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Review of Herbert Schlossberg's Book, Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture - Writing in the late 1980s, Herbert Schlossberg provides a thorough analysis of current trends in American culture in his book Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture. Many scholars have examined Western civilization and concluded that we are in its declining years. Some use analogies of space: rise, zenith, and fall; others use analogies of biology: birth, maturity, and death. Schlossberg refuses to see all cultures as following these patterns, but rather attempts to use the concept of judgment, based on the biblical example of the prophets: “With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction” (Hos....   [tags: Idols for Destruction]
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Descriptions of Battle in ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ - In this essay I am going to compare and contrast the differences between ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ is written by Poet Lauriat Lord Tennyson and ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ is written by Lord Byron. They both contain different poetic techniques and write about a battle in completely different ways. The historical context behind ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ is that it is a battle in October 1854, which was a disastrous charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, Tennyson wrote the poem pointing out the courageous and the tragic....   [tags: battle, Charge of the Light Brigade, Destruction ] 1423 words
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The Destruction of the Bison - Andrew Isenberg said that “the destruction of the bison was not merely the result of human agency but the consequence of the interaction of human society with a dynamic environment.” Humans and nature both played a large role in the ultimate demise of the bison. Bison have been around for 10,000 years. Their ancestors where known as giant bison and they were hunted by the paleoindians that came over on the Bering Strait. The giant bison however became extinct because the paleoindians hunted them and at the end of the last ice age, most of the vegetation they fed off of was destroyed....   [tags: bison, endangered animals, animals,] 1089 words
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The Impact of Destruction - Some tremendous features in the history of mankind have been when one group of people were forcibly relocated to satisfy the needs of a more powerful one. This would encompass the Japanese internment camps in America during the World War II. The Japanese internment camps were overcrowded and provided poor living conditions. Likewise, every person had a unique story to this event, “A true story, involving an extraordinary episode in American history” (Houston x). In the novel Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D....   [tags: Japanese Internment Camps, Pearl Harbor] 1170 words
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Destruction of the Self - William James claimed that the self was divided into the “I” and the “Me,” and that the “Me” was divided into the material, social, and spiritual sub-categories. When the “Me” is attacked, and each subcategory is stripped away, a person can lose the distinguishing characteristics that makes one who one is. This type of psychological, emotional, and mental torture is shown to be used by the Nazi’s in Elie Wiesel’s heartbreaking book, Night. As the Nazi’s imprison and torture the Jewish population throughout the story, they slowly destroy the “Me” of the inmates....   [tags: William James]
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Enlightenment and Destruction - Welcome to the year 2009 where technology and science are continuing their exponential growth as scientists come up with bigger (sometimes smaller) and better things. One of the quest that scientist have embarked on since the beginning of time is understanding and manipulating the human body, from learning how to treat illness and disease, to improving its capabilities with pills and drugs. On top of trying to improve the human body, scientists still work tirelessly to recreate the human body, and the process of its creation....   [tags: Research Science] 792 words
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Destruction: The Catalyst in the Circle of Life - In Night by Elie Wiesel and Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer destruction appears often. Throughout human history, destruction has maintained a universal presence. In their works, Safran Foer and Wiesel illustrate the ideal that with destruction comes rebirth and that destruction does not prove the end, but merely the beginning. Destruction, like so many other things in the world, proves cyclic. Destruction cannot easily by stream lined into one basic principle, but more easily by destruction of physical things, destruction of youth, and destruction of one’s humanity....   [tags: Night, Elie Wiesel, Everything is Illuminated]
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Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction - The term weapon of mass destruction has been in existence since the 1930’s. Weapons of mass destruction can be better identified as nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, or radiological weapons. A true definition of weapons of mass destruction is “any destructive device; any weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors; any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector; any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life”....   [tags: Chemical Weapons]
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Weapons of Mass Destruction Are Bad - Should Weapons of Mass Destruction be stopped from being created because of the harm that they do or continue to be created for their use in protecting society. This question continues to bother American’s daily. Weapons of Mass Destruction are weapons that are used to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release of toxic or poisonous chemicals. It’s also a weapon that is used to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life. They also cause damage to human made structures as well....   [tags: politics, disarmament]
