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12 Dec 2007
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Conrad vs. Achebe: The question of racism in Heart of Darkness

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Joseph Conrad said, “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” Only too well does this portray the harsh reality depicted in Heart of Darkness, one that Chinua Achebe defines as profoundly racist. ...

12 Dec 2007
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The different views of life in a good man is hard to find by Flannery O'Connor

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Flannery O'Connor was born in Georgia, the same state that she wrote about some twenty years later in A Good Man is Hard to Find, as she describes with thoughtful imagery the grandmother's fierce objections to her family traveling to Florida. Having lived through the fifties, O'Connor was...

12 Dec 2007
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Memory Panel Contribution

Essay - 1 pages - Literature

There are several different scientific classifications of memory. The type that memoirists most often use is delineated thus: Long-term -> Declarative -> Episodic. Declarative or explicit memory requires conscious recall, which is what memoirists attempt when writing...

12 Dec 2007
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Race Criticism Analysis

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Sandra Milloy's race criticism of The Sound and the Fury focuses almost exclusively on Dilsey and draws conclusions from her flawed interactions with two families: the white Compson household and her own African-American one. Milloy sees Dilsey as one of the most celebrated black mammies...

12 Dec 2007
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Response to "When You Are Old"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Upon reading “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats, one may think that it is just the lament of an old woman; this may be true on the surface, but a more in-depth reading will show that it is actually a heart-felt love letter from a former lover. When the poem is dissected...

12 Dec 2007
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Football, Mead-Halls, and Bards: Perpetuated Gender Roles from Anglo-Saxon Literature

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In modern times, men and women in America are divided by their stereotypical gender roles. Women are inferior to men; they are interested in domestic issues and should make the men in their lives happy. Men are chauvinists; they enjoy “nights with the guys” and feel a...

12 Dec 2007
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The "Supreme Court of Justice": Religion and the Suppression of the Lower Classes in Freud's "The Future of an Illusion"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Though humans have “raised [themselves] above [their] animal status” (5), the fact remains that a fear of nature, a far superior force, is inherent in mankind. Left to his own devices, man is unrestricted, susceptible to outside destructive forces and his own animalistic...

12 Dec 2007
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Lovers and Epistles: Progressivism and Feminism in the Poetry of Lady Mary Wortley Montague

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries of London were a time of formality and conservatism, especially among British women. But even in her early teens, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu went against the flow of society and taught herself Latin, according to the editors of the Seventh Edition...

11 Dec 2007
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On Birds and Planes

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In “The End of Admiration: The Media and the Loss of Heroes” Peter H. Gibbon details his reasons as to why there is no longer a great American hero. Over the past few decades, the public has gone from hailing political leaders and champions of peace to idolizing pop icons instead....

11 Dec 2007
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Plan B Sounds Good to Me

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Lester Brown's book, Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, touches base with most of, if not all of, the issues that are threatening our planets modern living style. The book aptly named, giving a second plan, one that differs from how civilization is...

11 Dec 2007
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William Butler Yeats and Gerard Manley Hopkins as Innovators

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In literature there can be two major types of innovation, innovation in style and innovation in content. At the turn of the 18th Century innovations were huge as writers were creating what we now refer to as modernist poetry. Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Butler Yeats are two of the central...

11 Dec 2007
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Addicted and in Withdrawal

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Wuthering Heights is the story of two families that live on the moors in England and how the two families entwine themselves and is about the love and relationships that occur between them and their two estates. There is one relationship in particular, that is the derivative of most of the action...

11 Dec 2007
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The Ultimate Usefulness of Freedom

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Kant's views on social and moral progress have always been described as being “ahead of his time,” probably because of the emphasis on freedom in many of his works. According to Kant, freedom is absolutely necessary for any kind of progress. Freedom is almost always tied to...

11 Dec 2007
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"With their tongues cocked and loaded:"The power of language and dialect in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

Thesis - 8 pages - Literature

Zora Neale Hurston was a cultural anthropologist for her own culture. She spent much of her life recording the stories and saying of the people around her, both in Harlem and abroad in the American South. She poured her energy into representing people the way she saw them, or heard them, as the...

11 Dec 2007
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Karl Marx and Immanuel Kant on the Improvement of Society

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

n the Preface to Ecce Homo, Nietzsche writes, “The last thing I should promise would be to “improve” mankind.” Although it was not Nietzsche's aim to improve life for the majority, it was the main focus of many of the writings of his predecessors and contemporaries....

