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Loneliness in Eleanor Rigby and Misery - Loneliness in Eleanor Rigby and Misery          The poem "Eleanor Rigby," written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, has a common theme with Anton Chekov's short story "Misery." They present to the reader the failure of the main characters to make any significant contact with other people. This failure results in an overwhelming sense of despair and loneliness. In both of these works the main characters are faced with a problem they need to resolve. Their attempts to solve these problems provide a common ground that can be used to examine the success or failure of their efforts....   [tags: Eleanor Rigby Misery] 1130 words
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Misery by Stephen King - Misery by Stephen King Plot: Paul Sheldon is a famous writer who created the popular 'Misery' series, and has just killed off the main character, Misery Chastain. He has just finished writing a new novel called 'Fast Cars' and is heading to New York to get the manuscript printed when his car crashes in Colorado. He is pulled from the wreckage with both of his legs shattered by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes. She took him to her home and nursed him to health. But Annie Wilkes is slightly crazy, and when she read the new 'Misery' novel she demanded that Paul had to bring her back to life in another book....   [tags: Misery Stephen King] 893 words
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Anton Chekhov’s Use of Grief in Misery and Vengeance - Anton Chekhov’s Use of Grief in “Misery” and “Vengeance.” What is the fascination with grief and suffering that caused Anton Chekhov to entwine these two sad emotional states into everything he wrote. “Reading Anton Chekhov’s stories, one feels oneself in a melancholy state. Everything is strange, sharp, lonely, motionless, helpless” (Nebraska 1). Further, according to William Gerharde, Chekhov answered this very question with the following: “When you depict sad or unlucky people, and want to touch the reader’s heart, one should try to be cold— it gives their grief, as it were, a background, against which it stands out in greater relief” (Gerharde 110)....   [tags: Misery, Vengeance] 2114 words
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Misery, by Stephen King - Annie Wilkes - Misery, by Stephen King - Annie Wilkes What does it take to frighten an author of best-selling horror novels?  In Misery, Stephen King embodies a writer's fears about himself as a writer and about the continuation of his creativity in a richly elaborated and horrifi-cally psychotic woman, Annie Wilkes.  In the novel, Annie represents a mother figure, a goddess, and a "constant reader".  In reality, however, An-nie merely represents a creative part of King's mind. Annie Wilkes is a proud mother of two children--a historical-romance novelist, Paul Sheldon, and his extremely popular heroine Misery Chastain.  Annie must nurse and educate Paul.  Gottschalk elaborates, "Annie views Paul in a mad...   [tags: Misery Stephen King] 815 words
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Complete Despair in in Anton Chekhov's Misery -      In the story "Misery" by Anton Chekhov, I identified despair and misery as a theme. The surroundings amplify the sentiment of the main character, Iona Potapov. Cold and gray surrounds Iona Potapov and he is extremely miserable. Iona Potapov wants to speak to another human about his son's death but no one will listen. Failing to speak with any humans, Iona is resigned to speak with his horse.      At the beginning of the story Anton Chekhov sets the environment for the story. "The twilight of evening." (30) While reading this story, I envision the scenery by what Anton Chekhov wrote....   [tags: Antov Chekhov's Misery]
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Misery by Stephen King - Misery by Stephen King Book Report The stories setting takes place in Western Colorado. In Western Colorado in a home of a retired nurse named Annie is where the whole story takes place. Annie's home is a two story log cabin out in the middle of nowhere. The closest neighbors are miles away. It takes place in the middle of winter snow storms. The story is about Paul Sheldon who is the author of a best-selling series of romance novels featuring its popular character Misery Chastain....   [tags: Misery Stephen King Book Report] 780 words
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Anton Chekhov’s Misery: To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief? - In Anton Chekhov’s, “’Misery: “To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief?”’, he tells the story of Iona Potapov, a sledge-driver in nineteenth century Russia. The character has lost his son; to an untimely death and he is having a difficult time coping with his lost. He is an elderly, nineteenth century cab driver and his wish is to find someone he can share his terrible grief with, by only sharing his sons’ life. Chekhov portrays the main character as lonely, dazed, confused, and as a man who needs someone to confide in; which all humans want and need during such hardships....   [tags: Misery: To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief?] 886 words
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The Importance of the Mare in Anton Chekhov’s Misery - The Importance of the Mare in Misery       Iona Potapov, the main character in Anton Chekhov’s short story, "Misery," is yearning for someone to listen to his woes. Every human he comes in contact with blatantly ignores his badly-needed-to-tell-story by either shunning him or falling asleep. There is, however, one character in this story that would willingly listen to Iona, a character who is with Iona through almost the entire story. This character is his mare. Renato Poggioli describes the story as being built "around two motionless figures, an animal and a man" (316)....   [tags: Anton Chekhov Misery]
