The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Through the effective use of irony and satire in his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain exposes the hypocrisy inherent within the major social institutions of pre-civil war America. Twain also uses irony and satire to lessen society’s views on slavery beliefs, education, and religion. In this novel, Twain belittles the idea of the society’s view on slavery. When Pap stated that that he was going to go vote if he warn’t too drunk to get there,
I am one among many youths to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Poor parenting, family problems, poor teachers, poor schools, food allergies, too much TV, or too much sugar does not cause it. Attention Deficit Disorder is caused by biological factors with a strong genetic basis. In people with Add, regions of the brain that control attention are less active. People with ADD have been found to have less control over their thought processes. They have trouble paying attention and boun
Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is one whose name is known by almost all living people. While most of these do not understand this man’s work, everyone knows that its impact on the world of science is astonishing. Yes, many have heard of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of relativity, but few know about the intriguing life that led this scientist to discover what some have called, “The greatest single achievement of human thought.” Einstein was
Selfishness Emily Bronte accompanies her siblings, Charlotte, Anne, and Branwell, in a series of romantic writings. Emily stayed at various boarding schools but lived most of her life in her family’s secluded home in Yorkshire, England. Biographers indicate that she enjoyed a solitary lifestyle in the natural beauty of the moors when not in her home. Emily Bronte devoted her life to her father because her mother’s tragic death left him helpless. She and her sisters were not introduced to the id
Women have been compared to the frailty and beauty of ripe apricots in modern poetry; the reference could be construed as sexual. However, in spite of their frailty and beauty, women have served in combat positions in one capacity or another since the beginning of the United States, long before the establishment of the Army Nurse Corps in 1901. Many women willingly entered the pits of battle, disguised as men and using male names in past wars. With growing numbers of women in the military and t
The Lens Also Reflects Colonial Attitudes in Post-Colonial Criticism A critique of a system often functions as a magnifying lens, bringing into focus the smaller components of a macroscopic system. E. M. Forster critiques the colonial mentality in such a way in A Passage to India – the individual characters that constitute the system of colonialism in India are magnified and set as an example of this system. However, a magnifying lens often catches the light and reflects a ghostlike image of th
“By crossing into a space whose curvature is no longer that of the real, nor that of truth, the era of simulation of inaugurated by a liquidation of all referentials-worse: with their artificial resurrection in the systems of signs, a material more malleable than meaning, in that it lends itself to all systems of equivalences . . . It is no longer a question of imitation, nor duplication, nor even parody. It is a question of substituting the signs of the real for the real.” (Baudrillard,1994.,p
An Army, A Navy, and Ebonics CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. The Ebonics controversy 2.1 Declaration of a separate language 2.2 Bilingual education funding 2.3 Classroom teaching and Ebonics 2.4 Summary and comment 3. Afro-American languages and dialects 3.1 Black English: the creolist position 3.2 Black English: the dialectologist position 3.3 Toward a synthesis 3.4 On the issue of African influence 3.5 Summary and comment 4. Language, identity, and politics 4.1 Obtaining linguistic recognition 4.
SYLVIA PLATH Born to middle class parents in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath published her first poem when she was eight years old. Sensitive, ittelligent, compelled toward perfection in everything she attempted, she was, on the surface, a model daughter, popular in school, earning straight A’s winning the best prizes. By the time she entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1950 she already had an impressive list of publications and while at Smith she wrote over four hundred poems.
