The use of dialogue as a formal device does not make a novel polyphonic in the Bakhtinian sense; genuine polyphony entails a sense of ambivalence, a situation where the different voices compete with one another and represent alternative viewpoints between which the reader cannot make a straightforward choice.) In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov is the main focalizer: his point of view is adopted by the thi...
- A essay on Everyday Use depicts the delicate transition that African-Americans encountered moving out of the era of slavery and oppression, and into a new era of choices and evaluation of what their history means to them.
Over several essays, Rav Ashlag expounded on the reasons why there will not be peace in the world until there is unity and brotherly love throughout the world. He also explains that the more the world suffers from the adverse consequences of what researchers, Twenge and Campbell, call “the narcissism epidemic,” the more people will turn their anger against Jews. Subconsciously, people expect the Jews to pave the way for a better society, namely to be “a light unto nations.” Until the Jews carry out this task, the animosity and accusations against them will grow.
- Essays on The House on Mango Street examine Sandra Cisneros novel that has successfully taken several controversial issues such as immigration, poverty, religion, and rape and brought those issues into human form.
- The Heart of a Lonely Hunter essays discuss a book by Carson McCuller about a man’s struggle with political forces that keep him in exile.
- A Worn Path by Eudora Welty essays examine the short story of an elderly African-American woman named Phoenix on a journey through the woods to acquire some much-needed medicine for her grandson.
FactF: A good man is a good man, and a bad man is a bad man, just as a good Hebrew is a good Hebrew and a bad one is a bad one. This is vice versa as well. You can go anywhere in the world and see people acting horribly to one another. This is not something new. The difference is the Hebrews shun, reject and denounce those among them who act out of line with the morals of their people. This is also true for many other peoples, the difference is that the Hebrew expects a permanent change before the individual can be respected as they once were in the community. Many other nations celebrate the sociopath and tolerate the liar and the psychopath and then wonder why things are going bad. As examples we have leaders of many of the arabic nations. Whos leaders lie, cheat, steal, starve their own people all the while touting their greatness. We see this same thing in North Korea. This is something that most often is abnormal in Jewish society.
It would necessitate the incorporation of vital international symbolisminto our civil religion, or, perhaps a better way of putting it, it would resultin American civil religion becoming simply one part of a new civil religion ofthe world.
There seems little doubt that a successful negotiationof this third time of trial-the attainment of some kind of viable and coherentworld order-would precipitate a major new set of symbolic forms.
If the whole God symbolism requires reformulation, there will beobvious consequences for the civil religion, consequences perhaps of liberalalienation and of fundamentalist ossification that have not so far beenprominent in this realm.
- Life of Edgar Allen Poe essays discuss an paper specification for an autobiography of the writer along with opinions about his writings and what made him select his themes.
- The Soft-Hearted Sioux essays delve into a story about a transformation that takes place in a young Native American boy as he gets older.
- The essays on social class in American Literature will attempt to show that many writers show an intense awareness of the phenomena of social class and are astute in their observations of the effect that the existence of social stratification has upon people.