Vivian Island Essays

  • Vivian Bearing In Margaret Edson's Wit

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    Vivian Bearing is the main character within the play Wit by Margaret Edson. Wit centers on Vivian’s journey after learning she has ovarian cancer. As the story progresses, Vivian’s characters grows and changes with each passing moment. Edson does a magnificent job of displaying this character development through Vivian’s actions and dialogue. The play opens with Vivian speaking directly to the audience. As she explains her situation, the audience is given the first taste of who she is and how she

  • Life In John Donne's Divine Meditation X

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    The concepts of Death and Life in John Donne’s Divine Meditation X John Donne “is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. […] Donne's style is characterized by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations” (poemhunter). In his “Divine Meditation X” (also known as “Holy Sonnet X”), Donne addresses Death and presents an argument against its power. According to the speaker, such power is nothing but an illusion; so the end Death brings to men is just a

  • A Worn Path Theme

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    In the short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, Phoenix Jackson is an elderly African-American woman who plans to go on a very difficult journey. This journey is not only arduous for Phoenix physically, but mentally also. Through the journey she succumbs to challenges such as crawling on the forrest floor despite her old age, and often loses focus from the purpose of her journey. The setting of the story creates a strenuous path for Phoenix to travel, and also enhances the mental strain Phoenix

  • Atonement Theme

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    The Initiation Theme in Atonement From a jealous girl whose mind is full of unrealistic thoughts to a young nurse who is extremely regretful for what she has done, and finally to an old and famed writer who wants to make atonement for her mistake through writing, Briony, the heroine in Atonement written by Ian McEwan finally achieves self-understanding and learns the essence of life in a long and painful way. As initiation story is the kind of novel which “may be said to show its young protagonist

  • The Influence Of Freedom In Literature

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    Authors write stories sometimes based on their beliefs, despite conflicting influences like society or normalities of time. Because of this, their themes can be quite straightforward and based on the time period. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Susan Glaspell's “A Jury of Her Peers,” the female protagonists have the craving for freedom from their state of living; this passion of freedom shapes their environment and influences on the

  • Delia Swot Analysis

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    ¨Sweat¨ by Zora Neale Hurtson focuses on the life of Delia Jones of whom is married to Sykes Jones. Delia, as the protagonist of the story, has gone through different events that have molded her to become the person she never intended to become. Initially she was exposed to the reader as a hard working woman, for the author states "...She was a wash-woman, and Monday morning meant a great deal to her". The following sequence of events shall demonstrate how a beautiful woman was put through disrespect

  • Slave Argumentative Essay

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    I would like to start this report by writing that I think that the slaves were treated very poorly, they were beaten, that a big thing that I noticed, and everyone wouldn’t take them seriously because of what race they were. The slaves really were brave, especially the way they talked to each other, for example when Jane was talking about going to Ohio, and she says, “Y’all just sorry y’all ain’t got nobody waiting for y’all nowhere,” (chapter 3 pg. 19) if I talked to another like that I think my

  • Deserto Antosso Film Analysis Essay

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    Il Deserto Rosso: Film Analysis Il Deserto Rosso – Red Desert is an Italian film from 1964 directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. The plot of the film focuses on the events that revolve around Giuliana (Monica Vitti), a woman who is living a deep inner crisis. After, an attempted suicide, which is disguised as a car accident, Giuliana’s mental state is compromised. The woman is affected by continuous neurosis, which preclude her the possibility of leading a normal life. Giuliana is married to Ugo (Carlo

  • The False Gems Summary

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    The False Gems was a short story published in 1883, which was a work typical of Guy de Maupassant’s style. The deep and profound social reality reflected in the story is always a highlight of Maupassant’s short novel, and The False Gems is no exception. It was only a 4500-word story, completely show French society’s reality in the 19th century through objective description and meaningful irony, though. As the skillful use of irony in the text really contributes a lot to the expression of the theme

  • The Stolen Party Analysis

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    The social class system is a phenomenon experienced around the world. High class individuals live fancy, pampered lives and spend time with other members of the upper class while members of the middle and lower classes spend time with other members of the middle and lower class. There is a difference in how high class people interact with lower class people. They often talk down on lower class members and treat them with less respect. “The Stolen Party” is a story that highlights these characteristics

