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Comitatus
Comitatus
Comitatus The concept of comitatus is important for understanding the actions and attitudes of a thane and his relationship to his lord. A band of thanes pledged themselves to a feudal lord who was known for his bravery and generosity. They swore to defend him to their death, and they considered it shameful to leave the battlefield if their chief was slain. According to their loyal code, if their leader was killed, his life must be avenged. He was their lord, and they were his loyal, proud reta
Conan Doyle And Detective Literature
Conan Doyle And Detective Literature
Conan Doyle And Detective Literature There are many different books, in many different genres. There are horror novels, love stories, suspenseful books, and detective stories. The detective story\'s evolution has been a long and eventful process. The man responsible for the biggest leap in the detective story was Arthur Conan Doyle. He gave the world Sherlock Holmes, who could be considered the greatest investigator in detective story history. Holmes was unique in detective story history. ...
David
David
David By Earle Birney A generation of Canadian schoolchildren and university students has grown up knowing the story of a mountain climber who fell 50 feet to a narrow ledge, was badly injured, then pushed off the ledge to his death by his friend in an act of mercy. The climber\'s name was David, also the title of the story. Its author was Earle Birney. At one time or another in the last 25 years, David has been required reading for high schools and universities in every Canadian province. Moun
Dracula And Evil
Dracula And Evil
Dracula And Evil Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans. XII. 21 Evil often triumphs, but never conquers. – Joseph Roux The two quotations from above explain that evil never conquers because good always overcomes it. A good example of this is the book Dracula by Bram Stoker because the author expresses the nature of good vs. evil. Dracula wants to come to London because he wants to turn everyone into vampires. The basic background of the book Dracula is when Jonathan Har
Dueling In 18th Century
Dueling In 18th Century
Dueling In 18th Century Throughout time, the image of the duel has transcended into our collective consciousness, so that there is hardly a person today who does not understand what the word means, even though there are practically no modern day duels. Anyone asked to define the word would be able to conjure up the image of two men standing face to face, for the purpose of settling a dispute and very likely leaving one of the men dead. The portrait of the duel has remained a constant in literat
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe Allan Poe could probably be named one of literature\'s most controversial writers of all time. Over the years, Poe\'s works have endured much criticism as well as much praise. Many professionals who have researched Poe\'s life and his writings feel that many of his writings strongly show reflections on Poe\'s real life. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. He was born the son of Elizabeth and David Poe. David attempted to make a living by performing on stag
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe Many people label Edgar Allen Poe a horror writer, plain and simple others refer to Poe as the father of the detective story, but over all he‘s one Americas greatest writers. His ability of expressing the world in gothic ways, really captures the reader‘s attention. Even though he lead a tough life and was known as a sadistic drug addict and alcoholic, he still managed to produce great pieces of literature. Three of his greatest works were The Tell Tale heart, The Fall of the
English Literature In 16th
English Literature In 16th
English Literature In 16th Although the literature of England during the Middle Ages may hardly seem comparable to the more elegant literature present during the Renaissance, England=s early literature actually paved the way for the poems and plays of the 16th century. In this respect, English literature of the Renaissance may be seen as a refinement of its earlier works, helped in part by the collapse of the universal church and the rebirth of Greek and Roman ideas. Many of the things written
Ernest
Ernest
Ernest Hemmingway Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. His father was the owner of a prosperous real estate business. His father, Dr. Hemingway, imparted to Ernest the importance of appearances, especially in public. Dr. Hemingway invented surgical forceps for which he would not accept money. He believed that one should not profit from something important for the good of mankind. Ernest\'s father, a man of high ideals, was very strict and censored the books
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway Today on the five o’clock news a man goes on a rampage at the office leaving five dead. As I flip on the TV, I see another top story! A man has killed others at his workplace and taken his own life. This is becoming very old. I begin to think, what could push this person to the point where they feel that it is necessary to take the lives of innocent people? Even more disturbing, what could drive a person to the point that they believe it is necessary to end their own life?
