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    Poets use various poetic devices in their pieces to express more meaning than the words do alone. Each poem is different in the way it uses these poetic devices and illustrates an idea. Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edgar Allen Poe are two great poets with very different styles of poetry. Despite using some of the same literary techniques, they each incorporate poetic devices to express meaning in their poems. Both Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade” and Poe’s “The Raven” use narrative, repetition, sound, and symbols to bring the readers into their stories. “Charge of the Light Brigade” is a narrative poem that tells the story of the Light Brigade of the British forces as they attack the Russian forces. One of the British leaders miscommunicates a message and, as a result, the Light Brigade charges into the mass of Russian forces without any backup or support. This tragic mistake results in the death of many members of the Light Brigade. There are probably many history books and newspaper articles that tell the story of the Light Brigade, but Tennyson’s poem of the battle brings another layer of meaning to this story. The readers can feel the emotions of the Light Brigade as they march towards probable death. The narrative poem interjects respect for the Light Brigade’s bravery and honors them for their actions. A book about the Light Brigade would focus on the event, the outcome, war, but the narrative poem focuses on the people and the character they display. Tennyson is…

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    Courtney White’s article “Westward Ho!” explores manifest destiny, the concept of American exceptionalism, and being a part of the “latter-day pioneers” (White 1). “Manifest destiny was a phrase employed energetically in the mid-19th century by a variety of politicians, journalists, and economic boosters to express the general belief that the United States had an unstoppable destiny to expand from sea to shining sea in accordance with God’s manifest will” (White 1). White also speaks of his…

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    In Chopin’s story “Desiree’s Baby”, Desiree and her husband, Armand, are ecstatic when she gives birth to a child. Later on Armand starts acting distant because he believes that she and her child are mixed. He suggest her to leave to her mother's home. Desiree then disappears and walks the opposite direction of her mother’s home, with the child in her arms. In Dahl’s story “Lamb to the Slaughter”, a detective's wife, named Mary, is in shock after the devastating news that her husband is leaving…

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    She cooks the frozen leg of lamb she kills her husband with, calms herself down, tidies herself up and rehearses what she is going to say when she goes to the market, “Hullo Sam” (Dahl 2). She went to the market and acted very casually towards Sam the clerk so that he would not suspect anything. She made him believe she was going to buy the food to cook for her husband but it was only an alibi. She then went home and called the police and reported to them that her husband was dead. When the…

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    have more rights in their lives as American citizens. “To a large degree, moreover many of the civil right efforts of the 1970s and 1980s were devoted to defending previous gains or strengthening enforcement mechanisms” (Civil Rights Movement). Blacks were also drafted into the Vietnam War, and they had no more rights, while dying for their country then they had a home in America. Television news crews brought the Vietnam War into our living rooms, and we saw the destruction of life…

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    then bombed North Vietnam on March 2, 1965, then following on March 8, 1965 the first U.S. soldiers arrive in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the United States made an impact when they arrived in the town of Mai Lai killing hundreds of Vietnamese. The U.S. General William Westmoreland, who was in charge of the United States troops was then replaced by General Creighton Abrams. By December of 1968 the U.S. had sent 540,000 troops. Afterwards, Richard Nixon was elected president of the United…

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    French abuse and mismanagement set the stage for Ho Chi Minh to form the Communist Vietminh in Northern Vietnam, and on September 2 1945 he declared Vietnam’s independence (Charles, 1995). The French quickly attempted to reassert their control and the First Indochina War broke out in 1946. The French found themselves outmatched by the skilful and resolute Communist forces, and were defeated at Dien Bien Phu 8 years after the war started (Charles, 1995) After the French defeat, the 1954 Geneva…

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    important celebration of Vietnamese culture. It means the "first morning of the first day" and is their version of our New Year 's. Not only does it combine the festivities from some of the western holidays that we celebrate (i.e. Christmas and Halloween), but it also celebrates “the union of nature, humans, and culture” (living and dead) (Nguyen). Because of this very special holiday, both North and South Vietnam called a truce so that they could celebrate. On January 31, 1968, the first day of…

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    persuade the people to protest war. When the war is prolonged the more opposition it creates in the metropolitan. So there are not defeated on the battlefield but defeated on the political field. The insurgent’s ability to affect the political will really matter in this case. But it is a mistake not to mention the role of the insurgents. For them, this is a matter of survival, a total war. So they are put all their will and capability to defense themselves. They are far more tenacious and…

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    The Quiet American is a novel that explores social and political relationships between Europe and America in Indochina War through connections among the three main characters: Fowler, Pyle, and Phuong. Graham Greene, an author of the book, uses the attitudes and personalities of Pyle and Fowler to create tension to symbolize the greater tension in the political conflicts over Vietnam at the time. Through Pyle and Fowler’s different political views but a common desire for Phuong, The Quiet…

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