17 Oct 2009

Essays on Gulliver's Travels

In Gulliver’s Travels, an English surgeon decides to go traveling and ends up having many interesting and, as he learns later, unbelievable adventures.  Each of his four trips sends him into four different territories that most would believe could never exist.  Each of these territories explores a difference aspect of human behavior.  In his first adventure he is captured by tiny little men.  In his second adventure he ends up as a play thing of giants.  In his third adventure he lands on an island full of theologians and academics.  Finally his last adventure lands him on an island where horse like creatures rule and yahoos, human-like men serve the horses.  It is a story regarding intrigue, adventure, and learning about oneself.

Gulliver’s Travel was written by Jonathon Swift.  Jonathon Swift was the oldest son of a English lawyer.  He was born in 1667 in Dublin, Ireland.  He attended Trinity College at the age of 14 and stayed for 7 years.  He became the secretary of Sir William Temple who was a member of the whig party.  Though Gulliver’s Travels was mainly written as a way to put Swifts own adventures into words, the final copy of the book was not written till 1736, having taken a full ten years to be completed.

In Gulliver’s Travels, Swift used a wide variety of characters to represent various aspects of human nature.  The interaction between Lemuel Gulliver and the people of the islands he visited demonstrate the harmful nature of many typical human behaviors.  The Emperor of Lilliput, for example, demonstrated man’s tendency to fear things larger than himself.  Though this was illustrated by the physical differences between Gulliver and the Emperor, this tendency can be present when facing abstract concepts such as academic or professional projects.  In the land of giants, Brobdingnag, mankind’s tendency to bully those weaker than ourselves was demonstrated. On the island ruled by horses, Swift explored the concept of slavery and social status, though this was cleverly cloaked by the use of horses as rulers instead of other men.

I save Gulliver’s experience with the island of theologians and academics (his third adventure) for last for a reason.  This encounter demonstrates a matter of human nature that students can easily recognize – academic supremacy.  As Gulliver experienced patronization by the theologians and academics, student frequently are addressed and treated in patronizing fashions by their instructors.  This often becomes clear when professors assign research and writing assignments.  Most students find that their instructors not only expect them to be able to effectively research topics, but to communicate them effectively, a talent that few students have in measurable quantity.  This is where companies like ours come in.  With our talented staff of dedicated writers, we are able to supply essays and articles on almost any academic topic.  All you need to do to take advantage of their skill is to place your order today.

02 Oct 2009

Essays on Holes

The novel “Holes” is a book about a young boy who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  The family of young Stanley Yelnats (the Fifth of his family to wear that name) has been cursed due to his great great grandfather Elya Yelnats.  When Stanley was walking home one day a pair of shoes landed on him and the cops arrested him for stealing them from an orphanage.  Stanley chooses to go to a rehabilitation camp for boys rather than going to jail and that is where the excitement begins.  Learning the strength that lays hidden within him, Stanley manages to break not only the curse upon his own family, but the curse hanging over the once thriving desert community.

The author of Holes is Louis Sacher.  Sacher is an award winning author of over twenty one fiction and educational books for children.  Sacher began writing after teaching at an elementary school for school credit while in college at the University of California Berkley campus.  His experiences inspired him to begin writing children’s books like “Holes,” which he continued, even after becoming an attorney.  His passion for writing was so great that he eventually left the legal practice to write full time, giving birth to one of the most inspirational and prolific writing careers of our modern age.

The main interaction in this book is between the characters of Stanley Yelnats the Fifth and Zero.  Zero is a young boy at camp that he meets and befriends even though the other boys cannot stand him and think he is dumb because he cannot read.  Zero’s real name is Hector Zeroni.  Stanly learns that Hector is the great grandson of the woman who had cursed Stanley’s family due to Elya Yelnats. The relationship that develops between these two young boys plays a pivotal role in Stanley successfully breaking the centuries old curse upon his family and upon the camp.

The themes within Holes are as diverse as the characters involved.  Many an epic tale has been based upon the concept of the main character living under a curse or other cloud of misfortune.  Sacher wove such an intricate tale that it caught the attention of Hollywood and was immortalized upon the silver screen.  Interestingly enough, this is one book that the movie did justice.

Though in many ways students may find it difficult to fully associate themselves with Stanley Yelnats, the character Zero is another case.  Zero finds himself ostracized and ridiculed because of his lack of education, held back by the stigma of not being able to read.  Students today often find themselves similarly held back.  Not by the stigma of illiteracy, but by the lack of writing and research abilities.  Companies like ours attempt to fill this need in much the way Stanley did with Zero – by supplying him the type of help most beneficial to him.  All we need to help you is your order.

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