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Barbara Ehrenreich is a journalist with a PhD in biology who went under cover to work with the low wage workers of the blue collar work force as a waitress, cleaning woman, nursing home assistant, and Wal-Mart employee, in researching Nickel and Dimed: By Not Getting By in America, her best-selling investigation into the lives of the thirty percent of the US work force who work for eight dollars an hour or less~ in particular the four million women who were shoved back into the workplace by the welfare reform. In the spirit of science, she decided on certain rules and parameters for her undercover work. First she could not fall back on any skills derived from her education. Second she had to take the highest paying job that was offered to her and try to do her best to hold it. And finally she had to take the cheapest accommodations she could find. Although she tried to stick to these rules, all of them were broken or bent at some point. In Key West, where she began the project in the late spring of 1998, she once promoted herself to an interviewer for a waitressing job by telling her she could greet European tourists with the appropriate Bonjour or Guten Tag, but that was the only case in which she drew on any remnant of her actual education. In Minneapolis, her final destination, where she lived in the early summer of 2000, she broke another rule for failing to take the best-paying job that was offered. Instead of taking a ten dollar an hour job at Menards plumbing she took a seven dollar an hour job at Wal-Mart, on account of hours. In the introduction Ehrenreich acknowledges certain advantages she had over other low-wage workers. She had a car,...
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Animal Farm by George Orwell Review This novella is set in England in a common rural farm area. It is a classified as a fantasy, because the animals are personified and appear to have the same average intelligence as humans. The story begins with the animals of Manor Farm stage a revolution against the farmer in control, Mr. Jones. This idea is put forward by the most senior and respected pig on the farm, called Major, as a vision for the future. The leadership of the farm in then voted to the pigs, which are agreed to be the most intelligent animals on the farm. The most outspoken pigs, Snowball and Napoleon take charge of the farm and are joint leaders, in a democratically run system. As the story progresses, Snowball is run off the farm by Napoleon and branded as a traitor and a hindrance to the animal,s freedom and prosperity. He is said to be in league with the hated Mr. Jones. The democratic government breaks down, and a new order, not unlike communism, is brought in, with Napoleon as the sole leader. The rules agreed, and set by all the animals at the beginning of the newly renamed Animal Farm are changed to suit the pigs, needs, regardless of the other animal,s work for them. This is done without their understanding. The novella ends with the pigs being unrecognizable and morphing into humans. ‘Animal Farm, shows how communism works in theory as a fair and just system. . It, however, fails to take in the greed and selfishness seemingly built into every human being. In ‘Animal Farm, this is shown as Snowball,s chalk drawing of the windmill, the animal,s highest goal. The blueprint looks impressive and is said to be a fine piece of architectural work, although few of the...
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gCry, the Beloved Countryh Historical Information œ National Party comes into power œ Apartheid (separate living for whites and nonwhites) is implemented œ The Joint Passive Resistance movement defies restrictions on interprovincial movement œ The South African Indian Organization is formed at a conference in Durban œ Mahatma Gandhi supports the new stage of the Passive Resistance Movement in a speech two days before his assassination œ The Joint Passive Resistance Council decides to reinvigorate the campaign - by defying restrictions on inter-provincial movement œ Dr. A.B. Xuma calls a meeting of African leaders to end the rift between the ANC and the All-African Convention Alan Paton's writing was significantly affected by his upbringing and his surroundings. He was born in the quiet town of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, during a time of extreme political turmoil. Although his parents were not highly educated, Paton managed to complete studies at the University of Natal. Throughout his early childhood, Paton witnessed many traumatic experiences which later shaped his views on corporal punishment, among other things. Alan Paton worked as a teacher at the Ixopo High School and at a high school in Pietermaritzburg. He was later appointed principal of the Diepkloof Reformatory for young offenders. His first well-known novel, gCry , the Beloved Country,h was started in Norway and eventually finished in San Francisco. Patonfs writing presents a realistic view of life during the Apartheid era, from the perspective of a white man opposing the mistreatment of non-white people. His many works, which include such greats as gAh, But Your Land is Beautiful,h and gToo Late the Phalarope,h , pave the way for many other wonderful South African novels. The novel gCry, the Beloved Countryh falls under the category of historical fiction. The story is told through third-person omniscient, thereby revealing the emotions of its characters. Paton, fairly accurately, presents the reality of...
