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The Incident Happened At My Workplace

- The incident happened at my workplace, which affected and changed my identity as a professional. I was doing my diploma in children’s services when I started my job as certificate 3 in Doveton college early learning centre four years ago. I completed my diploma successfully. After some time, I decided to start studying Bachelors in early childhood education. I started feeling a change in the behaviour of one of the teachers in the centre. We have three rooms in the early learning centre. I was a part of the kinder room and she was a teacher in the babies’ room....   [tags: Abuse, Bullying, Early childhood education]

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Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism?

- Candide: Voltaire against Leibniz’ Optimism. François-Marie Arouet, better known under his pen name Voltaire, was one of the leading philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. He is considered the epitome of the eighteenth century, which has been named le siècle de Voltaire. His philosophical novel or conte, Candide, was published in 1759 and remains one of his most well known and widely read of his works—particularly for the English reader. In one part of his Columbia dissertation “Voltaire and Leibniz,” Richard A....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Martin Eden by Jack London

- Jack London is among the many prolific writers from the United States of America who possess great artistic works ranging from great time novels ,short stories to plays just but to mention 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. This novel has stood the test of time with its relevance evident to date....   [tags: Autobiography, American Writer]

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Dickens' Great Expectations: Theme Analysis

- Fiction performs a number of functions, and among these are helping us to understand the world, and helping us to understand the human condition. What is taken from a work of fiction is, however, dependant on who is reading it at the time. In the case of Great Expectations there are a number of themes running through the text including betterment through education, what it is to be a gentleman, respectability and crime, parental /family ties, and industry and idleness. Many of the original readers of the work were not concerned with analysing these various themes, and how Dickens put the work together....   [tags: Themes, Motifs & Symbols]

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The Oedipus Complex in Literature

- According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the Oedipus Complex is a child’s positive libidinal feelings toward the parent of the opposite sex and hostile or jealous feelings toward the parent of the same sex that develop usually between the ages of three and six and that may be a source of adult personality disorder when unresolved (Merriam-Webster). In Sons and Lovers, Paul Morel demonstrates the classic symptoms of the Oedipus complex. Paul and his father’s relationship is destroyed early in his life....   [tags: Oedipus Complex]

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Chickamauga; Editha: Tales of Anti-Romanticism

- For many, war has quite an ugly face, yet there are those who seem to view war through rose petal spectacles, hear of its successes in lullabies and speak of its necessity with words dripping with honey. During the eighteenth century, a burgeoning art of literature took hold on the populace, it colored reality in such a manner that one would “fall in love” with it – Romanticism, a term loosely applied to literary and artistic movements of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Romanticism is: A literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and an emp...   [tags: literary, artistic movements, literature]

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Memories Of A Public Square

- Big cities, small towns, villages and in a broad sense all human habitats are full of their inhabitants’ memories. While some of these memories are specific and unique to each individual, some have collective characteristics: memories about a common past, the common past that we all may or may not have seen or experienced but we might have heard of it, the memories of a public square that has no longer existed but my grandpa shares the memory with yours… Like what can be found in a dictionary as a conventional definition, memory can be understood as “the the store of things learned and retained from an organism 's activity or experience as evidenced by modification of structure or behavior...   [tags: Sociology, Psychology, Mind, Memory]

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The Personality Of Adult Hood

- ... Murray (1994) demonstrates this idea in the case of a woman named Gina. Gina believed that she was living a normal life until one day she discovered a cup in her sink half full of hot chocolate. This was much to her surprise because she does not like hot chocolate and had not drunk it since she was a young girl. At first she believed that someone was sneaking into her house until a private investigator informed her that she was the one drinking the hot chocolate. She immediately sought help to discover what was wrong with her and was informed that she was suffering from Dissociative Identity disorder....   [tags: Dissociative identity disorder]

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The Right And Left Hippocampus

- ... No studies show that the “GCs can be directly toxic to the hippocampal neurons. However, recent work suggest that GCs can induce a state of vulnerability in these neurons, which makes it less likely to survive a broad range of metabolic insults” (Sapolsky). GCs could harm or damage the hippocampus at below average concentration. The GC action is to inhibit glucose uptake to surrounding tissues. This action of glucocorticoids effects and extends into the brain, then into the hippocampus. GC’s damage the neurons in the hippocampus by impairing their space to live, GS’c also try to decrease the ability for neurons to work in certain bounds or area’s (Horner)....   [tags: Hippocampus, Memory, Brain, Cerebral cortex]

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The English Bildungsroman

- The English Bildungsroman       The novel has a strong tradition in English literature. In Great Britain, it can trace its roots back to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe in 1719 (Kroll 23). Since then, the British novel has grown in popularity. It was especially popular in Victorian England. The type of novel that was particularly popular in Victorian England was the novel of youth. Many authors of the time were producing works focused on the journey from childhood to adulthood: Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre, George Eliot wrote The Mill on the Floss, and Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield and Great Expectations....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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frankenstein - romanticism

