Dramatic Literature Essay Examples and Topics

“The Hour of the Star” by Claris Lispector

Introduction Whenever we encounter a book for the first time, our initial perception can so easily be colored, even distorted, by conscious or unconscious prejudices. In some moments though, we do find ourselves delving into a text with an almost open mind; with hardly the slightest inkling of what to expect. This specialness is most […]

Arab Diaspora in the USA in the Work of Diana Abu-Jaber (Arabian Jazz and Crescent)

Introduction Arab American literature acquired a lot of attention in the late 1980s. It is flourishing now due to creativeness and outstanding imagery world created by the writers who address quite burning issues. Diana Abu-Jaber is one of Arab American female writers who manage to communicate really important massages to the American society. Notably, this […]

Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy

Introduction The immense contribution of the Italian poets and authors has remained underestimated due to the lack of public knowledge concerning their legendary contribution towards the understanding of the Italian history, culture, virtues, and politics.1 Dante Alighieri is one of the most renowned poets and authors who earmarked a new era in the Italian writing […]

Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al-Aswany

Introduction First published in Arabic, Alaa Al-Aswany’s 2002 novel “The Yacoubian Building” revolves around the lives of people in a modern society at Cairo, where greed for wealth, social and political power is presented as the main problem facing the people of Egypt, several years after independence and revolution. Although the book was published in […]

The Eyes That Cannot Lie: What Lurks Behind People’s Faces

Introducing a character into a story is not easy, even if it is actually leading the whole story. Mostly because the descriptions of the characters’ appearance tear the fabric of the story down, they are typically provided at the very start of the story and often look rather out-of-place. However, there would be no rule […]

Maupassant’s short story comparison

“Boule de Suif” is a short story by Guy Maupassant. Translated, “Boule de Suif” means ‘Ball of Fat’ and it is used in reference to the title characters’ physical characteristics. This short story is often considered to be one of Maupassant’s best works. The short story was published as part of Maupassant’s “Les Soirées de […]

“The Day it Happened” by Rosario Morales and “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry

Literary works reflect people’s longings and focus on particular facets of the human live. Thus, Morales and Hansberry tell a story of the life of minority groups who have to struggle with numerous issues. Importantly, each genre has its characteristic features which largely determine the development of characters. It is possible to trace this difference […]

Attitude Analysis and the book “The Fantabulous Fens”

Attitude analysis in a piece of writing helps in defining the intention of an author towards specific characters and themes in the text. The book “The Fantabulous Fens” will be used in this paper to analyze the way attitude is presented by the author. Authors always use diction to portray a given attitude towards someone […]

Theme of Survival in The Painted Bird, The Death of Dolgushov, and Slumdog Millionaire

According to Hal Lindsey: “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope”. The reading of Jerzy Kosinski’s novel The Painted Bird (which tells the ‘survivalist’ story, on the part of a Jewish boy, stuck in Eastern Europe during […]

William Faulkner’s Barn Burning: Sarty’s grown

William Faulkner’s story Barn Burning is one of the best stories that exhibit initiation of characters. An in-depth analysis on the story portrays Sarty as the main character and the protagonist of the story. The character is a son to a man who burns barns in their neighborhood. Sarty is portrayed as one who undergoes […]

“Victims” in the Novel “The Setting Sun”

The notion of “victims” has been well illustrated in the novel “The Setting Sun” by Osamu Dazai as it highlights the devastating effects of the Second World War and the ensuing evolution from a traditional Japanese society to a modern one. Through an analysis of the main characters in the novel, Naoji and Kazuko, this […]

A Review of Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada by Lily, Cho

Introduction Lily Cho has authored several books with comparable thematic focus. Most of her works focus on the issues of immigration and citizenship. In her book, “Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada, she perceives Diaspora as a model of immigration” (Cho 18). In this book, Lily Cho focuses on Chinese restaurants […]

