Literature Essays & Term Papers

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John Milton: On his blindness John Milton was born in 1608 to a Puritan family. During his service to the Commonwealth, in 1652, Milton became blind and it became necessary for others to share in his labors. His blindness occasioned one of the most moving of his sonnets, "On his blindness," written in 1655. It records his fear that he will never be able to use his God-given gift for poetry again. Yet God may demand an accounting of his righteousness. And his entry into Heaven will depend upon

John Grisham became a world famous writer with his book The Firm. Although he never wanted to be a writer, he has now written over nine books, many of them best- sellers (Arnold 29). Examining his writing will show why John Grisham quit his previous job as a lawyer. I will start by telling about his childhood, education, family, then on to his career. John Grisham led a mostly normal childhood. Grisham was born in 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas (Current 221). The son of a construction worker and

The Black Cat, an intriguing, questioning, and unnerving swim throughout the complexity of the human psyche. Within the thirty-two elaborately linked, yet modest paragraphs, the reader is introduced to a stranger, no more odd than the one living next to one s self, and calmly walks with him down the dark, solemn path of madness. Dark images of horror and one man s mental chaos rave through the readers imagination, created unquestionably by the psychologically abnormal pen of Edgar Allan

Stephen Crane was a great writer who wrote many great stories about naturalism. Naturalism is when characters in the story are controlled by the forces of nature. One of Crane's greatest writings on naturalism, is the short story, "The Open Boat." In "The Open Boat," the theme of the story is that man has no control over his destinies and that nature controls everything. Naturalist themes prevail in Stephen Crane's, "The Open Boat." Crane is one of the best naturalist writers and has

The Life of William Styron And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. -ECCLESIASTES 1:17-18 William Clark Styron, Jr. was born to Pauline and William Clark Styron, Sr. on June 6, 1925 in Newport News, VA. Pauline was shocked and excited to have given birth to her first-born son with no difficulties at the age of 36. The proud

Higgins and Pickering show up the next day at Mrs. Higgins' home in a state of distraction because Eliza has run away. They are interrupted by Alfred Doolittle, who enters resplendently dressed, as if he were the bridegroom of a very fashionable wedding. He has come to take issue with Henry Higgins for destroying his happiness. It turns out that Higgins wrote a letter to a millionaire jokingly recommending Doolittle as a most original moralist, so that in his will the millionaire

Ryan Foss Jane Eyre Through the late 17th and into the mid-18th century, English literature remained in the Classical Age. Classicism emphasized clarity, logic, and reason, conforming closely to the classical eras both n music and in culture. Because of strict adherence to the fundamental aspects of classicism, there was rebellion against these principles; therefore inhibiting the firm holds that the classical age held in literature. This deviation from restraint, clarity, and reason resu

John Grisham incorporates many reality-based ideas into his novels. He uses experiences from his own life as plots in his novels. Many of his novels are from actual experiences portrayed in life today. Grisham uses his knowledge and experiences as a courtroom lawyer to create realistic novels that capture his readers' attention. John Grisham combines his knowledge as a lawyer and his talent as a writer to become one of the best selling authors of the decade. John Grisham was born on Febru

Settlement patterns, family life, population growth, economic and social structure, government/polity, education, and homes differed greatly in the New England and Southern colonies in the 17th-century. Although a family could move from Massachusetts to Virginia or from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, without major readjustment, distinctions between social institutions within the individual colonies were marked. Settlement of New England was financed in 1607 and established in November, 1620

Summary of Symbolism Presented by 'Vietnam/War' In reading Philip Caputo's book, "A Rumor of War," I discovered that he strongly presented a similar idea to that of Tim O'Brien in his book, "The Things They Carried." This is the idea that war can not bring or cause good, it only produces varying amounts of evil. Philip Caputo volunteered for the Marines because he was looking for a way to prove himself, and he saw the Marines as an honorable way to do so. He also originally saw the w

