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18724. Autobiographical Elements in “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald).

This paper discusses the autobiographical elements that are found in the short story “Babylon Revisited” (1931), by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Like the story’s main character, Charlie Wales, Fitzgerald experienced loss after a period of prosperity, lived as an American in Paris, had problems with alcoholism, and had troubled relationships with his wife, daughter and sister-in-law. It is also noted that there are certain elements in the story that are not found in Fitzgerald’s life; it is argued that these were added to increase the story’s dramatic impact. TAGS: autobiographical fiction f scott Fitzgerald jazz age Babylon revisited alcoholism marital problems. MLA Style. 8 pages, 25 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 2,366 words.
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18565. The Great Gatsby for Classroom Springboard Activities.

In this paper, excerpts from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby are used for springboard activities in a middle-school classroom. Various passages from the novel are used as a basis for instructional activities in the content areas of social studies, science, art, mathematics, and computer technology. The paper includes an overview and discussion of the activities, and then specific lesson plans in science, art, mathematics, and computer science follow. KEYWORDS: middle school education literature springboard activities math art science lesson plans motivating books. APA Style. 20 pages, 24 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 4,820 words.
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18550. Isolation and Delusion in Three Short Stories.

This paper discusses the characters and plots of three short stories: “A Rose for Emily” (William Faulkner), “Miriam” (Truman Capote) and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (James Thurber). Each story deals in one way or another with the theme of isolation and delusion, demonstrating the idea that delusions occur when people do not have normal social outlets for expressing their fears and anxieties. KEYWORDS: literature comparative psychology Faulkner Capote Thurber. MLA Style. 6 pages, 7 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,439 words.
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18515. The Awakening (Kate Chopin).

This paper discusses the character Edna Pontellier and her growing awareness of herself as an individualized, sexual being in the patriarchal society of late nineteenth century Louisiana. The paper notes the use of symbolism and the roles of various characters in depicting Edna’s awakening. It is argued that Edna’s failure to attain personal and sexual fulfillment leads to her tragic demise. KEYWORDS: literature Kate Chopin sexuality feminism. MLA Style. 6 pages, 16 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,569 words.
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18326. Character Analysis: Henri in “Cannery Row” (John Steinbeck).

This paper is concerned with the unique and complex character Henri, a local artist in the oceanfront community depicted by John Steinbeck in Cannery Row. Henri is creative, but also dreamy and impractical. In addition, he is a pretentious artist; yet, he is psychologically deep and shows signs of having a trouble conscience. KEYWORDS: literature Steinbeck character analysis. MLA Style. 4 pages, 15 footnotes in text, 1 bibliographic source.
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18031. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

This paper agrees with the argument in Baldwin's 1963 book that the salvation of American society requires white people to become more like African Americans. According to Baldwin, white people are not a good model for racial tolerance because they are motivated by race-based feelings of fear. By contrast, African Americans have learned to endure hardships while maintaining a sense of dignity. Baldwin claims that African Americans must avoid the temptation to resort to violence and hatred. Rather, they have a responsibility to serve as a model for love and tolerance within society. KEYWORDS: african americans racism race relations blacks whites argumentative essay. APA Style. 6 pages, 16 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources. 1,664 words.
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17643. Angela Carter’S “the Company of Wolves” and the Grimm Brothers’ “Little Red Cap”.

This paper compares and contrasts two stories based on the “Little Red Riding Hood” fairy tale: Angela Carter’s (1979) short story, “The Company of Wolves” and the Grimm Brothers’ classic “Little Red Cap.” The two stories are contrasted in their treatment of morals and sexuality as well as plot components. KEYWORDS: little red riding hood fairy tale sexuality female empowerment seduction grimm brothers angela carter. MLA Style. 7 pages, 8 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 1,738 words.
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17575. The Protagonists in Hemingway’S the Old Man & the Sea and London’S “to Build a Fire.”

