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The Clan Of The Cave Bear

- The Clan of the Cave Bear The Earth’s Children series is a series of books written by Jean Auel, set in Europe somewhere between thirty and twenty-five thousand years ago. The Clan of the Cave Bears is the first book in the series. During this time in history there were two different species of human beings living in the area. There were Cro-Magnons, which were similar to today’s humans, but there were also Neanderthals. Neanderthals were a thicker and stockier species better suited for colder climates....   [tags: Human, Neanderthal, The Clan of the Cave Bear]

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Analysis of Terry Tempest Williams' Short Story, The Clan of One-Breasted Women

- Composing a story is not just about writing down ideas and events. The true art of writing is an intricate and timely process. Convincing the reader of your beliefs and opinions goes beyond actual facts and data. In the 1600's a man named Roberto de Nobili recognized this situation and discovered the rhetorical triangle, which is still commonly used today (Faigley 5).. The rhetorical triangle consists of three key structural terms that must be evident in a story to enable the reader to comprehend and trust the writer....   [tags: The Clan of One-Breasted Women]

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The Origin of the Millar Clan

- Introduction: Everyone’s surname has a history behind it, some surnames have been around since the very beginning of Christ and some have been moulded and reformed over the centuries. The Millar Clan has had quite a journey from Scotland all the way down to Southern Africa, to me. Some say it was originally another surname and some say that it was all made up, but I have researched the true and factual origin and formation of the Millar surname. Which I will give a brief over view to how it came to be today all the way up to me, Zane Millar....   [tags: surname history]

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Nulight - Clan Of Knowledge

- ... He was crouching heavily over his desk. Soon the photograph doubled. An almost exact copy, but with a single difference that could have been easily missed if one was not careful. His body raised over the table a few inches higher. His angle, was now only slight. The two photographs double once again, like a reproducing cell. The new photographs are of the same thing but not quite exact. The slightest of differences can be caught, if examined hard enough. Then there was a constant pace of images flowing out of the black canvas of his mind....   [tags: personal narrative]

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The Zulu Clan

- The Zulu Clan In the 1820's, during a period of social unrest and warfare, the Zulu clan, a Bantu people, rose to political prominence under the great King Shaka in present-day South Africa. This period is called mfecane, or "crushing" because it was characterized by Shaka's tyrannous reign during which he conquered neighboring peoples and established a kingdom for the Zulu people on South Africa's eastern coast. The word "zulu" was used in 1824 to refer to " a war-like race of South African Blacks"....   [tags: Papers]

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Things Fall Apart - The Clan's Religion and Christian Religion

- There are many differences between the Clan’s religion and the Christian religion. This is shown on pages 126-129, in the reference of ‘the one true god.’ Both the tribe and the Missionaries have a different opinion of who this one true god is. The clan has trouble understanding the Christian beliefs as they have lived in isolation from outside influences. They have only ever been aware of their own culture, which makes it difficult for them to adjust to the Christian way of life. On arrival, the missionaries could barely comprehend the tribe....   [tags: Religion]

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Things Fall Apart - The Clan's Religion and Christian Religion

- There are many differences between the Clan’s religion and the Christian religion. They never truly understood each other’s notion. Both had different views on which this one true god really is. The clan had trouble comprehending the Christians religion. As they have lived in a remote part of the world. They have only been aware of their own tradition, which makes it challenging for them to adjust to the Christian way of life. On arrival, the missionaries could barely comprehend the tribe. They had very little understanding of their culture, beliefs, and rituals the tribe admires....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]

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Analysis Of `` Fables For Tomorrow `` And ' The Clan Of One Breasted Women '

- Two essays read by the class, “Fables for Tomorrow” and “The Clan of One-Breasted Women”, target the idea that chemical compounds have an impact on nature. They make it a priority to get their points across that limiting pesticides and chemical compounds will help make America, and other places around the world a better place. They provide very educational messages in getting their points across about the dangerous roles the pesticides play in the world today. Humans and the government cause this through authorization of plenty of the events going on in the environment....   [tags: Nuclear weapon, United States, Nuclear weapons]

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Bride of the Fanalis Clan: Chapter 11 New Allies

