Melissa's Diary!! Thursday 30th November Hi diary! I know you've been lying around since last Christmas collecting dust but I thought you were just a useless gift from Aunt Betty. Sorry, but can you blame me when the year before she got me a pack of coat-hanger covers? Ha! Bless her. The thing is, this morning I had a really big problem and I couldn't tell Mum because it was SO embarrassing! I was getting ready for school when I realised I'd started my first period. Hunting through my cupboard to find the introductory pads Mum bought me when I was nine years old (why I'll never know!); I came across you – my diary. Who better to tell my problems to than you! I was suddenly thanking Aunt Betty in my head and wishing I'd have been more grateful after she gave me a stripy green book ( I was secretly wishing for the latest Brad Pitt movie to drool over, so I was a little shocked and disappointed! ) Now I've got my first problem off my chest, I can think of a thousand more. Boys have it easy not having the stress of what us girls carry with us every day! Like the other day, for example, I was walking home from my friend's house when I saw the boy of my dreams – Liam. I have had a crush on him since year seven and have had so many embarrassing moments in front of him. I walked all the other way round the block home to avoid another embarrassing encounter with him and was grounded by my Mum for being late! Now that is totally unfair! But I'd rather have this punishment than the encounter, so I consider myself to be let off lightly. Saturday 2nd December The next door neighbour was poking...
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Close Reading: "The Paradise of the Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids" In Melville's "Paradise of the Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids", a vivid illustration and comparison of the life of the industrial class and working class is displayed to the reader. The working class slaves themselves silly, while the industrial class sits back and reaps the benefits. In a sense, it is indeed the working class who keeps society running. The narrator chooses to represent the industrial class by a group of wealthy bachelor lawyers. A unmarried, self-indulgent "band of brothers" (269), they enjoy living a lavish lifestyle "without any twinges of their consciences touching desertion of the fireside" (269), only concerned with satisfying their own needs. Among the many luxuries of the privileged, they take pleasure in traveling and pampering themselves with fine cuisine, consisting of ox-tail soup, turbot, roast beef, mutton, turkey, chicken pie, tarts, puddings, cheese and crackers, and plenty of drink- alcohol, that is. Pikna 2 "It was the very perfection of quiet absorption of good living, good drinking, good feeling, and good talk" (269). This is what the narrator describes as the paradise of the bachelors. However, the truth of the matter is, is that appearances can often be misleading. Underneath it all, the bachelors live a pretty dull and empty life. Described as "men of liberal sense, ripe scholarship in the world, and capacious philosophical and convivial understandings" (269), they are often hedonistic and choose to interact with one another through the sharing of "all sorts of pleasant stories" (268). The bachelors are simply useless men whose primary focus is their high consumption lifestyle. The thought of suffering any type of pain or trouble simply blows their minds away. "The thing called pain, the bugbear styled trouble- those two legends seemed preposterous to their bachelor imaginations…how...
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In Herman Melville's life he had much concern with the imposing roles of faith and death. Through his younger years and into his old age, his morbid concerns passionately grew into an obsession. Much of his toiling energy was put into a short story "Bartleby the Scrivener". It is a deep examination into the questions and doubts of life's purpose, asking whether it is filled with meaningless vanity or worthy destination. "Bartleby" dramatizes the conflict of two radically different spiritual personalities that battle out the concepts of faith and death. It was not written as an explanatory resolve to religion and faith, but an essay of the struggling search for an ultimate peace of mind. The acceptance of a certain religion was something that Herman Melville had not found for himself. A good friend of his, Nathaniel Hawthorne stated "Melville, as he always does, began to reason of Providence and futurity, and of everything that lies beyond human ken, and informed me that he had "pretty much made up his mind to be annihilated": but still does not seem to rest in that anticipation: and I think will never rest until he gets hold of a definite belief. It is strange how he persists--and has persisted ever since I knew him...."(Ashton 4). Hawthorne recorded this notebook entry in 1856. Evidently, this was only three years after "Bartleby" was written, signifying Melville's mind-set at the time. Within the story of "Bartleby the Scrivener" it is obvious that Melville had a profound questioning of a proper faith and it's role in life. He incessantly bounced between the acceptance of life's religious notions and death's scientific temperament. The polarized relationship of these concepts is expressed through the two main characters, Bartleby and the lawyer. To better know these characters, it is most useful to...
