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Transformations in "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver

- When thinking of birds, visualizing them building their nests in cacti certainly isn't the first thing that comes to mind. In the book, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, metaphorically everyone is constantly building their nests in cacti, and evolving from their experiences. From living in attics to taking trips across the country with no destination, characters in this book don't live what society considers the “conventional American lifestyle.” Growing and thriving in unexpected and unusual places and ways is nothing but average throughout the book....   [tags: The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver]

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Taylor's Life Choices in "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver

- In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, protagonist Taylor Greer is not your average teenage girl from Pittman, Kentucky. Taylor refuses to remain in her hometown forever, which only leads to teenage pregnancy and motherhood until death. On a mission to escape Pittman’s stereotypical teenage girl image, she buys a ‘55 Volkswagen and embarks on a journey west. Just when she thinks she is home free, Taylor is left with an abandoned three-year-old American Indian girl. Ironically, Taylor ends up as an unplanned single mother....   [tags: Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver, ]

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Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

- Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees It has often been suggested that some southwestern literature is based on the experiences of others. With this suggestion, it has been demonstrated that these experiences are incorporated with the intention of portraying the experiences of others as a learning tool; for both the reader and the writer. Some may also imply that literature, therefore, may impose a learning opportunity in itself. In correspondence with this belief, it must be suggested that the classic novel, The Bean Trees, could be considered a learning experience for the audience as well as Barbara Kingsolver in relation to the catalyzing character Marietta "Missy"/Taylor Greer along with...   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver Bean Trees Character Analysis]

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

- ... She never truly comes to terms with it and gains exponentially more regrets as she ages. Leah shows an example of someone unable to let go, who instead carries the guilt and lets it eat away at her. Because she was never able to come to terms with any of the past events, her soul will forever be burdened. Forgiveness of one’s self is freeing but first one must accept that the past is irreversible. Another way to deal with one’s past regrets is to find ways to cooperate, such as searching for logical explanations and finding peace in logic instead of letting feelings take over....   [tags: repressing memory, past regret]

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Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- ... (11) Kingsolver" Mama wasn't convinced and waited for her to fix the tires. It must have put a dent in her fear, because later on as the story develops she found her self working at a tire shop. There at the tire shop she met Mattie, and Mattie took up a role like Mama did in her live. Mattie taught Taylor that all a tire could do was knock the breath out of you. It had to of worked cause Taylor continued her job there.>>>>> Taylor had many unforeseen misfortunes come her away in the novel....   [tags: coming of age]

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Flight Behavior By Barbara Kingsolver

- In the book Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver develops an argument that ties in with deforestation. Kingsolver shows that through Cub and Dellarobia’s argument about Cub’s father wanting to log down a whole mountain, cutting down trees to receive money so he can sell those off as what was explained in the book. Sum that up in reality that is what is going on with people deforesting forest to obtain money as well or for a purpose. Although cub is wanting to go with his father’s plan but in contrast, Dellarobia doesn’t not want that....   [tags: Greenhouse gas, Carbon dioxide, Climate change]

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Motherhood in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

- Motherhood in The Bean Trees In the novel, The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, we watch as Taylor grows a great deal. This young woman takes on a huge commitment of caring for a child that doesn't even belong to her. The friends that she acquired along the way help teach her about love and responsibility, and those friends become family to her and Turtle. Having no experience in motherhood, she muddles through the best she can, as all mothers do. Marietta was raised in a small town in Kentucky....   [tags: Kingsolver Bean Trees Essays]

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The Poisonwood Bible and the Life of Barbara Kingsolver

- Humans have the unique ability to create artwork. Be that in the form of a painting, musical composition, or work of fiction, creativity is the ability to rearrange available materials to create something unique and innovative. Many writers view writing as a way to express their deepest ideas and emotions creatively. American journalist Earnest Hemmingway believed that “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Writers often will use their own life experiences to re-experience important parts of their lives and translate it into a story to share with the world....   [tags: literary and biographical analysis]

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

- Explication of theme: The Poisonwood Bible exemplifies the importance of language, especially foreign languages. It is fairly obvious that language plays a role in this work- an English-speaking white Christian family moves to a rich, multicultural society. This new society has picked up on “easy” English phrases, but also speaks French, and its native African languages. Language can be seen as not only a sign of knowledge and scholarship, but a sign of close or open-mindedness. Language is associated with imperialism (especially in this novel, and especially relating to the United States)....   [tags: Importance of Language, Literary Analysis]

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Balancing the Individual with the Community in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

-     In an interview with Barbara Kingsolver by David Gergen, editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report, Kingsolver states, I think everything I write is about the idea of community and about the special challenge in the United States of balancing our idealization of the individual, or glorification of, of personal freedom and the individual with the importance of community, how to balance those two offices. (Qtd. by Gergen) I found this idea of Kingsolver's to be the basis of her book The Bean Trees....   [tags: Kingsolver Bean Trees Essays]

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The Growth of Marietta in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

- The Growth of Marietta in The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver, in the novel The Bean Trees, portrays the story of a young woman, Marietta Greer, learning about love, responsibility, friendship and the human condition. All of us can relate to the struggles of every day life; however, it is when we must deal with issues that we would rather run from that show our true character. Sooner or later, we all have to confront issues that life bestows on us.   Marietta embarks on her journey west in a 1955 Volkswagen with a pledge to get away from Kentucky....   [tags: Kingsolver Bean Trees Essays]

