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A Literary Analysis of My Favorite Novels Life of Frederick Douglass; An American Slave, Rip Van Winkle, and The Masque of the Red Death
Literature is one of the most enjoyable pieces of arts in life; therefore a brief adventure into my three Favourites and the least favourite topic of literature this term will show you how they magically blew my mind by exposing it to the beauty of literature. Therefore, this short analysis explores my favourites novels tha...
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The Theme of Opression in How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston, and Underground
Oppression: Then, and Now Oppression is prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control over someone. It is something that has been a constant movement throughout generations. Some examples of oppression in today’s society would include lower education and job opportunities. My two pieces of work, How it Feels to be Colore...
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Realizing Reality in How It Feels to Be Coloured Me by Zora Neal Hurston
Realizing Reality At what moment in our childhood do we realize the real from the fantasy? Now a day the differences aren’t as harsh as they were in the earlier times but they are still evident. For a simple example, once a child turns about 5 they realize that Santa Claus does not exist. Back in the day it was harsher l...
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The Themes of Traumatic Memory, Motherhood, and Home in the Poem Memory by Chris van Wyk
The Painful Grip of Memory In his poem, Memory, Chris van Wyk explores the themes of traumatic memory, motherhood, and home, with reference to an event in the speaker’s childhood which leaves his mother severely injured. The poem begins with a description of a happy, relaxed kitchen scene. The speaker is playing on the fl...
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The Importance of Family in A Raisin in the Sun, a Play by Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry wrote the playwright, A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. It was influenced by Harlem by Langston Hughes. It was set in an apartment in Chicago, Illinois. The genre of this playwright is a realist drama. The costumes were very old-fashioned. The women wore long, conservative dresses. The men...
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The Characterization of Delia and Sykes and Sykes' Ironic Death as Plot Drivers in "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston
Sweat Essay In “Sweat,” Zora Neale Hurston uses characterization of Delia and Sykes, the symbolism of the house, and Sykes’ ironic death to tell the story of Delia and Sykes and advance the plot. In the story, Delia is immediately characterized as a hard-working woman by showing her doing laundry though, “Any other ni...
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Americans Oppressing Americans in the Literary Works of Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley: Subverting American Oppression Phillis Wheatley was certainly an anomaly of her time. Having shown a keen intelligence when she was bought into the Wheatley family, Phillis, despite her slave status, was granted the right to an education, which fostered in her a love of writing and, especially, of poetry....
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A Literary Analysis of a Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King In Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail he references many famous people who have often fought for the freedom of others. This gives evidence to the arguments that he makes and provides a common ground of understanding for the reader and everyone else. His assertions were bold just as he was...
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The Expressions of the Eye in Beloved, a Book by Toni Morrison
It is embedded within human nature to keep secrets, lock away memories, and hold truths only fully known to oneself. Yet, the human body is not impermeable to fully concealing these truths. The eyes have always been known to be the windows to the soul, yet, in the book Beloved, Toni Morrison takes that ideology to an entire...
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Sexual Oppression and Exploitation in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, a Narrative by Harriet Jacobs
Over the course of the early history of slavery and of the women enslaved there has been a narrative of sexual oppression and exploitation from white male masters and their female slaves. There has also been an oppressing and abandoning narrative of enslaved mothers. The events that occurred during slavery has continued to...
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The Social, Class, and Gender Inequalities During the Victorian Era in The Turn of the Screw, a Novella by Henry James
Inequalities in the Victorian Era To understand the uncles and the governess’s motivations in Henry James’ Novella, The Turn of the Screw, the reader must recognize the social, class, and gender inequalities between men and women during the Victorian era. During the time the Victorian era, women and men were not equal, b...
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The Relationship Between the Slave Family and Their Owner Hiram Sweet in the Play The Drinking Gourd by Lorraine Hansberry
Throughout history, slavery has been one of the toughest topics to discuss. When one thinks about slavery, they immediately know that the main topic is the struggle between Blacks and Whites. One thinks of how heartless White people were towards Blacks. In the play The Drinking Gourd by Lorraine Hansberry, she discusses a...
