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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 si...

The character of Candy in Of Mice and Men

In today's world Candy can be represented through the proletarians. Like Candy the proletarians are only valued for the labour they supply, and similarly to Candy's dependency to work on the ranch, the proletarians have a dependency to work for companies. Further, both Candy and the proletarians are exploited for profit, which can be attributed as a more direct mirror of the lack in recognizing em...

Brief Psychoanalysis of A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Thus, both WWII and the materialism of the society left in WWII’s wake are equally responsible for Seymour’s death. Had the war not damaged Seymour’s psyche to the point where his superego could no longer oppose his id, the whole series of events would not have taken place to begin with. Had society not been converted to follow the ideals of materialism, Seymour would not have found that he ...

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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 ...

To Kill a Mockingbird Commentary

Harper lee uses metaphors to inflict emotions in the readers. An example of an metaphor is when Harper Lee says “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. ( Line 17). ” The metaphor is explaining that “apparently” it’s a big mistake, against your beliefs to kill a mocking bird. It seems as though that these birds a secrete un...

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...

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’...

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 b...

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 ...

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 ...

The Outsiders Questions

2. Before the story began, Johnny was child abused a lot at home. He also got jumped and beaten up very badly by the socs. The socs left scars on him and got him bleeding a lot. From then on, Johnny was terrified of socs. 3. Cherry turned “White as a Sheet” when ponyboy told her about Johnny’s beating because she doesn’t think that all socs are like that. She told Ponyboy that there are ot...

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 becam...

Characteristics of Malcolm Rivers

Malcolm Rivers is not responsible for the murders and should not be held accountable for any negative actions done while his state of mind is in that of one of the internal personalities. Mr. Rivers is unable to control his mind and body; shown when he has uncontrollable black outs and fade backs into one of the made up personalities. Malcolm is not mentally stable and probably has post traumatic ...

"Does My Head Look Big In This" by Randa Abdel Fattah

She explodes “Yeah right! How can they stop me?! the composer demonstrates that Amal’s determination is resolved as she’s being strong and confident of what she has decided to do. Individuals experienced a lot of challenges throughout the life’s term and that is how we assumed the process of journey. Randa Abdel Fattah highlights these challenges via the main character Amal, such as; the p...

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...

Two Poems Analysis

Each text focuses on humanity and from here branches off the love-hate, ignorance and prejudices of the human race. Wilde highlights the correlations between love and hatred we express towards one another, Mew exemplifies humanity losing touch with their heritage, whilst Lawrence’s reveals the irony within humankind’s prejudices. In all three cases the writer is attempting to exemplify how two...

Tess of the D’urbervilles Novel Reading and Analysis

Another example of simile is:”The pointed shaft of the cart had entered the breast of the unhappy Prince like a sword,and from the wound his life’s blood was spouting in a stream,and falling with a hiss into the road”;”They(stars) sometimes seem to be like the apples on our stubborn-tree.Most of them splendid and sound – a few blighted.” The novel is rich “in epithets”:”luxurious...

Literary Genre of ‘Casablanca’ by Michael Curtiz

The Hollywood studios want their films to be entertaining. So while the plot and sub plot is developing there is a moment of light comic relief. While the camera follows one line of action, it stops to eves drop on a comic relationship between a French and Italian officer. Furthermore Louis and Ricks relationship is layered with quips that reveal the cynicism of these two men who deep down are ver...

Analysis of a Short Story 3 Blind Mice

When the “little people” in society try to challenge the government or top authority figures, they normally get an example made out of them (hence the tail being cut off). It is unclear if the mice lived or died after their tails were chopped, but it’s clear they were punished by the farmer’s wife. Rodents were used to represent the “little people” because when rodents become a problem...

Taming of the Shrew Character Motivations

Petruchio tames Kate because of the social belief that men should be more powerful than their wives, therefore social expectations motivate him. Society’s standards motivate men’s behavior. Men and women modify their behavior to meet the ideals of society. Katherine transforms herself into a submissive wife and Bianca maintains her behavior as an obedient, charming woman. Petruchio tames Kate ...

The Wife of Bath's Prologue Analysis

Because of the Roman Catholic Church, men became superior to women. And, the only freedom of women was to get married. This representation of the fourteenth century society made us realized the interpretation of bible contradicted with the religion itself. Although women can take their victimhood as an advantage to seek power by manipulating men, the author pointed out that love was an actual thin...

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 b...

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 ...

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; ironi...

A Harlem Renaissance Poem by 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 ...

The Punished and the Pardoned - "Romeo and Juliet"

As explained in the prologue, the rivalry is an “ancient grudge. ”  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 tri...

My character, Miss Torso

It is almost seen as acceptable that the wife is murdered as not even the professional detective will take the case seriously. My character portrays a woman reliant of men with her quality of life being completely due to male involvement. This is a huge misinterpretation of the strong, independent and charismatic woman that she actually is. These traits need to be highlighted rather than subverted...

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 s...

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,...

Waiting For Godot Theme

It explores extensively the mystery of existence, the unnamed fear and the anxiety of the human subconscious that defy rationality. Estragon and Vladimir have wasted their lives waiting by this tree for someone they may or may not know, to decide something they are unsure of, that will benefit them somehow. Thus the apparent theme of the play is waiting which Vladimir and Estragon do throughout th...

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"...

The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien

While in the other novel, Mary Anne, a 17 year old girl, was brought into the war zone. She stayed with her boyfriend Mark Fossie. She would roam around the woods, fascinated by the nature. Over time she wasn’t even recognizable, with her necklace of human tongue. She was no longer that innocent girl that had first came to the war. “She had crossed to the other side. She was part of the land....

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...

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 know...

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 rea...

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 ...

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...

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...

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Analysis

By using a strong setting, Stevenson has created a unique opportunity for suspense, contrast, pathetic falsely and foreshadowing which helps enhance and emphasize the dark undertones of horror this book is known for. Perhaps without desensitization, the current generations would be as equally terrified with this book as the original audience in the late 1800’s due to Stevenson’s strong descrip...

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