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Topics in Canadian Literature

A Comprehensive Review of The Life of Pi, a Novel by Yann Martel
Narrative Essay Books are great, they can broaden your scope of knowledge and expose you to different aspects of the human experience. You can live through people you otherwise never could and get a taste of what it would be like to be in their present position and even sometimes they can leave a very big impact on you. Alt...
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Anna as the Cause of John's Death in The Painted Door, a Short Story by Sinclair Ross
The Painted Door by James Sinclair Ross The Painted Door is a short story written by Canadian author Sinclair Ross in 1941. The story is about a lonely farmer’s wife one winter, as her husband goes off for the day to check on his elderly father five miles away in the middle of a blizzard. But what is to blame for the sad...
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The Influence of a Person's Character on the Individual's Actions in Lives of the Saints, a Book by Nino Ricci
In literature, a person’s character dictates the choice that ultimately decides the course of the individual’s life and people surrounding the individual. In the book Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci the character Cristina Innocente life drastically changes immediately following the affair. . A person’s character influence...
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The Eternal Past in Station Eleven, a Book by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven: The Undying Past The past identifies people, whether it is good or bad, whether people want it to be forgotten or remembered, the past stays with people throughout their entire lives. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is about a post-pandemic world where 80% of the world’s population had been wiped ou...
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Taking Charge of Life in Runaway, a Collection of Short Stories by Alice Munro
In Alice Munro’s Runaway we see a powerful array of short stories about the lives of women who lived in very different times. Through these short stories it can be seen that these women both choose to take charge of their lives as well as deal with the unpredictable powers of life and the unexpected turns that life can mak...
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The Importance of Love in A Real Life by Alice Munro
Passage for reference: A man came along and fell in love with Dorrie Beck. At least he wanted to marry her. It was true. “If her brother was alive, she would never have needed to get married,” Millicent said. What did she mean? Not something shameful. And she didn’t mean money either. She meant that love had existed, kin...
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A Short Review of The Life of Pi, a Novel by Yann Martel
Life of Pi Yann Martel’s Life of Pi thus far has been an incredibly interesting read. Although in the beginning it is sort of hard to get into, one will find that once they’re knee deep in the book, it’s hard to turn away. The book has been really adventurous for me, and I find myself wishing to vicariously live through Pi...
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The Conflicts in Rape Fantasies, a Short Story by Margaret Atwood
“B” Paper In Margaret Atwood’s “Rape Fantasies” the element of conflict found is used to highlight a broader picture concerning matriarchal position in society, especially amongst the subject of rape. With several disputes, such as desire for control, vulnerability and stereotypes, Atwood is able to portray her issue. The...
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A Review of the Life of Pi, a Novel by Yann Martel
Some may think that having more than one religion is a taboo but Piscine Molitor Patel sees it as a way to love God in his many ways. “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God” (87). He seems to be a deeply religious person, right from the start. Also as a charming character with all his little qu...
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A Review of Piscine Patel, a Character in the Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Surviving upon the high waters of the sea sounds like a stereotypical cliched survival plot but in this case, it’s something completely original. A 16 year old boy and a 450 pounds Bengal Tiger, ferocious and untamed, share a small compact lifeboat for 227 days. It may sound like an absurd idea but this piece of realistic f...
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Theme Analysis in Anne of Green Gables, a Story by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This story, ‘Anne of Green Gables’, talks about an orphan named Anne Shirley. This whole story starts with a mistake. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert wanted to adopt a boy, instead they got a skinny, red-haired, freckled-faced girl. They were going to bring her back to the orphanage, but after spending time with this poor girl...
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The Influences in the Life of Charlotte in the Metaphor, a Story by Budge Wilson
The Metaphor Essay In ‘The Metaphor’, Budge Wilson introduces us to two characters that greatly impact our protagonist’s, Charlotte, life. The story gives us three main characters: Charlotte, her mother, and her teacher Ms. Hancock. Charlotte’s mom and Ms. Hancock are opposite extremes. The main differences between these...
