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A Comprehensive Summary of Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" is a story about a girl that struggles against society's ideas of how a girl should be, only to find her trapped in the ways of the world. The story starts out on a farm in the 1940's. The narrator is a woman who is telling the first person point of view of when she was a girl. The girl's father was a fox farmer. He was a hard working, quiet man and the girl really respected him. Every winter the father killed the foxes that he raised and sold their pelts. The girl loved this time and found it seasonal, although her mother despised it. In the beginning the girl is about nine years old. She had a younger...
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Lena Lingard's changeIn the first half of the book Lena evolves slowly but surely as she moves from the country to the little town of black hawk, her progress is shown with the other working girls, yet it's more concentrated on by the author, I believe, to show the importance of this character to the story. Yet in the second half of the book Lena evolver into a business woman, hardly distinguishable from any other person in her city, San Francisco, this change is much more abrupt and also much more anticipated than her previous change. All in all Lena made her way from a socially misfit farm girl to a socially embraced businesswoman, but this change didn't happen overnight she, as the book...
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Of Mice and Men a novel by John Steinbeck is an interesting book about an unlikely pair and how they got a farm of their own. George who is short and straight to the point. Lennie who is a man of tremendous size yet has the mind of a young child. They meet a lot of nice people and one nasty one when they go to work at a farm to raise enough money to get to where they wanted to go. This is an interesting book by John Steinbeck.George is a person that doesn't like to get into any trouble. Lennie and him are trying to make a stake so that they can one day own a little farm of their own. He takes care of Lennie because he told Lennie's aunt that he would. George use to make fun of Lennie because...
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Greenleaf by Flannery O'Connor
In her story, “Greenleaf”, the author Flannery O’Conner shows us that people can sometimes blind their factual vision of the world through a mask of dreams, so that they would not be able to make a distinction between reality and their dreams of reality. O’Conner unveils this through the use of point of view , character, irony, and
Being told through the limited omniscient point of view, this story takes place on a dairy farm, which was the only thing left to Mrs. May when her husband died. Mrs. May is a strong willed mother of two, who has many dreams and goals. She is “barely making ends meet”, as quoted from the story, through her dairy...
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The Cure for Death by Lightning Gail Anderson-Dargatz " Brilliant"¦ A wonderful and challenging, truly bewitching novel." Edmonton Journal Gail Anderson-Dargatz, a superb Canadian writer, wrote the Cure for Death by Lightning. The setting of the novel takes place in British Columbia during World War two.Each character displayed a unique identity, which were interesting and believable. Particularly, Mrs. Weeks who was the mother of the main character Beth. At the beginning of the novel I felt that Mrs. Weeks was a bit strange, but was also a strong independent lady. The conversations she held with her dead mother were amusing, while her discipline and devotion to the farm taught...
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Discrimination and Racism in “Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer and “The Welcome Table” by Alice Walker
Discrimination and racism is always an issue, but the hardship these women had to face and suffer is something that is still being discussed. Understanding the fear, struggle and hardship that women of color went through during this time period is very important. Both “Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer and “The Welcome Table” by Alice Walker discuss race and the struggle with trying to be accepted in society.
The short story “Country Lovers” written by Nadine Gordimer, who in 1991 received the Nobel Prize for Literature, writes about forbidden love and racial politics between a...
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Two years ago, my family passed a small farm while driving through the rural hills of Teipe, not far from Beijing. Enticed by a small handmade sign, we stopped to buy strawberries. As we were leaving, a little girl of nine or ten dashed towards me. “Jiejie (sister)" she gasped. "Would you like to buy this straw hat? It’s only three Yuan (US$0.40).” Looking at the hand-made straw hats and bags on the shoulders of this tiny girl, I was amazed by the delicate patterns and beautiful designs. I bought them all.
Sensing our discomfort in the July heat, the little girl invited us into the house for some ice tea. We sat around the kitchen table, surrounded by bundles of straw and piles of...