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Introduction This paper presents a detailed review of an interesting book titled “The Prince” that convey vital principalities of leadership. The book was a masterpiece work of an Italian who was a renowned historian, and a diplomat called Niccolo Machiavelli. The writer was also known as a strong politician who had noble political ideals and […]

Describe the ways in which Chekov conveys the transformation in Lady with Dog

Chekov’s “The Lady with Dog” is perhaps one of the most captivating and intriguing pieces of writing that could easily inspire the mind of any reader. The author begins with a range of signals that demonstrate the unyielding transformation of his characters in the short story (Chekhov 34). The author’s choice of event is keen; […]

Doctor Faustus the Tragic Hero

Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the Tragic Hero, is a fascinating must-read chef-d’oeuvre featuring Dr. Faustus as the protagonist and a knowledgeable who decided to sell his soul to the devil to gain knowledge. He enters into an agreement that lasts for twenty-four years. He is optimistic about himself. His quest to acquire skills leads him to […]

Candide’s Concluding Remarks

In the last chapter of the novel Candide proclaims “…we must cultivate our garden…” (Voltaire 120).This assertion marks the realization of the protagonist that we ought to control and make an impact on what we already have. During the entire novel, various characters are engrossed in an unfulfilled life as they seek for happiness and […]

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Ivan Ilyich’s Life as Most Ordinary and Most Terrible Ivan Ilyich is the main protagonist in Leo Tolstoy’s novella ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ first published in the year 1886. Through this widely acclaimed literary work, the author has clearly addressed some of the important perspectives of life as well as the inevitability associated with […]

The Odyssey by Homer

The most striking feature of Odysseus is deception. It is evident that in the land of the gods, the tricksters have a better chance of survival. The reader might view it as acts of lack of honor, which could be true. However, deception was the best resource that Odysseus possessed. The character’s ability to improvise […]

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Improvement in Society

Tolstoy’s Outlook Leo Tolstoy was one of the greatest Russian moralists of the nineteenth century. His works are considered to be the best literary works in the world literature. It goes without saying that these works are valued so highly because the author touched upon very important issues. Basically, he depicted life in Russia in […]

Watching the Poker Faces of Your Ego: Read Its Lips

Among the topics that the book by Tolle offers, the forgetfulness of ego seems one of the most enticing issues to consider. Introducing the idea of life as a process with its stages floating from one into another, interchanging and intertwining with each other, the concept of human forgetfulness is one of the bases that […]

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: A Tale For Children

To clearly understand the story, “The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children” we must first understand the context to which the story is set. The story is a magical realism set in Latin America which presents a real life story through magic and thus a deeper meaning exists within the story. […]

Blazing the Trail, Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Long Way Gone

Because of the shift of values and their reassessing in the modern world, such issues as family, friendship and relationships among people have become one of the most essential concerns of the modern life. Solving the complexities arising among the members of the family, friends or merely acquaintances has become the subject of paramount importance, […]

Discuss R.K. Narayan

The Guide by R.K. Narayan focuses on the theme of guilt and redemption. The main character of the novel, Raju first leads a life of guilt and finally redemption. Raju leads the general public to believe that he is a hero, Sadhu. Raju is an ordinary man who experience changes in the course of his […]

Justifiable Vengeance? Is La mere Savage act of burning four Prussian soldiers a first degree murder?

Justifiable Vengeance Justice is the problem which bothers people for many years. Does justice exist or people can punish those who deserve it, in their opinion? The problem is rather contestable and there is no specific opinion about it as in case of justice absence justifiable vengeance is a correct action which should be justified […]

Through the Crystal Ball and What You See There: Esmeralda Santiago

Introduction: Standing at the Beginning One of the most touching novels ever, the story of a young woman entering the world of different cultures, the world so splendid that it is almost blinding her, and her guide to this beautiful universe, the Turkish lover, offers a plenty of food for thoughts. Considering the development of […]

Trying to Seize the Elusive Power: Ulvi Dogan

Introduction: A Man to Build a Dream on Among all characters depicted by Santiago, Ulvi is one of the most mysterious and, obviously, the most complex characters to analyze. Offering a plethora of food for thoughts, his actions can be translated in a million of ways, not to mention the implications that each of them […]

