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Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia (which is halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, I would know because that’s my home state!) on February 9, 1944. She was born to Willie Lee and Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker; they were sharecroppers, which was not uncommon at the time. The youngest of the eight children she spent most of her time with her five older brothers. Walker spent most of her life in poverty and she felt lonely. On top of the daily stresses that Walker dealt with he

William Wordsworth wrote a poem called The World is Too Much With Us . In this poem Wordsworth gives a warning to his generation. This warning is that they are losing sight of what is actually important in this world: nature and God. To some people both of these are the same thing. As if lacking appreciation for the natural gifts of God is not sin enough, we add to it the insult of pride for our rape of His land. With his words, Wordsworth makes this message everlasting. Let us look a

True love is the love that everyone fantasizes about. It is the love that is unconditional and everlasting. Love is very hard to define since everybody s concept of love is different. However, in order to achieve a good relationship, people must have a well balanced power structure in their relationship, and good understanding and communication between them. In the stories, The Yellow Wallpaper, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Doll s House, one could see the lopsided relationship b

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 f

The Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry s novel, A Raisin in the Sun, revolves around a middle-class African-American family, struggling during World War II. By reading about the Younger s true to life experiences, one learns many important life lessons. One of the aforementioned would be that a person should always put family s needs before their own. There are many examples of this throughout the novel. Just a few of these would be the example of Ruth and her unborn baby, Walter regaining

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious In 1956, a woman from middle class Manchester, New Hampshire wrote a book that shocked the nation. At 32 years old, Grace Metalious wrote the blockbuster novel Peyton Place. It transformed the publishing industry and made the author one of the most talked about people in the nation. Metalious wrote about incest, abortion, sex, rape, adultery, repression, lust, and the secrets of small town New England, things that were never discussed before in conserv

Adam Cooper Cooper 1 Mrs. Dibble English IV December 7, 1999 In one of William Faulkner's greatest novels, As I lay Dying, the character's selfishness is revealed. As I Lay Dying is a detailed account of the Bundren's family trek across Mississippi to bury Addie, their wife and mother. As Addie is dying, all the characters go through a different state of emotions, all of which are explained in fifty-nine chapters. An analysis of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying reveals the import

In As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner, all of the Bundren family members are quite eccentric and would be difficult to travel with; but the worst member would have to be Addie because she smells and slows us down. While traveling with the Bundrens, one of the reasons I most despise Addie the fact that her grotesque smell makes me sick and the trip very unpleasant. The first smell I have to endure and hate the most is the smell of her rotting body alone. After her body has been decom

What is As I lay dying?As I lay dying is a weird book. It is fifty-nine chapters long, and told from the perspectives of sixteen different speakers. One chapter is only one sentence long, but most are two to three pages. The sixteen characters all narrate differently. Some, especially those in the same family, are fairly similar, but some are completely unique. The characters are named things like "Dewey Dell Bundren," "Vardaman Bundren," and "Lafe." Some of the book is apparently i

A Case of Needing Serious Revisions Michael Crichton has penned some of the most engaging, timely, and thoroughly accessible tales tobe published in the last twenty-five years. What his novels lack in literary merit and distinctive stylethey make up for in crisp plotting and edge-of-your-seat suspense. From alien viruses to regenerated dinosaurs, from evil Japanese monoliths to the insidious maneuverings of the modern corporation, Crichtonlatches onto the scientific and political controversie

"Antigone" the play written by Sophocles deals with moral law vs civil law. King Creon has condemned Princess Antgione. Antgione went against the king s decree and buried her brother Ploynices. Antgione now will be punished by starvation under King Creon s decree. Antigone is a passionate, strong willed, and determined women.Antigone is a passionate character in the play we see this as we learn of her as we see her put moral law above civil law. An important ideal in Ancient Gree

An American Tragedy Life, it can be beautiful, happy, or sad. Life can be any emotion that you can think of. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser, puts us through all these emotions in showing us the extremes in happiness, sadness, anger, and many other emotions to show us what real life is like. To do this most accurately, Dreiser bases his two-book story on a true-life tale about a man and what his rage did to his life. The first book opens with a man named Clyde. He is a city b

A Case of Needing Serious RevisionsMichael Crichton has penned some of the most engaging, timely, and thoroughly accessible tales tobe published in the last twenty-five years. What his novels lack in literary merit and distinctive stylethey make up for in crisp plotting and edge-of-your-seat suspense. From alien viruses to regenerateddinosaurs, from evil Japanese monoliths to the insidious maneuverings of the modern corporation, Crichtonlatches onto the scientific and political controvers

