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Updike's A&P, Joyce's Araby, a Comparison

A 5 page essay that analyzes similar short stories by John Updike and James Joyce. In his short story, A & P, John Updike appears to have intentionally patterned his narrative on the famous story by James Joyce, Araby. In each case, the protagonist is a young man, who is compelled by the circumstances of the story to face the differences between reality and his own adolescent notions of women and romance. No additional sources cited.

Mother Daughter Relationships Williams & Tan

A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie and Amy Tan's short story Two Kinds. These works have as their central focus the relationship between a mother and daughter. While there are naturally numerous differences between their stories, many of which derive from the fact that the families involved have different ethnic backgrounds, these relationships also have many similarities that are due to the fact that – at their core –all mother/daughter relationships have to cope with the same issues of separation and autonomy. No additional sources cited.

4 Brief Religion Papers

A 12 page research paper that offers 4 brief papers. The first contrasts and compares religious service and practice between a Catholic Mass, a Jewish service and a Moslem prayer service. The second discusses how Jewish faith affects the life of an interviewed practitioner. The third discusses Langston Hughes' short story "Salvation" and Philip Roth's short story "Conversion of the Jews." The fourth discusses how the various world religions share certain values, yet religion has caused dissention and fragmentation, but, as Durkheim points out, is essential to human psychological welfare. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Bessie Head and "A Prisoner Who Wore Glasses"

This 5 page paper considers the style and messages in this short story of the relationship between political prisoner and the warders. The paper consider the power struggle, symbolism and the style in which it is written. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

Poe as a Romantic Writer

A 5 page essay that examines Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Fall of the House of Usher as an example of Poe as a romantic author. The writer defines "romantic" in this context and then goes on to profile the romantic qualities of the narrative. No additional sources cited.

Albert Camus' 'The Guest' / Daru's Dilemma # 1

This 3 page paper explores the dilemma of Daru in the Albert Camus short story, 'The Guest,' and questions Daru's decision to allow the Arab prisoner to choose his own destiny. No additional sources cited.

Tiptree's "Girl Who Was Plugged In"

This 3 page essay analyzes James Tiptree's short story "The Girl Who Was Plugged In," which offers a cynical futuristic scenario that can be interpreted as a devastating social critique of advertising and contemporary social values which idolize celebrity. Only the original source is cited.

Albert Camus' 'The Guest' / Daru's Dilemma # 2

This 3 page paper explores the dilemma of Daru in the Albert Camus short story, 'The Guest,' and concludes that the only resolution is to allow the Arab prisoner to choose his own destiny. No additional sources cited.

Hawthorne's "Birthmark"/Lee's Mockingbird

A 6 page essay that summarizes, contrasts and compares Nathaniel Hawthorne's nineteenth century short story "The Birthmark" with Harper Lee's twentieth century novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Both works offer unique characters, who each deal with issues relevant to their social and historical era. Comparison of these two works indicates that, while different, they share the common feature of dealing with the problem of social expectations and how the societal mainstream treats the people it marginalizes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Tessie Hutchinson/The Lottery/Shirley Jackson

A 3 page essay that discusses the characterization of Tessie in Jackson's short story "The Lottery." No additional sources cited.

William Faulkner/Barn Burning

A 3 page essay that discusses the meaning and significance of fire imagery in William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Division Essay: Desiree’s Baby by Chopin

A 3 page division essay on Kate Chopin’s short story Desiree’s Baby. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

"Lost in the Funhouse": A Discussion of the Book by John Barth

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.

Power & Female Relationships/2 Novels

A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares the structure and themes of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (1989) and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine (1984), which have very similar structures as a novels. Each text offers a series of short stories that collectively relate a coherent saga of generations and relationships. Tan relates the stories of four families and Erdrich focuses on three interconnected families. In both works, the authors portray the tension that arises from conflicting cultural expectations, that is, from being "other" within the context of mainstream culture in terms that primarily dramatizes this as tension between two generations of women. Primarily the writer talks about Tan's short story "Two Kinds" and Erdrich's "Saint Marie." Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Amy Tan and Her Works

An 8 page paper which discusses the author Amy Tan in relationship to what inspired her to write and how her writing has changed her life. The paper also takes two of her short essays/stories and compares then in relationship to thematic content. The short essays/stories are found in her work "The Hundred Secret Senses" and are titled "The Ghost Merchant's House" and "Young Girl's Wish." The work from which her personal information is derived is "Current Biography Yearbook 1992." No additional sources cited.

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