Farewell To Arms By Hemingway
Farewell To Arms By Hemingway
Farewell To Arms By Hemingway One of the best novels of Ernest Hemingway is A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway takes much of his life story line to his novel. A Farewell to Arms is the typical classic story that can refer to Romeo and his Juliet placed against the odds. In this novel, Romeo is Frederick Henry and Juliet is Catherine Barkley. Their love affair must survive the barrier of World War I. The background of war-torn Italy adds to the tragedy of the love story. The story starts when Frederi
Frankenstein And English Romanticism
Frankenstein And English Romanticism
Frankenstein And English Romanticism The literary world embraced English romanticism when it began to emerge and was so taken by its elements that it is still a beloved experience for the reader of today. Romanticism has crossed all social boundaries, and it was during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, it found its way into almost every niche in the literary world (Lowy 76). From the beginning of its actuality, romanticism has forged its way through many eras including the civil war (
Gawain And Green Knight
Gawain And Green Knight
Gawain And Green Knight As a contemporary American reader, it is all right to assume that the first scene in which the particular character is involved drastically shapes our opinion of characters in a particular novel or poem. Immediately we jump to conclusions about what is right and what is wrong, who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. In fact, once we get an initial impression from a character, it is unlikely that this opinion will change as we continue to read on, unless of course som
Great Gatsby 15 Short Essays
Great Gatsby 15 Short Essays
Great Gatsby 15 Short Essays Have you ever felt that there were two of you battling for control of the person you call yourself? Have you ever felt that you weren\'t quite sure which one you wanted to be in charge? All of us have at least two selves: one who wants to work hard, get good grades, and be successful; and one who would rather lie in the sun and listen to music and daydream. To understand F. Scott Fitzgerald, the man and the writer, you must begin with the idea of doubleness, or twone
Heart
Heart
Heart Of Darkness And Maslow And this also, said Marlow Suddenly, has been one of the dark places of the earth. He was the only man who still followed the sea. The worst that could be said of him was that he did not represent his class. Why did you think that this exert was the most significant? I thought this exert was most significant because I thought that when Marlow’s first words were And this also has been one of the dark places of the earth, introduce the image of darkness that d
Heart Of Darkness And Modest Proposal
Heart Of Darkness And Modest Proposal
Heart Of Darkness And Modest Proposal Colonization in the Theme of A Modest Proposal and Heart of Darkness Starting at the beginning of the seventeenth century, European countries began exploring and colonizing many different areas of the world. The last half of the nineteenth century saw the height of European colonial power around the globe. France, Belgium, Germany, and especially Great Britain, controlled over half the world. Along with this achievement came a notable sense of pride and
Heart
Heart
Heart Of Darkness And this also, said Marlow Suddenly, has been one of the dark places of the earth. He was the only man who still followed the sea. The worst that could be said of him was that he did not represent his class. Why did you think that this exert was the most significant? I thought this exert was most significant because I thought that when Marlow’s first words were And this also has been one of the dark places of the earth, introduce the image of darkness that dominates th
Hemingway Short Stories
Hemingway Short Stories
Hemingway Short Stories Ernest Hemingway: His life and his stories Ernest Hemingway was man of many words. He wrote many novels and short stories. Ernest Hemingway also led a hard life. He often incorporated his life into his stories. His life and work was a direct result of his life. Some of his stories show a direct relationship between his life and his work. Looking at three of Hemingway\'s short stories, Soldier\'s Home, A Cat in the Rain and A Clean Well-Lighted Place, in terms of t
Hemmingway Short Stories
Hemmingway Short Stories
Hemmingway Short Stories ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961) You really ought to read more books - you know, those things that look like blocks but come apart on one side. F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1927 This is a paper about Ernest Hemingway\'s short stories The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1938?), Hills like White Elephants (1927), Cat in the Rain (1923?), The Killers (1927) and A Clean Well-Lighted Place (1933). However, to understand Hemingway and his short stories I find it necessary to take a brief look at
Herman Melville And Moby Dick
Herman Melville And Moby Dick
Herman Melville And Moby Dick I. Biographical Insights A. The culture this great author was a part of was the time in American history where inspiring works of literature began to emerge. It was also a time when American writers had not completely separated its literary heritage from Europe, partly because there were successful literary genius\' flourishing there. B. Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819, he was the son of Allan and Maria Melville. During Herman\'s childhood he lived in th