  • Short Story: The Fallen Angel

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    Soon as she screamed the last words of her sorrow, that old book was somehow gleaming so brightly then pulled Ana into an unknown dimension and everything turned dark. . . . . . “Unghh Where is this? Ahh what has happened recently?” Ana said while slowly rubbed her painful head and walk around that weird place to find a clue. However when she saw the leaves from the trees in front of her, she suddenly realized that she was no longer in the real world for even the trees there looked just like a piece

  • Of Mice And Men Curley's Wife

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    In both movie adaptation and novel the social hierarchy of the characters in “Of Mice and Men” is clear. Curley’s wife ranks lower on this social hierarchy than most workers, including Lennie, a mentally-challenged man, and Candy, a old crippled man. The only dominance she can assert is over a black crippled man, but she, unlike Crooks, is not even awarded the respect of being named. While the movie adaptation focuses on the vulnerability and victimization of Curley’s wife and the text focuses on

  • The Role Of Women In Tyrese Coleman's How To Sit

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    How do the roles of women in society reflect how they are expected to act, speak, dress, and conduct themselves? For example, women are generally expected to dress and act in a feminine manner by being polite, accommodating, and nurturing to others. However, as seen in Tyrese Coleman's powerful story, “How to Sit”, the grandmother is perceived as a wild, selfish, and fiercely independent woman, who is forced to harass her granddaughter in order to shape her as the woman she wishes she could still

  • Comparing John Updike And Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson

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    Loss of Innocence In John Updike’s “A&P” and Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” the two authors illustrate difficult initiations teenagers face while they realize the harshness of society around them. Updike’s “A&P” explores the inner thoughts of a teenage boy, Sammy, who makes the tough decision to quit his job at the local A&P and realizes the bitterness of the world. Similarly, Bambara’s “The Lesson” explores the inner thoughts of a teenage girl, Sylvia, who realizes the value of money and clash

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Jk Rowley Speech

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    Rhetorical Analysis – J.K. Rowling “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” The author of the famous Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling held this speech during a graduation ceremony at Harvard University. The speech was to the Harvard graduates from June 5, 2008 and was held outside in the famous ‘Old Harvard Yard’ as a tradition. The purpose of the speech was to celebrate and congratulate the graduating class. Her speech is a motivational speech for the graduates but

  • Looking For Alaska And Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    In the novels Looking For Alaska by John Green and Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger both main characters demonstrate the importance of forgiveness. To make change do you have to forgive? That is the big question. Holden and Miles each have this big perspective on this world. They see this world as a cruel never ending cycle no one will solve , but does anyone really no the actual purpose of why we are here or what we should be doing. They sure think they have it all figured out , but with a change

  • Freud's Personality Theory In Lord Of The Flies

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    FREUD’S PERSONALITY THEORY IN LORD OF THE FLIES Sigmund Freud had once said, “The poor ego has a still harder time of it; it has to serve three harsh masters, and it has to do its best to reconcile the claims and demands of all three... The three tyrants are the external world, the superego and the id” (Freud, psychology.about.com) The idea in this quote which is recognized again and again in many movies and books, reminds of the Freud’s Personality Theory which can be seen in “Lord of the Flies”

  • Classism In Harry Potter

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    Classism At first sight, the class system in the Harry Potter books may appear simple and straightforward. The main clash of classes seems to be between muggles and wizards. However, even the wizarding world of Harry Potter is strictly stratified into classes. There is a hierarchical division in terms of descent. The following classes are ordered by the pureness of blood: pure-bloods, half-bloods, muggle-borns, squibs and muggles. I. Purebloods First of all, the purebloods are wizards who have well-documented

  • To Kill A Mockingbird Racial Discrimination Analysis

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    In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee there is an abundance of discrimination against race as well as social and gender discrimination. The main character Scout is judged for being a tomboy, while Walter is discriminated for being a part of the “Lower class” in Maycomb. In general, any type of discrimination can cause alienation, anger and hurt. No one should be valued by their race, salary,gender or education. Even though Walter is not a key player in the the novel, his character

  • Speech About Panama

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    Panama is mix of nature, modernism and adventure. If you ever come, you need to come prepared because it's very hot and humid. However, if you have a nomad spirit, there's plenty of great places you'll enjoy. You might discover most of our country in a range of 10-14 days, hence I will show you about 20 spots to discover in your next tropical vacation. If you want to have a wider paradigm of our country's lifestyle, my friend Joey has a blog called PTY Life in which he shares his adventures as