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The novel 'Memnoch - The Devil' by Anne Rice is, at the heart of it, really a vessel for the author's own theological ideas. Having said that it is also a classy exit for a cult character, the author claims to have fallen in love with. Whether or not this is a pretentious excuse to stop writing about a worn out character, or not, I will not comment on. What I will comment on are these theological ideas in particular as Shakespeare put it in Macbeth "did heaven look on, and would not take their part?" or "how can God allow suffering?" which is argued throughout the text. Fifth novel in 'The Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice (the most noteworthy of which 'Interview with the vampire' was made into a motion picture with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in leading roles) and also the last in the same series. It has a lot to live up to, and in my opinion uses and abuses that fact. Instead of writing what loyal fans are expecting, the author instead decides that it would be a perfect time for her to voice her view on some theological issues. The reasons for reasons doing this are unfathomable, perhaps she was trying to get noticed by theologians, or perhaps she was trying to explore how she felt about life and the afterlife, but whatever they were, they were selfish, and not what the fans had grown to expect. What they or at least I had grown to expect was an escape from real world mysteries, where I could not have to think on major issues, and just enjoy a day in the life of a flamboyant anti-hero full of bravado and bluster, leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Cliché maybe, but when he's not dressed...
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Bells are ringing and carolers are singing as I walk through my front door. As I open the door, the smell of a mixture of pine and a boiling pot of menudo tickle my nose. It's no other than a typical Christmas in a Mexican home. A full house of family was not out of the ordinary at this time of the year. From aunts and uncles to cousins and grandparents I hadn't seen since last Christmas had taken over my home. The smell of tamales made my tummy roar. Making food on Christmas was like an Olympic event. My aunts would always compete to see who made the best side dishes. The kitchen was full of menudo, tamales, turkey and other delicious food. We always made sure not to eat a lot and save some room for dessert. Every year my aunts and grandmother would bring a different dessert for us. We had brownies, pies bonuellos and different kinds of fresh cookies that would just melt in your mouth. My grandma would have two big wooden tables, one for the kids and one for the grown-ups. Us kids always wanted to over hear the adults' stories. Seeing my house like this was always somewhat of a shock to me because my family was never the type to be unified but as soon as Christmas came along it was different. I often found myself sitting in the living room as my father and uncles saw the football game or whichever sport happened to be on the tube. I never really was into the sport thing but I would cheer along and pretend to get upset every time the opposing team scored. Although some cursing took place, it was all in good spirit and no harm was done. Watching the glee and smiles...
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Jordan Cashe When I saw the sixty-foot drop from the top of the ramp, I had never been more terrified in my entire life. My mother and I were at Disney World for the first time, and I was sitting beside her on this monster about to plunge into the waiting waters below. She had surprised me with this trip the summer of my sixth grade year, probably because she had not heard the end of it once my cousin went and told me all about the fun he had. I convinced myself on the plane that I wasn't going to ride with my mom on the roller coasters, all I could think of was flying out of my seat to a certain horrible death. Yet here I was, ready to take the final plunge to the ground so far below. All I could think of was how young I was, too young to pass away this early. I still had so much to do and see. I rode that roller coaster; I think Space Mountain was the name, at least fifteen more times that day. Never before had I experienced the incredible sensation of flying through the air, twisting and turning, flipping and rolling, I was hooked. I had to be convinced that there was other rides and adventures just as good in different parts of the park. And there was, not just roller coasters either but shows and games and all kinds of great restaurants and stores, even a gigantic arcade. Even the hotel we were staying in had tons of fun all over the place. It was called the All Star Hotel, and we were staying in the basketball section. There was soccer, football, tennis, golf, and many more with a huge pool in the middle with artificial waves. The...
