How Reliable Is The Narrator In Ethan Frome? - 1,293 words
I quote: I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. This opening paragraph encapsulates the main ideas of my presentation today. How reliable is the narrator in Edith Whartons novel, Ethan Frome? Edith Wharton uses the narrators sketchy account of Ethan Fromes life to generate mystery and insecurity in the story. She uses the nameless engineer as a device to deliberately establish a feeling of uncertainty, as well as creating suspense for the reader. Through the collaboration of each version of Ethan Frome, including in the end the narrators version, he and his life seem more of a myth than anything real. Wha ...
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Escape: A Comparison Between Huck And The Narrator Of "sonny's Blues" - 796 words
Both the narrator in Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin and Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain feel the urge to escape from their reality as a means of attaining happiness and finding their way in life. However, their reasons for escaping are completely different and so are the ways in which they manage to do so. The aim of this essay is, therefore, to discuss the how and why the Narrator in Sonnys Blues and Huck escape. We will start by briefly looking into both characters backgrounds in order to be able to understand the reasons and circumstances that led them to escape. First, it is worth mentioning that while Sonnys Blues takes place in New York in the mid 20th century, ...
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Wuthering Heights: The Narrator - 435 words
Emily Brontefs Wuthering Heights, starts off with confusing opening characters and she uses Wuthering Heights as an introduction for the readers and to show the complex relationships the characters have among each other. Bronte uses a peculiar style of narration, she uses second and third person narration throughout the novel. Nothing is ever associated by a perspective of a single observer. In its place, the story is told through the entries in Lockwoodfs diary; although Lockwood himself did not participate in the events he records. The vast majority of the novel represents Lockwoodfs written memoirs of what he has learned through the data of others. For the distance that this imposes betwe ...
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Character Anaylsis Of The Narrator In "boys And Girls" - 1,171 words
The story, Boys and Girls, by Alice Munro, has the ability to absorb the reader from the very start, not through only its remarkably gruesome yet gripping introduction but also from its enlightenment of how life was during the early 20th century. Ironically, Munros narrator and protagonist character is a little girl whom we are not provided the name of. However, this apparent lack of identity does not prevent us from discovering the young girls dynamic characteristics such as her endurable strength against the hardships and inequality in her own society. Thus, we are taken on a roller coaster ride of her obstinate views towards life; her rather contrasting views towards her own family member ...
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Character Analysis Of The Narrator In "haircut" - 633 words
In Ring Lardners classic short story Haircut, the narrator is an ingenuous country barber named Whitey. Whitey tells the story of Jim Kendall, whom the reader soon discovers used to be a well-liked regular at the local barbershop, but who is now deceased. Throughout the story Whitey extols Kendall as a card and character, kind of rough, but a good fella at heart. However, the reader quickly realizes that Kendall is not a good person at all. Lardners brilliant use of Whitey as nave narrator is a device for achieving savage irony. Jim Kendall is lauded as a humorous practical joker. For example, Jim plays a joke on Whitey. Jim can change his voice and mimic anybodys voice. Jim changes his voic ...
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Heritage - 857 words
Heritage is an important factor to every developing family. Heritage helps to develop a persons values showing what they believe in. Particularly about the values of their family. In the story Everyday Use, by Alice Walker, value of heritage is a main topic. Throughout this story there are many different words used to describe what Wangero (Dee), Maggie, and their mother value. These choices of words all play an important role in the contrasting values of these people and the battle over heritage. The mother of Wangero and Maggie is the narrator of this story. It is evident at the beginning of this story, when the narrator describes her clean yard as an extended living room, that she is prou ...
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3 Goals - 303 words
Little Lessons I've learned on my way In his poem, The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost wrote, "Two roads diverge in the woods, and I took the one least traveled by/ And that has made all the difference." In this poem, the narrator had a choice of two roads. However, I've discovered that life is a little more complicated. Sometimes the path we embark on is not always the one we choose. Sometimes we are pushed or pulled in certain directions and we have to react to our environment. My path to a college education has been filled with bumps, potholes, detours and roadblocks. The signs often read "yield" and "do not enter." The path has not always been clear, but I've kept my eyes opened, focused on ...
