Literature Essays & Term Papers

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Poe's William Wilson: Wilson v. Wilson, will v. conscience Liana R. Prieto (Spring 1996) Every person experiences conflict between their will and their conscience. Reasonable people recognize that both of these are components of their mind, but William Wilson does not. Wilson believes his conscience is another being entirely who struggles to hinder his schemes and ambitions. His life is spent trying to avoid or dominate the 'other' William Wilson. Poe effectively uses the Gothic dopplegang

May 25, 1997 Creative Response: Analysis of the Fahrenheit 451 society This vista of Ray Bradbury of a world void of any individualism and of a society that operates as a collective is a chilling but understandable extension of our own populace. A world such as this where the government regulates every countenance of the media and consequently governs the minds of everyone residing in this society definitely bears some resemblance to our own. The government in Fahrenheit 4

Essay on Mary Thomas Story Mary and Isaiah Thomas face many problems in their community and they resist the bad influence because they have inner strength. Mary Thomas is under a lot of pressure because she is forced to move to the projects. She's very angry that see has to move, and scared for her family because of the violence in the projects. She also doesn't want anything bad to happen to her like what happened to her friend. She also has many problems with a gang called Rave

Essay: To Kill A Mockingbird In the widely known novel To Kill A Mockingbird there are two families that are very diverse and are text book examples of complete opposites on the moral ladder of success. The Cunninghams and the Ewells have two very distinct and opposite reputations. The Cunninghams which are very respected while the Ewells very much despised. The Ewells are given the privilege to hunt out of season, so that the residents of the small town of Maycomb wo

While everyone knows about Catcher, not many have read this other classic by J.D. Salinger. Franny and Zooey is a story about Franny Glass, a young college girl and her brother Zooey, an actor in his middle 20's. Like The Catcher in the Rye, a theme in this book is questioning people and the World Franny finds a new religious idea, which starts her wondering about life and what she should do with hers.   As everyone knows, that is very complicated stuff to question, and it spawns a

Healing in Beloved The theme of "healing" is ever present in the novel, Beloved by Toni Morrison. Many forms of "healing" take place, with many different characters undergoing the "healing" process. These forms of "healing" range from healing personal conflicts from within, to healing as a community, and by overcoming individual prejudices. I feel that the overcoming of individual prejudices is one of the most important aspects of this

The novel Of Mice And Men by Steinbeck is a great work of literature . Every work of literature has one theme or more that the author desires to conduct to his audience . Friendship is one of these themes that is found in Of Mice And Men . Even though there are other examples of friendship in this novel , for instance Candy and his dog , there is none better than the relationship between George and Lennie . At the beginning of the novel we already see how George looks

Brave New World Notes / Comments Chapter 1 In this Chapter, tour of the Hatchery/Conditioning Centre. It is basically a hatchery for humans from egg, till they are ready to be adults. They produce humans, and shape them the way that they want them to be. -From a scientific view, this process is good. (decanting/conditioning) it allows for a race of specialized humans to perform individualized tasks. Manipulating the genes allows for almost any combination of strengths, or weaknesses; whi

The Scarlet Letter Essay Throughout literary history, many novels have come about that has at least one character who cannot achieve the goals he/she dreams of; there is always something keeping the character from achieving that goal. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the theme can be clearly seen: many of the tragic figures of literature have the capacity for greatness although a trick of fate or human weakness prevents the achieving of this greatness. In Hawthorne's novel

In Tom Clancy's The Cardinal of the Kremlin, there are many characters who play significant, but small roles. They may show up at one part of the book and never resurface again, due to the fact that this book is more about a situation than a person. There are three characters, however, that do appear more relevant and more often than the others, these characters are the Archer, Misha, and Jack Ryan. The Archer was an Afghan of about thirty years of age. He was a teacher of mathematics until

THE SUN ALSO RISES Ernest Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois--a rich, white, Protestant, and exclusive suburb of Chicago, by his parents Ed and Grace Hemingway. Hemingway never got along with his scrupulous parents--neither during his midwestern boyhood, nor in adulthood. In retrospect, Hemingway refered to Oak Park as a town of "wide lawns and narrow minds." Oak Park, Hemingway had confessed, imposed its Christian precepts and inhibitions on him. But during t

The Fairytale of Ragged Dick The story of Ragged Dick portrays the United States as a fairytale land of good luck and opportunity. Alger believed that anyone with good values and determination can achieve success. This is an unrealistic portrayal of the United States and Ragged Dick's story is definitely unique. Dick starts with nothing. He has no education, no savings, no respect, no home and no hope for change. The only things that Dick has going for him are that he has a decent boot b

