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Comic Prose: Keith and Leo’s Shopping

He was lining in the bed trying not to move and not to breath as Keith could hear it. He was not able to change the pose as Keith would hear it and wake up.
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Greece and Rome: History and Literature

Since most of Homer's works were in the form of speeches, the Greek culture borrowed from his works to develop its unique identity of persuasive speaking.
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Archetype Prophetic Characters in Literature

In contemporary literature, due to the development of different genres and literary schools, there may be observed a huge amount of different archetype prophetical characters. In childrens literature, the archetype of an orphan is very [...]
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“Araby” a Short Story by James Joyce

This symbolizes the boy's world and how blind he is to the reality of the world. The young boy gets to realize that his actual world is very different from his na ve dreams and [...]
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Japanese Literature Comparison

However, when the memories of his wife resurface, and he goes to the grave to pay his respects, he realizes that he feels no remorse.
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War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's afflictions were attributed to his failure to define the true meaning of life and his fear of inevitable death. He realizes Socrates for stating that the life of a body is evil and deceptive [...]
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A Mystery Story Analysis

What is the theme of MacDonald's "Gone Girl?" The story centers on a private detective who is intelligent and appears in the wrong place at the right time.
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“Half a Day” by Naguib Mahfouz

The period of the story is unrealistic because the narrator enters school as a young boy and leaves as an old man but the brief period captures the changes that occur in a person's life.
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Translating Non-Fiction Works

Written by Mench , the book is known as The Discourse of the Other: Testimonio and the Fiction of the Maya has as many controversies around it as its author does around her.
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“The Jewelry” by Guy de Maupassant

Each of the paragraphs presented in the paper is the consideration of the separate symbol and the reference of this symbol to the theme of the discussion.
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Imagery in Arabian and Asian Stories and Poems

Chang does indeed appear to have the features of the poor student archetype: even though Yingying was not his wife, he did abandon her, and at first glance it seems that the reason is the [...]
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“Outliers” the Book by Malcolm Gladwell

The high sales of the book and the popularity of its ideas have shown that his writing was convincing to a large number of people who often choose to ignore the criticism of the book [...]
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Heroism and Power in Homer’s “The Illiad”

In The Iliad, the relations between two characters, Agamemnon and Apollo, as well as their motivation and passion help to underscore the theme of power and rage; the conflict between the characters is based on [...]
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“The Stranger” by Albert Camus: Literary Analysis

He studied philosophy at the university so that after obtaining a degree he explored the concepts of existentialism in the middle of the 1930s and examined the principles of the absurdity of human existence several [...]
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Taiwan Literature: Zhou Mengdie’s Poetry

His first book is entitled Lonely Country, and it is the very piece of art, which made him known as the king of the lonely country and proved that he was a sadhu in poetry [...]
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Chinese Literature: Su Shi’s Poetry

2 The implication of social and political concerns through his beautiful and artist description of daily life inspires the readers to realize the real situation of the society throughout his poetic works.
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Xiao-Pin-Wen Genre and Modern Chinese Literature

Modern Chinese writers pay much attention to such topics as the essence of life, the importance of understanding the landscapes of culture and life, and the necessity to never forget about the worth of travels [...]
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“The Handmaid’s Tale” a Novel by Margaret Atwood

From Offred's accounts of their time at the Center, Moira shows a strong will to survive by maintaining her composure and emotional strength while many of the women were devastated in the life of imprisonment [...]
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“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

The following paper analyzes the motifs and themes contributing to the described effect in order to determine the ways in which the system supports harassment at the state level.
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“The Two-Sen Copper Coin” by Edogawa Rampo

It is impossible not to agree that he reached considerable success in his endeavors."The Two-Sen Copper Coin" is a shining example of Ranpo's ability to tell a story in an exciting and intriguing way, intermingling [...]
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“Spy Novels” and Intelligence Studies

The literary genre 'spy novel' emerged in Britain prior to the beginning of the WW1, which in turn explains why in a classical spy novel the protagonist's intelligence-gathering activities are usually described as nothing short [...]
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Different Images of the Countryside in Literature

Throughout the story, the image of the countryside is displayed in two instances: first, as a backdrop against which the reader follows the journey and the conversation of H and Tong-I, and as an environment [...]
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Fables of Anansi and the Jamaican People

Since these tales were adopted by many other groups of people that came from Africa and now live in different parts of the world, there are numerous versions of both the stories themselves and the [...]
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The Value of Realistic Heroes

