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Literature
Passage #1 Act 1, Scene 5 of Hamlet opens with the ghost of the late King Hamlet leading his son Prince Hamlet to a secluded area. He informs Hamlet of his "foul and most unnatural murder" committed by his very own brother. Throughout lines 15-57 Shakespeare describes in great detail the betrayal and murder of the King Hamlet along with the skeptical and awestruck reaction of Prince Hamlet. The unique style and structure that Shakespeare uses in his writing creates a suspenseful, dramatic, and gripping conversation. The language he uses is a combination of the poetic and the dramatic that condenses the thoughts, intentions, and emotions of the drama. The king begins his story uttering "I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood." (15-16) Shakespeare's word choice makes the kings story sound a bit exaggerated. It expresses the kings loathing towards his unloyal backstabbing brother. "O God! … Murder!" Hamlet responds surprised and disgusted when he learns that his fathers death was not natural. Shakespeare adds the love affair between his brother and his wife to intensify the conversation and create an atmosphere of mixed feelings for the audience. He presents the hatred in the kings heart and also his sorrow when the king adds that his corpse "Will sate itself in a celestial bed, and prey on garbage." (56-57) Shakespeare adds figures of speech to allow the audience to use their imagination. The ghost uses a metaphor to express Claudius's villainy when he says, "A serpent stung me," which adds an attitude of surrealness like a story too horrible to be true. He uses simile's to add to this feeling. The ghost spoke to Hamlet explaining how his treacherous story would "Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres, / And...
pages: 4 (words: 872)
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added: 02/05/2012
To me reading the play Hamlet was an enjoyable experience. The play is set at Elisiner, the royal court of the king of Denmark. At the beginning of the play, the emotions are kind of dull and I really wasn't expecting much action out of the play. Maybe another Grapes of Wrath kind of book. I became very intrigued thou as soon as Hamlet spoke with the ghost, Hamlet seems like a new man, he was all drooping around and now he act like he actually has a purpose in life. It is very unpredictable at that point; I started thinking could the ghost be a demon lying to Hamlet or is it really his father, could Hamlet be hallucinating, or maybe it is some kind of mass hysteria. The play gets a little deeper and interesting when we begin to learn more about the characters. The sidekick Polonius nosey tactics to find out information and you learn of Hamlets insanity scheme. The dense Ophelia who is so dazed and confused by the whole situation. Mostly all the important characters are introduced and you can make judgements upon all of them. There are some lines where you really get mad and wonder why Shakespeare added them into the play, it almost seems as if he changes his style. The end was completely unpredictable and fast. I believe he wanted to end the novel quickly so he made the end to Hamlets plot and decided to kill everyone except the best friend. I really enjoyed reading this novel and picking apart a masterpiece, but I do wish the ending would have been drawn out more. Recently, I had an experience much like an event that took place in Hamlet. I notice there is an all around tie to revenge in Hamlet. I...
pages: 4 (words: 900)
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added: 12/13/2011
Hamlet appears to be insane, after Polonius's death, in act IV scene II. There are indications, though, that persuade me to think other wise. Certainly, Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point. His day has been hectic—he finally determined Claudius had killed his father, the chance to kill Claudius confronted him, he comes very close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father, he accidentally kills Polonius, and finally the ghost of his father visits him. These situations are enough to bring Hamlet to insanity, but he remains sharp and credible. Hamlet is able to make smart remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, comparing then to sponges, When he (Claudius) needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again, (pg 98, 20). This is random and unexpected, as many of his actions, but the comparison makes sense; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern soak up all the kings favors, only to become dry again after they mop up the King's mess (spying on Hamlet, and getting Polonius's body). Later, with Claudius, Hamlet tells how lowly a king can be by saying, A man (beggar) may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm, (pg 99, 29). This also makes sense, and is not quite as random; when Hamlet confronts Claudius, and the king asks where Polonius is, Hamlet immediatly begins the comparison by telling Claudius that Polonuis is at supper (the worms are eating him for supper, and so on). This proves that Hamlet had some kind of planning for this degrading comment, and that his thoughts are not scattered and he is able to stay focused. There is a question of what being insane really is. Since it...
