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Jesus, A Pacifist - Jesus, A Pacifist Some people believe Jesus was not a pacifist. One of the main reasons is the fact that in the Old Testament there is mention of hundreds of war in which the Israelites believed God was on their side. In these wars there were often miraculous victories in which the losing city or tribe were completely wiped out. Pacifists do not believe in fighting in any form but Jesus mentioned these wars in his teachings. In Luke 4: 18-19 it says, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor....   [tags: Papers] 527 words
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Beowulf as a Pacifist Poem - Beowulf as a Pacifist Poem Social phenomena have always been narrated by artists. Art is a cathartic way to express one’s negative feelings; poems help poets and their readers or listeners to deal with people's frustrations. War, man's tendency to wage aggression upon each other, is the most criticized issue among intellectuals in the society. An artist's opinions, especially when conflicting with the established social norm of the dominant society, may be disguised and hidden beneath metaphors and complex analogies....   [tags: Social Phenomena Literature Art Essays]
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Clearly Pacifist, Clearly Credible - Clearly Pacifist, Clearly Credible Many people tend to think war is a part of life that mankind will never be able to rid itself of. This comes from the assumption that war is one of the basic needs of mankind. However, Margaret Mead does not make this assumption. In fact, she denies its credibility in her essay “Warfare is Only an Invention – Not a Biological Necessity.” In this essay, Margaret Mead combines a great deal of logos and ethos with limited pathos to support her pacifist claim that warfare is merely an invention of man, and not a need found in the very nature of man....   [tags: Weapons Warfare Essays] 1135 words
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Enrich Maria Remarque: A Militant Pacifist - Enrich Maria Remarque: A Militant Pacifist The First World War was a horrible experience for all sides involved, no one was immune to the effects of this global conflict, and each country was changed in many ways. Erich Maria Remarque was drafted into World War I at age 18. In 1929 Remarque’s first book All Quiet on the Western Front was published. Throughout the book, the death and destruction caused by battle is clearly shown. Remarque's novel is a statement against war, focusing dramatically on the extreme effects of war on the humanity of soldiers....   [tags: essays research papers] 919 words
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A Non-Pacifist Argument Against Capital Punishment - A Non-Pacifist Argument Against Capital Punishment ABSTRACT: In this paper I present a moral argument against capital punishment that does not depend upon the claim that all killing is immoral. The argument is directed primarily against non-philosophers in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Oddly, the moral argument against capital punishment has not been effective in the United States despite the biblical injunction against killing. Religious supporters of the death penalty often invoke a presumed distinction between ‘killing’ and ‘murdering’ and avow that God forbade the latter but not the former....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Papers]
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The View of Pacifism - The View of Pacifism Works Cited Missing The question of whether or not going to war is appropriate is a pragmatic question that causes controversial answers. A great range of opinions exists to answer this question. The idea that war is never appropriate is called pacifism. Although pacifists have several beliefs in common, different varieties and different variations exist. "Pacifism is not a single unitary theory about war and peace but rather a collection of related theories… there are different varieties of pacifism" (Teichman 1)....   [tags: War Peace Pacifism Essays] 1784 words
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For and Against Pacifism - For and Against Pacifism Pacifism subscribes to the idea of peace being the best goal and they best means of achieving peace is always through peaceful methods. So pacifists reject the use if physical force, even in the defence, and maintain war is always wrong. When it comes to pacifism there are arguments both for and against its wide spread use. Arguments for include the teachings of Jesus, which show that he taught about love our neighbours as ourselves and that we should turn our cheek to violence against us....   [tags: Papers] 778 words
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Just War and Pacifism - The question "Can war be justified?" plagued mankind since the first war. The Just War Theory holds that war can be just. The theory has evolved for thousands of years and modern theorists, such as Michael Walzer, author of Just and Unjust Wars, puts forth criteria for a just war, such as jus ad bellum and jus in bello. Jus ad bellum includes reasons for going to war, and jus in bello deals with the people who wage war. The criteria in jus ad bellum include; just cause, declaration by a proper authority, right intention, a reasonable chance of success, the end proportional to the means, and war as a last resort....   [tags: War Pacifism Peace Essays]
