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Williams' Agent Regret - The second part of Williams’ argument revolves around the concept of “agent regret”. “Agent regret” differs from regret in two ways: Firstly, it focuses on the possibility of the agent acting differently. If something happens as a “consequence of one’s actions, the costs of it happening can similarly be allocated to one’s account” (125). Secondly, it is demonstrated by the desire to make amends. This stems from the recognition of individual responsibility. Premise 1: Agent regret exists in cases of involuntary agency hence morality is subject to luck William believes that agent-regret is so ubiquitous that it exists even in cases of involuntary agency, and that society finds this the norm r...   [tags: moral luck, argument, concept regret]
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The Importance of Human Intimacy in Chopin's Regret - The Importance of Human Intimacy in Chopin's Regret      The short story, "Regret," by Kate Chopin is about a childless spinster who accepts the responsibility of caring for a neighbor's four young children while their mother is away. The main idea of the story is that even though independent people like Mamzelle Aur'elie become used to living alone, they still need affection and human intimacy.   Mamzelle Aur'elie is depicted as a woman with masculine traits and a somewhat military demeanor....   [tags: Chopin Regret Essays]
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Kate Chopin's Regret - Kate Chopin's Regret The Question: How would you characterize Mamzelle Aurelie based on Chopin's description of her. Make reference to specific details in the story. How does her "inner self" that we see at the end of the story contrast with what we see at the beginning. Kate Chopin's story, "Regret," is about an unmarried, middle-aged woman who is suddenly given the responsibility of caring for a neighbor's small children. In the story, Chopin shows us a strong and independent person whose rough, masculine exterior hides a lonely and tender-hearted woman....   [tags: Chopin Regret Essays] 393 words
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The Bright Side of Regret - “There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse,” wisely summates Lucius Annaeus Seneca 1st century Roman philosopher (qtd. in ThinkExist.com Quotations). Effectively illustrating this idea as a concise confessional, the short story, “I Stand Here Ironing,” is written in an autobiographical style by Tillie Olsen, contrasting the festering damage that unresolved internal remorse creates with the reassuring serenity that unconditional acceptance generates....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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A Story of a Spinster in Regret by Kate Chopin, - ... It was said to be before its time, causing her to turn to writing short stories. “Regret” is the story of a spinster named Mamzelle Aurlie. She lives alone and is very self-reliant. One day her neighbor whos mother is ill leaves her four children with Mamzelle Aurlie. Having never had any children of her own, she is not exactly excited by the task. At first she is dry towards the children treating them with not much more affection then she would animals, only concerned with feeding and housing them....   [tags: depression, gender, children]
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Regret and Obligation - Regret and Obligation ABSTRACT: In Albert Camus' 1950 play Just Assassins, terrorists are at work in nineteenth-century Russia. They kill people, and they all believe that there is a superior moral reason for doing so. But they also know that killing is wrong. In their own view, they are innocent criminals; innocent, because their action is justified, but criminals, because they kill. So tacitly they conclude that they deserve punishment that will remove the regret from their shoulders. Their execution, by the same despotic authorities they are attacking, completes their actions: regret, caused by justified killing, gets its counterpart....   [tags: Just Assassins Camus Essays]
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The Regret - Original Writing - The Regret - Original Writing Going back I remember my childhood being filled with happiness and joy, mainly because of the good atmoshere my household held. I was raised in a well- noff, loving family. I can not imagine what I would have done without this kind of support in my life. Now I was a good kid and at the age of only 7, I concentrated on all the good things I wanted to do with my life and the ambitions I had, I was determined to get a job of my dreams. I had a caring family and had a great attitude towards life, nothing was going to get in the way of anything I wanted out of life and I thought nothing would ever change that attitude I had....   [tags: Papers] 574 words
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Crimson Regret - Short Story - Crimson Regret - Short Story Babylonia's streets were a place of meetings, laughter and animated discussions as long as the sun reigned over the city where Semiramis ruled. But by night, with the silvery orb of the moon competing in brightness with the twinkling stars, they were grey and forlorn. The claw-like branches of the trees seemed to reach out for Pyramus as he wandered among the roads, enveloped in his cape. The buildings threw long, ghastly shadows when the soot-bellied clouds let through beams of moonlight....   [tags: Papers] 472 words
