Solar Energy. A great substitute for our regular electricity, almost doesn't cost money and still provides the same electricity power. Moving to solar energy will preserve our world environment since it doesn't engaged in using oil, coal etc. UsinAll I can say is that its your lost. If you want to pay more money, to destroy our environment and still think that what you are doing is the best for you go ahead, no one willMake our world a better place. If not for you, then for .your children stop you, but remember one thing: The world that you live in today wont be the same world for your children. The pollution will take over the planet and will destroy all .the beautiful things around us g the sun for electricity will spare us electricity bills, power breaks and we won't has to .hear from the electricity company any more .The only problem with solar energy is its circulation Its a very rare thing here in Israel. What is the problem with people not moving to solar energy? Are they afraid of it? Take for instance, I live here in Jerusalem and only about one in every 500 hundred homes use solar water heating. It is suppose to be a cost savings in the long run for people to use. But they insist on using the old electric water heater which they haveMake our world a better place. If not for you, then for .your children to pay for and using it adds .about 30 shekels a month onto there electric bill...
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'Gold is the most exquisite of all things...Whosoever possesses gold can acquire all that he desires in this world. Truly, for gold he can gain entrance for his soul into paradise.' Columbus The earliest evidence for metallurgy in the New World, dating from before 1500 BC, consists of bits of thin worked gold foil found in the hands of a man in a grave in the southern highlands of Peru. Nearby lay what was probably a tool-worker's kit. The oldest extant elegant goldwork is of the Chavin style, dating from about 800 BC. In the ensuing centuries metalworking slowly spread, southward to northwest Argentina and northward to Colombia, toward the end of the last millennium BC, and to Central America in the early centuries AD. Although tools and weapons were made, metal was used principally for objects that symbolised supernatural power, and, by identification with this power, lordly status. Mythological motifs and beings were often depicted - intermediaries between man and the forces of nature. Gold was an important trade item, and metal objects known by their style to have been made in one place have been found in quite distant sites, yet gold had little market value in itself; what was valued was the life-giving way it worked. Its symbolism was usually associated with the sun, hence with life and agricultural generation. It was important that metal imitated celestial light. Early sources tell us that the Inca thought of gold as 'the sweat of the sun,' and of silver as 'the tears of the moon'. Granulation has been around for centuries, used by our ancestors, it goes further back than the renaissance, the ancient Egyptians used granulation, they did it so fine that even today with the latest of technological advances we struggle to reach such perfection. The very antique technique of granulation...
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Kristy Valeriano Richard Zimmer Visual Communications Art 140 Graphic Artist/ Designer Osamu Tezuka Heralded by many as the "God of Manga," Tezuka Osamu was one of Japan's most cherished and prolific manga and anime artists. He has been described as the "Japanese Walt Disney". He, perhaps more than any other artist, was responsible for the very characteristic "puppy-dog eyes" which has become a trademark of Japanese animation. Dr. Tezuka did receive his medical degree from Osaka University in 1946, though he concentrated on his career of choice: the art of manga and animation. His most famous creation is probably 'Tetsuwan Atom', which has a large following internationally as 'AstroBoy'. NBC later aired three of his TV series: AstroBoy, Kimba the White Lion (which many have claimed as Disney's inspiration for The Lion King), and Princess Knight. Inspired by his great love for cartoon animation, Disney in particular (it's said he saw Walt Disney's Bambi 80 times), he set up Mushi Studios, his own production company, (1961-1973) which became a springboard for a number of influential animators who were to follow, including Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). Unlike Disney which some people say has replaced its pioneering vision with a corporate mentality, Tezuka's vision remained fresh. Osamu Tezuka gained popularity as a manga writer and illustrator up through the 1950s. He is widely credited as the most influential animator in Japan. Tezuka's career parallels the rise of the Japanese animation industry. His first production company, formed in 1961, 'Mushi Productions', was later replaced by his namesake corporation, 'Tezuka Productions' in 1968. Dr. Tezuka was heavily involved with experimental animation, and had won several international animation awards, including the Grand Prix for Jumping at the 1984 Zagreb International Festival, the Grand Prix for Broken Down Film at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, and the CIFEJ award for Legend of the Forest at...
