Essays and Research Papers on American Literature

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A 6 page paper looking at Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” as an indictment of both technology and industrialism in the nineteenth century. The paper argues that Twain likened Camelot to nineteenth-century America, which he viewed as enraptured with potentially destructive technology whose dangers they did not appreciate. Bibliography lists 6 ...

A 6 page work looking at this unusual yet seminal period in Edith Wharton’s life -- her life in France at the outbreak of World War I, and the stories that arose from this experience. Wharton’s literary efforts to raise public awareness about the French people’s plight contributed toward her earning the French Legion of ...

A 5 page paper arguing that the six main characters of Carson McCullers’ novel fail to communicate with one another in a way that enables them to be really understood and validated. McCullers considered this to be the primary irony of the human condition. Bibliography lists five sources; the secondaries are attached.

A five page paper contrasting Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine Hester Prynne and the novel’s villain Roger Chillingworth. The paper argues that Hester, driven by the forces of goodness, is led by her heart; and Chillingworth, driven by the forces of evil, is led by his head. Bibliography lists two sources.

A 5 page paper which discusses the character of Martin Luther King Jr. in the book 'Dreamer' by Charles Johnson. Johnson's book presents a fictional illustration of King, yet apparently seems to have grasped a great deal of who King really was. He presents the reader with a fictional account of King's struggles, through the use of a narrator, ...

A 6 page paper (5 pages + 1 page outline) which analyzes how Edith Wharton utilizes illness as a literary device in terms of characterization and the roles of class and gender, in her 1911 novel, "Ethan Frome." Bibliography lists 7 sources.

This five-page-paper discusses the differences and similarities in the movie and book of The Return of Martin Guerra. It outlines the different uses of visuals when compared to the written word of the book. Bibliography lists fifteen sources.

A 5 page paper which analyzes the function of Willy Loman's neighbor, Charley, and his son, Bernard, in Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman."

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the life and work of Bret Harte, with a particular look at biographical information, the facts about the literary time period and the defining historical and social events, as well as trends in philosophy during this period. This paper also provides a brief look at the Outcasts of Poker Flat, and ...

This five-page-paper presents an overview of the book, How To Be An Effective Teacher, The First Days Of School" by Harry K.Wong, and Rosemary T. Wong. The book is a blueprint for beginning teachers and is divided into units that make everything from what to wear the fist day to how to negotiate a contract easy to ...

In any consideration of the writings of Flannery O'Connor, her faith and upbringing has an impact. This 10 page paper explores the idea that Ms. O'Connor, in her first published short story, The Geranium; Everything That Rises Must Converge and one of the very last written during her all too short life: Judgment Day, utilizes the imagery and symbolism ...

This 3 page report discusses Willy Loman, the main character of Arthur Millers Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Death of a Salesman.” Willy’s sons, Biff and Happy, are inexorably affected by their father’s expectations. While the focus of the play in terms of the psychological damage inflicted on biff, it should be noted that Hap also suffered as a result ...

Joseph Conrad's works are legendary for their complexity, his use of language and description and his use of symbols. This 5 page paper examines the symbols, and especially the symbolic duality of Conrad's Heart Of Darkness. No additional sources are listed.

Tennessee Williams once wrote a short story about Tent Worms. This 3 page essay explores the basic writing techniques used to covey this highly emotive short story.

A 5 page paper which examines the influence of conspicuous consumption on the responsibility to family in Edith Wharton's tragic novel, "House of Mirth," and also considers how conspicuous consumption affected the idea of that value, and how it continues to influence such responsibility in today's society. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Errand is said to be Carver's last published and, perhaps written, short story before he so tragically died of cancer. This 3 page paper explores the setting and cultural aspects of the story. No additional sources are listed.

A ten page paper comparing the characters of Mick Kelly in Carson McCullers' novel with Scout Finch in Harper Lee's. The paper concludes that the great difference between these two characters is that Scout has a strong and loving support system to aid her in becoming a whole human being, while Mick does not. Bibliography ...

5 pages in length. The social and historical aspect in Joseph Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" are such that they are significantly more subtle than it is obvious. There exist both implied and obscure representation within Conrad's text, as well as those that possess a more literal image and conceptualization. The writer discusses ...

This well written five-page-paper on 'The Worn Path,' by Eudora Welty details the theme of life for former slaves after the 13th amendment was instilled. The symbolism and the hidden meanings to the author's words are discussed and brought to light using quotes from the story. Bibliography lists five sources.

This five-page-paper presents an in-depth analysis of Lorraine Hansberry's , "Raisin In The Sun". Bibliography lists three sources.

5 pages in length. This story is deeply fraught with meaning and religious frustration. The young protagonist, Stephen, as the main character of the book is torn between what he should do and what others think he should do. The reader is swept up in Stephen's agonizing over his decision. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 5 page paper look at the novel by Joseph Heller, written in 1961 regarding the Second World War. The paper looks at the themes of the book such as racism and alimentation and their application to war in general. The bibliography cites 1 source.

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The focus of Clyde Edgerton's Raney is the relationship between a newly married couple from very dissimilar backgrounds. This 5 page paper looks at the relationships between the characters in terms of family systems theory, structural theory, Bowen's theory and Satir's modes of communication. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper which discusses the significance and the symbolic meaning of the river in the novel "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse. The river, in its ability to change easily, yet remain stable and consistent, serves to represent one correct path in the struggle for enlightenment. In addition, the river also serves to represent the crossing over into another ...

In reading short stories it is sometimes difficult to remember the reason why they are written. In Good Country People, by Flannery O'Connor, the development of character allows the reader to make discoveries about themselves. This 5 page paper argues that the character of Joy, Hulga is dual dimensional as seen by the change in name. Her ...

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