The Broken Chain, by MFK, Child Abuse Essay There has always been a fine line between discipline and child abuse. What a parent thinks is right may not always be what is healthy for a child. “The Broken Chain,” by M.F.K. fisher is an essay about a young girls history of child abuse. Though many people feel that disciplining a child physically is acceptable, abuse is abuse! In “The Broken Chain,” M.F.K. Fisher feels she wasn’t abused as a child. She saw being...
In Ann Radcliffe's "The Italian", the very first thing that we see described is a veiled woman: "It was in the church of San Lorenzo at Naples, in the year 1758, that Vincentio di Vivaldi first saw Ellena di Rosalba. The sweetness and fine expression of her voice attracted his attention to her figure, which had a distinguished air of delicacy and grace; but her face was concealed in her veil. So much was he fascinated by the voice, that a most painful curiosity was excited as to her...
The Stranger Albert Camus in his book, The Stranger leaves much to the reader’s imagination in terms of the message that is portrayed by the various elements of the book, especially by the thoughts and words of the mysterious and dismal main character. Moreover, many meanings can be derived according to the feelings that emerge within the reader through his/her experience with the book. Despite the fact that The Stranger left me with depressive feelings of despair and gloom, the...
Critical Analysis of Selige Sehnsucht Although it is virtually impossible to determine the exact intended meaning behind Johann Wolfgang von Goethe words in Selige Sehnsucht, published in 1806, attempting to interpret them provides an avenue for critical thinking as well as opens up a vast number of possibilities for interpretation, a number only as finite as the number of readers and their dispositions as they read this poem. Like many classic poems, Goethe’s Selige Sehnsucht is rich...
Pride can be Fatal in Literature There are many critical mistakes that one can make that have the potential to ruin your life, or possibly take your life. Both William Shakespeare and Sophocles both portray their protagonist’s character flaws through the critical mistakes they make in their plays Othello and Antigone. In Shakespeare’s play, Othello is a noble general who is well-respected by everyone around him. He is happily married to Desdemona. In Sophocles’ play,...
Analysis of the Narrative of Fredrick Douglas The book opens describing an almost blurring view of Douglas’ past. It tells of his family’s separation, and how life on the farm was not based on families, but on groups that could come and go with the blink of an eye. This is different than the views that are often given. Life as a slave was different than one may think, slaveholders felt that the slaves needed to be kept in line, and shouldn’t be given even a slight...
Fate Oedipus in “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles and the servant in “The Appointment in Samarra” by W. Somerset Maugham learn ironically that they cannot run away from their individual fate. The destiny of Oedipus and the servant is foreseen. Oedipus and the servant attempt to run away from their destiny. The servant and Oedipus learn that they cannot escape their fate by running away. The servant in “The Appointment in Samarra” and Oedipus in...
Failed Dreams in the Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about one man’s pursuit of the American Dream and his downfall as he tries to reach this imaginary goal. Although the dream is different for each person, the principal idea behind the dream is if an individual is determined to reach a goal, he or she has of chance of achieving wealth, and the happiness that accompanies it. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby believes that one can acquire happiness...
]‘If thou didst ever thy dear father love Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder’ ‘In spite of the ghost’s injunction, to a modern audience revenge doesn’t provide the main interest of the play’.] ‘Hamlet’ is a play categorized by its nature as a Revenge Tragedy, a categorization that was established in the 16th century at its primary production at the Globe Theatre, London. Yet, To a modern audience the idea of a revenge tragedy is no...
Things Fall Apart: Significance of title and the events that led up to Okonkwo falling apart What does the title means? Things Fall Apart is a tragic novel which is set in the Igbo community of Africa. Chinua Achebe, who is the author of this novel, portrays how an ambitious, well known, and respected African, Okonkwo, life falls apart. He was a man with great intensity and personality. He had accomplished his goal to become rich and famous, an advantage that was unseen before in his family. ...