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Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - The Masque of Red Death People don't really have that much in common, but they do have one big thing in common, that is death. Death is the one thing that no one can stop. The short story "The Masque of Red Death," by Edger Allen Poe shows how that statement is true. Poe was a man who had had many experiences with a disease that killed many people in his life, in his story "The Masque of Red Death," he uses a lot of symbolic messages to express his views and feelings on that disease....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays] 555 words
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Themes and Symbols in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Themes and Symbols in The Masque of the Red Death      The literature of Edgar Allan Poe can either be viewed as extremely simple or incredibly complicated, and his short story "The Masque of The Red Death" is no exception. This story can either be viewed as a simple story of horror, with no deeper imbedded meanings, or it can be broken down into many symbols with several possible meanings. Perhaps this story tells of the struggle between man and death, perhaps it speaks of an author's struggles and dreams, or perhaps it was merely written as a tale of horror....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays]
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Human Denial in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Human Denial in The Masque of Red Death      In "The Masque of Red Death", Edgar Allen Poe tells a story of human denial and struggle with death, especially among the wealthy.   Poe uses powerful images of sensual texture, color and symbols to show the passing of time and life.   Prince Prospero along with "a thousand hale and lighthearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court" (202) sought a haven from the "Red Death" that is devastating the country.  They lived together in the prince's luxurious abbey with all the amenities and securities imaginable....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays]
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Marilyn Monroe: American Sex Symbol - Marilyn Monroe was a woman who lived and thrived under the spotlight. Monroe has been immortalized in her words; she is quoted at one time saying, “I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best”. An American Icon is someone whose works, life, and message withstand the test of time. In order to understand Marilyn Monroe’s impact as America’s sex symbol one must have an explanation of her background, an overview of her career as an actress, and an analysis of her critic’s reviews....   [tags: Sex Symbol and Pop Icon]
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Ian Buruma's Behind the Mask - Ian Buruma's Behind the Mask Ian Buruma was born in the Netherlands in 1951. He went to school in both Holland and Japan, and he has spent a great deal of time in Japan. Ian Buruma is an author, journalist and a professor at Bard College in New York. He sometimes writes for the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the New Yorker, and the Guardian. The book, Behind the Mask, was a very interesting one. This book is filled with lots of Japans history that most people know nothing about....   [tags: Ian Buruma Behind the Mask]
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The Self-hatred of Kochan in Confessions of a Mask - The Self-hatred of Kochan in Confessions of a Mask In his semi-autobiographical novel, Confessions of a Mask, Yukio Mishima examines the struggle for acceptance by a man living outside of the socially accepted norms. A motif that strongly pervades this novel is death and the images of blood associated with it. Kochan, a Japanese adolescent living in post-war Japan, struggles with his homosexuality and his desire to be "normal." In order to survive, he must hide behind a mask of propriety. At a young age, Kochan shows signs of being attracted to male beauty....   [tags: Confessions Mask Essays] 712 words
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Minstrel Shows and Theater - ... This migration made the growth of theatres possible. Theatre seats, balconies, and the basic structural support were made of wood (“Nineteenth Century Theatre”). During the 19th century, theatre lights were “upgraded” three times, the theatre went from candle lighting, to gas lighting, eventually to electricity (“Nineteenth Century Theatre”). While the theatres were lit by candle light and also when they were lit with gas lighting, they were very likely to have fires. In 1887, the Theatre Royal Exeter caught on fire, 190 people lost their lives (“Nineteenth Century Theatre”)....   [tags: African Americans, Civil War, US History] 845 words
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Powerless to Evade the Grip of Death in Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death" - Is it possible to evade death during a massive plague that is killing millions. Edgar Allan Poe uses setting, theme and plot in the “Mask of the Red Death” to illustrate that no one can escape death. Death is everywhere either someone dies or experiences a loss in there lifetime. The mask of the red death is an allegory, which means that is a short story with two meanings. The short story uses literal elements such as plot and the colors of the room. It also has a large philosophical meaning like the concept of life and death and the powerlessness of people to evade the grip of death....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, mask of the red death,] 617 words
