Literature Essays & Term Papers

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In his novel The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck wishes to change the negative social attitude toward the migrants to bring about better treatment of this group of people. He does so by using a few different techniques. One of his techniques is the use of characterization to show the migrants as humans, to do away with the stereotypes that haunted many people during this time. Another technique he uses is an attack on private enterprise. He does so because it creates greedy people. The third t

This novel is very strange. The book begins in pre-historic times, telling about the man-ape's experience with the monoliths in Africa, and suddenly jumps to the space age people and their experience with the monoliths on the moon. The book is packed with a lot of themes, such as: "No matter how good you are, there is always something better", and "You can't sacrifice the reliability of the human mind for a machine". The first theme, "No matter how good you are, there is always so

Significance of Grendel Centered around the epic poem, Beowulf, John Gardner's Grendel is a recent peek into dark, unknown times. The significance of the title is found not deep within the the story. Our narrator, Grendel, retells this ancient fantasy from his own point of view. Grendel, whose name translates broadly in Old Norse into words like storm, to bellow, and destroyer, is quite the monster, complete with napped fur, razor teeth, and vicious claws. But he is also equipped with a s

In most stories with very few characters there are one or two good characters and several evil characters as well. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a novel with no clear knight in shining armor and witch of the forest. Hawthorne makes a much more subtle conflict between characters. He plays with the individual's judgment and moral standards. If the story is analyzed however, it can be discovered that the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is accountable for much of the suffering that occu

"Romantic vs. Puritanic Philosophies" The book The Scarlet Letter is all about symbolism. People and objects are symbolic of events and thoughts. Throughout the course of the book, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester, Pearl, and Arthur Dimmesdale to signify Puritanic and Romantic philosophies. Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner; she has gone against the Puritan ways, committing adultery. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for

Gene and Phineas Gene and Phineas are two different people. These two teenagers were brought together by the Devon School, a boarding school in New England. Both of these boys are growing up in a time of trouble world war 2 but this is only one way they are alike, however they are also different in many ways. Phineas is a great athlete, the best in the entire school. What Gene lacks in athleticism he gains in smarts. Gene is one the smartest kids in his class and could wel

Bruno Walton has declared war. Macdonald Hall has a new administrative assistant who is determined to bring the aging school up to date. Bruno doesn't like Mr. Wizzle, he isn't fond of Wizzle's Magnetronic 515 computer, and he utterly detests Wizzle's new jacket-and-tie dress code. But when he is the first to start collecting Wizzle's demerits, and is the first to be assigned to write lines (Boy, that Mr. Wizzle sure is up-to-date), the kid gloves are off! Unfortunately, Bruno may have to w

There weren't many main characters in "If I die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home." The main character was Tim O'Brien, who also wrote the book. He is an enlisted soldier in Vietnam. He is from southern Minnesota, and is against war, when there is no good cause for it. During his time in boot camp O'Brien wanted so badly to escape and knew there was nothing that could stop him. He would have to move to Sweden, but it would beat fighting in the war, dying for the Vietnamese. He h

Catherine Earnshaw, a major character in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, faced a conflict between living for false ideals and pursuing the practical ends of a true, loving relationship. The betrayal of her true feelings for Heathcliff caused suffering and destruction among many other characters. Such betrayal led firstly to her self-inflicted death. After her marriage to Edgar, Cathy felt trapped; the environment at Thrushcross Grange was much too confined for her adventurous nature (which

Adah Adah, other characters blindly believe is a heinous person. Her twin, Leah, thinks that Adah is … ornery and bent on destruction, in her own slowpoke way. She lacks vivaciousness and keeps everything to herself. She interests me the most, because of her combined genius and crippled look on life. She is a realist and unlike her twin she doesn't imagine what would she do when she grows up. She doesn't think that she will even live to adulthood. She can only move one side

RESPONSE TO HUCKLEBERRY FINN: CHAPTERS 19-26 With this next chunk of the novel begins a series of great swindles which Huck finds himself involved in when he and Jim meet up with the "Duke of Bridgewater" and "Looy the Seventeenth, rightful King of France". The two con-artists lead Huck and Jim from town to town with a new scam every time, while our two main characters wait on them hand and foot. However, in the midst of all this bizarre fraudery, Mark Twain manages to express some very

11L2 13 May 1994 Fantasy is an Escape from Winter Ethan Frome, the title character of Edith Wharton's tragic novel, lives in his own world of silence, where he replaces his scarcity of words with images and fantasies. There is striking symbolism in the imagery, predominantly that of winter which connotesfrigidity, detachment, bleakness and seclusion. Twenty-eight year old Ethan feels trapped in his hometown of Starkfield, Massachusetts.