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Anti-War Pacifism - Pacifism covers an array of views and there are many subcategories of pacifism, some of which I will cover, but the main definition of the word pacifism is the opposition to war and/or violence. Perhaps the most famous use of the word pacifism is found in the “Sermon on the Mount”, where Jesus claims the “peacemakers” are blessed. In this passage, the Greek word eirenopoios is translated into Latin as pacifici, which means those who work for peace. One common and simple argument for pacifism among religious groups or god fearing people is the argument that god’s revealed words says, through the bible, “Thou shalt not kill.” Universal pacifists are morally opposed to all violence, not just ki...   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Gandhi: Different varieties of Pacifism - Gandhian Pacifism Pacifism is opposition to the practice of war. Many pacifists have a commitment to non-violence in general in society, making a commitment to achieving one's goals only through actively non-violent resistance or non-aggressive means. Among these pacifists, there may also be differing views as to what constitutes violence. There are several different varieties of pacifism including those who believe killing is always wrong, those who believe that any kind of violence is wrong, those who argue that personal violence is always wrong but political violence is sometimes right, and those who justify some person violence but reject war as always wrong....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Pacifism - Pacifism is the belief that violence is not the way to resolve differences. They believe that war can be avoided and that there are better and longer lasting solutions to disputes. There are, however, various categories of ‘pacifist’. A ‘total pacifist’ is someone who completely avoids violence and believes it can never be justified, not even in self-defence or to protect others – this they see as the only morally correct view of war. A relative pacifist is someone who may use violence in certain situations but who supports disarmament....   [tags: essays research papers] 897 words
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Pacifism & Conscientious Objection - During the 20th century America has been involved in many conflicts that have led to war or the taking up of arms against other humans and nations. Although the vast majority of Americans have blindly accepted these actions throughout the century, more and more people are seeing war as morally wrong. Reasons for this epiphany are based off of a variety of things and encompass many other aspects related to war and killing examples include: due to moral and ethical principles, objection to war due to strong religious beliefs, the objection to violence due to the same ideals above, objection to the government's use of force, and the objection to the use of weapons of mass destruction....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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A. A. Milne's Life and Accomplishments - ... Eventually he began to toy with the idea of writing a whole book of children’s poetry and soon wrote the poem, “The Dormouse and the Doctor,” which also became popular quickly (Appendix E). Other poems soon followed, and the result was the book, When We Were Very Young, published in 1924 (Milne, J.). When We Were Very Young was an immediate and huge success; motivated by this, Milne began to work on a collection of short stories about Christopher Robin and his toy bear, called Winnie-the-Pooh by this time (“A Short History of Winnie-the-Pooh”)....   [tags: pooh books, pacifism, the great illusion]
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Pacifism: An Alternative to Constant War - Imagine for a moment a world without war and hatred; a peaceful union of people with a large spectrum of beliefs. Pacifism has proved largely successful for millions of individuals as well as several nations. Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha. This is defined as resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahmisa, or total nonviolence. This concept helped India gain independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world....   [tags: Argumentative Essay] 1139 words
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The Teachings of Religion on War and Pacifism - The Teachings of Religion on War and Pacifism mples of the teaching against war given from the bible. Although Christians refuse to fight at war, they can still be part of war in a non-combat way (e.g. a medical aid to the injured of war.), or they might use non-violent methods as a different approach to war, e.g. a sile Pacifism is the refusal to use violence in any situation. Many Christians are pacifists, as they believe that God doesn't want them to fight their neighbours and the Bible tells them this....   [tags: Papers] 1570 words
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Biblical Teachings to Support Pacifism - Biblical Teachings to Support Pacifism In the Bible, there are varied situations reflecting the teaching of war and peace, and Christians may have different views and opinions concerning the morality of war and whether the right to use violence can ever be justified. The Bible can be used to support many different views. People who hold the view that war can never be justified and recognise that there is evil in the world, but that evil cannot be overcome with the use of weapons which harm and kill are known as pacifists....   [tags: Free Essays] 369 words
