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America’s Obsession with Fast Food and Its Effects on the Population - America’s Obsession with Fast Food and its Effects on the Population. Over the last Three decades Fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of the American society. An Industry that began with a handful of modest hot dogs and hamburgers stands in southern California has spread to every corner of the nation, selling a broad range of addictive substances wherever obsessive paying customers can be found. This Obsession as such has lead the researcher to provide a critical examination of Scholarly articles and books to purport evidence that there is an Obesity epidemic, among the nation in which the fast food industry is growing exponentially, people are supersizing, as well as a major...   [tags: obsession, obesity, meal]
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Obsession In Two Literary Works - Obsession is one of the greatest obstacles for mankind to overcome. In Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, the motif of obsession helps to both characterize and even foreshadow the fates of the characters. Both novels illustrate that obsessions with an object or person leads to demise, but the novels differ in how they portray the effects of these obsessions on humanity. Before continuing this analysis, obsession will be clearly defined. For the purpose of this essay, obsession will be characterized by three concepts: the character is shown constantly contemplating the desired object or person, most of a character’s actions or goals are or...   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Perspectives of the Obsession with Imperfections - A perfect person does not obsess, does not fail, does not sin, and does not exist. The whole universe is imperfect. We fall, rise, and learn. Imperfections are traits that characterized human beings. Flaws make us mortals and imperfect, and we must accept them as part of who we are. Because of our humanity, we cannot change the course of life or actions of our nature. Most of the time, we think of our flaws and imperfections as things we want to get rid of but instead, we must see them as divine gifts of what God gave us....   [tags: puritans, utopia, perfection]
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Tartuffe by Moliere: Blinded by Obsession - Tartuffe A man will only see what he wants to see. In "Tartuffe", by Moliere, we are introduced to Orgon, a man so blinded by his obsession with Tartuffe that he falls subject to his deception. Tartuffe pretends to be a devout, pious, and humble man, while in reality is a religious hypocrite. Throughout the play we are presented with many characters who try in vain to "open" Orgon's eyes to Tartuffe's lies. He refuses to accept the fact that Tartuffe is an imposter and is more of a hypocrite than a reverent man....   [tags: reality, truth, fixation]
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The Weight Loss Obsession of Women - The fulfillment that one feels whenever the weight on the scale has decreased or the guilt when the numbers increased or fluctuated is one of many symptoms of weight loss obsession. What is it about weight loss that makes a person feel so triumphant. It feels good to know you are one step closer to look like the models on the advertisements, when you are able to wear smaller sizes or when you get compliments that you look good because you lost all your baby fats and double chin. You could lose five pounds and the next thing you know, your next goal is to lose five more, and then five more, and five more and so on and so forth....   [tags: diet programs, bulimia, ideal body]
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The Romans' Obsession With Violence - Do Romans have an obsession with violence. We think about this question, and yes they did have an obsession. The Romans enjoyed violence and found it amusing to see people getting killed. It went on until it came as an obsession. It came through politics, entertainment, and family life. Entertainment was not like we know today. It was fights between gladiators who fought in a huge stadium like place called the colossium. They fought with animals from Africa ranging from lions through tigers and hippos....   [tags: Social/Cultural Issues] 582 words
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Obese Persons' Obsession with Food - Working as a waitress in a restaurant has allowed me to observe people on a normal basis. Often, I would see people who are considered overweight, or as many would say obese. Whenever I see someone enter into the restaurant that is obese, I always ask myself these questions why on earth would they ever allow themselves to become obsessed with food like that. Are they not concerned with their limitations as an obese person. Most importantly, have they considered the major health issues that come with obesity, like death....   [tags: obesity, weight, medical,] 836 words
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Obsession With Exercise and Diet - Many people seem obsessed with exercise (or diet). When we gain weight, we are irascible "Irritable." and is always hard to, avoid all the negative things and, shameless emotion we have towards ourselves. When we are isolated, we scrutinize "examine closely and critically" about the way we have gained weight on the first place. Immediately, we start observing pictures of how our body used to look before, and star making comparison of how our body look's now. Gaining weight occurs for many reasons, and the process of gained weight works different in each one of us....   [tags: Vanity] 834 words
