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In The Novel Heroes Robert Cormier

When Larry is introduced in the first chapter he is presented as being a charismatic man. Cormier also describes him by using and adjective ‘dazzling movie star’ which gives us the impression that LaSalle is initially presented as someone wealthy and someone to be admired. However there is a sense of foreboding as to why he does not want to be in the show business and wants to run a youth club...

Technical Writing Examples

Sometimes that may seem more curse than blessing, and others may not regard what we do with any more esteem or respect than mowing a lawn. To an outsider this can appear to be a hobby, or maybe a dream that eludes most. But if that’s how they view you, they aren’t paying enough attention. If you are a writer–and you are if you actually write–you are already living the dream. Because the pr...

MagnaSoles shoe inserts

This essay is inadequate in its response to the prompt. Although it correctly recognizes the satiric intent of the article, its attempt to analyze the satiric strategies lacks the perceptiveness needed to make it successful. The introductory paragraph displays misuse and vagueness of diction in the word “degrading” and the phrase “through [sic] persuasive writing skills.” In the second par...

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"Romulus, my father" Quotes table

“My growing desire to lead a ‘normal’ life was strengthened by the conformist aspirations of teenage culture, which tempted me to betray the gift of my freedom for the suburban life of Maryborough…” P 120 “His experiences of Yugoslavia gave him a renewed appreciation of life in Australia, but he still longed, and he longed all his life, for the European conviviality he knew as a young ...

Freedom Writers Diary Movie Questions

23. The students of room 203 aren’t similar to the students of our classroom because I don’t think that anyone in my class has to face the sought of problems that the students of room 203 had to. Those kinds of difficulties come from gang violence, drug or alcohol abuse or physical injustice, I don’t know everyone’s story but I don’t think that our classroom has to deal with those strug...

Indian Literature

The first of Narayan's many works, Swami and Friends, appeared in 1935; among his more recent titles are The English Teacher (1980), The Vendor of Sweets (1983), and Under the Banyan Tree (1985). Among the younger authors writing of modern India with nostalgia for the past is Anita Desai—as in Clear Light of Day (1980). Her In Custody (1984) is the story of a teacher's fatal enchantment with poe...

George's Decision to Kill Lennie in Of Mice and Men

Despite this, overall I think that George was right, not wrong to shoot his closest friend. He did what he knew was best for Lennie even though it was difficult and deeply traumatic for him. Steinbeck can very effectively make us sympathise with George more than we do with Lennie. He is able to make the reader question their opinions of right and wrong. It seems in the end Lennie got the easy way ...

Summary of a Book The Blind Side

As Big Tony drove east he left what was, in effect, a secondhand city occupied by black people and entered the place for which it had been exchanged: a brand-new city, created by Born Again white people. And now here came Big Tony, chugging along in his beat-to-hell Taurus, chasing after them.” P.G. 45. I find this passage very important in the book because it talks about how Big tony was just t...

A Poem The Man He Killed by Hardy

Hardy in “The Man He Killed” does a wonderful job exposing the insecurities of the man, without even stating them by using figurative language and literary elements. The repetition deduces hesitation, while other elements such as wordplay, and the use of dashes represents deep thought, and possibly regret lets the reader infer how the man is really feeling which is different from the words on...

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Essay

Oodgeroo Noonuccal is an Australian poet who wrote the poems ‘We are going’ and ‘Let us not be bitter’. Her perspective on Aboriginal rights is concern, passion and worry for her people and land. Using vivid imagery, poetic structure, enjambment for example, and poetic techniques such as inclusive language and symbolism conveys these feelings to her audience clearly. Oodgeroo uses vivid i...

A Secret Lost In the Water

The theme of the short story A Secret Lost In The Water by Roch Carrier on page 127 is that the knowledge passed on to the new generations by older generations may be lost over time unless it is valued. An example of this is when the son realizes he had lost the gift that his father had taught him because he had no value for it. “Somewhere along the roads I’d taken since the village of my chil...

“The Way Up to Heaven” by Roald Dahl

This ensued every time Mr.Foster torment her. As a short story,”The Way Up to Heaven” really satisfies me a whole lot.The plot of the story really drive people to go on reading.The way Roald Dahl wrote leaving us the reader to feel free in thinking on what reason that may drive the poor Mrs.Foster to actually murdered her husband without any earlier plans is really favourable to me.All I can s...

Nature Vs Nurture and Socialisation

Gesell stated that 'the child of five to ten still grows in the same way and acts in relatively the same way as he did thirty years ago, and for many years before that'. In conclusion the nature versus nurture debate has been studied and theorised by many however it remains inconclusive on both sides of the debate. Both sides continue to debate many valid arguments, but human behaviour culture eth...

