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Literature Essay Examples

“Tess of the d’ Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy

As a person who believes that many things are un-avoidable, no matter how careful you are to avoid them, I believe that Tess’s life was tragically destroyed by the hand of fate. It is obvious through the words and actions of Tess that she only wanted to have a calm, normal life. However, it seems…

Sherman Alexie novel: “The Lone ranger”

Sherman Alexie’s novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven depicts how reservation Indian’s survive their hardships that mainstream society has put on them, with the use of emotion and imagination. Survival for Alexie’s Indians is, “not to slow dance with [their] skeletons (21).” The reservation skeletons are the anger of the past and…

The Theme of Carelessness in The Great Gatsby

The idea of carelessness plays an important role in The Great Gatsby. Daisy, Tom, Jordan, Gatsby and Nick were all careless at some points throughout the book. Daisy and Tom were careless about their relationship, their money, and many of their daily activities. Gatsby was also unconcerned with his money. Jordan was blas about the…

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“The Things They Carried”

In “The Things They Carried,” Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is torn between being a good leader to his soldiers and his love for Martha, thus making him a truly dynamic character. A dynamic character is someone who undergoes an important, internal change because of action in the plot. For example, personality or attitude would be two…

Thomas Paine: Propaganda and Persuasion

Thomas Paine, often called the “Godfather of America” was an eighteenth century writer who used propaganda and persuasion techniques to motivate Americans in the fight for freedom from Britain. In one of several editions of his pamphlets titled The Crisis, Paine used several propaganda and persuasion techniques including over generalization, either/or fallacy, bandwagon appeal, parallelism,…

Amy Tan’s ‘Two Kinds’ and Jamaica Kincaid’s ‘Girl’

A person spends most of their developing years under the guidance of their parents or guardians. They affect how we think, how we feel, and how we act. These are among the people who hold the greatest influence. Amy Tan’s ‘Two Kinds’ and Jamaica Kincaid’s ‘Girl’ both deal with the relationship between a young girl…

First person point of view in “Raymond’s Run” and “Cathedral”

The authors of “Raymond’s Run” and “Cathedral”, both use a first person point of view in their short stories. In “Raymond’s Run”, by Toni Cade Bambara, the first person point of view shows how the narrator is dealing with the situations around her and maturing in the process. In “Cathedral”, by Raymond Carver, the reader…

William Bradford versus John Winthrop

1. William Bradford (1590-1657) was one of the leaders of colonial America. Bradford arrived at Cape Cod on November 11, 1620, on the flagship Mayflower. He was one of the authors of The Mayflower Compact. His greatest contribution to early writing is his History of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647. Bradford and Winthrop both demonstrate an exegetical…

9-11 and how it affected the United States

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was a day that devastated our entire nation and changed the lives of every American in some way. This was one of the most horrible tragedies in our nations history, because of all the lives lost and the twin towers that were demolished. The events that took place on September 11…

Alexander Hamilton’s Financial Plan

After the Revolutionary War, the United States was left with a $52 million dollar national debt as well as a $25 million dollar debt from the individual states. Alexander Hamilton developed a financial plan to re establish the credit of the US by providing for the payment of the nation’s debts. Hamilton established the credit of…

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

The novel Frankenstein is about a man named Victor Frankenstein who wanted to tamper with life and death by “exploring unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (Shelley, pg.44). The novel Frankenstein has had continuing popularity ever since its publication in 1818 for many reasons. The main reason is that…

“Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros

I question whether these two people in the story are having an affair, back together after a divorce, or whatever? Something as simple as bread can lead to that answer. The bread is much like their relationship, actually exactly like it. “We were hungry. We went into a Bakery on Grand Avenue and bought bread….

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

The short story, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson is one pf the most shocking stories I have ever read. It caused controversy when it was published in a New York newspaper and for good reason. The ending is very unsettling and I would even categorize it as a horror story. The picture the story paints…

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens

The title of Wallace Stevens poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” is misleading, because he does not only offer thirteen ways of looking at blackbird, but the poem offers us many insights on how humans think. “Blackbird”, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, has many similarities with “Thirteen Ways of Looking at…

The uses of reverse psychology in “The Cask of Amontillado”

“Neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued…to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his destruction.” These lines show us Montresor’s true intentions of deceiving Fortunato into death with out him knowing of it….

