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Biosocial During adolescence an individual must figure out his or her gender role in society. I believe that the role one plays in society is determined by nature and nurture working together. Social influences as well as biological all work in a cycle that brings forth the outcome of the adolescent. Cognitive The adolescent must decide how to solve problems in more of a systematic way. Instead of having a broad view of most situations the individual looks at all of the directions on could take before making a choice, questioning authority in many cases. The adolescent must establish there thinking in a preoperational state or a concrete state. Psychosocial The adolescent must establish an identity in the world. This is where one must figure out their true role to society and set goals. I agree with Erikson in the fact that this should be a period of establishing social and vocational skills to determine what the individual wants to get out of life. Some may develop earlier than others depending on how their social clock is structured. Nurture plays a major role in where the adolescent will establish his or her background. Adolescence is a period where humans go through many different changes at a rapid pace. Everyone's social clock is different so therefore some individuals may stay in a phase longer or progress faster than others. The following summary will explain my personal views on the age norms that society expects from the adolescent. I agree with both Freud and Erikson on their theories involving adolescence because both contain valuable information that apply to how one acts. Freud states in his psychosexual theory that the genital stage (12-older) is a period where puberty reawakens and the main goal is to establish sexual maturity and reproduce. The truth is that adolescence wants to explore their sexuality but...
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added: 11/14/2011
Advertisment Activity Claim: This particular advertisment is a two page layout found in the modern home magazine called Dwell. It has a verbal communication statement in the bottom right hand corner of the ad. "THE BOLD LOOK OF KOHLER." This statement is regarded as the theme of the entire ad. In the top left hand corner you will see the phone number, web address, creator of the ad, and a short description of the products being sold. The statement reads, "The Purist Suite featuring sak bath and Purist lavatory. Tempting, isn't it?" In the non-verbal communication part of the ad, you will find a remake of the Adam and Eve story as told in the Bible and the Holy Quran. While Adam and Eve stare at the tub and sink, and Eve holds the apple, it is implying that these products are tempting to humans just as the first human beings were tempted to eat the fruit. Both of the characters are dressed in skimpy and tight outfits that have designs of flowers and stems. This is sexually implying that the two are in transition of going in the tub together in root of their temptation. Through sexual and tempting desires, the products shown in the ad appeal to the consumer by selling them more than just what is shown in the advertisment. Using the proper techniques to project the ad in front of the reader, the author appeals to its audience by drawing a comparison of the beginning of time and the temptation of Eve. Ground: Adam is looking at the bath tub while Eve stars at the sink. The tub and sink are the products the ad is trying to sell its intended audience. The behavioral traits both characters are projecting are full of lust and desire. They see the sink and...
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added: 11/08/2011
There were and will continue be artists whose work was/is greatly influenced by the art of Africa. The earliest of these artists were found in France in the beginning of the 20th century. Such artists are Maurice de Vlamick, Emil Nolde, Andre Derain and Amedeo Modigliani. Of the artists listed Vlamick is considered to be the first of these to realize and appreciate the value of African Art. Vlaminck a self-professed ``primitive'', dismissed "affluent" art seen in the Louvre, and chose to collect African masks which in turn became invaluable to early 20th-century art. Derain also showed a "primitive" wildness. His late work, after 1912, showed the influence of many styles-including African sculpture-and tended to become increasingly traditional and derivative, characterized by muted color and elaborated technique. Emil Nolde was another artist who showed interest in the arts of Africa. His grotesque faces, as seen in the Head of Christ (below), demonstrate this interest in primitive societies and cultures. Nolde belonged to the group of artists characterized by German Expressionism. Their goal was not to illustrate objective reality but the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events that excited the artist and people in general. Many German Expressionists studied sub-equatorial African art, trying to incorporate elements such as the masks and carvings into their works. Franz Marc was another such expressionist. Marc had painted many different things; but found his passion and talent with animals. Prior to Marc, only ethnic and primeval artists only placed an emphasis on animals. Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian painter who spent most of his life painting in Paris. At first Modigliani's work was strongly influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec. However, after meeting with Vlamick in Paris and being exposed to African art (especially masks) he soon adapted the unique style of elongated distortion and strong linear rhythms of African...