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Topic: Analyze the little girl's characteristics.A White Heron is one of Jewett's most well-known short stories. It is a beautiful story of the battles within a little girl in her formative years in life. The author, Sarah Orne Jewett, paints a vivid and descriptive image of the young heroine and her surroundings in the story. Sylvia, a nine-year-old girl, once isolated in the city found fulfillment in a farm surrounded by nature. Too those less unfortunate money charm and other attractions can be intoxicated, Sylvia did not bite. True to her innate convictions, Sylvia faces a challenge with maturity and sensibility that is surprising for a child so young. This paper will illustrate the...
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The Glass Menagerie is a fascinating play. In the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, the story revolves around a girl name Laura Wingfield; her brother Tom and mother Amanda are secular characters who ignite Laura to solve her personal issues. In the Wingfield family, Tom and Amanda are very supportive and optimistic in concerns to Laura’s disability. As a single mother, Amanda’s one true pursuit American dream is getting gentlemen callers for Laura, which assents her to be married to a happy and satisfying life. Although the lives of the Wingfields may seem conclusive, encouraging and yet minor in pessimistic, Wingfields are nothing compared to the Cabot family of Eugene O’Neill’s,...
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A good man is hard to find, and there are good and bad people in everyday settings. Flannery O'Conner is the author of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in which there are many instances where people disrupt lives of others by great amounts. O'Connor chooses a theme for every story that she holds on to throughout the book, but in the "Displaced Person" everything is twisted around and completely changed. "The Displaced Person" is the antithesis of the other works, because a good man is found, the intruder is a Christ-like figure, and the intruder dies in the end.One of the most obvious reasons "The Displaced Person" opposes her other stories is, because a good man is actually found. In her...
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Biography of Booker T Washington
Booker T. Washington, born on April fifth, 1856, was born into slavery on the Burroughs’ tobacco farm. His mother was a cook, and his father was a white man from a nearby farm. Despite the small size of the farm Washington always referred to it as a plantation, and his life was not much different from any other slave on the larger plantations. “The early years of my life, which were spent in the little cabin, were not very different from those of other slaves” (Awakening).
As a child he was able to go to school but not in the traditional sense, since at the time it was illegal to educate a slave, he went to school carrying the books of the slave...
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Robert BurnsRobert Burns was known by the critics in his days as a literary genius, writing over 250 songs and hundreds of poems. Many critics didn't think much of him at the time because he was a heavy drinker and a womanizer. He had fifteen children, 6 of which were out of wedlock. Besides all that he was an excellent author writing such works as "Tam O' Shanter", "Auld Lang Syne", and "Comin' thro' the Rye". Because of a hard youth living in poverty on a farm he died at the young age of 37.Burns, the oldest of seven siblings, was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. His father was William Burns and his mother Agnes Burns. William Burns wasn't much of farmer and was poor for a...
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The final chapter of Maxine Kingston's amazing book, The Woman Warrior, is an anthem to voice and silence. The entire chapter focuses on Maxine trying to find her own individual voice and niche in society. At an early age, Kingston was always picked last, didn't fit in with her classmates who were allowed to participate in plays, and failed kindergarten. All of these abnormalities can be attributed to Maxine's inability to find her own identity and voice. She even states herself that she tries to be quiet and "American-feminine," and further masks her nearly non-existent "duck voice" in order to try to fit into society. It is as if she is trying to be someone whom she not. Maxine doesn't let...
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As a child I remember hearing stories about a lost family fortune from my father’s side of the family. I never put a lot of stock into those stories, but evidently they were true. My father’s side was comprised of farmers for many generations. The Owens family owned thousands of acres of land in Kentucky, on which they farmed tobacco and raised horses and cattle. My father, Leland, blames his grandfather’s generation for whittling away the family’s money. Even with the loss of prestige of owning such an abundance of land, the family continued to farm. I suppose it is all they knew. They became good, working class farmers and small business owners, working on their modest-sized farms. But...
