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Of all the major cities in the United States, Los Angeles is, arguably, one the strangest. Resting near the southwestern edge of the United States, the city has not only determined itself to be the final resting place of many major interstates and highways, but has also awakened itself to the role of "dream-maker", producing the majority of popular films now embraced by the modern world. It sets the tone for the rest of the nation, with regard to fashion, the cultural norm, the socially acceptable, and provides the endless gossip and myth of its own movie icons. One day in Los Angeles crisply exposes the visitor to a concept of "aesthetic quality without real substance". Entertainment can be derived from eavesdropping upon conversations about current makeover trends, lavish retreats, or the scoop on "who's sleeping with whom". Joan Didion's 1970 novel, Play It as It Lays, offers similar imagery through the visions of Maria Wyeth, a thirty-one year old woman whose exposure to Los Angeles culture ultimately leads her to an intricate understanding of "nothing". What is most striking about the text is how it achieves a tonality that rests upon "nothing" while vividly exposing the desolation surrounding the city, her friends, her lovers, and herself. Unlike many novels, where dialogue exposes the design of the text, Play It as It Lays provides its answers through a discourse of the descriptive and metaphorical. The dialogue serves as proof of the "nothingness" in Maria's vision. After the plumbing in her house backs up, she sets about searching for an apartment to sleep in, encountering a building manager whose concern in not the stability of the dwelling, but the history it provides: "You'd be surprised at the history this place has," the man said as he showed her the apartment. He was wearing...
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added: 02/19/2013
Have you ever had to write analytical essays? If so, then you probably know what it is. However, let us give you more detailed description. An analytical essay isn’t a regular essay one may write in the middle school; it is a special kind of essay that is written in order to help the reader gain a better understanding of a particular object. In other words, in the process of analytical essay writing you should answer the following questions: “What does the object look like?”, “What message does this object convey?”, “What are the component parts of this object?” and “What is my attitude towards this object?”. Proceeding from the characteristic features and requirements applicable to analytical essays, a lot of students find it difficult to write analytical essays. According to the statistics data only few of them will write analytical essays on their own and make profound research on the topic. The vast majority of students however will start to surf the Internet trying hard to find analytical essay samples or ready-made essays. Thus, teachers often have to read analytical essays that are full of stolen ideas taken from unreliable sources. If you need to write an analytical essay and want to avoid hackneyed phrases and doubtful arguments, we are ready to render professional analytical essay help. You just have to make several simple steps:
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king' was a violent episode. Archaeology has also revealed Publius Valerius as a historical character: at about the right date, `the companions of Poplios Valesios' made a dedication to Mars at Satricum, a Latin town some forty miles south of Rome.(7) But that local warlord seems to have little in common with the democratic constitutionalist of the Roman story. The trouble with archaeological discoveries is that they encourage the Schliemann fallacy: find the site of Troy, and you've proved the Iliad is true. Even the best modern historians sometimes succumb to this temptation. The study of early Rome has been put on a wholly new footing by Tim Cornell's brilliant synthesis The Beginnings of Rome (1995). Cornell has no illusions about the tradition on the birth of the Republic: `it has the appearance of a historical romance, and forms a self-contained saga of connected stories! But, he goes on, `there is no reason in principle why the tradition should not be a romanticised version of events that really happened. It is arbitrary to dismiss the rape of Lucretia (for instance) as fiction, when we have no way of knowing whether it is fiction or not.'(8) That is, it purports to be true; it could be true; why should it not be true? Further, `we might be tempted to argue that the overthrow of Tarquin was followed by a confused period of turmoil in which various members of his family and other leading figures struggled for power, replacing each other in rapid succession ...' -- and the note makes it explicit that `they would include his relatives Brutus and Collatinus, but perhaps also Valerius Poblicola [`The People's Friend'], who held the consulship three years in succession, and in the traditional story was suspected of aiming at kingship'.(9) So perhaps there really were five `consuls'...
