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Reopening Old Wounds

- Reopening Old Wounds Professor’s Comment: Bob’s essay is an intensely personal, admirably honest introspective examination of his repressed emotions concerning his parents divorce. I would cry, but that would be a pointless waste of energy. It’s one of those things that I envied my mother. In a flash she could go from the stoic lady of the house to a sobbing goose. I never understood how. I’d go from astonishment to disgust to envy. I take more after my old man. I’ve never seen him shed a single tear....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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The Minutes Pass

- The Minutes Pass I sit at a round desk for eight hours eight bucks an hour and doodle. The phone rings once or twice every few hours (if I’m lucky, that is) and the population of people over 50 seems to rise by the minute. I sit with my legs crossed, sandal-less, wearing “work” shoes and my “work” smile. I enjoy the company I find myself in, even if it is a good book and a nice thought of myself at the beach. So I play tunes in my head, sing songs of glory under my breath, even snack on crackers when my stomach grumbles....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Losing My Edge

- Losing My Edge I was friends with everyone on the North team, our rivals, but during the season, we seemed liked enemies. We always talked crap to each other. "Who's going to state this year?" We would say. Back to us they would respond, "Who went to State last year?" The whole season, we anticipated playing North. It all started since the first practice. Our coach would scream, "North is practicing harder than you, they are getting in shape, they are preparing." This made us very angry and his tactics to do better did push us....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Conquering of Fear

- Conquering of Fear For as long as I could remember I have had a chronic fear of crashes at high speeds and that my best friend Joseph has never feared anything. He would jump off the Eiffel Tower if he got the chance. On the day that I would finally conquer my fear I was in the back seat of Joseph’s uncle’s Ford Expedition with the whole seat to myself. If I were to turn my head around I would see the large speeder boat the car was pulling behind it. We were on our way to the Delta Marina. Our plan was to go tubing in the water....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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The Chicken Incident

- The Chicken Incident Everyone has an extremely embarrassing experience, that seems horrifically terrible at the time, but upon reflection becomes a completely hilarious occurrence in their life. This episode can be anything from falling down the grand staircase in high school, to splattering a pan of chicken in the walk-in cooler at work. This is mine. I had been working for the Culver’s Franchise Association for virtually three years, in which my primary job was drive-thru and other “front house” positions....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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The Marburg Virus

- The Marburg Virus Why did I decide to choose to study Kongolese Art. Why didn't I just decide to study something safe, like British watercolours. If I had, I would have never had to spend the past three days in isolation in a hospital in Germany to ensure that I wasn't harbouring the Marburg virus. My experience with Marburg started about three weeks ago in early April--April 1, 2005 to be exact. I had been in Angola for the past seven weeks conducting an intense study of Kongolese art in the rural villages of Uige Province....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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My Samoan Culture

- If I were to choose one place in the whole world which would be the best setting to learn the lessons of life, it would be at home with my family. I am from the islands of Samoa located in the Pacific. I grew up in a family of five people in a society of strong culture and religious atmosphere. I love being with my family because they play a vital role in my life. Most of my time was spent on helping out with the family chores, going to school and fulfilling my church callings. In this essay I will discuss how my culture, my family and my church has changed and molded my character for the better....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative]

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Growing Up

- I stumbled out into the yard, my flimsy tennis shoes wrapped in plastic bags and secured with tape. The Great Blizzard of Chattanooga had almost subsided, but snow still lay thick on the ground. The cold air invaded my lungs and stung every inch of exposed skin. My parents were trapped out of town at the state basketball tournament, and my three sisters and I had a baby-sitter that was staying with us. She went to our church, and had known my parents for years. We had enough food to last a while, and our family owned enough sleeping bags and blankets to ensure that we didn't freeze....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Holiday Warfare

- Holiday Warfare Brave men of war have faced adversities both physical and mental and risen above them as butter from cream. Chivalry and conquest have carried soldiers from pole to pole and across the seven seas. Hardships of campaign life are legendary, and the iron men these trials created go down in history as examples to all mankind. I have faced battle under duress and have learned I am not a brave man. Shell-shock is partially defined as a "psycho neurotic condition akin to hysteria." To this day I am saddled with the memories of the day I was sent to battle in my Grandmother's kitchen....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Kirtrine's Basement

- Kirtrine's Basement "Sister Lopez?" I looked down the winding staircase into the murky depths of my neighbor's unfinished basement. "Sister Lopez, can I talk to you?" The only sound was the steady hum of the sewing machine, so I quietly took the stairs two at a time. I was twelve years old--polite and refined, but not overly patient. My mother, a wonderful but slightly overzealous Mormon Relief Society president, had sent me with a Homemaking invitation to give to the ever-elusive, inactive Sister Lopez....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Someone Special

- Someone Special When I first saw him, I was sitting in an auditorium complaining to my mother about how cold it was in there. We and hundreds of other student-parent pairs were lined up in rows of the large room waiting to be told what to do by upper-class college students in matching tee shirts. I was scanning, like always, for any interesting guys. Upon finding any that appealed to me, whether by genuine attractiveness, unique clothing or just a pleasant aura, I would watch, study, and try to figure out everything about him, like his attitude, views on the world, and his favorite color....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Good Advice

