Literature Essays


Death of a Salesman Essay

In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the Lowman family finds it quite difficult to decode and differentiate between the real and illusion. This theme of reality versus illusion continues throughout the play, which in the end leads to the death of the protagonist, Willy Lowman. The key element of the play encompasses the value and importance of the American dream of becoming successful. The play is set up in the 1940s era when men in America were determined to be successful, not only in the pursuit of provisioning for their families, but also in living a life where they Continue Reading...

To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

In this To Kill a Mockingbird essay example, the exploration of race and family will play a role in how the characters are experienced by the reader. A look at setting, an emphasis on characters like Aunt Alexandra, will help provide the kind of context needed to explore the topic further. The topic of family is an interesting area to cover because it is a personal and private attempt of the writer to showcase feelings that he or she may not otherwise show in their own lives. Novels like To Kill a Mockingbird offer a glimpse into ideals or struggles Continue Reading...

Literature Resource Center

Our literature resource center offers a brief overview and introduction to world literature. While many English-language literature courses focus solely on novels written by English-speaking writers and from a Western-perspective, world literature courses take a global perspective, including novels written about different countries and novels by authors who were raised in those countries along with novels written by English-speaking authors about the English-speaking world. Taken as a whole, these novels offer insight into life around the globe. World literature Reading List… Continue Reading...

Book Of Acts History or Theology

book and a lot of the verbiage about him is not disproven in the Bible or any other literature about the same. Beyond that, there is a lot of material in the Bible that is indeed confirmed by other sources. While noting that the book of Acts is a "propaganda narrative," historian Adrian Sherwin-White admits that there are a lot of matters and details in the Book of Acts that are seemingly true when comparing and contrasting to the words and details found in historical texts outside of the Bible. For example, the identities given for the Chief Magistrates… Continue Reading...

Fiber Composite Article Review

of flax plies. Section 3.6 discussed comparison to previous studies suggesting scattered results exist within the literature concerning composite reinforced mechanical properties. General findings as well as practical implications revealed that this study was the first to explore Glass/Epoxy/Flax mechanical properties for the use of orthopedic application like bone plating. Of the limitations discussed one noted the curvature of the plate playing a significant part in the stabilization of bone fragments within the fracture site. The authors used nothing but straight specimens that could have affected general stiffness including ultimate strength. For instance, curvature may minimize compressive load-to-failure. Considerations… Continue Reading...

Former Prophets

framing is achieved via a sound interpretative process, which typically rearranges literature in a canonical form, out of something that it earlier wasn't. 2. What does it mean that Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings are a single literary piece written from a single interpretive angle? It was a bold suggestion by Noth, challenging scholars who viewed Joshua, Samuel, Kings, and Judges as a compilation of numerous sources, that the comprehensive "historical" chronicle must be comprehended canonically as one single work of literature penned from one single interpretative perspective as a treatise on Jerusalem's destruction in 587 BC and a… Continue Reading...

Jerry Maguire Analysis

Jerry Maguire and Judith Butler. Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American literature, Culture, and Theory, 62(4), 71-91 Goodykoontz, B. Jacobs, C PO. (2011). Film: From Watching the Seen, San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Gayles, J; Bird, S E. (2005), Jerry Maguire as 'Expeditionary Discourse' in Holloway, D; Beck, J, (2005), American Visual Cultures, New York, Bloomsbury. Continue Reading...

Challenges Of Nigerian Writers in English

won't forthrightly refute Kehinde's views; rather, it will look into the factors contributing to Nigerian literature's current state. The Journey So Far English literature by Nigerian writers has seen extraordinary headway over the last fifteen years, expressing the struggles faced by a nation that is transitioning from colonialism to independence to democracy. Following a long-drawn-out 1967-70 fratricidal internal conflict and the oil-boom-turned-oil-doom that led to political and social upsets, the country has still not recovered from, Nigerian writers would inevitably accept a challenge, in my opinion. They have developed the different forms of Nigerian literature into a societal act… Continue Reading...

What Animal Shelters Can Do to Reduce the Gender Gap in Volunteerism

and there are some issues that could detract from both internal and external validity. While literature does reveal gender differences in volunteering, there is a gap of literature in animal shelters in particular. There is also a gap in the literature regarding the role of men in volunteering, and what motivates men. If animal shelters need more volunteers, and they do, then animal shelters do need to know how to attract and retain more male volunteers. Using the standard methods of recruitment might recruit some men successfully but not retain them, or might continue to retain mainly women due to… Continue Reading...

Story Of Anyi Wang and Granny

in a larger collection of the Columbia Anthology of Chinese literature. The second edition of that book was published in 2007 and includes the story referenced in this report. As one might expect, so much of what goes into Wang's work "Granny" and other works has its genesis in Wang's own perspective and life experiences. It obviously should not be assumed to be an autobiography but Wang is surely not speaking about the things and themes that she does without any personal or second-hand knowledge of what goes into all of these events and stories. Even if Wang herself… Continue Reading...

