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A Midsummer Night's Dream

...This can aid in comparing different works of literature and provide a starting point in analyzing literature. The problem with studying genre is that because it is so vague and that the works do not purely follow the guidelines in the genres it is difficult to define genre. Also, it is difficult to define the works using genre because there are so many different types of genre that different parts of the works can fall into. Teahers Note: You're welcome to your opinion, but this part would certa...

Genre Conversation

...Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2004. Devitt, Amy “A Proposal for Teaching Genre Awareness and Antecedent Genres. ” Writing Genres. Carbondale: Southern Illinoise University Press, 2004. Ede, Lisa. “Writing for Rhetorical Situations”. Rounsaville, Angela, et al. , eds, Situated Inquiry. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. Fish, Stanley E. “How to Recognize a Poem When You See One”. Rounsaville, Angela, et al. , eds, Situated Inquiry. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008....

Mystery Genre

...In the second video segment, Smith talks about the five elements for a mystery genre and how each of them is used to make a good story. The first element mentioned is the inclusion of high stakes; Smith says that there is a misperception of high stakes and it doesn’t have to be life or death. He says to make characters that people care about and whatever is important to that character the reader will care about it too. The next element is larger than life characters; Smith says to, “Amp it u...

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Pike by Ted Hughes

...Stanzas 8-11 suddenly expand outwards, and return us to a personal experience – Hughes fishing in an ancient pond, fishing for pike that he imagines to be as ancient as the monks that created it, as ancient as the idea of England itself. And as he fishes for the pike, we get a sense of reversal – the poet, who spoke so convincingly of his expertise, experience and veneration for the animal for so much of this poem, may have narratorial power (after all, it is he who controls the poem – the...

Greed and Power in Macbeth

...The prediction (if it is a prediction) they tell Macbeth compels him to ponder on killing his King. Macbeth kills many thinking that he is invincible because the witches said that Macbeth can’t be killed unless that man is born of a woman. When Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane, Macbeth knows that he is going to be killed. The Witches prophecy, along with Lady Macbeth’s ruthlessness and ambition are the causes for the tragedy. Macbeth shows us that too much ambition and thirst for power will le...

Characteristics of Beowulf as a Tragic Hero

...Beowulf was always the stronger of the two because his confidence was already within him whereas Macbeth gained his confidence after he assassinated the king and got away with it. They both had a sense of boastfulness among them and believed they would never be brought down. Eventually this brought them down in the end. Macbeth accepted the consequences of his actions in the end because he said 'Bring it after me. I will not be afraid of death and bane... ' (Macbeth. V. III. 59). Beowulf is kill...

One Today- Poem Analysis

...That is why it does not contain any humour, abbreveations or informal language. I think that the voice that the author used in this poem fit the occasion perfectly because it was straight forward, easily understandable and relatable to any American citizen. The sentence structure of this poem is unlike a lot of poems that you might see where the lines are of equal length and contain the same amount of sylables. Rather than taking that approach, Blanco's poem contained senteneces, and lines that ...

Princess de Cleves , Tartuffe, Nathan the Wise: a study of Irony

...Works Cited Cave , Terence (translator) Princess de cleves Oxford world classics. UK (13 march ,2009) <http://www. books. google. com/> La Fayette. The Princess de Cleves Penguin classicsUK. (first published, March 1678) Lessing Ephraim Gotthold. Nathan the Wise translated by Taylor William And Lewes lee Charles, Leipzig 1868. (14 march 2009) <http://www. books. google. com/> Wilbur, Richard(translator) Tartuffe: comedy in five acts “A Harvest/HBJ book”( first published 1669)...

Literary Analysis: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet as a Historical Fiction

...Though the end of the novel rewards you with a cheesy, sappy love story ending, something slightly implausible, Ford does his best he can to keep the history in this ‘historical fiction’ factual and true. Over all this novel is a highly plausible, and by MacLeod’s criteria, a “good” work of Historical Fiction. Ford’s novel is also a reminder of the injustice against the Japanese-Americans during the wartime of the 1940’s and cautions us to never let ourselves as a people treat anyo...