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The stereotype that society has established on the subject of the way males and females should behave is an important factor in the short story "Boys and Girls" by Alice Munro. Traditionally, men are taught to handle all of the jobs that require high amounts of physical strength. Women, on the other hand, are taught to do tasks that don't require much strength such as cook, clean and care for the family. This is society's stereotype. The main character in "Boys and Girls" is a young girl who has a unique perspective of the role of men and women in society. Alice Munro describes how one girl's unique individual perspective of not conforming within society undergoes a...
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A whistle blows early in the morning, signaling all mill workers to head to the factory in the darkness of the day’s dawn. The Industrial Revolution was the start of a time period in which the handmade goods were being replaced by the products of the newly, built mills that could produce more in less time for a better price. Competition between the handmade and the manufactured goods became a struggle for most Americans; they had to choose a side in the newly developing time period. Many chose to work in the factories to support their families; others stayed home to help on the farm. The Industrial Revolution started a chain reaction of economic changes, population movements, the creation...
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War HorseThe movie begins with the protagonist Albert Narracott who witnessed the birth of a Bay Thoroughbred colt and decided to buy it with his father at an auction to the dismay of his friends. Ted, Albert's father bought the colt at such a high price, his family had no money left to pay the landowner and thus was forced to make Albert cultivate the fields with his new horse, Joey. The time they spent together brought them very close and they became best friends. At this time Albert taught Joey several tricks, one of them being to return to him when Albert imitates owl noises. Several weeks pass and Albert and Joey finally finish planting and plowing the fields with turnips to their...
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Critical Analysis of White Heron
The White Heron is a spiritual story portraying great refinement and concerns with higher things in life. A 9 year old girl once isolated in the city found fulfillment in a farm surrounded by nature. Too those less unfortunate, money charm and other attractions can be intoxicated; Sylvia did not bite. She could have helped her situation and found a way to wealth but in the end she realized that it wouldn’t help her to be the person she wanted to be. This paper will illustrate a critical analysis of the story of White Heron and focus on the relationship between the literary elements of the story, plot, characterization, style, symbolism and women’s...
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Analysis of Braving the Fire by John B. Severance
I read the book Braving the Fire. It takes place in the year 1863. The book is about a 15 year old boy from Maryland named Jem Bridwell. He lives on a farm with his father, grandfather, and their slaves. Because Maryland was a “border state” during the civil war, it was not considered part of the Confederacy, although most of the people living in Maryland at the time were for the Confederates. Jem’s father, Tom Bridwell, on the other hand had joined the Union Army because he believed in freeing the slaves and keeping the Union. James Bridwell, Jem’s grandfather, was completely against Tom’s being in the Union Army and the Union itself.
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Poverty in Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome
Poverty is defined as deficiency, or inadequacy. It can be used to represent more than just the lack of money. Poverty is constant throughout the novel, Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton. Poverty is evident in almost every area of Ethan's life.
First of all, obviously, Ethan lacked money. His farm squeezed out just enough money to keep him and his household going. On page 133, Ethan is thinking of selling his property, but then he remembers its condition... "Farm and mill were mortgaged to the limit of their value, and even if she found a purchaser- in itself an unlikely chance- it was doubtful if she could clear a thousand dollars on the...
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Today’s society has changed monumentally within these last centuries. The differences in the way people dress, what people do for work and how nonchalant people are about their way of life. “The Ruined Maid” by Thomas Hardy is a great example of how things used to be in the eighteenth century; it shows how quickly things can change through two friends that happen to bump into each other. They start talking about their lives from when they were together and how things have changed. It is interesting because this woman mentions all the things that have changed with her friend. She is now more beautiful, but she is still considered “ruined.” WN Herbert calls it “a very jagged irony” (Ruined). ...
