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Impermanence, Selflessness, And Dissatisfaction - Impermanence, Selflessness, and Dissatisfaction Buddhism is neither a religion nor a philosophy, but rather a way of life. This does not imply that Buddhism is nothing more than an ethical code: it is a way of moral, spiritual and intellectual training leading to complete freedom of the mind. (DeSilva, 1991:p 5). Of the many Buddhist sects, Zen Buddhism places particular emphasis on living ‘the right' life, and does not revolve around rite and ritual. Buddhism outlines the three characteristics of existence, which aids one in achieving enlightenment....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Notions of Selflessness in Sartrean Existentialism and Theravadin Buddhism - Notions of Selflessness in Sartrean Existentialism and Theravadin Buddhism ABSTRACT: In this essay I examine the relationship between Sartre's phenomenological description of the "self" as expressed in his early work (especially Being and Nothingness) and elements to be found in some approaches to Buddhism. The vast enormity of this task will be obvious to anyone who is aware of the numerous schools and traditions through which the religion of Buddhism has manifested itself. In order to be brief, I have decided to select specific aspects of what is commonly called the Theravadin tradition as being representative of Buddhist philosophy....   [tags: Buddhism Sartre Essays]
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High Noon, by Fred Zinneman and Treasure of the Sierra Madre, by Jouhn Huoston - The films High Noon, directed by Fred Zinneman, and Treasure of the Sierra Madre, directed by John Houston, bring rise to the question of self benefit or selflessness through the main characters. The lead role in High Noon is Marshall Will Kane who has restored a town, Hadleyville, from its atrocious past. Even though Kane has recently retired due to his marriage, he comes to face the eminent destruction of the Hadleyville again when his enemy Frank Miller and his gang return. Howard, the main character of the film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, is a wise cracking old man who meets two men and agrees to help them hunt for gold....   [tags: Altruism, Selflessness] 887 words
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Nursing: The Life of Medicine and Selflessness - As he finally gasped for air, he looks up to see the nurse that had just given him cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was lying there breathing again because of the nurse that was educated and trained to help, she saved his life. To save a life and become a hero in someone’s eyes, that is a nurse. Nurses are important figures of society and are there whenever and forever. They play a key role in the caring for a patient and obtain many duties and responsibilities. Since nursing has evolved, the lives of the people are better protected, education is a major factor and nursing has steadily progressed in technology and medicine....   [tags: Nursing ]
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Having recently completed several Books by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” the “Idiot” and the Possessed. The complicated nature of his writings, much of which admittedly present some difficulty in one’s understanding of them. Discussing the material certainly helps expand one’s thinking of these subjects not before given much thought. Politics of the time, religion and social awareness are some of the issues so detailed by the author make me want to read more. The following paragraphs briefly describe the Novels read....   [tags: selflessness, the idiot and the possessed ] 2205 words
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Sharing The Same Fate in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - Is it possible for two people who have never interacted with each other throughout their lives to share the same fate. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is a young boy who decides to run away from his abusive father, accompanied by an escaped slave who believes that he will be sold and separated from his family. Huck has no choice but to take on an adventurous journey, which allows his relationship with the slave, Jim, to blossom while testing their mental and physical skills. In correlation, in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Linda Brent is a respected slave who is “passed down” to an abusive owner and faces harsh treatment....   [tags: huck, slave, determination, selflessness]
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Comparison: Beowulf, Grendel, and Robin Hood - Has someone ever went out of their way to help you. In the summer of 2012, I won a calf in the Snake River Stampede Calf Scramble. I decided to buy a heifer from Bill and Beverly White of Hyde Angus Ranch. They had excellent cattle and seemed very eager to help me in any way possible. They gave all the help and support I needed in raising my heifer, including breeding her and raising the calf. I was very amazed at the White’s generosity. They went out of their way to help me, and were in no way obligated to do so....   [tags: True Hero, Eagerness, Selflessness]
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Jesus As a Christian Leader - Leadership has no consistent definition. In my opinion, leadership basically entails the ability of a person to influence, motivate and inspire others. A leader is someone who is able to create change among people. Examples of leaders are mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther king jnr, prophet Mohammed as well as Jesus Christ who I will be discussing in terms of Christianity. Christianity is one of the world’s major religions. It’s built on the idea that Jesus Christ is the Son of God whom God sent to save mankind....   [tags: leadership, christianity, selflessness, virtue]