George Eliot George Eliot, pseudonym of Marian Evans (1819-1880) This article appeared in The Times Literary Supplement of 20 November 1919, and was reprinted in The Common Reader: First Series. Virginia Woolf also wrote on George Eliot in the Daily Herald of 9 March 1921 and the Nation and Athenaeum of 30 October 1926. To read George Eliot attentively is to become aware how little one knows about her. It is also to become aware of the credulity, not very creditable to one s insight, wi

BARRON'S BOOK NOTES ERICH MARIA REMARQUE'S ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT ^^^^^^^^^^ERICH MARIA REMARQUE: THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES Born Erich Paul Remark on June 22, 1898, he grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Osnabruck in the province of Westphalia, Germany--a city in the northwest part of what is now West Germany. He adored his mother, Anna Maria, but was never close to his father, Peter. The First World War effectively shut him off from his sisters, Elfriede and Erna.

In his book, The Forest People, Colin Turnbull achieves the taste and feel of life inside a Mbuti community, but in doing so offers a skewed anthropological look at the peoples of the African Congo. When reading the book, I did truly feel a part of the Mbuti world, but I also noticed a lack of anthropological accuracy when it came to portraying effect had on Pygmies by the lives and cultures of surrounding natives. Not only does Turnbull lack respect non-Pygmy culture, but he also doe

“ The Raid ” The way I approached dissecting Clifford Geertz’s “The Raid” was by reading it carefully over a few times while taking notes on the side. The first time I read the piece, I was very confused because of Geertz’s choice of word. He often used the singular word “he” to make reference to the people of Bali as a whole. I was not wary of this the first time I read and was totally lost. Another element of the reading that I thought made the reading more difficul

Things Fall Apart A. Give a short summary of the book in which you tell: - where and when the story takes place - who the major characters are (protagonists & antagonists) Things fall apart, is the story of an Ibo village- Umuofia , which takes place in the late 1800s. Things Fall Apart analyzes the destruction of African culture by the appearance of the white man (Christian Missionaries) in terms of the destruction of the bonds between individuals and their society. Christi

Salzman, M., (1986). Iron and Silk. New York: Random House. This book was given to me by a good friend who knew that I had an interest in Asia. I chose to read it because it was a true story and was told that it was a good read. The author travels to China as an English teacher for the Hunan Medical School. There he stayed for two years picking up many anecdotes along the way. The author already had spent a large amount of his life studying Chinese language and the martial arts. Howe

Salzman, M., (1986). Iron and Silk. New York: Random House. This book was given to me by a good friend who knew that I had an interest in Asia. I chose to read it because it was a true story and was told that it was a good read. The author travels to China as an English teacher for the Hunan Medical School. There he stayed for two years picking up many anecdotes along the way. The author already had spent a large amount of his life studying Chinese language and the martial arts.

Plato's Republic and Thomas More's Utopia have a relationship in that they both share an idea. These books both have the concept of an ideal society, although they do this for distinct reasons and they attain contrasted types of perfection. More describes Utopia as "the most civilized nation in the world". Plato is searching for the perfect soul and justice. These two writers base their ideal states on a belief that humans are capable of personal and, when acting collectively, social impro

When the Renaissance crept into the world’s social senses people were moved. However, when the Renaissance began to affect the literature of the sixteenth century, the world was changed forever. The Renaissance, meaning a “re-birth,” was a time of many changes. These changes wrought pandemonium among the civilized people of earth. There was a recovery and discovery of medieval texts in which scholars were deeply impressed by. Those in love with the arts and literature

The Other in Snow Falling on Cedars During the dark days of World War II, the American government made a decision based on prejudice and fear, to intern Japanese Americans. These interment camps were largely based in the Northwest. Hardworking Japanese citizens were forcibly taken from their jobs and homes and held against their will. It is a part of the history that the people are now ashamed of and rightfully so. This was caused by the human behavior of creating the other to project our

