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Silence Of The Lambs
Silence Of The Lambs
Silence of the lambs THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS The novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris is said to fall under the genre of psychological horror. The stories that fall under the genre of horror include a few essential elements: a villain or one seen as evil to create an initial story line. The foil is the next element; a foil is a person who tries to stop the villain from going through with the evil plan or plot. These two elements naturally lead to conflict between the two persons or g
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
Siddhartha AP/Honors Book note for Siddhartha Authorial Background *Herman Hesse was born in the Black Forest town of Calw, Germany in 1877. *Herman was the son and grandson of Protestant missionaries who had served in India. *He was expected to follow in their footsteps by preparing for the ministry. *He tried, but experienced a religious crisis, fled the seminary and attempted suicide. *Hesse's first major novels displayed some major themes that were to absorb him throughout his career -1st Th
Shampoo Planets - Book Report
Shampoo Planets - Book Report
Shampoo Planets - book Report Shampoo Planets - book Report The book I chose is Shampoo Planet, writen by Douglas Coupland. I chose to read this particular book because it was written by an author of my generation; generation X. Most books that were on the list were book written by people that were either dead or very old. They wrote about topics or themes that I could not personally relate to, so I chose Douglas Coupland because I wanted to support a young author like himself, and because I wan
Tales Of The New Babylon
Tales Of The New Babylon
Tales of the New Babylon Zola?s La Débâcle, first planned in 1868, was the penultimate chapter in Les Rougon-Macquart. Warfare was something Zola had always meant to give full play in Les Rougon-Macquart, and his 1868 scheme had provided for a novel that will have the military world as its framework?; an episode in [Napoleon III?s] Italian campaign. But after the calamitous Franco-Prussian War, this installment acquired special significance. What had originally been envisaged as one tale among o
Rocking The Boat
Rocking The Boat
Rocking the Boat Throughout history individuals have been plagued with decisions in which they must choose to act in their best interest or act as a martyr, dedicating their lives to the best interests of others. While these choices may seem irrational, selfish, and poorly contemplated from the outside, on the inside there are simply no other options. Paradoxically, the protagonists in both Kate Chopin?s The Awakening and Charles Frazier?s Cold Mountain sacrifice what is precious to them to pres
Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, led a rather dramatic life, just like the character described in his novel. He had played various roles throughout his life. He used to be a successful merchant, though went out of business later. He published The True-Born Englishman, which was awarded by William III, and he also the author of The Short Way With The Dissentions, because of which he was sent to the court since the article ridicule the policy the government had taken toward
The Scarlet Letter - Symbolic Characters
The Scarlet Letter - Symbolic Characters
The Scarlet Letter - Symbolic characters Symbolic characters are very important in most powerful novels. One classic that uses characters as symbols is The Scarlet Letter. This novel is about a woman in Puritan society, Hester, who commits adultery with her minister, Arthur Dimmesdale. She has a daughter, Pearl, and is forced to wear a scarlet letter the rest of her life. Arthur hides his sin and becomes extremely troubled. Hester?s husband, Roger, takes it upon himself to judge and punish Arthu
The Martion Chronicles
The Martion Chronicles
The Martion Chronicles The Theme of Metamorphosis in the Novels of Ray Bradbury In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles he uses the theme of metamorphosis to show how his characters survive reality. Through the characters in these novels he is able to show their survival through personal metamorphosis. Critic Willis E. McNelly states The central tensions that permeate all of Bradbury's works are those of stasis, entropy, and change. Change will come, he seems to say?(173).
