Annie Proulx

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  • Brokeback Mountain Conformity Essay

    crowd of Trump-protesters, whose back of head is spilling blood, and the crowd is hounding him in hot pursuit. When a reporter asks Trump-protesters why they ignite Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps, she receives responses of cursing Donald Trump without reasonable explanations. The election has ended, but the protests persist; some of the rallies are evolving into organized violence. What could possibly cause those protesters to coalesce and act foolishly? In social psychology, people are inclined to conform to the norms or standards of a group or an authority in order to fit in and find their sense of belonging. However, individuals could suffer from the pressure of the norms, and their conformity could lead to terrible results. In Annie Proulx’s short story Brokeback Mountain, Jack’s and Ennis’s pursuits of happiness are thwarted by complying with the heterocentric social norms. Similarly, the afflictions of conformity are reflected in Michael Patrick MacDonald’s memoir All Souls. In the 1970s South Boston, also known as Southie, people’s unquestioning conformity to the community norms leads them to discriminate against other races for no valid reason, degenerate into drug addicts, join gangs, steal…

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  • The Shipping Truth: An Analysis Of Quoyle And Wavey's Truth

    psychological problems that are the source of our self-destructive behavior” (Tyson 16). In the novel The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, both Quoyle and Wavey’s past relationships cause them to suffer from the core issues of fear of abandonment, fear of intimacy, and fear of betrayal. Proulx describes Quoyle as a, “great damp of a loaf” (Proulx 2). Even…

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  • Character Analysis Of Brokeback Mountain, By Annie Proulx

    The story, “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx presents us with a character named Ennis del Mar who is unwilling and unable to reach for his heart’s desire, a man named Jack Twist. Jack and Ennis meet when they are both young men, having grown up in almost identical situations. Both were high-school country boys with no prospects, brought up to hard work and privation, both rough- mannered, rough-spoken, inured to the stoic life. Both are real cowboys, both are also living the life expected of…

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  • Joy In The Morning Analysis

    Annie had always been a city girl so moving to a small college town was a hard adjustment for her. "She had changed her mind when some classes let out. Most of the coeds wore what was almost a uniform: dark heated skirts, loose pullover sweaters, a string of pearls, saddle shoes and socks. And she felt out of place in her city clothes. I 'll never be one of them, she thought sadly. I 'll never belong." (Smith, 49). Annie did not dress or speak like the people from the small town and she did not…

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  • Theme Of Mise En Scene In Imitation Of Life

    In the film, Imitation of Life, director Douglas Sirk utilizes the visual elements of mise-en-scene to affect viewers emotionally when presenting them with life’s limits of race. Throughout the film Sirk provides the viewer with a particular perspective of American life during the 1950’s. There are specific conventions and mise-en-scene devices that Sirk employs which are conducive to displaying the limitations of race. An example being, the scene where Annie and Sarah-Jane first arrive at…

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  • The Real World In Annie Dillard's An American Childhood

    Awakening into the reality that is “the real world” can be rough and turbulent. Adolescents go through significant phases in their journey of figuring out who they are and how they fit into the fabric of everyday life. The first one being the naive phase; this is where we believe we know everything there is to know. This is the stagnant phase where we cannot see change and think about forever in the most literal sense. Second is the turbulent phase; where we find ourselves rebelling to anything…

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  • Through Black Spruce By Joseph Boyden: Poem Analysis

    n the novel Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden, survival is a repeating theme. Throughout the stories if the two protagonists, Annie and Will, their survival physically, mentally, and emotionally is continually tested. Boyden expresses the theme of survival through the use of symbols relating to the survival of Annie, Will and the Netmakers. Annie’s journeys expressed in the novel test her survival skill physically and mentally in the city and in her rural hometown setting. In the urban…

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  • Themes In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

    In the story we see “Momma” being picked on by some white girls while she stands on the porch. “ ““Naw, Helen, you ain’t standing like her. This here’s it.” Then she lifted her chest, folded her arms and mocked that strange carriage that was Annie.” As this goes on, Annie Henderson just stands there and continues to sing. She doesn’t get louder to tone out the mocking or get softer to show that the girls have affected her. As the girls say bye to her she stops sing to say, “Bye, Miz Helen, bye,…

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  • Annie Dillard Living Like Weasels Analysis

    In Annie Dillard’s essay, Living Like Weasels, Dillard uses stylistic writing to make her story more universally understandable, starting from her initial encounter the with a weasel and the life lesson she took out of the encounter. The essay gives its readers an unusual comparison between the life of human beings and the life of weasels. There is also a physical description of how Ernest Thompson shot an eagle and found the skull of a weasel clinging to its throat which was a perfect symbol of…

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  • The Voyage By Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    This is a quotation taken from Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘’The Voyage’’. The story is about a young girl called Fenella, after the death of her mother she went with her grandmother to move in her Grandparent’s house in Picton, which is inspired from Mansfield’s personal life when she had to move out from her home in Wellington, New Zealand to London, England. Mansfield uses imageries, metaphors, and the setting to convey the two main ideas of darkness and light and the transformation of…

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