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TO: Dean Jones FROM: Brittany Graham, Business Instructor DATE: November 4, 2002 RE: Plans for improving contacts MEETING WITH J&M INC. C I believe that you have some very good ideas about the direction the district should be taking. C You have only been in this position for a short period of time, yet the ideas you have are thoughtful and well developed. C You are a strong leader and you will do many positive things for this school, and district, in the future. SG Mr. Fundy and I agree with you that the school should form a close relationship with J&M Inc. SG As we brainstormed, many of our ideas were the same, or similar, to your ideas. BN However, we came up with several ideas of our own that we feel may be better suited for both parties at present. BN Mr. Fundy mentioned that the technology of the Tele/Center is not the direction his company is going right now. BN He is not willing to share the cost of a program that will not be beneficial to J&M, however Mr. Fundy would like to reach a compromise. INTERNAL FLAWS: OS I understand that you want the students to be involved in the local industries. OS I also realize that you would like to establish a Tele/Center as a means of shared technology with J&M Inc. SG I believe it would be an excellent idea to have students becoming more involved in the businesses. SG I also think that the computer/telecommunications center is a great idea, in theory. YS Unfortunately, the surrounding companies do not see the potential in the students of Elgin Community College, and those who do are rather indifferent to the possibilities. YS The school needs to find ways to increase the potential of the students and then positively promote the abilities...
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Many people have sweet memories about their childhood connected with their parents and grandparents. I think my mom and me are not really one of them. As for me one of the reasons was my grandma's personality—she was not that nice, kind, wise and funny granny as there is a belief she should of be. There were many things that created her rough character, like World War I and II. Nevertheless my mother never wanted to be like her. My grand mom's negative sides inspired my mom to have opposite personality. My mom always wanted to feel and give caress and care ness, she always wanted to earn more: mentally and physically. Forming of personality takes its start mostly in childhood. A little kid's heart needs a lot of warm feelings, caress, and attention. My grandmother played with her daughter very rarely and treated her very seldom too. My mom had only one teddy bear –gift from her father. You say, -- granny did not have enough money for toys? Maybe, yes, but she did not care either. There was no hate in the house, no screaming; I guess my granny just has different kind of love. So the whole little girl's world contended with her teddy bear, some self-made toys and sweet memories about her daddy. My mom has very bright picture in her mind about her very first day of school. She had gotten very big stain on her only uniform dress in that morning. She started to cry. When she asked for help, grand mom told her to wash and iron her dress by herself. These couples of words were like thundering in the sunny sky for my mom. Although she did everything and crying went first time to school, after that day little girl totally changed....
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Discuss ways in which memory is explored "Mean time" is, in essence, a collection of poems concerned with history and memory throughout the anthology. Carol Ann Duffy uses many literary and thematic devices to explore the theme of memory such as the dramatic monologue which enables the socialisation of self who can then speak without the fear of censorship; objectivity of viewpoints. It provides disassociation for the poet from the persona in which they are speaking thus making the poetry more universal and accessible, especially due to the different personas that Carol Ann Duffy adopts. These enable her to her to incite different times of life from which memories are, for example, Captain of the 1964 team" for childhood to "Adultery" for the pinnacle of adulthood and as the anthology progresses, the poetry becomes darker and less idealistic. The language highlights this; "star spangled and burst like a red balloon" to language of death throughout the later poetry. The difference of gendered and ungendered voices seems to re-negotiate the boundaries more acutely in love poetry between the lover and the beloved. Carol Ann Duffy uses personal memory with interwoven references to texts such as DH Lawrence's "Humming Bird" in "Captain" which contexualise her poetry and add weight to its meaning. A poem in which Duffy uses the device of evoking idealistic memory through childhood is in "Captain of the 1964 Team". She underwrites personal memories with external textual references, for example in the progression of language from babyhood to adulthood, which encapsulates the meaning of the poem itself. "Humming bird is likened to the DH Lawrence's work of the same name citing that it is "Primeval dumb, far back" which intensifies the theme of memory. Within the poems I am using to examine the question of memory in Mean Time, temporal progression is...