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added: 12/23/2011
Ain't Misbehavin' Musical by "Fats" Waller The general admission for the musical was $51.00 plus tax; however, it was college night so the admission was $10.00 plus tax for college students. There was an estimate of two hundred and fifty people who attended Ain't Misbehavin. The performance ran for two hours with one fifteen-minute intermission. Lastly, the starting date was on March 21, 2003, and the ending date is May 25, 2003 for the musical. Ain't Misbehavin' was conceived and originally directed by Richard Maltby Jr. But, the musical is from an idea by Murry Horwitz. For Richard Maltby, he has directed many Tony award winning Broadway musicals, like "Baby", "Starting Now", and "Fosse". Moreover, Murry Horwitz wrote songs for "The Great Gatsby", and "Harlem Nocturne". Currently, Mr. Horwitz is the director of the new AFI Silver Theatre in Maryland, while Maltby is married with five children. Ain't Misbehavin' is being sponsored by Exxon Mobil and Siemens companies. Also, the musical gets their special arrangements of material from the Music Theatre International in New York. Ain't Misbehavin' is produced in association with Center Stage. Many people took part in making the musical, Ain't Misbehavin' possible, and a great success. For instance, Irene Lewis was the managing director. The choreographer was Arthur Faria, and the orchestration was by Luther Henderson. The vocal concepts and arrangements were by Jeffrey Gutcheon, and William Elliot. The musicians were Williams Foster McDaniel who played the piano, Thomas Williams, the woodwinds, Dontae Winslow, the trumpet, Thomas E. Short, the bass, Eric Kennedy, the drums, and Edward Goldstein, the orchestra contractor. The musicians were dressed in black suits for the first half of the show, and then they changed into white suits for the rest of the performance. The technical, sound, and lighting directors were Jim Glendinning, Karlin Graybash,...
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added: 01/20/2012
The Akkadians conception of power is absolutism and loyalty to the royal king and not the city-state. The king, Sargon of Akkad, had so much power that his own grandsons who were governors of cities were considered just simply servants to the king. The king believed that he held so much power, that he called himself "the ruler of the earth." The absolute monarchy and divine power is depicted in the victory stele of Naram-Sin at Sippar, showing his defeat of the Lullubi. The stele, made of pink sandstone, depicts Naram-Sin who is the grandson of Sargon. On the stele, Naram-Sin is leading his triumphant army up the mountain as they defeat their enemies. At the top of the stele, the king, who is the largest in size, stands alone at the top of the mountain. This shows how Akkadians viewed the prominence of the king. He also stands above his enemies who are stabbed and pleading him, revealing the great power he holds in order to overcome his foes. The king wears a horned helmet on his head which also signifies his deification. The king's troops beneath him in the middle and bottom part of the stele are smaller in size, again showing the king's dominant power. The king's men are lined up in an orderly-fashioned manner with their weapons ready at hand, which suggests the organization and discipline that they obtained. All of the men are looking up to the king with their right hand on top of their chest and left foot stepped forward, portraying the loyalty and respect given to the king, and the obedience towards serving their ruler. They are ready to follow to the king's commands. As for the enemies in the stele, they are exposed as "crushed underfoot, fall[ing], flee[ing], [dying], or beg[ging] for...
