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Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird

...This shows he has morals that he follows so that he can have respect not for others but himself as well. Throughout chapters 1-17 Atticus is shown as a courageous person. As well as being courageous he is non-judgemental especially when he says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. Atticus is also portrayed as a caring father when Scout is having trouble at school; Atticus is there to supp...

Cask of Amontialldo - Character Traits

...Explaining the situation, Montresor says, “... inding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered... a moment more and i fettered him to the granite” (Poe 4). Lastly, Montresor is just plain mysterious. Readers never know exactly why he decided to go after Fortunato, but it is hinted he offended the killer in some way. When asked about his coat of arms, Montresor blatantly states, “A human foot... the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel” (...

Short Stories : Cultural Encounters

...In ‘The End of the World,’ Gallant illustrates cultural encounters through a brief moment in time. By the careful use of use of structure, narrative techniques and language we are able to glimpse into the cultural experience of multiple generational immigrants. Billy holds on tight to his Canadian life and is dismissive of all other cultures, despite his European cultural heritage. His father’s character represents an individual who has found it hard to settle in any particular way of life...

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Kite Runner Pomegranate Tree

...Amir made the worst mistake of his life but he still had an opportunity for redemption, and that was by rescuing Sohrab from the Taliban and acknowledging him as his own flesh and blood If he didn’t, he knew he would go to his grave with the guilt of the sin he committed in the winter of 1975. While atonement for one’s sin is the central theme of The Kite Runner, the pomegranate tree is one of the main symbols used by the author to show Amir’s journey for atonement and redemption in the bo...

Short Story and Monkeys Paw Theme

...The Leap theme includes, appreciate your family and what they have done for you. The readers will discover some differences in these themes. The Monkeys Paw deals with wishes and spells. The Leap deals with struggles and appreciation from family and strangers. These two themes give you a better understanding of what the author is trying to express to readers. Not only does these two great stories share a similar propose, however they also differ in many outrageous ways. These stories include how...

Nick Carraway

...This can be considered while characterizing Nick’s physical traits. Fitzgerald exemplifies Nick’s characteristics in multiple ways throughout the novel. The evidence Fitzgerald provides for the reader is clearly given and shows how Nick is not always what he wishes he could be from a personality standpoint. What Fitzgerald did to show the different sides of Nick’s character is a major reason he is considered among the top American novelists; and The Great Gatsby is by far his best work....

Jim Casy as a Jesus Christ Figure

...Though Tom was just one person, he was sure that his people would soon get his message. Steinbeck portrays Jim Casy as Jesus Christ in order to emphasize the importance of unity in a community and also to give people enough hope and strength to allow them to carry on. Jim Casy is a symbol of Jesus Christ. He is used to give his fellow people hope and strength by working together. He has several similarities with Jesus Christ in his life and even in his death. His beliefs and ideas provide hope a...

The character of Candy in Of Mice and Men

...In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses the character Candy as a representation of the American society's views of outliving one's usefulness and its consequence of being deemed valueless. In the book we are told that Candy's dog used to be the best sheepdog there ever was, but although the dog continues to hold emotional value to Candy, with age the dog has been depicted as just another old smelly dog to the other members of the farm, resulting in Carlson to demand that it be ...

Bless Me Ultima Theme Analysis

...Both characters will take what the world throws at them and use it to make them stronger, and they will continue to live. These stories were both straightforward and easy to keep up with, but they had deeper meanings within the story. There wasn’t only the one theme I have described for you, but many other ones. However the theme that popped out at me, was basically what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Which is No matter what people go through they must find the strength within to perseve...

To Kill a Mockingbird Commentary

...This is described when Haper lee state "did not drive a dump-truck for the county, he was not the constable, he did not farm, operate in a garage, or do anything that could perhaps excite the admiration of anybody. Line 2)" by saying this, harper lee is indicating that scout does not believe her dad resembles other papas, that he does not things the "regular" papas would do, this comes off as scout bring ignorant and declining of her father the method he is. An other example of listing is when s...

