Book Reviews

Racial Discrimination: Referencing the Novel Obasan Written by Joy Kogawa

Racial Discrimination: Referencing the Novel Obasan Written by Joy Kogawa

During the years of WWII throughout Canada, the novel, Obasan written by Joy Kogawa, reflects into the life of Naomi Nakane, a Japanese Canadian, who is rather confused of her background and the vicious and evil eyes of society. The novel Obasan reveals how the Japanese Canadians received cruel, racial discrimination from Canadian society. Kogawa creates a vivid mental image of the cruelty and anguish that these very innocent Japanese Canadians endured, as a result of their ethnic origin. Naomi and her family experienced the horrific trauma where Kogawa depicted their hardships through many images of chicken pecking a baby chick, the attic, and Old Man Gower, all reflecting on their treatment of persecution, forgetfulness, and victimization. The immense amount of racial discrimination Naomi and her family went through as well as many other Japanese Canadians went through was so destructive and cruel, allowing Kogawa’s readers to somewhat understand their pain and anguish through these many difficult years.

Symbolic Essay - The Diary of Anne Frank

Symbolic Essay - The Diary of Anne Frank

Abandonment: Referencing the Characters Nomi Nickel from Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness, and Chiyo from Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha

Abandonment

Abandonment is a mother bird deserting her baby chick after its first flight. Leaving a loved one to fend for itself on its own, results in confusion and heartache. Yet, if an individual can overcome the adversities of abandonment, they will become a much stronger human being. Abandonment occurs in both Miriam Toews’, A Complicated Kindness, and Arthur Golden’s, Memoirs of a Geisha. The characters situations and families play a large role as a result of their abandonment, the same as when a mother bird forsakes her baby chick to survive on its own. It was how these novels’ characters were able to cope with this abandonment to become a stronger person. Throughout both novels, the readers can truly understand A Complicated Kindness’, Nomi’s, and Memoirs of a Geisha’s, Chiyo’s pain, through the many images portrayed, connecting their personal struggles to many other similar circumstances. Abandonment is truly a tragic loss, but like a baby chick you must learn to cope, move forward, and be able to survive on your own.

Garnet and Raphaella - A Series by William Bell: How Bell is Able to Blend the Real and Spirit Worlds in this Novel

Blending Worlds

Mystery is usually caused by the combination of the real world and the spiritual world. Bell was somewhat effective when he mixed the real and spirit worlds together. He was successful with some of his feelings of reality in certain situations but not all of the reality he created was believable this is somewhat unclear and should be rephrased. The situations when Garnet spent the night in the log cabin and when Garnet and Raphella experienced the presence of Hanna support Bell’s effectiveness while the scene when the ghost men threw stones at Garnet and Raphella goes too much outside of reality to be believable.

The Catcher In The Rye By: J.D. Salinger

The Catcher In The Rye By: J.D. Salinger

A title like “The Catcher in the Rye” makes one think twice when reading this book. There is a lot of thought put into the title itself, but its true meaning is not conveyed until the very end of the novel, making one have to think twice in order to really understand the story. “The Catcher in the Rye” is referred to in the book as “a person who catches little children as they are about to fall off of a cliff.” This meaning, while appearing to be quite peculiar, actually helps to explain the Holden’s actions throughout the entire novel. The main character, Holden, can only relate to younger people and has a problem with living as a teenager in a grown-up world. The phrase, “The Catcher in the Rye,” has a very innocent twist to it and Holden portrays this,
along with a very negatve and cynical view, in the novel.

The Joy Luck Club Research Paper

The Joy Luck Club Research Paper

In the novel The Joy Luck Club, the author Amy Tan writes the stories by focusing on the clash between low-context American and high-context Chinese culture. The four mothers and four daughters grow up in very different education ways, which leads them to different characterizations. But love and hope can finally reconcile the serious conflict of generation gap. The author Amy Tan is born in America on 2.19.1952, whose parents are Chinese immigrants. She is interested in both Chinese and American culture since childhood, and is considered as a representative of American Chinese writers after the publication of The Joy Luck Club. "Tan was born in 1952 in Oakland, California. … Tan was strongly influenced by her mother's storytelling about the family's Chinese heritage, and she later used oral storytelling as a narrative device in her fiction. ... Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, brought her acclaim, and rose quickly on The New York Times bestseller list" (Bomarito and Hunter Tan, Amy: Introduction 1).

