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Literary Genre Essay Examples

Sorry for the loss - Bridget Keehan

...It is not a coincidence either, that Keehan has chosen to use the pigeon as a tortured animal since the dove is a world wide and religious symbol for peace. And as the contrast between the innocence pigeon and the convicted criminal, Evie is out of place and finds herself in an abrasive and intimidating environment at the prison, wondering how the stonewalls can keep the noise inside, wondering if the shoppers at the car park opposite the prison notice the envious eyes and wondering if the pure...

Roald dahl short story analysis

...The idea that physical attraction is more powerful than emotional attraction is shown in the story "Mrs. Bixpy and the Colonel's Coat" through both Mr. and Mrs.Bixpy. The emotional attraction between them both is weaker than the physical attraction between themselves and their lovers. Evidence of this is the mink coat that Mrs.Bixpy received from the Colonel. When Mrs.Bixpy tried to manipulate Mr.Bixpy into getting the coat for her in the pawnshop, He cared more about Miss Pulteney, his se...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Kate Oliver’s Analysis of “Good Country People”

...II. Background Information and Presentation Article’s Evidence (present evidence objectively; note: be sure to repeatedly name the author of the article so that it is clear that these ideas belong to the original author) a. In O’Connor’s original short story takes place on a Southern farm in the mid 1950’s. This was a time when Christianity was a strong belief in the South and when people were more trusting in each other. b. Oliver makes a point to show how Joy-Hulga’s physical impairm...

Witchcraft is not for sale

...An interesting twist in the story comes with the introduction of a third theme of the idea of the black people gaining more power. After the story of Teddy's restored eyesight spreads throughout the towns, a scientist comes to acquire the secret of the cure. Gideon feels that his knowledge is being exploited and is insulted by his newfound position of respect. He takes quite a bit of convincing to 'cooperate' with the white people. He agrees to cooperate, but makes the group walk for hours. He s...

James Joyce - An encounter

...1. Katherine Mullin, Cambridge Collections Online, James Joyce and the languages of modernism, Cambridge University Press, 2007 2. James Joyce, An encounter, David Campbell Publishers, 1991 3. Garry Leonard, Cambridge Collections Online, The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce,, Cambridge University Press, 2006 4. Derek Attridge, Cambridge Collections Online, Reading Joyce, Cambridge University Press, 2006 5. James R. Cope & Wendy Patrick Cope, A teacher’s guide to the Signet Classic Editio...

"The Yellow Wallpaper" Essay

...In the beginning of the story, the woman is quite lucid in the usual sense. Due to a lack of understanding of depression, she is forced to hide the things she loves. She focuses her attention on all she has left, her mental state. However, since she is told that there is nothing wrong she does not analyze it directly, but instead watches her life play out in the metaphor created by the horrid yellow wallpaper. As the story progresses, you watch as the lady loses her touch with reality, focusing ...

Regret by Kate Chopin

...The main theme of the story, which is the title of the poem, is regret. The woman in the story has lived a lonely life, and she thought that she was happy with the life she had. It wasn't until taking care of her neighbor's children did she realize what she was missing out on by being alone. For the first time, while caring for those children, she began to realize all the joys and sadness that life brings. She has regret that she didn't live life to its fullest, regret that she didn't want that ...

Reflection Writing of The Drover’s Wife by Henry Lawson

...This plot shows that if Tommy were a husband ,or when he grow up, he would not be away from home do such his father . He’s recognized what was the difficulty which a wife and children forced to bed situation. About drover’s wife, she loves her children above all, but she has no time to show it. The children have a very harsh impression of her. Still, in the last sentence we see proof of her love for them. What I have learnt from this story has been many. First, I understudied that on be haft...

Analysis of Central Idea in Helena Maria Viramontes’ “The Moths”

...Finally the cancer kills the grandmother, and the granddaughter continues to take care of her, undressing her and washing her in the tub, as she holds her and rocks her back and forth. At this point, moths are released from the grandmother; the moths which the grandmother told the granddaughter “lay within the soul and slowly eat the spirit up” (ViraMontes 1121.) The granddaughter cries and sobs in the tub with her grandmother until her sadness transformed into relief. Later the granddaughte...

