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Anne Rice
Anne Rice
Anne Rice Anne Rice: A Fascinating Story Because of her fascination with the supernatural, her life in New Orleans, and her daughter?s death, Anne Rice exhibits powerful and dark emotions in her writings. Anne Rice?s family life was not always a happy one. Her family was one of the lower middle class, struggling to make it. Katherine, her mother, became stressed over keeping a household and took to drinking. (Ramsland, 41) Anne?s mom continued this habit throughout her life. I feel that this dri
Hamlets Insanity
Hamlets Insanity
Hamlet's Insanity The Darkness of Insanity Insanity is an ever growing black hole which envelopes the pitiful mind of the its victim. The mental condition of Hamlet has been well debated throughout the years even though in Shakespeare?s tragedy Hamlet does admit that his madness is an elaborate scheme. Many see this fact as a way to discredit the idea of Hamlet?s insanity but one should also take into consideration the amount of proven psychopaths who constantly admit to their sanity. Through hi
Buddhism
Buddhism
Buddhism Buddhism For over 2000 years Buddhism has existed as an organized religion. By religion we mean that it has a concept of the profane, the sacred, and approaches to the sacred. It has been established in India, China, Japan and other eastern cultures for almost 2000 years and has gained a strong foothold in North America and Europe in the past few centuries. However, one might ask; what fate would Buddhism face had Siddartha Guatama been born in modern times; or more specifically in mode
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Disney)
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Disney)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney) A gem that has several very visible flaws; yet, with these flaws, The Hunchback of Notre Dame shines as the best from the Disney factory yet. For, at first, the company name and movie title didn't quite appear to sit well together. You don't marry the king of novel Gothic gloom (Mr. Victor Hugo) with one of the world's most beloved (if not biggest) animation companies and expect the usual world population to be at the reception; but expect even Mr. Walt Dis
The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber
The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Ernest Hemingway was one of a group of artists in the inter-war period of the early twentieth century who was left mentally (and for Hemingway also physically) scarred by the total devastation he witnessed during and after the Great War. Gertrude Stein labeled Hemingway and his peers a Lost Generation, a famous phrase that only partially describes the detachment, confusion, instability, and distrust that these twenty- and thirty-somethings felt toward m
A Clean, Well-lighted Place
A Clean, Well-lighted Place
A Clean, Well-lighted Place Dark Against Light in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place The main character in A Clean, Well- Lighted Place, written by Ernest Hemingway, is the old man. The old man, who remains nameless throughout the short story, comes to the café for the light it provides him against the dark night. He stays late into the night, and sits In the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light. The old man is deaf and finds comfort in the difference he feels inside the quiet
No Exit And Its Existentialist Themes
No Exit And Its Existentialist Themes
No Exit and its Existentialist Themes I would like to take this opportunity to discuss Jean Paul Sartre's philosophy and it's integration into his play No Exit. Embedded within the character interactions are many Sartrean philosophical themes. Personal attributes serve to demonstrate some of the more dominant ideas in Sartre's writings. Each of the three characters in the play show identifiable characteristics of sexual perversion, bad faith, and interactions of consciousness. This play takes
The Brothers K
The Brothers K
The Brothers K The Brothers K by David James Duncan Theme Statements: 1. The Brothers K represents the concept of social interaction between people, whom have very different belief systems. 2. The novel, The Brothers K, enables the reader to understand a child?s idolization of a given sport, in this case, baseball. 3. The novel represents the world and its inhabitants on a miniscule level, by conveying the differences between the characters and how they act towards one another. Quotes: Quote 1:
The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock When our lives begin, we are innocent and life is beautiful, but as we grow older and time slowly and quickly passes we discover that not everything about life is quite so pleasing. Along with the joys and happiness we experience there is also pain, sadness and loneliness. Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock both tell us about older men who are experiencing these dreadful emotions. In Hemingway's short s
Return To Oneness
Return To Oneness