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Jessica Brooks Mrs. Etheridge Honors English 12 20 August 2002 Grassy Lake Most paintings today are very symbolic. Nothing is ever what it seems to be. This is true for the painting Grassy Lake by David Bates. This painting at first glance looks like two men in a canoe pushing through swampy waters, but the symbolism in the painting shows the relationships of the two men to each other and their surroundings. The symbolism is a significant factor in trying to understand the relationship of the people to each other and the people to their environment. The symbolism in this painting shows a mentor guiding a young man to success. At first glance at the painting a person could think they were some kind of friends. This seems true because they are in a canoe with coolers. Coolers bring to mind picnics and fishing trips. After studying the painting a little longer a person can see the man in the back is an old black man and the man in the front is a young white man. This rules out any thought that they could be related. So what is their relationship? Well in canoeing the person in the back is the guide. The person in the back also will push the canoe out a little bit before climbing in himself. In the canoe the older man is in the back and the young boy is in the front. The old man is significant and is the "guide" because he is older and has been through more than the young man has. The man in front is young and still has a lot of things ahead of him in life. This could be the reason he is in front. He is in the front of the boat looking ahead and the old man is behind him "guiding"...
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There are many theories about the origins of theater; the common element in most theories is the role that primitive ritual played in the development of drama. Primitive societies, which did not have written languages, used ritual enactment to show their understanding of the human condition and of the world around them. Ritual was also a way of communicating this knowledge to others. Furthermore, it was believed that ritual could be used to influence or control natural phenomenon such as rainfall, the growth of crops, and recovery from disease. Ritual had a religious purpose in society, as it was used to glorify supernatural powers and to invoke these powers to act on behalf of the society. In addition rituals were a from of entertainment because of the spectacle of the performance and the skill of the performers. Over the centuries, as humanities confidence in its own skill and power increased and less reliance was placed on supernatural powers, theater as a non- religious activity emerged. Ritual still served its religious function, but theater fulfilled humanity's need to entertain, enlighten and communicate. There is much evidence to suggest that Greek mythology was strongly influenced by earlier Egyptian mythology. But, while Egyptian theater never evolved beyond ritual performance where the same ceremonies were repeated for yearly for centuries, Greek performance evolved from ritual to a highly sophisticated theatrical from. Greek theater was the foundation of all western theater. One of the earliest Greek rituals paid honor to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. The form, which the ritual took, was called a dithyramb, a hymn that was both sung and danced by a chorus. The chorus leader sang an improvised story and the chorus sang a refrain. Gradually other stories were added to the dithyramb. For example, stories about Greek heroes, good and...
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In Ancient Greece, many people believed in many different gods, each god had a different purpose and a different meaning. The Greek gods were like humans, they looked like us and they had the same feelings as us. Greek Mythology was not used to teach anyone in any Spiritual way unlike new religions such as Hinduism or Judaism. The Greeks believed that the gods chose mount Olympus, in a region of Greece called Thessaly, as their home. The Gods became associated with three main domains, which were: The Sky (or Heaven) The Sea and Earth. The Olympians were Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hestia, Hermes, Demeter, and Poseidon. The Gods The Head of the gods, or King of the gods was Zeus. He had a wife called Hera, she was the Queen of heaven and the Goddess of Marriage and childbirth. Hera was also known as Juno in the roman belief. Zeus was a very powerful god, he was god of the sky and the Olympian Gods Ruler, and he was also known as the Roman God Jupiter. Zeus was considered the Protector of Mortals and Gods. Zeus is seen as the god of Justice and mercy and the protector of the weak. His wife is Hera, who is also his sister. His Brother Hades rules the Underworld and his other brother Poseidon is ruler of the Seas. Hera is the Queen of the gods, and wife to Zeus (also her brother.) Hera was the goddess of marriage and the protector of Married woman. Hera has many sons and daughters; these are Ares, Hephaestus, Hebe, and Eileithyia. Hera is sometimes known as the Roman Goddess Juno The Most popular god was probably Dionysus, who was the god of wine and pleasure. The Greeks had many festivals dedicated to Dionysus; in some religions he...
