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A Short Review of Hershey Herself, a Book by Cecilia Galante
Hershey Herself is about Hershey Hollenback, Daisy Hollenback, and baby Ella having to go to a battered women’s shelter after Daisy’s abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Slade West. This book will have you at the edge of your seat begging for more. Before you know it you will be finished with it and you will want to kn...
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The Theme of Religion in Gone With the Wind, a Novel by Margaret Mitchell
The dictionary’s definition of religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. O’Connor was born and raised a roman catholic. The Catholic faith is similar to Christian faith. The main difference between Catholicism and Christianity can be demonstrated from their...
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Abstract Thinking in All Summer in a Day, a Short Story by Ray Bradbury
All Summer in a Day The children in “All summer in a day” the children live on Venus. They only see the sun once every 7 years. Even after they wait for so long they only see it for 2 hours. Ray Bradbury used a lot of figurative language in his short story to encourage abstract thinking. Abstract thinking is the ability to...
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The Metaphors in Total Eclipse, an Essay by Annie Dillard
In her essay “Total Eclipse,” Annie Dillard uses metaphors to tell the reader about her unforgettable life experience viewing a total eclipse. The metaphors help to make the essay more thought-provoking and not a simple read. The metaphors encourage the reader to think about what he or she read and reflect on the adventure...
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The Leitmotif of the Coyote in The Tortilla Curtain, a Book by T.C. Boyle
The Tortilla Curtain – An Essay Topic: The leitmotif of the Coyote: While reading “The Tortilla Curtain”, a book written by T. C. Boyle, I especially paid attention to the leitmotif of the coyote and I found out that the coyote is a symbol which leads through the whole story of the two completely different couples – the A...
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Fiction and Reality in the Stories A Hunger Artist by Franz The Somebody by Danny Santiago
A Hunger Artist is a Somebody Too. Metafiction questions the relationship between fiction and reality. It is used as a way to ask the reader what does this fictional story say about reality, without literally stating the question. Challenging thoughts about the reality of the story, Franz Kafka and Danny Santiago are...
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The Use of Figurative Language in the Prose Passage by Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the Prose Passage, Ralph Waldo Emerson's attitude towards nature is very obvious. He illustrates to the reader that he not only enjoys nature, but he is charmed and connected to it. Emerson expresses how nature correlates to our lives and yet how completely complex it still is. In this passage, he also explores the diff...
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The Consequences of Being Overly Dependent on Advanced Technology in The Veldt, a Short Story by Ray Bradbury
The Advanced Hidden Killer By Allen The Veldt is a short story written by Ray Bradbury who is an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. It tells that once there is a family living in a house which is full of advanced technology. It is able to do almost everything for them...
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Fear of Disappointment, Refusal to Feel Loved, and Inability to Express Emotion in the Right Way in The Catcher in the Rye, a Novel by J.D. Salinger
Holden's Family Relationship In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the novel, is a boy who feels alienated by the world around him promoted by his dislike for the corruption of adulthood. As a result of his immaturity, he has a difficult relationship with people because he fails to...
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Arrogance on Everest in Into Thin Air, a Book by Jon Krakauer
Arrogance on Everest In Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, arrogance was the initializing factor that led to the disaster on Everest of 1996. Fischer and Hall’s competitive spirits along with their consistent cocky remarks, tamper with the team’s view on the expedition. Mt. Everest is a relentless, unforgiving killer and becaus...
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A Character Analysis of Curley's Wife From Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men: Curley’s Wife In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck’s characterization of Curley’s wife causes the reader to have sympathy for her because in chapters four and five she was presented from the exact opposite side of usual “jailbait” and “tart”. During her conversation with Crooks, Candy, and Lennie in Crook’s room,...
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The Unfair Role of Race in the Criminal Justice System in Just Mercy, a Book by Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is almost like a real life version of To Kill A Mockingbird. It is a story of multiple instances where people were wrongly or unfairly convicted. Bryan Stevenson is the lawyer who represents these people free of charge. Many of these cases display how race plays an unfair role in the criminal j...
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The Theme of Self-Education in Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie
Self-Education What does it really mean to be self-educated? There are many different components of what it takes to be self-educated. In the case of Sherman Alexie’s Superman and Me, we see that self-education is not only just learning what a word is, and what a few letters thrown together looks like. Instead it is taking...
