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Oedipus the King was written by Sophocles in 425 B.C. This play was one of the greatest tragedies of all time. Oedipus's downfall is due to both fate and freewill. Yes, it was fate that Oedipus was to kill his father and marry and have children with his mother, but it was his freewill that led him to this fate. His arrogant, aggressive and stubborn personality pushed him right down a path that complied directly with his pre-ordained fate. Thebes had been struck by a plague. The people were very sick and when they went to the priest to help, he told them that only the king could save the city. So, they all turned to Oedipus for their salvation. Oedipus then has Creon his brother-in-law go to speak with the oracle of Delphi. When Creon returned he told Oedipus that the reason for the curse that had fallen on Thebes was because the person who killed Liaus was still living in the city.He told him that Oedipus must get that person out of Thebes and take his revenge out on him. Creon goes on to finish what the oracle has told him and starts to get to the point in the story where he is about to say that Oedipus is the murderer, when Oedipus completely loses his temper and starts screaming that Creon is a traitor and is committing treason and he wants him exiled and put to death. His wife comes in and puts a stop to this, considering that Creon is her brother. This is just the first of many instances where Oedipus' arrogant and aggressive personality inhibit him from putting a stop to or trying to do anything to fight the prophecies that he keeps being told from coming true. After this confrontation with Creon he decides...
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added: 04/29/2011
Gettysburg, the largest, bloodiest, and most celebrated battle of the Civil war, is said by many to be the turning point of the war that killed 618,000 Americans. Gettysburg the movie was four hours long, which is about 68 hours less than it actually took for the battle to come and go. The first shots were fired no long after daylight, so to be exact, it was 04:30 hours, on the morning of July 1st, (49 Nofi). Bullets flew from the rifles of Union Calvary men on picket duty along the Chambersburg Pike. It was in response to the advancing of Confederates, a skirmish line of 2,500 led by Henry Keith, a General that graduated last in his class at West Point (104 Clark). The battle took place in the grassy country just south of Gettysburg. The Confederate headquarters was located East of the union at Seminary Ridge. Seminary Ridge was composed largely of flat fields with patches of forests. Federal forces however, were set along Culpshill, Cemetery Hill, and Cemetery Ridge, which made the Federals line form a hook. The Federal ground was all elevated considerably over the surrounding land. General Stuart and his Calvary had been sent by Lee on an observation mission to locate union forces. Fortunately for the Virginian army, General Longstreet had hired a spy known only as Harrison, to do the same job. This Harrison was an actor and because General Stuart returned late, it was by his word that the entire Southern army made it\'s move (181 Coddington). On July 1st, Confederate forces soon found themselves face to face with brigade General John Buford who was uphill and eventually gained the upper hand as he received reinforcements from Major General John Reynolds. Bufords own brigade sustained many casualties and after the 1st, was reassigned...
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William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily tells a story of a young woman who is violated by her father's strict mentality. After being the only man in her life Emily's father dies and she finds it hard to let go. Like her father Emily possesses a stubborn outlook towards life, and she refused to change. While having this attitude about life Emily practically secluded herself from society for the remainder of her life. She was alone for the very first time and her reaction to this situation was isolation. This story takes place throughout the Reconstruction Era from the late 1800's to the early 1900's in Jefferson, Mississippi. Emily was raised in the period before the Civil War. Her father who was the only person in her life with the exception of a former lover who soon left her as well raised her. The plot of this story is mainly about Miss Emily's attitude about change. While growing up Emily was raised in a comfortable environment because her father possessed a lot of money. Considering that her father was a very wealthy person who occasionally loaned the town money Emily had everything a child could want. This caused Emily to be very spoiled and selfish and she never knew the value of a dollar until her father left her with nothing but a run down home that started to decay after a period of time. She began to ignore the surrounding decay of the house and her appearance. These lies continued as she denied her father's death, refused to pay taxes, ignores town gossip about her being a fallen woman, and does not tell the druggist why she purchased rat poison. Her life, like the decaying house suffered from a lack of genuine love and care. Her physical appearance is brought...
