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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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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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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 Birthmark - Obsession in The Birthmark         Scientific research concerning living organisims is usually beneficial. Most medical practices are beneficial; they are done to cure people from illness and to save people's lives. The only time when science borders on going too far is when it is used to alter people or animals -- for instance changing the genes of a fly to give it eyes on its legs. Making mutants like that violates the sanctity of life, and although it is condonable for research with flies, to do something similar to humans would be beyond comprehension....   [tags: Birthmark Essays] 578 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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Obsession In Two Literary Works - ... Later, Hamida’s obsession with money leads her into prostitution, emotional turbulence, and misery as she undergoes a moral degradation in order to satiate her obsession. While Hamida is obsessed with financial success and the luxuries that it brings, her fiancé Abbas is obsessed with his love for Hamida. After the first time of being rejected by Hamida, Abbas refuses to leave her alone because he is “truly in love and [feels] certain his love for her would last a thousand years” (Midaq Alley, P44)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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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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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 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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The Obsession of 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: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd] 2225 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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Victor Frankenstein’s Obsession - Victor Frankenstein’s Obsession. 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 issues 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] 1464 words
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Orgon's Obsession in Tartuffe by Moliere - Orgon's Obsession in Tartuffe by Moliere *Works Cited Not Included 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....   [tags: Papers] 356 words
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 and all means necessary.  Thus, he inevitably lost touch with reality and became irrational, unreasonable, and myopic which is clearly shown through his decisions.  Macbeth had a downfall because of what he did and what he desired, and he could blame no one but himself....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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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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"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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Obsession in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado - Obsession in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado Poe presents the narrators of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado" as devious, obsessed characters. Both are overpowered by the need to consume the life of their victim. Though they use different strategies to carry out the murders in different ways, obsession is the driving force in both. It is this obsession that inspires them to design these cunning strategies and carry out the executions. The obsession of Montresor in "The Cask of Amontillado" and of the narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" is obvious throughout the stories....   [tags: Tell Tale Cask Comparison Compare Essays]
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Essay on Obsession in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Obsession in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Webster defines obsession to be "Compulsive, often anxious preoccupation with a fixed idea or unwanted emotion." Or, "A compulsive, usually irrational idea or emotion." The strange thing about obsession is the absolute inability of the person, once obsessed, to understand their own actions in retrospect. Both Victor Frankenstien, of Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Henry Jekyll, of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 917 words
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Themes of Love and Obsession in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights - Themes of Love and Obsession in Wuthering Heights      "My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff" (81)" These words, uttered by Catherine, in the novel Wuthering Heights are for me the starting point in my investigation into the themes of love and obsession in the novel. Catherine has just told her housekeeper that she has made up her mind to marry Edgar Linton, although she is well aware that her love for him is bound to change as time passes....   [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - From Obsession to Insanity - From Obsession to Madness in Hamlet      In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, there are several questions that come to the reader's mind regarding the emotional state of Hamlet.  Was Hamlet really suffering from madness, as many of his friends and family thought?  Was he mad or just pretending to be mad?  Did Hamlet start out pretending to be mad, and his obsession drove him to madness?  The reader gets insight into Hamlet's mental status through other characters and through Hamlet himself. If the characters had the information that Hamlet had about the murder of his father, would they have thought differently of his actions and his sanity....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet 123 Help Me]
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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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Conrad's Obsession with Voice in Conrad's Heart of Darkness - Conrad's Obsession with "Voice" in Heart of Darkness For the moment that was the dominant thought. There was a sense of extreme disappointment, as though I had found out I had been striving after something altogether without a substance. I couldn't have been more disgusted if I had travelled all the way for the sole purpose of talking to Mr. Kurtz. Talking with . . . I flung one shoe overboard, and became aware that that was exactly what I had been looking forward to--a talk with Mr....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays] 710 words
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Young People's Obsession with Image Rather than Reality - Young People's Obsession with Image Rather than Reality Young people today are obsessed with image not reality. This statement can be argued either way. It depends upon the person's own opinion. They may have a conservative or a relative opinion. In my opinion teenagers at this present day and age care more about their appearance than what is going on around them. Young people in the modern countries care about their reputation more and they feel that they should not go to school to study but people in India are worried about the school fees as they do not have enough money to send their children to school....   [tags: Papers] 684 words
