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Black Authors, Pale Voices / Black Struggle for Articulation in America :
A 14 page paper discussing why eighteenth and nineteenth century black writers have traditionally had such a hard time relating their experiences. It suggests that with the exception of the slave narratives such as Frederick Douglass’s, early black writers tended to write for a primarily white readership out of self-preservation. The paper uses 10 secondary sources and 6 primary ones. Afrolit.wps

The Spirit of Place in the African American Experience : An 8 page paper examining three novels -- Huckleberry Finn, Love is Medicine, and Beloved -- and treating the issue of what constitutes a good place, a spiritual home, in all three works. Huckleberry Finn and Beloved are dealt with most extensively. No sources except books. Belov.wps

Truman Capote’s "In Cold Blood" : A 4 page paper that discusses the literary significance of Truman Capote's non-fictional novel and demonstrates that his utilization of the novel format does not detract from the factual or historical accuracy of the Clutter murder case in Holcomb, Kansas. Coldbloo.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" / Issues Of Slavery and Motherhood : An 8 page paper on Toni Morrison’s novel. The writer explores Sethe’s sense of herself as a mother, and what motherhood meant to her, particularly in the context of her position as a slave. Bibliography lists five sources. Morr.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" / Absence Of Expression : A 7 page paper on Toni Morrison’s 1986 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The paper analyzes Morrison’s use of bland or "vacant" facial expressions in the light of Sylvan Tomkins’ theories that the movement of the facial muscles producing expression trigger both physiological reactions and the conscious feelings associated with emotion. Two sources cited. Beloved3.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" / Identity & Culture : A 6 page essay in which the writer discusses how Toni Morrison criticizes the manner in which white culture dictates the identity of black culture in her book entitled "Beloved." Beloved.wps

Toni Morrison's "Beloved" / Re-Memory & Repression :A 5 page paper looking at Toni Morrison’s Beloved from a feminist perspective. The paper looks at the nature of Beloved herself: is she a ghost, and if so, invoked by whom? It determines that she is a figment of the collective unconscious of the women of 124 Bluestone Road, and represents the only way they could deal with the trauma of what happened to them. Bibliography lists two sources. Belo5.wps

Toni Morrison's "Beloved" & "The Bluest Eye" : A 6 page essay that compares and contrasts these two novels in both theme and character. Abandonment, victimization and lack of self-identity are just three of the topics discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Belblue.wps

Toni Morisson’s "Beloved" and Sherley Ann Williams’ "Dessa Rose" / Motherhood & Maternalism : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the protagonists’ ability to assume the responsibilities of motherhood. The paper argues that Because the slave does not have any autonomy of her own, she cannot function in a typical maternal relationship to a dependent child; therefore, she needs to either break out of her cycle of submission, or have someone else to do her mothering for her. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Beldessa.wps

Morale And Fortitude In "Beloved" And "All But My Life" : A 7 page paper looking at these two depictions of a woman under crisis: Toni Morrison’s novel about the legacy of slavery, and Gerda Weissmann Klein’s memoirs about her Holocaust experience. The paper asserts that the reason Klein was able to survive as a whole person while Morrison’s Sethe was not is due to the strength of their self-concept during their formative years. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Akkbutm.wps

The Southern Ties of Northern Characters in (3) Toni Morrison Novels :
A 6 page paper which discusses the relationship between the characters in the Toni Morrison novels, Jazz, Beloved and The Bluest Eye with their southern backgrounds. Specifically considered are whether the nature of these ties differ with each novel or if there are recurring themes, whether or not the south represents "heaven" or "hell," Morrison’s insistence that her characters maintain contact with their southern roots, the difference in offerings and the differences between dangers and disappointments of the north and south. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Southtie.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" / What Is Memory ? : A 5 page essay on how memory is defined and dealt with in the character of Sethe. No additional sources cited. Membelo.wps

Toni Morrison's "Beloved" / Importance Of Memory : A 3 page essay discussing the essentiality of memory, re-call memory, and disremembering. The writer compares and discusses the painful memories of several key characters including : Sethe, Baby Suggs, and Paul D. Elements of the comparison include the effects of memory on each character and how they deal with it. Beloved2.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" / Theme Of Love : A 4 page paper that discusses the theme of love, especially considering Paul D.'s comment to Sethe: "Your love is too thick." This paper contends that Paul was expressing the complexity of love and Sethe's ability to hide and protect her emotions. Bibliography with 1 source. Belo.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Beloved" vs. Silko’s "Ceremony" / Escape and Body :
A 10 page comparative which explores the authors’ use of physical and non-physical forms as a means of dealing with dichotomies, e.g., life and death or pleasure and hate or enslavement and the need to be freed from slavery. In Beloved, the main character will choose freedom at any cost. In Ceremony, the main character will be instructed to choose what is recognized as its opposite. Both are done for political reasons, and both are experienced through the body. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Belvcer.wps

Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" : 5 pages in length. Analytically examines three social issues explored in Toni Morrison's classic "The Bluest Eye" from an Afro-centric perspective. Issues are social class & structure, stereotypes, and race. Uses three pertinent references (listed in bibliography) to support ideas. Bluest2.wps

Toni Morrison’s "The Bluest Eye" / Analysis : This 5 page research paper examines the 1970 Toni Morrison novel, The Bluest Eye. Specifically considered is Morrison’s handling of the racism issue as the definition of beauty, self-worth and belonging. Bibliography lists 1 source. Blueye.wps

Toni Morrison’s "The Bluest Eye" / Standards Of Beauty : A 5 page essay on Toni Morrison’s novel as it relates to the standards of beauty set by society and its affect on girls and women. No additional sources cited. Beye.wps

Toni Morrison’s "The Bluest Eye" / Violence & Socialization : A 5 page paper that looks at the interactions between Junior and Pecola and evaluates a passage describing Junior’s nurturing as a precursor to their violent interaction. No additional sources cited. Violsoc.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Song of Solomon" / African-American Standards of Beauty :
A 6 page paper discussing the way author Toni Morrison deals with women’s self-image and self-esteem. The focus is on two characters, Pilate, an independent old woman, and her granddaughter Hagar, a vain young girl. Bibliography lists three sources. Solomon.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Song of Solomon" / Development Of Milkman’s Character :
An 8 page paper on Toni Morrison’s novel. The paper argues that Milkman’s disassociation from his black heritage produces a disassociation from himself. No additional sources cited. Milkman.wps

Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" / Milkman As A Classic Hero : In 6 pages, the writer describes Milkman as a classic hero in "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison. Bibliography lists 5 secondary sources. Milkman2.wps

Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" / Myth in Morrison’s Song of Solomon :
A 6 page paper on Toni Morrison’s novel. The paper analyzes the way Morrison’s novel functions as a modern-day myth of a man finding his own place within the ancient story of his people. Bibliography lists five sources. Mythsolo.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Song of Solomon" / Characters Compared & Contrasted :
A 4 page paper discussing the contrasting characters of Milkman Dead and his father, Macon. Bibliography lists 1 source. Solomon3.wps

Toni Morrison's "Sula" / Seperation Between Self and Other : A 6 page paper on evidence of separation between self and other. In dealing with this subject the main focus is on the main character, Sula, and her relationship to the small town in which she grew up. Sulasep.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Sula" vs. "Beloved" : A 10 page essay exploring the issues surrounding why Eva and Sethe would kill their children. Is it insanity or divine love? Bibliography lists 6 sources. Morrsula.rtf

Character of Shadrack in Toni Morrison’s "Sula" : A 5 page paper which examines how racial and patriarchal issues affect the character of Shadrack in Toni Morrison’s 1973 novel, Sula. No additional sources cited. Shadrack.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Sula" / Self-Discipline & Virtue : A 5 page paper which defines the concepts of self-discipline and virtue, examines how self-discipline is applied to virtue, and analyze these applications are depicted in Toni Morrison’s 1973 novel, Sula. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Sulaself.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Sula" Versus D.H. Lawrence’s "The Fox" : 5 pages in length. The relationship among the female characters in Toni Morrison's Sula and D. H. Lawrence's The Fox demonstrates how the deep bond fashioned by a lifelong friendship can so easily be disturbed. It is not enough that these women face abundant struggles within the framework of their own relationships, but they have to bring into the mix the attentions of the opposite sex, which impinges upon and begins to chip away at the very foundation of such friendships. The writer compares and contrasts the alliance that exists -- and sometimes does not -- between the two sets of friends. SulaFox.wps

Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby" : A 4 page paper on this novel. The writer describes examples of the author's use of imagery and metaphor, as well as the rich quality of the text itself. Tarbaby.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Jazz" vs. Nella Larsen’s "Quicksand" / Two Places One Heart : A 5 page essay that examines the struggle African Americans have as they move from an rural culture to an urban one in Toni Morrison’s "Jazz" and Nella Larsen’s "Quicksand" and "Passing." No additional sources cited. Quikjazz.wps

Toni Morrison’s "Jazz" vs. Dorothy West’s "The Wedding" : A 6 page paper discussing two novels – "The Wedding" by Dorothy West and "Jazz" by Toni Morrison. Bibliography lists only the two novels as the sources. Blackw.wps

Toni Morrison & Silko : 6 pages comparing and discussing the concepts of ‘self ‘ and ‘home’ in Morrison’s "Beloved"and Silko’s "Ceremony." Belovedcer.wps

Toni Morrison / Author : A 6 page biography of 20th century African-American author, Toni Morrison. The writer details the events of Morrison's life and discusses the evolution of her writing style as exemplified by several of her better-known books. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Morrison.wps

Alice Walker / Life, Works, & Philosophical Concerns : A 14 page paper on the life & works of Alice Walker. The writer is particularly concerned with Walker's philosophy on the African-American in struggle in the U.S. and how her works were influenced by the Civil Rights movement, Womens' movements, violence, and dramatic social change. Examples from her stories are provided to illustrate points made. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Walker.wps

"Womanism" in the Writing and Life of Alice Walker : A 9 page paper analyzing Walker’s emphasis on "womanism", and the social and historical forces underlying it. The paper defines what Walker means by this term, and shows how she applies it in both her novels and her own life. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Alicwalk.wps

Alice Walker / Techniques : This 6 page paper demonstrates how the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, uses fiction and other forms of writing to address her concerns. Examples of this are shown with the use of three of her major novels, The Temple of My Familiar, The Color Purple and Possessing The Secret of Joy. The short story Roselily is also used to show how Walker consistently uses her characters to demonstrate her interest in humanity and concern with issues such as abuse and female genital mutilation. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Awalker.wps

Alice Walker's "Meridian" vs. T. Morrison's "Sula" / Life in White World :
A 6 page paper discussing black/white relationships in these two novels of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, respectively. The paper argues that sharply pitting the two worlds together may make good newspaper copy, but it does not neecessarily make good fiction. No sources other than books. Sula.wps

Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" / Injustice : A 6 page paper showing how injustice is depicted in Alice Walker’s novel. The paper concludes that the triple forces of alienation, internalization, and liberation are symbolized by the central figures in Celie’s life: God, Nettie, and Shug. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Injuspur.wps

Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" / Theme Of Oppression : In 5 pages, the writer analyzes "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker. It is argue that the theme of "The Color Purple" is oppression and the ability to rise from that oppression as a phoenix from the ashes to soar once again. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Alicpurp.wps

Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" / An Epistolary Novel : A 5 page paper which looks at the format of The Color Purple as a series of letters, and demonstrate how the main character grows through her own writing and reading the letters of others. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Purple.wps

Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"/ Character Of Celie : A 4 page essay discussing the concept of values as they're illustrated by the character of Celie in Walker's book. No bibliography. Colorpur.wps

Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"/ Character Of Nettie : A 4 page character analysis of Nettie in Walker's "The Color Purple." The writer attempts to prove the thesis that Nettie was one of the story's only characters with a strong sense of values. No Bibliography. Colorpu2.wps

Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" / Themes Of Survival & Change : A 4 page essay exploring themes of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple." The theme explored is that of survival and change. The writer contends that Shug is the catalyst for Celie's change and ability to survive, then change her life. No additional sources cited. Color.wps

Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" as Cinema : A 5 page paper analyzing whether -- and how -- the Steven Spielberg adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel changed the story structurally. The paper concludes that Spielberg actually adds meat and depth to a novel that is, by itself, powerful but uncompromisingly spare. No additional sources cited. Colorp.wps

Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" vs. "In Love And Trouble" / Men & Women : A 5 page paper discussing the relationship some of characters experience. In "The Color Purple" the relationships defined are those of Celie and Mr._____, Andrew and Shug. In the book of short stories, "In Love and Trouble" the relationships are those of Myrna and Ruel, Myrna and Mordecai. The differences between the males and the females expectations and outlooks in regards to their relationships is detailed. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Walker2.wps

Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple" / Hogan’s "Mean Spirit" / Selfhood : A 7 page paper comparing Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit. The paper focuses on the two protagonists, Walker’s Celie and Hogan’s Belle, and observes that Celie is the more fully realized character because the book is centered on her quest for selfhood; Belle is just a symbol for the Indian race. Bibliography lists one source. Walkerh.wps

Walker’s "The Color Purple" v. Otto’s "How to Make an American Quilt" :
A 9 page paper that describes how the authors of these two works utilize structures unique to story development to present their ideas on feminism, relationships, sexuality and domesticity. While both authors utilize different structural formats (Walker presents her's as an epistolary novel, while Otto's is set within the context of a quilting instructional manual), each uncommon structure significantly effects the author's presentation of ideas. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Purpquil.wps

Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" : 7 pages in length. The importance of language in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use." Writer also touches upon the symbolic significance of the quilt. Everyday.wps

Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"/ Dee's Afrocentricism : A 5 page research paper that examines the way that Walker uses the character of Dee to make some profound statements on what it means to be African-American. The writer argues that this short story contrasts Dee's faddish "Afrocentricism" against the very real, nurturing values of her mother and sister. Bibliography lists 5 sources. 90dayuse.wps

Alice Walker's "Possessing The Secret Of Joy" / Disturbing Conflict : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the major points and characters in Walker's work. Bibliography lists no additional sources. Walkerp.rtf

Alice Walker’s "Am I Blue?"/ Animal Rights & Human Nature : A 4 page analysis of Alice Walker’s essay on the "human" qualities of animals, specifically a horse of which she was very fond. The paper argues that Walker’s essay sentimentally anthropomorphizes the horse, preventing us from seeing its truly animal nature. Bibliography lists 1 source. Amiblue.wps

August Wilson's "Fences" : A 4 page overview of August Wilson's play "Fences" with special consideration of the importance of Troy and the impact that this main character has on the development of themes like racial separation and struggle. This paper also looks at Troy's impact on his family and the way in which Wilson provides an insightful look into the culture and history of 1950’s black America. Fences.wps

August Wilson’s "Fences" # 2 : This 7 page paper examines how racial discrimination, African-American culture and family life were depicted during the 1950s in August Wilson's Pulitzer prize-winning play, "Fences." The paper provides an overview of the entire play, but focuses primarily upon Act I. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Fences2.wps

August Wilson’s "Fences" / Significance Of The Title : A 5 page paper on this 1987 Pulitzer prizewinning play. The paper comments on the relationship between the title and the fences the characters erect around themselves, symbolized by the fence Troy Maxson builds on his property. It concludes that African Americans have interiorized three hundred years of racism and allowed it to warp the way they think of themselves, and building emotional fences is a form of self-defense. No additional sources cited. Auwilson.wps

Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin In The Sun" / American Dream in Black America : An 8 page paper on Hansberry's "Raisin In The Sun" in which the writer analyzes the book as one example of an African-American family's struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving any degree of financial stability, or the unreachable "American Dream." Quotes from the book are used to support thesis concerning this societal struggle and its different implications for various characters. Raisin.wps

Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin In The Sun" / Family Values & Morals : A 7 page essay on Hansberry's "Raisin In the Sun" in which the writer argues that there exists an ongoing struggle to come to grips with family values and morals in the story. Throughout the paper, the point is illustrated that every character seems to demonstrate some individual type of pride. Quotes from the book are used to support thesis. Raisin2.wps

Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin In The Sun" / Women In The Play : A 5 page analysis of the award-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry. The writer discusses the in which Hansberry uses the female characters in the play both to define the central male character and to comment on African-American life at that time. No additional sources cited. Raiswom.wps

Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin In The Sun" / Film-Play Comparison : A 5 page essay describing some of the differences between the play and the film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, and the reasons behind them. The writer focuses on costuming in regards to time frames and on the different treatment of men and women in the two versions of the story. No sources cited. Cnraisin.wps

Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin In The Sun" / Theme Of Maturity : A 5 page paper examining the theme of prolonged adolescence in Lorraine Hansberry’s play. The paper asserts that Walter Younger bought into the white world’s common view of the black male as inferior, and this was replicated in his family situation through the way he acts toward his female family members. No additional sources cited. Sunrais.wps

Lorraine Hansberry’s "Raisin in the Sun"/ Struggle & Survival : A 7 page analysis of the award-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry. The writer demonstrates how this story of an African-American family’s struggle for survival during the 1950s reflects how all humans can persevere against all odds with the aid and support of families and family values. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Raisins.wps

Huckleberry Finn vs. Raisin In The Sun : A 5 page look at how society’s hardships inherently upset the dreams --and even moralities of characters in the novels of Twain and Hansberry. No additional sources cited. Hucksun.wps

Maya Angelou / Angelou’s Own Life As Depicted in Her Books : This 5 page research paper examines the life and work of African-American author and poet Maya Angelou. Specifically discussed are how the hardships of her life are reflected in her books, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Singin' and Swingin' , Makin' Merry Like Christmas, and Heart of a Woman. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Mayang.wps

Maya Angelou’s "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" / Social Stratification : The concept is demonstrated as it applies to Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" in this 6 page analysis. Social class is looked at as it existed in 1930's America, which is the focus of the book,-- and compared with the vanishing social class differentiations of today. Book is the only source used. Cagestra.wps

Baker’s "Growing Up" & Angelou’s "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings / Foundations of Life : A 5 page paper making four distinct points of comparison between Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and Russell Baker’s Growing Up. Contrasting Baker’s poor but conventional youth with the horrific experiences suffered by Angelou, the paper concludes that it is possible to begin at very different places in the continuum of life, and grow into wise, healthy, and stable people through very different paths. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Russange.wps

My Antonia : 5 pages in length. The duality of Willa Cather's portrayal in My Antonia represents the inherent dichotomy that exists between beauty and fear. Eloquently depicted and especially appealing to the senses, My Antonia is far more than a book that one reads, experiences, sets down and then forgets; rather, it is one that transcends the literary boundaries that separate reality from fantasy. The writer discusses how the haunting interpretation of a pioneer woman's difficult life is filled with aesthetically entrancing visuals, as well as formidable and unpredictable changes of such an existence. No additional sources cited. Myanton.wps

"My Antonia" by Willa Cather : This 6 page paper discusses one of Willa Cather’s best known and best-loved novels. The report covers the plot, characters, setting, and tone of the narrative voice. No additional sources cited. Wcather.wps

