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Romeo And Juliet Persuasive Essay

...Finally Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy because he came up with the whole death potion plan to Juliet, but it failed and killed Both Romeo and Juliet (IV, i, 70-78 and whole of Act V). Friar Lawrence has to take a big responsibility for this tragedy, because the plan didn’t go as though he did. Addition to that, if he sent the letter faster, Romeo would’ve carried out the instruction and Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t be dead (V, ii, 5-12). The letter had instruction for Romeo to ...

Summaries Of Short Stories

...Power struggle for those in the upper classes: Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley vie for engagement to Mr. Slade. The eventual Mrs. Slade tries to remove Mrs. Ansley from the picture with a false letter inviting the latter to a night rendezvous. While the plan backfires for Mrs. Slade because her eventual husband actually meets with Mrs. Ansley, Mrs. Slade still marries her beau, but it seems the soon-to-be Mrs. Ansley actually bears Mr. Slade's daughter, Barbara. Betrayal and deception: The two chief ...

Summary The story of my life By Helen

...Miss Sarah Fuller was a “sweet-natured lady” who started tutoring Helen on the 26th of March, 1890. Miss Fuller passed Helen’s hand lightly over her face to make her feel her tongue and lips when she made a sound. Within the first hour itself, Helen learnt six elements of speech: M, P, A, S, T, I. “It is warm” is the first complete sentence that Helen managed to utter. In total, eleven lessons were given to her by Miss Fuller. The syllables were broken but, nevertheless, human. She was...

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Comparing “Dolor” and “A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God”

...On the other, Nancy Willard, a writer whose fondness for children have affected her writing, wrote with a simplistic approach; with plain words that aims straight for the heart. By doing so, she have shared directly that God, through a hardware store, have given us the delight of knowing that every bit of sadness and missing things in our life could be repaired and patched, and that there would always be a good future ahead of us. By and large, Willard’s “Hardware Store as Proof of the Exist...

?On the Symbolism of The Scarlet Letter

...Http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Titles/thescarletletter/wwwboard/forum.html James Henry. Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Biography. New York: Harpoer Johnson Claudia D. Understanding The Scarlet Letter. London: Greenwood Press. Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter in both Chinese and English, tr. By WangHong.et al. Bejing: Yili People’s Press, 2001. Spiller E. Robert. The Cycle of American Literature: An Essay in Historical Criticism. New York: The Fress Press, 1995 Weiren Wu. History and Ant...

The Witch Justified: True Creature or A Social Puzzle?

...The short story “The Witch” is based on oral tradition. Oral tradition, dating back to ancient times, has made a mark even in today’s society. The normal chismis is the best example. The short story offers us with a mystery. It makes us think if it is our fear of those who are different that create witches in our society. It makes us wonder if the Minggay’s in our society are deserving to be accused as witches. Or, if we ourselves, the chismosos and chismosas, are the real witches in the...

Things Fall Apart Essay on Traditions and Beliefs

...Her husband and his family were already becoming highly critical of such a woman and were not unduly perturbed when they found she had fled to join the Christians.” (p.151) the villagers had thought for sure after doing all this, the white men would be killed but instead they continued with their lives as though nothing had happened. These beliefs were a large part of their society and normal life and now the whites are causing them to question whether those gods are really there or able to p...

American Dream In The Great Gatsby

...Gatsby plans for such a long period of time by buying a house in West Egg right across the bay from her, arranging their secret meeting at Nick’s house, and reinventing himself from James Gatz into the persona of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby nonetheless must give in to failure in his attempt to claim Daisy once again. Likewise, It is physically impossible for all of us to achieve the American dream. This is what Fitzgerald, is trying to relay when Daisy chooses Tom over Gatsby. Tom and Gatsby can’t bo...

The ancient greek code of honor as demonstrated in Iliad and Odyssey

...WORKS CITED Butler, Samuel. The Iliad by Homer. 27 July 2007. http://classics. mit. edu/Homer/iliad. 1. i. html Butler, Samuel. The Odyssey by Homer. 27 July 2007. http://classics. mit. edu/Homer/odyssey. 23. xxiii. html “Guide to Reading the Iliad”. 1990-2000. http://faculty. gvsu. edu/websterm/Read_Iliad. htm Perry, Marvin. History of the World. Boston: Houghton and Mifflin Company, 1988. Schein, Seth. The Mortal Hero: An Introduction to Homer’s Iliad. Berkeley: University of California ...

Sexuality in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

...Thus, the mythical and the modern world can meet in reality and the belief that science and development can completely eradicate myths and ancient beliefs, may be wrong. Although the book has a happy ending, and the evil is vanquished, the author does not share the optimism of his characters, and in an overall picture, the book actually demolishes the modern myth of a human civilization that moves steadily towards progress and that is not liable to a relapse into primitiveness. Works Cited: Stok...