- Frankenstein: A Model of English Romanticism The literary world embraced English romanticism when it began to emerge and was so taken by its elements that it is still a beloved experience for the reader of today. Romanticism “has crossed all social boundaries,” and it was during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, it found its way into almost every niche in the literary world (Lowy 76). From the beginning of its actuality, “romanticism has forged its way through many eras including the civil war” (Hall 44)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Fitzgerald’s Biography in Fiction

- The roaring twenties provided the United States with incredible wealth in all facets of society. During this time, American literature became enriched with Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s short stories and novels. Fitzgerald grew up with ambitions to be a successful and famous man. He failed at achieving success as a football player at Princeton during his freshman year and was an armistice away from achieving hero status in World War I. His success came through an art he mastered as a young child, writing....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

- My Journey into Discovering My True Self Jamaica Kincaid’s success as a writer was not easily attained as she endured struggles of having to often sleep on the floor of her apartment because she could not afford to buy a bed. She described herself as being a struggling writer, who did not know how to write, but sheer determination and a fortunate encounter with the editor of The New Yorker, William Shawn who set the epitome for her writing success. Ms. Kincaid was a West-Indian American writer who was the first writer and the first individual from her island of Antigua to achieve this goal....   [tags: west-indian american, writer]

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Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

- ... Monster said that “Think ye that the groans of Clerval were music to my ear. my heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy; and, when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the changes without torture, such as you cannot even imagine” ( Shelley 158 ). In that moment, the creature expresses his struggle with understanding basic concepts and emotions derived from his state of exile. This amplifies a sense of compassion and sympathy for the monster, that makes people feel sorry for the monster....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, James Whale]

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How Is Contrast Used In ‘Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes', Compared To The Use Of Contrast In ‘Nothing's Changed'?

- The two poems I am comparing are ‘Two Scavengers in a truck, Two Beautiful people in a Mercedes', written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, which shows the contrast between rich and poor in San Francisco, and ‘Nothings Changed', written by Tatamkhulu Afrika. ‘Nothing's Changed' is an autobiographical poem about a man returning to the town he grew up in as an adult, and how everything is still the same. The tone of ‘Two Scavengers' changes between sombre, when the poet is describing the two garbage men, and a more relaxed, happy tone when he is talking about the ‘Beautifuls'....   [tags: Poetry Compare Contrast]

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Comparing Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers and Soap and Water

- Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers and Soap and Water     In Anzia Yezierska's works Bread Givers and "Soap and Water", she uses similar aspects of the characters that portray her own life. Both of the stories resemble similarities of Yezierska's life and appear to be autobiographical to her personal experiences. The author portrays, in both the stories, a belief that the majority culture is "clean" while the minority culture is dirty. Sarah in Bread Givers and the narrator in "Soap and Water" each have a hunger that drive them in different directions: actual hunger for food, progress into society and a hunger for knowledge....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Pattern of Visionary Imagery in W. S. Merwin

- A Pattern of Visionary Imagery in W. S. Merwin After quoting Blake's own words to establish his work as essentially "'Visionary,'" and then defining that term as the "view of the world . . . as it really is when it is seen by human consciousness at its greatest height and intensity" (143), Northrop Frye suggests an important but largely ignored point for criticism in his essay "Blake After Two Centuries" when he observes that works like Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception "seem to show that the formal principles of this heightened vision are constantly latent in the mind," and that it is this constant availability of vision, near at hand but suppressed, which "perhaps explains the commu...   [tags: Poem Poet Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Death in Venice

- Subtle Symbolism in Death in Venice   The dominant theme in Death in Venice is, obviously, death. This theme is exploited through the use of irony, imagery, and symbolism. The theme is most effectively explored by means of symbolism. Mann's symbolism is not as straight-forward as most authors, however, and the reader is forced to dig deep in order to determine the true meaning of any given passage. This pseudo-hidden symbolism forces the reader to be acutely aware of its presence from page one, or else the point may be missed altogether....   [tags: Death Venice Essays]

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An Analysis of Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant"

- "Shooting an Elephant" is one of the most popular of George Orwell's essays. Like his essays "A hanging" and "How the Poor Die", it is chiefly autobiographical. It deals with his experience as a police-officer in Burma. After having completed his education, Orwell joined the Indian Imperial Police, and served in Burma, from 1922 to 1927, as an Assistant Superintendent of Police. His experiences as an officer in Burma were bitter. He was often a victim of the hostility and injustices at the hands of his colleagues and officers....   [tags: European Literature]

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Ulysses by James Joyce

- Ulysses by James Joyce Many novelists directly reflect their life stories and personal circumstances in their works, so closely that the works may seem autobiographical. Although there are autobiographical parallels between James Joyce's life and that of his characters in Ulysses, the novel's scattered autobiographical details are more in the line of delightful puzzles to be ferreted out, rather than direct insights into Joyce's life. What is really important in Ulysses is not the ties to Joyce's personal experience; it is the way he uses his distinctively Irish experience to comment on the human condition in general. We think of Joyce as an Irish writer, and it may be surprising...   [tags: Papers]

