Identity Crisis (Joy Luck Club) Identity Crisis Every person comes to a point in their life when they begin to search for themselves and their identity. Usually it is a long process and takes a long time with many wrong turns along the way. Family, teachers, and friends all help to develop a person into an individual and adult. Parents play the largest role in evolving a person. Amy Tan, author of the Joy Luck Club, uses this theme in her book. Four mothers have migrated to America from China be
Ideologies Ideologies Schools and Churches are institutions in society where priests and teachers act as spokespersons to spread a certain set of attitudes, beliefs and values. Similarly, Hollywood is also a very powerful modern day institution, where a star\'s image can reappropriate, shape and circulate societal myths and ideologies. The construction of a star\'s image as a commodity of their societal myths and ideologies, has the extraordinary power to exert messages so that even the smallest
Iliad An Examination of Similes in the Iliad - and how homers use of them affected the story In the Iliad, Homer finds a great tool in the simile. Just by opening the book in a random place the reader is undoubtedly faced with one, or within a few pages. Homer seems to use everyday activities, at least for the audience, his fellow Greeks, in these similes nearly exclusively. When one is confronted with a situation that is familiar, one is more likely to put aside contemplating the topic and simp
Imagery In Jane Eyre Jane Eyre tells the story of a woman progressing on the path towards acceptance. Throughout her journey, Jane comes across many obstacles. Male dominance proves to be the biggest obstacle at each stop of Jane\'s journey: Gateshead Hall, Lowood Institution, Thornfield Manor, Moor House, and Ferndean Manor. Through the progression of the story, Jane slowly learns how to understand and control her repression. I will be analyzing Janes stops at Thornfield Manor and Moor House fo
In living Color In Living Color Everything people eat, wear, or use is pushed at the public through commercial advertising. Whether it is the fertilizer that the farmer chooses to put on the vegetables he grows, the clothing that is chosen at the department store, or the pen to write a report, it has been advertised. Advertising occurs even in the packaging of a product. From the colors the manufacturer chooses to use on the wrapping, to the multi-million dollar expense of television, everyone i
In "A New England Nun" In A New England Nun , Mary E. Wilkins Freeman depicts the life of the classic New England spinster. The image of a spinster is of an old maid; a woman never married waiting for a man. The woman waiting to be married is restricted in her life. She does chores and receives education to make her more desirable as a wife. This leads to the allegories used in this short story. The protagonist life paralleled both of her pets\' lives, her dog Caesar\'s and that of her little ye
Interpreting Edith Wharton\'s \'Roman Fever\' 18 September 1996 Interpreting Edith Wharton\'s "Roman Fever" Definitive criteria for judging the success or failure of a work of fiction are not easily agreed upon; individuals almost necessarily introduce bias into any such attempt. Only those who affect an exorbitantly refined artistic taste, however, would deny the importance of poignancy in literary pieces. To be sure, writings of dubious and fleeting merit frequently enchant the public, but the
Isn\'t it Ironic Isn=t it Ironic? Although I am generally content with my meager day-to-day existence, there are a few days when I feel that I might as well have not been born. These are the days when I feel like asking the world" "Why is this happening to me?" These are the same days Alanis Morissette denounces in her aptly named song "Ironic" However, despite the verbal lyrics, there is an overall message that is quite the opposite. Alanis is quite good at setting the mood of her chart-rocking
Jane Eyre In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte portrays one woman\'s desperate struggle to attain her identity in the mist of temptation, isolation, and impossible odds. Although she processes a strong soul she must fight not only the forces of passion and reason within herself ,but other\'s wills constantly imposed on her. In its first publication, it outraged many for its realistic portrayal of life during that time. Ultimately, the controversy of Bronte\'s novel lied in its realism, challenging the
