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The Sacrifice of Life - A simple definition of sacrifice is to give up something for the sake of something else, whether it is for another human life, for an idea, or even for a belief. “She was 17 years old. He stood glaring at her, his weapon before her face. ‘Do you believe in God?’ She paused. It was a life-or-death question. ‘Yes, I believe in God.’ ‘Why?’ asked her executioner. But he never gave her the chance to respond. The teenage girl lay dead at his feet.” (DC Talk 17) This example of a sacrifice really happened at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, on April 20, 1999....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Significance of Sacrifice in Buddhist Practice - The Significance of Sacrifice in Buddhist Practice The self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc at a busy intersection in Saigon on June 11, 1963 utterly shocked most Americans who could not fathom why a person would commit such a horrific act. Without trying to explore any feasible explanations within this man’s religion, many decided that he was probably just a fanatic who wanted to make a political statement in the most appalling manner possible. Was that the case. Was Quang Duc simply a political activist pushed to the limit, or was he acting with motivation derived from his religion....   [tags: Religion]
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Death Through Sacrifice - Death Through Sacrifice Death is one of the most terrible things we humans have to go through. Where do we go after death. Is there a Hell or a Heaven. These are questions that still remain without answers. Since remote times, men have wondered about this, but not even technology has helped us to find answers. Some people are said to have answers; it is true they do have answers, but answers that mainly fix their religious beliefs. Almost all religions have a theory about death, but they vary from one to another, and sometimes the difference is big....   [tags: Greek Culture Traditions Papers]
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Sacrifice In A Tale Of Two Cities - The Gift of a Lifetime: Sacrifice in a Tale of Two Cities Some men are engraved eternally in the hearts and minds of those he inspired. It is done so in a fashion that allows his name to live eternally, long after his ephemeral existence. However, what truly sets a man apart from his lesser counterparts is his willingness to give without taking. Indeed, the pioneer aviator and author Anne Morrow Lindbergh puts it best when she says, “to give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own” In Charles Dickens’s A Tale of two Cities , Dickens shows the inherent goodness of his characters ....   [tags: Charles Dickens] 1417 words
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Ishmael, the Sacrifice of Abraham - Ishmael, the Sacrifice of Abraham Introduction The tragedy of strained relations between Islamic and Judeo-Christian countries is a part of everyday life. One need only pick up a newspaper or check the news story of the day via television, radio, or internet to learn of the latest violent attack by a suicide bomber or military retaliation on such an attack. The terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by countries that are predominantly Islamic with the counter attacks coming from a well-armed Israel, supported by US arms sales as well as US silence....   [tags: Islam History Religion Religious Papers]
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The Cycle of Sacrifice in the Roman Catholic Mass - The Cycle of Sacrifice in the Roman Catholic Mass The Christian Church is centered on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is what set the early Christians apart from their Jewish roots. In the Christian Church the notion of sacrifice is based on Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice. This comes from a long tradition of sacrifice throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Jewish tradition there are sacrifices made at certain times of the year. For example, traditionally during Passover each family has a rabbi sacrifice a lamb....   [tags: Religion Christianity Judaism Essays]
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Essay About Love: Love is Sacrifice - I left work today realizing just how fortunate I am to be on the track towards a successful career. And on top of that, the fact that I actually enjoy my job makes it even better. It's definitely been a long road. I think about how I had to deal with rude and ignorant customers as a convenient store cashier during junior high, the strenuous labor working alongside my mother at the dry cleaners in high school, and then finally those dreaded double shifts waiting tables for three years during college....   [tags: essay about love] 1158 words
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Christians' Beliefs On Sacrifice of Human Life - Christians' Beliefs On Sacrifice of Human Life Works Cited Missing Well sacred has three meanings. Sacred means holy; we are a creation of God and we are holy because he made us. Godlike as we are made in the image and likeness of God. Precious because everything God creates is precious and as we are the most powerful beings on earth we are most precious of all. "Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves. God created man in the image of himself" (Genesis 1:26-27) This passage shows us how we resemble God and in essence life should be respected....   [tags: Papers] 535 words
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The Nature of Sacrifice in the History and Ideology of Gush Emunim - The Nature of Sacrifice In The History And Ideology Of The Gush Emunim There can be no argument that by living in small settlements in the hostile and explosive West Bank and Gaza Strip, Gush Emunim settlers are making some sort of sacrifice. Surrounded no doubt by hostile Palestinians who feel that the Israelis are occupying their home, religious settlers face the potential for violence and death on a daily basis. In what is becoming a more perilous state of affairs in Israel with each suicide bombing, shooting spree, or IDF incursion into the Palestinian territories and refugee camps, perhaps no one on the Israeli side faces as constant a risk of danger than the Gush Emunim....   [tags: Israel Middle East Political Essays]