Images Of Women
Images Of Women
Images Of Women Images of Women: Major Barbara, A Passage to India, and the poetry of T.S. Eliot The Victorian Era was a difficult and confusing time for women, and their trials are reflected in the literature of the time. Although the three pieces of literature being discussed are not entirely about women, they shed light on the Victorian ideal of women and the ideals of the authors who created these women characters. In contrasting and comparing women in Major Barbara, A Passage to India, and
In Cold Blood By Capote
In Cold Blood By Capote
In Cold Blood By Capote Truman Capote is one of the greatest authors of all time. He was born in 1924 and died in 1984. Sincehis early childhood, he has written many books and he has won many prizes and awards. Many people say that In Cold Blood was Capote\'s best work. In this book, Capote writes a carefully detailed account of the murder of the Clutter family. In this detailed account, Capote follows the Clutter family\'s subsequent adventures, which include the murders, the arrest, trial, an
John Conrad
John Conrad
John Conrad One of the finest stylist of modern English literature was Joseph Conrad, was a Polish-born English novelist, short story writer, essayist, dramatist, and autobiographer. Conrad was born in 1857 in a Russian-ruled Province of Poland. According to Jocelyn Baines, a literary critic, Conrad was exiled with his parents to northern Russia in 1863 following his his parents participation in the Polish independence movement. (Baines 34). His parents\' health rapidly deteriorated in Russia
John Keats And Literature
John Keats And Literature
John Keats And Literature John Keats, one of the greatest English poets and a major figure in the Romantic movement, was born in 1795 in Moorfields, London. His father died when he was eight and his mother when he was fourteen; these circumstances drew him particularly close to his two brothers, George and Tom, and his sister Fanny. Keats was well educated at a school in Enfield, where he began a translation of Virgil\'s Aeneid. In 1810 he was apprenticed to an apothecary-surgeon. His first att
Luck Club Essay
Luck Club Essay
Joy Luck Club Essay It is true that all people are created different, and thus no two cultures will ever be the same. Throughout Asian American literature there seems to be a struggle between the Asian culture and American culture. More specifically, there is a struggle between Asian women and their Asian American daughters, and what it means to be feminine, and how a woman should act. The main struggle is between how the American woman should act and how the Asian woman should act. However, th
Judgments and Antigone
Judgments and Antigone
Judgments and Antigone Throughout history mankind has always been faced with judgments. According the Oxford English Dictionary, judgment means the mental ability to form an opinion (AHD, 454). We are forced to make decisions based on our mental opinions. Then, one’s actions are based on ‘mental opinions’ which are judged by other people. Then there is the inevitable justification of these actions by other people or the person themselves. According the Oxford English Dictionary, justify mea
King
King
King Arthur If the name of King Arthur is mentioned, I suppose what comes to mind is not so much one person as a whole array of characters and themes, a montage so to speak. Of course we do think first of the King, the magnificent monarch of a glorified or idealized medieval realm. But we think also of his Queen, of the fair and wayward Guinevere, we think of his enchanter, Merlin, who presided over his birth, who set him on the throne, who established him there in the early and travelled days
Leaves Of Grass By Whitman
Leaves Of Grass By Whitman
Leaves Of Grass By Whitman Some years ago, when a few copies of a volume called Leaves of Grass found their way into this country from America, the general verdict of those who had an opportunity of examining the book was that much of it was indescribably filthy, most of it mere incoherent rhapsody, none of it what could be termed poetry in any sense of the word, and that, unless at the hands of some enterprising Holywell Street publisher, it had no chance of the honour of an English reprint. B
Literature Definition
Literature Definition
Literature Definition The definition of literature, in the broadest sense, is everything that has ever been written. Anything from the earliest poems of Homer, to today’s web pages, can be considered literature. But for a specific sense, there are various kinds of literature. Literature can be written in a specific language, like English Literature or be written by a specific culture, such as African Literature. But literature really means more than printed words. It is considered a fine art. T
Mark Twain As Philosopher
Mark Twain As Philosopher
Mark Twain As Philosopher Mark Twain is, according to critics and readers alike, the first great American novelist (Reuben). Throughout his lifetime Twain, born Samuel Longhorn Clemens, held an eclectic mix of jobs, and, wrote a great deal about his experiences and his boyhood. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (AOTS) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (AOHF) are a pair of novels by Twain that: present the new and radical changes in the early 1800s in contrast to the old fashioned ways; mirror Twain
