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18786. Pride in Beowulf and Odysseus.

This paper discusses the strengths and weaknesses in the characters Beowulf (from the Old English epic Beowulf) and Odysseus (from the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey, by Homer). It is argued that pride is the major weakness to be found in both characters. The theme of pride in Beowulf and The Odyssey provides lessons for people in the present day. TAGS: classics essay, epic heroes, Homer, Beowulf, Odysseus, The Odyssey, pride. MLA Style. 7 pages, 13 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. 1,721 words.
  $49
 

18025. Daniel Pigg's Essay on Oroonoko by Aphra Behn.

This paper critically reviews "Trying to Frame the Unframeable," Daniel Pigg's 1997 essay on the seventeenth century novella Oroonoko, and his claim that the title character's use of verbal and non-verbal language "represents a literary approximation of universal language theory." Although some aspects of the essay are found to be noteworthy, Pigg's arguments are for the most part weak, vague, trite, contradictory, and unconvincing. These flaws are attributed to Pigg's use of a superficial "postmodern" approach to literary criticism. KEYWORDS: literature criticism aphra behn oroonoko daniel pigg. MLA Style. 6 pages, 13 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. 1,431 words.
  $42
 

17634. The Character Heathcliff as Depiction of Evil.

This essay explores the thesis that Heathcliff, a leading male character in Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, was Bronte’s depiction of pure evil. Concludes that though there is no way to know whether Heathcliff was born evil, as a member of the underclass of Victorian England, or whether his evil nature developed from the environment on the streets of Liverpool and was further fueled by the cruelty and abuse to which he was subjected at the hands of Hindley Earnshaw, there is no denying that Bronte’s character Healthcliff was pure evil personified. KEYWORDS: heathcliffe wuthering heights Emily bronte. MLA Style. 10 pages, 18 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 2,387 words.
  $70
 

17630. Emerson & Austin on Love and Friendship.

This paper discusses how Ralph Waldo Emerson’s views in the essays “Love” and “Friendship” relate to the character Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. Argues that Elizabeth Bennet fails to show a strong sense of Emerson’s concept of “love in friendship” in the way she deals with Charolotte although she does succeed in this through her relationship with Darcy. KEYWORDS: jane austen Ralph waldo emerson love friendship. MLA Style. 7 pages, 19 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,671 words. 14c, 14e
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17613. The Theme of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

This paper examines the ways that Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice serves as a commentary on the business aspects of marriage in England during the Romantic period. In her novel, Austin makes a satirical comment on the upper class’s emphasis on the importance of income and status in marriage arrangements by using the language of business and negotiation in her treatment of the marriage theme. KEYWORDS: jane austen marriage theme pride and prejudice. MLA Style. 6 pages, 14 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 1,441 words.
  $42
 

17574. Charles Dickens on Social Problems.

This paper analyzes themes of social criticism in Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and David Copperfield. Describes the focus of Dickens’ criticism and considers some of the factors in Dickens’ own life (hardship in childhood, etc.) which probably contributed to his sensitivity on social issues. While Dickens’ novels pointed out the flaws in institutions such as prisons and schools, an important message in The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, and other novels by Dickens is that the solutions to social problems is not to be found in changing institutions, but rather in changing individuals. KEYWORDS: charles dickens social critique 19th century pickwick david copperfield. MLA Style. 8 pages, 19 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,993 words.
  $56
 

17511. The Nature of Love in Emily Bronte’S Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

This paper examines the nature of the love between the poor orphan Heathcliff and the spoiled Cathy, comparing the passionate, tempestuous nature of this relationship with the formal, polite love that Edgar Linton demonstrates towards Cathy. KEYWORDS: romantic literature love wuthering heights. MLA Style. 8 pages, 11 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 2,002 words.
  $56
 

17501. Thomas Hardy and the Sense of "Englishness".

This paper explores and explicates the sense of “Englishness” -- a kind of national identity or character that captures the cultural landscape of the period – within the works of 19th writer Thomas Hardy, drawing in particular on his novel Far From the Madding Crowd. Following background discussion of 19th century English culture and society, the analysis considers how the plot, themes, and characters in Hardy’s work convey the author’s view of Englishness. Concludes that Hardy’s novels both celebrate Englishness and lament its passing and argues that Hardy believed that the countryside, where people still lived simple, rustic lives, was the only place that true Englishness still thrived. KEYWORDS: 19th century English literature thomas hardy rural urban modernization rustic Englishness. MLA Style. 12 pages, 21 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources. 3,020 words.
  $84
 

