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The Binaries of Wicked and Western Society - American society has many binaries, which it currently uses to subjugate people into standard categories like, for example, gender and sex. Even though, society might classify someone, as a man or woman, it does not necessarily mean that how that person’s appearance looks like on the outside, is the same as their inside genetic make-up. Sex is the biological composition of either a male or female. For example, females have XX chromosomes in their DNA; their reproduction system consists of an egg and a vagina, and they also have functional breasts....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Roman and Western Society: The Satrycon - It is quite captivating to see the similarities in what behavior is considered appropriate and which is considered a "faux pas" in ancient Roman society and Western society today. In reading The Satrycon it has become quite clear that our society's ideology of what is considered polite behavior has in many ways remained intact. Trimalchio, the main character of The Satrycon and our ancient "Great Gatsby" posed a satiric and contradicting behavior to the norm of etiquette incased in the values of ancient Roman society which unfold in the story as his dinner guests leave quite repulsed....   [tags: trimalchio, great gatbsy] 940 words
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Consumption in Western Society Today - There has been a major shift from a production to a consumption based society in the western world today. Consumption has a very strong presence and can be a means by which people create their identity. Today people can consume without leaving home and can be influenced to purchase by turning on their televisions or walking down the street and being surrounded by advertising. Below, I will outline some possible reasons for this shift and discuss the dangers of people creating identities through consumption....   [tags: Consumerism]
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Western Society's Skepticism of Reincarnation - Western Society's Skepticism of Reincarnation "As men think so they are, both here and hereafter, thoughts being things, the parent of all actions, good and bad alike, and as the sowing has been, so will the harvest be." It had finally come down to the last of the 500 pieces for the picturesque puzzle. What A major feat for grandma and me. We had worked on it for days straight and kept it hidden under the table cloth on top of the dining room table. Grandma came over and gave me a big hug and kiss....   [tags: Religion]
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The Importance of Athenian Influence on Modern Western Society - According to the PBS Empires series, Classical Greece, and particularly Athens, was the crucible of civilization. As the inventors of democracy, rationalist philosophy, and other institutions valuable to the West, the documentary impresses the importance of Athenian influence upon modern society. It also attempts to analogize the feuds among the Greek city states and the Peloponnesian War to the internal conflicts in Western society. Greek civilization originated with Minoans on Crete, which was then followed by the Mycenaens, the heroic peoples of the Trojan War....   [tags: Culture] 725 words
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Positive Effects of Alternative Medicine on a Conventional Western Society - Positive Effects of Alternative Medicine on a Conventional Western Society The importance of the origin of medical procedures differs in value from one person to the next; the so-called “loonies” or “freaks” may however have the right view on the fundamentals of medicine. Alternative medicine has been best described as any one of a number of practices, techniques and systems that may challenge the commonly assumed viewpoints or bureaucratic priorities of our dominant professionalized system of healthcare (Cook, Allan R)....   [tags: medical procedures, healthcare alternatives] 1363 words
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Chinatown: The Spread of Eastern Culture in a Western Society - In the past few decades of history, the span of globalization and mixing of world cultures has been particularly prevalent. Through the spread of technology and communications across national boundaries, the various superpowers of the world have begun immersing themselves into foreign cultures and have introduced their own cultures to nations that are not their own as well as have accepted certain parts of foreign culture in their own homes. One of the greatest examples of this exchange of culture is the prevalence of Chinese culture in the West through the establishment of various “Chinatowns” throughout popular cities in Europe and the Americas....   [tags: Spread of Technology and Communication]
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Women In Western Society - WOMEN IN WESTERN SOCIETY Since the beginning of mankind women have been dominated by men. They were to obey and serve man. Their main role in society was to bear children, take care of the household and to be loyal and faithful to their husbands. They were to remain subjects to males. Many viewed women as slaves to man and that should be placed in a household where they belong because women could not perform the tasks of men. During the renaissance family played a crucial role for women. Parents, often to strengthen business and to tighten family bonds arranged many marriages....   [tags: essays research papers] 1034 words
