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16 Feb 2010
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A contrast of depictions of growing up from Alcott's Little Women and Stevenson's Treasure Island

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

The coming of age narratives in Robert Stevenson's “Treasure Island” (1883) and Louise Alcott's “Little Women” (1868) juxtaposed thrilling stories with moral issues that were contextually uncommon in children's literature. Additionally, both novels were written in what...

10 Feb 2010
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The saga of Seabiscuit

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

During the 1930's, America was recovering from a period where nearly every citizen was completely down and out. The Great Depression had caused the nation to crumble and had left people hopeless and downtrodden. They were looking for a hero, someone to represent their struggle and provide them...

25 Jan 2010
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Women: Inferior to men, inferior to women, through The Rover and The Way of the World

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Seventeenth century British women held no personal value. Throughout Apra Behn's, “The Rover” and William Congreve's, “The Way of the World,” women are commoditized, used as pawns by men and powerful elders. Their value is not a human value, because women are seen as objects...

28 Dec 2009
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The Odyssey of Homer and the Aithiopika of Heliodorus

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

Though the Odyssey and the Aithiopika, or Ethiopian Romance, were composed by two different men writing from different worlds and separated by a gap of many centuries, they share many of the same thematic, structural, and literary features. The Odyssey is a Homeric epic poem which is...

28 Dec 2009
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Competing giants: The subversive counter-performance of the Soviet writer

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

The early twentieth century poet Osip Mandelstam postulated that, “Poetry is respected only in [Russia] - people are killed for it. There's no place where more people are killed for it.” Mandelstam, who himself fell victim to the Stalinist regime for his subversive prose, was...

25 Nov 2009
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Gilgamesh and Ramayana: The value of the epic

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

What is an epic? The epic is traditionally defined as a long narrative poem which relates the adventures, journeys and deeds of a central hero. These narrative poems are the oldest known works of literature and some, like Gilgamesh, even date back to pre-history - the time...

13 Nov 2009
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Review of 'The dry salvages' by T.S. Eliot

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

“The river is within us, the sea is all about us” (line 15.) In his poem The Dry Salvages, T.S. Eliot uses the river, the smooth imagery of thin water, seeping through the countryside as an allegory of the quiet, which dwells underneath the surface of us all. The Dry Salvages is the...

13 Nov 2009
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Subjectivity in Wollstonecraft's 'A vindication of the rights of a woman'

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The romantic period in English literature littered the written landscape with fresh, progressive works. By the later part of the eighteenth century, the artistic backbone of artists and intellectuals pushed against traditional art, representing, instead, a stronger emphasis on the emotional...

12 Nov 2009
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Theatre presentation: Italian futurism and the theatre Itself

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

The futurist movement in theatre began around 1909 with Flippo Marrinetti's publication of the first Futurist Manifesto. Francesco Cangiullo, born in Naples in 1888. He was a poet playwright, theorist, and visual artist wrote several Futurist sintesi (which is a very short play). In 1914 he wrote...

12 Nov 2009
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Theatre of the absurd

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

The Theatre of the Absurd (French: Théâtre de l'Absurde) was a movement that happened in the late 1940's through the 1960's. The term was coined by the critic Martin Esslin, who made it the title of a book on the subject which was first published in 1961. Later there were 2 revised...

12 Nov 2009
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To hell and back: A human's tale by Dante Alighieri

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

When asked to name the most influential authors in the history of literature, a person would most likely refer to authors whose acclaim is so great, one only has to say a single part of his or her name. Poets and playwrights, these authors composed works that transcend time and place and carry...

12 Nov 2009
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Shall we proceed: Fatalist fetishes in "Lift not the painted veil"

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Life is the most beautiful disaster. It is a dichotomous wrenching of mind and body, destiny and fate, knowledge and understanding, which by the very end—in those precious last moments, one is left only with the question… ‘Will there come a light, or just darkness'? ...

12 Nov 2009
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The Irish literature

Thesis - 9 pages - Literature

Who is Irish, who are the Irish, what makes an Irish writer Irish? Why does he/she have to be Irish, follow and become part of some tradition, this question of who/what is Irish runs parallel to whom and what is ‘I'? I can stand for identity in that it is I the writer (a...

02 Nov 2009
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Comparative analysis of poetry

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Language is the most important aspect in poetry or rather the author's essential key to achieving their main objective - grabbing the reader's attention and keeping throughout the poem's entirety. Many poets are unsuccessful in doing so simply because they believe that poetry should be...

02 Nov 2009
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Comparing narrative in fiction and nonfiction

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Fiction in definition is the works of literature whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact such as poems, novels and short stories (American Heritage Dictionary; 2006). Nonfiction is defined as works of literature comprising of narrative prose dealing with...