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The Misery of Wealth - ... He practiced on her affection in the systematic way, that he got great sums of money from her... He wrote her a letter... What was in it, further than that it most heartlessly broke of the marriage” (Dickens 191). This act of deceit and heartbreak ruined Miss Havisham’s life. “Well lighted with wax candles. No glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it... I say that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes......   [tags: Dicken's Great Expectations]
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A Clock Work Orange and Misery - This essay will examine the novels A Clock Work Orange, written by Anthony Burgess and Misery written by Stephen King in conjunction with the novels respective films directed by Stanley Kubrick (A Clock Work Orange) and Rob Reiner (Misery). Both of these works share several themes in common with one another, as do the main characters within them. However the two themes I intend to work with are the themes of speech and violence as modes of expressing critiques, and the theme of non-conformity and its consequences....   [tags: Anthony Burgess, Stephen King, films]
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Sympathy and Hypocrisy in Misery by Anton Chekov - ... They sit in silence. It is the mare’s perspective that exposes the contrasting reality of their surroundings, “Anyone who has been torn away from the plough…and cast into this slough, full of monstrous lights, of unceasing uproar and hurrying people…” (403). Interestingly, the sentence not only paints an inverse portrait of Iona’s solitude, it also implies that the mare’s thoughts are the reasonable and rational thoughts of anyone, not just the thoughts of a horse. While Iona and his horse are blanketed in coldness by the snow, Iona’s emotional needs are smothered by the coldness of the people around him....   [tags: Death, Grief, Humanity]
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Misery of Mind - Misery of Mind Dark clouds drew closer to Paddington square. Thick drops of rain broke as they hit the ground. A frozen sculpture of an eagle standing on the world, beneath the winter moon, stared at John with its little stony eyes. John felt an instant moment of remorse, standing, soaked, at the front door of his house. In his hand spools of suffering as the thunder roars. A moment of intense lightening. John shivered in the cold, as he dared not meet the eye of the eagle. He noticed a figure run in the distance out of the corner of his eye....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 634 words
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Fear and Misery in the Third Reich - Fear and Misery in the Third Reich On the 6th October 2005 I went to see a production of ‘Fear and Misery in the Third Reich’ by Bertiot Brecht at the Markova Theatre. The production was performed by the Watford Palace travelling theatre company. During the performance once performance really did surprise me. It was the performance of the ‘Jewish Woman’performed by Sarah Stanley. The reason I found this a very surprising performance was that I was incredibly moved by her performance....   [tags: Papers] 534 words
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The Lady of Shalott and Industrialized Misery - The Lady of Shalott and Industrialized Misery Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the mid-Victorian's most celebrated poets of the time, was genius in "eloquently presenting the anxieties and aspirations of his era" (Longman p. 1909). Trademarks of Victorian life included questioning faith, the Bible, the past, and the self. More and more people were interested in the industry of man rather than the uniqueness of nature, and progress of society proved that man was made to dominate and take everything for himself....   [tags: Lady of Shalott Essays] 537 words
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Misery - Misery STORYMAP 1. Sidewinder Colorado- Paul Sheldon, a novelist that has been writing a series about a character named Misery Chastain. Got in a car wreck on the icy streets in sidewinder. He got in the accident from being drunk because of the celebration he had after completing the series. Paul shatters both of his legs, dislocates his pelvis and crushes one of his knees. There he rolls off the side of the road and is knocked un-conscious. This is very important to the character because this makes him very vulnerable to his “number one fan” Anne Wilkes who holds him in her house and won’t let him go....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1035 words
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The Underground Man's Desire for Misery - Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground depicts a man who is deeply rooted in a lifestyle of misanthropy and bitterness. He is highly governed by his own burdensome philosophies. The Underground Man (as he will subsequently be referred) lives by the precedent of his own conceptions on how life should be lived. His understanding of the way people should interact socially and how individuals should be engaged emotionally has been thought through thoroughly. He is highly contradictory in his rationalization of his own practices, but appears to rather revile in his own self-pity....   [tags: World Literature] 951 words
