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16 Apr 2012

The influence of the Disney Princess

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Most girls grow up watching Disney films, especially the films that have story lines where the protagonist is a princess. Included among these films are classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Although many people see these films as harmless...

27 Jan 2012

A State of Being in Society

Tutorials/exercises - 1 pages - Literature

One Society- Religious and cultural belief has been something of a stumbling block in the realization of a unity of nations. Communication and travel have broadened our horizons to the point where we are no longer able to live in isolation with our spiritual ideologies, and must therefore seek a...

18 Jan 2012

Ernest Hemingway: A Pursuit Race

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

‘A Pursuit Race' is a short story in Ernest Hemingway's ‘Men Without Women' which is narrated from an omniscient point of view and which incorporates more precisely a heterodiegetic narrator. Here, the author knows everything and reveals to us the motivations, thoughts and...

16 Sep 2011

Same sex desire as demonstrated in Art and Literature in antiquity

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Many artists use their medium to express their thoughts or feelings on a particular subject. Often this material has to do with a current event, trend, or mindset that they have noticed. Some choose to portray things in a very realistic light, and others were more inclined to put their own...

14 Sep 2011

The Reflection of Robert Louis Stevenson's Paternal, Religious and Moral Conflicts in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, published in 1886, was an instant bestseller in both Britain and the United States. Journalists and the public were eager to learn of Stevenson's inspiration for the story, and Stevenson responded to their inquiries with his essay...

14 Sep 2011

Bertrand Russell's Criticism of William James' "The Will to Believe"

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

William James, the late 19th and early 20th century American psychologist and philosopher, turned against the modern philosophical tradition with his philosophy of pragmatism. Specifically, James disagreed with the well-established philosophical theories that one can build existential truths from...

26 Aug 2011

Three The Hard Way: Jocasta, Antigone, and Ruth Dead Resurrected

Thesis - 10 pages - Literature

In a flash one day it occurred to me that babies did not come flying out of a stomach which could magically reseal itself, as I had been thinking all of those years prior. I saw something (perhaps a woman, perhaps one with child), and suddenly I knew everything. It was a moment of realization...

22 Aug 2011

Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four: When the future meets the past

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Freewill has always been an attribute of humanity that is to be protected at all costs, as freewill plays an important role in defining who we are. Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four go to great lengths to show the effects of loss of individuality when governments take control of...

22 Aug 2011

The Challenges of Religion in Seventeenth Century Poetry

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Poetry has often been used as a vehicle to depict the complex aspects of religious life. Religion has always played a crucial role in the cultural development since the earliest times of mankind. Literature constituted an excellent means to express the feelings shared by the religious world....

20 Jul 2011

Magic realism in 'The Enchantress of Florence'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Salman Rushdie's novel 'The Enchantress of Florence' is a powerful and multi-dimensional expression of the incarnation of globalization in literature. Important themes arise as relevant to globalization through the technical advantages of magic realism, which Rushdie employs as the key...

20 Jul 2011

Temporal and Spatial divides and identity in 'Lucy'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Jamaica Kincaid's novel 'Lucy' illustrates the story of a girl with desperate desire to manipulate her personal identity. With motives so deeply ingrained in her determinedly expendable past and their manifestations in her present, her quest propels her obsessions divides past from...

20 Jul 2011

Gynocriticism and 'Jane Eyre': The conflict of the female identity in language

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

When reading a novel like Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre', with both a female author and narrator, a series of implications arise by the structuring of a feminine language within the constructs of a patriarchal society, and thus, a masculine discourse; such an oppression innate to language...

15 Jul 2011

The Presence of Language and Metaphysical Conceit in John Donne's 'The Flea' and 'The Good Morrow'

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

In her essay “Poetry as Language Presentation: John Donne, Poet, Preacher, Craftsman,” Anca Rosu writes, “In representing, revealing or reflecting, language becomes absent, imperceptible. It can be kept present only if it is not made to reveal or reflect” (Rosu, 14). Rosu...

15 Jul 2011

The Structure of Sound: Edmund Spenser's 'Epithalamion'

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Edmund Spenser's “Epithalamion” is a certain divergence from the well established themes of grief and mourning over unrequited love so commonly embraced by Renaissance sonneteers. The departure from the expected brooding and pining voice is vividly divulged in a refreshingly sincere...

15 Jul 2011

Oppression and limited discourse in Melville and Alcott

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Herman Melville's 'Bartleby, the Scrivener' is a first person narrative of a lawyer's attempt to satiate his curiosity concerning Bartleby, a scrivener employed in his law office. His interest in the scrivener is the direct motive behind the lawyer's narrative, to the extent of a theme;...

