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Somnambulism - Sleep Walking - Somnambulism - Sleep Walking One of the interesting sleep disorder is sleep walking. The medical, or more scientific, term for sleep walking is somnambulism. The characteristic symptoms are walking or exhibiting other activities while seemingly still asleep. (1) I became interested in researching this topic, because I sleep walk. I sleep walk only when I am under stress, which is not often. However, it is one of my primary concerns because I exhibit an extremely violent behavior. I began my research by looking for the relationship between somnambulism and the brain....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers] 859 words
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Comparing Love in Somnambulism and Charlotte Temple - Comparing Love in Somnambulism and Charlotte Temple      In today's terms, love is an exciting, joyous, and uplifting experience to those who are fortunate enough to find it.  Literature from the late 18th century expresses a completely different view, however.  The literature of Susanna Haswell Rowson and Charles Brockden Brown show the 18th century view of love as something to be mistrusted, detrimental to the spiritual and moral well-being of those who are "in" it, and above all, show that it can only be controlled by and entrusted to the care of men....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Overview of Sleepwalking - Many people have heard of sleepwalking, otherwise known as “somnambulism”, and even know about symptoms that surround the disorder (National Sleep Foundation/ Sleepwalking, 2013, para 1). Some “symptoms of sleepwalking include: sleeptalking, occurring within the first few hours, little or no memory of sleepwalking, screaming, and actions of inappropriate behavior” (National Sleep Foundation/Sleepwalking, 2013, para 6). There is there more to the story than just waking up during the night and walking around in an unconscious state....   [tags: health, somnambulism]
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Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari The silent expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exposes psychological guilt and insanity through the main character's fantasies and delusions. This character, Francis, brings the viewer into a nightmarish world through his story-telling. He recounts the story of the mad Dr. Caligari and the somnambulist Cesare who is under his control. The doctor's arrival in Francis' hometown results in a string of murders, the death of his best friend Alan and the kidnapping of his beloved fiancée Jane....   [tags: Cabinet Film Caligari Essays Papers]
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Sleeping Disorders and the I-Function - Sleeping Disorders and the I-Function As we all know, sleep is an important part of our lives. Without the proper amounts and type of sleep, fatigue and other problems can arise. Generally, we can clearly distinguish between a sleeping person and a person that is awake. With sleeping disorders, the distinction between an awake person and a sleeping person becomes more intriguing. What is the difference, how does it relate to the I-function and consciousness. Each sleeping disorder has its own unique answer to this question....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Spirits and Abraham Lincoln: Letters to President Lincoln Concerning Spiritualism - In the late nineteenth century, American spiritualists maintained that Abraham Lincoln had been a spiritualist too. Whenever they drew up lists of prominent believers, Lincoln was foremost among the reformers, judges, governors, senators, and scientists whose stature lent credence to their movement. In this paper, I look at letters written to President Lincoln by spiritualists or about spiritualism, but it is not my aim to determine whether or not Lincoln was a spiritualist. Instead, I use these letters to reflect on spiritualism as a cultural phenomena....   [tags: Spiritualism Lincoln Spirit Essays]
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The Ideology of Social Construction in The Awakening - The Awakening by Kate Chopin follows the journey of protagonist Edna Pontellier as she "awakens" from a life of obedience and complacency and rebels against the patriarchal ideology that entraps her. Throughout the novel she strives to fee herself form the stifling obligations and expectations that oppress her, but finds that she is unable to live the free life she desires. This realization causes her to seek freedom in death, instead. In Marxist theory, particularly as subscribed to by Louis Althusser, it is the role of the repressive state apparatuses (RSAs) and the ideological state apparatuses (ISAs) to provide willing workers and supplies to the base and enable a system to reproduce it...   [tags: Literature]
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Case Study: The Mind of Alias Grace - In Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Doctor Simon Jordan is a psychologist that is analyzing and talking to convict Grace Marks with the ultimate goal of unlocking the truth behind the murder case of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. Parts of Grace’s memory are missing completely, and through constant discussions with Doctor Jordan about her dreams and memories from the past, Doctor Jordan is trying to find a way around the memory blocks while examining the validity of Grace’s claims and psychological state....   [tags: Case Study]