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The four main characters in the play Othello represent four different character traits of manhood: Roderigo, the failure; Othello, the hero, yet the insane lover; Cassio, the noblemen; and Iago, the villain, yet the strongest character of the play. Of these four characters Roderigo reveals the weakest character traits. Iago effortlessly profits from Roderigo's deficiency in a intelligence, in fact Iago himself said he would not waste time and effort on "such a snipe"(I iii 387) except for "sport and profit." Towards the end of the play Roderigo reveals some traits that might classify him as a man with a spine. He finally stands up to Iago and threatens to expose the conspiracy against Othello and Cassio, but ultimately his flaws overpower his virtuous traits and he is persuaded by Iago to kill Cassio instead. Likewise, Othello is the tragic hero of the play but his character is also weak. Jealousy is Othello's major downfall. He reveals his insecurities in the scene where he strikes Desdemona and calls her a "devil". Similarly, in the brothel scene, Othello's insecurities arise when he cruelly questions Desdemona. He condemns her as a "simple bawd" and a "whore", which he has no real proof of. Iago also easily manipulates Othello, like Roderigo, throughout the play. Othello is naive. He demonstrates that a few well-placed suggestions can alter his train of thought, such as when Iago was talking to Cassio and made Othello believe that the lieutenant was speaking of Desdemona instead of Bianca. On the whole, Othello was a weak character and a naive man. In contrast, Cassio's character is strong. He spoke about Othello with dignity and grace, which no other character in the play does. Also, Cassio showed extreme loyalty to the Moor. Cassio's only flaw is that he temporarily lost his power of reasoning...
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Something about the human psyche keeps people alive in the horrific and torturous conditions. Again and again, people triumph in the face of abusive adversity. The holocaust, slavery, and gulags, such as the one in "One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", all have survivors who kept on living when happiness and hope is minuscule. What keeps men in a gulag alive? Why do they continue to eat next to nothing, work hard and listen to guards who consistently abuse their power? Pain, both mental and physical greets the men daily. They have no reason to hope. Ivan Denisovich even says on page " ." The reality is that all species, humans included have a basic instinct to survive, and find happiness and satisfaction in doing so. Most of the men in Ivan Denisovich have found a way to be content with living in a prison and being treated like dogs, not for just days, or months, but for an undefined amount of time, usually decades. It would be natural to think that many lived because they still had hope for their freedom. However, many had little to look forward to about freedom. There was question to whether life in the camps was any worse outside the camps. In Russia at this time, a ruthless paranoid dictator, Stalin, controlled all aspects of life. Therefore few had overwhelming hope of getting out. Knowing that outside could be just as bad made it easier to exist in a camp, because there were millions of people just as hopeless. The thought that it might be an undefined amount of time before the prisoners were free men, was less depressing because there was less to miss about "freedom." Some had nothing to go back to anyways, they had lost their family, and jobs. Those...
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Women vs. Man Physical, psychological, and sexually women and men are different. Physically the most recognized difference between the two sexies is that men have a penis and women have a vagina. Most men also have smaller breast. Men also have different body structures than women. Women have big hips in order to give birth and men have one less rib then women, but women can't complain about this because they gave that rib to us. Men and women also have different facial features. Along with looking different men and women think different too. This makes them different psychologically. The psychological differences start at an early age. Little boys are more likely to play with trucks and little girls are more likely to play with dolls. Some say that this is sexist parenting. For example, parents will give a little boy a truck before they will give him a doll or they will give their little girl a doll before they will give her a truck. This is not true. Scientists have found that if a girl has a choice between playing with a doll and playing with a truck, the girl will most likely play with the truck. And if a boy has a choice between playing with a truck or with a doll he is most likely going to pick the truck. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, there are some cases where either the male or female child likes to play with the opposite toys. For example a girl may play with truck while a little boy will play with a doll. The term for having both female and male characteristics, like stated in the example, is androgyny or more commonly called "tom boy" or "tom girl. Another difference between the two sexes is that...
