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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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English was Lit(erally the Best)

    I originally declared myself an English major thinking I’d be focusing on grammar and how to write properly. I was greatly surprised to find out I’d be dissecting some of the most impactful pieces of literature to have existed and reaping the knowledge they contain. My time as an English major has taught me […] Continue reading

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Reflection: My Time as an English Major

Alejandro Joseph Serrano Professor Humberto Garcia Senior Thesis: William Blake 10 December, 2019 Reflection: My Time as an English Major The story in which I became an English major is not an ordinary tale for readers. In order to understand my academic career at the University of California, Merced, there is a bit of context […] Continue reading

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Reflective Essay: How Literature Changed My Life in UC Merced

Before applying to UC Merced, or any university at all, I was always hesitant about what I wanted to do with my future. Being an only child alongside my mother in the small crowded area of Koreatown with Los Angeles was a struggle. The bills pile up while our way of living was never improving. […] Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography on Guillermo del Toro My paper will analyze the works and creations established by Mexican director, screenwriter, and author Guillermo del Toro. His projects exemplified in exploring different realms of creativity in order to portray numerous amount of worlds similar to ours. His usage of special effects as a makeup artist in his […] Continue reading

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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2019-11-20 11:39:45

Research Paper Abstract & Annotated Bibliography              In my paper, I will discuss the significance of both illustrated and written symbols in Blake’s works that contribute to an anti-slavery critique on powers such as Christianity and politics. I set out to do a close reading on The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper, and the […] Continue reading

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Songs of Dichotomy and Nuance: The Contradictions between and Intentions Among Blake’s  The Songs of Innocence and The Songs of Experience (Working Title)(ABSTRACT)

Alejandro Joseph Serrano Professor Humberto Garcia Senior Thesis: William Blake 19 November, 2019 Songs of Dichotomy and Nuance: The Contradictions between and Intentions Among Blake’s  The Songs of Innocence and The Songs of Experience ABSTRACT: In this paper I will discuss how the lessons that can be taught within the works of William Blake’s Songs […] Continue reading

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“Objects of Charity”: Capitalist Philanthropy in Songs of Innocence and of Experience

My paper will provide a Marxist analysis of charity schools and how these institutions foster capitalism. The presence of religion in the poems of Songs of Innocence and of Experience makes it easy to overlook the greater social issues that underlie the texts. This paper argues that through the alienation of children characters by religious […] Continue reading

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Self Improvement vs. Self-Destruction

The end of William Blake’s Milton, reveals powerful, provoking images of what appears to be two men engaging in oral sexual activities. In response to the question of how the engraved images of male-to-male oral sex relate to self-annihilation, I pose the idea that the two figures in the images are really alternative versions of one’s true […] Continue reading

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Free Yourself, Don’t Wait to Be Freed

How are the engraved images of male-to-male oral sex (simulated or actual?) related to self-annihilation?  Examine the two images below in the context of the second book’s conclusion (pages 200-3) The simulated (or actual) act of oral sex (or masturbation) relates to self-annihilation in the sense that one is freeing themselves from slavery. What brought […] Continue reading

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