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High School Football - I've never decided if I actually miss playing football. I played tight end and outside linebacker for one season, during my freshman year of high school. The previous winter I'd lifted weights often enough for a junior high kid, then I long jumped in track during the spring and kept in good condition all summer. I was no all-out beast, but for me it was decent dedication. Our coach, Mr. Noble, was horrible. I respected him at the time, and so did everyone else--he was six five and had some serious guns....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 2171 words
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I Have Limitations - I Have Limitations As I sat in the grass of Burke County's football field that fateful day in May, my brain was cluttered with questions and thoughts. I was busy making mental notes. Stay low, snap your trail leg, and run when you hit the ground, my mind nagged. Instinctively, I put on my running spikes, removed my warm-ups, and stretched my muscles. My concentration was interrupted as the speakers boomed, "Third and final call for all 100-meter low hurdles." In a blur I was on the starting line, staring down a horizon filled with hurdles....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1261 words
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Reopening Old Wounds - Reopening Old Wounds Professor’s Comment: Bob’s essay is an intensely personal, admirably honest introspective examination of his repressed emotions concerning his parents divorce. I would cry, but that would be a pointless waste of energy. It’s one of those things that I envied my mother. In a flash she could go from the stoic lady of the house to a sobbing goose. I never understood how. I’d go from astonishment to disgust to envy. I take more after my old man. I’ve never seen him shed a single tear....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1376 words
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The Minutes Pass - The Minutes Pass I sit at a round desk for eight hours eight bucks an hour and doodle. The phone rings once or twice every few hours (if I’m lucky, that is) and the population of people over 50 seems to rise by the minute. I sit with my legs crossed, sandal-less, wearing “work” shoes and my “work” smile. I enjoy the company I find myself in, even if it is a good book and a nice thought of myself at the beach. So I play tunes in my head, sing songs of glory under my breath, even snack on crackers when my stomach grumbles....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1166 words
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Losing My Edge - Losing My Edge I was friends with everyone on the North team, our rivals, but during the season, we seemed liked enemies. We always talked crap to each other. "Who's going to state this year?" We would say. Back to us they would respond, "Who went to State last year?" The whole season, we anticipated playing North. It all started since the first practice. Our coach would scream, "North is practicing harder than you, they are getting in shape, they are preparing." This made us very angry and his tactics to do better did push us....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 528 words
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The Chicken Incident - The Chicken Incident Everyone has an extremely embarrassing experience, that seems horrifically terrible at the time, but upon reflection becomes a completely hilarious occurrence in their life. This episode can be anything from falling down the grand staircase in high school, to splattering a pan of chicken in the walk-in cooler at work. This is mine. I had been working for the Culver’s Franchise Association for virtually three years, in which my primary job was drive-thru and other “front house” positions....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 566 words
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Conquering of Fear - Conquering of Fear For as long as I could remember I have had a chronic fear of crashes at high speeds and that my best friend Joseph has never feared anything. He would jump off the Eiffel Tower if he got the chance. On the day that I would finally conquer my fear I was in the back seat of Joseph’s uncle’s Ford Expedition with the whole seat to myself. If I were to turn my head around I would see the large speeder boat the car was pulling behind it. We were on our way to the Delta Marina. Our plan was to go tubing in the water....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1141 words
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The Marburg Virus - The Marburg Virus Why did I decide to choose to study Kongolese Art. Why didn't I just decide to study something safe, like British watercolours. If I had, I would have never had to spend the past three days in isolation in a hospital in Germany to ensure that I wasn't harbouring the Marburg virus. My experience with Marburg started about three weeks ago in early April--April 1, 2005 to be exact. I had been in Angola for the past seven weeks conducting an intense study of Kongolese art in the rural villages of Uige Province....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]
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My Samoan Culture - If I were to choose one place in the whole world which would be the best setting to learn the lessons of life, it would be at home with my family. I am from the islands of Samoa located in the Pacific. I grew up in a family of five people in a society of strong culture and religious atmosphere. I love being with my family because they play a vital role in my life. Most of my time was spent on helping out with the family chores, going to school and fulfilling my church callings. In this essay I will discuss how my culture, my family and my church has changed and molded my character for the better....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative] 477 words
