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Role of the Family Explored in Slapstick and Grapes of Wrath - Role of the Family Explored in Slapstick and Grapes of Wrath       On Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the need for belongingness and love ranks only below the need for survival, making it one of our most basic needs (Weiten 267). Many people fill this need for affection by participating in a family unit. However, as the 20th century continues, the emphasis on family in America is decreasing. Divorce rates, single-parent households, and children born out of wedlock are all increasing. Furthermore, instead of the network of aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and other relatives that was prevalent in early America, Americans today are more distant from their extended family....   [tags: Grapes Wrath essays]
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Big Trouble in Big Trouble - In the long tradition of American screwball comedies, Big Trouble, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and based on the novel by Dave Barry, is something of a return to form in a medium that has excelled in defying old conventions over the last few decades. Even though more modern screwballs have tended to drift away from the roots of their 30s-40s brethren, some still strive to be like Bringing Up Baby or Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Films like O Brother, Where Art Thou. and I Heart Huckabees have done a lot to blaze new trails for the genre, but as a result they have to drift away from the original idea of a screwball....   [tags: Film Review]
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Frogs and Wasps by Aristophanes - ... Here, the pun would provoke a phylai (tribal) effect, as the uproar around the stage would begin as a result of the debate among individuals who agree or disagree with Aristophanes idea of Cleonymus. This would further connect the audience with the play, as they more-closely follow the motifs of the play in interest. Similarly his emphasis on his hatred towards Cleon his highlighted by caricature, reminding everyone that he is a “shield dropper” constantly. The audience is led into a riddle: “… a figure like a whale and a vice like a scalded sow”, which inherits the anti-Cleon message again, exacting his message that this “rapacious-looking creature” with a story that “stinks of a tanner...   [tags: fifth century comedians, absurd plays] 1231 words
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Domestic and Foreign Comedies - Title g Domestic and Foreign Comedies The most successful movies worldwide are comedies. Comedies are able to bring together many cultures together and have them agree on one thing – and that it being entertained. In the United States, comedy developed from the early slapstick, into screwball comedies, to dark comedies and finally social satires. Foreign films take everyday societal problems, or quirks and makes them into brilliant comedic performances. The quirkier the characters, there will a more favorable response from the audience....   [tags: Entertainment ]
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Features Needed to Make a Comedy Film - ... Movies always usually end with a happy ending. Examples of movies are The Other Woman, That Awkward Moment, and Silver Linings Playbook. The screwball comedy is a principally American genre of comedy film that became popular during the Great Depression. These movies are made up of unexpected situations and comedy routines. Teen films are a film genre targeted at teenagers and young adults in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst or alienation....   [tags: movie making] 771 words
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Humor of a Common Fear - ... Henry 72-73). Bill is getting attacked by their captive, Red Chief, creating a paradox to normal everyday life. The boy, known as Red Chief or Johnny, makes the audience laugh. For instance, “ ‘Red Chief’ says I to the kid, ‘would you like to go home?’ ‘Aw, what for’ “ (O. Henry 72). This shows Johnny’s fearless side which makes him seem more masculine than Bill. Although, when they are together they balance each other out making the story extremely funny, “The boy catches Bill neatly in the eye with a piece of brick” (O....   [tags: The Ransom of Red Chief by O Henry] 810 words
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Relationships and Interdependence in the Works of Kurt Vonnegut - Relationships and Interdependence in the Works of Kurt Vonnegut While on the surface Kurt Vonnegut's works appear to singularly contain the pessimistic views of an aging, black humorist, his underlying meanings reveal a much more sympathetic and hopeful glimpse of humanity that lends itself to eventual societal improvement. As part of Vonnegut's strategy for enhanced communal welfare, the satirist details in the course of his works potential artificial family groups to connect the masses and alleviate the lonely....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 2146 words
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Farewell to the One-Reelers - The plot of Big Red Riding Hood is as thin as you can get, but that is usually the case with most one-reelers. Charley plays Jimmy Jump as in all of his one-reel shorts. A title describes Charley's character, "Jimmy Jump -- An intellectual giant, but a financial dwarf." Charley's task in this film is to translate the story "Little Red Riding Hood" into Swedish. So, in the entire film, Charley tries to finish reading the story. When a man buys the book and puts it in the back seat of his car, Jimmy rides alongside the car with his bicycle....   [tags: essays research papers] 428 words