This paper compares and contrasts the characters and missions of the protagonists in Ernest Hemingway’s novel and Jack London’s short story – both works in which a solitary man struggles against the forces of nature. The paper focuses on one of most essential differences between the two characters, arguing that London’s protagonist is too much concerned with the rational mind and lacks a solid connection to the world of nature, while Hemingway’s protagonist displays a balance of intuition and reason and is clearly in touch with the natural world. KEYWORDS: protagonist natural forces man versus nature jack London ernest hemingway. MLA Style. 9 pages, 23 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 2117 words.
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17566. Blue Angel by Francine Prose.

This paper reviews Prose’s satirical novel about sexual harassment on a college campus. The analysis considers the author’s point of view, literary techniques employed (irony, satire, foreshadowing, symbolic imagery), use of humor, and characterization. Criticizes the novelist for excessive foreshadowing and excessive quoting from the novel-within-the novel and praises the novel for its interesting characters, humor, and treatment of the theme of desire in a man’s tragic downfall. KEYWORDS: book review fiction campus life sex harassment. MLA Style. 6 pages, 11 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,566 words.
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17565. Crash Diet by Jill Mccorkle.

This paper presents a largely favorable review of McCorkle’s collection of short stories about an assortment of “everyday” women and girls. The author’s style is praised as is her skill at characterization, although a number of stories are faulted as lacking emotional power despite their technical perfection. KEYWORDS: book review fiction short stories women. MLA Style. 6 pages, 14 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,432 words.
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17562. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alverez.

This paper provides a highly favorable review of Alverez’s compilation of stories about four sisters’ experiences as immigrants from the Dominion Republic. Concludes that this is a fascinating book containing many insights about the process of developing an adult identity while assimilating to life in a new cultural environment. Notes that the technique of telling the stories of the girls in reverse order adds to the book’s appeal. KEYWORDS: book review autobiographical Dominican republic immigrants assimilation. MLA Style. 4 pages, 12 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
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17561. When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeraldo Santiago.

This paper provides a brief, favorable review of Santiago’s autobiographically-inspired novel about her childhood years in Puerto Rico and teen years in a poor neighborhood of Brooklyn. Praises Santiago’s skill at characterization and at holding the reader’s attention throughout the novel. KEYWORDS: book review nonfiction Puerto Rico Puerto Rican poverty Brooklyn. MLA Style. 4 pages, 14 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 902 words.
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17560. Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia.

This paper provides a brief, very favorable review of this novel filled with quirky, fascinating characters and providing an interesting perspective on Cuba under Communist rule. The reviewer highly recommends the book “not only for what it says about the Cuban people but also for what it says about life in general.” KEYWORDS: book review fiction Cuban novel castro. MLA Style. 4 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 901 words.
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17559. Pocho by Jose Antonio Villarreal.

. This paper provides a brief, marginally favorable review of Villarreal’s novel about a Mexican-American boy’s coming of age in mid-twentieth century America. Argues that Villarreal’s inconsistent writing style and tendency to venture off into philosophical themes distracts the reader from an otherwise good story with conflicting characters and interesting themes. KEYWORDS: book review fiction Mexican American boyhood. MLA Style. 4 pages, 16 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 898 words.
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17504. Hemingway’S Heroes.

This paper profiles the heroes in the works of Ernest Hemingway, arguing that, in contrast to some claims that Hemingway’s leading male characters are meant to depict the author’s perception of the macho ideal, Hemingway’s heroes are flawed men who persevere in the face of failure and tragedy. Hemingway’s heroes are examined through an analysis of themes and leading male characters in five works: A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, In Our Time, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Sun Also Rises. KEYWORDS: heroes heroism literature hemingway male characters machismo. MLA Style. 17 pages, 33 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 4,424 words.
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15956. "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein (Book Review).

This paper discusses the attempt by Heinlein’s character Valentine Michael Smith to create a new religion. Describes the main idea of this religion, including its use of open sexuality, as well as the persecution of established religions with their more traditional views on morality. Keywords: science fiction utopia. 6 pages; 13 footnotes; 1 bibliographic source. 1,328 words.
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15952. "Dirty Work" by Larry Brown as a Southern Novel (Book Review).

