📖 Essays on Literature

“Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

Introduction Like Water for Chocolate written by Laura Esquivel is considered to be a marvelous novel published in 1989. The story overview gives an opportunity to realize the basic themes highlighted by the author who strived to underline such issues as “familial insubordination, passion and dictatorial governance”. The author strived...

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“A Rose for Emily” a Story by William Faulkner

The story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is one of the famous short stories. William Faulkner is one of the well-known American writers of the twentieth century that belongs to the famous Southern writers. The plot of the story centers on the relationship between the Grierson’s family and...

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Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

Introduction The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald set in the roaring twenties. During that turbulent period the U.S. economy was thriving, Wall Street was booming and there was great social upheaval. For instance, the nineteenth amendment had just granted women the right to...

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The Lottery: Symbolism

Shirley Jackson possesses a well known reputation for dark fiction writing. Although her short story The Lottery generated a lot of controversy, it ranks as a great piece of fictional writing. Although possessing a very ordinary and mundane setting, the simplicity of Jackson’s direct writing technique and the way she...

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Symbolism in “1984” by Orwell: Social and Political Issues

Outline The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four written by George Orwell is one of the most famous political satires. In the novel, the author mocks the totalitarian government which exists in the place called Oceania, where people’s thoughts, emotions and actions are controlled by the ruler, Brother. The people are physically tortured...

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Symbolism in “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

Introduction There can be little doubt as to the fact that the theme of civilization vs. savagery defines the overall semantic meaning of William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies. In it, the author strived for nothing less than exposing the actual mechanics of the process of civilized young boys...

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“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Hurston

In her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Hurston describes the struggle of an African-American woman to obtain independence in the world where she is regarded mostly as an object. During the span of her life the main character, Janie Crawford has to prove that she is a self-sufficient...

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“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

The present essay is devoted to the discussion of the male figures described in a famous work of Ralph Ellison titled “Invisible Man” – this book was published in 1952 and won him great fame. It was widely recognized during the author’s lifetime and after his death because it was...

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Analysis of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

Revenge An eye for an eye is predominantly seen in Hamlet, the lack of understanding and the impulsive attitude of Hamlet gives the play another dimension altogether. Revenge is not a good thing to pursue but Hamlet chose to do so and together with his impulsive nature, cost him dearly....

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“Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer

The story of Christopher McCandless by Jon Krakauer is a manifest of a man’s challenge to himself and nature. Inspired by true events in the life of the 24-year-old person it is a testimony of the high values prominence. It is also the result of testing the will in terms...

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“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare: The Character of Gertrude

Introduction William Shakespeare is the playwright whose name implies the whole époque in the sphere of English drama and whose contribution to literature development one cannot overestimate. Along with the themes covered and the problems his works focus on, they attract the readers’ attention by the depth and skills depicted...

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“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin

Introduction James Baldwin spent most of his adult life living in France, but is widely recognized as an essentially American writer. Having been born and raised in New York’s Harlem district, he was intimately familiar with the sights and sounds that appeared in his stories even though he’d put an...

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“Cathedral” the Story by Raymond Carver

Introduction Short stories have the ability to convey a great deal of information in a short space of time through careful use of literary tools such as imagery, narration and contrast. By using these tools to deliver a consistent message, writers are able to question many of our assumed knowledge...

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Claude McKay‘s “Crazy Mary”

The reality of modern life is such that every person in this way or another tries to find relief in something. For me, it is literature that helps to understand the world better, to adjust to it, and not to get lost in the numerous problems life presents us with....

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Biography and Writing

Introduction Edgar Allan Poe did not live an easy life while he was growing up. Early in his life, he lost a mother along with a mother figure due to illness. Both of his father figures left him as well, so at the age of 16, he was an orphan...

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“The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger

“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger should be taught in High school because this work includes the psychological moments appropriate to the age of high school. J.D. Salinger is one of the most famous representatives of the New York literary school of 1940 – 60-ies of the XX-th...

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Short Story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

In the short story “Everyday Use” Alice Walker focuses on the concept of cultural heritage and the way it can be perceived (or even distorted) by different people. One of the main characters, Dee is a person who attempts to alienate herself from her roots in every possible way. She...

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`The Cask of Amontillado` by Edgar Allen Poe

The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allen Poe, is a story of revenge by aristocratic Montressor who decides to kill Fortunato in a deceitful cruel way to punish him for an insult. Poe weaves a mood of gloom, despondency, and grotesque into this story, by using the literary elements of...

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“The Souls of Black Folk” by Du Bois

Du Bois was very good at many traits for instance he was a civil rights activist, a professor of Sociology, a writer, and in addition to this, he also tried his hands at many more things. When he was 95 years of age, he became a citizen of Ghana. Du...

