Solitude In Company - 707 words
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway is set in a caf late at night in Spain. In the caf are two waiters of different ages and a lonesome old man who is their regular customer. Early into the story, it is evident that the two waiters have different views towards the old man. The younger waiters behavior toward the old man is relevant to the younger waiters attitude on life. In contrast, the older waiter sees beneath the old mans exterior surface. He can identify the sense of loneliness the old man has. As the two waiters are working the late shift, it becomes obvious the young waiter is impatient to leave. He repeatedly makes the remarks, I want to go home and into bed (94). With h ...
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One Hundred Years Of Solitude - 967 words
After World War II, somewhere in the 1960s and certainly by the 1970s, writers began to produce novels that resembled former novels but that broke the historical comparison or the communal memory of the traditional novel. Such novels contain plots and characters that are deeply infused with a particular national identity--national identity is their point, so to speak; yet such novels, rather than being limited to the national readership that shares this identity, are translated almost immediately into many languages and distributed globally. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1928 in the small town of Aracataca, situated in a tropical region of northern Colombia, between the mountains and th ...
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One Hundred Years Of Solitude - 562 words
One Hundred Years of Solitude narrates the inseparability of the past, present and future in the imaginary town of Macondo, Columbia and the folks who established it, the Buendias. Macondo used to be secluded from the outside world but during a time-span of one hundred years that was joined by births, deaths, marriages and love affairs, the town began to develop its culture and views about life that directed the Buendias in creating ghosts that haunted them as the novel draws its conclusion. Marquezs style in creating a fictional rural town of Macondo as the setting of the novel is perfect; as a reader, I believe that Marquez used this town to tell the readers that the novel will be about th ...
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Spirituality In Solitude - A Clean Well Lighted Place - 1,319 words
A clean well lighted place by Ernest Hemingway is the ultimate story about the deep human struggle to find one's inner place in a vast all-encompassing world. This spiritual inner place is one which can only be accessed through a physical place which is conducive to a higher state of spiritual being. This need to find one's personal place in the world stems from the fact that humankind is so exceedingly vulnerable and insignificant. Thus people create a place which brings sense out of the senseless. For some to find this place in order to elevate themselves from the madness of a completely arbitrary world and create some sort of meaning,they turn to God. For these people a house of worship i ...
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Benefits To Experiencing Solitude - 862 words
Solitudethe word is scary to some people, but for many, solitude is one of the greatest aspects of their lives. I do not think that people see the advantages of living a solitary life. Most of the time they think that it would be miserable. For many people, their picture of solitude is someone pacing the house trying to escape boredom or loneliness. I think differently. Solitude enables you to grow in many directions: in self-reliance, in enjoyment of life, and in dealing with lifes difficult situations. It is a way of getting to know oneself. Many people misconceive solitude. A lot of people believe that they have to be with other people at all times. They never look inward nor outwardthey ...
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Realism And Intertexuality In One Hundred Years Of Solitude - 1,635 words
Gabriel Garcia Marquezs novel One Hundred Years of Solitude has often been alluded to as a work of magical realism with many intertexual references. Magical realism can be defined as literature usually characterized by elements of the fantastic woven into the story with a deadpan sense of presentation. This is evident in many instances throughout the novel. Also, there are many intertexts within the work. Such outside sources that Marquez uses are The Bible and the style of the ancient Greeks, mainly the tragedians. Wendy Faris best describes magical realism in that she believes that if a piece of fiction is truly magical realism it must have five primary characteristics. The first character ...
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Of Mice And Men - 555 words
"A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick." A major theme in Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is loneliness. The characters Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife each suffer from this although the severity of their seclusion varied. The old swapper, Candy was victimized by isolation as a result of two main factors, one being his disability and the other being his age. For example, throughout the book we find the farmhands out bucking the barley while Candy is left behind to sweep and clean the ranch. He lost his hand after getting it caught in a piece of machinery and as a result he i ...
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Doc Holliday - 1,745 words
Doc Holliday: A man in search of normality. John Henry Holliday, perhaps one of the most legendary gunfighters of the west, lived in reality a life built on necessity and simply followed it and made due with the blows that were dealt to him. Born August 14, 1851 to Alice and Henry Holliday, John Henry Holliday entered the world already at a disadvantage with a serious birth defect. The defect known as a cleft palate and a partially cleft lip, basically made suckling his mothers breast impossible. Dr. John S. Holliday, Johns uncle and an accomplished surgeon, delivered John, cleared his air passages, and taught his mother the proper way to feed the him due to the defect. With out the aid and ...