27 Oct 2009
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We are what we repeat: Repetition and identity construction in Derrida and Butler

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Philosophical and ideological traditions permeate everywhere from popular thought, culture, and subjective experience to science, literature, and politics. In past decades, critical thinkers have engaged in re-determinations and restructurings of philosophical traditions that presuppose...

21 Oct 2009
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Analysis of - There eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The novel starts by saying that men and women are different. Men wish for what they can't have in vain, while women on the other hand are more realistic in that their goals are actually attainable. And like other women of her time the lead character Janie Mae Crawford aims for a real...

21 Oct 2009
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The Black Pages book review

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

In the poem “I hope You Believe Me”, Heru strives to teach about the oppression faced by people of African descent through metaphors. Heru's poem has three strengths. It is provoking, articulate and subtlety reflects on various black thoughts on oppression. The poem is provoking...

21 Oct 2009
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Observing the life and times of a 'Kaffir Boy'

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Emotion and sensitivity engulf the reader into the world of this powerful memoir that rightfully and adequately portrays the story of a youth coming of age in apartheid South Africa. On all levels the main character in Kaffir Boy, Johannes was demeaned by whites for being African with a tribal...

16 Oct 2009
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The hope of the poet

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Not until the end of his career as a poet, albeit a mere couple years, does Keats write perhaps his most illuminating lines, clearly communicating the end to which he aspires as a writer: ‘The poet and the dreamer are distinct / Diverse, sheer opposite, antipodes / And that the...

12 Oct 2009
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Ben Edwards - The return

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

He was the best, once, now reduced to this. The decaying rooms of this dilapidated construction are not fit for humans to reside, just birds and perhaps the odd rodent. Walking through the huge floor to ceiling windows he heard the crunch of broken glass under his feet, vandals...

07 Oct 2009
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This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona: A break with cultural assumptions of identity amongst contemporary Native Americans

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

The following dissertation will focus on the short story, “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” by Sherman Alexie. This document will outline continual themes on cultural assumptions regarding identity, and based on the perspective of the short story and its interplay, will...

01 Oct 2009
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The personal universal: Pronouns and identity in Emerson's 'Self-Reliance'

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Ralph Emerson's individualist essay, “Self-Reliance”, is an open forum of what is necessary to be independent and skeptical of the ideas of others. Emerson seems obsessed with what truly defines the character of a man, but this obsession seems to stem in part from his own example....

01 Oct 2009
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Murdering the past: Influence and immortality in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe

Thesis - 7 pages - Literature

On first reading, the majority of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are concerned with death in a variety of different forms. Whether Poe is describing murder, the fear of being killed, characters previously deceased who return to life, or those who still live being buried prematurely, the subject...

01 Oct 2009
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Critical review of the series: Twilight

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In Janice Radway's article, “Women Read the Romance: The Interaction of Text and Context,” Radway analyzes a group of suburban housewives who tend to read romance novels as an escape from their everyday lives as wives and mothers. Similarly, the popularity of the teenage vampire...

25 Sep 2009
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Artistic harmonious balance between the reader's mind and the author's mind

Thesis - 15 pages - Literature

Vladimir Nabokov boasts an impressive resume. As a writer, critic and scholar, he perfected both his own craft, and his ability to analyze the work of others. Similarly, within his texts, he focused a great deal of energy on the manipulation of his readers own reactions, earning him a reputation...

25 Sep 2009
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Life as a weed

Thesis - 14 pages - Literature

On a bright sunny day in Brooklyn is where our story starts, where heat dazzles its inhabitants, where street thugs and hustlers hide in their street shops and apartments to avoid the blazing sun. Schools are closed; it is mid-July, the heat of New York City streets boiling even the most...

24 Sep 2009
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Analysis: Catherine Hall on Victorian domestic ideology

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

This chapter by Catherine Hall examines one particular factor she identifies as being crucial to the creation of the Victorian middle-class ideal of womanhood. Since the “angel in the house” was already established as a precept by the 1830s and '40s, the author seeks farther...

24 Sep 2009
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Tragic consequences: Themes of alienation in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Awakening

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

A contemporary Boston physician responded starkly to The Yellow Wallpaper. “Such a story ought not to be written,” he said. “It was enough to drive anyone mad to read it.” What is it about the descent into madness that is so disturbing to read?...

24 Sep 2009
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Critical review: Terrorist

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

This story explores the roots (or some of the roots) of Muslim discontent in America, showing how people who are chafing at what is essentially a culture clash can internalize this into hatreds and resentments justified with polemic and intellectual rationales. The contrast between...