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Criticism Essay Examples

Poetry Criticism

...Due to the lack of punctuation and the effect of the rhyming couplets that appear, the tone is quite fast which possibly indicates the short amount of time in which the farm caught fire. It may also create a lively atmosphere to bring the energy of the fire to life. In this poem, Scannell uses an exaggerated but possible example of what a child may do when he or she is uncared for. Through this he tries to show us the consequences and dangers of neglecting children and the desperate measures the...

Criticism - Ecocriticism

...All ecocritics share an environmentalist motivation of some sort, but whereas the majority are 'nature endorsing' (as Kate Soper puts it in "What is Nature? " (1998)), some are 'nature sceptical'. In part this entails a shared sense of the ways in which 'nature' has been used to legitimise gender, sexual and racial norms (so homosexuality has been seen as 'unnatural', for example), but it also involves scepticism about the uses to which 'ecological' language is put in ecocriticism; it can also i...

Psychological Criticism

...The poem suggests that the narrator simply cannot forget his childhood experience of listening to his mother play the piano because it is an unforgettable and touching experience for the narrator. Psychological criticism allows for a careful analysis of literary texts through the use of concepts in psychology. It basically attempts to get a more comprehensive understanding of texts as far as the readers, authors and the literary pieces themselves are concerned. All in all, the human unconscious ...

Gender Criticism

...The main approach of the study is to utilize literary or language based mediums of social structure to look for certain causalities which lead to the portrayal of females to be that of an inferior species. Moreover, the study intends to look for proofs of segments which can be derived from the literary complexities of cultures as to why male domination came into being. The offset of gender criticism may be coursed upon how feminist criticism came into being. Basically, these two concepts are not...

Psychoanalytic Criticism

...The defenses and anxieties Sigmund Freud discovered through his experiments could make or break a person—depending on their mental condition. Fears can either conquer or be conquered. Clare wanted to conquer her fear by leaving her husband, John. She wanted to free herself from his prejudice attitude and start a new life where she wouldn’t have to hide her black history. On the downside, Irene Redfield allowed her fear and rage consume her conscious, giving her the weapon she needed to kill ...

African American Criticism

...So far what we have discussed the different aspects of African American Criticism and the much awaited response which came into play to make this artifact a grand success and thus helping the African Americans to get a congenial and favorable environment to live in. Thus the book was able to portray the conditions of African Americans giving much importance to their history and criticized the whole thing with a positive attitude which left a deep impact on a large number of people. Works Cited T...

A Marxist Criticism

...She also shows through Sylvia’s reactions and inner conflict the effect of injustice towards the people at the bottom of the social ladder. People like Sylvia wants to refuse learning the lesson because it opens a new challenge which may lead to failure; failure and frustration are not acceptable to someone like Sylvia. Nevertheless, Miss Moore’s lesson is powerful and true, and has touched even her most cynical student. Work Cited: Bambara, Toni Cade. "The Lesson. " Charter, Ann. The Story ...

Criticism of Benchmarking

...Bogan and English (1994) comment on the difference between benchmarking and benchmarks, and state that "benchmarks (italics added) are measurements to gauge the performance of a function, operation, or business relative to others" (1994, p. 4), whereas benchmarking is the "ongoing search for best practices that produce superior performance when adapted and implemented in one’s organization" (1994, p. 4). Since institutions in today’s information-based economy value hard data, using benchmark...

Explaining Pentadic Criticism

...They are commonly known as the agent, the act, the agency or means, the scene and the purpose. By looking at the artefact being spoken about, the critic can then interpret these five factors. After establishing these five factors, criticism can then begin. For example, by focusing upon a specific artefact being spoken about, the individual applying pentadic criticism can them down into twenty ratios. These are twins of each of the five labels (Burke, 1966). For instance, act and agent can be mat...

Mark Twain Criticism

..."Tom Sawyer is likely to inculcate the idea that there are certain lofty aspirations which Plutarch never ascribed to his more prosaic heroes. Books for children in former bygone periods were mostly constructed in one monotonous key. A child was supposed to be a vessel which was to be constantly filled up. Facts and morals had to be taken like bitter draughts or acrid pills. In order that they should be absorbed like medicines it was perhaps a kindly thinker who disguised these facts and morals....