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Stop The Destruction of the Rainforest - The Destruction of the Rainforest should be prohibited The destruction of the Rain Forest should be prohibited. Planet Earth is accelerating at an alarming rate; moving towards its own self-destruction. What we learned in high school taught us the importance of converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Without this conversion process, life as we know it today could possibly cease to exist. The rainforest provides much needed oxygen for the planet. Numerous rainforests exist around the globe....   [tags: Ecology/Conservation] 1538 words
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The Destruction of Sennacherib by George Gordon, - Lord Byron, also known as George Gordon, had a highly adventurous, but short- lived life. He was an extraordinary British poet of his time, known mainly for his satires. One of his great major works was “The Destruction of Sennacherib.” Many thought of his work as inferior and immoral, but that didn’t stop his writing (Harris 57). Byron had a challenging childhood and used his views on life and love based on experiences while traveling to write his most popular works, such as “The Destruction of Sennacherib,” which is often not appreciated....   [tags: lord byron, satire, evil, wolf]
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The Desire for Intoxication Leads to Destruction - The Desire for Intoxication Leads to Destruction Through time, people all over the world have looked for ways to feel intoxicated and alter their consciousness for different reasons. One of the most ancient ways people have reached this state of intoxication has been through the popular marijuana plant. Today this plant has become so widely accepted that it has been legalized in a few states and will most likely be legalized in other states, such as California and Maine, even though it is prohibited by federal law....   [tags: Marijuana Drugs]
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The Destruction of Innocent Billy Budd - Written by Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) describes the story of a sailor named William "Billy" Budd who is exchanged for another sailor to work aboard the warship H.M.S. Bellipotent. Billy is described as the Handsome Sailor, and his innocence is exposed through his actions. However, his innocence leads to his ignorance when he is believed to be apart of a mutiny by his rival John Claggart, who is the master-at-arms aboard the ship. Claggart reveals his accusations to Captain Edward Fairfax Vere....   [tags: Analysis, Herman Melville] 1126 words
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Holocaust: Destruction of the Jewish People - The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Jewish Holocaust; The Nazi regime and its collaborators planned the total destruction of the Jewish people. However, during the Holocaust Jews were not the only targets of discrimination. While allied and axis soldiers fought in battlefields, the Nazis waged a war against unarmed people. They killed Russian prisoners of war, communists, Jehovah’s witnesses, gypsies, homosexuals, Serbs, cripples, the mentally Ill, beggars and they killed Jews, an estimated six million Jews....   [tags: world war II, holocaust]
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The Destruction of a Complete Generation - The dictionary defines war as “a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations”, but soldiers in Erich Maria Remarque’s powerful World War One novel All Quiet on the Western Front would be able to tell one otherwise. In the preface statement to the novel Remarque declares, “It [the book] will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.” The soldiers start to be destroyed thoroughly as they continue to lose all hope, humility and any previous ties to their former lives....   [tags: History, War] 2169 words
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Habitat Destruction and Extinction of Animals - In an exceedingly vast forest in Mexico, the world’s largest woodpecker is flying around rummaging for food from tree to tree. The bird measures about two inches tall, the males have a red-sided crest and have black feathers, and the feminine is all black, towards the bottom, they both have white plumages towards the tail, and a protracted beck. The fowl is an Imperial Woodpecker, it subsist on fruits, nuts, carpenter ants and beetle larvae. This feathered friend exists peacefully in this forest....   [tags: Ecology]
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Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction - In today’s modern society, access to dangerous information can give groups looking to promote their cause through violent means a new approach as to how to achieve their goals. Such was the case for Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth), a Japanese religious cult better known for their attack on the Tokyo subway system in March of 1995. The failure of local law enforcement to identify this vulnerability following precautionary warnings form vigilant citizens led to the death of 19 innocent people and over 5000 seriously injured....   [tags: global issues, violence]
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Habitat Destruction and Biodiversity Loss - "If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us." -- David Suzuki Imagine this: bulldozers growl and grind through a local field, while the whine of chainsaws echoes from a nearby grove of trees. The trees crash to the ground, only to be cut up for firewood or sent to a sawmill, and the remaining ground is cleared of stumps and plowed. The tall grasses and brush in the field are demolished, leaving behind churned-up soil....   [tags: Loss of Biodiversity]
