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Huck Finn and Civilization The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is at once both a defense of nature and instinct, and an attack on the many corrupt institutions of society. By telling the story from the point of view of a young child, Mark Twain is able to address many social taboos that would otherwise be considered inappropriate. The world looks very different through Huck's eyes, as the reader comes to understand what it was like to live as a white Southerner before the Civil War.

Huck and Slavery In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn's relationship with slavery is very complex, and often contradictory. He has been brought up to accept slavery. He can think of no worse crime than helping to free a slave. Despite this, he finds himself on the run with Jim, a runaway slave, and doing everything in his power to protect him. Huck Finn grew up around slavery. His father is a violent racist, who launches into tirades at the idea of free blacks roaming aro

Fitzgerald could have entitled the novel anything, The Diary of Nick Carroway,The Exploits of the Easterners, Nick's Wild Adventure, but he chose The Great Gatsby. This leaves the reader with the question, "Why The Great Gatsby? Why 'great?'" Gatsby was not the most powerful man, he did not command the respect of millions or control a country. He was not the most famous man either, he was not a movie star or a renowned author. In fact, he only had three or four people attend his funeral serv

In the book "Message in a bottle" by Nicolas Sparks, the main character whom the whole book is based upon is Theresa. Theresa is a mature, scared and confused adult. She has one son Kevin from a first marriage that ended in divorce. His name is Kevin. This book is heartfelt and very interesting. Theresa is very mature. She has to manage a house with not only her life but also Kevin's. I also feel that having the divorce it made her more cautious in the dating world. She hasn't really dated si

The novel I read for this report is "The Guns of Navarone" a old war book written by Alistair MacLean which was first published in 1957 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. It tells the story of a specialized commando team organized in 1943, during W.W.II, to sabotage and put out of commission the Axis firepower on the island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea. MacLean's depiction of a vivid setting and fascinating characters are the most involving elements in this novel. The

Book Report: Where the Red Fern Grows Where the Red Fern Grows, is a novel written by Wilson Rawls, and originally published by The Curtis Publishing Company in 1961. Wilson Rawls was born in the Oklahoma Ozarks (also the setting of the book) and spent most of his childhood wandering around the Ozarks with his blue-tick hound. He did not really learn how to write until his family moved away and he was able to attend school. Where the Red Fern Grows is the only book I could find written by

Anthony Shriek The book Anthony Shriek by Jessica Amanda Salmonson is a Psychotic Fiction book. It takes place in the present in Seattle, Washington. It is about a man named Anthony Shriek who is a poor art student at one of the universities. He lives in a small apartment and found himself a girlfriend. Her name is Emily. They both are very weird people. They think of themselves as demands. Anthony has been having troubles in his dreams. He can't tell what is real and what i

In the two novels, Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm, societies or governments are established to try to make life easier. This is achieved in Animal Farm by ridding themselves of human parasites like Mr. Jones who does little work yet receives most of the food. In the other book, Lord of the Flies, this is accomplished by organizing themselves into different work groups such as hunters, builders, or fire maintainers to decrease individual work. The greed or selfishness of a single character b

Literature is often written as a response to transpiring political, social or economic events, but it is rare indeed when such events occur as a response to the literature itself. THE JUNGLE, by Upton Sinclair, is one such work of literature. Its graphic, dauntless portrayal of conditions in meat packing plants diresctly affected legislation regulating the industry; namely, the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. A true example of "muchracker" literature, THE JUNGLE provides

Interview With the Vampire is the story of Louis, a Louisiana plantation owner who was unwillingly changed into a vampire, as told by himself to a curious news reporter. Lestat, the vampire who created Louis, used to manage his money. Lestat refused to tell Louis about other vampires or the extent of his powers. By doing this Lestat was able to prevent Louis from breaking away from him and going off on his own. Louis does not like killing humans, but Lestat continually pushes him to do

Queen of the Damned is basically the story of the origin of vampires. All vampires originated from a single vampire, Akasha, and she became known as the queen. The queen and her king, Enkil the first vampire she ever created, sit atop their throne in a comatose state. They are so powerful that they no longer need to feed on the blood of humans. In this story Lestat, who is hated and hunted by his fellow vampires for telling humans he is a vampire, awakens the queen by biting her neck T

Tale of the Body Thief is Anne Rice's fourth book in the vampire series. Tale of the Body Thief is the story of the dumbest decision Lestat ever made. A strange man, named Raglan James, makes Lestat an offer that he cannot refuse. Raglan offers Lestat the chance to become human again by switching bodies with himself by switching their spiritual bodies into the other's physical body. Even though two of his close friends, Louis (a vampire whom he created) and David Talbot (his human frien

