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Faulkner's Literary Tactics

- William Faulkner was a well-esteemed author of the 20th century who used many literary techniques to display messages in his writings. In his short story, A Rose for Emily, he used literary tools such as point of view, physical plot structure, and symbolism to develop his theme that the past is always wound into the present. Faulkner decides to use the point of view that the members of the town possess for Ms. Emily Grierson. This point of view works best in A Rose for Emily because it attracts the audiences' curiosity for the mysterious Miss Emily just as the town is lured....   [tags: American Literature]

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Literary Criticism of Wuthering Heights

- Literary Criticism of Wuthering Heights According to the editor Currer Bell, the novel Wuthering Heights may seem rather crude and unintelligible to those who know nothing of the author. Strangers who are unacquainted with the setting where the story takes place, or who are unfamiliar with the customs of the time may also look at Wuthering Heights with a critical eye. "To all such Wuthering Heights must appear a rude and strange production" (Bell 5). Readers may feel that the manners, language, and the very dwellings of the characters are somewhat "repulsive" (Bell 5)....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Literary Elements

- Title Genre Writer Theme Literary Elements &Techniques ImportantQuotes “The Tired Man” Poem Anna Wickham -couples need to understand each other’s needs&desires-in a relationship, there must be give and take- couples must be alike to have a successful relationship. Simile – “wild as a hillstream”,“night as black as ink”RhymeRepetition –“sit I am a quiet gentle man” “ Oh give me a woman of my race” “The Idol” Poem Louise Driscoll -lovers need sometimes attention to each other…they need to have confir-mation their love… RhymeSimile – “As star and star” “It’s only a game to give to a dream a Face and a Name.” “Doubt” Poem...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Marxist Literary Criticism

-   While literary critics do attempt to elaborate or develop ideas articulated by Karl Marx, it is important and necessary to make a distinction between Marx's specific socio-economic and political agenda and the body of literary theory which emerged years later. Marxist literary criticism proceeds from the fundamental philosophical assumption that "consciousness can never be anything else than conscious existence...Life is not determined by consciousness, but consciousness by life" (Marx 568-9)....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Literary Analysis of Writing Styles Between Harper Lee and Stephen King

- Both Harper Lee and Stephen King are well known authors throughout the novel world. This could not be accomplished by both of them with out great individual writing styles. While Harper Lee and Stephen King both exemplify great writing styles in relation to the six traits of writing in their books, Harper Lee chooses to focus more on voice in her work by holding the readers attention by using great diction in To Kill a Mocking Bird, while Stephen King prefers to focus more on idea development from using great and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday place in his style of writing....   [tags: Literary Comparison]

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Literary Analysis Of The Red D

- Literary Analysis of “The Masque of the Red Death” In the story, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, the author tries to create a specific atmosphere to emphasize the action within the story. The setting of the story immensely helps to create this atmosphere. Poe’s descriptive setting aids in creating the atmosphere of the story by developing mood, evoking feelings from the reader, and creating a false sense of security. The setting of The Masque, which Poe effectively and thoroughly illustrates, helps to create a desired atmosphere by developing the mood of the story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Analysis "The Yellow Wallpaper"

- In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's “The Yellow Wallpaper” we are introduced to a woman who enjoys writing. Gilman does not give the reader the name of the women who narrates the story through her stream of consciousness. She shares that she has a nervous depression condition. John, the narrator’s husband feels it is “a slight hysterical tendency” (266). She has been treated for some nervous habits that she feels are legitimately causing harm to her way of life. However she feels her husband, a physician, and her doctor believe that she is embellishing her condition....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Literary approaches

- Literature • Choose six of the following approaches and find one article for each approach. • Writing:  One page per article  2 pgs summary Critical approaches important in the study of literature: MORAL/INTELLECTUAL • Concerned with content and values • Used not only to discover meaning, but also to determine whether works of literature are both true and significant. • To study lit from this perspective is to determine whether a work conveys a lesson or a message and whether it can help readers lead better lives and improve their understanding of the world....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lord Of The Flies- Literary Analysis

- The Lord of the Flies Literary Analysis Creation Myth- Cosmogenesis After investigating many creation myths, I have narrowed it down to two myths which I believe relate closest to the creation myth of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The first myth I explored was an Alaskan creation myth. This myth states that in early times there was only darkness and no light at all. Lord of the Flies begins with a similar situation. There is light literally, of course, but otherwise there is no light because no one knows what is going on or where they are or why they are there....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Romanticism

- Literary Romanticism Literary Romanticism is a movement in literature present in the history of virtually every European country, the USA, and Latin America. It lasted from approximately 1750 to about 1870 and was characterized by reliance on the imagination and emotional subjectivity of approach, freedom of thought and expression, and an idealization of nature. The term 'romantic' first appeared in 18th-century English and originally meant "romancelike"—that is, resembling the fanciful character of medieval romances....   [tags: Romanticism Essays]

