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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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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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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 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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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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Dragons: A Global Phenomenon - ... Hoarding gold, fending off knights, and raising terror for medieval times made it an honor to not only fight a dragon, but to slay it would open the path for one to wealth (Pérsico Marisa E. Martínez ). It could even be laid to claim that slaying a dragon, was in way the slaying of the evils that they represented in western cultures (Layton Robin). With the ideal of evil dragons centered firmly in belief of the western culture, this symbolism moved into the works of the Christian Bible. Dragons who have become part of the folklore of many civilizations was already beginning to represent new ideals in the Christian faith as it took their image and worked it into their scriptures....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Dragons: Misunderstood Beauties - ... After all, they, like almost any animal in our world, are simply instinctual creatures. They defend when they feel threatened, protect with such a pure, intense sense of preservation, and behave as most humans do. When we feel threatened, we attack, when we grow attached to a certain object we defend it with all our might. Our children, for example, are protected with such strength that we would be willing to give our own lives to save theirs. So does a dragon become a symbol of evil because of how large, how strong of an adversary it can be....   [tags: Literature] 1951 words
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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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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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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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Costs and Requirements of Caring for Bearded Dragons - ... “Bearded dragons are omnivorous [meaning they will eat both insects and vegetables]” (Bearded Dragon Guide). Blaptica Dubia roaches are the food source I am incorporating in this estimate. “Dubia Roaches are one of the few insects which actually bear live young and so there are no messy eggs dotting your substrate or egg crates”(“Blaptica Dubia Roaches”). Dubia Roaches are easier to maintain and reproduce faster and more than crickets and super worms. For the breeding habitat and the large breeding pack of Dubia roaches, it cost around $300 dollars....   [tags: Animal Research ]
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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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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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How to Train your Dragon - ... Hiccup shows this belief when he says to Gobber, “Please, two minutes. I'll kill a dragon, my life will get infinitely better, I might even get a date” (How to Train Your Dragon). Hiccup’s desire to be accepted by the institution is exactly what Rousseau believed to be the cause of estrangement. The institution puts expectations on how the individual should act to be considered part of the society and in the film “killing a dragon is everything around here” this is the only way to be accepted (How to Train Your Dragon)....   [tags: Film Review, Vikings] 1428 words
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How to Train Your Dragon - ... Hiccup has it even more so being the son of the Viking chief. Even so, when Hiccup gets the chance to make his mark, he just discards it. Any Viking would have just killed a wounded Night Fury to be listed as the legend of their tribe, but not our hero. Instead, Hiccup’s sincerity and persistence help him gain the trust of this rarest and most intelligent species of all dragons (Dragon, 2010). Through Hiccup, the film passes the message that fists are not always the best solution to saving the day (Sharkey, 2010)....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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Confucian Values And Japans Industrialization - Confucian Values and Japan's Industrialization Many factors helped aid in the dynamic growth that occurred in Japan and the four little dragons during the post-World War 2 period. Some of these factors were situational factors unique to the time but some of the factors were cultural. The legacy of Confucianism in Japan and the four little dragons helped to further the goals of industrialization that these nations had. The traditions of Confucianism provided for Japan and the four little dragons both a pliant public and a model for choosing competent leaders....   [tags: essays research papers] 776 words
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Dark Hart - Dark Hart Dark Hart is a fantasy story. It happens in Chicago in the late 20th century. The main characters of the story are Justinian and Lt. Sandra McCormick. Justinian or Justin as he is called has a long past. He was born in England in the fourteenth century, he was a lord then. When the Black Death came he, his wife Gwendolyne and his kids got ill. His wife and kids died from the plague but he survived. He survived because when he was dying a dragon appeared in his mirror and offered him immortality which he accepted....   [tags: Essays Papers] 454 words
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Medieval Art - Medieval Art As far as I have seen through my research of medieval art, it is the art of the glorious days of kingdoms, knights, huge cathederals and wars. Historicians can not give dates for the medieval period but I understood that it is before renaissance at around 16th century, around 14th and 15th centuries but not before the 10th. Same as other art movements it is inevitably result of the events, beliefs and daily life of the period’s nations. Religion was obviously very important at that time....   [tags: Essays Papers] 403 words
