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Sherman Alexie Explores

In his book of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, author Sherman Alexie explores the theme of Native Americans as outsiders and outcasts. Throughout many of his stories, Alexie’s uses the motifs, imagery and figurative language to underscore the theme. Three of these stories are “Every Little Hurricane”, “A Drug Called Tradition”, and “Indian Education”; Alexie uses the motifs of storytelling, alcoholism, and the warrior to explore how the outsider status of his Native American characters…...

Context and Setting in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

Context and setting are quite significant in the text “Never Let me Go.” According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of context is “the whole situation, the background, or the environment relevant to a particular event, personality, creation” as well as “the parts of a sentence, paragraph, discourse, etc, immediately next to or surrounding a specified word or passage and determining its exact meaning.” According to Dr. Ezekiel Alembi “context is the social, economic and political environment under which a piece…...

?Fasting, Feasting Style

Point of View The novel is written in the third person limited point of view. This means that the author tells the story from an objective position, as if viewing the story's events without benefit of any thoughts or feelings coming directly from the individual characters. The author presents the chain of events in the story and then interjects what the characters may be thinking or experiencing based on their reactions, facial expression, and tone of voice. This point of…...

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Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell

The book deals with social insecurity, racial prejudice and the rule of the consecutive church in a small town. Beka's best friend Toycie Qualo is older than she is, being 17 at the time when Beka was 14, and in her last year of school gets herself expelled when she gets into a situation where she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend Emilio Villanueva, and dies after a miscarriage and a short space of time in the local asylum nicknamed "Sea…...

?Boat: Symbolism in Never Let Me Go

Most people have dreams of becoming astronauts, doctors or painters but Hailsham students grow up knowing that they won’t get to live a normal life. They will donate organs until they die. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go is about a dystopian society in Great Britain. It breeds cloned children for organ donations. Ishiguro uses a unique style of storytelling in which the protagonist Kathy narrates her memories of childhood at Hailsham to Adulthood and becoming a “carer”. While…...

“Nowhere Man” by Pico Iyer

“Nowhere Man” by Pico Iyer talks about how being a transit lounger has it’s ups and downs. Packing and waiting for your next plane as soon as you’re about ready to just sit down and rest. From sleeping in airports to eating almost all of your meals off of plastic plates. I could relate to Iyer to some level but fully. Being a visitor in your home is never a good feeling to experience but seeing the world through your…...

The Analysis of The Years of My Birth

In “The Years of My Birth” by Louise Erdrich it is critical to understand the symbolic meaning of the presence connected to white room and the main character Linda, who is also known as Tuffy. Being that Linda is the main character and the narrator in the story we learn that she retells the story fifty years later. Erdrich invest much effort in explaining the earlier years that links an indescribable phantom presence, which comes to Linda at other moments…...

The importance of reading books: exercising our mind

Introduction Some people only do physical exercise to keep fit, to be in shape and to generally look good. Though you must never forget that we should also exercise our mind. How do we do that? By reading. Reading will also make you look good and keep you “in form”. Books accompany us as long as life endures: when we are small babies our parents read us fairy tales, when we become elder we swallow exciting books page after page and finally when we mature we still read suspense books which entirely absorb our attention. Books are a veritable treasure: you can…...

Joyce Carol Oates and Ralph Waldo Emerson

In class out of the three essays we read I choose to do a compare-contrast between Ralph Waldo Emerson’s and Joyce Carol Oates’s essays. I choose these two because they both had different feels towards nature. Oates is against nature and Emerson is about becoming one with nature. Even though both have different meaning, both Oates and Emerson successfully uses rhetorical strategies such as appeal to credibility, emotion, and logic to support their claims on nature. In Emerson’s “From Nature”…...

