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"The School" by Donald Barthelme

...The ending of this text supports the idea of unconventional schooling and the first reference to life throughout the text. During the "discussion in class," the narrator tells the children that "death [is not] that which gives meaning to life," "life is that which gives meaning to life" (537). Every life has "value" (537). After Helen "embraced" Edgar, the "new gerbil" entered the classroom (537). "The children cheered wildly" because they thought the gerbil was created when Helen and Edgar "mad...

Lord Capulet Character Analysis

...But just like rapists with mental problems that will never go away, our "druggies" will go and hide in their corner of the world for one hour and "do their thing". Lord Capulet, when he isn't out attempting to look "cool", is inside doing the drugs, raping the kids, and becoming more mental by the second. Lord Capulet is insincere about all of his promises just like any addict, rapist, or alcoholic would be. Lord Capulet is not the responsible, caring, loving, nice, "cool" man he appears to be w...

Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Critique

...In conclusion, "So foul and fair a day I have not seen." Is a very appropriate quote by Macbeth for the battle at the start of the play, but also for the path of his life. In William Shakespeare's masterpiece Macbeth, he created a character that will live on for years to come. The character Macbeth is a great antagonist because he is bought up to be a hero in the beginning of the play but because of his actions, blind ambition, boldness, and impression of personal invincibility he finds his deat...

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Macbeth's Strengths and Weaknesses

...Macbeth's strengths fail, turning out to be his weaknesses, which makes him a tragic hero because he was once honorable and highly respected; his downfall caused by his own mistakes. After he starts committing murders, his guilty conscience comes out and leads to the deterioration of his character, leaving him unhappy and remorseful. In Macbeth's case, his negative traits such as his gullibility, lack of control and willpower overcome the strengths and advantages that he once had; his pride, ho...

Marxism in the Grapes of Wrath bye John Steinbeck

...In Weedpatch, he shows that once people can shed pettiness and greed that capitalism fosters, they are able to connect and create something much better. From the first event of the novel to the last, Steinbeck focuses on showing the flaws of capitalism and providing a better solution to the problem that plagues the majority of the nation. Socialism will work where capitalism will not, one is based off of the unanimity whereas the other focuses on the few individuals that are able to exploit thei...

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

...Gregor's incapacity to recognize true kindness but ability to perceive anger develops the idea of hopelessness because it suggests that he can never be integrated into human society. Humanity is founded upon emotions, and benevolence and fury are the extremes of human emotions. Gregor's inability to understand one of these keystones, kindness, indicates that he is lost from humanity, creating the hopelessness that he can never be included in society. His ability to understand the other keystone,...

A Midsummer Night's Dream- A Shakespearean Comedy

...Throughout the play, several references are made to reveling through dance and song as a way to signify and bless happy events. This is shown when Titania asks Oberon to join her in blessing the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. She asks, "If you will patiently dance in our round, / And see our moonlight revels, go with us." (2.1.140-141). Through this quote, Titania refers to dance as a way to bring happiness to the marriage of the Royals. The dance and song throughout the play lighten the mo...

The motive of Nature vs. Technology in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

...Nature is far more important to Victor's health and sanity than the advancement of technology in the story, and the depictions of natural settings become numerous and redundant as Frankenstein unfolds. While Victor claims to be destroyed by the monster's (technology) murdering of his friends and family, he seems to be drawn repeatedly to nature for support. His obsession with nature seems more and more inane as he shuns humanity again and again, but perhaps it is simply part of Victor's flaws o...

"Nettles" by Vernon Scannell

...After the poet destroys the nettle bed he decides to set fire to them:“A funeral pyre to burn the fallen dead”This is very dramatic as it is a huge fire to burn dead people, or nettles in this case. He wants to burn the dead, because they harmed his son. This phrase is very effective is make us think of death and funerals, which is usually depressing, and nettles are depressing and harmful. Fallen dead is saying the nettles have finally been defeated, and are fell down. They are described as...

