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Robert Ludlum was born in New York City, raised in Short Hills, New Jersey and educated in Connecticut. A former actor and theatrical producer, at forty he decided to change careers and try his hand at writing. The rest is history – a reputation for immediate bestsellers, publication in over forty countries and thirty-two languages, and sales of 200 million copies worldwide. Robert Ludlum lives in Florida with his wife Mary, a former actress and his first critic. Ludlum has definitely lived up to his name as an excellent writer and he has shown this with his new book The Bourne Identity. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity is the first book of a three-part series. This novel, which is set in the cities of Zurich and Paris, is the story of a man who has lost his memory, and his search to find out who he is and what he has done. He starts with one clue: that someone wants him dead. The more he discovers, the more terrifying his conquest becomes. The plot is nothing more than a good guy versus bad guy battle. However, Ludlum's style of writing turns the action into a sense of realism for the reader. This book is beautifully written which puts the reader into each and every character's shoes. Each character is complex and credible. The book itself is full of action and the pace is furious. The Bourne Identity has drive and excitement from first page to last. Perhaps the most impressive part of the novel are the action scenes. These scenes written so well are explosive and screaming with immense suspense, The Bourne Identity is a journey into the tortuous maze of hell itself. Robert Ludlum who was a former US Marine in the Second World War is definitely an ingenious storyteller. He...
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The search for personal identity is a fundamental behavior for people who live in a society no mater how hard it is. The self-realization is generally composed of many aspects such as culture, gender and age. In "Naming Myself" by Barara Kingsolver, this theme is central to the topic; in the short story "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck, the protagonist tries to find a sense beyond her true self likwise. Also, Al Purdy of "The Iron Road", which is not preoccupied with this concept, eventually liberates and reaches his self-realization. The poem "Naming Myself" reveals that the awareness of one's racial identity is important for people. In the poem, the narrator is an one-quarter Chevokee. Her "restless" grandfather fled from his comfortable life to marry her grandmother--a Chevokee woman. He probably feels his life is boring and is curious about Chevokee culture. Although he is forgiven for stealing a horse by his family, he losses his family name because of his marriage. He makes up the name which the narrator guards. Once the narrator could change her name, but she did not do it and keeps it firmly because she is worried about losing his "soul" ?Cher identity and also becomes " restless" just like her grandfather. Obviously she is wise; otherwise she may be suffering between two cultures. In contrast, Elsia in the short story "The Chrysanthemums" is not so lucky. She is eager to find her own self beyond his female's role, so she fails. In this story, Elsia is a mid-aged who has a neat house and a lovely husband. She also is good at gardening. She grows some flourishing chrysanthemums that represent her beauty and his value. When the tinker asks for her flowers, she gives him a pot of chrysanthemum spouts with great joy and even makes...
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added: 08/13/2011
About Will and group identity We're talking, thinking and writing about Will, one of the three protagonists in Thomas Kings Medicine River, a particular and delightful novel, taking life easy. It deals with numerous characters in a wondrous but sole community. In individualising Wills persona, we're mentally pointing a finger at him in search for a definition of the term "Ethnicity", a term somehow introduced to "fuzz further the fuzziness" of marginal identification involuntary. Before arguing ethnicity aspects in Wills performance and in his surroundings, it may be useful do define his identity, and even fuzzier, and therefore harder to grasp, his marginal constituted identity. With the help of a collection of parameters laid down in an essay by Harold R. Isaacs entitled "Basic Group Identity" this venture may be made a lot easier for us. Isaacs's collection includes contributing features like the body itself, the social features, the name, the history and origins, nationality, attributes out of geography, like territory, language, religion, value system and formal or ritual baptism. His theory of Basic Group Identity unquestionably "[…] consists of the ready made set of endowments and identification which every individual shares with others from the moment of birth by the chance of the family into which he is born at that given time in that given place." Identification is Recognition: recognizing yourself in relation and contrast to others. Classification: setting values of status orientations. Detection: solidifying and straightening out yourself Discovery: unearthing Naming: symbolising the things you do and the things surrounding you with coded signs to make it clearer to yourself and those outside with an objective point of view. New word, new reality. Identity is in a sheer flux. It's beauty lies in instability. We get along hard with finding and limiting (if in any way possible) Wills identity in the community of Medicine...
