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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...

19 Jan 2009
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The theme of "incomprehension" in The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

According to one review, The Secret River “invites us to examine flawed human lives and to reflect on a tragedy of mutual incomprehension.” Discuss how this theme of “incomprehension” is explored in the novel. One of the main themes of The Secret River, a historical novel...

19 Jan 2009
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Spanish literature: The Celestina and Lazarillo de Tormes

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

The Celestina and Lazarillo de Tormes, books written at the outset of Spain's golden age, are extremely important works. The Celestina is a love story, while Lazarillo de Tormes is one of the first picaresque novels. Despite this major difference, they are similar in that they are both critiques...

18 Jan 2009
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The Russian novel: the narrator's role in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

“Death”(Part 5, chapter 20) is the only chapter of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina with a title. It is not the only death in the book; Anna's suicide at the end of the novel is arguably the story's most important death. Although the death of Nikolai Levin by no means drastically...

16 Jan 2009
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Shakespeare's plays illustrated by Blake and Fuseli: The artists as critics

Essay - 11 pages - Literature

It has judiciously been pointed out that “pictures from Shakespeare account[ed] for about one fifth -some 2 300!- of the total number of literary paintings recorded between 1760 and 1900” (R. Altick). As a matter of fact, the renewed interest in nineteenth century British art in the...

15 Jan 2009
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Literature review on virtual tour technology

Essay - 9 pages - Literature

Numerous developments in virtual technologies show up in modern world creating for people more and more comforts and possibilities. Different kinds of visions that we may see with the help of virtual tour technology, have elevated the status of virtual environment to the level of pop...

15 Jan 2009
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King Lear, by William Shakespeare: My experience of reading Shakespeare

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Reading in Original version a Shakespeare play was in my mind a kind of challenge. I read quite a few of Shakespeare's plays in the past, but they were translated in French. I had heard so much about Shakespeare's wonderful style, the beautiful English language he used that I wanted to...

15 Jan 2009
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The emotional and psychological reader's response in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Blue Hotel"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

"The Yellow Wall-paper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Blue Hotel" by Stephen Crane are two short stories which, beyond the colour references in the title, try to develop certain psychological responses within the reader. I will attempt to show how through two different points of view for...

15 Jan 2009
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Discuss the portrayal of city life in a group of works

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

In this essay, we will look at how artists portray city life, how they make the most common things in our lives becoming special and how they transform reality into art. Indeed, everyday, ordinary life often becomes special under their brushes. Some of them like Degas or Toulouse-Lautrec liked...

15 Jan 2009
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Antony and Cleopatra: Shakespeare's criticism of the XVIIth century's anti-feminism

Essay - 10 pages - Literature

like in his other Roman plays like Julius Caesar, Shakespeare used in Antony and Cleopatra the description of the Roman society to describe his own society. But in this play the main point of analysis was not politics but the place of women in the society. During the XVIth and XVIIth centuries,...

15 Jan 2009
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Symbolism of geography in Thomas More's "Utopia"

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Thomas More was born in 1478 at a time when England was in transition between Feudalism and the early Renaissance. More was a lawyer, a historian, a philosopher and became Henry VIII's chancellor in 1529. When Thomas More refused to convert himself to Protestantism, he was accused of being a...

15 Jan 2009
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Holocaust in American life by Peter Novick 1999

Essay - 9 pages - Literature

Peter Novick is a professor of History in the University of Chicago. After "The Noble Dream : The "objectivity Question" and the American Historical Profession" in 1988, in which he criticizes the idea of an ideal objective and neutral historical work, he published "The Holocaust in the...

15 Jan 2009
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How is the traditional notion of subject challenged in "Boating for Beginners?" (Jeanette Winterson)?

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Boating for Beginners is the second novel published by Jeanette Winterson in 1985. It deals with the growing up of Gloria Munde, who seeks her way in the world. The resemblance between Gloria Munde and Jeanette Winterson is striking and some elements of Gloria's life echo Jeanette's: both...

15 Jan 2009
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"The Madonna of Excelsior" by Zakes Mda: The Garden Party

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

"The Garden Party" is the second chapter of Zakes Mda's fourth novel The Madonna of Excelsior which was published in 2001. The author was born in Hershel in 1948 and grew up in Lesotho where his family emigrated for political reasons. He left South Africa in 1963 for the United States where...

15 Jan 2009
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Saqiyuk - Stories from the lives of three Inuit Women by Nancy Wachowich

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Saqiyuq is a collection of stories from the lives of three Inuit women: Apphia, Rhoda and Sandra. It consists of biographies and accounts from these three generations. This book enables the reader to see the great evolution of the Inuit lifestyle during the twentieth century. The author, Nancy...

