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Literature Essays

Naguib Mahfouz narrates a story about the existence of absolute happiness in the text ‘’The Happy Man’’. The story is told in the eyes of character that wakes up one morning in state of an absolute happiness. The character himself is shocked that he could find himself in such an...

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The “Hymn to the Sun” from Janetta Rebold Benton and Robert DiYanni’s Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities was composed by Akhenaten, the Pharaoh of Egypt known for his daring transformation of Egyptian spirituality. The hymn is dedicated to the “Aten”, or the sun god, whom he believed...

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In the novel A Lesson before Dying, Ernest Gaines explores the importance of certain social issues through the perspective of black female characters. These women are depicted in a positive light. Grant is one of the characters who is directly associated with women in the novel. The positive role played...

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It is often said those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Almost every society in the world tries to make sure its citizens have some knowledge of the nation’s past history. This may be why history courses are taught at both high school and college level...

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Trenton Stewart’s novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society, features four main protagonists. They are children, who appear extremely smart in their own way, and, I will argue, reflect archetypes of intelligent adolescents in contemporary America. Stewart published his novel in 2007 in the vein of Young Adult Fiction, a genre that...

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In Gioconda Belli’s novel The Inhabited Woman, magical realism is intertwined with the narrative about the growing political consciousness and love feelings of the novel’s protagonist a Latin American woman Lavinia. An orange tree outside the young woman’s house is the embodiment of the magical realism. It is inhabited by...

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In the Victorian Era, the society depicts women as passive characters in the family contexts. They do not enjoy rights to own property or vote. Consistent with social norms, an ideal woman subordinates her husband, remains honest, values purity, and performs domestic chores. Overall, a Victorian occupies a lower status...

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Montgomery College interviewed author Maxine Hong Kingston as the 2011 Honoree of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference. Kingston is a noted writer due to her works highlighting her experiences as a Chinese immigrant and her work as a feminist advocate. Throughout this interview, she speaks to the focus of...

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The concept of artificial intelligence enhancement has been a well-studied and often controversial issue in the world of science. Charlie, a mentally disabled individual, has been selected for an experimental procedure that will boost his intelligence, thus setting the stage for “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. In the story,...

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This essay takes an in depth look at Pip, the major character in the world famous novel, Great Expectations, written in 1861 by the British author, Charles Dickens. Pip is one of the most loved characters ever written about in English literature, and his story is regularly shown in movies...

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The play had an ambivalent end, which left the audience frustrated. Below is an alternative ending of the play Pygmalion. Scene: Inside a laboratory located on Wimpole Street. Eliza decided to bring in a student of her own after getting in a fight with Higgins. Higgins thought that the case...

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The contrast between the human and the dog is startling. The former makes decisions that only a human could, having no primary goal - survival. The latter deems survival as goal number one. Nothing else matters - staying warm and fed are the cornerstone elements of the dog's existence. The...

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The play Sense and Sensibility is conceived from a novel written by Jane Austen. The play depicts its context within an era when the 18th century of rationalism was paving way for the 19th century of romance. Its opening intentionally incorporates and appreciates strong feelings and passionate emotions as a...

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Kurt Vonnegut’s postmodern work Slaughterhouse-Five is a deeply influential, anti-war novel that focuses on the plight of its anti-hero, Billy Pilgrim, and recovery from his experience being an American prisoner-of-war in the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany during WWII. In order to impart his anti-war message, Vonnegut uses many symbols and...

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A short story “Old Man at the Bridge” was written by Ernest Hemingway in 1938. The events of the story take place during the wartime in Spain. The narrator is a soldier whose duty is to cross the bridge and see how quickly the Fascists approach the city. At this...

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This essay will consider the work of Langston Hughes and Georgia Douglas Johnson. Both of these writers are strongly associated with the Harlem Renaissance, and both may be considered to have contributed to the movement through their literary work as well as through the strength of their own personalities. After...

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Milton’s Paradise Lost portrays the Biblical story of Adam and Eve as well as the original sin through the interpretation of the author. The elaboration and alteration of many of the descriptions for a Biblical standpoint allow the reader to also determine the relevance of many of the details within...

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Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel The Awakening has been recognized as a forerunner and pioneer of several literary genres, most prominently Southern and realistic fiction. The content of The Awakening reveals a stunningly modern narrative in which the main character, Edna Pontellier, also foreshadows the feminist progression of the twentieth century....

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As an ancient Greek poet, Homer must have believed, like many others at the time, that humans had very little control over their lives as fate was a supreme force that nobody could control. In the Iliad, Homer explores the complex relationship between fate and free will in such a...

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Kafka's story The Metamorphosis makes clear several key aspects about the society in which it was written. I would argue that these aspects can be roughly divided into two areas. The first of these is the importance of work and employment to a sense of person-hood and the second is...

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Mishima's The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea is a complex allegorical novel that can be seen to effectively reflect both the concerns of its author and also the historical period in which it was written. In particular, it is possible to note that novel should be taken...

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The Gods have not loved Thebes for some time. First, they threw the city into turmoil because of Oedipus and his forbidden marriage. They made their displeasure quite clear by making the Theban people suffer for the crimes of Oedipus. Once he met his fate and paid for those crimes,...

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Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House explores many social themes such as strict gender roles, social hierarchy, and women’s subordinate social position. The power differential between men and women is evident in how Torvald treats Nora, in Krogstad’s power over Nora, and the characterization of the female leads Nora and...

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Judy Brady’s I Want a Wife is her personal take on the value of a companion who is willing to handle a tremendous amount of the daily grind for a man. Brady discusses a conversation that she had with a man who stated that he was looking for a new...

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In the opening cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno, Dante sets up the background for the rest of the entire series. It opens with him lost in a dark wood and it shows his attempt and failure to find the sunlight on his own. He then manages to meet up...

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