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The Mystery Of Drear House
The Mystery Of Drear House
The Mystery Of Drear House Virginia Hamilton. The Mystery of Drear House. Greenwillow Books, 1987. 217pp In concluding her series of stories about the Small family, Virginia Hamilton compliments the original plot perfectly in The Mystery of Drear House. The books dark secrets begin to slowly unveil and are brought to end with a surprising friendship. The book is again set around the house of Dies Eddington Drear, in a current year. The surrounding property and underground tunnels on premises pla
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Odyssey During the night Odysseus tosses and turns, worrying about the outcome of his encounter with the suitor. Athena appears to himin a dream and promises that he will aid in the struggle. Penelope also unable to sleep and prays to Artemis, begging that she be rescued from marriage to another man, even if it means her death. In the morning Odysseus appeals to Zeus for a sign of his favor and is answered by the rumbling of thunder and lightning. Others notice the sign and a general mood of
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA The Old Man and the Sea is a heroic tale of mans strength pitted against forces he cannot control. It is a tale about an old Cuban fisherman and his three-day battle with a giant Marlin. Through the use of three prominent themes; friendship, bravery, and Christianity; the Old Man and the Sea strives to teach important life lessons to the reader. The relationship between the old man and the boy is introduced early in the story. They are unlikely companions; one is old and
The Old Man And The Sea
The Old Man And The Sea
The Old Man And The Sea This book takes place in the past and is about an old man that loves fishing in the Gulf Stream. The old man was a thin with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck and had scars on his hands from handling the fishing rope. He taught this young boy how to fish and the boy loved him. He even brought him fishing many times. But the past 84 days the old man had not caught one fish. After 40 days of not catching anything the boy left and fished on another boat. The boy still lo
The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway describes an old fisherman and the unfortunate trials he faces as his luck runs out. Through the novel, the fisherman, Santiago, replicates Hemingway\'s ideal man, a noble hero. Hemingway had a Code of Behavior that he himself followed. He had morals that were strict and an appreciation for instinct and human nature. He had a specific way of living life and an understanding of time. He believed in taking risks and acting upon i
The Old Man The Sea
The Old Man The Sea
The Old Man The Sea The Old Man In The Sea The Old Man and the Sea is a heroic tale of man\'s strength pitted against forces he cannot control. It is a story about an old Cuban fisherman and his three-day battle with a giant Marlin. Through the use of three prominent themes; friendship, bravery, and Christianity; the Old Man and the Sea strives to teach important life lessons to the reader while also epitomizing Santiago, the old fisherman, as a Hemingway code hero. The relationship between Sant
The Outcast Weaver
The Outcast Weaver
The Outcast Weaver The story of Silas Marner is a beautiful, eloquently told story which gives the reader a vived depiction of the period in which it takes place in a rustic village in England in the 1800s. The story evokes many emotions from the reader as well as teaches some moral lessons about life which are timeless. The author\'s overall theme is a powerful demonstration of the importance of friendship and love to one\'s life and the devatating, dehumanizing effect the lack of friendship an
The Outsiders
The Outsiders
The Outsiders The Outsiders In the book the Outsider by S.E. Hinton Ponyboy is the main character, in the book he is mostly referred to as Pony. Pony has two brothers, Sodapop and Darry. Pony is fourteen and doesn’t have any parent’s, they died in a car accident. Pony and Soda and Darry all live in the same house, with Darry and Soda supporting them. He has long black greasy hair, he has hair like that because most of the people do in the gang their part of the “Greasers”, and it probably fit wi
The Oyster and the Pearl
The Oyster and the Pearl
The Oyster and the Pearl In William Saroyan\'s play The Oyster and the Pearl there is a lot of symbolism. The theme of the play is to take it easy and relax and life will be much happier. Harry Van Dusen is a barber that has a philosophy of Take it easy. He tries to spread his philosophy by talking to people when he is cutting their hair. It was almost as if the haircuts were just a way of getting people in the barbershop to talk. The hats that Harry wore symbolized the attitude that he was in.