15 Jan 2009
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"Wonderland as a poetic world"

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland offers us a story characterized by humour, fantasy and nonsense. Originally entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground, it tells how the young Alice dreams she follows a White Rabbit down to a rabbit hole, and how she strolls in a...

13 Jan 2009
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The Clash Of Civilization Samuel Phillips Huntington

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

Sixteen years ago Gorbatchev announced on television that he resigned as the President of the USSR, the Soviet flag was lowered over the Kremlin and on December 26th 1991, the Supreme Soviet Court recognized the extinction of the Soviet Union: the USSR was no more. After more than fifty years of...

13 Jan 2009
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"No artist tolerates reality" - Nietzsche. To what extend is this true in the work of Yeats and Eliot?

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

"No artist tolerates reality", as far as this quotation of Nietzsche is concerned, it is true that artists - and therefore writers - cannot tolerate reality, and that is the reason why they often aim at changing this reality through their art, and in the case of writers, through their written...

13 Jan 2009
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Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot': Between Modernism and Postmodernism

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Samuel Beckett's most famous play Waiting for Godot was first written in French in 1948 and translated in English in 1952, that is to say shortly after the end of World War II. At that time, the threat of the Cold War, the recent horror of the concentration camps and the invention of the...

13 Jan 2009
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Works of literature often contain a secret which is eventually revealed with great dramatic effect

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Henrik Ibsen in his drama A Doll's House vividly shocked his contemporary audiences of 1879, unaccustomed to the radical and novel insights on the relationship between husband and wife he displayed through his heroines' emancipation, from her role of a self content wife in a superficial marriage...

12 Jan 2009
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Terror and Horror in the Fantastic Novels: Walpole's The Castle Of Otranto, Shelley's Frankenstein and Stoker's Dracula

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

The concepts of terror and horror are key factors in the Fantastic and Gothic novel. This literary genre appeared with Walpole's The Castle of Otranto in 1765 and then flourished until 1830; it mainly developed during the historical period of the Enlightenment and can be seen as an alternative to...

12 Jan 2009
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Cleopatra: Shakespeare's analysis of women's alienation

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

According to Yves Bonnefoy Shakespeare wanted to do with Antony and Cleopatra more than a political analysis of Rome. Indeed, Shakespeare analysed in this play the place of women in the Roman society, in order to make a comparison with their role in his own society. At the beginning of the XVIIth...

09 Jan 2009
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Wilfred Owen: Anthem for Doomed Youth, 1917

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The text to be commented upon is a poem written by Wilfred Owen in 1917 entitled Anthem for doomed youth. It is a petrarchan sonnet, a sort of diptych with two different parts which hinges upon lines 9 and 10. The title is a key for the interpretation of the sonnet which is an ideological poem, a...

09 Jan 2009
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Structure and texture in the "Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford

Essay - 10 pages - Literature

The Good Soldier is a novel written in 1914 by Ford Madox Ford and published in March 1915. This novel is considered as the best book of pre-war period. It is also considered as a modernist work, and in fact, many modernist innovations, as well as impressionist ones, are present throughout the...

18 Dec 2008
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Transformations of literature: Augustine's 'Confessions' and Virgil's 'Aeneid'

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Both St. Augustine's Confessions and Virgil's epic The Aeneid marked a new direction in literature for the West. Each one was inspired by the works of previous authors, but was willing to forge a new literature for their times. In the Aeneid, Virgil established Rome as indebted to the...

04 Dec 2008
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Frankenstein and King Lear: A look into religion, politics and literature

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Religion has foundation in our lives whether we choose to identify it or not. By recognizing the literary works of Mary Shelley and Shakespeare, we can intellectually inherit the limitations of our power as human beings and the important role the Judeo-Christian God plays in our political, social...

28 Nov 2008
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Just vengeance or righteous follies; which Hamlet did you see?

Essay - 8 pages - Literature

William Richardson describes Hamlet's character as one “moved by finer principles, by an exquisite sense of virtue, of moral beauty and turpitude.” (Hoy 147) Richardson goes on to say that a man like Hamlet “will find [his sense of moral excellence] a source of pleasure and of pain...

28 Nov 2008
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William Blake's "Wall of words" on circular reasoning

Essay - 10 pages - Literature

“And the salt ocean rolled englob'd.” (Blake Pl. 28.23) The previous line comes from one of Blake's prophetic works, “The First Book of Urizen,” and is very typical of a Blake ending. More than a century before Stanley Kunitz was born, Blake had mastered the technique...

21 Nov 2008
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American Jews and politics in the selected works of Philip Roth and Joseph Heller

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

The works of Joseph Heller and Philip Roth are frequently inhabited by American-born Jews. In The Counterlife Roth discusses the association between the American born “Diaspora Jew” to the State of Israel. In Plot Against America it is the reaction of a Jewish family to governmental...