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A Rescue From Self Destruction - Louise Erdrich and James Baldwin wrote two similar short stories in which the stories revolve around brotherly connections. One author wrote about a brother’s struggle with post traumatic stress and the other wrote about a brother and his battle with drug addiction. The main characters, Lyman in “The Red Convertible” and the narrator in “Sonny’s Blues,” attempt to rescue their brothers from self destruction. In both stories the main characters brothers have been remitted into society after returning from their individual battles....   [tags: Drugs] 1076 words
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Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest - In South America lies the largest and most wondrous rainforest in the world, the Amazon Rainforest. This 1.4 billion acre forest represents over half of the planets remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most bio-diverse tract of rainforest in the world. Ten percent of all known species on the planet are found in this rain forest, most of which have yet to be discovered. For the past century, the Amazon has been gradually decreasing in size due to agricultural expansion, ranching, infrastructure projects, energy exploration and illegal logging....   [tags: illegal logging, deforestation, tropical forest]
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Erosion: Destruction and Renewal - Nothing in this world lasts forever. Everything at some point must come to an end. Very rarely is this end an abrupt, immediate change. More often, it is a slow, gradual, breakdown. Little by little, nature chips away, each blow building on the last until, like a Jenga tower, everything falls and collapses. Given sufficient time and energy, everything grinds away into nothing more than dust and memories. Erosion will grind down the tallest of mountain peaks, into low, flat plains. Nothing in life can exist eternally; it must be broken down....   [tags: History Anthropology]
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Prompt and Utter Destruction - Upon reading “Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan” by J. Samuel Walker, a reader will have a clear understanding of both sides of the controversy surrounding Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The controversy remains of whether or not atomic bombs should have been used during the war. After studying this text, it is clear that the first atomic bomb, which was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, was a necessary military tactic on ending the war....   [tags: truman, atomic bomb, WW2]
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The Destruction of the Rainforest - The Destruction of the Rainforest The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader of the destruction of the rainforest. In my paper I discuss many aspects of the rainforest. I explain what the rainforests are, and give a brief summary of the importance of the rainforests. I also give a description of the destruction of the rainforest, and how a person can help to save the rainforest. The rainforests are disappearing acres per minute, a number that grows so quickly it would be impossible to cite here because it would be outdated within a week....   [tags: Environment Environmental Science]
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The Destruction of Rainforests - The Destruction of Rainforests It is amongst the world's most prized treasures and contains more forms of life than any other place on earth. It is essential to the survival of life on our planet by regulating climate, oxygen flow and disposing of toxic chemicals in the atmosphere. But is being destroyed at a massive rate. It's important to protect this international treasure, Our Rainforests. And it's up to you. Outline: Trouble in Paradise Introduction- Why are the rainforests being cut down....   [tags: Papers] 1431 words
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The Destruction of Macbeth - At some point in the life of every individual, certain events and changes occur that shape the person into how they will behave and appear in the future. The life of an individual either starts to blossom with opportunity or starts going through a consistent downward spiral. How does it work out perfectly for some and go wrong for others. Macbeth is a prime example of how one decision can alter life forever. As Macbeth tries to successfully pursue his prophecies, his mind and body slowly deteriorate until he has nothing left to live for....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Environmental Destruction - For thousands of years the environment stayed close to its natural state, exerting its influence on living forms. But in the past century, things have changed drastically as human beings have altered the paradigm of the environment. Now they are the masters, putting their stamp on the earth through pollution and contamination and poison. There needs to be action to monitor such destruction, but consideration of both sides of the environmental issue should be taken into account to determine what form of action should be taken....   [tags: Chemical War, Pollution, Recycling] 936 words
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The Destruction of Macbeth - The Destruction of Macbeth      In the beginning of the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth is merely a nobleman and a Scottish general in King Duncan's army. Macbeth later becomes the deserving Thane of Glamis and Cawdor and the undeserving King of Scotland (Dominic 255). In the beginning Macbeth is a man with good intentions and a good heart; sometimes he just has a hard time following his good instincts and heart. Macbeth's ambition and the persuasion of his wife lead him to commit several horrible deeds....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Three Types of Destruction During War - General George S. Patton once said, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” This man obviously had the destruction of other people on his mind at the time. War includes much destruction in different ways. Along with the destruction of people is the destruction of items. All wars take place somewhere and always destroy the surrounding buildings and possessions. Self destruction is also a main part of war due to killing other people. War causes three different types of destruction: destruction of people, destruction of items, and self destruction....   [tags: Classification Essay] 670 words
