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The Dumbing Down of American Fiction

- The Dumbing Down of American Fiction The 1976 film "Network" is an acerbic satire of television's single-minded obsession with mass ratings.One of the film's main characters, Howard Beale, is called the "Mad Prophet of the Airways," and his weekly harangues produce a "ratings motherlode"--yet he constantly admonishes his viewers to "Turn the damn tube off!"During one such rant Beale berates his audience as functional illiterates: "Less than three percent of you even read books!" he shouts messianically--and then promptly collapses from a sort of apoplexic overload....   [tags: English Literature Fiction Books Essays]

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Supernatural in American Fiction

- Supernatural in American Fiction The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. Therefore, it makes sense that if mortals cannot bear the darkness, they [should not] not go there. If man dislikes black night and yawning chasms, then should he not even consider them. Shouldn't man seek out the sunshine, instead. The remedy is very simple: Avoid the darkness and seek the light. But, no. Mankind would never submit to this. He will immediately turn to the darkness....   [tags: Papers]

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The American Dream, Modernist Fiction

- The American Dream, Modernist Fiction Ever since America has emerged as its own nation, the idea of The American Dream has constantly evolved with ever changing ideas. During the Modernist Era, America was going through a time of prosperity and new economic wealth. These factors helped shape the American Dream during this time period. Americans' actions at the time, along with the fictional pieces from this time period, reflect these American ideals. The American Dream during the Modernist Era was best characterized by upward mobility and Americans bettering themselves, which is shown through Americans at this time, the works of F....   [tags: Prosperity, Changes]

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The Historical Fiction Of Ernest Hemingway

- Throughout the twentieth century a wide variety of novels began to hit the shelves of bookstores in America. Books written about anything from dystopian futures to memoirs of recent years past filled the bookshelves of Americans during the time period. Historical fiction seems to be the most significant of these genres, however, as it teaches people of the past to educate them for a better future. Men learn from their past mistakes, and when man’s mistakes are told as tales, one is more inclined to listen if the story entertains him....   [tags: Fiction, Literature, Novel, American literature]

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American and British Science Fiction in Television

- “Live long and prosper” may be the words which bring back good memories for the average geek in America but this may not be the case for a typical British geek. This is despite the fact that science fiction series in television have been hugely popular in both the U.S. and the U.K. all throughout history. After the 1960s, ‘New Wave’ science fiction began to take over television screens. ‘New Wave’ refers to science fiction which was “characterized by a high degree of experimentation” (Wolfe). It was during this time when the U.S and the U.K started to telecast science fiction series which had a huge impact on society....   [tags: Integration into Culture]

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Olivia Butler Was An American Non Fiction Writer

- Olivia Butler was an American non-fiction writer. She wrote the novel Kindred in the year of 1979. Kindred is defined as a family or a spirit of our relatives. The novel was breaking down into six section regarding the time of each scene. The six sections of the book are the river, the fire, the fall, the fight, the storm, and the rope. This novel is about knowing the character’s ancestors by transporting into two different times. The narrator in this novel is Dana, she has the ability to go back to the past....   [tags: Black people, White people, Time]

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Stephen King: American Author of Contemporary Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy

- ... 8). King was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the student senate. Justin Brooks (2008) notes that after leaving the university he worked as a teacher at Hampdem Academy in Maine and wrote short stories for magazines. Collins (1985) emphasized that “by the age of twenty, he had sold his first short story, completed one novel-length manuscript, and garnered his first rejection of a true novel.” (p. 3). Works His unique way of writing, characterized by a frank style that exhibits a stinging prose and a fierce denunciation of human stupidity and cruelty, rank him among the more distinguished popular contemporary writers (Wiater, 2001)....   [tags: films, success, activist]

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Justifying the Paradoxical Nature of Mothering in Toni Morrison's Beloved

- Given American obsessions with male mythologies, the writers of American fiction seem to challenge the basic assumptions of American culture. Specially, the Black female writers create and challenge ideals in representing the mother. While on the one hand we see recurring use of the Good mother of mythology, and virtues associated with the life principle (birth, warmth, nourishment, protection, fertility, growth, abundance, etc.). On the other hand. we also see dark and mysterious mothers performing negative roles associated with the Earth Mother....   [tags: motherhood, maternity, black american fiction]

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Computer Generated Imagery: Transformers Dark of the Moon

- Computer Generated Imagery: Transformers Dark of the Moon In 2007, history was born. In a less climatic way, Transformers, an American science fiction action film based on the toy line was debuted. The sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released in the summer of 2009. Two years later, the third installment of the live action series, Transformers Dark of the Moon was released. In present day, enthusiastic fans await the arrival of the fourth installment of the Transformers film series, Transformers Age of Extinction....   [tags: film analysis, american science fiction]

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Non-fiction Novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by American Author, Jonathan Safran Foer

- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is a non-fiction novel written by an American author. The book mostly follows the three main characters, Oskar, his grandmother, and his grandfather, Thomas Schell, Sr. Oskar is a nine-year-old boy from New York whose father died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He is exceptionally intelligent and curious and goes on a quest through New York City’s five boroughs to find the lock which belongs to a key his father had in his closet. Between chapters, a separate story is told of his grandparents marriage and life in Dresden, Germany....   [tags: death, mourning, trauma]

