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24 Sep 2008
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Erupted states, Corrupted hearts, Disrupted narratives: Sleep and Sleeplessness in Hamlet and Macbeth

Essay - 12 pages - Literature

In so many plays, Shakespeare's night crawls with offending shadows. Though the witching hour sees graves' tenants off to their malicious machinations, humans take refuge in cozy beds. Sleep can thus protect mankind from wandering evils, but further yet, sleep is a rejuvenative force than can...

12 Sep 2008
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Inhabiting the Myth of Dune

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The structures of everyday life are embodied in patterns that align with an internal concept of the mythic. The extent to which all societies are guided by some sense of the mythic is proportional to a culture's dependence on language, religion, or historical foundation; for these structures that...

10 Sep 2008
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Self-awareness: The problem of the self in the work of Samuel Beckett

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

We find ourselves in some deeply existential quandary: a problem beyond inquiry or conclusion; a problem that extends into the void of time and space; that avoids the very title of "problem". We are confined to a box, in Endgame, we are on a dead tree stump off an abandoned road,...

09 Sep 2008
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The feminine power in Spenser's "The Faerie Queene"

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Throughout The Faerie Queene, there are female representations, the most prominent female characters are Una and Duessa, but there are also Errour, Lucifera, Night, Caelia and her three daughters. These female characters exude a certain form of power: Errour has physical power; Lucifera has power...

04 Sep 2008
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Irony in 18th century British Literature

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Philosophers as early as Plato have made distinctions between the mind and body, or reason and material perception, resulting in a dualism of being that has seeped into all aspects of Western Civilization. The cycle of perception and judgment of exterior forms has caused an anxiety prevalent in...

04 Sep 2008
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The young Shakespeare and his contemporaries: reconstructing convention in taming of the shrew

Essay - 9 pages - Literature

One purpose of theatre is perhaps to reiterate social phenomena and bring to light aspects of our identity, as an individual, culture, or audience, that have been passed as unquestioned tradition from times when they made sense. The Taming of the Shrew is one such work that presents an...

01 Sep 2008
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Review and reinterpretation of Mrs. Dalloway

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Through Space and Time: Reality and Experience in the Modern Age “This late age of the world's experience had bred in them all, all men and women, a well of tears” (Woolfe 9). Modernism marked the collapse of structures that had defined the individual and the relationship of...

29 Aug 2008
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"I Am We": The duality of being one - published: 29/08/2008

Essay - 7 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...

29 Aug 2008
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Experience and emptiness in Gary Snyder's "Mountains and Rivers without end"

Essay - 20 pages - Literature

Language orders our experience of reality. It establishes a scale of binary opposition dictating where one ends and another begins, clearly defining the relationship between what is and what isn't. This relationship grounds our notion of self and creates the framework through which we interpret...

29 Aug 2008
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The nature of being and expression in the story of Christ

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

History is a story. A man, a woman is a narrative. With each moment of our beings, we sift through the scattered array of images and experiences woven through our discourse to create the illusion of a coherent, cohesive self. And, despite our attachment to this image, reality remains fluid. We...

20 Aug 2008
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Stephen Crane and the Red Badge of courage

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Born in 1871 to a Methodist preacher and social leader, Stephen Crane started his short, but compelling life in the Civil War torn society that was America- or more specifically, Newark, New Jersey. His parents held a belief, commonplace in their era, that valued God, acknowledged free will and...

18 Aug 2008
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Compare and contrast Alan Paton's Cry, the beloved country and Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart are both groundbreaking novels intertwining multifarious aspects of the human condition and human relationships to highlight the conflict between the white colonizers and native blacks in Africa at different points in...

05 Aug 2008
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The magic of blood: A review of Glib's book

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

The Magic of Blood is a peculiar juju. Early on through the book, it wasn't grabbing me, so I went to a Taco Bell and tried reading it there. I'm a veggie, so the menu didn't offer “greater cultural understanding”, but something in Dagoberto's stories did kick in....

30 Jul 2008
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Mind over matter in the works of Anne Bradstreet and Benjamin Franklin

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The quill pen and the printing press were two means of composing available to early American authors. They have different qualities; the pen is a more romantic and stylized, while the press is a practical and efficient industrial tool for the spread of knowledge. However, both the pen and...

24 Jul 2008
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Exploring Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot's revisions of "the waste land"

Essay - 8 pages - Literature

How might T.S. Eliot's poem, which has come to define the modernist movement, be different if instead of bearing the title, “The Waste Land”, it is called “He Do the Police in Different Voices?” This paper will not seek out any definitive answers as to the meaning of the...

