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The Erotic in Joyce's A Painful Case - The Erotic in Joyce's A Painful Case       The characters whom inhabit Joyce's world in "Dubliners," often have, as Harvard Literature Professor Fischer stated in lecture, a "limited way" of thinking about and understanding themselves and the world around them. Such "determinism," however, operates not on a broad cultural scale, but works in smaller, more local, more interior and more idiosyncratic ways. That is, the forces which govern Joyce's characters are not necessarily cultural or socioeconomic in nature, but rather, as Prof....   [tags: Painful]
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Smut, Erotic Reality/obscene Ideology - Smut, Erotic Reality/Obscene Ideology In the book Smut, Erotic Reality/ Obscene Ideology , by Murray Davis (1983), the author expresses the idea that the best source for studying human sexuality objectively is "soft core", rather than “hard core” pornography. (Davis p. xix). The purpose of this paper is to critique Davis's claim and to study what understanding of human sexuality someone might have if they used some other resource that is available today, in this case the Internet. Davis argues that , "hard core pornography is usually more abstract and less explicit than soft-core pornography"....   [tags: Murray Davis Human Sexuality Essays]
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Violence as Displacement: The Erotic Gaze in Gladiator and Fight Club - Violence as Displacement: The Erotic Gaze in Gladiator and Fight Club On the screen, two men writhe and grapple on the cold concrete floor. One man on top, holding the other from behind in a chokehold that causes the man on the bottom to succumb to the more powerful man. The dialogue by the narrator states that, “Sometimes all you could hear were the flap, hard packing sounds over the yelling, or the wet choke when someone caught their breath and sprayed” (Fight Club). The soundtrack consists of a few notes repeated over and over again in a steady rhythm to the action that is happening on the screen....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Boundaries Between Romantic Friendship and Erotic Love - The Boundaries Between Romantic Friendship and Erotic Love "A man who kissed or embraced an intimate male friend in bed did not worry about homosexual impulses because he did not assume that he had them. In the Victorian language of touch, a kiss or an embrace was a pure gesture of deep affection at least as much as it was an act of sexual expression," says Anthony Rotundo, attempting to define the boundaries between romantic friendship and erotic love, in relation to same gender friendships, in the late nineteenth century (Miller 4)....   [tags: Papers] 1123 words
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THE EROTICS OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL BODY - THE EROTICS OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL BODY Since the beginning of the industrial age, representations of technology have always been associated with eroticism and gender roles. Industrial machinery, as well as cars, have been framed as objects of sexual desire and invested of techno-erotic impulses. Engines and machines have been described through sexual metaphors and have been made an object of cult by artistic movements such as Italian Futurism. The passage from the industrial to the digital age has modified our relationship to technology and the awareness of our body through the use of technological objects –yet techno-eroticism still remains a central drive....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Free Song of Solomon Essays: Erotica - Erotica in Song of Solomon The use of erotica can be seen very clearly in the "Song of Solomon". First of all, one must keep in mind that it comes from the bible so one will not here vulgar things or even words that you know are directly talking about sex. However, if you read closely, you can here the implicit remarks that these young lovers seems to be making, not only about each others body, but also about what each would like to do with the other. The first time that the male of the genre talks about his lover he describes her physical attributes....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 781 words
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Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady - Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady To discover an erotics of place in Willa Cather's A Lost Lady, takes little preparation. One begins by simply allowing Sweet Water marsh to seep into one's consciousness through Cather's exquisite prose. Two paragraphs from the middle of the novel beckon us to follow Neil Herbert, now 20 years old, into the marsh that lies on the Forrester property. This passage, rich in pastoral beauty, embraces the heart of the novel-appearing not only at the novel's center point but enfolding ideas central to the novel's theme: An impulse of affection and guardianship drew Niel up the poplar-bordered road in the early light [....   [tags: Willa Cather, A Lost Lady]
