Characterization Essays


Heart of Darkness Essay (Example Completed in 2019)

  Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness is a fictionalized account of real-life historical events that took place during the colonial era in Africa. The novel centers on the protagonist Charles Marlow, known throughout the book as Marlow. As Marlow travels deeper and deeper down the river on a mission for the Company, he becomes increasingly horrified and shocked by what he sees. Having witnessed first hand the insane cruelty of colonial oppression, Marlow completely reconsiders his own role in the world. Through Heart of Darkness, Conrad conveys anti-colonial sentiments, showing how racism and exploitation are detrimental to all human Continue Reading...

The Things They Carried by Tim O’brien

as if that wasn't enough, he kills a puppy with a bomb. characterization and the Trauma Effect The distinct reaction to the horrible occurrences termed Trauma is instant and lasts a long while. Confronted with unexpected, hostile and intolerable situations, the victims may lose consciousness, run mad or even disable their own bodies to stay alive. However a delayed reaction mostly at least one month's duration called post-traumatic stress disorder could be more dangerous and it is accompanied by several repeats of the initial reactions to the horrible happenings albeit in more complex and difficult manners. Signs of lasting trauma… Continue Reading...

Joseph Andrews Novel by Henry Fielding

"competent strength" to resist the woman. What did you think of Fielding's appropriation of and characterization of Pamela and her husband Mr. Boody in "Joseph Andrews"? Fielding characterizes the Booby family as being of a higher social class versus Joseph throughout the novel, until the very end, where Joseph's true identity is called into question. Before then, Mrs. Booby is presented as being sexually voracious. She has sexual appetites that are not necessarily "ladylike" even though she bears the title of "Lady." When it comes out that Sir Thomas had "bought" Fanny, the author presents the couple as being exploitative… Continue Reading...

Male Chastity in Novel Joseph Andrews

that the author might be making fun of Christian morals. 3. What did you think of Fielding's appropriation of and characterization of Pamela and her husband Mr. Boody in "Joseph Andrews"? In some ways, I view Fielding's characterization of Pamela as being a comment on social class and power, and how persons in positions of power can and do exploit persons in lower positions, like Joseph. Mrs. Booby has a sense of entitlement. She feels that Joseph should be devoted to her, attracted to her, and to love her simply because she wants him to. When she realizes that he… Continue Reading...

Miscarriage Of Justice, Race, and Poor Testimony

is known. Testimonial injustice occurs in different phases within the case offered by Miranda. characterization of the individual at hand is what has brought about everything concerning the injustice within the justice system. The injustice is characterized by a massive deficit of credibility give to the identity prejudice from the hearer. The person in suspect has been taken to have less credibility as he knowingly embraces. The person is experiencing some form of credibility deficit. In a real life situation, one can take a person t have a certain level of insufficiency because of a certain aspect of life, like… Continue Reading...

Death and Faith from Existentialist Point Of View

referred to as Hermeneutics and it strongly presents a characterization of Heidegger and other followers of the continent (James, 2012). Conclusion The analysis of death from different points-of-view makes us believe that it takes its form based on worldviews of people. People do have a doubt regarding the life that comes after death and such scepticism exists even during the current time. Further, many of us do not believe in the rewards or punishments given by God and we consider them traditional thoughts rooted in orthodoxy and ignorance. Everyone is aware that he would die one day but we… Continue Reading...

Ramayana Mahabharata Divine Incarnation

terms, whereas Krishna as Vishnu is unabashedly and unapologetically a god. Yet in spite of the obvious differences in characterization, plot, and theme, Ramayana and Mahabharata both convey similar ideals for the cosmological, theological, and social order and use avatara to achieve their goals of divine intervention. Both epics show that avatars are required when humanity is at a low moral ebb. Human society is depicted as being cyclical, going "from the heights of moral perfection to the depths of depravity," (Woods, 2014, p. 26). Except in rare occasions, human beings do not fully learn their lessons or achieve moksha.… Continue Reading...

Failing the Bechdel Test

movies, as named characters frequently are imbued with the sort of characterization denoting they are significant parts of the movie's plot. Many movies fail this facet of the Bechdel test because women are not deemed important enough to warrant more than one character with a name in it by today's society. Another important characteristic of the Bechdel test which many movies fail, and which corroborates the fact that they are simply mirroring the values of a male-dominated society, is that the women do not speak to one another. It is important to realize that this facet of this test… Continue Reading...