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The Validity of Henry Miller's Radical Pacifism in Tropic of Cancer - It is hardly reasonable to expect a man who will forgo employment that allows such benefits like the necessity of food to attend to the needs of a war. Yet some people criticized Henry Miller because he did not take action; he hardly discussed the war in Tropic of Cancer; and, in their opinion, it is his moral obligation as a citizen-writer to address it. However, Miller is defensible only because his “mind is on the peace treaty all the time” (Miller, 143). The silence about the war in the novel suggests a stance of “extreme pacifism,” which is defensible because of his autobiographical honesty about his radical individualism and the artistic intent to describe the beauty of keeping in touc...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Orwell] 2703 words
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Liberty in Pacifism and The War by George Orwell and Lady Liberty by Delacroix - ... The men fighting are depicted as young, old and rich and poor but they are fighting for the same cause. The people of a country must agree and unite, show pride in their country, and fight enemies when necessary to achieve total liberty. Lady Liberty is also holding a rifle in her left hand symbolizing that the achievement of freedom and liberties may be unattainable without forms of violence and warfare which relates to Orwell’s point on the problems with Pacifism. George Orwell’s commentary “Pacifism and the War” show’s his disgust with Britain’s and other countries decision to attempt to be pacifists during the war....   [tags: revolutionary war, battle, painting]
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A Year of Lesser and Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness by David Bergen - Through David Bergen’s A Year of Lesser and Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness, one can learn what salvation means to Mennonites. Protagonists Johnny Fehr and Nomi Nickel struggle with the concept of salvation through the novels and eventually, the question of salvation remains ambiguous. It is unclear at the conclusion of both novels whether the characters have achieved salvation and whether salvation itself is the key to a happy, fulfilled life. Authors Toews and Bergen are keenly and self-consciously aware of the complex notion of salvation and address it through complex characters who are not sure exactly what salvation is themselves....   [tags: Mennonite Writing, salvation, pacifism]
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The Just War Theory Described in Living Justice by Thomas Massaro - ... Revenge is not considered a morally appropriate justification by the Catholic Church (Missaro 106). The sole motivation should be based upon the establishing peace. Power, money, and control of land are also not just reasons for aggression. Additionally, the decision should be made by the proper authorities and announced publicly so that the citizens can have input as well (Orend). Unlike the criteria listed above, jus in bello seeks to limit violence during war by imposing restraints and guidelines on soldier conduct....   [tags: international relations, pacifism, catholicism]
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The Hunger Games and The Compound - Mahatma Gandhi, a nationalist and spiritual leader was perceptive and objectively so, perhaps most eminently when he instructed his zealots, “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win” (Mahatma). Gandhi has a remarkable sagacity at a young age and strengthened it throughout the succession of his life. Although the aforementioned quote merely previews the extent of his intellect, it effectively summarizes his political approach. After becoming a member of the Indian National Congress Gandhi had the potential to become a most influential leader for the Indian people, and he did....   [tags: dystopia, pacifism, government control, avox]
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The Theme of Vengeance in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Vengeance. A vicious, violent way to make oneself feel better about an offense against them. Throughout the tragedy of Hamlet revenge is a recurring theme, amongst all of the characters. Whether this revenge is in physical form, or mental form, it is equally hurtful. Mahatma Ghandi said, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Ghandi is literally saying that if one person commits a revengeful act, it will create a continuing reaction of bitterness and violence throughout everyone. This quote is highly significant throughout the duration of Hamlet, as it portrays almost precisely, both the plotline of the story, as well as the conclusion....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare, revenge, pacifism] 1931 words
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Canada is in favor of Peace - Many countries resolve issues on the battlefield. Canada, however, is a very peaceful, neutral country, and they are very responsive towards all the conflicts they have. As a peacekeeping country, Canada has made significant contributions to assist other first nation countries to eliminate war torn countries and help toward establishing a more democratic world. Canada has contributed to world peace by joining the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission. Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire created Rwandan, to help stabilize Rwanda after the genocide that had occurred....   [tags: pacifism, global war, global policy, peacetime]
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Pacifisim vs. Realism - Pacifisim vs. Realism In this paper I will be analyzing and critiquing the theory of pacifism. This theory is the belief that war is never an option under any circumstance. Even if a nation is being attacked a pacifist will believe that retaliating is morally wrong for a number of reasons. Such reasons behind pacifism are supported by issues of morality and what the pacifist themselves feel to be morality. I will provide three arguments to the pacifist way of thinking. It is an inevitability that with war lives will be lost, but that also innocents not officially involved in a war will lose their lives....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive War Essays] 1741 words
