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    Anglo-Saxon literature was centered around one common theme, exile. The exile in literature is often about the banning of a person from a place. Most writers in this time period wrote an elegy for the things they miss from their time before their exiled. Some writers were forced into exile by others for political reasons while others fled for their own safety. As seen in “The Seafarer”, “The Wanderer”, and “The Wife’s Lament” exile was a major anxiety in Anglo-Saxon literature as the threat could come from anywhere at anytime. The poem “The Seafarer” is about a man who has spent most of his life on the sea, as he starts his elegy by writing how the sea took him away. Within the first few lines, the Seafarer wrote about his suffering on hundreds of ships in thousands of ports as he was bound in frost. As the lines go on, the Seafarer tells of horrible living conditions where he was both hungry and cold, just drifting on an icy ocean, “No kinsman could offer comfort there, to a soul left drowning in desolation”(lns. 25-26). The poem sets itself up for the rest of the story, and the lines written lead readers to the assumption that his life on the sea was not easy, especially during the long winter months. In line 48, the Seafarer begins to write about orchards blossoming, fields growing, and…

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    The Wanderer Analysis

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    “The Wanderer”: A Literary Analysis “The Wanderer,” a short poem written during the Anglo-Saxon period, is an elegy regarding a warrior whose lord, friends, and land have been destroyed by war. Many elements of the poem bring its sorrowful message to life, such as the perspective it is told in, its elegiac tone common to the poetry of the time, its eloquent, descriptive diction, and, although not necessarily mournful, a transition into something more of a wisdom poem. Most of these qualities…

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    Hillbilly Elegy

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    The topic I chose to describe is white working class people and the excerpt I read comes from J.D. Vance who wrote Hillbilly Elegy. Vance wrote this story to shed light on how poverty and social class can also affect working class white people and how he rose from the ashes to “have a nice job, a happy marriage, a comfortable home, and two lively dogs.” This is a story about achieving the American Dream even when events are not go for your favor. However, Vance accomplished his dream of going…

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    Naiwa Elegy Analysis

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    works, the ending is more complicated than it is in others; some of them can be open for interpretation, or simply to be controversial. A Japanese film Naniwa Elegy belongs to that category – the final scene where protagonist walks into the screen has been a subject of debates (Mori). For some viewers the protagonist has fallen for money and became miserable, for others…

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    JD Vance lived in white working class America for most of his life. He experienced many different things such as drug abuse and domestic problems. Vance’s experiences gave him the motivation to better himself in life so he didn't end up like the other people around him. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis was written as a way to share his life experiences, motivate others who are in a similar situation, and explain why so many of the people are mistrusting of the…

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    Best selling author, JD Vance, came to campus to discuss his book Hillbilly Elegy. He was able to further explain the motives behind the this election’s key demographic: the white, working class. As an individual from lower class Kentucky/ Ohio, Vance went to school at Yale Law and was able to experience different side of economic classes within society. Vance discussed the fact that even though he had moved beyond his original lower class, he was still not able to fully assimilate within a…

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    Hillbilly Elegy Summary

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    “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” is filled with insight and unique observations into the life of, “hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash,” as experienced by author J.D. Vance as, “neighbors, friends and family” (Vance 3). The insights that Vance details in his book provide an important look into the economic inequality that exist in America, the importance of self-determination and the people who influence it, and the importance of where we come and how it affects…

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    Analysis Hillbilly Elegy

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    Marca Kaplar Longer Paper #1 Hillbilly Elegy, Trump and the Death of a Culture President Trump's appeal to the culture, identity, and ideology of the often forgotten working class people was successful by simply allowing a group of disenfranchised, forgotten, and loyal citizens the capability for the hopes and belief that they can be great again. Through the promise of “Making America Great Again,” he sparked a fire in many who have gone from a level of wealth that to them allowed for a very…

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    Dark Elegies Essay

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    Dark Elegies: A Masterpiece Antony Tudor choreographed and wrote the libretto for Dark Elegies. The world premiere took place in 1937. It was held as part of the Ballet Rambert, in the Duchess Theatre, London on February 19th. In addition to Tudor, there were many other influential members involved in creating this dance work. Gustav Mahler composed the five songs that make up the score and Friedrich Ruckert wrote all of the lyrics. Nadia Benois created scenery and costumes, while Jean…

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    Hillbilly Elegy Analysis

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    including an upbringing in upper-class America; however those were not the circumstances Vance was brought up in. In his book, Vance describes the psychological impact that being a child living in poverty had on him, and many others who live in similar situations. Despite the limitations Vance faced, he was successful in acquiring the American dream. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, is his personal journey of upward mobility. Hillbilly Elegy portrays the lives of the white, working class of…

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