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“The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy

25 Sep 2017

"The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy is a narration after a shootout between 2 soldiers at a time of war. The speaker is the victor of the duel. His use of the past tense shows that the event has already taken place. He is contemplating on what had happened. There is no sign of remorse in his words although there is a sense of pity when he said, "Had he and I but met" (1). Using these word in the very first line gives significance of the speaker's sincerity on how he would have treated his victim if the circumstances were different, which is what the first four lines of the poem is about. He went on to say "By some old ancient inn," (2) which he imagines the two of them in a different place. This could be a literal meaning where a nearby inn is in the vicinity. However, it may symbolize an imaginary place perhaps from a past life. The latter meaning could be the case as it demostrates the speaker's state of daydreaming which seeks to sooth his mind after killing a person. Using the words, "some" to designate an unspecific place and "ancient" to represent a distant past attest to this use of symbolism. The speaker further elaborates the fanciful scenario where the two of them are having what obviously is a driking spree. "Nipperkin" is a slang used by the British underworld to denote a small measure (Grose). This establishes the character of the speaker as a common person and not an educated philosopher which he seem to be.

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Aspect of Freakonomics that had the most impact on you

22 Sep 2017

The book made me realized several aspects of life that are not seemingly obvious but actually make sense after careful analysis. It has provided interesting insights that stirs interest and stimulates thinking and reasoning.

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The Man with the Scar

20 Sep 2017

The Man with the Scar is clearly a frame story, with a well embedded flashback. The story begins with a focus on the main "Scar". It is around this scar that the entire story revolves. The writer uses great skill to build up anticipation in the reader. The settings of the bar and the gallows help in creating an environment of suspense. The writer uses guided imagery to make the reader believe that the scar is the result of a formidable wound. The skill with which the image of the Scar and that of the general is described is flawless. The description of the general at ones makes the reader like him. The description of the beautiful maiden with her black outfit, rosy lips makes one fall in love with the character. This shows the strength of the imagery used.

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Role of Women in the Society

20 Sep 2017

Women must have the most complicated cluster in the society. The past few decades have defined the meaning of womanhood which gave the society an idea on the essence of women in domesticity alone. This meaning, however, has put women in the pedestal and while it placed them in the marginalized sector of the society. If men 's function is to provide for the family, women on the other hand, still have no permanent role. This is the reason, most probably, why the society still has the same connotation about women and the perception remains vague even after centuries of existence.

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Robert Fulghum and Benjamin Franklin

20 Sep 2017

I choose Benjamin Franklin's List of Virtues over Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten. Why? The reason is because Benjamin Franklin did not need to expand all of his virtues to really get to his point. His work serves as words of wisdom to anyone who will read it, digest and ponder the message. Although Fulghum's work can ring a bell in an instant by way of its lighthearted title, it lacks something which Franklin's work heaps of, and that something is the thing called "warning" and "consequence."

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An Explication of Gwendolyn Brooks’s The Mother

20 Sep 2017

Abortion has always been morally wrong and in many parts of the world, considered illegal. However, like all issues on morality, there are instances when the bar that separates right and wrong cannot be ascertained with absoluteness. In Gwendolyn Brooks’s The Mother, a mother speaks about her abortions in a reflective manner which attempts to elicit sympathy upon the reader to her argument that she committed the abortions not out of spite but for love of her children.

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An Explication of Robert Hayden’s Those Winter Sundays

20 Sep 2017

The traditional father is the provider of the family. He is out at work most of the day. He is burdened with the responsibility of ensuring the security of the other members. With the gravity of his role, he is sometimes perceived as a distant and detached figured, in contrast with the warm and nurturing image of the mother. The father's burden is further compounded by a socially-perceived expectation that males have to be less emotional as a sign of strength in character. In Robert Hayden's sonnet, Those Winter Sundays, the persona laments at the emotional distance that he had with his father growing up, and how he wishes he had given him more love and respect than he deserved for what he did for him.

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Analysis on Zora Neale Hurston’s “I Get Born”

19 Sep 2017

There are two important statements that the reader can get from Hurston's story: first is about being born a woman in a male-preferred environment and second: the unusual character of ladies spending so much time out of the house. The first statement is formed due to the strong character portrayal of the father as a carpenter who spent more time from home doing some labor and building business. The interesting point here is the father's hope that Hurston would be born a male, not the female she became. This speaks of an all-pervading social stigma or "forces" that having more sons is convenient for the family, therefore easier for a human group's survival. The social attitude of preferring more male offspring implies that more physical work is necessary to feed the family, such that the reader could only imagine backbreaking work to be existent in a farming neighborhood. Hurston may have lived in this backbreaking environment when she was born, where the only known labor aside from housekeeping is the carpentry (as she knew about her dad) or agriculture.

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"The Grey Snowman" and "The Road to Sampo"

18 Sep 2017

In The Grey Snowman and The Road to Sampo, the authors are speaking to themes that are much more important than just in the context of their individual stories. Instead, the authors are doing their best to characterize life in Korea as a whole, noting the meaning of many key things. Through their representations and their works, the authors indicate the meaning of "home" in their Korean context. They discuss the way in which individuals feel about their homes and how the idea of "home" is an important one in Korean society. Even though the characters struggle significantly to reconcile their feelings on "home" with their newfound lives, an everlasting idea of home still persists throughout the work. This is something that is most assuredly worth studying, and it is one of the primary reasons why the two works in question are such powerful literary representations of Korean culture at large. Through unique and interesting storytelling, these things are brought to light in different ways in these two differing works. The characters are experiencing things that are unique and distinct, but some of the feelings that they hold are the same. For these characters, "home" is a less than positive influence on an otherwise meaningful life, even if they do not wish that it was that way.

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"Murder Without Text" Amanda Cross

18 Sep 2017

"Murder Without a Text" is written by Amanda Cross, the pseudonym or pen name used by a mystery novel writer named Carolyn Gold Heibrun. Carolyn Gold Heibrun was an American academic and is well known to be a feminist writer. She was born on January 13, 1926 and died in October 9, 2003 after committing suicide, thinking that her life had already been completed.

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