Comparing Theme Across Genres

...The conflict that is exposed here is racial discrimination. The man called him an extremely offensive name because of his appearance or in other words his skin color. Cullen says he “saw the whole of Baltimore from May until December”. By using tone, he exposes his attitude toward that experience and the entire city of Baltimore. Cullen’s attentive tone tells that after that experience he then noticed that the entire city of Baltimore was the same, prejudice. Poets do not just reveal their...

An Introduction to Genre Theory

...Fowler comments that 'the system of generic expectations amounts to a code, by the use of which (or by departure from which) composition becomes more economical' (Fowler 1989: 215). Genres can thus be seen as a kind of shorthand serving to increase the 'efficiency' of communication. They may even function as a means of preventing a text from dissolving into 'individualism and incomprehensibility' (Gledhill 1985: 63). And whilst writing within a genre involves making use of certain 'given' conve...

Literary Canon Definition


Literary Terms in “the Bean Eaters”

...One of Brooks’s uses of imagery, which triggers the sense of sight, in the poem was when she talked about the couples living conditions and all the things they possessed. In the readers mind they could visualize a stuffed room of belongings. Brooks displays how the two elder people are content with what they have and they don’t care for any expensive belongings because the riches they possess are the wonderful memories they share. Using figurative language, like symbols and imagery, in any l...

Family Identity

...However, due to Daisy’s family life, she grew accustomed to a pampered life lifestyle in which everything was simply handed to her, making her the self-obsessed, materialistic, and lazy person she became. As evidenced by Grapes of Wrath, Abraham Lincoln, and The Great Gatsby, family is what primarily determines someone’s identity. Thus, identity is not some gene-determined trait that is formed prior to birth. It is something that takes shape in the early stages of one’s life, forming accor...

Feminism in Jane Eyre

...Jane’s marriage was in fact based on a kind of incompleteness and inequality at least in terms of the couple’s physical conditions and social status. Charlotte subtly conveys the idea that feminism can be realized only in an incomplete marriage. The readers would be a little distressed when intelligent, kind-hearted and independent Jane gained her happiness in this way. The concept of feminism the author conveys to some extent goes to extremes. ? Conclusion The novel Jane Eyre successfully c...

Essay about Beowulf is an Epic Hero

...Beowulf, like other epic heroes, possesses the following heroic qualities: epic heroes are superhuman types of beings. They show great bravery, intelligence, strength and resourcefulness. They have a strong admiration for the values of their society. They are dominant male figures and suffer severe pain, but in the end, they conquer evil. Beowulf sjows all of these traits of an epic hero, and more. He did that with his physical strength, belief in god, and the battle with the dragon. These chara...

Revelation Essay

...In the girls eyes the eggs and milk are precious, and she wants to protect them from any harm. “in case the milk should spill” The precarious position of the milk is highlighted in the small hands of a weak girl, who has been charged with the responsibility of looking after the eggs and milk. She is protecting what is important to her. The poet seems to be suggesting that her experience shows that females are scared of males and have to protect themselves from any harm. Females protect all f...

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

...He describes them as two spans high, very reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid earth as easily as humans move through air. [4] [5] •Undine or nymph being of water Undines are almost invariably depicted as being female, which is consistent with the ancient idea that water is a female element. [8] They are usually found in forest pools and waterfalls,[9] and their beautiful singing voices[10] are sometimes heard over the sound of water. •Sylph, being of air (syleve...

The Relationship Between Reader and Writer


Imagination vs Reality in Literature

...Although in this story Kamala may not have been able to control her actions completely, it shows the way the Indian culture views people when they act out and how one little action can be viewed as such an embarrassment. Works Cited Singh, Vandana. A Speculative Manifesto. Framingham: n. p. , 2008. 200-04. Print. Singh, Vandana. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet: And Other Stories. New Delhi, India: Zubaan, in Collaboration with Penguin India, 2008. 39-54. Print. Tan, Charles. "The World SF...

