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25 Mar 2010

He just wanted to play bass: The story of Jaco

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

“I can see its not going to be easy being me, ” in a forewarning tone of eventual doom, John Francis Pastorius III described the weight pressing down on him, through expectation. In the 1995 biography Jaco: The Extraordinary And Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, ‘The World's Greatest...

25 Mar 2010

Familial construction in Christopher Carrington's 'There's no place like home'

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

In Christopher Carrington's No Place Like Home, the author tackles the very difficult question of what comprises a family. The question posed, liking a thread throughout the book as it attempts to be answered, is what are the issues facing gay and lesbian parents as they choose to construct a...

24 Mar 2010

The relationship between Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Through the course of the novel, Jane strives to define the concept of propriety for herself that is at odds with her natural “virulent passion.” Her impassioned outbursts are both a central struggle through her youth and an engaging facet of her more mature personality. Jane is...

15 Mar 2010

Like the rich and poor together: Gender relations revealed through class differences in Italian American literature

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Since the early Italian American experience is largely polarized between the worlds of labor and the family, consequently, the role of class and gender are not easily avoided in Italian American literature. In the memoir Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant, and Pietro DiDonato's Christ in...

15 Mar 2010

Justice in the Eumenides

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Throughout his trilogy, the Orestia, the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, explores the theme of retribution, as one family member kills another, raising question of whether or not their actions are a form of justice, or revenge. Aeschylus seems to present a clear dichotomy between the two...

11 Mar 2010

Fate vs circumstance

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Fate, a doom or fortune that depends on one's destiny gives man the idea of a future that is certain and firm. Fate has been the blame of man's circumstances hence giving man the discouragement of taking full responsibility for his actions. In Faust and The Sorrows of Werther, Goethe creates two...

11 Mar 2010

Shylock and Lear: society's outcasts

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's use of the outsider, one excluded from society especially through the removal of his identity, serves to portray the cruel and selfish aspects of humanity. In The Merchant of Venice and in King Lear, the substandard treatment and lack of sympathy Shylock and Lear encounter,...

11 Mar 2010

Horatio: A man of virtue

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's Hamlet, known for its examination of deception and betrayal, presents a set of characters trapped in a web of lies and murder. The ghost of Hamlet's father, who puzzles and eventually drives Hamlet to madness by placing the burden of revenge on his shoulders, defines the problematic...

11 Mar 2010

The victimized villain: Shylock

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare portrays Shylock as a ruthless, greedy Jewish villain and thus establishes a barrier between him and the other predominantly Christian characters. Throughout the play, this alienation, as a result of Shylock's resentful character and bitter actions, and the...

11 Mar 2010

The Count of Monte Cristo

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

A classic tale, The Count of Monte Cristo has been adapted to many forms of media. One of the more recent retellings is the 2002 film version starring Jim Caveziel as Edmund Dantes. A main reason The Count of Monte Cristo has proved to be so popular and enduring as a story is that it is a...

04 Mar 2010

A means to an end: Reconsidering the use of stereotypes in the graphic narrative

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

After reading the first fifty-two pages of Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, one may wonder if the reviews that appear on the back are even referring to the book on which they are printed. While Derek Kirk Kim proclaims, “As an Asian American, American Born Chinese is the book I've...

04 Mar 2010

America: No place for free blacks? Navigating "freedom" in Uncle Tom's Cabin

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Since my first experience with Uncle Tom's Cabin in high school and in further studies, I've struggled with the question of abolitionism and the societal value of the African-American characters in the novel. More broadly, one of the reasons I enrolled in this course was my interest in...

04 Mar 2010

The politics of race and female empowerment in wide Sargasso Sea

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Miscegenation, an act that was illegal in America until the 1967 ruling of Loving vs. Virginia, is not uncommon in literature and not limited to the human species. We know of Moses marriage to an Ethiopian woman (King James Bible, Numbers12:1); in the Arabian Nights we know of King Shahryar's...

01 Mar 2010

Split personalities and an odd love triangle in Ford's The Broken Heart

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

John Ford's The Broken Hear t has been said to be written as homage to Sidney's Astrophel and Stella and to his love affair with Penelope Rich. While this could be true, Ford offers a similar love triangle between Orgilus, Penthea, and Bassanes. Orgilus and Bassanes have clear parallel roles to...