The Representation of Women in "My Antonia" and "McTeague" : A 6 page paper looking at the way women are portrayed in these two novels, by Willa Cather and Frank Norris respectively. The paper argues that in each case, the author has chosen to distance himself so much from the sensibility of the central female character that she is less a real woman than an abstraction. Bibliography lists two sources (the books). Myanmc.wps

Willa Cather’s "My Antonia" -- Antonia’s Jim / An Outcast Made Whole : A 6 page paper on the character of Jim Burden in Willa Cather’s My Antonia. It analyzes the ways in which knowing Antonia contributes to Jim’s own development as a person, bringing him from orphaned outcast to successful lawyer, and also shows how both Antonia and Jim serve as symbols for the strength of America’s people. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Cather.wps

Willa Cather’s "Paul’s Case" / Conflict and Illusion : A 5 page paper on Willa Cather’s psychological portrait of a troubled teen. The paper concludes that Paul’s rebellion pits far more than father against son, or the exquisite against the drab, or illusion against reality. It calls the very nature of reality into question, and strongly suggests that reality is relative to each individual. Paulcase.wps

Nella Larsen’s "Quicksand" : A 5 page paper discussion about the book, "Quicksand," by Nella Larsen. The discussion addresses the issues surrounding Helga Crane. These issues include race, gender, and social class. The characther most heavily discussed is the character of Helga Crane, who illustrates very well how the issues involved are heavily interrelated for they are nothing more than the fine details of a larger picture. No additional sources provided. Quicksan.wps

The Creative Outsider in American Society : An essay discussing the role of the creative outsider in American society using several works of relevant literature. Analyzed in this essay are Henry David Thoreaus' "On Duty of Civil Disobedience," John Neihard's "Black Elk Speaks," and Willia Cather’s "My Antonia." It is thematically concluded that The U.S. is a country not only built by "outsiders," but whose arts and culture are influenced by them as well. The three texts used are listed in a bibliography. Creaouts.wps

Literature Reflects Racism : This is a 5 page paper that examines "Black Elk Speaks," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Typee" in respect to racism as it is represented for the period the books were written. Each book is analyzed to determine how racism is viewed and the role it plays in the development of the book. The conclusion asks and answers the question: "How, then, are these three works of literature indicative of the development of racism in the United States?" Bibliography lists 3 sources. Racelit.wps

Literature Reflects Concept of God : This is a 5 page paper that examines the books; "Black Elk Speaks," "The Scarlet Letter" and "Typee" in respect to religious/spiritual aspects. Each book is analyzed to determine how the concept of God or a higher power is viewed. The paper concludes with a brief comparison of these beliefs with the development of religious acceptance in the United States. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Godlit2.wps

Individualism in "The Professor’s House" & "The Red Badge of Courage" :
A 10 page paper analyzing the way individualism is perceived in these two books by Willa Cather and Stephen Crane, respectively. The paper asserts that while Cather’s protagonist ends by believing that his salvation lies in his individuality, Crane’s protagonist feels he is most himself when he is part of the mass-mind of the group. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Profbad.wps

Charlotte Bronte’s "Jane Eyre" vs. W. Cartha’s "My Antonia" / Characters :
An 8 page paper comparing and contrasting the two heroines in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Willa Cather's My Antonia. Bibliography lists 6 critical 6 sources. Jananto.wps

Bronte’s "Jane Eyre" & Sheridan’s "The School For Scandal" / Social Classes : A 4 page paper which analyzes and compares the social classes described in Charlotte Bronte’s 1846 novel, "Jane Eyre," with those in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1777 novel, "The School For Scandal." Bibliography lists 2 sources. Janescan.wps

Faith in "Beloved" and Other Stories : A 4 page analysis of how faith was necessary in the lives of the main characters in Beloved, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Last of Cheri. No outside sources. Written in present tense. Concludes that without faith it is impossible to get through some desperate situations; breaks down faith into a process, starting with need and ending with dependence. Handmad2.wps

Mary Rowlandson's Narrative & The Theme Of Religion : A 2 page essay on Mary Rowlandson's narrative and the important role that her faith in religion plays as an ongoing theme. The writer believes that the narrator's faith is what literally "keeps her going" and that her frequent quotes from The Bible do much to reinforce this strong thesis. No Bibliography. Rowlands.wps

Comparison of the Autobiographies of Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin & Olaudah Equinao : This 5 page report discusses the differences and similarities between the stories told by these three eloquent, early Americans. Each story is completely unique and yet each offers any reader ideas about the true meanings of faith, inspiration, and freedom. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Compauto.wps

The Concept of Freedom in Literature : 4 page paper comparing aspects of freedom in "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. Paper talks about degrees of freedom, it's effect on personality, and a true definition of freedom that includes responsibility. Written in present tense except for "flashback" sections. No outside sources. Handmaid.wps

The Handmaid’s Tale and The Crucible as Dystopias : An 11 page paper on these two works by Margaret Atwood and Arthur Miller. In both works, a fašade of strict moral and religious ideals covers a corrupt and divided society. This paper examines these works and the issues they raise, and discusses how these issues are reflected in both the world created by the fictional work as well as the era in which the authors wrote. Several sources cited. Atwood.wps

Margaret Atwood’s "Alias Grace" / Dreams : A 5 page essay examining the importance of dreams in the solving of the mystery of murder in this Margaret Atwood novel. Grace2.wps

Atwood & Brunner / The Suppression of Individualism : A 5 page paper examining the societies depicted in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and John Brunner’s The Sheep Look Up. The paper notes that the interests of the individual must always be balanced against the well-being of the group, and arguably weighed more heavily on the side of the individual. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Atwbrun.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe / The Impact of the Civil War on Her Writing : This 9 page report discusses the famous author of "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" and dozens of other novels. The life she led, her upbringing, and the role she played in exposing the humanity of the slaves to the rest of the world are also covered. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hbstowe.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" / Analysis Of Historical Fiction :
In this 10 page paper, the writer discusses how fictional works such as Uncle Tom's Cabin demonstrate how fiction can be successfully used to explain a situation on a personal basis to influence others. Issues concerning gender and racial stereotyping are examined as elements of Stowe's theme in an attempt to determine their level of historic realism. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Uncleto2.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" / The Stereotyping of Topsy :
A 10 page essay analyzing the characterization of this little girl in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic work. The paper concludes that Harriet Beecher Stowe intended to show through her portrayal of Topsy that blacks are not inherently morally bankrupt, but simply unsaved souls who have never been shown the true path to salvation. Thus it was intended to be a symbol, not a realistic characterization. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources. Topsy.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" / Stowe’s Incendiary Tract :
An 8 page paper arguing that Southern whites were not being overly sensitive in viewing Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a personal attack upon not only their way of life but their moral natures, because that was how Stowe intended it. As such, it represented a real spark in the conflagration of the Civil War. Bibliography lists six sources. Stowetom.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" / Described As Racist : A 7 page paper that describes the fact that Stowe's novel is influential and derived from an abolitionist perspective, but at the same time is clearly racist. The author attempts to support this belief by demonstrating the racist off shoots of the abolitionist movement, including colonization, that Stowe supports in her work. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Uncleto3.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" / Christ Symbolism : A 6 page essay analyzing the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s work. It points out that Uncle Tom was never intended to be realistic, because he is a symbol for Christ and therefore for the holiness of the black man. Numerous correspondences between the life of Christ and the Uncle Tom narrative are provided. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources. Tomcabin.wps

