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    II. Postfeminism Feminism is “a troublesome term” (Beasley, ix). It is a complex notion which deals with social, political, cultural and individual concerns. Consequently it does not possess a universally agreed, clearly defined ideology. Hollows defines feminism as “a form of politics which aims to intervene in, and transform, the unequal power relations between men and women” (2000, 3). However it should be added that since it is a multi-faceted movement, many forms of feminism exist. Feminism

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    “Their Beauty Has More Meaning,” written by Robinson Jeffers is seventeen lines that all flow with admiration for nature. Jeffers introduced the poem solemnly with the title referring to a their, leaving the audience wondering to whom Jeffers is referring to. Throughout the poem, Jeffers focuses on five forces: storms, the moon, the ocean, dawn, and the birds. There are certain words that are structured differently to show emphasis and the importance of these words to the author. After carefully

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    Envy is an aspect of humanity that has been approached from many perspectives. In the “Rambler” by Samuel Johnson, the author took the stance that envy is a terrible and purposeless entity that serves only to degrade the quality of life. He analyzed the cause and effects of envy, how it relates to human error, and the consequences it is tied to. To emphasize the true impact of envy, he described the patterns in which he observed it as it manifested around him in his day-to-day life. In this passage

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    The writing “We Choose Honor” has a very moving subject that includes a variety of syntax, diction, imagery, and tone to achieve its claim. The subject itself is 9/11, the catastrophic disaster that moved the United States in a way it hadn’t in decades. With such a large topic at hand, Elie Wiesel takes the disaster and shapes it into a writing that emotionally captures millions of readers. The all-around purpose of this writing is to empower and inform the people reading; Unfortunately, such an

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    A lot has happened in Song of Solomon, since the beginning of the book. I remember how when I read chapter one I predicted that as the story continues Milkman was going to grow to be a man unhappy with his life. Now that I have read up to chapter nine, I would have to say I was correct. Specifically in chapter seven, Milkman waits to hear why Macon Jr., his father, is being so weird after learning about Pilate having a green sack hanging from the ceiling. As he waits, Milkman beings to internal think

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    to put you down and do it with a smile. Oprah has always shown moral courage, not just in her career, but in her whole life. She is a role model to all. I will state why she displays moral courage, how she relates to Elie Wiesel, the author of the book, Night, and a nobel peace prize winner, and finally how Oprah has impacted me. By examining why she displays moral courage, how she relates to Elie Wiesel, and how she has impacted me it is clear how Oprah is the very definition of moral courage. Though

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    In Joseph's Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness, Marlow narrates his journey to the dark and mysterious Congo. As a young sailor looking for a job, Marlow finds himself sailing to the Congo for one of Belgium's ivory companies. Marlow travels to one of the stations, where he meets the manager and is tasked with bringing back a renowned ivory collector in the interior, Kurtz. Sailing into the foggy Congo river, Marlow faces an attack from a nearby African tribe, and subdues them with the ship's blow

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    the book, Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, the image of flight is a major symbol. It signifies true life and the living of it, as well as a sense of freedom, of release, and touches the lives of all the main characters in the book, as it is a part of the dead family history. But the most affected is Milkman, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, and discovers this true meaning of flight. The first instance of Morrison's use of the image of flight is at the very beginning of the book. "At

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    Humans have multiple personalities for every environment and situation in the novel The Lord of the Flies. The character’s persona in the novel elevates drastically from the quick change of the environment and the uncivilized structure that is presented after the characters find out that no adults are present on the island. Golding is emphasizing through comprehensive events, that human nature has different facets to itself and ultimately that evil and good both coexist inside all of humans. The

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    A simile is a form of figurative language that uses the word “like” or “as” to make a comparison. An effective simile can tell a lot about a character or scenario. Early on in Wiesel’s book, he describes Moishe as “Physically, he was awkward as a clown. His waiflike shyness made people smile” (3). Directly comparing Moishe to a clown gives the reader a vivid description of someone who acts playfully and isn’t taken seriously. His “waiflike”

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    Northwood Theory

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    The Northwood idea is drowning and is losing relevance. Let me share with the reader that my title is very somber and my dialogue should be sobering, I would also interject that I am not creating assumptions with the idea presented by Northwood are good or bad, moral or immoral, I would dialogue with the reader that Northwood expresses principles and those principles are founded on the ideas of moral law balanced with the idea of justice. Before we can uncover the root causes of the Northwood idea

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    raised by her suppressive grandma who reduces her perspective of life. Janie’s mission for genuine character rises up out of her ways in life and ultimately closes when her psyche is liberated from mixed up reality. Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a book considered exceptionally

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    In the drama "Les Miserables", the story of a man who has struggled to change is represented in a tragic tale, set in the early 1800s. The story represents life for people during the French Revolution, and provides an excellent telling of a ex-prisoner who goes through a life changing experience, and then goes on to truly make a difference. A man, called Jean Valjean, is wrongfully imprisoned for many, many years, and finally manages to gain his freedom. However, things in his life change immensely

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    This book is not a difficult read, an elementary student could read it, but the issue of the plot is what makes this novel so serious. For example, when “Blood and something else, something white and gel-like” (313) is described to extrude from Assef’s eye,

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    strife among the characters of the book. She uses meals to foreshadow future events, reveal the flaws of the characters, and as the book progresses, allows for the reader to see character development. In novel, Kingsolver twists the normal connotation of a meal and makes it ironic in order to demonstrate the discord and strife that is commonplace throughout the book that shows the lack of community between the Prices and those they interact with for most of the book. Through the welcome feast that the

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    Bearing Guiltiness within The Poisonwood Bible Foreshadowing is a literary device many authors use to hint at future events containing influential and thematic material; and authors tend to introduce their major themes through foreshadowing in opening scenes or a prologue. Barbra Kingsolver’s novel, The Poisonwood Bible, follows this very trend. Orleanna Price, in the first chapter, describes her burden of guilt toward choices she has made and the death of the youngest of her four daughters, Ruth

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    Night by Elie Wiesel is a book about a boy and his family being deported to concentration camps and going through very rough experiences. Not unlike many writers, Wiesel takes his pieces and expresses them through emotions or words. These words and/or expressions help the reader feel what the character in the book is feeling. The ways Wiesel expresses the way Elie feels is through imagery, literary devices, and first person point of view. Elie Wiesel uses Imagery to express the character’s thoughts

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    vast loss of faith he suffered from due to the concentration camps. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses characterization, imagery, and tone to show the emotion and detail of his experience in such a tragic event. Elie Wiesel asserts characterization in the book Night by really giving details about each individual that was urgent at this time. For example, Elie illustrates his father in the beginning of the story by stating, “My father was a cultured man, rather unsentimental (pg. 4)”. Wiesel is describing

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    children, are explored and each of them successfully makes their own decisions even if they are positive or not. Each character faces their own obstacle that will continue their transformations. The obstacle of Nathan is the evident “evil”, throughout the book that each character has overcomed, as he is the poisonwood in the novel as wrecks havoc for each of his children The characters are scarred from their past, as each of them has their own story of guilt, shame, or insecurities. The situations people

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    Orleanna, an ex-nature believer, rapidly picks up on this thought and seems, on her extensive hikes and later in her gardening, to adopt it as her own way of spirituality. By the end of the book both Adah and Leah seem to have adopt versions of pantheism as well, with Leah stating that her awareness of God is "some kin to the passion of Brother Fowles…who advised me to trust in creation" (525), and Adah declaring that, "God is everything then"

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