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Perspective (in Shooting an Elephant), Consider the passage from other character viewpoints- Why did locals act in that way.

First viewpoint -The locals wanted a spectacle, out in the countryside there isn’t much to entertain them. “Their faces were all happy and excited about this bit of fun” -The villagers are angry because elephant destroy the village and kill an India guy. “I round the hut and saw a man dead sprawling in the […]

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Reflection, Why has Orwell (and in what way) changed his opinion, compared to when he was there?

Orwell’s perspective: At the time Orwell would have hesitated and thought that it was the wrong thing to do. Older offices perspective: He could have thought that it was the right thing to do by fufilling his duty protecting the villagers. Orwell thinks that the Burmese people appointed by the British only pretended to be […]

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Angkarn Kalayanapong (1926-2012)

Renowned Thai poet Angkarn Kalayanapong passed away today in Bangkok at the age of 86. Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat in 1926, Angkarn challenged traditional Thai poetic conventions in his groundbreaking poems. While initially criticized by the cultural and literary establishment, he was finally recognized as a leading voice in contemporary Thai poetics, and was honored […]

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Example of Blog Post: Bradbury’s metaphors

From the opening pages of Bradbury’s novel, it is clear to the reader that metaphors and similes will be essential in understanding the story. The creation of vivid imagery (both literal and figurative imagery) is a key tool that Bradbury uses to help us experience his fictional world. On the first page, the hose for Montag’s flame thrower is […]

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“On Doomsday, I will say aloud,/I came from the world with my heart full of hope”

A beautiful, sobering article by journalist/poet Eliza Griswold about “Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry.”  Griswold visits with members of a secret group of Afghan women who risk the punishment of their fathers, brothers, and husbands to write poems exploring their hopes and desires. When discovered, women have been beaten, and sometimes killed, for writing their […]

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