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Literature
Favorite Vacation Spot I spent the last two weeks of my summer vacation last year with my family in Mombasa. Mombasa is a coastal town in Kenya, East Africa. When we arrived at the Moi International Airport in the town, we were hit by a blast of hot, humid air and I prepared myself mentally for the tropical coastal weather conditions I heard could make your skin feel leathery. We were all excited, not only we were set to enjoy the majestic Indian Ocean; it was also our first time in Africa. On our way to the hotel room, we all stared out of the window, trying to take in as much as we could. Mombasa was a relatively small town, it certainly did not have the tall and grandesque buildings I was accustomed to. Its architectural style was Arabic and we were informed by the taxi driver that Mombasa was historically an important town in the Arab trade along the Indian Ocean coast. The Arabic influence was evident everywhere: the buildings; style of dress; the cuisine; and the language. We were informed that the main language spoken was Swahili, which was a Bantu language with heavy Arabic influence. We had an amazing meal for dinner at the hotel. We were treated to the local coastal cuisine. We had some ‘pilau’ which was basically rice cooked in a rich array of spices like cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seeds and black pepper. There was also a beef stew which was cooked steeped in coconut milk. Indeed, I ate up all my food and asked for more. The cuisine was once again a testament to the town’s Arabic roots and orientation. The following morning we left the hotel with our tour guide ready for a big day in the town. Our first step was definitely the...
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Chapter 6 Unit III Eukaroyte Cell 1. bulk transport--- eukaroytes have it. 2. cell receptor---binds to other molecules. 3. endocytosis---engulfs a large molecule. 4. endoplasmic reticulum—for the translation of proteins. 5. Exocytosis--- secretes whole antibody molecules. 6 .Golgi apparatus--- for packaging materials to be secreted. 7 ligand--- any type molecule that a receptor binds to. 8. lysosomes---digestive organelles filled with toxic chemicals and degradative enzymes. 9. mitchondria--- for energy production. 10. Nuclei---the defining characteristics of a eukaryotic. 11. Phagocytes-- group of white blood cells that travel to all parts of the body to clean up any problems. 12. Phagocytosis- cell eating also useful for ridding the cell of debris. 13. Pseudopodia-- false foot. 14. Vacuoles—for food or other storage. 15. Vesicle—small membrane sac and is formed by the cell receptor binding to a ligand( is the general term for any type of molecule that a receptor binds to....
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added: 04/30/2011
1. Describe the setting and compare it with that of Siddhartha. Throughout the story there were many occasions when the setting shifted from one place to another, but I think the main setting of the story was in a city. Although the author did not give much detail about city itself, I'm sure it that it was like any other. The city had many districts and the heart of the city is where one could find the business district, where merchants hurried up and down, chinked the money in their pockets, conversed in groups, looked at their watches, and trifled thoughtfully with their gold seals. There was also an obscure part of the town, which had its own bad repute. The ways were foul and narrow, the shops and houses wretched, the people half naked, drunken, slipshod, ugly. Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offenses of smell, dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth and misery. The city for most part of the story, particularly from the beginning till the later part was covered with a great thick fog that came pouring in every chink and keyhole and was so dense that even the houses, buildings and other structures were cramped up beside each other, appeared to be mere phantoms. To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale. The fog was so thick that the ancient tower of a church, whose old bell was always looking down upon the town, became invisible. Although the story Siddhartha also had a city as one of its minor settings, most of the story takes place in the great outdoors, where one can truly see and appreciate...
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added: 02/06/2012
What effects do deceptive appearances have in people's lives and relationships? Appearances are often adopted to please other people and to be able to manipulate them easily. These unreliable appearances prove to be the misleading veneers that mask the reality of people and situations. Many of the adopted deceptive appearances are the result of a response to a challenge, but the falsehood of them leads to negative results in relationships. In "A Doll's House", Henrik Ibsen intends for the reader to learn that deceptive appearances end in misunderstandings and cause negative reactions to those involved in romantic relationships. People often adopt delusive appearances in order to please other people and to be able to manipulate them easily. At the beginning of the play, Nora plays with the buttons in Torvald's coat, seductively, while asking him for money, she acts foolishly and dependant upon him, knowing that's the way she likes her. She states at one point, when she is accused of eating macaroons behind Torvald's back, that she "would never do anything against [Torvald's] wishes". Nora creates this image of herself because that's what it is expected from her: she is to beautify the home, not only through proper management of domestic life but also through proper behavior and appearance. Nora's character is used as the ideal woman that society would place on a pedestal, gaining high status and great reputation as an obedient wife. Wanting or needing to adopt them to please and manipulate other people is one of the effects deceptive appearances have in people's lives and the relationships in which they are involved, and so is the wish to mask the reality of people and situations. Unreliable appearances are misleading veneers that mask the reality of people and surroundings. Talking to Mrs. Linde, Nora states that "[Mrs. Linde] is...
