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The Medici Family During the Renaissance - The Renaissance was a time of rebirth of classic learning of the Greeks and Romans in Western Europe after the Middle Ages. Humanism, started by Pettrarch, was the popular belief during that era. People no longer believed that art and culture were only in the hands of the clergy. People wanted to explore and be creative, to be part of the arts and literature themselves. The Medici family were great humanists and made significant contribution to the development of the Italian and European Renaissance....   [tags: Renaissance Europe] 1140 words
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Beowulf: The Ideal Anglo-Saxon Hero - Originating in the Anglo-Saxon period, the epic poem Beowulf portrays a legendary hero. Beowulf established the earlier form of heroism, and was then later introduced in to the English culture. Praised and admired by many people, Beowulf possesses several distinct traits that allow him to be defined perfectly as an ideal Anglo-Saxon hero; his eagerness to seek glory and fame, rather than richness and treasures, his loyalty and graceful attitude not only to his rulers but also to his followers, and his contradictory beliefs of faith and fate In the Anglo-Saxon society, an ideal hero does not seek riches of gold and treasures; instead, he seeks fame and glory through his accomplishments....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 864 words
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The Interpretation of None the Other, Maya Angelou - A poem can capture the mind, soul, and the bare heart, but, how can one’s interpretation of a poem alter the true value of the poem itself. The answer to this question may vary, depending on one’s interpretation. Then again, that response can be used to answer every question this world holds. Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist....   [tags: Poetry]
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A Utopian Ending in "The Tempest" - The Reality of a Utopian Ending in The Tempest The idea of creating a utopia on an island in the Mediterranean is an idea that recurs throughout William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. When Prospero, a usurped duke, uses his magic to conjure up a storm, a boat full of Italian royalty is shipwrecked on an island. The hierarchy that once existed disintegrates quickly in the chaos of the shipwreck, and the reader sees the characters start to vocalize how they imagine their perfect world. However, throughout the play and in its humorous conclusion, the reader sees that the realization of a utopia of any sort is an unrealistic expectation due to the characters tumultuous relationships and histories....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1935 words
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The Significant Role of Women in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness - In the 1900s novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, the protagonist often encounters women at landmarks of his life. Charlie Marlow is a sailor and imperialist who sets out along the Congo River to “civilize” the “savages.” The novella begins with a crew on the Thames waiting for the tides to change. During their wait, a character named Marlow tells of his exploits on the African continent. In his recounted travels, Marlow meets other imperialists such as Mr. Kurtz, a man who is obsessed with the pursuit of ivory and riches....   [tags: heart of darkness]
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Fong See: Paved the Way For Chinese-Americans - During the late 19th and early 20th centuries Chinese men began to flock to America. Following stories of the untold wealth and riches that awaited them on the “Gold Mountain” and escaping the stagnant economic position they experienced in China, these sojourners made their way to the United States by any means possible. Often taking money from supportive family members promising them that upon their homecoming they would repay their debts and more with their newly acquired fortunes was the only way to realize their oversea dreams....   [tags: Biography]
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How Does Dickens Create Sympathy for Pip at the Beginning of the Novel? - ‘Great Expectations’ is a highly acclaimed novel written by Charles Dickens first published in 1861, which follows the journey of a young boy commonly known as Pip (his Christian name being Phillip Pirrip) who is born into a middle-class family but goes on to receive riches from a mysterious benefactor in order to pursue his childhood dream in becoming a gentleman. The story is written in first person with Charles Dickens writing back about the experiences of Pip. Although it isn’t his autobiography the events in the book do, in many ways, mirror the events of his childhood....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 949 words
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The Problem of Child Stars - When Brittany Murphy died, when Lindsay Lohan was jailed, when Britney Spears shaved off her hair, the question was asked – what have we done to these kids. We all love rags to riches stories, but it seems that the people are almost as fond of riches to rags – or let’s say, stardom to failure. What happens when a successful young performer becomes a has-been star. The high-profile troubles of celebs like Michael Jackson and Gary Coleman reinforces the truth that nearly every kid who has worked in the entertainment industry has struggled as an adult....   [tags: Celebrities ] 2852 words