This paper discusses how Brown’s novel, “Dirty Work” represents the prototypical Southern novel. Characteristics of the typical Southern novel found in “Dirty Work” include sense of place, a sense of history, the use of story-telling, and the conveyance of a particular type of religious attitude. Keywords: fiction American South. Includes an annotated bibliography. 6 pages; 22 footnotes; 6 bibliographic sources. 2,209 words.
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15944. Assembling Sandwiches for Fun and Profit.

This paper is a tongue-in-cheek essay, using “wry humor” in the style of Paul Roberts. The topic of the essay is how to start a sandwich shop business. 5 pages; 0 footnotes; 1 bibliographic source. 1,636 words.
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15929. Upton Sinclair's Campaign for California Governor in 1934.

This paper discusses Upton Sinclair’s efforts to become governor of California on the Democratic ticket in 1934. Examines the ways his opposition used wealthy and powerful connections in order to run a negative smear campaign against him. 10 pages; 26 footnotes; 5 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

15796. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth.

A highly favorable review of Unsworth 1992 epic novel about a slave ship and its journey to the New World beginning in 1752. Traces parallels in the plot to Shakespeare's The Tempest and focuses on the book's themes surrounding the ethics of slave trading. 7 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $49
 

15789. Women, Gender, and Gender Relations in Faulkner's the Sound and the Fury.

A brief review of contemporary critical interpretations of the role and importance of women in Faulkner's novel, with a special focus on the character Candace (Caddy). Considers interpretations offered by Frederick Hoffman, John Matthews, Olga Vickery, and others. 6 pages, 12 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
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15780. "Everyday Use" (Alice Walker).

A discussion of the short story about two contrasting African-American sisters and their mother. Includes references to characters, point-of-view, setting, and the theme of knowing and appreciating one's cultural heritage. 5 pages, 4 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

15606. "The Moths" by Helena Maria Viramontes.

This paper discusses the role of the grandmother in the short story about a Latina girl growing into maturity. Through her bond with her grandmother, the girl is able to find a sense of spirituality and self-esteem that she could not find in either the Church or her male-dominated home. The symbolism in the story (especially in the final scene, where the girl bathes herself and her dead grandmother) is also discussed. 6 pages, 22 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

15602. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

This paper concerns the possible influences on the meanings of this short story. Includes references to colonial witchcraft trials, ancient fertility rituals, male dominance, and Jackson's criticism of human hypocrisy and blind obedience to authority. 6 pages, 19 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
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15601. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

This paper concerns the possible influences on the meanings of this short story. Includes references to colonial witchcraft trials, ancient fertility rituals, male dominance, and Jackson's criticism of human hypocrisy and blind obedience to authority. 6 pages, 19 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

15586. Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin) and Black Boy (Richard Wright).

This paper examines the themes of identity, family and religion, as seen in these two novels concerned with African-American boys growing into manhood. Baldwin's book is about a preacher's son, for whom religion and family remain important despite the conflicts. Wright's main character is more rebellious and comes from a broken home; he seeks his salvation not through religion and family, but rather through the craft of writing. 13 pages, 48 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $91
 

15557. Parallels and Differences in the Quests of Stephen Dedalus and Holden Caulfield.

Compares the main characters in the novels of Joyce (A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man), and Sallinger (The Catcher in the Rye). Differences in character, ambition and religious influences are discussed; in addition, it is argued that both characters want to be "helpers," and both undergo "hellish" experiences before having epiphanies about their lives. 9 pages, 19 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

15528. "Good Country People" (Flannery O'connor).

