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Humanity's Struggle with Greed Depicted in John Steinbeck's The Pearl - The Pearl is a parable, a story that has a moral, written by John Steinbeck. The novel is based on a poor Indian family who live in a small village outside of La Paz, Mexico along the Gulf of Mexico. The family consists of: Kino, a fisherman and pearl diver; Juana and their infant son Coyotito. Kino’s people live a life of poverty so when Kino finds “The Pearl of The World” the villagers and town’s people all want to get their hands on the pearl for themselves; Lap Paz became filled with greed....   [tags: the pearl] 887 words
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Humanity's Struggle With Violence Illustrated in Steinbeck's The Pearl - The Pearl written by John Steinbeck is a parable, a story that teaches a moral lesson. This novel is centered on a poor Indian family, who live in a brush hut along the Gulf of Mexico and by the village of La Paz. The family consists of: Kino, a fisherman and pearl diver, his wife Juana, and their infant son Coyotito. One day while diving, Kino discovers a great pearl that he calls, “the pearl of the world” (22). The theme of a literary work is defined as the central idea, concern or purpose about life that a writer wishes to convey....   [tags: The Pearl] 691 words
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The Action of The Pearl - The Action of The Pearl The discovery of the "magnificent" pearl changed the lives of Kino and Juana severely because they were not used to this kind of wealth. Before they found the pearl, Kino and Juana lived a happy, humble and quiet life. "Kino heard the little splash of the morning waves on the beach. It was very good - Kino closed his eyes again to listen to his music."(Pg. 1-2) Kino loved the simple life; nevertheless whenever things were beginning to look good and simple something went wrong....   [tags: Pearl] 1206 words
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The Pearl - The Pearl Microsoft Encarta defines superstition to be an irrational but usually deep-seated belief in the magical effects of a particular action or ritual, especially in the likelihood that good or bad luck will result from performing it. Religion is defined as people's beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life. In the first chapter, we find out that Juana does not know whether to trust her original polytheistic religion, or the newly introduced monotheistic religion (most likely Catholicism)....   [tags: Pearl] 420 words
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Disappointment in Steinbeck's "The Pearl" - Wealth can lead you in many directions depending on if you are prepared for it or not. If it is unexpected, it will most definitely change your life. Unexpected wealth could be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. Many people could use it on useless items or bad people could buy drugs or weapons. In addition, today many people could gamble their newly found wealth and lose all of their money on the lottery, on scratch tickets, or in casinos. On the other hand, unexpected wealth could be used productively if the right person got it....   [tags: Pearl, Steinbeck,]
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Steinbeck's Parable of "The Pearl" - In literary terms theme is defined as the central idea, concern, or purpose about life that the author wishes to convey. The concept of theme is inherent to society and literature because every author has a message to deliver and literature revolves around the message that society wants to presents. John Steinbeck wrote a parable, a story that conveys lesson about life, entitled The Pearl. In this parable, Steinbeck focuses on a poor Indian family who lives along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico during the early 19th century....   [tags: Steinbeck, Pearl, ] 726 words
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The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor - On December 7, 1941 -- the day that will always be commemorated as “the date which will live in infamy” by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- the Japanese unexpectedly attacked the United States’ naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This crippling attack caused many American casualties, and American citizens quickly became filled with fury and abhorrence; the detestation that swallowed the hearts of the American citizens was shown through President Roosevelt’s expeditious appeal to Congress to declare war against Japan....   [tags: Pearl Harbor Attack]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima - The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima are linked together, as they both mark significant moments in World War II. For most, the attack on Pearl Harbor is the day that changed the direction of the war, as it forced the America to join. Additionally, the bombing of Hiroshima symbolises the ending of the war and the saving of many lives. However, the idea that the bombing of Hiroshima was a revenge attack by the US, because of the attack on Pearl Harbor has been argued for many years....   [tags: pearl harbor, hiroshima, atomic bomb] 567 words
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The Bombing of Pearl Harbour and American-Australian Relations - The Bombing of Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941 sparked the involvement of the United States in the Second World War. Up until this point, the Axis powers in both Europe and the Asia-Pacific had the advantage in the war, gaining territory and pushing the Allies back. America had so far claimed formal neutrality from the fighting till she herself was attacked in Hawaii. The Bombing of Pearl Harbour also strengthened America’s ties to Australia as it seen as a friend among a foe riddled Pacific....   [tags: Pearl Harbor]
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The Greedy Are in Want in John Steinbeck’s "The Pearl" - Horace, an ancient Roman poet, once said: "He who is greedy is always in want." This quote clearly depicts the main theme or message of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. The Pearl is a parable that teaches a moral lesson and expresses the theme that the greed a person may have with materialism can lead to events that will determine one’s fate or the fate of others around them. This novel tells the story of a poor Indian family, who lives in a small brush hut along the Gulf of Mexico and by the neighboring village of La Paz....   [tags: John Steinbeck, Pearl, greed, ]