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One way you can read Mending Wall by Robert Frost is that it is about a man who rebuilds the wall seperating his property from his neighbour's. This man, this persona created by Gray doesn't seem to believe there is a use for the wall as "he [the neighbour] is all pine and I [the persona] am apple orchard" but his neighbour believes that "good fences make good neighbours". The persona tries to change his neighbour's opinion by trying to "put a notion in his head" but his neighbour seems to just ignore him. So the persona gets annoyed and thinks of him as an "old-stone savage". This is a very simple situation which we can all relate to. But, if we read deeper into the poem we may find the meanings that Robert Frost wanted us to see. Firstly, as we know that this persona is against the building of walls where not necessary we find that it is this persona that initiates the re-building of the wall "I let my neighbour know beyond the hill". This gives the reader something to think about – it puts questions in the reader's mind as to why he would initiate this if he doesn't think it's necessary. One reason may be that this persona enjoys the company of his neighbour – but he gets frustrated with him. Maybe this persona is a lonely person and any company is good company – they "meet to walk the line". Maybe through mending the wall between them they are mending their friendship. These are all viable options and as we read further into the poem we may understand to a greater extent why he does this. When the two start building the wall the reader may notice that words such as "we" and "our"...
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The Merchant's Tale 3 modes of cross-reference across the Tales. Investigate tales as dramatic performance. Explore in detail and death the relationship between teller and the story told. A lot in the Wife of Bath about voice of the teller. Story very much part of her and her performance. Merchant's Tale – string of stories spurred by assertive performance claim by Wife of Bath in her story. Merchant refers explicitly and implicitly to her in his story. Linkage. He refers to marriage – struggle for autonomy and authority in marriage. Chaucer fascinated with – swings of power between protagonists in his stories. Competitiveness Sense that larger plot structures are coordinated around Chaucer's mastery of language. Not just abstract structures but the way they're worked out. Unsettles early conclusions. Particularly in gender stereotypes etc. Distinctive use of genre – shifts response to characters and meanings. Fablieux – January – more grotesque than earthly. If Miller's tale is a parody of courtly love – then Merchant's more corrosive, disillusioned cynicism of marriage. Different mode to Miller's Is woman a victim or a shrew? (manipulative underneath) Chaucer offers both – but they are conflicting – hard to make a decision. January – pathetic reaching out for illusions of what marriage may be Chaucer has introduced sympathy into the tale. Detachments in comeuppance of character. In Merchant's Tale, sympathy for John maybe but paradoxically there's pathos/ sympathy allowed for both characters. January's predicament. More than comic disdain. Video – Deployment of interest and sympathy between couple. Voicing pf May –energy and voice – gives her a particular inflection. We see the space she has to inhabit especially after January goes blind. Imprisonment. Much darker than Miller's Tale. Merchant shows his female character in a position which is psychologically imprisoned. Going around with an old man on the end of a piece of string because he's jealous. Chaucer takes trope...
