Larry Henagin term paper English George Orwell's novel, 1984 serves as a warning for us to be on guard against the intrusive power of government and the potential growth of totalitarianism. Therefore, with the recent collapse of communism and the rearrangement of European states, it is reasonable to state that 1984 is still relevant today. A number of critics have not only praised Orwells's novel but also recognized its importance for today. 1984 enables students to comprehend the oppression created by past totalitarian regimes. In the Novel Mein Kampf by Hitler, he stated "The individual should accept his personal insignificance, dissolve himself in a higher power and then feel proud in participating in the strength and glory of this higher power." Hitler believes an individual should give up their freedoms and devote themselves to their government. Lenin stated in his speech to the commissars of education in 1923 "Give us the child for eight years, and it will be a bolshevist forever." Lenin believes that he could brainwash a child into believing anything he wanted the child to believe if he was given enough time. These statements by Hitler and Lenin demonstrate the dangers of a totalitarian system of government. J.B. Watson believed that he could train a healthy child to become anything he wanted them to if he was given a place which would allow him to do so. (J.B. Watson, 1926) This is why it is important to be aware of the dangers of a totalitarian government and the problems it may cause. According to Marion Lewenstein we must monitor our government, otherwise we may lose our democracy and gain a totalitarian government. Then one day our society may become like Oceania's society. (Lewenstein, 1983) It is in our own best interest to prevent our government from turning into a totalitarian. We, as...
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Written during the Victorian era, the controversial play, "A Doll's House" by Henrick Isben, features a female protagonist struggling for independence and self respect. During the time in which the play took place society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Work, politics, and decisions were left to the males. Nora serves as a symbol for women of the time; women who were thought to be content with the luxuries of modern society with no thought or care of the world in which they lived. By presenting this theme of the relationship between women and their surroundings at the beginning, Ibsen indicates that this is the most basic and important idea at work in the play. As the play reveals, Nora does delight in material wealth, having been labeled a spendthrift from an early age. "You're never at a loss for scaring up money; but the moment you have it, it runs right out through your fingers...Its deep in your blood. Yes, these things are hereditary, Nora" (Ibsen, 213), Torvald tells Nora. She has the attitude that money is the key to happiness. However, it is also clear that Nora's simplistic approach to the world is not entirely her fault. Torvald's treatment of Nora as a small helpless child only contributes to Nora's separation from reality. Just as Nora relates to the exterior world mainly through material objects, Torvald relates to Nora as an object to be possessed. He refers to her as his little "lark" (p.210), and "squirrel" (p.211), implying that she is small and helpless. Similarly, Torvald repeatedly calls Nora his "little one" or "little girl", maintaining the approach of a father rather than...
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In the 1950's the Younger Family, a typical black family, lived in the city of Chicago. Throughout the struggles and adversity they were one of the few families who managed to stay together. Although there were some arguments amongst their family they were still open to realize that "Families Must Remain United" (Brantingham 467,470). It is through unity the Younger family withstood the problems and struggles that occurred throughout the play. Someone once told me that " Struggles build Character" (Kyles, Ortensia) and the Younger family certainly had character. One of the profound ordeals the Younger family endured was money. Everyone in the family had ideas on how the money should be spent. Two family members in particular, Walter Lee Younger and his sister, Beneatha Younger. Walter Lee wanted to open a liquor store, and Beneatha wanted to become a doctor. They both showed ambition and perseverance, but did not let their differences come between their loyalty to their family. " The internal difficulties of the family and the detrimental effects of these problems on the family is a major theme in the play" (Decker, Tim. "The Propagation of Pride and Dignity. Computer Writing and Research Lab The University of Texas at Austin, 1999. www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~daniel/anderson/amlit/raisin/td/pride.html (29 NOV. 1999). It is also a major point to what brings the Younger family closer together. This family has lived through most of life's big adjustments, should their be more, by looking at how this family has handled it in the past it should not even be a challenge. To determine what is a problem the Younger family must have expectations and morals to uphold and in knowing these expectations is what brought the Younger family out and into the life that they are currently living. Leaving themselves defined by this quote "Family goals, values and beliefs provides a sense of unity that can surmount any obstacles and keep the pride of the family alive" (Decker, Tim. "The Propagation of Pride and Dignity. Computer Writing...
