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John Stubbs' essay is an examination of the defense which he believes Henry and Catherine use to protect themselves from the discovery of their insignificance and "powerlessness...in a world indifferent to their well being..." He asserts that "role-playing" by the two main characters, and several others in the book, is a way to escape the realization of human mortality which is unveiled by war. Stubbs thinks that Hemingway utilized role-playing as a way to "explore the strengths and weaknesses of his two characters." Stubbs says that by placing Henry's ordered life in opposition to Catherine's topsy-turvy one, and then letting each one assume a role which will bring them closer together, Hemingway shows the pair's inability to accept "the hard, gratuitous quality of life." Stubbs begins by showing other examples, notably in In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises, in which Hemingway's characters revert to role-playing in order to escape or retreat from their lives. The ability to create characters who play roles, he says, either to "maintain self-esteem" or to escape, is one Hemingway exploits extraordinarily well in A Farewell to Arms and therefore it "is his richest and most successful handling of human beings trying to come to terms with their vulnerability." As far as Stubbs is concerned, Hemingway is quite blatant in letting us know that role-playing is what is occurring. He tells that the role-playing begins during Henry and Catherine's third encounter, when Catherine directly dictates what is spoken by Henry. After this meeting the two become increasingly comfortable with their roles and easily adopt them whenever the other is nearby. This is apparent also in that they can only successfully play their roles when they are in private and any disturbance causes the "game" to be disrupted. The intrusion of the outside world in any...
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The Red Convertible By Louise Erdrich In this story, by Louise Erdrich, two brothers, Lyman and Henry, were inseparable. Growing up on a Native American reservation, the boys did not experience a typical American childhood. However, Henry and Lyman did share a passion with most other teenage boys in the United States, cars. The brothers in this story worked very hard and bought themselves a red Oldsmobile convertible. Henry and Lyman would spend endless days working on their prized possession. They went on to have a very adventurous summer driving all across the country. Henry and Lyman came across a red Corvette and instantly fell in love, using what money the money they had collectively; they were able to purchase the car and enough gas for the way back home. The boys appreciated all that there was to see and cherished every moment of their trip. Once returning home, Lyman and Henry find that the Army has recruited Henry. In fact, the Army was so happy to get him that they made him into a Marine. With Henry out of the house, his bond with his little brother began to weaken. Staying in touch with the occasional letter, the brothers maintained whatever relationship they could. When Henry returned from duty, Lyman noticed just how much he had changed. He was no longer easy going and fun kid he was, the service had morphed him into a serious man. Lyman mentioned that his brother didn't even bother to go see their car. They end up realizing that the brotherhood that they share together is more powerful and important then either of them thought, and that they should never take it for granted, because you never really know what lies for you around the corner. I found this to be a great story, I am unable...
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THE 124-001 Tany Encinas When creating life; becomes your own demise In the film Frankenstein directed by James Whale, the main character, scientist Henry Frankenstein try's to play god in creating a life that turns out to almost kill him. The scientist goes to great lengths to complete his experiment, realizing too late that there are consequences for interfering with the laws of nature. He undeniably brings to life a most unnatural monster and flees in terror from the being that he himself has created. Feeling no responsibility to comfort the creature in any way, he instead wishes to completely abandon it and to forget that it even exists, leaving the monster to struggle alone in a world where it clearly does not belong. For people who haven't seen the entire movie they might wonder: is it really any wonder that his creation becomes slightly enraged at his abandonment and seeks to create for Frankenstein, his creator, a life equal to his own in misery and isolation? The beginning of the film starts out by a tuxedoed gentlemen stepping out from behind a curtain and delivering a friendly warning to the audience, that what they are about to see "may shock them" or even "horrify them." Then after the credits play, the film begins with the scene of a group of people mourning the death of someone. Frankenstein and his assistant Fritz, are hiding about to steal the newly buried fresh corpse for an experiment that Henry is conducting on the secrets of life. After digging up the body Henry sends his assistant Frit to his old medical school to steal a brain. Upon stumbling upon two brains that read normal brain and abnormal brain, Fritz happens to take the normal brain. Then he accidentally falls dropping the brain to the floor, forcing him...
