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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...

16 Apr 2008
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The Parent-Child Dynamic: Ernest Hemingway Vs Winesburg

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

Ernest Hemingway's first collection of stories, In Our Time, published in 1925, was heavily influenced by his then friend Sherwood Anderson's 1919 collection Winesburg, Ohio. The most notable difference in the times in which the stories are set is Winesburg, Ohio is set before World War...

16 Apr 2008
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Emasculation: Are Men in Control or Women

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

During the first half of the twentieth century, the United States, along with much of the world, saw great strides made in the feminist movement. The rights of and respect toward women were beginning to take an upward momentum, and at the same time, traditional ideas of masculine...

16 Apr 2008
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Kings as Philosophers and Philosophers as Kings

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Literature

In books 5 and 6 of Plato's Republic, the issue of who should rule society is addressed. Through out the dialogue, the character Socrates makes several arguments for the intelligence, virtue and worth of philosophers as people and as potential rulers. In this paper I will examine his arguments...

15 Apr 2008
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The Troubles With Banking: Implanting Submissiveness, Instilling Patriotism

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Paulo Freire's “problem-posing” instructional method in his essay “The ‘Banking' Concept of Education” is an essential educational technique. Freire's proposed approach to education not only calls for change in educational practices, it also holds greater sociopolitical...

15 Apr 2008
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History, Memory, and Relationships with the Past in James Joyce's Ulysses

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The past can be a daunting thing. From personal memory to history at large, the past has the power to bury those unable to establish a healthy relationship with it. One can easily become trapped - paralyzed - in the past through guilt, regret, or nostalgia, emotions generated based upon...

15 Apr 2008
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Patriarchal Sexuality of the Internalized Document in Corregidora

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

The adage “history repeats itself,” like many adages, sometimes seem disingenuous; they are neatly packaged concepts that lack any definitive details that would give one a context to consider them properly. In Corregidora, there is an expansion of this idea of history and repetition....

14 Apr 2008
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'Otherness' and the Fact and Fancy Dichotomy in Charles Dickens' Hard Times

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

“Otherness” describes a person engaging in the reflexive act of defining their identity in reference to another person. In this way, Otherness is a definitive means of exploring the relationships between social castes and gender relationships. In Hard Times, these two types of Otherness...

14 Apr 2008
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'An Other of the Other' in Emile Zola's Nana and Kate Chopin's 'The Awakening'

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Emile Zola and Kate Chopin both present texts that depict the fall of a heroine. Nana and Edna Pontellier Naturalistically represent archetypal women of the late 19th century; Nana, as a courtesan, represents the rising lower class, and Edna representing the upper-middle class. Despite the...

14 Apr 2008
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A Byzantine Novel Drosilla And Charikles

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

The theme I select to examine in A Byzantine Novel Drosilla And Charikles, is the power of love. Love in the time of Drosilla and Charikles was an entirely different concept. Especially from what we are accustomed to today. Loving someone fifty years ago, isn't even close to how we...

14 Apr 2008
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Technology in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

The technology in our world has been both a beneficial force and a destructive one. On one hand, technology has made our world a much simpler place to live in, and it is hard to imagine the world we live in today without it. Just about everything we do, from shopping for groceries to paying your...

11 Apr 2008
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The Question of Morality Film Noir

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Moral ambiguity is a central theme in John Huston's film The Maltese Falcon (1941) and in Billy Wilder's film Double Indemnity (1944) and James M. Cain's novel by the same title. The films and novel follow characters whose motives are questionable and morally problematic. This essay will discuss...

11 Apr 2008
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The Issue of Hope and Redemption in Film Noir: Living Day-to-Day in the Present, or Living for the Future?

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

The films Out of the Past, Force of Evil, and Double Indemnity are narratives that contain similar noir themes. All three narratives follow troubled male characters who must sever ties with their pasts in order to move forward to a hopeful and happy future. Two of these characters succeed,...

11 Apr 2008
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A God with Different Faces: Conditions for the Redemption of Everyman and for the Condemnation of Doctor Faustus

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Literature

The themes of mankind's redemption from sin and his place in the afterlife are of central importance to the Middle English play Everyman and the Renaissance play Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Both Everyman and Doctor Faustus concentrate on the redemption of mankind, but because of the...

11 Apr 2008
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The Disparate Faces of God in the Visions of Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Literature

In “A Book of Showings to the Anchoress Julian of Norwich” by Julian of Norwich and “The Book of Margery Kempe” by Margery Kempe, each author gives literary descriptions of her own holy visions. In each description of a vision or a revelation in the two works, each author...

09 Apr 2008
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Iago, an Immoral Monster

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Literature

Othello, Shakespeare's tragedy, a story of jealousy, envy, betrayal and death displays the evil masterminding of a single individual. The ambitious Iago, a character filled with jealousy uses his manipulative traits to penetrate the minds of the play's characters to set them on a course of...

08 Apr 2008
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The Rebellious Woman: Gender and Sexuality in Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Tutorials/exercises - 8 pages - Literature

One cannot help but notice the numerous interpretations of Christina Rossetti's “Goblin Market” that pertain to either gender, sex, or religion. The poem itself has been scrutinized more often than one can count, critics often referring to its erotic subtext and similarities to various...

08 Apr 2008
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William Butler Yeats and Ezra Pound

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Literature

In the second week of November 1913, William Butler Yeats and Ezra Pound arrived in Sussex for what would be a three-year stay at Stone Cottage. Yeats thought of the excursion as an “experiment,” while Pound felt that it would “not be in the least profitable” (Longenbach 37)....

08 Apr 2008
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Book Review: The Women of Renaissance Florence by Richard Trexler

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

The Women of Renaissance Florence, Power and Dependence in Renaissance Florence is a collection of three essays by Richard Trexler that give the reader insight into the experience of women in Florentine society by examining three major groups of women; nuns, prostitutes, and widows. Trexler is a...

19 Feb 2008
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Book review: An analysis of the narrative voice in Richard Ford's "Wildlife"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

In Wildlife, Richard Ford employs Joe, a sixteen year old boy unsocialized and unfamiliar with the world around him, to tell the story of his parent's marriage. Having moved to Great Falls, Montana after living in four other towns, Joe is forced to navigate through a new town, as well as...