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The Obsession with Anorexia - Terry Yarber, a single overweight mother of a sixteen year old and two adolescents, wipes away the salty tears from her pale face so that her daughter does not see the fear inside her. Weighing only ninety one pounds, strapped to a hospital bed with a tube down her throat is a girl named Sherie. Sherie thinks the thought of food is repulsive. For instance, she doesn't bother to count calories, carbohydrates, or watch out for bad fat or good fat. Sherie does not bother to eat at all. The most she has had to eat in the last three days are two baby carrots, one slice of low carbohydrate bread, and one leaf of lettuce....   [tags: Anorexia Essays] 831 words
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Celebrity Obsession - Much of today’s society seems obsessed on what actors/actress, athletes, and music artist are wearing, eating, who they are marrying, dating, where they are vacationing, what affairs they are having or have had, and how they live their everyday lives. What’s so interesting about this obsession is as a society we are implacable and often place celebrities on a pedestal, only to destroy them when they are illusive or promiscuous. Media outlets are swift to report when celebrities are in trouble but quickly forget all their accomplishments....   [tags: Celebrity] 763 words
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Texas High School Football is an Obsession - Obsession is something that gets thrown around a lot, to describe the way someone may feel about something. Obsession can be described by the fans of Odessa as it relates to its high school football team, so much so it is unhealthy. Sustaining the ambitions of not only themselves but the alumni and town of Odessa, Texas is a lot to ask from a young adult. There is a continuous pattern in Friday Night Lights that passion is not always a good thing. The town’s expectations of the team cause the school personnel and coaches to sacrifice the players’ overall wellbeing in return for a successful football team....   [tags: education, coach, money] 698 words
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Obsession in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Despite what many people think, Romeo and Juliet is not a love story; rather a story of desperation and obsession. People have been reading Shakespeare for hundreds of years and several people have mistaken it for a love story, due to the fact that Romeo loves Juliet so much he is willing to kill himself when he finds her supposedly dead; she does the same when she wakes up to find him dead. But in fact, Romeo is more taken aback by her beauty than he is in love with her. Juliet is intrigued by the fact someone could love her because her parents are very unsupportive of her....   [tags: montague, desperation]
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Obsession in A Hunger, The Penal Colony, and Metamorphosis - In “A Hunger”, “The Penal Colony”, and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Kafka succeeded in showing his individuals as obsessed with their profession; however their obsession caused their doom because society asks so much from an individual, only so much can be done. However, regardless of that, these individuals choose their work over themselves, and not even bad health or death can stop them. Because society places immures pressure on Kafka’s work obsessed character, they neglect their well-being and cause their own downfall....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison] 897 words
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Obsession With Looks and Appearance in the Hunger Games - Appearance and fashion are important factors that drive our societies today. We live in a world where people are judged by the way they look, dress and carry themselves. This phenomenon is display by Suzanne Collins in her New York Times bestseller trilogy the “Hunger Games”. In this book, Collins presents a dystopian world, a world that is awful and terrible. The different themes used in this book are violence, corruption, obsession, inequality and physical appearance and they somehow related to our world....   [tags: Suzanne Collins, Novel Analysis]
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Obsession with Perfection - Perfection may be dreamed of, hoped for, and sought after. It can be imagined, imitated, pretended, poorly masqueraded, and foolishly impersonated. Yet as Vince Lombardi said, "perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." There are many different perceptions and reasons for striving after perfection; but in the end, everyone ultimately comes up with the same conclusion. The desire for perfection stems from a desire to be happy, to live in an ideal existence, lacking nothing, fully developed, and complete....   [tags: Personal Essays] 455 words
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The Human Obsession - The Human Obsession In most television programs or magazines, depictions of an unrealistic population are portrayed. The images of clean-cut suburbanite family life, portrayed by television in the middle of the twenty-first century, can certainly be joked about now, however, this was only the spark that lit the flame. Families like the Cleaver’s, the Nelson’s, the Osmond’s and the Brady’s were put on screen to show our world what everyone’s life should be like. They had good children, nice homes, and every episode taught some lesson in mortality....   [tags: Papers] 842 words
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Obsession in The Necklace and Solid Objects - Obsession in The Necklace and Solid Objects Webster's Dictionary states the definition of obsess as "to think about something unceasingly," similarly, obsession, according to the same text is defined as "the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea or desire." The protagonist's in both short stories, The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant, as well at Solid Objects, by Virginia Woolf illustrate these words as they are defined. Mathilde, in The Necklace is inherently obsessed with materialism, wealth, and class, whereas John, in Solid Objects, becomes preoccupied with various objects commonly perceived as trash in order to provide knowledge and insight into his life....   [tags: Papers] 1810 words
