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Androgyny in James Baldwin's Here be Dragons - Androgyny in James Baldwin's Here be Dragons The piece by James Baldwin titled “Here Be Dragons” was amazing and I definitely recommend reading it. Baldwin’s piece is mainly a plea for understanding. He argues that within every person there is a little bit of the opposite; for instance, inside every male is a little bit of femininity, just as there is some masculinity within every female. Baldwin also mentions how, many times, the things we fear are things present inside of ourselves that we wish were not....   [tags: Here Dragons] 508 words
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Loneliness and Isolation in Baldwin’s, Here be Dragons - Loneliness and Isolation in Baldwin’s, Here be Dragons I am not a targeted minority and I have never felt discriminated against, but I certainly have found my self weighed down, unable to keep up, in the constant rush and roar that is our society. I have felt isolated and left behind by everything around me, and this utter loneliness is not something that is easy to deal with. This loneliness inevitably turns to self-hatred as I ask myself why I can’t keep pace with everyone else when they seem to be doing just fine....   [tags: Here Dragons] 673 words
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The Truth About Dragons - Dragons and dinosaurs, myth and fact, real and story- how do you separate the truth from fiction. You have heard of Cowboys and Indians, but how about Cowboys and Dragons or a snake-eating dragon from Egypt. Could there be another Nessie. This paper will bring up some interesting and often contradictory theories about Dragons. Starting with the thoughts of Evolutionists, then historical references and Biblical commentaries about dragons. This paper will then give an amazingly descriptive account of the Biblical Leviathan and finally present the possibility that dragons/dinosaurs might not be extinct....   [tags: Dragon Essays]
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A Captive of Dragons - “But mother, I am only eighteen, why must I be married,” I whined in a most unladylike fashion. “Emmaline, you are coming upon an eligible age and it is time to decide your prospects. And is what a princess must do.” I pouted at mother across the breakfast table, unsatisfied by her reasoning. “Shouldn’t I choose who I want,” I questioned. “If you weren’t so picky then yes you could. We need someone quickly though and someone that will keep on with our pure blood. In fact, your father and I have perfect a perfectly wonderful suitor,” said mother....   [tags: personal narrative] 1050 words
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The Dragons of Inaction - ... Therefore, we have “ancient brains” (CITATION291). Our ancestors were primarily concerned with their tribe, immediate dangers, exploitable resources, and the present time. None of those are naturally consistent with being concerned about global climate change, which is slow, distant, and unrelated to our present welfare, in the twenty-first century (CITATION291). Ignorance is another aspect of limited cognition. In some cases, ignorance is not knowing about the problem and not knowing what to do once one becomes aware of the problem....   [tags: psychological barriers] 934 words
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Mother of Dragons - ... She possesses a natural charisma, with a knack for impassioned rhetoric (more pathos and ethos than logos even in the best of times). A highborn and well-trained lady, Dany is as graceful as she is pointed. Her words are often neutral, innocent in tone, if not phrasing—capable of delivering threats with soft expressions. Frequently, she feigns innocence, saying “I am only a young girl” as if to disarm her enemies and further humiliate them with her quips or actions. And she is not fearless, but she is brave....   [tags: personal narrative] 950 words
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Conception of Dragons in Different Cultures - A brush of wind comes whistling through the forest, the trees quivering from the cold as wolves rush away towards safety as a low, tempting roar broke through the small patch of land. Four paws slammed against the ground, tail swatting back and forth as men come to fight the large, reptilian brute who bares not only a flaming breath, but wings to give it flight. Dragons are known in every belief and no matter where one has lived, they know about some sort of form of the mythological beast. From European to Japanese, it seems as if everyone has their own story for the creatures of scales....   [tags: Fairy Tales, Germany, Asia]
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Sea Dragons, a Marine Fish - ... When this prosess takes place the female lays 100-250 eggs onto a special “brood patch’ on the underside of the male’s tale (not a pouch like seahorses), where they are attached and fertilized. After a period of 4-6 weeks the juvenile seadragons hatch and disperse with a yolk sac attached them, which provides them with the nessary nutruitens for their survival during a 2-3 day period. Once this takes place the baby seadragons are able feed and hunt small zooplankton, while still managing to hide in seagrasses and seaweeds....   [tags: marine biology, near threatened creachers]