- Good Advice Good advice is different for everyone and is distinct each time you receive it. Sometimes I receive advice and don’t realize what it is until I actually need to apply it. This occurred in Andrea Kunze’s paper. Her dad had always warned her that boys were the devil and on her first day of school the advice he had been giving her all along suddenly could make sense. Some advice I’m given allows me to ponder over options I hadn’t thought of before. Other times who ever happens to be helping me envisions a solution that is a variation of what I had contemplated....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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My Grandfather

- My Grandfather, although he moved around a lot when he was a kid, grew up fairly well. He has lived in California, Texas, Wisconsin and many other states. He traveled to many places because of his first career. Grandpa was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lived there for the first three months of his life. He then moved to Texas where he lived in the suburbs of Dallas. He then moved to California and moved back to Texas to live with his grandparents for times when his mother couldn't have him stay with her....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Old Friends

- I felt the waxy goo before I saw it. Squinting, for a better look, I carefully separated the hair that grew from his temples, ordinarily bristling white, but now suspiciously black and tarry. Interrupting my cutting, I ventured, "Doug, what's all over your hair?" As I awaited his reply, I contemplated my long professional relationship with the man seated before me. I cut hair and work with hairpieces for a living. I design, install, and maintain them for fees far below those of large companies whose lavish infomercials are viewable following David Letterman's show....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Broken Promises

- I thought we had the perfect life; a mother, father, two children, and another bundle of joy on the way. We also have a family dog named Missy. Our children have more than they need, way more than I remember having when I was growing up. You would think this would be enough. Evidently in their eyes it is never enough. In January, my six year old Heather came home from school asking for a hamster. After all the endless promises of feeding, watering, and cleaning up after it, my husband and I thought it might teach her some responsibility....   [tags: Autobiographical Essay, Personal Narrative]

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Sailing

- Sailing "People either love it, or they hate it," Fred proclaimed again, for the umpteenth time. His reddish face almost glowed against the gray sky. The combination of giddy grin, round cheeks, and fine, yellow, tousled hair yielded a face far too boyish for a man in his mid-fifties. But the always-present twinkle in Fred's eye was ever so slightly diminished today, and I knew why: he feared that his intuition might be mistaken and that I might not, after all, take to today's activity....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Expectations

- Expectations People often do things they don’t necessarily mean to do. The young Langston Hughes once stood up and pretended to have seen and been touched by Jesus. He did this not because he really saw Jesus, but because others expected it of him. Although others rejoiced on his behalf, he was ashamed for having lied to them. Similarly, I myself have undergone an experience in which I acted in a way that was foreign to my nature. At the age of eight, I was living in the Philippines. In my little town of Ilocos Norte, there was a man who was mentally retarded....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Autobiographical Essay]

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Personal Statement

- “Hunny, please bring the bags to the car and do not forget your jacket on the counter!” my mom shouted from the bottom of the staircase. Every year for vacation, we would always prepare an emergency kit, directions, the latest updates on weather/road conditions, a portable stove, gallons of water, and the trip’s details categorized inside our itinerary organizer. However, while heading down to the Grand Canyon one year, we were stopped by a sudden snow storm and multiple roadblocks forcing us to take detours and change our plans....   [tags: Auotobiographical, Coming of Age]

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Comparing Marjane Satrapi 's Persepolis And Dorothy Allison 's Two Things I Know For Sure

- ... Similarly, Marjane Satrapi also writes using an autobiographical perspective. Persepolis is also a memoir, describing her childhood growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Like Allison’s memoir, Satrapi gives raw details while touching on subjects that may be considered sensitive. She writes of many topics such as, death, torture, war and protests (Satrapi 15-116). In common with Allison, this gives readers an inside look on the realities of what is happening outside of their own country....   [tags: Iranian Revolution, Iran, Marjane Satrapi]

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Relationship Between the Subject and Place in My Winnipeg and Caro Diario

- Since filmmakers have been making films they have often felt the need to document important aspects about the events of their lives. The reasons for this are numerous and varied this is especially true of autobiographical films. These films are often based around a collection of episodes that hold importance in an individual’s life. They include a combination of personal encounters that an individual has experienced at/or over a particular time and in a specific place. They may include individual people, events and objects that hold importance to the film maker that they feel the need to document....   [tags: Film Analysis]

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The Development And Variation Of The Self

- In the course of studying the development and variation of the self, I have realized that the self is constantly evolving as a result of both external and internal stimuli. While a complete understanding of the self is difficult to achieve because of personal subjectivity and differences in experience, multiple theories on the development and maturation of conscious thought have contributed to my own understanding of self. Additionally, while my inherent conception of self may differ from others’, there are nonetheless certain qualities or developmental tendencies that are universally shared between all humans....   [tags: Culture, Anthropology, Self, Conceptions of self]

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Memories, The Emotions Of Emotions, And The Islands Of Personality