In this story, the condescending and rebellious attitude of Hulga Hopewell is undermined when she is deceived by the Bible salesman she imagined she was going to seduce. This paper notes the parallels between the Bible salesman and Hulga's mother and discusses how the salesman acts as Hulga's "double" in teaching her a life lesson. 7 pages, 26 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $49
 

15194. The Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk).

The author's theme is that there is a need for strict obedience in a military wartime situation; however, Wouk has been criticized for bringing this theme in only toward the end of the novel, and for treating it in a didactic way. At the same time, Wouk can be positively evaluated for his treatment of complex characters. 12 pages, 34 footnotes, 8 bibliographic references.
  $84
 

15148. Home to Harlem (Claude Mckay).

Focuses on how African American manhood is expressed in the 1928 novel. Includes the issue of whether the characters are stereotyped or realistic, and how the men relate to women. Also contrasts the main character, Jake, who copes with his problems by following his instincts, with Ray, whose intellectualism causes him to be isolated and unhappy. 6 pages, 18 footnotes, 6 bibliographic references.
  $42
 

14818. Slavery as the Peculiar Institution: Uncle Tom’S Cabin.

This paper examines “the peculiar institution” of slavery as the context of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1952 novel, to support Stowe’s argument that this was not a “benevolent form of paternalism” toward an “inferior race,” but a moral contagion and a blight upon the conscience of Christian American that should and would be abolished in time. Argues that Stowe did believe that blacks and whites could some day live together in harmony, if only whites would adopt the true faith and godliness of Protestantism, and “raise up” blacks into the education, religion and industry of the white European civilization. KEYWORDS: book review fiction race black whites southern uncle toms cabin harriet beecher stowe. 11 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 2,584 words.
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14817. Denial of African American Rights: The “Battle Royal” Scene From Ellison’S Invisible Man.

This paper identifies and analyzes racial themes in a pivotal scene (“The Battle Royal”) from Ralph Ellison’s 1952 book, Invisible Man. Argues that the actions in this scene symbolically depict the status of the Black man in America in the mid-twentieth century. Considers both the “invisibility” of the Black man in larger society, and the need for the Black man to conceal his true identity, to compromise and to make himself invisible in order to get along and get ahead in life. KEYWORDS: book review racial themes blacks Ellison invisible man battle royal. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,128 words.
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14808. Kindred by Octavia Butler.

. This paper provides a favorable summary review of Butler’s 1988 novel that created a new genre by combining science fiction, historical drama and contemporary social comment within a single framework. Summarizes the plot (involving a 20th century black woman summoned back in time to the 19th century to save the life of her white ancestor Rufus), analyzes the various plot devices and discusses character development in the novel. Argues that Butler’s story rises above the commonplaces of science fiction, historical melodrama or dull contemporary social comment, because the author gave the novel a structure which suggested a much deeper Biblical or even Cosmic Dimension. KEYWORDS: book review fiction historical novel African American woman. 5 pages, 3 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,148 words.
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14807. George Orwell's 1984.

This paper provides an analysis and interpretation of George Orwell’s 1948 anti-totalitarianism classic, 1984. Analyzes the background of this novel, considering the historical (e.g., World War II, the Great Depression, Nazism, Soviet Communism under Stalin) and personal (e.g., Orwell’s membership in the Fabian Society, view of totalitarian societies). It is argued that while the novel is deeply embedded in historical context, it continues to serve as a cautionary tale on the issues of civil liberties and a government’s appropriate role in the private lives of its citizens. Includes a ten-item annotated bibliography. KEYWORDS: book review fiction futuristic orwell political satire. 7 pages, 12 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources. 1,686 words.
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14040. A Rose for Emily (Faulkner).

Analyzes the short story and argues that Emily kills her lover and sleeps with his corpse because she wanted to “stop time.” Various “clues” in the text to support this thesis are considered, as well as other theories regarding Emily’s motivations. Includes an annotated bibliography. 7 pages, 24 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.
  $49
 

14017. Perfume by Patrick Suskind.

Analysis of the 1986 book, with emphasis on the character Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. It is argued that Grenouille, although a “monster,” is a complex and sympathetic character; he is compared to a tragic hero in his compulsion to find a scent that will enable him to be loved by others. The paper also discusses some of the sub-themes of the novel, as well as the ways in which the ending can be interpreted. 15 pages, 26 footnotes, 10 bibliographic references.
  $105
 

14012. Hemingway's Writing Style.

Discusses how the author’s adventurous life and other influences contributed to his signature style: simple, straightforward, yet clearly conveying those emotions “beneath the surface.” Considers his heroic theme of a man having dignity and courage in the face of difficult odds, and also addresses the apparent symbols in some of his works despite his proclaimed rejection of symbolism. 8 pages, 20 footnotes, 8 bibliographic references.
  $56
 

13969. Depiction of Lawyers in to Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and a Time to Killl (John Grisham).