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Male Masochism in the Religious Lyrics of Donne and Crashaw - Male Masochism in the Religious Lyrics of Donne and Crashaw The impetus of my psychoanalytic exploration of male masochism in Donne and Crashaw occurs in Richard Rambuss's "Pleasure and Devotion: The Body of Jesus and Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric," in which he opens up possibilities for reading eroticism (especially homoeroticism) in early modern representations of Christ's body. In this analysis, Rambuss opposes Caroline Walker Bynum who, in response to Leo Steinberg's The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art, claims that depictions of Christ's genitalia (the focus of Steinberg's work) can only be regarded as erotic from a modern standpoint, for such representations in historical context, before the advent of modern sexuality, could not have rendered "sexual" meanings for their audiences but only those signifying reproduction....   [tags: Christian Masochism Sexuality Essays] 3467 words
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Georgia O’Keeffe - Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most famous and controversial painters known to America. According to art critic Lisa Mintz Messinger, “She [Georgia O’Keeffe] left behind a rich legacy of American images that were tied to the land. These images and her own pioneering spirit, established an illustrious reputation in America very early on in her career” (Messinger 17). O’Keeffe is best known for her large paintings of flowers, the New York skyline and scenes from New Mexico. Ever since Georgia O’Keeffe began showing her work in 1916, critics have had different opinions on what her paintings represented....   [tags: Historiography]
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Jonson's Volpone - Homosexual Overtones in Volpone During the Renaissance, women did not participate in the theatre; hence, men, dressed in drag, played women's roles. This particular characteristic of Renaissance drama adds many dimensions, erotic and social, to the spectacle on the stage. However, "The primary difficulty in surveying this landscape results from the strong indications that early modern eroticism was fundamentally different from that today. Consequently, the challenge deciphering what may be radically different cultural codes for the Rena issance is formidable" (Zimmerman 7)....   [tags: Jonson Volpone] 479 words
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The Media as a Mirror of the Asian-American Women - ... As time passed and media came into existence, stereotypical names, such as “Dragon Lady” and “China Doll,” of Asian-American women began to represent the Asian American women as sexual and erotic objects in the media. “Dragon Lady” is a “dangerous and seductive woman” whose nature is “belligerent” and “domineering” (yourdictionary.com). Historical roots of the “Dragon Lady” date back to the late 1800s when in the imperial China, the empress, Tzu-hsi, suffered the “Dragon Throne,” a term used to identify the removal of an emperor of the imperial China (asian-nation.org)....   [tags: Gender Studies] 1555 words
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Lolita - Lolita Vladimir Nabokov, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, is a highly aesthetic writer. Most of his work shows an amazing interest in and talent for language. He deceptively uses language in Lolita to mask and make the forbidden divine. Contextually, Lolita may be viewed as a novel about explicit sexual desire. However, it is the illicit desire of a stepfather for his 12-year old stepdaughter. The novel’s subject inevitably conjures up expectations of pornography, but there in not a single obscene term in Lolita....   [tags: essays papers] 2750 words
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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in Othello The tragedy of Othello is the story of jealousy. It is Othello's public insecurity that makes him jealous of Cassio and allows him to believe that Cassio has slept with Desdemona. Also, it is Iago's jealousy of Othello that drives him to destroy both Othello and Desdemona. What is fascinating about Shakespeare's Othello is the way in which jealousy between the major characters is sexualized. Perhaps what makes Othello so disturbing is how quickly this sexualized jealousy turns into hate....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 647 words
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21st Century Internet Traps - 21st Century Internet Traps In 21st century, the Internet has become very popular around the world. Since technology has improved, many people can use the Internet at home. From the Internet, people can write or receive emails, get information from around the world, or chat with friends or other people in different countries in instant messages with clear voices and images that shorten the distance from person to person. Also, there is no time limit. One can use the Internet whenever one wants....   [tags: Papers] 1066 words
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Cyberporn and Pornography - Sex Should Not be a Spectator Sport - Pornography - Sex Should Not be a Spectator Sport   Some adults recall the days in the early Sixties with a certain nostalgia, as a time when people were still aware of the distinction between pornography and erotic art, and when erotic books and films could pass the censor only if a case could be made for their artistic value. Everything changed very suddenly, according to the poet Philip Larkin:   Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three. Between the end of the Chatterley ban And the Beatles' first LP....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1563 words
