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One year before his death in 1950, George Orwell published a book entitled 1984. Since then, the novel has become a bible to people all over the world. The excitement is not only due to the fact that the novel is written so incredibly, and with such vision, but also because it makes a bold statement about humanity. This can be shown through the story itself, the way Orwell has set up the structure, the way he has written it and finally the way the story had a reality factor behind it. Many of

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston's unique novel of a girl evolving into a woman, is a story of finding one's personal identity and the process in getting to that level. Achieving this difficult goal is accomplished only by those who overcome multifarious struggles and have the faith to believe that everything will prosper. Hurston's example of such a person is the novel's main character, Janie Crowford-Killicks-Starks-Woods

The Character of Paul in Cather's "Paul's Case" Paul is the main character in Willa Cather's story Paul's Case, and throughout most of the story we are given only his perspective and feelings. This insight into Paul's mind exposes the reader to Paul's true character as he evolves into the person he has always wanted to be. Other aspects of the story such as Cather's vivid description of the setting, and the setting's change from the bleak home on Cordelia Street to the sparkling New York ho

Self Loyalty as demonstrated in Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a complex novel that ties together the deep, passionate characters and intricate themes that she is known for creating. One such theme touches on the results of honesty: self-integrity and unashamed self-honesty lead to a fulfilled lifestyle, though it may not necessarily be consistent with the socially defined term "full." The analysis and comparison of three characters in Wuthering Heights-Â

Beuwulf vs. Grendal Grendal, a descendant of Cain, is one of the main antagonist of the poem Beowulf. He lives under an inherited curse and is denied God's presence. Throughout the story Grendal causes enormous grief and fear to the people of Herot. After so much pain and agony the king of Herot, Hrothgar, sends for the protagonist of the poem, Beowulf. He is a Geat and the epic hero of the poem. The wide variety of distinctions between Grendal and Beowulf is what develops the clim

If you use this paper or any part of it please e-mail me @ to tell me your grade! Edgar Allan Poe created the first of what is known now as horror stories with The Fall of the House of Usher. He incorporates the feeling of horror into the story by using imagery throughout. One of the most important aspects of the story is the Usher house. It is explained in explicit detail to set the mood of the story. The narrator describes the house as deteriorating with 'e

If you use this paper or any part of it please e-mail me @ to tell me your grade! The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a story of love, pity, revenge, and forgiveness. It details the lives of the citizens of Salem during the witchcraft trials of the late 1600s, and how their community, and lives, were affected by them. In this time period the Puritans lived in a type of fear of the devil and were highly religious. Many innocent people were accused of witchcraft;

The Good Earth and Nectar in a Sieve Comparisons The Good Earth and Nectar in a Sieve were two very different novels. One was about a family in India under Hindu beliefs. The other was about a family in China that followed Buddhist beliefs. Both books share similar ideas. Although this is the case, the books have some unlike ideas. In Nectar in a Sieve and The Good Earth, three things are compared: weddings, duties of wives, and treatment of children. Weddings in a Hindu soci

Stereotyping in Ivanhoe Since the beginning of time, communication has been a huge part of the human race. One of the many ways to communicate is through literature. Authors use their words to express their ideas and feelings. There are many different types of literature that exist, and for almost any interest. Throughout the years, new and different types of literature were, are, used to entertain and educate the people of that time. One of the great types of literature is the romantic n

Voltaire's Candide is a novel which contains conceptual ideas and at the same time is also exaggerated. Voltaire offers sad themes disguised by jokes and witticism, and the story itself presents a distinctive outlook on life. The crucial contrast in the story deals with irrational ideas as taught to Candide about being optimistic, versus reality as viewed by the rest of the world. The main theme which is presented throughout the novel is optimism. Out of every unfortunate situation in the

Edith Wharton uses imagery in the novel Ethan Frome. Her use of imagery enhances the theme and reading experience of the novel. Her use of imagery vividly compares and contrasts Mattie and Zeena, the two women in Ethan's life. Mattie Silver is Zeena's cousin who comes to live with the Fromes. Mattie is the equivalent of modern-day maid, because she cooks and maintains the Frome household. Wharton describes Mattie as being a lively and happy young woman, before her suicide attempt tha

Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby, many characters played their roles as either using another person or people, or being used by people. Tom and Daisy are guilty of being users in this novel. Nick, George Wilson, Myrtle Wilson are all victims of being used by others. Gatsby seems to fit into both of these categories, meaning that he was a user, and was also used. Tom and Daisy were both users in The Great Gatsby. A line that exemplifies what the lived for is a quote from Nick Carraway,

