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Road Not Taken - 638 words
Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of the continuous journey of life. There is never a straight path that leaves someone with a single direction to head. Regardless of the message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem "The Road Not Taken", has left many interpretations for his readers. It is one's past, present, and his attitude with which he looks upon his future. In any case however, this poem clearly demonstrates Frost's belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he It is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible to wander what opportunity lies at the other end and what will be missed out on. The narr ...
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Reality Illusion And Foolish Pride - 1,128 words
Reality, Illusion and Foolish Pride In the play "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov set in Mrs. Ranevsky's estate and " A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen set in Helmers' flat the protagonists shape the story. In both plays the protagonists' mental beliefs combine reality and illusions that shape the plot of each respective story. The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion, along with the foolish pride that motivated their decision leads to their personal downfall. In the Cherry Orchard, by AntonChekhov, Gayev and Miss. Ranevsky, along with the majority of their family, refuse to believe that their estate is close to bankruptcy. Instead of accepting the reality of their pro ...
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Religion And Its Effect On Stephen Dedalus - 1,174 words
Religion and Its Effect on Stephen Dedalus Religion is an important and recurring theme in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Through his experiences with religion, Stephen Dedalus both matures and progressively becomes more individualistic as he grows. Though reared in a Catholic school, several key events lead Stephen to throw off the yoke of conformity and choose his own life, the life of an artist. Religion is central to the life of Stephen Dedalus the child. He was reared in a strict, if not harmonious, Catholic family. The severity of his parents, trying to raise him to be a good Catholic man, is evidenced by statements such as, "Pull out his eyes/ Apologise/ Apolog ...
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Ray Bradbury - 1,502 words
"Ray Bradbury is one of the immortals among us, whose classic works of science fiction, fantasy and horror will be read a thousand years from now by our descendents and the relatives alike of the planets of a thousand distant stars." ( Dragon*con, website). Hes won many awards for his writings and lectures, and I have no doubt in my mind that his writings will live on forever. "It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and b ...
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Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man - 1,085 words
"Who the hell am I" (Ellison 386)? This question puzzled the invisible man, the unidentified, anonymous narrator of Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel, Invisible Man. Throughout the story, the narrator embarks on a mental and physical journey to seek what the narrator believes is "true identity," a belief quite mistaken, for he, although unaware of it, had already been inhabited by true identities all along. Ellison, in Invisible Man, uses the main characters invisibility and conflict with the outside world to illustrate the confusion of identity that many people experience. The narrator's life is filled with constant eruptions of mental traumas. The biggest psychological burden he has is his i ...
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Response - 429 words
I found the story powder very intriguing. The author kept you enchanted with the character of his father, yet disenchanted with his own character. The authors father was a cool impractical father he drove a sports car, took risks such as driven through unplowed snow covered roads and went down hill sking for fun. Unlike my father who drives a compact car, doesen't like drving at night let alone in snow and goes antique shopping for fun. Yet the author lives a very practical life with his clothes carefully hung on numbered racks so the would be properally rotated. So I was intrigued by the father and life that he lived on the edge, but not the son and his sheltered life. Even though i didn't ...
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Renaissance Clothing - 1,976 words
The Renaissance period is said the be the Great Chain of Being. The clothing style keeps changing every year. No one knows what to expect next. The people of today never had rules to follow. The people wear whatever they want. Back in the Renaissance period though, they did have rules for each of the classes of men and women. The children to the nobilities had different ways of dressing. The Renaissance people had some rules they had to follow for the classes they were in. They have a mandatory dress code for each class. The person could not dress above his or her station. The royalty wore true purple, the middle class could not wear gold or silver trim, and the nobility wore black. If one w ...
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Romanticism - 595 words
" Bells bells bells bells bells bells bells" this quote from Edgar Allen Poes' The Bells, is one poem that had great influence on early 19th century literature. During the early 1800's , writers Poe, Irving, and Cooper display characteristics of Romantic writers. Cooper diplays characters with honest expression to their feelings. This appeal to emotion rather then reason is one characteristic of Romanticism. "Deerslayer raised the Indian in his arms, and carried him to the lake ... ..and took the head of his wounded adversary in his own lap, and endeavored to sooth his anguish in the best manner he could". This appeal to emotion rather then reason is one characteristic of Romanticism. Anothe ...
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Robert Frost - 767 words
"Do not follow where the path may lead... Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Robert Frost Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. Regardless of the original message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem, "The Road Not Taken", has left its readers with many different interpretations. It is one's past, present and the attitude with which he looks upon his future that determines the shade of the light that he will see the poem in. In any case however, this poem clearly demonstrates Frost's belief that it is the roa ...
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Romeo And Juliet A Tragic Play - 1,315 words
It is known that in Shakespeares tragedies main characters die in the end, and in his comedies people marry. Since Romeo and Juliet are a tragedy, Romeo and Juliet are going to die in the end. Some events have to lead to their deaths, and someone makes these events happen. The person(s) who started it all and did something that led to all the other events that caused the death of "a pair of star-crossed lovers". The Capulets and Montagues would be most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because if their ancestors didnt start the fighting, and they didnt continue it, nothing terrible would have happened. The first lines of the book tell us about the hate and envy between the two h ...