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In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," Faulkner's details about setting and atmosphere help the reader understand the actions and reactions of Miss Emily. Throughout the story, Faulkner gives hints that eventually lead up to the shocking revelation of Emily's character. At first glance, Emily seems like a lonely woman with little self-confidence and low self-esteem. Faulkner portrays her and her family with high statuses and while she did carry herself with dignity, people in the community only gave her respect based on fear of what she could do to them. It wasn't until after her death when her true character was revealed when the skeleton of her lover, Homer Barron, is discovered in a room in her house. Not only did Emily poison him, but a gray hair is found next to the skeleton, indicating that she had been sleeping with a corpse for years. It all just goes to show that some people are not what they seem. Above all, Emily's love life was controlled by her father, a man of high class stature who was looked up to by the community. He chose the men he wanted Emily to go out with and chased off those he did not like. He had probably intimidated her into thinking that every man she met was no good for her. When he died, it sounded to readers like freedom for Emily. After all, she could finally be free to date whomever she wanted to without her father to chase them off. However, from years of his past actions, she really didn't know how to be in a relationship with somebody and unfortunately became barricaded in her home. Even though Emily didn't go out much, let alone socialize, she did have a gentleman friend, Homer Barron, whom she soon developed feelings for. Like...
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added: 01/19/2012
In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" Faulkner uses subtle but notable clues in the story to prepare the reader for the ending. One of the more major underlying themes that Faulkner uses to prepare the reader is the contrast between the north and the south and the progress of time which is to include the incompatibility between Homer the "Yankee" and Emily the southern bell stuck in the past. Though not as much a major theme as important clues is Emily's reluctance to give up her father's corpse, the purchase of rat poison, Homer suddenly disappearing, the light in the upstairs room not turning on for years and Emily's sudden reclusive behavior for over ten years. Another question that Faulkner did an excellent job of is leaving the reader to wonder what happened to the body while decaying upstairs. Could it be that she kept it up there because she could not let go and it was the only way her and Homer could be together? Lastly, what is the explanation for the strands of silver gray hair left on the pillow beside the body? In "A Rose for Emily" Faulkner gives an excellent portrayal of the stark contrasts between the north and south at the turn of the century with the old civil war generation beginning to die off and the newer more blended generation taking control. Besides the insight into this period of time, Faulkner uses it to develop his gruesome ending with the love affair between Emily and Homer. Emily is the embodiment of the post civil-war mentality that persisted with many southerners accustomed to high society lifestyles. Homer was the newer generation day laborer from the north referred to in the book as a "Yankee." From the time they meet in the story it is apparent...
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"Soldier's Home": A Classic for Everyone When I decided to take an introductory course in literature, I had no idea that I knew so little about the subject. Being a student with an interest in psychology, it seemed only natural that I would find the stories, "A Sorrowful Woman," "Soldier's Home," and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" of particular interest. Each of these works contains the same deep meaning, although not readily apparent. All concern the psychology of self-isolation. Although all three stories share a somewhat common theme, "A Sorrowful Woman" seemed to exhibit a more complex use of symbols. This requires a more experienced reader in order to grasp every hidden meaning. Since my experience studying good literature is currently limited, this lessened my reading enjoyment. I found Ernest Hemingway's classic "Soldier's Home" to be the most interesting. Not only did I find the story fascinating, but it also contained just the right combination of simple and complex use of symbolism to make it an excellent learning experience. Hemingway's style, along with his integration of plot, characters, and setting, can easily be recognized and identified with by amateurs such as I. His combination of third person omniscience and objective point of views gives the novice reader necessary details while allowing them to read between the lines. Hemingway's style sets a tone of loneliness and isolation by using short, stark sentences such as, "He did not want to leave Germany. He did not want to come home. Still, he had come home. He sat on the front porch" (154). The author also creates an ironic twist when he uses a setting that typically provides a warm and protective environment, in direct contrast to Krebs' feelings of isolation. Hemingway's use of more obvious symbols helps the amateur reader to recognize and appreciate the more subtle qualities...
