Novel Essays

Heart of Darkness Significance

1971. The significance of a title such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is so easy to discover. However, in other works (for example, Measure for Measure) the full significance of the title becomes apparent to the reader only gradually. Choose two works and show how the significance of their respective titles is developed through the authors’ use of devices such as contrast, repetition, allusion, and point of view. 1976. The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes…

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The Great Gatsby_ a True Portray of the Roaring Twenties

The Great Gatsby a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays American society during the roaring twenties. Fitzgerald writes a remarkable novel that tells a tale of a man who claws his way from rags to riches; only to find that wealth cannot give privileges enjoyed by those born into the upper class. In The Great Gatsby settings differ: East Egg, West Egg, and Valley of Ashes. Society born into upper class lived in East Egg, the self-made rich resided…

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The Monkeyface Chronicles

For my verbal-visual collage, I chose to read the book The Monkeyface Chronicles by Richard Scarsbrook. Richard is a Canadian author who attended Western University where he earned an Honours BA in history. He also attended U of Ottawa and received his Bachelor of Education. Richard published his book the Monkeyface Chronicles in 2010. I chose to read this book for my project because it was recommended by the library staff at NT. Also, the novel won the Ontario Library…

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Commentaire – Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy described the novel in his preface as dramatizing “a deadly war between flesh and spirit”. This quasi reference to St Paul’s conception of human dualism goes far towards explaining the nature of Jude’s tragedy. This dualism appears also in the book. Jude The Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy’s novels published in 1895: its critical reception was so negative that Hardy resolved never to write another novel. The passage under analysis is situated towards the beginning of…

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The Victorian Upward Mobility as Viewed by Three Novels

Victorian refers to the things and events that had developed during the period where Queen Victoria was the ruler of the British Empire. This era had been the prelude of  modern Europe. This is the time were people began to feel the need for urbanization. The people tend to move to the cities. They leaved their farms and took on the city life and its opportunities for a better living. Some had flocked to London and Manchester which had caused…

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Frankenstein Rejection

In the novel of Frankenstein, there are several prominent themes. The main theme however is rejection. Rejection is not singled out on just the relationship of Victor and the Monster. Yes, Victor does reject the Monster but that is not all. Society as a whole rejects the Monster. Also, in a sense, the De Lacy family was/is rejected by society as well. In a situation like the one in Frankenstein, rejection is easiest when it comes to defiance in society….

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Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

Alida Slade has imagined for years that her scheme had been successful in removing Grace Ansley  from the scene and thus allowed her to get Delphin for herself, but discovers that her plan had backfired terribly. It turns out that her prank had such long lasting “effects” (in the person of Barbara).  For some time Mrs. Slade had been pondering on the vividness of Barbara’s character, which rather contrasted with her daughter Jenny’s propriety and predictability. Jenny was boring, but…

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Truth Vs Reality

The Truth and Reality The novel that I am currently reading at the moment is The Things They Carried. It is a fictional story with fictional characters. It’s very realistic and easy to relate to without any prior war experience. Tim O’Brien is the main character in the book. In the book he talks about his fellow soldiers, friends, and past war days. These stories about the war are very detailed which paints a clear picture of how O’Brien remembers…

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Founding Brothers

The novel, Founding Brothers, written by Joseph Ellis is a thought provoking novel on the intertwined lives of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and Ben Franklin. Ellis calls the 1790’s the most decisive decade in our country. The author exemplifies three major points in our nation’s history: George Washington and his prominent legacy; the collaborative yet antagonistic relationship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams; and the many problems of the young union during…

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo thinks that those who cause prolonged suffering must be given prolonged suffering to bring about justice. The Counts three enemies in which he inflicts punishment on are Monsieur de Villefort, Monsieur Danglars and Monsieur Fernand. The Count had two choices, he could make it quick and easy or he could make them suffer over a long period of time. He chose to make them suffer for a very long time. Monsieur de Villefort got into…

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Rhetorical Analysis of _the Scarlet Letter_

Pearls have always held a great price to mankind, but no pearl has ever been earned at as high a cost to a person as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s powerful heroine Hester Prynne. Her daughter Pearl, born into a Puritan prison in more ways than one, is an enigmatic character serving entirely as a vehicle for symbolism. From her introduction as an infant on her mother’s scaffold of shame, Pearl is an empathetic and intelligent child. Throughout the story she absorbs the…

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Cormac Mccarthy’s the Road

Life can be cruel.  In most cases, it squeezes the hell out of us.  Nevertheless, the challenge is to come out unscathed.  But do we always achieve this?  And if so, what do we get out of every excruciating pain we have to endure?             The road to recovery has so many twists and turns.  It is a test of strength but more so of faith.  It is about believing in something we do not even see.  The kind of…

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The Dire Wolf

The species that is known as the dire wolf is a large and powerful ancestor of modern wolves and dogs which is now extinct. It has, however, left a rich legacy in myths and legends across many northern countries where it once roamed as one of the most feared predators of all time. This paper traces the way that the dire wolf has been represented in myths and legends of the past, and also in the stories, films and computer…

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Innocence of Liesel Meminger

Innocence is something that all of us know and relish. It is something sweet and peaceful that we all deem precious. In the novel ‘The Book Thief’, one little girl possesses this trait, in a very surprisingly place. In the heart of Nazi Germany, Liesel Meminger’s innocence is easily distinguished. In the story, Liesel Meminger is forced to adapt to a new family and environment due to her past traumatic experiences. Throughout part one of the book, Liesel shows her…

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Ernest Gaines’s Novel

Education is widely defined as the act or process of imparting knowledge of skill. But the primary function of education is the eradication of ignorance. Ignorance is multi-layered. A social awareness can be a camouflage for spiritual ignorance. An erudite thinking can be used to mask philosophical ignorance. A teacher can learn hither to unknown aspects of his teaching through the very act of teaching. Because Ignorance is like the mythical beast who can grow ten heads for each head…

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