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Flashbulb Memories - Do Flashbulb memories differ from other forms of memory. “Our past is preserved in a variety of memories of very different nature” (Salaman, 1970) There are many proposed divisions and sub-divisions of human memory, such as working memory, procedural memory, semantic memory or episodic memory. Many of the systems seem to overlap, with each having varying functions related to the maintenance of what is essentially human life. For example, episodic and autobiographical memory fundamentally share the same functions....   [tags: essays research papers] 2321 words
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Critical Analysis of "graduation" - "Graduation" is an excerpt of the autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, written by Maya Angelou. While the book is autobiographical in nature, this particular excerpt is much discussed amongst literary circles because of Angelou's use of both objective and subjective narration. Objective narration describes the culture of Angelou's local community, Stamps Arkansas. The passage depicts the entire community of Stamps preparing for, and experiencing, graduation ceremonies at the local black schools....   [tags: American Literature] 426 words
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Music: The Power of Plot - Music: The Power of Plot People relate to music. We sing it. We cry to it. We laugh to it. The reason: we can see ourselves in music. We can let go of our feelings and just relate to the words or the instruments. One way the songwriter connects the listener to the music is through plot: the problem or reaction to a problem a character/singer is expressing. Whether it is a fight with a lover, a fight with a friend, finding a lover/friend, or any other, the plot is helps the listener relate to the song....   [tags: Music Theory Essays] 400 words
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Homicides and AP English in Miles Corwin's "And Still We Rise" - In his book And Still We Rise, Miles Corwin wrote about how he was researching a homicide in South-Central. During the homicide a boy was shot by gangbangers. The detectives thought he was another gangbanger but they realized he wasn’t. He was a junior at high school and was in the gifted program. After the homicide, Miles Corwin decides to write this book because we wanted to write not only about gangbangers but also about other children who wanted to succeed and had to overcome obstacles in life....   [tags: Miles Corwin, Still We Rise, ] 583 words
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The Role of Alienation in The Sun Also Rises - What I would like to show you by writing this essay is that for many individuals in many different generations, for some less for others more explicit, the time they live in does not fit their outlook on life. Because of this they live different lives than their generation and the cultural setting and standards of their era would expect them to live. They feel alienated and left out, or they are strange in the eyes of others, eccentric even, they do not fit in their time and the set of moral and aesthetic standards they live in....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 652 words
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Satire and Colonialism in the Eighteenth Century: Jonathan Swift - This essay will be on Jonathan swifts books ‘a Modest Proposal’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels. Satire is defined as using writing to poke fun at or ridicule a particular person or human weakness in general. Swift was born in 1667 and lived until 1745. at the time Swift was writing about the conditions for poor Catholics in Ireland, a quote states that ‘for many years these laws excluded Catholics from all public life and much normal private social activity. They made it illegal for Catholics to buy land, obtain a mortgage on it, rent it at a reasonable profit or even inherit it normally’ this shows that Catholics had noting....   [tags: modest proposal, gulliver's travels] 583 words
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The Life and Writing of Mary Shelley - Mary Shelley was bourn Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, August 30, 1797, in London, England. She was the daughter of William Godwin, a political theorist, novelist, and publisher, and of Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer and early feminist thinker, who died of puerperal fever 10 days after her daughter's birth. As a child, Mary had little formal education and was tutored by her father, but nonetheless, Mary Godwin received an unusual and advanced education for a girl of the time. For six months in 1811, also attended a boarding school in Ramsgate, and shortly after was sent to stay with the family of the radical William Baxter, near Dundee, Scotland in June of 1812....   [tags: biography, writers, Biographical] 495 words
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Jon Krakauer: American Writer and Journalist - Jon Krakauer, American writer and journalist, was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1954. He is also a mountaineer, his father having exposed him to the craft when he was eight years old, thus igniting his life-long passion. In 1977, a year after he graduated from Hampshire College, Krakauer pioneered a new route to the Devil's Thumb, a treacherous mountain in southeastern Alaska. This endeavor was his first major foray into mountain climbing. In 1996, Krakauer chronicled an adventure at the Stikine icecap, in which he employed a route never before attempted, in one of his novels, Into the Wild....   [tags: biographical analysis] 568 words
