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  • James Presents Daisy
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    Henry James was born at two Washington Place in New York City on April 15, 1843. He was the second son to Henry James, Sr., an independently wealthy intellectual, and Mary Robertson James. From 1843 to 1845, James took his first trip to Europe. He lived in New York City with his family at 58 West 14th Street. James was educated privately by governess and tutors in New York and Albany. In 1855, he traveled to Europe with his family and attended schools in Switzerland and France. In 1860, with the...
  • Old Woman Offers Octavia And James
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    Burdens of Poverty In the short story The Sky is Gray, Ernest J. Gaines shows the struggles, inflicted by poverty, in an eight-year-old boys life. This poor, Negro boy, James, lives with his mother and five other relatives while his father is away. The fact that his father is gone to war, his mother is a very proud woman, and James not wanting to be a financial burden on his mother, all take a toll in making James life tougher. James father is drafted into the early part of World War 2. This lea...
  • James And His Mother's Dignity
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    The title of the story "The Sky is Gray" by Ernest Gaines is ironic. It suggests at first the bleak mood of the story but also hints at hope in the future. Just as the clouds clear after a storm, James finds out on his trip to Bayonne that the stormy clouds that are his life are parting to let some sunshine through. Throughout the whole story, a very bleak mood is portrayed. The setting contributes to this gloominess. For example, the weather is awful. James, seeing how cold it was, said, "I see...
  • 9 Years Old And Lives With James
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    Growing up in a dysfunctional family is a hard thing for a child to endure. As a child my classmates and I lived average lives. On occasion I would hear stories, from friends at school, how "dysfunctional" their families were. It was not until my sophomore year of high school that I had a friend that was from a dysfunctional family. Through my best friend I learned that growing up in a dysfunctional family builds a child's personality in numerous positive ways. I saw, in James Smith, that being ...
  • Edmund's Forgiveness And Love To Jamie
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    The play Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill illustrates the typical American family in a new era by using the Tyrone's family as an example. The family consists of four members. James Tyrone, the husband to Mary Tyrone. The couple has two sons, Jamie and Edmund. The constant and continuous quarrel in the family among family members is unusually a major part of their daily life. All the characters in the play are responsible for the emerging of theses conflicts in some ways or the ot...
  • Own Distinct Lifestyle
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    Example essay Sibling Lifestyles Each family has its own distinct lifestyle. My sister, Lynn's, family is an example of a single parent lifestyle. Then there are families like my oldest brother, Aaron's, he works and goes to school while his wife, Sarah, stays home and cares for the kids. Also, there are families like my brother, Travis', where both he and his wife, Jessica, work and the kids go to a baby-sitter. Each of my sibling's families has it's own distinct lifestyle. Lynn raises her son,...
  • Lot About Octavia And James
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    In the story "The Sky is Gray", by Ernest J. Gaines, the typical boundaries of a mother and son relationship are tested with the sacrifices they endure. The story moves from the image of Octavia as a mother and later a leader teaching James to survive. She teaches him to survive in the society surrounding them through many different lessons of life. The lessons that Octavia teach James are imminent for the survival of an African-American family facing minimal opportunity and hardships without a ...

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