Literature Essays & Term Papers

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Leo Tolstoy's novel, War and Peace, contains three kinds of material, a historical account of the Napoleonic wars, the biographies of fictional characters, and a set of essays about the philosophy of history. Critics from the 1860s to the present have wondered how these three parts cohere, and many have faulted Tolstoy for including the lengthy essays, but readers continue to respond to them with undiminished enthusiasm. The work's historical portions narrate the campaign of 1805 leading to Na

Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage Josh Nicolay 12/2/98 English 10 Grade Tell me what you think of this essay if you use it Email me at The Red Badge of Courage "A brilliant work of the imagination that will endure for centuries." The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane is a piece of literature excellence and accomplishment by one of the most skilled impressionistic writers of today. The Red Badge of Courage was written during the changing world of th

The odd one is often confused as the strange one and never considered the right one. For this matter, I enjoyed reading the works of Ray Bradbury in "The Pedestrian." Leonard Mead, whom was the main character and protagonist in this story, was considered by many as being antisocial. Yet the ironic view of the story showed that he was the only social being in the world of Bradbury's literature. For many in the story, social was translated as being normal and indifferent. Depending on how

It can be said that chasing the American Dream is a never ending journey. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Gatsby seems to undertake great efforts in pursuing the life he wants to live, the so-called American Dream. The novel is Fitzgerald's vessel of commentary and criticism of the American Dream. As he paints a vivid portrait of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald defines this dream, and through Gatsby's downfall, expresses the futility and agony of its pursuit. Through Gatsby's longing

Emptiness. This emotion is what Janie experiences at the beginning of Their Eyes Were Watching God. This lacking makes life practically unbearable for Janie, and she tries to find completeness. She tries various things to alleviate this feeling. Through the quests Janie undertakes, she grows and finds completeness in her life. The entire book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is one complete quest for Janie, although her quest has failures and it restarts several times. Her quest does not rea

The novel The Scarlet Letter, involves the sin of a woman and her struggle to live her life after her child is born. Nathaniel Hawthorne writes the novel in such a way, that the readers opinions of the characters are influenced. One method by which he does this is through the use of motifs. Several can be seen, a few being how the "A" is perceived, the use of light versus dark, and the use of iron. First the "A" is meant to be a symbol of sin, and the damnation the wearer will have to face

Historical Notes on The Handmaid's Tale? The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is an intriguing look into a darker one of infinite possibilities that our future as a country offers. The entire novel through the questions linger somewhere in the back of our minds, "When if Offred writing this? Is she writing it?" The origin of the novel is a mystery until the epilogue is read, and then some answers are presented, of course, many more arise, thus making the final sentence in the book

The Great Gatsby This novel was a compelling, heartfelt look into the early American Dream, the 1920s, and F. Scott Fitzgerald himself. What exactly the novel was about underneath was something I struggled with, but I believe that what Fitzgerald really wanted to make quite clear was that there is no "American Dream," the American Dream is a farce, and totally unattainable. In order to first understand this view, you must understand the characters and what each of them represent. I b

The Joys of Motherhood... (...Or Not) Buchi Emecheta's choice of title for her book The Joys of Motherhood is very ironic. I believe she chose this title in order to make the reader reflect upon the various meanings this book takes on, one of them certainly being how much of a struggle motherhood is for anyone, but particularly Nnu Ego. " occurred to Nnu Ego that she was a prisoner, imprisoned by her love for her children..." Nnu Ego is a loving mother, and this is expected sin

Oedipus The King Oedipus the King is a timeless Greek tragedy by Sophocles in which the Chorus plays a major part. They provide a type of narrative, and a citizen's point of view throughout the play. There is something to be said about the different roles the Chorus takes on throughout the play. The first speech is a Choral Ode to the Gods. It takes place just after the Chorus finds out about Oedipus' search for the murderer of Laius. They are begging for help and deliverance fr

Frontera Book Review As we know today, we have currently been unable to colonize any of the many planets that surround our own. In the novel, Frontera, our imaginations are spurred by the possibilities of this endeavor in the future. As we take the technology of space travel, exploration and colonization further and further, we begin to realize that it may not remain science fiction for too much longer. Will it be possible to live on another planet in the future? Maybe Earth will become t

Like Father Like Dog William H. Armstrong's novel, Sounder, depicts the life of a poor black family and their dog around the turn of the twentieth century. The family of five consists of the mother, father, two sons, one daughter, and last but not least their dog Sounder. The family relies on sharecropping in the summer and hunting in the winter for their food supply. One extremely frigid and windy winter, the hunting is so poor that the father resorts to stealing a ham to keep his family

