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Brave New World1 The Loss of Individuality The peak of a writer’s career should exhibit their most profound works of literature. In the case of Aldous Huxley, Brave New World is by far his most renowned novel. Aldous Huxley is a European-born writer who, in the midst of his career, moved to the United States and settled in California. While in California, he began to have visions aided by his usage of hallucinatory drugs. His visions were of a utopian society surviving here on earth. In his lite
Candide Benjamin J. Koerner English 2100 Prof. Kantor Final Essay essay #4 Voltaire’s Social Commentary In Voltaire’s Candide, Voltaire presents a story with a distinctive outlook on life. He tells of a world that has gone mad and is laced with evil. Voltaire questions optimism, philosophy, and absolutes. Through his story he exploits absolutes such as: justice, happiness, true love, humanity, brotherhood, and many others. He leaves the reader feeling that the world really is a cruel place and t
Candide a gelastic story Candide on the surface is a witty, gelastic story. However when inspected deeper it is a philippic writing against people of an uneducated status. Candid is an archetype of these idiocracies, for he lacks reason and has optimism that is truely irking, believing that this is the best of all possible worlds. Thus Voltaire uses a witty, bantering tale on the surface, but in depth a cruel bombast against the ignoramuses of his times. Candide has reason only in the form of a
candide vs the book of job Candide and the Book of Job Religion has been a staple of human society since the dawn of recorded history and probably traces back even further. All religions found in history have one common theme between them besides their belief in a supreme power. Each religion helps explain what man cannot. Since Emperor Constantine changed the Roman Empire to Christianity, the faith has dominated western civilization. Voltaire, one of the most prominent philosophers of the Enlig
Candide Benjamin J. Koerner English 2100 Prof. Kantor Final Essay essay #4 Voltaire’s Social Commentary In Voltaire’s Candide, Voltaire presents a story with a distinctive outlook on life. He tells of a world that has gone mad and is laced with evil. Voltaire questions optimism, philosophy, and absolutes. Through his story he exploits absolutes such as: justice, happiness, true love, humanity, brotherhood, and many others. He leaves the reader feeling that the world really is a cruel place and t
Catch 22 Satire Catch 22 Joseph Heller satirizes, among other matters, red tape and bureaucracy in his first novel, Catch-22. The novel concerns itself with a World War II bombardier named Yossarian who suddenly realizes the danger of his position and tries various means to extricate himself from further missions. Yossarian is driven crazy by the Germans, who keep shooting at him when he drops bombs on them, and by his American superiors, who seem less concerned about winning the war than they a
cather in da Rye Catcher in the Rye Holden and His Phony Family The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, interacts with many people throughout J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, but probably none have as much impact on him as certain members of his immediate family. The ways Holden acts around or reacts to the various members of his family give the reader a direct view of Holden’s philosophy surrounding each member. How do Holden’s different opinions of his family compare and do his views
Circles of Misunderstanding Circles of Misunderstanding Home Burial depicts a household of misery and miscommunication. As a husband and wife attempt to deal with the loss of a child, they loose each other. Men live life more singularly than women, and immerse themselves in work and self-improvement. Women, on the other hand, tend to regard their family as their life, and therefore live their life more collectively. This difference causes most men and women to think in different ways, and ther
civil disobedence Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many times when citizens have felt the need to revolt against their government. Such cases of revolt took place during the times Henry David Thoreau. The reason for his revolution included discrimination against the community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. Thoreau used civil disobedience to change people\'s ideas and beliefs to stop the injustice brought against them and their nat