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The Cause of America's Obsession With Power, Wealth and Competition - The Cause of America's Obsession With Power, Wealth and Competition American culture is one of the most diverse cultures in today’s society. America has been called the “melting pot” of nations, and thus has acquired a variety of cultures from many different countries. There are a number of different races, languages, and ethnic backgrounds that reside in this nation. However, as a nation, one of the most dominant symbolic systems is that of which no other country can match. Unlike any other nation, the American symbols of power, wealth, and competition preside over any other system of symbols....   [tags: Papers] 541 words
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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] 573 words
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Gregor's Obsession with Money Exposed in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis - Gregor's Obsession with Money Exposed in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis In his story The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka gives us the story of Gregor Samsa, a young man who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into an insect-like creature. Gregor, however, remains strangely indifferent to his plight, in a manner that seems inhuman to most readers. This is not due to a lack of omniscience on the narrator's part that causes the indifference to go unmentioned, and neither is it due to inobservance on the part of Gregor to the point of not noticing that he has been changed into an insect....   [tags: Franz Kafka Metamorphosis] 844 words
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Catherine de Medici and Obsession Over Power - Catherine de Medici and Obsession Over Power "An execrable woman whose memory will remain in bloody crepe until the end of time[1]". For nearly 400 years this assessment of Catherine de Medici held true. In the popular imagination she is a Machiavellian schemer using poison on those who hindered her in her quest to gain and maintain power at court, a view of Catherine reinforced in recent years by the film La Reine Margot, based on the book by Dumas. Most traditionalist historians take their information on Catherine from pamphlets such as Discours Merveilleuse de la Vie, Actions et Deportment de Catherine de Medicis, Royne Mere[2]....   [tags: Papers] 1207 words
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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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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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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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The Connections Between the Acts of Obsession, The Visual Outcomes and the Ideas Behind It - ... We think of drawing as the planning out of ideas before the masterpiece but for these five artists the drawings are the art, changing the way we look at drawing. According to DiMarzo ‘A repetitive, almost ritualistic effort to fill a surface with intricate detail provides the connecting thread that runs through all of the works.’ I think by naming art as drawing you are allowing the ideas to be more freely expressed, nothing is set in stone with drawing, there is always space to continue and extend the drawing....   [tags: Psychology]
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gatjay Jay Gatsby's Obsession in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Jay's Obsession in The Great Gatsby       There is a fine line between love and lust. If love is only a will to possess, it is not love. To love someone is to hold them dear to one's heart. In The Great Gatsby, the characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are said to be in love, but in reality, this seems to be a misconception. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character of Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love.   The character of Jay Gatsby was a wealthy business man, who the author developed as arrogant and tasteless....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Money Obsession in David Herbert Lawrence's The Rocking-Horse Winner - Money Obsession in David Herbert Lawrence's The Rocking-Horse Winner We have all heard the expression, "Money makes the world go round." But does this make it worthwhile to abandon happiness in order to gain more of it. David Herbert Lawrence reveals the folly of substituting money and luck for family and love in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the story of a woman's insatiable need to become rich, and her son's struggle to gain her approval. The mother, Hester, obsesses over money. She comes from a fairly rich family, seemingly, as "there was never enough money ......   [tags: Rocking-Horse Winner Essays]
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Obsession With a Hint of Insanity: Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Telltale Heart” - Obsession with murder can lead an unwary victim to an untimely death. The narrator from Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Telltale Heart” insists he remains sane but cannot restrain himself from the inevitable. The narrator becomes bothered, obsessed and fascinated with the old man’s vulture-like eye. One night the narrator pounced on the old man, through him on the floor, and suffocated him with the mattress. The narrator chopped up the body and hid the pieces under three floor boards in his room. The narrator invited the police in and talked for a while....   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe, Telltale Heart, ] 670 words
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Comparing Obsession in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Aldous Huxley’s After Many A Summer Dies the - Comparing Obsession in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Aldous Huxley’s After Many A Summer Dies the Swan Authors leave fingerprints on the works they write. Underneath the story, hidden amidst the words, lies a worldview, a concept of humanity, a message. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an entertaining story meant to give the reader goose bumps late at night, but the telling of the story also reveals Shelley’s concept about the basic fabric of human nature. In the same way Aldous Huxley in After Many A Summer Dies the Swan weaves a tale that is part story and part commentary on how humans interact and think and self- destruct....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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The American Obsession With Sports - ... They had been asked if “Realistically” if they would become a pro when they grew up. (Brown, S.) We live in an achievement-oriented society. Sports play a very distinctive role among us. The research by Smith College divulged what we all know is true. Caucasians are vastly out numbered by African-Americans in male sports in basketball, football, boxing, and to some extent baseball. Blacks make up 77% of the NBA and 65% of the NFL conversely they are only 4.2% of our physicians, 2.7% of our lawyers, and 2.2% of our civil engineers....   [tags: Sports ]
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