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From Depression to Schizophrenia Some of the behaviors currently accepted in modern society were considered Evil or possession in the 19th century. There are other behaviors that are still considered wrong even by today's standards. This story is a perfect example of the progression of a treatable condition, Depression, to a harder and almost impossible condition, Schizophrenia. If this story hadn't taken place in the year 1891, the reader would think; "Why didn't they use proper treatment?". Since it was conceived of in a simpler time, you can only imagine what types of treatments they tried for these poor inflicted individuals. Since psychology was such a new field, the treatments were often barbaric and more detrimental to the patient than leaving the condition alone. However hard it is to identify, Schizophrenia can progress from a simple neurosis to a complex psychosis if not identified and treated properly. As an example, in paragraph 9, there is mention of a slight nervous depression. Then in paragraph 36, there is paranoia of getting caught. Finally, in paragraph 79 she feels like she is caught doing something she shouldn't. This ebb and tide happens about three times in the story. I do not believe that the author is a reliable narrator considering her condition. At the time that this story was written, the narrator and her husband are unaware of her real condition. They only think the author is in severe need of bed rest. This may have been the case in the beginning, but as the story progressed the narrator started seeing things in the wallpaper and felt paranoia whenever talking with her husband and his sister. Had this been identified and the proper changes made, the author would have most likely had a full recovery from the original condition. There are reasons that...
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"all men are created equal" What did Jefferson really mean by this because everyone did not get treated equal The line "all men are created equal" is perhaps the most famous line in American history, from one of the most famous documents that made it possible for American history, from The Declaration of Independence. Today the line refers to anyone in America, including African Americans, Native Americans, and women. Two- hundred years ago, when the Declaration was written, the only people who were treated equal were white men, the ones who wrote it (Thomas Jefferson...) I believe that when Jefferson and his committee wrote the Declaration they meant that all men are created equally better than everyone else. Everyone thought that the Declaration of Independence included everyone in America, but they saw different after women weren't even given the right to vote. Not being able to vote is like not being able to choose who you marry. Women were not given the right to vote until Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of Womens Rights and motivated women to start fighting for their rights and in 1919 Congress finally gave them the right to vote. Now women were feeling more involved and equal. There was no effective law on freeing enslaved African Americans until 1862. In 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which declared freedom for enslaved persons in parts of the Confederacy not under control of the Union Army. Everyone was not treated completely equal until the 1900s. Today everyone in the United States has the same rights and the same freedom. The line "all men are created equal" has never before meant what it does today....
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"An Eye for an Eye' From the beginning of time, crime has been evident in human existence, and from the first crime "And it came to pass, when they were in a field, that Cain rose up against his brother, Able, and slew him" (Genesis 4:8) there has always been punishment. Cain faced the punishment of being ostracized from his colony and sent to wander as a vagabond and a fugitive for his crime (Genesis 4:14). He was also branded with the mark of a murderer. Thus this shows us that crime in human life is inevitable. Crime is defined as, an act of violation against society and its laws. Punishment is the consequence of the crime. In society today murders are committed daily. Murderers' actions are getting more and more incomprehensive. They are no longer just committing murder: they are torturing, mutilating, and engaging in grossly inappropriate acts against fellow human beings. Behaviors such as this will continue if nothing is done to stop them. The Death Penalty is considered the harshest form of punishment enforced today. It is the legal infliction of death on persons' convicted of a crime. It is irrevocable; it ends the existence of those punished, instead of temporarily imprisoning them. People say that the death penalty is wrong morally because it is the cruel and inhumane taking of a life however; others feel that it is the only way for justice to be carried out. The Death Penalty is morally and socially unethical, should be construed as cruel and unusual punishment. The methods of execution include electrocution, hanging, firing squad, lethal injection, and the gas chamber. The most widely used form of execution has been electrocution. With this method of executing a prisoner, the individual is strapped to a chair along with electrodes attached all over the...
