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Literary Response : Fiesta 1980

- Literary Response 3: Fiesta 1980 In the second story of Drown by Junot Diaz, Yunior and Rafa have already been in the United States of America for about three years. In this story, their mother’s sister came to the United States. They travel to the Bronx in order to celebrate their aunts and uncles’ arrival. In Fiesta 1980, we meet their father and sister, and learn more about their mother. Through the way they all interact, we learn more about each family member’s characteristics and their family dynamic....   [tags: Mother, Family, Sibling]

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Reader Response Criticism

- Fish’s Reader Response Criticism is composed of two interdependent ideas: first, that the meaning of texts is shaped by the reading experience itself, and second, that these meanings cannot be judged to be correct or incorrect, but merely belonging to one “interpretive community” or another. The first idea may be identified as the executive aspect of Reader Response Criticism because it analyzes the act of reading, while the second idea is the epistemological aspect of the theory because it circumscribes the knowledge we can acquire about a text to the merely relative....   [tags: Literary Response]

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Response To A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

- Desperate times often call for desperate measures, and proposals of desperate measures are often met with swift criticism if they are found to be without rational thought and merit. It is unlikely that anyone in their right mind would consider, for any amount of time, the proposal of rearing children, or properly raising them, as food to help alleviate poverty-stricken Ireland in 1729. Yet, Jonathan Swift’s suggestion was satirical brilliance, and it was a modest proposal for illuminating the cause of Ireland’s woes....   [tags: Literary Response]

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Response To Smiley's Critique of "Huckleberry Finn"

- Smiley has missed the point of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and has depressed the book to a fractions of its ideas. She sees the book as a failed social commentary on racism and enabling the reader to avoid responsibility. A Short sighted sentiment from Mrs. Smiley, but Mark Twain has a light directed elsewhere. He lights out the territory of social improvements by vexing the reader to view from different vantage points. Huckleberry Finn deals with the issue of racism. Racism, however, is only a single scourge of society....   [tags: Literary Response]

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Literary Response Paper : Edgar Allan Poe

- Nadia O 'Banion Professor Carlos ENGL 1302 28 April 2016 English 1302 literary response paper Edgar Allan Poe was one of America 's most celebrated storytellers and poets but his life was full of misfortune and disappointment and this may have been the reason he turned to alcohol and opium. Evidence of his mental anguish and addictions is reflected in his writings. Poe was born in Boston in 1809, he was the son of itinerant actors. His father, whose father was a famous Revolutionary War general, was a heavy drinker and deserted the family when Poe was 18 months old; he died a short time later of tuberculosis....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart]

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Literary Response to Gulliver’s Travels

- Literary Response to Gulliver’s Travels 1.) Interpret the ending of Book IV in Gulliver’s Travels. How are we to understand Gulliver’s very strange behavior. In Book IV, Lemuel Gulliver’s fourth and final journey places him in the land of the Houyhnhnm, a civilization of intellectual, sensible horses, and senseless, inferior, and indecent humans. As Swift does throughout the novel, he ties his satire closely with Gulliver’s perceptions of the different world around him in his last adventure; these chapters do not change the method of Swift’s satire....   [tags: essays papers]

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Literary Elements Ilustrated in Chinua Achebe's Poem, Refugee Mother and Child and in Kassabova's Refugees

- In the poem Refugee mother and child written by Chinua Achebe and Refugees written by Kapka Kassabova, an important idea of loss is conveyed by using interesting language techniques such as simile, alliteration and metaphor. They both link to the idea of the abstract loss and Achebe, itself, links to physical loss. As the catholic dominated province of Biafra attempted independence from the Muslim dominated central state the civil war broke in 1967. Achebe writes from a 3rd person perspective as he observes the overall mood of sadness and despair as mothers watch, grieving, at the imminent loss of their children....   [tags: literary techniques, literary response]

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Response to Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

- Response to Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson I believe that, essentially, life consists of a series of choices. A grouping of these choices in one direction or another makes us who we are, and ultimately we have control over our lives. What makes one person different from another is his own set of choices. When going through life’s motions, we develop certain worldviews and ideas and values to live by. We develop an opinion of what makes a person “great.” In the well-known essay “Self-Reliance”, Ralph Waldo Emerson provides a beautiful way of approaching these choices, and he reveals a very inspiring set of values centralized around going through life answering only to yourself....   [tags: English Literature, Literary Response]

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A Comparison Essay of Paulo Freire's “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, and Susan Brown’s “Does Work Really Work?”

- aulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Susan Brown’s Does Work Really Work. Each discuss the theory of education and the problems associated with the world of work in similar ways. Freire discusses the Banking System and the Problem posing method to describe the two different ways teachers educate their students and their method of teaching whether it be through creativity or memorization. Brown believes people are forced into an employee contract which dissolves any freedom and creativity at the workplace....   [tags: Literary Response]

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Comparison: Airborne Event and The Liberation of Aunt Jemima

- The artist Fred Tomaselli arranged an assortment of objects “Airborne Event” in 2003, and the talented Bettye Saar, “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima” in 1972. I will be comparing these two pieces. This essay will consist of the explanation of each piece of artwork, and the comparison of each piece in my own opinion. The American artist Fred Tomaselli arranges pills, leaves, insects and cutouts of animals and body parts to create his pieces of art. His incorporation of items are arranged to suggest a level of perception along with a heightened visual experience....   [tags: Literary Response]

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My Life After Reading "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens"

- “Over two million copies sold” seeing that on the cover of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens I told myself to give it a chance. I had heard many different opinions about the book. Most of my peers were not overly excited when the y finished. However I decided to go into reading the book with a positive attitude knowing if I did enjoy it writing a paper about it would be much easier and I might even learn something. Reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens I saw many ways each habit pertained to my life....   [tags: Teenagers, Literary Response, Book Review]

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Shakespeare's Jealous Husbands

- Response to Shakespeare’s Jealous Husbands: Othello and Leontes In Shakespeare’s Jealous Husbands: Othello and Leontes by Paul Dean is a play that dramatized the comparison on how Jealousy in Othello with Jealousy in Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale, serves as a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change for further action. Shakespeare’s ideas about jealousy came from a variety of literary and cultural traditions, beginning with narrative of the Fall as he read it in the Book of Genesis and as he saw it in the medieval mystery plays still being performed during his adolescence....   [tags: Othello, Leontes, Response, Literary Analysis]

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The Reader Response Critical School

- The Reader-Response critical school focuses on the participation of the reader with the text and how her participation in the reading process affects a discussion of the text’s meanings. Though critics within the school lie on a spectrum with extremes that define the reader as passive or active, all can agree, the reader is integral to the reading process. The latter see readers as active creators of meaning (Staton 351). David Bleich falls on this end of the spectrum and his work underscores the subjectivity of critical interpretation by discussing that, the “observer is always part of what is being observed” (201)....   [tags: The Reader, Mind, Literary theory, Reader]

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Making Americans Response

- Making Americans Response King should have given Making Americans the more appropriate title, “Constructing American Identity: The National Legacy of Race and Ethnicity.” The work tiptoes across a dangerous, four hundred year old minefield. Tackling American Identity always leads to a discussion of race. It is near futile to avoid. If steps on any of the sensitive mines, carefully concealed under a bushel of political correctness, the scholar must endure criticism and allegations from the various ethno historians that immerged in the 60s and 70s....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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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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A Reader-Response Based Analysis of William Blake's "The Tyger"

- This essay provides a Reader-Response based analysis of William Blake’s “The Tyger.” Following a brief overview of Reader-Response theory, where the subjects of the reader serve to give meaning to text, the essay begins focusing on the contradiction and the division that lives within the tiger itself. Blake’s “Tyger” is simultaneously a beautiful and ferocious creature. From this, the essay moves forward by examining the multiple references to symmetry made by Blake in “The Tyger,” and proposes that these are an overall collection that contains many of the tiger’s contradictions....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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My Antonia Response Prompts: The Hired Girls

- My Antonia Response Prompts: The Hired Girls Harling Family Views “They were all Bohemians, all “hired girls”, states Cather (136). Raising a family on the frontier is very hard work. At this point in the novel, a new aspect of life is revealed. Families who can afford it, bring "hired girls" into their household. Recently, many young women have been acquiring jobs within the Black Hawk area to earn a living. The Harlings are the next door neighbors to Antonia's best friends, the Burtons. Antonia has recently taken a housekeeping job at the Harling residence....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Educational Researcher: Review and Response

- 2.1 Forum Analysis A. Research and Identify: Background / History of Forum Although the Educational Researcher does not have a stated political position and is not interested in politics on the surface, some political ideas and opinions are very evident within its pages. In my opinion, the Educational Researcher tends to lean more towards the liberal/progressive side, because the articles they publish tend to have some very progressive ideas, theories and research. The journal also tends to side with educators and professors who for the most part usually lean a little to the left....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Reader's Response to Text

- The responder’s sense of belonging and exclusion from the text is evoked from the discourse between responder and the text – further influenced by the composer’s purpose, values and textual features. Gaita manipulates the Romanticised representation of the loving father in opposition to the troubled mother figure Christine to evoke a sense of belonging in the reader to the filial biography “Romulus, My Father”. Conversely, Gary Crew’s “Strange Objects” barricades the reader through the repellent protagonist and postmodern textual techniques....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Tender is the Night Book Response

