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    Sigmund Freud, a psychologist and sociologist in the 20th century, believed that self-description is rarely a true representation of one’s self because real motives are disguised by conscious thoughts preventing honesty (McLeod). People are inclined to present themselves as more interesting, and in turn believe others are naturally just as amusing. For example, someone in possession of silk from India sounds adventurous or exotic, but the reality could be that the silk from India was actually shipped to America in a box full of packaging peanuts. Human minds naturally transfer observations into assumptions. Woolf sarcastically states in “A Room of One’s Own” that the “truth is only to be had by laying together many varieties of error” to bring reader’s attention to the irrational conclusions made based on speculation (1314). Virginia Woolf’s goal in “The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection” is to produce a true representation of Isabella by criticizing, correcting, and preventing any false assumptions made by the narrator. Understanding the way the stream of conscious works allows readers to see how Woolf combats the narrator’s misguided thoughts. The narrator’s wandering mind is on display due to the stream of conscious writing technique, that allows readers to observe the mind’s train of thought. Separation existing between the onlooker and reader allows the reader to view the whole picture and see the ridiculous musing of the onlooker. This separation allows readers…

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    Katherine Anne Porter’s famous short story “Flowering Judas” follows a women named Laura who is being courted by a man named Braggioni. The story itself uses symbolic meaning with flowers and religious symbols . With every event taking place in her house the reader feels the isolation with her. in Katherine Anne Porter “Flowering Judas the themes, author styles and literary devices all make the story more enjoyable to read. In Katherine Anne Porter’s “ Flowering Judas” the theme of Ideals vs…

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    Throughout writing, authors occasionally use contrasting characters to make their story more interesting or dramatic, and this strategy is often utilized by many great authors in many classic books. They create characters with opposing views to add dimension to the novel. One of the authors that took advantage of this plan is Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451. During his work, he writes about his main characters, Beatty and Montag, and uses contrasting views to add interest and depth to…

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    stylistic clues to narrative unreliability are “frequent occurrences of speaker-oriented and addressee-oriented expressions” (97). A narrator’s reliability is doubted if he/she is an obvious monologist, talking mostly about him/herself and ignoring the views of other characters. Stylistically, then, Tambu’s narrative reliability is challenged. For one thing, the novel is characterized by its monologic, rather than dialogical, aspects. As a whole, the text is composed of speaker-oriented speeches…

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    William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying is an absurdist comedy that follows the Bundren family on their journey to the fictional town of Jefferson, Mississippi to bury the deceased matriarch of the family, Addie. Addie’s husband, Anse, and their five children of varying ages traverse the countryside to Jefferson to fulfill Addie’s dying wish of being buried alongside her family in town; however, each character has his or her own personal motive for going on the trip. Fifteen individual characters…

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    According to Robert Evans in The Kid Stays in that Picture, “There are three sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each one differently” (tvtropes.org). The two sides of a story and the truth relates to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat. In The Black Cat, the unnamed narrator demonstrates unreliable narration. In The Black Cat, the unnamed narrator shows characteristics of unreliable narrator: weak reasoning, weak sense of…

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    Strength and Vulnerability in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Throughout his famous novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey shows that power and vulnerability are largely subjective, and people often only have power because others think that they do. Chief Bromden’s unreliable narration depicts all kinds of power as physical size despite a character’s real size or physical ability. Nurse Ratched’s power over the rest of the characters, and McMurphy’s ability to resist it, shows that…

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    Many stories throughout literary history resonate with their readers. Some enough to be deemed literary classics. Three stories which resonate with readers from all ages are “Boys” by Rick Moody, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, and “Lust” by Susan Minot. All three stories tell of the coming of age experiences that men and woman have, but do not share the same tone. Two in particular, “Girl” and “Lust” are told from the perspective of characters themselves, and “Boys” is told from the perspective of…

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    Magical realism is “… characterized by the matter-of-fact inclusions of fantastic or mythical elements into apparently realistic fiction” (Edison). Characteristics of this genre include plentitude, hybridity, metafiction, and an unreliable narrator. A story that shows magical realism is “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez. Márquez is recognized as one of the best authors who combines reality with fantasy: “… García Márquez, combining radically different realities, what…

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    Disagreeing with someone because you share different view points from them is a very common thing. Have you ever done that with your parents? In the passages from Confetti Girl and Toritilla Sun, the narrators have points of view different from those of their parents. These differences in opinion and point of view create tension in both stories. This develops a conflict in both stories as well. In the passage from Confetti Girl, the narrator's opinion that her father may say that she's…

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