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Perspectives from Inner Windows by Cheryl Albury

After being imprisoned, Jacob tried to regain their treasure but a building was constructed on it, but in the end they learnt that true happiness does not come from being selfish. In conclusion, Albury in these stories uses the technique of dialect and imagery to help her readers understand her point more. Also I believe that Albury shows a true reflection of Bahamian men. She uses real life situa...

The Ramayana: Anthropomorphism of the Divine

The Ramayana offers an idyllic view of a near perfect time and place, where all peoples knew their positions in society and acted in accordance with dharma. The fantastic characters offer the very best and very worst in human nature, magnified by godlike powers and abilities to prove their extraordinary character as ethical (or unethical) beings. It does not constitute a leap of logic to see how R...

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The deli may symbolise Changez’ life in Pakistan whereas the American express is the life he’s found in America, both of which are not able to work together. It is not until Changez meets Juan Bautisa that he realises he is not able to be loyal to both America and Pakistan. He becomes an “ex janissary’ and returns to Pakistan where he is able to feel a sense of belonging as he no longer po...

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Monkey Journey to the West Book Review

The qualities of forgivenes are in each path to reaching great peace. Monkey realizes the way he acted before being imprisoned was not suitable for his pilgrimage he set out on. Monkey becomes a student of Hsuang-tsang and joins his journey to India. The Buddha shows the Monkey. He explains to him how his spiritual mind has opened his inner soul to help interpret and accept forgiveness from others...

Fides et Ratio

In contemporary society people are beginning to believe, or accept that one’s life may not have a higher meaning. Freud argued that once one accepts that there is no greater meaning, it would be easier for them to set personal goals that can be achieved, allowing them to accomplish personal enlightenment. Even though, John Paul II raises many well thought out ideas and concepts that argue his be...

Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels

This story shows how the two types of people can no longer understand each other. “Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels” does not talk about the original struggles of the people who burrowed into the earth to escape the apocalypse, such as an inability to find food and the emotional impact of being trapped underground, instead it talks about how the people who have adapted to their new situation have c...

The Loudest Voice By Grace Paley

In my opinion, this is further proof of the city's indifference toward its Jewish citizens. No wonder that tree was "a stranger in Egypt" (page 4, last line). In conclusion, there is no doubt that the story "The Loudest Voice" contains rich, creative and though-provoking types of setting which help us to explore the world of Shirley, the narrator. By focusing on some examples of social and spatial...

Romanticism in Art, Music and Literature

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) was a German writer and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and...

Duality in The Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens integrates many different pairs of characters, places, and themes that make it near impossible for the reader to read A Tale of Two Cities without gathering some feeling and understanding more about the book than just the plot. Although A Tale of Two Cities is different from Dickens’ other works, it remains a powerful piece of literature that provokes thought and shows purposeful...

Narrative Ttechniques of Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist and David Copperfield

Narration is the essential column in the construction of a novel. It is the key to make the reader cry from sorrow, feel repulsive from the disgust or make him/her feel the fresh air of meadows and sense the odor of roses. Dickens had the talent to create all these effects in his novels but not only. Due to his kind and humble heart we are able to see the things from a poor little boy perspective ...

Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell

In spite of these parent-teen conflicts, Beka does have a loving relationship with her parents. Her family is one of only two nuclear families in the community, and while her parents do not love all that Beka does, they do love her. Beka begs her father for a second chance at school, promising to pass this time, and Bill Lamb eventually relents. A nun at Beka’s school, Sister Gabriela, takes Bek...

Novel “Chameleon” by Ranbir Sahota

At one point her father goes into the kitchen to talk to her because he has always been the one to get the truth out of her. One thing he is telling her is: “Girls like that are left with fatherless children without an identity” (page 108, lines 7-8). He says this to scare her and tries indirectly to affect her not to stay with Mark. Rita doesn’t get these hints until they leave and says tha...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Dialectical Journal

I can understand why no one ever felt any sympathy for Dick as he was walking up to die because Dick was a rough and tough guy who never let anyone see his true emotions. However, with Perry, I believe that most of the audience has begun to feel sorry for him. Unlike Dick, he doesn’t hide his feelings. He is afraid of what will come next, and that has evoked a response from Detective Dewey. But,...

