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29 Jul 2010
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Homeless Mothers: Book review and topic discussion

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Homeless Mothers: Face to Face with Women and Poverty by Deborah R. Connolly (University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 2000) is an ethnography based on participant observation and extensive interviews and written for the general public. Its main subjects are homeless mothers and their...

29 Jul 2010
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Physical deterioration of Beckett Characters

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

As a playwright, Samuel Beckett wrote unconventional plays that tested the boundaries of theater. His stories are often perplexing upon first glance, and many employ devices not often seen by audiences, including disembodied voices, the lack of a full physical body throughout the play, and...

28 Jul 2010
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The appeal of Toru

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

The main character of Norwegian Wood is Toru Watanabe. As the central figure in the novel, he meets and interacts with many other characters in the book. He finds himself in a position where, at least in his own opinion, there are a lot of characters that are drawn to him for one...

28 Jul 2010
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Baudrillard on image: Illusion

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Our modern society is obsessed with the image in many different ways. The more our technology has progressed, the more we have found ways in which to create images in ways that are indiscernible from reality. Special effects in movies are defining the way that we view cinema, and...

19 Jul 2010
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The ancient history and literature of England

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

The Romans, following their usual policy, had destroyed all jealousies among the British tribes, but, at the same time, had destroyed their power of self-defense. When the last Roman garrison was withdrawn in 410, Britain was like a derelict ship. The “Picts” and the...

14 Jul 2010
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Famous women poets: Emily Dickinson

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

As a byproduct of the sheer amount of Emily Dickinson poetry that has been recovered, readers have been given a unique slant into the progression of her innermost, clandestine perspectives. Over time topics have been revisited, and perspectives rewritten by her lush poems, brimmed with...

13 Jul 2010
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The changing English language

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Over the past 700 years or so, English sentences have shrunk from around 70 words per sentence in circa 1380 to around 20 words in a typical general-internet book today. An analysis of a work each from the respective periods indicates that such change in the linguistic features of the language...

13 Jul 2010
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White noise

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Traditional nature writers often describe the benefit man can derive from interacting with nature. For example, in Nature , Ralph Waldo Emerson describes “in the presence of nature a wild delight runs through man, in spite of real sorrows” (Emerson 38). ...

12 Jul 2010
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Colonialism in Things fall apart

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

Colonialism is the enforcement of political, cultural, economic, and military troops over the weak nations in order to exploit them; it is the method employed to spread capitalism and its values. When Britain embraced Capitalism, it started to colonize nations so as to secure its material...

12 Jul 2010
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Character analysis: Okonkwo

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Okonkwo is the main character of the book “Things Fall Apart,” by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. This character is a hero to his village, a clansman, warrior, farmer and family man. However, no one is ever perfect. As Aristotle said, a tragic hero is defined by a noble or heroic person...

12 Jul 2010
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An Upheaval by Anton Chekhov

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

“An Upheaval” by Anton Chekhov is a story about a young girl, Mashenka Pavletsky, who works as a governess for an upper-class household. Mashenka, who once felt herself superior to the lady of the house, has had her room searched because her boss, Fedosya Vassilyevna Kushkin, had lost a...

30 Jun 2010
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Children's stories: Basic propaganda

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

“No; it is never worth while to do wrong. Little boys who read this story, consider which you would have rather been- the honest boy, or the thief?” So read the very last lines of The Orange-Man; or The Honest Boy and the Thief. This tale clearly espouses a moral message, as the story...

29 Jun 2010
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The magician's nephew: Perception shaped by the imagination

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

C. S. Lewis wrote seven stories that made up The Chronicles of Narnia. All of the seven stories have characteristics that pertain to “perception shaped by the imagination”, a subheading of Colin Duriez's A Field Guide to Narnia. Of the seven stories I am going to focus on The...

29 Jun 2010
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The Lion King on Broadway

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

The lights went out and everyone grew immediately quiet. Music from the side of the theater began to play. With the first note I was all Goosebumps. Suddenly an orange/yellow circle appears from the center of the stage. It rises perfectly as though it is the rising sun. A single voice is heard...

28 Jun 2010
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Gwendolyn Brooks

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most influential poets known in the African American community. She challenged minds to expand, by writing truth and real-life situations based on her own experiences. Brooks in a sense helped cope with face to face struggles during the time when...