The Story of an Indian Woman

The voice of this poem is an obvious one; and Indian woman. However there are such moments in this poem where there is a connection between the reader and the poet. The Indian woman is strong, she is a leader and faces all which many do not and manages to hold her head high. She is somewhat a founder of her aboriginal community and although there is an uncertainty as to why, she feels as thought ...

Merchant of Venice

Out of kindness to Bassanio, he agrees to secure any loan Bassanio might get in the marketplace. Bassanio requests that loan from Shylock, a moneylender with whom Antonio is not on the best of terms. Antonio has criticized Shylock for usury, and Shylock, in turn, resents Antonio's generosity in loaning money out at no... Portia is a wealthy heiress from Belmont grieving over her father’s death a...

Death of a Naturalist

Heaney creates a tense image with the bass chorus of the frogs. He describes the frogs' necks as ‘pulsing like sails' and their blunt heads ‘farting' to convey his terror that his once loved frogs would wreak ‘vengeance' on him. The frogs are described as ‘slime kings', once again bringing out the dominance of nature. Heaney uses onomatopoeia in the words ‘slap' and ‘pop' to create an ...

Totalitarianism in History and Novel 1984

In 1984, the society was very similar to the society of the Soviet Union when Stalin was ruler. In Orwell’s society, the party watched every single citizen all day and if any rules were broken the citizen would be sent to the Ministry of Love where they were tortured. The party eliminated every word that could describe a rebellion. Even thinking a rebellious thought was against the law. The part...

Personality of Character in The Harness

Both ‘The Harness’ and ‘Just Lather, That’s All’ portray characters with depth and complexity. Some devices are common to each author and are fundamental to identifying the personalities of the individuals. Other techniques can be chosen to fit with an author’s style and plot. Character development can enhance a story if it is well done, or it can damage a story if it is not sufficient...

The Portable Phonograph - Paradox, Symbolism, and Irony

‘The Portable Phonograph’ is a story of a dark time, but these four men somehow manage to find something to sustain as well as entertain them. This, however, never changes the dark mood. The use of specific literary devices enhances the comprehension for the reader and makes the story more captivating. The descriptive narrative provides an understanding of hiddenintentions that lay underneath ...

"Blueback" by Tim Winton

Winton uses the setting, characters, conflict and resolution to tell his story and to give us the message that we must protect the environment. He does this by having two main settings in Blueback, the first is Able’s home, a peaceful tranquil bay and the second setting, the city which is constructed as a dull noisy place that Able describes as “hemmed in”. The main message in this novel is ...

"I’m Still Here" by Veronica Ross

All the children came and said the same thing, “that Jacob Garson was a hero, a man brave enough to stand up for his freedom. And that they were behind him” (Ross 201). However, not all people supported him. They were others who thought he was being selfish and tried to threaten him. “We’ll burn your house down, you fool” (Ross 199). “Your land could be enjoyed by all, you selfish son...

Analysis of "Fight" by Laurel Blossom

In the last stanza the narrator finally comes to a conclusion after her rant of contrasting her and her lovers lifestyles. Apparently “[He] wants[s] to get married. [She] wants to be free”, which shocks readers, especially when the narrator blatantly tells her lover, who originally was the one she was talking to, that even though he doesn't seem to mind “that is the difference between you an...

Religious Allegory in "Lord of the Flies"

Jacks illogical need to hunt the pig is an example of this, as is the wild dance that jack and his followers performed to celebrate the killing of the pig. This shows how civility is fading and being replaced by savagery. As I stated before, fear, individualism and the absence of law and order are the primary reason for the social meltdown that takes place on the island. Without a governing body w...

The Museum of Vain Endeavours

How serious people can be in their endeavors but can’t see the realities of it all. Virginia becomes arrogant in her seriousness. For example, the quote “I tried inviting her to come for a walk…she’ll only talked to me within the grey, dusty walls of the museum. (pg.27)” reveals with an irony which refers that people take some intentions seriously, but don’t know ho to deal with them. ...

Ministry of Fear- Seamus Heaney Analysis

In ‘Ministry of fear’ Heaney alludes to many other poems and poets, the most obvious of which was Patrick Kavanagh, An Irish Poet who’s work Heaney discovered in the early 1960’s and for which he developed an increasing respect throughout the decade, Kavanagh seemed to Heaney to illustrate the split he himself was experiencing between “the illiterate self that was tied to the little hil...

"The village by the sea" By Anita Desai

We see a great development in the three sisters as well. At the beginning of the story, Lila, is introduced as the one in charge of the house, as her mother is ill and her father is always drunk. She is the one who cleans the place, prepares meals, takes care of the mother and other chores. Her younger sisters, on the other hand, still go to school and depend totally on Hari and Lila, although the...

“What I Have Been Doing Lately” by Jamaica Kincaid

During the story of “What I Have Been Doing Lately” Kincaid uses conflicts external and internal to add suspense to the plot. She also uses circular structure to show that the girl’s problems are never resolved. In addition, Kincaid uses tone and pace to help the reader know the mind of the girl as she travels throughout her dream. The distinctive circular structure shows the adolescent girl...