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Literary Techniques in Works of Literature

- Literary Techniques in Works of Literature "The Sun" uses alliteration (a lot) such as "mad maverick" to describe Raja in their headline. This attracts people's attention more than "mad man" because it is more exciting and interesting. In their article on the shoe bomber "The Sun" very rarely uses Raja's real name to identify him instead they use names like "demon" or "crazed suicide bomber", "the maniac" and other de-humanising names. "The Times" uses very little of these techniques unless they are in quotes, instead they use clever puns and subtle alliteration in their headlines such as "shoe bomber sparks travel terror alert"....   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Analysis of The Color Purple

- The Color Purple is an epistolary novel written by Alice Walker. This novel displays the growth and development of an average African-American woman. This novel demonstrates the everyday hardships that were placed on blacks, and how they battled to overcome them. It is a very controversial novel, and touches on a variety of sensitive topics, from spousal abuse, incest, to even lesbianism. Alice Walker vividly explains the difficult, yet realistic, life of blacks in their communities. She writes of how the black men, who at this point in time are inferior to the white men, use their wives to provide them with feeling of importance....   [tags: epistolary novel by Alice Walker]

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The Importance of Literary Trash

- The Importance of Literary Trash I've heard it said that the goal of "serious literature" is to illuminate the human condition. If that is the case, the error of serious literature is that it is far too simple-minded and attempts to illuminate the human condition by portraying it directly. The great strength of myth, legend and their modern-day successor trashy genre fiction is that they don't just show us the human condition, but interpret, highlight and contrast it by showing us the larger than life symbols....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays]

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The Literary Career of Bram Stoker

- The Literary Career of Bram Stoker Abraham (Bram) Stoker was born November 8, 1847 at 15 The Crescent, Clontarf, North of Dublin, the third of seven children. For the first 7 years of his life Stoker was bedridden with a myriad of childhood diseases which afforded him much time to reading. By the time he went to college, Stoker had somehow overcome his childhood maladies and while at Trinity College, Dublin, the honor student was involved in soccer and was a marathon running champion. He was also involved in various literary and dramatic activities, a precursor to his later interests in the theater and his involvement with the rising action Henry Irving, whose performance he had critiqued...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Literary Devices in Macbeth

- Many authors compose their works with the assistance of literary devices or figurative language. As one is able to tell from Shakespeare's play Macbeth, it is easy to see that Shakespeare's style and portrayal of the story were not only made possible by literary devices but were also enhanced by Shakespeare's use of those same devices. The most evident literary device that Shakespeare used in Macbeth was his use of dialogue and stage directions. Dialogue is a very simple concept that is just simply the conversation between two characters....   [tags: Shakespeare, dialogue, foil, asides]

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Literary Crossovers

- Literary Crossovers I wish that I could wrap a character up in the fabric of the author's words and, carrying them by the handles of description and narration, pluck them from their own story and drop them down into the middle of someone else's. On sitcoms, sometimes, they do "crossovers" - episodes in which a person from another show appears and is integrated into the story line as the character he or she elsewhere portrays. I would like to create a series of literary "crossovers." I would send Funes to Vietnam with Tim O'Brien....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays]

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Literary Genres of Canterbury Tales

- Within William Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, many familiar medieval literary genres may be found. A very common tale that Chaucer uses is the fabliau, which is best portrayed in "The Miller's Tale." Another comedic genre, the beast fable, creates a moral through the use of animals instead of humans. In the Nun's Priest's Tale, Chaucer uses this fable to great effect. A third type of tale, the Breton lays, uses "The Franklin's Tale" to bring out the nobility of love. All three of these tales bring comedy and structure to a somewhat corrupt and violent clash of characters in William Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales....   [tags: World Literature]

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Literary Analysis: "Everyday Use"

- n “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, we hear a story from the viewpoint of Mama, an African American woman about a visit from her daughter Dee. Mama along with her other daughter Maggie still live poor in the Deep South while Dee has moved onto a more successful life. Mama and Maggie embrace their roots and heritage whereas Dee wants to get as far away as possible. During her return, Dee draws her attention to a quilt. It is this quilt and the title of the piece that centers on the concept of what it means to integrate one’s culture into their everyday life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Shakespeare: A Literary Grandmaster

- ... And in Hamlet, at the end of Act 3, Scene 4, Hamlet makes up his mind to murder Claudius. Now, in the famous “To be or not to be…” soliloquy, Hamlet ponders upon the idea of suicide, he asks: “Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/Or to take arms against a sea of troubles/And, by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep,” (3.1 65-8). Because Hamlet doesn’t have many people that he trusts, he can only reveal his inner mind through soliloquys, without these, Hamlet will become shallower and less multi-dimensional....   [tags: literary device, soliloquoise, hamlet]