Compares and contrasts the characters Atticus Finch and Jake Brigance, and finds that, although they differ in many significant ways, they are both “legal heroes” because they courageously stand up against racism in their quest for justice. It is concluded that, although both characters are somewhat stereotyped, they are also made to seem real because of their imperfections and inconsistencies. 25 pages, 65 footnotes, 13 bibliographic references.
  $133
 

13960. John Updike's "Rabbit Tetralogy".

Discusses the four books of Updike’s Rabbit series, with emphasis on the character Rabbit Angstrom. The paper examines Rabbit’s quest for something he cannot name, the relationship of his quest to the changes in U. S. history the occurred during his lifetime, and the ways in which Rabbit represents the consciousness of the typical American male. 10 pages, 38 footnotes, 10 bibliographic references.
  $70
 

13790. Adolescent Literature and the Portrayal of Teen-Parent Relationships.

Examines the treatment of teen/parent relationships in the novels of M.E. Kerr, looking especially at how readers respond to the author's characterizations, either through identification or compassion; the role of leadership; and the function of biblio-therapy in helping teens to settle conflicts with parents and other important adults. 6 pages, 9 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

13766. "The Flowering Judas," by Katherine Anne Porter.

Review and analysis of Porter's story about an American schoolteacher in Mexico in 1910. Considers the political and sexual themes of the story, examines the use of metaphor and symbolism. 6 pages, 4 footnotes, 1 bibliographic reference.
  $42
 

13643. Atticus Finch in to Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee).

Discusses the character's moral traits and the influence that he has on his children, Jem and Scout. Also discusses the disillusionment that arises from Atticus' inability to obtain justice in a racist Southern town in the 1930s. 16 pages, 61 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.
  $112
 

13594. Cathedral by Raymond Carver.

Discussion of this short story, emphasizing its plot, characterization, point of view, setting, and style. The paper includes references to Carver’s use of minimalism as well as his use of an epiphany in the conclusion of the story. 7 pages, 17 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.
  $49
 

13504. The Influence of Darwinism on the Awakening (Kate Chopin).

Discusses the overall influence of Darwin's thought on Chopin's work, as well as specific examples of this influence in the novel. In particular, the problems of sexual selection are shown to be the cause of Edna's despair. 6 pages, 23 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
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13430. Cultural Conflict in the Works of Bharati Mukherjee.

The themes of two-way transformation and alienation among immigrants in America is examined in works by Indian-American novelist Mukherjee; episodes from The Middleman and Other Stories are compared with the life of the heroie Jane in her 1989 novel Jasmine. 8 pages, 16 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
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13322. "Winesburg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson.

Looks at the third chapter "Mother" in Sherwood Anderson's 1919 novel of small town Ohio life. Elizabeth Willard, as mother to the central character of the young reporter George, is seen as the key to the interconnection of all the stories in the novel, embodying the social and sexual frustrations of the women of Winesburg. 7 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
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13317. Epic Journeys in "Huckleberry Finn" and "Grapes of Wrath".

Compares the physical and symbolic odysseys of the protagonists in the novels by Mark Twain and John Steinbeck. Huck's journey is seen as an escape and liberation that leads to maturity, while the Joad's westward trek is seen as a desperate struggle for survival. 9 pages, 10 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

13169. The Concept of the Hero in Mailer and Hemingway.

Two American novelists are compared for their treatment of the male hero; Hemingway is seen as the superior literary craftsman, creating a masculine ideal, while Mailer is judged to be anti-social and more journalistic in style. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

13155. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston).

Examines the character Janie and compares her with Edna (in The Awakening) and Daisy (in The Great Gatsby). All three women seek freedom from traditional roles, but Janie is the only one to realize this freedom and to attain "true love" with a man. 7 pages, 21 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
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13064. The Color Purple (A Comparison of Novel and Movie).

