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    proven exemplary at excluding female voices; leaving literary interpretation from the perspective of feminist theory limited, at least somewhat, to work written by men. Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw affords the opportunity to explore feminist ideals with the interesting, and arguably, rare perspective of a female protagonist. James even gives the main character a voice with the use of first person narration. However, even as a first person narrator, her story is filtered/framed through men,…

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    American Revolution. Many American victories were won under his command which included winning independence from Great Britain. President Washington’s strong values and principles helped a shape a nation in desperate need for guidance and leadership. James Monroe said to Thomas Jefferson, “Be assured, his influence carried this government.” (Personal communication, July 12, 1788). As his second term came to a close Washington wrote a Farewell Address to the American people to help guide them…

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    Literature sometimes embeds secrets in the narrative of a text. What remains unreachable for the reader produces the desire for them to find the truth about something). Bennet and Royle call this “the process of unfolding and revelation” (271). Brontё’s Jane Eyre accounts to “telling [the reader] the plain truth!” (111) indicating that narrators in Literature can be ‘all-knowing’ and ‘all-telling’. However, Bronte relies on the first-person narrative to have readers think that Jane and they…

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    The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, is ghost story that focuses on a young governess that encounters a pair of ghosts. She becomes convinced that the ghosts are somehow corrupting the two children she is charged with caring for. The new governess is enamored with the two children, and when she first meets them, she comes to the conclusion that they are perfect children (and can do no wrong). Her changing emotional states cause her to later suspect that the children are not necessarily perfect…

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    Henry James’ Brooksmith is the narration by an unnamed character about his experiences with a servant names Brooksmith during and after his conversations with Brooksmith’s master Mr Offord. In the story, Brooksmith starts off as more of a background character to the narrators and Mr. Offord’s conversations. But as the story goes on, Mr.Offord becomes ill, ultimately bringing Brooksmith into the story’s spotlight. Later on in the story we see the death of Mr.Offord, and then begins the decline of…

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    James Henry Hammond of South Carolina, was known to be in a pro-slavery state of mind. With the biggest issue of this time period in the United States being the idea of abolishing slavery in the southern states, Hammond was one of the well known spokespersons for the south. Hammond shows his ideas of why slavery is needed in the south and the effects abolishing slavery would bring for both the southern and also the northern states (“James Henry Hammond” My GA). Needless to say, Hammond would not…

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    White Elephants can be seen as a blessing and a curse considering that since the color is rare, it is a burden since it can’t work and always has to get fed just like a newborn. Unplanned pregnancy is the theme that sets up the drive for the author Ernest Hemingway in his short story “Hills like white elephants”. The type of writing that Hemingway uses in order to accomplish his work is the iceberg theory, where the information that is given is used to seek the hidden meaning. Hemingway uses…

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    In the novel A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, there are many ways in which Ebenezer Scrooge is redeemed by Jacob Marley’s ghost and the three Christmas Spirits. The novel’s setting starts in London where there are serious world problems lurking. Dickens, throughout the novel, does not stray far from showing the importance of maintaining good humanity in one’s lifetime. Dickens depicts this through the main character, Scrooge, showing his redemption from the beginning and end of the…

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    Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, being the first son and second child to Clarence and Grace Hemingway. His mother hoped that he would foster an interest for music, but he liked the outdoors much more, like his father. In high school, he excelled academically as well as athletically. After high school, he was not interested in going to college, and wanted a writing career. He started his career as a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City, at the young age of seventeen…

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    When I walked into this class, my first reaction to small groups was I needed to keep my emotions out as much as possible and learn to keep up boundaries. Emotions can get tricky when talking to other people about their problems. My focus on this program is to be a trauma therapist for kids. I believed that taking small groups would help me become a better professional in the field and now more than ever I can say I learned more in this class that I ever thought I would from a one semester class…

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