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Hypnotism’s Influence on Bram Stoker and Dracula - The use of hypnotism is extensive throughout the last few chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Van Helsing places Mina in a hypnotic state or trance numerous times in order to locate Dracula and to learn about his premeditated actions. Stoker’s great use of hypnotism is what leads to Dracula’s destruction in the end. However, what influences Stoker to use hypnotherapy in order to kill off the most important character in his book. Taking a New Historical approach can help a reader understand how Stoker was influenced by his culture to incorporate hypnosis into Dracula and why he chose it as a method for destroying Dracula, while healing Mina....   [tags: Character Analysis, Dracula] 2905 words
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Stages of Sleep, Language Acquisition and Development - ... We get our information via speech that has been slowed and simplified, and often in a higher pitch, that helps us grasp these new words. We, as children, are amazing new word learners. Like little sponges, absorbing every new word even if we don't immediately get the proper meaning. We hear a new word and guess what that word might mean based on our surroundings. For example, everything in your living room has a name. Now, imagine that someone you trusted very much came in and commented on how lovely your inglenook was....   [tags: psychology, electroencephalogram] 1542 words
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Lady Macbeth, On Screen and Paper - Shakespeare’s play of tragedy, Macbeth (1606), is well represented in the film Macbeth (1978) produced and directed by Charles Warren starring Michael Jayson as Macbeth, Barbara Leigh Hunt as Lady Macbeth, Gary Watson as Macduff, David Weston as Malcolm, Brian Badcoe as Lennox, and Tim Hardy as Ross. This film accurately lines up with the play except for a few minor details: the beginning of scene two, act one is left out, parts of actor’s monologues were left out, and scene five, act three is cut out....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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The Spanish Tragedy and Macbeth - All great tragedies involve to varying degrees the psychological downfall of the protagonist. To explicate this point it is a simple matter to draw upon two tragedies that have remained famous through the ages. They are ‘The Spanish Tragedy’ by Thomas Kyd and the filmic adaption of Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by Roman Pollanski. They demonstrate the point through literary techniques like foreshadowing, soliloquies etc. and through in the case of Macbeth through the additional visual techniques that enhance the realism of the psychological emancipation demonstrate that although all great tragedies are in part tragedies of the mind and that the tragedy of the mind is vital for another trag...   [tags: Tragedy, Human Mind, Shakespeare] 1152 words
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Common Sleep Disorders and Treatments - Every human being in the world loves to sleep. It is the most important thing needed in life. However, there are some people who are not able to sleep well. Some have extreme conditions to where they are diagnosed with a sleep disorder. There are people who do not really know that they have a sleep disorder without consulting with their physician. There are numerous sleep disorders in the world. The most common sleep disorders are sleep talking, sleep walking, night terrors, insomnia, nightmares, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome....   [tags: Nursing Essays]
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Technology: Progress or Perils? - Technology is produced whenever someone develops something that meets a basic human need. It is something that makes perfect common sense. Many people have experienced aha moments when a new invention is advertised. It is not unusual to wonder why one did not think of the idea oneself. However, the assumption that technology always equal progress is a fallacy. Technology can be detrimental, dangerous and aggravating. Americans have become increasingly less physically active. According to Ellen DeGeneres in This is How We live, “Modern life requires hardly any physical activity....   [tags: Technology Analysis]
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The Science of Sleeping - Sleep timing is controlled by the circadian cycle, working as a inner timekeeping, temperature controlling device, and the part of the body that act as a transmitter associated with wakefulness. "Sleep duration is also controlled by circadian rhythms; that is, the time one goes to sleep influences sleep duration." (Zimbardo, and Richard 143). A consistent pattern of cyclical body activities, this cycle constantly working on restoration and conservation of our bodies take place. "About a third of your circadian rhythm is devoted to that period of behavior quiescence called sleep.” (Zimbardo, and Richard 141) Sleep proceeds in cycles of Rapid Eye Movements (REM) and non-REM (NREM) sleep, cy...   [tags: Circadian Rythm, REM] 941 words
