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Charles Dickens: His Writing and His Life Charles Dickens was (and still is) one of the most widely - read authors of his time; always, he wrote the truth about the times in which he lived. Chrarles' place of birth was Portsmouth, southern England. He was the second child. His parents had eight children (English…World 510). Charles Dickens' father was financially unstable. Charles called him 'the prodigal father' (English…Approach 612). The family was forced to move from one place to anothe
The cloning of humans may soon be a reality. The recent announcement of a sheep and calf cloned using this technique has sparked much controversy in the modern world. The ethical, legal, and moral aspects of cloning must be addressed by governments quickly and its implications must be taken into careful consideration for the future of mankind in general. On February 23, 1997, Ian Wilmut, a Scottish scientist, and his colleagues at the Roslin Institute announced the successful cloning of a sheep
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
Connecting Characters Charles Frazier, author of the novel Cold Mountain, creates three main characters with purposes and personalities similar to those of three main characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Ruby, Ada, and Inman, all of Cold Mountain, share significant character traits with Pearl, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Hester, all of The Scarlet Letter. Ruby and Pearl possess many similar character traits, but they use them for different purposes. Both are defiant and strong-w
0415 Murder on the Orient Express In the book, Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie wove a superbly tangled web of true brilliance. It was a perfectly planned murder mystery. Everything pointed to the impossible which made it become probable. False clues, or red herrings, added to the suspense of the novel. For example, on red herring that was evident was M. Bouc's assumption of the murderer being Italian. Another false clue was the small dark man with the womanish voice. Another one o
Research in the field of embryology and genetics has exploded over the past decade. New advances about in vitro fertilization and genetic screening are leading to new procedures in which human embryo cloning will be possible in the near future. Human cloning, however, brings up many new ethical questions that will need to be addressed by the scientific community and the public before these advances can reach their full potential. Scientific advances bring social changes that many people will no
William Golding The Nobel Prize for literature is one of the greatest awards a writer can be given. The award’s greatness is not due to the cash prize they receive or the pretty plaque, but the prize is validity of being an exceptional writer. Only ninety-eight people in the world have acclaimed themselves as being one of these great writers, one of them being Sir William Golding. Born in England, Golding does not share the same rational writing techniques as other English writers. Instead Gold
The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The attempt to capture the American Dream is central to many novels. This dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness Jay must reach into the past and relive an old dream and in order to do this he must have wealth and power.
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
Have you ever read a book and thought, “Man, that’s such a typical character”? Well, Charles Dickens liked to use the same character types in most of his novels. For instance, Lucie in A Tale of Two Cities was typical of Estella of Great Expectations. And it’s A Tale of Two Cities that directs attention to this essay, and three main characters that Charles Dickens patterns most of his characters after: Madame Defarge as the evil, revengeful one; Miss Pross as the commanding, yet loving one; and
When I read the Publisher's Afterward and Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzerald, these texts reminded me of something familiar. A tuxedo man with a strong jutting jaw line posing next to a fine-featured beauty with a thick blond bob, her slender arms around in a evening gown. This pair could be anyone, but it is no accident that they look almost exactly like the book's author, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda. Fitzerald, born 100 years ago in St. Paul Minnesota, made his career out of c
Hogan, Pg. 1 Love between two people is a force that is stronger than any other feeling, whether the feeling opposes the two, or is a positive influence to them. The couple should stay faithful to each other if what they feel really is love. Lermontov's classic, A Hero of Our Time, the main character, Pechorin, is subjected to certain journeys, through which he encounters many women to show the reader what Pechorin's representation of love really is. In the Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gastby, J
Pages of Dreams Americans do not like sleek lawyers. However they apparently love to read about them, and in this art form nobody can surpass John Grisham Jr. Grisham’s writing evolved from dreams and inspirations to success. On February 8th, 1955, John Grisham Jr. is born. His father, John Grisham, was a cotton farmer and construction worker, his mother was a homemaker. Growing up in a very small, close-knit, southern Baptist family, parties were off-limits, and so was television. During his s
Murder on the Titanic This is the greatest book of all time; at least that is what I believe. The author, Jim Walker, uses the Titanic voyage and tragedy as a backdrop for his marvelous tale of unreserved love amongst a mysterious murder. Jim Walker is a former global survival instructor for the U.S. Air Force. He is now a senior pastor of an Evangelical Free Church and a popular conference speaker in America, Europe, and Russia. He also has seven other books, including Husbands Who Won’t Lead
