"Reader" Essays and Research Papers

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Benito Cereno - Reader Response Criticism

Most readers of Benito Cereno will be surprised when the African conspiracy is finally revealed. Although Melville begins the novella with ominous imagery, the text is designed to lead the reader away from the true events of the San Dominick. The point of view of Benito Cereno is the major tool Melville uses to trick the reader. The story is written in the third person, but expresses Delano's thoughts and observations. Most readers will trust Delano's judgement, and his observations of Don Benito...

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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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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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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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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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How Had Steinbeck Prepare the Reader for Chap 5?

OF MICE AND MEN How does Steinbeck prepare the reader for Chapter 5? Steinbeck has prepared the audience for what is about to happen in chapter five in many ways such as: How Lennie is always in trouble, the death of the mouse, Candy's dog, the pup etc. The way he has used this makes the readers quite aware of what might happen admirably. Within the first chapter, you are immediately known how Lennie manages to get into some sort of trouble which causes him and George to flea. Like for example...

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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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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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Lord of the Flies Reader Response for Chapters 1-4

starting a community is. The reader is led through Ralph’s frustration regarding the boy’s unwillingness to listen to him or the other older members, and will not or do the responsible work that would satisfy the group’s needs. Contrasting this wearisome and painfully not cohesive group, the hunters start to form a bond and the “littuns” are carefree splashing in the ocean and playing games within the forest. Emotions run heavy throughout these opening chapters, allowing the reader to experience the fear...

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