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Quest for Self and Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Quest For Identity In On The Road     In Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’, the protagonists embark upon a long, arduous quest for human identity. Their aim is to uncover who they truly are, where they fit in the ‘scheme of things’ and what the meaning of life is. They articulate this desire by speaking, during the novel, of the search for ‘IT’, ‘IT’ being human identity. This ‘IT’ is an intangible thing; something that holds a different meaning for every individual. It encompasses all the things humans yearn for – life answers, the meaning of the universe, happiness, enlightenment, self-fulfilment, ‘beatification’ (as articulated by Kerouac)....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Identity of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Identity of Women in On The Road       The women in Jack Kerouac's work, On The Road, are portrayed as superficial and shallow, while the men display depth in character. Women are stereotyped as falling into one of three categories; virginal, maternal or promiscuous, and, throughout the novel, are referred to in a facetious, derogatory manner. ‘Sal’, the protagonist, expresses sexist attitudes, which are a result of both his upbringing and societal attitudes of the time. Although the novel does highlight the problem of sexism, ultimately it does nothing to criticise it, but in fact projects it....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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The Search for Self and Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - Quest for Identity in On the Road In Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, the author tries to convey to the audience that everybody is naturally dishonest and morally deceitful. Morals are defined by one's religion, the laws of the country, or some combination of the two. One's identity captures and plays out that individual’s moral. My morals follow the Christian beliefs, Texas state laws, and the laws of the United States. Although one's own morals can change, basic things such as stealing and murder are wrong and illegal by federal law....   [tags: On The Road essays] 1082 words
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity - Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in On the Road     In part I, chapter 3 of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Sal arrives at Des Moines and checks into a cheap, dirty motel room. He sleeps all day and awakens in time to witness the setting sun. As he looks around the unfamiliar room, Sal realizes that he doesn't understand his own identity. Identity lost, he states "I was half way across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future." He has lost the calming influence of his aunt, and Dean and partners are not around to feed his wild streak....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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How to Lead Your Life Independently, from Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" - The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a poem about a traveller and the road that he chooses to take when his original road diverges, becoming two. If you look at it on different levels, it can be seen as a story a simple tale of a man who has to make a cautious decision of which road he should take when it diverges in a wood or about how you should be independent in the decisions you make in life. The poem itself may be a reflection of a past time that the poet had once, on one level or another, endured....   [tags: Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, identity,] 588 words
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Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Impact of Dean on Sal's Identity in On the Road On The Road begins with the protagonist, Sal, (representative of author Jack Kerouac), being overwhelmed by feelings of confusion and uncertainty regarding his personal identity. He then meets ‘Dean Moriarty’, an eccentric character who rejects societal values and ‘norms’. Sal is absorbed with and entranced by Dean, perceiving him as almost ‘superhuman’, and decides to follow him across the country. A passive character, Sal soon becomes dependent on Dean, mimicking his friend rather than discovering his personal identity....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Spiritual Quest, the Search for Self and Identity - The Spiritual Quest in On the Road           A disillusioned youth roams the country without truly establishing himself in one of the many cities he falls in love with. In doing so, he manages with the thought or presence of his best friend. What is he searching for. While journeying on the road, Sal Paradise is not searching for a home, a job, or a wife. Instead, he longs for a mental utopia offered by Dean Moriarty. This object of his brotherly love grew up in the streets of America. Through the hardships of continuously being shuffled from city to city, Dean has encompassed what is and what is not important in life....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Race and Social Identity in On the Road and The Reivers - Race and Social Identity in On the Road and The Reivers      Whether around a group of friends or among total strangers, many people feel compelled to act in certain ways to please those around them; this part of our identity is labeled conveniently as social identity. A social identity can sometimes be very close to one's personal identity, but the differences between the two is caused by social pressures and obligations, and the extent to which it differs is based on many factors such as race, heritage, age, etc....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Down the Road of Knowing Myself - ... During college I had learned to be a person with more discipline and less naive. Have a correct behavior it is one of the best aspects to have as a student. Make an agenda, organize your schedules, have a study place and others, are the best examples to tell how discipline works and how do I work. I am the kind of student that tries to clutch into new ideas, think of for what and why something occurs and figure out how to solve problems for a better life. Curious, smart, kind, helpful are also values that describe my personality and further my identity as a college student....   [tags: identity, student, culture] 542 words
