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  • Early American Literature - 422 words
    Early American literature consisted mainly of diaries, journals, short stories, and Indian creation stories. Since some of the language used was of older English and other languages, early American literature was difficult to read. The first story I read was Spanish Explorers in the New World. This story was a journal of Cabeza de Vacas travels and discoveries in the New World. After having a shipwreck, he and his fellow sailors were made slaves of the Indians. They walked barefoot, bleeding and ate raw meat for food. He also described how one tribe took over land. De Vaca gave detailed accounts on how the Indians lived which I found interesting. The males lived in the estufas, while women l ...
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  • Nora Helmer And Women In American Literature - 1,923 words
    Women were valued very little by nineteenth century society. The treatment of these women was also extremely negative; they were expected to stay home and fulfill domestic duties. Literature of this time embodies and mirrors social issues of women in society. Henrik Ibsen uses Nora Helmer in A Doll House to portray the negative treatment of all women throughout society during the nineteenth century. Many women characters throughout American literature reflect the same conflicts and attitudes of Nora in Ibsen's play A Doll House. The role of a woman was inferior to that of a man, especially in marriages. The main duties of a woman were centered around the home. They were expected to fulfill t ...
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  • Dialect And Culture In American Literature - 1,586 words
    Dialect and Culture in American Literature In order for a literary piece to be considered a work of art, it has to stand the test of time. It has to be unique and it must also separate itself from the mass quantities of words which are merely written down on paper. It must have character, and when read by the audience it will take on a special meaning for that individual. What better way of capturing the audiences attention is there than with the use of dialect and culture? It simply engulfs the reader and sets the tone of the authors intention. American Literature is fortunate in having such diverse cultures as its foundation. All walks of life have contributed to the outstanding success of ...
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  • The Puritain World As Illustrated By American Literature - 1,152 words
    Puritans led a simple life; they looked for the least complicated approach to living in the world. When we look at their lives through poetry such as Before the Birth of One of Her Children or the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God from a 21st century perspective, we see the Puritans as traditional and old fashioned. They believed in predestination and an all powerful, unforgiving God who had everything planned for the future, in terms of who would be part of the elect, and who would move on to an eternal afterlife. Murdock speak about puritan faith, In the genuine Puritan tradition, character and morality are seen as permanent values achievable only by personal spiritual conquest, ...
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  • The Symbolism Of Nature In American Literature - 1,575 words
    Throughout American Literature, many authors use the symbol of nature to correspond with the tone of their main characters. Good and attractive nature seems to reflect the good events happening in a characters life. Bad and repulsive nature imitates the bad events happening in a characters life. Going back to the times of transcendentalists and up to the more modern age views, it is common to see the author use nature as a major symbol of their story. Although nature is used frequently as a key symbol, the authors of the 18th and 19th centuries use this imagery differently than that of contemporary authors. In the 1840s, the transcendentalism movement was created. Transcendentalism is the id ...
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  • American Literature - 1,198 words
    However, when Huck mockingly points to the leaves and rubbish on the raft, and the smashed oar and asks, what does these things stand for? Jim realizes that Huck has played a mean trick on him. (287) Jim is deeply hurt by Hucks cruelty and exposes the depth of his feelings by telling Huck, What do dey stan for? Is gwyne to tell you. When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos broke bekase you wuz los, en I didn kyer no mo what become er me en de raf. En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun, de tears come en I could a got down on my knees en kiss you foot Is so thankful. En all you wuz thinking bout wuz how you could make a ...
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  • American Literature - 663 words
    1. How do the oral Traditions of the Native Americans relate to the oral traditions of the Greeks, the Judeo-Christian background, or another set of oral stories and traditions with which you are familiar? The oral traditions represent one of the oldest means of passing the cultural heritage to the posterity. Long before, the first tribes learnt how to inscribe and express their thoughts in writing, every tribe used language (oral communication) pass the news, messages and dangers to the people around. The oral traditions of the Native Americans were somewhat similar to the oral traditions of the Greeks, Judeo-Christians and other religions. Just like in Ancient Greece, the oral tradition of ...
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  • American Literature- Reflections - 685 words
    American literature is one of the prominent areas of social sciences that was developed by American writers throughout several centuries. This is not a very ancient literature style but despite that fact it is still very interesting for the reader to read especially if to draw the connection between the pieces of literature and time period when it was written. This is because each time period of the American history had many great people in it and also many outstanding events going on in it and as a result of that the pieces of literature have close connection to the historical periods and reflects peoples thinking and understanding of the time periods. In this report we are going to analyze ...
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  • Black Americans - 1,224 words
    ... rks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. Her arrest resulted in a series of meetings of blacks in Montgomery and a boycott of buses on which racial segregation was practiced. The boycott, which lasted for more than a year, was almost 100 percent effective. Before the courts declared unconstitutional Montgomery's law requiring segregation on buses, Martin Luther KING, Jr., a Baptist minister, had risen to national prominence and had articulated a strategy of non-violent direct action in the movement for CIVIL RIGHTS. Blacks in the United States today are mainly an urban people. Their shift from the rural South to cities of the North and West during the ...
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  • Mark Twain - 1,447 words
    MARK TWAIN a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens "Mark Twain, which is a pseudonym for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was born in 1835, and died in 1910. He was an american writer and humorist. Maybe one of the reasons Twain will be remembered is because his writings contained morals and positive views. Because Twain's writing is so descriptive, people look to his books for realistic interpretations of places, for his memorable characters, and his ability to describe his hatred for hypocrisy and oppression. HE believed he could write. Most authors relied on other people and what they said, but because Twain was so solitary, he made himself so successful. 1" "When he was younger, his family moved. When ...
