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The novel I read for this report is "The Guns of Navarone" a old war book written by Alistair MacLean which was first published in 1957 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. It tells the story of a specialized commando team organized in 1943, during W.W.II, to sabotage and put out of commission the Axis firepower on the island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea. MacLean's depiction of a vivid setting and fascinating characters are the most involving elements in this novel. The

Book Report: Where the Red Fern Grows Where the Red Fern Grows, is a novel written by Wilson Rawls, and originally published by The Curtis Publishing Company in 1961. Wilson Rawls was born in the Oklahoma Ozarks (also the setting of the book) and spent most of his childhood wandering around the Ozarks with his blue-tick hound. He did not really learn how to write until his family moved away and he was able to attend school. Where the Red Fern Grows is the only book I could find written by

In the two novels, Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm, societies or governments are established to try to make life easier. This is achieved in Animal Farm by ridding themselves of human parasites like Mr. Jones who does little work yet receives most of the food. In the other book, Lord of the Flies, this is accomplished by organizing themselves into different work groups such as hunters, builders, or fire maintainers to decrease individual work. The greed or selfishness of a single character b

Literature is often written as a response to transpiring political, social or economic events, but it is rare indeed when such events occur as a response to the literature itself. THE JUNGLE, by Upton Sinclair, is one such work of literature. Its graphic, dauntless portrayal of conditions in meat packing plants diresctly affected legislation regulating the industry; namely, the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. A true example of "muchracker" literature, THE JUNGLE provides

There are many symbolic and psychological functions of place, setting, and landscape in Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte uses descriptions throughout the novel to exaggerate the effect of an event. Bronte also uses setting (less frequently however) to foreshadow a situation, or the nature of a situation. From the commencement of the story, the reader is introduced to the climate. A cold, winter day, full of clouds and rain is described. Physical abuse by John Reed and the family's rejection of

Nathaniel Hawthorne has a very unique and distinct style of romantic writing. He uses various techniques to develop his stories, characters, and situations. He also incorporates his own life experiences into his novels and shows aspects of himself through characters. One specific novel that Hawthorne portrays himself into a character is The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne has led a very difficult life. He was born in the infamous town of Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials took plac

Siddhartha's Inward Journey Siddhartha was written by Hermann Hesse, as a fictional adventure for the body and soul. Siddhartha was once an intelligent boy who dared to think of something more. Siddhartha is now an enlightened man, who dared to think of something more. Siddhartha traveled though life the best he knew how, and many times he did all he could. Siddhartha's inward journey, from innocence to guilt and despair, then finally to destruction or salvation, and how the book ref

2. Consider the character Farrington in "Counterparts" and expound upon his character and the social conditions that helped to create him. While it may be hard to like the characters that Joyce gives us in "The Dubliners", I believe you must view these characters with an eye focused upon the oppression of the Irish people and the subjugation of their culture and society by the ruling class of England. The Irish people have a long tradition of rebellion against their alleged English masters an

An Analysis of the Immortal Writers are defined by how many copies of their books are sold. The more copies sold equates to a more popular book and thus a great author. If this theory holds true then, Anne Rice is a great author. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, sold over five million copies and was a national bestseller. Her second novel, The Vampire Lestat, was also a national bestseller. Her Vampire Chronicle novels have somewhat of a cult following. Anne Rice has turned

In Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, the battle between free will and fate is predominant throughout. As with all aspects of life, decisions must be made; there is often a fine line between a choice made by free will versus a choice influenced by fate. Fate is defined as "the principle or determining cause or will by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do" by the Merriam Webster Dictionary; this can also be taken to imply that all lifelon