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Fear, Guilt, and Regret in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - ... He is saying he won’t be able to sleep after what he has just done because he will regret it forever and it will haunt him. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are interrupted by knocking on the door and as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth walk away he says, “Wake Duncan with thy knocking; I would though couldst."( 2.2 78-79). Macbeth is basically saying in this statement that he wishes that the knocking on the door was able to wake Duncan up. He is showing his regret and how he wishes that Duncan were alive and able to be awoken....   [tags: murder, loyalty, nature]
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George Orwell's Essay Showing Regret for Shooting an Elephant - ... In reality he is uncertain of his responsibility. This sense of duty is interpreted by Orwell as taking away some of his freedom. He can no longer act the way he wants and is controlled by expectations. This message can be translated to the double edge nature of tyranny. The British have lost a part of their freedom from public perception of their tyranny. Orwell feels it is his responsibility to kill an elephant even though he does not want to kill the elephant. At this point he is going through the motions of a police officer and not convinced about the need to kill the elephant....   [tags: burmese, tyranny, british empire]
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Trading Resentment for Regret - Trading Resentment for Regret I've never really understood my father. He's a complicated person. His emotional scars are numerous and violently exposed. Like all troubled souls those scars run very deep indeed. We've never seen eye to eye. I dismissed him at an early age as the example of everything I didn't want to be; crude, loud, aggressive, and extremely judgemental. Harsh, almost savagely vengeful. Unforgiveably right-wing. Full of undirected, self-consuming anger. He seemed to be the very embodiment of the worst kind of angry racism, sexism, homophobia, general intolerance and arbitrary discrimination that makes for good reactionary politics....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives] 872 words
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Lord Hastings: A Justification To Omit Regret - Lord Hastings: A Justification to Omit Regret We, the audience, lend our ears and nod our heads at the exactness of Lord Hastings's uttering: I think there's never a man in Christendom, Can lesser hide his love or hate than he, For by his face shall you know his heart. (3.4.51-53). Ironically, we do not assent to his words because they are exactly in the right, but because they are exactly in the wrong. By Act III, Richard III exhibits a pallet of personalities including the devoted brother, the witty wooer, and the loyal subject....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Continuing to Be Affected by the Vietnam War: "The Things They Carried" and "Regret to Inform" - In the novel The Things They Carried and the documentary Regret to Inform, people that were involved share their recollection of events that occurred during the Vietnam War. Consequently, both works also share the underlying idea that people are affected by the war even after it is done. They convey this meaning through the stories of mental and physical harm each witness deals and dealt with because of the war. The novel, The Things They Carried is a story of one man’s accounts resulting to his tour of duty in Vietnam....   [tags: Things They Carried, ] 1013 words
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Charlie's Regret of Past Behaviors in Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited - Charlie's Regret of Past Behaviors in Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited Charlie Wale's character seemed to get the raw end of the deal throughout the entire story. He was trying to redeem himself as a good father and a good citizen. He had many regrets of his past actions and behavior, especially those regarding his deceased wife, Helen. The events that occured during his visit to Paris, however, were detrimental to his intentions. His desire to have his daughter, Honoria, return with him to Prague, was sincere, and as a reader, I could almost feel his pain and disappointment at the disastorous end results....   [tags: Babylon Revisited Essays] 370 words
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Guilt and Regret in Gwendolyn Brooks' Poem The Mother - The Mother" Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "The mother" tells us about a mother who had many abortions. The speaker is addressing her children in explain to them why child could not have them. The internal conflict reveals that she regret killing her children or "small pups with a little or with no hair." The speaker tells what she will never do with her children that she killed. She will "never neglect", "beat", "silence", "buy with sweet", " scuffle off ghosts that come", "controlling your luscious sigh/ return for a snack", never hear them "giggled", "planned", and "cried." She also wishes she could see their "marriage", "aches", "stilted", play "games", and "deaths." She regrets even not givi...   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 280 words
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An Apologetic Letter - Hopefully, you will not consider this an intrusive communication. This is the only avenue I view that does not violate your boundaries. It is time for you and your truth to be a focus of my mind, my heart and my actions. My efforts, therefore, are not about me. They are about you. It is with deep humility and heart-felt sorrow, I offer you my sincerest apology for betraying your trust in me and the subsequent risk I exposed LO and his well-being to. For your justified hurt, anger fear, frustration, unnecessary stress, anxiety and pain I am wholly and candidly sorry; without defense and without denial....   [tags: Remorse, Regret] 534 words
