Nobody believes more fervently in the American Dream than Willy, yet the dream has somehow eluded him. Now he is sixty years old, a beaten and discouraged traveling salesman, with nothing to show for a lifetime of hard work but a small house on a crowded street where grass doesn't grow anymore and apartment houses block his view. Rustling about upstairs are Willy's grown sons, Happy and Biff, home for a visit. Their presence in the house causes Willy to reminisce on happier times; times when their growing strength and athletic feats - especially Biff's - were a source of pride and joy to him; times when it seemed certain that his kids would go out and conquer the world. In this heightened and reflective state ' Willy speaks aloud to his boys as if the two youngsters he fondly remembers from the past had materialized in the room. WILLY: That's just what I mean. Bernard [the son of Willy's friend] can get the best marks in school, y'understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y'understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him. That's why I thank Almighty God you're both built like Adonises. Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want. Willy's philosophy is sound and fool-proof, he feels, but, unaccountably, it hasn't worked for him, nor for his favorite son, Biff. Ever since graduation from high school when he inexplicably ignored a prestigious scholarship offer to play football for the University of Virginia, Biff had acted like a restless vagabond, moving from one place and one job to another, unable to get a hold on life. He had also had a run-in with...
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Compare and Contrast the poets' treatment of the experience of growing-up in these poems. The four poems that I have chosen to compare and contrast are, 'The Prelude,' by William Wordsworth 'The School Boy,' by William Blake, both of which date pre-1914. Then post 1914, I have chosen 'The Early Purges,' by Seamus Heaney, and lastly 'Little Boy Crying,' by Mervyn Morris. All of these four poems that I have chosen, treat the experience of growing up in different ways. Both Wordsworth and Blake were Romantic poets, which meant that they deeply believed in personal individuality and freedom. They also believed in the huge importance of Imagination as they saw it as having the potential to improve every person's life. 'The School Boy,' by William Blake conveys a message of how unhappy this boy is at school. This is because the boy would much rather be outside, enjoying the spring day, and most importantly enjoying his youth. At school, the boy feels trapped, we know this as he compares this experience metaphorically a bird in a cage, 'How can the bird born for joy/sit in a cage and sing.' We can also see from this that he is asking a rhetorical question, which questions the reader, to how he would feel in this situation, and he is further urging his parents to let him enjoy his childhood. 'The Prelude' by William Wordsworth conveys a message of how adulthood is a huge step away form childhood. He writes in an ambivalent tone, and he describes this stage between childhood and adulthood, which we know to be adolescence. Wordsworth describes this stage of his life as exciting, adventurous, with apprehension and fear, also that he is vulnerable, and powerless to stop what is happening to him. We see all of these thoughts expressed in the...
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Running Head: Professional Wrestling Is Professional Wrestling a Sport? Nicole M. Flynn Florida Metropolitan University Word Count: 460 ABSTARCT Imagine thousands of screaming fans waiting for the popular television show WWF Monday Night Raw to begin. Elaborate firework displays go off and loud music plays all to enhance the audience's excitement. Then comes running down the aisle is The Rock or maybe the Undertaker. The fans turn cheering the most desired wrestler as he or she shows there masculine body's and there frightful looks. The audience is geared and ready to see the fight of a lifetime, but don't they know it's not real! Why do millions of people tune in every Monday to watch this phony, over dramatized and barbaric show? Is Professional Wrestling a Sport? People believe that wrestling is not physically demanding and they are not hurting each other. Wrestling is considered nothing more than a elaborate show with talented actors. So the question arises, should professional wrestling be considered a real sport? First, we need to know what constitutes a sport. A sport is defined as any activity where competition is involved. Whether it involves a one on one confrontation or teams. A sport also normally contains great physical exertion among the athletes in which they must train for a long time in order to aquifer a skill. Another quality of a sport is the desire amongst all athletes to be the best. Professional sports are also about pleasing the fans because without the fans there would be no pro-sports. A final thing about professional sports has to do with travel and frequency of competition. Many pro sports require their athletes to travel and perform very frequently. These ideas are what sports are all about. Now take professional wrestling as a sport. The wrestlers definitely are athletes that aquifer a skill in order to wrestle....