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A Raisin Of The Sun Hansberry Narrative Is A Very Touching Story

- In A Raisin in the Sun Hansberry’s narrative is a very touching story. The use of each character and how she takes you through their lives is incredible. I think that Hansberry’s life as a child had a great influence on this piece of literature. One online source stated that when Lorraine was just a little girl she personally had experience of moving into a white neighborhood, just like her story. (Chicago Public Library) I think she wrote this narrative with her personal experiences and also of people around her....   [tags: Family, An American Family, Fiction]

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The Hidden Truth in Fiction

- The Hidden Truth in Fiction “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and is misunderstood now” (Richard Nixon). This quote said by Richard Nixon was directed toward everyone in the United States involved in relaying the events of Vietnam back to the U.S. It showed how almost no one was able to describe any realistic detail of the event, except for Tim O’Brien. A student at Macalester College, Tim O’Brien was heavily involved in various antiwar protests, such as war protests and several peace vigils (“The Things They Carried…” 318)....   [tags: American History, Vietnam War]

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Analysis Of Sonny 's Blues By James Baldwin

- In most short stories the entire plot progress within one area. The local and global settings do not change, but “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin is a little different. “Sonny’s Blues” follows an unnamed protagonist trying to reconnect with his younger brother Sonny, who struggles with heroin addiction. In the story, the Global setting of Harlem stays the same while the local varies from scene to scene. These changes in setting aren’t accidental. This was a conscious decision by Baldwin and it is the job of the reader to understand why the changes in the setting matter....   [tags: English-language films, American films, Fiction]

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James Baldwin 's Sonny 's Blues

- On page ...of the class’s anthology there is a work by James Baldwin entitled Sonny’s Blues. What interests me about this work is the quote, “For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.” In this connection, the question that I want to research is why would a man like James Baldwin represent a character like Sonny in Sonny’s Blues....   [tags: Fiction, Literature, Suffering, American films]

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Representation Within ' A Dark Brown Dog ' By Stephen Crane

- Representation within “A Dark Brown Dog” by Stephen Crane With the first reading of “A Dark Brown Dog” it may seem like just a story about a strange relationship that forms between a dog and boy walking on the street, that eventually will end in the brutal death of a dog. Once you re-read and analyze the story it can be easily interpreted into a deeper meaning.The wording used by Stephen Crane makes it as if he is trying to convey a deeper connection to daily events or problems. The “A Dark Brown Dog” that plays as the main character represents the sort of reluctant hope and struggles all of america had after the civil war....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, American Civil War, Family]

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Analysis Of Ralph Ellison 's ' The Battle Royal '

- Ralph Ellison 's "Battle Royal" portrays a young, African American man, in a post slavery era, dealing with the oppression of racism. "Battle Royal" actually became the first chapter in Ellison 's book, Invisible Man. Ellison 's book concentrates on the social issues African Americans faced during the time period of segregation. Ralph Ellison 's specific use of setting, symbolism and the idea of "humility" help to illustrate the theme of identity and social equality in this story. In this paper I argue that these writing techniques drive the story 's plot and help define the purpose and characters of the story....   [tags: African American, Racism, Black people, Fiction]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Point Of View '

- The literary device I chose to explore is the point of view. Authors realized that there are many different ways to tell a story and the point of view is the position of who is telling the story, and, therefore, of how it gets told (pg.235). The point of view is important to an author because it help portray the emotions and reactions of the characters and expresses what they what to the readers. Per our reading for this class we see that there are four basic types of point of view. Omniscient is when the story is told in the third person by a narrator whose knowledge and prerogatives are unlimited (pg.236)....   [tags: First-person narrative, Fiction, American poets]

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Science Fiction Differences Between Britain and America

- “Live long and prosper” may be the words which bring back good memories for the average geek in America but this may not be the case for a typical British geek. This is despite the fact that science fiction series in television have been hugely popular in both the U.S. and the U.K. all throughout history. After the 1960s, ‘New Wave’ science fiction began to take over television screens. ‘New Wave’ refers to science fiction which was characterized by a high degree of experimentation (Wolfe). It was during this time when the U.S and the U.K started to telecast science fiction series which had a huge impact on society....   [tags: Science Fiction]

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The Popularity of Science Fiction

- “Science fiction is the major non-realistic mode of imaginative creation of the human age. It is the principal cultural way humans locate themselves imaginatively in time and space” (Franklin 2). Science fiction’s domain is based on the possible. It ranges from the present Earth the human mind knows to the limits of any possible universes the human imagination can project, whether its the past, present, future, or alternative time-space continuums (Franklin 1). Science fiction embraces the American ideology of technological utopianism such as beliefs that technological advances will improve human and social cultural relations fiercely....   [tags: non realistic mode, imagination, fiction]

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American Individualism : The Psychology Of Cornell Woolrich

- American Individualism: The Psychology of Cornell Woolrich The human mind is one of the most complex structures the gods had created. It is difficult to understand each brain process as every human being possesses his or her own distinguished thought patterns with different levels of complexities. A person’s mind greatly influences his behavior, which eventually transforms into his habit by becoming embedded into his character. Today, the world of psychology tries to understand everything that a mind can create....   [tags: Detective fiction, Edgar Allan Poe, Crime fiction]

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Can Empathy Be Improved Through Literary Fiction?

