Personal Narrative

Slave Narratives Maley Thompson The Middle Passage was almost inconceivable. Hundreds upon hundreds of Africans were abducted from their homes to go on boats to America. They were stacked like books on shelves in order to bring enough Negros for a profitable slave trade. The life on the boats on the way to the New World was so bad that the Africans preferred death to their gruesome future. The conditions on the boats were hellish. The slaves on the ships were packed like sardines and chained tog
The Italian Renaissance Lisa Bowen-Moore What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2 Modern art critics regard renaissance art as graphic narratives of political and social events that occurred in the 14th through 16th century Europe. Scholars believe that the renaissance expressed a
Drown: A Consideration Keli Henderson In Drown, a collection of short stories, author Junot Diaz presents readers with an impoverished group of characters through harsh, but vivid language. Through the voice of Yunior, the narrator throughout the majority of the stories, Diaz places the blame for Yunior?s negativity and rebellious nature on the disappointment caused by his father and the childhood illusion of America. Diaz, through language and symbolism, forces readers into an emotional bond wi
The Dialogue of Dreams Are dreams a source of reliable divination? Generations upon generations seem to have thought so. They incubated dreams by travelling afar, by fasting and by engaging in all other manners of self deprivation or intoxication. With the exception of this highly dubious role, dreams do seem to have three important functions: a. To process repressed emotions (wishes, in Freud's speech) and other mental content which was suppressed and stored in the unconscious. b. To order, cla
Euphoric and Dysphoric Phases in Marriage Despite all the fashionable theories of marriage, the narratives and the feminists, the reasons to engage in marriage largely remain the same. True, there have been role reversals and new stereotypes have cropped up. But the biological, physiological and biochemical facts were less amenable to modern criticisms of culture. Men are still men and women are still women in more than one respect. Men and women marry for the same reasons : - The Sexual Dyad ?
The writings and narratives of the late 1600?s served to define an important place in the history of early American literature. Literature of this time is the consciousness of what life was like for settlers in colonial times and of the issues pertaining to this crucial point in American history. Some of the main purposes were to give an accounting of the writing styles of this time and to give historical significance to the violence that was so much a part of early America. The focus of this di
The Color Purple Unknown The main theme this essay will be focusing on is the distinction between the real outcome of economic achievement as described in The Color Purple by the lynching of Celie's father, and its alternative economic view presented at the end of the novel depicting Celie's happiness and entrepreneurial success. We will attempt the task at hand by relating the novel to two Models (Historical and Empirical Data, Manners and Customs) of representation in the real and alter
Generation Ecstasy Unknown For my book report I read Generation Ecstasy. There was so much information in the book about the rave scene and ecstasy, I didn't know where to begin. It's been ten years since the English seized on Detroit techno, Chicago house, and New York garage as the seeds of what's generally agreed-over there, at least-to be the most significant music since punk, and they're celebrating with a slew of historical studies. Simon Reynolds attempts to bridge the gap with Generat
Huckleberry Finn Unknown Huckleberry Finn provides the narrative voice of Mark Twain's novel, and his honest voice combined with his personal vulnerabilities reveal the different levels of the Grangerfords' world. Huck is without a family: neither the drunken attention of Pap nor the pious ministrations of Widow Douglas were desirable allegiance. He stumbles upon the Grangerfords in darkness, lost from Jim and the raft. The family, after some initial cross-examination, welcomes, feeds and rooms
Characterization in The Scarlet Letter Chiquita Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. After his graduation from Bowdoin College in Maine, he quickly became a well-known author of literary tales concerning early American life. Between 1825 and 1850, he developed his talent by writing short fiction, and he gained international fame for his fictional novel The Scarlet Letter in 1850 (Clendenning 118). Rufus Wilmot Griswold stated, The frivolous costume and brisk action of th
Art, Literature and Society from 1955-1970 Arielle Fear and Loathing in a Clockwork Age Ah! The noble search for identity. That intangible achievement that all artists lust after and lay in torment over. And during the post war era that struggle reached incredible magnitudes. The world cried out for legions of anti-heroes, who were only virtuous in their unapologetic and brutally honest lack of virtue. And the art world provided as many counter culture messiahs as was needed to Damn the Man. T
Frederick Douglass: Portraying Slaveholders [email protected] Learning and knowledge make all the difference in the world, as Frederick Douglass proves by changing himself from another man?s slave to a widely respected writer. A person is not necessarily what others label him; the self is completely independent, and through learning can move proverbial mountains. The main focus of this essay is on the lives of the American Slaves, and their treatment by their masters. The brutality brough
Gestures - The DO's and TABOOs of body language around the world Tracy Merkel Axtell, Roger E. Gestures: The DO?s and TABOOS of Body Language Around the World. Jon Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1998 -- Rev. and expanded edition. Over the past decade the author has been presenting seminars, speeches and workshops around the United States on the subject of international behavior. This book is the result of accumulation of more than ten years of research on the subject and it includes research on his travels
