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29 Sep 2010
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Repetition, Re(-)presentation and Interpretation in Beckett's Shorter Plays

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

When one reads Beckett's works for the first time, one cannot but be stricken by the overabundant repetitions the text is replete with. There seems to be a real compulsion of repetition in various forms- in Beckett' plays. This is most evident in his shorter works. During this seminar, we...

29 Sep 2010
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Coriolanus (act two, scene one)

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's play Coriolanus is a political tragedy, which exposes the events that took place in Rome in the early days of the Republic. This play is set up around 490 BC, at a time when the city was divided by a conflict between the Patricians and the Plebeians because of shortage of grain....

29 Sep 2010
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Commentary upon Mary Shelley's statement: "What terrified me will terrify others"

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Creature in itself is not what is the most terrifying. Indeed, in her dream and in the novel afterwards, if Doctor Frankenstein is afraid at the sight of his creature, it is also its coming to life which creates fear: how can an amount of bones, skin,...

29 Sep 2010
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Women in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In The Canterbury Tales, women appear either as storytellers or as part of the tales themselves. We must therefore make a clear distinction between the women of the pilgrimage and the characters mentioned in the tales. The former are supposed to belong to the real life, if we agree to play the...

10 Aug 2010
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Young Goodman Brown's despair

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

Evil is mankind's nature: How the use of religious symbolism of faith and the devil caused Goodman Brown's despair from within, in the story of Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's only natural that our curiosity has caused some, to fall victim to form evil and temptation. Goodman...

29 Jul 2010
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Irrelevant cynicism

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

In John Gardner's Grendel, the Dragon's most important character trait is his complete and limitless knowledge of the past, present, and future, producing his biting and relentless sarcasm and his ability to understand the complete and utter irrelevance of the daily exploits of Grendel and...

12 Jul 2010
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Character analysis: Okonkwo

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Okonkwo is the main character of the book “Things Fall Apart,” by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. This character is a hero to his village, a clansman, warrior, farmer and family man. However, no one is ever perfect. As Aristotle said, a tragic hero is defined by a noble or heroic person...

12 Jul 2010
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An Upheaval by Anton Chekhov

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

“An Upheaval” by Anton Chekhov is a story about a young girl, Mashenka Pavletsky, who works as a governess for an upper-class household. Mashenka, who once felt herself superior to the lady of the house, has had her room searched because her boss, Fedosya Vassilyevna Kushkin, had lost a...

29 Jun 2010
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The magician's nephew: Perception shaped by the imagination

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

C. S. Lewis wrote seven stories that made up The Chronicles of Narnia. All of the seven stories have characteristics that pertain to “perception shaped by the imagination”, a subheading of Colin Duriez's A Field Guide to Narnia. Of the seven stories I am going to focus on The...

29 Jun 2010
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The Lion King on Broadway

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

The lights went out and everyone grew immediately quiet. Music from the side of the theater began to play. With the first note I was all Goosebumps. Suddenly an orange/yellow circle appears from the center of the stage. It rises perfectly as though it is the rising sun. A single voice is heard...

24 Jun 2010
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Summary of Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut is the fictional story told by Leon Trout, the ghost of a man who died during the construction of the ship “Bahia de Darwin.” Trout observes the passengers of this ship as they make their way on the “Nature Cruise of the Century.” Excited to travel...

21 Jun 2010
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Comparison and contrast between Rober Lawell's "Man and Wife" and Gretel Ehrlich's "A match to the heart"

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

It was 1959 when Robert Lowell completed an amazing set of poems included in a collection named “Life Studies”. The most conspicuous among them - “Man and Wife”, tackles the problems of personal tragedy. The main accent is put on the troubled marriage, as the author...

12 Apr 2010
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Heroism in Beowulf and Macbeth

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Grendel first appeared in Herot, the mead hall of the king of the Danes, Hrothgar. Disturbed by the feasting and celebration taking place in the evenings by Danish warriors and heroes, who often met in the hall to tell exaggerated tales of glory and drink mead, Grendel stole in during the night...

12 Apr 2010
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Literary analysis of "The Dead"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

James Joyce was born on February 2nd, 1882, in Dublin. His lifelong obsession with his own Irish culture, and the local city of Dublin, inspired many of his works. In particular, Dubliners, a collection of short stories taking place in Dublin, published in 1914, testifies to this...

12 Apr 2010
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Domination and submission in Jane Eyre: An essay on power play

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In a manner of speaking, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre reinvents the concept of romance. One hardly expects a sordid tale of domination and submission from a sickly country girl, yet Bronte dabbled experimentally with the idea of feminism and power play in her hugely successful first...