28 Jun 2010
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Evil and ugliness in Frankenstein

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

“Only bad witches are ugly.” That is the famous phrase uttered by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, after Dorothy reveals that she has “never seen a beautiful witch before.” Stereotypical roles of the beautiful heroine and ugly villain are so common in drama...

28 Jun 2010
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A take on tears

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Literature

The thing that irks people about Allen Ginsberg is that he doesn't care who he offends…or, for that matter, if he offends. He wants to awaken emotion in people, and he doesn't care whether the emotions are good or bad—just as long as they're there, and they're strong. ...

28 Jun 2010
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A view of a view

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Elizabeth Bishop's poem “View of the Capitol from the Library of Congress” possesses profound imagery and, when it is read, the reader immediately gets transported into the speaker's serene vision. Bishop takes the reader on a journey with her words, and through this journey a...

28 Jun 2010
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Marvell's "Horatian Ode": Conflicts and ambiguities

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Analyzing the poem “An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland” by Andrew Marvell was difficult, because the poem is constantly undermining its own constructions. Also, reading the poem in the Broadview Anthology, one cannot help but glance at the footnotes, to gain...

28 Jun 2010
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An American as a melting pot

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

A definition such as this is rare, especially among early American literature. To clearly state an exact concept so simply is difficult, however defining what is an American is near impossible. J. Hector St John de Crevecoeur was one of the exceptions. In his book, Letters From an American...

28 Jun 2010
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The imagination's art

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Art is life and life is art. There is no difference, at least not when literature is at hand. Three key elements exist in the realization of a written work of art. There is the author who gives the unintentional start to the creation of literature as an art form. Also there is the reader who...

24 Jun 2010
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Summary of Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut is the fictional story told by Leon Trout, the ghost of a man who died during the construction of the ship “Bahia de Darwin.” Trout observes the passengers of this ship as they make their way on the “Nature Cruise of the Century.” Excited to travel...

21 Jun 2010
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Comparison and contrast between Rober Lawell's "Man and Wife" and Gretel Ehrlich's "A match to the heart"

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

It was 1959 when Robert Lowell completed an amazing set of poems included in a collection named “Life Studies”. The most conspicuous among them - “Man and Wife”, tackles the problems of personal tragedy. The main accent is put on the troubled marriage, as the author...

02 Jun 2010
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The nature and the role of women in Shakespeare's Macbeth

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

William Shakespeare's Macbeth is among the few of Shakespeare's plays where a female character plays a catalytic role. The female characters in this play are Lady Macbeth, Lady Macduff, the Three Witches, and Hecate. Lady Macbeth and her husband, Macbeth are the chief protagonists of the play....

02 Jun 2010
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On Chrétien de Troyes' The knight of the cart

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

In The Knight of the Cart, after Lancelot disposes of an opposing knight and saves a fair damsel, she offers a place of refuge so long as Lancelot sleeps with her. However reluctant, Lancelot agrees and to kill the time between dinner and sleep, he roams around outside the house. When he returns,...

02 Jun 2010
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Rationale behind silence and Queen Eufeme's Chaste Kissing

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

What a scandalous scene in Silence when Queen Eufeme and the protagonist, whom the story is named after, come close, very close to sleeping together. It is such an emotionally charged scene: a predator chasing its unwilling prey. Will Silence succumb to the Queen's advances to keep up...

02 Jun 2010
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Doing gender: Reasserting masculinity

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Gender is a socially constructed status. Based on how others perceive us we are labeled as men or women, the only two genders recognized in Western society. Walking to class I notice everyone is ‘doing gender,' or they display evidences of masculinity or femininity. I see a heterosexual...

25 May 2010
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Tess of d'Urbervilles: The dark shadow of death

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of d'Urbervilles tells the story of a young girl named Tess Durbeyfield who is seduced by, Alec d'Ubervilles, her distant relative. The loss of her virginity, and the birth of a child, haunts her and makes it impossible for her to succeed in marriage with the man she...

23 Apr 2010
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Postmodern American literature: Transformation and commodification within The Crying of Lot 49

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

A prominent theme among the writings of many postmodern analysts in characterizing postmodernism is the notion that the age of post-modernity is essentially the age of commercialism and commoditization. In his book The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Jean- François Lyotard contends...

13 Apr 2010
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Freedom and the self

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Michel Foucault's book Discipline and Punish, “The Body of the Condemned” is a section dedicated to the concept of power and its relationship to modern punishment, which focuses primarily on the soul of the criminal, a sharp contrast to the punishments aimed to inflict pain on the...