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Pygmalion's Obsession with the Statue of Cyprus - Pygmalion's Obsession with the Statue of Cyprus Pygmalion decided to portray women as he searched for the most perfect being and he hadn't found any in Cyprus. He placed all his love and wishfulness in his statues and so the most beautiful of his creations was sculpted. Pygmalion, being a man, and having 'animal' urges, must have wanted a partner to share his emotions and get frisky with, so this was the perfect idea for him. What could be better, a woman with beautiful looks, and never talks back or argues with you....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Pygmalion Relationships Essays] 4126 words
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Orgon's Obsession in Tartuffe by Moliere - In Moliere's comedy, Tartuffe, the main focus of the play is not of Tartuffe, but of Orgon's blind infatuation with Tartuffe. It just so happens that the title character is the villain rather than the hero. Orgon is Moliere's representation of how a man can be so blind in his devotion to a belief that he cannot make accurate judgment as to the sincerity of others who would use that belief to deceive him. Tartuffe easily achieves total power over Orgon's actions because of his gullibility. However, as the play progresses, Orgon's view of Tartuffe changes and results in Tartuffes removal....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays] 356 words
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Obsession - Obsession "Adam!" cried his mother up the stairs. "Adam Nuttell, get yourself down here now. It's a quarter to flaming' eight!" Upstairs, the teenager began to stir. A thin beam of light shone through a crack between the curtains. It radiated on the acne-ridden face of sleeping youth. "Adam!" bellowed his mother again. "Get up you lazy article!" "Cool the shouting," replied a weary voice. "I'm up, I'm up" Adam threw back his blood red duvet and rose to his feet. "Damn!" he growled, as his foot sunk into a mass of chocolate ice cream....   [tags: Papers] 620 words
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Isaac's Obsession with Money in Ivanhoe - Isaac's Obsession with Money in Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott's riveting classic, Ivanhoe, is a wonderfully woven story of battles, adventure, comedy, and love. In this story we encounter Robin Hood, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Prince John, and some less known but important characters. The reader meets Cedric the Saxon, who is guardian to the beautiful Rowena, and his swine herder Gurth along with his fool friend Wamba. In their adventures throughout the book they meet a feeble old man....   [tags: Ivanhoe Essays] 503 words
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Obsession in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita - Obsession in Lolita       The relationship between Humbert Humbert and Lolita is no doubt a unique one. Many people who read the novel argue that it is based on "lust", but others say that Humbert really is in "love" with Lolita. However, there is some astounding evidence that Humbert has an obsessional-compulsive disorder with Lolita. The obsession is clearly illustrated when Humbert's actions and behavior are compared to the experts' definitions and descriptions of obsession. In many passages, Humbert displays obsessional tendencies through his descriptive word choice and his controlling personality....   [tags: Nabokov Lolita Essays]
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Obsession and Compulsion Are the Key Features in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder explained by Cockerham as having both biological and psychological causes playing a role (2011). The disorder is often accompanied by two main features, the AllPsych website states: Key features of this disorder include obsessions (persistent, often irrational, and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts) and compulsions (actions which are used to neutralize the obsessions) (2011). In the journal article, Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Students: Symptoms and School-Based Interventions, they state, “Common obsessions in children and adolescents include intrusive fears related to germs, contamination, harming oneself or others, and...   [tags: germs, mental, medical] 976 words
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Obsession in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd - Tim Burton’s 2007 film Sweeney Todd is the story of a barber who is imprisoned unjustly and seeks vengeance by killing off his indicters with razors. Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) returns to his old barbershop in London after fifteen years of imprisonment, and with the help of his neighbor, a pie maker by the name of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), sets up his business again. However, Todd has another goal in mind for his razors: to lure in and kill Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) and his secondary, Beadle Bamford (Timothy Spall), who imprisoned him and took away his wife and child....   [tags: Movie, Film]
