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Gulliver's Travels: A Journey of Self-Discovery

- Self -Discovery is acquiring knowledge about your identity which stems from a mixture of the people you associate with and the environment you're surrounded by. One of the underlying themes in Gulliver's Travels is the journey of self-discovery. Gulliver starts out his expedition as an ambitious, practical, and optimistic character who appreciates mankind however, by the end of the voyage he develops an overt hatred towards humanity. Because of Gulliver's surroundings, his outlook on mankind is cynical which leads to a shift of self-distinctiveness, an identity crisis, and an overall jaded mental state....   [tags: self-concept, human corruption]

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Knowing Self and Self Discovery

- Knowing Self This semester, I had the privilege to experience unrestricted creativity in a structured writing class. Now, as I reflect upon the semester I come to realize how closed minded I really am. This semester, I was challenged as a student writer to draw upon something or find inspiration from within to constructively create a masterpiece with words. Often times, finding or even tapping into my creative nerve was very difficult. Then I came to realize, as a student writer, I am paralyzed by a concept called decision making....   [tags: creativity, writing, effect, leadership]

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A Journey Of Self Discovery

- Self-discovery is the idea of achieving understanding or knowledge of oneself. Discovering individuality is something that many people face at some point in their lives and the outcome varies. One of the most prominent stages in which self-discovery occurs, is during adolescence. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye are both examples of coming of age novels. The main characters, Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield, both experience a journey of self-discovery. These experiences lead to their maturity and awareness of identity....   [tags: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer]

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The Journey to Self Discovery

- The Journey to Self Discovery Death and life are contrasting points of view while discovery seems to be the main point in Joan Didion’s essay “On Going Home and, N. Scott Momaday’s essay The Way to Rainy Mountain. For Joan Didion, returning home is a source of comfort, confusion, and conflict. The life she lives with her husband and child are a world apart from the life she grew up in. Her memories are a part of who she is and the kind of mother and wife she hopes to be. Perhaps in her quest, she will find the best parts of her to pour into her new life....   [tags: Literary Review]

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A Journey Into Self Discovery

- Devotion, Admiration, and Respect. These were all the qualities that Marlow possesses the beginning of his journey as he traveled into the Heart of Darkness. A devotion to his job and his European counterparts. Admiration to one of the best Ivory sells man in the Congo and respect for himself. Conrad shows us that these beliefs that Marlow once thought were true are slowly changing as he spends his days in the jungle. Watching as the Europeans treated the natives with no consideration or respect put much hatred inside Marlow’s heart for the pilgrims(92).Marlow’s change in attitude towards Kurtz changes drastically, as his love and deep admiration for the man has turns into disgust and regr...   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Journey Of Self Discovery

- In life people come and go. It is just the natural process of the human existence. Different people can teach different things in the journey of self discovery. I was ten years old when I took my first step onto the school bus, thus beginning my first major transition from elementary to middle school. One million thoughts were racing through my head, such as how many teachers did I have, what time did I eat lunch, what was my first class, and of course who would I sit by on the bus. I looked for the first available seat and sat down not knowing all the memories, tears, love, and pain I was going to share with this stranger sitting next to me....   [tags: Interpersonal relationship, Debut albums]

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The Story Of Self Discovery

- MOMENTS is a very original and intriguing dramatic, character driven story of self-discovery. The story is driven by strong themes about making the right life choices and overcoming life regrets. The story focuses on a dying women’s recollection of the important moments of her life. The story offers a very compelling twist when she’s suddenly told that the life she thought she lived isn’t real. Now she struggles with trying to figure out which life she really lived. The story is driven by the inner, emotional goal of Linda versus a tangible, actionable goal....   [tags: Emotion, English-language films, Performance]

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My Journey Of Self Discovery

- Throughout my life, I have questioned my purpose in this world and how my contributions would affect others. My journey of self-discovery began during my undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From balancing responsibilities at one of the nation’s premier public institutions to traveling around the world in order to learn about different cultures, I have learned a great deal about myself and the world in the past five years. My previous experiences have shaped who I am today and shown me that my purpose is to serve underrepresented citizens through the legal profession, namely in the area of civil rights law....   [tags: Law, United States, Lawyer]

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Grendel's Journey of Self-Discovery

- A monster is a creature that deviates from normal or acceptable behavior; a threatening fore; something of unnatural deformity, malevolence, and cruelty. A hero, on the other hand, is one idealized for courage, bravery, and strength. While fusing the evermore different qualities of both would seem impossible, John Gardner’s Grendel does just that. Gardner creates an ambiguous character that possess aspects of both a monster and a hero – it is a force of evil, yet admired; it causes pain yet urges sympathy; and it is of irregular ugliness yet beloved....   [tags: monster, behavior, malevolence, hero]

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Sexual Self-Discovery in Fun Home by Allison Bechdel

- Anguish and Pain In the graphic novel Fun Home, by Allison Bechdel, sexual self-discovery plays a critical role in the development of the main character, Allison Bechdel herself; furthermore, Bechdel depicts the plethora of factors that are pivotal in the shaping of who she is before, during and after her sexual self-development. Bechdel’s anguish and pain begins with all of her accounts that she encountered at home, with her respective family member – most importantly her father – at school, and the community she grew up within....   [tags: homosexual, self-development]