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Voltaire's Affect on Modern Western Society - “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to death your right to say it,” were the famous words of Fracois Marie Arouet, more commonly known under the pen name of Voltaire. He was known for being very outspoken and rebellious, which got him into trouble with the authorities for most of his life. Voltaire advocated the French bourgeoisie as being ineffective, the aristocracy as being corrupt, and the commoners as being too superstitious. Voltaire’s beliefs on freedom and reason is what ultimately led to the French Revolution, the United States Bill of Rights, and the decrease in the power of the Catholic Church, which have all affected modern western society....   [tags: Fracois Marie Arouet Voltaire] 962 words
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Wicked, by Gregory Maguire - American society has many binaries, which it currently uses to subjugate people into standard categories like, for example, gender and sex. Even though, society might classify someone, as a man or woman, it does not necessarily mean that how that person’s appearance looks like on the outside, is the same as their inside genetic make-up. Sex is the biological composition of either a male or female. For example, females have XX chromosomes in their DNA; their reproduction system consists of an egg and a vagina, and they also have functional breasts....   [tags: Binaries, Western Society]
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Marriage in the Western European Society - Marriage in the Western European Society Without exception marriage is a human social construct. The animal kingdom does appear to have a number of species that appear to mate for life but the term marriage implies a formal commitment requiring ceremony, social obligations and rights. There are also very many cultural differences around the world in what is perceived to be “marriage”. However, without exception all cultures do have an understanding of the term, have obligations and benefits to marriage, most especially for men....   [tags: Papers] 468 words
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An Account on Zen Buddhism and Contemporary Western Society - In order to explain emptiness one must understand the principle of living in the moment, “rather than postponing life to some moment in the future”, Zen is practiced through the present moment, and what one derives from those experiences (Koller, 282). Dogen states that an individual must “Put [ones] whole mind into the practice of the Way. [Remembering] that [one] [is] only alive today in [the] moment”, which emphasizes the concept of oneness between experience and intellect (Koller, 282). One should not hinge on the past, or blindly dwell in the future; this will ultimately cause suffering to arise....   [tags: phylosophy, religion, emptiness]
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Cosmetic Surgery and the Mask of Aging in Western Society - Cosmetic Surgery and the Mask of Aging in Western Society Grogan, Sarah (1999) Body Image: understanding body dissatisdaction in men, women and children. London and New York: Routledge 2 4 25 41 48 49-52 57 68 151 152 191 Body Image: The picture of our own body which we form in our mind, that is to say, the way in which our body appears to ourselves. (Schilder, 1950: 11) * (25) Slimness is seen as a desirable attribute for women in prosperous western cultures, and is associated with self-control, elegance, social attractiveness and youth…women have always been encouraged to change their shape and weight to conform to current trends....   [tags: Papers] 989 words
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Orientalist Attitudes in Film - One of the most polarizing criticisms of Western society is the theory that Western bias has led to a misrepresentation of Middle Eastern culture. Columbia professor Edward Said initiated discussion about this controversial topic in 1978 through his book Orientalism. The term Orientalism has come to represent portrayals of the Middle East which have been affected by Western social influence. Said describes Orientalist thinking and it’s impact stating; Orientalism is a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction made between "the Orient" and (most of the time) "the Occident." Thus a very large mass of writers, among whom are poets, novelists, philosophers, poli...   [tags: Western Society, Middle East Culture]
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Analysis of Western Civilizations: Ideas, Politics, and Society - ... Cannabis use is illegal, even though medical specialists have proven its ability to cure certain illnesses, including cancer, but alcohol, which kills many each year, is still perfectly legal. To me, this shows that we are not truly politically free, we are just exponentially better off than other countries. Inner freedom, the ability for each individual to make their own moral choices, is another concept that I am ambivalent about. While for the most part, we are free to choose our own moral ground; our Government does stand in the way and make the decision for us in regards to some things; Such as the gay marriage issue and drugs, but also things such as legal age of dating and what cr...   [tags: rationality, impulse, country, president] 861 words
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Film Analysis: The Scenes in Wyatt Earp - The scenes in Wyatt Earp expressed a feeling of comfort between the viewer and the film. The development of the characters reflect upon the hardship of the Old Western lifestyle. In this film, we are introduced to the idea of genre and the components that differentiate films altogether. However, Wyatt Earp has showed us a different side of genre, where two genres are joined together as one. The film Wyatt Earp has displayed examples of genre-breaking through its plot, character development and connection to modern day society....   [tags: old western lifestyle, modern society] 590 words
