Annotated Bibliographies

Author: Lee, Harper
Title: To kill a mocking bird
Published: 1960
To Kill a Mockingbird to Kill a Mocking Bird is based in
about 1935, right in the middle of the depression. It is set in a small
town in Alabama called Macomb. Maycomb, like most small southern towns, has
a problem with widespread racism toward Negroes. The novel focuses on one
family, the Finches. In the family there are three people, Scout, Jem and
Atticus. Atticus is a lawyer and is defending a Negro man in court (Tom
Robinson), something that was not often done in the south due to racism.

Many people feel threatened by this and feel very resentful toward Atticus.

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Throughout the novel all the members of the Finches and many others display
courage in their attempts to stand up for what they believe in.

Author: Shakespeare, William
Title: Hamlet
Published: 1606
Hamlet one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, where the young
prince of Denmark must uncover the truth about his fathers death. Hamlet a
play that tells the story of a young prince whose father recently died.

Hamlets Uncle Claudius marries his mother the queen and takes the throne.

As the play is told Hamlet finds out his father was murdered by the
recently crowned king. The theme that remains constant throughout the play
is appearance versus reality. Things within the play appear to be true and
honest but in reality are infested with evil. Many of the characters within
the play hide behind a mask of falseness. Four of the main characters that
hid behind this mask are Polonius, Rosencrantz (Guildenstern), the king

Title: Julius Caesar
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Decius Brutus and Mark
Antony, both Roman Senators, eulogize Julius Caesar, each using a different
technique and approach. Brutus, in a somewhat arrogant, to the point,
eulogy, attempts to sway the people. He justifies conspiring against Caesar
by stating that Caesar’s ambition would have hurt Rome. However, in
Antony’s eulogy, he focuses on Caesar’s positive traits, and cunningly
disproves Brutus’ justification for killing Caesar. The fickle Romans waver
between leaders, responding emotionally, rather than intellectually, to the
orators. Brutus seeks to explain why he conspired against Caesar. He begins
his speech with Romans, countrymen …, appealing to their consciousness as
citizens of Rome, who, he later says, will benefit as freeman with Caesar’s

Author: Golding, Williams
Title: Lord of the flies
Published: in England (1954)
The Truth within Lord of the Flies is the story
of a group of boys of different backgrounds who are stranded on an unknown
island when their plane crashes. As the boys try to formulate a plan to get
rescued, they begin to separate, and a band of savage tribal hunters are
formed. Eventually the boys almost entirely shake off the civilization of
the world they once knew. When all the confusion of behavior leads them to
a manhunt the reader realizes the sudden decay of law and order and loss of
civilization when adults aren’t among them. Which also brings out the
underlying savage side existent in all humans? In Lord of the Flies, there
were numerous themes that were portrayed throughout the novel. The Need for
Civilization is the most obvious theme. Our beliefs were always leaded to
believe that man is innocent and that our society is evil. But what the
statement is hiding from our peers is that without laws, rules, and order,
our world would revert to a more primitive part of his nature. Which of
course is a darker and cruel place to live our lives?
Author: Sophocles
Title: Oedipus
Oedipus and Antigone are blood relatives; and
as in many relatives, they have both striking similarities and minor
differences. Oedipus was the son of King Laus and Queen Jocasta. Oedipus
was a very strong king during his reign until the city of Thebes was struck
by a plague sent by the gods. Oedipus was a strong leader and the people of
Thebes were happy during his time of leadership. Oedipus had a very short
temper. When Creon brought the blind profit to speak with Oedipus and the
profit told Oedipus that it was he who murdered the king, Oedipus flew into
a rage and blamed Creon for the crime. Another example of Oedipus’s
enormous temper was when the three highways met and Oedipus wanted to go
ahead of an old man and his workers. Oedipus had a tantrum and killed all
but one man. This is now known as modern day road rage. Antigone was the
daughter/sister of the former king of Thebes, Oedipus. Antigone was a very
strong woman. She stuck up for what she believed even if the consequences
were harsh, such as death.

