CliffsNotes on Orwell's 1984

Author: Nikki Moustaki

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544179307

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 84

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on 1984 introduces you to the modern world as imagined by George Orwell, a place where humans have no control over their own lives, where nearly every positive feeling is squelched, and where people live in misery, fear, and repression. Orwell's vision of the future may be grim, but your understanding of his novel can be bright thanks to detailed summaries and commentaries for every chapter. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Orwell's Animal Farm

Author: Daniel Moran

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 9780764586699

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 80

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Provides a summary of the life and times of George Orwell, an introduction to the novel, character analyses, critical commentaries, and a review.

Animal Farm

Author: Lona MacGregor,Tony Buzan

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series

ISBN: 9780764108198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 86

View: 1958

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Offers commentary profiling major themes, settings, characters, style, and viewpoints while asking leading questions and summarizing important details

1984

Author: Gilbert Borman,Frank H. Thompson, Jr.

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 9780822008996

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 55

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If your latest assignment has you so confused that you're actually beginning to think that 2 + 2 does equal 5, then let CliffsNotes on 1984 help you navigate the tumultuous waters of George Orwell's dystopian world of Oceania. The expert commentaries and critical analyses in this study guide will help you decipher the Doublethink and Newspeak of what is possibly the most complicated socio-political novel ever written. Character studies of protagonist Winston Smith, his ally and love interest Julia, his nemesis O'Brien, and Big Brother himself give you insight into what it might be like to live in such an oppressed society, and the CliffsNotes Review and Resource Center will provide you with valuable tools for getting the most out of Orwell's classic novel.

CliffsNotes on Houston's Farewell To Manzanar

Author: Mei Li Robinson

Publisher: Cliffs Notes

ISBN: 9780822004639

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 80

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. CliffsNotes on Farewell to Manzanar explores the autobiographical childhood memories of the author’s wartime incarceration in a Japanese-American internment camp. Following the first-person story of American-born Jeanne Wakatsuki, who was 7 years old when her family was forced into confinement with 10,000 other Asian-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each chapter within a narrative that spans three decades. Other features that help you figure out this important work include Author background, including coverage of Jeanne’s healing return to Manzanar Introduction to the novel, with historical perspective Critical essays on style, settings, and themes Character analyses of Jeanne Wakatsuki and her parents Review section that features suggested essay topics Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

CliffsNotes on Golding's Lord of the Flies

Author: Maureen Kelly

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054418257X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 112

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on Lord of the Flies takes you on an exploration of William Golding's novel to the dark side of humanity, the savagery that underlies even the most civilized human beings. Follow Golding's group of young boys from hope to disaster and watch as they attempt to survive their uncivilized, unsupervised, and isolated environment. You can rely on CliffsNotes on Lord of the Flies for character analyses, insightful essays, and chapter-by-chapter commentaries to ensure your safe passage through the rich symbolism of this novel. Other features that help you study include A brief synopsis of the novel A character map to help you see relationships among the characters A glossary that helps you get the most out of your reading An interactive quiz to test your knowledge Essay topics and review questions Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Alice in Wonderland

Notes

Author: Carl Senna

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 9780822001409

Category: Study Aids

Page: 64

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. CliffsNotes on Emerson’s Essays explores the influential writings of a gifted scholar and humanitarian. Covering six of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s major works, this study guide provides critical commentaries on the content of the following essays: Nature “The American Scholar” “The Over-Soul” “Self-Reliance” “The Transcendentalist” “The Poet” Other features that help you figure out Emerson’s view on nature, the human soul, and transcendental ideology include Background on the author, along with a chronology of his life Critical essays on Emerson, Unitarianism, and the God Within, plus coverage of Emerson’s use of metaphor Explanation of difficult allusions, words, and phrases found throughout the intellectual’s essays Review questions and suggested essays topics Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

George Orwell's Animal Farm

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438128711

Category: Dystopias in literature

Page: 175

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Discusses the characters, plot, and writing of Animal farm by George Orwell. Includes critical essays on the novel and a brief biography of the author.

The Girl with the Silver Eyes

Author: Willo Davis Roberts

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1534421327

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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Katie Welker is used to being alone. She would rather read a book than deal with other people. Other people don’t have silver eyes. Other people can’t make things happen just by thinking about them! But these special powers make Katie unusual, and it’s hard to make friends when you’re unusual. Katie knows that she’s different but she’s never done anything to hurt anyone so why is everyone afraid of her? Maybe there are other kids out there who have the same silver eyes . . . and the same talents . . . and maybe they’ll be willing to help her.

CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer

Author: Daniel Moran

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544181956

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 112

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer, you come to understand how each of these stories deals with the "dark side" of the human character. Heart of Darkness is a journey up the Congo River to where an ivory agent, Kurtz, has succumbed to human weakness and evil, and has disintegrated into a grotesque creature. The Secret Sharer is an allegorical examination of a timid man who struggles to stifle the more physical and dangerous part of himself. Eventually, he resolves this duality and becomes more daring — and, therefore, more complete. This concise supplement to Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer helps you understand the overall structure of the novels, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include Part-by-part summaries and commentaries Character maps that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays that provide expert insight on the novels' structure Review sections that test your knowledge Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Animal Farm (MAXNotes Literature Guides)

Author: Joseph Scalia

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 9780738672984

Category: Study Aids

Page: 96

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REA's MAXnotes for George Orwell's Animal Farm MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.

A Life Decoded

My Genome: My Life

Author: J. Craig Venter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202564

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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The triumphant memoir of the man behind one of the greatest feats in scientific history Of all the scientific achievements of the past century, perhaps none can match the deciphering of the human genetic code, both for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our future. In A Life Decoded, J. Craig Venter traces his rise from an uninspired student to one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. Here, Venter relates the unparalleled drama of the quest to decode the human genome?a goal he predicted he could achieve years earlier and more cheaply than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project, and one that he fulfilled in 2001. A thrilling story of detection, A Life Decoded is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.

Twelve Angry Men

Author: Reginald Rose

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440627185

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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A landmark American drama that inspired a classic film and a Broadway revival—featuring an introduction by David Mamet A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, Twelve Angry Men holds at its core a deeply patriotic faith in the U.S. legal system. The play centers on Juror Eight, who is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal prejudices or biases. Reginald Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture to form of them—and of America, at its best and worst. After the critically acclaimed teleplay aired in 1954, this landmark American drama went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. More recently, Twelve Angry Men had a successful, and award-winning, run on Broadway. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Modern Critical Interpretations Set, 83-Volumes

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub

ISBN: 9780791096864

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

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" Presents important and scholarly criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature" The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism" Contains notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index" Introductory essay by Harold Bloom

The Most Human Human

What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us about Being Alive

Author: Brian Christian

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307476707

Category: Computers

Page: 303

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Explores how computers are reshaping ideas about what it means to be human profiling the annual Turing Test to assess a computer's capacity for thought while analyzing related philosophical, biological, and moral issues.

The Character of Rain

A Novel

Author: Amelie Nothomb

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429978965

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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The Japanese believe that until the age of three, children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child." On their third birthday they fall from grace and join the rest of the human race. In Amelie Nothomb's new novel, The Character of Rain, we learn that divinity is a difficult thing from which to recover, particularly if, like the child in this story, you have spent the first tow and a half years of life in a nearly vegetative state. "I remember everything that happened to me after the age of two and one-half," the narrator tells us. She means this literally. Once jolted out of her plant-like , tube-like trance (to the ecstatic relief of her concerned parents), the child bursts into existence, absorbing everything that Japan, where her father works as a diplomat, has to offer. Life is an unfolding pageant of delight and danger, a ceaseless exploration of pleasure and the limits of power. Most wondrous of all is the discovery of water: oceans, seas, pools, puddles, streams, ponds, and, perhaps most of all, rain-one meaning of the Japanese character for her name. Hers is an amphibious life. The Character of Rain evokes the hilarity, terror, and sanctity of childhood. As she did in the award-winning, international bestesller Fear and Trembling, Nothomb grounds the novel in the outlines of her experiences in Japan, but the self-portrait that emerges from these pages is hauntingly universal. Amelie Nothomb's novels are unforgettable immersion experiences, leaving you both holding your breath with admiration, your lungs aching, and longing for more.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Graphic Novel

Author: William Shakespeare,John McDonald

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781420508406

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 144

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Presents Shakepeare's comedy of marriage, tangled love affairs, and feuding fairies as an adaptation in graphic novel format.

Deception in War

Author: Jon Latimer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910670675

Category: History

Page: 532

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Deception has been an integral part of warfare since Troy accepted a wooden horse from the Acheans, but it has generally been looked on as the ruses de guerre of cunning individuals rather than as an integral part of the command skills necessary for success. Even today, though military commanders are expected to include deception in their operational planning, they are not taught its principles and methods. Military historians likewise often underestimate its importance. Yet the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War was a failure because Major-General George B. McClellan was fooled into thinking the way to Richmond was blocked, when it was not. The success of the Normandy invasion in 1944 was in large part due to the greatest ever act of military deception -- and a colossal achievement -- Operation Bodyguard. This book is the first to describe fully the place of deception in warfare and to explain the principles that make deception successful. Jon Latimer shows how simple some tricks have been, but also how technology has increased the range and subtlety of what is possible, using for instance bogus radio traffic, virtual images, even smell. He draws examples from land, sea and air, and these are invariably entertaining. There is something delicious about not only beating an opponent, but doing so through guile.

Bloom's Guides -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Harold Bloom,Maya Angelou

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 9780791077689

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 100

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Includes a brief biography of Maya Angelou, thematic and structural analysis of the work, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.