- The Disney Pixar movie, Inside out, allows the audience to experience the emotions of Riley, and her parents as they move across the country. The movie had many themes, but the majority of the movie was centered on emotions, memory, and the events that place in the mind in order to keep it in tip top shape. In particular I would like to discuss the unreliability of autobiographical memories, the regulation of emotions, and “the islands of personality”. Throughout the whole movie Joy’s whole purpose was to keep Riley happy and protect the autobiographical memories....   [tags: Psychology, Emotion, Developmental psychology]

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Women

- PTSD and Women Trauma can come in many forms; car crashes, rape, or abuse. Anyone can experience a trauma and it can have lasting effects on their life and their memory. Due to their traumas, people can develop PTSD. You may think of PTSD as being only for war veterans, but it goes deeper than that. Studies have shown that women are more susceptible to PTSD than men after a traumatic event. This is because studies suggest that if all categories of trauma are included, approximately 6.5 million women in United States would be struggling to live with PTSD (Brand, 2003)....   [tags: trauma, rape, abuse]

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The Theory Of Imagination Inflation

- Recent findings within the framework of imagination inflation have also offered support to the notion that false memories can have positive consequences. Imagination inflation occurs when imagining an event leads people to increase their belief that the event occurred (Garry, Manning, Loftus & Sherman, 1996) claim that an action had been performed which they only imagined (Goff & Roediger, 1998) or even develop a complete false memory of an event which never occurred (Loftus, 2003) and has been demonstrated for both plausible (Pezdek, Blandon-Gitlin, Lam, Hart &Schooler, 2006) and implausible events (Sharman, & Scoboria, 2009)....   [tags: Memory, Psychology, Cognitive psychology]

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A Review on the Works of James Baldwin

- Introduction The works of James Baldwin are directly related to the issues of racism, religion and personal conflicts, and sexuality and masculinity during Baldwin's years.James Baldwin's works, both fiction and nonfiction were in some instance a direct reflection his life. Through close interpretation you can combine his work to give a "detailed" look into his actual life. However since most writings made by him are all considered true works of literature we can't consider them to be of autobiographical nature....   [tags: Literature]

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Persepolis a Book by Marjane Satrapi´s Life

- Persepolis is an autobiographical comic book of Marjane Satrapi’s life as a child growing up in the time of the Islamic Revolution. The Revolution of 1979 was meant to empower the oppressed masses of Iran and cleanse the country of the influence of Westernization (Tiefenbrun 2010: 272). Instead, the revolution resulted in a “xenophobic revolt against modernism (including the modern idea of women’s rights), against the ‘West’, against all foreigners and against jews” (Tiefenbrun 2010: 272). This battle between the pre-revolutionary modern Iran and the post-revolutionary fundamentalist Iran is a very important theme in Persepolis (more on this theme later in the essay) (Satrapi 2013: ONLINE)....   [tags: islamic revolution, 1979]

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An Autobiography Of Red By Anne Carson

- As readers, we want to not only understand what we’re reading, but we also want to find a way to group what we’re reading into a genre. Because of this desire, as readers, we sometimes run into issues when reading complex novels, such as Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson. Carson composed a, what we presume is, a fictional novel made up of poetry. By using poetry, Carson is able to convey meanings more complex than simply using the typical prose form. However, Carson also claims that her novel is an autobiography in the title....   [tags: Fiction, Novel, Autobiography, Biography]

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Philosophical Autobiography in Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy

- Throughout the novels of Naguib Mahfouz' Cairo Trilogy, the most noticeable element is the progression of time. In tracing the lives of three generations of the Abd al-Jawad family, Mahfouz manages to structure a chronicle of Egypt during his lifetime that describes not only the lives of the family but the social, political and philosophical change of the entire nation. While it is dangerous to read only for social analysis in Mahfouz' essentially artistic work, the changes in Egypt during the novel make its characters' relationships to a shifting Egypt clear....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Biography: Lord Byron

- The great poet, Oscar Wilde once said “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” These words ring true even to this day. Many of our heroes and idols attain inspiration from their every day life, yet their achievements are often oveshadowed by the myth created behind their personas. Therefore, it is natural for the curious listener to question wether what has been heard is truth or glamorization to further bolster their fame. So the question begging to be answered is, Does an individuals life and era truly influence his or her work....   [tags: oscar wilde, liberty, poets]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Appeal

- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Appeal F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “The scope and depth and breadth of my writings lie in the laps of the Gods” (An interview). Little did he know “the gods” or his readers would take his fame to a whole new level. Maybe his modesty about his talent is why he is so well like or it could even be how well he was able to write magnificent stories that were similar to his own life. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s troubling yet extravagant lifestyle influenced his writing and attributed to his fame....   [tags: jazz age, popularity, great gatsby]

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How is Sympathy Provoked in ‘Piano’ and ‘Crabbit Old Woman’?