- Can Empathy Be Improved Through Literary Fiction. Reading is an important tool in language development in children. As they grow older and reach secondary school it evolves into looking deeper into the themes and motifs of the narratives studied. This maturation of concepts helps individuals identify complex ideas and possibly aid in developing empathy. According to Scientific American’s article Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy (2013), researchers have found evidence that suggests that reading literary fiction may improve a reader’s ability to grasp what others think or feel....   [tags: Literature, Fiction, Better, Genre]

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The Essential Elements Of Fiction By Zora Neale Hurston

- In a brief overview of “How it Feels to Be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston presents the essential elements of fiction through a style of narration. The author’s purpose is to inform the reader of what it feels like to be “colored” in the United States of America. When sampling the essay, it is possible to find that a major idea of the text is a simple representation of being black in a white America. The reading of the text explores the discovery of self-pride and black nationalism using her own childhood as young teenage girl....   [tags: African American, United States, White people]

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Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s Criticism of Latin American Culture

- Murder is a common theme for most novels. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is no exception. It is no secret that Santiago is going to be killed by the Vicario brothers, since the beginning of the novel embodies one of a headline. The reason why they killed Santiago is because of virginity. In the novel, Santiago allegedly takes Angela Vicario’s virginity. A cult of sorts has formed around the idea of men have to be “muy macho” and girls must remain pure and celibate until marriage, called machismo (Berroa)....   [tags: virginity, journalistic fiction, death foretold]

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Gail Godwin's Fiction Writing

- Gail Godwin in my opinion was and still is a very talented fiction writer. She has written many novels and many short stories like A Sorrowful Woman and Dream Children, which is plotted around psychological realism. I enjoyed these stories because they both included realistic aspects of life. Like a woman having marital complications. By reading these stories you will see that Gail is a feminist author who explores the trials are ordeals of modern women. According to the Contemporary Novelists 7th edition, Gail Godwin usually portrayed her mother as the strong feminine characters in some of her stories....   [tags: American Literature]

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Abraham Lincoln 's Appearance On A Popular Science Fiction Television Show

- Abraham Lincoln was the son of a Kentucky frontiersman, a captain during the Black Hawk War, an Illinois politician, and President during the American Civil War. In 1865 he was assassinated, stopping his contributions to reconstruction after the Civil War (Freidel & Sidney, 2006). Therefore, the crew of the starship Enterprise are surprised to encounter him floating in space in the 23rd Century in the seventy seventh episode of Star Trek, “The Savage Curtain” (Roddenberry & Heinemann, 1969). A contemporary viewer might share in their surprise....   [tags: American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Star Trek]

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The Popularity Of Science Fiction

- By the 1950s, the film industry was in full swing, and going to the movies became a routine pastime for many. One way in which studios kept audiences returning to movie theatres occurred with the development of science fiction films. Though science fiction films had already been around for decades with films such as A Trip to the Moon and Frankenstein, it became an overwhelmingly popular genre and was in its prime throughout the 1950s. The production of science fiction films drew audiences in, becoming one of the most significant genres of the decade....   [tags: World War II, Nuclear weapon, Science fiction]

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Edgar Allen Poe, Father of Modern Detective Fiction

- E.A. Poe became the father of modern day detective stories by introducing Dupin in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" as the first detective to use analytical and imaginative reasoning to solve the mystery and will create a guideline for all detective stories to come. The word "detective" was not in existence until Poe's writings. Mysteries had existed but never such a story that used a "detector" or placed such emphasis upon analysis versus trial and error. The vivid painting of the scene of the crime as well as the crime itself was likewise never done in writings until Poe....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Issue of Ethics in Writing Fiction

- ETHICS/TIMEFRAME/RESOURCES Prose fiction writers have escaped the strict scrutiny of ethics in almost all ethics debates because the characters/subjects are not real, Gay Lynch asks in her article, “what can a writer of fiction steal: a voice, a landscape, some history , a name or a story?” (2005). The Oxford Dictionary defines ethics as the: “standards of right behaviour; moral principles”(2011), therefore according to the literature, the issue of ethics in writing fiction is a responsibility of the writer who has to understand his/her own personal ethical standards....   [tags: with personal interaction i the author]

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The Rise of Science Fiction

- “Science fiction is the major non-realistic mode of imaginative creation of the human epoch. It is the principal cultural way humans locate themselves imaginatively in time and space” (Franklin 2). Science fiction’s domain is based on the possible. It ranges from the present Earth the human mind knows to the limits of any possible universes the human imagination can project, whether its the past, present, future, or alternative time-space continuums (Franklin 1). Science fiction embraces the American ideology of technological utopianism like beliefs that technological advances will improve human and social cultural relations fiercely and imagines alternative worlds where current developments...   [tags: technology, atomic bomb, freedom]

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Back to the Future Scene Analysis of Film: An American Cultural Context