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added: 12/14/2011
Rebellion is open resistance against or defiance of any authority or control. It is portrayed in a variety of texts using many techniques, such as costume, hairstyle, contrast, time-lapse photography and battle imagery, to highlight the rebellion. Some texts containing rebellion include the play by George Bernard Shaw titled 'Saint Joan', Luc Besson's movie 'Joan of Arc', Alfred Noyes' romantic ballad named 'The Highwayman', a speech of Dr. Martin Luther and a newspaper article titled 'City throbs to drumbeat of peace'. The play named Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw is set in the early 15th century in France when it was being invaded by the English, from the north. The Dauphin, later to be Charles VII, was to be crowned King at Reims Cathedral in north-eastern France, but that part of France was in English hands and the French were powerless to do anything about this. Joan is a girl from the small town of Domrémy, who rebels against the English and then the Church. She is inspired by her celestial voices, which she believes are from God. At the commencement of the play, she tells the local lord about these voices. The voices exhort her to request the Dauphin for an army that she can use to attack the English. Despite her military successes, Joan is captured by the Burgundians, who sell her to their allies, the English. At the end of the play, she is burnt at the stake for rebelling against the church, which is a convenient way to get rid of her. In fact, Joan's claims are embarrassing the Church, and it is an embarrassment to the French that a woman, not a man, led the military successes that helped remove the English from French soil. Joan's rebellion is portrayed by her costumes, hairstyle and convincing dialogues. She...
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Cold Call Summary From 1964-72, Rocky Aoki built Benihana into a successful restaurant chain (15 locations, $12M revs). Major drivers of success include: • Efficiency: Cost control o Achieve high levels of customer service with less skilled labor o Limited menu reduces food and waste costs o Fast table turnover due to limited menu and cooking time, food and info transfer inefficiencies reduced by eliminating servers o Large bars increase beverage (high-margin) % of sales o 78% floor space is dining or bar (vs. 70% elsewhere) o Simple management structure (4 execs + controller in corporate), good incentive plan, high level of control • High quality and customer service: Cooking at the table is entertaining, attentive and reassures Americans that exotic foods are OK. Chefs are highly trained showmen. Only USDA prime beef used. • Advertising & PR: Spend unprecedented 8% of sales on programs with "impact philosophy" – visible, visual, creative, offbeat ads to attract first-time customers, to be retained by the quality of their experience. • Authentic Japanese atmosphere: Chefs, décor, etc. all from Japan. Players • Hiraoki "Rocky" Aoki (Founder and President) – Creative, resourceful, serial entrepreneur (Broadway producer, boxing and art show promoter, shot to phenomenal success in 8 yrs, thinking about going into movie promotion and model management. Philosophy: "Work hard to make people happy." • Bill Susha (VP, Ops & BD) – Arrived in 1971 from Hilton, instituted control and incentive systems. Working to devise expansion strategy. • Glen Simoes (Dir., Ads & PR) – Oversees bold, unusual advertising campaign to attract new customers, PR campaign to attract financing, suppliers, etc. • Allen Saito (Mgr, Ops) Background • First Benihana opened in Japan in 1935 by Yunosuke Aoki (Rocky's father). • Hibachi cooking incorporated in 1958 in response to rising costs and comp. • Rocky opened 1st US Benihana in NYC in 1964 (paid for itself in 6 mo.), 2nd in 1966 to handle...
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Didion tries to relay her message that self respect does not come from outside influences, but rather from within oneself by using a humorous self-criticizing tone. Her usage of a flashback of an important event in her life helps to convey her attitude. She gently pokes fun at herself, while using sarcasm and ironic humor to further support her feelings. This experience of not getting into Phi Beta Kappa has taught Didion many things about life, as well as about self respect. She looks back at this crucial incident in her life and comes to a healthy self-realization that life is going to be difficult and complicated no matter what kind of person she thinks she is, and no matter how she acts. She comes to realize that self-respect and how well a person thinks of them-self, has absolutely nothing to do with what others think of you. Although this is a loss of innocence, it is displayed in a humorous light, as Didion relates that she did not have grades to be accepted into Phi Beta Kappa as well as how she explains what a "tragic" loss it was. She goes on to further her humor by sharing her belief that the praise people gave her as a child would somehow get her into this prestigious honors society, as well as provide her with "happiness, honor, and the love of a good man." She also alludes to Raskolnikov, which emphasizes further her point that she is so naïve and thinks that she is above the rules of academics that she will easily get in Phi Beta Kappa. This thinking however, is very similar to that of Raskolnikov, and a similar self-realization occurs as well. This realization is that a person is compelled by the rules of society no matter how important...
