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Papers On American Literature
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Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior” and a Sense of Self
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A 6 page paper analyzing this autobiographical work by Maxine Hong Kingston. The paper looks at the degradation of women in traditional Chinese-American families, and shows how Kingston used myth to build a sense of self. No additional sources.
Filename: KBkingst.wps

Pearl S. Buck's 'The Good Earth'
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4 pages in length. The objective of Pearl S. Buck in her enthralling book entitled The Good Earth is to demonstrate the inherent strength of women despite the fact that a patriarchal society has perpetually kept them oppressed. Clearly defined in the author's portrayal is that of a common bond shared between and among Chinese women with regard to their oppression. The fact that oppression has been a way of life for Chinese women is indicative of O-lan's experience as told within the pages of The Good Earth. The writer discusses the various messages addressed in Buck's The Good Earth. No additional sources cited.
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“Representations of General Nature” in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” vs. Woolf’s “A Haunted House”
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A five page paper looking at these two stories, by William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf respectively, in terms of how well they conform to Samuel Johnson’s observation that good stories should present “representations of general nature” -- in other words, reflect common experience. No other sources.
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Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” and William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”
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A five page paper looking at the process by which adolescents separate themselves emotionally from their parents’ values and goals. The paper argues that in both stories, the young protagonists come to the difficult realization that the person their parents want them to be is simply not who they are. No additional sources.
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Black Identity in Faulkner’s “Light in August” and Wright’s “Black Boy”
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A six page paper comparing the protagonists of these two works (by William Faulkner and Richard Wright respectively) in terms of their racial identities, and their reactions to them. The paper asserts that it is very difficult to establish a positive racial identity when one’s race is constantly disparaged by society as a whole, and this has made both protagonists extremely hostile. Bibliography lists five sources.
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