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The importance of reading books: exercising our mind

So, books are one of the greatest wonders in the world. They stay with us during the whole life: in babyhood we hear parents read us fairy tales, in our teens we swallow exciting suspense novels page after page and when we become adults we still find gripping books that absorb us. But today many people say that modern life is so fast and full of action that they don’t have time and...

A Discussion of Heroism in Literature and Film

"Hero." Dictionary.com website. URL: http://Dictionary.reference.com/browse/hero Keen, M. "Robin Hood a Peasant Hero." EBSCOhost database. URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9110210460&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live Otto, M. "Girl Sleuth and the Fountain of Youth; At 75, Nancy Drew Continues to Enchant Readers--and Now Academics, Too." ProQuest d...

The Crucible and Mccarthyism

There were many however, who could see through McCarthy’s façade and did not comply with the H.U.A.C (House Un-American Activities Committee) investigations. Among those suspected was Arthur Miller, who had been accused of associating with communists. From his personal experience and disgust at the treatment of minority groups he wrote The Crucible. Arthur Miller used a historical American eve...

Gwen Harwood Relationships Throughout Poems

In conclusion, Gwen Harwood deals with the constant relevant issues of loss and consolation by the enduring power of poetic treatment of age and youth. In my opinion, on the most profound of universal truths, there is no certainty in life and we must deal with events and situations as we encounter them. Harwood’s poetry distinctly presents a slight difference throughout exploration of the relat...

About Dead Stars

It is in this part of the paper where STRUCTURALISM as a literary lens was employed. This is an approach which asserts that literature is a text. A particular structure of language produces reality. This further includes literary interpretation via binary opposition (concepts in opposition) and signification (signifier and signified). Through simply looking into and interpreting the lines of the s...

The ways Steinbeck creates dislike of and sympathy for Curley’s wife in his novel "Of Mice and Men"

Although we see this different side to Curley’s wife, Candy still has his misogynistic opinion of Curley’s wife, ‘Ever’body knowed you’d mess things up’ this show that Candy blames Curley’s wife for what has happened even though Lennie was the one who murdered Curley’s wife. Candy’s lack of sympathy towards her creates more sympathy from the reader. Steinbeck does this to show th...

Romeo and Mercutio as Contrast Characters

This is very different to how Romeo views dreams because he evidently thinks that dreams are very reliable as he says that it wouldn’t make sense to go to the ball, purely based on the fact that he had ‘dreamt a dream.’ This demonstrates how he believes that his dream would be a reliable source to base his decisions on. Also Mercutio think that dreams are powerless and ridiculous. This is ev...

Rhetorical Situation

By this quote Bazerman means that context can also include others past experiences that the writer has learned about. “Context could also be related to the type of text you’re writing—for example, in a timed essay test factors like how long you have to write and how broad or narrow the questions are will have a major effect on what you say and how you say it”, as quoted in the CSUS Student...

Transcript of a Short Story A Moonlight Fable

The boy loved his suit so much that he dreamt about it. He would often take the suit out of it's storage and admire it. His mother allowed him to wear the suit on Sundays to church, but with tissue covering the buttons so they wouldn't tarnish and tacked on protective guards on the elbows and cuffs so they wouldn't tear. Whenever the boy would peek at the buttons under the tissue wrap, he would no...

Literature Review on Business Ethics

value-based leadership. The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, 8(4), 201-215. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17479881211323599 Cameron, K. (2011). Responsible leadership as virtuous leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 98(1), 25-35. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-011-1023-6 Daft, R. L. (2013). Organization theory & design. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning....

Symbolism and Magical Realism of Gabriel Marquez

Faulkner, Tom. "An overview of 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,'." Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. "Gabriel Garcia Marquez." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. Gabriel García Márquez, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, pages 590-594 in Compact Literature: Reading, ...

Literature Review Influencer Marketing

Exactly what is included in Influencer Marketing depends on the context (B2C or B2B) and the medium of influence transmission (online or offline, or both). But it is increasingly accepted that companies are keen to identify and engage with influencers. As Keller and Berry note, Business is working harder and paying more to pursue people who are trying to watch and listen less to its messages.” T...

Lord of the Flies: Civilization vs. Savagery

The last example of the deterioration of the rules of civilization is the boy’s fear of the great beast and how they began to offer sacrifices to the beast. Throughout the novel, the beasts caused a great amount of fear within the boys. The fear started within littleuns being afraid of the dark and many other objects on the island. The fear began in the big-uns when Sam and Eric claim to be chas...

