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  • Chicken Soup For The Soul Book
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    Feeling Down Try Some Chicken Soup In 1989, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield compiled 101 of their favorite inspirational tales and poems into a book and added a catchy title. Unfortunately, 33 publishers turned them down before a small publishing house in Florida agreed to put out the book, figuring that they could sell about 20,000 copies. Seven million copies later, the two authors are living happily and have since added numerous titles to the series of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The stor...
  • Frau's Prophetic Dreams
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    Gabriel Marquez's poem 'I Sell My Dreams' is a poem that demonstrates the fulfillment and security that individuals attain through a belief; the belief in question being that of superstition. A belief in superstition helps comfort a person when in a decision. Through setting, characters, diction and syntax, Marquez develops this theme while simultaneously creating a most suitable ironic tone. Time wise there are two distinct areas, the war and post war eras. During the war, Frau stayed with a Vi...
  • Reporter Thomas Fowler
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    Graham Green's novel, The Quiet American takes place in Vietnam as the French Colonization of the country is coming closer to an end. It is a time where the American's are beginning to arrive in Vietnam with hope of ending the colonization while attempting to "protect" the south from communism and the ever-dreaded "Domino Theory". Within this one novel, Graham Greene has different stories and can capture diverse readers. One story tells a love story between two people from different cultures, an...
  • Personal Thoughts Of Cross
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    Reflections on 'The Things They Carried " Analyzing the story's craftsmanship Tim O'Brien wrote a story that is known as 'The Things They Carried. ' It is a carefully crafted, detailed account of a Lieutenant and his men, the time period being right in the middle of the Vietnam war. In most war stories the author spends most of his or her time describing actions and events to the reader, trying to really put the reader 'right there' in the middle of everything that is happening. However, O'Brien...
  • Very Strong Erotic Tension And The Reader
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    Introduction The purpose of this essay is to study various kinds of tension and violence existing between men and women in short stories Her Table Spread by Elizabeth Bowen, Rope by Katherine Anne Porter and The Time of Death by Alice Munro. In my essay I will view the character features of the principal characters seen mainly from the point of view of the opposite sex. It's my intention to show that the author's sex influences the contents of the short stories. I, m also going to find out wheth...
  • Mason Presents Norma Jean And Leroy
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    Character sketch for Shiloh Character Sketch In Bobbie Ann Mason's story "Shiloh" she presents the character of Norma Jeans having a strong personality but an emptiness deep within. Norma Jean is presented asa strong character on the outside in the opening of the story. "She lifts three-pound dumbbells to warm-up, the progresses to a twenty-pound barbell". (Mason p. 46). However as the story progresses she exhibits the emptiness which she feels. "One day Leroy arrives home from a drive and finds...
  • Never Marry A Mexican
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    A Comparison of Stories from "Woman Hollering Creek" I chose to compare the two stories "Woman Hollering Creek" and "Never Marry A Mexican". In "Never Marry A Mexican", the story takes place in modern day Texas, but that does not mean that Texas is the only setting which effects this story, the real context in which this story must be understood is today's Mexican culture as a whole, both in Mexico, and here in America from the viewpoint of two women. The author describes in both stories the way...
  • Xinran's Stories
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    Chinese whispers The Good Women of China by XinranChatto and Wind us 14.99, pp 244 Any Journalist who writes about suffering knows that the copy will be read partly in a spirit of prurience. The story may cry out to be told, but part of what makes it publishable is its shock value. Exploitation, cruelty and violence make compelling reading, and although the writer's - and indeed the reader's - chief motive may be to expose or understand wrongs, you can't get away from the fact that torment is ti...
  • Characters In A Short Story
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    Andre Dubus (1936-1999) describes his characters in the short story "The Curse" in great detail. In this story, Dubus describes ten separate characters and helps the readers depict them in their minds very easily. Mitchell Hayes is the main character, Bob the bar owner, Smitty and Dave the cops, the five biker / punk guys, the female victim, Susan - Mitchell's wife, Marty and Joyce - Mitchell's step-children, customers, and Reggie - the bar regular; are all in the short story to give it depth in...
  • Ralph And The Other Characters
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    First person narrative means writing from the "I' point of view. Some writers find it easier to unfold a story from this personal point of view. It also helps by alternately telling the story and showing it, because the narrator explains the events, gives his or her feelings about it and as it is played out, the reader can more easily follow the story. Almost as if the author is setting up the scene and then bringing you through it with him or her. Because of this, it feels as if the author is t...

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