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Situational Irony in O’Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief and The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant - ... While speaking with Sam, Bill complains about Red chief yet again, “‘I’ve stood by you without batting an eye in earthquakes, fire and flood--in poker games, dynamite outrages, police raids, train robberies and cyclones. I never lost my nerve yet till we kidnapped that two-legged skyrocket of a kid’” (4). Although it is very funny that a supposed big, tough criminal is afraid of a ten year-old, he has a reason to. Red chief tries to cut Bill with a knife while he is sleeping which horrifies him....   [tags: Tone, Comical, Depressing]
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Farce and Dramatic Irony in A Midsummer Night´s Dream by William Shakespeare - ... The randomness of farce represents how love truly has no reason, and is very confusing, like the play itself. Farce and dramatic irony both serve as vehicles to exemplify the absurd, out of control, and illogical realities of love. Dramatic irony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream embodies the elaborate plotline that symbolizes the complexity of love, while dramatic irony in itself displays the message that love is blind. When Helena is convinced Lysander and Demetrius are deriding her when the potion really is causing them to be attracted to her, she is completely oblivious to the influence of the potion and the new love triangle created along with it....   [tags: oberon and titania, moral] 952 words
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Who Said That Animation Is Just For Kids - Ask any student in college about old cartoon shows like Looney Toons or X-men, and you'll probably get a response like “I used to love watching that show!”. Children in America today are raised on cartoons, as most American animation is directed at children. If you were to ask the people who said that they used to watch cartoons if they still watch animated shows today, they would probably say that they grew out of watching cartoons a long time ago. However, this is not the case everywhere, in Japan animated shows are directed to all ages instead of just children....   [tags: Animation] 1473 words
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Cat People versus Dog People - ... The stereotype of a crazy cat women is not really true. On a usual basis, they are more likely to be women. Their personalities extend to being unconventional introverts. This is just a fancy way of calling them outside of the box thinker but with shy tendencies. The unconventional side is often seen as “crazy” but I like to call it misunderstood innovation. My adorable cat tiger can turn anything into a place to sleep and that’s his form of innovation. I love to create, design and remodel 7]-everything which is one of my contributions to being a cat person....   [tags: pets, animals in the house]
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Comic Techniques in Act 5 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Comic Techniques in Act 5 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare This scene is the last of the play but by this time the actual plot is finished. This scene is an extra part added on to make the play more humorous. It is also the only scene with all the characters in it. They are all drawn together in one place. Shakespeare did this to make sure the ending is happy and humorous. It also shows the audience that everything turns out alright in the end. It would look strange on stage as Shakespeare is mimicking his own audience....   [tags: Papers] 1323 words
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The Role and Function of Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Role and Function of Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Elizabethan times the Twelfth Night was a time of holiday and festivals and it was sometimes known as the feast of fools. Slapstick comedy, satire and romance along with disguise and frivolity were all ingredients, which would have been the order of the day. Feste the fool represents the festive spirit of the play, and he makes an important contribution to the action. Fools were employed by noble families, Feste is employed by the Countess Olivia....   [tags: Papers] 451 words
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How have sitcoms changed over time? - Although ‘Men Behaving Badly’ is not that much older than ‘Friends’ the more recent episodes of Friends are quite different to the final episodes of M.B.B. The most obvious difference between the two programmes is the clothes the actors wear and their accents. Of course this is to be expected due to the difference in time and location of filming but also the characters play very different parts. In M.B.B. all the characters are around aged 30 and live in quite a bad part of London and not particularly worried about their sense of fashion; whereas in Friends they live in the centre of New York and most of the characters are always dressed in the latest clothes and some of the narrative revol...   [tags: essays research papers] 595 words
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The History of Sitcoms - The History of Sitcoms The word 'Sitcom' derives from the words Situational Comedy. Sitcoms are a series of programs shown on television that usually involve a family or a close group of characters. Sitcoms seem to have been around ever since television was introduced to the family home, and are continuing to change along with television itself. Traditionally, sitcoms were generally centred around men, usually having only one or two female characters. Examples of this are, 'Yes Prime Minister', 'Blackadder', and the still popular 'Only Fools and Horses'....   [tags: Papers] 2064 words
