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Qualities of Leadership Essay

… ¶ … Qualities of Leadership

The concept of leadership is an extremely complex one. Chemers (1997) has defined leadership as "a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task." President Lincoln used his political strength to defeat the Confederation, while President Kennedy used his leadership to negotiate with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, in a way that retained the U.S. position on most topics of interest on the bilateral and international agenda.

This paper looks at the concept of leadership from different perspectives, both through historical and literary characters. It aims to show that few leaders encompass all characteristics of leadership, but that all are successful in integrating…. [read more]

Comparison to Specific Themes in the Bible Essay

… ¶ … Biblical Texts

While innovation is generally considered to be the key to success, many writers are well-aware that older recipes can be especially effective when considering a successful story. As a result, a great deal of writers focus on traditional stories and use them as inspiration for the storylines present in their texts. Gary Ross's "The Hunger Games," Raymond Carver's "The Cathedral," and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" all relate to biblical ideas and this makes it possible for readers to gain a better understanding of their plots because they feel that they are familiar.

"The Hunger Games" discuss in regard to a post-apocalyptic future and it appears that this story has little to nothing to do with the bible. However, when considering that…. [read more]

Instructor Teaching the Course, You Are Revising Reaction Paper

… ¶ … instructor teaching the course, you are revising syllabus for next semester. Which 2-3 stories do you feel are absolutely essential to include and why?

A&P" by John Updike is the 'perfect' story for people of our time and age group to read in a literature class. Every student, male or female, can relate to the situation of having a terrible, boring job, and Updike's observations about strange supermarket customers, like the women who buy gallons of pineapple juice, perfectly set the scene of the tale. On the other hand, there are still elements of the story that are somewhat historical and/or are worthy of class discussion, like the way Updike uses point-of-view and the way that the point-of-view of "A&P" is very stereotypically…. [read more]

Good Man Is Hard Research Paper

… ] one of [her] own children" she is correctly identifying herself as the ultimate source of the Misfit's misdeeds over the course of the story (O'Connor 22). Thus, instead of finding grace or forgiveness, the grandmother's last (and only useful) act is actually to condemn herself, such that her subsequent death may be seen as the story meting out some form of twisted, darkly humorous justice.

After considering each of the aforementioned discussions of Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," it became clear to me that overall, the story takes a disdainful view of the grandmother and uses the final scene a means of highlighting her various moral and intellectual failings. In particular, the essays which best helped to answer…. [read more]

Short Story or Play Thesis

… Characterization in Miller's Death of a Salesman

Willy Lowman is the modern-day tragic hero and he is nothing if he is not the epitome of the failed American Dream. Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman explores the theme of the failure of the American Dream and the nasty trail of desperation it leaves behind. Willy is a breed of new tragic heroes that do not fit under the traditional notions of the tragic hero in that he is an ordinary man in fairly typical surroundings. He is what Missy Barringer refers to as a "commonplace hero" (Barringer 311) and he becomes a success because we can relate to him in a way that we cannot relate to kings and princes. Willy is a "decent,…. [read more]

Everyday Use and the Things They Carried Essay

… English Literature

The short stories "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker and "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich both concern the American Dream to some extent. Rather than its fulfillment however, the stories describe how the dream has been broken. The persons in each respective story have a past in which the dream was whole, with the rich potential of fulfillment. The trauma and the unhappiness of reality however break the dreams and leave in their wake only a hollow echo of the innocence that was once the beginning of a dream and the promise of joy.

Everyday Use by Alice Walker

The three mainly important characters in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" are a black mother and two daughters, each representing a different aspect of the…. [read more]

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