02 Oct 2009

Essays on All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses is a great American western, without the great American West.  In the novel, three young boys, each with their own reasons for running away, seek to live out the adventurous lifestyle of old-west cowboys.  Forsaking the United States, for a time, the young men seek out adventure in Mexico, only to have fortune turn against them.  An attempt by one boy to regain something stolen from them ends up with a man dead and the three boys thrown into prison with the killer ending up killed.  Freed only by the intervention of another, the two remaining boys part ways.  Eventually they both end up returning to the United States.  One returns home, the other stereotypically rides alone into the western sunset.

All the Pretty Horses was written in 1949 by Cormac McCarthy.  The first of his “border” trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the most remembered, yet like all his novels is not your typical western novel.  There is no hero.  There is no lesson to be learned.  There is no real ending, happy or otherwise.  McCarthy set out to draw readers into the reality of the American West.  Life was hard and often cruel.  And without a doubt, there was no such thing as a “happily ever after.”  Life simply continued.

The novel focuses on the hero (for lack of a better descriptive), John Grady Cole.  John is enamored by the legends of the old west and truly wishes to live that life.  With his friend Lacey Rawlins and a younger runaway that they meet along the way, Jimmy Blevins, sets out for Mexico, bemoaning the fact that the United States old west has developed so much, the cowboy lifestyle has been strangled.  Lacey, however, doesn’t have the same drive as John in pursuing this lifestyle and in the end simply returns home.  Blevins is presented as a self-conscious, honor-driven youth, quick to fight, but not always wisely in control of himself, despite the best efforts of John and Lacey to reign him in.

All the Pretty Horses is generally about the way time changes reality and how that change can alter how we respond to life.  John desires to live the stereotypical western lifestyle, only to find that the lifestyle is a romanticized lie in the already rapidly changing world around him.  John heads for Mexico as the one place he feels has not yet been “civilized” and where he is free to lead the cowboy lifestyle, living by the codes of honor, integrity and hard work.  When reality strikes, John’s two friends show they don’t have the stomach or moral fiber for such living.

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19 Jul 2009

Essays on Oliver Twist

Many literary classics have been turned into award winning movies over the years since movies were invented.  All too often students fall into the trap of watching the movie, rather than actually taking the time to read the book.  Instructors can easily identify which students have done this due to fundamental changes in the story details.  Oliver Twist is an excellent example of this.

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, is the story of an orphan.  Oliver was born in a workhouse but his mother died shortly after giving birth.  When he was old enough, he was set to work in a workhouse. While there, Oliver is pressured by the other boys to ask for seconds of the nasty gruel that was served for dinner.  The head of the workhouse offers five pounds to anyone who will take Oliver from the workhouse and Oliver is therefore apprenticed to an undertaker.  Soon after, Oliver gets into a fight with the undertakers other assistant and runs away.

Oliver makes his way to London where he is befriended by a boy named Jack Dawkins.  Jack brings Oliver back to where he lives.  Jack is part of a group of pick pockets trained and ran by a man named Fagin.  Fagin teaches Oliver the ways of pocketing but Oliver gets disturbed as the boys rob an old man of his handkerchief a few days later.  Oliver runs but is captured by the man and almost convicted for the theft, but the old man instead takes the now sick Oliver back to his home and nurses him back to health.

After a time, two young adults in Fagin’s gang, Bill Sikes and his lover Nancy, capture Oliver and return him to Fagin.  Fagin forces Oliver to assist Bill in a burglary but something goes wrong and Oliver is shot.  Oliver is nursed back to health again and is quickly accepted into the household where he was shot, but the Fagin gang and the mysterious Mr. Monks lurk in the shadows with sinister plans for the young man.

  • Though such practices are outlawed today, prior to the 20th century it was not uncommon for orphans to be set to work in workhouses like the one in Oliver Twist.  Charles Dickens was a progressive thinker and found this practice an outrage.  Discuss the use of fiction by such writers to spark changes they felt were needed.  Were they effective?  Why or why not?
  • Dickens, like many writers, uses coincidence in blatant ways in Oliver Twist.  With the exception of the fact that Oliver’s real family happens to be well-off financially, it is unlikely that Bill Sikes would happen to select the house that Oliver’s aunt just happens to live in.  Some feel that writers using coincidence in such a manner is a form of literary cheating.  Discuss the use of techniques such as coincidence and deux ex machina (defined as an intervention by outside, often superior, forces which enables the characters to resolve an issue during the course of the work) by authors, giving examples of each technique and offer your views on their use.

