Literacy Essay Topics

1066 the Year of the Conquest

The book written by David Howarth which was entitled 1066 the Year of the Conquest is basically a depiction and re-telling of the history (in Howarth’s points of view) and drama of England from the time King Edward died. The theme also ended on the coronation of King William VII during Christmas day. The book… View Article

British Literature

 “Prithee, go in thyself. Seek thine own ease./ This tempest will not give me : leave to ponder/ On things would hurt me more. But I’ll go in. -/ In, boy; go first.- You houseless poverty -Nay, get thee in. I’ll pray, and then I’ll sleep. [Fool exits] Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er you are,/ That… View Article

Literature in the Trash

Society has almost forgotten how to appreciate literature. These are the themes of both Mario Vargas Llosa’s essay entitled, Why Literature, and Bob Swift’s On Reading Trash. Both writers believe that people nowadays are not delving into books because of misconceptions regarding reading. However, they have written their ideas using very different and contradictory approaches…. View Article

Engaging Students In Learning Process

Abstract Technology plays a great role in education. Students get motivated when technology based education is given in the classroom. WebQuests involve inquiry-based learning in which students are encouraged to learn in group. The present paper provides information about the use of WebQuest as an educational technology. Various aspects of WebQuests are covered in this… View Article

“Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff

In “Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff, we see three characters who apparently appear to be close friends but then as the story moves they lose their patience with each other. In the story, the reader notices how the cold temperatures started to create an impact on each of the characters. It brings out… View Article

The Impacts Of Cartoons On Child Literacy

Child literacy is one of the main priorities of both federal and private organizations around the world.  Literacy among children holistically involved the ability to use language for communication and interaction with other people.  Communication may be in the form of reading and/or writing.  Such capability in every individual is important for daily social living,… View Article

A Cultural Criticism Of Kite Runner by Khaled Hoesseini

How high could a kite fly?: a cultural criticism of Kite Runner by Khaled Hoesseini             There is a saying that cultural contacts sometimes bring the worst of two cultures. It could be true but it also an illusion because of unchanging thinking on the relationship between people.  And culture is all about relationship of… View Article

Literary Analysis

Task 2.1: An analysis of ”Shooting an Elephant”, by George Orwell. This non-fiction essay is a report of George himself shooting an elephant. He is a sub-divisional police officer of the town Moulmein in lower Burma. It is here he experiences a kill of an elephant. And it is not just a kill, he kills… View Article

The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

Heartbroken. John, short for John-Paul, was smart, attractive, hardworking, and good-natured, but against all the laws of nature, he always found himself in a series of break-ups and constant heartaches. Women did not just seem to ‘click’ with him. They often though that John was ‘too perfect’ and wondered whether they were being conned or… View Article

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

Introduction: True love goes on multiplying, passion diminishes with time, The waiting time in love, makes it   sublime! –Love is a bird with colorful wings, in the heart ever caged, It moves with tantalizing speed to make one a bard. –If it were that easy to bear the pangs of love, Thousands of fireflies’ wouldn’t… View Article

The Search for Purpose and Meaning

S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi” is about self-introspection and of having to abandon old beliefs if only to be liberated, Franz Kafka’s “Hunger Artist” is about the search for satisfaction in a state of inadequacy and in a world where people appreciate you for what you do for one moment and forget about you… View Article

The Tempest versus Angels in America

As Angels in America focuses on complications in the lives of homosexual characters, Kushner brings a large amount of politics in to the mix. Similarly, Shakespeare also included a tone of politics in The Tempest. Indicative of falsehoods, both Kushner and Shakespeare weave levels of illusions into the lives of their characters. Kushner’s characters a… View Article

A Comparison of Four Literary Works

Great writing does not necessarily make a great work of literature. More often than not, there has to be something special about a writer’s work of art. This could be also considered their trademarks, signatures that had set them on canonical status. Shakespeare has his soliloquies, Hawthorne attacks the Puritans, Hemmingway uses symbols, Borges possesses… View Article

“Who Moved My Cheese” by Johnson/Spencer M.D.

