Book Review Samples

Essay on Woman by Mary Leapor

Small Battle for Women’s Rights

Nowadays no one is surprised when women become presidents or prefer to earn money, while their husbands stay at home with children. Nevertheless, women in England in the 18th century could not even dream of proper education, not to mention such liberties. Though, of course, some of them were indignant at such unfairness and wanted changes.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck packed his novel with a lot of emotions and backgrounds of people with different stories, lives and attitudes. The book narrates the reader a touching story of a friendship between two men during one of the most difficult times in the United States history – the time of the Great Depression in 1930s. Conjoined with the common dream to open their own farm, friends arrive to their new work place and start building up relationships with other workers.

“Of Mice and Men” is a practical and emotional illustration of America’s working class dreams and hopes and shocking reality and tragedy of people’s lives. Steinbeck creates a story based on the contrast between its main characters: physically strong and “simple” Lenny and more rational and proactive George, who supports and completes his friend and their joint “picture” in front of other workers at the farm. The book starts with the cross-country journey of friends in search of job, symbolical beginning that reflects the search for truth and justice in the Great Depression America.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Reading this book we first come across prologue and then the story begins with Elphaba’s Munchkinlander parents and the birth of Elphaba. The tale then reveals as she grows into a child, then a teen and as she joins the Shiz University.

Among the fellow students there is this snobbish and immaculate Glinda, the future Good Witch of the North, who Elphaba is compelled to share a room with. Despite of a bumpy beginning, these two become good friends in the course of time. As it turns out, Elphaba’s dependant sister, Nessarose, who will ultimately arise to be the Wicked Witch of the East, later joins them at Shiz University.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Sometimes it is difficult to establish the definite plot or the theme of any given book. However, examining the manner in which the author of the Twilight has interwoven his plot it is crucial to say that Twilight is more of a love story. Examining the nature of literary tools employed such as suspense and imagery it would be instrumental to assert that it’s equally less vampire anecdote than it is passionate morality tale. This is due to the fact that our superwoman, Bella, compels us to follow her along her romance with the gorgeous, faultless vampire Edward. Hence, what makes this book to be exceptional is that the author has managed to explore and present his theme of romance and abstinence with unchallenged clarity.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

To kill a Mocking Bird is a classic narrative that is anchored within the perimeters of social injustices. Examining the trend of the plot it is paramount to assert that the author have profoundly employed such literary tools as symbolism and imagery to represent his arguments. By means of situational ironies he presents the nature of people who live in the Macomb, an almost dormant town in northern Alabama. This observation is vividly illustrated by the main characters Scout, Jem and Dill. It is through the eyes of these children that the author has managed to paint a glaring picture of racism when a Blackman is hauled into trial for being accused of raping a white woman. Examining the context of the book it would be paramount to argue that the book explores the innate social ills which the society is afraid to grapple with due to diverse social singularities such as racism as well as ethnic hatred. Thus, To kill a mocking bird can be said to be a literary classic story due to its captivating warm as well as satiric and devastating suspense.

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