English bookreport Title : Insomnia Writer: Stephen King Ralph Roberts is an old man who lives in Derry, Maine (USA). He has a problem : he can't sleep. Every morning he keeps waking up earlier; 3:15...3:02...2:45, and he can't go back to sleep once he wakes up. Then he starts to have hallucina- tions, he can see auras. Since his wife died this problem started. Then he sees that his neighbour, and good friend, Ed Deepneau, has gone mental and that he beats the hell out o

The next eldest of the Bundren children, Darl delivers the largest number of interior monologues in the novel. An extremely sensitive and articulate young man, he is grief stricken by the death of his mother and the plight of his family's burial journey. After he sets fire to the Gillespie barn in an attempt to incinerate his mother's corpse, his family commits him against his will to a mental institution in Jackson. The bastard child borne of Addie's affair with Whitfield, Jewel live

Ernest Hemingway and Symbolism Ernest Miller Hemingway is a well-known American author who wrote in the twentieth century. He has written several novels such as, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea. The Sun Also Rises was finished on April 1, 1926 and was published in October of 1926 (Selkirk 96, Bruccoli 75). The Sun Also Rises was Hemingway's expression of his own life. He had changed the names of his friends and some of the details, but the real id

Sympathetic Hemingway The most striking feature of the short story “Hills Like White Elephants” is the manner in which it is told. It is not typical in the classical sense with an introduction, a development of the story and an end. Instead, we 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 tale does not get everything done for the reader; we only see the surface of what is going on. It leaves an open end becaus

Leo Tam Change in Chinese Society The two articles provided do not show much evidence of change in the way Chinese society has functioned In the first article, the obvious focal point would be the traditional collective family unit and Confucian value of filial piety. Many of the rural workers give their reasons for migration on the need to earn more money in order to support their families. In the case of a former farmer, Wang Jie, he left the countryside for a job loading trucks in a sta

Happiness can be defined as a short-term feeling, such as a reaction to an enjoyable movie or an excellent song. It can also be the happiness one experiences while with a group of friends or while being intimate with a loved one. For others, happiness can be achieved through the purchase of material goods or receiving gifts. (I'm sure a brand new Chevrolet Corvette would make us all happy.) Unlike instant happiness, true bliss is something that is quite difficult to achieve. The contentme

As I Lay Dying William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is a novel about how the conflicting agendas within a family tear it apart. Every member of the family is to a degree responsible for what goes wrong, but none more than Anse. Anse's laziness and selfishness are the underlying factors to every disaster in the book. Anse is loaded with faults and vices. At twenty-two Anse becomes sick from working in the sun after which he refuses to work claiming he will die if he ever breaks a sweat again. A

The setting in "Hills Like White Elephants" gives us some hints on the contents of the story. A white elephant means an unwanted gift that it's hard to get rid of, much like an unexpected child. The hills across the valley are white without trees or any other indication of life, just like the relationship between the American and the girl which only revolves around look at things and trying new drinks. "The Girls in Their Summer Dress" begins by describing a warm Sunday morning on 5th

This is a futuristic novel that takes place in northern USA sometime in the beginning of the twenty-first century, in the oppressive and totalitarian Republic of Gilead. The regime demands high moral, retribution and a virtuous lifestyle. The Bible is the guiding principle. As a result of the sexual freedom, free abortion and a high increase of venereal diseases at the end of the twentieth century, many women, (and men also, but that is forbidden to say), are sterile. The women, who are still

The Handmaid's Tale This is a futuristic novel that takes place in northern USA sometime in the beginning of the twenty-first century, in the oppressive and totalitarian Republic of Gilead. The regime demands high moral, retribution and a virtuous lifestyle. The Bible is the guiding principle. As a result of the sexual freedom, free abortion and a high increase of venereal diseases at the end of the twentieth century, many women, (and men also, but that is forbidden to say), are sterile.

