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Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth and Darcy

It is evident that they are both completely in love with each other. Their relationship is most convenient to the Bennets while they have a daughter who will marry a man of great fortune that will as a result make them look good to society. Most importantly, Eliza is going to marry out of love rather than to settle for less as Charlotte did by marrying Mr. Collins whom she did not love but instead...

Lord of the Flies as a Religious Allegory

The half shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynisism of adult life.» The Lord of the Flies says «Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill… I’m part of you… I’m the reason why it’s no go… Why things are what they are.» What Golding is saying is that the Devil is hidden somewhere deep inside of all people. Without morals, law and order it will eventually surfac...

Hamlet Act 5 Scene 5 Analysis

However, he did not know the guy behind the curtain was Polonius instead of Claudius. Plus his madness, he killed Polonius immediately by mistake, which it is the same as shoots a narrow and accidentally hurts Laertes (because Polonius died). Overall, in this soliloquy, Hamlet basically apologizes for how he has hurt Laertes, but agrees to the fight anyway because he is using it as his reason to ...

Frankenstein: The Danger of Knowledge

Shelley sent a message that, like Walton, one must take the time to sit and consider the cost of their enterprise before it is too late. If they are blinded by their goal, they will not see the cost of their search until they cannot turn back. Shelley’s message was not only for those in the 1800’s, but can be said for those in the twenty-first century. In a time when new discoveries are being ...

Fences Play According to Aristotle

Singing the song of Blue with Raynell…..Cory demonstrates that he can embrace the song of his father without becoming his father. (Monaco) • “…Wilson shows that it is only through the willingness to face and accept the forces of the past that the protagonists will be given hope, power, and ultimately, deliverance.”(Monaco) • Troy is contained by death while the others are able to move ...

Close to the water’s edge

He thinks about how she lived a life of regret because she never stood up to her husband, and he realizes that that is not the way he wants to live. He wants to free himself of his parents- he loosens the knot around his neck as a symbol of losing their controlling grasp on him. He feels almost as if he had been dipped in his parent’s presence in a liquid form and is now all dirty, so he takes h...

Compare/Contrast Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Although the men in these two stories are similar because they both mourn for their loved ones, they are also different. The man in "The Raven" may be sad about his lost, but his love cannot compare to that of the man in "Annabel Lee”.In these two short stories, the two main characters, as mentioned before, are very much alike, yet at the same time different. They both lose the woman of their li...

Annotated Bibliography - the Great Gatsby

Charlene Dawson mentions the American dream as “The Never-Satiated Dream”. Every character in “The Great Gatsby” has a American dream and some are already living it. Dawson describes that the characters in this novel don’t understand the true meaning of American Dream which is working hard and fulfilling your dreams. She explains further that sometimes in life you don’t achieve everyth...

"Ah, Are You Digging My Grave" by Thomas Hardy

The central theme of this poem is that no love or hate outlasts death. There is a lot of disappointment in the poem, depicting death and the afterlife as tragic things. The black humor and irony reveals a sad message: the dead woman is forgotten and eternally lonely. The poem is also satiric, mocking the sentimentalism of continual devotion to the dead. Hardy takes a similar stance ...

Arête (‘Virtue’) Theme in Homer's Iliad

These two men are both respected in their own circles and are both extremely honourable men in their own ways, Achilles as a brave warrior and Priam as a noble and righteous King. They are each individually respected because of the qualities they exhibit and by, not only, how they treat other people but by how they behave when faced with difficult situations. Priam displays great courage by going ...

The Victor Poet: C.W. Longenecker


The Theme of Love and Hate

Jesus taught the important lesson of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Another important message is found in a passage from Corinthians. It states “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the...

The Museum of Vain Endeavours Summary

An interesting fact that Virginia shares was that only a tiny percentage of all the Vain Endeavours that occur are recorded in the museum. Why? First, the administration doesn’t have enough money for funding and it is almost impossible to publicize the museum’s work because no one ever payed any attention to these topics. Secondly, because the numbers of Vain Endeavours continue to grow, the r...

Dumas' The Count of Monte-Cristo Book Review

For Danglar’s revenge, Dantès just drains him of money. He spares his life but leaves him with no money, not a cent. Dantès does one act of goodness though. He helps out Maximilian by saving his fiancee, Valentine from her stepmother. He gives Valentine a pill that simulates death, but really she’s asleep, and carries her off to Monte-Cristo. Maximilian thinks that she’s dead, which makes ...