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World War I and the Home Front - America’s involvement in World War I not only impacted the war front but also the people left on the home front. When America entered World War I in 1917 the government enforced many measures on its citizens, many of which violated constitutional rights. The biggest measure inflicted on the American population was censorship. The formation of the Committee on Public Information (CPI) and the passing of the Espionage Act and Sedition Amendment stole American’s freedom of speech, created an anti-German sentiment, and led to deportation during the post-war Red Scare....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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Terrorism - It’s Time for an American Jihad - It’s Time for an American Jihad   America has been attacked, and thousands of American citizens have been killed. As a consequence, the American ideals of freedom and capitalism are under attack as well. We cannot sit and do nothing. Instead, we must seek out those responsible and punish them with the full onslaught of all our might.   Consider the targets: the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The World Trade Center was not merely an office building; it was the preeminent symbol of American capitalism....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1044 words
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In Order to Survive; One Must Give Up their Morals - ... In the first few days of Pi’s survival at sea, he is still very civilized and tries his best to survive off of the emergency rations. Eventually, he goes against his pacifist ways and starts catching fish. He cries when he makes his first kill. Over time, it gets easier and easier to kill fish and he succumbs to his primal urges; the act of killing fish becomes second nature. In chapter 70, Yann Martel writes about Pi Patel drinking turtle blood for the first time, “I took a sip. It tasted warm and animal, if my memory is right....   [tags: life of pi, survival, yann martel]
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Tunisia: A New Beginning...or Merely a New Leader? - The Tunisian uprising of January 2011 started a chain reaction of collective political violence that ignited the Arab world. Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, it was commonly known as the most European country of North Africa, with a relatively large middle class and luxurious Mediterranean beaches. Tunisia was dominated by the authoritarian government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali for twenty-three years preceding his exile to Saudi Arabia on January 14, 2011. The civilians of Tunisia tolerated Ben Ali’s authoritarian regime which suppressed them economically, socially, and politically....   [tags: Political Science]
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World War I and the Home Front - World War I began in 1914 but America remained neutral until its entrance into the war in 1917. The U-boats sinking of the British liner Lusitania in 1915, the sinking of five American ships in 1917, and the “Zimmerman telegram” sent from Germany to Mexico led up to America’s declaration of war. America’s involvement in World War I not only impacted the war front but also the home front. When America entered World War I in 1917 the U.S. Government enforced many measures on its citizens. Some of these measures violated constitutional rights....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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The Dark Heart of Man, The Cold Heart of the Machine - “The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” – Ernest Hemingway. This is a seemingly simple and inarguable statement, but this sadly may not be the fate of a literary character. William Golding and Erich Maria Remarque’s young protagonists in The Lord of the Flies and All Quiet on the Western Front lose hope, identity and innocence in a Fall that is characteristic of novels that investigate the human capacity for evil in war and murder. Golding’s Ralph suffers in seeing his peers succumb to the heart of darkness without reason, explanation or redemption, whereas Remarque’s Paul is destroyed at the hands of politicians, teachers, parents and...   [tags: Literary Characters]
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Civil Rights Movements - The history of the United States is one plagued by horrific human rights violations and abuse of African Americans. The civil rights movement was the pivotal time when this course was changed, and it took the actions of many courageous individuals to initiate and then implement these changes. Pacifists led the way with sit-ins, bus boycotts and rallies. Black Power- which encompassed both the nationalist and the pluralist movements- employed armed and defensive attention-grabbing tactics in order to show displays of power in a demand for respect....   [tags: Black Power, American History, Martin Luther King]
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Lack of Opposition to Chamberlain's Policy of Appeasement - Discuss the reasons why, in the period 1934-38, British critics of appeasement had such a limited impact on British policy towards Germany. The supporters of appeasement came from diverse groups, such as the Conservative Party, the Church of England and a number of right wing extreme elements. The only significant group on the centre left to support Chamberlain were pacifists. The very way in which such influential groups gave support to the policy, meant that it would be an even greater challenge for the opposition to discredit it Few Tories favoured direct military involvement in European problems....   [tags: World History] 1996 words
