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Research Term Paper An Author and His Work Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens to John Marshal Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens. He was born on November 30, 1835 in a small city called Florida, Missouri, which had a population of one hundred people. "I increased the population by one percent," he said. "It is more than many of the best men in history could have done for a town…" (Cox, 7) Samuel, however did not live most of his life in Florida, but moved around throu

The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a novel with much symbolism. Throughout the novel several characters represent other ideas. One of the most complex and misunderstood characters in the novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. Although Pearl changes, she always symbolizes evil. Pearl symbolizes evil in the story by representing God's punishment of Hester's sin, symbolizing the guilt an

N. MARIANO 1 Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild, is about Buck, a courageous dog fighting for survival in the Alaskan wilderness, is considered to be his masterpiece. This legend shows the harsh and frozen Yukon during the Gold Rush. As Buck is ripped from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled dog, his primitive, wolflike nature begins to emerge. Savage struggles and strong bonds between man, dog, and wilderness are displayed to there extremes, as Bu

Effects of Individual Sin How far would a person go to conceal guilt? In Nathaniel Hawthornes, The Scarlet Letter, some would go further than others. The three main characters in the story are all sinners, yet only one faced the true consequences. Hester's sin strengthened her, Dimmesdales sin destroyed him, and Chillingworth's sin corrupted him. Hester's wrongdoing did the complete opposite, and it empowered her. She was an extremely ardent woman in many ways. When she

One of the most memorable moments for many students in the class of 1999 will occur when they see "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," the first part of a prequel trilogy to the beloved Star Wars trilogy. The original three films Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi have embedded themselves in current culture. The Force, composer John William's famous soundtrack, and lines such as "Luke, I am your father"(which is never said in any of the movies) have become common

Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919 in New York City. His parents were Sol and Marie Salinger. He had an older sister named Doris. There is very little personal information about Salinger because of his insistence on protecting his privacy. J. D. earned average grades in grade school. At age thirteen, Salinger was enrolled in the prestigious McBurney School in Manhattan, but he was dismissed with failing grades after a year. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy. T

Huck Finn and Civilization The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is at once both a defense of nature and instinct, and an attack on the many corrupt institutions of society. By telling the story from the point of view of a young child, Mark Twain is able to address many social taboos that would otherwise be considered inappropriate. The world looks very different through Huck's eyes, as the reader comes to understand what it was like to live as a white Southerner before the Civil War.

Huck and Slavery In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn's relationship with slavery is very complex, and often contradictory. He has been brought up to accept slavery. He can think of no worse crime than helping to free a slave. Despite this, he finds himself on the run with Jim, a runaway slave, and doing everything in his power to protect him. Huck Finn grew up around slavery. His father is a violent racist, who launches into tirades at the idea of free blacks roaming aro

Fitzgerald could have entitled the novel anything, The Diary of Nick Carroway,The Exploits of the Easterners, Nick's Wild Adventure, but he chose The Great Gatsby. This leaves the reader with the question, "Why The Great Gatsby? Why 'great?'" Gatsby was not the most powerful man, he did not command the respect of millions or control a country. He was not the most famous man either, he was not a movie star or a renowned author. In fact, he only had three or four people attend his funeral serv

In the book "Message in a bottle" by Nicolas Sparks, the main character whom the whole book is based upon is Theresa. Theresa is a mature, scared and confused adult. She has one son Kevin from a first marriage that ended in divorce. His name is Kevin. This book is heartfelt and very interesting. Theresa is very mature. She has to manage a house with not only her life but also Kevin's. I also feel that having the divorce it made her more cautious in the dating world. She hasn't really dated si