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To Kill a Mockingbird – Symbolism

The characters in To Kill a Mockingbird portray stereotypes and classic roles. Scout is the epitome of an innocent child, and through her eyes we see events unfold that change her status and broaden her awareness of the world around her. Due to her innocence in the beginning of the novel, we have to view…

Dimensions by Alice Munro

“Dimensions” by Alice Munro is a tragic story that talks about self discovery and the courage to start all over again. Doree is a woman who has been broken in every way, but refuses to give her right to continue to live. The story describes Doree’s psychological and emotional metamorphosis from an innocent young girl…

Analysis of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen’s short story, A Doll’s House, basically centralizes on the differences between the initial appearances and the true personalities of the characters and the many sacrifices that women make in a marriage. The author evidently illustrated the first theme through all story’s main characters as each of them exhibited a personality that is different…

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A Pair of Tickets

In the short story “A Pair of Tickets,” by judging from the title one might think that this is a simple story more about adventure than anything else. In “A Pair of Tickets” The author Amy Tan uses a symbols to help us understand the theme the story. Family and Culture are the most important…

An Analysis of the Fable, Parable, and Tale

Many parents enjoy reading their children short stories. In these short stories parents’ read their children, besides the instant entertainment, there is an underlying message to educate and perhaps teach a lesson. Some children’s favorite types of short stories are fables, parables, and tales. Many people do not know that these three types of short…

How Loneliness Affects Characters in of Mice and Men

Loneliness is one of the primary themes in Of Mice and Men. Throughout the novel, John Steinbeck shows the enormous effect that loneliness has on the characters. Steinbeck most clearly illustrates this theme through Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife. Ranch hands are ideal types of people to portray as being lonely, because their constant travel…

Kate Chopin and The Story of an Hour

Literary elements support and develop the themes in all works of fine literature. The short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a work delicately woven together with different literary elements including symbolism, character, and point of view that contribute to the theme of the story, which is a study of individuality…

Dog’s Death

The poem Dog’s Death, written by John Updike, takes you through the emotions of the love and loss of a family dog. The author uses tone and diction to make you emotionally attached to what the family is going through. “To bite my hand and died. I stroked her warm fur. ” Though surrounded by…

Edgar Allan Poe Compared to Robert Frost

When comparing Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” it seems that there are plenty of obvious similarities that are on the surface and there are subtle differences that one can find when they truly look deep into the meanings of things. In both poems the speaker is putting all…

The Miser: Harpagon Study

In the play The Miser , Moliere uses Harpagon as a stereotypical character to highlight the folly of human nature as seen in 17th century French society. Moliere’s use of satire for this play, places the audience in a position where through comedy the characters can address the idea of wealth and power. Harpagon is…

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