The Results of Evelyn Nesbit Woman's sexual expression has most definitely changed since the early 1900's. Evelyn Nesbit, being somewhat a celebrity and sex symbol of those times, has inspired women to fit into her mold of sexual status. Evelyn Nesbit was bought. Her own mother sold her to Harry K. Thaw as a possession and witness. Her actions and willingness to be a sex symbol may be responsible for women's role in American society today. Evelyn Nesbit showed those willing to watch t


Stephen Crane and Critical Interpretation of The Red Badge of Courage The Red Badge of Courage is one of the most well known novels in American history. And the author, Stephen Crane, is a prominent writer in history. He lived a short life due to tuberculosis but he still managed to write, what some critics say, is the best personal account of the American Civil War (Wolford 119). Then again, there are others who say that this is a poor reflection of the War Between the States and should n

Gregor was the most unselfish person in The Metamorphosis. This characteristic shows with his dedication to his work. He was the only family member with a job, believing he was the only one capable of it. Sacrificing his social life for his work, he had no friends at work, and never went out at night. His only hobby was fretwork, sitting alone in his room. The only person he was ever intimate with was his sister Grete. His devotion to his work was remarkable. In all of the five years he had wo

As shown in May and Zelikow's The Kennedy Tapes, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was only able to deal effectively with the Cuban Missile Crisis because of the comprehensive advice and support provided by his chief councilmen. Three of these men stand out in particular; while JFK's "Executive Committee" was filled with bright and analytical minds, the most confident, able, and important men were Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, and the President's brother

There have been many tragic heroes throughout the history of literature, including the tragic hero of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne makes the tragic hero clearly understood. Roger Chillingworth is obviously the tragic hero in this novel. There are many facts to back up this claim. A tragic hero can be described as a man/woman who has great promise, ability, and integrity of character. This is a clear match to Chillingworth's personality. Alth

Nature often times represent a unique calmness. Toni Morrison doesn't make any exceptions to this idea. In her novel Beloved, Toni Morrison uses trees to symbolize comfort, protection and peace. Morrison uses trees throughout Beloved to emphasize the serenity that the natural world offers. Many black characters, and some white and Native American characters, refer to trees as offering calm, healing and escape, thus conveying Morrison's message that trees bring peace. Besides using the novel

The setting for Mary Shelly's Frankenstein plays a very important role on both the significance and realism of the story. By the end of the 18th century, smallpox and cholera epidemics throughout Europe had claimed millions of lives and brought about a crisis of faith within both the Catholic and Protestant churches. The formerly profane practices of medicinal healing were only beginning to gain acceptance in major universities as hundreds of cities were put under quarantine for their

Jane Erye's Life So far I have been able to compare Jane Erye to life today. The beginning pages describe this part of Jane's life as cold, dark, and alone. The lines about of winter in Bewick allude to her life at this time, "centuries of winter...of extreme cold...Of these death-white realms I formed an idea of my own: shadowy. " She is like the rock standing up alone in a sea of billow and spray; the broken boat stranded on a desolate coast; to the cold and gastly moon glancing through the

In Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy highlights the relationship between fate centered in an unsympathetic universe and fate centered in the character of individual humans. Realizing the power and unforgiving nature of fate stirs many charged emotional responses from the main character Tess. Fate plays an important role in the outcome of Tess' life as a whole. What becomes important is the realization of Tess' ironic placement between an unsympathetic universal fate and her own individu

Society's Influence in Wuthering Heights In many works of literature, characters are creatures of the society from which they come. Rather, the characters' behaviors are a direct result of the people they are surrounded by most of their lives. In Wuthering Heights, a traditional Victorian novel by Emily Bronte, Heathcliff is affected by the society in which he is raised. Heathcliff grew up as an outcast in the Earnshaw household, and was mistreated by Hindley. Hindley would say mean

The Good Earth and The Sun Also Rises: Establishing an Identity In many works of fiction, a main character is faced with problems while attempting to achieve their personal goals. Through solving these problems and attempting to reach their goals, characters discover their own personal identity in life. They try to achieve what they want and to find what makes them happy. For example in The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck, Wang Lung, a farmer, is faced with the problem of droughts and floods. W

Versions Of King Arthur In The Once and Future King by T.H White and "Le Morte d'Arthur" by Sir Thomas Malory, the author's writing techniques vary. King Arthur and the other characters involved in his life are portrayed differently by the two authors in the different books because of the differences in the techniques. In T.H. White's The Once and Future King, White displays a modern writing style and language. White wrote a rather humorous story of King Arthur and all of the characters

CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF MISS HAVISHAM In the book Great Expectations, Charles Dickens created a very eccentric but interesting main character named Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham was introduced in the book by Pip. Pip was taken to her in her bedroom and described her as an old, yellowed woman with white hair, dressed in white satins, laces and silks, wearing a long white veil with bridal flowers in her hair. He described her room by saying, "But I saw that everything within my view, which ought

