John Hillcoat

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  • The Road Foster Character Analysis

    Every Trip is a Quest: The Road to Self-Knowledge A road leads to a destination. In How To Read Literature like a Professor, Thomas Foster advises “When a character hits the road, we should start to pay attention, just to see if, you know, something’s going on there” (6). Given that Cormac McCarthy titled his novel, The Road, Foster provides a “heads-up” that something special is about to happen. The challenge is to dig beneath the surface, and discover the underlying gem hidden by the author. With Foster’s insight, this task becomes less overwhelming. Understanding the archetypal quest described by Foster allows a deeper comprehension of “the road” which the characters travel upon on their journey to self-knowledge. Simply, a quester must decide to travel. Foster describes a quester as someone “who goes on a quest, whether or not he knows it’s a quest” (3). McCarthy introduces the characters from the onset: “When he woke . . . he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him” (3). Furthermore, Foster explains that during the second part of the quest a hero must go somewhere. As the boy and his father travel along the road of the post-apocalyptic world, they have one destination in mind: the south. Explicitly, the father comments on the journey and challenges that lie ahead. This is evidenced by “We have to keep moving. We have to keep heading south.” Later, the child reaffirms this destination by bluntly and simply asking his father “Where are we going?”…

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  • The Theme Of Corruption In The Road By Cormac Mccarthy

    In the post-apocalyptic novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, McCarthy outlines a gray desolate story about and man and his son travelling a road riddled with macabre obstacles to reach the Southern Coast. The man and the boy begin travelling because it will soon be winter, and winter will be especially inclement, the world is covered in ash, which creates a dark blanket over the Earth. For, before the birth of the boy a never identified catastrophe ravaged the earth with fire, leaving few…

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  • And Punctuation In Cormac Mccarthy's The Road

    The Road, a story of the nameless father and son “survivors” (55) in a world of nothingness, is told in such a distinctive way that their bond and true exertions to survive are relayed effortlessly to readers without even noticing. After an abrupt, unexplained end of the world, the father and son are two of very few survivors left on Earth. Their struggle is evident through cannibalistic encounters, the suicide of the man’s wife and the boy’s mother, and the sole battle between life and death…

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  • The Importance Of The Boys And Girls Club

    or large. At the Boys and Girls club I was thought varies ways to overcome my anxiety, things like: hosting events (MC) and even talking in front of small audience. As of right now I am very proud to say I no longer have stage fright. I am proud to say that I host (MC) all the events that is going on at the Florence Degeorge Boys and Girl Club. There was a boy name John, who was very timid to the point he was afraid of interacting with the other kids around him. I took the…

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  • Examples Of Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men

    Foreshadowing plays a large part in the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. He sets the scene at the beginning of the chapter with a specific amount of light and dark, and coming from either the natural light of the sun or some type of electric light source. This setting foreshadows the entire chapter in saying whether what happens will turn out positively or negatively. Not only that, but at many different points in the book, the characters foreshadow the end of the book through their…

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  • The Crucible-Act 2. Why Does John Gives Elizabeth A Kiss?

    your answers in the blank lines between the questions--the document will modify itself to allow for your answers. Also, please bold your answers. Act II, Scene i 1. The stage directions in lines 33-34 describe how John gives Elizabeth a kiss. Consider Miller’s word choice. What words in the description show a strained relationship between the two? She receives it. 2. On page 166, John suggests that Elizabeth bring some flowers into the house…

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  • Epiphanies In Greasy Lake

    Short Story Epiphanies There is a theme of epiphanies in “Greasy Lake” written by T. Coraghessan Boyle and “Cons” written by Jess Walter. The theme is very strong and prevalent in each story in their own way. In the story “Greasy Lake” there are epiphanies when the characters that they are not as bad as they would like to believe themselves be. The last short story “Cons” the main character has a very strong epiphany at the end. All the stories have strong epiphanies in all of them will be…

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  • Symbols Of Suffering In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    Symbols of Suffering: Abundantly Discovered Viktor E. Frankl had once stated “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” While John Steinbeck was writing the book Of Mice and Men, he included a large quantity of symbols; However, a plethora of these symbols tie back to the enormity of feelings and scenarios suffering causes or prevents. Throughout the book, Lennie is a strong man with a kind heart. He means no harm, but harm is what he brings. This…

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  • Examples Of Friendship In Of Mice And Men

    Life is a lot better with friends and establishing good relationships between each other is what eliminates loneliness. This situation can be explored in the excerpt “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, “Of Mice and Men“ by John Steinbeck and my own personal experience. It is absolutely true that establishing ties can eliminate loneliness and make life more meaningful. Through the expert “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, the prince and fox identify how having a…

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  • Analysis Of 'The Adventure Of The Speckled Band'

    Undoubtedly, Sherlock Holmes was not guilty for killing Dr. Roylott! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” developed Dr. Roylott into a cruel character, who later died from his own crime that Sherlock Holmes attempted to solve. Nevertheless, Sherlock Holmes was unequivocally not culpable for Dr. Roylott’s death! Sherlock Holmes found several pieces of evidence to make a logical prediction. Predictions are not always accurate; he did not know all the facts of the…

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