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Irony, Satire, Symbols, and Symbolism in Voltaire's Candide - Use of Irony, Satire, and Symbolism in Candide In the novel, Candide, Voltaire uses many literary writing tools to prove the points in which he believes. Some of these many literary tools are irony, satire, and symbolism. Through these tools, Voltaire proves that greed is a universal vice, and usually ends in ones own destruction. Voltaire strongly emphasizes his pessimistic view throughout the story. During Chapter 10, he uses his philosophies, as well as other literary tools, to present greed as a devastating factor of society's corruption....   [tags: Candide essays] 447 words
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Greed in The Pearl and The Red Pony - Greed in The Pearl and The Red Pony The novels "The Pearl ," and "The Red Pony ," both portray a message about life. In The Pearl , Steinbeck tells about a great pearl that is found and lost by a Mexican villager. The value of the pearl is great, and with the value comes much greed from others and troubles for the villager. This is a tale that depicts human nature and the way of humanity. The Red Pony, is a story of a young boy and his great dreams. This book tells the reader about the dreams of a farm boy, the land and about the fulfillment of life....   [tags: Pearl Essays] 584 words
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Carnegie's Wealth Distribution Solution: Outdated or Outstanding? - Andrew Carnegie stated that the problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth and his opinion precisely reflects the real situation. Because it can be observed throughout history of human beings that usually majority was in such poverty, which barely enables them to survive. Carnegie was one of the richest men in the world of his times and maybe he knew as a successful businessman what the actual problem in distribution of wealth is. He has proposed possible solution of beneficial wealth distribution for this problem and it actually might work in his times....   [tags: community service, money donation, global economy] 1120 words
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Religion and Science in the Parable of the Unjust Steward - ABSTRACT: The Parable of the Unjust Steward should be interpreted allegorically, its literal interpretation shown to be impossible. Certain facts make this parable unique: a lord as the Lord; divine possessions; the symbolism of the house interpreted as a human being; the material principles of the world understood as the governor of a human being; the Lord’s debtors as spiritual teachers of various kinds; theological doctrines with their own theogonic and cosmogonic views, all claiming to know the truth in its wholeness....   [tags: Christianity Religious Scientific Essays] 3035 words
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Language: The True Tale of the Great Gatsby - Language: The True Tale of the Great Gatsby The Jazz age was a time of glamour, sparkle, parties, music, the extreme rich, the extreme poor, and the exultation of lawlessness; F. Scoot Fitzgerald was no exception. Fitzgerald was enamored by the life of money, status, and beautiful people on a hopeless spiral into self destruction. The moral decadence of America became a prevailing theme in the works of Fitzgerald, taking birth fully within The Great Gatsby. This novel is brought to life by narrator Nick Carraway who is a moral Midwestern man, infatuated, much as Fitzgerald was, by the parties and pizzazz of the east....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Novels Essays]
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Hindu Gods in the Rig Veda - The Hindu Tradition 1.) Agni Agni is mentioned as many different things such as: the household priest king god of sacrifice, most brilliant leader of all gods, wish granter, shines up in darkness, guardian of the order, lord of power and master of sacrificed food, always included in sacrifices to other gods, favorite priest, sharp sight of a poet, great speaker who inspires all with his shining speech, the first god to rejoice in human friendship, lord of tribes, the chief priest who finds riches and a combination of Indra (the strongest of all except Agni??) and the wide striding Vishna who is worthy of reverence....   [tags: essays research papers] 2117 words
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Christian Teachings on Wealth and Poverty - Christianity teaches us that wealth is not what you need to enter heaven. To enter heaven you must be caring and share your riches with the poor and needy. As a result of Jesus' teachings, the early churches shared all they had to make sure no one was in need. Jesus taught us that the pursuing of wealth could lead you into temptations. He said that we will be judged not on the size of our bank balance, but on how we have helped those who are less fortunate. A well-known Christian teaching goes as follows: "It is harder for a rich man to go to heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle"....   [tags: Poverty Essays] 713 words
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The Great Gatsby - Francis Scott Fitzgerald grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota in a middle class family where he was exposed to the lavish of the upper-class, but he did not have the financial means to make that lifestyle his own. Fitzgerald became famous overnight with the publication of his first work, This Side of Paradise, published 1920. His long writing career commenced with his position as a writer for The Saturday Evening Post. Fitzgerald, in 1924, wrote The Great Gatsby, a novel detailing the American Dream. The setting of this novel was in Fitzgerald's own time; as such the reader sees Fitzgerald’s own views on his world....   [tags: American Literature] 1169 words