Guilt and remorse are two prevalent forces that haunt the characters in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. People throughout that play change significantly as a result of the deaths of many key figures. Remorse comes about within the hearts of many characters in the play and has a drastic impact on the entire Salem community. Many characters feel guilt and remorse. Reverend John Hale, Abigail Williams, and Reverend Parris felt this guilty conscience, this remorse about what they had all done. R

Jay Gatsby from Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Don Quixote from Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha were two quite disillusioned men. They were both perplexed in a self-constructed world of heroism and fantasy alternating into reality. Don Quixote was a dreamer, one who beyond all enjoyed a good adventure. Jay Gatsby was also a dreamer who believed that he could "Repeat the past, of course"(111). Collectively they were too pre-occupied with their own fantastic image to fathom reality. Fo

Doesn't everyone like something for free? Well Napster is the thing for them. You can get free music in your own home. It's like having your own radio show in your house. You pick what song you want to listen to, when you want to listen to it. All you need is a computer. Napster is a computer program where you can download music from the Internet. It's like a big community of people sharing music with each other. It costs nothing. You just search for the songs of your choice. I believe

"Lolita" is an impressive and complex novel that allows its author, Vladimir Nabokov, to create a believable and realistic central character in the shape of Humbert Humbert. He appears to introduce Humbert as cruel and evil man, yet, almost touching. An enchanting figure that begs for the reader's sympathy. Nabokov skilfully manipulates the reader into feeling sympathy for both Humbert and the object of his affections - Lolita. This is indeed an incredible task for the author to achieve in s

Meursault's court-appointed lawyer informs him that the investigators checking into Meursault's private life have learned that Meursault was "insensitive" at Madame Meursault's funeral. Meursault explains that he probably did love his mother, but it didn't matter. The lawyer is clearly uncomfortable with Meursault's response. During the course of the eleven-month investigation that ensues, the magistrate takes to calling Meursault "Monsieur Antichrist" with an almost cordial air. Meursault's des

Mersault is notified by mail that his mother has died, though he is not sure of the exact date. He notes that the entire funeral moved so fast and deliberately that he remembers nothing except a comment of the nurse and the image of Perez crying. Upon waking up from his 12 hour sleep, Meursault realizes that it is Saturday and that he will receive a total of four days off from work. He notices how the apartment was too big with Mama gone and so he has only kept up what is necessary for his daily

In this book, two of the main characters are in complete contrast of each other regarding the effect of sin on their lives. Arthur Dimmesdale has a terrible secret. His secret is so great that it could ruin his life forever. The secret that so haunts him is the fact that he committed adultery along with Hester and created a baby girl named Pearl. He is so scared to tell the people because they hold him in such high regard. He is shaped into a shy, quiet, withdrawn man from this horrible inc

PUBLIC CEREMONIES IN 1984 AND WE George Orwell in 1984 and Yevgeny Zamyatin in We show that totalitarian governments gain strength by making their citizens feel as though they are part of a greater whole. This is demonstrated by the governments repeated use of public ceremonies culminating in huge, propaganda-filled spectacles that increase loyalty towards the government and create a sense of unity amongst the people. Both novels also use public executions to show the scare tactics used b

Searching For David's Heart, and the author is Adele Griffin. The main characters in this book is David and his sister Marcy. David is a 15 year old boy who likes sports and is well known at his school, he is a very popular kid. Marcy on the other hand doesn't like sports and she is not so popular at school, but she has friends and everything just not as much as David. I'm no exactly sure what city it takes place in but it is somewhere in Massachusetts. This book is 160 pages. I think

The Handmaid's Tale In a passage from pages 84-85 in Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, diction, imagery, syntax, rhetorical shifts and other literary devices were used to depict the character's attitude. Offred's attitude towards her life was one of sorrow and depression. Offred had begun to take her bath, something that she seldom got to go. During this time, she had a flashback about her daughter and was wondering what had happened to her. Offred was filled

The Sixth Sense Adam Fisher Professor Blackwell 11 October 2001 The problem with most horror films these days is that they seem to feel that disgust and fear are interchangeable; that waving a few severed limbs or some intestines at an audience will have the same effect as engaging that audience's imagination and playing on its deepest fears. Just how wrong this attitude is has been fully demonstrated over the past few months by the runaway success of M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.

