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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
Rating: (4 / 5) Review by Amber: Overall, a fairly good book. Good as an introduction to allegories. If you enjoyed this book, you might also enjoy "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. Unusual Features of the book: Very sophisticated language used by animals, as well as they are also given the ability to run a farm without a farmer. Keywords: allegory, animal, betrayal, government, cruelty Theme: Bullying, Other, Poverty/Wealth, Race, Violence, War Genre: Personal-experiences, School Watch out! Bad governments lurk around every corner. Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Soviet Union were all governments gone bad. I read the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Animal Farm is a story about a rebellion of animals against their farmer. After the rebellion, though, they become worse off than they were before, forcing their community to tyranny. The Animal Farm is a good book, with just the right amount of action and many lessons to learn. Animal Farm has just the right amount of action to keep the reader involved. For example, there are several gruesome scenes involving substantial activity. I especially enjoyed when they came unexpectedly; for example when the dogs start ripping apart other animals for doing things wrong, I was totally surprised. Also, the action of the book made me realize that it wasn't just another boring story about government. Aside form the action of Animal Farm, there are many important lessons to learn. Animal Farm teaches a variety of significant societal lessons. One lesson is that if you give someone too much power, they can become a tyrant. When the animals of Animal Farm give their complete trust to Napoleon, he became a tyrant. Another poignant lesson is that communism doesn't work. Communism has never worked in history. This book shows, in detail, how a communist government can go bad. In conclusion, Animal Farm is a good book. In...
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added: 12/23/2011
The fact that Renton, one of the main characters, starts off the book with severe junk withdrawal really sets the mood for the rest of the book. He also refers to most of his friends as "...a cunt..", which gives us a big insight into his dark, depressed character. The book is written for the most part in Edinborough dialect, and is a collection of disjointed, sickening and often gut-wrenching tales about a group of socially dysfunctional people, who could be described as "friends", in a very loose way. It lays bare to the base, coarse, and bleak souls of the junkies, wide boys, psychos and drunkards who exploit 'the system', and frequent the pubs and clubs of Edinborough, lining the pockets of the dealers, and keeping the 'filth' busy. Welsh explores the terror of HIV, and other everyday issues in Edinborough, while at the same time somehow inserting a black humour and absurd irony into the depressing downward spiral of his characters' lives. "...it may feel like a bad day in bedlam, but boy is it exhilirating". The novel is very uncomfortable, but in some ways a breath of fresh air, freed from the monotony of political correctness, and straight into the disturbing world of the no-hopers, addicts and schizos. The stories we hear are retched from the gullet. This is the real world, horrific, debauched, stripped of all false niceities and raw; a trip back to the dark ages, or a wake-up call from reality? i thought this book was of excellent quality, mind boggoling but full of charisma and excitment....
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added: 11/28/2011
Boy Overboard – Short Book Report Boy Overboard, by Morris Gleitzman is a children's book aimed at those around ten to fourteen years-old. The book is about a boy, Jamal, who has to flee to Australia with his family. The book is presented well, in that the sentences aren't too long and are easy to understand but not boring at all. When Jamal and his sister, Bibi, are separated from their parents on the way to Australia from Afghanistan they wonder if they will ever see them again. This novel is an enthralling, exciting, passionate story and would be loved by children and adults alike. I recommend Boy Overboard for anyone wanting a good read, but it isn't for those who don't like getting emotional. Over all, I give Boy Overboard four stars out of five, being an excellent read. Boy Overboard, by Morris Gleitzman is a children's book aimed at those around ten to fourteen years-old. The book is about a boy, Jamal, who has to flee to Australia with his family. The book is presented well, in that the sentences aren't too long and are easy to understand but not boring at all. When Jamal and his sister, Bibi, are separated from their parents on the way to Australia from Afghanistan they wonder if they will ever see them again. This novel is an enthralling, exciting, passionate story and would be loved by children and adults alike. I recommend Boy Overboard for anyone wanting a good read, but it isn't for those who don't like getting emotional. Over all, I give Boy Overboard four stars out of five, being an excellent read....