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Analysis on three Day Road - In the novel, Three Day Road, the three main characters, Elijah, Niska and Xavier are Cree Indians. They are Native Americans that do not rely on Europeans and make their living by hunting in the bush. They are maintaining their culture and identity after the the Europeans come as before. However, Elijah and Xavier are volunteering in the First World War. They are losing their identity gradually in ways of culture, status, power, thinking, beliefs, etc. Xavier and Niska try to maintain their culture but Elijah wants to get rid of it totally....   [tags: novel, hunting, culture, identity] 627 words
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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The American Quest - On The Road and the American Quest        Jack Kerouac's On The Road is the most uniquely American novel of its time.  While it has never fared well with academics, On The Road has come to symbolize for many an entire generation of disaffected young Americans.  One can focus on numerous issues wh en addressing the novel, but the two primary reasons which make the book uniquely American are its frantic Romantic search for the great American hero (and ecstasy in general), and Kerouac's "Spontaneous Prose" method of writing....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Analysis of Robert Frost´s The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a very interesting poem about the narrator coming to a fork in a road. The underlying meaning of “The Road Not Taken” is the decisions that people have to make on the “road” of life and the regret what can come from choosing the wrong “road”. “The Road Not Taken” has many meaningful metaphors if the reader studies the poem closely. Frost masterly crafts the poem so that he teaches the reader about the importance of the decisions made in life. The literal theme of the poem is that the narrator is traveling in the autumn when the narrator comes to a fork in the road....   [tags: road, decisions, life, metaphors]
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The Foundation of My Identity - Among carpenters, it is a well-known fact that building a house upon a solid foundation is imperative. When beginning the construction of a home, the foundation is always the first step leading to success, for without it, the house will become unstable. During extreme weather, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other conditions, a slight fault in the foundation of a home will most likely guarantee significant damage, if not complete destruction. Similar to a house, a person’s identity must rest upon a firm foundation; otherwise, it may not be capable of withstanding the ominous conditions of the world....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essay]
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Treatment of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Treatment of Women in On The Road                    The women in Jack Kerouac's On The Road were, it seems, not afforded the same depth in character which the author gave the men. The treatment of the women characters in both word and action by Sal and Dean seems to show that women could only be a virgin/mother figure or a whore. Throughout the novel there are many instances in which women and their feelings or actions are either referred to flippantly or blatantly degraded. It can be said, however, that Sal (Kerouac) did not necessarily agree with this narrow female identity, and there is evidence to support this claim....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Importance of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - Importance of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road It is Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, who represents the eternal flame of youth that was adopted by the rebellious youth culture of the Beat Generation. He is free from responsibility, “simply a youth tremendously excited with life…want[ing] so much to live and to get involved with people who would otherwise pay no attention to him” (Kerouac 4). Just as the Greek of the Olympics, “with [the] torch…[that] ignites the pagan dream of immortality” (Rodriguez 1), Dean embodies the almost immortal flame of youth, the eternal “sideburned hero of the snowy West” (Kerouac 2)....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Degradation of Women in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road - The Degradation of Women in On The Road An argument can be made that the women in Jack Kerouac's On The Road are not as characteristically well developed as the men. Through Sal and Dean's interactions with women, the reader sees that there exist two types of females in this novel - the benevolent virgin/mother figure or the whore. Women are constantly referred to in a negative way or blatantly degraded and insulted by numerous characters. However, Kerouac (through the character of Sal) exhibits sympathy for women....   [tags: On The Road essays]
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Fate, Destiny and Free Will in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken - The Road Not Taken:  The Paradox of Free Will Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken", is a profound philosophical approach illustrating the paradox of free will.  In the first line, Frost uses the metaphor "Two roads diverged" (1), to establish not only the dilemma of the traveler in the poem, but life itself.  The decisions we make in life, like the traveler in "The Road Not Taken", are not to be taken lightly.  There is a desire to be adventurous, yet we fear possible regret for 'what might have been'.  Either way, we must live with the choices we make.  "The Road Not Taken" is an ambiguous poem epitomizing the complex nature of individuality....   [tags: Road Not Taken essays] 1223 words