English Protestant Clergy in Literature

preachers of English Protestantism were a well-meaning, if not somewhat aloof and self-absorbed, lot. This paper will compare the characterization of Adams, Primrose and Yorick and consider how realistically they represent Church of England clergymen from the time period of 1730 to 1780. By the 18th century, England had metamorphosed from an entirely Roman Catholic country, as it had been a quarter of a millennium earlier. In 1701 the Act of Settlement held that the English monarch must be a Protestant. And wars against the Catholic Spanish monarchy continued (Roberts 4). England's identity as a Protestant, with its king… Continue Reading...

Vathek Stories

a colonialist outlook. Beckford, largely in the disposition of Orientalism as he is, utilizes Orientalist metaphors in characterization. For instance, the author has characterized the Orientals not as personalized subjects. Instead, Beckford has fallen back on stereotypical imagery in creating an Asian womanizing dictator as Vathek (Al-Alwan 45). He has managed to fuse this imagery with horror details. In particular, as the book slowly comes to an end, the djinn reveals itself and this progresses on with Vathek and his evil mother going to hell and eventually pay for what they have done. Discuss cultural appropriation in relation to… Continue Reading...

Chinese Literature

Bereft of family support, they were forced to be self-reliant" (Anyi 34). This passage is pivotal to Granny's characterization, and emblematic of her own agency as well. The author states Granny consistently relies on her self, in part because of the lack of a dominant male presence in her life. She is not married and does not have a son to provide for her. This sort of female agency is demonstrative of a strong, assertive power which characterizes not only Granny, but other Nannies as well. Such independent agency for women is not found in Chang's work. Instead, female… Continue Reading...

The Victim Of Prejudice by Mary Hays

need to be strong and stand up for themselves. Q2. What do you think of Hays' characterization of Mr. Raymond? Answer 1: The Mr. Raymond character is interesting because he is a benevolent father figure who plays into the stereotypical role of men as protectors of women, but he is also someone who taught Mary to resist stereotypes about women. Mr. Raymond is also revealed to be someone who is realistic, in that he understands that he plays a role in educating and empowering young Mary but that he also does not want to give her any false ideas or… Continue Reading...

Behaviorally Targeted Ads As Implied Social Labels Article Analysis

Introduction  The objective of this study is to review an article titled “An Audience of One: Behaviorally Targeted Ads as Implied Social Labels”  (Summers, et al. 2016 p 156). The authors argue that firms have relied on targeting to communicate effectively with a group of consumers. Targeting is the segmentation that involves selection from a smaller group of people based on defined variables.  A common type of segmentation variables that firms use includes demographic variables using the gender and ethnicity as well as psychographic variables that include lifestyle, personality and values.  However, an advanced in technology, and widespread of the… Continue Reading...

Airport Design

plans will also feature parking spaces, traffic controls, emergency facilities, passenger terminals and the control tower. characterization of the Proposed Airport This airport would have two runways running parallel to one another and both will be in use concurrently. This runway will be built to 4-E specification, which comfortably accommodates all present day commercial plane designs and those whose designs are still in infancy. The projected yearly human traffic of the airport is 20 -- 30 million travellers. The earmarked site is 1.5 kilometres wide, an estimated 4 kilometres long and at seas level. At the north and east of… Continue Reading...

Facilitating Airport Development Today

the airport with openings to every terminal. Table of Contents Abstract 1 1. Introduction 3 1.1. characterization of the Proposed Airport 3 1.2. Rational of the project and the need for a new airport 3 1.3. Description of the airport 3 2. The Aerial Aspect 3 2.1. Runways 3 3. The Grounds -- Passenger Terminals and Supplementary Functions 5 4. Weather conditions 6 5. Circulation 7 5.1. Horizontal circulation patterns 7 5.2. Vertical circulation patterns 7 6. Transportation Aspects 8 7. Summary 9 8. References 9 1. Introduction These are the plans for a new airfield which will have two runways and is… Continue Reading...

Torture and Interrogation Essay

to argue with success but the former vice president’s characterization of the effectiveness of the torture methods used by federal government authorities against terrorist suspects must be viewed in light of the criteria for effectiveness. In fact, many security analysts believe that this information could either have been developed through other sources or other methods besides torture. In this regard, Wisnewski concludes that: In assessing the effectiveness of torture, are we to believe that practitioners of torture have considered the available alternatives to intelligence-gathering (such as standard interrogation techniques, which have been shown to work in many cases), and… Continue Reading...

Hawthorne Vs Poe Story Comparison

which…had been temporarily and very lately abandoned.” (Poe 69). The author’s characterization allows readers to view characters responses and situational transformations (consider the case of “Hop-Frog”; readers learn about Hop-Frog via his clever though underhanded plan of getting rid of his existing lifestyle) (Poe 15-25). As a majority of studied works by Hawthorne and Poe have a narrator’s character, this may be considered for understanding the writers’ intents for their tale. One may express intent via the work’s language. Both writers employ sophisticated diction and vocabulary, indicating their work is intended for educated readers. Hawthorne, for instance, employs terms… Continue Reading...