- In the two poems Crabbit Old Woman and Piano, both the writers use language to provoke sympathy towards a person and their situation by using the present and the past tense to build up emotions. In the poem Piano, Lawrence introduces us to his childhood using a piano. He describes to us what his childhood memories used to be like with his mother, and what comfort he used to have in her presence. The first two lines of each of the three stanzas are all in present tense and the rhyme scheme is rhyming cuplets....   [tags: Sympathy, Piano, Crabbit Old Woman, poetry, D.H. L]

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Coming of Aage and Love in the Story Araby

- Love often times is one of the strongest motivators. Love can inspire acts of extreme bravery, crush one’s heart, and can even force a person to move on and grow up. In this novel, Araby is a bazaar that conveyed an ill-assorted blend of pseudo-Eastern romanticism and blatant commercialism. For one shilling, as the advertisement put it, one could visit "Araby in Dublin" and at the same time aid the Jervis Street Hospital (Stone). What does love have to do with a foreign bazaar. In the short story a young boy secretly falls in love with a girl and promises to bring her a gift from Araby....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Coming of Age]

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Anterograde Amnesia

- Many people enjoy a good film and at the end, they have the potential to judge the film by the content and delivery it had provided. In some films, the screenwriter chooses to portray one of the many psychological disorders. The audience of the film will try to focus on how well the disorder was portrayed and how well the movie played out. Whether the intention of the film maker was trying to expose the public about such psychological disorder or choosing to make a film based on the disorder, some viewers will argue if the film has portrayed the disorder accurately and whether the public has taken notice to the disorder....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]

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A Comparative Analysis of Armies of the Night and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in Regards to New Journalism

- Taken at face value, Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test may seem very similar. They are both centered on a major author of the 1960s and his experiencing of historical events of the time, while set in the style of New Journalism. When examined closer, though, it becomes apparent that these novels represent two very different sides of New Journalism – Armies of the Night an autobiography with personal and political motivations, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test a sociological piece which tries to capture the essence of its subjects rather than the absolute facts....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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St. Augustine 's Exegesis Of Genesis 1 And The Creation

- St. Augustine’s Exegesis of Genesis 1 and the Creation” “…All kinds of readers are still uncomfortable with the cohesion between the exegesis of the Genesis creation story in books 11 to 13 of the Confessions and the so-called long excursion on memory in book 10 on the one hand and the autobiographical narration in books 1 to 9 on the other. ” While reading Confessions by Saint Augustine, it is almost impossible to miss a drastic change in topic in the concluding three books (11-13). Up until this point, Augustine has shared an autobiographical writing about his life previous to God, his conversion, and post-conversion life....   [tags: Creation myth, Universe, Earth, Augustine of Hippo]

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The Common Thread and The Human Genome Project

- Introduction From the moment we are born we are overwhelmed by the sensation of exploring the world around us. Not just only what we see but also, what lies beneath the surface. This sensation of curiosity is especially clear in people who are studying and/or conducting research in the fields of medicine, health, and biomedical science. In this review I intend to grasp the attention of everyone who has a relationship to the three fields of research mentioned before. Students and researchers in these fields should be able to relate to the concepts that will be discussed in this review....   [tags: politics, biomedical science]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Approaching Abjection '

- Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a French-American sculptor best known for her large scale sculptures and installations which dealt with autobiographical themes ranging from sexuality to family domesticity. Bourgeois was also an avid painter and printmaker that, like her three-dimensional work, was abstract expressionist in nature and dealt with similar themes of sexuality and family domesticity. As her work is autobiographical, there is a sense of abjection in many of her works due to tension and conflict between her father, who she resented, and the rest of her family....   [tags: Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan]

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Summary : ' Miracle For Breakfast '

- Hereditary Fate Why did Bishop name this poem “Sestina”. This question pervades my mind every time I read it through. This is not her first sestina; in her earliest poetry collection North & South, Bishop wrote a sestina titled “Miracle for Breakfast”. It is possible she wrote this poem just to prove that she could, as numerous people have criticized “Miracle for Breakfast” as one of Bishop’s weaker poems, claiming the work to be ultimately hindered by the skeleton of a sestina. It makes sense that a young Bishop struggled with the sestina form because it is incredibly unforgiving....   [tags: Poetry, Family, Sestina, Death]

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The Sense Of Smell, Sociality, And Sex

- On the first day of “Scent, Sociality, and Sex,” we were asked which of our five senses we would sacrifice if forced to decide. Many students deemed their sense of smell their least essential sense. After reading experiments and pop science articles in class, I now better understand how imperative the sense of smell is to the daily lives of humans. I have developed new insight into the science behind olfaction, learning how the brain interprets scent signals and how the brain perceives scent stimuli....   [tags: Odor, Olfaction, Major histocompatibility complex]

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The Inclination Towards Darkness By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath’s poetry reverberates with universal female experience and anxieties; it addresses a female upbringing, pregnancy, childbirth, marriage while also critically engaging with stereotypes of femininity, often illustrating these through myth or metaphor. These feminine themes are recurrent throughout her poetry, often written about with a sense of ambivalence or fear. Putting aside Plath’s own autobiographical influences in the production of this poetry, the inclination towards darkness is a notable trend among women drawn to writing....   [tags: Feminism, Simone de Beauvoir, Poetry]

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Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

- Edith Wharton’s novel, The Age of Innocence, has an ironic twist to the plot of the story. The official definition of irony is: the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. Many famous novels have an ironic twist to the plot of the story. Such novels, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, and The Great Gatsby. “The Age of Innocence takes place during the last breath of New York high society, although its members did not sense the dramatic changes coming to their world” (Hadley11).1 Wharton, uses irony typically for a humorous effect....   [tags: irony, literary analysis]