A comparison of the novel (Alice Walker) with the film version (Steven Spielberg). Argues that both are effective as works of art, and that the differences are due to the differences in the two media. The novel provides more details and insights, while the movie makes use of such things as visual imagery, dramatic tension and comic relief. 10 pages, 15 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
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13053. A Gathering of Old Men (Ernest J. Gaines).

Examines the use of multiple first person points of view in the novel. Argues that this technique gives insights into the thoughts and feelings of the Black male narrators, but the author fails to give first person insights into the views of either the racists or the women in the novel. 7 pages, 24 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
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13048. Dehumanization and Identity in War.

Looks at Primo Levi's "Surviving Auschwitz" and Tim O'Brien's Vietnam memoir "The Things They Carried" in terms of the description of trauma and loss of identity in wartime. 6 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
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13039. The Second Coming (Walter Percy).

Argues that the title of this novel refers to the psychological rebirth of the main characters (Will and Allie), rather than to the apocalyptic visions of the Catholic faith. The book's conclusion indicates that it is better to think about practical matters than it is to worry about the possibility of the world coming to an end. 10 pages, 16 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
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13019. Steinbeck's East of Eden and Hemingway's the Sun Also Rises.

Compares and contrasts setting, characterization and social meaning in the two modern American novels. Hemingway is seen as individualist while Steinbeck a social and historical moralist. 10 pages, 7 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

13018. Setting and Characterization in Five Short Stories.

Compares stories by Fitzgerald, Poe, Harte, London and Porter in terms of the places and people they project. The social significance of a human, passionate connection is seen as paramount in all five American writers. 9 pages, 12 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

12696. Fatal Mistake in Nabokov's "That's in Aleppo Once..."

Looks at issues and symbols of memory and reality in Nabokov's short story about a refugee who finds and loses love in the opening days of World War II. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
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12471. Works and Themes of Ayn Rand Compared With the Naturalists.

Rand favored a type of "romantic realism" in literature, and the use of heroes who exercise their free will. By contrast, the Naturalist writers (such as Zola, Tolstoy, and Shakespeare) tend to emphasize the role of fate and the helplessness of their characters. 10 pages, 42 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
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12470. "Laughter in the Dark" by Vladimir Nabokov.

Review and analysis of Nabokov's 1931 novel parody of melodramatic silent films. Considers the elements of novelistic reality, parody, and irony as epitomized through the main character Albinus' distorted view of women in particular and life in general. 11 pages, 23 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

12409. Helter Skelter (Bugliosi and Gentry).

Review of book by prosecutor in 197 trial of Charles Manson. Discusses how the case was built, including the search for a motive and the effort to show that Manson held control over his followers. 8 pages, 15 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $56
 

12407. Chiefs (Stuart Woods).

Review of novel about three police chiefs in a Southern town. Covers such issues as racial problems, police administration, and how criminal investigations are carried out. 7 pages, 14 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $49
 

12219. Nabokov's "Lolita": The Novel Versus the Film (Book/Film Review).

This paper compares and contrasts Nabokov’s “Lolita” with director Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film treatment of the novel. Argues that the film loses much of the comedy, horror, and narrative beauty of the novel. Keywords: film adaptation. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

12218. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

Looks at female sexuality and sexual politics in the futuristic novel about a male-dominated totalitarian society. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

12155. "Dust Tracks on a Road" by Zora Neal Hurston (Book Review).

This paper presents a favorable review of the African-American anthropologist/novelist's 1941 autobiography. Argues that Hurston's method of self-examination created a work that is essentially an autobiography of her artistic self. Refutes Maya Angelou's contention that Hurston neglected issues of racial conflict. Keywords: race relations famous black women. 7 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.
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12133. Literature of the Haight-Ashbury District.