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The novel Absalom Absalom! by William Faulkner is filled with biblical references, from the creation story to Abraham, from David and Goliath to the story of Ham. Faulkner infuses the novel with biblical language, making it impossible to ignore the book's religious undertones. Throughout the novel, one of the central characters Thomas Sutpen is likened to God through his own "plan" and the creation of his homestead, Sutpen's Hundred, which mirrors the creation story in the first chapters of Genesis. An even more striking biblical resemblance, however, is how much Sutpen's first son serves as a Christ-like figure in the book. In the Bible, God sacrifices Jesus for the good of humankind and for the future, so that people will learn from the sacrifice. In Absalom, Absalom!, Sutpen sacrifices his racially mixed son, Charles Bon, by refusing to acknowledge their relationship, in an attempt to preserve his pure white dynasty. Faulkner's word choice repeatedly connects Jesus to Charles Bon, whose name appropriately means "good," particularly in the Christmas scene, in which Henry Sutpen convinces Bon to come home to meet his family. Unbeknownst to Henry however, his family is Bon's family as well. It cannot be an accident that Faulkner had this reunion occur on Christmas, for it's very name contains the word Christ, and the holiday celebrates His birth. This scene marks a type of birth for Bon as well; it is the first time that he is physically seen by members of his long lost family, and the first time that Sutpen sees Bon as a grown man. The entire recounting of the Christmas scene, told in joint perspective by Quentin and Shreve, is wrought with the images of body and flesh. They describe the imagined perspective of Charles Bon, saying: "but there, just behind a little, obscured a little...
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I Love Rock and Roll The early 1950s in America was a time for conservative teenagers. They would come home early from dates, wear their hair slicked to the side and dress in clothing so that their bodies were not exposed to the public. Until the year of 1956. This is the year when all of America changed. Rock and Roll was first introduced, and soon worshiped. Teen idol, Elvis Presley, changed the lives and attitudes of every American teenager. From fashion to morals, every teenager in America was effected by this new form of entertainment, Rock and Roll. Girls began to dress less and guys wore tight jeans with leather jackets. Rock and Roll changed a generation. If I had the chance to go back in time, I would travel back to the 50s. This decade appeals to me most because of the fashion, music and unblemished movie stars. Fashion is the essence of it all. Clothing styles was the beginning of the transition in the 50s. From the height of formality evidenced in the 40s, to an ever-increasing informality in styles that were present by the late 50s. Girls pounced around in mid-knee poodle skirts with motifs on them. They would accompany their skirts with tight fitting blouses tucked into the waist; and to top it off girls would wear saddle shoes. Summer clothing consisted of strapless or halter bathing suit tops, one piece suits and plastic shoes. The boys on the other hand, would wear plain white t-shirts, with jeans and either a leather jacket or sport cardigan and converse. The fashion of the 50s reminds me of the characters in Grease. I think it would be so much fun to wake up and dress in a poodle skirt to school. To go back in time and date a...
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The history of popular music contains many ruptures "to existing styles and genre's. Compare and contrast two such periods of "new music", paying particular regard to the factors which bring about such musical change. Your examination should consider the areas of musical influences, social relationships, technology, marketing, media and audiences. Popular music evolves from the bottom up. It is nearly always pushed forward or re-defined, from within the underground and the alternative segments of society. New musical movements tend to bubble away benaeath the surface of mainstream society until I they can no longer be ignored. Breathing new air into what was once a climate of safe radio friendly songs supporting the staus quo. Rythum and blues in one form or another had been a tradional folk music of Black Americans of rock for as long as Black Americans had been brought to America as slaves. It was this music that eventually influenced and redefined music as we know it today. Creating what we now as Rock and Roll. "The rhythm and blues….laid the foundation for Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones , Led Zepplin, the Sex Pistols and most other rock and roll groups" The birth of Rock has undoubtebly been the largest transformation of Popular music. However within Rock there have also been massive amounts of ruptures and emergence of new music. Two of these ruptures have been the acid rock/ pscycadllia movement of San Francisco in the late sixties and conversely the Punk Movement of England in the mid-seventies. Although worlds apart in their music their beliefs and their look, both sub-cultures began as an underground movement that started small but grew to capture the worlds imagination. Both were rebelling, although in completely different ways, to the staus quo. Both set about to bring about a change within not only...
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"ELVIS" Is he still the King? Just yesterday I was watching television and a new Toyota commercial came on. What struck me about the ad was not the car, but the music it had playing in the background. A brand new single by Elvis Presley called "Rubberneckin." The song gave instant satisfaction to my ears and I started rocking my head forward and back as the music played. After the thirty second ad was over I was left hungry for more. I wanted and needed the song to listen to it the whole way through. Then a strange thought hit me, how does he do it? How does a man, that's been dead for twenty five years, come out with music that blows everything else clear out of the water? Elvis Presley is known as "The King of Rock and Roll." To this day Elvis sells more records and merchandising than any other artist today. His popularity seems to grow with every new generation. Elvis impersonators fill Las Vegas hotel lounges, and make appearances in movies at least once a year. Elvis' movies play regularly on VH1, Time Warner classics, and major networks whenever an Elvis anniversary comes. The soundtrack to Disney's most recent children's movie "Stitch" is filled with Elvis Presley tracks. As many as seven hundred thousand people visit Elvis' Graceland every year. It is estimated that half of all those visitors are under the age of thirty five. Elvis has been gone for twenty five years, yet his popularity is as strong if not stronger than it ever was today. The question is what keeps Elvis on top? Elvis changed the face of rock and roll and led the way for white people to do "black people's music." He had it all, good looks, charisma; the ability to drive the girl's...