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Loyalty and Sacrifice in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Of Mice and Men: Loyalty and Sacrifice John Steinbeck was born in 1902, in California's Salinas Valley, a region that would eventually serve as the setting for Of Mice and Men, as well as many of his other works. He studied literature and writing at Stanford University. He then moved to New York City and worked as a laborer and journalist for five years, until he completed his first novel in 1929, Cup of Gold. With the publication of Tortilla Flat in 1935, Steinbeck achieved fame and became a popular author....   [tags: Steinbeck Of Mice and Men Essays] 556 words
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Essay on Sacrifice in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Sacrifice in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight There are many different types of heroism that exist among the heroes of past and present. Heroism usually is thought of as battling and triumphing over an obstacle, or conquest of a fair-maiden’s love. But notice what this passage from the Mahabharata says about “The True Hero.” Heroes of many kinds are proclaimed: hear from me, then, their goals. Rewards are assigned to the families of heroes and also to the hero himself. Heroes of sacrifice, heroes of self-control; others who are heroes of truth; heroes of battle are also proclaimed, and men who are heroes of giving....   [tags: Sir Gawain Green Knight Essays] 665 words
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Les Miserables, Theme (forgiveness, Self Sacrifice, And Courage) - “It is precisely of him that I wished to speak. Dispose of me as you please; but help me first to carry him home. I only ask that of you.” Upon examination of Les Miserables, it is clearly evident that the elements of Forgiveness, Self – Sacrifice, and Courage are only a few of the main themes Hugo wanted to develop. First off, is the element of forgiveness. In a book of mistrust, poverty, and hate…forgiveness thrives in the world of Les Miserables. The first example of this was at the very beginning, when Jean Valjean stayed with the bishop....   [tags: essays research papers] 991 words
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Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow - Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow       Throughout the works of E.L. Doctorow, many facets of American society are explored, ranging from the plight of the homeless to the idiosyncrasies of the rich. A persistent theme prevalent in all of his novels is the existence of the American dream. He seems fascinated by upward social mobility, especially when it involves the impoverished and underprivileged. Yet Doctorow also points out that with the success or attempted success of the American dream, one must make sacrifices, compromising morality, physical well-being, conscience, or identity....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Canterbury Tales - Linking Griselda of The Clerk's Tale to the Biblical Sacrifice of Abraham - Linking Griselda of The Clerk's Tale and the Biblical Sacrifice of Abraham       The Clerk's Tale seems to strike most readers as a distasteful representation of corrupt sovereignty and emotional sadism; few can find any value in Walter's incessant urge to test his wife's constancy, and the sense that woman is built for suffering is fairly revolting to most modern sensibilities. Nevill Coghill, for instance, described the tale as "too cruel, too incredible a story," and he notes that "even Chaucer could not stand it and had to write his marvelously versified ironic disclaimer" (104-5)....   [tags: Clerk's Tale Essays]
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An Acceptable Sacrifice of Praise and Worship Songs in Today’s Church - An Acceptable Sacrifice of Praise and Worship Songs in Today’s Church In this year of our Lord 2002, many issues beset the Church. Christians have always been called to interpret the ways of the world, and to live lives worthy of Jesus Christ, our savior and Lord. One of Christ’s commands was: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed with the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Today in America, this commandment is more than usually relevant, with the rise of popular or mass culture, which of necessity affects many Christians....   [tags: Religion Christianity Essays]
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Marriages Can Be Mutually Supportive - Marriages Can Be Mutually Supportive Hellenistic views of marriage are very different from modern views in many ways, and because of these differences, it can be easy to dismiss archaic and Athenian marriages as loveless or purely functional. However, it should be noted that there are definite examples of these marriages being mutually supportive and loving. One can see these characteristics especially well in two works, Oeconomicus by Xenophon, and Alcestis by Euripides. Although different, these two stories demonstrate both the mutual support and love that can be found in Hellenistic marriages....   [tags: Marry Sacrifice Love Essays] 1561 words
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Love And Sacrifices - Love and Sacrifices What does it mean to love another. To love another person means to feel compassionate towards them, to "feel" what they feel. Caring about someone, and what happens to them is also a sign of love. Sharing a relationship with someone means that you have to be responsible and have to be aware that there will be times when things go wrong. Loving someone means taking these "wrong" things and trying to fix them. What are some signs of love. Making sacrifices is one sign of devotion to another person....   [tags: essays research papers] 540 words