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Essays on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Third in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Prisoner of Azkaban begins to reveal more of the history that has brought Harry Potter to where he is, preparing him for the ultimate battle to come.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the story begins with an incident in which Harry ends up blowing his aunt up like a hot air balloon in a fit of anger over her derogatory words about his parents.  After she floats away, Harry packs his bags and runs away.  He encounters and is brought to the “Leaky Cauldron” by a magic-realm bus called the “Knight” bus.  He finds Ron and Hermoine are also there the next morning and together they begin their trip back to Hogwart’s for their third year at the school. On the train to Hogwart’s, they end up in a cabin with a Hogwart’s teacher who pretends to be asleep.  During the ride they found out that the teacher is Professor Lupin, who is to be their new “defense against the dark arts” instructor.

During the ride to Hogwart’s, the train is stopped and searched by creatures called Dementors who are searching for an escaped convict from Azkaban, the same prison mentioned in Chamber of Secrets.  Harry ends up affected by the Dementors, passing out during the encounter and saved by the “sleeping” teacher in the cabin.  Other than himself, no one on the train is affected by the Dementors.

As they reach the school, Harry and his fellow students find out the Dementors are to be posted outside of Hogwart’s on the pretense of protecting Harry who they believe the escapee, Sirius Black, is out to kill.  As the story progresses, Harry finds out that Sirius is his godfather and mistakenly believes he betrayed them.  In response to Harry’s reaction to Dementors, Professor Lupin teaches Harry how to keep a Dementor at bay with the “Patronus” spell.

Harry later learns that Professor Lupin is a werewolf, while Sirius, who turns out to be Professor Lupin’s brother, is an Amiginous (a human-animal shape shifter).  During their encounter with Sirius, Harry learns that he, in fact, was wrongly accused.  Harry and Hermoine go back in time at Dumbledore’s request and save more than one life.

  • J.K. Rowling seems to incorporate hidden lessons in every novel she writes.  In Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is taught fundamental lessons in family loyalty and never jumping to conclusions, no matter how significant the current “evidence” might seem.  Describe how the breadcrumbs of evidence in the novel initially lead Harry to believe Sirius is an enemy and how this could happen during criminal investigations in our own society.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In this second book of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling continues following young Harry Potter into his second year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Harry quickly learns that there is a massive plot underway and that Hogwart’s may not be as safe as previously assumed.

Harry Potter, a young wizard, is stuck living with his uncle and aunt once again, but this time they have given him his own room.  His uncle has guests over and tells Harry to remain in his room and make no sound as they do not wish to let anyone know that he is there.  A house elf named Dobby comes to visit Harry because he wishes to warn Harry not to return to Hogwart’s that year.  Harry refuses to say he will not return and Dobby gets Harry in trouble by dropping a cake on top of his uncle’s guest.  Harry is locked into his room, but Ron Weasley comes to free him and takes him back to the Weasley’s home.

Departing for Hogwart’s, they find the train station portal close and decide to take Mr. Weasley’s flying car instead to get there.  Soon after their arrival there is an incident where the caretaker Mr. Filch’s cat is found petrified and that begins the trouble.  It seems someone has opened the chamber of secrets, releasing a monster that resides within that years before had killed a girl in Hogwart’s.  And it seems that it is wishing to kill again.  It is said that only the heir to the Slitherin name can open the chambers and therefore Harry, Ron, and Hermoine begin a search to figure out who the heir is.
Harry begins hearing voices in the walls and begins to think perhaps he is the one causing all the trouble.  The headmaster assures him that he isn’t, but as the voices continue, Harry is increasingly determined to get to the bottom of things.

Harry finds a diary from a boy named Tom Riddle and the diary takes him into the past to the day the chamber killed someone.  Harry learns that Hagrid was expelled over the incident, accused of causing the incident with a monster spider.  Returning to the present, Harry learns that Hagrid is being sent to Azkaban prison, but even with him gone more petrified people begin to show up.  Harry and the others find the entrance to the Chamber after Ron’s sister Ginny is taken and they find out that the person opening it wasn’t a current student after all.

  • Once again, J.K. Rowling manages to hide a secret lesson within her captivating tale of Harry Potter’s adventures.  In “Secret Chamber,” the hidden lesson is a mix of Harry learning the importance of courage and self-confidence.  Give examples of how this is developed in the story and what effect each example has upon our hero.

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Essays on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Stories of young men and women coming of age and learning they are more than they seem abound in the world of literature.  Yet in recent years, this genre has been taken to new heights by J. K. Rowling through her Harry Potter Series.  As occasionally happens in international publishing, the story was renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for its release in the United States.