- When a technological divergent can teleport an individual into the past and reconstruct the previous time settings, a historical relation is explored as an American cultural context through the classical creation of the cinema. As a non-traditional presentation of a significant text, the film’s viewpoint is studied over the discourse of beauty, travelling through time in a motion picture captured on film. The science fiction comedy film released in 1985, “Back to the Future”, produced by Robert Zemeckis, tells the story of a teenage boy named Marty, who is navigated across space-time to the year 1955, where he encounters his future parents and unexpectedly, his mother becomes romanticall...   [tags: Science Fiction, Comedy Film, Film Analysis]

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The Influence of Science Fiction

- Films do and have always reflected society because they show what's important to people. Films demonstrate fads and hot button issues. Film is not only a piece of art but also a tool of social reform as it expresses the feelings of humans and their idea of contemporary society. Films are the mirror that reflect the society. They are controlled by powerful forces that filter information to the public as well as reflect their fears. This has been held true in the film industry for many decades. For example, when society had a fear of widespread crime then there were many films that reflected the police catching the criminals....   [tags: Film Genres, Communism]

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The Genre Of Science Fiction

- The Genre of Science Fiction      Science Fiction has been interpreted by many in a wrong way. Most people feel that the author is just in love with the future. However this is not the truth in most science fiction novels. The majority of Science Fiction books are more about the horrors of the future. In Fahrenheit 451 the author Ray Bradbury makes an argument for societies need to consider that the outcomes of science fiction might become realities. The origin of science fiction '…evolved from the industrial revolution that spawned notions of the rockets, robots, time machines, computers, satellites, matter-transports, and the like'; (Johnson 6)....   [tags: Science fiction Literature Bradbury Essays]

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Interactive Fiction: Computer Games

- Interactive Fiction: Computer Games When I read a good novel I always imagine myself participating in the events, going on the journey with the characters. I can still clearly remember the first time I finished The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was 9 at the time, and the books had a great effect on me. When the story ended, it seemed like I had been along for the ride. Yet I had been involved in the action only as a bystander, nothing more than a ghost watching things happen, unable to effect the events that occurred or interact with the characters I had grown attached to....   [tags: Interactive Fiction Essays]

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The Least You Should Know About Any Work Of Fiction

- To Do: Apply Professor Dancoff’s “The Least You Should Know About Any Work of Fiction” 1. Identify the protagonist in 3-5 sentences, describe his/her life situation and basic personality, and then state his/her problem and/or primary motivation. What is the central idea, need, or problem that drives the protagonist. How does the protagonist change by the end of the story. What have they learned. The protagonist is a 10 year old Nigerian-American girl with an envious, jealous, and revengeful personality....   [tags: Family, Fiction, Culture, Coconut]

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Fiction Essay

- Fiction Essay Fiction stories are those stories not true or factual and are created by the author. These stories are imagined by the author and narrated to the reader. The reader has the opportunity to add their own imagination to the story to make the reading even more enjoyable. Fiction relies on the imagination of the author and the imagination of the reader along with the elements of fiction. Fiction readings are in the form of realistic and non-realistic. When discussing these two types of fiction readings two stories come to mind....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Alfred Hitchcock's Works of Crime Fiction

- ... Hitchcock’s film ‘Rear Window’ (1954) displays a perfect example of how the conventions of crime fiction can be appropriated to still involve the traditional features of crime. Through his use of exquisite cinematic techniques and immense detail, responders are given the thrill they expect of the genre. The Golden Age of crime fiction during the 1920s – 1940s introduced sub-genres, one of them being the Intuitionists, which is unconventionally represented in the film ‘Rear Window’. Protagonist L....   [tags: genre, suspense, detectives]

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Facing Our Fears in Science Fiction

- Facing Our Fears in Science Fiction The dead are walking. They lumber and limp, feet scraping against the asphalt. Suddenly, they lunge and tear down into soft, warm, vulnerable flesh with startling speed. Not far behind, oozing inside-out hellhounds growl around razor fangs, stalking with murderous intent. All because of an innocent little airborne chemical weapon…This can’t be happening, this would never happen, right. It may sound far fetched, and it is. These horrifying creatures grace the screen of current blockbuster hit, Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse....   [tags: Science Fiction Films Books Essays Papers]

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The Evolution of America and Simultaneous Evolution of American Literature

- From the times of our Founding Fathers in to the current millennium, literature has evolved alongside the changing times of the authors who define it. Throughout our history, we can witness literary changes simultaneously to various events in our history. We have stories that not only tell a tale of one’s imagination, but also dictate what life was like living in those times, “The pattern of the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or ‘Mark Twain,’ for seventy-five years was the pattern of America…” (Perkins 134) We feel the pain and insecurities during times of war that helped to shape our country and what we stand for, “In 1945, people born in the first part of the century had lived through...   [tags: American History]

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Use of Bathroom Scenes in the Film Pulp Fiction

- Bathrooms are filthy. They are grimy, soiled porcelain wastelands swarming with harmful bacteria and human waste. And they’re one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite tools to use on the big screen. If one were to study the history of American media, he or she may notice that bathrooms are scarcely pictured. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1960 release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that a toilet was shown in cinema. The featured toilet caused quite a stir among critics, and became a symbol of American ethics....   [tags: Pulp Fiction Film Analysis]

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Film Noir: A Tapestry of American History