- Fitzgerald accommodates various central themes throughout his novel Tender is the Night. In the novel we witness one of the main characters, Dick, regress from being a man of great social stature who is portrayed as an exalted person whom we idolize as a reader, to a man who loses everything and has his life decimated by the end of the novel. This constructs one of the foremost themes of the novel, Dick’s transformation over the course of time. Additionally we see many people for the duration of the novel who have thoughts of affairs, actually carry out affairs, and those who just have abounding thoughts of affection for members of the opposite sex....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Fitzgerald]

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Reading Response #4

- Each individual is either cursed or blessed with an assortment of genetic traits that makes all of us unique. This is an obvious statement to be sure, still, the complexity of this enormous collection of genetic programming boggles the mind of almost anyone that might choose to explore its depths. Even with this potential for unlimited genetic variety, and even in the presence of any number of significant guiding influences, humans remain unique to each other. However, it can be argued that environmental experiences have a greater impact on the personality of an individual than genetic influences....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Separation Between the Narration in Response to Frankenstein

- In reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly, a motif of distance and separateness can be discerned from the text. In the structure of the narrative, the reader is distant from the action. The setting of the narrative is situated often in isolated and nearly inaccessible areas, creating separateness between the action of the story and the everyday world. The Frankenstein monster is remote compared to the rest of world by narrative structure, geographic area, and his namelessness. The reader must look through several lenses throughout the novel....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelly, literary theory]

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The Literary Works of Vladimir Nabokov

- More so than that of most other comparably illustrious writers, a number of Vladimir Nabokov’s works beckon near polarizing discrepancies in interpretation and actual author intent amidst literary circles. In a letter to the editor of The New Yorker, he concedes to constructing systems “wherein a second (main) story is woven into, or placed behind, the superficial semitransparent one” (Dolinin). In practice, such an architectural premise is complicated further by his inclination to dabble in the metaphysical and occasionally, in the metafictional....   [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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Reader Response Essay - On The Strong Breed

- Reader Response Essay - On The Strong Breed Reading Wole Soyinka’s Strong Breed, I get to wondering about disclosure and ritual, disclosure between characters and to audiences, rituals of drama and religion. As I read the play, I see ample signs that both Sunma and Eman know about the curse-binding ritual that is to take place before midnight. I see signs of Sunma’s more specific knowledge in her shunning of Ifada from the start of the play. She declares, “Get away, idiot” (853). From the start Sunma is agitated and hopes that she and Eman might get away for “only two days” (857), as long as the two of them might “watch the new year together--in some other place” (856)....   [tags: Reader Response Essays]

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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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Analytical Exposition in Response to Literature: Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby

- The two texts that this essay will compare and contrast are the novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald and the play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller. Both works are based around the central topic of ‘the American Dream’ and the unceremonious death of it. However, the journeys that the protagonists take to meet their tragic ends are very different though the motives involved are accused murder and adultery. This essay’s aim is to determine whether the novel or the play best is more successful in engaging and provoking the reader....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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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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Literature Demands an Ethical Response

- Already Responsible In this essay I want to explicate the intuition that literature demands an ethical response that not only precedes interpretation but also serves as its basis. I am not arguing that the response to texts should be ethical, but simply that it is ethical before it is interpretive. The interpretive position adopted by critics of literature is determined not by the "interpretive community" to which they belong, nor by their “a priori” biases and ideological perspective, but by the responsibility they assume toward the text....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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An Annotated Bibliography : Article, And Response, An Argumentative Essay

- This past semester I was enrolled in DE English 112 at both Brooke Point High School and Germanna Community College. In the span of a few months, I accomplished the following essays: an annotated bibliography, a summary and response, an argumentative essay, a literary analysis, and a multi-genre essay. The argumentative essay and the literary analysis were submitted to Smarthinking, a Germanna sponsored writing center, where professors critiqued each essay in categories such as main idea/thesis, content development, grammar and mechanics, organization, and word choice....   [tags: Writing, Essay, Literature, Popular culture]

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Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

- Many literary works deal with the issue of homosexuality and society’s response to it, and each of the works of literature have a different take on the issue. Therefore, the authors create and design their main characters with the traits and characteristics that are most fit to convey their perception of the issue. One of the most well known literary works that deal with homosexuality is “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx, in which the main characters are two male cowboys that are in love. In fact, the story was controversial enough that director Ang Lee decided to produce an adaptation of the story....   [tags: homosexuality and society's response to it]

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A Critical Response to Hawthorne’s Puritans

- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) is critically acclaimed for the portrayal of New England Puritans in his fiction. The grim picture of the rigid and forbidding Puritan community in his works reflects the widespread attitude towards Puritans, yet Professor Deborah L. Madsen, in her paper, “Hawthorne’s Puritans: From Fact to Fiction” claims that this monolithic portrayal of Puritanism results in a ‘powerful misrepresentation of the actual puritans [and] of the dynamics of Puritan theology’ (Madsen 1999, p 510) ....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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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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Narrative “New Literary” Criticism

- Narrative “New Literary” Criticism A good novel is hard to put down. The story in the novel is perfect with a great plot, convincing characters, and a suspenseful build up to the climax. You have been drawn into the story and it is almost like you are there, living along side the characters. You understand their background, their trials, and their joys. The story brings to life something from long ago that may or may not be fictional. It is hard to tell without doing further research. In reality, that further research does not mean much to you at the present moment....   [tags: Literature Criticism]

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“Literary Techniques Used in Hamlet”, by William Shakespeare

- In what way do the techniques used in a prescribed text develop ideas and influence your response as a reader. The revenge tragedy, “Hamlet”, by William Shakespeare is a tale of murder, secrets and lies where a son is called upon by the ghost of his father to avenge his death. Shakespeare uses a range of techniques in order to influence the reader’s understanding of “Hamlet’s” main themes and ideas. The most effective techniques used within the play are the soliloquies that give depth of both character and story, the powerful displays of imagery used within the play, and the dual understanding that emphasizes the connection between king and country....   [tags: literary devices, imagery, critical analysis]

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Latin American Literary Movements : Dom Casmurro, By Machado De Assis

- Katie Philyaw Mrs. Mastin IB HL English 15 April 2016 Latin American Literary Movements in Relation to Assis’s Style Dom Casmurro, by Machado de Assis, was published in Brazil in 1899 and later translated from Portuguese to English. In observing the characteristics of the novel, Dom Casmurro does not easily fit into the literary movements popular in Latin America: like romanticism, realism, and naturalism. Many commentators have criticized Assis for not incorporating the principle, nineteenth century Brazilian literary characteristics....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Middle class]

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Steven Crane's Role in the Literary Revolution and an Analysis of The Red Badge of Courage

- If it takes a revolutionary to topple the general way of thinking, Stephen Crane is that revolutionary for American literature. The dominant literary movement before Crane’s time, Romanticism, originated in Germany and England as a response to classicism and soon dispersed worldwide. (McKay 766). Romanticism stressed the power of the human conscience and the intensity of emotion. It was essentially a spiritual movement, fiercely conflicting with the rigid rules and standards of classicism and the restraint of the Enlightenment....   [tags: Red Badge of Courage]

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Literary Analysis: "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat"

- A narrative is constructed to elicit a particular response from its audience. In the form of a written story, authors use specific narrative strategies to position the ‘ideal reader’ to attain the intended understanding of the meanings in the text. Oliver Sacks’ short story The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an unusual short story because it does not display conventional plot development; the story does not contain conflict or resolution of conflict. The genre of the story is also difficult to define because it reads as an autobiographical account of an experience Sacks had with a patient while working as a neurologist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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What Are Literary Lenses?

- What are Literary lenses. The term acts a figure of speech. The lenses are used to view a piece of literature from different angles in order to find multiple themes. This has been a relatively new expression in the last few decades as literary lenses have grown to be taught in high schools and colleges throughout the United States and the world. Since the terms creation in the late 20th century, students now learn many of these lenses in school to analyze pieces of literature. The lenses can help a reader understand why something happened, or where it is taking place....   [tags: Macbeth, James I of England, William Shakespeare]

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Literary Theories on Marxism

- The three analytic paragraphs on the song Zombie, the essay entitled The Closing of the (North) American Mind, and the documentary film Born Into Brothels showcase the literary theories on Marxism, Post-colonial criticism, and feminism. The paragraphs show how people struggle in their own societies in different aspects, politically and socially. Because all three pieces show struggle in all texts, the unifying theme is how people react and overcome the struggles that they face. ANALYTIC PARAGRAPH # 1: ZOMBIE BY THE CRANBERRIES The song Zombie by Irish band The Cranberries expresses the theory of post-colonial criticism as it explicitly shows the struggle between the resis...   [tags: zombie, struggle]

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Reader Response Criticism of "All Bears"

- When an audience reads a piece of literature, the author is often not over their shoulder interpreting the text as he or she meant it to come across. The readers are usually equipped with their own previous knowledge, as well as society biases based on his or her previous life experiences. Solely from the use of these tools, as well as the reader’s vocabulary, will a reader interpret the words in front of him or her. Reader Response Criticism argues this very point. The point of any piece should be subjective, as in, it should give everyone the right to explore their own interpretations rather than seek ones that some other nameless face has published....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]

