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A successful novelist integrates the element of conflict into his story. Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz clearly depicts the different forms of conflict a young man coming of age in Montreal during the 1950's would have faced. Duddy Kravitz is ever battling with the prejudice present in society, economic status, and the many hindrances of family. Through out his journey, Duddy Kravitz encounters great obstacles of prejudice. One of his first dealings with this phenomen

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, lived and experienced one of the most intriguing cultures in the world, Latin American. These experiences play a dominant role in the development of the characters, specifically Jose Arcadio Buendia. Resulting from this vast culture is the profound psychological makeup interwoven with Jose Arcadio Buendia, which Freudian interpretation proves to be a useful tool in evaluating. With the conscious and subconscious decisions

"Don't judge a book by its cover" is an important moral taught to children by the handfuls at the current day. Unfortunately, it is often coined as too childish for the general public to abide by, but under certain circumstances, as in the case with this novel, it should be applied. No one knows where this short phrase came from, but content-wise, it is loaded with many possible metaphoric interpretations. Some of these can be related to certain situations in The Once and Future King . In the s

On August 2, 1965, at exactly 8:15 P.M., the first ever atomic bomb dropped on a town detonated above Hiroshima, creating a noisy flash. Many of the people not killed by the initial blast may have wished they were because they suffered greatly. Many were blinded by the flash, which melted the eyes of some. Many others had their hair torn off by the bomb's power. A few were fortunate enough to find shelter or, or have shelter find them as the blast forced burnings down on people. Many surv

In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies, two characters, Ralph and Jack, represent good examples of a protagonist and an antagonist. Throughout the novel the author contrasts these two characters socially, psychologically, religiously and politically. He shows how the characters transform through different stages from boys to savages and how we reflect onto our children. In doing so, Golding is sharing his views about human nature, that without society's rules we are all savages at heart. Wil

DO NOT USE IF IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS-Michgan-or WISCONSIN!!!! When one thinks of marriage, images of happiness, faithfulness, and unconditional love come to mind. Marriages are not for allowing two lovers to accomplish personal goals, but rather for faithful companions to live the rest of their lives together. In The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy presents the reader with two pairs of lovers that marry to accomplish personal goals, not because of a mutual love and a desi

ANIMAL FARM, George Orwell SHORT SUMMARY CHARACTERS: (RUSSIAN REVOLUTION characters depicted are in PARENTHESES) OLD MAJOR; boar, wise, starts the rebellion (MARX/LENIN) MR. JONES: human farmer, drunk, cruel to animals (CZAR NICHOLAS II) SNOWBALL: pig, intellectual leader, smart (TROTSKY) NAPOLEON: pig, power-hungry, cruel, human wannabe (STALIN) SQUEALER: pig, with lies convinces animals of antyhing (PRAVDA NEWS) FREDERICK: human farmer, neighbor, astute (HI

In the two novels, Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm, societies or governments are established to try to make life easier. This is achieved in Animal Farm by ridding themselves of human parasites like Mr. Jones who does little work yet receives most of the food. In the other book, Lord of the Flies, this is accomplished by organizing themselves into different work groups such as hunters, builders, or fire maintainers to decrease individual work. The greed or selfishness of a single character bri

Tennessee Williams incorporates numerous aspects of his life in his plays; The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire illustrate these autobiographical tendencies. He once said, "My work is emotionally autobiographical. It has no relationship to the actual events of my life, but it reflects the emotional currents of my life" . Homosexuality, loneliness, and family relations all integrate themselves into Williams' plays, these themes portray the isolation he experienced during his life.

A Doll's House Essay In Henrik Ibson's play A Doll's House, Nora Helmer, one of the main characters left her husband Torvald. She did this under good pretences; their marriage was not stable. Nora was being repressed. She didn't have any freedom. She had to play the role of the housewife, and Torvald's pet. Nora was capable of a lot more, and was being held back. Also, they didn't know each other as well as they though. Nora felt she had to lie to Torvald to keep him happy. These e

Hatred Leads to Persecution of Minorities Primo Levi's book, Surviving Auschiwitz, tells about the results of one group of people hating another group of people, the Nazis; hatred for the Jews. The Nazis justified their actions, however, in an attempt to explain the horrible things done to Primo Levi and his fellow victims. There were consequences of this hate for both the Jews and the Nazis. Still, today there are groups that are hated in this country and it would be foolish to think tha

Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel: Similarities and Differences in Telling About the Holocaust The Holocaust was a horrific time in history; and those who survived it, will never forget it. Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi are two survivors of the Holocaust and both have made the decision to educate and write about the Holocaust. Wiesel and Levi are two different people, with different lives before the war. But, while in concentration camps they shared similar horrors. Levi and Wiesel transcribed the h