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Seeking Solace in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

- Seeking Solace in The Bean Trees Many aspects of life are explored in Barbara Kingsolver's novel, The Bean Trees. A young woman named Marietta Greer from Kentucky wanted to strike out on her own, leaving behind everything she ever knew, just to start a new life. Many children want to do this at an early age so they can experience life on their own yet they don't realize the dangers involved.. Everyone that leaves the solace of their own home needs loving support to keep them going through life....   [tags: Kingsolver Bean Trees Essays]

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Self-discovery in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams

- Self-discovery in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams Although, on the surface, Animal Dreams is a book about family conflict, the central theme is about self-discovery. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver is a story about a family who lived in the town of Grace. The history behind Grace is very vivid and descriptive. The family that becomes the reader's concern, is the Noline family. The family members are Homero Noline and his daughters Cosima and Halimeda. Cosima or Codi, as she is known in the book, comes back to Grace after fourteen years....   [tags: Kingsolver Animal Dreams Essays]

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- 1) Taylor is a practical and worldly young girl from Kentucky that lives with her mother, Lou Ann. She views her hometown as tiny and stifling, and she wants to avoid getting pregnant by escaping to a more interesting life. Some qualities that make her “escape” are that she has a sense of personal pride and knows how to stand up for herself as well as a determined mind to preserve herself. She is also a strong and compassionate person, committing her courage for the good of others. 2) Taylor’s mother influences Taylor to act more boldly and fight hard for her rights....   [tags: story and character summary]

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The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- Running Head: THE BEAN TREES Abstract This book report deal with the Native American culture and how a girl named Taylor got away from what was expected of her as a part of her rural town in Pittman, Kentucky. She struggles along the way with her old beat up car and gets as far west as she can. Along the way she take care of an abandoned child which she found in the backseat of her car and decides to take care of her. She end up in a town outside Tucson and soon makes friends which she will consider family in the end....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Analysis of the Literary Mechanisms in Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour

- Knowledge is an accumulation of experiences, which are obtained either conventionally in a school setting or indiscriminately through life-experiences. Likewise, from these experiences conventional or otherwise, information is then transferred, acquired, and reappropriated. However, within this sequence of events knowledge is at risk of misinterpretation. In those circumstances it is the story, the most ancient form of communication, which is capable of making the unfamiliar appear obvious. Through her novel Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver acts as a teacher, surreptitiously conveying her own opinions on education and the process of learning through the development of her characters....   [tags: Flight Behaviour Essays]

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

- Covered in sweat and desperation, the boy pulled back his aching arms and casted the reel, again. Under the huffing of his breath, one could hear his hushed swears. Glazed over eyes and blistered hands, made up what was left of him. His mind boggled at what could happen if he failed once more. His parched throat leads him to remembering his jug of water in the corner of the dinghy. Perhaps he could reach over and grab the water; however, he had his eyes set on the bait and just as he nearly glanced away, the bait jerked under the water....   [tags: diego rivera, frida, harrison sheperd]

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The Changeable Nature of Life in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- The Changeable Nature of Life in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Life is constantly changing, like clouds in the sky; always shifting and turning. People never really know which way life will turn next, bringing them fortune or failure. When you look at how things change it is best to compare it to something that you can relate it to. The changeable nature of life can be related to the novel 'The Bean Trees.' This is a book written almost entirely on dealing with changes in the characters lives....   [tags: Life Changes Bean Trees Essays Kingsolver]

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Stone Soup an Essay Written by Barbara Kingsolver

- Madurodam has been the smallest city in the Netherlands since its inception in 1952. Its tributaries and canals measuring no more than a finger’s width. Its ornately crafted Dutch gabled houses would make amiable summer residences for rodents. Its immaculate portrayal of railway lines would have any train-spotter paralyzed with awe. This war-monument-turned-amusement-park steals the imagination of children and adults alike. There is a certain human tendency to associate affection with objects of a reduced size....   [tags: family-of-dolls, Andy Warhol, madurodam]

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Summery of Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

- ... She also returns to teach biology at the town high school, which is somewhat uncomfortable for Codi as she and Hallie were always considered outsiders while growing up, due to how their father raised them. The two sisters who are inseparable, remain close by constantly writing each other letters. Rather than stay with her father whom she was never necessarily close to, she stays in a small unfurnished guest house belonging to her old friend Emelina Domingo. At a town party that Emelina hosts, Codi encounters Loyd, who is a close friend of Emelina’s husband, and still resides in the town....   [tags: sisters, relationship, abducted]

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Injustice Towards Immigrants Exposed in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

- Since the creation of the United States, there have been several enormous waves of immigration into the country. Many people come here to pursue the freedom they have always craved. In the book, The Bean Trees, this is a familiar concept to the characters Estevan and Esperanza. They have migrated from Guatemala all the way to the state of Arizona where they will meet the protagonist, Taylor. Throughout the story Taylor learns the couple’s struggle of being undocumented immigrants in the United States....   [tags: The Bean Trees]

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The Articles ' Springing Forward `` By Barbara Kingsolver And ' Are Engineered Foods Evil? ``