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
Futuristic Definitude Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz has been hailed as a representation of the long future of mankind as a recapitulation of its own long past. Milan Kundera claims that kitsch is the passing off of thoughtless concepts as art, and that the non-thought of received ideas can be very misleading. In my opinion, these two ideologies, while taught together, conflict harshly in practice and cloud the issue of whether or not we can ever become modern. For centuries mankind
The world presented in The Mountain and the Valley and in My Utopia are similar, but opposite to the world presented in Nineteen Eighty-Four. A utopian world is one in which everything is perfect. Utopia is displayed in the novel The Mountain and the Valley, written by Ernest Buckler. An anti-utopian world is displayed in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. In the essay My Utopia, a utopian world is also displayed. With the use of society, politics, and the way of life pre
Ernest Hemingway was a man of intrigue. To learn of his intellect, talent and skill, you must read his novels, but to learn about his life and adventures you must probe further. Some of his novels were about his life, but they do not tell all of the story. He went from almost losing his life several times, to being involved in bull fighting, to moving all around the world and being married four times. He was a lover, fighter and great writer. Ernest Hemingway was a legend and should be remember
Whether it is novels, short stories or critiques; John Updike gives the reader his analysis on human behavior. He starts with realistic issues and adds a little imagination to create a novel that is rich in quality and relevant to the lifestyles and actions of man (Towers 157). A person’s color, gender, and social class all influence and assemble their personality and view on life. Updike expresses this concept in his works and sometimes uses moral dilemmas and discriminations to show the influ
Once we knew that literature was about life and criticism was about fiction--and everything was simple. Now we know that fiction is about other fiction, is criticism in fact, or metaphor. And we know that criticism is about the impossibility of anything being about life, really, or even about fiction, or finally about anything. Criticism has taken the very idea of aboutness away from us. It has taught us that language is tautological, if it is not nonsense, and to the extent that it is about
The Character of Huckleberry Finn Huck Finn is a character in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. He is also one of the most well known book characters of all-time, and probably the most well known character in a Mark Twain novel. The characteristics Huck displays throughout the entire book also does make him one of the most interesting characters of all-time. Huck is not only the main character, but also the narrator of this classic. Although this book contains many humorous scen
Biography of John Steinbeck John Ernst Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902 of German and Irish ancestry. He was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive H. Steinbeck. His father, John Steinbeck, Sr., served as the County Treasurer while his mother, Olive (Hamilton) Steinbeck, a former school teacher, fostered Steinbeck’s love of reading and the written word. During summers he worked as a hired hand on nearby ranches, nourishing his imp
Into the Wardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first of seven books in the chronicles of Narnia, written by C. S. Lewis. The Narnia Chronicles are undoubtedly the most popular works of writer C.S. Lewis. Although they are recognized as children's fantasy novels, they are also popular with students and adults, including many Christian theologians. In the Narnia Chronicles, Lewis illustrates the biblical figure of Jesus Christ as the character of Aslan the lion, retelling certain
Jack London fought his way up out of the factories and waterfront dives of West Oakland to become the highest paid, most popular novelist and short story writer of his day. He wrote passionately and prolifically about the great questions of life and death, the struggle to survive with dignity and integrity, and he wove these elemental ideas into stories of high adventure based on his own firsthand experiences at sea, or in Alaska, or in the fields and factories of California. As a result, his w
Tom Robinson was a young black man who kept to himself. He was a very private man , yet he didn’t cause any problems. He would have been accepted, no doubt, except for the fact that he was black. The color of Tom’s skin made his life a living hell. He was persecuted by many people. Bob Ewell accuses Tom of the rape of his daughter, Mayella. Bob is a white man with a drinking problem who takes his anger out on his daughter by physically abusing her. Bob accuses Tom of raping Mayella in hopes of
Biography of George Orwell George Orwell was born under the name Eric Blair. He was born in 1903 in Bengal, India. He lived in India for the first eight years of his life. At the age of eight he and his mother moved for India to England so the Orwell could be educated in England. Orwell attended a Boarding school that mostly consisted on the children of the wealthy. Orwell’s Family was not rich but was well off Orwell said himself that they were in the “lower upper middle class”. In 1917 Orwell
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a sickly boy who suffered from a lung disease that later developed into tuberculosis. Of all of Stevenson’s hobbies, reading was the one he liked the most. He preferred literature and history, especially Scottish history, which supplied the background for most of his novels. Stevenson began publishing short stories and essays in the mid-1870’s. His first book, An Inland Voyage, was published in 1878. I