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Dragons: A Global Phenomenon - Human idealism has been the spawn of hundreds of mythical creature’s, crafting representations and symbolism with each new beast. Creature’s became the living embodiment of values that were held highly, often falling into folklore that involved human interests. One of the most globally used, and recognized creatures’s in our history is the dragon. A creature that not only appears in a variety of cultures, but has individual symbolism and traits attuned with each. Even today the idea of what is a dragon can differ from each individual....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Videogames: Dungeons & Dragons - Videogames are a staple part of the technological diet of today’s youth. Some of the most common themes in regards to videogames include the acquiescence of a quest and the completion of a set, usually noble, goal. These goals can range from the player’s magnificent defeat of the ‘final boss’, who holds the reigning title of the toughest adversary ever faced in the entirety of the game, as is the case in videogames such as The Last Story, SquareEnix’s Final Fantasy genre (although in this case, the ‘final boss’ is very rarely the actual ‘final’ boss, requiring the player to go on seventy hours’ worth of sidequests and whatnot to defeat the ultra-mega-final boss), and many other titles of sim...   [tags: communication, language, technology]
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Dragons Lived Alongside Men - Many centuries ago in what would one day become known as Eastern Europe, Dragon lived along side men, and men feared and hunted them almost to the point of extinction. The Dragonkind who were as intelligent as men and much stronger and yet they respected men and while not fearing them did not seek to dominate them and only attacked their herds when they had no other choice. It was in these days of the waning of the dragons a prophecy was made by a dying dragon chieftain that a human raised by dragon would lead them to a new home one in which they would live in harmony with the human and his descendants....   [tags: fantasy,] 1677 words
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Costs and Requirements of Caring for Bearded Dragons - Bearded Dragons are becoming quite a common pet. Bearded Dragons can come in many different morphs or colors. Bearded Dragons are a very docile reptile. In addition, it is very easy to take care of in comparison with other reptiles. There several things a person would need to start a breeding pair of Bearded Dragons. Such as, two Bearded Dragons, a food source, a habitat, lighting, and incubation area. In addition, breeding requires other special aspects like making sure that there is one female and one male....   [tags: Animal Research ]
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Dragons: Misunderstood Beauties - The dragons that we come across in our lives can be just as menacing and terrifying as one would imagine a dragon to be. They rear their beastly heads, breathe the scalding fire that threatens to burn everything in it’s path, and menace our lives with an unparalleled sense of fury. We are not all born princes, the ones who defeat the dragons with a sweep of their magical swords, filled with a bravery and courage that only a prince can possess. Nor are we all damsels in distress, needing the prince to come and save us from the monster that some evil force has enforced to keep us trapped in a castle forever....   [tags: Literature] 1951 words
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How Can Dragons Breathe Fire? - Scientists have been finding new things about new creatures daily. Dragons are one of those many creature. They are very large with claws, fangs, and enormous wings. They also happen to breathe fire. Scientists have been pinning over questions about them for many years. The question that has been most researched is: How could dragons have breathed fire. Now, finally, they found an answer. Actually they found many, but the answer magic won’t due, scientists have found scientific ways in chemistry and other sciences....   [tags: heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent]
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Game of Thrones: The Birth of the Mother of Dragons - The series Game of Thrones is loved by countless people across the nation, and one of the most beloved characters is Daenerys Targaryen. She and her brother Viserys are related to the “Mad King,” who once ruled over the land, but after he was killed, they were exiled. Now they seek to reclaim the throne by building an army. Although she started as a meek, little girl who always did what she was told, she quickly evolved into a rather complex character. She not only greatly affected the Dothraki people, a tribe of Horseback riding warriors, but she may even decide the fate of Westeros itself....   [tags: cultural theory, Daenerys Targaryen]
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Dragons In America - Dragons in America Monsters or dragons in present day America are feared .Monsters in America consist of politicians, celebrities, and criminals. In America they are portrayed through media, television, and movies. Monsters in America are feared but can also be seen as a source of entertainment. Media and entertainment create most of the fear in Americans. In the news we hear of shooting, killings, and rapes everyday. The media always gives a very in depth look a each incident to satisfy the audiences every wonder....   [tags: essays research papers] 588 words
