Essays on Fiction

Culture in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a novel about a Igbo society in West Africa. It talks about their achievements but also how they fell as a community It explains how the “white man” came into their culture and took over. It shows you how the Christianity was the ultimate reason that made things fall apart. “In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart Okonkwo’s identify is drastically changed by the introduction of Western Ideas specifically when Nwoye flocked to…...
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The Dangerous Almightiness of Nuclear Weapons In Science Fiction
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An extract of “There Will Come to Soft Rains” written by Ray Bradbury on May 6th, 1950, is extracted from a science fiction short story that indicates the power of nuclear weapons. It is in some kind of way related to the “Terminator Salvation” movie poster that was posted in May 2009. Moreover, the poster shows high technology weapons which are related to the short story as both points out how powerful the technology can be, especially when used for…...
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Time Travel and Slavery: Octavia Butler’s Kindred
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Kindred, by Octavia Butler, explores slavery through a time-traveling experience. The main character, Dana, is thrown into the antebellum south during the height of slavery. Dana is a modern-day African American woman living in Los Angeles. While celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her husband, Kevin, Dana is abruptly forced to time travel from the year 1976 to a Maryland plantation from 1815. After repeated time travel, it becomes evident that Dana’s time travels are related to her ancestor, Rufus Weylin,…...
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Gothic Elements In The Fall Of The House Of Usher
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In many short stories, the Gothic image is made by the setting of the stories and the characters. The story “The Fall of the House of Usher”, which is written by Edgar Allan Poe, is considered a Gothic story because of the mysterious house and characters. Same goes for the short story “The Monkey's Paw” by W. W. Jacobs, which is essentially a horror chalked full of supernatural imagery and dark imagery. Strong similarities and differences can be seen between…...
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Anne Sexton’s Cinderella Story
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We have all read a fairytale at least once in our lives and the ending is always the same. There is always something bad that happens but, in the end, everyone lives happily ever after. In Anne Sexton’s poem “Cinderella” there is a twist, she adds her own tale and shakes up the original fairytale. Anne Sexton starts the poem by talking about the original fairy tales. After every fairy tale, she ends it by saying “that story” getting the…...
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The Structure in William Faulkner’s a Rose for Emily
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A Rose for Emily is a short story by celebrated American author William Faulkner. First published in 1930. It tells the story of one small Mississippi town’s local recluse and is written in Faulkner’s signature non-linear style. 'A Rose for Emily' discusses many dark themes that characterized the Old South and Southern Gothic fiction. The story explores themes of death and resistance to change. Emily Grierson had been oppressed by her father for most of her life and hadn't questioned…...
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The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction
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Reading is good and totally important for people and for society. It provides us with everything necessary to be able to improve, grow, and, in many cases, find ourselves. In one way or another, reading also gives us very important tools that we can use later in the real world. And when I refer to the "real world", I mean that place we come back to after having read a good book, a good story, or a good poem. We…...
To Build a Fire: Themes And Message
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“To Build a Fire” is written in a third-person omniscient manner in which a man’s arrogance causes him to underestimate the power of nature. London uses the setting and the plot of the story to underscore the theme. That no matter how much control we think we have we are still under the mercy of nature. In this story, the author uses literary elements such as repetition, foreshadowing, and point of view to capture the reader's attention to the inevitable…...
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Secret Desires in “The Story of an Hour” and “Young Goodman Brown”
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In the short stories, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, they reveal the different forms of the characters encounter with life before, during, and after each personal position within their lives. From Chopin’s perspective, she lies within the context of transition, fear, and isolation. Chopin is overwhelmed with emotions after receiving the news of her husband’s death, yet she finds a sense of relief knowing that for a slight moment she…...
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Comparing of “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell
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“The story of an hour” by Kate Chopin, and the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, are stories about married women and at that time of the stories, women were supposed to stay home. Women were supposed to take care of the house, while their husbands were out to work. Their opinions would never matter or considered, and men were dominant over them. These two stories express how these women suffered from marriage. The theme of marriage is represented similarly in…...
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The Development of Jane Eyre
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Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre has sold over 500,000 copies in the past 50 years to no one's surprise. Jane Eyre tells the story about an orphaned girl and her journey to adulthood. At the beginning of the novel, Jane lives with her aunt and cousins, The Reeds. Her life there is nothing short of unfair, so she gets sent to Lowood Institution, which is equally, if not more, terrible. By the time Jane is in her early adult years, she…...