Discusses the writers associated with the 1960s "Psychedelic Scene" in San Francisco. Includes a discussion of how the scene arose from the Beat Movement and covers the work of such writers as Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Brautigan. Also considers the rise of the alternative press (including Oracle and Rolling Stone) as well as the rise of underground comic books. 11 pages, 37 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

11964. The Invisible Man and the Color Purple.

Written as a discussion between authors Ralph Ellison and Alice Walker, this paper compares the protagonists' lives of victimization and suffering investigating differences in the oppression of black people. 8 pages, 26 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

11931. Frank Chin's Donald Duk- Summary, Analysis, and Criticism.

This paper summarizes Chin's novel discussing the role of identity in Chinese-American literature. The symbolic connections between the novel's dream scenes and reality are discussed as well as Chin's general aesthetic sensibility. 7 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $49
 

11908. Faulkner's Philosophical Vision and Perspective in a Rose for Emily and the Sound and the Fury.

Examines Faulkner's use of stream of consciousness and perspective in discussing a short story and a novel. 6 pages, 1 footnote, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

11878. Heroism and Manhood in Chestnut's the Marrow of Tradition.

Examines heroism in Chestnut's tragic portrayal of race relations in turn of the century America. Compares the heroic roles of black and white characters. Explores the separate definitions of heroism for male and female characters. Suggests a role for humanity amidst the debates about heroism. KEYWORDS: book review chestnut marrow tradition race relations us. 7 pages, 13 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
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11877. The Toy Theatre, by Gene Wolfe.

Summarizes Wolfe's science fiction story about marionette. Attempts to decode the story's numerous illusions. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11876. The Dispossessed by Ursula Leguin.

Summarizes LeGuin's novel and describes the social organization of the book's sci-fi universe. Compares themes in the novel to debates in contemporary America. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $42
 

11875. Flight to Canada: A Critical Appraisal.

Explores Reed's experimental approach to his historical novel about the Civil War and slavery. Argues that Reed is more concerned with the spirit of the times during slavery than with the historical facts. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11674. A Discussion of Lee's "New African."

A summary and discussion of this short story by Andrea Lee, about a Black minister's daughter in the 1950s, and her need to decide whether or not to become baptized in her father's congregation. 5p. Notes in Text. 1b.
  $35
 

11672. An Analysis of Kate Chopin's "The Storm."

Brief summary and analysis of Kate Chopin's short story, concerning an extramarital fling during a summer storm in rural Louisiana, focusing on how the author reveal the characters by the use of basic techniques such as scene-setting and point of view. 6p., notes in text, 1b.
  $42
 

11671. Analysis of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" (Joy Luck Club).

A summary and discussion of this story, which was excerpted from Tan's novel Joy Luck Club, concentrating on the mutual emotional blindness of mother and child as they seek fulfillment and success. 6p., notes in text, 1b.
  $42
 

11608. Ibsen's the Doll's House and Kate Chopin's the Awakening.

Feminist-oriented comparative analysis of two stories of women in a man's world, longer on Kate Chopin including a brief biography. 8 pages, 19 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

11547. Narration and Choice in Black Boy and in Cold Blood.

Discussion of the question of the narrator's role in these two famous books by Wright and Capote which purport to be "objective" accounts with as little mediation by the narrator as possible. Shoes how the narrator does guide and present the material by the choices made and the judgments implied in the words selected. 11 pages, 9 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

11488. Philip Roth's "The Defender of the Faith."

Review of Roth's short story, focusing primarily on the character of Private Grossbart and his moral bankruptcy. 6p., 4f. ,1b.
  $42
 

11475. Dark Satire in Catch-22 and Other Novels.

Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 is examined as an example of increasingly dark satire, and compared to Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Twain's Tom Sawyer. 6 pages, 10 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

11429. The Theme of Silence in Pynchon and Others.

Existentialist critical review of the theme of silence (and the inability of man to break through the muteness of God and nature) in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, and Emily Dickinson's Poem No. 216. 9 pages, 11 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

11428. Henry James' the Portrait of a Lady.

Closely argued review of this James novel, focusing on the character of Isabel: the meaning of her actions at the end of the story, contrast with Henrietta, relation of Isabel to other characters, Isabel and artists, the inability of any others to fundamentally change Isabel and the meaning of Henrietta's understanding of this. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11423. Elements of Autobiography in Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms".

