Essays and Research Papers on American Literature

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5 pages in length. Linda Loman, wife of Willy Loman in the play Death of a Salesman, is the epitome of the perfect wife. Her loyalty and devotion would be enough of a testimonial on their own, but Linda's qualifications goes far beyond that. The writer defends the position that Linda is, ...

In this 5 page paper, the writer compares and contrasts protagonist Willy Loman's two sons (Biff & Happy). Specifically analyzed : the young mens' relationship with each other, their mother, and most importantly, their father. No Bibliography.

A 5 page paper analyzing the dysfunctional family as shown in Arthur Miller's play. Defines a functional family and contrasts it to the Loman family of the play. No additional sources cited.

A 6 page paper looking at the degree to which Arthur Miller's own political activism is reflected in the play Death of a Salesman. The paper argues that although some critics felt the play was Marxist, Miller was in fact reflecting the world the way he, and not Marx, saw it. Bibliography lists seven sources.

A 5 page paper on the physical set of Arthur Miller's play. The paper looks in detail at the directions for construction and design of the set for this play, and observes how these details serve to emphasize the theme of the play itself. Bibliography lists three sources.

A 5 page paper comparing the televised version of Arthur Miller's play, starring Dustin Hoffman, with the original work. No additional sources cited.

This 12 page research paper examines the impact of the aging process not only on the aged family member but also on his family. Specifically discussed is this issue as explored by the plays of Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman and The Price. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 6 page paper critiquing the 1964 play by Arthur Miller. The paper concludes that in addition to a puzzling theme, After The Fall is burdened with too many characters who have too little characterization and carry too much symbolic baggage. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper looking at 3 plays by this well-known American playwright -- Death of A Salesman, A View From The Bridge, and After The Fall. The writer argues that the first two plays explore clearly-defined and important themes which have significance and resonance in our society; the third does not, but it represents ...

A short 2 page comparison of the play 'Trifles' to the very similar short story 'A Jury of Her Peers'- -both by Glaspell. It is argued that Glaspell wrote a second version to provide readers with a more empathetic view of characters and the thematic message of the story. No additional sources cited.

A 40 page thesis on five plays by this well-known American playwright -- Death of A Salesman from the 1940s, The Crucible and A View From The Bridge from the 1950s, After The Fall from the 1960s, and A Ride Down Mount Morgan from the 1990s. After analyzing the four main types of female characters ...

A 7 page paper analyzing the reason for the lack of communication between the sexes in three of Hemingway's stories: 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,' 'Hills Like White Elephants,' and 'The End of Something.' The paper concludes that the Hemingway code does not give much room for softness, sensitivity, and self-articulation. Bibliography lists ...

A 5 page essay on the short story by John Steinbeck that deals specifically with how Steinbeck developed the character of the story's protagonist, Elisa. The write demonstrates how Steinbeck's story shows the unfulfilled longings of this country housewife, who compensates for the disappointments in her life through her garden. No additional sources cited.

Crimes of the Heart

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A 7 page analytical discussion of character, crime, and punishment in Beth Henley's play entitled 'Crimes of the Heart.' No additional sources cited.

10 pages in length. In one of John Steinbeck's more worldly creations, Tortilla Flat adopts a decidedly Arthurian theme that reflects a significant Camelot-esque appeal. Monterey, California, is the site of this modern day Camelot, however, replete with all the elements typically related to King Arthur and his court: lust, temptation, emotion, honor ...

An 8 page paper discussing how Henry James and Joseph Conrad go about creating their atmospheres of evil in these novels, and what in fact they believe evil to be. The paper concludes that for both authors evil is the presence of something concretely malefficient, not just the absence of something abstractly good. Bibliography lists ...

5 pages in length. 'I suspect that most of you have been telling stories all your lives ' is the assumption Flannery O'Connor makes in her lecture entitled Writing Short Stories. For it is difficult for O'Connor to fathom that people perceive writing fiction as a chore, when it is something she achieves ...

This 5 page paper considers the issues of insecurity, anxiety about her ability to write and issues surrounding self-presentation as they are defined in Charlotte Perkins Gillman's Yellow Wallpaper. This paper reflects the personal elements that are Gilman's in this work and defines the link between Gilman's characterization of the wife and her own ...

In 5 pages the author discusses the novel 'Farenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury. 'In 'Farenheit 451', which was written in 1953, Ray Bradbury predicted the evils of a world in which books are illegal. The book is about censorship, and what must be done to overcome it. He was very astute at ...

In 4 pages, the writer summarizes the main points of three critics who have written criticism of 'The Catcher in the Rye', noting similarities and differences in their criticisms. ''The Catcher in the Rye' is a 1950s book that has been criticized in many forms by many people. Holden Caulfield is the subject of ...

A 5 page comparison of these two tales in regards the techniques used to create an atmosphere of fear and hopelessness. The writer concentrates on the use of these senses to ascribe the soul of insanity. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 7 page analysis not only of Poe's life, but of his work entitled 'The Tell-Tale Heart' as well. The writer attempts to explain meaning, symbolism, and theme in the Tell-Tale Heart as well as how these elements related to Poe's own writing style. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 4 page essay on this work by Poe. The writer discusses the story's underlying themes and in particular, the significance of the constant heartbeat as it relates to the killer's fall into madness. Bibliography lists 4 supporting sources.

This is a 6 page paper comparing two of Poe's stories -- 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'The Purloined Letter' -- with one of Conan Doyle's -- 'The Adventure of the Dancing Men' -- to demonstrate the heavy reliance of Sherlock Holmes' creator on the work of his predecessor, Poe. The paper concludes ...

A 5 page paper analyzing the relationship of the men in Edith Wharton's poetry and fiction to the relationships she actually had in her life. The paper determines there is a very close correspondence, and theorizes that putting so much of her personal life into her writing helped her deal with her own experience. Bibliography ...

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