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The official name of the show I attended at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art was entitled Albert Marquet from the Pompidou, as all of the pieces displayed (45 paintings and 20 drawings) were on loan from the Pompidou Center in Paris. The time span of the works ranged from the early 1900's to the late 1940's. Marquet's work is described as somewhat impressionistic, and out of the 65 items on display, I focused on six: two works I especially enjoyed, two I didn't particularly connect with, and a remaining two that I felt relatively neutral about. Entitled Portrait d'un journaliste americain, (1934), this sketch was done in China ink on plain paper and was approximately 10 inches by 8 inches. Marquet used straight, vertical lines, which were simple and direct. The journalist was a square-faced man in his late 40's to early 50's. Dressed in a plain button-down shirt and an equally simple tie, with a single–button vest underneath an ordinary blazer, nothing really stood out. He was faced profile and had one ear visible. His hair was about an inch high and combed back. What I found most interesting, and this was what really caught my attention, was the subject's eyes -- they were closed. One would think that a journalist had to keep his open eyes and always be watching the surrounding world. It was as if the artist was attempting to show that this journalist, who happened to be American, was oblivious as to what was going on. Ironically, I have always thought that people of other Goldwater 2 countries felt this way about Americans and our culture. To be perfectly honest, I often feel this way about my own culture. Truly fascinating! Femmes de Laghouat, (1921), done in oil on canvas, was about 15 inches by 18 inches. The...
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In recent years the public has been made aware of a syndrome called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The syndrome has received publicity for many reasons including the fact that it is a completely preventable syndrome based on the pregnant mother's behaviors. The syndrome causes disabilities for the children. The mother that drink during their pregnancy have been getting charged. It is a life long syndrome that cannot be reversed once it is achieved. In a report, Substance Abuse and the American Woman, sent out by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, at least one of every five pregnant women uses alcohol and/or other drugs during pregnancy (NOFAS). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is A Preventable Birth Defect If women didn't drink anymore during pregnancy, there would never be another baby born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Effect. It is a very simple cure for an alarmingly high birth defect that all women have the power to stop. Every year more than 40,000 American children are born with defects because their mother drank alcohol while pregnant (Shea). That is 1 to 3 per 1,000 live births. Many of these cases go undiagnosed. The higher the mothers blood alcohol is the greater the damage is to the developing fetus. It is also the number one cause of mental retardation in the United States, and one of the three leading causes of birth defects (Shea) . Alcohol produces more significant effects in the fetus than other drug including cocaine, heroin and marijuana. What I don't understand is that why would a mother drink during pregnancy, knowing that there is a chance that her baby might have problems. The best way to prevent FAS is by not using alcohol products. This sounds so simple, but for many women it is not. Usually infants born to mothers who...
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added: 12/25/2011
Alexander Stirling "Sandy" Calder was one of the most innovative and original American artists of the twentieth century. Calder was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Nanette Lederer, was a painter and his father, Alexander "Stirling" Calder, and grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder, were noted sculptors. Young Alexander seemed to break the family tradition of studying art by enrolling at the Stephens Institute of Technology in New Jersey to major in engineering. But after graduating from college and holding a succession of jobs, Calder eventually returned to New York to study art (Nelson 2001). Calder attended classed at the Art Students League in New York from 1923 to 1926, supporting himself by working as an illustrator. Between 1926 and 1930, Calder went to Paris to develop his intricately assembled Cirque Calder, a work of performance art employing small-scale circus figures he sculpted from wire, wood, clothe, and other materials. Calder's circus helped to establish him in avant-garde circles. At the same time, Calder sculpted three-dimensional figurative works using continuous lengths of wire, which he described as "line drawings in space"(Marter 1991). His wire sculptures became another outlet for the artist's explorations in space. One of his earliest wire sculptures was a portrait of Josephine Baker, the first of five he ultimately made of the dance (Marter 1991). Many of these wire sculptures, such as his initial portrait of Baker, were affixed to bases. A number of later wire portraits, such as Aztec Josephine Baker, were made to hang from string or wire, so that their elements could dangle and move at the mercy of the wind. Indeed, such works would seem to be conceptual prototypes of Calder's later mobiles. In the early 1930's, Calder's work took a radical turn. Association with Mondrain and other innovative artists working at the time influenced Calder to...