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Slave Narrative

- The purpose of a slave narrative during the American abolition movement was to directly address the violent truth of slavery. But to what effect did the truth of their autobiographical stories have on readers at the time. Within this essay, I am going to explore themes such as truth, motherhood and religion, and how they interact as narrative strategies throughout. In order to support the analyses, my primary authors will be William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs 1. The primary texts stated are written in a voice which is antebellum of the American Civil War (1861-65), so it is interesting to see the that the two male authors use their own identity to title their work des...   [tags: Comparative, Brown, Douglass, Jacobs 1]

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Federico Fellini

- One of the most influential Italian cinemas film directors was Federico Fellini, who became popular after World War II. The filmography of Fellini included 24 titles; of which won him five Academy Awards including the most Oscars in history for best foreign language film (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Federico Fellini’s influences have became such an integral part of the film industry, that some of his influences are barely even credited to him in todays society such as the word “paparazzi” which originated in his film La Dolce Vita, and became the word it means today....   [tags: biography, film director, paparazzi]

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Flashbulb Memories

- Do Flashbulb memories differ from other forms of memory. “Our past is preserved in a variety of memories of very different nature” (Salaman, 1970) There are many proposed divisions and sub-divisions of human memory, such as working memory, procedural memory, semantic memory or episodic memory. Many of the systems seem to overlap, with each having varying functions related to the maintenance of what is essentially human life. For example, episodic and autobiographical memory fundamentally share the same functions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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All Quiet on the Western Front Essays: The Loud Message

- All Quiet on the Western Front: The Quiet Novel that Screamed a Message In Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front", the main character Paul Baumer who is 18 years old, is sent to the front to fight for his homeland, Germany. He and his friends go through a spectrum of typical war expiriences: the deaht of a comrad, the terror of shelling, the abuse by their officers, etc. Remarque as well as Paul hates everything about the war: its meaninglessness, the lives of young people that it destroys or the innocent people that it kills....   [tags: All Quiet on the Western Front Essays]

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Critical Analysis of "graduation"

- "Graduation" is an excerpt of the autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, written by Maya Angelou. While the book is autobiographical in nature, this particular excerpt is much discussed amongst literary circles because of Angelou's use of both objective and subjective narration. Objective narration describes the culture of Angelou's local community, Stamps Arkansas. The passage depicts the entire community of Stamps preparing for, and experiencing, graduation ceremonies at the local black schools....   [tags: American Literature]

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Music: The Power of Plot

- Music: The Power of Plot People relate to music. We sing it. We cry to it. We laugh to it. The reason: we can see ourselves in music. We can let go of our feelings and just relate to the words or the instruments. One way the songwriter connects the listener to the music is through plot: the problem or reaction to a problem a character/singer is expressing. Whether it is a fight with a lover, a fight with a friend, finding a lover/friend, or any other, the plot is helps the listener relate to the song....   [tags: Music Theory Essays]

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Homicides and AP English in Miles Corwin's "And Still We Rise"

- In his book And Still We Rise, Miles Corwin wrote about how he was researching a homicide in South-Central. During the homicide a boy was shot by gangbangers. The detectives thought he was another gangbanger but they realized he wasn’t. He was a junior at high school and was in the gifted program. After the homicide, Miles Corwin decides to write this book because we wanted to write not only about gangbangers but also about other children who wanted to succeed and had to overcome obstacles in life....   [tags: Miles Corwin, Still We Rise, ]

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The Role of Alienation in The Sun Also Rises

- What I would like to show you by writing this essay is that for many individuals in many different generations, for some less for others more explicit, the time they live in does not fit their outlook on life. Because of this they live different lives than their generation and the cultural setting and standards of their era would expect them to live. They feel alienated and left out, or they are strange in the eyes of others, eccentric even, they do not fit in their time and the set of moral and aesthetic standards they live in....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Satire and Colonialism in the Eighteenth Century: Jonathan Swift

- This essay will be on Jonathan swifts books ‘a Modest Proposal’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels. Satire is defined as using writing to poke fun at or ridicule a particular person or human weakness in general. Swift was born in 1667 and lived until 1745. at the time Swift was writing about the conditions for poor Catholics in Ireland, a quote states that ‘for many years these laws excluded Catholics from all public life and much normal private social activity. They made it illegal for Catholics to buy land, obtain a mortgage on it, rent it at a reasonable profit or even inherit it normally’ this shows that Catholics had noting....   [tags: modest proposal, gulliver's travels]

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The Life and Writing of Mary Shelley

- Mary Shelley was bourn Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, August 30, 1797, in London, England. She was the daughter of William Godwin, a political theorist, novelist, and publisher, and of Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer and early feminist thinker, who died of puerperal fever 10 days after her daughter's birth. As a child, Mary had little formal education and was tutored by her father, but nonetheless, Mary Godwin received an unusual and advanced education for a girl of the time. For six months in 1811, also attended a boarding school in Ramsgate, and shortly after was sent to stay with the family of the radical William Baxter, near Dundee, Scotland in June of 1812....   [tags: biography, writers, Biographical]

