and violence. This proves that the Miller and the Reeve are two very corrupt individuals. However, these tales also share some differences. For instance, the main character in "The Reeve's Tale" is a Miller, while the main character in "The Miller's Tale" is a carpenter (which was the Reeve's profession), and both tales are different in the way the Miller and the Reeve are port...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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A Comaprison of the Miller's Tale and Merchant's Tale - Comparing Miller's Tale and Merchant's Tale Alison in the Miller's Tale and May of the Merchant's Tale are similar in several ways. Both are young women who have married men much older than themselves. They both become involved with young, manipulative men. They also conspire to and do cuckold their husbands. This is not what marriage is about and it is demonstrated in both tales. What makes the Miller's Tale bawdy comedy and the Merchant's tale bitter satire is in the characterization....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 779 words
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The Unusual Fairy Tale - As Auður Eva Guðmundsdóttir said, “Fairytales are mystical, magical stories and it’s quite unusual for them to be based on real life events.” The tale of Anastasia, however, proves to be very distinct from all other fairy tales. The real story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia is an enchanted tale with a doomed finish and proves to be unlike any other fairy tale. Another point which verifies this story as a different type of fairy tale is that it is actually based on events that occurred in history....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Informative] 2190 words
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An Unconventional Fairy Tale - The film entitled “Shrek” is unlike traditional fairy tales and is a complete reversal of traditional writing methods. Unlike traditional fairy tales such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, where the handsome prince rescues the princess and they both live “happily ever after”, the creators of Shrek have used an Ogre (usually known as vicious man eating monsters) to be the hero. This has been used to help create comedy and an interesting, if unconventional, story line. Along with a series of characters who appear to be playing each others roles and magical creatures behaving strangely, the film is like a fairy tale which is completely opposite of what is first expected....   [tags: Movie Review] 907 words
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The Tale of Youth - The Tale of Youth Chaucer’s Squire’s tale has often been disregarded by critics as fragmentary, incoherent, and “a rambling narrative.” (Lawton 106) These characteristics shed a malevolent light on the tale, and raise questions on the unfinished status in the Canterbury Tales. The argument presents itself due to the interruption of the narrative by the Franklin leaving it without the ending, which has been foreshadowed earlier in the tale. The answer to this enigma is “pure speculation.” (Lawton 123) In order to examine the congruity of the tale with its teller, it is imperative to set aside the argument and “let these be faults of the narrator, not the author, [with] attention duly shif...   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Tale of Troy - Book Report The Tale of Troy was written by Padraic Colum, it has 132 pages, and takes place in the ancient islands of Greece. The Tale of Troy is a fiction story. Even though Athena and Poseidon helped the Greeks during the Trojan War, Athena turns against the Greeks and convinces Poseidon to do the same. The Greeks are hit by storms on the way home and many ships are destroyed and the fleet is scattered. The war and his troubles at sea keep Odysseus away from Ithaka, for twenty years. While he was gone, his son, Telemachus, has grown into a man, and his wife, Penelope, is overwhelmed by wooers who think Odysseus is dead....   [tags: essays research papers] 935 words
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A Tale for Winter - A Tale For Winter It was a cold and miserable January, filled with rainstorms, harsh frosts and a gusty wind that made the trees creak, as their roots clung to the soil for support. The grass was clothed in a cloak of silver and the trees were tipped in white. Most of the animals of the forest were still in hibernation from the autumn months, safely sleeping in their grassy beds and earthly homes....   [tags: Papers] 884 words
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The Tell-Tale Heart - In the baffling tales of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “A Rose for Emily,” and “My Last Duchess,” the narrators give in-depth descriptions about the characters and their surroundings. The central theme in these tales comes frightfully alive early on in the stories, but still manages to produce a dramatic ending in every tale. In each of these three first-person narratives, the narrator’s motivation to tell the tale influences the credibility of the story, which makes the narrator’s point of view, credibility, and motives, surreal to the reader....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Poe, Faulkner] 1144 words