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In the play "Andre's Mother" by Terence McNally Andre's mother does not speak in the play, her silence supports the theme because it shows the way people still view homosexuals even in this modern society. In the play "Andre's Mother", Andre's mother does not say a word during the entire play although the character Cal, who is Andre's gay lover, speaks to her for a great length of the play. I believe the silence represented the way homosexuality is treated today. Andre's mother was silent during the play much like society is silent about the sensitive subject. it's a topic no one feels real comfortable talking about out in the open, So Terence McNally made Andre's mother silent to represent how our modern society keeps there views silent because of fears of being ridiculed. There was some good in the silence in the play too, in the end Andre's mother remained silent, but the family was speaking words of remembrance of Andre and letting go of balloons in a symbolic way of saying good bye and making peace with god, and although Andre's mother still did not say anything even to the balloon she did give it a kiss before letting it go, which shows how society is becoming more and more accepting of different people's sexual orientation as time goes by, So it also shows a positive in a sad play. There is another meaning to the silence of Andre's mother in this play. The silence could also represent how homosexual people have to keep there mouths shut about there sexual orientation because of fear of being ridiculed by people who are ignorant and don't understand that not everyone is the same. In the play it is said that Andre never tells his mother about him being a homosexual because he...
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Emily Dickinson was one of the greatest American poets of the 1800s. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. While alive, she published only eleven of her nearly 2,000 poems. An accurate and complete edition of her poems appeared in 1955. Dickinson's fame and influence grew rapidly after the release of the book. Dickinson most often used iambic tetrameter and off-rhymes in her writing. In her earlier works, Dickinson used conventional poetic techniques. Later she arranged and broke lines of verse in very unusual ways to emphasize meaning. She used common, everyday language in new and astonishing ways. Dickinson's poetic lines were shortened by the use of metaphors and wide use of ellipsis, or omitting words understood to be there. Her poems were "simply constructed yet intensely felt." She wrote about issues essential to life: the joys and sorrows of love, God and religious beliefs, nature, immorality, the horrors of war, and the unfathomable nature of death. Perhaps it is her writings on the latter that most remember her ("Emily Dickinson"). Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death -" is one of her most discussed and famous poems due to its extremely interesting and different view on the subject of death. In this poem, death is told as a woman's last trip, which is to eternity. By personifying death, she makes it seem passive and peaceful, rather than brutal and cruel. She also adds to this effect by using vivid imagery and metaphors, as well as rhythm, to create a poem that plays out in the reader's mind like a movie. The poem tells that death is natural and unstoppable for everybody, but it is not the end of a soul's journey. Dickinson wants the reader to view death as being an inevitable change, rather than an end...
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"Bertrande's decision to expose Arnaud as an impostor was both selfish and foolish" Throughout the Novel "The Wife of Martin Guerre" by Janet Lewis, the decision made by Bertrande to expose Arnaud as Martin's impostor was neither selfish nor foolish on her behalf, as it was understandable in the context of the novel's time and culture. As Bertrande becomes more aware that the returned Martin is an impostor she, in turn, becomes distanced from Martin's sisters, the priest and the townsfolk as she is determined to expose the awful truth. Those around her see this decision as very foolish and feel it carries a sense of betrayal. Although the impostor's return has created security and prosperity, Bertrande feels that she has no option other than to expose Arnaud so she can maintain a personal sense of justice and morality. Whilst this can be seen as foolish and selfish, it is also common sense and moral a decision. Bertrande was a very loyal and hard working housewife within this patriarchal household. Even after Martin so cruelly abandoned his wife and child, Bertrande remained strong, maintaining the care of their son and helping run the domestic life of the Guerre household herself. Throughout the 8 long solitary years she held her life and her son Sanxi's, together. When Martin imposts, Bertrande is aware and is uncertain if Martin is genuine "He was a stockier figure, broader in the shoulders, developed, mature..." This first realisation is reinforced when Martin begs for Bertrande's forgiveness and promises that he will never again leave her. He real martin would not have made such a promise. After the birth of her first son Bertrande felt a strong sense of guilt, believing she has committed the sin of adultery. In this very religious period it was outrageous and very wrong to...