Mark Twain, one of the most prolific writers in American history, used his previous experiences as an inspiration for his most widely acclaimed literary works. By reading and studying his books, one learns many things about the type of life he led. In some novels, an individual reader can experience his childhood adventures first hand. In his later works there are portions about the importance of love in the family, but, of course, there is always the indomitable wisecrack. John Marshall Clemen
Have you ever imagined being an author in the 1800's? What if your works secretly disguised painful memories of your childhood? That is what the works of Charles Dickens was like. Now the question is who is Charles Dickens and what were his works. Charles Dickens was born in Landport, a suburb of Portsea, on February 7, 1812. Charles's parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens, treated his arrival with joy. Charles was their first child of eight siblings. Charles was a bright and active child. The be
I. I read the autobiography, Black Boy. It was written by Richard Wright. Further information about the author will be in the following paragraphs. The publication date of this book was 1945. The autobiography I read didn’t give enough information about the birth and death dates of my author. He was born on September 4, 1908 and died on November 28, 1960. Some places associated with the author are Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis Tennessee, and Elaine, Arkansas. The early goals of the author is ba
Scott Rawls Mr. Sam Worley English 2013 February 21, 1999 First Assignment Samuel Langhorne Clemens, writing under the pen name Mark Twain, in his own unique style, has created two master pictures of life on and along the Mississippi river that will forever stand out in American Literature; Adventures of Huckleberry Finnand The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Although each novel focuses on the namesake leading characters, Tom and Huck appear together in both novels as friends. Through the two leading
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain A Report by Kelly Jo Larsen Main Characters: Huckleberry Finn- son of the town drunk and narrator of the story Jim- A slave friend of Huck and Tom's who is to be sold down south Plot: The book begins by Huck deciding to tell his own story since everyone has heard about him through the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Huck is the son of the town drunk and lives with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. They keep themselves busy trying to civilize him. Hu
A personal essay on 'BLADE RUNNER - The Director's Cut' A Ridley Scott film based on the novel by Philip K Dick 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' This film, I believe, deserves a higher status than that of cult, and is much more than just an acceptable homage to Philip K Dick, author of many original science-fiction novels, often laced with philosophical perspectives on the human condition. The film is multi-layered; thrilling and unsettling, part dark science fiction and detective film no
Few things attract more attention than controversy, and no other author knows that better than Thomas Hardy. During the late 19th, and early 20th centuries, Hardy’s work shocked the public and threw the critics into an uproar. And yet, he managed to change the face of literature for the better. Mr. Hardy’s work was filled with controversial topics, and his influence is evident in many different aspects of literature. As the child of a professional stonemason, Thomas Hardy was taught to love rea
Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver^s Travels in 1762 with the intent of entertaining many people. Entertainment through satire is what Swift had in mind. This was accomplished when Bantam Books first published his tales in 1962. It was again published by Bantam Books in 1981, New York, New York being the place of publication. To fully understand Gulliver^s Travels, one must first reflect upon the following: the plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, conflict, climax, resol
Cloning: Is It Right? The biological definition of a clone is an organism that has the same genetic information as another organism or organisms (Cloning, 1997). From this definition and from information about the science behind cloning, my current view on cloning is that it is ethical. This statement ignores information about how we can misuse cloning and what consequences occur when the procedure is unsuccessful. I currently do not think cloning should be used until it is perfected. I doubt
The Great Gatsby symbolism essay. Color symbolism is really popular in novels written during the 1920's. One such example is Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. There is much color symbolism in this novel, but there are two main colors that stand out more than the others. The colors green and white influence the story greatly. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White represents the stereotypical façade that every character is hi
The world of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is a world ruled by chance. From the very opening chapters, where a watchman is accidentally run over by a train at Moscow's Petersburg station, to the final, climactic scenes of arbitrary destruction when Levin searches for Kitty in a forest beset by lightning, characters are brought together and forced into action against their will by coincidence and, sometimes, misfortune. That Anna and Vronsky ever meet and begin the fateful affair that becomes the cent