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Rain Forest Destruction - “‘Deforestation hits hardest in tropical forests, those vast tracts bordering the equator’” (as stated by Cooper, 1991, September 20). Through out 1990-2007, only three different rainforest have shown a moderate decrease in forest destruction (Newsweek, 2009, December 14). With this information, people around the world will know how important it is to refrain from destroying the forests. If scientists continue to explain the importance of the rain forests leaders of the world will stop most destruction to the rainforests....   [tags: Conservation]
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Coral Reef Destruction - Coral reefs are well known for their colorful array of marvelous sights including a parade of exotic flora and fauna. They are said to be the foundation for a quarter of marine species, and are a crucial support for human life as well. The coral reef ecosystem is a diverse collection of species (ranging from microscopic to larger-than-life in size) that interact with each other and their physical environment. If any piece of a coral reef is harmed or removed the entire community can be seriously affected, even to the point of collapse....   [tags: Enviroment, Marine Species]
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The Destruction of Female Possession in The English Patient - In Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient we see a world completely ravaged by war. The land itself is damaged, sometimes beyond recognition as it is torn apart by bombs. Just as these human-made structures have faced the damage of imperialism, so have female bodies in the novel. Ondaatje creates several parallels between man’s attempt to “own” the land around him and his “ownership” of the female body. As we see in the novel, this attempt at ownership almost always ends in destruction, “war,” and often, death....   [tags: Micheal Ondaatje]
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The Power of Self-Destruction in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello, the Moor of Venice published in 1622 by William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers known in English literature. Othello has been said to be of the most touching and intimate of Shakespeare tragedies. The source of Othello comes from Girald Cirthio’s Tall of the Moor, considering the modification of a few details, this was a manifestation of Shakespeare’s ability to take a reputable story and elevate it into poetic tragedy (Cahn 106). Othello is the story of love, deception, and power....   [tags: othello]
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Fear is Insanity and Destruction: Lord of the Flies - What is insanity. Insanity can be described in different ways and as different things. It can be either as simple as something that is foolish or as serious as being either unstable or without a sense of mind. In simpler terms, insanity is the idea of being insane and crazy. Insanity is obsession with something that isn’t understood. When something either isn’t understood or isn’t logical, it is feared. This fear overcomes humanity, thus driving humanity to insanity. Destruction is the act of causing so much damage to something, that it is no longer repairable....   [tags: Golding, literature, psychology]
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Weapons of Mass Destruction: Problems or Solutions? - ... The real power of today’s nuclear armaments is shrouded in mystery, no country has released any studies or tests on the latest and greatest nukes and any calculations found on the internet are only stabs in the dark. Nuclear Weapons are probably the most controversial topic when it comes to weapons of mass destruction. Although biological and chemical weapons have been used on massive scale and are still in most countries’ war tool boxes. Below are a couple tables illustrating some that have been used....   [tags: nuclear power and weapons, laser technology]
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Legalism, Economy, and the Destruction of the Qin Dynasty - “The triumph of the lord of Qin, the self- styled Qin Shihuangdi (First Emperor of Qin) not only inaugurated China’s first age of empire but also brought with it the momentary victory of political philosophy known as Legalism”(Overfield 89). What factors caused the destruction of Qin Dynasty. Overfield mentions, “In conforming to the principles of Legalism, the Qin Regime was ruthless and brutal in drive for complete centralization of authority. Undone by the harshness of its laws and policies, the Qin Dynasty collapsed in early 206” (Overfield 89)....   [tags: legalism, qin regime, qin shihuandgi]
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Brave New World: The Destruction of Family - Is the push for a perfect utopia enough to siphon motherhood, family, and love. As in Brave New World, Aldous Huxley illustrates the destruction of the idea of family in this ’perfect world‘. People in the world today have the ability to express love and obtain a family. Huxley explores the futuristic outlook on a world (in many ways similar to ours) that would not allow such humanistic traits. Science is so called the ’father of progress’ and yet the development of Fordism and the evolution of artificial fertilization deteriorates the social value of science....   [tags: Aldous Huxley]
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Global Warming: The Destruction of Our Planet - Global Warming Global warming has been a continuous controversy regarding whether humans are the primary cause for the destruction of our planet. By simply living, humans are contributing to the unceasing rise in temperature of the earth’s atmosphere predominantly created by the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere. A mass amount of greenhouse gases develop from the burning of fossil fuels. However, deforestation, industrial processes and a few agricultural practices still transmit gases into the air....   [tags: greenhouse gases, fossil fuel]
