Cliff Notes Essays & Paper Examples

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VIRGIL'S INFLUENCE ON AND IN DANTE'S INFERNO Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in 1265. In his life, he created two major books of poetry: Vita Nuova and The Comedy. The Comedy, which was later renamed The Divine Comedy, is an epic poem broken down into three books in each of which Dante recounts his travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The first installment of The Comedy, Dante's Inferno, is an especially magnificent narrative. He narrates his descent and observation

Harrison Bergeron and There Will Come Soft Rains, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Ray Bradbury, respectively, are both renowned short stories written in the science fiction genre. Neither story fits it's genre's tendency towards fantasy reading at the expense of message. Indeed, because of their eerie predictions for the future, both cast a feeling of apprehensive foreboding over the reader. Even though the both stories have different messages, there are important similarities between how they are con

The writing and compilation of the Bible has had a greater effect on modern literature than anything except, possibly, the creation of written alphabets and the printing press. The Bible's great influence is obvious in many books of the last century. One such book is John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. The attitude of the characters in The Grapes of Wrath toward the traditional Christian set of ideals varies greatly from character to character. The Joads, for the most part, don't express

When novels are made into movies, they are often changed to accommodate the times or the director's wishes. Story lines, settings, and even mannerisms of the characters may be changed. The Scarlet Letter is no exception. In the 1995 version starring Demi Moore as Hester Prynne, the story line is changed in several parts to enhance the emotion and impact of the film. Most of the similarities between the book and the movie are found toward the middle of the movie and the majority of the

Imagine yourself in a community with severe conflict, in addition to being different from others. Or worse yet, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or saying the wrong things. During the 1690’s, people in Salem had to watch their every move and word as Corey Giles soon found out. Giles was not an admirable man, especially where John Procter stood (they had a long standing quarrel which had ended up in court). In addition, he was a violent person. However, Giles wanted to a

The Lost Baby Poem In Lucille Clifton’s, “The Lost Baby Poem,” the poet displays a young mother who is full of regret and guilt for her child in which she had lost to death. There are many technical devices that express the poet’s intentions and how it all fits together within this poem. First, I will be discussing what this poem is trying to convey also the denotations and connotations within this poem. Secondly, the poet uses imagery so intensely that one can almost feel th

Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph.D. is a book of many subjects, theories, ideas, as well as opinions that are discussed, challenged and criticized. Are we free from racism? Why, are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? These questions I hope to answer for myself and for others. One of Beverly Tatum s major topics of discussion is racial identity. Racial identity is the meaning each of us has constructed or is constru

The Wu Way, the Pooh Wei Winnie the Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things which has made him the world's most beloved bear. And Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. The 'Tao of Pooh' explains Taoism by Winnie the Pooh and explaines Winnie the Pooh by Taoism. It makes you understand what A.A. Milne probably meant when he said he didn't write the Pooh-books for children in the first place. In

Early in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Offred says, after having seen a group of Japanese women wearing short skirts, rather than the typical, compulsory dress of Gilead: "We are fascinated, but also repelled. They seem undressed. It has taken so little time to change our minds about things like this" This illustrates how the minds of the population have been manipulated to make them comply with the Government’s views. Like in most totalitarian societies, the Gilea

Critical Analysis “The Plantation Mistress” Clinton’s presents the realities of lives of plantation mistresses their activities as wives, mothers and household managers. The most important contribution that Clinton makes, however, is in showing how the institution of slavery affected all aspects of southern women’s lives. Southern attitudes towards marital fidelity, abortion, and birth control were all conditioned by plantation owner’s need for both heirs (white) and wor