The Great Gatsby - Dichotomy Illusion vs Reality

...We only hear snippets of information about him from various people that may or may not be trues, such as: he is friends with the Kaiser; he killed a man once when he was young; he went to Oxford; he inherited piles of money from German descendants. In fact, we never know the complete truth about Gatsby, except for the story of his life he tells both Jordan and, later, Nick, and Myers Wolfsheim’s story of how Gatsby came to the underworld (which may, ironically, be the only truthful story about...

Any Human to Another

...Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. This passage talks about sharing others’ grief instead of remaining cut off and apathetic. Cullen shares the author’s wish for peace betwe...

Thematic Essay: The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov

...The short story shows largely the dynamics of that particular family, and what they learn about their true feelings and motives. However, I think that dismissal of feelings happens in all of us, and only certain situations can bring them out. Financially, the Dmitritch family are no worse than they were before, but in relationship terms they have lost a lot. The link between Ivan and his wife is broken and will never be the same, all because of one ticket. Anton Chekhov truly conveys how differe...

Intolerance from The Crucible

...In brief, both the poem, and the play speaks of intolerance, although “The Hangman” is mostly based on ignorance. It’s clearly has shown by the beginning of the poem that the townsfolk shows that they would not tolerate the Hangman to kill anybody in the town, but furthermore they ignore the Hangman, which they shouldn’t do because the greatest ignorance is to reject something you don’t know. They play, The Crucible shows that Salem won’t corrupt if there was tolerance, unfortunately...

Analysis of God Sees the Truth but Fail- Leo Tolstoy

...The opposite of the main character or the secondary character is known as the antagonist. 5.Point of view: point of view is defined as the angle from which the story is told. For eg: from the point of view of an adult, or a child and sometimes even from the narrators point of view, as in ‘And of Clay Are We Created’. 6.Theme: the theme is the controlling idea or its central insight. It is the authors underlying meaning or the main idea that he is trying to convey. The theme may be the author...

Preoccupation with Death in Hamlet

...“No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough and likelihood to lead it; as thus: Alexander died, Alexander was uried, Alexander returned into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam: and why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop at a beer-barrel? ” (Act 5, Scene 1 Lines 201-206) As Hamlet continuously postponed the death of Claudius he became more preoccupied with the various ways he could have his revenge. Hamlet has completed his transfo...

The texts, Othello by William Shakespeare, Big World by Tim Winton

...As a result it shows that in spite of the man trying to fit in, to deny his otherness, he incessantly remains an outsider. Through the variety of literary and visual devices encountered in the texts, Othello, Big World and my visual appropriation, it has enriched my understanding of the outsider. The outsider will continually be perceived as the other even with them attempting to join the group or society. At times they may appear to fit in and feel accepted but ultimately the outsiders will be ...

Romeo and Juliet

...Not only is it untraditional, but in the era this work was written it was unheard of. Power comes with knowledge, and knowledge comes with experience, which can lead to the unfortunate demise of youth. Such was the case with Romeo and Juliet. Time and time again, their youth and inexperience are illustrated. As the great Dwight Schrute once said, “Information is power. ” Had Romeo and Juliet been more informed, they may have lived. But, then again, Romeo and Juliet are only works of Shakespe...

O Henry's Furnished Room

...CONCLUSION Through the analysis of the stylistic features of O. Henry’s short story “the Furnished Room”, it can help the reader more understand the writing style of the author. The author uses specific adjectives and phrase to emphasize his description; employs some complex sentences to achieve particular effect; employs some rhetorical devices, such as figures of speech, to make his story more, picturesque; also use the special way of “surprise ending” to produces the irony and surpr...

Irony in Antigone: King Creon

...Creon’s final words are: Then take this foolish man away from here. I killed you, my son, without intending to, and you, as well, my wife. How useless I am, I don’t know where to look or find support. Everything I touch goes wrong, and on my head fate climbs up with its overwhelming load. (1485-1490) Once filled with immense confidence and arrogance, Creon now feels helpless and useless; ironically, he feels hopeless and distraught not because of anyone trying to steal his power or take his ...