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Growing Up - I stumbled out into the yard, my flimsy tennis shoes wrapped in plastic bags and secured with tape. The Great Blizzard of Chattanooga had almost subsided, but snow still lay thick on the ground. The cold air invaded my lungs and stung every inch of exposed skin. My parents were trapped out of town at the state basketball tournament, and my three sisters and I had a baby-sitter that was staying with us. She went to our church, and had known my parents for years. We had enough food to last a while, and our family owned enough sleeping bags and blankets to ensure that we didn't freeze....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1118 words
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Holiday Warfare - Holiday Warfare Brave men of war have faced adversities both physical and mental and risen above them as butter from cream. Chivalry and conquest have carried soldiers from pole to pole and across the seven seas. Hardships of campaign life are legendary, and the iron men these trials created go down in history as examples to all mankind. I have faced battle under duress and have learned I am not a brave man. Shell-shock is partially defined as a "psycho neurotic condition akin to hysteria." To this day I am saddled with the memories of the day I was sent to battle in my Grandmother's kitchen....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1173 words
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Kirtrine's Basement - Kirtrine's Basement "Sister Lopez?" I looked down the winding staircase into the murky depths of my neighbor's unfinished basement. "Sister Lopez, can I talk to you?" The only sound was the steady hum of the sewing machine, so I quietly took the stairs two at a time. I was twelve years old--polite and refined, but not overly patient. My mother, a wonderful but slightly overzealous Mormon Relief Society president, had sent me with a Homemaking invitation to give to the ever-elusive, inactive Sister Lopez....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1243 words
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Someone Special - Someone Special When I first saw him, I was sitting in an auditorium complaining to my mother about how cold it was in there. We and hundreds of other student-parent pairs were lined up in rows of the large room waiting to be told what to do by upper-class college students in matching tee shirts. I was scanning, like always, for any interesting guys. Upon finding any that appealed to me, whether by genuine attractiveness, unique clothing or just a pleasant aura, I would watch, study, and try to figure out everything about him, like his attitude, views on the world, and his favorite color....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 2372 words
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Good Advice - Good Advice Good advice is different for everyone and is distinct each time you receive it. Sometimes I receive advice and don’t realize what it is until I actually need to apply it. This occurred in Andrea Kunze’s paper. Her dad had always warned her that boys were the devil and on her first day of school the advice he had been giving her all along suddenly could make sense. Some advice I’m given allows me to ponder over options I hadn’t thought of before. Other times who ever happens to be helping me envisions a solution that is a variation of what I had contemplated....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 643 words
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My Grandfather - My Grandfather, although he moved around a lot when he was a kid, grew up fairly well. He has lived in California, Texas, Wisconsin and many other states. He traveled to many places because of his first career. Grandpa was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lived there for the first three months of his life. He then moved to Texas where he lived in the suburbs of Dallas. He then moved to California and moved back to Texas to live with his grandparents for times when his mother couldn't have him stay with her....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 895 words
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Old Friends - I felt the waxy goo before I saw it. Squinting, for a better look, I carefully separated the hair that grew from his temples, ordinarily bristling white, but now suspiciously black and tarry. Interrupting my cutting, I ventured, "Doug, what's all over your hair?" As I awaited his reply, I contemplated my long professional relationship with the man seated before me. I cut hair and work with hairpieces for a living. I design, install, and maintain them for fees far below those of large companies whose lavish infomercials are viewable following David Letterman's show....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1043 words
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Broken Promises - I thought we had the perfect life; a mother, father, two children, and another bundle of joy on the way. We also have a family dog named Missy. Our children have more than they need, way more than I remember having when I was growing up. You would think this would be enough. Evidently in their eyes it is never enough. In January, my six year old Heather came home from school asking for a hamster. After all the endless promises of feeding, watering, and cleaning up after it, my husband and I thought it might teach her some responsibility....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative] 418 words