- The fascination with film noir and its influence on American history remains elusive. Bordering on the obsessive and fanatical these films left political and moral indelible marks on societies around the globe, specifically, in America. Film Noir began to emerge in the years before the United States entered into World War II, with movies such as Stranger on the Third Floor (1940), and The Maltese Falcon (1941). During and after the war, it slowly developed into a style of film that expressed the tales of American hardship, romance and social discontent....   [tags: Film Analysis, American History]

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Detective Fiction & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

- According to the English crime writer P.D. James (1920-) “for a book to be described as detective fiction there must be a central mystery and one that by the end of the book is solved satisfactorily and logically, not by good luck or intuition, but by intelligent deduction from clues honestly if deceptively presented.” (James. 2009: 16). This is traditionally conducted via a detective; a figure deployed within the narrative structure ‘whose occupation is to investigate crimes’ (Oxford. 2006: 202)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Naval Authors' Contributions to Science Fiction and Postmodernism

- The influence of the navy on literature is not necessarily a traditional topic in Western canon. The issue of maritime concerns can be traced as far back as Homer's Odyssey with a military leader taking the role of the protagonist. It is not just through content that naval concerns have influenced Western literature, but through the experiences of authors in serving their nations. Soldiers and veterans have long turned to literature during and following service, for a variety of reasons. It is in the twentieth century that American sailors began to seriously influence the genres in which they wrote....   [tags: literary analysis, navy]

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Bloodchild: Oppression in Science Fiction

- Bloodchild: Oppression in Science Fiction Throughout American literary history, nearly every form of literature has covered the topic of slavery and black oppression in America. From William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist papers to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s controversial Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the exploration of the black position in America has been a theme that engrossed generations. In the past century, as science fiction has established its place in the literary genre, authors such as Octavia Butler have become increasingly popular....   [tags: Butler Bloodchild Essays]

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In Cold Blood: Capote's New Non-Fiction

- Literature; it has compelled us, entertained us, educated us, and drove us to madness. It has served as life instruction, by using the characters as the lesson plan. It is sometimes blunt, sometimes ugly, and in Truman Capote’s case, is so gruesome that we do not dare forget it. Around the time of the novels publication in the late 1960s, a new literary genre had begun to surface: New Journalism. New Journalism sought to combine the elements of news writing and journalism with the elements of fiction writing....   [tags: informative essay]

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Invasive Species Of A Science Fiction Movie Right? Wrong !

- Foreign species from a far away land invading American soil and causing great amounts of destruction. Sounds like something out of a science fiction movie right. Wrong. Invasive species exist in the world and are a very real threat to the American citizens ' way of life. The nations culture, resources, economic growth, waterways, forest’s s and even as personal as citizens backyard are all at risk of being damaged beyond repair. Invasive species affect the nations environment by causing major environmental damage, spreading disease, proliferating at high rates, consuming a vast quantity of the key resources needed for trade and other essential aspects of society....   [tags: Invasive species, Introduced species]

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Fact or Fiction

- The warm summer breeze lifts your hair from the nape of your neck. The tree’s leafs rustle above your head, as you sit at the foot of their tree. The edge of the pages from your latest fiction novel flicker as you hold the page down to continue your viewing of the world their author has created for you to read. You smile when the protagonist has a small victory, cry when they fail, and even laugh out loud to the jokes they tell. You are in the world made up just for you; you are in a land of fiction....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction

- Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction Isaac Asimov, a twentieth century Russian American, was a very prolific writer. He wrote hundreds of books. He is not only a writer, but he is also a scientist, where many books that comprise his body of work are reference books. The subjects range from Space science and geology, to Shakespeare and the Bible. As a man who graduated High School as a genius at fifteen and also as one who could create different believable worlds in a piece of writing, he has successfully bridged knowledge and creativity....   [tags: Papers]

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The Hunger Games: Fiction or Reality?

- Fiction is “the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining”, but in Suzanne Collin’s book, The Hunger Games, fiction is merely a reflection of what is already going on in the world today (“Fiction”). Could this fiction novel, The Hunger Games, really be America’s future. Well, major themes in the book such as inequality between rich and poor, suffering as entertainment, importance of appearance, and government control point toward the answer being yes. Primarily, the major comparison between the novel and our world today is the theme of inequality between rich and poor....   [tags: literary analysis, Suzanne Collin]

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In Defense of Historical Fiction

- The genre of historical fiction novels can be subdivided into many categories and often crosses genres, such as historical mysteries and romances. The traditional definition of the historical fiction genre is “fiction set in the past” where the author is writing from research rather than personal experience. This definition leaves a lot of room for interpretation, controversy, and contradiction. Critics in the media, even when they praise individual historical novels in their reviews, somehow manage to turn this praise into criticism of the genre as a whole....   [tags: Literature ]

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Fiction, Or Folklore : Which Will It Be?