Langston Hughes

...This is a beautiful poem that doesn’t question anyone why Langston Hughes was so widely loved. In conclusion, one of the most prominent figures in literacy during the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes, he was a great writer that wrote about various ideas and had a very unique way of thinking. (Butler 1) He is truly an inspiration not only to black people but to everyone, he teaches us that we can convert whatever we have in our mind to assemble a beautiful poetry about his people, or a ho...

The Punished and the Pardoned - Romeo & Juliet

...As explained in the prologue, the rivalry is an “ancient grudge. ” (line 3) This means that both Capulet and Montague have been born into this rivalry, and that fighting between their families is all that they’ve ever known. Therefore, neither Montague nor Capulet can take the blame for letting the feud continue, hence their absolution. This leaves the benevolent Benvolio. Benvolio consistently tries to maintain peace. He tries twice to keep fights from breaking out. During the initial fig...

Wordsworth's Theory of Poetic Diction

...Modern critics such as T.S. Eliot have brought out other inherent contradictions in Wordsworth’s theory of poetic diction. Why should the ‘real language of men be confined to the lower and middle classes of society?’ is the question asked by Eliot. If the character belongs to the upper classes of society, the use of language of that class is as proper as the use of rustic language when the speaker is rustic. Wordsworth's theory of poetic diction is of immense value when considered as a cor...

Communication Styles Worksheet

...For those who have trouble in the math area, the Center for Mathematics Excellence is your destination. This program is also found in the University’s online library. It has helpful tutorials, step-by-step problems that you can use for practice and videos when you need them. Starting your first math class after months or even years without going through it can be quite scary but luckily for you, this university has a program to help you. The building mathematics confidence is an amazing progra...

Is Troy Maxson a tragic hero?

...4. The hero's misfortune is not wholly deserved. The punishment exceeds the crime. 5. The fall is not pure loss. There is some increase in awareness, some gain in self-knowledge, some discovery on the part of the tragic hero. 6. Though it arouses solemn emotion, tragedy does not leave its audience in a state of depression. Aristotle argues that one function of tragedy is to arouse the "unhealthy" emotions of pity and fear and cleanse us of those emotions through a catharsis. It might be worth n...

The Scarlet Letter Theme: Revenge

...When this plot fails he buys passage on the ship so he could remain close and continue his persecution. Dimmesdale, finally consumed by his guilt, confesses his great sin in front of the community and then suddenly dies of heart failure. Chillingworth had spent the last few years of his life obsessed with torturing Reverend Dimmesdale. As a result Chillingworth loses his reason for living and dies one year later. Chillingworth is a prime example of how revenge can fully consume a person’s mind...

Humanities Paper

...The author then elaborated on how a particular event was an expression of what he/she knew about the humanities, art, style, genius, and culture of the time period it represents. Finally the author explained how the selected form of cultural expression compares with other forms that he/she knew about from the same time period. Hopefully after reading this paper, the audience now have a better knowledge about Humanities in the Past, Present, and Future. 5 Defining the Humanities Paper Reference w...

Should a Piece of Literature Be Judged on Its Literary Merits

...Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press) Considering this we would come to the conclusion that methods of (critical) analysis should be suitable for both history and literary texts. In short, a new historicist perspective think that in the reading of a literary text the idea of historical context cannot be settled, and that this context is decided by a negotiation between the text and the reader Ultimately, the majority of literary theorists fall on the side that accepts the use and aid his...

The Lottery Ticket Analysis

...Otherwise, the connection between nature and the story will not be successful as the connection will not be relevant or with a point. Generally speaking, a few elements illustrating his use of style are: Use of sadness in all of his works of literature foreshadowing the story’s theme, absence of basic information in introductions and conclusions, and always writing to the point.Introductions in Chekov’s literary works lack excess, additional and even basic information purposely. Although inf...

The Definition of Classical Literature

...The differences in the matters can let insight into how people have evolved intellectually. As this work discusses, classics are timeless and extremely important to education and life in general. They are works of art that have withstood the wear of time, seeding themselves in the minds of the people, teaching youth refined cultures, and giving light to the world's matters. These works of art need to remain a part of school curriculum for as long as possible. Without them, a risk of letting kids...