Return to Oneness Return to Oneness ????On the Theme of Doppelganger in Poe??s tales Doppelganger is a wraith or apparition of a living person, as distinguished from a ghost. The concept of the existence of a spirit double, an exact but usually invisible replica of every man, bird, or beast, is an ancient and widespread belief. Everyone who reads Poe can easily notice the use of the dual or fractured image in his tales. I will analyze a group of tales in which the motif of doppelganger is appare
Phyllis Wheatley
Phyllis Wheatley
Phyllis Wheatley Televangelists like Jimmy Swaggert and Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker promise the Christian faith to millions everyday. For the right price, anybody can have something- a.k.a. Christianity, God, and faith- in their lives. On these shows, there is no need to have believed in religion before, as long as there is a need for it now. Religious telecasts asking for money in exchange for faith attract nearly five million people each year. Fifty-five percent of these people are elderly woman;
No Exit
No Exit
No Exit I would like to take this opportunity to discuss Jean Paul Sartre's philosophy and it's integration into his play No Exit. Embedded within the character interactions are many Sartrean philosophical themes. Personal attributes serve to demonstrate some of the more dominant ideas in Sartre's writings. Each of the three characters in the play show identifiable characteristics of sexual perversion, bad faith, and interactions of consciousness. This play takes an interesting setting, that o
No Exit
No Exit
No Exit Sartre believed that one day man happened, or occurred, and after this anomalous event man?s life took meaning. With this theory, Sartre articulated the premise that existence precedes essence . Through this assumption, Sartre evolves further ideas in which a human can gain a greater understanding of human nature and responsibility. In his theory stating that existence precedes essence , Sartre takes the belief that life has a meaning that far transcends our short and insignificant lives
Main Street
Main Street
Main Street Main Street Sinclair Lewis was a queer boy, always an outsider, lonely. Once he had become famous, he began to promulgate an official view of his youth that represents perhaps an adult wish for a inoffensive life that never was. He was Sinclair Lewis (Hutchisson 8). In the years from 1914 to 1951 Sinclair Lewis, a flamboyant, driven, self-devouring genius from Sauk Centre, Minnesota, aspired in twenty two novels to make all America his province. (Hutchisson 9). Although his star has
Pigeon Feather
Pigeon Feather
Pigeon Feather John Updike tells good stories in his new collection, Pigeon Feathers. What's more -- or, rather, what helps to make them good -- is his conspicuous devotion to the perilous marksmanship of words. All readers are bound to be grateful to him for that. He is no Pater and he is no Joyce. Clichés and banalities he knows, have their valued uses in making a story flow. They provide comfortable, reassuring cadences -- and he employs them when he does not want to interrupt our concentra
A Clean, Well Lighted Place - In Despair About Nothing
A Clean, Well Lighted Place - In Despair About Nothing
A Clean, Well Lighted Place - In Despair About Nothing In Despair about Nothing Man is often plagued by the question of his own existence. Existentialism is a subjective philosophy that is centered upon the examination of man?s existence, emphasizing the liberation, responsibility, and usually the solitude of the individual. It focuses on individuals finding a reason for living within themselves. The philosophy forces man to make choices for himself, on the premise that nothing is preordained, t
A Refusal To Mourn The Death
A Refusal To Mourn The Death
A Refusal To Mourn The Death Death. Even the mere suggestion of the word is able to conjure up visions of dark, grisly impressions and cold, somber moods. The subject of death is neither an appropriate nor amusing subject of conversation among people because of the ill feelings of tragedy and mourning so often associated with it. Through his poetry, Thomas attempts to reverse the common opinions of society on death by using diction and comparisons that offer a new and contented perspective of de
Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy Among the various tools Dante Alighieri employs in the Commedia, his grand imaginative interpretation of life after death, scenes involving figures and beasts from classical mythology provide the reader with allegories and exempla effectively linking universal human themes with Christian thought and ideology. Among these, the figure of the Siren, found in Canto 19 of the Purgatorio, exists as a particularly sinister and moribund image. Visiting Dante in a dream upon the heights of
The Snows Of Kilimanjaro
The Snows Of Kilimanjaro
The Snows of Kilimanjaro The Snows of Kilimanjaro ?The Marvelous thing is that it?s painless,? he said. ?That?s how you know when it starts? (Hemingway 3). A dying man in the middle of the African Safari, is the concept of Ernest Hemingway?s, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Hemingway, in this story more than any other of his works, used himself and his life experiences to create a great piece of literature. After reading some Hemingway?s works it becomes apparent that he is writing about himself in ma