Criticism of capitalism

...People frequently accuse capitalism of making life worse for the poor but like so many other criticisms of capitalism and it is true. The role of capitalism is that it’s an economic system in which the governments play a secondary role. Most of decisions are made by people and companies. The goods that are produced by companies and then they are sold for a profit meaning the means of production are entirely or even a large amount are owned by companies or individual. The capitalisms effect on ...

Historical/Biographical Criticism

...In a time of revolution, Frankenstein was seen as an allusion of what’s to come. In fact, the creation of the story began with a conversation about the experiments of the 18th-century natural philosopher and poet Erasmus Darwin, who was said to have animated dead matter. Mixed with romantic ideologies and events that shaped the life of Mary Shelly, the gothic science fiction novel Frankenstein portrayed the life of an ambitious, yet amateur, scientist of the eighteenth century very accurately....

Academic Criticism Graphic Organizer

...Lady Macbeths true mentality was shown in the production when she sat on the floor and started to rub her hands together vigorously to wash off the imaginary blood she sees on her hands. The painting shows Lady Macbeth walking calmly but in the production she screams with frustration unable to let anyone what she has done, so she is left with having to keep the secret forever. However, Scheiner’s painting captured the main purpose of this scene in one picture, all by contrasting the lighting a...

Robert Cormier: Facts & Criticism

...One of Robert Cormier's top-selling novels is "The Chocolate War." His own son inspired this novel; his son refused to participate in selling chocolates at his school. The Chocolate War is about a boy named Jerry Renault who attends The Trinity, an all-boy Catholic school. Each year the school is to sell chocolates as a fund-raiser. Accepted as an assignment from "The Vigils," the respectable high school gang, Jerry refuses to sell the chocolates for ten days. It appears that after the ten days ...

Formalism and New Criticism

...Michel Foucault is another philosopher, like Barthes, whose ideas inform much of poststructuralist literary theory. Foucault played a critical role in the development of the postmodern perspective that knowledge is constructed in concrete historical situations in the form of discourse; knowledge is not communicated by discourse but is discourse itself, can only be encountered textually. Following Nietzsche, Foucault performs what he calls “genealogies,” attempts at deconstructing the unackno...

Benito Cereno - Reader Response Criticism

...These are all important details that illustrate the underlying events of the ship, but the reader is not able to correctly interpret them during the first reading. These events are only significant to the reader once the conspiracy has been revealed. The text of Benito Cereno is designed to mislead the reader. Delano's point of view caused me to misinterpret the events onboard the San Dominick. The typical reader is only able to uncover the hidden clues of the story once Delano himself becomes a...

Feminist criticism of Lee’s Wolfland

...In conclusion, the Wolfland can be applauded as a fairytale that carries great themes of empowering women to take up their right positions in the society the script is not without criticism. It has been established in this essay that the story can be criticized for allocating some roles in the society such as acting as guards and carrying weapons can only be done by men. It has also established that the story uses the character of Lisel to paint the picture of woman’s sexuality as being slaver...

Dr. Johnson’s Criticism of Shakespeare

...Being a believer in didactic function of literature, he appreciates how his plays are full of “practical axioms and domestic wisdom” (Norton.1257) but for the same reason he criticizes him when it is absent, “He sacrifices virtue to convenience, and is so much more careful to please than to instruct that he seems to write without any moral purpose.” (Norton.1259)  It is clear that he does not believe in “art for art’s sake” like Oscar Wilde and Walter Pater. Johnson vainly castiga...

Structuralistic Criticism and Gerard Genette

...Thus to conclude we may say, the structuralist idea is to follow literature in its overall evolution, while making synchronic cuts at various stages and comparing the tables one with another. Literary evolution then appears in all its richness, which derives from the fact that the system survives while constantly altering. In this sense literary history becomes the history of a system: it is the evolution of the functions that is significant, not that of the elements, and knowledge of the synchr...

