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John Gardner and The Art of Fiction - John Gardner and The Art of Fiction After reading The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, I am definitely more knowledgeable on the topic of writing fiction than I was before. The first sentence of this book reads, "This is a book designed to teach the serious beginning writer the art of fiction" (ix). I believe it does just that and perhaps much more. The book is divided into two main sections: "notes on literary-aesthetic theory" and "notes on the fictional process." This allows the reader to hear commentary on two very different views of fiction, thus giving the aspiring writer a well-rounded understanding of the subject....   [tags: The Art of Fiction] 1056 words
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Henry James' The Art of Fiction - Henry James' The Art of Fiction In an essay written in response to an essay written by Walter Besant, both titled "The Art of Fiction", Henry James provides both a new understanding of fiction and greater understand of his own works. James analyses, however briefly, the process of creation of a work of fiction, readers' responses to it, and the requirements of the work and the author. James' language within this essay may be in need of some levity, but he does occasionally break through the haze to make a very strong and effective point: "[T]he only condition that I can think of attaching to the composition of a novel is…that it be sincere" (161) There is point in which over-analysis take...   [tags: Henry James The Art of Fiction]
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Henry James And "the Art Of Fiction" - “The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.” Stated Henry James in “The Art of Fiction” page 437. I agree with Mr. James that feelings and ambitions formed in characters do represent life. The idea of characters and how real they should is represented in page 440. Characters, in my opinion, form the novel itself. It is the characters and incidents corresponding in a novel, which make a good one. There are two kinds of characters: the round character, and the flat character....   [tags: essays research papers] 531 words
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Science Fiction: the Art of the Possible in Ray Bradbury's Sound of Thunder - ... “‘Today, before our journey, we sent Lesperance here back with the Machine. He came to this particular era and followed certain animals... Time doesn't permit that sort of mess-­a man meeting himself...You felt the Machine jump just before we stopped. That was us passing ourselves on the way back to the Future. We saw nothing’”. Trip after trip back in time, all of the passengers were searching for a thrill. While doing so, they observed a whole new world. These individuals discovered knowledge on both their time and the time of the dinosaurs....   [tags: science fiction, time travel, safari]
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Henry James- The Art of Fiction within Daisy Miller: A Study - Henry James discusses the intricacies of writing in his piece “The Art of Fiction.” While the main binary in literature is between that of fiction and non-fiction, however James further distinguishes the category of fiction into romance and novel. While a romance exists for the form of entertainment and is driven by character development, a novel is more of an attempt to create a realistic representation of the current social standard. James declares that fiction is not just a leisure art form but meant to be taken seriously, as a historical text....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Fiction of Literature: Folk Tales, Fan Fiction, and Oral Tradition in the Internet Age - ... Such tales adorn many a cave wall, and evidence themselves in the numerous myths and legends of the ancient world. Gottschall takes his theory one step further, and claims that the human storytelling instinct is the reason for Homo sapiens’ evolutionary success over other intelligent primates. Fictional tales are to human beings what a flight simulator is to a student pilot, a training ground, in this case for the brain. “Through stories,” writes Gottschall, “we learn about human culture and psychology without the potentially staggering costs of having to gain this experience firsthand.” Early H....   [tags: fan fiction, literary equivalent of Australia] 2378 words
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Polishness of Polish Art. - In polish art after year 2000 there is a lot more interest in history, especially topics related to World War II, Holocaust , Polish-German and Polis-Jewish relations as well as modern history like PRL times and libertanian impulse . Interest about history in Polish Art is not a new phenomenon. The early postwar art was related to war time trauma. But in art after year 2000 new occurance can be observed: interest in concrete historical facts is less important than questioning about history, about how it is constructed, what is is used for, how it is used, as well as how history is mixed with fiction and how it functions in our vision....   [tags: Art, Żmijewski’s Art] 2053 words
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The Art of Story Telling: In the End We Will All Become Stories - Over the last three decades, narrative and storytelling have played a substantial role in the development of both cinematic and contemporary video-art practices. Along with an increasing interest in documentary forms, as testified by the dominance of video and screens at international exhibitions and biennials, moving image served this major tendency towards narration as allowing for a deeper understanding of a multifaceted modernity. By producing critical images of specific places, as noted by art critic and curator Mark Nash, documentary therefore became the elected tool to ponder on the complex dimension of an increasingly globalized yet multicultural universe, as moreover opposing the s...   [tags: fiction, construction, de-construction ]