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The Physician’s Tale - The Physician’s tale was very different from the other Canterbury tales because of its obvious character’s characteristics, straight to the point and speedy plot and dénouement, and a misleading moral. It tells the story of a young girl whose virginity was threatened and the heights a father would go to protect her and the family’s honor. It was also different in that it did not begin with a prologue, like most of the other tales. Chaucer’s main influence of the tale was the Roman de la Rose (Romance of the Rose) which was written by Guillaume de Lorris and finished by Jean de Meung....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1076 words
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“The Tell-Tale Heart” - “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a first-person narrative short story that features a disguised-cum-mysterious narrator. The narrator does not reveal any interest while proving his innocence regarding the murder of the old man. Moreover, he makes us believe that he is in full control of his mind but yet suffering from a disease that causes him over acuteness of the senses. As we go through the story, we can find his obsession in proving his sanity. The narrator lives with an old man, who has a clouded, pale blue, vulture-like eye that makes him so vulnerable that he kills the old man....   [tags: Literary Review]
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Tell Tale Heart - In “Tell Tale Heart,” Edgar Allen Poe develops the plot and creates a mood through the use of metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and foreshadowing. The unique use of said literary devices enables the story to strongly entice the reader’s interest and spark high levels of curiosity. The vivid mental pieces of art are beautifully painted with metaphors, symbolism, and imagery, the tools mastered by the painter, Edgar Allen Poe. The initial analysis will be that of the old man’s eye. Mr. Poe uses very descriptive technique to allow the reader to view the eye for themselves, there are no literal pictures within the pages of the story, the pictures are therefore seen mentally, and the description is...   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Miller's Tale - The link between the Miller and the tale he tells is quite a close one; the tale is really a reflection of the character that relates it. We will attempt to prove it by examining the storie's genre, the way in which it is narrated, and its intended meaning. The Miller's tale is a fabliau, a genre best defined as "a dirty story told with wit and point"; the tale itself is one of "old age, youth, carpentry and cuckoldry.". A character telling such a story can immediately be classified as a member of a low social class and gifted with a vulgar sense of humour, but not deprived of cleverness....   [tags: Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer] 517 words
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The Miller's Tale - The Miller's Tale The Miller’s Tale is in the form of fabliaux, which is part of the oral tradition of storytelling, which was very popular among the lower classes in the medieval times. Prominently bawdy and satirizing in content, fabliaux commonly told the story of a bourgeois husband who is cuckolded by his young wife. Fabliaux brings a great contrast to the likes of the courtly love tales such as the Knight’s Tale, thus it reflects Chaucer’s social and literary experience....   [tags: Papers Fabliaux Storytelling] 1113 words
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The Pardoner's Tale - The Pardoner's Tale The world is full of hypocrites and in the story “The Pardoner’s Tale”, Chaucer writes about a man who is living a life of sin. The Pardoner’s tale is an epologia of a pardoner who has the power from the church to forgive others for their sins but makes a living out of lying and tricking his audience. Throughout the Pardoner’s Tale he preaches about greed, drinking, blasphemy, and gambling but in the Pardoner’s Prologue he admits to committing these sins himself. The pardoner is really just a 14th century con artist who makes a living by his own hypocrisy....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 650 words
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A Fairy Tale - The Fairy Tale: The symbolism of the apple In the story The Fairy Tale a prostitute named Miss Noi lives in Saigon, Vietnam. She begins by asking the difference between up on and upon and is told that they have the same meaning. She beginnings telling the her story which she refers to as her fairy tale with the words once upon a time. In her story she has sex with any men from the American army. Miss Noi enjoys fruit but apples are in Saigon. As the GI’s come to sleep with her they bring her apples....   [tags: essays research papers] 522 words