Feminist Literary Criticism in English Literature

...[1] Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice, (1813), Penguin Books, 1992. [2] Coward, Rosalind, Are women’s novels Feminist novel?, in Elaine Showalter (ed.), The New Feminist Criticism: Essay on Women, Literature and Theory, Virago Books, 1986. [3] Eagleton, Mary (ed.), Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader, Basil Blackwell, 1986. [4] Sherzer, Dina, Postmodernism and Feminism, in Edmund J. Smyth (ed.), Postmodernism and Contemporary Fiction, B.T. Bats ford Ltd., 1991. [5] BBC-The Big Read, http://www....

Nature and Function of Literary Criticism

...Thus, the objective of literary criticism is to determine the artistic values, poetic beauty, or the features being regarded as inadequate existing in the works of literature in order to 1-Helping the reader to gain a better understanding of nature and value of literature, and a better appreciation of the pleasure proper to literature, then to form an evaluation of his own. 2- Helping the writer to improve his skills and facilitate to achieve the merits while allowing him to overcome the flaws i...

Social criticism in The Great Gatsby

...He grew up in the middle class with no public education or health care. His father was sent to prison for being in debt were he died. For Dickens such criticism was necessary to encourage social reform. Fitzgerald was an author whom was critical of the social decline into greed and carelessness that faced 1920's jazz era America. Even though the American people had more than any other society before they still faced the inherent problems of being human thus capable of making the wrong choices. F...

Summary of Medieval and Renaissance Criticism

...The fourth stage belonged to the first half of the 17th century. Ben Johnson was the important figure during this period. He was a classicist. If Sidney taught poetry, then Johnson taught it. There is an unmistakable influence of Italian criticism here. This stage opens up a new dimension in English literary criticism when the French came on the scene. A patriotic spirit inspired this period. Some of its characteristic features were a devotion to the national cause, commitment to classicism in a...

Criticisms in “In the Penal Colony”

...Through close readings of “In the Penal Colony,” we gain an insight as to what Kafka was trying to accomplish with this work.  His nation, Germany, as well as many others in the world at the time had undertaken colonialism and establishing penal colonies to better their nations.  However, Kafka illustrates the failing nature of these establishments through their rudimentary justice systems and monetary reliance on the host nations economies.  Instead of bettering so...

A Historical Criticism of Andrew Carnegie

...Because he had the same amount of profit because he controlled the suppliers, he still made huge profits while his competitors folded. His close ties to the railroad industry as a young man also helped his company triumph over others. Because he produced his products in bulk and shipped his products in bulk accordingly, he was able to obtain kickbacks from the railroads in the form of rebates. Many small companies were not able to get the same deals as him for shipping, and according lost money...

Hamlet, Part 6: Applying Literary Criticism

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Hamlet, Part 6: Applying Literary Criticism

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Limitations and Criticisms of the Adlerian Theory

...It has a wide variety of empirically supported techniques used by behavioral therapists. Another upside to behavior therapy is it's availability to a broad spectrum of individuals. the efficiency of behavior therapy has allowed for the patient's complaints to be addressed more quickly than other forms of psychotherapy. Behavior therapy focuses on techniques to address current problems, instead of trying to get to the internal root of the problem through years of intense therapy or looking throug...

A Dual-Criticism Look at The Birthmark

...He has trouble coping with his own failures, so he instead obsesses over the “failures” of others. This approach of reading helps one feel more pity for Aylmer, and to perhaps connect with him more on a human level. By taking only two different forms of criticism, we can see two completely different sides of the same character. Should we feel sorry for Georgiana or Aylmer? Is Aylmer’s behavior abusive or abused? From even just these two perspectives, the story and its characters take on a ...

Criticisms of Plato's Theory of the Forms

...Plato criticises his own theory a few times but eventually reaches answers to the things he criticised. This can either cause other people's criticisms to be more valid or less valid depending on the way you look at it. Often, when people criticise their own work before somebody else does, it lowers the value of the criticism as it shows Plato already knew people would criticise him for that. On the other hand, it makes me think that there is reason to criticise if he himself criticises his theo...

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