There are many symbolic and psychological functions of place, setting, and landscape in Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte uses descriptions throughout the novel to exaggerate the effect of an event. Bronte also uses setting (less frequently however) to foreshadow a situation, or the nature of a situation. From the commencement of the story, the reader is introduced to the climate. A cold, winter day, full of clouds and rain is described. Physical abuse by John Reed and the family's rejection of

In this novel Aticus tells Jem and Scout that "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird." This quote sums up the heart of the book. A mockingbird is a harmless creature that makes the world more pleasant with it's songs. The mockingbirds in the novel are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Neither of them ever harmed or killed anybody in their lives, to kill either of them would be a sin. Boo Radley went through life never hurting a soul. He left gum, pennies, and wax dolls for Jem and Sc

Nathaniel Hawthorne has a very unique and distinct style of romantic writing. He uses various techniques to develop his stories, characters, and situations. He also incorporates his own life experiences into his novels and shows aspects of himself through characters. One specific novel that Hawthorne portrays himself into a character is The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne has led a very difficult life. He was born in the infamous town of Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials took plac

Siddhartha's Inward Journey Siddhartha was written by Hermann Hesse, as a fictional adventure for the body and soul. Siddhartha was once an intelligent boy who dared to think of something more. Siddhartha is now an enlightened man, who dared to think of something more. Siddhartha traveled though life the best he knew how, and many times he did all he could. Siddhartha's inward journey, from innocence to guilt and despair, then finally to destruction or salvation, and how the book ref

In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, exists a "reward" known as soma, a pacifier which lulls the passions and understandings of the people. Soma is a major factor in control of social stability. This "poison" makes the citizens of Brave New World ignorant to the fact that soma is a negative device in control of their society, it kept the people distracted and contented and prevented insurrection. In chapter XV, Huxley proves that even a well respected person, John the Savage, can not bring

2. Consider the character Farrington in "Counterparts" and expound upon his character and the social conditions that helped to create him. While it may be hard to like the characters that Joyce gives us in "The Dubliners", I believe you must view these characters with an eye focused upon the oppression of the Irish people and the subjugation of their culture and society by the ruling class of England. The Irish people have a long tradition of rebellion against their alleged English masters an

An Analysis of the Immortal Writers are defined by how many copies of their books are sold. The more copies sold equates to a more popular book and thus a great author. If this theory holds true then, Anne Rice is a great author. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, sold over five million copies and was a national bestseller. Her second novel, The Vampire Lestat, was also a national bestseller. Her Vampire Chronicle novels have somewhat of a cult following. Anne Rice has turned

In Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, the battle between free will and fate is predominant throughout. As with all aspects of life, decisions must be made; there is often a fine line between a choice made by free will versus a choice influenced by fate. Fate is defined as "the principle or determining cause or will by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do" by the Merriam Webster Dictionary; this can also be taken to imply that all lifelon

The hazards of smoking Smoking cigarettes is very hazardous to the health of smokers and the health of the people around them. Many people die because of inhaling cigarette smoke every year. Some of the harmful ingredients in cigarette smoke are nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar. Nicotine is addictive. It is also one of the most dangerous chemicals in cigarette tobacco. Nicotine begins to effect the a smoker's blood pressure, the flow of blood from their heart, their heart beat, and brea

American author John Steinbeck, in his many works has been known to tell his stories by the use of an authorial voice. Within one of his works in particular entitled East of Eden, he intentionally depicts one of his main characters, Catherine Ames as possessing both monster and animal-like characteristics of evil. Steinbeck first shows this intention by first personally declaring Catherine Ames as being a monster, but bearing a gentle beauty. Secondly, Steinbeck exposes her monster-like

David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934 (he lived through WW2). The novel was written in 1982. He was a poet before a writer and this has had a strong impact on his style of writing. Malouf is fascinated by opposites, i.e. Australia and England. Fly Away Peter is a story of exile, only in this case, it turns out to be catastrophic. Jim has a strong sense of having found his place in life when he becomes the warden of a bird sanctuary on the Queensland coast. The idyllic, life-affirming landsc

Harrington's essay from The Other America brings up some very interesting points relating to today's conditions in America. He tells of some 40 -50 million people who are poor. These people, he says, are invisible to the rest of America's inhabitants and for several reasons. We see today that he is right but not to the degree that he perceived it in the 1960's. Today in America, there are a recorded 34.5 million people who are considered to be poor by the U.S. government. In a press rele

I-Search Paper In the next few years, life will quickly pass by and the next thing people will realize is that the class of 2002 will have graduated and we, the class, will be out in the real world, living our lives, trying to make the best out of life. In order for many people, including myself, having things you want and having a "good" life you need money. Money isn't always the key to life, it just helps you out in the long run when you do need things, but in or

