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    In his essay “Reimagining Destiny,” Paul Berman questions the idea of destiny as a whole, asking facetiously, “Is there a single destiny for mankind?” (Berman 1). Berman battles with the idea that their are natural imperatives that govern all people, citing the newly found freedoms of women and ethnic minorities as proof of free will and individualism in people. He also uses the form of government liberal democracy to argue his claim. However, Berman twists the argument in his favor with a pessimistic view, suggesting that the natural order of things is chaotic and unfair. He makes the claim that humans have complete control over everything because of certain social and political achievements of mankind. In contrast with (name), in their short stories, “The Swimmer” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” John Cheever and Ernest Hemingway propose that humans lack agency within their own lives. Cheever and Hemingway suggest the lack of agency in the lives of people by describing the apparent inevitability of situations in their protagonists’ lives, by depicting their protagonists’ lack of control represented by a reliance on alcohol, and by establishing unexpected and uncontrollable conclusions to their protagonists’ journeys. In “The Swimmer,” John Cheever asserts this idea specifically by highlighting the inevitability of certain aspects in the protagonist’s life. Comparatively, Hemingway also contends that humans lack agency in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by emphasizing the…

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    Today, millions of students are reading books in school that they find boring and unrelatable. Students sometimes find it hard to connect to the characters and the situations represented in the books they read for class. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is not one of those books. This book has relatable characters like Scout and Jem who go through situations that student can find themselves relating to. To Kill a Mockingbird is a wonderful book with life lessons that will always be relevant…

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    Differences in between the lines Each story a person shall come across will always differ from one to the next. Whether it is from a different point of view of how the grammar, tone, content, theme, texture etc. is used the stories are never going to be exactly the same; they will not necessarily be different either. Many stories have very similar motives to make you think, act and feel certain ways, like the comparison between N. Scott Momaday’s “The Way to Rainy Mountain” and Alice Walker’s…

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    A mockingbird is a powerless, innocent creatures who does nothing but sing its heart out. Killing one or even hurting one would be like hurting a helpless baby. Harper Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol which signifies that everything is good and harmless in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. This book takes place in Maycomb, a small racist town. The mockingbird is first mentioned when Atticus tells his kids how it is sinful to kill a mockingbird. Lee intelligently demonstrates innocence in…

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    In the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Edward Tulane is a vain, self-absorbed, three-foot-tall china rabbit from France who thinks to have all he could want. Fancy clothes, a tiny gold pocket watch and Abilene, a girl who loves him with all her heart. On page 3 in the book the author states “He had china arms and china legs, china paws and a china head, a china torso and a china nose. His arms and legs were jointed and jointed by wire so that his china elbows and china knees could…

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    Although Harper Lee conveys Atticus’s character as a wonderful father that is morally just, she also creates his character to be an honorable man despite the social expectations of Maycomb. Atticus’s respect and honor highlights the good left in Maycomb County by his teachings of viewing the world from someone else’s perspective. Atticus’ most famous quote is, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in…

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    The following passage is taken from Games At Twilight, a short story by Anita Desai. Anita Desai is a renowned author from India who writes about India, or America told in relation to India. Games At Twilight, set in India, revolves around Ravi, one of five children, who learns about the harsh realities of life and death while playing a game of hide and seek. The didactic short story, told from a third person limited point of view, examines the idea of eventually being forgotten after death. In…

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    Without evil, there is no good, without good, there is no evil; no one is ever comprehensively virtuous or immoral but rather at intervals with both. Within Harper Lee's bildungsroman, To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem Finch recognized this as he and his younger sister, Scout, grew up in Maycomb, Alabama. As he matured over the years, Jem learned that the concepts of good and evil are complicated ideas that take on a variety of forms. Whether it be from the Radleys, Mrs. Dubose, or the trial of Tom…

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    There are many similar themes in the novels Great Expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Secret Life of Bees. Great Expectations centers around a poor boy named Pip Pirrip who learns how to become a gentleman in London. To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on a young girl named Scout Finch who is learning about life and injustice in the small southern town of Maycomb. The Secret Life of Bees centers around a teenage girl named Lily Owens who searches for her identity and purpose in South…

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    To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that is empowering and moving, as many life lessons are taught with the use of different themes in this classic novel. The setting of the novel is in a small southern town in the 1930’s where prejudice was widespread in the American society. During the era, judgment, corruption, and intolerance of others were not uncommon. There was a separation between social and racial means. Atticus Finch, a distinguished lawyer in the…

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