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"Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle," wrote Lewis Carroll in his famous novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, implying that the self is a complex entity and that identity is a mysterious conundrum difficult to unravel. The puzzling theme of identity and self-discovery is one prominent in literature around the world, specifically in American literature. This theme overrides in many of Toni Morrison's works, including Sula. Although she does not declare identity as one of the basic themes she uses, "if one takes all of her writing into account… it becomes apparent that even though she doesn't specify it as such, her grand theme is actually that of self-discovery, or its close variation, the issue of self-definition" (Carmean 15). In her novel Sula, Morrison uses an identity theme to show that identity is not a definite thing but rather a notion that is fluid, always being shaped and molded by life; she does this through the character of Sula. Although numerous relationships and occurrences in Sula's life contribute to her self and aid Sula in her quest for identity, the character ultimately lacks true identity; instead, her self develops only as the perception of others. Sula's childhood contributes greatly to her identity and concept of herself. Many negative events in her childhood cause Sula to become self-centered and undirected. As a child, Sula is neglected by her mother, Hannah, and allowed to develop and grow with little care or supervision. It is "no wonder [Sula becomes] as self-centered as [her] adult example" (Carmean 43). One summer day, Sula overhears her mother say, "…I love Sula. I just don't like her" (57). This event shapes Sula's identity, causing her to become independent, and she learns that she can count on no one. Another event, the death of Chicken...
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added: 11/30/2011
Identity can be defined as the characteristics that make a person unique. Identity is developed over a lifetime as a result of the influences of upbringing and life experiences. The combination of these two factors creates unique patterns of behavior and personality traits. In my own life I am who I am because of the people I grew up with and my perception of the events that happened in my life. The most influential people in a child's life are his parents they contribute much of what becomes the child's outlook and perception of the world. A child generally forms opinions on ethics and conflict resolution based on what he learns from home. A child also is influenced by his parents in regards to education--a child who grows up with parents who stress education are more likely to get an advanced degree. I grew up in a working home with parents who valued hard work, education, moral integrity, and independence. My parent's relationship with one another was basically good. They resolved disputes in a healthy manner. My father worked all of his life as a salesman. His ability to communicate and persuade others was imprinted on me. I have a natural ability to talk to people that has been an asset in every job that I have held. My mother was a heavier influence on my life because she was around more. From her I acquired spontaneity, creativity and a love of the outdoors. My mother influenced my opinions on the appearance of myself and others. She also laid down the moral code in which I live my life. Her strong religious belief helped me shape my own belief about God. These factors influenced me, as a child growing up. As my parents valued education and hard work I did as...
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My identity has been shaped through my mother's and sisters' example in living the gospel. My mother's knowledge of the scriptures and application of them into her life developed the basis of my identity. My eldest sister's involvement in uplifting church music helped me to develop such wonder musical talents. My second eldest sisters faith and testimony of Jesus Christ was an essential development of my identity, making me who I am today. My mother was such a wonderful example in the way that she could quote almost anything and everything from the scriptures. Ever since I was a little child she counseled me from the scriptures, so that soon enough they became a part of my life and helped me to develop many wonderful characteristics. Her knowledge proved to be extremely valuable in trying times of my life. A recent experience happened at the beginning of this year. I had just turned eighteen and received a calling as a young single adult representative. I planned so many activities and proposed them to the 9 young single adults with so much enthusiasm, but they just sat there and looked at me. Nobody wanted to cooperate and so that afternoon I closed myself off in the room. I felt so discouraged and so depressed that I felt like I had failed my Heavenly Father. That's when mum walked in with her scriptures and additional scripture from the ensign. From these books that she had studied she counseled away. I learned so much about myself. My weakness and my strengths had been unfolded unto me and new characteristics had been planted. Now they are my strongest qualities and all because of they way mum taught me the scriptures. My eldest sister Eugina was the most talented musician I had ever known. She played the...
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My interest in the law began with donuts. As a child, I developed early persuasive skills during family disagreements on how to divide boxes of the treats. My parents belonged to the "biggest people deserve the most donuts" school of thought; while as the youngest family member, I was a devout believer in the "one person, one donut" principle. The debates were often cutthroat, but when it came to donut distribution, I sought justice at any cost. As my family grew older and more health-conscious, we stopped eating donuts, and for many years I forgot our childhood debates. However, some recent life decisions have brought to mind those early explorations of justice. When I first arrived at the American International School of Rotterdam, I quickly learned that my colleagues were a diverse and talented group of people. Unsure of how to establish my own place among them, I tried phrases that had always worked to impress college friends. "When I work for the UN . . . ," I told the second-grade teacher, and she answered with an erudite discussion of the problems she faced as a consultant for that organization. I told the kindergarten teacher, "When I'm in law school . . . ," only to hear about his own experiences in law school. By the time I discovered that even many grade-school students were better travelled than I, I learned to keep my mouth shut! Living alone in a new country, removed from familiar personal and cultural clues to my identity and faced with these extraordinary co-workers, I started to feel meaningless. How, I wondered, could I possibly make a difference in a place as vast as our planet? To my own surprise, I found that answer at church. Although I was raised in the Bahá'í Faith, I have only...
