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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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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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Motherhood is Womanhood: The Identity of Woman in Buchi Emechetafs The Joys of Motherhood Danielle Grant Let it be known that Buchi Emecheta, the author of The Joys of Motherhood, does not consider herself a feminist. She has said herself that she identifies much more with the term gwomanist.h Whatever you call it, Emecheta clearly identifies with the plight of the Nigerian Woman in her novel The Joys of Motherhood. The story, set in colonial Nigeria around the time of the Second World War, paints a picture of life in the port-city of Lagos and an Ibo village. Nnu Ego is the character who traverses these two existences and whose life presents the framework in which the book unfolds. Emecheta explores the dualities and complexities of the Colonialist shift through the dualities and complexities of Nnu Egofs life, which is desperately devoted to the pursuit of successful womanhood in two cultures at the same time. By tying womanhood and motherhood together, the inextricable link is made. Nnu Ego cannot be a real woman unless she is a mother, if she is not a successful mother she has no value as woman. With the exception of the first chapter of the book, Joys of Motherhood is propelled by a linear narrative that begins with the story of Nnu Egofs mother and finishes with the death of Nnu Ego herself. The scenario that begins Emechetafs tale is a quick account of Nnu Egofs reaction to the death of her firstborn child. gFor how would she be able to face the world after what had happened? No, it was better not to try. It was best to end it all this way, the only good way.h (8) Nnu Ego would rather die by her own hand than face her family and friends as a failed mother. By isolating Nnu...
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Identity is something that emphasized in nowadays society. People talk about "This is the way I am" all the time. However, not so many people paid their attention to "This is the way you are". This is called "self-centric". Since Columbus discovered the New World in the late fifteenth century, the North American culture tends to be more Euro-American-centric. Thus, the social and cultural recognitions for Asian people in North America are never been such important issue. Canada, as part of the North America, also tends to use Euro-American-centric as their cultural backbones. The Asians are thus become the second-class people in Canadian society. As been suppressed by the Canadian mainstream culture for more than one century, most of the Asians were gradually accept the way they have been treated in this distant land. However, in the 1970s, a group of enthusiastic and highly educated young Asians hosted a radio show called "The Pender Guy" and wanted to use that radio show to change the fixed images that most Canadians hold for Asian community and also, wanted to use that radio show to encourage Asians to step out from the past experience and try to educate the unknown about the true Asian. "The Pender Guy" was well accepted by the audience and the term "Asian-Canadian" started to appear in the public media to represent the Asian community in Canada. Asian-Canadians on the other hand, are thus started to pay more attentions to their origins and their identities. In this paper, I will discuss the emergence and the formation of identity, especially Asian-Canadian identity and how does this word, identity, relates as well as affects our every day life and self-dignity. The new understanding of individual identity emerged at the end of the eighteen-century. This newly formed interpretation of individual identity brings...
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Compare and Contrast Microsoft DOS with UNIX Arthur Bennis Microcomputer Operating Systems CGS 1560 INTRODUCTION As is suggestive of its name, an operating system (OS) is a collection of programs that operate the personal computer (PC). Its primary purpose is to support programs that actually do the work one is interested in, and to allow competing programs to share the resources of the computer. However, the OS also controls the inner workings of the computer, acting as a traffic manager which controls the flow of data through the system and initiates the starting and stopping processes, and as a means through which software can access the hardware and system software. In addition, it provides routines for device control, provides for the management, scheduling and interaction of tasks, and maintains system integrity. It also provides a facility called the user interface which issues commands to the system software. Utilities are provided for managing files and documents created by users, development of programs and software, communicating between users with other computer systems and managing user requirements for programs, storage space and priority. There are a number of different types of operating systems with varying degrees of complexity. A system such as DOS can be relatively simple and minimalistic, while others, like UNIX, can be somewhat more complicated. Some systems run only a single process at a time (DOS), while other systems run multiple processes at once (UNIX). In reality, it is not possible for a single processor to run multiple processes simultaneously. The processor of the computer runs one process for a short period of time, then is switched to the next process and so on. As the processor executes millions of instructions per second, this gives the appearance of many processes running at once. User programs are usually stored on a...
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Too Great a Loss for Too Little Faith "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice- not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God." (Irving, Pg.1) In A Prayer for Owen Meany, it is with great loss that John Wheelwright gains faith through his friendship with the tiny "saint-hero", Owen Meany. The legitimacy of the faith John "gained" through this relationship is questionable, which furthers the reader to inquire as to whether or not the personal, and physical losses outweigh the faith gained through both his friendship and lifelong bond with Owen Meany. John Wheelwright comes from a healthy family. Although the identity of his father is not yet revealed, he receives affection and stability in his single-parent home. As an only child, John is the direct recipient his mother's love. This trait of John is unique to him for a very short period of time. His popular and admired mother comes to play the role of mother to both John and Owen. The peculiar special nature of Owen is not ignorable. The one recognized parental figure in John's life, is no longer solely his wonderful attribution. It can be argued that Owen 'steals' the one person in John's life that should be off limits, even before his kills her. Unlike John, Owen can appreciate Tabitha in more ways than one; although Owen says, "YOUR MOTHER IS SO SEXY, I KEEP FORGETTING SHE'S ANYBODY'S MOTHER" (Pg. 38), she still fills the maternal void lacking in his own home. Tabitha Wheelwright always had a strange affection for Owen Meany. As he did to so many others, he intrigued her, with both his...
