Literature Essay Examples

Mirror by Sylvia Plath, Analysis

In the Poem ‘Mirror’ by Sylvia Plath, there is a continuing theme of change. In the beginning the changes are simple, like the acts of day turning to night, but at the end we see the life changes of a woman in particular. Through the use of metaphor and personification in the poem, Plath creates […]

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America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan

I found the dark hole of the steerage and lay on my bunk for days without food, seasick and lonely. I was restless at night and many disturbing thoughts came to my mind. Why had I left home? What would I do in America? I looked into the faces of my companions for a comforting […]

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Diaspora by Joanne Hyppolite

After reading the short story “Diaspora” by Joanne Hyppolite, I got a vivid understanding of how diaspora can have an effect on one’s identity. Over the past month we have studied many theories and concepts concerning race, gender, and politics. There are three theories that capture the essence of Joanne Hyppolite’s worldview as a Haitian […]

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The Social Convention Of Death In Literature

Our environment dictates how we live our lives and how we handle situations. Our environment also dictates how the people around us handle our death. Death is one important social convention of a society depicted in The Call of the Wild, Garden Party, the Great Gatsby, Bone, and Dulce Et Decorum Est. Death and the […]

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German Literature

To think of something romantically is to think of it naively, in a positive light, away from the view of the majority. Percy Bysshe Shelley has many romantic themes in his plays. Educated at Eton College, he went on to the University of Oxford only to be expelled after one year after publishing an inappropriate […]

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Southern Land in Afro-American Literature

African-American literature is a significant part of American cultural heritage. Literary works which belong to writers of African origin are bright representatives of rich and vivid culture, based on oral tradition and full of mournful stories and sorrows of the enslaved nation. African American literature depicts life of Afro-American community in the United States of […]

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Main Periods of English Literature

English literature is considered to be one of the richest literatures in the world. It is the literature of a great nation inhabiting an island in the west of Europe. It goes without saying that literature is the reflection of nation and society, so changes which have come about from the early to the modern […]

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Individualism in British Romantic Literature

In the current historical reassessment of romanticism, individualism has rightly become a major area of scholarly and critical focus. One important question that has begun to press to the surface of critical discussion in the investigation of romanticism is whether the romantic imagination is essentially masculinist. In the current historical reassessment of romanticism, individualism has […]

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Analysis of elements of literature in the Death of a salesman

Death of a salesman written is a ply written by Arthur Miller, an American poet and song writer in 1949. The play was quite captivating upon its release winning several awards including but not limited to the Pulitzer Prize and the tony award. With Willy Loman playing the role of the main character, the writer […]

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American Literature Prior to Civil War

Forum 2 Though being evident that Columbus was not the founder and one who discovered the World, 1492, the moment when he landed in this New World proved significant: it brought in an eminent era of vast, unprecedented European exploration including the settlement of the Americas. During this age, most European explorers started searching for […]

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World Literature Test Questions

Life in the society where leadership curtails freedom of expression, and speech is never in any way enjoyable. A totalitarian society is an example of such a society. Although a totalitarian society provides total control and considerable security … 3 Poems essay In the talk William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost weaves several loosely connected […]

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The Norton book of classical literature

Introduction Literature has been preserved over very long times, and this book is an embodiment of that preservation. The authors and editors of this book present this book in a chronological order that makes the reader read through the whole work. Indeed, this work entails a lot of classical literature that has been preserved over […]

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Symbols of Lust in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adoni

Shakespeare’s Ovidian erotic poem Venus and Adonis tells the tale of a goddess, Venus, who lusts fruitlessly after a human boy, Adonis. Although Venus relentlessly professes her love for the mortal youth, in reality she experiences only sexual desire. The Bard utilizes scenes of consumption and eating to illustrate Venus’ intense passion and desire to […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a play of romantic comedy. It is one of Shakespeare’s more famous comedies and has been performed by many different actors. The production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ that I watched was performed in London’s Regents Park by the Open Air Theatre Company. The play was successful because of […]

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Compare And Contrast The Presentation Of The Supernatural Analysis

We decided to perform a piece of the supernatural having seen a production of a ‘Woman in Black.’ The texts that we used as the basis of our piece came from Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The style of our piece was very comic and bold, all the actors with the exception of […]

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Roman Polanski’s and Orson Welles’ film adaptation of the opening scene of Macbeth

There have been many film adaptations of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. These are widely varied, from the Japanese version ‘the Throne of Blood’ to the gangster version ‘Joe Macbeth’. Two of the best-known adaptations are, Orson Welles (1947) and Roman Polanski’s (1971). This essay will seek to compare and contrast the two films’ very different but […]

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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

It is understood that in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare; Hamlet, in his famous soliloquy in scene one of act three (“To be or not to be.. . “), is considering suicide. Hamlet in actuality is only questioning the thoughts of death and in turn has no real intent on […]

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Shakespeare bullet point notes

** ** The average Shakespeare play had 30,000 words in it – more than the average person could need in their lifetime. He invented 1,700 new words – he turned verbs into nouns and nouns into verbs.* 100 years earlier Chaucer was writing the Canterbury Tales in English, while the upper classes spoke French and […]

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A Comparison Of Roman Polanski’s Film

Macbeth is a tragedy set in Scotland. There are themes of supernatural powers, betrayal, murder and self-destruction in this play. It shows how Macbeth kills to become king and how Lady Macbeth’s passion and thrust for power drives him. In this assignment I intend to compare and contrast Roman Polanski’s film version and the BBC […]

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The Polanski’s and Welles’ versions of Act 1 Scene 1 of Macbeth

I have studied the opening scene of Welles’ and Polanski’s videos and Shakespeare’s text in detail; through this, I have discovered that the two video versions are very different from each other’s. There are many features that I am going to consider when trying to decide the most dramatic film. Some of these include, colour, […]

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Feminism in Shakespeare

Conventionally, feminism has little correlation with Shakespearean comedies; however, Claire McEachern attempts to address this topic with some degree of success in her article published in the Shakespeare Quarterly entitled “Fathering Herself: A Source Study of Shakespeare’s Feminism”.The author herself reveals the adversity face by feminists up against Shakespeare’s male-dominated world by admitting, “Certainly, in […]

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Study Of Act 4 Scene 1

In this essay, I am going to compare two different interpretations of Act 4 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, to see how different directors interpret a text and use different techniques to support their ideas. The two film versions of ‘Macbeth’ that this essay will focus upon are ‘Macbeth on the Estate’ directed by Penny […]

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