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God Promises to Abraham - ... It is intriguing that God would ask Abraham to sacrifice the only son Sarah bore him. The first line in the story of child sacrifice in Genesis states that God’s request to sacrifice Abraham’s child, Isaac, is only a test. God has ordered Abraham various tasks (i.e. to move to an “alien land” and circumcise every male in the household) and “after these things God tested Abraham” (Genesis 22:1). The intent is to gauge the faithfulness of God’s chosen patriarch. God chose words to describe Isaac with emotional and loving connotations, like “your only son…whom you love” (22:2)....   [tags: Religion, Genesis, Child Sacrifices] 1443 words
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History Other - Mikey Ritualistic Sacrifice in Ancient Greek Mythology The ritual of sacrifice in Greek literature played a prominent role in societal influence, defining many aspects of their culture. Sacrifice was the foundation of moral concern, as well as an effective means of narrative development in Greek tragedy. The thematic reoccurrence of sacrifice in Greek literature reveals its symbolic importance. At a time when politics and religion were one in the same, sacrifice was crucial in regulating governmental issues....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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About the The Abrahamic covenant - ... Circumcision was the physical sacrifice that men made to symbolize their connection with God and each other as a part of the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 17:1). The Abrahamic covenant was the first in the biblical scriptures that had any mention of human sacrifice at all because all sacrifices until up until this point had been of animals. God ordered this new type of “physical sacrifice”, right after he and Abraham had made the covenant. If not for circumcision, there would be no relationship or promise between God and Abraham because essentially the covenant had already been fulfilled through the physical sacrifice of circumcision....   [tags: Religion, Biblical Studies]
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Joy Luck Club - Joy Luck Club In The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, one examines the story of four Chinese families throughout the generations. By examining specific examples of sacrifice within each of the four families, sacrifice will be proved to be one of the main themes of the story. Ying-Ying St. Clair made quite a precious sacrifice while she was in China. The sacrifice was 14 years of her life. That which adds to this sacrifice is that the years make up the time from which she was age 18-32, which most people consider to be their prime years....   [tags: essays papers] 881 words
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Slavery Through Christianity - Slavery Through Christianity When Virgil wrote about Aeneus and Dido’s passionate affair, he showed how the unfortunate mixture of lust, love, and divine intervention could result in tormented hearts. The word “Love” in the context of the above quote refers to the desire the couple felt for each other, an erotic, impulsive force that consumed their lives and made them forget their responsibilities as leaders. Dido’s suicide further shows how this force drove her heart to the extreme....   [tags: Religion Love Essays] 1779 words
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Antigone - Life’s many ups and downs leads to many options There are many decisions you will need to make in life. Decisions such as deciding whether or not to make a sacrifice for someone. Every day there are many sacrifices being made. In fact life requires sacrifices to be made. Sacrifices such as dying for someone or choosing something instead of another. People also make sacrifices for what they believe in such as their beliefs or religion. Many people choose to make sacrifices for the people they love and care for such as family and friends....   [tags: essays research papers] 862 words
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Catabolic Relationships - ... At noon I got up to teach my lessons, then went straight to a gig [...] Being with her was like a circuit connecting and Lighting everything up” (Boast 4). Unfortunately, the disconnection while they were apart for so many hours of the day did matter, the circuit shorted, and their relationship began to deteriorate. “We argued about who did the groceries, the laundry, who paid the lion’s share of the rent-she did, and I hated that […] I resented her for making me feel irrelevant and powerless” (Boast 5)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Bill Boast] 1290 words
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The World of Phoenicia - The World of Phoenicia Around the 12th century BC, the Greeks gave the coastal region of the eastern Mediterranean the name Phoenicia. This name was so widely accepted that even the Romans adopted it at a later date. Phoenicia was the land between the Orontes River and Mount Carmel. The land was characterized early as the homeland or origination of the surviving Syro-Canaanite civilization. This unique civilization survived the many threats from other cultures of the 12th century BC. The Syro-Canaan civilization produced many interesting objects....   [tags: World History] 1406 words
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Personal Narrative Social Aspects of the Piercing Trend - Personal Narrative Social Aspects of the Piercing Trend The world is a changing place and you never know what will become the new cool thing to do. Two universal ways of handling a situation are either to do so according to one's personal needs, or one can base a decision on how it will be seen by others. The vast majority of people fall on the side of being worried about what others are saying and thinking. People have a natural desire to belong, and to fit in with a certain group. No matter what group an individual chooses, that individual almost always is forced to sacrifice a part of them self in order to seem more a part of things....   [tags: Piercing, Expression] 317 words
