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07 Jul 2008
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Facing adversity : Women and religion in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Alice Walker's “The Color Purple” is one of the most well known novels in contemporary literature. This book places the author among the top literary canon of American writers. Since its first publication in 1982, the novel continuously gains both positive acclaims and...

07 Jul 2008
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Unifying mankind through asexuality and abstraction

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The unprecedented bloodshed, terror, and violence that blanketed Europe during World War I left the people at the War's end saddened and detached, and the world, “chaotic and fragmented” (Tepper, p.79). Over ten million people had died, had been slaughtered, not counting those...

07 Jul 2008
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Portrayals of traditional and contemporary views on marriage in Postwar Vietnam through modern Vietnamese literature

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Marriage is a historically worldwide phenomenon. However, different times and cultures hold distinct views towards marriage. What constitutes a traditional or untraditional marriage varies greatly from culture to culture and even from time to time within a particular culture....

03 Jul 2008
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The lady of Shalott" by William Holman Hunt

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

To begin, the referenced version of Hunt's The Lady of Shalott holds a history and meaning unparalleled to most paintings. Most significantly, this was the final painting completed by Hunt before passing away in 1910 (Stilo, par. 2). The finished product of this painting is...

30 Jun 2008
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Take that Baudrillard: The absurdity of narrative and the possibility of meaning in Candide

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Voltaire has been said to have been mocking Leibniz's popular theory that “whatever is, is right,” (Pope, l.294) in Candide. While that is true, it only scratches the surface. The more significant fact is that the language and logic with which Candide satirizes Leibniz mock the very...

26 Jun 2008
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Humor as a Mask for Anguish in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

As the quote from The New York Times points out on the back cover of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou's novel is “Simultaneously touching and comic.” Through language, choice of detail, and the story itself, Angelou introduces humor and comic relief to a narrative filled...

26 Jun 2008
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Jo Shapcott's Mad Cow

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

Jo Shapcott is considered to be a contemporary British poet with traits of a Desperado poet. I explore the literal and figurative meaning of the cow in some of her Mad Cow poems as well as the issues that have influenced the usage of this persona. The essay begins with a quote...

24 Jun 2008
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Coleridge and the Poetic Imagination:The Link Between True Life and True Poetry

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

There is no single theme that pervades every one of Coleridge's many poems, but a body of motifs relating to familial relationships and friendship imbue both his conversation poems, such as Frost at Midnight and The Eolian Harp, and his “mystery” poems, including The Rime of the Ancient...

24 Jun 2008
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Fruitless Labor : Love and Marriage in Joyce's Dubliners

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In his first novel, a collection of short stories meant to express the paralytic nature of turn-of-the-century Dublin, James Joyce establishes an image of the Irish urban center as a degenerate bed of unhappiness, deprivation, depression, and imprisonment. All of his characters face the daily...

23 Jun 2008
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Into the Darkness: Marlow's Discovery of the Relationship between Darkness and Civilization

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

In his novel Heart of Darkness, published in 1902, Joseph Conrad explores the deepest reaches of the African continent, and at the same time, the innermost secrets of human nature. The novel is narrated mostly by Marlow, a seaman known for his “inconclusive experiences,” who...

23 Jun 2008
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Cyrano de Bergerac hubris and hamartias

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

He has no mortal enemies; his only adversary is death and even then, defeat inevitable, he surrenders gracefully. There is yet forgiveness in his eyes as he is stripped of all dignity. He has nothing to lose except his pride and life; his pride he would take to his grave, his life he would give...

23 Jun 2008
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Mingled Voices: The Communication between the Contrary Natures of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

In his “Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, books of children's poems” written and illustrated by himself, William Blake explores human perception and the contemporary social milieu, focusing on the transience of opinion and the variability of fact in two contrary states of...

23 Jun 2008
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The Rhetoric of the Personal and Pictorial: Portrayal of the Self and the Abstract in Young, Gray, and Collins

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Following the ethical and didactic works popular in the early eighteenth century, which offered a view of Man as an imperfect but scientific being in search of meaning in a universe created by a perfect God, a crop of poets emerged who wrote instead about “a preponderance of sentiment,...

23 Jun 2008
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The Poetic Practice of Alexander Pope: The Authoritative Voice of Reason and the Expulsion of Pride of Man

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Alexander Pope was a poet greatly concerned with perception: his perception of God and his fellow man, and how he was perceived by others, both personally and as an artist. Despite his physical maladies, he saw himself as a great poet, destined for the craft and blessed with true talent. Many of...

23 Jun 2008
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Political Aesthetes: Emily Mann's Execution of Justice and the Identity Crisis of Documentary Theatre

Essay - 10 pages - Literature

The documentary theatre, unlike conventional theatre, defines itself in terms of actuality, authenticity, and verifiability. Reality plays draw their power and identity from their use of “actuals,” authentic materials such as transcripts, interviews, testimonies, published documents,...