"What happens to a dream deferred?" Langston Hughes asks in his 1959 poem "Dream Deferred." He suggests that it might "dry up like a raisin in the sun" or "stink like rotten meat" ; however, at the end of the poem, Hughes offers another alternative by asking, "Or does it explode?" . This is the view Lorraine Hansberry supports in her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun. The drama opens with Walter reading, "Set off another bomb yesterday" , from the front page of the morning newspaper

Literature throughout time has contained many similarities. These similarities become even more prevalent when authors share a similar style and inspirations. Two authors that have similar experiences are Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and E.M. Forster. Both these authors have written books that are in the modernism style. Jhabvala and Forster also were fascinated by India and choose the relationships between native Indians and English colonizers as one of their themes. These similarities helped pr

The Role of the Man in "Hills Like White Elephants": an anti-feminist perspective It is the early afternoon of a Tuesday, and it is raining. Surrounded by the calming non-inspiration of bare off-white walls, I sit and listen to the railing of my peers as they attempt to deconstruct the brilliance of a deceased writer. It is a usual Tuesday this semester. Seated in my accustomed place in the front row, just left of center, my eyes close to the high-keyed soprano and alto ranting of all

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

John Updike and Ernest Hemingway struggle to portray women in a positive light; because of this, Updike’s and Hemingway’s readers come away from their stories with the effect that the lead male characters are chauvinistic, which can be defined as “prejudiced devotion to any attitude or cause” (“Chauvinism” 228). In John Updike’s “A & P”, three girls shop in the local A & P and are described head to toe by the nineteen year old cash

In “Surfacing,” by Margaret Atwood, the unnamed protagonist acquires a radical perception of reality that is developed through an intense psychological journey on the island that served as her childhood home. Truth can be taken from the narrator’s viewpoint, but the reader must explore the inner turmoil plaguing her in order to understand the basis of such beliefs. The narrator’s perception of reality can be deemed reliable once all of these factors are understoo

In this Story A Hope in the Unseen we see a young man that has great deal of potential, that is stuck inside a school where it is hard for him to advance as far as a normal student in normal circumstances would. Our main character, Cedric, is constantly put up against odds that are against him, yet he strives to achieve so much in his life. We watch him in this book go through many triumphs and failures that most of us would never imagine having to deal with in our own lives. Cedric main

A Raisin in the Sun All people in the world have dreams. No matter if they are big or small, they are still dreams. For some people it may be to become rich and famous or for others it might be to go to Disneyland. The characters in "A Raisin in the Sun" all had dreams too. The dreams of Mama, Ruth, Walter, and Beneatha are all different. Mama and Ruth both dream of a better life and a new house, Walter dreams of being rich, and Beneatha's dream is to become a doctor. Both Mama and Ruth'

In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, four of the main characters have a secret in their past that haunt them constantly. Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair all have terribly bad experiences in China. These women try to escape their past by moving to America, but their memories still disturb them .Not only does it plague their own minds, but it also affected their daughters’ lives and the way they were raised. Each of these women experienced terrible ev

*INTRO* A dream may not necessarily be just a dream. With ambition and determination, it can come true in time. Lorraine Hansberry illustrates this theme of achieving success in her play A Raisin in the Sun. The play is about the problems that the economically impoverished African American Younger family faces in trying to make their dreams come true, and the means by which they finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Lena is Walter and Beneatha’s mother. Walter is married to

How Similar is Brave New World's Society to Our Own? The novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley portrays a so-called "utopian" society. When examining the surface, their society does seem truly perfect. It is problem free and everyone is happy. In addition the population is also controlled from their social status to their intellectual ability. However, after further examination of this "perfect" world, it seems strangely similar to our own society, which is not in any way near bei

The Decision That Could Have Been Everyday people make decisions that affect their future lives. Do people make the right decisions? What makes a decision a right one? What may be right to some, may be wrong to others. There are no right or wrong decisions but those that people choose and believe to be right varying from each individual. In Hemingway's realistic story, Hills Like White Elephants, Jig attempts to make a crucial change in her life by making the right d

In Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, the main character, Rob, relates music to every aspect of his life. He utilizes music as an escape from his anxieties regarding his failing record store, relationship, and sense of self. Music provides Rob with the inspiration that keeps him going: Records have helped me to fall in love, no question. I hear something new, with a chord change that melts my guts, and before I know it I’m looking for someone. (169) Music prompts Rob to isolate

Brave New World In all civilizations there are elements which undergo changes over long periods of time as well as innovation. In Brave New World by Alduous Huxley, one sees a satirical view of the human race six hundred years A.F. (after Ford). Using three main characters, Lenina, Bernard, and John the author ridicules the modern day attitudes toward death, relationships between the sexes, and child rearing. Through this sci-fi satire one can see the true effects of a utopia and