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Critical View of Romantic Literature - ... Thus, this essay will make small contributions with regards to the definition of the term. Nature and the sublime are two prominent characteristics in eighteenth century Romantic literature and it is this relationship that has attracted considerable attention in literary criticism ( Hagman , 124) . Aidan Day (1985) and Nicola Trott (1999) have aptly documented that the serenity of nature and the spiritual awe of the sublime is an aesthetically attractive feature in Romantic literature....   [tags: nature, sublime, perspective] 691 words
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The Poetry of Mari Evans - ... 1968. The poems in the volume cover all aspects of personal love affairs. Evan's academic career began in 1969. She did not finish her degree at University of Toledo, but he received an honorary degree from Marion College in 1975. She's had teaching appointments at Washington University, Cornell University, Miami University, and Spelman College. She was also an instructor in African American literature and writer in residence at Indiana University-Purdue. While working at these schools, she was also a producer, director, and writer for the television show, "The Black Experience"....   [tags: African American literature] 541 words
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Case Study: Child Developmental Domains - ... Ricky was not able to understand or comprehend what I was asking him. According to Jean Piaget a child should do well to clock time and daily schedule. (Last Name, Article Title, Year)I observed Ricky he moved form center to center he became station in the library and took a book with cars and trucks from the shelf and set down on the bean bag and open the book and pointing with his fingers to different things on the page and naming the objects in Spanish. According to Jean Piaget a typical child should recognition, recall scripted memory autobiographical memory improve....   [tags: cognitive, language, speech] 541 words
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English Literature Poems - English Literature Poems Compare the methods that ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ employs to highlight the importance of cultural identity with another poem. I have chosen to compare ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ as both poems highlight the importance of cultural identity in society. Both poets ‘Alvi’ and ‘Nicholas’ employ many different and similar methods to illustrate the importance of cultural identity. The poem ‘Presents’ is about the writer herself at a younger age feeling insecure as she is of dual heritage (mixed race) ‘in my English Grandmother’s dining - room....   [tags: English Literature] 1151 words
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Elies Wiesel And Night - Elie's Wiesel and Night Do you see that chimney over there. See it. Do you see those flames. Over there- that's where you're going to be taken. That's your grave, over there. Haven't you realize it yet. You dumb bastards, don't you understand anything. You're going to be burned. Frizzed away. Turned into ashes. Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. It is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and with his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnessed each day....   [tags: essays research papers] 364 words
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American Indian Stories - In her book American Indian Stories, Zitkala-Sa's central role as both an activist and writer surfaces, which uniquely combines autobiography and fiction and represents an attempt to merge cultural critique with aesthetic form, especially surrounding such fundamental matters as religion. In the tradition of sentimental, autobiographical fiction, this work addresses keen issues for American Indians' dilemmas with assimilation. In Parts IV and V of "School Days," for example, she vividly describes a little girl's nightmares of paleface devils and delineates her bitterness when her classmate died with an open Bible on her bed....   [tags: essays research papers] 476 words
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Boccaccio v Keats - Boccaccio v Keats In reading Lisabetta (Boccaccios version) and Isabella (Keats version) it can help us understand Keats intentions, plans and achievements better. Keats deliberately begins his poem with the lovers, Keats sees the lovers as the main focus and he wants to reinstate their importance. Keats puts effort into portraying the lovers as young and innocent and due to the brothers their relationship is ruined. 'fair Isabelle, poor simple Isabelle Lorenzo, a young palmer in loves eye.' Keats seems to write in such a realistic way, it comes across as autobiographical....   [tags: English Literature] 678 words