Jane Eyre, The Feminist Tract Jane Eyre, The Feminist Tract" In 1837 critic Robert Southey wrote to Charlotte Bronte, "Literature cannot be the business of a woman\'s life, and it ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishment and a recreation," (Gaskell 102). This opinion was not held by only one person, but by many. Indeed, it is this attitude, one that debases women and their abilities, to which Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre Nate Bills English Jane Eyre You can\'t judge a book by it\'s cover. In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, we meet Jane Eyre, who finds her true love to be someone she is not attracted to. Jane is attracted to people who contain the same intellectual capacity as her, and has no regard for those who have only beauty and money to give. After attending an all girls seminary until she reached the age of eighteen, Jane advertises for a job as a governess, and receives one at an estate named Tho
John Keats John Keat’s poems, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, and On Seeing the Elgin Marbles for the First Time, express an irresistible, poetical imagination. They convey a sense of atmosphere to the reader. In comparison they exemplify his intense love of beauty. The connection between these two poems is not so much in subject, but the feeling of awe. Both these poems show more emotion and amazement in the experience of discovering something new. Keats looked with eyes of wonder at new
King Oedipus King Oedipus by Sophocles Blindness is the downfall of the hero Oedipus in the play “King Oedipus” by Sophocles. Not only does the blindness appear physically, but also egotistically as he refuses to acknowledge the possibility of him actually being the murderer of Laius, the former King of Thebes. Coincidentally, he is also Oedipus’s biological father. The use of light and dark in the play is strategically applied in order to better understand the emotion that lies within the chara
Kurt Vonnegut\'s Portrayal of Society in Breakfast of Champion Outline Thesis: In Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut portrays a prepackaged, robotic society, and an American culture plagued with despair, greed, and apathy. I. Introduction II. Social problems A. Racism B. Commercialism and materialism C. Violence D. Lack of culture E. Greed III. Destruction of America A. Pollution B. Destruction for wealth IV. Conclusion Vonnegut\'s portrayal of society in Breakfast of Champions "The country V
Lesbian Poetry Lesbian Poetry Since the beginning of time writers have expressed their deepest thoughts and desires through poetry. In poetry, writers have found that they can express a thought, a memory, a person, a landscape, etc. More often authors write about love, both physical and mental. Found in this genre of love is intimate imagery, suggestive language, and exotic fanticies. Most published love poems express love relationships between men and women but what most anthologies and collect
Lines 96-113 (poem) In Doctor Faustus The truth that ambition and desire for material objects does not always satisfy the soul is a major theme depicted in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. The poem on page 93, lines 96-113 is the essence of this theme. It describes Faustus meeting, what he believes, is the icon of perfection. This perfection is a mere human women, yet, to Faustus, she is worth his life. Marlowe’s use of syntax and diction, allusions and references, and other literary device
Literature - A Mirror Of Society The literature of a country is affected and influenced by how the people of that country live. This paper will prove that The French Revolution greatly influenced 19th Century French Romanticism. First, the cultural values of the revolution will be identified. Then, the different aspects of Romanticism will be presented. The cultural values of The French Revolution and Romanticism will then be linked. Finally, literary examples will be shown to support this conne
TURMOIL AND ORDER A Brief Analysis of the Natural Imagery in Shelley’s Political Poetry 0348937, M.A. student Lit. 3B, essay 1 16 November 2003-11-3 The passion for nature and being close to nature seem to be the common features of all Romanticist poets, with William Wordsworth as the most outstanding representative. Unexceptionally, Percy Bysshe Shelley was also fond of using natural imagery to express his understanding and attitude towards life and society. However, Shelley’s description of na
Issac Asimov Isaac Asimov is widely known for his award-winning science fiction novels that explore the bond between machines, humans, the future, and the present. This novel is part of a continuing saga of books based on the lives of extraordinary individual machines. In this story, the author has combined the use of literary techniques to make for an intriguing and exciting story. One example of this is symbolism, which is the representation of things by symbols or symbolic meanings. The first
Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie: The Glass Prison Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is a play told from the haunted perspective of a man about his sister, but the comment made is uniquely feminine. The emotional prison that Tom blames his sister for his entrapment is much less powerful than the web that entangles Laura. Laura is forced into a world, not only by society, but by her own mother’s perception of it, that calibrates the worth of women based on their beauty, their charm, and
