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Comparison And Contrast Essay

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Mark Twain is undisputedly one of the most prolific writers of all times. With an uncanny inability to see things as they were combined with an exceptional sense of humor, Twain's popularity transcended time and space. While all his writings left some impression on the readers, his travel books were so outstanding that they created a genre of their own. "The Innocents Abroad" and "A tramp abroad" were two important books that belonged to this genre with "A Tramp Abroad" being the less popular of the two. If Tramp was less successful than Innocents, it was primarily due to Twain's setting of standards with his other travelogues.

If ever an attempt to compare and contrast the two books is made, it is highly recommended that we start with the Innocents. The reason for this is obvious. 'Innocents' came before Tramp made its appearance and was definitely the more celebrated of the two books. 'Innocents' was derived from Alta letters but significantly changes were made to mitigate traces of resemblance with the source. New sections appeared which included the one on Paris and Egypt and the Sphinx. Apart from that, in this book his audience was the more sophisticated people on the Eastern side which was one reason why Twain removed coarse phrases such as "slimy cesspool" and "bawdy house" that appeared all too often in Alta letters. In Innocents which, is actually about Twain's highly disappointing trip to Europe, the author also tried to use expressions and comments that would appear less harsh even if the intent was just as cunning. For example in talking about the pilgrimages and the Holy Land, Twain was more careful since he was hoping to reach an audience that preferred sophisticated commentary and did not appreciate religion being the target of humor or satire. The theme of the book was clear from its sub-title that read "The New Pilgrims' Progress."

Innocents' popularity is grounded in the structure of the book. The entire book has a sense of shape and…… [Read More]

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[1] SLC to JHT, June 2, 1879; Beinecke Lib

[2] MTB, II, 6-68.
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Comparison And Contrast Of Rousseau Confessions And The Death Of Ivan Ilyich Essay

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Rousseau and Tolstoy

A Comparison of Rousseau's Confessions and Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilych

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions opens more brazenly than the other Confessions of antiquity (those belonging to Augustine); the latter were zealously religious in nature and humbling in tone; the former were proud in tone and primarily secular. If Rousseau's Confessions can be called a celebration of a life burnished in the fires of the Romantic/Enlightenment era, Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilych may be called a meditation on death -- or more accurately still it may be called a depiction of the spiritual conversion of the "natural" man, as embodied by Rousseau a century earlier. This paper will compare and contrast the two works and show how the Russian's serves as a kind of humbling argument against the self-serving ideals of the Frenchman.

The two characters present a similar outlook on life: both Rousseau in his Confessions and Ivan Ilych (at least initially) are extraordinarily boastful and filled with esteem for themselves. Yet while the fictional Russian undergoes a transformation of character, going from proud official to lamenting and selfless soul on the verge of death, the real-life Frenchman undergoes no such transformation -- but on the other hand stays cemented in his proud view of himself. (Of course, Rousseau is not given the opportunity to chronicle any such experience as the "deathbed conversion," an event that clearly distinguishes Tolstoy's novel from Rousseau's memoir.) Therefore, any comparison of the two men must at a certain point cease.

Up to that point, however, the men think in accordance with one another. Rousseau gives numerous examples of this thought, but none more eloquent than this: "I have begun on a work which is without precedent, whose accomplishment will have no imitator. I propose to set before my fellow-mortals a man in…… [Read More]

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Rousseau, J. (1782). Confessions. Retrieved from http://philosophy.eserver.org/rousseau-confessions.txt

Tolstoy, L. (2001). The Death of Ivan Ilych. Classical Library. Retrieved from http://www.classicallibrary.org/tolstoy/ivan/2.htm
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Comparison And Contrast Of Christianity And Islam Essay

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Christianity and Islam: Comparison and Contrast

In the world today, religion is one of the most divisive and persistent elements of human life. While many are leaving the traditional format of organized religion, these age old traditions remain as the most prevalent of spiritual paths throughout the world. Particularly, Christianity and Islam feature among the directions with the largest followings on earth. When comparing and contrasting these two, it becomes clear that, while there are certain parallels between these religions, they also have significant differences.

The Koran's description of Creation, for example, is scattered across all of its pages. In the Koran, Adam is prohibited from approaching the Forbidden Tree. When sin occurs, God is shown to be responsible for the pain and suffering in the world (Baianonie, 2001).

While the Bible also contains the Creation story that includes Adam and Eve, along with their fall from grace, it provides a more unified account. Adam is allowed near the Forbidden Tree, but just not to eat its fruit. Death and suffering are directly related to sin and decay rather than to God's will.

According to the Koran, human beings have a superior position on earth, being more important than other life forms (Baianonie, 2001). The universe is seen as being at the service of man. The Bible has a similar viewpoint of the human relationship to the rest of creation. Human beings are at the highest point of creation, with animals and plants created in their service. The Bible adds, however, that human beings are to tend to the needs of the animals and plants that provide their sustenance.

Free will is another component of what it means to be human. According to the Koran, human beings have the faculty of choice, while also being able to distinguish between good and evil. Having the choice, people can choose to obey or disobey and in this way earn…… [Read More]

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Comparison And Contrasting The Poetry Of Robert Frost And Carl Sandburg Essay

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poetry of Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg

Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg are both important poets in their own right. Although they both grew up in the same era, their poetry styles have many differences. The paper firstly states their different origin, history and poetic style. Secondly, it analyzes a selected major work - "The Road Not Taken" and "The Road and The End," - of Frost and Sandburg respectively. It is worth noticing that the chosen poetries of both poets contain many elements of similarity. This makes the chosen sample most suitable to distinguish the most minor, as well as the major differences in the poetic styles of the writers. Thus, in the paper, their lives and poetry styles are compared and contrasted using an example of their poetry.

About Robert Frost

As we read of Frost, we grow in awe of him - his thinking, his understanding, his feelings, his intellect, and his expression. Each poem strikes a chord somewhere within us, bringing us closer to life and making us appreciate the simple pleasures that life offers. He helps us see the wonders of nature in birds, flowers, fruits and streams.

Each poem is like a journey of life's self-discovery. The jewels of thought that are found embedded among the seemingly simple poems are so profound, that they catch a person off guard. The depth of feeling and wisdom, with a way with words that hits at once and lingers long afterwards too, gathers wider meanings and interpretations.

About Carl Sandburg

The nationally acclaimed poet, lecturer, biographer, and folksinger - Carl Sandburg, (6 Jan. 1878-22 July 1967) - provided broad and enduring insight into the worth, circumstances, and spirit of the 20th century American people. He fervently excelled for those who did not speak for themselves due to lack of words and power. He was quickly established as the poet of the American people, narrating their songs, stories, and proverbs; pleading their cause; jubilating their spirit and vernacular; and commemorating the divided experiences of the shared national lives of Americans.

Sandburg left without a college degree with an appetite for reading and writing poetry, encouraged by his first noteworthy mentor, economist and poet Philip Green Wright. Wright initially published four Sandburg leaflets: In Reckless Ecstasy (1904), Incidentals (1907), The Plaint of a Rose (1908), and Joseffy…… [Read More]