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Philip Roth- Master of the Double Identity - Philip Roth - Master of the “Double Identity” because he suffers from one What influences one's identity. Is it their homes, their parents, their religion, or maybe where they live. When do they get one. Do they get it when they understand right from wrong, or when they can read, or are they born with it. Everyone has one and each identity is unique, or is it. In literature, (or life) religion plays a large role in a character's identity. However, sometimes the writer's own religion and personal experiences shapes the character's identity more than his/her imagination does....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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-Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia - “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.” -Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia (1319-21) It’s quotes like this that inspire me, and that I can relate to. This is why I see Dante Alighieri as sort of an image of who I want to be. In my opinion he is the greatest dramatic poet of all time. He is best known for his works such as The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia), Vita Nuova, and De Vulgari Eloquentia....   [tags: poet, Divine Comedy, battle] 628 words
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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward - The Journey as Depicted in My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner’ has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement. Inner journeys have often been described as the metaphor behind a physical journey....   [tags: essays research papers] 1430 words
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The Ways in Which Culture and Identity are Presented in Search for My Tongue and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan - The Ways in Which Culture and Identity are Presented in Search for My Tongue and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan In this essay I aim to discuss the ways in which culture and identity are presented in 'search for my tongue' and 'presents from my aunts in Pakistan' The first poem, 'search for my tongue' is written by a woman called Sujata Bhatt who was born in nineteen fifty six, in Ahmedabad, India. She emigrated to the United States of America in nineteen sixty eight. She is a very successful poet and translator of Gujarati and English and if that was not enough she is now living in Germany....   [tags: Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan] 1348 words
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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward - "The Journey is the reward": Discuss the truth of this statement using the core text, with one piece of text from the BOS booklet together with two pieces of related material. All issues are to speak in relation to Sally Morgan's inner journey. The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner' has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement....   [tags: Analysis] 1440 words
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Views on Different Cultures Presented in Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan and Search For My Tongue - Views on Different Cultures Presented in Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan and Search For My Tongue For my essay I am going to compare 'Search For My Tongue' by Sujata Bhatt and 'Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi. 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is autobiographical. It is set in England where the author talks about and describes the presents that she receives from her Aunts who live in Pakistan. 'Search for my Tongue' is written while living in Germany but during her life Sujata Bhatt has had to speak three different languages....   [tags: Papers] 1177 words
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Comparing the Women in Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses - Characterization of Women in Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses   Joyce's depiction of women is characterized by a high degree of literary self-consciousness, perhaps even more so than in the rest of his work. The self-consciousness emerges as an awareness of both genre and linguistic expectations. contrasting highly self-conscious, isolated literary men (or men with literary aspirations) with women who follow more romantic models, even stereotypes. In Dubliners, Joyce utilizes a clichéd story of doomed love ending in death-physical or spiritual-in "A Painful Case" and "The Dead." The former holds far more to these conventions and can be read as a pre...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparison John Updikes AP and Timothy OBreins How to Tell a True War Story - Comparison John Updikes AP and Timothy OBreins How to Tell a True War Story Although the short stories, “A&P,” by John Updike, and “How to Tell a True War Story,” by Timothy O’Brien, are both written in the technique of first person narrative, the two stories are conveyed to the reader in very different styles. John Updike, who was 29 at the time when he wrote “A & P,” narrates his story from the point of view of a 19 year old boy. The narration of the story of “A & P” illustrates the scene of the grocery store in which the teenage boy, Sammy, is a cashier who witnesses everything that goes on during the day....   [tags: essays papers] 809 words
