The Pursuit of Literacy by Malcolm X in Prison Studies and David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day

The narratives presented by both writers in “Prison Studies” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” both describe each author’s pursuit of literacy given different circumstances. In Sedaris’s account, he is illiterate in the French language, where Malcolm X struggles to learn English. Both are learning in a foreign environment, but places like France and prison … Read more

A Reflection of Being a Director in Catching the Big Fish, a Memoir by David Lynch

In his memoir Catching The Big Fish, David Lynch reflects on himself as a director. Additionally, he discusses various arts outside of cinema. Though he provides insight into his other arts, an analysis on how these arts overlap and influence each other is unfortunately absent. Lynch doesn’t provide description of his work but only describes … Read more

Henry David Thoreau’s Illustration of the Concept of Escape as Described in His Book, Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

The Escapists Expectations and standards rise up like mental bile, contributing to the mess of stress and confusion. Reality tends to lose its appeal when charred with anxiety and peppered with self-destruction. The bittersweet battle continues as the mind fights to cease its distortion complex against reality. In Where I Lived, and What I Lived … Read more

David F. Wallace’s Fight for Animal Rights in His Work Consider the Lobster

Animal-rights’ is an important, but touchy, subject. No one wants to feel that they are intentionally doing something wrong or harmful; which can possibly include eating an animal that was killed specifically for their consumption. In a Gourmet article issued in August of 2004, readers are spiked with controversial, thought-provoking ideas about animal rights. They … Read more

The Views of David Shipler on the Causes of Poverty in America

David K. Shipler presents many viewpoints across the political spectrum regarding the causes for poverty in the United States in The Working Poor: Invisible in America. Shipler states in his introduction, “This book is about [the working poor], their families, their dreams, their personal failings, and the larger failings of their country” (Shipler 4). While … Read more

A Look at How Henry David Thoreau Views Advancement as Illustrated In His Book, Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

Progress for the Sake of Progress “Progress for the sake of progress must be prohibited”. Although this quote is from Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter, it accurately describes Thoreau’s attitude towards progress in Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, an excerpt from Walden. Where I Lived and What I Lived For is Thoreau’s … Read more

The Evolution of the Enlightenment in Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David and Saturn Devouring One of His Children by Francisco Goya

The Darkness of the Philosophies The Enlightenment era made a very strong impact on art we create today. The Enlightenment era had three philosophies: neoclassical, romanticism, and realism. All three of these ended up tying together in immense ways. A revolution had begun in 1789, which in result, the art of these eras became dark … Read more

The case of David Leon Riley, Petitioner v. California

This was a consolidated case of David Leon Riley, Petitioner v. California; United States, Petitioner v. Brima Wurie, pertaining similar issues of warrantless cell phone searches incident to arrest. In the first case, the petitioner David Leon Riley had been stopped by police officers for a traffic violation. The police searched Riley’s incident to an … Read more

How David Cronenberg Develops The Theme Of Technology Dependence In His Movie ‘eXistenZ’

Introduction: The movie eXistenZ can be viewed as an allegory for many different things in society. By using metaphors of the body, the director, David Cronenberg, is clearly making an argument about the world around him; however, his argument must be interpreted cautiously for the meaning has a few layers of ambiguity(as metaphors often do). … Read more

Walden by Henry David Thoreau and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: Comparing the Significance and Symbolism of Nature

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary nature is define as, “The physical world and everything such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc., that is not made by people.” Many people in our society today would say nature is just animals, trees and rocks. Not many people deeply think about what is really out there. There is … Read more

Civil Disobedience in the Arguments of Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Socrates

Selfish Disobedience? Civil disobedience can be defined in a number of different ways: in its most raw form, “civil disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest because of moral objections to said laws”. While Henry David Thoreau was the first … Read more

A Critical Analysis of Civil Disobedience, an Essay by Henry David Thoreau

In his Essay, “Civil Disobedience”, Henry David Thoreau argues that society functions the most efficiently when it is not ruled by an overpowering monarch, or by a strong central government, but by the people, essentially having self-reliant peoples that do not necessarily need a government, per se, yet are able to call upon it in … Read more

Exploring the power dynamics of different characters in David Malouf’s book Remembering Babylon

In every relationship, there is always a power play between the different parties involved and that determines the influence they have on each other as well as the those surrounding them. In “Remembering Babylon”, David Malouf employs characterization in the opening chapters to develop the relationships between characters which in turn develop the storyline. In … Read more

The Concept of the Copy Principle in David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature

Argument Analysis III The concept of the copy principle is prevalent in David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. The idea of the copy principle is that simple ideas stem from simple impressions. Hume defines impression as “sensations, passions and emotions” while ideas are “the faint images of the others in thinking and reasoning” (Hume 208). … Read more

An Analysis of the Morality of Boiling Lobsters Alive in Consider the Lobster, an Article by David Foster Wallace

When a meal is placed before you, you do not usually think of the journey those ingredients went on to reach you. You do not consider how far the corn traveled or the pain the lobster went through in order to become your food. David Foster Wallace’s article, “Consider the Lobster,” delves into the controversy … Read more

The Writer's Duty in Me Talk Pretty One Day, a Book by David Sedaris

The writer’ s duty is the author’s responsibility to connect and convey their message, through the expression of human nature, to the audience in their craft. William Faulkner, 1949 Nobel Prize winner, exhibits the significance of the responsibility within his acceptance speech. Essay composers including Sedaris, in “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, embodies the writer’s … Read more

The case of David Leon Riley, Petitioner v. California

This was a consolidated case of David Leon Riley, Petitioner v. California; United States, Petitioner v. Brima Wurie, pertaining similar issues of warrantless cell phone searches incident to arrest. In the first case, the petitioner David Leon Riley had been stopped by police officers for a traffic violation. The police searched Riley’s incident to an … Read more

David Miscavige’s use of fruitful and nonfruitful leadership qualities in his role as the leader of scientology

Introduction Ever since its inception, the practice of Scientology has been of great interest to many outside of it due to its unconventional customs. The Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 (Wood). Hubbard passed away in 1986, naming no clear successor (Howell). David Miscavige rose to the challenge shortly after, … Read more

What Induction is According to David Hume

In this paper I shall briefly define what induction is and attempt to explain David Hume’s problem of induction through examining the thre most common problems of induction, which are, the problem of the uniformity of nature, the problem of cause-and-effect reasoning and the problem of reliance upon past experience.Induction as proposed by Bacon is … Read more