pages: 2 (words: 459)
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added: 11/27/2011
It's All What You're Used To Offred's life was so out of the ordinary, that as I read the book, I had to change my views on just what is ordinary. Ordinary events to one person may be totally out of the ordinary to another. What is normal or typical today would have been abnormal or atypical just a few years ago. Like the main character Offred, we too must adapt ourselves and make concessions to the new norms in our lives. In the Handmaid's Tale, there were so many things that Offred had to get used to and perceive as being a typical part of her day. She must adapt to changes in her environment, her sexuality, sense of identity, and of lesser importance her sense of fashion. The aunts had told her "humanity is so adaptable…it's amazing what people can get used to as long as there are few compensations". For Offred and ourselves as well, what is at stake in our personal lives when we agree to accept the new norms without question? Just from a physical environmental standpoint, she had to get used to the walled city she lived in, the barriers, floodlights and machine guns that surrounded her "home". She lost any control on her environment, as she was not allowed to go to church, read books, write letters, or stay outside of her home. Censorship controlled many facets of her life. As I read this description I was reminded of the Warsaw ghetto that the Jewish people were forced to live in during the Holocaust. The people lived like "rats in a maze, they can go anywhere they want as long as they stay in the maze". One of the most difficult sights to get used to were the hangings of those who opposed the system, out...
pages: 6 (words: 1552)
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added: 11/14/2011
Moira: Offred's rebellious, bisexual friend who she has known since college, before Gilead. Moira is sent to the Red Center along with Offred. She is a staunch feminist and has a penchant for making lewd jokes. She escapes the Red Centre, but is apprehended before she can escape the country and is sent to work in the official brothel of Gilead, Jezebel's. Moira represents strength and hope for Offred. However, when they last meet at Jezebel's Offred is concerned that Moira may have lost her spirit. Quote 19: "Moira had power now, she'd been set loose, she'd set herself loose. She was now a loose woman." Chapter 22, pg. 133 Quote 26: "butch paradise." Chapter 38, pg. 249 Quote 27: "There is something reassuring about the toilets. Bodily functions at least remain democratic. Everybody shits, as Moira would say." Chapter 39, pg. 252 Jezebel's: The officially sanctioned setting for the elite males of Gilead as well as foreign businessmen to indulge their desire for extramarital sex. The Commander brings Offred to the club illegally to entertain himself. Moira belongs to a group of women who work as prostitutes at Jezebel's. They all have been sterilized and wear revealing, pre-Gilead fashions. Jezebel is the name of a sinful and manipulative queen in the Bible. Jezebel -- tried to kill the Lord's prophets and encouraged Ahab to do evil. the dogs would devour Queen Jezebel's body Jezebel's When the Commander returns, Offred excuses herself and seeks out the bathroom. An Aunt monitoring the door to the restroom tells Offred she has fifteen minutes. She finds Moira within and they hug. Moira welcomes her to Jezebel's. Offred tells her she is only at the club for the night. Moira tells her the story of her path since her escape from the Red Center. She walked all the way to the...
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added: 08/14/2011
The attitude that Ella portrays towards Lena is one of a trusting and respective individual. Ella believes that Lena perhaps may be a little bit slow at her work, but she is a hard worker and she is a valuable employee. Thomasi tries to convince Ella that Lena is not what she believes her to be, but rather someone who is non-productive, and performs different duties outside of work. However, Ella does not believe Thomasi, and chooses to think that the reason Thomasi feels this way is because he has a "thing" for her, and she does not care for him. Within the first half of the story, Ella is very fond of Lena and is proved in some of the following quotes; "Look Thomasi, she does her work. I'm satisfied with her. I don't want you to go making trouble. I'm the missus, and she works for me." , "She's a perfectly nice girl, really". These two quotes go to prove that Ella defends and respects Lena because she is defending her in arguments against Thomasi. Another quote in which it shows that Ella cares is when she tells Lena, "I'll send Thomasi out with something for you to take. And do you want something to eat?". She also refers to her as a "poor thing", to her husband and explains to him that it cannot be helped. Back in those days, Black people had very little freedom, and there owners/employers were not very nice to them, but you can tell that Ella had sympathy, and respect for Lena in the first half of the story. In the second half of the story, after Ella finds out about the murdering of Lena' child, Ella changes her mind of how she thinks of Lena. Ella now though that, she was the...