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There have been many artistic achievements that have had a substantial role in shaping outlooks and tastes for cultures and generations for 1000's of years. Of all the different kinds of productions the Greeks have established, the tragedy is the most extraordinary of their spiritual contributions. Everything from style, intellect, appearance of stage, costume, and people had all been the main influences of drama and theatre over the past twenty-five hundred years. The earliest of Greek theatre's dates back to not long before 300 B.C.. The theatre itself was a large open-air structure consisting of three parts. Its original and central element was a level circle; some ninety feet in diameter called the orchestra (which means "dancing place") where the chorus performed. Outside one arc of the circle was a low rectangular building called skene or tent, the actors usually made there entrances and exits through and in it they changed their costumes and masks; eventually its front was decorated with simple paintings- whence the word "scenery". Rising from the circle of the orchestra was an auditorium of many tiers of stone seats, in sections divided by transverse passages. (Greek Drama, 11). The audience –area was rocky and irregular and not much is known about how much seating was constructed (the surviving stone dates from not long before 300B.C.). An audience number of 14,000 has become canonical; but it might have been possible to cram something more like 20,000. There is some evidence of actors putting up temporary wooden stages. A few permanent theatres, outside attica, go back to the 5th century, most notably Syracuse and Corinth, and during the next century more and more cities built one (Taplin, 18). In Greek theatre it was well known for their style in costuming. There costumes were splendid, they would wear role-markers, such as...
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Moon Tiger - Denise Levertov The Moon tiger in the room here it came in, it is prowling sleekly under and over the twin beds See its small head silver smooth, hear the pad of its large feet. Look, its white stripes in the light that slid through the jalousies It is sniffing our clothes, its cold nose nudges our bodies. THe beds are narrow but I'm coming in with you. The title is called moon tiger, although it may not literally mean a real tiger. I believe that the author of the poem is referring to moonlight. This poem really paints a picture in the mind, when the author uses the words/phrases "small head, silver smooth", "large feet", "white stripes", "cold nose nudges". The author uses those words to paint the picture of a silver tiger, pawing around a room. What the author is trying to get through to the readers, is the way moonlight shines into a bedroom at night, and how it seems to sneak in like a tiger, quietly. If we must die - Claude McKay If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot. If we must die, O let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! O kinsmen we must meet the common foe! Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow! What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back! If we must die was written to tell people to fight back. The title lets you know that there is going to be a "catch" to it. IF we must die, that is saying, that if we are going to...
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Guido Reni was an Italian painter of popular religious works and mythological scenes. He was born in Bologna and began to study painting at the age of nine; he joined the Carracci Academy when he was 20. His studies were rounded off by a trip to Rome in about 1600. He worked with Annibale Carracci (another Italian painter) in Rome, helped in the decoration of the Farnese Palace, the Quirinal Palace, several of the churches of Rome, but his greatest painting in that city is the ceiling decoration of the Palazzo Rospigliosi Aurora. From that moment on, antique and recent Roman art became his ideals. Reni's inspirations came from another famous painter by the name of Raphael Sanzio. He followed in the footsteps of Raphael and learned from his paintings. Guido Reni was from the wealthy and grand Baroque period mostly during the Seventeenth century. His style of paintings was popular in several European countries and regions, including the Netherlands, England, France, Italy, and Spain. Reni was one of the most popular artists during the Baroque period. In his early days he was "a colorist of great purity, a composer with dramatic force, known for the greatest masters of his time" (1600–1615: The Artistic Milieu of Rome and the Young Guido Reni (IFA/NYU, D. Posner) He alternated between living in his native Bologna and visits to Rome. After Annibale Carracci's death (1609) he became the leader of the classical school of Emilian painters. His devotion to this school can be seen in the frescos he painted in Rome in around 1610 in the Quirinal Palace, the Vatican, and various churches (San Gregorio Magno al Cielo). The large altarpieces he painted in Bologna were: The Massacre of the Innocents and Pieta dei Mendicanti both in the Bologna Pinacoteca Nazionale. These paintings mark the...