- Sinbad's age: 19 years old Masrur's age: 10 years old May's age: 9 years old Morgianas age: 4 years old Pride of the Fanalis Clan . . By Angelbloodlover . ~ Neutral men are the devil's allies. – Edwin Hubbel Chapin . . Chapter 11: New Allies With wide eye I looked up at the scenery below me. "Unbelievably beautiful..," I whispered in a low breath, sitting on the cliff. The moment I had uttered those words: 'Open sky and do yours worst' a black hole opened underneath and sucked me in. It took me off guard and now I was here, in this deadly magical world of Dungeon number fifty-three....   [tags: scenery, pain, luck, adventure]

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Clan X

- Clan X There's a new kid at school, his name is Leigh, he thinks he is such a big shot-know all. When he rocked up at school on his very first day, he tried to do a fancy bunny-hop on his crappie, smashed up old bike and stacked it. It was hilarious, especially when he tried to get back on. He just fell straight over it again and broke three of his spokes and started to cry. He walked around school the entire week, showing off in front of everyone, telling them how good he was, trying so hard to be everyone's friend, but we made sure nobody liked him....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Group Interaction in The Wu Tang Clan

- Group Interaction in The Wu Tang Clan The Wu Tang clan is a nine-member hip-hop group that formed in 1992. Since 1992 the group has gone on to find success as a group and as solo artist. The Wu Tang Clan is easily one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. The group has taken aspects from every area such as kung fu to religion and blended them into a unique brand of music that is many times imitated but never duplicated. What makes the group able to blend such a wide varity of topics into its music is the diversity and ability of its members....   [tags: Papers]

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Saulot, A Vampire and Classification of True Daeva

- Clan: True Daeva Progenitor: Troile House: Tirinavich There is little consistency in the knowledge about the Daeva progenitor because the stories may confuse three individuals: the Troile (triplets). One was a creature of fierce unpredictability responsive to her passions and desires like a leaf to the wind. Another was a cold, humourless, and ruthless pragmatist who was constantly calculating machinations of future events. The final one, a prophetess torn in between her siblings trying to please both yet find compromise and lead them and their childer....   [tags: Vampires, Clan]

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Saulot and Vampires

- Clan: Saulot (Saul’s Lot) Progenitor: Saul House: Simonovich Sparse throughout the Modern Nights, the Saulot are barely a clan let alone a ruling house. Composed of few vampires, the Saulot are in search of Golconda, enacting a bloody ritual of cannibalism when they achieve that state or despair of ever doing so. Nicknames: Priests, Soul-sucking unicorns Appearance: Come from a varied background of those that come to piety through revelation. Traditionally this is an epiphany from hitting the bottom of an emotional chasm....   [tags: Clan, Evil]

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The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams

- The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams In our current society it is established that faith is equated with a type of blind acceptance of all that the church or institution stands for. Having faith is still viewed as a wholesome characteristic, though it is more and more becoming correlated with negative connotation that is commonly attached to a thoughtless, dogmatic approach – an absolute obedience of all tenets regardless of conscious thoughts and appeals. In a similar regard, patriotism has become an exemplar of modern faith because it calls for unchallenged compliance with both the laws of the government and their unjustified actions, especially during times of war....   [tags: Tempest Williams ]

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Okonkwo

- In the book Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo comes across as a tough, proud leader of the Umuofia clan. He is well respected and many people look up to him. He has strong beliefs regarding his village and he prioritizes the laws and the well being of the clan ahead of his own feelings. His father had an impact on his life that changed his mind set to feeling that he constantly needs to prove himself and his courage. Once the village is taken over by the white men, he takes his own life because he cannot bear to see his people forced to go against what they believe....   [tags: umuofia clan, village, father]

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Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

- Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver Six thousand years ago in Northern Europe a teenager named Torak wakes up with his shoulder throbbing in pain. His father lies next to him bleeding from an open wound. The two have been attacked by an enormous demon bear, which is bound to come back at any moment. As he bleeds out, Torak’s father can only bare to say a few more words. He says that the demon bear will only grow stronger with each kill it makes, and he also tells Torak that he has to go to the Mountain of the World Spirit in order to defeat the bear....   [tags: torak, raven clan]

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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart - The Clan's Beliefs and Christian Beliefs