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An Analysis of Paul Laurence Dunbar's We Wear the Mask - An Analysis of Paul Laurence Dunbar's We Wear the Mask It has been said many time that "You can't judge a book by its cover" and "Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes". A person may appear one way on the outside but may be feeling the total opposite on the inside. He may be masking his true emotions with a false appearance. In "We Wear the Mask" it seems that Paul Laurence Dunbar is conveying this message to his audience. The African-American slaves of the early United States are prime examples of how emotions can be repressed....   [tags: We Wear the Mask Essays] 503 words
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We Wear the Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask” is a lyric poem in which the point of attraction, the mask, represents the oppression and sadness held by African Americans in the late 19th century, around the time of slavery. As the poem progresses, Dunbar reveals the façade of the mask, portrayed in the third stanza where the speaker states, “But let the dream otherwise” (13). The unreal character of the mask has played a significant role over the life of African Americans, whom pretend to put on a smile when they feel sad internally....   [tags: Literature]
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The Egyptian Mummy Mask - ... On the bottom half near the chest area (as shown in Figure 1.) the mask reveals an amazing scene dealing with the resurrection of Osiris, the God of the afterlife. Osiris was also considered the God of the underworld or the dead in general. In this scene, Osiris is reclined on a long bier with a lion head. Standing in front and behind Osiris are the Goddesses Isis and Nephthys casting spells to bring him back to life. There is a somewhat large falcon figure that sticks out and grabs your attention without consent....   [tags: museum, art, decoration, power, future] 883 words
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Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death as Fantastic Genre - The Mask of the Red Death as Fantastic Genre       American author Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) wrote many poems and short stories back in the 1800s. Poe is said by some to have virtually created the detective story and perfected the psychological thriller. These works include "The Raven," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of Usher House," and "The Mask of the Red Death" (April 30, 1842). In the fantasy short story Poe uses certain magical elements that are not accepted by the reader as being real....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays]
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Use of Contrasts in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Use of Contrasts in The Masque of the Red Death          "There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dansers, there were musicians, there was beauty, there was wine. All these and security within. Without was the Red Death." (Poe, 209) In the short story, The Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allen Poe uses the sanctity within the abbey walls to juxtapose the harshness and inescapable nature of the Red Death. The author uses the contrasts between the abbey and the Red Death to reveal the true character of Prince Prospero, to suggest the presence of the Red Death in the abbey, and to aide in the climax of events....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays] 583 words
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Essay on Setting in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Use of Setting in The Masque of the Red Death         "...In the black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the black hangings through the blood-tinted panes was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all" (210). This quote serves to demonstrates Edgar Allan Poe's descriptive abilities. In "The Masque of the Red Death" Poe gives much detail about the setting....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays] 610 words
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Setting and Organization in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Setting and Organization in The Masque of the Red Death        "The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the 'Red Death,'" (209). As Edgar Allen Poe set the scene for his story, he also created an ominous mood and a sense of suspense supported by the setting. He details the fun and amusement inside the prince's abbey, in contrast to the horror and doom outside, and the reader's curiosity is piqued, because such bliss cannot be maintained for long....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays] 975 words
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The Language of the Black Condition and All Conditions: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear The Mask” cleverly talks of the black condition in a language so universal that it could apply to any race of people that tries to hide their emotions from the world in order to survive. Dunbar argues for the reality of the black man’s plight in America, the black man's struggle for equality in the world, and the struggle for peace within. These are circumstances of the poet’s life that influenced his writing of the poem. PARAGRAPH 2: Background information on your author or document....   [tags: Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask, ]
