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18 Mar 2009
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Reflections of race and American culture in the 'Tom' show

Thesis - 10 pages - Literature

In Martin Scorsese's 2002 film Gangs of New York, the two main characters-Amsterdam Vallon (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (played by Daniel Day-Lewis)- attend a 'Tom' show (a stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin) in New York City. In this scene,...

18 Mar 2009
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The duality of Holocaust literature

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

Other than the odd revisionist, the vast majority of sentient humans will attest to the horror that was the Holocaust. Unfortunately, those who can give first hand testimonies are few in number and quickly disappearing. The story gets even more muddled when psychologists protest...

18 Mar 2009
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Ulysses and Androgyny: Bloom as modernity's new womanly man

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

"Is he a jew [sic] or a gentile or a holy Roman or a swaddler or what the hell is he?or who is he?" (Ulysses 438) asks Ned Lambert regarding the character of Leopold Bloom to the pub-dwellers at Barney Kiernan's. This appears to be a predominant question that runs through Ulysses and...

18 Mar 2009
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The impact of poetry and literature on the father-son relationship in John Stuart Mill's 'Autobiography' and Edmund Gosse's 'Father and Son'

Book review - 9 pages - Literature

When comparing John Stuart Mill's Autobiography and Edmund Gosse's Father and Son, one cannot ignore the fact that the two are very similar with respect to the strong father-son relationship that both James Mill and Phillip Gosse had with their sons. Mill's and Gosse's primary influence...

18 Mar 2009
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The quotidian interrupted: The fantastic in the everyday and its familial consequences in Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis';

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

"In front of this monstrous creature I refuse to pronounce my brother's name, and therefore I merely say: we have to get rid of it [emphasis mine]?All you have to do is try to shake off the idea that that's Gregor" (47), cries Grete to her father as tempers and patience flare at the end...

18 Mar 2009
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Italian futurism and art: Poetry, theatre, and war

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

“Erect on the summit of the world, once again we hurl our defiance to the stars!” (MASD 253), cries Marinetti in “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism 1909”. A very passionate, yet aggressive statement which, when analyzed, serves as a very pertinent encompassment of...

05 Mar 2009
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Solving the human problem: Mrs. Alving, Juno Boyle and tragic motherhood

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

In Raymond Williams' Modern Tragedy, the famous scholar provides an outstanding explanation for the roles of tragic hero and tragic action in modern drama. He argues that "the ordinary tragic action is what happens through the hero" (79, italics are mine). In consequence, the modern tragic...

05 Mar 2009
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The Threepenny Opera and the Musical Gestus of Kurt Weill

Thesis - 7 pages - Literature

These characteristics which Salten describes seem to relate to the concept of gestus, which is a difficult word to interpret but nevertheless has become the crucial link connecting Brecht's theories of acting, playwriting and theatrical production. In epic theatre, actors become demonstrators...

05 Mar 2009
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"From the purpose of playing": Determining a text of Hamlet

Thesis - 14 pages - Literature

In the introduction for Hamlet in William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion, Gary Taylor writes that "of all the two-text plays, Hamlet comes closest to Lear in the scale and complexity of the textual variation apparently resulting from authorial revision" (401). Indeed, Hamlet's three...

26 Feb 2009
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August Strindberg and scenic symbolism

Case study - 6 pages - Literature

Although Strindberg claimed not to be a symbolist through much of his career, there are a number of symbols used in his plays. Strindberg's plot and characters have symbolic value, but they are used especially in the scenery - both environmental scenery and physical scenery. To explain...

26 Feb 2009
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The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's comedy Stanislavski's tragedy

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

When Anton Chekhov began his play The Cherry Orchard in December 1902, he intended it to be a farce in four acts. Having written it during a particularly awful bout with emphysema, it took almost a year for him to send it out to Stanislavski and the Moscow Art Theatre, where it had been eagerly...

20 Feb 2009
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Witches in Popular Children's Fiction: A look at the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in select works of fiction since the 17th century

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Witches are very interesting group of people to read about. They have been at odds or different from the main-stream culture, and their practices and doings have been shrouded in secrecy and mystery, and evil-doing. For these reasons, witches make interesting characters in fictional stories, and...

20 Feb 2009
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Critical analysis of 'A Lesson before Dying'

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Ernest J. Gaines wrote the novel, 'A Lesson before Dying' in which he highlighted the problems faced by the blacks during the 1940's in the South. However, the contextual time for the novel covers a whole century into until 1964. He writes about the complete devastation faced by the...

05 Feb 2009
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Ideological Ephemera: Why Zines will survive the internet ?

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

According to some arguments of literary analysis, Zines should have ceased to exist, or at least should be well on their way to a doomed demise, some years ago. The availability and accessibility of blogs, web journals and social networking sites ostensibly offer ample outlets for the immediate...

05 Feb 2009
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The novel "Charlotte Temple" as an example of a popular novel

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

The novel Charlotte Temple is an example of what I believe to be a "popular novel". Charlotte Temple's appeal was born out of its solicitous plea to a generation of women who held a particular station in society. It warned them of dangers while morally evangelizing and...