- Fact, fiction, or folklore: which will it be. In 1999 a book called Hidden in Plain View was published (J. a. Tobin). The book expresses how the slave quilts helped slaves obtain freedom. The book details how each quilt square has a symbol. Consequently, each symbol also had a meaning when combined in a quilt provided a map to freedom. In the book, it states that the history of the slave quilts was passed down from mothers to daughters. These quilts assisted the slaves, showing them what they should and shouldn’t do as they journeyed to the Underground Railroad and freedom (J....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Quilting]

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Heroism in Young Adult Fiction

- Abstract—The “hero” from Harry Potter: The Philosopher’s Stone, is a young book taken from his dull and tedious life and swept off to the fantastical boarding school of Hogwarts. In the Black Cauldron Taran the pig keeper shares a similar situation, he is taken from his life of drudgery and whisked off on an epic journey. Each of these characters goes through similar developments on their quests, and each draws from seemingly mundane beginnings. This type of heroism seems coherent across the two books as well as similar books such as the Lord of the Rings where Hobbits become the most unlikely hero....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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Henry James- The Art of Fiction within Daisy Miller: A Study

- Henry James discusses the intricacies of writing in his piece “The Art of Fiction.” While the main binary in literature is between that of fiction and non-fiction, however James further distinguishes the category of fiction into romance and novel. While a romance exists for the form of entertainment and is driven by character development, a novel is more of an attempt to create a realistic representation of the current social standard. James declares that fiction is not just a leisure art form but meant to be taken seriously, as a historical text....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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William Rider Haggard 's Piece Titled ' About Fiction

- Henry Rider Haggard’s piece titled “About Fiction” exemplifies the major concerns of writing in the 19th century, mainly the production of unsatisfactory literature due to the lack of realism. This evaluation will focus on his view, argument, major ideas and political engagement. Haggard use of language throughout is critical towards fiction written in styles that are not English Fiction, even referring to readers of sub-par literature as “like a diseased ostrich.”(pg173)Through using pictorial phrases as such, he creates emotive responses in the reader which strengthen his point of view towards the lack of quality in literature....   [tags: Novel, Literature, Henry Rider Haggard]

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What is Dystopian Fiction?

- Horror and Sci-Fi Synthesis Essay Model Outline Why are you interested in this subject. A personal Intro I’ve always been interested in dystopian fiction. A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable and frightening. A group rules a dystopian society with a private agenda shrouded in euphemisms or outright lies. In works of art and literature, they are often characterized by: dehumanization, totalitarian government, advancement in technology, or other characteristics of cataclysmic decline in society....   [tags: dehumanization, totalitarian government]

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Fibromyalgia: Fact or Fiction

- ... Researchers are continuously making progress although it is a slow progress it is progress. Throughout the years of this age old disease there have been many myths about fibromyalgia such as “it’s a rare disease” and the truth is, it is not a rare disease, in fact it is quite common and is estimated that there are several million people in the United States alone that suffer from its effects. Some say “it is all in a person’s head”, that too is a myth. Studies have proven the pain is real thru imaging of the brain and control test show that a person with fibromyalgia feels pain more intensely than those without fibromyalgia....   [tags: muscles, pain, spasms]

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What is Diaspora Fiction?

- ... She felt rootless and lived in a sphere of nostalgia. Living in two different cultures often creates multiple stresses and it become difficult for them to tackle such situation. Robert Cohen rightly says that the diasporic communities are made out of ‘the confluence of narratives of the old country to the new, which create the sense of shared history’. Nostalgia plays a prominent role in the lives of first generation immigrants. They foster and hold on all the memories of their native land. Ashoke and Ashima can never give up their old culture, values and tradition....   [tags: alienation, nostalgia, acculturation]

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Fitzgerald’s Biography in Fiction

- The roaring twenties provided the United States with incredible wealth in all facets of society. During this time, American literature became enriched with Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s short stories and novels. Fitzgerald grew up with ambitions to be a successful and famous man. He failed at achieving success as a football player at Princeton during his freshman year and was an armistice away from achieving hero status in World War I. His success came through an art he mastered as a young child, writing....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Influence of History on American Literature

- “A Tale Intended to be After the Fact…” is how Stephan Crane introduced his harrowing story, “The Open Boat,” but this statement also shows that history influences American Literature. Throughout history, there has been a connection among literary works from different periods. The connection is that History, current events, and social events have influenced American Literature. Authors, their literary works, and the specific writing styles; are affected and influenced by the world around them. Authors have long used experiences they have lived through and/or taken out of history to help shape and express in their works....   [tags: American Literature ]

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What It Means To Be An American

- Throughout the life span of the United States, from its infancy after the Revolution to the present, people have asked, “What is an American?” This question goes far beyond asking who is a citizen or who resides in this land. No, it asks what the identity of an American is. Through popular, art, film, and literature, the American image is defined as being based on embracing our individual identities. Movies are a perfect way to express the image of America. Movies are the mixture of art, music, and literature, containing words like a book, sounds like music, and images like art....   [tags: American Culture]

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American Politics And The American Dream

- ​The classes that I found most interesting were mostly politically based and more on the development of a nation as this has been for long a passion that I have nursed through my life. The classes involved the American political culture, the founding of the nation and the U.S constitution and the federal court system and the judicial system. ​The American political culture is built upon and revolves around the American dream. The American dream is the belief that anyone deserves and aspires to live a netter life than their parents and this is encompasses by the fact that each American aspires to have a nice house, have a car or two, and live better than their friends (Wood, 2011)....   [tags: United States, Separation of powers]

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The Wounded Knee Massacre : Hollywood Fiction Or Historical Fact?

