Literature Essays & Term Papers

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as many know, is the prestigious author and creator of the sharp witted, fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. However, he had written on subjects other than that of his brilliant mystery stories. For example, he wrote historical novels such as The White Company, Sir Nigel, and Micah Clarke. There were many events in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life that had a direct effect on why he became a writer and the subject matter that he wrote on. He was born in Ed

Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He was the second of three children of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams. His early childhood was troubled with illnesses that left Tennessee a terminal hypochondriac throughout the rest of his life. He turned to writing as a method of escaping the unhappiness that surrounded him. His first published work was a response to an essay question that appeared in Smart Set magazine in 1927

Roddy Doyle is an amazing writer and is seen by his friends as a studious-looking and down-to-earth kind of guy. He is one of the new breed of young Irish artists who came of age in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Roddy Doyle was born in May of 1958 in the northern Dublin suburb of Kilbarrack, Ireland. From Roddy Doyle’s point of view, he seemed to have had a happy childhood, especially when he told an interviewer, “ There are memories of my own childhood, running through a field and

Unlike so many other Vietnam veterans who deal with the war primarily through the eyes of American combatants, Robert Olen Butler, an Army translator in Saigon in 1971, has opted to create a much wider spectrum of plot considerations and characters in "The Deep Green Sea" (Henry Holt, $23) to populate his fictive world. "A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain," for instance, was a collection of 15 stories told in the voices of Vietnamese refuges, seven of them women, who have been transplanted

Karen Ginsberg Mrs. Daniels Enc1102 4/10/98 Elements of Fiction in Poe=s Writing Edgar Allan Poe was an artist of literature. He was one of the greatest thriller/story tellers that America has known. He was known as "a seminal figure in the development in science fiction and the detective story. His writing came to have enormous importance for modern French literature" (X, John Richardson). Edgar Allan Poe wasn't out to frighten his audience. According to Peithman, his inte

Harry Potter The Time The Story Takes Place and Setting This story takes place at the present time. It takes place over the course of one year. It all starts at a small town outside London, then moves to an enchanted castle, located in a the middle of Britain. The castle is very large and would take hours to describe in detail. It has secret passages, doors that can move, and suits of armour that can get up and walk around. It has four large towers, and a dungeon in which Potions clas

A Critical Analysis of “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”By Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway’s background influenced him to write the short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” One important influence on the story was that Hemingway had a fear of dying without finishing a work. Hemingway confirmed this fear in many interviews. Baker, in “The Slopes of Kilimanjaro,” states that Hemingway could well express the feelings of Harry because they both feared death in the event that

By A Critical Analysis of “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” By Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway’s background influenced him to write the short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” One important influence on the story was that Hemingway had a fear of dying without finishing a work. Hemingway confirmed this fear in many interviews. Baker, in “The Slopes of Kilimanjaro,” states that Hemingway could well express the feelings of Harry because they both

Dickens and his stucture Of Hard Times On every page Hard Times manifests its identity as a polemical work, a critique of Mid-Victorian industrial society dominated by materialism, acquisitiveness, and ruthlessly competitive capitalist economics (Lodge 86). The quotation above illustrates the basis for Hard Times. Charles Dickens presents in his novel a specific structure to expose the evils and abuses of the Victorian Era. Dickens use of plot and characterization relate directly to th

The term "barbarian" is Greek in origin. The Greeks used it for any races that were not of a Greek origin, especially those that were very different from themselves. Because most of these "barbarians" regularly assaulted Greek cities, the term gradually evolved into a rude insult, a person who was a sub-human, uncivilized, and regularly practiced the most vile and inhuman acts imaginable. It is obvious that a barbarian was not considered as a member of society as well as a woman in Ancient Gre

Honors English II Colonial Time (1607-1765) Immigrating to America in 1607, the Separatists wanted to practice their own religion. Unhappy in England, the Separatists came to America on the Mayflower setting out to sea to America. Upon their arrival, sickness meet more than half of them causing the first year to be the “Starving Time.” In 1619, plantation systems, as well as slavery grew. The Separatists were later called Pilgrims because they made a pilgrimage for religiou