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Seeking Power Through War and Destruction - Human nature will always corrupt the mind of modern man and send him down the destructive path of war. Due to this, the chronology of war is a constant stream of events that have dated back to the creation of civilization. The inevitability of it is based off something within the mind, that we call human nature. This phoneme pulls the attentions of man towards the path of greatest gain in the quickest amount of time. A part of this is due to mans greed to obtain as much power as possible. Power doesn’t hold one meaning however, it can be broken down into many aspects of appeal for man, creating even more of attraction....   [tags: War] 707 words
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Gruinard Island: Weapon of Mass Destruction - Gruinard Island is just one metaphoric piece of debris left over from the fallout and effects of Germany during World War 2 (WW2). This is just another testimony to the underappreciated fear of the invisible killer, the quiet storm and the science of the dragon’s breath also know as Weapons of Mass Destruction. This example is played out on the island of Gruinard merely a proving ground in fear of Germany’s biological program. Gruinard Island “Anthrax Island” an unsettling silence always follows whenever this is spoken....   [tags: anthrax island, germany, biological program]
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Creation and Destruction in A Clockwork Orange - Creation and Destruction in A Clockwork Orange In the novel A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess shows his readers a society in which pure destruction seems to reign supreme. The lead character, Alex, and most members of his generation, spend their evenings recreationally beating passersby, having small but brutal gang fights, and generally destroying both property and people. Yet these images and instances of destruction constantly interact with images of art, of things created, usually thought to be the diametric opposite of such violence....   [tags: Clockwork Orange Essays]
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The Deception and Destruction of Purity in The Italian - The Deception and Destruction of Purity in The Italian Purity in the Gothic genre can be perceived from so many points of view. It involves sex, beauty, perception, and people's position in society. "The Italian" has many characters that behold either one or more of these traits. In this paper, we will explore how Ann Radcliffe uses purity and the deception and destruction of it to enhance her character's role in the Gothic genre. "The sweetness and fine expression of her voice attracted his attention to her figure, which had a distinguished air of delicacy and grace; but her face was concealed in her veil....   [tags: Italian Essays] 1051 words
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Inviting Destruction in Duchess of Malfi - Inviting Destruction in Duchess of Malfi It has been asserted that, through her willfulness, the Duchess invites her own destruction.  However the assertion has to be looked at from a 17th century point-of-view, as well as a modern one. The assertion is firmly rooted in the issue of human rights, and that issue has changed and evolved an enormous amount over the past few centuries, since Duchess of Malfi was written. Society in the early 17th century was very different from ours today; then, women were far below men in stature and respect - they had no rights, and husbands and other male family members treated them more like possessions than human beings....   [tags: Duchess of Malfi Essays] 917 words
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The Destruction of the Planet and the Possibility of Reform - The Destruction of the Planet and the Possibility of Reform It is widely accepted that humans have been a major cause of environmental problems since we began creating our cities and especially since the Industrial Revolution of the 20th century. All aspects of the Earth have been affected by humans' desire to conquer and dominate the planet. Our impact has gone beyond pollution to altering the functioning of many natural systems. These systems include our atmosphere, several land ecosystems and the complex water environments of which we get our drinking water and food sources....   [tags: Papers] 725 words
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Downfall and Destruction of Oedipus the King - The Destruction of Oedipus the King The events in the play "Oedipus the King" show an underlying relationship of mans free will existing within the cosmic order or fate that the Greeks believed guided the universe. Man was given the freedom to choose ones own acitons, and was ultimately held responsible for them. Both ideas of fate and free will played an undividing role in his destruction. Clarence Miller considered the killing of his father to be fate. " This is what I consider that if fate is meant to be by a God, there is no way of avoiding fate," Miller said....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 669 words
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The Destruction of Innocence in Shakespeare's Othello - The Destruction of Innocence in Othello       One way, albeit a partial way, of reading the tragedy of 'Othello' is too see it as the destruction of innocence, trust, and idealized love by a cynical and maliciously motivated worldliness, which regards the very existence of innocence and beauty as its motivation: 'the divinity of hell'. Iago's manipulative malignity is a crucial factor in the tragic catastrophe but it also serves to highlight through contrast the alternative values in the play, amongst which one can include innocence and naivety....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Dresden and the Destruction of Vonnegut's Dream - Dresden and the Destruction of Vonnegut's Dream The little dream Vonnegut took with him to war was not founded on the rubble of insanity, absurdity, and irrationality that he experienced in WWII. His dream was founded on order, stability, and justice. It was founded on what Dresden symbolized. And when Dresden evaporated so too did Vonnegut's dream. (Klinkowitz 223) Vonnegut's views on death, war, technology and human nature were all affected by his experience in Dresden and these themes become evident in his novels....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays] 1880 words