- In the articles “Springing Forward” by Barbara Kingsolver and “Are Engineered Foods Evil?” by David H. Freedman, the main topic of discussion is about genetically modified foods. When reading the two articles there is are some similarities and differences between them. The two authors have different views on genetically modified foods. In “Springing Forward”, Barbara Kingsolver says, "whiz-kid hybrid seeds have slowly colonized and then dominated our catalogs and our croplands" (46). Her main point within the article states that today there are few heirloom vegetables because of the increase in genetically modified vegetables....   [tags: Genetically modified food, Genetic engineering]

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle By Barbara Kingsolver And The Documentary Supersize Me

- We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat” at some point in our lives. Most of us simply brush it off, regarding it as just another tactic our mothers use to get us to try new things. This phrase has been used time and time again and it turns out, Mom was right, the food we eat does affect who we are in many ways. This theme of identifying ourselves with the food we consume is portrayed in both the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and the documentary Supersize Me, directed by Morgan Spurlock....   [tags: Nutrition, Food, Junk food, McDonald's]

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When I Was Gone by Sue Miller and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- The loss of belonging is often perceived as a negative concept; however, this loss sparks a long journey to self-discovery which ultimately transforms an individual. In Sue Miller’s When I Was Gone and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees, the female protagonists, Jo Becker and Taylor Greer, are consumed by emptiness and a sense of loss. With adolescence comes pressure; they are pressured to conform to notions of social conventions. However, this pressure eventually leads to a reluctance to conform to social expectations and they soon reject societal views....   [tags: role of women, motherhood, docile]

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`` The Bean Trees `` One Of The Best Selling Novels Written By Barbara Kingsolver

- A New Beginning “The Bean Trees” one of the best-selling novels written by Barbara Kingsolver writes a story about a girl by the name Marietta who leaves home in hopes of starting a new life. Marietta who avoided pregnancy her high school years, which was very common to happen finishes school and gets a job at a hospital after about 5 years she saves enough money for an old car to finally leave Kentucky and start a new life. Starting a new life meant she wanted to have a new name. She chooses the name after stalling at a town in in which she took the name after....   [tags: High school, Mother, A New Beginning, Automobile]

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Africa Turns The Lives Of A Family Upside Down

- Many cultures make clear distinctions between the social status of males and females. In most places, the man is the one who carries leadership roles and the woman is the one who supports the man, but even so, the future is not always guaranteed. The woman will always have a little bit of want for freedom and need for acknowledgement within her heart. In Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan Price, the male authority figure of the household, limits the Price women’s ability to aim for higher goals in life, which includes a better living environment and education....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible]

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The Path of the Redeemed

- The path of redemption and salvation presents itself with a different meaning for each character of The Poisonwood Bible. Their process of redeeming or deliverance from destruction shows itself in unique ways with all the characters. On a level it is the story of a family torn apart by the quest of “a man driven by guilt to save those unable to save themselves.” (Ender, Samantha) However after looking more closely at the characters within the family the realization that the children each represent multiple aspects of this “guilt driven man” and as the reader sees them change and grow the image of the changing points in his life....   [tags: The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver]

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Chasing the Dreams: Rose-Johnny

- Barbara Kingsolver, author of “Rose-Johnny” once said, “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” This quote is very relevant to the points Kingsolver was stating throughout the story of “Rose-Johnny.” Every single person has several of dreams in their lifetime, which they want to fulfill. One thing those people have to watch out for is the many obstacles that they may encounter on their journey to success....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver novel]

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The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

- What Is The True Religion. The realities of Congo rescued her from the mental enslavement of her father, Nathan Price. Nathan, a Baptist evangelist journeyed with his four daughters and wife to the Belgian Congo with his mission to save the unenlightened souls of the Congolese people. His aim was to accomplish this through his strict biblical sanctions and his firm belief in his Christian faith. As a child who respects their parents' religion and belief, Leah was compassionate and genuine about her father's faith and his outlook on life....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Female Characters in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- The Female Characters in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver In Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Bean Trees” the main theme of the story lies within the role female characters, yet emphasis of the story is on the female characters, but the male characters have the same type of conflicts as the females throughout the story. Kingsolver’s style of writing raises problems that modern people can relate to: “In her stories Kingsolver addresses conventional relationships in contemporary situations: single mothers juggling responsibility… married couples considering parenthood… estranged lovers or families trying to bridge gaps they do not understand” (Hirabayashi)....   [tags: Papers]

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Effect of Multiple Plots in The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

- The Bean Trees, written by Barbara Kingsolver, uses multiple plots throughout the novel. At the beginning, two plots are introduced. One involves Missy/ Taylor, the protagonist in the story, and the other involves Lou Ann. Kingsolver unites these two plot by having them move in together. Other minor plots describe the life of other characters such as Estevan and Esperanza, Edna and Virgie, and Mattie. Multiple plots in The Bean Trees increase suspense and depth in the story. The main characters in The Bean Trees are Taylor and Lou Ann....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Bean Trees Mother Figures

