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  • To Kill A Mockingbird A Discussion Of Major Themes Within The Text - 1,177 words
    The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a rich text consisting of themes that were the harsh reality of the novels setting; rural Alabama during the 1930s. Racism, discrimination, prejudice, and hatred are all among the issues that author Harper Lee deals with. In addition to these weighty and unsettling topics in the novel, Miss Lee revolves her plot around the life of a young girl named Scout Finch. Scout is telling the reader the story in retrospect when the novel begins. We learn she is six years old and has an older brother named Jem. Central to the plot is the childrens innocence. Their relative naivete can be observed through the simple ways in which they play and pass the time. Jem and Sc ...
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  • The Major Themes Of Absalom Absalom - 995 words
    Oftentimes, in literature, a certain theme is established to be considered while reading the writing. These themes are used to remind the reader about the background of the book, or to express a message throughout the book. Some books have more than one theme, to express more than one message. In the book, Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner, there are three major theme shown in the book. Set in the South, after the Civil War, the themes in the book are social status, incest, and racism. These theme are constantly shown throughout the plot. The setting of the book is West Virginia, right after the War Between the States. The book tells a story about Thomas Sutpen, the son of a poor white i ...
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  • Major Themes In "a Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O'connor - 1,010 words
    The story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a grotesque yet intriguing story trademarked by a strong religious theme and Flannery O'Connor's use of vision and foreshadowing. The author's foreshadowing techniques and literary devices keep the reader immersed in the text, while the extremely different views of the grandmother and the Misfit on Christianity add a thought provoking, religious flair to the story. These two components make up a disturbing anecdote about an ordinary southern family's extraordinary struggle for their lives. The vision of Flannery O'Connor is one that is unmatched in the literary world. Her creative foresight and Southern background allow her to create an interesting s ...
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  • Illustrating Major Themes In "night" By Elie Wiesel - 1,364 words
    When being asked to paint a picture of the universe from darkest black to gray, one might think that this would be an easy task. After all, when discussing the events that these authors have endured, it is difficult calling anything gray. Pitch black seems to fit all of the readings equally. Reading the gruesome stories of physical and mental abuse, it is difficult to hear that a human being not only went through what these four did go through, but that a human being could really do this to another person. If I had to sit and decide in which order to place these writers, the criteria I would use would be how they looked at the spirit of man. Eli Wiesel, Primo Levi, Tadeucz Borowski, and Char ...
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  • Letter To Beowulf Addressing Major Themes - 406 words
    I am writing to praise you on your courage and self- confidence. However, sometimes this self-confidence and boastfulness went to an unwanted extreme. For example, your encounter with Unferth, Ecglafs son was not a successful one. Unferth challenges your heroic deeds by mentioning and questioning your race with Brecca. He is obviously trying to humiliate you and lower your reputation in front of the hall. In this situation, only the clarification of what actually happened was needed. It was not necessary to say, But the truth is simple: no man swims in the sea as I can, no strength is a match for mine (line 531-534)These lines are very offensive, not only to Unferth but also to other great w ...
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  • Major Themes In "the Yellow Wallpaper" - 995 words
    The Yellow Wallpaper", written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the late 1800's, focuses on a distressed woman with no place to turn. The woman narrates the story to give the reader an inside look at what she feels and how she reacts to her surroundings. She initially turns to her husband, John, as a doctor and as her companion and he dismisses the notion of mental illness as a "slightly hysterical tendency". He isolates her by taking her to a secluded house with no human contact outside of his sister and himself who both view her illness in the same way. Gilman makes a convincing statement about gender roles in this time period, the debate of mental illness vs. physical ailment, and the conce ...
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  • Major Themes Of The Scarlet Letter - 324 words
    One of the major themes of The Scarket Letter was sin. Much of Puritan society was based on sin. The first thing built in the town was the prison. There was a gathering outside ofthe elaborate prison. The prison was a major emphasis in the town. This was portrayed in part by '...have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetary, and another portion as the site for the prison.' The prison was the first priority for the town to build. Sin and crime was the major emphasis of the town. Sin was a major theme of The Scarlet Letter. Another major theme introduced in the forst chapter was nature's kindness to the condemned. T ...
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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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  • Heart Of Darkness - 1,567 words
    Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness, tells a story about a journey experienced by Marlow, the main character, and how the different symbolizations of light and darkness change his viewpoints on the true nature of mankind. Joseph Conrad grew up in Polish Ukraine. Conrads father, Apollo, was arrested on suspicions of involvement with revolutionary activities. From then on, the family was thrown into exile. Conrads mother died of tuberculosis in 1865. At age eleven Joseph Conrad was left an orphan. There is a group of men aboard an English ship that is sitting on the Thames. The group includes a Lawyer, an Accountant, a Captain, and the main character Marlow. Marlow is a stationary man, ...
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  • Frakenstein - 1,278 words
    Author: Mary Shelley Country England Title Frankenstein Genre: Fiction/Horror 1. Characters, with a brief description of each. Victor Frankenstein: He is the main character, a paradigm of ambition and curiosity. He does not know when to stop, and therefore loses everything. Elizabeth Lavenza: She is the sweet sister-bride of Victor. With flawless personality, she represents the hope for escape to a good future. Caroline: As Victor's mother, she is as generous as can be. A bit controlling, she desires the marriage of Victor and Elizabeth from day one. Alphonse: Victor's father, a man who is kind and caring towards those in need. His happiness depends on the happiness of his children. If that ...