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Struggling with Greed in John Steinbeck’s "The Pearl" - The Pearl written by John Steinbeck is a parable, a story that teaches a moral lesson. The focus of this novel is on a poor Indian family. The family consists of three members: Kino, a husband, father, and fisherman, Juana, his wife and loving mother; and Coyotito their infant son. This indigent family lives in a small brush hut along the Gulf of Mexico by the town of La Paz. One day Coyotito, is bitten by a scorpion; a scorpion sting can be deadly to a baby. Kino and Juana are very worried over the health of their baby; therefore, they hope to find a pearl worthy enough for the doctor’s payment to the doctor to treat Coyotito....   [tags: John Steinbeck, Pearl, Greed ] 742 words
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Greed in The Pearl and The Red Pony - Greed in The Pearl and The Red Pony The novels "The Pearl ," and "The Red Pony ," both portray a message about life. In The Pearl , Steinbeck tells about a great pearl that is found and lost by a Mexican villager. The value of the pearl is great, and with the value comes much greed from others and troubles for the villager. This is a tale that depicts human nature and the way of humanity. The Red Pony, is a story of a young boy and his great dreams. This book tells the reader about the dreams of a farm boy, the land and about the fulfillment of life....   [tags: Pearl Essays] 584 words
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck - The Pearl by John Steinbeck      The Pearl by John Steinbeck. This book takes place in Mexico during the nineteen hundreds in the city of La Paz.      The main characters are Kino an Indian pearl diver who finds the magnificent pearl and whose life is partially destroyed by this pearl. Juana is Kino's wife and faithful partner and she is obedient and devoted to her family. Coyotito is Kino and Juana's infant son he is bitten by a scorpion and recovers miraculously only to be later killed by a bullet....   [tags: The Pearl John Steinbeck] 418 words
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck - Kino, Juana and their infant son Coyotito live in a modest brush house by the sea. One morning, calamity visits their home when Coyotito is bitten by a scorpion. With hopes of protecting their son, Kino and Juana rush him to the doctor's clinic in town. However, when they arrive at the gate, they are turned away because they are poor natives and not paying customers. Later that same morning, Kino and Juana take their family canoe out to the estuary to go diving for pearls. Juana makes a poultice for Coyotito's wound while Kino canvases the sea bottom....   [tags: Pearl Steinbeck Review Summary] 1096 words
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Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor - Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor On the dawn of the 7th of December 1941, the unfolding of the strategic surprise attack on Pearl Harbor which had been planned in secrecy several months in advance by the empire of Japan took place and was known and remembered by many as the day of infamy (Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 7th 1941). The surprise attack executed by the Japanese military code named Kido Butai on Pearl Harbor resulted in many casualties to both the Japanese and American forces. Most importantly the accomplishment of Japans main goal of destroying the possible threat of the United States pacific fleet....   [tags: History Pearl Harbor] 1711 words
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The Good Earth by Pearl Buck - The Good Earth Essay      The Good Earth by Pearl Buck provides an excellent form of archetypal structure. It shows how nature is clean and pure, while the mechanistic world is corrupt and evil. There are many ways that it can be proven, yet only three are really stressed throughout the novel. The three stressed throughout the novel the entire time are, nature providing, money corrupting, and how the law of the land is the only right way. That was why, in The Good Earth, the archetypal structure, nature versus the mechanistic world was portrayed throughout the entire novel....   [tags: The Good Earth Pearl S Buck] 634 words
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The Causes of Pearl Harbor -      “There is no choice left but to fight and break the iron chains strangling Japan” (Spector 76) Admiral Nagano Osami gave this statement after finding no other way to resolve relations between the United States and Japan. The attack on Pearl Harbor was the only way Japan sought to break away from the United States oppression of the Japanese people. Poor relations between Japan and America were both economical and political; this caused the attack on Pearl Harbor.      The hatred from the Japanese against the United States dated back from the 1860s....   [tags: Japan Pearl Harbor History Essays] 2083 words
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck I. Description. The book I am reading is called "The Good Earth". It is written by the wonderful author Pearl S. Buck. The book is three hundred and fifty seven pages long. The book is about Wang Lung who is a young and poor farmer who is living in China during the time signs of modernization are appearing but the Chinese culture is remaining deeply connected to ancient traditions and customs. When Wang Lung approaches age to be married his father. He approaches the local Hwang family to ask if they have a spare slave who could marry his son....   [tags: Pearl Buck Good Earth] 1500 words
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - In the novel, The Good Earth, written by Pearl S. Buck, Wang Lung proves himself to be a successful person. Wang Lung starts out as a poor peasant, but overcomes starvation, droughts, and bandit tribes to prosper and become wealthy enough to live in the former great House of Hwang. Wang Lung achieved fame from everyone around him. At the beginning of the novel, Wang Lung wasn't well-known. Everyone thought of him as a poor, naive farmer. By the time Wang Lung achieved his goal of becoming wealthy and owning an abundance of land, everyone knew who he was....   [tags: Good Earth Pearl Buck] 967 words
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Pearl in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Pearl in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester's daughter, Pearl, functions primarily as a symbol. She is quite young during most of the events of this novel—when Dimmesdale dies she is only seven years old—and her real importance lies in her ability to provoke the adult characters in the book. She asks them pointed questions and draws their attention, and the reader's, to the denied or overlooked truths of the adult world. In general, children in The Scarlet Letter are portrayed as more perceptive and more honest than adults, and Pearl is the most perceptive of them all....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne Essays Pearl] 756 words