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Self-Actualization and Self-Discovery

- ... For one, every other need must be met first (basic needs, safety needs, social needs, and esteem needs) and for another, it is very difficult to achieve this kind of personal awareness. It is said that it is an individual’s goal to reach the self-actualization section of the hierarchy, but usually getting there is disrupted because it is difficult to fully meet every other need before it. Maslow said that most people are content with not being able to reach that last part of the hierarchy because the fulfillment of social, physical, and emotional needs keep an individual satisfied, and self-actualization is not necessarily needed for survival....   [tags: developmental psychology]

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The Wild Is A Folio About Self Discovery

- "Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat." – (Ellison, 1952) Imagine a life with rose coloured glasses. Your life’s sole purpose is to explore and expand knowledge, live out the paths made for us by our destiny not by ‘the man’. A life where there is no need to live to a hundred because you’ve lived every moment of your life doing what you love and you’ve surrounded yourself around the beings with whom you love. Into the wild is a folio about self-discovery....   [tags: Into the Wild, Christopher McCandless]

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The Character Driven Journey Of Self Discovery

- AN ALMOST PERFECT PICTURE presents as a character driven journey of self-discovery. It 's an original story with a fresh voice. The story centers on a Persian-Jewish family and the struggles they engage with. The main protagonist is Sam, who is addicted to drugs and he struggles with inner conflict. The story is driven more by the emotional needs and struggles of the family, rather than an actionable goal. The tone feels dramatic. The script features an ensemble cast of complex characters. There are solid themes about family, second chances, and life choices....   [tags: Fiction, Character, Plot, Plot]

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Personal Statement On Self Discovery Exercises

- Self-Discovery Exercises a. All persons from my genogram are foreign born. My paternal great-grandparents originated for China then migrated to Indochina, present day Vietnam. b. All of the generations were from rural area and they specialized in farming and raising livestock. They lived in small close net villages while raising their families. c. My paternal grandparents practiced multiple religions including; Daoism, Confucianism; Buddhism; ancestor worship. During this time, it was common to have more than religious beliefs derived from China....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, Religion, Marriage]

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Discovery of the Self

- Philosophy originates from the Latin words Philo and Sophia meaning 'love of wisdom'. This love of wisdom doesn't always come easy, and often students of philosophy will question everything they previously knew, but questioning is the precise purpose of philosophy. Sometimes the answers aren't always there, and everyone's answers are not the same; this is the joy of philosophy. An important aspect of philosophy is the aspect of the self. In the textbook Philosophies for Living, edited by Robert Timko and Joan Hoff, various authors provide contrasting sets of ideas and beliefs pertaining to the self....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Self Discovery: The Gullah

- The Gullah is a community that lives in the coastal parts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia where they fish and farm. The ancestors of the Gullah trace back to Charleston, South Carolina, where there was a port for the Atlantic Slave trade, which was the most commonly used port in North America. Gullah is “more than simply the language and name of a people. It encompasses the essence of struggle, spirituality, perseverance and tradition” (South Carolina Business and Industry). Their relatives are West Africans who suffered many hardships and are honored and remembered by a rare preservation of African culture that the Gullah keeps alive....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Self Discovery in Breakfast of Champions

- Self Discovery in Breakfast of Champions                               In Brandon Boyd’s Make Yourself he states that “ if [he] hadn’t assembled [himself] than [he] would’ve fallen apart,” implying that if one does not take the time to understand and build his or her own values and morals then one will live in confusion and falter. Throughout Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, Kilgore Trout goes through the process of realizing who he is and then learns to remain true to himself. At first Trout is a pessimist who strives to be heard....   [tags: Breakfast of Champions Essays]

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Self Discovery - Original Writing

- Self Discovery - Original Writing Drifting slowly inside, she was in the middle of the crowd when the church bell rang. For some reason, she couldn't move any more. The ringing of the church bell suddenly became so hateful and unbearable. She stood still, until someone tapped on her shoulder, waking her up from the horrible "dream" that was flowing through her mind. She did not turn around, but hurried forward to join the crowd. She was not surprised by the enormous amount of people there....   [tags: Papers]

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Europe: The Land Of Self-Discovery

- Europe: The Land Of Self-Discovery Every person has, in the course of his or her life, experienced some event that can be identified as life changing. This event can be an emotional enlightenment or a physical change that alters one’s mindset. Such a clarifying incident can happen at any time. However, I believe that such an event might not occur during the first eighteen years of a person’s life. Lucky for me, I have had an experience that I believe changed my outlook on life. The summer before my freshman year in college I went on a seven-week backpacking trip throughout the European continent....   [tags: Personal Narrative Traveling Essays]

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Self Discovery in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

- How does one go about discovering the veiled mysteries of oneself. First and foremost, what is the self. The self is who we are as an individual. It is the ethics, beliefs, values, opinions, thoughts, actions and everything that one does. Knowing oneself is also knowing what one desires out of life, ones goals and aspirations. External appearances have very little to do with the self. “Oryx and Crake” is a novel by Margaret Atwood that demonstrates how certain intriguing, distinctive characters develop themselves....   [tags: Oryx and Crake]

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Viewing God Through the Lens of Self-Discovery

