"Reader" Essays and Research Papers


n part II, chapter eight of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader, the first-person narrator Michael describes reading the account written by a concentration camp who had survived along with her mother, the soul survivors in a large group of women who were being marched away from the camp. He says, "the book...creates distance. It does not invite one to identify with it and makes no one sympathetic..." The same could be said of The Reader. The book is written in such a way as to distance one from the characters...

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The Reader

individual undergoes a traumatic situation, the ramifications of these actions seep into an individualfs psyche unknowingly. In effect this passes through memory and becomes sub-consciously buried within a personfs behavioural patterns generally. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink explores the concept of a young mans subconscious desire for a woman whom he gcanft remember to forgeth (1Memento) as she is so deeply inlaid within his soul. Critically acclaimed as gA formally beautiful, disturbing, and...

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Rhetoric and Reader

Many writers use several diverse ways to persuade readers into believing them. Some writers may tell a story, provide facts and information, or other ideas to encourage his or her reader to agree with the argument. Aristotle's rhetorical triangle describes three diverse appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos. Logos is based on facts and reasons explaining logical arguments that rely on information and evidence. Logos is built with enough evidence, data, statistics, and reliable information. Another...

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Controlled Reader

to elicit a desired response from the reader, for there are two types of readers an author must consider: the implied reader and the actual reader. The implied reader is “assumed and created by the work itself” whereas, the actual reader brings his/her own experiences to the text and thus each reader takes away a different message from a text (MacMannus, para 1). Du Bois's narrative, “A Mild Suggestion”, attempts to ensure a certain response, from the reader, by including a description of the passengers'...

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Characters Effect on a Reader

Characters Effect on a Reader Characters dealing with a situation affect each reader differently. The characters reaction to a situation may have a reader feel exactly as the character does, or in some instances, the reader may look more at how differently they would feel in the same situation. In an attempt to answer Henry James on how characters are only as interesting as their response to the particular situation we will look at “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck and “To Build a Fire”...

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Good Readers Good Writers

Nabokov: Providing a Flood and Lifeboat In Nabokov’s 1948 “Good Readers and Good Writers,” the reader has the opportunity to view the possibilities of a beautiful collision of a major reader and a major writer. This piece discusses reading and writing: skills that have become standardized and slightly devalued as education has advanced. Literacy has become so expected that little thought is put into what defines a good reader or writer; Nabokov tackles this idea head on. Nabokov’s intention...

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Comparitive Essay - The reader and Atonement

be seen through both the novel The Reader by Bernhard Schlink and the film Atonement directed by Joe Wright. Guilt is a prevailing theme in both Atonement and The Reader. In The Reader, guilt is persistently explored as a reoccurring theme. ‘and when I feel guilty, the feelings of guilt return; if I yearn for something today, or feel homesick, I feel the yearnings and homesickness from back then.’ (pp. 215) This quote highlights the principle to the reader that feelings of guilt, while not always...

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Argumentative Essay of the Movie "The Reader"

Hitler’s command and his cruel, racist, immoral Jewish holocaust. Ethics and moral never existed in that country by that time, thus Germans only lived under the “law”. One special case of this atrocity was the one of Hanna Schmitz, in the movie The Reader. Some people would say that Hanna Schmitz was a right person based on the fact that she helped Michael Berg during his youth and also the fact that she was a disciplined worker. However, she manipulated Michael Berg, killed around three hundred people...

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Bernhard Schlink's "The Reader".

Expecting to grow properly and learn what one must when put in an unfamiliar generation, is as if trying to teach a person to walk through the example of a whale-both are mammals but are impossible to compare. This is evident in Bernhard Schlink's The Reader, where fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is involved in a secretive, intense, and passionate relationship with thirty-six-year-old Hanna Schmitz. Hanna is leading the relationship so much so that when they fight, regardless of who is right or wrong, Michael...

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Confessions of an Application Reader

parents, who had emigrated from India. Enlarge This Image Brian Cronin for The New York Times Related Go to Education Life » Enlarge This Image Peg Skorpinski Sather Gate, a literal and symbolic portal on Berkeley's campus. Readers’ Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (250) » Why was he not top-ranked by the “world’s premier public university,” as Berkeley calls itself? Perhaps others had perfect grades and scores? They did indeed. Were they ranked...

