Samples "American Literature"

American Literature

St. Augustine’s Confessions

It is easy to relate to St. Augustine’s Confessions, particularly when Augustine speaks about the death of his friend (Augustine, 2001). Two parts of his recollection stood out to me. The first was the passage in which he talks about putting too much stock in a friendship and loving a...

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“The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop

The poem The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop combines both an everyday experience and a feeling that approaches an almost mystical ecstasy. Indeed, the central thrust of the poem lies in the way in which Bishop is able to generate this intensity of feeling out of careful interaction the details an...

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“Reason” – Isaac Asimov

In Isaac Asimov’s famed short story, Reason, the narrator plays a significant role. As with most short stories, the narrator is not just telling the story, but rather, is shaping the action and influencing the way in which the reader understands the plot, the characters, and the overall reality in...

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One Art: Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth's Bishop “One Art” is a poem that contain an apparently resigned and uninterested registration of the nature of loss as something that naturally occurs throughout the course of a life time. Throughout the poem, this loss is treated as both a fixed and an abstract quality which pervades one's...

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Robert Frost vs Walt Whitman

In “The Road Not Taken,” Frost opens the poem in the first stanza with an apology for not being able to travel both roads. The tone of the apology suggests it is a prelude for a wise life lesson. By stanza two, the descriptive sight word “grassy” is used as...

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The Scarlet Letter

In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote an intriguing story set in Boston during the time of the Puritans. The story revolves around the character of Hestor Prynne, who gives birth to a daughter, Pearl, out-of-wedlock. She is married, but living separately from her husband and is therefore found guilty...

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“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Play

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams tells the story of one family during a single evening, with the result being that the events of that brief period portray a microcosm of the themes that characterize this group of people. Lies and deceit pervade the family life of...

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Night by Elie Wiesel

What is the author’s perception of his work? In the preface, the author explains that of all his works, Night is the most important one. It is the epitome of his work as a writer. (p. 3) What human qualities does Wiesel appeal to? He appeals to compassion. In the...

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Night: Section Five

Essential Question: What happened to Elie and his father during the evacuation from Bona? Key Terms and Characters: Buchenwald was another concentration camp where the remaining prisoners were evacuated. Rabbi Elihahu was a priest from Poland who had earned everyone’s respect in Buna. He was especially good at bringing peace...

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Night: Conflict Chart

Directions: Use the chart below to record examples of the different types of conflict you read about in Night CONFLICT EXAMPLE FROM THE TEXT CHANGE IN ELIE CHARACTER VS. NATURE Pages 92-98 Several scenarios are present in chapter 6 and 7. They include the following; Prisoners were using their fellows’...

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Grapes of Wrath Essay

The Grapes of Wrath is clearly a controversial novel that challenges predominant themes and ideas in contemporary American life, together with the time in which it was written. Two of these themes may be seen to be the relationship between economic freedom and individual happiness and the idea that the...

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Of Mice And Men Themes

In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, having a dream helps the men by giving them hope and meaning. George and Lennie both talk about their unique dream of the farm they hope to own, and it becomes clear that this dream is something that keeps them moving forward...

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Man’s Search For Meaning

Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning describes his experiences in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz (Frankl 1985). These experiences inspired his ideas concerning meaning and meaninglessness. In a sense what makes Frankl’s ideas so powerful is that he was able to himself find—and to stress the importance of anyone,...

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Coming Of Age Essay

Ann Moody’s book Coming of Age in Mississippi is a powerful memoir that describes what it is like to develop into a full-fledged civil rights activist in Mississippi during a difficult time. Moody is a person who would eventually become a powerful voice for equal rights, but it did not...

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Psychological Events In The Scarlet Letter

Introduction In a very real sense, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a novel completely centered on symbolism. The mark of the title, so critical to the life and identity of Hester Prynne, dominates every page, as Hester's fate is the crux of the novel. This is not unexpected in...

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The Catcher in the Rye Essay

With direct connection to the title of the novel, the theme of the protection of innocence in J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is explored through the eyes of central character Holden Caulfield. At various points of the story Holden experiences the struggles of growing up, the harsh...

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Analysis of the Setting in John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums”

While this piece can be analyzed from many different perspectives, the setting in “The Chrysanthemums” is one that is quite important in understanding the overall theme of the story. In the first line, the reader finds out that it takes place in Salinas Valley, which is John Steinbeck’s place of...

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“That Room by Tobias Wolff

1. I think the narrator describes his life at home and at school as “inessential” in comparison to the life from the exciting stories of Eduardo because the teenager thinks nothing interesting happens in his life. The narrator probably thinks that, when he is at home or at school, he...

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Super Sad True Love Story

The preservation of youth can prove to be both beneficial and a destructive force when implemented in literature and society. Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story is no different; throughout the epistolary novel, youth in the form of Eunice Park is what captures the fascination of main protagonist Lenny...

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“The Story of an Hour” Essay

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is filled with many examples of irony. Irony exists in literature when the author uses specific words or situations that offer both an expected meaning to the reader as well as meaning that opposes what is traditionally acceptable. For instance, the reader...

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