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The Making Of Valentine's Day - Valentine’s Day, also known as St Valentine’s Day, is recognized in most Christian lead countries around the world. The word valentine comes from ancient roman days. ‘Valens’, in Latin, means worthy. The Latin meaning of valentine is; Valentinus and represents several martyred saints of the time. There are many different legends and versions of the origin of Valentine’s Day. The most stated legend is that during 3rd Century Rome, Emperor Claudius II made it illegal for young men to marry. He felt young, single men were better soldiers....   [tags: Valentine's Day, history,] 500 words
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Why is Diotima a woman? - Diotima, Socrates' great teacher from the Symposium, a work by Plato was one of the most influential women thinkers of all time, whether she was a real person or a literary fictional character. She related to Socrates the theory of love that he described to the partygoers at Agathon's banquet, a celebration of Agathon's victory at the competition of Dionysis in Athens and of Eros. Before we search for the idea of why Diotima is a woman, we should first discuss a little about her. We know that, if she were an actual person, she would have been born around 470 BCE and died around 410 BCE....   [tags: essays research papers] 815 words
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Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford - Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in "Tis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford Annabella, the female protagonist in John Ford’s play, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, ultimately dies after trying to meet the conflicting demands that her brother and father place on her. While her brother, Giovanni, commands her to be his clandestine lover, her father, Florio, expects her to marry a socially appropriate man and bear a child. These demands closely resemble the real-life demands that Queen Elizabeth I’s subjects placed on her because they simultaneously wanted her to fulfill their erotic desires, marry a politically appropriate man, and produce an heir to the throne....   [tags: Annabella Elizabeth Compare Contrast Essays]
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Differences of Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juleit - Two lovers, different in beliefs, yet the same in thoughts and feelings, are set to have a tragic ending in their life story. In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare portrays differences between the love of Romeo for Juliet, and the love of Juliet for Romeo. Many people often wonder why this love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet did not turn out for the best. It is not their love for one another that finally breaks them apart from the world, it is the way they love one another....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 1114 words
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - In Frankenstein, Shelley overtly reveals romance and erotic tension, both heterosexual and homosexual, through symbolism pertaining to eyesight, although this subsequent gaze proves the strong relation of death and sexual tensions in both human and nonhuman. The first occurrence of sexual tension in this story is between two men. Robert Walton, Victor’s “affectionate brother,” says that he “desire[s] the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine,” and “need[s] them most to support my spirits....   [tags: Frankenstein Mary Shelley] 1242 words
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What Is Required To Be A Good Christian - What is required to be a good Christian. Such strong language seems to indicate a rejection of the body, of human relationships, of human reason, or any good which is not God. Is such a rejection required if one is to be a true Christian. Human relationships, the body, and human reason are presupposed to be good in Ms. Kreis's statement. Although Saint Augustine, the author of Confessions, would not consider those to be of the highest good (God), he would be hard-pressed to deny that each does not maintain some degree of good....   [tags: Religion Christian] 1872 words
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The Life and Accomplishments of Gustav Klimt - Gustav Klimt (GUUS-tahf klimt), perhaps best known for his controversial style, came from humble beginnings and was trained in classical style. After years of serving as an architectural painter of murals throughout Vienna, he was criticized for his overtly erotic style. This criticism served as a turning point in his career. He then revised his own sense of artistic value that ultimately led to his fall from the conservative academic art world to self discovery with an inventive and versatile style that is untouched to this day....   [tags: biography, art] 843 words
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Misunderstanding Relationships in Boogie Nights - The film Boogie Nights provides an interesting case study of the unique nature of human relationships, specifically love and friendship. It presents a crisscrossing mash-up of various combinations of traditional love categories: friendly (plutonic or nonsexual) love, family love, lust, master/servant or apprentice/teacher love, etc. Besides being entertaining, Boogie Nights presents these combinations to provoke an insight on our part into the nature of love. This insight is exemplified in Jack’s notion of the ideal pornographic film....   [tags: Film, Movies] 1633 words
