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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...

19 Oct 2007

"Holocaust Literature: Humanity Reborn"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

If Holocaust literature strives to portray the paradoxical (the representation of the unrepresentable, the expression of the inexpressible), maybe it too is a paradox. Confessions of the unspeakable, the unthinkable in written word. And yet it exists, tangible, published. In memoir and fiction...

19 Oct 2007

Fathering the Son

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

There is a lot to be said about love. It saturates literature, Hollywood, every means of creative output known to the history of this planet. There is something mysterious about it, something undiscovered. So desperate have populations been to answer the timeless questions of love that it can...

19 Oct 2007

Gambling Art: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom-House Introduction

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In the preface of the second edition of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne discusses the “unprecedented excitement” generated by the publication of his novel (5). Ironically, this public excitement, and more importantly, the ensuing public discontent, originated not in the novel...

19 Oct 2007

Father, Forgive Them: A Review of Simon Wiesenthal's The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

There is a basic purpose to the literature of Holocaust survivors: to bare witness. Many believe they survived to perform such a duty, to fulfill such a debt to those who did not. As witnesses, they record living history, for they record the history of their own lives. But...

12 Oct 2007

A Modern Myth: Emily Dickinson and the Everyday Hero

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

One can wonder whether William Shakespeare's sonnets would be memorized in every classroom across the Western world if they were anything other sonnets. So inseparable are the two ideas that they barely have separate identities: Shakespeare's sonnets are accepted without question, and most...

12 Oct 2007

To Run and Leap with Peasants: Idealism and Stereotype Formation in The Book of the Courtier

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

In the sixteenth century, the ideal was inseparable from the ruling class: it was a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, the aristocracy establishing itself as the ideal while simultaneously defining the ideal. The members of the nobility lived in tightly-monitored roles. Idealism was not about the...

12 Oct 2007

The Serpent Underneath: A Lesbian's Defense of Lady Macbeth

Essay - 9 pages - Literature

“Dyke,” hiss the schoolboys, to the girls with grass-stained knees and dirt-streaked cheeks. To the girls who run faster, throw further, tackle harder than the prides of fatherhood manifest. A word, but so much more a performance. A stereotype, but so much more...

12 Oct 2007

The Purpose of Purpose: Aesthetics and the Unity of Context and Form in Third-World Literature

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

All literary texts are both political and aesthetic. Words in and of themselves are innately sensual, inseparable from the emotions they evoke in a reader. They are also political, pieces of language steeped in history and theory. However, writers often plan toward one extreme, selecting their...

12 Oct 2007

"The Oppressive Christian Faith as Detrimental to Africans and Native Americans"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Christianity. It sounds innocent enough. But, with that religion comes a dogma with a dark side; an aspect of oppression for minorities. The Christian faith was never the choice for Africans and Native Americans. The word of God was on the lips of white Europeans who wanted to spread their...

12 Oct 2007

"The Faustian-Bargain Theme Found in The Monkey's Paw, The Playground, and The Black Lake"

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Temptation preys upon what we wish for and what we dream for. Want a flashy car: a cherry red, nitrous infused Lamborghini with leather seats, a thumping sound system and a set of wicked hydraulics? Sure it sounds good, but how possible is that on such a measly salary? ...

11 Oct 2007

"Jud Crandall: Neighbor, Mentor, Father"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

With experience comes knowledge. Sometimes, the experience might not make sense, and it helps to have a guiding hand. No, this is not the introduction to Chicken Soup for the Soul, but more like an intro for Chicken Soup for the Soulless. The spiritual world is difficult for the hardened realist...

11 Oct 2007

"Homer Loves Odysseus; Virgil Loves Aeneas - but Aeneas Doesn't Love Dido"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Influence comes in many forms - religion, music, books, and authors. By experiencing different people's views, we gain a sense of understanding the world through their eyes. We take cues from others, how they think, act and do in the world, and internalize their beliefs. The religious zealot...

09 Oct 2007

Ariel's Levels of Consciousness

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

William Shakespeare's extensive investigation into social life in his earlier plays allowed him to instead focus on the more complex topic of human consciousness, which he pursues through magical inhuman characters, in his final play The Tempest. In his book The Feeling of What Happens,...

09 Oct 2007

Summary and Review of "The Iraqw of Tanzania" and "Hunger and Shame"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The Iraqw of Tanzania, by Katherine Snyder, is a detailed ethnographic account of the affects of Maendeleo (progress and development) on the Iraqw people of northern Tanzania, shaped partially by the struggle between the young and the old to capture the true essence of Iraqw culture. ...

09 Oct 2007

"The Significance of Comic Irreverence"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Irreverence in comedy has been at the forefront of recent comedic performances. In one television show, ‘The Office', depicts supervisor David Brent, performed by Ricky Gervais, as an irreverent ‘funny man'. In one episode, while orienting a new employee around the office, he listens to...

09 Oct 2007

"Gender Bending Androgynous Sexuality in Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Gender and sexuality are very difficult concepts to define in our post-modern age. To begin with, the term is outdated to fit the social norms of today: attraction lies anywhere and is not confined to ‘heterosexual love' between a man and a woman. Gay, lesbian and bi-sexual are terms used to...

09 Oct 2007

"Richard Cory's Lost Suicide Letter"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edwin Arlington Robinson created “We Wear the Mask” and “Richard Cory” during the literary renaissance after World War I. Society was targeted and critiqued by authors who wanted to describe the “spiritual problems and disillusionments” (p...

09 Oct 2007

"The Advantages of the Setting of the Country-House in Detective-Stories"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The author of either a novel or a short story has one main purpose: to dazzle the reader. However, dazzling the reader is a difficult process because we don't all have the same attention spans, or have the same interests, or even enjoy the same words on the pages that other reader's find...

08 Oct 2007

Don Quixote: Chivalry Then and Now

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

“A manifestation of any of these qualities: bravery, courtesy, honor.” This is the definition of the world chivalry as found in the dictionary. Though it was first coined during the Medieval Age, the idea still hold true today. One of the greatest books of chivalry is Miguel de...