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The Reader; Critical Study

How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? “How could it be a comfort that the pain I went through because of my love for Hanna was in a way, the fate of my generation, a German fate…” This quote from Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader illustrates how and why two main social groups are represented in a symbolic way. In other words, Michael and Hanna’s love story is an allegory for the relationship between different generations in Germany: those who experienced the war first- ...

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Reader Response Criticism

READER’S RESPONSE STRATEGY/ READER’S RESPONSE CRITICISM Applying Reader Response Strategy in Appreciating Literary Works The appreciation of the short story applies seven reader response strategies posed by Beach and Marshall (1990); they are describing, conceiving, explaining, interpreting, engaging, connecting and judging. The guiding questions are constructed based on the responses. NO | Response | Explanations | Indicators | Questions to guide | 1 | Engaging(Include) | Getting involved...

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Generational Perspectives on the War in The Reader

Generational Perspectives on the War in The Reader             In the book The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, the main character Michael Berg encounters several characters that lived in Germany during the Nazi regime. Through these encounters Bernhard Schlink depicts the differences in perspective between the generation born after the war and those who lived through it. These differences lead to awkwardness and conflict and show the difficulty of these two generations to reach a resolution.    ...

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Controlling Reader Response in the Handmaid's Tale

prose text may, to some extent, control reader response to themes within the text but the reader’s context may also influence the way the text is read. It is particularly evident in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale that by examining the experience of women within the world it is evident that women are more repressed. The characterisation of Offred may control reader response to theme because her own personal experiences are projected onto the reader. In Gilead, women are repressed by male...

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How to Write a Reader-Friendly Essay

essay needs a lighted sign right up front telling the reader where they are going. Otherwise, the reader will be distracted and nervous at each stop along the way, unsure of the destination, not at all able to enjoy the ride. Now there are dull ways of putting up your lighted sign: This essay is about the death of my beloved dog. Or: Let me tell you about what happened to me last week. And there are more artful ways. Readers tend to appreciate the more artful ways. For instance...

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A Closer Look on the Effects of Reading to the Vocabulary Range of Readers and Non-Readers

words are called vocabulary words. Reading helps people improve their word range. Readers tend to search for the meaning of an unfamiliar word which improves their vocabulary. Readers are also able to widen their vocabulary when they use context clues. Readers have different vocabulary range. Most of the people have the impression that a bookworm have a wide range of vocabulary. But, in reality, not all ardent readers have a wide range of vocabulary. So, this study aims to know why these situations...

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The Influences and Impacts of Settings on Characters and Readers

effective, and innocent. It reminds the reader how precious life is. The setting influences and impacts not only the main character, but the reader as well, who can also relate back to the story being told. Developed settings help the reader soak in all the details and understand the underlying themes to a short story. “The Secret Lion” breaks down into two “mini-plots” with different settings where the actions of the characters are similar to the reader. The story is told in an adult-like, first...

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What is the reader meant to think about Curley's wife?

“I ain’t never seen no piece of jailbait worse than her” What is the reader meant to think about Curley’s wife? Curley’s wife eventually goes on to be the very cause of the destruction of George and Lennie’s dream and this statement acts as a foreshadowing device for the detrimental role she’ll eventually play. The term ‘jailbait’ itself carries various connotations. The dictionary definition is ‘a young woman, or young women collectively, considered in sexual terms but under the age of consent’...

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Extensive Reading Assistance to Struggling Readers Program: a Proposal

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL I. Title: Extensive Reading Assistance to Struggling Readers Program II. Background and Rationale The Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP) is a national program that addresses the thrust of the Department of Education (DepEd) to make every child a reader at his/her grade level. It is designed to equip elementary pupils with strategic reading and writing skills to make them independent young readers and writers. ECARP is implemented through the following components: Reading...

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Twenty First Reader Is Always on the Side of the Outsider

twenty-first century reader is always on the side of the outsider. By comparing and contrasting appropriately selected parts of the two novels you have studied for this question, show how far you would agree with the ciew expresed above. Your argument should include relelvant comments on each writer’s methods and relevant contextual material on the twenty-first century reader. Reader reactions vary enormously with personality, society and morals. The personality of the reader will dictate the extent...

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The Reader

The novel “The Reader” is narrated in first person by one of the main characters, Michael Berg. It is told in the style of an autobiography therefore includes his memories of certain events intermingled with current events. Consequently, these events are told from only one point of view and are reliant on one person’s memory, but also provide insights into Michael’s character and personality. There will be a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of having this style of narration in this...

