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Peyton Farquhar, a confederate civilian, lives in South Alabama. He owns a plantation and is thirty-five years old. Even though he is a civilian, he is a very loyal confederate. The story starts off with Farquhar being prepared to be hung. As he is standing there on the railroad bridge, he stares down into the water that is far below him. He notices a sound. A very slow sound. This is the sound of his watch ticking. This shows that time seems like it is slowing down to him. He thinks to

In Ray Bradbury's, Fahrenheit 451, he predicts a dismal future full of technology, which has been over run with censorship and propaganda. When Bradbury presents his predictions for the future, he depicts many devices and ideas that are now a reality, even though the book was written over 40 years ago. In a discrete fashion, he proposes his thoughts on censorship and propaganda. Thereupon, Bradbury emphasizes the power of propaganda in people's minds, changing their own opinions. Thus conclu

The way Langston Hughes said he was saved but he wasn't really saved kind of gives the whole plot away at the beginning. But he said it like this to grab his readers' attention and make them keep reading on to fully understand why he was or was not saved. This indeed did catch my eye. I have also had a similar experience with the thoughts and feelings of our Lord. There have been many times when I have sat in that long, padded church pew and wondered why exactly was I there? Then I

Pumblechook A Character Study In the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1936) we meet a character named Pumblechook. Pumblechook is Pip?s cousin. He likes to brag that he is the one responsible for Pip?s job at the local hardware store, when in fact, Pip himself was responsible for getting the job. The main characteristics of Pumblechook are his hatred for cookies, his attachment to cheap whiskey, and his love of running over stop signs. Pumblechook dislikes cookies, in

Responses to Intellectual Revolutions: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a view of a revolution - not a political one, but a scientific one: the Darwinian revolution. Conrad was writing two generations after Darwin, in his monumental work Origin of Species, had disrupted one of the fundamental assumptions about the nature of the world: that there was a divinely ordered and created Grea

"Of Mice and Men" is set in the time of the depression, and focused on the lives of two stragglers, One who is mentally retarded, and the other who cares for him. Although written during the depression the book focuses little on this, and more on the drama of the two migrant workers. The Hopes of the two men are built up throughout the entire book, and come crashing down at the end. This gives a new perspective, and meaning to the word and how it affects us as human beings. "Of Mice and Men"

Review of Ivanhoe By Sir Walter Scott The Jackal 2/22/99 Ivanhoe is an adventure story set in 12th century England during the Holy Crusades of "Richard the Lion-Hearted" (King of England). This novel is one of great suspense and action, which elicits out great emotion such as valor and love. The author, Sir Walter Scott can be considered a historical storyteller. He brings together characters of his imagination and places them in the harsh environment of the medieval world,

The rapid evolution of a style characterized by canvases filled with swirling, bright colors depicting people and nature is the essence of Vincent Van Gogh's extremely prolific but tragically short career. Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Holland, son of a Dutch Protestant pastor and eldest of six children. His favorite brother Theo was four years younger. When Vincent was twelve to sixteen years old, he went to a boarding school. That next y

Our countries jury system is fair and just, but not flawless. In the short story Twelve Anger Men, by Reginald Rose, some of these problems are made clear. Three problems that are evident are that there must be an unanimous vote for a verdict, the jury is not allowed to ask questions or take notes during the trial. With adequate changes our nations jury system could be more efficient and accurate. Unanimous voting is a good idea on a non-partial jury. If one juror that won't change their mind

Godfather Death Jakob and William Grimm's, "Godfather Death," is a short story illustrating how one's greed can overtake anything in life. The doctor, the protagonist, shows these actions of greed in his own ways. The spindle-legged Death shows in the story how these main tools are of significance to the story: symbolism, theme, and the title. A summary analysis of these three tools will show how "Godfather Death" achieves its interesting effect. The first tool, symbolism, and how it

Communism and socialism plays an important role in Animal Farm by George Orwell. All of the events that occurred in the book represent actual events that happened to a communist country, now known as Russia. Both communism and socialism have similar beliefs but still have their differences. There has never been a communist society where people were happy and treated as equals to high ranking government officials. There has been a time in Animal Farm when all animals were treated eq

ID#2385 E6XN When an author writes a book, he usually has a certain idea that he wishes to convey to us. He uses certain details, and messages which are supposed to efficiently get his point across. In Daisy Miller, by Henry James, James tries to tell us you can't always judge a person by the way that they seem to be. Annie Miller, better known as "Daisy" Miller, is a young girl staying in Europe with her mother (we only know of her as 'Mrs. Miller'), and her little brother Randolph, who

