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  • Black - 677 words
    Black Cat By Poe Edgar Allan Poe wrote that the single effect was the most important aspect of a short story, that everything must contribute to this effect. Poes gothic tale "The Black Cat" was written trying to achieve an effect of shocking insanity. In this first person narrative the narrator tells of his decline from sanity to madness, all because of an obsession with two(or possibly one) black cats. These ebony creatures finally drive him to take the life his wife, whose death he unsuccessfully tries to conceal. This short story easily achieved the effect that Poe was looking for through the use of description of setting, symbolism, plot development, diverse word choice, and detailed ch ...
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  • Cask Of Amontillado And Black Cat - 1,608 words
    Cask Of Amontillado And Black Cat Shrout 1 Aspects and Analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's " The Cask of Amontillado" and the "Black Cat" What makes literary works considered great, and furthermore what makes the greatness of the work withstand the test of time? The answer to both of these questions is the same. Greatness of literary work that withstands the test of time is due to the fact that their meaning is still seen and identified with by people today, and still evokes interest in the reader, even though these works were written decades, sometimes centuries earlier. When works of literature have with stood the test of time, and are still considered great, these works are analyzed as to why t ...
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  • Farewell To Arms - 1,046 words
    Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingways "A Farewell to Arms" holds the secret of a man (the author) who experiences many things and then changes them for in his writings. The main character of the novel, Frederic, experiences many of the same situations that Hemingway lived. He captures the inspiring trials and tribulations of a disillusioned man caught between love and war. Driving an ambulance on the Italian front of World War One, Frederick discovers his values as he realizes his love for Catherine, an English Nurse also enlisted in the war effort. An American Lieutenant as an Italian Ambulance driver, Frederick is shown to be an average man in search of a set of his self. Initially, Frederick ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 1,735 words
    Great Gatsby How do we perceive a novel? What influences our impressions of certain characters? Many literary critics would agree that choosing the correct point of view is critical in developing the plot and character of any piece of writing. Quite simply, point of view can be described as the role of the narrator in the story; is the person telling the story as a detached observer, or is he or she actually involved in the events? A narrator who is not involved in the plot may be placed into one of two categories, the first being third person, while the second category is known as omniscient narration. Third person narration deals with events in an objective manner, with no comment on motiv ...
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  • Heart Of Darkness: Themes In Garden Of Evil And Heart Of Darkness - 1,536 words
    Heart Of Darkness: Themes in Garden of Evil and Heart of Darkness Independent Novel Study- Theme Theme: is the central topic or dilema in the story. The theme directly involves the main character. The story of the Garden of Evil relates to Heart of Darkness in the way that the themes are similar. For example the evil that lies within us. Yes I believe that the statement "Evil is Inherent in the Hearts of Men" is true. Everybody has evil in them although a restriction would have to be put on the statement to say that evil is inherent in men but it is the power to overcome the evil. The Quest Myth is about an adventure where the adventurer has something he is looking for or something he has to ...
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  • It Is Often Said That When Considering A Work Of Great Literature, The Title Of Such Work Can Be Just As Important As The Con - 867 words
    It is often said that when considering a work of great literature, the title of such work can be just as important as the context of the story. Authors time and again wait until they have completed the context of their work to give it a title as to make sure this chosen title is the best possible representation of their work. Stated equally as often is that the significance of some of these titles is easy to recognize while in other titles, the significance is only developed gradually. The latter is the case for Joseph Conrads Heart Of Darkness. The author implements the literary devices of contrast, repetition and point of view to successfully convey the meaning and symbolism of his title. ...
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  • Johnny Cashs Song Mercy Seat - 430 words
    Johnny CashS Song Mercy Seat Johnny Cash's song "Mercy Seat is a first person narrative. The listener assumes that a prison chaplain has ministered to the man. And the man was probably in possession of a Bible that was probably given to him by the chaplain It is a song that is sung by a man who is being executed in the electric chair. The idea of Jesus starts in the first verse: I began to warm and chill To objects and their fields A ragged cup, a twisted mop The face of Jesus in my soup ... " The second verse contains more of the man's thoughts: "I here stories from the chamber, how Christ was born into a manger and like some ragged stranger died upon the cross, and might I say it seems so ...
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  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - 1,269 words
    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha The novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha has no authorial presence at all, yet the reader gains a richer understanding of the situation than Paddy or any other 10-year old could ever have. With regard to the parents break up, how does Doyle achieve this? There are many factors which suggest how Doyle has succeeded in creating a 'triangular relationship' between himself the reader and the narrator Paddy Clarke so that the reader has a greater awareness of the predicament that Paddy is in. Doyles achievement is how he alternates the poetic and realistic without once lapsing into stream-of-self-consciousness; the only way we - as readers can tell it's written by an adult, is by ...
