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The Romantic Obstacles of Shakespeare in "Midsummer Night's Dream" and Soyinka's "Lion and the Jewel" - Love in literature is not uncommon, but it is the obstacles, depictions, and interpretations in that love that give pieces of literature their meanings. The plays "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare and "The Lion and the Jewel" by Wole Soyinka are both plays that give a definitive portrayal of love and power. However, their portrayals have several similarities and differences. These relationships and contrasts lie in the male and female gender roles, and the obstacles which intervene with the true or ideal love....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1006 words
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Opportunity and Burden in the Privileged Woman Illustrated in Chesnutt's, The House Behind the Cedars - In the memorable novel by American author Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, we are driven to examine and understand the predicament of the privileged woman at the beginning of the 20th century. The main character, Rena Walden, is given the opportunity to pass in a high, white society thereby attaining great hopes for status, luxury, and prominent marriage. However, she is required to leave her racially coloured past behind her in order to successfully cross the colour line. Rena’s predicament is that she wants to belong to two very different worlds at the same time but simply cannot in such a deeply segregated society....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 1029 words
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Visions of a Perfect Society Illustrated in Machiavelli's The Prince and Thomas More's Utopia - When people think about the ‘perfect’ society, all will have a different idea on the topic. For example, Thomas More wrote in ‘Utopia’ of a society where all of the cities were exactly the same. Whereas Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about how a society should be ruled in ‘The Prince.’ Both works paint a portrait of leadership and laws, as well as life and society. In ‘The Prince’, Machiavelli isn’t describing the aspects of a perfect society, he is speaking of how a prince should rule it in order to make it ideal....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 514 words
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The Theme of Conflict in Act 3 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of an ancient feud where the children of two families at war fall deeply in love with each other. Set in the 16th century William Shakespeare’s play has many different themes running throughout it, which include love, hate, death and conflict. The play opens with a fight but ends with suicide that creates peace between both families who unite from their losses. The conflict, violence and aggression in the play happen from revenge and an ancient family grudge. An audience from the 16th century would have enjoyed Romeo and Juliet because of the real life drama and tragedy the play goes through....   [tags: English Literature, Analytical Essay] 1103 words
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Janie's Marriages and Personal Growth in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God - In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie Crawford the main character goes through some big changes. Throughout this book Janie struggles to find her inner voice and purpose of love. She looks high and low for a sign of what love really is and she finds it as being the pear tree. The pear tree is very symbolic and ultimately shows Janie what love is and how it should be in a healthy relationship. This tree, with the bees pollinating the blossoms, helps Janie realize that love should be very mutual and each person needs to provide for the other equally....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 662 words
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Smith's Outlook on Life in Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - There are two basic facts in Smith’s life: one, that he’s in a war with the “In-laws,” and two, that he’s going to fight it until the day he dies, or die fighting. From Smith’s perspective, there is an impassable line between him and the In-laws, who are out to get him, and his best method of success is beating them down. In taking revenge on the governor of Borstal, Smith thinks he has succeeded. What Smith doesn’t realize is that he, not the governor, truly loses when he loses the race. Smith needs to revise his world view to realize that there is a better way of getting what he wants, and the revenge he seeks is only a sign of his weakness and unhappiness with his own life....   [tags: Literary Analyis, Analytical Essay] 2187 words
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Acts of Violence and Brutality Illustrated in Jackson's The Lottery and Hurston's Sweat - From the beginning of time, human nature has lent itself to violence and brutality. You see evidence of this as you read the news, or watch television. You might have been, or will be, the victim of this dark side of human nature. Looking back to the children of Adam and Eve, Cain killed his brother, Abel, marking, as I heard in a theology class, what many theologies claim as “the paradigm for conflict and violence.” Throughout our readings in The Story and It’s Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, we have seen many episodes of violence and brutality, ranging from torment to ritualistic murder....   [tags: The Lottery, Analytical Essay] 1614 words