- ... “You’re acting like it’s a lost cause and that I am telling you to do something stupid. All I’m saying is, there’s got to be some way around them taking her, and you’re not even trying to think of it,” (Kingsolver 235). Lou Ann was motivating Taylor to get up and find a way to legally adopt Turtle. She was acting as a mother figure to both Turtle and Taylor by motivation. She was also showing fear of loosing Turtle. Lou Ann was seen helping Taylor take care of Turtle multiple times, and this care was followed by love....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver, story & character analysis]

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Change of Perspective from City Life to Country Life based on American Earth by Barbara Kingsolver

- Throughout history human beings have always relied on nature, utilizing it for both sustenance as well a source of renewal and peace. Despite this, people have adapted as we progressed through time and advanced into our current age. But as this occurs, they also seemed to distance themselves from the environment. Although in present times the majority live within the confines of a city, some have begun to feel the effects that the daily hustle and bustle involved in such a life can cause. Our instinctual desire for open expanses of wild land still remains, and with the building stress that has come to define society the need for the settling presence of nature has never been higher....   [tags: nature, process food, organic, natural]

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Facing the Village by Lenore Look and A Fist in the Eye of God by Barbara Kingsolver

- Facing the Village by Lenore Look and A Fist in the Eye of God by Barbara Kingsolver Common human attributes are normal to acquire, yet Americans seem to pick and choose how they want to acquire these traits, whether it’s excessively or minimally. In both readings, “Facing the Village” by Lenore Look and “A Fist in the Eye of God” by Barbara Kingsolver, the authors present many human attributes and the pros and cons of how Americans act. In “Facing the Village,” Lenore Look starts out being the typical, ignorant, greedy, arrogant, and unstable judge of how to trust someone American....   [tags: American Society Compare contrast]

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Theme of Maturity in The Bean Trees and The Catcher in the Rye

- How does one know that a person is maturing. Are there signs. What defines maturity. “A mature person assumes responsibility for his or her actions” (“Maturity”) but does that mean someone who cannot do that should not be considered mature. In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, both Holden and Taylor go through a period in their lives where they start “putting aside ‘toys’ and fantasies...seeing the world as it really is” (“Maturity”). For Taylor, adulthood is thrust upon her when she “inherits” Turtle, while for Holden it takes till the end of the book--when he is with Phoebe--to realize....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Barbara Kingsolver]

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To what extent is Cultural Arrogance a driving force of conflict in The Poisonwood Bible?

- The Poisonwood Bible is a novel written by Barbara Kingsolver, portraying the life of the Price family, coming from Georgia to the Congo as a missionary family. By analyzing the cultural arrogance Kingsolver includes in the novel, it is possible to understand the many compositions the bring books, in relation to how the people live in comparison to different geographical and economical locations of the country, why certain things are necessary to happen and the relation of nature and man. Analyzing the cultural arrogance allows the readers to understand the two major perspectives in the book, and how they interact with each other....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver, Congo, man vs nature]

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Survival in The Bean Trees

- Survival in The Bean Trees In 1859, Charles Darwin published his most famous work, On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection (Encarta 96). This book explained Darwin's theory of natural selection, a process not unlike separating the wheat from the chaff, where the least fit are eliminated, and only the fittest survive. An extension of this theory known as Social Darwinism emerged in the late 19th century. "Social Darwinists believed that people, like animals and plants, compete for survival and, by extension, success in life" (Encarta 96)....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver The Bean Trees Essays]

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Call Home by Barbara Kingsvolver

- Summary and Response to Barbara Kingsolver’s “Called Home” In “Called Home”, the first chapter of the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver presents her concerns about America's lack of food knowledge, sustainable practices, and food culture. Kingsolver introduces her argument for the benefits of adopting a local food culture by using statistics, witty anecdotal evidence, and logic to appeal to a wide casual reading audience. Her friendly tone and trenchant criticism of America's current food practices combine to deliver a convincing argument that a food culture would improve conditions concerning health and sustainability....   [tags: food culture, ignorance to food production]

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Kingsolver

- In the three books, The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees and Pigs In Heaven, Barbara Kingsolver chose to use the stylistic device of multiple narrators as a creative way to carry out the themes of the novel and establish the tone. This device is used extensively in The Poisonwood Bible in which Kingsolver states that when she was preparing to write, she knew that she wanted to use this structure, because it was it was “necessary for the theme of this novel even though I knew it would be quite difficult to pull off, from the point of view of craft....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Griffin's Black Like Me and Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

-     John Howard Griffin's novel, Black Like Me, and Barbara Kingsolver's novel, The Poisonwood Bible, describe journeys made by white Americans into black societies in the early 1960's. Griffin, a white journalist for Sepia magazine, took medication to darken his skin and entered the United States' Deep South to experience the plight of African Americans (Bain 195). His book is a true account of his experiences as a black man. Kingsolver writes of a man who, in many ways, made a similar journey....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing the Family of Kingsolver’s Bean Trees with the Ideal Family of Socrates

- Comparing the Family Presented in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees with the Ideal Family of Socrates In The Republic, Socrates idealized the perfect city. One of the aspects that he deliberated on was the raising of children and family structure. The conclusion reached by Socrates is that no parent will know his own offspring or any child his parents (457 d). It was Socrate's belief that the best atmosphere would be created in a communal upbringing of the city's children. In the same sense, he believed that they should take every precaution to insure that no mother knows her own child (460 c)....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Theme Analysis of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver

- In the book The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver, she uses motifs and themes such as issues over the western control, religion, and the death and force of nature. In literature authors use themes as a message to create points that will help make the big picture complete. Kingsolver is using multiple themes to connect what she is portraying from her writing to the reader. These themes come in different variations, but help us understand the core of the novel and get the real meaning on what it is about....   [tags: religion, western, nature]

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Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- Nickel and Dimed book Response Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich was a very thought provoking book to read. The author spent a year of her life working several low paying jobs, and staying in low quality facilities. She hoped to share year long journey with the world in order to show how these types of workers live and how they are viewed by the upper class. After reading this book, I learned many things from the author and made connections to my own life. This book also helped me look at businesses in a different way....   [tags: Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich]

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Religion and Morality in Major Barbara

- “It is not my business to flatter the Salvation Army”. “It (the Salvation Army) is even more dependent than the church (church of England) on rich people who would cut off supplies at once if it began to preach dispensable revolt against poverty which also must be a revolt against riches”. Shaw makes the above comments in the preface to Major Barbara. He presents this view of religious organizations role playing as tools of social engineering for the rich among other controversial views on morality and religion, particularly directed on Christian beliefs of the Salvation Army, one of the foremost organizations of Christianity of his time....   [tags: Major Barbara Essays]

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Faith in Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible

- Faith in Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible Throughout the Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver utilizes the experience of the Congo to enhance and rediscover the faith of three of the Price daughters. At the age of fifteen, Rachel, the Price's oldest child, reveals her true beliefs of her religion through her petulant remarks of the Congo. During her stay in Africa, Rachel only talks of possessions she left behind. Rachel misses items such as toilet paper and sets of clean clothes. She, however, doesn't mention the bible in the list of items she longs for....   [tags: Kingsolver Poisonwood Bible]

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Barbara Ehrenreich's Research and Economic Findings in Nickel and Dimed

- For her book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich, a middle-aged female investigative journalist, assumed the undercover position of a newly divorced housewife returning to work after several years of unemployment. The premise for Ehrenreich to go undercover in this way was due to her belief that a single mother returning to work after years of being on welfare would have a difficult time providing for her family on a low or minimum wage. Her cover story was the closest she could get to that of a welfare mother since she had no children and was not on welfare....   [tags: literary analysis, barbara ehrenreich]

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Review Of The Book Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- The Life of Working to Survive Have you ever wonder what it really takes to live in todays world. For some people they are fortunate to live a lifestyle where they have steady jobs, healthcare, food, a home, and things in general to survive; sometimes even get things they really desire and even have a high social status among the society that surrounds them. Yet, not everything is as simple as it may seem for others. Some humans in this world have to fight through a daily struggle in order to make the wages they do to survive with basic needs and amount to nothing at times in the society that bases others off social status, which is described in the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenrei...   [tags: Wage, Working class, Barbara Ehrenreich]

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Nickel And Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

- Nickel And Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich Why should we be the ones to pay for someone to sit around at home. The answer is one simple word, welfare. There are many reasons why people mooch on welfare, rather than going out and working. The only jobs these people are qualified for are minimum wage jobs. As Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, worked at minimum wage paying jobs and reported the hardships that people had to go through on a day-to-day basis. A critic responded by saying, “This is simply the case of an academic who is forced to get a real job…” Ehrenriech’s reasoning for joining the working-class is to report why people who mite be on welfare, continue to stay on welfar...   [tags: Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel Dimed]

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Barbara Anderson's First Fieldwork

- Barbara Anderson's First Fieldwork Précis: “First Fieldwork” 1. Where did Barbara Anderson’s fieldwork take place and what was the goal of her research. Barbara Anderson’s fieldwork took place in the fishing village of Taarnby, Denmark on the island of Amager in the Oresund in the 50’s. The goal of her research was to publish the unseen side of fieldwork. She wanted to share the personal and professional sides of fieldwork with the reader. She went to the island to help her husband study culture change....   [tags: Barbara Anderson Anthropology Essays]

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Barbara Ehrenreich's The Hearts of Men

- Barbara Ehrenreich's The Hearts of Men Barbara Ehrenreich, in The Hearts Of Men, illustrates how gender roles have highly constricted men, not just women, and therefore have inhibited American society from developing its full potential. She deviates from conventional wisdom, which says that gender roles have been largely detrimental to only half the population, which is simultaneously confined to working in the domestic sphere and prevented from participating in the public realm. Her theory says that Americans subscribe to a "sexuo-economic system" which reduces men to "mere earning mechanisms" and forces women to "become parasitic wives" (6, 4)....   [tags: Barbara Ehrenrech Gender Equality Essays]

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Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed

-      Barbara Ehrenreich is a journalist who wrote the book Nickel and Dimed. She goes undercover to see how it feels to work for $6 to $7 an hour. She leaves her regular life to explore the experiences of a minimum wage worker. Ehrenreich travels to Florida, Maine, and Minnesota, looking for jobs and places to live on a minimum wage salary. At one point in time, she had to work two jobs to makes ends meet. As she worked all these jobs, she discovered many problems in the social world. The things she went through were not the types of situations that she usually experienced....   [tags: Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel Dimed Essays]

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The Faithful Wife by Barbara L. Greenberg

