Animal Farm: the Movie Animal Farm, a movie starring the voices of Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Scofield, Patrick Stewart, and Peter Ustinov, is directed by John Stephenson. Although the movie was very well put together, it leaves out several different aspects of the book. Stephenson uses settings, events, and characters to bring the book to life. The setting in the movie is somewhat different than what is portrayed in the book. The...
The Duplicitous Nature of Hamlet In William Shakespeare's,’ Hamlet,’ the protagonist exhibits a puzzling, duplicitous nature. Hamlet contradicts himself throughout the play as he attempts to deal with his internal conflicts. He endorses both the virtues of acting a role and that of being true to one's self. He supports both of these conflicting endorsements with his actions. This ambiguity is demonstrated by his alleged madness, for he does behave madly, only to become...
Frederick Douglass' Dream for Freedom The Civil War was really a war between European-Americans Frederick Douglass' Dream for Equality Abolition stopped Frederick Douglass dead in his tracks and forced him to reinvent himself. He learned the hard central truth about abolition. Once he learned what that truth was, he was compelled to tell it in his speeches and writings even if it meant giving away the most secret truth about himself. From then on, he accepted abolition for what it was...
Julius Ceasar Themes and Plot Development Act I: The play opens humorously with a little word play between Flavius, Marullus, and a few workers. The workers are on their way to see Julius Caesar who has recently returned from his victorious battle against Pompey. The reader immediately sees the dislike the tribunes have towards Caesar and on the other hand, the favor of the commoners. The scene moves to a large gathering where Caesar is the focus. As Caesar converses with Mark Antony, we...
Twelfth Night - Character Study: Malvolio The character Malvolio (meaning literally “I mean ill will) is immediately affected by the implications of his name. His personage is implied directly to be one of negative and somewhat disagreeable nature, which is continued and supported throughout the play, leading to his downfall and mockery which both initially seem to be thoroughly deserved, due to his numerous defects of personality. The first evidence of Malvolio’s undesirable...
Dracula - Easily the best horror novel ever written Bram Stoker's Dracula is, hands down, the greatest horror novel ever written. In addition, it is also an enduring classic of literature. You may have seen every Dracula movie ever made, but you do not know the real Count Dracula until such time as you have read Stoker's book. Of course, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know the general plot line, but I assure you there is a wealth of rich material buried throughout the text...
Death of a Salesman takes place in New York and Boston. The action begins in the home of Willy Loman, an aging salesman who has just returned from a road trip. Willy is having difficulty remembering events, as well as distinguishing the present from his memories of the past. His wife, Linda, suggests that he request a job in New York rather than travel each week. Linda and Willy argue about their oldest son Biff. Biff and his brother, Happy, overhear Willy talking to himself. Biff learns that...
Fate Explored in Romeo and Juliet “A pair of star-cross’d lovers,” (prologue, line 6). Since the opening of the play, Romeo and Juliet were destined to die. Throughout each act and throughout each scene, from constant foreshadowing and ill omens, even Romeo and Juliet knew their tragic fate. As much as the two lovers wanted to be together, all their efforts and the efforts of others were purely futile, and as much as everyone wanted to blame others, only fate is to blame. ...
Nathaniel Hawthorne's character Hester Pyrnne in "The Scarlet Letter" In the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne undergoes both physical and emotional revelations. Hester is directly affected by the consequences of breaking moral and social codes of behavior. The novel is a story of a young woman who commits adultery, and stays strong when the community harasses her. She will not reveal the identity of her daughter Pearl's father. In the end of the novel,...
The Stranger by Camus: The Stranger is a story about a man named Meresault living in Algiers. Algiers is at the very northern top of Africa. Meresault is instantly labeled as odd in the readers mind when the story starts: "Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure." As you read along you keep wondering, "What is going on inside the mind of this man? Is he insane?" Because of this first seed that is planted in your mind, everything that follows is tainted with the first...