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Poe - 1,130 words
Elements of Fiction in Poe=s Writing Edgar Allan Poe was an artist of literature. He was one of the greatest thriller/story tellers that America has known. He was known as "a seminal figure in the development in science fiction and the detective story. His writing came to have enormous importance for modern French literature" (X, John Richardson). Edgar Allan Poe wasn't out to frighten his audience. According to Peithman, his interest for his audience was within the human mind. In three of his works, AMorella@, ALigeia@, and AThe Oval Portrait@, there are several similarities and differences of elements of fiction such as theme, plot, tone, symbol, point of view, and climax. In the story ALi ...
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Herbert George Wells - 1,462 words
... ammals to become sterile and extinct. He only had 19th century was probably not aware of this or he didn't care because most people probably not aware of the study of genetics. They didn't show much learning they would run around and play with toys and lose interest in a ending cycle like a child. He didn't know there language but it was derived from the English because one of the Eli's asked him if he the sun and he understood but some of the other things that the Eli were didn't make sense to the time traveler. He saw the white sphinx and as having a silver tree at its shoulder and the sphinx was made of the wings of it were spread out. A pedestal that the time traveler mad of bronze a ...
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Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,490 words
Nathaniel Hawthornes works established him as one of the most unique authors of the 19th century. With works such as The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne not only entertained his audience, he made them look at their own life and compare it to 17th century Puritan New England. He also brought readers to the realization of how harsh and difficult the period of American History was. Hawthornes unique style of writing and his ability to probe deep into the human conscience made him one of Early Americas most greatly admired authors. The Hawthornes had already left their legacy with the town of Salem leaving Nathaniel Hawthorne a long rich history of ancestry in the town. In 1630, William Hawthorne made ...
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All Quiet On The Western Front Report - 5,431 words
... than it might otherwise have been. ^^^^^^^^^^ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: FRAU (MRS.) BAUMER Paul's mother is a courageous woman who is dying of cancer. She is the most comforting person Paul finds at home. She alone does not pretend to understand what it is like at the front. Paul is in agony over her illness and is overwhelmed by the love she shows him by preparing his favorite foods and depriving herself in order to buy him fine underwear. ^^^^^^^^^^ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: FRAU (MRS.) KEMMERICH Unlike Paul's quiet mother, Franz Kemmerich's mother tends to weep and wail. She had unreasonably expected Paul to watch out for her son, Franz, and blames him for surviving while F ...
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Candide - 598 words
C A N D I D E b y : V O L T A I R E (FORMALISM ) Voltaire's CANDIDE is a story about a man who was in search of true happiness and who was in a journey that proves that not all is for the best. He grew up in castle of Westphalia , but was exiled when found kissing the baron's daughter. That was where his misfortunes began,among them was when he was tortured during An army training, when his philosopher was hanged in an autoda'fe,when he rescued his true love from the hands of the Inquisitor and the Jew ,when the Anabaptist James and his friend died during the quakes in Lisbon ,and when he realized that a nation ,in order to be happy, should be secluded from the rest of the world,despite of t ...
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Marriage In Pride And Prejudice - 701 words
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice could not have better prepared the reader for the rest of the novel. The thread that sews together the lives of all the characters in this classic is the establishment of marriage. Austen uses the Bennet family of Longbourn to illustrate the good and bad reasons behind marriage. Mrs. Bennet is an irritating woman whose main goal in life is to get her five daughters married. It might be correct in assuming that she felt social and financial pressure to do so. Her husband's estate was entailed to his nephew, Mr. Collins ...