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Macao, situated in the south sea of China, though geographically very close to Guangzhou and Hong Kong, the culture varies due to the different historical development. Macao, having been a colony of Portugal for 450 years, and geographically being stuck in the middle of these two places, people are quite lost, searching for their identity throughout the years. What varies Macao from other places is basically the matter of language and economic prosperity. In this paper, I am going to write about the experience of living in-between in these ten years, especially the changes before and after the handover. Ten years ago, we people living in Macao always felt a sense of superiority. We were happy to enjoy our unique status and the freedom of expression. Remembering the days when my family went to visit our relatives in China, they were always expecting us with souvenirs, which they could not afford to buy or no ways to buy in the mainland China. They were happy to see us and they admired us that we could move around without any restrictions. At that period of time, if they wanted to go to Hong Kong or Macao, it would take them around two years to apply for the visa and several hundreds are charged. They admired our English capability, seems like they were actually admiring the western world. Whenever I was in a bookstore looking at shelves for English books, people were looking at me. People admired us speaking pure Cantonese, as they were so much fantasized by the Hong Kong media. However when we were meeting the Portuguese people, it was another different feeling. They are tall and they speak Portuguese, which we Macao people regarded as a symbolism for government high-paid jobs and power. Macao people work fast and they are slow (a...
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"Australian drama is a valid portrayal of national identity." Discuss the ways in which Gary's House explores the characters connection to a larger human struggle. Australian drama is a valid portrayal of national identity in that the plays usually deal with some sort of Australian issue. Gary's House in particular deals with the lives of four Australians and their struggle to be happy. Many of the issues portrayed are universal issues but can more specifically be related to Australian people. Our national identity refers to our social, cultural and political history from a very broad perspective. It is how we appear to the world and to ourselves. The characters in Gary's House only really depict a small section of our national identity. That is, it does not face all issues of Australian culture, society, geography, and history. It more specifically deals with the idea of the "Little Aussie Battler": the Australian dream. In the beginning of the play, we are immediately given a basic insight into the nature of the characters. Mmm yum Gary is working in the heat of the day, Dave has come over to say hello, and Sue-Anne is having an insane mood swing. Gary's angry outbursts and workaholic nature, Dave's relaxed temperament ("too much hard slog in building", etc.), and Sue-Anne's violent mood swings are exhibited at the opening of the play. Also with the introduction of Christine, we are shown her bitchy nature. The main characters in Gary's House – Gary, Sue-Anne, Dave and Christine – are all striving towards a certain future. The one thing they have in common is their need to be happy. However, they each have their different ways of reaching their dreams. Gary's ultimate dream is to be secure in marriage with a family, and living in the house he is building. What stands...
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Max Bunzel 10.2.03 Problems with Imperialism: Identity and Understanding As human beings, it is instinctual to rightfully justify our actions no matter how atrocious they may be. We use subjective pretexts to mask our greed, ignorance, and hatred, for it is said that nobody looks in the mirror and sees a bad person. Historically, imperialists have embodied this paradox of malice obscured as benevolence; acting under the guise of righteousness by claiming to ameliorate the ignorant native cultures with previously unattainable Western necessities and ideals. These "goals" masked the compassionless homogenization, subjugation and ultimate exploitation of those they deemed simply inferior and subordinate to themselves. To quell resistance, they used subterfuge to manipulate and thereby indoctrinate the natives, concealing the truth and implementing the aforementioned mask of righteousness. The naivety of the Africans facilitated this deception, for they were so impressed with new Western concepts, such as Christianity, they accepted and integrated them into their culture without realizing the inherent subjugation therewith contained (we see this naivety in the film The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which a native African tribe finds a coke bottle dropped from a plane and takes it to be divine). When they were not so readily received, the imperialists, refusing to even attempt an understanding of the society or its aspects, forced immediate conversion to Western culture and demanded adherence to its regulations and expectations. All three plays, Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman, Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain, and Fugard's "Master Harold". . . and the boys, allegorize the lasting detriment upon the African culture from not only the destructive invasion of the West, but of its purported benefit. Without fully understanding the African society and all its intricacies, imperialists have inadvertently manufactured an amalgamated culture at war with itself. Derek Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain exemplifies this...
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added: 01/27/2012
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