"The Go-Between" by Ali Smith

Ali Smith wants this short story to be an eye opener for the population who don’t know anything about the violations of the laws. Ali Smith wants to set focus on the problem and have a debate started about the fulfillment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, instead of turning the blind eye to the inhumane treatment. In the short story Europe is pictured as heaven. A place where it is n...

Review of My Son the Marine

“I stared at the television there were fire-fighters cops and military personnel struggling to find survivors and thousands dead. I felt deeply frustrated being able to do nothing. At least I knew that I could look the men and women in uniform in the eyes. My son, after all, was one of them”. The author did a great job of building repore and empathy for the father in the story. The author was ...

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 rem...

Angels and Demons Book Review

Robert leaves CERN with a new counterpart and one clue to solve the unraveling mystery of who stole the anti-matter and killed Leonardo Verta; the ambigram branded into the scientist chest saying Illuminati. Soon after arriving in Rome Robert and Vittoria are rushed to Vatican City by commander of the Swiss guard Commander Olivetti, as the situation grows more dire after four high ranking cardinal...

Merchant of Venice - Romantic Comedy or Not?

More impactful though, is the callousness and vengeance harboured by Shylock. Three thousand ducats are borrowed from him, with a pound of flesh from Antonio as the penalty if the money is not returned. Later in the play, Antonio receives news that his ships have been lost, stripping him of this financial ability to repay the debt. Shylock refuses to spare his li...

Comparison of Matilda Cook in Fever 1793

In desperation, Mattie proceeds to find Eliza. Along the way, she comes across a young orphan named Nell and brings her along. Mattie soon finds herself living with Eliza, a pair of twins, Nell, and Joseph. She works in the day and late into the night feeding the needy; until the fever takes a toll on Nell and the twins. The house is too crowded for sick individuals, so Eliza and Mattie move the c...

Looking For Alibrandi

Some things happened that she expected, like her emancipation, and some things that happened that she didn't really expect, like accepting her culture. Josie got something she didn't want, her family secret, but got something better, her relationship with her dad. Josie finally realised exactly who she was, and understands where she fits into the lives around her. "I've figured out that it doesn't...

Rizal Chapter 6-7

-Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Wandering Jew – aroused his sympathy for the oppressed and unfortunate people First Visit to Paris (1883)”Costliest capital of Europe” * Purpose: To improve his minds by observing closely the French way of life and spending many hours in the museums, botanical gardens, libraries and art galleries, and the hospitals, including Laennec Hospital, Dr. Nicaise, and the La...

Rizal's Poem

'Through education, our motherland receives light' is part of the poem by Jose Rizal. The idea behind this statement is that the success of the country is on whether the citizen receives education. This is because education shapes the values, knowledge, and skills of a person. There seems to be a strong correlation between a strong spiritual community and the strength of their education. This is l...

‘Minority’ – Unseen Poem Analysis

Dharker also uses manichean imagery to emphasise her emotion towards the subject of the poem. She writes “so I scratch, scratch through the night.” The fact that the speaker works on this “through the night” suggests that the problem is keeping the persona awake. The use of “the night” creates a dark atmosphere and a dismal but strong tone as the reader feels as though the persona work...

The Fault In Our Stars Summary

When they return to Indiana, Hazel soon discovers that Augustus is not well. With everything that has happened in her life, she is the one is left angry at the world. She doesn't seem to understand how someone as amazing as Augustus had to have a terrible fate that she had once accepted was upon herself. The most terrible things always happen to the people who deserve it the least. There really mu...

The Analysis of The Years of My Birth

“ I had never before thought of the presence in relation to my twin, who’d grown up not an hours drive away from me, but that night the combination of the phone call out of the blue and twelve-letter word in my puzzle set my thoughts flowing.” (Erdrich page 3) The presence grows stronger for the shadowy emanation of a lost twin, until Linda finally meets Linden and things get complicated. Re...

Lewis' The Abolition of Man Book Review

Chapter two ends with Lewis concluding that the Tao is the sole source of all valued judgment and that nothing is intrinsically evil. All evil is the result of twisting something good and that moral progress is “timeless, constant, and unchanging.” Lewis referred to chapter one “Men without Chests” as the present, chapter two “The Way” as the past, and chapter three “The Abolition of...