Book Review - From Slave to Abolitionist: The Life of William Wells Brown

Book Review - From Slave to Abolitionist: The Life of William Wells Brown

Critical review on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Critical review on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Talking about Wuthering Heights is not an easy work at all. Since there are lots of articles already published concerning so many aspects of the novel, this essay is an attempt to establish a critical review on this great book. One of the general characteristics of the novel as a genre is the realistic intention; writers try to make an imitation of reality, or they try to show how reality should be, using the concept of verisimilitude. In Wuthering Heights, however, this concept itself is changed: we have spirits and ghosts in the narrative, leading us to a new style – the Gothic Novel. Another important remark is the hybridism of this genre in literature, thus it takes all others kinds of literature and put them together.

Irresponsible Actions - Mildred D. Taylor's Historical Fiction Novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Irresponsible Actions - Mildred D. Taylor's Historical Fiction Novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Making a good decision is very important and could reflect on later actions in life. The historical fiction novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor describes the actions of two teenage boys who do not choose the right path in their lives. Growing up in Mississippi in the 1930’s, Stacey and TJ are faced with racism during the Depression. Protective and mature, Stacey Logan values his family while they struggle to keep their own land. Unlike Stacey, TJ values popularity and the thoughts of others toward him, therefore, the decisions he makes lead him down the wrong path in his life. Both Stacey and TJ are treated differently because they are African-American; yet, while Stacey is trying to help his family out, TJ does not have any family support to keep him out of trouble or to correct any of his mistakes.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Inconsistency in Robert McCammon’s Novel Boy’s Life

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Inconsistency in Robert McCammon’s Novel Boy’s Life

How and to What Effect is Foreshadowing Used by Lorca in the House of Bernarda Alba and by Sophocles in Antigone?

How and to What Effect is Foreshadowing Used by Lorca in the House of Bernarda Alba and by Sophocles in Antigone?

Foreshadowing can be defined as the literary technique whereby the writer indirectly suggests the development of the plot at an early stage, a device often used in tragedies. Both the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and The House of Bernarda Alba, by Lorca, are tragedies in which a central character, in conflict with the norms of society, is driven to an unjust fate. The playwrights use metaphors, colour and imagery to foreshadow the deaths of these central characters, Antigone and Adela, thus creating an atmosphere of foreboding and portraying their fate as inescapable.

The River Journey of Huck - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The River Journey of Huck - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is a story about a young boy named Huck struggling to find himself and is torn between what he should do by law and what he should do by intuition. For Huck and his friend Jim, a fugitive slave, the Mississippi River is the ultimate symbol of freedom. The river carries them toward freedom: for Jim, toward the free states; for Huck, away from his abusive father and the restrictive “sivilizing” of St. Petersburg. Much like the river itself, Huck and Jim are in flux, willing to change their attitudes about each other with little prompting. The Mississippi River plays several roles and holds a prominent theme throughout much of the story as a whole.

Lolita Written by Vladimir Nabokov: A Product of Modernism

Lolita Written by Vladimir Nabokov: A Product of Modernism

As a more logical, scientific mindset is being developed in North American culture, it has become increasingly common for individuals to look for the simplest, cause-and-effect version of reality. Modernism, however, as a literary movement, rejects this notion, believing rather that reality is “layered, allusive,” and much more complex than is often assumed (Lye). Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, provides this presentation of reality, along with many other qualities of a Modernist work of fiction, beautifully. This is why Lolita should be considered representative of Modernist literature, with the most prominent features that demonstrate this being the narration, a heavy focus on Impressionism, and its confrontational nature.

