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Donald Barthelme’s Snow White

- In Donald Barthelme’s novel Snow White, the main character Snow White contradicts the traits of a stereotypical 1960’s housewife. These traits, given to her by the author, differ from a typical 1960s housewife in appearance, demeanor, and priorities. The purpose of Barthelme’s presentation of Snow White in this manner is to expose the limitations of society’s gender roles rampant in the 1960s. In Barthelme’s novel Snow White, the protagonist, Snow White, is a 22 year old woman living with seven men....   [tags: Donald Barthelme]

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The School By Donald Barthelme

- The School by Donald Barthelme is a short story that proposes the significance of life in front of its reader in the most absurd way possible. Fiction is a story that is not true whereas non-fiction is a tale based on real time. But what genre would best suit this short story by Donald. A fiction because it seems so unrealistic and depressing or a nonfiction because it conveys the true message of life through unusual occurrences of the deaths and life. The School should be considered a non-fiction because it states death is inevitable, life is unpredictable and love is all we need....   [tags: Life, Death, Fiction, Short story]

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Analysis Of ' Me And Miss 's ' By Donald Barthelme

- “Me and Miss Mandible” Literary Analysis After reading the short story, “Me and Miss Mandible” by Donald Barthelme I honestly did not understand what the author was attempting to achieve nor what the story was about. So eventually I read the story once again and it finally came to me. The story is told in first person narrative and it is a satirical analysis of the main character 's life and how he feels as though he is always being condescended, such as that of a child in an elementary school setting....   [tags: Fiction, Narrative, Short story, Narrator]

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Donald Barthelme

- Donald Barthelme has been called “probably the most perversely gifted writer in the U.S.'; As well as “ one of the best, most significant and carefully developing young American writers'; (Harte and Riley, 41). He was born April 7, 1931 to Donald and Helen Barthelme in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barthelme had a wide range of careers during his lifetime. He worked as a newspaper reporter and as a managing editor of Location, and art and literature review (Harte and Riley, 41)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Narrator in Barthelme's Me and Miss Mandible

- Me and Miss Mandible - The Narrator         Are we frightened of the "fantastic" literary text. Is there something inherently threatening about a work like Barthelme's "Me and Miss Mandible," something obtrusive which, as we read, forces us away from the text. A pronounced feeling of uneasiness seems to mark our reception of Barthelme, a range of anxiety expressed mainly in our responses to the story's narrator. Questions concerning his reliability and authenticity, and why Barthelme chooses to construct him in the manner he does become paramount, serving as pivotal gauges from which we read and critique his character....   [tags: Me and Miss Mandible Essays]

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Kerouac and Barthelme's Rebellion Against Corporate America

- Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme's Rebellion Against Corporate America       Oh America, home of the red, white, blue, and green. Green as our greenest grass. Green as our forefather George on a one-dollar bill. You too can work your way up our market-economy mountain to your own little green house. Climb the corporate mountain to provide for your wife in her little green dress. With the green beneath your feet, reach for the gold in the sky. Oh America, this mountain is rich. As many Americans eagerly began and continued their climb toward the financial stability the Sixties promised, a counterculture of writers and thinkers emerged seeking to climb their own mountains, to tell their ow...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain

- Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain     Mountains are significant in the writing of Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme as symbolic representations of achievement and the isolation of an individual from the masses of the working class in industrialized capitalist American society. The mountains, depicted by Kerouac and Barthelme, rise above the American landscape as majestic entities whose peaks are touched by few enduring and brave souls....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]

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Analysis of Barthelme's The Balloon

- This is a story about how the balloon explores the public's response to it and the relationship with the narrator conscience. The balloon itself is the symbolic representation of the story, so that the reader is forced to confront and respond to the story in the same way that the citizens of New York City must confront and respond to the balloon. The balloon can represent any imaginative origin, as the public demonstrates. The mention of the balloon as having a “deliberate lack of finish” which gave the “surface a rough forgotten quality” reinforced the idea that the balloon is an art object designed to provoke public and private reactions....   [tags: the balloon]

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School Is Bad For Children

- Knowledge and Education are two big words upon which all the school, colleges, and universities in the world are built. These two qualities that these institutions promise to develop within children, how can they be measured. We all know for a fact that every human brain works differently than another, how can two people be judged upon a series of same questions asked as tests in these intuitions. I personally find no use of the current education system I have experienced in my school, in India....   [tags: Education, Teacher, School, Short story]

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Analysis Of ' I Bought A Little City '

- Framing Essay The theories in Jameson’s text “Postmodernism and Consumer Society” can be used to analyze Barthelme’s short story, “I Bought a Little City.” In Barthelme’s story, the city owner made modifications to a good city with the intention of bettering it. Instead, he stripped away the city’s individuality and originality. Jameson’s text allows us to interpret Barthelme’s short story and gives us a revelation of the main character’s behavior and his reasoning behind it. The framework that Jameson utilizes helps us understand why the city owner in “I Bought a Little City” alters a perfectly industrialized city with antique ideals....   [tags: City, English-language films, Present]

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Donald Barthelem's Snow White and Jorge Luis Borges' The Garden of the Forking Paths

- I believe the use and mention of metaphysics in Jorge Borges The garden of the forking paths and Donald Barthelme’s Snow White is to point out the similarities between metaphysics and metafiction. I believe both authors incorporated metaphysics to draw parallels with making reflections on the mechanics of making and comparing literature, and how we perceive and reflect upon the nature of reality. I believe literature can be interpreted just as any object in the real world, and it is dynamic and changing according to interpretations....   [tags: reading reflections]

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The Bluebeard Fairytale

- Fairy tales have been retold and rewritten many times throughout history, and each author puts their own spin on the original story. “Bluebeard” is a story with many different versions, each with its own unique characteristics and style. A commonly known “Bluebeard” story written by Charles Perrault is interesting to compare to a version written by Donald Barthelme because the content in each seems so different from one another, but when examined more closely, the two actually have similarities....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Bluebeard]

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Me And Miss Mandible - What Does it Mean?