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Our Inner Being - Every one of us has been afraid of it at a point in our lives. After checking underneath our beds, our parents leave us in our bedrooms at night to face one of our greatest fears. This fear leaves us feeling doomed, helpless, and surrounded with no escape. We curl our toes up under the blankets so that the monsters of this darkness don’t pull us under the bed. Yet, this darkness that we are afraid of is nothing compared to the darkness of the world. A critic stated that Conrad is trying to point out, “In other words: The darkness, the demoniac and scaring character of the world is present everywhere, it is not only a quality of the wild African jungle in the 19th century” (Thorm)....   [tags: Literature]
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Pursuing Life Goals - Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs passed away recently, and news outlets paid tribute to him by listing his accomplishments, and playing video of him speaking. One of these clips showed Mr. Jobs delivering a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, and the speech included a treasure trove of information. In one of my favorite parts of his address, Jobs said” you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future....   [tags: Success, Personality, Confidence] 1251 words
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Veiwpoint on the Presence of Economic Classes in Reference to Christian Beliefs - Viewpoint on the Presence of Economic Classes in Reference to Cristian Beliefs The church teaches Christians to believe if you have money you should use it to help people who aren’t as well as you, and to help rid the world of poverty. Christians believe people who are rich enough to share their money for helping people but don’t are wrong, and they will be judged before they enter heaven by God. Some Christians would agree with this because God give Moses the Ten Commandments and they were rules for us to follow and help one another....   [tags: Free Essays] 382 words
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Analysis of Anne Bradstreet's To My Dear and Loving Husband - Analysis of Anne Bradstreet's To My Dear and Loving Husband Anne Bradstreet's poem, To My Dear and Loving Husband, shows her profound love and undying affection for her husband. For a Puritan woman who is supposed to be reserved, Bradstreet makes it her obligation to enlighten her husband of her devotion. She conveys this message through her figurative language and declarative tone by using imagery, repetition, and paradoxes. Over and over again she expresses her adoration for him with imagery....   [tags: Puritan Poetry Poem bradstreet ]
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The Knights Of The Round Table - The Knights of the Round Table were noble in their actions. Sir Launcelot is a prime example of nobility of the Round Table. Throughout his life, Launcelot was unselfish, caring, and faithful to the knighthood. Launcelot was the greatest mounted warrior and was respected by all. The Knights of the Round Table were noble people.Sir Launcelot was a faithful knight. He was devoted to his work of adventure and helping the disturbed by his pledge to the knighthood. Many women throughout the kingdom craved Launcelot because of his courage....   [tags: essays research papers] 434 words
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The Definition of Success and How to Be Successful - “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome”, Booker T. Washington, spoke that success is not measured in the riches and status of a person, but by the hard work and commitment they made to reach their goals while conquering challenges along the way. Washington states a brilliant point, although there are others who would disagree, instead viewing materials as a measurement of success. Since when did success start being acquisitively measured....   [tags: overcoming challenges and obstacles] 773 words
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Analysis of Norman Rockwell’s Painting The Catch - What does one need to be happy. Is it a nice car. Maybe it's a new pair of shoes. What about success. What defines success and what does one need to be successful. The truth is, it depends on one's definition. Success can be defined in different ways. Success could be defined as being financially stable, or it could be something as simple as feeling accomplished with achieved goals. Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Catch” offers refreshing ideas on what it means to be happy and what one needs to be successful....   [tags: Norman Rockwell Essays]
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All about Jim Walton - All about Jim Walton Jim Walton is a 65 year old billionaire who is very successful. He was born on June 7, 1948 in Newport, Arkansas. His occupation is Chairman of Arvest Bank and he is mostly known for his Walton family fortune. His Net worth is $26.7 billion since 2013. Walton is married to Lynne McNabb Walton and he has 4 children with his wife. Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton and Helen Walton. Sam Walton is the founder of Wal-Mart. The first Wal-Mart opened on July 2, 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas....   [tags: biographical and socioeconomic analysis] 1014 words
