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  • Magical Realism as a Fusion of Fantasy and Reality

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    logically conceived. Magical Realism also expresses emotions without evoking them. In Magical Realism, "key events have no logical or psychological explanation" and "the author does not need to justify the mystery of events" (Leal 123). as a science fiction or fantastic author would. Also, unlike in sci-fi and fantasy stories, the author clings to reality. Flores describes this characteristic by saying the authors "cling to reality as if to prevent 'literature' from getting in their way, as if to prevent

  • Role of the Narrator in Henry James' Daisy Miller

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    himself in his essay “The Art of Fiction,” by creating a narrator who acts as an observer to the events described in the story rather than an omniscient narrator who informs the reader of the thoughts of the characters. Rather than focusing on the internal workings of the character’s minds, James focuses on the external details which offers the reader a realistic perspective of the characters and leaves moral judgment to the readers. James states in “The Art of Fiction” that “the only reason for the

  • Autobiography in The Open Boat

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    so many people lean toward the fiction aspect of The Open Boat. Although many disputes broke out about the idea of “The Open Boat” being fact or fiction, a vote of many scholarly patrons weighed toward the fictional aspect. This brought a wave of studies in the field of American literature. Eye Clarifies, “Among scholars, the consensus seems to be that, while "The Open Boat" is based in fact and served as an outlet for Crane's creative impulses, it is a work of fiction, one that has had great impact

  • Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

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    is a typical short story by Ernest Hemingway bordering around the themes of sadness and bewilderment. The Yellow Wallpaper, on the other hand, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is classified in the genre of American feminist literature, which is also considered to come under gothic fiction due to its gothic settings. Under different genres, the use of symbolism in the settings greatly contributes to the theme, characterization and the tone of the story. In Hills like White Elephants, Hemingway

  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove

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    All fiction requires a reader to buy in to the world and characters that have been created, but sometimes stories can either be too unbelievable for the reader to relate to or they lean too much towards reality to be classified as fantasy. Karen Russell constructed a novel of exemplary short stories under the title Vampires In The Lemon Grove. Her stories are said to “vibrate with originality and life” with “imaginative reach and moral weight of works of much greater length.” The praise received

  • Analysis Of If You Eat You Never Die By Tony Romano

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    In the literary work If You Eat, You Never Die, the author, Tony Romano, intertwines several short stories into a unified family history that is simply captivating. The collection of stories is centered around an Italian-American family, who are growing up in Chicago during the 1950′s. Romano takes the time to develop the characters through the experiences and interactions with one another. The writing style is very informal and captures the characters individuality very well. Furthermore, to make

  • Writing and Reality

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    Before the difference between fact and fiction can be deciphered, it is first necessary to establish the definition of the term literature itself and more specifically English literature. "Literature refers to any composition in the English language including the ones that have been composed in English by writers who are not necessarily from England. For instance, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, and Edgar Allan Poe was American, and Vladimir Nabokov was Russian. Hence, English

  • Sleep Dealer: The Discrimination Of Sleep Dealer

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    The Discrimination of Sleep Dealer The film Sleep Dealer by Alex Rivera uses the discrimination against migrant workers to both critique and warn his audience of the effect of current day politics. Well written science fiction often juxtaposes the politics of the present with futuristic societies and technologies, to further engage the audience and add significance to their work. In Sleep Dealer, migrant workers no longer can cross the border due to the construction of an enormous wall, yet still

  • Emotional Penetration

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    drama version “Trifles” in 1916 and then the prose fiction “A Jury of Her Peers” in 1917. The main difference was the way the prose fiction version was presented. Glaspell effects emotional change in the story with descriptive passages, settings and the title. The prose fiction version has a greater degree of emotional penetration than the drama version. Although the dialogues have basically been unchanged from the dramatic version to the prose fiction version, Glaspell has passed her message more effectively

  • Female Literature Deserves the Same Regognition as Traditional Male Literature

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    Female Literature Deserves the Same Regognition as Traditional Male Literature Literary critic, Jane Tompkins targets the "male-dominated scholarly tradition that controls both the canon of American literature - and the critical perspective that interprets the canon for society" (502), in her exploration of the canonical exclusion of Kate Chopin's The Awakening, written in 1899, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1892 short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper." Tompkins further notes that "the tradition