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth With every passing minute there are teenagers growing into adults who think they might want to get married someday. In a matter of time, some of these couples will then want to start a family of their own. These children will become their responsibility and there will be no way of knowing if they will accomplish their life dreams or if they will have to fight to keep their family together. In the novel, The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck tells a story of a farmer that fights to make a financially stable life for his family....   [tags: The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II - The Attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant" (Pierce 43). That is just what the Japanese did- awaken a "sleeping giant." The United States had tried for a long time to stay out of World War II. Finally, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States had no choice but to enter the war. The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, affected the United States greatly and also changed the course of events that followed in America's history....   [tags: US History Pearl Habor] 1701 words
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A Character Analysis of Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - A Character Analysis of Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Word Count Includes Outline at the End of the Paper The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the illegitimate daughter of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Throughout the novel Pearl develops into a dynamic symbol; one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore Hawthorne's symbolism of Pearl from birth, age three, and age seven....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hester Hawthorne Pearl Essays]
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The Pearl - In history there are a variety of tragic events that influence everything that surrounds them, such as World War II. World War II changed societies, recast intellectual assumption, altered racial and gender relations, and more. (Lee 5) Because of World War II, it helped the author John Steinbeck into writing the novel The Pearl. In the novel the main setting of the story took place in Mexico, as well as the Gulf of California. This setting was chosen by the author because “Indians of Mexico had been under the domination of people of Spanish decent” (Barron’s14)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck ] 2765 words
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John Steinbeck's The Pearl, The Grapes of Wrath, and Flight - John Steinbeck's The Pearl, The Grapes of Wrath, and “Flight” John Steinbeck, a 20th century novelist, was the recipient of numerous awards including the Nobel Prize. Steinbeck, a conservative that valued the old America, could produce pages of beauty followed by pages of sheer trash writing using specific characteristics, which his work is characterized by. John Steinbeck’s work is characterized by symbolism and allegory, which can be seen in his novels The Pearl, The Grapes of Wrath, and his short story “Flight.” In his short story, "Flight," John Steinbeck uses many examples of symbolism, which is one way you can characterize John Steinbecks’ work....   [tags: Pearl Grapes Wrath Flight Steinbeck Essays] 1131 words
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The Character of O-lan in Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth - The Character of O-lan in Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth depicts the journey of a Chinese farmer and his family in the early twentieth century. It begins with the protagonist, Wang Lung, marrying a servant, O-lan, from a neighboring rich house. They start a family in their small country town, and endure grueling times, including droughts, floods, and war. Wang Lung and O-lan work as hard as horses to ensure their family's survival. The family's persistence finally prevails, and the land eventually produces great riches....   [tags: Pearl Buck Good Earth Essays] 342 words
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Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville - Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brook’s “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” came from her book called Street in Bronzeville. This book exemplifies Brook’s “dual place in American literature” (Smith, 2). It is associated with Modernist poetry, as well as the Harlem Renaissance. This book is known for its theme of victimizing the poor, black woman. “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” is a poem that uses tone to represent the complex mood of the ballad. While tone and mood are often used interchangeably, there are differences even though they often work together in a poem....   [tags: Ballad Pearl Gwendolyn Brook Street Essays]
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Materialism in The Pearl - In the novel The Pearl, Symbolism assists us readers in a way that allows us to be able to perceive things in a more understandable, insightful way. Instead of us only understanding a short story of a young man diving for pearls to earn a living, it helps give more detail on his personal life and surroundings. Symbolism is also another way for the author to further illustrate their ……… It causes us readers to ponder upon our person ideals of ourselves. The main object in the novel The Pearl is the pearl itself....   [tags: symbolism, John Steinbeck, literary analysis]
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The Pearl - The Pearl by John Steinbeck In The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Kino, the main character, did not succeed in his dreams of a luxurious life. There where many reasons why Kino did not succeed. One may believe that it was a combination of fate, the pearl buyers, and his own greed. Fate was a major aspect to why Kino did not succeed in his dreams of having a luxurious life. When Kino discovered the Pearl he thought that it would take him out of poverty and into a life of happiness. “But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the gods both”(Chapter 2)....   [tags: essays research papers] 417 words
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The Pearl - The Pearl The Pearl starts off with a poor family that runs into a problem. The problem is that their son Coyotito got bit by a posinous snake and they need money so that the doctor will treat him. Kino, the father, went out to find a pearl so that they would have enough money to get Coyotito to the doctor. The pivoting point in the story is when Kino finds the pearl of all pearls , the pearl he finds is huge. The whole town finds out about Kino's findings, he starts to since an evil feeling comeing from people and the pearl....   [tags: essays research papers] 455 words