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James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

- James Joyce's Alter Ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Works Cited Missing In James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus, a young man growing up, has many of the same traits of the young James Joyce. For example, "On 1 September 1888, at the age of 'half-past-six', Joyce was taken by his parents to be enrolled in the finest Catholic preparatory school in Ireland, Clongowes Wood College, situated about twenty miles west of Dublin in the countryside near Clane"(Anderson, James Joyce 15)....   [tags: Papers]

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Martin Eden, by John London

- Introduction Jack London, born in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to Flora Wellman, is among the many prolific writers from the United States of America who possess great artistic works ranging from great time novels ,short stories, plays just to mention but a few. He is fondly remembered for his great novel ‘Martin Eden’ published in 1909. In the novel he tries to express the challenges faced by young writers who try to exploit their talent and passion in an area where little opportunities present themselves....   [tags: Literary Review ]

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An Analysis of Cantú's "Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera"

- Norma Elia Cantu’s novel “Canícula: Imágenes de una Niñez Fronteriza” (“Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera”), which chronicles of the forthcoming of age of a chicana on the U.S.- Mexico border in the town of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo in the 1940s-60s. Norma Elia Cantú brings together narrative and the images from the family album to tell the story of her family. It blends authentic snapshots with recreated memoirs from 1880 to 1950 in the town between Monterrey, Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas....   [tags: Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Fronter]

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Vivid Recollections in Poetry

- ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy, ‘The Sick Equation’ by Brian Patterson and ‘I Shall Return’ by Claude McKay are all thought provoking poems, which are all similarly conveyed to the reader through the protagonists thoughts and vivid recolections. The authors narrative posture (being the protagonist) gives the reader an insight into the poets authorial stances, making each poem to some degree, autobiographical. When anaylising each poem it becomes apparent that numerous literary techniques have been amalgamated into the poems to add sharp contrasts, rythem, mood and evocative imagery, these litarry techniques help elaborate, emphasize and represent the theme of loss and isolation...   [tags: poetry, memories, Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Patterson]

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Defining the Autobiography

- Defining the Autobiography     In a lecture on autobiography, Diane Howard states, "The focus of autobiographical writing and performing is on subjective questions, struggles, and representations" (Howard 1).” “Autobiography is a broad term that lends itself to a variety of meanings and intentions.” There are many differences between autobiographies, especially along gender lines.” Women tend to write about different subjects than men do. Despite subjectivity and differences, there are similarities that make autobiography an autobiography.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines autobiography as "the biography of a person narrated by himself".” This is a vague definition that does...   [tags: Expository Definition Essays]

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The Graphic Novels: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home, and Barefoot Gen

- The super-genre of what collectively can be called ‘comics’ represents a cultural phenomenon which has exploded in the last fifty-plus years onto the public scene. Evolving from newspaper strip comics to superhero stories in paperback periodicals, the world of comics spread further and further into public appeal. With the publication of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, however, comics opened the door onto a world of possibilities. After Maus received high acclaim, despite its academic taboo as a medium, many more historical-commentary graphic novels found their way into the public eye: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen, and a legion of others....   [tags: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home]

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The Warning in The Beast in the Jungle

- The Warning in The Beast in the Jungle "In the case of Henry James there should not be much dispute about the exactness and completeness of the representation; no man ever strove more studiously or on the whole more successfully to reproduce the shape and color and movement of his æsthetic experience." These are the remarks of Stuart P. Sherman from his article entitled "The Aesthetic Idealism of Henry James," from The Nation, p. 397, April 5, 1917. Now, some seventy-two years later critical readers are still coming to terms with James' aesthetic vision....   [tags: Beast in the Jungle Essays]

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The Bildungsroman and Pip's Great Expectations

-      On the surface, Great Expectations appears to be simply the story of Pip from his early childhood to his early adulthood, and a recollection of the events and people that Pip encounters throughout his life. In other words, it is a well written story of a young man's life growing up in England in the early nineteenth century. At first glance, it may appear this way, an interesting narrative of youth, love, success and failure, all of which are the makings of an entertaining novel. However, Great Expectations is much more....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Swann’s Way

- Memory takes centre stage in this novel, which departs from the traditional Nineteenth Century novel in that the narrative does not follow one protagonist throughout. In ‘Swann’s Way’ the protagonist is Marcel, but Proust, a modernist writer uses ‘distancing’ to create “an art of multiplication with regard to the representation of person ... creating aesthetics of deception for the autobiographical novel.” (Nalbantian, 1997, p.63). Also Proust referred to his narrator as the one who says ‘I’ and who is not always me.”(ibid)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Analysis of the Author's Writing Techniques in Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Capote's In Cold Blood

- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is an autobiography with a fictional aspect that depicts the life of Maya herself from the time she was eight to sixteen. The in-depth stories reveal the struggle and hardships she faced growing up. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a true account of the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959. The book gives a more thorough look at the details of the family and the killers, the book is written to take the events and elevate them into a story, enabling the event to transcend their specific historical moment....   [tags: compare contrast]