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Shifts in the Fatherly Relationships in Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden - ... This can be thought of like a parent in the Holocaust giving up some of their rations to their son or daughter. Sacrificing common human comforts to give relief to family member is not an easy thing to do, especially facing such difficult circumstances as that, yet, often; parents are willing to do it. Robert Hayden now sees that he witnessed this in his father, and is grateful for it. Robert’s father would not just have to arise early, but also “put his clothes on in the blueblack cold” as well....   [tags: grateful, regret, imagery] 657 words
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The Mind Of Society Revealed in Lord of the Flies by William Golding - ... Then the teacher felt good about having all this power because he felt in control, and that is how Jack played his role as leader of the hunters. Jack let all the power go to his head and that got him in trouble with his psyche, because Jack was very violent and so he acted upon that, and caused him to do what his mind to him to do.So this relates to Golding’s point because at the end of the book everyone cry's because of their guilt. So therefor, Ralph has a emotional breakdown because he sees Jack going crazy....   [tags: regret, violence, behavior]
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Literary Analysis of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken - ... In the third stanza, the man decides on a path to take with the thought that he’ll go back and walk down the other road at a later date. However, when Mr. Frost writes, “I doubted if I should ever come back”, somewhere in the man’s mind he knows that the likelihood of him actually getting the chance to walk the un-chosen road is not going happen because when people make a decision “way leads on to way”, the decision is made. (Frost 14-15) The seed has already been planted and to go back or attempt to would be a waste of time and energy because one decision will only lead to another decision to be made....   [tags: decisions, regret, doubt]
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Robert Frost Uses Imagery and Analogy in His Poem, Birches - ... In reference to the poem, the inside of the tree expanded because of the ice storm, causing the enamel, or bark of the tree to crack open. In life we sometimes have to go through life struggles to grow into a better, stronger person. It is like when a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. The caterpillar has to shed it’s cocoon in order to grow and transform, meaning in order to grow or transform into a better person you have to face and overcome battles. That sometimes means that we have to get rid of our old ways and habits as well....   [tags: regret, perspective, swinging]
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Success and the Wrong Path: What We Call Failure - Final-Draft: This I Believe In: "Sucess" And The Wrong Path (What We Call, "Failure") Hi dudes and dudetts out there on the road of life... my name is J.C., and I believe every High-School student that attends at a High-School is human intellgently capable of choosing to materialize hard-work and dedication to obtain endless "sucess..." or temporarly creating the wrong-path... what we call "failure..." which is a huge... terrible... regretable mistake....   [tags: hardwork, dedication, progress, regret] 1166 words
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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - ... She never truly comes to terms with it and gains exponentially more regrets as she ages. Leah shows an example of someone unable to let go, who instead carries the guilt and lets it eat away at her. Because she was never able to come to terms with any of the past events, her soul will forever be burdened. Forgiveness of one’s self is freeing but first one must accept that the past is irreversible. Another way to deal with one’s past regrets is to find ways to cooperate, such as searching for logical explanations and finding peace in logic instead of letting feelings take over....   [tags: repressing memory, past regret] 915 words
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An Analysis of War Poetry - War consumes the youth of young men and completely alters a person. From numerous poems, it is made clear that war exhausts the youth of young men, and has left their lives with no meaning. These poems are “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Mental Cases” written by Wilfred Owen. Similarly, they both employ the same techniques, such as similes and metaphors. However, a somewhat different perspective is projected through the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, which dissimilitudes yet intensifies the main message....   [tags: soldiers, regret, hope] 1651 words
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Explain how Hardy shows loss and regret in his poems - Explain how Hardy shows loss and regret in his poems A writer by the name of Thomas Hardy, was born on the second of June 1940, Dorchester, in Higher Bockhampton, near the countryside, this affected his writing, because his writing always made some sort of reference to nature. Hardy wrote poems and novels. His novels are largely known, his novels were influenced by society, and the main factors within society were the class system for the rich and the poor and inequality and discrimination for women....   [tags: English Literature] 2868 words