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Analysis of We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar - Analysis of We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar is a renowned piece of literature that has been the subject of various literary criticisms over the years. Because of the poem’s indirectness and generalized ambiguity, the interpretation of the “we” that wears the “mask” and why they do so is left unanimously undisclosed. It is up to the interpreter and the support given by the interpreter to produce a valid representation of the meaning that lies beneath the mask....   [tags: Slavery Racism We Wear the Mask Essays]
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The Elephant Mask Costume and the Costume of Airowayoye - In Gallery 101 acquisition number 1999.76 at the Dayton Art Institute, you will find the Kuosi (Elephant Mask) Society Costume of the Bamileke people in Cameroon, Africa. Standing almost six feet tall (67 inches), the elephant mask costume was worn during Tso (elephant dance) by a secret society of warriors dedicated to protecting their king. Today the costume maintains order in the Bamileke society and reminds the king that he is not above the gods. The elephant mask costume is worn to display the king’s wealth at the Kuosi celebration....   [tags: Gallery 101, Cameroon Africa, Society Costume]
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Whale Symbol - There are many views on the symbolism of the white whale in Melville’s book, Moby Dick. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim describes, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). The symbol of the white whale lends itself easily to this concept. To Ahab, the whale represents the wickedness of nature. To Starbuck, it is a product. To Ishmael, however, it is "portentous and mysterious"(Melville, 6). It rouses his curiosity, but he recognizes it as a thing secluded. It is an "overwhelming idea"(Melville, 6): an idea which is larger than his consciousness....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Moby Dick] 865 words
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Women With A Mask - WOMEN WITH A MASK The photo I have chosen is about the mask created by Nasir Mazhar, a young headwear designer and milliner. The photo has been taken for a reportage entitled “Make me a Monster!” For this some top designers have been asked to make a mask from scraps. The photograph is a foreground of a woman with a mask made of white gauze. The mask she is wearing covers the whole face, you can only see the woman’s blue eyes. The hair is covered as well with white gauze stitched together so it suggests the shape of it....   [tags: Identity]
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The Masque (Mask) of the Red D, William Wilson, Tale of the Ragged Mountains, and House of Ush - Landscape in Masque of the Red Death, William Wilson, Tale of the Ragged Mountains, and House of Usher A careful reading of Poe’s tales will quickly reveal the importance that landscape plays in the development of each literary work.  "Ragged Mountains" has both a surreal and realistic landscape allowing Poe to use both the mental and the physical environment to explain his tale.  This technique is also found in "The Fall of the House of Usher," "William Wilson," and "The Masque of the Red Death."  In these tales too the reader may tend to focus on the action at hand, and the psychological details, because that is what we are prone to do with Poe stories.  However, it is also important t...   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays] 1574 words
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Laying the Last Minstrel in Jane Eyre - Laying the Last Minstrel in Jane Eyre To find one work quoted multiple times in a novel, as is the case in Jane Eyre with The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott, should suggest to a reader that this quoted work can serve to shed some light on the work in which it is found. In this case, Charlotte Brontë alluded to Scott’s work at appropriate moments in the novel, both because of similarities in the plots at those moments, but also, more importantly, because of the theme of The Lay of the Last Minstrel....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Essays]
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The Mask - The Mask The mask is a form of deception or illusion. Sometimes, it can be worn as both. It hides the true emotions of slaves, keeping the slave master from knowing what is going on in their minds. The mask also allows the slave to have an identity without the master’s detection. The mask gives the illusion that the slave is exactly how the masters believe, ignorant, incapable of true emotion, and unable to think for themselves. A perfect depiction of the mask can be found in Charles Chestnutt’s The Passing of Grandison....   [tags: essays research papers] 822 words
