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Deception, Corruption and a Collapsing Government in the 1920's - The decade of the 1920’s was full of deception, corruption, and a collapsing government. The United States Congress signed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol. The illegal production and distribution of liquor, or bootlegging, became rampant, and the national government did not have the means or determination to enforce this law in every state. This led up to the rise of the Chicago Outfit and how they brought a new type business into America, organized crime. Due to the lawless environment in Chicago, small time gangs were able to build an empire or crime during the Prohibition era and shape law enforcement in America....   [tags: American History] 977 words
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Cuba's attempt to redefine medical ethics: can ELAM be considered a success or failure? - "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men," this quote by Cicero perfectly describes what the Cuban medical system is attempting to create, a place in which doctors have a desire and drive to not only help people of wealth and stature but also to help those in vulnerable, poor, communities where payment may not be an option. The time in which doctors are compelled by greed and fiscal selfishness needs to end; Cuba is attempting to do this by instilling a new code of ethics to the doctors that graduate from Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM)....   [tags: Literary Review]
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Emergence of Diverse Methods of Political Thinking in Ancient Societies - Believing the Gods to be forces that arbitrarily amused themselves by toying with their pawns, humankind, the Greeks found a great deal of detachment. They resigned themselves to their fate and thus concern was replaced by the pursuit of knowledge. The Ionic natural philosophers of the 6th and 7th centuries B.C., along with their descendants, were convinced that a world plan existed that was driven by conception. The pursuit to recognize this plan by great thinkers such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle thus initiated the origin of Sciences....   [tags: World History] 1461 words
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Science and Students: The World of Tomorrow - Everyone says this generation is the future, the people and the citizens of tomorrow’s society. Except if this generation is not educated to grow and progress with the planet and learn how to help it, there will be no “next generation”; the earth simply will not be able to sustain our life forms. This is why science education is important to the future of our lives and our planet. Where if not for the innovation of science and its cures, we would still be living in the Dark Ages where the simple flu would have killed a family, and smallpox and other diseases caused epidemics and panics....   [tags: Science Education ] 874 words
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Augustine’s Journey to the Truth in The Confessions of St. Augustine - In the Confessions by Saint Augustine, this great philosopher experiences many problems and emotions related to sin and evil. As a boy, he often felt darkness, blindness, and confusion while attempting to find rest in God. Augustine started out in childhood with a restless heart because he had to live in two different worlds. These worlds consisted of his mother’s Christian faith, and the world of everything else. These two worlds confused and disturbed Augustine as a child. Augustine’s father was pagan and his mother was Christian, and they both wanted him to be very successful in the world....   [tags: philosophy, religion, The Confessions of St. Augus]
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Mistakes and Murder - William Shakespeare presents us with a prominent example of a tragic hero in his play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Because they experience misfortune and loss, tragic heroes fall from a high status to a low, pitiful existence. This fall is brought about through mistakes and flaws in their own character. Brutus is one of the tragic heroes appearing in this work of literature. He begins as a popular senator in Rome’s democracy who plots to overthrow is superior. Because of the murder of Caesar he begins a journey to a downfall of his own creation....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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The Reign of Octavian - Octavian, the sole heir and successor of Julius Caesar overcame significant impediments in his rise to becoming Rome’s first emperor. Aged only nineteen at the time of Caesars assassination in March 44BC Octavian’s intelligence and fortitude proved successful over the barriers of youth, inexperience and the political opposition that he faced. Octavian went on to have one of the most famous political careers of all time to defeat the Senate, Marc Antony, and gain sole control over the Roman Empire....   [tags: Roman History ]
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The Life and Works of Niccolo Machiavelli - Niccoló Machiavelli is perhaps the greatest political thinker in history. He was a historian, musician, a poet, and he wrote comedies. He liked poetry as much as he liked philosophy. Machiavelli wrote and collected poems. His works, which are inspired by his life experiences, have been read by many of the worlds greatest politicians. Niccoló Machiavelli’s writing was influenced by the Medici family, the Soderini government in Italy, and his own diplomatic career. His great work, The Prince, is legendary for its impact in politics and its controversial proposals....   [tags: biography]