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The Prioress Tale - The Prioress’ Tale Prologue Prioress, now it is your time, Speak up loud, be not a mime. “Fine then, I’ll tell you a tale from my mother, ‘Twill be unique, unlike any other. My story will teach you change isn’t good, Understand it you will, make you better it should.” The Tale Across the town and down the street People stopped to sample his delicious treat Sweet, thick and full of custardy goodness There was a man, not Elliot Ness Who fulfilled the Bronx’s pudding needs. A fat man, he was, pudding was his seed To plant on the earth to grow....   [tags: essays research papers] 967 words
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A Comparison of Love in The Knight's Tale, Wife of Bath's Tale, and Franklin's Tale - Love in The Knight's Tale, Wife of Bath's Tale, and Franklin's Tale   The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1386, is a collection of tales told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage. Three of these tales; "The Knight's Tale", "The Wife of Bath's Tale", and "The Franklin's Tale", involve different kinds of love and different love relationships. Some of the loves are based on nobility, some are forced and some are  based on mutual respect for each partner. My idea of love is one that combines aspects from each of the tales told in The Canterbury Tales....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Tale of Genji - Tale of Genji 1. The men expected the "hidden flower" to be from the upper class, however, middle class was acceptable. Being in the lower class was totally unacceptable. The woman must have flawless beauty, intelligence, faithfulness (even though this was hypocritical), and submission. Submissiveness is a wishy-washy characteristic because Genji was most attracted to those that rejected him and did not accept his advances as Murasaki and Aoi did. Genji wanted to mold the perfect woman or "hidden flower" out of Murasaki....   [tags: Papers] 451 words
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a scribes tale - A Scribes Tale Sometimes I wonder how I get myself into these situations. The last time I was almost sure my lifeless body would be lying on a burning pedestal, with the few friends I have staring on in sadness. I can stop wondering though – I asked to be here. It’s quiet right now, only the sound of the wolves in the distance and the chuckling laughter coming from the group as they drink themselves into numbness by the fire before they turn in for the night. I hope they plan to end soon – we are to wake early so that we may gain entry to the Keep by dawn....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 2031 words
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The Millers Tale - This is a true tale of me and my life, or at least for a short while. The day had started out so well, you see I had become somewhat of a owner of women. I was interested in this becomes because of the free jobs that came with it. You see because of my gorgeous looks the women had trouble seeing past it to the real man in my pants, I mean in me. So why not just become an owner of women to sell to others for nightly jobs and such and reap the benefits of it all. So like I said, the day had gone perfectly until one of my women came down with a sudden case of the backdoor trots....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 1025 words
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A Winter's Tale - A Winter's Tale I know that it has been a long time since the event but I still can't believe what has happened. I'm still unable to separate the experience from my dreams and I still to this day cannot come to terms with it. I'll never forget…………not ever. This entire experience started on a Christmas afternoon 1997. Karen, by best friend and I were sitting at the back of the car, with my mum in the driving seat. The weird thing was my mum actually reminded us to put out seat belts on....   [tags: Papers] 770 words
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Canterbury Tales - Comparison of the Miller's Tale and the Knight's Tale - A Comparison of the Miller's Tale and the Knight's Tale        It is common when considering The Canterbury Tales to discuss how some tales seem designed to emphasise the themes of others. Two such tales are the Miller's Tale2 and the Knight's Tale3. At first glance these two tales seem an incongruous pairing. The Knight's Tale is told by an eminent person, is an historical romance which barely escapes a tragic ending, and its themes are universal: the relationship of individuals to providence, fortune and free will....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing Clothing in Knight's Tale and the Miller's Tale - One of the striking differences between the Knyghts Tale and the Millers Tale (which is supposed to "quit(e)" the Knyghts Tale) is that of clothing (the former tale) and lack of clothing (in the latter). Upon an inspection of the General Prologue's description of the Knyght, I found that clothing is a very signifcant part of the Knyght's Tale. Chaucer's decription of him may forshadow (or, since Chaucer wrote the tales after they were told, color his perceptions of the Knyght) the importance of clothing in the Knyght's Tale....   [tags: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales]