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Comparing Shakespeare's King Lear with Henrick Ibsen's Doll House - Women in most cultures have been designated as second to men and in some instances, considered below male children as well. With the passage of time women gained respect and the right for equality. Although gender discrimination remains, a lot of progress has been achieved. Literature is a one of the facets of the human race that reflects the culture change of people. William Shakespeare’s King Lear portrays the patriarchal system of the Renaissance era, which leaves women completely dependent on the male head of household....   [tags: story, gender subordination analysis]
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Achieving the American Dream in Quiz Show - Attempting to achieve the “American Dream” is the constant strive for typical people to acquire a better, richer, and happier life. It provides people and their families with hope for a better standard of living and a positive thing to work towards everyday. But, achieving the American Dream does not always lead to happiness and a comfortable income. For some people obtaining an adequate surrounding in life is not enough. Those who try to overachieve something that they already have lead themselves towards a life of greed, corruption, and guilt....   [tags: Film Review] 1416 words
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Antonio P. Meloto Jr's Community Leadership Award - Bayanihan “Passion driven by love is more powerful than passion driven by anger.” Back at 1957, we had lost our beloved President Ramon Magsaysay to a plane crash and it was a difficult time for the Filipinos. It’s 2014 already and everyone still remembers him. Every year, in history class, I would be sitting on my desk as my teacher discusses about him in awe. It had never dawned on me how, unlike others, I wouldn’t be able to see him walk through the streets of Manila wearing a plain t-shirt and sandals helping a random child or watch him give yet another scholarship to a blessed student....   [tags: bayanihan, Filipinos, character] 574 words
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Comparing Wealth in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Wealth has both a good and a bad side. It can change the life of a person for the better or worse, and that is clearly shown in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Wealth effects the lives of the characters of Their Eyes Were Watching God very differently than the characters of The Great Gatsby. Janie’s wealth came about, mainly, from her failed relationships. Gatsby, on the other hand, earned his wealth, despite it being through questionable means....   [tags: relationships, outcome, financial support]
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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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The Journeys of Survival in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist and Yann Martel's Life of Pi - Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi In his first voyage in 1492, when Christopher Columbus set out to search for India, he ended up landing in America on a small island in the Caribbean Sea instead of Asia. He then made several other voyages to the New World in search for riches, thinking that he was exploring an already explored land. He had discovered America, which was the greatest riches of them all. This shows that when one sets out on a mission, they face different challenges on the journey but in the end, they can accomplish more than their aim....   [tags: compare contrast essay] 1468 words
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The Pursuit of Democracy, Roused by the Egyptian Tahrir Square Uprising and the Spanish Acampadas - ... The main problem raised by the movement is “disparity”, whether it is economical one, social one or ethnical one. Its goal is nothing but stopping the corruption and cultivating the resurrection of the country's initial democratic promises. Occupy Wall Street typifies the disappointment of numerous U.S. nationals at the current monetary atmosphere and foundation in America. Numerous see that organizations occupied with foolhardy and even exploitative practices throughout the most recent decade, prompting an unsustainable money related framework that in the end went into disrepair....   [tags: disparity, claim, wall street] 775 words
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Fitzgerald Explores the Jefferson´s Ideal of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ in The Great Gatsby - The American Dream is said to be realised through hard work and perseverance ; it is ostensibly a reachable goal for anyone who chooses to exercise their ‘inalienable right’ to the ‘pursuit of Happiness.’ This ambiguous phrase, ‘the pursuit of Happiness’ was originally inserted into the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and is a clear and overriding concern in The Great Gatsby. In the 1920s, when the novel is set, America was experiencing a newfound level of prosperity; the economy was booming and the possibility of gaining wealth became an achievable reality....   [tags: american dream, money, Scott Fitzgerald]