No Good Friday by Athol Fugard

...Willie does not view himself as a hero. Infact, rather than being a selfish hero, I view Willie as being a selfless tragic hero. He could not have been sacrificing his life for selfish motives because he would not benefit from them. He believed that it would serve as an awakening to those around him and maybe change their mentality. He may not have fulfilled his purpose as the mindset of the people in the township might not change, but he died with the idea that he would cause a change. For this...

Poetry - Pablo Neruda


Poetry Analysis of "Anthem for Doomed Youth"

...Also in "Anthem for Doomed Youth" such devices as alliteration and end rhyme give a flow to the poem. Alliteration occurs when the reader reads "rifles' rapid rattle" on line three. Another use of alliteration arises with the "slow dusk a drawing-down" (14) repeating the sound of words starting with the letter d. Using the alliteration of the r and d sound gives the reader a better feel for the sound of what occurs at that point in the poem. Reading "rifles' rapid rattle" (3) gives the sound of...

Context of Paradise Lost by John Milton

...Marvell keeps the defense at a literary form, in an attempt to hide a hidden political meaning in Paradise Lost. Dryden also chastised Milton for using individual inspiration. Dryden says inspiration is represented by "prophetic utterances were dangerous misapplications of individual intention" (Achinstein 326). Marvell claims that the solution to Dryden's problem with inspiration is up to the judgement of the reader. Marvell states that Milton may be "inspired" however the reader must judge if ...

Pride and Prejudice vs Bride and Prejudice

...These five marriages contribute to understanding that a happy and strong marriage takes time to build and must be based on mutual feelings and respect. Hasty marriages acting on impulse, and based on superficial qualities will not survive and will lead to inevitable unhappiness. In Pride and Prejudice, Austen has denounced the elements of marriage that she found distasteful, affirming that a loving and committed relationship is privileged in her eyes. Perhaps, this is the reason she never wed, f...

A study of reading habits

...In the penultimate line of the poem Lark says ‘Get stewed’, which is said in a light hearted jokey way. Some suggest it refers to getting drunk, which may be his alternative escapism, but some argue it means get lost, referring to the disappointment. On the contrary, the final line represents the persona's new feelings towards books. He believes they are a worthless "load of crap". The theme of the poem is that escapism and ignoring reality only makes life less fulfilling, which is illustrat...

Percy Jackson book report

...In fact, I was in tears at the end of the book not because the ending was depressing which went deep into my heart. It leaves the door open for more adventures from Percy Jackson. Anyway, I like this book as it has a little bit of everything: danger, heroes, villains, action, mystery, and adventure. It's funny sometimes, and scary sometimes, and powerful sometimes, and even sad sometimes, but it's a story that will keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can read the words. It is a whole...

Romeo and Juliet Light vs Dark

...Shakespeare uses a personification to show how the sun doesn’t dare to show its face during this time of sorrow. The sun represents hate, as the Capulets and Montagues are reconciling with each other after their children’s deaths. The death of their children finally makes the two households realize the errors of their ways. Reality has hit both families hard as they cannot overcome their grief for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Hatred will not appear here, for the families are learning to l...

Colonialism in The Tempest

...After half of the colonists died in the first year, Powhatan took pity and taught the colonists how to plant corn, beans, pumpkins, and squash. However, once the starving British colonists recovered their strength, they once again set about the task of enslaving the native population. The play ends with Prospero deciding to return to Europe and to decolonize his island and emancipate his slaves. The colonizer sets himself free as well. Prospero not only gives up his island, but relinquishes his ...

Self and Identity in The Color Purple

...Whereas Morrison utilizes the Eurocentric primer of a white nuclear family that is burned into the minds of black children, as she distorts and fragments it to illustrate the confusion white ideology causes in the minds of blacks as it contrasts sharply with their own lives. Removing the punctuation, then applying this primer to the story of blacks and namely Pecola's lives, proves that the story is far from the truth and gibberish. In a sense, by speeding up the machinery of the Dick and Jane ...