The Dreams of the Depression During the years of the 1930's many people were affected by the economic disaster called the Great Depression. The long drought made farming unprofitable, and so the farmers, who have occupied the land for decades, had to leave. The banks that owned the land threw out the farmers in the rural South and Southwest. According to the handbills given to them, good jobs are plentiful in California. All of the farmers joined thousands of other poor families on a lengt

Point-of-View By: Ryan Walsh In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck used the third person omniscient point-of-view. He could have used the first person point-of-view, but it wouldn't have gotten his entire story across. He could have used third person limited, but then he wouldn't have been able to tell about everything that was going on in Cannery Row. It is my opinion that Mr. Steinbeck used the best point-of-view possible for this book. Cannery Row is a book about a row of canneries in Monter

The Scarlet Letter A guilty conscious can destroy a person both physically and mentally. In The Scarlet Letter the theme seems to be that a guilty conscious can be the most painful wound ever able to be inflicted on a person. In the beginning of the book Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale have an affair. Hester Prynne is still married to her husband Roger Chillingworth (which isn't his real name). Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth are not really together, tho

Night is a very powerful book. It is very descriptive of what times were like during World War 2. It shows the harsh treatment of the Jews. It makes you think about how many innocent people have died for absolutely no reason. Most of all, it makes you think of what hell the concentration camps must have been. I don't know if I could have made it through concentration camps. They sound very harsh. World War 2 was a very dark time for Jews all over Europe. There are several settings in Ni

Dashiell Hammett's Detective Influence In writing "The Maltese Falcon", Dashiell Hammett took advantage of his previous occupation as a Pinkerton detective in order to make his novel the masterpiece that it is now known to be. Although the most famous, this was not his only fine work to be placed in a genre of literature known as "hard-boiled detective fiction". Each novel, such as Red Harvest (1929), The Glass Key (1931) and The Thin Man (1934) are well recognized as masterpieces of detect

War: The Cause of the Lost Generation Upon examination of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque shows the cause of the lost generation through characters who demonstrate the loss of innocence, the lack of hope, and difficulty with society. The consequences of war are severe, and World War I resulted in the death of many innocent people, and the death of a generation. The survivors were left permanently damaged because of the shell shock that forever haunted them. In the

- Note: this is based on a MODERN point of view GUILTY AS CHARGED Chillingworth, Hester and Dimmsdale, three of the main characters in Hawthorne's novel A Scarlet Letter are all guilty; guilty of different things, yet guilty never the less. In addition, society too, is guilty. Chillingworth is guilty for hurting Dimmsdale and manipulating Hester. Hester is guilty of adultery and for going along with Chillingworth's marriage proposal, while Dimmsdale is guilty of adultery and for leaving He

Explanation of "To a Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelly Percy Bysshe Shelly was born in Sussex in 1792 with scoliosis. He was sent to prestigious schools, first Eton and later Oxford, but he never could settle into the role of a student. Shelly was expelled because of a pamphlet he wrote entitled The Necessity of Atheism. This led to trouble between him and his father, so instead of going home, Shelly went to London. Shelly spent the last few years of his life in Pisa, Italy, where he became gr

Ernest Hemingway Of all of the writer's of the 20th century, none has had a more profound impact on American culture than Ernest Hemingway. As western society rose from the ashes of World War I, Hemingway came to the realization that the western Judeo-Christian morals and values had failed to bring about any area of peace and prosperity. Instead, these values had led western society in to war after war, bringing about unquantifiable pain and destruction. In response, Hemingway, through hi

How women and Men are portrayed in the play and how this can be directly related back to the social issues of the time. Women:  Women were used as a prop for the ego of men. - Nora is expected to humble herself before Helmer, when she doesn't and calls him "petty" he over reacts. - Helmer is adept at containing Nora within her social boundaries, "suppose it were to get about that the new Manager had let himself be influenced by his wife …" - Nora plays the helpless ho

Discuss the plurality of the various discourses which White explores in "A Fringe of Leaves", signaling clearly your readings of the various contexts he explores through the central character of Ellen Roxbourgh. Patrick White explores many issues in his novel "A Fringe of Leaves" through the central character of Ellen. Not only does White explore these issues he leaves flexibility for the reader to respond according to their own beliefs and experience, it is this plurality of t

Hedda Gabler Q1) Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, creates three major triangulations between characters. These relationships are developed throughout the play and it is the breakdown in the relationships with Hedda that lead to the dramatic closure of the play. Hedda initiates one of the triangulations in an attempt to "have power over a human being's fate". Judge Brack creates the second an unsuccessful parallel to Hedda's own power advancing creation. Jorgan Tesman and Thea Elvested form the