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Art & Nature and Technology: Remaking Land and Body - Technology is always advancing; in the 20th century mankind has seen the greatest, most exponential rise in technological advances than any other period of human existence. With this, art forms are also advancing, with the emergence of new mediums, art can be expressed in more ways than we ever thought possible. Computers have been especially beneficial in progressing the movement of art in modern society. With ways of communicating, networking and creating art all through a digital, simulated world, we are slowly substituting the real, with the virtual....   [tags: Technology Art]
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The Phenomenon of Fan Fiction - A superhero is a type of fictional personality having unusual talents and powers. They most often appear in books of comics. After their triumph in the printed district, they have been featured in novels, TV series, radio serials, movies, and any other media. Most of them appearing in other media are tailored from comic strips, but exceptions and changes are common. Superheroes have had the typical characteristics of being athletic, tall, attractive and knowledgeable. A phenomenon refers to a circumstance, an occurrence or a fact that is perceptible by the senses....   [tags: hero, fictional personality, hobbies]
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Postmodernism in Pulp Fiction - The film Pulp Fiction was an immediate box office success when it was released in 1994 and it was also well received by the critics, and celebrated for the way it appeared to capture exactly a certain pre-millennial angst and dislocation in Western capitalist societies. The term post-modernist, often used to refer to art and architecture, was applied to this film. The pulp fiction refers to popular novels which are bought in large numbers by less well educated people and enjoyed for their entertainment value....   [tags: Film Analysis] 1676 words
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Fiction in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - Fictional narrative often has abilities beyond being able to entertain. It has the power to change history. It can even inspire even the meek and timid into acts of courage. But it also has the power to advance agendas filled with hate. One of the greater uses of fiction’s power is Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the era leading up to the American Civil War, which made a lasting impact for years to come, and hit many different characteristics of nineteenth century American beliefs. Harriet Beecher Stowe released her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 and it was immediately controversial....   [tags: civil war, south, anti-slavery content]
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The Art Scene in New York City in the 60's and Early 70s' - ... One focal point to specialists was the accessibility of shoddy, void space, prominently in the Lower Manhattan mechanical locale that came to be called Soho. An alternate was that, with the workmanship showcase in the pits after the 1960s blast, there was a nothing-to-lose opportunity to investigation. Onto the scene came craftsmen who were as intrigued by dialect, theater, move, music, social work, TV, help and stand-up comic drama as they were in painting. Execution could suit those diversions....   [tags: Soho, Whitney Museum of American Art] 621 words
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The Art of Editing and Film Meaning - As one of the most celebrated and best known Soviet directors, Sergei Eisenstein’s theoretical writings and practical uses of editing are a crucial part of cinema’s development. He viewed the art form of film as a tool with which to inflict certain reactions and emotions to audiences, be it through shock or empathetic understanding. His editing techniques were key elements to achieve these effects, carefully planned out and sought to create conflict in meaning. “Art is not a mirror which reflects the historical struggle, but a weapon of that struggle.” (Vertov in Enzensberger, 1972) His keen editing work proved cinema’s propagandistic potential and was used as such to instigate the masses ag...   [tags: Cinema]
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Art and Its Underestimated Potential - Art is everywhere whether one likes it or not, and can be appreciated in the smallest of ways. It’s absolutely necessary for the growth of a society and its people. It’s mainly used for businesses today to either raise people’s opinions of their company or sell a product. For example if you go to the marketplace and you pick up a gallon of milk the first thing you may see on that gallon is a picture of a cow or the same milk being poured into a glass in a way that captures the eye and makes you think “wow that looks great!” This is the most common use for visual art today and often makes people “miss the point” of what it truly means (Why Art Matters, 1)....   [tags: getting rid of multicultural boundaries] 2194 words
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Effects of Realism in Literature and Art - Two significant time periods in literature and art were the periods of Romanticism and Realism. Before Realism was really brought into literature, Romanticism was the style of choice. Authors of the Romanticism phase generally depicted their characters as heartfelt and full of intuition. These characters were most often known to follow their own hearts instead of their logic. Authors were responsible for building characters who “placed greater emphasis on the value of intuition and imagination than on objective reason” (Keenan.) After the phase of Romanticism, Realism came into play....   [tags: Europe, Russia, Romanticism]