- Things Fall apart - The Clan's Beliefs and Christian Beliefs There are many differences between the Clan's beliefs and Christian's beliefs. This is illustrated on pages 126-129, in the mention of `the one true god.' Both the tribe and the Missionaries have different perceptions on who this one true god is. The clan has trouble understanding the Christian beliefs as they have lived a tribal existence for so long. They have only ever been aware of their own culture, which makes it hard for them to adjust to the ways of the Christians....   [tags: Things Fall Apart essays]

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Tales of Heike

- Written in the middle of the thirteenth century, The Tales of Heike was a warrior tale (gunki monogatari) about the tragic fall of the Taira clan. During the Genpei war(1180-1185) two families battle for control over the capital, the Taira/Heike clan and the Genji/Minamoto clan. Although the majority of the tale highlights the defeats of the Heike clan, there are numerous tales of the downfalls of various warriors in the Minamoto clan. In book nine, chapter four titled “The Death of Lord Kiso” the reader is introduced to Lord Kiso or Minamoto Yoshinaka, a member of the Minamoto clan who was attacked and killed by his own family....   [tags: Classics, Taira Clan,]

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The Klu Klux Clan

- Introduction The Ku Klux Klan had interesting and different tactics for their recruitment, mobilization, and maintenance techniques. The major time for the Ku Klux Klan was in the 1920s where they had different tactics and strategies than they do today. They used to have a different focus as many people joined a group that used much violence and bigotry, where once media displayed these images and were detrimental they now help play a part in transforming their image as well as their recruitment and mobilization techniques expanding to a more generalized public....   [tags: Tactics, Recruitment, Mobolization]

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Biography of Genghis Khan

- Genghis Khan was a brilliant leader who made many positive contributions to Asia. He unified the Mongolian clan, conquered and stabilized the Central Asian Plateau and instituted languages, laws, and reforms across Asia. However these contributions came with a heavy cost. Before Genghis Khan, the Central Asian Plateau was in disarray. Using his extraordinary skills in political manipulation and his powerful army, he quickly gained power. He believed that under his control, he could unite the Mongolian Clan and Conquer the Central Asian Plateau....   [tags: Asian History, Mongolian Clan, History]

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No Great Mischief : The Importance Of A Family 's Loyalty And Love For Each Other

- No Great Mischief champions the importance of a family’s loyalty and love for each other. This is shown through many acts of familial solidarity in the novel. However, the significance placed on the quote “no great mischief if they fall” and the meaning behind it create a warning. This quote, both in the title and the text, reference history repeating itself. It expresses a dichotomy of traditional values and modern society. It also warns against misguided loyalty, isolation, and correlating one’s self-worth with their proximity to clann Chalum Ruaidh....   [tags: Family, Sociology, Scottish clan, James Wolfe]

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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

- When fear is in the driver’s seat, many lash out. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, the protagonist, Okonkwo is fearful of change and being seen as unmanly. When these things are in question he physically harms his family and emotionally beats himself up. When change comes into his life he just thinks of the old ways. He is unwilling to change because in his mind the newer ways are womanly and cowardice. When his eldest son turns to the European Christians, this is the hardest blow to Okonkwo because this shows the people of the tribe that he cannot control his own family, which puts any of the possible positions into jeopardy....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo]

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The Problems Facing Somalia Of Somalia

- There has been much written about the problems facing Somalia. Most sources point to three different areas of analysis. The most referenced source is the prevalence of clansmen-ship in Somalia. Second, many sources also describe how the lack of a central government has prevented the citizens from breaking out of their cycles of aggression. Lastly, sources also explain how interference from international actors have prevented development within the state. Clans: The first issue it list is the prevalence of clan allegiance over allegiance to the government....   [tags: Government, Sovereign state, State]

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Rido in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

- The current violent conflicts in Mindanao in the southern Philippines can be broadly categorised into three interrelated types: those that are related to secessionist movement, those that are related to inter clan or intra clan, and those that are criminal in nature such as kidnapping, murder or homicide, robbery and other petty crimes. The same with other violent conflicts anywhere, these violent conflicts are not spontaneous but are products of structural and cultural violence that have accumulated over the years....   [tags: Government]

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Things Fall Apart by Chinau Achebe

