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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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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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added: 01/04/2012
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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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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Art Assignment Humans have a need to be heard and understood. We have a desire to express ourselves – our opinions, emotions and thoughts. A man named Karl Martino has written some inspiring words about 'living life as an expression' as a personal mission statement. Martino wrote these worlds to be an inspiration for all people. These missions include: "People feel the need to be understood, just as, or even more than the need to be loved. Listen. People shine when they believe they can make a lasting impact; this may be the core of everything we do. Inspire. A life without passion is a life not lived. Live." - Karl Martino. To enable ourselves to live our lives as an expression and make our own mark on this world we must find an outlet for this expression. One type of outlet is a talent such as music, writing, poetry or art. Art is a powerful medium for the expression of personal identity; it allows the artist to present visual images that are part of who they are. These images allow the artist to be better understood on a personal level be their audience. Fiona Foley and Lin Onus are two artists who use art not only as an outlet to express their own personalities but also as means to educate an audience about issues that they are strongly passionate about. Foley uses her work as a way to inform us about our complex society. Her Aboriginal heritage and urban Australian upbringing allow her to move between cultures and give new meaning to traditional values and contemporary views. – appendix____ Through her work Foley attempts to educate her audience consisting of both Aboriginal and Anglo-European cultures about Aboriginal history and what actually took place in the time of Australian colonization. Survival III (1988) portrays a Badtjala man of Fraser Island who is...
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Throughout history man has created artistic representations of himself, to capture our identity, present them as to be understood and to further understand ourselves. Still continuing today is the materialisation and representation of our identity. It is justifiably true that images in a self-portrait generally communicate to the viewer information about the identity, character and interests of the artist. By the comparison of a self-portrait by Joy Hester and another by Andy Warhol this statement will be proven true. Events, experiences and teachings have actively shaped both Warhol and Hester. Warhol's approach to this image was screen printing, a commercial technique learnt while attending the Carnigie Institute of Technology. When he graduated, he supported himself financially by taking on advertising and design commissions from fashion magazines and a host of other commercial enterprises; later to become incredibly successful Hester on the other hand didn't receive any critical acclaim. Her emotions ruled over the images she was creating. Hester produced hundreds of drawing and ink works in quick succession. Her work was rapid, as if done in synchronisation with the emotions she was feeling at the time. As a result her image is distorted to accurately record herself and her character. The works by Hester and Warhol both contain elements that comprise an artistic representation of oneself. Elements that are shown in each work include facial expressions used to express there emotions, close ups from the shoulders up to exaggerate importance of facial expression and the lack of backgrounds in both works to emphasise subject matter. No two self-portraits, by two different artists, will be the same. Most self-portraits contain individual aspects significant to there own identity and interests. The difference in Warhol's work is the use of colour compared to Hester's monotone grays, blacks and whites. Warhol has used analogous colours not negative and...
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The character biff in "Death of a salesman" by Arthur miller is the character with the most interesting part in the story. Biff is one of Willy loman two sons and the most favorite of the two. Willy took so much interest in biff because he see biff as one who has a lot to offer to the family, and he never saw happy as one who could make me a contribution to the family. Biff had a lot of things going on for him when he was in high school. He was the star of the football team in his high school, has scholarships to three college, and he was liked by most people. As a young man Biff had lots of respect and admiration for his dad due to the stories which Willy told his kids about how he was been liked by people he dealt with in his line of business. Because of the respect and admiration he had for his he looked up to his dad and wanted to be like him. He was absolutely obsessed with pleasing his father, who was flawless in his eyes. An example of this is on page 1223 when he had a football game and he promised he was going to score a touchdown for his dad "biff: this Saturday, pop, this Saturday – just for you I'm going to break through for a touchdown". Willy gave biff a force impression about himself (biff), made him think that as long as you are liked by people there is nothing one cannot achieve. Things took a big turn around when biff failed math, has to take summer class, but he travels to Boston to meet his dad and see if his dad can talk to the math teacher. He gets to...
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