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The Tomb of Sarah
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This was popular amongst Gothic authors as it gave the villains frightening amounts of power which was often put to evil usage, "her reputation was one of evil even in those days." Vampires, ghosts, phantoms and wolves were popular in the genre and Sarah, being a vampire, is very conventional. The superstition read that she was also a witch, "she was a witch or were-woman." Gothic horror took place around the time when witches were burnt at the stake and…...
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The Biggest Loser
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The series paints a magical world, a popular perspective in fairy-tales, the world where people ride on brooms, a shangri-la with a palace dimly loomed in the foggy veil of night, a newspaper contains moving pictures or a bizarre creature, all of these prospects were so real and vivid that audiences cannot determine those are actual in reality or 'molded' by special effects. Virtual reality also embodies in one of the most popular new media cultures nowadays: social networking sites…...
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Lydia Peele’s “Mule Killers”
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Lydia Peele's "Mule Killers" is an achingly sad story of loss and acceptance. Actually it's a strange little story told by a narrator, telling the story of his father courting his mother. The storyline runs astride with the tractors essentially putting mules out of work and, so, to death. The text "Mule Killers" is an epic short story. It actually has a multiple point of view, it changes between a first and a third person narrative. This is because the…...
The Stevenson classic of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
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In our G. C. S. E English class, we have been reading the Stevenson classic of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Whist reading this, we have been discussing how effective the book is as gothic literature and now we have to write an essay around the question, including the elements of a gothic narrative and how Jekyll changed when he got older. First of all, I will talk about a gothic setting. Similarity to Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley) Before reading…...
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Disney’s heroes
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'Shrek' a Dreamworks-produced animated film has a cast of characters that could show Disney's heroes a thing or two. The opening of Shrek is reminiscent of Disney's Snow White. One thing about Shrek that comes as a surprise is how it incorporates the traditional fairytale. Forget the handsome prince, damsel in distress and living happily ever after, Shrek stars as a hideous beast with an unattractive princess, whose best friend is a donkey with issues, yet they all live happily…...
Discuss the aspects of “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”
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In this essay I will be discussing aspects of Robert Louis Stevenson's, "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" that make it a horror story, whilst showing an awareness of what was happening in Victorian England at time the novel was first written and published. Victorians were often concerned with the concept of a 'double self' or 'twin', often referred to as a Doppelganger. This is relevant to the novel with the theme of metamorphosis and the fact…...
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Sensation fiction
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I am going to discuss how Charles Dickens uses sensation fiction and how it could be linked to the stage Many Sensation novels were written in the 19th century. Cruelty to children was an issue at the time. Abandoned children starving and sleeping rough. Children as young as five were often sent to work. Working in Dangerous environments for example chimney sweeping. The young children inhaled the soot from the chimneys leading to suffocation and a most certain death. Sensation…...
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Arthur Conan Doyle puzzle
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories over 100 years ago. From the first novel, A Study in Scarlet (Beetons Christmas Annual 1887) to The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes published in 1927, Doyle's Holmes and Watson were entertaining readers for over forty years, with their stories of Victorian crimes, and carry on doing so to this day. The serialized novels and the many short stories were published in the most popular magazine of the time, The Strand. Keeping weekly…...
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An analysis of the Detective Genre
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The detective genre is a style of writing which follows a strict set of conventions, for example the criminal must be introduced early, not just brought in at the end. Edgar Allen Poe, an American, wrote the first detective story, 'Murder on the rue Morgue. ' All detective stories are based on and influenced by this story. Doyle's stories follow the conventions of Poe's 'Murder on the rue Morgue' as in most of Doyle's stories are 'locked room' cases and…...
Analysation of the detective genre, Sherlock Holmes
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Learning about the stories through Watson's eyes can cause mis-understandings, for the readers, or benefit them. For example, in 'The Speckled Band', Holmes says to Watson, ''Do you see it Watson, do you see it? '', Watson replies, ''No Holmes I did not''. Insert a phrase explaining what Watson has not seen. Some of the advantages of this method would be it allows the readers to try and solve the mystery themselves, it gives readers an insight into Watson's feelings…...