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A wise man once mused; "Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself." This man, was Count Leo Tolstoy, who went on to change his belief structure, values and to convert his religion from Russian Orthodox to Christianity. A couple of days ago I was cleaning out my now unused study – recently I have been finding other places to write, my bed, the bathroom, even in the bath, as the portability of the laptop proves very convenient – and I stumbled upon a book, well read, yet discarded in my 'old age'. Gwen Harwood's collection of poems was now sitting in my hand, and after five minutes of staring blankly at the book I opened it and flicked through the pages. If I had remembered rightly her poems said much about the changing self, concluding that change developed and enriched the soul. It started me thinking about change and how many people are frightened of changing themselves. I reflected that a change in self usually occurs due to the presence of an external stimulus. Rarely does the individual initiate change. Reading through the poems I found some of my favourites, which depicted change effectively. I speculated that changing the self probably also requires a strong ego! In Harwood's pair of poems entitled ''Father and Child'', she explores the changing relationship between a father and child; the self growing up and growing old. In both poems, it is the presence of death that has caused the self to change. In ''Barn Owl"', the child resists and finally accepts change through the realisation that death is final. Notes in the margin of my book, defacing the text, made it hard to read, but I could decipher some of my scribblings outlining the way the change had occurred. The child confronts the death of the owl as '"master of life and death"'; she sees the death as final and has no perception of her or...
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In the play Hamlet there are two kings, both brothers, one dead because of the actions of another. Both the old and the new kings interpret this harsh murder very differently. William Shakespeare uses diction, imagery, and tone in the speeches of both kings to bring out these very different emotions about the same crime. When old Hamlet is speaking about the murder he describes it as, "Oh horrible, oh horrible, most horrible!" During his whole speech to young Hamlet, he upholds a very angry and revengeful tone. He calls Claudius, his brother, an "incestuous, adulterate beast." He feels very betrayed that "by a brother's hand" he was killed and "cut off even in the blossoms of his sin." This means that more than anything he is upset that Claudius, knowingly, killed him before he even got to repent for his sins, which condemned him to hell. Shakespeare also uses a great deal of imagery of the murder to show how upset and disgusted the ghost is of the crime and situation. The ghost, when describing the murder, refers to the poison poured in his ear as "leprous distilment," "cursed," and "swift as quicksilver." When he calls the poison "leprous distilment" Shakespeare is making a reference to the leper in the Bible that was never able to see outside the gates, which is actually how the ghost felt when he was murdered. He uses words like, "unhouseled," "disappointed," and "unaneled" to describe the betrayal that old Hamlet felt from his own brother's murder. It is obvious that the ghost feels that the murder was something that was not supposed to happen yet. Old Hamlet was a very proud king and when speaking of his life before the murder he refers to "me", "I" and "mine," and by no means will he...