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The Literary Use of Religion by John Smith and William Bradford

- The Literary Use of Religion by John Smith and William Bradford Religion plays a major role in the day to day lives of the early settlers in America. So much so, that early colonial writers use it as a form of literary persuasion. John Smith and William Bradford were two such writers. Smith and Bradford use religion as a literary tool to persuade the reader towards their own interests. There are similarities and differences in the motivation to use religion by these two authors, yet the use is still prevalent in their writings....   [tags: Literary Use of Religion]

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Toni Morrison's Literary Achievements

- Toni Morrison's Literary Achievements In 1993 Toni Morrison joined the illustrious ranks of the Nobel Prize for Literature laureates as the ninetieth recipient, twentieth English-language author, eighth American, eighth woman, third black, and first African-American 1. Her mid-century predecessor William Faulkner (1897-1962) had just received the award in 1950 when Morrison (b. 1931) began writing her Master of Arts thesis on his work.2 Aside from both being Nobel laureates, this unlikely pair has, at first glance, little in common: Morrison, the college-educated daughter of a black Ohio shipyard welder, a key figure in the publishing and academic world; Faulkner, Southern son of "aristo...   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Technique in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

- Mary Shelley genially wrote Frankenstein. A book that has been re-told a countless number of times, a story that almost every child heard as they grew up, becoming almost an American tradition. Various aspects of the story even though fiction were reflections of Mary Shelley’s personal life. Shelley uses tragic and shocking events to develop her characters. The symbolism she uses is that of what happens in the world at all times, mirror images of our true society. Shelley’s writing was odd for her time period....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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An Analysis of the Major Literary Elements in Catch-22

- “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask, and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to, but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.” This is an iconic passage from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, a novel set near the end of the Second World War....   [tags: literary devices, literary criticism]

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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]

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Literary Analysis: A Laodicean

- A Laodicean tells the love story between George Somerset, a young man who is pursuing his architectural studies and Paula Power, a wealthy heiress of a famous railway contractor. Somerset and Paula first meet when the former comes to inspect the castle Paula inherited from her father. Paula allows him every opportunity to examine the aged castle and carry out restorations after a competition in which his design was chosen. Somerset hires Dare, the son of Captain De Stancy to help him with measurements but finds him lazy and fires him....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Literary Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird

- To Kill A Mockingbird Monkey See, Monkey Do – the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about how a small southern1930s family in Maycomb deal with entanglement and ramification situations. The family consisting of Jem and Scout, along with their father Atticus Finch, are to be present of a rape trial in the county. Along the way, Jem obtains life morals that will forever stay marked in his mind. It had been a long while since it had snowed in Maycomb county....   [tags: literary criticism, critical analysis]

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Literary Works : Special Intensity

- Poetry in definition is the “literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.” Throughout history, poetry has evolved with distinguished qualities of form, expression, style, rhythm and many other qualities of their distinctive time periods and movements. These movements extend from the 1500’s to present time all consisting of literary expression used to create a world for the reader to immerse themselves into....   [tags: Poetry, Modernism, Modern history, Literature]

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Pragmatic Literary Criticism

- Pragmatic Literary Criticism        Pragmatic criticism is concerned, first and foremost, with the ethical impact any literary text has upon an audience. Regardless of art's other merits or failings, the primary responsibility or function of art is social in nature. Assessing, fulfilling, and shaping the needs, wants, and desires of an audience should be the first task of an artist. Art does not exist in isolation; it is a potent tool for individual as well as communal change. Though pragmatic critics believe that art houses the potential for massive societal transformation, art is conspicuously ambivalent in its ability to promote good or evil....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Literary Analysis of the Odyssey

- Brains over brawn, who will win this battle?Homer's tale of Odysseus' adventures in “The Odyssey” show that being intelligent and cunning can be far better than having physical strength. Being physically strong certainly has its advantages, but not in all circumstances. Strength in intelligence shows new meaning of strength. Odysseus is amused with himself when he defeats Polyphemus. His great skills with a bow outweigh the others abilities. Knowledge of the placement of his bed win his beloveds heart....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Macbeth Literary Critic Essay

- ... He can go out a coward by suicide, prisoner by surrender, or noble by fighting. He chooses to stay and fight, not because he wants more of Macduff’s blood on his conscience, Macbeth himself says, “Get thee back. Mine soul is too much charged with blood of thine already.” (5.8.6-7), but because it is in his nature to fight. He knows his time is up and if he is going down, he is going down fighting. It is not Macbeth being a bloodthirsty villain hoping to score another victim, but rather a warrior dying nobly at the hand of the person he wronged the most....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]

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Literary Analysis: Dante's Inferno

