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Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist Oliver Twist, a poor, innocent orphan boy, stands out in this story as the main character but it is the supporting characters that allow this novel of much content to develop a much more satisfying and believable theme. With Good V.S. Evil as one of the major conflicts, in such categories are the secondary characters found as well. Three main auxiliary characters of Oliver Twist aid the elaboration of the story; these significant characters are Mr. Brownlow representing purity, in
Stephen King is a well-known and talented horrorfiction author
Stephen King is a well-known and talented horrorfiction author
Stephen King is a well-known and talented horror/fiction author who has published over eleven books in the last two decades. His great stories of horror and fantasy have been enjoyed by kids and adults starting from his first best-seller, Carrie. King's wit and style of writing has made him one of the most popular horror story authors today. Stephen King's life has not been an easy one. he was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland Maine(Bleiler, 1038). His father left when he was two and gave
Edgar Allen Poes Symbolism of Death in The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allen Poes Symbolism of Death in The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allen Poe’s Symbolism of Death in The Fall of the House of Usher Death is defined as, The termination or extinction of something (American Heritage Dictionary). Edgar Allen Poe uses this description in The Fall of the House of Usher in different ways. Poe’s intention when writing The Fall of the House of Usher was not to present a moral, lesson, or truth to the reader; he was simply trying to bring forth a sense of terror to the reader. Poe’s mind works this way, and critics belie
The Downfall of Macbeth
The Downfall of Macbeth
The Downfall of Macbeth Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy can be classified by one of two theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force; namely the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable downfall.
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature
A Comparison of Contemporary and Romance Literature Contemporary literature in the form of a short story consists of a plot, characters, point of view, setting, and theme (2). These elements can vary a great deal from one story to the next. An author of a short story also reveals a tone and a mood shown by his or her style of writing. Although romance literature contains the elements mentioned above, they are very different than those in short stories and are somewhat static from one tale to th
How does Coleridge in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Kha
How does Coleridge in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Kha
How does Coleridge in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan' show the interrelatedness between mankind, nature and the poetic experience? Coleridge expresses many thoughtful and rather intense ideas in his poetry, through using either peculiar or common images of all forms of nature ie human, environmental or supernatural. His poetic expression is unique in its use of extraordinary imagery and transition of mood yet he what he creates usually conforms to numerous literary techniques
A comparison of
A comparison of
A comparison of Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe Fear, terror and suspense are the most vivid emotions created by Poe’s stories and by Hitchcock’s films. Several themes are common to both: the madness that exists in the world, the paranoia caused by isolation which guides people’s actions, the conflict between appearance and reality along with the double aspect of the human nature, and the power of the dead over the living. Not only the themes are similar in both men’s work but also the det
Washington Irving was one of the first American writers to write any k
Washington Irving was one of the first American writers to write any k
Washington Irving was one of the first American writers to write any kind of fantasy story or writing. At first he tried to pass his stories as real life accounts found in a dead mans dresser. The start of one states that it is real and has been deemed so by collages and some museums. After he saw how much people liked his stories he published all of them in The Sketch Book of Godfred Crayon, Gent.. This Collection became famous overnight. His stories were also successful in England and Euro
February 21 1997
February 21 1997
February 21, 1997 Epic Works Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417). They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance. Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character. Epics embody several main features including: supernatural forces, sometimes the deity of the time, that shape th
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories Macbeth(c.1607), written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy could in fact be called A Tale of Two Theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his ow
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories Macbeth(c.1607), written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tagedy could in fact be called A Tale of Two Theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own
What was the witches role in Mac Beth
What was the witches role in Mac Beth
What was the witches’ role in Mac Beth? In Shakespeare’s time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Mac Beth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Mac Beth would be king, they did not specify how their p
The Downfall of Macbeth
The Downfall of Macbeth
The Downfall of Macbeth Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy can be classified by one of two theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force; namely the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable downfall.