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"Process Essay" Daily Workout These days in a world where people are looking at you different because you don't look like someone that comes out on T.V. So today you will find many people who are working out a lot in the gym. There are many ways that you can go into the gym and perform many exercises to get into shape. People have different ways to get in shape some just go into the gym to do cardiovascular exercise and others prefer to go and lift weights. As for myself I like to lift weights and do a little cardio. Over the years I have developed a workout plan which fits me. I am not a person who goes in there and is serious about it, I go in there to lift and keep my strength up. Here are some exercises I do and what order I do them in. You would have to go into the gym and workout two different muscles a day. You put two muscles together that usually worked out at the same time. One day you would do chest & triceps, the next day you do shoulders & legs, and the following day you do back & biceps. You always end your workouts with doing some abs and also some cardio if you have time. Here are the workouts you do step by step: Chest: Flat bench (dumbbell or bar) 4x10 Incline bench (dumbbell or bar) 3x10 Decline bench (dumbbell or bar) 3x10 Cable extensions 3x10 Dumbbell fly's 3x10 Triceps: Standing pull downs 4x10 Over head extensions 3x10 Knee extensions 3x10 Dips 3x10 Shoulders: Military press (bar) 4x10 Military press (dumbbell) 3x10 Upright rows 3x10 Shoulder cable extensions 3x10 Reverse cable fly's 3x10 Legs: Squats 4x10 Leg press 3x10 Leg extensions 3x10 Hamstring extensions 3x10 Back: Lat pull downs (front) 4x10 Lat pull downs (back) 3x10 Back rows 3x10 Pull ups 3x10 Biceps & Forearms and writs: Sitting preacher bar 4x10 Standing bar curls 3x10 Concentration curls 3x10 Standing...
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Gregory Sullivan 9/20/2003 English 1301, Section 63 Erdrich, Louise. "Dear John Wayne." Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Ed. Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. 705-07. "Dear John Wayne" seems to be a poem of cowboys and Indians coexisting together peacefully. The setting is at a drive-in during the harsh heat of August, and instead of smoke being used as a distress signal it is being used to ward off mosquitoes. The poem goes on to say "The drum breaks. There will be no parlance." I consider the drum to be the starting of the movie instead of the beginning of a battle followed by Indian battle cries. This shows the peacefulness that is taking place between two very different cultures. I believe the movie is about prior battles between the Indians and settlers as the poem talks about the arrows shooting through the air. It follows by saying "This wide screen beneath the sign of the bear," makes me think things are even more peaceful because a "bear" approaches, which would be very unusual if it sensed danger. The poem later talks of Indians slipping on butter. Did the Indians introduce the settlers to popcorn? As the movie comes to a conclusion, the poem states "We are back in ourselves." Does that mean this moment of peace is over? After all, as sang in the song at the end of the poem, "We've got them where we want them, drunk, running. They will give us what we want, what we need." "Dear John Wayne" seems to be a poem of cowboys and Indians coexisting together peacefully. The setting is at a drive-in during the harsh heat of August, and instead of smoke being used as a distress signal it is being used to ward off mosquitoes. The poem goes...
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There are six elements that Aristotle sees are essential to dramatic tragedy. There are plot-structure, characters, style, thought, spectacle and lyric-poetry. Aristotle thinks that the most important is structure. I agree with Aristotle when he says, "Without action you would not have a tragedy." Which is why structure is so important in building the action of the plot. And then without characters you have no plot. So plot-structure and characters are the two most important parts. Thought is what makes the tragedy. Characters who possess thought have real character. They know how to project their point and argue a situation. The next thing he talks about is style. He says, "The verbal expression achieved through the choice of words." Style in turn then goes together with thought and characters. He says that lyric-poetry is the most important of "garnishings." With that he means the extra's put into it like rhythm and melody. Spectacle is not really powerful, because the author does not worry about how the tragedy will be acted. Miller says that tragedy for the kings or the very high people. He says that tragedy should be for the common man and not only the elite. He says "Tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure on thing---his sense of personal diginity." I think character is important in the way Miller puts it, "the individual attempting to gain his "rightful position in society." I think we can all relate to that even now. I think that the structure in which Aristotle says is the most important was very good in "Death of a Salesman." The plot built the action right until the very end when Willy killed himself. The characters in...
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Shylock is portrayed as the ruthless, greedy villain of the Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare makes him the scapegoat and the object of ridicule throughout the play. This both, establishes the barrier between Shylock and the other characters. In the Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. He is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent characterisation of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way of love, but this does not necessarily make him the villain of the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a man who is very human. The villain that we see in Shylock is the greedy moneylender. Shylock charges high interest rates and when he is not repaid he insists on revenge. In the play Shylock loans Antonio money, and out of jest he suggests that should the loan not be repaid in time Shylock may cut off one pound of flesh from Antonio's body. Soon after Shylock's daughter runs away from home with Lorenzo, a Christian, and takes her father's ducats with her. When Antonio's ships do not come in and he is not able to repay the loan Shylock is no longer interested in getting his money back. Shylock wants revenge for the loss of his daughter through the fulfilment of the bond. In court Shylock is defeated because of his selfishness. Shakespeare also shows the human qualities of Shylock throughout the play. Shakespeare brings out these human qualities by causing us to feel sympathy for him. For example, the loss of Jessica to another Christian. After this loss of his daughter Shylock ran through the streets crying "My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!"...
