English Essays

Super Media by Michael Real

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Critical review of work on media’s power to create shared values, aspirations, emotions & experiences. Theories & examples.

The Stranger

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A review of the book “The Stranger,” by Albert Camus.

Cultural Issues in Snow Falling on Cedars

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A look at the cultural conflicts in the novel with focus on the main characters.

The Sword of Authority and the Seal of Power

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This paper examines some of the virtues of giving officials free reign with their power as well as some of the drawbacks that can result from an abuse of that power, with reference to three Chinese plays from the Yuan Dynasty.

Hard Times

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An in-depth analysis of Charles Dickens’ critique of 19th century England, Hard Times.

Disturbed Female Characters

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Compares three disturbed female characters (Lila Wingo, Beth Jarrett & Blanche DuBois) & their effects on others in two novels & play. (“Prince Of Tides” by P.Conroy, “rdinary People” by J. Guest & “Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams.) (Source: Link)

Lee Harper’s To Kill A Mockingbird

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Critical analysis of characters (Atticus, Scout, Alexandra, Je, Boo) to define nature & types of courage.

Women in Chaucerian Times

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A paper which introduces and discusses the status of women in medieval times, as seen through the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

House Made of Dawn

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A discussion on the book “House Made of Dawn” by N. Scott Momaday, a story about a Native American man that could never fit into the white man’s world, and did not feel a connection with the Native American world any more.

The Scarlet Letter

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This paper looks at the motivation between the actions of the three main characters in the “The Scarlet Letter” by Hawthorne.

Comparison of Poetry by Robert Frost and William Wordsworth

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An analysis of several of the poems written by Robert Frost and William Wordsworth and a comparison of their styles.

The Fall from Innocence

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A comparison of the characters in two short stories, James Joyce’s Araby and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” .

Common Sense and Revolutionary Cause

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This paper is a critical analysis of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. A look at the main themes of the novel.

Macbeth and Portrayal of Evil

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Examines play’s portrayal of evil, immoral corruption of human nature, Mother Nature & natural order of life in Scotland. (See more at Link)

Cry, The Beloved Country

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A key passage analysis of “Cry, The Beloved Country”, a novel by Allan Paton.

Kate Chopin: Woman Out of her Time

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An analysis of Kate Chopin’s short stories.

Dina Maria Mulock Craik

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Analysis of “John Halifax, Gentleman” by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik.

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

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A look at the theme of mixed identity and senses in Tan’s novel.

Getting to Know The Raven

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A review of Edgar Alan Poe’s The Raven and how it relates to the author.

Progressivism & The New Deal

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Examines failures of reformist programs as described in two proletarian novels: John Steinbeck’sGrapes of Wrath & Thomas Bell’s “Out of This Furnace”.

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

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Explores novel’s portrayal of young girl’s awakening to small town’s prejudice & hypocrisy.

The Perils of Blind Tradition

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An analysis of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery.

Female Independence

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Female independence in three 19th century novels: “Jane Eyre’, Vanity Fair and Middlemarch.

Lily and Love

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An examination of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.

The Woman-White Petals of Nature

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A look at the use of chrysanthemums for symbolism by D.H. Lawrence, in his short story “Odor of Chrysanthemums,” and John Steinbeck, in his story “The Chrysanthemums”.