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Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken - 708 words
Robert Frost was one of the United States' best-loved poets. Frost was greatly influenced by his move from San Francisco to New England at the age of 11, his move to England when he was 37, and then his return to New Hampshire a couple of years later (Knowledge Adventure 2). Robert Frosts inspiration for his poetry came from within himself. His decisions concerning which direction his life would take can be seen in one of his most acclaimed poems The Road Not Taken. Ultimately he realized, as is expressed in his works, that the road one chooses to take is what builds and defines ones character. It is a life-long decision that one cannot change further down the great road of life. The first ...
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Reasons To Kill Animals - 828 words
As a woman and animal lover, I could understand Joy William's feelings and motives in The Killing Game. Ms. William's believe that hunting or killing of animals is "murder, murder, murder". In this essay she states point blank that she is completely against hunting of any kind and for any reason. I can sympathize with her love and appreciation of animals, as I am a true animal lover and enthusiast. I am also, however, a rancher who Ms. William's ridiculed in her essay. I firmly believe in hunting over-populated game and predators of our livestock. I feel that hunting is a necessary act to keep a balance in our ecosystem between the people and animals of our world. Ms. Williams makes many tru ...
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Review Of Poes Cask Of Amontillado - 639 words
The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge at length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. Poes story is a case of premeditated murder; a powerful tale of revenge. In reading this story, it becomes quickly apparent that this tale has been carefully crafted to create a desired effect. In fact, it seems that almost every detail of this tightly woven story contributes to the desired deception of reality. Through the use of irony, point of view, and symbolism, Poe manipulates the thoughts of the reader, just as Montresor manipulates his victim, Fortunato. Iro ...
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Ragtime - 709 words
Throughout the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow there were major cultural and social changes. The cutural changes were from the creations of unions to the moving picture industry to the creation of a middle class. The development of unions was moving the lower class of society up into an undevoped middle class and moving some of the rich down to this new middle class. Some of the social changes ranged from changes in women's sexual prefrances to the revolution of black rights. The two characters that I belive followed these changes the most were Tateh and Younger Brother. Tateh started out as a poor man who who painted fifteen cent sillouettes on a New York street corner. Until one day Evelyn ...
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Robert Frost Archetypal Analysis - 691 words
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Through critical analysis of this short prose in the archetypal perspective, one can firmly establish the mood and the tone found in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Examination of key types of archetypal categories, namely, character and situation types, as well as Symbols and associations can lead to a conclusion of the mood and tonal effects of this poem. The poem is of a simple structure, and is written in first person narration, and includes no character names, which leads us to look at the main characters nature. The main character is a nameless man, who with his horse, wanders into a snowy forest. He is an outcast, as he finds comfort in being ...
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Reaction To Kubuku Rides Again - 1,026 words
My Reaction to Kubuku Rides Again (This is it) Kubuku Rides Again was written by Larry Brown in 1988. This intense story portrays a powerful theme of alcoholism and how damaging it can become. In fact, alcoholism is very destructive because in most cases the user is unaware of the negative affects and their own dependency that the highly addictive drug has caused. I loved reading this story because I could relate to it. I compared the destructive theme of alcoholism, and the dependency that is caused, to an abusive relationship I suffered through in my past. The relationship I survived through was just like an addictive drug. It caused so many mental and physical scars that I blindly accepte ...
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Reaction To Kubuku Rides Again - 1,049 words
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Robert Frost And The Depression - 1,852 words
Robert Frosts poetic images and topics changed as a result of the depression. Reflected in Robert Frosts poetry lie the feelings and concerns of Americans, expressed through different poetic images and topics. As compared to Robert Frosts earlier work, which focused on man and nature, Frosts poems during the Great Depression, shift poetic images and topics to the relationship between man and man. Later in Frosts life, after the depression, Robert Frosts themes changed another time to man and God. Robert Lee Frost was born on March 26, 1874 to Isabelle and William Prescott Frost. In 1885, at age 11, Frosts father died. As a result Robert moved with his mother and sister Jeanie to Lawrence, Ma ...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1,221 words
Perfectionism, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, is the "quality or state of being saintly and perfect as a freedom from fault or defect, as well as an exemplification of supreme excellence and an unsurpassable degree of accuracy. There are many times in a person's life when they must gain perfection in order to be complete. Ralph Waldo Emerson explains his perfection of soul in his famous essay "Self-Reliance". Emerson was born in 1803 in Massachusetts. He graduated and became a minister. "Emerson left his pastorate because of doctrinal disputes with his superiors".(www2.lucidcafe.com) He decided to take a year and a half off and travel to Europe. While in Europe, he ...
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Raisin In The Sun - 2,468 words
The action of the play takes place in the poor South side of Chicago, sometime after World War II, probably around 1959. Most of the action takes place in the apartment of the Youngers, especially in the living/dining room and near the bathroom that they share with the Johnson family. Some of the action also takes place in the kitchen and in the two small bedrooms. The first bedroom is shared by Mama and her daughter, Beneatha; the second serves as a bedroom for Walter and his wife, Ruth. The furnishings in the Younger household are typical and tasteful, but worn; it is obvious that they have had to accommodate too many people for too many years. Crocheted doilies and covers are used to hide ...
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