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I Was Born on the Silk Road - “I cannot imagine physically stepping out of Florida.” The words of my fellow classmate rang in my head. I could not fathom the thought of staying in one place; this seemed too foreign and strange to comprehend, as though it was against my nature, my identity. My mind and body have been in motion throughout my life; flowing, and changing as I grew up in India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and America. Each holds a foothold in my identity, without complete immersion in any. The motions in my life-helped shape my perspective, behavior, and beliefs but most importantly, it made me realize my identity is an ever-shifting stream of energy....   [tags: personal story and reflections] 753 words
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Comparing Arlington Road and Rear Window - “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it” (Alfred Hitchcock). One of the greatest directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, sometimes known as the “master of suspense” has made many movies hindering on the idea of the bomb theory. This theory clarifies that a bomb going off out of nowhere is surprise while a bomb ticking to go off is suspense. One of Hitchcock’s films that demonstrates this suspense is Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart. Some say that Arlington Road can be compared to Rear Window because it effectively used Hitchcock’s elements in the film....   [tags: compare contrast] 1394 words
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My Personal Identity - A person’s identity is shaped by many different aspects. Family, culture, friends, personal interests and surrounding environments are all factors that tend to help shape a person’s identity. Some factors may have more of an influence than others and some may not have any influence at all. As a person grows up in a family, they are influenced by many aspects of their life. Family and culture may influence a person’s sense of responsibilities, ethics and morals, tastes in music, humor and sports, and many other aspects of life....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essay] 956 words
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Identity - Identity is a state of mind in which someone recognizes/identifies their character traits that leads to finding out who they are and what they do and not that of someone else. In other words it's basically who you are and what you define yourself as being. The theme of identity is often expressed in books/novels or basically any other piece of literature so that the reader can intrigue themselves and relate to the characters and their emotions. It's useful in helping readers understand that a person's state of mind is full of arduous thoughts about who they are and what they want to be....   [tags: Identity character literature self] 1453 words
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Vagueness and Identity - Vagueness and Identity ABSTRACT: The view that identity can be vague holds that there are statements of identity which are neither true nor false. The view that composition can be vague holds that unities can have borderline constituents — that is, elements that are neither parts nor non-parts of some larger unity. The case for vague identity is typically made by way of an argument for the vagueness of composition. In this paper, however, I argue that the thesis that composition can be vague is actually incompatible with the thesis of vague identity....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers] 3130 words
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Analysis of Chile's Road to Socialism - The Yarur textile factory played an important role in Chilean politics, and was the central role for the uprisings and downfalls in Chilean history. Its first key component was that it represented an economic empire based of paper and cloth that used these resources to gain political power through the aspect of having wealth. The second element of the Yarur factory that gave its importance in Chilean politics was that it represented a monopoly of Chile’s political capital. In Weavers of Revolution, Peter Winn depicts the relationship from a “revolution from above” and “revolution from below” and how the workers of the Yarur textile factory faced an on-going struggle between the working class...   [tags: chilean politics, socialism, yarur factory]
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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates - Throughout a lifetime, one can run through many different personalities that transform constantly due to experience and growing maturity, whether he or she becomes the quiet, brooding type, or tries out being the wild, party maniac. Richard Yates examines acting and role-playing—recurring themes throughout the ages—in his fictional novel Revolutionary Road. Frank and April Wheeler, a young couple living miserably in suburbia, experience relationship difficulties as their desire to escape grows. Despite their search for something different, the couple’s lack of communication causes their planned move to Europe to fall through....   [tags: Frank and April Wheeler ] 1398 words
