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Danger With Serving the Self in Anna

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Danger With Serving the Self in Anna Karenina and Madam Bovary

It is a classic human trait to make life more difficult than it needs to be. We live in a me-centered society and those with their focus turned inward usually generate enough drama in the world for the rest of the population. While reality shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent increase the need for money and fame, the need for more has always been around. The old adage that the grass in greener on the other side of the fence is true because it is human to think something is missing and that something will make life better. Two authors that explore this concept are Leo Tolstoy and Gustave Flaubert. In the novel, Anna Karenina, we have a wealthy woman who senses something is wrong with her life and is bent on finding out what that something is. With Madame Bovary, we see Emma, who is not wealthy but on the same path as Anna because she is not happy and longs for more. Both women think they know what they need to bring them happiness. They are like millions of other people at any give time…… [Read More]

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Flaubert. Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York: Brentanos. 1919. Print.

Melfi, Mary Ann. "Keeping secrets in Anna Karenina." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.

25.1-2 .2004. Gale Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 July 2011.
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Leo Tolstoy's Inclusion in the Literary Canon

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Leo Tolstoy's Inclusion In The Literary Canon

In Tolstoy's prolific literary career, it appears that one central concern drove everything he did both in his life and his writing. This concern was the meaning of life. The drive behind the actions of his main characters in both War and Peace and Anna Karenina is the search for meaning in their lives. As part of this search, Tolstoy and his characters also sought to make sense of the occurrences around them. Historically, Tolstoy writes from the perspective of a country in turmoil. His social commentary is then closely intertwined with the more general search for personal fulfillment. The result is the timeless quality of the works that are still enjoyed by a wide readership today. It is this timeless quality of his work, based upon his search for meaning in life, that most prominently begs for Tolstoy's inclusion in today's literary canon. Works investigated with the purpose of substantiating this assertion include War and Peace, Anna Karenina and On Life.

War and Peace

This novel is written at many complex levels, revealing the complexities not only of the political state of Russia, but also of the nature of the human beings…… [Read More]

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Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. Translated by Constance Garnett. New York: The Modern Library, 1944.

Anna Karenina. Translated by Constance Garnett. New York: The World Publishing Company, 1946.

On Life and Essays on Religion. Translated by Aylmer Maude. London: Oxford University Press.

Farrell, James T. "Introduction." In Anna Karenina. Translated by Constance Garnett. New York: The World Publishing Company, 1946.
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Leo Tolstoy Life Works and

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In all his works, Tolstoy does not lose his sense of reality and only rarely does he veer off the path of his own experience. There is simply no evidence of sentimentality or staginess in any of his works. In seeking to guide and reinforce the reader's understanding of his texts, Tolstoy also makes use of a variety of literary devices. In this case, I will mention just two of these, i.e. imagery and allusion. Through the use of imagery, Tolstoy largely succeeds in bringing his writings to life. In Anna Karenina, the author consistently attempts to associate some characters with specific colors. For instance, in regard to Countess Lydia Ivanovna, the author describes her as having "an unhealthy yellow complexion." In so doing, Tolstoy paints a vivid picture of the character in the reader's mind. In Hadji Murat, Tolstoy also makes use of olfactory and color imagery in phrases such as "faintly scented, neatly arranged purple plantains with blossoms slightly tinged with pink…" Tolstoy's utilization of imagery in this case cannot therefore be regarded arbitrary.

Next, in an attempt to make his characters and plot appear realistic and hence believable and interesting; Tolstoy also utilizes allusion. In War and…… [Read More]

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Bloom, Harold., ed. Leo Tolstoy. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2003. Print.

Borrero, Mauricio. Russia: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present. New York, NY: Facts on File, Inc., 2004. Print.

Leburn, Victor. Leo Tolstoy. Raleigh, N.C: Lulu, 2006. Print.

Orwin, D. Tussing. Leo Tolstoy. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, 2005. Print.
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Age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Compare and contrast their approaches to the question of faith.

One of the features of the age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky was the emergence of philosophical and religious thoughts that promoted spirituality without religion. The tendency to reject organized religion in favor of personal spirituality or a direct relationship with God gained prominence at this age in Russia because of widespread disillusionment with the state-supported religion, corruption and hypocrisy of the official clergy. None perhaps popularized such spirituality in Russia more than Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Both of these figures had a complicated relationship with the official Orthodox Christianity. Tolstoy was excommunicated by the Holy Synod of the Russian Patriarch in 1901. But while Dostoevsky's criticism of organized religion remained subtle and he emphasized the importance of faith, Tolstoy was scathing in his attacks on Russian Orthodox religion and at times he directly questioned the existence of God. Tolstoy was a strong rationalist. Nevertheless the question of God for him was of utmost importance and he, like Dostoevsky, possessed a profound spirituality.

As a rationalist, Tolstoy wanted to find reasonable answers to all the questions that bothered him. His criticism of the teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church rested on the…… [Read More]


Boot, a. (2009). God and man according to Tolstoy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dostoyevsky, F., & Dostoyevsky, F. (1960). Notes from underground: And the grand inquisitor. New York: Dutton.

Jackson, R.L. (1993). Dialogues with Dostoevsky: The overwhelming questions. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Rancour-Laferriere, D. (2007). Tolstoy's quest for God. New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction Publishers.
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Guns Germs on Page 20

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9. Wild almonds contain cyanide: a person can die from eating only a few dozen of them (Diamond, p. 114). They taste bitter due to the presence of amygdalin, the precursor to cyanide. The chemical serves as a defense mechanism for the almond, deterring animals (and people) from eating them and better ensuring the propagation of the almond plant because the nut is its seed. As Diamond points out, if animals feasted indiscriminately on almonds they would minimize the chances that the plant would propagate itself.