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John Lennon had a profound affect on American society, young to old; 1964 to present day; and his death now 20 years gone and solve still have controversies that neither his wife nor the FBI will admit. John Lennon's music, art and writings touched the world. Lennon was placed "as the leader of a revolution in which the center of creative conscious shifted to young people". Through this role he changed the way pop music was conceived, he made it something that mattered, could take a stand, and "insinuated rock and roll into the realm of art." John Lennon was born on October 9th, 1940 at 6:30am in the middle of a German air strike to Alfred, a ship dishwasher, and Julia, a movie usherette turned housewife. He and his parents live on Newcastle Road in the suburban district Penny Lane with his Grandfather until his parents divorced and he was given to his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George. John went to The Liverpool Art School, where he met Cynthia Powell and formed his first band, The Quarrymen. After a performance at a church gathering, he met Paul McCartney, who soon was invited to join the band because of his able to tune guitars, which until then none of The Quarrymen could. Soon Paul convinced John that George Harrison should be in the band. When John was seventeen, he mother was hit by an off duty police officer while she crossed the street. Although John did not express his feelings towards this, he felt a connection with Paul, whose mother had also died. In 1960, the renamed Beatles were hired to play for a club in Hamburg, Germany. Here is where The Beatles got their first taste of drugs, using to stay awake during their grueling schedule of 8 hours a...
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Music of the 60'sThe Sixties were an exciting revolutionary period of time with great social and technological change. Some people called it the “decade of discontent” because of the race riots in Detroit and La, and the demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Other people called it the decade of “peace, love, and harmony”. It was called this because of the peace movement and the emergence of the flower children. (Britannica) The sixties were about assassination, unforgettable fashion, new styles of music, civil rights, gay and women's liberation, Vietnam, Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, peace marches, sexual freedom, drug experimentation, and Woodstock. All of these components caused a revolutionary change in the world of popular Music. The beginning of Rock and roll started with The Twist. by Chubby Checker This song changed our dancing moves. Other dance songs that helped this period of rock and roll along include: The Mash Potato, The Monster Mash ,the Pony, The Swim, The Jerk, The Monkey, and The Hully Gully. The first New York white rock star was Dion. He was the lead singer of the band the Belmonts. He was one of the the few rockers in his generation to evidence serious artistic growth (Unterberger). He moved into Country Blues, and Dylan material with sensitivity ,but drug problems slowed his progress until the late 60s. He made a comeback as a folk-rock singer with his song Abraham ,martin and John. Dion was one of several Italian-Americans to make important pop rock in the 60s. Other big American Rock groups of the 60s include: The Beach Boys, the four Seasons, and Frankie Valli. They had songs which included Sherry, Walk like a man, Candy Girl, Dawn, and Rag doll. Joey Dee was the most popular white twist artist of the 60s with his hit...
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Rock and roll music is very influential in the lives of young people. From the origin of rock music to rock music today, many lives have been affected. Rock and roll music accompanies people everywhere they go. In the article, ?Rock and roll as Music; Rock and Roll as Culture? by Jack Santino, he discusses how people relate and identify with rock and roll music. Also, in the article, ?Rock ?N? Revolt,? Isabelle Leymarie examines the relationship between music and violence. People hear rock music when they ride in cars, when they shop at the mall, and even when they browse the internet. There are elements of rock and roll music that influence the identity formation of young people. First, rock and roll music affects a young person?s clothing style. In the article, ?Rock and Roll as Music; Rock and Roll as Culture,? the author Jack Santino discusses how rock music affects the way a person dresses. For example, he says how rebellious young people wear ?motorcycle jackets, shoulder-length hair on men, spiked bracelets, and razor blades? (197). Another style of dress is typical of heavy metal or rock listeners. For example, the band Metallica has a great impact on the way young people dress because when people hear their hard rock music it makes them want to dress in a violent way. Most people who like Metallica wear black shirts and chains hanging out of their pants to look like the lead singer. Rock and roll music also influences the appearance of one of my friends. To illustrate, he listens to the hard rock band Linkin Park, and he shaves his head and wears baggy clothes to look like the drummer of Linkin Park. He told me that the sound of their music made him want to him want to...
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