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The Garden Party Response : Katherine Mansfield

- The Garden Party Response Katherine Mansfield set the scene for the most perfect garden-party in her story The Garden Party. The weather could not have been better; it was a cloudless and warm day with no wind and the flowers were divine. Mansfield’s common literary device of choice, personification, is used throughout The Garden Party to give humanlike characteristics to nonhuman objects with the vivid and beautiful descriptions like the roses. This section immediately caught my attention because of my own personal bias towards roses and their beauty....   [tags: Death, Family, Man, Laura]

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Faith Response: Interpreting Genesis and Creation

- Faith Response: Interpreting Genesis and Creation Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy lay out four possible ideas as to what the creation story in Genesis of the Bible means and how we should interpret it in terms of the age of the earth. The first interpretation they propose is the Young Earth View, which suggests the Earth was created in the recent past and is the most commonly accepted reasoning for the timing by most Christians. It states that each day is a twenty-four hour period because of the use of the Hebrew word “yom” which is used solely to refer to a twenty-four hour period....   [tags: bible, restoration, god]

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A Classroom Environment And The Literary Development Of Their Children

- The common theme throughout chapter fourteen is to make sure that parents are involved in the classroom environment and the literary development of their children. Learning starts at home, and it is essential for a child to have some type of home environment that fosters language development. The lack of a school-home connection creates a learning barrier for the student. It is important for parents to be involved in the classroom environment and involved in their child’s learning. School-home connections are not built overnight, it takes time and effort....   [tags: Education, Developmental psychology, School]

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World War I and The Literary Transition Into Modernism

- World War I and The Literary Transition Into Modernism World War I was the culmination of many things. On the surface, it was the ultimate in international disputes. Never before had the nations of the civilized world boiled over on such an enormous level. So large was the scale of World War I that there were few countries who did not feel its effects. On a more profound level, the human being had never before exacted such damage upon themselves in the name of warfare. Due to the absolute horror of the violence, man became shell-shocked psychologically and disillusionment filled many people....   [tags: American History Essays]

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Literary Analysis: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” (Twain, ix) Mark Twain opens his book with a personal notice, abstract from the storyline, to discourage the reader from looking for depth in his words. This severe yet humorous personal caution is written as such almost to dissuade his readers from having any high expectations....   [tags: American Literature ]

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Literary Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

- Jessie Steckling Mr. Sherry Literature & Composition II PREP 31 October 2014 Literary Analysis of Hamlet “He is justly served. / It is a poison tempered by himself.” (Hamlet, V, 2 , 359-360). In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet is the son of the late King Hamlet. The old king appears before Hamlet and tells him he was murdered my Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet vows to kill Claudius in order to avenge his father’s death. Polonius is the father of Hamlet’s girlfriend Ophelia. Mistaking him for Claudius, Hamlet stabs Polonius to death....   [tags: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude]

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Literary Devices Used By The Devine Comedy

- There is a balance in life between actions and consequences. Literary devices in The Devine Comedy help in the development of themes in the Novel. Dante Alighieri’s book tries to convey the message of karma. The use of plot, conflict, imagery, juxtaposition, and motif reveal themes of justification and punishment in Dante’s Inferno. The plot of The Inferno sets up the road for sinners and their respective crimes. The setting and course of the novel optimize the revelation of theme. There is no better place to go to see punishments....   [tags: Divine Comedy, Inferno, Virgil, Dante Alighieri]

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The Literary Genius Of Edgar Allan Poe

- Edgar Allan Poe was an avid writer who began fluidly sending poetry to his love interests after which he became deeply engrossed in Gothic literature, becoming a literary genius whose influence remains even today despite his untimely death. He grew up in an odd family tree and developed a love interest with Gothic literature. Poe caught the wandering eye of many, the majority of whom still enjoy his writings. He was an interesting man who wrote from his heart, spent days working on a poem or short story until he found it to be perfect....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, Short story, Poetry]

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Literary Elements Used in My Essays

- As always, my essays usually turn out to be dry and monotonous, but undeniably extensive in informative flesh and teeth. My words could be called repetitive by a few, tiresome by some, but exhaustive by most. I always employ long, winding descriptions to the simplest thing, usually stringing a series of dependent thoughts together at a melodramatic pace. Long sentences that are unequally formed in a series of dependent clauses that eventually ends with the fundamental idea at the end of the sentence becomes a signature flourish in my literary style....   [tags: syntax, complex, sentences, writing, style]

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The Dharma Bums Aesthetic Response