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Japanese Military - Japan has been at a crossroads regarding its defense policies ever since the instatement of Article 9 into its constitution following World War II. Article 9 essentially states that the country may not rearm itself for any reason due to its violently imperialistic nature preceding that war. Even while it was being written, there was heavy debate among American and Japanese politicians alike as to whether or not the article may ever be revoked. Could Japan truly remain a pacifist nation. Would it always be a welfare state under the U.S....   [tags: International Government ]
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Christianity & the Revolutionary War - Christianity and the American Revolutionary War Harry Stout points out in the lead article, How Preachers Incited Revolution, "it was Protestant clergy who propelled colonists toward independence and who theologically justified war with Britain" (n.pag). According to Cassandra Niemczyk in her article in this issue of Christian History "(the Protestant Clergy) were known as "the Black Regiment" (n.pag). Furthermore, as the article Holy Passion for Liberty shows, "Americans were quick to discern the hand of God in the tumultuous events of the times" (n.pag)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1372 words
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Desiderius Erasmus, the Great Humanist - Desiderius Erasmus, the Great Humanist Desiderius Erasmus was one of the great humanists. He was well educated and practice scholasticism. He was also a great writer, who wrote books of many types. He is even called the greatest European scholar of the 16th century (Britannica Macropedia). He was also courageous, as he criticized the Church harshly. It was said by R. C. Trench that "Erasmus laid the egg of the Reformation and Luther hatched it." Erasmus was the illegitimate son of a priest named Gerard....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 581 words
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Living in a Utopia - Living in a Utopia This house believes that realised anarchy, as a political idea is the way to create a perfect society. Imagine a future 'utopia' of our species: A global community of humanity, which will have overcome the disunity of its primitive origin. A united human race, without boundaries dividing it against itself, living harmoniously with itself and with all Nature. A new and truly intelligent species, liberated from all malice -- therefore a species without military or police forces, without war or terrorism, without violence or hate, without crime or injustice, w...   [tags: Papers] 970 words
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Are Democratic States More Peaceful? - Democratic states are perceived to be more peaceful because “democracies do not attack each other.” The proposition that democracies never (or rarely; there is a good deal of variation about this) go to war against one another has nearly become a truism. Since Michael Doyle’s essay in 1983 pointed out that no liberal democracy has ever fought a war with another democracy , scholars have treated pacifism between as democracies, “as closest thing we have to an empirical law in international relations.” The democratic peace proposition encourages hope for a new age of international peace....   [tags: Political Systems, Liberalism]
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Applying Christian Beliefs About Justice Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Conflicts Today - Applying Christian Beliefs About Justice Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Conflicts Today Christians' beliefs of justice, forgiveness and reconciliation are applied in conflicts in society today; here are some examples to illustrate this. Some Christians use the idea of justice in war, people like Quakers believes that war is wrong because there is something of God in all people and more can be gained by appealing to love and goodness. Another example is pacifists who believe in peace and violence should be settled with justice....   [tags: Papers] 524 words
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The Effect of Martin Luther King Being a Christian on What He Did - The Effect of Martin Luther King Being a Christian on What He Did Answer: Martin Luther King Jnr was born on 15th January 1929, in Atlanta. He was the son of the Reverend Martin Luther King Senior, which shows that he had a strong religious influence early on in his life. After going through school and university, King was licensed to preach in 1947 and in 1954 his father appointed him preacher of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Jnr had a lot of beliefs that we related to the Bible....   [tags: Papers] 408 words
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Book Review of "The Things they Carried" - Tim O’Brien’s, The Things they Carried is a riveting tale of struggle and sacrifice, self indulgence and self pity, and the intrapersonal battles that reeked havoc on even the most battle tested soldiers. O’Brien is able to express these ideas through eloquent writing and descriptive language that makes the reader feel as if he were there. The struggle to avoid cowardice is a prevailing idea in all of O’Brien’s stories. In “On the Rainy River”, O’Brien writes of intrapersonal struggle in its most profound form....   [tags: essays research papers] 630 words
