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Literature Essays

The Ant’s Dilemma in the Aesop’s Fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper”

25 May 2017

“The Ant and the Grasshopper” is one of Aesop’s immortal fables which aim to teach readers of the world’s immortal lesson: Work and strive to prepare for what the future holds. The Grasshopper, who was boastful of what he had during the sunny days, knew nothing but to scorn the industrious Ant who did everything to save up for the rainy days. Thus, when the unexpected rainy days came, the Grasshopper was left with nothing but an empty stomach and a gloomy weather. Over the years, people have understood the Ant in its act of denying the Grasshopper any kind of help. They have accepted the Ant’s behavior as the right thing to do in order for the Grasshopper to learn its lesson. However, the Ant’s refusal to help the arrogant Grasshopper during the latter’s time of need poses the moral question of whether it is just or not. Hence, this suggests that, even though the fable was accepted by many as story which teaches a moral lesson, the Ant who is regarded as a good-natured character also appears to be a greedy and heartless creature.

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Crazy Commitment: Irrationality and the Evolution of Religion

24 May 2017

In this analytic paper I will review Why People Believe (What Other People See As) Crazy Ideas written by W. Irons. The purpose of this review is to identify and describe the author’s principle claim that irrational beliefs held in religious communes exist because it is a crucial component of religion functioning as a commitment device and a hard-to-fake signal of commitment; critically consider how the author links evidence to this theoretical explanation of the occurrence of religion, pointing to strengths and weakness in the position; and finally, assess the importance of the author’s claim in understanding the evolutionary function of religion.

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Why do kids grow up so fast?

22 May 2017

Children are growing up faster and faster in today’s world. Many are becoming teenagers around ages 8-12, much younger than the traditional 13 in previous years. Kay Hymowitz cites several examples of such behavior in her essay, “Tweens: Ten going on Sixteen.” She writes, “The Toy Manufacturers of America Factbook states that, where once the industry could count on kids between birth and fourteen as their target market, today it is only birth to ten.” She also writes about organizations such as the Girl Scouts, the Nickelodeon television network, and movie studios, that cater to a whole new generation of “tweens,” who are looking for something more sophisticated and want “cool, fresh,” products.

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Benny Paret’s Real Killers

16 May 2017

No one can deny that violence has become a pervasive part of the American life. Violence is everywhere. It is delivered right at home through cable tv. It is considered a form of entertainment and majority of Americans consume their dose of violence through the news and through their patronage of prizefighting sports such as boxing and wrestling. Indeed, violence is as much part of the social landscape of rich and poor alike, through their promotion and participation in deadly sporting activities both inside and outside the ring.

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“Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson

16 May 2017

The book “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson is a story about two humans and two mice - after living in a maze they are faced with inevitable change. It is a matter of fact that changes are something which can’t be avoided as change is essential and inevitable part of the modern society and its significance is really dominant and great. They are phenomena which are universally accepted. The problem in the story is that cheese is moved and we see that reactions are different – they vary from quick adjustment to new location of the cheeses to simply waiting the change to suit needs. (Johnson, 1998)

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“Who Wrote the Bible” by Richard Elliot Friedman

16 May 2017

“Who Wrote the bible” by Richard Elliot Friedman is a brilliant research of modern views and concepts about creation of the main Book of Christianity. The author managed to gather a huge batch of factual material into a relatively small volume and explain this material in simple and easy to read terms. He speaks about authorship of Torah, as well as five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Despite of claims that such investigations would undermine faith, Friedman uses a purely scientific approach without two much political correctness. However, he may not be called an atheist or anti-religious scholar, he simply gathers available factual evidence and brings it to the reader in a form of exciting book. Friedman does not find new facts or theories, he summarizes those, which have been found before him.

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White Teeth

15 May 2017

Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a pleasantly dissonant story that extends through twenty-five years of two families' assimilation in North London. The book fittingly narrates a multi-ethnic description of London in White Teeth, as any other kind of description would not have made sense. The story blends pathos and humour, all the while illustrating the dilemmas of immigrants and new generation immigrants as they face a new, and very different social system. One can easily notice certain qualities and negativities about different cultures while they are contrasted in a different culture. Middle and working-class British cultures are also lampooned through the characters of the Chalfens and Archie. Though the story moves through different time frames, it focuses mainly on the parents and children of the culturally and ethnically diverse families.

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There Was a Child Went Forth

13 May 2017

The essence of childhood is a joyful, enjoyable and carefree life. The poem There Was a Child Went Forth is a depiction of such a kind of life. In a nutshell, below describes the essence of the life of a child – development of a child exploring the wonders and beauty of nature mingling with friends and playing with pets and animals around as he enjoys the breeze of cold air or playing under the heat of the sun.

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White Devil: a True Story of War, Savagery, and Vengence in Colonial America

12 May 2017

The book “White Devil: A True Story of War, Savagery, and Vengeance in Colonial America” is a historical novel about Robert Rogers better known as White Devil and his famous band of Rangers. They marched into French territory to attack for vengeance on the Abenaki Indians for their massacre of settlers at Fort William Henry. Steven Brumwell dramatically shows the stealth involved in reaching the Abenaki at the St. Francis River Basin, the details of the brutal slaughter, and the retreat to safety. This book offers different perspectives based on narratives from Abenaki and accounts from survivors. Brumwell also relied on more than 250 years of North American, British, and French archived documents to explore the truth behind this controversial episode from America’s aggressive past.

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Hills Like White Elephants: Explication of Symbolism

12 May 2017

Ernest Hemingway, the great American author of the twentieth century, is known for saying a lot without writing many words. He often used symbolism in his short simple writing so that he could accomplish this task. It has many things hidden inside the plot, which the potential reader has to guess and find its meaning reading between the lines. (Renkiel) In the story Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway uses symbolism to not only help tell the story, but to create the tense mood and tone of the story. The story was written in 1927, but is still relevant seventy years later. As long as there are couples who are faced with a crossroads in their relationship, there will be those who can relate to this story.

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