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Love in Knight's Tale and Wife of Bath's Tale - Love in Knight's Tale and Wife of Bath's Tale The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1386, is a collection of tale told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage. Two of these tales, "The Knight's Tale" and "The Wife of Bath's Tale", involve different kinds of love and different love relationships. Some of the loves are based on nobility, some are forced, and some are based on mutual respect for each partner. My idea of love is one that combines aspects from each of the tales told in The Canterbury Tales....   [tags: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales] 1532 words
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Comparing Women in the Merchant's Tale and the Manciple's Tale - Women in the Merchant's Tale and the Manciple's Tale       The Wife of Bath's extraordinary prologue gives the reader a dose of what is sometimes missing in early male-written literature: glimpses of female subjectivity. Women in medieval literature are often silent and passive, to the extent that cuckolding is often seen as something one man (the adulterer) does to another (the husband). Eve Sedgwick argues in Between Men that in many literary representations, women are playing pieces or playing fields in struggles between male players....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Analysis of Two Feminist Works in Literature - Analysis of Two Feminist Works in Literature Unlike men, women have been facing unique problems for centuries, and often women experience harassment and discrimination. In today's society, females are trying to combat their tribulations through lawsuits and protest rallies. Women are slowly rising up in society, since living in one that was mainly dominated by male authority. They have not always been treated equal to men, and for the most part have always played second to the men....   [tags: Papers] 2024 words
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Summary and Analysis of Tale of Melibee - Summary and Analysis of Tale of Melibee (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Tale of Melibee: The Host interrupted the Tale of Sir Thopas, pleading with the narrator to desist. He told him that the rhymes were doggerel, and asks him to tell a tale in prose. The narrator agrees and asks for the group's attention once more. Analysis The connecting passages between the tales that Chaucer himself tells are more dramatically fulfilling than the stories themselves, which are little more than comic anecdotes....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Melibee Essays] 732 words
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The Occult in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains - The Occult in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains In his collection of criticism on Poe's stories, Thompson discusses the use of the occult in "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains." He begins the article by explaining that this story might be the product of Poe's "fascination with, but detached attitudes toward, the pseudoscientific occultism of his age." He gives us some technical terms for the techniques that Poe uses in this story: "metempsychosis" is the transmigration of souls, and is the word that surfaces frequently throughout this discussion of "Ragged Mountains." First Thompson discusses the idea that Poe set up the tale in a very specific way; as he puts it, "Poe himself wove a web...   [tags: Ragged] 586 words
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Silas Marner as a Fairy Tale - Silas Marner as a Fairy Tale In this novel, by George Eliot, 'Silas Marner', there are many fairy tales like aspects. Silas Marner is indeed a fairy tale, but it isn't purely a fairy tale. It also has realistic aspects. Fairy tales always have happy endings and they always represent the power of good over evil. They also have a timeless and universal quality towards them and they often contain some form of magic. In the novel there are many characters that like characters that you would expect in fair tales....   [tags: Papers] 1203 words
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Work of Margaret Atwood - Many commend Margaret Atwood for her ability of depicting individual and worldly troubles of universal concern (Study Guide). Over thirty years, Atwood has written more than twenty volumes of verse, novels, and nonfiction. Although she is noted for all of these volumes, she is better known for her novels. In these work of fiction, themes such as feminism, mythology and power of language pervade. Margaret Atwood's immense talent for conveying the importance language through her characters can be seen in her writings such as The Handmaid's Tale....   [tags: Literature] 1056 words
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The Miller Parodies of the Knight's Tale - The Miller Parodies of the Knight's Tale The miller parodies the Knight’s Tale in several different ways. He cleverly achieves this through his description of the characters, the style in which the story is told and the way in which the characters conduct themselves in the tale. The style in which the miller begins his tale is similar to the style in which the Knight begins his tale. The style used is fairy tale like, as the miller starts his story with-‘once upon a time.’ The miller did this deliberately to mock and parody the Knight’s Tale....   [tags: Papers] 756 words