Tess Durbeyfield Tess Durbeyfield is a victim of external and uncomprehended forces. Passive and yielding, unsuspicious and fundamentally pure, she suffers a weakness of will and reason, struggling against a fate that is too strong for her. Tess is the easiest victim of circumstance, society and male idealism, who fights the hardest fight yet is destroyed by her ravaging self-destructive sense of guilt, life denial and the cruelty of two men. It is primarily the death of the horse, Prince, the D
The Aeneid The Aeneid, by Virgil Honors-H211 3/29/04 The Aeneid, by Virgil, is an epic that attempts to define and illustrate the founding of the Roman Empire. As the story progresses, Virgil uses two strong human emotions: pietas, and impious furor. Pietas is duty towards the Gods, country, and family. Impious furor, in contrast, is the feeling of fury and passion. These two emotions are consistently at odds with each other within ones’ self. Some characters within the epic, just as in life, ar
The Birthmark 4th Hr. English December 13, 2004 Hawthorne’s clear-sighted rendering of what was due to both matter and spirit emerges in “The Birthmark,” at the end of which Melville wrote, “the moral here is wonderfully fine.” The moral of Nathaniel Hawthorn’s story “The Birthmark” is not to meddle with God and his creation, and that every person needs to realize everything as is for a reason. The story shows that we are born the way God wants us to be, and we actually ought to accept people as
The Entrapment of an Irresponsible Father ENC 1102 2:00 PM class I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography of Maya Angelou’s childhood. It is the story of one girl’s fight for survival in a cruel world. Her growing process was made more difficult because she is a near orphan, shuttled between people and places. All her life she searches for love and belonging. This love and sense of belonging mainly comes from a child’s parents while he or she is young and developing into adults. There
The Romantic Age 1798-1832 - during 1770s, American colonies revolted against British rule - American Revolution divided British public opinion and aroused some awareness of the need for reform - French Revolution demonstrated that is was possible for a long-standing gov’t to be challenged by it’s own soil - French Revolution began on July 14, 1789; group of French citizens stormed the Bastille - Placed limits on the powers of King Louis XVI, established a new gov’t approved a Declaration of the
W.B.Yeats:’The Tower’ – Analysis Yeats seminar paper There have been numerous critical approaches to Yeats’s poetry, influenced by his political, aesthetical, and personal views. Scholars have thoroughly examined the context and philosophy of his work, and often left the text, the body of poetry untouched (Cullingford pp 9). Nevertheless, a reader faced with a task of analysis, feels the urge of finding out about Yeats’s particular images and symbols, in order to be able to grasp the intention a
The effect of dramatic irony: Tension, humour, premonition, sorrow Dramatic irony could be secrets and makes the audience feel really involved with the deception, misunderstanding, suspense and comedy of Romeo and Juliet. Act 1, Scene 1 When Benvolio urges Romeo to go to the feast to look at other woman to forget her, he argues that that could not happen and this is ironic because we know that he will meet Juliet at the feast; “One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun ne’er saw her match sinc
The Perfect Vacation January 30th 2004 The best place to spend a vacation is in the Bahamas. The most important reason for choosing the Bahamas as a vacation resort is due to its crisp, clean, pollution free beach, the white, trash free sand and clear blue water. A person visiting the Bahamas will enjoy the clean beach in which they can lie down on and relax. A visitor can take a nice swim in the ocean with out being hit by trash and being able to feel the smooth water. Also the temperature in t
To an Athlete Dying Young A. E. Housman\'s To an Athlete Dying Young, also known as Lyric XIX in A Shropshire Lad, holds as its main theme the premature death of a young athlete as told from the point of view of a friend serving as pall bearer. The poem reveals the concept that those dying at the peak of their glory or youth are really quite lucky. The first few readings of To an Athlete Dying Young provides the reader with an understanding of Housman\'s view of death. Additional readings reveal