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Hardship and Misery Prevailed in Pre-Revolutionary Russia. - Each of the social classes in pre-revolutionary Russia all endured extremely different lifestyles, some living prosperously and contently, but a majority living in horrible circumstances, deprived of basic human rights. For this reason, the proposition “Hardship and misery prevailed in pre-revolutionary societies” is accurate to a high extent, as prior to the revolution, most of the population, particularly the peasants and urban workers, suffered immensely due to the embedded inequality of the autocratic system....   [tags: human rights, social classes, revolution]
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The Hypnopaedic Slogan Asks, Should there be Hardship and Misery in Life? - ... Lenina represents the most prominent character, who takes soma to escape from the reality of life. Lenina connects the hypnopaedic slogans to her soma use in phrases including “one cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentiments” and “a gramme is always better than a damn” (89). She shows total obedience to the world controllers in her ability to use the conditioning and soma to live happily and mask her feelings of misery. During her date with Bernard, he starts to question who he is and the life he is living, but Lenina doesn’t understand and asks him, “why [don’t you] take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours....   [tags: brave, society, happiness]
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Misery, Trauma and Isolation in The Thing in the Forest by A.S Wyatt - Misery, trauma, and isolation all have connections to the war time settings in “The Thing in the Forest.” In the short story, A.S. Byatt depicts elements captured from both fairy tale and horror genres in war times. During World War II, the two young girls Penny and Primrose endure the 1940s Blitz together but in different psychological ways. In their childhood, they learn how to use gas masks and carry their belongings in oversized suitcases. Both Penny and Primrose suffer psychologically effects by being isolated from their families’ before and after the war....   [tags: Fantasy, War,Struggles]
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Social Misery and Economic Depression in the Late Eighteenth Century - In eighteenth century France, King Louis XVI’s subjects were split into three very different classes, or estates—the First Estate, the Second Estate, and lastly, the Third Estate, who made up the greater part of the French population. The First Estate consisted of clergymen, who protected tradition and preserved the status quo, while the Second Estate consisted of nobles, who regulated guilds and contributed very little in terms of taxpaying. The last estate was the Third Estate, whose members were those that lacked any real unity as the kingdom’s commoners, and they made up the ninety-seven percent of the French population (Popkin 11)....   [tags: Foreign Policy, French Estates]
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Pain, Misery and Dissapointment in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - ... Rochester’s wife. She says, “’Sir, your wife is living: that is a fact acknowledged this morning by yourself. If I lived with you as you desire—I should then be your mistress: to say otherwise is sophistical—is false.’” (323) This quote shows that as a result of Bertha’s exposure, Jane refuses to marry Mr. Rochester. The influence that Bertha’s brief debut had on Jane’s life was significant enough to hinder the growth of her relationship with Mr. Rochester. Up until Bertha was first mentioned by Mr....   [tags: Adversity, Relationship, Marriage] 918 words
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White Man's Happpiness in a Black Man's Misery - White Man’s Happiness in a Black Man’s Misery “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” This was a dream of a young man, who was a victim of racism, and that man was known as Martin Luther King Junior. Throughout history stereotyping and bigotry (intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself) has been rampant. During the Great Depression the racial segregation was evident within the African-American community because of their dark complexion....   [tags: August Wilson's The Piano Lesson]
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Misery of Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath: Slanting the Scale of Misery It is often the dismal and gloomy poems that compel us as readers to wonder what was occurring in the poet’s mind, rather than the rhymes of flowers and sunshine. Poems about despair and sadness induce our own emotions and generate speculation as to how such negative thoughts transfer from one’s own mind to the paper, maintaining their sense of torment. Sylvia Plath’s inner suffering is effectively conveyed by way of her disturbing images and noticeable language....   [tags: Poetry]
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The Happiness and Misery of Monsieur Lantin in The Jewels - The Happiness and Misery of Monsieur Lantin At the beginning of “The Jewels”, Lantin meets the woman of his dreams (and of every other man’s) and immediately falls in love with and marries her. Their lives go on in perfect harmony and happiness, and every day Lantin falls more deeply in love with his adorable wife. Lantin has only two complaints about the character of his wife: her love of the theater and her love of fake jewelry. Eventually Lantin stops going to the theater, and his wife goes alone....   [tags: essays research papers] 720 words
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Marx’s Increasing Misery Doctrine - Introduction Over the years, as capitalism dominates the economic development of the modern world, Karl Marx and his analysis into the faults of capitalism have been largely discarded by economists. However, his prediction in the fall of wages and the increasing misery, although unparallel to the actual events taking place, is not without its merits. Contrary to the belief that capitalism is the final solution and the infinite last stage of economic and social evolution, through the experience of working men or women, we are reminded often that the system isn’t all that perfect....   [tags: Karl Marx Manifesto Communist ] 1682 words