20 Jun 2008
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Not Worth Laughing About: Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

As time changes, so do the interpretations of Shakespeare's dramas. Newer productions are supposed to appeal to modern audiences by reflecting current attitudes and cultural beliefs. Anti-Semitic viewpoints existed long before Shakespeare and his play, The Merchant of Venice, which is considered...

20 Jun 2008
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"A Hideously Difficult Task": An Exploration of American Racial Identity through the Works of James Baldwin

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In a style similar to other minority works of literature, James Baldwin's writing encompasses the recurring theme of identity—what it means and from where it originates. This theme stems from incomplete identity of the black American community. Baldwin's writings try to explain the...

19 Jun 2008
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Critical Analysis of "Goblin Market"

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

Sylvia Plath once said, “The blood jet is poetry, and there is no stopping it.” This was true for many poets, and especially true for Christina Rossetti. Rossetti had poetry in her blood, art in her veins. When she first wrote “Goblin Market” in 1859,...

19 Jun 2008
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Trans formative Exile: Coriolanus' Lack of Evolution During his Banishment from Rome

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

When the people of Rome exile Coriolanus, he seeks refuge in Antium, throwing himself before his longtime enemy, Tullus Aufidius, and offering himself as a weapon against Rome. Although he has fought countless times for Rome, bringing himself to the brink of death time and time again, the Roman...

17 Jun 2008
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Essay on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

William Shakespeare is among the most notable playwrights of all time. Some of his works have been so popular that they have been turned into modern movies, aimed at attracting a new generation to this author's works. While Shakespeare has been able to provide audiences with theatrical...

15 Jun 2008
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How does Shakespeare use or abuse the conventions of romance in as you like it?

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The world of Shakespearean comedies is undoubtedly romantic, poetic and idealized. As You Like It is no exception in this respect. Romantic in all aspects, especially form and spirit, the play presents before you a world of love, of deceit, of vulgarity, of humor, of music and what not! But it is...

15 Jun 2008
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Allegory of the Chronicles

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Many have felt that the Chronicles of Narnia were not allegorical. One was the famous author of the Chronicles, C.S. Lewis. Similarly to many, he felt that the stories in which he created were “not allegory but rather fairy tale, a branch of fantasy” (Duriez 97). However, Lewis's theory...

06 Jun 2008
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The Sage: Don Quixote

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Don Quixote, titular character of Cervantes' famous novel is certain that a scribe who is recording all of his actions will make him famous in history. Such a scribe, in the Quixotic sense, does not really exist, but Cervantes fulfills the role. If Cervantes had inserted himself into his...

06 Jun 2008
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Writing Ethically: Essays of John Edgar Wideman and Jane Tompkins

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The essays “Our Time” by John Edgar Wideman and “Indians': Textualism, Morality and the Problem of History” by Jane Tompkins are both written by people who are telling stories about experiences that are not their own. Wideman is writing about his brother Robby and all...

05 Jun 2008
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Judgment and Portrayal of Character in the "Love Suicides" and "What the Seasons Brought the Almanac Maker"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The two narratives of “What the Seasons Brought the Almanac Maker” by Saikaku and the “Love Suicides” by Chikamatsu present variegated looks at the complications of love and society and the need for harmony between the two. Both are prime examples of Japanese...

04 Jun 2008
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Power and Sexuality in "Leda and the Swan" and "Goblin Market"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Duality and opposition are forces that play beneath the surface of both William Butler Yeats' “Leda and the Swan” and Christina Rossetti's “Goblin Market”, two poems that focus on sexuality while incorporating animal figures as holders of power, both sexual and otherwise....

03 Jun 2008
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All in the Family: The Economics of Interpersonal Relationships in the Gulag

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The synopsis on the back cover of Alexander Solzhenistyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich claims that it is “the harrowing account of one day in the life of a man who has conceded to all things evil with patience, dignity, and enduring strength.” Like so many others, the author...

03 Jun 2008
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The Epileptic Loophole: Self-control and the Judiciary in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Epilepsy and the punitive system—two seemingly unrelated items that Fyodor Dostoevsky juxtaposes in order to make a point about Russia and the futility of the judiciary. In his giant oeuvre The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky exemplifies the tension between rational and irrational behavior by...

02 Jun 2008
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Hospitable Hosts, Educated Elites: Relativism vs. Absolutism in the writings of Alberuni and Ibn Battuta

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

In exploring nations and cultures outside of their own, Alberuni and Ibn Battuta encountered ideologies, customs, and practices that stood in opposition to the beliefs and ways of life they personally upheld. Faced with foreign behavior and thought, the authors found themselves in a position to...

30 May 2008
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Harold Pinter and the absent 'Center'

Essay - 9 pages - Literature

At the very beginning there is the structure. The structure is a skeleton, the premise, the base on which the flesh is arranged, systematically, so that a body maybe created. It may not always make itself palpable but if there is a structure then there must also be a center. A structure without a...