- The Dharma Bums Aesthetic Response   After the opening chapter of the novel in which the narrator writes, "Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running- that's the way to live" (7), I knew that the book was not only going to be interesting, but also great. I was not displeased after finishing it either. The Dharma Bums struck me as being one of the most fantastic books that I have ever read; one that contains an amazingly simple and captivating plot, an introduction and insight into the Buddhist philosophy and its followers of the 50's, and also contains the most provocative insight and philosophy about humanity...   [tags: Dharma Bums Essays]

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Literary Techniques Used in the Memoir of Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

- In the memoir of Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah states that his life’s journey has been a huge obstacle, but has learned to overcome that struggle by venting while the two contradictory sides continue their battling. Beah accomplishes his goal of explaining to the reader his point of view through the use of rhetorical questions, scenic narration, and parallelism. Ishmael Beah’s apparent purpose is to share personal accounts of his life with his fellow country men, in a country where war affects people to a level beyond the imagination....   [tags: literary devices, critical analysis, literary anal]

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Literary Analysis and the Theory of Literature

- One of my favorite stories about the days of literary High Theory is told by the feminist critic Sandra Gilbert. In the late '80s, Gilbert was interviewing a candidate for a job in Princeton University's English department. "What would your dream course be?" she asked. "My dream course," the candidate responded, "would be theory and nontheory." "What's nontheory?" asked a committee member. "You know," the candidate replied. "Poems, stories, plays."...Elaine Showwalter, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University A very short introduction: "When Aretha Franklin sings 'You make me feel like a natural woman,' she seems happy to be confirmed in a 'natural' sexuality identity, prior to culture, by...   [tags: Writing Writers Papers]

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Reader-Response Criticism of James Joyce’s Eveline from Dubliners

- A Subjective Reader-Response Criticism of James Joyce’s Eveline The subjectivity evident in literary interpretation is hard to deny. Though one person may feel that James Joyce’s writing proves Joyce’s support of the feminist movement, another may believe that Joyce views women as inferior. What could account for such a difference in opinions. Schwarz explains that subjective reader-response critics would respond to a question such as this by answering that each reader uses the literary work to symbolize his or her own life and, therefore, each response is unique to the individual reader....   [tags: Dubliners Essays]

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Fan Fiction in a Literary Context

- Fan Fiction in a Literary Context For most people, John F. Kennedy Jr was a character in a play, a character in a story, just the way Sherlock Holmes was. When he's lost, then people react very emotionally. Constantly rehearsing the details of somebody's life and death shows that people are trying to continue the story. We always try to do that when the story ends before we're prepared for the ending. - Neil Postman, chairman of the department of culture and communication at New York University[1] On the official Anne Rice web site[2] appears the following message: I do not allow fan fiction....   [tags: Fan Fiction Essays]

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Reading/Response Criticism

- Imagine the Mayans were right about the “Apocalypse” that is soon to convert this entire planet to smoldering ash. Tsunamis and earthquakes combine into a 200 ft. 10 point Kraken, swallowing buildings, plunging them into the crushing darkness. Forest fires ignite from the sparks of broken telephone poles then are spread through the continents by the clusters of hurricanes coming from each hemisphere. Tornados soon join the devastation, creating a pyrographic megastorm, flames engulfing our world resembling the first ten minutes of “T2: Judgment Day.” The aftermath looks like the Beelzebub himself just popped out just to say, “Doubt me now!?” After all the chaos and destruction, few survivors...   [tags: critique, type of reader, Edgar Allan Poe]

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Literary Analysis Of John Updike 's A & P

- Literary theory is a way in which readers look at works of literature through lenses. These lenses allow the reader to consider the literature with ideas in the schools of theory. Literary theory includes the Formalist lens, where the reader only uses the text to make meaning of a piece. Reader response is where the reader brings his or her thoughts or experiences to make sense and interpret literature. The biographical Lens is where the reader looks at the author’s life and the author as a person to make inferences on what portions of a piece might mean....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, John Updike, Sociology]

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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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Analysis Of The Literary Guide By Thomas C. Foster

- In many short stories, characters face binding situations in their lives that make them realize more about themselves when they finally overcome such factors. These lively binding factors can result based on the instructions imposed by culture, custom, or society. They are able to over come these situations be realizing a greater potential for themselves outside of the normality of their lives. Characters find such realizations through certain hardships such as tragedy and insanity. Characters are able to gain more for themselves by appealing to what is known....   [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]

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God, We Trust, And Figurative Literary Language

- In God, We Trust: In The Book of Margery Kempe, Kempe describes herself as having a close relationship with Jesus; throughout the autobiography Kempe confides in him as well as holds lengthy conversations with him. These conversations were extremely important to her, because they gave her the confidence to continue with making a change. Many see this as her participating in psychotic behavior, although it can also be viewed as Kempe using her conversations with Jesus as a coping mechanism. These conversations are considered part of an anxiety disorder; it would be classified under the General Anxiety Disorder....   [tags: Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder]

