Literature Essay Topics

The Devil and Tom Walker: Mood to Theme

In Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker”, the imagery creates a dark and disturbing mood which shows the theme of how greed will make some people do whatever it takes to get what they desire. The language or words used to describe things such as settings, a character, or an event can help create… View Article

Animal Farm Dialectic Journal

Directions:Find the quote in the novel, put it into context, add the page number from your book and then respond insightfully. Chapter 1 “And remember also that in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices.” Chapter 2 “Their most faithful disciples… View Article

My Antonia and Huckleberry Finn

Characters from various books that may or may not have anything to do with one another can be similar and different in many ways. Huckleberry Finn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and Antonia Shimerda from My Antonia by Willa Cather are similar in a variety of ways, however they have important… View Article


In the book Outliers author Malcolm Greenwell talks about a variety of topics that deal with how success is obtained by individuals who are blessed to have many different opportunities. They range from a school designed for students to excel, to being financially wealthy, or even being in the right place at the right time…. View Article

Oppression and Dehumanization in George Orwell’s 1984

George Orwell uses his novel 1984 to convey that human beings, as a species, are extremely susceptible to dehumanization and oppression in society. Orwell demonstrates how a government’s manipulation of technology, language, media, and history can oppress and degrade its citizens. In 1984 the political manipulation of technology oppresses the people of Oceania and leads… View Article

Response to Shooting an Elephant

George Orwell, one of the most famous English authors, was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, in 1903. His father was a colonial official for the British and his mother’s family also had colonial ties. In 1922, Orwell worked as a British imperial policeman in Burma for five years but he finally returned to… View Article

The Norton Introduction to Literature

“My Papa’s Waltz” was written by Theodore Roethke in XXXX. Many critics believe that “My Papa’s Waltz” lacks the strength of Roethke’s later works like “The Lost Son” and “The North American Sequence. ” However, this particular poem is one of Roethke’s most well loved, read, and discussed pieces of poetry. The narrator’s ambiguous recounting… View Article

Symbolism of the Novel Mice of Men

In this short Novel Of Mice and Men, author John Steinbeck uses symbolism to demonstrate the hardships that people had to deal with during the Depression. Rabbits represent Lennie’s dreams and the impossibility of it being fulfilled. Rabbits are a fraught symbol: we know Lennie is excited about them because they’ll be furry and lovely… View Article

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

In the novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the author, Ken Kesey, chose a patient suffering from schizophrenia to narrate the story that is based on Kesey’s own experiences. The first-person narrative of a patient, Chief Bromden, makes the asylum setting ordinary, and encourages the reader to invest in the personalities of its inhabitants… View Article

The Stolen Party

In the short story “The Stolen Party,” Lillian Heker uses theme to state the division of society, an infinitely delicate balance, the slightest change might shatter. The scene starts out with Rosaura and her mother, Herminia, waiting for Senora Ines as asked. Rosaura explains to her mother that the reason they are waiting is for… View Article

Regionalism in the World of Alistair McLeod

Imagery is used fairly often in the eastern coast of Canada may have an unforgiving and rather harsh streak, but many Canadians choose to raise their families and practice their craft there. In both short stories by Alistair McLeod; The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and The Boat, the setting of the Canadian east coast… View Article

The Fall of the House of Usher Analysis

“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story written by Edger Allan Poe in 1839. Almost everything about the story is very gloomy, dark and depressing. For example, the house is described by the narrator as “the melancholy House of Usher” and the description of Roderick Usher himself makes you think of… View Article

Shooting Dad

Sarah Vowell is best known for her smart, witty spoken essays she delivers on public radio. One of her writings called, “Shooting Dad”, is a view into her, “lifelong opposition to her father”. In the essay called “Shooting Dad”, Vowell states that “during her teenage years she came from a home that was divided”. She… View Article

A Rose for Emily

What is not under debate, however, is that the chronology deliberately manipulates and delays the reader’s final judgment of Emily Grierson by altering the evidence. In other words, what the chronology does is as important as when the events actually take place. In the same way, what the title does reveals as much as the… View Article

The Outcasts of Poker Flat Review

The Outcasts of Poker Flat and the Metaphor of Texas Hold ‘em The story of “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte is a beautifully written narrative about a character named Mr. John Oakhurst. During the story, Oakhurst is placed through a variety of situations that eventually lead to his subtle death. The story… View Article