Similarities of Crooks and Curley's Wife There are many similarities of Crooks and Curley's Wife. In John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men, both Crooks and Curley's Wife are struggling with feelings of loneliness. Both characters are forced into this social isolation because of racial and gender differences as well as by the environment in which they live. Crooks' race and Curley's Wife's gender synonymously contributed to their loneliness and isolation. Crooks was a black man and there were not

The Losses of the Macbeths In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth risked all for power and gained nothing. They eventually lost everything. Macbeth's greed, his false sense of security, and Lady Macbeth's extensive persistence are the causes of their failure. Macbeth's greed is caused by the three witches. The witches, who appear at various times during the play, tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Cawdor and later the king of Scotland. At first he scoff

"Analysis of a Man Called Horse" "A Man Called Horse" is a story that shows how a clash between two cultures, Angelo and Indian, effect a mans goal of finding equality, a place where all other people are not superior or inferior to himself. The Story shows that finding equality is not just finding others like yourself. To find equality with others, one must find his own identity within himself and learn to accept it as who he is. The start of the story sets up the story for the rest of the

Okay.. This is an essay on To Kill A Mockingbird. I recieven 85 on context and a 92 on grammer. This is the corrections my teacher wrote: Blend interpretation with evidence. Some sentences tend to be choppy-combine when possible. One of the basic human needs is to love and be loved. Love is a simple word, but has such complex emotion. In To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee describes her story as a simple love story. There are many ways in which Jem and Scout show their love.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD In To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee suggests that prejudice is wrong. Prejudice is a word that we use to describe people who put other people in a class simply because those people are different from them or the majority. Prejudice is wrong because it separates people. It is wrong because it creates hatred and because it can hurt all people, whether that hurt is physically or mentally. Prejudice is wrong because it separates people. If a person

The Big Guys Aren't Always Right George Orwell created a book in which animals were almost as intelligent as humans are, and held an idea of a farm where socialism ruled. This book, Animal Farm, divides animals into categories as humans are ranked today, from the animals of lesser intelligence up to the smart characters. The smart animals happened to be the pigs, who proved the human theory, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This story shows these pigs slowly us

Pushing Fear Into Courage Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, shows many people whose, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, - not absence of fear." This means people who have a fear of something, but stands up to it are the only people who are truly the courageous ones who do what is right, this is a general truth in this story, and life, which is also the theme. The author's tone shows the character's beliefs in standing up to fear in everything the characters say and the way

In the short story The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, what is seen may not necessarily be the truth. This raises the important question, "Are these ghosts real or just seen through the eyes of the governess?" There are many pieces of information in the story that lead the reader to believe these ghost are real, but at the same time there are others that question the truth, and I adjure you to believe. Through careful reading and studying, however, one will find that these ghosts really exi

Values for Me, Values for You Values are everywhere. For the most part, however, values are part of society and are what defines people's reputation. Indeed this is true in Charles Dickens', A Tale of Two Cities, where the values of Lucie Manette, Sydney Carton, and Madame Defarge define who they are. Lucie Manette's reputation is of caring person. She is caring because she values her husband, Charles Darnay, and motherhood. For instance, everyday when Darnay was captured in the Bastill

Ira Levin's The Boys From Brazil is one of the most excellent, clever, and thrilling fictional novels ever written. It grasps its reader's attention and lets him hang on every word. The Boys From Brazil takes place in the late 1970's through the mid-1980's, in some parts of South and North America and Europe. It tells the adventures of a well-known Jewish man, who is chasing one of the most wanted Nazis who was active during World War II, and his advocates. The novel raises many relevant socia

For Whom the Bell Tolls By Ernest Hemingway I read the book "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway. This story takes place in the mountains of Spain during the Spanish civil war. The main character, Robert Jordan, is an American that is stationed behind fascist lines with a band of guerillas. Jordan was a Spanish professor at the University of Montana before the war. Now he has become a dynamiter for the Republic which opposes the fascists. Jordan was sent there by General

"Murders at the Rue Morgue" displays distaste for nationality, logic over emotion, and no focus on the self. Poe's story shows lack of patriotism, indifference to foreigners, and respect for authority. Patriotism is prevalent in many Romantic authors works. The most famous is a poem called Old Ironsides, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, poem is about a ship in the War of 1812. This poem created an outcry from it's readers that helped salvage the ship. However, Poe took no consideration to

Scarlet Letter Essay In literature, some characters display great loneliness. This loneliness is usually the result a real or perceived physical, social, or moral breach between the character and others in his or her life. This usually leads to trouble and pain for the lonely character. A good example of a moral breach creating a lonely state is Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter. Unable to confess his greatest sin, in his mind he estranges himself w