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" : A general 3 page plot summary of Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The writer covers specific events as they relate to characters. No other sources cited. Uncletom.wps

Tennessee Williams' "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" / Drama : A 7 page paper highlighting the three main characters of Tennessee William’s play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and how their personalities are very dramatic in nature. The three characters examined are Big Daddy, Maggie, and Brick. They all have pain and sorrow which creates their individual make up. The leading players are what makes the play a dramatic one. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Tinroof.wps

Tennessee Williams’ "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" / Brick As Protagonist : A 5 page paper on Tennessee Williams’ riveting play of Southern dissolution. The paper shows the reasons why Brick, rather than Big Daddy or Maggie, would be the prime choice for the play’s protagonist; it concludes that Big Daddy creates the backdrop against which the action is played out, and Maggie creates the immediate cause of the conflict; but it is Brick who embodies both the background and that conflict within his own tortured personality. Five sources. Brickas.wps

Tennessee Williams’ "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" : This 5 page research paper examines Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). Specifically discussed are the lies (mendacity) ever-present throughout the play, the theme which contributes to the dramatic structure as a whole, and explains the underlying motives of the characters. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Hotcat.wps

Mendacity On "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "A Doll’s House," And "The Misanthrope" : This 5 page report discusses the treatment of mendacity (the state of falsehood or untruthfulness) in each of the plays and compares it in terms of intensity. No additional sources cited. Mendaci.wps

Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" : A 6 page essay detailing the importance of stage direction, setting, lights, props etc; in conveying the thematic message of author Tennessee Williams. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Glassmen.wps

Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" / Silent Crisis : A 4 page essay examining the themes of Tennessee Williams’ play, The Glass Menagerie. No additional sources cited. Glasscri.wps

Tennessee Williams’ "The Glass Menagerie" (1944) and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" (1949) / Compared & Contrasted : A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts the human dreams in Tennessee Williams’ 1944 play, The Glass Menagerie and Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, Death of a Salesman, to evaluate what comprises ‘good’ and ‘bad’ dreams. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Glassme2.wps

Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" / Hypocrisy : An 8 page paper in which the writer discusses the presence of hypocrisy, particularly in the character of Blanche Dubois, in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play. The paper asks whether Blanche is consciously presenting a facade -- in short, whether she is deliberately lying -- as well as analyzing the effect Blanche’s ambiguous nature has upon the other characters in the play. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Street.wps

Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" / Decadence & Blanche Dubois : A 6 page paper showing how the character of Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire -- and the persona of the Southern Belle in general -- epitomizes the theme of decadence. It argues that in periods of decadence, appearances matter more than reality, and we see this clearly in Williams’ play. Bibliography lists two sources. Bdubois.wps

Tennessee Williams’ "A Streetcar Named Desire" / Blanche DeBois : A 2 page essay discussing the diminishing plausibility of Blanche DeBois's potential demise, as alluded to in the first scene of the play. Streetc.wps

Tennessee Williams’ "A Streetcar Named Desire"/ Significance Of Title : A 2 page essay on the import of the name to the play, including its formal and informal aspects, and how the name leads into charactericzation and plot. Streetc2.wps

Tennesse Williams’ "A Streetcar Named Desire" vs. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "Babylon Revisited" : In this 6 page paper, the writer demonstrates how the theme of disillusionment is developed through the characterizations of Blanche DuBois and Charlie Wales in these two short stories. No additional sources cited. Streetcar.wps

Tennessee Williams’ "Suddenly Last Summer" / Cannibalism : 3 pages in length. The writer discusses how the representation of cannibalism in Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is a compelling combination of metaphoric and fantastic implications. Suggested as a means of physical torture, Williams successfully illustrates the destruction that can occur when one denies the truth. As well, it demonstrates the very essence of life, which is cannibalistic. There is no question that mankind is an egocentric being with nothing more than his own best interests at heart. No additional sources cited. Sudsum.wps

Tennessee Williams / Analysis Of Four Major Works : A 6 page paper describing 4 of Williams' plays. The writer describes the similar themes and plots of "Night of the Iguana," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Streetcar Named Desire," and "Glass Menagerie." Bibliography lists 3 sources. Tennwi.wps

Tennessee Williams / The Theme Of Communication In 3 Of His Plays : A 6 page research paper which examines how a failure to communicate impacts the characters in three of Williams’ most famous plays, The Glass Menagerie , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar named Desire. The writer demonstrates how Williams illustrates his view that an inability to communicate meaningfully with other human beings is one of the most tragic situations in modern life. Bibliography lists 6 sources. 3plays.wps

Tennessee Williams vs. Eugene O’Neill / Realism In The American Theater : A 9 page look at two American plays: Tennessee Williams Suddenly Last Summer and Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under Elms examples of Realism in Drama. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Realam.wps

Christopher Durang’s "For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls" : This 5 page report discusses satirist Christopher Durang’s outrageous parody of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece "The Glass Menagerie." The issue of how well Durang captures the true intent of Williams’ play is covered. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Durangt.wps

"Gathering of Old Men (Ernest Gaines) & Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)" : On Being Black and a "Real" Man: A 10 page essay comparing two books on the theme of black identity and manhood. The writer explains that both of the described elements show the importance of standing up and being proud in the wider community. Bibliography lists the two primary sources used. Invisib.wps

Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" / Analysis : A 19 page paper on Ellison's "Invisible Man" in which the writer argues in support of the idea that there is a direct link between Ellison's concept of invisibility and the narrator's search for self-identity. The writer also relates the narrator's struggle for identity with the same struggle recognized by black theologians. Nine sources cited. Ellison.wps