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The Aeneid and The Odyssey - Are there similarities between Homer's The Odyssey and Virgil's The Aeneid. There are many similarities that could be examined indepth. The lovers encountered in both plays can lead to the idea of ancient plagarism. The games held by the greeks and trojans are similar to the Olympic Games. The downfall of characters, cities or monsters can be seen often in many stories. Maybe rewriting history is the effort of a plagarist to cheat true historical events. The lovers Aeneas and Odysseus encounter in either the Aeneid or Odyssey is vast and large....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Shakespeare and Gender - ... This instantly sets Iago up to be a character of duplicity and one that an audience should question his underlying desires. What seems to have perplexed critics is that Iago appears inconsistent in his stated motives throughout the play. What Iago does state to the audience is that he intends to split up the close relationships of Othello, such as his marriage to Desdemona. This motive can be read for its homoerotic undertones, as the aggression towards her would suggest a jealousy of Desdemona’s intimacy with Othello....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Gender and Performance in the Earl of Rochester’s - ... Yet there is a tradition of heroic exaggeration here, which marks the poem as mock-epic: the threat cannot be taken seriously, and within the dramatic context of the poem it registers as a theatricalized expression of impotent male rage. The feminist emphasis loses sight of this theatrical element in Rochester—seeing the masculinities rather than the masks in his poems. Ultimately it serves as an illustration of Farley-Hills’ wearied claim that “the history of Rochester criticism…illustrates almost all the ways imaginable in which the critic can be deflected from a reasonably objective view of the poetry” (Farley-Hills 1)—from the vantage of over three decades after her article’s publication, Wilcoxon seems to be no exception to Farley-Hills’ generalization....   [tags: imperfect enjoyment, rochester]
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Pragma Love: A Good Way to Choose a Mate - According to “Type of Love” in Academic Encounter, there are five types of love: ludus, storge, mania, pragma, and eros. Though every five types of love have a virtue for finding a partner, I will focus on how pragma lovers might choose a mate, and argue that their way is the good one. In fact, pragma lovers’ relationships seldom get worse. As stated by the article, pragma lover is “the practical lover who seeks a relationship that will work” (204). For example, the pragma lover asks a potential mate such questions as “Can you show me the deed of ownership of your house and car?”, “Will you support my career?”, and “Do you like President Bush?” Undoubtedly, the pragmatic way to choose a mate is based on people’s similarity—“similar interests, attitudes, personality characteristics, religion, politics, hobbies, and a host of likes and dislikes” (204)....   [tags: personal relationships] 600 words
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Love and Emily Dickinson - Love and Emily Dickinson I am going out on the doorstep, to get you some new—green grass—I shall pick it down in the corner, where you and I used to sit, and have long fancies. And perhaps the dear little grasses were growing all the while—and perhaps they heard what we said, but they can't tell. – Emily Dickinson to Susan Gilbert Dickinson (L 85, 1852) Seventy-five years after the 1890s publication of the premier volumes of Emily Dickinson's poetry, critics still squabble about the poet's possibly lesbian relationship with her sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Nazi Entertainment Films - Nazi Entertainment Films Kracauer correctly conceives of Nazi entertainment films as a component of a larger program of Nazi propaganda; however, a successful propaganda program need not achieve its mission unequivocally as Kracauer claims. Instead, Nazi films may achieve their ideological goals by channeling the desires and shaping the identities of moviegoers. Nazi feature films created an illusion of a romanticized private life that allowed German citizens to briefly indulge their desires in escapist fantasies while keeping them firmly committed to Nazi ideology....   [tags: Papers] 1585 words
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Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone: One of the Most Influential American Icons in the 21st Century - Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (aka Madonna) is one of the most influential American Icons in the 21st century. She uses her sexuality and feminine characteristics to convey her beliefs to the public. She started a trend among youngster “wannabes” during the mid 80s (Cengage, 2003). These youngsters adopted Madonna’s messy hairdo and bold wardrobe such as lacy undergarments fully expresses the female sexuality and seductiveness. In this report, we will analyze Madonna’s career as an entertainer from the perspective of the Product life cycle and evaluate Madonna as a brand....   [tags: Advertising] 879 words