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Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction - Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction To borrow a term from the seminal postmodern scholarship of Ihab Hassan, we are living in a moment of indeterminacy. As linearity went the way of modernism, today's culture is one of interconnectivity, webs and networks. We privilege teamwork, democracy, easy and equal access to knowledge above all else. Aesthetics of art and the rhetoric of corporation (that is in turn borrowed from artistic practices) are changing as a result. Formalism has given way to more open creativity....   [tags: Aesthetics Information Essays]
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Progress and the Total Destruction of the Earth - Progress and the Total Destruction of the Earth Throughout all of history, humans have been evolving not only genetically, but also culturally. Of the two evolutionary processes, cultural evolution happens more quickly, and has had a more noticeable effect on the environment compared to genetic evolution. Early hunter/gatherer societies evolved to agrarian society, which then had technological changes that affected the culture of the society. Unfortunately, while humans have been culturally evolving towards what is perceived to be progress, the environment has been compromised, marginalized, and degraded as it is continually exploited for human benefit and consumption....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 984 words
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German Jewry on the Eve of Destruction - Did the Jews of Germany do enough to prevent their wholesale massacre by the Nazis. Should they have resisted earlier and to a greater degree. Should the Jews in Western countries acted even when Jews within Germany did not. In 1933, there were several different responses to Germany's increasingly anti-Jewish tendencies. Then, on the eve of destruction, before the Nazis had fully planned for their extermination, the German Jews had a chance to affect Germany and their own lives. I have chosen a few of the German Jewish responses to examine in this essay....   [tags: Jews Jewish Nazi Essays]
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Cigarettes And Their Destruction Of The Brain - Cigarettes and Their Destruction of the Brain Smokers generally feel more comfortable after that especially important first cigarette of the day. Within just a few seconds of "lighting up," smoking activates mind-altering changes. Smokers are well aware of the long-term risks of their habit: such as lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and other deadly illnesses. However, smokers are attracted by the immediate effects of smoking: "a stimulant that makes them seem to feel more alert, clearheaded and able to focus on work." Smoking however, does not really have these effects; what the smoker perceives is an illusion....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Moral Destruction In The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby: The Destruction of Morals In The Great Gatsby, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the destruction of morals in society. The characters in this novel, all lose their morals in attempt to find their desired place in the social world. They trade their beliefs for the hope of being acceptance. Myrtle believes she can scorn her true social class in an attempt to be accepted into Ton's, Jay Gatsby who bases his whole life on buying love with wealth, and Daisy, who instead of marrying the man she truly loves, marries someone with wealth....   [tags: essays research papers] 892 words
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Depravity and Destruction in Blood Meridian - Depravity and Destruction in Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is a passionate, lyrical, and ugly novel of depravity and destruction of life in the Old West. It is a story of a hellish journey where violence and corruption are currency in a life of murder and treachery. Contrasting scenes of scenic beauty, poetically described by McCarthy, are negated by his gruesome accounts of despicable scenes of human cruelty in the examination of evil. Like all of McCarthy's earlier novels, Blood Meridian (1985) had a lukewarm arrival to the literary world in the sense of sales and publicity, in part due to McCarthy's own aversion to self-promotion (Woodward 28)....   [tags: Blood Meridian Essays] 793 words
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Abortion and the Destruction of America - Abortion and the Destruction of America        Israel was God's chosen people. He picked them out and distinguished them from the pagan Gentile nations in order to be a special witness to His own holiness. Israel received the Law, the promises, and the covenant. They received great blessings from God. But what happened. They grew comfortable and complacent. Rather than reforming the pagans, they conformed to the pagans. The prophets were chosen by God to call Israel back to covenant faithfulness....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1532 words
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Fight Club: The Destruction of Society - Fight Club is a social satire directed by the talented David Fincher and was adapted from the book of the same title written by Chuck Palahniuk. The film attempts to show the despair involved in living in a consumer driven society and the emptiness that fills people when commercialism takes over their lives. As well done as the movie is, when watching the film you can not help but feel the irony involved that Brad Pitt delivers the most biting lines in the film. Brad Pitt plays Tyler Durden whose Unabomber philosophy on life completely contradicts Brad Pitt’s image as a poster child for the new young pretty boy Hollywood star....   [tags: essays research papers] 781 words
