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Topics in World Literature

The Role of Nonhuman Forces in Kafka on the Shore, a Novel by Haruki Murakami
Nonhuman Interactions and Agents in Kafka on the Shore As evidenced by several of Murakami’s works, the themes that deal with the metaphysical world are a common and pervasive part of Murakami’s beloved stories. Not one to shy away from heavily dealing with the esoteric mechanisms of the real world, Kafka on the Shore is...
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The Concept of Loss in the Mesopotamian Epic Gilgamesh
Influential and Ancient Concept: Loss The Mesopotamian epic, Gilgamesh, translated by David Ferry tells the tale of loss that has been so prominent to even stand around until this day and time. This concept of loss has especially been nurtured in the Mesopotamian time period because of the almost regular wars and battles t...
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The Harm of the Gender Hierarchy in the Literature Sunjata, Lysistrata, and the Tale of Genji
Throughout time, storytelling has evolved and changed with society. While oral storytelling is not as prevalent as it once was, the stories that were once passed down orally have now been written and passed through generations and cultures in this manner. However, the form that the story takes has not had an effect on story...
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An Analysis of the Play The Story of a Coat
The Story of a Coat The play begins with a stage empty except for five chairs. Three men and two women – Aniko, Haemon, Marie, Jingi and Lavrenti – walk onto the stage and take a seat. Lavrenti begins to talk to the audience. After introducing the actors, Lavrenti starts to speak about New Brighton and his curiosity of an...
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An Analysis of Muslim Doll of Sarajevski Malboro
Muslim Doll Analysis It can be inferred from the title, Muslim Doll of Sarajevski Malboro, that dolls play an important role in understanding the story. Despite the small number of times the word “doll” is mentioned (3 times), the author manages to snap an image of a doll inside the readers’ minds. Dolls generally repres...
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The Virtue of Perseverance in The Little Engine That Could, a Book by Watty Piper
Virtue in a kid's book I have read from easy books like "Dick and Jane" and "The Bobbsey
Twins," to more difficult and challenging literature like "Great
Expectations." One book that made a great impression on me is the classic
"The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper. In "The Little Engine That Could" o...
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An Analysis of the Cntroversy Related to the Novel Lolita
Sinful or Soulful: Lolita To whom it may concern: I am writing this letter in response to my 1955 novel, Lolita, being challenged by a Cabarrus County High School. I will not lie and say I cannot fathom reasons for the challenge; however I feel compelled to expand upon the meaning of my book and the controversy surroundin...
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A Comparison of the Film Conjuring and the Story The Feather Pillow
I watch horror movies because I vicariously want to experience complex and emotional contents. Conjuring in particular is one horror movie that gives me these experiences. This movie is scary in ways that I will explain in this essay. It is common in some ways to the story “The Feather Pillow.” Conjuring gives me an adrenal...
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The Representation of Society in the Novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
SOCIETY’S PURPOSE Society is a very powerful thing that has affected every single one of us in many different ways. It can push us towards greatness or do the complete opposite as well. The book talked about certain types of societies in very specific ways. Discrimination, racism, and effect on relationship in the novel...
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: Humbert's Attempts to Manipulate the Jury
Judgment Day: Humbert’s Attempts to Manipulate the Jury Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov is a famous novel narrated by a 37-year-old man named Humbert Humbert who has a strong admiration for young girls. Humbert takes advantage of the role of the narrator by using rhetoric in order to influence the readers into thinking t...
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The Context, Development, and Impact of The Arabian Nights (The Thousand and One Nights) as a Literary Orientalist Work
The Arabian Nights has been present in the discipline of literature since the dawn of time. It is a collection of stories and fairy tales rooted in a Persian prototype which was written before the ninth century. Other stories of it go back to the Mesopotamian, Indian, and Egyptian cultures, to mention but a few. The Thousan...
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A Review of the Author's Main Points in The Serpents Among Us, a Book by Patrick Crough
Book Review: The Serpents Among Us The book The Serpents Among Us describes former Rochester Police Officer and Investigator Patrick Crough’s accounts of violent sexual predators acts on victims during his service. The book also gives readers information on how to detect sexual predator activity and ways to protect their...