"The Silent Dancing" by Judith Ortiz Cofer Book Review

The written text and photograph for Judith Ortiz "Silent Dancing" reflects back on Cofer's unhappy confusing childhood. Cofer recalls most of her memories from a silent video; both the story and photograph paint a garden of grey memories of isolation, unsettling situations, the struggles of assimilation, and the sadness she experiences as a child. My goal of this essay is to compare and explain the similarities of Cofer’s text to the picture on the book cover of her book. Cofer's…...

Summary about The Ransom Of Red Chief

“The Ransom of Red Chief” is a short story written by American writer William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry. Like many of O. Henry’s works, the story is notable for its plays on words, humor, and plot twist. Written around the turn of the 20th century, the story is a short rendition of what you might get if you crossed “Home Alone” with “O Brother Where Art Thou?” It makes for a diverting 5-10 minutes that will bring at least one smile to your face while reading and perhaps a couple chuckles. Book Summary The story takes place in rural…...

George Orwell's A Hanging Book Review

George Orwells’ “A Hanging” is a very descriptive piece. It starts off going into a detailed description of the weather, jail cells, and the inmates. The description goes so far to even mention that the man who was going to be hanged jumped over a water puddle. This shows me that even though it shouldn’t matter because he’s about to die it is just a natural instinct. When Orwell starts to describe the weather it sends out a dark uneasiness…...

John Keats "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"

“On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats is a poem widely recognised by critics as a pivotal moment in his development as a poet; this work is evidence of his complete mastery of the sonnet form (of which he wrote 64 in total). This poem was a key evolutionary process which would help him construct the development of his own poetic legacy: the Great Odes. Keats was enthralled by the sonnet form because it presented a challenge: to…...

Joy Of Reading Books and Importance of Libraries

The definition of a “good time” is different for everyone, but for me its reading a good book, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, history, religious books, comics anything . When I came to America in July 2013, I was fascinated to see a lot of different things and one of them were libraries, since I have a passion for reading books, I try to read one whenever I have free time, there were a lot of books ranging from the ones for…...

“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan

Amy Tan begins by announcing, “I am not a scholar of English…I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country and others.” How does this opening set up your expectations for the rest of the essay? Why do you think she chose to begin by denying her own authority? The introduction Tan decided to use presents the reader with a strong sense of the kind of individual she is. By…...

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma Book Review

This book was the bases and the most informative piece I have seen on a review of Pocahontas life in my perspective. Pocahontas life is a difficult piece of history to analysis for the fact that her life is only denoted by other persons of history writings. She has no known piece of writing of her own so all knowledge is personal based of outside parties. This makes it for sometimes difficult to truly believe everything for many of the…...

Review of Related Literature: Collecting and Analysing Information

A review of related literature is the process of collecting, selecting, and reading books, journals, reports, abstracts, and other reference materials. The following information may be collected:  Background information about the problem and related concepts.  Theories that explain the existence of the problem and the possible connection between certain factors and the problem  Data that confirms the existence and seriousness of the problem  General and specific findings of studies related to the problem Recommendations for further study given in related…...

Lamb to the Slaughter by Mary Maloney

Mary Maloney shows to be an interesting character in this story. She fits well with the dramatic paradox, tone, symbolism, and the general theme of the story since of the fantastic characterization done on her character. Dahl, at the start of the story, establishes the facility that the reader need to exclusively understand with her character. Constantly, he keeps building the pretense that she is a sweet, innocent lamb (which is a major theme); just capable of following the followers…...

Winston Smith vs. Katniss Everdeen Comparison

Winston Smith, from George Orwell's 1984, is a thirty-nine year old male who lives in a society where whatever is ruled by the government. Winston Smith resides in a world where even his ideas are kept an eye on by the Idea Cops. He has to watch whatever he does to a point where he is paranoid about whatever. Winston Smith starts to write a journal, which is illegal, about his ideas on rebelling against the government and when Julia,…...

A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather

During the 1800's there was an increase in immigration to the Great Plains due to an abundance of free land offered by the Homestead Act. Many individuals and families went west to seek their fortune and a home on what was once called the great American desert. Moving westward was a difficult process, and many were forced to leave their old lives behind completely. In "A Wagner Matinee," written by Willa Cather, the characterization of Aunt Georgiana, a woman who…...