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added: 12/24/2011
Research Essay The novel, Hard Times written by Charles Dickens, presents a critical view of the political systems and events which society was based on, in the Victorian society. In the late 1800s England became revolutionary with the Industrial Revolution and the new class system, which brought more middle class citizens and their ideals into the government. As the author of Hard Times comes from a middle class background, Dickens positions the reader to agree with the middle classes point of view. The values which come through these texts come from a mixture of both Charles dickens personal values and of the middle classes. These values include changing the utilitarian system so there is a more effective education system, more rights for the factory workers at the time of the Industrial revolution and in general more freedom and justice for the pauper or the working class people, within the Laissez faire capitalist system. Through Hard Times, Dickens criticizes the way the government chooses to run the country. As a humanitarian, he argues that no matter what class a person is in, they should always have the benefit of having basic human rights, treated greater than the respect they had from the people from the upper class and that the human mind should be allowed to explore their imagination, as well as filling the mind with facts. The text Hard Times, shows a critical middle class view among the different parts of society. The education system is the first flaw mentioned in society. The education system has been founded by Mr. Thomas Gradgrind, who is the local MP. In the n1800s, the government was basically founded on the utilitarian theory - the greatest good for the greatest number. Mr. Gradgrind has also based his own beliefs in this theory and has made it...
pages: 7 (words: 1896)
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added: 02/13/2012
The Harlem Renaissance was a period in American literature between the end of World War I and the Great Depression in which African-American people started producing a huge amount of literature, poetry, music and drama in celebration of their origin and African Diaspora. Maria Lauret writes in 'Beginning American Ethnic Literature' "The Renaissance was never a unified phenomenon but consisted more of artistic activity which converged in a particular time and space." The Harlem Renaissance is often referred to as the 'New Negro Movement' because the art that the African Americans were producing was seen to be representing a new type of Negro that was free of his oppressive past and full pride in being black. During World War I many African-Americans migrated from the rural southern states of the U.S where they had to deal with lynching and a great amount of racial abuse to northern urban areas such as Chicago and New York in search of employment and equal opportunity. They settled into densely populated urban areas known as ghettos. The large concentration of black people in these ghettos such as Harlem sparked a mass output of art and literature that celebrated being black. African-Americans were also getting educated and they finally had a voice in society and were standing up and being counted as American citizens. Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a writer that spearheaded the Harlem Renaissance and as poet he epitomised someone who was proud to be black. In Charles H.Nichols synopses of Hughes' life in 'The Heath Anthology of American Literature Volume II' one of Hughes friends is quoted saying that " no one enjoyed being a Negro as much as Langston." Hughes poetry focuses on African-American's oppressive past and although his poetry shows that black people have liberated themselves from that past, it also shows...
