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Apart from studying who Crane affected, studies have been conducted to see who affected Crane. After much research, analysts concluded that Crane’s creed, the origin of his writing style, was, unlike other authors, seemingly, independently realized. The only traceable impact an author had on Crane was Rudyard Kipling and his novel The Light that Failed. S. C. Osborn notes that Crane’s famous image at the end of Chapter IX in The Red Badge of Courage, “The sun was pasted against the sky like a wafer,” is also in Kipling’s The Light That Failed. In The Light that Failed, a young boy called Dick Heldar grows up to become a successful artist thanks to his illustrations on wars for the London newspapers. Osborn concludes that Crane’s early works have strong reflections of Kipling’s work, such as the “impressionistic ‘modern’ imagery, the sententious, often flippant, dialogue, and a keen sense of the ironic”. Crane was equally affected by the problems of his time. For example, when Crane visited the slums of New York and saw unfortunate people in poverty and suffering along, and he decided to write about it in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. However, an even bigger real world problem conveyed in Crane’s work was the problem of racism and how it was reflected in The Monster and The Whilomville Stories.

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Three Limericks   There once was a man named Watt, Who always devised cruel plots, One tragic day, Watt turned to clay, So we hid him in a yacht.     There once was a cat from Muscat, Who claimed to be thin as a bat, After many years, He ate human ears, And became Read more…

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The Plague       When Mr. Watt comes to Hong Kong,   I’ll find a place to hide,   I hope I won’t be there for long,   but that’s what I’ll decide.     The wait may be long and weary,   but it’s what I must do,   I may eat my Read more…

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“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” –George Bernard Shaw   This can be true for many people because some people look at heaven as a place to reunite with loved ones that passed away earlier. This is because when they can be with them, they are happy again. If a family was like that Read more…

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Plastic Bottle ==>Fabric   There is a company in Hong Kong that shipped 30,000 blankets to Japan in 2011 to help all the people that lost their homes in the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2011. Why and how did they do this? The answer to this question can start in Read more…