- Dante’s work Inferno is a vivid walkthrough the depths of hell and invokes much imagery, contemplation and feeling. Dante’s work beautifully constructs a full sensory depiction of hell and the souls he encounters along the journey. In many instances within the work the reader arrives at a crossroads for interpretation and discussion. Canto XI offers one such crux in which Dante asks the question of why there is a separation between the upper levels of hell and the lower levels of hell. By discussing the text, examining its implications and interpretations, conclusions can be drawn about why there is delineation between the upper and lower levels and the rationale behind the separation....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Plot and Literary Style Must Interact in an Effective Way

- Both the plot and literary style are elements that are unique to each author and his or her works. If these interact in an effective way, the reader will be able to fully understand both the story line and the message that the author is trying to communicate in the piece. Both “Blindness” by José Saramago and “The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster are novels in which the literary style used enhances the plot of the story. Similarly, the storyline justifies the reasons behind the use of that author’s particular style....   [tags: plot, literary style, writers, authors,]

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Literary Devices Used in Pullman's, Golden Compass

- The novel, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, is an extraordinary piece of work. The Golden Compass is a story by Philip Pullman. In the book, Lyra must battle her way through deceiving Gobblers, child-taking thieves who cut away their captive’s daemons, which is like the person’s soul. Before she leaves on the trip to find her uncle, the Master gives her a task: to find and give her uncle a compass called an alethiometer, but some people will stop at nothing to take it from her. She also has to prevent people from destroying the Dust, a mysterious substance that is said to unite the universe and kids from Gobblers....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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The Theme of Nature in Literary Works

- The Theme of Nature in Literary Works In his Poetics, Plato contemplates the nature of aesthetics and existence. He postulates that for every existing object and idea there is an absolute "ideal" which transcends human experience. He further concludes that art, including literature, is an aesthetic representation of real objects and ideas that is used to better understand their "ideals." In theory, as an object becomes closer ideal it also becomes a better subject for the artist. American artists in particular have been given an invaluable opportunity to explore this realm of the Platonic ideal....   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Analysis: Briar Rose

- In “Briar Rose,” it is clear that Anne Sexton uses a classic fairy tale to tell of her own childhood experiences with sexual abuse. Instead of simply retelling the story, she puts a new twist on it and transforms it into an elaborate metaphor. Not so much a cry for help as a plea for awareness, Sexton uses carefully crafted words to depict her own struggle to expose the perpetrator. She also uses her adaptation of the story to address the issue of cultures ignoring sexual violence altogether. In Sexton’s “Briar Rose,” the story begins by the King hosting a christening for his new daughter, Briar Rose....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Literary Analysis of "The Yellow Wallpaper"

- In literature, women are often depicted as weak, compliant, and inferior to men. The nineteenth century was a time period where women were repressed and controlled by their husband and other male figures. Charlotte Gilman, wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper," showing her disagreement with the limitations that society placed on women during the nineteenth century. According to Edsitement, the story is based on an event in Gilman’s life. Gilman suffered from depression, and she went to see a physician name, Silas Weir Mitchell....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Literary Movement of Transcendentalism

- Transcendentalism was a literary movement in the first half of the 19th century. The philosophical theory contained such aspects as self-examination, the celebration of individualism, and the belief that the fundamental truths existed outside of human experience. Fulfillment of this search for knowledge came when one gained an acute awareness of beauty and truth, and communicated with nature to find union with the Over-Soul. When this occurred, one was cleansed of materialistic aims, and was left with a sense of self-reliance and purity....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Works Commands The Reader

- When I first started this semester I felt and truly believed the actual text itself is has much more importance than the author’s intentions. I also felt the reader’s response had very little value. I went to school in California. My last English teacher had put a great emphasis on the text itself. As I was taught the words themselves hold all the power. I felt the author’s intentions were merely not important. It was okay if a reader misconstrued what the author had intended for his or her audience....   [tags: Literary criticism, Literary theory, New Criticism]

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Hucklebery Finn Literary Figures

- The Adventures of Huck Finn CHARACTER: Character Name Description Quote Huckleberry Finn A young outcast boy who is always forced to survive on his own due to lack of authority. He is quick-witted and able to make intelligent decisions, but is often influenced by his friend Tom. Jim A black slave that belonged to Miss Watson but escaped after she threatened to sell him. Huck and him went off together on the river looking for the free states. The king & the duke Fugitives that joined up with Huck and Jim on the raft....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Analysis: "Some Moral Minima"

- In “Some Moral Minima,” Goodman states, “if it is true that no norm can be made unless some other is compromised, and are there no rules to tell us that principles are principles – no norms delineating concretely, and uncompromisingly, wrong from right?” (Goodman, 2010, p. 87) Every society has customs and traits that make them distinctive to which each of these customs belong to people. Cultures and societies all have different moral standards. Lenn E. Goodman, states that we as humans and the societies we constitute can be wrong, unjust, vicious, tragically or self-deceivingly (Goodman, 2010, p....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Literary Analysis of My Story