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Dragons and Modern Literature: The Lore of Old Reincarnated - The Lore of Old Reincarnated as a Number One Bestseller What is the first thing many people think of when they hear the word “dragon?” Most Americans and Europeans probably envision a huge scaly green beast, one that sits on a hoard of golden treasures and breathes fire. Asians are more likely to think of a benevolent snakelike creature, one that controls rains and rivers. And some people will think of the dragons in movies, or in books, which come in innumerable shapes, sizes, and dispositions....   [tags: folklore, Fire breathing, ferocious ]
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Dragons - Dragons What’s the first thing people think when they hear the word “dragon?” Most Americans and Europeans probably envision a huge scaly green beast, one that sits on a hoard of golden treasures and breathes fire. Asians are more likely to think of a benevolent snake-like creature, one that controls rains and rivers. And some people will think of the dragons in movies, or in books, which come in innumerable shapes, sizes, and dispositions. Practically every culture on Earth has dragons of some kind....   [tags: Expository Animals History Essays]
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Chen Rong's The Nine Dragons - Chen Rong's The Nine Dragons Mysteries within mysteries, this is the gateway to understanding. -LaoZi (Harbaugh) Reading the Dao de Jing can be a daunting task for one who is unaccustomed to such simple riddles, as the Chinese language is so well designed to supply. The Dao de Jing itself is a collection of sayings, pearls of wisdom, which are intended to promote contemplation, an expanding of ones observational prowess, and eventually a total realization of the Dao. The Dao is the energy or being of the universe....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Myth of the Almighty Dragons and God - The Myth of the Almighty Dragons and God An ear-piercing scream rang throbbing through the forest branches. Twigs snapped and cracked like brittle bones. The gusts of wind whipped up the smooth sand into blinding clouds of grit, as the white foam swirled amongst it, mingling together like storm clouds. The tribe slowed down to a jog and looked warily at their ominous surroundings. The impending trees' branches entwined like spidery fingers, clawing at the overcast sky in an upward spiral....   [tags: Papers] 1149 words
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Go Dragons, Win State - Go Dragons, Win State The championship is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament featuring 13 automatic qualifiers from 11 Division I affiliated conferences, two automatic independent qualifiers, and 17 at-large berths. The tournament bracket will be released at 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, March 8. SCHEDULE: First-Round on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, with eight games: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. (Note: Last two games on Thursday are at 8 p.m....   [tags: Papers] 926 words
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Dragons Legacy - Foreword In the days of the Ancients there was a race like no other, for they were blessed with a unique gift of being able to speak and understand Dragon Tongue. Rumors spread about these magical folk, penetrating right into the heart of the Evil Lord’s great fortress in the Dark Lands. Evil Lord Malus Dominus heard of this race, and he became worried. All knew that dragons were a superior race that could be only be defeated by immortals. They were the strongest creatures alive. If these folk were to forge an alliance with the dragons he would surely perish....   [tags: essays research papers] 2259 words
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Yes Virginia, Dragons Do Exisit - Yes Virginia, Dragons Do Exisit Dragon--even mentioning the word strikes terror into the very center of the hearts of some men. But to others, a dragon is nothing more than a make-believe fairy tale, or a mystical monster. Recently, startling, new, scientific discoveries have shed light on this controversial subject. Dragons, Do They Really Exist. This study, compiled of shocking new facts, seems to prove that the animals known as the dragon, does, in fact, exist. Though the dragon may be large (approximately 45 feet long, 10 feet wide), it is extremely light and aerodynamic....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 861 words
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A Comparison of 'The Skeleton Key’ and ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ - A Comparison of 'The Skeleton Key’ and ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ ‘The Skeleton Key’: Horror ‘Dungeons and Dragons’: Fantasy-Adventure-Action In ‘The Skeleton Key’ poster there is only one actress who is standing and looking into a key hole (facing the camera). She looks scared but also anxious and worried with tension. She also looks like she intensely desires to know what’s behind the Key hole. The woman is wearing dark clothes and jewelry signifying that this film is a horror....   [tags: Papers] 1822 words
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Chinese Company Nine Dragons and 2009 Crisis, Questions and Answers - Executive summary This report will discuss and analyse the several issues regarding financial status of the nine dragons paper holdings limited which is growing at a rate of 120 percent from the last five years and suddenly washed away in the 2009 crisis. During that period of time the organisation faced rapid change in the business environment. At that Time Company forced to issue profit warning to its shareholders, market conditions were squeezed and heavy burden of debt on the company, return on sales....   [tags: declining sales, financial crisis]