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Sleepwalking - Sleepwalking Sleepwalking is a sleep disorder effecting an estimated 10 percent of all humans at least once in their lives (1). This widespread phenomenon varies in its intensity and frequency. While most sleepwalking incidents are short and not dangerous, some can involve self-injury and are much more dangerous for the sleeper. Also, most interestingly, the disorder seems to stem from many different sources, not from one definable cause such as a chemical imbalance. While it is predominantly pre-adolescents who suffer from somnambulism, it is also observed in adults, although the frequency and severity of incidents increase with age....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Narcissus's Facebook Profile - ... This stress “is bearable by the nervous system only through numbness or blocking of perception” – the Narcissus trance whereby we behold the extension but not its message. In McLuhan’s reading of the myth, “the image produces a generalized numbness or shock that declines recognition. Self-amputation forbids self-recognition” (McLuhan 43). This lack of self-recognition must in-turn prohibit an objective appraisal of what has been amputated. And it is the long-term effect of these amputations that is the true message of the medium – “the power of imposing its own assumption on the unwary” (McLuhan 15)....   [tags: Marshall McLluhan's In Understanding Media]
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Sleepwalking - Sleepwalking Somnambulism, or sleepwalking, belongs to a group of parasomnias. This disorder of arousal is characterized by complex motor behaviors initiated during stages 3 and 4 of non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep (slow-wave sleep) (3). Behaviors during sleepwalking episodes can vary greatly. Some episodes are limited to sitting up, fumbling and getting dressed, while others include more complex behaviors such as walking, driving a car, or preparing a meal (2). After awakening, the sleepwalker usually has no recollection of what has happened and may appear confused and disoriented....   [tags: Research Psychology Essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Use of Symbols in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Use of Symbols in The Scarlet Letter In World Book Dictionary, a symbol is defined as something that stands for or represents something else, especially an idea, quality, or condition. Symbols can be objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent ideas or concepts. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there are many symbols that are throughout the novel. While symbols can be created, such created symbols are subjective and must be given meaning within their context and because the context is different among individuals and societies and can vary over time....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 850 words
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The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing - The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing Shakespeare's tragedies are, for the most part, stories of one person, the "hero," or at most two, to include the "heroine." Only the Love Tragedies (Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra)are exceptions to this pattern. In these plays, the heroine is as much at the center of action as the hero. The rest of the tragedies, including Macbeth, have single stars, so the tragic story is concerned primarily with oneperson....   [tags: Papers] 2829 words
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The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter   One of the main themes in The Scarlet Letter is that of the secret.  The plot of the book is centered on Hester Prynne’s secret sin of adultery.  Nathaniel Hawthorne draws striking parallelism between secrets held and the physical and mental states of those who hold them.  The Scarlet Letter demonstrates that a secret or feeling kept within slowly engulfs and destroys the soul such as Dimmesdale’s sin of hypocrisy and Chillingworth’s sin of vengeance, while a secret made public, such as Prynne’s adultery, can allow a soul to recover and even strengthen....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1518 words
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Selective Perception in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Selective Perception in Shakespeare's Hamlet          From the end of Act I, the point at which Hamlet judges it may be prudent to feign madness - to "put an antic disposition on" (I.v.181) - much of the first half of the play concerns characters trying to determine why the prince's melancholy has evolved into seeming insanity.  Each of the major players in Elsinore has a subjective impression of the reason for Hamlet's madness; indeed, in each of these misconceptions there is an element of the truth.  At the same time, however, the nature of these selective perceptions provides insight into the characters who form them.  And finally, these varied perspectives are notable in thei...   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Sleepwalking - Sleepwalking Many people have heard of sleepwalking and even know about symptoms that surround the disorder, but is there more to the story than just waking up during the night and wandering around in an unaware state. What actually causes someone to sleepwalk. To try to understand the answers to these questions it is important to understand not only what kind of disorder it is, but who has the disorder, how frequently it occurs, what the symptoms are, as well as what the treatments are. By exploring these areas, it may be possible to better understand the disorder as well as dispel old notions about it....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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European Fascism - Fascism is both an outgrowth of and a reaction against nineteenth-century liberalism. Nineteenth-century liberals argued for laissez-faire economics, the equality of men (and it was, explicitly, men), and the universality of human progress and human reason. Underlying all of these ideals was the sanctity of the individual. By the 1920s, though, these liberal ideals were challenged (Paxton 36-41). Laissez-faire economics led to dingy, heartless industrial towns; anthropological research called into question the equality of all people; economic crises threatened to drop the newly emerging middle-class into the proletariat, arguing against progress; and the mass annihilation of human li...   [tags: European Fascist Regimes]