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Sailing - Sailing "People either love it, or they hate it," Fred proclaimed again, for the umpteenth time. His reddish face almost glowed against the gray sky. The combination of giddy grin, round cheeks, and fine, yellow, tousled hair yielded a face far too boyish for a man in his mid-fifties. But the always-present twinkle in Fred's eye was ever so slightly diminished today, and I knew why: he feared that his intuition might be mistaken and that I might not, after all, take to today's activity....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 1309 words
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Expectations - Expectations People often do things they don’t necessarily mean to do. The young Langston Hughes once stood up and pretended to have seen and been touched by Jesus. He did this not because he really saw Jesus, but because others expected it of him. Although others rejoiced on his behalf, he was ashamed for having lied to them. Similarly, I myself have undergone an experience in which I acted in a way that was foreign to my nature. At the age of eight, I was living in the Philippines. In my little town of Ilocos Norte, there was a man who was mentally retarded....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay] 509 words
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Personal Statement - “Hunny, please bring the bags to the car and do not forget your jacket on the counter!” my mom shouted from the bottom of the staircase. Every year for vacation, we would always prepare an emergency kit, directions, the latest updates on weather/road conditions, a portable stove, gallons of water, and the trip’s details categorized inside our itinerary organizer. However, while heading down to the Grand Canyon one year, we were stopped by a sudden snow storm and multiple roadblocks forcing us to take detours and change our plans....   [tags: Auotobiographical, Coming of Age] 1294 words
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Relationship Between the Subject and Place in My Winnipeg and Caro Diario - Since filmmakers have been making films they have often felt the need to document important aspects about the events of their lives. The reasons for this are numerous and varied this is especially true of autobiographical films. These films are often based around a collection of episodes that hold importance in an individual’s life. They include a combination of personal encounters that an individual has experienced at/or over a particular time and in a specific place. They may include individual people, events and objects that hold importance to the film maker that they feel the need to document....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Women - PTSD and Women Trauma can come in many forms; car crashes, rape, or abuse. Anyone can experience a trauma and it can have lasting effects on their life and their memory. Due to their traumas, people can develop PTSD. You may think of PTSD as being only for war veterans, but it goes deeper than that. Studies have shown that women are more susceptible to PTSD than men after a traumatic event. This is because studies suggest that if all categories of trauma are included, approximately 6.5 million women in United States would be struggling to live with PTSD (Brand, 2003)....   [tags: trauma, rape, abuse]
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A Review on the Works of James Baldwin - Introduction The works of James Baldwin are directly related to the issues of racism, religion and personal conflicts, and sexuality and masculinity during Baldwin's years.James Baldwin's works, both fiction and nonfiction were in some instance a direct reflection his life. Through close interpretation you can combine his work to give a "detailed" look into his actual life. However since most writings made by him are all considered true works of literature we can't consider them to be of autobiographical nature....   [tags: Literature]
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Persepolis a Book by Marjane Satrapi´s Life - Persepolis is an autobiographical comic book of Marjane Satrapi’s life as a child growing up in the time of the Islamic Revolution. The Revolution of 1979 was meant to empower the oppressed masses of Iran and cleanse the country of the influence of Westernization (Tiefenbrun 2010: 272). Instead, the revolution resulted in a “xenophobic revolt against modernism (including the modern idea of women’s rights), against the ‘West’, against all foreigners and against jews” (Tiefenbrun 2010: 272). This battle between the pre-revolutionary modern Iran and the post-revolutionary fundamentalist Iran is a very important theme in Persepolis (more on this theme later in the essay) (Satrapi 2013: ONLINE)....   [tags: islamic revolution, 1979] 2555 words
