• Summary Of Battle Royal
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    Battle Royal The narrator is a black boy who often remembers what his grandfather says to his father when his grandfather is in the deathbed. He wanted him to always keep up the good fight. When the narrator graduates with an acknowledged achievement he is invited to give a speech at a gathering of the town's white citizens. There he meets a lot of the white middle class people. Before the narrator can give his speech, he goes through a violent battle when he is told to get into the boxing ring ...
  • Invisible Man Letters Of Recommen
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    Invisible Man Introduction Invisible Man, written in 1952 by Ralph Ellison, documents a young black man's struggle to find identity in an inequitable and manipulative society. During the course of this struggle, he learns many valuable lessons, both about society and himself, through his experiences. Short Plot/Character Analysis/Themes The story begins with the narrator recounting his memories of his grandfather. The most remarkable, and eventually the most haunting, of these is his memory of h...
  • Ray Carver's Blind Man
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    Ray Carver s character Bub, in Cathedral, seems irritated and sometimes hostile. His lack of self-endurance is portrayed in his initial actions. The vehemence of his prejudice is surprising. His initial anger and anxiety seem way out of proportion to the situation, as if the blind man were threatening to him somehow. Ray Carver shows his negative character in the introduction, and proceeds to change his character in the closing. In the early part of the story the narrator (which is the main char...
  • Lost Lenore State Of Mind
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    A raven is a dark and mysterious bird, and in this poem a raven visits a man with a message. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is about a man who is having a mental breakdown because of the death of a dear friend. The narrator presents a frightening and sad setting, while throughout the poem, talking about his dear friend Lenore, who has passed away. Later, the mysterious figure of the Raven is introduced as he appears in the narrator's chamber. Puzzled and terrified by the appearance of this dark v...
  • The Cathedral Blind Man
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    The Blind Man The narrator in Raymond Carver s Cathedral is not a particularly sensitive man. I might describe him as self-centered, superficial and egotistical. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator that cannot clearly see the world around him. In the eyes of the narrator, Robert s blindness i...
  • Robert Frosts Two Tramps In Mud Time
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    Robert Frost's 'Two Tramps In Mud Time " On the surface, 'Two Tramps in Mud Time's seems to display Robert Frost's narrow individualism. The poem, upon first reading it, seems incongruent, with some of the stanzas having no apparent connection to the whole poem. The poem as a whole also does not appear to have a single definable theme. At one point, the narrator seems wholly narcissistic, and then turns to the power and beauty of nature. It is, however, in the final third of the poem where the n...
  • Woman Warrior American Culture
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    A Warrior's Triumph The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston presents the story of a girl trapped between the cultures of her surrounding environment and that which her mother and family have forced upon her. Knowing only the Chinese way of life, this girl's mother attempts to familiarize her daughter, whom is also the narrator, with the history of their family. The mother shares this heritage through the use of stories in hopes the narrator will be prepared for her ultimate return to China, wh...
  • Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
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    In Ralph Ellison's novel, Invisible Man, the main character goes through many situations trying to discover himself. The main character, the narrator, thinks that he is a very important person. He thinks that his ideas will put an end to all the racial stereotypes in the world. The narrator does not realize that he is virtually nonexistent to everyone. The narrator goes through three states of sociality: invisible, translucent, and visible. At first, the narrator thinks of himself as being visi...
  • Devils Trill Spring Festival
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    "Devils Trill " Before the Spring Festival of 1973 the narrator's mother brought him his violin; it was a fine German model. The narrator received the violin from his great uncle who bought it from a poor Russian musician for fifty silver dollars. His uncle was on his deathbed when he gave the violin to the narrator, and gave it to him because none of his sons our grandsons played the violin. The narrator aspired to be a musician for much of his young life; he attended a music school, but later ...
  • Death Of Lenore Raven Narrator Nevermore
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    The Meanings of the Raven Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' employs a raven itself as a symbol of the torture, mainly the self-inflicted torture, of the narrator over his lost love, Lenore. The raven, it can be argued, is possibly a figment of the imagination of the narrator, obviously distraught over the death of Lenore. The narrator claims in the first stanza that he is weak and weary (731). He is almost napping as he hears the rapping at the door, which could quite possibly make the sound somethi...