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An Obsession with Body Image - An Obsession with Body Image Millions of Americans — women and men — have a secret obsession. They're obsessed with how they look, who wouldn’t like a flatter stomach. They worry that their thighs are too flabby, their breasts are too small, their arms are too scrawny, their face is too chubby, their body build is too small — any body part can become the focus of this obsession. Quite obviously, most people care about how they look. I have found that most of these insecurities are a prodigy of media: television, magazines, dolls, action figures, and so forth....   [tags: Papers] 547 words
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Emily Dickinson's Obsession with Death - Emily Dickinson's Obsession with Death Emily Dickinson became legendary for her preoccupation with death. All her poems contain stanzas focusing on loss or loneliness, but the most striking ones talk particularly about death, specifically her own death and her own afterlife. Her fascination with the morose gives her poems a rare quality, and gives us insight into a mind we know very little about. What we do know is that Dickinson’s father left her a small amount of money when she was young. This allowed her to spend her time writing and lamenting, instead of seeking out a husband or a profession....   [tags: Emily Dickinson Poetry Poet Death Essays]
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Emily Dickinson's Obsession with Death - Emily Dickinson's Obsession with Death Emily Dickinson's obsession with death has puzzled scholars for many decades. If a reader wanted to, he could put every one of Emily Dickinson's nearly 2,000 poems and letters (so many that later, they were assigned numbers for easier organization) into 4 categories: Love, death, pain and the self. The poems about death are the most captivating and puzzling, "The poems that issue from this spiritual exercise are among her most impressive," (Cunningham 45)....   [tags: Papers] 792 words
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Weddings: A Look at the History and Our Current Obsession - In today's generation, the culture upheld throughout weddings has drastically changed, from what it was many years ago. From the cake, the dress, the venue and more a wedding can run more than twenty-six thousand dollars for an average person, and so many are not ashamed of spending more. People today treat marriage and weddings as if they are playthings, something you can play with for a little while and then throw away, but it was not like that once upon a time ago. Wedding have changed so much that there is now a negative effect on the general population of wannabe brides, who are marrying just for the fun of it....   [tags: ceremonies, expense, bride]
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America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health - Do I look fat. That’s the question we all ask ourselves when we are trying on a new pair of jeans. Media, such as, movies, newspapers, TV shows, and also ads being posted on billboards all talking about weight problems and how to lose weight by joining a fitness club or take their weight pill to lose weight. As a society we have become so obsessed with our weight problems that we become depressed, we worry more about losing the weight instead of being healthy, and we also become very uncomfortable with ourselves....   [tags: Overweight, Fat] 1029 words
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Obsession and Infatuation in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love tales, but what if the play is not actually a tale of love, but of total obsession and infatuation. Romeo has an immature concept of love and is rather obsessive. Romeo is not the only person in the play who is obsessed though. Many people throughout the play notice his immaturities about love. Very rarely was true love actually shown in the play. attention. Romeo childishly cries to his friend, Benvolio because Rosaline will not love him back and says " She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow/ Do I live dead that live to tell it now" (I i 219-220)....   [tags: rosaline, lord capulet] 552 words
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Medicalization of Sex Addiction: Society's Obsession with Medical Diagnosis - Medicalization describes the shift in authority concerning abnormal human conditions. Quirks previously seen as by-products of maturation began to see heavy examination and were classified under medical terms. As a result, the past few decades have seen an obscene number of compulsions and disorders deemed medical conditions, further exacerbating the unnecessary institutionalization of many harmless irregularities. This string coincides with the growing popularity of sex addiction and the debate over its inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)....   [tags: psychology, medical, argumentative, persuasive]
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Holden's Obsession with Sex Depicted in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the main character in the book, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger. Holden also has a huge obsession with sex, even though he remains a virgin. Throughout the book, Holden constantly refers to people as “phonies.” There are many times in the book that show how obsessed Holden is with sex. Holden Caulfield feels that sex should happen between two people who care a lot for each other and respect one another. He doesn’t think that sex should ever be a casual thing. He sees sex as degrading, no matter what....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]
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Obsession from Scientific Knowledge: Waldam and Frankenstein - The lasting impression of Waldman is made apparent with the beginning of Frankenstein’s mission of creation. While working on the creature, Frankenstein states, “[T]he moon gazed on my midnight labors, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places” (Shelley 55). Waldman spoke of natures “hiding-places” in his own lecture and Frankenstein recalls this phrase while working on his creature. This supports the idea that obsession for scientific knowledge was spread from Waldman to Frankenstein....   [tags: creation, electro biology, tragic event]