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Jon Krakauer: American Writer and Journalist

- Jon Krakauer, American writer and journalist, was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1954. He is also a mountaineer, his father having exposed him to the craft when he was eight years old, thus igniting his life-long passion. In 1977, a year after he graduated from Hampshire College, Krakauer pioneered a new route to the Devil's Thumb, a treacherous mountain in southeastern Alaska. This endeavor was his first major foray into mountain climbing. In 1996, Krakauer chronicled an adventure at the Stikine icecap, in which he employed a route never before attempted, in one of his novels, Into the Wild....   [tags: biographical analysis]

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Critical View of Romantic Literature

- This literature review will critically analyse a range of arguments and perspectives by literary critics which will be pertinent to the study of Romanticism . Due to the scale of research in Romantic literature as a discipline, the main focus in this paper will concentrate primarily on defining the two aspects of Romantic literature. These two aspects are called Romantic nature and the sublime; the paper will look at the main purpose of these definitions by literary scholars. The review will also compare and contrast different methodologies used by the critics when defining 'Nature' and the 'Sublime'....   [tags: nature, sublime, perspective]

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Case Study: Child Developmental Domains

- Male Age 5 Developmental Domains Cognitive Developmental As I observed Ricky his cognitive development is somewhat normal. According to Piaget’s theory a child should by the age five should be on the Preoperational stage and be able use symbols such as words or pictures to represent objects. Piaget’ preoperational stage Infants and Children (p.322-326). According to the checklist Ricky was not able to draw on some letters and sounds such as f, s, t, and r. According to the Speech and Language checklist list by the age of five the child should master or say these letters....   [tags: cognitive, language, speech]

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English Literature Poems

- English Literature Poems Compare the methods that ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ employs to highlight the importance of cultural identity with another poem. I have chosen to compare ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ as both poems highlight the importance of cultural identity in society. Both poets ‘Alvi’ and ‘Nicholas’ employ many different and similar methods to illustrate the importance of cultural identity. The poem ‘Presents’ is about the writer herself at a younger age feeling insecure as she is of dual heritage (mixed race) ‘in my English Grandmother’s dining - room....   [tags: English Literature]

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Elies Wiesel And Night

- Elie's Wiesel and Night Do you see that chimney over there. See it. Do you see those flames. Over there- that's where you're going to be taken. That's your grave, over there. Haven't you realize it yet. You dumb bastards, don't you understand anything. You're going to be burned. Frizzed away. Turned into ashes. Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. It is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and with his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnessed each day....   [tags: essays research papers]

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American Indian Stories

- In her book American Indian Stories, Zitkala-Sa's central role as both an activist and writer surfaces, which uniquely combines autobiography and fiction and represents an attempt to merge cultural critique with aesthetic form, especially surrounding such fundamental matters as religion. In the tradition of sentimental, autobiographical fiction, this work addresses keen issues for American Indians' dilemmas with assimilation. In Parts IV and V of "School Days," for example, she vividly describes a little girl's nightmares of paleface devils and delineates her bitterness when her classmate died with an open Bible on her bed....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Boccaccio v Keats

- Boccaccio v Keats In reading Lisabetta (Boccaccios version) and Isabella (Keats version) it can help us understand Keats intentions, plans and achievements better. Keats deliberately begins his poem with the lovers, Keats sees the lovers as the main focus and he wants to reinstate their importance. Keats puts effort into portraying the lovers as young and innocent and due to the brothers their relationship is ruined. 'fair Isabelle, poor simple Isabelle Lorenzo, a young palmer in loves eye.' Keats seems to write in such a realistic way, it comes across as autobiographical....   [tags: English Literature]

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-Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia

- “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.” -Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia (1319-21) It’s quotes like this that inspire me, and that I can relate to. This is why I see Dante Alighieri as sort of an image of who I want to be. In my opinion he is the greatest dramatic poet of all time. He is best known for his works such as The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia), Vita Nuova, and De Vulgari Eloquentia....   [tags: poet, Divine Comedy, battle]

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Philip Roth- Master of the Double Identity

- Philip Roth - Master of the “Double Identity” because he suffers from one What influences one's identity. Is it their homes, their parents, their religion, or maybe where they live. When do they get one. Do they get it when they understand right from wrong, or when they can read, or are they born with it. Everyone has one and each identity is unique, or is it. In literature, (or life) religion plays a large role in a character's identity. However, sometimes the writer's own religion and personal experiences shapes the character's identity more than his/her imagination does....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward

- The Journey as Depicted in My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner’ has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement. Inner journeys have often been described as the metaphor behind a physical journey....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Ways in Which Culture and Identity are Presented in Search for My Tongue and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan

- The Ways in Which Culture and Identity are Presented in Search for My Tongue and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan In this essay I aim to discuss the ways in which culture and identity are presented in 'search for my tongue' and 'presents from my aunts in Pakistan' The first poem, 'search for my tongue' is written by a woman called Sujata Bhatt who was born in nineteen fifty six, in Ahmedabad, India. She emigrated to the United States of America in nineteen sixty eight. She is a very successful poet and translator of Gujarati and English and if that was not enough she is now living in Germany....   [tags: Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan]