The Taming of the Shrew In Act 5, Scene 2, Katherina Speaks About The Duties Of A Wife And The Role Of Women. With Reference To The Play As A Whole And The Role Of Women In Elizabethan England, How Could This Scene Be Interpreted In Different Ways by Elizabethan and Contemporary Audiences? In The Taming of the Shrew, Katherina’s speech towards the end of the play is both memorable and very important to the storyline. This is the scene when the confused audience finally discover whether Petruchio
Walden Chapter 4 3/23/04 English 11 H Period 1 In this selection for Walden, Henry David Thoreau describes the silence and calmness of his isolated life at Walden Pond. He would often spend whole days simply sitting still and taking in the sights and sounds of nature and her beauty. “He had the advantage over those who were obliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theater, that [his] life itself was become [his] amusement and never ceased to be novel” (90). In his isolation, Thor
Walden Chapter 9 3/31/04 English 11 H Period 1 In this chapter of Walden, titled “The Ponds,” Henry David Thoreau relates the ponds, especially Walden Pond, to something that is so pure that it surpasses the understanding of coarse and dull human beings. He describes the pond as something that has never aged, never changed under the pressures and effect of man; it is timeless and ageless. He describes the water as so pure that you can often see twenty to thirty feet to the bottom and some consid
Spiritual Journeys in The Winter’s Tale Throughout the semester we’ve been discussing the importance of spiritual growth to the development of characters in Cervantes’ novellas and Shakespeare’s plays. The concept of a spiritual journey is certainly not unique. Many authors have employed the idea that characters do need to change and grow in order to hold the attention of the audience. In stories like “The Jealous Hidalgo” and “The Liberal Lover,” Cervantes shows how some characters absolutely n
Metamorphosis and Death in Venice In both Metamorphosis and Death in Venice the authors develop the particular theme of illness by creating two characters whose mental and physical traits continuously change. These “metamorphoses” allow the protagonists to reveal their true nature and personalities, break through all forms of repression, and reach a self-maturity. Apart from indicating the emotional and mental states of the characters, their illnesses have the purpose of freeing them from what c
Comparison of Blake’s “The Sick Rose” and American Beauty Revised Response #4 World Literature II April 27, 2004 Sex and politics have proved to be two very popular themes that have survived throughout centuries of literature, poetry, drama, and most recently, cinema. As one of the touchiest subjects to expose to the public, the sex theme has proven time and time again to be not only a controversial tool for artists and authors, but also a topic that can be as thought provoking as any other. Pol
The Theme of Beauty in The Bluest Eye There is a saying that states that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. This means that everyone is beautiful in a unique way, depending on how others see them. For Pecola Breedlove, this was not a pleasant thought for her. Pecola is an 11-year-old, African-American girl from Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye. Throughout the majority of her short life, Pecola struggles with the image of ideal beauty. Pecola has to go through many tough and humiliating
Color Pauline saw the beauty of life through the colors of her childhood down South. Her fondest memories were of purple berries, yellow lemonade, and \'that streak of green them june bugs made on the trees the night we left down home. All them colors was in me\'1. Pauline and Cholly left the colors of the South when they moved North to Ohio to begin their life together. Through Cholly, Pauline hoped to find those colors of beauty that she left \'down home\'. For a while she did find her colors,
How does Arthur Miller create dramatic tension in Act 3, Scene 3 of ‘The Crucible’? Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’, written 1953, displays paranoia, mass- hysteria, and theocracy in its true colours. Revenge driven accusations sweep the town, causing many unjust deaths. The word crucible provokes an image of a big boiling pot. This is extremely realistic, as in Salem the population are left to boil. The suffering and turmoil divides the good, honest people of the town from the deceitful wr
Poem WITHOUT U someone once said you dont know what u have until u lose it I know i have you and i never want to lose it our time together is like nothin else Ive ever experianced Its beyond my wildest dreams u make me warm inside even on tha coldest days you bring me light when darkness falls WHO WILL who will cry 4 me when my eyes dry? who will comtinue when I no loger try? who will save the lil boy within? who will carry me when my legs give in? who will continue to race when i no longer run?