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Dreaming Can Bring Misery in the Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitgerald - ... Very view people knew what Gatsby looked like and even fewer truly knew who he was. People gossiped amongst themselves about who he was, where he came from, and those sorts of things, but he was a true mystery for almost everyone even our narrator Nick Caraway feels iffy about Gatsby throughout most of the novel. Gatsby first tells Nick that he is of a wealthy family from the mid-west and that they have all passed now leaving him large amounts of wealth. He adds that he is an Oxford man and received a significant amount of metals from various countries after the war, but the truth about Gatsby is quite the opposite....   [tags: wealth, romance, imagination]
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James Joyce's Dubliners - Anger and Misery in Counterparts - Dubliners - Anger and Misery in Counterparts If one story in Dubliners can be singled out for its overly disturbing qualities, then "Counterparts" would be it. In this story the reader witnesses the misery that people in Dublin pass on to each other and through generations. Joyce introduces us to a character that at first is mildly amusing. Farrington is a working-class man that, like so many others, has to put up with verbal abuse from his boss. At first it is comical to watch him outline his speech he will give to his friends about how he wittily insulted his boss....   [tags: Dubliners Essays]
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Robert Frost Home Burial - Selfish Misery - The Selfish Misery of  Home Burial Robert Frost's poem "Home Burial" is an intriguing portrait of a marital relationship that has gone wrong. Though at first glance it may seem that the cause for the couple's trouble is the death of their child, closer reading allows the reader to see that there are other serious, deeper-rooted problems at work. The couples differences in their approach to grieving is only the beginning of their problems. Many of the real problems lie in the wife's self-absorbed attitude of consuming unhappiness and anger....   [tags: Home Burial Essays]
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Oedipus the King Pursues the Advice of Apollo - ... When Oedipus was a child, an old man told him that he was adopted, and that he would ultimately murder his birth father and sleep with his birth mother. Not to mention, Oedipus previously assassinated a man at a crossroads, which very similar to the way Laius died. Jocasta commands Oedipus not to look into the past any more, but he stubbornly snubs her command. Oedipus goes on to interrogate a messenger and a shepherd, both of whom have knowledge about how Oedipus was deserted as a baby and adopted by a new family....   [tags: murder, prophecy, misery] 538 words
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Simbolism in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Symbolism prevails in everyday life: a dove peace, the color black death, a red rose romance, and a smile friendship. But symbols fail to remain broad; they also appear unique to each individual. Janie, the main character, reveals various symbols along her growing journey to find a voice for herself. In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, symbolism emanates through Janie’s life reflecting her development. Throughout Janie’s journey she constantly struggles between freedom and control....   [tags: Janie, misery, colors] 2320 words
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Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin - “Sonny’s Blues” revolves around the narrator as he learns who his drug-hooked, piano-playing baby brother, Sonny, really is. The author, James Baldwin, paints views on racism, misery and art and suffering in this story. His written canvas portrays a dark and continual scene pertaining to each topic. As the story unfolds, similarities in each generation can be observed. The two African American brothers share a life similar to that of their father and his brother. The father’s brother had a thirst for music, and they both travelled the treacherous road of night clubs, drinking and partying before his brother was hit and killed by a car full of white boys....   [tags: racism, suffering, misery]
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Self-Made Misery in Blake’s London - Self-Made Misery in Blake’s London     The poet William Blake paints a picture of the dirty, miserable streets of London in his poem, "London". He describes the wretched people at the bottom of the society, the chimney-sweeps, soldiers, and harlots. These people cry out from their pain and the injustices done to them. The entire poem centers around the wails of these people and what they have become due to wrongs done to them by the rest of society, primarily institutions such as the church and government....   [tags: Blake's London Essays] 532 words
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Isolation in Mary Shelley´s Frankenstien - ... Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate". (Shelley 27) Victor is conceivably an outcast when he dedicates and consumes himself in his constant research and work. Shelly wanted to pronounce how he began with a good mental state, until he starts to solely seek knowledge and a surpassing understanding of natural philosophy. Also, throughout Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor finds himself literally alone when the monster he created, murders the all but one member of his family and the ones he loves....   [tags: creation, emotions, misery, loss] 912 words