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On November 10, 2001 the world ultimately granted China membership into coveted trade organization, the WTO. Not since Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms of 1978 has China made such a giant leap toward the creation of a market economy. The World Trade Organization (WTO) finally opened its door on Saturday to China, the world's most populous ?C and one of the most robust ?C economy, sending a positive signal to the world economy loitering on the brink of a full-blown recession?(Xinhua, Financial Times) With the completion this fifteen year negotiation, China will now be forced to abide by international trade regulations so as to completely open its doors with ten years. WTO membership will provide countless economic benefits to China's burgeoning economy but the initial adjust period will certainly cause massive unemployment and possible political unrest. With economists projecting that if current growth rates continue the Chinese economy will surpass Japan, China is on the brink of dominating the Asian economy. Although there are many circumstances that may derail this progress, the Chinese now have the tools necessary to develop the powerhouse economists have been citing for the past decade. China's entry into the WTO was particularly slow (fifteen years of negotiating) for a variety of disparities; from trade barriers to individual market reforms. During negotiations the American delegation was particularly stringent on removing China's tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade. For instance, so as to protect China's infant car industry, the government established a one hundred percent import duty on all foreign automobiles. Non-tariff barriers such as quotas and licensing also made business difficult for foreign companies. To purchase foreign appliances Chinese citizens were often forced to purchase a license to have the unit installed. These anti-competitive devices needed to be abolished so as to comply with the spirit of fair competition...
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Abuse of drugs can have effects on the user even after the use of drugs has stopped. Different drugs produce different effects, depending on the user, type of drug, and severity of abuse. New research is done every day in the area of drug abuse that makes finding accurate results on the broad topic of drug abuse very difficult. From the most recent studies only can one find data that is presently accepted as correct. These numerous studies provide enough data to explain the effects of both legal and illegal drugs. To understand how drugs work, it is necessary to understand the changes that take place in different areas of the body when drugs take affect. Found in the brain are the synapses, the interaction point of two neurons (Perrine, 1996). The synapses in the brain are often the main target of a drug, altering the perception of something at the point of perception. When a drug is taken, it attaches itself to receptors in the brain, which have a pattern chemically similar to the neurotransmitters that send and receive messages in the brain. Perrine makes the analogy of a drug to receptors as a hand to a doorknob. Because certain drugs can attach themselves to these receptors, they may become blocked, and the neurotransmitters originally being sent by the brain's neurons are forced to wander around the brain until it can find another similar receptor, possibly creating a false signal (Perrine, 1996). The physiological responses created by these false signals, sent by both the drug and the extraneous neurotransmitters are what are perceived to be the effects of the drugs. However, the effects of drugs vary greatly from person to person. Perrine states that are four main aspects to keep in mind when considering the effects of drugs on each...
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Hawaii, by James A. Michener, is a novel which covers, on both a fictional and a non-fictional level, the total history of Hawaii from its beginning until approximately 1954. The work traces Hawaiian history from the geological creation of the islands ("From the Boundless Deeps) to the arrival of its first inhabitants, ("From the Sun-Swept Lagoon"), then to the settlement of the islands by the American missionaries, ("From the Farm of Bitterness"). In the novel, as the island's agricultural treasures in pineapple and sugar cane were discovered, the Chinese were brought as plantation workers to Hawaii ("From The Starving Village"). Years later, when it was realized by the island plantation owners that the Japanese were more dedicated workers, and did not feel the need to own their own lands as the Chinese did, they too were shipped in vast amounts to Hawaii, ("From The Inland Sea"). The final chapter deals with what Michener refers to as "The Golden Men": Those who lived in Haw (not necessarily Hawaiians) who contributed a great deal to the islands and their people. Since Hawaii covers such a huge time span, there are a great many plots and sub-plots, all of which show the different situations that each of the many "types" of Hawaiians are confronted with. Michener uses mostly specific, fictional details to support the general ideas of the islands and their various people, that he conveys through Hawaii. I will go into more detail about the plot in the "Documentation" section. Michener's Hawaii is a superb example of a great work of literature. He paints vivid literal pictures of various scenes throughout the novel. For example, in the first chapter, the Pacific Ocean is described: "Scores of millions of years before man had risen from the shores of the ocean to perceive its grandeur and to venture forth upon its turbulent waves, this eternal sea existed, larger than any other of the earth's features, vaster than the sister oceans combined,...
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Immigrants come from all over the world. They fled their country seeking to fulfill their wants and necessary needs to live. The United States of America offers great job opportunities and a healthy environment to live. Some of the countries that illegal immigrants come from are: Mexico, Canada, and China. The majority of immigrants in America are Mexicans. They come to America frequently and they come in large groups, such as families. The Mexican and American border are parallel to each other, making it easy for Mexico residents to illegally cross the border and seek their new life in America. People migrate from country to country searching for a better life. Some of the reasons for leaving their homeland to become residents in America are: wealth, prosperity, hardship, poverty and family. Sometimes, their previous country they resided does not provide enough money to live. Money is a big factor why immigrants flee their country. Nothing in the world is free and sometimes jobs are not so easy to get, especially with no education. Most immigrants (if not all), live in poverty. With no education, jobs do not come easily, making it hard to live in their country. America offers both, education and job opportunities. Sometimes, immigrants realize they do not want their children to live like they do, so they make the run for the border. If an immigrant is pregnant and comes to America, gives birth on U.S. soil, the child and parents are now legal citizens of the United States. The reasons why America is effected and objects to immigration is: population, it brings in cheap labor and it lowers America's living standards. A long time ago, America had room for immigrants and welcomed foreign visitors, until about ninety years ago that changed. Congress passed a law limiting the number...
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