Have you ever wondered what cyberspace, or the internet, is? Do you know what you can do on it? Wonder no more because this non-fiction book teaches you what the internet is and how to get onto it. It also explains how to send e-mail, chat on the internet and use shorthand while chatting. At the end of the book is a glossary of definitions for high-lighted words featured throughout the book. What is the internet? That is a question most people ask. The internet is an interconnected compu

The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is about a "madman", who creates a monster that later comes back to haunt and torture the madman for neglecting and rejecting him. There are many themes introduced in this novel; isolation, loneliness, personal appearance, danger of knowledge, and education, just to name a few. These themes are utilized within the characters of the novel. Walton, Victor, and the monster have these similarities of isolation, self-education, and obsession. Walton

Every few years does a very talented athlete come around. Only once in a very long time, does an athlete develop extraordinary talent in and out of the arena. We have been lucky enough to witness a man of these traits when he dominated the game of Basketball and supported numerous charities. In being a hero, he was devoted to his work, he had more skill than any other athlete did in his sport, and he was a great person off the court. Globally known and well respected, this spectacular athlet

Controversy and Conflict: The Huck Finn Question It was born into controversy in 1885 as Samuel Clemens published his newest writing entitled The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It immediately sparked debate and outrage that still continues to this day. This book, some critics contend, is a grotesque example of racist trash. Citing numerous examples, such as the treatment of minorities, the objectionable language displayed by the characters, and the unfair portrayal of Southerners, t

Required Reading: The Huckleberry Finn Question Ever since it was written, Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn has been a novel which many people have apparently found quite infuriating. Complaints of "obscenity, atheism, bad grammar, coarse manners, low moral tone, and antisouthernism." (Henry, The Struggle For Tolerance: Race and Censorship in Huckleberry Finn) Others argue that the novel is "the most grotesque example of racist trash ever written."(Wallace, The Case Against Huck

In the novel A Tale of Two Cities ,written by Charles Dickenson, there is a chactor names Sydney Carton. Over time, during the novel Carton changes his attitude. In the beginning, he was a drunk lawyer. In the end he was very depressed. First, in the beginning Sydney was a drunk lawyer. Even though he was a drunk, he was very intellegent. Carton teamed up with another lawyer who was a good speaker and they made a good team. He stopped Charles Darney from g

Holden Caulfeild is more of a disturbed person, compared to many other people. To me, he is very similar to my cousin Chris. The characteristics that urge me to identify Holden with my cousin are they way that both have terrible habits, are young and smart ( but don't apply themselves), and their ability to be kind at times. Chris smokes, but I'm sure that's not all that he is underage to do and does it. Holden was only 16 years old in the book, and my cousin is not much older right now.

It is not often that a fictitious character creates another, but manifest in the person of William Faulkner this phenomenon has been given truth. A walking contradiction, Faulkner existed more in the stories he wrote than in the world which housed him. Throughout his life, his characters lived his life while he descended into his own world. Faulkner was a man whose literature borrowed its essence from his reality, and gained a life of its own to be regarded among the greatest American writing

Swift's Theory of Humanity Jonathan Swift used part IV of Gulliver's Travels to present his theory that reason is the essence of mankind. To present his theory, Swift places humans (Yahoos) and horses (Houyhnhnms) on a secluded island. The humans forfeited the ability to use reason, and the horses received the ability to use reason. Swift will use the horses to show how reason can change a simple animal into a complex, almost human species. He will use the humans to show how lack of reason

All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front is a war novel written by Erich Maria Remarque. Being a World War I veteran himself, Remarque was able to write the book from the soldier's point of view. In writing the novel from a first-hand perspective, Remarque was able to fully portray the emotional stress felt by a soldier. He was also able to establish a strong anti-war feeling, which is evident throughout the novel. In a small paragraph before chapter one, Remarq

When I first thought of Frankenstein, the image of a large green monster similar to what is seen on television shows (i.e.: The Monsters) immediately came to mind. I pictured him as disproportioned and evil, attacking anything he sees. I thought of him to have superhuman strength, enough to subdue any mortal being under his command. Concerning the story of Frankenstein, I was under the impression that the novel would be mainly about the destruction Frankenstein causes to everything in his way

A Comparison-contrast of Self-Destruction in "A Hunger Artist" and Metamorphosis Thesis Statement: The protagonists in "A Hunger Artist" and Metamorphosis are their own antagonists and cause their own self-destruction. I. "A Hunger Artist" A. Plot Summary B. Character Analysis with self-destruction II. Metamorphosis A. Plot Summary B. Character Analysis with self-destruction III. Comparison-Contrast A. Similarities B. Differences The Metamorphosis and "A Hun