- Understanding the religious climate for American teenagers is a highly valuable sociological tool. Not only does it allow for a preview of the future, but it also affords the opportunity to serve as a measuring stick for the effectiveness of parenting. Studying teenage religiosity also reveals how well teens are able to articulate their personal beliefs, which can reveal the strength of their values. The majority of American teenagers are either some form of Christian or not religious at all (Smith and Denton Kindle Location 699)....   [tags: Religion]

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Selfless Self-Discovery Through Serving Others

- Selfless Self-Discovery Some people go their whole lives without discovering who they really are and what they’re really capable of. Though the world contains many ways to go about finding oneself, the best way is through helping others. Influential civil rights leader and a beacon of hope to many, Mahatma Gandhi, once wrote, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The following reasons justify the importance self-discovery through this method: without helping others people would never know if they were a good person, would never find their priorities, and would never have their perspective on life altered....   [tags: priorities, perspective, community]

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Self-Discovery in Oates Naked

- Self-Discovery in Oates Naked   While other, less accomplished writers use violence to shock or provoke, Joyce Carol Oates is usually more subtle and inventive. Such is the case in "Naked," the story of a forty-six year old woman whose placid outer identity is ripped away by a brutal assault while out hiking not far from her fashionable, University Heights neighborhood. Like many of Oates' stories—and in this regard she probably owes something to Flannery O'Connor—"Naked" focuses on a woman so entrenched in her rigid self-image that nothing short of violence could make her vulnerable to a humbling, though redemptive, self knowledge....   [tags: Oates Naked Essays]

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King Lear's Self Discovery

- King Lear's Self Discovery      Although King Lear is an estimable monarch, as revealed by the devotion of men such as Kent, he has serious character flaws.  His power as king has encouraged him to be proud and impulsive, and his oldest daughters Regan and Goneril reflect that "The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash..." and that "he hath ever but slenderly known himself" (1.1.297-298, 295-296).  When Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, Cordelia, Goneril, and Regan in order to have less responsibility in his old age, he creates a situation in which his eldest daughters gain authority over him and mistreat him.  Lear is unable to cope with his los...   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Self-discovery in Desolation Angels

- Self-discovery in Desolation Angels Stripped to its barest essentials, Jack Kerouac's novel Desolation Angels reads as a drug-induced stupor of casual sex (or fantasies thereof), mixed into a melting of jazz and poetry. The often-adolescent urges of Kerouac's character Jack Duluoz, however, are mere episodes in the fast-paced, write-it-as-you-think-it, pre-literary notoriety phase in the life of a man who essentially founded the Beat generation. Though the overflowing stream of consciousness that comprises this book seems undoubtedly spontaneous, Desolation Angels actually examines, in a most straightforward and clearly organized manner, the state of human solitude....   [tags: Desolation Angels Essays]

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Self Discovery

- Self Discovery “What are you going to do after you get your degree?”Whenever I announce my occupation, this trite, well-intentioned question never fails to follow. I am a student, a senior at Metro, studying Literature and History. Not only a student, I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and female. No, I don’t bring in a paycheck, but my life is fulfilling, gratifying, deserving and challenging. Will I teach, write, join the downtown business crew again, or become a clerk in the bookstore....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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self-discovery Through Adversity

- A self-discovery is the act or process achieving self-knowledge. In the short stories, “A Small, Good Thing” by John Updike and “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff, self-discoveries took place with Ann and Peter. Ann was a mother of one and a wife. Peter was a husband and a real estate agent. In the end both Ann and Peter come to a self-discovery. Ann Weiss, from “A Small, Good Thing”, discovered how much she cared for her son. How she would do anything to get him back. After the death of her son the Baker put her over the top....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Self-discovery in Siddhartha

- Self-discovery in Siddhartha Siddhartha, the novel by Hermann Hesse is what can be included as one of the epitomes of allegorical literature. This wondrous novel is focused on the tribulations of Siddhartha through his quest for inner peace. He started out as a young Brahmin's son always thirsting for more intellect and perspective in his life and from there on he endured many transitions. Siddhartha let himself experience all forms of life in his society. He unhesitatingly learned more about how different people lived by stepping into their shoes....   [tags: Hesse Siddhartha Essays]

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The College Experience - Exploration and Self-discovery

- The College Experience - Exploration and Self-discovery What do you want to do with your life. If only I had a nickel for every time I was asked that pesky question ... in particular, by some overly-concerned adult. I swear, if I hear it one more time, I'll launch into a screaming fit. It's right along the same lines as the annoying, "where do you see yourself in ten years?" As a student wrapping up my freshman year at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, even the question "what's your major?"can pose a bit of a problem....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Self-discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in Frankenstein

- Self-discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in Frankenstein       Mary Shelley's Frankenstein explores the downfall of certain human characteristics, set to the backdrop of creation, destruction, and preservation. The subtitle denoted by Shelly herself supports this idea, by relating the fact that the title can be viewed as either Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. One scholar, Marilyn Butler, also maintains this by noting, "It can be a late version of the Faust Myth"(302). Shelly uses the story of the main character, Victor Frankenstein, to produce the concept of a dooming human characteristic of which Frankenstein states, "I have ....   [tags: Frankenstein essays]

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Arthur’s Journey to Self Discovery

