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The Parallelism of the Setting and the Apartheid System: A Coffee for the Road Analysis Paper

            The dominant emphasis on the story’s setting and the constant obstacles of the road trip reflect how the apartheid system demeans the characters‘cultural identity. The author’s focused description on the environment foreshadows how the road to South Africa can become the desert of inequality. 459 more words

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Why L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz is Unusual Even by Today's Standards

L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is arguably one of the most imaginative, peculiar, and remarkable children’s’ book ever written, rivaling only Lewis Carroll’s… 530 more words

Literary Analysis

Negotiation and Tension in Stuart Dybek's "We Didn't" and Mary Gaitskill's "Tiny, Smiling Daddy"

In “We Didn’t” by Stuart Dybek and “Tiny, Smiling Daddy” by Mary Gaitskill, tension builds through unsatisfied desires. Dybek’s protagonist desires sex, and Gaitskill’s protagonist desires redemption. 731 more words

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Dagoberto Gilb's "Winners on the Pass Line": Small Movements reveal Big Emotion

Taking a close look at Dagoberto Gilb’s “Winners on the Pass Line”, the character’s resposes to action reveal their true emotional depth. To illustrate this point more clearly, I am looking at the second to the last section in the story when Silvia and Ray see each other at the restaurant after the evening of their big win. 340 more words

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The Lord of the Rings: The Taming of Smeagol

This is the eleventh post in a series about J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. You can find the first ten installments here. We’ve arrived at the point where Gollum emerges as a full-fledged character. 1,079 more words


L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz: A State of Dependency

In L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is told there is a Wizard with the power to send her home to Kansas. 1,098 more words


Joseph Conrad is not a "bloody racist"

“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a slightly different complexion or slightly flatter nose than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look at it too much” (Conrad 5). 580 more words

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