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The Baker's Change in A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver
A Small, Good Thing Though Raymond Carver’s short stories would not be considered happy or uplifting in the traditional sense, many of his characters experience some sort of awakening or positive change by the end of their story. One such character is the baker from A Small, Good Thing. His character does not have a gradua...
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The Social Issue of Racism in RRR Dhlomo's The Death of Masaba
The Death of Masaba RRR Dhlomo’s The Death of Masaba deals with the social issue of racism and the idea that the lives of black people are meaningless. The reader sees instances of racism throughout the story, and it is so intense that it results in a young man’s death. Masaba is a young man on his second day of working...
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The Fictional Elements in Flight Patterns, a Short Story by Sherman Alexie
The short story “Flight Patterns” by Alexie Sherman is centralized on the life of the key character, William, a wholesome ritualistic Indian living in Washington and is much aware of varied American trivia. He is a businessman with full compassion for his job but hates leaving his family though he often travels and is also...
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The Life of Joseph Charnetski in The Trumpeter of Krakow, a Novel by Eric P. Kelly
The Trumpeter of
Krakow The Trumpeter of Krakow took place in the early 1260's. The story
itself is in the large city of Krakow, Ukraine. Joseph Charnetski is the focus character in The Trumpeter of Krakow.
He was a fifteen year old boy who used to live with his father and mother
in the Ukraine countryside un...
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A Child's Innocence in Boy's Life, a Novel by Robert McCammon
Innocence of a Child Everybody starts off as an innocent child. Eventually that mindset of being a child starts to be broken by the realities of life. Innocence is not protected. Each person will eventually have their beliefs about the world altered as they grow older. Innocence is when a person is either oblivious or does...
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Masi's Transformation in The Wash by Philip Kan Gotanda
Masi’s Transformation In The Wash, by Philip Kan Gotanda, Masi’s character transformation begins when she battles with the expectations of being a Japanese American woman. As a mother and a wife, Masi challenges the prescribed role she has to upkeep. Defining her brilliant ability, Masi decides to take charge and subsequen...
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The Idea of Empathizing with the Traditional Villain in Morphology of the Hit, an Essay by Leslie Jamison
How to Empathize with a Stranger The main character within a story is almost always identified as a hero. When reading a book, a person is typically expected to empathize with this character above all others, the villain especially. In her essay “Morphology of the Hit”, Leslie Jamison plays with this common conception, pla...
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The Author's Similarly Reckless Adventures in Into the Wild, a Novel by Jon Krakauer
On Into the Wild The ordering of the information presented in Krakauer's Into the Wild
made sense to me. The way the events were put together with the different
accounts of the people Krakauer interviewed made McCandless' story more
interesting than if it had been told in a sequential fashion. A large
portion of the...
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A Reflection on the Actions of Alex in Into the Wild, a Book by Jon Krakaeur
Thoughts on Into the Wild After reading about McCandless' adventure in Into the Wild, I'm a
little on the fence about his decision to leave himself at the whim of
nature. I agree somewhat with the statements that accuse McCandless of
being wildly romantic, but I don't agree with the opinion that he was
arrogant. I'm...
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The Inconsiderate Behavior of Chris McCandless in Into the Wild, a Book by Jon Krakauer
Krakauer's Into the Wild: The Lesser Side of Chris McCandless In his text Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer investigates the two-year journey of a young boy who was driven as much by recklessness as he was by passion. The boy, Chris McCandless, had set out in 1990 to pursue a daring dream: survival in the Alaskan bush. During hi...
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The Transformation of Ma in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a Novel by Grace Lin
Martin Luther King Jr. once said,“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” This quote connects to our story by telling us there is hope. Ma realizes that there is hope for Minli to bring them good fortune through the Goldfish Man’s story. She shows she has changed by telling a parable. The Go...
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The Use of the Symbolism of the Fire Escape, the Theme of Memory, and Stage Directions in The Glass Menagerie, a Play by Tennessee Williams
Independent Reading Quarter Two: The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie depicts the life of Amanda and her adult children Tom and Laura, as a small family trying to find their way in life. Playwright Tennessee Williams uses the symbol of the fire escape, the theme of memory, and stage directions all to guide his audience...
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