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Born in London in 1969, leaving school at 16, Alexander McQueen stepped into the world of fashion. Creating and manipulating his unique designs with his talented skills, McQueen mastered 6 methods of pattern cutting from the 16th century and tailoring skills which today have given his McQueen signature. Also dubbed 'enfant terrible' by the fashion press Receiving British Designer of the Year in 2001, 1996 and 1997 and also the recipient of many more awards, Alexander McQueen is recognised as one of the most successful talents in the fashion industry and is known world-wide. McQueen and His Collection Unique designs, stunning effects, powerful collections and a revolutionary designer. Put it together and you have Alexander McQueen! Varied views are shared among us from newspapers, fashion press to the internet fashion sites. Not always are the views good but a view is always present when it comes to Alexander McQueen. Some might say he was like Marmite, " You either love it, or hate it." Styles the 'Enfant terrible' have brought to us are varied every season but just as exhilarating as his last flair. As we see here is an outfit from the Spring/Summer 2003 collection which is a mixture of flimsy frills and tough leather or P.V.C. To me i would regard this as a typical McQueen signature because of the powerful colours like chocolate browns and calm creams which i think produces a nature on the model. This glitzy vest and skirt is also another Spring/Summer 2003 style, unlike the first outfit, this one would be more likely to be seen on the streets because of it's Summer explosion and brighter colours and lighter fabrics. The sexy outfit lights up a dark street and leaves its statement of energy. * * Along side is an A/W 1997-1998, titled "It's A Jungle Out There" focused on...
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# # Alfred Alexander Gockel was born in 1952 in Ludinghausen, North-Rine Westphalia, Germany. In 1973, he started his studies in the specialist field of design, with emphases on typography and graphic design. Gockel worked in the advertising industry for many years also. Gockel was not only a designer and an artist, but during his free time, he often lectured in his alma mater, Munster Polytechnic, in his specialized fields: typography and graphic. He was fascinated by the magic of the color on paper, and his enthusiasm lead to the publication of his first artwork when he was only eight years old. After his decision to dedicate all his time to art, he has produced a wide variety of artwork from unique types of etchings to serigraphy. Gockel's compositions are marked by the bright colors and graceful motion of his characters and are trimmed with powerful black figures and accents, which fade together to create an individual image for each viewer. This is a perfect reflection of his appearance and inner-self. His hyperactivity is the basis for the large number of different projects he has fulfilled, and his striving for perfection results in the highest quality for each and every one. With expressive use of rich, primary colors, Gockel has created an exceptional style that is undeniably unique. He has is own style of painting which brings out the characteristics in him also. His fluid strokes on large white canvas backgrounds done in the manner of "action painting" have a tremendous universal appeal. The competitive nature of his character has let him to an accomplished career, and after 22 years, he still gets inspired by society. His creations keep improving, stimulated by a large number of fans, and that also keeps increasing. Alfred Gockel's art collection is subdivided into two major categories: unique art...
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According to John Gould Fletcher, Alfred Stieglitz was a "philosopher, guide, teacher, discoverer of genius, inspirer of the machine age, prophet and Messiah. (Block 764) It would be difficult to argue Fletcher's statement because it was Stieglitz who provided the essential example of the mean by which the artist could reach out to a new and more accurate mode of representing the world of experience. Stieglitz knew that many hardly even considered photography an art and was determined to prove otherwise. Through his many different photography techniques, Alfred Stieglitz revolutionized photography by opposing the traditional standards of art and photography. And since his talent was so enormous, it was not difficult for him to prove that photography was an important art. This father of photography was the man who did the most for art in America. When Stieglitz was born on the first of January in 1864 no one realized what a genius this young Jewish boy would become. (Block 764) Growing up, Alfred was infused with an appreciation for art by his family and surroundings. His father, Edward Stieglitz, was an amateur artist who was constantly socializing with other artists. The Stieglitz's family home was decorated with prints and art objects of famous artists of the day. At age five, the family relocated to New York City. Stieglitz attended several schools, both private and public. From early on Alfred was observant and sensitive to others feelings. He was also very inquisitive and precocious. He was trilingual by the age of seven, fluently speaking German, French and English. Before the age of sixteen Stieglitz attended the City College of New York where he studied engineering. While living in New York Stieglitz was introduced to his first photograph when he was nine years old. Right away he was fascinated with the process...