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In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck used the theme of loneliness to show that loneliness is unhealthy, and dangerous to a persons well being. He used the death Candy's Dog to symbolize the fate waiting for anyone who has outlived their purpose. Animal Imagery is used when Lennie drank like a horse from the stream. This caused the reader to imagine a huge man with the mind of a child. Foreshadowing occurred when Lennie and George had to hide in the irrigation ditch, because he wouldn't let go of the girl's red dress.Imagery is the use of descriptive words to show the reader in detail what they are reading. In the Beginning of Of Mice and Men Animal imagery occurred immediately. The author...
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John Steinbeck's agricultural upbringing in the California area vibrantly shines through in the settings and story lines of the majority of his works. Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, takes place in the Salinas Valley of California. The drama is centered around two itinerant farm workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, with a dream of someday owning a place of their own. Lennie Small is a simple-minded, slow moving, shapeless hulk with pale eyes whose enormous physical strength often causes him to get into trouble. George Milton on the other hand is small in stature, clever, dark of face and eyes, and acts as Lennie's guardian and calming force.
Early in the story the prospect...
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The Men of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, the reader is given a particular glimpse into Janie's life with reference to the men she has known. Janie's three men are all very different, yet they were all Janie's husband at one point in her life. Although they all behaved differently, in lifestyle as well as their relationship with Janie, they all shared certain similarities.
Janie's first husband was a poor old soul named Logan Killicks. He was an ugly, dirty farmer whose prime concern for Janie was that she do her share of the work in order to keep the farm up and running. Janie...
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Lennie with the brains of a mouse and the strength of a man.
Found true friendship with George who had the character of a mouse and the brains of a man. Their companionship was based on the fact that George had the brains, and Lennie had the muscles.
My vision of Mice and Men, tells me that George always did the talking to acquire the jobs and Lennie completed mostly all of the work. This relationship went on for years, with mutual success for George and Lennie.
Our impressions begin when George and Lennie found employment on a small farm to help with the harvest. Their boss man had a son named Curly who boxed like a man, but bore pain like a mouse. Curly loved to dish out punishment,...
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The poem we are analyzing is called "To Autumn" by a poet named John Keats. The poem is an Ode to autumn. It's a very serious, thoughtful poem that praises the season autumn. From the language and words Keats uses, we can tell this poem was written some time ago in the early 18th century. The poem is dedicated to autumn and is an expression of joy and harvest.We can tell this poem is an ode because of the way he praises autumn 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.' The first stanza is mainly about the ripeness of the fruits in autumn and the load and blessing of fruits. Also, it tells us how autumn is a time of plenty. We can tell it is a time of plenty because throughout the poem Keats...
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Comedic JuxtapositionIn Beth Henleys play, Am I Blue, two main characters are presented. The two characters, Ashbe and John Polk, exert diverse personality traits, which cause comedic situations to arise within the play. It is often the case in comedy that two characters will present characters that obtain various apparent differences. Ashbe has an overtly eccentric personality while that of John Polk is comparatively mild and plain. From the moment the two become acquainted, amusement ensues due to their juxtaposition and the situation in which they find each other. By analyzing both Ashbe and John Polks similarities and differences, the factors that create this comedy are...
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The Hero Journey undergoes different points in someone’s life. In 1949 a man named Joseph Campbell shared Mythic and Archetypal principals with the world. Christopher Vogler fulfilled all of the Hero Journey steps. In the Princess Bride film directed by Robert Reiner is based on the book written by William Goldman. In the film Westley the farm boy leaves the farm, and goes on an adventure to provide for his true love. Westley is a Campbellion a Hero because the story has Mythic and Archetypal principals and follows most of the twelve stages of the Hero Journey.Westley begins his Hero Journey with a call to adventure out of his ordinary world.Westley is a farm boy, who works for a beautiful...