The Soul selects her own Society

...Valves are like switches; they can be turned on and off at will. This flexibility is quickly followed by the phrase "Like Stone". Dickinson does this to remind readers of the original premise, which is that the decisions made by the soul are still firm and unyielding as ever, though change is possible. Dickinson also uses a paradox, referring to those selected individuals as the "divine Majority". The word "divine" refers to the most elite of individuals, who certainly do not comprise the "Majo...

Q. Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress"

...Andrew Marvell effectively uses diction and imagery throughout this poem, to convince and seduce a young lady, into having physical relations with him. He uses diction and imagery in the first paragraph, showing how, greatly he loves her, and how willing he is to only love in a non-physical way, till the “last age” had they all of eternity. However, in the second paragraph, negative diction and images, show us that time is limited, and the pleasures of life, cannot be found i...

Othello Act 5, Scene 2 Lines #338-356

...Considering the severity of the punishment, it is evident that this is not small matter, but rather a serious one with racial discrimination. While in the act of killing himself, he alludes to the metaphor of the killing of a Turk. He acknowledges that he will forever be an outsider. In summation, Othello’s final remark has allowed him to personally reflect his actions and to reveal to the audience his remorseful feelings. While establishing the difference between one who was included and excl...

The Relationship Between Gene & Finny

...Gene's confusion makes him do many things, which negatively alters his relationship with Finny and this is symbolic of war because at times you do not know who the enemy is and if their interpretation of this enemy is reasonable or justified. Thus, the characters, Gene and Finny, in John Knowles's novel, A Separate Peace, illustrates that their (Finny and Gene) relationship is a miniature representation of a world at war. The misconception of war that youths' have is parallel to the fear of the ...

"Stanley Meets Mutesa" by David Rubadiri

...This line puts a very clear image into the reader's mind that the men were dead before they even hit the ground. Next, the mood in the third stanza is hopeful because the men soak their sore feet in the river, and at the end of the stanza there is "no more the burning heat of the day but song, laughter and dance". In the fourth stanza the mood is cold because the white men are not warmly greeted because they are not trusted. And in the final stanza the mood is melancholy because the villagers we...

"Rising Five" by Norman Nicholson

...This reinforces the main idea how people are never anything but are always hoping and wishing to be something in the future, there fore the poet in this case is able to display his main concern of people not seizing life and who they are. Nature is again introduced through the idea of the "New buds push the old leaves from bough." In this case the poet sends out a message of time, how generations grow and pass on, presenting the awareness of mortality. There fore seize life because time on earth...

Role Of Minor Characters In Pride And Prejudice

...Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, aunt and uncle of the Bennet daughters, are perhaps the most admirable minor characters. These two characters serve not only to forward the plot, but also to act as a comparison to Mr. Gardiner's sister, Mrs. Bennet. Acting as parents to both Elizabeth and to Lydia in two very different situations, they exhibit much of the sense that Mrs. Bennet lacks in both controlling Lydia and nurturing Elizabeth. This pair also acts as a vital stepping stone between Darcy and Elizabet...

Romantic Themes Used By William Wordsworth

...William Wordsworth's poems all contain unifying themes and images that make his works fall into the Romantic genre. He shows many images of nature in the poem "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey." In "The World is Too Much With Us" he uses the poem to tell the readers that there is a better or ideal way to live life, a major theme in Romantic literature. Lastly in Wordsworth poems "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" and "Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known" they are written with emotion ...

Romeo and Juliet -- Actions and Consequences

...If the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets had not existed, then certain actions in the play would have been different. Taking action happens everywhere, everyday: making laws in the parliament buildings around the world, protesting in the streets against war, striking at the workplace for better working conditions, and standing up for what you believe at anyplace, anytime. Unfortunately with action comes consequence: the new law could be very unpopular with the public and the government m...