TONY KUSHNER Tony Kushner was born in New York City, Manhattan, New York in 1956. He was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Both of his parents were musicians, and they encouraged him to follow his dreams seeing that he took interest in theatre at a young age. He’s Jewish and practices the gay lifestyle. He was educated at both Columbia University and New York University. He received degrees in medieval studies and in theatre. He’s currently living in New York City. Kushner sta

John Hoyer Updike was born March 18, 1932 to Linda Grace Updike and Wesley Russell Updike in Reading, Pennsylvania. Wesley Updike was originally from New Jersey where he worked as a telephone splicer and was laid off from his job during the depression. Wesley Updike met his wife Linda Updike in New Jersey. After Wesley Updike was laid off in New Jersey they moved to Shillington, Pennsylvania where Linda Updike was from. Wesley Updike became a teacher at the local High School. ( Updike,John 41

It is said that writer s block is the inability to write because of a loss in creative thought about a given subject. It is entirely possible that this term can be attributed to other aspects of writing and life in general; it is this area I will explore. Virginia Woolf explains the angel in her house as the pure spirit that would come between her and her paper when writing reviews about men. You are writing about a book that has been written by a man. Be sympathetic, be tender, flatter, de

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902. His mother and father soon separated after his birth. Langston was raised by his mother, grandmother, and childless couple named Reed. He attended public school in Kansas and Illinois and graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio. Most of his high school friends (most which were white) remembered him as a handsome Indian-looking boy who everyone liked because of his quiet, natural ways and abilities. In his senior year he

The Friar The name of the Friar is Hubert. The Friar is obviously a member of the clergy that is well known by all the people. Thus, as a Friar he was begger and tried to collect money any way he could for the church. Although he was not rich, he was still respected by most of the people in the community for he was able to hear confession and give absolution. The Friar is a jolly and merry man. It seems to me that the Friar is compatable to Santa Claus in the way he dresses and looks bec

My Analysis The Choking Doberman by Jan Harold Brunvand; is a collection of urban legends and their meanings and/or origins. It discusses various urban legends and there apparent meanings. Each chapter provides several versions of a single legend and several other related legends, along with Brunvand s synopsis of each and quotes from people he surveyed. Jan Harold Brunvand (1933-present) was born in Cadillac, Michigan. He received his PhD in Language Arts at Indiana University, and went

Only in a time when the pressure of the world amounts to angst and the fight for freedom can a world advance in it's literary achievements. A writer, just like an artist, builds his creations from the mood and settings of the surrounding atmosphere. In the first half of the twentieth century, the atmosphere was filled with resources to stimulate literary creativity, such as the second World War and the Great Depression (Roache 102: 14). The social genre of the time gave way to the broad

Turgenev: Realist or Romantic? The Great Reforms of the 1860’s generated an era of social and economic turmoil in Russia. These unstable times spawned the growth of a radical intellectual group known as, the intellegencia. These new reformers or radicals were the sons and daughters of the heads of Russia. They wished to sweep away the assumptions of the romantic generation of the 1840’s that “refused to accept the supremacy of reason over emotion” (Kishlanksy, G

Doris Lessing s The Black Madonna Questioning the basis of what you are and who you are, is a vast amount of what Lessing theme is all about. The narrator states There are some countries in which the arts, let alone art, cannot be said to flourish. Why this should be so, it is hard to say, although of course we all have our theories about it (Lessing11). When reading Lessing s The Black Madonna themes of racism and ignorance are repeatedly presented. The thought of how one ethnic group h

Autoethnography In "Arts of the Contact Zone," Mary Louise Pratt introduces a term very unfamiliar to many people. This term, autoethnography, means the way in which subordinate peoples present themselves in ways that their dominants have represented them. Therefore, autoethnography is not self-representation, but a collaboration of mixed ideas and values form both the dominant and subordinate cultures. They are meant to address the speaker's own community as well as the conqueror's.