Discuss symbolism of death in `Don`t go gentle into the good night

..." These words imply heaven but also the grief of mortality in one unique phrase "And you, my father, there on the sad height,/Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. " The suspense of the poem is broken, finally, by the refrain -- which by now, the reader realizes cannot keep the subject of the poem (or anyone) from their appointed time with death. because the symbolic associations of the poem describe death as a both unknown but possibly beautiful and renewing state of being, the po...

Narrative (fiction) texts

...The five examples of fiction books: Louis Ehlert’s Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf; Mary Hoffman’s Amazing Grace; Jerry Stanley’s Children on the Dust Bowl; Harriette Gillem Robinet’s Children of the Fire; Marya Dasef’s Tales of a Texas Boy. The five examples of non-fiction books: DK Publishing’s Children’s History of the 20th century; Delia Ray’s A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began; Anne Millard’s Pyramids; Aliki’s Communication; Russell Freedman’s Children of the Wi...

Romeo and Mercutio

...Not only is there comparison between parts of the actual play and film but there are differences with how they are both performed. A main comparison is that in a play text the focus is on what is spoken and it is then up to the imagination to build on a character. Whereas in a film text the focus is on how the characters look and the colours they are wearing because this can symbolise what the characters are like emotions. Another large difference is, in the play the language that is used create...

The Escape by W. Somerset Maugham

...But then I was sorry for Ruth. Roger tired her out and she didn’t understand what was happening. The epithet exhausted demonstrates her state brightly. It is obvious Ruth was narrow-minded woman and she didn’t really love Roger. But there are some arguments to be said in her defence, she lonely and wanted to be protected. And the harsh reality of bourgeois society was that a woman had to be married, even if it was a marriage of convenience, otherwise she was considered as a lost soul. Thereb...

The Role of Setting in The Lottery Ticket

...The contrast in the setting plays a more direct role in presenting the theme of the story. All the excitement and resentment “disappeared all at once” (P202) as part of Ivan’s fancy dream, when he finally found out the number is not match. The ending of the story does not only lead to a change in his psychology, but also a contrast in the room of the house. The house Ivan used to be satisfied with seemed “dark and small and low-pitched…” (P202) immediately after Ivan’s fantasy coll...

The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby

...One big similarity between the two novels is that both follow protagonists who seek to fulfill their desire for another: Gatsby pursues Daisy throughout the novel, while Hester’s consummation of her passion for Arthur (and its covert continuation throughout the novel) put all events in motion in The Scarlet Letter. In a broad way, we can understand both as novels of unfulfilled desire, both set in the context of very different Americas. In The Scarlett Letter, both sex with a minister (Arthur)...

Tragic Hero

...“But if Professor Morris Schwartz taught me anything at all, it was this: there is no such thing as a “too late” in life.” (Albom, 190) Hagar Shipley, from The Stone Angel and Mitch Albom from Tuesday’s with Morrie are both tragic heroes’ that overcome their flaws by going through a journey that includes: departure, tests/trials and a transformation. As tragic heroes these protagonists have a flaw or weakness that causes them to struggle. The hero must go through a journey to overcom...

"The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

...Throughout this specific encounter in Chapter 15, there is a lack of free indirect style which is prevalent throughout the rest of the novel. This means that Lady Narborough's character is not able to completely flourish as it is difficult to see her inner thoughts, unlike the male characters in the novel. This lack of literary technique shows how she is underwritten, as the failure to project her inner monologue, shows Wilde's disregard for not just Lady Narborough, but the female characters in...

The Historical Context of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

...“Crime and Punishment (Historical Context). ” Notes on Novels. 2006. Answers. com. 3 June 2008 <http://www. answers. com/topic/crime-and-punishment-novel-5>. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. London, England: Penguin Popular Classics, 1997. Pratt, Alan. “Nihilism. ” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2006. 3 June 2008 <http://www. iep. utm. edu/n/nihilism. htm>. Rode, Sonia. Raskolnikov's Philosophical Evolution. 30 Dec. 2007. 3 June 2008 <http://anilrode. c...

Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground

...He did and thought as he pleased, whether or not it was in his best interests. Indeed, he had escaped, and is completely free. REFERENCES Dostoevsky, F. (1992). Notes from Underground (M. Ginsburg, Trans. ). New York: Bantam. (Original work published in 1864). Madden, C. (n. d. ). SparkNote on Notes from Underground. Retrieved March 29, 2008, from http://www. sparknotes. com/lit/underground/ Marder, J. , Meyer, M. , & Wyshak, F. (n. d. ). Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground Study Guide. Re...