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Harmonizing the Differences In order to become successful, you must learn to balance your life— have harmony. As children, we are left wondering about life and what it has to offer us because we are all still unaware of our surroundings. Our wonder allows us to strive for facts. But, what if we are only exposed to the world of facts, and facts only? Many would experience dissonance, and will lead an unhappy life. To only have an understanding of facts and nothing else would prevent people from becoming imaginative and creative. People prohibited from fantasizing would never know how to explain their emotions or random thoughts because their minds have been programmed at an early age to prevent such things. This is the case for many in Charles Dickens' Hard Times. Their society is based strictly on facts. Thomas Gradgrind's philosophy on education is the same. He believes that facts will help you get far in life, and because of this, his children, particularly Louisa and Tom Jr., are deeply influenced by this, which do not allow them to experience wonder, while few others like Sissy Jupe live a balanced and happy life. Thomas Gradgrind, who calls himself "eminently practical", strongly believes in his philosophy of hard facts because he has been very successful using that as a guide. He does not allow his students or his children to think fancy, and is very strict upon it, as he emphasizes it very strongly. "Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life…. In this life, we want nothing but Facts, sir; nothing but Facts!"(1). The students are to avoid any type of wonder, to have an imagination, or be creative. Yet, with few who have been brought up in a...
pages: 8 (words: 1993)
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added: 12/05/2011
Why do so many people view Harry Potter as a recruiter of evil? I see it as a fuel, a fuel for the imagination. There is a less chance of being influenced to grab a broom and jump of your house than to do half of the stunts seen on modern TV (wrestling, WWF, WCW, ECW, all the cussing and sex etc....) Don't we all need some distractions from modern civilization? With all the fighting in Mid-East, America at War, and the list can go on. I find reading Harry Potter takes us to a world where, yes evil people and evil things occur. In the end victory and happiness finds a way to shine through. People tend to judge the fact that there is witchcraft in the books that is evil. As an example, here is a poll taken from the Sunday Oklahoma Newspaper: We asked 100 people who say Harry Potter is "of the devil" how many times they have read the Harry Potter Books: 12% at least once 1% At least twice 2% More than twice 84% Never As we can see an astonishing 84% percent of people whom believe Harry Potter is a recruiter of Witch Craft haven't even read the books. Quote J.K. Rowling (A&E Biography): "Never once has anyone come up to me and say 'Thank you I have dedicated my life to the forces of Wicccan's and witchcraft!'" Quote J.K. Rowling (A&E Biography): "Almost every spell written in the books, I made up my self. Mostly I took the old ways of saying what the spell is. (Expecto Patronus Expecto – Expect, Patronus-- Protection) As the bible says "Do not judge as you would like to be judge… " Meaning do not blindly judge. Read the books, and read the background of the books....
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added: 02/15/2012
Background Prior to the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling hinted that the fourth Harry Potter book would have darker tones, images, and plots than previous books in the saga. She also suggested that the fourth book would be pivotal by providing more information about Harry's parents, circumstances concerning their murders, and their enemies. Rowling fulfilled her predictions by explaining aspects of the history of wizardry and the rules governing the wizard world, such as why technology is absent from Hogwarts, and by offering readers a glimpse into Lord Voldemort's macabre environment and point of view, which are crucial to balance the predominant goodness of the usual setting and viewpoint of the earlier Harry Potter books. Also, by introducing characters from two rival wizard schools—one French and one Eastern European— Rowling provides alternative opinions to the traditional magical culture exhibited at Hogwarts which readers have become familiar with in the first three books. Set in the years 1994 and 1995, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire begins and ends differently than its predecessors. Readers enter Riddle House (which is a tonier but similar dwelling as the Shrieking Shack because of its horrific inhabitants) instead of the Dursley home. This beginning symbolizes the transition in the series from Harry being in the forefront and Lord Voldemort being a shadowy figure that Harry infrequently encounters to Voldemort achieving more substance both physically and figuratively. His resurrrection poses an overwhelming menacing threat to Harry. The events in Riddle House reveal Voldemort's Machiavellian nature as he schemes with his heinous henchman Peter Pettigrew, a.k.a. Wormtail, and servile serpent Nagini to kill Harry and to attain power after ordering the murder of Bertha Jorkins and slaying Frank Bryce. Harry's brief stay with the Dursleys is innocuous as compared to previous summers, and the Weasleys' bumbling interactions with the ignorant Dursleys provide comic...