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As For Me and My House, and Three Day Road by Sinclair Ross and Joseph Boyden - Through comparing and contrasting the novels As For Me and My House, and Three Day Road by Sinclair Ross and Joseph Boyden the habitual theme of obsession is present. According to the oxford English dictionary it defines obsession as, “an idea, image, or influence which continually fills or troubles the mind; a compulsive interest or preoccupation; the fact or state of being troubled or preoccupied in this way.” (OED) This is significantly present in both works, since it is exemplified through the characters of Philip, Elijah, and Xavier....   [tags: obsession, Philip, Elijah, and Xavier]
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - ... She buries two things: her career and her sanity. (SP10) The city brings her no joy and she is on the verge of a mental breakdown when a photographer at the magazine asks her what she wants to be. Suddenly it occurs to her, she does not even know anymore. Esther, the girl who once thought she would have no problem becoming a famous poet sympathizes with herself, “I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full” (101). Esther becomes overwhelmed and is actually lost in her life, admitting to her overconfident thoughts about receiving scholarships and being smart....   [tags: identity, insanity] 1826 words
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Commercial Identity - Commercial Identity This is one of the best essays I ever wrote. It was also the easiest and quickest to write because I had fun doing it. It was amazing how much my writing improved when I decided to have fun with it. "Forced" writing never turns out well no matter how skilled the writer is. Although girls may tell you they don't judge a guy based on the brand of beer he drinks, they are lying. Bud Light's new spot shows two guys fail miserably when they offer two good looking (surprise, surprise) ladies the wrong beer....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1776 words
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easy rider: a pursuit of American identity - Easy Rider: An Epic journey into the unknown For the American dream Easy Rider is the late 1960s "road film" tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) and an identity in America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. The story, of filmmakers' Fonda/Hopper creation, centers around the self-styled, counter-cultured, neo-frontiersmen of the painfully fashionable late 60s. As for the meaning of Easy rider, Peter Fonda (Wyatt) said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, ¡§it is a southern term for a whore¡¦s old man, not a pimp, but a dude who lives with a chick....   [tags: essays research papers] 1318 words
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Overcoming Identity Confusion in Adulthood - Because of many conflicting ideas I experienced between ages 12-18, which is the time frame for the identity versus role confusion stage of Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory of development which is describe in our textbook (Boyd & Bee, 2006), I have experienced delays in life planning. Throughout my adolescence I was often in a non supportive environment with many people dictating my actions, but no role model to look up to. This left me confused and caused me to have many different jobs that I did for money, not for career experience My future goals have stemmed from becoming recently self employed, and realizing my love for accounting, and having time to make my own decisions and realizing my...   [tags: Autobiography, Personal Experience]
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Changes of Cultural Identity - What determines identity. Dictionaries describes it as, “the fact of being who or what a person it.” However what makes you who you are. Or better yet, what you are. Your name, and the way you look make up the “who”, of whom you are; just the same, religion, culture and beliefs makes up the what. Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road was strongly based on the relationship between Xavier Bird and Elijah Whiskeyjack. It illustrates how their native cultural identity changes throughout the novel and shapes their personal identity into becoming something monstrous....   [tags: Xavier Bird, Elijah Whiskeyback]
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The Invisible Man's Identity - Upon opening Ralph Waldo Ellison’s book The “Invisible Man”, one will discover the shocking story of an unnamed African American and his lifelong struggle to find a place in the world. Recognizing the truth within this fiction leads one to a fork in its reality; One road stating the narrators isolation is a product of his own actions, the other naming the discriminatory views of the society as the perpetrating force infringing upon his freedom. Constantly revolving around his own self-destruction, the narrator often settles in various locations that are less than strategic for a man of African-American background....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Ralph Waldo Ellison] 2067 words
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Comparing On the Road and Easy Rider - Parallels in On the Road and Easy Rider               Released more than a decade apart, Kerouac's On the Road and Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider are replete with parallels. Both depict characters whose beliefs are not quite uniform with those of society; in both cases these characters set out in search of "kicks" but become part of something larger along the way. More importantly, these two texts each comment insightfully on the culture of their respective times. But all these similarities become superficial in the face of the inherent differences between the two....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Mistaken Identity - I used to serve tables and one particular table will forever haunt me. After a normal meal, an older gentleman gave me his credit card to pay for his meal. The name on the card was none other than Gordie Howe. I was star struck to say the least. When I approached him, I immediately asked for his autograph on my grandparent’s fiftieth anniversary card. He looked the part and acted the part as well. After giving the card to my grandparents as a gift, I then had it appraised. I was happy to find out an authentic Gordie Howe autograph is worth anywhere from $300 to thousands, pending on the autograph....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Oedipus The King] 1461 words