However, "occasional individual almond trees have a mutation in a single gene that prevents them from synthesizing the bitter-tasting amygdalin," (p. 118). In the wild those non-bitter almond trees would die out because birds feast on their seeds before they can sprout. Children of early farmers, though, might have gladly munched on some of the sweet almonds and brought the seeds back to their parents. Any sweet almonds that were thrown aside or purposely planted would enjoy the benefits of cultivation.

The story of the oak is different even though like almonds, most wild acorns are bitter. Acorns are not poisonous, contain valuable nutrients, and the occasional oak tree produces acorns low in tannins…… [Read More]

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Oprah Winfrey Is One of

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The research found that Oprah's Angel Network began as an effort to help a few people a little more than ten years ago. Over time the network has evolved into something much greater and thousands of people have been assisted as a result of the philanthropic endeavors of the organization. The research also found that Oprah has been instrumental in supporting the endeavors of other charitable organizations including those that assist people with HIV / AIDS. Over the years Oprah Winfrey has provided an example of what people can o when they formulate good ideas and work together to bring these ideas to fruition. Hopefully Oprah and her philanthropic endeavors will continue to endure in the years to come.

Works… [Read More]

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"About Us." Oprah's Angel Network. 14 May 2009.

Harpo Productions Inc. (2006). Oprah and Bono Paints the Town 'Red." The Oprah

Winfrey Show October 13, 2006. Livingston, NJ: Burrelle's Information Services,
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Government of Western Australia Department of Education's

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Government of Western Australia Department of Education's Excursions: Off School Site Activities. The document describes the policies and procedures necessary for off school site activities.

Background of the Policy

It is recognized that off school site excursions have higher degrees of risk than being at the school. However, the Department of Education recognizes that off school site excursions can provide significant learning opportunities, so it does not want to eliminate them because of the risk. Therefore, it has promulgated regulations to minimize the risk during these excursions.

Purpose/Objective of My Report

The objective of this report is to provide a brief overview of the Department of Education's approach to excursions.


The document describes excursions as beginning with a teacher-in-charge, who is responsible for the investigation into the risks inherent with the excursion. Some of the excursions may be overnight, and those excursions require a special analysis of the risk. The teacher-in-charge also has to assess the environment, which goes beyond matters of risk. The teacher also has to examine the transportation for the students. Part of the analysis is an assessment of the capabilities and needs of the students, the supervisory team members that will be part of the…… [Read More]


The Government of Western Australia Department of Education. (2003). Excursions: Off

School Site Activities. Neals.
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Is There Such a Thing as a Truly Happy Family What Makes a Family Happy

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Happy Family

Happy families have certain traits and attributes in common which make the relationship between their members stronger and more respectful for each other. The most important factors which make a happy family include love and care, effective communication, commitment, conflict resolution, and resilience. When family members show true care and respect for each other, resolve their family conflicts in a polite and friendly manner, show a high level of resilience in bitter circumstances, and ensure an effective communication without distance and time constraints, the members live like a happy and ideal family. Family happiness gets spoiled when hatred, mistrust, arguments, and criticism take the place of love, care, and mutual understanding.

A Happy Family

Before discussing what makes a happy family and what elements contribute towards making a strong relationship among all family members, it is important to explain how the word 'family' has been defined by the research scholars in the available Literature. In the past, the word family was takes as a perfect relationship among the entire people living under one household unit (Ricker, Calmes, & Sneyd, 2006). It constitutes a certain number of children living with their father and mother in one house. With the…… [Read More]


Banks, R. (1986). My Mother's Memoirs, My Father's Lie, and Other True Stories. In M. Krasny and M.E. Sokolik (Eds.) Sound Ideas (pp. 173-179). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Haltzman, S. & DiGeronimo, T.F. (2009). The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment. 1st Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ricker, A., Calmes, R.E., & Sneyd, L.W. (2006). How Happy Families Happen: Six Steps to Bringing Emotional and Spiritual Health into Your Home. 1st Edition. Center City, Minn.: Hazelden.

Rodriguez, R. (1992). Nothing Last a Hundred Years. In M. Krasny and M.E. Sokolik (Eds.)
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Irony in the Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield

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Failure of Family: The Irony of the Vicar of Wakefield

Tolstoy states that every happy family is the same (Tolstoy 1). He says this because happiness is the effect of a life well lived and not of any other cause, which is also the philosophy of Plato (Plato 47). Unhappy families, however, are unhappy mainly because they have failed to live well, or virtuously. That is the case of the Primrose family in The Vicar of Wakefield: the family undergoes terrible misfortunes mainly because it fails to live for the good or to understand its own place in the world. The primary responsibility for the misfortune falls on the parents who fail to recognize their own faults and do not raise their children correctly. The parents also fail to realize who they are in social terms and thus deceive themselves as to their actual social value. This paper will show how the failure of family in Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield is what causes the misfortune to happen in the novel and how it is only through rescue outside the family that happiness and order are restored.

A good family is one that is humble and virtuous and does not…… [Read More]

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Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. UK: Dover, 1995. Print.

Dahl, Curtis. "Patterns of Disguise in The Vicar of Wakefield." ELH -- Johns Hopkins

University Press, vol. 25, no. 2 (1958): 90-104. Print.

Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. UK: Dover, 2004. Print.