17491. Victorian Sensationalism.

This paper provides an overview and analysis of so-called “sensation novels” in the context of Victorian England. The aim of the paper is to determine in what ways the sensation novels and their characterization of women challenged the prevailing ideas of femininity and womanhood that existed in Victorian England. To this end, the paper examines Collins’ The Woman in White and Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret as the standard-setters for sensation novels, and analyzes their female heroines as definitions of both femininity and physical beauty. The sensation novel as a means of sexual empowerment for women is also considered, as well as the way in which the sensationalized portrayal of female characters in these novels may have paved the way for a women’s movement which began to rebel against their subservient position in society. Concludes that both Collins and Braddon changed the way in which Victorians thought about femininity and what it meant to be a woman, with their novels presenting new concepts of womanhood. KEYWORDS: Victorian women’s novels early feminism sensation novels sensationalism womanhood. MLA Style. 37 pages, 119 footnotes, 20 bibliographic sources. 8,866 words.
  $133
 

17480. Thomas Hardy and the Narrative Point of View.

This essay examines the choices that Thomas Hardy makes concerning narrative point of view and how it affects his communication with the reader. The analysis draws examples from Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. It is argued that while many elements of Hardy’s writing follow patterns already established in late 19th century literature, Hardy did in fact push beyond conventional ideas of storytelling, creating a style uniquely his own. KEYWORDS: narrative voice 19th century English literature thomas hardy stylistic elements Victorian novels. Harvard Style. 5 pages, 13 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 1,261 words.
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17479. Critical Views of Thomas Hardy’S Representations of Women & Gender Relations.

This paper discusses feminist critiques of Thomas Hardy’s attitude toward women, sex and male-female relationships. Notes that while it is highly informative to consider Hardy’s works in the light of twentieth century ideas of gender roles, feminism, and sexuality, critics and readers must be careful not to ignore the significance of the time in which Hardy wrote (Victorian England). KEYWORDS: 19th century English literature thomas hardy feminist theory gender women Victorian. Harvard Style. 5 pages, 12 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources. 1,261 words.
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17478. The Pastoral in the Works of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy.

This paper explores the theme of the pastoral in the works of these two English writers, focusing especially on the pastoral in Eliot’s Adam Bede and Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd – two novels quite similar in their tales of countrywide romance and morality. After defining the pastoral theme and briefly outlining the similarities between the two works, the analysis considers how each author’s background contributed to their focus on the pastoral. Hardy’s and Eliot’s representative works are then compared and contrasted in terms of the use of pastoral themes. Finds that the strongest connection between the two works is the fact that both Eliot and Hardy wished to combine the elements of the pastoral with a sense of realism. KEYWORDS: 19th century English literature pastoral country life thomas hardy george eliot. Harvard Style. 11 pages, 38 footnotes, 11 bibliographic sources. 2,571 words.
  $77
 

17324. Images of Motherhood.

This paper compares Julian of Norwich’s image of God as mother (as contained in chapters 59-61 of A Book of Showings) with Frances W. Harper’s image of mother in her poem “The Slave Mother.” Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth century Englishwoman and religious writer, claims that God is mother as well as father. Frances W. Harper, a nineteenth century African American woman, was an advocate for both civil rights and women’s rights. In her poem “The Slave Mother,” Harper, like Julian of Norwich, indicates that the primary quality of motherhood is all-encompassing love. KEYWORDS: motherhood maternal images. Written 2005 6 pages, 6 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. 1,467 words.
  $42
 

15553. Elements of Satire and Parody in the "Nun's Priest's Tale" (Chaucer).

Chaucer's tale from the Canterbury Tales is quoted to show how it is a parody of moralistic beast fables, courtly romances, and classical philosophical debates. Also discusses how the use of animals with human characteristics enables Chaucer to satirize human relationships, human flaws, and the views of his own time. 5 pages, 21 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

15549. The Relationship Between Mr. Rochester and Jane in Jane Eyre (Charlotte BrontË).

This paper discusses how Brontë's ideas about marriage and gender roles in the novel compare with the views of Mary Wollstonecraft on equality and rights for women. The main difference between the two thinkers is that Brontë places more emphasis on the importance of love relationships. Examples from the novel are used to show how the character Jane seeks love, yet insists upon retaining a sense of autonomy and equality at the same time. 9 pages, 30 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

