The Crucible; Mary warren
Who is Mary Warren? Is she just a servant in the Procter household….or is she more? I see Mary Warren as a pawn, a child and she is very naïve. Are you looking a little harder? Do you see more aspects or Mary Warren than you did before? Let us now take a closer look at this character…. Mary Warren was hired to the Procter household by Elizabeth Procter after she caught Abigail Williams (their old servant) in the midst of an affair with her husband, John Procter. Abigail Williams still wants...
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Are We A Nation of Babbitts Yet?
Before reading "Babbitt," a 1920s-era cavalcade of a middle-class social climber's daily life and decline--by one of America's most illimitable muckrackers--ignore, if you can, academic whiners who insist Sinclair Lewis wrote second-rate novels that have lost their luster. Even if you find Lewis' almost chirpy, concise and unusually witty treatment of George Babbitt--booster, scoundrel, moral klutz--offputting and oddly reminiscent of the typical "personality profile" you'd probably find in...
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Julius CaesarSelf-Concepts in Julius Caesar
All people have definite concepts of self. In different situations, one may feel short, tall, smart, slow, fast, talkative, reserved, etceteras. These self-concepts are usually very different than how others opinions of us. Depending on one's actions, words or even tone of voice, one may misrepresent oneself and be misinterpreted. One may be so arrogant or so humble that they prevent themselves from seeing themselves through others' eyes. In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, two main...
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Children’s Literature and the Holocaust
Children’s Literature and the Holocaust During the 1940’s Jewish Europeans experienced an unthinkable and atrocious collective trauma. In her work “Survivor-Parents and Their Children” taken from the anthology Generations of the Holocaust, Judith S. Kestenberg has argued that regardless of location, the effects of the Holocaust are felt on survivors parenting. The children of survivors receive a secondary traumatic impact by being forced to deal with the impact the...
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The Fall Of Hektor in The Illiad A big question that on everyone’s mind while reading the Iliad is: “Who is the real hero of the epic?” There are so many possibilities and yet each of those characters has one sort of fault or another. I believe that Hektor is the real hero of the Iliad. He is the one character that stands out, to me, and shows qualities of being noble, wise and a true friend. Unfortunately heroes have their mistakes and downfall. I am here to explain why...
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Suffering in the Novel "Crime and Punishment"
Suffering in the Novel "Crime and Punishment" In the novel Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, suffering is an integral part of every character’s role. However, the message that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main character, Raskolnikov, is not one of the Christian idea of salvation through suffering. Rather, it appears to me, as if the author never lets his main character suffer mentally throughout the novel, in relation to the crime, that is. His only pain seems to be...
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Scarlet Letter Novel vs. Movie
Films of this age are often criticized for lacking ‘substance’ and compensate for this discrepancy with explosions and elaborate camera work. Books, on the other hand, demand a bit more respect from the general public. Many believe that concocting a script is an unsophisticated mode of writing, a copper to the gold of a novel. After careful scrutiny of both, the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and viewing the rendition of the Scarlet Letter by Roland Joffe, one can...
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Much Ado About Nothing
Relationship is the key subject throughout the whole play. I agree with statement of ‘Claudio and hero may be the young lovers but Beatrice and Benedick are much more appealing.’ As a comedy it is known in Shakespeare’s time to have misunderstandings, confusion and end in a wedding or in a play. Much ado does the exact of the conventions of a comedy, the play is filled with different variety of events and confused identity. In the play much ado Shakespeare emphasizes two...
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The Merchant of Venice
In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock. He is a Jew, that much we are told in the cast list. But, as the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villian. He is protrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil. But is he? Is Shylock really the antagonist in this play or can he also be viewed as persecuted individual who resorts to revenge only after he has been pushed too far. To fully understand the character of Shylock we must first look at Elizabeathen attitudes...
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Theme of Fear in Macbeth by Shakespeare
[b]Fear in Macbeth and the Real World[/b ] Fear motivates many people to act upon matters, right or wrong. This emotion has been important in many events in both works of literature, and in the real world. It has forced military geniuses into retreat, and influenced them to plan another method of attack. Fear can be both a positive and a negative acting force in one’s life, a quality that can motivate one to success as well as to downfall. In the play Macbeth fear was a major motivating...
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