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A Non-Existent God in McCarthy’s The Road - A Non-Existent God in McCarthy’s The Road A father and son navigate a slowly dying world of ash to reach the sea. Through the journey on the road to their destination they are confronted by the horrors of a post-apocalyptic world, through which they must navigate. The other people left are animalistic cannibals capable of heinous crimes that are necessary to survive in the new world. Through this nameless father and son duo, Cormick McCarthy weaves The Road into a tale where there is no righteousness for the good, and where chance dictates life....   [tags: nameless characters, sin] 1091 words
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Movie Genre in David Laderman´s Driving Visions - In David Laderman’s Driving Visions (2002), Laderman identifies three essential ingredients to the road movie genre - psychological identity crisis, socio-political critique and the revolutionary spirit of new Hollywood (“Driving Visions”, 27) where socio-political and historical critique plays a crucial role. Badlands (TM, 1973) undoubtedly fulfills these criterion set by Laderman and was particularly important to the genre, as it was part of a “boom of American auteur-driven breakouts that challenged American film making standards”(Runyon), and it left “a crowded legacy of road movies” in its wake (“Driving Visions”, 117)....   [tags: romance, identity confusion, modernism]
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Taking the Hard Road - Taking the Hard Road Thesis #3: Taking the Hard Road Working class autobiographies "illuminated how social position, or location in social hierarchies, [were] internalized as identity" (Maynes 3). Where otherwise the only source of information of the past would be statistics and those of historians, the autobiographies give the reader a feel of what the working classes were going through in a more personal way. The conditions in which they lived and the politics or beliefs they lived by can be examined for differences or qualities they might share....   [tags: Literature Analysis, Autobiographies] 322 words
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Masculine Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Masculine Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Vern L. Bullough's article, "On Being a Male in the Middle Ages," addresses how vital it was for a man living in the middle ages to be sexually active in order to maintain a masculine identity by explaining: Quite clearly, male sexual performance was a major key to being male. It was a man's sexual organs that made him different and superior to the woman. But maleness was somewhat fragile, and it was important for a man to keep demonstrating his maleness by action and thought, especially by sexual action....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Fantomina’s Sensual Identity - ... The “equal” satisfaction of their subsequent sexual relationship is ambiguous, but after this episode, but the dynamics of desire are clear: Fantomina wishes to continue the sexual relationship, while Beauplaisir’s passion has cooled. After her initial encounter with Beauplaisir, Fantomina recognizes that merely changing her appearance will not be adequate. Her transformation into Celia takes place on multiple sensual planes, the first of which serves to confuse Beauplaisir’s hearing: “[A]ll the rest of her Accoutrements were answerable to these and joined with a broad Country Dialect, a rude unpolished Air, which she, having been bred in these Parts, knew very well how to imitate” (234)...   [tags: play, Beauplaisir, sexual capital] 631 words
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Identity Crisis in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is the story of a man much like Miller's father, a salesman, "whose misguided notions of success result in disillusionment" (Draper 2360). The suppression of the main character, Willy Loman's, true nature is a result of his pursuit of a completely misguided dream. The fraudulent and miserable existence this generates is accentuated by the father-son relationship he shares with his son Biff. Willy Loman has surrendered the life of himself and his sons to a dream of success, while this dream is not particularly reprehensible, it is nevertheless unsuitable for him and can only be kept alive at the expense of his selfhood....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays] 1191 words
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Identity Transformations from Past to Present - Every individual has a distinct past that shapes his or her identity. The situations people face may cause them to have distorted perceptions of themselves. These distorted perceptions allow people to lose sight of the important things in life. In order to discover their true selves they will need to create a path for self transformation. Scott Momaday, Victor Joseph and Macklemore have different pasts but all share a common thread of reconnecting with the important things in life. Many variables affect each person’s destiny, but it is their physical and psychological factors that predisposition their vulnerability....   [tags: preceptions, valnerable, destiny] 1522 words