Book Review on Hills Like White Elephants Written by Ernest Hemingway

Book Review on Hills Like White Elephants Written by Ernest Hemingway

Without reading the story, what do you think the story is about just by looking at the title? Before I read this story, my eight-year old daughter saw the title, and she wanted me to read this for her because she thought it was about white elephants. I also thought about reading the story for my children. When I looked at the title, I had imagined white elephants, having escaped from a zoo, went up a hill and to live freely. Before Professor Hansen taught us about the symbolism that hills and white elephants represented, I totally misunderstood about this story. They were symbolism of pregnancy and unwanted gift (to express for main characters’ mind)

The Portrayal of Women in the Novels This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Portrayal of Women in the Novels This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

In the 19th century females were to ‘play’ a limited role in what they do, how they act and how they should look. Women have always fallen under specific categories, and This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy are no exceptions. They are portrayed as being weak and fragile, and are unable to think and act for themselves. The male characters in both novels treat the female characters as unintelligent beings, not like today’s society. With women being treated inferior compared to men, they have no chance or opportunity for things to get better. Women would have no chance of progress. Both authors show this by using imagery, classism, and tone.

Maternal Obligations - A Paper Written on Tobias Wolff's Memoir This Boy's Life

Maternal Obligations - A Paper Written on Tobias Wolff's Memoir This Boy's Life

Herbert Ward once said “Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.” In Tobias Wolff’s memoir, This Boy’s Life, Rosemary Wolff’s childhood causes her own parenting skills to suffer and reflect her past. This failure is much more evident in the novel than in the film. Rosemary is a loving mother to her child Tobie, but her abusive childhood causes her to live a life where she shadows her mother’s qualities and choices in men. This undermines her ability to assert authority over her son, and provide a suitable environment for him to live in, portraying her as a bad mother.

Sherman Alexie’s Use of Hope in Novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie’s Use of Hope in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

“You are going to find more and more hope the farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation” (page 43). Arnold finds the inspiration and courage to leave the reservation in his sister Mary and his mother’s life goals as well as in his teachers guiding words. We learn, from Arnold especially, that understanding your decisions, encouragement and acceptance of the consequence, that anything we set our mind to, is achievable. We learn in the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, that determination, and the courage to exercise it, will lead to a life of fulfillment and pride.

American Heroes are Not Always 'American Heroes" in Orson Scott Card's Novel Titled Ender's Game

American Heroes are Not Always 'American Heroes" in Orson Scott Card's Novel Titled Ender's Game

American Heroes Are Not Always ‘American Heroes’
Christopher Reeve once said that “a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” In Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, the protagonist projects the psychological traits, the knowledge and the understanding of his surrounding environment, as well as the values acquired from experiences that are possessed by a true hero. Ender does not embody the American style hero, rather the generic heroic type, as the lessons he learns and values he acquires throughout the novel do not reflect those of the American culture. Ender’s label as a ‘Third’, his outstanding brilliance, and his values such as courage, commitment, compassion and faith, set him apart from the norm of children. These values allow him to successfully fight through the hardships that confront him as a result of his differences. Ender’s relentless character does not allow anything to stand between him and victory.

Women Writing About Writing: Cosmopolitanism, Narratology and Biography in Wei Hui's Shanghai Baby and Zhuang Yu's Bu Shi Wo Shou Ni

Women Writing About Writing: Cosmopolitanism, Narratology and Biography in Wei Hui's Shanghai Baby and Zhuang Yu's Bu Shi Wo Shou Ni

1. Introduction

Book Review of 'Overthrow' by Steven Kinzer - Does the United States have a History of Overthrowing or Helping to Overthrow Foreign Governments?

Book Review of 'Overthrow' by Steven Kinzer - Does the United States have a History of Overthrowing or Helping to Overthrow Foreign Governments?

Essay on the Novel On Lying by Sissela Bok

Essay on the Novel On Lying by Sissela Bok

The most dangerous and damaging weapon in society is not a blunt object or automatic firearm; but rather its origin lies within each and every one of us. When they are released into the world they have the potential to form daggers that penetrate straight to the heart, even though one may not realize it until much later. Lies are the source of immeasurable pain, corruption, crime and even injustice. Sissela Bok’s “On Lying,” examines the dangers that lies inflict on society. While the majority of the time lying is reprehensible, there is always an exception to every rule. Lies that are spoken with intention to cause harm are malicious and evil, where as certain situations require lying .