  • Narrator Eye Man Evil
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    Eyes In "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator fixates on the idea that an old man is looking at him with the Evil Eye and transmitting a curse on him. At the same time that the narrator obsesses over the eye, he wants to separate the old man from the Evil Eye in order to spare the old man from his violent reaction to the eye. The narrator reveals his inability to recognize that the "eye" is the "I," or identity, of the old man. The eyes symbolize the essence of human identity, which cannot be sepa...
  • Treatment Of Inner Evil Tell Tale Heart
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    "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story authored by Edgar Allan Poe in which the underlining theme of evil becomes contradictory. Throughout Poe's passages are various instances of the illogical and unreasonable. In particular, the evil is pointed out by the narrator as being a physical evil. However, progression of the story conveys an immediate contrast of a hidden inner evil. Starting off the narrator claims his sanity, "You fancy me mad. But you should have seen me," (Poe 3). It becomes clea...
  • Descriptions Of The Character Narrator Cook Characters
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    In The Canterbury Tales Geoff ery Chaucer illuminates the na ve viewpoint of the narrator in the descriptions of the characters. This is shown by the way the narrator often extols the characters, despite some obvious discrepancies. The Cook is an example of this. The narrator describes the cook as being a more than adequate chef, yet in the middle of the description he throws in That on his shine a moral hadde he, (Chaucer 388). This passage is making reference to an ulcer on the Cook s shin, wh...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    Cathedral The story, "Cathedral," is written in first person point of view. The title is a depiction for what happens in the story. A cathedral is a symbol of faith and strength, and an important factor to this story. The story is about the conversion of a man who is depressed about life and who has a nonchalant view to faith. "This is a man who lives a reclusive, isolated life, trapped in the prison of his own skin and his own bigoted and skewered way of looking at the world." (Wired for Books...
  • Tyger And Lamb Comparison
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    The gentle lamb and the menacing tyger in Blake s Songs of Innocence and Experience shows the contrast between the innocence of childhood and the experience of adulthood. The first two lines of. The Lamb sets the style of childish inquisitiveness, Little Lamb who made thee/Doubt thou know who made thee (1-2) The poem is divided into two stanzas, the first containing the questions about who made the little lamb and about, Who gave thee clothing of delight/Softest clothing wooly bright (5-6) gives...
  • Raymond Carvers Cathedral Blind Man
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    Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known" (1 Corinthians 13). The narrator of Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a man living a life of monotony, continuously feeding the cold and bigoted mind that we witness for the first part of the story. The process of guiding Robert through the drawing of the cathedral, removes the narrator from that dark looking glass and initiates a transformation in...
  • Characterization Of Araby Mangan's Sister
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    Characterization in "Araby" Characterization is a major part in many short stories. The characters in a short story shape the story to make it more interesting to read. The main character of a story usually has human personalities that are familiar to the reader. All boys have a "crush " on an older girl when they are young. In "Araby", James Joyce shows all the feelings and emotions of a young boy's love for his friend " solder sister. The story takes place in Dublin, Ireland in the young narr...
  • The Black Cat 2
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    There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man. (Poe, 100) Edgar Allan Poe s short story The Black Cat tells a tale of a man whose conscience is embodied by two cats. Through the use of contrasting sentiments, Poe encapsulates the image of a creature consumed so completely in his perverseness that he impulsively commits heinous crimes th...
  • Invisible Man Metaphors Of Blind
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    I was told to trace the metaphors of blindness in the novel Invisible Man by explaining the plot and thematic significance. There are many metaphors of blindness in this book starting from the Prologue to the Epilogue. I believe that Ralph Ellison was using these metaphors of blindness to show us how puzzled this young man was and how it affected him throughout his life. In the Prologue, the narrator starts off by telling us that he is physically visible but he is invisible to his peers or socie...
  • Bartleby The Scrivener Narrator One Compassion
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    In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle. – Alexis De Tocqueville (web) Compassion is an innate quality that is found within human nature, and is expressed to those in the form of a helping hand to people who...