Middle Ages And Literature
Middle Ages And Literature
Middle Ages And Literature Middle Ages saw many developments and new trends, but none so plainly as the developments witnessed in the Language and Literature of that time. It began with the Norman Conquest: eloquent french words substituted for the harsh saxon equivalents, primarily in the upper levels of society. Literature began to reflect these changes in the language, and continued to evolve throughout the Renissance. Together, these aspects helped define the Middle Ages. The Norman Conqu
Mrs Dalloway And To The Lighhouse By Virginia Wool
Mrs Dalloway And To The Lighhouse By Virginia Wool
Mrs Dalloway And To The Lighhouse By Virginia Woolf In her writings, Virginia Woolf wanted to capture the realness of life, as one would live it. In turn, Woolf’s shared the significant elements of her life in her poetic prose novels, Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, as a relative self-portrayal. In these books Woolf captured the life as she had lived it, performing this task in three different layers of depth. For a general sense, by allowing the characters to live in a similar society as
Of Mice And Men By Steinbeck Success
Of Mice And Men By Steinbeck Success
Of Mice And Men By Steinbeck Success Title: Of mice and men Author: John Stienbeck Category: Fiction Author John Stienbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. His first three books were financial failures and he worked at various kinds of jobs to survive, including fruit picking. His first success was Tortilla Flat in 1935 which was followed by a number of shorter works, leading up to his great masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. In 1962, Stienbeck became
Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano Life of Olaudah Equiano is a detailed story about the life of a well-educated slave published. One section of the story in particular describes one of his many experiences in the New World with one of his owners. This narrative is a very powerful one telling about the treatment of slaves, but also many of the good things Equiano experienced while he was a slave. He gives a seemingly honest and unbiased account to his travels abroad. Equiano was born in 1745 in an Ibo village loc
Old Testament Allusions In Beowulf
Old Testament Allusions In Beowulf
Old Testament Allusions In Beowulf Thesis: The Beowulf poet incorporates Old Testament allusions in order to teach the Anglo-Saxon pagans about the new religion. I. Biblical Allusion A. The Definition of Allusion B. The Old Testament II. Descendant of Cain A. Story of Cain B. Grendel 1. Descendant a. Committing Murder b. Living as Grendel III. Allusions to David and Goliath A. Story of David and Goliath B. Story of She-Monster C. Death of the She-Monster 1. Decapitation IV. The Serpent A. Story
Oliver
Oliver
Oliver Twist And Anti Semism Charles Dickens being anti-Semitic when portraying the character Fagin as the Jew, in his classic story Oliver Twist, or was he merely painting an accurate portrait of the 19th Century Jew in England? Some critics seem to believe so. Though there are no indications of neither anti-Semitic nor racist slurs throughout the story, Dickens\' image turned out to follow the path of his time and place in history. The result is an enlightened picture of Victorian England\'
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal O\'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) was an Anglo-Irish dramatist, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, critic, and poet. He was part of the Decadence, a loosely affiliated coterie of writers and artists of the 1890s whose lives and works manifested a highly stylized, decorative manner, a fascination with morbidity and perversity, and an adherence to the doctrine art for art\'s sake. After having a hard childhood, where he was dressed as a girl until the age of nin
Paradise
Paradise
Paradise Lost By Milton And Hell Thesis: In Paradise Lost, Milton creates a Hell that is easily imagined through his use of concrete images, powerful diction, and serious tone. I. Paradise Lost is a great epic A. John Milton....a dedicated figure, in the seventeenth-century English literature (Diaches 390). B. Paradise Lost is considered to be a triumph beyond which, in its own kind, the force of English poetry could no farther go (Hopkins 153). C. In Paradise Lost, Milton creates a Hell th
Pardoner's Tale
Pardoner's Tale
Pardoner\'s Tale The Pardoner\'s Tale: Deception and Foolishness There are several types of foolishness being described in the Pardoner\'s Tale itself. He describes gluttony in general, then specifically wine. He talks of gambling, taking bets and the like, and of swearing. The exemplum of his sermon describes three fools who go foolishly seeking death, then find it in a large amount of gold. Deception is another topic addressed by the Pardoner: he comes right out and says that he is a con arti
Pride And Prejudice Impressions
Pride And Prejudice Impressions
Pride And Prejudice Impressions First impressions are very important. In the Victorian age, people based their whole opinion of someone on first impressions. Most times the first impression of someone is not the way they truly are. Sometimes a first impression can cause you to think negative of someone but later you find out that they are very nice and a very positive person. One example is when Mr. Darcy meets Elizabeth in the book ,Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth thinks Mr.darcy is a cruel and