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Should Euthanasia Be Legalized? - ... Active Euthanasia is the more controversial aspect of it because it involves the doctor deliberately giving injections of certain medications to end the life of that person (“Euthanasia”) . Usually euthanasia happens to people in a persistent vegetative state, PVS, where they are no longer aware (brain dead), and in most cases need a life-supporting system (Cockeram 51) . This is determined through an electroencephalogram, the test determines if there is no brain activity and it is a flat line (Gay 10) ....   [tags: life, misery, medicine, technology] 1192 words
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Puppymills Vs Shelters - Year after year people buy puppies from big breeders. Have you ever wondered where that puppy grew up. What kind of conditions the puppy lived in. Most puppies that someone would buy from a pet store are raised in puppy mills. Puppy mills are well-known for their “inhumane conditions” and the endless breeding of “unhealthy and genetically defective” dogs only for income. People should adopt rather than buy from a pet store or breeder. By adopting from a shelter, one could give a dog a second chance at a happy life....   [tags: Puppymills Breed Misery]
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Exploring the Concept of Satire in A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, and Top of the Food Chain by T. Coraghessan Boyle - ... He is trying to shock readers with a twisted story, but also bring about change to the England and Ireland societies. In “A Modest Proposal,” the whole story is based on satire. There are parts of the story that stand out to the audience though. For an example the quote, “It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms.” This quote is very ironic, because the scene Swift proceeds to describe is more tragic, than melancholy....   [tags: human misery, food chain, pesticides]
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The Source of a Prince's Happiness and Misery in Augustine’s City of God and Aquinas’s On Kingship and Machiaveli's The Prince - ... Founders like Romulus, Theseus and Cyrus relied on their own abilities and virtues and were able to achieve happiness for themselves and their fatherland. Machiavelli strays away from Augustine’s advice for a prince to be humble. A prince must be admired and praised by his subjects to sustain the happiness a prince has gained through their actions and virtue. Chapter 19 describes how a great ruler, Septimius Severus, “was always able to rule happily because his virtues made him so admirable in the sight of the soldiers and the people”....   [tags: god, lust, love] 1467 words
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What is a Just Society? - The challenge is to describe what I would include in a “just society”. Most would find that an easy thing to describe given all the misery and injustice that is commonly displayed daily in countless ways across the globe. Though, philosophically, one would have to give thought to many considerations in regards to numerous variables and conditions that society is currently in the grips of. Conversely, I would be hard pressed to put into three paged what I feel would make a “just society”. This would be due to the fact that, I am in the process of enlightenment of my own consciousness through the teachings of Buddhism and the “power of attraction”, directing my own positive thoughts into th...   [tags: Misery, Injustice, World, Buddhism, Positivity]
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Euthanasia: An End to Misery - “Thomas More, in describing a utopian community, envisaged such a community as one that would facilitate the death of those whose lives had become burdensome as a result of ‘torturing and lingering pain’” (Voluntary Euthanasia). Euthanasia is an act that would be used to relieve suffering patients. Before one can argue for or against the legalization of euthanasia, he must understand the difference between the different types of euthanasia: active versus passive, voluntary versus non-voluntary and involuntary, and euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide....   [tags: Ethics ]
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How Michael Henchard's Character In the Mayor of Casterbridge Led to his Misery and Demise - Why Michael Henchard’s Character Led to His Misery and Demise The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy is a novel about the rising and plummeting of a complex man named Michael Henchard. Michael Henchard does not just have one characteristic or just one personality for that matter. His personality can be described as thoughtful and strong-minded but also as ruthless, stubborn and cold. Henchard's impulsiveness, aggressive attitude, childishness and selfish nature made failure and misery inevitable in his life....   [tags: essays research papers] 3527 words
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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - Misery of Slavery Exposed - Misery of Slavery Exposed in Uncle Tom's Cabin    Harriet Beacher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin addresses the issue of slavery in close accordance with the style of Frederick Douglas' narrative. A theme that Stowe impresses strongly upon the reader is the degenerative effects of slavery upon both the slave and the master. Frequently in the novel the issue is raised . Even Mrs. Shelby recognizes the depravity and admits that slavery, "is a bitter, bitter, most accursed thing- a curse to the master and a curse to the slave!"(45)....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin] 580 words