Author: John Steinbeck
Title: Of mice and men
Published: by Covici, Friede, Inc. 1937
The book that I have read that has really stayed
with me is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I really enjoyed reading it
which is unusual because I usually don’t enjoy reading to much. There was
something about George and Lennie’s friendship that really made me think.

Seeing how they were and how they shared life was really interesting.

George didn’t have to bother with Lennie, he could have abandoned him and
gone on his own way. But he did not do that, he stayed with Lennie watching
over him almost like a parent to a child. Even though Lennie always got
George in trouble, George never stooped loving him and always stood by him.

The friendship they shared went beyond what was transparent they each
shared a dream and both knew they meant the world to each other. I felt
that if these totally different people could get along and look out for
each other, why can’t we get along with people who are different than us.

They made me realize that I could learn something from how to treat people
who are different than me. What I also liked about it was the way they
never stopped trying to reach their dream. This made me think that if they
could work hard for there dream why I can’t. It showed me that it does not
matter were you come from or what you do, it is okay to dream and work as
hard as you can to reach it. For all it shows for friendship and loyalty it
also shows how sometimes you have to do things you never thought you would
do. For example in the end when George is forced to shoot Lennie in the
head you would never have thought he would do that, but you can see that
under the circumstances he had no other choice. He only had two choices let
the other people get to him first and watch them torture Lennie while he
died a long horrible death or do it himself and get it over quick were
Lennie did not know what hit him. This is also true in life, many times we
are faced with tuff choices and even though they may be the hardest you
will have to go through, you know that that is the only way. You come to
the realization that everything you thought you was about, can all change
with a blink of the eye.

Author: by S. E. Hinton
Title: The outsiders
Published: in the UK by Collins Tracks
The Outsiders In this book analysis, about the book “The Outsiders” by S.

E. Hinton I will discuss character and plot development, as well as the
setting, the author’s style and my opinions about the book. In this part of
the analysis I will give some information about the subjects of the book,
and about the author. The author wrote the story when she was just 16 years
old, in the 1950s. The book was successful, and it was sold, and still
being sold, in many copies as a young adult’s novel. There was a movie made
about it, and today there are still many schools that use this book in
junior high and high schools for English classes. There were plays made
about the book too. The Outsiders is about a gang. They live in a city in
Oklahoma. Pony boy Curtis, a 14 year old greaser, tells the story. Other
characters include Soda pop and Darry, Ponyboy’s brothers, Johnny, Dallas,
and Two- Bit, which were also gang members and Ponyboy’s friends.

Author: August Wilson
Title: Fences
Published: by the Taunton Press
In the play Fences, which was written by August
Wilson, Bono, Gabe, and Alberta are all very important people in Troy’s
life. Bono is Troy’s best friend, and through him the reader learns that
Troy is a very strong character. Through Gabe, people can see some of the
guilt Troy has inside. Alberta helped Troy escape from his problems, and
have a few laughs every once in awhile. Each one of these characters tells
the reader something different about Troy. Throughout the years, Bono has
always been there for Troy. They have been friends for about eighteen
years. Bono never hesitated to tell Troy anything, especially his opinion
on Alberta.

Title: Twelve angry men
Twelve Angry Men Sometimes in life your professions reflect on your
personalities. Twelve Angry Men is an example of where this occurs. Twelve
men are brought together in a room to decide whether a boy is guilty of
killing his father. Whether they brought good or bad qualities from their
profession, they all affected the outcome. The leadership skills of
Courtney Vance, the compassion of Dorian Harwood, and the opinionated Tony
Danza affected the actions and decisions in the jury room. Courtney Vance
is a high school football coach; his position in the jury room is a
foreman. On the football field, Vance acts as a mediator, a leader, and an
organizer. As a foreman for this trial, Vance definitely carries all those
traits into the jury room with him. If it were not for Vance, there would
not have been any order in the jury room. He acts as a coach in the jury
room as he formed fine lines of respect. He acts as a mediator for all of
the arguments that went on in the jury room. Every time, Vance is there to
calm everyone down and gain back order in the room.

