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Doll’s House Analysis

To view a work of art separately from its environment, ignoring the context, will often undermine important aspects of the work. However, embracing the context will allow one to appreciate the full scope and depth of the piece. In order to fully absorb and understand it, one must consider factors in the artists life and surroundings, i. e. the context. Henrik Ibsen created A Dolls House between 1878 and 1880. Like any significant work of art the context not only influenced the play, but were essential parts of it. Norway,…

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Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria, written by Carolly Erickson

Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria, written by Carolly Erickson, was a candid tale of the life of Victoria, a British queen whose obstinate and pertinacious behavior helped to maintain England’s impenetrable reign over the rest of the world. Erickson aimed to prove that women, such as Victoria, were entirely competent of governing themselves and others, even though women were regarded as inferior and in need of male supervision. The author successfully accomplished her purpose of depicting Victoria in a positive light by imforming the reader of how…

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Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s Obsession

Throughout Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s personality could be defined as dark, menacing, and brooding. He is a dangerous character, with rapidly changing moods, capable of deep-seeded hatred, and incapable, it seems, of any kind of forgiveness or compromise. In the first 33 chapters, the text clearly establishes Heathcliff as an untamed, volatile, wild man and establishes his great love of Catherine and her usage of him as the source of his ill humour and resentment towards many other characters. However, there are certain tensions, contradictions, and ambiguities present in Chapter 34…

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Green Willow (Japanese Literature)

Without honor, life is meaningless. According to the folktale, Green Willow, honor is essential to an individual of Japanese decent. This tale explains what the people of this country value and how they function. As the story unfolds, so do the components that form what Japan is. The background contains the codes and classes in which they live. The plot draws our attention, however it is the elements of the culture that is taken into account. In addition, it presents a conflict that is dealt with by society everyday. That…

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Immigrants from the “Gilded Age”

In the “Gilded Age” immigrants from all over the world became part of America’s working nation in hopes of finding a new and better life for themselves and their families. As more and more new families moved to America with high hopes, more and more people fell victims to the organized society, politics, and institutions better described as, the system. The system was like a jungle, implying that only the strong survived and the weak perished. Bosses always picked the biggest and strongest from a throng of people desperate for…

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Light in August by Faulkner Analysis

Faulkner’s Light in August is a metaphor. In fact it is many metaphors, almost infinitely many. It is a jumble of allusions, themes, portraits, all of them uniquely important, many of them totally unrelated. In fact no 20th century writer has even approached the sheer quantity of symbolism Faulkner packed into every page, with, perhaps, the exception of James Joyce who went so far as to surpass Faulkner in this regard. So obviously it would be foolish to attempt to trace every line, follow every branch to its root, one…

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Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson: Life after death

Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson are two Modern American Poets who consistently wrote about the theme of death. While there are some comparisons between the two poets, when it comes to death as a theme, their writing styles were quite different. Robert Frosts poem, Home Burial, and Emily Dickinsons poems, I felt a Funeral in my Brain, and I died for Beauty, are three poems concerning death. While the theme is constant there are differences as well as similarities between the poets and their poems. The obvious comparison between the…

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Robert E. Lee: “I would rather die a thousand deaths”

In 1861, on the eve of civil war, President Abraham Lincoln tapped I, Robert E. Lee to take command of the United States Army. being The fifty-five year old silver-haired veteran that had graduated second in my class at West Point, served valiantly during the Mexican War under General Winfield Scott, and had, with his forces, put down the insurrection at Harper’s Ferry, capturing abolitionist John Brown. By all accounts, i was the man to lead the Army, as renowned for his gentlemanly character as for his military skill and…

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The Grin that Apes a Smile

The doctrine, or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity, and is most acceptably expounded with the grin that apes a smile. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious,” writes Ambrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary. Optimism is more traditionally known as the belief that everything will get better, and that all things are for the best. Unfortunately for the characters…

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Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales – Comparing the Miller’s Tale and the Reeve’s Tale

In the conclusion between the Miller’s Tale and the Reeve’s Tale, the Reeve’s Tale is far more insulting and malicious and convincingly closer to the true definition of quiting, then the Miller’s Tale. The Reeve’s Tale defines what trickery and evildoing and cuckolding is. The Miller’s Tale is more of a tale dealing with a form of black ‘humor and slapstick comedy, rather than a succession of put-downs which occurred in the Reeve’s Tale. In the Miller’s Tale, we see many insults directed towards bow ignorant the man was in…