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Many men in the 21st century find big breast and a big rear end a very attractive quality on a woman, but in China during the 10th to 20th century (Ward 530), two and three inch feet's were the most attractive part of a woman. Many people do not realize the importance or the reasons behind foot binding, but then again many people do not realize the important behind cultures they are not involved in.To obtain these two to three and a half inches feet, girls would have their feet bound as early as the age of two. The time the ceremony for a girl's feet binding would all depended on the family and their beliefs, sometimes it would be in the beginning of autumn so that the cold weather could...
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Sylvia's Threat In A White Heron, Sylvia is threatened by the young ornithologist/hunter. Sylvia is a young girl who lives on a farm and loves nature. Her way of life is through nature and the hunter is threatening her life on the farm. Sylvia's main job at the age of nine is to herd the cow back to the farmhouse. In the first few paragraphs about this task, the reader is shown how Sylvia admires the beauty of nature. Sylvia is so in tune with nature and examined everything she came upon. While at the brook she soothed her feet in the cool water as she listened to all the animals still awake in the forest. Since she was not usually in the forest so late, the first time she...
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Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" tries to view a young girl's rite of passage into womanhood, through a limited feminist perspective. The narrator battles with conformity on a 1940's Canadian Fox Farm. As this time period was still centred on male dominance, her desire to become a powerful woman wastes away when she finally submits to the rules that society has imposed on her.The story is written in first person narration and is seen through the eyes of a young and free-spirited girl. The themes of this story are self-discovery, stereotypes, and rebellion. To portray these themes, literary devices such as allusion, similes and situational irony were used. Allusion is present in the line "his...
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There is an infinite number of personalities and the best art works portray them vividly and truthfully. Some people are practical, while others are more abstract. In the comedic novels about family life, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932) and Chicken Every Sunday: My Life with Mother's Boarders by Rosemary Taylor (1943), the practical characters are in the forefront. While representing different life phases due to their age difference, Gibbons's main character Flora Poste is quite similar in her life views and actions to Taylor's Mother. The central theme is the conflict between notions of practicality and romance, reflected by the actions of the heroines, which happen to be heavily...
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In Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls,” our narrator is a young farm girl on the verge of puberty who is learning what it means to be a “girl.” The story shows the differing gender roles of boys and girls – specifically that women are the weaker, more emotional sex – by showing how the adults of the story expect the children to grow into their respective roles as a girl and a boy, and how the children grow up and ultimately begin to fulfill these roles, making the transition from being “children” to being “young adults.”
The adults in the story expect the children to grow into the gender role that their sex has assigned to them. This is seen in several places throughout the story,...
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The First Chapter of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
'Of Mice and men' was written by John Steinbeck, and was set during
the 1930's, in Salinas, California (The Golden State). Salinas is the
place where Steinbeck himself grew up, and he has focused the entire
novel on the landscape around Salinas.
In 1929, the Wall Street stock market crashed, and in 1932 it fell to
the lowest point in American history. This economic disaster, combined
with a severe drought in Middle America, and the commencement of World
War 2 precipitated the start of the Great Depression in America, which
lasted for over a decade, and affected everyone.
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Though it has become less of an issue in recent times, distrust of foreigners has always been an issue. This can be easily observed in Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. Within the first few pages, a statement is made about ‘alienating foreigners’. Jake, a friend and fellow traveler, tells the main character, Jim, that while Ántonia Shimerda has “pretty brown eyes…”, he points out that you are “…likely to get diseases from foreigners.” Jim’s first impression of the Bohemians is that they are illiterate, uneducated, disease-carrying people. Even after Jim learns to accept the Bohemians’ culture, the society around him continues to look down upon the immigrants, proving throughout the book that a...
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Plot SummaryChapter OneLennie and George are hiding after getting off a bus that took them from Weed to Soledad. They were forced to leave Weed because Lennie was accused of rape. This was a very common occurrence - not being accused of rape, but being driven out of when they were. They went from ranch to ranch. They sit eating and talking about the past and talking about the future - the future where they own a ranch of their own with rabbits and chickens, and where they live off "the fatta the lan'." They discuss what there plans are for the next day; they are to go to the ranch and George is to do all the talking.Chapter TwoLennie and George arrived at the ranch where an old man...