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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward

- "The Journey is the reward": Discuss the truth of this statement using the core text, with one piece of text from the BOS booklet together with two pieces of related material. All issues are to speak in relation to Sally Morgan's inner journey. The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner' has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement....   [tags: Analysis]

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Views on Different Cultures Presented in Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan and Search For My Tongue

- Views on Different Cultures Presented in Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan and Search For My Tongue For my essay I am going to compare 'Search For My Tongue' by Sujata Bhatt and 'Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan' by Moniza Alvi. 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan' is autobiographical. It is set in England where the author talks about and describes the presents that she receives from her Aunts who live in Pakistan. 'Search for my Tongue' is written while living in Germany but during her life Sujata Bhatt has had to speak three different languages....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing the Women in Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses

- Characterization of Women in Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses   Joyce's depiction of women is characterized by a high degree of literary self-consciousness, perhaps even more so than in the rest of his work. The self-consciousness emerges as an awareness of both genre and linguistic expectations. contrasting highly self-conscious, isolated literary men (or men with literary aspirations) with women who follow more romantic models, even stereotypes. In Dubliners, Joyce utilizes a clichéd story of doomed love ending in death-physical or spiritual-in "A Painful Case" and "The Dead." The former holds far more to these conventions and can be read as a pre...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison John Updikes AP and Timothy OBreins How to Tell a True War Story

- Comparison John Updikes AP and Timothy OBreins How to Tell a True War Story Although the short stories, “A&P,” by John Updike, and “How to Tell a True War Story,” by Timothy O’Brien, are both written in the technique of first person narrative, the two stories are conveyed to the reader in very different styles. John Updike, who was 29 at the time when he wrote “A & P,” narrates his story from the point of view of a 19 year old boy. The narration of the story of “A & P” illustrates the scene of the grocery store in which the teenage boy, Sammy, is a cashier who witnesses everything that goes on during the day....   [tags: essays papers]

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A Comparison of Violence in Living Jim Crow, Incident, and Blood burning moon

- Violence in Living Jim Crow, Incident, and Blood burning moon      Violence seems to be quite a common topic in black American literature of the first decades of the 20th century. One major reason for this is probably that it was important for black authors not to be quiet about the injustices being done to them. The violence described in the texts is not only of the physical kind, but also psychological: the constant harassment and terrorising. The ever-present violence had such an effect on the black that they just could not fight back to stop the injustices....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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The Characters of Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar

- Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath's renowned autobiographical legend "The Bell Jar" and Margaret Atwood's fictional masterpiece "The handmaid's tale" are the two emotional feminist stories, which basically involve the women's struggle. Narrated with a touching tone and filled with an intense feminist voice, both novels explore the conflict of their respective protagonists in a male dominated society. In spite of several extraordinary similarities in terms of influential characterization and emotive themes, both novels are diverse as far as their respective style, structure and setting is concerned....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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It’s Time to Include Gays and Lesbians in Our Study of Literature

- The growth of gay people as a group has been astonishing. It is not possible to guess how exactly we will grow from our experiences in the years ahead, but it is possible to predict that growth will continue, one way or another. A diverse and strong global community has been established.(Clark 60) Dr. Don Clark, clinical psychologist and university professor, boldly expresses his views on the changing nature of the gay and lesbian community in his text, Loving Someone Gay. Clark describes how far gay people have advanced in the last thirty years, moving from isolated and fearful existences to lives marked by political power and potential....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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How do the poets represent the importance of 'roots' in their poetry?

- How do the poets represent the importance of 'roots' in their poetry. Consider how the social and cultural identity of the poets is paramount to the development of the main themes. Other Cultures ============== How do the poets represent the importance of 'roots' in their poetry. Consider how the social and cultural identity of the poets is paramount to the development of the main themes. The four poems that I will be comparing all describe how the poets feel about their roots, background and cultural heritage....   [tags: English Literature]

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Tennessee Williams: His Life in "Suddenly Last Summer" and "The Glass Menagerie"

- In the study of Tennessee Willliams' plays: "Suddenly Last Summer" and "The Glass Menagerie", we can find a great deal of autobiographical connections. "The Glass Menagerie" is particularly considered the author's most biographical work. It is described by the playwright as "a memory play"; indeed, it is a memory of the author's own youth, an expression of his own life and experiences. Similarly, "Suddenly Last Summer" includes many of Tennesse Williams' real life details. First and foremost, this analysis is going to be focused on the families of both plays since these families are undoubtedly connected, particularly the Wingfield family, with Tennesse Willimas' family....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Comparing Dickens's View of Children in David Copperfield and Great Expectations

