John A. Macdonald

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  • Unfulfilled American Dream In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    Unfulfilled American Dream “We may come from different places and have different stories, but we share common hopes, and one very American dream,” Barack Obama once stated. This quote agrees particularly to Of Mice and Men in the sense of the workers on the ranch wishing for their own place to call home. George, Lennie, Candy, and Crooks all have different backgrounds and past experiences, but share the same dream to buy a farmhouse with the money they earn. In his novel Of Mice and Men,…

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  • The Social Contract In Lord Of The Flies

    “Everyone living under the social contract we call democracy has a duty to act responsibly, to obey the laws, and to abandon certain types of self-interested behaviors that conflict with the general good,” (Simon Mainwaring). Mainwaring explains the purpose of the social contract by mentioning the types of traits who conflict with society and prevent it from reaching its ultimate goal, or “common good.” To avoid these behaviors Mainwaring mentions everyone within society must follow the rules…

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  • The Fears Of John Keats And Dylan Thomas

    Every individual has encountered or will encounter death one day. Two poets, John Keats and Dylan Thomas, have both been affected by the limited time they or their loved ones have. In Keats’s case, he spent most of his adolescence and adulthood suffering from tuberculosis, an infectious bacterial disease with a high probability of death during the 17th and 18th century. Knowing that he had a limited time to live, Keats was morbidly fascinated with the thought of his own demise. As a result, in…

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  • The Tragic Hero In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    In harmful or frightening situations, there is the fight or flight complex which enables one to either evacuate the situation completely or fight until there is nothing left fighting for. Now, it is common for the human physci to also just stop working in these situations. It is clearly somewhat common for that to happen in children since the brain is not fully developed and due to naivety children sometimes cannot comprehend when a situation is harmful. Imagine that happening everyday, even for…

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  • Themes And Symbolism In The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

    John Steinbeck’s ‘’The Chrysanthemums’ is about a proud and resilient woman, Elisa Allen, who is frustrated with her life. Her inability to conceive a child and her husband’s failure to love her are major issues in her family. The flower garden is her only distraction from all her marriage issues. In the garden, she tends lovely chrysanthemums. “Chrysanthemums’ symbolizes Elisa’s and every other woman’s inner-self. Chrysanthemums symbolize Elisa 's children. She cultivates her garden and takes…

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  • Biblical Allusions In Lord Of The Flies

    Many famous works of literature draw upon the world’s most famous book for plot devices, character traits, and over-arching motifs. John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost is a complete retelling of the story of Adam and Eve. C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and, more recently, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter both feature Christ-like sacrifices at one point in these series. For centuries, literary writers have toyed with adding Christian themes to their works, even if subtly. Lord of the Flies by…

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  • The Transformation Of Tragedy In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

    tragedy, demonstrates a moral lesson by showing struggles that John Proctor has gone through from his confession to he rips off his confession. Depicting John Proctor’s painful psychology and actions, Arthur Miller affirms the importance of staying true to beliefs. Earlier in Act 4, John Proctor decides that he wants his life. However, Arthur Miller manages to show the consequences of lying beyond ruining one’s own reputation. For instance, John Proctor once says, “I have three children—how may…

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  • Morality In The Scarlet Letter

    The Perception of Sins and the Theme of Morality in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, the perception of sin deviates from person to person. The deviation occurs on the severity of the sin that was committed and who committed the sin. Focusing on Hester and Dimmesdale, it is easy to compare the consequences of coping with the perception of their sins, on a private and a public level. The outcome of dealing with their sin is extremely different. The theme of morality affects Hester and…

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  • The Yellow Wallpaper And Civil Disobedience Essay

    In the works, The Scarlet Letter, “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Civil Disobedience”, the individual is subordinated by their society due to many restrictions present in their religion, government, and from unequal gender roles. This confinement causes the individual to take action in order to break free from these bonds through various forms of self-expression in their search for independence and to create their own identity. Though some may say that conformity of the individual was only trying to…

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  • Literary Criticism Of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

    Dyrdal Honors English 10-Literary Criticism Of Mice and Men CSA February 13, 2016 The Will to Achieve Why do people constantly reach for things that are unobtainable? This constant struggle toward achievement is so blatantly personified in John Steinbeck 's famous novella Of Mice and Men that the reader cannot help but sympathize for those who dire efforts in the direction of accomplishment are in vain. The two most iconic characters, George and Lennie, are not a typical dynamic seen in…

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