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Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. This movie looked interesting in the previews and trailers and so I decided to see what it was all about. I sat down in the theater without knowing much of what to expect. STORY: Well, the story isn't really the main focus of the movie anyway. It's more of a movie for some laughs, action, eye candy, and seeing characters of novels become superheros on screen. So don't expect some great story to unfold before your eyes. It's suprisingly a meat & potatos plot. Bad guy wants to take over the world. A bunch of good guys get together to stop him. Not much in the story department, just the overly standard plot of a superhero movie. SPECIAL EFFECTS: Pretty good! Sure it's no technological breakthrough like a Jurassic Park, Star Wars, or Matrix movie, but the effects are still very fluent and keeping up with the current technology. I must say this is the main thing people came to see for this movie. The effects are plain fun to watch. We get to see an invincible man, a guy get shot up and have dust come out of his wounds and than heal, and we even get Dracula's bride turn into a bunch of bats and swarm enemies. Of course there are many more such as Mr. Hyde who is like the Hulk. Overall, I think the special effects were very impressive though sometimes not as realistic as the best special effects movies out today. But don't get me wrong, the effects rock! CHARACTERS: There are so many...where do I start? First of all, the characters are all based on novel characeters of old books from like the 17th century. The most known is Dr. Jeckle/Mr. Hyde. Except there is a twist. Instead of just...
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"montana 1948" is a story of immoral and abuse of is also a story of courage and decency. "MONTANA 1948", is written by LARRY WATSON, it is a story told about twelve-year-old David Hayden's view of his family. Wes is a small-town sheriff who is David's father. He has arresting his brother Frank in his basement. That is for sexual assault and murder. In this book have a lot of immoral and abuse of power, also have many courage and decency. Everything comes from immoral in this story. Frank who is taking liberties with his Indian patients, and murder Marie. He is a sexist and racist. He does everything just because he like it and enjoy it. That makes Wes get angry with him and after then arresting him. But at this part Wes also do something wrong. Him should be put his brother in jail, not in his basement. In this book also have many abuse of power things. For example: Julian uses the gun right in the guys face when in Frank's bachelor party. After Wes said to his wife: "They couldn't arrest us - we are the law!" And another things are Julian calls four men go to Wes's house get Frank when Frank arrested in basement. The four men go to there and get some arms too. Form these part, we can see Hayden's thinking about the law is theirs and have some power hungry. "Montana 1949" also told about the good one like courage. The first courage person is Marie. She points out what Frank does to her and Indian's girl. Marie has spunk to tell to Gail everything. Also David too, he tells his parents about Frank are a murderer. Let us to surprises is Wes has to arrest his brother and put him in his basement....
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Mark Fuhrman's book, "Murder in Greenwich," is a story about a murder that had been unsolved for twenty-seven years. In the book, Mark Fuhrman sets up the vivid crime scene to give the reader a good picture of exactly what happened on Halloween night 1975 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Martha was fairly new to Greenwich, but already she was very popular with her classmates, especially with the boys. There were two boys in particular: Thomas and Michael Skakel. Thomas was 17, and Michael was 15 (Martha's age). These boys were two sons of Rushton Skakel, a very wealthy man who was related to the Kennedy's through his sister's (Ethel Skakel) marriage to Bobby Kennedy. On October 30, 1975, Martha and a several of her friends decided to go out for what was supposed to be a night of harmless fun. After meeting up with Helen Ix and Geoffrey Byrne, they went to the Skakel's around nine. Michael Skakel, Martha, Helen, and Geoff sat in the Lincoln and listened to music for a while. Thomas Skakel came out of the house looking for a tape in the car. Instead of taking it and leaving, he got into the front seat with Martha and Michael and began to put the moves on Martha. Michael watched as his older, bigger brother put the moves on the girl that they were both interested in. Around 9:30, the party inside the house began to break up. Jim Terrien, a cousin of the Skakel's, had been there all evening and was ready to go home, so Rush Skakel, Jr., John Skakel, and Jim came out to tell everyone to get out of the car so that they could go to the Terrien's. Michael decided that he wanted to go, so he asked Martha to come with him. She...