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Do We Need to How Know Write to? You are eighteen years old, sitting in front of a blank computer screen. It's already twelve o'clock, you just got back from your friend's house, and a paper is due tomorrow; a paper that you were assigned two weeks ago. The paper is on a book you never read by Patty Davis. It's late and you are tired. With a click of a mouse, a few entered words, and some brief scanning, you have located a paper online with exactly what you are looking for. Before even proofreading it, you print it out, staple it, and head off for bed. Most people may see this student's unethical decision is uncommon among today's children. Unfortunately plagiarism and "shared writing" is a growing problem among America's youth. According to a study done last spring, "One out of every three high school students will get a book summary, research paper, essay or speech offline during the school year" (Education Today). These "easy-out" homework methods are turning today's children into laid-back, lazy students who believe they no longer have to work for their grades. The major problem is that these students don't realize they are hurting themselves in the long run. In today's society, a young adult without competent and applicable writing skills will have a hard time finding a good job that doesn't require the phrase "Would you like fries with that". Winar 2 Since writing skills are so important, East Carolina University requires every student to take the English 1100 and 1200 courses in order to graduate. Everyone has room for growth and these courses are designed to improve any student's writing skills. My 12th grade Advanced Placement English teacher would always say "A student who can't write well is like a blind traffic cop; you can't expect...
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added: 11/09/2011
With any essay that I write, my main objective is to paint a picture with words. There are three basic guidelines that I follow in order to paint this picture. By writing down my ideas, putting my ideas together on a word processor and then going back to revise is how I compose an essay or any other written work. I feel that these guidelines are essential to a well developed essay. When I'm given a writing assignment, one of the first things that I do is focus on the subject or topic of the essay. If it's a subject that I am knowledgeable of, I would add my own input and incorporate it into my writing. And if it's not a subject that I am familiar with, I would do some type of research on the subject. One of the most important processes of my written work is the gathering of detailed ideas. When I am forming ideas about my subject for an essay, the first thing that I usually do is concentrate on what I want to write. What do I want to say to my audience? What is the purpose of my writing? I have learned that by knowing the purpose of your writing keeps you focused on it. Once I have found the answers to these questions, I try to stay focused. I gather details for my subject that will help support and develop it. I try to utilize sensory details, specific examples, facts and statistics, or incidents or anecdotes - if they are needed. The next thing that I do is figure out how do I want to say it. I'll start by writing out a few sentences about my subject and then I determine which one represents my idea most effectively. Once I have found...
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added: 10/08/2011
Throughout time people have been interested in fear. The average reader thinks of fear they probably think of werewolves and vampires. The average movie viewer will probably think of Freddie Krueger or Jason Voorhees. The reason people want horror and suspense is to be scared or paranoid. Lots of people want to be scared in safe ways. The authors job is to find the persons biggest fear, put it into a dark hole, let it rot, and then put it onto paper just to make you think twice about having a pet, or going to the movies tomorrow, or even open your eyes. It makes life that much more interesting. When we read a suspense thriller, it makes you get on your tip toes' trying to figure out what is going to happen next; it hooks you and reels you in. A good author knows fear and how to use it. Here are a couple of classic examples of common everyday fear or disbelief: • The look on the face of your doctor who is about to tell you the results of your test • The confirmed reality that your spouse is having an affair • The call in the middle of the night from the police regarding a car accident involving your son or daughter • The realization the person peeking through your windows is someone you know or worse, someone you don't • The feeling in your gut when you awake and realize your newborn hasn't stirred all night • Dark places • The low growl your dog makes when you are in the house alone • The need to keep both feet covered while you sleep • Heights • Ground zero • Taking a test • A police car in your rear view mirror • Spiders Making a good horror story requires things to be so like the readers life, just the...
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added: 12/22/2011
Simple. It goes like this. judgement and disapproval from his surrounding community resulting in many incidents of injustice and discrimination towards his character. "So had his way of life….and he never strolled in to the village to drink a pint at the Rainbow." Within the community of Raveloe the majority of the people strolled to the village for a drink, as this quote signifies Silas Marner did not do this, and because of this was viewed as different. In Raveloe, people were suspicious because they didn't know where he came from. He did not socialize and he was a hard worker. We also come across the instance where some children kept coming up to Silas' house and peeping in the window. When Silas Marner looked at them they would run away. "he liked their intrusion so ill that he would fix on them a gaze that was always enough to make them take to their legs in terror". The children did this because Marner was different. Throughout the book Silas had some fits. This was probably the main reason people though he was different. One instance was when Jem Rodney found Silas Marner having one of his fits. "He saw that Marner's eyes were set like a dead mans". In Lantern Yard, they thought his soul had left his body, "But there might be such a thing as a man's soul being loose from his body, and going out and in, like a bird out of its nest and back". Silas worked long and hard sitting at his loom. This may have been the cause of his appearance, his hunched back and pale eyes. "A pallid young man with prominent, short sighted brown eyes". Another example of injustice within "Silas Marner" is the way the community he lives in, judge him. When a cobbler's wife Sally Oates shows the symptoms of heart disease...
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