Fly Away Peter  Novel reflects Jim's development from Innocence to experience through the portrayal of the scenery within the novel. Eden in the sanctuary to Hades at war.  Jim often parallel to the ground, Shows his to the ground, shows his perspective from the ground, Jim has a different visual interpretation of the world.  Innocent: Ashley provides for him, Jim at start portrayed as conservative (hesitant when asked if he would like a 'spin' in the plane). He

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

Emily Dickinson was raised in a traditional New England home in the mid 1800's. Her father along with the rest of the family had become Christians and she alone decided to rebel against that and reject the Church. She like many of her contemporaries had rejected the traditional views in life and adopted the new transcendental outlook. Massachusetts, the state where Emily was born and raised in, before the transcendental period was the epicenter of religious practice. Founded by the puritans, the

In this paper the traditions and rituals of China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will be compared with the traditions and rituals found in the novel The Good Earth, written by Pearl S. Buck. The traditions and rituals of foot-binding, marriage, the relationship between man and woman, ancestor worship, and the New Years celebration affected the lives of Wang and O-lan Lung, the principle characters in The Good Earth. Such practices were common in Chinese culture of th

Summary The Guns of Navarone This novel is a fictional story in the historical setting of Greece during World War 2. Chapter 1: In this chapter, Captain Keith Mallory, the main character of the book is introduced. Chosen by Captain Jensen, he is to lead a sabotage mission into the fortress on the island of Navarone, occupied by Germans, and destroy the two guns in it, the guns of Navarone. The guns need to be destroyed so that ships can evacuate the island of Kheros, which is close t

Summary of Chapter 1 - Chapter 8 In chapter one, the main character, Jonas and his family are introduced. Jonas is an eleven. His family consists of his mother, his father, and his little sister, Lily who is a seven. His friend, Asher is also introduced in this chapter, who is another eleven. Jonas is about to become a twelve. They all live in a community which is bound by certain rules and regulations. It is called sameness. People who break the rules are released. The meaning of being "releas

The Red Badge Of Courage 1. From the very beginning of the book, Red Badge of Courage, Henry causes a conflict way before he even enters war. This conflict stays inside him to the very end, as he tries to deal with gaining courage to fight in war. Although he eventually fights towards the middle of the book, I believe that he still has the conflict inside him, and he doesn't feel safe fighting. Henry first goes to the army in the beginning of the story with the intention of being a hero

Examining Coping Skills in Hemingway's Short Stories Ernest Hemingway writes stories that examine some of the hard truths of being human. How do I face death? How do I deal with a crippling injury? What do I want to leave as a legacy when I die? These are a few of the questions that Hemingway's characters must face. In each of the short stories; The Snows of Kilimanjaro, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, A Day's Wait, and In Another Country, at least one of the characters faces one of these h

The Great Gatsby Did you ever love someone that couldn't love you back the same way? Did some always stand in the way before you got to love someone. Its called Unattainable love. Love that you can never achieve or obtain. It happens every day, and especially in the book I just read by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. The whole book is about unattainable love and shows this with numerous characters. Such as Nick Carraway and how he almost falls in love with Jordan Baker, Dais

The Social Significance of A Doll's House A Doll's House, written by Henrik Ibsen, shows the power on can have over another. He clearly states that Torvald has complete control of his wife Nora and loves to show her off to gain popularity. Nora finds herself at last entirely at sea as to what is right and what is wrong; natural feeling on the one side, and belief in authority on the other, leaving her in a confused yet helpless state. Because of the time she lived in, it was impossib

In 1962 Kennedy was president, and Americans were looking to the New Frontier. A distant World War and depression still haunted our past. The baby boomers were typical displaced teenagers, and an author was honored. His influence had impacted society, especially the voice he gave to the oppressed. Even though what was considered his great work was decades behind him, John Steinbeck received the Nobel Peace Prize. He had shaped America with his writing. In Of Mice and Men, his litera

Symbolism is a finicky thing. Symbolism is like looking at a painting and seeing how the direction of the brush strokes depicts the path of the wind. Often searching for symbolism or noticing its presence makes a story more complete. Without noticing it one can mistake a literary masterpiece as "dumb." A reader can completely miss the actual point. Careless reading and careless living are both common events that have happened in literary history. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzge

Learn to Love the Lessors Whenever one reads the news, good or bad, there is praise or criticism for how the world is coming out. The nightly news can focus on a student who is ten and already finished college, or it can focus on another student who was caught with a gun. In both situations, how one was raised comes up into question. Family rituals such as saying grace before a meal, can make people hesitate before they eat for the rest of their life. Education plays a role for a lon