In the following critical essay one aspect of William Shakespeare's Ma
In the following critical essay one aspect of William Shakespeare's Ma
In the following critical essay, one aspect of William Shakespeare's Macbeth will be explored and be explained. This aspect is that of the three Weird Sisters. These three secret, black, and midnight hags (Mac. IV.i 47), hardly distinguishable as humans, serve a huge dramatic function in the play. Closely looking at Macbeth, one can distinguish the many functions that they serve in the play. The role of the three Weird Sisters in the play Macbeth is to generate imagery, mood, and atmosphere a
The Secret Sharer written by Joseph Conrad centers around a character
The Secret Sharer written by Joseph Conrad centers around a character
The Secret Sharer written by Joseph Conrad, centers around a character of a sea captain. Its title and opening paragraphs forecast a story of mystery, isolation, duality, darkness and silence. The novel proves true these predictions reveling thematic and image patterns directly proportional to them. The opening of the novel further reveals dialectics in the novel. The clash between the private and the public world or man versus society, in other words is the primary dialectic. The journey theme
Genji Monogatari is the greatest single work in Japanese literature It
Genji Monogatari is the greatest single work in Japanese literature It
Genji Monogatari is the greatest single work in Japanese literature. It provides us with an informative look into the court life of the Heian Period, as well as give us a wealth of vivid characterizations along the way to developing the lineage of the hero, Genji. The reason for its being qualified as a classic is not the fact that it was the first novel, or its twisting plot line. It is Murasaki’s subtle insights into the medieval Japanese way of life and thought that give this novel its immor
In his short story The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe pres
In his short story The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe pres
In his short story “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Edgar Allen Poe presents his reader with an intricately suspenseful plot filled with a foreboding sense of destruction. Poe uses several literary devices, among the most prevalent, however are his morbid imagery and eerie parallelism. Hidden in the malady of the main character are several different themes, which are all slightly connected yet inherently different. Poe begins the story by placing the narrator in front of the decrepit, decaying
The Celtic myth The Dream of Oenghus relates the tale of Oenghus the
The Celtic myth The Dream of Oenghus relates the tale of Oenghus the
The Celtic myth, The Dream of Oenghus, relates the tale of Oenghus the Celtic god of love and his long search for true love. Oenghus is the son of Boann and Daghdhae. Boann the white cow goddess, and Daghdhae the father of all gods, the good god. In a dream Oenghus sees the loveliest figure in Ireland… His memory of this vision makes him ill with loneliness and he begins to waste away. With the help of his mother, and another of his fathers' sons, Bodhbh, he begins his search for the girl
13 Were the Elizabethans more bloodthirsty or tolerant of
13 Were the Elizabethans more bloodthirsty or tolerant of
13. Were the Elizabethans more bloodthirsty or tolerant of violence on stage than we are? In addition to the visible bloodletting, there is endless discussion of past gory deeds. Offstage violence is even brought into view in the form of a severed head. It's almost as though such over-exposure is designed to make it ordinary. At the same time, consider the basic topic of the play, the usurpation of the crown of England and its consequences. These are dramatic events. They can support the highly
A Victim of the Double Rape
A Victim of the Double Rape
A Victim of the Double Rape There is an old saying that goes behind every strong man is a strong woman. This proverb can be used to describe the legacy of Hernando Cortes and his conquest of Mexico. Like the proverb, he had someone behind him who aided in his goals of dominance. The woman was Dona Marina, otherwise known as La Malinche. Her beauty and intelligence made her into one of the most hated and influential women in Mexico's history. According to Clifford Krauss, La Malinche is for t
The Various Themes in Wuthering Heights
The Various Themes in Wuthering Heights
The Various Themes in Wuthering Heights In the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, many relevant themes were portrayed. In this essay, I will be discussing the five most poignant themes, which in my opinion are Good versus Evil,Revenge, Status & Education,Love and Selfishness. I feel that all these themes are equally important, and in the following paragraphs, I will attempt to discuss their impact on the reader and to the novel as a whole. Emily Brontë developed the main chara
Ray Bradburys science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 has literary elemen
Ray Bradburys science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 has literary elemen
Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 has literary elements that strengthen its interpretation. The theme of this novel is the significance of a person’s independent thought. The literary movement of this piece of literature is Romanticism. Through the use of Guy Montag, an emotionally distressed individual who realizes the importance of independent thinking, Fahrenheit 451’s theme and literary movement are better understood. The theme of Fahrenheit 451 is the importance of an ind
Beowulf
Beowulf
