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07 Jan 2013

Biblical criticism and the search for Jesus

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

The Bible is one of the most studied written works in the world today, due to its immense capability for interpretation. People often argue on whether certain works within it should be taken as literal or figurative, without considering the Bible's diverse origins. Once taken into account the...

27 Dec 2012

English learning issues in Canada: Suggestions for an easier command

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

In many countries, residents who do not have a perfect command of its official language(s) are a cause for concern for many people including themselves, parents, educators, and policymakers. A 2011 study found that a significant number of Canadian residents, representing fourteen percent of the...

21 Dec 2012

Shakespeare and the Deus Ex Machina

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

Throughout the entirety of Shakespeare's work, people of all walks of life encounter conflict on nearly every available front. Be it the clash of cultures, as in Othello: The Moor of Venice; a conflict of beliefs and morals as in Measure for Measure or the family and existential conflicts...

21 Dec 2012

Adorno and Horkheimer, Arendt, and Marcuse

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

Throughout history, even the most abstract philosophers wrote the majority of their work about their daily life, surroundings, and society. As time, society and technology progressed, a similar progression became evident in the writing of modern philosophers. In the twentieth...

20 Dec 2012

Feminism in Three Perspectives

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

Women have always been labeled the weaker sex. Evolutionists will say that men have adapted to be physically stronger, as it is their role to provide for his family and protect them. Religious scholars will tell you that wives must defer to their husbands, and were created as mere...

20 Dec 2012

The Silent Holocaust

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Four generations previous to my own, Adolf Hitler was responsible for the death of 64 of the world's Jewish population, (The Number of Jews…”). The National Jewish Population Survey indicates that in another four generations, the Jewish population will decrease by another 85-98...

20 Dec 2012

The use of figurative language in "Turtle" and "My son my executioner"

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Although not unique to the medium, figurative language and poetry are nearly inseparable. In even the most simplistic poems, authors make heavy use of metaphors, symbols, personification, assonance, alliteration and much more to underscore the themes of their works. Two poems,...

20 Dec 2012

The Hindu philosophical thought

Case study - 10 pages - Literature

It has been told by Sri Madhvacharya (13th Century), one of the prominent philosophical leaders of India, that “Wondrous multitude is this world, extensively vivid is this world and by virtue of these, the creator is par-excellent, infinite and powerful”. This praise denotes the...

17 Dec 2012

Analysis of Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

The film Rosemary's Baby plays on a common fear most people in society think about at some point: the existence of evil in the world. In fact, it would be safe to say that it is a story that if one were deeply spiritual could possibly think could come true; in the Bible there is detailed...

17 Dec 2012

Benjamin Franklin's autobiography

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

One of the major themes of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is that of self improvement. Although there may be certain points during the story where the reader may get the impression Franklin was more into bragging about his lifetime accomplishments than encouraging readers to...

12 Dec 2012

Analysis of Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter not only both tell us about how people are constricted and controlled by the societies in which they live, but tell you that there is no escape from it. Through characters such as Hester, Dimmesdale, Huck, and Jim the authors of...

12 Dec 2012

Wood Fences and Petals on a Wet Black Bough: A Rhetorical Comparison of Noel Perrin and Joan Didion

Case study - 8 pages - Literature

Noel Perrin and Joan Didion initially seem to have nothing in common. Perrin lives a rustic country life, while Didion embraces the social revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Perrin's “First Person Rural” is a graphic portrayal of a different section of the country that...

12 Dec 2012

An Analysis of Be, Know, Do: Leadership the Army Way

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

The Army's approach to leadership development is powerful - and is thereby widely applicable to civilians and other organizations such as NGOs. Three words can summarize the philosophy that lies behind the Army's leader development. Be, Know, Do are “the key characteristics of an Army leader...

11 Dec 2012

The decline of tragedy: modern tragedy and the failure to commit to action

Case study - 7 pages - Literature

In The World as Will and Representation, Arthur Schopenhauer introduces tragedy as the most important form of literary art. Tragic heroes fight against forces of great opposition but eventually have to surrender to their fates. Tragedy is a reflection on reality as the audience reaches a moment...

11 Dec 2012

There will be time: Eliot's temporal theory from "Prufrock" to the Four Quartets

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

The poetry of T.S. Eliot contains a temporal theory that evolves and transforms from Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) to the Four Quartets (1943). His theory shows that “all time is unredeemable” (BN I, 5), however, the cause of its inability to be redeemed changes from the...

10 Dec 2012

T.S. Eliot's four quartets and music

Case study - 26 pages - Literature

Eliot's line, “In my end is my beginning,” has pleasantly echoed through our ears this semester. It is a line that indicates the perpetual connection of the start and the finish of a journey. The journey that we embarked on in the beginning of January has been full of unfamiliar...