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Philosophical Autobiography in Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy - Throughout the novels of Naguib Mahfouz' Cairo Trilogy, the most noticeable element is the progression of time. In tracing the lives of three generations of the Abd al-Jawad family, Mahfouz manages to structure a chronicle of Egypt during his lifetime that describes not only the lives of the family but the social, political and philosophical change of the entire nation. While it is dangerous to read only for social analysis in Mahfouz' essentially artistic work, the changes in Egypt during the novel make its characters' relationships to a shifting Egypt clear....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Biography: Lord Byron - The great poet, Oscar Wilde once said “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” These words ring true even to this day. Many of our heroes and idols attain inspiration from their every day life, yet their achievements are often oveshadowed by the myth created behind their personas. Therefore, it is natural for the curious listener to question wether what has been heard is truth or glamorization to further bolster their fame. So the question begging to be answered is, Does an individuals life and era truly influence his or her work....   [tags: oscar wilde, liberty, poets]
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How is Sympathy Provoked in ‘Piano’ and ‘Crabbit Old Woman’? - In the two poems Crabbit Old Woman and Piano, both the writers use language to provoke sympathy towards a person and their situation by using the present and the past tense to build up emotions. In the poem Piano, Lawrence introduces us to his childhood using a piano. He describes to us what his childhood memories used to be like with his mother, and what comfort he used to have in her presence. The first two lines of each of the three stanzas are all in present tense and the rhyme scheme is rhyming cuplets....   [tags: Sympathy, Piano, Crabbit Old Woman, poetry, D.H. L] 860 words
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Coming of Aage and Love in the Story Araby - Love often times is one of the strongest motivators. Love can inspire acts of extreme bravery, crush one’s heart, and can even force a person to move on and grow up. In this novel, Araby is a bazaar that conveyed an ill-assorted blend of pseudo-Eastern romanticism and blatant commercialism. For one shilling, as the advertisement put it, one could visit "Araby in Dublin" and at the same time aid the Jervis Street Hospital (Stone). What does love have to do with a foreign bazaar. In the short story a young boy secretly falls in love with a girl and promises to bring her a gift from Araby....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Coming of Age]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Appeal - ... Gatsby essentially has become an archetype for the jazz age, and is used by some as a way of historically looking back at this time period (Sickels). The novel was able to capture so many audiences and still can because of its historical accuracy, similarity to Fitzgerald’s life, and relatedness about the roaring twenties. In his earlier years Fitzgerald wrote The Side of Paradise which was a widely popular book. This book was said to mirror his life postwar and as a college student at Princeton....   [tags: jazz age, popularity, great gatsby] 676 words
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Anterograde Amnesia - Many people enjoy a good film and at the end, they have the potential to judge the film by the content and delivery it had provided. In some films, the screenwriter chooses to portray one of the many psychological disorders. The audience of the film will try to focus on how well the disorder was portrayed and how well the movie played out. Whether the intention of the film maker was trying to expose the public about such psychological disorder or choosing to make a film based on the disorder, some viewers will argue if the film has portrayed the disorder accurately and whether the public has taken notice to the disorder....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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A Comparative Analysis of Armies of the Night and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in Regards to New Journalism - Taken at face value, Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test may seem very similar. They are both centered on a major author of the 1960s and his experiencing of historical events of the time, while set in the style of New Journalism. When examined closer, though, it becomes apparent that these novels represent two very different sides of New Journalism – Armies of the Night an autobiography with personal and political motivations, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test a sociological piece which tries to capture the essence of its subjects rather than the absolute facts....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Common Thread and The Human Genome Project - Introduction From the moment we are born we are overwhelmed by the sensation of exploring the world around us. Not just only what we see but also, what lies beneath the surface. This sensation of curiosity is especially clear in people who are studying and/or conducting research in the fields of medicine, health, and biomedical science. In this review I intend to grasp the attention of everyone who has a relationship to the three fields of research mentioned before. Students and researchers in these fields should be able to relate to the concepts that will be discussed in this review....   [tags: politics, biomedical science] 1540 words
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Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton’s novel, The Age of Innocence, has an ironic twist to the plot of the story. The official definition of irony is: the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. Many famous novels have an ironic twist to the plot of the story. Such novels, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, and The Great Gatsby. “The Age of Innocence takes place during the last breath of New York high society, although its members did not sense the dramatic changes coming to their world” (Hadley11).1 Wharton, uses irony typically for a humorous effect....   [tags: irony, literary analysis]