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  • Beck - 1,259 words
    Well in this short report on John Steinbeck I am about to include all of the work that I have done in this class Including my full report on one of his books, a little background on Mr. Steinbeck and many other things, All out of the mind and the computer of Jeremy Slaven. An American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., b. Salinas, Calif., Feb. 27, 1902, d. Dec. 20, 1968, based most of his novels on the American experience, often with sympathetic focus on the poor, the eccentric, or the dispossessed. Steinbeck grew up in Salinas Valley, a rich agricultural area of Monterey County and the setting of many of his works, where he learned firsthand ...
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  • Margaret Atwood Biography - 473 words
    Novelist, poet, short story writer, critic, teacher, and feminist Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Atwood was the second of three children to Carl Edmond and Margaret Dorothy Killam Atwood. She went on to marry writer, Graeme Gibson, and give birth to a daughter named Jess. Atwoods religion was that of Immanent Transcendentalist. During her childhood, she spent her summers in Northern Quebec while her father fulfilled aspirations of being a forest entomologist. Her time spent in Northern Quebec during her youth, was a significant influence on the novel Surfacing which was published in 1972. Upon coming out of what Atwood often refers to a her da ...
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  • Racism In Huck Finn - 1,187 words
    ... a was to underscore the chilling truth about the old south, that it was a society where perfectly "nice" people didn't consider the death of a black person worth their notice. Because of his upbringing, the boy starts out that slavery is part of the natural order; but as the story unfolds he wrestles with his conscience, and when the crucial moment comes he decides he will be damned to the flames of hell rather than betray his black friend. And Jim, as Twain presents him, is hardly a caricature. Rather, he is the moral center of the book, a man of courage and nobility, who risks his freedom risks his life -- for the sake of his friend Huck. (Swalden 2) Booker T. Washington noted how Twa ...
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  • None Provided - 392 words
    Tn American Literature, Romanticism came during the New England Literary movement called Transcendentalism. "Transcendentalism is a belief in spiritual truth beyond sense perception and material success." It is said to be a theory that highlights the transcendent as the realistic reality. In other words, this is a philosophy asserting the superiority of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and experimental. "During the 1 9th century, Transcendentalism was a react ion ag~inst scientific rationalism." Transcendentalists were against material success and discarded any control except that of the individual conscience. There are many qualities associ~'i1cd with Romanticism/American ...
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  • To Kill A Mockinbird - 990 words
    One of the major masterpieces of American literature, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee originally as a love story, was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. It also won an Academy Award when it was later made into a film starring Gregory Peck. The story is set in imaginary Maycomb County in southern Alabama. The time frame for the story is the early 1930's during the great depression. Poverty was common and times were extremely tough. This book is loaded with interesting characters. Here is an outline and description of some of the most important characters. The story revolves around the Finch family, led by Atticus Finch, a lawyer. Atticus has two children: Jem, sh ...
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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - 869 words
    Critical Analysis: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Setting: Late 1800s along the Mississippi River Plot: When the book begins, the main character, Huck Finn possesses a large sum of money. This causes his delinquent lifestyle to change drastically. Huck gets an education, and a home to live in with a caring elderly woman (the widow). One would think that Huck would be satisfied. Well, he wasnt. He wanted his own lifestyle back. Hucks drunkard father (pap), who had previously left him, was also not pleased with Hucks lifestyle. He didnt feel that his son should have it better than he. Pap tries to get a hold of the money for his own uses, but he fails. He proceeds to lock Huck up in his ca ...
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  • Imagery In The Fall Of The House - 792 words
    Imagery of the Supernatural in "The Fall of the House of Usher" Edgar Allan Poe's writings are known for their macabre subject matter. In "The Fall of the House of Usher", Poe uses the life-like characteristics of an otherwise decaying house as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere. Frank N. Magill explains this concept best when he writes, "Usher feels that it is the form and substance of his family mansion that affects his morale. He believes that, as a result of the arrangement of the stones, the house has taken on life" (1645). From the very beginning of the story, the reader can tell that there is something unusual and almost supernatural about the structure. As the na ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Vs Huckleberry Finn - 1,054 words
    J. D. Salingers Catcher in the Rye Compared to Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn All famous American authors have written novels using a variety of characters, plots, and settings to illustrate important themes. Throughout literary history many of the same themes have been stressed in different novels. In J. D. Salingers The Catcher in the Rye and Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, each author writes about the common theme of coming of age. The two novels were written more than half a century apart about two boys who seem like complete opposites, yet they bear striking resemblances to each other. Each author wrote his book depicting settings from his own past and based the plots on p ...
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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry - 1,043 words
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about a young boy's coming of age in the Missouri of the mid-1800's. The main character, Huckleberry Finn, spends much time in the novel floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim. Before he does so, however, Huck spends some time in the fictional town of St. Petersburg where a number of people attempt to influence him. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His drunken and often missing father has never paid much attention to him; his mother is dead and so, when the novel begins, Huck is not used to following any rules. The book's op ...
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    In the nineteenth century, the foundation of American literature had a profound change. This was called from Reason to Romance or Romanticism. With many contributions of famous writers such as Irving, Cooper, Bryant, and Poe composed the stories and poems which all of them had a great value in the American literature. What is the Romanticism and how dies it effect to the American literature? By taking some compositions from these writers, there will be good answers for those questions. According to some information in English books, the critics said the name Romantic can be misleading because the Romantics do not necessarily write about the love. The Romanticism can be viewed as an artistic ...
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