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Of the three frequently recurring references found within Natalie Babbitt's engaging children's novella, Tuck Everlasting, -- which includes the wheel of life, the toad, and the music box -- the references to the wheel of life prove the most significant. The wheel of life is essentially a motif that the author uses throughout this work to underscore the cyclical nature of life itself. All life has a beginning and an ending. In many instances, the ending of one life merely is followed by the beginning of another, which is in itself an endless repeating cycle. By referring to this process as a wheel of life, the author is able to reinforce this notion to a childhood audience. Therefore, she begins the tale with a references to the wheel of life at its height -- in summer, when thinking are alive -- and actually ends the tale when the…… [Read More]
Montaigne: The Embodiment of Identity as Grounds for Toleration
A crucial issue between many identity groups is conflict. Toleration by definition is basically the rejection of a belief or practice, which is followed by restraint of one's self from suppressing that belief. Those seeking to make social and political aspects of toleration among people from different backgrounds need to delve more deeply into the idea of toleration; what it means and what it is based on. In the 16th century, the aim was to establish conditions of harmonious living for people who held different beliefs. Thus, the most crucial issue among politicians and other thinkers was the conflict between identity groups that begun in the 1970s and brought about a quick end to the spread of communism. The idea of tolerance provides a basis for thinking differently about how to react to the said conflict. The rejection of a…… [Read More]
.....female agency in Wang Anyi's "Granny" and Eileen Chang's "Shame Amah"
The objective of this study is to compare and contrast the work of Eileen Chang's with reference to her theme "Shame Amah" and the work of Wang Anyi focusing on her theme "Granny". The study uses their works of the two writers to analyze their differences and similarities in the writing styles focusing on the themes Shame of Amah and Granny. Remarkably, Zhang was in her early twenties when she had been identified as a discriminating and precious writer. She benefited from both classical Western and Chinese literature making her being one of the most renown Chinese writers in the literary world.
Similarly, Eileen Chang is one of the most talented Chinese writers born in 1921 and has published several collections of English stories as well publishing two English novels. Eileen Chang was born in Shanghai and attended the…… [Read More]