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Into the Wild poses several questions to the reader who seeks to understand the novel and the actions that Christopher McCandless takes in it. There are several possible explanations for why he did what he did, some of which may be considered to be more important than others, and it...

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Though it was written in 1948, George Orwell’s (2011) 1984 is a chilling depiction of what society can be like if too few people are able to gain too much power over others, and if those others are willing to allow their ideas and thoughts to be controlled. The primary...

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The novel 1984 by the novelist, George Orwell, discusses the concept of life in a totalitarian regime. The protagonist, Winston Smith, struggles with his life under Big Brother, an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-present government. He cannot escape Big Brother. Rather, he lives his life while knowing that Big Brother observes...

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Kurt Vonnegut's 'Harrison Bergeron' is a seminal story that clearly employs satire and social commentary. The exact nature of this social commentary is always clear, however. One thing that is clear is the story depicts how individuals are affected by the media around them and that that media can be...

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and why the story’s setting was crucial to the plot line. First, let’s get to know the characters. While there are many characters that come in and out of this story, I will focus on the main ones:...

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When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be yet another sad and shameful story of how Black people and women have been discriminated against in the workplace not so long ago, even in the most prestigious and respectful organizations like NASA. However, as I got further...

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Introduction Written in 1895, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is one of English literature’s most important plays, as it provides a scathing social satire of Victorian era traditions. The play is set in London, which, at the time, was undergoing a struggle between a need for wide spread...

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“The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin in April 1894. The action of the story takes place within the Mallard family home, but there is a sparseness in describing much more of where or even when the story takes place. The setting is “closed...

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Introduction One of the most disturbing aspects of the blonde woman in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is her lifelessness. At the scene to entertain the white men, she is not fully real; she is a heavily made up and naked “doll” who exists to serve the pleasures of the white...

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In most scholarly study of Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House,” the focus is on Nora and the ideals of feminism. Most of the arguments talk about how Nora has been oppressed by her husband and father. Although she has demonstrated herself to be an intelligent, resourceful, and loving woman,...

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The central theme of a well-known novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee reflects on the concepts of fairness and justice. The novel confirms the existence of inequality in human society, based on racial stereotypes, cruelty of the local people, and common narrow-mindedness. Social hierarchy of sleepy town Maycomb...

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Twelve Years A Slave tells the tale of the son of a freed black slave who was married and lived in upstate New York. He was an accomplished violin player. He is tricked by a bunch of conmen and convinced to go to Washington, D. C., supposedly for a lucrative...

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“To Build a Fire” by Jack London examines the issue of man against nature. In the story, the protagonist leaves the Yukon Trail to confront the wilderness of the Yukon Territory. He is quite cold and builds a fire. However, due to his laziness, he builds the fire directly under...

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Magic realism is a technique employed in literature and attempts to combine imaginary and real to develop both a fantastical and believable story. Garcia Marquez utilizes this technique in ‘'One Hundred Years of Solitude'' mainly to draw the attention of the reader. Magic realism is also used by the author...

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Attending modern theatres we, the audience, oftentimes forget how deep the roots of theatrical tradition are, and what they actually reach to. It is believed, that theatre is over two thousand years old at least, and that it can be traced back to the ancient times, when the citizens of...

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The Kingdom of Matthias is the story about Robert Matthews later referred to as the ‘Matthias the Prophet of the God of Jews’: “In 1834 and 1835 Matthias was one of the first penny-press sensations in American history—the main protagonist in a deeply disturbing scandal that received unprecedented national attention”...

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In Think Like a Freak, the authors define someone who is “heavily invested” in their opinion as an individual whose mind is hard to change. In other words, the commitments of this individual depend on his or her opinion to such an extent that to change this opinion takes a...

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Steven Waterhouse's book revolves around three central ideas. First, he claims that human beings are unique, created by God in a state distinct from angels and the rest of creation. As a consequence, they inhabit a special institution, marriage and thus the family, shared by no other creature. Second, he...

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Thomas Mortan's New English Canaan is an American satire on the Puritan religion, most notably, of the Separatists. It reads as a historical account of life in the New England Ma-re Mount, in which Mortan argues for the colonization of the land, inhabited by friendly 'Indians,' and the dispersing of...

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Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North is a novel about the existential experiences of two men, the story’s unnamed main narrator, and the character of Mustafa Sa’eed; what brings these two life stories together is the remarkable similarity between the experiences of the two men. These experiences are...

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The book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by A. Fadiman is dedicated to the Hmong culture that is portrayed with the help of a detailed review of its history and the tragic demise of Lia Lee. The plot of the book is divided between these two stories....

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Firoozeh Dumas’ Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America was originally published in 2003 by Random House. Popularly used in classrooms across America, it is the tale of an outsider’s experiences growing up in America, and how they were different from that which she experienced in...

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In his book, On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin cements his legacy as one of the most important and influential scientific thinkers of his time. Darwin’s work was groundbreaking, and his style was both controversial and capable of communicating something meaningful to the average man. In this particular book,...

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Posterity has shown that most of the men we today think of as “founding fathers” of the American Republic were not sainted paragons of virtue as they have been portrayed in history books and patriotic propaganda. These were men with clear visions of their own as to what the new...

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Thomas Chapman’s book A Practical Handbook for Ministry is an interesting and important work for any person who wants to successfully run a ministry. In this book, Chapman has edited and compiled the writings of Wayne Oates, a man who possessed tremendous wisdom both in theology and leadership. With that...

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