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My Favorite Character in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - ... My favorite character in this movie is Tommy because while everyone has gone through a lot, he has kept his character throughout it all. Character, selflessness, and understanding are what makes Tommy my favorite character in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Tommy is able to stay true to himself and keep his character throughout the whole story of The Grapes of Wrath in which many people have let the depression turn them into terrible people. When Tommy gets out of jail the only thing that he wants is for his life to go back to normal....   [tags: tommy, family, farm, land, selflessness] 1052 words
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The Importance of Community in How To Tell a True War Story, Into the Wild, and Robert Thurman’s Essay, Wisdom - Knowledge is defined as the body of truth or facts accumulated in the course of time. Knowledge is gained through school, peers, friends and family and oneself, but one gains the most knowledge through the community. A community is a group of people living in a particular location. The community helps individual see what is right from wrong, by pointing it out. In Tim O’Brien’s essay, “How to Tell a True War Story”, he mentions that individuals need a community to grow and learn. O’Brien states that as individual we need other people to lean on during hard and difficult times....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]
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What Makes a True Hero? - What makes a hero. Is it the sharp, wide eyes; the perfect, slicked back hair; the toned, muscular body. Is it the cape, tights, or symbol etched in the material sprawled across their broad chest. What about the heart the hero has; the traits that make them a hero. The true characteristics of a hero are not their superpowers or excellent ability to fight, but their willingness to save others and help those who cannot defend themselves. Their honesty, total selflessness, and bravery, in no particular order, are some of the things that make someone a hero....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight] 612 words
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The Examination of Complicated Relationships between The Flying Troutmans and The Kite Runner - ... Sohrab has a fear of not being accepted into the culture and the family. Amir reassures, “‘I won’t ever get tired of you, Sohrab…Not ever. That’s a promise. You’re my nephew, remember?” (The Kite Runner, pg 340). Regardless of their own individual struggles, both characters demonstrate to the reader that their selfless acts have helped strengthen their family relationships. All of the traumatic occurrences Amir endured throughout his life, he was still able repair his families relationships by finding the truth....   [tags: choices, complications, family, relationships] 1767 words
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What is Success About: Defining Success - Watching an acquaintance or friend achieve a goal they set for themselves is very rewarding. When the goal is achieved, you would consider them successful. Success is a term with many definitions. Many people think that success is determined by the amount of money one makes, or how many people they boss around each day. This is the opposite of how success is defined. Success is about being happy with an outcome and doing something correctly. It is about feeling accomplished when something is finished....   [tags: success, happiness, respect] 557 words
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Analysis of Divergent by Veronica Roth - Veronica Roth’s bestseller Divergent is the first book in her three part series about the world during a time when the government divides citizens up into five factions. Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Dauntless make up these factions and each one consists of different character traits that define it. Through the plot, characters, and themes, Roth tells a beautiful love story while keeping readers on the edge of their seat throughout the whole book. Divergent takes place in modern day Chicago, but the world has completely changed and the government controls everything, including where people work, live, and how they act....   [tags: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite] 515 words
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Love in Shakespeare's As You Like It - Love in As You Like It         Throughout the centuries, men have pondered many great questions. Among these is the question: "What is love?" There is no doubt that the greatest name in English literature, Shakespeare, sought to answer this question for himself. Indeed, Shakespeare recorded his answer in many of the sonnets and plays he wrote, including As You Like It. As Shakespeare learned in seeking to answer this question, love is many things, which in this play he observes through the characters of the play, but most directly through Silvius: It is to be all made of fantasy, All made of passion and all made of wishes, All adoration, duty, and observance, All humbleness, all patie...   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays]