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How Does James Seek to Disturb and Involve the Reader in the Turn of the Screw

How Does James Seek To Disturb and Involve The Reader In The Turn Of The Screw? The Turn of the Screw, written by author Henry James, although defying many gothic conventions remains one of the most suspenseful and sinister tales of the Victorian Era. The novella’s enthralling nature effectively seeks to disturb and involve readers and this is made evident through James’s successful use of a variety of structural and literary techniques to create and prolong suspense and ambiguity. James first...

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The Things They Carried Formalist Analysis/ Readers Responce

emotional and physical baggage of wartime are brought to light. The most obvious and prominent feature of O’Brien’s writing is a repetition of detail. O’brien also passively analyzes the effects of wartime on the underdeveloped psyche by giving the reader close up insight into common tribulations of war, but not in a necessarily expositorial sense.. He takes us into the minds of mere kids as they cope with the unbelievable and under-talked-about effects or rationalizing death, discomfort and loneliness...

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Notes on The Turn of The Screw how James disturbs and involves readers

Henry James seek to disturb and involve the readers in The Turn of the Screw? The Turn of the Screw is a Victorian, gothic novella, which seeks to disturb and involve the readers. James is able to achieve this through a variety of literary devices, including effectively building and maintaining suspense and the use of supernatural and gothic elements to disturb the reader. By far the greatest device used by James in disturbing and capturing the reader is the interpretive and speculative nature...

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How much sympathy does the reader feel towards Curleys wife?

different manner. Most of the men treat her in a negative way, therefore causing different degrees of sympathy from the reader. Sympathy implies that the reader feels an emotional connection towards the character. Her unhappy marriage to the boss’s son causes her great loneliness and unhappiness as she tries, in vain, to find someone to talk to on the ranch. The reader may feel certain degrees of sympathy for Curleys wife due to the fact that the ranch workers are always talking...

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How Does Bill Bryson Use Humour to Entertain His Reader?

How does Bill Bryson use humour to entertain his reader? ‘Notes from a Small Island’, written by Bill Bryson is a reflective travel journal comparing Bryon’s past views and opinions of Britain, his expectations and thus the reality of what he discovers it to have become. Bryson uses satire, humour, irony and sarcasm to generate a pace and lucid flow within his writing, and for the reader this can be thoroughly captivating and entertaining. Immediately as the book opens, Bryson establishes an...

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"The Handmaid's Tale" - Consider what techniques Atwood uses to create a sense of empathy between the reader and the text.

Atwood uses to create a sense of empathy between the reader and the text. "The Handmaid's Tale" is a novel that is largely dependent upon creating a bond between it's characters and the reader; in my opinion the novel would not reach it's full potential or have full impact unless the reader was empathising with the characters and situation throughout. Ergo, Atwood uses several literary techniques to ensure that all but the most hardhearted of readers cannot fail to empathise, not only with the plight...

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“I Am Confident of the Truth of My Words.” ‘the Reader Finds It Difficult to Accept Changez’s Version of the Truth.’ Discuss.

Fundamentalist raises doubts to the reader as Changez, the narrator, poses biased and unchallenged views on his ‘inflective journey’. The manner, in which Changez carries about his ‘history’, with such confidence and thorough knowledge, is one of confronting nature, bringing about a sense of uneasiness highlighted through the descriptions of his ‘silent’ companion, the American. However despite these reasons, Changez’s story itself arouses a sense of sympathy within the reader as it is of a young man whose...

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In What Ways Does Fay Welden in Letters to Alice Reposition Readers in Terms of Their Understanding and Appreciation of Pride and Prejudice.

In what ways does Fay Welden in Letters to Alice reposition readers in terms of their understanding and appreciation of Pride and Prejudice. Reading Fay Welden’s letters to Alice repositions the readers understanding and appreciation of Pride and Prejudice, as Welden explains the context and values of the society in which the book is based. As the book is based in Austens society the Landed Gentry, in a small provincial village in the nineteenth century, the society values different things to...

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Writers revel in their depiction of character, but the reader should never wholly trust the voices within a text.

In the break down of Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum, we learn as the reader, that the protagonist who is the narrator is to an extent unreliable. The footnote that are included in the novel, provide time shifts, which flash back, into times as early as her Great Grandmother. This then leads the reader into thinking whom it is possible that Ruby has access to the information and description seen in these footnotes. The Narrator also provides elements of the future in her speech, the...

