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    significant. This is the main reason Wills wrote James Madison. A brief background about the author is in order. Garry Wills lives in Evanston, Illinois, but was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. He is an author, journalist, and historian and attended Saint Louis University, Xavier, and Yale. He has written almost forty books and countless other reviews and literary works. He is a prominent Roman Catholic layperson and has written about his religion and church positively and negatively. He is highly honored with many awards, his most notable being a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1993. He is a talented, author and one of the major intellectual figures of our time. The main theme of James Madison that Wills is attempting to help his audience understand more of is Madison’s presidency. His presidency, according to Wills, has been undermined in historical writings and Wills believes his book remedies this dilemma. In general, the book does the job Wills intended for it to do. Two of the three sections of Wills’ book are stories of Madison’s presidential career, which includes 97 of the 153 pages of the book (around 63 percent). The beginning of James Madison focuses on Madison’s political career before his presidency, which is necessary to explain some of Madison’s actions as president. Wills spends little time on this subject, however, devoting only three chapters to this topic. The three chapters are broken up by Madison’s political career before the…

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    insects for each human being. Scientists have discovered that there are more than nine hundred thousand different kinds of insects; insects also represent about eighty percent of the world’s species. Recently, soil samples were taken from an acre in North Carolina; it was revealed that in that one acre, with the depth of five inches, there were approximately 124 million creatures to be found. These facts serve as a reminder that the world is close to bursting with these tiny beings, yet we as…

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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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    mockingbird and he gives the Finch kids things through a tree, a place where a bird lives. These are all hints that Lee drops throughout the novel to show us the innocence and the mockingbird like attributes that Boo has. The Lonely Boo does not see goodness in the town he lives in but luckily, he sees good in the children so he does positive things for Maycomb by helping out the children and by teaching the children lessons. Jem and Scout, two young children who may not know it, but are very…

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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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    beginning of the book when she is talking about her mother being dead, she says, “People who think dying is the worst thing don’t know a thing about life” (Kidd 2). This quote shows that Lily is not even scared of the thought of death. Another place where Lily shows courage is when she make plans to run away from home with Rosaleen: “In a matter of seconds I knew exactly what I had to do-leave. I had to get away from T. Ray, who was probably on his way back this minute to do Lord-knows-what to…

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