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Novel the Grapes of Wrath

Words: 660 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 56343646

narrative structure of the Grapes of rath

The Grapes of rath by John Steinbeck is a realistic novel that chronicles the journey of the Joad family during the dustbowl era. The Joads have lost their farm and are looking for work in California. They are contemptuously called 'Oakies' because they are itinerant migrants from Oklahoma. Steinbeck weaves the conventional narrative structure of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution with musings about the nature of America, its farmland, and the economy.

The story begins with the Joads getting ready to leave their farm, which has been repossessed by the bank because the Joads have been unable to plant anything in the dusty soil. Steinbeck portrays the banks as greedy monstrosities: "They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money" (Steinbeck 32). The son Tom Joad is currently on parole but he decides to follow his family. His friend, a…… [Read More]

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Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin 2002.
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Novel Masters of the Dew

Words: 1217 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 85592496

Master Dew

Setting and Socialism in Masters of the Dew

Jacques Roumain's novel Masters of the Dew is at once a deeply personal tale full of poignant and powerful moments ass well as a political parable with a clear and compelling call to action. The degree to which the author, an aggressive activist for Communism in Haiti during the first half of the twentieth century, manages to blend the personal and the political in this work is a testament not only to his skill as a writer but to the depth of his convictions and values. Many different elements of the work stand to exemplify the Communist and socialist principles at the heart of Roumain's work and life, from the protagonist Manuel who like Roumain returns from abroad full of new ideas and new ideologies, to the plot of the novel and the manner in which the Haitian peasants are…… [Read More]

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Roumain, Jacques. Masters of the Dew. Langston Hughes, trans. New York: Harcourt.
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Novel Mrs Dalloway

Words: 1205 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 66935792

Mrs. Dalloway

The Mental Illness of Virginia oolf and Septimus Smith

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia olf explores the fragile nature of the human psyche and the effects of trauma on the human condition. First published in 1925 in England and written during the infancy of modern psychology, one of the most important themes of this novel is mental illness. One of the characters in the novel, Septimus Smith, displays mental issues and this work lays bare the way in which people with such illnesses were treated for their malaise at that time. This paper will examine a few of the parallels between the life of Virginia oolf and Septimus Smith.

Virginia was only 13 when her mother's death triggered a nervous breakdown, the first of her many bouts of mental illness. After their father died in 1904, Virginia moved to a house in Bloomsbury with her two brothers and her…… [Read More]

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Alexander, Caroline. "The Shock of the War" Smithsonian Magizine. September 2010. Smithsonian.com. 29 November 2011. < http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Shock-of-War.html?c=y&page=4>

Merrimen, C.D. "Virginia Woolf." The Literature Network.. (2007). 29 November 2011.

Thomas, Jean. "Virginia Woolf and the Case of Septimus Smith." The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Vol.23, No.3 August 2004: 55-71. 29 November 2011.
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
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Novel Review Character Development

Words: 1357 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 13199089

Character Development: Novel Review

Novel Review: Character Development

The novels, The Red Badge of Courage' by Stephen Crane and 'The Things they Carried' by Tim Obrien, are among the best depictions of the role played by introspection in helping individuals better understand themselves. This text depicts the journey to maturity of the protagonists in both novels, and how their development contributed to the full meaning of the work.

Character Growth and Maturity during ar

In the novels, The Red Badge of Courage' by Stephen Crane and 'The Things they Carried' by Tim Obrien, the authors effectively make use of introspection to depict their journey towards a greater understanding of themselves. This text demonstrates how they were able to achieve this. More specifically, it assesses how the concept of introspection has been used by both authors, and how it affected their later actions. It begins with a brief plot summary of…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York, NY: Courier Corporation, 2004. Print.

O'Brien, Tim. The Things they Carried. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1990. Print.
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Novel to Live vs China's Past

Words: 628 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 19713982

Live vs. China's Past

Memories of China's Past

In 1994, the Chinese celebrated film director Zhang Yimou produced a film adaptation of Yu Hua's novel by the same name To Live (Huozhe). The film received widespread acclaim from the international audience but was banned in mainland China and Yimou, as well as his wife who played the main female character in the film, were banned from making films for two years. That was somewhat an odd development since Yimou had modified the original novel to soften its criticism of the Chinese realities. It may be argued now that the original novel, its film adaptation, and censorship by the Chinese state all represent the significance of disparate retellings of China's recent past.

Since the Revolution of 1949, China went through a series of reforms and political and economic transformations. Each period within these transformations affected generations of Chinese artists, ordinary people,…… [Read More]

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Yu, Hua, and Michael Berry. To Live: A Novel. New York: Anchor Books, 2003. Print.

Yimou, Zhang, Ge You, Gong Li, and Fu-sheng Chiu. Huozhe. China: Electric; Century; Era; shanghai Film Studios; Chiu Fu-Sheng, 1994.
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Novel Kindred by Octavia E Butler

Words: 1261 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 78818178

Stereotypes Found in Octavia Butler's Kindred

Many authors are content to mold their characters around standard racial stereotypes, unwilling or unable to challenge typecasting. These authors often give no motivation for their characters stereotypical behavior, allowing the conduct to perpetuate and reinforce the racial divide. Refreshingly, not all authors are as inhibited. Octavia E. Butler, in her novel Kindred, seeks to explain the context in which racial stereotypes are (and have been) created. By using three Caucasian characters, Mr. Tom eylin, Rufus, and Kevin, Butler is able to characterize (and is some cases dispel) the racial stereotypes associated with the Caucasian "Manifest Destiny" attitude towards African-Americans.

Before explaining the characterization applied in Kindred, it should be noted that an African-American female, a group typically victimized by the very characters whose racial stereotyping she intends to illustrate and contradict, authors the book. Additionally, the setting of the novel (mid 1970's and…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Butler, Octavia E. Kindred. Boston: Beacon Press, 1979