The Pearl
The Pearl
The Pearl Ever since Midas\' lust for gold, it appears to be that man has acquired a greed and appetite for wealth. Juana, the Priest, and the doctor have all undergone a change due to money. They are all affected by their hunger for wealth and inturn are the base for their own destruction, and the destruction of society. Steinbeck\'s The Pearl is a study of man\'s self destruction through greed. Juana, the faithful wife of Kino, a paltry peasant man, had lived a spiritual life for what had seem
The Picture of Dorian
The Picture of Dorian
The Picture of Dorian The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is the story of moral corruption by the means of aestheticism. In the novel, the well meaning artist Basil Hallward presets young Dorian Gray with a portrait of himself. After conversing with cynical Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian makes a wish which dreadfully affects his life forever. If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world
The Plague
The Plague
The Plague The novel that I chose to do this report on was, The Plague , by Albert Camus. It is about a plague that hit the European countries in the middle ages. I chose to describe the literary term of parallelism. Here are some following facts about the story\'s plot that involve parallelism through the novel. The novel begins at Oran where the plague becomes known. The main character, Dr. Gernard Rieux, is a doctor. In the beginning of the story he finds a dead rat on the floor. Even in thos
The Positronic Man
The Positronic Man
The Positronic Man THE POSITRONIC MAN An extraordinary story about an extraordinary robot. In the twenty-first century the creation of the positronic brain leads to the development of robot labourers and revolutionises life on Earth. However, to the Martin family, their household robot NDR-113 is more than a tool, it is a trusted friend, a confidant, and a member of the family. Through some unknown manufacturing glitch, NDR-113 or known as Andrew has been blessed, with a capacity for love and a
The Red Badge Of Courage
The Red Badge Of Courage
The Red Badge Of Courage The Red Badge of Courage The Red Badge of Courage, by Steven Crane, has been proclaimed one of the greatest war novels of all time. It is a story that realistically depicts the American Civil War through the eyes of Henry Fleming, an ordinary farm boy who decides to become a soldier. Henry, who is fighting for the Union, is very determined to become a hero, and the story depicts Henrys voyage from being a young coward, to a brave man. This voyage is the classic trip from
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Part 1 a old man stops one man out of three that were walking down the street to go to a wedding the man is a relation of the married the man tries to get away but the old man grabs the man with his skinny hand the man is held there by the glitter of the old man’s eye the man is listening intently “Like a three years’ child” the old man has the man’s attention the wedding guest sat down on a stone the mari
The Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler
The Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler
The Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler This book was all about the life of Adolf Hitler, and how he rose to power, and in an instant lost it all. I enjoyed this book allot and could not put is down.This is the story from my point of veiw. The first part starts off by telling the reader about Hitler\'s upbringing. How he did not want to be like his father, the customs worker. Also how he thought that his teachers were not educated enough to teach him in school. How he quit school and, tried to prisue
The Road Not Taken
The Road Not Taken
The Road Not Taken The Road Not Taken - an analysis Do not follow where the path may lead... Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Robert Frost Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. Regardless of the original message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem, The Road Not Taken , has left its readers with many different i
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter People judge others they encounter based upon their own values. These values are acquired through experiences in the home, school, at work, and with friends. A person is taught from their parents at a very young age what is right and wrong, but they may fail to realize that the values they are taught are filtered through the minds of those who teach. Therefore one is a product of their previous generation adding our his or her judgement to the values that we will pass on. Hawt
The Scarlett Letter
The Scarlett Letter
The Scarlett Letter The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester, for her sins, received a scarlet letter, A which she had to wear upon her chest. This was the
The Second Coming Vs. Things Fall Apart
The Second Coming Vs. Things Fall Apart
The Second Coming Vs. Things Fall Apart The book Things Fall Apart , by Chinua Achebe , is very similar to the poem , “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats. A comparison of “The Second Coming” to Things Fall Apart will show many corresponding aspects between both of these literary masterpieces. Seeing the line “Things fall apart” in the poem , Achebe makes an outstanding association. At this point in time he says to himself, “I should name my book Things Fall Apart , It will show the main
The Secret That Exploded
The Secret That Exploded
The Secret That Exploded The Secret that Exploded by Howard Morland “The Secret that Exploded” written by Howard Morland is a non-fiction book based on his findings on the H-bomb. Howard dedicated his life to finding out the secret of the H-bomb and releasing his findings to the public who have been in the dark since the beginnings of the Manhattan Project. The book goes through everything he went through from when he became an airforce pilot to him becoming involved in radical groups to him fig
The Setting And Theme In The Lottery
The Setting And Theme In The Lottery
The Setting And Theme In The Lottery The Lottery In many stories, settings are constructed to help build the mood and to foreshadow of things to come. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a story in which the setting sets up the reader to think of positive outcomes. However, this description of the setting foreshadows exactly the opposite of what is to come. In addition, the theme that we learn of at the end leads us to think of where the sanity of some human beings lies. The story begins with the
The Stand
The Stand
The Stand Stephen King\'s The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays the forces of good against evil. In the year 1991, a plague strikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alive who are immune to the epidemic. Of the survivors, those who serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder, Colorado, while those who worship the Dark Man are drawn to Las Vegas, Nevada. The two groups separately re-build society, until one must destroy the other. Franni Goldsmith comes very close to killing herself.
