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09 Nov 2007

The Good-Morrow

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

“The Good-Morrow” is a story written by John Donne that talks about two lovers finding each other, and realizing that nothing in the world ever has or will matter. I believe that the lover's Donne is speaking about are himself and a lover of the past. However, the poem is not just about...

09 Nov 2007

Masculinity in The Woman in White

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The novel, The Woman in White, “seeks to revise recent accounts of the model of male identity posited by the first sensation novel”(Ablow, Par. 4). In The Woman in White, the author, Wilkie Collins, presents masculinity through the character of Marian Holcombe at a time when femininity...

29 Oct 2007

Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One is a novel that with its darkly scathing humor attempts to impart the message that the plasticity of the present tense is illusory by exposing the superficialities of California's mortuary business. The contemporaneous effect that living in a world where a perverse...

29 Oct 2007

Notes From Underground: The Autonomic Remonstrance of a Persona

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Dostoevsky's classic, Notes From Underground maintains the transient ability to pass through the realm of classic literature and into the incendiary realm of the literary fiends who feed on accumulated grotesqueries. This transmutability is painfully not shared with the fabricated persona of the...

28 Oct 2007

Bleeding Death: Mortality and Acceptance in Catch-22

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The death toll during World War I surmounted fifteen million. The second World War erased the lives of fifty-five million, nearly five million of which were civilian Jews exterminated throughout Hitler's tyranny. Nine million died during the Russian Revolution, and twenty million...

28 Oct 2007

A Fictional History: Shakespeare, England and the Importance of Historical Fiction

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

It is almost amazing, the overwhelming feeling of disgust that infiltrates a high school classroom whenever the subject is history. A kind of primitive competition to find the few kids who actually enjoy the class and bribe them for photocopies of notes and exam answers suffocates like a...

28 Oct 2007

Essay about The Once And Future King by T.H White, Henry IV by Shakespeare, linked to the archetypal values in Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Adventure.

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Perhaps the very word “hero” should suffer a live vivisection for all of its purported morality and bloody, patriarchal implications. There are many universal components of the hero as explored and anatomized by Joseph Campbell in The Hero's Adventure. You've seen it many times before;...

28 Oct 2007

Flannery O'Connor

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

Flannery O'Connor was the unmitigated master of her particularly esoteric craft of assaulting the all-devouring gray spaces of the humanistic spectrum. To those who merely make a skeletal browsing of her work or simply are first time readers may find her to be unnaturally grotesque in her...

23 Oct 2007

Frakenstein

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

When Mary Shelley set herself to the task of writing Frankenstein she consciously wanted to create a story “which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awake the thrilling horror—one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of...

23 Oct 2007

Dracula and Fear of Female Sexuality

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Bram Stoker's Dracula is undoubtedly one the most consciously sentient and hyperbolic literary incarnations of the excessive fear of women's sexuality that still survives with a vast legitimacy for its content today. Much like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the novel is satiated with the fear of the...

23 Oct 2007

Book Review of Beloved by Toni Morrison

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

It is easy for cataclysmic traumatism to press to obscurity past history because of the weakness and shame of the human spirit itself. History is never a clean palindrome backward and forward, because during its recollection there is always an emotional motive, and nearly every motive is bruised....

23 Oct 2007

All Quiet on the Western Front

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

eight and a half million people dead and another 20 million injured, it was a disaster unparalleled in human history. There was nothing great about this “Great War” except for the death and destruction. Erich Maria Remarque's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front...

22 Oct 2007

The Battle of the Sexes in Ancient India

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

For time immemorial, mankind has been locked in a vicious and never-ending struggle against an enemy that is cunning, resourceful, and not above hitting below the belt; in short the one enemy that is capable of presenting a formidable challenge on every conceivable field of battle: womankind....

22 Oct 2007

Upton Sinclair and "The Jungle"

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, was a revolutionary novel that changed American history, especially the history of the Chicago meatpacking industry. When the book was published in 1906, it aroused anger and disgust among the American public. The horrors of the meatpacking industry were...

22 Oct 2007

Homer's Oddessy and Gluck's Circe's Power

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The Odyssey is filled with a large number of secondary characters that are, for the most part, very one-dimensional. Despite being very different in regards to themselves, as a whole they can be easily identified: they are briefly mentioned; they have limited dialogue; and they serve one of two...