Walter Whitman was an American poet and a son of Long Island. His collection of poems, "Leaves Of Grass," is considered one of the world's major literary works. Whitman was a true patriot. His poems sing of the praises of the United States of America and the cause of democracy. The poet's love of his country grew from his faith that Americans might reach new worldly and spiritual heights. Whitman wrote: "The chief reason for the being of the United States of America is to bring about the common
Percy Bysshe Shelly In order to understand Percy Bysshe Shelly¹s work, one must understand his life and his characteristic. Shelly was one of the most intellectual and sensitive poets of the Romantic period. Most of his famous works were written during the last four years of his life, when he lived in Italy with his second wife Mary. The text Adventures of English Literature contains two sonnets and one poem by Shelly. The angelic characteristic of Percy Bysshe Shelly was thoroughly expressed t
Dark Lady and Youth are Fictional? In my opinion, and it is only an opinion, both the Youth and the Dark Lady of William Shakespeare’s sonnets are fictional. I think Shakespeare created them simply for the purpose of addressing his sonnets to them. It is possible that specific people he knew got him started on the train of thought that led him to the sonnets, but I don’t think they are specifically addressed to the actual persons. The mind of a playwright is definitely able to write fictional p
Based on the Poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owens The poem is one of the most powerful ways to convey an idea or opinion. Through vivid imagery and compelling metaphors, the poem gives the reader the exact feeling the author wanted. The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," an anti-war poem by Wilfred Owen, makes great use of these devices. This poem is very effective because of its excellent manipulation of the mechanical and emotional parts of poetry. Owen's use of exact diction and vivid figu
William Wordsworth William Wordsworth was a British poet, who spent his life in the Lake District of North England. He was born on April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, as steward to an estate. The first few years of William’s life were the toughest. His mother died when he was eight and the next year he was sent to attend the principal grammar school of the district at Hawkshead where he was well educated. Only four years later, however, his father died, and he found himself an orphan at t
The epic poem Beowulf, written in Old English by Christian monks around 750 AD, is a wonderful adventure story about a warrior who kills ferocious monsters. The use of description and imagery enlivens the story, making it possible for a reader to really see in his or her mind the characters and events. Metaphors, exaggeration, and alliteration are three devices that together allow the reader to experience this poem which is quite different than most other poetry. A metaphor is a figure of speec
A Lifelong Battle Growing up and striving to find one's true identity is a complicated task in itself, without the worries of prejudice and discrimination to add to it. In "Battle Royal," Ralph Ellison presents a young black man and the confusion that fills his mind while trying to survive and succeed in a society where those who are white possess all the power, and those who are black have none. The young man in the story struggles with the "correct" way to live life as a black man: be submiss
Romeo and Juliet Notes Montagues Lord Montague Lady Montague Romeo , son of Montague Benvolio , nephew of Montague Friends of Romeo Balthasar , Servant of Romeo Abraham , servant of Montague Capluts Lord Capulets Lady Capulets Juliet , daughter of Capulet Tabalt , Nephew of lady Capulet Servants---- Sampson, Gregory, Paris Act 1 Scene 1 The Capulet servants try to start a fight with the montague servants. One of the Capulet servants talks to Romeo and Benvolio. He doesn't know they are Montague
Black Boy Part One: Southern Night Chapter 1 At Richards’ grandmother’s house. He sets some curtains on fire which leads to the house catching on fire. The family moves to Memphis. Richard hangs a cat after his father tells him to (sarcastically) Richard’s mother punishes him. At six while hanging out at a saloon he becomes a drunkard. At this age there are no racial differences to him. Richard and his brother are taken to an orphanage to live. His father has left the family for another woman.
CHAPTER 1 - In the opening paragraph, Huck introduces himself to us as the narrator of the story. He talks to us in a relaxed, matter-of-fact tone that makes him sound friendly, honest, and maybe a little less respectful than he should be. He does, after all, come close to calling Mark Twain a liar. Try to imagine Twain writing that paragraph, in which he has a fictional character accuse him of "stretching the truth" in an earlier book. Twain seems to be sharing a joke with you, the reader, but
Widely acknowledged as the greatest poet of contemporary Mexico, Octavio Paz has led a life that in many ways is typical of the Mexican intelligentsia he describes in THE LABYRINTH OF SOLITUDE. He has published ten books of poetry, fought with the Loyalists in Spain, and served his country as a diplomat. Deeply involved in the future of the Mexican land, he has fitted himself out for defining it to the world by a career that includes the experiences of intense action and intenser contemplation.