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A car is supposed to be a device with the sole purpose of quickly delivering you to a destination. This may be the matter, however, in our culture cars have become something more. Take for example the Sun Fresh next door to DeVry. Why is it that no one seems to want to walk to the Sun Fresh even though it would be a lot faster than getting in their cars and driving? There must be something that compels a person to their car. If cars were just for driving from point a to point b, another question is, "Why does a person who can purchase a new car for roughly twelve thousand dollars, elect to pay fifty thousand or more for a car that is thirty plus years old." To demonstrate my point that cars have become an extension of a person's personality and maybe their soul I am going to compare and contrast a new 2003 Saturn Ion to a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. The Plymouth Super Bird was created as a full on high-speed race machine for the NASCAR races. In 1970, NASCAR required a manufacturer to build one unit per dealer in order for the car to be raced. In the end, Plymouth built a total of 1,920 SuperBirds. SuperBirds were available with three different engines. The most popular was the basic Super Commando 440 V8 with a single four-barrel carburetor rated at 375 horsepower. Next up was the 440 Six Pack rated at 390 horsepower. At the top, and ordered by just 93 buyers, was the mighty 426 Hemi, rated at 425 horsepower. Despite the success of the SuperBird on the tracks, 1970 would be the only year it was made. The 1970 Plymouth Superbird was based on the Plymouth Road Runner. The Superbird came with a special...
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The television shows Frasier and That 70's Show although aimed at adult audiences are completely different. Frasier is about a psychiatrist, Frasier Krane, who is rich and is in the upper class society. Frasier has everything a person could dream of having, except true love. Frasier has fallen for a lady named Claire, a psychiatrist who shares the same interests. Frasier decides to take Claire along with his family to the Bahamas, where he realizes that he can't quit thinking about her best friend, Larna. Frasier and Larna had dated but they then decided that it would not work out, so they decided to be strictly friends. While waiting at the airport for his luggage, Frasier is approached by a man who asks if he should return to his wife or not. Frasier advises him that he should. Frasier than rushes home and breaks the relationship off with Claire. Larna then calls Frasier and invites him to her son's graduation party. Frasier thinks that the party is the perfect opportunity to tell Larna how he feels. At the graduation party Frasier is waiting on the perfect time to tell Larna his feelings, when suddenly the man from the airport walks in and Larna's son addresses him as his father. When Larna realizes that her ex-husband is at the party she becomes furious. Frasier then talks to her and tells her that she should give her ex-husband another chance. After a talk with his father, Frasier then realizes that he was just afraid of a commitment with Claire. Frasier then calls Claire and tells her that he is sorry and explains that he was confused and scared. Claire then forgives Frasier and they decide that they will take a vacation by themselves. On their vacation Frasier tells Claire that he is falling in love...
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The Roots of My Addiction I've been a smoker for four years now; however, just recently (over the past eight months) I've really been sucking down the Marlboros. Now it seems like every time I find myself with another cigarette in my mouth I'm asking myself "Why?". Once I think about it for a while I realize that I had no chance even when I was just a thought in my parents mind. My mother was a smoker since she was twelve years old. So by the time she found out she was pregnant with me she was already physically addicted to cigarettes. As I developed I was being given all the nutrients and other chemicals she put into her body. One of those chemicals being the nicotine that 'hooks' people onto smoking every day. My mother is a caring women, though, so she did manage to cut down to four cigarettes a week instead of her usually three packs a week. Over a span of nine months those four cigarettes a week add up to a total of, approximately, one hundred and ten cigarettes. So the nicotine from one hundred and ten cigarettes was already flowing through my body before I even came out of the womb. Then once I came into this world there was no longer any reason for my mother to continue cutting down on her habit, so she picked right back up to where she was before. I've heard (from people I know, television, and the news) that a person is most impressionable in the first seven years of their life. During this time is when their environment that they live in will develop the type of person that they will be for the rest of their lives. This could be another root of my addiction. Because for...