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Gratitude - Gratitude is omnipresent in society. People express gratitude in the form of gifts, favors, support and assistance. Empirical literature on the emotion has shown gratitude to promote feelings of contentment (Walker & Pitts, 1998) hope, happiness, and pride (Overwalle, Mervielde, & De Schuyter, 1995). However, what about relationship satisfaction. Specifically, can expressing gratitude verbally enhance perceived relationship satisfaction in close relationships. Gratitude has been referred to as “the moral memory of mankind,” and if suddenly eliminated, “society would break apart” (Simmel, 1950, p....   [tags: Psychology]
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On-Going Fear of AIDS - AIDS isn’t a disease people have known about since the 1800s. In fact, it wasn’t even known as AIDS until a couple years after its discovery in the 1980s. Before, it was called Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease, or GRID (“Natural History of HIV/AIDS”). And because of the fact it wasn’t discovered until the 1980s, people feared the disease and still do to this day. It’s been thirty years and many are still not properly educated about AIDS (Hawkins 16). The fear, stigmatization, and discrimination of people with AIDS and the disease in general have many underlying factors....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]
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Han and Roman Empires - From the 2nd century BCE through the 1st century CE, both the Han and Roman empires were dealing with the production of advancement in technology. Since the empires were from separate time periods each empire had different attributes when it came to creating technology and what they built with their technology. In the Han Empire, technology had been a luxury part of their empire because it was essential to their wealth and productivity. In the Roman Empire, their thought on technology had been it is a necessity to build their empire and to conquer land wherever they saw weakness....   [tags: History, Huan Tan] 2674 words
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Library - Libraries are an essential part of the community. However not all societies have libraries. Libraries require centralized populations, economic development and political stability for their survival. Libraries exist in places where peace exists. They cannot exist in places with full of conflicts. Libraries have different missions and serve different communities differently. People and organizations establish libraries with different missions. Historical overview shows that libraries have always had missions....   [tags: Library Science, Information, Archive] 1137 words
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Can Education be Classical and Christian? - Can an education be both classical and Christian. Many parents ask this question every year, unknowingly echoing an age-old question. Tertullian, an early church father, was perhaps the first to consider whether these two ideas are compatible when he asked, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” The church fathers continued to wrestle with the question for centuries, most concluding that all ideas that are taken captive for Christ may be used profitably by Christians. Examining this ongoing conversation about classical, Christian education will serve to answer many of our own questions today....   [tags: Informative, Church Schools] 1352 words
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Transformation: Augustine's Journey to Christianity - You prompt us yourself to find satisfaction in appraising you, since you made us tilted toward you, and our heart is unstable until stabilized in you. Quintessentially, this quote from Confessions symbolizes Augustine’s perilous journey towards Christianity. Although appearing earlier in what is colloquially known as the “first autobiography”, Augustine expounds on this very idea throughout his writings. Whether that includes his attraction and disdain for Manichaeism or his affinity with Neo-Platonism, one could argue this quote acted as the foundation of his inquisitions of these pre-modern dogmatic sects....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Unquestionable Fidelity - A Roman statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero, quoted, “Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind” (Brainy Quote). Fidelity is an element essential to all successful and happy marriages. A marriage without loyalty, commitment, and trustworthiness is likely to fail. Individuals are able to learn from some of America’s most notable individuals such as Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tiger Woods about how fidelity can lead to shame and humiliation....   [tags: Ethics]
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International Law and Border Control - In 1780, the term “international law” was created and first used by Jeremy Bentham in his Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. Since about 1840, in the English and Romance Languages it has replaced the older terminology of ‘law of nations’ or ‘droit de gens’ which can be traced back to the Roman concept of ius gentium and the writings of Cicero. Since its inception, there have been different definitions offered to define the term “international law”. For example, Bentham himself defined international law as the law which relates to the mutual transactions between sovereigns as such....   [tags: Immigration] 2154 words