The Book, The Little Prince

The storyteller, the pilot, crashes in the Sahara desert. He tries to repair his engine, understanding that he just has a restricted supply of water. As he starts to deal with the engine, however, he hears a small voice asking him to draw a sheep. The storyteller turns around to satisfy the little prince, and after making a number of efforts at drawing the sheep, he picks sketching a box-- he tells the little prince that the box consists of…...

An Overview Of Second Chapter In "Seeing" by Annie Dillard

“Seeing” is the second chapter from Annie Dillard’s book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Dillard’s mission is to justify how people see and perceive the world. Throughout the chapter, Dillard tries to explain the affects of sight and how it is processed though lightness and darkness. By incorporating her natural surroundings, Dillard can easily portray the many affects of lightness and darkness by the use of vision. The author’s main purpose is to comprehend the meaning of sight in the life…...

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close encourages us to closely examine the time we have in our lives. We never know when the last time we will be seeing someone will be, we must be responsible with how we spend our time and we are responsible for the way we treat people. The message that is conveyed to me an abundance of times is to not take advantage of the time you have, because it flies. This is represented on the…...

About A Book "Breaking Through"

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts”(Winston Churchill). Life is dependent on our dreams. If you ever fail along the way to your success, you’ll be tempted to get yourselves right back and continue your journey. Although, if ever found yourself to be successful, would you stop there? Or would you have the courage to continue and set higher goals for yourself? In the book “Breaking Through” in which Francisco Jimenez is…...

Book Report: "Deaf Again" by Mark Drolsbaugh

Deaf Again is the story of Mark Drolsbaugh, and was written to show the world a deaf perspective, of how they live, struggle on a daily basis. Deaf Again is about Mark Drolsbaugh journey from being born hearing, to becoming hard of hearing during the first grade, and the difficulties of being forced into the mainstream and not knowing of the joys of the deaf community and deaf culture until he is in his twenties. Mark starts his story by…...

"The Amish Farmer" by Bourjaly

"The Amish Farmer" is a powerful tale that expresses the importance of point of view. Just as the plaintiff and defendant's testimonies create new perspectives to a court case, the narrator brings new meaning to his story with his point of view. The narrator of "The Amish Farmer", Vance, is a conflicted narrator. Although his point of view seems emotionally unattached and he refers to himself merely as the "raconteur" of the story, the narrator is torn between his true…...

Analysis of The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Often novels have many wonderful and exclusive themes. These themes represent author's views on many different aspects. Many authors use reflective themes to express their opinion on an ongoing event. A novel is usually based on several themes that represent author's views on a certain thing. Similarly, many themes which represent authors idea are used in the novel the chrysalids. In the novel the chrysalids by John Wyndham it is evident that fear was demonstrated through the words and actions…...

We have to sit Opposite

The setting takes place in the carriage of a train. The setting is confined to a small area of a train making the atmosphere a large component in the story you can feel it so much more because it is in such limited amount of space. The tone can be altered numerous times because of the blue toothed man and his family's rudeness. Some tones that take place in the carriage are humor, rudeness, sarcasms and so on. The theme…...

?The Great Companionship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu

Friendship in the third millennium BC must have been way different then how we see friendship today… Or is it? When you have a friendship with someone, you “fill their gaps” of what they don’t necessarily have. N. K. Sandars demonstrates that “filling of the gaps” in The Epic of Gilgamesh. The friendship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu benefits them both greatly by making up for each other’s limitations. You see this when they become stronger together to fight Humbaba and…...

Adversity in 'Lord of the Flies'

Adversity is presented in many forms during ‘Lord of the Flies’ for the main character Ralph. It comes not only in the form of other people but a corruption of what society the boys on the island have managed to hold onto. One of the strongest forms of adversity came in the form of a strong and outspoken boy Jack; Jack often overwhelms and disregards things that Ralph, the chief of the boys on the island, has said to be…...