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Although Michael Jordan and Larry Bird are two of the greatest players ever, they both have some differences and similarities. Here are some of their similarities. Jordan and Bird where dominant players at an young age. Michael Jordan won the slam dunk contest, and Larry Bird won the three point contest in there history. Both players have several championship rings. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird are the two best players to ever play in the NBA. Well, however; I can not say that both are the best to ever play the game because the NBA has never come to a close. Only if the league came to an end right now, then maybe I can say that, "they are the best two players to ever play in the NBA." Other NBA lovers may have a different thought than I have. I probably can start World War Three with that statement. They both were key players on the teams that they played on. Jordan and Bird both made it to the All-Star team several of times. They both had a fun raiser for the Ronald McDonald House. They love to help the children, and give back to their community. They both are not playing the game for money it is because they love the game. Even though money is not everything to them, they both seem to have lots of it. They also appeared on a McDonald commercial together. Jordan has a large shoe contract. Bird has a large NBA contract. Over the years they both ended up with similar shoe and NBA contracts. They attended division one colleges. Both played college basketball. Both won a NCAA championship title. Both players appeared on the movie Space Jams together. They both play golf together. They both retire, and came back to the...
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The two stories "In the Canon, For All the Wrong Reasons" by Amy Tan and "The Black Writer and the Southern Experience" by Alice Walker were stories that I thought connected to each other very well. But, they also were different in a few ways too. I will compare and contrast these two stories in the following paper. Both writers came from a very tough child hood judging by what they wrote about. Amy Tan grew up having to deal with the deaths of her father and her brother. After that her mom was always talking about killing herself. Alice Walker had a tough childhood also. While not having to deal with deaths in her family she grew up in a very poor neighborhood dealing with being looked down on and not given the same opportunities as the white children around her. She gives and example of this in her story when she says that her mom went to town to get flower from the Red Cross. She was wearing a new dress that she had received from a friend. The white lady handing out the flower wouldn't give her any because she was wearing too nice of clothing. She thought that Walker's mom was trying to show her up by wearing nice clothes. Another similarity in these two stories is the fact that both authors are minorities. They both had to deal with the hardships of that alone growing up. Being a minority writer makes it hard to keep everybody happy. Amy Tan says in her story, "Well, you can't please everyone, can you?"(578) Walker had the same type of problem being a African American, but this is the way she looks at it. She says in her story, "The richness of the black writer's experience in the South can...
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Name: Choi, Youn ah Date: Feb. 17th, 2003 Course & Section: AB-ENGL/ T2 Subject: English 13 ( 3:40-4:40 TTH) Compare and Contrast Corset vs. Footbinding Though corset and footbinding have a similar function in a way that they all started as a tradition of making women suffer to look more elegant and wealthier in the eyes of men, there still are some differences between the two. First of all, corset was originated from France, Europe whereas footbinding was originated from China, Asia where it was also referred to as ¡®golden lotus¡¯. Corset was used to tighten up the waist for thinner waist and to lift up the breast of women since women with very thin waist were the most beautiful and elegant for the Europeans. On the other hand, footbinding was used to tighten up the feet to prevent it from growing any bigger since Chinese considered women with small feet the elite and the beauty. Corset was in form of underwear. They were worn inside the dresses. Footbinding was in form of shoes. From the time when the girls were young, the parents bound their children¡¯s feet, and put the small shoes on them. Sample Paragraphs of Compare and Contrast What characteristics distinguish plants from animals? a) Using point-by-point method There are several characteristics which distinguish plants from animals. Green plants are able to manufacture their own food from substances in the environment. This process is known as photosynthesis. In contrast, animals, including man, get their food either directly from plants or indirectly by eating animals which have eaten plants. Plants are generally stationary. Animals on the other hand, can usually move about. In external appearance, plants are usually green. They grow in a branching fashion at their extremities, and their growth continues throughout their lives. Animals, however, are very diverse in their external appearance. Their growth pattern...