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added: 12/27/2011
Sebastian Tillman Ms. McMurrary's Grades 11 & 12 English 7/17/03 Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Advertisement Harry Potter has not had a good summer. Not only has he had to put up with his overbearing Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley and their dread of his magical abilities, but it seems as if Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger have forgotten him as they haven't replied to a single one of his letters. Then, suddenly a mysterious house-elf named Dobby appears in Harry's bedroom and warns him of great danger if he should attempt to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But despite the elf's mischievous efforts to prevent Harry from returning to school, he pays the elf's warnings little attention but still keeps them in mind. The ever determined Harry is rescued from the Dursley's dreary clutches by Ron and his brothers. Upon arriving at Hogwarts, Harry finds that his first year heroics have caused him to become the center of much unwanted attention. His new fans include Ron's little sister Ginny; first year and would-be photographer; and most irritatingly, the New Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Gilderoy Lockhart. Outshone only by his own vanity, Lockhart craves the attention that Harry has. But not even Lockhart can offer an explanation for the sinister new terror that is gripping the school. Sebastian Tillman Ms. McMurrary's Grades 11 & 12 English 7/17/03 Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Advertisement Harry Potter has not had a good summer. Not only has he had to put up with his overbearing Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley and their dread of his magical abilities, but it seems as if Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger have forgotten him as they haven't replied to a single one of his letters. Then, suddenly a mysterious house-elf named...
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added: 01/11/2012
I believe the Harry Potter phenomenon is a great thing. It is unbelievable to think that more and more children each day would rather read a book then watch television. I grew up in an age where all we ever did in our young childhood was watch TV and then eventually progressed to video games. I regret the fact that I never learned to like reading at a young age, I believe I suffered from that lack of interest all the way through my years of schooling. To find out that more children are taking up reading as a hobby because of one book is an awesome thing. The fact that children learn a love for reading at a young age will help them grow as learners in school and will led them on to great things. The idea that the Harry Potter series is bad for children is absurd. Kids in today's world can tell the difference from reality and make-believe. If parents think their child will learn bad things because the book deals with witch craft then the parents obviously are not doing a proper job of raising and teaching their children. The series of books is just a wonderful story that lets kids' imaginations run wild. Letting their minds create a wild world like in the Harry Potter books will on help them grow as creative thinkers and doers. These books only help kids, they don't harm them. Harry Potter books, like all mystery books, have a wonderful affect on people. They create a world of unknown and intrigue. They let people's minds run away for a short while when they immerse them-selves in a book. Mysteries help people escape just for a short while from the every day tortures of life and they are a release valve for...
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added: 01/03/2012
In Harry Potter, Olliverander called Voldemort a great wizard because Voldemort is a powerful wizard and had a large following due to the dark uses of power. Voldemort is a wizard that accumulates power through bullying, cohering, and devisee means. Harry's greatness is different than Voldemort's in that his power comes from love, mercy, and his ability to feel sorry to be picked upon. Harry is a natural leader. In the book Hagrid tells Harry about how Voldemort was a very powerful wizard and had many followers. Also Olliverander tells Harry that Voldemort had done "many great things terrible but great." (85) For example, most people were afraid of Voldemort because of his strong and mighty powers. His magic was so powerful that you would not want to be in Voldemort's way, or ZAP you would be gone. If you were a wizard and you did not follow Voldemort he would try to destroy you. He used Quirrell body to get to Harry and the sources stone, but when he failed he let Quirrell die. Another example of Voldemort dark power is that he kills Harry's parents, who were great wizards, however they were wizards from the enlighten side. They're for they were threat to his greatness. From reading the book only one powerful wizard could destroy another. Voldemort was unable to kill Harry since Harry's parents had died because they had protected him with there magic. When Harry's parents were murdered Voldemort became weak and transferred himself to Professor Quirrell's body. Voldemort used Professor Quirrell body to obtain information on how to get the source's stone. This would give Voldemort the aliment power and return to his body. When Quirrell failed he showed no mercy and let him die. Harry was a great wizard as well and better than Voldemort. Harry's parents were both great...
