Answered a Question in Sonny's Blues
In James Baldwin's story Sonny's Blues, an unnamed narrator describes the evolution of his understanding of his younger...
Answered a Question in A Raisin in the Sun
Both A Raisin in the Sun and Fences highlight father/son relationships in working class African-American families in...
Answered a Question in The Swimmer
The plot of the Swimmer is strange but simple. Neddy Merill, an affluent man of middle age who is visiting friends after a weekend of...
Answered a Question in Reference
In their own way, each member of the Younger family is a protagonist in that each of their prime motivations is a better life for...
Answered a Question in Frederick Douglass
The key connection between Douglass' narrative and Franklin's autobiography is the emphasis placed on self-reliance and a particularly...
Answered a Question in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
While there are many similarities between the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, some of the key differences...
Answered a Question in Hart Crane
The work of the American poet Hart Crane is characteristically modernist because it is formally innovative (the poet Ezra Pound's...
Answered a Question in Recitatif
Toni Morrison's "Recitatif" has a very unique and specific relationship to the concept of "truth." This is a story about race, among...
Answered a Question in Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street
First of all, Bartleby does not exactly "refuse" his work; instead, he repeatedly insists that he "prefers" not to do it. At first...
Answered a Question in Barn Burning
In William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning," a young boy named Colonel Sartoris "Sarty" Snopes comes of age by refusing to fall...
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- The Things They Carried
- Love Medicine
- To Build a Fire
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Harriet Jacobs
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
- The American Scholar
- Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man
- Invisible Man
- Going to Meet the Man
- The Flea
- Dulce et Decorum Est
- In Cold Blood
- Lost in the Funhouse
- Fun Home
- White Noise