The Story of Picchi

The story picchi (madness) presents a dilemma that has engulfed a family. The protagonist in this story is Ramana and the antagonist is his mother Damayanti. Ramana’s father was not lucky because Damayanti, his second wife, had turned mad. The first wife had hanged herself. Misfortunes were following Ramana’s father closely but fortunately he was […]

The Relationship between Eliezer and his Father Essay

This paper is devoted to a theme of relations between fathers and children and their transformation under extreme circumstances. It is based on the “Night” novel by Eliezer Wiesel, a Romanian-born American writer, political activist, professor, and Nobel Laureate. The book tells about the experiences in concentration camps and the relationship between Elie and his […]

Three Daughters of China-Wild Swans

Introduction Wild Swans -The three daughters of China, is a wonderful book written by Jung Chang. The book describes the lives of three people: the narrator, her mother and her grandmother. The three grew up at different times in China, that is, pre-communist, revolutionary and communism periods. The book examines the love, hope and hopelessness […]

Parable of the Sower

The parable of the Sower is a very interesting book which has drawn a lot of attention from different people including readers and writers/authors. It is considered to possess some unique characteristics in many aspects especially structure and presentation of information and ideas. Although it is fictitious, the story is presented in a manner that […]

Six characters in search of an author

To induce a change in the way in which the audience and the performers in realist plays view their own lives, Luigi Pirandello in his play “Six Characters in search of an author” intentionally goes against the dictates set in place by the realists in the manner he creates the story in the play. Being […]

Leadership and Commonality Displayed by Ivo Andric

Introduction About the Writer Ivo Andric is a renowned writer with a sense of patriotism explaining the difference between the general bond and interest in individuals. The author’s reputation hangs on the fact that he seems to maintain a balance between the cruelty of some public figures and the commoners (Healy 34). In this regard, […]

Moral Principles in Harper Lee’s Novel To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a fictional Southern town Maycomb during the Great Depression. The narrator Scout Finch describes Maycomb as “tired” and “old” (Lee, 1998, p 6). The main character says, “A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer” (p 6). In this way the author wants to […]

When a Woman Turns into a Warrior: Offred, of Women’s Bondage

Living in a brand new world can turn out less pleasant than one could have expected, leading to the gloomy jail of anti-utopia. Telling the story of Offred’s miserable life and frightening liberation, this dark anti-utopia gives plenty of food for thoughts. Because of the aggressive environment and the oppressive atmosphere that Offred was growing […]

Symbolic Imagery and Theme of Morality in The Tale of Kieu.

Imagery is one of the strongest elements used in literature, and especially in poetry. It is one of the major means which is often used in order to develop the theme of the tale. There are many types of imagery used in the poetry: nature imagery, imagery of smell, view and hearing, weather imagery, etc. […]

Is Beowulf an Ideal Hero and King? Ideal in “Beowulf” [Essay]

Introduction Every character in a play, poem, or a film has a strategic role to play allocated to him/her by the playwright or the filmmaker. Therefore, it is upon the novelists or poets to feature a variety of traits to the characters to ensure the manifestation of the intended roles, which on the other hand, […]

Anton Chekhov Literary Works

Abstract The purpose of the research paper will be to discuss Anton Chekhov who was a Russian playwright and a literary figure. The research paper will examine the relevant literature with regards to Anton Chekhov and also examine his various literary works. Playwrights and short stories that have been written by the famous author will […]

Examples of Defamiliarization in Literature

There are many art and design movements, techniques, and philosophies that mark the development of each successive epoch, era, or generation of creators. Hence, the multiple ways of recreating the reality have been invented to reflect the views of artists in a unique, striking way. The main goal of the artist is to communicate a […]

The couter by Salman Rushdie

In Salman Rushdie’s The Courter migration is the main theme. The writer tells a story of an Indian family that moved to London in search of possible better lives. In their efforts to survive in the new land it is shown how they encountered challenges especially in terms of language barrier. Abba is put through […]

