Essays and Research Papers on American Literature

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A 4 page paper giving an overview of the men in Edith Wharton's life compared to the men in two of her famous books, Ethan Frome and Summer. She may not have found her one true love or passion, but she put them in all of her works. Several sources cited.

A 3 page character analysis of Ethan Frome. The writer explicates his character in terms of three successive failures throughout the story. No Bibliography.

A 3 page essay on the importance that winter plays in the story. Bibliography sites 1 source.

A 10 page paper exploring the theme of entrapment in Edith Wharton's novel. The paper analyzes the various forms of entrapment within the novel as they apply to the 3 main characters. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 7 page essay that examines how Edith Wharton and Willa Cather by selecting everyday people as their protagonists in Ethan Frome and The Professor's House are able to convey complex stories which reveal their views relative to society and certain aspects of humanity in general. The writer demonstrates how these two radically different storylines ...

A 7 page paper in which the writer argues that while both women were expressing changing attitudes in femininity thought in their books through contrast and duality, Edith Wharton's view was made through an expansive flowing growth and Mary Shelley's was from an explosive view. The purpose of both stories was to show the ...

A 5 page paper examining the relationship between Mary Shelley's own feelings of parental abandonment and the way the Creature is abandoned by his creator. The paper goes over the main points of Shelley's life up to the writing of Frankenstein, and compares them to events in the book. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

This 5 page paper argues the thesis that Lily Bart, the main character in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, once held a prominent position in New York's Victorian society, and subsequently loses her stature and her friends because of her circumstances. Lily Bart becomes a tragic victim of social conventions and is trapped ...

4 pages in length. The writer discusses plot, conflict, protagonist, antagonist, setting and climax as they relate to Edith Wharton's Roman Fever. No additional sources cited.

A 16 page examination of the characterization of 'simple people' in Wharton's Summer and Anita Loos' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The paper concludes that simplicity for Loos implies a certain quality of mind, while for Wharton it is a quality of birth. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 5 page paper showing how lack of interpersonal communication is a common theme in Welty's short stories. The paper particularly looks at the stories Death of a Traveling Salesman, A Worn Path, Why I Live at the P.O., and The Hitch-hikers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 6 page paper explicating the problems associated with the death of a child for the surviving parents. The writer explores the areas of guilt, reminders, lack of communication and resistance to personal progress related to a child's death in terms of Mason's story. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

6 pages in length. Sprouting from a most unexpected source, The Maltese Falcon represented great change within the genre of detective novels. Writings prior to the groundbreaking book were boring at best, with the same Sherlock Holmes-esque characterizations over and over again. The writer describes how The Maltese Falcon breathed new life into ...

A 5 page overview of the events presented in Dee Brown's 1970 book 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'. Discusses the viewpoints of both the whites and the Native Americans and concludes that while what happened was inexcusable, it is a lesson for the future. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper which examines Peter Rachleff's 1993 book, Hard-Pressed in the Heartland, focusing on the author's main points, their significance, and the implications of the ideas discussed and opinions expressed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page commentary on how Betty Friedan contributed to the shift in gender role identification. The writer focuses on both the negative (gender confusion) and positive aspects of her contribution (life-sharing and equal opportunity). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road in the early 1950's, though it wasn't published until 1957. The relationship of his escapades in the book and the philosophies of the 'beat' generation are well known. One area that has not been explored to any extent is the relationship the journey taken in the book has with ...

A 6 page theme on the book by Nathanael West exploring the various themes in the book and its alienation with modern society. No additional sources cited.

A 7 page examination of political obligation as it related to writers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Concentrates on John Locke and the leaders of the fledgling United States. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 5 page essay exploring the novel for class an gender influences on the outcome -- that Bone's mother abandons her raped and abused daughter in favor of the man who raped her. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 2 page paper which compares the ways in which the theories of René Descartes and William James were products and/or related to their respective cultural and historical contexts. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 6 page paper looking at the way Thomas Wharton plays with our perceptions of reality, memory, and time in this lyrical novel. The paper suggests that for Wharton's protagonist, memory and dream become as real as flesh, while short-term demands becomes insubstantial. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Eskimo Essays

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A 10 page paper discussing Fineup-Riordin's book from an ethnographic standpoint. Discusses the Yup'ik Eskimos from the various facets of their lifestyles: religious, mythological, and warring. Bibliography lists 1 source.

In 8 pages the author compares the book version of 'The Hunt for Red October' to the movie version, while examining how the medium effects the text or the content of communication. The 'Hunt for Red October' was a book by Tom Clancy before it became a movie starring Sean Connery and Alex Baldwin. When comparing ...

In 5 pages the author reviews 'Written on the Body,' which is a novel by Jeanette Winterson. The thing about this book, and the item that makes it different from all the other books in the bookstore, is that the narrator of the story is gender-less. In most books, the reader is given insight ...

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