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The Merchant of Venice In the play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a money lender, has the right to take a pound of flesh from Antonio, a Merchant. Shylock was abused and not given the same rights as Christians, who thought themselves as far superior to the Jews, Shylock's religion. Antonio had agreed to the bond which he and Shylock made, which entitled that if Antonio was not able to repay the 3 000 ducats by a certain day, then Shylock would cut off the pound of flesh. Antonio could not repay Shylock the money so Shylock, by law, must take the pound of flesh. Shylock should be able to take the pound of flesh from Antonio because Antonio agreed to the bond, knowing whole heartedly the full agreements and arrangements of the deal. The bond stated that if Antonio did not repay the 3 thousand ducats by a certain day, then Shylock shall be able to cut off a pound of Antonio's flesh from whichever part of his body that Shylock pleased. Now Antonio, as it would seem, only agreed to this remarkable deal because he believed that his ships would return before the day of payment, bringing many times the value of the money owed. So basically, Antonio was very foolish to accept this contract. A deal is a deal and when both parties know the full arrangements, the consequences must follow. It's the same as a contract. If not for Portia, this case would never have gone to court, which it did not deserve to because it was a fair bond between two honest, hard working citizens. Shylock was intent on gaining revenge for the insults and abuse he had been given by Antonio. Wouldn't you feel the same way as Shylock if you had been cursed at, called an...
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The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is about a Jew called Shylock who tries to kill Antonio, a Christian, by lending him money, but if he fails to pay it back on time, Shylock gets a pound of his flesh. Antonio is portrayed as a 'higher' soul basically because he is a Christian. A higher soul is someone who is poetic, likes music, or in the Medieval speech a Christian. Shylock is presented as a 'lower' soul, a lower soul is not poetic, does not have a good taste for music, or again in medieval context, a Jew. Throughout history Jews have always been persecuted, it dates all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians used the Jews as a scapegoat for the country's problems, so it was a case of follow the leader for the rest of history. The Christians have been in charge throughout this persecution. This persecution continued throughout the medieval age, Jews were regarded as the killer of Christ, as it was said in the bible. They were very rarely allowed to enter highly paid jobs such as solicitors, and accused of almost every crime. Some countries went to the extreme of forcing the Jews into exile. Antonio is portrayed as a risk taker, "Bethink me straight of dangerous rocks Which touching but my gentle vessels sides, Would scatter all her spies on the stream Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks." This shows that he is a risk taker because all his money is tied up in a ship which could be robbed or sink at anytime but he is willing to risk all his money and his life for a friend. This links in with my next point. Antonio is a very loyal friend when he puts his life on the line for Bassanio, and...
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In Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice," the theme of mercy vs. justice was used effectively to clearly display the different attitudes amongst the central characters. Shylock "stands for the law", for justice at all costs. The Christian characters balance this; they seem to value love and mercy above material wealth, although they have no conscience when it comes to the treatment of Jews and their families. Prejudice is a core theme in this play and is present in many aspects of Venetian society of the times. The characters' different attitudes towards the giving and taking of mercy and justice provide a great deal of conflict throughout this skilfully crafted story. Shylock accepts Antonio's bond in the hope that he may fail in repaying him, therefore forfeiting a "pound of flesh, to be by him cut off nearest the merchant's heart", a penalty that would surely kill Antonio - an opportunity for revenge that is too tempting to overlook. He shows no compassion for Antonio and his grave situation.Shylock's hate for the merchant and his fellow Christians runs so deep that this anger seems almost inhuman. Shylock is heavily portrayed in this text as the villain, yet it could be said that his hate for the Christian is not unfounded. Shylock has suffered many times under the powerful Christian influence in Venice, and has "borne it with a patient shrug." Even Antonio, who is painted as a kind, merciful character, is prejudiced, as he warns Shylock that he is likely "to spit on thee again, to spurn thee too." simply because he is a Jew. Antonio risks his own life to provide his friend Bassanio with 'his purse, his person, his extremist means' and ensure that Bassanio has enough provisions to play suitor to his beloved Portia. These characters value love and friendship above...