Miss Emily in Faulkner's A Rose for Emily

On one level, death is the past, tradition, whatever is opposite of the present. In the setting of this story, it is the past of the South in which the retrospective survivors of the Civil War deny changing the customs and the passage of time. This article from the feminist point of view of psychology to re-read the , an analysis of Emily was confused with a tragic sense and reason in an attempt t...

19th Century American Literature

Edgar Alan Poe also writes in the Dark Romantic genre, he had a great dislike for the transcendentalists calling them, “Frogpondians”, after a pond on Boston Commons, he ridiculed their writings and his piece, Never Bet the Devil in You Head, was a clear attack on the movement. Poe, who is sometimes considered a gothic writer, uses ideas such as dementia and paranoia in his works. Supernatural...

Sympathetic Background in Wuthering Heights

Bronte’s use of the literary device of sympathetic background perfectly befits the characters and surroundings in Wuthering Heights, setting the tone and giving the characters another layer and more depth within the novel. With both houses representing natural and moral values respectively, and the unpredictable moors showing the irrational temperament of each of the characters, the device effec...

Shakespeare Tragic Heroes: Macbeth and Brutus

In conclusion, Macbeth and Brutus have many differences and similarities but they’re both tragic heroes due to the flaws in their nature. They both had the same trustful natures which lead to their lust for power and then their deaths. Macbeth and Brutus were two completely different people when it came to their personalities because Macbeth was truly evil while Brutus was a genuinely good man. ...

The Scarlet Letter as a Story of Crime and Punishment

When he does so in that face of the crowd, he gets immediate relief, but just then his failing breath gives way to death. He dies on the scaffold. This is the climax of the punishment, though its is also the climax of his spiritual growth. This shows no matter who the person is and of which profession he belongs to whether rich or poor he or she has to pay and suffer for his/her sins and hence the...

Odyssey/Siren Song

Imagery is used in both of the texts to portray the Sirens as beautiful women. For example, from Homer’s first-person point of view, they have “honeyed [and] ravishing voices,” and from Atwood’s first-person point of view, the Siren speaks of the trio as “picturesque” and “mythical.” The Siren that is speaking in Atwood’s poem refers to her trip as “feathery maniacs.” The ima...

Animal Farm Extended Response

George Orwell’s message in Animal Farm is quite obvious. The reader will get the message but not the social commentary. The novella includes all the historic moments of the Soviet Russian world and lifestyle even if the reader cant link it to history it still can play a big part in today’s society as it can be applied to many day to day occurrences such as family, work or generally everyday l...

Visiting Hour Critical Essay

In stanza six, we see the end of visiting hour, and the persona’s loss of control as he is overran with emotion. The phrase, “black figure in her white cave” creates an image of an intruder in her sanctuary. The black and white contrast suggests he is a shadow of his former self and also that he is trying to detach himself. The phrase, “clumsily rises” gives connotations of his state as ...

To Kill a Mockingbird Social Pressures

Dolphus Raymond was the town “drunk”. Everyone thought he was an alcoholic and therefore had no idea what he was doing having a “colored woman and mixed kids” (214). Despite their assumptions, he wasn’t ever drinking alcohol, just Coca-Cola. During the trial, Dolphus explains to Scout, “Some folks don’t – like the way I live… I try to give ‘em a reason, you see, it helps folks ...

The Importance of Dreams in a Raisin in the Sun

When the entire family starts to put the family’s needs before their own, they realize that the good of the entire family is more important than realizing their own personal goals, and understand the importance of Mama’s dream. Mama’s dream is a key factor in bringing the family together. A new house is exactly what they need to become closer, have a place that they can call their own. Mama...

The Crucible – Character Essay: Abigail Williams

Once shunned and scorned by the respectable townsfolk, Abigail now finds that she has authority, and she takes full advantage of it. Throughout the play many of the events, in some way or another, have to deal with Abigail or occur as a result of something that she did. She is the most memorable character of the play simply for that reason. Even when Abigail leaves town for the Barbados when her h...

T.S. Eliot Preludes Structure

However the thought of hope is but brief, as the speaker finishes the poem with images of a dark and bleak world, which revolves like “ancient women gathering fuel in vacant lot,” and this leaves the reader with a painted reality of a civilization that has lost its sense of meaning and direction that is so desperate that one cannot despair, but mearly “ wipe your hand across your mouth and l...

Fear in Serrusalmus by Lesley Glaister

At the end of the story Marjorie has developed – she does no longer fear Mick. The ending of the story makes us believe that Marjorie’s mind is twisted because of the way she takes revenge on Mick and because of the way she acts like nothing has ever happened after torturing him. But the ending does also tell us that even weak and vulnerable persons can find inner strength to stand up for them...

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