Deliberate Injury in Different Institutions? In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey examines lunacy and its effects on both the patients and the staff in a mental institution. He forms a premise that those people in charge of different institutions (school, local government, Federal government, etc.) deliberately injure the people they are supposed to help. I agree with this. The setting in this book (a mental institution) can also be compared in many ways to the outside world. W

Of Mice and Men: Book Review, Power of Comradeship Some people say that there is nothing more important, more powerful than friendship. The comradeship of two or three or many is priceless. What is the point of going through life alone? Wouldn't it all be easier if you had a friend? The book Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, really illustrates the importance of friendship. In the book the obvious friendship that we first see is the friendship of George and Lennie

Thesis Ernest Hemingway's writing style mirrored the way he lived his own life. Ernest lived the way he wrote creating situations, setting scenes and events leading to their consequences. Hemingway leaves morals and conclusions to the reader. In his short story, Hills like White Elephants these writing characteristics can be illustrated by the following outline. I will refer to Hemingway's other writings and the history of his life for further illustration. I. White elephant characters are

Mersaults' Animal Nature Albert Camus' The Stranger starts with the death of a mother, maybe. Her son, Mersault, is unsure. He is also oblivious to the concepts of marriage, God, and repentance, as well as other institutions of society. According to social law, this is reason to execute him for a senseless murder. Mersault discovers that he is going to be tried and eventually die because of his nature and not due to the act he committed. Society is the collected human interaction and tho

Edger Alan Poe Edgar Alan Poe was an American writer, known as a poet and most famous as the first master of the short story, especially tales of the mysterious and macabre. The literary merits of Poe's writings have been debated since his death, but his works have remained popular and many major American and European writers have professed their artistic debt to him. Born in Boston Massachusetts, Poe was orphaned in his early child hood. Raised by John Adam, A successful businessman

(Author's Note: This was a semi-creative project. We had to address the issues in a persuasive letter rather than a boring ol' report, so please become unconfused as far as the format..) Cal Tech Curriculum Committee: Scientists are all too ready to lock themselves away with their research, unwilling - perhaps even incapable - of seeing the consequences of their actions. It is our duty as their educators to provide them with not only a means to gain knowledge but also insights int

The idea behind the short story genre is to convey a message or point to the reader economizing on words. Unlike the novel, every part of the short story is important. Paragraphs and even the title mean much more to the story. In the short story the title is likely to be a way that the author emphasizes a message to the reader and points her in a direction of thinking. The title can also symbolize or capture a distinct purpose. The story "Birds with No Feet" by Andrea Barrett, is a stor

Flannery O’Connor “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” A Southern American novelist and short story writer, Miss O’ Connor’s career spanned the 1950s and early ‘60s, a time when the South was dominated by Protestant Christians. O’Connor was born and raised Catholic. She was a fundamentalist and a Christian moralist whose powerful apocalyptic fiction is focused in the South. Flannery O’Connor was born March 25, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia. O’ Connor grew up on a farm with h

Between the days of July 1, 1863 and July 4, 1863, the Civil War’s outcome was decided. These four days have been known as the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the war. In The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara brings us a vivid image of what the battle was like. Shaara’s work is very impressive. He is able to capture how things were during the Civil War. The fate of the country was resting on that war so the novel adds a great deal to the reader’s mind. Shaara was able t

Janis Lyn Joplin was a courageous person who stood up for what she believed in. She may not have always made the right choices, but she never seemed to care too much about getting in trouble. Despite her crazy ways, she worked hard to build her career as a singer. Janis was born on January 19, 1943 at 9:30 am. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Her parents were Seth Joplin and Dorothy East Joplin. Janis+s parents gave birth to another daughter six years later, in 1949. Her name was Lau

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

Social changes in industrialised societies have brought new perspectives to the study of creativity, shifting from a focus on the aesthetic, the philosophical and the psychological, to an analysis of the significance of creativity in social and economic development. Romanticism favours heroic emotion and revolutionary fervour accompanied by a 'gothick' taste for the fantastic and the macabre In 18th century Europe the idea of creativity and invention underwent a dramatic change. During a p

Examine the various reasons for Esther`s suicide attempts in The bell Jar. One of the main reasons why Esther tried to commit suicide was the way she perceived her mother's actions, and the fact that she hates her mother: `"I hate her", I said, and waited for the blow to fall.` she obviously believes that hating her mother is wrong, as she expected the doctor to react negatively to her comment. Throughout the novel, her mother has contributed to Esther`s problems. From Esther`s point of vi

