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  • My Antonia By Cather - 1,319 words
    My Antonia By Cather In the past, critics have ad moralized and/or brutalized every writer they could get their pen on. This is seen from criticisms of Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats. These writers critique everything about the writer and his/her works. For instance many critics criticize Willa Cather's novel, My Antonia. Their criticisms lie on the basis that My Antonia is based on cyclical themes with no structure holding each of the My Antonia's books. In other words, as a collection of five different accounts remembered by the main character, Jim Burden, My Antonia is characterized by a loose plot structure yet the existence of common themes is expressed in a cyclical nature. Accord ...
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  • Native Son By Right - 1,310 words
    ... g attorney, and Boris Max, Biggers lawyer. Bigger is highly intimidated by Buckeley, who only sees him as a sub-human being and is only out to get him. Max, Biggers lawyer, has little contact with him during the trial and fails in his defense for Bigger. At the of the story, Bigger stands alone and must accept the life he has made for himself. Also, before his death Bigger says, "What I killed for mustve been good!" and "I didnt want to kill . . .But what I killed for I am!" Native Son is a landmark novel that created important new directions in literature. Native Son was the first novel written by a black American writer achieve widespread critical and popular success. Many critics hail ...
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  • Portrait Of A Lady - 1,749 words
    ... or of judgment concerning Osmond's character- that though she had married in freedom, she had not married freedom- all her strength and sense of dignity come to her, as the cherished ideal of freedom as opposed to her husband's strict conformity to standard traditions. "Osmond was fond of the old, the consecrated, the transmitted; so was she, but she pretended to do what she chose with it" (James 558). The belief that she is free, has always been, and still is, in spite of the rigid system that Osmond wants to force on her. She made a mistake, she knows, in marrying Osmond; but she believes she had been free to make it. A certain point comes in the novel, where everything changes for Isa ...
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  • Romantic Opinions In The Work Of Percy Bysshe Shelley - 1,600 words
    Romantic Opinions in the Work of Percy Bysshe Shelley To think of something romantically is to think of it naively, in a positive light, away from the view of the majority. Percy Bysshe Shelley has many romantic themes in his plays. Educated at Eton College, he went on to the University of Oxford only to be expelled after one year after publishing an inappropriate collection of poems. He then worked on writing full-time, and moved to Italy shortly before his death in a boating accident off the shore of Leghorn. He wrote many pieces, and his writing contains numerous themes. Shelley experienced first-hand the French Revolution. This allowed him to ponder many different situations, and determi ...
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  • Symbolism In Young Goodman Brown - 1,739 words
    Symbolism In Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne's work is typically fraught with symbolism, much of it deriving from his Puritan ancestry; a great-great uncle was actually a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials (Roth 76). Not surprisingly, Hawthorne was obsessed with the twin themes of sin and guilt. Author John Roth notes that A number of recurring thematic patterns and character types appear in Hawthorne's novels and tales. These repetitions show Hawthorne's emphasis on the effects of events on the human heart rather than the events themselves (76). Because he is speaking of what we later would come to call the unconscious, Hawthorne extensively employed the use of symbolism, which by ...
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  • The Ending Of King Lear - 1,030 words
    ... least Lear thinks so, making Bradleys thesis at least plausible. Comparing the final words of Romeo and Juliet with Lear may help to resolve this issue. The Prince, absolving the Friar of his part, notes, A glooming peace this morning with it brings. The sun for sorrow will not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things (V, iii, 305-307) Albany (or Edgar) says: The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. (V, iii, 322-323) Both ending suggest further discourse. In Romeo and Juliet, what circumstances bring about the horrors? The Sonnet Prologue speaks of star crossed lovers but in Lear, Edmund dismisses such as superstitious ...