The Juggler

...Beauty is all around her; The Juggler who is not afraid of failing, the wonderful idyllic canoe trip, her daughter who is madly in love with a good man who makes her eyes light like phosphorescence in the see of the night. Is that not the dream of any parent, to see your child happy? Ironically, she realizes this to late, which is the common issue in life. It is always about timing and balance like juggling. Like flashing your colours in the autumn of your life. Like letting your beloved child f...

Two Kinds by Amy Tan Literary

...The short story “Two Kinds,” is a story in which a young Chinese child is struggling with her mother that wants so badly to change her into this average American girl. Or so the daughter thought, her mother was trying to get her daughter to understand that she can achieve anything that strives to do as long as she focuses and puts her mind to it. Jing-Mei thought her mother was trying to control her life and she just wanted to create her own identity. Jing-Mei’s mother’s expectations and...

Analysis of ”Good People” by David Foster Wallace

...It also refers to when Lane says that he is not that serious in his faith and that he wants to be good people, to feel that he was good. Lane does not want to lie to her or to himself. To be good is something every human being aspires to be. To be good, kind and loving to your family, friends and neighbours is something preached by the Christian church, but it is also how people generally want to be in spite of their religion. Lane finds out at the very end that he is not that serious in his fai...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Film and Book Compare/Contrast

...The film and the short short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are both unique and interesting in their own way. Although they tell a story about the same man with the same aging condition, they are two completely different stories. With different settings, conflicts, and character development the stories are almost opposite. These differences however to no change the theme of the story which I have determined to be “You must live the life you are given to the best of your ability in o...

Lebron James: Failure is Success

...Next, you already know that the theme of my essay and digital story is anecdotal but now I have to show you it is shown in my pieces. A quote from my This I Believe essay that helps prove my style is, “When I experiences this moment in the second grade, I felt like I could run away and ride my bicycle across the country.” This is a very personal feeling that I once experienced and that is why my essay is anecdotal. A lyric from my digital story that helps prove my style is, “I got what you...

Examining Christian Symbolism in “A White Heron”

...Sylvia is only a nine year old girl. Many of her views will be highly influenced by others, but she has the purest mind and heart, and she listened to the voices of nature, as well as her inner conscience when deciding that she could not tell the whereabouts of the white heron. I find the sexual symbolism believed by other critics to be senseless. Those impure views take away the purity of the theme, and it completely changes the meaning of the story. I will always read “The White Heron” as ...

Analytical of Brent Staples

...Staples mentions also that it is not only him who had been subjected to such discrimination but also several black guys who keep telling their stories as staples said, “black men trade tales like this all the time” (190) and that emphasizes the fact that this is a kind of discrimination against a group of people, in this case “the black men”. So to deal with that, staples “now take precautions” although it sounds as irony because, he is the victim of the community and yet he has to t...

Interpreter of Maladies

...Furthermore, through Shukumar, we can understand what kind of a person Shoba initially was, “She wasn’t this way before.” prior to the incident and also see how much she has changed. “In the beginning he had believed that it would pass, that he and Shoba would get through it all somehow.” Here we can see that Shukumar had hopes that he and Shoba could live normally again, but merely hoping did not solve anything as he clearly did not put effort into making that happen. Instead, the two...

Family Ties

...The buffalo is appreiated for its main character and her complex feelings, an undistinguished women who is regretting her past because of a preivous break up. Lispector choses a springtime afternoon in a zoo to settle her resentment. Nowhere in the search at the zoo of life among the lions, giraffe, hippopotamus, monkeys, ape, elephant, camel, and coati could she find hatred or anger. In fact, she finds it easier to love and to be compassionate than to hate. This roller coster of emotions in the...

“Crossing” by Mark Slouka

...All this figurative language makes the story more alive and makes the readers want more. The narrator is showing us the story through the figurative language and through some dialogs in the story. When Slouka is showing us he allows the readers to feel and see the moment and that makes the story more interesting to read. The message of the story is that trust is very important almost a question about life and death. You should think about your actions before you make them, so you do not make sev...

About Revenge Essay

...In ‘Breaking Bad’, there are episodes toward the end where one character wants revenge very badly on another character, and it ends up putting him in a monumentally worse position than he was at before. There are countless other shows with similar themes. Many popular movies do this as well. The film series ‘Kill Bill’ by Quentin Tarantino pretty much revolves around that subject entirely. It can be wondered what it is that makes movies and television shows about revenge so popular with ...