Erik Klavon Mrs. Griffith English IV H October 5th, 1997 Throughout the novel Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky develops the character of Alyonia Ivanovna into one that guides the flow of the book. At the most obvious level she is essential to the plot. After all, if it weren't for her, who would Raskolnikov have murdered? In addition, Ivanovna?s character is of paramount importance when analyzing the effects her murder has on the psych

How Does Our Knowledge Of Lawrence's Life Affect Our Understanding And Appreciation Of His Works? When you begin to delve into Lawrence's background you can see that the short stories and novels he writes are elaborations on his own personal past experiences. Most of his stories reflect his upbringing or some point in his life. For example, "Odour of Chrysanthemums" is set in a mining colony similar to that Lawrence himself would have grown up in and the tragic accident would have been commo

When you think of science you think of hypotheses and conclusions, applications and benefits, which are all for the good of humankind of course. And with each new discovery, the human race takes one step further away from all other species and one step closer to perfection because that is the quest. Right? The point is to take every proven law and "unprove it" or "add on". Scientists invent and test for the sole purpose of education, but is an end ever discussed? Of course

Dragons of Autumn Twilight by: Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman In this report, I will make an analysis of a character from the book. It is important to mention, that this book is only one of a trilogy called "The Dragon Lance Chronicles" and the analysis of the character might be based also on the two other books, that describe the future of the character. The character that I'm focusing on is Raistlin Majer. Raistlin, is one of the main characters in the book, who tells us the story of e

Dragon Wing by: Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman As I read this book for the second time, I had the chance to really look into details. This book, which the first of the seven "Death Gate Cycle" series, has a long and complicated plot, an interesting writing style and a surprising end. I would like to continue analyzing characters as book reports, because that's the way I can really feel the character going through the adventures, and I can feel that I know the character personally.

In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee addresses many controversial issues. Such issues as, racism, discrimination, and social class are explored. During the 1950's in the small county of Maycomb, the mentality of most southern people reflected that of the nation. Most of the people were racist and discriminatory. In the novel, these ideas are explored by a young girl, Scout. The readers see the events that occur through her eyes. In the book, Scout's father, Atticus, tells Scout an

Being any place for nearly half of one's life can change one's outlook on life, as well as altering their behavior, beliefs and convictions. Although Jane came into Lowood, a curious and fiery child, she left just slightly different. Jane became a different child after Lowood Institution. Whether the difference in her character may be blamed on the Institution itself, or on the death of her first friend from Lowood, Jane had altered her beliefs and her character had become a faded imposter of

Review of "Sonny's Blues" "Sonny's Blues" By James Baldwin is the story of two brothers from Harlem who cope with their pain and suffering in different ways. The story begins with Sonny being arrested for heroin use while his brother, the narrator, teaches school. The story then takes the reader through various points in the characters' lives as seen from the narrator's point of view. The story ends with Sonny playing blues in a club while his brother listens. The music helps each of them

Brave New World Book Response written by Arjun Banker 1. The title of this book is Brave New World. The original date of publication was in 1932. 2. The author of this book is Aldous Huxley. He was born in Surrey, England, on July 26, 1894. He was the grandson of T.H. Huxley, the well-renowned scientist. Though he wanted become a doctor, Aldous Huxley was temporarily blinded when he was in college. Going on to be a journalist, he earned his degree in English literature at

Over the centuries people claimed that they were influenced to do heinous crimes as a result of the environment they were placed in. Eve was influenced by the serpent; the Menendez were influenced by the evilness inflicted upon them by their parents sin; and teenagers that were influenced by the satanic music they listened to. Well, there is a similar case with Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. In that, one of the main characters was influenced to do evil. Because throughout his

Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice combines three themes to form this successful play. It is actually a combination of romance, comedy and tragedy. A romance is a love story which ends with a happy note. Comedy involves an amusing play which also ends with a happy note. Tragedy differs from comedy and romance in that, it is a serious play and the central character exits the play in disaster. Comedy is one of the themes portrayed in this play. Examples of comedy are shown thr

For this report I read the book 1984 by George Orwell. It is published by Harcourt, Brace and Company incorporated and has a copyright date of 1949. This book is a fictional novel, about a man named Winston and his life in the year 1984. Keep in mind that this book was written in 1949 and at that time 1984 was very far into the future. The world is run by am autocratic leader known only as Big Brother. Winston works for a government agency called the Ministry of Truth. He is responsible

Handmaid's Tale Essay In the novel The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, I found many similarities in the fictional novel that takes place in Gilead, with the Holocaust that took place in Germany during the years 1938-1945. I am going to explore how the novel shadows the story of Germany. I will describe the similarities between Adolf Hitlers rise to power and the rise to power of the rulers in Gilead, how the woman are treated versus how the Jews were treated. I will compare the rights of th