Why Parents Should Be Liable for Their Children's Bullying

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between one-quarter and one-third of all American school children report being bullied in some fashion, with the highest prevalence of bullying occurring during the middle school years (Facts about bullying 2). It is inappropriate to classify every type of aggressive encounter between youths as bullying because young people are undergoing a profoundly transformative period in their lives when experimentation, peer pressure and the search for individual identity assume truly enormous significance. When some types of unwanted aggressive behaviors persist, however, they conform to the definition of bullying provided by the… Continue Reading...

Vice Principals on Hbo Advertisement Analysis

Race, Gender and Class as Sources of Comedic Tension in HBO’s Advertisement for Season One of “Vice Principals” An online ad for Season One of HBO’s show “Vice Principals,” starring Danny McBride, Walton Goggins and Kimberly Gregory, consists of a two-minute trailer that showcases the main “selling” points of the comedy series—conflict, romance, “bromance,” action, and racial tension. The two main sources of conflict in the series, as represented in the ad, are between the two rivaling vice principals played by McBride and Goggins, both of whom vie for the Principal’s job, and between the two of them and the… Continue Reading...

Treating Adhd and Odd in Children

Abstract Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) are commonly linked mental health disorders that children exhibit. This paper examines some of the challenges that both children and parents face as a result of living with these disorders. It suggests some positive approaches to parenting that parents may find useful and offers recommendations in terms of how parents can most positively help a child with ADHD or ODD. The most important conclusion that this paper provides is the notion that parents must be able to demonstrate patience over the long term while facilitating their love and support for… Continue Reading...

Secular Humanism

each of us to set the terms of his or her own life.”[footnoteRef:10] While this characterization serves to highlight the source of secular humanism’s moral authority, these observations also underscore its weaknesses as discussed further below. [10: ‘What is secular humanism?,’ p. 5.] III. Evaluation of the secular humanist worldview As discussed further below, the secular humanist worldview fails to provide a rational, livable, comprehensive system for several reasons, including most especially its reliance on highly fallible human judgments and decision making to evaluate the morality of actions. Moreover, secular humanism even holds that the natural laws that have… Continue Reading...

8 and a Half Frederico Fellini

create their own masterpieces. Like many Fellini films, 8-1/2 is not as much about plot or characterization as it is about visual imagery. Most Fellini films are about the medium of film itself, but 8-1/2 even more so because it features the interior landscape of the mind of a director named Guido. Guido, who symbolizes Fellini, feels trapped in the mundane world. Several scenes establish how Guido feels about the ordinary workaday world, such as the opening dream sequence in which he is stuck in traffic and a subsequent scene in which he rides in an elevator surrounded by… Continue Reading...

Russian Meddling in U.s. Election Essay

In this essay, we will investigate the topic of Russian interference in the United States’ 2016 Presidential election.  This essay will contain a list of topics related to Russian meddling, possible titles for essays covering those topics, an outline of the essay, and an example demonstrating how to write a strong essay.  Our free example essay will not only explain how Russian interference influenced the election, but also show you how to write each part of an essay: introduction, thesis statement, and body paragraphs that combine evidence and analysis.  The essay will conclude with a review of the information presented… Continue Reading...

Pearl Buck and Rudyard Kipling

readers: each work was hugely popular and captured the imagination of the West by supplying vivid details and characterization through a realistic lens—a lens that only could have been supplied by an author who had personally been there and seen first-hand how life was led in China and India. For that reason, Kim and Buck were able to convey a real sense of the East to people in the West who had never experienced it for themselves but who could, in a world on the brink of globalization, finally experience it through the artistic novel form and obtain a… Continue Reading...

Fantasy Genre Film Wizard Of Oz

and only one genre, or when a film straddles many genres at once, the plot and characterization may still reveal familiar themes. Fantasy can be considered a universal genre in that all cultures have a collective body of myths and storytelling about superhuman or otherworldly creatures. Therefore, fantasy films are about much more than escapism. Fantasy is a genre that offers filmmakers and audiences alike a great degree of flexibility in terms of symbols and motifs. Audiences are free to interpret a fantasy film and its protagonist’s motives liberally. However, the cornerstone of the fantasy genre is “situations that… Continue Reading...

Assessing the Benefits Of Marijuana

but cannabinoids (or, at least, to no drug within the extensive list tested by the study authors) (Herkenham). Receptor characterization enabled Matsuda and coworkers to isolate an earlier-cloned unidentified receptor gene as endogenous cannabinoid receptor (Matsuda, Lolait, et al). Martin and Lichtman discovered convergent evidential lines which suggest cannabinoids reduced pain through producing antinociception via several mechanisms at supraspinal as well as spinal central nervous system levels (Lichtman, Martin). SECTION III Why marijuana plants might have made the evolutionary “choice” to satisfy the human craving for transcendence and altered states of consciousness. What evolutionary benefit might there be to… Continue Reading...

