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Hamlet and Lion King Comparison

...To summarize our Hamlet and Lion King Comparison Essay, Disney’s movie, The Lion King, embodied the Shakespearian work of Hamlet in a way that it brought the story of Hamlet back to life, with modern day morals and important life lessons. Even though Hamlet was very evil with its dark schemes and dialogue, it taught the lesson that seeking revenge on someone will get that person nowhere; they must step up and be the better person. Simba stated clearly in the fight against his uncle that he was...

Blackberry Picking and Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney - The theme of childhood

...In conclusion, Seamus Heaney work in ''Death of a naturalist'' and ''Blackberry picking'' signifies outstanding poetry work that uses diverse stylistic devises to depict various themes especially the theme of childhood. Essentially, the theme of childhood is clearly depicted in ''Blackberry picking'' through the use of blackberries. Unlike in Owen Sheers in '' Hedge school”, Heaney serves to craft a sense of anxiety or rather longing among the audience through the persona’s bitter and exciti...

Othello Portia and Desdemona

..."William Shakespeare - An examination of two modern interpretations of Shakespeare's `A Midsummer Night's Dream'." William Shakespeare - An examination of two modern interpretations of Shakespeare's `A Midsummer Night's Dream'. N.p., 5 Oct. 2006. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. <http://www.e-scoala.ro/referate/engleza_shakespeare_a_ midsummer.html>.Shmoop Editorial Team. "Jessica in The Merchant of Venice." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. <http://www.shmoop.com/me...

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The Merchant of Venice and Othello

...At most instances, both characters seem to embody the stereotypes placed upon them: Othello commits the murder of his wife after which he laments the by saying “like the base India, threw a pearl away/Richer than all his tribe”. The reader has to figure out the meaning of this quote and judge whether Othello has succumbed to “Moor stereotype: his haughty speech has been lowered to a point of addressing himself as a “base Indian”, being cast out of the society for being unfit. It would ...

Fahrenheit 451 Theme and the World of Today

...Marketers of products rely on television to inform consumers of their products. Governments make use of televisions to pass information to the subjects. It is a contrast that the same tool that is said to replace families and friendships and prevent meaningful conversations is the same tool that is used to unite people (Bloom, 78). Television unites people through information in other aspects, political, social and even economic issues, in the society. Therefore, the theme of Television is direc...

Close reading for George Elliott Clarke’s Negation

...Looking at Fanon’s sentiments, we see the depiction of blacks as subjects of the whites, most interesting is the inability of blacks to identify themselves as subjects and merely objects of service to the white, they are constantly in push to break away from the old york. Notice in the last two line stanza (couplet), the author is still in struggle with where his real stand is, this two-line stanza of a blank sonnet is usually meant to resolve the recurring theme in the previous stanzas but in...

Comparing and contrasting Achilles and other warriors

...In conclusion, Achilles was a great warrior, but he was a merciless fighter who killed many Trojan warriors. Achilles shared similar features with other heroes in the epics. These heroes fate was usually predestined and they were mostly sons of gods. They sought advice from their mothers which helped them to develop and gain wisdom. However, an in depth analysis on the character of these heroes depict that there are some differences. Achilles was a violent warrior as compa...

Fahrenheit 451: By Ray Bradbury

...Clarisse is seen as a young and beautiful seventeen-year old girl who influences Montag and introduces him to a new potential of the world in terms of beauty. Clarisse appears as an innocent and curious girl who impacts on the life of Montag. She helps in the set-up of the whole framework of the novel because of her odd characters which makes her to be viewed as an outcast in the society. Clarisse loves hiking, asking a lot of questions as well as playing, something that t...

The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism, and the Politics of the Visual

...In conclusion, modernism can imply three similar meanings. First, modernism can mean novelty or innovation. Modernism can also imply modern period based on the association between reality and empiricism of philosophy. Last, modernism can be associated with arts. Modernism is different from postmodernism because it attempted to bring out literary work based on reality though in a fragmented approach, thus creating transcendental meaning. Modernism was stimulated by new larg...

Themes of The Crucible that makes it enduring and universal

...The theme of empowerment, hysteria and reputation are both enduring and universal in “The crucible” because these ideas are present all over the world and will continue until the end of mankind. This means in modern life, people are still hysterical to societal matters concerning to racism, people still try to retain reputation in the society and also people achieve power under no circumstances. This play enlighten the readers on how ideas are enduring all over the wor...

St Augustine and the Understanding of Evil

... The review of the views of St. Augustine demonstrates a lot of truth to the views that evil is fashioned by humans and not God. This paper explored a variety of topics on the subject, and showed that the fall of man was one of his choices and that the responsibilities that come with free will proved difficult for humans. From the exploration of the nature of evil, it was found that it is the product of human actions, and not the creation of God, which supported the views of Augustine ...