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Beowulf: The Selfless Hero - Beowulf: The Selfless Hero Beowulf is an epic poem that describes the heroics of a man with superhuman strength and bravery to go with it. The poem starts with a journey across the sea to defeat an enemy that has plagued the land of Herot for twelve years. The poem ends with Beowulf’s final deed of defeating a dragon that was plaguing his own land, but with the defeat of the dragon also comes the death of Beowulf. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem of bravery by one of King Arthur’s knights....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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The Life of an Anglo-Saxon Warrior as Depicted in Beowulf - Existence as an Angelo-Saxon warrior was rewarding, however at the same instant it was difficult. Warlords had a number of warriors obliged to serve them. Being a warrior had a worthwhile life, they spent their time shining armor, readying their sword and intimidating the other warriors. Being an Anglo- Saxon warrior was gratifying life because warriors got fame, glory, recognition, and treasure. The younger boys looked up to either their father that was a warrior or another warrior. They idolized these men because they received fame....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1688 words
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The Search For Meaning in How to Tell a True War Story, and Into the Wild - Life is a series of questions that people strive to answer through desperate endeavors to put some value and meaning behind their existence and purpose. However, it has been a mystery as to how to achieve those answers. A popular misleading belief is that the answers to life’s questions begin from answering the biggest question of them all “Who am I?” To discover the answer to this and all other questions, people use the assistance of others around them. Interacting and forming relationships with others allows one to not only to get to know those people, but also discover him/herself in that process....   [tags: Tim O'Brien, Jon Krakauer]
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Jonas' New Found Feelings in The Giver - ... Since Jonas has never truly felt feelings, he is unable to know what it feels like to be truly frightened. This shows that he is shallow, because he is isolated from all emotions; he has never experienced real feelings, only what he thinks to be real feelings. Overall, Jonas is shallow before receiving memories, but, he becomes more compassionate after receiving memories from the Giver. After Jonas receives memories from the Giver, he becomes more compassionate, and he displays his compassion through his new ability to truly feel feelings and his determination to save Gabriel....   [tags: Lois Lowry novel, character analysis] 722 words
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The Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant - In Immanuel Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, he discusses his fundamental principle of morality. This is also known as his “categorical imperative”. His principle of morality basically states that all actions are moral and “good” if they are performed as a duty. Such an idea is exemplified when he says, “I should never act except in such a way that I can also will that my maxim should become a universal law” (Kant 14). Kant also seeks to apply his principal to suicide, as well has helping others in distress....   [tags: philosophy, categorical imperative] 674 words
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Altruism: Our Desire to Help Others - Over the endless cycles of generations, human life has lived up to its fundamental purpose of survival. Not only have we survived as a species, but we have evolved into the most complicated species on earth. Creatures riddled with mystery, emotion, morality; we have outdone ourselves in overcoming our basic reset function of survival. We originated in the mindset of survive and reproduce only to morph into a race rooted in emotion and intricate thought. Darwin’s theory, survival of the fittest, calculates that humans basic goal and reason of life is to survive, and reproduce; to have only ones self in mind....   [tags: Psychology ]
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Muhammad Iqbal's Works and Poetic Contributions - ... Iqbal wasn’t only known for his poetry but also known for his strong opinion towards politics. Most of Iqbals poetry was written in a religious perspective. He was invited to give a speech in Cambridge University where he expressed what he truly believes in and advising students to stick to their faith. He said: "I would like to offer a few pieces of advice to the young men who are at present studying at Cambridge ... I advise you to guard against atheism and materialism. The biggest blunder made by Europe was the separation of Church and State....   [tags: muslim, religion, faith] 690 words
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Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac - ... However this was not the only way Cyrano showed this. Most of you might remember the night of the play, when Christian first moved to Paris. It was a memorable night because Cyrano fought off those 100 men. Ligniere was a poor old drunkard, and as soon as Cyrano heard that 100 men were waiting to fight him, he did not think twice before fighting those men for Ligniere. When sitting with Le Bret after the play, Le Bret questioned why he would risk his life for such a person: LE BRET. By why embroil yourself....   [tags: character analysis]