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The Opening of the Pardoner’s Tale - At the opening of the Pardoner’s Tale, Chaucer introduces the three main characters and, by his description of them, identifies them as sinners. Also, through emotive lingual and poetic techniques, a mood is set which the rest of the tale can later develop. The Pardoner’s Tale is a sermon against the folly of cupiditas, and the opening serves well to begin that tale. The protagonists themselves, introduced near the outset as "yonge folk that haunteden folye", are clearly established as archetypal sinners as they "daunce", "pleyen at dees", "eten ......   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer] 663 words
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Thesis on a Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens’s voice varies from being sympathetic with the revolutionaries, to a feeling of discord with their method of revolting. A Tale of Two Cities revolves around the French revolution and the tension in England. Dickens gives the tale of a family caught in the conflict between the French aristocracy and radicals. In the course of the book, the family handles extreme difficulty and obscurity. Dickens’s neutrality, though sometimes wavering from side to side, is apparent throughout each book in the novel....   [tags: essays research papers] 528 words
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The Cultural Significance of The Tale of Genji - The Cultural Significance of The Tale of Genji The Tale of Genji is one of the most important stories of ancient Japanese literature. Japanese scholar Sin Ohno said that there is no literature written during the Heian Era which is written in as precise language as The Tale of Genji. The author, Murasaki Shikibu, is a woman. In this tale, we can see the concept towards marriage of women during her period. During the Nara Era, and some time before, the concept of marriage was totally different from the concept we know today....   [tags: Japan Culture Japanese Genji Essays] 945 words
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The Authors of the Literary Fairy Tale - The Authors of the Literary Fairy Tale When asked to name authors of fairy tales, most people now (if they knew at all) would answer the Grimm Brothers or Charles Perrault, and perhaps Hans Christian Andersen. Yet throughout history, fairy tales have been women's stories, passed down orally by the mothers and grandmothers....   [tags: Papers] 733 words
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Christianity in a Tale of Two Cities - Christian Value Reinforcement in A Tale of Two Cities In this essay, I will argue that one of the underlying motives in Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is the reinforcement of Christian values in 18th century Victorian England. Dickens was very concerned with the accepted social norms of industrialized England, many of which he felt were very inhumane. Christian values were challenged, largely due to the recent publication of Darwin's Origins of a Species, and philosophy along with literature was greatly affected....   [tags: European Literature] 1696 words
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The Pardoner and His Tale - The Pardoner and His Tale The Pardoner is a renaissance figure that wanders the lands in hopes of bringing forgiveness to those in need. This Pardoner is a bad pardoner among the other pardoners. The tale that he tells is a moral one that is suppose to bring about the desire from people to ask for forgiveness. Instead the Pardoner uses this tale as a way of contracting money from his fellow pilgrims. The Pardoner is a person that is suppose to practice what he preaches. What that person does affects those that look up to that person....   [tags: Papers] 1239 words
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The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Shakespeare creates many topics for discussion throughout his play, The Winter's Tale. For many of these themes, multiple viewpoints can be derived from the thoughts, words, and actions of the characters in the play. The reasoning for Shakespeare's title is indeed one of the aforementioned topics. Firstly, the title helps to set the stage for which the play takes place. Numerous references hint to the fact that the play is staged mostly during the winter season or close to it....   [tags: Papers] 751 words
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A Comparison of The Pardoners Tale and Beowulf - The Importance of The Pardoners Tale and Beowulf Literary history is a history of the major literary traditions, movements, works, and authors of a country, region, etc. (Barber 837). The understanding of literary history allows us insight into the past, a recognition of historical events and tensions written into the works of those who witnessed them. By including societal behaviors, political tensions, and common folklore, historical authors have indirectly provided the reader with a broader and deeper understanding of the literature and the period in which it was written....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1426 words
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