Term Paper on the Book The War Over Iraq Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission by Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol

Term Paper on the Book The War Over Iraq Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission by Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol

Essay on The Red Pony Written by John Steinbeck - Communication Among Generations

Essay on The Red Pony Written by John Steinbeck - Communication Among Generations

Essay on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Essay on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Discrimination is all around us. It happened in the past, it happens now, and most likely will still happen in the future. But why are people discriminated? It could be because of their race, their gender, their religion, and etc. Of Mice and Men focuses on the struggles of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, in the 1930's as they try to achieve their dream of owning their own land. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, he reveals through his characterization and conflict that loneliness is the result of discrimination.

Brother Dark Path - Essay on John Edgar Wideman's Book Brothers and Keepers

Brother Dark Path - Essay on John Edgar Wideman's Book Brothers and Keepers

On the year of 1941, at Washington, D.C the African –American writer John Edgar Wideman was born. Widemen spent most of his youth in Homewood. Later, he earned a BA at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, he became a professor at two universities; University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Moreover, Wideman wrote both fiction and non-fiction novels. One of the non-fiction novels is "Brothers and Keepers" which shows the significance of Wideman's style and strategies of delivering the different paths that Wideman and his brother "Robby" chose.

Cultural Elements of the Raute in Kings of the Forest

In Kings of the Forest, “cultural resilience” of the nomadic Raute hunter-gatherer society refers to their methods of incorporating the cultural elements of the larger neighboring Nepalese and manipulating it in order to preserve their own. The Nepalese have made numerous attempts to assimilate the Raute into their agrarian Hindu-Nepalese society, but have failed to do so as a result of their cultural resilience. To the typical outsider, one may view their nomadic lifestyle as one that is uncivilized, barbaric, and savage. On the contrary, the Raute are an intelligent group of hunter-gatherers who are well aware that they are but a single “strand in a larger web of nature and society.” The importance of their interconnectedness and relationship with their surrounding environment is apparent, especially in their use of language. The word “mana,” meaning elder brother, or ruler reflects their subordination to their Nepali counterpart. The Raute understand this, so to avoid any conflict they must use certain survival tactics to preserve their way of life.

The Role of First Impressions in Pride and Prejudice From Two Point of Views

The Role of First Impressions in Pride and Prejudice From Two Point of Views

There is no doubt that the First Impressions are the most significant clues in Pride and Prejudice. The leading characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, are both influenced by their mutual first impressions, which almost destroys their relationship. Compared with the negative effect on the affection of Elizabeth and Darcy, first impressions between Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley results in their love at the first sight in that excellent ball. As a consequence, anyone who is interested in Pride and Prejudice should not ignore the role of first impressions.

Reversal of Power in Haha no Shukusho

Reversal of Power in Haha no Shukusho

I. Main argument: In Haha no Shukusho, Shono Yoriko is able to reverse the power relations between the narrator – the daughter – and the character of her mother through three distinct devices. Through control of her mother's size, her mother's role in the parent-child relation towards her, and through her control of narratives, the narrator of Haha is able to completely turn the tables on her mother; in the end it is the narrator who is in control of their relationship, not her mother. Noting the date of publication of the work – 1994 – it is not surprising that Shono also brings up some of the societal issues prevalent amongst youth at the time (bursting of the bubble, early 1990's) including school refusal syndrome (futoko), withdrawal syndrome (hikikomori), “parasite singles”, and the breakdown of the “enterprise society” (kigyo shakai). I wish to explore the reversals of power between the daughter and the mother in light of these developments to establish Haha as a social critique, which is just one possible reading of the text.

II. Brief discussion of early 1990's Japan, social setting, breakdown of the enterprise society

Literary Merit Essay on Sula by Toni Morrison

Literary Merit Essay

Bedford Readings once wrote “Literature gives us not much the full, factual proportions of the world as some of its experiences and meanings. Instead of defining the world, literature encourages us to try it out in our imagination.” This quote in fact portrays what literature really is about, and it is about the reader connecting to the story and using their imagination in order to understand what is going on, while also acquiring knowledge. Vladimir Nabokov states in the article, Good Readers and Good Writers, “The real writer, the fellow who sends planets spinning and models a man asleep and eagerly tampers with the sleeper’s rib, that kind of author has no given values at disposal: he must create them himself.” Nabokov tries to imply how good writers give the reader a whole new idea of a topic and the author himself has to “invent” that new thought. In Toni Morrison’s, Sula, Morrison examines love, biblical allusions and symbolism to prove her work is worthy of literary merit.