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W. Somerset Maugham Explores the Different Meanings of Success in The Razor’s Edge - In The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham explores the different meanings of success, through the conflicting ideals of his characters. The different interpretations of success are shown prominently through the views of Elliott Templeton and Laurence Darrell. Elliot for most of his life views success as becoming socially eminent and Larry believes success is happiness and the reaching of a state of enlightenment. The epigraph of The Razor’s Edge, “The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard” (Katha-Upanishad as cited by Maugham) applies to both Larry and Elliott because both of them had to get over significant hurdles in their views in...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1107 words
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Love and Relationships in Two Eighteenth Century Novels: Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice - Two novels written before the nineteenth century were, Pride and Prejudice and The Three Musketeers. In the first novel, Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen, there is the Bennet family. They have five daughters and Mrs.Bennet is very eager to get them all married. At coincidental timing Mr.Bingley, a wealthy single man comes to Netherfield. After a social visit by Mr.Bennet to Mr.Bingley, the Bennets are invited to a ball. At the ball Jane immediately catches the attention of Mr.Bingley and they spend the entire evening dancing together, however for Mr.Bingley’s friend Darcy, the same cannot be told....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 2036 words
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The Range of Emotions in the Novel “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathanial Hawthorne - Nathanial Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, provoked many emotions throughout his entire novel. The emotions ranged from grief to anticipation. Each character played an important role in the novel and I believe that each character evoked a different emotion in the reader. Three of the characters in which Nathanial Hawthorne demonstrates this are Hester Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and their daughter Pearl. Hester Prynne, the main character of the novel, was a courageous and honorable person; even though, what she had been known for wasn’t such an admirable deed....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 525 words
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The Soldier's True Enemy in Erich Remarque’s "All Quiet on the Western Front" - Who or what is a soldier’s true enemy. Is it the appalling conditions he must endure. Figures of authority abusing their power. Or is it perhaps even the fear of death itself. These are the questions raised in Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front as he voices his own experiences as a soldier fighting for the Germans in World War One through his narrator Paul Baumer. Despite the fact the soldiers have received expert training when they enlisted in the army they struggle to fight their most basic instinct, to survive....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 713 words
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A Tale of Two Cities: The Making of Dickens' Character of Sydney Carton - “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” Book 3, Chapter 15, Page 361 [last page in the chapter] Discovering the principal characters in any novel and observing how they relate to one another provides a person with hours of enjoyment. The very idea that a writer can with words create a world in which these characters can grow and mature in any way the author desires should remind the reader that, in many ways, their lives are nothing more than the shadows of the master author’s design....   [tags: Character Analysis, Analytical Essay] 849 words
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Intertwining Fates as a Motive for Invisibility in Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man - Invisibility is a motif introduced even before the first page of the novel is turned. Although The Invisible Man was written over a 7 year period, Ralph Ellison uses invisibility as a representation of the status of a black man during the society of the late 1920s and early 1930s (Reilly 20). Symbolically, the black man is invisible to the white man because the latter is blind towards both the reality of the black man’s physical presence and influence in society. The narrator is in a continuous struggle with himself throughout the novel in a difficult attempt to discover who he is in a racist America, and make his mark on a white society....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 837 words
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The Moral Nature of Human Beings in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee’s coming-of-age novel To Kill a Mockingbird illustrates the life of its young narrator, Jean Louise “Scout" Finch, in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the mid-1930s. Scout begins the novel as a thirteen year old reflecting back on major key events in her childhood life. She lives with her father, Atticus, a lawyer, her older brother Jem, and their black housekeeper, Calpurnia who tends to the children and the house while Atticus is at work. Scout and Jem's summer playmate, Dill Harris, shares the Finch children's adventures and adds imagination and intrigue to their game playing and their own lives....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 789 words
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Whether or Not Macbeth is Deserving of Pity in Shakespeare's Play Macbeth - In the last scene of “Macbeth”, Malcolm describes Macbeth as “this dead butcher” which could be argued is the best way to sum up Macbeth’s character. The word “butcher” implies slaughter and brutality. Macbeth is certainly guilty of butchery, the cruel, senseless killing of people. Malcolm uses the word “butcher” to provoke appalling memories of Macbeth’s deeds from the audience. But could Macbeth’s behavior ever be justified. Could Macbeth ever be pitied or even excused for the actions he took....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Term Paper] 4256 words