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We Wear the Mask - “We Wear the Mask” There are times in life where we are forced to do something we do not really want to do. There are certain situations like this that come to my mind. Every so often, my family gets together. As a teenager, I do not want to be confined. I realize some of my relatives are a lot older than me and I should spend as much time with them as I can. When my family gets together, I frequently am forced to go to these events and put a smile on my face. I am acting. I am putting on my “mask” and pretending that I am happy....   [tags: essays research papers] 579 words
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The Mask - The Mask It had all begun when he was a little boy. One year a circus had come to town. In the morning a big parade was held in main street. He could see the clowns walking around making people laugh. He would watch the clowns` faces as they walked by. The big noses and the funny walks made him feel happy. It was poor times, and his father was out of work. His family couldn't afford any material benefits, but each year his father collected enough money so that he could take his son to the circus....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 816 words
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Reminders of Heartlessness: Racism in "Huckleberry Finn" and Blackface Minstrel Shows - Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written in the early 1880’s, persists as an internationally classic novel and a staple in American Literature. However, Twain’s depiction of Jim and use of the most powerful racial epithet in African American history caused ire to many who analyzed it as harsh and unnecessary to the publication of a “good” novel. Literary critics believe the reason behind Twain’s characterizations come from his immersion in the time of Realism, where Black Minstrel Shows were a popular form of entertainment....   [tags: Literature, Race]
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The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick - The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick That there are various perspectives to the white whale as symbol is a result of the value which Melville accords the symbol as a medium of expression. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim terms, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). Visible objects are as masks through which one can educe universal and significant order. The "eyes are windows"(Melville, 9) through which one "can see a little into the springs and motives which [are] cunningly presented ....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays Whale Essays]
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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - A Critical Review - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm This paper will break down the elements of the critical process using the three critical methods that were discussed in class. Also included in the paper will be the notes that were taken from the conversation I overheard at Hardees, about the movie “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” between Seiter, Thompson, and Meehan. This critique will discuss the several components to each of the three critical methods including cultural codes in the movie, gender roles, and advertisement placement with in the movie....   [tags: essays research papers] 1787 words
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The Tradition of the Chivo Mask - The Chivo mask is from Mexico, typically found in the state of Guerrero. The mask was first created and used in the village, Zitlala, after the Mexican Revolution. It is used for the ritual dance called “La Danza de los Chivos” or Dance of the Goats. However, the dance is now used in many other celebrations and festivities throughout other areas of Mexico, as well. The mask is part of the ceremony known as "the Dance of the Goats” or La Danza de los Chivos. The mask on masksoftheworld.com is from Chilpancingo, State of Guerrero, Mexico....   [tags: zitala, guerrero, mexican traditions]
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Commentary on Film: The Mask is Real - The Mask is Real Director Stanley Kubrick once said, “When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.” This point is extremely evident in today’s society. The world today has constructed an idea of masculinity that doesn’t allow for boys to be secure with who they are. Society is constantly pushing boys towards perfection leading to anxiety, and as a result these men are not choosing who they want to be or how they want to live; instead they are being who everyone else wants them to be and living how everyone else wants them to live....   [tags: Boys, Stereotypes, Men] 1091 words
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The Blue Mask by Lou Reed - ... RCA Records owned the phonographic copyrights, as well as regular copyrights. Lou Reed produced the entire album with the help of production engineer Sean Fullan. The album was recorded in 1982 in France, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York (Discogs). RCA released Lou Reed’s rock album, The Blue Mask in 1982. It was the eleventh studio album that was released right after he partnered with RCA again. This album was also sentimental because it was the first album he worked on after he overcame his alcohol and drug addiction....   [tags: the elements of human flaws] 720 words