THE STING
THE STING
THE STING The Sting is a classic story of revenge for the death of a good friend. Instead of the revenge being an eye for an eye, Hill has the leading characters get their revenge by coning the ,man responsible for the death, out of his money. Within the first ten minutes you are grabbed into the film. Hill breaks the conformity of other films by making the leading characters con-men. This is very different from other films because these men should not be looked at as the good guys but just the
The Story of An Hour
The Story of An Hour
The Story of An Hour In Kate Chopin\'s short story The Story of an Hour, there is much irony. The first irony detected is in the way that Louise reacts to the news of the death of her husband, Brently Mallard. Before Louise\'s reaction is revealed, Chopin alludes to how the widow feels by describing the world according to her perception of it after the horrible news. Louise is said to not hear the story as many women have heard the same. Rather, she accepts it and goes to her room to be alone. N
The Stranger
The Stranger
The Stranger In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book\'s narrator and main character, as aloof, detached, and unemotional. He does not think much about events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays an impassiveness throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events described in the book. After his mother\'s death he sheds no tears; seems to show no emotions. He displays limited feelings for his
The Street Car Named Desire
The Street Car Named Desire
The Street Car Named Desire Stanley’s Brutality In the Street Car Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, Stanley Kowalski displays his brutality in many ways. This classical play is about Blanche Dubois’s visit to Elysian Fields and her encounters with her sister’s brutal and arrogant husband, Stanley Kowalski, and the reveling truth of why Blanche really came. Stanley Kowalski is a very brutal and barbaric person who always has to feel that no one is better than him. His brutish and ferocious act
THE SUMMARY OF THE COSTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT
THE SUMMARY OF THE COSTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT
THE SUMMARY OF THE COSTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT THE SUMMARY OF THE COSTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT Some people believe that recessions are neither good nor bad but simply part of the natural survival of the fittest in the business world. Actually, it is not true. In The Costs of Unemployment, the authors tell us both the good and bad influences of recessions. Recessions will cause unemployment because of the loss of output and GNP. Some people may argue that unemployment is a part of the functioning of the econo
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises The Sun Also Rises [I cannot express to you how glad I am that I am taking this class. I am thoroughly enjoying Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises is one of the best books I\'ve read in quite a long time. For a while there, I was, for God knows what reason, taking Physics and Chemistry and Biology. It is really an adventure to be back with books and words and reading. I am also amazed that I never could read more of Him when it wasn\'t an assignment. And how is it that when I am to
The Tell Tale Heart
The Tell Tale Heart
The Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe, whose personal torment so powerfully informed his visionary prose and poetry, is a towering figure in the history of American literature. A Virginia gentleman and the son of itinerant actors, the heir to great fortune and a disinherited outcast, a university man who had failed to graduate, a soldier brought out of the army, a husband with an unapproachable child-bride, a brilliant editor and low salaried hack, a world renowned but impoverish author, a tempera
The Terminal Man
The Terminal Man
The Terminal Man The Terminal Man was about the neuropsychiatric section of a hospital doing a breakthrough surgery to help reverse the effects of psychomotor epilepsy. The patient\'s name was Harry Benson. Harry had psychomotor epilepsy because he hit his head in a car accident and it resulted in brain damage. Harry was a good subject for the operation because he was brilliant, being a computer programmer with top level government security clearance. The type of epilepsy that he had caused him
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried In the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O\'Brien the author tells about his experiences in the Vietnam war by telling various war stories. The quote, It has been said of war that it is a world where the past has a strong grip on the present, where machines seemed sometimes to have more will power than me, where nice boys (girls) were attracted to them, where bodies ruptured and burned and stand, where the evil thing trying to kill you could look disconnecting human an