15518. The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy).

Discusses the novel as a typical work of "tragedy" (involving the downfall of the character Henchard). Also discusses how Henchard is related to his opposite, Farfrae, and how the novel is concerned with the theme of "progress" (the change from tradition and agriculture to a modern, urbanized world). 8 pages, 26 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

15187. Tom Jones (Henry Fielding).

This paper responds to Ian Watt's criticism that the characters in the novel are weak because Fielding over-emphasized the elements of his plot. In response, it is argued that Fielding's style of presenting his characters was intentional, and that he was influenced by theatrical and satiric elements. 14 pages, 41 footnotes, 7 bibliographic references.
  $98
 

15137. Cruelty and Justice in Great Expectations.

Examines themes of human cruelty and the justice system in Dicken's novel; the moral inversion of the noble criminal Magwitch and the perverse cruelty of the rich and beautiful are analyzed in detail. 9 pages, 9 footnotes, 4 bibliographic references.
  $63
 

15132. Elements of Romanticism in Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

Brief review of the main elements and figures of the Romantic period (ca 1790-1848); examines the main elements of romanticism in Bronte's novel about a demonic figure who attempts to take over a rural English estate. 7 pages, 12 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.
  $49
 

14071. Sherlock Holmes & His Villains.

This essay explores the role of villains in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes books and stories, considering in particular the relationship between Holmes and his four of his most famous foes: Professor Moriarty, Charles Augustus Milveston, Isadora Klein and Baron Adelbert Gruner. KEYWORDS: detective fiction villains Sherlock Holmes moriarty. MLA Style. 11 pages, 26 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

13931. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

An examination of how Bronte uses Heathcliff's contrasting character traits of good and evil to create a romantic personality. 4 pages, 7 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $28
 

13918. Thomas More's Utopia and the End of the Middle Ages.

This paper analyzes how the political and social structures of More's ideal society reflect the tensions at the end of the Middle Ages when Europe was changing politically from a feudal, agricultural society made up of smaller states, to large modern nation states with power concentrated in the central government. KEYWORD: medieval philosophy thomas more britian utopia. 5 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

13906. Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Examines the development of the character of Tess in Hardy's novel. Considers her growth from innocence to experience as a process of strengthening and maturing which is not responsible for her destruction. Tess' moral and emotional development are viewed as a quick, cruel course in life's hardships, through which Hardy makes his underlying criticism of Victorian morality and society as the real destroyers of her purity and innocence. 23 pages, 12 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.
  $133
 

13853. English Literature From the Old English Period to the 18th Century.

Covers the main stylistic trends of each period (with an emphasis on poetic styles), and includes illustrative examples from Beowulf and the works of Chaucer, Spenser, Bacon and Pope. 13 pages, 26 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.
  $91
 

13852. Depiction of Science in Gulliver's Travels (Swift).

Focuses on the third book, in which Gulliver encounters a group of scientifically minded people who are nonetheless impractical and whose projects are futile and absurd. Also discusses how Swift satirized the London Royal Society of his day. 6 pages, 20 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

13659. The Centrality of Arthur in the Arthurian Cycle.

A look at various epics and their correspondingly different roles for the central character of King Arthur, including the accounts of Thomas Malory and Cretien de Troyes. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 5 bibliographic references.
  $35
 

13599. The Dignity of Man and the Frailty of Women: Male Attitudes Towards Women in the English Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

A concise, thoughtful exploration of the changing conceptions of "the dignity of man" and "the frailty of women" in the period from the Restoration (represented by Locke and Congreve) down through the Augustan Age, exemplified by Pope's Tory conservatism contrasted with the egalitarian views of Fielding or Lady Montagu. Argues that the nominal improvement in the portrayal of the status of women in the 18th Century was largely illusory. 11 pages, 11 footnotes, 1 bibliographic reference.
  $77
 

13506. Samuel Richardson's "Pamela".

Considers whether the heroine of Richardson's novel of "virtue rewarded" is as innocent as she is made to appear. The epistolary form and exaggerated virtue are seen as unrealistic. 6 pages, 3 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

