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Walter de Gruyter
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Walter de Gruyter
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Jan 1, 1974
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Julia Korthus
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2,0, Universität Mannheim, 6 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Der weltberühmte Roman "The Great Gatsby" wurde von Francis Scott Fitzgerald geschrieben und ist 1925 erschienen. Er wird gemeinhin als Fitzgeralds Meisterwerk bezeichnet, obwohl er sich nach seiner Veröffentlichung zunächst nur mäßig verkaufte. In dem Roman werden die Ereignisse eines Sommers im Leben von Nick Carraway erzählt, einem jungen Mann aus dem amerikanischen Mittleren Westen, der nach seinem Umzug an die Ostküste die Bekanntschaft des schwerreichen Jay Gatsby macht und in dessen glamouröse Welt hineingezogen wird. Es gibt zahlreiche Werke, die sich mit verschiedensten Aspekten dieses Romans beschäftigen. Einige behandeln die Frage, wie stark der Einfluss von Fitzgeralds eigenem Leben auf den Roman war; andere versuchen, die verschiedenen Leitmotive des Romans zu interpretieren und wieder andere beschäftigen sich mit der Frage, inwieweit die Handlung des Romans auch in heutigen Zeiten noch aktuell ist. Ein Aspekt wird in vielen dieser Arbeiten erwähnt – der "American dream". Ich möchte in dieser Hausarbeit zeigen, wie das Phänomen des "American dream" in The Great Gatsby dargestellt wird und was das Besondere am persönlichen "American dream" der Hauptfigur Jay Gatsby ist. Zunächst werde ich einen kurzen Abriss der Biografie des Autors F. S. Fitzgerald geben und mich dann mit der Figur Jay Gatsby befassen. Danach werde ich das Konzept des "American dream" vorstellen und im Anschluss daran die Besonderheit des "Gatsby-schen" Traums erläutern. Ich möchte aufzeigen, dass der Leser des Romans gerade durch Gatsbys unerschütterlichen Glauben an seinen Traum und durch seine Fähigkeit, zu hoffen, dazu gebracht wird, Sympathie mit Gatsby zu empfinden und sein Scheitern (und das seines Traums) zu bedauern.
Mandy Balzer
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Englisch - Literatur, Werke, Note: 2,0, Universität Potsdam (Anglistik & Amerikanistik), Veranstaltung: Shakespeare’s Later Comedies & Problem Plays , Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: In 1492, Christopher Columbus first landed on the American continent. This event marks the beginning of its conquest by the Europeans. Some people celebrated the sailor as a hero; others assessed him as a power-hungry and dispiteous conqueror. Many indigenous people were oppressed, enslaved and eradicated by the following European settlers (Karras and McNeill 7). By the time William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest in 1611, the English were accustomed to unimaginable stories about voyages abroad. Therefore, colonisation and exploration of the unknown islands continued to be frequent topics of conversation, heated-up by the many returning travellers. One of these stories circulated around the ‘Sea Adventure’, a flagship carrying Admiral George Somers and his crew that disappeared and was presumed lost at sea. Unbelievably, almost a full year later in the end of May, 1610, two pinnaces appeared at Jamestown carrying the staff and passengers from the ‘Sea Adventure’. The ship had – by force of a tempest – crashed on the island of Bermuda, which had – in contrast to its reputation as dangerous ‘Isle of Devils’ – a plenty of food and shelter. The stranded built their new sailing ships and completed their voyage to Jamestown (Müller, 343). Seeing the similarities between this incident and the rough plot of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, one could assume that the author got inspired by these stories to write a play, which broaches the issue of the conquest of the New World. In dealing with the recurrent motif of the master-servant relationship, I will prove that The Tempest can be perceived as a play about colonialism and subjugation. After an elaborate part about the motif, I will detail the traits of the main figures of The Tempest, which allegorize the people of the colonial era. Still, it’s not supposed to be a full characterisation and I will only name some facts due to the restricted number of pages, but it is much-needed to understand the individual relationships.
Florian Rübener
Essay aus dem Jahr 2007 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,1, Universität Duisburg-Essen (Department of Anglophone Studies), Veranstaltung: Advanced writing skills, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: J. M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace” offers a variety of different characters, which differ referring to their background, their lifestyle as well as their general behaviour. While there is a certain range of figures to choose from, picking out any to sympathise with is rather tough, as they all seem to have certain flaws. The most obvious choice for a character from any book to sympathise with would probably be the main protagonist but Coetzee’s central character seems to fail arousing sympathy or compassion at any time. David Lurie the main protagonist of “Disgrace” is quite successful in his job at the beginning of the book although he just goes through the motions in order to get along. When he starts to lose everything due to a short affair with one of his students it’s rather hard feeling sorry for him as he seems to get what he deserves and what his despicable actions have led him to. David is self-centered and his affection for his young student Melanie turns out to be quite obsessive as he consistently ignores how wrong his behaviour is. There even comes a point where he realizes that this affair is unbalanced and somehow unwanted by Melanie but still does not put it to an end: “Not rape, not quite that, but undesired nevertheless, undesired to the core. As though she had decided to go slack, die within herself for the duration, like a rabbit when the jaws of the fox close on it’s neck.”1
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