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Specific colors were used in this painting, which are desaturized. There were no varieties of colors and the whole image carried a simple tone of environment. Boldness and smooth colors expressed an image of vague and abstract form. The shape of the jugs are mostly symetrical except for the large dark one in the center. The mouth area of the large jug seems to be attached to the pole of the wall. The sharp but bold curve at the tip of the mouth piece of the jug illustrates an image of a wave. The curve of the wave balances out the whole symetrical and standard-like feeling of the painting. The curves in this painting breaks the idea of stiffness and complexity. It is also interesting to figure out how all the lines are continuing without any end point. They all connect to each other creating a continuous combination of harmony. The background of the painting is dark and gloomy; as if it is about to rain. The dull colors of the background makes the large dark reddish jug stand out like a grand flair. The large jug holds enough intensity to withstand the complicated positioning of the other smaller jugs in the background. Because of this mixture of simple forms and bold colors, the whole piece gives the feeling of modernism. Simple and abstract figures also resemble comfortable passion towards the viewers. The landscape in the painting carries the mood of middle eastern or egyptian sense. The period of time the painting reveals seems to be more ancient than a present day environment. Even though it shows significant amount of modernism, the atmosphere still gives off a more aged setting like a image of a small town in a desert. The area above the large jug looks similar to a greek...
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Imagine for just a moment that you are driving home from work on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. You pull up to your mailbox to check you mail just like any other "ordinary" day. As you open the mailbox you notice a suspicious envelope addressed to you. There is a strange return address, so for a moment you become hesitant to open the letter. Finally, when you get the nerve, you rip open the envelope and pull out the letter covered in a powdery substance ("CDC Health Advisory", 2001). Needless to say, you have no idea if this letter contains thousands of tiny anthrax spores, or powdered sugar. How would you handle something that could lead to your death? You've heard about anthrax on the news, but never thought something like this could happen to you! Since the attacks on America, September 11th, 2001, Americans have been on wits end waiting to see what the terrorists are going to do next. Last month, Americans were struck with the issue of Bioterrorism when a Florida tabloid photo editor contracted anthrax, and died a couple of days later ("Suspicious Deaths", 2001). Well, what is anthrax? According to "The Arnot Ogden Medical Center", a website that provides medical information to the public, anthrax is deadly, "Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, and when inhaled by humans it's deadly" ("Anthrax Bacteria", 2001). Americans are worried about the dangers of anthrax because, "it's highly lethal, one of the easiest biological agents to manufacture, easy to develop as a weapon, and can easily be spread over a large area in the air" ("The Disease", 2001). In "The Hunt for the Anthrax Killers", an article in Time magazine, it is said that scientists have been studying anthrax closely, "they (anthrax spores) are...
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The cultural and developmental aspects of American history in the 17th and 18th centuries are certainly among the most important and influential factors in the shaping of this country's long and storied history. Historiographically speaking, there are undoubtedly thousands upon thousands of different studies and opinions on the most influential cultural strides of early Americans well as the pros and cons that each colonial region developed in shaping America and readying it for the Revolutionary Era. Each of these four studies brings a slightly different and even, at times, conflicting approach to analyzing the cultural and social roots of early America, but each one provides a fresh perspective that enhances the idea that America is a true "melting pot" of ideas, social values, and cultural traits. Zuckerman, in his article, focuses his attention on the middle colonies and the erroneous tendencies of historians to ignore controversial or pertinent historical issues in favor of obvious, harmless social arguments. Historians have focused on New England as the true "birthplace of America" because of its early literature and thought that focused solely on Puritanism, and therefore offered an obvious and easy starting point with which to measure the region's cultural metamorphasis. However, as Zuckerman points out, New England was fairly unrepresentative of the real America, as it was a homogenous society dominated by English Puritans and their inflexible doctrines and unstatic customs and economy. The middle colonies, on the other hand, were made up of people of many different origins, races, and creeds, and their interrelationships are definitely more symbolic of American culture. Like most people's idea of America, the middle colonies developed a commercial culture ba! sed on a balanced economy, and, besides that, showed no real homogenous cultural traits that ran through the region. Indeed, most of the different groups that coexisted in...