The Blessing Way Edgar Allan Poe has influenced many mystery writers of the modern times. In The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman uses the usual detective mystery features traceable to Poe. These include an observant detective, a baffled friend, and the delayed explanation and conclusion. In this mystery, the observant detective and the baffled friend are especially used. Another Poe element, the dumb police, did not really show up in this story. I could not really find any instances of thi

The Good Earth: Moral vs. Immoral In Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth, the main character, Wang Lung starts out as a poor farmer with a not-too-pretty wife, and a few kids. His dream is to one day possibly be rich. When drought makes him almost destitute, he is forced to move to a city to find quick work so his family can survive. While in the city he catches a glimpse at the rich and lavish lifestyle. He decides right then that he wants to be rich soon. But he does not realize that with

Billy Budd's Biblical Connections This book report is about Billy Budd, by Herman Melville. It was Melville's final novel, and was published in 1924, over 30 years after his death. Billy Budd is a basic battle of good and evil, with evil deceiving good, and good taking the final victory. But the unusual twist put into this story, is the fate of common law. The main theme for Billy Budd is that society corrupts the innocent. The main story line of Billy Budd starts with a sailor name

In Alan Moore's The Watchmen, Moore presents the reader with two drastically different characters who have one strikingly similar trait. Ozymandias is a handsome, rich, public, and powerful man. Rorschach is an ugly, poor, private, and almost worthless man. Despite all of these contrasts, they share a common philosophy: they believe that the ends justify the means. This is a major theme of the story, and through it Moore causes the reader the ask themselves the question - do the ends justify

Show me Love In William Faulkner's Light in August, Faulkner shows the reader the many relationships of Joe Christmas. The reader is presented the unsuccessful relationships that Christmas has with his parents and grandparents, the people at the orphanage, McEachern and his wife, the waitress, and Miss Burden. Joe Christmas does not receive true love from any of them, and in turn has never learned how to love. Faulkner is showing the reader that if you have never been loved, it is impossib

I recieved an 86 on this as a Book Review The Regulators In The Regulators Richard Bachman, pen name of Stephen King, is taking on the ever so used and abused subject of a neighborhood gone-bad. It is a novel falling into the horror genre because of its graphic and horrific murders and punishments by Tak. Tak is an inner being of an autistic child living in the peaceful neighborhood of Wentworth, Ohio. King takes on the neighborhood gone-bad scenario with an original science fiction el

Essay: To Kill A Mockingbird In the widely known novel To Kill A Mockingbird there are two families that are very diverse and are text book examples of complete opposites on the moral ladder of success. The Cunninghams and the Ewells have two very distinct and opposite reputations. The Cunninghams which are very respected while the Ewells very much despised. The Ewells are given the privilege to hunt out of season, so that the residents of the small town of Maycomb would not have

Junior high book report for girls Yours Truley Love, Janie By:Ann Reit I recently read the book titled Yours Truly Love, Janie. It was about a sixteen year old girl named Janie Dowens. Her mother owned a small gift shop. Her father is a lawyer, and her sister Mellie goes to college. They live in a suburb of New York city. Janie's boyfriend, Peter, has been around for as long as she can remember. Janie was always looking for love so when she found an

Medical operations are carried out everyday, but for some, an operation can change a person's life. One experiment was done on a mentally retarded person to try to raise his intelligence. The experiment worked, but after months, the patient regressed dramatically. In the book, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, this intelligence operation was preformed, and the patient was Charlie Gordon. After the operation, Charlie wa

Title Of Book: More JOy In Heaven Author:Morley Callaghan Type of Book: Historical Novel Theme:In the eyes of the law," once a criminal always a criminal". Despite one's efforts to change him or herself. Plot:Kip Caley is given the benifit of the doubt and is released from jail on the sole word that he is a changed man.He is given the opportunity to begin his life over.He does so by trying to help his friends avoid making the same mistake he ma

The Science of Cosmetics Women today have a great deal of pressure to deal with. They often have to worry about their careers, relationships, and appearance. A woman's appearance is often one of her primary concerns. Whether she is a cold corporate executive or common housewife, she is always striving to meet society's conception of beauty. This ad is for the Glycel skin revitalization system. It is a product developed by the Schaefer Institute in Switzerland. Glycel uses a type of paten

This story contains characters that display the characteristic of integrity well, and some who choose not to display it at all. The ones that show signs of integrity have their own ways and forms of doing so. I feel that Atticus exemplifies the quality of integrity to the fullest he possibly can. After having his wife die, that left him to be the main role model for his two young children to follow. He showed his children an excellent way of dealing with the case of Tom Robinson. He dealt