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Compare and contrast 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver' 'Turned' and 'The seduction' commenting on the theme characters, Language and style. The seduction is a modern piece written in the style of a rhythmical poem. The Genre of the poem reflects the antics of teenage life and the miss guided thoughts and actions of youths today. It sets the scene of a young boy and girl who are fairly drunk, after experiencing loud music and large quantities of alcohol, all consumed at a party earlier on that Saturday night. Like a normal teenage boy, hormones were running high and being in the company of a drunken young girl, he was at a great advantage. ' He handed her the vodka, and she knocked it back like water.' By managing to get the helpless young girl into a drunken stupor, he fulfilled his initial intentions thinking nothing more of her than a little 'slag.' Unfortunately for the young girl the worse had dawned upon her, and the clock could not be turned back. That one night alone had cost her all of her precious teenage years. Turned is a classic short story written bu Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is set in Boston USA, and tells the story of love and deceit, two dangerous factors when used together in a love triangle. Mrs Marroner is perceived as a wealthy and admired woman, she lives well and is married to a respectable businessman, Mr Marroner. He is often away on business, so when she receives a long awaited letter from him her first reaction is one of delight. However it quickly becomes known to her that the letter is in fact not addressed to her at all but was intended to be seen by the eyes of the house maid, Gerta. She too, had received a letter that same...
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Compare and contrast at least two poems from the Hearts and Partner's section, exploring what they both have to say on human relationships
Both "The Beggar Woman" and "I Wanna Be Yours" have a great deal to say on human relationships, both Compare and contrast at least two poems from the Hearts and Partner's section, exploring what they both have to say on human relationships showing off the vulnerability of people when they are in love and sometimes the lust. In the following essay I will explore the content, language and structure, comparing them and contrasting them. Firstly, both poems use vulnerability. "The Beggar Woman" heavily relies on the vulnerability where a hunter is used to display vulnerability here as he sees a beggar woman that looks vulnerable, but she in fact quite the opposite, and he is the most vulnerable one as the hunter finds out when he is left with the "burden placed upon his shoulders". "I Wanna Be Yours" also uses much vulnerability as the person completely puts himself in the other person's hands, making the devoted person completely vulnerable and absolutely open to whatever the other person might 'have in store' for the other person. The other element that both the poems discuss is control. In "The Beggar Woman" the hunter thinks that he is in control, but the beggar woman is actually in control from the very start. This is in comparison to "I Wanna Be Yours" as the person lays himself open to attack from the other person by giving the person complete control. However, "The Beggar Woman" displays other elements within human relationships. It shows that it is not a true relationship between the two people, as all that the hunter is interested in is 'having a good time', and the beggar woman is only interested in 'disposing' of the "burden upon her back". Whereas "I Wanna Be Yours" depicts the desperation and the devotion and the fact that...
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A dystopia is an imaginary society, which makes comments on our own society, and is usually a place in which most people would not want to live. Ray Bradbury's, Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell's, 1984, and Kevin Reynolds, Waterworld interpretations of a dystopian society, are prime examples of a place in which most people would not wish to live. In Fahrenheit 451there is an unneeded amount of control over everyone, in 1984 the government controls their very thoughts and are not free in any sense, and in Waterworld there is no dry land, so freedom is minimum. In respects to all works the government has control over almost every move the people make, and almost make it impossible for people to be free. Despite the common vision of a dystopian society in the works, Fahrenheit 451, Nineteen-Eighty Four, and Waterworld, the creators of these futuristic worlds present diverse elements such as, their protagonists, corrupt government, and way of living. A protagonist is the main character, which in turn is the central focus in the work that the audience is either watching or reading. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is the protagonist, in which the novel focus' on. Montag is a fireman who must enforce the law, which is to burn books. In this dystopia of the future, all books must be burnt because they are believed to fill the minds with evil thoughts "A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man's mind." (Bradbury, ) . In this society if a person is proven to have a book in their possession, than the book and the house is burned. Guy Montag can be considered a brave person because he is curious and steals books from some of the burnings. Montag...
