Essays and Research Papers on American Literature

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A 5 page paper which examines how the protagonist in Herman Melville's short story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener," can only conform to the demands of society by non-conformity, not complying to the rules of the workplace, not abiding by the law, and completely removing himself from both life and society. Specifically considered will be how Bartleby's ...

This 5 page report discusses the short story writer known as “O. Henry” who wrote using a pseudonym rather than his real name -- William Sydney (originally spelled “Sidney”) Porter. He became “O. Henry” after spending several years in prison and making the determination to return to freedom as, literally, a new man.His first nationally published short story, ...

Rama II

  • 3 page paper

This 3 page paper explores the science fiction novel written by Arthur Charles Clarke and Gentry Lee. Characters are discussed in depth. No additional sources cited.

This 5 page thesis paper delves into the role of the narrator in Melville's classic tale called "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street." The narrator's mental stability is explored. No additional sources cited.

5 pages in length. Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony" addresses a long-standing issue that has existed between Native American men and women: the open and equal pursuit of identity. That patriarchy has been the controlling social force for centuries has effectively placed the female gender in the shadows of acceptance, while the male gender has ...

This 5 page report discusses the concept of genius as part of the thinking and writing of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Examining and comparing Thoreau’s “Walden” and Emerson’s “Self Reliance,” this report examines both works in the context of their application to the ideal of “genius” and the ways in which both writers conveyed their concepts. No secondary ...

A 5 page paper which critically reviews Arthur Golden's 1997 novel, "Memoirs of a Geisha." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

This five-page-paper presents a discussion on the Islam Observed by Charles Geertz and how it relates to the work of fiction "Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad. Bibliography lists two sources.

A 5 page paper that presents a reflection of Joseph F. Schmidt's Praying Our Experiences written in the third person narrative style. Included are tutorial notes and suggestions on how this paper may be written in the first person voice or style. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 8 page paper looks at the way in which the morals in this play are seen to revolve around the idea success and material possessions. Willy Loman, an anti hero can be seen as embodying everything negative about the world of sales, yet in studying him and his role in the play we can ...

A 5 page paper which discusses the various uses of gender in "The Dead" by James Joyce and "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf. Problems of human relationships are discussed in the context of the stories as well. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing Thomas Pynchon's first novel. Pynchon writes in a free-wheeling style that breaks with the established fiction traditions of the time; it is only fitting that he should address a subject matter equally shocking. At a time when we tried to present proper appearances, regardless of what was happening outside the public view, ...

A 5 page paper which examines the writing style of Nathaniel Hawthorne by considering literary criticism of his books "Fanshawe, A Tale," "Twice-Told Tales" (short stories' collection), "Mosses from an Old Manse" (short stories' collection), "The Scarlet Letter," "The House of the Seven Gables," "The Blithedale Romance," and "The Marble Faun." Bibliography lists 12 sources.

This 5 page paper considers the letter written by martin Luther King in 1963 entitled the 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'. The paper looks at the messages contained in the letter, the justification and historical references and the way in which religion was used. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

5 pages in length. This narrative is based on two topics concerning this novel: One is commentary on the narrative structure of the novel, and the other is the contrasting settings, the public and private, within the novel. Interesting comments and outlook on this most interesting novel by Margaret Atwood. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A five page paper which looks at the underlying theme of renunciation in the novel, commenting on the way in which the theme affects the three main characters and comparing their treatment by the novelist with that of the social structure within which they interact. Source work only cited.

A five-page paper which looks at the underlying theme of renunciation in the novel, commenting on the way in which the theme affects the three main characters and comparing their treatment by the novelist with that of the social structure within which they interact. Source work only cited.

A 5 page paper which examines the how Annie Dillard's style of writing, specifically the use of language, metaphors, similes, repetition, and allusions, develop her theme in her work, "In the Jungle." Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A five page paper which looks at the themes of adolescent rebellion, the strictures of bureaucracy and the value of personal honour and integrity in Miller’s drama of the Salem witch-hunts. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 14 page paper which considers how Kate Chopin was a woman who explored subjects such as miscegenation, divorce, and female sexuality in three short stories, a connection between "A Respectable Woman" and "The Story of an Hour" regarding a woman's growing desire and resulting conflict, and how through all three stories, she may have been expressing ...

Habits of the Heart

  • 6 page paper

This 6 page paper considers the book edited by Robert N. Bellah called ' Habits of the Heart : Individualism and Commitment in American Life'. The paper considers the second half of the book that considers the public side of society and looks at each chapter, its meaning and how it relates to the book ...

A 10 page review of the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich. Contrast the differences in approach of these two women noting that while Rich approaches poetry as a vehicle for activism, as an instrument which is useful in effecting social change, Plath approaches it as a means of exploring her own inner ...

An 11 page paper outlining the perspective of Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich in regard to feminism. Identifies these two authors as two of the most prominent women poets of their generation. Notes a difference in feminist approach, Rich's as one of activism and Plath as a means of introspection. Bibliography lists ...

A 14 page analytical essay which examines Mark Twain's attitudes about technology, both in his life and in his art, citing examples from such works as "The Bridge Builders," "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," "The Gilded Age," "Life on the Mississippi," "The Tragedy of Puddn'head Wilson," and "What is Man?" Bibliography lists ...

A 6 page review of the first of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. Outlines the plot and examines it from different readers age perspectives contending that in many ways it can be compared to Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn". Concludes that while the novel has much to offer a wide range of readers, it is ...

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