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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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Few literary giants have graced the world with their extreme sensitivity and insight into British society. In this respect, the author Virginia Woolf is a literary genius who deserves our praise. In books concerning Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941, authors trace ways in which Woolf’s personality was formed by her peculiar family...

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Woolf writes winningly, and, sometimes, confusing. At the beginning of an essay, Woolf concludes that the moth “seemed to be content with life.” It is hard to understand this statement while reading an essay for the first time. The moth has no future, and still, behaves carelessly. It accepts its...

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Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, The Handmaid's Tale, tells the story of a woman named Offred in the near-future who lives in the Republic of Gilead, which is a new republic formed after the United States government was taken over by Christian fundamentalists. The group calls itself the Sons of Jacob,...

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Amartya Sen’s book Development as Freedom was written to explain the famed author’s thoughts on the role that economics can play in fixing some of the problems in the developing world. The author was the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, and he wrote the work for the specific...

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“The Negro Has Always Wanted the Four Freedoms” by Charles H. Wesley is an examination of the fight for equality that African-Americans have had historically, and an analysis by Wesley into the overall conditions that they have experienced as a result. The piece's emphasis comes in the form of the...

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Ben Franklin takes on the pseudonym of “Richard Saunders” in the publishing of the Poor Richard’s Almanac. Upon reading the article the first time, I was struck at the overly complicated nature of the writing. What would be considered misspellings today created barriers in the flow of the piece. It...

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In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor murders his friend out of revenge for an unnamed set of acts. Through careful manipulation, he is able to lead his friend, Fortunato, to his death without a single hint that anything was wrong. At the end, Montresor leaves...

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It is day two of our journey. We’re a little tired because we stayed up late last night talking. The bus was dim and there weren’t any others sitting in the back with us, giving us a peaceful atmosphere in which to talk. We have decided to complete our journey...

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Charles Dickens, in the excerpt from his work Hard Times, wished to provide a form of social commentary through the use of character and caricature of opinion for the purposes of exaggerating a perspective, specifically that of Jeremy Bentham, to extreme, working to show the preposterousness of such a conceptualization...

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One of the most well-known names in the world of fiction writing is Stephen King. He is one of the most prolific writers of all time, responsible for writing over fifty works of fiction and six works of nonfiction. While better known for his fiction, one of his nonfiction works...

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With some of the news reports about the federal government’s collection of American personal data and the lid being blown off of the mass surveillance movement in the United States, there has been renewed concern among the masses about the fourth amendment and its protections on unreasonable searches and seizures....

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Shakespeare's Othello is often viewed as a tragic love story, and with good reason. The drama is centered on Iago's success in creating deep mistrust of Desdemona in Othello, even as the girl is devoted to him. That the hero is so tortured by jealousy, to the point of murdering...

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Literature is a way to tell not only individual stories, but the stories that speak to the collective values of society and humanity. Through individual stories, one can find representations of what society values and also what human beings tend to do over time. This is especially true of stories...

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