The Affects of the Holocaust The Holocaust was a tragic point in history which many people believe never happened. Others who survived it thought it should never have been. Not only did this affect the people who lived through it, it also affected everyone who was connected to those fortunate individuals who survived. The survivors were lucky to have made it but there are times when their memories and flashbacks have made them wish they were the ones who died instead of living with the horrible
Larry Summerlin English IV: 6 Dec.1,1998 The Bronte sisters were very influential writers who had a big influence on writers today. They contributed to alot of famous works that are known all over the world. The Brontes were born in Northern Ireland and were raised by their mother and father. Other than Charlotte and Emily there was Anne, their sister, and Branwell, their only brother(A10). The Brontes were not a really wealthy family. There father was a minister and their mom raised them. Char
Japan Within the country of Japan lies many distinct aspects to the ways of human life. Some of these aspects of Japanese life are found only in Japan and others are found elsewhere around the globe. The Japanese people use many different ways of life and put them together to what works best for them. This can be found in all forms within Japan. Japanese culture comes from early contacts with the early civilizations of China and Korea. Influences of ancient China are found in Japanese literatur
Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born in the three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The modest house, which is preserved by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, reflects the typical living conditions of a late-nineteenth-century working-class family. Many of the furnishings once belonged to the Sandburg family. Behind the home stands a small wooded park. There, beneath Remembrance Rock, lie the ashes of Carl Sandburg, who died in 1967. Carl August Sandbu
There is No War Without Broken Hearts There are countless poets and writers who have expressed their views on war and how their lives and the lives of people around them are affected by it. There is no way to be involved, directly or indirectly with a war, and not have your emotions and views be affected by its trauma and controversial issues. This change not only involves the soldiers, but their family, friends and lovers. It is true to say that everyone is influenced by war but the change tha
Frederick Douglass, a slave in America until the age of 20, wrote three of the most highly regarded autobiographies of the 19th century, yet he only began learning to read and write when he turned 12 years old. After an early life of hardship and pain, Douglass escaped to the North to write three autobiographies, spaced decades apart, about his life as a slave and a freeman. The institution of slavery scarred him so deeply that he decided to dedicate his powers of speech and prose to fighting i
Christine de Pisan was a 20th century woman living in the 15th century. Like many women of today, she incorporated government and political ethics, women’s rights and accomplishments, and religious devotion in her writings. Yet, defying the expectations of her time, Christine was one of the few true feminists before the modern era. Christine de Pisan was born in Venice, Italy in about 1364. Her father was Tomasso di Benvenuto da Pizzano (Thomas de Pisan), a famous physician and astrologer. In 1
Aisha Aisha was the youngest daughter of Abu Bekr, himself the chief advisor, the first disciple, and best friend of Muhammad -- the Messenger of God. It was customary in those days, and still is today in Arabia, for a man of property and substance to have many wives. In offering his daughter to Muhammad, Abu Bekr was trying to solidify his ties with that great man, hoping an issue would spring forth to carry on the name of both Muhammad and Aisha. The Qoran allows a man to have up to four wive
My Writing My writing has always been kind of a surprise to me. I am never quite sure what I am going to come up with. Most of the time I am aware of the subject matter, have an idea of how to approach it, and know what format I will use. It is in the getting started phase that I have the most difficulty. I spend a lot of time stressing about what I am assigned to write. I believe that this stems from the fact that I am always writing for an academic purpose. I am trying to impress the reader (
Douglas Stewart Essay Douglas Stewart is a poet that uses many different types of poetry and poetic devices. He usually writes about nature in his poems (Snow Gum, The wombat, The lizards, The lady feeding the cats) and writes as though the animals are his old friends. He uses a lot of your senses in the poems. Stewart often goes out and experiences the things he writes about. This makes the bond with nature and himself stronger. The wombat In this poem Stewart relates to nature by writing abou