Essay on Seraphina Sullivan From the Novel Heave by Christy Ann Conlin

Seraphina Sullivan, from the novel Heave, grew up with an unstable home life. With an alcoholic father, a mentally unstable mother Seraphina was forced to be taken care of by her brother. Instead of having a mother to confide in or a father to protect her, Seraphina felt lost and alone all through her childhood. These aspects impacted her life greatly and at the breaking point of her life she became severally addicted to alcohol, which led her to experience the three stages of recovery. Author Christy Ann Conlin developed a realistic view on how hard it is to go through the phases of recovering from alcoholism in this novel. Anonymous poets who have gone through the three stages of recovery share how the three steps made a difference in their lives. Without going through these stages the addicts state, in a poetic fashion, how these stages helped them through the hard times. Most diseases and disorders are treated in the same general manner, but the fascinating part is how different the recovery is among people with the same issues. Take alcoholism for example. Alcoholism is a disabling addictive disorder.

Essay on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Essay on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Essay on The Unbearable Lightness of Being By Milan Kundera

Introduction
Milan Kundera has written the book “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. He used life form to explain the human being difference existential style. He defined that heaviness and lightness to help us re-think human life. He designed four main characters Tomas, Tereza, Sabina and Franz to show difference ways living style from urban to pastoral. This is response the existential question; what is better in our life? “Being unbearably heavy in life” or “being unbearable light in life.” Kundera said that philosopher “Parmenides posed this very question in the sixth century before Christ. He saw the world divided into pairs of opposites: light/ darkness, fineness / coarseness, warmth / cold, being/ non-being. One half of the opposition he called positive (light, fineness, warmth, being), the other negative, we might find this division into positive and negative poles childishly simple except for one difficulty: which one is positive, weight or lightness?” (Kundera: 1984: P.5) This question showed that problem of human being which one should positive, weight or lightness in our life.

Tomas existential style

Review of Why Negros Should Oppose the War by C.L.R. James

Review of Why Negros Should Oppose the War by C.L.R. James

C. L. R. James in Why Negroes Should Oppose the War presents his argument why they should avoid the war eloquently enough to convince the reader that capitalism is the root of The United States’ gross mistreatment of blacks. The author brilliantly manages to weave socialist doctrine in with historical examples while maintaining a sympathetic tone for blacks. Just the right amount of historiography in the essay gives the author credibility. His tacitly and well-placed opinions can be misinterpreted as facts if one does not read carefully. The author craftily manipulates the audience implicitly to persuade readers of his socialist agenda using the tribulations of Africans in capitalist societies.

Paper on If He Hollers, Let Him Go by Chester Himes

In Chester Himes’s If He Hollers, Let Him Go, Bob Jones goes through many tantrums of anger over the four-day period in which the novel spans. Bob Jones reacts reflexively to racist acts with violent thoughts and even murderous intentions. He experiences episodes of hatred and rage due to unfair treatment from whites and blacks, males and females from various socioeconomic castes. However, the emotion of rage in this story is only encapsulates the surface. His outward explosions of rage only illustrate how he copes with his problems with identity. All of Bob’s anger and irritability stem from uncertainty about his masculine identity.

Review of Alice Walker's Book Possessing the Secret of Joy

Often dismissed because it is unrenowned, Alice Walker describes the issues of Female genital mutilation through stories of the distrait.

Essay on Susanna Kaysen's Character from the Novel Girl, Interrupted

Essay on Susanna Kaysen's Character from the Novel Girl, Interrupted

George Orwell's Book Animal Farm Used to Define Power and Corruption

George Orwell's Book Animal Farm used to Define Power and Corruption

Power, a simple word that can either destroy a person or save them. Society today thrives on power, whether it is good or bad. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is used to define power and the corruption that comes from absolute power. Orwell used animals to portray humans to prove how power leads to corruption. The quote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” by Lord Acton is demonstrated in Animal Farm perfectly, and concisely as the characters, plot, and themes show how power can absolutely corrupt.