Atticus Finch

Atticus is obviously a very wise man, who can get the job done. In the part of the story with Mrs. Dubose, Atticus states, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what” (93). Atticus uses many quotes like this in the b...

Shame Is Worth a Try Book Review

By reading “Shame is worth a try’’, I have to agree that something by being shame, may be a better punishment than sending people to jail. The example of a mother had to write a newspaper article when she was caught buying marijuana with her children in the car. For me, this punishment is effective. Even though they seem not making any sense, but they are cheaper than sending them to jail. A...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Role of Death Character

“Her feet heavier than they had ever been before, heart swelling in her chest, she stepped onto the road.” Zusak uses this act to show that sometimes the pull of love is far stronger than the fear of any punishment. The second event is when after the war, Liesel is working in a shop and a man comes in looking for her. She comes out and sees Max and in the words of Death “They both fell to t...

Mi Ultimo Adios Poetry

Mi Ultimo Adios was the farewell poem of Rizal that originally had no title and was unsigned. This was believed as Rizal’s last will because he wrote it on the night before he was executed. Also through this poem, Rizal was giving his last message to his countrymen. For him, offering his life was the best way he could show his love for the country. Even he was going to die, he was not resentful ...

Napoleon and Snowball

There also seems to a few instances of irony created by Orwell’s juxtaposition- for example, he tells the reader that the animals suffer ‘hardships’ but that they also have a ‘greater dignity’. This portrays the ignorance of the animals, as well as conveying Orwell’s mocking tone. This mocking tone is found in various pleas throughout the novel to emphasise how oblivious the animals a...

The lion and the Jewel Character Sketch and Background

Baroka is the leader of the village. He holds to his Yoruba traditional beliefs, but his power is coming under threat from the Western influence. The issue that troubles him throughout the beginning of the play, we learn, is his apparent impotence, a secret he reveals to his head wife. We later learn, however, that this feigned impotence was only a clever ruse in order to lure Sidi into coming to ...

Joyce Carol Oates and Ralph Waldo Emerson

This statement is reasoning that nature will answer all questions. He proves that nature is greater than man, and that it deserves respect. To conclude, both Oates and Emerson effectively use the appeals of credibility, emotion, and logic to support their position when it comes to nature. They both are complete opposites when it comes to nature. Emerson feels that nature is not only beautiful, but...

Macbeth’s Tragic Flaw

of enemies near his castle. However, that message was misinterpreted, as so did the others, as the trees were “moving” towards the castle. As a result, by assuming literally that the trees themselves could not move, he had let his castle be surrounded by the English force, ultimately losing everything. Therefore, in believing the messages from the apparitions, Macbeth’s ambition fed his gull...

Jay Gatsby's Life in "The Great Gatsby"

In conclusion, throughout the novel Nick's inconsistency with how he views Gatsby impacts the theme of Appearance vs. Reality by himself not being able to come to terms with how unrealistic his life was and the people around him truly were. Until he took a step back to see how money affected the people he once loved.В We also see how Gatsby and Daisy lived in the false reality that money would fi...

Nick and Jordan in The Great Gatsby

At the party, as he looks through Gatsby’s books, Owl Eyes states that Gatsby has captured the effect of theater, a kind of mingling of honesty and dishonesty that characterizes Gatsby’s approach to this dimension of his life. The party itself is a kind of elaborate theatrical presentation, and Owl Eyes suggests that Gatsby’s whole life is merely a show, believing that even his books might n...

Don't Call Me Ishmael

I believe this has a strong message behind it, I interpret it as saying if you don’t do anything noticeable, then life will be easy. This however is not true. Rather than hiding from everything and trying your hardest to be invisible, we should learn to embrace life and the challenges that come with it. This is an extremely important life lesson that many people ignore. Another quote from earlie...

Writing Prompt: the Great Gatsby

There was also a lot of segregation back then a group known as the Ku Klux Klan spread hatred and prejudice against African Americans and other groups. Klan members held meetings and where they attacked and sometimes killed people they thought were “un-American.” This was very hard for the younger generation because a lot of the new culture had urban roots tied to them. Jazz began among Africa...

Examine the Way Shakespeare Presents the Relationship Between Romeo and Rosaline and Romeo and Juliet in the Early Parts of the Play

She is rich in beauty, only poor. That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store| Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!| Thus from my lips by thine sin is purged| I know not how to tell thee who I am| Feather of leadBright smokeCold fireSick health| she hath Dians wit, and, in strong proof of chastity well armed| My grave is like to be my wedding bed| As a rich jewel in an Ethiops ear. So ...