All Quiet on the Western Front - Complete Summary daniel the dopest All Quiet on the Western Front - Overall Summary All Quiet on the Western Front is an anti-war novel from the opening chapters. Many critics of the novel in the early days after the publication of the novel blamed Remarque for writing for shock value. They did not want to believe his novel represented the truth about World War I. In many ways, such people were like Paul's schoolmaster, Kantorek. They wanted to cling to classical
Huck Finn Matt Cole Huckleberry Finn provides the narrative voice of Mark Twain's novel, and his honest voice combined with his personal vulnerabilities reveal the different levels of the Grangerfords' world. Huck is without a family: neither the drunken attention of Pap nor the pious ministrations of Widow Douglas were desirable allegiance. He stumbles upon the Grangerfords in darkness, lost from Jim and the raft. The family, after some initial cross-examination, welcomes, feeds and rooms Huck
The Truman Show ?The Truman Show? is a profoundly disturbing movie. On the surface, it deals with the worn out issue of the intermingling of life and the media. Examples for such incestuous relationships abound: Ronald Reagan, the cinematic president was also a presidential movie star. In another movie (?The Philadelphia Experiment?) a defrosted Rip Van Winkle exclaims upon seeing Reagan on television (40 years after his forced hibernation started): ?I know this guy, he used to play Cowboys in t
Taming the Beast: Pathological Narcissism and the Quality of Life Part 1 Many textbooks (and many patients ...) claim that the psychodynamic therapies when applied to personality disorders are ineffective. Functional (cognitive, behavioral) treatments should be preferred in certain cases and regarding certain aspects of the disorder. To a Narcissist, I would recommend a beavioral-cognitive-functional and less protracted type of therapy. (1) Know and accept thyself. This is what you are. You are
Mountain Walking in the Andes Hu$$ein Indo (AKA Indo_Bro'$$) Assignment title: ?To write a first person narrative and description account of a holiday based on personal experience (give own title).? Dear Pinyot, I couldn?t believe that I won the competition! And I was given a chance to travel to any of the destinations they mentioned as tracking rare mountain for gorillas in Uganda, bush walking with guides in Kenya and there were so much more but I chose to travel to the Andes on a major treks
Champ d? Avoine (Jan)Mike Mason The ?rebirth? of art in Italy was connected with the rediscovery of ancient philosophy, literature, and science and the evolution of empirical methods of study in these fields. Increased awareness of classical knowledge created a new resolve to learn by direct observation and study of the natural world. Consequently, secular themes became increasingly important to artists, and with the revived interest in antiquity came a new repertoire of subjects drawn from Gree
The Grapes of Wrath Joe G. The Grapes of Wrath is an eye-opening novel which deals with the struggle for survival of a migrant family of farmers in the western United States. The book opens with a narrative chapter describing Oklahoma, and the overall setting. It sets the mood of an area which has been ravished by harsh weather. The sun flared down on the growing corn day after day until a line of brown spread along the edge of each green bayonet. The surface of the earth crusted, a thin hard c
Greek Mythology and Religion Unknown Mythology is the study and interpretation of myth and the body of myths of a particular culture. Myth is a complex cultural phenomenon that can be approached from a number of viewpoints. In general, myth is a narrative that describes and portrays in symbolic language the origin of the basic elements and assumptions of a culture. Mythic narrative relates, for example, how the world began, how humans and animals were created, and how certain customs, gestures,
Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde - Chapter Summary Unknown Chapter 1 The story begins with a description of Mr. Utterson, a lawyer in London. Mr. Utterson is a reserved, conservative man who does not reveal his true, vibrant personality. He tolerates the strangeness and faults of other. Early in his life, he watched as his brother fell to ruin, and it is noted that he is often the last respectable person that men who are turning to evil or ruin have to talk to. This foreshadows Utterson's involvement with u
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Anonymous Invisible Man is a story told through the eyes of the narrator, a Black man struggling in a White culture. The narrative starts during his college days where he works hard and earns respect from the administration. Dr. Bledsoe, the prominent Black administrator of his school, becomes his mentor. Dr. Bledsoe has achieved success in the White culture which becomes the goals which the narrator seeks to achieve. The narrator's hard work culminates in him bein
Personal Narrative: A Day in the life of me?. It?s hot, but it?s only my restless nerves. The blinding lights add to the tension. I stand there, adjusting the halter on my brown silk costume, trying not to show my company I?m just as nervous as they are. The picture taking and the laughter calmed down to a more serious mood. We grabbed hands to bow our heads, in prayer for a good performance. It was our first time we were going on stage together to perform at dance Chicago. I turn to Analy; the
The Move It was really happening; we were moving. I had lived in Salt Lake City, Utah ever since I was five years old, and now I was leaving it. We were moving to Cairo, Egypt. My parents had talked about it for the past few years. Every year they said, ?We?re moving this time;? it never happened. But now it was settled, we were leaving in the beginning of May. When I thought of Egypt, I thought of pyramids, pharaohs, camels, and tents. It wasn?t somewhere I would ever think to live in; maybe I?