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  • The Human Abstract - 1,580 words
    The Human Abstract Annotated Bibliography: The Human Abstract The Human Abstract has not received much critical attention on its own. Of the critical interpretations that do exist, many approach the poem by examining its various manifestations in Blake's manuscripts, reading it against A Divine Image, a poem w hich was never finally published by Blake, or comparing it to its Innocence counterpart, The Divine Image. Most critics seem to agree that The Human Abstract represents a philosophical turning point in The Songs of Innocence and of Expe rience, and in Blake's work as a whole. In 1924, Joseph H. Wicksteed observes that this difficult poem, originally called 'The human Image, represents ...
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  • The Moon Is Down: The Effects Of War - 1,081 words
    ... Orden says angrily, "You have sat at my table, you have drunk port with me. Why, you helped me plan the hospital! This isn't true! I do not wish to speak in this gentleman's company" (15). The town elected the mayor and it is his job to protect the people from harm. "The strength of the conquered people in The Moon is Down is that of the pioneers in the Leader of the People" (Lisca 190). The mayor says,"Sir I am of this people, and yet I don't know what they will do... but my people have elected me. They made me and they can unmake me" (18). Lisca says, "Their leader is an expression of the body politics, one who happens to be going in the direction the people want to move" (190). Mayor ...
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  • The Spirit Of Yeats - 2,098 words
    ... spect of the poem. There are many different theories as to what the true meaning of The Second Coming really is. The fact of the matter is that Yeats purposefully has more than one interpretation of The Second Coming. He wants the average person to open his or her creative mind and to analyze every influence, language, and imagery to understand the message he is trying to get across. When reading the opening lines of The Second Coming there are two meaning Yeats is trying to portray. In the opening figuration, the center is man, unable as the falconer to no longer maintain control over a turning and turning movement. Man is going through constant chaos that is affecting all of society. I ...
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  • Twelfth Night Comedy - 1,363 words
    Twelfth Night Comedy The Twelfth Night is a Shakespearean romantic comedy that is filled with plenty of humor and lots of deception. It is frequently read as a play about masking, about the conscious and unconscious assumption of false identities and about levels of self-knowledge and self-deception; this theme is played out prominently through Violas transsexual disguise (Kahn 43). The play is comprised of five acts and numerous scenes. However, I am only going to touch on one of these scenes in my paper. The scene I chose to write about is act V scene I. I chose this scene because it is the one that interested me the most, and I feel that it is also the scene with the most hidden meanings. ...
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  • Two American Dreams - 1,091 words
    ... Gatsby, Daisy, Nick, and Jordan Baker, are at a hotel in New York holding a conversation which breaks out into an argument. It is during this argument that Tom finds out that Jay Gatsby and Daisy have been in love for five years and that they have never stopped loving each other. As Tom and Gatsby argue it becomes evident that Daisy does not know which man she wants to be with because she is in love with both of them because both of them are rich. All Gatsby wanted was for Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him, but she could not do that. She knew that it would be a lie if she said that so she simply said to Gatsby, I did love him once- but I loved you too. This statement opens the w ...
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  • Waiting For Godot By Beckett - 662 words
    Waiting For Godot By Beckett Authors use different techniques in their wittings. Samuel Beckett uses allusions and references to characters to help the reader understand what the characters represent. In his drama Waiting for Godot, Becketts two main characters, Estragon and Vladimir, are symbolized as man. Separate they are two different sides of man, but together they represent man as a whole. In Waiting for Godot, Beckett uses Estragon and Vladimir to symbolize mans physical and mental state. Estragon represents the physical side of man, while Vladimir represents the intellectual side of man. In each way these two look for answers shows their side of man. Estragon has his shoes. Vladimir ...
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  • William Shakespeare Context - 1,137 words
    ... spelling of some characters' names may vary, depending on the particular edition that you are reading. Also, note that in 1 Henry IV, there are a lot of different factions, but everyone pretty much falls on one of two sides at any given moment: that of King Henry IV, or that of the rebellion led by the Percy family. Four Central Characters: King Henry IV - The ruling King of England. He is not actually all that old, but at the time this play opens, he has been worn down before his time by worries: he won his throne through a civil war that deposed the former King (Richard II), and he nurses guilty feelings about that. Also, there has continued to be internal strife, which erupts in this ...
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