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The Destruction of Family in 1984 - The family unit of Oceania in George Orwell’s book, 1984, plays an important part to society. These families are broken rather than households of affection and comfort. Oceania’s government, called the Party, controls the families in every aspect. With these non-existent families, there is a cycle of breaking down of family and a stronger Party as times passes until a there is force strong enough to end it. These families that lead to corruption in society should be avoided in order to prevent a totalitarian government from rising....   [tags: essays research papers] 453 words
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Destruction of the American Dream - Destruction of the American Dream I’ve talked about it in the past, the destruction of the American Dream. Always, there have been papers, writings, and thoughts that quantify a particular section of its ultimate demise, be it due to money, education, or sexuality. Maybe the destruction cannot be viewed as a singular event or cause. Perhaps instead it must be examined as a whole process, the decay and ultimate elimination of a dream. Self destruction, if you will… Mr. Self Destruct In all of us, there is a duality of existence which allows for the American Dream to be within our minds....   [tags: Knowledge Dreams Sociology Essays]
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Destruction Of The Rain Forest - The Destruction of the Earth’s Rain Forests “In the time you can read this sentence, eight acres of tropical rain forest will have been bulldozed and burned out of existence” (Bloyd 49). However, this destruction has been neglected and overlooked for years. Many people do not understand the long-term consequences of losing the earth’s rain forests. The rain forests have provided people with many natural resources and medicines. The benefits that rain forests provide to people will be destroyed if the depletion continues to be disregarded....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Ending Destruction of the Rainforest - Ending Destruction of the Rainforest As destruction of the rainforest continues, man slowly paves the inevitable path to a clear end. It has been known that the rainforest is an essential provider for the balance of the mother earth and that it acts as a key for life as we know it. Yet, the world still decides to quietly watch the disappearance. In fact, most people realize what exactly is taking place. But however, instead of trying to aid in the termination of this disaster. They place this into the back of their ignorant little minds thinking that it will not directly effect them....   [tags: Papers] 1349 words
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Society is Destined for Destruction - Race to the Future The loud blast of a nuclear explosion, the destruction of our rain forests, and the simple, but yet very harmful items like insecticides, household cleaning supplies and complex medications, are all making a society destined for trouble. Some of these items we use every day, despite all the warnings on the bottles of the cleaners and side effects of the medications. The nuclear products and loss of the rain forest might not be happening in our back yard, but destruction like this can travel a long way, and it’s just a matter of time before we see the effects in our cities and towns....   [tags: Environment Pollution Ecology Essays]
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Cause and Effects of the Endangered Species Becoming Extinct in the United States - Pollution from human activities brings forth danger to the different species of animals and plants to become extinct. There are five threats examined in the authors’ researches; habitat destruction, pollution, alien species, farms, and disease. Over time, pollution, destruction, diseases have destroyed the natural habitats and homes of species such as birds, fish, plants, and animals. The science of how species become extinct come from the over harvesting of crops, which places a threat on our birds and plants due to the pesticide pollution....   [tags: pollution, animals, plants, destruction]
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The Destruction of Our World - The Destruction of Our World „Ð The world is so unbalanced. We¡¦re killing it. Everyone is killing it, but especially us in the U.S. who see our nation as advanced and powerful. ¡§If car ownership and oil consumption per person in China were to reach U.S. levels, then China would consume eighty million barrels of oil per day. Yet, in 1996, the entire world produced only sixty-four million barrels per day.¡¨ Other nations can¡¦t live the way we do because the world can¡¦t supply enough. ¡§The U.S....   [tags: essays research papers] 396 words
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Rainforest Destruction and Sociological Effects - The natural resource of wood is being used at an unsustainable rate, with minimal effort to change societal views on the depletion of this valuable natural resource. Much of the wood we use today comes from old-growth tropical forests, and in many regions it is harvested illegally. Recently in England, it was revealed that the major department store, Marks&Spencers, made much of its garden furniture out of Nyato wood which was logged illegally from Indonesian rainforests. Looking at this problem from a micro-level orientation, we can clearly see how the actions of individuals in both Britain and Indonesia affect one another....   [tags: Sociology] 314 words