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The Candy Shop - I lived in a beautiful paradise for about 6 years, full of excitement, love, and friends. Everyone around me was all kind and caring. They have given me tools to grow by nurturing me in an unstoppable manner. The time has come where I finally start seeking for independence. I mean, I’m only 10-years-old but it is natural for people like me to want to feel some sort of independence. I do not re-call having my parents around me. I grew up in a place full of children like me where they try to give us, kids, like candies....   [tags: Fictional Writing, adoption] 1491 words
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The Escape Plan - I live in a beautiful paradise full of excitement, love, and friends. Everyone around me was all kind and caring. They have given me tools to grow by nurturing me unstoppably. The time has come where I finally start seeking for independence. I mean, I’m only 10-years-old but it is always natural for people like me to want to feel some sort of independence. I do not recall having my parents around me. I grew up in a place full of children like me where they try to sell us, kids, like candies. We are like the candy shop in town but for adult couples....   [tags: Fictional Writing, narrative] 1282 words
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Compare and Contrast Chinese and Japanese Mythology - Chinese and Japanese Mythology in Life Classic Chinese and classic Japanese mythology are quite similar, in fact, they have more commonalities than differences. As examples, one can compare and contrast the two mythologies in terms of characters, form and structure, creation myths, and mythology’s relevance to life. Animals and dragons also appear repeatedly in Chinese and Japanese mythology. In this paper it will be shown that Chinese and Japanese mythologies are more similar than different. The characters in both Chinese and Japanese myths have similar personalities and reactions....   [tags: research paper, asian culture, term paper] 2969 words
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Analysis of an Advertisement - Analysis of an Advertisement My advert is targeted at the entire film fanatic range and for people who are looking for an exciting film. It is important that this advert is 'eye-catching' and attractive because I need it to promote this film so that the film gets as much publicity as possible, in order to make as much money as possible. I have chosen this product because it is an exciting new film and I think people should share the experience of watching it. Similar adverts don't tend to show as much action and excitement in their picture as this one, because either they can't because their films don't contain so much action or they don't have the right ideas on how to promote their film....   [tags: Papers] 536 words
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Personal Narrative - Who’s Hurting Mother? - Narrative – Who’s Hurting Mama. It is midnight and a butterfly is trapped in my room. I see it fly over the ceiling and it hides in my bookshelf. I think it got stuck between the books. I tiptoe across the room. I am very quiet. But the butterfly isn’t there. I think the rabbit scared it away. A rabbit hops backward down my walls. It’s a rabbit not a bunny. I don’t like bunnies. Only rabbits. Shhhh. He’s staring at me. I can see into his eyes. He is a pink rabbit with blue polka dots and he asks me if he can pretty please have a carrot....   [tags: Personal Narrative 123 essays] 1403 words
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a Fantasy Epic - J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a Fantasy Epic   "Long ago in my grandfather Thror's time our family was driven out of the far North. . . . It had later been discovered by my far ancestor, Thrain the Old, they mined and they tunnelled and they made huger halls and greater workshops-and in addition I believe they found a good deal of gold and a great many jewels too. Anyway, they grew immensley rich and famous, and my grandfather was King under the Mountain again. . . . Undoubtedly that was what brought the dragon....   [tags: Tolkien Hobbit Essays]
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Ribbon - Ribbon There once was a ribbon. Her name was Ribbon, as plain as the decorative object that she was. Ribbon was very vain and liked to get up every morning from her place in the sewing basket full of odds and ends. Every morning, she would look into the small pink hand mirror that would be lying beside her in the sewing basket. She would see the cutest, most beautiful face in the whole world every morning and was delighted. Then Ribbon would reluctantly stop admiring herself and would begin to get ready for the day ahead of her....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 3056 words
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Use of Color in Crane's The Red Badge of Courage - Use of Color in Crane's The Red Badge of Courage The Red Badge of Courage uses both color imagery and color symbols. While Crane uses color to describe, he also allows it to stand for whole concepts. Gray, for example, describes the both the literal image of a dead soldier and Henry Fleming's vision of the sleeping soldiers as corpses and comes to stand for the idea of death. In the same way, red describes both the soldiers' physical wounds and Fleming's mental visions of battle. In the process, it gains a symbolic meaning which Crane will put to an icon like the "red badge of courage" (110, Penguin ed., 1983)....   [tags: Crane The Red Badge of Courage] 1652 words
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The Red Badge of Courage - The Red Badge of Courage, by it’s very title, is infested with color imagery and color symbols. While Crane uses color to describe, he also allows it to stand for whole concepts. Gray, for example, describes both the literal image of a dead soldier and Henry Fleming’s vision of the sleeping soldiers as corpses and comes to stand for the idea of death. In the same way, red describes both the soldiers’ physical wounds and Henry’s mental vision of battle. In the process, it gains a symbolic meaning which Crane will put an icon like the ‘red badge of courage’....   [tags: essays research papers] 1086 words