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Analysis Of Albert Bierdstats Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains In California - 983 words
Albert Bierstadts Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California is a scenic canvas oil painting on display at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Created in 1868, this enormous painting is approximately six by ten feet in size (Honour and Fleming, 2000). The subject matter of this piece is typical of Bierstadt, who is known for his detailed landscapes, especially those of the Rockies and Sierras of the American West. Collectively, Alberts works are manipulated and slightly idealized scenes based on actual places he visited. Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was born in Germany and at the age of two, he moved with his parents to Massachusetts. In his early twenties, he studied ...
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Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1,004 words
The 19th century had many great achievements happen within its 100-year time period. From the building of the Erie Canal, to the steel plow being invented. From the invention of the telegraph, to Thomas Edison creating the first light bulb. While all of these inventions have stood the test of time, one has lasted just as long; the inspiring tales a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804. His name by birth was Nathaniel Hawthorne. He added the w to his name when he began to sign his stories. (Nathaniel Hawthorne American Writers II) One of Hawthornes ancestors was actually a judge in the Salem witch trials. The guilt and shame Hawth ...
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A Farewell To Arms - 624 words
When I finished FTA I was of course stunned by the death of Catherine and the baby and Henry's sudden solitude. "What happens now?" I felt, as I so often do when I finish a book that I want to go on forever. This is infinitely more difficult with a book that has no conclusion, and FTA leaves a reader not only emotionally exhausted but also just as alone as Henry and with nowhere to go. The entire work was aware of where it was going and what was going to happen next, and then to stop the way it did was unfair. Now, I've read enough essays while deciding which would be the topic for my class presentation that I know many people see that the unfairness of life and the insignificance of our fre ...
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Notes From The Underground - 1,391 words
... Zverkov, displaying the inner contradiction that makes Zverkov despise himself and his own values. The UM's description of his schooldays is predictable. The only new important piece of information that is the UM's family history--he was an orphan. The UM represents a character whose basic problems (before whatever insanity he has now) are insecurity and a need for acceptance, coupled with a constant feeling of alienation. The UM has never, throughout his entire life, had the benefit of a central group of people by whom he was accepted and loved. And, lacking that center, one can see how he entered his early school days feeling slighted and abandoned by the world, and carried these feeli ...
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Heart Of Darkness - 1,980 words
Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, relies on the historical period of imperialism in order to describe its protagonist, Charlie Marlow, and his struggle. Marlow's catharsis in the novel, as he goes to the Congo, rests on how he visualizes the effects of imperialism. This paper will analyze Marlow's "change," as caused by his exposure to the imperialistic nature of the historical period in which he lived. Marlow is asked by "the company", the organization for whom he works, to travel to the Congo river and report back to them about Mr. Kurtz, a top notch officer of theirs. When he sets sail, he doesn't know what to expect. When his journey is completed, this little "trip" Heart of Darkness is ...
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The text on the dust jacket of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild makes it clear that the thread of suspense running through this compelling book isn't necessarily tied to the fate of its subject. "In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley," the jacket reads. "His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter." With the demise of McCandless already revealed, Krakauer concentrates on the fo ...
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The Yellow Wallpaper - 1,221 words
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Of The Cloth - 934 words
William Trevor, Of the Cloth, New York, New York, The New Yorker, March 09, Of the Cloth is a contemporary work of short fiction set in the remote Irish community of Ennismolach County during the early summer of the year, nineteen hundred and ninety seven. The greater part of the story takes place in a small, stone rectory nestled among the green valleys and pasturelands that lie below the Irish mountain slopes. The author describes solitary hillsides, peaks and valleys, and a remnant of what once was a town. He describes empty homes, tumbled into weed ridden ruins, as their former residents chose to leave, pursuing the promise of a more prosperous life in the city. The author depicts, in de ...
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Religion And Its Effect On Stephen Dedalus - 1,174 words
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The Revealing Of Evil And Loss Of Faithl Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown - 952 words
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