Beowulf Mythical monsters with great powers that get killed by human men are a typical theme in Anglo-Saxon poetry. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem translated by Burton Raffel. Three Anglo-Saxon ideals that are portrayed in Beowulf are strength of warriors, boasting of brave deeds, and the belief in the super natural. First, one of the ideals exhibited in Beowulf is physical strength. In Beowulf, Beowulf , the hero from Geatland, exerts the most physical strength. Beowulf doesn't want to use a sw
Samuel Coleridge Kubla Khan
Samuel Coleridge Kubla Khan
Samuel Coleridge – “Kubla Khan” The middle of the 18th century was a period of transition and experiment in poetic styles. Shifts in the view of nature and function of poetry started from the idea that poetry is imitation, to the view that poetry has or its major function the expression of the poet’s emotions. Now what matters is the poet’s relation with his poem, rather than with his audience. Romanticism brought along new sources of inspiration, such as the primitives – the Bible, Homer’s writ
Edgar Allan Poe A Man of Secrecy
Edgar Allan Poe A Man of Secrecy
Edgar Allan Poe: A Man of Secrecy Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 as Edgar Poe. He was the second son to Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe. Both parents were actors, and shortly after Poe’s birth, his father deserted his family around 1810. Edgar became an orphan before the age of three years, when his mother died on December 8, 1811 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of twenty-four years. His father died at the age of twenty-seven years old. After his mother’s death, the childless c
Interpretation and Confliction in the Analysis of Flannery OConnor
Interpretation and Confliction in the Analysis of Flannery OConnor
Interpretation and Confliction in the Analysis of Flannery O’Connor Some of the best stories ever written are some of the most heavily criticized. Flannery O’Connor raised eyebrows with her controversial stories about religion, race, and humanity, and as a result disapproval did fall. But beyond the surface of O’Connor’s work lays a complex core. Some of her critics could not see past the violence and controversy. Others were able to find depth in her work. Two such people, Danny Duncan Collum a
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER How effectively does ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ use a fantasy world to explore real world issues? After exploring two episodes from Series one, I have come to the conclusion that in both cases, the sub plot relates to Buffy’s personal life and the real life issues give the audience a situation to which many teenagers can relate to. For example: In ‘Out of mind, out of sight’, the real world issue is that of school children feeling alone. Many teenagers have a great diffi
William Shakespeares Desires to Please
William Shakespeares Desires to Please
William Shakespeare’s Desires to Please Darkness, blood, treason and death. In the 16th century, William Shakespeare knew that these elements were crowd appeasing and he incorporated them into his plays. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is no exception. Macbeth is the tale of a man who is led to his own moral and physical destruction through many outer influences and his own overweening ambition. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces realistic characters, incorporates the world of the supernatural and
Macbeth
Macbeth
Macbeth · Discuss the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and consider to what extent she is responsible for his downfall. The tragic downfall of Macbeth was not determined by one single cause but rather caused by a combination of three dark forces: supernatural, external and internal. The three witches and their dark powers represent the supernatural forces. Lady Macbeth acts as Macbeth’s external force, pushing him towards the bloody deeds. Macbeth’s own ambition and inner desires a
Interview with William Shakespeare
Interview with William Shakespeare
Interview with William Shakespeare 24 February 2004 Q: Why does the play start with the three witches? A: I begin the play with thunder and lightening on a moor (or heath). I wanted to catch my audiences attention and set the mood of the play. To my audiences, a moor or heath would represent a wild, lonely and frightening place, especially in foul weather. My audience believes in God and the Devil, and in Heaven and Hell as real places. They also believe in evil spirits, in possession of evil sp
The Crucible
The Crucible
The Crucible How does Act 1 establish the mood, themes and characters of the play? 'The Crucible' was written in 1953 by Arther Miller during the McCarthy political 'witch-hunt' in America. The House Un-American Activities Committee was organised in America in 1938. It was lead by Senator Joseph McCarthy and they had the authority to investigate anyone or anything that was appearing to be threatening the safety of the state. Those who were accused of tampering with witch-craft or anything supern
The Romantic Period
The Romantic Period
The Romantic Period 1 English 250-A March 18, 2003 Essay #1 Social Tyranny and Visions of Brotherhood in the Poetry of William Blake Romanticism was an intellectual movement that spread throughout Europe towards the end of the eighteenth century through to the middle of the nineteenth century. It was an age in which philosophers, artists, writers, and composers responded with enthusiasm to the forces of nationalism that were sweeping across Europe, but rejected the notions of the enlightenment t
The Aborigines
The Aborigines
The Aborigines “Rust red sand underlies the heart of Australia, where the huge monoliths known as Olgas shoulder above spinifex and grevilea. This old and worn continent has a look like no other – celebrated […] by both the native born and brief sojourners to the land down under” (“Portraits” 159). This old continent also has also a spirit like no other, embodied by the people who inhabited it for so long that they have come to “identify spiritually with the land” (Terrill 200) – the Aborigines.