Coleridge and the Explosion of Voice Coleridge and the Explosion of Voice Coleridge is so often described in terms which are akin to the word, explosive, and by all accounts he was at times an unusually dynamic,charismatic and unpredictable person. His writings themselves could also betermed explosive merely from their physical form; a fragmented mass, some pieces finished but most not, much of his writing subject to procrastination or eventual change of mind. Today I want to address a momen
Community College Students Create A SelfImage In Their Life Community College Students Create A Self-Image In Their Life Swimming with the current is much easier than swimming against the current. If people are not able to follow the trend, they will not belong to this time anymore. “Most of the time each of us is a member of a group, sometimes a member of several groups, and at different times of different groups” (Katona 55). Moreover, their feeling, thinking, and acting will be profoundly inf
Continental Drift and Homer On the surface, Continental Drift and The Oddyssey are very different. The two protagonists, Bob Dubois and Odysseus, are as unalike as two men can be. Bob is an average man with an average life. He works for one man so that he can pay bills to others, trying to make what little money is left supply his family with the needs, both real and imagined, that every family has. Odysseus is a mythical figure, the ultimate man. He surpasses his peers in every manly endeavor,
Criticism of Anne Tyler The Pursuit of True Happiness Anne Tyler has said that she uses the family unit to show “how people manage to endure together—how they grate against each other, adjust, intrude, and protect themselves from intrusions, give up, and start all over again in the morning,” (Applebee et al. 1007). From this quote, a reader can assume that Tyler encourages perseverance and courage. Life all too often presents challenges, but it is how you handle those challenges that matters. Th
Daedalus and Portrait The Daedalus Myth: Its Role in A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST... James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of complex themes developed through frequent allusions to classical mythology. The myth of Daedalus and Icarus serves as a structuring element in the novel, uniting the central themes of individual rebellion and discovery, producing a work of literature that illuminates the motivations of an artist, and the development of his individual philosophy. Jam
Dante Alighieris The divine Comedy Purgatory Dante Alighieri\'s The Divine Comedy, Purgatory Dante\'s The Divine Comedy section of Purgatory is a depiction of Dante and his struggle to reach paradise. He is a character as well as a narrator. The purgatory section deals with the seven deadly sins and Dante\'s task of cleansing himself on his journey to heaven. He confronts many different people on his journey to self-righteousness, which help and guide him to his destiny. Accompanied by Virgil or
Dantes Inferno A Journey Through Hell A Journey through Hell The Inferno, the first part of the Divina Commedia, written around 1307 to 1314, is the masterpiece of Dante Alighieri. The story tells of a pilgrim Dante, not to be confused with the writer Dante, and his journey through hell to the base of the mountain of purgatory. Along the way, Dante accompanied by Virgil (human reason), meet many of Dante’s political rivals and many mythological creatures and sinners from throughout history. In t
Defining Power Subject: World History (But it applies to much more) Title: Power Comes From the Barrel of a Gun - took the opposing view Would you respect me, If I didn’t have this gun? ‘Cause without it, I don’t get it, And that’s why I carry one. -Phil Collins Power. A word from which many meanings derive. To each individual, it means something distinct and it is how one uses their power that makes up who they are. Power does not come from the barrel of a gun. A gun can do nothing without
DeFoe Moll Flanders J Johnson English Novel to 1832 7/10/00 “Moll Flanders: Freedom or Fate” In New Hampshire I had a Philosophy teacher that used to say, and I believe he was quoting another, “People who believe in freewill are ignorant of the reasons of their actions”. This quote, in the context of Defoe’s Moll Flanders, brings about a multitude of questions and discussion. Was Flanders free or was she predetermined to live a wicked and improper life mired in years of penitence? Was the fact t