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What impression do you get of Bassanio as a friend, a lover and a husband-to-be in The Merchant of Venice? Our first proper introduction of Bassanio is when he is asking his great friend Antonio to lend him some more money (Act 1 Scene 1); he wants it in order to search for and woo Portia, an extremely wealthy woman about to inherit a huge fortune from her (now dead) father. Antonio, out of curiosity, asks, "Well, tell me now what lady is the same to whom you swore a secret pilgrimage that you today promised to tell me of." But instead Bassanio, rather than replying in terms of romance, he seems obsessed with the idea of money, referring to his financial losses, "How much I have disabled mine estate", then soon afterwards he says something (which in my opinion is very ambiguous), "To you, Antonio, I owe the most in money and in love". The reason I say this is because he says "money" before "love"; now this could just be a blunder, and him needing to get his priorities right, or alternatively it could be a deliberate statement, trying to distance himself from Antonio, in the sense that Antonio openly admits that he loves Bassanio, whereas Bassanio is actually trying to get across that he is in search for Portia, not Antonio. But still, Antonio persists, "My purse, my person, my extremest means lie all unlocked to your occasions", meaning everything of mine is at your disposal. Yet I do not think that Bassanio takes the hint, and like before talks about money, "To shoot another arrow that self way which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt, as I will watch the aim, or to find both or bring your latter hazard back again and thankfully rest...
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Shakespeare draws attention to 3 of Portia's suitors, the Prince of Morocco, the Prince of Arragon, and Bassanio. The Prince of Morocco is the first suitor of the 3 suitors. His first line is, 'Mislike me not for my complexion' (Act 2 Scene 1). However his character is proud. He says the lead casket is not worth hazarding everything and continues on to the sliver casket. He goes to the gold casket thinking that 'what many men desire' describes Portia. His choice can be explained by the fact that it is only his royal blood and his fortune that gives him respect. This means the Prince of Morocco judges what he sees from the outer appearance. The second suitor is the Prince of Arragon. His pride is shown through his choice of casket and his reaction to choosing the wrong casket. He comments on the inscription on the gold casket, 'I will not jump with common spirits and rank me with barbarous multitudes'. (Act 2 Scene 9) Thinking the gold casket was too common for him, he passes the gold and the silver, thinking it wasn't grand enough. He does not stop to consider the lead casket saying that it would have to look more attractive for him to hazard anything for it. The silver casket is the one that grabs his attention the most because that no one deserving Portia should go empty-handed. His pride leads him to assume he is worthy of Portia. His reaction when he finds that he didn't get the right casket is 'Did I deserve no more than a fool's head?' (Act 2 Scene 9). He accepts his fate and says 'I'll keep my oath.' (Act 2 Scene 9). Bassanio is the last suitor. He receives better treatment than the other two suitors do....
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In 1950 20th Century-Fox signed Monroe to another contract, and over the next few years she appeared in a series of small parts in films that began to gain her increased attention. Notable among these were Asphalt Jungle (1950) and All About Eve (1950). Monroe also appeared in Love Nest (1951), Clash By Night (1952), and Monkey Business and had her first lead role in Don't Bother to Knock (1952), as a psychotic babysitter. By 1953 she was appearing as a star in such films as Niagara, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The sex-symbol phase of her career followed, in which her wide-eyed charm, physical voluptuousness, and natural sex appeal made her internationally renowned and her looks and mannerisms were widely imitated. Famous films of this period, during which she was 20th Century-Fox's leading box-office attraction, include River of No Return (1954), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), and The Seven-Year Itch (1955). In 1954 Monroe married baseball player Joe DiMaggio, but they were divorced a year later. In 1955 she rebelled against her long succession of stereotyped roles, announced that she was forming her own production company, and went to New York City to attend classes at the Actors Studio. She was, however, subsequently induced to remain at 20th Century-Fox with a contract that offered her more creative control. In 1956 she married playwright Arthur Miller, whom she had met in New York City and who later scripted her last film. She made The Prince and the Showgirl—a critical and commercial failure—with Laurence Olivier in 1957, gave a noted performance as the singer Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot (1959), and appeared with Yves Montand in Let's Make Love (1960). During this period, under the constant care of a psychiatrist, beset by depression and illness,...
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