- Literary Analysis of My Story When writing my own story opening, I tried to use techniques that would make the reader want to read on. For example, I described the main character's appearance in detail so that the reader would be able to form a mental picture of her. Just from the first few paragraphs, the reader knows that she is "a beautiful girl" with "endless jet black locks" and "chocolate brown eyes". The effect of this is to make the reader relate to her with empathy rather than objectivity because they feel they know her....   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Sources and Their Significance in Noh

- I believe that universally, theater is the concentration of passing down history, whether factual or mythical, to future generations paired with various degrees of artistic dignity. Like many other staged performances, the root of Noh is based off of a storytelling tradition, enhanced or exaggerated to be viewed by a wider audience. In the end, it was supposed to be somewhat entertaining, the viewer perhaps receiving a more dramatic interpretation of a past tale accompanied by dance, music, and visuals....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Literary Censorship

- Growing up in a place where free speech is strongly pressed, why is censorship no stranger. We live in a world where television, video games, music and even literary documents have all been censored. Literature can be defined as the body of written works of a language, period, or culture. This is everything from newspapers and magazines to textbooks and novels. Literary censorship has been around for a long time. These books are challenged and banned. When a book is challenged there has been an attempt to remove the book or document based on the opinions of a group of people....   [tags: literature, race, Oliver Twist, language, Twain]

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Scarlet Letter Literary Criticism

- Scarlet Letter Literary Criticism All great stories have thorough reports from several different literary critics, what do they have to say on The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter in the nineteenth century is comparable to early twentieth century and late twentieth century criticism. Early nineteenth century critics think the story was a tremendous work of art. A “Review of New Books” thought the story is “a genuine native romance” (Ripley 295). This is shown through the struggle of Hester and Arthur to have a secret love affair and find time to see each other periodically throughout the story....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Literary Analysis of Movie

- Literary Analysis of Movie How does it feel starting over in a completely new place. In the movie “The Karate Kid”, Daniel, the main character, and his mom moved to the California from New Jersey because of his mom’s new job offer. Daniel started going to school in California and met a girl named Ali, whom he started to like. He started going out with her. Daniel was getting beat up by some bullies; one of them was Ali’s ex-boyfriend. They knew karate very well, but Daniel did not. So Daniel decided to learn karate....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Many Theories from Literary Critics: John Cheever’s The Swimmer

- “The Swimmer” is one of John Cheever’s most notorious short stories. John Cheever’s main character is a middle-aged, suburban man, named Needy Merrill. While sitting at his neighbors, the Westerhazy’s, pool, Needy decides that he will take a journey through his neighborhood swimming pools. When Needy first starts off his journey he feels young and enthusiastic; he is then greeted in a joyous manner by his neighborhood friends. Apparently, Needy is a well-known and respected man. As his journey progresses, he starts seeing red and orange leaves; he then realizes that it was fall....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Amy Tan's Literary Works

- Amy Tan's Literary Works “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. You could open a restaurant. Your could work for the government and get good retirement. You could buy a house with almost no money down. You could become rich. You could become instantly famous.” These are some of the dreams that Jing-Mei’s mother in Amy Tan’s Two Kinds has of America. She is not alone. Millions of people come to America to make these dreams come true, like the Indian’s Tribe in Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven....   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Devices Used In Macbeth

- Literary Devices used in Macbeth Imagine how dull a Shakespearean play would be without the ingenious literary devices and techniques that contribute so much to the fulfillment of its reader or viewer. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a tragedy that combines fact and legend to tell the story of an eleventh century king. Shakespeare uses numerous types of literary techniques to make this tragic play more appealing. Three literary devices that Shakespeare uses to make Macbeth more interesting and effective are irony, symbolism, and imagery....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Methods of Literary Critique

- Criticism is one of the most important aspects of literally works because it helps the reader to have a broader perspective of the works, which could be poetry, literature or drama work. The process of critiquing works of art can be focused in areas that include psychological, theological, gender, and Marxist ones. There are a number of approaches that can be used as forms of carrying out literally criticism; one of them is the use of archetypal approach. There is no specific way to explain exactly what literature means and is to each individual person....   [tags: literary analysis, r.w. clugston]

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Literary Analysis of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

- Broken Dreams "In other periods of depression, it has always been possible to see some things which were solid and upon which you could base hope, but as I look about, I now see nothing to give ground to hope—nothing of man.” (Calvin Coolidge) The Great Depression was a period with high inflation and unemployment, where millions of families lost their savings and their livelihoods. During this time many men moved out west to become ranch hands, one of the few jobs available. Many of these ranch hands were fueled by a false dream, to one day own a piece of land, and start a family....   [tags: analytical essay, literary criticism]

