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Literature Essay Examples

How to differentiate literary texts

Carter argues that there are six particular features which can help differentiate literary texts from others and that a literary texts will exhibit most or all of them. These features are medium independence, genre-mixing, semantic density, polysemy, displaced interaction and text patterning. (Carter, 1997, cited in Thornborrow, 2006, p.81-85) If I look at the first…

“The Science of Shopping” versus “The Signs of Shopping”

Shopping has become a daily activity which happens a billion times in America and around the world. We cannot imagine how our lives would be affected if shopping was suddenly stopped. Malcolm Gladwell and Anne Norton both write articles about two sides of modern day shopping: how consumers have impacted the retail industry and how…

Dark Were The Tunnels

A Change in Humanity George R. R. Martin’s short story, “Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels,” is one of the pieces included in John Joseph Adams compilation of apocalyptic short stories titled Wastelands: stories of the apocalypse. This story is not a traditional story of the apocalypse; it is not about humanity’s struggle to survive immediately…

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Frankenstein

In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley creates an interest in human life but the interest in human life comes after death. Human life has lengthened due to the successes of scientists in the region of medical science. Extending human life became the goal of an scientist named Victor Frankenstein. Beyond wanting to extend life, he…

Nick as reliable narrator

“I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known”. Discuss. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the great American novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is often heralded as one of the greatest narrators of all time. However, whether Nick was a reliable narrator is an issue that is…

A Christmas Carol

 I think that the Ghost of Christmas yet to come had the most powerful impact on Scrooge because it showed him his future that he didn’t want to see and how when he died, nobody cared about his death. Scrooge admitted how he feared this spirit the most, “I feared you more”, because he was…

The Romantic Era

The romantic period in music extended from about 1820 to 1900. Among the most significant musicians were Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler. The length of this list – and…

The Man Of Property

Galsworthy was no longer young when he began writing the last years of the 19th century. His first works were very attracting. His best novels were written in the early decades of this century. His first notable work was “The Island Pharisees” (1904) was the first book to appear under his own name in which…

Tale of the Heike

The Tale of the Heike depicts the struggle for power between two rival clans, the Taira and the Minamoto. The main events of The Tale take place from 1156 C.E., when the Taira first rise to power after the Hōgen Disturbance, to 1185 C.E., when the Minamoto clan defeat the Taira in the events of…

Othello

Outline Thesis: The William Shakespeare’s play “Othello, the Moor of Venice”. Reveals the author’s perception of a tragic hero. By the end of the play Aristotle’s point of view reveals that every protagonist hero has some type of moral Achilles’s heel. Working Outline I.Introduction a.Attention grabbing opening statement b.Background info on the topic c.Thesis statement…

The Relationship of Dante and Virgil

Dante and his Mentor, Virgil Dante’s Inferno is the story of a middle-aged man’s journey through the varying circles of Hell where he encounters numerous people including previous popes, famous philosophers, and former acquaintances receiving the appropriate punishment for their respective crimes. In literature, it is common for a hero to undergo a journey, whether…

Social Injustices and the American Dream in Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal”

Ralph Ellison’s “The Battle Royal” represents the socioeconomic tensions in the early twentieth century. Written in 1952, Ellison brings light to the fact black citizens were still being seen as inferior to their white counterparts decades after slavery was abolished. In a society where black citizens were seen as second-rate, they were mostly given only…

Character and Point of View in “The Red Convertible”

“The Red Convertible” is a short story by Louis Erdrich, in which two native American brothers named Marty and Henry decide to buy a red convertible Oldsmobile together. The two brothers spend much of the summer travelling around together in the car until the older brother, Stephan, is deployed to Vietnam. When Stephan returns, he…

Duality in The Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities stands out in the list of Charles Dickens’ compositions because the book is so different from anything he ever wrote. Novels that Dickens wrote before and after A Tale of Two Cities have been centralized around the Victorian culture, while A Tale of Two Cities takes place in Revolutionary France…

Macbeth essay conflicts

The notorious Shakespearean play Macbeth illustrates a natural evil and greed for power present in the human race. Even in modern times, society relates to Macbeth as people are consistently striving for a higher rank and power. Sometimes, people are even prepared to get into difficult situations to achieve their goals, and this gives rise…

Review of Related Literature and Studies

Parents Portal The Parents Portal gives the parent an opportunity to view their student’s schedules, performance, and statement of accounts. Parents also have access to review current contact information, which may be used to help the school maintain accurate contact data. Online Reporting is the innovative use of media and communication technologies such as emails,…

Stylistic analysis of a short story “Laura”

The story under analysis is titled “Laura”. It is written by British author, master of the short story Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki. The very story belongs to fiction genre with a unique touch of mystery, psychological themes, as it concerned with two main heroines’ (Laura and Amanda) emotional states….

