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Favourite literary character

My favourite literary character is Winston Smith. He is the main character in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. I consider him to be my favourite character for a few reasons. These reasons are that he is very strong willed, his fatalistic attitude, his inquisition towards many things, as well as his rebelliousness toward society….

Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” -Analysis

In Jack London’s To Build a Fire the setting of the short story plays a significant role. Jack London uses specific techniques to establish the atmosphere and tone of the story. By introducing his readers to the setting, London prepares them for a tone that is depressed and fear-provoking. Isolated by an environment of frigid…

Building a Fire to Fight Nature

Jack London’s title for the story “To Build a Fire” starts the reader off with a very basic idea; building a fire. Almost anyone can build a fire. All it takes is a match and some kindling. London’s story is about more then building a fire, though. This story is about a man’s belief in…

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“The Maestro” by Peter Goldsworthy

The novel Maestro, by Peter Goldsworthy is a beautifully crafted novel dealing with the tragic gulf between talent and genius, between the real and the spurious. Good literature, however, is often judged not only by what is written, but also the way it is written. Reflecting this criteria, Maestro is well written, perfectly contrasted and…

Piri Thomas’ “Alien House”

Throughout the short story Alien Turf, Piri, a little Puerto Rican boy who just moved to an all-Italian neighborhood encounters many obstacles. Piri will face rejection and inadequacy. He gets teased, and beaten up, but still, he stays strong and acts older than he really is. At the end of the story, Piri is encountered…

“In the Land of the Free” by Sui Sin Far

In the story “In the Land of the Free”, Sui Sin Far describes the sadness and melancholy of a young mother, Lea Choo, when she had to be separated from her son when they entered the U.S because her son did not have a necessary certificate entitling him to admission to this country. This story…

The Most Dangerous Game

The exciting suspense of action of Richard Connell’s ” The Most Dangerous Game” brings in a dark, mysterious, and evil setting as it takes us to a young man’s storm of thoughts about the game of hunting and the instinct to survive. Rainsford was his name, and he was a proud hunter full of wit…

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a man of action. He will never sit idly by while danger is afoot. He steps in, takes charge, and does the job right. Atticus is a man the town can call upon when crisis has arisen. One concrete example of this ability would be…

Response Journal for “The Charmer” by Budge Wilson

Budge Wilson’s “The Charmer” is a remarkable tale of loss, morality, and love. It is the story of how a young girl comes to realize that her devilishly handsome brother is nothing more than a charmer. It is set in a 1950’s Halifax home where Zachary, the narrator’s brother, repeatedly abuses his privileges and takes…

Role and evolution of the hero in literature

” If Hero means sincere man, why may not everyone of us be a Hero?” (Carlyle, qtd. in Hoyt’ s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations). This statement makes heroism seem simple, but is being sincere enough to make you a hero? In modern society, the answer is likely to be yes, but in literature, it…

Three Kinds of Books to Read

I’m an avid reader and I have found the most interesting books fall within three categories. The categories are fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I have read books in all of these categories and although I’m not an expert, I will explain the differences of these categories. Nonfiction is probably my favorite category, because while reading…

Science Fiction: the Vessel for Fatalism

Throughout Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut creates an environment shaped by elements of science fiction. These elements, notably time travel and alien contact, make the novel “a science fiction that deals with the topic of free will versus fatalism,” (Isaacs 408). Throughout the novel Billy remains “unstuck in time,” seeing his whole life flash before his eyes…

We have to sit Opposite

The setting takes place in the carriage of a train. The setting is confined to a small area of a train making the atmosphere a large component in the story you can feel it so much more because it is in such limited amount of space. The tone can be altered numerous times because of…

Billy Budd – Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing – in which a certain image or event may hint at something that becomes more significant later on in the story. Authors often use different literary devices to grab the reader’s attention, or to establish basis for plot development later on in the novel. In Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Melville uses the literary device…

Charlotte’s Web: Allegory of the Barn

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is a children’s novel that tries to instill the values of friendship, loyalty and basic characteristics of humans through an adventure of farm animals. This novel was written in the early 1950’s at the time when the world was split by a curtain in two. It is open and direct…

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