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Comparing the Use of Symbols in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums and Glaspell's Trifles - John Steinbeck wrote “The Chrysanthemums” where the protagonist, Elisa maintains her flower garden with a flower called Chrysanthemums. In a daily routine, Elisa’s husband Henry is a typical farmer who was busy with his orchard and steers, while Elisa, a housewife tends to her garden as the chrysanthemums were shown as Elisa’s children. Written by Susan Glaspell, “Trifle” was a play about Mrs. Wright who was put through an investigation where she was the main suspect in the case of her husband‘s death....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 542 words
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Theme of Hypocrisy in Conrad’s, Heart of Darkness, and Coppola’s, Apocalypse Now - Both Conrad’s, “Heart of Darkness”, and Coppola’s, “Apocalypse Now”, profoundly illustrate the journey of man into their inner self and man’s encounters with their insanity, fears and demise. The novella and film are comprised of numerous pivotal themes that facilitate the understanding of the deeper meaning of both works. Fundamentally, theme is an extensive message or idea expressed by an author and is a crucial element of literature since it sheds light on universal concepts. The most striking parallels that can be formulated when comparing themes in both the novella and the film are associated with human nature....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essays] 496 words
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Examining Family Relationships in Literature: Examining Antigone, The Odyssey, and The Iliad - The human relationship can be interpreted as interpersonal or intimate; stemming from these two classifications are many of the reasons for characteristic development within human nature. By studying literary works we can glimpse into human behavior and learn what actually causes a person’s actions and downfalls. Many of these works have shown the effects a dominant and inferior relationship may cause, ranging from self-independence to parental influence. We’ve seen the defiance of rulers, the mimicking actions of father and son, the comparison of siblings, and the rebellion of a son....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 876 words
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Comparing and Contrasting Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Dumas' The Three Musketeers - Two novels written in the nineteenth century were Pride and Prejudice and The Three Musketeers. In the first novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Bennet family has five daughters that Mrs.Bennet is eager to get them all married. At a coincidental timing Mr.Bingley, a wealthy single man comes to the nearby city of Longbourn. After a social visit by Mr.Bennet, the Bennets go to a ball. At the ball Jane immediately catches the attention of Mr.Bingley and they spend the evening dancing together, however for Mr.Bingley’s friend Darcy, the same cannot be told....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 1196 words
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Kantorek's Influence on the Characters in All Quiet on the Western Front - Kantorek, the former school master of many of the novel's characters, is described as “a stern little man”, and although his physical presence is of little consequence to the novel’s development his actions influence many of the characters in their thoughts and actions. His fiery and impassioned speeches to his class influenced all of them to join the army, leading to their inevitable dooms. The ideas he preached on nationalism and one’s duty to his country were a glorious mask for the true, atrocious nature of war....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Literary Analysis] 619 words
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Ignorance in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, is about what this world will become if we continue to disregard knowledge and focus on the irrelevant parts of life. In the novel, books are burned rather than read, knowledge is feared rather than pursued, and no one is happy. In this world, reading is a crime, but for some people in this novel, it is a way of life. Bradbury is suggesting that reality is not far from the world he has depicted in this book, and that soon, ignorance may be valued over knowledge....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 444 words
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Authority Abusers are Spreading Like a Disease: Wole Soyinka's 'Every Dictator's Nightmare' - Ever since the beginning of time, rulers and dictators have tried to control the so-called lesser beings into doing anything they want them to do and made them slaves for their own pleasure. These lords of leadership have cruelly made their peasants scrub the toilet full of putrid smelling feces, lay there crying while they rape them every night, and work a field with calloused, arthritic hands that will never put the bountiful harvest to their malnourished lips because slaves are not worthy....   [tags: Dictatorship, Analytical Essay] 752 words
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Exploring Juno as a Victim in Sean O’Casey’s, Juno and the Paycock - To what extent is Juno a Victim in Sean O’Casey’s, ‘Juno and the Paycock?’ We see Juno as a victim in ‘Juno and the Paycock’ as she has to contend with extreme poverty and she has the daily struggle of trying to make ends meet. This is shown as the family of four live in a rundown rented tenement house. Jack, her husband, and Joxer are always lying about the house doing nothing but drinking and eating everything. Juno is a victim here as we get the impression that Jack tries his best to avoid his wife and makes her take care of everything in the house....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay] 913 words
