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22 Aug 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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....

09 Jun 2011
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The Destruction of Responsibility: Cromwell vs. Charles II

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

With England left as a leaderless country following the trial and beheading of King Charles I, the country was eagerly searching for a resolution to its problems. Oliver Cromwell emerged as England's leader from the Revolution and strove to have a close, relatable relationship with the English...

09 Jun 2011
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Oscar Wilde & the Unwritten Melodrama

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Victorian melodrama not only served as a literary genre, but it was used to define and reflect on the values of society. Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan takes the expectation of contemporary melodrama, as defined by Peter Brooks. Though the play is based on melodrama and, at times, overly...

08 Jun 2011
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'Night' at the Core of Elie Wiesel

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Elie Wiesel is an internationally renowned writer and Holocaust survivor. His expansive collection of work is all derived from his first book, which is called 'Night'. It is the foundation for all of Wiesel's works and shared ideas. His ideas, which centralize around a bluntly honest look...

08 Jun 2011
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Night: An open minded perception

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Elie Wiesel is a Jewish American author and Holocaust survivor. Wiesel's first book, 'Night', is an account of his experience in the concentration camp Auschwitz. This personal and vivid account launches a stream of consciousness, enlightening the reader to a new perception of various...

08 Jun 2011
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Dickinson's 'Meditation on the Future'

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The belief in any sort of prophecy is contingent on the idea that the human psyche holds the potential to, at any degree, know the future. 'This World is not Conclusion', a poem by Emily Dickinson, promotes the impermanence of our state of being. Rather than predicting a specific future,...

06 Jun 2011
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'The Cult of True Womanhood Disassembled' by Kate Chopin and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: A review

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Through the oppressive times when women were meant to be no more than homemakers and pawns to their bread-winning men, the 'Cult of True Womanhood' symbolized everything that the females of America were supposed to be. It stated that they must be pure in mind, body, heart, and soul; for a...

06 Jun 2011
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Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Book review

Essay - 8 pages - Literature

In the book 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra', Nietzsche provides the reader with a fictional account of a Persian prophet named Zarathustra. He takes this historical figure and turns him into a libratory prophet for the modern world. Nietzsche argues that Zarathustra is the first...

15 Mar 2011
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Differences and Similarities between two Creation Myths

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

As its title suggests, a creation myth is the lavish story that lays the groundwork for the life of an epic figure, as manifest through history. The creation myth commonly establishes a trend that becomes commonplace for the subject throughout his or her life, a trend that is based upon and...