- The Wounded Knee Massacre: Hollywood Fiction or Historical Fact. The United States government initially celebrated the Battle at Wounded Knee as the final conflict between Native Americans and the United States military - after which the western frontier was considered safe for the incoming settlers. Over 20 medals were awarded to the soldiers for their valor on the battlefield. However, the understanding has changed regarding what actually took place at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. The Hollywood version of the Battle of Wounded Knee accurately presents the case that the Battle at Wounded Knee was actually a massacre of the Sioux - the culminating act of betrayal and aggression carrie...   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Flannery OConnor: A Twentieth Century Fiction Writer

- There has been a significant amount critical analysis written about Flannery O'Connor's short stories and novels. There is a significant amount critical analysis about Flannery O'Connor because she used so many styles that have not been used before. Flannery O'Connor ranks among he most important American fiction writers of the twentieth century. Flannery O'Connor was born in 1925 in Savannah, Georgia, and lived there until her family moved in 1938. O'Connor and her family moved to a small Georgia farming town named Milledgeville....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Crime Drama Fiction

- Joseph Straubhaar (2009) stated that television genres continue to develop over time in response to changes in audience tastes and original creative ideas. Indeed, television genres will keep on developing to meet the expectations and satisfaction of the audience. Crime drama series have become one of the most popular television genres within our society. It attracts the audience by dealing with themes and issues relating to the news and current affairs that the viewers are aware of. Crime fiction has various sub-genres including detective fiction such as Monk (2002-2009) where a detective investigates and solves a crime....   [tags: Oz, 24, The Bill]

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A Life of Lies: The Facts and Fiction of Espionage

- Espionage has always been a subject that has captured the thoughts and imaginations of many people. The idea of the glamorous life of espionage agents and spies with grand parties, high tech gadgets, and world destroying villains have led to the belief that spies live a life of adventure and almost science fiction. Real agents live far from that life in reality. Many live in constant fear of imprisonment or execution. The facts and fiction of espionage have become distorted overtime. Espionage has been used by countries and empires for many thousands of years in varying forms....   [tags: terrorism, agents, spies]

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The Principles Of The American Revolution

- In 1781, after six years of death and defeat, the “American Patriots” secured their independence and could finally call themselves true “Americans.” With this new country, came the ability for them to govern themselves. However, this new government, averse to the principles of a strong, federal government—which was illustrated in the Articles of Confederation—caused disastrous results for the following six years. Faced with massive political conflicts, leaders from states across America recognized the necessity for a disavowment of this weak, decentralized government, in exchange for a strong, national one....   [tags: American Revolution, United States, Parliament]

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Comparing The American Civil War

- Comparing the American Civil War with the Marvel Civil War In April of 1861, the American Civil War broke out. In June of 2006, the Marvel Civil War broke out. 145 years of separation still bind these two seemingly unrelated events. The nonfiction and fiction worlds may come across as totally different. One involves actual American heroes fighting over abolition versus slavery and federal versus states’ rights while the other involves fictional American superheroes fighting over freedom versus security, individual rights versus the need for regulation....   [tags: American Civil War, Confederate States of America]

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Mexican American Culture : Mexico

- Mexican-American Culture Mexico underwent a number of challenges during the second half of the 20th century. Some of them were related to politics and economics, but the others were directly linked with the social and cultural problems. These problems had many causes, such as religion, defensive attitude of some people toward the neighbor American culture and contradictions that the younger inhabitants of the country could not overlook. It caused still more problems on the personal level and on the level of a community....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Mexico, Mexican American]

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Evolution of The American Epic as Compared to the Changing Landscape of the Ganges River

- Evolution of The American Epic as Compared to the Changing Landscape of the Ganges River Much has changed in America since the time the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. As the nation has changed, so have the novels that have described the changes taking place. These “American epics” have accounted for social and political conflicts within the nation and have addressed the need for change in America. Due to the changing American landscape, the epics have had different descriptions of national character, social problems, and the rising social aggression taking place....   [tags: American America History]

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The Killing Of An African American Man

- What does the killing of an African American man have to do with a nation’s unrest. The answer is an unclear and dangerous mess. The “shot heard around the world” might have a new meaning. A young African American male was shot and killed by a white police officer, the problem. Supposedly the African American, Michael Brown, had his hands up pleading “don’t shoot”. The United States rose up in an uproar claiming social injustice and racism. The news and tabloids ran with the story producing eye-catching headlines....   [tags: African American, Black people, Race, Racism]

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American Symbolism and Mythology

- Many myths surround some of the founding fathers and important presidents. Some well-known myths are about George Washington, the father of America. Even in elementary schools children are told of the cherry tree, and how Washington admitted saying “Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie; I Cut the Tree."(23) In the story George is a young boy who has a hatchet and starts using it in the garden, eventually cutting down a small cherry tree; and when his father asks about it he admits what he has done wrong instead of lying about it....   [tags: george washington, lincoln, american dream]

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The Effect of Cultural and Historical Situations on American Literature

- Professor Brattoli ”American literature is almost always tied to historical and social events of the era in which it was written.” There is a connection between literary works from different time periods. This connection is how history, current events and social events have impacted American Literature. Literary works and writing styles have been affected and influence by the world around us. This is seen in many of the works assigned for this class. In order to see how cultural and historical situations affect literature throughout history, it is important to get a brief history on each era discussed in this paper....   [tags: American Literature ]

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Mark Twain's Influence on American Literature

- Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by the pseudonym Mark Twain, has been central to American literature for over a century. His seemingly effortless diction accurately exemplified America’s southern culture. From his early experiences in journalism to his most famous fictional works, Twain has remained relevant to American writing as well as pop culture. His iconic works are timeless and have given inspiration the youth of America for decades. He distanced himself from formal writing and became one of the most celebrated humorists....   [tags: American Author, Southern Dialect]

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Who can be integrated into the literary canon of American Literature?