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Aztec Warrior - ... The priest would then tear out the still beating heart and hold it toward the sky to offer it to the sun god. The bodies were given to the warriors responsible for their capture, cremated, or used for cannibalism in ritual. Another form of sacrifice commonly used for high-ranking captives, who were forced into a gladiatorial sacrifice. The captive would be painted, given a shield and a feathered club, and forced to drink Octili, a fermented sap similar to tequila. Then the captive fought an Aztec warrior usually an Eagle or Jaguar Warrior....   [tags: History, Aztec Military Training] 1935 words
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The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom - It may start with one simple spark in the darkest of times. When the walls of the world seem as though they are squeezing the life out of you, and you're trapped under the demands and desires of an overwhelming society; when you feel so broken inside, your identity is almost unrecognizable. When this pain feels as if it is too much to bear, it may be that one spark that suddenly lights your world anew and in some cases changes your life forever. I read it over the long hours of one night, unable to put it down, until suddenly the light of the sunrise penetrated my blinds....   [tags: Albom Literature] 1152 words
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Cults And Jews - Cults And Jews Cults are becoming more and more of an issue for Jews every day. Many cults are beginning to target Jews. They say you can believe in Jesus yet remain a Jew, or many other things like that. It is important for people to educate themselves of these cults and their recruiting techniques so that they will not be taken advantage of by these cults. Cults now are very different than they were in ancient times though. The Jews, rather than being targeted by cults, were themselves a cult....   [tags: essays research papers] 1012 words
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Illustrating with Vignettes - ... The second historical vignette, dated 1721, also illustrates the arrival of gods, but goes further to address their struggle to survive. Celtic beliefs arrive to North America in the back of a faithful Cornishwoman’s mind. Readers grow old with the Essie the main character, a woman banished twice from her homeland, bartering her body for second chances and a better life. Consistently throughout her entire story, Essie pays homage to piskies and other creatures of her homeland, placing saucers of milk outside her door or on her window ledge at night, pouring cider on the roots of Apple trees on New Year’s Eve, and placing loafs of bread in the fields at harvest time....   [tags: Historical Vignettes, American Gods] 1122 words
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Homely Business - Creation of the Universe It would be ignorant to believe that there is only one explanation for the creation of the universe. The Vedic hymns present several cosmogonies. There are many interpretations for these myths resulting from there documentation on various levels of culture. It is purposeless to quest for the origin of each of these cosmogonies because most of these ideas and beliefs represent a heritage transmitted from prehistory all over the ancient world. There are four essential types of cosmogonies that seem to have fascinated the Vedic poets and theologians....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Bean Trees - There were many sacrificial elements that existed in The Bean Trees. Sacrifices that the characters in the novel made for the benefit of others or themselves. These sacrifices played a role almost as significant as some of the characters in the book. Some prime examples of these sacrifices are Mattie’s will to offer sanction to illegal immigrants, the fact that Taylor sacrificed the whole success of her excursion by taking along an unwanted, abused Native-American infant, and Estevan and Esperanza’s decision to leave behind their daughter for the lives of seventeen other teacher union members....   [tags: essays research papers] 506 words
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My Seminary Experience -      For about 90- 95% of the population in my school of around 1400 people, only .00003 % of them have to wake up at 7 o’clock every school day. This is exactly 4 people in the entire school, and is the amount of people I go to seminary with every morning at 6:30. Because of this my first day of high school was a little bit different from everyone else’s first day. While the rest of the kids in the town where still fast asleep in their beds I was showering and getting ready to go to a church class held at a house a few blocks away from my high school....   [tags: Education Personal Narratives School Essays] 628 words
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Atonement - Atonement I. Introduction How do we know we are not going to hell. How do we know we are going to heaven. How do we know that Christ dies for us. How do we know that Christ's death saved us from our sins. What is atonement. How do we know Christ is God. How does the Old Testament apply to all this. Hopefully all of these questions will be answered by the end of this paper. II. The meaning of Atonement One single or all encompassing definition of atonement is difficult or almost impossible to find....   [tags: Religion Religious God Christianity] 1817 words
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Lord Of The Flies - Primitive - "He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger… He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling… The face of red and white and black swung through the air…" In the novel Lord of the Flies, an account of primitive religion is evident in the behavior of the hunting party. Initially, we will explore chant and uniform action and it’s spiritual effects on the human mind and soul. Secondly, it will be discussed how primitive peoples gain satisfaction from conducting the act of sacrifice....   [tags: essays research papers] 1129 words