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Gene and Phineas in “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles

Introduction The novel “A separate Peace” by John Knowles is a truly remarkable work, which gives insights into the inner worlds of two ordinary boys, exploring crucial topics, like jealousy, betrayal, true friendship, forgiveness, relationships between people. It introduces a flashback narration of the protagonist of the story Gene about...

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Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie by Williams

Introduction The play The Glass Menagerie describes a unique experience of people during 1940s and their relations with the outside world. Laura Wingfield symbolizes unmitigated difference. Her “morbid shyness” (to use a phrase Williams had applied to himself as a boy) prevents her from having any kind of normal relationship...

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A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

The play A View from the Bridge, written by famous American writer Arthur Miller, presents the story of an Italian –American immigrant; Eddie Carbone living in the Red Hook of Brooklyn, near New York. Like William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller tries to catch the attention of the audience at the very...

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“The World is Flat” the Book by Thomas L. Friedman

Introduction In his 2005 book, “The World is Flat – A Brief History of 21st Century”, Thomas L. Friedman has come with the theory, which was known to all of us for some time now, though without realizing it. Friedman is of the view that since the fall of Berlin...

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“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A very successful doctor and his family rented a summer house for three months. It was more like an estate. It was the sort of place where there is a big house and large trees are growing everywhere. And somewhere on the property, there is a boathouse built near a...

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“Oedipus the King” by Sophocles

Philosophy and literature have always tried to resolve the age-old conflict between free will. In fact, some philosophers believe that a human being is devoid of such gift as free will; such belief is often called fatalism. Our ability to cope with the overwhelming forces has always been disputed. It...

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Hamlet: Character Analysis

Shakespeare is a household name; he was a creative genius and produced more masterpieces than one. His popularity knows no bounds, even to date people hold the highest regard for his work. His work constitutes a part of the syllabus in major Universities and colleges. Hamlet is one of his...

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“The Last Knight” Book by Norman Cantor

The Last Knight – The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era is a non-fictional book by Norman F. Cantor. It is the fourth edition published by Free Press, New York, 2004. The story is set in England in the late 14th century at the...

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“Out, Out” by Robert Frost

The poem “Out, Out” by Robert Frost is a realistic depiction of the flow of life in rural areas where it is shown how it can be interrupted suddenly. This paper analyzes the poem in terms of its narration and its main theme. The setting of the poem could be...

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“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

Introduction “A Rose for Emily” By William Faulkner is one of the typical stories, reflecting the main character, Emily as soul of conflicts, disintegrated soul. The whole story revolves round one main character, Emily and one town, narrated by an unknown narrator. Emily lives a luxurious life in a poor...

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“The Story of a Hour” the Short Story by Kate Chopin

Introduction Kate Chopin was a prolific writer of the 19th century whose short stories usually delved upon the topic of the repression of women’s rights during a male dominated era of mankind. The Story of an Hour was written by her as a way of expressing her sentiments about the...

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Hamlet as the Hero of the Play

The story of Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet revolves around the hero Hamlet, who is rather than being an action hero is (contrary to the expectations of the audience) a hero of INACTION. Revenge is the main motive in the play. But it is the delay in action rather than action...

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“Oedipus the King” by Sophocles.

Introduction Oedipus the King is a typical Sophoclean tragedy where the tragedy of Oedipus is foreshadowed in the beginning of the play. The oracle predicts that Oedipus would be killing his own father and marrying his own mother. Since then, Oedipus tries to escape the inevitable fate that awaits him....

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“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell.

Introduction “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is a one act play which analyzes the investigation of the murder of John Wright through various dialogues of men and women that are connected to the victim and his accused wife. This paper addresses the themes that occurred throughout the play that help to...

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.

Introduction The story that has been taken under consideration goes by the name of “The Story of an Hour”, which has been written by the very famous author Kate Chopin. The story is about what takes place within an hour in the life of Mrs. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard according to...

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“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost: Critical Analysis

Introduction The poem chosen for this critical analysis essay is Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”. This poem was published by Frost in 1916 and appears in Mountain Interval of 1920. The Poem was retrieved from Bartleby.com Great Books Online and is as follows: The Road Not Taken by Robert...

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Setting in “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

Introduction “The Story of an Hour”, by Kate Chopin portrays the inner turbulence of a lady known as Mrs. Mallard. The writer describes the palpitations Mrs. Mallard goes through the moment she comes to know the sudden demise of her husband, Brently Mallard. The writer, in the same piece of...

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Themes of Death of a Salesman and Oedipus Rex

As fine pieces of literature, both ‘Death of a salesman’ and ‘Oedipus Rex’, demonstrate the tragic lives of human beings in this distressed world. Even though each one has its own supporting themes, there are some common themes like fate, insanity, isolation and tragedy. Both, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex and...

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Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

As a preface to “Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain wrote the following words:” Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” (Twain, 7) Nevertheless, since...

