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    What would you do if you had to choose between life and death, would you save your reputation and die trying, or live a life full of shame and guilt? This is the question John Proctor was faced with at the end of Act four.John’s first choice was to live, to save his life. However the more time he spent dwelling on it and knowing that it would ruin his reputation he denied the crime. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller John Proctor made the right decision, because he was honest, he saved his…

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    Since the beginning of the novel “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood, Crake gives us the impression that he wants to create the perfect utopian society. Crake is set on destroying all present human life and replacing them with his own herbivorous species, or perhaps better known as the “Crakers” and he used this species to jump start what seemed like the perfect utopian society in his eyes. “All it takes said Crake, “is the elimination of one generation. One generation of anything. Beetles,…

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    “Flowers for Algernon,” is a short story written by Daniel Keyes. The main character, Charlie Gordon is a 37-year old retarded man who has a scientific procedure that heightens his IQ by three times. Science succeeds. In spite of the outcome,this procedure soon determines his intelligence is only short-term,later Charlie will revert to his original state of knowledge. Science is now unsuccessful,both Dr. Strauss,the neurosurgeon and Dr. Nemur, the Psycho - experimentalist has used Charlie to…

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    Piercing the Darkness a book by Frank E. Peretti is about a little town named Bacons Corner that has found themselves caught up in a battle of spiritual warfare. This book tells the story of Sally Beth Roe, who has been driven away from Christianity because of the demons inside her head, but realizes along her journey that she too can be saved. It tells of how Tom Harris a righteous man is accused of child abuse for doing what he thought was right. It also shows us that when you stray from the…

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    Cultural conflict in American society during the 1960s has been greatly documented. However, through “Everyday Use” Alice Walker brings attention to the more personal pain one generation endures as the next generation yearns to progress. Surely, there is a balance to be found, but neither the strong-minded mama, nor the pious, educated Dee were able to find it during the course of this short story. Mama (Mrs. Johnson) is clinging to the past, determined to not betray the memories and battles of…

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    Edgar Allan Poe does not qualify as a gothic fiction author because in his short stories, the character and conflict do not fit the criteria to make it a gothic story. To start, in some of Poe’s stories, the evil is not always destroyed, but instead takes over the protagonist. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death” states that Prince Prospero was killed by the Red Death and then it killed everyone else, and the Red Death “held illimitable dominion over all” (4). In a…

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    Apollonian and Dionysian are mentioned as opposites in the novel, The Birth of Tragedy/ The Case of Wagner by Friedrich Nietzsche. Such that a Dionysian artist is best defined as one in primal unity with pain and contradiction, and an Apollonian one is reflected as a symbolic dream image. In addition, to be more specific on the topic, Apollonian is based on reason and logic and Dionysian is based on chaos. However, according to Nietzsche Dionysian is important because it emphasizes the harmony…

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    The intrigue of any science fiction novel is derived from the fascination of the hypothetical but plausible realities presented. Mary Shelley’s 1818 critically acclaimed science fiction/Gothic novel, Frankenstein, is about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, facing the repercussions after he creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox experiment. Ostensibly about a story about revenge, the novel can have different perspectives depending on a changing audience. From the…

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    The Exorcist Film Analysis

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    One of the most infamous horror movies ever made, something beyond evil is happening to Regan and she starts acting very strange with violent outbursts. Her worried mother searches for medical help only to find that the doctors cannot find anything wrong or answers to her behavior. Her mother comes in contact with a local priest in town and he thinks Regan is possessed by the devil. The priest calls in for backup, Father Merrin, to attempt to save Regan from the devil inside her soul. “For the…

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    In life, villains ought to be avoided; in fiction, they are simply unavoidable. Without a villain getting in the hero’s way, there would be no conflict, and a story with no conflict would not be much of a story. Great villains can have a significant effect on the value of their stories, but what makes a great villain? One example is Felix from the novel Keepers of Light by Christine Barnaby, whose frightening appearance, awful misdeeds, and opposition to the hero make him an ideal villain.…

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