Emerson, Hawthorne, and the Transcendentalist Ideal ENGL321 Essay 2 The early and mid-19th century gave rise to the Transcendentalist movement, and, thus, the anti-Transcendentalist movement. Webster’s dictionary defines Transcendentalism as “a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and empirical.” Ralph Waldo Emerson was a Transcendentalist, and it shows in the characteristics of his writing. Three of those characteristics are love of nature, t
Emily Dickinson May 12, 2004 She lived the life of a recluse, considered odd at her best and insane at her worst. Emily Dickinson was not considered “normal” by most people’s standards, and neither was her poetry. She used her sheltered life in Amherst to contrast the expansive universe her poetry encompassed. As a child, Dickinson appeared like an average schoolgirl. Inside, she knew she was different, a mourner among the children. She came from a religious and well-to-do family. She chose to f
Emma and Clueless In comparing the two texts you have become aware of how the contexts of the texts have chaped their form and meaning, OR, more interestingly, is a comparison of the values associated with each text. To what extent has this point of view been your experience? The process of transformation re-expresses a story told for one audience\'s time and context, using methods appropriate to another time and context. Thus in the transformation of Jane Austen\'s classic novel of manners Emma
Michelangelo Buonarroti One of the most famous artists ever known since the 16th century is a man by the name of Michelangelo Buonarroti. He has composed art that is both breathtaking and unmatched in such skills as painting, sculpture, architecture and poetry. Some of his most famous works of sculpture that he composed are standing in the Medici Chapel in Florence, Italy even today. I would like to speak of a particular piece contained in the Chapel entitled Tomb of Giuliano de’ Medici. First I
Eliza Doolittle Eliza Doolittle is introduced as a poor flowergirl. In the beginning of the play she is described as a neglected and unromantic figure of the play. Her hair needs washing rathe How could a lowly flower girl make such a drastic change into a refined lady? She could not have possibly pulled it off herself; she would need help. Thus is the case in the play Pygmalion, by G.B. Shaw. The poor flower girl, Eliza, is turned into a duchess, so to speak, by the other characters in the play
Raleigh’s Views of Life English IV February 1, 2004 Sir Walter Raleigh has shown himself to be one of the greatest figures of a very great age in literature. Raleigh lived a life of luxury and more or less represented himself as an arrogant man. During Raleigh’s lifetime, he never thought of himself as a writer. Only about thirty-five of his poems have actually survived in fragments because of the passing of time. The worst part of Raleigh ’s poems, is that they exist only in bits and pieces, bu
Art Notes Renaissance (1300-1500) § Dimensions of nature § Rebirth § Science - technology § Discoveries beyond Europe § Paint more naturally- using perspective /_ (triangle) § Illusion of space § Art was based on the visual world § Art was based on mathematical physics § Earth was no longer thought to be the centre of the Universe § Metallurgy and exploration of the world § Camera Obscura- image upside-down through light and an aid to painting § Mathematical theories can explain all human experi
The Matrix Everyone in “the Matrix” is impressionable and all characters seam treacherous, no one can be trusted. The opening scenes introduce Trinity and Agent Smith, although we don’t know who she is, or what side she fights for, we know she is fighting the system, a rebel trying to be free in a way. Agent Smith is a representative of the system, of what it seams, Trinity spends her life fighting. Agent Smith shows no remorse when he tells the sergeant “your men are already dead”, showing us t
Samuel Coleridge – “Kubla Khan” The middle of the 18th century was a period of transition and experiment in poetic styles. Shifts in the view of nature and function of poetry started from the idea that poetry is imitation, to the view that poetry has or its major function the expression of the poet’s emotions. Now what matters is the poet’s relation with his poem, rather than with his audience. Romanticism brought along new sources of inspiration, such as the primitives – the Bible, Homer’s writ
Commercial Advertisements From the time when television was introduced, it has captivated us with its ability deliver prompt and specific information into our lives. Television has always been viewed as a well established form of mass media. Conversely, with the frequent interjects of commercial advertisements appearing throughout our scheduled programs, it is also assembled to distribute exact messages into minds of its viewers. Television aims its messages at a particular audience by airing sp
Sappho of Lesbos Sappho was born about 630 B.C on the island of Lesbos off the coast of Asia Minor and spent most of her life there; she was married and had a daughter. “Sappho’s poems give us the most vivid evocation of the joys and sorrows of love in all Greek literature.” (336) Her themes are those of a woman’s world –girlhood, marriage, and love, especially the love of young women for each other: “Swiftly then they came, and you, blessed lady, smiling on me out of immortal beauty, asked me w