11 Dec 2007
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Owning Perfection: The Struggle between Science and Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark."

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In many love poems written to praise the beauty or virtue of a woman, the woman or the woman's love is often seen as a material possession or a thing to be owned. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's “The Birthmark,” the woman is seen as something to be improved upon and perfected. Love is not only...

11 Dec 2007
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North, by Seamus Heaney

Thesis - 8 pages - Literature

In 1975, Seamus Heaney came out with his fourth book of poetry, North. Although the third volume, “Wintering Out” foreshadows many of the same themes, it is North, according to several critics that develops these themes, and establishes a turning point in Heaney's poetry. According to...

11 Dec 2007
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The Trojan Women

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Euripides' Trojan Women exemplifies the cruelty and painful consequences of war, and how they affect women by leaving them powerless and without choices. Several episodes in the play illustrate this loss of choice and power, the death of Astyanax, the sexual slavery of Cassandra and Andromache,...

11 Dec 2007
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Poet, Humanist, Revolutionary: The Good Morning Revolution poems of Langston Hughes.

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

At the time, Hughes was in the Soviet Union, touring its various countries and struggling to put together the film “Black and White” with some fellow writers and actors. The manuscript Hughes sent Van Vechten that spring was some of Hughes' most radical work. It praised Soviet...

11 Dec 2007
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The Transience of Identity and the Unpredictability of Surveillance in City of Glass

Essay - 8 pages - Literature

Through the use of the character Daniel Quinn, author Paul Auster is arguing against the idea that identity is static and also against the idea that surveillance is perfect. This paper explores the complex life of Quinn by taking a good look at every character that he tries to become....

10 Dec 2007
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Alisoun, Dorigen, and the Conventions of Women

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Domestic and social propriety are the most important concerns of wives of the era exemplified in The Canterbury Tales. Volumes of texts -- also known as deportment books -- are used to expound on domestic and social propriety and to teach young women the expectations of...

07 Dec 2007
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When China Ruled the Seas

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

When China Ruled the Seas is a discourse on the histories of China's naval prowess. The book begins with early Chinese history, detailing China's first ships, and the somewhat disputable evidence of China's colonization and exploration of places such as Japan, North America, Australia,...

07 Dec 2007
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Universal Science Fiction

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

According to Jane Donawerth in Frankenstein's Daughters, the only way for women to write science fiction, is for them to change the rules. This is certainly the case with Octavia Butler's “Bloodchild”. In Butler's Nebula award winning short story, Butler tells the tale...

07 Dec 2007
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Japanese Culture

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Although the books, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukio Mishima, are completely different works, both have uncannily similar characters. Each main character from these two books has at least one character in the other book who shares some of their...

07 Dec 2007
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Medea

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

When first comparing the play Medea and Aristotle's Poetics, many people feel that the lead character, Medea, breaks every requirement for being a tragic character. But when we take a step back and view Medea at a different angle, we see that she does actually fit every aspect of...

07 Dec 2007
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The Effects of Christ

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

One of the central themes of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, is love. Stowe felt that love could bring an end to the evils of slavery, and be a redemptive force. There is one character in this novel that embodies complete, unfaltering, and unconditional love: this...

07 Dec 2007
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What's Your Perspective?

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Most experienced readers do not have a hard time discerning authorial intent within an individual work or analyzing themes within that piece. Herman Melville's Benito Cereno however, provides a challenge. Melville intricately weaves this story so that no single interpretation fits, and it forces...

04 Dec 2007
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Sexual Taboo: Vampire Myths and Stories

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The belief in vampires has been around for most of recorded history, dating back before the bible and Ancient Egypt to Babylonian demonology and very early Sumerian mythology . Although, it was never the mythology that we think of today; in those times it was a belief rooted just as...

03 Dec 2007
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Antigone Commentary

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Sophocles wrote three plays about Thebes and while the tragedy of Antigone is chronologically the third and last of these, it was ironically written first out of them. It opens up, giving little background, with the two sisters Antigone and Ismene discussing their two now deceased brothers in...

19 Nov 2007
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Postmodernism: Moving Toward Transcendence

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The conception of a utopian society has both motivated and haunted countless civilizations since the dawn of time. Sublime and intangible, the aspiration to reach a “perfect” society is arguably the heart of one of the world's most significant movements; modernism. ...