The Time Machine
The Time Machine
The Time Machine I choose The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, for my movie book comparison. H. G. Wells copyrighted it in 1895. Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux played the main characters in the movie. It was directed by George Pal and opened in the year of 1960. There were two main characters in the book and the movie. One of them was the time traveler, George, whom Rod Taylor played. And the other one was Weena, the child like woman that George the time traveler saves. Yvette Mimieux played her. Bo
The Tragedy Of Hamlet
The Tragedy Of Hamlet
The Tragedy Of Hamlet Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by William Shakespeare, Hamlet the is the classic example of a tragedy. In all tragedies the hero suffers, and usually dies at the end. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But that is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy, and sometimes a hero doesn\'t even need to die. Making Not every play in which a
The True Sinners
The True Sinners
The True Sinners The main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and the Puritan society represented by the townspeople, all sinned. The story is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into the villain. Hester Prynne’s sin was adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished by death. Hester’s punishment w
The Vision
The Vision
The Vision The Vision by Dean Koontz Most people are skeptical about psychics and psychic powers. In the book The Vision by Dean Koontz, there arises a real convincing psychic Mary, who has visions of murders that are yet to happen. But, a new twist to the story causes Mary to see a different kind of vision. Murders more gruesome than ever. More difficult to see. Harder to pursue. All these factors cause the reader , and possibly be someone she loves? Or maybe a haunting truth about the past. Th
The wave
The wave
The wave Nazism The wave is about a history teacher whose name is Ben Ross. His class was starting to study the time that Hitler began making all the Jewish people stay in camps. Ben Ross could not find a way to get his class interested into this time period, so he decided to try to make a group, He would play like a Hitler type scenario and his class would be the Jewish people. He would make this group open to the whole school. Ben Ross told his idea to his class. He announced the group, and he
The Wedding
The Wedding
The Wedding In “The Wedding,” by Dorothy West, the major development I saw was in the character of Shelby. From the beginning till the end, the character changes and deals with many changes. Throughout the novel Shelby knows what she wants, knows she never gave a black a chance, and then decides whom she will marry. At the beginning of the novel, Shelby is well focused and knows what she wants. She doesn’t care of what others think. Shelby stays focused on what going to take place and continues
The Withch-hunt In Modern Europe
The Withch-hunt In Modern Europe
The Withch-hunt In Modern Europe THE WITCH-HUNT IN MODERN EUROPE By: Brian Levack The Witch-Hunt in Modern Europe by Brian Levack proved to be an interesting as well as insightful look at the intriguing world of the European practice of witchcraft and witch-hunts. The book offers a solid, reasonable interpretation of the accusation, prosecution, and execution for witchcraft in Europe between 1450 and 1750. Levack focuses mainly on the circumstances from which the witch-hunts emerged, as this rep
The World Turned Upside Down
The World Turned Upside Down
The World Turned Upside Down When the Europeans established colonies in the New World, they sought to convert the Indians way of civilization. Their obsession was to spread Christianity and their culture throughout all of the colonies including the Indian villages. Some Indian people accepted these traditions because they felt as if they had no where else to turn. When the settlers invaded the new land they brought with them many diseases which wiped out many Indian villages and tribes. The Indi
Their Eyes Were watching God
Their Eyes Were watching God
Their Eyes Were watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God Three Marriages, Three Lessons In the beginning of Zora Neale Hurston’s book, Their Eye Were Watching God, Janie had an adolescent view on love until she learns many lessons through her three marriages. She learned from her marriage to Logan Killicks that she could not learn to love someone. After her marriage to Jody Starks, Janie realized that equality is important within a marriage. When Janie married Tea Cake, she realized true love c
