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This 5 page report discusses Harriet Beecher Stowe’s and Frederick Douglass’ American masterpieces. Douglass’ lectures on slavery to audiences in Great Britain created a great deal of sympathy for the abolitionists’ cause and prompted his admirers to raise funds to purchase his freedom. And, of course, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s heartbreaking story, melodramatic as it is, reached into the hearts of the “mainstream” ...

5 pages. In numerous stories, novels and media there is very evident gender tension and conflict. In examining this occurrence as it appears in short stories, this paper will look at three examples: Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway; The Catbird Seat, by James Thurber and The Unicorn in the Garden, also by James Thurber. Bibliography lists ...

A five page look at the way tension between the sexes is depicted in James Thurber's two stories "The Catbird Seat" and "The Unicorn in the Garden", as well as in Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants." The paper suggests that Thurber tends to subvert traditional stereotypes about men and women, while Hemingway tends to ...

(5 pp) What thoughts do you have why an author writes? Does he have a choice? Is he compelled, or is he escaping into a world of his own creation. Comparing the style of writing and the works of Raymond Carver and Truman Capote, allows us toe examine that question. Bibliography ...

Describes this book as a testament to the cultural void in which we conduct our contemporary lives. The book is centered around the life of a family who is, to say the least, an odd assortment of individuals who appear to attract the company of even odder individuals. These lives are shaped to ...

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the two themes of each novel. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 5 page report discusses Arthur Miller’s modern American classic, “Death of a Salesman.” Symbolism is constant and largely psychological in “Death of a Salesman.” Willy Loman’s constant longing for the good old days is presented in a variety of ways, blurting out to his wife that he is fat, his affair, Biff’s understanding of himself as a ...

A 5 page paper which discusses the elements of mystery writing. The paper argues that mystery writing clearly involves unexpected events and turns, and also implements many other qualities, in addition to suspenseful events, that help to enhance these surprising events and thus create this unique form of literature. The novels used in discussion include "And Then There Were ...

This 5 page report discusses the fact that literary works often demonstrate the boundaries that can and cannot be crossed and the barriers people place between themselves and understanding their contemporaries. Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved” demonstrated the ways in which characters must deal with a past that constantly haunts them. Likewise, it is clear in Frederick Douglass’ autobiography that he never ...

(5 pp). Thoreau was revived to popular icon status in the sixties, as his messages were brought back into popularity by Martin Luther King. For King , the writings of Thoreau provided an example of the path of nonviolent resistance. In this discussion we will use a cognitive approach to see how ...

A 5 page essay that analyzes Didion's essay "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" in her book by the same name. In this essay, Didion relates her observations about the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in 1967 and how this phenomenon reflected the social situation of that era. No additional sources cited.

(8pp). We have been told that cultures with more complex ideas, more readily responded to the development of a written language. Not only was writing used for the keeping of records in these early societies, but it was also used for religious purposes and socio-economic functions. We might say where the ...

A 5 page essay that analyzes Poe's masterpiece of horror, "The Tell-Tale Heart," concentrating on how Poe utilized point of view and meticulous use of detail to paint a psychological profile of the mind of a cold-blooded and utterly insane killer. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page review of the work of John Barth, one of the most notable fiction writers of the twentieth century. Discusses the societal need to classify and categorize such works. "Lost in the Funhouse" is a collection of short stories, essays, meditations, and jokes which stands in contrast to most contemporary approaches ...

This 9 page report discusses the lives of the young women who went to work at the Lowell, Massachusetts, fabric mills in the mid 19th century. Approximately seventy women worked to produce what they titled “The Lowell Offering: A Repository of Original Articles on Various Subjects Written by Factory Operatives.” Its first issue also carried the banner “This Number Wholly ...

Kate Chopin wrote at the turn of the century, toward the end of the Victorian era when the rights accorded to women were restricted to those delegated and allowed by the husband or father. This 5 page paper argues that in her short stories, including Desiree's Baby and The Story Of An Hour, she uses irony to present the idea ...

This 5 page paper provides a quick definition of inductive and deductive reasoning and then reviews Faulkner's Dry September from the perspective of gender roles, inductively arguing that Dry September presents William Faulkner's criticism of social power systems based on gender through his presentation of Miss Minnie's complacency in a false representation of miscegenation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

To say that gender roles are merely the subjugation of women as 'irrational' would not be true. However, oftentimes women are depicted in literature as irrational and powerless. This 5 page paper explores the characterization of Desiree in Kate Chopin's story of Desiree's Baby; for the grandmother in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find and ...

A 5 page essay that analyzes Thomas Pynchon's brief, but very complex novel, The Crying of Lot 49. This novel deals with the attempts of Oedipa Maas to decipher the extensive holdings of her inheritance. In doing so, she embarks on a journey that reveals to her a great deal about the US, and the ...

9 pages in length. This paper includes three separate essays on Ernest Hemingway's work, To Have and Have Not. Essay number one is a comparison/contrast within the work, Essay number two is an argument/persuasion on the work as well as personal opinions as to the argument or persuasion, and essay number three is a literary analysis of the book. ...

The book, Rigoberta Menchu And The Story Of All Poor Guatemalans, was written by David Stoll, a Stanford anthropology student who has been studying the political plight of the Guatemalan people for more than a decade. This 5 page paper provides an overview of some of the existing debates about the accuracy of Stoll's perspective. ...

Fiction fills the world with possibilities as well as perspectives. The essay provides information. This 5 page paper asserts that Silence by Maxine Hong Kingston and Once More To The Lake by E. B. White are both personal narrative essays with different prose styles. Bibliography lists 1 source.

(10pp) In a life that spanned almost the whole of the nineteenth century (1802-1880), Lydia Maria Child wrote about and lived within controversy, becoming a "household name" when still relatively young. But that was almost two centuries ago, and Child and her work has not surfaced until the last decade. In ...

7 pages in length. As difficult as it has been for Americans to accept the fact that Huckleberry Finn's character mirrors the harsh reality of southern values, the implications of such social atrocities as racism are painfully clear in both written representation and real life, as well. The writer offers a critical analysis of ...

Literature can be a dull experience required as a part of a curriculum or it can be an exciting journey into the world of the unknown. This 5 page paper asserts that American prose has traditionally reflected the issues and concerns of the times in which it was written. It then provides an overview of American prose ...

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