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"The Chaser" by John Collier is a story that deals with a man's dream of gaining a woman's love through a potion. The man wants the love of this woman so badly that he wants to purchase a potion to gain her love. The old wise man that owns all these potions is a man who has experienced much about love in his life. This woman to the young man is everything. He will go to all limits to have her care about him. With this potion the old man says "She will care intensely. You will be her sole interest in life." this is when the young man says "That is love." we can see here how desperate of a dream to have the love of this woman is to him. When the woman drinks the potion she will have total adoration for the young man and will want nothing but him. This story is very typical of John Collier with the whole story being summarized in the last line. The last line said by the old man is "Au revoir" meaning until or for we meet again. These words leave the reader thinking that the young man will return for the glove cleaner. The relationship between characters of the old man and the young man is one based on knowledge and desires. The knowledge is of the dream that the character has the desire is o fulfill this dream. The young man in this story has dreams of obtaining the love of a woman yet the old man knows that he is going about it the wrong way for it will not work and the young man will be back to purchase the other potion just like the men before him. In the ending of the story we know the young man's immediate dream is fulfilled by his purchasing the potion, yet we are left to decide if the...
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The words jealousy or lies could be Abigail Williams' middle name. In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, Abigail Williams' principle weakness is her jealousy for the things she cannot have in her life and her habit of lying to get what she wants. These two vices combined helped to create a chaos in Salem that the colony of Massachusetts had never seen before. Abigail's jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor, and the lies she told, ultimately broke up a family and caused the death of the only man she ever wanted. Abigail Williams' insane jealousy has no boundaries. She will do whatever she feels necessary to get what she wants. Betty Parris reminds Abby, "You drank a charm to kill John Proctor's wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!" (I, 1, 18). Abigail immediately lashes out at Betty for saying this, which only proves that Abigail really does want Elizabeth Proctor dead so that she can have John for herself. Abigail's habit of lying can be seen by almost every conversation she has. In every conversation, she says at least one lie. "I never sold myself! I'm a good girl! I'm a proper girl!" (I, 1, 40). This is a double lie that Abigail told Reverend Hale when he was questioning her about conjuring spirits in the woods. It is a double lie because she did conjure spirits and also, she is far from being a good and proper girl after having an affair with John. This is a perfect example of Abigail lying to save her neck. Abigail will lie to incriminate others, as long as it serves her purpose of getting the blame off of herself. "She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!" (I, 1, 41). Abigail lies to get the spotlight off of...
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Reading Level- 6.3 "The Executioner's Song" Author- Norman Mailer Rating- Excellent Nonfiction Setting: This book is placed all over the northwest United States, but takes place mostly in Provo, Idaho. It spans through several years of Gary Gilmore's life, and others'. The main story, though, takes place from 1974-1977. Summary: A man named Gary Gilmore has been imprisoned for over ¾ of his life, and on his parole date, he is granted parole. He moves in with his uncle Vern and aunt Ida. They care for him and try to rehabilitate him to life in his age. But, Gary doesn't catch on and becomes an evil to society by always getting in fights and pulling off serious crimes. All this continues, even at the pleading of his family to stop, until a young woman named Nicole Barrett came into his life. She completely transforms him into a gentle, loving man. But, as time goes on, he becomes actively violent again and Nicole, whom he cared for over all things, was forced to leave him. By this, Gary goes completely crazy. He goes out and gets drunk every night, gets in more violent fights, and the serious crimes he commits become even more sinister. Finally, not able to take all of the stress in his life (Nicole leaving him, family disowning him, losing his job), Gary completely loses control. One night, he goes out and kills 2 people for no reason at all. Compiling evidence, police and FBI were able to figure out that Gary did it. A long sequence goes on with Gary going on trial, staying in jail, and his final sentencing. Gary chooses, as the wrongs he has done, to die by gunshot. He wanted to die, and he kept mailing Nicole about it and telling her not to cry over him,...
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I. Introduction In Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, the central character is John Singer. He is a deaf-mute whom four lonely individuals, each obsessed with a vision of his or her place in the world, share their deepest secrets with: An adolescent who desires to write symphonies, a drunk who believes he holds all the answers, a black physician whose desire is to motivate his people to demand their rightful place in American society, and a cafe owner whose secret wish is sexually ambiguous. Yet all of them hold the same belief that the deaf Mr. Singer understands and validates his or her obsession. II. First Impression & Appearance We first meet Singer in a small, southern U.S. city set in the pre-World War II era. His first appearance is explained through a contrast between Singer and his Greek lover, Antonapoulos: "The two friends were very different. The one who always steered the way was an obese and dreamy Greek. In the summer he would come out wearing a yellow or green polo shirt stuffed sloppily into his trousers in front and hanging loose behind . . . The other mute was tall. His eyes had a quick, intelligent expression. He was always immaculate and soberly dressed" (McCullers 1). At home Singer always talked to Antonapoulos about the days events, yet these were usually one-sided conversations, since the Greek rarely ever talked. And when he did, it was to say he wanted to eat, drink, or sleep. "Singer never knew just how much his friend understood of all the things he told him. But it did not matter" (McCullers 2). III. Loyalty & Devotion Both mutes had no other friends, except for themselves. But they were not really alone at all. At home Singer would just talk and talk and they were quite content just to eat and drink. His hands would move eagerly and his hands...