Essay On The Catcher In The Rye By: J.D. Salinger

Essay On The Catcher In The Rye By: J.D. Salinger

A title like “The Catcher in the Rye” makes one think twice when reading this book. There is a lot of thought put into the title itself, but its true meaning is not conveyed until the very end of the novel, making one have to think twice in order to really understand the story. “The Catcher in the Rye” is referred to in the book as “a person who catches little children as they are about to fall off of a cliff.” This meaning, while appearing to be quite peculiar, actually helps to explain the Holden’s actions throughout the entire novel. The main character, Holden, can only relate to younger people and has a problem with living as a teenager in a grown-up world. The phrase, “The Catcher in the Rye,” has a very innocent twist to it and Holden portrays this,
along with a very negatve and cynical view, in the novel.

Essay on Social Classes from the Book The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Essay on Social Classes from the book The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

In many of years the community population in England and in many other places in the world was divided into two social classes. There were an upper class, who could enjoy their life in luxury and buy anything they need to have a nice life. And there was a working class, who have to fight for a fairly born life and they have to do the hard work for the upper class. The assignment is about the class differences in England. I will start to tell about the general differences of the classes. Afterwards I will compare the two classes in England with the Elois and Murlocks in the book "The Time machine" from H.G. Wells. Finally I will draw some parallels to the three social classes England have today.

Questions and Answers on But What Do You Mean by Deborah Tannen

Questions and Answers on But What Do You Mean by Deborah Tannen

1. What is Tannen’s purpose in writing this essay? What does she hope it will accomplish?

From what I gathered Tannen’s purpose was for us to comprehend the importance of communication in the work field. How the simplest verbal functions can be interpreted in many different ways. “Conversation is a ritual” I find so much meaning behind these four simple words, the article in its entirety are summed up by these word. Tannen wants to enlighten us to remember that our words are powerful. I believe she wants us to take back control over what we say. We are as infants and Deborah is as our mother, giving us our first words. Not to mention it seems as if she wants to open up the doors for men and women not only in the work place but in their homes; to become more aware and willing to really communicate with one another.

2. What does Tannen mean when she writes, “Conversation is a ritual”?

An Essay on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Essay

In the story “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many examples to display harsh situations in life. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses descriptive diction and melancholic imagery in order to illustrate the difference between the East Egg (Buchanan’s house), West Egg (Gatsby’s house), and also The Valley of the Ashes (Wilson’s house).

Review of The Brethren by Beverly Lewis - Third Book in the Annie's People Series

The Brethren - The third book in the Annie’s People series. The novel is set amongst the Amish in Paradise, Pennsylvania. The author Beverly Lewis portrays mercy and judgement in each circumstance of the Amish life.Throughout the novel each couple deals with the ups and downs of the Amish life these couples include; Esther and Zeke Hochstetler, Annie and her father Jesse Zook, and Annie and Ben, each couple goes through both the judgements and mercies of the Amish community. We will look at their struggles and how they press on while facing these challenges.

Firstly, Esther and Zeke, with Essie (Esther) shunned and “Zeke in his mentally disturbed state” (Nesdoly, Violet. "Book Review." 26 Nov 2006) They are judged by the brethren when Ester becomes pregnant just before Zeke is held in jail after confessing the murder of his brother Isaac 15 years ago.

Charlie Gordon's Alternative Option - Review of the Novel Flowers of Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Charlie Gordon’s Alternative Option

Charlie Gordon, a thirty-two-year-old retarded adult, is chosen to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity of elevating his IQ to unbelievably high levels through a brain surgery. Flowers for Algernon, written by Daniel Keyes, is a moving novel that unfolds the story of protagonist Charlie Gordon, and his unexpected struggles with life after he receives an experimental brain surgery. Living life independently with much publicity from the Welberg Foundation, Charlie cannot be provided with nearly the amount of help he requires to succeed. The possible outcomes of the surgery are uncontrollable, and therefore Charlie should not have decided to undergo the experimental operation.

Comparing and Contrasting the Seminal work of both Mckibben and Friedman - Starting Where Each Author Came from Preceding the Book

To begin a compare and contrast what could be called the seminal (or at least bestselling) works of both Mckibben and Friedman one would have to start with where each author came from preceding the book.