Democracy or Not “Democracy or Not?” Each of us is aware that change is everywhere we look. No segment of society is exempt. We as the public are dealing with the advent of continuous and ever increasing change. Change in technology, change in resource availability, change in national demographics, change in workforce diversity, change in simply every facet of the organizational environment and context in which public institutions must operate. Change, as the saying goes, has truly become the on
Donconstructionthe Secret Sharer Deconstruction Deconstruction is a post-structural school of philosophy and literary criticism that was developed by French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Although he is credited with its origins, he seems to have borrowed heavily from German philosophers, Friedrich Neitzsche and Martin Heidegger, who “ radically questioned the validity of basic philosophical concepts” and Chinese philosopher, Lao Tse who embraced the harmony of opposites. In one of his short texts
dorian gray Dorian Gray “The content of the writing brings you directly into the author’s mind.” In the novel, Dorian Gray, the author, Oscar Wilde, related the values during the 19th century through his characters. His personality and view of life is expressed through his novel-Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks of me: Dorian what I would like to be” On the surface, Dorian Gray is an example of a typical ideal aristocrat during the time which Oscar Wilde live
Dr Faustus2 Selling His Soul to Make a Point In Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe has vividly drawn up the character of an intelligent, learned man tragically seduced by the lure of power greater than he was mortally meant to have. The character of Dr. Faustus is, in conception, an ideal of humanism, but Marlowe has taken him and shown him to be damned nonetheless, thus satirizing the ideals of Renaissance Humanism. M. H. Abram\'s A Glossary of Literary Terms defines Renaissance Humanism, stating
Dreisers Sister Carrie I think it is very difficult to define the exact character of Dreiser’s “Sister Carrie”, and his original intention. I would say, “as many eyes, so many opinions”, so no wonder there are different approaches and interpretations towards the novel which is influenced not just by the reader’s reading or personal experience, but also by their particular philosophy of life as well as knowledge about the historical background. “Sister Carrie” can be read as a novel of desire, se
edgar allan poe1 Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), was an American poet, short-story writer, and literary critic. Poe\'s stormy personal life and his haunting poems and stories combined to make him one of the most famous figures in American literary history. Poe\'s influence on literature has been immense. His short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) is considered the first modern detective story. His reviews of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne mark him as the first si
edgar allan poe1 Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), was an American poet, short-story writer, and literary critic. Poe\'s stormy personal life and his haunting poems and stories combined to make him one of the most famous figures in American literary history. Poe\'s influence on literature has been immense. His short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) is considered the first modern detective story. His reviews of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne mark him as the first si
edger allen poe Edger Alan Poe Edgar Alan Poe was an American writer, known as a poet and most famous as the first master of the short story, especially tales of the mysterious and macabre. The literary merits of Poe\'s writings have been debated since his death, but his works have remained popular and many major American and European writers have professed their artistic debt to him. Born in Boston Massachusetts, Poe was orphaned in his early child hood. Raised by John Adam, A successful busine
ELIOT TS The Life of T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26, 1888, in St.Louis Missouri, to Henry Ware and Charlotte Stearns Elliot. His father was a businessman, and his mother was a poetress. Eliot came from a financially endowed family and was allowed to attend all of the best schools. His education started at the prestigies grammar school Smith Academy in St.Louis. He then went to secondary school in Massachuets at Milton Academy, a preparatory school for Harvard. In 1906,
Emersonian Individualism Emerson\'s transcendentalism is essentially a romantic individualism, a philosophy of life for a new people who had overthrown their colonial governors and set about conquering a new continent by their own lights. Though Emerson is not a technical philosopher, the tendency of his thought is toward idealist metaphysics in which soul and intuition, or inspiration, are central. The new American experiment needed every idea within its reach. Taking a practical and democrat