- Dickens's View of Children Exposed in David Copperfield and Great Expectations         Of all Dickens' works, David Copperfield and Great Expectations are considered to be his most autobiographical.  Philip Collins writes, "Great Expectations, indeed, though overtly less autobiographical than David Copperfield, is a more searching and self-critical account of Dickens' own inner impulses" (178).  It is also true that both of these novels have children  as main characters.  Dickens had a real talent for creating child characters in his works.  In some cases, Dickens' own life history is so closely linked with his fiction, that in order to understand Dickens' interest in the child...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Discuss the treatment of women in society with reference to Charlotte

- Discuss the treatment of women in society with reference to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Margaret Atwood's A Handmaids Tale. In this essay, I will compare a pre-twentieth century novel with a modern novel, and examine the discussion of the treatment of women in society. 'Jane Eyre' was first published in 1847, and was written by Charlotte Bronte. It is the story of a young woman, Jane Eyre, ill treated through childhood, but determined and intelligent. Through the novel, the reader watches her grow and develop as a person, and overcome many problems, to become a respectable, independent woman....   [tags: English Literature]

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Stereotypes about Homelessness in America in Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner

- Stereotypes about Homelessness in America in Dumpster Diving by Lars Eighner Lars Eighner's short essay, "Dumpster Diving," reveals the stereotypes about homelessness in America. In order to confirm these known stereotypes about American culture, Eighner includes autobiographical accounts of the economically inferior class, as well as revealing his elitist rules that governs the life of a homeless person. According to Eighner, homeless people fall into the following categories, 'can scroungers', 'Dumpster divers', and 'scavengers.' (Eighner, 1993)....   [tags: Homeless Poverty Papers]

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The Effects of World War II on Kurt Vonnegut's Writing

- The Effects of World War II on Kurt Vonnegut's Writing February 13, 1945: Dresden, Germany. War is raging across Europe. In a deep underground meat locker beneath Schlacthof-Funf, Slaughterhouse Five, 100 American prisoners and their six German guards feel the Earth move as Royal Air Force bombers lay wreckage to the city above. They can only hear the mass terror as the greatest slaughter in European history takes place, killing an estimated 135,000 civilians and destroying cathedrals, museums, parks, and even the zoo....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray       "I do not think that one person influences another, nor do I think there is any bad influence in the world," Oscar Wilde uttered when under trial (Hyde 353). Although this statement may be true, one of Wilde's most famous works shows a great deal of the effects of people shaping one another, causing one to wonder about Wilde's sincerity in that statement. The Picture of Dorian Gray shows variations on the existence and purposes of influence, displaying two types of personal influence: obvious manipulations such as that of Lord Henry upon Dorian and that of Dorian over Sybil Vane, and those that are more often overlooked such...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]

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Horrors of Ghetto Life Exposed in Whoreson and Dopefiend

- Horrors of Ghetto Life Exposed in Whoreson and Dopefiend           Donald Goines's lived the majority of his life either on the streets of the ghetto or in jail-because he was supporting himself and his heroin addiction by taking part in many illegal activities. During the last of his many prison terms, Goines finally found his way out of having to rely on crime for his way of living. He did this by writing about his life on the streets. His first two books, Whoreson and Dopefiend, were actually written during his last prison term....   [tags: Whoreson Dopefiend]

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Critiques of Ernest Hemingway's Novel, Death in the Afternoon

- Critiques of Ernest Hemingway's Novel, Death in the Afternoon Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon shows a new side of Hemingway's writing which initially disappointed the critics. Published in 1932, Death in the Afternoon was not the expected fictional novel, but instead was more of a nonfiction description of bullfighting and Spanish culture in the 1920's and 1930's. In Curtis Patterson's words, "It is a tripartite work: bullfighting in Spain, plus semi-autobiographical details of the author, plus smut....   [tags: Hemingway Death in the Afternoon Essays]

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Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou

- Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou       Internationally respected brilliant poet, historian, and author Maya Angelou says "in all my work I try to tell the human truth-what it is like to be human...what makes us stumble and fumbleand fall and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light (Ebony 96). This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed autobiographical worksand poems such as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in my Name, Still I Rise and Phenomenal Women....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Free College Essays - Shakespeare's Sonnet 147

- Sonnet 147 SONNET CXLVII My love is as a fever, longing still For that which longer nurseth the disease, Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, The uncertain sickly appetite to please. My reason, the physician to my love, Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Hath left me, and I desperate now approve Desire is death, which physic did except. Past cure I am, now reason is past care, And frantic-mad with evermore unrest; My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are, At random from the truth vainly express'd; For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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The Violence of The Queen of Spades

- The Violence of Plath’s Daddy   "Daddy" is probably Plath’s most famous poem. The critic George Steiner has said that, "It is a poem by which future generations will seek to know us." He has also called it, "the Guernica of modern poetry." The violence of its imagery and tone, the references to concentration camps, torture and fascism certainly evoke Picasso’s most celebrated painting. Plath claimed that in this poem she was adopting the persona of a girl with an Electra complex whose father had been a fascist, but while the poem is not completely autobiographical, it contains several obvious references to her own life....   [tags: The Queen of Spades]

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H.D.: The Fusion of Classicism and Modernity