Themes by Means of Unique Style- Bishop

...She realises the minute details of the decorated crochet and the extraneous plant is all due to a mother’s love. “Somebody loves us all. ” To conclude my essay, I would agree that Bishop does explore a variety of different themes throughout her poems; however these themes are recurring throughout her poetry and may be in more than one poem. She uses interesting styles to introduce these themes to the reader, such as rhetorical questioning, personification, detailed imagery and also speakin...

Robert Frost

...There is a similar scene in, "Desert Places", that talks of the mystery of the snow. "Snow falling fast, oh, fast in a field I looked into going past, and the ground almost covered smooth in snow, but a few weeds and stubble showing last"(Frost 1). Here the traveler exhibits that he has no time to stop in the field, but he notices the weeds that have yet to be completely covered. Frost's use of detail when describing theme theme of nature is very potent in his writing, it allows a clear scene to...

Analysis of Sonnet 43 and 30

...Although these sentiments stem from different places for the two poets, a closer look reveals that they do actually hold some similar feelings about love. They seem to both assert that each’s love is undying and still quite strong after death. Shakespeare states “But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,All losses are restored and sorrows end. ”, whereas Browning states “and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. ”. In conclusion, although both works speak of th...

Thematic Comparisom

...When Mike realizes that you never know what’s going to happen and you shouldn’t postpone life he goes and shaves his moustache. We can infer that the moustache is a symbol of procrastination and postponement. Symbolism and details are used to express the theme in “The Moustache”. In these two literary works the two authors, Stephen Spender and Robert Cormier, convey the same theme of unpredictability in life. Spender uses diction and imagery to show the theme in his poem “What I Expec...

English composition drama essay

...The functionality in a drama to provide the audience with the same outlook compared to the various different messages fictions can convey is the main advantage watching dramas has over reading fictions. The concise detailing an author provides in their dramas lets the audience find the meaning in a simpler way. Watching a drama is proven to be much more effective because of the overall experience each audience member get to appreciate. Work Cited "Reading Drama Study Guide: GED Language Arts, Re...

Motifs of Invisible Man

...Although he is comfortable as an invisible man he emerges to go make a visible impact on the world. The last major motif, Racism, is an obstacle to finding individual identity. Throughout the novel he struggles to find his true identity. As he passes from minor society to minor society he tries to adapt their identity on to him. Each time he takes away from his individuality. The narrator finally realizes that racism just causes him to see what others want him to see. He comes to this realizatio...

Are Human Innately Evil

...She had to write poison pen letters to warn people and these letters sometimes ended up hurting people. From our point of view she was evil but from Miss Strangeworth’s point of view she was good. She was trying to get rid of evil in her town and trying to help others. “Mr. Lewis would have never imagined for a minute that his grandson might be lifting petty cash from the store register if he had not had one of Miss Strangeworth’s letters. ” Miss Strangeworth was not innately evil or inn...

"Dracula" The Movie

...Aforementioned illustrations manifest Dark Romanticism because mainly the plot is focused on a tragic event that occured, revealing how the natural world is dark, decaying and mysterious, because of Dracula wife committing suicide that would demonstrate the tragic events therefore the film would resemble Dark Romanticism. Edgar Allen Poe narrative 'The Fall of The House Of Usher.'' and secondary sources epitomize how Dark Romanticism elucidates throughout a novel and film and demonstrate the cha...

Social hierarchy in "Of mice and men"

...And that reason is because they have money. First, Curley has a lot of money. Curley is disliked among the workers because the only reason he is superior is because of nepotism, since his dad is the boss he is favored and gets “special treatment.” Curley has a very big head, which doesn’t match his small physical appearance. This causes him to pick up fights just to prove himself on the ranch, Lastly; the boss is at the top because he has money. In many circumstances money makes people pow...

The English Restoration

...Works Cited Fletcher, Robert. "A History of English Literature. " About. 8 May 2006. Main, C. F.. "The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. " Elements of Literature. Brinnen, John Malcolm. Austin: Holt, Rhinehart and Winston. Merritt, James. "English Literature. " The World Book Encyclopedia. 1985. "Restoration, in English History. " Bartleby. 6 May 2006 "Restoration Literature. " Wikipedia. 8 May 2006. "The Restoration Period and the 18th Century. " Encarta. CD-ROM. Microsoft. 2000. Wright, ...