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Discussing Literary Genre

- To define genre is to embark on a conjectural journey within a theoretical minefield. Genre theory has drawn immense debate and contemplation throughout literary history, however, several conclusions have emerged. Genre types are unfixed categories whose characteristics differ considerably among the specific genres; furthermore, the role of literary history plays a significant role in discussions of genre, for genre types evolve and shift with each new literary text. An approach to the discussion of genre, family resemblances, illustrates similar conventions among texts within a genre, but there are significant problems in this approach....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Analysis of Barn Burning

- A Literary Analysis of Barn Burning At first glance, the story “Barn burning” seems just to be about a tyrannical father and a son who is in the grips of that tyranny. I think Faulkner explores at least one important philosophical question in this story were he asks at what point should a person make a choice between what his parent(s) and / or family believes and his own values. The main character and protagonist in this story is a boy named Colonel Sartoris. In this story, Sarty is faced with the decision of either going along with the views and actions of his morally challenged father or asserting his own morality and individuality by running away and leaving his family and his pain behi...   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Literary Devices in "Murder in the Cathedral"

- T.S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral is well a respected drama composed of the life elements of faith, revenge, and the never-ending struggle for power. Two men, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Beckett, and King Henry II of England, display this ostentatious struggle for power. This dispute over ruling authority between the Church and the state is indicative of a main theme in Murder in the Cathedra, man versus god. Thomas Beckett serves as the representation of the power of God whereas King Henry II and his advisors serve as the governmental representations, or the power of man....   [tags: European Literature]

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Literary Q&A

- 1. According to the lecture notes, a Realist fiction “reflects a conflict with a society threatened with rapid change and a breakdown of traditional values”. (Perkins) A Realist hero would be a person who has seen the worst of what society has to offer within that time period. As a hero, I would believe that even though things are changing quickly, and with this “breakdown of traditional values” (Perkins), they are still strong enough to deal with them and overcome them. Though the definition of a hero was not described in the lecture notes provided, I believe that Aunt Rachel fits the role of a Realist hero perfectly....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Varying Approaches to Literary Analysis

- Formalist: The formalist strategy tends to focus on the formal aspects of a piece of work. A formalist critic views literature as a work of art rather than a reflection of the author. This strategy is helpful when analyzing drama and fiction because the words and images shape the work itself. When analyzing a more complex story, a formalist critic will raise questions about the complexities. Formalist strategies reveal meaning and reinforce the theme of a text. Biographical: Biographical simply means of or pertaining to a person’s life....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Literary Review: "Trifles"

- Protection must be guarded, justice must be served and relationships must be scared. In “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell approaches all three. By utilizing the conflict of law and justice, she explores the social struggle between man and woman as well as the separation between public and private affairs. Each aspect is developed completely in the work and help evaluate the discrepancies throughout the story. Forced to deal with a dramatic murder, a group of individuals face a complicated situation. The news of a murder brings in Mr....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Literary Comparison: Shedding Light on the Holocaust

- For many, the events of the Holocaust are too painful to speak of. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities (History). These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of world Jewry (History). While both Kofman and Kertesz presented to readers the effects of the Holocaust on the Jewish child, Kofam focused more one rare aspects of being a Jewish child, while Kertesz gave vivid details about the realities of the fate the Jewish child....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Use Of Literary Elements

- Use of Literary Elements There are many important elements to The Catcher in the Rye but there are two that stand out from the rest by a great margin. These elements of the novel are the message that the book gives to reader as well as the style of writing that J.D. Salinger uses while writing the book. The messages can be seen clearly and are very important to the book, but they are not an original theme for a book. What does set the ideas in this book apart from other books with the same theme is the writing style that Salinger uses in the book; this writing style is called stream of consciousness writing....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Works that Influenced Science

- American anthropologist Clifford Geertz once said, “I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false.” This statement could not be more true. Most people consider the sciences and the humanities to be completely unrelated, but in fact they complement each other splendidly. The sciences strive to explain the universe and all of its constituents through observation and experiment. The humanities involve the study and analysis of human culture, and are traditionally comprised of literature, history, and philosophy....   [tags: Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, ]

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Literary Comparison Essay

- The two documents that will be discussed by comparing, analyzing and contrasting within this paper will be Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules for Thinking with the Church along side of an excerpt of Martin Luther’s writings from the Preface to the Complete Edition of Luther's Latin Works. Although there are many similarities within these documents as men of faith write them both, they are written from different perspectives of their faith. The first is written of the persuasion that one must be submissive to the Roman Catholic Church, and the other, a former Catholic reflecting upon when he, as a Catholic Monk, had an epiphany of the phrase “justice of God” looking at the scriptures writes the other...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Literary Theories: Metafiction

