Literature Essay Topics

Things Fall Apart

In the beggining chapters of the book called “Things Fall Apart,” there is a big misunderstanding between Unoka and his son Okonkwo. Their conflict is based on Unokas unprodictuve behavior. Okonkwo on the other hand is a very strong and hard working man. Okonkwo is ashamed to say that his father is the lazyest man… View Article

Scarlet Letter vs Ministers Black Veil

This essay is comparing and contrasting two stories by Nathaniel Hawthorn. The stories are The Scarlet Letter and The Ministers Black Veil. There are many similarities as well as differences. There are similarities in religious beliefs. They also have almost the exact same themes. We will begin with a couple paragraphs on what the two… View Article

Half-Past Two and Piano

“Half past Two” is about a young child who has done something naughty. His teacher punishes him by making him stay behind until half past two. However, being cross, she forgets he has not yet learnt to tell the time. Thus, his concept of time doesn’t yet include numerals. He knows he is punished but… View Article

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is an extremely shocking novel in that even it weren’t true the events in the story would still be shocking, but the fact that it is true makes it that much more disturbing. In the book Jeannette is on more than one occasion, a victim of sexual abuse. Although… View Article

The Chrysalids

Despite what many might think, It is a clear fact that The Chrysalids has been written, read and acknowledged as a warning for today’s society in many ways as I will elaborate more within the following paragraph such as; different types of racism still in our society, we still have this fear that god might… View Article

John Proctor Tragic Hero

In society today, most people can be themselves. Most do not feel the need to hide who they truly are anymore while some still can only “half express [themselves]” because they are embarrassed of the “idea which each of [them] represents” (186). I feel as if there is still too little emphasis on self-reliance and… View Article

Othello and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Comparative

The transformation between Othello, a 16th century Shakespearean tragedy and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a 1960’s Romantic Comedy, can be compared by addressing themes that are present in each text. The theme of race can be used to compare the different attitudes of each context, surrounding the significant black characters of Othello in Othello… View Article

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Throughout the entire novel of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, everyone is inquiring or investigating about something. The characters are either meddling in someone else’s business or they become curious about something scientific. Because of this curiosity, different people get in trouble in some way. In the first chapter, Mr. Utterson’s friend Mr. Enfield says,… View Article

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Everyone deals with resentment in his or her own way. More often than not harboring resentment can hold a person back from succeeding in life and achieving happiness. Resentment ends only when a person can completely forgive those they feel have wronged them. Resentment greatly affected the plot as well as the character development in… View Article

The Victorian Age in Literature

The Victorian Age is roughly delimited by the reign of Queen Victoria, who ascended the throne of Great Britain on 1937, and died in 1901. For the sake of convenience the Victorian age of literature is bracketed by the period 1830 to 1901. Both in terms of literature and culture the Victorian period is highly… View Article

Black Humor

Is death a laughable matter? Or Christ? Or maybe inhumanity? No. In most situations, people do not laugh at any of those subjects. However, in Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, he laughs at all of them through the use of black humor. Vonnegut uses black humor as a way to criticize societies in all of… View Article

Analysis of the Character of Winston in 1984

Written by the author George Orwell, 1984 gives a terrifying outlook of society. George Orwell presents a world in which society, controlled by the State, is indoctrinated in propaganda and illusion. The main character is different from the rest of the people since he decides to defy the society he lives in. From the first… View Article

Mystery Stories Sesay

Choose three of the short mystery stories we have studied. In the three you have chosen write about how successful the authors have been in describing the creation of atmosphere, memorable characters and vivid settings. We have been studying four mystery stories, written before 1900. ‘The Beryl Coronet’ ‘The Adventure of the Engineers Thumb’ ‘The… View Article

Perfume – Grenouille Analysis

Throughout the story “Perfume” by Patrick Suskind, Grenouille is presented as an outsider who is a product of both social and moral decay shown through his birth, description of the setting and description of Grenouille’s characteristics. Grenouille was born in the malodorous fish market of Paris in the “18th century”, where the 18th century was… View Article