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The Mask of Nostradamus by James Randi - James Randi is an internationally acclaimed stage magician, author, and skeptic. He is well known for investigating the claims of alleged psychics and mystics in such books as The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. His television appearances on The Tonight Show and Exploring Psychic Powers… Live often featured him debunking the alleged psychic powers of other guests. As a stage magician, he has perfected ‘mentalist’ skills, techniques used by the charlatan Nostradamus....   [tags: stage magician, mystic, ]
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Developmental Psychology in the Film Mask - I am a big fan of the film Mask, a psychological film starring Cher, Eric Stoltz and Laura Dern. Although, I had watched the film previously, I decided to re-watch it recently for old time’s sake. Additionally, I wanted to know more about the film and so I started looking for information on the internet. I stumbled onto a site that gave an in depth analysis of the film. Although it is a fairly old film, the story will move one to tears. It’s so inspiring and empowering to anyone who is facing any difficulty in life....   [tags: character, difficulty, problems, inspriring]
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Reflection on Mask Unit - The second unit in the drama course at Jarvis is all about masks, how to make them and how to act in them. This unit is probably one of the most enjoyable units of drama because it combines hands on activities with drama. Masks are a very important piece of art in many plays and live shows. Using masks during a show enables the actor to become more than one character, and enhances their ability to act by letting them experience different personalities. Masks in the theatre are also used to express and reinforce the character and the story, create a distance between the actor on stage and the character of the story....   [tags: Drama] 1090 words
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We Wear the Mask - William Shakespeare once proclaimed that “the past is prologue.” Are we really bound by history. Is our present a mere continuation, a monomorphic continuation if you will, of the novel that is our existence, or can it be developed in a bifurcated fashion. Paul Lawrence Dunbar, prominently noted as the "Poet Laureate of the Negro Race" (p 905) is a prime example of how the past can be depicted in a multifold manner. His two works " We Wear the Mask" and "An Ante-Bellum Sermon" illustrate the double-consciousness that Dunbar was most notorious for....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Paul Laurence Dunbar] 1759 words
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Figurative Devices: Comparing "We Wear the Mask" and "Theme for English B" - Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes were considered to be early black poets during the twentieth century around the period of civil right movement. “We wear the mask” and “Theme for English B” were written in 1895 and 1951 respectively. Even there is approximately 50 years gap between these two poems, the theme that these two poems address is somewhat similar. Even though Dunbar uses symbols as figurative devices while Hughes uses Irony, they both have the same goal, which is to point out the racial issues within American society....   [tags: poetry, African-American literature]
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We Wear the Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar, dispatches the cold troubles of African Americans in the lyrical poem, "We Wear the Mask." In this poem, Dunbar links imagery, rhythm, rhyme, and word choice to in order to institute a connection to the reader. From reading the poem, one can infer that Mr. Dunbar is speaking in general, of the misery that many people keep concealed under a grin that they wear very well. But if one were to go further and take the time to research Mr. Dunbar’s selection of this piece and the era of which this poem was written, one would come to understand that this poem focuses entirely on Paul Laurence Dunbar’s viewpoints on racial prejudice and the struggle for equality for the African-...   [tags: Literature]
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Dichotomy of Colors in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Dichotomy of Colors in The Masque of Red Death   In "The Masque of Red Death," Poe uses aural, visual, and kinetic images to create the effect of fear in a joyful masque. Poe starts off with a description of the "Red Death." He gives gory detail of how it seals one's fate with Blood. He tells of pain, horror and bleeding. Moreover, the pestilence kills quickly and alienates the sick. This is Poe's image of death. He only bothers to tell it's symptoms. He doesn't go into the fear present in the lives of people with the disease....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays] 1060 words
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Short Story: The Mask - ... “Oh I’ve just had a really long day, I can’t wait to go home and watch “Professor When.” I being an idiot and overall a complete sap completely blurt out “No way you watch it too?” Acting excited about a show I’ve only ever heard of. She in turn starts making various references I pretend to understand. “Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fly?” She randomly asks me. I laugh and without thinking for a second about my cover I blurt out “I don’t have to I do it all the time.” she looks at me strangely and I recover from the slip by fibbing that my uncle takes me up in his private plane....   [tags: personal narrative] 1121 words