- The Faithful Wife by Barbara L. Greenberg      “The Faithful Wife”, written by Barbara L. Greenberg, uses first-person narration to depict the style, language, and theme of the poem. By using first-person narration, Barbara Greenberg was able to portray events and ideas very persuasively to the reader. In addition, this first-person narrator creates dramatic irony concerning the title in reference to the body of the poem.      The reader from the start is aware of the point of view that the poem is being told in....   [tags: Faithful Wife Barbara Geenberg Essays]

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Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

- Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Barbara Ehrenreich is a political/social journalist and writer. She is a best-selling author with a dozen book credits to her name. Her works include Blood Rites, The Worst Years of Our Lives, and Fear of Falling. She also has written articles for Time, Harpers, The New Republic, The Nation, and The New York Time Magazine. Her Ph.D. in biology endows her with the experience and discipline to approach as a scientific experiment the study resulting in her newest book, Nickel and Dimed....   [tags: Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed]

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Barbara Chase-Riboud's Hottentot Venus

- For this book report, I choose the book written by Barbara Chase-Riboud called Hottentot Venus. This book is about a real female from the KhoeKhoe nation and her tragic life. This Young Khoisan, Ssehura, is an orphan in South Africa around the 1700s. After becoming a slave by a Dutch Afrikaner, her name changed to Saartjie (means Little Sarah in Dutch.) As the story goes on, it explains more of Saartjie’s culture, which includes the grooming to be more desirable for marriage. In Khoisan’s culture, female massage their buttocks with special ointment so they will swell, and their genitalia are also stretched....   [tags: Hottentot Venus Barbara Chase Riboud]

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Idealism and Realism in Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara

- Idealism and Realism in Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara Submerged in their own ideas about idealism and realism, Barbara and her father Undershaft are at odds with one another in Major Barbara. In this Bernard Shaw play, minor characters are important in exemplifying these conflicting values. The moral perplexities of capitalism and charity are explored through the words and actions of Undershaft’s family, his future sons-in-law, and the common folks at the Shelter. Thriving in the British upper class, Undershaft’s wife and son are well aware of Undershaft’s grip on Europe’s economy and government....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Major Barbara Essays]

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Hypocritical Christianity Exposed in Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara

- Hypocritical Christianity Exposed in Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara Bernard Shaw reveals in his plays a type of religious standard that is not unlike Christianity but with what most people see as a stereotypical view of hypocritical Christianity. Shaw's concept of Crosstianity , as he calls it, shows a religion in which the church preaches what the rich and powerful tell it, scoundrels are treated as equals, and punishment is concerned with prosecution rather than salvation. "Poetic justice" rules judicial retribution rather than redemption....   [tags: Bernard Shaw Major Barbara Essays]

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A Summary of Barbara W. Tuchman's The Guns of August

- A Summary of Barbara W. Tuchman's The Guns of August “The Guns of August” was written by Barbara W. Tuchman in 1962. The book details the causes of the first World war and describes the first month of the war. The book clearly illustrates how a local war became an entire European struggle by a call to war against Russia. Soon after the war became a world issue. Summary of the Book Plans The Beginning (Chapters 1-5) The book begins at the funeral procession of King Edward VII of England in 1910....   [tags: Barbara W. Tuchman The Guns of August]

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The Importance of the Cell Phone Age: From Stone Age to Phone Age by Barbara Ehrenreich

- In “From Stone Age to Phone Age”, Barbara Ehrenreich describes that cell phones are not well suited to her even though they are fashionable. In her article, she points out cell phones are not used to connect people to each other but to isolate them from a big group of people. I think cell phones are very important to our daily life because they are convenient to manage our lives. Moreover, from the earlier cell phone age to nowadays, cell phones have been developed a lot; today many fancy phones are displayed on the market....   [tags: From Stone Age to Phone Age, Barbara Ehrenreich, c]

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Barbara Ehrenreich And The American Dream

- Millions of Americans work and survive on minimum wage, form teens looking for extra money to middle aged Americans working fulltime and senior citizens. It was a curiosity to Barbara Ehrenreich to understand how so many survive on such low wages and what is there quality of life like. Barbara quickly immersed herself in her work and then continued her experiment and replicated her situation three times along the way in very different locations and jobs. She invoked a set of rules for herself and allotted herself some startup money....   [tags: Minimum wage, Employment, Wage, Affordable housing]

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Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- The current minimum wage right now in California is $9.00 per hour. The question is, will this be enough for people to pay off their rent and still able to not keep their fridge empty. In the book, "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich talks about working as a low wage worker. Barbara describes the environment of the jobs that she had done in a detailed manner. She also explained how most of her coworkers lived with more than one person in order to pay rent. One of her job was working in a nursing home which she got a really low pay to take care of elderly people....   [tags: Wage, Minimum wage, Employment, Old age]

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The Politics of Barbara Boxer

- Who is Barbara Boxer. Coming from a family of Jewish origins (Sophie and Ira Levy) Barbara attended school at George W. Wingate High School, graduating in 1958. She next attended Brooklyn College where Barbara was a member of a Delta called Phi Epsilon sorority and an active cheerleader for her college basketball team; she achieved her bachelor’s degree in Economics and soon after married her husband Stewart Boxer in 1962. After gaining her bachelor’s degree Barbara worked as a stockbroker for three years, mean while her husband went off to finish law school....   [tags: U.S. Politics ]