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Korean Culture Report - ... At least not in Korean, anyway. I had to continue trying.. How could I be funny in one language and culture, and not be in another language and culture. Best I could muster was slapstick and self-deprecation. Begging for laughs was clearly the only option left. Simultaneously, hearing my native Korean peers crack jokes that to me were horrendously unfunny, and generally being unable to partake in the joy of Korean TV shows and dramas, was also very discouraging. I often felt excluded and incomplete as a Korean trying to fit back in....   [tags: humor, culture shock] 1131 words
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Cartoon The Simpsons - Cartoon The Simpsons The Simpsons first came to life in the waiting room out side James L Brook's office the executive producer of the Tracy Ullman show where Matt Groeing was sitting there sketching away. He created all the characters inside 15 minutes and named them all after his own family. They were first shown as 30-second bumpers in the Tracy Ullman show. Bumpers are shown before the adverts to make them more interesting. In the bumpers the Simpsons characters looked very different to what they are now, Lisa was often called a female version of Bart....   [tags: Papers] 1139 words
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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing There are a few things that a Shakespearean audience would expect from a play in his romantic comedy genre. One of these expectations would be that of a light-hearted plot, with small confusions to push the story along its course. The play is helped with a pleasant setting of Messina, 'where honeysuckles ripened by the sun' However, due to lack of props, stage qualities and modern technology Shakespeare would have to create the setting in his words using imagery, through the dialogue of his characters....   [tags: Papers] 1835 words
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Annotated Bibliography Of Buster Keaton Biographies - Biographies of Buster Keaton Buster Keaton, Charles Samuels, My Wonderful World of Slapstick (USA: De Capo Press, 1982). Easily the most personal account of the silent film star, this indispensable book was co-written by Keaton himself. While it's not the most objective source - Keaton's memory or interpretation of certain events is rather unclear - it's an enjoyable and well-written memoir; offering some key facts and recollections. He delves quite a bit into his family life, dispelling some rumours and ruminating at length about his early years in the family vaudeville act (wherein he would perform the dangerous and creative stunts that became his trademark)....   [tags: Biography] 1634 words
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Beyond the Surface of Shrek - Beyond the Surface of Shrek Fiona: You did it. You rescued me. You're amazing. You're… You're wonderful. You're...(Shrek and Donkey tumble down the slope with a loud crash.) Fiona: A little unorthodox I'll admit (Soft classical music plays in the background) but, thine deed is great and thine heart is pure. I'm eternally in your debt. (Donkey clears his throat loudly.) Fiona: And where would a brave knight be without his noble steed. Donkey: Oh, I hope you heard that. She called me a noble steed....   [tags: Movies Argumentative Argument Papers]
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Analysis of The Wrong Trousers - Analysis of The Wrong Trousers “The Wrong Trousers” is a Clay Animation Production (where all characters are made out of clay). Created by Nick Park (a famous Animator) in 1993, “The Wrong Trousers” stars Wallace and Gromit in their second animated adventure (they were first introduced to British Viewers in 1990 in another Nick Park production “A Grand Day Out”.) In this particular adventure we see how bad things can get when technology gets into the wrong hands… “The Wrong Trousers” was created by a clever technique called Clay Animation (Claymation)....   [tags: Papers] 1006 words
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Plato’s Portrayal of Socrates - Plato’s Portrayal of Socrates The portrayal of Socrates by his student Plato creates one of the most controversial characters of all time. There are few other personalities in history that have drawn criticism and praise from the furthest ends of each spectrum. Socrates has been called the inventor of reason and logic, and at the same time has been condemned as a corruptor and a flake. Perhaps he was all of these. Despite this disagreement, one is a certainty: Socrates had a very interesting and active sense of humor....   [tags: Plato Socrates]
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Humor in The Simpsons - Humor in The Simpsons I and many other millions of people across the world believe that The Simpson’s is the best programme on television because it is funny in more ways then one. The Simpson’s uses the family lifestyle that many American TV shows have used over past (e.g. The Adam’s family, The Flintstones) but The Simpson’s has proved it is a lot more popular because it uses many more different forms of comedy which work with people from all ages. Slapstick comedy is where someone gets hurt and you laugh but if you saw it happen in real life you’d find it sick for example when homer the father strangles his son Bart in many episodes it would be seen as child ab...   [tags: Papers] 627 words