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Pornography - Pornography “Pornography comes from the Greek root porne (harlot, prostitute, or female captive) and graphos (writing about or description of)” (Buchwald 35). Already the word pornography has a negative connotation towards women condemning women of porn to a submissive or exploited role. The pornography industry is predominantly a male owned and run business, hence the male perspectives portrayed versus the female perspectives portrayed in pornography. There is a lack of women, in the controlling ranks of the porn industry, calling the shots; this could be one possible contributor to the majority of pornography having content that belittles women in subtle even in blatantly purposeful ways apparent to any audience member....   [tags: Sex Media Entertainment Essays]
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The Government Must NOT Censor Pornography - It goes by many names, from "smut" to "erotic art." It's as old as civilization itself, and is present in all cultures, with or without the approval of those in authority. It takes many forms, finding expression in literature, music, painting, sculpture and theater, as well as in the more modern media of photography and cinema. Its creators range from the anonymous scrawler to the likes of Catullus, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Titian, and Wagner; and their talents run the gamut from childishly crude to supremely eloquent....   [tags: Censorship Government Pornography] 930 words
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People V. Larry Flynt - The movie of focus, ‘People vs. Larry Flynt’, is a film by Milos Forman which stars Woody Harrelson as Flynt. Larry Flynt is the president and publisher of Hustler magazine. Hustler is sort of the Mad magazine of written pornography which was started in the early 1970’s. The interest for me was seeing how this movie depicts the sexual exploitation of women in the sex industry with a specific look at how the material devalues women. The movie starts out in 1952 with a young Larry Flynt along with his younger brother peddling moonshine somewhere in Kentucky....   [tags: essays research papers] 1380 words
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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel - Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel We have difficulties as a modern audience appreciating the social anxieties reflected in Pamela, especially those surrounding morality and valuation of individuals within the social framework. The radical stance of even using phrases such as virtue and 'fortune' to denote Pamela's virginity are themselves loaded with a questioning of the social stratification in which she resides. The term 'Fortune' is perhaps the most playful but problematic....   [tags: Pamela Virtue Rewarded Essays]
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Coppola's Interpretation of Dracula as a Love Story - Coppola's Interpretation of Dracula as a Love Story       The protagonist and story of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula have been widely interpreted and adapted in films throughout many years. Despite almost a century of time since the initial publication, Dracula has maintained its ability to frighten and mesmerize readers. Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula; however, utilizes the erotic romance of the original novel in order to depict a tragic love story. The film accurately follows the general plot of the novel, yet presents the characters in a unique manner that provides for a different appreciation of the characters....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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Sexuality in Shakespeare's As You Like It - Sexuality in As You Like It          In a romantic forest setting, rich with the songs of birds, the fragrance of fresh spring flowers, and the leafy hum of trees whistling in the wind, one young man courts another. A lady clings to her childhood friend with a desperate and erotic passion, and a girl is instantly captivated by a youth whose physical features are uncannily feminine. Oddly enough, the object of desire in each of these instances is the same person. In As You Like It, William Shakespeare explores the homoerotic possibilities of his many characters....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays]
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Repressed Sexuality in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Repressed Sexuality in Bram Stoker's Dracula       Perhaps no work of literature has ever been composed without being a product of its era, mainly because the human being responsible for writing it develops their worldview within a particular era.  Thus, with Bram Stoker's Dracula, though we have a vampire myth novel filled with terror, horror, and evil, the story is a thinly veiled disguise of the repressed sexual mores of the Victorian era.  If we look to critical interpretation and commentary to win support for such a thesis, we find it aplenty "For erotic Dracula certainly is.  'Quasi-pornography' one critic labels it.  Another describes it as a 'kind of incestuous, necrophilious, oral-anal-sadistic all-in-wrestling matching'.  A sexual search of the novel unearths the following:  seduction, rape, necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, adultery, oral sex, group sex, menstruation, venereal disease, voyeurism" (Leatherdale  155-156).  While there are many other interpretations of the novel, such as the vampire as a Satan figure who wishes to take away the mortality Christ won mankind, this analysis will explore how it reads as a story of repressed sexuality and the conflict it creates for the characters living in a repressed Victorian world....   [tags: Bram Stoker Dracula Essays]
