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15 May 2008
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Hamlet: Playing a Role

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

One of the most prominent themes in “Hamlet” is acting. Its uses and abuses are constantly remarked on by Hamlet and other characters. Hamlet's view of play-acting is a complicated one; sometimes he admires it, but at other times he is disillusioned with the fakery that playing demands....

05 May 2008
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Melts in your Mouth: A Look at Humbert Humbert's Lolita

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Humbert, throughout Lolita, creates an inescapable defeat through his interactions with Lolita and his antagonist, Clare Quilty. These interactions contradict his early confidence in possessing Lolita. These characters consciously threat Humbert's exclusive relationship with Lolita. Their...

04 May 2008
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Investigating Madness Within Power Structures

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Kafka's The Metamorphosis is full of power structures that dictate the actions of each character. Each character finds him or herself in a role of accountability and responsibility that dictates how he or she acts, particularly towards other characters. Gregor, for instance, is accountable to his...

04 May 2008
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Eying Down Sanctuary: A Study of the Effects of Representation upon Readers

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Laura Tanner, in her Intimate Violence, points out that, while reading, one becomes detached from victims of violence in particular texts such that the reader is able to observe the act of violence without suffering its consequences (Tanner, 9). While Tanner is correct in her assertion that...

03 May 2008
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Sex With Necks: An Investigation of Phallic Imagery

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In literature, the vampire bite is often interpreted as a symbol of coitus between the vampire and his or her victim. However, when one takes a closer look into the anatomy and functions involved in the sex of particular blood-sucking scenes found in vampire literature, it becomes clear that the...

03 May 2008
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Stein's Translation of Art to Literature

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Because Gertrude Stein works within the medium of writing instead of painting, it is easier for her audience to view her separate from Cubism or Post-Impressionism though it still stands that they influenced her. She shares many values and ideals held by the members of those two painterly...

01 May 2008
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A Contrast of Lovers An Analysis of "To His Coy Mistress" and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Is it better to have loved and lost, than never loved at all? When considering the abstractness and relativity of love, poetry is an art form unrivaled. T.S. Eliot and Andrew Marvell, each poets of incredible vision, analyzed love in two entirely different lights while concurrently capturing...

30 Apr 2008
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Faust and Nature: A Look Goethe's Faust

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The thinker's woe at his own ignorance, despite some great deal of learning, has been a common literary predicament since the Age of Reason. While many of the mathematicians and scientists kept insisting upon the reducibility of existence to laws, educated men of other fields have not always...

28 Apr 2008
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Reflection on Lowell's "For the union Dead"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Robert Lowell opens his poem, For the Union Dead, with an image of destruction, despair, and the loss of something that represents his youth. This opening stanza sets the tone for the rest of the poem. For the Union Dead is ultimately more discouraging than inspiring. Its disheartening...

25 Apr 2008
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The Earle Perry Charlton Story

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

The Earle Perry Charlton biography, the Charlton Story, is about one of America's greatest entrepreneurs, in the early 1900's. The book chronicles Charlton's life from birth to death, and explains in detail his business relationships and tactics. Overall the main topic of the book was how...

25 Apr 2008
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Courtly Romances: Literature or Theatre?

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Literature

The definitions of theatre and, less specifically, performance, have been in constant flux since theorists set about trying to create them. Oscar Brockett, in his History of the Theatre, opens his text with the statement that “performative elements are present in every society, no...

24 Apr 2008
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The American History of Race & Gender in Literature

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Throughout the course of American history, the literature of the nation has served to reflect the social climate of the time in which it was written. Society's values in regards to both race and gender have thus been contextualized in history by American writers. In some cases, American literary...

24 Apr 2008
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Fate versus Free Will: Dave Boyle

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The explicit mention of fate occurs only once in regard to Dave Boyle in Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, but the battle between fate and free will in his life is evident throughout the novel. Dave Boyle, a tragic character, has little free will to change the pre-determined forces that have...

24 Apr 2008
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Breaking Through the Trappings of Stereotyped Femininity

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Edna Pontellier is a victim of the mother/whore duality, unable to escape the conditions of her culture that prevent her from being capable of self-actualization, and so walks into the ocean and never comes out again. This is the conclusion to Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, in which she...

23 Apr 2008
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Post impressionism in To the Lighthouse

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Very little endures in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse; by the third book most of the characters have died tragic and largely overlooked deaths, or they have disappeared almost without mention. Only two characters, the neurotic philosopher Mr. Ramsay and the lone artist Lily Briscoe are...