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Cats Cradle - 926 words
Cat's Cradle is, "Vonnegut's most highly praised novels. Filled with humor and unforgettable characters, this apocalyptic story tells of Earth's ultimate end, and presents a vision of the future that is both darkly fantastic and funny, as Vonnegut weaves a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness" (Barnes and Noble n.pag). In Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut uses satire as a vehicle for threatened self-destruction when he designs the government of San Lorenzo. In addition, the Bokonists practice of Boko-maru, and if the world is going to end in total self destruction and ruin, then people will die, no matter how good people are and what religion people believe. An example of satire that ...
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Invisible Man - 1,691 words
... n he "wakes up in a black man's skin" (Griffon 161). According to The Closing of the American Mind, all identities "depends on the free consent of individuals" (Bloom 110). A president holds his identity only because people elect to see him that way, otherwise he is like any ordinary Joe; even if he thinks of himself as really nothing more than of common flesh and bones, he is no less a president because his identity is for the public to perceive and not for himself. Even if there is a single person who considers him a president, he is a president to that person. Just like how the narrator is perceived as a "fink" when he stumbled into a Union meeting. That is his identity in that partic ...
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To Kill A Mockingbird Notes - 2,037 words
... away from fishing to accompany him to Helen Robinson's house, and how Helen collapsed at the news. Meanwhile, the news occupies Maycomb's attention for about two days, and everyone agrees that it is typical for a black man to do something irrational like trying to escape. Mr. Underwood writes a long editorial condemning Tom's death as the murder of an innocent man, and the only other important reaction comes when Bob Ewell is overheard saying that the death makes "one down and about two more to go." Atticus advises Jem to stand in Bob Ewell's shoes, echoing to advice he gave Scout earlier in the novel. Here, however, Atticus' attempt to understand another human being fails: he makes an h ...
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - 969 words
1. I really enjoyed reading the book. I liked the way it was written pretty much. Charlie's letters are as intimate as a diary as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings. You can somehow really get to know the narrator - Charlie - and you feel like he is writing all these letters to you. That is very interesting. Yet there are somewhat unrealistic tones, which I noticed some time after reading the book, because my first impression was how incredibly realistic it was. Charlie is only portrayed as the nice, innocent teenager. He does some things wrong, but in the end is near perfect. Even though he is screwed up, your compassion for Charlie is overwhelming, and you seem to forget that t ...
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The Use Of Race In Their Eyes Were Watching God - 862 words
The Use of Race in Their Eyes Were Watching God This novel, while poetically conveying a black woman's pursuit of true love, seriously addresses society's ability to be judgmental and oppressive. Gender, race, economic security, and social stratification share equally important roles in the development of the main character, Janie. Hurston vividly describes how each qualification specifically affects the character, although the racial implications are much more subtle. This subtlety allows the reader to mistakenly perceive indifferent or positive feelings towards the novels black community. Hurston initially establishes the ideal unimportance of race by using Janie's innocent childhood memor ...
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Something Wickid This Way Comes - 3,810 words
... y talk of the good and the bad times, fears, and death; it makes everything else scared. But death itself only scares. If there were no death, all the other things would get tainted. They tell each other not to go near the carnival. Will welcomes his dad to climb up to his window for fun, as his father did when he was a kid in the good old days. Will slept for exactly one hour, he remembered something; he looks out his window at Jims roof. He yelped, The lightening rod is gone. Will was afraid. No, fear was a new electric power suit Jim must try to size. Will fears the carnival will send someone to find Jim, they would represent the storm. Jim was up in his house; the boys felt something ...
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William Faulkner - 830 words
William Faulkner wrote many stories depicting society during the early twentieth century. In his stories Barn Burning and A Rose for Emily, Faulkner discusses how rich whites mistreat the tenant farmers who in turn abuse the blacks, tells about Colonel Sartoris Snopess dilemma when his father wants him to lie, and explains how Emily was mistreated by men. Through his works, Faulkner discusses society of the pre-Depression era by explaining the class distinction, adulteration of morals, and subordination of women in order to show the corruption of the American dream. In Barn Burning, Faulkner places an emphasis on the separation of social classes. Abner Scopes, a white tenant farmer, takes on ...
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