- Arthur’s Journey to Self Discovery The future is inevitable. It is only with experience that one can come to an understanding of any sort. It is only with time that experience can become achievable. Understanding one’s true self can only be made possible with a multitude of experiences, leading to realizations. The entire package of experiences for one individual person can take no less that a lifetime. This reality, in itself, is a tragedy. A tragedy that Arthur, King of Camelot, was destined to realize....   [tags: essays papers]

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Self-Discovery in Shakespeare's King Lear

- Self-Discovery in King Lear Halfway down Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade. Methinks he seems no bigger than his head: The fisherman that walk along the beach Appear like mice. Although this quote from Shakespeare's King Lear is made by Poor Tom to his unknowing father Gloucester about the terrain far below them, it accurately summarizes the plight of the mad king. Lear is out of touch with his surroundings, riding high upon the wave of power associated with the monarchy: even those closest to him are out of reach, viewed with a distorted lens....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Influece of Other´s in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

- Jane Eyre had became the definition of self-discovery, finding freedom, expression, true love and emotion. Although it had became a journey for her to reach those things, she had to come across some influential and non influential characters in order to reach the pursuit of happiness. In each location speaking on Gateshead, Lowood, Thornfield and the Moor house ,Jane comes across a number of characters who had brought her to self discovery. The characters were Mrs. Reed, Miss Temple, Helen, Mr....   [tags: Characters, Self-discovery]

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Comparison of Poems Dover Beach and The Buried Life and by Matthew Arnold

- Matthew Arnold uses diction and imagery to produce the themes of alienation and self discovery in the poems: "Dover Beach" and "The Buried Life." “Dover Beach” talks about a man's attitude toward life. Arnold uses diction to show his feelings and inner most thoughts. In “Dover Beach” he claims “the sea is calm tonight, the tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the straits.” These lines show a sense of clarification until he claims he has lost his faith by saying “and we are here as on a darkling plain swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight.” These lines present the idea of him not knowing why he is on this earth....   [tags: imagery, self-discovery, alienation]

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How to Instill a Lifetime of Love for Learning in My Students

- Through the classes I have taken at Bowie State University and my experiences in the classroom, I have developed a personal teaching philosophy that will be implemented into my future classrooms. I am continually being prepared for an inclusive classroom, and plan on consistently considering students’ individual needs in my instruction. It is my belief that each child is a unique individual, in need of a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially....   [tags: individual, self-discovery, opportunity]

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Lost Souls in Charles Dicken´s Great Expectations and in Masterpiece´s Adaptation for TV

- As stated by the Macmillan Dictionary a lost soul is, “someone who seems unhappy and unable to deal with the ordinary events and activities of life.” This idea of being a lost soul can be applied to an abounding amount of the characters in Great Expectations. Throughout this Bildungsroman novel, the reader’s experience many instances of lost souls blooming and becoming a better version of themselves, especially during many moments of self-discovery in Pip. He moves from being an innocent, ignorant adolescent to a snobbish, arrogant young man later growing more humble after many years ridden with guilt....   [tags: Loneliness, Self-Discovery]

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Comparing Two Dramatic Comedies: Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Guy de Maupassant’s The Jewelry

- ... The ending of the story is vague as to the events following the narrator’s climatic moment. In Guy de Maupassant’s The Jewelry, the protagonist, M. Lantin, marries a poor girl who gains an obsession with theater and fake jewelry after her husband suggests she go with fellow wives. The man goes into a depression after his wife, Madame Lantin, dies from pneumonia. Unable to understand how his wife managed to make sure all the bills were paid and still buy more fake jewelry, Lantin decided to pawn off her fake jewelry....   [tags: self-discovery, plot, marriage]

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Conflicts, Relationships, and Friendships in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

- Charles Dickens is a Victorian author and literary genius known for writing many classics, creating memorable characters, intriguing storylines, and rendering thought-provoking themes and messages in his novels and short stories; to many, he is even considered as one the greatest authors of all time. “Dickensian” is a term used to describe anything that is reminiscent of Dickens or his writings. Dickens is admired for his social criticism, realism, writing style, unique characterizations, linguistic creativity, comedy, and continues to be widely popular today, leaving an incredible legacy behind....   [tags: wealth, self-discovery, pip]

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Be True to Yourself: A Conflict of Interest by Hurston and It's Hard Enough Being Me by Raya

- The value of a life can only be adequately defined by its possessor. So It is that, to be true oneself can only defined by the possessor. In the essay, "A conflict of Interest" by Zera Neale Hurston and the short story "It's Hard Enough Being Me" by Anna Lisa Raya, both authors illustrate what it means to be true to oneself. As well as what it means to not be true to oneself. In which case, being true to oneself means acquiring the maximum amount of self interest to ones best abilities. The essay "A Conflict of Interest" by Zera Neale Hurston; a segregation writer....   [tags: rebellion, minority, self-discovery]

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Lieutenant Nun by Doña Catalina de Erauso

- “From Lieutenant Nun,” a memoir written by doña Catalina de Erauso, tells an intriguing story of a young Spanish female and her advantageous journey through Spain and the New World. Her family intends for her to become a nun but, that is not the life she seeks for herself. Therefore, she breaks away from the convent in hopes of finding somewhere to make her fortune by passing as a male. Catalina’s story is noteworthy because it gives readers another perspective of exploration focusing on self-discovery during the seventeenth century emphasizing how passing as a male is the only thing that secured her ability to explore....   [tags: self discovery, memoir, spain]