23 Apr 2008
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The Liminal Period in the Cinderella Fairy Tale

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

In “The Little Glass Slipper”, Cinderella is undergoing what anthropologist Victor Turner, in his theory regarding rites de passage, would regard as a transitional period between being a girl under the protection of her mother and a woman under the protection of a husband. During this...

23 Apr 2008
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Dr. Faustus and Eve's Sins and Judgments

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Milton's Eve and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus were duped into spiritual doom in pursuit of knowledge, both seeking knowledge bought power at the expense of their spirit. Doctor Faustus sells his soul to Satan, exchanging it for knowledge of magic, while Eve ignores God's command not to eat the fruit...

22 Apr 2008
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Alienation in the Butcher Boy

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

In the Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe paints a picture of the perfectly dysfunctional family in The Bradys, who are shown in stark contrast to the perfectly normal family, the Nugents. From the start, Francie Brady's family was the epitome of unstable. Francie's father was an alcoholic who abused...

21 Apr 2008
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Style vs. Substance in The Sea

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

The Sea is no doubt, a difficult novel to read. John Banville's language can be quite strenuous, and at some times, enigmatic. No major events or plot points seem to occur in The Sea, that is, externally. There is not much of a linear plot, if any. Almost everything that happens in the main...

21 Apr 2008
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Chinese Mythology, Religion and History: Look At The Journey to The West

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Often times, there is a distinct line between fact and fiction - between history and mythology, and even religion. However, in many of China's classic novels this line is blurred to the point of non-existence. A perfect example of this is Wu Cheng'en's The Journey to the West. Wu Cheng'en...

21 Apr 2008
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The Time Machine and the Plight of the Chinese Immigrant in 19th Century American West

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The Time Machine, written in 1895, describes the adventures the Time Traveler as he explores the 800 thousandth century and the unknown eons unto the dying of our sun. The bulk of the story occurs in the year 802,701, where the Time Traveler stops and encounters a strange species called...

21 Apr 2008
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Fraud: A night-time adventure leads to more trouble than expected

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Adventures in the middle of the night were something I was always very fond of. For the most part they never seemed to get me into much trouble; I just coveted the feeling of being able to sneak out of my house without getting caught. For a fifteen-year-old, it was definitely a thrilling feeling....

21 Apr 2008
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Bartleby: A Christ-figure

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance,” concludes the lawyer in Melville's “Bartleby the Scrivener” (Arp and Johnson 589). This statement rings true, as any reader of the enigmatic short story will find himself or herself equally aggravated by the...

21 Apr 2008
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Freedom That is Never More Authentic Than When it is Within the Walls of a Prison Cell

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Whether it is read from an historical, psychological, literary, or any other sort of applicable perspective, the reader must admit that Toni Morrison's novel Sula allows itself be read in many different ways. Perhaps that is one of the beauties of the book: people from many different backgrounds...

19 Apr 2008
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The Fall of Greece, The Rise of Rome

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Greece: City-States in Conflict The Peloponnesian War was waged mostly between Sparta and Athens, although both had outside allies. After Sparta defeated Athens, the balance of power should have shifted to leave Sparta in the role of empire-builder, but the Spartans were unable to unify...

18 Apr 2008
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Darkness and Light in "Heart of Darkness"

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The battle between light and darkness is being waged right now, in every corner of the earth. This war has been fought since time began. In every realm of society, opposites counterbalance each other. The balance of powers in the government allows the American people to have a say in the...

18 Apr 2008
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The Open Boat

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

In the story of “The Open Boat”, Stephen Crane has taken the time to masterfully portray a story that is so very dear to his life. Back in 1897, Crane went through the horrific experience of crashing his boat and being stranded for nearly 30 hours. This experience became so near and...

18 Apr 2008
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The Making of the Lady of Shalott's Soul

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Tennyson's “The Lady of Shalott” is the story of an isolated woman who breaks free of her prison in order to enter the world around her. Through the use of vivid imagery and the strategic placement of words and phrases within the narrative structure of the poem, Tennyson builds a...

17 Apr 2008
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Bakhtin's Dialogism In The Big Sleep

Essay - 8 pages - Literature

Mikhail Bakhtin is a philosopher and theorist who defies easy categorization. He has been associated with Marxist Literary critics, Russian Formalists and structuralists. While he has elements in common with all three, he also differs greatly from them in fundamental ways. ...

17 Apr 2008
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Reflections on 'A Clockwork Orange'

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

It's a 1st person narrative through Alex's eyes. The first 3-4 pages are used in describing the ‘Korova Milk Bar' and its inhabitants. It sells milk laced with drugs. It appears that he is the leader in a gang. There is a brief description of the members in...