Emersonian Person SelfReliance e most Emersonian person that I have ever known would be with out a doubt be Frederick Jones. I spent two summers working with this man on the Linville River for the Kawana fishing club. In ÒSelf RelianceÓ Emerson writes ÒYour genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothingÓ. This is clearly a call for individuality in men. Though Frederick has probably never read or even heard of Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Emersons Philosophy Ralph Emerson wrote many journals and essays dealing with the subject of transcendentalism. One of his most famous works is the essay Self-Reliance. In Self-Reliance, Emerson hit on the idea that the individual should be completely reliant on God, and that every person has been put into their certain life and position by God and that the person needs to trust themselves. He said that God has put the power to handle things, think, and act into each individual and that the
Emersons SelfReliance Ralph Emerson wrote many journals and essays dealing with the subject of transcendentalism. One of his most famous works is the essay “Self-Reliance.” In “Self-Reliance,” Emerson hit on the idea that the individual should be completely reliant on God, and that every person has been put into their certain life and position by God and that the person needs to trust themselves. He said that God has put the power to handle things, think, and act into each individual and that th
ergard allen poe Many people label Edgar Allen Poe a horror writer, plain and simple others refer to Poe as the father of the detective story, but over all he´s one Americas greatest writers. His ability of expressing the world in gothic ways, really captures the reader´s attention. Even though he lead a tough life and was known as a sadistic drug addict and alcoholic, he still managed to produce great pieces of literature. Three of his greatest works were The Tell Tale heart, The Fall of the
Existentialism Appleget 1 Joseph Appleget Mr. Helle/ IB English 12 10/18/00 The Way We Live Our Lives In our individual routines, each and every one of us strives to be the best that we are capable of being. How peculiar this is; we aim for similar goals, yet the methods we enact are unique. Just as no two people have the same fingerprint, no two have identical theories on how to live life. While some follow religious outlines to aspire to a level of oral excellence, others pursue different appr
Explanation of The Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence is perhaps the most masterfully written document of Western civilization. This essay seeks to illuminate that artistry by probing the discourse microscopically at the level of the sentence, phrase, word, and syllable. By approaching the Declaration in this way, we can shed light both on its literary qualities and on its rhetorical power as a work designed to convince the American colonies they were justified in seekin
eyes were watching god Chris Willis Dr. M Newlin English 306 Monday, May 15, 2000 Nanny, a Mule, and a Pear Tree: Janie’s Beginning Zora Neale Hurston\'s work provides the African-American community with a one of the first literary symbols of racial health - a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings. Appropriately, Hurston\'s Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, provides an enlightening look at the journey of one of these undiminished human beings, Janie
Fahrenheit 4512 Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed,” begins Fahrenheit 451 (1). This opening of Bradbury’s novel immediately evokes the consequences of the careless use of new technology and modern-man’s refusal to recognize these consequences (de Koster 44). The book Fahrenheit 451 is one of only two novels that Ray Bradbury has written, the other being Something Wicked This Way Comes. (Man
Fatalism in Tess If written today, Tess of the d\'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy may have been called Just Call Me Job or Tess: Victim of Fate. Throughout this often bleak novel, the reader is forced by Tess\'s circumstance to sympathize with the heroine (for lack of a better term) as life deals her blow after horrifying blow. One of the reasons that the reader is able to do so may be the fatalistic approach Hardy has taken with the life of the main character. Hardy writes Tess as a victim of Fate.