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Understanding Mythological Monsters - Monsters are towering, fierce beings best known for causing nightmares and battling heroes. Tales are told of their devastating power, but also of their agonizing defeats. Monsters are symbols of the inherent evil of human nature and of the dark truths of the natural world. Monsters are also challenges, tasks a hero must complete. Sometimes monsters are the ultimate measure of a hero’s worth, other times just another step in a hero’s journey. In the book Bulfinch’s Mythology, Thomas Bulfinch writes that “Monsters, in the language of mythology, were beings of unnatural proportions or parts, usually regarded with terror, as possessing immense strength and ferocity, which they employed for the injury and annoyance of men.” Although independent of what they represent, Monsters come in numerous builds and multiple figures, like humans....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Critics - ... During a fight, words flash on the screen such as “KPOW” and “KO” at the fights end for a knockout. Often a split screen shows facial expressions of the different characters involved. Each fight, that breaks out from nowhere, starts off with both characters standing about ten feet apart with the “VS” put in the middle of the screen. When the band plays music, graphical lightening is shown to accentuate the beat of the music. Points flash on the screen when an ex meets their demise; one thousand points are given for the first ex with the value going up by one thousand for each ex that meets their end....   [tags: Cinema]
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Dragonsbane - The setting for Dragonsbane was in about the 1400's in a place called Wyr. Jenny John and Gareth are the main characters. Jenny is a wizard women who is always trying to advance her skills but still isn't very good. John is Jenny's husband and is also a dragon's bane, which means that he has slayed a dragon. Gareth is a prince who's hero is John. And final Zyerne, she is also a wizard women whom is the most powerful in the land. Gareth comes up from the South to ask of John's assistance in slaying a dragon that is threatening the King's lands....   [tags: essays research papers] 451 words
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Fantasy Or Reality - Fantasy or Reality. Society has branded fantacy gaming as evil and possably satanic. There is no link what so ever in between the two things. Role playing games are not evil. There are a few things that make it dangerous in the hands of stupid people. This fall at the Iowa State Fair Grounds there was a rennisaunce fair held. People from all over the state came and dressed up in costumes of olden days. People brought their children and looked around. There wer perfume shops and weapons shops along with food and drink shops....   [tags: essays research papers] 464 words
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Essay on Fantasies and Realities in Red Badge Of Courage - Fantasies and Realities in The Red Badge Of Courage           In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane the main character, Henry Fleming, thought he understood the war between the North and the South.  However, his understanding came “from his knowledge of fairy tales and mythology”(Gibson 21).  Henry thought that he was like the heroes that he read about in these stories.  He soon learned that real war was very different from his imaginative expectations.  Crane took Henry’s fantasies and contrasted them with the realities of the war to develop this main character into a mature person....   [tags: Red Badge Courage Essays]
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Harry Potter - Harry Potter ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, written by J.K. Rowling, is an excellent example of a modern novel that uses medieval influences extensively. Many of the novel’s characters are based on medieval ideas and superstitions. The settings in the book resemble old medieval towns as well as castles. The book is also full of medieval imagery such as knights in armour, carriages etc. Whilst there is no time travel involved in the novel, the medieval period is used to such an effect that the reader is encouraged to ignore the fact that the book is set in the present....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 753 words
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Mercedes Lackey - Mercedes Lackey Dear Mercedes Lackey, You probably get letters from people everyday who say what I’m gonna say, but oh well. See, I am a huge fan of your work, and just recently got told to write a LAL (Letters about Literature) for one of my favorite books, and since I didn’t feel like writing to the judges on your Dragons Bane Trilogy, I decided I would write my letter as if talking to you. As I said before, we have to write a letter explaining our favorite book, so, to explain the Dragons Bane book , I guess I should tell what made it the best....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 674 words
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Beowulf As An Epic Hero - Every epic hero possesses certain heroic characteristics. Beowulf, like other epic heroes, possesses the following heroic qualities: epic heroes are superhuman types of beings. They have a noble birth and show great bravery. They display great intelligence and resourcefulness. They have a reverence for G-d and for the values of their society. They are dominant male figures and suffer severe pain, but in the end, they conquer evil (Vivone 9/27/99). In addition to Beowulf’s heroic qualities, he is very strong....   [tags: essays research papers] 986 words
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The Adventures of the Warrior Maximus - Creative Writing - The Adventures of the Warrior Maximus - Creative Writing "Die, you evil thing, die," exclaimed Maximus as he swung his agile sword at the mutated spider. The spider quickly jumped back, and leaped into the trees. Maximus looked up, searching for the camouflaged spider. Suddenly, a white web engulfed the great warrior, rendering him helpless. The spider fell from the trees and slowly approached its weary prey. Maximus did not panic, and took out his pocket-blade, and released himself from the sticky prison....   [tags: Papers] 4290 words