13418. Anti-Aestheticism in the Literature of the 1890s (Wilde, Du Maurier, Nordau).

Examines the aesthetic poses of the find-de-siecle, and the popular response to decadent theories of art for art's sake. Compares Oscar Wilde's views on art expressed in Dorian Gray and Decay of Lying with the best-selling anti-aesthetic novel Trilby by Du Maurier and the cultural critique of Max Nordau in the tract Degeneration. 14 pages, 21 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.
  $98
 

13354. Alice in Wonderland and the Tempest.

Compares the themes of the young girl's innocence of the world, and the older man's use of magic and illusion to create an alternative reality, in the children's classic by Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare's romance about a desert island. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

13321. Family, Sex & Marriage in Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".

The treatment of family, sex and marriage values in Austen's novel of British society is discussed. The emphasis on the struggle to find personal happiness and romance in a world of dowries and arranged marriages is underscored. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $42
 

13316. Heroines in Pride & Prejudice (Austen) and Little Women (Alcott).

Compares the characters and experiences of Liz in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Jo in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Both are seen as independent, imaginative heroines, who must first show they do not depend on a man, while remaining devoted and caring toward their families. 6 pages, 9 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

13291. William Godwin's the Adventures of Caleb Williams.

Analysis of the first chapter of Godwin's 1794 mystery novel, looking at how the author sets up the history and narrative for the rest of the work. 6 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $42
 

13189. Richardson's Clarissa and Degraffigny's Letters of a Peruvian Woman.

Compares two 18th century novels from women's diaries for their views on love, marriage and society, noting the French writer's concerns with colonialism and more explicit treatment of sexuality. 10 pages, 9 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

12477. William Godwin's "Caleb Williams" as a Depiction of Political and Social Injustice (Book Review).

This paper discusses how the novel shows inhumane prison conditions in the late 19th century, as well as the corruption of the government and legal system of the era. Also discusses how wealthy landlords were able to use the system to exercise power over the poor. Keywords: fictional treatment prisons 1700s. 9 pages, 27 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

12476. Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Major themes of civilization versus savagery, and reason versus madness are examined in Conrad's story of a jungle trader who goes native. 6 pages, 12 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

12475. Symbolism of Darkness in Heart of Darkness (Conrad).

Considers various ways of interpreting the story: As a journey to Hell, as a representation of the decline of British imperialism, and as a psychological study of the dark side of human consciousness. 7 pages, 30 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $49
 

12045. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Seeks to determine why the novel has survived the test of time and has become a literary classic. Includes a discussion of the novel's epic-like qualities and its treatment of universal human concerns. Also discusses how Bronte shows that one must often deal with opposing forces in the course of one's life. 5 pages, 19 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11880. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

Investigates satirical themes in Swift's novel. This paper defines Swift's distorted moral universe and extracts virtues from Swift's presumed attack on human nature. 9 pages, 8 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

11561. Shelley's Frankenstein: Or, the New Prometheus.

Essay argues that Mary Shelley's famous novel embodied a feminist critique on at least two levels, as well as a criticism of humanity's assumption of divine powers. 5 pages, 8 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11554. Horace Walpole's Novel the Castle of Otranto.

Criticism of the original Gothic novel. Covers the background and influence of previous trends that molded Walpole and his work, a review of the work itself, and the reasons for the novel's lasting and visceral appeal to Gothic romance fans. 11 pages, 18 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

11433. More's "Utopia", Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" and Conrad's "Lord Jim".

Compares and contrasts ideas of utopia, criticism of governments, and the proper role of the citizen in these three works. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

11430. Examples of Entrapment in Women's Literature.

Review of five novels by and about women which share themes of entrapment to various degrees: Burney's Evelina, K. Chopin's The Awakening, Bronte's Jane Eyre, C. Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, and Austen's Emma. Focuses on the various ways in which these heroines are either passive victims of and/or active participants in the traps and binds society places upon them. 10p., Notes in Text., 5b.
  $70
 

11427. Narration and Realism in Conrad's "Lord Jim".

Brief critical review that addresses the question of the narrator Marlow's role in Conrad's great novel, and whether or not his changes of voice and pace make the novel less realistic, in the literary sense. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11424. Fanny Burney's Evalina and Jane Austen's Emma.

Detailed and thorough dual book review of these two novels of women's self-discovery. Provides balanced contrasts between the two, while focusing on the apparent and real changes in social manners between them. 10 pages, 4 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

11421. Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe".

