The Boys in the Boat and The Bridge Over River Kwai: Comparing the Portrayal of the Theme of Pride

The theme of pride is central to many popular literature pieces. Pride can be considered as the elevated opinion of one’s self and/or actions. While a sense of pride can be a positive motivating force to achieve great accomplishments, it also can be an all consuming force which leads to ill outcomes. Two stories which … Read more

Experiences of Illusions in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a Short Story by Ambrose Bierce

A Real Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge? Sometimes reality is not as true as originally thought. Dreams, imaginings and illusions can look quite real. They are not always real though, and can be deceiving. The short story named “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce is a familiar example of an illusion. The … Read more

Assessment of Statements Supporting the Construction of a Protective Mechanism around the Golden Gate Bridge as a Means of Suicide Prevention

The Golden Gate Bridge, one of northern California’s main attractions, is said to see about 110,000 people a day. The 8,981 ft. suspension bridge was originally named after the “Golden Gate” strait, which is the body of water that sits below the bridge. What the majority of the bridge’s visitors have no idea about is … Read more

The Bridge Between Chhinese And American Culture In The Joy Luck Club

Cultural divides are difficult to overcome in storytelling, because readers must both re-orient their largest cultural assumptions and understand the ideas of specific, unique characters. However, in The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan effectively makes much of Chinese culture comprehensible to American readers. In describing a culture that is exceedingly different from the American way … Read more

‘Daffodils’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ Analysis

William Wordsworth himself once said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” Wordsworth, like most romantic poets, had a strong attitude towards the rebellion against the industrial revolution and strove to revert back to the “bliss” of nature. He believed that by returning to nature, mankind would become unrestricted by the constraints imposed upon … Read more

The Mayor of Casterbridge: An In-Depth Look at the Insignificance of Human Life

Cormac McCarthy, the author of No Country for Old Men, said about the purpose of human existence, “The point is there ain’t no point.” This nihilistic outlook on life became common long before McCarthy’s time. The highly industrial and scientifically groundbreaking 19th Century marked a dramatic authorial shift from the optimistic, spiritually centered ideas of … Read more

Explore how the theme of love is portrayed in “A view from the bridge”.

Love—of one kind or another—is the main motivator of Miller’s characters in this play, and drives the major events of its plot. Catherine’s love for Rodolfo and Eddie’s intense love for Catherine lead to the central problems of the play. But even before this, it is Marco’s love for his family that motivates him to … Read more

Language as a Bridge to Understanding in Things Fall Apart, a Novel by Chinua Achebe

The prose utilized to write Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is uniquely stylized and molded to suit its African setting. The author is largely successful in developing a blend between the English language and the culture of the Ibo people. Using this European language to define various unfamiliar words, explain customs, fabricate ways of … Read more

Effects of Realism in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”

There are several examples of the way vision establishes elements of realism in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “The Yellow Wallpaper.” There is a literal vision that pertains to the senses of readers, which is created through the use of vivid details made by both authors. This can be seen when Bierce uses … Read more