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Spiritual Beliefs and Customs of Native American Tribes - Many Native American tribes share different spiritual and cultural views on the aspect of life. Belief in God and the things he created depend on what tribe you belong to. Tribes like the Onondaga and the Modoc have several stories that inform us regarding their religious customs and beliefs. The origin myths were written to point out the beliefs among tribes. “The Earth on Turtle’s Back” and “When Grizzlies Walked Upright” provides us with examples of what the Onondaga and Modoc tribes believed in....   [tags: life, belief, customs, teach] 529 words
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A Career in Nursing - Nursing is defined as “as an application of scientific knowledge enhanced by artful practice in a socially responsible manner.” (Gregory 5). Nurses provide leadership as members of interdisciplinary teams, provide client centered care to promote health, prevent disease, and restore and maintain client integrity throughout the life span. (Krannich 71). This makes it one of the most interesting professions, in my opinion. General Qualifications for becoming a nurse, according to Regina Ranburn, include: “Compassion, caring for others, selflessness, love for humanity, and desire to help others” (1)....   [tags: A Nursing Career]
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Acts of Heroism - What makes the acts of heroism different from the daily life of others. To people the act of heroism can be from their favorite sports player or an actor. But, to some they could be there family member. Each heroic act in the society is faced with great challenges but the hero never backs down. In addition, heroic acts have many different purposes in our society. The acts of heroism are considered as an inspiration to others and a reference but, it takes certain attribute such as courage and selflessness....   [tags: heroes,]
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Life is Music - Life is music. Overflowing with fervent emotions, life is one, powerful, grand symphony. Every human organization, ranging from a group in a language arts class to a country, is an orchestra. Each person plays a different part of the song, with a unique flavor and purpose. If one asks any orchestra player what an orchestra is, one will most likely hear the words “selflessness,” “respect,” and “consideration.” Professional conductors, or leaders of any organization, do not glare at a player for missing a beat or playing a wrong note....   [tags: Music] 557 words
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Little Women Bliss - In Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women, some of the recurring themes include learning to appreciate what you have and that having money does not guarantee happiness-- family and love are just as important for the well being of oneself. These themes are taught to the five girls of the March family- Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy- by their thoughtful, affectionate mother. The mother’s wisdom is gradually passed down to her four daughters, teaching them the importance of love, gratefulness, and selflessness....   [tags: self-acceptance, family, love]
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saint Nicolas - Ceremonial Speech SPS: To praise Saint Nicholas. CIS: We all know who Santa Claus is and Saint Nicholas the man responsible for all the wonderful things we know him for such as: selflessness, unsurpassed generosity, popularity we can all learn and apply his wonderful deeds to our own lives. Introduction: I. I know that all of you have heard of Santa Claus but how many of you actually know the history behind him. Saint Nicholas was the wonderful man that the legend of Santa Claus derived from....   [tags: essays research papers] 1300 words
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The Fountainhead - The Fountainhead is a novel about the ideals of four characters: Howard Roark, Peter Keating, Ellsworth Toohey, and Gail Wynand, all brought together to play different roles in the architecture industry. Ayn Rand introduces confusing concepts in her novel The Fountainhead; her characters do not fit the status quo and therefore they do things that the reader does not understand. They are caught up in the world of architecture and deciding between acts of selfishness and selflessness. Howard Roark had an unusual definition of selfishness opposed to the reader; he believed selfishness is was staying true to ones ideals and goals no matter what people might say....   [tags: Literature Review] 749 words
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The Portrayal of Female Spys in John le Carré’s Call for the Dead and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes - ... It was a worn face, racked and ravaged long ago”(CFD 78). Her image reflects the intensity of the horrors she faced in the Nazi concentration camps. Smiley doesn’t view Elsa as a threat, but rather a miserable widow. Although her appearance is unconventional, Elsa uses her tattered look to her advantage. Her storied appearance eventually leads Smiley to her motives. Well before arriving in London, she “dreamed of long golden hair and they shaved my head, I dreamed of a beautiful body and they broke it with hunger”(CFD 101)....   [tags: political, characters, film] 811 words