Analysis of how Defoe's choice of a first person narrative supported his attempt to reach readers who liked true adventures, as well as his attempt to write for the middle/lower classes, and his attempt to write an uplifting book focused on the behavior of a specific individual. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11320. Mexico After Nafta: Free Enterprise and the Future of the Mexican Economy.

Overview and analysis of the current and future prospects for Mexican economic development in the wake of NAFTA. Considers the transition of the Mexican economy from state control to free market, looking at the efforts at deregulation, privatization, and the attraction of foreign business. Speculates about the effect of NAFTA on the Mexican economy. 12 pages, 42 footnotes, 30 bibliographic sources.
  $84
 

11221. The Yahoos in Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

Looks at the conflict between nature and culture in Swift's satire, noting the human features and animal qualities of the Yahoos in the Fourth Book. 5 pages, 8 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11214. Portrait of Dorian Gray.

Oscar Wilde's novel about a beautiful young man and his pursuit of aesthetic decadence is critiqued. The character's resemblance to Wilde's own set and the role of J.K. Huysman's Against Nature are described. 10 pages, 12 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

11212. The Enduring Appeal of the Arthurian Myth.

The lasting popularity of the mythic cycle of tales of the Knights of the Round Table is analyzed. The variety of themes, including adultery, Christian redemption, and knightly chivalry, is explored. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

11086. "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen.

Critical analysis of the English novel about a sensitive girl's social and financial difficulties in marrying the boy she loves. 5 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11085. Confession in "The Canterbury Tales".

Examples of confession as a storytelling device in the prologues and tales of the Wife of Bath, Summoner, and Franklin are compared. Chaucer's retraction at the end of the Tales is noted. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11083. The Heroic Code in "Beowulf".

The nature of the ethical code of the hero in the medieval English epic is described; feudal tones, tribal succession and hereditary retainers are discussed. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $42
 

11075. Hunting Themes in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".

The metaphors of animal hunting and human hunting are compared in the medieval English poem. Morgan La Fay's seduction of Sir Gawain is contrasted with her husbands hunting parties. 5 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11073. "The Monk" by Mathew G. Lewis.

Critique of an early Gothic novel about a depraved Spanish abbot who seduces and betrays innocent women. 5 pages, 6 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

11068. Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford".

Explores the themes and characters of the 19th century novel about rural Victorian life. Women's roles are compared with Carrol and Victorian-era reformers. 10 pages, 12 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

11045. Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island".

Robert Louis Stevenson's novel of mutiny, piracy and high adventure on the Spanish Main is critiqued as a boy's book worthy of adult reading. A brief synopsis of Stevenson's life and work is included. 11 pages, 16 footnotes, 11 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

10626. The Social Significance of Fielding's Tom Jones.

5 pages, 17 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

10505. The Historical King Arthur.

The historical basis for the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is examined. Accounts of a 6th Century warrior are found in early British chronicles. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

10490. The Role of Marlow in Conrad's "The Heart of Darkness".

Contends that Conrad's novel is about Marlow's development and therefore the character cannot be trusted as an objective narrator. The body of the paper discusses how this affects the reader's understanding of the story and concludes that Marlowe is a liar. 8 pages, 18 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

10487. Caste and Class in Four English Novels:

The treatment of social class and caste restrictions in English society are examined in Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", Dicken's "Great Expectations", Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited", and Margaret Drabble's "The Waterfall". The range and contrast of caste distinctions is seen narrowing over the two hundred years covered in the four books. 10 pages, 16 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

10393. Hardy's Heroines: Tess and Bathsheba.

Thomas Hardy's evocation of sympathy for the heroines of Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D'Urbervilles is analyzed. Tess and Bathsheba are seen as attractive figures with passionate, willful natures in love. 9 pages, 12 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

10272. Common Themes in the Odyssey, Don Quixote and Great Expectations.

The themes of the great voyage, of trials and tests, and of homecoming are reviewed in this comparison of the works by Homer, Cervantes and Dickens. 11 pages, 14 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $77
 

10161. Faith and Doubt in "Tess of the D'urbervilles".

Issues, religious and personal faith and doubt in Hardy's novel of Victorian sexual hypocrisy are explored; Anglican and Puritan values are contrasted with scientific and Darwinian views of nature. 10 pages, 14 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

10078. Daniel Defoe's "Journal of the Plague Year."

A look at Daniel Defoe's realistic descriptions of the bubonic plague and its social and economic effects in London in 1666. 8 pages, 19 footnotes in text, 7 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

09481. Romanticism and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".

The romantic elements in Shelley's novel are contrasted with Gothic and pseudo-scientific themes. Argues that Shelley's novel is not a conventional Gothic novel, but rather a complex mixture of classic, romantic and modern myths. 10 pages, 14 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

09171. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad.

