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“Afterlands” by Steven Heighton

The reader of this story can feel the emotions of the author and maybe even a piece of his heart because this novel shows the adventurous character of Steven Heighton and his admiration as to [...]
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Russian Literature and Culture

The novel also shows that the character, Venichka, was well educated and very religious but because of the society, he was forced to drink to exploit his creativity. The book encourages drinking in the society [...]
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Isaiah Berlin’s “Russian Thinkers”

But essays like those covering Russia, the 1848 revolutions, German Romanticism, and Russian populism, although brightly weaven, they are of historical interest than relevant to the contemporary metastable angst condition.
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Great Works of Literature Impacts

Social oppression of Hamlet as the talented representative of descending class undeceives that there is not only a death that menacing to Hamlet, but also social injustice, "the whips and scorns of time, the oppressor's [...]
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“Boris Godunov” the Book by Sergei Platonov

The most comprehensive part of the book is a description of the Polish and Lithuanian invasion under the lead of Lgedimitrius and Godunov's and his family's death as the result of Lgedimitrius coming to power.
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A Modern Tale of James Joyce’s “Araby”

In Araby, the development of theme resembles the archetypal myth of the quest for a holy talisman such as Sir Galahad's quest for the Holy Grail, such as James Joyce's looking for the lost light [...]
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Willy Loman and Oedipus as Tragic Heroes

Thus, the tragic hero should combine the following characteristics: He should cause emotional attachment; The audience should fear for the fate of the hero; A tragic hero should cause pity in the audience.
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“The Joys of Motherhood” by Buchi Emecheta

The 'Theme of this book could be suitably applied in the modern days, where there is a serious drift/immigration to The West and European countries in the quest for a greener pasture.
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Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson Review

This is illustrated through the fingerprint evidence proving one man is 'black' and the other is 'white' despite the relative sameness of their actual skin tone, the restoration of societal perceptions of the black man [...]
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The Novel “Family” by Pa Chin

Chueh-Hsin's younger brothers do not want to follow his example and try to break away from the influence of the family. He leaves the compound of his family to continue his rebel and to marry [...]
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Chinese Poetry: The Use of Naturalism

This is because much of the imagery included in the poems is of nature, which has multiple applications."As in the Changes, so in the Poetry most images are drawn from the natural world, not surprising [...]
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Poetry vs. Fiction

Fiction can possibly include the happenings of everyday life and is reliant on the person that narrates the happenings, the manner of its narration, and its composition.
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Vikram Seth’s “The Golden Gate”

Thesis the personal voice of Seth and poetic elements used by the author shape an atmosphere of solitude and loneliness and appeal to the emotions and feelings of readers.
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“Sonny’s Blues”: Perspective and Plot Correlation

How might descriptions of places and characters be influenced by a particular narrator's perspective and the attitudes he holds? "Sonny's Blues" written by James Baldwin is a story that deals with very real aspects of [...]
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The Age of Enlightenment: Overview and Analysis

The Age of Enlightenment centered on France and two of the major philosophers who contributed to this age of Enlightenment were Voltaire and Montesquieu. In the realm of politics, the government was the focus of [...]
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Racism in Shakespeare’s “Othello”

The purpose of this essay is to detect and analyze various traits of racism in Shakespeare's famous piece Othello and how it relates to the character of Othello.
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Contrasting Deception in the Inferno and the Decameron

In the present work, we will analyze this similarity and will seek for possible differences using particular parts of the great epic poem and the collection of novellas, namely, we will explore the fifth story [...]
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Gothic Fiction History

It was the first novel to receive the title of "Gothic", and it was also one of the first to use and develop the sublime.
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Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

The extent of the openness of futurity for the human being lies in her present position and the objective reality the human being confronts.
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A Rose for Emily Literary Analysis

To gain an understanding of the story within a brief analysis, it is necessary to examine the story's plot, characterization, point of view, theme, symbols, and setting.
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The Forgotten Knight (Snatch)

The musty old classroom had once been a storeroom and the walls closed in around her as if she were to be kept locked up forever as well. Not even in her dreams was she [...]
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Irony in Frank O’Connor’s “First Confession”

When she answered in the affirmative, Jackie became sure that he was a terrible boy and a sinner who had broken all commandments all because of his old grandmother."I was scared to death of confession".
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Antebellum Slavery in Mark Twain’s World

Twain's depiction of Jim and his relationship with Huck was somewhat flawed in order to obey the needs of the story, and also by Twains' interest in slave autobiographies and also in blackface minstrelsy.
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Self-Awareness of Emma, Huckleberry Finn, and Asher Lev

This essay will portray the commonalities in these three novels and try to draw a contrast between them and discuss them in the light of three similar literary tools used, i.e.theme, antagonist, and irony in [...]
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Hollywood Through Literary Elements: Author’s View

The novel shows the destinies of the people who are, on the one hand, are common representatives of American society of 1930's and, on the other, who are strange and rather different from the other [...]
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Women’s Role in World Literature of Enlightenment

In Hinduism, the reward of a proper woman is rebirth as a man, ancient Chinese women were considered to be the property of their fathers or husbands and in Japan, women were dressing in men's [...]
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World Literature Reflecting Enlightenment Thinking

Literature as a constant reflector of the current events and ways people percept the world around cannot stand aside and fail to exhibit the characteristics and ideas of the new way of thinking.
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“All About Suicide” Short Story by Luisa Valenzuela

There is no denying the importance of the fact that recent developments in literature paid more attention to experimental approach to literature avoiding strict schemata and such popular feature of traditional literature as climax or [...]
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“Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