"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

...Curiosity and also a little bit of innocence is used very significantly with the point of view of a citizen that characterize the point of view of the entire community of Jefferson. "A Rose for Emily" is told by one person, but the 'we' used throughout the plot signifies the communal viewpoint that is shared. The eyes through which the story emerges is nothing more than the perspective of a spectator retelling the stories passed down about Miss Emily. The design of the story is based solely on t...

"The Scarlet Letter" - Thesis

...Sin is represented in many ways throughout the novel. Because of the sins the characters have committed, they had to be punished for their actions. Letting them suffer with their own guilt is the best way of going about the matter. With this, the character is forced to live with what they did. Because both Hester and Dimmesdale saw their wrongs, guilt, for them, was effective. It just goes to show the pain the characters suffer. In his novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne explains how ...

"Seascape In Memoriam" by M.A.S Stephen Spender

...Stephen Spender, makes the power of the sea over people evident to the audience through the use of personification. The extended metaphor comparing the sea to a mirror is a suggestion of the way in which people have undermined the level of destruction that can be caused by the sea. The poet focuses on tone and description of patterns in order to characterise the various properties of the sea. The theme of death is brought up subtly throughout the entire poem, hinting to the audience the way it ...

A Seperate Peace (Symbolism)

...One example of a symbol in the novel is when Finny wears a pink shirt and a tie as a belt. This symbolizes Finny's outlook on authority, how he has lack of respect for it and tests it. When Finny wears the pink shirt and the tie as a belt proves how Finny can get away with anything. The Headmaster for violating the dress code at the luncheon questions him. Finny manages to talk his way out of getting in trouble for being out of dress code. His excuse was his patriotism for the bombing in Central...

"Void Deck" by Alfian Bin Sa'at

...The verse "Lazy children, who by some miracle or mistake always score well in class" is showing that the frame of mind of many Singaporeans, especially the older generation, who favour kids over ladies in the family. This concern is extremely true specifically for the older Chinese, as it is in their culture that they perceive boys as transcending due to the reality that they carry down the household name, and ought to be dealt with much better than women who 'belong' to the partner's household ...

"The Use of Force" by William Carlos Williams

...Towards the end of this story, the young girl was forced to undergo the doctor's throat culture and more than likely began to realize that he was he wasn't so much someone to fear, so someone who had only intentions to help her and make her life easier in the long run. Occasionally people need to be shown the light in order to walk out of the tunnel, and there is no better person to do this than the hero. An often dominant and strong willed individual will tend to be the one who triumphs in the ...

William Golding's thesis of evil

...Of course this point of view is represented in "Lord of the Flies" but it was more proximate to refer the point of view itself to the history of the 1950's in Britain than the incidents in the novel. And that is because the novel does not reflect the political and social climate of the 1950's in Britain, it tells a fictitious story on an island which is not accurately located, but it does reflect the authors belief and his view of man. And his belief can be compared with the 1950's, it was even ...

Women in "Hills like White Elephants"

...The views and ideals of society are often found in literary works. Whether the author is trying to show the ills of society of merely telling a story, culture is woven onto the words. The stories allow the reader to understand the sexist culture of the time and the struggles a woman had to endure. The style of writing in both stories leaves much of the meaning of the story hidden and an understanding of the relationships between men and women of the era can lead to a deeper understanding of the ...

John Steinbeck "Of Mice and Men" Character Analysis

...Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife all suffer from discrimination and prejudice which creates loneliness and isolation for each one of them. They learn to deal with their loneliness by admiring Lennie and George's friendship. Crooks experiences isolation due to the fact that the society he resided in was racist. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" was the way Crooks found a personal conne...

King Lear and Gloucester: Mirror Images

...Gloucester and Lear both make impetuous decisions regarding their children, being blind to the treachery of others. Lear is blind to the malice of Goneril and Regan: They say they love him, merely to get his land. They even lock him out of Gloucesters castle during a storm. Like Lear, Gloucester instantly believes the letter he is shown, being blind to the lies Edmund tells about Edgar. Edmund further manipulates the situation, betraying his father, and consequently Gloucester has his eyes rippe...

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