Feminism in Jane Erye Feminism in Jane Erye Feminism is a very contradictory theme throughout literary history. It does not have to be seen as a complete rebellion against men, but can simply represent intelligence and self-worth in a female. This philosophy is shown in many of the works of Charlotte Bronte. She uses independence as a “keynote in her thinking about her own life and the life of all unmarried women” (Ewbank 157). One such work is Jane Erye. In this novel Charlotte Bronte personifi
Frankenstein Less Human than his Creation There are obvious similarities between Victor and his creation; each is abandoned, isolated, and both start out with good intentions. However, Victor’s ego in his search for god-like capabilities overpowers his humanity. The creature is nothing but benevolent until society shuns him as an outcast on account of his deformities. The creature is more humane than his own creator because his wicked deeds are committed in response to society’s corruption; whil
Fredrick Douglas and the Duality of his Nature Frederick Douglass\' Name & the Duality of His Nature Frederick Douglass was an emancipated slave who passed from one master to another until he finally found the satisfaction of being his own; he went through almost as many names as masters. His mother\'s family name, traceable at least as far back as 1701, was Bailey (Blight). This was the name he bore until his flight to freedom in 1838. His father may or may not have been a white man named Antho
Good Earth Taoists often use anecdotes to describe and present lessons of life. For example, The Missing Axe teaches that people see only what they want to see. Another important Taoist story, The Lost Horse, proves the falseness of first impressions. Similarly, Pearl Buck expresses this idea of false impressions in The Good Earth. When Wang Lung makes judgments about other characters throughout the novel, Buck shows how one’s first impressions of others can be wrong. One of Wang Lung’s first im
Grapes of Wrath2 The novel Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, illustrates the hardships of the common man in great detail. The one aspect of this book that displays life as it exists in the hostile real-world is the third chapter, in which the human plight is displayed by a turtle, and his struggle to reach the other side of a road. As the turtle is about to reach his goal, it is returned to it\'s original location, but it does not waver in it\'s determination, and continues across the road unti
Grapes of Wrath2 The novel Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, illustrates the hardships of the common man in great detail. The one aspect of this book that displays life as it exists in the hostile real-world is the third chapter, in which the human plight is displayed by a turtle, and his struggle to reach the other side of a road. As the turtle is about to reach his goal, it is returned to it\'s original location, but it does not waver in it\'s determination, and continues across the road unti
great gatsby green light Green Light in the Great Gatsby After the events of this story have unfolded, the narrator Nick, focuses on the man most like himself; Gatsby. Both Nick Carraway and Jay Gatz hail from the mid-west, where morals and the right way of getting ahead are instilled into them. They travel to New York, where the morals are paper-thin and everything seems turned upside down. The saps with morals stay in the ashheaps while the careless, foolhardy upper society do what they please
greek theatre Greek Theatre There have been many artistic achievements that have had a substantial role in shaping outlooks and tastes for cultures and generations for 1000’s of years. Of all the different kinds of productions the Greeks have established, the tragedy is the most extraordinary of their spiritual contributions. Everything from style, intellect, appearance of stage, costume, and people have all been the main influences of drama and theatre over the past twenty-five hundred years. T
handmaids tale propaganda Early in The Handmaids Tale, Offred says, after having seen a group of Japanese women wearing short skirts, rather than the typical, compulsory dress of Gilead: We are fascinated, but also repelled. They seem undressed. It has taken so little time to change our minds about things like this This illustrates how the minds of the population have been manipulated to make them comply with the Governments views. Like in most totalitarian societies, the Gilead Government
Hard Times1 The book Hard Times written by Charles Dickens is a story about a Lancashire Mill Town in the 1840’s. The novel is divided into three books. Dickens titles the books accordingly to prepare the reader for what is about to come, and throughout the novel he shows the effects of the education system, the setup of the caste system, and the Industrial Revolution had on society through this small town of Coketown. The main characters of the novel show the English caste system of the 19th ce
Hard Times2 Utilitarianism Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in spring...... A perfect example of a product of utilitarian education, Bitzer defines a horse off the top of his head in a split second. Utilitarianism is the assumption that human beings act in a way that highlights their own self interest. It is based on factuality and leaves little room for imagination. Dickens provides three vivid examples of this
Hector vs Achilles In The Iliad, many of the male characters display heroic characteristics consistent with the heroic warrior code of ancient Greece. They try to win glory in battle, yet are often characterized as having a distinctly human side. They each have certain strengths and weaknesses, which are evident at many times throughout the conflicts described in The Iliad. Prime examples of such characters are Achilles and Hector. These two characters have obvious differences in their approache
Herbert George Wells In History, many writers have tried to touch on stories of science fiction, but were not too successful. One man though, by the name of Herbert George Wells has been considered by some to be the father of modern science fiction.(GeoCities.com) H.G. Wells as some may call him, have had various books, and stories that has made him very famous in the great book world around the nation, as far as modern science fiction goes. Wells best know books include, “ The Time Machine”, “T