In the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry starts as a pre-adolescent boy who grew up living with non magical folk, also known as “muggles,” because his parents died when he was a baby.  Harry has a scar on his right forehead that he later learns is a mark of a powerful curse that was put upon him as a baby.  The curse was cast upon him by Lord Voldemort and was intended to kill him and his parents, yet he survived.  His parents were fighting against a wizard that had gone bad, so he killed them with a curse.  Voldemort in his attempt to kill Harry found his power reflected upon himself and was seriously injured, diminishing his power as a wizard.

The community of wizards thought that Voldemort was gone completely, yet dark secrets stalked young Harry Potter.  Throughout his young life, strange things happen around him until the day his first letter from Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrives.  With his uncle’s aggressive persistence in keeping Harry from receiving the letters, Harry becomes increasingly determined to find out what the letters are all about, even after his uncle moves the family to a remote island in an attempt to escape the flood of letters that grows with each passing day.  It is there, on Harry’s birthday, that Hagrid, groundskeeper of Hogwart’s, finally shows up to tell Harry the truth.  He is a wizard!

Based in part on reality, the “Philosopher’s Stone” was a substance that early alchemists were convinced would turn any metal into gold.  How does the additional mythos of eternal life factor into such an environment and how does it affect the nature of the storyline?

Voldemort is described as being hungry for power and willing to kill anyone in his way.  Harry is his dichotic opposite, having no desire for power and caring for all those around him.  Discuss the manner in which Rowling builds this image and critique its effectiveness.

Hidden within the novel is an underlying message of power being safest in the hands of those who don’t want it.  Find examples of this theme and discuss how this philosophy affects the actions of Harry Potter and his friends.

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Essays on Ender’s Game

Sometimes one becomes a hero simply doing what they always do.  The classic novel “Ender’s Game” is an excellent example of this.  It is, at its core, a novel about a young boy coming of age, but under extenuating circumstances that are hidden, even from those experiencing them.

In Ender’s Game, all is not well in the universe. An alien menace threatens all of mankind and only one little boy has what it takes to save us all. Ender Wiggin is the third son in a world where procreation has been strictly limited to only two children. An outcast from the moment of his birth, life was never easy for the boy, but being brilliant beyond measure never helps one blend in.

Ender’s siblings, Peter and Valentine mirror his potential but with different emotional states. Peter is a cold and calculating killer while Valentine is soft-hearted and kind. Peter and Valentine make up different ends of a dichotic spectrum, with Ender sitting right in the middle, and spend their time infiltrating the political world.

Orson Scott Card’s story of a young boy’s path from outcast to humanity’s savior is not a kind and gentle stroll through a grassy meadow. It is fortunate that young Ender is made of stern material. From the petty dispersions of “Third!” cast upon him by his classmates to the outright physical attacks he knows must suffer many things and rise above them, but he never understands why. At a time when most children are learning basic math, little Ender is recruited to head off to space to join the Battle School where children are turned into officers.

It is at the Battle School that boys are organized into “armies” and pit against one another in zero gravity combat. Ender quickly assumes command of one such army and leads them to victory after grueling victory – all in preparation for the coming war. At his peak, when he is undefeated, he is taken to a hidden asteroid where he is tossed into ever more complicated simulations against the alien menace. What is never said to him is that these last war games are not simulations at all. A twelve-year old boy is commanding the ships of earth in a great interstellar war against the bug queen.

  • In the story, the reasons for Ender’s rigorous training are, for the most part, hidden from him.  The fact that he is participating in combat training and ends up in actual command of a great fleet are presented to him as more of a high-end contest or game.  Consider the psychology involved and describe it.  Is it realistic?  Could our own government pull off such a feat?
  • Young Ender suffers a great deal of humiliation in his younger days at school.  Describe how this fact is used to develop the character into a realistic personality.  Are other characters in the story as well developed?  Why do you feel this is so?

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Essays on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

One could spend an hour, easily, naming the titles of various books dealing with the hazards of children coming of age.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would most likely not be amongst them.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is more a lesson book on the virtues we all hope to instill in our children as they grow.  Though most do not have an expectation of as wonderful a prize as Charlie does when proven to be a virtuous child.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka decides to have a contest to see who will be the next owner of his chocolate factory.  Wonka decides to send out in his chocolate five golden tickets.  These tickets will decide who gets to come to his chocolate factory on the premise that they would win a prize they would never forget and all the chocolate for the rest of their lives.