~MARGARET ATWOOD~ "There is so much silence between the words..." SOCI 4019 September 29, 1999. An Overview of Works, Styles, and Themes Margaret Atwood has written a great number of novels and other forms of literature. The major press editions are as follows: ~ WORKS~ Poetry ¨ 1964, The Cirle Game ¨ 1968, The Animals in That Country ¨ 1970, The Journals of Susanna Moodie ¨ 1970, Procedures for Underground ¨ 1971, Power Politics ¨ 1974, You are Happy ¨ 1978,

In lines 117-124 in Raymond Carver s Cathedral Robert and Bub are drawing a cathedral. This passage is found at the end of the story and it details Bub s spiritual revelation. Bub s salvation and ascension comes through the interaction with Robert while drawing the cathedral. This is an enlightening experience for Bub. Robert is a man of great insight and helps guide Bub towards a spiritual nature of life. The drawing of the cathedral transcends the physical act of drawing to a spiritua

Countess Bathory was Hungarian by birth. Records give her entry into the world as I56I. As a girl she was beautiful with long fair hair and an exquisite complexion. She was married off to an aristocratic soldier when she was fifteen and became mistress of the Castle of Csejthe in the Carpathians. Life in the dark, gloomy Csejthe Castle, while her husband was away on his various military campaigns, became very boring indeed. She was determined to liven things up. First she gathered round her a

Critical Review of 1984 By George Orwell 1984 by George Orwell is a story of a man s strugle against a totalitarianstic government that controlls the ideas and thoughts of its citizens. They use advanced mind reading techniques to discover the thoughts of the people and punish those who show signs of rebellion against the government. The novel is supposed to be a prophetic story, however, it was somewhat wrong in the date. Although some of the things described in the book are going on today,

Critical Review of 1984 By George Orwell 1984 by George Orwell is a story of a man's strugle against a totalitarianstic government that controlls the ideas and thoughts of its citizens. They use advanced mind reading techniques to discover thoughts of the people and punish those who show signs of rebellion against the government. The novel is supposed to be a prophetic story, however, it was somewhat wrong in the date. Although some of the things described in the book are going on

When you hear the term "Romanticism", wouldn t you think of something that has to do with romance? That is what I thought when I first heard the word, but I was foolishly mistaken. Romanticism dealt with placing central importance upon the emotions and upon the individual. This time period only lasted about thirty years but greatly changed the and influenced the country in which we live in today. In the following composition, I will discuss the ideas of Romanticism and three famous write

When you hear the term "Romanticism", wouldn’t you think of something that has to do with romance? That is what I thought when I first heard the word, but I was foolishly mistaken. Romanticism dealt with placing central importance upon the emotions and upon the individual. This time period only lasted about thirty years but greatly changed the and influenced the country in which we live in today. In the following composition, I will discuss the ideas of Romanticism and three fam

When you hear the term "Romanticism", wouldn’t you think of something that has to do with romance? That is what I thought when I first heard the word, but I was foolishly mistaken. Romanticism dealt with placing central importance upon the emotions and upon the individual. This time period only lasted about thirty years but greatly changed the and influenced the country in which we live in today. In the following composition, I will discuss the ideas of Romanticism and three famous

Kate Chopin Kate Chopin was an incredibly talented writer of the late 1800's. Kate wrote about real feelings and real issues. Few of the topics thatshe wrote about were spoken of. Kate Chopin became one of the best known and most controversial writers of the 19th century. She stood up for women, their rights and other real issues, no matter what the cost was to her reputation. Kate Chopin was born, Katherine O'Flaherty, on February 8,1851, in St. Louis Missouri. She was raised by