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Introduction The first time I stepped into San Sebastian, I felt no special connection towards it. I only recall mama pointing out its special beauty. This comment, not empirical observation, created a subconscious regard that this church equaled beauty. When I reached second year high school, I developed a deeper love for the Catholic faith, and with it came a reverential regard for Churches. It was at this time that my regard for San Sebastian's beauty moved beyond architecture into personal attachment. It became part of me because it was an expression of what was most important to me: my faith. This personal attachment drew me to visit this church with more attention and reflection. The Gothic Ceilings and Stone Walls The high ceilings and cold, as if air-conditioned, interior are primarily the two aspects that made an impact on me. This is possibly because it is how the body feels that strikes a human person first. The high arched ceilings were produced in the Gothic style. These structures were built using steel and stone. Belgian Steel and Stone were also the main materials used in building the church. These materials most probably are responsible for the cold climate within San Sebastian. The high arched gothic ceilings create a prayer space that is solemn and quiet, making it easier for internal recollection. The cool interiors allow for a more intense concentration, by eradicating the distraction caused by tropical heat. Furthermore, the materials of steel and stone allow this church to survive tropical calamities such as typhoons and storms. The Gothic Façade and Stained Glass windows Looking at San Sebastian from the outside, one cannot miss the Gothic Turrets. It is closer to French Architecture than the commonly found Spanish-inspired Architecture. In fact, it makes the structure look similar to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Another Impressive part of...
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The third meditation is entitled Meditation Three: Concerning God, That He Exists. The goal of this paper is to display Descartes' argument for the existence of God and also to state why I think Descartes' argument is valid through any possible objections and examples. Meditation three begins with Descartes reviewing with his readers, as he does in other meditations as well, what things he has concluded thus far in the meditations. He knows that he is a thinking thing that has clear and distinct perceptions, perceptions he knows to be true, and also that he doubts, affirms, denies, understands a few things, is ignorant of many things, wills, refrains from willing, imagines, and senses. Also those things apprehended by the senses he has cast into doubt because he does not perceive the things but only the idea of the things. Descarte is also sure about arithmetic and geometry are clear and distinct perceptions, but he cannot be certain if God is deceiving him. And so to ensure himself of these things he must inquire into the nature of God to see if he would deceive him (Descartes 24). To do this Descartes decides to classify his ideas into separate groups to see which group God would belong to. He reasons that the first source for ideas are innate. An innate idea is one that has been distilled in us from the beginning of our existence. The second source for ideas, adventitious ideas, come from the outside and transmit their own likeness. Thirdly there are imagined or fabricated ideas. These ideas have been generated by human beings and are composed of separate things we see in the world such as Santa Claus or a unicorn. Now that he has classified all ideas into separate groups, Descartes' goal is to see which idea God would belong...
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William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream is about love. Shakespeare creates for readers a world of wonder. How true is my love? Will it stay true? Is there a destiny for me? Do I make my own destiny? With that we see Hermia and Lysander. Their love is found to be altered throughout the story. Can you tell who you are going to love tomorrow, do you know for sure that you wont wake up tomorrow infatuated with someone else? Is love predictable? For many the answer to that question is yes but thinking logically you can't choose love. "I would my father looked but with my eyes." (Act I scene 1 line 57 Hermia). Hermia's father Egeus has chosen for her a husband. Hermia is in love with someone already. Hermia won't have her life be chosen for her and she decides to elope with her love. This is exciting and they only think they will love forever because this love is so true. But puck puts a spell on Lysander to fall in love with Hermias best friend Helena. This love that was true and forever was somehow changed? How can that be they were so deeply in love. Love is constantly changing usually with family increasing for it is unconditional but for lovers it can decrease quicker than the speed of light. "Content with Hermia! NO; I do repent the tedious minutes I with her spent."(Act ll, scene 2 lines 111,112)Lysander wishes that he could turn back time and hadn't spent it with Hermia. But they were in love and they were eloping and they had a future together. Love is altered anywhere anytime and that's where people are so dumb they think that they will be together and that they will love each other and then they...