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Saint Saturnius, later francized to sernin, was martyred on November 29 in the year 250 for failing to sacrifice to the pagan gods that the Romans forced upon his people. After being dragged to death by a bull he was buried, and at the end of the 4th century a basilica was constructed above his tomb. This building was replaced in the late 11th century by the Saint Sernin basilica (see appendix, 1ab) that is currently in Toulouse, France, a town positioned on the Garronne River a short distance from its union with the Ariege River. Measuring in at 115 m long and 21.1 m high this new structure is the largest of the churches along the principle routes to Santiago de Compostela in France and upper Spain known as the pilgrimage churches (see appendix, 2). The building of this basilica is credited to Bishop Petrus Rogerius. However, canon Raymond Gairard is also recognized as the constructor of the body of the church before he died in 1118. Even though additions continued through the 16th century, the building was consecrated in 1119. These additions were the result of the need for expansion due to the increasing number of pilgrims who passed through the church. Viollet-le-Duc completed the final major restoration of Saint Sernin in 1860. This building has survived intact since then, and is considered an extremely important Christian landmark. Saint Sernin is a cruciform basilica with quite a large square based, proportional structure. Twin portals open to a five-aisled barrel vault nave with eleven bays. The nave is intersected at the transept with a square crossing and an octagonal tower. Two other western towers were also to be added, but were never completed. The ambulatory encircling the crypt includes five projecting chapels. The aisle continues along the perimeter of the church...
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Shingi The film American Beauty is extremely real it goes deep into the life of a family that looks as ordinary as the family on the Cosby show, but the reality will disturb you. I really enjoy this movie because it does not fit into any specific movie genre like a mobster or scary movie would. It is in a category of its own. This film is about a high-class white family that has some very disturbing issues. The entire film has voice over done by the father. He is the narrator so most of the movie is from is point of view. He begins by stating that the saying "today is the first day of the rest of your life is only true of everyday except the day that you die." This statement basically gets the audience prepared for something bad, also known as foreshadowing. The parents in this movie are strange the father is going through a midlife crisis that involves quitting his 14 year old job and blackmailing his boss for a years salary. He is also infatuated with his teenage daughters girlfriend Angela. Angela is in his dreams and when she comes over to the house to stay the night he is in complete aw over her. It's pathetic. Angela on the other hand finds this to be sweet. She plays right along with him by flirting and say sexual remarks, until it goes too far. The mother in this movie is so into her job that it is sick. She is a real estate agent who cares more about selling a house than her family. She has an episode in a house that she tried to sell and did not succeed in doing so. She was so mad at herself that she began to cry and then repeatedly...
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The story "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", written by Stephen Crane, is a unique look at the old west and persents a different way of storytelling. Instead of focusing on the hero alone, Crane puts the Bride in the title to emphasise the importance of her role in the story. There is also an unusual ending to the story, setting it apart from stereotypical western stories. There is too, sybmolism in the story that makes it unique in its genre. The last sentence of the story has far more significance than perhaps is concived at first glance. This very unique ending plays many roles in the final mood of the story, and resolves the major conflicts very quickly. When analized closely, it is noticable that the ending is ironic, in the story and for the story. This means that in the story, the sentence sums up the ironic fact that Scratchy has been defeated, and not by the sword, persay... but by the woman. The sentence also creates an ironic ending for the story, as it is an abrupt ending, contraditcing the expected outcome of a shootout or fight of sorts. Instead, the hero raises not a hand, and the villan surrenders without putting up a fight. By using the unique, desrciptive ending that Crane does, emphasizing the unexpectedness of the outcome with "funnel-shaped tracks" (627), it brings out the irony that the excitment and anticipation the story has "geared up" is then just shot down, with no shots fired at all! This last sentence, while creating the irony it does, and perhaps putting a sort of "downer" on the ending, also resolves the story abruptly, yet effectivly. The two main conflicts are that of Jack, worried about the world's view on his ability to carry out his duties now that...