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“The Story Of An Hour” by Kate Chopin

Introduction The Story Of An Hour by Kate Chopin is a story that strikes close to home for most married women even in today’s world of equal rights and women’s liberty. It is my belief that the central theme of the story delves on the seeming lack or loss of...

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

Abstract This paper explores the possible ways of incorporating quotations and writing about an interesting character and theme in the story of Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”. The theme focuses on Chopin’s view of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s marriage, an empty or contented marriage; also this paper focuses...

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Symbolism in “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

Introduction Where do the ducks go when it becomes winter. This is an example of symbolism in this novel, which is filled with many more symbols, about Holden or his view on life. The ducks can be symbolizing Holden’s impulse to run away from the world and its problem and...

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Short Stories by Flannery O’Connor

When one thinks of the American literature of the 20th century, the name of Flannery O’Connor is one among the first to come to his or her mind. Flannery O’Connor (1925-64) is now recognized as one of the greatest American writers of the period. Though the author’s hereditary disease prevented...

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Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Introduction A Midsummer Night’s Dream marks the maturation of William Shakespeare’s comic form beyond situation and young romantic love. Shakespeare adds to the richness of comic structure by interweaving the love plot with a cast of rustic guildsmen, who are out of their element as they strive to entertain the...

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Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” Review

Abstract Plato’s cave allegory is an analogy of an individual’s journey from ignorance to enlightenment, as well as referring to his beliefs of the world of appearances, and the world of Reality. Plato’s fable “The Allegory of the Cave” reflects the vast wisdom of Plato, his teacher and the philosophers...

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The Art of Drama. ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare

Introduction In the play ‘Hamlet’, by William Shakespeare, a complex plot is created right at the commencement of the play including the murder of King Hamlet of Denmark and the hurried marriage of Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) to the late king’s brother, Claudius. The play however revolves around the task undertaken...

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Three important things in novel “The Gate to Women’s Country”

Introduction To describe any one of the three – ethics, culture or socialization – in isolation, might not only be impossible, but will also sound quite ludicrous. To describe what ethics are all about in a particular culture, the socialization process of the individual needs to be studied. Socialization involves...

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Greek Mythology – A Revelation

Greek Mythology, on the whole, consists of stories of gods and goddesses who purportedly dwelt on Mt Olympus. But it is not an account of the Greek religion. The modern idea of a real myth is that it constitutes an explanation of something in nature; for example, how and everything...

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Doubleness in Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Introduction This essay deals with an analysis of different forms and patterns in which the concepts of duplicity and doubleness are represented in Stevenson’s famous novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’. The issues of duplicity/doubleness were not an accident thematic choice for Stevenson for he was...

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Themes and Characters in Shakespeare’s Plays

Shakespeare was a master craftsman who depicted almost all aspects of human life in his plays. He delves deep into the psyche of the characters and tries to bring out the most inner feelings of the characters in his dramatic works. The theme of ambition is a recurrent theme for...

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Depth in Ashliman’s “Dharmabuddhi and Pâpabuddhi”

The concept and perception of depth in art is the ability of a piece of work to explore more than two dimensions. It is the ability of a product of art to interrogate and appeal to more than the visible dimension. It is the ability of the artwork to move...

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Alexander of Macedon: A Historical Biography by Green

Introduction Alexander of Macedon, 356–323 BC: A Historical Biography is a notable book written by Peter Green. The author is a British novelist and classical scholar, famous for his historical books. The presented work can be considered one of the most significant ones Green has written. Moreover, the book can...

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“Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving

Personal Response to Rip Van Winkle Washing Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” is a powerful historical material that describes the issues experienced by many Americans before and after the Revolutionary War. The author uses the life of Rip Van Winkle to analyze the practices of many communities. The story highlights the...

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“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Introduction Ambrose Bierce was an American journalist and author. He participated in the Civil War, serving in the Ninth Indiana Infantry.1 During this period, Bierce published various articles and essays. Afterwards, he started a new career as a journalist. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is Bierce’s most famous story....

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Reading Between the Lines: My Papa’s Waltz and Mending Wall

Theodore Roethke – My Papa’s Waltz Being easily one of the most misunderstood poems in the history of American poetry, My Papa’s Waltz is appealing to the general audience in many ways. Personally, I like the poem for several reasons, one of them being the atmosphere that the given poem...

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Folklore Genres and Analysis

Introduction Throughout this course, I have learned many things that I was not aware of hitherto concerning traditions and especially folklores. Folklore, which is also popularly known as ‘lore’, includes oral history, music, jokes, proverbs, legends, fairy tales, tall tales, as well as traditional customs of different cultures or groups....

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The Characters of Eleonora and Tia Roma Comparison

Topic Is it relevant to discuss Eleonora in “Eleonora” by Edgar Allan Poe and Tia Roma in Torquemada at the Stake by Benito Perez Galdos as agents of knowledge or as objectified characters? Textual evidence Quote #1 (from text #1) Eleonora “grieved to think that, having entombed her in the...