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The Difference Between Western Society Attitudes to Puberty and Religious Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Puberty - The Difference Between Western Society Attitudes to Puberty and Religious Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Puberty For our Theatre In Education (T.I.E.) piece we decided to tackle the issue of puberty and the different changes boys and girls go through during this, sometimes difficult, stages of their lives. We decided to do in this in an effort to teach younger pupils in the school a little more about puberty and set aside the fact from the fiction. We aimed to do this by performing a series of our own short sketches-each with a different theme and issue to tackle, for example, pubic hair, periods and hormones....   [tags: Papers] 1079 words
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Egyptian Society: Traditional Middle Eastern Values Blended with Western Beliefs - Egyptian Society: Traditional Middle Eastern Values Blended with Western Beliefs Amongst the turbid and dysfunction that is the Middle East lies the nation of Egypt. Egypt, a major country of the Middle East, is habitually considered stereotypical of Middle Eastern civilization, but further research guides one to the conclusion that Egypt is far from a generic Middle Eastern country. Egypt has a strong tradition of nationalism that has been formed during its history, giving it a national unity that is often non-existent in other Middle Eastern nations (1)....   [tags: Culture]
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Chinese Women Modify to Western Ideals - Chinese women in the U.S are pressured to reconstruct their identities to assimilate and conform to be accepted in American Society. Julie Chen, Chinese American TV Host, recently decided to get a double eyelid surgery to achieve a more “westernized look” and to look less Chinese. She was tired of having small Asian eyes, in Asian cultures the bigger the rounder your eyes are the more beautiful you are considered. Julie Chen was pressured by a big time agent to get the eyelid surgery done to guarantee career advancement....   [tags: identity, United States, American society, culture]
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Liberalism has Helped Shape Western Political Philosophy - ... This deep relationship with the church caused puritans to think highly theological especially about social and political matters. But this highly theological way of thinking was not successful. By the eighteenth century, there were people who understood that puritanism was not practical. They broke out of the theological traditions to open their minds on a broader scope. Religious leaders did not have as strong of an influence in our society as the puritans would have liked. This opened our minds to more secular views, the conception of human nature and political relations in our society....   [tags: society, freedom, equality] 1023 words
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The Damage Caused by Western Imperialism - In asserting themselves through trade and through imperialism, Western cultures have damaged the world, devastating scores of cultures by imposing their own identity on them. Although colonizers have forms of assistance to offer, such as advanced technology, modern medicine, and education, colonialism has effectively subjugated and obliterated scores of people as evidenced by this list of sources and histor-ical events. Effectively, the lengthy history of European imperialism dates back to the twelfth and thir-teenth centuries, in which the Christian Western Europe embarked on a series of religiously sanctioned military Holy Crusades to restore control of the Holy Land....   [tags: Western Imperialism Essays]
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How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization - Roles of the Catholic Church in Western civilization has been scrambled with the times past and development of Western society. Regardless of the fact that the West is no longer entirely Catholic, the Catholic tradition is still strong in Western countries. The church has been a very important foundation of public facilities like schooling, Western art, culture and philosophy; and influential player in religion. In many ways it has wanted to have an impact on Western approaches to pros and cons in numerous areas....   [tags: Western Civilization] 1811 words
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Urban Society in the Ancient World - The Western civilization and culture has brought many features to our every day life. In the Western world, people have developed their own social organization, religion, and educations (Mackay et al. 2012). Through ancient systems of writing to the latest invention, people keep evolving and shaping their knowledge to a better and successful life. Furthermore, people realized that through history, they could learn or discover new things, or how to prevent the same mistakes. In this essay, I will argue that Western Civilization has influenced people’s perspectives about various aspects (e.g....   [tags: Western civilizations from the past]
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Human Rights in a Confucian Society - I. Introduction Though the modern concept of human rights is originated from the Western world, it is believed to be a universal principle regardless of cultures. Meanwhile, people particularly concern the compatibility of human rights and Confucianism, which has a long history and still exerts influences in East Asia. It also poses a question to whether a traditional thinking still has its values in the modern context. This essay will evaluate whether the core values of Confucianism and human rights are conceptually incompatible, so that human rights cannot be found in a Confucian society....   [tags: Western World, Confucianism]