"High Tide in Tucson" Barbara Kingsolver

This Essay is from her book of essays "High Tide in Tucson" in which Barbara Kingsolver shares her beliefs and her dedications - particularly, in family, neighborhood, the common good, multiculturalism, the world of children, and kid rearing, which she lets in or rushes out to embrace all the wonders, beauties, hazards, and angers that life and earth can provide. It likewise touches on lots of aspects and subtleties that make life worth living; she has the ability to draw…...

'The Necklace' and 'The Gift of the Magi'

'The Gift of the Magi' by O. Henry and 'The Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant are two short stories that share some similarities. Namely, they are both ironic. The two main characters in both also happen to be husband and wife and make sacrifices for their spouse. The husband in 'The Necklace' is a 'thrifty clerk' who doesn't like to spend too much money. After implored by his wife, he gives her the money that he saved up for a…...

Stevan Javellana's book Without Seeing The Dawn

The line "don't judge a book by its cover." literally descrives Stevan Javellana's book, Without Seeing the Dawn. At first glance at this book, you would think it has nothing to say because of its dull covering. However, this book is exactly the opposite. Stevan Javellana presented to his readers the Filipino way of life, dreams and aspirations and how it has been shattered and destroyed. With no more than a blink of an eye, a seemingly simple story about…...

"The Organic Machine" by Richard White

In a close examination of the history and development of the Columbia River, The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River connects the elements of natural and artificial energy in order to reveal both the beauty and the danger of the Columbia today. In his book, Richard White does a brilliant job of uniting humans and human ingenuity with the growth of the Columbia River and its region. His argument that human history cannot be known without natural history…...

Miss Ferenczi in Short Story Gryphon

In the short story Gryphon, Charles Baxter creates a far-from-perfect character, the substitute teacher Miss Ferenczi, who lives in a fantasy world without boundaries and tiresome limits. Her arrival has a great influence on the whole rural Five Oaks community. Miss Ferenczi's appearance and behaviors, portrayed through her student's eyes, place her as a symbol of reformation and immerses her students into a rich and fascinating world. Charles Baxter introduces Miss Ferenczi into the fourth grade class of Five Oaks…...

I'm The King of The Castle bt Susan Hill Revision

In 'I'm the Kings of the Castle' Susan Hill realized that in order for the book to be a success, the reader must feel sympathetic towards Kingshaw, so that they will believe in the likelihood of his suicide. She arouses the reader's sympathy through her narrative technique, the role of other characters and many other techniques that will be analyzed in the essay. Her skilful presentation of Kingshaw's story gives a disturbing insight into the potentially tragic consequences of a…...

The Last Lecture Book Review

Randy Pausch, a remarkable professor in Carnegie Mellon, delivered his last lecture and book entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" in 2007. Because he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he was dying but he tried to leave what he wanted to educate his children in the future. After recalling his memory, he found that all meaningful things in his life were related to his childhood dreams. Thus, he talked about his dreams, family, and lessons from daily life. He also…...

The maze runner (book report)

Protagonist Thomas is brought into a place known as the Glade, with no memories of his past life except of his name. He and other teenage boys call themselves Gladers, and have made a community in which each is assigned to a task belonging to different departments headed by a Keeper. The Glade is surrounded by a gigantic Maze in which mechanical creatures called Grievers roam at night. This book called the mace runner by James dasher is mainly about…...

Belfast Confetti by Ciaran Carson

The poem 'Belfast Confetti illustrates the consequences of a bomb during the troubles that people in Belfast experienced. The title 'Belfast Confetti' is a heading that has a double significance. On one had the homemade bombs that the Individual Retirement Account used are described as Belfast confetti due to the nuts and bolts they put in the shrapnel. The second is more complex. Confetti is normally utilized in times of celebration such as wedding events, which is strange as the…...

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