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The pearl - The Pearl In the novel, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, we meet Kino, his wife, Juana and their baby, Coyotitio. Kino’s family lives in a grass hut in the poor, fishing village of La Paz, Mexico in the 1920’s. Their lives are disrupted when a vicious scorpion bites Coyotito. The only way that they can get help were they live is to have enough money to pay the local doctor. Kino goes pearl diving and discovers a pearl that is worth “millions.” It appears that Kino has gone from having nothing to being able to get whatever his dreams desire....   [tags: essays research papers] 560 words
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The Pearl - Kino’s lack of material items did not keep him from happiness. That is until he thought it was possible to acquire a greater amount of wealth and increase his happiness through the pearl. In turn, this resulted in the downfall of Kino and his family. Kino’s life before the pearl brought him satisfaction and contentment. He was a loving husband and father. “Juana is driven, although instinctively as a woman to heal the family, nevertheless in reality to act for the man to protect the family.” (Karsten 6) He raised and took care of them....   [tags: essays research papers] 883 words
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The Pearl - The Pearl Theme: The main idea of this story is definitely bad luck. Kino and his family are poor but they have somewhat decent health. However when Coyotito gets sick and the Pearl is found that all changes. What this book is trying to say is that money is not everything in life. And in some cases, it brings bad luck. Money can also bring greed, as in the doctor’s case. Setting: This story takes place in a small village somewhere near the sea. The inhabitants of this village are predominantly poor Indians who have very small living quarters....   [tags: Papers] 590 words
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The Pearl - The Pearl / John Steinbeck Main idea- The main idea of the book is the story of an Indian fisherman, who found a big, beautiful pearl, "the pearl of the world" as it was called in the book. During all the story he tries to sell the pearl for a good price so he could marry his wife again in a normal church, provide his son an opportunity to go to school and some more nice stuff. Also in the story he has to deal with some not nice, mysterious guys, who try to take it away from him. Plot general- One pretendedly usual night, Kino (the fisherman, the husband, and the father) woke up in his bush house, in a village, and saw a scorpion who climbed to Coyotito's (the son) bed....   [tags: John Steinbeck] 1040 words
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the pearl - Kino, Juana, and their infant son, Coyotito, live in a modest brush house by the sea. One morning, calamity strikes when a scorpion bites Coyotito. Hoping to protect their son, Kino and Juana rush him to town, to the doctor's. When they arrive at the gate, the doctor turns them away because they are poor natives who can't pay him enough. Later that same morning, Kino and Juana take their family canoe, an heirloom, out to the estuary to go diving for pearls. Juana makes a poultice for Coyotito's wound while Kino searches the sea bottom....   [tags: essays research papers] 1084 words
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The Pearl - The Pearl: Prequel It was a dark and stormy night ... no that's not it. It was a beautiful sunny day ... not it either. Could it be uhh... On that rainy day when the sea would not quit, the sky growled and men shuttered in their huts. That's it !. Well now that I seem to temporarily regained my memory Ill tell you the story of that horrible season of the oyster conference. What's that you don't know what the oyster conference is. You see it is a time when the oysters of the world gather together in their respective clans and decide who shall carry the pearl of power....   [tags: essays research papers] 693 words
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The Pearl - The Pearl By John Steinbeck The setting of the story was primarily in an impoverished Mexican-Indian community in La Paz, roughly around the 1900s. Kino is a prime example of a developing character. From beginning to the end, he develops drastically. At the beginning, he was thought out to be a good loyal husband, but as time went on, he became a selfish, greedy individual who would do anything for money. Juana was Kino’s young wife. She was respectful, and very tolerant towards Kino. Coyotito was Kino and Juana’s only child....   [tags: essays research papers] 708 words
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The Pearl Resoning - ... Steinbeck never seemed to think of his characters as people but as creatures who are buffeted by terrible circumstances. This brings me to my next example, The Pearl has a terrible moral sense. It seems as if the author is trying to say “do not try to improve it only leads to failure, be happy with where you are” with the way Steinbeck has been treating Kino’s family. For instance, Kino is a poor man who foresees improvement with use of the pearl he so found, and whenever he tries to claim his dream, his life ends up becoming worse....   [tags: John Steinbeck novel analysis] 573 words
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The Pearl Harbor - ... If the U.S got into the war and the Congress passed the Declaration of war on Japan President Roosevelt would gain full control over the U.S letting him make any laws and give any orders. Before the attack a drunken government official warned the U.S of an attack a report was filed but was ignored and never looked at. There were also a ship sunk at the mouth of Pearl Harbor before the attack which clearly meant that something might of been wrong and action has to be taken. Much earlier the U.S had already broken many of the Japanese codes and knew exactly what they were up to so this shouldn’t have been a surprise....   [tags: US History, american history, weapons] 992 words
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Pearl - Major Vehicle of Truth - In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, the Pearl acts as a major vehicle of truth. She, the daughter of Hester Prynne, a young woman of a committed adultery, illustrates the significance of the letter in which her mother wears. Pearl is used to show the real truth of what happens through the novel, and the suffering and pain that the scarlet letter causes. One day, while Pearl and Hester are in the forest, Pearl tells Hester that the sun does not shine on her. She states that the sun doesn't shine on Hester because of what she wears on her bosom....   [tags: Classic American Literature] 591 words