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Reflections of the Author's Personality in Different Characters of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wild

- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde remains an enigma in literary circles. Is it a scathing commentary about the philistinism of the Victorian time period. Is it a morality tale against allowing the influence of others to overcome one’s own individualism. Is it a criticism of a society that values youth and beauty over morality and substance. All of these have been the focus of scholarly inquiry in the century since the novel’s release. However, its most fascinating line of examination involves the author himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Novels: Parallels Between His Worlds of Fiction and Reality

- F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Novels: Parallels Between His Worlds of Fiction and Reality F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about what he knew, giving readers a perfect reflection of America in the 1920’s, considering this, his fictional work is almost autobiographical in a sense. Although his topics were limited, they were written well because of his extensive knowledge of the time period, extensive knowledge of himself, and being able to express that through his writing. In his 1933 essay “One Hundred False Starts”  F....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Great Gatsby, Review]

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Relationship of Self-Esteem to Objective Success: Is it a Cause or Consequence?

- It has been stipulated that self-esteem is one of the most studied concepts in social psychology. In the now classic study Pygmalion in the Classroom by Rosenthal and Jacobsen, it highlights how teachers' unfounded beliefs about their students became objective realities of the students performance (Baumeister, Campbell, Krueger, & Vohs, 2003, p. 2). Early studies like this one has ignited the pursuit to find ways to increase self-esteem and encourage instillment, or creation, of self-esteem to guarantee future success....   [tags: Psychology ]

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Author Intentions in The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass and DayStar

- In his autobiographical publication The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Douglass takes an intentionalist approach, ensuring that the implied intentions of the author dictate the plot of the story. Douglass's voice echoes through his protagonist, reflecting the message he is trying to convey, asserting a strong sense of authority. As a leader in the abolitionist movement Douglass uses the power of prose to break free from the shackles of slavery, writing himself into existence, and voicing his thought after years of oppression....   [tags: slavery, liberation, expression]

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Literary Analysis: "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat"

- A narrative is constructed to elicit a particular response from its audience. In the form of a written story, authors use specific narrative strategies to position the ‘ideal reader’ to attain the intended understanding of the meanings in the text. Oliver Sacks’ short story The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an unusual short story because it does not display conventional plot development; the story does not contain conflict or resolution of conflict. The genre of the story is also difficult to define because it reads as an autobiographical account of an experience Sacks had with a patient while working as a neurologist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Validity of Henry Miller's Radical Pacifism in Tropic of Cancer

- It is hardly reasonable to expect a man who will forgo employment that allows such benefits like the necessity of food to attend to the needs of a war. Yet some people criticized Henry Miller because he did not take action; he hardly discussed the war in Tropic of Cancer; and, in their opinion, it is his moral obligation as a citizen-writer to address it. However, Miller is defensible only because his “mind is on the peace treaty all the time” (Miller, 143). The silence about the war in the novel suggests a stance of “extreme pacifism,” which is defensible because of his autobiographical honesty about his radical individualism and the artistic intent to describe the beauty of keeping in touc...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Orwell]

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Analysis Of The Story ' Norwegian Wood ' By Haruki Murakami

- ... In the novel, Toru suffered from emotional dependence on others and could not stand on his own after losing somebody. The author makes the reader understand that it is by past emotions that we learn essential lessons and aspects in life. By the use of past emotions, the narrator enables the reader to understand that emotional dependence should not be mistaken for love as those who do so suffer serious psychological consequences. It is evident when Toru is deeply attached to the past memories and a reflection back makes him unstable, especially when he hears the song “Norwegian Wood” being played on the plane despite the fact that he had an advanced age....   [tags: Psychology, Emotion, Memory, Neuroscience]

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Semiautobiographical Work- Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

- Every writer has the ability to make their writing remarkable, beautiful, and complex by using elements like genre, discourse, and code. Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza is a semi-autobiographical work by Gloria Anzaldúa. She examines the relations of her lands, languages, and herself overall. She defines the borders she has around herself in the preface of the book: “The actual physical borderland that I’m dealing with in this book is the Texas-U.S. Southwest/Mexican border. The psychological borderlands, the sexual borderlands and the spiritual borderlands…the Borderlands are physically present wherever two or more cultures edge each other, where people of different races occupy t...   [tags: land, language, identity]

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Maya Angelou 's The Great Depression And World War I

- ... It was probably because of Mamas dedication to religion that she thrived. Back in St. Louis Missouri, Maya was exposed to blues and unexpected familial ties. (blues example). This however was associated with sadness because, during this time she was raped my her mom 's boyfriend. She wishes death upon him, a while later he is killed and she blames herself and stopped speaking for years. This was motivation to write because she had so much bottled up. These two different settings can be associated with two different areas of African American life: religious and blues traditions....   [tags: Black people, African American]

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The Righteous Conscience: an Interpretive Twist on “William Wilson”

- The capacity of the mind is seemingly limitless. Understanding that, the formation of a completely separate entity within the mind of an already perspicacious individual becomes less remarkable. The ensuing battle between William Wilson and “a second William Wilson” is quite simply a conflict between the two most basic components of a person’s intellect – mankind’s perception of self, and the benevolently interloping conscience (Poe 1570). The conscience is a universal concept. The majority of people are aware of their conscience, and, according to Dr....   [tags: Psychology]