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Janie's Self-Discovery

- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is about a young woman that is lost in her own world. She longs to be a part of something and to have “a great journey to the horizons in search of people” (85). Janie Crawford’s journey to the horizon is told as a story to her best friend Phoebe. She experiences three marriages and three communities that “represent increasingly wide circles of experience and opportunities for expression of personal choice” (Crabtree). Their Eyes Were Watching God is an important fiction piece that explores relations throughout black communities and families....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Cultural Awareness, Self Discovery Exercise ( Hardy & Laszloffy, 1995 )

- The following responses are to questions from the National Center for Cultural Competence web page: Cultural Awareness, Self-Discovery Exercise (Hardy & Laszloffy, 1995). a.) Family members represented in my extended genogram are all born in the United States, as my great-grandfathers were first-generation Americans of European descent and great-grandmothers were Native Americans. b.) I am not familiar with either great-grandfather’s upbringing concerning rural or urban backgrounds, but understand my great-grandmothers were from rural backgrounds of traditional Native American culture....   [tags: Family, Culture, Grandparent, Coal mining]

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Self-Discovery in Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Equus by Peter Shaffer

- Through the incorporation of figurative language in both Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Equus by Peter Shaffer, they set the characters in isolation during the experience of hiding emotions and focusing on other’s needs in order for the undergoing of self-discovery and peace within self. Therefore analyzing the behavior that occurs during the process and the aftermath of their seclusion will determine the success of their accomplishment with the breakthrough of peace. When comparing the two texts along with their historical context of sense of loss and alienation of individuals, the main characters, Gregor Samsa and Alan Strang, undergo the allusion of isolation and finds the understanding...   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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Self-Discovery Through Relationship in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

- ... Candy talks about the friendship between him and his old dog and how the time they had together assisted their bonding. George relates this to Lennie, and believes that the longer that they are together the better friends that they will become. It is shown that George sees his relationship with Lennie when he relates it to Candy and his dog. This proves that Lennie causes George to realize that he can be a friend. Lennie also causes George to realize his responsibility. An example of this can be found when Lennie discovers that he is not related to George....   [tags: responsibility, lonely, friendship]

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Comparing the Theme of Self-Discovery in Demian and Siddhartha

-   Literature reflects many aspects  of human nature.  It can be seen as a collection of mankind's thoughts.  The intangible is transformed from brainwave patterns to ink patterns.  What leads to the writing of literature varies from author to author.   In the case of Hermann Hesse, it was his personal experiences in life.  In the novels Demian and Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse was influenced by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, both psycho-analysts.     A personal crisis, which caused Hesse to undergo psycho-analysis with Dr....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Oedipus' Blindness and Self Discovery Illustrated in Sophocles Oedipus

- From the very beginning of Oedipus, one can see that the main character of Oedipus is very sure about who he is and where he has come from. One of the most important motifs of the story is the idea of metaphorical blindness, and how Oedipus claims that everyone else around him is blind, and he is the only one that can see. However, what Oedipus soon finds out is that he has no idea who he is, and that all along he has been blind himself. Sophocles makes Oedipus suffer because of the fact that he actually has no idea who he is, and almost avoids figuring it out....   [tags: oedipus]

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Russell's Treatment of Self-Discovery in Educating Rita

- Russell's Treatment of Self-Discovery in Educating Rita (A) "RITA: See, I don't want a baby yet. See, I wanna discover meself first. Do you understand that?" Write about Russell's treatment of self-discovery and of its importance in the lives of the play's characters. The idea of self-discovery is a theme that runs throughout Educating Rita, demonstrating how it can be a personal mission as well as an accidental achievement in life. Both Frank and Rita, as well as the other, more minor characters, embark on this journey as Rita begins her Open University course....   [tags: English Literature]

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Self Discovery in Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye

- Self Discovery in Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield make take journey into self-discovery. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn is trying to find purpose and identity through conflicting of morals. While Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, is an adolescent struggling to find mature into manhood. In comparison, they are both on a journey towards maturity and identity. Life itself is a journey full of bonding and experiences which lead to wisdom and understanding....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Quest for Self Discovery in Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

- The Quest for Self Discovery in Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha “Then he [Siddhartha] suddenly saw clearly that he was leading a strange life, that he was doing many things that were only a game, that he was quite cheerful and sometimes experienced pleasure, but that real life was flowing past him and did not touch him. Like a player who plays with his ball, he played with his business, with the people around him, watched them, derived amusement from them; but with his heart, with his real nature, he was not there” (Hesse 57-58)....   [tags: Hesse Siddhartha Essays]

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Langston Hughes Uses Poetry as a Tool for Self Discovery

- Langston Hughes Uses Poetry as a Tool for Self Discovery When Langston Hughes was given this assignment by his college professor, he used it at a self discovery tool. I think this poem is merely letting him dig into himself to find out who he really is, and what his role is in society. Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you-- Then, it will be true. We could all take advice from this teacher. I don't think that the professor's words are to be taken very literally, as I know some of the other close readings will discuss....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Travel Writing is a Fictionalised Account of a Journey of Self Discovery