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The Tone in Seamus Heaney´s Poem Mother of the Groom and Robert Hayden´s These Winter Sundays - ... The mother is remembering raising her son while watching him being taken away from her. As she is sitting there she is regretting just letting her son go and hoping for a future where her son is hers again. Even if it means divorce, “ Once soap would ease off / the wedding ring”(Heaney Lines 9-10). In Hayden's poem the loss and regret he has is over not understanding the love his father was trying to show him and the chance at a fulfilling relationship with his father. The tone in this poem coveys that the father has died and all chances at changing the speaker's regret are gone forever....   [tags: families, create, regret, loss, language] 573 words
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With Regret and Hope - Dear Anthony, It has taken me awhile to write this letter. Please read it with care and understand that much thought went into it. I miss the way we used to be. I wish with all my heart that there was some way we could go back to the days where your eyes beheld me as the most beautiful woman you had ever seen, when your heart felt more alive in my presence, when the thought of me kept you warm on a cold night. I still feel that way about you. I know that I am the one to blame for letting us die and for letting you down....   [tags: Love Letters Dating Email Relationships] 976 words
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Pocking a Major Based on Desire - Man's greatest achievement. Perhaps not, but can you afford not to read on when I am about to tell you about choosing a major that you are interested in is perhaps better than choosing something that may pay well. While much has been written on this topic and some articles can even influence people one way or the other. Even though picking a major that pays well is nice, especially in this economy, it is still usually better to choose a major that you are interested in, a major that is reasonable with you and your abilities to do well in school, and something that you will not regret in the future....   [tags: money, economy, interested, reasonable, regret] 837 words
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He Watches From the Sidelines (And He Doesn't Regret Running) - Manually turning on the television, he then proceeds to plop onto their ratty excuse of a sofa—he reminds himself to subtly mention how there was going to be a furniture sale this coming weekend—and watches as the colour box plays a short clip of two dancing boys. They dance well, he notes, better than he will ever be, and realises this must be that new group from SM Entertainment that was going to debut. Exo, the foreign words flash across the screen. It sounds familiar but for the life of him, he can’t quite put his tongue on where....   [tags: thoughts, experience, exo, apartment] 945 words
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The Cost of Love in The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James - ... May Bartram, the main character in “The Beast in the Jungle,” gave her whole life to waited for John Marcher whom she loved. Comparing these two women, Louise had a husband that she loved and loved her, but she did not enjoy the love until he died. May loved John, but until she died she never received the love from him. However, she never regretted spending her life to wait for and help him. Thus, the authors revealed that love was giving to the person what she wanted instead of what you thought the love was, and love sometimes needed self-sacrifice....   [tags: attitude, death, regret]
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Vowing Revenge in Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Cask of Amontillado - ... Punishment is the only thing that Montresor has in store for Fortunato instead of the wine and since Fortunato is a well-known and highly respected wine connoisseur he expresses eager interest in verifying the wine’s authenticity. He meets Fortunato, who again all dressed up in jester clothes for the carnival celebration − and is already very drunk. So they go down into the underground where the wine had been supposing stored, and along the way Montresor keeps getting Fortunato drunker and drunker sipping on other fine wines....   [tags: insult, drunken, regret] 875 words
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Drowning in Guilt: Review of The Kite Runner - “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do,” Voltaire once said. Every choice in life comes with a consequence that follows. A common consequence is guilt, a bad feeling caused by knowing or thinking that you have done something wrong. Amir, the main character in The Kite Runner, discovers the consequence of guilt after making decisions throughout his childhood that were destructive. Khaled Hosseini describes the destructive ability of guilt to consume one’s life through the the relationships of Amir and Hassan, Baba and Ali, and Amir and Sohrab....   [tags: Plot Summary, Affairs, Regret]
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The Regrets of a Time Gone By - The Regrets of a Time Gone By Poetry is a language of understanding. The reader must be able to comprehend the various known connotations for words as well as be able to pick up on the uncommon and unknown meanings of words. Poets are masters of language. They constantly manipulate words to make a specific connotation fit the ideas and scenarios that they choose to describe. Therefore, poetry is a language that requires a reader to closely read and pay attention to certain aspects in order for he or she to understand the poet’s message....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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A Father's Regrets in Those Winter Sundays Robert Hayden - ... The son also describes his father’s suffering through the visual image of “cracked hands that ached” (3). This image shows that the father works under grim circumstances for a long time, to the point where his hands are damaged from the laborious working environment. Also having a deeper meaning than only physical pain, the “[aching] hands” could also be used to create a sense of father’s emotional pain and hurt, resulting from the lack of gratitude from the narrator’s family. Furthermore, these visual imageries also indicate that the family is of low economic status, pressuring the father to work perpetually in harsh conditions to provide for his family....   [tags: suffering, frostbite, relationship]