Ralph Ellison’s "Invisible Man" / The Meaning Of ‘Invisible’ : A 5 page essay, using the author's own statements, which analyzes the concept of ‘invisibleness’ that appears throughout the book. The primary source is cited. Invisiman.wps

Ralph Ellison’s "Invisible Man" / Analysis Of Scenes : A 5 page paper that compares two major scenes in Ellison's Invisible Man--The Battle Royale and the Harlem Riots. This paper contends that not only do these scenes represent black violence inacted against other blacks but they also serve to underscore the narrator’s invisibility, two major themes of the novel. No additional references are cited. Maninv.wps

Ralph Ellison’s "Invisible Man" / Struggle & Structure : A 4 page paper tracing the struggle of the unnamed protagonist in Ralph Ellison’s novel. The writer pays close attention to the idea of the novel as a "nightmare." Bibliography lists 3 sources including the book. Iman.wps

Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" vs. Updike's "Rabbit, Run" : A 6 page research paper comparing Invisible Man with Rabbit Run. The writer begins by detailing the similarities and differences between each of these two works, and then goes on to give a detailed analysis of Invisible Man. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Invisrab.wps

Chopin’s "The Awakening" vs. Ellison’s "Invisible Man" : A 9 page exploratory research paper investigating the philosophies of determinism and free will, in particular, how these concepts are depicted in two specific works, The Awakening and The Invisible Man. First, explanations of determinism and free will are presented, then a brief discussion about their inclusion in literature. Finally, an exploration and defense for each philosophy in each of the two books is presented. Bibliography is included. Determ.wps

Langston Hughes' "On The Road" : A short, yet very descriptive 1 page essay explicating the significance of the character 'Sergeant' in Langston Hughes' short story entitled "On the Road." The writer highlights ideas about how Hughes felt towards oppression and ignorant racial tensions imposed upon Blacks by White people in society. No Bibliography. Onthero.wps

Langston Hughes’ "Theme for English B" / "Coloredness" : A 5 page explication of Langston Hughes’ poem. The paper looks particularly at the difference between the stark dictionary definition of the word "colored" and how it functions for Hughes as a badge of inferiority placed on him by white people. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Hughes3.wps

The Plays Of Langston Hughes : A 6 page paper focusing on "Don't you want to be free?" and "Mulatto", two plays by Hughes. His theme of the black experience is examined. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Hughes2.wps

"The Autobiography Of An Ex-Colored Man" By James Weldon Johnson : In 5 pages the author discusses "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man" by James Weldon Johnson. The author attempts to show how "passing" is destructive in that it prevents the narrator from finding his identity. He does not know if he belongs in the category of black or white. No additional sources cited. Excolor.wps

Slave Girl Vs. Ilych : A 1 page essay comparing Linda Brent from "Incidents In The Life of A Slave Girl" with Ivan Ilych in "The Death Of Ivan Ilych." The author argues that Ilych is a bit more outspoken and upset with his condition and that such exemplifies how Brent was "brainwashed" to conform with her enslavement. Slaveg2.wps *TOTAL PRICE FOR THIS ESSAY ONLY $ 9.95 !

Harriet Jacobs' Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl / Historic Value : When Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was published, it was probably one of the few slave narratives that dared to speak of a woman in captivity not only as a mother but also as a fiercely individual self. In this 3 page essay, the writer analyzes the book's historic value as a realistic look at the conditions endured by slaves-- particularly the reality of mental enslavement. No other sources cited. Slavegir.wps

Harriet Jacob’s "Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl" / The Attic : A 5 page paper looking at the antebellum slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs. The paper shows how, despite the fact that Jacobs hid in a crawl space for seven years to escape an abusive master, she preferred this to actually living with the constant threat of abuse. Bibliography lists one source. Incsla.wps

Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God" / Traces Of Modernism : A 9 page paper on the novel by early twentieth century author Zora Neale Hurston. The paper argues that Hurston’s fiction techniques were ultimately derived from the modernism she learned while she was the only Black student at Barnard in the 1920s, and this colored both her fictional techniques and her interaction with white people from then on. Bibliography lists 9 sources including book. Zora.wps

Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God": A 7 page paper that considers the importance of plot, the literary quality of the work, and the way in which the novel illustrated life in Florida in the 1930’s as three signficant focuses of Hurston's work. Bibliography with 3 sources. Theyes.wps

Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God"/ Concept Of African Time: This 5 page report discusses the concept of Clack time" or "African time" and how it applies to Zora Neale Hurston’s 1937 novel. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Afritime.wps

Hurston’s "Their Eyes were Watching God" vs. Alexie’s "Reservation Blues" : There are quite a few similarities between Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. This 5 page paper examines both the similarities and the differences of these two books. No additional sources were cited. Hurstalx.wps

Zora Neale Hurston’s "Dust Tracks on a Road" : A 5 page essay on Zora Neale Hurston’s autobiography. It describes Zora’s life briefly, then analyzes two major problems with the book, namely Zora’s lack of closure regarding her prophetic "visions" and her inability to perceive herself as a member of an oppressed race. No additional sources cited. Zora2.wps

Zora Neale Hurston’s "Seraph on the Suwanee" / Sexuality : A 5 page paper based on the argument that author Zora Neale Hurston wrote more with an eye to authenticity than to the conventions of the times in which she wrote. Published in 1948, "Seraph on the Suwanee" was the last novel written by Hurston, and was also one of her lesser-known. All of her works, however, included a measure of to-the-point sexuality, presented in the context of a matter-of-fact part of life rather than for any anticipated "shock value." Bibliography lists 5 sources. Hurston.wps

Zora Neale Hurston / A Woman of Two Worlds : An 8 page paper discussing the black author’s unusual ability to move easily in both black literary circles and white ones simultaneously, and postulates that this helped her bring the joy and vitality of black experience to a primarily white audience. FREE Outline of paper included ! Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hurston2.wps

Zora Neal Hurston / Significance Of White Tokens In Six Of Her Works : A 6 page analysis of Jonah's Gourd Wine, Guilded Six-Bits, Sweat, Spunk, Drenched in Light, & John Reddding Goes to Sea -- looking at how Hurston uses the white token to bring about the black experience in regards to separatism and belonging--from a societal viewpoint. The paper discusses Hurston's goals of bringing together both societies for an egalitarian purpose rather than promote a separatist viewpoint for either black or white society. Znhurstn.wps

Ghosts Of Slavery In Morrison & Hurston : A 7 page paper discussing Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. The paper shows how in these books the traumatic experiences of slavery left an indelible mark upon people who live through them, and the psychological effects of these experiences can reach far into succeeding generations. It then compares and contrasts both authors’ responses to this phenomenon. No sources except books. Eyes.wps