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  • None - 542 words
    James & Christopher Lincoln Collier Some of the major themes in this book were that Tim and his family has to survive through out this book. Another theme was to keep their store going and not to close it because that is where they make almost all of their money by selling those products. Finally, they had to keep Sam alive while he is in the army. The main characters in My Brother Sam Is Dead are Tim, Mother, Father, and Sam. There are many more characters in this book but I think those characters are the ones that popped into my mind through out my reading. This book takes place in New York and later on in the story it takes place in Connecticut. Well in started way back in the 1800s where ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 1,324 words
    The novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles looks into the life of young men on the verge of adulthood. Some of them are not able to cope, while others deal with life and make the best of it. The novel does an excellent job of portraying life during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The story takes places in Exeter, New Hampshire, in the Devon School. It opens during the summer of 1942. In A Separate Peace, the main character, Gene, starts to feel as though him and Phineas (aka Finny, his best friend) are in rivalry against each other. Gene thinks that Finny is purposely trying to ruin his grades, while trying to get him to excel him in sports. Because of these thoughts, ...
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  • Color Purple And Macbeth - 1,149 words
    What is a perfect human? Human perfection may be measured by physical ability or intellectual achievement; however, it may also be measured by strength of character, and in this realm humans may often fall short. Weakness of character, shown through various character flaws, causes most of the hardships in life. Literature such as Shakespeare's Macbeth and Alison Walker's The Color Purple contain three levels of characters: setting characters, secondary characters and the main character. Combined, these three all contribute character flaws which leads to the novel or play's ultimate tragedy. The setting character appears in the beginning of a piece of literature to give one a feel and sense o ...
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  • The Bird Eye View Of The World - 1,585 words
    Barbara Kingsolvers book High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never is a collection of twenty-five different essays. They do not seem connected to each other at the first sight, but in reality, a few major themes, such as parenting, motherhood, family life and nature, connect them together. Several of the essays contain a critique of different aspects in the U.S. culture on which the author focuses. For my writing, I chose four of those essays: High Tide in Tucson, Stone Soup, Somebodys Baby, Civil Disobedience at Breakfast, in which Kingsolver wrote about parenting in America. In my essay, I will try to explain how the author connected her essays with the critique of this aspect, and wha ...
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  • Underlying Themes In The Works Of James A Michener - 1,850 words
    James A. Michener is often regarded as a literary outsider. Despite his vast works that have sold millions of copies and delighted readers everywhere, his blunt approach to literature has brought him much criticism. Despite his lack of many literary vehicles to convey his ideas, his works do contain several universal and underlying themes. These themes can often be applied to our lives and thought processes to benefit us for the better. One of Micheners most apparent and perennial underlying themes is on the issue of race. As literary critic Pearl K. Bell has said, He [Michener] tries to improve their [the readers] hearts by exposing the torment and destruction caused by racial intolerance ( ...
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  • Gatsby And Goodbye Columbus - 1,924 words
    Sometimes there are two novels that have the same theme, and sometimes they have the same plot, but in the case of the two novels, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the novel Goodbye Columbus, by Philip Roth they explore the same dynamics of the chase of the American dream. In both novels there are similar themes, they both use the idea of sex and money as a form of power. Both novels can relate to each other because the authors decided to show how the pursuit of the American dream may not always be a good thing, and how sex and money can cause problems in that pursuit. Overall in both of the novels the reoccurring theme of sex, money and the search for the American dream is pres ...
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  • Fahrenheit 451 - 1,222 words
    ... ook is a triumph over darkness (de Koster 30). The publication of The Martian Chronicles established Bradburys mainstream reputation as Americans foremost science-fiction writer; therefore, when the book Fahrenheit 451 was published just 3 years later it confirmed the hype of the first book. There is no doubt that these two books were the greatest and best-known books that Bradbury has written. Some critics think that Fahrenheit 451 is too vague and sentimental, but it is still one of the greatest science fiction satires of our times. It is written in response to the cold war atmosphere after WWII. Its sarcasm is directed at the destruction of intelligence in America today (Mogen 105). T ...
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  • Fredian - 1,253 words
    we have organic disease versus the symptom complex of neurosis with no physical determinants, but rather we must look for the underlying conflicts ascertained by "talking through" psychotherapy. How do you apply this to a collectivity like a nation? Is there a national character in which invariably a nation follows a pre-selected pattern of inherited behavior? For instance, are the Germans warlike, the Russians passive, and the Americans beneficent? 2. Or must we look to an interdisciplinary approach to assess group dynamics? Does Freud help? While there is a definition of normality for the individual, there is no such standard in judging nation-states or even various cultures. Ethnology is ...
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  • Myths Of Politicaleconomic World View - 1,853 words
    MYTHS OF THE POLITICAL-ECONOMIC WORLD VIEW A MYTH IS a traditional story that offers an explanation of some fact or phenomenon. Myths are neither wholly true nor wholly untrue. They may have been more true in the past than now, but people act as if they are still true, even when they no longer really believe in them. Some modem usages of the word have connotations that suggest that myths are irrelevant or wrong, but this is not necessarily so. Myths are of considerable importance to people, and for some, they may reflect ultimate personal truth. The critical need is for people to be given the opportunity to find out which myths are meaningful and which are not. A myth is a mental model with ...
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  • Themes Of The Red Badge Of Courage - 1,399 words
    Stephen Crane, before dying of tuberculosis at age 29, published several essays, novels, and even a volume of poetry. He also worked as a newspaper journalist for several different publications, including for William Randolph Hearst. Crane published his most famous novel about the Civil War, The Red Badge of Courage, in 1985. At the time, Crane had had no true war experience, but this changed in the later stages of his life. The book traces the effects of war on a Union soldier, Henry Fleming, from his dreams of soldiering, to his actual enlistment, and through several battles of the Civil War. Stephen Crane develops four major themes in The Red Badge of Courage, and these themes exist in hi ...
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