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The Effects of the Crusades on the Civilization of Europe. - The crusades was the churches response to the Muslim expansion, which had spread along North Africa and up to the eastern and western fringes of the Mediterranean world. The Crusades began in 1096 and ended in 1291 (some 200 years) with 8 major crusades and some minor ones. Pop Urban II initiated them with the main intention of protecting Christianity and recapturing Religious Holy Sites in Jerusalem from the control of the Muslim “infidels”. However, there were mixed motives behind the crusades....   [tags: World History ]
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An Analysis of the Perception and Treatment of Death in Everyman - The title of the play Everyman illustrates the anonymous Author’s reminder to his audience that every man’s soul needs to be saved before death. Additionally, he reminds believers of God that death may be the end of our physical bodies, but it is just the beginning of our spiritual journey with God. The play serves as a reminder to not only live for today, but to strive towards the goal of ever-lasting life in Heaven, by stating, “Look well, and take good heed to the ending” (Line 11). This is further illustrated in the play when the messenger Death declares, “Ye think sin in the beginning full sweet,” and “Which in the end causeth the soul to weep” (Lines 13 & 14)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Sorcery, Status, and Scandal in "Arabian Nights" - Whether drowned, dismembered, burned, beheaded or poisoned, it is prudent to say that sorcerers and sorceresses in the Tales from the Thousand and one Nights almost overwhelmingly meet their demise in some unfortunate way. Their fates reveal the mentality of the times; practitioners of sorcery were viewed as malevolent schemers. These outcasts violated the natural order of things and deserved punishment. The tales are set in an age when “implicit belief in magic is entertained by almost all Muslims”....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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The Poor by Choice Phenomenon - Wealth, fortune, financial stability – these words possess undeniable, unilateral appeal. Intrinsic to our human nature, wealth has become an assumed goal in societal life. Thus, mothers do not wish their children to grow into destitute adults, immigrants do not voyage to new nations for the chance of a poverty stricken life, and universities do not offer higher education for the purposes of financial foundering. Yet, throughout history, groups of individuals in pockets of the globe have defied human nature and chosen lives of lack....   [tags: Religion]
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Communicating to his Church - Communicating to his Church While his rhetorical skill was well-known, and we accept it as factual today, this has been an area of study that offers some controversy. Perhaps offering the most concise study of Nyssa’s Fourth Homily and its rhetorical significance is Rachel Moriarity. She proposed that the homily itself was too exacting in rhetorical patterns to be anything other than an exercise in rhetorical teaching. While she does not contest Nyssa’s motives, she does assert that he does not make a connection between the theory of scriptural interpretation and that of the practical action needed to truly abolish slavery....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Coloristic Virtuosity of Venetian Painting as Exhibited by Andrea Schiavone's "The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche" - Sixteenth century art focused on individual artistic styles, which helped a lot of painters develop key characteristics in their artwork. The end of the High Renaissance and a turn towards what would later be defined as the Baroque style marked this time period. Andrea Schiavone’s The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche shows the perfect blend of taking different characteristics from the master painters before him and creating his own style. The combination shown in his depiction of The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche is of Titian and Parmigianino, both of whom were great master painters during the Renaissance....   [tags: Art Analysis ]
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Once Upon a Time: The Work of The Brothers Grimm - Every girl has at one time wanted to be a princess. We held this belief because of the stories we were told as young girls. The stories we heard in which poor peasant girls could become princesses through perseverance, patience, beauty or wit. These stories were introduced to us under the guise of fairytales, which, for many of us are synonymous with the name Grimm, although several of our favorite fairytales are by other authors. Even if you don’t know the name Grimm, you know at least one story by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm....   [tags: fairytales]
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Haute Couture Influences Ready-to-wear - Fashion has been around ever since ancient times, since the time of the Romans, it survived the world wars and is yet today a business with rapid changes. Fashion started off as an art form, a way for the riches to show their social status with unique and innovative designs that only they could afford. It was a way to separate the social classes of the society. In this paper I will include the creator of haute couture, and how the following designers developed couture, as well as having leading names in today’s ready-to-wear industry....   [tags: Fashion ]
