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21 Sep 2010

Book review - The Stranger

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

I feel that in this novel there are two major elements that stand out from all of the rest. First and foremost, there is Meursault, a shipping clerk and main character, with so many oddities and fascinations that it is hard to not try to figure him out. He has no substance in his life and does...

24 Aug 2010

Death as reality: A response to Christopher S. Glover's critical analysis of Don DeLillo's White noise

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

In this essay, I will systematically dissect Christopher S. Glover's categorization of Don DeLillo's White Noise as an example of Baudrillard's third stage of simulacrum while presenting an alternate interpretation that suggests the novel actually represents a deviation...

24 Aug 2010

The misdiagnosis of postpartum depression in the 19th Century and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written in 1892, was originally published as a work of Gothic fiction. Through a biographical analysis - and the author's own admission - we now know that the story contains many real elements drawn from the author's own...

12 Aug 2010

A close reading of The ascetic in a canoe

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Through his essay, The Ascetic in a Canoe, Pierre Elliot Trudeau attempts to describe his personal relationship with nature, through imagery, visualizations and deep descriptions of Canada's natural environment. Nature is shown as a companion in the otherwise vast openness. Nature is the great...

12 Aug 2010

A radical faith: The Bible versus Orpheus and poetry - An analysis of Emily Dickinson's poem 1577

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Emily Dickinson's poem 1577, “The Bible is an antique Volume-,” the speaker questions blind adherence to Biblical belief and ultimately proposes the adoption of a new faith. Through skeptical tone and understated form, the poem elegantly demeans the Bible's authority as the sole...

12 Aug 2010

Much ado about nothing: The power of perception in Shakespeare's comedy

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Although American culture places great emphasis on the silver screen, the medium has its limitations. Among them are a relatively short length of time in which to work, a broad audience with a short attention span, and several conventions to be observed when making a film in terms of plot...

11 Aug 2010

Indigenous resurgence in the contemporary Caribbean (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 12 & 13)

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

In a contemporary sense, perspectives of the Caribbean have been created in a way that does not speak of the indigenous and aboriginal peoples of the areas as much as they should. This is likely to change though as these indigenous and aboriginal peoples of the Caribbean are once again...

11 Aug 2010

The restless heart: The theme of scattered humanity in Augustine's Confessions

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

At the very beginning of his Confessions, Augustine states “[men's] hearts are restless till they rest in [God].” However, because of how he views the human condition, Augustine explains that man is continuously “scattered” by his own impermanence and is always moving...

11 Aug 2010

The middle finger that is Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove"

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

By the time Churchill dropped the iron curtain across Europe, America was giving up on the idea of a cooperative relationship with the Soviet Union. Foreign policy was being dictated by such blatant anti-communist and anti-Russian works as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, as well as the...

11 Aug 2010

The mythological supports of Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, existence made up of binary oppositions, replacing one another in a never-ending cycle. The most prominent--and the most basic-- of these oppositions is that of life and death. Through an exploration of various mythological allusions made in the play, the...

11 Aug 2010

The enigma of 5.1.19 in Richard III

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Richard III as a historical play is interesting because of its large focus on questions of the supernatural. The play considers, or forces the reader to consider, such ideas as the power of prophecy and dreams, ghostly interactions, pre-destination, divine intervention, and so on. The...

11 Aug 2010

The ambiguity of motive in Chaucer's Canterbury tales

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

The reality presented in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is one that is skewed by both Chaucer, the writer, and his fictional persona of humble narrator, who is the only source of information in the poem. The resulting overlay of these different perspectives and the reader's dependence on...

11 Aug 2010

The effect of the pilgrim's purpose in Chaucer's Canterbury fabliaux

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

According to Robert E. Lewis in his “The English Fabliau Tradition and Chaucer's ‘Miller's Tale',” the heyday of the French fabliaux lasted from “the late twelfth century to the 1340s.” In addition, as Lewis goes on to point out, the French genre appeared in...

11 Aug 2010

Roman, provincial and Islamic law by Patricia Crone

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The basic thesis of Patricia Crone's Roman, Provincial and Islamic Law is that the sharia is, at least in part, derived from what the author calls “Roman provincial law”, and not from pre-Islamic Arabian cultures, other Near-East cultures (Egyptians, Akkadians and Jews among others) or...

11 Aug 2010

Victorian morals in Dracula

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Two of the most compelling and interesting themes and elements of Dracula are the themes of “life as a positive and perpetual entity”, and the fleeting, sinful and worthless nature of a life centered around earthly pleasures and indulgences. The theme of the perpetuity of some kind of...