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Freedom Of Expression And Action In Libya After The Libyan Uprising - Nowadays, a number of extensive public resistance towards the governments across the Middle East and North Africa often referred to as an Arab Spring has clearly emerged as one of the significant issues in world politics. The whole world watched as countries across the Middle East and North Africa have been conducting protests and demonstrations, depending on the country, to obtain what reforms or to depose their leader. Civilians, along with the social media, made use of strikes, demonstrations, marches, and rallies to persuade government officials....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Progress in America - ... In fact many things called progress have invited horrors upon those whom progress has been impressed upon. It is an undisputable fact that the creation of the United States and the implementation of a republican form of democracy is one of the crowning achievements of human progress. The American form of democracy was more or less an amalgamation of Moses, Cicero, and John Locke; and propelled by the ideas of Adam Smith and his economic treatise “Wealth of Chris Hoyt History&156 Dan Grisham Assignment 1/ Progress, The discovery of America, and Human History Nations”....   [tags: New World, Discovery, Society] 718 words
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Renaissance Humanism - ... The perception that God created man to be a unique creature with qualities exclusive to themselves allowed anyone to achieve great goals. Humans began to believe that they were the pinnacle beings of their civilization which ultimately allowed them to strive in human ingenuity and human effort rather than divine grace. Humans were regarded optimistically in terms of what they could do, not just in the arts and sciences, but also morally. In addition, the thought that every man had the ability to think and reason for themselves allowed humans to flourish as individuals....   [tags: Moral Philosophy, Human Nature] 820 words
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Brutus the Tragic Hero Of Julius Ceasar - ... Brutus chooses to ignore this and urges once again to march to Phillipi, Cassius gives in and they both decide to go. Brutus’ ambition will lead to his downfall for as we know his ambition will lead him to his death, for the march to Phillipi is a one way trip. My Final point in showing the ambition that Brutus has is when Brutus gave the word for battle to early at Phillipi. “O Cassius, Brutus gave the word to early, who, having some advantage on /Octavious, took it to eagerly… by Antony are all enclosed.”(Titinius 5.3....   [tags: Charachter Analysis, Shakespeare]
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Rhetorical Analysis of Speeches in to Kill a Mockingbird, Battle of Falkirk, and Brave Heart - We should study spoken language as it is truly unique and we can see the effect and beauty of spoken language in works of great orators and writers. Spoken language is truly an art, which involves many techniques to perfect and master it. One of the techniques is rhetoric. Rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing. The ancient Greeks first developed public speaking. Under Roman, influence public speaking developed further. This was heavily under the influence of Cicero and Aristotle....   [tags: Essay on Rhetoric] 1267 words
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The Roman Empire Over Time - ... The more territory Alexander secured in his conquests, he would integrate cultures by exposing those he conquered with Greek culture, customs, ideals, and language. Everywhere Alexander went he would facilitate the culmination of a common culture, ideals, and religion. However, at that point in history little did people know that there would eventually be a political rule under Rome. Rome’s dominance can be explained by numerous factors. Let’s look back to 509 BCE when king Tarquin was forced out of power, the republic was formed, and numerous wars began....   [tags: History, Roman Leaders] 852 words
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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare - ... The people seem to agree with Antony during his influential oration because of his use of specific facts. Four individual plebeians reflect the attitude of the entire group. The fourth plebeians yells, “Marked ye his words. He would not \ take the crown; \ therefore ‘tis certain he was not ambitious.” (III, ii, 123-125). He clearly portrays that the audience understand that Caesar never wanted the power and that he had a kind heart before he died. The facts and evidence that Antony utilizes successfully gets the citizens to agree with his point of view....   [tags: Marc Antony's Speech] 919 words
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The Notorious Al Capone - ... “Capone was internationally famous like the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and Henry Ford but for all the wrong reasons,” (Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, pg 114). As a young man in his mid-20s, Capone undertook himself into the illegal business of racketeering. He began these illegal activities out in cold blood during a dice game with a man who just won. Violently, Capone put a gun to this man’s head and robbed him. When the man told Capone that he would turn him in, six shots were fired into the skull by Al....   [tags: Racketeering, Bootlegging, Gangsters]