Heart of Darkness Analysis

The heroic journey. This is a familiar feature of many stories. From Odysseus of ancient Greece to Harry Potter of popular culture, this archetype remains a predominant feature of a myth. From gypsies sitting around campfires telling tales of magic and wonder, to twenty-first century audiences crowding around their television screens, stories that we tell… View Article

Satire in Huckleberry Finn

Chapters 1-4: Superstition In chapters 1-4 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Twain’s characters tend to get worked up over the silliest of superstitions. In the second chapter, when Huck accidentally flicks a spider into a flame, he, “Was so scared and most shook the clothes off [him]” (Twain 3). He counters… View Article

Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature

T. C. Boyle’s “Carnal Knowledge” narrates about the life of Jim, his character and feelings. The use of irony indicates about the real life events and how Jim encountered them. Use of Irony shows how Jim faced tyranny and revealed about his character. Irony is used at different points in the story. Thesis: The use… View Article

Use of Disguise in British Literature

British literature from the bygone days of Anglo Saxon towards the most confound present era encompasses different periods with its own generation of versatile writers. Anglo-Saxon literature is deemed to be the oldest among the vernacular literatures of modern Europe with the result its relationship with the Latin period was very close. Its life ranged… View Article

Richard Wright

In this story written by Richard Wright, we see a man who struggles to come to terms with asserting his independence on the people around him. The main character in the story, Dave, is portrayed by the author as someone who sees that ownership of a gun as the starting point whereby he can prove… View Article

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest published in 1962 is a fiction novel by Ken Kesey. The novel is set in an Oregon asylum and serves as a study of the institutional practice and the human mind. Its curious approach lays the foundation for a discussion concerning truth, as not each event described by the… View Article

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Now considered not only a legendary work within the history of American literature, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” is also regarded as the pivotal work of an entire generation of young Americans looking for purpose and direction in a nation not far removed from world war, and becoming increasingly complicated and fast paced. In the… View Article

Kerouac’s America: Jazz and Life on the Road

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road portrays the entire spectrum of American experience- from the migrant worker to the deranged artist to the Midwestern farmer. All of these discordant figures he blends together into one tapestry, creating a picture of the United States that, even if sometimes bleak, is always sympathetic. Kerouac’s vision of America is… View Article

The Perfect Knight

We are made to believe that there are still knights in shining armor out there. That adage was probably rooted from English Literature. Stories of King Arthur and his knights were legendary that it even reached our time. It influences us on how the modern man should act towards the contemporary woman. But what are… View Article

Sophocles` Oedipus The King And Shakespeare`S Othello

Greek literature was rich in dramas and tragic heroes. The main rules for defining the real tragic hero were summarized and sharply distinguished by Aristotle; he worked out six important characteristics for the true tragic hero: hamartia, hubris, anagnorisis, peripeteia, nemesis and catharsis; hamartia – a serious mistake, which is the main reason of downfall of… View Article

A Study of Trends in Indian Partition Literature

The Partition of India was the geographical division of colonial India into two bordering nation states of India and Pakistan based on religious demographics.1 It was proposed as an unsavoury but necessary accompaniment to the Independence of India from the British Empire. However, it was not only a diplomatic and administrative exercise but rather had… View Article

Andy Stern’s A Country That Works

The president of the largest, Andy Stern, fast-growing and dynamic union in North America named SEIU or Service Employees International Union has just recently launched his new book and even conducted a nationwide tour just to promote it. The SEIU president’s new book which is entitled “Getting America Back on Track: A Country that Works… View Article

Experiential Knowledge versus Intellectual Knowledge

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has for a long time stirred the issue on the tug between experiential knowledge (the sort of knowledge that is gained in the “streets” and practiced mostly by Huck) and intellectual knowledge (the kind of knowledge being taught in schools and by people like Widow Douglas and Miss Watson). The… View Article

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? ” is a short story written by Joyce Carol Oates. On the surface the narrative is fairly generic. The plot follows a 15 year old girl named Connie who is a typical teen – shallow, and self consumed. She spends her days at the mall, listening to… View Article

Great Expectations

Great Expectations, a novel by Charles Dickens, was first published in England as a serial in the years 1860 and 61 then later as a novel. It runs to 448 pages in modern paperback. The work is considered to be autobiographical and told in first person as a memoir of the orphan boy, Pip. Dickens’… View Article