Ralph Emerson
Ralph Emerson
Ralph Emerson From wise men the world inherits a literature of wisdom, characterized less by its scheduled education than by its strength and shortness of statement. Thought provoking and discerning, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a cynical world an unbiased perspective on human frailty. Emerson first and foremost was a poet. He has not written a line which is not conceived in the interest of mankind. He never writes in the interest of a section, of a party, of a church, or a man, always in the inter
Steven King
Steven King
Steven King “If you have an imagination, let it run free.” - Steven King, 1963 The King of Terror Stephen Edwin King is one of today’s most popular and best selling writers. King combines the elements of psychological thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal, and detective themes into his stories. In addition to these themes, King sticks to using great and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday place. Stephen King who is mainly known for his novels, has broadened his horizons to diff
Story Of An Hour By Chopin
Story Of An Hour By Chopin
Story Of An Hour By Chopin The Story of an Hour Louise Mallard indulges in a liberating mental journey after receiving news of her husband\'s accidental death. Ultimately, her hour of unfettered exhilaration precipitates her own sudden death when her husband, Brently Mallard, returns home alive and well. Chopin intimately reveals Louise\'s internal emancipation, therefore illuminating the chasm between human perception and reality. Louise\'s joyful contemplation of personal freedom directly con
Twelfth
Twelfth
Twelfth Night A fool can be defined in many meanings according to the Oxford English Dictionary On Historical Principles. The word could mean a silly person, or one who professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of others, a jester, clown or one who has little or no reason or intellect or one who is made to appear to be a fool (word originated from North Frisian). In english literature, the two main ways which the fool could enter imaginative literature is that He could pro
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf - A Life of Struggle and Affliction The literary critic Queenie Leavis, who had been born into the British lower middle class and reared three children while writing and editing and teaching, thought Virginia Woolf a preposterous representative of real women\'s lives: There is no reason to suppose Mrs. Woolf would know which end of the cradle to stir. Yet no one was more aware of the price of unworldliness than Virginia Woolf. Her imaginative voyages into the wa
Young Goodman Brown Symbolism
Young Goodman Brown Symbolism
Young Goodman Brown Symbolism Nathaniel Hawthorne is a nineteenth-century American writer of the Romantic Movement. Hawthorne was born is Salem, Massachusetts, and this is the place he used as the setting for some of his works: such as “The Scarlett Letter”, “the Blithedale Romance” and “Young Goodman Brown”. In writing, Hawthorne was known for his use of allegory and symbolism, which made his stories a joy for everyone to read. Hawthorne was said to be the first American writer who was consciou
Enlightenment Of 18th Century
Enlightenment Of 18th Century
Enlightenment Of 18th Century The Enlightenment is a name given by historians to an intellectual movement that was predominant in the Western world during the 18th century. Strongly influenced by the rise of modern science and by the aftermath of the long religious conflict that followed the Reformation, the thinkers of the Enlightenment (called philosophers in France) were committed to secular views based on reason or human understanding only, which they hoped would provide a basis for benefic
Enlightenment
Enlightenment
Enlightenment During the eighteenth century, Europeans experienced the dawning of an age of knowledge, reasoning, and of great scientific achievements. Their views toward new discoveries and advancements were optimistic. People began to turn to science for a better understanding of their world and their society. Literature and essays were commonly used to express their hopes for further developments in society, politics, economy, and education. I. Individuals A. John Locke 1) Essay Concerning H
Supernatural In Middle Ages
Supernatural In Middle Ages
Supernatural In Middle Ages Supernatural events and miracles are very common in medieval literature. Many of these miracles were used for common purposes, which were to provide examples of an ideal Christian way of life and promote conversion to Christianity. They do this by writing about miracles that punished people who acted improperly, miracles that took place to reward Christians for doing good deeds, showing extreme and persistent faith, or for those who were leading moral lives. Some exa
Immigration And Canada
Immigration And Canada
Immigration And Canada It is a fact that almost all of the people in Canada are immigrants, or come from immigrant descent. If it were not for the millions of people who have fled to Canada in hope of a better life, Canada would never have prospered into what it is today. As a result of this fact, it is hard to believe that immigrants are still faced with many hardships when they enter Canada. Most immigrants have good intentions in mind when coming to a new country. Immigrants coming to Canada