Women and Power in Selected Black Literature : A 6 page paper discussing the issue of female power in two twentieth-century fictional works, the novel Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and one story from the short-story collection Uncle Tom’s Children by Richard Wright. In the essay, power is defined as a sense of one’s own self and a fearlessness about putting that knowledge into action. No other sources cited. God.wps

Zora Neale Hurston’s "Mules and Men" and Bobbie Ann Mason’s "In Country" : A 5 page comparative between the two stories in terms of the protagonists’ journey of self discovery and how that journey is based on a sense of place. The writer contrasts the authors’ description of the south, and compares and contrasts the stories of self discovery as it relates to community. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Cnzormas.wps

Gloria Naylor’s "Women Of Brewster Place" : In 5 pages the author discusses how the "Women of Brewster Place" reflects the variation of the Black Women's experience. Brewplac.wps

Gloria Naylor’s "Women Of Brewster Place" / Mattie’s Betrayal : A 5 page essay that explores the themes of men, children and women in the life of the central character, Mattie Michaels. No additional sources cited. Brewster.wps

Bell Hooks’ "Ain't I A Woman" : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of Hooks' book, while also concentrating on her philosophical perspective. This paper contends that Hooks bases her work on the racial aspects that have led to racial and gender oppression, and provides a discourse for change. No additional sources cited. Bellhook.wps

Anne Moody’s Story - "Coming Of Age In Mississippi" : A 6 page paper looking at the influence of Anne Moody’s childhood on the woman and the activist she later became, as chronicled in her autobiography. The story explains some of the psychological hardships of growing up poor and black, and shows how Moody turned them into strengths. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Moody5.wps

The Life & Work Of Frances E. W. Harper : A 9 page overview of the life and works of Francis E. W. Harper, the female black lecturer, novelist and reformer who lived between 1825 and 1911. Includes brief descriptions of "Minnie’s Sacrifice", "Sowing, and Reaping: A Temperance Story", and "Trial and Triumph", three of her most recently discovered novels. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Fharper.wps

Life & Work Of Frances E.W. Harper # 2 : A 9 page research paper into the life and work of this nineteenth-century African-American poet/novelist/lecturer. The writer pays particularly attention to the three new novels of this writer which have only recently been discovered, and demonstrates how Harper’s work must be considered with the context of the social and political atmosphere of her time. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Fharper2.wps

John Sanford’s "The People From Heaven" : A 5 page analysis of John Sanford's novel of prejudice against race and ethnicity. Focusing more on the prejudicial treatment of Native Americans, this African-American writer provides insights into the harm racism does to everyone - the people against whom the racism is directed as well as the people who commit racist acts. This writer concludes Sanford's novel, which has recently enjoyed renewed interest, offers an excellent exploration of this shameful behavior. Heaven.wps

African-American Literature & The Long Arm of Slavery : A 6 page paper on the dehumanizing effects of slavery, not only to those who have been literally enslaved, but as a mindset passed down through generations and centuries to come. The paper specifically discusses female characters in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Bibliography lists six sources. Longarm.wps

Three Lives Of Writers Who Were Young, Gifted & Black : An 8 page research paper which analyzes the biographies of three famous African-American authors-Gordon Parks, Anne Moody, and Lorraine Hansberry. The writer demonstrates how each author used their background as inspiration for art and activism that served to combat racism and increase understanding. The writer also shows how differences in their situations served to make each vision of racism unique and relevant. Bibliography lists 7 sources. 3lives.wps

Toni Cade Bambara’s "The Lesson" : A 5 page essay exploring themes in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara. The writer suggests the lesson intended by Bambara is that we all have choices in learning the lessons presented to us or ignoring them. No additional sources cited. Lesson.wps

Toni Cade Bambara’s "The Lesson" # 2 : A 5 page paper on this story by Toni Cade Bambara. The central theme is explored and analyzed. No additional sources cited. Less.wps

Toni Cade Bambara’s "The Lesson" # 3 : In this story we look at life's lessons. We can choose to learn them or we can choose to ignore them and go on in our ignorance, not growing, not developing as persons. These are the themes of Toni Cade Bambara's "The Lesson" discussed in this 6 page essay. Thelesso.wps

Toni Cade Bambara’s "The Lesson"/ Economic Inequality : A 3 page paper on this short story by Toni Cade Bambara. The story analyzes the reactions of a group of poor children to a visit to an expensive toy store, and examines the lesson that was learned from this shocking confrontation with inequality. Bibliography lists 1 source. Bambara.wps

Toni Cade Bambara’s "Gorilla My Love" / Living With Trust : A 5 page examination of the problem of trust and identity in Toni Cade Bambara’s short story Gorilla, My Love. No additional sourcrs cited. Gorilla.wps

The Growth of Selfhood in Marshall and Baldwin : A 5 page paper on Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones and James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On The Mountain. Specifically, the paper deals with the development of the teenage self from characteristics of both parents, and the transformation into an individualized adult. No other sources cited. Brown.wps

Harlem Renaissance Art and the Re-Awakening : A 5 page paper in which the writer argues that literature written by Black authors during the early 1920s opened up a discourse between Black artists, militants and intellectuals that helped forge a Black American identity that served the Civil Rights and Pan American movements. One artist who helped to continually reopen this discussion and propel the newly found forms of black expression into a militant arena was Claude McKay through his work "Home to Harlem." Bibliography lists 4 sources. Harlemr.wps

Harlem Renaissance & Claude McKay : A 10 page research paper which examines the forces behind the literary, artistic, and intellectual movement of African-American artists and writers centered in Harlem in the 1930s known as the Harlem Renaissance. The writer particularly focuses on the work of poet and author Claude McKay as representative of the period and also as a means of gaining insight into the sociological aspects associated with this movement. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Kaymc.wps

MacKay's "Home to Harlem" : A 5 page argumentative essay that posits that Mackay used his artistic genius to make a cry for freedom during the Harlem Renaissance, and that his story was written as a warning to his community that the beauty that was Harlem then, may not last. He asserted that it might be in error that Black Americans were expected to live in only a small neighborhood in New York. By accepting this enslavement, they were giving up their newly won freedom. The writer argues that although his contemporaries tried to hush his voice, art seeks to be heard even by only one ear, and as such, MacKay's story did not go unheard. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Clmackay.wps

Frederick Douglass and the Contextual Use of the Word "Slave" : 2 pages on the word slave and the historic context in which it was used in Frederick Douglass' narrative. Dougslav.wps

