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Ready Reference Treatise: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter By Raja Sharma
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Several of the characters and events in the novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” are inspired by the author's own life experiences as she was coming-of-age. She is often compared to... More > other Southern women writers of her time. Some other critics say that she is more closely linked to Thomas Wolfe, Sherwood Anderson, and William Saroyan. According to McCullers she wrote in the tradition of the Russian realists. She wrote “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” while she was studying writing at New York University and Columbia University. Ready Reference Treatise: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Part One Part Two Part Three Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Literature Help: The Heart of the Matter By Students' Academy
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Some of the most important themes that the novel explores are pity, religion, suffering, and responsibility. The author is highly admired for encapsulating the essence of an exotic setting in a... More > single book. The writing style of the novel was also appreciated by both critics and readers. Henry Scobie is the complex protagonist of the novel. He happens to be a weak man but he possesses good intentions. He feels a deep sense of pity but lacks self-awareness, and it causes the doom of his good intentions. Having written the book, Greene actually thought that it was going to be a failure, but it proved to be one of the most celebrated works by him. Literature Help: The Heart of the Matter Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Book One Book Two Book Three Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Quick Guide: Hatchet By College Guide World
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Gary Paulson had spent a very difficult childhood while he was living with his alcoholic parents. At the age of fourteen, he left home and ran away. Having left his home, he began to travel with a... More > carnival. During his travel with the carnival he got a sense of adventure which he constantly maintained throughout his life. During his adventures, to survive in this difficult world, he did several odd jobs. With the help of these odd jobs, he enabled himself to pursue his writing career on the side. Quick Guide: Hatchet Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Quick Guide: A Gathering of Old Men By College Guide World
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“A Gathering of Old Men” by Ernest J. Gaines was first published in 1983. The story is set on a Louisiana cane plantation in the 1970s. The story of the novel explores the issue of racial... More > discrimination and a bond which can’t be usurped. The author, Ernest J. Gaines, was born on 15th of January, 1933, on the River Lake Plantation, in Oscar, Louisiana. Manuel and Adrienne Gaines, the author’s parents, were the workers on the plantation. When Ernest was only eight years old, he started working on the plantation too. When he was nine years old, he was paid fifty cents a day for digging potatoes. Quick Guide: A Gathering of Old Men Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Quick Guide: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By College Guide World
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The time that the story covers was a very difficult period for the colored people. Racism was still prevalent and several people were persecuted only because of the color of their skin. The story... More > describes the significance of land and the impact of racism on the people affected by it. The story has been narrated from a child’s perspective. Cassie Logan is the narrator of the story. It can also be called a coming-of-age story. The narrator describes very minutely how it was to grow up in the South during the time when racial discrimination was at its peak in America. Quick Guide: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Literature Companion: Dangerous Liaisons By History World
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“Dangerous Liaisons” is sometimes also described as an amoral story. Since it is an epistolary novel, the entire book is composed of letters which are written by several characters to... More > each other. The most significant are the letters exchanged between Valmont and the Marquise. Through their letters the plot gets momentum. A scandal appeared right after the publication of the novel. Since the novel presents two depraved individuals who lacked any trace of morals it was also seen as a roman a clef. Some of the descriptions in the novel could be linked to the actual individuals in society. On these grounds, there was a scandal. In the preface, it is described how the letters were taken from an actual correspondence. The author did not attempt to dispel this belief. Several questions were raised about the authenticity of the novel.< Less
Literature Companion: Ellen Foster By History World
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Ellen, the protagonist, is relatively uneducated, but she is highly ambitious and clever. It is presumed that the novel is set in the late 1970s. Ellen Foster, an eleven-year-old girl, is the title... More > character and the narrator of the novel. At the beginning of the novel, it is revealed that Ellen’s mother committed suicide by overdosing on her medication. Now Ellen must find herself a loving home and a family to adopt her. Literature Companion: Ellen Foster Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Literature Help: Dandelion Wine By Students' Academy
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“Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury was first published in 1957. The story of the novel is set in the summer of 1928. It is set in a fictional town of Green Town, Illinois. It is presumed... More > that the fictional town in the story is based on Ray Bradbury’s childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. “Dandelion Wine” was originally published as a story in Gourmet magazine in June 1953, and after four years Ray Bradbury developed this story into a full-fledged novel. Literature Help: Dandelion Wine Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
Literature Help: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night Time By Students' Academy
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“The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time” explores several significant themes. Although it is a children’s classic, it does provide a deep insight into the behavior of... More > elders and parents. Father son relationship, man woman relationship, individual and society, personal freedom, subjectivity, and order in life are some of the important themes that the author investigates through this novel. Literature Help: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less
"Cry, the Beloved Country" Summarized and Analyzed By Teacher Forum
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The book was internationally acclaimed and by the time the author passed away in 1988, more than fifteen million copies of the book had been sold around the world. The book has been translated and... More > published in twenty different languages. Since the book was first published in the United States, and South Africa was facing the problems of racial inequality, the praise for this novel remained muted in South Africa. The book created much controversy there. However, Paton continued to remain one of the greatest South African writers. He wrote two more novels “Too Late the Phalarope” and “Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful” but they failed to get the amount of appreciation that “Cry, the Beloved Country” had received. "Cry, the Beloved Country" Summarized and Analyzed Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Book One Book Two Book Three Chapter Five: Critical Analysis< Less