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  • Fair Play Of Detective Fiction
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    Why Ask Why? The most important part of any type of book or story is that it be interesting. This proves to be particularly important in detective fiction as well. What could be more interesting than having a crime committed in front of you, given all (or most) of the details and still not be able to figure it out? This is exactly how detective fiction authors draw people into these stories and books. By weaving an intricate and interesting plot full of fascinating characters, and all types of d...
  • Barthelme's Book Forty Stories
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    Donald Barthelme Donald Barthelme has been called 'probably the most perversely gifted writer in the U.S. ' As well as ' one of the best, most significant and carefully developing young American writers' (Harte and Riley, 41). He was born April 7, 1931 to Donald and Helen Barthelme in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barthelme had a wide range of careers during his lifetime. He worked as a newspaper reporter and as a managing editor of Location, and art and literature review (Harte and Riley, 41). Hi...
  • Early American Literature
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    Early American literature consisted mainly of diaries, journals, short stories, and Indian creation stories. Since some of the language used was of older English and other languages, early American literature was difficult to read. The first story I read was Spanish Explorers in the New World. This story was a journal of Cabeza de Vac as travels and discoveries in the New World. After having a shipwreck, he and his fellow sailors were made slaves of the Indians. They walked barefoot, bleeding an...
  • Peyton Farquhar Changes In The Story
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    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Isn t that ironic The short fiction An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge written by the famous author in late 19 century, Ambrose Bierce once again amaze us by its surprising ending. No one could suspect that the main character, Farquhar's escape was only his dream. But to support this ironic and surprise conclusion, Ambrose describe well on plot, character and setting. When reading the story for the second time, it seems to be more interesting because you now know...
  • Several Short Stories By Chicano Authors
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    Contemporary Chicano Literature Four days left to write my final paper. I do procrastinate. I had all semester and I waited till the final four days. I was in the library at the STC C Pecan Campus reading Walt Whitman's classic poem "Oh Captain, My Captain", taking a brake from the decision I was confronted with: what subject should I write my final paper on. Whitman's "Oh Captain, My Captain" happens to be my favorite Whitman poem. I cried the first time I read it. I've read works by some of th...
  • Great Book For Young Adults
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    Jane Yolen produces a powerful and moving novel that deftly blends the legend of Sleeping Beauty with the historical tragedy of the Holocaust. To Rebecca, Sylvia and Shana, "Briar Rose" was simply a bed time story but in all reality the story they grew up with was an actual event in Gemma's life. Although Gemma always identified strongly with Briar Rose, the sleeping princess, no one had thought it anything but a bedtime story. But when a mysterious box of clippings and photos turns up after Gem...
  • Man's Mind
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    The Gothic story that affected me the most would have to be Tell-Tale Heart. This goes beyond just reading it for ENG 241, I first read this story in the 8th grade and can still remember the class room I was in and where I was sitting in the room. It was a story that for some reason stuck with me through the rest of my school days. I think the whole planning on killer's part on how calm he was, how much thought was put in to it, and how he claimed not to be a "mad man" really drew me into the st...
  • Fluency Of The Story
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    Comparison: 'The Jade Peony', 'Horses of the Night', Masque of the Red Death'I noticed that i enjoyed most of the story's not only for the obvious reasons such as good characters, mood, and imagery but also because of writing style and fluency. I noticed some story's I enjoyed reading even thought nothing in it really interested me too much, while other story's that were about topics us ally enjoy reading about I had to put down because I would end up going over every sentence two or three times...
  • Owen And Magda Digby
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    This book is fictional, yet based on fact. It is an entertaining mystery by Candace Robb. When Candace Robb was a child she loved books. She promised herself that she would read all the books on the shelves of a library. She never did it, but still read lots of books throughout her life. Her first efforts at writing were poems. She moved into a journalistic stage which lasted all throughout graduate school. I twas after leaving graduate school that she focused on creative writing. She wrote shor...
  • Live Performances And Some Video Productions
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    Comparison and Contrasting Experience of Drama Everyone has a preference when entertaining one's self with a drama. Live theatrical performances, video production, and reading novels or poems are a few examples of how an individual may want to expand the mind. Personally, I feel that reading a drama is the best way to experience a story, depending on the author. The mind can produce extraordinary images that a live performance or video productions are limited to. In this essay, I will be discuss...
  • First Paragraphs First Paragraphs
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    FIRST PARAGRAPHS First paragraphs are fundamental to the story and need to "hook" the reader in. If the first paragraph doesn't grab you, then why would you read further? The first paragraph is where you are introduced to the tone of the story and sets the stage by introducing the main character (s) and giving information to entice us to continue reading. Three stories that have strong first paragraphs that draw us in and help us understand the character and story are: "A Sick Call" by Morley Ca...
  • Kids And The Cat In The Hat
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    The Cat in The Hat I first read The Cat In The Hat, by Dr. Suess, when I was five. In this story, there Are four main characters, the cat in the hat, the little boy, the little girl, and the goldfish. The story is definitely written for children. In the story, the children's parents leave house and the children unattended on a rainy day and they are left with nothing to do. The little boy and girl meet a cat, who loves to have fun. The cat comes into the house against the will of the goldfish. T...
  • Scathing Review Of Mr Barthelme's Writing Style
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    Any author's primary goal in story writing is to convey an idea or topic to their reading audience. The conventional wisdom on this thought is that the clearer this is conveyed, the greater the appeal to the reader. However, some authors feel the need to resist this trend and forge new paths that sometime leaves the meanings of their stories obscure and hidden from the average reader. Donald Barthelme has taken this optional approach with his story "The Indian Uprising". There are several reason...
  • Short Stories And Poems
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    For as long as I can remember, I've loved to read: short stories, fiction, nonfiction sometimes, even philosophy if nothing else were available. This term I've been given more reading assignments than I can ever remember having to deal with. This term has been extra special because we studied no less than three types of literature: short stories, poetry, and drama. While I was in high school, a short story was a book with less than three hundred pages. This term I learned that even though a shor...
  • Discussion After The Reading Of A Book
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    The first acquisition of language for a child is oral, therefore when a child starts school they can speak and listen better than they can read. Consequently, it is important to have reading aloud activities in the classroom so the child may begin to associate oral language with written language. Reading material near matches their already well-developed language ability in the sense that what they are able to read is limited by the mechanical skills of reading that they have been able to acquir...
  • Short Story
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    The Japanese Quince is a short story written by John Galsworthy, who is a famous author. He also wrote Quality, also a short story. He has also written a lot of fiction stories and other novels. I don't know much about him. It was my first time to hear his name and I'm curious about him. I know that this story would catch my whole attention as I would start reading it. It is our homework to make a re saerch about this and there are questions needed to be answered. I really want to have a copy of...

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