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The Price of Revenge in Sleepers and Valentine - The Price of Revenge in Sleepers and Valentine Many people advocate the philosophy of "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," but few of them realize that to take revenge is often to sacrifice oneself and that the very purpose of law is to put an end to revenge. People are willing to sacrifice their freedom, their careers, and even their lives for revenge. Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel Sleepers, and Tom Savage's novel, Valentine, evidently express this. Although its true that it might take couple of years for criminals to get what they deserve, most of the time the law gets the job done....   [tags: Sleepers Valentine] 798 words
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The Oresteia by Aeschylus: Guilty or Innocent - When a person is accused of a crime they are either found innocent or guilty. This is the basic idea of justice and it is what many feel needs to happen if someone has done something controversial. In the play The Oresteia by Aeschylus, the story of Clytemnestra guilt or innocents is questioned. She does many things that people are not too happy with and those controversial actions throughout the story, mainly in the first part Agamemnon get her into the trouble. As we explore the case that builds against her innocents by exploring the killings of Agamemnon and Cassandra and the boastful expression about the killings....   [tags: Oresteia Aeschylus] 1104 words
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Free Oedipus the King Essays: Oedipus as the Hero Archetype - Oedipus as the Hero Archetype   The character Oedipus in Sophocles' Oedipus the King follows a literary pattern known as the hero archetype. The hero archetype is a pattern involved with transformation and redemption. Manifest in three stages called the quest, the initiation, and the sacrifice, Oedipus is transformed from the redeemer of the city to the cause of its downfall. These three stages are clearly revealed and although they are separate entities, each intertwine. Prior to the opening of the story Oedipus begins the first stage, known as the quest....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 493 words
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Worth Dying For - Worth Dying For Life is God’s greatest gift to mankind. Is there anything worth losing this most precious gift for. Both US History and Literature give us an in-depth perspective on how many times men and women alike sacrifice their lives for morals and values that are to them worth more than life itself. An example of one of these morals would be humanity. The union army of the civil war held this moral so close to their heart that without a second thought they marched troops throughout the United States to fight and even die to help free the slaves....   [tags: Papers] 360 words
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Blind Faith Exposed in The Victim of Aulis - Blind Faith Exposed in The Victim of Aulis      During World War II, an entire race of people was decimated as a result of blind adherence to one charismatic ruler; the holocaust has become emblematic of the senseless horror of war and the loss of innocent lives. Perhaps influenced by World War II, the Korean War, and the questioning of complete adherence to authority, whose seeds were just breaking through the glorious façade of the 1950's suburban idyll, Dannie Abse wrote "The Victim of Aulis" in 1951-6....   [tags: Victim of Aulis Essays]
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Collectivism's Paradox - ... You cannot change it. You cannot change it because that’s the way man is born, alone, complete, an end in himself” (Rand 408). As exhibited by Taganov’s declaration, collectivism denies man the right to fight for what nature defines him to fight for—himself. Before reaching this radical conclusion, Taganov’s ‘collective’ characterized a moral right; it represented all that was good and righteous. “There is no such thing as duty.” Taganov declares, “If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it....   [tags: Sociology, Communal Good] 1489 words
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Sacrificial Inequality - ... He even once asked, referring to Nora, “What are little people called that are always wasting money,” (5). He always belittled and demeaned her, taking away from who she truly was. Nora sacrificed her true desire of being her own person to stay with Torvald and her beloved children, even though all along she had wanted the opposite, “I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are—or, at all events, that I must try and become one,” (65). Also, Nora wanted to be more than just the housewife that Torvald had made her into....   [tags: Adam and Eve, Women Studies, Gender Roles] 1524 words
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Mesoamerican Empires - ... It is incredible how the Olmec people transported the stone from the distant mountains to La Venta, near the shore, without the aid of work animals or carts. It appears that the Olmecs did this grueling work for their gods willingly, as there is no evidence of forced labor (Stanton 93). The Olmecs probably worshipped the jaguar, as it appears so often in their artwork. There are also many examples of were-jaguars and jaguar-like people in their art (Stanton 92). In addition to their gigantic head sculptures, the Olmecs made smaller jade carvings, and also had a form of writing and a calendar system (Kingfisher 32)....   [tags: Mayan, Olmec, Aztec] 1142 words