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Vindicating the Suffering Revolutionary Women in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria

- To force me to give my fortune, I was imprisoned-yes: in a private madhouse…” (Maria 131-32). These lines from Mary Wollstonecraft’s (1759-1797) unfinished novella Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman substantiates the private operation of the madhouse where the protagonist Maria is confined. The importance of private ownership is that this places the madhouse outside the discourse of law. It is illegitimate yet it is legitimized as it is a symbol of male-dominated state oppression. Parallel to this Bastille becomes the direct symbol of the same repression which is used by Wollstonecraft to depict the predicament of dissenting revolutionary women in the late Eighteenth- century England....   [tags: Feminist Literature]

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Lilly 's Never Thought She Would Be A Writer

- ... This prompt, as with many prompts, gave Barels the ability to shed light on aspects of herself that were hidden to the eye of her inner writer. As the character developed, Barels knew wholeheartedly that this character would be the basis of her first book. In addition to the suggestion of using prompts, Barels also suggests actively looking within yourself for material. All stories have autobiographical elements to them. Truths are exaggerated, transformed, twisted, and fictionalized, but there always are autobiographical truths written between the lines....   [tags: Writing, Creative writing, Writer]

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The Writing Skills That High School Teachers Taught Us

- ... This lets the reader know that he is very knowledgeable of this event and that he is a trustworthy source about this event. Another quality that makes a piece of writing strong is providing a unique perspective. When the reader provides a unique perspective about a topic, they see it in a new light. This can lead to more exploration of the topic. For example, In The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch, it provides a unique perspective of what it is like growing up as an African American during times of racial inequality....   [tags: Writing, Essay, African American, Black people]

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

- ... Death and resurrection is a reoccurring theme in the story. The first part of the novel is called, “Recalled to Life.” This is exactly what happens to many characters in the story, including Dr. Manette and Jerry Cruncher. Dr. Manette comes back to life when he is found by his daughter and Jerry Cruncher when he steals corpses from graveyards and sells them to schools of medical practice to use as specimens for anatomy ("Themes and Construction: A Tale of Two Cities."). Order and disorder is another wonderful theme presented in this book....   [tags: novel analysis]

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The American Dream By Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson

- The United States has always prided itself on offering everyone the opportunity to succeed. This “American Dream” was achieved by the award-winning author Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson, who is better known by her pen name Jamaica Kincaid. Growing up in Antigua, Kincaid was subjected to a rough life of poverty and colonialism (Paravisini-Gebert 2). Other conflicts for Kincaid, were racial prejudice and gender inequality. Kincaid 's mother supported the sexist attitude towards women, and imposed these values onto Kincaid....   [tags: Feminism, Woman, Gender, The New Yorker]

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The Interesting Narrative Gustavas Vassa By Olaudah Equiano

- Largely, the experiences recorded in Olaudah Equiano’s autobiographical account, ‘The Interesting Narrative Gustavas Vassa, or Olaudah Equiano’, provides a typical depiction of the situation, which other African slaves sold and traded in the Americas had experienced. Equiano, born in 1745 in Nigeria, was kidnapped as a child and sold to slave traders and taken to Virginia where he worked on the plantations. The majority of Equiano’s time however was spent on the sea, under captains of slave ships and British navy vessels....   [tags: Atlantic slave trade, Slavery, Caribbean]

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Analysis Of Frederick Douglass ' The Heroic Slave

- ... Listwell on a stormy wintry night when an unexpected visitor interrupts the family’s fireside activities. Listwell immediately recognizes the traveler as Washington and relates to the “sable preacher” (B: 1257) how his sermon in the woods had profoundly changed the Northern man’s life. The couple provides asylum for Madison for two days before giving him five dollars and securing him safe passage into Canada. Madison Washington is now a free man. The paths of these two men would cross again, in Virginia, and the meeting would be shocking....   [tags: Slavery in the United States, Slavery]

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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

- Tim O’Brien, the author of many war novels and short stories such as The Things They Carried, is a worldly man whose many influences include his love of learning, his special bond with his family and his experiences during the Vietnam War. Tim’s unique style of writing, known as verisimilitude or blending of fiction and non-fiction, lends itself to stories of an almost autobiographical nature, however Tim makes changes to make the writing more interesting. Tim uses the aptly names character of Tim O’Brien to express the connections of himself and his character namesake....   [tags: conflict, family, ]

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Girls and Selfie Culture: Empowering or Narcissistic?