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added: 01/19/2012
¡°Harry Potter is my favorite book¡± (Kwon). Many children around the world can proudly say that the popular Harry Potter series are the best books that they have ever read. However, because of the recent controversy from some parents and several Christians, children might not have the chance to read or watch Harry Potter. They believe that it teaches witchcraft, which is extremely absurd. Harry Potter does not teach witchcraft, it actually gives children characters to relate to and learn from, it expands their imagination, and it helps them to read more. First, J.K. Rowling¡¯s characters are realistic and many children can understand and learn from them. The main character, Harry Potter, illustrates to the reader how anyone can be a hero without the significance of his or her appearance. Although Harry is physically small and scrawny, he is able to defeat the all-powerful enemy, Voldemort. He is capable of doing this because he believes in himself and has bravery. Harry shows bravery not just in his dangerous adventures, but when he stands up to bullies, which is a major problem to most kids during that age. Children can learn a great deal from Harry because he is an extraordinary hero that is identical to their age. In addition, numerous kids today know the experience of growing up without parents. Orphans know of the jealousy that Harry feels towards Ron and his enormous family. Harry is also an orphan and many foster children can have a character that they can relate and comprehend. His best friend Ron is also another character that many can associate to. Ron comes from a family with financial problems and he is always left with hand-me-downs from his older brothers, which causes him to be a laughing stock at school. Several children in this world are...
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added: 12/01/2011
The ¡§witchcraft and wizardry¡¨ of Harry Potter began taking over the world in 1998 with the release of J.K. Rowling¡¦s first novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer¡¦s Stone. It immediately grabbed the attention of children and young adults creating a craze among youngsters the literary world has never seen. Drawing more and more of a fan base with the release of the second-of-seven in the series, Rowling erupted onto the literary scene. Her magical creation eventually developed into a global phenomenon when Harry Potter started bewitching the hearts of quite a range of people from teens in their high school years all the way to adults of most any age. Through the release of the fourth and most recent book, her audience continued to grow by consistently outselling each previously released novel. The books have been an inspiration to the majority of its readers, rousing a newfound creativity and imagination unprecedented by any work of children¡¦s literature. Children are fascinated by the mystery and wonder of the secrets of Hogwarts and Gringott¡¦s, while parents are enthralled by the clever wit and conflict. Even now Rowling¡¦s success is continued with the colossal pre-sales of the unreleased fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which have already superceded those of her previous release. Despite Rowling¡¦s immense and continuously growing accomplishments, there are critics who argue that Harry Potter is not indeed a good book. One in particular is Jack Zipes, author of Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children¡¦s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter and a professor of German at the University of Minnesota. Zipes, regarded as one of the most elite dignitaries in the field of children¡¦s literature, criticizes the Potter novels by implying that they are ordinary and simply-written (Zipes 171). Eventually moving from a...
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added: 11/09/2011
Harry Potter: Good or Evil? Throughout adolescents, a child is taught to use his or her imagination. A child is read stories of a talking cat or a silly old bear while still young and naïve. The child is read such stories to encourage use of his or her creativity. The ideas of such characters are for pure amusement and are obviously fictional. Unfortunately, today there are issues of censorship that stifle a person's creativity. The most recent book being criticized by censors is J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Censors claim that the reading of such novels encourages witchcraft, and therefore should be banned. Although critics of the Harry Potter series are well intentioned in their ideas of banning this novel in schools, the actual banning of the novel is far more destructive. What these critics fail to recognize is that the reading of such an imaginative novel allows for children's creativity to flourish, rather than allowing them to turn to negative forms of entertainment. The banning of certain novels in schools is extremely important in today's society, but only when the novel is destructive to a child's upbringing. In past history, such classics as Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, and J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye have been banned. Critics justified their actions by stating that such novels are inappropriate for school age children. Critics have now targeted the highly creative Harry Potter series. At the beginning of the school term the American Library Association was bombarded with complaints from parents about potentially harmful content in the series. Unfortunately, opinions vary and there is no simple answer. Although citizens of the United States are given the right to Freedom of Press under the First Amendment, this does not allow...