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Graduation Speech: Regrets - Let me begin by saying that I am very honored to be addressing the County High School Class of 2012 as students of this institution for the last time. We've spent these last four years creating some serious memories: four years of chieftain power, leaking roofs, questionable Homecoming skits, and musical principals. Four years of good teachers, bad teachers, new teachers, old teachers. Four years of youth, music, growing up and breaking free. Four rubber chickens, four yearbooks, four ASB presidents and four chubby bunnies....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 997 words
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Relevance of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov draws in a universal audience, as the play’s themes and characters are relatable to any time period. The characters face challenges and anxieties that were felt by people thousands of years ago and will continue to be felt by people far into the future. The Cherry Orchard encompasses and embodies characters and themes that are relevant to modern times such as social change, mid-life regrets, and hope that the next generation will go out into the world, make a difference, and create a better and more prosperous life for themselves....   [tags: regrets, changes, future]
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Cardinal Altamirano in the Film The Mission - ... He is alert and prepared for the future. This is what he had said, after the destruction of the Guarani, showing that he knows all the results of his choices. “So, your Holiness, now your priests are dead, and I am left alive. But in truth it is I who am dead, and they who live. For as always, your Holiness, the spirit of the dead will survive in the memory of the living.” Altamirano is wealthy, far wealthier than most people. He loves money and riches, he is always dressed in some extravagant attire....   [tags: regrets, struggles, wealth] 974 words
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Regrets in The Remains of the Day - Regrets in The Remains of the Day “...For a great many people, the evening is the most enjoyable part of the day. Perhaps, then, there is something to his advice that I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day. After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished. The hard reality is, surely, that for the likes of you and I, there is little choice other than to leave our fate, ultimately, in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services....   [tags: The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro Essays]
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Deep Regrets - Original Writing - Deep Regrets - Original Writing "James, we need to talk to you. That was the police on the phone they had some bad news……. it's your grandma, she was crossing the street yesterday with shopping bags in her hand, returning from waitrose after doing her weekly shopping, an..and….well… she got knocked down by a car, and she's now in a hospital in Manchester. It has been said she is in a critical condition. Your mother and I have decided to go up to Manchester and visit her, although I'm sorry to say she may not be with us for much longer....   [tags: Papers] 999 words
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Regrets - Personal Narrative - Regrets - Personal Narrative My tour of duty or should it be 'tour of hell' was coming to a very welcomed close for myself and my fellow comrades. Getting a slight shrapnel wound was not unwelcome, as it confined me to the field hospital, whittling away a few more days. My stay at the make-shift hospital seemed a lifetime away from the battle as I could only hear the occasional blitz of shell fire echoing in the distance. The frontline must have been a good ten miles away. However, I was experiencing mixed emotions about my absence from the frontline....   [tags: Papers] 1305 words
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life without regrets - life without regrets I'm officially bilingual, and though English is my native tongue, I am better at times in French. I want to be a freelance writer/author/whatever else allows me to create with words. I have had published various poems of mine, as well as newspaper articles. My inspiration comes from the movie "The Outsiders"...more specifically the poem in it by Robert Frost, "Nothing Gold Can Stay". I believe that everyone has a passion for something. Something that really drives you, that gets you excited and...well its a hard feeling to describe....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 550 words
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Graduation Speech: I Have No Regrets - I thought that I'd start by taking a picture, being as this is the last time that I'm going to see the majority of you. So could everybody smile. OK, now that that is done with, I would like to start out with a quote. "As people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still, it is we who move in infinite space." (Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet). Webster's dictionary describes commencement as a beginning. Perhaps many of you believed that commencement was an ending....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 900 words
