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15 Aug 2013

Things Fall Apart

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

Chinua Achebe presents a powerful and thought-provoking account of the native tribes of Nigeria over the course of several years and the startling events that come about as a result of a perpetually changing world. It is the story of Okonkwo, a fierce warrior-like clan member, and his children,...

15 Aug 2013

"Tent of Miracles": Sexual Freedom in Bahia

Case study - 1 pages - Literature

One thing that struck me almost immediately when reading “Tent of Miracles” was the evidence of sexual freedom throughout the novel. Amado describes the almost Bohemian-like existence of the Bahian population. They were a free-spirited sort who indulged in sexual pleasures when and with...

15 Aug 2013

"So Long a Letter" by Mariama Ba

Book review - 1 pages - Literature

So Long a Letter is the powerful and highly thought-provoking novel by Mariama Bâ. The novel is written as a series of letters from the narrator, Ramatoulaye, to her old friend Aissatou. In these letters Ramatoulaye reflects upon her sorrowful past, her present, and her uncertain future. As the...

13 Aug 2013

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Authors present their thoughts through their work. Sometimes they make this presentation in an abstract manner. Other times they reveal their ideas in a blatant manner. The audience may not realize the correlation of the author's life to the work until years later. Biographical and...

06 Aug 2013

The influence of Jean Jacques Rousseau on the Romantic Movement

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

John Jacques Rousseau had the reputation as a nonconformist figure at a time when scientific reason dominated the landscape. He rose to prominence in the mid eighteenth century not long before the American Revolution. Hailing from Geneva, Rousseau traveled to France where he was intrigued by the...

06 Aug 2013

The theme of duality in "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson examines the line between fact and the scientific unknown. Stevenson was an intellectual who like many others in his day, was intrigued by the origin of man. He was a close supporter of Charles Darwin, a scientist who...

06 Aug 2013

The Ideal of Immaculate Morality in Aristotle, Kant and Mill

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

Aristotle, Kant and Mill each developed ethical doctrines to dictate what constitutes an act and, ultimately, person of moral worth. From these doctrines, we can infer what a being of immaculate morality theoretically possesses in character. This being is a fabricated incarnation of what...

16 Jul 2013

The unattainable dream of Jay Gatsby

Case study - 1 pages - Literature

Everyone has certain goals in life. The things that each person desire differs based on a variety of factors. Some want wealth. Others want love. Jay Gatsby wanted both. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's A Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby chased a hollow and unattainable dream which only leads to...

16 Jul 2013

The new Jim Crow mass incarceration in the age of color blindness

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

Change is an inevitable part of life. There are only a few aspects of life that will remain the same over time. Before a change can occur a problem must be identified. Once identified, awareness regarding the topic must be spread. This could come in various forms. Michelle Alexander illustrates...

16 Jul 2013

The evolution of modern US society

Case study - 4 pages - Literature

Every country has a distinct turning point. Evolution is necessary for the growth of any nation. The modern society of the United States is an exemplification of this. There were several events and individuals that help mold the modern American society. The evolution of modern U.S. society...

16 Jul 2013

Shakespeare casts young men as women in plays

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Men and women have been identified separately over time. Women have struggled to attain certain things that men have acquired. It usually takes them a longer time to gain the respect that men have in certain fields. This may be illustrated in theater as well. Specific thinking led to women not...

12 Jul 2013

"Le sanctuaire vide: la séparation des pouvoirs comme superstition juridique?", by Carlos-Miguel Pimentel

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Upon reading the title of the article, the instinctive question that arises is: why and how is the separation of powers a juridical superstition? This is what the author explores in the course of the article, and it is also this primary question that keeps the reader interested throughout....

12 Jul 2013

Research paper on the story of the stone: Adamanrina's cultivation

Case study - 8 pages - Literature

The character Adamantina in Cao Xueqin's The Story of the Stone is perhaps best-known for her two-fold cultivation: firstly, her religious cultivation; and secondly, her cultivation in matters for aesthetics and taste. The first time she is mentioned in the novel, we are told that she is an...

11 Jul 2013

Edgar Allan Poe's "Ulalume"

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

1847 was not a highly exciting time in the history of America nor in the course of Edgar Allan Poe's life. The greatest issue of the world at the time was the Irish Potato Famine which hit the United States hard due to a great increase in emigrating Europeans. President Ulysses S. Grant,...

11 Jul 2013

Allegory and dialogue as used as supporting methods in Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

In Plato's “Allegory of the Cave”, the author describes a scene in which people are chained to the walls of the cave without sight of the real world or knowledge of what goes on around them save for the reflections of shadow and flame. Plato goes on to hypothesize what would occur...