The uniqueness of a real hero is in their heroism that can be controversial, flawed in nature and outcomes, and harder to detect in general.
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Odysseus’ Personal Qualities and the Epic Hero Image

However, despite the need to win the audience, Odysseus also uses rhetoric to establish his authority; in his storytelling, he is always somewhat distant from the listeners: "Odyssean charisma, in both the personal sense attached [...]
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Protagonist in Hamid’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”

Although Changez appreciates the opportunities that the United States have opened in front of him, as time passes, he starts experiencing love-hate emotions toward the country and its culture due to the social pressure, the [...]
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“The Stranger” a Book by Albert Camus

Guilt or innocence of the crime was not the main concern of the magistrate in The Stranger. Meursault was found guilty of murder, as he had confessed to the act.
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The Imperative of Good-Doing in “The Arabian Nights”

Considering the importance of religion and its postulates in "The Arabian Nights," it is possible to say that the text moralizes the imperative of good-doing from the religious perspective."The Second Old Man's Tale," "The Tale [...]
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Religious Gullibility in Molière’s Tartuffe

The cunning behavior of Tartuffe, the credulous nature of Orgon, and the rational perspective of Cleante represent different sides of the author's argument against hypocrisy and blind trust.
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The Book “The Adventures of Amir Hamza”

Indeed, Amir Hamza is a character in which multiple other characters' attribute is embedded: he is a trickster, a warrior, a hero, a spiritual person, a lover, and a mature man; as his personality evolves, [...]
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Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man”

Therefore, the use of point of view as a literary device enables the reader to understand and analyze the thought process of one person, Olaf, while remaining unaware of the intentions of Jim.
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“Missing Women” by June Spence

As the story progresses, the author begins to create a mixture of facts and rumors; a mixture that is inevitable in any real-life investigation.
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“The Story of the Stone” by Cao Xueain

The author of The Story of the Stone, Cao Xueain, integrates his own reality with the story in the novel. The theme of reality versus appearance affects Shi Xiangyun in terms of what her life [...]
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Humor and Parody in Japanese Literature

The aim of this paper is to explore the use humor and parody in the following works of Edo and Tokugawa periods: Shikitei Sanba's Ukiyoburo, Ihara Saikaku's Life of a Sensuous Man, and Hiraga Gennai's [...]
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“The Darling” a Novel by Anton Chekhov

Besides, the complexity of society and the evolution of the approach to the traditional female role preconditioned the great importance given to this issue by various authors.
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The Japanese Traditional Tales

The reason for this has to do with the fact that the concerned epic was written by Buddhist monks over a long period and also the fact that the Tale of the Heike can be [...]
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“The Tale of Heike” and “The Pillow Book”

Although the authors sometimes succumb to the traditional gender tropes, the subtle changes to the roles that men and women played in the 16th-century society, as well as the behavior norms that they were supposed [...]
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“When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka

The title of the book, current references, tokens that children carry with them to the campsite, the killing of the dog on the eve of departure to the camp, and the experiences of the family [...]
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Character Building in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

By building his character, Changez, in a very original manner and displaying him as both the lover and the critic of the American traditions, the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist makes the audience realize the [...]
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“My Life With the Wave” by Octavio Paz

Up to that extent, the reader is already in a world that he or she has suspended reality. Up to this extent, the reader is already in a world that the unimaginable happens.
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Chinua Achebe’ Book “Things Are Falling Apart”

Chinua Achebe, an African author with his origin in Nigeria mainly focuses on the colonization of African countries and the role of women in the society in the village of Umuofia in his book Things [...]
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“Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

The imagery of the ocean wave ushering in the infant on the wooden floor shows the narrative's fantastic element: "Tita was literally washed into the world on a great tide of tears that spilled over [...]
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Loyalty in “The Gift” by Rosario Ferre

In general, loyalty is considered to be a state or a feeling of devotion and faithfulness that is oriented to a particular person, a group of people, cause, or country, etc. Exclusionary one presupposes that [...]
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“The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas

Having passed through the period of revolution and Napoleonic Wars, connected with the radical changes in the structure of society and shifts in the mentality of people, society entered the new era characterized by the [...]
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“My Left Foot” a Book by Christy Brown

Seeing his attempts to express himself through scribbling something on the slate with a piece of yellow chalk, Brown's mother decided to teach him how to write, and this was a crucial moment in the [...]
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