- Travel Writing is a Fictionalised Account of a Journey of Self Discovery "Travel is the best education that a man can have. There are things you learn in a few months of third world travel that you won't get on a job or in a classroom." Craig D. Guillot BootsnAll Photojournalist[1] The above quote was taken from a travel website, it was made by a photojournalist of the site and sums up the theory I have on travel writing. This essay will set out to prove that although there are those pieces of travel literature that have dubious factual relevance and foundation, notably the works of Ernest Hemmingway could be put into this group, Ernest Hemingway was one of...   [tags: Papers]

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Self Discovery and Noel Perrin's The Androgynous Man

- Self Discovery and Noel Perrin's The Androgynous Man Reading The Androgynous Man by Noel Perrin1 sparked a number of thoughts. Our father's sperm and our mother's ovum are both necessary for fertilization and conception. For every human being seen walking the face of this planet, this formula has taken place of necessity. Without both genders, there would be no single gender; everyone is part mom and part dad. Therefore, the hormones that dominate in each gender are present in both genders in varying amounts....   [tags: Androgynous Man Essays]

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Self Discovery in Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King

- Self Discovery in Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King Have you ever felt like a complete social out cast. Some one who has trouble fitting in and has never quite found their true calling. Being shunned by those closest to him and being unaccepted by society, the character in this novel is a perfect example. Saul Bellow's character Eugene Henderson, in, Henderson the Rain King, (1959), is a man who struggles to change his ways and find out his true calling. In this novel, a 55-year old man, tries to get through a mid-life crisis....   [tags: Henderson the Rain King]

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Theme of Self-discovery in The Awakening and A Doll's House

- The Theme of Self-discovery in The Awakening and A Doll House       In Chopin's The Awakening and Ibsen's A Doll House, the main characters each experience an awakening. Although they lead different lives, Nora Helmer and Edna Pontellier's respective awakenings are caused by similar factors. From the beginning, neither character fits the standard stereotype of women in the society in which they lived. Another factor that influences Nora and Edna's awakenings is their marital relationship. Neither Nora nor Edna are treated as an equal by their husband....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Self-Discovery and the Pursuit of Truth in Sophocles' Oedipus

- Self-Discovery and the Pursuit of Truth in Sophocles' Oedipus It is said that the truth will set you free, but in the case of Sophocles’ Oedipus, the truth drives a man to imprison himself in a world of darkness by gouging out his eyes. As he scours the city for truth, Oedipus’ ruin is ironically mentioned and foreshadowed in the narrative. With these and other devices Sophocles illuminates the king’s tragic realization and creates a firm emotional bond with the audience....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Self Discovery in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider

- Self Discovery in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider       In every society, it is important for individuals to adhere to a set of principles in order to maintain order. In Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider , however, both protagonists ignored the values of their society. Raskolnikov and Meursault felt their own beliefs were significant, and through their actions they were able to express them. As a result, one man was judged as a social deviant, while the other man suffered psychologically....   [tags: Camus Dostoevsky Punishment Outsider Essays]

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Edna’s Self Discovery in Chopin’s The Awakening

- Edna’s Self Discovery in Chopin’s The Awakening She was fond of her children in an uneven, impulsive way. She would sometimes gather them passionately to her heart; she would sometimes forget them. The year before they had spent part of the summer with their grandmother Pontellier in Iberville. Feeling secure regarding their happiness and welfare, she did not miss them except with an occasional intense longing. Their absence was a sort of relief, though she did not admit this, even to herself....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Nick's Self-Discovery in Hemingway's In Our Time

- Nick's Self-Discovery in Hemingway's In Our Time The focus of this essay will be to analyze Nick's transition as he moves from mental isolation, to physical isolation, to maturation and self-discovery. If Nick's life were to be chronologically ordered and analyzed, the stories Indian Camp and The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife would definitely come first. It is these two stories that give us the first insight to what kind of character that Nick really is as a child. Because Nick is only mentioned briefly in the latter story, I think that Indian Camp is more significant in analyzing the portrayal of his character....   [tags: In Our Time Essays]

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Self-discovery in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams

- Self-discovery in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams Although, on the surface, Animal Dreams is a book about family conflict, the central theme is about self-discovery. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver is a story about a family who lived in the town of Grace. The history behind Grace is very vivid and descriptive. The family that becomes the reader's concern, is the Noline family. The family members are Homero Noline and his daughters Cosima and Halimeda. Cosima or Codi, as she is known in the book, comes back to Grace after fourteen years....   [tags: Kingsolver Animal Dreams Essays]

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Free College Admissions Essays: Jewish Self-discovery

- Jewish Self-discovery "Sarah, we need your help in the Ukraine this summer. Can I count on you?" This question changed my life profoundly. I was asked to be a counselor on JOLT, Jewish Oversees Leadership Program, an opportunity to interact with young campers in an impoverished country and positively influence their lives. Little did I realize that this experience would impact mine so greatly. JOLT, an outreach program, runs an annual overnight summer camp in the Ukraine with counselors from the United States and Israel....   [tags: College Admissions Essays]

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A critique of Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison