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The Mask of Hamlet - The Mask of Hamlet       When people put on a mask or costume it is usually because they are trying to hide themselves or portray a certain feeling to onlookers. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet puts on a "antic disposition" as a strategy to get closer to Claudius. Hamlet tells his friends this by saying (I,iv,170-173) "how strange or odd some'er I bear myself (As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on), That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, with arms encumb'red thus, or this head-shake, or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase," Hamlet's strategy is successful at the beginning in that he is able to fool Ophilia, Gertrude, Polonius and Claudius bu...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Comparsion of Forrest Gump and The Dark Knight Rises - ... They both literally and figuratively conceal the person’s true identity. It’s also noteworthy that Batman’s mask covers his entire face except the mouth area, and Bane’s mask only covers the mouth. Ethan Gach gave his review of The Dark Knight Rises on ordinary-gentlemen.com on July 24, 2012. This is what he had to say about the symbol; “The arc of Nolan’s trilogy begins with Bruce Wayne’s becoming the Batman (a symbol), moves onto his being the Batman (forced ultimately to sacrifice that symbol), and then ends with his becoming Bruce Wayne again (and ultimately the purifying and rebirth of the symbol).” Batman is not the typical archetype of a superhero; he’s more like a normal guy and...   [tags: symbolism, mask, society, freedom] 536 words
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Symbol of the Conch in Lord of the Flies - ... ‘Shut up. Wait. Listen!’ He went on in the silence, borne on in his triumph”(38). Because he used the Conch fairly, boys were fine to be ruled by Ralph, except Jack, who were a chief of the hunters, and because he was always the leader before, Jack disobeys Ralph and broke the rules. But before that, he was able to control the boys by the rule that nobody can interrupt when somebody has the Conch. Ralph had a leadership to control the boys. So the Conch and Ralph’s leadership had a great combination to be a leader of the boys....   [tags: power, demoncracy, unity] 783 words
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The Alamo: A Symbol of Texan Independence - “Remember the Alamo” is a phrase that is etched in the American psyche. The Alamo became such a powerful symbol of the struggles of freedom vs. tyranny for several reasons including who died at the battle and the immediate effect it had on the fledgling Texan independence movement. Although the Battle of the Alamo was a military failure, it immediately became a symbol of Texas. The Alamo didn’t become a symbol of Texan independence because it was a good idea on the Texan’s part. It became a symbol of Texan independence because a lot of brave men made a very, very rash decision....   [tags: history of the lone star state]
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The Red Symbol in The Handmaid's Tale - In the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale" written by Margaret Atwood, the color red is a reoccurring, significant symbol throughout the book. The dominant color of the novel, the color red is paired with the Handmaids. The Handmaids are always seen in their red uniform, even down to their red shoes and red gloves. From the opening pages of the novel we are informed that they are trained at the “Red Centre,” and we are introduced to the importance of the red imagery as Offred, the narrator and protagonist of the novel, describes herself getting dressed: “The red gloves are lying on the bed....   [tags: Literature, Margaret Atwood] 1155 words
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Kwakiutl Tribal Mask of the Pacific Northwest - The Kwakiutl Indian tribe existed before the discovery of North America by the European culture and inhabited the coast of the Pacific Northwest of the United States and British Columbia in Canada. The tribe is rich in tradition and culture and has remained steadfast in their beliefs, history, teachings and artisan skills which have been passed down generation to generation. The artisans in the Kwakiutl tribe mastered the art of creating special ceremonial masks that are not only beautiful and aesthetically interesting to the eye, but also mechanically intriguing in which the masks serve a specific purpose to a theme during different ceremonies that are conducted by tribal specialists during...   [tags: Native American Culture]
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English: A Symbol of Power in India - Languages fundamentally serve as vehicles for people to communicate. Today, English language has been internationally recognized as a global language, which is highly correlated with the legacy of British colonization in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. India was colonized by the British from 1765 until its independence in 1947. (World English, 101) India, situated in South Asia, is geographically a huge territory with tremendously diverse ethnicities. Prior to the British colonization, India has multilingualism, in which each language is deeply rooted with its individual culture....   [tags: Language]
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