English Essays

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”.

Existentialism & Human Emotions by Jean-Paul Sartre & Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir

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Compares French philosophers’ ideas on being, ethics, subjectivity, humanism, freedom, responsibility, metaphysics, Marxism.

Eliza and Dog Woman

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This paper discusses the presentation of female characters in the two books “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw and “Sexing the Cherry” by Jeanette Winterson.

Screwball Comedies

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Compares 1938 & 1989 films “Bringing Up Baby” ( Howard Hawk ) & “When Harry Met Sally” ( Rob Reiner) as screwball comedies reflecting romantic & social ideas of each era.

Eudora Welty: Uses of Symbolism

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A look at Eudora Welty’s use of symbolism in her short stories and a comparison of two short stories: Livvie and A Worn Path.

Virginia Poe vs. Madeline Usher

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A critical analysis of “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe.

Of Loneliness and Lost Dreams

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This paper compares two poets: Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams.

Stephen Crane’s The Open Boat

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Analyzes short story as example of 19th cent. Amer. naturalism & theme of individual struggling against harsh environment.

Servitude in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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A discussion on the structure and effects of Huxley’s fictional utopian society in ‘Brave New World’.

Natural End

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An analysis of Bill McKibben’s An End of Nature.

Youth Gangs in American Society by R. Shelden, S. Tracy & W. Brown

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Critical review of work on origins of gangs, responsibility for, drugs, crime.

Canterbury Tales

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Examines pilgrims as individuals, satirical tools, symbols of vice & virtue, focusing on ‘Reeve’s Tale’ & ‘Franklin’s Tale.’