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added: 03/16/2011
Upon viewing Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," I made a pact with myself, never to go see another musical again, or at least not pay for one. I don't want to discredit the Department of Theatre or anyone else involved, for I believe they worked hard and put on a great performance. This being the most professional play that I've seen, besides a couple in grade school, I find it hard to believe one would attend a musical, unless they were expected to write a paper about it. "The Music Man" left me lost a few times and I had a hard time following the play thru musical performance. Besides the theatrical performance I didn't find the plot too appealing. An older traveling salesman falling in love with a younger girl just doesn't do it for me. However, there were many aspects of the play that deserve credit. A lot of hard work and money obviously went into this production; at least that's my opinion. The cast put on a great show, with the exception of a few characters. It felt like some characters were over acting their parts. Granted it's not realism, but I think it's kind of "cheesy" and hard to take seriously. Their costumes were well done and depicted the characters perfectly. I was able to get an idea of what the characters were like even before they sang. This was one aspect of the play that set the scene exquisitely. It was obvious to me that -------- would be a smooth and sly character, just like a salesman. The character's sang their solos with confidence and allowed me to understand what they're saying. The chorus was a little bit harder to understand, and it's funny for me to see them interact with actors. At the same time when...
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added: 10/25/2011
Review of "Beauty and the Beast" Theatre Performance Once upon a time, a young Prince lived in a shining castle. One cold night an old beggar woman arrived, offering him a single rose in return for shelter from the cold. Repulsed by her ugliness, he turned her away. Suddenly, she transformed into a beautiful enchantress and to punish the Prince, she turned him into a hideous beast. Then she gave him a magic mirror and an enchanted rose, telling him it would bloom until his twenty-first year. To break the spell, he must love another and earn that person's love in return before the last petal fell. Can you recognize which musical this story is based upon? Why its none other than the classic fairy-tale "Beauty and the Beast!" "Beauty and the Beast" is a musical based upon the classic Disney fairy-tale. I saw it this weekend in New York with my best friend Jamie who attends NYU. I was very ecstatic when I found out we were going, because not only is Beauty and the Beast my favorite Disney movie, but also I love seeing shows on Broadway. In recent years I have seen many outstanding shows, but this one was quite different in that it is set for a younger age group, yet it appeals to adults as well. The special effects, the scenery, the characters, and the atmosphere of the play were outstanding. Everything from the costumes to the special effects were amazing. Every costume resembled that in the movie. They all were very elaborate and very beautiful which added to the magic of the evening. The special effects were really neat too, they had a few explosions when people had to make disappearances, sparklers flying during the dinner scene, and lighting tricks. One of my favorite things about this show...
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added: 11/24/2011
I was looking for building 125 east 65th street, hoping that I would soon find any building looking like a museum. Finally, I came upon a building that looks like a rich brownstone in mid-Manhattan. I checked the address to make sure that my eyes were seeing correctly, and for sure, it was the correct place. I had to walk up a small flight of stairs and pass through a doorway that was open. I only went a couple more feet before a second door that was lock stopped me. There was a white flat small oval elevator type button located next to the door. Pushing the button expecting someone to come to the door, a semi-loud buzzing noise came from the door. Turning the doorknob, I went inside the China Institute Gallery. Straight in front of my eye view were two young Asian girls sitting behind what seem like a gift counter. I asked them where was the Chinese exhibition of mirrors. They told me that it was in two rooms, which flanked me on my right and left side. The glass doors that lead into the two rooms were smoked color so that you could not see clearly into the rooms. Turning to the door on the left, which was the nearest door when you entered the building. Now, my first thought, mind you was that I was going to see a bunch of glass mirrors, and already I had pertained the thought of how could this exhibition be called an art show? Well, when I open the door was I surprised, for at first glance I thought I had just entered a music museum with gold plated albums? "Where was the glass mirrors!" was the first thing that popped in my mind. I looked around the room at all the encase...
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added: 11/19/2011
Upon the assumptions made by Walter T. Stace, free will is the right bestowed upon us by god with the ability to make a decision between a set of options we come across throughout life. Further assumption has to be made into that there are no influential external factors over these decisions made. For example, in situations where the circumstances leave us with no alternatives, e.g. held at gunpoint, this is not at our own free will as in the example it is not under your authority, your life is on the line. On the other hand, situations where the agent has rational control over and responsibility for his own actions could be a strong argument for free will, as with my choice to discuss this topic. An incompatible theory to that of the believer in free will is that of the Determinist. Determinism is the hypothesis that every event and concurrent choice made as a result of that event is predetermined by some antecedent sufficient condition for its occurrence, commonly recognised as karma or fate. This concept has many schools of philosophical thought with situations befalling due to laws of nature, inevitability or your choice being altered as a result of previous situations in which you either carried out or experienced the action in point. If this is in fact true then everything is predestined to happen and all control of your life is non existent, therefore it does not matter what you do, your future and legacy has sometime in the past been decided. Stace's argument is primarily concerned with the basic nature of morality and its relevance to the problem of free will. His point being that "it is almost certain that if there is no free will there can be no morality." If morality is taken to...
