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Self-Discovery through Literature

A memorable moment that has impacted the course of my life is when I attended my first assembly in elementary school as a transfer student. I watched as the teachers announced the student with the most Star Reader points, and a girl stands up to accept her five hundred point tag. The Star Reader brag […] Continue reading

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Reading Along the Margins & The Disruption of the Cannon:

Angelica Costilla-Mancha Professor Garcia ENG190 10 December 2019 Reading Along the Margins & The Disruption of the Cannon: In Westernized literature, the Cannon has become a concept that has informed what popular culture considers to be classic, timeless literature. Literature within the Cannon is typically perceived to have some type of permanent intrinsic value that […] Continue reading

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Knowledge is Unlimting

Jaimee Watson Professor Garcia ENG 190 December 11, 2019 Reflective Essay Upon arriving at UC Merced, I took one AP Literature class and believed I was a professional at writing analytical papers, rhetorical essays, and persuasive essays. It did not help that I passed the entrance writing exam, meaning that I did not have to […] Continue reading

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What Ones’ Slumber Can Do Others Perception

In Plate 12, line 5 (p. 101), why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred-year-old slumber described as a “female dream”? William Blake’s, Europe: A Prophecy sets a tone into a different comprehension of how we can be able to view Blake’s literature. Within this section of his work, it doesn’t persuade us to be able to predict […] Continue reading

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Accept God, But Don’t Be Deceived

Thomas Paine employed his literature that empowers a spark inside the English circles that his work has been either ridiculed or praised by readers for centuries. Contrary to popular belief, Paine was driven to express his admiration and faith in God, and just like a Newtonians, he avows the Deistic for the pursuit of happiness […] Continue reading

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Blake’s Retribution Towards Moravians

Through his work within The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake cryptically introduces his work through a theological manifesto. The passage is encoded to subliminally represent how Blake’s distaste for Moravian beliefs is due to his troubled understanding of how Heaven and Hell are set to be different from one another. Blake discovers a fluent […] Continue reading

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Same Old, Same Old?

Throughout this course we have gone over the influential nature of literature movements on newer forms of media and how varied—but sometimes similar—themes are evoked through different mediums. Specifically, we have studied the effect of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work on the evolving media landscape. To credit Tolkien and his legendarium, it’s easy to say that his … Continue reading “Same Old, Same Old?” Continue reading

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The More I Learn, the Less I Know

Ross Koppel Dr. Garcia English 190 2 May 2018 I transferred to this institution after more than a few years as a part-time community college student. The transition was not easy, but I had the wonderful experience of taking almost exclusively classes in my field after becoming a full-time student. To condense what I have […] Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Daniel Lizaola Lopez Humberto Garcia English 190: Senior Thesis May 2, 2018 I wasn’t always an English major. I was lost in the vortex of societal norms and allowed the cosmology of my origin be originated by my environment. In high school, I was influenced by Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his passions. For the duration […] Continue reading

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Reflective Essay: Ethical Conundrums in Flexible Narratives

My first English course at UC Merced was taught by Instructor Trevor Jackson, at the time I was still trying to fulfill the expectations my STEM oriented mentors expected from me, these expectations being to pursue a career in STEM. I was a disoriented Biology major, that realized I was so much happier and whole […] Continue reading

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