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Interpretation of Romans 11:33 – 12:2 - “(33) Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom / and knowledge of God. How unsearchable his judgments,/ and his paths beyond tracing out. / (34) ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord. / Or who has been his counselor?’ / (35) ‘Who has ever given to God / that God should repay them?’ / (36) For from him and through him and for / him are all things. / To him be the glory forever. Amen. (12:1)Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship....   [tags: The Bible]
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Salvation is in the hands of the Sinner - In the 16th century English morality play “Everyman” who’s author is unknown. Everyman has an encounter with death who reminds him who his maker is and that it is time to make a reckoning of his good and bad deeds. He realizes that salvation lies in his hands, and that it is a personal decision that only he can make. One senses the desperation in the heart of Everyman, having realized that his life was blackened with sin; he strives to change the black he has accumulated in the “book of counts” and change it to a book of white....   [tags: Religion, Bible, God] 1638 words
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Anne Sexton - Most of us accept the stories we were told as children were false, or at least romanticized. At some point, the illusion was shattered, and Santa, the Easter Bunny and Cinderella were characters we fondly remembered. But although we recognized these figures and legends as illusions, we held on to many of the sentiments the stories, without questioning their application to adult life. Anne Sexton often uses these innocent, childlike images juxtaposed with cynical but more realistic situations in order show that the lessons society teaches children, ones that children retain as adults, are illusions that do not properly illustrate the corrupt, violent world we actually live in....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1725 words
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Southern Appalachian Cultures: Their Pursuit for Prosperity and the Environmental Outturn - Where there are various regions there are bound to be a variety of people with alternate cultures, beliefs, and ways of life. The cultures found with the Appalachia are unique in their own ways and represent a body of individuals who found their way to such an area. Land that is included within the Southern Appalachia can be best described by Horace Kephart as he does so in his book The Southern Highlander and His Homeland to include: “the four western counties of Maryland; the Blue Ridge Valley, and Allegheny Ridge counties of Virginia; all of West Virginia; eastern Tennessee; eastern Kentucky; western North Carolina; the four northwestern counties of South Carolina; northern Georgia; and northeastern Alabama.” (22-24) With so much area to be had there are a few prominent cultures and occurrences that need to be discussed....   [tags: American Society] 2040 words
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The Spanish Conquest - In the early 16th century Hernán Cortés wrote a letter to King Charles I of Spain. The letter being a statement of great accomplishment and power wasn’t just a simple letter; to Hernán Cortés it was a symbol of authority and a step forward towards expansion. The letter acknowledged their achievements of this expedition; the first being their success and the discovery of land to be colonized and this amazing empire known as the Aztec empire. Steel, armor, canons, firearms, and horses presented Cortés and his crew the advantage over the native people they encountered which helped justify the Spanish overcoming of the Aztec empire....   [tags: European History ]
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The Christian Influence on The Middle Ages - In 312 CE, Roman Emperor Constantine achieved a victory at the Milvian Bridge. The night previous to this battle, Constantine dreamt of a cross inscribed in hoc signo vinces, in this sign you will conquer. As trivial as this dream may seem, it ultimately signified the beginning of the rise of Christianity. With his victory, Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and supported and encouraged it throughout the empire. In 313 CE, another milestone occurred as the emperors, both Constantine I of the West and Licinius of the East, signed the Edict of Milan declaring that the Diocletianic Persecution would end, and Christianity would be tolerated in the Roman Empire....   [tags: Christianity]
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Degradation of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Jazz age was a convivial time known for innovation, creativity, and women pushing the limits of their new found freedom, but it was also a time of mourning and loss after the end of World War I. The combination of these emotions is what made the roaring twenties so unique, yet unstable. Before the twenties, the American dream had been to earn a stable income and raise a family in the great country that is America, but during the twenties the American dream became much more diminished as people worked for riches and luxuries that only a few could afford....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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A Modest Proposal: Jonathan Swift's Political Statement About Conditions of Life in 1729 - "A Modest Proposal” a Political Statement Mouth-watering, scrumptious, and delicious are a few words that come to mind when you think of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” His satire on the conditions of life in 1729 was to draw its readers to serious discussion on the distressing matters that plagued their society. His extreme and sarcastic response to the treatment of the ever-growing poor population of Irish families, by the rich English landowners, was to bring to light a matter that they had come to accept as normal....   [tags: satire ] 1090 words