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Television Comedies - Television comedies have been on the air for decades, and throughout this time many different shows have come and gone. Due to the dominance of these shows, comedies are one of the biggest draws on television. There are many different types of comedies, each with their own unique characteristics and features that differentiate them from others and lead to their popularity. Whether the show is a sketch comedy, sitcom, mockumentary or dramatic comedy, each utilizes different types of humour, locations, themes, and situations to appeal to the audience; which is likely why they are so popular today....   [tags: Red Skeleton, The Crack-up]
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Role of Humour in Franz Kafka´s The Metamorphosis, The Trail, and Ameria - ... The chairwomen spots the corpse and they come running as she howls to them. Grete does appear to be the most distressed, but the fact that she is staring down at him could be incredulity that it is all over with just as she wanted. The parents do not seem affected at all, his father crosses himself and says “well, now thanks be to God.” I thought to myself as I was reading that it was ironic that he was giving up a prayer of thanks at his son’s death. His mother questions the chairwomen “Dead?” she asks, almost as if she wants to make sure....   [tags: life, depressing, death, humour, laughter] 2649 words
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The Appropriateness of the Victorian Renaming of the Play “Malvolio” - When compared to Shakespeare’s other comedies, ‘Twelfth Night’ can be said to be the darkest. As the last of his comedies, it fits that ‘Twelfth Night’ would be progressively darker, ending not on a note of true happiness but rather one of melancholy that strives to emphasize that “that’s all one” and therefore insignificant. Though it fits comic tradition with slapstick humour, unrequited courtly love, confusion, potential for tragedy but ultimately a happy ending, ‘Twelfth Night’ is prevailingly dark, showing the flaws in a society living for pleasure and determined to indulge in ‘cakes and ale’....   [tags: Victorian, renaming, plays, malvolio, twelfth nigh] 1256 words
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Social and Political Critique and Commentary in Bonnie and Clyde - ... The scene is almost reminiscent of the famous scene from Battleship Potemkin 3 where the mother is shot in the face, and her glasses are shattered. By modern standards, the scene isn’t that shocking or all that revolting at all, but at the time of its release, it certainly was a shocker to both audience and critics alike. The most famous graphic scene in Bonnie and Clyde is of course the dramatic finale, when the two criminal lovers are gunned down by the Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and his enforcers....   [tags: film analysis]
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The Relationship Between Humor and Culture: Emma Jameson - Similar to many other lively pleasures, humor can only be experienced if it resonates with a person. Without some kind of comprehension, there cannot be any type of reaction. Only once an outlandish statement, inappropriate remark, or unexpected situation, is remotely understood will a person be able to label it comical or sober. Since there are billions of people worldwide with their own languages including it’s respective idioms, euphemisms, the age old saying of “there is truth in every joke” applies to each culture individually....   [tags: english speakers, language]
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The Taming of the Shrew: A Comedic Approach - Tragedy, irony and modernism are only a few interpretations of the valued play The Taming of the Shrew by the respected writer William Shakespeare. However, one of the most intriguing and popular of these analyses is comedy. Shakespeare is recognized for writing several plays with comedic genres, a few of which include Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors. Comedy, being a complex genre, is composed of many different concepts. This particular play can be interpreted as a Shakespearian comedy, a screwball comedy, a farce, or slapstick....   [tags: William Shakespeare plays]
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The Motion Picture Code of the Great Depression - ... Will Rogers, another famous comedic director, known for his political satire was a huge hit amongst audiences. Films such as Judge Priest, where he played a rustic politician, was a fan favorite amongst crowds. Mafia films were the type of films Hollywood continued to produce at this time. Gangster characters were characters that American citizens could compare themselves too. There was a hint of patriotism in every Gangster film that thrilled audiences. The passion to take away from the rich and give to the poor....   [tags: morale, povery, fantasy, companies] 1217 words
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Comparing and Contrasting ‘Teechers’ with ‘Educating Rita’ - Comparing and Contrasting ‘Teechers’ with ‘Educating Rita’ I am going to compare and contrast ‘Teechers’ by John Godber with ‘Educating Rita by Willy Russell. I think the most obvious likeness between the two plays is the theme of education. In Teechers the teaching is dreadful both the teacher and children are not motivated to learn. The teachers hate working at the school because the children are so baldly behaved ‘everyone’s trying to get out’ The tragic teaching also applies to Educating Rita where Frank himself describes his teaching as 'appalling but good enough for his appalling students'....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 822 words
