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Connecting Cultural and Historical Ideas to Panem in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Ancient Rome Historical Connections When reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, I was able to connect a few cultural and historical ideas to the main setting; Panem. Coming from the latin expression, “Panem et Circenses,” the word “Panem” means “Bread and Circuses,” a term used to define the techniques used by the R...
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The Commercialism and Consumer Culture in Feed by M.T. Anderson
“When we got off the ship, our feeds were going fugue with all the banners. The hotels were jumping on each other, and there was bumff from like the casinos and mud slides and the gift shops and places where you could rent extra arms. I was trying to talk to Link, but I couldn't because I was getting bannered so hard, and I...
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Cassia's Questioning of the World in Matched, a Book by Ally Condie
The Beginning of a Better World? “Matching Department –  goal:  to provide the healthiest possible future citizens for our Society, and to provide the best chances for interested citizens to experience successful Family Life.  It is of the utmost importance to the Society that the Matches be as optimal as possible. “ C...
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A Review of The Experimenters: Twelve Great Chemists, a Book by Margery Evernden
The first thing I noted about this book was that it was 400 pages. After getting halfway through The Experimenters: Twelve Great Chemists and deciding to start reading this book at the same time I was not too delighted. The first chapter confused me but I knew immediately that it would be at least remotely more interesting...
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The Hero's Journey in S.E. Hinton's Novel The Outsiders
In the novel The Outsiders by SE. Hinton, Ponyboy discovers that Greasers and Socs are not as stereotypical as the Greasers think, and that each are unique people with varied interests. The heroes’ journey is a framework upon which all stories dating back to Greek mythology follow, and the main character(s) embark upon. Thi...
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Single White Male: Normality in Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Single White Male: Normality in Girls Like Us The fate of normality is perpetually in question. The novel Girls Like Us, by Gail Giles, attempts to address the issue of normality and finds that normal people are white males. As the representation of minority groups in the media continues to increase, the line between norma...
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A Review of The Giver, a Novel by Lois Lowry
Removing Societies Blindfold: The Giver More than 10 million copies of the 1994 Newberry Medal winning book The Giver have been sold, which raises the question of why it is so popular. I, myself, read the book in middle school English and immediately fell in love with the work. I have always been fascinated by utopian soci...
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Lowry's The Giver and Davidson's My Mother's Case od Dementia: Ignorance Is Bliss
If a girl likes chocolate cake yet monitors her calorie intake very
closely, she would be happier not knowing the fact that a whole cake is
about 3,000 calories. Someone telling her that the thing she loves has a
lot of calories would make her unhappy as she would worry about it. This
real life example shows that ignorance...
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A Summary of Rush by Jonathan Friesen
Jake is a daredevil who feels the constant need for an adrenaline rush, without it he feels confused, clouded, he can't think straight, it's all for the rush and all of his reckless stunts have made him infamous in his town; he's hurt other people and gotten himself expelled. When he feels like his life is slowly falling ap...
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The Admirable Qualities of Melinda Sordino in Speak, a Book by Laurie Halse Anderson
Have you ever pondered about what qualities a person needs in order to be admirable? Melinda Sordino is an admirable and inspirational character in the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, who has three exceptional qualities. These qualities are courage, honesty, and perseverance. These qualities are admirable because, with...
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