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Loneliness in William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily and Anton Chekhov's Misery - Loneliness in William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily and Anton Chekhov's Misery Although the authors, setting, and time period of each story is unique, the character of Miss Emily in "A Rose For Emily" by William Faulkner and Iona in "Misery" by Anton Chekhov share much in common.  Iona and Emily spent their entire lives searching for fulfillment. At the end of their lives they are still lonely souls - never achieving fulfillment. It is so terrible with "A Rose For Emily," the horrible feelings come up immediately when the story ends with two dead bodies in the old and dirty house....   [tags: A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner] 1858 words
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Misery and the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - "No— Gatsby turned out all right in the end. It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men." When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words in The Great Gatsby in 1925, he perfectly described the human struggle of the time. This was, by no means, accidental--for Fitzgerald wrote meticulously and very rarely did he leave a line unrevised. No— Fitzgerald knew what he was doing; he was, in two sentences, criticizing American society like no one else had....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays] 1888 words
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Frank Mccourt And The Value Of Misery - In life people learn from their mistakes and sometimes, like Frank McCourt, from hard times that, while painful, can be of the greatest benefit from among their experiences. It shapes them into the people they are and brands them, leading them to be high achievers in life. Moreover, their achievements are more remarkable than those whose childhood were happy; they were marked by adversity and their drive to overcome and exceed expectations. A good life was not handed to them, but rather earned. Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes described the hard times and pain in his life, pain that no person should have had to endure....   [tags: Angela's Ashes Analysis] 1079 words
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Rise Above the Misery in Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - ... Similarly, the same theme also emerges when Valjean begins the process of acquiring Cosette, he gives her a doll and she looks at it as if “someone had suddenly said to her: Little girl, you are the queen of France” (341). The aforementioned quotation demonstrates how with the one simple gesture, Valjean giving the mistreated Cosette a doll, her whole world outlook is changed. By following through with that kind gift, Valjean transforms a simple, meager, mistreated girl and gives her confidence beyond comparison....   [tags: fate, life, symbolism]
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Decriminalizing Euthanasia - In society today humans condone several things such as war and self-defence. Despite the acceptance of both acts euthanasia is still both illegal and prohibited in Canada today. Euthanasia is the intentional murder of individuals who are suffering from an illness, and often euthanasia is a personal choice chosen by the one who is ill (Medina, 13). Firstly, euthanasia is an act committed out of love and compassion. Secondly, euthanasia is typically a personal choice that should not be denied. Lastly, doctor assisted euthanasia is not vulgar, but honourable and appropriate....   [tags: Ethical Issues, Unthinkable Pain, Misery] 1752 words
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My Best Friend's Personal Struggles - ... When it came within our reach, we noticed a pack of boys in front of a glass window, giggling and pointing at something. The closer we were getting, the louder and more engulfing this giggling was becoming. When we were almost there, I realized that it was not something they were pointing at, but someone. Neither her pretty face, nor her beautiful smile was as evident as her massive body, which made this stupid gang laugh without stopping. As we appeared on their horizon, they abruptly transferred their attention to us....   [tags: hormones, surgery, misery] 1231 words
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Rohinton Mistry: Annotated Bibliography - Genetsch, Martin. The Texture of Identity: The Fiction of MG Vassanji, Neil Bisoondath, and Rohinton Mistry.Toronto:TSAR Publication.2007. The book provides short summaries of Rohinton Mistry's other works and a little bit of background about his life and inspirations. It also includes the author's own interpretation of Mistry's A Fine Balance and his expert use of metaphors and symbolism that make the story seem so rich and authentic. This book will allow readers to relate to Mistry more, understand his point of view and the reason for his book better....   [tags: Annotated Bibliography, Rohinton Mistry] 548 words
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Indian Nationalism Concealed as Yearning Reminiscence: Rohinton Mistry's Narrative - ... As he gets off the train after travelling for twenty eight hours, he takes a cycle rickshaw with his own decision in pouring rain, after which he realised it was the worse one. In the narration of this interchange reader gets an initial perspective of the pride that he feels about his native land. ”Within seconds of setting off, I was ruing my pride.”(42) His perturbation at having taken the cycle rickshaw instead of auto rickshaws and that also in the bad weather is patent in his word: “His calf muscles contracted and rippled, knotting with the strain, and a mixture of pity and anger confused me....   [tags: Journey to Dharmsala by Rohinton Mistry]
