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The story about a family which fell victim to an escaped criminal is greater than the simple sentence that summarizes it. There are two ways to enjoy the story. It can be a suspenseful thriller to read or a short video to view. Either way, there are some similarities and...

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Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace” is a clear critique of a materialist lifestyle. The entire narrative revolves around Mathilde Loisel’s materialistic world-view: she has high social ambitions, which lead to her husband trying to satisfy these desires. Loisel ultimately is invited to a high-class party, but is unsatisfied...

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the earliest gothic American writers. His works were almost always dark in theme, usually involved either murder or supernatural events (sometimes both), and his stories and poems seldom had a happy ending. His story “The Black Cat,” written in 1843, is a perfect example...

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Southern Gothic is defined as a style of writing that uses extreme events to examine the morals and social values of the Southern States. This is specific to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Anolik et al, p. ix). Several writers such as Kate Chopin, Walker Percy and others...

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The metamorphosis of the spirit as depicted in Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most important passages in contemporary philosophy. In order to understand it fully then it is necessary to pay attention to the way in which its elements interweave and how they all relate to particular conception...

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Published in 1999, Homeward Bound is a personal essay by Janet Wu that primarily focuses on her relationship with her grandmother. Wu argues she and her grandmother could not have come from more different times as her grandmother is one of the last Chinese still carrying the burden of bound...

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This interesting short story by John Updike is the chronicle of a few minutes that pass in a grocery store on the northeast coast of the United States, told from the perspective of a young clerk named ‘Sammy’. It is primarily occupied by Sammy’s observations of three young women in...

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John Updike’s short story “A&P” takes place entirely within one of the most universally recognized structures across the length and breadth of the American landscape. As a thematic device, the grocery store acts an institution that filled with symbolism related to capitalism as an economic system dependent on marketing empty...

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English is a descendant of Germanic languages that evolved over thousands of years into West Germanic, Anglo-Frisian, to Anglic and English. As such, a significant percentage of words in the English language have a Germanic provenance. Angle and Saxon tribes descended on England beginning in the fifth century, filling the...

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Reading the book Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer should not be attempted late at night. While author Robert Graysmith successfully provides readers with a chronology of events that occur during the period when the Zodiac killer was at his peak, from beginning to end...

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The best stories demonstrate a characters growth over time. Flat characters do not change and instead remain static throughout the course of the story. However, dynamic characters change in how they think, feel and act. Because real life is dynamic in nature, many readers tend to appreciate fluctuation within the...

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The systems of masculine oppression represent a common thematic thread that unites many works of literature. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" is just one of the many examples of feminist writing. At the center of Gilman's story is a young lady, who experiences all kinds of obvious and hidden...

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In Sylvia Plath’s “Blackberrying”, the speaker narrates a journey down a path that is lined with blackberries on the way to the seaside. The literal journey is described with vivid imagery that gives the reader an idea of exactly where the speaker is in physical proximity to the blackberries. However,...

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Pietro Spina, the hero of Ignazio Silone’s classic story of disillusionment and return, faces an internal conflict with the most lasting and powerful institution in his native Italy: the church. A communist, Spina returns from exile abroad to the fascist Italy of Mussolini, a place fraught with danger for him...

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Ernest Hemingway is one of the most acclaimed American writers, primarily due to his unique writing style, laconic and profound at the same time. However, there is still an ambivalent attitude to the themes he developed in his novels and short stories. Thus, André Maurois resolutely described Hemingway's works as...

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Edgar Allan Poe often seems to be a writer obsessed with blurry intersection of mentally disturbed exhibitions of violence and sheer, unadulterated evil. Is the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” really as guilelessly driven by guilt as he seems…or is he a something of a prototype for Keyser Soze, leading...

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Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein” is one of the most important novels of the 19th century. It displays several key themes that relate to both the private and the public world. Within the first volume of the novel, however, it can be argued that the most important theme that is present within...

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The Tale of Sohrab and Oedipus Tyrannus have a theme of fate and free will in common. This theme is the main one in both plays. In The Tale of Sohrab, Sohrab is searching for his father. However, his father, without knowledge, kills his son. He, later on, comes to...

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The two decades of 1940-1960 shaped the growth of African American historical literature writing. During this period, a group of exceptional writers emerged who were very talented. It was due to their works that this period was considered crucial in the development of the African American writing. Some of the...

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Marjane Satrapi is a French novelist who was born in Iran in 1969. Satrapi is famous for her work in as a brilliant graphic novelist, film director, illustrators and an author of children books. She was born of parents who were highly regarded in the Iranian society for their high...

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Will Self’s essay “A Point of View: What’s the Point of Satire” discusses the role of satire in the modern context of society. This paper provides a summary ad critique of Will Self’s article exposing the strengths and weakness of his argumentation. For a start, the aim of “A Point...

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Owen Wister's book The Virginian examines the moral and ethical codes of people from different stations or classes in a country that is growing and expanding and set during the time of the expansion westward. THESIS: It is through the examples of situations that reveals the principles and ethics that...

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Jacob’s Room was first published in 1922. The tale follows Jacob throughout his life, from his childhood, through his college education at Cambridge, several trips, and concludes with his death in World War I. Although the book follows Jacob throughout his life, Jacob never seems to be developed as a...

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It is irrefutably true that culture is among the most discussed topics or issues when it comes to differences among countries and societies. In the poem “Tell Them” by Jetnil-Kijiiner, it is one of the core themes that the other attempts to communicate to its readers. Similarly, the short story...

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Lily Briscoe is one of the most intriguing characters in Virginia Woolf’s novel, To the Lighthouse. The painting that Lily works on throughout the novel comes to symbolize important aspects of the novel’s narrative: unity of vision, the importance of shape and perspective, and the transcending of the feminine form...

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