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28 Aug 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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...

18 Aug 2007

Two Common Purposes of American Literature

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Two common purposes of early American literature are didacticism and introspection, and a minor purpose is entertainment. Most works written in this time period fulfill one of these purposes, and many fulfill more than one. Works from Franklin, Rowson, and Emerson can be labeled...

18 Aug 2007

GRE Practice Essay: Evaluating Arguments

Course material - 1 pages - Literature

“We need to increase the funding for the movie Working Title by 10% in order to ensure a quality product. As you know, we are working with a first-time director, whose only previous experience has been shooting commercials for a shampoo company. Since the advertising business is notoriously...

18 Aug 2007

Feminism in Ibsen's A Doll's House

Thesis - 7 pages - Literature

According to Joan Templeton, author of Ibsen's Women, Ibsen's inspiration for Nora in A Doll's House came from a family friend, Laura Peterson Kieler, also a writer (135). Kieler, the "real-life Nora," likewise borrowed money for her husband, who was sick with tuberculosis, to...

08 Aug 2007

Homoerotic Desire in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

“What if someone wrote a novel about homosexuality and no body [sic] came?” Ed Cohen writes of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (75). Actually, at the time the book was written, the term “homosexuality” was nonexistent. Wilde, himself, became one of the...

08 Aug 2007

The Futurist Movement and its Impact on Book Design

Tutorials/exercises - 8 pages - Literature

Futurism (1909-1944), which actually owes its inception to poetry, was the first major art movement of the 20th century. It encompassed not only nearly every form of creative expression, including practical arts like architecture, advertising, and product design. Interestingly, there were two...

08 Aug 2007

How to Start and Run a Small Book Publishing Company by Peter I. Hupalo

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

The author of this book, Peter Hupalo, self-published his first book, Thinking Like An Entrepreneur in 1999, thus beginning his company, HCM Publishing. This book appears to be the second book he has self-published, though he does not mention how many books by other authors he has published. I...

08 Aug 2007

Mother Jones Magazine

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting founder Jeff Cohen once said, “If it's in the New York Times today, it was probably in Mother Jones six months ago” (4). Contrary to what one might believe, the staff at Mother Jones thoroughly enjoy their status as the magazine the media giants get...

08 Aug 2007

Travel Magazines: What Readers Want

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

The retail industry is flooded with products and services, all vying for market share and revenue. In order to succeed, the different firms must carefully understand and analyze the market they are in. They must ask questions about their rivals and the structure of the industry,...

08 Aug 2007

Power and Difference: A Derrida and Foucault Encounter

Thesis - 10 pages - Literature

The works of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault discussed here explore relationships of power in Western language and social structures. These relationships can be difficult to detect and are thus often overlooked, even when one searches rigorously. We will find that such relationships are...