- H.D.: The Fusion of Classicism and Modernity With foundations rooted deeply in an appreciation for and understanding of classicism, H.D. fused ancient Grecian literature, thinking and mythology with modernistic feminism, bisexuality and psychoanalysis to establish for herself a prominent voice among her contemporaries. Born Hilda Doolittle in 1886 to Helen and Charles Doolittle, her education was fostered by the intellectual curiosity of her parents (an artist and an astronomer, respectively) and the proximity of The University of Pennsylvania....   [tags: Hilda Doolittle Essays]

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Primo Levi- Pain Retold, Is Pain Redoubled"

- "Pain retold, is pain redoubled" What prompts someone to write about their suffering, and how do they convey a sense of their emotions to the reader. Primo Levi is a Holocaust war victim, a survivor from Auschwitz, who for years was plagued by guilt because he survived - a feeling that is passed on in Jewish tradition, which I understand being a fellow Jew. Jewish heritage is very important to all Jews; myself included, which is one reason why I can connect with the poet/author, his poems and his other works....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

- The Yellow Wallpaper, has an autobiographical element to it. It was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The piece of work concentrates on many different aspects of literature. "The Yellow Wallpaper," has an autobiographical element to it. It was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The piece of work concentrates on many different aspects of literature. It can be evaluated with ten different types of literary criticism: formalist, biographical, historical, psychological, mythological, sociological, gender, reader-response, deconstructionist, and cultural studies....   [tags: English Literature]

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My first Sonne and Mid Term Break

- My first Sonne and Mid Term Break In this essay I will be comparing and commenting on the poems ‘My first Sonne’, by Ben Johnson and ‘Mid Term Break’ by Seamus Heaney. These poems are all a reflection on a close relative’s death and portray the poet’s emotions, feelings and thoughts. However while Ben Johnson loses a son Seamus Heaney loses a brother, from these poems we see two different types of emotions. Mid term break is an autobiographical poem written by Seamus Heaney when thinking back about the death of his little brother....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Notion of the "I" in Literature

- Many authors anticipate the use of "I" in their works. Often, it helps them express their point to the reader. Sometimes though, writers want to talk about their personal issues but do not want to say it directly or reveal themselves. Therefore, they use the "I" in their work to hide behind it while putting across their point. David Sedaris and Sylvia Plath use "I" in their books in different ways, although some of the issues they wrote about are somewhat similar. Both of the authors wrote about the mental disorders that they had and how their lives were affected by them....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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farewell to arms

- In Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical classic A Farwell to Arms, Lieutenant Fredrick Henry labors through the first world war, then referred to as “ … the war to end all wars”. Henry is an American ambulance driver enlisted in the Italian army stationed in Austria. When a mortar explodes in Henry’s field post and nearly blows off his knee, he’s sent to an American-run hospital in Milan, Italy. There he re-unites with his lover, Catherine Barkley, an English Nurse he had a previous relationship on his days in a peaceful Austrian city; which consisted of playing a game of sorts, she asking him to declare his love until finally, to her dissent, Henry does declare legitimate affection with the u...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies

- The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies Western philosophers still tend to think that philosophy, in a sense that they can take with professional interest, does not exist in non-Western traditions. To persuade them otherwise would require them to make an effort that they prefer to evade. I attempt to begin to persuade them by closely paraphrasing a few arguments by the early Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu and a few by the Indian skeptic and mystic Shriharsha (about 1150 CE). One of Chuang Tzu's arguments has some resemblance to Plato's Third-Man argument, another with the impossibility of distinguishing between waking reality and dream, and a third with the impossibility of object...   [tags: Philosophy China Culture Papers]

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Sylvia's Use of Senses in Ariel

- Sylvia's Use of Senses in Ariel "Ariel" possesses power and importance, a certain element of orgasmic stress to the degree to which the horseback ride Plath once took becomes something more—a ride into the abyss of the unknown, a stare back into the eye of the sun, an odyssey to death, a stripping of personality and selfhood, a sort of blatant exposition. To treat "Ariel" as a confessional poem is to suggest that its actual importance lies in the horse- ride taken by its author, in the author's psychological problems, or in its position within the biographical development of the author....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Alice Munro Open Secrets The A

- ALICE MUNRO’S THE ALBANIAN VIRGIN IN OPEN SECRETS EXEMPLIES HER CHARACTERISTIC APPROACH To try to trace Alice Munro’s narrative techniques to any particular development in the short story The Albanian Virgin would be difficult. This could be because it is simply written from careful observations as are many of her other short stories. In her short stories, it is as though she tries to transform a common, ordinary world into something that is unsettling and mysterious as was seen in Vandals....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Examples Of Charles Dickens' Chthonic Journeys

- Question- In Charles Dickens autobiographical memoir Fragments of an Autobiography what are three chthonic journeys that he faces. In Charles Dickens autobiographical memoir Fragments of an Autobiography he has many chthonic journeys that he never fully recovered from. The essay starts off with Charles Dickens having to work at a blacking warehouse with a pay of six pints at the age of ten or twelve, even though he wants to go to school. His father is in jail due to money problems, which leaves the family with no money to pay their rent....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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General Analysis Of John Irvings Works

