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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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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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