Review of B.B. Price's Medieval Thought An Introduction Dwayne Henley 100035476 History 2116 Dr. Gerrits October 30,1999 To help understand a little more about Medieval Thought An Introduction, the following outline will be used in this review: first a look at the author, his professional background and his objectives with respect to this book are discussed. From there the layout of the text will be thoroughly looked at, with detailed descriptions of major points in the chapters

Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were poor immigrants from Poland who came to America before World War I. Many of his relatives died in the Holocaust, and this was an important influence upon his childhood. His parents were always upset about the relatives they had lost and the cloud of death was always in the air. He even drew the faces of some of his relatives who died in the Holocaust in Isaac Bashevis Singer s Zlateh the Goat. Sendak is the yo

The book that I read was Brave New World. It was written by Aldous Huxley. Huxley was born in England on July 26, 1894. He came to the States in 1937. Throughout his writing career he wrote many types of things. His works included novels, poetry, and essays.Huxley had established himself as a prestigious writer by the time that he was thirty.He also received the Award of Merit for his novel Island., from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died Nov. 22 1963. In Calif

The Influence of War in Poetry and Modernism Between the years of 1912 and 1914 the entire temper of the American arts changed. America's cultural coming-of-age occurred and writing in the U.S. became modernized. It seems as though everywhere, in that Year of 1913, barriers went down and People reached each other who had Never been in touch before; there were All sorts of new ways to communicate As well as new communications. The new Spirit was abroad and swept us all together. These new chang

I read a novella with a collection of three stories by Yukio Mishima. The first story was called “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea,” the second was called “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”, and the third was “Confessions of a Mask.” I would enjoy talking about each of these books individually, however I have far too little room for discussions of a such a great feat of writing. Instead I will point out the under lying themes that manifest themselves in eac

More than a half century has passed since critics and theater-goers recognized Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) as an important American playwright, whose plays fellow dramaturge David Mamet calls "the greatest dramatic poetry in the American language" (qtd. in Griffin 13). Williams's repertoire includes some 30 full-length plays, numerous short plays, two volumes of poetry, and five volumes of essays and short stories. He won two Pulitzer Prizes (for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947 and Cat on

William Blake lived from 1757-1827. He based most of his works in the style of Romanticism. Much like William Wordsworth, Blake wrote from the heart, letting natural expression take over. Many of the writers of the Romantic period felt they had entered an imaginative climate, which some of them called “the Spirit Age.” During this “Spirit Age,” many authors felt that freedom and spontaneity were the key elements in poetry. Before this creative revolution, a poem was considered

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saaverda 1st ed. 1605 Don Quixote, written around four hundred years ago, has endured the test of time to become one of the world s finest examples of literature; one of the first true novels ever written. It s uncommonness lies in the fact that it encompasses many different aspects of writing that spans the spectrum. From light-hearted, comical exchanges between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to descriptions so strong that produce tangible images, the book rem

The Alembic of Art is the chapter of My Antonia The Road Home that will be discussed. This chapter suggests that Willa Cather uses references from the arts in creating the novel My Antonia. Much of Willa Cather's background came from her childhood in Nebraska. It even uprooted the character Annie Sadilek, from Red Cloud, a town Cather lived in during her adolescence ("Classic Notes", 1). Despite her background, John J. Murphy believes "My Antonia is a novel in which vision and arrangeme

Michael Abe British Literature 9:30 General Prologue When the seasons are filled with fresh, milk-white snow to pack happy snowmen together, and lively decorations to usher the New Year in and keep the evil spirits away; when also the frenzied salary-men are able to relax from jobs and pursue pet hobbies, it is joyous winter. In the spirit of celebration, pilgrims from the world over who are part owners in Chang Securities have come to the San Francisco company headquarters for the

Humanities 1020 November 29, 2000 The Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes The Harlem Renaissance was a great and powerful era in black history, “It was an African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s that was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City” (“Harlem Renaissance”). Langston Hughes wrote “Blues and Jazz flourished throughout the streets of New York, and young black artists began to arise [. . .]” (63). An important part of this