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The Scarlett Letter: Pearl Analysis - Often times, children remind their parents of the mistakes they previously made. However, if the adults gain enough courage and learn to stand up to their wrongdoings, their children will help them see and reach their upmost greatness. Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates the life of Pearl, a young girl, in his novel, The Scarlet Letter. Initially, Hester Prynne, Pearl’s mother, marries Roger Chillingworth; however, she soon meets the Puritan Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Pearl results 9 months later....   [tags: American Literature] 892 words
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck - ... Kino is beginning to realize how at first the pearl seemed to have brought fortune and good to his family, but it really had only brought evil to the family. By the end of the story, Kino and Juana have lost their son, Coyotito, and they wish things were back to the way they were before they found the pearl. Kino then throws the pearl back out into the ocean where he had found it: “And the music of the pearl drifted to a whisper and disappeared” (90). The music disappearing as the pearl sink back into the ocean symbolizes the evil leaving the family: now that the pearl has left, so has the evil....   [tags: story analysis] 1327 words
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Reasons for the Attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7th, 1941. This was the date of one of the most important attacks on the United States in the history of America. This was the date of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor was the last straw that led to the United States joining World War II as part of the Allied Power. The bombing was in reaction to many economic sanctions that were placed on Japan, so the bombing was not just to make the United States mad....   [tags: japanese attack, malaya, doolittle raid]
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck - Kino is the main character of The Pearl by John Steinbeck. Kino often “hears” songs that represent his situation. For example if he is in danger he may hear the Song of Evil or the Song of the Enemy. The songs in this book set the theme for what has happened, what will happen, and what is happening. In The Pearl Kino hears the Song of Family, the Song of Evil, and the Song of the Pearl. The Song of Family symbolizes the balance of Kino’s life and how content he is. It is most prevalent in The Pearl near the beginning and the end of the book....   [tags: kino's songs, literary analysis, characters]
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The Pearl, by John Steinbeck - John Steinbeck's The Pearl tells the story of a pearl diver named Kino. Kino lives a simple life, and adores his family. At the beginning of the story Steinbeck shows how content Kino’s family is. Everything seems to be going perfect for Kino and his family that is until the discovery of the most wonderful pearl in the world changes his life forever. As the story advances Kino’s newborn, Coyotito gets bitten by a scorpion. Kino’s wife, Juana insists that they take Coyotito to the town’s doctor. Inevitably the doctor refuses to help Coyotito because Kino is unable to make a payment....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Money, Greed]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - A day that will forever live in infamy. On December 7th, 1941 the United States was brutally brought into a world war with an attack upon Pearl Harbor. While this was over seventy years ago, questions still remain. The American people must ask as a country, did the United States government know about the impending attack. Did the American Service men and women die in vain. Over Two thousand people died due to the possible withholding of military information by the United States Government (“Background)....   [tags: United States joins world war II]
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The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor - ... The goal of their plan was to weaken the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. This would give them a buffer to continue their expansion into China and allow them to gain control over the Pacific. Their plan was to destroy as many U.S. battleships and aircraft carriers as possible. They believed that this would allow them the time they needed to conquer the Philippians and other Pacific territories before the U.S. could recover and strike back. They began to stage their attack against Pearl Harbor, located on Oahu Island, Hawaii....   [tags: US entrance into World War II] 828 words
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Causes of the Pearl Harbor Attack - December 7, 1941, a day that will forever live in infamy. The United States and Great Britain were worried about the expansion of Japan’s small empire. Japan invaded Southeast Asia in order to gain natural resources but this just heightened the concerns of what would be the Allied powers (Fitzgerald 14-16). The U.S. had been growing the island of Oahu into a strong naval base since it became a U.S. territory. The U.S. clear dislike in the expansion of Japan caused the Japanese to see Pearl Harbor as a threat....   [tags: british, indochina, japan, invasion]
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Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor - ... Once the U.S. fleet was out of action, the way for the unhindered Japanese conquest of all of Southeast Asia and the Indonesian Archipelago would be open. From north of Hawaii, about 360 planes in total were launched. The first Japanese dive bomb appeared over Pearl Harbor early in the morning. It was part of a first wave of nearly 200 aircraft, torpedo planes, bombers, and fighters. Since the ships were anchored in the harbor, it made them perfect targets for the Japanese bombers, and since it was Sunday morning they were not fully ready....   [tags: US entry into World War II] 1032 words
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The Suprise Attack on Pearl Harbor - Plan of Investigation The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate how the attack on Pearl Harbor wasn’t a surprise to Roosevelt and the United States. The main body of evidence will investigate what events lead up to the attack, diplomatic relations between Japan and the U.S., and the resulting factors of the attack. Evidence will include eyewitness accounts and newly released top secret documents. Documents will be analyzed in regards to their value, origin, purpose, and limitation in order to properly evaluate the evidence....   [tags: diplomatic relations, USA, Japan, US History]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - The Attack At Pearl Harbor 1941 December 7th was the day in which will live in infamy and also controversy. The Attack at Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack on the American fleet at the at the navy base in pearl harbor at Hawaii. Japanese attackers us hard and the planes came in waves, the first hit us at 7:53 and the second hit us at 8:55. Nothing but chaos was left. 2,403 dead, 188 planes. But was this attack really a surprise. Did we really know about it before hand. Or did we just really be bombarded with a Japanese surprise attack....   [tags: American History, world war II] 1457 words
