E. L. Doctorow Essays

  • Analysis Of Ragtime By E. L. Doctorow

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    In his 1994 novel Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow presents a representation of American society at the start of the 20th century. The novel explores the tone of the turn of the century like notes on a keyboard, sometimes loud and vital, sometimes hardly audible. Doctorow arranges each event and character as they would function in real society, with no one part separate from the other. Each part is reliant on and linked to another, showing how within the rhythm of our quickly moving nation, everything is interconnected

  • E L Doctorow's Ragtime, By E. L. Doctorow

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    Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow, was originally published in 1975, and later became a musical that premiered at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in 1996. The story illustrates three families’ journeys in the changing society of America during the 1920s. Each family is in a different position of society. One family is rich and white and lives in the exclusive upper class neighborhood of New Rochelle, NY. Their lives are sheltered and privileged. Another family is African American. They live in Harlem

  • Ragtime

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    Jordan Marendino Professor Ruiz-Velasco English 300 10 April 2014 Accepting Change in Ragtime Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, named after the famous Edgar Allen Poe, has been recognized in literature for his “overwhelming critical and commercial success of Ragtime,” published in 1975 (“Doctorow, E.L” 427). Critics raved about Doctorow’s success to capture post World War I zeitgeist with the help of historical figures such as Harry Houdini and J.P Morgan. The novel was later turned into the film making commercial

  • Discourse On Colonialism In The City Of God By E. L Doctorow

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    Hitler’s and his nazi’s rule is one of the most important historical event s of our world. They terrorized many including German citizens, and especially the Jews. In the novel, The City of God by E.L Doctorow, we follow a young boy named Albert through his life as a young Jewish boy living at the Kovno ghetto. The horrors lived by the boy are an example of what Adolf Hitler wrote in his book, Mein Kampf, and what Aime Cesaire wrote on his Discourse on Colonialism. Some of the horrors of Nazi Germany

  • The Cultural Revolution in E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime

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    In the beginning, Mother would “[lower] her eyes” even just because Houdini smiled at her (Doctorow 10; ch.1). Mother is obviously not happy with the marriage with Father, especially discontented with their sex life. It seems ridiculous that Houdini’s visit could “[interrupt] Mother and Father’s coitus,” but it is reasonable that Mother is sexually aroused by Houdini and loses interest in Father (Doctorow 11; ch.2). Though unhappy about the marriage, Mother still meets her wifely duties. On the night

  • Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow

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    Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow Throughout the works of E.L. Doctorow, many facets of American society are explored, ranging from the plight of the homeless to the idiosyncrasies of the rich. A persistent theme prevalent in all of his novels is the existence of the American dream. He seems fascinated by upward social mobility, especially when it involves the impoverished and underprivileged. Yet Doctorow also points out that with the success or attempted success

  • What Made Gandhi’s Nonviolent Movement Work?

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    When you are fight to get peace and fairness back to your government, does it involve nonviolent or violent acts to get what you want? When Gandhi came back to India after getting his law degree, Gandhi started a movement to bring peace and fairness back to their government. What made Gandhi’s nonviolent movement work? The reason Gandhi’s nonviolent movement worked was because he didn’t believe in segregation, didn’t follow the British’s rules for Indians, went to jail for his movement, and he

  • Identity in E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime

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    reader a rich and hypnotic portrayal of the soul of immigrant America, yet still fails to avoid ethnic bias in certain subtle ways.  Whether the lapses into feelings of cultural superiority originate from the purposeful portrayal of the characters Doctorow created or without the author's conscious prior awareness, a careful reading of the text will reveal them.  In this way, these same assumptions and prejudices test our own.  As Ragtime delineates between ethnic identities that are understood

  • Comparing Sexuality in Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage and Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times

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    sexualized relationship of a frontierswoman to the men of her society. Doctorow mirrors the tensions present in Grey's novel though Molly acts as an extraordinarily different vision of what the West required of a woman than Jane Withersteen. Both novels reach a sexual climax as the heroine engages the men of her society in a violent action of blood and birth. Though it is a more desolate and harsh portrayal of a woman's station, Doctorow places Molly in a similar situation as the victim of her society

  • Conformity In Why We Are Infidels

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    L. Doctorow, explains that fundamentalism cannot help itself. Although the world has been considered ‘infidels’, this nation is considered most powerful through prayer no matter what religion one is to be. Thomas Jefferson claims, “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry” (Doctorow 387). By this statement, the nation has only expressed their faith even more

  • Hope in Night by Elie Wiesel and Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow

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    In Night by Elie Wiesel and Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow, the reader witnesses the purpose of hope in one’s life. Wiesel and Doctorow fabricate their works around the trials and tribulations one suffers and what causes one to persevere to continue living. Elie and Blue, characters in the works, experience a life full of suffering and destruction. Even through this, they both live on with a purpose unknown to the reader, and perhaps unknown to themselves. Elie and Blue live on, but to no

  • Technology In Ragtime

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    The novel Ragtime, written by E. L. Doctorow, tells the tale of the many hardships that many experienced at this time. During this time there was a vast range of technological advances that caused change in everyday life. Although all of the characters differed in race, gender, and even social class, they all dealt with their changing society in variety of ways. Some flourished and prospered in it, while others had aversion towards it. This time period was known as the “Gilded Age” where America

  • Jargon In Academic Writing

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    Academic Arena “Writing is an exploration, you start from nothing and learn as you go.” – E. L. Doctorow Academic writing refers to a style of expression used by researchers to document their discipline specific study in a standard written structure. It is characterized by a formal tone, a determined focus on the research problem and precise word choice. It may include formal academic rhetoric or jargon to convey unambiguous and agreed meaning to researchers of their respective fraternity. Academic

  • My Writing Journey

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    “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” (E. L. Doctorow) This quote really does capture the real meaning of writing. Each time you start with a blank page and work from there. You have to learn as you go from there. It has taken me my whole life to acquire the small amount of writing skills that I have today, however, I hope to continuously develop my skills as a writer. There are countless conditions that have molded me into the writer that I am today. I have become

  • Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

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    July 2014. Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Raven.” Literature: A Pocket Anthology. 5th ed. R.S. Gwynn. New York: Pearson Education, Inc., 2012. 545-549. Print. Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Philosophy of Composition." Literary Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe. Ed. Robert L. Hough. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1965. 20-32. Rpt. in Poetry Criticism. Ed. Timothy J. Sisler. Vol. 54. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Literature Resource Center. Web. 13 July 2014. Quinn, Arthur H. Edgar Alan Poe: A Critical Biography. Baltimore:

  • Psychoanalytic Of The Cask Of Amontillado Analysis

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    has a brilliant, devious plan to murder Fortunato. He tells his plan step by step of how he commits this dexterous murder. How far will someone go to seek revenge? “The Cask of Amontillado” is a good psychoanalysis of Edgar Allan Poe himself. E. L. Doctorow states that Edgar Allan Poe’s life was an “unremitting disaster. He was orphaned when he was only two, married to his thirteen

  • Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

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    Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein [IPA 'l?dv?ç 'jo?z?f 'jo?hann 'v?tg?n?ta?n] (April 26, 1889 – April 29, 1951) was an Austrian philosopher who contributed several groundbreaking works to modern philosophy, primarily on the foundations of logic and the philosophy of language. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. [1] Although numerous collections from Wittgenstein's notebooks, papers, and lectures have been published since his death, he published