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

...The reason I chose this story is because out of all the others we have read, this one was by far my favorite. It was pretty exciting at the end, and it was one I didn’t mind reading from front to back. I like stories that have to do with death, and Poe is certainly an expert at that. Also, the literally elements were very clear to me in this story compared to others. That doesn’t mean the other stories had poor use of them, it just means that I personally saw it better in this specific stor...

Pit and the pendulum analysis

...Free!- I had but escaped death in one form of agony, to be delivered unto worse..." However, when he gives up all hope at the end of the story, he is surprised to have been saved by General Lasalle. The sick recognition of irony supports themes such as terror and cruelty by showing how the character succeeds only to fail, just to be saved in the end. In conclusion, Poe does an impeccable job at developing the themes of terror and cruelty by truly including the reader in every aspect of the stor...

“A Rose for Emily” Plot/Structure

...In section four, Faulkner describes the reactions of Emily buying arsenic. Many believed that she was going to use the poison to kill herself, making her possible marriage to Homer seem unlikely. The women of the town insist that the Baptist Minister talk some sense into Emily; he does, never speaking of what happened but refusing to go back their again. His wife writes to Emily’s cousins who come for a extended stay. Emily purchases a toilet with Homer’s initial which ignites rumors that t...

"Good People"

...In the story Terri claims Ed and she loved each other, Mel claims she is wrong, but Terri persists despite the fact he hit her sometimes and was disturbed and shot himself. In real life, Larry was MIA in the Vietnam War as a pilot and must have meant a lot to his wife seeing how she kept his last name. The bigoted representation of Ed in Carver’s story represents the jealousy he had of his wife’s never ending love of her first husband. Carver’s first wife is also presented abstractly into...

Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” Analysis

...Bradbury, Ray. “There Will Come Soft Rains.” http://www.elizabethskadden.com/files/therewillcomesoftrainsbradbury.pdf. n.p. n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. Haisty, Donna B. “There Will Come Soft Rains.” Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition (2004): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6. Apr. 2014. Hicks, Jennifer. “There Will Come Soft Rains.” Short Stories for Students. Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Detroit: Gale, 1997. 234-6. Print. Peltier, Robert. “There Will Come Soft Rains.” ...

Obsession of Perfection

...At the end of "The Birthmark," Aylmer both succeeds and fails. He succeeds in that he finally rid his wife of her birthmark. He fails in that…she is dead. Finally, this story involve man’s desire to prefect what is already perfect and the use of science as a flawed tool to attain this perfection. Sure, Georgiana dies right afterwards, but the fact remains that Aylmer does indeed succeed in removing the birthmark from Georgiana's cheek. What does this say about man's ability to conquer nature...

Narrative and Descriptive

...Roberts’s impact gives the reader a desire to want to write more effectively, although White’s story impacts the reader to enjoy an experience because it can lead to a disaster; both stories impact the reader to do something. The style of essay that is superior is narrative because a writer can “incorporate certain important elements in the narrative” (Connell & Sole, 2013, p. 6.3).When a writer uses descriptive, they tend to go too far using descriptive words to describe something t...

To Kill A Mockingbird Characters

...Atticus Finch, Jem’s father, is a successful lawyer, and they live in the richer part of town, and have Calpurnia, their colored nanny, who takes place of his deceased mother. Lizabeth is not so fortunate. She and her family live in a shack, on the outskirts of a town. Her mother works long hours to keep food on the table, while her father, doesn’t have a job, because he got fired during the Great Depression. Another difference between the two is that To Kill a Mockingbird is told from Scout...

“Art for Heart’s Sake” by Reuben Lucius

...This story is interesting in that it portrays a complex man — old, rich, petulant like a child, and in a precarious state of mental and physical health. As we watch his ostensible passion for art develop, we may find ourselves inspired by his progress and, not infrequently, even amused by his caustic remarks. But when we learn about his regression at the end of the story, we are bound for disappointment — we begin to view Ellsworth as a childish and materialistic person n...