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Contributions to Western Civilization Made by Ancient Greece and Rome - ... It is because of architectural developments like this that the ancient Romans were able to construct architectural monuments such as the Colosseum, the Pont du Gard Aqueduct, and the Pantheon. These contributions made by Roman architects still have a profound effect on architecture today. The ancient Greeks and Romans also made a variety of contributions in the area of the fine arts. The ancient Greeks made a number of important contributions to western civilizations in regards to the arts....   [tags: cultures, literature, philosophy, democracy, law]
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Archimedes and Fluid Mechanics - ... According to a popular rumour, when the city was captured, Archimedes was thinking on a mathematical diagram. A Roman soldier ordered him to come and meet General Marcellus. However, he rejected the order saying that he had to finish working on a problem. The soldier who got frustrated killed Archimedes. General Marcellus got very angry as he commanded not to harm him. The General knew he was a valuable scientist.[3] The last words Archimedes spent are; "Do not disturb my circles", referring to the circles in his mathematical drawing....   [tags: liquid, gas, archimedes screw, motion, rest]
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The Education of Children - ... Montaigne suggested that teachers should quiz their students on their studies to be sure they are grasping the concept. Some students will grasp concepts quickly, and others will be a little slower. A good teacher knows how to teach each student according to their abilities. Montaigne recognized the fact that each student is individually different from birth. He also understood that children cannot be formed to a certain commerce that they have no interest in, just as all children cannot learn in the same manner....   [tags: Of the Education of Children]
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The Truth About Dragons - ... The animal’s body had no feathers or fur, but was covered in smooth skin which was “easily penetrated by a bullet.” The story went on to say the had straightened one of the wings. The creature had a total length from wingtip to wingtip of and impressive 160 feet. (Dragons 6) Pterodactyl descriptions were found other examples as well. One such example came from Marcus Tullius Cicero in his written work On the Nature of the Gods, he discusses how the Egyptians would deify real animals based solely on the services and benefits they provided to them....   [tags: Dragon Essays]
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Biases and the Role of the Individual in History - ... One letter found at the site of Vindolanda, a Roman military fort in Britain, is an invitation to a birthday party from an officer’s wife to her sister (Shelton, 1998, p. 267.) Shelton does not take the ‘Great Man’ approach to history in her book. She focuses on many different individuals from around the Roman Empire instead. The letters, papyri, and inscriptions offer more insight into the lives of people. However, while all of these sources are useful in preserving the various aspects of Roman social history, her book does not always mention what other important political events were happening at the same time and that is her bias....   [tags: History, Shelton, Rome]
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The Failure of Rome’s Economy and the Fall of the Roman Empire - ... The second factor was taxation. The Roman government had to pay for the legions and to build roads, sewers, aqueducts, arenas as well as welfare for the growing number of poor citizens. Citizenship was greatly expanded in order to bring more people into the tax net to gain more tax money in the economy. Taxes on ordinary Roman were not raised. However, taxes on the wealthy were sharply raised (Bartlett). With the great demand for more money in the economy, Rome used tax farmers to collect taxes from the citizens....   [tags: ancient history, late republic]
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Julius Caesar - ... He didn’t write about Caesar’s political power, but about his sex life. “They’re a pretty good match, those fags, Mamurra and the queer, Caesar. And no wonder. They’ve both got the same stains, one of them a City guy and the other from Formiae, and they won’t wash out. One’s just as sick as the other, those twins” . A lot of people thought that this poem would have enraged Caesar, but after Catullus apologized Caesar invited him to dinner. This shows that Caesar can be forgiving and generous, which is not a side to Caesar a lot of people say often....   [tags: ancient history, gallic war]
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euthansia - ... The most famous supporter of assisted suicide, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, asserted: In my view, the highest principle in medical ethics – in any kind of ethics – is personal autonomy, self-determination. What counts is what the patient wants and judges to be a benefit or value in his or her own life. Furthermore, in a paper, Dan W. Brock outlines the Argument for Autonomy in this way: Two fundamental ethical values support the right to euthanasia, are individual self-determination and individual well-being....   [tags: ethical issues, physician assited suicide]
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ROOM FOR DEBATE - ... This is supported by the fact that text messages are often misinterpreted, and that people use metacommunicative pictorial representations of facial expressions to express feelings/emotions when paralinguistic features (facial expression, body language etc.) can’t be used. The problem that Greene has with some popular prescriptivists, is their “sources of authority”. He says, that they “very often prescribe rules that I don't believe are part of standard English.” such as William Strunk and E....   [tags: blog analysis, bryan a garner, robert lane greene]