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‘Great Expectations’ Having Read ‘Great Expectations’ How Effective Is the Opening Chapter? Discuss the Methods Dickens Used to Ensure His Readers Continuing Interest.

‘Great expectations’ Having read ‘Great Expectations’ how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest. ‘Great Expectations’ tells the story of Pip, a young orphaned boy from a poor background who has the ambition to become a gentleman. Which he is given by a mystery benefactor to become the man he has always wanted to. We travel with Pip on his journey to become a gentle which in turn is a voyage of self discovery as he learns that...

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How does the poet use techniques to engage the reader? ‘War Without End’ and ‘Description of an Idea’

Year 10 English Studies Essay: How does the poet use techniques to engage the reader? ‘War Without End’ and ‘Description of an Idea’ Bruce Dawe is a famous poet born in 1930. He incorporated similar techniques in his poems ‘War Without End’ and ‘Description of an Idea’. In the ‘War Without End’ the war is metaphorical and represented as the never ending car crashes and accidents on our roads every year whereas in ‘Description of an Idea’ the war is represented as a historical past event that...

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Discuss the Ways in Which in Chapter 1 of 'Enduring Love', Ian Mcewan Tries to Hook the Reader and Draw Him or Her Into the Narrative

"The beginning is simple to mark". This is the opening sentence of Ian McEwan's novel "Enduring Love", and in this first sentence, the reader is unwittingly drawn into the novel. An introduction like this poses the question, the beginning of what? Gaining the readers curiosity and forcing them to read on. The very word "beginning" allows us an insight into the importance of this event, for the narrator must have analysed it many a time in order to find the moment in which it all began, and so...

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To What Extent Does Schlink in His Novel “the Reader”, Show That It Is Impossible to Escape One’s Past.

Essay Response To “The Reader” To what extent does Schlink in his novel “The Reader”, show that it is impossible to escape one’s past. In his novel “The Reader”, author Bernhard Schlink through the use of techniques such as structure, setting and characterisation reveals to an immense extent that it is impossible to escape one’s past. Schlink utilises the main protagonists of the text, Michael and Hanna, depicting their relationship, along with the idea of post war German guilt to further...

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Some readers view Porphyro as the poem’s hero, some see him as no more than a seducer. How do you respond to his character and his role in the poem?

these tears” , allowing him to win her over so that he can get shown the way to Madeline’s chamber. This effective emotional blackmail could show to the reader that Porphyro is greatly skilled in getting what he wants, which in this case is an answer to his question “now tell me where is Madeline”. The way this blackmail is the first the reader hears of Porphyro, perhaps further intensifies this idea that he is a deeply persuasive character. When Porphyro is in Madeline’s chamber later in the poem...

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It is difficult for the reader to feel much affection for the protagonist in Wolff’s memoir. Do you agree?

It is difficult for the reader to feel much affection for the protagonist in Wolff’s memoir. Do you agree? This Boy's Life, set in America in the 1950’s, is a compelling memoir by Tobias Wolff, whom recreates the frustrations and cruelties faced throughout his adolescence, as he fights for identity and self-respect. During this period of time, America underwent major changes in the political and economic spheres, which in turn were responsible for its social makeover. Society in this time was geared...

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Who far does Philip Larkin's "Afternoons" force the reader to reflect upon an a side of life to which you had never thought about.

"Afternoons" is a melancholy poem, about the inevitability of change and the passing of youth. The poem, written by Philip Larkin, forces the reader to reflect upon the lifestyle of a young woman with a husband and family. Previously, I thought this would be a very fulfilling lifestyle; however, Larkin has changed my opinion on this matter. Although Larkin's thoughts on this life are completely biased, Larkin does make a valid point, which is that these young women lead a quite monotonous lifestyle...

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The title is Empathy, and it talks about how different characters and alleviate empathy from the readers. The conclusion sums up how empathy can be attained, and how it can ideally be doled out.

they receive from the reader varies based on the actions they take. Curley's insecurities achieve no empathy from the reader. Candy's fear achieves immense amounts of empathy. And lastly, George's actions and motivations lead to a very unexpected twist. Throughout the novel, George, Candy, and Curley each have insecurities, motivations, and dreams, and while they may share certain human frailties, they are not all equally successful at achieving empathy and support from the reader. Curley's dreams are...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Literary Analysis Essay

anticipation amongst its readers. She did this by including great adversity for the main character Janie to overcome. Janie became entangled in the oppressive powers of early 20th century marriage. That of which constrained her for the greater part of the novel. Going from man to man only continuing the tyrannical cycle of being property. Throughout the course of the novel the reader wants Janie to find herself and break free. This creates anticipation within the reader. The reader was present during the...