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Compare and contrast Carol Ann Duffy's 'In Mrs Tilschers class' to Seamus Heaneys 'Death of a naturalist'
Elizabeth Roberts 12CDH Mrs James "Compare and contrast 'Death of a naturalist' and 'In Mrs Tilscher's class" Both poems are extremely similar, in that they are centred around the ideas of the transition from childhood to the adult world. There are most definitely more similarities than differences. 'Death of a naturalist' contains more references to nature than 'In Mrs Tilscher's class'. 'In Mrs Tilscher's class' seems to focus more on classroom life rather than life within nature. Carol Ann Duffy has very cleverly deployed as many senses as possible to create the warm and comfortable atmosphere of the poem: "The scent of a pencil slowly, carefully shaved" and " The chalky pyramids rubbed into dust". I really like 'In Mrs Tilscher's class', it is a poem that I feel relates to everyone in some way or another, it also helps me to reflect on my primary school years. A major similarity to comment on would be how the tone of both poems changes dramatically. It is when Heaney and Duffy realise life wasn't what it once appeared to be. It is interesting that both poets have decided to use tadpoles as a representation for the change; "The inky tadpoles changed from commas into exclamation marks" and "The fattening dots burst into nimble swimming tadpoles". The loss of innocence and growing is represented through the development of the tadpole. The use of the tadpole is quite a sexual one, as the shape it takes is extremely similar to that of sperm. This relates hugely to adolescence and puberty, mainly because children become more aware of reproduction and how the sperm swims towards the ovaries after ejaculation. Duffy's poem opens with a rich and varied experience; "You could travel up the blue Nile" The use of 'you' in a general sense suggests that this is the sort of primary school experience...
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Online Essay Compare and Contrast Thoreau and Emerson There exist many philosophies by which many people live their lives. Emerson and Thoreau are perfect example of this. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were both nineteenth century writers who express a philosophy of life based on our inner self. I will examine various philosophies as they relate to Emerson and Thoreau's attitude toward the man's plight toward existence and independence. Both authors share same transcendentalism views gives them various similarities in their writing to the point their differences are hard to find. Both authors are seeking the understanding of their reader. Thoreau's argument calls for less government and more independence while Emerson's consistence need for more self-reliance and independence from others. The tone of both essays is very direct about what they are trying to convey. The hard part comes when the reader begins to digest the understanding of what they are saying. A reader has to first understand the Emerson and Thoreau's transcendental views toward life. Transcendentalism was an "intellectual movement that stressed intuition, individuality, and self-reliance. These views are clearly express in both writings. Gaining one's own independence is a common message Emerson and Thoreau discussed in their writings. Even though, the essays are different in their subject matter their message is still convey of gaining one's own independence in some way. Thoreau's objection is to the government. In the essay "Resistance to Civil Government" it is quite apparent Thoreau dislike for the government. Thoreau contends that men have lost the free will to make individual decisions regarding war, slavery, and domestic issues because government imposes on its citizens only in its own self interests. Thoreau's quest seems to be having freedom from the civil government while Emerson's quest is just having the freedom to be oneself. Emerson emphasizes...