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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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Reader-Response to The Masque of the Red Death

- Reader-Response to The Masque of the Red Death       Some major concepts of reader-response criticism, as discussed by Ross Murfin in The Scarlet Letter: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, are these: (1) reading is a temporal process in which the reader lives through the experience of the text and (2) the experience that the reader undergoes may mirror the subject of the story. One reader's experience of "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe can exemplify these two concepts....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays]

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Literary Criticism of Swift’s Poetry

- Literary Criticism of Swift’s Poetry In her article, "Voyeurism in Swift's Poetry," Louise K. Barnett explores the trend of voyeurism m the works of Jonathan Swift. She speaks broadly about the use of this technique in his work and concentrates on a few poems including "The Lady's Dressing Room." Barnett believes that Swift's poetry tends to be more voyeuristic than it is obsessed with excrement and decay. To support this, she maintains that each poem centers around the experience of seeing the obscenity (i.e....   [tags: Swift]

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The Critical Response to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

- After writing an incredible novel that to some was quite controversial due to its antigovernment subject, Aldous Huxley became one of the greatest writers of his time with his novel Brave New World. Huxley’s background had a significant influence on his writings and to the subject of his marvelous novel. The period in which Brave New World was written, along with the historical and cultural conditions of the time, also had an immense affect on the work. As an illustrious writer with such a controversial novel, many had their own critical responses to this piece of literature....   [tags: Brave New World Essays]

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Literary Devices Used By Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

- Literary Devices in “The Cask of Amontillado” In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor sets out on a vengeful mission that will end Fortunato’s life in an untimely fate. Montresor appeals to Fortunato’s love for wine to tempt the unsuspecting fellow to his impending doom. While Montresor tricks the foolish Fortunato frightfully, it is ultimately Fortunato’s pride that leads to his demise in the crypt. Poe uses several literary devices to foreshadow this murderous exploit of Montresor....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, Fiction, Short story]

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The Literary Catalogue Of A High School Senior Level Literature Class

- When it comes to designing the literary catalogue of a high school Senior level literature class, educators experience the significant pressure in containing the stories of a myriad diverse perspectives, themes, and characters into the very limited amount of time they share with their students. While it may seem more pertinent to cultivate a classroom literature that addresses modern issues, educators must resist the stigma that the great Western classics have little relevancy in the contemporary classroom....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Towards A Transactional Theory Of Reading, By Louise M. Rosenblatt

- Reading poetry, not only evokes feelings, it also triggers memories and past experiences. “The reader is paying attention to the images, feelings, attitudes, associations that the words evoke in him” (Rosenblatt, 34) We create our own meaning from a literary work of art when we relate to it; when we can bring our own personal experiences to the table. It’s all about the relationship between the reader and the literary work of art. This is why the reader response criticism is so effective in order to interpret literary works of arts....   [tags: Literary criticism, Literary theory]

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Personal Response to Marge Piercy's A Work of Artifice

- Personal Response to Marge Piercy's A Work of Artifice My initial response to "A Work of Artifice" by Marge Piercy, was one of profound sadness. In defining myself as the actual reader of this poem, my background becomes significant in my emotional response. "It is this reader who comes to the text shaped by cultural and personal norms and prejudices." (Bressler, p. 72) I come from a family of poets and published writers and have been reading and composing poetry since the age of 4. My first poem was published in the local newspaper, in which I won first prize, at age 5....   [tags: Work of Artifice Essays]

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Reading Response Log: Dialect Journal for Ella Enchanted

- Reading Response Log: Dialect Journal for Ella Enchanted Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is the story of a girl who is cursed at birth by a fairy named Lucinda. The fairy Lucinda tries to bestow a blessing on Ella but instead curses her with total obedience to every command. This "gift" is very dangerous because Ella must obey every command anyone issues her, even if they were to command her to kill herself. This book tells of Ella's journey to find Lucinda and reverse the spell that has haunted her since birth....   [tags: English Literature]

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Literary Analysis of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

- Literary Analysis of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe The life of Edgar Allan Poe was as morbid and melancholy as his works. After the abandonment by his father and the disturbing death of his mother, both prominent traveling actors, Edgar was reluctantly forced into orphanage. He was later taken into the home of John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant. Their relationship was shaky, at best, and the contention between the two would last until Allan's death, where his will left nothing for Poe....   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Criticism of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