Joan of Arc: A Story of a Heroic Woman. Book Critique

History is flourishing with heroic figures who gave their lives to serve their people, freedom and justice. Each country can present an endless list of national heroes who are the things to be proud of for all French nation. However, the majority of famous historic figures are men, but women can also be proud of […]

Notions of Community and Notions of Self in The Plague and Patriotism

Service to community depends heavily on the individual community member’s notion of self, which is in turn heavily influenced by his culture. This paper explores the differing notions of community exemplified by two very different main characters: Dr. Rieux in Albert Camus’ The Plague, and Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama in Yukio Mishima’s Patriotism. This paper will […]

Work and Empowerment

Work and empowerment is a growing aspect in the female world of late. Most of the women have ventured into employment. This has widely affected their position in society. Saudi Arabian women have had difficulty in defining their position in the family. Their role in the society includes the normal home chores and nothing more. […]

“Misery” by Anton Chekhov. Analysis of Summary and Themes

Misery by Anton Chekhov is one of the most famous works of the author and one of the saddest short stories written in the twentieth century. The title of the story does justice to the theme of the story, which is of loneliness, misery, and the need to communicate one’s feelings. This essay shall explore […]

Zora Neale Hurston & Langston Hughes: The Dispute that Ruined their Relationship

Introduction The copyright dispute, which arose between Zora Hurston and Langston Hughes, broke the intimate friendship of these two writers and possibly their long and productive partnership. It occurred when they were working on a play called Mule Bone, which was a comedy about the life of African-Americans. Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes had […]

The Tale of Genji

Introduction ‘The Tale of Genji’ is an ancient Japanese literature work written by Murasaki Shikibu. The story line is a clear indicator of an aristocratic society that has its members falling in love with classiness. It displays the individuals as models of elegance and culture. It talks about Genji, the son of one emperor who […]

“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant

Introduction Written by Guy de Maupassant in 1881, The Necklace is a captivating short story that ends in a surprise. It is the most eye-catching work of Maupassant with all words contributing to the events that the narrative unfolds. It has garnered him a lot of acknowledgment. The tale is set in Paris, France specifically […]

Analysis of Purgatorio and Paradiso from The Divine Comedy by Dante

Dante Alighieri is one of the greatest poets of Medieval Italy. All his works are marked with the unique style and progressive ideas of his time. Dante is famous for writing his The Divine Comedy in which he described his journey through Hell and Purgatory to Paradiso. This poem is recognized as the most precise […]

Views in “A Dove in Santiago: Anovella In Verse”

Is there something that could level the absurdity of a suicide? Probably, this is only a human’s life that can. The question of what crimes people have been given the chance to live for remains open. The only that people can do is merely guesswork. The Dove in Santiago, a poem by Yevtushenko, is a […]

Things Fall Apart: Collage of Ideas and Main Themes

“A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone” (Achebe 18). “If one finger brought oil it soiled the others” (Achebe 88). “Even as a little boy he [Okonkwo] had resented his father’s failure and weakness, […]

The Turn of the Screw

Introduction Written in 1898, The Turn of the Screw is a tour de farce notwithstanding the many criticisms it received later in the 20th Century. For long, this story has appeared like a story of ghosts and wickedness with the governess on a mission to save children. However, critics like Edmund Wilson and Harold Goddard […]

The Peculiarities of Discussing the Theme of Death in Poetry and Prose

What is the strongest people’s fear which influences their life and attitude to the reality and to the other persons? It is the fear of death. Life as the major value which people have can also be discussed from the point of death as its opposite side. If people consider life as the most significant […]

The Death of Ivan Ilyich Critical Essay – Characters Analysis

In his novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy aims to show the fragility and artificial nature of social climbing and materialism. The author tries to achieve this purpose by describing the main character’s relations with his family and his friends, on the one hand, and his servant Gerasim, on the other. Furthermore, Tolstoy […]