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Analysis of Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry - The novel, Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry is set in the city of Mumbai, India, during the year 1971. The book explores the journey of a Parsi man named Gustad Noble and his relationships with others as he goes through the difficult times in his life. The book is not just about Gustad’s personal life journey but it also explores the political background during that time. The battle between India and West Pakistan during the Bangladeshi Liberation War that helped East Pakistan form their own sovereign state, Indira Gandhi's socialist and corrupt government and Shiv Sena's fascist regime led by their ethnocentric leader, Bal Thackeray influenced the background of the novel....   [tags: journey, relationship, political, government]
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Presentation of Political Upheavals in Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry - Rohinton Mistry is well versed with all the undercurrents of Indian politics. Though, Mistry left India in 1975 to settle in Canada, but even then he has complete knowledge of Indian politics which is not far removed from reality. His novels expose the day to day activities of our Indian politics, as for instance, corruption, politically motivated schemes, layman’s sufferings and the dominance of the corrupt officials over the downtrodden masses, etc. During his stay in Bombay, Mistry learnt a lot about socio-political background of his country before he left for Canada....   [tags: bangladesh, pakistan, indian politics]
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Mistry's Such a Long Journey: the Struggle Within - Common motifs depicted in the characters throughout Rohinton Mistry's "Such a long journey" include the contrast of many opposing forces. Good and bad, bitterness and forgiveness, saving and destruction, heaven and hell as just a few of the conflicting themes. Many secondary characters in the novel are important in the life of Gustad, and encourage these themes. In The Road to Salvation: Mythological and Theological Intertextuality in Rohinton Mistry's Such a Long Journey, Michel W. Pharand states: "Since good and evil seem to be inextricably bound, it is not surprising that many of the characters in Such a Long Journey end up doing evil in trying to do good, or conversely, that some of...   [tags: American Literature] 1145 words
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Anarchy and Caste Aberrations in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey and A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry with his novels like Such a Long Journey (1992) and A Fine Balance (1996) showed to the literary world that he is a novelist who believes in depicting life as it really is. Both the novels exhibit his excellent understanding of Indian social life. A veracious portrayal of the Indian middle class is the high point in Mistry’s narratives. His bitterness and disappointment with the government’s hostile attitude towards the poor is evident in his novels. Such a Long Journey (1991) is a great work of art by Rohinton Mistry....   [tags: socio-political irregularities]
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Mistry's First Person Narrative: Indian Nationalism Disguised as Wistful Recollection. - ... His consternation at having taken the ride in the cycle rickshaw instead of the newer auto rickshaws is evident in his word: “His calf muscles contracted and rippled, knotting with the strain, and a mixture of pity and anger confused me. I wish the ride would end quickly” (Mistry 42). And yet, even this negative portrayal of poverty in India and how the old and new India often clash in a classification of society into the well off and less well-off even within the rickshaw business ends in a positive: “… he convinced me a taxi was better than bus in this weather....   [tags: autobiographical narrative of trip to Dharmsala]
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Response to Reading Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance - Response to Reading Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance I chose to read Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, a story about four very different people living in India during a period of great civil unrest known as The State of Emergency. I found this book incredibly easy to get into because of the way Mistry writes. He seems to create the story around you, placing you in the setting as a viewer, involving you in the lives of the characters. Mistry clearly outlines the political and economic situation of India at the time, further emphasizing the plight of the main characters....   [tags: A Fine Balance India Literature Essays] 1139 words
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Theme Analysis for Red Road and Rear Window - ... She has also decided to not use any sound effects or any Hollywood type of lighting. CCTV Surveillance The first theme, which I will be talking about, will have to be surveillance and CCTV.I believe that surveillance and CCTV in red road is used as a primary narrative for this film as Jackie the CCTV operator for red road estate, is using the surveillance to track Clyde which has got her attention when she is mislead into thinking a young girl is going to be raped by him. This however turns out they just wanted to have sex with each other which Jackie soon finds out while she watches....   [tags: film, surveillance, revenge]
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