- The Berlin Conference of 1902, concentrates on the way European countries can go about colonizing Africa. Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, follows a man through the colonization of his clan in Umuofia. Throughout the novel, there are specific references to how the European powers were able to take over and settle in Africa. The main cause of European colonization is the use of religion and their missionaries. Christianity uses three tactics to colonize Africa: gaining ground through outcast converts, the setup of a government, and the economic value that the church brings....   [tags: christianity, colonizing africa, umuofia]

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Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- Chinua Achebe presents the culture of Umuofia throughout his novel, Things Fall Apart. Achebe describes the culture’s specific traditions, rituals, and norms. Everybody in the clan has to abide by the clans regulations or else they are punished or ridiculed. In the clan, gender plays a major. Men have to act manly and brawny, and the women have to be able to cook, clean, and tend to the men’s children. Power, also plays a huge role amongst, the men; men must grow the most yams or be a great fighter in the clan in order to gain power However, this can develop a conflict between the people who are either discontent with the norms, for those who cannot fulfill the norms, and for those who becom...   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Sociology, Norm]

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Use of Three Literary Techniques in Things Fall Apart

- In his work Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe tells a story describing the decay and destruction of ancient African tradition caused by the invasion of white culture. His tone in the book seems to side and sympathize with the Africans and their religion. Interestingly enough, though, he uses biblical allusion, as well as onomatopoeia and symbolism to bring the book to life and captivate the reader. The following will describe how he uses these. Even though it appears that he sides with Africans and their cultural beliefs, Achebe uses things from outside their religion, such as biblical allusions....   [tags: Essays on Things Fall Apart]

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The Problems Facing the Ibo People in Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

- Things fall apart is a story about a man’s life before and during the European invasion and colonization of Africa. Okonkwo, the main character and protagonist of the story, is a highly respected warrior and wealthy leader of the Umuofia clan. His victories and military prowess will forever bring great honor to the village that he lives in. Throughout the story, however, Onkonkwo and his fellow leaders of the village will face problems that could potentially put their tribe into great danger. Okonkwo’s father was a lazy man who basically shaped the future of Okonkwo’s life....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]

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Xia Warriors: The Glory Road or The Wayward Way?

- Xia are warriors of the Shadows, the martial underworld, living below the radar and above the law. Each warrior chooses to walk either the Glory Road, that of duty, honor and victory, or the Wayward Way, that of freedom and personal gain. The Shadow clans each practice their own form of combat skills. Some, like the Two Dragon Family and the Death Dealer, practice extraordinary chi disciplines such as the Swift Step and the Silent Speech. Others, like the Beggar Clan, depend on military-like strategy and superior weapons....   [tags: Fantasy]

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Things Fall Apart And The Play King Lear

- In the novel Things Fall Apart and the play King Lear, both have presented stories of tragic endings. And both stories have presented some degrees of societal changes, societal conditions and personal changes. Both showed that sometimes the forces of societal change and condition, and the personal changes and situations, can affect each other. All four factors are related to each other. Through out the novel Thing Fall Apart, there are many situations have shown societal changes, and those changes always have influences to the characters....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, KILL, Change]

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Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief

- The search for and importance of family and identity of the Calum Ruadh clan in Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief is significant to the concept of blood being thicker than water. The importance of family, as indicated in No Great Mischief, is very apparent in regards to the main point of prominence in this deeply emotional Gaelic- Canadian tale. An idea that arises No Great Mischief[, is MacLeod’s ability to prove to the readers that it is impossible to talk about the Scottish-Canadian heritage without mentioning family history, loyalty and bonds....   [tags: no great mischief, Alistair MacLeod]

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Things Fall Apart Long Composition

- In many works of literature, characters often must adjust to life in a new environment. In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a man lives in a society and that turns out not be what he thought it was. Okonkwo, the main character of the novel, must adjust to new environments not only physically, but also mentally. After unintentionally killing someone, Okonkwo gets banished from his clan for 7 years and must move to his motherland, where he hasn’t been since he began to become a very famous wrestler....   [tags: Chinua Achebe novel]

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The Zuni Indians Live, Today