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In the story "Once More to the Lake", the author (White) uses vivid details to enable the reader to capture the many different emotions the author feels during the story. When the story is examined beyond just reading enjoyment, the symbolism comes to life. Carefully chosen words show the contrast in the way the lake and its surroundings have changed from when the narrator was a child until now, when he is bringing his son. After reading the story, it becomes very clear that the perception of time and place change drastically as you grow up. White's descriptions cover his experiences in such a way that you can see what he is seeing, feel what he is feeling, and so on. A good example of this is when he describes the difference in boat motors. When he was a child, boat motors were inboard. He says the noise they made was a "sedative" and "an ingredient of summer sleep". He thinks completely different of the outboard motors that the boats were equipped with on the return visit with his son. The outboard motors are noted as being too noisy, and making and "irritable sound". Throughout the story there are many comparisons between the present and the past. White feels that the lake has not changed as much as he thought it would have. The author says how he "felt the same damp moss covering…the bait. So that is what its all about. So if he was the one for her than he found out for sure....
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Misery is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of the arch, as distinct too, yet as intimately blended. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow! How is it that from beauty I have derived a type of unloveliness? from the covenant of peace a simile of sorrow? But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been. "BereniceEby Edgar Allen Poe is a story typical of the author for its ability to leave readers with a feeling of discomfort. Its impact is achieved at the tale's gruesome end when Egæus realizes that he has committed a savage act of disgust. The act is revealed to us at the same moment, allowing us to experience the narrator's horror. The story begins with an introduction that is saturated with contrast, and in which the narrator takes a Taoist standpoint when depicting the existence of good and evil. There are contradictions in the speculative manner in which he begins the story and the symptoms of his "monomania,Ethe disease that eradicates his ability to think deductively. Therefore, it may be proposed that the story's finale, which is put forth as the grotesque reality, is in truth the unreality and Egæus was indeed entranced by his dreams. That is to say that the climactic event never occurred and was a product of the confused and diseased mind of Egæus, thus concluding the story with its greatest contradiction of all. As the story begins, Egæus characterizes the complexity of misery. He chooses to describe its many faces...
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"Young Goodman Brown" is a moral story which is told through the perversion of a religious leader. In "Young Goodman Brown", Goodman Brown is a Puritan minister who lets his excessive pride in himself interfere with his relations with the community after he meets with the devil, and causes him to live the life of an exile in his own community. "Young Goodman Brown" begins when Faith, Brown's wife, asks him not to go on an "errand". Goodman Brown says to his "love and (my) Faith" that "this one night I must tarry away from thee." When he says his "love" and his "Faith", he is talking to his wife, but he is also talking to his "faith" to God. He is venturing into the woods to meet with the Devil, and by doing so, he leaves his unquestionable faith in God with his wife. He resolves that he will "cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven." This is an example of the excessive pride because he feels that he can sin and meet with the Devil because of this promise that he made to himself. There is a tremendous irony to this promise because when Goodman Brown comes back at dawn; he can no longer look at his wife with the same faith he had before. When Goodman Brown finally meets with the Devil, he declares that the reason he was late was because "Faith kept me back awhile." This statement has a double meaning because his wife physically prevented him from being on time for his meeting with the devil, but his faith to God psychologically delayed his meeting with the devil. The Devil had with him a staff that "bore the likeness of a great black snake". The staff which looked like a snake is a reference to...
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Athol Fugard's 'Master Harold' . . . and the Boys is about Hally, a white young man, and the damage done by apartheid and alcoholism. The play takes place on the southeast cost of South Africa, 1950, in Hally's parents' restaurant. This is where two black servants, Sam and Willie, work for the white family. Sam and Willie have been a part of Hally's upbringing and are close friends. Hally has educated Sam with the knowledge acquired from school textbooks, but Sam has been trying to teach Hally vital lessons necessary for a healthy lifestyle. With a racist environment and a boorish alcoholic as a father, Sam has been a positive role model for Hally. The question would be, could Sam's influence outweigh the negative environment, shaping the confused boy? There are symbols in the play that illustrate the stimuli contributing to the answer. In 'Master Harold' . . . and the Boys, one can examine the kite, dance, bench, and disease; these are the symbols of the conflicting forces competing for Hally's future. The kite is an object symbolic of transcendence. Even as a child, Hally had an ingrain sense of defeat, disappointment, and failure; that is why Sam made him the kite. He wanted the little boy to be proud of something, proud of himself. Sam gave to him the phenomena of flying, the ideology of climbing high above his shame. The kite triggered neurotic thoughts but exhilarated the despairing boy. This is it, I thought. Like everything else in my life, here comes another fiasco. Then you shouted Go, Hally! and I started to run. I don't know how to describe it, Sam. Ja! The miracle happened! I was running, waiting for it to crash to the ground, but instead suddenly there was something alive behind me...