They Shouldnt Make You Promise That
They Shouldnt Make You Promise That
They Shouldnt Make You Promise That In everyone’s life there comes a point in time when you assess your life, not just look back in time, but see the progression, the triumphs and the failures.....Eleanor Smith had reached this point. She sees that things aren’t as they seem, the passion and desire is gone from her marriage, she is unable to influence her children’s life, her best friend, who is an alcoholic seems to have her life in more order then Eleanor. How did her happy life slip away befo
Thier Eyes Were Watching God
Thier Eyes Were Watching God
Thier Eyes Were Watching God In life everyone tries to find their true identity. For some it comes naturally, for others it might take years to find their identity, or they might never find it at all. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; Zora Neale Hurston reveals a woman’s identity through her struggles in life, her treatment by society, and her thoughts on life. Janie a young African American girl who grew up in white life style; believed she was related of them till about the age of six
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, women of the Ibo tribe are terribly mistreated, and viewed as weak and receive little or no respect outside of their role as a mother. Tradition dictates their role in life. These women are courageous and obedient. These women are nurturers above all and they are anything but weak. In the novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo has several wives. He orders them around like dogs. They are never to question what they are instructed to do; they are
Thinner
Thinner
Thinner In the novel Thinner, Billy Halleck represents a wrongfully accused human with a curse to kill him. First off, Billy receives a curse from the oldest gypsy in North America after murdering his daughter while she was jaywalking. Since Billy did not get punished at any rate for this crime, the gypsies most likely felt they had to take matters into their own hands so they delivered the curse of Thinner. The gypsies probably chose this curse for Billy was already approximately fifty pounds o
This Perfect Day
This Perfect Day
This Perfect Day This Perfect Day is probably Ira Levin\'s greatest work of his career. Levin\'s work, despite being written in 1970, is very plausible having realistic technology, such as scanners and computers which watch over the entire family, the entire population of the world. This novel could be used to show the dangers of a Utopian society as well as being full of anti-Communist and anti-racist sentiment. This Perfect Day also displays the feeling that communist and segregated institutio
Tiger Eyes
Tiger Eyes
Tiger Eyes The title of the piece of literature I chose to read was Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume. This book contained 205 pages. My choice for reading this book was that I enjoyed reading many of her works when I was younger. She always had a way of relating well with the younger generations, which draws me to her books quite often. The main protagonist in Tiger Eyes was Davey Wexler, a 15 year old girl from Atlantic City. Davey’s headstrong ways and her beautiful heroicness gave her a unique indiv
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee 255 pages A. Setting: 1. Year: 1940’s 2. Location: Maycomb, Alabama 3. Period of Time: Three Summer’s B. Point of Veiw: First Person C. Begining: Scout, the main character and narrorator of the story, Jem, her brother, and Dill, their neighbor friend that visited every summer, loved to act out stories they knew. They did all kinds of stories like Tarzan and Dracula. Signaling the end of summer and the absence of Dill, the school year began.
To Kill A Mocking Bird
To Kill A Mocking Bird
To Kill A Mocking Bird To Kill a Mockingbird Usually, my method of writing a book review starts off with a quote. However, this time with this particular book I’ve decided to begin with a description of the author. Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926. She studied law along with her father and sister. In her allegorical novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes about a young girl in a small southern town by showing the difficulties she will have to face as she grows up. The author’s purpo
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill A Mocking Bird deals with many primal and basic lessons in human nature. The book exposes many issues that affect most people throughout their lives. Scout, the main character was one of the most affected by these lessons. During the book she was exposed to many profound experiences, which no doubt will leave a lasting impression. In the three years that the book took place, she may have learned the most important things she will learn over her entire life. One pers