A Farewell To Arms - Religion
A Farewell To Arms - Religion
A Farewell to Arms - Religion Humanities: Representing War in the 20th Century Religion in A Farewell to Arms For hundreds of years, writers have used religion as a principle issue and point of discussion in their novels. Hawthorne expressed his views in The Scarlet Letter, Garcia Marquez did the same in One Hundred Years of Solitude and in other writings, and even Ernest Hemingway used his writing to develop his own ideas concerning the church. This is fully evident in his novel A Farewell to
Pride And Prejudice - Marriage
Pride And Prejudice - Marriage
Pride And Prejudice - Marriage ?Pride and Prejudice? is not only a love story of marriage among the rural gentry in England at the start of the 19th century Jane Austen was born in 1775 in Hampshire. Her father was a vicar and she had six brothers and a sister. At the age of sixteen she started writing humorous novels. In 1813 she published ?Pride and Prejudice?. She never got married and she died in 1817 at the age of forty-two. Jane Austen thought that the situation that should be written abou
Pride And Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austin Jane Austin was born in 1775 in Stevenson, Hampshire. Her family wasn?t rich but managed to give her a decent education. At fourteen she began to write little plays for home theatricals. She also wrote nonsense story?s to entertain her family. After her father?s retirement they moved to the town of Bath. She was writing First Impression, now called Pride and Prejudice but couldn?t get it published till 1813. Jane led a quiet life and never mar
Pride And Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, set in Nineteenth century England, is a novel about marriage. Austen's feminine writing and weaved storyline creates a novel which can be interesting to read and which women especially enjoy. The novel has a strong theme of marriage as a mother (Mrs. Bennet) desperately trying to marry her daughters off. She didn't care about the quality of the men her daughters were marrying, but was satisfied just as long as they found
The Hobbit - Book Review
The Hobbit - Book Review
The Hobbit - Book Review The main character of the book is Mr. Bilbo Baggins. He is the Hobbit who led the Dwarves to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their treasure from the dragon named Smaug. Bilbo is middle aged and resides in a clean, warm burrow dug into the side of a hill. In the beginning of the story Bilbo is a very weak character. He is easily frightened, and very shy. One of his strengths though, is that he is of the mythical race called Hobbits. Hobbits are known for their skills in th
One Hundred Years Of Solitude
One Hundred Years Of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude One of the stated aims of Márquez, as he said it, was to tell a story just like my grandmother would have done it . With the result in hand the conclusion must be that he has done it quite well. Márquez has managed to capture the vivid language of story telling as well as having the story moving both forward and sideways. Togheter with the extensive use of magic realism and the life of mankind portrayed in the village I?m quite sure that it will take me many year
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest The system is something that people are always out to change. You see people trying to change it all the time, but few are actually successful at changing the system. The system can be a variety of things. In some cases it is the government, it can be the a boss or basically anything or anyone that has some type of control or authority. For some people fighting the system is their livelihood, their mission in life. They try to change the system because of the co
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist With all of the symbolism and moral issues represented in Oliver Twist, all seem to come from real events from the life of its author, Charles Dickens. The novels protagonist, Oliver, is a good person at heart surrounded by the filth of the London streets. Filth that Dickens himself was forced to deal with in his everyday life. But through morals and mere chance Oliver becomes a living symbol. It?s probable that the reason Oliver Twist contains so much fear and agony is because it?s
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist OLIVER TWIST BOOK SUMMARY Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. New York: Longman Edition, 1981, pp. 353 This book is a fiction novel set in the 19th century. I found the main theme of he book to be about the social problems at that time in England. The main character in the book is Oliver Twist. He is a young orphan boy. The book tells his life story and his struggle to find his family and a good home. The other important characters in the book are Fagin, Bet Dawkins (Dodger), Mr. Brownl
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice And Men
Of Mice and Men In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men George and Lennie struggle to achieve their ultimate dream. They want to save up and have a farm of their own. Lennie is as little retarded and George is just a typical guy and they use their friendship to stay together. While spending time on the farm, Lennie starts to talk to Curley's wife. They both want to be with someone so they aren't lonesome. In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck uses George and Lennie's relationship to confirm the ce
The Pearl
The Pearl