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In what way does Looking for Alibrandi offer a re-consideration of events, people and ideas from a changing perspective? Josephine Alibrandi's major change in perspective occurred when she discovered her Grandmother's past life. She discerns numerous things regarding her Nonna, counting how she came to Australia, her association with her husband and that with Marcus Sandford. Initially in the text, Josephine was oblivious to these truths concerning her grandma. However as the flower unfurls, she progressively unearths her Grandmothers past. The composer creates pauses during the dialogue involving Josephine and her Grandma. These gaps in time permit the responder to pierce Josie's mind and comprehend her findings concerning her Grandmother. Throughout one of these discussions with her Grandmother, Josie discovers how many difficulties migrants in Australia faced. Katia informs Josie on how difficult it was for her living in an unfamiliar country with no one to converse with. Additionally she mentions her stumbles with adversity such as snakes. She revealed to Josie, "You do not know how much I hated Australia for the first year. No friends. No people who spoke the same language as me.. they were not the good old days, Jozzie." Through the unearthing of her Grandmother's history Josie subsequently understands how fortunate she is to be alive in the time that she is. Despite her own tribulations due to her culture, Josephine comprehends that these are zilch in contrast to the isolation and insecurity that Katia would have sensed. She mentions, "I just sat there, glad that I live in these times.. I don't think I could ever handle the quiet world she lived in." Further in the text she informs the audience that she believes her grandma to be one of the two strongest women she ever knew. In all probability the most significant change of perspective in Josephine Alibrandi...
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1984 – Or 2003? The year is 1984…it is a grim and brooding time in the world. Things as we know them now, are completely different. No one thinks for them self, acts upon their own desires, or says what they are truly feeling. People can't go anywhere without being watched, listened to, or investigated. The world is at a constant war, but with who is never quiet certain. This is the world of George Orwell's 1984, a world with little hope for the future, for no one knew quiet what the future held. In 1984, the world has become a quiet different place since the end of World War II. The government, the language, and the overall organization of society have gone under complete face-lifts. The story takes place on Airstrip One (London, England) and involves Winston Smith. Winston doesn't speak Oldspeak (our English), instead he speaks Newspeak, a highly evolved form of our modern day English. Newspeak eliminates the need for certain words (therefore eliminating the word altogether) in order to reduce the possibility of a revolt or some other sort of chaos…"If you have a word like 'good' what need is there for a word like 'bad'? 'Ungood' will do just as well – better." By eliminating words, the Government is eliminating the occurrence of ThoughtCrime (thinking "ungood" thoughts or ideas about the Party or life in general, punishable by death.) All governments of the world are totalitarian. Oceania, in which Winston lives, has its government divided into four groups. The Ministry of Truth is responsible for rewriting history to fit the atmosphere of the world at that exact moment. They own history, and rewrite it when and as they see fit. This makes "memory" another non-existent word for the people of Oceania; since history is always changing, it is...
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Since the onset of the United States, Americans have always viewed the future in two ways; one, as the perfect society with a perfect government, or two, as a communistic hell where free will no longer exists and no one is happy. The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a combination of both theories. On The Impact of Stalinism in 1984 Truly one of the greatest anti-utopian novels in history George Orwell's 1984 is a "nightmare vision" into the future of a world controlled by totalitarianism (Meyers 144). Through the character of Winston Smith, Orwell expresses his negative views on totalitaria 1984 by George Orwell Outline Thesis Statement- This paper will examine how George Orwell wrote 1984 as a political statement against totalitarianism. I Introduction II Summary of 1984 III Roles of major Charters A. Big Brother B. Winston C. O'Brien D. Julia E. Shop owner George Orwell – "1984" 1. Outline what the story is about George Orwell's "1984" is a book about Winston Smith, a low-ranking member of "The Party" which rules the nation of Oceania. The Party watches him everywhere through devices, which are seemingly a combination of televisions, spewing mi Could the world portrayed in 1984 ever really exist? This question haunts readers from the first to the last pages of Orwell's novel. Sadly, the answer is 'yes'; or at least Orwell hopes that readers will leave 1984 accepting the possibility enough to question government and tread cautiousl Since the onset of the United States, Americans have always viewed the future in two ways; one, as the perfect society with a perfect government, or two, as a communistic hell where free will no longer exists and no one is happy. The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a combination of both theories. On The Impact of Stalinism in 1984 Truly one of the greatest anti-utopian novels in history George Orwell's 1984 is a "nightmare vision" into...