In analyzing the hypothetical scenario(s) proposed by many UFO researchers concerning the alleged crash of an Alien spaceship in the New Mexico desert July 2nd, 1947, I beg to question, whether our bureaucracy of a government could ever clamp shut an event of such magnitude. This is the most scrutinized of all UFO cases. This story, even if partly true is the most significant event in human history, next to our own creation of course. The story is clouded in extensive myth and misinformation. Se

In what today is Iraq, there once was a great civilization known as Babylon, which at one time could have ruled the world and was home to the second wonder of the world, the Hanging Gardens. Babylon was located in an ancient region surrounded by the Tigris and Euphrates River called the Mesopotamia area (now southern Iraq near the end of the Fertile Crescent). This great civilization first initiated around 3500 BC and began to crumble after the year 323 BC. The Babylon culture was successful

In the book "Deaf in America," by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, the two deaf authors share many stories, jokes, and translations of signed poems and signed performances. The first couple of chapters tells stories of what it is like to grow up being deaf in both a hearing and deaf families. It brought up many points I never even considered, such as a story about a boy named Sam. His whole family was deaf and when he was about six he would play with the neighbor who was hearing. At first he

Basic Facts 1. Capital: Tokyo 2. Official Language: Japanese 3. Form of Government: constitutional monarchy 4. Area: 145,870 square miles 5. Elevation: Highest- Mt. Fuji, 12,388 ft. above sea level Lowest- sea level 6. Population: Population: (125,449,703, July 1996 est.) 1990 census- 123,611,167 7. Chief Products: Agriculture- cabbage, Chinese cabbage, hogs, mandarin oranges, milk, potatoes, poultry and eggs

Birth  Her birthname was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.  She was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia.  Her baptism date was August 27, 1910.  She was born Catholic. Early life  When Agnes was 9, her father died.  She liked to go to church.  She went to help the poor when her mother couldn't. Education  Agnes when to state school.  These were non-Catholic schools.  Agnes went to the Lyceum (college).

Capital Punishment Capital Punishment - An Overview "The question with which we must deal is not whether a substantial proportion of American citizens would today, if polled, opine that capital punishment is barbarously cruel, but whether they would find it to be so in light of all information presently available."- Justice Thurgood Marshall Imagine a man who commits murder

Teenagers Drinking Issues The drinking age is fine, if anything is should get raised. It is hard to ignore the fact that this law is broken everyday. It's the 21st century all teens just want to fit in. Kids are drinking at a much younger age. Now, even 10 year olds and 11 year olds are trying to fit in with us older kids. It's amazing and sometimes funny what kids will do just to fit in with the "good" crowd. Well to some of us, that's considered the addicts and drinkers. Our parent

Counter-strike is the most played multi-player fps (first-person shooter) game on the Internet. I have been playing it since it's early stages when it was filled with bugs and few people had ever heard of it. I've played it so much that I have become very good at it. It is very difficult being excellent at Counter-strike because it requires god-like reflexes, a memorization of maps and tactics, and a love for the game. With these virtues, I've become feared across the Counter-strike servers.

Mexico City Mexico City is the capital and largest city of Mexico. Mexico City is located in the middle of Mexico at an elevation of 7710 ft. The city is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Mexico city is not only the largest city but also contains the country's largest political, economic, and cultural life, with a population of 8,236,960. Mexico City's official language is Spanish Economy The manufacturing of the city includes textiles, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, electric a

Does petty jealousy give a person reason enough to plot another's death? Well, in the story "Cask of Amontillado" and the movie Amadeus, this question is answered. In this essay I plan to compare and contrast several character traits of protagonists and themes of these two stories. The men that I'll be evaluating are Montresor (from "Cask of Amontillado") and Antonio Salieri (from Amadeus). One thing that both characters had in common was an antagonist who they vowed revenge upon. In extensive

"I have never been hurt by anything I did not say." This quote came from some old man by the name of Calvin Coolidge. He was the United States 30th president and was well known for his great thoughts and quotes. This quote does not mean just to quit talking all together it means listen and think before you speak. It would be a very boring life not to talk for fear of being hurt or embarrassed by something wrong you just said so you have to learn when and when not to speak. For example a tim

The air around you is humid, moist, and feels thick as a breeze blows across your lawn. Eyes avert to the seemingly endless mass of gray clouds that loom above you; and the first flash streaks across the sky. The powerful blast of light and heat energy striking the ground a few miles away, accompanied by a loud clap of thunder. Then the first drop falls from the sky, and they are soon accompanied by millions of other cold, hard liquid beads. Lightning is a powerful phenomenon that only occurs