"The Pearl" by John Steinbeck Juana, the faithful wife of Kino, had lived a spiritual life for what had seemed like as long as she could remember. When her son Coyito got sick from the bite of a scorpion, she immediatly turned towards the spiritual aspects of life and began to pray for her son's endangered life. The doctor who had resided in the upper-class section of the town, refused to treat the child, turning them away when they arrived at the door just because they were poor. Finally

Aylin Ugur The first two chapters in the book Hard Times makes the reader aware of two forms of the novel. The two forms of the novel are argumentative and narrative. The first two chapters display these two forms by the context of chapters, characters and the tone of voice used by the characters. The context of the first two chapters writes that "facts alone are wanted in life" (dickens 7). This subject is expressed through narrative and argumentative forms. Narrative form is expre

"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck In the beginning of the book, Steinbeck describes the beauty of Salinas Valley complete with all it's wildflowers; he also makes some racial remarks about Indians. This book portays two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, through three generations spanning from the Civil War to the first World War. Catherine Ames is one of the main characters; s he is introduced to the reader as a monster, and as time goes on, she possesses both monster and animal

Salem's Lot is the story of a man who returns to his home town to face the fears of his childhood, only to find a entire new set of fears awaiting him. Ben's hometown now has a new occupant, Barlow, an evil as old as time. As one by one the inhabits of Salem's Lot disappear only to turn up later in the night, as something worse than dead. Ben Mears is a successful novelist who returns to Jerusalem's Lot his hometown. As a child Ben had went through a terrifying experience in the local "haunt

The Montreal Olympics in 1976 were a disaster. In his book The Billion-Dollar Game, author Nick Auf der Maur describes how one man's vision, coupled with his power, cost the city of Montreal untold respectability, as well as a staggering financial debt. Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau spent years trying to cajole IOC members into voting for his city in 1970. He was extravagant in his pitches to the IOC "old-money" nobility, while presenting a modest Games which would not cost taxpayers a cent.

The Theme of Hope in One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich In Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novel One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, the strong themes of hope and perseverance are undercut by the realization that for Ivan there is little or no purpose in life. This is not to say that the themes of hope and perseverance do not exist in the novel. There are numerous instances in the novel where Shukhov is filled with hope. However, these moments of hope amidst the banal narrative of

Dune By Frank Herbert Dune is the saga of Paul Atreides and his journey on the desert planet of Arrakis. He is the son of Duke Leto and the Lady Jessica, an exceptional student of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. Unknown to all but a few, Paul may be the Kwisatz Haderach, a mentally adept being with powerful precognitive abilities. When Paul is 15, House Atreides is asked by the Emperor of the known universe to take control of the planet Arrakis also known as Dune. Arrakis is the most im

Do you remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird? I think that this is a novel that I won't ever forget. I will start out this responce by telling you about my favorite character, which is Scout. She is a tomboy, which not everyone likes, especially Mrs. Dubose. Scout likes to hang aroud with Jem, and most of the time he lets her. Scout reminds me of a person I know of whom is a boy. He acts all big and bad and you wouldn't dare mess with him, but there is a soft spot where he is human, makes

"The Sun Also Rises," by Ernest Hemingway. I don't know if they made a movie out of this book, but if they did, I haven't seen it. A man named Jake Barnes, the narrator of this novel, tells about the men who fall in love with an Englishwoman named Lady Brett Ashley. Jake fell in love with Brett several years ago and is still madly in love with her. But it comes out early in the novel that Jake suffered a war injury (must be World War I since this takes place in the 1920's) that has

Ray Bradbury wrote the novel Fahrenheit 451, which is a story about a society that believed books were for burning and where thinking was discouraged. Throughout the novel there are several incidents that can be considered a social criticism for today's standards. Subjects that refer to 1) schooling knowledge, 2) the way society is conformed, 3) the diminishing of family values and 4) the ways the books are perceived are all examples of social criticisms in this novel. These incidents he

From the beginning of time and throughout man's existence, people have studied, theorized, and predicted as much as they could about the physical and psychological origins of evil. Many say that there are no definite boundaries or labels one could place on the term "evil". Several great philosophers have dedicated their lifetimes to the study of this aspect found in mankind. William Shakespeare recreates this certain evil in many of his tragic plays; readers are introduced to the terrible tho

Animal Farm George Orwell 128 Pages George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Blair, was born in Bengal in 1903. He was educated at Eton School in England, and then served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He returned to Europe and became a writer of novels and essays. Much of his work was political, and although he had a hatred of Communism, he was a socialist. Orwell died at the age of forty-seven of a lung problem, leaving behind several unfinished works. Animal Farm is a parody