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Secularism v. Spirituality in the Second Nun's Tale - Secularism v. Spirituality in the Second Nun's Tale         In the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer describes the men and women of the Church in extreme forms; most of these holy pilgrims, such as the Monk, the Friar, and Pardoner, are caricatures of objectionable parts of Catholic society.  At a time when the power-hungry Catholic Church used the misery of peasants in order to obtain wealth, it is no wonder that one of the greatest writers of the Middle Ages used his works to comment on the religious politics of the day.          Yet not all of Chaucer's religious characters are failures in spirituality....   [tags: Second Nun's Tale]
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The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray - The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray Nicholas Ray's films frequently address a competition between a 'father' and 'son' (whether literal or figurative filial relationship). More importantly, Ray has an ideological approach to these struggles. In his films, homosocial struggles are always supplanted by Ray's desired outcome of an idealized heterosexual coupling. That is, the threat of prolonged homosocial desire between his characters is usually eradicated by the death of one of the dueling men....   [tags: Films Movies Nicholas Ray Essays]
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Reassemblage: Challenging the Relationship between Women and Visual Pleasure - Reassemblage: Challenging the Relationship between Women and Visual Pleasure Visual pleasure, derived from images on film, is dominated by sexual imbalance. The pleasure in looking is split between active/male and passive/female. In her essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" Laura Mulvey asserts the fact that in mainstream films, women are simultaneously looked at and displayed. That is to say, the woman is both an object of desire and a spectacle for the male voyeuristic gaze. The male's function is active; he advances the story and controls the gaze onto the women....   [tags: Reassemblage Directed by Trinh Minh-Ha] 908 words
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Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh - Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh In this paper, I seek to explore the identities and relationships between Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the epic poem of Gilgamesh, up through Enkidu’s death. I will explore the gender identity of each independently and then in relation to each other, and how their gender identity influences that relationship. I will also explore other aspects of their identity and how they came to their identities as well, through theories such as social conditioning....   [tags: Gilgamesh epic Poem Essays]
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Educating Rita - Educating Rita The play Educating Rita, only has two characters, Frank and Rita, Rita wants to learn literacy, and Frank is her tutor. The play is set in the 1970's, when there was not a lot of unemployment, and there was plenty of money. Although Rita has everything she needs, she is dis-satisfied with her life, she wants something more. Rita feels that there is no meaning to life, and she wants to find one. The characters Rita and Frank are two totally different people, Rita is uneducated and common, whereas Frank is educated and well spoken....   [tags: Education Educating Rita Willy Russell Essays] 863 words
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An Analysis of "a Rapture" - "A Rapture" is more than a witty dream poem from which the speak draws poetic inspiration. The poem's opening image of honor as a masque is balanced by the poem's closure with the same type of images and its worldly power, showing a playful and sophisticated awareness of the resolution of the ideal fantasy or daydream, juxtaposed by the real external truths. Thomas Carew's `A Rapture' was in its day an extremely shocking poem, considering the era in which it was written such erotic topics were unmentionable....   [tags: Personal Essays] 586 words
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Differences in Relationships Between Western and Non-Western Cultures - Differences in Relationships Between Western and Non-Western Cultures Most of the research on interpersonal attraction has been carried out in Western societies, especially the United Kingdom and United States. This limitation is very important as it argues that the behaviour and communication need to be understood within the context in which they occur, and this context considerably differs from one culture to another. Therefore we can readily accept that there are large differences in interpersonal relationships between cultures....   [tags: Papers] 891 words
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Paths of Learning - Paths of Learning The paths of learning are different for all of us and this is how it should be. Hmm..., this is the part where we're supposed to come up with all of these wonderful thoughtful insights and make our professors think that we learned everything that we were supposed to. I'll try my best. First of all, I liked the fact that I've worked with Dr. Scott previously and there was not a lot of surprise with how to do the papers and assignments. I also liked that I got to expand on and feel really comfortable with the techniques used in the class....   [tags: Papers] 651 words
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