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English Morality Play Everyman - In the English morality play “Everyman”, whose author is unknown, characters of the play try to find what Everyman really values in his life. When Everyman realizes that he has not been living a life focused on God. Instead, Everyman has been focusing more on worldly issues and riches than he should have. Once the play goes on further, Everyman is then approached by a character, whose name is Death. At that time, Everyman notices that he is about to die. However, he also realizes that all the earthly things that he had once held on to now mean nothing and will end up abandoning him....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Wealth in Jane Eyre and Great Expectations - To many material wealth is the epitome of mankind’s earthly desires. With wealth comes money, possessions, a promise of freedom from social constraints and the ability to pursue your dreams. However, the influence it has on a person’s character can be a stark reminder of what the misuse of wealth can ultimately lead to. In both Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte the corrupting nature of monetary wealth is displayed through the lives of multiple characters. It is easy to see that a preoccupation with money blinds people to the prosperity that stands before them and can lead them down roads that end with nothing more than loneliness, misery or even death....   [tags: jane eyre, bronte, great expectations, dickens, co]
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Misery in The Great Gatsby's American Dream - "No— Gatsby turned out all right in the end. It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men." When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words in The Great Gatsby in 1925, he perfectly described the human struggle of the time. This was, by no means, accidental--for Fitzgerald wrote meticulously and very rarely did he leave a line unrevised. No— Fitzgerald knew what he was doing; he was, in two sentences, criticizing American society like no one else had....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 2026 words
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The Philosophy of a Warrior - ... When Hagen sank her treasure to the bottom of the Rhine, it’s possible he did this because he anticipated that Kriemhild may use the treasure to hire or buy knights to seek vengence for her. The fact that Hagen sank the treasure to prevent Kriemhild from establishing an army of her own insinuates whether or not knights worked for financial incentives. Readers are exposed mainly to knights who fought because of loyalty, not necessarily for money. This possibly similarity extends into the modern day’s concept of mercenaries, especially when governments contract private military companies, such as Blackwater (now known as Xe) being hired for its services in Iraq....   [tags: The Nibelungenlied, Njal´s Saga, Beowulf]
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The Stagnation and Regression of the American Ethos - ... He does this extensively with Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who are able to disguise their flaws with tangible wealth. While sitting with in their home, Nick notices that their eyes are “impersonal in the absence of desire,” (12), and even tells Daisy that their conversations make him feel “uncivilized,” (12), meaning that those without glamorous homes and flashy clothes are vulnerable and uncivilized. However, the course of events show how vulnerable and uncivilized both Tom and Daisy are despite their riches....   [tags: Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]
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Fitzgerald Explores the Jefferson´s Ideal of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ in The Great Gatsby - ... This statement echoes the post-war disillusionment and explains the Buchanan’s behaviour to be a result of these changed ideals. The Valley of Ashes is the symbolic landscape of the working classes, and Fitzgerald imbues it with colour symbolism and biblical allusions. It’s paradoxically described using the metaphor of ‘a fantastic farm.’ A farm is a symbol of growth, metaphorically representing hope and yet it’s layered with ash, alluding to death. Therefore, as an overarching metaphor for American attitudes, it would indicate their beliefs and goals are founded upon false hope....   [tags: american dream, money, Scott Fitzgerald]
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Renaissance in Europe - ... The “Florentine Academy” was not actually a formal school; rather, it was an unofficial gathering of humanists, determined on bringing back the works of Plato and other ancient scholars. The Black Death, although an immense tragedy, was another great contributor to the Renaissance. Prior to the Black Death, Europe was undergoing a famine and food-shortage, greatly fueled by its surplus population. Because half of Europe’s population was wiped out during the Black Death, Europe was now able to amply supply food for their people; thus, people’s desire to learn and obtain knowledge grew, as they no longer had to focus on just getting enough food....   [tags: Influences, Important Events] 817 words