Overview of the book and how it relates to Management: The book by Spencer Johnson which is a story on Mice and Men is related to management through the concept of change management which is considered as a survival kit for the modern world. The book actually begins with the discussion among friends in high… View Article

Three writers walk into a bar

Edward Said was not able to forget the images he had just seen in an art exhibition of Twin Tower and London Bombing. On one hand he was really touched by the effort done by the photographers to provide the grief and pain experienced by people affected by it and on the other hand the… View Article

Tom Clancy

Last month as I was browsing through a used bookstore, I came across a dog-eared copy of Red Storm Rising. Tom Clancy, being one of my favorite writers, I decided to pick it up and read through the book. What surprised me was not the author’s attention to detail which he is known for, but… View Article

Tuesday Siesta by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tuesday Siesta- the masterpiece composed by a Latin American writer, Garcia Marquez, speaks volumes about  the author’s sensitivity and hence justifies its popularity.  Marquez considered it to be his best story. The short story is an excellent example of the Iceberg Technique typically associated with Hemingway. Just like an iceberg it  reveals only a part… View Article

The Sameness of Twins: A Critique of Literature

The root word of twinning is twine, suggesting a double thread. This is acknowledged as global human trait and is intrinsically part of what is inherited. The incidence of twinning differs, ranging from 1 out of 30 births among Nigerians, to as rare as 1 in 150 births among Japanese. The distinction between monozygous and… View Article

Character Development in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Writers usually make use of and incorporate certain literary elements into their novels in order to make character development possible. Literary elements—Conflict, Theme, and Symbolism—were employed by Twain, Austen, and Potok in varying levels as well as executed using their own literary styles and techniques in order to show the characters’ development and growth throughout… View Article

Huck, Emma, and Asher: Studies in the Theme of Self-Actualization

In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Austen’s Emma, and Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev readers are presented with three characters that of different time periods that each possess similar psychological traits.  They each strive to attain self-awareness as they learn the lessons of life through Huck’s journey down the river,… View Article

Mark Twain Case

Mark Twain was an extremely productive author in his lifetime.  He wrote many famous books, articles and stories.  He was also a world traveler.  He visited five continents and crossed the Atlantic Ocean 29 times.  In general, he is notarized for his fiction works.  However, he also composed many successful non-fiction manuscripts as well. Many… View Article

Philip K. Dick

During his lifetime, Philip K. Dick was able to achieve some success in the publication of his science fiction short stories and even published 16 novels in the course of just seven years in the early 1960s, but the author was always frustrated with his lack of mainstream success. The problem, of course, was that… View Article

Philip Roth- writer of Defender of the Faith

Philip Milton Roth was born on March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey to a lower class middle-class Jewish Family novels and made it the scenes there. There are certain stories that he wrote which talks about his family members and his own life as well. His father was an insurance of Austro-Hungarian stock. When… View Article

The Rise of Novelist Prose

Novelist prose is distinguished by realism, informality, and a sense of  proximity to the reader. The reader must be able to identify with the protagonist, or the narrator, in order for prose to succeed as a novel. It is indeed the distinctive voice of individualism, and for this reason it is important to track its… View Article

Guy De Maupassant’s The Jewelry

According to critic W.E. Garrett Fisher, “(Maupassant’s) view of human nature was an utterly distorted one. On all hands he only saw the cruelty, the bestiality, above all, the ineffable stupidity of mankind. We hardly find one man or woman in his books who illustrates the nobler side of life.” (Piana, n. pag.)             Indeed,… View Article

Poststructuralism Paper

What is post-structuralism? How did come about and who started it? How can it be used as a strategy? It cannot be defined without a reference to Ferdinand de Saussere.  He is considered as the “creator of the modern theory of structuralism (UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2003, p.1).”  He was responsible for what was… View Article

Information Literacy

Why is it important to understand the difference between computer literacy and information literacy? Information literacy differs from computer literacy in that information literacy is the ability to organize and analyze data whereas computer literacy simply pertains to the ability to use computer software or hardware. Information literacy goes far beyond the simple technical knowledge… View Article

Importance of Literacy

Literacy is the ability to think critically and understand what is being read. Illiteracy is a major problem in our society today. Without the ability to read, we cannot perform many common duties, some of which include driving, identifying medicine dosages, cooking, and teaching our children. Being literate is necessary for making an impact on… View Article