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Many people in their later years, or the children of elderly parents, at some point have to make the decision of whether nursing home care or in-home care is right for them or their parents. There are many things that must be considered before making this decision. These decisions include the cost of nursing home care versus the cost of in-home care, the amount of care that is needed, and how comfortable the patient would be in a nursing home as compared to their comfort level of staying at home. Home health care is a much better option for those who have the resources and help to be able to stay in their home. Nursing home care is very expensive. In Maine the average nursing home bill is between $4000 and $6000 per month. Compared to staying in a nursing home, receiving care at home is relatively inexpensive and costs only about $990 per month. When these fees are paid privately, this is a huge savings of money to the patient or family. The amount of care that is needed for the patient must be considered. If a patient needs an extreme amount of care and is hooked to life-saving machines that require the expertise of trained individuals, they may be safer and happier being in the presence of additional qualified personnel. If a person only needs minimal help such as bathing, meal preparation, errands, and housework, the joy of staying at home as compared to being on the nursing home's schedule is enormous. A person's comfort level in being able to tolerate a nursing home needs careful consideration before placement. If the person is very uncomfortable and apprehensive, the days and weeks for this patient will become very long. They often tend to fail in health and often refuse to eat or...
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Australia: what can you say about it? When it comes to food, language and family cultural element there is much to know. It will also be obvious that the U.S. and Australia share many similarities and differences in these areas. In Australia food has changed over the years. Australians used to eat lizard and hund a lot. Now they dine like anyone else in the world. They have three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. But when it comes to manners, Australians put a lot of emphasis on them. Australians can not leave the table unless everyone is finished eating. On the other hand, America is less strict with table manners. Sometimes families don't even eat together, but they may sit in front of the TV to eat. Have you ever wanted to say "Gaday Mate" and not have someone think you're crazy? If so, then just move to Australia. The Australian language is mainly English, but some natives still use the Aboriginal language. This is couple of Aboriginal sayings, "Fair dunkum". This means "honest and true". Another example is "yank", which means American. Australia is trying to encourage English. Most people use English. On the other hand, Americans always use English. That is our main language. Australian and American languages are very similar. Grandparents and older people still use the language that they grew up with . The currant generation, however, is using English. Well, Gaday Mate! Australia: what can you say about it? When it comes to food, language and family cultural element there is much to know. It will also be obvious that the U.S. and Australia share many similarities and differences in these areas. In Australia food has changed over the years. Australians used to eat lizard and hund a lot. Now they dine like anyone else in the world. They have three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. But when it comes to manners,...
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Compare and Contrast how Thomas Hardy and charlotte Perkins Gilman present the situation behaviour and attitude of the women in the stories ‘the withered arm' and ‘turned'. Explain what motivates these characters to behave as they do.
In the short stories 'turned' by charlotte Perkins the withered arm' Thomas Hardy there are many similes and differences between the two. In 'the withered arm' which is about a lonely woman named Rhoda who has a disturbing dream about her intense jealously of her friend Gertrude, "the figure thrust forward its left hand mockingly, so as to make the wedding ring it wore glitter in Rhoda's eyes". In Rhoda's dream, she "seized the confronting spectre by its obtrusive left arm, and whirled it backwards to the floor." this results in Gertrude having a withered arm, which she refuses to tell her husband about. She tries all sorts of treatment to cure it and nothing works, so she goes to Conjuror Trendle who tells her to put the arms on the neck of a freshly hung person. When Gertrude enters the room to do this, Rhoda is in there with her husband Farmer Lodge, it was her unnecessary son that was hung. Gertrude and Farmer Lodge both die also. There are many situations between the four women in the poems 'The withered arm' and 'turned'. In 'turned' Gerta is young uneducated servant who is a foreigner from Sweden; she gets spoken to like a child, she gets influenced very easy to have sex with Mr. Marroner because he disguised it as friendship, what was she supposed to do when she is to obedient how was she to refuse? She was powerless and he gave he $50 as if she was a prostitute but yet it also could be to help her, shows he might be giving her some responsibility. Whereas Rhoda in 'The withered arm' She is an older lady who is poorly educated but yet she did have some education her job is as milk maid she only acquires money for...