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Comparison of Two Film Trailers: Lord of the Rings III and The Gladiator - Comparison of Two Film Trailers: Lord of the Rings III and The Gladiator A film trailer is a sequence or progression of captivating, mind-clutching scenes from a film. Trailers usually encapsulate the film and end with a cliff-hanger; capturing the viewer's attention and attracting them towards the film, encouraging them to watch it. My task is to compare two film trailers, 'Lord of the Rings III' and 'The Gladiator'. 'The Lord of the Rings III' is an imaginary, wizardry, legendary, sort of film....   [tags: Papers] 2397 words
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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Don't judge a book by its cover. This famous phrase can very well be applied to the hobbit a small human like creature that goes along with 13 dwarves and a wizard. The wizard, Gandalf, has total faith in the little hobbit knowing full well that when the time comes he will serve the dwarves quite well. He does this with the help of a ring that makes him invisible. He saves the dwarves from evil spiders that wish to eat them. Uses it to help them escape the clutches of elves that would keep them in their clutches for some time....   [tags: Papers] 518 words
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War of All Wars - Original Writing - War of All Wars - Original Writing The sky turned an evil black as the arrows departed the bows of the Centaurs who were in formation at the top of the keep. The castle of Zeus was taking a battering but the battalions of beasts stood firm. The Humans, who were attacking from the North, were overwhelmingly outnumbered yet seemed to be brave. The settlement was on the shores of Athens and the Aegean Sea, the only way the humans were to “win this war of wars” was to attack from the land....   [tags: Papers] 600 words
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From Fear to Courage - From Fear to Courage When new soldiers go to fight in a war, they never know what’s coming. Although events are preserved in stories by the veterans, nothing can capture the real thing. Seeing everything up close and personal can change a person dramatically. Soldiers may never be the same after traumatic events such as these. Wars test a person and shows how strong not just physically, but mentally, one is. Stephen Crane, throughout his novel, The Red Badge of Courage, creates three distinct tones by utilizing the stylistic devices of imagery and figurative language, which reinforce Crane’s fearful, unworthy and courageous attitude on the realities of war....   [tags: Classic American Literature]
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Literature For The Future - No one can guess what will be of value in 200 years. It could range from things as wild as Tulips or Bat Guano. Paintings range from always obscure to wildly valuable. Technology would be foolish to try and preserve, for what good is something only 50 years ahead of the microprocessor; when the year is 2210. So for my ancestors I would give the nicest Hardback books that I feel have influenced my life. This collection would include (with prices from Amazon): Orwell's dystopian 1984 ($15.60), A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson ($20), Tolkien's epic Lord of the Rings ($65), and the core rulebooks of Dungeons & Dragons ($66.12)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Bonsai Trees - ... (www.celestialbonsai.com/history.html) If the legend is true this would be the first form of bonsai. However in this Courtyard the trees were relatively big. Unlike the later form of Bonsai with really dwarfed trees. The trees used here were just stunted or were naturally small. In the form of Bonsai today the trees are dwarfed and kept in pots. It took a long time to develop because the emperor wanted it for himself. He stated that any found with the miniature landscapes would be put to death because they were a threat to the empire....   [tags: Botany ]
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Beowulf - Beowulf Beowulf, the hero of the epic poem, is not an ordinary man; he is the epitome of a true hero. With the strength of thirty men in one arm, the courage to fight monsters, and the knowledge to respect and consider others' feelings, Beowulf defines the word "hero." As a thane of the Geats' king Hygelac, and later as king of the Geats, Beowulf uses his courage and wisdom to help him win many battles and competitions against humans and monsters. Beowulf's list of victories consists of his swimming contest with Breca, the slaying of sea monsters, the dismembering of the monster Grendel, decapitating Grendel (or Grendel's mother), and killing the dragon....   [tags: Beowulf Epic Poem Essays] 615 words
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Knights And Chivalry - KNIGHTS AND CHIVALRY Knights were a large part of the Middle Ages. A lot people think that knights are soldiers who were covered in metal, and fought dragons and evil people. Although they were warriors, or soldiers, knights never fought dragons. Knights fought for their king or lord because land was promised to them. To become a knight you had to be born a noble boy and start training at age seven. The boys didn't go to school because he was sent to live with another noble family as a page. A page learned to work with horses and weapons....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Squamata - Squamata My Research Paper is on Squamata. Squamata means scaly reptiles. Squamata is the order that lizards and snakes fall under. The Squamata are the most successful order of Cenozoic reptiles. Cenozoic is one of the Dinosaur era’s. The era goes like this: Precambrian, then Paleozoic, then Triassic, after is Jurassic, then Cretaceous, then finally Cenozoic. In the Cenozoic there was an estimate of over six thousand species. There were more Squamatas than Mammals then. Reptiles in the order of Squamata were found everywhere in the world except for Antarctica....   [tags: essays research papers] 568 words
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The Tale Element in Beowulf - The genre of Beowulf eludes classification, and yet this is its beauty. The multi-layered body of the work is made up of different building material: there are the “tale bricks;” present is the “epic element;” the chronicle planks haven’t been left out either. The very diversity in the story’s makeup gives it its unique appeal, and yet that very same diversity throws in big question marks in our way. The tale element brings in such a paradox: it both aids and harms the development of the plot....   [tags: Beowulf] 351 words
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