Good Peoples Country
Good Peoples Country
Good Peoples Country Choose three or four characters from Cat?s Cradle and Good Country People and discuss them in terms of existentialism and nihilism? In both Cat?s Cradle by Kurt Vonegut and Good Country People by Flannery O?Connor the authors show how a character is corrupted and changed from an existentialist to a nihilist. The existentialist ends up losing their faith in life, and is left believing in nothing. They then turn to being nihilist after having the only thing they believed destr
Socrates
Socrates
Socrates THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOCRATES Philosophy was both serious and dangerous, Socrates chose to ignore both. Ignoring the first made him one of the most engaging of all philosophers, ignoring the second was to cost him his life. He was born in a middle class home in Athens, in 470 BCE. His parents were Phaenarete and Sophroniscus. His mother had a reputation for her patient and intuitive skill in delivering babies in and around the neighborhood. The latter, his father was a craftsman, stone
John Keats
John Keats
John Keats English Literature Biographical Speech Keats, John (1795-1821) English poet, one of the most gifted and appealing of the 19th century and a seminal figure of the romantic movement. Keats was born in London, October 31, 1795,and was the eldest of four children. His father was a livery-stable owner, however he was killed in a riding accident when Keats was only nine and his mother died six years later of tuberculosis. Keats was educated at the Clarke School, in Enfield, and at the age o
Jean Sartre
Jean Sartre
Jean Sartre JEAN-PAUL SARTRE Jean-Paul Sartre is a French philosopher, novelist, play-write, and journalist. He is mostly recognized for his leadership in French Existentialism. After questioning his own ideas he gave up his own ideas, and started to support Marxism. Existentialism was the ideology that he is mostly known and supported for. Jean Paul was born on June 21, 1905 and was schooled at Evole Normale Superieure in Paris, University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and the French Institute in
Two Poems. Two Ideas. One Author
Two Poems. Two Ideas. One Author
Two Poems. Two Ideas. One Author Two of Emily Dickinson's poems, Because I Could Not Stop For Death and I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died, are both about one of life's few certainties: death. However, that is where the similarities end. Although both poems were created less than a year apart by the same poet, their ideas about what lies after death differ. In one, there appears to be life after death, but in the other there is nothing. Only a number of clues in each piece help us determine whi
The Tragedy Of Macbeth
The Tragedy Of Macbeth
The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth is plagued with the images that coincide with its many themes. Although there is really no central theme and all seem to intermingle, it would be extremely difficult to research the play in its entirety. Therefore, I've chosen to focus my study towards the recurring image of blood and how it's presence affected both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the eventual outcome of the play. The blood images in the play had different effects on the two. But perha
The Treaty Of Versailles - Source Based Questions
The Treaty Of Versailles - Source Based Questions
The Treaty of Versailles - Source Based Questions P.Shyam Sundar 11G a) Many historians have viewed the Treaty of Versailles in varied contexts. Some historians support the German claim that the treaty was extremely harsh towards them while others seem to acknowledge the fact that the Treaty was anything but damaging to the Germans, as the Second World War seems to prove. But the most important aspect to focus on in the answering of this question is the concept of nationalism. Source C is a quot
Mister
Mister
There are some ways for us to identify the type of a poem, but the meaning and thoughts are endless for a reader as well as for a writer. She seems to compare death to various unpleasant abstract and concrete objects, such as splinter, cape brushes, eternal nothingness, etc. The writer misses her child and feels that she didntmt do enough or didntmt love enough and that the death came too soon. Two poems are very different from each other in structure and almost every aspect, yet they have sev
Freedom is Boring - An analysis of Svidrigailov in Crime & Punishment
Freedom is Boring - An analysis of Svidrigailov in Crime & Punishment
Patrick Henry once famously cried, ?Give me liberty, or give me death!? But, in his novel, Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky serves up both on a platter to minor character Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov in order to communicate his theme that freedom is empty or of little value if not governed by a guiding principle. Svidrigailov has plenty of freedom, but no such guiding principle. For most of the novel, Svidrigailov lives outside of all moral and societal boundaries. He commits terrible cr