22 Oct 2007

Comparison: Everything that Rises Must Converge and Girl

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

“Everything that rises must converge,” By Flannery O'Connor, and “Girl,” by Jamaica Kincaid are completely different texts that share a common theme. The story by O'Connor is about the feelings and emotions of a boy named Julian. He is strongly opposed to his mother's view of...

22 Oct 2007

The Bluest Eye

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison explores racial tension in the town of Lorain, Ohio, immediately following the Great Depression. The novel follows the lives of a number of African Americans, including Claudia MacTeer, the narrator, Pecola Breedlove, the main character, and Pauline...

22 Oct 2007

Clouds and Apology

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In “Clouds,” by Aristophanes, and “Apology,” by Plato, Socrates is portrayed in completely different ways. In “Clouds,” Aristophanes attempts to ridicule Socrates and his followers, the Sophists. In his play, Aristophanes demonstrates that Socrates is corrupting the...

22 Oct 2007

Portrayal of Women in Bram Stoker's Dracula

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Horror stories are known to be misogynistic in their portrayal of women; Bram Stoker's Dracula is no exception. The novel offers a stereotypical, character archetype of the female in various forms: Mina Harker, Lucy Westenra, and the Succubi. The women are used to embody ideas and values of the...

22 Oct 2007

Setting the Atmosphere in The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death and Pickman's Model and The Lottery

Thesis - 6 pages - Literature

“It was a dark and stormy night…” Classic, word-of-mouth horror stories begin with this line. What is it about the “dark and stormy night” that should cause us, the reader, to feel anxiety and fear about the story about to be told? Horror stories cannot begin without a...

21 Oct 2007

"Similarities in Dean Koontz's Hideaway and Bram Stoker's Dracula"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

To say there are similarities between the novel Hideaway by Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker's Dracula is an understatement - there are so many plot, character and thematic parallels, with very little derivation on Koontz's part it is nearly the same story. First, the character of Vassago, or Jeremy...

19 Oct 2007

The Ecstasy of Grief

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

History thrives on contradiction. There would be no words to fill textbooks if world events and facts did not clearly oppose that which was taught the year before. The reasons behind wars alter like the tides, and entire countries burn to the ground to be built up again under a...

19 Oct 2007

The Degradation of Women in the Works of Ayn Rand

Essay - 5 pages - Literature

A common trend in American writing is to highlight gender differences. Authors appear compelled to hammer home the concept of women's suffrage, representing women as nothing but the weaker, fairer sex. In a way, it's almost a case of reverse sexism, proving the other side right by...

19 Oct 2007

Rush into the Secret House

Essay - 7 pages - Literature

Romeo loved Juliet, Juliet loved Romeo, and in the end, they both died to prove it. Neither the Capulets nor the Montagues could understand such love, so neither could allow such love. Romeo and Juliet died to prove it. Yet centuries later, William Shakespeare's darker...

19 Oct 2007

Scream: A Gendered Autobiography

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

One cannot discuss the concepts of gender without looking at the various frameworks in which it exists. In Paradoxes of Gender, Judith Lorber states that gender is “a process of social construction, a system of social stratification, and an institution that structures every aspect of our...

19 Oct 2007

Original Imitation

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

In a modern era of corporate tyranny and the disappearance of an independent creative market, the artistic longing for originality is often forgotten. Radio stations sell out to public opinion, Top-40 hits recycling the last generation of Top-40 hits, and the hand-published pages of timid...

19 Oct 2007

Journeying Abandonment

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Dante's Inferno, while a fictionalized version of the dichotomy of Heaven and Hell, is in many ways an accurate portrayal of the doctrines of Christianity. However, this Hell he creates is a Hell the Bible never expected. Influenced by the growing mistrust of the Pope throughout his native...

19 Oct 2007

Know Your Neurosis: An Analysis of Frank Bruno's It's OK to Be Neurotic

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

I picked It's OK to Be Neurotic: Using Your Neuroses to Your Advantage by Frank Bruno from the bottom row on the third book case in the self-help section at Barnes & Noble because the title on the spine was so obnoxiously bold and it was shelved at the wrong end of the alphabet. ...

19 Oct 2007

I Love Not Loving You

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Any author to have ever written, from poetry to prose to every other genre in-between has been confronted with one universal question: where do you get ideas for your characters? And really, the answer is just as universal. It is impossible to create a completely original...

19 Oct 2007

Honor and the Honorable

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

According to newspaper headings and television reports, every man and woman who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 is a hero. Even three years later, memorials are still built, hymns are still sung, and candlelight vigils are still held in remembrance of the bravest...

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