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The story “Neighbors”

In the story “Neighbors”, a man and a woman’s true nature is revealed when nobody is watching. Bill and Arlene Miller are introduced as a normal, “happy,” middle class married couple, but they feel less important than their friends Harriet and Jim Stone, who live in the apartment across the hall. The Miller’s perceive the Stone’s to have a better and more eventful life. The Stones get to travel often because o Jim’s job, leaving their ca and plants n the care of the Millers. When the Stones leave on…

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Johnny Got His Gun

Existence is like a creature that hides and then reveals itself. Existence is defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary as the “state or fact of being. ” This existence strives to reach truth which is located beyond space and time, yet truth must be grasped by existence nevertheless. This is accomplished through ritual, which can bring about the capturing of the inconceivable. Edward P. Vargo stated that John Updike uses ritual “to fulfill the great desire of capturing the past, to make the present meaningful through connection with the past,…

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A short story: Saturday

A day at the beach is relaxing, the amusement park fun, but neither is more satisfying than a day spent working in my backyard. Saturday morning begins on my back porch where I slip on my old tennis shoes, stained green from years of cutting grass in them. Three stone steps lead down to the backyard, where warm sunshine filters through the tall pine trees surrounding it, providing light and shade. The sun in my backyard is as warm as the sun at any beach, but without the crowds to…

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Article Review: Motherly Advice

Did your mother read to you when you were six weeks old? Did she teach you how to do math problems when you were two? Recently, I read the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and found an editorial on child development. Kathleen Parkers article, First Three Years Arent That Critical tells us that parents today are putting to much emphasis on what the media and medical journals are saying, instead of using common sense. The article emphasizes that parents are going overboard on these new studies using good argumentative techniques. Although I…

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Creative Writing: Spawn

The spawn knelt in the shadows of the corner. His iridescent eyes searching the dark for his prey. A prey he knew very well, almost too well. From the end of the stone corridor the spawn’s ear picked out a single disturbance. From behind the mask a man’s mouth twisted in a smile and a thought of satisfaction crossed his mind. Rising to his feet the spawn walked defiantly down the corridor. His armoured boots making no sound on the cold floor. A heart that beat no blood, pounded within…

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Waco Inncodent

My name is Jim, just Jim its easier this way, and I was one of the nine survivors in the Waco compound standoff. Before I go into what I think went wrong to our religious sanctuary, let me tell you how I met David and a little about our great deciple. Back in the early 90s I had been drumming in a nowhere rock band when I met and befriended David Koresh. I needed some new drum sticks, and on the way to a gig stopped in at a local…

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Essays Human Mosaic

The magical coin

Can you believe that this RM 0. 10 can make a big miracle to us? asked Mursyid to his friends. The tiny coin glittered as the ray of the sun striked. He smiled as none can answer. Or maybe none believed. Mujahid came with his pals, and he overheard Mursyid. Bla, bla, bla, enough with your chat, Mursyid, said he, not looking at the group. And you guys, cant you do any better things rather than hearing his gobbledygook talk? Ten cents cant change your life. Really. Mursyid shook his…

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Go Ask Alice

Have you ever had a problem? I’m sure you have because everybody sometime in there life does. The book I read Go Ask Alice by an anonymous author is all about problems, conflicts, and how to deal with them. I would give a lot of information on the author if that was possible, but the author is anonymous so I can not do so. From the very first page I had a hunch that this book was about a drug addiction problem. “SUGAR & SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE; ACID &…

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The Chrysanthemums Short Story Analysis

The Chrysanthemums is a short story in The Long Valley, a collection of short stories by John Steinbeck. This story dramatizes the efforts made by a housewife, Elisa Allen, to compensate for the disappointments which she has encountered in her life. Steinbeck makes it clear that Elisa yearns for something more in her life then the everyday routines of farm life. While Elisa is portrayed as strong, in the end, her strength serves to be insufficient in having the courage to effect any real change in her life since her…

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Was it heaven or hell

The family consisted of four persons: Margaret Lester, widow, aged thirty six; Helen Lester, her daughter, aged sixteen; Mrs. Lester’s maiden aunts, Hannah and Hester Gray, twins, aged sixty-seven. Waking and sleeping, the three women spent their days and night in adoring the young girl; in watching the movements of her sweet spirit in the mirror of her face; in refreshing their souls with the vision of her bloom and beauty; in listening to the music of her voice; in gratefully recognizing how rich and fair for them was the…

