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30 Aug 2007
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Marking the body as a form of appropriation and power in Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee and "In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee as well as “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka, the marking of or writing on the body as a form of power or appropriation takes place on many levels. In both works, we have the inhumanly cruel military officials of the colonialist...

30 Aug 2007
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Wife of Solidarity, Wife of Destruction

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Every reader of the Odyssey shares something with the members of the first audience to hear the great tale. Every one has a mother. Also, most people in both groups will either have a wife, or be someone's wife. It is this overwhelming majority to which Homer speaks through one of the themes of...

30 Aug 2007
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Vincent Malloy as Vincent Malloy: A New Critical Reading

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

For this reading, it is assumed that there is substantial merit in the ideals described by Cleanth Brooks in his essay, “The Formalist Critics.” The so-called “articles of faith” outlined therein demand that efforts in literary criticism be targeted precisely at the literary...

30 Aug 2007
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Indigo Light

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues examines the ways in which people strive to escape from stifling conditions and find a more peaceful home within themselves. Set in the Harlem ghetto, the story depicts the strained relationship between Sonny, a heroin addict and his brother, a teacher. The...

30 Aug 2007
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What I Talk About When I Talk About Carver

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Some might insist that Raymond Carver's short stories prove hopelessly post-modern—and that may be. However, his work remains the first that ever pulled me out of the writing into a deep pondering of the reality he creates in junction with the kind of people that compose the society...

30 Aug 2007
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A Fine Balance of Potential and Kinetic Energy Establishes Relationship

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In Dream Work, Mary Oliver's poetry delivers a balance of potential and kinetic energy. One poem in particular, “Starfish,” demonstrates that establishing clear relationships within a poem lies in regulating both passive and active language. However, before establishing a relationship,...

30 Aug 2007
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Choosing Language that Avoids Sentimentality Elicits Emotional Resonance

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Avoiding sentimentality means writing to fight cliché and elicit emotion through originality of language. In Dig Safe, Stuart Dischell presents poetry that resonates emotionally without breeching melodrama. One poem in particular, “Children of the City,” demonstrates that a...

29 Aug 2007
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Symbolism in 'The Scarlet Letter'

Thesis - 2 pages - Literature

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is bursting with symbolism. And, while they do not place a high value on subtlety, these symbols are very effective vehicles for the story's most prominent themes. Perhaps the most prominent is the conflict between what Hawthorne clearly...

29 Aug 2007
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A Narratological Analysis of Marabou Stork Nightmares

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Marabou Stork Nightmares gains its narratological interest from its use of a strange ANP and a variety of ENPs. On the basic level, the narrator is intradiegetic and homodiegetic, writing with internal focalization throughout the novel. However, there is plenty of innovation in...

28 Aug 2007
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Reactions to a Life and Death

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The account of Jack Turner's life, as shown in William Warren Rogers Sr. and Robert David Ward's August Reckoning, demonstrates the drama that occurred in Choctaw County, Alabama in the late 1800s. Jack Turner, a well-known Republican leader and freed slave, was lynched after being accused of...

28 Aug 2007
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More Than a Title

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Webster defines “mother” as “a female parent.” While in some cases that may be all there is to a mother, more commonly, a mother has many more qualities than simply being “a female parent.” One mother in particular who has an array of qualities is...

28 Aug 2007
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The Search

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Through the evolution of the vampire novel, the search for knowledge and information remains a unifying theme that characterizes the genre. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, Stephen King's Salem's Lot, and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, this quest for understanding about vampires and their...

27 Aug 2007
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The Uncovering of Granny's Disappointments

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Throughout “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” Katherine Anne Porter makes Granny sound like she has not done poorly for herself. In reading the first couple of paragraphs of the short story, Porter makes it known that Granny doesn't have it easy. Life is hard on her. On the surface,...

23 Aug 2007
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Book Report: Wise Blood

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

The Flannery O'Connor novel, Wise Blood, is a tragic story set in the declining south. The characters of the novel, the main character, Hazel Motes, in particular, struggle with their religious identity and suffering throughout the course of the plot. What follows here is a report on the book's...

22 Aug 2007
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Sample College Entrance Essay That Was Successful

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

I've always had an odd love for language and literature. I am intrigued by words: the way they look on paper, the sounds they make when spoken, their countless meanings and connotations, the feelings they evoke. I'm fascinated by unusual syntax, which I like to experiment with in my...

21 Aug 2007
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The Evolution of The Joy of Cooking

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In 1931, while most housewives were raising children and trying to maintain order and a strict budget in the Great Depression era United States, Irma von Starkloff Rombauer (1877-1962) was facing a dilemma. Following her husband's 1930 suicide, the St. Louis widow was forced to find a way to...