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added: 12/16/2011
Many novels today relate to a journey that is undertaken by a character that presents a version of the readers historical past. These journeys in particular mostly seem to deal with either the physical or psychological side to a traditional quest, it is this psychological journey that is evident and heightened in Joan London's text 'Gilgamesh'. London's text involves a young Australian farm girl 'Edith' embarking upon such a psychological journey. Her ideals over this particular time reflect her personal psychological growth in such areas as representation of gender and both self and social acceptance. London employs certain narrative conventions to assist in the understanding of such themes and issues. London's uses of such narrative conventions help heighten an understanding of the themes and issues through her presentation of setting, characterisation and representation. The story begins in the homeland of England nearing the end of the First World War. It is set in a rather anomalous image of a London household, with very many Russian influences, little privacy and much gossip as it is described as "a gloomy country house..". Often throughout this particular time in the London setting many references are made towards the soldiers returning from the war "…an artilleryman from Melbourne, who wept like a baby in his sleep". Such a statement seems to promote negative connotations towards the events unfolding. London's strong use of imagery is shown here, as she challenges for the first time the representation of gender. It is shown in this particular example where London gives the impression of a stereotypical male descried as, "an Artilleryman from Melbourne'. This particular stereotypical representation of gender is soon challenged as she states, "who wept like a baby in his sleep" such a statement seems to employ certain feministic connotations, Resulting in the reader responding negatively towards the issue of...
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added: 10/14/2011
Hamlet Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a very tragic story. It is one that has stood the test of time. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for many reasons. First being that the reader was able to see inside the characters head especially Prince Hamlet. Shakespeare allowed you to see the process by which Hamlet's madness developed. This was very important because you are able to better understand his actions.Secondly the story is a timeless piece because the events that occur due to emotions still happen today. People will always be jealous , revengeful and people will always love. The tragic tale of Prince Hamlet will make a lasting impression after reading it. From the opening scene it is tragic; it all begins with his father's death followed quickly by his mother's marriage to his uncle who has assumed the throne. Hamlet already overcome with grief and to make matters worse he is now seeing his father's ghost. His father then proceeds to tell him that his uncle murdered him. This is the start of the madness. Hamlet shuns Ophelia his true love , murders her father accidentally which then leads to Ophelia's suicide. He then decides to produce a play which replays his fathers murder proving that Uncle Claudius is guilty therefore justifying Hamlet's plot to kill him. The story then proceeds with Claudius plotting to kill Hamlet also.This is where Ophelia's brother Laertes comes into play. Being very much in Hamlet's position Laertes wants to avenge his father's death which means killing Hamlet.So he and Claudius hatch a plot to kill Hamlet with a poisoned drink or by a poisoned sword. So the duel takes place between Hamlet and Laertes which ends in Laertes death but not before he poisoned Hamlet with the sword. This is not the end though ,...
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added: 12/17/2011
"In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part… See… Great A'Tuin the Turtles comes, swimming slowly through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked with meteor craters. Through sea-sized eyes that are crusted with rheum and asteroid dust, He stares fixedly at the Destination." The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett, which is a fantasy book, is the first novel in his phenomenally successful Discworld Series. This series is made up of 27 books based on a world supported on the back of a giant turtle. The Colour of Magic is made up of four small novels, which is mainly about the magical aspects of this world, with the different types of magic known to Rincewind the (failed) Wizard and Twoflower, the universe's first tourist. Terry Pratchett is known for his fantasy novels, some of them being truckers, diggers and wings from the Bromeliad series. He is one of those authors who have managed to create a whole world, with its own history, heroes and language, very similar, in these aspects, to Tolkein's books. The Colour of Magic is another one of these creations. As mentioned before, the Colour of Magic is set on the back of a giant turtle called Great A'Tuin. From the beginning, the author shows a wide range of ideas that relates to the real world, one example being "that A'Tuin crawls from the Birthplace to the Time of Mating… This is known as the Big Bang Hypothesis." The first book of the Colour of Magic, also called the Colour of Magic, starts off in one of the most infamous cities on the Discworld, Ankh-Morpork. This book is more like an extended introduction to the Discworld. Here...