Author: Charles Dickens
Title: Tale of two cities
Tale of Two Cities takes place in France and England during the
troubled times of the French Revolution. There are travels bythe
characters between the countries, but most of the action takes place in
Paris, France. The wine shop in Paris is the hot spot for the French
revolutionists, mostly because the wine shop owner, Ernest Defarge, and his
wife, Madame Defarge, are key leaders and officials of the revolution.

Action in the book is scattered out in many places; such as the Bastille,
Tellson’s Bank, the home of the Manettes, and largely, the streets of

Author: Mina and Lucy and journal entries by Jonathan and Dr. Seward
Title: Dracula
Published: May 1897
Bram Stoker’s Dracula The setting of the story begins
in 19th century Europe, in the eerie country of Transylvania. The story
begins with a solicitor from England named Jonathan Harker is sent by a
business man to meet with an old Count named Dracula at his castle located
far from civilization. Residents of Transylvania who become aware of his
destination begin crossing themselves and giving him garlic and blessings.

As a result of these gestures, Mr. Harker soon develops an uneasy feeling
about visiting the mysterious Count. He arrives atCastleDracula
regardless, and makes his acquaintances with Dracula. He soon realizes that
the count is no normal human, but an evil, blood-sucking vampire, who can
command animals and elements with the wave of his hand. Harker escapes but
the Count has devised an intricate plan to move to London and exercise his
evil forces on innocent people there. However, a group of friends,
including an open-minded, but ingenious professor, a psychologist, an
American, a rich man, as well as Jonathan Harker and his wife Mina, learn
of the Count’s sinister plan and pledge to destroy him before he can create
an army of un-dead vampires.

Author: Mary Shelley
Title: Frankenstein
Published: 1931
In the story “Frankenstein,” written by the author
Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein decided that wanted to create a being out
of people that were already dead. He believed that he could bring people
back from the grave. Playing with nature in such a way would make him play
the role of God. With Victor Frankenstein feeling that he had no true
friends, the only relief he had of expressing his feeling was through
letters to Elizabeth. Elizabeth was not Victors’ true sister but he loved
her very dearly, making sure to always write her when ever he had the
chance. Yet, when Victor left something strange came over him. Already
being interested in subjects such as natural philosophy and chemistry, he
falls upon the question of how to bring someone back to life. He became
very involved in this project and worked on it for days on end. The project
had to do with defying the laws of nature. Victor believe wholeheartedly
that he could bring the dead back to life. He felt that the dead were not
ready to die and they were just resting. Victor became so self absorbed
into his project that he seem to forget all that was important to him.

Author: Crichton, Michael
Title: Jurassic Park #2
Published: Ballantine Books City 1990
A Brief Summary of the Plot. A billionaire has created a
technique to clone dinosaurs. From the left behind DNA that his crack team
of scientists and experts extract he is able to grow the dinosaurs in labs
and lock them up on an island behind electrified fences. He has created a
sort of theme park on the island which is located off the west coast of
Costa Rica. The island is called Isla Nublar. He plans to have the entire
planet come and visit his wondrous marvels. He asks a group of scientists
from several different fields to come and view the park, but something
terribly goes wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts
down the power. II. A Description of the Most Important Aspects of the
Contents. The main characters in the book are: John Hammond who is a
billionaire developer who has used his resources to create the dinosaur
filled island known as Jurassic Park. He is an old grandfather, and he dies
in the book by a dinosaur known as a Procompsognathus. Dr. Alan Grant who
is a renowned paleontologist who agrees to visit Jurassic Park only to find
out it is the home of several Dinosaurs. Unlike the movie Dr. Grant loves
kids in the book.