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The oak altarpiece of about 1510 from Brussels in the Royal Ontario Museum is attributed to the Borman workshop. Similar to other altarpieces of the time, the corpus assumes the form of an inverted "T". In the central compartment, there is a representation of the Nativity / the Adoration of the Shepherd. The left compartment features Presentation in the Temple, at the moment of Christ's circumcision. On the right, we see an image of the Adoration of the Magi. Above the central scene, there is a Coronation of the Virgin. In the bottom compartment contains two prophets holding scrolls of the Holy Scriptures. The retable's possible placement on the high altar, where the Eucharist is celebrated, explains the limitation of its subject matters. The carved altarpiece functions as an illustration of the central themes of the Mass, and aid for meditation and a suitable backdrop for the moment of consecration. The examination of the original position and appearance of the reredos provides insight to the ritual practice of the Mass, the religious sentiments and the creative process of the early sixteenth century. The attention to details, the exotic garments and the twisting poses associate the piece with Jan Borman and his workshop in Brussels. The ROM retable is full of rich surface details. The exquisitely carved figure of the kneeling king in the foreground of the Adoration of the Magi has curvy hair, which the carver describes in fine details. The soldier standing near him whose back is toward the viewer shows the diamond-patterns of his garment. The clothing of the characters also demonstrates an interest in exoticism1. The hats of the three kings are very elaborately decorated with an impression of foreignness. The hat of the oldest king is placed in the central foreground as if the carver is eager...
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In May Swenson's poem, Women, the imagery and structure work very well with the content of the poem. Swenson writes a poem about women and what they should be. At first glance, the image of the poem could be a play on women and their curves. However, once the reader examines the content of the poem, it is clear that Swenson is using the image of the poem to play on what women should be, or perhaps what they are perceived to be. The first stanza says that women should be moving to the motions of men. This is clearly seen in how the poem is moving across the page. However, the perplexing part of this stanza is that Swenson says that women should be pedestals. When thinking of a pedestal, the reader might imagine that a woman should be held as a position of high regard and adoration. This seems to be an impossible task to undertake when Swenson suggests that a woman should be reliant upon the man for her movement. The last part of this stanza discusses how women should be little rocking horses. This seems to portray an image that a woman is merely a childish prize. This relates back to childhood and how the prettiest toy is always the best, and children always want the best toy or prize. Still, this part of the stanza gives another image of how women should be moving, just like the poem. The second stanza, which is swaying back in the opposite direction form the first, seems to take a different turn to how women should be. This middle stanza possesses an almost a negative connotation, which is very hard to interpret. However, this negativity seems to be only sarcasm. Swenson writes about the ears of a horse, which...
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At the western edge of America, where the continent falls into the Pacific as it follows the sun, the coast has always seemed an image of Eden, a garden of earthly delights. "There is an island called California, on the right hand of the Indies, very near the Earthly Paradise," wrote a 16th century Spanish fantasist in a novel that gave the Golden State its name. California, and other stretches of North America's Pacific shore, would become the fated and fateful destinations of adventurous journeys westward by European settlers, cowboys, miners, Forty-Niners and dreamers. There the travellers would pass, or so they hoped, from their old lives – and the Old world – into a heaven on earth. In spite of the seemingly inexorable European settlement of the Pacific Coast, there are strangers in the Western paradise. Other peoples, too, have sought the "good country," though instead of crossing the continent, they have crossed an ocean; instead of looking back to Europe, they trace their bloodlines to Asia. They blend in – and yet they do not. Today Anglos in the North American West – in the U.S. and in Canada – are discovering that they have Asian shadows, that the Pacific Coast has become a subcontinent of peoples and cultures that mirror one another in a vague, amorphous antagonism. With Asians bringing vitality and a renewed sense of purpose to the region, is history repeating itself with a twist? Is this the rewinning of the West – by Korean entrepreneurs, Japanese financiers, Indian doctors, Filipino nurses, Vietnamese restaurateurs and Chinese engineers?` Yet even as they stake their claims to the North American West, Asian migrants are encountering problems: racism, the ambivalence of assimilation, the perils of prosperity, ethnic jealousies and the sometimes dire inequities that come with a laissez-faire society. Asians...
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Jonathan Love Professor Spicer English 1302-N 14 February 1995 "A Rose for Emily" or something more? A symbol is a person, object, or event that suggests more than its literal meaning. In the story "A Rose for Emily," the symbolism shows more about the character than is detailed by the author, William Faulkner. Symbolism helps to indicate several things in the story: how Ms. Emily was once innocent but later changes, how her hair and some other items helped to show her resistance to change, how the room where Homer died shows that she loved Homer and her desire to stop change, how Homer's name and actions suggest that he is a homosexual, and how she could not get away from her father's control even after his death. First, Ms. Emily used to white wear dresses, which symbolize innocence, but she begins wearing black clothes, much like a mourner's style of dress, after Homer presumably disappears. Emily's change in appearance shows that she has become soiled in some sense. Ray West further supports this theory. "Emily had not always looked like this. When she was young and part of the world with which she was contemporary, she was, we are told, 'a slender figure in white,' as contrasted with her father, who is described as 'a spraddled silhouette.' Even after her father's death,...[She] looked like a girl 'with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows - sort of tragic and serene.' The suggestion is that she had already begun her entrance into that nether-world(a world which is depicted later as ' rose-tinted)" (149) Another example of Emily's change is also exhibited in how the house begins to degenerate. At one time the house was white and emaculate, but Emily allows it to become decrepit and dirty. "It was big, squarish frame house that had once been...