01 Mar 2010

Classical cannibalistic myths: Revenge as an appetite in Titus Andronicus

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Vengeful acts, especially in Renaissance drama, are often countered by a more heinous act of violence. Titus Andronicus plays by this common rule with its climatic scene involving a mother forced into cannibalizing her children. The mode of this final vengeance is inevitable due to the...

28 Feb 2010

The plot against people: Critical analysis

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In “The Plot Against People,” Russell Baker writes about inanimate objects and the three major categories they can be classified in; those that don't work (A), those that break down (B), and those that get lost (C). The way this essay works is that Baker describes various...

28 Feb 2010

How the ex-colored man's identity is constructed

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

From the beginning of his tale, the ex-colored man admits to a vague feeling of “unsatisfaction, of regret, of almost remorse.” As the story is told, it becomes clear that these confused emotions are the result of a confused identity. The narrator struggles not so much...

28 Feb 2010

Reginald Rose biography

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Understanding Reginald Rose's life goes a long way toward understanding the recurring themes within his work. Indeed, most biographies on Rose focus almost exclusively on his work. Considering how prolific of a writer he was, it is safe to say that in many respects his life and...

28 Feb 2010

An essay on Chess by Rosario Castellanos

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

In this essay I will be analyzing and interpreting the poem “Chess” written by Rosario Castellanos. The analysis will explore the elements of poetry found in the poem as well as the style and structure of the poem. The interpretation will cover the poem's theme,...

28 Feb 2010

"I Am We": The duality of being one

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

Who am I? Asked, the response begins: “I am…,” followed by the concept upon which the individual forms his or her identity. America has built itself upon this exchange, accenting the importance of the “I,” of the individual, and his or her ability to construct his or her...

28 Feb 2010

Through space and time: Reality and experience in the modern age

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Modernism marked the collapse of structures that had defined the individual and the relationship of that individual to the world. Rapid changes in religion, science, and politics revealed the gaps in society's ideologies. The institutions that had once provided the foundation of English society...

28 Feb 2010

Catcher in the Rye

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

On the surface, Holden Caulfield, a dejected surly teenager, from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Oskar Schell, an outgoing nine-year-old boy, from Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close could not be more different. However, both boys have undeniable...

28 Feb 2010

Lolita in book and film

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

The difference between the character Clare Quilty in book and film of Lolita are huge. In the book by Vladimir Nabokov, Quilty is hardly seen or heard of until the very end of the book. However, in the film directed by Stanley Kubrick he is anything but subtle. The reasons for Kubrick wishing...

28 Feb 2010

Hierarchies, judgment, and god in their eyes were watching God

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Zora Neale Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, the world which she portrays is one revolving around hierarchal order. Hurston illustrates the city of Eatonville as a self-contained black community; however, the exclusion of white characters from the novel does not elicit a lack of...

28 Feb 2010

The importance of conflict in the short stories we have read

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Conflict is the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction, (Merriam Webster Online Dictionary). A conflict is the fire that drives a story; it develops the characters and draws the reader into the story. Without a conflict a story...

28 Feb 2010

Black Othello: A question of definition

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Is William Shakespeare's Othello really black? That depends. It depends on the specific definition of the word "black." Taking the word at face value in our contemporary society, the word tends to describe a specific cultural community of peoples derived from or near the continent of Africa....

25 Feb 2010

Thaddeus Lowe and his work on aerial reconnaissance

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

His parents were named Clovis and Alpha Green Lowe. Only people with such idiosyncratic and anomalous names could name their child Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe. Consequently, his friends called him Thad (Sims). Born August 20, 1832 in Coos County, New Hampshire,...

24 Feb 2010

Remate and autobiography in Islands in the stream

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

There are countless examples of the overlaps in characters, settings, and events that make the case for the connection between Hemingway and the characters he creates in his literature, and Islands in the Stream is no exception. Of particular interest for this essay is the author's...

24 Feb 2010

Mario Conde, Hamlet, Padura

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

González traces out the minimalist treatment of historical time in Padura's Four Seasons, while also highlighting the “residue of trauma” issue that runs through Padura's novels. In addition, González makes a keen comparison between Padura's Mario Conde and Shakespeare's Hamlet...

24 Feb 2010

Morella, her name and the spirit-death game

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In chapter eight of González' “Cuba and the Tempest” (2006), the author takes an innovative look at Poe's Morella and extricates one of its hidden ideas, the More-of-Her complex. His founding wordplay based on the story's title to describe the theme may prove to be insufficient...