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Our Journey to Strange Lands- Narrative - We grew up in a land where the sun never sets. The Mother Earth fed us generously. Wild strawberries, blueberries and blackberries fruited every night in the nearby forests. Rivers and streams were abundant in numerous fish species that voluntarily plunged into our nets. Loaves of bread and jars full of the sweetest milk and honey hung on the trees. We played together with bees, cows, sheep and goats in the flowery meadows that never withered. We used to put twigs back on branches to not let trees miss their children....   [tags: invaders, castle, dragons] 1858 words
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Dragons in Beowulf and in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene - Dragons in Beowulf and in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene When one usually thinks of a dragon, one thinks of dragon-slayers, adventure, damsels in distress, and cheap fantasy novels. Dragons in literature have not always been used for such meaningless entertainment. There are many precedents for dragons in medieval literature, two of the most prominent being in the Old English poem Beowulf and in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. In both of these epic poems, dragons play major antagonistic roles....   [tags: Beowulf Spenser Faerie Queene Essays]
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Fundamentalist Christians and Negative Conceptions of Dungeons & Dragons - Fundamentalist Christians and Negative Conceptions of Dungeons & Dragons This paper is an attempt to explain the negative conceptions about role-playing games, especially claims that the games are Satanic. I will be using many primary sources from the Internet, most of which are from Christian websites, to determine precisely what is being claimed about the games. I will be using more academic sources in order to try to explain where the claims are coming from. As the websites primarily focus on Dungeons & Dragons (henceforth noted as D&D), I too will focus on this game....   [tags: Christianity Religion Essays]
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A Mythical Culture - A brush of wind comes whistling through the forest, the trees quivering from the cold as wolves rush away towards safety as a low, tempting roar broke through the small patch of land. Four paws slammed against the ground, tail swatting back and forth as men come to fight the large, reptilian beast who bares not only a flaming breath, but wings to give it flight. Dragons are known in every culture and no matter where one has lived, they know about some sort of form of the mythological beast. From European to Japanese, it seems as if everyone has their own story for the creatures of scales....   [tags: dragons, mythological beasts]
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Stormwind: A Fictional Essay - Azeroth, this is a very strange planet, the land element of the whole mess, full of dragons in the sky, the whole world is in a state of confusion. On this day, the dark ancestor Long dangling, just hunting Red Proto-Drake flew to the cliff. Hunger, fatigue ancestors long waving wings, opened his mouth, ready to enjoy a delicious meal. At this time, the original dark sky suddenly torn open, has been a huge clawed hand edge crack, the whole world tremble because of the collapse of the sky. Titans came into this world, the earth chaotic earth element, the wind element air chaos, chaotic ocean water elements, and elements covered with plain crazy flame swept Titans of the body, but the face of...   [tags: planet, dragons, confusion, evil, force] 786 words
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Dream Analysis: The Celtic Army - ... After I was suited up in my Blue Skyrim Dragon-scale armor and strap my sword on my back (using a Shoulder strap meant for longswords with scabbard), I was called into General Winfield's office, I didn't know the general real well, but I did know his reputation. He asked me to explain all the details about my unit, but I told him politely as I could, that I was not authorized to tell him, and that he would have to get the approval for me to do so from Major General Dixon. General Winfield got the approval he was after, and I told him everything that he needed to know about me and my unit....   [tags: blue celtic dragons, china] 857 words
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Mythological Creatures - Often when people think of mythology, they think of the gods and goddesses. However, there is a wide variety of mythological creatures. There are many different types of creatures in mythology including monsters, animals, giants, dragons, and automatons. Many mythological creatures are used in movies and books today. That is why knowledge of these creatures may be useful. The many types of creatures and the movies and books that they can be seen in today are what make mythological creatures an incredibly in depth topic....   [tags: mythology, automatons, giants, dragons, monster]
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Dragon-Chinese Culture - Dragon-Chinese culture Name Date According to the Chinese culture, the drugs are considered to be legends, which helped the society during the hard times, for example times of war against enemies. According to the Chinese mythology, dragons were creatures with four legs, whose bodies were covered with scales. According to the beliefs of the Chinese people, dragons had power over nature, and as a result controlled natural phenomena such rainfall, floods and even the occurrence of hurricanes....   [tags: dog, dragon, symbol]