15 Jul 2011

Repetition and Ambiguity in Narrative Structures of 'The Monk'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

The narrative, structural, and linguistic intricacies in Matthew Lewis' Gothic novel 'The Monk' illustrate a complex network of patterns and sequences that expand and contract the influence of ambiguity as a Gothic convention in the text. The novel's narrative structure can be...

12 Jul 2011

'Black like me' by John Howard Griffin

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

'Black Like Me' is the account of the experiences of a white man, the author, who considered himself an expert in ‘race relations', but who had no real experience of how black people lived, so decided to change his skin pigmentation and travel in the South as a black man. ...

29 Jun 2011

Thomas Nagel on death

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Let us assume for the time being that you believe cake to be a good, and find cake-eating emphatically positive. Now imagine that one day, when you go to your local bakery to eat your daily serving of cake, you find that cake no longer exists. They are out of cake indefinitely,...

28 Jun 2011

'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison: A comment

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison is a novel detailing an unnamed African-American's journey from the south to the streets of Harlem. The reader sees the main character attempt to find his place within the world, as well as within himself. In this novel written in 1947, there...

28 Jun 2011

The Writer and Nietzsche

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Throughout both 'The Birth of Tragedy' and 'The Genealogy of Morals', Friedrich Nietzsche explains the role and power of the artist. The artist, in particular, the writer, is a creator of illusions. Due to the increase in electronics and technology in the modern area, illusions...

28 Jun 2011

Waiting for a Miracle: Waiting and its many forms portrayed in 'Largo Desolato', 'The Polish Complex', and, 'Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light'

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

“The typically human act of trying to see oneself is always fascinating, agonizing, comical, for we can never turn fast enough to see all sides at once in the mirror. And the greatest trick remains seeing how we see” ('The Polish Complex' Intro, page V). Throughout 'The...

28 Jun 2011

Themes throughout 'The Wasteland'

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Within 'The Wasteland' by T.S Eliot, there exists a vast array of literary elements used to turn this poem into something more than just a jumble of mixed up phrases and quotes. While this jumble builds the poem, it also makes it hard to identify a single meaning or purpose that lingers...

27 Jun 2011

Why we need the system: Hobbes, Locke, and 'State of Nature'

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke have each compiled an elaborate explanation of society, as they believe it ought to be. Hobbes in 'Leviathan' and Locke in 'Second Treatise of Government', have recorded their differing interpretations of the state of nature, the logic behind...

27 Jun 2011

The homes of Catherine in 'Washington Square' and Frado of 'Our Nig'

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The homes of Catherine in 'Washington Square' and Frado of 'Our Nig' are essential to the development and understanding of these heroines. Each novel places emphasis on different aspects of the homes as they relate to the most involved characters of the novel, particularly...

27 Jun 2011

The Underrated Backstory: Backstory as it 'Effects Our Nig' and 'Washington Square'

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The information provided in a backstory is often integral to the development of characters and plot within a narrative. In both 'Our Nig' and 'Washington Square', an account of the events prior to those of the central plot provide necessary context for a clear and cohesive tale....

27 Jun 2011

A Close Reading of "Trifles"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

When reading any work of literature, one can miss many of the work's underlying aspects simply by not reading it carefully enough. A thorough and close reading of a work should yield much more satisfying results—the reader should understand themes and ideas that were important to the...

27 Jun 2011

Parent/Child relations in American Literature

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Throughout American Literature, one can notice many writings focus on either mother/daughter relationships or father/son relationships. These relationships are described in various ways, but one very common way involves parental love towards sometimes unappreciative children. This...

27 Jun 2011

Mission: Character analysis of Raskolnikov

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Should the character of Raskolnikov be considered a madman or a mentally disturbed person? Throughout the novel, Raskolnikov displays many symptoms that can be considered crazy. On the other hand, there are several mental defects that fit with Raskolnikov's behavior. ...

24 Jun 2011

The Gardens of Oxbridge and Fernham in the first chapter of 'A Room of One's Own'

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

This paper analyzes the first chapter of 'A Room of One's Own', and specifically the gardens of Oxbridge and Fernham. Virginia Woolf uses these two gardens to support her comparison between the status of men 'and women. In effect, they symbolize order versus chaos, rigidity...

09 Jun 2011

Willful Monsters: Differences in attraction to Short Story Writing

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

As storytellers, Kelly Link and Aimee Bender each bring a distinctive sense of punch and personality to their writing. Both tackling short stories, they are able to create unique worlds within a few pages that draw in their readers and deliver fresh perspectives through the strangest of stories....