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True Heroes of Literature: Atticus Finch, Macduff, and the Speaker in 'Porphyria’s Lover' - Heroes are typically identified as firemen or police officers -- those who outwardly display courage and strength. While strength and courage are admirable, and even heroic traits, the distinguishing quality of a genuine hero is his/her selflessness. A hero is a person who does the right thing when no one is looking. In literature, there are the heros that are identified for obvious reasons and those that are overlooked because they do not fit a specific criteria. All good literature features a “backstage” hero, whose actions are not meant to reap personal gain....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Macbeth] 675 words
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Night by Elie Wiesel and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - The autobiography Night by Elie Wiesel contains similarities to A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. These works are similar through the struggles that the main characters must face. The main characters, Elie Wiesel and Lieutenant Frederic Henry, both face complete alterations of personality. The struggles of life make a person stronger, yet significantly altering identity to the point where it no longer exists. This identity can be lost through extreme devotion, new experience, and immense tragedy....   [tags: compare contrast]
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Selfishness Explored in The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath - From a young age, our parents teach us to be grateful for what we have. However, as human beings and Americans, we * find it difficult to be content with what we consider “less.” Much of the American Dream revolves around success, and in general, the more you have, whether it is money, possessions, or relationships, the more successful you are. The American value of achievement often results in selfishness, once described by William E. Gladstone as “the greatest curse of the human race” (William E....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath]
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William Bell’s Novel Crabbe: How Crabbe Finds Pride in his Pilgrimage - Overcoming obstacles in one’s life can lead someone along the path of ultimately taking pride in themselves. This is apparent in William Bell’s novel Crabbe, in the case of young Franklin Crabbe. Firstly, Crabbe’s ordeal in nature teaches him to put others before himself. At the beginning of his journey, he is self-centred whilst making decisions, whereas at the end of his journey, he is able to consider others first. Secondly, during Crabbe’s time in the wilderness, he gains self-satisfaction from hard work....   [tags: unhappiness, ordeal, integrity]
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An Argument Against The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand - ... Instead, I will examine what I take her to believe is the strongest argument: self-interest is the standard of morality. Rand states, "selflessness is the deepest immorality," as follows: One's own well-being is one's highest value. For example, the following scene allows you and I to see Rands view as opposed to an altruist views: The world is too small for such a big population of people and with too many people the resources humans need to survive are scarce. With resources being scarce some may have to sacrifice their own supplies for the good of others....   [tags: self-interest, norm, ethics, values, needs, morals] 765 words
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Altruism and Egotism Portrayed in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - In the world today, altruism is associated with the “common good” of man while egotism is associated with evil and non-consideration of the fellow man. In contrast to the world’s view, Ayn Rand provides and proves a new definition for egotism through her book, The Fountainhead. She defines egotism in the context of ethics. She states: “Man-every man-is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.” Howard Roark, the protagonist in the book is a selfish a...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1990 words
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The Theme of Honor in _Much Ado About Nothing_ - Honour has never been easy to obtain. It is the characteristic that all strive for. It is an ambiguous measure of worth, and is only genuinely in the eyes of the beholder. Throughout the play Much Ado About Nothing, honour is pursued relentlessly by all of the characters, each in a unique way. The moral casualties on the pursuit for honour seem to be a direct result of the motivations of the pursuer. Claudio and Don Pedro have an extrinsically motivated drive for honour. They only want recognition, to wear it as a badge to show off their accomplishments....   [tags: Literary Analysis / Ethics] 1578 words
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The Everlasting Bond between a Mother and a Daughter - ... Sophia always impressed anyone that heard her play the violin. Yet again, Chua was not surprised because she knew all along that her daughter had the ability and potential to exceed in the performing arts. In The Joy Luck Club, Waverly Jong is having a hard time telling her mother that she is going to marry a man named Rich. This is because Waverly believes that her mother does not think anyone is good for anything. After pondering and worrying, Waverly realizes that she must tell her mother that she is getting married....   [tags: The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother, Amy Chua] 1151 words