A balance between good and evil is the main theme of this story with its focus on character development, both within the characters of the larger text as well as with Fenoglio and the characters [...]
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Goethe’s “Faust”: Biblical References

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of German literature is a tragic play and considered by many as the best-known [...]
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Persian Letters by Montesquieu

I chose the 24th letter from the collection to demonstrate the peculiarities of the author's style that contributed significantly to the book's unfading success.
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Representation of the Sophoclean Hero Aspects

Would God no Argo e er had winged the seas To Colchis through the blue Symplegades No shaft of riven pine in Pelion's glen Shaped that first oar blade in the hands of men Valiant [...]
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Family Relationship: Lawrence and Joyce

The revolt of Stephen Dedalus begins in Joyce's The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with his rejection of the blind religious attitude found existing in his family.
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American Naturalism: Weaknesses of Realist Fiction

American naturalism is a genre and not simply the reflection of a philosophical position as elements of the novels. The social to invades the self is more properly a self-image and is the creature of [...]
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Understanding the Past in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Like the Thomas Sutpen story that has been dispatched by different narrators in William Faulkner's novel Absalom, Absalom, the past becomes a burden in the present for Quentin and Shreve because he sensed an impermeable [...]
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Analysis of King Lear and Paradise Lost

One son in particular, Edmund, allows the pain of being born a bastard and the rejection of his father to skew his view of the world and the intentions of his ambition.
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“The Book of Not” by Tsi­tsi Dangarembga

The mental condition of the main character of the book is the main point of this paper's concern. The main character's moral state is determined by her aspiration to the ideals of the colonial system, [...]
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Slavic Literature. Tolstoy’s Childhood and Narrative

He relates the story of his spiritual crisis in his work, A Confession."Do in the afterlife the freshness and life heartedness, the craving for love and strength of faith, ever return which we experience in [...]
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History of Asia. Lu Xun’s “My View On Chastity”

He was one of the founders of the China League of Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai. His contribution in the field of language and literature is enormous, thus, most of the commentators have viewed his greatness [...]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Cause and Effect

Multiple causes are in force right in the first few paragraphs: the horrendous transformation that Gregor has undergone, the panic and anxiety that the family members feel when Gregor is not responding to urgent summons [...]
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“The Lottery” by Chris Abani

A 10 year-old child, completely happy with the life, walks out of the house with the aunt to go to the store. Moreover, one of the actions of making a sacrifice was to spit on [...]
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Biblical Narrative Analysis

Eve is the central character of the narrative in Genesis 1-3 and one of the central figures in the Bible. In this regard, understanding the development of Eve is essential, including the analysis of her [...]
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Horror and Suspense: Genre Review

The latter form of storytelling focuses on causing the emotion of fear among the readers or viewers, whereas suspense builds a certain amount of anticipation and full engagement in the story.
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Wallada Bint Al-Mustakfi and the Role of Women

They emphasize the fact that the existence of her poetry and themes raised by her evidence the fact that women in Andalusian society had a high level of freedom and independence, especially if compared with [...]
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The Concept and History of Dystopian Fiction

Thus, the goal of this paper is to study the phenomenon of DF based on the examples of Orwell's and Huxley's fiction and determine the presence of the themes that overlap with the contemporary social, [...]
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Vampires in Literature and Films

One of the most vivid examples of the dualistic narration is the phenomenon of the ghost ship that arrives at Wismar populated only by rats and dead people.
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Hume Versus Beattie

It is essential to mention Hume's criticism of theories supporting the influence of physical causes, which is indirectly linked to the philosopher's intention to explain the rise and progress of the arts.
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Conformity in “The Wars” by Timothy Findley

It is equally important to stress that the issue of conformity is based on the person's ability and willingness to fit into a group or culture. One can argue that Ross's decision to join the [...]
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“The Other” in Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

The thesis of the paper is that the notion of "the other" in The Metamorphosis is represented not so much through the opposition between the character and other characters as though the opposition between his [...]
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Epic of Gilgamesh – King of Uruk

Their campaign against the ruler of the mountains of Lebanon, monster Humbaba, the death of Enkidu, and the journey of Gilgamesh to the land of Siduri motivated me to create this drawing.
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“Skinny Boy” Book by Gary A. Grahl

Grahl suffered from anorexia in his youth, and the book is a memoir-like account of the event, serving to open the door to the psychology of the disease in the male populace a vulnerable population [...]
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“A Private Life” by Chen Ran

To some extent, the protagonist's life and memories are shaped by the city of Beijing and her gender, and the novelist uses some problems peculiar to geographic locations and gender socialization to present the woman's [...]
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“Fifteen Dogs” the Book by Andre Alexis

Human intelligence that the gods give to the dogs does not make them happy but subjects them to continuous thoughtful considerations and emotional perception of the surrounding world that ultimately leads to suffering.
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Family Dynamics in the Bible and Modern Literature

The topic of family dynamics is necessary and relevant to modern relationships between parents and children. In turn, the poem by Hughes focuses on the metaphor of stairways as a symbol of her difficult life [...]
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Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” Analysis

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the prominent elements of fiction used in A Doll's House as the most vivid example of Ibsen's approach, analyze the applied dramatic techniques, and describe different layers [...]
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Sci-FI Stories: Society, Human Nature and Technology

Jingfang paints a dreadful picture of the future where social inequality has risen to the point where the society is split into three parts, and the differences among them are emphasized in the most vivid [...]
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“The Monster” Story Analysis

The identity of the character is not clear, and although the writer tries to engage the reader into understanding the uniqueness of the featured characters, there is still some aspect of ambiguity, which makes the [...]
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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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