The Analysis of Unknown Citizen

..."The Unknown Citizen" uses the old-fashion style, eventhough it is written in modern era. The writer, Auden, is known as a master of of the rhyming couplet (AA, BB), the simplest rhyme scheme in English. Auden is considered a "modernist" writer, but his work is unlike that of any other poet of the past century. The Unknown Citizen deserves a central place in our nation’s capital, considering all his huge accomplishments like having five kids. It will be right down the street from the Bureau of...

Intro to The Romantic Period

...Many great poets and novelists of the twentieth century cite the Romantics as their greatest inspirational voices. The primary reason that Romanticism fell out of the limelight is because many writers felt the need to express themselves in a more immediate way. The Romantic poets were regarded as innovators, but a bit lost in their own imaginations. The real problems of life in the world seemed to be pushed aside. As modernization continued unchecked, a more earthy kind of literature was demand...

Reflective Statement The Great Gatsby

...From the presentations I also learned about modernist literature. A significant trait of this genre is the break with traditions and the search for an absolute truth and a meaning of life elsewhere. The upperclass seemed to have lost their meaning in life in their extravagant lifestyle. Previously I had not given the social context too much thought, and without the information from the presentations, I may would just have seen the tragic love story of the book, and not how the book is a picture ...

Relationship Between Machbeth and Lady Macbeth

...He no longer cares who the person is, who will be affected by their murder, or if they deserve to die or not, if there is the possibility of them coming in the way of Macbeth and his dream, they are dead. Macbeth no longer has the fear of getting caught either. He believes he is invincible, that he can do anything. This just goes to show how much one person can have such a huge impact on your life and how the right amount of taunting and nagging mixed with a whole lot of ambition creates a very ...

The Dichotomy of Self Reliance and Conformity

...He believes that America’s history is still part of the country and he acknowledges human fault. When the devil reassures Goodman Brown, “I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem;” Hawthorne illustrates through real events in American history how the Quakers were persecuted by the Puritans in the 1650s, and also refers to King Philips War between the Puritans and Native Americans, when the devil tells Brown that he he...

Importance of Minor Characters in Shakespear

...The themes of the play, including decay and corruption, revenge, and appearance vs. reality, are highlighted through the description and progression of the secondary characters. Shakespeare creates minor characters Ophelia, the ghost and Polonius with the intention for them to play a very crucial role in Hamlet; shaping the thematic elements of the play. Secondary characters are often used in a play to supplement the main characters and the story line; however Shakespeare creates them with a muc...

An Analysis of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

...Both the book and, movie have similarities in character, plot and style The character jack turned savage quickly after they got on the island. He lost his savagery and his fundamental impulse of living beginning. Alex from the movie Madagascar also turned savaged and turned to fundamental impulse of living for an lion. He started getting his searching instinct due to the fact that he didn't get his everyday steaks that were offered to him when he was as at the zoo. Jack likewise relied on search...

Character Traits of Frair Lawerance

...Friar Lawrence is also a friendly man. He is friendly because he cares about Romeo and Juliet’s problems. He is a friend to Romeo because he talks to him daily. In one conversation with Romeo Friar says “I’ll give thee armor to keep off that word, adversity’s sweet milk. Philosophy, to comfort thee, though art banished” (A.3.3.57-59). This shows that Friar Lawrence is a friend because he tries to comfort Romeo. He also says he will protect him. By comforting and protecting Romeo Friar ...

Poetry and Ozymandias Heart

...When you look at it like this, Ozymandias’ heart becomes a killer and the passions his prey. It seems obvious then that the passions kept the heart alive and beating, the passions are sustenance to the heart. The passions don’t seem to be suggested to be bad, but Ozymandias’ feeding on these passions of greed and conceit resulted in evil, the same evil we see on the statue’s face. His image of the broken sculpture shows how things change over time and that human beings and materialistic ...

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