Values for Me, Values for You

Values are everywhere. For the most part, however, values are part of society and are what defines people's reputation. Indeed this is true in Charles Dickens', A Tale of Two Cities, where the values of Lucie Manette, Sydney Carton, and Madame Defarge define who they are.
Lucie Manette's reputation is of caring person. She is caring because she values her husband, Charles Darnay, and motherhood. For instance, everyday when Darnay was cap

The dictionary definition of pride is a sense of one's proper dignity or value. The
dictionary definition of prejudice is an adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand
without knowledge of the facts. When you add these two themes together you get the
book "Pride and Prejudice." The very basis of this book is on pride and prejudice.
Throughout the book the various characters judge each other by using pride and prejudice.
An eaxmple of this is in the very beginning of t

The Significance of Animals In The Eyes of the Dragon Although it may seem quite absurd, the role of animals in The Eyes of the Dragon is a very supreme and dignified part of the novel. Through the development of the novel, the animal kingdom roars from insects to dogs and they all play their own, individual roles. The great black and white Anduan Husky named Frisky who is, out of all of her dogs, Naomi's favorite, leads Ben Staad and Naomi directly to the whereabouts of Dennis, Peter's

Oh Mom, thought Billy, turning away from the stroller and wrapping himself around the package. The package exploded." As you read that line you might be wondering what book it's coming from. Well the book itself is excellent. I recommend you read it. It is called the Terrorist. This book by Caroline B. Cooney shows a new turn to Terrorism. It takes it from a child's point of view. A child named Billy.
To start off the summery of this book let me tell you about the 2 main characters. Fi

The Sphere
Michael Crichton

Writer's opinion

If up until now I have been saying about each book that it was the best book I have ever read, I was lying ... because compared with this book they all come down to nothing. For four days I have been reading non stop all 370, or so, pages and that's a first for me in English or Hebrew.
Highly recommended to all si-fi fans out-there.


Darkness At Noon In the novel, Darkness at Noon, by Koestler, Rubashov learns about himself, and makes an effort to cross the hazy lines between his conscience and his beliefs. Rubashov's realization of the individual aspect of morality is a gradual process, satisfying his internal arguments and questions of guilt. His confession to Gletkin reflects the logic that Rubashov had used (both by himself and his political regime), as well as his internal conflicts. He questioned the inferior v

In many books there are characters who try to contend with a parent's pressure
because the parent does not understand them. "I am alive; therefore, I have a right to be
myself" is often what the character is saying.
In the Play "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Wiliams, Tom is held back this
way by his mother Amanda. Amanda is constantly correcting Tom on how to eat his food
and telling him not to smoke. Tom is also being told to find a gentleman cal

"Never Cry Wolf"
"Never Cry Wolf" is a film concerned primarily with the clash produced when civilization encounters nature and the wilderness. The plot of the film revolves around the events which the main character, Tyler, takes part when he travels to the Arctic. There, he conducts a scientific study, the "Lupine Project". Other characters in this film include the wolves, which are the basis of Tyler'' study, Ootak, a native of the land, Rosy, a native hunter, and finally Mike, the pi

Mary Shelly`s Frankenstein The story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is about a man who created something that messes with nature, and nature came back to mess with him because nature is more powerful than man. Victor Frankenstein was very interested in natural philosophy and chemistry and basically tried to play Gud by creating life. When he found the secret of activating dead flesh, he created a superhuman composed of rotted corpses. What he did was considered unthinkable, and he was haunte



Daniel Dwyre

Mr. Pape

Eng OA1

Monday, December 14, 1998

How do we perceive a novel? What influences our impressions of certain
characters? Many literary critics would agree that

Between the worlds of film and literature are many similarities, the least of which is the need for ample closure/ conclusion. Any work which doesn't end in a satisfying way either leaves the reader wanting more, or leaves the reader infuriated. Both the film "The Doctor" and the book "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck have strong endings, fitting to their respective stories. If a story is meant to teach a lesson, then its ending must be one that the reader or viewer must remember. In the s

Scenes Setting the Mood Moods of a book are very important in describing the tone of the scene, as well as the atmosphere around the scene. It is very easy to pick up on these hints because usually the scene is very clear and very understanding to the reader. In the book The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, becomes a master of telling what the mood of the scene is by description. The first description that comes to mind is the highly described parties that Gatsby had. In those desc

Symbols are seen everyday in people's lives, whether they symbol is seen frequently, or rarely seen, whether the symbol is lucid or obscured, the symbol always has a meaning, and this is apparent in "The Overcoat", by Nikol Golgol. In attempt to explain how an ordinary thing had the ability to become such an influential symbol to a poor, lonely man, I will state how the symbol reached the point of its highly influential symbolic status. I will also explain how the symbol affected the man