Price of Balance in Aldous Huxley?s Novel Brave New World Brian R-----i David Grayson once said that Commandment Number One of any truly civilized society is this: Let people be different. Difference, or individuality, however, may not be possible under a dictatorial government. Aldous Huxley?s satirical novel Brave New World shows that a government-controlled society often places restraints upon its citizens, which results in a loss of social and mental freedom. The conditioning of the citi

Louisa May Alcott and Little Women The morality of the 19th century Victorian Era is renown in modern times as a standard, from which the society of today has deferred from in as many ways as conceivably possible. Yet there were those at that time whom thought even then that the moral integrity of youthful society was degrading at a vicious speed. So when a novel filled with didactic tones, professing the assets of domesticism along with feminism, appeared in 1868, parents were clamoring

In the stories, ³The Glass Menagerie², ³Death of A Salesman², and ³Raisin in the Sun², there are many things in common. The most common thing in all of them I felt was how all the families all had ³American² problems. In ³The Glass Menagerie², the ³American² problem was a family dealing with an ill member. It also dealt with a mother who was delusional and not the nicest person. In ³Death of a Salesman² the main ³American² problem was alcohol. Alcoholism is something t

The Relevance of William Golding s Lord of the Flies People are manipulated by society. This is the underlying theme in William Golding s novel Lord of the Flies. Throughout the story, Golding uses symbolism to show how people are manipulated by society. Each character in the novel represents a different part of man as he has evolved throughout history. Golding show how man started out simple, but was eventually manipulated by civilization. This idea can not only be seen in the story, b

Hills Like White Elephants> > "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway is a short story about> an American and a girl named Jig. The story is set in Spain, somewhere> between Barcelona and Madrid. Both the man and the girl are drinking while> they wait for their train to arrive. They start having a conversation about> an operation the man wants the girl to have, but the reader never finds out> what the conversation is about even at the end of the story. The sto

Hills Like White Elephants , by Ernest Hemingway, is a short story published in 1927 that takes place in a train station in Spain with a man and a woman discussing an operation. Most of the story is simply dialogue between the two characters, the American and Jig. This couple is at a critical point in their lives when they must decide whether or not to have an abortion. Certain themes arise from this story such as choices and consequences, doubt and ambiguity, and how men and women relate.

Important themes in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun examines an African-American s family struggle to break out of the themes of poverty, dreams, racism, society, and various social themes that they are faced with. Lorraine Hansberry analyzes how race prejudice and economic insecurity affect a black mans role in his own family, his ability to provide, and his identity. One of the major themes in this play is dreams and dreams deferred. When the Younger family receives the ten tho

"Oh, cut it out!" (Hemingway 171). Could this be the true feeling of the American toward his unborn child? In the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" written by Ernest Hemingway, the two main characters find them selves in a moral dilemma in Catholic Spain. Jig, the protagonist, is pregnant by her lover the American. The American, who is not named by the author, wants Jig to have an abortion but she is not convinced. Both are seated at a train station between Barcelona and Madrid

Reading: Hills Like White Elephants/Ernest Hemingway 1. What are they talking about? (Evidence…) The man and the girl are talking about getting an abortion. Evidence: the “white elephants” ~ White elephants are sacred in some countries, but usually a white elephant is not considered to be something good…the idea is that it would be really nice to own a white elephant, but once you get one it becomes clear that it has no real value and costs a lot to mainta

There are many differences between the 1990 s and the 1960 s. Many of these comparisons can be found in the 1960 s based book That night , and a modern day high school. In the 1960 s the average family ate together, relaxed together, watched television together, and most importantly the average family of the 1960 s stayed together. Here in the 1990 s a large portion of Smithtown high school does not have families that all eat together, most do not relax together, and a large majority would

An Analysis of Theme in Ernest Hemingway s Hills s Like White Elephants Ernest Hemingway s Hills Like White Elephants is a fascinating story, set at a train station at Zaragosa, Spain. This story first appeared in a short story collection titled Men Without Women, which was published in 1927. In this story, we eavesdrop on a conversation held by the American and the girl with him (170). In their dialogue, conflict is created as the characters face what most readers believe to be the

ANALYSIS OF HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS/ERNEST HEMINGWAY The most striking feature of this short story is the way in which it is told. It is not a story in the classical sense with an introduction, a development of the story and an end, but we just get some time in the life of two people. The story doesn't give everything away for the reader; we only see the surface of what is going on. It leaves an open end, readers can have their own ending and therefore take part in the story when read