Friedman got into the writing game focusing on Middle Eastern politics and has since wound up the New York Time’s de facto “wise man” on international affairs. Only a few years before “Hot, Flat and Crowded” came “The World Is Flat,” a breakdown of globalization into three phases, Globalization 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Globalization 1.0 encompassed the European colonization and development of the Americas up until about the year 1800. According to Friedman, the driving force behind these four centuries was nationalism, religion, and how those two forces led to the race to and through industrialization.

Short Essay on George Orwell's Novel Animal Farm

In George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, he uses animals instead of humans to show the way in which power corrupts. The animals go from being ruled by humans, to overruling the humans and gaining power over the farm. “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” is shown through the pigs rise to power once, Old Major gives a speech about a dream he had. This dream was then followed and there was a change to absolute control and power.
For the animals, Mr Jones had the power over “Manor farm”. He was the one who looked after the animals and fed them “if he were gone, we would starve to death”. The Animals believed that man was bad, and that they should never to turn out to be like them. Old Major, who was a well-respected pig “he was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour’s sleep to listen to what he had to say” died, leaving the animals with the idea of rebellion from a dream he had. The animals immediately took control and decided what needed to be done.

Violent Actions Are Choices People Make - Using Examples from A Good Man is Hard to Find and Sweat

Violent Actions Are Choices People Make - Using Examples from A Good Man is Hard to Find and Sweat

In the two stories, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Sweat”, the main male character shows that it is easy to choose violence against women as a step towards keeping good feelings about himself. The final death – causing act, however, is very different in the two stories. In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, The Misfit shoots the grandma due to his fears that she would contact police and he would be sent back to prison. While in contrast, in “Sweat”, Sykes is the one who is attacked by the venomous rattlesnake in the house. Violent behavior and actions towards others is a choice that people have to make sometimes. Then, the person who makes a terrible choice, or makes a brutal mistake in their life, has to live with the consequences.

Review of Human Qualities from the Novel The Bright Red Star by Bud Sparkawk

Life events often inspire other ideas and arguments sometimes expressed through literature. Unable to control enormous occurrences, writers comment through various themes of work. Like the rest of the world on September 11, 2001, Bud Sparhawk struggled to come to terms with the infliction of merciless acts on other humans. Sparhawk translates his frustrating experiences with inhumanity onto paper, highlighting certain qualities of humans that together form the complexity of human condition. Using the theme of sacrifice, Sparhawk defines the features of human condition as both common and inevitable to human existence. “Bright Red Star” demonstrates the many faces of ignorance, bravery in all its forms, the decency of humans and their common need for connection.

Best Example of Loyalty to Justice from the Novel In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Best Example of Loyalty to Justice

Minerva Mirabel is the definition of being loyal to a cause. In the novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, Minerva Mirabel stays loyal to justice. Minerva’s pursuit of justice leads to her involved in the revolution. Aside from being politically active, another way to fight for justice is to do it by being involved in the legal system. Minerva aspires to become an attorney. Throughout the novel, Minerva experiences many situations where she takes action because justice is not present. Since Minerva is consistent on her stance of justice, the revolution eventually overthrows Trujillo.

Blood Lines by Rendell Ruth - Topic and Theme Discussion

Blood Lines by Rendell Ruth

Main Topics/Themes in the Story:

Looking for something to live for. We can definitely see that the main character's behavior is influenced and derived from the fact that she is in a search for meaning. She (Angela) is looking for the excitement, for reasons to get up in the morning and go to work.

Trust. The idea of trust is presented in the story when referring to Angela. She is considered to be trustworthy by her surroundings, but the narrator shows us that she is not as honest and trustworthy as everyone expected and considered her to be.

Morality. The issues regarding trust generate issues regarding morality. How do we handle this contradiction between the real Angela, and the Angela everyone believes in? How can she live with this dissonance? What makes us question Angela's morality?

Discussion of the topics:

I think that the two most important topics in this story are the issue of looking for meaning, and the ideas regarding trust. I believe that "trust" and "morality" have many aspects in common and are strongly related to one another, as I elaborated in part 1, and this is why I will refer to both as "trust issues".

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