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Thunder Rides A Black Horse: Mescalero Apaches And The Mythic Present

I feel that what Claire Farrer means by living in the "mythic present" is that although most Indian culture is perceived long to have been different, it is in fact very live and active today. I will give specific examples from her book, Thunder Rides a Black Horse, to support my arguments of ...

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Norris' "McTeague": Themes

McTeague, a novel written at the turn of the century by Frank Norris, is a classic example of naturalist writing. This novel is written with the harsh realities that were this time period. There are many themes that occur in naturalism. Some of them that appear in this novel are greed, lust, ...

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Good Country Irony-good Countr

Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor is an excellent example of irony in literature. From beginning to end it has a steady procession of irony, much of it based on the title of the story: “Good Country People.” In the beginning of the story we meet Mrs. Freeman, wife ...

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The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter: Proctor And Dimmesdale's Sacrifices

In many works of literature, a character makes a sacrifice that can affect his life in order to achieve something more important. In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor sacrifices his life, while in the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorn, ...

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The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Poe's Writing Technique

The Fall of the House of Usher is acclaimed as one of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest works. Poe uses Symbolism and analogies in both characters and setting to tell this gothic tale of death and downfall. He often drew upon memory for the setting of his stories. He combines atmosphere and analogy ...

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find Ana

In her short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O'Connor seems to portray a feeling that society as she saw it was drastically changing for the worse. O'Connor's obvious displeasure with society at the time is most likely a result of her Catholic religion and her very conservative ...

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Catch-22 & One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Black Humor; A Satirical View Of The Institution

Laughter is often seen as a form of therapy by both optimists and doctors. Joseph Heller and Ken Kesey also saw laughter as a type of medicine. These authors saw laughter as a medium for their criticism of modern social institutions. This criticism can be applied to any significant practice or ...

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UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE

The main character of this book is Sylvia Barret she is a recent college graduate, and works as a high school English teacher. Sylvia would like to work in a nice private school, like so many of her friends. Instead Sylvia takes a job with the board of education, in a nieve attempt to reach out to ...

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A Christmas Carol

, although occurring at a different time period than today, still holds values and lessons that are important in society today. The main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, starts off having no feelings for others or any Christmas spirit, but changes from his gloomy, dark appearance to a ...

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Nine Tomorrows: Will Computers Control Humans In The Future?

? People always tend to seek the easy way out looking for something that would make their lives easier. Machines and tools have given us the ability to do more in less time giving us, at the same time, more comfort. As the technology advances, computers become faster and more powerful. These new ...

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Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm compared to the Russian Revolution All of the characters in Animal farm have counterparts in real life. This book was based on the Russian Revolution, and all the important populace of the revolution are symbolized. Some of the animals represent individuals in the Russian ...

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Hester Prynne 2

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne lives in seclusion with her daughter Pearl. Hester has been shunned from Puritan society and now lives in the shelter of the wilderness. The clear contrast between Puritan society and life in the wilderness intensify the all too ...

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The Tempest Caliban Character

One of the essential themes of the Tempest is the duality between nature and society. This is made evident through the character of Caliban: the disfigured fish-like creature that inhabits the island upon which the play takes place. Caliban lacks civility because he was born on the island ...

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Jane Eyre: The Maturing Of Jane

When a caterpillar hatches from its mother's egg, it enters this world as an innocent, pure creature. As time passes by, it unwraps its cocoon and goes through metamorphosis. Once the caterpillar grows into a fully developed butterfly, it has lost its innocence and purity forever. Jane was an ...

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The Pearl: Prequel

It was a dark and stormy night ... no that's not it. It was a beautiful sunny day ... not it either. Could it be uhh... On that rainy day when the sea would not quit, the sky growled and men shuttered in their huts. That's it !! Well now that I seem to temporarily regained my memory Ill tell you ...

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The Plague

Father Paneloux gives two sermons throughout the novel . Throughout the novel many people lose their faith due to their struggles with the terrible plague. Father Paneloux speaks about and why it is happening. Father Paneloux’s faith is tested just like the citizens of Oran throughout the ...

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Araby By James Joyce And A Sun

“Araby" by James Joyce and "A Sunrise On The Veld" by Doris Lessing are both short stories in which the protagonists gained a consciousness that was beyond themselves. The main characters are both initiated into new realities and truths of which they were not previously aware. Both short stories ...

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Heart Of Darkness 4

Every man, or woman --to be politically and socially acceptable-- has buried, within himself, beneath centuries of societal norms and restrictions, a dark side, a savage side. When a man is taken out of society, and left to create his own norms, he must rediscover those primordial instincts which ...

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The Great Gatsby: Nick Versus Gatsby

Mainframe computers analyze information and present it so that the observer is able to make accurate observations. In The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator, Nick Carraway, tells a story in which Jay Gatsby tries to attain happiness through wealth. Even though the novel ...

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The Great Gatsby: Depravation Of The American Dream

The American Dream is defined as an American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire. Anthony Brandt stated that “In the deepening gloom of the Depression, the American Dream represented a reaffirmation of traditional American hopes.” The Great Gatsby, a sensitive, satiric ...

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A Eulogy For Gatsby

When I first came to New York, I heard all these crazy stories of a man named Gatsby. He was throwing these wild parties, he had relatives in Germany where he received a lot of his riches, and so on and so on. If only I had known how great he really was. I only knew the man, the myth, the ...

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The Changing Of The America Through Literature

The authors of these two novels, Mark Twain with The Adventures or Huckleberry Finn and F. Scott Fitzgerald with The Great Gatsby, both used their stories to try and get the reader to reflect upon themselves and the time period they were discussing. They were both trying to deal with the ...

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THE BOGART

Have you ever wondered how great it would be to inherit a castle in Scotland? What if it was haunted by a sprit called a Boggart? The book I read called The Boggart by Susan Cooper is a story based on something like that happening. The main story takes place in Toronto, Canada. The Volink family ...

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The Great Gatsby

A Critical Review: By: Sarah Nealis by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts ...

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Critiscisms Of My Antonia

In the past, critics have ad moralized and/or brutalized every writer they could get their pen on. This is seen from criticisms of Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats. These writers critique everything about the writer and his/her works. For instance many critics criticize Willa Cather's novel, ...

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