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Art and its Underestimated Potential - Art is everywhere whether one likes it or not, and can be appreciated in the smallest of ways. It’s absolutely necessary for the growth of a society and its people. It’s mainly used for businesses today to either raise people’s opinions of their company or sell a product. For example if you go to the marketplace and you pick up a gallon of milk the first thing you may see on that gallon is a picture of a cow or the same milk being poured into a glass in a way that captures the eye and makes you think, “Wow that looks great!” This is the most common use for visual art today and often makes people “miss the point” of what it truly means (Bond)....   [tags: Advertising, Cognitive Skills, Community ]
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Postmodernism: An Art Style - Postmodernism is a style of art that first became popular in the late 20th century. When seeing the word postmodernism, it might have to do with any one medium of art-- literature, philosophy, history, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism. Lyotard, a founder of postmodernism in philosophy, is quoted as saying, “Simplifying to the extreme, I define the postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” By saying this, Lyotard simply meant that, as a postmodernist, he was against the ways of thinking of modernists and wanted to see something new philosophically and artistically....   [tags: literature, philosophy, history]
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Fact and Fiction by Bertrand Russel - ... The third part named as Divertissements that includes Parables, Nightmares and Dreams. This section deals with his experiences and lesson learnt in life. He states this in one of his essay ‘Cranks’ that life has taught him the art of dealing with people. Experience has gradually taught me a technique for dealing with such people. As for as the dreams are concerned he said that he narrated the dreams as it is without adding or deleting something. The fourth part deals with peace and war. This section mainly focuses on the tension between East and West, the mind set of both sides, it’s possible outcomes and way forward , along with essays it also include some of his famous public pronounce...   [tags: philosophical analysis] 1256 words
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The Influence of Science Fiction - Films do and have always reflected society because they show what's important to people. Films demonstrate fads and hot button issues. Film is not only a piece of art but also a tool of social reform as it expresses the feelings of humans and their idea of contemporary society. Films are the mirror that reflect the society. They are controlled by powerful forces that filter information to the public as well as reflect their fears. This has been held true in the film industry for many decades. For example, when society had a fear of widespread crime then there were many films that reflected the police catching the criminals....   [tags: Film Genres, Communism] 1074 words
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What is Dystopian Fiction? - Horror and Sci-Fi Synthesis Essay Model Outline Why are you interested in this subject. A personal Intro I’ve always been interested in dystopian fiction. A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable and frightening. A group rules a dystopian society with a private agenda shrouded in euphemisms or outright lies. In works of art and literature, they are often characterized by: dehumanization, totalitarian government, advancement in technology, or other characteristics of cataclysmic decline in society....   [tags: dehumanization, totalitarian government] 2958 words
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Fitzgerald’s Biography in Fiction - The roaring twenties provided the United States with incredible wealth in all facets of society. During this time, American literature became enriched with Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s short stories and novels. Fitzgerald grew up with ambitions to be a successful and famous man. He failed at achieving success as a football player at Princeton during his freshman year and was an armistice away from achieving hero status in World War I. His success came through an art he mastered as a young child, writing....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Describing What Flash Fiction Really Is - What is flash fiction exactly. Well, it really has no definitive definition. It is broadly described as, “a short story in miniature, a work of art carved on a grain of rice - something of import to the artist or writer that is confined and reduced, either by design or outcome, into a small square space using the structural devices of prose line and paragraph form with the purpose of creating an intense, emotional impact” (Masih XI). So in layman's terms a very, very, very short story meant to make your feel intense emotions in a short amount of time....   [tags: short story genres]
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Relationship between Fiction and Reality Explored in The Things They Carried - Relationship between Fiction and Reality Explored in The Things They Carried       In many respects, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried concerns the relationship between fiction and the narrator. In this novel, O'Brien himself is the main character--he is a Vietnam veteran recounting his experiences during the war, as well as a writer who is examining the mechanics behind writing stories. These two aspects of the novel are juxtaposed to produce a work of literature that comments not only upon the war, but also upon the actual art of fiction: the means of storytelling, the purposes behind them, and ultimately the relationship between fiction and reality itself....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays]