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An appreciation of "To Autumn" by John Keats "To Autumn", a vivid and sensuous description of the scenery John Keats encountered and marvelled at in the midst of his Sunday constitutional is something to be marvelled at itself. Not only is his choice of language effective in conveying this idyllic image to the reader, but its tone is incredibly optimistic. This might strike some as strange, considering this poem was penned by a terminally ill author. The poem's nature is diametrically opposed to the temperament and disposition one would expect of a person aware of his impending demise. The first verse seems to be concentrated on the beginning of autumn, conveying images of an organic and sunny nature. The main theme seems to be centred around maturity and ripening, as lines such as "Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun", "And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core" and "With a sweet kernel; to set budding more and still more, later flowers for the bees" indicate. The verse follows a classic A, B, A, B, C, D, E, D, C, C, E rhythmic pattern. The descriptions seem to burst out of the page, setting off explosions of gold, green, scarlet and yellow imagery within my mind. He also mentions autumn's over spilling into summer as a conclusion to the stanza. The second verse begins cleverly with a rhetorical enquiry and then proceeds to use extended personification. It appears that he amasses all of autumn's characteristics and embodies them within a physical manifestation, or perhaps a female spectre. This could be a nod to Greek or Roman mythology, referring to Carpo (the Goddess of Autumn) of the Horae, or perhaps the goddess Persephone. He makes almost an antithesis of this creature's movement, referring to her as "careless" whilst sleeping and then, later on "steady"...
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Revonda HenryPat Dansby English 1302 18 February 2003 A Characterization of Sarty Snoops in William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" Sarty, whose real name is Colonel Sartoris Snoops, is a poor ten-year old boy is described by Faulkner as being "small for his age, small and wiry like his father, in patched and faded jeans even too small for him, with straight, uncombed, brown hair and eyes gray and wild as story scud" (Giola 163). Undoubtedly, the wildness in his eyes is caused by the grief and despair he experiences in his struggle to reconcile his own innate honesty with his loyalty to his father. Faulkner demonstrates Sarty's struggle to reconcile these two qualities in three distinct occasions during the story when he is faced with making a decision between doing what he knows is morally right or standing with his family against a society which his father despises ( O'Brien 1). The first occasion occurs in a trial being conducted in a small-town general store. Sarty's father Abner is being accused of setting fire to another man's property following a dispute. Sarty's first response to the predicament is to convince himself that he and his father face a mutual enemy in the judge. Later, in the proceedings, when he thinks the judge is going to call him to testify, he panics and thinks; "He aims for me to lie, he thought, again with hat frantic grief and despair. " And I will have to do it." (Ford 1). Actually, the ten-year boy doesn't have much of a choice because his emotional and economical security lies with his father and his family (O'Brien 1). Yet, when the moment comes, it seems that Sarty's integrity is winning in his struggle of conscience. Both the judge and his father sense this. The judge, who evidently is sympathetic towards the...
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Describe an important idea dealt with in the text. Why is this idea important? FATE An important idea dealt with in Baz Luhrmann's production of 'Romeo and Juliet' is that of fate. Fate is what is destined to happen and no one can change these predetermined events. Fate is a very important idea dealt with in 'Romeo and Juliet' because the film begins with the viewers being told of events that are to happen and this recurs often throughout the film. The tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' is that the viewers watch fate unfold, yet the viewers and the characters are powerless to change these predetermined events. Fate is introduced in the very beginning of the film. Viewers are told in the very beginning of the film what is going to happen at the very end, "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life". Even though the ending is known, we do not know how all the events lead to it. Throughout the film, it seems that fate can be changed, and turn a different way, away from the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. An example of this is when Romeo tries to make peace with Tybalt, "And so, good Capulet – which name I tender as dearly as mine own – be satisfied." Romeo shows his good will by extending his hand. Tybalt could go either way and shake Romeo's hand, and make peace. However, as Romeo and Juliet are 'star-crossed lovers', fate intervenes and Tybalt denies Romeo's request. This type of choice is also evident before Romeo meets Juliet. As we already know what is going to happen in the film, the events are predetermined and cannot be changed, although they appear that they can be at times. Fate seems to be working against Romeo and Juliet....
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