Satisfactory Conclusion to Much Ado About Nothing

There is poetic justice within this scene, which also makes it a satisfactory conclusion. ‘Did I not tell you she was innocent?’ and ‘your brother John is ta’en in flight, And brought with armed men back to Messina’ are bother examples of poetic justice. Hero’s innocence has been reclaimed, as her father now believes the truth that Claudio and Don Pedro have been deceived. It starts th...

Passion and Betrayal in Roman Fever Short Story

Funny where she got it, with those two nullities as parents” (112). Irony is also present when Alida tells Grace that she was “wondering how two such exemplary characters as you [Grace] and Horace had managed to produce anything quite so dynamic?” (114). These lines are very ironic because the reader later learns that Horace Ansley had nothing to do with the birth of Barbara. Through the us...

Rhetorical Analysis Jane Welty

Jamaica Kincaid was just a poor soul trapped under the sway of the English culture. While many others didn’t even realize the change, Kincaid saw it happening all around her. She closes the story by telling of how she would need to know how to correctly draw a map of England for every test she was ever going to take. She tells how at the time it was a simple statement, but how it would grow to h...

Recognition and Reversal: Othello

Othello requests them not to “lay it on thick” what a good man he was, nor to defame his character. Othello wanted them to think of him as a man who loved too much, however irrational it might have been. Many exceptional examples of reversal and recognition are shown throughout Othello. Constant use of recognitions and reversals to develop character, advance the plot, and get a reaction of pit...

Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

The overall tone of ‘Metaphors’ is a pessimistic one which highlights the extent of the poet’s self-loathing and depression. This may be related to mental health issues the fragile poet suffered from. Plath’s distorted self-image combined with the love she feels for her unborn child and her uncertainty of what the future may hold for her come together to produce a beautiful, highly emotion...

No Faith, No Love, No Time, and Dr. Lazaro

The rich man showed his love by way of his request to send back from the dead Lazarus to warn his equally delinquent brothers to mend their ways. Such action is definitely precipitated by concern and love to spare them from the same hellish fate. Dr. Lazaro, much like the rich man, only showed a semblance of love when there was already a big gap. Lastly, both the rich man and Dr Lazaro idled their...

Mines by Susan Straight Author Report

While a student at the University of Massachusetts, Susan did study with James Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin is known for his activism, in the civil rights movement, as well as his writing on African American life in the United States. When Susan got to the University of Massachusetts, she had been “a sportswriter and editor, and I’d only been writing fiction for a year.” Mr. Baldwin would assist Sus...

Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl”

This short story depicts a mother daughter relationship, in which they have a great deal of love and respect for one another. It is connected to Caribbean values, which appear to be geared towards guiding the daughter in a positive direction. The mother may seem to be very condescending and judgmental, but she only wants what’s best for her child. She wants to be assured that she is instilling v...

“Alone in a Mountaintop” Summary

Kerouac noted that he was now alone, Andy and Marty left. He then spent the day cleaning and turned in early to be awoken to the sounds of nature. The job, as Kerouac noted, was to watch out for fires and he noted one storm. Jack felt sympathy for all of the smoke jumpers. He noted that most days were routine. He ate breakfast and radioed in. Kerouac would lay in the meadow and eat around noon, an...

A Tragic Hero in Aristotle Definition

A tragic hero should be able to arouse feelings of pity and fear; this is because, the feeling of pity is aroused by our deep sympathy for someone whose life is falling out of place whereas that person is neither too good nor too evil to have deserved such a misfortune, and the feeling of fear is aroused by the sheer horror that such a tragedy can fall upon anyone regardless of their stature. Acco...

Summary of a Book Facundo, Civilization and Barbarism

This is seen throughout history in many cases. Color is a proscribed by Christian and civilized societies, whose flags shout justice and peace, while the red screams violence, blood and barbarity. It is important to analyze this point because every civilization is expressed in suits and each suit shows a whole system of ideas. The motto appears red roses in 1820 by order of the tyrant, and since t...

