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28 Oct 2007
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Flannery O'Connor

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Flannery O'Connor was the unmitigated master of her particularly esoteric craft of assaulting the all-devouring gray spaces of the humanistic spectrum. To those who merely make a skeletal browsing of her work or simply are first time readers may find her to be unnaturally grotesque in her...

23 Oct 2007
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Frakenstein

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

When Mary Shelley set herself to the task of writing Frankenstein she consciously wanted to create a story “which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awake the thrilling horror—one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of...

23 Oct 2007
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Dracula and Fear of Female Sexuality

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Bram Stoker's Dracula is undoubtedly one the most consciously sentient and hyperbolic literary incarnations of the excessive fear of women's sexuality that still survives with a vast legitimacy for its content today. Much like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the novel is satiated with the fear of the...

23 Oct 2007
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Book Review of Beloved by Toni Morrison

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

It is easy for cataclysmic traumatism to press to obscurity past history because of the weakness and shame of the human spirit itself. History is never a clean palindrome backward and forward, because during its recollection there is always an emotional motive, and nearly every motive is bruised....

23 Oct 2007
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All Quiet on the Western Front

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

eight and a half million people dead and another 20 million injured, it was a disaster unparalleled in human history. There was nothing great about this “Great War” except for the death and destruction. Erich Maria Remarque's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front...

22 Oct 2007
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Upton Sinclair and "The Jungle"

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, was a revolutionary novel that changed American history, especially the history of the Chicago meatpacking industry. When the book was published in 1906, it aroused anger and disgust among the American public. The horrors of the meatpacking industry were...

22 Oct 2007
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Homer's Oddessy and Gluck's Circe's Power

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The Odyssey is filled with a large number of secondary characters that are, for the most part, very one-dimensional. Despite being very different in regards to themselves, as a whole they can be easily identified: they are briefly mentioned; they have limited dialogue; and they serve one of two...

22 Oct 2007
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Comparison: Everything that Rises Must Converge and Girl

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

“Everything that rises must converge,” By Flannery O'Connor, and “Girl,” by Jamaica Kincaid are completely different texts that share a common theme. The story by O'Connor is about the feelings and emotions of a boy named Julian. He is strongly opposed to his mother's view of...

22 Oct 2007
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The Bluest Eye

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison explores racial tension in the town of Lorain, Ohio, immediately following the Great Depression. The novel follows the lives of a number of African Americans, including Claudia MacTeer, the narrator, Pecola Breedlove, the main character, and Pauline...

22 Oct 2007
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Clouds and Apology

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In “Clouds,” by Aristophanes, and “Apology,” by Plato, Socrates is portrayed in completely different ways. In “Clouds,” Aristophanes attempts to ridicule Socrates and his followers, the Sophists. In his play, Aristophanes demonstrates that Socrates is corrupting the...

22 Oct 2007
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Portrayal of Women in Bram Stoker's Dracula

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Horror stories are known to be misogynistic in their portrayal of women; Bram Stoker's Dracula is no exception. The novel offers a stereotypical, character archetype of the female in various forms: Mina Harker, Lucy Westenra, and the Succubi. The women are used to embody ideas and values of the...

21 Oct 2007
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"Similarities in Dean Koontz's Hideaway and Bram Stoker's Dracula"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

To say there are similarities between the novel Hideaway by Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker's Dracula is an understatement - there are so many plot, character and thematic parallels, with very little derivation on Koontz's part it is nearly the same story. First, the character of Vassago, or Jeremy...

19 Oct 2007
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The Ecstasy of Grief

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

History thrives on contradiction. There would be no words to fill textbooks if world events and facts did not clearly oppose that which was taught the year before. The reasons behind wars alter like the tides, and entire countries burn to the ground to be built up again under a...

19 Oct 2007
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The Degradation of Women in the Works of Ayn Rand

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

A common trend in American writing is to highlight gender differences. Authors appear compelled to hammer home the concept of women's suffrage, representing women as nothing but the weaker, fairer sex. In a way, it's almost a case of reverse sexism, proving the other side right by...

19 Oct 2007
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Rush into the Secret House

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

Romeo loved Juliet, Juliet loved Romeo, and in the end, they both died to prove it. Neither the Capulets nor the Montagues could understand such love, so neither could allow such love. Romeo and Juliet died to prove it. Yet centuries later, William Shakespeare's darker...