A brief review of Conrad's first major publication in the context of Conrad's life and overall contribution to English literature. 5 pages, 7 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

08936. A Marxian Perspective on Charles Dickens' “Hard Times”.

Marx's view of labor unions in Communist Manifesto is contrasted with Dickens' view in "Hard Times". Both are seen as having a low opinion of the union movement in bourgeois society. 7 pages, 7 footnotes in text, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $49
 

08935. Charles Dickens' "Hard Times" (A Review).

The dated aspects of Dickens' novel protesting social conditions are considered. The book is seen as still containing a valid comment on modern society. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

08697. Dickens, Dostoevsky and Freud.

A comparison of three l9th Century writers with the l8th Century thinkers of the Enlightenment, discussing the conflict between reason and feeling. Specifically examines Dickens' "Hard Times", Dostoevsky's "Notes From the Underground", and Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents". 8 pages, 9 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $56
 

08693. Romance and Love in Five Classics.

The treatment of love and romance is compared in The Inferno, Le Morte d'Arthur, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Don Quixote. 5 pages, 8 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

08674. Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend.

The contrast between economic and moral behavior is examined in this study of Dickens' last novel. 10 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $70
 

08672. Love, Money and Marriage in Four Novels of Jane Austen.

The conflict between romantic love and the need for money in marriage is analyzed in this study of Lady Susan, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice. 17 pages, 16 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.
  $119
 

08533. Position of the Narrator in Henry James' Short Novels.

Examines three of James' short novels (The Aspern Papers, Daisy Miller, and The Turn of the Screw) to consider how the author-narrator emerges as the dominant figure of the story. 9 pages, 9 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

08379. The Spread of Knowledge in James' Turn of the Screw.

Discusses James' creation of a psychological dilemma for the main character by keeping the knowledge of the ghosts' existence limited to a small group. 3 pages, 3 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $21
 

08279. Psychoanalytic Implications in Sherlock Holmes Stories.

Examines the points of resemblance between the psychoanalytic theory of Sigmund Freud and the criminological technique of Sherlock Holmes. The author draws several conclusions about the psychoanalytic meaning of the entire Holmes opus, in terms of both the author's views and of the larger social milieu in which they developed. 19 pages, 16 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.
  $133
 

08102. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson.

A review of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel which includes biographical background and a comparison of The Ebb-Tide with another Stevenson novel. 10 pages, 5 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.
  $70
 

07628. What Makes Sammy Run? An Analysis of His Managerial Capabilities.

Analysis of the managerial qualities of the hero of this novel, a cut-throat liar and cheat. His lack of cooperation, real concern for the business, and inability to plan rationally make him the opposite of a desirable manager. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources. Notes in text.
  $42
 

07560. Understanding the Characters and Setting of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

Short essay arguing that at the time it was written, Sense and Sensibility was seen as what we would now call a realistic adult novel. To make the realism of the characters more apparent in modern terms, imagine that the same characters and plot are set in modern Hollywood, with Elinor and Marianne as aspiring actresses, Willoughby as a drug-taking movie director, Lucy Steele as the actress trying to sleep her way to the top, and so on. 3p. 1b.
  $21
 

07213. "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf (A Review).

Sensitive criticism and description of this novel of emotions and love, concentrating on the emotions and relationships of the major characters: the cold Mr. Ramsey, the giving Mrs. Ramsey, and Lily's resentment of Mr. Ramsey. 5 pages, 1 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.
  $35
 

07210. Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer" (A Review).

Summary and criticism of this tale of a young sea captain who protects a murdere much like himself. Focuses on the character and development of the captain, and his establishment of faith in himself through this strange adventure. 5 pages, 1 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.
  $35
 

07209. James Matthew Barrie.

A biographic and literary analysis of the life and work of the author of Peter Pan and other literary works. Examines his sexual problems and his obsession with children, and the effect they had on his work. 10 pages, 12 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $70
 

07208. "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James (A Review).