Chaim Potok and the Problem of
Chaim Potok and the Problem of
Chaim Potok and the Problem of Assimilation for the American Jew America has been a country of immigrants since Europeans first settled it over five hundred years ago. America has always faced the problem of assimilation, a challenge faced by every country with a considerable immigrant population. Because immigrants founded America, her culture is a combination of the cultures of other countries. Should these immigrants isolate themselves from the mainstream American culture, or should they sacr
On the day they were going to kill Santiago Nasar
On the day they were going to kill Santiago Nasar
“On the day they were going to kill Santiago Nasar…” Litera2 A. Historical Context The book “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” was written by 1982 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez, and was translated from Spanish by Gregory Rabassa. Editorial La Oveja Negra Ltda, Bogotá, originally published Chronicle of a Death Foretold in Columbia as Crónica de una muerte anunciada in December 1981. Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, also originally published the book in English in Great Britain
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
Frankenstein Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley is a novel that was written during the age of Romanticism. It contains many typical themes of a common gothic novel such as dark laboratories, the moon, and a monster; however, Frankenstein is anything but a common novel. Many lessons are included into this novel, including how society acts towards the abnormal. The monster was a victim of the system that commonly characterizes a person by only his or her appearance. Whether people like it or not, socie
Macbeth Summary Theme Character Analysis
Macbeth Summary Theme Character Analysis
Macbeth Summary Theme Character Analysis Act 1 Scene i: Play opens on eerie, macabre note in an open place, where we see the three witches, the weird sisters. In a dozen lines, they announce their evil nature by saying Fair is foul,and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and the filthy air, and their intention to meet with Macbeth once the hurly-burly of a battle between the forces loyal to the King Duncan (led by Macbeth) and a rebels army (led by the current Thane of Cawdor) comes to an end. Sc
Chaim Potok and the Problem of Assimilation for the American Jew
Chaim Potok and the Problem of Assimilation for the American Jew
Chaim Potok and the Problem of Assimilation for the American Jew America has always been a country of immigrants, since it was first settled by Europeans over five hundred years ago. Like any country with a considerable immigrant population, American has always faced the problem of assimilation. Because America was founded and settled by immigrants, her culture is a combination of the cultures of other countries. Should these immigrants isolate themselves from the mainstream American culture, or
Luke
Luke
Luke The author of Luke wrote for a community which also awaited the arrival of God's Kingdom, but which was concerned about its life in another Kingdom.Tradition holds that the author of the gospel of Luke was a physician and a traveling companion of the apostle Paul. History offers no evidence to substantiate these claims, but the work itself suggests that it was composed by someone who lived in one of the cities where Paul had established his early churches. The composition and language of th
Macbethc1607 written by William Shakespeare is the tragic tale of Macb
Macbethc1607 written by William Shakespeare is the tragic tale of Macb
Macbeth(c.1607), written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tagedy could in fact be called A Tale of Two Theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable
The Best Of Saki
The Best Of Saki
The Best Of Saki The Best of Saki, edited by Martin Stephen, is a collection of short stories by famed 20th century writer Hector Hugh Munro. Saki is the pen name that Munro wrote his short stories under. Most of these stories were originally published in newspapers, which Saki did most of his writing for. After reading this collection of stories, I begin to wonder if The Best of Saki is really an appropriate title for this text. I have to admit that I was not very impressed by the vast majority