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The Symbolism of Animals in Yann Martel's Novel Life of Pi
Throughout the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the protagonist, Pi, is shown on a boat with four animals which each represent a part of Pi’s psyche. As the animals each meet an end, certain parts of Pi’s personality disappear. Not counting Richard Parker, who represents Pi’s himself, the zebra represents Pi’s innocence, t...
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The Dystopic Elements in Oryx and Crake, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
Dystopic literature includes novels or stories based on fictitious worlds and societies describing a captivating vision of the future. This type of literature often depicts a specific group of people confined to only knowing what they are taught, which limits their understanding of the world in significant ways. Dystopian n...
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A Critical Analysis of the New Literacy, an Essay by Clive Thompson
Reading Response Essay As we are entering an age of computers we often think about how it has changed our lives. In Clive Thompson’s ‘The New Literacy’ he talks about that. Thompson describes many details in the new world of technology and with that he talks about how it helps the newest generation write essays, how writin...
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The Important Factors That Create a Lucky Combination to Unlock the Potential for Success in an Individual in the Book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcom Gladwell, the author of Outliers, discusses important factors that create a lucky combination for an individual to unlock the potential for success; this lucky combination is what sets individuals apart from others, making them outliers. The factors that lead toward success go beyond analytical intelligence,and the...
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Religion in Yann Martel's Life of Pi
The central theme of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi concerns religion and human faith in God. Pi has studied and memorized the stories of all the various incarnations of the Hindu gods, maintaining shrines in his home to many of them. He also possesses a crucifix and a rosary, going to church on Sundays and praying to Jesus. Last...
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An Analysis of the Book The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO by Robin Sharma
For this paper I chose a book that I casually found in my mother’s bedroom when I was a child, the name of this book is “The Saint, The Surfer, and The CEO” and it was written by Robin Sharma. The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO is a motivational book that shows the readers how to have a full and satisfactory life. The book t...
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An Analysis of the Motivations and Actions of People in Love Portrayed through the Character of Rose in Alice Munro's The Beggar Maid
When does the conflict arise in a relationship between a man and
woman? At the beginning? Not usually. Many romantic relationships between a
man and a woman are formed with reasons that are plain, simple, and easy.
Complications usually begin to bubble up, under the surface, once some time
has passed and the couple really s...
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An Analysis of Marriages in the Other Paris, a Short Story by Mavis Gallant
The following passage is an excerpt from "The Other Paris," a short story by the Canadian writer Mavis Gallant. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-written essay, explain how the author uses narrative voice and characterization to provide social commentary. A short story called "The Other Paris," written by Mavi...
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The Different Uses of Language in The Handmaid's Tale,a Novel by Margaret Atwood
Language as a Tool for Power One of Margaret Atwood’s most intricate and prevalent themes in The Handmaid’s Tale is the use of language to increase power, to suppress freedom, and to survive. In the futuristic world of Gilead, the government has taken away the power of literacy from women, which is the most effective metho...
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The Lack of Hero in the Dystopian Novel The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
When one imagines the typical dystopian novel, the generally contains image contains escapeless suffering and despair, with one hero or cause trying to turn over the oppression. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, is plentiful in the first, but lacks the latter. A patriarchal, totalitarian society full of strict laws a...
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The Use of Snake Imagery in the Poems The Double-Headed Snake by John Newlove and Snake by D.H. Lawrence
The use of the snake to symbolize evil, fear and terror is a common
literary device in literature. A good number of classical and even modern
poets continue to use the snake to depict the evil nature of man, as well
as his fear towards the natural environment. However, despite the common
use of snakes in literary works, poe...
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The Concept of Discovery in the Play Rainbow's End by Jane Harrison and the Poem To This Day by Shane Koyczan
Discovery Essay: In the process and the experiences of discovery an individual’s view will change as they generate new perspectives, ideas and values. Rediscoveries further this as the individual continually reassess their selves and the world around them seeking truth and self-worth. This is powerfully and uniquely presen...
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A Literary Analysis of the Journey in The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In Yann Martel’s novel, The Life of Pi, the titular character, Piscine Molitor Patel, undergoes an arduous journey at sea aboard a small lifeboat after the destruction of his original vessel at the hands of a powerful storm. However, accompanying Pi is a dangerous passenger - an adult Bengal tiger. Pi’s physical journey, wh...
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