19 Oct 2007
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Scream: A Gendered Autobiography

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

One cannot discuss the concepts of gender without looking at the various frameworks in which it exists. In Paradoxes of Gender, Judith Lorber states that gender is “a process of social construction, a system of social stratification, and an institution that structures every aspect of our...

19 Oct 2007
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Original Imitation

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

In a modern era of corporate tyranny and the disappearance of an independent creative market, the artistic longing for originality is often forgotten. Radio stations sell out to public opinion, Top-40 hits recycling the last generation of Top-40 hits, and the hand-published pages of timid...

19 Oct 2007
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Journeying Abandonment

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Dante's Inferno, while a fictionalized version of the dichotomy of Heaven and Hell, is in many ways an accurate portrayal of the doctrines of Christianity. However, this Hell he creates is a Hell the Bible never expected. Influenced by the growing mistrust of the Pope throughout his native...

19 Oct 2007
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I Love Not Loving You

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Any author to have ever written, from poetry to prose to every other genre in-between has been confronted with one universal question: where do you get ideas for your characters? And really, the answer is just as universal. It is impossible to create a completely original...

19 Oct 2007
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Honor and the Honorable

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

According to newspaper headings and television reports, every man and woman who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 is a hero. Even three years later, memorials are still built, hymns are still sung, and candlelight vigils are still held in remembrance of the bravest...

19 Oct 2007
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"Holocaust Literature: Humanity Reborn"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

If Holocaust literature strives to portray the paradoxical (the representation of the unrepresentable, the expression of the inexpressible), maybe it too is a paradox. Confessions of the unspeakable, the unthinkable in written word. And yet it exists, tangible, published. In memoir and fiction...

19 Oct 2007
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Fathering the Son

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

There is a lot to be said about love. It saturates literature, Hollywood, every means of creative output known to the history of this planet. There is something mysterious about it, something undiscovered. So desperate have populations been to answer the timeless questions of love that it can...

19 Oct 2007
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Gambling Art: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom-House Introduction

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In the preface of the second edition of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne discusses the “unprecedented excitement” generated by the publication of his novel (5). Ironically, this public excitement, and more importantly, the ensuing public discontent, originated not in the novel...

12 Oct 2007
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A Modern Myth: Emily Dickinson and the Everyday Hero

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

One can wonder whether William Shakespeare's sonnets would be memorized in every classroom across the Western world if they were anything other sonnets. So inseparable are the two ideas that they barely have separate identities: Shakespeare's sonnets are accepted without question, and most...

12 Oct 2007
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To Run and Leap with Peasants: Idealism and Stereotype Formation in The Book of the Courtier

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In the sixteenth century, the ideal was inseparable from the ruling class: it was a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, the aristocracy establishing itself as the ideal while simultaneously defining the ideal. The members of the nobility lived in tightly-monitored roles. Idealism was not about the...

12 Oct 2007
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The Serpent Underneath: A Lesbian's Defense of Lady Macbeth

Essay - 9 pages - Literature

“Dyke,” hiss the schoolboys, to the girls with grass-stained knees and dirt-streaked cheeks. To the girls who run faster, throw further, tackle harder than the prides of fatherhood manifest. A word, but so much more a performance. A stereotype, but so much more...

12 Oct 2007
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The Purpose of Purpose: Aesthetics and the Unity of Context and Form in Third-World Literature

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

All literary texts are both political and aesthetic. Words in and of themselves are innately sensual, inseparable from the emotions they evoke in a reader. They are also political, pieces of language steeped in history and theory. However, writers often plan toward one extreme, selecting their...

12 Oct 2007
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"The Oppressive Christian Faith as Detrimental to Africans and Native Americans"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Christianity. It sounds innocent enough. But, with that religion comes a dogma with a dark side; an aspect of oppression for minorities. The Christian faith was never the choice for Africans and Native Americans. The word of God was on the lips of white Europeans who wanted to spread their...

12 Oct 2007
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"The Faustian-Bargain Theme Found in The Monkey's Paw, The Playground, and The Black Lake"

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Temptation preys upon what we wish for and what we dream for. Want a flashy car: a cherry red, nitrous infused Lamborghini with leather seats, a thumping sound system and a set of wicked hydraulics? Sure it sounds good, but how possible is that on such a measly salary? ...

11 Oct 2007
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"Jud Crandall: Neighbor, Mentor, Father"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

With experience comes knowledge. Sometimes, the experience might not make sense, and it helps to have a guiding hand. No, this is not the introduction to Chicken Soup for the Soul, but more like an intro for Chicken Soup for the Soulless. The spiritual world is difficult for the hardened realist...