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Mark Schorer classifies Nineteen Eighty-four as a piece of kinetic art: "art [that] exists in order to demand;" people must either abhor the content of the material or love it for it to be fully understood. Although he gives the book it's credit for being a potentially powerful novel, he believes that the impact will wear off soon after its publication (in 1949). This novel, unlike George Orwell's earlier book Animal Farm, is not a satire at all towards political future predicted in the book. Rather, it is an exhortation against totalitarianism and the British socialist party. Orwell uses sensory details to portray a time when people have lives that contain no sharp edges; the majority of the people in this society do not feel any highs or lows, because the government carefully monitors all enjoyment. The physical descriptions of Winston Smith and his depressing life alludes to the moral questions in the book about how much power should a single person or group of people have over the lives of an entire nation. The purpose of the book is to forewarn about a society that depletes us of our natural born rights. Schorer believes this book to hold a direct correlation with Lord Acton's apothegm "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely…" 1984's extreme depiction of government control is viewed today as a warning to what our own governments are evolving into. Winston Smith, the hero of the novel, represented "the last man" in a society that has lost its touch with humanism. In his mind he holds two hopes for the end of the rule of Big Brother: in the proles and in human desire. The majority of Oceania's population is the proletariats, and if they could see what a revolution would amount to, then they would...
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Throughout history, man has been inexorably drawn to seek the truth. Explorers, scientists, political revolutionaries, and many other people have sought truth in their world, even though they were eventually destroyed by it. This is the case in the novel 1984, by George Orwell. A man named Winston Smith struggles against an ultra-repressive superstate ruled by a faceless tyrant named Big Brother. He struggles to overcome this society and live however he pleases, but in the end he is destroyed. In this novel, one of the author's main points was, "the falsification of history. 'Truth will prevail, when no one cares if it prevail or not'"(Wain 229). Therefore, the theme man always seeks the truth is supported by the initiation, outcast, the battle between good and evil, and the fall archetypes. Winston's demonstration of the initiation archetype, which is brought about by Winston's desire of truth, allows him to finally see through Big Brother's numerous lies. Winston's first step into his new perception was taken in a hidden alcove in his home. "The thing that he was about to do was open a diary. This was not illegal, but it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death"(9), and into this diary he would record his life so that posterity could learn the truth of their existence. Before Winston opened the diary, he was just another party member who would live a life of total insignificance. However, when he opens the diary, he shows a rebirth and enters his life as a true human being. The fact that Winston risks death to preserve the truth for future generations shows how man is always drawn to the truth. Winston experiences another epiphany during a broadcast of the Two-Minute Hate. Winston realizes that the chanting "was an act of self-hypnosis, a...
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Jules Verne was born in France in 1828 and always had a love for the sea. He once tried to be a sea captain on a boat but things did not work out. Jules Verne has written many very famous books such as Journey To the Center of the Earth, Five Weeks in a balloon and Around the World in Eighty Days. I have written a review on one of his most famous books 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This book combines adventure, suspense and mystery throwing in a few pieces of information about life under the sea. The book begins with some great suspense, it begins with a boat chasing a giant monster that has destroyed some huge unsinkable ships. Every time they get close to this monster a giant stream of water shoots hundreds of feet into the air, causing the boat to back off. Once in a while the monster will disappear from sight for hours. While reading this part of the book the reader feels like he is on the boat chasing the monster also. A lot of times the boat gets close enough to the monster to catch it and thoughts of what you think the monster could be run through your head like crazy. When they finally make an attempt to capture it, it disappears beneath the depths of the ocean. One of the most suspenseful and mysterious parts of the book was when the characters were thrown into a big room inside the submarine that seemed to have no doors. At this point in the book the characters have no idea what was going on, neither does the reader. The only thing that happens during the time in this room is a man comes in and gives them some food, minutes later they all fell asleep. Why where they put to sleep, where is this room that seems to have no doors? This is just one of the hundreds...
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