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Free Essays on Terrorism: Independence Day Has New Meaning - Independence Day Has New Meaning   This week we will celebrate the Independence of our great nation, gained through the blood and sacrifice of our ancestors. This is the day we were meant to honor our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. Disregarding the true meaning of the holiday, I am afraid that many of us, myself included, had forgotten the sacrifice our independence demanded. July 4th became little more than a day off work, punctuated by an excuse for family and friends to gather with the added attraction of fireworks....   [tags: September 11 Terrorism Essays] 374 words
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Hernan Cortes - Reasons for Success - Hernan Cortes - Reasons for Success Why was Cortes with 508 soldiers able to conquer the Aztec Empire with millions of people. Cortes was able to conquer the Aztecs for several very different reasons. In combination these reasons allowed him to have the upper hand in the conquest of Mexico. Arguably these reasons can be sorted into six different categories. The various causes for Cortes' success will be assessed in a climax pattern. To begin with the Aztecs had a harsh tribute system that was not popular among the people of Mexico....   [tags: American America History] 1842 words
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The Rejang Dance: A Balinese Religious Offering - The Rejang Dance: A Balinese Religious Offering A note to readers My interest in the topic of dancer as an offering to the divine grew directly out of fieldwork experience with sacred dance during my study abroad in Bali, Indonesia, Spring, 2001. I was captivated by the Rejang dance, in which women present offerings (sajen) to the gods. [1] Although Balinese religion and daily life is abundant with ritual offerings, the dance as way of offering, “the most beautiful way of offering,” holds a unique position in the practice of Balinese religion simply because there are not other offerings of this kind....   [tags: Religion]
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Folk Heroes versus Modern Role Models - There are six different qualities of folk heroes. Three are self-sacrifice, the willingness to go on a search for something of value, and someone who is willing to ask for help from others. Therefore, we need to examine our modern role models of today to see if they have any of these qualities of a folk hero. The first quality is that a folk hero must show values of his or her culture. A folk hero must be someone who is a good community member who puts the needs of their community above their own needs....   [tags: essays research papers] 488 words
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The Face of Death: Explication of a Passage in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” - ... Owen also said that, “All the poet can do is to warn. That is why true poets must be truthful.” (Owen 18). So why didn’t Owen use the second person to make the reader feel the death of the poor soul much more vividly. Perhaps Owen was writing this for himself; this could have been a situation that Owen had witnessed and wanted to come to terms with. He does draw the reader into the mind with the final four lines when he addresses the reader as “my friend.” This shows that he is fulfilling his role as a poet of warning....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Personality Test - ... et al, 2006). An IQ test for college/university is likely to test aspects of personality such as commitment, social maturity, self awareness, persistence, interest in school and willingness to study. Commitment is probably the single most important measure of a person’s ability to success. Successful people are those that pledge their efforts and resources to a certain course and practice consistency in following or carrying out that course. Commitment leads to persistence in playing an active role in accomplishing one’s tasks in a bid to meet pre-established goals....   [tags: Psychology]
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Rocking The Boat - Throughout history individuals have been plagued with decisions in which they must choose to act in their best interest or act as a martyr, dedicating their lives to the best interests of others. While these choices may seem irrational, selfish, and poorly contemplated from the outside, on the inside there are simply no other options. Paradoxically, the protagonists in both Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain sacrifice what is precious to them to preserve their emotional and spiritual survival....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Sacred Books In Hinduism And Buddhism - Sacred Books, in my opinion, are the most important things that can preserve the knowledge of religion. When transmitted orally certain interpretations may occur, especially when translated into different languages. India was a mother of many religions, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. Hinduism “has no one identifiable founder, no strong organizational structure to defend it and spread its influence, nor any creed to define and stabilize its beliefs; and in a way that seems to defy reason, Hinduism unites the worship of many gods with a belief in a single divine reality.” (Molloy: 74) The Hindu scriptures are divided into two parts, the shrutis (what is heard) and the smritis (what is remembered)....   [tags: Hinduism Buddhism Religion ] 1581 words
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Team Dynamics of the Air Force - Imagine being on the greatest team in the world but instead of playing for wins or loses or championships you play for freedom for your fellow country men and women. Think about the team work or team dynamics it would take to be the greatest team ever. The Chicago Bulls have been called the greatest basketball team of the 1990's winning six tittles in eight years including a record setting year in 1996 going 72-10. The hard work, dedication, time put into becoming a great unit starts at the foundation....   [tags: United States Military] 1241 words
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