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    Minorities in America as Portrayed in My Name is Asher Lev, Joy Luck Club, and Black Like Me Conflicting values are a constant issue in society. In diverse civilizations minorities become out ruled by the majority. In Twentieth Century American culture there are many difficulties in existing as a minority. The books My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok, and the Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, portray the aspect of being torn between two cultures as a conflict for today's minorities. Black Like Me

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    American Novelist James Fenimore Cooper

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    In 1820, Cooper published his first literary work, Precaution, on a challenge from his wife. This novel was a disappointment to Cooper. He published his second work of American Literature, The Spy, and a year later in 1821. This novel was modeled after Sir Walters Scott’s Waverly, with the exception that it was set during the American Revolution. The Spy brought Cooper international recognition and wealth. Cooper’s third novel, The Pioneers, was the first of five novels of a series that made up the

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    Annotated Bibliography Crash Course. “Holden, JD, and the Red Cap- The Catcher in the Rye Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #7.” Youtube. Youtube, 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2015. Crash Course is a Youtube channel that explains a plethora of topics that range from history to astronomy. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, takes over the literature section and gives insight to the deeper meanings of many influential books, such as The Catcher in the Rye. In this second part of

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    Comparing Relationships in Susan Minot's Lust and Coraghessan Boyle's Carnal Knowledge "After the briskness of loving, loving stops"-Susan Minot This quote from Minot summarizes the love affairs in her short story "Lust" and T. Coraghessan Boyle's short story "Carnal Knowledge." The protagonists in these stories go to great lengths to please their significant others hoping to find loving, fulfilling relationships. They make sacrifices and relinquish certain degrees of power to find happiness

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    Ambiguity in literature after World War II reflects and explores issues of self and society. These two ideas often work against each other instead of coexisting to form a struggle-free existence. J. D. Salinger, Sylvia Plath, and Richard Heller illustrate this struggle with their works. These authors explore ambiguity through different characters that experience the world in different ways. Identity, while it is an easy concept, can be difficult to attain. These authors seek out ambiguity with

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    Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers The North wind is blowing in Dickson County on this cold, March morning, and in Susan Glaspell’s, “A Jury of Her Peers,” murder bring together a group of men and two women, with two separate agendas. The men’s group who includes: Mr. Hale; a witness, Mr. Peters; the sheriff, and Mr. Henderson; the county attorney are persistent in finding evidence to ensure a conviction of Minnie (Foster) Wright; wife of the victim, John Wright. However, the two women: Mrs

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    Lessons in Self-Acceptance: A Comparison of This Boy’s Life: A Memoir and In the Time of the Butterflies Human beings continually strive for perfection, while never actually reaching it. It is this Sisyphean task that burdens souls with the great pressure of being flawless. However, when an individual is able to combat this weight by accepting their flaws, only then are they able to be truly happy. In This Boy’s Life: A Memoir, by Tobias Wolff, and In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez

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    In his article “Horatio Alger”, Harlon L. Dalton believes that Horatio Alger’s views on success are false. Alger indicates in his article “From Ragged Dick” that success can be achieved through hard work and ambition alone. Additionally, in “Ragged Dick”, Alger rescues the son of a white man, who then offers him a job paying three times the amount he would normally make. However, Dalton claims in “Horatio Alger” that race and other factors determine how successful a person can be. On the other hand

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    Western Nature in Literature Nature is a major theme throughout all of the stories we have read so far this semester, weighing in heavily in the subject matter of each novel. Despite this common thread, nature is handled quite differently in each story, with obvious varied effects in the story. Willa Cather uses the nature of the southwest as an overwhelming presence that stuns any who approach it, while John Steinbeck uses nature with his characters as one would use water with a goldfish

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    The Theme in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara The theme in "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara appears to be a lesson on Social Class and having a choice which society you choose to live in. Miss. Moore who takes on this responsibility to educate the young ones has more then a lesson to teach, but a challenging group of city kids to come by. Sylvia and Sugar which seems to be the leader of the group of neighborhood kids gives Miss. Moore that challenge and not give her the satisfaction

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