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Literature Essays

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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Introduction Review of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, reveal women have little control over their lives. After their father takes care of them until they are grown they must marry or find themselves in fear of becoming homeless. This was the structure of society during this era in Western culture....

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The Underdogs tells a story of the rebels during the early nineteen hundred and the role of the Mexican rebels in society. Despite the changes in the country, the women are the underlying consideration in this novel. Women’s oppression in along going issue and was prominent in Mexico during this...

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Throughout the history of literature, gendered stereotypes are discussed in a variety of different ways. Blood Wedding, a play published in 1933 by Federico Garcia Lorca, uses the interactions between the female and male characters to portray the societal stereotype of the time in which the play was set; specifically,...

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Locke defines three types of liberty of man. The first is a natural liberty, which entails that the human being is unbound to the authority of another human being: natural liberty is only constrained by natural phenomena, such as death. The second form of liberty is a social liberty, whereby...

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Perhaps one of Yeats’ most well-known poems, “The Second Coming” is full of potent and concrete images which help paint a powerful picture of Yeats’ perspective on civilization. Yeats’ perspective on civilization as portrayed in the poem depends on a great deal of religious imagery – some of which could...

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This is the story of twelve year old boy named James Choke. He has a half-sister named Lauren that he views as his real sister. Lauren's father, Ron, who is horrible and abusive, doesn't live with James, Lauren and their mother, Gwen, but he does show up from time to...

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To what extent does Moliere's Comedy, The Miser confirm the truth of Ginzburg’s claim that good is not rewarded and that evil goes unpunished yet we must love the good and hate of evil? The comedic part of Moliere’s The Miser, is not instantly clear. I suppose it could be...

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People in the 21st century typically fail to correctly comprehend the ideas put into the literature of the earlier periods. It can be explained by the variations in the worldviews, lifestyles, values, and overall sociopolitical situation in the world. Modern people frequently have to learn the context and study the...

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A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens’ most famous and influential novels. Its retelling during the holiday season each year marks a tradition for many families who observe the Christian faith. On the surface, Dickens’ novel is a moral tale showing that character change and benevolence is possible, even...

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Introduction Primal conflicts between fathers and sons mark great drama and fiction from the earliest literature on, and are explored in virtually all cultures. The urgency of the subject is both urgent and complex, involving deep needs to connect clashing with masculine impulses to rebel and assert dominance. Then, both...

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The 19th Century French writer and novelist, Gustave Flaubert, exemplified the period of realism in literature. However, in some of his works, he did use symbolism, or allow specific ideas and objects to represent another concept. In two of his works, “A Simple Heart” and “The Legend of St. Julian...

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When someone makes up stories to explain the things they do not understand, it is more often than not that things will get out of hand. For example, when ancient civilizations confronted themselves with how the world came to be, they came up with explanations involving clashes between angels, entire...

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Virginia Woolf’s famous quote, “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people” bears an eerie similarity to William Shakespeare’s quote, “Above all else, to thine own self be true, and as the night follows the day, thou cannot then be false to...

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Arguably it is Creon, not Antigone, who is the truly tragic character of Sophocles’ play Antigone. A tragic flaw, or in the Ancient Greek the concept of hamartia, is an individual characteristic that leads to one’s downfall. However, it seems that Antigone is not flawed, but rather radically ethical. Antigone’s...

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John Steinbeck was born on February 27th, 1902 in Salinas, California. The region is known for being culturally diverse with a rich history of migration and immigrant history (Shillinglaw). The region was often called the “salad bowl of the nation” for its high output of produce (Shillinglaw). His parents weren’t...

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James Joyce’s short story “Araby” (1914) is a Modernist work that details a young boy’s transition from adolescent romanticism to a more fully-realized and, ultimately, disillusioned maturity. “Araby’s” main narrative revolves around the adolescent protagonist and his quest to impress the sister of one of his friends, Mangan. To do...

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein explores the ethical boundaries of medical science. The word “Frankenstein” has entered the public consciousness as a monster. Many individuals mistakenly believe that “Frankenstein” does refer to the creation in the novel. However, it actually is the name of the scientist, Victor Frankenstein. In reality, Victor Frankenstein...

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In this review of Turn of the Screw, the author uses a feminist conceptual framework to critique the narrative. This entails, firstly, identifying how women are portrayed in the story, and, secondly, critiquing the normativities that are advanced in the story. In the case of the first point, therefore, women,...

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In his novel, ‘the Scarlet Letter’, Nathaniel Hawthorne showcases the significance of symbolism in various ways. Amongst numerous symbols that have been displayed in this novel, Scarlet ‘A’ seems to be one of the most outstanding since it is used to signify anguish and sin alongside happiness. Despite the original...

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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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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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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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