Critical review of Hemingway's masterpiece, studying three levels of use of autobiographical elements in fiction and how Hemingway used these in the book. 7 pages, 9 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $49
 

11418. Paul's Case and the Enchanted Bluff by Willa Cather.

Critical review with brief biography of Cather and how her formative years in Nebraska shaped her personality and work. Summary and review of these two early stories, the first an exploration of the suicide of a stagestruck young man and the second an evocation of myth in modern American life. 11 pages, 29 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

11368. Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God".

Analyzes the theme of personal growth and self awareness in this novel by focusing on the book's independent young protagonist, Janie Mae Crawford. 5 pages, 13 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11319. Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.

A reaction to the anti-war message of the book with an analysis of the writer's techniques of involving the reader in the book. Uses the book only. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11246. Tillie Olsen's "I Stand Here Ironing."

Looks at the physical, mental and emotional setting of Olsen's short story about a mother and her troubled relationship with the daughter she neglected for many years. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11242. "The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon.

Looks at the role of paranoia in the story of California housewife Oedipa Maas, who uncovers a vast and mysterious global conspiracy in the world that unfolds around her. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11216. A Brief Review of Award-Winning Children Books.

Twenty reviews of books that have won the Caldecott Award for children literature in recent decades. Provides name of author and illustrator. 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 20 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

11215. Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer.

Brief summary and critique of Miller's autobiographical account of life and love in Paris in the 1930s. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11111. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston.

Looks at the theme of differences between men and women in the black American classic. Ways of speech, thought and feeling are explored in the life of Janie and her men. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11076. Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men".

Explores Steinbeck's themes: inferior status of poor, the role of dreams and solidarity in preserving human dignity, and free will versus force of circumstance. 4 pages, 9 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $28
 

10553. Alex Haley's Tangled Legacy of His Life and Work.

A brief biography of Haley and the controversy surrounding his work. 11 pages, 22 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

10552. Eudora Welty: Life, Work and Influences.

The life and work of the American writer are reviewed. Her family background, literary influences, and persona; relationships with her mother are noted as formative influences. Welty's essentially southern voice and grasp of women's concerns are analyzed. 10 pages, 14 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

10510. Life in New York's Chinatown as Depicted in Eat a Bowl of Tea by Louis Chu.

A review of Chu's 1961 novel which depicts life in New York's Chinatown and shows the gradual transition from male-dominated bachelor society to family society where males and females are integrated. The focus of the analysis is the interactions and relationship between the protagonist Ben Loy and the antagonist, Mei Oi. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

10484. Human Flaws and Culpability in the Narrators of Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and Nabokov's Lolita.

An interesting discussion of a recurrent theme in Western literature: the narrator who has total responsibility for his own failure. 10 pages, 18 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

10483. Alienation and Isolation in the Character of Holden Caulfield.

Well-written paper which explores aspects of Salinger's character and writing technique which illustrate contemporary problems concerning alienation. 8 pages, 23 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

10441. The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

Thornton Wilder's novel of colonial Peru, chronicling the lives of five people who die together when a bridge collapses, is analyzed for the themes of love and consistency of character. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

10413. Hemingway's Prose Style in "The Killers."

Looks at the famous Nick Adams story about the arrival of two hired assassins in a small town. Hemingway's techniques of terse dialogue and narrative pacing are analyzed. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

10376. The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff and This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff.

The attitudes of two brothers toward their mother, as seen in their separate biographical memoirs of the Wolff family, are compared. 7 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. 1,628 words.
  $49
 

10358. The Philosophical Definition of Literature.

Examines Beardsley's argument that the artist's intention defines what is and is not art: the "intentional fallacy" is analyzed. 8 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

10160. James Michener's Space.

Review and critique of James Michener's novel Space, a docu-novel outlining man's quest for flight and space exploration. Suggests that while book is lacking in essential characteristics of fine literature, Michener is an excellent researcher. 5p. 1b.
  $35
 
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