- Crime And Punishment
Crime and Punishment
Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of a poor man in czarist Russia who can only purge himself of his guilt through suffering. It deals with the mental and physical tribulation brought upon him by his crime. His troubles are compounded by the conflicting personalities which he possesses. The reader is inclined to characterize him by his cold, intellectual side. Yet, without the contrasting humane side of his nature, Raskolnikov never realizes the ...
- Othello: Iago The Con
Othello: Iago the Con
Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end.
Iago is not your ordinary villain. The role he plays is rather unique and...
- Evil In The Scarlet Letter
Evil in the Scarlet Letter
One belief that people live by is that evil is the nature of mankind, yet there are others that feel man has good intentions but those intentions can be overrun by the devil. Nathaniel Hawthorne points out that the former is true of all people in the novel The Scarlet Letter. In this novel, there are three main characters who commit evil and sinful acts, but each act is at a different degree of sinfulness (i.e. the sins get worse as the story goes a-long). Th...
- The Miracle Worker
The Miracle Worker
In the story The Miracle Worker, Capt. Keller and his son James are unable to communicate with each other because Capt. Keller will not listen to James.
Both have very different personalities. Capt. Keller is a strong, stubborn, and easily angered kind of guy. James on the other hand is a kind and obedient kid that does what he is told. Though with all their differences they both love Helen and want the best for her.
In the story Capt. Keller is motivated to for...
- Empathy For Characters In Sophocles Antigone
Empathy for Characters in Sophocle's Antigone
Sophocle's tragic play Antigone, written in 441 BC, is a theatrical piece of drama in which an audience is compelled to empathize with its character's. When empathizing with characters in Antigone the audience can, in imaginative and cognitive ways, participate in the understanding of a character's feelings, ideas as well as their situations. Antigone, Creon and Ismene all struggle with decisions that concern the laws of their city an...
- Psychological Conflicts In Literature(2)
Psychological Conflicts in Literature(2)
Ryan Van Dolson
Every story has a conflict. A conflict is a disagreement, which usually provides the plot for a story. The conflict is the basis for everything else included in the work of literature. Usually a person reads the story to see how a conflict is developed and then resolved. This essay, as already states, will be about psychological conflicts.
In the epic tale, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, there are many psychological conflic...
- Ancient Mariner
"Look out Below!" - Craaack! About 15 Men and women turn their glances toward the sky, and see a large, perhaps 100 feet, tree falling to the ground. As the tree hits the solid earth, everything grows very quiet. All look at the lumberjack, who killed this tree, and find him weeping in sorrow. This situation is not uncommon when dealing with Nature. Nature, as simple as it seems to some, generates great power. This power is sent to us, as nature forgives only after a ph...
- Grapes Of Wrath: Jim Casey As A Christ Figure
Grapes of Wrath: Jim Casey as a Christ Figure
In the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck brings to the reader a variety of diverse and greatly significant characters. However, the majority of each characters’ individuality happens to lie within what they symbolize in the microcosm of the Joad family and their acquaintances, which itself stands for the entire migrant population of the Great Depression era. One such character is that of Jim Casey, a former preacher and lon...
- Richard II
The problem with Richard is that he is not really a man of action; he confronts and deals with difficulties by internalising and talking about them.
Richard is not at all a man of his action. Whenever a problem arises, he internalises and talks to himself or the surrounding people, but does not do anything to resolve the problem. He is not ready to stand up and do something about it, and instead complains about the situation to himself. I think that it is because of this tr...
A struggle is present in every tragedy, as a person tries to overcome their flaws and fit the mold of their ideal. William Shakespeare plainly defined a good man in the play "Macbeth". This goal by it's definition is a difficult one for any man to achieve. Prudence and logic, temperance and patients, as well as the vindication of honor are Shakespeare's defining characteristics of a good man.
As with any well written tragedy, Macbeth's title character and hero had to fall from...
- The Indian Uprising (A Critique)
The Indian Uprising (A Critique)
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 stor...
- A Tale Of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities
Throughout the book, A Tale of Two Cities the theme of sacrifice is used to help the reader realize the cost of life, as well as to develop the plot through the effects of those sacrifices. Through the characters of Sydney Carton, Dr. Manette, and Ms. Pross the theme of sacrifice is developed. The theme of sacrifice brings key aspects of the plot together, and Carton's sacrifice brings the novel to closer in the end.
Sydney Carton paid the highest c...
- Red Badge Of Courage: Summary And Character Analysis
Red Badge of Courage: Summary and Character Analysis
Stephen Crane has written many remarkable poems, short stories, and novels throughout his short life (He lived only to the age of 29). The Red Badge of Courage is a tale of war, life, responsibility, and duty. It has been considered the first "great modern novel of war"(Alfred Kazin). It traces the effects of war on Henry Fleming, a Union soldier, through his dreams of battle, his enlistment, and his experience through serveral b...
- The Hobbit: Book Review
The Hobbit: Book Review
The book I read and analyzed was “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkein. I shall discuss the plot and character development, setting, author’s style and my opinions about it.
There are too many characters in the story and so it is hard to follow and know each one of them. (There are many dwarves and it’s confusing.)In the beginning there is an introduction where the author tells a bit about what is a hobbit and the hobbit’s (Bilbo) f...
- Hamlets Faith Costs Him His Life
Hamlet's Faith Costs him his Life
A great chain of events in "Hamlet", Shakespeare's great revenge tragedy, leads to Hamlet's own demise. His necessity for subterfuge allows him to inadvertently neglect is main objective, revenge. So much so that the ghost of his dead father appears to stipulate Hamlet's reserved behavior towards his fathers revenge. "Do not forget. This visitation is to whet thy almost blunted purpose," (83-84) says the ghost in a motivational manner which almost su...