“Barn burning” is a story of famous American writer, Nobel laureate William Faulkner. It is one of the most popular works of the author, published in 1939 and, despite the fact that most of his works are rather complex for the perception of an ordinary reader, this story has managed to attract the attention of the most diverse audience.
The main subject line is the story of class conflict and revenge, as a form of human aggression, the total effect of the father determining the fate of his children.
In his short story “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe tells how one of two protagonists takes revenge on the other for some insult, not described by the author. It takes place in medieval Italy, and is told on behalf of the murderer, who immured his offender, Fortunato, alive in the wine cellar of the Montresor’s (avenger’s family) palace. The action takes place in two different locations – in the head of the murderer, where we see sober-blooded thoughts of revenge, and the cellar of his house, filled with barrels of wine, and littered with human bones.
In a dialogue with the victim, who was lured into the cellar on the pretext of tasting wine, they affect the Montresor family’s coat of arms, which shows the foot, pressing a snake – the obvious symbolism of revenge. A motto of the Montresor’s house – Nemo me impune latsessit (“No one attacks me with impunity” in Latin), leaves no doubt that Fortunato was not the first who fell the victim of revenge in this catacomb, which was unambiguously confirmed by the human bones, scattered everywhere around the cellar.
From time to time, before I fall asleep, I think about odd things: I try to imagine how I would exist on Mars, or what a person I would be, if I was born in a different country and in a different family. Yesterday I thought about what an animal I would be, if I wasn’t born a human being.
I consider that I would be a cat. Why? It is hard to explain. I think that any animal, like any person, has some typical traits of character and the traits cats possess remind me most of all my own ones.
Short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birth-Mark”, is one of the best from the entire Hawthorne’s short stories collection “Mosses from an Old Manse”. The two main protagonists of this story are the beautiful young woman called Georgiana, and her husband Aylmer, the scientist, “proficient in every branch of natural philosophy,” as ironically written by author. On her cheek Georgiana has a single crimson birthmark, which many find quite attractive, but her husband is not one of them, and on the contrary, believes that this is the only flaw that spoils the perfect beauty.
This idea took hold of him more and more, and he could not adequately react to the sight of the birthmark. Finally, Georgiana with Aylmer decided to remove the birthmark. To do that, they came to the Aylmer’s laboratory, where he was working with his assistant, Aminadab, who helped him with preparations, meanwhile thinking that if Georgiana were his wife, he would not remove the birthmark.
Steve Jobs is a co-founder of the multimillion international corporation Apple. He is known in the business world not only as an American magnate and inventor of the one of the most popular computing products in the world. Many works and articles were written to analyse and examine the way Steve Jobs is conducting business and his visionary on the development of the corporation.
One could argue that the strategy to beat strong and established Microsoft Corporation on the market with more than fifty percent share should be exceptional in order to turn to success. By entering the segment with completely new, more capital intensive and more expensive on the outcome product is almost insane, as some of the critics and economists were arguing, when Steve boosted Apple production to compete with Microsoft and further concluded that it was Steve’s genius. What makes the corporation a success is the question that can never be answered entirely. Apple was born and brought to the top lines of the business world by the innovations and inventions along with initial investments and right marketing strategy that was developed under Steve Jobs’ leadership.