- The Zuñi Indians live, today, on the Zuñi Reservation in west-central New Mexico. They occupying the north bank of the upper Zuni river valley of western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona since at least 700 A.D. (Theodore Frisbie; Encyclopedia), Resisters, is the best word to describe the Zuni people. They resisted acculturation. They resisted change to their ceremonial cycle. They are a complex people. They have survived because they have resisted (Arizona Rocks Tours), and unlike many other Native American tribes, the Zuñi Indians were never forced to leave their homelands and are even still living there today....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Kinship, Anthropology]

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When Things Fall Apart, Should We Fall to Pieces:

- “Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the Centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” (Yeats, p.1102). This metaphor represents man when he is far removed from what keeps him centered; it illustrates how there can be no control when you lose control the only thing that can come out is chaos. Our decisions are the foundation to how everything finds balance. Though our decisions usually are based on past experiences. It is our beliefs, which may lead us to make decisions....   [tags: Literature]

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Playing With Fire by Cho Chon-Rae

- In the novel Playing With Fire by Cho Chong-Rae we are introduced to a man by the name of Bae Jomsu, also known as Hwang Bokman, who is a war criminal. Bae Jomsu commits multiple murders and tries to change his entire identity and life once the murders are already committed. Hwang Bokman was born as Bae Jomsu and for twenty nine years nobody knew he still existed because of his changed identity. Bae Jomsu must face the reality of his past once a disguised caller haunts him with his past life which ultimately leads to the wanting of revenge against Bae Jomsu....   [tags: hwang bokman, bae jomsu]

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The Clash Between Okonkwo And His Society

- A famous philosopher named Aristotle once said, "He who is unable to live in a society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god" (Moncur ). Ever since the first humans, people have sought to live and grow where other people are. This organization of people living together as a community is called a society. For the members of it, society furnishes protection, continuity, security and identity. Without a society to be a part of, man is nothing. Therefore, if a man comes into conflict with his society, he must either accept these differences or be destroyed....   [tags: Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart]

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Reciprocity in Aboriginal Australian Communities

- Reciprocity is not a simple concept when it comes to the Aboriginal culture. It can mean many different things depending on the situation it is being used to define. Reciprocity may be the notion of taking care of your kin as they will do for you. It might be the give and take between families and communities in which everyone shares what they have. Reciprocity may be being held responsible for your kin’s actions. It might be the approximately equal trades conducted between nearby communities. It may be the taking of a life in exchange for another....   [tags: Anthropology]

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Colonialism Of A Civilized Culture

- Colonialism of a Civilized Culture Ian Smith, a British politician, once said, “I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing.” Although many people believed in the benefits of colonialism in the past, people now have changing opinions after learning the stories told by the Africans. Chinua Achebe wrote a novel, Things Fall Apart, in which Okonkwo, a Nigerian native, and his Igbo clan deals with white men trying to colonize, or pacify and control, the Igbo clan in the 1900’s....   [tags: Igbo people, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe]

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The Fear That Drives Manhood

- The Fear that Drives Manhood In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the theme of perceived masculinity is prominent and portrayed as a critical characteristic which has the potential to shape clans, families, and the safety of others. Because of the emphasis placed on masculinity, women are widely disregarded and downplayed, as they are seen as property. In African culture men are revered due to their warrior-like natures that can uphold the functionality of a clan, but frowned upon when deemed as weak; the result of this fear of weakness led to the dominance of men over women....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Man, Masculinity]

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The Igbo Culture : Things Fall Apart

- The Igbo culture shows a great deal of things from value of family to showmanship of wealth even if they include a character of an irrational nature. The story “Things Fall Apart” takes place around the time of British colonization in Nigeria. At the time the most abundant religious beliefs in Nigeria is within the Igbo tribe. Okonkwo is stubborn to the Igbo culture 's original laws and unable to adapt. Especially when he encounters a new culture to question his own beliefs. Then irrational chooses a way to react to that cultural of the British missionaries, furthermore watches his family abandon him to the British colonies....   [tags: Igbo people, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe]

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Universal Symbolism in Things Fall Apart

- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a novel written to highlight the intriguing lives and misconceptions that are often identified with African culture. Achebe writes Things Fall Apart from the African view, a foreign perspective that sees westerners as the outsiders and Africans as the insiders. Focusing on a clan in lower Nigeria, Achebe profiles the clash of cultures that erupts when white Christians colonize and spread their religious ideals. Achebe is able to make his book so popular to the entire world because of his expert use of symbols like drums, locusts, and fire....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]