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Essay on the Failure of Language in Malcolm and On the Road - The Failure of Language in Malcolm and On the Road        John Clellon Holmes in his essay "The Philosophy of the Beat Generation" characterized his young contemporaries as deeply spiritual; to him, the very eccentricity of the fifties with their characteristic sexual promiscuity, drug addiction, petty criminality, and heterodox forms of self-expression was an attempt to assert one's individuality in the atmosphere of pervasive conformity of that Golden Age. And judging by the literature of this era from the distance of four decades one might conclude that incessant search for one's true self was, indeed, what this time was all about....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Feminist Perspective of On the Road and The First Third - Much has been written about the Beat generation, especially about the hold its radical freedom has exerted on the American imagination. The Beats who stand out in most of our minds are men and the freedom they enjoyed--a freedom of movement, of creativity, of sexuality--is coded as a particularly male kind of freedom. My paper will suggest that in their autobiographical texts On the Road and The First Third Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady construct a travelling masculinity in an attempt to escape bourgeois patriarchal structures without abandoning traditional patriarchal definitions of masculine power....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 654 words
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Quest for Identity in the Victorian Era - Quest for Identity in the Victorian Era         "'Who are you?' said the caterpillar" to Alice (Carroll 60).  This was a question she could not answer.  Why doesn't Alice know what constitutes her being?  Humans desire completeness, and a solid identity.  Up to the age of Darwinism, that void was filled by religious faith.  But with the emergence of Charles Darwin's theories on natural selection and survival of the fittest, Victorians were reevaluating their paths to righteousness.  Without God as a foundation, what were life's rules?    Peter Bowler argues in Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence that the old road to salvation had been damaged by one of Darwin's greatest triumph...   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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Evolution of Schooling - Benjamin R. Barber, author of the best selling Jihad vs. McWorld, asserts that public schools are “the very foundation of our democratic civic culture…institutions where we learn what it means to be a public and start down the road toward common national and civic identity. They are the forges of our citizenship and the bedrock of our democracy.” (USA Today Magazine). Schooling has evolved over the years between the requirements for students and teachers. Back in the day the method of learning was memorization and motivating students was threatened through harsh discipline....   [tags: learning instituions, civic identity]
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Identity in Linda Hogan’s Poems "The Truth Is" and "Tear" - ... However, it is apparent her words are digging at something else as well. This desperation cannot be assumed results from only extrinsic influence. The depth of Hogan’s words reach deeper, past the external, the hardened barriers warped through imbalanced privilege and historical pain. While these two poems speak in opposing voice concerning identity acceptance, the both manage to speak directly to the human condition. Identity is not define or inhibited by race, ethnicity, or background, rather this underlying reinforcer acts as the unifying thread among all people....   [tags: Ethnicity, Self-Image]
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Sexual Identity and Famous Transsexuals, Questions and Answers - ... When David and Giovanni talked about sexuality, they referred to their own places. They used comparison between America and Europe, and talked about the difficulties they had to come through. However, David could not create his real sexual identity in the America, but also he couldn’t be sure of it even though he was in Europe. David tried not to love him since he thinks it is rightful him to fall in love with a woman, not a man. However, Giovanni did not afraid to show his affection towards to David....   [tags: janet mock, beloved, skin color] 1241 words
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Finding True Identity in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home - Picking up the book Fun Home, one would imagine that the novel would embellish some sort of comical life story of a misunderstood teenager. Although the short comic-book structured novel does have its sarcastic humor, Alison Bechdel explains her firsthand account of growing up with the difficulty of living of finding her true identity. Alison was a teenager in college when she discovered that she was a lesbian, however, the shock came when she also discovered her father was homosexual. I feel that the most influencing panel in Fun Home is where Alison and her father are in the car alone together....   [tags: panels, father, homosexuality] 1280 words
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Colonialism and the Imposed Identities of the Indigenous in North America, Latin America and Africa - Introduction Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, colonialism swept across the globe like a brush fire engulfing the African Savanna on a dry summers day. Long since colonial rule has seised though, the detrimental effects left by the imposed structure and influence have charred and damaged the identities of the indigenous populations of the world. To this day, the collective identities of the indigenous populations are being regrown and transformed, but the barriers left by colonialism ensure a painstakingly slow process and recovery to local indigenous identities based on cultural tradition and heritage....   [tags: Colonization and Identity] 2271 words