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Brief History of Tour Guide - ... According to the Visecemus Knox, an expert on education, the ideal tutor was a grave, respectable man of mature age who would watch over the morals and religion of his pupil. The Modern Age began in 19th century. The first explorers in the New World were the travellers who are ordinary people who want to find a new way of life. Most of the travellers are explorers rather than pleasure travellers. Only few Europeans got the opportunity to visit the New World due to the great distance, money, transportation and limited time....   [tags: Tourism, oldest profession]
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The Hellenized Rome - ... Roman writers took plots from old Hellenistic tales and breathed new life into them (such as Plautus who borrowed from the Menander).vi Poets, like Lucretius and Catullus, were influenced by Greek literature; Catullus' style utilized the hallmark of the Alexandrian Hellenistic school of the time.vii The professors state that Greek literary forms inspired another poet, Virgil, to write the Aeneid, an imitation of the Greek author, Homer, but infused with Roman values.viii Other poets, like Horace, utilized Alexandrian forms to create new poetic genres, or like Ovid, breathed new life into over 200 Greek and Roman myths and legends.ix The Silver Age historian, Tacitus, in his works, the Annals and the Histories, followed the style of recording history that had been used by many great Greek historians.x Terence, a Carthaginian slave turned Roman playwright, utilized pure Greek tones and themes in his works, and would later inspire Cicero with his style.xi Finally, Matthews et al....   [tags: roman empire, hellenistic culture]
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The Life of Ernest Hemingway - ... Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative” (Biography). This mapped out the style Hemingway would write in his future works. In 1918, Hemingway began his service in World War I as a member of the Ambulance Corps, as an ambulance driver in the Italian front, picking up human remains. Later that year, he was seriously injured by a motor shell that left shrapnel in both of his legs, causing incredible pain, and requiring Hemingway to undergo several surgeries....   [tags: The encrypted diary,modernist period, author]
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The Relevance of the Ancients: The Case of Catullus and His Poetry - ... He adopted the Hellenistic style into Roman love poetry and expanded the genre of love poetry. A lot of his short poetry described the relationship between Catullus and Lesbia, and the change of Catullus`s emotion toward Lesbia (Cunningham S. Lawrence and Reich J. John P331.) At the beginning of the series of poem, his had the only emotion of deep love for Lesbia. However, after Lesbia hated him, his emotion toward Lesbia started to change into bitterness and hatred gradually. In the textbook Culture & Value ~ a survey of the humanities ~, only poem5, poem87, poem75, poem58, and are shown....   [tags: Gilgamesh, Egypt, Catullus]
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Truthful Horatio of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Truthful Horatio in Hamlet Horatio's role in Hamlet is minor, however he serves two purposes central to the drama. Horatio provides the truth. It is through Horatio that the actions taken by Hamlet and other characters gain credibility. He is the outside observer to the madness. Hamlet could soliloquize to no end, but it is his conversations with Horatio that ground the play in reality. Horatio believes Hamlet and thus we have permission to believe. He sees the Ghost and so we can believe that Hamlet has seen the Ghost....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 602 words
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Bugs Moran - George “Bugs” Moran: The Gangster George “Bugs” Moran was not born in Chicago as thought by many people. He was born to Polish and Irish immigrant parents in 1893. Although, he was shortly moved to Chicago where it all started. Moran joined many different gangs throughout his childhood and teen years. He committed more than 20 known robberies and was imprisoned three times before he was just 21 years of age. He was soon very important to a man’s gang that called themselves the Dion O'Banion's North Siders....   [tags: essays research papers] 552 words
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Julius Caeser-the Conspirators 2 Kill Him - CONFIDENTIAL-OBSERVATIONAL REPORT My dear Caesar, my master, you summoned me to record my observations of the people of High Rome. I have gathered information from my many spies and informants and have filed this report. I thought it might interest you of the goings-on of the following citizens. Marcus Antonius- Your loyal subject has stayed true to you and honours you. He poses no trouble to your rule and does not seem persuaded by the other schemers. Cassius-He appears a very tempered person....   [tags: essays research papers] 584 words
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The Pitfall Of The Insensitive - Still Killing us Softly by Jean Kilbourne gives us prime examples of how the media tries to influence the way we see our society. The advertisement examples that she gives show how they portray the ideal woman as young, thin and beautiful, as well as making all men to look like powerful and insensitive animals (which they aren't). Both of the distortions use pathos as their persuasive devises by evoking emotion in the consumers to cause them to buy their product.In almost all advertisements with the exception of Depends and Polydent, all the models are probably not over twenty-five....   [tags: essays research papers] 654 words