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Power to the People: Mahatma Gandhi’s Key to Change - Power to the People: Mahatma Gandhi’s Key to Change According to Indian social activist Mahatma Gandhi, selfless service is the foundation for creating change throughout the world. “Action is one’s duty”, and one’s duty is actuated by “the spirit of service” (9) which one must take on in order to understand humility and selflessness, strengthen himself, and become an advocate for ahimsa, nonviolence (9). Like so many other social activists, Gandhi had a vision for the future: a vision of peace, independence, and equality for all....   [tags: nonviolence, resistance, inquality] 1404 words
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The Juxtaposition in the Hope of Roman Light - On that first fateful day, when Romulus struck down his own brother Remus, the cauldron of Rome was forged in blood and betrayal. The seeds on the Palatine hill cultured one of the most potent and stretching empires of human history. Though this civilization seemingly wielded the bolts of Zeus, they were infested with violence, vanity, and deception. Yet, one man—or seemingly “un”-man—outshone and out-graced his surroundings and everyone within it. He brought Rome several victories and rescued his beloved country from an early exodus, thus providing her a second beginning....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel - Friendship, although conceptually understood by the youngest of children, is one of those things that seems elusive when we try to explain it fully. It is multi-faceted, complicated and one of the best aspects of a rich life. Friendship has been a topic in literature from the Bible to Thoreau, who wrote an entire essay considering friendships and its meanings. Modern literature explores many aspects of friendships, both good and bad, but the simple yet meaningful friendships portrayed in children’s stories are some of the most memorable and none more so than the lovable Frog and Toad....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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The Confusion of Tongues Between Adults and Children - Winnicott made unique contributions to the field of psychology in that his theories are primarily concerned with abandoning psychopathology in favor of the quality of emotional development of self, and how an individual’s subjective experiences in their early childhood relations contributes to their development (Phillips, 1995). Winnicott gives attention to the mother-child relationship and incorporates much of Klein’s ideas around the inner reality of the infant and its object relations (Mitchell & Black, 1995)....   [tags: children, psychology, development, environment]
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - While not every cause is worth fighting for, notable men like; Huckleberry Finn, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Atticus Finch, and Ralph from Lord of the Flies recognize that when something’s worth fighting for, one needs to sacrifice for those thing bigger than them. Hence, men who have empathy along with selflessness, honor and integrity can be a leader for a cause they believe in. In the mid-1800’s, slavery was still prevalent in the South. Huck, a teenager about the same age as our eighth grade class, puts his life at risk in order to help Jim, a runaway slave, escape to the North....   [tags: lord of the flies, empathy, leadership]
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Symbolic References in Eudora Welty's A Worn Path - Symbolism is used in many ways and writers use symbolism to “enhance their writing.” It can give their work “more richness and color and can make the meaning of the work deeper.” In literary work the actions of the characters, words, action, place, or event has a deeper meaning in the context of the whole story. The reader needs to look see the little things like a dove symbolizes peace, or like the red rose stands for romance. Mostly everything can have a symbolism meaning to it. For instance the flag symbolizes freedom and the stars represent the states....   [tags: literary analysis, short stories]
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The Power of Books in The Book Thief - Books have the power to both save and destroy. It depends on how the words are used in the book. If they are used in a positive matter they can save many things. However if they are in negative matter (brain-washing) then they have the power to destroy. The Book Thief has the power to save, because it makes us remember how it feels to be picked on and how it feels to have nothing or to suffer. It could save people, for example if a bully reads this he might have a change in heart and stop bulling other kids....   [tags: bully, read, power, destroy] 608 words
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Racial Discrimination and The Civil Rights Movement - Racial discrimination was brought to the peak of popularity in mass media in the 1960's with the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Southern United States was the front line of the battle for equal rights for not only black men, but also black women. The unification through the terrors of racism brought hope and a fighting chance to the cause. Kathryn Stockett uses the characterization of Minny Jackson through point-of-views of herself and other characters in her novel, The Help, to develop the conflicting ideas of the African American women ideology, Africana womanism....   [tags: women of africana, feminism]
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