Comparing Arnold’s Dover Beach to Hecht’s Dover Bitch

...Arnold created this scene at the Dover Beach and Hecht just criticized the speaker in the poem to stop the “mournful cosmic last resort” idea to view and start to view life’s realities in a different perspective. It somewhat a poetic way of saying that “Life is a bitch, I know. Deal with it! ” Clearly, reading these poems, readers could tell the significance of what “point-of-view” means when to ascertain what thoughts of the people could be in a story. Works Cited Baum, Paull F. T...

Creative writing in non-fiction

...If you add characters, dialogue, invent scenes and alter facts, you moved to the realm of historical fic¬tion, a noble genre but still, fiction. Lee Gutkind, an English professor at the University of Pittsburgh, credited as the founder of the creative non-fiction movement. "There's this research aspect of creative non-fiction (Ethics of Literary Non-fiction) that you can't get away from -- that a lot of writers try to skip over or do without. " Authors seem to be getting the emotional aspects o...

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

...His rage enables him to kill members of Victor’s family. When the monster finally gets to confront his creator, he begs for a mate since he is all alone in the world. With Victor’s refusal, the monster kills Victor’s fiance on her wedding night. This is the climax of the story. The monster spends the rest of his short life running and trying to escape his fate as Victor follows him to kill him. The story ends when Victor finally frees the monster from his misery and perishes himself as he ...

Dominant Ideology in the United States

...Retrieved October 15, 2008, from All Academic Incorporated. Website: http://www. allacademic. com/meta/p70048_index. html Dominant Ideology Thesis. (1998). Retrieved October 15, 2008, from Highbeam Research, Inc. Website: http://www. encyclopedia. com/doc/1O88-dominantideologythesis. html Edwords, F. (1989). What is Humanism? Retrieved October 15, 2008, from the American Humanist Association. Website: http://www. jcn. com/humanism. html Major Themes in American Literature. (2008). Retrieved Octo...

Human nature

...But in terms of the values taught, they were selfish and wanted only what would benefit the, what is in their interest. In the end, their actions were motivated by something rational – they wanted revenge, they wanted survival, they wanted resources. And this is human nature. The Crucible shows us what human nature is capable of going into unchecked, and must serve as reminder that we are not only creatures of survival, but that there is hope – we could rise above it and stand for what is go...

The Irony of Dr. Faustus

...In this person, a subject to notice as a reader, the spirit, of the Renaissance, boundless passion for knowledge, power and beauty incarnated his heroes are Timberline, Dr. Faustus, Barabas, embodying passion for world conquest knowledge and wealth respectively. He gave live and reality to these characters. The seeds of tragedy lie in the character and the hero plucks upon himself the result of his own deeds. He also imbibed the deepest spirit of the Renaissance in his aspirates and audacity of ...

Dr. Johnson’s contributions to English prose, criticism and lexicography

...in his own time and the same is the case even today. Such was the power and strength of Dr. Johnson’s prose style. His majestic vocabulary was used with analytical precision. The balance and anti-thesis of the couplet form was brought from poetry to prose. His prose is not compressed. It is expansive like the blank verse of the Paradise Lost. Bibliography Alvin Kernan ( 1989) Samuel Johnson and the Impact of Print (Princeton Univ. Press) Bruce Redford, (1994) the Letters of Samuel Johnson (Pri...

Dr. Seuss’s -Too Many Daves

...On the other hand, however, one could argue that the mother did not name her children with various names because she does not want them to be burdened by the expectations that some names may have on their owners. For instance, if a person were named Lovely at birth, it would be unfortunate if she grows up be unattractive. Mrs. McCave would like his sons to develop their own identities and personalities and later on, decide to get a name appropriate to them. Work Cited Dr. Seuss. Too Many Daves....

Literary and Critical Analysis of the Yellow Wallpaper

...Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution Small, Maynard & Co. , 1898 • O wens, E. Suzanne. “The Ghostly Double behind the Wallpaper in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper. ’” • King, Jeannette and Pam Morris. “On Not Reading between the Lines: Models of Reading in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper. ’” Studies in Short Fiction 26. 1 (1989): 23-32. • Johnson, Greg. “Gilman’s Gothic Allegory: Rage an...

Young Goodman Brown

...If Paulits is correct that the overriding central theme of this story is pervasive ambivalence why does Hawthorne end it in the forest and not play it out to the end of the tale? Paulits’ thesis sets out to prove that ambivalence is a theme and he does that effectively. He does not effectively prove that ambivalence is the central theme or even the main theme, however. His idea that the allegory is of the temptations of Christ is weak and not supported well. A better argument could be made tha...