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A Comparison of Violence in Living Jim Crow, Incident, and Blood burning moon - Violence in Living Jim Crow, Incident, and Blood burning moon      Violence seems to be quite a common topic in black American literature of the first decades of the 20th century. One major reason for this is probably that it was important for black authors not to be quiet about the injustices being done to them. The violence described in the texts is not only of the physical kind, but also psychological: the constant harassment and terrorising. The ever-present violence had such an effect on the black that they just could not fight back to stop the injustices....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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The Characters of Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar - Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath's renowned autobiographical legend "The Bell Jar" and Margaret Atwood's fictional masterpiece "The handmaid's tale" are the two emotional feminist stories, which basically involve the women's struggle. Narrated with a touching tone and filled with an intense feminist voice, both novels explore the conflict of their respective protagonists in a male dominated society. In spite of several extraordinary similarities in terms of influential characterization and emotive themes, both novels are diverse as far as their respective style, structure and setting is concerned....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1510 words
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It’s Time to Include Gays and Lesbians in Our Study of Literature - The growth of gay people as a group has been astonishing. It is not possible to guess how exactly we will grow from our experiences in the years ahead, but it is possible to predict that growth will continue, one way or another. A diverse and strong global community has been established.(Clark 60) Dr. Don Clark, clinical psychologist and university professor, boldly expresses his views on the changing nature of the gay and lesbian community in his text, Loving Someone Gay. Clark describes how far gay people have advanced in the last thirty years, moving from isolated and fearful existences to lives marked by political power and potential....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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How do the poets represent the importance of 'roots' in their poetry? - How do the poets represent the importance of 'roots' in their poetry. Consider how the social and cultural identity of the poets is paramount to the development of the main themes. Other Cultures ============== How do the poets represent the importance of 'roots' in their poetry. Consider how the social and cultural identity of the poets is paramount to the development of the main themes. The four poems that I will be comparing all describe how the poets feel about their roots, background and cultural heritage....   [tags: English Literature] 3558 words
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Tennessee Williams: His Life in "Suddenly Last Summer" and "The Glass Menagerie" - In the study of Tennessee Willliams' plays: "Suddenly Last Summer" and "The Glass Menagerie", we can find a great deal of autobiographical connections. "The Glass Menagerie" is particularly considered the author's most biographical work. It is described by the playwright as "a memory play"; indeed, it is a memory of the author's own youth, an expression of his own life and experiences. Similarly, "Suddenly Last Summer" includes many of Tennesse Williams' real life details. First and foremost, this analysis is going to be focused on the families of both plays since these families are undoubtedly connected, particularly the Wingfield family, with Tennesse Willimas' family....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 2771 words
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Comparing Dickens's View of Children in David Copperfield and Great Expectations - Dickens's View of Children Exposed in David Copperfield and Great Expectations         Of all Dickens' works, David Copperfield and Great Expectations are considered to be his most autobiographical.  Philip Collins writes, "Great Expectations, indeed, though overtly less autobiographical than David Copperfield, is a more searching and self-critical account of Dickens' own inner impulses" (178).  It is also true that both of these novels have children  as main characters.  Dickens had a real talent for creating child characters in his works.  In some cases, Dickens' own life history is so closely linked with his fiction, that in order to understand Dickens' interest in the child...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Discuss the treatment of women in society with reference to Charlotte - Discuss the treatment of women in society with reference to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Margaret Atwood's A Handmaids Tale. In this essay, I will compare a pre-twentieth century novel with a modern novel, and examine the discussion of the treatment of women in society. 'Jane Eyre' was first published in 1847, and was written by Charlotte Bronte. It is the story of a young woman, Jane Eyre, ill treated through childhood, but determined and intelligent. Through the novel, the reader watches her grow and develop as a person, and overcome many problems, to become a respectable, independent woman....   [tags: English Literature] 3481 words
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Stereotypes about Homelessness in America in Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner - Stereotypes about Homelessness in America in Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner Lars Eighner's short essay, "Dumpster Diving," reveals the stereotypes about homelessness in America. In order to confirm these known stereotypes about American culture, Eighner includes autobiographical accounts of the economically inferior class, as well as revealing his elitist rules that governs the life of a homeless person. According to Eighner, homeless people fall into the following categories, 'can scroungers', 'Dumpster divers', and 'scavengers.' (Eighner, 1993)....   [tags: Homeless Poverty Papers] 666 words
