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The qualities of imagery, dialogue and narrative style in Hemingway's “Hills Like White Elephants”

Ernest Hemingway is known for his sparse style, intense dialogue and ambiguous scenery. Hills Like White Elephants exemplifies these qualities while telling us a rather disturbing story of a couple and an unwanted pregnancy. This essay will discuss the qualities of imagery, dialogue and narrative style in this short story.

Poincaré's Doctine of Geometric Conventionalism

Poincaré's doctrine of geometric conventionalism presents observers of space with a difficult quandary: how to know that space is Euclidean or non-Euclidean. He begins his discussion with some definitions and clarifications. He distinguishes between two types of phenomena, external and internal.

Out of Sight... Out of Mind? A review of two articles on the ontological status of theoretical entities

The question of the existence of theoretical entities is the subject of W. T. Stace's article Science and the Physical World and Grover Maxwell's The Ontological Status of Theoretical Entities. Theoretical entities are things that are unobserved, either because they are sub-microscopic (electrons, neutrinos and the like), or because they simply do not exist in a traditional sense (gravity, warped space-time). We are unable to directly perceive these entities with our five senses, and therefore they would seem to consist of something other than what is tangible to our touch, taste, sight, hearing or smell. What then do these entities consist of? How can their existence be verified? What is their purpose? We shall see what both these philosophers of science think of these questions, and I will attempt to synthesize both positions into a coherent conclusion.

Pater's Aesthetics

Walter Horatio Pater, the English essayist and critic lived from 1839 until 1894. Born in London, he was educated at the University of Oxford, where he spent most of his life. His concentration was on interpreting to his age the art and literature of the Renaissance through historical novels, stories, and, mainly, essays.

A Burkean Criticism of Vonnegut's Mother Night

Kurt Vonnegut was born the eleventh of November, 1922 in Indianapolis. He served in the U.S. army from 1942-1945. During this time, he was captured by the Nazis and sent to Dresden to work in a factory producing a liquid vitamin supplement for pregnant women. His imprisonment in Germany supplied Vonnegut with many insights into the German lifestyle of the time.

Archetypes, Rhetoric and Characters : Northrop Frye's Criticism

This essay will deal with three terms in literary criticism, and with one critic. These areas of discussion are archetypes, rhetoric, character; and the critic is Northrop Frye. The mode of presentation is this: the four topics will be discussed in relation to each other, in four sections.

Metafiction for the Marginalised

History and Revisionism in Mordecai Richler’s Solomon Gursky Was Here and Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water; A Metafictional Analysis

This essay will compare the novels Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler and Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King. Both novels share a common theme, a sense of history being rewritten by authors fully aware of the existing views on their subject matter. Historiographic metafiction involves games in which narrative reality and the reader's perception of them are confused.

Relativity and Black Holes : The Beginning Becomes the End Becomes the Beginning : A study of cosmological birth and death

This essay will look at two parts of astronomical history; general relativity and the research into the phenomena of black holes. First will be a history of general relativity (GR) and a discussion of its impacts on scientific thought, then the history of black hole research and the specific interactions between GR theory and black holes.

One Too Many? The Role of Euclid’s Fifth Postulate in the Development of non-Euclidean Geometries

This essay will show that non-Euclidean geometries arose as a direct consequence of a weakness in one of Euclid's own axiomatic postulates, specifically Postulate Five. Further, that should Euclid have omitted this contentious Fifth Postulate, the very possibility of non-Euclidean geometries would be challenged.

Sheila Watson's The Double Hook

This essay will discuss the development and meaning of the symbolism and imagery used in Sheila Watson's The Double Hook. Northrup Frye, a well known Canadian critic, states that symbolism "... means any unit of any literary structure that can be isolated for critical attention. A word, a phrase, or an image used with some kind of special reference... ...

Franz Kafka as Modernist

An essay on Kafkaesque modernism and the (im)possibility of escape.

In order to understand the complex meanings of Franz Kafka's writing, one must examine many different factors that influenced the thought and action of his life. This essay will explore diverse elements that are part of Kafka's intellectual growth. His family and personal situation will be discussed first; followed by an evaluation of the modernist movement active in Kafka's time; also, a further discussion of modes of escape. The statement that Kafkaesque modernity is a nightmare from which awakening is impossible will be employed as a working hypothesis, and will be further developed. We will now start from the beginning.

Environmental Sociology : The Fundamental Problem with Humankind's Ideologies of Nature

Environmental Sociology

The Fundamental Problem with Humankind's Ideologies of Nature.

An optimistic view of human/environmental processes and interdependencies.

If no organic being excepting man had possessed any mental power, or if his powers had been of a wholly different nature from those of the lower animals, then we should never have been able to convince ourselves that our high faculties had been gradually developed. But it can be shewn that there is no fundamental difference of this kind. We must also admit that there is a much wider interval in mental power between one of the lowest fishes, as a lamprey or lancelet, and one of the higher apes, than between an ape and a man; yet this interval is filled up by numberless gradations. (Darwin, C., p. 445)

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