It is believed that crickets bring good fortune and friendly spirits i
It is believed that crickets bring good fortune and friendly spirits i
It is believed that crickets bring good fortune and friendly spirits in Chinese folklore. In 1679, Chinese writer, P’U Sung-ling assembled a large selection of stories titled “Records of the Strange.” The author illustrates his fascination with the supernatural and the mysterious throughout his work. In THE CRICKET BOY, Sung-ling emphasizes this fascination through his use of characterization, foreshadowing and conflict. Characterization is used to develop the theme of the supernatural and myst
I Form and Content
I Form and Content
I. Form and Content Long-time friend and literary executor of the Lewis estate, Owen Barfield has suggested that there were, in fact, three C. S. Lewises. That is to say, there were three different vocations that Lewis fulfilled--and fulfilled successfully--in his lifetime. There was, first, Lewis the distinguished Oxford don and literary critic; secondly, Lewis, the highly acclaimed author of science fiction and children's literature; and thirdly, Lewis, the popular writer and broadcaster of
Melville Herman 1819-91 American novelist a major literary figure whos
Melville Herman 1819-91 American novelist a major literary figure whos
Melville, Herman (1819-91), American novelist, a major literary figure whose exploration of psychological and metaphysical themes foreshadowed 20th-century literary concerns but whose works remained in obscurity until the 1920s, when his genius was finally recognized.  Melville was born August 1, 1819, in New York City, into a family that had declined in the world. “The Gansevoorts were solid, stable, eminent, prosperous people; the (Herman’s Father’s side) Melvilles were somewhat less successf
Theme presented in
Theme presented in
Theme presented in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Coleridges poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrates his apparent belief in Christian redemption and man’s redeemable qualities. The poem also seems to suggest that Coleridge believed life and poetry both follow a cyclical pattern. The story is about a man’s literal voyage and a spiritual journey and how they parallel each other. On these journeys Coleridge imaginatively explores the supernatural and makes the story and the Mariners ex
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus The Book of Exodus is considered to be an epic poem as by definition. An epic poem as defined by Funk and Wagnalls is a poem celebrating in stately, formal verse the achievements of heroes, gods, and demigods (426). The Book of Exodus as well as the entire Bible was written in the form of an epic poem. Major characteristics of epic poems are that there is always a heroic figure. Moses is indeed comparable to Odysseus, the heroic figure in the Odyssey. Although both men had differ
SYLVIA PLATH
SYLVIA PLATH
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.
The cloning of humans may soon be a reality The recent announcement of
The cloning of humans may soon be a reality The recent announcement of
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
Some Things Can Only Be Learned Through Time
Some Things Can Only Be Learned Through Time
Some Things Can Only Be Learned Through Time In Linda Pastan's poem Ethics, the speaker recounts a moral dilemma that her teacher would ask every fall, which had been haunting her for a long time. The question was if there were a fire in a museum / which would you save, a Rembrandt painting / or an old woman who hadn't many / years left anyhow? This question contributes to the theme that ethics and moral values can be only learned from the reflection, which comes through experience and matu
The presence of the apparition in the opening scene of William Shakesp
The presence of the apparition in the opening scene of William Shakesp
The presence of the apparition in the opening scene of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet sets a macabre and eerie tone while emitting and foreshadowing a theme of death. In addition to the death theme the presence of the ghost illuminates on the mystery surrounding the death of Hamlet’s father, the King of Denmark. Often in literature the presence of a ghost indicates something left unresolved. In this case, the death of Hamlets father is the unresolved event as well the revenge necessary to give th