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Similar Themes in Joseph Conrad´s Heart of Darkness and T.S Eliot´s The Hollow Men - Although Joseph Conrad’s famous novella, Heart of Darkness, focuses frequently on the corruption of Imperialism and Imperialist colonies, Conrad also heavily voices truths about the desire for personal gain—the heart of darkness—and how this yearning often stems from another person’s ideas, one who also seeks to gain. Similarly, T.S. Eliot’s, “The Hollow Men,” highlights the spiritual and emotional bankruptcy present in the aftermath of World War II, the fear of having accomplished nothing, and the almost certain submission to what can be called “Conrad’s heart of darkness.” In light of their similarities, both the book and the poem exemplify a universal concept: Many people will fail to thi...   [tags: Society, Reason]
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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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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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Exploring the Midlife Crisis of Upper-Class Americans in The Swimmer, by John Cheever - The promise of American freedom is stirring up the imaginations of people all over the world. Freedom is the idea of the American equalities and a mechanism of success to every individual’s skill and abilities. Freedom becomes a tool of economic prosperity of the American industry that has been a large influence on the American culture since the industrial revolution. Through the years, the technological evolutions distinguish the changes of the American life that increasingly become materialistic....   [tags: The Swimmer Essays]
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Joseph Howse in Search of Glory and Gold in the New World - During the height of the British Empire—a time of exploration, discovery and colonization—lower class citizens of Great Britain were suffering under the weight of upper-class oppression. Many of these farmers, braziers, blacksmiths and etcetera passed the long arduous hours of manual labor by daydreaming of freedom, adventure, excitement and most of all landownership in the New World. The class system of eighteenth century England was rigid and restrictive to upward mobility; whereas, the New World was rumored to be a place where a man of any stripe could establish himself....   [tags: Joseph Howse, history, ] 4535 words
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Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks - ... Dick states that by going to the theatre he could, “see the bearded lady, the eight-foot giant, the two-foot dwarf, and other curiosities, too numerous to mention.”# Another aspect of this book that I found to be accurate in select individuals lives throughout this era was the rags to riches aspect of the book. As we learned from several of the characters throughout this book such as Mr. Whitney and even Dick himself at the end of the novel, hard work, ambition, and character throughout this era led to some tremendous success stories....   [tags: Horatio Alger, story analysis]
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Four Years of Building a Railroad: The Life of a Chinese Worker - Zhang David Tsao was suffering from hard labor, physical pain and mental torture. He wondered how the white men could face themselves in their posh, round mirrors, after treating the Chinese with utmost disrespect. After two years of working on the Canadian Pacific Railway following multiple attempts to run away, Zhang regretted that he had come to Canada for money. His family in China was suffering from ailments and poverty. His parents- Feng and Jia Tsao- were long dead. They were rich and wealthy, but due to the 1870 flooding of the Yangtze River, they lost their most of their rice farms, with the exception of one....   [tags: personal narrative] 1227 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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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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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; an...   [tags: American Society] 2040 words
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The Eve of St. Agnes: A Reworking of the Spenserian Sonnet - “The Eve of St. Agnes”: A Reworking of the Spenserian Sonnet As the values of the 18th century shifted from formal perfection to experimentation, so did the poetry. The writings of the 19th century romantic poets explored new forms and variations of the sonnet; they moved away from the heroic couplet, which was dominant during the preceding century by writers like Pope. John Keats utilized this romantic method habitually throughout his works. In his 1819 poem “The Eve of St. Agnes”, Keats refashioned the traditional Spenserian allegory to explore sinful qualities, and personal virtues such as lust, whereas Edmund Spencer’s customary sonnet form usually expressed chivalric and Christian val...   [tags: john keats, christian values, poets]
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Exploring Gatsby's "Greatness" as Illustrated in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - People will do anything for love and some of those behaviors may not be approved by other individuals. The Great Gatsby is a great example of that statement. The book’s title is ironic in a way too. The man whom the book is about is named James Gatz, not Jay Gatsby as said in the earlier chapters of the book. Moreover, this man, whatever one would call him, was not a great man. He lied and got his money in an unorthodox way. He did however overcome a significant obstacle in life, poverty. Gatsby was one of the few who went go from “Rags to Riches” and to live the “American Dream.” In the eyes of Nick, the narrator, Gatsby was a great man, despite the fact that he lied and got wealthy in an...   [tags: Character Analysis] 803 words