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Huckleberry Finn: Conflicts Analysis

-The man vs. man conflict is brought up many times throughout this story. The first that is posed is the conflict between Huckleberry and Pap. Pap is Huckleberrys abusive biological father, and an alcoholic to boot. He first comes in and tries to steal his sons fortune, just so he can get drunk. Huckleberry is kidnapped by his father for a short time, and during this is beaten many times. Huckleberry eventually escapes as he saws his way out of a shed with an old saw he finds. He then…

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Analysis

In the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie, the main character, Tom Wingfield, is also the narrator, and the play is recalled from his memory. The story begins by telling of Toms father who has abandoned his wife, Amanda, and children sixteen years prior, leaving Tom the sole benefactor. Their father only sent word once in the form of a small postcard from Mexico. After this has been narrated, Tom, with his mother and handicapped sister, Laura, sit down to dinner and immediately Amandas pushy and dominant personality becomes overwhelmingly…

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Realism in Death of a Salesman

Realism in Death of a Salesman Realism can be defined as an attempt to reproduce the surface appearance of the life of normal people in everyday situations (Kennedy 1410). Basically realism is a situation that normal people can relate to based on their own experiences. Realism is extremely prevalent in the play Death of a Salesman. The characters in the play all have real world problems. Lack of money is one of the problems, which is a problem for many people. There are also many conflicts within the family; the…

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“Home Burial” by Robert Frost Analysis

In the poem “Home Burial” by Robert Frost, it is easy to see both positive and negative aspects of both characters. I feel that Frost favors the man. Although he talks about how the man seems to not have feelings, the man actually does. The man feels sad for his dead child. He just goes about showing it in a different way. The man feels that he must move on with his life. He tries to get his mind off the whole thing. He digs the grave and then tries…

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Chinua Achebes, Things Fall Apart: Okonkwo

Chinua Achebes, Things Fall Apart could be considered a modern-day epic as a result of its world-renowned recognition; eight million papers in print in fifty different languages. Achebes main character in the novel: Okonkwo compares to the heroic figure of Odysseus, in Homers epic The Iliad. Okonkwo embodies the early ideals, characteristics, and traditions of his people and/or nation. And through Achebes dignified literary style, and use of language-Okonkwo represents the concept of self and society, and of the culture class during Africas colonization by western philosophy. Okonkwo is introduced…

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Caesar’s Funeral Speeches – “Justification versus Manipulation”

In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, one of the most important and significant orations are the funeral speeches given by both Brutus and Mark Antony. At first glance, the funeral speeches seem to have no true significant meaning. However upon further investigation it is established that the speeches ultimately serve as the basis for the final outcome of the play. By exploring the speeches of both Brutus and Mark Antony we are able to focus on the key components which differentiate one from the other. Through this examination we are also…

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Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliot novel analysis

Careful He Might Hear You, by Sumner Locke Elliot, is a complicated novel, revolving around the story of a six year old boy named PS and his search for personal identity amidst the conflicts of his closest relatives. The narration of these conflicts, as well as the history behind their origins, forms the basis of the novel, and while the different types of relationships between the characters are not the main focus of the novel, the author links them with each of the characters sense of identity and their personal…

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The Mill on The Floss Summary by George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss is a book written by George Eliot, whose real name is Mary Anne (later Marian) Evans. There is a great deal of autobiography in this book. The facts of Mary Anne’s life do not match Maggie Tulliver, but there is an obvious reflection of her own life. Book One: Chapter1-13 The novel opens up with a description of the countryside around the town of St. Ogg’s and the river Floss. In the second chapter Maggie, Mr. Tulliver, Mrs. Tulliver, and Mr. Riley are introduced. Mr.…

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Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart Comparison

My interest in Joseph Conrad is centered around understanding what brought him to the Congo and how the events that transpired there influenced his attitudes in Heart of Darkness. I also wanted to gain a greater understanding of the historical events that led to the colonization of the Congo. This interest is basically grounded in the fact that prior to my exposure to Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart, I knew virtually nothing about what actually led to the colonization of the area. It is my hope that through…

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Social Conflicts in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain was known as a humorist and in fact, humor was a tool he used to strengthen his points about what he saw as the major problems of the day. Living at the time of the Civil War, he clearly saw and chose to address such problems as slavery, child abuse, religion and feuds. In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain expresses his loathing for some of these serious social problems and yet in general, he never loses his humorous touch. Nonetheless, when he deals with the ills of society that…

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