Amy Tan Fish Cheeks

Angelo’s story describes the thoughts and feelings of her community during a boxing match. However, she does not focus on her own sense of isolation from the dominant American culture. Tan’s story describes her embarrassment and fear of humiliation because she is different from her peer. She desperately wants to fit into the dominant American culture and is embarrassed by everything her cultu...

Analysis of "1954" by Sharon Olds

A definite shift occurs in line 22 of the poem. The author shifts from using the word “fear” to the word “pity” when referring to the crime, and begins to use “fear” to describe how the speaker feels towards consequences the murderer, Burton Abbott must face. The speaker realizes that “the good people, the parents” were going to fry Mr. Abbott on the electric chair for his crime. T...

Conflict 'Romeo and Juliet'

The theme of conflict is important in this play because it reflects the type of social conditions that existed at the time that Shakespeare wrote his play. It is interesting that although our social conditions have changed, the underlying themes and circumstances here could apply to our society today. Young, violent, men fighting over territory/honour and (like Tybalt) being killed in the crossfir...

Comparing the Two Poems: Clown Punk and Medusa

In addition to this, the reader may also attempt to understand medusa’s situation, in spite of the fact that she is no longer human – the reader can still sympathise with her. The author of the ‘Clown Punk’ never reveals the clowns actual name, this makes him seem mysterious and less human. Without a name, the public nickname him words that can scare other people away from him. It is this ...

Personal Experience in Billy Collins' Poetry

As Collins did say, as soon as that bell chimes everyone from my class bolts out the door and “zigzags” through the hallways. The believability of the imaginary town is alluring to the reader. As Billy Collins writes his poetry he does so without losing the reader intentionally. The poems Introduction to Poetry and Schoolsville are descriptive, but yet easy to comprehend. The literary devices,...

Analysis of "The Shield of Achilles"

The poet has used a method of flashback to emphasize the deplorable condition of the modern human society. Whenever Thetis looks over ‘his shoulder’ Auden gives us a glimpse of the beauty of the past by mentioning what she expects to see and what gruesome sights unfold before her. The poem shows a contrast between the ancient world of real heroes and the modern world of debasement. The poet W....

Brief Analysis of a Poem Anahorish


Hong Kong theme park Analysis

The microenvironment analyzed by Porter’s 5-Forces Model has indicated that the HK theme park industry has a certain competitive environment although the threat of rivalry, substitution and the bargaining power of visitors are high. As the industry has implemented major plans (MRP and Extension) to increase their competitive power, the industry will be sustainably growing in the future. The anal...

Metaphor As Figure of Speech

The metaphor, “my breath ripped out in rags,” is an aggressive image and reflects the cruelness and callousness of the persona. The word, “ripped,” highlights the violent language of the poem and has a dramatic impact on the reader making them feel the pain and chill inside the character. The alliteration and sibilance of the letter “s” again emphasises the harsh and callous nature of ...

Most Dangerous Game with the Lottery

In comparison of both stories the authors convey that man is inherently evil and that choices made based on societal standards, traditions, and learned behavior may not be the morally correct choice. This confirms the passage of Scripture from Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (KJV) Man’s very essence is that of evil and selfis...

FAQ about Literature

How is Iago Presented In Act 1 Of "Othello"

...So in act I scene I, Iago isn’t everything he starts off as being represented as it would seem. We begin to believe his ploys of innocence and then they are greatly subverted and changed. Everything we are led to believe changes in minutes of readi ...

Who I Admire? - Essay

...From her beginnings as a child whose imagination drew her away from her peers into a private world, to her days as an adult with all the burdens of a single mother, J.K. Rowling's story is a fairy tale. This biography is for all those who want to get ...

How does Shakespeare Create Atmosphere

...It is also revealed that Romeo is very immature and cannot handle the concept of taking responsibility, only has he just been married and he blames Juliet for his weakness causing Mercutio’s death, linking back to his quote on fortune, Romeo seems ...

How Is Curley’s Wife Presented - Victim or Villain?

...I feel that her victim qualities outweigh her villain qualities. Yes she always found others to blame, found the bad in people, and criticised everyone in sight. She was lonely, and her mistakes in life backfired on her. I think that the part of the ...

Nature Vs Nurture or Why Boys Become Vicious

...Children are not born evil, we don’t choose become exposed to it. Once we are we are capable of evil we become more destructive the worst bomb. As the technology increase so does the exposure to evil. With evil there is always good, it is up to eac ...

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