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v Hans Holbein b.1497-1543 v Born in Augsburg, Germany. Received his training from his father. v German painter and designer, one of the greatest portrait painters v 1514- moved to Basle, he was employed as a designer for printmakers. v 1514-1519- worked with his father designing a home. v He remained in Basle until 1526-during that time he became the leading painter in Basle. v Earned a major commission decorating the Town Hall with scenes from classical history. v 1523-1526- he made is best-known piece in printmaking- a series called the Dance of Death. v 1524- he went to France- gained more knowledge about the Renaissance painting. v 1526- the Reformation left very little work for Holbein- went to England with a letter of introduction to Sir Thomas More. v 1528- Holbein returned to Basle- he worked on the decoration of the Town Hall, but religious and civil conflict left him little subjects to paint v 1532- Holbein returned to England. v Painted the famous double portrait The French Ambassadors in England. v After the painting of the French Ambassadors, Holbein was commissioned by Henry VIII. Henry often sent him to paint prospective brides. v Holbein also began miniature painting while in England. Second Reading: v Hans Holbein the younger (1497-1543) v His father trained him. v His portraits contained: less dramatic subjects, close realism, Italian ideas (monumental composition, bodily structure, and sculpturesque form), exact color, and extreme detail). v Painted in Basle for Erasmus of Rotterdam. v Moved to England because of the Reformation- Erasmus of Rotterdale gave Holbein a letter of introduction to Sir Thomas More. v Painted The French Ambassadors in England- famous double portrait, the only painting signed with his full name. v The personalities and ideas of the two men are reflected in the objects in the painting. v Holbein also had subtle allusions to the going ons in the world around him such as the civil conflicts...
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Character Analysis Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell 'A Streetcar Named Desire', written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, introduces a variety of characters, whose origins differ in nationality, background and beliefs. I would like to analyze Harold Mitchell, better known as Mitch, whose unusual personality and attitude caught my attention and motivated me to write this commentary on him. Mitch is indeed the most passive character in the play. He has the same poor working class background as Stanley, but he is certainly not of the same coarseness and vulgarity. In fact, all his poker friends tease him because of his concern about his ailing mother, calling him a 'mama's boy', but he obviously cares more about her well being than their opinion, which he ignores. A dependable, hard-working man, he served with Stanley in the war and, like many other young soldiers returning from battle, has settled down in New Orleans and works at a factory with his friends. Already in their first encounter, Blanche notices his sensitivity and his attempt to be courteous in her presence: "Blanche [to Stella]: That one seems – superior to the others" (page 146). When she learns from her sister that he is an eligible bachelor, Blanche immediately shows an open interest in him. Mitch is overwhelmed by her attention, and starts worshiping her as he realizes her noble chaste, purity and innocence, being enchanted by her feminine charm and refined manners. Although kind, Mitch is clearly not her equal and too mediocre for the 'aristocratic' Blanche, that is why they make an odd couple. As the pair is shown increasingly together, the differences between them become each time more apparent. Nevertheless, Blanche will have to make compromises, just like her sister has done; but at least Mitch is non-violent and caring, completely different from the uneducated and unrefined Stanley. Mitch can...
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I will be doing my final project on the subject of should Harry Potter books be ban from schools. That being school required reading lists and also the school libraries. I will be taking the stand of 'no', this series of books should in no way be ban from schools. I will be conducting field interviews via a camcorder. My subjects will be people from all walks off life: children, young adults, and adults. I will be going everywhere from the heart of these institutions where I can reach the students specifically to my immediate family where I will get a unique viewpoint from my sister and her daughter who is a Harry Potter fan. I am expecting and hoping to receive a wide array of opinions on this subject and other closely related Harry Potter subjects. My interviews, hopefully, will provide a solid means to my conclusion; however, if they do not, modifications might have to be made. Despite all of this, Harr Potter still prevailed and went on to kill all of the bad guys. Sure Harry Potter books are not as widely read by the younger generation as they should be, but in time they will be. There can only be on factor in which will decide something lik this, and that is time. Time is of the essence and only hermoine, harry, and will can help themselves out. Good luck to them on their journey through time and the rest of the harry Potter novels. so good luck to them. Temporary Bibliography 1. McCuen, Barbara. "Should Schools Ban Harry Potter for Promoting Witchcraft?" http://speakout.com/activism/issue_briefs/1319b-1.html. January 6, 2003. 2. Edleston Primary School. "Don't Ban Harry Potter." http://www.edleston.cheshire.sch.uk/projects/harry/dontban.htm. January 6, 2003....