22 Jul 2008
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Death of a salesman

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Tragedy is defined in literature as “the fall of a worthy, usually noble hero or heroine” and would rely basically on a protagonist who started in a high status in society and would eventually have a downfall as the story progresses ("Tragedy."). Traditional tragedy is composed of...

22 Jul 2008
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How does Steinbeck portray gender, in his novel : 'The grapes of wrath'

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

In the novel, Steinbeck skilfully creates a complex communal structure, through which the genders are portrayed. This community has a harsh and realistic nature. Many tragedies and disappointments threaten the family as they move through life, Tom kills a man and goes to prison, Rose of Sharon...

21 Jul 2008
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Satan of paradise lost

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Throughout more than three hundred years of criticism on John Milton's Paradise Lost the character Satan has been a subject of controversy for many reasons and from many perspectives. Despite being God's adversary, Milton shows his readers a satanic character with many faces, experiencing...

20 Jul 2008
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Seamus Heaney's politically poetic voice

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Seamus Heaney is one of Ireland's most prolific poets. He has published thirteen major volumes of poetry to date, and shares the honor of being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature with fellow Irish writers William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and George Bernard Shaw. In his poetry, Heaney...

20 Jul 2008
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Homosexuality and deceit within "The Children's Hour"

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman is a cautionary play of how small lies can lead people into ruin and self-destruction. The central issue of homosexuality driven by deceit is the cause of turmoil on the lives of the people of Lancet. A whispered lie of a homosexual relationship between two...

20 Jul 2008
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Adolescence and growth development

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

In the realm of mother and daughter movies, “White Oleander” touches base on so many topics in its attempt to create beautiful chick flick as an adaptation of the popular novel that Oprah herself had recommended. The movie itself was moving and it is credible with its drive to create a...

20 Jul 2008
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On necessity as a defense to homicide in Regina v. Dudley and Stephens

Essay - 10 pages - Literature

The present paper asks and addresses the questions: what principles, if any, distinguish Regina v. Dudley and Stephens (RDS) from scenarios in which necessity ought to be a defense to homicide? Were Dudley and Stephens guilty of murder? After laying out the relevant facts of RDS I...

20 Jul 2008
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Female protagonists in the sound and the fury and as I lay dying

Essay - 8 pages - Literature

“The following Ralph Ellison quote is often found on the book jackets of William Faulkner's novels: “For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our...

20 Jul 2008
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Points of intersection: A handful of dust and St. Mawr

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

In Evelyn Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust as in D.H. Lawrence's novel St Mawr, a common rhetorical layer discusses the search for life's meaning, which in many aspects mirrors Ellington's experience of finding agreeability in music, as well as the sensation of childishness. In A Handful of Dust...

20 Jul 2008
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Petrarch's rime sparse

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

The reader of Petrarch's Rime Sparse is compelled as early as the first sonnet to impose narrative onto the poems. In Voi ch' ascoltate in rime sparse il suono, a poet-figure emerges and addresses the reader as he reflects on what he calls his primo giovenile errore. ...

20 Jul 2008
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Is "Sicilian truth" an oxymoron?

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo is by no means the kind of text that invites the reader to take it lightly and straightforwardly. The subtle irony running through the piece constantly implores the reader to interpret and re-interpret various scenes and the characters within...

20 Jul 2008
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Circumstance in Jane Austen's early novels

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Circumstance and money figure heavily in Jane Austen's first two novels—Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice—particularly in the way these social and financial considerations impact marriage. They can cause multiple problems, thwarting passionate romance, such as in the cases...

17 Jul 2008
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Teaching themes of empathy through children's literature

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

As Christians we are called to treat all individuals with understanding and compassion, extending to them the same unmerited favor that God has extended to those who follow Him. But how do we extend a sense of understanding to those whose personalities and experiences are quite different from our...

17 Jul 2008
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Real-World relevance of fantastic creation: An examination of "High Fantasy" and the goals of literal and historical writing.

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Literature

For the most part, fantastic or otherwise impossible methods of storytelling are ignored in the world of modern and classical literature. In order to accurately appreciate the quandary of the modern “Fantasy” author, one must be aware of the commonplace practice of division and...

17 Jul 2008
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Troilus' unwilling free will

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Chaucer's “Troilus and Criseyde” consistently and emphatically stresses the absolute nature of courtly love and its proclivity to incite moral responsibility with relation to one's sense of free will and personal obligation. Chaucer toys with the notion of Troilus' free will versus his...