- John Winslow Irving stands out as one of the finest contemporary American authors. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire in July 1942, Irving attended an Exeter prep school at which his stepfather taught history. Although he excelled at English, he was discouraged by the fact that he was dyslexic, a condition which wasn't recognized back then and so had trouble keeping up. An avid wrestler, he attended the University of New Hampshire on a wrestling scholarship. There, he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, who encouraged him to write....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Impact of Language on Identity and Social Acceptance in Richard Wright’s Novel, Black Boy

- The Impact of Language on Identity and Social Acceptance in Richard Wright’s Novel, Black Boy The entire act, the entire situation, the entire experience of discovery is not only unique to each and every individual, but more importantly, a thrilling tumult of emotions gone haywire and perceptions completely altered. Richard Wright, in his autobiographical work Black Boy, attempts to convey the discovery of nothing less than language itself. Employing a wide variety of rhetorical devices and insightful commentaries, Wright expertly conveys his newfound respect for language and its tangible impact on both identity and social acceptance....   [tags: Race African American]

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Feminism in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

- Feminism in The Bell Jar In Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, the reader learns of the adventures of a young woman in a male-dominated society that will not let her achieve her true potential. Plath's alter ego, Esther, is thus driven to a nervous breakdown and attempts suicide numerous times. In many ways, this novel is a feminist text, centered around the struggles of a young woman who cannot reach her goals in our male-dominated society. People close to Esther, do not accept her talents as a poet and writer, but rather try to push her into traditionally more feminine roles....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Free Hamlet Essays: Thoughts on Hamlet

- Final Thoughts on The Tragedy of Hamlet In light of the biographical information that was recently presented in class, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark has the potential to take on new meaning. Instead of just being a play that takes a closer look at honor, revenge and suicide, Hamlet turns into a canvas that gave Edward DeVere the opportunity to express himself without exposing himself at the same time. Assuming that the role of Hamlet was based on DeVere, the query that plagues my mind is: DeVere or not DeVere....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays]

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Self and Other: The Scarlet Letter

- With his critical essay: "Hawthorne's Awakening in the Customhouse" Loving gives the reader a psychoanalytical reading of The Scarlet Letter. Loving pays close attention to Hawthorne's unconscious motives and feelings in his interpretation of Hawthorne's writing. He is particularly concerned about the radical change of direction that Hawthorne takes in altering the initial course of his story by adding an unexpected ending. The ending, as presented to the reader in the last three chapters, undermines the notion of emancipation Hawthorne had developed throughout the story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone

- Nisei Daughter, by Monica Sone 'Even with all the mental anguish and struggle, an elemental instinct bound us to this soil. Here we were born; here we wanted to live. We had tasted of its freedom and learned of its brave hopes for democracy. It was too late, much too late for us to turn back.' (Sone 124). This statement is key to understanding much of the novel, Nisei Daughter, written by Monica Sone. From one perspective, this novel is an autobiographical account of a Japanese American girl and the ways in which she constructed her own self-identity....   [tags: Nisei Daughter Monica Sone]

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Alcohol and Spiritual Deadlock--John Berryman

- Alcohol and Spiritual Deadlock In his introduction to John Berryman's unfinished work Recovery, about his efforts to recover from alcoholism, Saul Bellows asserts that the act of writing poetry "killed" Berryman, and alcohol helped fuel the writing process: "Inspiration contained a death threat. He would, as he wrote the things he waited and prayed for, fall apart," (Recovery xii). During his career as a poet, he was diseased with alcoholism and suffered from extreme lapses of anxiety. Berryman wrote a majority of the Dream Songs, his largest and best-known collection of 385 poems, while suffering, sometimes excruciatingly, from alcoholism....   [tags: Poetry]

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Memoirs are Not Completely True

- Memoirs are a Challenging Sources for Attaining the Truth Memoirs have become an increasingly popular genre of literature. In light of not only their popularity but their influence on the audiences who read them, it is important for readers to consider the various motivations and influences that shape the narrative and the details of these stories. This is especially true of memoirs that are intended to educate the public on the instances of human rights abuse, in situations when the general public may know little else about the subject....   [tags: Memoir Literature]

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens This assignment is looking closely at a novel written before 1900. The book is called “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. The novel is in the first person, autobiographical form, that it is Pip who looks back at his past life and recounts the event which led to the situation we find him in at the last chapter. Dickens creates some memorable people, realism is found in his settings. The two characters I shall concentrate on are Pip and Magwitch appears in the opening sequences of the novel but does not return until chapter 20 when Pip is twenty three....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]

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Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield

- Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield David Copperfield was Charles Dickens’s eighth novel, and has been said to be Charles Dickens favorite novel. In the Charles Dickens edition of the novel Dickens states, “It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield”(Valsmis 1). Many of the events of the novel, David Copperfield, have been compared to Charles Dickens own life; therefore many believe the novel to be somewhat autobiographical....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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