11 Aug 2010

The Handmaid's tale

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale” is described as a classic dystopian novel, presenting the subjugation of women under a theocratic totalitarian social framework in a fictitious future. Atwood's dystopia takes place in the Republic of Gilead and the narrator is the central...

11 Aug 2010

Midwestern poets

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

There were five famous Midwestern poets in the 20th century. The five were Carl Sandburg, Edgar Lee Masters, Vachel Lindsey, Edna St. Vencent Millay, and Sara Teasdale. Sandburg, Masters, and Lindsey were from Illinois; Sandburg, Millay and Lindsey were first recognized in Harriet Monroe's...

11 Aug 2010

Modern poetry and imagism

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Perhaps modern poetry can be traced back to one man, T.E. Hulme. He defined classical and romantic poetry, which helped distinguish what modern poetry really was. Before modern poetry was considered “modern poetry”, there was classical poetry, and there was romantic poetry. In order to...

11 Aug 2010

Harriet Monroe

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Harriet Monroe was born on December 23rd, 1860 to Samuel and Amelia Monroe. She was born in Chicago, where she spent most of her life. Her father was a lawyer, and she spent most of her time in his library reading his poetry books. She studied at Dearborn Seminary in Chicago. She wrote a sonnet...

10 Aug 2010

Do androids dream of electric sheep: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Edward James states in his piece, Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, that, “Because science fiction deals with imaginative alternatives to the real world, [it] also offers criticism of that world.” In Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that criticism is...

10 Aug 2010

Monster and man: The contrasting enemies of epic heroes

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Epic heroes can be defined by the kinds of enemies against which they battle. Odysseus used his intellect while contending with Cyclops, witches, harpies, and other various horrific beasts. As Greece was renowned for its philosophers and mathematicians, it is not a difficult link...

10 Aug 2010

The Tale of Genji and the four major plays of Chikamatsu

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

The Tale of Genji can be used to show how samurai culture varies from the culture of the Heian courts. The samurai culture is honorable, loyal, and respectful, while the Heian courts were polygamous and corrupt in some aspects. Many of the aristocrats of the Heian courts strive only to gain power...

10 Aug 2010

Young Goodman Brown's despair

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

Evil is mankind's nature: How the use of religious symbolism of faith and the devil caused Goodman Brown's despair from within, in the story of Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's only natural that our curiosity has caused some, to fall victim to form evil and temptation. Goodman...

10 Aug 2010

The myth and legend of King Arthur

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

There is a mysterious allure and fantasy that is generated when one hears Excalibur, Knights of the Round Table, and the magic of Merlin which are all a part of the Myth and Legend of King Arthur that has created a blueprint for the heroism and honor: How the Legend of King Arthur defined a...

09 Aug 2010

Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and From the Dust Returned

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Having been told I had to choose an author and read three of their novels, I chose the strange and unusual author Ray Bradbury. Bradbury writes about science fiction which interests me. For this reason, I have decided to read Bradbury's novels as a basis for my paper. The novels I chose to read...

09 Aug 2010

The grass dancer

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

During a lifetime, one will always encounter lies. These lies are road blocks along the journey called life, some being very harmful to one's life while others are hardly harmful at all. Susan Power's The Grass Dancer is filled with the type of lies which are life-altering. The three major lies...

09 Aug 2010

Through the ages

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

The passage of time influences everyone in one way or another. In her novel, Mama Day, Gloria Naylor illustrates the strength and importance of the connection between ancestry and the present. The title character Mama Day (Miranda) finds personal strength and wisdom through her...

09 Aug 2010

The innocent man by John Grisham: A review

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

John Grisham has been a favorite author of mine since fourth grade when I picked up A Time to Kill for the first of many times. That fictional novel was the start of my love for his exciting, fast paced storytelling and The Firm, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Chamber and The...

09 Aug 2010

The daydreamer essay

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

This story focuses on the repetition in Peter's life that could be applicable on several levels to many people. His days a just a series of motions and this may encourage Peter to create a fantasy world in order to escape. A type of fantasy is an escape for Peter but, as shown by McEwan's other...

09 Aug 2010

Book review of Undress me in the temple of heaven

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

The author Susan and her Ivy League friend Claire declare to each other that they want to travel and experience the world as it is after graduation. Their idealism, youth, and naiveté meet head on with a Chinese culture not used to tourists or any Westerners at all. Claire and...