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Technology - In today's world, technology is constantly changing from a new paperclip to an improvement in hospital machinery. Technology lets people improve the way they live so that they can preserve their own personal energy and focus on the really important factors in life. Some people focus their energy on making new innovations to improve transportation and the health of people that may save lives and some people focus on making new designs of packaging CDS. Technology is significant in everyone's life because it rapidly changes what is in the market....   [tags: Cause Effect Technology Positive Negative] 1170 words
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Macbeth - Shakespeare’s Macbeth is not the first play we’ve read where women are portrayed as malicious. Starting from Lady Macbeth to the witches and their prophecies. Lady Macbeth is Macbeth’s wife, but she acts as though she was the man in the relationship. However, Lady Macbeth is a leading ambitious woman that we are not used to seeing who really wants her husband to become king, and in order to obtain she think it’s fine for him to commit murder. After Macbeth informs her of the witches’ prophecy, which was that he would eventually become king of Scotland she doesn’t hesitate to persuade him to kill Duncan....   [tags: Macbeth Essays] 739 words
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Critique Of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari - Critique Of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer, and directed by Robert Weine. It was produced in 1919 by Erich Pommer for Decla-Bioscop. 1919 was a year in which the movie industry was transformed into a giant industry. Although the movie was produced in 1919, it was not released in the United States until 1921. A time when film makers were out to prove that film was indeed art. In the year 1921 525 films were released out of those 525, 50 still exist today, one of those 50 is The Cabinet of Dr....   [tags: essays research papers] 488 words
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The Use of Expressionism in Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari and Shutter Island - The link between expressionism and horror quickly became a dominant feature in many films and continues to be prominent in contemporary films mainly due to the German expressionist masterpiece Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari. Wiene’s 1920 Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari utilized a distinctive creepiness and the uncanny throughout the film that became one the most distinctive features of externalising inner mental and emotional states of protagonists through various expressionist methods. Its revolutionary and innovative new art was heavily influenced by the German state and its populace in conjunction with their experience of war; Caligari took a clear cue from what was happening in German...   [tags: horror, reality, insanity]
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Liberal Ideas and Weimar Culture as Both Remarkable and Horrendous - During the fourteen years of relative peace following the crisis of the Great War and preceding Adolf Hitler’s brutal dictatorship, Germany experienced an unprecedented outburst of artistic creativity and scientific innovation. Both as a multi-coalitional and the first democratic government, the Weimar Republic was off to an unstable start in the early 1920’s and had its legitimacy and authority challenged by left and right extremists alike. After the worst effects of the 1923 hyperinflation subsided, however, the Weimar Republic facilitated an atmosphere that was conducive to liberal and intellectual experimentation....   [tags: German, Gender, Degeneration] 1812 words
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Metropolis, by Fritz Lang and Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley - The idea of progress being inspired by the past is revisited in Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis. Though the film's titular city is a gleaming landscape of technological advancement it is through the hands of the arcane inventor Rotwang that the film's most stunning creation comes into being. Like Frankenstein revisiting “outdated” natural philosphers for his inspiration, Joh Frederson, the figurehead of Metropolis and the man to whom technology means the most, turns to the aged inventor in hopes of pushing technology even further....   [tags: Similiarities, Technology, Progress] 982 words
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The Historical Context of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligar - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920’s German silent-horror film. Robert Weine, the director, collaborated with the German cinematographer, Willy Hameister to create this German Expressionist masterpiece. The idea was taken from the screenplay written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Meyer. It is also considered one of the greatest horror films during the silent period. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and its historical context in terms of the German Expressionist movement will be discussed further in the essay....   [tags: horror, expressionist, authority]