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The Effects of World War II on Kurt Vonnegut's Writing - The Effects of World War II on Kurt Vonnegut's Writing February 13, 1945: Dresden, Germany. War is raging across Europe. In a deep underground meat locker beneath Schlacthof-Funf, Slaughterhouse Five, 100 American prisoners and their six German guards feel the Earth move as Royal Air Force bombers lay wreckage to the city above. They can only hear the mass terror as the greatest slaughter in European history takes place, killing an estimated 135,000 civilians and destroying cathedrals, museums, parks, and even the zoo....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1245 words
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Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray       "I do not think that one person influences another, nor do I think there is any bad influence in the world," Oscar Wilde uttered when under trial (Hyde 353). Although this statement may be true, one of Wilde's most famous works shows a great deal of the effects of people shaping one another, causing one to wonder about Wilde's sincerity in that statement. The Picture of Dorian Gray shows variations on the existence and purposes of influence, displaying two types of personal influence: obvious manipulations such as that of Lord Henry upon Dorian and that of Dorian over Sybil Vane, and those that are more often overlooked such...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]
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Horrors of Ghetto Life Exposed in Whoreson and Dopefiend - Horrors of Ghetto Life Exposed in Whoreson and Dopefiend           Donald Goines's lived the majority of his life either on the streets of the ghetto or in jail-because he was supporting himself and his heroin addiction by taking part in many illegal activities. During the last of his many prison terms, Goines finally found his way out of having to rely on crime for his way of living. He did this by writing about his life on the streets. His first two books, Whoreson and Dopefiend, were actually written during his last prison term....   [tags: Whoreson Dopefiend]
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Critiques of Ernest Hemingway's Novel, Death in the Afternoon - Critiques of Ernest Hemingway's Novel, Death in the Afternoon Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon shows a new side of Hemingway's writing which initially disappointed the critics. Published in 1932, Death in the Afternoon was not the expected fictional novel, but instead was more of a nonfiction description of bullfighting and Spanish culture in the 1920's and 1930's. In Curtis Patterson's words, "It is a tripartite work: bullfighting in Spain, plus semi-autobiographical details of the author, plus smut....   [tags: Hemingway Death in the Afternoon Essays]
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Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou - Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou       Internationally respected brilliant poet, historian, and author Maya Angelou says "in all my work I try to tell the human truth-what it is like to be human...what makes us stumble and fumbleand fall and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light (Ebony 96). This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed autobiographical worksand poems such as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in my Name, Still I Rise and Phenomenal Women....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Free College Essays - Shakespeare's Sonnet 147 - Sonnet 147 SONNET CXLVII My love is as a fever, longing still For that which longer nurseth the disease, Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, The uncertain sickly appetite to please. My reason, the physician to my love, Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Hath left me, and I desperate now approve Desire is death, which physic did except. Past cure I am, now reason is past care, And frantic-mad with evermore unrest; My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are, At random from the truth vainly express'd; For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 781 words
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The Violence of The Queen of Spades - The Violence of Plath’s Daddy   "Daddy" is probably Plath’s most famous poem. The critic George Steiner has said that, "It is a poem by which future generations will seek to know us." He has also called it, "the Guernica of modern poetry." The violence of its imagery and tone, the references to concentration camps, torture and fascism certainly evoke Picasso’s most celebrated painting. Plath claimed that in this poem she was adopting the persona of a girl with an Electra complex whose father had been a fascist, but while the poem is not completely autobiographical, it contains several obvious references to her own life....   [tags: The Queen of Spades] 739 words
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H.D.: The Fusion of Classicism and Modernity - H.D.: The Fusion of Classicism and Modernity With foundations rooted deeply in an appreciation for and understanding of classicism, H.D. fused ancient Grecian literature, thinking and mythology with modernistic feminism, bisexuality and psychoanalysis to establish for herself a prominent voice among her contemporaries. Born Hilda Doolittle in 1886 to Helen and Charles Doolittle, her education was fostered by the intellectual curiosity of her parents (an artist and an astronomer, respectively) and the proximity of The University of Pennsylvania....   [tags: Hilda Doolittle Essays]