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Willy's Obsession with the American Dream in Death of a Salesman - In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman we see the negative effect of having an absent parent. The main character Willy Loman is a salesman who constantly struggles with trying to be what he considers “successful,” and “well liked.” He has two sons Biff and Happy and is married to Linda. Willy also struggles between illusion and reality; he has trouble defining and distinguishing the past from the present. Between his financial struggles and not feeling like he accomplished anything, he commits suicide....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Literary Analysis] 825 words
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Obsession With the American Dream in John Cheever’s The Swimmer - For countless years the American dream has been the golden opportunity for every person. An issue that John Cheever created in “The Swimmer,” is the obsession of the American dream. He portrays Neddy Merrill as a wealthy male with a family. Neddy is also a alcoholic and has a mistress he goes too. The story starts off with him being self center by choosing invitations that he wants to go to. He begins to swim through his neighbors pools to get to his house. As Neddy Merrill swims through the pools, it shows how his life is deteriorating into something worst....   [tags: The Swimmer Essays] 572 words
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When Obsession Becomes Deadly: The Life of Marie Curie - When Obsession Becomes Deadly: The Life of Marie Curie Marie Curie, a pioneer in her field and Nobel Prize winning Chemist, took a path that few women of her time dared and unfortunately, her passion for Science would be her ultimate demise. From birth to death Marie Curie lived a full life, with love, work, and passion at the center. Maria Skłodowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, on 7 November 1867, the fifth and youngest child of well-known teachers Bronisława and Władysław Skłodowski. Maria's father was an atheist and her mother a devout Catholic....   [tags: biography, scientist, biographical essay] 1465 words
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Obsession in Enduring Love - Explore the ways in which McEwan presents obsession in Enduring Love The theme of obsession is found in many different forms in Enduring Love. McEwan uses language and the presentation of the characters to explore the many different types of obsession. The most obvious obsession in the novel is Jed’s obsession with Joe. As a reader, we find this perhaps the most disturbing because of the intensity with which it is presented. At the opening of the novel, immediately after the accident, Joe walks down the hill to inspect Logan’s body and is closely followed by Jed....   [tags: English Literature] 1089 words
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Hamlets Obsession with Death - Hamlet's Obsession With Death In Hamlet, William Shakespeare presents the main character Hamlet as a man who is fixated on death. Shakespeare uses this obsession to explore both Hamlet's desire for revenge and his need for assurance. In the process, Shakespeare directs Hamlet to reflect on basic principles such as justice and truth by offering many examples of Hamlet's compulsive behavior; as thoughts of death are never far from his mind. It is apparent that Hamlet is haunted by his father's death....   [tags: essays research papers] 1081 words
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People's Obsession With MUDs - People's Obsession With MUDs Patik licks Mary. Mary giggles and kicks him in the shin. Krista pirouettes and falls down laughing. Cislynx seduces Missworld. Ralphie shouts, "who wants to tango"?. I am not having a nightmare, and I do not live in a mental institution. I am simply witnessing the typical behavior of a Multi User Dungeon (MUD). MUDs have become all the rage in the rapidly increasing world of computer technology. MUDs put you in a virtual space where you can create an identity and "chat" with other people....   [tags: Technology Internet Chat Essays]
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Chris McCandless' Search For Truth in Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer - ... And then, once the time is right, with one abrupt, swift action I'm going to completely knock them out of my life. I'm going to divorce them as my parents once and for all and never speak to either of those idiots again as long as I live. I'll be through with them once and for all, forever." (p.64) Chris had a feeling of complete utter hatred with an up rise of rebellion to the ones who are known as ‘mom’ and ’dad’; he was determined to back his word. A common disagreement with most kids, to have the thought of running away or breaking free from a lifestyle that was considered ‘unfair’....   [tags: obsession, resentment] 872 words
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My Obsession - My Obsession I often wonder about myself: why does this obsession of mine drive me to such an extreme. Why does the right side of my brain surface in such a manner that even I can't understand. Is it out of boredom. Or is it overzealous creativity. What I'm talking about is decorating. Not just normal decorating (I do that well) but outrageous, full-blown theme decorating. Using vibrant colors, with a unique style, I express my whimsical personality. What makes this type of decorating so much fun is that the more outlandish and obscure it is, the more I am driven to take it to its fullest potential....   [tags: Personal Narrative essay about myself] 492 words