While analyzing the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, I had trouble coming up with a theme. There were several ideas that came to mind, but they were hard to generalize. Finally, I decided that a theme for The Yellow Wallpaper could be: Although one allows oneself to be controlled by others seemingly for one's own well-being, the time comes when one feels suppressed, empty, and a need to escape arises. I feel this theme is well-illustrated in this short sto

Huck Finn Quotes 'My new clothes was all greased up and clayey, and I was dog-tired' (Ch. II Our Gang's Dark Oath) This is Huck not really caring about the new way he is being brought up. I think this is a good example of him just wanting to be a kid. 'There was pap looking wild, and skipping around every which way and yelling about snakes. He said they was crawling up his legs; and then he would give a jump and scream, and say one had bit him on the cheek--but I couldn't see no

The Evil & Primitivism in Man In the story Lord of the Flies Ralph, the democratic character, and Jack, the dictator are the most important main characters. Ralph is the voice of hope on the island, and without that, the boys would have turned to savagery much faster, and under the control of Jack. William Golding uses Ralph and his character foil, Jack, to show how civilization works and how it doesn't. Jack, the chief of the hunters, represents the hidden human passion and almost animal

Friday October 8, 1999 Identities in Of Mice and Men Every author has a variety of different characters in his or her novels. Every character displays a certain identity that makes the story more complete. Each one of John Steinbeck's characters in Of Mice and Men develops a different identity. By analyzing some of the characters' identities, one can understand the story a lot better. In Of Mice and Men Crooks displays the identity of a handicapped, Lennie displays the identity of a child, and

Tennessee Lanier Williams was born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He was the second child of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams. The family lived in Clarksdale, Mississippi for some time before moving to St. Louis in 1918. At 16 he won third prize for an essay he wrote and received $5. One year later he published "The Vengeance of Nitocris" in Weird Tales. Tennessee entered the University of Missouri in 1929. There he became interested in playwriting. In 1931 he began

In the novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck the Joad family is faced with the challenge of moving west. The land they once farmed has become dry and dusty. The rich landowners decide they need to cut out the middleman to turn a larger profit. They come with tractors and push over the houses on by one. The Joads are forced to pack up and move to California. Along the way they face many hard ships. However one of the ironies in the novel is that, "If you're in trouble or hurt or need

Pals through both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom and Huck have many similarities that make them the infamous duo they have become. Both are basically orphans who are being raised by upscale members of society. They are both being taught to be civilized and yet their rowdy personas break through. However, Tom is more influenced by the charecters in books he was taught to read than by what he is told. He has no problem with slavery, yet when the opportunit

Slaughterhouse-Five By: Kurt Vonnegut Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. He came unstuck while he was in World War II and has been traveling throughout different moments of his life ever since. He has seen his birth, death, and everything in between several times. Slaughterhouse Five is the story of Billy's life, but not in order, from birth to death, because that is not how he lived it. Billy was born and grew up in Illium, New York. After high school, he went to Illium Scho

Pure Criticism In Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil," the extent to which the Puritan parson repents for his sin is a direct critique of the Puritan religion by Hawthorne. Through his writing, Hawthorne portrays a belief that the Puritan religion is one of an excessive and almost absurd nature. Although all religions have their seemingly irrational and superfluous rituals, the dogma of the seventeenth century Puritan religion was rigid and sometimes outright bizarre.

A Study in Scarlet was written in 1887 by Sir Arthur Doyle. It was a mysterious case of love, murder, and revenge. Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson used the science of deduction to solve this mysterious case and catch the killer. The first section of the book took place in 1878 in London, England. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson shared an apar

Character Essay After reading Arthur Miller's play "A view from the bridge," I am convinced that the most striking character is Marco. He is an Italian immigrant that moved illegally to the United States with his brother Rodolpho to work as longshoremen, since at the time (the play was written in 1955) his country of origin

German Literature The Problem of Language in "All Quiet on the Western Front" For it is no easy undertaking, I say, to describe the bottom of the Universe; nor is it for tongues that only babble child's play.

George Orwell's novel Animal Farm does an excellent job of drawing parallels from the situation leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Animal Farm is a satire that uses its characters to symbolize leaders of the Russian Revolution. The animals of "Manor Farm", the setting of this novel, which symbolizes Russia, overthrow their human master after years of mistreatment. Led by the pigs, the farm animals continue to do their work,only with more pride, knowing that they are working for the