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Primo Levi- Pain Retold, Is Pain Redoubled" - "Pain retold, is pain redoubled" What prompts someone to write about their suffering, and how do they convey a sense of their emotions to the reader. Primo Levi is a Holocaust war victim, a survivor from Auschwitz, who for years was plagued by guilt because he survived - a feeling that is passed on in Jewish tradition, which I understand being a fellow Jew. Jewish heritage is very important to all Jews; myself included, which is one reason why I can connect with the poet/author, his poems and his other works....   [tags: essays research papers] 2118 words
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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - The Yellow Wallpaper, has an autobiographical element to it. It was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The piece of work concentrates on many different aspects of literature. "The Yellow Wallpaper," has an autobiographical element to it. It was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The piece of work concentrates on many different aspects of literature. It can be evaluated with ten different types of literary criticism: formalist, biographical, historical, psychological, mythological, sociological, gender, reader-response, deconstructionist, and cultural studies....   [tags: English Literature] 1084 words
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My first Sonne and Mid Term Break - My first Sonne and Mid Term Break In this essay I will be comparing and commenting on the poems ‘My first Sonne’, by Ben Johnson and ‘Mid Term Break’ by Seamus Heaney. These poems are all a reflection on a close relative’s death and portray the poet’s emotions, feelings and thoughts. However while Ben Johnson loses a son Seamus Heaney loses a brother, from these poems we see two different types of emotions. Mid term break is an autobiographical poem written by Seamus Heaney when thinking back about the death of his little brother....   [tags: English Literature] 803 words
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The Notion of the "I" in Literature - Many authors anticipate the use of "I" in their works. Often, it helps them express their point to the reader. Sometimes though, writers want to talk about their personal issues but do not want to say it directly or reveal themselves. Therefore, they use the "I" in their work to hide behind it while putting across their point. David Sedaris and Sylvia Plath use "I" in their books in different ways, although some of the issues they wrote about are somewhat similar. Both of the authors wrote about the mental disorders that they had and how their lives were affected by them....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 761 words
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farewell to arms - In Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical classic A Farwell to Arms, Lieutenant Fredrick Henry labors through the first world war, then referred to as “ … the war to end all wars”. Henry is an American ambulance driver enlisted in the Italian army stationed in Austria. When a mortar explodes in Henry’s field post and nearly blows off his knee, he’s sent to an American-run hospital in Milan, Italy. There he re-unites with his lover, Catherine Barkley, an English Nurse he had a previous relationship on his days in a peaceful Austrian city; which consisted of playing a game of sorts, she asking him to declare his love until finally, to her dissent, Henry does declare legitimate affection with the u...   [tags: essays research papers] 345 words
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The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies - The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies Western philosophers still tend to think that philosophy, in a sense that they can take with professional interest, does not exist in non-Western traditions. To persuade them otherwise would require them to make an effort that they prefer to evade. I attempt to begin to persuade them by closely paraphrasing a few arguments by the early Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu and a few by the Indian skeptic and mystic Shriharsha (about 1150 CE). One of Chuang Tzu's arguments has some resemblance to Plato's Third-Man argument, another with the impossibility of distinguishing between waking reality and dream, and a third with the impossibility of object...   [tags: Philosophy China Culture Papers] 4289 words
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Sylvia's Use of Senses in Ariel - Sylvia's Use of Senses in Ariel "Ariel" possesses power and importance, a certain element of orgasmic stress to the degree to which the horseback ride Plath once took becomes something more—a ride into the abyss of the unknown, a stare back into the eye of the sun, an odyssey to death, a stripping of personality and selfhood, a sort of blatant exposition. To treat "Ariel" as a confessional poem is to suggest that its actual importance lies in the horse- ride taken by its author, in the author's psychological problems, or in its position within the biographical development of the author....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 2245 words
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