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  • Poe - 1,004 words
    ... t offering an opinion as to why it might appear as it does. He does, however, have the narrator comment on the reason why his door was always open. He does so in brackets, though, so as not to appear to detract from the descriptive nature of the paragraph. Poes attention to detail in this paragraph is minute as per usual. Poe puts a lot of irrelevant information into his descriptions. For instance, in the paragraph above, the phrase never locked even at night. Never locked means just that: never locked. There was no need to qualify whether the door was locked at night or not, because if was never locked, then obviously it wouldnt be locked at night. Of course it could be argued that the ...
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  • Tess Of The Durbervilles - 1,438 words
    ... like Tess is out of place. Glittery, but dusty also describes Tess. Flintcome-Ash is contrasted to the dairy, the landscapes are a reflection of Tesss position society. Marlet is a sheltered existence that is protected and symbolic of Tesss protection compared to when she moves into the more threatened and dangerous world. As this happens Tess starts to decline. Find an example from both demonstrating the landscape. Juxtaposition of places from chapter to chapter. Each time Tess returns to Marlet she is increasingly alienated and Marlet is becoming more and more industrialized. This is a good record of Tesss demise, make a diary of her returns to Marlet. N.B. The timing of her return is ...
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  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher - 657 words
    The Fall Of The House Of Usher Regarded as his most famous piece of fiction, The Fall of the House of Usher inspires the usual horror found in most works by Poe. Every aspect expected from a Poe piece is found within this story. There is the first person narrative, the division of personality, and Gothic style; which all characterize classic Poe. Although some critics feel that the tale is difficult to read and an overdone and vulgar fantasy; most recognize it as the masterpiece it is. From the gloomy beginning to the shocking conclusion, The Fall of the House of Usher implements every attribute needed to create a model narration. As in most Poe stories, the unnamed narrator experiences a ho ...
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  • The Great Gatsbysuper Notes Automatic A - 5,715 words
    ... and overwhelm them. Tom clearly believes it. Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, the wife of George Wilson, who runs a garage in the valley of ashes. Myrtle seems to have a dark sexual vitality that attracts Tom, and he keeps an apartment for her in New York, where he takes Nick in Chapter II. Here he again shows how little he thinks of anyone beside himself when he casually breaks Myrtle's nose with the back of his hand, because she is shouting Daisy! Daisy! in a vulgar fashion. Between Chapters II and VII we see little of Tom, but in Chapter VII he emerges as a central figure. It is Tom who pushes the affair between Gatsby and Daisy out into the open by asking Gatsby point bla ...
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  • The Lesson - 993 words
    The Lesson Symbolism and Theme in Bambara's "The Lesson" Toni Cade Bambara wrote the short story, The Lesson, in 1972. The Lesson is considered by the Literary Canon to be a wonderful work of fiction because of its use of language, humanistic theme, symbolism, and non-genre plot. Two essential elements that add to the depth and enhance a reader's comprehension of The Lesson are Bambara's use of symbolism and theme. The Lesson takes place in New York's inner city. The fictional story begins with a group of poor, uneducated, lower class city kids standing in front of a mailbox, preparing themselves for another day of being taught by Mrs. Moore. Mrs. Moore felt that it was her duty to help unde ...
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  • The Seafarer And The Wanderer - 683 words
    The Seafarer And The Wanderer Anglo-Saxon elegies deal with male camaraderie and the bond between man and his creator. Although there are many elegies, The Seafarer and The Wanderer are two of the most prominent. Both of these elegies deal with the loss of social society and the quest for a Christian sense of being close to God. There are many similarities and differences between the two poems. Some of the differences will be discussed here. These differences include point of view, style or form, and mood. Understanding of the elegies will also be discussed here. The point of view for The Seafarer is first person narrative. The speaker tells the story as if he really experienced the events. ...
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  • Yevtushenkos Babi Yar - 919 words
    Yevtushenko's Babi Yar Babi Yar, a poem written by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, tells the story of the Nazi invasion into a small part of Russia, in which, throughout the duration of World War II, over one-hundred thousand Jews, Gypsies and Russian POW's were brutally murdered. However, what is unique about this particular perspective is that the narrator is not a Jew, but a mere observer who is aghast at the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust. It is through allusions, as well as other literary devices, that Yevtushenko elucidates caustically the absurdities of the hatred that caused the Holocaust, in addition to the narrator's identification with the Jews and their history of oppressio ...
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