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Greek And Roman Influence On Western Civilization - Western civilization is what we call modern society that mainly includes North America and Western Europe. But how did this western way of life come to be. Their are many different ways but mainly through ancient cultures. The two main ones are the Greek and Roman. Greece with their golden age and Rome with its great Empire and Republic and also together. Their are many ways in which western civilization is like the ancient Greek civilization. They started the Olympic games. Greeks come up with the idea of an alphabet that it still used today....   [tags: greek roman society] 582 words
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The Western as a Film Genre - The Western as a Genre John Ford’s Stagecoach (United Artists) has been hailed as the official Western Classic. Released in 1939 after the lull in production of Westerns caused by the advent of sound and The Great Depression during the mid 1930’s, it is considered one of the key films that helped revived the A-Western in the 1940’s prior to WWII. Stagecoach has the classic Western recipe. The main staple of that recipe in Stagecoach were authentically dressed cowboys and town folk, the dress determined who or what they were; transportation in the form of horses, wagons, or stagecoaches; an authentic location, Monument Valley for example; and varying clashes some between Indians and settler...   [tags: American Film Industry, Western Classics, Genre]
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From Hunter and Gathers to Agrian Society - Subsequently taking Western Civilization for the second time this semester’s I must say it was really interesting, I honestly never enjoyed learning about history or Western Civilization at all, maybe due to failing it a previous semester. This semester, however I was able to learn a lot specifically about the hunter gathers and the Agrarian society. It really changed my views and I wanted to learn more. While attending more classes, I came to realize that the way college history is taught is very different from learning about history throughout my years of high school....   [tags: western civilization, mesopotamia, nomads]
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Asian and American Culture in an American Society - The United States of America is a ‘melting pot’ of diverse cultures. Though primarily Western in nature, due to the large-scale immigration of variant ethnicities from other countries, as well as differing birth and death rates of natives, settlers and immigrants, the ‘white’ American culture has taken on the hues of a rainbow. Within this society, the Asian-Americans, are often perceived to be at the highest stratum due to high income and good education. These people have almost successfully integrated themselves into society thus resulting in a blurring of lines....   [tags: western, large-scale immigration] 704 words
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Binge Eating in Non-Western Cultures - Literature regarding eating disorders in non-Western cultures in general is scarce. Very few studies address disordered eating in cultures outside of the Western and Westernized world. This could be because of the perceived lack of eating disorders in non-industrialized countries or even because there is an overwhelming amount of concern over eating disorders in Western society. However, there have been several studies done on binge eating and dietary restraint in non-western citizens and in non-Caucasian women in the United States....   [tags: binge eating, eating disorders, non-western, cultu] 1032 words
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How the Western Concept of Marriage has Changed - ... 2010). People are no longer wanting to be told what is right and what to do. Individualism is too deeply imbedded in today’s society. We no longer have norms or standards, “it has been replaced with the freedom to act solely for one’s best interest” (Harper, 2010). There is no longer any agreement on the definition of marriage as each individual feels it is in his moral rights to express marriage to his own wishes and desires. While we do not live in a vacuum, most individuals conduct their lives with values and morals learned from parents and their environment....   [tags: trends in American society]
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The Western as Commentary about Decaying Values - The Western as Commentary about Decaying Values The Western, as a genre, is subversive of the values that its Christian characters possess. Western films frequently depict social depravity in terms of the mythology that developed during westward expansion. The mythology was inspired by the threat of the frontier wilderness to Puritan culture. In order to preserve their society, some Puritans departed from their ideal Christian lives. Western films portray compromises that cultures make of the values that they define themselves by in order to protect the integrity of their other values....   [tags: Western Culture Films Movies Essays]
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The Effects of Western Colonisation on Aborigines - For over 200 years Aborigines have endured a long history of suffering due to the adverse effects of western colonisation; in its attempt for cultural assimilation and to which has caused catastrophic consequences within individuals and the community as a whole. The extent and persistence of suppression inflicted upon the indigenous communities have severely disrupted the culture, which has not only made it susceptible to trauma, but can also trigger other catastrophic symptoms, which then lead to the transmission and intergenerational transmission of such behaviours or maladaptive coping strategies amongst its members....   [tags: Aborigines vs Western Culture]