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Beauty and Behavioral Standards and Disney Programs - When discussing the definition of beauty in today’s society, thin, fair-skinned, and long-haired are all words that are agreeably in the top five adjectives used. These standards of beauty tend to be engraved in brains of children, teens, adults, Americans, Asians, Europeans, men, women, and etc. all day every day. These ideals are portrayed through television commercials, billboards, newspaper ads and all other forms of media, such as Disney channel programs. Behavioral norms are also a major topic depicted in Disney channel programs; these programs depict that certain races, social classes and genders behave in certain ways, some which are sometimes stereotypical....   [tags: social issues, beauty]
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Analysis of In the Mood for Love - Released in 2000, and called the "…love story of the new millennium" (Time Out New York), In the Mood for Love (2000) is one of the best and most underrated foreign film. From its nostalgic depiction of the 1960s to its artistically appealing cinematography, this film has become a staple in the ever evolving, fast-paced film industry. Consequently, after having watched it I was in a daze for days, day dreaming about the characters, reimaging their fates, this movie could not leave me. I wouldn’t let it....   [tags: Film, Movie]
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Humor as an Argument: A Modest Proposal - Humor can come in many different forms. Many people are aware of the blatant humor of slapstick, but it takes a keener mind to notice the subtle detail in sarcasm or satire. In A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift was able to create a piece of literature addressing the faults of the Irish culture while embedding in a humorous essay. Swift’s satire allows for the gravity of the Irish standings to be exploited under the disguise of a proposal for economic benefit. The essay, A Modest Proposal, is a proposal to end the economic dilemma in Ireland by selling the poor’s children, at the age of one, for food....   [tags: Jonathan Swift on the flaws of Irish culture]
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The Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... Stoppard recontexutalises R&G into bewildered innocents, creating meaning for Stoppardian audiences, mirroring man’s subsequent uncertainty and volatility. Stoppard utilises Absurdist theatre, similar to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot that depicts this disillusioned world “lacking visible character”, as R&G “exist” under absurd circumstances that recurringly defies logic. Existence becomes trivial through slapstick humour, “eighty-five heads in a row!” and R&G’s faltering clichés, “over my head body”....   [tags: phylosophical attitudes, comedy] 749 words
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Toy Story 3-D”: Funny and Exciting - This is the best movie I have taken my kids to see in years. The adventure continues for the toys in the third Toy Story movie where Buzz Lightyear and Woody the cowboy played by Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, must once again find their way back to Andy’s room before he leaves for college. I know the storyline sounds familiar but I truly feel you will be pleased to find that it takes a bit of a twist this time around and ends with a very exciting trip to the landfill while not sparing any of the humor along the way....   [tags: Film Review]
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Dessert Rose: The Waris Dirie Story - Anyone wishing to see a thought-provoking film grounded in real-life issues should see “Dessert Flower”, a film that chronicles the life of Somali supermodel turned human rights activist Waris Dirie. Based on her 1998 bestselling autobiographical novel of the same title, the story is told through flashbacks. This film, written and directed by German director Sherry Hormann, features Ethiopian model Liya Kebede in the lead role as Dirie. The narrative begins where Waris does: in the scorching deserts of Somalia with her family who were nomadic shepherds....   [tags: super model turned human rights activist]
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Music and Dance: The Rodeo Suite - As a society, we are constantly pairing things together in hopes of enhancing them: apple pie and ice cream, Indians and cowboys, and most relevant to this paper, music and dance. In an art form like ballet, it seems as though music and dance complement each other equally. Truly, it is hard to picture, or perform, a dance without music. However, this may not be the case for music, even if that music is composed specifically for a dance routine. The compilation of the music and the dancing from a scene in the American cowboy ballet Rodeo will be examined to ultimately help us understand they way in which they serve each other as a unit and their ability to function independently....   [tags: American cowboy ballet] 1118 words
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Summer in the The 1000 Islands - ... The idea that they could be responsible for funding such a program was especially unappealing to them. I discovered that my parents were not alone in their concerns. I’ve been both witness and the focus of more than one session of parental interrogations with a mom and dad asking questions like, “Where are you going to stay. How are you going to support yourself. Are you mature enough to exercise good judgment in your actions and interactions?” I noticed that the conversations generally moved forward with a repetitive script, “We can’t afford to pay for you to waterski, bask in the sun, and party all night....   [tags: personal narrative] 568 words