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Blanche's State of Mind in Tennessee Williams’ Play, A Streetcar Named Desire - Blanches state of mind essay In Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, main character Blanche Dubois to begin with seems to be a nearly perfect model of a classy woman whose social interaction, life and behavior are based upon her sophistication. The play revolves around her, therefore the main theme of drama concerns her directly. In Blanche is seen the misfortune of a person caught between two worlds-the world of the past and the world of the present-unwilling to let go of the past and unable, because of her character, to come to any sort of terms with the present....   [tags: analytical essay, literary analysis] 963 words
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Light, Darkness, and the Great Chain of Being Depicted in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth Essay William Shakespeare's Macbeth is an ominous tale that illustrates the danger in violating the Great Chain of Being, the hierarchy of things in God's ordered universe. The Chain ranked all of creation and human society as well. It ranked kings above nobles and nobles above the poor. When Macbeth murdered King Duncan and assumed the throne, the Chain was violated and chaos resulted. The atmosphere of the play symbolized this resulting turmoil. Specifically, light and darkness were used to exemplify the unnatural chaos and ominous tone of the work....   [tags: analytical essay, literary analysis] 707 words
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Holden's Obsession with Sex Depicted in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the main character in the book, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger. Holden also has a huge obsession with sex, even though he remains a virgin. Throughout the book, Holden constantly refers to people as “phonies.” There are many times in the book that show how obsessed Holden is with sex. Holden Caulfield feels that sex should happen between two people who care a lot for each other and respect one another. He doesn’t think that sex should ever be a casual thing. He sees sex as degrading, no matter what....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]
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The Destructive Nature of Man Depicted in Keyes' Flowers for Algernon - Imagine how you would feel if you were always being treated as though you were not human, or if people acted as though they created you. Well this is how you would feel if you were the subject of a science experiment. Science experiments should not be performed on humans or animals because of the unknown outcome. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes shows a destructive nature of man through stereotypes, absence of family, and the various IQ levels needed to mature. Scientific experimentation shows a destructive nature of man through stereotypes....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 822 words
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Growth of the Two Protagonists in Hornby's Novel, About A Boy - Nick Hornbys’ novel ‘About a boy’ is a tale of two people growing up in two very different ways. Throughout the novel both the protagonists lead a change of self, which is a direct result of the actions of each other. Essentially both the protagonists allow each other to take a look at the world from a different perspective. The journey that the two characters experience in growing up is alike that of our own growing up, in that we have experiences that allow us to mature and become someone who is accepted by society....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay] 1307 words
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The Function of the Character Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls - John Boynton Priestley was born on 13th September 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire and died in 1984. Queen Victoria died in 1901 (when Priestley was seven years old), thus ending the ‘Victorian’ era. Her son then became King Edward VII, which was the start of what we know as the ‘Edwardian’ era. When Priestley was sixteen he left school and worked in a firm of wool merchants, but joined the army and served in the First World War, (1914-18) on the front line in France. He was wounded and gassed. At the age of twenty-five he was awarded a place at Cambridge to study literature, history and political science and later went on to work as a journalist in London....   [tags: Character Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1978 words
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Feelings Surrounding the Need for Forgiveness in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights - In order to truly forgive it could be said that an understanding much first be reached. An understanding of the feelings surrounding the need for forgiveness; the hurt, the heartache, the confusion, the feeling of being wronged or cheated out of something or in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, someone in life. For the Wuthering Heights character Heathcliff, reaching such an understanding takes a lifetime to achieve and not until that understanding is reached, can forgiveness and therefore peace be found....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Literary Analysis] 738 words
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Internal and External Conflict in "The Old Man and the Sea" - Nature is man’s greatest struggle besides himself. Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea constantly endures struggles against nature the affect him externally and internally. There are many examples of the hardships of man versus nature that Santiago endures. Santiago struggles with nature in order to catch the giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. He also struggles with himself and his abilities that have collapsed with his aging body. Santiago also faces struggles with the shark that attacks his prized marlin....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 525 words
