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Pat Mora – 'Sonrisas'

Caught Between Two Cultures: Mora, Postcolonial Analysis of How Hard It Is To Fit In For A Bi-cultural Person In Sonrisas Pat Mora wrote ‘Sonrisas’ to demonstrate the way that being bi-cultural makes the speaker feel that she cannot fit in with a particular cultural group. The speaker sees her ethnicity as two separate identities … Read more

To kill a mockingbird

A: Facts 1. Technical information a) Title To kill a mockingbird b) Author Harper Lee c) Editor & year of edition 20th edition, 1986 d) Number of pages 287 e) Log: how long did it take you to read the book? A and how many hours did you spend on writing the report? It takes … Read more

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (WN hereafter) builds a brand new understanding of economics. He writes about the condition of the economy during the time he wrote his book. He talks about his views against the trading system and gives an account of an economic system based on human nature, need, and social … Read more

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

Jude’s hardships and suffering in life due to the hypocrisy of the education system certainly does provoke sympathy, but here it may be more of a by-product of the exploitation of life. Hardy presents a cruel reality of life, crushing the hopes and dreams of a poor boy’s search for a meaningful existence and a … Read more

Daphne Du Maurier

I. History Daphne Du Maurier was born on May 13 in 1907, in London. Daphne was born into a rich and well known family. Daphne’s grand-father was a great artists and writer. Her father, Gerald, the most famous Actor Manager of his day. Daphne’s mother was a talented actress. She had two sisters, on older, … Read more

Where the Gods Fly by Jean Kwok

‘We don’t belong here, I wanted to say, what do we simple Chinese know of these inhuman people with their impassive faces and elegant shoulders’? (p. 5 ll.137-138). How can a person make such statement, when changing your final destination may gain something better in the end? As human beings, we have a constant need … Read more

Poetry as Art

Poetry is a genre of literature that uses distinctive style and rhythm to communicate experience, emotions, and ideas with special intensity. It could even be argued that poems are less artistically limited than other modes of visual expression (e.g. paintings), since they are not restricted to a determinate visual scene. Instead, poems are intersubjective, they … Read more

Walt Whitman – 'I Hear America Singing'

When Walt Whitman wrote ‘I Hear America Singing’, he intentionally wanted to catch the attention of America’s individuality. Langston Hughes responded to Whitman, by writing ‘I, Too’ because he felt like every culture wasn’t included in America according to Whitman’s poem. ‘I, Too’ references African Americans during the time of Harlem Renaissance, World War I … Read more

Charles I. Glicksberg – The Self

Charles I. Glicksberg in his book The Self in Modern Literature discusses different philosophical conceptions of self in modern literature from which I have utilized Cartesian, behaviorist and social constructionist models for discussion with reference to Metamorphosis. The Cartesian model emphasizes duality of body and mind; behaviorist model stresses the importance of animal instincts while … Read more

Feminism and 'Burnt Shadows' by Kamaila Shamsie

Introduction This chapter consists of brief and critical introduction to the study, and firstly it introduces the novelist, secondly, the brief background of the study, major characters, plot and themes of novel. 1.1 Introduction to Burnt Shadows Novel Kamaila Shamsie, one of the well known literary figures of present time is very much famous for … Read more

The Pedestrian' (1951) By Ray Bradbury

The setting of The Pedestrian is on the streets, during one evening in November. The futuristic environment of 2053 is one in which technology has created realities in which people no longer interact with the outside world as freely as they used to do. The pedestrian walks as freely as he does because the world … Read more

Fan Fiction

Fan fiction is defined as amateur works based on the characters and settings from novels, movies, television shows, plays, videogames or pop chart toppers and their crossover cousins. These stories, which take place in fictional worlds created by published authors, have exploded online in the last decade. They attract millions of readers daily. Fan fiction … Read more

'The Attack' by Yasmina Khadra

The subject of being good and evil is developed through the behavior of different characters in the story. There are those who appear as good people because of their good attributes and actions. On the other hand, characters that are associated with bad traits are term as evil because they are harmful to the society. … Read more

Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac

The story of Eugenie Grandet is nothing, a mere narrative of every-day life, in which the self-abnegation of woman and the egotism of man are depicted in a series of interior,The lives of women, and especially of young women, are often strangely separated from the life of the principal personage of the house they live … Read more

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels was written during a period in literary history call the Reformation. Almost all of the different satirical devices can be observed quite frequently and easily through Swift’s hilarious exaggerations and thinly-veiled sarcasm. In every account mentioned in the book, every island, and every new civilization, Swift promotes his views of current political representatives … Read more

T. S. Eliot: The Man in the Mirror

“For I saw with own my eyes the Sibyl hanging in a jar at Cumae, and when acolytes said, ‘Sybil, what do you want’? she replied, ‘I want to die’” (Eliot 474). T.S. Eliot was an American poet living in England, forced to Oxford University because of the outbreak of World War I (Ramazani 460). … Read more

Booktest: The Book Thief

1. a. The Book Thief b. Markus Zusak c. 2005 2. a. The story starts in January 1939 and ends in October 1945. This story takes place in the Second World War. In the book the narrator says every now and then which month and year it is. For example at the beginning of the … Read more

Richard Ford – The Sportswriter (1986)

Richard Ford is one of the most gifted novelists in the contemporary America. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Independence Day. This novel is the first one in history to win together the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1995. His works are being associated by … Read more


Elizabeth Royte is the author of the book ‘Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It’ published in 2008 by the Turner Broadcasting System. Royte argues that bottled water is not safer than tap water. Royte wrote this article to encourage people to be informed on whether to drink bottled water or … Read more


Othello is certainly an overlay of the features that define tragedy as explained by Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche and Eagleton. Hence, to say that the play is Hegelian does not necessarily mean it is not Aristotelian. While Aristotle focused on tragedy Hegel focused on the tragic. Both features of tragedy and the tragic are to a … Read more