The Atomic Bomb and its Effects on Post-World War II Then a tremendous flash of light cut across the sky . Mr. Tanimoto has a distinct recollection that it traveled from east to west, from the city toward the hills. It seemed like a sheet of sun. ÐJohn Hersey, from Hiroshima, pp.8 On August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. On that day the United States of America detonated an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Never before had mankind seen anything like. Here was something that was sli
Hamlet Essay "But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought …" Hamlet thought of a way out of his problems. That way out was to kill himself. In the statements above he describes what is stopping him from killi
In Chapter 1 of The History of Rasselas, "the musicians exerted the power of harmony" (p. 406) over the inhabitants of the Happy Valley. Samuel Johnson's use of the word "power" is interesting in this context. He presents the musicians as controlling the Abissinian princes and princesses through the use of music. The musician's power is the power to entertain and to divert his listeners. In this way, he can control their thoughts and keep them from being discontent and desiring a change of scen
Poetry Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men I picked this poem by Eliot for two primary reasons, one of them being that Eliot is one of my favorite modern poets, and the other being the view presented in it. That view is one of a barren and dead world, with humans as meandering and meaningless objects with no true value, and religion (primarily Christianity) as a futile hope for a salvation that will never be granted. Most of that can be observed in section I, but particularly in lines 5-7,
1. A. I think poetry is a form of self expression in which the writer tells about his thoughts, feelings, emotions, and his life in general. B. Poetry can rhyme, It can be in the shape of an object, It can be free verse and many others. C. Poetry is written because it is a hobby. The poet writes because it is what he/she likes to do. It is a life style. 2. 1. Metaphor: A comparison without the use of “like”or “as”. The writer states that one thing is another. Example: He was a bear of a man. 2.
Italy began to flourish in the 15th century and began to become a rich state. Italian cities grew in population and wealth structuring a new order and class in Italy. Humanism, exploration and trade caused medieval Europe to transform into the modern world. As the Italian cities began to grow, idealist's concepts became more open to society. These idealists would begin the birth of humanism. Literature was becoming more open allowing people like Francesco Petrarch, the "father of humanism" to b
Paul Laurence Dunbar: "Paul Laurence Dunbar stands out as the first poet from the Negro race in the United States to shoe a combined mastery over poetic material and poetic technique, to reveal innate literary distinction in what he wrote, and to maintain a high level of performance. He was the first to rise to a height from which he could take a perspective view of his own race. He was the first to see objectively its humor, its superstitions, it yearnings, its aspiration, and to voice them al
Romanticism Romanticism began in the mid-18th century and reached its height in the 19th century. It was limited to Europe and America although different compatriots donated to its birth and popularity. Romanticism as a movement declined in the late 19th century and early 20th century with the growing dominance of Realism in the arts and the rapid advancement of science and technology. However, Romanticism was very impressionative on most individuals during its time. This was because it was exp
may i feel said he Edward Estlin Cummings was not your ordinary poet. His parents Edward and Rebecca Clarke Cummings were blessed with him on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There is little know of his early childhood. It all picks up in 1911 when he enters Harvard College. While a student at Harvard he contributes his work to the Harvard periodicals. In 1915 he graduates magna cum laude and delivers the commencement address on "The New Art." In 1916 he receives his MA from the Ha
Women and Mourning in Literature In English literature it is not unusual to encounter a character who is mourning a loved one’s absence. A genre has arisen which explores this type of lamentation expressed exclusively by female characters- the frauenlieder. Often in the mode of poetry, these songs of separation evoke the heartache felt by the female mourner and evidence much of the cruel and unjust aspects of the society in which she lives. In the Old English poem “Wulf And Eadwacer” the female