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In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men he discusses Dreams, loneliness, and strength. Steinbeck’s main characters George, who is classified as a mister know it all so to speak and Lennie, a mentally ill man with the mind of a five year old, have a dream of owning land of their own some day. Curley’s wife, a sly indecisive she devil, had a dream of becoming a movie star and came close, but the talent scout who claimed to be her ticket to Hollywood never called her back. Crooks , the only black character in the whole book, in a sense is lonely. In this book Crooks is left out and separated from everyone. He is not allowed in the white stable-hand cabin. In the beginning of the book George describes...
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The Fires of Jubilee : Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
The Fires of Jubilee, is a well written recollection of the slave insurrection led by Nathaniel Turner. It portrays the events leading towards the civil war and the shattered myth of contented slaves in the South. The book is divided into four parts: This Infernal Spirit of Slavery, Go Sound the Jubilee, Judgment Day, and Legacy.
The story takes place in Southampton County, Virginia where little Nat Turner is introduced. Nat led a normal childhood for the most part, supervised by his beloved grandmother. They were working as slaves on a plantation owned by Benjamin and Elizabeth Turner. The Turners became Methodists due...
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Jacky Lee was a farmer who was born in Beijing, China in 1960. He was the eldest son in the family containing two younger brothers and old parents. They lived in a little house besides their farm that was in the outskirts of Beijing, a populated city consisting of many peasant farmers at that time. His family had to work very hard on their farm to earn a living and feed themselves. At the age of twenty, in the year 1980, he got married to a local girl and two years later, his twin sons were born. Life became really hard for Jacky who now had extra mouths to feed in his family. China being a poor country at that time was not much cultivated and floods and droughts brought more trouble to...
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Man-Thinking Project Many things are banned in society. Society bans things that help people, like in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 people are banned from reading books that help them think and open up their imaginations. In Orwell's Animal Farm Jones bans the animals from being free. In Rand's Anthem freedom to be what you want to be is banned. Sometimes society does not ban something sometimes a person is banned from moving like in Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun. When things are banned in society, the individual can not use their intellect to the fullest because they are not allowed to think for themselves.In George Orwell's Animal Farm, there is no Orwell figure, a character that experiences...
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What truly makes a boy? What truly consists of a girl? These are questions that many have struggled with since the beginning of time. Do we call a females girls just because of their body and long hair? What happens when a guy grows his hair out? What develops us into who we really are? Is it our parents, our friends, or our society? For hundreds of years, girls and boys have constantly faced the issue of figuring out who they truly are, whether that means they are into the same sex, or bi. Many people wonder what truly causes boys and girls to like each other, but when one looks deeper, it is easy to see how society affects one gender or sexuality. Societies gender and sexuality are...
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Pursuing the American Dream in My Antonia by Willa Cather
In the novel, My Antonia, by Willa Cather, everyone seems to
be trying to pursue the American Dream. While they all have different
ideas of just exactly what the American Dream is, they all know
precisely what they want. For some, the American Dream sounds so
enticing that they have traveled across the world to achieve their
goal. They work hard to fit in and succeed, but, as in the case of Mr.
Shimerda, are not always successful.
One girl who was chasing the American Dream was Lena Lingard,
a small farm girl from a poverty-stricken family. Lena had one thing
on her mind: money. To her the American...
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My mother always felt we were never really safe in the city. Long before I was born, my parents wrestled with the decision about where they would live. My mother, a true midwestern farm girl, desperately hoped that my dad could find a surgical residency in a rural area. Unfortunately, the only rotation in his specialty was in Los Angeles, where my mom reluctantly moved. Rumors persist that her kicking and screaming could be heard for miles.While I enjoyed the benefits of growing up in the land of beaches, Hollywood and perpetual sunshine, my mom always wanted more for me. She worried that my cultural background was limited and she wanted me to appreciate my rural heritage. She decided when I...