- This is a good question; Due to what American Literature stands for, who can be part of the literary canon. I think literature (American or otherwise) serves as a means by which one can examine a society's values, ideas, hopes, fears, and dreams through fiction or oral literature. Those who have had an impact on their society create something that many people will read of or look upon in different ethnicities, ages, social class, etc; However, does It always have to be an author or an writing documentation to exactly fit in the category of American Literature?; My opinion I would have to say no American Literature should be a Varity of people who made a difference in American not just by wri...   [tags: American Literature]

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Harriet Wilson 's Our Nig Is Significant Because It Was The First Novel Published By An African American Woman

- Faith Burns AAS 261W Take Home Quiz 1. Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig is significant because it was the first novel published by an African American woman. Our Nig is also an autobiographical work and reveals life realities of free black people in the north. 2. The defining moment in Our Nig is when Frado challenges Mrs.Bellmont, who has been physically and mentally abusing her. Frado says she will no longer work for Mrs.Bellmont if Mrs. Bellmont whips her again; Mrs.Bellmont decreases the frequency of her beatings....   [tags: Black people, African American, White people]

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Fiction in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Fictional narrative often has abilities beyond being able to entertain. It has the power to change history. It can even inspire even the meek and timid into acts of courage. But it also has the power to advance agendas filled with hate. One of the greater uses of fiction’s power is Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the era leading up to the American Civil War, which made a lasting impact for years to come, and hit many different characteristics of nineteenth century American beliefs. Harriet Beecher Stowe released her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 and it was immediately controversial....   [tags: civil war, south, anti-slavery content]

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End of The British Rule in India: Historical Fiction

- History is all around us. Everywhere we are, everywhere we have been or ever will be is what it is because of the people and events that have affected and effected it. But sometimes events transpire that are so huge, learning about them through a traditional manner such as history classes or nonfiction books does not work. Sometimes history needs to be absorbed through fiction, more specifically, through historical fiction. Events such as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the fall of the British Empire and subsequent removal from India, the emergence of Pakistan as a self-determined nation, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are such events....   [tags: hiroshima, nagasaki, bombing]

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The Role Of An Author

- When you think of popular fiction, you would think of a bestseller novel that spanned across a variety of genre, invoking a certain mood and emotions according to genre of choice. Popular fiction, also known as genre fiction, is best “conceived as the opposite of literature” (Gelder), with many of its fictional works is plot-driven written to suit specific genre and to appeal to modern readers. Popular fiction is “defined by what it is not, that is literature” (Schneider-Mayerson, 22) and is generally less distinguished from literary fiction....   [tags: Literature, Fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy]

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Truth Or Fiction: The J.f.k. Assassination

- Truth or Fiction: The J.F.K. Assassination In a world with so many problems--- crime, drugs, murder, poverty--- Americans should be able to trust in the government for help. However, it is not safe to do so. Thus is the outcome of the Kennedy assassination. While the government was so busy trying to convince the public that Lee Harvey Oswald brutally murdered John F. Kennedy, they missed one important thing. The truth. The facts. Insufficient medical and hospital procedures, suspicious incidents during the Dallas motorcade, the impossible Magic Bullet theory, and countless other happenings--- these are not just things the American public dreamed up in their heads....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Japanese Prejudice in Fact and Fiction

- Japanese Prejudice in Fact and Fiction The novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is about the way Japanese Americans were treated in the United States during the time of Pearl Harbor and afterwards. Guterson got his inspiration for a novel about a court trial full of prejudice from Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. His father was a lawyer, so Guterson was able to reenact a realistic trial that could have occurred during the late 1940s in the book (Sherwin 1). Kabuo Miyamoto, the man accused of murder in the book, is presumed guilty because he looks different....   [tags: Discrimination Japanese Japan Essays]

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The Rise of Intercollegiate Football and Its Portrayal in American Popular Literature

- The Rise of Intercollegiate Football and Its Portrayal in American Popular Literature With the success of the Merriwell literature, juvenile sport fiction became abundant. In all subsequent stories, the model for traditional juvenile sport fiction, even continuing today, is the illustrious Frank Merriwell (Oriard, 1982). As the Merriwell series dwindled to a halt in the 1910’s, books began to dominate the world of children’s sport fiction. Oriard (1982) suggested the popularity of these books rose because “the juvenile sports novel combined the action of the dime novels with the middle-class morality of the Alger (rags-to-riches) novel” (p....   [tags: American Football Sports]

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