11 Jul 2013

Morality: The antagonist of human nature as stated by Nietzsche

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

In Nietzsche's “Morality as Anti-Nature” the author states that in the Christian religion morality is the antagonist to human nature in and of itself and the ways in which it functions upon people. Many authors since have agreed with him but few have given ample support as to why. Those...

10 Jul 2013

Calling the bluff on "The emperor's new clothes"

Case study - 5 pages - Literature

In the words of George Eliot, “There is no creature whose inner being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside of it.” The central premise of the essay's thesis is that individuals need to be at peace and in harmony with their environment, particularly the...

08 Jul 2013

Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

This book, as the title suggests, deals with American foreign policy since 1938. It is concerned with the more prominent features of the American foreign policy, as well as events that gave rise to changes in it. More specifically, it covers “The Twisting Path to War” in its opening...

01 Jul 2013

David Copperfield by Charles Dickinson

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

The novel, David Copperfield written by Charles Dickinson is not only an interesting read but has an unique style of writing for its opening. A young boy named David Copperfield starts off his narrative with the words, “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that...

01 Jul 2013

"The Odd Women" by George Gissing

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

The novel, “The Odd Women” by George Gissing is a refreshing novel of upcoming feminist movement involving the workplace. The novel has two prevalent themes presented in the beginning chapters concerning financial means and the idea of marriage. The novel starts off with Mr. Madden...

01 Jul 2013

Austen Literary Essay

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

Jane Austen frequently uses the ironic narrator in her novels to give her stories more depth. Instead of having stories where the outcome is obvious to reader, Austen incorporates ironic narrators whose points of view get mixed into our own. But writing with an ironic narrator is...

01 Jul 2013

The pointers for questioning scientific authority in Andrew Coyne's "Climategate: The Truth is out there. Somewhere."

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

A number of emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in 2009, supplying global warming sceptics with plenty of ammo against advocates of the “orthodox view” of the issue. In “Climategate: The Truth is Out There. Somewhere”, Andrew Coyne...

01 Jul 2013

"On Crimes and Punishments" by Cesare Beccaria

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

Clearly and succinctly written, “On Crimes and Punishments” by Cesare Beccaria is a document that outlines in the clearest fashion the delicate balance between justice and mercy, crime and punishment. He takes great pains to describe the distinctions that separate one crime from...

21 Jun 2013

Frankenstein and Heart of a Dog

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

As test tube babies and embryonic manipulation take both the science lab and the realm of nature by storm in a technological world, the limits to which science can be pursued grow to heights unparalleled day by day. A world where creation of life exists within the genius of a single mind is not...

21 Jun 2013

Orwell's views on imperialism in selected essays

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

George Orwell's background indicates strong ties to British imperialism, but whatever romantic notions he might have had about it in his youth were shattered by his experience of serving in the Imperial Police in Burma between 1922 and 1927. In “Shooting an Elephant” and “A...

19 Jun 2013

Analysis of opposing trinities in Paradise Lost

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

In the Epic poem, “Paradise Lost”, one can determine various parallels present concerning religious entities. One of the most startling similarities is that of the Holy Trinity and an opposing evil Trinity. As you know, the Holy Trinity consists of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit....

19 Jun 2013

Humanistic Ideals in More's Utopia

Case study - 3 pages - Literature

Intellectual engrossment and appreciation today resulted from the humanism movement during the Italian Renaissance and progressed into England. Nicolas Mann's “The Origins of Humanism” entails the evidence in which this movement took place and describes what humanism truly is. By...

19 Jun 2013

The Comeback Kids

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

The greatest among us once were small. The movies 8 Mile and Ali showcase how two historical figures who are still alive today, Marshall Mathers (Eminem) and Muhammad Ali, succeeded despite facing great obstacles throughout their lives. The biographical film, Ali¸ directed by Michael Mann,...

17 Jun 2013

The James Ossuary: A question of historical integrity

Case study - 2 pages - Literature

In 2002, an Ossuary, presumably which at one time held the bones of James, the brother of Jesus, was discovered. This plunged the archeological world in to an extremely contested debate as to whether or not this particular relic was indeed authentic. From examining the evidence and the opinion of...

17 Jun 2013

The English renaissance - historical and cultural background

Case study - 7 pages - Literature

In 1485, Henry Tudor won the battle of Bosworth against Richard III, becoming Henry VII, the founder of one of the greatest dynasties of English history. His victory marked the end of the civil war between the noble houses of York and Lancaster known as the War of the Roses (1455-1485). To...