Frederick Douglass / Narrator for Compassion, Strength of Will : 4 pages in length. This paper seeks to represent the personal traits that brought Frederick Douglass to seek and eventually find freedom. These characteristics are postulated from the history provided in the Narrative as compassion, education, observation, faith in truth, and perserverance. One source cited. Freddoug.wps

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass : A 5 page examination of the writings of Frederick Douglass with emphasis on his first work Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. No additional sources are listed. Fredd.wps

Autobiography of Frederick Douglass : This 5 page paper takes an analytical look at the autobiography. Several observations are made including how Douglass was unique and also how he remained optimistic. No additional sources cited. Autodoug.wps

Frederick Douglass' Famous Narrative vs Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl" : 7 pages in length. Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of an American Slave and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl may have been spawned from two separate perspectives, but they both possess many of the same elements of truth. Douglass seeks to educate and, thus, advance society regarding the slave's plight through silent narration, while Jacobs' aim is to evoke the same in a decidedly more adamant fashion. Both narratives encompass the slaves' yearning to break free from prejudicial confines, yet they are also significantly individual in their approach. The writer compares the two slave narratives. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Dougjacb.wps

Frederick Douglass / A Great American : A 6 page research paper that gives an overall look at the life and achievements of Frederick Douglass. Born a slave around 1818, Douglass escaped to freedom at the age of 20 and spent the rest of his life as an abolitionist, a writer and as an internationally-acclaimed orator. The most prominent African-American of his age, his accomplishments contribute significantly to the national heritage. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Fdoug.wps

Frederick Douglass & His Crusade Against Slavery : A 5 page examination of the life and work of Frederick Douglass. Includes information regarding his most noted literary works, his activities as a speaker in the abolitionsist movement as well as information on other activities of his life which were dircted against slavery. Bibliography lists five sources. Fredcru.wps

Frederick Douglass / Unfeeling Animal or Suppressed Human Being? :
A 5 page discussion of Douglass' narrative and how they can be used to disprove Alexis Tocqueville's contention that the black slave is oblivious to his state as a slave. Bibliography includes two sources. Fred.wps

Frederick Douglass / Brawn or Brain : A 5 page examination of the fight between Frederick Douglass and Mr. Covey as related in the "The Narrative of Frederick Douglass". Concludes that in reality the fight had no real bearing on Douglass’ real crusade against slavery or his determination to attain freedom. Points out that Douglass’ real impetus for freedom came from his quest for knowledge and that it was not Douglass’ brawn that allowed him to succeed in escaping the bonds of slavery but his brains. Emphasizes that Douglass was a man of refinement rather than one who would resort to violence as the primary means of accomplishing a goal. Bibliography lists 3 sources including the Narrative. Dougbb.wps

Did God Create Evil? : In 5 pages the author discusses the paradoxical question of whether God created evil. Did God create evil? No, He did not create evil. He created everything, and all that he created was good. Evil came forth because God allowed it, but he did not create it. There is a difference here that is oftentimes difficult for the layperson to understand. One must have an intimate knowledge of the Bible in order to understand the answer to this perplexing question. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Godcreat.wps

Frederick Douglass / An Interpretation Of His Famed Fight With Mr. Covey :
A 5 page examination of the fight between Frederick Douglass and Mr. Covey as related in the "The Narrative of Frederick Douglass". Concludes that Douglass’ account of the fight holds no real symbolic meaning but that this account was really just one man’s reccollection of an event. No additional sources are listed. Dougcove.wps

Works of Richard Wright / The Silenced Community : A 13 page paper examining the way the black community reflected in Richard Wright’s works Native Son and Black Boy actually helps support the oppressive white status quo through a massive program of self-censorship. Wright shows, particularly in Native Son, how such efforts backfire by causing bottled-up emotions to explode in violence and rage. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Rwright.wps

Richard Wright’s "Black Boy": A 6 page paper which examines Richard Wright’s autobiographical work, Black Boy (1945), discussing the focus, content and intended target audience as well as ways in which Wright’s search for success and happiness compares and contrasts with mainstream beliefs and practices. Blackboy.wps

All is Never Said : A 5 page sociological look at the book, "All is Never Said: The Narrative of Odette Harper Hines," by Judith Rollins. In this book the woman, a black woman, describes her life as an activist. The sociological terms examined, in relevancy to the book, are; role theory, reference group theory, social map, symbolic interactionism, and social stratification. All of these terms are especially relevant to the biography of this woman for she was unique in that she was born in 1914, to an affluent class African American family. this was a rarity and offers the reader a truly different look into the issues and terms being discussed. No additional sources provided. Hinesaid.wps

Gayl Jones’ "Corregidora" : 5 pages in length. Humanity can be a cruel and detestable entity. No one is more aware of that fact than Ursa, a blues singer whose own family's sordid past consumes her with a hatred so deep, she carries it with her throughout her life. Portrayed as a nineteenth-century slave master who impregnates both Ursa's mother and grandmother, the slave master father holds a particular place of contempt in her heart, for it is because of the brutal way in which black women are treated during that era that sets Ursa on her lifelong journey of repugnance. The writer offers a critical analysis of Gayl Jones' classic novel. No additional sources cited. Correg.wps

"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?" Beverly Tatum’s Views On Addressing Racism In Children : This 5 page paper considers the major themes in Beverly Tatum’s work Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and the argument presented by Tatum about the initiation of racist perspectives in children and recognizing this issue as a means of reducing the cultural acceptability of racism. No additional sources cited. Tatum4.wps

Aphra Behn’s "Oroonoko" / Analysis : This 5 page paper talks about the romantic elements in this tragic love story. It explains that the elements of slavery are obscured due to the inordinate attention to the pair of lovers. No additional sources cited. Oroonoko.wps

Aphra Behn’s "Oroonoko" : Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, written in 1688, is a compelling and complex tale of love in a world ensconced in slavery and imbued with the class structures and belief systems of the 17th century. Honor is a virtue that the narration denies to the portrayal of Christian characters but is found in abundance in the person of Oroonoko. This 5 page paper examines the use of honor privileged over Christianity and how that represents the authors attitude concerning Christianity. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Oroonoko.wps

"A Summer Tragedy" By Arna W. Bontemps : A 5 page research paper on the work of America's first and foremost African-American children's writer, Arna W. Bontemps. The writer gives biographical detail on the Bontemps, and also focuses on his greatest piece of adult fiction, "A Summer Tragedy." No additional sources cited. Bontemps.wps

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