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The Character of Mama in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun Many people seek an ideal dream in their life, whether it’s to be happy, rich, or even just to be surrounded by family. For Mama in A Raisin in the Sun, the most important thing in life is to see her family achieve their dreams and have faith in themselves. Mama also strives to live in a nicer house so...
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An Analysis pf Pathos, Ethos and Logos in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Analysis of Pathos, Ethos, and Logos in A Raisin in the Sun In Lorraine Hansberry's classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, four family members with contrasting dreams each attempt to convince the rest of the family that theirs is the most appropriate use of a $10,000 insurance check, until they all are faced with the threat of...
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The Theme of Suffering in Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin
The Theme of Suffering on Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin In the 1965 publication of Going to Meet the Man, a collection of short literature, James Baldwin’s 1957 short story Sonny’s Blues was published. This story went on to become a widely respected piece due to the relatability and tragic story of drug addicted musicia...
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An Analysis of the Literary Devices Used in Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Cry, the Beloved Country Literary Analysis One of South Africa’s most prominent novels is Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. Paton’s writing style, while not primarily complicated and hard to follow, has an essence to it that makes his writing eloquent. The format in which Paton uses literary devices, symbolism, and d...
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The Importance of Trust Between Leaders and Their Followers in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
A Transformation (Raisin in the Sun Essay) Stephen Covey once said “Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” Trust is important between leaders and their followers. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee Younger goes...
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The Defense Mechanism in Kia Corthon's Coming Down Burning
As a race, humans tend to hide insecurities away where others are not able to detect them to avoid judgment or pity from others. This defense mechanism can be seen as anger, denial, and even times, as readers see in Kia Corthron’s Coming Down Burning, confidence. From reading this play, one can establish that Skoolie may ex...
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The Use of Point of View and Symbolism in Highlighting Social Inequalities in Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson
Toni Cade Bambara’s quizzical short story “The Lesson” shows the need for education amongst young people. Bambara utilizes first person point of view and symbolism to highlight social inequalities and how they characterize the adult narrator’s memory. Through the use of first person point of view, Bambara draws attention t...
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The Truth in The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Craft
The Truth within The Bondwoman's Narrative Speculation as to whether or not Hannah Craft wrote The Bondwoman's Narrative continues to rise and be debated. Scholars, such as Henry Louis Gates Jr., believed that Hannah Craft wrote the narrative as not many people would have willing stated that they were African American du...
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An Analysis of Dudley Randall's Ballad of Birmingham
Dudley Randall was born on the 14th of January, 1914 in Washington, D.C. Randall led a life of intellectual exploration, service, and literary entrepreneurship. He started writing poetry at an early age, and filled notebooks throughout his years, drawing on the civil right movements, work experiences, travels, and personal...
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The Significance of Education in the Lesson, a Short Story by Toni Cade Bambara
“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” A quote by Jack Kerouac, deeply personifies the image Miss Moore wanted to embed in impoverished kids minds. The image of being able to do anything, to be anybody as long as you take your education seriously. The author of The lesson Toni C...
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The Different Perspectives on the Caged Bird's Thoughts in the Poems Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
In each two out of the three poems we read in class there were two slightly varying perspectives on the caged bird’s thoughts. Paul Laurence Dunbar describes the bird violently. He says, “And a pain sill throbs in the old, old scars and they pulse again with a keener sting- I know why he beats his wing”. Dunbar makes certai...
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The Idea of Displacement in the Novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Final Exam 1) Maya Angelou- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings One of the major ideas we discussed around this book was the idea of displacement. In this passage Maya and her peers are listening to a white man speak to their class. In this scenario Maya is feeling displaced in a place where she normally feels at home. When t...
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Okonkwo's Colonial Experience in the Novel No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
No Longer at Ease; Colonial Experience Many issues arise out of post-colonialism, and nonetheless numerous authors have tried to tackle them and bring them to light. However, few can express the challenges so simply, yet effectively as author Chinua Achebe did with his novel No Longer at Ease. The book tells the story of O...
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