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Features of Metafiction and Well Known Writers of the Genre - ... John Barth first wrote about postmodernism in the influential essay, The Literature of Exhaustion (1967), denouncing ordinary, realist fiction and the ironic use of conventions. He argued that metafictional experiments were the only possible contemporary mode of writing. His novels include The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), Giles Goat-Boy (1966), Lost in the Funhouse (1968), Chimera (1972), Letters (1979), Sabbatical: A Romance (1982), The Friday Book (1984) and The Tidewater Tales (1987). In Barth’s fiction, the conventions of the traditional novels are directly challenged....   [tags: postmodern, fiction, literary] 3035 words
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Gothic Fiction: An Analysis of Space in The Monk - Gothic Fiction: An Analysis of Space in The Monk. Space is inseparable part of every text of literature. In the Gothic fiction space is extremely important, as the Gothic fiction is mostly based on creating images connected with human perception. During the process of reading readers often use their imagination. Therefore, depiction of old castles, ruined abbeys, monasteries, subterranean passages, vaults, or secret panels, is a standard method of creating the atmosphere. As Izdebska claims, “[t]he subject of a story is event in some space, but also the space itself” (33)....   [tags: literary genre, literary criticism, term paper] 3616 words
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Hidden Inside High Fantasy Fiction - Religion has spread throughout the world playing many important roles in people’s lives. Christianity is about of one of the dominant religions that has influence ideas, traditions, morals and values. However, the spread of Christianity has also become an influence in sports, television, news, movies, music, art, books and other aspects of popular culture. The popularity and importance of this religion have even inspired the world of fantasy fiction. Three of the New York Times Best Sellers are influence by Christianity....   [tags: religion, christianity, harry potter, pop culture]
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jazz by Toni Morrison - ... The novel also utilizes the call and response style of Jazz music, allowing the characters to explore the same events from different perspectives. (Wikepedia). This style of writing is accurate with the 1920s setting in the novel. During that time, the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing and jazz music, poems and African American culture were the main attractions. The conflicts between the protagonists Joe and Violet are also accurate examples of 1920s in Harlem. Economic adversity with paying for housing and finding steady jobs was very apparent in the 1920s because the Renaissance caused more Caucasians to move into neighborhoods and raised living costs....   [tags: fiction novels, writing styles]
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Science Fiction Legends: Star Trek - Star Trek took the world by storm with its futuristic scenarios and outlandish ideas, which opened up the doors for science fiction in America as it gained recognition and popularity all across the world. It started as a television series in the 1960’s to becoming a multi-billion dollar franchise including 5 television series, 12 movies, and selling a magnitude of merchandise (Star Trek). People tend to look past the fact that Star Trek was so influential on the world, all they see is men and women in weird suits fighting aliens in space....   [tags: 1960's TV shows]
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The Gentle Art of Web Pages - The Gentle Art of Web Pages For the last millennium, adventurous souls have been accessing new and unfamiliar frontiers in search of adventure and a taste of the exotic. The last decade ushered in with it an appeal to the more intrepid members of this small group of people: The Internet. Access to this particular medium has hit an all-time high in the 1990's, and every tekkie has his own celebration of self occupying space on it. However, not all of the sites on the Internet are shameless celebrations of self....   [tags: Web Internet Design Essays Papers] 1036 words
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Shiloh: A Novel by Shelby Foote - ... If the author wants to be involved with writing fiction, then there are certain basic elements that must be included in the text. Historians and writers usually fluctuate with one another in that their respective points of view about the historical novel and its purpose can go hand-in-hand, as a historian could simply be telling about a mere instance in the past, whereas a writer could use this as a catalyst for a great new book to sell. However, both of these can agree that the writer of a historical narrative should not change or alter proceedings that have happened in the past....   [tags: historical fiction, American civil war] 999 words
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The Appearance of Incest in Gothic Fiction - The Law of the Father: The Appearance of Incest in Gothic Fiction In her book Deadly Secrets Anne Williams says that "gothic escape fictions provide a virtual reality, and experimental world in which the repressed -- especially the female in all its guises -- might be realized" (96). Society in the eighteenth century operated under staunch patriarchal control which has been dubbed by critics like Lacan as "The Law of the Father". The Law of the father, according to Lacan, is founded on the distinction between male and female and involves the repression of all that is female....   [tags: Law of the Father Anne Williams]