Defend or Dispute Marguerite Gaultier was said to live her life as a sinner because of the fact she was a kept woman. She had her share of men and was considered a prostitute in her time. Marguerite used men to satisfy her love of money. She had many lovers at one time and received money from all of them. Prudence made this statement to Armand about kept women, "How do you suppose the kept women in Paris could live in the style they do, if they had not three or four lovers at once"(Dumas

Throughout The Canterbury Tales author, Geoffrey Chaucer, introduces several unique and diverse characters. Chaucer unites tradesmen, landowners, church official, and many more to create a hierarchy of characters. The author builds a hierarchy based on his judgement of the individuals' condition and personality. He exalts and admires the true and honest, yet satirizes the greedy and deceitful characters. While creating this hierarchy, Chaucer chooses two individuals to represent the two main

"Opposite Worlds" a book review of The Outsiders I recently finished reading The Outsiders, a novel written by S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders was Hinton's first novel, which she wrote when she was only sixteen. Her other books include That Was Then, This is Now, Rumble Fish, Tex and Taming the Star Runner. She received the American Library Association's first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring authors whose novels have influenced young adults and have helped them "grow and to u

In the enchanting story The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkin the main character undergoes a significant changes. The character goes from a peaceful fun loving hobbit to a brave daring adventurer who helps kill an evil dragon and steel a great treasure. Finally at the end starts his adventure home. It all begins one fine morning when Biblo Baggins got an unexpected knock on his door. He answered and an old man came in. First the hobbit did not notice who he was. Finally he remembered it was his

Similarities Between James Patterson's Novels An essay by Jody Prouse James Patterson's novels have made all the best seller lists, won several awards, and some have even been made into major motion pictures. Yet, through all his success, his writing formats are very similar. In the Alex Cross series , these similarities are more evident due to the common formats used. In Hide and Seek, the similarities exist, but aren't as obvious. An example of such would be the psychological p

The intriguing and unforgettable novel, Slaughterhouse-Five presents many different thoughts and feelings into the minds of its readers. First, The novel depicts the modern lifestyle of an unusually lucky war veteran. It explains the life of Billy Pilgrim, and how he lived it. From memories of his early life to his bloody assassination. Slaughterhouse-Five is rightfully dedicated to Mary O'Hare and Gerhard Muller. Those two very intelligent people helped to bring about the final version

There Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston In the early 1900's the black (particularly women) were still very much being shunned by the whites, at this time in American history there was much unrest amongst the black community. During this period, groups like the NAACP (national association for the advancement of colored people) And The American Civil Liberties Union was still in their infant stages. But these groups had no bearing on the unjust racist feelings toward blacks in

Thinking as a Hobby In his essay "Thinking as a Hobby," William Golding classifies thinkers into three categories. Analyzing everyone he meets is a very interesting hobby for Golding. When classifying these people, he puts them into "grades" according to their thinking style. Grade-three thinkers are very common, and Grade-two thinkers are less plentiful, but not as rare as Grade-one thinkers, who are most extraordinary. In society, Golding's classification system is useful when analyzing pe

Nathaniel Hawthorne, lauded as one of America's greatest novelists, creates a literary masterpiece in his favorite work, The House of Seven Gables. Hawthorne, famous for his technique as well as his Puritan morality, introduces characters rich in background, and detailed in every way. His characterizations are so life-like, in fact, that the book's success rests upon the shoulders of the Pyncheons and the Maules whose lives revolve around the House of the Seven Gables. In a large, stately home w

Avi Shlaim is the author of the book, War and Peace in the Middle East. Avi Shlaim grew up in Israel and graduated from Cambridge University and the London school of Economics. The author is very qualified to write this history book. He has both academic and political experience. In the book War and Peace in the Middle East, Shlaim creates an authentic picture of the period, the place, and the events that occurred in the Middle East. After reading Shlaims book one gets a broad overview of th

?I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It?s when you know you?re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.? (p. 112) Spoken by Atticus to his children, this quote is excerpted from the popular yet classic novel written by Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird. A single, widowed father, Atticus Finch strives to raise his two children with good morals in a southern town during the 19

A Tale Of Two Cities Author: Charles Dickens Central Character: I think that the central character of the story is Charles Darnay. While Sydney Carton is another likely central character, the plot falls into place around Charles. Charles Darnay is the nephew of the Monseigneur Evremonde, but despises life in luxury. He is often being tried for treason, and is always aquitted. After Dr. Manette and his daughter Lucie attend one of his trials, he falls in love with her. After a while

Animal Farm By George Orwell In this story, the major problem being faced is the dictatorship of Mr. Jones, a farmer. Most of the animals on his farm didn't have a problem with his poor treatment of them. However, the pigs on the farm were fed up with his tyranny and were ready for rebellion. The leader of the pigs, who they called Major, called the rest of the animals together for a meeting one fall night. He told them of a dream he had the previous night. It was a glorious dream