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Coming to Conclusions

quite misleading. Many types of conclusions do not bring together any clear conclusions at all. This decision of which type to use is one the author has to make, and if chosen carefully, can create a stronger message to the reader. After these decisions are made, the reader is demanded to think in different ways depending on exactly how the conclusion is written. This being said, the author needs to pick the most effective conclusion for his own essay depending on its content, structure, length...

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Le Management Interculturel de Sylvie Chevrier

of the author is to delineate the field of intercultural management and to clarify its content for the reader. Strategies 1. Construction * Introduction The introduction of the book is longer than the conclusion. Indeed and as usual, the introduction must answer to a crucial question: Why do you (the reader) must read this book. Instead of giving a list of reasons to the reader, Sylvie Chevrier uses different techniques. For instance, she defines the means of intercultural management...

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Newspaper Analysis

ENOUGH” Kids face postcode lottery The purpose of this article is to inform the reader of statistical information; including facts and figures. The purpose of the article is to inform the reader; those children in certain areas (postcodes) have a better chance of going to a good school. Even though the article is informative it gives a biased opinion and political view point. The heading is in bold text to attract reader attention. The article heading comprises of both fact and opinion. Evidence of...

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Wilfred Owen War Poems Essay

with the reader appealing to the readers empathy that is felt towards the soldier. These poems interact to explore the experiences of the soldiers on the battlefields including the realities of using gas as a weapon in war and help to highlight the incorrect glorification of war. This continuous interaction invites the reader to connect with the poems to develop a more thorough understanding of war. Dulce Et Decorum Est uses strong imagery all through the poem which appeals to the readers imagination...

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Direct Characterisation in the Perfume

technique allows the reader to continuously gets better acquainted with the characters. The combination of direct characterization and cataloguing results in the reader being given a variety of descriptions that reinforces a single characteristic of the character. The author gives the reader “easy” to comprehend information repeatedly, because without it, the reader could not understand the bizarre nature of the psychopathic main character. In doing so, Suskind has enabled the reader to soak in information...

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Rhetorical Modes Matrix

| | | |best with each rhetorical mode. | | |Narration |Narrate an event or series of |Stay in order, beginning to end. |Keep the reader in mind when | | |events. | |writing. | | | | ...

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The Art of the Conclusion

The Art of the Conclusion The conclusion of an essay should establish a sense of closure or completeness that leaves the reader with lingering thoughts about the topic. Each writer has their own approach in composing a conclusion that they feel solidifies their argument; every approach makes different demands of a reader because of the moves the writer chooses to make. The essays “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldua, “Translating Translation” by Alberto Alvaro Rios, and “Joyas Voladoras”...

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Rhetorical Analysis Paper

strategy is a type of method for writers to manipulate their writing to purpose an idea or influence the reader. Narration, description, and exemplification are some of the rhetorical appeals writer use to grab the reader’s attention. And invoke strong reaction out of the reader. Apart from these strategies, many writers use Aristotle's appeals of Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to persuade the reader. Logos is an appeal to the audience's logic and reason. Pathos is an appeal to the audience’s sentiments...

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Ib Example

Stephen Edgar’s “The Secret Life of Books” is about the nature of reading and the power of literature to affect the reader. The poem personifies books, imagining how they silently plot to draw in their readers, and then moves to a discussion of how the readers are changed by their reading. Edgar structures his poem to illustrate the nature of this relationship between literature and its readers. “The Secret Life of Books” is divided into five stanzas, each six lines in length. A lyric poem, it is a...

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Great Balls of Flowers

a minimum of two themes, interweaving them so all the themes eventually overlap. The themes of sex, love and family are each representative of a major component of his life. His book gives readers insight as to what Abee is thinking and feeling within each poem, making them extremely personal for the reader. The title of the book was seemingly derived from Jerry Lee Lewis’s Song “Great Balls of Fire” which was written in 1957 on the movie based on Jerry Lee Lewis which was released in 1989. The...

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A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat - Anthology Text

How does the writer attempt to share her experiences of being at the races? Emma Levine, the writer of this travelogue; “A Game of Polo With a Headless Goat”, adequately shares her experiences with the reader through a number of stylistic techniques which captivate the reader into believing the experiences Levine had while she was at the donkey races, a common communal sport in Pakistan. The passage initially beings with a sense of pace - as the writer is already commuting to the scene of...

