TERM PAPERS ON FICTION
A Seperate Peace
A Separate Peace is a novel about two
boy’s lives and how they evolve during the course of WWII. The story was
written by John Knowles, who also left home to attend a school at the
age of 15. The story involves many instances in which the barriers
between friendship and rivalry are cited. One of the main characters of
the story, Phineas, often demonstrates that it is important to be
yourself and try to make the best out of a situation whenever confronted
by one. Phineas is athletic, friendly, and competitive.
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far,
far away, on the planet Zovirax, there was an evil king, King Syphilis,
who was mighty pleased with himself, for he had just banished all the
engineers on the planet to work in the Pixie Stick Powder mines on the
moons of Gluteus. "You see," he told his sycophantic servants and
lackeys, "I have solved two problems with one simple executive order. I
have rid the planet of those annoying, nerdy, know-it-all, engineers."
(King Syphilis was actually quite envious of them, because he went to a
Junior University in Palo Alto, and didn't know very much at all.) "And
secondly," he explained, "I have provided cheap slave labor for the
Pixie Stick Powder mines, thus ensuring a limitless supply of this
heavenly confection for all to enjoy."
The character of Dante in The Divine
Comedy who descended into the inferno caused me to stop and think about
this awful place. As the reader I got to take an imaginary journey with
Dante to a horrible place where I do not care about going. While Dante
descended into hell I plan on ascending into heaven someday. Dante had a
choice to make whether or not to get back on the right path. It came
down to heaven or hell - choose.
Evil of Isolation
In the New Testament it states
that "the wages of sin is death." Though the penalty of sin in The
Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can
be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan
society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet
Letter, are both victims of the cruel
isolation from Puritan society on the basis of their sins. Hester wears
her sin upon her breast where it stands as a constant reminder of her
malfeasance. Shame and isolation strip her of all passion and
femininity, leaving her a shell of her former self. Though Arthur's mark
of shame is not visible, it is all the more tortuous for its absence.
Shame and guilt feed upon Arthur's soul with slow malevolency. Only a
combination of death and confession finally release Arthur from his
Morality. It has been questioned by
people, honored by people and revered since the beginning of time. Yet
even today not one person can say what is morally right. It is a matter
of opinion. It was Dr.Victor Frankenstein's opinion that it was alright
to create a "monster". Frankenstein's creation needed a companion.
Knowing that his first creation was evil should the doctor make a
second? With the knowledge at hand, to Dr.Frankenstein, it is not at all
morally correct to bring another monster into the world.
Evil In Huckleberry Finn
On important theme within The
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is the struggle between good and evil as
experienced when Huck's personal sense of truth and justice come in
conflict with the values of society around him. These occurrences happen
often within the novel, and usually Huck chooses the truly moral deed.
Great Gatsby Essay
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great
Gatsby is considered a novel that embodies America in the 1920s. In it,
the narrator, Nick Carroway, helps his neighbor Jay Gatsby reunite with
Daisy Buchanan, with whom he has been in love with since 5 years before,
during World War I. The affair between the two fails, however, and ends
in Gatsby being shot and killed. The reason that this was inevitable is
that Gatsby created a fantasy so thoroughly that he became part of it,
and he fell with it when reality came crashing down.
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath is a novel by
John Steinbeck that exposes the desperate conditions under which the
migratory farm families of America during the 1930’s live under. The
novel tells of one families migration west to California through the
great economic depression of the 1930’s. The Joad family had to abandon
their home and their livelihoods. They had to uproot and set adrift
because tractors were rapidly industrializing their farms. The bank took
possession of their land because the owners could not pay off their
loans. The novel shows how the Joad family deals with moving to
California. How they survive the cruelty of the land owners that take
advantage of them, their poverty and willingness to work.
As a seemingly wise and educated
man, throughout the novel Gulliver's Tarvels, the narrator cleverly
gains the reader's respect as a thinking and observant individual. With
this position in mind, the comments and ideas that Gulliver inflicts
upon those reading about his journeys certainly have their own identity
as they coincide with his beliefs and statements on the state of
humanity and civilization in particular. Everywhere Gulliver goes, he
seems to comment on the good and bad points of the people he encounters.
Sometimes, he finds a civilization that he can find virtues within, but
he also encounters peoples and places which truly diusgust him in their
manner of operation and civility. Overall, Swift gives Gulliver a
generally negative and cynical attitude towards the manner in which his
current day English counterparts behaved cleverly disguised in the
subtext of his encounters with other nations that either contrasted the
way they lived, or mirrored unflatteringly his contemporaries
Holden Caufield was a high school
student at a boy's academy by the name of Pency Prep. He feels as though
he had fought the world and lost, everyone is against him and that
little can bring him joy. He had lost his innocence, and saw himself as
a "catcher in the rye", trying to save children from his fate.
to find out about living for themselves
Janie Crawford evolving selfhood
through three marriages. Fair-skinned, long haired, dreamy
as a child, Janie grows up expecting better treatment than she gets.
Living life as one man's mules or another man's adornment. Janie is one
black woman who does not have to live in lost sorrow, bitterness, fear,
or foolish romantic dreams,
In An Oldster’s Mind
Crowd and noise always interrupt my
mind in the TV room. I desire someone to take me back to my private
room. I want to be alone and think about my personal things. I
appreciate that a nurse helping me to go back my room. Along the
hallway, I look straight forward and do nothing like a plant. What
factor causes the plant to move? I turn my head as if I have seen my
friend, a close friend passing my wheelchair. What I see at the back
actually is a nurse who is frightened by my active and rare movement.
When I look back again, the nurse has a already fallen onto the floor.
Screaming and nervousness spread out all over the floor. Bang! The door
close behind me.
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