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John Quincy Adams Modern Reader
936 wordsBeauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is virtue. Such is the case of the virtue of the character Desdemona, from the play The Tragedy of Othello, by William Shakespeare. Desdemona was shown as a low moral, virtue less female in the essay The Character of Desdemona by John Quincy Adams. Contrary to this, the modern reader can see that Shakespeare actually showed her to be a virtuous and loving person, whose own innocence lead to her demise. Is Desdemona a virtuous character? Is there anyone wh...
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Postmodern Culture Constitutes A Crisis In Representation
1,315 words... paranoia of modernism? Jameson according to Harvey, sees this as a linguistic disorder, a breakdown in the signifying chain of meaning that creates a simple sentence. When the signifying chain snaps, then we have schizophrenia in the form of a rubble of distinct and unrelated signifier's... (The Condition of Postmodernity) Are these the signifier's that postmodernism's are occupied with? The surface meanings or appearances rather than the root meanings and disappearances? By breaking down th...
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Porphyria Lover And My Last Duchess
1,140 words... e way she poses for the portrait and the reader can sense his jealousy over the way she is looking at the painter, Fr Pandolf. The Duke gives the impression that he thinks the painter is his wifes lover. The Duke belittles the Duchess joy in life and shows a scathing attitude towards the pleasure she gets from the simple things in life - a sunset, or a bough of cherries. Conversely, the reader gets the impression that the Duchess has a kind, happy nature, who finds joy in all things, though ...
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19 Th Century Ragged Dick
874 wordsThe book Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger, Jr. teaches the modern reader many things about life during the late 19 th century. One thing it not only teaches but represents is life in the urban setting. This book is filled with examples and examples of life in the city, telling the reader what he would find and experience in it. Setting is always the first thing a good reader should look for when trying to understand the purpose. It teaches the reader where to begin when researching for the book and ...
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Hundreds Of Years Written Word
2,315 wordsChaucer's The House of Fame: The Cultural Nature of Fame QUESTION 7. DISCUSS THE CULTURAL NATURE OF FAME AND ITS TEXTUAL EXPRESSION WITH REFERENCE TO ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: ORAL HEROIC POETRY, CHAUCERS DEPICTION IN THE HOUSE OF FAME AND THE MODERN CONSTRUCTION OF THE CANON OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. YOU SHOULD FOCUS YOUR ANALYSIS ON THE INTERPLAY OF ORAL AND LITERARY TRADITIONS IN THESE CONTEXTS. Many critics have noted the complexities within Chaucer's The House of Fame, in particular, the c...
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Melville Billy Budd
654 wordsJoyce Carol Oates writes that Herman Melville? s novels have artistic difficulty because he uses fiction writing as a preachy parable. Oates believes that Melville? s writing is annoying for the modern reader to interpret because of contemporary expectations that writing be entertaining and less like a heavy sermon. Oates believes a contemporary reader must become educated in the fact that Melville? s characters are depiction of ideas, not characters in a drama, in order to make sense of his wor...
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2,290 wordsCompare the two poems? Porphyria? s Lover? and? My Last Duchess? by Robert Browning. What do they reveal about attitudes to women and relationships in the nineteenth century? Robert Browning was one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. In 1842, he published? Dramatic Lyrics? which included the two poems? Porphyria? s Lover? and? My Last Duchess? . In? Porphyria? s Lover? Browning gives the reader a dramatic insight into the twisted mind of an abnormally possessive lover, who wishes t...
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William Shakespeare Shakespeare Play
1,738 wordsThroughout the course of history, Jews have been relentlessly persecuted. The English are not an exception, since their history shows that the general English attitude towards Jews during the Elizabethan Era is anti-Semitic. This negative bias towards Jews is apparently clear in Elizabethan literature, including William Shakespeare? s The Merchant of Venice. Shylock, the Jewish antagonist in Shakespeare? s play, is stereotypically portrayed as a villain in accordance to popular prejudice. Thus, ...
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