Medea: Guilty as Charged I am here today to confirm who is solely responsible for the death of four innocent victims. Medea. She shrewdly murdered the king and his daughter, then proceeded to brutally violate the little bodies of her own children. Some people may argue that outside factors coerced her to act irrationally. She wants all citizens to believe that pain and suffering caused by Jason s disloyalty drove her mad enough to act out so rashly. However, her selfishness compe

WILLA CATHER WROTE WHAT SHE LIVED Sara Orne Jewett, a local colorist from Maine, once suggested that Willa Cather write from her own background. Cather followed that advice and became famous for her stories of the American frontier; especially those about heroic women who struggled to tame the prairies of Nebraska and the Southwest. Cather's first novel was published in 1912 and was called Alexander's Bridge. In 1913 came O Pioneers! which took its title from a poem by Walt Whitm

Hayden Carruth Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey is Hayden Carruth's most recent collection of works. Published in 1996, it reflects a dark, boozed washed view of the world throw the eyes of a 76- year-old man. His works reflect his personal experiences and his opinion on world events. Despite technical merit Carruth works have become depressing. Hayden Carruth is a child of the depression born in Vermont in 1921 where he lived for many tears. He now lives in upstate New York, where he taught i

Megan Saliba Alternative Calendars 9 November 1999 Existence in a World Divided Lurking in the “mystery of the Orient”(Tanizaki 20) lies the images and beauty created by shadows. It is this traditional essence which is being replaced and forgotten as westernized culture and morality sprout their roots in the Japanese society. Tanizaki’s specifically examines this idea of clashing cultures in the essay In the Praise of Shadows, and indirectly and symbolically reveals this

Kate Chopin A Style of her Own Kate Chopin uses symbolism and realism to enhance her theme of social conflict in the lives of women during the nineteenth century. These conflicts seemed to travel from one woman to the next, unnoticed by the rest of society. Chopin used these conflicts as a basis for all of her short stories and novels. This inevitably started turmoil about issues that never were brought out before. This in turn opened the eyes of society to the individuality of women. I

INTRODUCTION This report will talk about the life of a famous author, Charles Dickens. It will tell you about his early, middle, and later years of his life. It will also talk about one of his great works of literature. In conclusion, this report will show a comparison of his work to his life. EARLY LIFE Charles Dickens was born at Landport, in Portsea, on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay-Office, and was temporarily on duty in the neighborhood when Charl

Anton Chekhov Life and Influences Anton Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia, the third of six children. His father, Pavel, was a grocer and his mother, Yevgeniya, was the daughter of a cloth merchant. In1875 Pavel's business failed and, threatened with imprisonment, he fled to Moscow. Yevgeniya remained behind with Anton and his younger siblings, but soon lost the house to a local bureaucrat. At this point, she joined Pavel in Moscow taking all the children, w

Two Paths Diverge In Human Progress An Interpretive Paper on Childhood s End Can man go any further without assistance? This is the underlying question in the book Childhood s End. From the very start we are introduced to the Overlords who have come to earth in order to save man from self-destruction. Childhood s End is of human progress. In some way or other man journeys to contact with the unknown, and comes face to face simultaneously with the possibility of transcendence and the limi

Romanticism literature in poetry and how it effects everyday society. "I have no quarrel, it is scarcely necessary to add, either with the man of science or the romanticist when they keep in their proper place." (Gleckner 33). Some people are still unclear of the exact boundaries in which literature is considered Romanticism, but few common relations seem to be apparent in all or most pieces."The Romantic believes that the particular qualities which make-up humanness - mind, pur

Dracula Bram Stoker Copyright 1996 (Modern library edition) Bram Stoker was born November 8, 1847, in Clontarf Ireland, north of Dublin. His full name was Abraham Stocker. He was the son of Abraham and Charlotte. He was the third of seven children. For the first 7 years of his life Bram was bedridden with a flurry of childhood diseases. This led him to spend much of his time reading. Later in his life, after healing from his diseases, he attended Trinity College in Dublin. There, h

Something about Charles Dickens and his ability to take his reader to unbelievable places with his imaginative powers allows him the honor of being the most popular English novelist of the 19th century. Dickens has thrilled his readers for many years with his down-to-earth stories about real people forced into real situations. Charles Dickens has the ability to tell his stories from personal experiences. He fine-tuned his ability to tell his own story through the life of ano

A novel, which has gained literary recognition worldwide, scrutiny to the point of censorship and has established a following among adolescents, The Catcher in the Rye is in its entirety a unique connotation of the preservation of innocence and the pursuit of compassion. With certain elegance the writer J.D. Salinger, substantiates the growth and perils, which lie between childhood and adulthood. Embellishing the differentiation between innocence and squalor in the grasps of society.