Satire in Knox's Chicken Bucket

savage satirical takedown of the poem’s characters, Knox presents a no-holds-barred, unapologetic characterization of life in America that is equal parts sad and hilarious—because ideas of romance and family life are so far what traditional expectations have groomed most to think await them out in the real world. Knox presents reality without any sentimental dressings: “Chicken Bucket” is about as real as anything can get—even if its characters are exaggerated for comedic effect. Anyone who has ever read or watched the news, tuned in for two minutes of Jerry Springer, Dr. Phil, or any of the other daytime talk… Continue Reading...

Compare and Contrast the Lottery and the Rocking Horse Winner

to irrelevant or harmful social norms. B. Both Lawrence and Jackson use literary devices like symbolism, irony, and characterization to convey the theme of conformity. II. characterization is central to both of these short stories, helping to show how weakness and lack of self-awareness lead to blind conformity, causing suffering and even death. A. The mother in “The Rocking Horse Winner” is like Bill Hutchinson in “The Lottery,” even though the latter could have prevented his wife’s death. B. Tessie and Paul are both sacrificial lambs, although Tessie does realize the stupidity of the social rules governing the community. III.… Continue Reading...

Student Reading and Writing

what she was reading. I asked her a serious of questions related to plot, characterization, vocabulary, and interpretation. She understood the plot well, and her sense of the main character was adequately developed. She understood his situation, as the son of divorced parents and she also understood his isolation both thematically and literally as after the plane crash he was alone in the wilderness needing to survive on his own. I asked her why the boy didn’t tell his father about his mother’s affair and she said, “Probably because he didn’t want to hurt his dad. He learned that… Continue Reading...

Heart Of Darkness Essay (example Completed in 2019)

of literature will make it significantly easier for you to write your next literary essay. Whether your essay is about characterization and setting, or a literary critique of Heart of Darkness, this guide will lead you through the steps needed to impress your readers and gain confidence in your own writing skills. What the Novel is About—and What it is Really About Authors often write about political topics and themes in indirect ways, which is what makes their work so effective and enduring. When a writer like Conrad writes in an indirect way, they capture the essence of the issues… Continue Reading...

Hip-hop and Misogyny: Rewriting the Narrative Of Hip-hop Essay

of but just as stereotypically bad as the freak (Collins 122). There is nothing bitchy or mean about Elliot’s characterization, and no men are shown to be denigrated by a woman joyfully getting her own freak on in a manner that does not pander to male sexual needs.      Elliot’s equally famous video “Work It” shows an unconventional-looking young girl working it through dance as a form of self, without any self-consciousness or attempt to look beautiful and provocative for the male gaze. Elliot’s idea of working it is also notably free of any criminal resonances, which, according to… Continue Reading...

Things Fall Apart Literary Analysis

not just for Okonkwo but his entire community. The theme of resisting change is effectively delivered in the novel through characterization. Okonkwo embodies the characteristics of his vision of masculinity, passed on from his father. The way he treats his sons reflects his belief that masculinity is about power and dominance, and not about cooperation or peacemaking. As a result, Okonkwo is unable to forge the strategic alliances he needs to survive as a leader or to help his community transition to the new world posed by the imposing colonialists. Being set in rural Nigeria also helped Achebe deliver the… Continue Reading...

Expressionism and Noir

noir, the sexualization of brutality, the non-realistic lighting, the characterization of intelligence agents, the crooked elements and femmes fatales, so as to portray stabilization of the male line, and destabilization of the matriarchy. Formalist criticism relates the byname noir to some distorted form of a woman. It is no wonder that women, criminals and intelligence agents in film noir are black, simply by taking ambiguous positions that Whiteness by default leaves for the Blackness in society. Film noir is characterized by conflicting conversation between dark and light, real world and criminal world, bad and good. The ambiguity of these… Continue Reading...

The Odyssey Role Of Women

Iliad assumes a passive role while the men take the leading role in guiding the war. The characterization of women in Iliad demonstrates the horrors women face during war. The plot in the Iliad illustrates the cultural rigidities and existential limitations experienced by women in a patriarchal society. The women in the Iliad experience loss of family and relatives because of war, while they played a passive role. The experience of women in the Iliad illuminates that passivity is inconsequential in claiming women’s voice in a male-dominated culture. Fundamental reaction to male chauvinism is illustrated by Andromache’s subtle obedience… Continue Reading...