Expository Essays

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the story of a poor black woman living in the south between World War 1 and World War 2. This was at a time when, although slavery had ended,many women were still virtually in bondage, and had to put up with many conditions that was reminiscent of the days of slavery. The problem was that they had to endure being treated like an inferior being by their own families sometimes, as well as from the white people that lived there. It was a life that was

During the classical age, there lived three principal Greek tragedians: Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Euripides. Although Thespis was the creator of the tragedy, these three were the main tragedians. Consequently, when many people within the society have the same thoughts, a mind set occurs. These mind sets are revealed through the literature and art of the society during that time. The one concept that ancient Athenians strongly believed in was religion and the respect to

Tragedy is defined as "a dramatic or heroic or literary work depicting a protagonist engaged in a orally significant struggle ending in ruin of profound disappointment." Hemingway's, the Old Man and the Sea is no doubt a very tragic novel. The story starts off with the narrator explaining how Santiago, the old man, had gone 84 days without catching a fish, making the reader feel sorry for Santiago right off the start. The boy is a companion of Santiago who's been fishing wi

During his lifetime, Charles Dickens is known to have written several books. Although each book is different, they also share many similarities. Two of his books, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, are representatives of the many kinds of differences and similarities found within his work. Perhaps the reason why these two novels share some of the same qualities is because they both reflect painful experiences which occurred in Dickens' past. During his ch

The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop: Gone Fishin' "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop is saturated with vivid imagery andabundant description, which help the reader visualize the action. Bishop's useof imagery, narration, and tone allow the reader to visualize the fish andcreate a bond with him, a bond in which the reader has a great deal ofadmiration for the fish's plight. The mental pictures created are, in fact, sobrilliant that the reader believes incident actually happened to a

Philosophy as defined by our required text is said to be "the love of wisdom. It is the search for the larger picture, the demand for knowledge." There are many questions in philosophy, many involving the subject of religion. Does God exist? Should we believe in God? Is belief in God justified? These are just some of the questions attempted to be answered in philosophy. Every philosopher has a different opinion on the existence of God. St. Anselm (1033-1109) was a Benedictine

George Orwell's controversial novel "Animal Farm" has often been thought of as Orwell's opinions, or interpretations of historical events that happened around the time it was written. The historical event that it is most often compared to is the Russian Revolution. "Animal Farm" and the Russian Revolution have many similarities and ideas. The characters, settings, and the plots are close if not exactly the same. In addition "Animal Farm" is a satire and allegory of the R

When Sophocles wrote, King Oedipus, he was writing a form of play called a crisis drama, or sometimes called a drama of catastrophe. Little did he know that upon writing this story he was actually building on something that Freud would base a theory on and that professionals would still use in the modern world today, in the 21st century. This form of history has truly played its part through time, and Sophocles was a man ahead of his time. To explain more of what I am writi

What Does Pooh Eat for Breakfast? "When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said piglet at last, "What's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said. The dialogue above was taken from the book, "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff. These lines contain an important philosophy. They c

Choices are never easy and people face multitudes of them in their lifetime. Some decisions to these choices are clear while others are sometimes more difficult to achieve. The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a first person narrative tale of a monumental moment in the speaker's life- Frost can be considered the speaker. Frost is faced between the choice of a moment and a lifetime manifested in his poem. Walking down a rural road the narrator encounters a point on his tra