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Nora's Struggle to Escape the Grasp of Her Husband in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House follows Nora’s struggles to escape the firm grasp of her domineering husband. Throughout the novel, Nora is depicted as obedient to her husband, Torvald, and never dares to stand up to him. Torvald’s condescension and thinly veiled misogyny continuously confines Nora to her strict 19th century...
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Never Give Up, Avoid Illegal Actions, and the Superiority of Men Over Women in A Doll's House, a Play by Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House Essay A Doll's House is a play written by Norwegian playwright, Henrik
Ibsen in 1879. This play focuses on the relationship between Nora and
Torvald Helmer. After reading the plot summary of A Doll's House, I have
learned that one must never give up, one should not commit illegal actions,
and that men...
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The Five Pillars of Islam in Midaq Alley, a Book by Naguib Mahfouz
The 5 Pillars of Islam Within Midaq Alley The five pillars in the Islamic religion play a large role in the novel Midaq Alley. Some characters exemplify their belief strongly while others seem to have no part in it. Their religious views seem to affect their life and have helped me better understand some specific character...
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The Role of Islam in the Lives of the Characters in Midaq Alley, a Novel by Naguib Mahfouz
The Islamic Religion Implemented in Midaq Alley Islam plays a large role in some of the character’s lives in the novel Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz. Some characters exemplify their belief strongly while others seem to have no part in it. After many of their sentences some characters always end with “Praise be to God”, yet...
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The Role of Morality in the Ancient Icelandic Society in Hrafnkel's Saga, a Book by Jon Helgason
Hrafnkel’s Saga is a story about a Pagan priest, Hrafnkel, who rises to power as a chieftain in the land of Adalbol. A man named Thorbjorn sends his son, Einar, to help as a shepherd on Hrafnkel’s farm. Einar makes a huge mistake, and is killed by Hrafnkel. This becomes the turn of the story; it marks where the plot begins...
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The Concept of the Oedipus Complex in the Biblical Creation Story
There are many different interpretations of the creation story and with many different translations and adaptations, it is possible to get lost in all the voices. Sigmund Freud was a neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. Writing several different theories on the psychology of man, Freud wrote on the Oedipus Complex...
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The Use of Symbolism, Tone, and Syntax in Eating Together, a Poem by Li-Young Lee
Within the poem “Eating Together” by Li-Young Lee, a family gathers around a table for lunch. While this may seem rather simplistic and boring at first glance, Lee is able to take this rather simplistic scene and make it meaningful. Lee uses symbolism, a somber, yet also hopeful tone and syntax to portray how unity and love...
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The Animal Leaders in Disgrace, a Novel by J.M. Coetzee
Animals as Leaders Animals in literature often times are used as symbols whose allegorical meanings elucidate the true meaning of plot points and character developments. Ironically, connecting human action to the actions of animals allows for a greater understanding of the characters in literature and their role in the wor...
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An Analysis of Sexual Symbolism in Cinderella Written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
“Cinderella” was written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the late 1700’s in Germany. The Cinderella story is a fairy tale. The target audience of Jacob and Wilhelm’s “Cinderella”, however, was primarily adults and teenagers. The primary focus of the Fairy Tale genre is to entertain, it preaches a moral, and it represents and...
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The Life and Literary Works of the Chilean Poet and Politician, Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda Thesis Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, stands as one of the most famous and widely read poets throughout the world today. His most famous book, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, which portrays his love of women, was translated in over twenty languages and, like much of his other works, has over one mil...
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The Narrator's Journey in the Poem The Seafarer Bringing Him Closer to God
During the poem “The Seafarer” a sailor goes through a journey off at sea and discovers how his life’s journey through the dangerous sea is a factor that could bring him closer to God.The narrator depicts an overall message: in order to get to heaven you'll have to go through the dangerous journey of life and forget all of...
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An Analysis of the Work Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche, born in 1844 in what is now Germany, was one of the most well known philosophers of his time. Creating many philosophies that are still critiqued today, Nietzsche was known for his views on Christianity, nihilists, and the Germanic society, as well as many of his own philosophies, such as his famous ph...
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The Literary Elements in Happy Marriage, a Poem by Taslima Nasrin
The poem “Happy Marriage” by Taslima Nasrin is filled with irony, beginning at the title. It is a first-person account of a woman devotedly loving an abusive husband. The speaker invokes sadness and indignation by providing a snapshot of an abusive, submissive relationship, filled with allusion, metaphors, anaphora, and ima...
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