Literature Essay Topics

Short Stpries Examination

Frank O’Connor believes that short stories are about isolated individuals who undergo a ‘frontier experience’. With reference to three or four short stories you have read, how useful do you find O’Connor’s theory? Frank O’Connor’s claimed that short stories look at isolated individuals who undergo a frontier experience. They represent outsiders in society and are… View Article

Book Review of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame

There are many books that were published in the year of 1831. However, none of them have grown to be so popular and loved as the book “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” This renowned book has many qualities, as it does flaws. It also has a variety of characters, such as the lovable Quasimodo. This… View Article

Henry James referred to TTOTS as a potboiler

Henry James referred to ‘TTOTS’ as a potboiler. In light of this comment, explore the establishment of a simple ghost story in the prologue and first five chapters. Henry James stated that ‘TTOTS’ was a potboiler, meant only to be perceived as a simple ghost story which in the Victorian era was how it was… View Article

Moll Flanders: From Innocence to Maturity

Moll Flanders is the central character of the novel “Moll Flanders”, who was born in Newgate, England and passed different phases of her life across England and America. The entire novel depicts those phases of her life through five marriages, among which only one was fruitful. Between her marriages and through them, the character of… View Article

How is horror created in ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’?

In the short story ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ by Edgar Allan Poe, he uses many different techniques to create horror. Poe starts off by stating that the narrator was ‘sick – sick unto death’. The repetition of the word sick here emphasis how bad he feels, also ‘sick unto death’ suggests that he already… View Article

Sympathy for the betrayers and the betrayed

More than would be imagined, it is sometimes more difficult to sympathise with the victims of infidelity; easier than we might have imagined to sympathise with the betrayers themselves.’ To what extent do you agree with this estimation in relation to the three texts chosen? In none of the three texts can it be said… View Article

Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener”

In Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Melville displays the life of a person, named Bartelby, who does almost nothing with his life except write. Even latter in the story, Bartelby gives up writing and on life itself. Melville’s story brings up two major themes, which include writing and freedom. The story revolves around scriveners whose job… View Article

How the character of Stephen is portrayed by Faulks in Birdsong

At the beginning of Birdsong, the Azaires are first introduced on the first page, followed by Stephen, who happens to be another important, if not the main character in the whole of the story. As a reader, we would assume that the Azaire family and Stephen and some connection, either already, or as we read… View Article

Heart of Darkness

Explore the narrative techniques used in the opening of Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness opens with a sense of opportunity and adventure, which instantly created in the first paragraph by imagery of the Nellie, waiting for the turn of the tide; The idea of a river and the sea creates a sense of journey…. View Article

The Relevance of J.D. Salingers The Catcher in the Rye in Modern Times

It’s highly intriguing that years after it’s publishing, The Catcher in the Rye remains such an intriguing novel to teachers, students, and the general population alike. Yet through analyzing the main themes of the book, one can deduce that although the slang and fashion might be outdated, The Catcher in the Rye is still relatable… View Article

The terms symbol and imagery

Define the terms symbol and imagery, and analyze how each of the stories uses symbols to add depth to the quality of the story. A child loves mother unconditionally and wants to spend as much time with her as possible. However, the same little one cuddles mummy’s sweater while she has to work at night… View Article

The Harp in the South

The Harp in the South portrays a world of struggles, hardship and deception that attracts lonely misfits. The mini-series by Anthony Buckley and based on the novel by Ruth Park explores the life of the Darcy family, who live as Irish immigrants in the slums of Sydney, Surry Hills. As the series progresses the audience… View Article