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Prescience, Genetic Memory, and Personal Identity in Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogy - Prescience, Genetic Memory, and Personal Identity in Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogy "Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere.  Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it's a mountain.  From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain"(Herbert, Dune 68). –Bene Gesserit Proverb Ben Bova begins his liner notes on Frank Herbert Reads his God Emperor of Dune (Excerpts) by stating that "All truly great art shares this characteristic: the more you study it, the more it reveals" (Herbert).  Although it refers specifically to the fourth book in the Dune Chronicles, his statement also applies to the trilogy that precedes it–Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of...   [tags: Frank Herbert Dune]
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The Road Home - In Homer's poem, the Odyssey, self-restraint is a major theme and directly impacts the progress of Odysseus' journey home. A close look at the different encounters with the Cyclops, the Sungod, and the suitors reveals that self-restraint can cause the journey to progress, while a lack of self-restraint can cause the journey home to be delayed or even end for some. Odysseus' encounter with the Cyclops contains examples of both self-restraint and a lack of self-restraint. When Odysseus and his crew first reach the Cyclops' territory, they land on an island very near the Cyclops shore....   [tags: Homer, Epic poem, The Odyssea]
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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward - The Journey as Depicted in My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner’ has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement. Inner journeys have often been described as the metaphor behind a physical journey....   [tags: essays research papers] 1430 words
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My Place by Sally Morgan, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, The Transall Saga and Pay it Forward - "The Journey is the reward": Discuss the truth of this statement using the core text, with one piece of text from the BOS booklet together with two pieces of related material. All issues are to speak in relation to Sally Morgan's inner journey. The inner journey is a concept that has always been debated, and so has its meaning. The word ‘inner' has the alternative meaning of personal. Moreover, the word journey has an alternative meaning of movement. So, the concept of the inner journey, customarily, has the meaning of a personal movement....   [tags: Analysis] 1440 words
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The Subversion of Beauty in Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea - “Jamaica is beautiful. Jamaica is too beautiful” (Black). Throughout the semester, we have read multiple novels that describe an irresistible beauty found in the Caribbean: a beauty that conjures, entices, threatens, and ruins. This beauty has caused foreigners to capture, govern, fight for, and tour these islands for centuries. While the Caribbean may be a beautiful place geographically, authors have used this term differently in their literature. My argument in this paper is two-fold: I believe that Jean Rhys writes about this beauty attributed to the Caribbean as a rejection of European influence on the Caribbean and a declaration of the Caribbean’s independence over colonialism, and that...   [tags: Caribbean identity]
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How legal identity of women in Medieval Europe during the twelfth and thirteen centuries reflect and influence other aspects of their identity. - The laws of the medieval time period offer a partial answer regarding the legal rights of women. They offer insight of how women may have lived their lives, which were dictated by the law. With a closer analysis, they can also offer clues of how women identified themselves legally and in society. Not much was written about women during this time period, most women were not encouraged to write, nor did they keep personal journals. In result, it is quite difficult to get a grasp on any identities women associated themselves with....   [tags: social issues, women's right]
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Southern United States Culture - ... Also, those of different ethnic backgrounds are starting to embrace their native culture and show those of us who don't know anything about their home how they lived and cooked, their decorating, and many other characteristics that makes their cultures unique. There are more and more ethnic groups starting to merge their cultures with ours in order to make the world a place of many different cultures who enjoy and sometimes adopt other ethnic groups and their special practices, foods, and ways of life....   [tags: globalizaton and identity] 1357 words
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Black America's Naming Practices - ... It’s important to recognize how this racism affects a person. This diminishes cultural pride inherent in naming; regardless of your name, there must be pride in what that name means, as a definition and to the individual. What a name means as a definition is separate from what it means to a person. Adoption of a two-name system such as a government name and an additional name provides one name as the key to individual identity and another that is used outside of an individual community, as is practiced by people such as the Dene Tha, Navaho of North America (Sahagun) and Kyrgyz peoples of the Kyrgyz Republic....   [tags: cultural identity] 2741 words
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Automobile’s Contribution to Identity in America - The Automobile’s Contribution to Identity in America: Nostalgia, Nationalism and Status Introduction Over one billion cars have been manufactured world-wide in the past century, with nearly 700 million on the road today (Urry, 2006). As important as flight, computers, and mass communication, the automobile has been a key contributor to the growth and globalization of our world (Sheller, 2000). While the automobile is rarely the topic of sociological discussion and cultural study, this article will discuss the iconicism of the automobile and how it contributes to an individual’s identity....   [tags: Automobile Car Vehicle]