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“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

In spite of research indicating the methods helping to reduce inequality in healthcare, the problem of health disparities is still recognized as a critical question. In her award-winning book titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot (2010) tells the story of a financially disadvantaged African-American cervical cancer patient whose...

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“The Tipping Point” a Book by Malcolm Gladwell

Introduction The concept of “the tipping point” can be boiled down to a series of events that lead to a sudden change. This can encompass a variety of aspects such as the sell off period in a stock market after months or years of a bull run, the sudden popularity...

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“A&P” and “Hills Like White Elephants” Stories Comparison

Introduction The choice of a narrative mode shapes how readers perceive the actions of the main characters. This paper will include an analysis of two short stories, namely Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway and A&P by John Updike. These literary works exemplify different story-telling techniques that enable the...

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Law of the Jungle in Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”

There is a great number of different masterpieces of literature in the world. Each of them describes some peculiar phenomenon or event. The majority of books are devoted to human beings and their feelings and emotions. There are, however, some works that are devoted to animals and their touching allegiance...

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Food and Identity in Nguyen’s “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner”

Every culture has its own unique and distinct tradition which is a trademark of identification of every nation. Immigrates are away from their lands and tradition, they face cultural influences that are enforced by an external environment. This essay paper analyzes immigrates experiencing cultural adaptation of Stealing Buddha dinner written...

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Solomon Northup’s “Twelve Years a Slave” Memoir

Northup’s life like before slavery Being born a free person, Solomon Northup enjoyed all the privileges granted by liberty and managed to use many opportunities of his position as a free man. His father managed to educate him and, thus, he could read, write, and he even played the violin....

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“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

The excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells about the memories of a little girl. Marguerite Johnson and her brother Bailey, abandoned by their parents, go to their father’s mother to Stamps, Arkansas. That is how children start living with their grandmother whom they soon begin to...

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“The Age of Empire: 1875-1914” by Eric Hobsbawm

The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 is a historical book written by Eric Hobsbawm. The author described the period as significant towards the development of our present global economy and politics. One important thing about the book is that the author divides historians of the 19th century into two groups: those...

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Rupert Brooke’s and Wilfred Owen’s War Poems

“Dulce Et Decorum Est” – Wilfred Owen In comparing and contrasting Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen, we will look at their various works and see the comparisons and differences, if any, in opinions about World War One. First, let’s look at Wilfred Owen’s poems. In Dulce Et Decorum Est, Owen...

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Ethnic Identity in Asian American Fiction Authors

The Names of Novelists and Their Works The basic idea of ​​the paper is to demonstrate ethical identity as one of the social aspects involved in Asian American literature. Due to the fact that immigrants have made a great contribution to the formation of cultural heritage, it is necessary to...

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Black American Literature

Abstract During the colonial period in America, Black Americans lived under oppression by their white colonial masters. They never enjoyed similar rights as the white American citizens. Blacks were denied the freedom of expression. Because of this, African American writers decided that it would be good to present their grievances...

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The Idea of Heroism: “The Hobbit” and American Gods

Introduction There is probably no more fruitful field for authors describing heroes than fantasy literature. In these stories, good usually fights against bad, the hero is opposed to the villain, and their encounters are so exciting that the reader is fully involved in the events of the book. Most often,...

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Guillaume Apollinaire’s Surrealist Poetry

Eyeglasses For some you are a mask Disguising their true self. For some – a fashion choice Residing on a shelf. A window’s what you are to me, Through which I see the world. Without you it’s so unclear, And shapeless, and all burred. Group Surrealist Poem I would kill...

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Memory and Remembering: Foer, Griffin, and Doyle

In their works, Foer, Griffin, and Doyle chose to explore rather abstract subjects such as memory and remembering that resonate quite strongly in the age of information and the written word the society experiences these days. The three authors preferred different approaches to present their arguments. While Foer’s essay is...

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J. Foer, S. Griffin, B. Doyle: Comparative Analysis

Joshua Foer declares that to some level, memory has evolved into a less indispensable phenomenon in people’s everyday existence. In the contemporary domain that is endemic with technological developments, life has been made tranquil in a lot of methods. The author advances his idea of the procedure of reading and...

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Heritage and Culture in African American Literature

Introduction The introduction of African American heritage and cultural studies in the curriculums has had a lot of support as well as disapprovals regarding the content coverage. This paper forms an analysis of the challenges and the right Trans or multi-disciplinary approaches required to contribute to growth and development of...

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Language Manipulation

The use of words that give different but related meaning to the actual one is regarded as an abuse of language. The meaning derived when language is manipulated can be vague at times, but for people with a common agenda, for instance, opponents to a particular cause, it may not....

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