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Review of How the Irish Saved Civilization - In 476 AD, centuries of amassed knowledge in science and philosophy, literature and the arts lay in peril of destruction alongside the physical Roman Empire. Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization sheds light upon the role of the Irish people in the conservation and rebirth of civilization and the Western tradition after the fall of the Roman Empire. It is here that Cahill opens his book and after a brief description of classical civilization, that we are given a look at another people, far different from the Romans and Greeks- the vibrant and intriguing Celts....   [tags: Book Reviews] 471 words
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Realism in Oedipus the King - Realism in Oedipus Rex              This essay will examine a feature of Sophocles’ tragedy which causes the reader to doubt the realism underlying the literary work. Specifically, the essay will consider the feasability of the belief at that time – that the Delphi oracle possessed credibility with the people.   At the outset of the drama the priest of Zeus and the crowd of citizens of Thebes are gathered before the royal palace of Thebes talking to King Oedipus about the plague which is ravaging the city....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]
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Edification or False Idolatry in Emerson's The American Scholar - Edification or False Idolatry in Emerson's The American Scholar       Commencement speeches are customarily routine, pedantic, platitude filled, mildly inspiring lectures.  This description, however, was never applied to Ralph Waldo Emerson's oration, "The American Scholar," delivered to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard in 1837.  Oliver Wendell Holmes called this speech America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence."  In addition to being a call for literary independence from Europe and past traditions, the speech was a blueprint for how humans should live their lives.  Emerson believed that the way to reunite with the Over-Soul was to become "The American Scholar."  He would do this by observing nature, by studying the past through books, and by taking action.  To become a scholar, humans also needed to develop self trust, espouse freedom and bravery, and value the individual over the masses.    Because this speech is so pregnant with discussion topics, an intrinsic part of the blueprint  may not catch the reader's attention or receive the analysis it deserves.  It delivers a message that contemporary humans still need to receive.  The startling, heretical admonition not to worship or make false idols of books and other objects of art, given in Emerson's "The American Scholar," demonstrates his belief in the vital necessity for self-reliance and active, creative reading and writing.  When he exhorts us to live as a scholar, as "Man Thinking," rather than "a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking" (1530), he is cautioning us against the false idolatry of book or Bible worship.   When Emerson introduces the second great influence on the spirit of the scholar, he at first praises books.  He expounds on "the mind of the Past,--in whatever form, whether of literature, of art, of institutions, that mind is inscribed.  Books are the best type of the influence of the past" (1532).  Emerson is saying that books are the best vehicle available to the scholar for studying the ideas and accomplishments of past men and ages.  But after affirming that "the theory of books is noble" (1532) and presenting an idealized way of reading and reusing books from past ages by which "business" and "dead facts" come out as "poetry" and "quick thought" when read and rewritten in a new age, Emerson  begins to show doubts that reuse is possible and states that "Each age, it is found, must  write its own books; or rather each generation for the next succeeding.  The books of an older period will not fit this" (1532).  The preceding quotation could be used in 1837 and still today to attack the teachers and professors in secondary schools and universities who woship the literary canon.  Although few, if any, of the Harvard Phi Beta Kappas realized it at the time of hearing, Emerson's "The American Scholar" also delivers a powerful upper-cut to unaware, Bible worshipping idolaters.  In addition to the Christian Bible, his caution against idolizing books from other ages would include all the sacred books from the world's religions such as the Jewish Torah, the Hindu Bhagavad Gita, the Islamic Koran and the Veda of India....   [tags: Emerson American Scholar Essays] 1090 words
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Dido and Camilla - Leaders Blinded by their Passions in the Aeneid - Dido and Camilla - Leaders Blinded by their Passions in the Aeneid          In Book I of Virgil's Aeneid, Aeneas observes a depiction of the female warrior, Penthesilea, on the walls of Dido's temple. As Aeneas is looking at this portrait, Dido enters the temple. Later in Book XI, as Camilla walks through the carnage of battle, she is likened to an image of Penthesilea returning home victorious. Virgil presents many such similarities in his portrayals of Dido and Camilla because it is through them, the only two female leaders in his work, that he illustrates the destinies of rulers who fall victim to their passions....   [tags: Aeneid Essays]
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