- Metafiction is a literary theory that is present in several works of literature. According to the Oxford English Dictionary metafiction is, “Fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (esp. naturalism) and narrative techniques; a fictional work in this genre or style.” In other words, Metafiction is exclusively fiction within fiction, or when the writer self-consciously reflects the writing upon itself....   [tags: literary genres and styles]

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ABC Murders Literary Analysis

- Imagine attempting to expose a highly cautious serial killer who could be anyone living anywhere in the country. In Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders, Hercule Poirot has this exact task placed upon him. A murderer, who only kills in alphabetical order, is on the loose, and Poirot, along with his partner and the police squad, is charged with the case. After a few consecutive murders, clues began to be found as to who “ABC” actually is. A surprising plot twist occurs at the end which has the reader questioning how Monsieur Poirot eventually discovered this careful killer....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Agatha Christie]

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Sexist Novels and Literary Prizes

- Literary prizes are often a source of controversy, the majority of which revolves around what should qualify or disqualify a novel in regards to its award nomination potential. Lately there has been a push towards novels that convey politically correct themes, but this does not prevent authors from winning with less than moral works (Geason). For example, the French author Michel Houellebecq recently won a coveted French literary prize (the Prix Goncourt) without straying from writing novels that are hotly debated....   [tags: politically incorrect literature]

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The Lady, The Lapdog, And Literary Alterity

- In “The Lady, the Lapdog, and Literary Alterity,” Laura Brown closely considers a single recurring image in the literary canon. Her analysis reveals its value as an image “mean[ing] more than any individual text that includes that image may actually say,” and as an indicator of “how Europeans at a crucial period in the expansion of their culture across the globe engaged the idea of difference” (31). This way, although she never explicitly labels her essay so by name, it is undeniably a history of a dynamic image within literature....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Marxism, Tobacco]

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A Literary Look at the Afterlife

- Since the beginning of time, legions of people have all had their own interpretation of the after-life, and if there even is one. Many philosophies, religions, and individuals have all asked themselves the same question at one point or another: Is there a Heaven or a Hell. Where will my body go. Will my soul follow. The Bible has many passages in which it describes its specific thoughts and claims on the “afterlife”. The afterlife as noted in the Bible, is divided into two different places, Heaven and Hell....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Rita Dove Literary Analysis

- Rita Dove: Literary Analysis Rita Dove has written many different kinds of poetry. She also wrote books, short stories plays and all types of literature. This essay will focus on specifics of her writing by analyzing three pieces of poetry that Rita Dove has written. The works we will be looking at are In the Old Neighborhood, My Mother Enters the Work Force, and The Bistro Styx. Through these three works you will see examples of Rita Dove’s use of home in her poetry, her use of figurative devices such as similes and metaphors, and you will see Dove’s view on children coming of age in different ways....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Devices Utilized in Thomas Foster's Book "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" Put to Use in "Pulp Fiction"

- The only real way to truly understand a story is to understand all aspects of a story and their meanings. The same goes for movies, as they are all just stories being acted out. In Thomas Foster's book, “How to Read Literature Like a Professor”, Foster explains in detail the numerous ingredients of a story. He discusses almost everything that can be found in any given piece of literature. The devices discussed in Foster's book can be found in most movies as well, including in Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic, “Pulp Fiction”....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Literary Value of The Lord of the Rings

- The most famous work in the epic fantasy genre is The Lord of the Rings, written by J. R. R. Tolkien over the course of ten years and published in 1954. Over the last few decades, there has been a lot of controversy over whether or not a story in this genre could be considered a valuable literary work. It was suggested that fantasy was clichéd and too unrealistic to be in touch with the daily life. However, when one reads between the lines, one can find a different interpretation within the same story; an interpretation that might not be as clichéd and farfetched as one might think....   [tags: jrr tolkien, frodo, gandalf, trilogy]

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Mexico's Literary History

- When most people think of Mexican culture, they think of good food, music, and clothing. Although these are major aspects, the culture has also been affected by literature. The history of Mexican literature can be broken down into distinct periods and areas: pre-colonial, colonial, satirical writings, independence, modern, and present day. Each of these areas resulted in famous authors, works, and awards. To begin with, Mexican literature dates back to pre-colonial times. The earliest works by Indians include the Popol Vuh, sacred books written in the Quiche language by the Maya of Guatemala....   [tags: Literature ]

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Literature - Postmodern Literary Criticism

- Postmodern Literary Criticism   Postmodernism attempts to call into question or challenge the notion of a single absolute unified master narrative without simply replacing it with another. It is a paradoxical, recursive, and problematic method of critique.   It encourages transcendence through or in spite of limitation, while simultaneously decentering the concept of absolute transcendence. To this end, it encourages the development of a heightened sense of self in relation to itself and the world around it....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Slave Narrative Literary Analysis