Against racism

...Armand has a “dark, handsome face” (Chopin 90). This symbolizes Armand’s hatred and is a foreshadow to the end when it turns out Armand is black. Desiree, on the other hand, is always surrounded by light colors. For example, when she is leaving the plantation towards her death, she was still wearing a thin, white garment, and, “her hair was uncovered and the sun’s rays brought a golden glean from its brown meshes” (Chopin 91). The colors they are surrounded by also illustrate their p...

Poker Flat

...The outcast were exiled from the town of Poker Flat. "It was distant a day’s severe travel. In that advanced season, the party soon passed out of the moist, temperate regions of the foot-hills into the dry, cold, bracing air of the Sierras." The brutal environment would test the outcasts ability to survive. Since the group was not prepared for the cold temperatures or the dangerous Sierras survival seemed futile. The outcast start to give up "Toward morning they found themselves unable to feed...

Lord of the Flies

...Think about a personal experience that has taught you about a Law of Life. The experience may have been a major event in your life, or it may have been a small, private moment when you came to understand something profound about life. Perhaps the experience was something traumatic, such as when you or a family member were in a car wreck. Or perhaps the experience was something that makes you smile every time you think of it – the time your grandmother taught you how to bake a blueberry pie, o...

‘The Tell Tale Heart’ : Is He Truly Insane

...Due to many pieces of evidence, it is highly evident that the narrator in the short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ is in fact, insane. It is clear that he insane because he watched the old man sleep for countless days, cut up the corps of the old man and placed it underneath the boards of the floor, and claimed he heard the heartbeat of the old man once he was dead. All these opinions that are stated above are very stimulating points, which all prove that the narrator is insane. The short story...

Distinctively Visual - Henry Lawson

...The laborious description of the ‘formidable bomb’ leaves us certain of its capacity to harm when it was ‘wedged into his (Tommy’s) broardest silliest grin.’ Lawson immediately quickens the pace of the text through exclaimed dialogue and short sentences, ‘’Run, Andy! Run!’. He slows again to provide a humourous picture of the various running styles and speeds ‘Dave and Jim were good runners-Jim the best – for a short distance; Andy was slow and heavy’. Their panic is contra...

Distinctively Visual

...Ramon Tong’s ‘African Beggar’ utilises distinctively visual language techniques to create and perceive a relationship with the persona and his world and therefore understand the challenges he faces. The metaphor ‘a heap of verminous rags and matted hair’ is used to establish an image of a ‘thing’ rather than a human as ‘verminous’ is usually associated with flies and ‘matted hair’ creates images of an unhygienic lifestyles in the responders mind. The tone of the story sudd...

Dead Stars

...It is in this part of the paper where STRUCTURALISM as a literary lens was employed. This is an approach which asserts that literature is a text. A particular structure of language produces reality. This further includes literary interpretation via binary opposition (concepts in opposition) and signification (signifier and signified). Through simply looking into and interpreting the lines of the short story ―Dead Stars‖, we could say that the two opposing concepts are NEED and WANT which we ...

Transcript of A Moonlight Fable by H.G. Wells

...The boy loved his suit so much that he dreamt about it. He would often take the suit out of it's storage and admire it. His mother allowed him to wear the suit on Sundays to church, but with tissue covering the buttons so they wouldn't tarnish and tacked on protective guards on the elbows and cuffs so they wouldn't tear. Whenever the boy would peek at the buttons under the tissue wrap, he would notice they were becoming duller and duller, and this would cause him anxiety. One night he sees the m...

Symbolism and Magical Realism of Gabriel Marquez

...Faulkner, Tom. "An overview of 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,'." Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. "Gabriel Garcia Marquez." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. Gabriel García Márquez, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, pages 590-594 in Compact Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing (edited by Kirszner and Mandell. Wadsworth, 2012). "Overview: “A Very Old Man wi...

"Mother" by Grace Paley

...As human beings, people often do not know what they get until it has gone. Consequently, they live with nostalgia and regret. The author uses a lot of stylistics devices to make the story more sentimental. There is a rhetorical question “what will become of you?” which shows the mother's concern about her daughter's future. We can see that the mother really cares about her daughter. Another impressive stylistic device is when the father complains about his work. He uses a repetition of the ...


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❓ The Man Who Loved Flowers

...Each paragraph in the body could have the following structure (my suggestion): An abstract point/interpretational sentence, like ‘The boy is brought up to ignore his feelings when witnessing human suffering.’ (your interpretation of an item) A qu ...

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