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Man's nature is a varied terrain, rife with shortcomings and surprising abilities. The two authors, London and Steinback, make use of this unusual dichotomy to convey their purpose. Man's often-pompous ego hinders his decision-making abilities, but behind this sinful shortcoming lays perseverance, which is astounding at times. Such an example of this could be derived from the two characters of Flight and To Build a Fire. Firstly, the extreme nature of their respective environments is harsh and impersonal, but proved that man can go a very long way to survive despite adverse conditions. As for man's shortcomings, they are both numerous and varied, from Pepe's wine induced decision to kill a man for an insult, to the man's decision to go out alone in the freezing temperatures. In the end, everyone has to make a decision, to either humble himself or think rather of dignity. These decisions and actions by man in general, serve to propel the story's development of the characters done only in the way London and Steinback could have. The environments both characters traverse are easily the most extreme environments in the world. In Flight Pepe's injuries, including a piece of stone impaling his hand, the eventual infection and gangrenous effects thereof would really hinder someone trying to escape through a scorching desert. His dogged attempts at escape from the inevitable repercussions of his sins really highlight man's perseverance. In comparison, the man from To Build a Fire poured his whole being into building a fire, yet in the end it was not enough, such is the fate of arrogance. The environments in these situations bring out the besting man, pushing him to the limit. The sins of the characters portrayed are those, which everyone has dealt with, pride, passion, vanity and the like. The plotlines of both the...
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Shakespeare's was one of the most read writers ever and his writing was so successful that not just one group of people liked it. He did this by relating to his audience using universal truths. Human emotions are not something that change over time and they are also known as universal truths; love, hate, revenge, and envy are all examples of universal truths. This play was so successful that many other movies have copied the plot but changed the scenery. Over the past 400 years since this play was written, the world has changed drastically, but the emotions and feelings in this play went through the test of time. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a timeless play that concentrates on many different human emotions and reactions. "Romeo and Juliet" and West Side Story are alike in many ways, they were both very successful in their day. West Side Story is essentially the same play that was revived in 1961. Like "Romeo and Juliet", Tony and Maria are of opposite "families". They fall in love and their love is forbidden. Maria is a Puerto Rican immigrant and Tony is American. In West Side Story they don't get married but they do have a passionate love affair. The hate between the two groups was modernized to racism and not as many of the main characters die in West Side Story. One of the major differences is that Maria doesn't die, but she is left alone. In "Romeo and Juliet", Juliet kills herself after she finds that Romeo has killed himself. Another major difference is that in "Romeo and Juliet" Romeo kills Paris who is supposed to marry Juliet then himself when he thinks that Juliet is dead. In West Side Story, Tony is killed by Chino (the equivalent of Paris). "Romeo and Juliet" has...
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The writer of both short stories (Old Mrs Chundle and The Withered Arm) is Thomas Hardy who lived in rural County Dorset. He grew up in rural surroundings and therefore his interests in his writing were generally going to be country life. After reading both short stories I discovered that Hardy seemed to focus mostly on the lives of ordinary people. He wrote about peoples lifestyles, work and also the making and breaking of relationships. I am not going to be looking at that aspect of his writing but I am going to compare and contrast the character and setting in the two short stories; The Withered Arm and Old Mrs Chundle. Whilst reading The Withered Arm and Old Mrs Chundle I noticed that Mrs Chundle and Rhoda Brook had a lot in common but yet quite a few contrasts between the two. The location (Dorset, Southern England) in which both short stories takes place is the same, therefore you would tend to believe that overall the setting would be the same and there would be no differences at all. If we take a more detailed look we can find a number of contrasts. After taking a detailed look at Rhoda Brook I noticed a few very interesting things about her. Firstly I noticed that she had a son and had no husband or the boy had no father living with him. This must have meant that Rhoda had a fling with some man at some stage of her life. In the time this story was set having a fling with another man was not something the local community would have approved of. In the later stages of the story it becomes evident that the father is Farmer Lodge who is a local man with a big farm, where in fact Rhoda...
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