04 Dec 2012

An abolition of thought

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

In Lewis' “The Abolition of Man,” Lewis argues that in the future, if natural law and objective value are to continue to be taught to children as things that are worthless, that the human populace will be controlled by a select few who know how to pull all of the right psychological...

04 Dec 2012

The joke by Milan Kundera

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Children are not as good at thinking for themselves as adults are. Their entire lives have been spent taking commands from teachers, parents, and anyone older than them. Adults, however, already have learned how to think for themselves exactly because they went through all of this and learned...

23 Nov 2012

A critique of three works: Shakespeare's "The Tempest", Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" and Sophocles "The Oedipus Rex

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Three great works that have stood the test of time include the book Shakespeare, the Tempest, the second book, Toni Morrison and the Song of Solomon, and Sophocles and his great work, the Oedipus Rex. These works are wonderful works which are great for reading, and have been studied and analyzed...

23 Nov 2012

Obsessions from "The Underground"

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

“I am as insecure and touchy as a hunchback or a dwarf, and yet there have been moments when if I had been slapped, I might even have been glad of it. I say it seriously: surely I'd have managed to deliver some sort of pleasure in it as well - the pleasure of despair, of course, but it is in...

08 Nov 2012

Re-presenting Galileo: Creative responses to Sidereus Nuncius in the seventeenth century

Case study - 8 pages - Literature

The last gasps of the sixteenth century and the first breaths of the seventeenth brought an explosion in the scientific observation and subsequent discoveries of the heavens. In 1609, the Englishman Thomas Harriot became the first man to map the Moon based on observations from a telescope;...

08 Nov 2012

Is the codex obsolete?

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

Is the codex obsolete? It seems as if we're moving in that direction. As I sit down at the desk in my living room to write, I glance out the window of my apartment. In the distance I can see the strip mall that holds the empty shell of a recently-shuttered Borders bookstore. I can also...

08 Nov 2012

Covering "L'Affaire Richard" in Eastern Canada

Case study - 23 pages - Literature

“Like the bear-pits in Shakespeare's time, we attend hockey games as our popular theater. It is a place where the monumental themes of Canadian life are played out - English and French, East and West, Canada and the United States, Canada and the world, the timeless tensions of commerce and...

08 Nov 2012

Walking in the City Old West: The Performing Gamer and Red Dead Redemption

Case study - 18 pages - Literature

In this ethnographic moment, blogger Michael Abbott recalls the first of his many violent encounters with an anti-Semitic shopkeeper in Rockstar Games‘ Western title Red Dead Redemption (2010). He notes the Groundhog-Day-like quality of his experience: every five days, he returns to the...

08 Nov 2012

Hover through fog and filthy air": Scottish Play, Scottish Plague Tim Hamilton *English 764* Fall 2010

Essay - 12 pages - Literature

Macbeth. The very mention of the title of Shakespeare's most supernatural tragedy sends shivers down the spine of all too many theatre practitioners and enthusiasts, with good reason. Since Richard Burbage first stepped onto the stage of the Great Hall at Hampton Court to play the cursed tyrant...

08 Nov 2012

Boston's Faneuil Hall as Contested Performance Space: 1765 to 1776

Essay - 10 pages - Literature

In the fall of 1775 following the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Continental Army had laid siege to Boston. While the redcoats held Boston proper, the Continentals controlled most of the surrounding area: their goal was thus to barricade the half-mile-wide “neck” of land which connected...

08 Nov 2012

"A tale so plausible, so boldly uttered": Reading the Popish Plot in Nahum Tate's The History of King Lear

Case study - 9 pages - Literature

On March 21, 1681, King Charles II appeared before the British House of Lords to deliver a speech regarding allegations of a Catholic plot against him, which had enveloped England in yet another storm of religious furor. An Anglican clergyman named Titus Oates had initially brought the charges of...

25 Oct 2012

A Woman's "Complaint": Power and Gender in Andrew Marvell's "Nymph"

Case study - 17 pages - Literature

Andrew Marvell wrote numerous lyric poems throughout his life, but few of them were published until after he died. His contemporaries knew him mainly as a writer of prose and satire, and as a politician and member of Parliament under the governments of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II. Although...

19 Oct 2012

The limits of mankind's understanding: a comparison of Franklin and Swift

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

To compare Gulliver's Travels and Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is to compare two definitive insights into the nature of humanity and humanity's role in the world. Perhaps due to the various and differing social movements of the times and places in which they lived, or perhaps as a result of...

09 Oct 2012

Consider the relationship and struggle between Urizen and Los in Blake's work

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

The recognition of the English poet's literary talent William Blake has been slow and this is to be linked with the novelty of the ideas he developed, but also with the subversive aspect of his reinterpretation of the biblical works, in order to express his views about the world around him....