- Literary Criticism of Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights is not just a love story, it is a window into the human soul, where one sees the loss, suffering, self discovery, and triumph of the characters in this novel. Both the Image of the Book by Robert McKibben, and Control of Sympathy in Wuthering Heights by John Hagan, strive to prove that neither Catherine nor Heathcliff are to blame for their wrong doings. Catherine and Heathcliff’s passionate nature, intolerable frustration, and overwhelming loss have ruined them, and thus stripped them of their humanities....   [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]

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Literature : An Intricate Art Form

- Literature is an intricate art form. In order to attempt to understand the meanings and ideas within literary work, there are many forms of criticism that propose different approaches to its interpretation. Each criticism is crucial to the understanding of how individuals interpret literary works. Since each criticism has a different approach to enrich the understanding literary works, the question is raised whether one criticism should be used over others, whether a certain combination of criticisms should be used, or whether all criticisms should be taken into account....   [tags: Literary criticism, Literary theory, Literature]

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A Psychological Analysis of "Of Mice and Men"

- The psychological approach views literature through the lens of psychology. There are multiple approaches to the psychological aspect of literature but the two most recognized are the Freudian and Jungian approach. The best approach to use when critically analyzing the novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, is the Jungian approach. Because the novel’s main theme is a struggle with the idea of “self”, using this approach allows the reader to understand the main character, its influences, and ultimately his actions....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Literary Analysis

- The important texts in every different time period arose from different composer’s ways of thinking and pose a lasting significance on society. These themes arise uniquely in an array of texts including Shamus Heaney’s poems Digging, Punishment and Funeral Rites , Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in translation, Eat Pray love written by Elizabeth Gilbert and in the 2011 Television series Off The Map directed by Jenna Bans. The values explored in these texts are fundamentally linked to the religious, philosophical, scientific and cultural paradigms of the twenty and twenty first century and are a reflection of the society and literature in that time period....   [tags: Themes, Texts, Literature]

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Bleikasten’s Literary Analysis of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

- Bleikasten’s Literary Analysis of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury By focusing on the figure of Caddy, Bleikasten’s essay works to understand the ambiguous nature of modern literature, Faulkner’s personal interest in Caddy, and the role she plays as a fictional character in relation to both her fictional brothers and her actual readers. To Bleikasten, Caddy seems to function on multiple levels: as a desired creation; as a fulfillment of what was lacking in Faulkner’s life; and/or as a thematic, dichotomous absence/presence....   [tags: Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury]

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Literary Criticism: Frankeinstein by Mary Shelley

- Although each character goes through completely different experiences Alex’s, Meursault’s, and Victor’s moral ambiguity forces them each to make unethical decisions that destroy their own lives and those around them. Due to his lack of morality, Alex acts in a violent and destructive manor that leads to multiple deaths and had the potential to destroy his own life and sanity. Alex feeds off of sex and violence, which in most cases is extremely unethical on its own. Alex has no fear for society’s standards therefore he acts without thinking....   [tags: victor, alex, pete]

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John Grisham: A Postmodern Author

- The American literary period of Postmodernism is extremely important to literature today because it is the period that is currently happening and we have been experiencing it for nearly half a century. This literary time period deals with real life problems and issues and shows how various people react differently to the same situations based on social, economic, and cultural backgrounds and differences (Literary Movements for Students 246). Therefore no single aspect or belief can be true. No one meaning is correct....   [tags: American Literary Period, Postmodernism]

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: Personal Response to the Film and Novel

- ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a 2006 novel by Irish novelist John Boyne; this is his fourth novel, and the first he has written for children. My classmates and I have read the book and watched the trailer of its newly releasing movie. And I have to say, this novel is really remarkable. The novel truly engages the reader completely into the book and it’s difficult to put down. “Believe me”!!.......the trailer is all the more brilliant, with a high standard quality and exceptionally mind capturing images....   [tags: Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne]

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Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White and E. White

- In the past, while reading Charlotte’s Web to each of my 3 children, I more less thought of it as a text that centered around teaching emotions and feelings of empathy, life and death coping mechanisms as well as unimaginable friendships between two extremely dissimilar creatures. What I find very interesting is the complexities of applying multiple theories to this particular text for it being a children’s/young reader’s genre. I will take a look at three literary theories, New Historicism, Deconstruction and Reception/Reader response and how we can apply them to the story....   [tags: Literary Theories, Influences]

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Literary Devices in William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

- “A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, is a southern-gothic short story that initially debuted in the magazine publication Forum, in 1930. The fictional plot opens after the death of the main protagonist, Miss Emily Grierson, the daughter of a once southern, aristocratic businessman. The southern belle fails numerous times to find companionship outside of her immediate family because her father runs off all prospective suitors. During the main character’s aged lifespan, the townsfolk notice Miss Emily’s reclusiveness increase after the loss of her father, Mr....   [tags: Symbolism, Gothic Tone]

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