CAST OF CHARACTERS: Allo: 21year old Higgler and best friend of Beatah. Miss. Marge: Allo’s mother age 51 years old a housewife by profession. Beatah: Age 30 years a vendor by profession King of peace: Tall status man strikingly serious, move and speaks with confidence. Age, 35years. Delegates: 6 middle age men Steven Santos: Minister of Justice, Tall slim middle age man of Indian descent. O’Brian Ranch: Commissioner of police, 48 years old of African descent. Mr.

In Christopher Isherwood’s novel The Memorial, the country house is a dying entity with a scarce memorial. The memorial to the war heroes that is discussed in the novel gathers more respect than the death of the country house and everything that it represents. The English country house has its own unique ethos and way of life associated with it, and this book discounts that ethos and demands acceptance of the inevitable truth: the country house is no more. The country house is a symb

Standing in front of Susan’s clothes closet, Marilyn randomly tossed discarded dresses onto the floor. She continued searching the designer labeled outfits until she found just the right one. Hanging it up carefully she crouched down to find matching shoes. One thing Marilyn had always liked about Suzie was the ability to share all their clothes and shoes. Today that fact came in especially handy. Marilyn smiled as she pulled a pair of staid black pumps from the closet and placed them

Walking in the Forest of Knowledge: King Alfred�s Soliloquies and the ninth-century West Saxon Literary Revival Remember what punishments befell us in this world when we ourselves did not cherish learning nor transmit it to other men. We were Christians in name alone, and very few of us possessed Christian virtues. When I reflected on all this, I recollected how � before everything was ransacked and burned � the churches throughout England stood filled with treasures and boo

J.M Coetzee�s Disgrace and Nadine Gordimer�s �Something Out There� illustrate that in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa, desperate times call for desperate measures, and that the line between safety and insecurity is blurred by the first of two options: resist or serve. Disgrace and �SOT� demonstrate that lingering racial attitudes impact on power relations between master and servant. Moreover, the novel and novella illustrate that peace and security a

On every occasion people discover themselves trapped in a world governed by much inequality and deprivation, the divine never fails to come into the picture. The search for the ultimate answers for life�s challenges and predicaments commonly finds its heart on established unearthly approaches of ritualistic activities such as praying, spiritual sacrifice, and holy indulgence. In Latin America, specifically in Chile and Colombia, two novels with a magical realist undertone presented a parad

Gilgamesh is described as two-thirds god and one-third human. His quest of immortality forms the crux of the story in the last three tablets of the epic of Gilgamesh. Though there are issues of continuity which have only been partially reconciled by later day historians and litterateurs alike, Gilgamesh who befriends Enkidu the wild beast turned human is devastated by the curse that takes away Enkidu to the Netherworld. After offering prayers to gods to walk with Enkidu in the Netherworld, Gilga

In �A Country Doctor,� Kafka reveals his unique gift of imposing the incredible upon the mundane events of daily life. As with any truly nightmarish scenario, the events of the story open with a simple, but agonizingly true observation: �I was in great difficulty.� In the lines that follow, this sentiment is revealed as the great understatement that it is, carrying the weight of the doctor�s torment upon its shoulders like a messenger. What appears at the outset to be

Kafka�s �A Country Doctor� is a strange story about a doctor who is called out on a stormy day to a very ill man, his horse died the previous night but then he receive two magical horses, he is transported to the village where his patient is in a flash, first he finds the boy is healthy, but on re-examination finds a wound with worms in, the village people then undress him and lay him next to the boy, while children sings that if he does not cure the boy they will kill him. He es

The short story, �A Country Doctor� was written in 1919 by author, �Franz Kafka�. �A Country Doctor� is a short story about a doctor who gets an alarm in the middle of the night about a boy who has fallen very ill. Throughout the story the doctor encounters many challenges. The challenges include: a snowstorm stuck in between the doctor and the village where the boy lies ill, the fact that the doctor�s horse has died and there are no available horses in

