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How does Dostoevsky criticise social stereotypes through the Role of Female Characters in Crime and Punishment? The novel Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky criticises social stereotypes through the role of female characters, because it portrays Sonya and Dunya differently to how women would have been characterised during that time era....

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In Act 3 Scene 5 of Macbeth, Hecate confronts three witches and wants to know why she has not been included in the meetings that the Witches have had with Macbeth. Hecate informs them that Macbeth will soon know her destiny. Hecate tells them that if Macbeth comes the next...

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“The Importance of Being Earnest”, Oscar Wilde’s witty play about values in Victorian society in England, uses a variety of literary devices: irony, puns, oxymoron, and hyperbole, among others to poke fun at the characters. There are also several themes in the play, such as duty and respectability, hypocrisy, the...

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In her work, How it Feels to Be Colored Me, Zora Neale Hurston writes a biographical piece about her experience growing up in an age of racial segregation and degradation. More than just a piece about her childhood, the work is about strength. The essay deals with the way in...

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The Epic of Gilgamesh has all the makings of a Hollywood action film – larger-than-life heroes Gilgamesh and Enkidu, gods and goddesses interacting directly with humans, huge fights between larger-than-life monsters and our heroes, sex and romance, and an ultimately a quest for immortality. If it sounds exciting to a...

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Humans have always lived in some form of society, either small groups during prehistoric days or large cities in the modern world. However, despite being a member of a group on the outside, all individuals have not felt this way. Rather, the feeling of alienation, whether self-imposed or otherwise imposed,...

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Sonya Marmeladov is one of the most fascinating characters in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s famous novel, Crime and Punishment (1866). She is perhaps the most morally upright character in the entire novel, though she is forced to do things she finds reprehensible. Sonya provides a centering balance in the narrative of the...

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Consider the figurative language and imagery in this poem. What do they suggest about the poem’s theme? What idea is Lord Byron, the author, communicating, and what poetic techniques does he use to convey his message? Byron’s figurative language of movement and texture communicate the theme of beauty in “She...

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The iconic fairytale of sleeping beauty has captured the imagination of many children worldwide since Charles Perrault wrote it. The story talks of a young beautiful princess who is cursed by a wicked witch to die through pricking her hands on the needle of a spindle. A fairy however reverses...

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In Act 1 Scene two, Shakespeare shows Claudius’s internal turmoil with an inner dialogue. In his monologue, Claudius confesses that he had killed his brother, which offers an absolute confirmation that such an act has happened in the act. It is also through the monologue that the author, Shakespeare can...

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It is a widely known fact that Dostoyevski is a great writer being famous for his novel “Crime and Punishment” where there was depicted an outrageous act of murdering committed by Rodion Roskolnikov. Rodin along with the other minor characters of the novel play a crucial role but have their...

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Life can be lonely after a loss. This has been clear in literature, mythology, and folktales as heroes and heroines have faced numerous battles but the one that cannot be overcome alone, is loneliness. From the stories of the earliest civilizations to modern internet dating cites, the audience is made...

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Emily is not guilty of murder, and there are specific reasons why the jury should find her not guilty in a trial setting. The state has the burden of proving its case, and in order to win a conviction, it must convince the jury that Emily committed the crime, with...

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The Greek hero Oedipus is possibly the most tragic figure in all of literature. Born a prince, he flees from his home in order to avoid committing a terrible crime. He defeats the Sphinx, a fearsome monster, and wins a bride and new kingdom. He rules wisely and well and...

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John Steinbeck's short story 'The Chrysanthemums,' it is a story about Elisa Allen, a frustrated wife who devotes herself to looking after her chrysanthemum flowers. Elisa’s frustrations result from her inability to conceive and her husband’s failure to admire and respect her as the woman she is. In the story,...

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Fahrenheit 451 is already considered to be a classical literary piece. It is a book, which will certainly remain in the history of human literature as a very typical piece of its time, a piece, which reflects important issues of its time, the threads which humanity used to face, the...

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains to be a classic of American literature. Although much of the novel’s events inspire feelings of warmth and humor in a wide and diverse audience, more solemn issues are also encountered, such as racial inequality and rape. The story centers on Scout, the...

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Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” is a horror tale but also a lesson in the dangers of following along with the crowd and what people are willing to do because they believe they “should” do it. Jackson’s tale is also full of irony, as nothing is as it first...

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Izzeldin Abuelaish is a famous Canadian and Palestinian physician and a social activist. He has an incredibly tragic life story: during the Gaza War, his three daughters were killed, and, later, his wife also died. Eager to share his tragedy with the world and to demonstrate people that one should...

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There are three elements that have great meaning in the life of any epic hero: the call (the initial stage), the challenges (a part of any hero's fate), and redemption. Such elements are seen in the careers of epic heroes such as Hercules. Beowulf is slightly different as he has...

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The members of different social groups usually share a bond due to their common beliefs. There are things most of us do out of respect for the traditions and norms that we might not have done otherwise and whose rationale we probably don’t even understand. Shirley Jackson shows us in...

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The epic poem, Beowulf (author unknown, attributed to the Beowulf poet), is the oldest work of written literature in the English language. As such, it holds a particular spot of importance within the history of English literature. The poem tells the story of the hero, Beowulf, as he protects his...

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It currently a fact that the U.S.A. faces an unprecedented level of threat from terrorists of all shapes, sizes, colours and creed. As country we have suffered attacks, both cyber and physical and we must do everything that we can to make sure that these attacks are not repeated ever...

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In the novella, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry_GoBack_GoBack, the author presents a fable in the form of a novella. The fable is a lesson for both adults and children. In the story, the children possess the wisdom, while the adults are foolish. This is seen in a series...

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The central character of Kracauer's “Into the Wild,” Chris MacCandless, is one of the most enigmatic individuals in recent American literature, and he is also one of the most divisive. While some may claim that he is an authentic hero and frontier adventurer, others would insists that he led an...

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