“Hills Like White Elephants” By Ernest Hemmingway In many works of literature the reader finds that a story is difficult to understand until he/she is approaching the end. At that time the reader discovers either proof of his/her assumptions or evidence that cancels out original opinions. Such is true with Ernest Hemmingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants.” In the beginning of the story, the reader is presented with a conversation between two people that

The most striking feature of this short story is the way in which it is told. It is not a story in the classical sense with an introduction, a development of the story and an end, but we just get some time in the life of two people, as if it were just a piece of a film where we have a lot to deduce, This story doesn't give everything done for the reader, we only see the surface of what is going on. It leaves an open end, readers can have their own ending and therefore take part in the story wh

The Symbolism in Hills Like White Elephants Ernest Hemingway is an incredible writer, known for what he leaves out of stories not for what he tells. His main emphasis in Hills Like White Elephants seems to be symbolism. Symbolism is the art or practice of using symbols, especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations (WWWebster Dictionary). He uses this technique to emphasize the impor

The Symbolism in Hills Like White Elephants Ernest Hemingway is an incredible writer, known for what he leaves out of stories not for what he tells. His main emphasis in Hills Like White Elephants seems to be symbolism. Symbolism is the art or practice of using symbols, especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations (WWWebster Dictionary). He uses this technique to emphasize the importa

A Reason To Kill Margaret Atwood's Surfacing is an intensely symbolic novel about an artist whose weekend trip home to search for her missing father turns into a journey of self discovery. The main character in the story is also the narrator and is not given a name probably because readers will be able to identify with her as the story's heroine. Early in the story, she talks about being married, divorced, and having a child. Later it is made known that she was never married, but has had

On reading Beloved by Toni Morrison and Don Quixote by Kathy Acker, there seem to be quite a few similarities in themes and characters contained in these texts, the most prevalent of which seems to be of love and language as a path to freedom. We see in Acker s Don Quixote the abortion she must have before she embarks on a quest for true freedom, which is to love. Similarly, in Morrison s Beloved, there is a kind abortion, the killing of Beloved by Sethe, which results in and from the f

Hills Like White Elephants The author uses objective pint of view to not only distance himself from this story, but to show the reader the difficulty that the two characters are having in communicating with each other. The author further shows us the lack of communication by allowing the reader to read into the story and find out exactly what is being said. He uses this approach to convey a topic so sensitive it s almost taboo. In distancing himself from the story, he shows no fav

ANALYSIS OF HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS David Kenison English 301 - 01 Stéphanie Zuk September 14th 2000 Who is the boss? Society is pressuring people so much to succeed in life and to become someone they can not be, that people act in any way they can to reach this goal. Often, they use power and domination to show that they are important and can influence the world. Hills Like White Elephants reflects the power of men over women. The plot, characterization and semic codes prov

A Literary Criticism of "Hills Like White Elephants" I recently read the short story, "Hills Like White Elephants". Initially, I found it confusing and hard to understand. I hope to clarify the story by summarizing it, and explain the symbolism used. The story is set in a bar beside a train station. A couple sits together at a table discussing something that is unknown to the reader. The couple is enjoying a beer while awaiting their train. The young woman seems disconnected as she

Short stories, magazine articles, poems, essays, reports and many more forms of literature can be written with informative aspects in ways that are interesting. Authoras often prefer to gain the readers' attention during the beginning lines of their pieces and to keep that attention throughout their writing. They do this by strategically using interesting and informative writing. This essay will show how authors use interesting and informative writing by reviewing four selected pieces of pr

Megan Renee “Please, just let me hold her,” she pleaded, “just once?” “I’m sorry,” replied the plump nurse coldly, “but I have my orders, and besides, it will only make things that much worse.” To an outsider, it was a heart-wrenching scene. To the hospital, it was something that they dealt with on a daily basis. To her family, it was a mistake that never should have happened. To Sara, it was a day that changed her life forever. “Katie, I can’t look-tell me wh

old brain acquired any knowledge from was my parents. They were my soul teachers on what was and what was not ethical. Then one brisk fall day my tiny right foot hit the bus steps and I was off to my first day of school. It was in this one isolated incident in wh Beginning from birth until I was about five years old the only source that my five-year ich my brain began to fog up from the entire worlds views on ethics. Basically in the fraction of a second that it took my foot to make

Abortion is a subject that is very controversial. It is legal to have an abortion, but in some people’s opinion it is an immoral act that should not be legal. In the Middle Ages the knights has a code of chivalry to live by, and it was a moral code. The knights really did not have a legal code because they were supposed to live up to the code of chivalry. Kings also had to follow these codes if they were to be considered a good King. In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales The Kni