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Qualitative Research Analysis - Qualitative research includes methods that allow the investigator to explore a problem for the purpose of collecting unknown data to contribute the scientific theory. Moreover, this approach to research allows the researcher to fully investigate the underpinnings related to the research problem. Data collection for this method of research includes in-depth interviews and observations in natural settings. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to analyze two qualitative research articles and to further refine pertinent areas of my research topic....   [tags: medical professionals, regrets, terminal illness] 1250 words
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Bad Behavior in Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Babylon Revisited In this story Babylon is representing Paris, Babylon was known as a sinful city. Drinking, sex, drugs, bad behaviors etc… like los Vegas. The character “Charlie” is revisiting Paris; by doing that he is pretty much revisiting his past. The story begging in a Ritz bar, the Ritz bar use to be very busy and full of American before the stock market crash in 1929 but now the bar is very empty because all of the Americans that use to go there left to go home because of money problems....   [tags: sinful, alcoholic, regrets]
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Philippa Foot on Moral Dilemmas - The problem of dilemma, as presented by Philippa Foot in her writing, “Moral Dilemmas Revisited”, is the problem of whether it is possible to be in a situation where you cannot avoid making a wrong choice. Foot argues that it is always possible to avoid making a wrong choice in a difficult situation. She presents the ideas of multiple philosophers and their defense of the thought that there are situations where you can and will make a wrong choice. Foot defends herself further in the explanation of her point....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 834 words
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Shakespeare’s Significance in Macbeth - Shakespeare is well known for including symbolism in his plays to increase interest to those who watch or read the plays. Blood imagery is essential to Macbeth; it portrays guilt for various reasons, regret and remorse and the evil thoughts of characters, can all be observed through blood imagery. Blood imagery signifies all the emotions and thoughts of the characters in Macbeth, proving that we must think before we act. The play Macbeth incorporates blood imagery to represent the guilt of crimes done by Macbeth and his wife....   [tags: Symbolism, Blood Imagery, Literary Analysis]
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Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Illych - Death’s Implications: Analyzing The Death of Ivan Illych Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Illych has proven to be a profoundly important work in the understanding of mortality. By adding to this understanding, Tolstoy implores readers to accept the ultimate reality that death is inevitable. If there is one thing Tolstoy makes quite clear, it is that nobody lives forever and death can be a horrifying, painful, and sobering experience. Ivan Illych, a successful man of the law, ends up fatally injuring himself whilst putting up curtains....   [tags: law, russian bourgeois society ] 1263 words
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The War Against the War - The two news articles I’ve picked, each representing differing perspectives and stances, displays the ongoing problem in the world in which there continues to be debates regarding the decision to go to war as a result to 9/11. These two articles each take an opposing stances to the other, one subtly supporting the war as a success, and one against the repercussions the war created. Although they’re both published during recent weeks, it is fascinating to see how the world is still divided amongst itself on this issue, an issue thought to have been solved when Obama was voted as the new president in 2008 (2008, 2009), who promised the end of the war (Mason, 2010)....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day" - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is a fictional novel about regrets and lost chances. This book is Ishiguro’s third published novel and has received the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 1989. The Remains of the Day uses several literary techniques such as tone, flashbacks, symbolism, and foreshadowing to emphasize the core themes of dignity, regret, and loyalty. The plot mainly revolves around human weaknesses and misjudgments. The Remains of the Day is a first person narrative of an English butler named Stevens on 6-day trip to the English countryside....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Analysis of Robert Frost´s The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a very interesting poem about the narrator coming to a fork in a road. The underlying meaning of “The Road Not Taken” is the decisions that people have to make on the “road” of life and the regret what can come from choosing the wrong “road”. “The Road Not Taken” has many meaningful metaphors if the reader studies the poem closely. Frost masterly crafts the poem so that he teaches the reader about the importance of the decisions made in life. The literal theme of the poem is that the narrator is traveling in the autumn when the narrator comes to a fork in the road....   [tags: road, decisions, life, metaphors]
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