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Summary Of ' Beautiful ' By Barbara Wels

- Barbara Wels’ short story “Gorgeous” is a satire of an obsessive-compulsive woman who seeks a lifestyle mirrored by beauty and perfection. Wels’ writing style composed of carefully arranged lists of words, experimental narrative structure and third person voice, emulates the persona “Gorgeous” and her crazed nature for control and organised stillness in all aspects of her life. By focusing on the treatment of surface and superficially, through Wels’ use of cyclic narrative and the portrayal of the detailed-orientated “Gorgeous” this will link Wels’ story to the broader social context of a materialist culture and the importance of humour in the generating a response to the story....   [tags: Narrative, Fiction, Narratology, Plot]

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Comparing the Messages of Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees

- Political and Social Messages of Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees     Perhaps The Poisonwood Bible is Barbara Kingsolver's best work. It was while reading this book (which centers around The Congo and what the western world has done to this country) that I began to make the connection that all of Kingsolver's books contain a political and social message. She uses her stance as an author to illuminate her readers to situations and issues that she feels are important. Kingsolver's voice can be heard in Animal Dreams when the main character, Codi talks about what happened to her sister, Hallie in Nicaragua, and how unaware Americans were to what was happening in that country....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- The research excerpt, “Nickel-and-Dimed” conducted by Barbara Ehrenreich, explained the day-to-day of the low-wage workforce in America. Ehrenreich conducted the experiment by immersing herself in the” world that welfare mothers are entering”, as she recalls. To commence her journey, she finds a place to live for $500 in Key West, Florida. After she is acclimated in her “sweet little place” she runs through the ads to find work. Ehrenreich finally, lands a job at Hearthside Hotel for $2.43 an hour plus tips....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Sociology]

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Seving in Florida by Barbara Enhrenreich

- There were two major issues that Ehrenreich has with working in the restaurant. The first one is the management and the second issue is the amount of money she makes. The management is views as the enemy to the employees; making new rules for the staff and the endless accusations about the employees behaviors. The salary for restaurant employees makes it hard to secure housing, prescription drugs, and any unexpected expense. “Serving in Florida” written by Barbara Ehrenreich is a reflected recap of her time working in the restaurant industry....   [tags: restaurant and hospitality management]

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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

- Nickel and Dimed In-Class Essay Throughout high school, I was financially stable because of the support that my parents were able to provide. However, once I was enrolled into college, “reality” started to hit. It was May of 2013 when I had applied for my very first job at the age of 18. It took the workplace a while to get back to me, but two months later I started my training. In the ten months that I have been working there, I was paid minimum wage for one month and a dollar over minimum wage for nine months....   [tags: minimum wage, parents]

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Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- Barbara Ehrenreich frequently uses pathos in her novel Nickel and Dimed to make the readers feel sympathy for the hardships of the low working class, who do not get recognized. Throughout the novel Ehrenreich discovers the difficulty of searching for a place to live that is reasonably affordable and accomadable to her life. Ehrenreich describes the lunches her former co-workers eat. Ehrenreich calculates that her co-workers do not take in enough calories for the work they are doing. Once Ehrenreich acquires a job, she talks to her co-workers and the hard labor they put in everyday....   [tags: Wage, Minimum wage, Working class, Social class]

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The Purloined Letter, By Barbara Johnson

- In Barbara Johnson’s “Writing”, she explains a part of Lacan’s interpretation of “The Purloined Letter”, saying “Neither the letter’s content (the never revealed signifier) nor the individual identities of the people (the psychological equivalent of Saussure’s ivory and wood chessmen) determine the course of the plot” (42). It is neither the scandal that is threatened nor those who are being threatened that dominate the plot, as is to be expected in so many mystery stories. Poe turns these expectations on its head, giving only the bare minimum needed to understand what is going on....   [tags: Detective fiction, Edgar Allan Poe]

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Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, published in 2001 by Barbara Ehrenreich, is a book about an author who goes undercover and examines lives of the working lower class by living and working in similar conditions. Ehrenreich sets out to learn how people survive off of minimum wage. For her experiment, she applies rules including that she cannot use skills acquired from her education or work during her job search. She also must take the highest-paying job offered to her and try her best to keep it....   [tags: Sociology, Working class, Karl Marx, Marxism]

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Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

- In America, low wage workers are experiencing difficulty maintaining a roof over their heads, putting food in their mouths, and providing for their families (Briana, 2016). Many of these workers are working at least two or three-part time jobs, or working full time at low-wage paying jobs. However, working fulltime or having two or three part-time jobs, still isn’t enough to make ends meet, support themselves, and their families. In the novel, Nickel and Dimed (2015), Barbara Ehrenreich, the author, does a great job going into the the workforce to be employed as a low wage worker, plus acquiring information about how low wage workers make ends meet....   [tags: Wage, Employment, Justice, Poverty]

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The, By Barbara J. Newman

- The main theme of this book starts from the question that the author, Barbara J. Newman, has in her mind and lead her to write this book. “How can we set up an environment where persons with disabilities can connect with the gospel message and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ?” Before its start, however, one must know where it can start or what can be done first. Barbara told us that it has to be a knowledge that integrates all of the information around a person because she believes God made that person, and He wants to put that person in “an important spot in His Kingdom.” In this book, Barbara Newman deals with the question above in two different chapters related to each other....   [tags: Jesus, Gospel, Christianity, God]