The Pearl The Pearl Title: The title John Steinbeck gave to his novel, The Pearl, is significant to the meaning of the work. When you think of a pearl or any other kind of precious stone you think of the wealth and prosperity it could bring and the happiness that would follow. The title in itself is ironic because considering that a pearl is of great wealth, you would assume that it would also give great happiness. But, in this story that is not the case. Kino and his wife, Juana, was a poverty-
Native Son
Native Son
Native Son Native Son by Richard Wright is a novel written about a black boy trying to grow up in a white man's world. Bigger, the main charter, is growing up in a typical black neighborhood. He is the only man of the house so he must help his mother support them. In this novel it is important to understand that Bigger is prone to violence. In every tough situation he gets stuck in he refers to a violent action. This can be seen by the way he treats his friends and family. Richard Nathaniel Wrig
Our Lady Of The Snows
Our Lady Of The Snows
Our Lady of the Snows An Essay ON Morley Callaghan's Our Lady Of The Snows The author 'Morley Callaghan' has written many stories and award winning novels through out his long career. Some pertain to true stories in which he has encountered through out his life. Others are straight fiction but involve a truth that deal with real-life situations and themes.(Canadian Encyclopedia: edi,1) In the novel Our Lady Of The Snows, a real-life situation has taken effect where a young woman is driven to
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
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert?s Madame Bovary tells the story of a woman?s quest to make her life into a novel. Emma Bovary attempts again and again to escape the ordinariness of her life by reading novels, daydreaming, moving from town to town, having affairs, and buying luxurious items. One of the most penetrating debates in this novel is whether Flaubert takes on a romantic and realistic view. Is he a realist, naturalist, traditionalist, a romantic, or neither of these in this novel? Accordi
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary takes place in Tostes and Yonville in the middle of the nineteenth century and examines the Petite Bourgeois society of southern, rural France. Emma, the protagonist, marries Dr. Charles Bovary and settles in Tostes. At first, she is excited and pleased with her marriage, but because of her superficial romantic ideals, she soon becomes bored and disillusioned by her new life, and, as a result, becomes ill. Dr. Bovary decided to move to Yonville in h
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary Reading provides an escape for people from the ordinariness of everyday life. Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, dissatisfied with their lives pursued their dreams of ecstasy and love through reading. At the beginning of both novels Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary made active decisions about their future although these decisions were not always rational. As their lives started to disintegrate Emma and Anna sought to live out their dreams and fantasies through reading. Reading served as
Lord Of The Flies - Civilized Vs. Savage
Lord Of The Flies - Civilized Vs. Savage
Lord Of The Flies - Civilized vs. Savage The novel Lord Of The Flies bases itself on civilized and savage behaviour. Civilized behaviour means to be aware of your surroundings and to care for them and to sacrifice certain pleasures to attain them, and to help others. When hearing the word 'savage' one thinks of cavemen squatting and gnawing at raw meat right off of the bone. In a way that stereotype was satisfied in this novel. Savage behaviour might be best described as the act of living like
Little Women
Little Women
Little Women Lost Horizon is the story of four people who, while being evacuated from a war-torn city in Asia, were kidnaped and taken to a mystical and mysterious valley in the Tibetan mountains named Shangri-La. Shangri-La was a uncommonly strange place. It was isolated, it wasn't on any map and no one had heard of it before. Shangri-La was also unusually peaceful. Everyone was polite and moderate in everything they did so that there were no disputes amongst the inhabitants and thus, no need f
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
Into The Wild
Into The Wild
Into The Wild Sometimes a character may be pushed over the edge by our materialistic society to discover his/her true roots, which can only be found by going back to nature where monetary status was not important. Chris McCandless leaves all his possessions and begins a trek across the Western United States, which eventually brings him to the place of his demise-Alaska. Jon Krakauer makes you feel like you are with Chris on his journey and uses exerts from various authors such as Thoreau, London
1984 - An Examination Of Totalitarian Rule In Oceania
1984 - An Examination Of Totalitarian Rule In Oceania
1984 - An examination of totalitarian rule in Oceania Having studied George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', I intend to discuss the type of Government envisaged by Orwell and to what extent his totalitarian Party, 'Ingsoc', satirises past regimes. I will also discuss Orwell's motive in writing such a piece and how his writing style helps it become clear. The main theme of Nineteen Eighty-Four concerns the restrictions imposed on individual freedom by a totalitarian regime. Orwell shows how such