The story �The Country Doctor� written by Franz Kafka is a story which tells about an old country doctor who receives an emergency call to attend to a patient who is ten miles away from the doctor�s place at a very late hour of the night. The introductory part of the story is quiet ambiguous and creates a lot of anxiety in the readers� minds. To the doctor�s discomfort, he has his carriage without a horse � horse had died the previous night. The happenings in the

Since its publication in 1868, Louisa May Alcott�s novel Little Women has enthralled and captivated its audience with its strikingly realistic portrayal of four young women coming of age amidst the tumultuous disturbance of the Civil War. However, amidst all the critical and public acclaim, the book has generated some intense debates as to the purpose of the author, some describing the work as �a perfectly disgusting, banal, and craven service to male supremacy,� while oth

The short story by Franz Kafka �A Country Doctor� from the very opening presents a problem, which becomes the main subject of the story. With the obstacle in the beginning, the character is facing a �great difficulty� (Kafka) that represents the helplessness the mankind faces in front of the face of mighty Mother Nature. The inability of the doctor to freely move in a long distance is just a simple example how the humans depend on outside conditions and forces to be able to s

Franz Kafka�s �A Country Doctor� is one of those stories that haunts you for a while even after you have finished reading it. On the surface, it appears to be a story of an elderly country doctor assailed by doubt and fear who feels that he is underappreciated by the community he serves. If you delve deeper into Kafka�s life and the time in which he lived, you find that there is far more to this story than what shows on the surface. To understand the story, we must first

Franz Kafka was a Jewish writer whose stories are enigmatic and ingrained with symbolism. In this regard, the short story, A Country Doctor, which he penned in 1919, is no exception. The story, though short, ensures that the readers feel all the effects of a nightmare journey. Just as nightmares are filled with grotesque and unreal elements unfolding realistically, so does this story. The story is about a kind old doctor, who with a

A Country Doctor 1 Franz Kafka�s A Country Doctor is by all means, the most mysterious and enigmatic of all his wrings, because of the symbolism he utilized, which were quite difficult to decipher. Superficially, the Doctor in the story was faced with four challenges. First, just as he was to heed an emergency call from a patient, he had to obtain a horse since his steed had died the night before (Kafka, 1919). His second challenge was choosing between the call of duty to aid an

Man has been given the ability to think for himself and decide the path he has to go that will eventually lead to his fate. It is solely up to him, by the decisions he makes, to decide what actions to take depending on the situation calling for the usage of free will. However, not all of us are able to decide which way to go or what actions to choose because of certain factors that may sometimes be bigger than ourselves. It may be because of a sworn duty or the fact that to decide to act which w

Kafka�s A Country Doctor is a grim tale of an elderly rural surgeon who, facing his own mortality, has a vivid nightmare filled with hopelessness and fear. It has a depressing theme of youth and vitality versus age and depletion. The doctor faces numerous challenges in this short story. First, he must travel ten miles in a blinding snowstorm in the dark of night to the home of an ill patient. Worse still, his horse has just died, and he must find another horse to take him to his

I found Franz Kafka�s �A Country Doctor� to be a highly evocative tale of alienation and other-worldly fear, filled with terrifying, surreal imagery and a deep-seated questioning of the role of purpose, order and control within society. My initial reaction was, I suspect, typical: I felt sympathy for the doctor struggling to fulfill his obligations in deeply distressing circumstances. However, after repeated readings I began to lose my empathy with the character, viewing him incre

Four challenges faced by the doctor- internal conflicts of his capacity to make the impossible happen considering the impossibility of the cases that he was handling and had handled in the past, comes to a choice between satisfaction vs. his professional as evidence by the moral dilemma of leaving Rosa to a perverted groom in exchange of a carriage to get to the sick person\'s house, issue of granting a dying man\'s request to die or trying his best to give him a kick in the head to change his p

\" Country Doctor,\' written by Franz Kafka, is an intriguing story about a doctor who gets a call on a winter\'s night to assist a patient in a nearby village. The short story depicts the difficulties, challenges, and frustrations that come with being a doctor. The protagonist of the story has to get to his destination to examine a young man, but he encounters several obstacles that throw him off course. In addition to the difficulties and challenges, there are themes in the story that r