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Expansion of European Empires - ... Therefore, it wasn’t long before the process of rounding Africa was brought into question and it was believed a more direct route to Asia could be found by crossing the Atlantic. Little did the brave (and potentially foolhardy) men of the era know at the time, but their Trans-Atlantic expeditions would forever change the known world. Despite never having found an established, well rooted merchant outpost from which to buy conspicuously Asian goods, explorers of the period – like Christopher Columbus – believed that they had in fact found direct passage to Asia and its riches....   [tags: Religion, Trade, Slaves] 903 words
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The Declination of the American Dream - ... The lifestyle began to change when the core American values were shaken by the brutality of the war. Nearly every character in the novel is arguably perusing some form or another of the American Dream. To Jay Gatsby, the American Dream consisted of making something of himself. Gatsby grew up as the impoverished James Gatz from North Dakota. His life is the basic “rags to riches” story that makes him a perfect illustration of the American Dream. Gatsby wanted wealth and riches, yet later fell in love with Daisy Fay and making Gatsby’s want for wealth turn into a need for wealth....   [tags: success, hard work, World War, philosphy, morality]
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The Templar Knights - ... The Templars were proven to be religiously driven and where heavily dedicated to their cause to protect the holy land. The Templars had one of the most powerful militaries of it time causing many of the leader to question their power (History.com). After an unsuccessful campaign in the Crusades the Templars came out more powerful than ever. Though the Crusades was a failure the Templars gained so much power that they were as rich as many kingdoms. The Templar Knights also gained a vast amount of members in it organization allowing them to have armies all over Europe....   [tags: order, holy land, protection, catholic church]
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The Hidden Power of Expectations - ... After traveling hundreds of miles from Venice, Polo was finally confronted by the true greatness of the Mongol Empire in the form of the city of Kin-sai. Polo’s regard was so great that he explained that the word Kin-sai “signifies ‘the celestial city’, and which it merits from its preeminence to all others in the world, in point of grandeur and beauty, as well as from its abundant delights, which might lead an inhabitant to imagine himself in paradise” . Polo knew that he would come across great things while he was away from home, but it is unlikely that he was prepared to find something as amazing as Kin-sai....   [tags: human history, exploration]
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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun - Money - A Raisin in the Sun - Money Where money is but an illusion and all it brings are nothing but dreams, one family struggles to discover that wealth can be found in other forms. In the play "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansberry uses the indirect characterization of the Younger family through their acquaintances to reveal that money and materialism alone are worthless. Living in a society where the fulfillment of dreams is based upon material wealth, the Younger family strives to overcome their hardships as they search for happiness....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays] 611 words
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Mythic Heros: Sinbad The Sailor - Mythic Heros: Sinbad the Sailor When I think about mythic heroes, for many years the first name that came to mind was Sinbad: Sinbad the sailor. In his days as an adventurer, he went on seven fantastic voyages which earned him fame for the rest of his life. Yet, now in retrospect, I no longer consider him to be the great adventurer that I saw him as in my childhood. On his seven voyages, Sinbad encountered every obstacle one could possibly think of. He and his crew met up with: a fish so large, many mistook it for an island, an island where rocs (enormous birds (their eggs were often mistaken for buildings)) still lived, cannibals, giants, and even herds of angry elephants....   [tags: essays research papers] 517 words
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What Life Is - Life is very funny. Many people think of it as a game that must be played to the end or some may think of it as a journey in search of something. I’m one of those that think of it as…. neither. I think of it as a gift. This gift that God has bestowed upon us. This gift in which WE have total control. We control where we go, what we do, whom we talk to, and what we feel. The one flaw in this gift is that others and ourselves can turn this gift, ………into a punishment. God gave us this gift for a reason....   [tags: essays research papers] 554 words
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How important are the chapters one to three in Great Expectations? - How important are the chapters one too three in Great Expectations. What does the reader learn about the social and historical, from these chapters. The setting from the start of the book is very important, from the unwelcoming and stereotypical graveyard that give the book a starting tense and exiting mood, and the humble blacksmiths that acts as a platform for Pip's expectations and the opposite setting to much of the grander scenery in London. The graveyard at the start of the book is typical example of how the setting contributes so well to the story and the atmosphere; this is just one of the more obvious examples....   [tags: English Literature] 596 words
