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  • Theme Of Many Helpless Victims
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    In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee does a very effective job of making many different themes come across during the course of the novel. Many characters show that social justice is not always easy to achieve. Also, there theme of many helpless victims comes across. Lastly, growing up is a prevalent theme in the novel. Harper Lee does an excellent job of making these themes come across. One of the story's greatest themes is that social justice is not always easy to achieve. It tells the story o...
  • Characters In The Novel
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    Another Country and Go Tell it on the Mountain are two of James Baldwin's most analyzed novels. Some see both novels as great additions to American literature, while others criticize Baldwin's unique writing style used in both works. Another Country has been called a true American classic, and also a literary failure. At any rate, it is an extremely controversial novel filled with controversial characters. The majority of the novel is filled with either talk or fornication, and at least halfway ...
  • Black Man With A White Woman
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    New Historicism has developed from the 'New' Criticism's inclination to treat works of literature in a historical void, as if a poem or novel had no association to its historical context whatsoever. Political developments in the 1960's, especially a desire on the part of literature professors to figure out how understanding literature might help in understanding social problems, has led critics to the theory of New Historicism. The New Historicist stipulations include the fact that images and na...
  • Small Inuit Population
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    In Hans Ruesch's novel The Top of the World the author describes the life of the polar Eskimos (Inuits) in depth. The main focus of the novel is to show the differences between their culture and ours, and how the introduction of the white mans customs changed their way of life. The concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism are major themes in The Top of the World. Understanding these concepts is important for a full understanding of the ways people think and behave. The Inuit society at ...
  • Peter Benchley's Jaws
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    JAWS In the novel Jaws written by Peter Benchley, Critics are correct when they claim that the novel has a lack of characterization, the book is used as an escape, Benchley is a master of suspense writing, the novel displays the facts of Great White's and critics claim that the novel also displays formuliac plotting, and is an allusion to classic fish tales such as; Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Critics need to loosen up on irritating Benchley with obvious...
  • Wild And His White Fangs Home 3
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    During Jack London's life he has written many great novels, perhaps the greatest was White Fang. In 1906 he wrote the legendary novel about a stray wolf reverting to domestication. The majority of this book concerns White Fangs's t ruggles with savage nature, Indians, dogs and white men. However, we also see White Fang is tamed by love and turns from a savage wolf into a loving and domesticated dog. White Fang begins with two men traveling through the artic with a dog team and sled, followed by ...
  • End Of The Novel
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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 visib...
  • Beaten Old Black Men
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    A Gathering of Old Men (1983 Knopf Edition) In the novel A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest J. Gaines, portrays the Novel through the eyes of individual narrators involved on the events of the day. The novel focuses on a group of cowardly black men who finally stop running and stand up for themselves for their years of suffering. In the bayou country of deepest Louisiana, in the late 1970's, a Cajun farmer is found shot dead. At the scene there is one young white woman and about 18 old black men, ea...
  • Mayotte's Identity
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    There is no single criterion that provides a necessary basis for identity, and neither is there a threshold, a critical mass of sufficient conditions. It is possible to assume that because "a" happened to a person, and "b" happened to the same person that he or she is a "c"-type person; however, it's impossible to make up a definition which covers all that there is about identity. In the novel I am a Martinican Woman by Mayotte Capecia, the reader sees the main character, Mayotte, hopelessly str...
  • Life Of White Fang
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    White Fang, written by Jack London, is a wonderful adventure novel that vividly depicts the life of a wolf by the name of White Fang. Throughout the course of the novel, White Fang goes through numerous learning experiences as he interacts with humans and other wolves from Alaska around the turn of the century. Jack London uses the events that transpire during White Fang's life to illustrate that only the cunning, intelligent, and strong will be able to survive. The ideas of Darwinism and surviv...
  • Reed's Mumbo Jumbo
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    READING MUMBO JUMBO Mumbo Jumbo is a novel about writing itself - not only in the figurative sense of the postmodern, elf-reflexive text but also in a literal sense... [It] is both a book about texts and a book of texts, a composite narrative of subtexts, pretexts, post texts, and narratives within narratives. It is both a definition of afro American culture and its deflation. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Author of The Signifying Monkey Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed's third novel and by many critics, it...
  • Okonkwo's Father
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    Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. New York, New York Copyright 1959 Author Biography Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, or Chinua Achebe, was born November 16, 1930, in Ogi di, Nigeria. His parents were Janet N. Achebe, and Isaiah Ok afo, a teacher in a missionary school. Mr. Achebe was educated at the University College of Ibadan, but also attended Government College in 1944. He wrote his first novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1958. During the Biafran War, he ...
  • Characteristics Of The Sensation Novel
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    THE WOMAN IN WHITE: THE CREATION OF A NEW REALISM I had now arrived at that particular point of my walk where four roads met - the road to Hampstead, along which I had returned, the road to Finchley, the road to West End, and the road back to London. I had me- chan ically turned in this latter direction, and was strolling along the lonely high-road - idly wonder- ing, I remember, what the Cumberland young ladies would look like - when, in one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to...
  • Squatters Appeal On Alamar's Land
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    The novel begins with William Darrell explaining to his wife what makes him a settler and not a squatter, in his eyes, as an American citizen. From there Darrell heads to Southern California to acquire lands to settle, build a homestead, and bring his family down south with him. His wife makes him promise not to settle on lands belonging to others and that if he does, pay the rightful owner of that land. Don Mariano Alamar was the man on whose land Mr. Darrell had squatted, along with several ot...
  • White Witch
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    The implied reader of this story would be someone willing to believe in a world such as Narnia, where the personification of animals is real and where children can become Kings and Queens. Not only would the reader have to believe in the imaginative reality of Narnia but also in the characters portrayed in the novel, for example Mr. Tum nus", [f] rom the waist upward he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goat's (the hair on them was glossy black) and instead of feet he had goat's ho...
  • Blacks And Whites
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    A bit of a grey area The White Family Maggie GeeS aqi Books? 11.95, pp 420 The shortlist for this year's Orange Prize for fiction is dominated by home-grown talent, but of its six contenders none is more deliberately British than The White Family. In this, Maggie Gee's eighth novel, she has left behind the experimental excesses of her youth to focus on the prejudice and violence she perceives as ingrained in contemporary society. It is a narrative charged with change and transformation, and open...

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