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added: 11/02/2011
Escape from Freedom- An Academic Review Over the course of history, man's desire for complete freedom has been overcome by the responsibilities and dangers involved with liberty. Freedom can represent different things to people, this can entail civil, political and ethic liberty's. The more freedom we poses, the bigger the burden and the more we are responsible for. This causes some of us to desire less freedom in favour of support for those who will decide for us, freedom then becomes a negative situation from which we try to escape. Erich Fromm's book Escape from Freedom explains how freedom comes at a price. He believes "That modern man, freed from the bonds of pre-individualistic society, which simultaneously gave him security and limited him, has not gained freedom in the positive sense of the realization of his individual self, that is, the expression of his intellectual, emotional and sensuous potentialities. Freedom, though it has brought him independence and rationality, has made him isolated and, thereby, anxious and powerless."(forward x) Fromm believes we feel lonely and isolated due to our separation from nature and each other. We are the only species of animal to feel this isolation, he thereby refers to it as the human condition. Fromm takes a social-psychological approach by combining the theories of Freud and Marx. Freud's theories of psychoanalysis focussed on the individual self, while Marx's views pertained to society as a whole. Fromm breaks his structure of thinking into three groups His purpose in studying and writing about this subject is because he believes this to be the main crisis of our time. The initial version of this book was first written during the reign of the Nazi party over Germany. Fromm's goal was to develop a clear understanding of how such an evil organization could become so powerful. The fact...
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After reviewing the guidelines of the Gallery Review project I knew that just going to any museum or gallery would not get the job done. I understood that I would have to sit down and prepare a plan as to where I would visit. This required me to include many factors, such as where would I feel most comfortable, should I invite someone to come with me, and what type of things I expected to learn. I also understood that it was not going to be easy since I have never had an interest in art. I like art and I have grown to appreciate art because I now know the full meaning behind art. So as you read you will be able to understand and almost feel like you were with me while I visited the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Mint Museum located in Charlotte, NC. Some interesting things that I want you to pay close attention to how the mediums influenced the artist and how the museums go about receiving and accepting gifts. Well I am going to get started! I was able to see different styles of art from all different parts of the world. There were pieces of art that told a story, pieces of art that showed expressions, pieces of art that described a certain place or thing, and there were pieces that did not have any type of direct structure; as to the meaning; but, it had a purpose. Art has a way of never repeating sure there are duplicates of art work but, there is only one original. When I started this journey art meant, boring, pictures of old stuff. I had formulated a stereotype of what art was. Consequently this leads me to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. My first...
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"In Walks Ed" was the first play I ever attended and it was most enjoyable. I had no idea what to expect from the start. One of the things that first stood out at the theatre was the fact that all the employees were dressed in all black. When I enquired, I found out that they all dress in black so as not to distract the patrons from the entire performance. I was most impressed with the entire feel of the Ensemble Theatre, from the calmness and quietness of the entire area, to its interior design around the ticket booth area. This play felt like an edgy like a love story, filled with denial and every character seemed to be searching for something or looking for a goal. The five production elements I would like to focus on in this paper are; acting, directing, lighting, text, and theatre space. It tells the story of Paladin, a gun for hire who comes back to his old stomping ground after a successful 15 year campaign of slaying numerous souls, even that of his boss. He, Paladin is haunted by the love he left behind, his lost love Darlene, who has now given up her criminal ways to the extent to which she has now become a cop. Paladin decides to come back anyway knowing that it could be his downfall, he knows that he could stay away and start a new life without Darlene, with his million dollars, but too him, her love meant too much to him. Maybe he believes that his soul would be empty without Darlene even with all the money that he has, so he decides to come back, with his old partner now enemy on his heels, Paladin tries to redeem the only true thing, the only thing...
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