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Fantastic Elements of Saint George and The Dragon - Fantastic Elements of Saint George and The Dragon        Margaret Hodges adapted "Saint George and The Dragon" from its original work that was written by Edmund Spencer. "Saint George and The Dragon" is a short story that was published in 1984. Margaret Hodges, who adapted this fantastic literature, is from North America. " Saint George and The Dragon" shows many characteristic of Magical Realism; however, it is Fantastic Literature.   "Saint George and The Dragon" is similar to Magical Realism because the characters within the story treat the events as a normal occurrence....   [tags: Saint George and The Dragon]
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The Chinese Dragon Kings - The Chinese Dragon Kings The Chinese Dragon Kings are also known as Long-wang. They are the mythical creatures of Taoism who are in charge of two very different elements. Long-wang is ruled by Yuanshi Tian-Zong, the Celestial Venerable of the Primordial Beginning, or they are ruled by Yu Huang, also known as the Jade Emperor. The dragons report to them once a year (Hatshepsut). Chinese mythology and culture is full of unique dragons. There are many different kinds of dragons in Chinese mythology....   [tags: Long Wang, Mythical Creatures, Taoism]
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The Amazing Komodo Dragon - ... Baby Komodo dragons spend most of the time in the trees so they are protected and safe from other Komodo Dragons. Baby Komodo dragons take approximately 3 to 5 years to mature and can live up to 50 years or so.There are around 3000 to 5000 Komodo Dragons in the wild to day. The Komodo dragon is an endangered species .Komodo dragons have been zoo attractions and make more popular exhibits for people to look at and study. However they are more vunarable to parasites and infections an do not reproduce....   [tags: monitor, carnivore, endangered species] 810 words
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Lizards and the Komodo Dragon - ... How good are the Komodos senses?The Komodo dragon cannot hear very well or run fast for a long time, so they rely on good eyesight and stealth to hunt ("20 (More) Strange and Exotic Endangered Species"). The Komodo dragon’s tongue can smell and taste ("Fun Facts about Komodo Dragons"). Dragons have an amazing sense of smell and use it to hone in on the corpses of their prey after it has died ("Fun Facts about Komodo Dragons"). They can smell up to 4 miles away (“Komodo Dragon Facts”). This website says that dragons have extraordinary eyesight; they can see as far away as 985 feet....   [tags: bufalos, reptile, indonesia] 1143 words
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How to Train your Dragon - In the film, How to Train Your Dragon, the Vikings are at war, fighting for their institutions and peace from their existential threat, the Dragons. The Vikings are in a society in which the institutions reflect their historical struggles and have shaped them to be close-minded to any peaceful interaction with Dragons. Thus, in How to Train Your Dragon, the institutions that the Vikings had, represented what Rousseau saw as being a society with a self-interest social contract of the majority. This causes estrangement between their civilization and the Dragons....   [tags: Film Review, Vikings] 1428 words
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The Komodo Dragon - ... Komodo dragons have really good eyesight, however, they rely mainly on their sense of smell, which they do with their tongue. It does this by flicking its tongue out of its mouth, and by doing this is able to "taste" scent particles in the air. The tongue does not move freely in the mouth, but retracts into a sheath. Varanids are unique in the sense that they only use their tongues as a sensory organ for locating prey and as a socialization tool. The majority of Komodo dragons today live on Komodo National Park located on the Sunda Islands....   [tags: national park, amphibians] 916 words
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Western Mythology: The Chinese Dragon - Throughout the old world, people had feared creatures with the body of a large lizard, snake-like eyes, large wings, and that can emit fire from their mouth. They was thought to be the embodiment of evil, greed, lust, violence, and the dark side of humanity. These mythical creatures are called dragons, but the dragon have a different reputation in the Eastern world. In China it was highly respected in the kingdom, a fairly common motif in eastern art for its heavenly related background. Unlike western mythology the dragon in Chinese legends is not considered as an evil creature, they do not bring death nor despair....   [tags: buddhist and chinese, emperor]
