Critical Analysis: “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner

“Barn Burning” is a sad story because it very clearly shows the classical struggle between the “privileged” and the “underprivileged” classes.  Time after time emotions of despair surface from both the protagonist and the antagonist involved in the story. This story outlines two distinct protagonists and two distinct antagonists.  The first two are Colonel Sartoris…

Critical Analysis of “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor’s background influenced her to write the short story “Revelation.” One important influence on the story is her Southern upbringing. During her lifetime, Southerners were very prejudiced towards people of other races and lifestyles. They believed that people who were less fortunate were inferior to them; therefore, people were labeled as different things and…

The Canterbury Tales: Character Analysis of Chaucer’s Knight

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written in approximately 1385, is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by various people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from London, England.  Prior to the actual tales, however, Chaucer offers the reader a glimpse of fourteenth century life by way of what he refers to…

Clifford Stoll’s The Cuckoo’s Egg: Summary & Analysis

“The Cuckoo’s Egg” is a story of persistence, love for one’s work and is just plain funny!  The story starts out with Clifford Stoll being “recycled” to a computer analyst/webmaster. Cliff, as he is affectionately called, is a long-haired ex-hippie that works at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  He originally was an astronomer, but since his grant…

Daniel Levinson’s Seasons of Man: Summary & Analysis

In May of 1977, Daniel Levinson constructed a model of the seasons of a man’s life.  His developmental theory consists of universal stages or phases that extend from the infancy state to the elderly state.  Most development theories, such as Freud’s psychosexual development theory or Piaget’s cognitive development theory, end in the adolescent stage of…

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”: Summary & Analysis

“Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is thick with allegory. “Young Goodman Brown” is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interferes with his relations with the community…

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights: Catherine Analysis

The purpose of this paper is to assess the novel, “Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Bronte, particularly within the context of the character, Catherine. Catherine plays a prominent role throughout “Wuthering Heights.” For the most part, it is her love of Heathcliff which represents the crutch of the human struggle encountered by Catherine, as well as…

Anthony Arblaster’s Viva la Liberta!: Politics in Opera: Summary & Analysis

Viva la Liberta! – Politics in Opera by Anthony Arblaster is published by Verso in 1992 in London, Great Britain. It was the book’s first edition and publication. The book contains 340 pages of text, no illustrations, and includes a tables of contents, nine main chapters, conclusion, notes and and an index. The chapters start…