Perceptive exploration of the psychological twists used on various levels in Henry James' ghost story. Analyzes the symbolism of the story while describing the plot and exploring the ambiguities and possibilities that the story contains. 9 pages, 5 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $63
 

07207. The Secret Sharer.

Good personal review of this short story, concentrating on the theme of nonconformity and the challenges it brings. How the young sea captain learns maturity by standing up for his beliefs. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.
  $35
 

06760. "Daisy Miller" by Henry James (A Review).

An interpretation of James' short story about a young American girl's innocent encounter with European manners and morals. 6 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.
  $42
 

06663. Misogyny in Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels".

The mysogynistic character of Lemuel Gulliver is analyzed in this study of Jonathan Swift's classic satire. Gulliver views on the women of the strange worlds he visits are fit into a pattern of abhorrence of women. 7 pages, 26 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $49
 

06557. "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad (A Review).

The theme of Harlow's journey into the jungle as a quest for truth is examined. The symbolic opposition between man and nature, conscious and unconscious world, and known and unknown are analyzed. 6 pages, 7 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

06005. "Gullivers' Travels" by Jonathan Swift (A Review).

The chief objects of satire in each of the four books of Swift's comic masterpiece are analyzed. 5 pages, 5 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

05876. Brother and Sister in George Eliot's "Mill on the Floss.

A detailed analysis of the relationship between Tom and Maggie, highlighting the moral character of each in the face of the adversities which they must overcome. 12p. extensive quotes.
  $84
 

05776. God and Man in Pope and Pascal.

Pope and Pascal's philosophical visions are compared. Pope's denigration of reason is contrasted with Pascal's celebration of the rational. 6 pages, 4 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.
  $42
 

05774. Mathew Arnold.

Arnold's theory of literary criticism is relation to the poets and novelists of the 19th century and his innovations in the realm of critical theory are considered. The paper documents his attack on the Romantics and his conception of the cultured man as having a spiritual mission. Subsequent views of his contribution to letters are mentioned. 15p. 6b. 9f.
  $105
 

05748. Parents and Children in "Felix Holt" by George Eliot.

Eliot's novel is shown to contain several weaknesses but the relationship of the generations to each other is illustrated as being one of its most sucessful lesser themes. Other aspects of the novel are criticised. 15 pages, 11 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.
  $105
 

04811. Irish Folk Tales.

A study of the literary tradition of early Irish history, examning the folk tales that have survived in print from the oral tradition. Pre-Christian and Indo-European elements in Irish folk tales are noted, and the unique elements of magic and legend in the tradition are examined. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $49
 

04808. Moll Flaunders by Daniel Defoe.

The social and economic world depicted in Defoe's novel is seen as an indictment of bourgeois hypocrisy and class distinction in general. Money and prostitution are seen as symbols of cultural decay. 5p., Of., Ob.
  $35
 

04683. Place and Education in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park".

The importance of social place and upbringing in Jane Austen's novel is considered. The plot and its development of complications and reversals is viewed from standpoint of metaphorical analysis. 4 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.
  $28
 

04678. Some Words of Jane Austen by Stuart M. Tave.

A review of a critical work on the English novelist, examining the meanings of key words and offering an exegetical analysis of their usages. The heroines and their limited worlds are considered as forming the reality of Jane Austen's universe. 6p., Of., lb.
  $42
 

04612. "Kim" by Rudyard Kipling.

Elements of Kipling's novel about an Anglo-Indian waif which appeal to children are treated here. Also the relation of the Just So Stories and The Jungle Book. Kim's story, his personality and the adventures which form his character are all analyzed thoroughly. Symbolism and spiritual values in the novel are also considered. 12 pages, 11 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.
  $84
 

04138. Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights".

Good discussion, with appropriately rich adjectives, of the original Gothic novel; concentrates on the conflict between good and evil in the plot. 5 pages, footnotes in text, 1 bibliographic source.
  $35
 

04104. Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" (A Comparison).

A comparison of the structure of Shakespeare's romance with the Gothic novel of Emily Bronte, in terms of symmetry of development and complexities of plot. "The Tempest" is seen as a morality play on the natural order, whereas "Wuthering Heights" as a study of the supernatural. 6 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. Notes in text.
  $42
 

03989. The Social and Moral Worlds of Vanity Fair and Great Expectations.

A comparison of the strange story of Pip's progress in the Dickens' novel with the lighthearted "novel without a hero" approach of Thackeray's social epic. Becky Thatcher and Pip are compared. 6p., Of., ob.
  $42
 
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