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William Butler Yeats - His Treatment of Irish Concerns - Discuss with reference to at least three poems, Yeats' treatment of Irish Concerns Yeats changes his treatment of Irish concerns throughout his life and these changes are reflected in his poetry. Three poems that reflect these changes are 'September 1913', 'Easter 1916' and 'Under Ben Bulben'. These poems show a transpositions in political thought. In 'September 1913' Yeats shows his aversion to democracy and capitalism, and expresses his belief in an aristocratic society preferably governed by elite Protestants, as they had supremacy over Catholics in his view (Chaudhry, 33)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Moral Equivalent of War by William James - War is a hard thing to describe. It has benefits that can only be reaped through its respective means. Means that, while necessary, are harsh and unforgiving. William James, the author of “The Moral Equivalent of War”, speaks only of the benefits to be had and not of the horrors and sacrifices found in the turbulent times of war. James bears the title of a pacifist, but he heralds war as a necessity for society to exist. In the end of his article, James presents a “war against nature” that would, in his opinion, stand in war’s stead in bringing the proper characteristics to our people....   [tags: Critical Thinking Essays] 1130 words
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It’s Time to Limit Restrict Hate Speech - It’s Time to Limit Restrict Hate Speech Free speech is the backbone that holds democracy together.  Without a free speech, ideas would not be challenged, governments would not be kept in check, and citizens would not be free.  John Stuart Mill said once that, “If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person then he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”( Roleff, 21)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Book Review on The World of Yesterday - The Death of a Soul, The Glance of History And meet the time as it seeks us. Cymberline Before the preface, I saw the sentence adopted from Shakespeare¡¯s Cymberline . All of the sudden, a sense of seriousness and heaviness mounted up in my heart. I felt the author¡¯s tone of despair and disillusionment. ¡°at most, one generation had gone though a revolution, another experienced a putsch, the third a war, the fourth a famine, the fifth national bankruptcy¡­But we, who are sixty today and who, de jure, still have a space of time before us, what have we not seen, not suffered, not lived though?¡± Such struggling words can only be composed by a writer in unbearable agonies....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Postmodernist Features in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - Postmodernist Features in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle is a book, which enables many points for literary discussions. One possible topic of them could be the postmodernist features in this book. In this examination Ihab Hassan's essay "Toward a Concept of Postmodernism" was used as a source of secondary literature for defining of postmodernist features. The most visible and prevalent features are postmodernist metonymy, treatment of the character, dynamic tension, anarchy and a postmodernist look at religion as a whole....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]
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Woodrow Wilson and the Declaration of War - War does not always have the simple goal of killing as many of the enemy as you can. The motives behind war are often complex and not always vicious attempts to gain power. Often times a nation must enter a war to secure peace in the future. This was the case when Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war. Since the early days of the war when Wilson asked the nation to be impartial in their thoughts about the war, he fought to maintain the United State’s neutrality. By sending his close friend, Colonel House and other envoys, Wilson diplomatically delayed war until the last possible moment....   [tags: essays research papers] 401 words
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The True Cause of the Civil War - The True Cause of the Civil War Between the economic, political, and social quarrels that evolved throughout the 1850's, the North and the South underwent many changes that led to the start of the Civil War. The most attributing factor to this war was that of a moral dispute between two sections who both wanted different things. Slavery became the issue that spread across the nation and was disputed back and forth between the North and South sections of the country. Abolitionists were focused upon in the North and tried to get their message across to those owning slaves in the South....   [tags: Papers] 330 words
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justifying war - When a person sees all the grisly images of war on the television set they cannot help but think, “This has got to stop”. But what reasons can this person justify their decision on. There are many people in the world who can only argue their opinion through what they see on TV, which of course is not what war is. In William Earle’s essay “In Defense of War” and Trudy Govier’s “Nuclear Illusion and Individual Obligations” we respectively see a pro-war and an anti-war opinion. We must differentiate between the two because Earle’s essay talks about war in generalities but Govier focuses on the nuclear aspect of war....   [tags: essays research papers] 3468 words
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