The ways in which Jane Austen uses different narrative voices in her novel, Pride and Prejudice, from pages 281 to 283
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Austen's Pride and Prejudice uses voices to reveal more about the personalities of the characters in her novel. A combination of third person narrative, dialogue and letters are used to convey information to the reader. Letters play a very important role in Pride and Prejudice, they help to reveal the character and personality of the character sending the letter, and convey information faster than dialogue or narration. Collins' letter in Chapter 13 is not very different from his letter in…...
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Vampires Never Die
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Vampires are so boundless today that it is difficult to turn on your TV or get a book that doesn't specify the powerful marvel that is vampirism. As indicated by the exposition "Why Vampires Never Die" composed by Guillermo Del Toro, vampires are so exceedingly perceived in prevailing press due to the history behind vampires, the appeal of endlessness, and the adaptability and accessibility of the narrative of the vampire through new innovation. In the essay "Vampires Never Die' the…...
“Twilight saga” novel by Stephenie Meyer
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Well...I'm not going to tell you! I don't want to spoil anything. The only thing I will say, is that "twilight" is American romantic fantasy book which is suitable for all ages as it's captured your mind and imagination. This book was not just for teenager but for everyone because it captures everyone's imaginations: drama, adventure, action, sci-fi , fantasy, and horror. It is not like ordinary and typically vampire novels which all seemed to be based around Dracula and…...
Analysis of Speckled Band
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Look carefully at 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb. ' How does the writer create mystery and suspense in these stories? Explain how he uses language to create character and atmosphere. What does this tell about the conventions of the Victorian short story? The two stories that are referred to in this essay are, 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb', both are written by Arthur Conan Doyle and describe two of the many adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 'The…...
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The lost boys
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Introduction The Lost Boys is a horror film, a Gothic horror film. Gothic horror is associated with death, blood and much more. Gothic horror uses non-negative iconography for example vampires, zombies, ghosts. Modern horror tends to follow on from Gothic horror, but Gothic horror is very different from modern day horror, for example in Gothic horror there is occasionally a romantic story to it. Also modern horror uses a lot of special effects and Gothic horror relies more on the…...
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The Feminisation Of Men In Sentimental Fiction English Literature Essay
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This essay will concentrate on the feminised male characters of Oliver Goldsmith 's The Vicar of Wakefield ( 1766 ) and Laurence Sterne 's A Sentimental Journey ( 1768 ) and will research the writers ' intrinsic motives and the extrinsic socio-political factors that determined the feminization of work forces both in sentimental fiction and 18th century civilization more by and large. Both texts `` differ well in their presentation of male agony and esthesia ''[ 1 ]while both of…...
“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities has long been one of Charles Dickens' most favored books. This book opens in the year 1775 by contrasting two cities: Paris, France and London, England. Throughout this story various characters are "recalled to life", meaning that they have had a new chance at life. Dr. Manette is clearly mad after being in prison for eighteen years. When Lucie, the Dr.'s daughter, and Mr. Lorry eventually nurse the doctor back to a healthy state and…...
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Daphne Du Mauriers novel “Rebecca”
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Introduction 'I thought of all those heroines of fiction who looked pretty when they cried, and what a contrast I must make with blotched and swollen, and red rims round my eyes. It was a dismal finish to my morning and the day that stretched ahead of me was long.'(Rebecca, Ch.5 p.44) 'It is not real and rounded individuals who are being presented and the endings are known to be a foregone conclusion. Romance offers instead of closure a postponement…...
Story of Rapunzel
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Fairy tales have been told with teaching a lesson. The stories have been told numerous times, while changing the script plenty of times. Rapunzel was published in the mid-1800s. Several years later Disney had released its own version of fairy tales in which one was called Tangled, it was a modern version of Rapunzel, Cinderella was published and released in 2010. These fairy tales had modern versions to relate too. The comparing and contrast are shown through the characters in…...
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School of Unspeakable
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Q 1: The story For the Blood is the Life, by F. Marion Crawford, consists of two frames. The first frame is the present, and the second story is somebody’s adventure, and the two have a connection. There are two characters in the first frame: the narrator and Hoag. In the second frame there are 5 main characters: Alario, Angelo, Antonio, Cristina, and the Priest. In my opinion, the connection between the two stories is that the narrator is Antonio,…...