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Detective Fiction

the crime, readers get drawn into the plot and cannot stop reading until they find out the solution to the mystery. Simply put, readers are drawn to detective fiction because it is so easy to become completely engrossed in the stories. The trick of the author is how to create such an environment to keep readers coming back again and again to the genre. The easiest way to begin to draw any reader into a story is through the characters. By creating characters in which the readers can both trust...

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Comparing and Contrasting Writing Styles

use to get their audiences to be interested and indulge in reading a book or watching a movie. The way an author writes a book allows the reader to use their own imagination. The reader does so by the author’s use of diction and imagery. One may think that TV episodes or movies are different, and yes they are a little different compared to books because the reader, in this case the audience, may not need to use their imagination as much but nonetheless the director and story writer do rely on diction...

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Les Murray "The Burning Truck" and "Widower in the Country"

personification to enhance the impact of the poems on the reader. "The Burning Truck". The Poem is about war and shows how it can bring out the most primitive emotions out of people. The Poem also shows that during war time regular laws do not exist but a different set of wartime rules and the war will continue. The Title of the Poem, The burning truck gives the reader a strong image of a truck which is on fire. This should indicate to the reader that there is danger and violence about and the area...

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The White Hotel- "Know Before You Judge"

Know Before You Judge Foreshadowing is to show or indicate beforehand. Most authors use foreshadowing as a tool to let the reader see what is going to happen in the future. Often times, readers take foreshadowing for granted, taking the tiny hints left by authors as actual indications of what’s to come. Authors like D.M. Thomas, use this implied notion to catch their readers off guard and evoke emotion with the unexpected. Adding fiction to history, Thomas does this perfectly in his novel The White...

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Hawk Roosting Critical Essay

“Hawk Roosting” is a poem by Ted Hughes. The poem helps the reader appreciate the ideas and feelings which are explored throughout the poem. This is skilfully done through form, imagery and word choice over the course of the poem. The poem is about a hawk resting high up in a tree. Through a monologue, the poem reveals the hawk to be a steady-minded, rational and believable character. In the first stanza, the poet begins to hint to the reader what sort of personality the hawk has. He does this in the...

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Haddon’s "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time": Unique Perspective of an Asperger's Sufferer

perceptions of the reader. Haddon’s novel, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ (CIDNT), is made memorable through utilisation of the unique perspective of an aspergus sufferer to explore the difficulties inherent in raising an autistic child and thus alter the perceptions of the reader concerning the complex connection between disability and dependence. A multiplicity of text types and textual features increase the memorability of the novel, entangling the reader within the family...

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killing Bear by Judith Mintys

story is not merely a simple account of the incident however. It is full of stories and facts about bears, which affect how the reader reacts to the story. In the beginning, the reader expects the bear to be portrayed as a cold-blooded monster who must be killed for the safety of the primary character however this expectation is foiled throughout the story and the reader sees the bear in a very different light....   [tags: Minty Killing the Bear Essays] Dealing with Loss in Killing the Bear - Dealing...

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A Rose for Emily

see how insane she was. So the readers would expect that from Emily. Only insane people would convince themselves that a dead body is still alive, and keeping her father’s body proves her mental illness and is a huge clue that Faulkner gives. She kept the father’s corpse until the city authorities were close “to resort law and force” to dispose the body immediately because of the awful smell (Faulkner 27). The situational irony Faulkner uses is to lead the reader on to the surprise and makes them...

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Unseen Commentary on 'The Secret Life of Books' by Stephen Edgar, from Corrupted Treasures, (1995)

their readers or whether the writers of the books have crafted powerful language. Indeed the authors of these books are never mentioned. Edgar presents the books as a separate species which control (direct) us. The "absurdity" is of course that ironically, we write and read the books thus controlling each other. The theme of the power of the books is posed immediately in line 1 by alluding to "they" as having "stratagems". This creates the image of distance between the books and the readers and also...

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Ron Hansen’s Use of Characterization in “My Kid’s Dog”

falls apart because readers only care about the plot and other aspects of fiction because of how it affects a character or characters. Characterization is the process with which the writer reveals the personality of a character or characters. Characterization can also help reveal the relationship between characters and how they feel about each other. If a writer knows how to use characterization properly, he or she can really bring the story and characters to life for the reader. “My Kid’s Dog” by...

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