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"Hate Crimes" There are many different hate crimes going on in the world today, most people don't know this. Hate crimes are violent acts against people, property, or organizations because of the group which they belong to. A hate crime can range from a simple assault with no weapon to aggravated assault, rape, and sometimes even murder. There are laws against hate crimes, but yet people still act in them. In 1996 alone, there were 8,759 hate crimes in the United States reported to the FBI. Hate crimes can also be called Bias crimes. Many people think that people that commit hate crimes are all "skin heads" or Nazis. The sorry truth is that only five percent of the people that commit hate crimes are in a organized group. These crimes are carried out by usually young people who don't see anything wrong with their actions. These young people most of the time are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They do these hate crimes usually because the person is "different" then everyone else (Herek), but I say who are they to judge on who is normal, and who is different. The biggest reason why people commit these hate crimes today is homosexuality. People that are gay or lesbians choose there lifestyle and should not have to put up with people making fun of them or even beating them up just because they chose this way of life. Some teenagers will beat a gay man up just because they think he looked at them. Some teens also assault them just to feel "strong." Lesbian and gay victims suffer more serious psychological effects from hate crimes than they do from other kinds of criminal injury (Green). Another common reason why people commit these crimes is religious discrimination. Most religious hate crimes are acts of...
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Paul Rosenblatt Enlglish 101 Douglas Research Paper Moving in the Military as a Child For some people, growing up consists of going to the same elementary school, the same middle school, the same high school, with all of the same people. This kind of environment encourages a strong relationship and bonding between the child and the kids who he/she grows up with. They have don't have to worry about moving and having to make new friends because everyone they know is there, and will be there for a good amount of time. However, the average military family doesn't get to experience this kind of luxury of having a close knit of friends and the comfort zone that a community provides. "Military life imposes unique demands on families. Military assignments often require families to be relocated far from family support networks and frequently require remote or temporary assignments. Relocation impacts all aspects of family life, spouse employment, family finances, a sense of belonging and security. On average, military families move twice as often as civilian families. During the adolescent years, relocating requires youth to reestablish peer support systems and friends at a very difficult stage of development (http://dticaw.dtic.mil/familyforum/read-aheads/milyouthprog.html)." Being a child from a military family, I know the ups and downs of the lifestyle. While one does get a chance to see the world, there are many social problems that can arise from all the moving that is done. I am the youngest child of four boys. Since I was born, I have moved ten times. I have lived from Hawaii to Germany. When I was a little boy, it wasn't so hard to pack up my bags and say bye to my friends. As the years went past, I became more mature and emotional. The psychological affects of moving after making a good group of friends can...
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Concern of the Health Care System Throughout the United States there has been an overwhelming concern as to the status of the present health care system. Approximately 100,000 people lose their health insurance each month. Unfortunately the present system does little to nothing to aid these people. It is for this reason that various managed health care plans have come into existence and use. Managed health care is a system by which an outside body, such as a state or federal government places regulations on the health care process. St. Luke/ Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan is currently operating under a managed health care plan. Vickie Powell, In-patient Pharmacy Supervisor at St. Luke/ Roosevelt states that the approach to managed care in the hospital involves a "Gatekeeper" mechanism. According to Powell each patient is assigned a gatekeeper, a general practitioner who will decide if the patient is in need of a specialist. If so the gatekeeper will make a referral to a specialist. Providing the patient chooses to follow the gatekeeper's referral he or she will be granted the health care benefits covered under the managed health care plan. If they are to go against the referral and see a doctor not recommended they do not receive the coverage that they would under the plan. When asked how this would affect the pharmacy aspect of the hospital she said "Pharmacy must become involved in the schooling of the patient about the medicine, where this was previously the job of the nurse." Besides this she says it would not have a great effect on her department as opposed to the hospital as a whole. Managed health care plan that has received the most publicity is that of President Bill Clinton. Clinton's plan calls for universal health insurance, meaning that no one could...