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - ... The Japanese used 353 aircraft led by Commander Mistuo Fuchida. In the hours before dawn, a USS Navy vessel spotted an unidentified submarine periscope near the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, this sinking was not considered important. The Japanese began their attack at 7:45 a.m. on December 7, 1941. The first wave of Japanese planes had 183 planes, and the second wave had 186 planes. The Japanese first hit the airfield destroying many aircraft. Then Japanese torpedo planes hit the USS Helena, the USS Utah, and the USS Raleigh....   [tags: beginning of World War II for the US] 738 words
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The Success of Pearl Harbor - The bombing of Pearl Harbor has always been considered a major Japanese victory. President Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 the “day that will forever live in infamy” because of the destruction following this assault. Japanese forces brutally impaired the American naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor and caused unimaginable horror for both the citizens of Hawaii and the United States as a whole. As a result of this attack, the United States entered World War II and four years later, was able achieve victory against the Axis Powers....   [tags: U.S. History]
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The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor - ... After President Roosevelt stated America officially a part of World War II, Lieutenant J.H. Doolittle was asked to prepare for a raid on Japan. The Doolittle Raid took place four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The main objective of the mission was, not so much to destroy Japanese home islands, but to demonstrate the vulnerability of Japan and boost American confidence. Early in January of 1942, Captain Francis Low, a submariner, examined the U.S Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet CV-8....   [tags: world war II, the Doolittle Raid] 823 words
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941, was on of the worst attacks ever on the United States. Out of that day, 2,403 soldiers were killed in action, 1,178 were wounded in action. Through the misjudgments of numerous U.S. armed forces personnel, the Japanese were able to carry out this terrible attack, which crippled the United States’ Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan…As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense…With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determi...   [tags: U.S. History]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941, was one of the worst attacks on the United States in U.S. history. Of that day 2,403 soldiers were killed in action, 1,178 were wounded in action. Numerous U.S. armed forces personnel were misjudged, which allowed the Japanese to carry out this terrible attack. Not only did the Japanese hit the U.S. where they knew it would hurt the most, but it crippled the United States’ entire Pacific Fleet. “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan…As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense…Wi...   [tags: World War II]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - Attack on Pearl Harbor was a very vicious attack by the Japanese on the US. On December 7, 1941 US Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese fighter jets. United States had been aware of a possible attack since the 1920s; the US became more involved when the Japanese invaded Manchuria. Attack on Pearl Harbor was the beginning of something big, a bloody war between the Japanese and the United States. United States was not expecting such an event; it was such an unannounced attack on the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii....   [tags: Japanese, fighter jets, hawaii]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - On December 7, 1941, one of the most tragedies in United States history occurred. The Japanese launched a surprise air attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. After just two hours of bombing, more than 2,400 Americans were dead, 21 ships had either been sunk or damaged, and more than 188 U.S. aircraft destroyed (history1900s). The United States was in complete shock and disgust, so in response, the Unites States declared war on Japan. Between 1937 and 1941, escalating conflict between China and Japan influenced U.S....   [tags: japanese, world war II, ships, planes]
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Japan's Nationalism and Pearl Harbor - ... Wukovits 27). Japan knew that the U.S would not support them in taking over new territories and viewed the U.S. as their biggest issue. While the two governments negotiated about peaceful solutions to the embargo, Japan knew war between the two nations was inevitable. The United States military knew the Japanese empire was a possible threat but underestimated the capability and intention of the Japanese. Speaking with President Roosevelt in May of 1941, Army chief of staff General C. Marshall said that Pearl Harbor was “the strongest fortress in the world,” (John F.Wukovits 31)....   [tags: imperialism and expansionism] 769 words
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck - ... The news stirred up something infinitely black and evil in the town; the black distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld. The poison sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and puffed with the pressure of it.” Kino’s personal experience helped him to come up with the realization that things will not go the way he wanted to go, and he also realized that the poor people in the town who are jealous of his luck are not the ones who are going to take the pearl from his hand, but it’s rather the people who live a decent life who are looking for more than just that decent life and they seek the compl...   [tags: negativity of greed, jealousy] 761 words
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A Pearl in the Storm, by Tori Murden - ... That night she dreams about the squid crying in pain on her deck. Another storm hits that night. Having no communication system, she uses her hand held VHS to try to contact someone but its range is only 1-2 miles. More dead animals appear on her deck including another squid and fish. She also now has rudder damage. She had to remove the dead sea creatures but hated every minute of it. She starts to move even further from the Gulf Stream. With fury against the storm, Tori decides to continue to row....   [tags: literary analysis, chapter summaries] 3337 words