?An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

...Murrays use of symbolism is bold yet simplistic as demonstrated in the quote “Some will say in years to come, a halo or force stood around him.” By symbolic use of supernatural themes Murray is masking the underlying greatness and fearlessness of the weeping mans act of refusal to conform. The effect of these symbolic words is to illustrate to the reader that the man appears to be a unyielding hero rather than a pitiful mess. Creating a newfound sense of emotional belonging within the reader...

Comparison between Creon and Antigone in Oedipus the King

...” In sum, while both characters share similarities due to their close relationship with Oedipus, they also have differences that distinguish their characters. Antigone is a realistic, decisive yet stubborn character while Creon is a person who holds himself in high esteem but later realizes he is human as well. Works Cited “Oedipus the King. ” 2008. The Internet Classics Archive. 3 April 2008 <http://classics. mit. edu/Sophocles/oedipus. html>. “Antigone. ” 2008. 2008. The Intern...

A Soldier’s Home

...In addition, he also had an experience being a correspondent in the Spanish Civil War, seen as one of the preludes of the second world war, and as well as being one of the most brutal wars in recent history. With regards to the writing style, it must be noted that Ernest Hemingway was actually one of the founders of the modernist movements in literature, especially in the United States after the second world war, and was a contemporary of Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, John Do...

Aristotle’s theory of the Tragic Hero

...The word we translate as “plot” is the Greek wordmuthos, which is the root for myth. Muthos is a more general term than plot, as it can apply to any art form, including music or sculpture. The muthos of a piece of art is its general structure and organization, the form according to which the themes and ideas in the piece of art make themselves apparent. The plot of a story, as the term is used in the Poetics, is not the sequence of events so much as the logical relationships that exist betwe...

Belfast Confetti

...The overall message of the poem is to educate the readers of what it was like to be involved in a bombing. I also believe that the poem is trying to portray a message of invasion. His hometown was getting destroyed in front of him and the only way he believed he could teach people about this was through poetry. The fact that he chose to express his emotions through poetry is a really interesting way of getting his point across. The whole poem is an extended metaphor which shows the conflict and ...

Critical Analysis of ‘Prelude’ by Katherine Mansfield

...Modernism [Internet], available from: <http://www. litencyc. com/php/stopics. php? rec=true&UID=1219> [Accessed 31 August 2007] Katherine Mansfield: Short Story Moderniser [Internet], available from: <http://www. nzedge. com/heroes/mansfield. html> [Accessed 31 August 2007] Manfred Jahn. (2005) Narratology: A Guide to the Theory of Narrative [Internet], available from: <http://www. uni-koeln. de/~ame02/pppn. htm> [Accessed 31 August 2007] Ismail S Talib. Narrative Theory [I...

A Dream within a Dream: A Critical Analysis

...The reader can easily relate to it because each one of us undergoes this sense of agony at the loss of a loved one. We might feel that things are slipping away from our hands but we remain helpless. The poet has captured this aspect of human existence very beautifully. Although there are portions of the poem that are vague as one cannot be sure what the poet is trying to convey, the overall effect of the poem on the reader is captivating. ? Works Cited Poe, Edgar A. “A Dream within a Dream”....

King Hrothgar

...d. The idea that Beowulf was buried in a barrow or a burial mound near the sea after being burned into ashes signifies that the people were following Norse pagan beliefs. It was believed that the fire transferred the deceased to Valhalla or the hall of the slain in Asgard, a city in Norse mythology. e. In the Book of Revelation chapter 28 verse 1, a lake is described as a body of water that “burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death. ” This can be aptly similar to the home of G...

Traditionalism and Modernism in Poetic Form: Sonnet and Villanelle

...Modern Language Notes 62 (1947): 400-402. Nemerov, Howard. “A Primer of the Daily Round”. Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. R. S. Gwynn. New York: Penguin Academics, 2005. 6. Newbould, Brian. “Ravel’s Pantoum”. The Musical Times 116 (1975): 228-231. O’ Connor, Mary Beth. “Pantoum”. Massachusetts Review 41 (2001). Sexton, Elaine. “Lower Manhattan Pantoum”. Poetry 186 (2005) Taylor, Marilyn L. “The Sonnet: Not just for the lovelorn anymore. ” Writer 118 (2005). Wright, Jame...

Charge of the light brigade

...The stanzas get longer and the rhymes more frequent after the calm opening stanza. This poem is nightmarish in the illusion it creates of horror in describing a bayonet charge. It is about a soldier’s experience of a violent battle. It describes his thoughts and actions as he desperately tries to avoid being shot. The soldier’s overriding emotion and motivation is fear, which has replaced the more patriotic ideals that he held before the violence began. The poem ends with ‘His terror’s t...

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