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The Danger of Using Literature and Fiction as a Historical Source - ... Women in Aristocratic Japan and Italy lived subordinate and entirely secluded lives. In both Japan and Italy, women were excluded from institutionalized learning. Thus, they were less likely to know language. They spent their life indoors if they were wealthy and did not need to work. Neither culture allowed women to hold public positions, but they could inherit and own property. Japanese women were hidden away by their parents, who built their future for them. Women were seen as dependent and weak beings that could not manage themselves or their future, on their own....   [tags: opinion, relationships, aristocratic] 986 words
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Sexual Selection: Fact or Fiction - Sexual Selection: Fact or Fiction Darwin's theory of sexual selection is an intriguing one because it offers an explanation of human striving and cultural value systems. The theory is that humans who are more sexually desirable will have more offspring and thus their traits will be passed on to future generations to a greater extent than those of less sexually desirable humans. As opposed to Darwin's other theory, natural selection, those who are the best adapted to their environment will be more likely to pass on their genes, or, "survival of the fittest", you might call sexual selection "survival of the sexiest." The theory is intended to in part explain why, when humans diverged from ot...   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Fan Culture in Sports and Science Fiction Enthusiasts in the 1920s - The term “fan” was originally used to describe sports fans during the nineteenth century and was later adopted by science fiction enthusiasts in the 1920s. The term “fan,” however, is used for describing a type of person who is enthusiastic, or fanatic about a certain subject. Popular fan culture, nicknamed “fandoms,” have become an integral part of society in many countries, and have connected people sharing a common interest through online communities where they can freely discuss fan related topics....   [tags: fanatic, fandom, media] 1298 words
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Wilde and Van de Velde - Henry Van de Velde and Oscar Wilde are an interesting pairing in looking at their two views on art, philosophy, and society as a whole. Oscar Wilde was the founder of the Aesthetic movement of art, where he felt that art could simply be appreciated for its own sake and should be used to beautify any environment in which people are. His writings on Aestheticism were highly influential and influenced the entirety of England to move toward being interested in more visually pleasing things simply for the fact that they are visually pleasing....   [tags: Art] 1363 words
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Gothic Fiction - Gothic fiction is erotic at the root according to Punter. From your reading of Frankenstein and Dracula how far would you agree with Punter's interpretation. "Gothic fiction is erotic at the root" according to Punter. From your reading of Frankenstein and Dracula how far would you agree with Punter's interpretation. In your essay you should consider: -· The author's portrayal of eroticism and sexuality (in all its forms) through characters. -· Relevant social/cultural concerns during the period the novels were written....   [tags: English Literature] 2907 words
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Art: Surface and Symbol - ... As Henry James stated the artist is a spectator in 'the house of fiction' looking down upon 'the human scene' which is life. Whether or not this depiction of life in art is beautiful is a matter of the artist's skill, and whether it is useful, is in my opinion correlated to its beauty. Wilde believes morality in art to be essential to the process of creation, as he says 'The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium.' He believes, the morality or ethics, play no role in the beauty of art....   [tags: aesthetic work, creative process]
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Understanding Art Spiegelman's Maus - ... Vladek's experiences in the Holocaust do not differ drastically from those of the “average” Holocaust survivor – he has a number tattooed on him (one assumes), he was in a concentration camp, and so on; therefore, it would be easy to misconstrue the novel, with the episodes of interaction between Vladek and Art omitted, as “generic” Holocaust narrative; however, repetitive returns to the Vladek/Art story at the beginning and end of each chapter, continually emphasize its centrality to the novel, and the fact that it is Vladek's story....   [tags: story analysis] 1217 words
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The History of Animation - Animation is simply the illusion of movement, generated by a succession of quick-moving images. It can be in the format of both 2D and 3D and takes on a range of mediums. Today, animators' drawings and the backgrounds are either scanned into or drawn directly into a computer system. During the 20th century, cel (or hand-drawn) animation was primarily utilised. Each frame of the film was individually drawn, with slight differences to imitate animation. The animator’s drawings of the characters were traced onto transparent acetate sheets called cels, and the colours painted on the opposite side to the lines....   [tags: Art] 607 words