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Restricted Freedom of Women in Cisneros', The House on Mango Street - For centuries, a great deal of ethnic groups have been disempowered and persecuted by others. However, one should realize that none are more intense than the oppression of women. In the novel, The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, women living in the Mango Street neighborhood suffer from their restricted freedom. Three such women, Rafaela, Mamacita, and Sally, provide great examples. All try to escape from their dreadful environment. Most of them fail, but at first, Sally seems to succeed in escaping from her father....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 952 words
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Immorality of Human Nature Depicted in Golding's Lord of the Flies - In Lord of the Flies, William Golding expresses the idea that humans are naturally immoral, and that people are moral only because of the pressures of civilization. He does this by writing about a group of boys, and their story of survival on an island. The civilized society they form quickly deteriorates into a savage tribe, showing that away from civilization and adults, the boys quickly deteriorate into the state man was millions of years ago. This tendency is shown most in Jack, who has an animalistic love of power, and Roger, who loves to kill for pleasure....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay] 922 words
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Darkness and Evil Illustrated in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - Evil: Morally bad or wrong; wicked. Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious. The definition of evil, a term used very cautiously in modern society, is very diverse among different people. In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the term evil is articulated through several ways mainly four characters: the cruelty within the people of the Belgian Congo, main mystery of Kurtz, the setting upon which the characters reside, and the atmosphere in which the Belgian Congo produces from the elements prior stated....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1375 words
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The Effective Use of Dramatic Devices in Miller's The Crucible - The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a famous play which was written in the early 1950’s. The Crucible is a play based upon the events in 1692, which led to the ‘Salem Witch Trials’, a series of hearings before local magistrates to prosecute over 150 people accused of witchcraft. This was due to the hysteria caused by a group of girls accusing innocent people of witch craft. The play was set in Salem, Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. Salem was a very isolated and puritanical community, so their biggest fear was the devil and witchcraft....   [tags: Literary Devices, Analytical Essay] 3558 words
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Theme of Sacrifice in Julia Alvarez's In Liberty and Exile - Sacrificing is the act of giving up, destroying, permitting injury to, or forgoing something valued for the sake of something having a more pressing claim. In Liberty and Exile by Julia Alvarez a lot of people have to take certain responsibilities which can involve sacrificing. Liberty is freedom from external or foreign rule. or independence. The author, Julia Alvarez, has been in simular situations to those in Liberty and Exile. " I think of myself at 10 years old, newly arrived in this country, feeling out of place, feeling that i would never belong in this world......   [tags: Critical Analysis, Analytical Essays] 612 words
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The Nature of Corruption in John Grisham's Novel "The Appeal" - Politics has always been a dirty game. Now justice is, too.” Although “The Appeal” by John Grisham is a fictional book, the author himself claims that there is a certain truth behind the storyline, as he explains in the author's note. “I must say that there is a lot of truth in this story.” This quote especially shocks one when reconsidering the story and the criminal energy involved. The book impresses the reader with a story based on corruption and money. Mary Grace and Wes Payton are, married and both work as lawyers on the verdict against Krane Chemicals, on the edge of financial ruin they barely manage to finance the last trial against Krane Chemicals....   [tags: Fiction Analysis, Analytical Essay] 788 words
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Factors Contributing to Willy's Death in Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman a self-doubting, delusional salesman enters his house with two empty suitcases; he failed to sell anything that day. He was greeted by his loving wife Linda and asked where he was all day. Willy replied by saying that he went as far as a little above Yonkers. Willy explains to Linda that he suddenly couldn’t drive anymore. In page 13 Willy explains “suddenly I realize I’m going’ sixty miles an hour and I don’t remember the last five minutes. Linda tries to comfort him by saying it’s your glasses and also by saying that you haven’t gotten enough rest....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 809 words
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The Theme of Racial Intolerance in Conrad's Heart of Darkness - It is commonly argued that ‘Heart of Darkness’ is nothing more than a racial tirade from a misinformed Englishman. Although Conrad is not misinformed and has no intention of fronting a racist point of view, when the treatment of Africans in the text is closely examined, the theme of racism is presented so deliberately all other themes merely fade into the background. Conrad’s evocation of the African environment and population preaches racial intolerance and creates a stark contrast between the life of Europeans and Africans....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Literary Analysis] 619 words