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The Old Man and the Sea is a heroic tale of man's strength pitted against forces he cannot control. It is a story about an old Cuban fisherman and his three-day battle with a giant Marlin. Through portraying tests of endurance, fatigue, old age, solitude, impending death, to which Santiago is subjected. Hemingway make Old Santiago become the finest and best of the code heroes .In fact, Santiago is the clearest representation of the code hero in all of Hemingway's novels because he is not wounded permanently or disillusioned. Santiago possesses all of the Hemingway-code-hero qualities and be able to execute three prominent qualities: skill in doing what you do well, grace under pressure, and endurance. A quality of a Hemingway Code Hero is skill at what one does. The old man is definitely a skilled fisherman, and thus he fits this quality of a Code Hero. The old man uses the sea current to help him maneuver his boat, and by doing so demonstrates a large amount of skill. Only a skilled fisherman would know how to use the current to help him move around. "He was letting the current do a third of the work"(p. 30). Another time it is evident Santiago has skill, is when he uses a bird overhead to determine in what area he should fish. He knows that the bird overhead is a sign that there are fish below. "He rowed slowly and steadily towards where the bird was circling" (p. 33). Only a skilled fisherman would look for clues around him to determine where to fish. Santiago uses his great skill at fishing to raise the marlin he is battling with during the course of the book. This marlin is longer than his boat and weighs over 1,500 pounds. Even in Cuba, where there are many...
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High school senior year is considered as the most cheerful and unforgettable memory of one¡¯s life. In this time period, one can be emotionally influenced by many things that happen around him or her: anticipation to graduate from high school, preparation for college or work, and the subtle change in friendship. In the fiction ¡°Senior Year¡±, the author vividly portraits many contented as well as heartbreaking stories which many high school students have experienced in their senior years. Instead of giving out general description of the life in high school senior year, the author emphasize on capturing the touching stories that happen on a group of high school seniors. From these stories, the author shows that the high school senior year is not only the milestone of those adolescents¡¯ education career, but also the time for them to gain maturity and courage for their future. Ken, Elizabeth, Jessica, Evan, Jade, Melissa, and Will are the seniors at sweet valley high. Ken is an honor student who is nominated by his football coach to get the national scholarship. Nevertheless, he has a concern that his nomination for this scholarship may jeopardize his friendship with Will, who also competes for the same scholarship. Ken then decides to maintain his friendship with Will by giving up his chance of receiving the scholarship. Unfortunately, Melissa acknowledges Ken¡¯s intention, and persuades him not to make such a foolish decision. Therefore, Ken is trapped in the dilemma of either accepting the scholarships or maintaining his friendship with Will....
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The topic of abortion is one of the most controversial of our times. It has caused countless deaths and several violent confrontations between the two separate parties of opinion. The fight between pro-life and pro-choice supporters has been long and brutal. This is because, despite what several people may believe, abortion is neither right nor wrong. It is a matter of personal opinion. In this way, each side can say with certainty that the other is wrong. Therefore the question remains; should abortion be legal? Though some may disagree on this point, the fact is that legalized abortion is the only option that will protect the lives of American citizens. One only needs to look into American history to see the results of prohibiting abortions to women. The violence which occurs today because the of pro-choice/pro-life conflicts is minimal in comparison to the thousands of hopeless women who turned to the illegal abortions --either self-inflicted or preformed by the backroom "professionals"-- which resulted in infection, massive blood loss, and death. It is better now that they have a place to go where abortions can be performed cleanly and with minimal risk. Legalization of abortion is the only choice no matter what side one takes in the debate. Women will try to do what they think is necessary to live as they wish, no matter what the risk. In order to live as she chooses a woman may give up her freedom, her morals, her beliefs, her family, or even her life. Abortion has been around for thousands of years in every inhabited corner of the globe. It has always been accepted as a means to prevent the suffering of both woman and potential child. It has been practiced widely in every society for many reasons including famine, war, poverty, overpopulation, or simply...
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