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The Art of Racing in the Rain: Through the Eyes of Man's Best Friend - The Art of Racing in the Rain is, by far, the best book I have ever read. The story takes place in Seattle, Washington. It is told completely through a dog’s eyes. This special dog, Enzo, is adopted from a small farm in Washington when he is just a puppy. His view of life is interesting; Enzo only has gestures. He cannot communicate like humans can. Life is very humble and simple through the eyes of a dog. Enzo’s beloved owner, Denny, is a very talented racecar driver and works at a high-end car garage....   [tags: Garth Stein novel analysis] 630 words
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For the Love of Art - For the Love of Art What is art. Would music, paintings, movies, dance, and speech all be considered art. What type, style or quality is required for these to be deemed art. These are wonderful questions. Many have tried to define for themselves and others what the correct answers are. The questions are wonderful, because, I believe they have no correct answers. I find the questions enlightening because there is no right or wrong. This is freeing. If one can’t be proven right, then how can one be proven wrong....   [tags: Artist Paintings Essays] 1524 words
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Fiction and Untruth in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer - Fiction and Untruth in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer The play “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer was not written in order to be a biography of the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, much more than this, Peter Shaffer wrote it as a story, rather than a history. In his story he was free to insert fiction to make the play more interesting to a wide audience, as well as to fulfill his purposes. However, musicologists and historians have written several articles claiming that Peter Shaffer “trashed this immortal”....   [tags: Amadeus Peter Shaffer Plays Literature Essays] 1286 words
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Coles’ Ideas in The Tradition: Fact and Fiction - Coles’ Ideas in The Tradition: Fact and Fiction “The documentary tradition as a continually developing “record” that is made in so many ways, with different voices and vision, intents and concerns, and with each contributor, finally, needing to meet a personal text” (Coles 218). Coles writes “The Tradition: Fact and Fiction” and describes the process of documenting, and what it is to be a documentarian. He clearly explains through many examples and across disciplines that there is no “fact or fiction” but it is intertwined, all in the eye of the maker....   [tags: Photography Journalism Coles Essays Papers]
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Identifying Heroes: The Godfather and Pulp Fiction - Identifying Heroes: The Godfather and Pulp Fiction The form of Classical Hollywood films is, first and foremost, invisible. In a Classical Hollywood film, the narrative is foremost, and style serves the narrative. Camera angles, lighting and editing patterns such as the shot/reverse-shot pattern aim to give us the best possible perspective on the unfolding events(1). These events are arranged in a strongly causality-oriented linear narrative, with one event causing the next. This narrative is arranged around a central, active protagonist, whose decisions and actions are the key to the pattern of cause and effect that drives the story(2)....   [tags: essays research papers] 3285 words
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James Wodd's How Fiction Works and Ian McEwan's Atonement - James Wood in his book, How Fiction Works, analyzes various essential elements of fiction. Most fascinating of which, is his critique of “Character” and “Sympathy and Complexity”. These two chapters are perfectly exemplified in Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. The novel demonstrates what Wood calls Sympathetic Identification. When a reader is able to create an emotional connection to particular characters. Author Ian McEwan uses free indirect style to evoke sympathetic identification with characters....   [tags: Novels, Literary Analysis, Comparisons]
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The Role of Science Fiction Serial Doctor Who in British Culture - ... Who, who doesn’t like his companions) and presents the “Secrets of Dr. Who”: In his own day, somewhere in our future, he decided to search for a time or for a society or for a physical condition which is ideal, and having found it, to stay there. He stole the machine and set forth on his quest. He is thus an extension of the scientist who has opted out, but he has opted farther than ours can do, at the moment. And having opted out, he is disintegrating. The authorities of his own (or some other future) time are not concerned merely with the theft of an obsolete machine; they are seriously concerned to prevent his monkeying with time, because his secret intention, when he...   [tags: classic series vs new one comparison]
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R. L. Spine Tingling Stine, Writer of Horror Fiction - ... Robert was never a very athletic person or very outdoorsy. R.L. Stine usually spent a majority of his time indoors writing stories on his typewriter. Stine graduated from Bexley High School in Bexley, Ohio. Robert went on to attend Ohio State University and graduated in 1965 with a degree of Bachelors of Art in English. While in college, Stine attempted to “stay focused on the more humorous side of life. He edited his school’s humor magazine, The Sundial, for a few years”(Robert...Stine, 2014)....   [tags: biography, creativity] 1178 words
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