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added: 07/27/2011
The novel "Hate You" is about a 17 year old girl named Alice Silvers who has a lot of reasons to hate her life. Alice's abusive father left the family long ago and hasn't been in contact with her since. Alice's mother is a flighty stage designer who treats Alice more like a chummy girlfriend than a daughter. While she is a talented songwriter, Alice is constantly frustrated by the fact that she has a "Frankenstein voice, all cracked, scratched and broken," and can't sing her own lyrics, all because of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father when she was a child. When Alice discovers that her hated father is dying in a hospital only two hours away, she is forced to look forgiveness in the face for the first time and decide whether she has the power within herself to change her mind. This book is very effective on young adults, some young adults don't realize that there are people the same age as them, that a worse of, just like Alice who deals with sticky issues and struggles with her own self identity. The reason why this book is so effective is due to its touching story; it will even touch the strongest heart. The writing style is very descriptive, and the way in which scenes are described really puts you right in the middle of the story. The novel actually makes you show your emotions out loud, like laugh and cry, it goes through most emotions. The novel also is very effective because it deals with a very important issue and that's abuse, some teenagers will go through abuse some time in their lives and this novel tells them that they are not alone in this world and that there a plenty of kids...
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added: 02/13/2012
As for Nathaniel Hawthorne's approach to American history, we are obliged to focus especially on his perception of the early Puritan colonists' generation. This stage is depicted by him essentially as full of hope and faith in their common future on the one hand, but brimming over with hardship and bringing sadness, gloom, and darkness to themselves, as well as to others, on the other hand. The Puritans' hope and steady belief in bright future has indeed a lot to do with the fact that they managed to move from England, to get to their Promised Land, and to set up a community on the basis of common confession, and thus a community free of religious persecution. On a more specific level, their hope in happy destiny can be observed in their attitude towards pastor Arthur Dimmesdale; he is in fact the chief person with whom their expectations rise and fall. They perceive him as a symbol of their community, they wish him all the best, almost canonize him and, as he seems to be a completely virtuous and generally good human to them, they feel incredibly proud of the fact that someone as perfect as him was able to arise from within their community. But there is the other side of the shield, too – the negative part of the Puritans' character. Their representation in The Scarlet Letter suggests that they irritate the author with their manners, which are depicted as inappropriately extreme and exaggeratedly stern; their religious and ethical strictness often nears fanaticism and hatred (for example, their perseverance in ignoring and lax attitude towards Hester spoils her life entirely). Puritans came to the "New World" (according to Hawthorne) to set up their Utopian community of satisfied humans and shiny future. This can be the true and chief reason of their inhospitability,...
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The Eucharist is lived in daily life by those of us who take it out into the world according to Jesus' teaching. These men and women preach to anyone who care's to listen, and are encouraged by the Holy Spirit. They take time from their lives to help others in need. People who have lived by the Eucharist in their daily lives are Mother Theresa and Father Damian. Romero lived a 'eucharistic life'. He protested against the killing of innocent men and women, who had voiced their concerns about justice and liberty. He condemned all forms of violence and pleaded for peace. As Jesus taught, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Mt 5:9). This Beatitude perfectly Romero. Romero also implored the poor not to seek personal vengeance, but to forgive the soldiers. In other words Romero was teaching the people, "But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Mt 5:39). Mother Teresa is a quite extraordinary and dedicated woman. She moved to Calcutta where she helped provide food for the needy and operate hospitals, schools, orphanages, youth centres and shelters for lepers and the dying poor. Through the compassion she has shown to others, she teaches us about the Beatitude, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Mt 5:7). Fred Hyde has greatly helped the people of _________ Island, off the coast of Bangladesh. He has set up numerous free schools for children who otherwise couldn't afford to go to school. Fred shows us how one man can do a great deal to help others. He also teaches us the Beatitude, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Mt 5:8). For he never asks...
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