In the fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles Dickens, lays out a brilliant plot. Charles Dickens was born in England on February 7, 1812 near the south coast. His family moved to London when he was ten years old and quickly went into debt. To help support himself, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse when he was twelve. His father was soon imprisoned for debt and shortly thereafter the rest of the family split apart. Charles continued to work at the blacking warehouse
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World presents a portrait of a society which is apparently a perfect world. At first inspection, it seems perfect in many ways: it is care free, problem free and depression free. All aspects of the population are controlled: both as to number, social class, and mental ability. Even history is controlled and re-written to meet the needs of the party. Solidity must be maintained at all costs. In the new world which Huxley creates, if there were even a hint of anger, the w
In the world of historical fiction, there are few new and innovative writers, and not often are new styles developed. In the styles of Leon Uris and James Michener, two prolific modern historical fiction novelists, usually the main characters are chronicled over a short period of time in their lives, and their feelings are used only to outline the political matters they are surrounded by. In the Time of the Butterflies is a new breed of this genre, in that it closely follows the four Mirabal si
English Essay Final In the literary pieces To Kill a Mocking bird , An Enemy of the People, and Julius Caesar the authors use crowds to develop their themes. The townspeople, majority, and the mobs represented how people go in favor of the more popular side. Most people will go on this side because the benefits will go to the people. They can also fear that having a different opinion will make a bad impression of themselves. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the townspeople's narrow-mindedness didn't a
Many authors use their personal experiences in their lives to help influence themselves in their writings of plays and novels. For example, in Death of a Salesman, Miller has shown the traditional family structure. Which is, the husband Willy Loman, goes to work and brings home the money, only about fifty dollars a week to support his family. Wile the wife Linda Loman stays home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of their children. Miller shows how much of a struggle it was to be successful wit
The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway There's nothing like a friend when your really up a tree, is a quote from Carolyn Hax of the Washington Post. This is shown in the story The Old Man and The Sea. The author of this story is Ernest Hemingway, Who has written many books and novels which he is well known for. This story is about an old man who gets the biggest fish he had ever laid eyes upon. The most beautiful fish he had ever seen was the one that he could not bring home in one piece.
Effects of World War II World War II drastically affected the Japanese culture, economics, and politics. Sofia Mayorga History 10 F Block Japan Japan is considered one of the most important and powerful countries in the modern world but this accomplishment has been reached by a lot of work and changes made in the Japanese society. During World War II the destruction of Japanese cities and the death of a lot of Japanese people caused them to change their in their system of politics and foreign po
Nevil Shute Poucher 1 Zach Poucher Jowers English Literature 30 March 1998 Nevil “Shute” Norway was born on January 17,1899 as the son of Arthur Hamilton Norway, a writer of travel books, in Ealing, Middlesex, England (Locker 396). Nevil Norway spent his early years during the early parts of the Sinn Fein Rebellion, where he helped served with the Red Cross. He later served as a soldier in France during World War I. After the war’s end in 1918, he returned home and went to Oxford to finish his s
Damien An ambassador to England who, when his wife's true child dies soon after birth, agrees with a preist (unbeknownst to his wife) to take instead an infant that was found abandoned. Big mistake, Peck. This child, christened Damien by his false parents, was really born of a Jackal, and, as throughout the course of the film many begin to suspect, is no ordinary boy. In the second film, my favorite by far, Damien is 13 years old, and finally becomes aware of his identity. In the third movie,
The Life and Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Mike Webb Mrs. Burns English 12 Acc. 12/5/98 When it is stated that Robert Louis Stevenson lived one of the hardest, most painful, yet most rewarding lives of a Victorian writer, the fact is accepted as common knowledge. Most critics and historians agree that his romantic adventure novels will never be surpassed. Stevenson, who some say is the greatest storyteller of the nineteenth century, overcame unbelievable health problems throughout his life to
A Tragic Character Trish Griffing AP English Oct. 5, 1998 Objectivism, a philosophy on life created by Ayn Rand, states that “man must live for his own sake, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.” In her novels, Ayn Rand illustrates men at different levels of perfection according to her philosophy. Ayn Rand’s first novel, The Fountainhead, contains many excellent examples of men that are not ideal because they are not happy with themselves. The most
Fahrenheit 451...The Temperature at Which Books Burn Fahrenheit 451 is a classic example of novels written in the science fiction genre of the early fifties. Its author, Ray Bradbury, attempts to describe a possible future that would be worse than the concurrent one. It is a future with the world coming down upon its inhabitants. Despite this alarming possibility, it is still a very interesting novel to read. It has a very unique story line with rich detail describing what life is like in their