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Violence: The Art Of Destruction - In today’s day and age, violence almost seems like a way of life. Aggression is the way to solve a problem, and the only way to make someone listen is to yell louder than them. Today is a day when it is alright to show a cold blooded murder on television or in a film. People enjoy seeing cartoon characters (namely Japanamation) kill each other and have graphic sex. Violence is everywhere and is almost impossible to escape and even more difficult to keep out of your life. However, in these times we must learn to live as part of society, and make meaningful contributions rather than just adding to the same heap of hate and aggression that animals are prone to and people should be above that s...   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Othello: The Destruction of Honor - Othello: The Destruction of Honor In The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tale of the “noble Moor” whose honor and innocence bring about his downfall. Shakespeare writes of the power of jealousy, and the art of masterful deception and trickery. The story primarily takes place in Cyprus, during a war between the people of Venice and the invading Turks. In this play Shakespeare shows the feelings of Othello’s embittered right-hand man of, Iago, who feels he is passed over for a promotion and swears his revenge....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 972 words
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Personal Narrative- Destruction of Nature - Personal Narrative- Destruction of Nature If you ever get a chance to visit Chaco Canyon National Monument in New Mexico, you should take the time to just stand in the desert and listen. The silence in this place is physical; you can feel it surround you. This is a silence with depth and layers that are unbroken even by the wind, which moves through emptiness and speaks only in occasional sighs through the canyons. The air itself is very clear—the lack of humidity gives the cliffs and buttes sharp lines, and the colors of the earth, though muted, stand in stark relief to the blueness of the sky....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing] 1625 words
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The Self Destruction of Macbeth in Macbeth, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - It is evident in both plays by William Shakespeare that ambition and pride seem to be the “main” roles in the self destruction of Macbeth and Shylock. In Shakespeare’s tragedies, he conveys his most renowned sense of dignity and power found in man. “It typically presents the fall of a man who may be basically or originally good but is always corruptible through the temptations of the world and his own pride or ambition”(Felperin 158). Through the entire play we begin to see the transformation unravel....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1887 words
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The Destruction of the Igbo Indigenous Culture in Things Fall Apart - In Things fall apart, Chinua Achebe showed us the richness of the Igbo traditional culture as well as the destruction of it through the activities of British missionaries. The appearance of Christianity on the Nigerian tribal land led to the disintegration of belief in the Igbo society, and made way for British colonization. Were the British the only cause of the destruction of the Igbo culture. The appearance of a new religion was not the sole reason for the loss of a tradition. The Igbo people also lost their culture because of many unreasonable conceptions in their spirituality....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]
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The Destruction of Rome: Why Did Rome Fall? - Much like its birth, the destruction of Rome did not happen all at once. Rather, there were many contributing factors to its ultimate demise. Rome’s destruction began as a disease slowly disintegrating from the inside. Political corruption, the division of wealthy and poor, decline in moral values, and public health to name a few, were all major contributors to this disease. For the purpose of this paper, this disease will be called ‘The Roman Condition’. To understand the Roman Condition, we must first understand how it got from a thriving empire to an empty shell in the span of 200 years....   [tags: Roman Condition, Germanic Tribes]
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The Quest for Beauty in The Tattooer by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki - Femme Fatale In Jun'ichirō Tanizaki’s short story “The Tattooer”, Tanizaki features an ambitious tattoo artist who yearns to create a masterpiece on the skin of his ideal woman. Initially, this woman is anticipated as the one who holds the potential to achieve the status of a twisted goddess. Moreover, the artist’s process of forging his masterpiece on this particular woman acts as a stepping-stone to his imminent demise; she is a lethal double-edged sword. The tattoo, which takes the form of a black widow, metaphorically transforms the woman into a Japanized “black widow” herself....   [tags: black widow, beauty, destruction]
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The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle by James Harold - James Harold views the current global economic crisis from a historical perspective in his book, The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle. Harold goes through in detail comparing the Great Depression with the current situation and what chain of events led to everything that has happened. The points that he lays out suggest that globalization and values go in a continuous cycle in which they are built up and then broken down in a repetitive sequence. Harold does a good job establishing his own credibility and clearly portray his points....   [tags: Literature Review] 1936 words
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Knowledge and Imagination in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein - Title “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors”.(Thomas Jefferson).In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, the theme of the sublime is featured throughout the text. It is seen in the use of knowledge, imagination, and solitariness which is the protagonist's primary source of power. This perpetuates their quest for glory, revenge, and what results in their own self-destruction and dehumanization. Ultimately, the final cause being irreversible harm....   [tags: truth, self-destruction, monster ]
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