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Geography Matters…

The most important motif throughout literature is setting. Simply put, in Foster’s words, “Geography Matters…” The place where each character finds himself/herself in different scenes is important to the meaning of the work and serves as a motif in the … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg and Lionel Trilling

To be added to Wikipedia under Early Life and Family: Leading up to his time at Columbia, Ginsberg planned to become a labor organizer. It was not until his arrival and engagement in literature classes that he became more interested … Continue reading

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Water and Literature

The story of The Flood in Genesis is used as a motif throughout literature. The motif of water deals with cleansing and rebirth. The story states that God caused a flood to rid the Earth of all of Humanities’ sins … Continue reading

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140 Million Miles From Home

  Imagine, you are on a year long mission to be one of the first people to walk on Mars. After a nine month trip to the red planet, 6 days into your stay a powerful dust storm hits. In … Continue reading

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King Phillip’s Burning of Simsbury

In order to further understand early American Literature we must look into the relations between the Natives and the European settlers. The Europeans arrived in America to meet well established native nations who have had claims on the land thousands … Continue reading

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