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On November 13th I went to Tramps in New York to see one of my favorite bands, MxPx. MxPx is a Christian pop-punk band. Pop punk basically means happy punk. The band members, are Mike Herrera who plays bass and sings, Tom Wisniewski who plays guitar and Yuri Ruley plays drums. They played about 10 songs, all of which I knew. Some of their songs have to do with society problems through the eyes of a teenager. At the show, the first song they played was one of my favorite's, "Teenage Politics". Some of the lyrics to this song are, "No I'm not mad but I think they forget what it's like and how hard it is to be a teenager. This is a new day and age, we read a different book where Elvis ain't the rage and polyester ain't the look." "...Is it time again to disagree about anything, everything and what's on TV it's a vicious circle, never ending a linear equation worldly extending. No, I'll never be like you; I'll never be like you. Oh no! I'm just like you!" The second song they played was "I'm the Bad Guy". The first couple lines of state, "Legalistic people suck. Legalism makes me sick." Even though they openly bust on legalism, they also know the world has nothing to offer them but hurt and pain, while God is the only answer. Since they are a Christian punk band, of course they have to play religious songs. One really good song that they played there was "False Fiction". This song basically means that the world is going through such turmoil because we don't have Christ in our lives. "They guarantee our freedom but freedom isn't real unless you know Christ you wont know how I feel. Inflections of the way things...
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During the tour, the leader lectured on particular paintings. She told the know history behind each shown painting. She also gave the history of the period in which the painting was painted. The lecturer also helped everyone to understand what the colors in the paintings brought to each painting. While viewing the many paintings, the first one that caught my eye was Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife by Jacques-Louis David. This portrait was painted when David was at the peak of his powers and had become the standard-bearer of French Neoclassicism. Lavoisier, who is pictured sitting down to the right of his wife in the portrait, is best known for his pioneering studies of oxygen, gunpowder, and the chemical composition of water. Lavoisier's wife was thought to have studied with David. Lavoisier was involved in a political scandal. This even led him to withdraw the painting from the Salon in 1789. Jacques-Louis David used dark colors in this piece of art. David used the color red and different hues of grays. These colors may suggest a feeling of unhappiness. The focal point of this painting, in my opinion, is Lavoisier's wife. She is standing up in the picture wearing a white dress. The whiteness of her dress brings much attention to her body. That is the brightest color used in the entire painting. During the Neoclassical time period, artists at first sought to replace the sensuality of the Rocco Style with a style that was logical, solemn in tone, and moralizing in character. When revolutionary movements established republics in France and America, the new governments adopted neoclassicism as their official art style. Neoclassical art is a form of art based on fixed, ideal values. The next painting I observed was one from the Baroque time period. Venus and Adonis by Rubens interested me. Peter...
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A dancer, a real dancer is someone who puts all of his or her heart, soul, and hard work into dancing. A dancer is someone who practices until its perfect and never gives up. A dancer is someone who gives their all even when they don't feel like it. A dancer dances when music is playing and often times when it is not. A dancer lives for their performance, their few minutes of fame.It was that time. It was time for the performance. She was ready. She had prepared most of her life for this night. It may seem, to others, that preparing your entire life for one night is a waste of time. Because she was a dancer and dance was her life, it was no waste of time. It was a way of expression, a way of beauty, and a way of life that only a select few have the endurance to live. For these select few, dancing and performing are what they enjoy most. Nothing pleases them more than pretty music, an empty stage, and a pair of ballet shoes. So this night was very important. The costume, although not very comfortable or attractive, was important for her performance. The costume made her look and feel like a perfect dancer. Everyone in her routine had the same costume and it made the group of giggling girls look more like a group of graceful swans. As they put the costumes on, they instantly were transformed from a girl in a jogging suit to a ballerina. The air smelled of hair spray and new leather ballet shoes. Sequins and sparkles were all over the place and it was easy to tell just by walking into the room that it was time for a recital. Tendus, pliés, arabesques, and pirouettes were...
