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30 May 2012
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Tale of Kieu

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

The notion of morality has been the focus of numerous philosophical and sociological debates. A number of experts have examined the issue, arriving to a number of different models and schemes to define morality and its influence on human behavior. One of the major figures in this field was the...

15 May 2012
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Hero myths seem to phallocentric in that all heroes are male- Who is the strongest candidate to be the heroine of Greek myth?

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

It is possible to find a wide range of both female and male heroes in Greek myth. Remarkable battles, brilliant sportsmanship, incredible physical abilities, are just some of the magnificent traits that are part of numerous ancient Greek legends. In this respect, the immense majority of the gods...

13 Aug 2009
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A Proppian analysis on the narrative of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

In the 1920`s Vladimar Jakovlevic Propp, the chairperson of the Department of Folklore at Leningrad University, examined a whole series of Russian folk tales and came to the conclusion that every story contains similar themes and each theme follows a distinct pattern. From this analysis, Propp...

18 May 2009
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Ethnographies in context and as fictional representations

Case study - 9 pages - Literature

Empirical observation and objective analysis are some of the core tenets of sound scientific inquiry. These processes lead to the recording of data and presentation of findings which confirm or disprove hypotheses, thus renewing the drive for further studies. Particularly in the social...

17 May 2009
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Lyrical ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge or the birth of a new literary movement during the Industrial Revolution

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

Industrialism, expansion, profit, production and individualism were the feelings which took place during the period of the Industrial Revolution in England. People in Great Britain were led by the streams of progress, but the modernizations in technology had some important consequences on people:...

08 May 2009
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Horace Walpole vs. Clara Reeve: The role of the Gothic

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Gothic novels are seen as the beginning of modern horror fiction. Many devotees believed Gothic novels have inspired pleasant horror in its readers. The genre is generally accepted to have been started by Horace Walpole and his novel The Castle of Otranto. Although Walpole was an aristocrat and...

26 Feb 2009
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August Strindberg and scenic symbolism

Case study - 6 pages - Literature

Although Strindberg claimed not to be a symbolist through much of his career, there are a number of symbols used in his plays. Strindberg's plot and characters have symbolic value, but they are used especially in the scenery - both environmental scenery and physical scenery. To explain...

21 Jan 2009
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Comparison between 'Nighthawks' by Hopper and Mystery and 'Melancholy of a Street' by de Chirico

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

The success of the Melancholy show demonstrated that existential issues are a productive source of inspiration for artists. Universal melancholy affects both painters and spectators. Hopper's Nighthawks and De Chirico's Mystery and Melancholy of a Street represent human metaphysical concern,...

11 Nov 2008
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Asserting women's intellectual legitimacy through coercive subtlety: An analysis of the narrative voices of Anne Bradstreet and Susanna Rowson

Case study - 6 pages - Literature

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, women in America were dominantly expected to be ethical, simple-minded, and largely uneducated members of their community. As a result, female writers would often face strong social scrutiny based on this governing gender subordination...

04 Sep 2008
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Irony in 18th century British Literature

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Philosophers as early as Plato have made distinctions between the mind and body, or reason and material perception, resulting in a dualism of being that has seeped into all aspects of Western Civilization. The cycle of perception and judgment of exterior forms has caused an anxiety prevalent in...

15 May 2008
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Hamlet: Playing a Role

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

One of the most prominent themes in “Hamlet” is acting. Its uses and abuses are constantly remarked on by Hamlet and other characters. Hamlet's view of play-acting is a complicated one; sometimes he admires it, but at other times he is disillusioned with the fakery that playing demands....

23 Apr 2008
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Post impressionism in To the Lighthouse

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Very little endures in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse; by the third book most of the characters have died tragic and largely overlooked deaths, or they have disappeared almost without mention. Only two characters, the neurotic philosopher Mr. Ramsay and the lone artist Lily Briscoe are...

22 Oct 2007
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The Battle of the Sexes in Ancient India

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

For time immemorial, mankind has been locked in a vicious and never-ending struggle against an enemy that is cunning, resourceful, and not above hitting below the belt; in short the one enemy that is capable of presenting a formidable challenge on every conceivable field of battle: womankind....