05 Feb 2009
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The myth of the contented slave

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The definition of contentment is to feel or manifest satisfaction with one's possessions, status or situation. Leslie Howard Owens holds to the opinion that the "contented slave" is a "myth". In his book, "This Species of Property" the personality and attitudes of southern...

21 Jan 2009
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Fear: The deconstruction of normality

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In all honesty and truthfulness, post-war, American authors have produced quite a frightening element in this country's literary discourse. Frightening, because they amass self-critical observations that have ultimately led to paranoia regarding the reliability of life's constructs and realities....

21 Jan 2009
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Chapter VIII's analysis of 'Human Bondage' by Somerset Maugham

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

The excerpt to analyse retraces what may be considered as a part of the main body of the plot of the apprenticeship novel Of Human Bondage by the English writer Somerset Maugham. The passage I'm about to try to analyse is extracted from the 58th chapter which means that the reader is already half...

21 Jan 2009
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Comparison between 'Nighthawks' by Hopper and Mystery and 'Melancholy of a Street' by de Chirico

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

The success of the Melancholy show demonstrated that existential issues are a productive source of inspiration for artists. Universal melancholy affects both painters and spectators. Hopper's Nighthawks and De Chirico's Mystery and Melancholy of a Street represent human metaphysical concern,...

21 Jan 2009
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What were the origins, the aspect, and the outcomes of the War of the Roses?

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

“And here I prophesy: this brawl today, Grown to this faction in the Temple garden, Shall send, between the Red Rose and the White, A thousand souls to death and deadly night.”: this is how the Earl of Warwick announces the War of the Roses in Shakespeare's Henry VI. Indeed, from 1455...

21 Jan 2009
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"Clay" excerpt from Dubliners by James Joyce, 1914

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The passage studied here is an excerpt from "Clay", one of the short stories of the book Dubliners, which was written by James Joyce in 1914. In this story, the main character Maria is invited to spend the Hallow Eve evening at Joe's, a man of whom she once was the nurse but who is now...

19 Jan 2009
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A review of Mead's God and Gold

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

Walter Russell Mead's text God and Gold : Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World is a difficult work, especially in terms of contemporary criticism, because it is revered by both right-wing conservatives and some socialists. The book explains (and to some degree may even...

19 Jan 2009
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The theme of "incomprehension" in The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

According to one review, The Secret River “invites us to examine flawed human lives and to reflect on a tragedy of mutual incomprehension.” Discuss how this theme of “incomprehension” is explored in the novel. One of the main themes of The Secret River, a historical novel...

19 Jan 2009
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Spanish literature: The Celestina and Lazarillo de Tormes

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

The Celestina and Lazarillo de Tormes, books written at the outset of Spain's golden age, are extremely important works. The Celestina is a love story, while Lazarillo de Tormes is one of the first picaresque novels. Despite this major difference, they are similar in that they are both critiques...

18 Jan 2009
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The Russian novel: the narrator's role in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

“Death”(Part 5, chapter 20) is the only chapter of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina with a title. It is not the only death in the book; Anna's suicide at the end of the novel is arguably the story's most important death. Although the death of Nikolai Levin by no means drastically...

16 Jan 2009
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Shakespeare's plays illustrated by Blake and Fuseli: The artists as critics

Essay - 11 pages - Literature

It has judiciously been pointed out that “pictures from Shakespeare account[ed] for about one fifth -some 2 300!- of the total number of literary paintings recorded between 1760 and 1900” (R. Altick). As a matter of fact, the renewed interest in nineteenth century British art in the...

16 Jan 2009
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Order and disorder in Robinson Crusoe

Book review - 14 pages - Literature

“Necessity is the mother of inventions” could undoubtedly be regarded as one of Daniel Defoe (1660 - 1731)'s favourite proverb, and indeed, he employed the maxim in his History of Trade, writing: “Necessity which is the Mother, and Convenience which is the Handmaid of Invention,...

15 Jan 2009
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Ernest Gellner: Nations and nationalism

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Ernest Gellner's Nations and Nationalism , which was published in 1983, is a core reading for the study of eighteenth and nineteenth-century European history for it cleverly conceptualizes notions -namely nationalism and nation-state- that are essential components of that period. The...

15 Jan 2009
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Is "To Kill a Mockingbird" (by Harper Lee) a novel about racism?

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Writing To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee has chosen to make a description of the Deep South during the Great Depression of the 30's through the eyes of a young girl, leaving us uncertain about the qualification of this novel. Indeed, reading the biography of the author, the reader realizes that...

15 Jan 2009
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Dr. Seward's blind rationalism in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897)

Book review - 8 pages - Literature

Seward, young British physician and unreliable narrator, embodies late-Victorian scientism and rationalism in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Irony in Seward's portrayal reveals much of the author's criticism of the late-Victorian scientific establishment. Although Seward sees himself as...