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s characters play an intricate roll in the literary structure of the book. They come into Huck and Jim’s life almost like the changing wind, and changed their characters indefinitely. The character that I found interesting was Colonel Sherburn who is the owner of the largest store in…

Reverend Hale

In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, when characters are faced with adversity, they are forced to show their true morals and beliefs. The character of Reverend Hale fights a battle between what ideasl have been engraved in his mind by books and society, and what he feels in his soul is truly right. In the end…

Character and Fate

In the book “The Mayor of Casterbridge” written by Thomas Hardy, the character Michael Henchard experiences a dramatic rise to grace and even more dramatic fall from it. He tries to demonstrate how fateful coincidences, character, and temperament act together in life to determine the outcome of a person’s life. Fate plays a very important…

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

Chief Bromden’s background has had a profound impact on his character. Society never treated him with the respect he deserved, and not being able to face up to it, he was forced into hiding out in a mental institution. The neglect from society throughout his life turned the Chief into a paranoid, insecure and reserved…

Characterization: Curley’s Wife in Of Mice And Men

With colorful statements like “She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers” (John Steinbeck, 31), Curley’s wife is one…

Ambrose Bierce’s short story “Chickamauga”

Ambrose Bierce’s Chickamauga is a disillusioned child’s awakening. Literally, a six year old deaf boy is thrown into a most horrifically traumatic series of events. His story is relayed in the third person omniscient perspective through the eyes of the child as well as an elder. It takes place during the Civil War in a…

“The Child By Tiger” By Thomas Wolfe

“Insane Slave Murders Citizens!” The headlines would boldly exclaim this phrase if an event such as that happened today. The central event of the plot is a violent action in “The Child by Tiger” by Thomas Wolfe. The author gives significance to the occurrence by making it reveal a general truth about human experience. This…

Commentary on John Keats’s Poems

O golden-tongued Romance with serene lute! Fair plumed Syren! Queen of far away! Leave melodizing on this wintry day, Shut up thine olden pages, and be mute: Adieu! for once again the fierce dispute, Betwixt damnation and impassion’d clay Must I burn through; once more humbly assay The bitter-sweet of this Shakespearian fruit. Chief Poet!…

Comparison of Early American Literature

The two selections Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford and The General History of Virginia by John Smith are some of the earlier pieces of American literature. Although they were both written in the same time period the style and attitudes vary greatly. William Bradford had a very direct form of writing; commonly known as…

‘Hide and Seek’ by Vernon Scannell and ‘Half-past Two’ by U. A. Fanthorpe

‘Hide and Seek’ concerns a boy hiding cautiously whilst playing hide and seek with his peers. Gradually, he realises he has been abandoned, and fear overcomes him due to being isolated in the dark surroundings. The tone is incredibly certain and positive at the beginning. However, his confidence gradually fades away as the realisation of…

Two houses in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights”

In Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, her descriptions of two houses create distinct atmospheres that mirror the actions of the respective inhabitants. The pristine and well-kept Thrushcross Grange can be viewed as a haven when compared to the chaotic Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights symbolizes the anger, hatred and deep-felt tension of that house while Thrushcross Grange…

Comparing Leonardo Da Vinci with Michelangelo

Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti were, and still are considered to be two of the greatest minds, even geniuses of the Renaissance. But which one is more of a genius than the other? Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15th, 1452, son to a notary called Ser Piero. Ser Pier has sex with…

The issue of tragedy

The term, tragedy, by dictionary definition, can be defined as “A story with a sad or unhappy ending.” (Arthur Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man). Although there is some truth to this, the true definition of tragedy goes much deeper. The notion of tragedy has been a part of English literature since the beginning of…

Differnce between IBO Religion and Christianity

After reading, Things Fall Apart, we might ask what are the differences between the religions that the Ibo Clan practice, compared to a highly practiced religion, Christianity. Some of the differences are how the Ibo religion practice polytheism, belief in more then one God, and the Christians practice monotheism, belief in only one God, the…

“A Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield

“The Doll’s House” is one of the representative stories of Katherine Mansfield. Who is known for freshness of her approach and beautifully colored methods of presenting her ideas. The story basically gives us deep insight into the manners and behaviors of the aristocratic families. Here she ridicules the negative philosophy of social discrimination caused by…

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