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Art as a Reflection of Reality in Thoreau’s Walden

In detailing the costs associated with building his home, including such notes as the use of refuse shingles for the roof and sides and the purchase of two second hand windows, he rails against the [...]
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Psychology in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

The reading of Gilman story's few initial lines suggests that the reason why the narrator and her husband John decided to spend the summer in a secluded mansion is that this was supposed to help [...]
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Unreliable Narrator in Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

In addition, the narration talks about a "yellow wallpaper," yet the narrator takes long before making an introduction to the subject of the story, hence bringing an element of confusion on what the subject is [...]
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Narrator in Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum”

The term "unreliable narrator" was first introduced by Wayne Booth who described the unreliability of a narrator as based on the differences between the views of the speaker in the story and the reader.
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Carver

The question, therefore, concerns the ubiquitous darkness that surrounds the main characters throughout the story and the purpose of this darkness, whereas the key problem concerns the reasonability of using darkness as the basis for [...]
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American Novels: “A&P” by John Updike

By depicting the behavior of a teenager named Sammy who works in the supermarket chain, the writer illustrates the way in which an individual responds to the culture dominated by consumption and rigid norms that [...]
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Born in the USA: A Reflection

The book underscores the error in thinking that the obstetrics and gynecology sector in the US has reached a level that can be considered safe for expectant women, the unborn children, laboring women, and newly [...]
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American Africans Action in the Struggle for Equality

Community leaders in various segmentations of the society had showed resistance to the white supremacy and domination against the African Americans which had been abounded in some states.'Everyday's Use' written at the peak of the [...]
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Everything Tastes Like Liquorice

The story opens as the man and the woman sit in the shade of the station cafe, discussing what to drink to cool them down from the oppressive heat.
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Rule of the Bone

One of the dramatic changes that Bone makes in his life is when he informs Russ of his decision to leave Jamaica.
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There Is No Word for Goodbye

She noted that it was not that easy for the doctor to take her away from her people as Athabasca's were reluctant to "give up" their people. However, she managed to find the source of [...]
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Jay Gatsby & Gean Valjean: Characters Comparison

This essay compares and contrasts the characters of Gatsby and Jean Valjean in the Les Miserable novels and films. Gatsby strikes the readers as a na ve and lovesick individual though his character is negative.
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Fahrenheight 451

At the beginning of the novel, a moving description of one of the book-burning escapades is brought to the fore. The import of this is that she has learnt to tread carefully.
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Death of a Salesman

We realize that Biff estrangement from his father is as a result of Biff discovering Willie with a hooker in Boston.
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Among School Children

The first stanza of the poem is set in a classroom where William, a member of the Senate, has gone to evaluate the new school curriculum.
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Defining American Literature

The paper will discuss the background of American Literature and how it has came about, the writing style of American authors and what makes the American text different and unique from other national literatures and [...]
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“Our Time” by John Edgar Wideman

By focusing on the viewpoint of his mother and his brother Robby, John Edgar Wideman was trying to show the feeling that he went through in his life.
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Edith Wharton Books

Her works reflect the lives of American upper class through the use of humor and empathy in describing their lives, and changes in New York towards the beginning of the 20th century.
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Book Report on the Scarlet Letter

Though the development of these themes is also a subject of other characters such as Chillingworth and Dimmesdale, Hester is outstandingly the central character since she makes the latter two behave in the manner they [...]
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The Cask of Amontillado

He, therefore, decides to seek revenge, but he wants to be careful in order not to risk his life. Fortunato seems to be fond of wine against Montresor, and he decides to use this as [...]
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Bless Me, Ultima

To understand the role of Ultima in the formation of Antonio's perception of the world, it is better to consider the final Ultima's words, "I bless you in the name of all that is good [...]
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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

One good example of a character that manifested change in the face of danger is the character that can be found in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. It was the most important event in the calendar [...]
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The Synopsis of Super Crunchers

He explains that this is the reason why some of the major companies are gaining an edge in the marketplace by using numbers and data to manipulate the marketplace.
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The opening of American mind by Lawrence W. Levine

The other factor that contributed to the decline in education in America apart from the decline in political standards and changes in demography and culture is the argument over which subjects to include in the [...]
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“The Hours” by Michael Cunningham

This paper seeks to present a summary and character analysis of "The Hours"."The Hours" presents three women as they navigate a day in their lives and as they struggle to identify themselves in the society.
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“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

Evidently, the annual lottery conducted by the village is not a typical lottery in the sense that, the person running the lottery is also a participant.Mr.
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Thought Response: The Saints and the Roughnecks

The society's view of the Saints and the Roughnecks is quite different. The basis for individual participation in criminal groups and the crime committed is a product of a learning environment.
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William Faulkner Barn Burning

One the one hand, the sentence characterizes the inner state of a young boy, who seems to be frightened; on the other hand, it is obvious that a little boy understood the content of a [...]
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Aura by Annecy Baez

This is because she lived in the same society setting that we live in, a society where no one knows the real concise origin of religion and spirituality.
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William Faulkner’s Barn Burning: Analysis of the Characters

It will include all the different situations that Abner and his family find themselves, the emotional problems that stoke different characters, mostly due to Abner's conduct, the implications of Abner's behavior, and the effects they [...]
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Quinceanera by Judith Ortiz Cofer

In Spanish, the word "quinceanera" is used to refer to a celebration of the transformation of a girl into a woman where she matures and becomes responsible.
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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

Dee and Maggie do not interact, it is only as the story ends that Dee speaks to her angrily as she is leaving; this ending portrays the relationship of the African and American heritages.
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A&P by John Updikes

But Sammy is conscious of the fact that Stockesie is married and cannot go after the girls but he feels he still has the opportunity and freedom to go after the girls himself.
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Bartleby, the Scrivener

The story is given the title 'Bartley the Scrivener' due to the amazing character which Bartleby displays in the law firm since the first day he was hired in the law firm.
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The Boarding House

Mooney refers to him as a serious quite man and so it is easy to take advantage of him, as he is not talkative as the others.Mrs.
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Herman Melville’s “Bartleby”

With the assumption that the story of "Bartleby the Scrivener" is a love story, it can be presumed that the author has taken a certain fascination that is in actual sense bordering on infatuation with [...]
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