In Gothic texts, women are either hopelessly submissive or significantly absent

The novel Frankenstein is dominated with male characters amidst female characters often being used to fill minor roles. For a female character to be ‘hopelessly submissive’ we would expect the character was pre-determined to be passive with no chance of progressing from the ‘submissive’ role. However in Frankenstein we see female character such a Elizabeth…

A Good Man is Hard to Find

The grandmother identifies herself as a southern lady based on appearance, money, and background. She is the main character in this short story and also the only character that the narrator actually shows into the mind of. The grandmother is the reason for the title of this story because she repeats throughout the story about…

The Cider House Rules

“The Cider House Rules” is a very fascinating movie, adapted by John Irving. The movie was cast in the mid 1940s, shortly after the beginning of World War II . The movie revolves around an orphanage run by Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine), a good-hearted doctor, who not only procures abortion of unwanted children but…

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Section 1: Beer: Beer was not invented, it was discovered. Exactly when the first beer was brewed is unknown but there was almost certainly no beer before 10,000 BCE. The rise of beer was closely associated with the domestication of the cereal grains rom which it is made and the adoption of farming. Beer originated…

Realities Behind Deceiving Appearances

According to Alfred Kazin, “In every great novel of society… what counts is the reality behind the appearance” (Kazin, 1981, 297). In other words, he’s saying that the best books are those that include one or more realities behind appearances. The novel first I chose is called Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. This book has four…

Book Report – Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

The book, Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, by Ori Brafman and his brother, Rom Brafman dives into the way that we make decisions. Why do humans make the horrible decisions we do when logic would tell us to act otherwise? There are several psychological influences that sway our decision-making ability according to the…

A doll house

Henrik Ibsen play “A Doll House,” written in 1879, focuses on a story of a disparaging role of women in Victorian society through his doll motif, played out in Nora’s sudden distaste for her home. Throughout the play there are many examples of Nora’s husband Torvald treating Nora in an insulting manner because she’s a…

Alice Walker

This story is distinctive, however, in that Walker stresses not only the importance of language but also the destructive effects of its misuse. Clearly, Dee privileges language over silence, as she demonstrates in her determination to be educated and in the importance she places on her name. Rather than providing a medium for newfound awareness…

The Story ECE335 week 2 assignment

For Preschoolers 3-5 years of age, I would use pictures from the book to help children see and associate the actual name with the feeling. I would help them understand the explicit theme of this book is that feelings are neither good nor bad, they just are. Feeling need to be communicated and have names…

The Catcher in the Rye vs. Looking For Alaska

Many parallels can be drawn between the main protagonists in John Green’s Looking for Alaska, and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Although these two coming of age novels differ greatly in setting and in circumstance, many of the broader, more fundamental themes in each are actually quite similar. John Green was very much influenced…

The Road Taken

Literature is the expression of thoughts, ideas, or feelings someone may have and can either be written or spoken. Often times we become part of the literature in a way to try to understand what the message is that the author is trying to provide to us. The literary work that I have chosen was…

Sociological Approach to Literature

The study of literature within the discipline of sociology, integrates a concern for meaning and the unique properties inherent in literary texts, reflecting the economics, attitudes, morals and religion of the society that produced the texts.1Each society inter-connected and independent, yet distinct and diverse is influenced by the literature, for there are innumerable instances exemplifying…

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is one of America’s most popular and most influential poets. The first edition of Whitman’s well-known Leaves of Grass first appeared in July of the poet’s thirty-sixth year. A subsequent edition of Leaves of Grass (of which there were many) incorporated a collection of Whitman’s poems that had been offered readers in 1865….

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