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Hesiod once said, "He for himself weaves woe who weaves for others woe" expressing the belief that those who bring sorrow to others are also bringing sorrow upon themselves. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights seems to validate Hesiod's idea of the disastrous consequences of hate and revenge. Bronte suggests that revenge brings uhuappiness to all involved, including those who seek it. Certainly, the victims of a revengeful attack suffer from the pain and grief that their enemies have thrust upon th

In the novel, Fools Crow, supernatural powers played a large role. Throughout the story, all the characters were affected by a supernatural element. These elements affected some characters more than others. The main character, Fools Crow, believed in supernatural powers and in his heritage more than any other member of his tribe did. His life was changed several times due to his belief in supernatural powers. In Fools Crow's first horse raid, then called White Man's Dog, he thought that

In the novel, Things Fall Apart, the families play different roles than those of today's families. The men, women, and children all had various chores and activities that people do not do today. The main character, Okonkwo, was the leading male of his household. This means he controls and tells everyone else in his immediate family what to do. Males were more dominant in their society. Even young males had more power than young females. Okonkwo felt such superiority over his wives and chi

Separate Peace What really happened in the tree? Gene and Finny were very good friends; however, whatever happened in the tree the day the Finny "fell" out, is the actual cause of Gene. In fact, Finny did not fall out of the tree, but Gene had actually pushed him out. Gene had very good reasons to push him out. He pushed him out of jealousy for two things. For athleticism, and for his popularity, and also for his ability to talk his way out of anything.. First, Finny was a very at

The book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, has aroused great controversy about the actions its two main characters, Victor and his creature. Victor's alienation from society is what formed his creation. His creator left him to be rejected by the rest of society. Victor judged the creature for his immoral actions when the world had not taught any better. The creature's desire for revenge is roused by his rejection. The creature is not the monster, rather is the creator. Frankenstein's own al

The Similarities of "The Gettysburg Address" and "Speech in the Virginia Convention" In Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, "The Gettysburg Address", Lincoln uses emotional appeal, persuasive traits, and powerful diction to make one of the most well known and respected speeches of our time. Also the "Speech in the Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry is similar to Lincoln's speech in all the same ways. Both of these speeches have similar characteristics, all of which contribute to their effecti

Lord of the Flies With evil lurking around every corner, it became harder and harder to find a good soul on the mysterious island. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies that one good soul was found in Piggy. He wasn't violent and he was one of the only boys who tried to keep all of the other children civil by mimicking adults. Although Piggy had physical limitations that some say "prevented" Piggy from joining the other boys in savagery; he never possessed and evil spirit like Jack, Roger,

A Different View of the Bomb The menace of nuclear war has loomed over generations of Americans. Many different people react in many different ways to the threat of nuclear war, but one of the most common reactions is a passive sort of fear. This is because if nuclear war should begin, we are helpless to stop it or intervene in any way. This is one reason why the literary reactions to nuclear war have generally been quite different from the literary works about conventional types of warfa

Page 1 - Characters The producers of the film The Pelican Brief managed to preserve all of the main characters and even most of the minor ones from the book. The heroine and hero of the book, Darby Shaw and Gray Grantham, were preserved in almost all aspects. The personalities of the major characters are similarly presented in the book and film. As in the book, Grantham is solemn, polite, and inquisitive while Darby becomes very cautious and fiercely protective of her safety. For the majo

Summarized by maxims such as "Just Be Yourself", and "Practice What You Preach," honesty and straightforwardness towards others are given high standing among our societal values. These values are seen throughout The Scarlet Letter as Nathaniel Hawthorne considered the consequences of deceiving ourselves and others. To that end, when Hawthorne wrote, "No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may