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The Road To True Sexuality - The ways in which people express their sexual identity went through a revolution in the past 30-40 years. Sometime ago it was frowned upon if a young lady talked about sex or even aroused interest about the topic. Sheltered under her parent’s wings as a girl, Lorde was not given the opportunity to explore her sexuality. Her parents molded her in their image and did not allow them much choice or room for her own growth. Society does not allow it to be socially acceptable for a young person to be allowed to express themselves through clothes, music or lifestyle as it is today....   [tags: Sexuality, argumentative, persuasive] 1490 words
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Fear of Death in White Noise by Don DeLillo - In the novel, White Noise by Don DeLillo, Jack Gladney tries to think that he know his wife Babette. He tries to disguise his true self in order to gain strength through his false identity. He tries to control Babette’s thoughts by telling her she is supposed to act a particular way because he is slowly losing control and the struggle of who is more afraid of death. Jack constantly is trying to face his fears of death but learns that his wife has similar fears. He tries to gain power over his death by trying to murder someone....   [tags: identity, kill, fear, death] 628 words
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Racial Discourse in the Film 8 Mile Directed by Curtis Hanson - ... This translates to Eminem’s career and his success in the industry. But Eminem’s success is ultimately due to his ability to encompass the characteristics of black culture while maintaining his position as a white male: “affiliations with black masculinity provide cultural acceptance and authenticity, which fuel his entry into hip-hop culture. White masculinity provides mobility, ambivalence from white audiences, and commercial success” (Dawkins 465). Therefore by “walking” the spaces between black and white masculinity and never committing to one, he masters the industry....   [tags: obstacles, evil, identity, biased] 2148 words
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The True Meaning of Being a Human in How It Feels to be Colored by Zora Hurston - ... These are some of the characteristic describes her as “everybody’s Zora” (Hurston, 145). Meanwhile, at the age of 13, due to family circumstances, Zora had to move to Jacksonville, Florida. In this period, Hurston narrates a series of events that she never experienced before. In this new town, she’s now a “little colored” (Hurston, 146) girl. Her skin color presents a distraction, a bump in the road for others to see beyond skin color. She’s no longer “everybody’s Zora” (Hurston, 145). This is the first of a series of events that helps build the message of the essay....   [tags: descrimination, race, identity] 820 words
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Warriors of the Red Road: Pathways to Resistance - To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom; To know love is to know peace; To honour all of Creation is to have respect; Bravery is to face the foe with integrity; Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave; Humility is to know your self as a sacred part of Creation; Truth is to know all of these things. (Richland, J. B. & Deer, S. p. 28) In the legend of the seven grandfather teachings, a boy was taught how to protect and care for life living with Mother Earth. This legend was passed from generation to generation as a teaching tool for both young and old alike....   [tags: Native Americans]
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Roots of Intimacy - Zoe Hicks is a licensed psychotherapist for the ‘love and relationship’ website YourTango.com, who recently published an article on, psychology website, Psych Central. She said there are five stages of intimacy: Infatuation, Landing, Burying, Resurfacing, and Love. She also states that, similarly to the Kübler-Ross model of grief, these stages might not happen in the same order, but “the intensity, the dullness, the gains, and the loss all mirror one another” (Hicks, 2013). The first stage is Infatuation; during this stage we become almost obsessive over this new person and relationship in our life....   [tags: Relationship Stages, Identity Change]
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CONDITION SURVEY OF MOSQUE IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA, NIGERIA - 1.0 Introduction The whole world is a place of worship. The essence of life is to worship the Almighty, the creator of all creations. Allah says that He had created both Men and Jinns only that they may worship and serve Him (Quran 51, verse 56). In another related verse; Allah says “O ye who believe. When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (The Day of Assembly), hastens earnestly to the remembrance of God, and leave off business (and traffic): that is best for you if ye but knew. And when the prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of God: and celebrate the praises of God often (and without stint :): that ye may prosper (Quran 62, verse 9,...   [tags: Allah, Muslim, Islam, religious identity]
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The Issue of LGBT Hate Crimes - Hate Crimes: crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or religion(Federal officials, 2011). Hate crimes have been around for centuries. A hate crime is considered any malicious crime that is derived from hatred towards a certain group of people. African Americans are still victim to hate crimes, even after the Civil Rights movement. James Byrd Jr. suffered a prime example of a gruesome hate crime in 1998, because of his African American descent....   [tags: sexual orientation, disability, gender identity]
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