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added: 01/12/2012
Harriet Beecher Stowe's main goal in writing her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was to convince people, mainly her fellow northerners, of the need to end slavery by showing it's evils that are thrust upon black people and to convince all her readers that slavery conflicts with Christian values. To effectively establish her point, Stowe takes us along on the two very separate journeys of the novel's main characters, Uncle Tom and Eliza Shelby. It is on their journeys that the readers bear witness to the various evils that the system of slavery encompasses. Stowe begins the novel discussing a warm atmosphere on the Shelby plantation and presents to us the best possible circumstances of slavery where slaves are treated very well by compassionate owners. However, no time is wasted in this warm and compassionate setting, not twenty pages into the story we find that even the best masters fall into debt and must settle their bills by what ever means possible. This development quickly brings the reader into the slave world where humans, such as Uncle Tom, are sold to slave traders to settle their master's debts and it is here that a very strong argument against slavery is made. Stowe shows us how human lives can be destroyed even under the best conditions slavery can offer. She also proves that slavery is a terrible ordeal for not only the slaves (Tom, Tom's Family, Eliza, and Harry) who will be forced to move and never see their loved ones again, but for the owner's family, who are very broken up at having to sell their close companions in order to pay off bad debts. She effectively illustrates this point by delving into the strong feelings of Mrs. Shelby, George Shelby, Eliza, Aunt Chloe and Uncle Tom. The readers are shown how...
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All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front is a story of a German soldier involved with World War One. The soldiers' name is Paul Baumer, a nineteen-year-old student who is convinced to join the German army by his schoolmaster, Kantorek. Some of his classmates are also convinced to join by Kantorek. While in the service, Paul meets many others who play an important part in his life. The time frame of this story is from 1915-1918. Kantorek is a small man who is said to be stern. Kantorek believes in nationalism and patriotism. Paul refers to Kantorek as being of similar stature as Corporal Himmelstoss, "the terror of Klosterberg". He finds men Kantoreks size to be the cause of a lot of unhappiness in the world. Although Kantorek preaches patriotism to all of his students, he never would enlist. As Paul receives letters throughout the story, he and his classmates laugh at the irony of the man who writes letter about the "Iron Youth", yet stays safe enough to write letters from home. Corporal Himmelstoss is Paul's commander. He is very strict and finds Paul as well as his comrades to be defiant. He does not treat Paul very well as is seen by the drills they are made to do in the mud and cold. Himmelstoss is not a deep thinker. He once tried to cure two men who wet the bed by placing one over the other in a hammock style bunk. The result was one would lay in filth and the other would stay dry. The next night they would swap. Eventually one man would sleep on the floor and the other in the hammock. Paul and a couple of others planned revenge for the night before they were sent to the front. Paul, Tjaden,...
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added: 12/07/2011
The Anatomy of Revolution by Crane Brinton In The Anatomy of Revolution, Brinton argues that the four major democratic revolutions of Western Civilization—the English, American, French, and Russian revolutions, were fundamentally similar in their causes, phases, and results. Brinton supports this argument through the use of scientific methods applied to the study of history. Among the causes of the revolutions that Brinton lists, the most important appear to be an acceptable level of well being combined with rising expectations, an ineffective government, excessive taxation, and abandonment of the government by the intellectuals. Contrary to popular belief, revolutions do not occur when everyone is poor and starving, but rather when the middle and the merchant classes experience rising expectations that are not being fulfilled. In France, for example, just before the revolution, the economy was rising. The harvests were ample; however, most of the wealth was monopolized by the aristocracy. The peasants and merchants had high hopes for improving their economic conditions, but when these wishes did not come true, they were infuriated. James I provides an example of an ineffective government. Despite his constant raising of taxes, he continued to drive the English economy deeper into debt. The reign of his son, Charles I, was no better. The slogan "No taxation without representation," excited many colonists in America to revolt against the unjust taxes placed upon them by George III. In Russia, almost all intellectuals opposed the Czar. Writing and teaching in those days meant being against the government. The four phases of revolution are the first stages, moderate rule, a reign of terror and virtue by the extremists, and reaction. In the first stages of the American Revolution, a form of parallel government was set up called the Committees of Correspondence, which provided the basis for revolutionary agitation. After the overthrow of...
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added: 01/04/2012
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