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My Life Short Story

To be given the chance to play little league was one of the greatest times of my life. I played little league for four years, and every year I made the all-star team. My best friend and I played on every regular season team and every all-star team together. The final game of our career was unforgettable. It had been 4 years of great enjoyment with my best friend, Cody Smith. We always clowned around in practice, but when the game would start we had a high intensity. Cody would…

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The short story “A Haunted House” Analysis

The short story “A Haunted House” is story with meaning, by portraying to us the treasure of life. When two ghosts are searching through their old house, looking for their “Treasure”, the treasure or meaning is revealed to us. The joy and love shared between two people is the treasure, the treasure of life. By using irony and stream of consciousness Virginia Woolf is able to reveal the meaning of the story. Virginia Woolf uses a style called the “Stream of Consciousness”, revealing the lives of her characters by revealing…

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Torture of the Innocent

Today is Sunday, Sue’s cleaning day. Sue wakes up and gets in the shower, where she uses her Vidal Sassoon shampoo and conditioner, her Nair shaving cream, and her Lava Soap. After she’s done she almost immediately begins brushing her teeth using her Colgate toothpaste and Plax mouthwash, then applies her Lubriderm lotion, her Arrid deodorant, and her Cover Girl makeup products. She blows her nose in her Kleenex tissue and gets dressed in hr Calvin Klein clothes. Throughout the day Sue uses Pledge, Windex, Drano and Glade to help…

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A short story on Metamorphoses

The loud cries of teenagers fill the night, their laughter and screams echo through the streets. The many partygoers crowd the narrow sidewalks, stumbling and leaning on each other for support. This is the typical Friday night in State College. The dance party music resonates from each fraternity house as well as the tall apartment buildings that tower over the town. The smell of beer fills the air. Turning away from gazing into the night, I look for my group of friends. I hurriedly walk to catch up to where…

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Even Elephants are Afraid of Mice

Ping! The sonar continued its never ending beat. Waves of powerful but invisible sound pounded the black ocean waters in a futile attempt to hear the enemy. A propeller, a turbine or even a cough were all that they needed to catch the mouse. A whisper of sound and the chase would begin. The mouse was no fool. It would not let out so much as a squeak to give the cat the thrill of the hunt. It would bide its time in the shadows of the deep blue grotto…

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Always tomorrow

“There is always tomorrow. “, or maybe the all to common, ” I’ll do it later. “, these were a couple of my mottos when it came to getting anything of importance done! It never fails that when I need to get something done, it never happens. Or if it does then it comes right down to the wire. I think my life has come to be just a series of last minute choices that has really made huge impacts. So for anyone out there that can relate to me…

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Midget Village

One Saturday night, I left the house to go to a friends house, and the last words that came out of my parents mouth was to be careful. That statement went in one ear and out the other. People never think that anything would ever happen to them because they take their safety for granted. I told them that I am always careful and Ill be home soon, so I left. I started up my car and fished around in my back seat for my CD case so I wouldnt…

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How Fictional Elements help us Understand a Short Story

The Fictional Elements of most short stories help the reader grasp a better meaning of the theme. Some Fictional elements are the character, setting, point of view and symbolism. In this essay I will show how these fictional elements help readers develop a better understanding of the theme in a short story. Each element is important in there own ways, but yet still linked to each other to complete the story. In Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the elements…

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The Slopes of Kilimanjaro

Ernest Hemingways background influenced him to write the short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro. One important influence on the story was that Hemingway had a fear of dying without finishing a work. Hemingway confirmed this fear in many interviews. Baker, in The Slopes of Kilimanjaro, states that Hemingway could well express the feelings of Harry because they both feared death in the event that they may have unfinished a work (50). Similarly, in The Snows of Kilimanjaro Harry, the protagonist, is constantly facing death. In an effort to get his…

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Willa Cathers short story Pauls Case

  In Willa Cathers short story Pauls Case we learn of a young man who is fighting what he fears most: to be as common and plain as his world around him. How others perceive Paul only encourages him to fulfill his dream of escaping his monotonous lifestyle. Paul feels he is drowning in his everyday environment and his only breath of air is his savior: the theater. Paul has very little interest in his class studies. This leaves him open to distraction and eventually criticism. Although Pauls appearance is…

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