Dying a noble Death

... The use of this question is intended to act as a reminder to the reader that death is inevitable and everyone will face death at one point in life and what do human beings face to lose when they die? The author of this poem uses most of these literary devices as a way of creating a sense of urgency so that the reader is always ready and aware of the happenings in life and about death (Charters, and Samuel, 896). The author has also written the poem using 14 lines in addition to the rh...

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley"

... In conclusion, the characters of Victor and his father are different from that of the monster, which has no family and friends. The only person who understood his existence, his creator Victor turned his back on him after he created him. Victor realized that his actions were immoral and that he was not supposed to create a monster. The plot develops the character of both Victor and his father to align with that of the monster. With time, the monster ruins the life of Victor jus...

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...

Death of a Salesman Critical insights

...8. In "`I'm Not a Dime a Dozen! I Am Willy Loman!': The Significance of Names and Numbers in Death of a Salesman," Frank Ardolino takes a mainly psychological approach to the language of the play. He maintains that "Miller's system of onomastic and numerical images and echoes forms a complex network which delineates Willy's insanity and its effects on his family and job" (174). Ardolino explains that the name imagery reveals Biff's and Willy's failures. He sees the repetition of "Frank" as part ...

Gilgamed vs Aeneid

...Both plotlines tell the account of a demigod hero with a god-invoked tragic past and their path to a quasi-interchangeable Underworld as a means of catharsis. Considering that these two myths, having been from as much as a thousand years apart and two different regions of the world, have so many striking plot similarities, one must marvel at the power of the story passed through the generations. Myths have survived the test of time and changing cultures to create the myriad of memoirs that we s...

Parents and children in Romeo and Juliet

...Lord Capulet and his wife are shown to care for Juliet, and at first it seems that Capulet is reluctant for her to leave the family home through marriage. He argues that Juliet “is yet a stranger in the world”; the word “stranger” shows that he feels she is too inexperienced to marry, and that she should perhaps be older and have had more life experience before marrying. This idea is continued when he encourages Paris to wait for “two more summers” to have passed “Ere we may think ...

The Kite Runner: Role of fathers

...Amir finally realizes that Baba was a man who also made mistakes and lived with regret. He recognized that the negative behaviors he had witnessed from his father, came from the struggles he had while trying to deal with the guilt and failures of the past. In the same way Amir had also suffered from the terrible things he had done. The big difference is at the end of the day Baba was a better man than Amir was, but Amir knew he had time to change this. From here on, Amir took on the task of rede...

Sarojini Naidu

...Many critics have wondered about the reason for her apparently sudden departure from literary pursuits to political involvement. Some speculate that her popularity dwindled, particularly in England, when she moved away from the flowery, romantic style of her early poetry to a comparatively morbid and contemplative tone in her later work. Others contend that her preoccupation with patriotic themes caused readers to lose interest. In 1961 Naidu's daughter published a collection of her previously u...

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...

Liberty and Equality

...Jefferson, Thomas. "Declaration Of Independence." The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History, 1775-1865. Ed. John Grafton. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2000. 5-9. Print. King, Martin L., Jr. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]." Letter. 16 Apr. 1963.Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]. University of Pennsylvania, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. . Lincoln, Abraham. "The Gettysburg Address." 1863. The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents...

A Raisin in the Sun

...A Raisin in the Sun is a story of the Younger Family dealing with racial problems in Chicago slums. Ten thousand dollars arrives in the mail and Lena has to decide what to do with it. Bennie wants it for tuition money, Walter wants it for down payment for the liqueur store and Ruth just wants everyone to be happy. So there is three major events happening: (1) Lena decides to buy a house in a white neighborhood, (2) Lena entrusts the rest of the money to Walter telling him to save a good amount f...

Theme of Revenge in Hamlet

...While Hamlet takes the length of the play to take action, Laertes, upon hearing of his fathers’ murder, reacts swiftly and recklessly. He returns to Elsinore threatening to overthrow Claudius if he does not explain the death of Polonius. When Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is responsible, Laertes swears he will have his revenge; “Only I’ll be revenged. Most thoroughly for my father” (IV, v, 133-134). He immediately agrees to take part in the King’s plan to kill Hamlet. Laertes con...

Mayella Violet Ewell

...This is important because Tom's left hand is mangled and useless, while Bob Ewell is left handed. When Atticus Finch asks her if she has any friends, she becomes confused because she does not know what a friend is. During her testimony, she is confused by Atticus' polite speech and thinks that his use of "Miss Mayella" is meant to mock her. By testifying against Tom Robinson, Mayella is trying to destroy the evidence suggesting that she had attempted to seduce him, and to do what her father wan...

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...


...A mortal woman named Tyro was married to Cretheus (with whom she had one son, Aeson) but loved Enipeus, a river god. She pursued Enipeus, who refused her advances. One day, Poseidon, filled with lust for Tyro, disguised himself as Enipeus, and from their union were born the heroes Pelias and Neleus, twin boys. Poseidon also had an affair with Alope, his granddaughter through Cercyon, his son and King of Eleusis, begetting the Attic hero Hippothoon. Cercyon had his daughter buried alive but Posei...