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The Portrayals Of Life in The Pearl by John Steinbeck - In the novella “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck, an improvised pearl diver finds a humungous pearl which is described as a “ sea-gull egg. It was the greatest pearl in the world”(26), which he hopes to buy tranquility and happiness for his family. Instead, he learns that the valuable pearl cannot buy happiness but only destroy his simple life. Throughout this novella there is a constant theme woven through the characters and settings which encompasses the struggle among social classes to become successful and the colonial oppression and ill-treatment against the native Indians....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay]
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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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The Impact of Expectations Upon Marco Polo and Hernan Cortes - Human history is filled with the names of bold explorers who ventured into the great unknown, only to come out basked in glory as some of the great heroes of their day. Among the grandest are Marco Polo, who provided little known information about the Far East to Europeans, and Hernan Cortes, the great Spanish conquistador who is given credit for the defeat of the Mexica Empire. These two famous explorers are also ideal case studies to analyze the influence of expectations, interests, and of reality on the accounts of the places and people that these men encountered during their voyages....   [tags: Hernan Cortes, Marco Polo]
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Money: A Privilege or a Curse? Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - ... This is evidence that he is newly rich because one of the main reasons he acts like this is because he is not accustomed to having such a large amount of money. This is not who Gatsby really is. This is a person who has been created out of money and the freedom to do whatever he wants with it. To accomplish his one main goal, Gatsby would do anything to make money, so he did it illegally. Gatsby is a very rich man, but he did not earn his money the way that most of America did. “[Gatsby] differs from the other newly rich members of society in that he did not earn his money in an honorable way.” Gatsby made his money out of illegal bonds and bootlegging....   [tags: class systems, story analysis]
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Alice Bridge: the Remaining Member of the Petersworth Family - Delicately sipping her tea, a child – no older that eight years – sat on a small rock, surround by stuffed animals of various species. The little girl wore expensive clothing, which accentuated her brown curls of hair and green eyes. The dress she wore seemed to be a sea of red, and had a strange patch, which was sewn across the lace collar. Due to the majority of décor that was found on the dress, on can see the riches this child had. In fact, this child was the remaining member of the Petersworth family; the family had died in a tragic fire, leaving only one survivor, Alice Petersworth....   [tags: children, adventures, ] 752 words
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Misery and the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - "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 Essays] 1888 words
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Comparisson and Contrast: Art in Ancient Greece and Byzantium - Plan of Investigation: During ancient times art in both Greece and Byzantium were significant. The question to be examined is what are the similarities and differences between art in ancient Greece and Byzantium. This topic is intriguing because art fascinated people then and still does now. Ancient art is significant because it has a strong influence on art in modern society. There are a variety of different issues that are going to be confronted, including, the extent to which in Greece and Byzantium are different, since they were both culturally similar and were in the same area....   [tags: relief carving, gold cups, peloponnesus]
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Brazilian Indian and Their Strong Connection to the Land - Brazil was officially discovered by the Portuguese in 1500 and colonized in 1532. The Brazilian Indians (Indians) occupied the land since 9000BC and had a population of approximately 6 million when the Portuguese arrived (Momson, 2013). The country had an abundance of resources, with vast amounts of land, Brazilwood, gold, diamonds, rainforest and fish, which made it an attractive asset (The World Economy). In Brazil today 0.4% of the population are Brazilian Indians, comprising about 240 tribes (Survival)....   [tags: stone age culture, colonization, portuguese]
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A History of How Societies have Viewed Bodily Functions - Introduction Ancient societies viewed bodily functions differently from the way we do today. Many cultures also had different views of what was considered pure and impure. However, almost certainly no group seemed as meticulous as the Essenes. Widely known for their rules concerning ritual purity, several known historical authors mentioned them in their writings, including Josephus and Pliny the Elder. Moreover, although the identity of the community occupying the settlement at Qumran has been the object of much debate, many scholars believe that they were most likely members of this Jewish sect....   [tags: ritual purifications, Qumran]
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