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The Importance of Context in The Crucible by Aurthur Miller - Context influences all texts, whether it be a novel, play or movie. It is the reader’s knowledge of the historical and cultural background influencing a text, which allows enrichment of reading and understanding that can be gained from a text. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play which is a fitting example of this statement. This is due to the multiple references Miller has made to both the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to the McCarthy era, the period in which the play was written. Although Miller states “this play is not history”, it serves as an allegory for both time periods and it was the appreciation I had for the historical and cultural context of these time periods which enriched...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1342 words
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Claudio and Hero's Relationship in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing - Claudio and Hero are the idealised Elizabethan couple in the book because of the patriarchal society that the story is based on. This is because Hero is shown as a weak and powerless young woman while Claudio is described as a powerful and honourable man. In the wedding Claudio decides to shame her and says ‘There, Leonato, take her back again Give not this rotten orange to your friend’. Even when Hero is being insulted and accused of being a prostitute she does not defend herself and says ‘Is my lord well, that he doth speak so wide?’ Instead of defending herself she asks if Claudio is alright which displays a sign of weakness in her....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Literary Analysis] 626 words
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Jimmy Cross’s Final Decision in O'Brien's, The Things They Carried - In the story, “The Things They Carried”, author Tim O’Brien described specific items that each of his soldiers carried with them to the Vietnam War front. The items that the soldiers carried were for mental protection; they believed that the things they carried would take their minds off all the terror and violence that was going on around them. The protagonist, Lieutenant Jimmy cross, carries out letters from a girl named Martha, which leads to him losing his focus for the war and a lack of protection for his fellow soldiers....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay]
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The True Vision of Blindness in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles - People may be blinded to truth, and may not realize what truth is, even if truth is standing in front of them. They will never see truth becase they are blind to it. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles it is easy to see how blindness affects the transition of the story. It is said that blind people see “in a different manner” because they sense the world in a totally diferent way, such as Teiresias in the play. Oedipus Rex is a tragedy due to the content the Sophocles, the playwright, decided to include, first, murdering his father, king Laius, then marrying his mother, Jocasta, and ending by blinding himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 973 words
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Common Themes in Steinbeck's Cannery Row and East of Eden - Cannery Row follows a group of unemployed boys that mostly steal what they need to live off of. Lee Chong, the grocer, lets Mack and the boys stay in a meal shack that they turn into their home, even though he knows they will never pay him rent. The boys show their appreciation to Lee Chong by no longer stealing from his grocery store. The boys also want to do something nice for Doc, who lives across the street from them. They plan to give Doc a party and spend a lot of time trying to get everything perfect for him, although they’re also throwing the party just to have a party for themselves....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 1313 words
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Justice and Virtue in John Rawls' A Theory of Justice - There is a natural instinct in humans to have a justified reason for everything they do, even if they are not aware of it. It is the product of psychological reasoning. Everybody wants to be treated the same. Justice covers a broad area covered mostly by equality. “Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with similar liberty for others.” (Rawls 60). That quote was the first principle of justice from John Rawls A Theory of Justice. Equality is important to society because it maintains everyone getting the same as anyone of any other racial, ethical, or wealth status....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Ethics] 538 words
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The Important Role of Pride in Sophocles' Antigone - In the novel Antigone by Sophocles, there is much betrayal in the novel, that a enormous quantity of the novel is generally about family, pride, and a drastic amount of drama. In the novel Antigone, the king Creon who was passed the thrown from Etocles because his brother Polynecies killed him for the ruling of Thebes but they both ended dying and Creon does not let anyone bury the body of Polynecies because he was a trader fighting against his brother and Thebes. Antiogone who is the sister of the brothers disobeys Creon and his order....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 1518 words
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