Literature comes in many forms. When embarking on a story?s beginning the author?s choice of narration is more than just a simple decision of first or third person. They must consider which will be a more effective window into the lives and souls of the characters and how that choice will affect the reader. Often times committing to one style will limit the ways in which the author can weave their story. This problem did not go un-noticed by Mary Shelley when she set out to write her masterpiece
?You Can?t Have A Green Rose? By: Max Dickstein Joyce?s A Portrait of the Artist addresses the conflict between cultural identity and individual identity. Stephen faces this dichotomy even in his early youth, although he lacks consciousness of it at this time. As he matures, Stephen realizes that his individualistic nature battles with culture; he fears that cultural identity classifies him as a part of a machine, leaving him no room for individuality. The state of his national culture exacerba
HEY! You remember that time a few weeks ago when we gushed about the Hunger Games anthology, The Girl Who Was On Fire? You do? AWESOME! Remember how we asked for Smarty Pants contributions about The Hunger Games from Out Wonderful Readers, and then promised you we?d publish them all for you to read? Well, guess what! Here they are! You guys, I was BLOWN AWAY by our Smarty Pants entries. And I?m not just saying that because I?m drunk, either! (although I have tossed back a few blackberry mojitos
How is Holden Caulfield presented to the reader in The Catcher in the Rye? The initial view of Salinger?s moaning teenager disguises a character which is used as a vehicle for exploring and exposing some of the disingenuous facts of modern America and the American Dream. Therefore, his presentation with it continuous references to suicide, death and insanity can be seen as an internal microcosm of the wider problems that Salinger wishes to contest about the seemingly perfect world of post World
The notion of identity in Derek Walcott?s poetry, with reference to the following poems: ?A Far Cry from Africa?, ?Names?, and ?The Sea Is History?. This paper will first attempt to examine the ways in which the question of identity is handled in each poem individually, and then finally attempt to pinpoint a cohesive notion of identity that threads its way through Walcott?s poetry as a whole. The very first image evocated in ?A Far Cry from Africa?, one of the most graphic of Walcott?s poems,; i
Q. What were the common Narrative Techniques adopted by the great Modernist writers like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce? The literary perspective of the 20th century reflected the complexity of the contemporary thoughts, the whirlpool of ideas, offering an overall image of the changes that occurred in the minds of the individuals due to the several events such as the world wars, the social structures threatened by the expansion of the industrialization in Europe, as well as the fluctuating econo
In the predawn of what was known as the largest armada in history, more than 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway sat and awaited the orders from Dwight D. Eisenhower to begin the attack on the Normandy Beaches (National WW2 Museum). With a tense atmosphere of unpredictable weather, disagreement on strategy, and with the anxiety from all the troops, the early morning of June 6 1944, was a morning of uncertain chaos and ultimate victory
From stick figures in the sand and the earliest animals painted and carved in stone, people worldwide have reacted to the world by making images. The fundamental goal of art, especially in the past, was to convey meaning and express important ideas, revealing what was significant to every society, by arresting images. In recognizing the subject matter of any painting, you have to look at the artist's intentions, which are regularly connected to social conditions, national or global issues and t
Belonging – some suggested related texts These notes have been prepared by Helen Sykes. Helen can be contacted by email at helen.sykes@ or by phone on 0247 225 889 or 0413 873 369. Access the website for Dwayne Hopwood’s Nelson Belonging: a text for senior English students at The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Lothian Books 2006. ISBN-13 978-0-7344-0694-1. 128 pp. Wordless picture book/ graphic novel This an extraordinary representation o
Thesis Statement: How to Make it Stronger Points for Discussion: What is Thesis Statement How Do I Get a Thesis? What Is a Strong Thesis? Examples What is Thesis Statement The Thesis Statement is that sentence or two in your text that contains the focus of your essay and tells your reader what the essay is going to be about. You may think of a thesis statement as an umbrella: everything that you carry along in your essay has to fit under this umbrella, and if you try to take on packages that do
Joseph Conrad\'s 1899 novel is primarily narrated by Charlie Marlow, a uniquely wise and talkative seaman, as he recounts his experiences as a steamship captain on expedition through the expanses of the Congo River basin. Enthralled by the opportunity to explore the wilds of this huge, winding river, Marlow signs on with a French trading company that claims several stations along the Congo from which they export ivory. Many of the people he meets along the way serve as a reminder of the consequ
Reading Notes Metamorphoses Book 1 (1-28) The story begins with Ovid praising the gods and telling the reader how the world was created. Next comes the history of the world as Ovid explains the ages of gold, silver, bronze and iron and how each of these different ages differed from each other. Later in this story he tells of how Jove interacted with each of these ages. During the final age, Jove disguises himself as a human in order to see whether or not all the sin on the earth is true saying