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James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Works Cited Missing In James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus, a young man growing up, has many of the same traits of the young James Joyce. For example, "On 1 September 1888, at the age of 'half-past-six', Joyce was taken by his parents to be enrolled in the finest Catholic preparatory school in Ireland, Clongowes Wood College, situated about twenty miles west of Dublin in the countryside near Clane"(Anderson, James Joyce 15)....   [tags: Papers] 925 words
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Martin Eden, by John London - Introduction Jack London, born in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to Flora Wellman, is among the many prolific writers from the United States of America who possess great artistic works ranging from great time novels ,short stories, plays just to mention but a few. He is fondly remembered for his great novel ‘Martin Eden’ published in 1909. In the novel he tries to express the challenges faced by young writers who try to exploit their talent and passion in an area where little opportunities present themselves....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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An Analysis of Cantú's "Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera" - Norma Elia Cantu’s novel “Canícula: Imágenes de una Niñez Fronteriza” (“Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera”), which chronicles of the forthcoming of age of a chicana on the U.S.- Mexico border in the town of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo in the 1940s-60s. Norma Elia Cantú brings together narrative and the images from the family album to tell the story of her family. It blends authentic snapshots with recreated memoirs from 1880 to 1950 in the town between Monterrey, Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas....   [tags: Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Fronter]
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Vivid Recollections in Poetry - ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy, ‘The Sick Equation’ by Brian Patterson and ‘I Shall Return’ by Claude McKay are all thought provoking poems, which are all similarly conveyed to the reader through the protagonists thoughts and vivid recolections. The authors narrative posture (being the protagonist) gives the reader an insight into the poets authorial stances, making each poem to some degree, autobiographical. When anaylising each poem it becomes apparent that numerous literary techniques have been amalgamated into the poems to add sharp contrasts, rythem, mood and evocative imagery, these litarry techniques help elaborate, emphasize and represent the theme of loss and isolation...   [tags: poetry, memories, Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Patterson] 1366 words
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The Graphic Novels: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home, and Barefoot Gen - The super-genre of what collectively can be called ‘comics’ represents a cultural phenomenon which has exploded in the last fifty-plus years onto the public scene. Evolving from newspaper strip comics to superhero stories in paperback periodicals, the world of comics spread further and further into public appeal. With the publication of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, however, comics opened the door onto a world of possibilities. After Maus received high acclaim, despite its academic taboo as a medium, many more historical-commentary graphic novels found their way into the public eye: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen, and a legion of others....   [tags: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home]
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Defining the Autobiography - Defining the Autobiography     In a lecture on autobiography, Diane Howard states, "The focus of autobiographical writing and performing is on subjective questions, struggles, and representations" (Howard 1).” “Autobiography is a broad term that lends itself to a variety of meanings and intentions.” There are many differences between autobiographies, especially along gender lines.” Women tend to write about different subjects than men do. Despite subjectivity and differences, there are similarities that make autobiography an autobiography.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines autobiography as "the biography of a person narrated by himself".” This is a vague definition that does...   [tags: Expository Definition Essays]
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The Warning in The Beast in the Jungle - The Warning in The Beast in the Jungle "In the case of Henry James there should not be much dispute about the exactness and completeness of the representation; no man ever strove more studiously or on the whole more successfully to reproduce the shape and color and movement of his æsthetic experience." These are the remarks of Stuart P. Sherman from his article entitled "The Aesthetic Idealism of Henry James," from The Nation, p. 397, April 5, 1917. Now, some seventy-two years later critical readers are still coming to terms with James' aesthetic vision....   [tags: Beast in the Jungle Essays] 2443 words