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Tea Time Commercials: A Western Advertisement - Tea Time Marketing Assignment Commercials Western • A man drinks Lipton ice tea and begins to perform a dance number along with the staff and the guests. After traveling around the hotel he then sits down again and order another Lipton ice tea. Traditional • The mother and daughter in law. Have a conversation which shows how close they are. This leads to them drinking Red Label tea; which is followed by the daughter lovingly fixing the mothers hair. Why is it western. There are multiple reason in why this commercial can be considered a western advertisement....   [tags: setting, traditional, western] 1105 words
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Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Mary Shelley's - Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein shows how the change in society has an effect on people. But they both take different methods of showing it. All Quiet on the Western Front shows how war takes the lives of others and the effects on people during the war.Frankenstein, even though it is fictional, tells a story of a distraught dream of science by artificial means of life....   [tags: Remarque Western Shelley Frankenstein Essays] 1413 words
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The Present-day State of Muslim-Western Relations - This essay reflects my research and participation towards our collaborative project/presentation, and outlines the focus and arguments of the group presentation. At first, my group members and I chose to do our group presentation on the relationship between the West and the Muslim world, particularly the causes of why it's such an uneasy relationship, and how fantasy plays a part. We were planning on discussing “Park51”, as it's a current event and a good indicator of the present-day state of Muslim-Western relations....   [tags: Muslim-Western Relations] 1311 words
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The Body in Western and Non Western Cultures - How do people view the body. The answer varies from location, religion and culture. How western cultures view the body and how the body is treated (our body and others) are different from how non western cultures view and treat bodies. We can see the differences in the western and non western bodies in such works as Anne Fadiman’s account of a Hmong child in America and in articles like Genital Surgeries: Gendering Bodies. Along with the many differences between western and non western thoughts there are also several similarities....   [tags: Beauty ]
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How Gun Owners Are Portrayed In Our Society - Our society forms their own beliefs on groups of people based on what only a small percentage of that certain group is like. They rarely ever look past the popular stereotypes. Our society judges anything based on what their first experiences were like. If a person were to be bitten by a dog they may feel uneasy around dogs for the simple reason that they fear what they have experienced and do not want to repeat their experience. Unfortunately this is the case with gun owners and they need to be better understood....   [tags: society forms, beliefs, groups ]
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Dame Alice: The First Feminist Character In Western Literature - Dame Alice: The First Feminist Character in Western Literature During the Middle Ages, men are known to have more power than women, controlling them and taking advantage over them. Women do not have the same rights as men and they are treated differently. Men are superior while women are inferior. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales changes the society of the Middle Age completely in The Wife of Bath. In The Wife of Bath, the main character of this tale, or the one telling this tale, is a woman, the Dame Alice....   [tags: Western Literature] 1022 words
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Civic Virtue: The Right Thing for Our Society - Introduction Perhaps, the American society is the most divergent, the most accommodating and the most culturally diverse among all societies across the globe. Interestingly, most Americans reflect similar elements of behavior in many respects which are distinct to our American society. There are a number conscious and unconscious core values which are expected to guide every American character. Most of the American culture has to some extent embedded western civilization: A civilization that accommodates different cultures, merges multiple ideas, and values the freedom of choice....   [tags: society] 1562 words
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The Gods Must Be Crazy: Undesirable Traits that Our Society Embraces - I chose the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy that was released in 1980. I watch this movie at least once a year, so I guess it is never going to become stale. It is about a group of people called the Bushman. These people have lived without any outside influence. They have no crime, greed, or lust. They are religious and believe that the gods always provide enough of what they need and no one needs more than what they give. A coke bottle is dropped from a plane passing by and the Bushman believe that it is a gift from the gods until they start to fight over it and it brings greed, envy, and violence to their village....   [tags: racism, society, films] 477 words
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Essay on All Quiet on the Western Front - All Quiet on the Western Front    Erich Maria Remarque’s literary breakthrough, All Quiet on the Western Front, describes two stories. It meticulously chronicles the thoughts of a soldier in World War I while simultaneously detailing the horrors of all wars; each tale is not only a separate experience for the soldier, but is also a new representation of the fighting. The war is seen through the eyes of Paul Baumer whose mindset is far better developed in comparison to his comrades’. His true purpose in the novel is not to serve as a representation of the common soldier, but to take on a godly and omniscient role so that he may serve as the connection between WWI and all past and future m...   [tags: All Quiet on the Western Front Essays] 1919 words