Genji Monogatari or The Tale of Genji

The introduction roughly states the focus of the essay and the theme of the work. The essay acceptably covers some literary elements, but struggles to analyze the cumulative effect of the literary elements used and the connections between them. The essay struggles to analyze the author’s development of the overall theme. The conclusions are weakly supported by analysis and textual evidence. The ...

Peak Book

The theme of adventure is shown when peak travels and goes on adventures to climb the ice mountains. Adventure is an important aspect of this book and is shown is the text in many different ways but mainly touring and climbing. Overall the book “Peak” is a story with major themes involved that are important in the novel “Peak” because it brings the readers interest, understanding and many...

About Goodnight Mister Tom

Overall, the evacuation of London children to the country in the second world war was neither cruel nor kind - for each child it was different. In Zach’s case he was safe in the country but was killed in a bombing when he went back to London. For Willie it was a positive experience in so many ways as he transforms from “Sillie Sissie Willie” to “Will”. Without the evacuation and Tom’s ...

'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones deals with many issues that are prevalent in our modern society. The author uses narrative conventions such as plot, setting and characters to challenge or reinforce my attitudes and values. I come to understand that people can hold contradicting values and remain in comfortable harmony. I realize that the law doesn’t always uphold justice and am positioned to see the harm discrimin...

Jasper Jones as Southern Gothic Genre in Literanure

In conclusion Jasper Jones has many likes to Southern Gothic Genre, in addition the main theme being coming of age or right of passage is seen repeatedly throughout Jasper Jones. Jasper Jones is connected to Southern Gothic Genre through the deeply disturbed or flawed characters and the decayed or derelict settings. Jasper Jones is a novel that has elements of Southern Gothic Genre all around it....

Analysis of Zora Neale Hurston's Spunk

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement which redefined how America, and the world, viewed African Americans, so her folk speech could be seen as perpetuating main stream society’s view of African Americans as ignorant and incapable of speaking in complete sentences. However, others, such as philosopher and critic Alain Locke, praised her. He considered Hurston’s “gift for poetic phra...

"Mental Cases" by Wilfred Owen

In conclusion, Owen is highly successful in delivering the message that war is not filled with glory in his poem “Disabled” through contrast and metaphors. The poem was very impactful for me as it really expressed the sorrow and the desolation that the man who sacrificed everything for my country felt. I am an American. As an American it makes me sad to see such sacrifice met with such little...

Reflecting on Book Kill the Possum

In World War II the Nazi’s attempting to kill all the Jews in the world was definitely not justified, but on the other hand the Allies killing was justified because they were trying to keep the Germans from taking over the world and because of this we live in the world we live today. There are instances when some people do not have any other choice as in abortion. A young girl has got herself in...

Just Like Us

People might think that getting these fake documents could mean that these girls would be worried about getting caught. But it’s not that way; they feel a little more secure when they have this kind of documents, because these documents give them some identity that they are missing since they cross the Mexican – American border. These children and adolescents are not guilty for their parent’...

Literary Analysis of Doctor in the Surgeon as Priest

Although the examination is over, however, the author explains what happens in the conference room. As Dhonden begins to speak the author explains that him speaking and his translator concurrently speaking sounds like a “chanting monk”. He explains using imagery that before the patient was even born she was already infected with the disease. He says that a wind was “coursing” through her b...

Summary of a Novel Oryx and Crake

The Last Man, also a post-apocalyptic novel, whose main character is the only survivor of a plague that has killed off all other humans. George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) had a working title that relates it to Shelley's book: "The Last Man in Europe"[6]. Other references, of course, include Shelley's Frankenstein (1818/1831) as well as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels[7] (1626/1635). ...

"Three men in a boat" by Jerome K. Jerome

I forget the other ingredients, but I know nothing was wasted; and I remember that, towards the end, Montmorency, who had evinced great interest in the proceedings throughout, strolled away with an earnest and thoughtful air, reappearing, a few minutes afterwards, with a dead water-rat in his mouth, which he evidently wished to present as his contribution to the dinner; whether in a sarcastic spir...

Belonging in Human Life, Literature and Visual Arts

The relevance of the perceptions and ideas of belonging in these texts is astonishing; the composers have raised issues that we are all able to understand and relate to, they create an emotional response within us, allowing us to understand the longing inside of us to belong and that it has always been and always will be a part of human life at the heart of our soul. Without belonging we feel disc...

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