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  • Sam Some Of His Survival Techniques
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    This book is told from the diary of the main character, Sam Gribley. Sam is a boy full of determination. He didn't give up and go home like everyone thought he would. He is strong of mind. After the first night in the freezing rain, with no fire and no food, he still went on. He is a born survivor. He lasted the winter, through storms, hunger, and loneliness, and came out on top even when everyone expected him to fail. "The land is no place for a Gribley" p. 9 The story starts out with Sam remem...
  • Paralysis In Dublin Through Many Different Forms
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    Discuss Joyces Treatment Of The Theme Of Paralysis In The Stories On Childhood In His Novel Dublin Dubliners Discuss Joyces treatment of the theme of paralysis in the stories on childhood in his novel Dubliners. My intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to me the centre of paralysis. In Dubliners James Joyce has written fifteen short stories, all of which display some sort of paralysis within life in Dublin. T...
  • Takes Place And Oliver
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    During the summer of 1999, I have chosen to read the book, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Reading this book will better prepare me for my upcoming course of global studies because it deals with many of the regions and time periods we will be studying in class. Although this book was a classic that I thought I had known so much about, reading it and paying attention to the setting and surroundings of the young boy's life, I noticed many historical events and customs from his time period. The fo...
  • Night Finny And Gene
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    "Lord of the Flies by William Golding and A Separate Peace by John Knowles are classic examples of peer pressure". These novels are a perfect display of how adolescents falter under the influence of their equals. At the time the characters are surrounded by war and confusion in their lives. The choices they make are not determined by their consciences, but by the mental domination of their fair weather friends. They experience freedom from adults which is a factor in their behavior. The boys lea...
  • Characters Like Mack And Dora Flood
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    The minor characters in John Steinbeck's novel Cannery Row are a contradiction within themselves. Steinbeck shows two conflicting sides to each character; for example, Mack is smart and lazy and some of his colleagues are both good and bad. Doc is a father figure with some bad habits. Dora Flood is a kind-hearted saint who happens to run a brothel. Lee Chong is a shrewd businessman who likes to take advantage of others. Henri is an artist with a French background even though he isn't from France...
  • Tough Being A Teenage Boy
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    Falling pants and other worries " Her green eyes were looking right at him. "You want my phone number"I guess", he said. He stretched again. As he raised his arms, the drawstring on his track pants became untied and his pants fell down. In one motion, he turned, pulled up his pants and ran. ' That episode is just one of the trials of David, the hero of Louis Sachar's The Boy Who Lost his Face (Bloomsbury 4.99, pp 198). Not that David really is a hero, of course. At least not at first and certain...
  • There Are No Children Here By Alex Kotlowitz
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    Alex Kotlowitz's book, There are No Children Here, is a story about two boys, Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers growing in the late 1980's in Henry Horner, a housing project in Chicago. The boys try to retain their youth while they see constant gang violence, death of close friends, their brother in jail and their dad struggling with a drug addiction. In Horner, there are two gangs that claim it as their turf, and the Rivers family is constantly ducking from shots of gunfire there. They live in an ov...
  • Books About The Hardy Boys
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    The story I read is from the series of books " The Hardy Boys". The story's name is " The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge " and it was written by Franklin W. Dixon. I have been reading books about the Hardy Boys since I was in primary and I have been enjoying them all this time because I like adventures and because the main characters are boys like me. Some types of curious boys like adventures. In the series of the Hardy Boys there are over 80 different mystery books full of adventures one can enj...
  • Mabel's Love
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    The short story, "The Horse Dealer's Daughter", by D.H. Lawrence is about Mabel Perv in and her three brothers who are left with debts to pay after their father's death. Once the horses are sold Mabel's brothers decide where their lives would lead them and advice her to seek the home of her sister. Realizing their rejection and acknowledging an uncertain future, she visits the graves of her mother and father. Feeling depressed and helpless, Mabel walks into a mucky pond not cognizant of Jack Fer...
  • Blake's The Chimney Sweeper
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    William Blake's 'The Chimney Sweeper,' ; written in 1789, tells the story of what happened to many young boys during this time period. Often, boys as young as four and five were sold for the soul purpose of cleaning chimneys because of their small size. These children were exploited and lived a meager existence that was socially acceptable at the time. Blake voices the evils of this acceptance through point of view, symbolism, and his startling irony. Blake expresses his poem in first person, as...
  • Abuse Of The Young Boy
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    Kosinski emphasizes social change in his chilling account of the nightmares of World War II. As Hitler uproots Europe, a young boy experiences horrors unimaginable to Western civilization. Despite the un relentless actions of the villagers toward the strange boy, the reasons for such actions changed from those of fear of the boy himself to the fear of the punishment administered by the Germans had learned about the boy living in the village. As the novel opens the young boy is looked at with fri...
  • Toms Character
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    Similarities Between The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn And The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer The similarities and differences between Trains The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are two novels that focus on the lives of two different young men living in the same town. Both young men are the main characters of each novel. Toms character was based much on the life of the author Mark Twain. Both lost the...
  • Reality And Morality
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    After I read the story "Battle Royal" by Ralf Ellison, I could not restrain my thoughts about issues of morality and what it has to do with reality, from clashing in to one another in my mind. As these two completely different ideas were pushing me to the brink of madness, my mind began to click. The swirling messy cocktail of two abstract ideas started taking shape as I began remembering what I had learned earlier in school, and from my summer readings. At this point I came to the realization t...
  • Mr Keating Doesnoet
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    This fiction story takes place at Welton Academy, a private school only for boys in Vermont, USA in the year 1959. One of the main characters is Mr. John Keating. He is the new English professor at Welton. When he was young, he was a student of this school and now he comes back in order to try teaching differently than all the others. And he succeeds in doing that. He wants the pupils not to simply read and interpret the poems famous poets have written, but he wants them to write poems themselve...
  • Silly Little Boy
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    Lord of the Flies Essay In the compelling story Lord of the Flies, author, William Golding uses symbolism to help the reader comprehend the concept of this story. Lord of the Flies takes place in the 1940's, around the time of WWII. A plane containing a group of young British boys around the ages 7-14 crashes on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Any adults on this plane were killed by the crash, and now only children are on this island. A young boy by the name of Ralph is elected by the ot...
  • Victims Of Molestation
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    Violence impacts peoples lives in many different ways. There's many cases that most murderers are what they do because of how they were treated when they were young. They were exposed to such things in a very early age to the point that further down their lives they feel the "wrong" thing is the "right" thing. For example: In most cases when children become victims of molestation, they grow up with problems mentally and most likely molest their children. Problems when they are young result from ...
  • Boys Their First Glimpse Of Death
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    Death, as a whole, is generally seen as a bad thing. The fearful transition from life to death has given mankind an apprehensive feeling since the beginning of time. Therefore, people usually think of death as a depressing, traumatic, and sorrowful time of grievance. Of course, there are always exceptions. Dying in honor, for instance, suddenly transforms the dead into something more important. A martyr, willing to give his life for something greater than himself, is assured to be remembered as ...
  • One Of Lafeyette And Pharoah's Friends
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    There Are No Children Here – Summary There Are No Children Here – Summary There Are No Children Here Alex Kotlowitz was a freelance journalist. In 1985 a friend came to him and asked him to write a text for a photo essay he was doing on (children living in poverty) for a Chicago magazine. That is when he met the Rivers brothers, Lafeyette, age ten, and Pharoah age seven. He spent only a few hours with them interviewing for the photo essay. Lafeyette had an impact on Kotlowitz. When a...

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