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In the short amount of time that I have lived, while being consciously awake, I have experienced many things and have witnessed many events. It is my opinion that my life's experiences pale in comparison when compared in quantity with someone who is much older than me, however it is also my opinion that I have experienced and seen many more valuable things than most. One specific instance would have to be my visit to an art gallery in Los Angeles where I managed to gaze upon a particularly interesting painting by the artist Salvedor Dalai. It was called Crepuscular Old Man and it captured my imagination. It's vivid colors and use of unique brush strokes were what so intriguing about the painting because they where something that I have never seen ever before. That saturday started like most others with daybreak at 6:00 a.m. pacific standard time. My former academic decathlon team and I were promptly waiting outside the Lemoore High School office at around 6:10 a.m. The brilliant sun which began to creep over the horizon of homesteads surrounding the area was an awful reminder to us all of just how early it was outside. Combine that with the still bitter winter weather which chilled our skin to a beautiful forty-two degrees made this trip questionable for some to attend since most of the group would have rather stayed in bed. The vans arrived around 6:25 and by 6:30 a.m. we where off to see the gallery in Los Angeles. The trip was a long and boring one like most it was filled with the standard stare out the windows and look at on coming traffic from opposing lanes, with your occasional attempts at conversation and the eventual drowning of one's self in the headphones of a portable cd player...
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Evaluation Introduction I started this project by experimenting with different materials and creating different mark making. I also produced several different still life studies. Research I got my primary research from producing observational drawings of different artists' work, such as Kurt Schwitters.I got my secondary research from looking back over my sketchbook and using the Internet to find more information and studies of Kurt schwitters. I recorded my research by finding a lot of artists work and stuck them into my sketchbook, and then wrote up about them. Development of Ideas I tried to recreate my machine part still life by using collage and paints. This worked very well and achieved the Kurt Schwitters style I wanted and was similar to his work. This was the best media I used. I also explored lots of other different ideas by doing several experiments using different materials, such as decollage. The materials and media I used were charcoal, rubber, paint, collage and ink. I also encountered two problems while I did this project. They were remembering where I was working the week before and remembering where each item in my still life was placed. The other problem I had was my scale on my skulls. I found this hard and stressful sometimes. I overcame this problem by measuring different areas and lines with a pencil. This was a great help and made my scale look correct. Realising intentions and conclusion I feel that I have achieved what I hoped with my brief as I have used a range of different media that I would not normally use. The time plan helped me kept on task , but I did get behind a bit because I wanted to finish my designs and produce a couple more still life studies. The feedback from other students was very useful and helpful because it suggested different ideas of what you...
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The painting I have picked is Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night, which was done on oil canvas, in 1889. I'm not really familiar with Van Gogh's work, but this is one piece of work of his that stands out to me. Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night is an excellent painting in which Van Gogh paints a picture that is colorful and descriptive. This painting can be described as puzzling and fascinating. It can signify a variety of moods, objects, and atmosphere. Artwork can be, and was, found around the whole world. What makes art interesting is that it can be created in any way, shape or form with any materials. It seems that the artwork can also tell us a lot about the artist. In this case, the artwork is abstract art because of the following reasons. For example if you look at the sky in this picture you can see how it is in a swirling motion, in real life you would not see this kind of thing happening. In addition if you look at the stars in the sky they are unusually depicted making them look really big and bright, in real life you would not see stars like these unless your drunk or an asteroid was falling. Real stars are very small, not as bright as the ones in the painting and you could barely see them sometimes. Another way of telling that this painting is abstract art is by how bright of the light of the stars and moons are where they are almost lighting up the whole town. In real life the moon and stars could light up a town but not as bright as the one in the picture. In conclusion this painting has many different feelings, meaning a person could see it totally differently...
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According to McGregor (1995) ‘Crime News is Prime News'. Critically discuss the manner in which crime is reported in New Zealand. What are the potential consequences of New Zealand based media representations of crime for your understanding of crime and c
According to McGregor (1995) 'Crime News is Prime News'. Critically discuss the manner in which crime is reported in New Zealand. What are the potential consequences of New Zealand based media representations of crime for your understanding of crime a "The police beat are all about people, what makes them tick, what makes them become heroes or homicidal maniacs. It has it all greed, sex, violence, comedy and tragedy" (Buchanan, E "A coaching method"). This comment from former Miami Herald police reporter, Edna Buchanan further emphasises the theory that the mass media worldwide thrives on stories which sell; Sex, violence and tragedy sell. It is the stories relating to crime, which holds all of these attributes as well as the ones mentioned by Edna Buchanan. So it is not surprising, that on a daily basis we are bombarded with crime stories. It is essential to have an understanding on the manner in which crime is reported in New Zealand, as many of us have an idealistic view on the media seeing it as an 'education eye on the country' which tells it like it is. Unfortunately this is not often the case. With every action, there are always consequences, large and small. The media and the way in which they report crime stories has many potential consequences, which affect New Zealander's understanding of crime and criminality. Crime is represented in many ways from factual representations shown in the news and documentaries, to fictional in television dramas, films and novels. For the purpose of the essay topic I will concentrate on crime in a 'factual sense' within the New Zealand media. In 1998 'Manning' summarised our society as he sees it today in that "we live in a media sub-fused world. Media surrounds and saturates us" he goes on to say that the way...