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Battle of Pearl Harbor - This paper analyzed Editors’ (2012) view of the causations of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the planning of the Japanese and U.S. military commanders on the attack of Pearl Harbor. Also, this paper will suggest that World War II started in Japan years before historians believe the war was initiated in Europe. Japan’s early aggression to its neighboring countries has significant and critical causations of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Editors (2012) suggested that Japan was drawn to wage war with the U.S....   [tags: japanese attack, world war II]
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The Attack of Pearl Harbor - ... The Tripartite Pact was signed in Berlin on September 27, 1940 and its articles stated that, after the war, Japan was to have control over Asia, while Germany and Italy were to have control over Europe, and that all three nations would help one another by military or political means if attacked. With the pact fully in place, The Japanese prepared for an invasion of Southeast Asia, while continuing its negotiation for the embargo from the United States to be lifted. On July the 2nd 1941, the Japanese decided that negotiations with the United States were futile....   [tags: Japanese raids on American Bases] 2421 words
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The attack on Pearl Harbor - The attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941 will forever be immortalized in the words of President Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy”, yet the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were far more deadly and carried greater geo-political implications. Many persons in the United States carried the burden of assisting in designing, deploying and eventually dropping the first and only nuclear weapons used in an act of war, yet Paul Tibbets’s experience is unique. As a Lieutenant Coronel in the U.S....   [tags: president roosevelt, japanese, duty]
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John Steinbeck's The Pearl - The Pearl by John Steinbeck has been an interesting and insightful book. It tells the story of Kino, a poor pearl diver, and his family. When his baby, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion, Kino and his wife, Juana, cannot afford a doctor. Soon after, however, they miraculously discover a large, beautiful pearl. Believing it will not only pay for Coyotito’s treatment but also open up a new future for his family, Kino is excited to sell it. However, the precious possession soon brings strife and evil upon the family....   [tags: ideological and literary analysis]
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Symbolism of the Pearl in The Pearl by John Steinbeck - Symbolism of the Pearl in The Pearl by John Steinbeck In The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, evil transforms certain humble citizens into envious savages. It is this evil which moves the story along and adds drama. It causes the beginning of a happy spirit, but the downfall of goodness and humanity. Evil is shown by the doctor many times during the story. At first, he refuses to treat Coyotito because his parents have no money. When the doctor heard of Kino and Juana's fortune in finding "the pearl of the world", the doctor boasts that they were patients of his while thinking of a better life for himself in Paris....   [tags: Papers] 465 words
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Failure at Pearl Harbor - “On December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States was suddenly and DELIBERATELY attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. -Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his address to Congress on December 8, 1941.” A quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) giving people a taste of what happened on the sad day of December 7th. The destructive day recalled as Pearl Harbor was a day of goodbyes to 2,403 Americans who died that day. In addition 1,178 American’s were wounded....   [tags: Japanese bombing, WWII]
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The Pearl Harbor Attack - ... In 1941 radar was a new defense tool in Hawaii. The Army had the Opana Mobile Radar Station, one of six radar stations on Oahu, that report seeing 50 or more aircraft in route to Oahu. At approximately 7:00am the privates manning the radar called Fort Shafter to report their sighting. Due to some confusion and possibly lack of training the Army lieutenant who received the information assumed that it the U.S. B-17’s flying from California to Hawaii. The Japanese first wave of 183 fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes are about 70 miles away from Pearl Harbor....   [tags: japanese planes, president roosevelt]
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Events of Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941. “A day that would live in infamy”. Pearl Harbor, the place where the Pacific Fleet was stationed. Seen as a threat to the Japanese, with many battleships stationed there, stood a sign as a symbol of power. It was a regular day to many. But just before 0800, everything that day had changed. 181 Japanese aircraft was seen attacking Pearl Harbor. No one ever thought that this would ever have happened. It was a terrifying scene with many ships going down within the first several minutes of the attack....   [tags: war, attack, communication, military] 1592 words
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The Pearl Harbor Attack - The Pearl Harbor attack was a surprise, but for decades, America and Japan had been moving towards a war. No one thought that Japan would start a war with an attack on American soil. President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy. Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941; just 200 miles from Oahu. Hawaii and Japan are about 4,000 miles apart. This attack lasted two very short hours. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans and sank or beached 12 ships and destroyed 9....   [tags: attack, war, japan] 682 words
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FDR and Pearl Harbor - ... They broke Japan’s diplomatic code; American officials knew about the Japan’s Embassy order to destroy its codes machines (Pearl Harbor). On October 9, 1941 the War Department decoded a Tokyo-to-Honolulu dispatch instructing the consul General to divide Pearl Harbor into five areas and to tell the exact location of American ship in that area (Perloff). The Dutch army decoded a dispatch forecasting attacks on four areas including Hawaii (Perloff). There were a lot of different Japanese codes that were cracked, warning of the Japanese going to attack on Pearl Harbor....   [tags: American History, conspiracy] 572 words