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Is Modern Society Really Great? - Is Modern Society Really Great. All our lives we have been taught that change is good, but perhaps we should begin questioning our knowledgeable teachers. All non-western countries are changing today. They too are leaving behind traditional society and making the adjustment to Modern Society. Modern society is very different from traditional society. Traditional society had a low level of urbanization; in fact, 95% of the people lived in agricultural and rural areas. These areas were basically self-sufficient where the people took care of themselves....   [tags: Society Societies Culture Essays] 1542 words
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MUDs, MOOs, and Society - MUDs, MOOs, and Society INTRODUCTION Imagine a place where one can encounter strange creatures that are part human and part animal. Imagine a place where human beings have the ability to destroy and create things with just a flick of a finger. Imagine a place where people from all over the world come together at all times of the day and night to talk about attacking the evil overlord to free their kingdom. Imagine a place where people can meet and talk without ever seeing the other but still create a world or an academic project....   [tags: Technology Society Technological Papers]
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Brokeback Mountain and the Western Genre - The film genre of the Western has long since proven to be more about the conflict and showdowns that occur in the storyline. Usually the western genre incorporates traditional western motifs and icons and adheres to those common plot structures of the genre, but Brokeback Mountain is different from what is to be normally expected because it does not seem like a traditional and conventional Western film at all. Brokeback Mountain has several different twists to it, like the more modern take on it – traditionally, characters in Western films were riding horses, but because Brokeback Mountain is a more modern movie, the two characters Jack and Ennis are seen traveling in cars and...   [tags: Brokeback Mountain Essays]
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Industrial Western Movie: There Will Be Blood - There Will be Blood (2007) is an entertaining movie that delineates in various forms that will be discussed from other western genres. It is a story that is formed from a novel by Upton Sinclair’s book, Oil. (1927) (Belton, 2009, p.401). Many westerns were based on dime novels that were written in the mid and late 1800s (Belton, 2009, p.246). American society was going through a transitional period from an agrarian society to an industrial society in the 1800s and early 1900s (Wright 2001; Desk Encyclopedia, 1989, pp....   [tags: Film Review]
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The Role of The Female in Western Culture - In Susie Orbach’s essay, “Fat as a Feminist Issue”, she argues that being fat is a rebellion against western society’s view of women. She begins her essay by explaining how prominent the issues of obesity and dieting have become, and how these issues negatively affect women. “Almost inevitably, the explanations offered for fatness point a finger at the failure of women themselves…” (para. 2), Orbach contends. She suggests that feminism, on the other hand, aligns itself with the perspective that women suffer from compulsive eating, and consequently obesity, not due to faults of their own, but because of “those painful personal experiences [that] derive from the social context into which femal...   [tags: Gender Issues]
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The Devastating Power of Western Colonialism - ... The detrimental long term effects of colonialism always outweigh the short term financial and strategic gains for the colonizers, the destructive wake of western colonialism can still be seen to this day. The question of whether or not the West has an obligation to assist in internal struggles that are a direct result of Western imperialism is at the heart of many ongoing debates. Should the descendants of murderers and racists be held accountable in any way for the ongoing instability that their nation caused, or is allowing self-governance without any further intervention the only true way to give the ability to form a true cultural identity....   [tags: imperialism, France, England]
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The Secularization of the Western World - Secularization is a controversial form of social change in modern day society. Secularization is a concept derived from a Latin word meaning “the present age,” the term is generally associated with modern, technologically, and advanced societies. “Secularism is a political tradition that has been evolving for eighteenth centuries. It shares important relationships with other traditions, sustaining complex ties with Judeo-Christianity, and maintaining a long-standing relationship with Islam” ( Hurd, 2004)....   [tags: Religion, Cultural History]
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The Metamorphosis of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front - The Metamorphosis of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front     Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel set in World War I, centers around the changes wrought by the war on one young German soldier. During his time in the war, Remarque's protagonist, Paul Baumer, changes from a rather innocent Romantic to a hardened and somewhat caustic veteran. More importantly, during the course of this metamorphosis, Baumer disaffiliates himself from those societal icons-parents, elders, school, religion-that had been the foundation of his pre-enlistment days....   [tags: All Quiet on the Western Front Essays]
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