The first prize was one by a big boy by the name of Augustus Gloop. The second ticket was found by a spoiled lil brat by the name of Veruca Salt.  The ticket was won by Violet Beauregarde who was a world champion gum chewer.  The fourth ticket was won by Mike Teavee, who only cares about television.  The final ticket was found by a poor boy by the name of Charlie Bucket.

Charlie is the hero of the story.  He is raised in a small home with only one bed.  His four grandparents stay in the bed when Charlie and his parents sleep on mattresses on the floor.  When Charlie wins the ticket by finding some money in the snow, he has to figure out who will go with him as his father has to look for work and his mother has to take care of the grandparents.  His grandfather Joe gets out of bed deciding he will go with Charlie the next morning and so it is settled.

As they arrive to the factory each child is weeded out due to greed or other personal vices.  Augustus falls into the chocolate river greedily trying to drink from it after being told not to.  Veruca ends up being tossed down the trash shoot, when she tries to capture a nut separating squirrel who finds her a bad, spoiled nut.  Violet ends up becoming a blueberry when she stubbornly refuses to spit out a faulty meal-gum piece.  Finally Mike is shrunken and carried out in his father’s pocket when he recklessly tries to be teleported via Wonka’s advanced television technology.

Charlie being the surviving child, being a selfless person and respecter of rules and authority and thus able to avoid the perils that confront those less virtuous, ends up winning the promised prize … the chocolate factory.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory supports the argument that leading a virtuous life, regardless of one’s economic or social lot, can and will lead to rewards in the person’s future.  Explain how the writer develops this concept and discuss the realism of such concepts.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been taken from novel to movie on two separate occasions.  The first was in 1971, starring Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka and the second was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.  Though neither movie follows the book perfectly, the consensus has been that the 2005 version was closer.

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12 Jul 2009

Essays on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens) second book about young boys growing up and the adventures they have along the way, is the sequel to his previous classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Published in 1883, Huckleberry Finn picks up where Tom Sawyer left off.  Sharing many of the main characters, Huckleberry Finn continues Twain’s exploration of young men coming of age, learning the hard lessons of life during the era prior to the civil war.

Huckleberry Finn, being Tom Sawyer’s best friend, was no less precocious than Tom was, at least at first.  Hearing of Huck and Tom’s good fortune (the money recovered from Injun Joe during the first book), Huck’s estranged father, Pap Finn, returns to town, demanding custody of Huck and his money.  A well-intentioned but misguided judge grants the demand and even takes Pap into his own home, hoping to reform Pap’s drunken ways.  Needless to say, this arrangement does not last long, leading to conditions that prompt Huck to fake his own death.

Through a series of adventures exposing the issues of racism and fraudsters, Huck learns many hard lessons about the society in which he lives and like his friend Tom, proves his own courage and honor in the manner in which he handles each challenge.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has drawn scathing criticism over the years due to its use of the term “nigger,” being seen as insulting to African-American citizens.  Analyze this issue from the context of justice, reflecting on the appropriateness of applying modern day values to historic works such has Huckleberry Finn.
  • Compare and contrast the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  In what ways are the two boys alike?  In what ways are they different?  How do these similarities and differences affect the interaction of the two boys in the books?

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Essays on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Every generation has its authors who remind us what it is to be a child in the current society, writers who do not beautify youth with delusions of romance and grandeur, but who focus on the adventures of childhood.  In his novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” published in 1876, Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) presents such a tale of a young boy, Tom Sawyer, who is on the verge of adulthood.

In the novel, Tom Sawyer is a young, imaginative and mischievous youth who lives in St. Petersburg, Missouri, with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid.  Following Tom through a series of adventures, readers are witness to his tumultuous life, in one step a troublesome child into mischief and in the next, the hero and envy of those around him.

Mark Twain did, however, fail to achieve his original ideal, that of taking Tom Sawyer from child to full adulthood.  He did, however, show how Tom had begun the transition from mischievous youth to adulthood by his developing responsibility and by his dedication to romancing the young Becky Thatcher.  The development of Tom’s courage is also central to the story, demonstrated in his dealings with Injun Joe, the core villain of Tom’s life.

  • Mark Twain used his novel on several occasions to attack what he considered imperfections in society.  Identify at least one example of this and explain the meaning of the text in which it is found.
  • In chapter 24, Mark Twain wrote “Tom was a glittering hero once more – the pet of the old, the envy of the young.  His name even went into immortal print, for the village paper magnified him.  There were some that believed he would be President, yet, if he escaped hanging.”  What did Mark Twain attempt to convey with these words?

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