12 Apr 2010
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In the hands of Yankees: Fitzgerald's "The Ice Palace" as a Northern American captivity narrative

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The effective removal of the American Indian from North America failed to kill off the American tradition of captivity narratives established by the primarily female Anglo-American authors of Indian captivity narratives. In these memoirs of life among the “other,” Anglo-American...

12 Apr 2010
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The church's grasp: captivity in joyce's dubliners - published: 12/04/2010

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

It is easy to recognize when one is held captive by the unfamiliar, but the crippling effect of familiar forces is not so easily realized. Throughout American captivity narratives, typically female Anglo-Americans are ensnared by Native Americans, the “other” of early...

06 Apr 2010
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The prose style of an author

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

What is so compelling about Faulkner's work is his gloriously bold approach toward form and content. He embraces the dark side of humanity, through the characters of Jason, Caddy and Quentin, refusing to deny or disguise its existence and in doing so redefines despair, it is no...

06 Apr 2010
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Representations of history and regeneration by Pat Barker

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Barker has chosen to tell the tale from the viewpoint of the patients and staff of a war hospital, which treats mainly psychiatric injuries caused by battle. Straight away we are dealing with issues of masculinity. These patients have been discharged, not for receiving injuries in the line of...

06 Apr 2010
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What role did women play within Anglo Saxon culture?

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Throughout history, the position of women in society has fluxed dramatically. It seems quite clear from looking at historical evidence that most of this movement has been a decline, rather than an improvement in the social attitudes towards women. In Anglo- Saxons times, women were valued members...

11 Mar 2010
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Shylock and Lear: society's outcasts

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's use of the outsider, one excluded from society especially through the removal of his identity, serves to portray the cruel and selfish aspects of humanity. In The Merchant of Venice and in King Lear, the substandard treatment and lack of sympathy Shylock and Lear encounter,...

07 May 2009
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Jean- Paul Sartre, "Huis clos", Lecture plurielle

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Basing your essay on specific extracts from the play, would you say that, according to Shakespeare, fate determines man's action, or that man is always free to choose his own course of action? According to masters of literary theory, a tragedy draws the destiny of extraordinary people...

07 May 2009
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American writers in Paris: Anaïs Nin - Houseboat - ; James Baldwin - Equal in Paris -

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

“Houseboat” is the initial short story in a collection entitled Under a Glass Bell, published in 1944 by Anaïs Nin. It presents us with the complex relationship the artist carries on with Paris - a relationship made of both attraction and repulsion. It also gives us an insight into the...

20 Feb 2009
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Witches in Popular Children's Fiction: A look at the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in select works of fiction since the 17th century

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Witches are very interesting group of people to read about. They have been at odds or different from the main-stream culture, and their practices and doings have been shrouded in secrecy and mystery, and evil-doing. For these reasons, witches make interesting characters in fictional stories, and...

20 Feb 2009
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Critical analysis of 'A Lesson before Dying'

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Ernest J. Gaines wrote the novel, 'A Lesson before Dying' in which he highlighted the problems faced by the blacks during the 1940's in the South. However, the contextual time for the novel covers a whole century into until 1964. He writes about the complete devastation faced by the...

05 Feb 2009
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Ideological Ephemera: Why Zines will survive the internet ?

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

According to some arguments of literary analysis, Zines should have ceased to exist, or at least should be well on their way to a doomed demise, some years ago. The availability and accessibility of blogs, web journals and social networking sites ostensibly offer ample outlets for the immediate...

05 Feb 2009
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The novel "Charlotte Temple" as an example of a popular novel

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

The novel Charlotte Temple is an example of what I believe to be a "popular novel". Charlotte Temple's appeal was born out of its solicitous plea to a generation of women who held a particular station in society. It warned them of dangers while morally evangelizing and...

05 Feb 2009
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The myth of the contented slave

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The definition of contentment is to feel or manifest satisfaction with one's possessions, status or situation. Leslie Howard Owens holds to the opinion that the "contented slave" is a "myth". In his book, "This Species of Property" the personality and attitudes of southern...

21 Jan 2009
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Fear: The deconstruction of normality

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In all honesty and truthfulness, post-war, American authors have produced quite a frightening element in this country's literary discourse. Frightening, because they amass self-critical observations that have ultimately led to paranoia regarding the reliability of life's constructs and realities....

21 Jan 2009
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What were the origins, the aspect, and the outcomes of the War of the Roses?

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

“And here I prophesy: this brawl today, Grown to this faction in the Temple garden, Shall send, between the Red Rose and the White, A thousand souls to death and deadly night.”: this is how the Earl of Warwick announces the War of the Roses in Shakespeare's Henry VI. Indeed, from 1455...