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter describes the life of Hester Prynne and how her sins hurt not only herself but also everybody else whom she was ever close to. The point of view that seems to be most supported, logical, and believable is the traditional view. Traditionalists believe that Hester sinned through blind passion and her sin caused tragedy. The romantic view claims that Hester has no shame or remorse for her sin and that she is even proud of it. This is untrue because "jud

A Time to Kill A time to kill, when is there ever a time to kill, is it time when someone hurts you or your family, is it time to kill if someone tries to kill you? A jury of twelve people had to decide if there ever was such a time. Does race have a role in murder, if a white person is tried for the same crime as a black person should the verdict be different for the white person. In the beginning, Tonya Hailey, daughter of Carl Lee Hailey, was raped by two "rednecks" who "was ten an

Hamlet, William Shakespeare said "This above all, to thine self be true." This quote applies best with the novel Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre was trueto herself throughout the entire novel. Jane always said what she thoughtand behaved according to her own rules of etiquette. She never followedsomeone else; she believed in herself and was true toherself. When she lived in Gateshead she didn't change her personality to fit in withthe Reed children. When she was scolded, by Mrs. Reed she didn't chang

The concept of the toehold is one of the dominant themes in Richard Selzer's "The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold." The surgeon plays a primary part in breaking this toehold. Elihu Koontz is an old man of seventy-five with ailing health. His foot has become gangrenous and his leg must be amputated in order to stop the infection from spreading. In his younger years, Koontz was a famed wrestler, and now his leg is taken away from him. He is completely engrossed in this missing leg. The sur

Outline 1. Introduction 2. Classes 3. Racism 4. What I think This essay is about the class structure of today's society, and of Maycomb also how the social situation represents the rest of the nation during the 1930's. This story To Kill A Mocking Bird took place in Maycomb between 1933 and 1935, during this time period a black person that was wealthy was considered lower class than a white bum. Blacks were treated ve

Maya Angelou, in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells her story of how and when she grew up. In Arkansas at the time of Maya Angelou's childhood, many things were looked upon as bad or unfavored. Maya's problem was that she was black and a woman. This was looked down upon in her society, because blacks were "no good" and women were only useful for sex. Maya struggles throughout her childhood to accept her race and gender. Finding pride in one's race has a feeling of acceptance, a feeling

Briant Gerould November 11, 1998 Mrs. Laughrea English 10 A Decent Towards Savagery The events and developments presented during the passage in chapter three of William Golding's Lord of the Flies signified the de-evolution of society and man on the island. During the hunt, Jack was becoming more and more animal like as time passed by. There were still traces of the human known as Jack, as the human side would assume control at infrequent times. The author was describing the forest,

By Nick Carroll (I do not wish to remain anonymous; let everyone benefit from my blood, sweat and tears!!) Again to Pryor High School Students: If you use this you are dumb because my Teacher will catch you! She is observant!! Faust The novel Faust by Goethe is set in the mid to late Renaissance period in Germany. It is about a Doctor Faust who gets disgusted by life and makes a pact with the devil to find happiness in the mortal realm. The novel

By Nick Carroll Let my work benefit all!! Pryor High School Students: If you plagiarize this, you will most likely get caught, so I don't advise doing so. Have Fun!! Faust The novel Faust by Goethe is set in the mid to late Renaissance period in Germany. It is about a Doctor Faust who gets disgusted by life and makes a pact with the devil to find happiness in the mortal realm. The novel is written as a play and is written in poetic form al

By Nick Carroll Let My Work Benefit All!! Pryor High Students: If you plagiarize this, you will be caught. Use as a resource ONLY! Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" evokes a feeling of melancholy and dread upon the reader through the combined effects of the dreary environment, the insanity of the Roderick and Madeline Usher, the progressive decay of the house of Usher, and the mortifying realization that the power of intense fear can drive a person to commit

English 12 Jacqueline Stevens 1984 1984: "A reality in our Society?" I originally thought that George Orwell's 1984 was ridiculous, and extreme. I thought that the novel was written to show us how good we had it. I couldn't understand why Oceania's government needed to control it's people, and bring them down to a mindless existence; but after taking in the story as a whole, and thinking about the

A Sensible Man with Sensible Writing "The Sensible Thing," by F. Scott Fitzgerald shares numerous characteristics with his other writings. Like many writers, his work was heavily influenced by his life. Published criticisms note similarities between attitudes of the Roaring Twenties. In order to interpret "The Sensible Thing," it is necessary to examine F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and work. The materialistic, free-thinking ideas characterizing greatly influenced the writings of F. Sco