...Frankenstein wants to stop people from dying, and after discovering the secret of life, he experiments, so someone else can be saved. Scientists today almost do the same thing as Frankenstein; they have found ways to extend life but if they fail at this, they retrace their steps and go through the process again to fix mistakes unlike Victor. In conclusion, Dr. Victor Frankenstein became a founder for the successes in medical science today. He should not be criticized for playing God and tamperin...

The glass castle

...Rex and Rose Mary show affection towards their children by creating a relationship of promises and stories of their adventures. They give their children independence and respect to encourage them to be self-sufficient and self-reliant requiring them to grow up sooner than later. The children are also provided an education by their parents, molding them into intelligent individuals at a young age to understand that knowledge is far more important than any parenting skills that predict good outcom...

Keat's Ode to Autumn

...questioned about its specialty in comparison to the more “lively” season spring. There is an ode to Autumn but there is no ode to spring, and Keats is praising Autumn by telling it that “thou hast thy music too”(Keats 44). Again Keats describes autumn as a time of subtle change with the “soft dying day”(Keats 44). The unique description of clouds blooming the “soft-dying” days lightens the tone of the stanza. Clouds that bring more darkness are usually associated with gloomy weat...

As I Walked Out One Evening - W.H.Auden

...W.H. Auden through the shift of narrative voices explores the different perspective of love. This technique shows us not only one sided opinions but various views. And readers are shown, that perhaps what is right in the minds of one, may vary to the eyes of another. The image of romance is often twisted to extremes by society. As human beings, we have the tendency to form opinions based on our own favours. To an extent, this poem may resemble a satire to society. Humans tend to be hypocrites an...

5 Stages of Grief Hamlet

...The Royal family, in this scene, had only just recently lost their king before Claudius and Gertrude married and started their work as regents once again. The biggest implication of their being in the stage of denial is their preoccupation with Fortinbras’ perceived anger rather than Hamlet’s actual sadness. They are too in denial about their son’s and perhaps their own guilt and trauma that they do not help or address the grief at all. Gertrude is a perfect example of denial because of he...

Stylistic Analysis of of the poem "Going"

...To contrast the idea the poet intended to put across in the third stanza he closes the poem with a question which expresses the oppression the new system is making on the poet. This is by the use of the words “loads my hands down” to show that he cannot feel the benefits rather fills burdened by something he does not know. In terms of style the poet in the first three stanzas has maintained a three-lined stanza pattern to indicate the flow of the theme (Change). Rather the last line deviates...

Abigail Should Be Regarded as a Victims of the Puritan Society

...On the last night of my joy, some eight months past. […] I beg you, sir, I beg you—see what she is. My wife, my dear good wife, took this girl soon after, sir, and put her out on the highroad. And being what she is, a lump of vanity […] (Miller 110). John Proctor would rather sacrifice his reputation than harming those innocent people including his wife. He makes his mind up to save Elizabeth and expose the Abigail’s true face at the same time. This reveals Proctor’s emotions toward Ab...


...For example she believes everybody should be buried no matter what they did. In the other hand Creon was person that wanted to follow tradition from the city and God according to him and he was willing to do anything that he thinks should be helpful even punishing his own family. Creon killed his family because they were in favor of Antigone and that is not reason enough because they just were expressing their opinion. To sum up, these universal themes are reflected in the play Antigone. Out of ...

Examples of Jim Crow Laws in To Kill a Mockingbird

...Due to the “spell” that I preciously stated, everyone in Maycomb county automatically assumes Tom is guilty. I was basically impossible to win this case because it was putting a blacks man’s word against a white man’s word. Additionally during the trail, Tom accidently says he felt bad for Mayella and everyone is flabbergasted. A white man feeling bad for a black man was unacceptable (writework.com p.3). Tom is shot 17 times and killed while attempting to escape the priso...

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How Vampirism Is Depicted in Dracula by Stoker and I Am a Legend by Richard Matheson

... Both books used vampires to deliver their messages to the respective societies. They depicted societies that were full of hostilities and blood spilling between vampires and normal human race. Although the vampires in both books had ...

How does the impossibility of certainty affect Hamlet?

...Some people have made of Hamlet a play about indecisiveness, and thus a play about Hamlet’s failure to act. However, when he finally thinks he has obtained the truth, he takes action in a rapid and rash way: he kills Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guild ...

To What Extent is Civil Disobedience Justified in a Democracy

...sobedience_is_an_appropriate_weapon_in_the_fight_for_justice http://www.revleft.com/vb/civil-disobedience-justified-t101154/index.html?s=bc0b7426c25c4600a9741e41e666ad8c&s=2e407ee4082e64c3c219ac0930f8d453&t=101154 http://jgscott.tripod.com/re ...

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