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The Shadow Of A Gunman - THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN - Sean O'Casey The Shadow of a Gunman is the first play in Sean O'Casey's Dublin trilogy, first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1923 - James Joyce's Ulysses had been published the year before. It is set in 1920, as the War of Independence rages. The other two Dublin plays are Juno and the Paycock [Peacock], and The Plough and the Stars, the latter of which caused a riot when first performed at the Abbey because nationalists in the audience resented O'Casey's hostile portrayal of the revolutionaries of the 1916 Easter Rising....   [tags: Sean O'Casey] 1513 words
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TV is Bad for You - A boy sits at home waiting for his big brother to come home from school. He hears the door shut and a backpack fall to the ground. The boy looks at the clock and sees that it’s around 3:20, so his older brother should be home from school by now. The boy goes into the living room where he sees his brother’s eyes fixated on the TV. The boy asks his brother if he wanted to play some catch outside, “No thanks, I’m fine.” What was odd was that his older brother loved to play catch with him. “How about we shoot some hoops?” His brother replies, “No, maybe some other time.” As he says this his little brother notices that his eyes are glued to the TV screen....   [tags: Television, Reality, Advertisements, Health Risks]
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Biography of Charles Spencer Chaplin - James Agee once wrote in Life Magazine of Charlie Chaplin’s career as, “The finest pantomime, the deepest emotion, and the richest and most poignant poetry was in his work”. One thing that personally inspires me about Charlie Chaplin was his charisma. In every film he has been apart of, he always manages to make everyone in the room laugh whether using slapstick comedy or the use of simple gags. In this project, I will explore Chaplin’s upbringing, his great movie career, and why Chaplin was unwelcome in the United States during the Red Scare of the 1950’s....   [tags: film, red scare, movie career]
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Technological Innovations in Animated Film - In the examination of the technological innovations, themed plotlines, and evolving characterizations throughout the near-century of Disney history, one fact becomes inherently apparent: the Disney franchise and its productions have both impacted and been impacted by the circumstances during different cultural eras of American history. Whether it be the incorporation of multiracial princesses in films such as Mulan (1998) and The Princess and the Frog (2009) in the past half century’s age of improved racial relations; the evident austere transformation in the character of Mickey Mouse throughout the Depression days; or the incorporation of wartime propaganda in Donald Duck shorts1, the Disne...   [tags: Disney versus Anime] 1981 words
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The Art of Brand Naming - ... While Steven King can emblazon his name on his book larger than the title, and Donald Trump can (and will) put his name on anything from a water bottle to a hotel, you will likely miss out in a few ways using your own name–it will ook egotistical, uncreative, and in the wrong market, it will totally lacks whimsy or everyman appeal. There are exceptions, like Trader Joe's named for founder Joe Coulombe, and of course the eponymous Ben and Jerry's Ice cream. Don't confuse their existing goodwill with the difficulty inherent to how hard it may have been overcoming a plain name–although one could say their names made them approachable given the lack of seriousness to say, ice cream....   [tags: product, marketing, image] 930 words
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The World of Musical Theatre - ... By the 1700’s, the Ballad Opera, which uses popular songs from the period and re-wrote the lyrics, and the comic operas were very popular. Operetta and Light Opera (which influenced Musical Theatre) become more popular around the second half of the 19th century. The popular duo of the time, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, produced several operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert and Sullivan paved the way for future composers of Musical Theatre such as Victor Herbert, George Gershwin, and Noel Coward at the turn of the 20th century....   [tags: history, greek chorus, romans] 823 words
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Personal Experience: A Live Opera - ... The Magic Flute is a romantic fairytale and a comedy, which is more relatable for me. The story of The Magic Flute interests me a lot. I like Mozart’s music as well as the humor of the opera. Watching The Magic Flute produced by the School of Music in UM is one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had. I like it not only because of the effect of the opera, but also because of their unique interpretation of The Magic Flute. Here, I will compare the experience of watching the live opera produced by UM with the DVD version recorded by the Metropolitan Opera House in 1991....   [tags: new york city, the magic flute] 769 words
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