During an unnamed time of war, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific. The pilot of the plane is killed, but many of the boys survive the crash and find themselves deserted on an uninhabited island, where they are alone without adult supervision. The novel begins with the aftermath of the crash, once the boys have reached the island. The first two boys introduced are the main protagonists of the story: Ralph is among the oldest of the boys, handsome and conf

If gaining success were easy, everybody would be successful. Although who is to say what exactly being successful embodies. In America, the success of a person is weighed according to the amount of materialistic possessions one has attained. In a success orientated society such as this, living according to these values means that one must also be aware of failure. In the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, the author touches upon the themes of failure and staying true to one's sel

Patriarchy, Conformity and Individuality as Expressed in The Bell Jar and Edible Woman There has always been some amount of difficulty being a woman in our society, whether it be in the present day or fifty years ago. There are many roles that women are expected to play and many circumstances they have to face if they "fail" to live out these certain roles. Our world is filled with conformity, patriarchy and stereotypical attitudes that are so embedded into us that it

Fear, confusion and intimidation are not just feelings. If they are used in the right way they can be used for control and power. A dictator in a totalitarian regime will use these emotions to control his people. The world that Winston Smith lives in has no personal rights, poor living conditions, and everything is controlled by hatred, even the people's history and language. The language Newspeak is being implemented by the government to limit the possibility of political rebellion by el

Fear, confusion and intimidation are not just feelings. If they are used in the right way they can be used for control and power. A dictator in a totalitarian regime will use these emotions to control his people. The world that Winston Smith lives in has no personal rights, poor living conditions, and everything is controlled by hatred, even the people's history and language. The language Newspeak is being implemented by the government to limit the possibility of political rebellion by el

The Jukebox Queen of Malta describes Rocco Raven's experiences during his eight months at Malta. One day, while walking through the mangled streets of the tiny Mediterranean island, Rocco notices a beautiful woman glancing back at him. He follows her into a house on Windmill Street. When the two finally come face to face in a barren room at the top of a staircase, they fall onto a mattress in a fervid embrace. After acting upon their passions, the woman leaves without even revealing her name

Throughout this novel, we see Alison adjust from a child to a young and confident woman. What events bring about this change? Introduction There are many important phases in life, ranging from baby, to toddler, to schoolchild to high school and finally to an adult. Many regard puberty as the most important phase as it involves growing from a dependant child to a self-sufficient adult. Growing up (maturing) is different in every individual. In the novel ‘

(Essay regarding novel Generals Die In Bed for Engl 101 - Final Grade B+) The thoughts and actions of the narrator in a novel can offer the reader unique insight into the narrator's personal values. In the novel Generals Die in Bed, by Charles Yale Harrison, the narrator reveals his personal values through both his actions and his commentary on the war around him. The narrator values education and knowledge, life and humanity, as well as charity and compassion. Although he

As reflected in The Glass Menagerie, the middle class during the 1930's was poor. Most lived in cramped apartments that the only way to leave was by walking down the fire escape. The men during this time period worked at low paying jobs that they loathed to provide for their families. While the women usually stayed at home until they were old enough to be married off because their families could not afford to provide them with a higher education. Tom shows us most men were not content to

Things are breaking up With Reference to specific incidents and characters, show how this statement can be justified and explain how life on the island has changed for the boys since their arrival. I believe that the boys’ society was doomed from the beginning. The greatest mistake the boys’ made from the start, is to try to replicate adult society as it would be back home. There are no adults on the island, and the boys are used to having order, and rules, so they try to make

What ideas about human nature and behaviour do you think Golding was trying to express in Lord of the Flies? Golding wrote Lord of the Flies in an effort to express the horrors that he had seen in the second world war. He had come to realise the evil that one man could do to another. The book is full of events that show Golding’s ideas about human nature. One of the ideas about man and evil that Golding tries to get across is that it is present in us as a result of our intelligence

The Catcher in the Rye Essay #1 From the time children that children come out of their mother's womb, they are caught. At playgrounds, mother's hands are always outstretched; ready to catch their young ones incase they fall off a swing or a seesaw. The parents protect their children until they think that they are old enough to fend for themselves and grow up. Holden Caulfield, however, wanted to protect all innocent people, and protect them forever, never letting them move on. He couldn't thin

Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies is a good book. It tells about a bunch of boys who get stranded on an island. They get stuck there, so they have to figure out what to do. There are lots of interesting things that happen in this book. It is a good book to read. First, a big plane full of boys crashes next to an island. There are two boys, Ralph and Piggy, who meet each other, start talking and find a conch. One of the boys, Ralph, blows the conch and everybody from the plane crash goes

The Styles of William Faulkner William Faulkner, one of the foremost American novelists in history, is also one of the most heavily criticized. Many critics feel that his style displays brilliant originality, while others complain that his writing is too verbose and difficult to understand. In my paper, I will describe the most important aspects of Faulkner s style, but also mention those for which he is reprimanded for so often. One of the first styles he displays in many of his novels is t

Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World out of fear of society's apparent lack of morals and corrupt behaviour during the roaring twenties. Huxley believed that the future was doomed to a non-individualistic, conformist society, a society void of the family unit, religion and human emotions. Throughout the novel, Huxley predicts many events for the future, most of which concentrate on a morally corrupt society. The most important of these predictions include: greater sexual fr

Transformation Most people go through life with their eyes closed, so to speak, never stopping to see the beautiful world around them. However, the people that do stop and observe the beauty often do great things with the knowledge from their experience. Two people that have done just that are Gary Snyder and Mary Oliver. Both Snyder and Oliver have written about their experience with nature. Although they have different backgrounds, write in different ways, and have different ideas of the pl

Age Of Empires, With a Little Neanderthal Persuasion Stalking through the columns of trees, girded in nothing but a loincloth and a club of monstrous proportions you look around unfamiliar surroundings. Cherry petals are falling on and around you as the tender grass crushes under your large bare feet. Looking into the clearing you sees a young man garbed in clothing the likes of which you have never seen. At his side is the sharpest blade you have ever seen but he looks like a gentle enoug

Tripmaster Monkey Wittman uses theatre throughout the book Tripmaster Monkey to get back to his cultural roots and Asian culture. He is trying to find himself through theatre and to open up a new avenue for his people. There are numerous examples of this throughout the book as he is writing his play and incorporating the old (legends and myths) with the new (contemporary times). The first significant reference to legend occurs when Wittman is putting his entire night s worth of writing i

An Author of the Times - Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis In the novel Arrowsmith, by Sinclair Lewis, written in 1925, one can read of our worlds lack of idealism in science, most often found in the medical profession (Encarta, 1). This book portrays the times in terms of scientific advancement not being idealistic, mostly in the medical field. Our scientists could not come up with their own ideas and our progress was going nowhere, fast. Although, today we are advancing so rapidly that w

A Society Discovered Researchers have recently uncovered evidence of an advanced civilization, named Athens, that flourished in the 400's B.C. That evidence is in the form of three writings, which have recently been discovered. One of these works was, "The Peloponnesian War", written by Thucydides, who was believed to have been a historian in Athens. The next two forms of writings were poems written by Sophocles and Aristophanes. These two poems were entitled "Antigone" and "Lysistrata

The Meaning in Walden Walden , or Life in the Woods was written during Henry David Thoreau’s stay at Walden Pond, an excursion that lasted over two years. It was here that Thoreau conducted his experiment with life. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (Thoreau 835) Walden, or Life in the Woods is a well-k

DON QUIXOTE: THE STORY OF AN ANTIHERO A hero is a man of great strength and courage admired for his exploits, qualities and achievements; he is thought of as an ideal or a role model. Heroes in literature include Ulysses, a brave warrior who fought the Cyclops; Hercules, noted for his physical strength and courage in accomplishing the Twelve Labors; and Jason, who fearlessly successfully completed amazing tasks in order to regain his Greek kingdom. The character Don Quixote is an a

Christian Rivas 5-20-2000 Period 6 Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now Inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains separated by society. Often this evil side breaks out during times of isolation from our culture, and whenever one culture confronts another. Whenever different cultures meet, there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads us to discover more about our true selves, often causing madness by those who have yet to discover. Joseph Conrad

Title- My Hair Turned Green Three girls were in school talking about Spring Break. After school the 3 girls their names are Melissa, Abigail, and Julia they went to their meeting spot for their club called the 3p.m. club. Then the girls stared talking about how they needed money because they were going into highschool and they wanted the boys to see them. Opinion- I liked this chapter because the girls have a club and their goal is to make money. From the title of the book

The Catcher in the Rye In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, the first person narration is critical in helping the reader to know and understand the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden, in his narration, relates a flashback of a significant period of his life, three days and nights on his own in New York City. Through his narration, Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings. He thus provides the reader not only with information of

"Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen." -Jerry Brown If an individual allows changes to occur in one’s life, then love can be the wonderful result of that acceptance. The theme of reasons why we love and how we love different people is demonstrated throughout the book The Accidental Tourist, written by Anne Tyler. There are two main characters that undergo and accept the changes in their lives, and one character that stays static thro

The Scarlet Letter - Puritan Society In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid Puritan society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how he or she truly feels, otherwise the emotions are bottled up until they become volatile. Unfortunately, Puritan society did not permit this kind of expression, thus characters had to seek alternate means to relieve