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"Death In Venice" And "Notes From The Underground" - Alienation
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4 pages in length. Alienation manifests itself in many forms yet the outcome is always the same: the victim is ultimately estranged from whatever it is with which he seeks association. Examining Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes From the Underground, one can decipher several elements of social, political and economic alienation that serve to cause considerable strife in the characters' existence. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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"Death of a Salesman" and Oedipus: Stories of Two Tragic Heroes
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A 10 page overview of these two classic plays. Makes the contention that each is just as representative of the literary genre of classic tragedy as is the other. Observes that each is a different twist on one man's perception of the concepts of hope, fate, and destiny. Emphasizes that Oedipus believed that he could escape the hand of fate and create his own destiny. Willy on the other hand thought that he would ride the tide of fate to his ultimate destiny. The problems which resulted in each instance, however, was that the final outcome was very different than that which was envisioned by the hero of each tale. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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"Devil In The Shape Of A Woman" By Carol Karlsen And "Salem Possessed" By Paul Boyer And Steven Nissenbaum: Comparison
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5 pages in length. There were a number of reasons why Salem became the historical foundation of witch hunts, but none were so powerful as the threat of female independence had at that time. Without out a doubt, the fear of women's emancipation was the foremost reason for the colonial New England witch hunts. When comparing Carol Karlsen's "Devil In The Shape Of A Woman" with Paul Boyer And Steven Nissenbaum's "Salem Possessed," one immediately notes the incongruity of the two works, primarily due to the fact that Karlsen's perspective as a woman herself is significantly different from either of her male counterparts. No additional sources cited.
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"Lost in the Funhouse": A Discussion of the Book by John Barth
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A 5 page review of the work of John Barth, one of the most notable fiction writers of the twentieth century. Discusses the societal need to classify and categorize such works. "Lost in the Funhouse" is a collection of short stories, essays, meditations, and jokes which stands in contrast to most contemporary approaches to the short story. Fervently resisting the century's move toward realism, Barth instead prefers to combine the past with the present into an "eclectic montage", an intertextual experience which provides something for everyone. The result is a work in which the old story is retold with a postmodern twist. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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"Madame Bovary" and "Catcher in the Rye": Dissatisfaction with the World
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A 5 page paper which discusses the books "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert and "Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger and illustrates how the main characters are dissatisfied with the world around them to the point where their lives become somewhat meaningless. No additional sources cited.
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