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The Life of Barbara Ehrenreich

- ... But, when he hears about the lay-off of one of the committed workers at the amusement park, he knows that he has to buckle down in order to keep his job. “Dave was super dedicated. He grew his own beard long instead of wearing a fake even when on vacation went around barefoot to make his feet look more like the feet of an actual ascetic”(14). So, after learning about this, he does his best to help make Janet improve and also informs her of what was going on. She agreed that the circumstances might get them both fired so she too tried to get better at her job and be much more committed to it than she was before and so Saunders writes,” ‘Time to pull head out of ass, I guess,’ she says....   [tags: pastoralea, george saunders]

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Analysis of Dona Barbara

- Dona Barbara is a 1943 Mexican film directed by Fernando de Funters the film is based on Romulo Gallegos 1920 novel of the same name. While the film was produced in Mexico, the story takes place on Los Llanos de Aruca Vally Venezuela (Aruca Vally lowlands). Important natural resources themes enforced on this movie are the use of The Orinoco River as means of transportation and communication and the use of agrarian activities as the way to make a profit. Doña Barbara a female caudillo, is the owner and ruler of El Miedo, a hacienda in Aruca Vally Venezuela as well the low lands surrounding the Orinoco river....   [tags: Mexican Film, Movie]

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Barbara Ehrenreich And Mike Rose

- Many low paid workers can thrive in society and get through their struggles to survive in society, but they lack the respect that they deserve for what they do. Barbara Ehrenreich and Mike Rose share their professional observations on this matter. Ehrenreich shares her research from a chapter in her book “Nickles and Dimes”, “Serving in Florida.” She focuses largely on how low wage workers are oppressed. How little voice worker gets, how difficult it is to survive month to month on low wages, and what sorts of problems the worker gets into because of this lifestyle....   [tags: Employment, Wage, Minimum wage, Working class]

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Common Ground, By Barbara Smuts

- This article, titled Common Ground, written by Barbara Smuts, points out the main differences between humans and apes, such as our upright stance, large brains, and capacity for spoken language and abstract reasoning. However, the main point of this article is to emphasize the many similarities that apes share with us. Smuts goes into great detail about how human social and emotional tendencies are very reflective in the family of apes. The idea that humans could possibly have evolved from apes was thought impossible until about 150 years....   [tags: Chimpanzee, Hominidae, Ape, Gorilla]

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Cultural Baggage, By Barbara Ehrenreich

- Joshua Dorsett Mr. Roemerman Composition I 23 October 2015 Cultural Baggage “Death to God, all hail reason!”, cries out the secular world, fervent for nothing but themselves. The new age of skepticism has come, ushered in by God-hating men and dictators bound to satan; and its zealots follow in the footsteps of the rest of the world. They lay down cheerfully in valleys of dry bones and their banner stands, waving through air that is choked by the smoke that rises from their fathers burning in Hell, its motto, “Love and Tolerance.” Words bought by the blood of anyone who dissented....   [tags: Atheism, God, Religion, Secularism]

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Teen Suicide, By Barbara Mantel

- Did you know that the second leading deaths in 13 to 19 year olds in the United States is suicide besides homicides. The author, Barbara Mantel who wrote the article “Teen Suicide” may have focus more on logos and pathos and not enough on ethos. Her main idea was stating that new studies such as school prevention programs, therapy and medicine or even screenings will have an effect on suicidal victims. Thinking that these studies, will increase understanding of teen suicides and lead to a better identification and treatment of high risk teens....   [tags: Suicide, Bipolar disorder, Ethos, Parasuicide]

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Barbie, By Barbara Millicent Roberts

- Although recently there have been some action being taken upon this issue, children toys have always seemed to be gender specific. For example, little boys are expected to only play with “masculine” toys such as action figures, toy cars, etc. and little girls with “feminine” toys such as baby dolls, kitchen sets, etc. These toys play a significant role in our society in shaping the way children are thinking beginning from a young age. However, of all the controversial toys, Barbie seems to take the cake for young girls....   [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Bild Lilli doll, Ruth Handler]

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Mrs. Barbara Allen Barrett

- Mrs. Barbara Allen Barrett, age 39, was previously married to Michael John Reed who she had two offspring with, Catherine Reed, 16, who attends Givenchy Academy and Todd Michael Reed, 18, who attends Stanford. Barbara and Michael were married for 9 years before they decided to get a divorce. She met John Walker Barrett 2 years after her separation at a functions for a garden. When Barbara first met John she was immediately attracted to him because of his charisma, manners, and intensity. They talked at the function for a while before deciding to get some fresh air....   [tags: Abuse, Physical abuse, Domestic violence]

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Individual Growth Influenced by Companionship

- Individual development and companionship are important characteristics of being a human being. Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, The Bean Trees, explores the concept of character development through the influence of companionship between the main characters. The main character of the novel, Taylor Greer, despised the thoughts of forcefully being tied down to any place (especially to her hometown in Kentucky), and becoming a mother (Kingsolver). Taylor “intended to drive out of Pittman County and never look back” (Kingsolver 14)....   [tags: relationships, development, molestation]

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