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The Effects Napoleon Had on France - The Effects Napoleon Had on France Napoleon was he good, bad or both. This essay looks at the qualities that made him a fine leader at times and a not so fine one at others. Some called him confused others said he had a vision this essay looks at the truth and essence behind Napoleon. Between 1799 and 1815, the fate of France was in the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte. Through his rule, he was a very intelligent man. This helped to conquer many countries and won him many wars. He was a hard working man and came with an impact to France....   [tags: Papers] 509 words
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The Impact of Women in The Iliad - Women have always been recognized for their strong influence on the actions of men. Because of his love for Delia, Samson told his secret of his power and ended up losing it. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to commit murder. More recently, Eleanor Roosevelt strongly influenced the decisions that Franklin D. Roosevelt made. Women of Homer's epic, The Iliad, were considered primary instigators of the Trojan war. The characteristics attributed to women in ancient Greek mythology may have been key to the outbreak of the war....   [tags: Role of Women in the Trojan War] 582 words
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Kino's Lust for Money in The Pearl by John Stienbeck - Kino's Lust for Money in The Pearl by John Stienbeck In the novel The Pearl, written by John Steinbeck, Kino is a poor, hardworking man who dives for pearls as a living. Kino?s lover, Juana, fathered his baby boy, Coyotito. One day while fishing, Kino finds a giant pearl referred to in the story as ?The Pearl of the World?. He thinks it will bring him great wealth and status. Kino planned to marry Juana in a church and send Coyotito to school with the enormous profit he would gain from the pearl....   [tags: essays research papers] 546 words
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The Principal Characters of Shakespeare's Sonnets - One of the many intriguing aspects of Shakespeare's Sonnets is the identity of the principal characters within them, of which there are three: - The Young Man - The Dark Lady - The Rival Poet Nowhere in the Sonnets are these people explicitly identified and their anonymity has spawned much debate as to who these people could have been. The content of the Sonnets that refer to these people however, undoubtedly show that these were indeed real, living people and not imaginary inventions by the author for the sake of literary exercise....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Sonnets] 380 words
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Comparing of Shakespeare's Othello and Volpone - Othello Compared to Jonson's Volpone   Both Othello and Volpone are set in Venice, well known for its wealth, power, and justice. Shakespeare called Venice the Whore of the Adriatic, for many different reasons: it is a port city, with many ships coming and going; it is also a corrupt city , with much pollution--not only of the actual enviornment but the soul as well. In Volpone the corruption that is planned between Volpone and Mosca is evident from the beginning. The two are taking advantage of their kinsmen's weaknesses--gullibility and an all-out lust for money....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 389 words
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The Character of O-lan in Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth - The Character of O-lan in Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth depicts the journey of a Chinese farmer and his family in the early twentieth century. It begins with the protagonist, Wang Lung, marrying a servant, O-lan, from a neighboring rich house. They start a family in their small country town, and endure grueling times, including droughts, floods, and war. Wang Lung and O-lan work as hard as horses to ensure their family's survival. The family's persistence finally prevails, and the land eventually produces great riches....   [tags: Pearl Buck Good Earth Essays] 342 words
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Romanticism, Realism and Emily Dickinson - Romanticism, Realism and Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson wrote at the tail end of the Romantic period, and even though she was influenced by some of the ideals of Romanticism, is most commonly known as a writer from the Realist era. However, her writing embodies the defining characteristics that are identified with each of these periods. The main characteristic of Romanticism that Emily Dickinson portrays in her writing is the emphases of the importance of Nature to the Romantics. In most of her poems there is some mention or comparison to something found in Nature....   [tags: Romanticism Realism Emily Dickinson] 420 words
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Crusades - Crusades The Crusades began in 1088 when Urban II preached the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont. The reason for such a mass following of people to leave their homes and travel to the Holy Land to fight is unknown. There are numerous plausible causes, which will be discussed in this paper. The reason the Pope preached the Crusades originally was the supposed threat of Muslim rule. In truth the Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land had lived peacefully for years, but the Pope was also a politician....   [tags: essays research papers] 366 words
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