- For the purpose of research and measurement of the scholars interpretive analysis skills, the scholar has chosen to critique work by Ralph Ellison entitled “Battle Royal”. In this paper, one will find what it means to be invisible. I argue from two different perspectives regarding who is invisible in the novel, and to whom those revealed persons are invisible to. Revealed will also be themes discovered throughout the story along with the authors use of irony that’s revealed in the work. In this work one will find supporting text from scholars who have taken issue with stereotyping, race relations in society along with one’s who have also critiqued Ellison’s work....   [tags: invisible man, self-discovery, readers]

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Gender Roles in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

- Henrik Ibsen’s famous play A Doll’s House was first published in 1879 and contains elements and characters that appear to support feminism, and drew attention from the women’s rights movement. However, Ibsen himself said that he was not a feminist; rather, his play is about the human nature in general, and is not specifically about women’s rights. Over the years, this was the view that most scholars used to interpret the play, but more recently scholars have produced an opposing argument. Margaret Stetz, one such scholar, writes that “To call Ibsen a feminist playwright or to describe A Doll’s House as a drama in favor of women’s rights is no longer controversial” (150)....   [tags: gender, nature, feminism, self, discovery]

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Is a College Degree Really Worth It?

- In present day, it is expected that after high school students continue their education to college. Therefore, it is no surprise to say that most students follow the pedigree, making a bachelor’s degree dilute to the value of a high school diploma. Yes, it is great that you obtained a bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t differentiate you from the other hundred people who apply for the job position. Now, advanced degrees like masters and doctorates are what count. Not only does it [bachelor’s degree] not give you a better chance at an entry-level job, but also, the majority of college graduates are swimming in a pool of debt....   [tags: Financial Aid, Self Discovery]

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Self-discovery in Toni Bambora´s The Lesson and Liliana Heker´s The Stolen Party

- ... This speech continues throughout the story as she describes what Miss Moore is making her and her friends do. Miss Moore is bringing them out on what seems like a field trip in the city, and is trying to talk to them about how money is not equally divided in the country. The children are having a hard time listening and caring about what she is saying. Miss Moore is able to get the kids to understand the lesson she is trying to teach by showing rather than telling. She brings the children into a nice toy store and they are shocked by what they see....   [tags: socioeconomic, characters, development]

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A Journey into Self-Discovery in Araby by James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield’s, The Garden Party

- In “Araby”, author James Joyce presents a male adolescent who becomes infatuated with an idealized version of a schoolgirl, and explores the consequences which result from the disillusionment of his dreams. While living with his uncle and aunt, the main character acts a joyous presence in an otherwise depressing neighborhood. In Katherine Mansfield’s, The Garden Party, Mansfield’s depicts a young woman, Laura Sherridan, as she struggles through confusion, enlightenment, and the complication of class distinctions on her path to adulthood....   [tags: infatuation, adulthood, realization]

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Analysis of Ji-Li Jiang´s The Red Scarf Girl

- ... Despite her academic achievements, she is held back by her poor class status. Ji-Li very much wants to become a Red Successor. A Red Successor is a student who will become a Red Guard in the future. (Red Guards were high school or college students that enforced laws and helped destroy the Four Olds). Because her grandfather was a landlord and her father is said to be a rightist (someone who disagrees with, or opposes the Communist Party), people started to humiliate Ji-Li at school, and they will not let her become what she wants to be- a Red Successor and a Liberation Army Dancer....   [tags: China, Communism, Self-Discovery]

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Sexuality in Falling Nuts

- The narrator must desire to learn more about his growing sexuality to become aware of it. The narrator begins his story as a child who has learned all that he can in the home and must now go out to learn more about himself. His caretakers have given him knowledge that they have amassed over the years and now the narrator must go out into the world and learn about his sexuality himself. Wordsworth notes “When forth I sallied from our cottage-door,/And with a wallet oér my shoulder slung” (2-3). He wants to leave the home and learn things on his own....   [tags: sexuality, self-discovery, happiness]

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Free College Essays - Self-discovery in She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

- She's Come Undone: Self-discovery Throughout She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb emphasizes the importance of self-discovery to one's life. Dolores has several epiphanies throughout the course of the novel, including her realization that all of her failed relationships are not solely her fault. She learns she is worth loving and is capable of surviving on her own. With each discovery about herself, Dolores learns to love herself a little more and blame herself a little less. Dolores' first realization is a sub-conscious one....   [tags: She's Come Undone]

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Women’s Self-Discovery During Late American Romanticism / Early Realism

- When we think of women writers today we see successful, gifted and talented women. Although these women writers have been established for sometime their status of contributions to society has only been recognized way too late. During the late romantic/early realism period numerous women found success in writing despite the fact that they may have encountered numerous obstacles in their path. The characters these women wrote about almost have a kinship with themselves bringing out certain personality traits not seen written about women before....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Alice Walker's Color Purple - Celie's Quest for Self-discovery

- Celie's Quest for Self-discovery In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Celie has many misconceptions of herself and her world. Due to her upbringing of pain and mistreatment, and her ignorance of a better world, Celie's image of herself and her own potential is very different from reality. The Color Purple, above all else, is the story of Celie's growth and self-discovery, which she achieves through her own commitment to herself and through the help of Nettie and Shug. Celie sees herself as ugly and stupid because she was told this by her father and her husband....   [tags: Color Purple Essays]

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Comparing Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian

- Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian After Jane Burnham's first meeting with Ricky Fitts in American Beauty she responds by saying, "He's so confident. That can't be real." If it isn't real, is it a dream. If it is a dream, is it Jane's dream. If it is Jane's dream, is this her unconscious wish for pleasure or happiness...to be like Ricky Fitts. There seems to be a theme running through the movie American Beauty where we see people looking to other people as a source to receive their own sense of confidence, or ultimately, happiness....   [tags: Comparison Comapre Contrast Essays]

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The Journey of Self-discovery Brian Moore's The Luck of Ginger Coffey

- The Journey of Self-discovery Brian Moore's The Luck of Ginger Coffey When Ginger Coffey brought his family to Canada from Ireland, little did he know that he would attain partial triumph by discovering "himself and the refugee among the lame and the old". With the aid of those around him, Coffey pursued personal freedom and status in his adopted country. He stumbled through a journey of self-discovery while materialism obstructed his vision. The importance of his family rooted Coffey to his homeland and to his moral values while he tried to discover himself as an immigrant....   [tags: Luck Ginger Coffey]

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Journey of Self-Discovery in Thomas Pynchons' The Crying of Lot 49

- Journey of Self-Discovery in Thomas Pynchons' The Crying of Lot 49   Thomas Pynchons' The Crying of Lot 49 challenges the readers' perception of the world by enfolding his readers, through a variety of means, within the intricate workings of his narrative. It centers around would be heroine Oedipa Maas whose life is turned upside down when she discovers that she has been made executor of the estate of old flame and entrepreneur Pierce Inverarity. When she is imposed upon to travel to the fictional city of San Narcisco, where Inverarity is said to have numerous real estate holdings, in order to carry out her task, Oedipa stumbles upon a muted post horn; the first of many clues leading her...   [tags: Crying Lot 49 Essays Thomas Pynchons]

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History, Culture and Self Discovery in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club

- History, Culture and Self Discovery in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club      In the novel The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, the relationship between history, culture and identity is illustrated through the narrations of seven women. In these stories the women discuss events of their past and the reader is able to see how it affects them later in life. In addition, they also discuss how they have been shaped by cultural expectations. These two things affect both the mothers and daughters in the novel.      The best example of how personal history affects the development or loss of an identity is through the stories of Ying-Ying St....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]

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Jane Eyre?s Self-Discovery

- The novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte consists of continuous journey through Jane’s life towards her final happiness and freedom. Jane’s physical journeys contribute significantly to plot development and to the idea that the novel is a journey through Jane’s life. Each journey causes her to experience new emotions and an eventual change of some kind. These actual journeys help Jane on her four figurative journeys, as each one allows her to reflect and grow. Jane makes her journey from Gateshead to Lowood at the age of ten, finally freeing her from her restrictive life with her aunt, who hates her....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dead Poets Society

- Dead Poets Society a movie released in 1989 represents the problems with privet education in the late 1950’s. John Keating a new Teacher at Welton Academy, a private school for boys challenges the “the four pillars of; tradition, honor, discipline, and excellence” (Schulman) Welton has instilled in their students for one hundred years. Keating dares his students not to conform, but rather “to find their own voice before it is lost forever” (Schulman). Dead Poets Society points out the conformity many male students faced in private schools as well as in their personal lives during the late 1950’s....   [tags: conformity, self-discovery, cinematography]

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The Scarlet Letter

- "She was ladylike, too, after the manner of the feminine gentility of those days; characterized by a certain state and dignity, rather than by the delicate, evanescent, and indescribable grace which is now recognized as its indication. And never had Hester Prynne appeared more ladylike, in the antique interpretation of the term, than as she issued from the prison. Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped" - this is almost the first description of the main heroine that the reader get...   [tags: Hester's Journey of Self-Discovery]

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Self-Discovery in Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

- He was a man in search of himself, a man not willing to follow the human race as it moved drearily on, a man who would not cease in his journey until he knew what truth and quality were. His expedition across American answered his inquiries. In actuality, he provided his own answers, solutions that would provide for the most important of all states: peace of mind. Such is the depth of discovery that a reader will find in Robert Pirsig's masterful innovation, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Essays]

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Nora's Discovery of Self in Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Nora's Discovery of Self in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House       Ibsen's play, "A Doll House," involves a woman who begins the play as a common housewife and through a series of joyous occurrences and catastrophes becomes a self-liberating woman.  Nora Helmer is transformed and decides to abandon her family and home in search of her true self.  She arrives at this point because of several factors.  Her refusal to submit to her husband and her self-realization is brought on by the way she has been taught to act by her husband and her father, and the contradicting demands the situations that she has had to deal with gave her.  Her true devotion to herself is discovered because of the false...   [tags: Dolls House essays Henrik Ibsen]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their eyes were watching God the main character Janie is on a quest for self-fulfillment. Of Janie’s three marriages, Logan and Joe provide her with a sense of security and status. However, only her union with Teacake flourishes into true love. Janie’s first marriage to Logan Killicks was an arranged marriage by her Grandmother Nanny. One day Nanny caught Janie kissing the neighborhood riff raff Johnny Taylor, and Nanny becomes convinced that Janie has entered her womanhood, and needs to marry....   [tags: self discovery, marriage]

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