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Analysis of Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly
The book that I read is called Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke. It is about a woman named Marty who goes out west with her new husband Clem to find their own land so they can start their own life. But while they live there Clem dies and Marty is now a widow. Marty ends up marrying Clark Davis because Clark is also widower. Marty in the end finds true love with Clark.
The main Characters in this book are Marty (Davis), Clark Davis and Missie Davis. Marty is a widow who marries Clark because Clark wants a wife and mother for his child Missie. Clark is the man who marries Marty because he feels that his little girl Missie needs a mother...
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The Destruction of Ethan Frome In this classic tale of Ethan Frome, written by Edith Wharton is set in a small town in Massachusetts, a farmer with no love for his dreary wife is given his forsaken fate. Ethan is married to Zeena, a nagging hypochondriac, and Mattie, a girl of relation to Zeena who does some housework and is very beautiful. The combination of Mattie and Zeena are Ethan Frome's downfall. His destruction was caused by his responsibility to Zeena and his love for Mattie. Ethan Frome is in a terrible dillemma. He married his wife Zeena. This forsaken marriage was payment to Zeena. Ethan's payment for to Zeena for taking care and nursing his mother while she was...
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Whether it is the past or the present, there have always been gender roles in society. In most homes, it is the woman’s responsibility to take care of the house. This includes cleaning, meal preparations, raising and taking care of the children as well as the husband. Compared to the men who take care of the more physical activities, such as yard work. It was known throughout many years that it was a woman’s responsibility to stay in the house while the man would go out and look for work to provide money for his family. Although the intensity of gender roles has changed, it still exists.
In Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls”, the author explains the transition from being a...
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Political corruption and dissatisfaction affected many people in the early twentieth century; especially the prolific writer George Orwell. George Orwell’s works 1984, Animal Farm, and Burmese Days, through their ubiquitous uses of stunning imagery, extreme totalitarianism, and raw diction, warn of the dangers of ambitious figures, corrupt governmental control, and the recurrence of vicious tyrannies while reflecting impressionable events in his life.
Born on June 25, 1903 to parents Richard Walmesley Blair and Ida Mabel, “George Orwell” was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, Bengal, India (Merriman, “George Orwell”). Orwell referred to his own family as a member of the “lower – upper...
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"The Most Important Day of my Life" The most important day of my life is when we moved to Hiram from Monroe Falls. We moved in our new house that we built nine years ago. We got all our stuff unpacked three days before Christmas Day. In like three more weeks after we moved in I started school when I was in kindergarten. I had no friends when I first moved. Right after I moved in there was another house that moved in right next to us. They had the same design of our house. In about fifth grade my mom wanted to get a horse because she always wanted one ever since she was a little girl. We got a quarter horse. I didn't like it when we got it because I was really never in to them that...
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The French 1884 oil on canvas painting The Song of the Lark by Jules-Adolphe Breton draws grasps a viewer’s attention. It draws an observer in by its intense but subtle subject matter and by the luminous sun in the background. Without the incandescent sun and the thoughtful look of the young woman, it would just be a bland earth-toned farm landscape. However, Breton understood what to add to his painting in order to give it drama that would instantly grab an onlooker’s interest.
The focus of the painting is a young woman, most likely in her late teens or early twenties. She works in the fields with her farming tool in hand and a bandana keeping her hair back. One can...
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My mother took me to school on my first day. Mother had been telling me for weeks prior to the big day how wonderful school was going to be, so I was dutifully excited. She failed to mention that she was going to leave me with seventeen little strangers and one large lady. The large lady seemed to think that she was in control. I later learned that she was the teacher. She was trying to explain to Mother that I was not eligible to attend first grade because I would not be six until November of the following year. My mother was having none of that. She wanted me out of the house and into school and she did not care what the rules were.
We had just moved from New...