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German Expressionism and its Influence on Contemporary Film Making - German Expressionism, despite being short lived (approximately 1910 – 1930) is considered one of the most influential film movements which established Hollywood as the centre of the film industry. One of Hollywood’s most successful directors Tim Burton and British director Terry Gilliam are probably the two film makers who are the most influenced by the movement. The origins of German Expressionism come from artists such as Edvard Munch and Franz Marc who began the expressionism movement as a response to impressionism (a movement where artists captured moments of the world, much like a photograph with an emphasis on the use of light and movement)....   [tags: Psyche, Mind]
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The story 4338 AD by Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsk - The story 4338 AD, also called The Year 4338 (The Petersburg Letters), by Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsky was never finished. This is why I refer to it as a story rather than a book. Fragments of the story were published on three separate occasions; one fragment in 1835, another in 1840, and the most complete version in 1926 (2). The tale takes place, in the title's namesake, in the year 4338. The story follows the letters written by a somnambulist (someone who sleepwalks or in this case puts himself into a deep trance) who claims to have the ability to time travel and become someone else, in this case a Chinese student named Hippolytus Tsungiev....   [tags: romantic era, scientific revolution]
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The story 4338 AD by Vladimir Fedorovich Odoesvsky - The story “4338 AD”, also called “The Year 4338 (The Petersburg Letters)”, by Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsky provides literary evidence of authors rejecting the philosophies of the Romantic movement in favor of continuing to support the ideals of the Scientific Revolution. Though never finished, fragments of the story were published on three separate occasions; one fragment in 1835, another in 1840, and the most complete version in 1926 (Lin). The tale takes place, in the title's namesake, in the year 4338....   [tags: romantic era, industrial revolution]
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Edgar Huntly or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker - The novel begins with the letter that Edgar is writing to his fiancée Mary in which he explains to her his endeavour to locate the murderer of his friend, after which he sets out on his mission. He goes for a walk around the site where Waldegrave's body was found and there, for the first time, sees Clithero whom he describes as “ a figure, robust and strange, and half naked“ , immediately recognizing him as something opposite than himself and everyone around him. After a conversation with him, which seemed more like an interrogation, Edgar begins to empathize with Clithero and as he runs away into the forest, Edgar follows....   [tags: edgar huntly, charles brown, sleepwalker] 1687 words
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Anatomy Of A Psychopath - Anatomy Of A Psychopath "In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty." Almost every person has a preconception of the darkest form of humanity: evil. One German film exemplifies this classic struggle of right and wrong, while addressing deeper emotional messages. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was made in 1919 and directed by Robert Weine. The film features a character named Francis, the protagonist, who seeks revenge against Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist, Cesaré, whom he believes murdered his friend....   [tags: essays papers]
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Mindless Humans - Humans have been socially networked with each other since the time they have been created. Civilization was fashioned by humans interacting with one another. With this interaction with others and communal peers, “social man is a somnambulist” (Asch 61). In other terms, when humans become social, they are really “sleep walking”, or following the crowd, even though belief in the western world has it that people are “free” to choose for themselves. This sleepwalking factor then turns individuals into mindless ants....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Verdict on Albert Camus’s The Fall - The Verdict on Albert Camus’s The Fall As if to mock the crumbling principles of a fallen era, “The Just Judges” preside over a solemn dumping ground of earthly hell. This flimsy legion of justice, like the omnipresent eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, casts a shadow of pseudo-morality over a land spiraling towards pathos. But Albert Camus’s The Fall unfolds amidst the seedy Amsterdam underground--a larger, more sinister prison than the Valley of Ashes, whose center is Mexico City, a neighborhood bar and Mecca for the world’s refuse....   [tags: Literature The Fall Papers]
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Not All Conspiracies are Imaginary - Not All Conspiracies are Imaginary Almost as an article of faith, some individuals believe that conspiracies are either kooky fantasies or unimportant aberrations. To be sure, wacko conspiracy theories do exist. There are people who believe that the United States has been invaded by a secret United Nations army equipped with black helicopters, or that the country is secretly controlled by Jews or gays or feminists or black nationalists or communists or extraterrestrial aliens. But it does not logically follow that all conspiracies are imaginary....   [tags: Conspiracy Theory Theories] 5740 words
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