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The Bildungsroman and Pip's Great Expectations -      On the surface, Great Expectations appears to be simply the story of Pip from his early childhood to his early adulthood, and a recollection of the events and people that Pip encounters throughout his life. In other words, it is a well written story of a young man's life growing up in England in the early nineteenth century. At first glance, it may appear this way, an interesting narrative of youth, love, success and failure, all of which are the makings of an entertaining novel. However, Great Expectations is much more....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Swann’s Way - Memory takes centre stage in this novel, which departs from the traditional Nineteenth Century novel in that the narrative does not follow one protagonist throughout. In ‘Swann’s Way’ the protagonist is Marcel, but Proust, a modernist writer uses ‘distancing’ to create “an art of multiplication with regard to the representation of person ... creating aesthetics of deception for the autobiographical novel.” (Nalbantian, 1997, p.63). Also Proust referred to his narrator as the one who says ‘I’ and who is not always me.”(ibid)....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 795 words
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Analysis of the Author's Writing Techniques in Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Capote's In Cold Blood - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is an autobiography with a fictional aspect that depicts the life of Maya herself from the time she was eight to sixteen. The in-depth stories reveal the struggle and hardships she faced growing up. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a true account of the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959. The book gives a more thorough look at the details of the family and the killers, the book is written to take the events and elevate them into a story, enabling the event to transcend their specific historical moment....   [tags: compare contrast] 997 words
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Reflections of the Author's Personality in Different Characters of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wild - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde remains an enigma in literary circles. Is it a scathing commentary about the philistinism of the Victorian time period. Is it a morality tale against allowing the influence of others to overcome one’s own individualism. Is it a criticism of a society that values youth and beauty over morality and substance. All of these have been the focus of scholarly inquiry in the century since the novel’s release. However, its most fascinating line of examination involves the author himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Novels: Parallels Between His Worlds of Fiction and Reality - F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Novels: Parallels Between His Worlds of Fiction and Reality F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about what he knew, giving readers a perfect reflection of America in the 1920’s, considering this, his fictional work is almost autobiographical in a sense. Although his topics were limited, they were written well because of his extensive knowledge of the time period, extensive knowledge of himself, and being able to express that through his writing. In his 1933 essay “One Hundred False Starts”  F....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Great Gatsby, Review]
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Relationship of Self-Esteem to Objective Success: Is it a Cause or Consequence? - It has been stipulated that self-esteem is one of the most studied concepts in social psychology. In the now classic study Pygmalion in the Classroom by Rosenthal and Jacobsen, it highlights how teachers' unfounded beliefs about their students became objective realities of the students performance (Baumeister, Campbell, Krueger, & Vohs, 2003, p. 2). Early studies like this one has ignited the pursuit to find ways to increase self-esteem and encourage instillment, or creation, of self-esteem to guarantee future success....   [tags: Psychology ]
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Author Intentions in The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass and DayStar - ... Through the use of literary devices and narrative technique, Both, Frederick Douglass and Rita Dove are able to establish a sense of liberation or oppression within their protagonists. As a writer Frederick Douglass uses the power of the pen to raise awareness in regards to the detrimental impact of slavery, helping push the agenda of the abolitionist movement. After years of enslavement Douglass is able to compile a testament of the hardships him and his people suffered through slavery. He illustrates how the pressures of oppression slowly breaks down the individual, dehumanizing them, ridding them of any identity they may possess....   [tags: slavery, liberation, expression]
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Literary Analysis: "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" - A narrative is constructed to elicit a particular response from its audience. In the form of a written story, authors use specific narrative strategies to position the ‘ideal reader’ to attain the intended understanding of the meanings in the text. Oliver Sacks’ short story The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an unusual short story because it does not display conventional plot development; the story does not contain conflict or resolution of conflict. The genre of the story is also difficult to define because it reads as an autobiographical account of an experience Sacks had with a patient while working as a neurologist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 2137 words
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