1984 - A Grim Prediction Of The Future
1984 - A Grim Prediction Of The Future
1984 - A Grim Prediction of the Future Nineteen Eighty-Four was written between the years of 1945 and 1948. Orwell got the title from switching the last two numbers of the publication date. In Orwell's criticism of a perfect society, his book became known as one of the greatest anti-utopian novels of all time. The book's message is so powerful that some say it went so far as to prevent the sinister future from realizing itself. Althought the book starts out as the story of a neurotic, paranoid m
The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man I Am A Man Throughout the novel The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks, John Merrick's quest becomes evident. This quest is not only for John to attain the friendship of others, yet furthermore, for him to find a place in society where his horrid appearance will not cause people to gawk at him mercilessly. John wants to be normal and have others perceive him as the man that he is. Behind John's mask of ugliness, there is a virtuous, tender gentleman whom only a few people take t
Heart Of Darkness
Heart Of Darkness
Heart Of Darkness Heart of Darkness By: Joseph Conrad The novel Heart of Darkness, was written by a man named Joseph Conrad in 1894. Conrad was born December 3, 1857 into a family of polish decent in the northern Ukraine. The backgrounds of his family members consisted of a father that was an avid translator of Shakespeare as well as poet, along with a mother, that while was prone to illness still was well read and very intelligent. When Conrad was five, his father was exiled into a prison camp
Guilt, Duty, And Unrequited Love
Guilt, Duty, And Unrequited Love
Guilt, Duty, and Unrequited Love Guilt, Duty, and Unrequited Love: Deconstructing the Love Triangles in James Joyce?s The Dead and Thomas Hardy?s Jude the Obscure It?s no problem of mine but it?s a problem I fight, living a life that I can?t leave behind. But there?s no sense in telling me, the wisdom of the cruel words that you speak. But that?s the way that it goes and nobody knows, while everyday my confusion grows. --New Order, Bizarre Love Triangle, from Substance, 1987 Most people who have
Great Expectations
Great Expectations
Great Expectations Great Expectations Oliver Twist During his lifetime, Charles Dickens is known to have written several books. Although each book is different, they also share many similarities. Two of his books, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, are representatives of the many kinds of differences and similarities found within his work. Perhaps the reason why these two novels share some of the same qualities is because they both reflect painful experiences which occurred in Dickens' past. D
Great Expectations - The Book Verses The Movie
Great Expectations - The Book Verses The Movie
Great Expectations - The Book Verses the Movie Great Expectations: The Book Verses the Movie Charles Dickens wrote many famous works, including Great Expectations. Recently, a movie loosely based upon this book was directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starred Gweynth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. Great Expectations is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the surprising interactions of these vivid c
Grapes Of Wrath - Theme Of Journey
Grapes Of Wrath - Theme Of Journey
Grapes of Wrath - Theme of Journey The Journey Theme in The Grapes of Wrath As a major literary figure since the 1930s, Steinbeck displays in his writing a characteristic respect for the poor and oppressed. In many of his novels, his characters show signs of a quiet dignity and courage for which Steinbeck has a great admiration. For instance, in The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck describes the unrelenting struggle of the people who depend on the soil for their livelihood. One element helping give th
A Separate Peace - The War
A Separate Peace - The War
A Separate Peace - The War A Separate Peace and A Real War In his book A Separate Peace John Knowles communicates what war really is. He uses a number of complex characters in a very complicated plot in order to convey the harsh, sad, cruel, destructive forces of war. The Characters Gene and Finny are used as opposing forces in a struggle between that cold reality of war-that is World War II in this story-and a separate peace. A peace away from the real war and all of the terrible things that co
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man Existentialism is a concept that is often explored in works of literature as a way of displaying a character?s interaction with society. Existentialism is defined as: an introspective humanism or theory of man that holds that human existence is not exhaustively describable or understandable in either scientific or idealistic terms and relies upon a phenomeno-logical approach that emphasizes the analysis of critical borderline situations in a man?s life and especially of such i
Ethan Frome - Contrast Between Film And Novel
Ethan Frome - Contrast Between Film And Novel
Ethan Frome - Contrast between film and novel Many novels are being made into films nowadays, resulting in media exposure and perhaps an increased amount of readers for the novel. However, the film seldom shows the true essence of the book, and can result in a misleading view of the novel. In the case of Ethan Frome , the movie has sought to capture the haunting tragedy as it was portrayed in the novel by its author, Edith Wharton. The movie starts with the introduction of the equivalent of the
Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome In novels, such as Edith Wharton?s Ethan Frome, imagery and theme play a large role in developing the novel and bringing it to the status of a ?Classic.? An author?s use of imagery gives the reader an idea of the novel?s characters and setting. It helps to advance the reader?s understanding of the novel and its theme. The theme of a novel is also an important aspect that one must consider in order to have a clear understanding of the purpose, or central idea of the novel. Edith Whart
Brave New World - Compared To Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World - Compared To Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World - Compared to Fahrenheit 451 Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 are two books, both of which are supposed to be set in the future, which have numerous theme similarities throughout them. Of all their common factors, the ones that stand out most would have to be first, the outlawed reading of books; second, the preservation of health and youth at almost any cost and the keeping of people happy and stress-free; and third, the theme of the protagonist as being a loner or an outcast
Conjure Woman
Conjure Woman
Conjure Woman Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Philip K. Dick, the author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, was born in 1928 in Chicago, but he lived most of his life in California. During 1952-1982, Philip wrote 36 novels and 5 short story collections. Philip K. Dick died in 1982 in Santa Monica, California. Philip had a rocky emotional life. He was involved in many bad marriages and was addicted to drugs. He would go through times of great creativity, then fall into times when he woul
Humble Morality
Humble Morality
Humble Morality Are you seriously considering the possibility of a man's being turned into a tree, questions John of his wife in Charles Chesnutt's novel The Conjure Woman. His attention to the supernatural in the stories told by Uncle Julius lead him to miss the significance of the themes behind the stories. Rather than understanding, the humanity of the slave and his need for love he simply focuses on the fact that he Sandy becomes a tree. This is just one example of John's misunderstanding
David Copperfield
David Copperfield
David Copperfield David Copperfield David Copperfield is a novel of Passionate jealousy sniveling hypocrisy cold hearted fraud, sexual degradation, selfish exploitation and much more; but the final impression is one of joy tempered and mellowed wisdom Discuss. David Copperfield is probably one of the most successful novels of all time. I believe it has inspired many readers to a full life with great success. The novel itself is so real that it has even been said to be 'more real than life' I a
Winter Moon
Winter Moon
Winter Moon Critique of Winter Moon In Winter Moon by Dean Koontz a cloudy Los Angeles, California day is shattered when a hot Hollywood director turns a city street into a fiery abyss. A heroic police officer, Jack McGarvey, is badly wounded in the inferno and will not be able to walk for months. Little does Jack know that a series of events will lead him and his family to a ranch in Montana. On that isolated ranch they discover their destiny in a horrific encounter with a ruthless and puzzling
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet Cloudstreet, by Tim Winton A texts setting and structure will normally be used by writers to develop and convey its themes. The novel Cloudstreet, by Western Australian born novelist Tim Winton is essentially a story revolving around how two rural families have come to live together at number one Cloudstreet. This novel?s themes are about finding one?s place in the world and the search for the meaning of life. As in this instance, Winton has successfully used setting and structure, c
Bread Givers
Bread Givers
Bread Givers Clashing of Wills Conflict between generations is a common them to many novels. In the novel Bread Givers , by Anzia Yezierksa, the clashing of wills of two generations is one major theme. We see clashes through culture, generations, community, religion,generations, and many others. The most prominent clash of wills is that of the protagonist Sara with her father Moisha or Reb Smolinsky. Some may say that these two characters clash because of their differences. Others might say that
Double
Double
Double Clarissa Dalloway's 'Double' Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is a day-in-the-life story that folds back and forth in time, examining one woman's life decisions and one man's postwar nightmare. The woman is Clarissa Dalloway, a perfect hostess in her early fifties, confronts the decisions she made thirty years ago. The man, intended by the author to be Clarissa's double, is the shell-shocked war veteran Septimus Warren Smith who suffers delayed flashbacks over the wartime death of a
Watership Down
Watership Down
Watership Down In light of the description of anthropomorphism, I think it is only fitting to use the novels Charlotte?s Web and Watership Down to demonstrate them. While both of these novels show animals behaving in different manners, they are both uncharacteristic of normal animal behaviour. Charlotte?s Web shows animals behaviour as primarily human while Watership Down demonstrates animals behaving mostly as animals. This said, we see that both these novels show their characters with human tr