Characters Analysis in "Death of a Salesman"

...Biff has a problem pressing the job and Happy as well, he thought as important as his father. But Willy was realized that he full of remorse and guilt. Willy believes that he did not taught their sons the mistakes in life because of these problems, they would not be successful. After Biff's decided to leave, Willy proved that his son life will be worthwhile. But In order to achieve that, the father decided to kill himself. Willy was planning for his life insurance to save the sons and wife. When...

Darko Suvin's "Metamorphoses of Science Fiction"

...Similar to folktale, fantasy causes tension between the “arbitrary supernatural phenomena and the empirical norms they infiltrate. ”(8) This means things that are completely unfamiliar to the reader intrude into what they see as real. For example in Harry Potter, wizards and witches “infiltrate” the real world without non-magical people knowing. This can cause confusion, because it does not completely create its own world, and it does not go by the rules and laws of our world, so it is i...

Ancient Greece

...For example, does a representation of a woman weaving signify Penelope, wife of Odysseus who spent her days at a loom, or does it portray someone engaged in an everyday activity? The Greeks retold myths orally, as well as preserving them in literary and artistic works. The Greeks transmitted to children tales of monsters and myths of gods and heroes. Old men gathered to exchange tales in leschai (clubs or conversation places). Storytelling, whether in writing, art, or speech, was at the heart of...

Leadership styles in greek mythology

...A reading of these tales shows that the Greeks looked for the qualities of strength and authority in their leaders, along with courage and wisdom. However, these alone were not enough. In order to be a great leader or king, one needed to establish a system of justice and fairness, where those who did wrong would face punishment, and where order would be maintained instead of chaos. Zeus was the model for earthly kings because of his ability to bring order, fairness, and justice along with his gr...

Greek mythology personal narrative

...I almost forgot I need to tell him that he will be a daddy. Shhh!!! Someone is coming!! “Hello, is anyone here? ” “Yessss! What do you need? ” “Do you know where medusa secret lair is? ” “Yessss! ” “What is your name? ” “My name is Persus. ” “Interesting. ” Why do you need medusa? ” “Because I am in debt of the king and I have to pay him her head. ” “You want directions. ” “Well, there is no need for directions because you are in her lair and you are talki...

Norse Mythology vs. Greek Mythology

...In conclusion Norse mythology and often forgotten mythology is very different from many mythologies. Proof being in large difference between Norse and Greek Mythology. Death isn't judged by your actions but by how you died. There are many more magically inclined creatures. Also the end of the world which no other mythology that I am aware of has. Works Cited Keenan, Sheila. Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters: An Encyclopedia of World Mythology. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Norse Mythology. (Online) Av...

Greek Mythology and Greek Goddess Aphrodite

...Because she was beautiful, many Gods wanted her for their wife. All of them argued over her along with Zeus. The arguments over Aphrodite continued; Zeus was rejected by Aphrodite. In punishment for rejection and for the good of ending all arguments, Zeus forced her to marry Hephaestus, an ugly god of blacksmiths. She was not faithful in her relationship with the God of Blacksmiths and had affairs with other gods such as Poseidon, Hermes, Dionysos, Phaethon, and others. her most famous affair wa...

Greek Mythology and Eris

...Boston: Little, Brown and, 1942. Print. Monaghan, Patricia. "Eris. " Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. Vol. 2: Europe and the Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2010. 403. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 12 Apr. 2013. Nardo, Don. "Eris. " The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2002. 89-90. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 18 Apr. 2013. Smith, William. "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. " The Ancient Libr...

Hades/ Underworld : Greek Mythology

...Greek culture has greatly affected different parts of my daily life including architecture, food, government, inventions, music, religion, and education. Modern day architecture in America is greatly influenced by ancient Greek architectural styles, which include columns and decorative elements such as sculptures. The Parthenon is an excellent example of the surviving Greek architecture, and it has inspired buildings such as The Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and White House, all of which a...

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