- Me And Miss Mandible  - What Does it Mean.     What does it mean. Since early childhood this simple query has been posed to us constantly in a myriad of guises. A lover's fiery glance across the room at a party. The preacher's glowing sermon at Sunday service about the kingdom of God. The supermarket tabloid's screaming headline, " I Had Elvis's Alien Love Child." By the very nature of our being human we immediately need to process this information internally to make sense out of what we see, hear, or read....   [tags: Me and Miss Mandible Essays]

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The Indian Uprising (a Critique)

- Any author's primary goal in story writing is to convey an idea or topic to their reading audience. The conventional wisdom on this thought is that the clearer this is conveyed, the greater the appeal to the reader. However, some authors feel the need to resist this trend and forge new paths that sometime leaves the meanings of their stories obscure and hidden from the average reader. Donald Barthelme has taken this optional approach with his story "The Indian Uprising". There are several reasons that I did not fully enjoy this post-colonial short story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The School: Postmodernist Ideas

- The School: Postmodernist Ideas Barthelme's "The School" is the first postmodernist story I have ever read. When I read it for the first time, my lips formed a bitter smile. In my imagination, postmodernist stories differed from the classical ones in the arrangement of the ideas and in the standard that postmodernists reject society. True, “The School” does differ in composition, for example the absence of introduction, but though it sounds somewhat comical, it does also have an incorporated pessimism that makes me reflect on the story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Dead Father

- The Dead Father Jerome Klinkowitzís remarkably insightful review of Donald Barthelmeís work begins with an anecdote about an evening they spent together in Greenwich Village (Barthelmeís home for most of his life as a writer), and how a perfectly Freudian remark by Barthelmeís wife put a stop to the writerís boorish mood:ìëWhy Donald,í she said, ëyour fatherís is bigger than yours.íShe was referring to their respective biosin Whoís Who in America.î It is Klinkowitz's well-argued contention that Barthelmeís mid-career novel The Dead Father (1975) not only represents the high-water mark of his skill as a technical master of postmodern prose, but that it also embodies the central neurosis/in...   [tags: The Dead Father Donald Barthelmeis Essays]

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Comparing Society in The Dharma Bums and The New American Poetry

- Mass Society in The Dharma Bums and The New American Poetry       One of the best ways to fully understand an era is to study its literature. The printed word has the incredible capacity to both reflect and shape the hopes, fears, and ideologies of the time. This is very evident when reading literature from 1960's America, a turbulent period in the history of our country. While the authors' styles are very different, there are definite thematic patterns and characteristics evident in many of their works....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Features of Metafiction and Well Known Writers of the Genre

- ... John Barth first wrote about postmodernism in the influential essay, The Literature of Exhaustion (1967), denouncing ordinary, realist fiction and the ironic use of conventions. He argued that metafictional experiments were the only possible contemporary mode of writing. His novels include The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), Giles Goat-Boy (1966), Lost in the Funhouse (1968), Chimera (1972), Letters (1979), Sabbatical: A Romance (1982), The Friday Book (1984) and The Tidewater Tales (1987). In Barth’s fiction, the conventions of the traditional novels are directly challenged....   [tags: postmodern, fiction, literary]

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The Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry

- Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry       You don't need a destination to run away. All you have to know is what you are leaving behind. In the 1960's, young men and women in the United States, especially on the west coast, made a mad dash away from almost two centuries of American tradition. They ran to so many different places that it would be impossible to generalize about their aims and philosophies. What they had in common was the running itself.   America was drowning in materialism....   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]

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Don Quijote and the Neuroscience of Metafiction

- Don Quijote and the Neuroscience of Metafiction What is metafiction. Its original meaning was "a fiction that both creates an illusion and lays bare that illusion."1 But the term has expanded and expanded to include any fiction that even mentions the idea of fiction. That can cover a lot of things, starting with the Iliad.2 I'd like to go back to the original idea. In my understanding, metafictions tell stories in which the physical medium of the story becomes part of the story. Among contemporary writers of fiction one could mention: my erstwhile colleagues John Barth, Donald Barthelme, and Ray Federman....   [tags: Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra]

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Redemption in Alice Walker's Color Purple

- Redemption in The Color Purple   Alice Walker grew up in rural Georgia in the mid 1900s as the daughter of two poor sharecroppers.  Throughout her life, she has been forced to face and overcome arduous lessons of life.  Once she managed to transfer the struggles of her life into a book, she instantaneously became a world-renowned author and Pulitzer Prize winner.  The Color Purple is a riveting novel about the struggle between redemption and revenge according to Dinitia Smith.  The novel takes place rural Georgia, starting in the early 1900s over a period of 30 years.  Albert, also known as Mr._____, and his son Harpo must prevail over their evil acts towards other people, especially wom...   [tags: Color Purple Essays]

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