Ever since the beginning of man in Literature there has been a discussion over appearance vs. reality. The appearance of the apple to Eve was one that it would give her great wisdom as to that of the gods. In reality it did give her wisdom, but with that also came the expulsion from the garden of Eden. The appearance of the apple was good but the outcome was bad so was marriage in the 19th century. In Henrick Ibson's play "A Doll's House," where a man treats his wife with inferiority and w

Carlo A. per.3 In many stories throughout ancient times, Monsters have been the focus of the problems in one's society. These creatures of the dark have always posed a certain threat to society. Further monsters have been connected to features that are subhuman or primitive animal like features. Beowulf, who's author is unknown, is an epic poem which portrays these themes associated with monsters during the pre Anglo-Saxon times where feudalism has da


Position Paper Hulla hoops , Star Wars, slap braclets, and now beenie babies. During one time or another, they were all popular, and now hold little or no public interest, with the exception of the beenie babies, which can be considered as the current "fad." Like merchandice, anything can be a fad, as long as it holds a strong public interest for a period of time, and then dropps it as quickly as it was brought up. In the case of careers, and specifically equine sports therapists,

Control, Support, and ... Hate? Why should an innocent dead man be left to lay, unburied, left for his soul to roam? And to be told so by a family member, perhaps not the closest family, yet, it is family. Family is supposed to be the ultimate support, everlasting, and always ready to forgive. Although, this is only the ideal family. What would cause such hate between two people of the same name? Mainly, there would be the reason that Creon possessed much power, and became a bit headst

Too Little Too late The death of Princess Diana plunged the world into a deep sense of grief. This type of remembrance is unheard of for a common citizen who held no professional capacity, which Diana was reduced to in her final years. The world did not mourn because of her death; many others died on the same day and in the same manner. The unprecedented grief was a method of apology to Diana, for making her life as tormenting as her death. When Diana married into the Royal Family, the pu

recognized disease entity. Aids is on the minds of many people all around the world. There are many myths about how one can contract or come in contact with this deadly disease. Many people are afraid to give blood, go to the doctor, or even drink from a public water fountain because of these myths. After one is finished reading about what Aids actually is, how one can prevent it, how one can contract it, some of the symptoms, and also some of the treatments for this deadly d

english-creative writing MANGA SCENE: if you aren't part of it now, you will be soon. The Lion King was a rip off. You don't believe me? Go watch Kimba the White Lion. There was even a joke about it on "the Simpsons". I'm not going to turn this into a rant against the evil empire we all know as Disney; I am merely informing you of the fact that they have run out of ideas, and have taken to stealing from anime and not giving it any credit. What this column is about is fanboys. You all kno

english-creative writing http://members.xoom.com/sideburnz/story.html Julie and Huang: Together 'til the End Twelve o' clock was harkened by the sounds of tiny angel trumpets. They sputtered a pre-recorded song that Huang thought he knew. He didn't. The waiting room was quiet this late at night, with only the angel's song and the sound of his stomach rumbling to keep him company. The love he felt for Julie was such that it hurt to think about. Not a bad kind of hurt, but enough for Huang's

english-creative writing FITTER Fitter, happier, more productive, comfortable, not drinking too much, regular excercise at the gym (3 days a week), getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries, at ease, eating well (no more microwaved dinners and saturated fats), a patient, better driver, a safer car (baby smiling in back seat), sleeping well (no bad dreams), no paranoia, careful to all animals, (never washing spiders down the plughole), keep in contact with old friends (enjo

english-creative writing ANGEL The angel lay there, clothed in a robe. The street around it had gone from dirty to sparkling in a matter of seconds when it fell to earth, and the buildings around it had gone from gray to white. One of its wings was cocked behind it at an unnatural angle, and a small trickle of black blood seeped slowly from it. The wings were crow-like, and furthermore, its legs were scaled and taloned. Its eyes were blank and dark, but still, it retained its semi-human form.

english-creative writing MEAT JACKET "I fear that our technology has far exceeded our humanity" -Albert Einstein RETINAL DELIGHT NIGHTCLUB, 9:32 PM She was an alluring woman, to say the least. Her auburn hair was cut in a razor-thin line across her cheeks, jutting out a full three inches from her lips. It was cut short enough to allow the small strand of pearls around her neck to be in full view, but long enough to keep her from looking butch. Although Harrison doubted that short h

english-creative writing Quo Vadis? (Latin For "Where Do You Go?") His arm was tattooed in black ink with the word "Alpha". Behind his ears, there were instructions for both shut down and generator functions. These were handy in the Sears Catalog days before The Pollution. The days when playgrounds were full of laughing children were over. By at least two hundred years, they were over. The dry Nevada air whipped his synthetic hair into his eyes. He blinked it out. Before The Pollution