- Art, specifically the self-portrait, has evolved along with technology and social media. With the technological generation, the self portrait has become a selfie. But what sort of social implications come along with this new trend. Thesis Statement: Selfies give women and girls the power to represent themselves the way they wish to be seen, boost self-esteem, and could even shift the standard of beauty to something more realistic. How Selfies got Started In any art history class, there is one topic that is always covered: the self-portrait....   [tags: self-esteem, modern selfies, photos]

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Child Sexual Abuse: The Repressed Memories Recovered

- Within the last few decades there has been an increase in public awareness concerning child sexual abuse. Child abuse is defined as intentional acts that result in physical or emotional harming. However most people don’t understand that there are different forms a child abuse; they include physical, neglect, and sexual abuse. Child abuse is widespread, one that most topics people would rather not think about. For the longest time individuals have been in denial because it’s easier when everyone believes that they live in a perfect world....   [tags: psychological analysis]

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Odor Evoked Memory ( Proust Phenomenon )

- We often sit around our homes, or go outside and suddenly feel a familiar visitor in our head. This visitor isn’t a normal visitor, but a memory from our past. For most people, this occurs several times a day. We seem to be doing nothing to trigger a past memory, but there they are, popping into our heads with a fortuitous sense of familiarity. What causes this phenomenon. Why do memories from our past that we think we have long forgotten decide to place themselves back into our conscious. There has to be something triggering this, scientists say, and most agree that odor and scents can help describe this idea....   [tags: Hippocampus, Memory, Amygdala, Limbic system]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Blankets '

- Habibi Craig Thompson is an acclaimed graphic novelist whose works are “intensely personal and occasionally, harrowing autobiographical” in content (Web, The Quietus). Thompson, “born in 1975 in Traverse City, Michigan, in the USA’s parochial Midwest” (Web, The Quietus). Raised by fundamental Christian parents, “by the time Craig was a senior in high school, his future career had already been mapped out by the tight-knit church community: to enter the ministry and become a pastor or a missionary (Web, The Quietus)....   [tags: English-language films, Love, Drama films]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby has difficulty securing her attention as Fitzgerald had with Zelda; he knows that “he was in Daisy’s house by a colossal accident. However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past…” (149, Fitzgerald). Gatsby knows that he does not have the means to successfully woo her, and must find a way to make a name for himself so he can provide for her. This screams of similarity to Fitzgerald’s quandary with Zelda. He too knows he cannot hope to compete with the multitude of other men looking to take Zelda for their own, and realizes that he must better himself somehow first....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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A Famous Bishop Of Hippo, St. Augustine

- ... In his overarching conclusion, Augustine argues that a God-centered life is adequate to provide man with the necessary nourishment for the soul and ensure his ability to overcome evils that is produced by the fallen world. First of all, the book of Confession is an autobiographical summary about Augustine’s moral philosophy that he experiences through a series of events – growing up in a Christian family, running away from God, falling into sin, yearning for God’s forgiveness, repenting back to God, and desiring for deeper truth about God....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Jesus, Sin]

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History of Desire vs. Hanging Fire

- Do you remember your first love. How you felt at night, unable to sleep because of the lopsided ratio of infatuation-induced adrenaline to blood. The feeling of the pedal shuddering against the bottom of your toes as you start your clunky first car. The years between thirteen and nineteen are filled with acne, first loves, tough crowds at school, and first tastes of freedom. The concerns and passions during this period of life are well expressed through tones, perspectives, and a myriad of literary devices in Tony Hoagland’s “History of Desire” and Audre Lorde’s “Hanging Fire”....   [tags: Literature]

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Sylvia Plath: The Exemplary Confessional Poet

- Emerging in the 1950s and 1960s, confessional poetry was essentially an autobiographical style of writing. Often focusing on topics that were taboo at the time like mental illness and suicide, it is no surprise that Sylvia Plath wrote poetry in this style. Plath suffered from depression most of her life and used writing as an outlet (Spinello). In her works “Cut,” “I Am Vertical,” and “Lady Lazarus,” Plath exemplifies confessional poetry through the themes of resentment, death, and mental illness....   [tags: literary analysis, biography]

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Voltaire's Candide versus Gronniosaw's A Narrative

- Although Voltaire and Gronniosaw are similar in that their quest for enlightenment and individuality, they are also very different. Candide is a philosophical satirical novel that ingeniously shakes the misinterpretation of doctrinal optimism. Whilst A Narrative of the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw written by himself, (For the purpose of this essay described as, ‘A Narrative.’) is an autobiographical, spiritual account of Gronniosaw’s travels. This essay will look at the narrative techniques, and the distinctive features, of the language used in both extracts....   [tags: narrative techniques and distinctive features]

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Comparsion of Voltaire and Gronniosaw´s Philosophy

- ... Voltaire’s choice of character names is also significant. For instance, Candide implies pureness and simplicity. Indeed, Voltaire portrays him, as a naive two-dimensional character, with great peace of mind and sound judgement. However, despite ‘sound judgement,’ he is over optimistic, and no matter what conflict he endures, it never affects his enthusiasm. However, when faced with a crisis Candide does not know how to react, subsequently his naivety completely paralyses his sound judgement....   [tags: language, techniques, religion, satrical]

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The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

- F. Scott Fitzgerald lived a life that had good things to it and bad things to it. He lived both sides of the American Dream. He enjoys the young love, wealth and success but also had to deal with the tragedies of life. One of them being unsuccessful and having a drink problem. Fitzgerald was named after a distant cousin, which was the author of the star spangled banner. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1896. Fitzgerald grew up in a catholic and above middle class environment....   [tags: american dream, great gatsby]

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