Sherlock Holmes
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Holmes himself is a mysterious character he speaks his mind to every person he comes in to contact with, regardless of his or her public status, Holmes himself thinks him self-superior to the law and will break it if necessary to crack a case. When he does this he gives very little thought to what consequences he may have brought upon himself. Holmes will sit up in his chair for hours on end smoking his pipe, trying to work out…...
“Romeo and Juliet” Elements which makes Tragedy.
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A paper which studies the elements which make Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" a tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare is a well known author who wrote in the 1500's. Many of his plays are classified as tragedies. According to the Oxford dictionary of current English, a tragedy is described as a serious disaster or a sad event. In Shakespeare plays, tragedy is identified as a story that ends unhappily due to the fall of the protagonist, which is the tragic hero.…...
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Pulp Fiction
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Throughout the movie Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, there are many hidden references to religion and the Bible. The movie starts off, introducing our two main characters, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, as two cheap hitmen in search of a package belonging to their boss, Marcellus Wallace. The package is retrieved, and they then began their job of returning it to their boss. Along the way, they ran into difficulties, such as Vega's so-called "date" with his boss' wife,…...
Point Of View In Ethan Frome English Literature Essay
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In plants of fiction, it is the storyteller who shapes our apprehension of the narrative. They tell the narrative from their point of position, whether it be in first individual or 3rd individual omniscient, 3rd individual limited omniscient or aim. All our facts flow through them and what they choose to portion with the reader. Their reading of the events is all we have. These are non true narratives ; there is nowhere to travel and look up the existent…...
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Role of Nick Adams in Short Stories
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A discussion of the experiences of Nick Adams in "Short Stories" by Ernest Hemingway. In the Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway a young boy by the name of Nick Adams goes through his life's tribulations slowly learning and experiencing new things. Nick Adams is a young boy that is very naive and still has many things to learn before he is considered a true man. Contained in these stories are the experiences that Nick goes through, helping him understand many…...
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The Man with the Twisted Lip
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This extract from "The Man with the Twisted Lip" gives me a sense of drug abuse, so the inspector may not be as good as everyone thinks. Conan Doyle only hints at drug use, maybe this is to put a little reality into his stories, so Holmes is human and does have his faults, but he tries to keep it very subtle so the readers can maybe ignore it if they like. Holmes also seems to look at Watson in…...
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Jane Eyre by English writer Charlotte Bronte
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Jane Eyre /???r/ (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Bronte. It was published on 16 October 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name "Currer Bell. " The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York. Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its eponymous character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love…...
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J.M.J Kaitlyn Wimmer Reading The Yearling By Marjorie Rawlings Fiction Characters: Penny Baxter, Ora Baxter, Jody Baxter, Flag the fawn, The Forrester’s
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The story takes place in the backwoods in northern Florida in the late 1800’s. Jody Baxter is a 12 year old boy who struggles with his responsibility towards his chores. Jody lives with his father Penny and his mother Ora on their farm. Jody is a happy boy but wants a pet because he is lonely. The Yearling, by Marjorie Rawlings, illustrates how Jody’s sense of responsibility helped him to resolve his conflict between meeting his own needs to raise…...
John and George Knightley in Jane Austen’s Emma
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'The Knightley brothers embody all that is good in society. They are well-meaning characters who fulfil their responsibilities admirably, yet the reader may find them dull. ' In the light of this statement, examine Austen's presentation of John and George Knightley. Every novel requires a dastardly villain and a shining hero, who falls for the heroine at the end of the story. Mr and Mrs Elton seem somewhat villainous in their treatment of others, with the Knightley brothers - George,…...
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The ways in which Jane Austen uses different narrative voices in her novel, Pride and Prejudice, from pages 281 to 283
...To conclude, letters play an important role on Pride and prejudice, allowing the reader to learn about events more quickly, whilst learning about the character sending the letter. The omniscient third person narrative technique is also useful when le...
“Romeo and Juliet” Elements which makes Tragedy.
...The families of both Romeo and Juliet suffer over the loss of their children, and everyone is unhappy. Since Romeo brought suffering upon people rather than himself, he is truly the tragic hero and makes the play Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. It is obv...

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