Article Analysis on Ergonomics

made, the method employed, the evidence obtained, the values identified, the literature reviewed, and the contribution to ergonomic knowledge that the study makes. The article sets out to achieve the following objectives: first, the article attempts to "describe a theoretical model of motivation in human technology interaction," and, second, it puts forward the design principles to guide the theory; the third and final objective of the article is to explain the sequence of steps that should be used for evaluating the motivational factors used in the interaction between humans and technology (p. 1453). The article achieves each of these… Continue Reading...

Gothic Literature in 18th Century England

Century English Gothic Fiction The rise of Gothic fiction in English literature coincided with the advent of the Romantic Era at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. Gothic masterpieces such as Shelley's Frankenstein, Lewis's The Monk, and Stoker's Dracula would capture the imagination by fueling it with the flames of horror, suspense, other-worldliness and mystery. These elements are significant because the Age of Enlightenment had been characterized by a cold, objective, analytical focus on nature and humankind. It had been based on the concept that reason was sufficient to explain all events in the… Continue Reading...

Asian Bioethics and Towards Reconciliation

of the historical and sociological constraints are not acknowledged or disavowed in Chinese literature and academia in general. Until China or East Asia develops cohesive bioethical theories, the dualistic East/West divide remains. It is also important to qualify what bioethics is: "Ethics is all about preventing harm and suffering when they result from action, and understanding the meaning and functionally of harm," (p. 145). Pragmatic questions include how to reconcile situational ethics versus absolute ethics. Central to bioethics is also the concept of "the humane," which can be a universal moral imperative (p. 145). A universal moral imperative is… Continue Reading...

Neo Noir and Genre in Blade Runner

ways like the angry Ahab of Melville's classic work of American literature -- angrily lashing out at God, Fate, Nature and vowing to hunt down the whale. Indeed, both Blatty and Ahab shed a tear as they near then end in a profound moment that evokes incredible sympathy from the audience for their characters. In conclusion, with all of this said Blade Runner deals with the forces of good and evil by exploring them through the neo-noir, sci-fi lens where such issues are typically embellished or emphasized so as to give dramatic weight to the narrative. It enables the… Continue Reading...

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

these issues is massive, with many budding writers boosting the perception of literature as time passes. This paper seeks to evaluate and provide insight into the progress of English writing over a time period ranging from the post- independence period till the present time. Writing veterans who displayed the fifties' realism in their works are also compared with the burgeoning present day writers who bring their modern perspective to bear in appraising past ideas. Readers' attention is also drawn to the evolving language use patterns (Sharma, 2016, p. 60). At the twilight of the 1960s and the dawn of… Continue Reading...

Feminism in Frankenstein Introduction

author among two of the most prominent male figures in British literature, making her a self-affirmed equal and eschewing the derisive and misogynistic questions posed by the Publishers of Standard Novels. The subversion of gender roles in the introduction to Frankenstein does not end with Shelley's powerful role as author. In fact, a careful investigation of the chronology and facts of the introductory anecdote, in which she claims that she came to be enamored with ghost stories "translated from the German into the French," as inspiration for the novel, reveals inconsistencies that only careful literary criticism can reveal (17).… Continue Reading...

Analects Of Confucius Philosophy

Followership" (2008). All Volumes (2001-2008). Paper Kern, Martin. "Early Chinese literature, Beginnings through Western Han." In Owen, Stephen. The Cambridge History of Chinese literature, (2010). Volume 1: To 1375. Cambridge: Worrall, Simon. Why Is Confucius Still Relevant Today? His Sound Bites Hold Up. (2015) Retrieved 17 May 2017 from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150325-confucius-china-asia-philosophy-communist-party-ngbooktalk/ Continue Reading...

Harlem Renaissance Poems

him as to any white American of his age,” (“Harlem Renaissance: American literature and Art”). Implicit in Cullen’s poetic styles and formats was the belief in a blended identity, and yet the poem “Simon the Cyrenian Speaks” shows that Cullen indeed did struggle with the double consciousness. Langston Hughes took a different approach than Cullen did, in terms of poetic style, subject matter, and approaches to race. Contrary to Cullen, Hughes believed “black poets should create a distinctive Negro art, combating what he called the “urge within the race toward whiteness,” (“Harlem Renaissance: American literature and Art” 1). In… Continue Reading...

The Influence Of William Shakespeare and Robert Burns

playwrights, both Shakespeare and Burns have substantially influenced English literature and language as well as the British national identity. How did they come to acquire this status? This question constitutes the focus of this paper. The paper specifically demonstrates how Shakespeare and Burns became national bards, and their influence on English, Scottish, and British national identity. William Shakespeare: A Brief Account of His Life and Work Shakespeare was born and grew up in Warwickshire’s market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. As much of Shakespeare’s personal life remains a mystery, it is not known exactly when he was born. However, biographic records… Continue Reading...

Life Of Arthur Koestler

term extraordinary. Koestler would author scores of works of literature, including one relatively early on in his career which enable him to remain financially secure for the rest of his life (Menand). He was also a Jewish person who lived through both World Wars and endured firsthand persecution during the Spanish Civil War--an event which helped presage the Second World War. A man of both political and religious conviction, Koestler remained active on both fronts for the duration of his life. Moreover, his early literary success and activism rendered him a celebrity for the vast majority of his life.… Continue Reading...