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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.

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.

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.

An Analysis of Gender and Power Roles in 3 novels by Head, Armah and Dangaremba

Three books will be analyzed in this paper, Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba, A Question Of Power by Bessie Head and The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah. We will discuss the gender roles in each book, and how the power relationships already present in African society are modified by gender and colonialism. Colonization is a driving force behind the problems and themes found within these books, and is an important background consideration for the characters and for the social interactions that take place. Skinner says "The most difficult task for future generations of Africans will be to end that state of psychological and structural dependency that has survived the end of colonialism. This task will be made more difficult by the emergence of a global civilization .......

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