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added: 11/22/2011
Spike Lee, with his film, "Do the Right Thing," creates a microcosm of America's melting pot. The characters of the film are used to represent the diverse cultures that compose the American landscape. In large cities comprised of dense population, diverse cultures are forced to co-exist. In many instances, communities separate themselves as much socially and physically as possible, creating intangible barriers that progressively lead toward the growth of racial tension. Eventually, this prejudice disease spreads so far it almost becomes socially acceptable, as Slotkin argues, stating, "Hostility toward 'hyphenated Americans' was a normal part of the rhetoric of respectable politicians and newspaper editors" (105). In fact, it is my belief that progressive racial tension, in inner city urban areas, serves as a catalyst for violence, drug abuse, and poverty. "Do the Right Thing" showcases all aspects of modern American prejudice. Sal's famous pizzeria symbolizes a minority attempting to prosper in an area dominated by the majority, which, in this case, Spike Lee chooses to make the African-American community, portraying the Italians as the minority. In doing so, he creates an extremely unbiased, objective analyzation of this problem. He shows that no generalized group of people, or the individuals that compose them, are completely innocent. Spike emphasizes this in a montage of sequences in which various characters, all different in race and occupation, face the camera and confesses their true feelings towards other minorities. Another clever device Spike Lee utilizes is in his archetypal portrayal of his characters. This archetype is best characterized by Donald Bogle, in his article entitled, "Black Beginnings," in which he divides the classical depiction of African-Americans into groups. Each of Spike Lee's characters fall into these groups. The Mayor is a modern twist on the "Uncle Tom" persona. Spike Lee's character, Mookie, satirizes features of the "Tragic...
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Don,t Look Back An urban legend is a type of folklore that is circulated by word of mouth, repeated in news stories, or distributed by email. They are also frequently recounted as having happened to a "friend of a friend". Some of the stories are slightly modified throughout the years and there are often variances in each telling of the stories. Even with the changes and modifications, an urban legend still remains the main idea and teaches a point. A lot of urban legends are false, as in the story about a couple coming home from a date late at night. The radio was broadcasting news about a maniac killer on the loose and told civilians to be on guard. The car ran out of gas and so the guy decided to walk to a nearby station to get gas and told the girl to stay put in the car under a blanket. When he comes back, he will knock three times to her know that it is him. Hours passed and finally the girl heard two knocks, then a third knock, and the knocks keep going. She figures that it isn,t him so she did not get up. She fell asleep and was awaken by sirens and a voice telling her to get out of the car and walk straight ahead without looking back. She could not resist and looked back, horrified to see her boyfriend hung from a tree branch on top of the car, with his legs dangling and swaying in the breeze, his feet keep hitting the hood of the car. There are many variances to this story. When I told my friend about the legend, I was given different corrections of the details. Some said that the couple was on their way to an after-prom party, the limo...
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Answer the following questions on the poem 'Education for Leisure' by Carol Anne Duffy in the form of an essay: Why do you thin Duffy uses language in the way she does? What effects do you think she wants to achieve, and how does she use language to achieve it? How successful do you find the poem? In the poem 'Education for Leisure' Carol Anne Duffy used language in order do draw the reader into the mind of someone who seems to be a bit psychotic and allows the reader to explore someone else's mind. To begin with, the title, 'Education for Leisure,' implies that the poem is going to be based around the idea of maybe extra curricular activities. However this is contradicted by the picture of a knife beside the poem which suggests that there will be a more sinister direction to the poem. This is because knives often represent murder. In the opening Stanza the use of short sentences by Duffy makes the poem seem more menacing and it also contributes to the reader feeling as though the are directly experiencing the thoughts of the narrator as they are going through his/her mind, 'Today I'm going to kill something. Anything.' Duffy then uses pathetic fallacy in order to express the emotions of the reader, 'It is an ordinary day, a sort of grey with boredom stirring in the streets.' I think she does this in order to create an atmosphere for the reader to enter as they are drawn into the mind of the narrator. Duffy places the reader directly into the mind of this potential killer, in the second stanza, as 'I squash a fly against the window' as 'We did at school.' The effect of this is that the reader begins to create a personal connection to the narrator and their...
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