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How to Train Your Dragon - “How to Train Your Dragon” – something everybody would want to learn, especially if one could train a Night Fury. Set in the mythical world of muscular Vikings and almighty dragons, this animated comedic action movie narrates about how the unlikely friendship between a Viking teenager, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and a dragon changes his life (Dragon, 2010). The main setting of this movie is the island Berk, home of the Viking warriors for seven generations. They are tough and every one of them is dedicated to one thing; killing the evil, destructive dragons which would raid their food and burn their buildings every now and then....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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Short Story: Ender Dragon - ... Marika and Steve, it seemed, were having a heck of a time finding a dragon. Night came and they made themselves a fire as they ate baked gerbil that she had killed just an hour earlier. “You’ve been here before”, Marika remembered, “where are these things?” “In the area.” “Gee, that’s helpful.” “Look”, he said with force, “I know you don’t want me here, you or anybody else, so lets just get through this. “ “Take it easy, you’re not that bad.” “You try be the town joke and see how you feel.” Despite the fact that he was attracted to her he couldn’t help but tell her the truth....   [tags: personal narrative] 1363 words
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Princess Gwen and the Dragon - ... “Oops,” said the dragon. “Next time, I promise you will get something in return.” Gwen returned to the castle with a scowl on her face. She was not happy about what the dragon did. A little later, she decided to forgive him and move on. One week later, the dragon flew up to her window again. “If you do not mind princess, I would like to build a nest in the forest over there, by the field. I know I did you wrong once, but I truly promise that I will not hurt anything or destroy the whole forest....   [tags: short story] 797 words
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Dragon Rider: Armaila - Armaila Armaila jumped up, and pulled the homemade arrow out of the soft bark of the tree. It made a soft squishing sound. She'd been practising her archery all morning, but now the wind was blowing too hard for her to continue. She examined the arrow, her light green eyes twitching back and fourth. Satisfied, she put it back n her quiver with all the other arrows. Bow in hand, she began the mile walk back to home. “Uncle!” she cried, as she stepped through the oak wood doorway. Her parents had been summoned by the king; her father had been accused of being part of an assassination plot against the king....   [tags: archery legend, egg] 983 words
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Caroline by Neil Gainman - "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten," Says Neil Gainman, author of the book Coraline. Fairy tales date back thousands of years. Fairy tales started out as oral traditions and later were written on paper and made into story books. Fairy tales open up and take children's imaginations to a place where they can learn how to deal with real problems while being enchanted. Fairy tales are given a bad reputation because of the mature themes in them....   [tags: fairy tales, dragos]
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The Facinating Competetion of Dragon Boat Racing - ... It’s an amazing sight to see, and even more experience. Now let’s go back a little about some history of the two sports. It is believed that dragon boating originated along the Yangtze River of the southern region of China 2,500 years ago. There are various accounts as to the history of the sport but no reliable sources can be found. Although the main underlying theme of the history comes back to the sacrificial nature of the culture to the dragon deity to either provide agricultural prosperity or justice....   [tags: team, sport, rowing] 781 words
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Dragon Rider: To Think Without Thinking - To Think Without Thinking “Armaila, can you tell me what the most important thing for you and Perpula to learn is?” Questioned Florine, stepping over a rotting log. Armaila was surprised at the Fairies abilities; she was able to travel all day on foot without tiring. “Fighting. Magic?” Armaila's aunt and uncle rode their horses, which Florine had no trouble keeping up to at a gentle trot. Florine had insisted upon her riding Perpula now, who had grown to at least the size of a large pony in the last two days of their travel....   [tags: magic, fairy, decisions, protect] 855 words
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The Proto-Indo European Dragon Slaying Myth - A common formula for the dragon-slaying myth is present among the descendants of the Proto-Indo European language. This formula first consists of a single male protagonist, typically of higher social status, that is almost always described as a “dragon slayer”, with a special weapon and a companion (Watkins 302, How to Kill a Dragon), and is specific in wording, by virtue of being spread via oral tradition (303). Secondly, in the myth, the dragon, usually many-headed, is described as either causing some great conflict or hoarding something of great value, in many cases both....   [tags: Dobrynya Nikitich, Rig Veda, ] 843 words
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The Craft of Using Jade in China - ... Aohanqi Museum. Figure 3. Coiled dragon. Hongshan Culture. Private Collection. One may argue that the location of the suspension hole of Object B is unlike many of other authentic coiled dragons, whose suspension holes create an obtuse angle with the slit between a jaw and a tail, like that of Object A. However, an ostensible pattern in regards to the location of suspension holes is not always consistent. In fact, there is no absolute tendency for the location of suspension holes (Figures. 4 and 5)....   [tags: ornamental, dragon, culture]
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