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Act 4, Scene 1: At the witches' haunt, the weird sisters and Hecate are busy preparing the potion that will bring about Macbeth's ruin. Macbeth enters and asks to speak to the witches' masters about the future. An apparition takes the form of a helmeted head and tells Macbeth to beware the Thane of Fife (Macduff). A second specter appears in the form of a bloody child. It tells Macbeth to be brave because "none of woman born" can kill him. (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 80) Then, a third spirit emerges in the form of a crowned child with a tree in its hand. It tells Macbeth that he shall never be vanquished until the Great Birnam Wood travels to high Dunsinane Hill (part of Inverness). Macbeth becomes relieved, because he laughs at the idea of trees moving. As a final question, Macbeth asks the witches if Banquo's sons will ever reign in Scotland. Eight ghosts with crowns emerge, who represent the future sons of Banquo. Banquo himself appears at the end of the line with a mirror, thus implying an infinite number of descendants. Stupefied, Macbeth cannot believe his eyes and is angered to realize that despite all of his work, he wears a "fruitless crown." (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 61) The witches disappear and Lennox enters the haunt. He informs Macbeth that Macduff has run off to England. Macbeth decides that he must act out all of his thoughts and impulses. He determines to kill Macduff's wife and children as his first step of revenge. Act 4, Scene 2: Lady Macduff asks Ross why her husband has suddenly fled to England. She is not aware of the troubles between Macbeth and Macduff and does not realize that she is in danger. Lady Macduff decides that her husband left...
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Most American actors have a lot of experience acting with an American audience. When acting in a play written in Britain, however, most actors don't realize how much they have to change their style in order to make a British comedy accessible to an American audience. Most American theaters, in the age of high action films, are prepared for very physical, very loud comedy. Because of new technology, American audiences like their jokes handed to them, and most expect the theater to be the same reactive experience as a film, as opposed to the interactive experience it actually is. Most American actors acting in a British comedy will realize the first time they step onto the stage that they will need to conform their style to the script, and not vice-versa. Another important aspect of the acting experience is the director of the show. At least one time in an actor's career, he or she will most likely work with a student director. To make this experience the most enjoyable one possible, there are changes in attitude and outlook that need to be made. Most oftentimes actors who work with a student director have found it more tight-knit and more personal due to their interaction with the director and the typically small cast. Acting in a British comedy is different than acting in an American comedy in the realms of movement and physicalization, speech patterns, and interaction with the audience. Working with a student director is unique because of the changes that need to be made in attitude, treatment and involvement in the show. Most British plays, especially ones that were not set in a modern time period, have a lot of emphasis on movement and physicalization; or lack thereof. On the major areas of British stage movement is posture. Even in...
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The first time I was onstage, I had terrible stage fright. It was a high school production, and even though I didn't have a leading role, I had a pretty big part. I was in about 6 scenes, and had a decent amount of lines. Up until the night of the play, I had told myself that I wasn't going to be scared, that I didn't have stage fright. Opening night, it all changed. We stood backstage, in costume and makeup, and I dared to peak from the side of the stage out at the huge auditorium. It was packed. My heart almost leaped into my throat. I automatically forgot all my lines, all the blocking, and all the choreography. We went out into the hallway where my director had organized a prayer circle. As has I have experienced, prayer circles always end up in tears, which end up in the makeup people frantically running around reapplying mascara and foundation. The prayer circle was a huge source of inspiration for me. All the actors and tech crew gathered together to pray and give last minute speeches/encouragement. I happened to be standing next to my best friend. She was such a source of encouragement. Her hug got me through the show. It was all a blur, but it happened, and we all did great. I've learned that stage fright can be cured by trust, practice, and a hug from a friend....
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