21 Aug 2007
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Marx's Concept of Class Struggle in Zola's Germinal.

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

To discuss this topic fully, one must first examine the ideas behind Marx's “class struggle.” For Marx, class struggle is the social and economic conflict between the proletariat and the bourgeois classes. This conflict is constant and inevitable in a society in which one class—the...

21 Aug 2007
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Failure of Religion in Moby Dick

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Herman Melville crafts Moby Dick as a microcosm of American society in the pre-Civil War era. Melville's microcosm of society is often an allegorical and ironical society in that, while his characters speak to the state of the microcosm, their words have an implication on the state of the real...

21 Aug 2007
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The Politics of Reticence and Paralysis

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

Why are we sometimes unable to speak to others? In our societies, why are we sometimes unable to communicate - or, communicate truthfully or effectively? We are thrown into cities, let's say, teeming with unimportant people, blank faces, uncaring, hurrying, where sounds of...

21 Aug 2007
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An Examination of the Pre-Revolutionary War Pamphlet The Alarm. Number V

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

1. The Alarm. Number V is the last of a series of five topical essays published by Hampden, Pseudonym, in 1773. Each of the five essays was published in the month of October. Number V, like the prior Hampden essays, was published in New York, only once, and in only one...

21 Aug 2007
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Masculine Physicians and Prescribers: Assignations for Women in Daisy Miller and "The Yellow Wall-paper"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Both Henry James' Daisy Miller and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's “The Yellow Wall-paper” depict male characters that are unable to understand their female counter-points. In Daisy Miller, the suitor Winterbourne fails to comprehend Daisy's true character, and in “The Yellow...

21 Aug 2007
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On Contemporary American Literature and Subversions of the Canon

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Toni Morrison's claim that “Canon debate . . . is the clash of cultures” rings true to me. This statement can be looked at in a few ways. One can look at it and say that Morrison is referring to a hypothetical debate between cultures on what works...

21 Aug 2007
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A Fever and Fervor in John Donne's Elegy

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Donne's poem “A Fever” is an elaborate blend of narrative designs. Donne uses the venerable poetic device of elegiac stanza to express mourning for the (anticipated) death of a lover from a fever. There is an explicit surface meaning to this poem as well as implicit sub-textual...

21 Aug 2007
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Ambivalence and Photography: Resistance or Exchange in Edward Said's After the Last Sky

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

In his essay Picture Theory on the relationship between photograph and text, W.J.T. Mitchell refers to concepts he coins as the “rhetoric of resistance” and the “rhetoric of exchange and cooperation” (Mitchell, 41). The terms “rhetoric of resistance” and...

18 Aug 2007
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Innocence Lost: The Soldier Poets of World War I

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Before the Great War, "it had been almost fifty years since any major European power had attacked any similar country" (Childs 40). England did not remember what war was really like; the people knew nothing except for the romantic notion of war. They believed that to fight for...

18 Aug 2007
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A Comparison of Shakespeare's Villains Aaron and Iago

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

Shakespeare is known for creating memorable characters, and his villains are often especially intriguing. Aaron and Iago are both villains in revenge tragedies by Shakespeare. In Titus Andronicus, which is believed to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, even though most of the...

18 Aug 2007
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A Comparison of Coleridge's "The Eolian Harp" and Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind"

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

"The Eolian Harp" and "Ode to the West Wind," both poems by two of the most celebrated poets of their time, each fall under the category of the "greater romantic lyric," as termed by M. H. Abrams (77). Both are written in the first person and are about the same length; Shelley's is...

18 Aug 2007
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"Richard Cory"

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

In Edwin Arlington Robinson's short poem "Richard Cory," the speaker tells of a rich gentleman who, to the collective shock of the community, commits suicide for unknown reasons. The poem begins by describing this gentleman, Richard Cory, as slim, graceful, and friendly. Even...

18 Aug 2007
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"Do I Dream?": The Role of the Nightmare in Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

According to Elizabeth MacAndrew, author of The Gothic Tradition in Fiction, the gothic novel is “[. . .] a literature of nightmare. Among its conventions are found dream landscapes and figures of the subconscious imagination” (3). Maggie Kilgour, author of The...

18 Aug 2007
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Animal Analysis: The Role of Pigs in O'Connor's "Revelation"

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

"Despite her brief life and relatively modest output, [Flannery O'Connor's] work is regarded as among the most distinguished American fiction of the mid-twentieth century," writes Michael Meyer, author of The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature (317). One of the many...