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

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Stephen Chbosky 1. I really enjoyed reading the book. I liked the way it was written pretty much. Charlie's letters are as intimate as a diary as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings. You can somehow really get to know the narrator - Charlie - and you feel like he is writing all these letters to you. That is very interesting. Yet there are somewhat unrealistic tones, which I noticed some time after reading the book, because my first impressio

The Helmuth Buxbaum Case Helmuth Buxbaum a wealthy nursing homes chain operator had it all, money, a big house, a loving wife and four beautiful children, but that wasn t enough for him. Somewhere down the road he started to use hard drugs like cocaine and also developed a hunger for sex, which could only be satisfied by prostitutes and other younger women. This new lifestyle that Buxbaum wanted to live was opposed by his wife, but divorcing his wife would mean he would have to give up more t

As I Lay Dying is one of William Faulkner's early novels about how a family is torn apart because of conflicting agendas. The character Anse, who is the father in this novel, is probably more responsible more than any other for what eventually goes wrong with his family. We also need to remember that other members of the family are responsible for what happens to themselves. I speak here about the way they allow their father to take advantage of them. If one was to look at the d

Few novels delve into the depths of the human psyche as effectively as William Faulkner s eccentric novel, As I Lay Dying. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style and narrated by fifteen different characters, As I Lay Dying not only reflects the religious and moral values of a family torn by the death of its matriarch, but it sprouts forth each and every characters innermost thoughts and feelings, suspended in a timeless setting where past, present, and future fuse together to create a jou

The Futility of Dying for a State through Poetic Devices: "Dulce et Decorum Est" and "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" (1920) uses vivid imagery primarily to remove any romantic or patriotic idea that it is sweet to die for one's country. Randall Jarrell's "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" uses ambiguity to compare the death for the state to an abortion. Each poem presents the death of a man for his country, though with contrasting poeti

William Faulkner's complex novel As I Lay Dying presents many different views and ideas. With the use of James Joyce's stream of consciousness technique, Faulkner allows his reader to presented with many sides to the story and participate in the events of the story without blanking making statements. In this beginning section Faulkner used two nonBundren characters Vernon and Cora Tull to add credibility to the story and observe the Bundrens. These characters also state different opinion

The effect of being unable to gain access to truth is having to live the lie for the rest of your life, forgetting what you were, and altering where you were headed. In the book, Listening to Prozac these points are proven to be true in lives of the individuals on Prozac. In O’brien’s book, In the Lake of the Woods John and Cathy are examples of what happens to your life when you suppress the truth. The Essential Epicures gives a lot of wisdom toward why this happens, how it effec

Ambiguity in In the Lake of the Woods We all perform vanishing tricks, effacing history, locking up our lives and slipping day by day into the shadows (301). Reality is relative to the observer; beings so, history is what one makes it. The main character in In the Lake of the Woods is a man named John Wade; the reader knows he is a lawyer, a politician and a Vietnam War vet. He and his wife, Kathy, are vacationing in a cabin by a lake to get over a terrible loss in an election after some inf

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

AS I LAY DYING In "As I Lay Dying" William Faulkner uses multiple points of view to explore the theme of existence as a motionless and meaningless cycle. The cycle is motionless because it is inescapable and unchangeable. One can never leave the cycle of life and death. People perpetuate the cycle by creating life, but in creating life they are creating death, for life irrevocably leads to death. Faulkner depicts existence as meaningless. Nothing really changes in the story. On the sur

Breaking the Loneliness In John Steinbeck s Of Mice and Men, loneliness is one of the many underlying themes that is expressed in the novel through many of its characters. Some of the factors of this human isolation are age, sexism and racism. Despite the on-going struggle to prevent its occurrence, loneliness is also a feeling a large number of people experience from day to day in our society. In the novel, Candy is a lonely and disabled, elderly man who feels isolated from the rest of

Before addressing one of the finest examples of modern literature, let's get one thing out of the way: President Bill Clinton bears no resemblance to Rubashov, the protagonist in Arthur Koestler's classic Darkness at Noon. At least not a positive one which he wanted aide Sidney Blumenthal to believe when he compared his own prosecution to that of Rubashov. Briefly, both men pleaded innocent before ultimately admitting their guilt. That's about where the similarity ends. Although certainly g