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The Pearl Habor Attack - This investigation evaluates to what extent did the embargo set on Japan by the United States during 1940 and 1941 evoke Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is often regarded by many American’s as a ‘surprise’ attack that was gratuitous, while historical documents from principal figures on both the Japanese side and the side of the U.S, but there has been evidence and research to the contrary. Pearl Harbor is one of the most memorable events in World War II from U.S perspective. While one may debate as to whether or not the U.S would have still entered WWII (though the argument strongly leans to the former,) the attack on Pearl Harbor served as symbol of sacrifice for the American p...   [tags: Japan, United States, Hawaii, american history]
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John Steinbeck's The Pearl - The Pearl’s perspective of late 19th century, Mexican society dissects everything from social status and race to gaining equality and the problems that arise from its gain. Steinbeck’s critique of late 19th century, Mexican society is in fact an invitation to critique our own reluctant to change society in early 21st century. John Steinbeck’s The Pearl tells how race can endanger a society; people of “superior” races take advantage of people in lower classes. If class division is based on superficial qualities, it can endanger a society by leading to greed, murder, and depression....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Fractured Society, Mexico]
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The Oyster and the Pearl - 1. Do you think that it is right to allow Clay to believe that there is a pearl in the oyster. Explain your answer. Ans. Clay is a poor, innocent boy. He wants money to put in an ad for his disappeared father. His father had left home a month ago. Clay knew that the basic reason for his leaving home was money which was a constant cause of dispute between his mother and father. Harry's effort to give the boy a hope of a pearl in the oyster is the virtuous act of human side of him. Perhaps no happiness could have been bought for three hundred dollars that Harry was going to give to the boy....   [tags: American Literature] 693 words
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The Pearl: A Review - THE PEARL: A Review The Pearl is a story about an Mexican Indian man and woman, set in the early to mid-1900's, in Bolivia. It was written by John Steinbeck as a short fiction book that tells of the family's life just before, during, and just after find a great pearl. The book was an amazing and discussed many different ideas. The main idea discussed is whether or not being rich is a good thing. The story explained how everyone would like to be rich yet being rich has a lot of unnecessary baggage that goes with it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1234 words
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Pearl Harbor - This topic was very interesting. .The Pearl Harbor played a major historical role in World War II by galvanizing US support against the Axis. Previously, the US had generally supported Britain but was dissuaded by public opinion from direct involvement. By attacking the United States at Pearl Harbor, Japan brought America into the war. President Roosevelt knew beforehand that something somewhere would happen, but Congress and the American people balked at entering the war. Japan's attempt was to destroy American naval power in the Pacific figuring it would take a couple of years to rebuild the fleet....   [tags: World War 2, Hawaii, Japan]
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Pearl Harbor - “A date which will live in infamy” . This is a quote said to congress by the Commander- in- Chief Franklin Roosevelt. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor Roosevelt asked congress to declare war on Japan. Pearl Harbor was a surprise to the United States, a great plan to the Japanese Empire, and a gateway to World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbor took a toll on countries all over the world. That day in 1941 has been and forever will be the most infamous act of the Japanese Empire. On December 7, 1941 the ultimate disaster in the history of the United States occurred....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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Pearl's Symbolic Divinity in The Scarlet Letter - Pearl is the unifying character in Scarlet Letter especially among Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth.  As one of the most complex characters, Pearl is related to Hester and Dimmesdale because she is the personification of their sin and to Chillingworth because she represents what he wants vengeance for.  Hester, Pearl’s mother, is who Pearl looks up to and wants to be like.  To Dimmesdale, Pearl has an even greater significance than she may be able to understand.  Dimmesdale’s guilt for committing a sin and seeing Pearl, someone completely innocent, ostracized by society tortures him to the extent that he physically punishes himself....   [tags: literary criticism, character analysis] 1161 words
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pearl harbor - The attack on Pearl Harbor was a tragic event in American history. President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and killed more than 2,300 Americans during the attack. The attack took the United States by surprise and especially the undefended naval base. There were a lot of factors that played a role in the attack, including why Japan thought they had to attack, how they were able to achieve surprise, and the damage they inflicted on the American fleet....   [tags: World War II, Surprise Attack]
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Pearl Harbor - Introduction At approximately 8 o’clock in the morning on the 7th of Dec 1941, the United States of America faced for the first time in history, an attack on US soil. The Empire of Japan had strategically planned and executed a swift blow to the state of Hawaii, located in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Hawaii was our first line of defense from any westerly attack of an Asian country. By the end of the almost 2 hour ordeal, our Naval and Air Corps assets’ were brutally crippled preventing the ability of the US to conduct an immediate retaliation....   [tags: japan, empire, attack]
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