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Lolita: An Analysis of Obsession Through the Decades - Lolita: An Analysis of Obsession Through the Decades "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta." In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov created two of the most unrelenting characters in the history of literature: Humbert Humbert and Lolita Haze. His narrator's voice and main character, Humbert Humbert, explains the complex story of a man and his obsession....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Obsession in Araby of James Joyce's Dubliners - Obsession in Araby   In James Joyce’s short story "Araby," the main character is a young boy who confuses obsession with love. This boy thinks he is in love with a young girl, but all of his thoughts, ideas, and actions show that he is merely obsessed. Throughout this short story, there are many examples that show the boy’s obsession for the girl. There is also evidence that shows the boy does not really understand love or all of the feelings that go along with it. When the boy first describes the girl, you can see his obsession for her....   [tags: Joyce Dubliners Araby Essays] 1104 words
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"The Yellow Wallpaper": Obsession Overcomes Oppression - Obsession Overcomes Oppression In the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, the reader is taken into the mind of a mentally disturbed woman named Jane who has been imprisoned by trying to fit the stereotypical wife mold of the nineteenth century. The reader is able to take opinions from Jane which reflect the stereotypes of frailty and the nurturing roles given to women. These opinions close all of the doors for the emotions taking place except those of Jane. By showing the story from her perspective, a bias of men is formed....   [tags: American Literature] 712 words
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powmac Macbeth’s Obsession with Power - Macbeth's Obsession with Power     "I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked."  (Act 5, Scene 3).  Phrases as forceful as Macbeth's quote are not common day language, in fact, it is used except in times of intense emotion.  Although the diction of Macbeth's words are from the Elizabethan Age, it's message rings true and clear.  Macbeth clearly will oppose anything standing in the way of his passion.  Critics often debate over the what tragic flaw of Macbeth lead to his downfall.  Was it ambition or Lady Macbeth's influence?  Hardly so.  It was an obsession of power that Macbeth desired so much that led to his compulsive fixation and preoccupation of obtaining his desire by any an...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Connections Between the Acts of Obsession, The Visual Outcomes and the Ideas Behind It - The main focus of this essay is to explore the connections between the acts of obsession, the visual outcomes and the ideas behind it. The concepts and themes have been narrowed down into four groups for discussion. In the first group I examine two texts that deal with obsession as art, both texts include groups of artists working with obsession in their practice. The second group includes two examples of people dealing with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). OCD is a behavior pattern that is not a choice....   [tags: Obsessive Drawing]
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Victor Frankenstein’s Obsession in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - The most prevalent theme in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is that of obsession. Throughout the novel there are constant reminders of the struggles that Victor Frankenstein and his monster have endured. Many of their problems are brought upon by themselves by an obsessive drive for knowledge, secrecy, fear, and ultimately revenge. From the onset of Victor’s youth, his earliest memories are those of “Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember” (ch....   [tags: mary shelley, frankenstein, literary analysis]
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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a short story about internal conflict and obsession, showcases the tortured soul due to a guilty conscience. The story opens with an unnamed narrator describing a man deranged and plagued with a guilty conscience for a murderous act. This man, the narrator, suffers from paranoia, and the reason for his crime is solely in his disturbed mind. He becomes fixated on the victim’s (the old man’s) eye, and his conscience forces him to demonize the eye. Finally, the reader is taken on a journey through the planning and execution of a murder at the hands of the narrator....   [tags: Short Story, Analysis, Obsession]
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Colonial Abuses in the Tempest by William Shakespeare - The Tempest is undoubted a flagrant example of the various colonial abuses as can be easily reflected in the Prospero’s attitude to the Island, his slave Caliban and his total obsession with controlling the whole island through his absolute power. Additionally the conduct of Prospero towards his accidental find of the island and treating it like a colony highly resembles the conduct of a colonist during the 16th-17th century. Prospero treats this new colony as an exile as like other colonists of the time he owes allegiance to his home country which is considered to be home while exile in colony is meant to perpetuate the selfish interests and exploit it to the maximum before abandoning it....   [tags: prospero´s conduct, obsession] 867 words
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