A Letter to Seamus Heaney Commenting on His Poetry

Candidates must answer one of the following questions (1 – 4). 1. “The appeal of Eavan Boland’s poetry.” Using the above title, write an essay outlining what you consider to be the appeal of Boland’s poetry. Support your points by reference to the poetry of Eavan Boland on your course. 2. What impact did the poetry of Emily Dickinson make on you as a reader? Your answer should deal with ...

Analysis of Pivotal Moment in "A Separate Peace"

When Brinker asked Finny if he had ever considered that he didn’t just fall out of the tree, implying that someone pushed him, Gene describes Finny’s reaction as it “touched an interesting point Phineas had been turning over in his mind for a long time. I could tell that because his obstinate, competitive look left his face as his mind became engaged for the first time.” (Pg.169) Finny is ...

Givers versus Takers

The approach to a giver's success is determined over a long period of time. The results of the strategies are not immediate; however, it has a long-term repercussion in the company development. In contrast to givers, takers may achieve success, but it is likely to be short-lived and not rooted in meaningful or equitable relationships (Stanger, 2013, para. 4). In fact, the patterns of success based...

"Mother" by Grace Paley

As human beings, people often do not know what they get until it has gone. Consequently, they live with nostalgia and regret. The author uses a lot of stylistics devices to make the story more sentimental. There is a rhetorical question “what will become of you?” which shows the mother's concern about her daughter's future. We can see that the mother really cares about her daughter. Another i...

The Breakfast Club Reaction Paper

The Breakfast Club is typically about five teenagers and their deviant ways but regardless of their differences they all have one major thing in common, they are struggling to fit in. Neither Andrew, Brian, Bender, Allison, nor Claire are truly their own person, they are all conforming in some way to fit in and they all have their weaknesses. They discover that they all have strained relationships...

DH Lawrence's The Rocking Horse Winner

Through the character archetypes of Hester, Paul, and Oscar Cresswell, the theme of tormented family relationships is proved to be shown in many aspects of the short story The Rocking-Horse Winner. Hester's lack of care and compassion towards her children, Oscar's greed, and Paul's desperate attempt to prove himself to his mother, are only a few examples of this clear theme. This theme is not only...

Seamus Heaney's the wifes tale

The subtle, seemingly meaningless gratification the woman receives for her hard work is only that the men “kept their ease… grateful”. The fact that she has done her job to satisfaction makes the woman feel happy and perhaps explains why she does not seem to complain about her role of servitude, again reiterating the idea that both parties are not bothered by the inequality in the relationsh...

“A Young Birch” by Robert Frost Poetry Analysis

Frost emphasizes the futility in the struggle of life, as death is unavoidable. Frost establishes the ever-present possibility of being killed in his vivid description of death. The speaker describes those that were killed around the birch and the ease in which the birch itself can die. “He spared it from the number of the slain.” (ll 13) The image of death emphasizes the loneliness of the bir...

Character of Curley

This further gives the reader the impression that Curley is rude and aggressive, and also that he dislikes Lennie. Curley attacks Lennie, punching him in the face and stomach, but at first Lennie does not fight back or defend himself. However, Curley continues to attack him. At this point, the reader feels sympathy for Lennie and feels that Curley is the guilty aggressor. This feeling is shared by...

A Modest Proposal

Presenting many rationales makes him successful convincing the reader. He states that before any other authors represent their suggestions regarding the issue, they should realize that his thoughts that are simple, and above suspicion. This remark is to entice biased readers and to re-evaluate author’s stance. He offers testimony that his suggestion is practicable and includes the reality that t...

FAQ about Literature

Othello: a noble character who loses but ultimately regains our sympathy

...She asserts her innocence, but Othello smothers her. Again, I have no compassion for this act whatsoever. Desdemona did not deserve to die “a guiltless death”. After realisin the truth, Othello is crushed “Are there no stones in heaven but what ...

Tomorrow When the War Began Jhn Marsen - Change Theme

...Had I killed out of | love of my friends, family and for the land? Or had I killed because I valued my life above that of others?” Marsden compared and used the rhetorical questions to lead the reader into questioning him or herself, what would I ...

How does Steinbeck present the relationship between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"

...Steinbeck could be showing that relatiosnhips don't last forever, as george killed lennie in the end. Perhaps people knew this hence why they didn't try to build relationships because they knew what the outcome would be like. There's more pain in kno ...

What is there about fire that’s so lovely

...In tonight’s reading, Montag successfully exterminates two of the three things that hold him back from outright emancipation. To eliminate Chief Beatty and his past, Montag uses fire. Up to this point, Montag uses fire as a tool for dissipation. In ...

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