- Prior to the publication of any slave narrative, African Americans had been represented by early historians’ interpretations of their race and culture. Commonly accepted gender roles are a product of the biological and social evolution of humankind and are polarized between masculine and feminine expressions. These roles have been universally adapted and historically assigned to individuals based on gender. The collective acceptance of individual gender roles has fashioned them into a lens through which all human experience is filtered down to the individual....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Moral Value Of Literary Fiction

- The Moral Value of Literary Fiction to Business Understanding stories and the characters within them is one way in which we make moral sense of business life (Michaelson, 2005). Even with the various criticisms of length and impracticalness, literary fiction provides moral value to business by supporting the development of a strong moral code, elevating the moral imagination, depicting potential outcomes, and progressing self-knowledge. Literary fiction also provides moral value by introducing a multi-faceted perspective of business ethics and growing emotional intelligence....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Business ethics, Management]

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Literary Criticism - “We Call Them Greasers”

- On a general level, structuralism holds that both individuals and the realities they share are signified and constructed by a series of cultural influences which create meaning. The self is said to be a construct of its environment and selves in combination project meaning onto their experienced reality; a reality which in turn becomes reflective of the shared consciousness. This symbiotic relationship between the formulation of a reality and the nature of a collective allow meaning to be interpreted based on the system of constructed codes which informs it....   [tags: Literary Criticism]

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Characterization As A Literary Element Of Art

- Characterization is considered to be a literary element of art. Analyzing characterization is the key to finding a fiction story theme. Characterization is made known through direct and indirect characterization. Direct characterization tells the personality or traits of the character, while indirect characterization presents the character by their actions. Alice Walker “Everyday Use” is a short story that reveals the theme through characterization. This technique is used by exposing the characters values, heritage, and insecurities....   [tags: Fiction, Family, Short story, 2003 in film]

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Colonialism in the Literary Short Story

- The idea of heritage and tradition in the modern world has become an idea of importance to both the indigenous peoples and the descendants of the European colonists who attempted to Westernize the lands they discovered and the people in them. This idea has taken numerous forms in recent years and not-so-recent years. One form it has been examined in is the literary short story. Thomas King’s “One Good Story, That One” and Chinua Achebe’s “Dead Men’s Path” use characters and conflict to make a statement about the loss of tradition and heritage in order to demonstrate the effect of colonialism on indigenous people and their culture....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Literary Merit of Animal Farm

- The Literary Merit of Animal Farm       The year of 1945 marked a great turning point in world history.  The end of the Second World War, the detonation of the atomic bomb, the beginning of the Cold War took place during that year.  Also in 1945, George Orwell published Animal Farm, The book drew wide interest due to its scathing commentary on the Russian communist movement at a time when Britain and Russia were still allies.  The body of criticism relating to the novel is among the greatest of twentieth century literature.  Attacking the work from a variety of angles, every detail has been poked and prodded, but the consensus is still out on how best to judge Orwell's book.  By analyzing...   [tags: Animal Farm]

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The Wife of Bath: A Literary Analysis

- Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” is an important part of his most famed work, The Canterbury Tales. One of the most respected highly analyzed of all of the tales, this particular one is important both for its character development and its prevailing themes. It seamlessly integrates ideas on society at that time with strong literary development. This work stands the test of time both because of its literary qualities and because of what it can teach us about the role of women in late Medieval society....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Essays]

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Literary Criticism Essay for Beauty and the Beast

- At every moment in the brain, messages travel from neuron to neuron by jumping from terminal branches to dendrites and speeding down axons to create thoughts and ideas that fuel emotions and actions. Fairy tales become messages and float from neuron to neuron in the brain to generate images of unrealistic worlds filled with castles guarded by dragons, Fairy God Mothers who grant your every wish and genies who arrive out of lamps only to cause more problems or to fulfill destiny. Authors designed fairy tales to take the reader away from daily rituals in order to allow the reader to explore unattainable worlds and experience the journey of becoming a desirable, wealthy prince who saves the da...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Significance of Literary Knowledge in Parodic Poetry: A Look At Anthony Hecht’s "The Dover Bitch"

- A precritical response to any literature can be loosely defined as the initial raw, emotional reaction to the piece. The feeling of confusion, disgust, impassiveness, or pure joy can follow any reading. On the other hand, a critical response is a critical evaluation or, more specifically, an intellectual response to a piece of literature. Critically thinking about a piece of literature involves taking the work and breaking it down into different parts, thus aiding in understanding the work and specific parts of it to the work as a whole....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Value of Literary Studies

- The Value of Literary Studies Literature is a body of written works, wherein the name is often applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the excellence of their execution. Literature may be classified according to a variety of systems, including language, national origin, historical period, genre, and subject matter. The current meaning generally attached to the term literature--a body of writing by a people or by peoples using the same language is a relatively modern one....   [tags: Papers]

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