In today' society, we see numerous occasions of people using the English language incorrectly. A good example of this is shown in E.E. Cummings poem "next to of course god america i." Using English incorrectly may be, at the very least, ugly, in the Orwellian sense, but the problems brought on by incorrect use of English may go deeper than beauty. Thus, I agree with George Orwell's 1946 essay, "Politics and the English language," in which he says, "If thought corrupts language, language can als
Death surrounded Emily Dickinson in life which impacted her works of poetry. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born to Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Later in life she was known as America's Greatest Poet. She attended the Amherst Academy and graduated in 1844. She had an elder brother named Austin and a younger sister named Lavina. At sixteen she was sent away to school. Emily led a very private life and only ten of her poems were published whil
Greek Mythology and Religion Mythology is the study and interpretation of myth and the body of myths of a particular culture. Myth is a complex cultural phenomenon that can be approached from a number of viewpoints. In general, myth is a narrative that describes and portrays in symbolic language the origin of the basic elements and assumptions of a culture. Mythic narrative relates, for example, how the world began, how humans and animals were created, and how certain customs, gestures, or form
The Romantic Period and Robert Burns At the end of the eighteenth century a new literature arose in England. It was called, Romanticism, and it opposed most of the ideas held earlier in the century. Romanticism had its roots in a changed attitude toward mankind.The forerunners of the Romanticists argued that men are naturally good; society makes them bad. If the social world could be changed, all men might be happier. Many reforms were suggested: better treatment of people in prisons and almsho
E. E. Cummings In the early twentieth century, an unfamiliar face arose with an unusual style of writing. His name was Edward Estlin Cummings. As a young man, Cummings wrote many poems and a few plays that would later be published. He enjoyed painting, which was also a reflection of his writing, and developed a style that was unique in any time period because it defied all rules of grammar and syntax. He used ambiguity as a means to open peoples' minds and challenge their intellect and to expre
Ernest Hemmingway, an author from the early 1900’s, wrote many pieces. He is famous and well known for his difference in writing style from the average writer of his time. Many of his writings are based on life experiences, which lead us to what kind of person he really was. “Indian Camp," A Farewell to Arms, and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” is among his famous works. Another short story by Ernest Hemmingway is “A Clean Well-Lighted Place." Considering knowledge from “Indian Camp," A Farewell to
Comparing and Contrasting the Purposes and Methods of Communication of three important literary works: The Iliad, Oedipus the King, and Aristotle's Poetics. Upon reading a piece of literature, one of the first things a reader does is to identify the purpose and the mode of communication employed by the author. This knowledge is extremely important in order to fully understand the complete message presented by the author. This essay will treat three major literary works taken from Greek culture:
Alexander the Great Alexander was born on or around July 20, 356 B.C. to Philip and Olympias. Like all Macedonians, Alexander liked his liquor. His fondness for wine also caused some of his outbursts of rage. Alexander liked drama, the flute and the lyre, poetry and hunting. What he truly wanted in his life was glory and valor, rather than easy living and riches. To say the least, Alexander matured early. A famous anecdote describes Alexander skillfully receiving Persian envoys in Philip's cour
Revelation Robert Frost is remembered as one of the most popular and honored poets of the twentieth century. His popularity is partly due to his experiences and the universal themes that he uses to create his poems about relationships, nature, and the world. Frost’s experiences in life help him to create the vivid scenes he sets within his poetry. He was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California, but most of his works revolve around rural New England. He graduated in 1892 from Lawrenc
A Ladder of Life, An Apple of Opportunity, A Winter of Death, A Road of Life, and A Yellow Wood of Dying Time are symbolic figures of speech that cause the act of apple-picking and walking down a road to shift gradually from harvesting fruit and walking, into his hope for a fully experienced life, despite a few regrets and mistakes, in Robert Frost’s poems, “The Road Not Taken,” and “After Apple-Picking.” Coinciding with Frost’s personal life, the poems also express his view of life in general