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Native American Indians And Native Americans

- Native Americans were known to be indigenous people because they were always settling in particular regions, so they were known as natives to the lands of America. Later on, Native Americans were known as American Indians. The Native Americans got their name from the first explorer of America, named Christopher Columbus. Christopher Columbus thought that he reached the Indies when he first came to America and so he decided to call the group native residents or “people of India” (Schaefer). Some of the Indian groups are The Cherokees, Navajos, Latin American Indians, Choctaw, Sioux, Chippewa, Apache, Blackfeet, Iroquois and Pueblo (Schaefer)....   [tags: Cherokee, Native Americans in the United States]

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Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- In Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, the reader gets a look into how drastically one culture can change the traditions and lifestyle of another. The novel shows their influence mainly through the main character, Okonkwo, and his downfall throughout the story with the collision of the Ibo and Western culture. Achebe uses Okonkwo, a strong warrior and important male leader in his village, to show a person’s perspective of the invasion. He spent his entire life trying to prove that he is the strongest man, and he showed this both physically and emotionally in the beginning....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Igbo people]

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Rise of Warriors

- A change in governance structure can take place due to any variety of causes. While it is well known that Japan was governed for centuries by the warrior class, it is not always known why. The samurai rose to power over a long period of time. Following their eventual rise to the top of the Japanese social ladder, they spent centuries consolidating their new power. There were a number of factors that lead to the rise of the warrior class in the late Heian period, continuing until their the Meiji Restoration....   [tags: Japanese History ]

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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

- Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, tells the story of Okonkwo. As a fearful and stubborn protagonist, the novel retains a clear focus upon his thoughts and actions. Through the skewed perspective of a character-focused narrative, Achebe presents the complexities and subtleties of life in the Ibo community. Although the rigid frame of Okonkwo’s fears and beliefs restrict most of the narrative to his myopic account of Ibo life, the views of those in contrast to his can be seen on the outskirts of the text....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]

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Similarities Between Things Fall Apart” by Achebe and The Second Coming by Yeates

- ... This possibly meaning that when tribal culture is faced with change, and that the central belief is tested, that the tribal way of life is put into flux. This flux causes “mere anarchy loosed upon the world.” The world, as Africans know it has been put into question causing anarchy of the belief they once knew. This is parallel to the book “Things Fall Apart” where we get a first hand, personal look upon the change of African culture, and how this affects different individuals among the Umofia clan....   [tags: culture, beliefs, traditions]

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Shamanism: The Siberian Paradigm in the Analysis of Shamans

- Shamanism: The Siberian Paradigm in the Analysis of Shamans THE ANALYS OF THE SHAMAN: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION King Louis IX of France, a devout Roman Catholic who is venerated as saint and exemplary Christian monarch, received a harrowing report from a Franciscan monk in 1255. The Monk Wilhelm av Ruysbroek, who had been sent to the court of Mongolia on behalf of France, retold the account of an oracle that invoked spirits with sorcery and fed an evil darkness with drum music and boiled meat. Scholars now realize that this account describes the first encounter a Westerner experienced with shamanistic rituals (Siikala, A.L....   [tags: Religion]

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Genocide in Somalia: It's Impact on the World

- The purpose of this document is to discuss the horrible acts one may recognize as the genocide in Somalia. One may deliberate regularly on the reasons or circumstances that lead to the mistreatment and killings of a whole country; how could this happen. Why are no other countries willing to step in and give aid to the Somali people whom are suffering on a daily basis. In reality, many concerns have been addressed, whether by discussions or actions. There may be different philosophies or viewpoints as to why the genocide was conducted and not stopped....   [tags: religious conflict, international relations]

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

- Throughout history we have learned that different societies are accompanied by different customs. Amongst these customs are the rules, morality, ethnic norms and others that make a society unique.Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a novel that describes a Nigerian community Ibo, that has its own set or rules, norms and traditions. In this novel we are exposed to a community that goes through struggles between change and tradition when Christianity is introduced to the society through British colonization....   [tags: colonization, ethnic norms, morality, society]

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Things Fall Apart by China Achuebe

- This world can appear to be a very large place when looking at the perspective of the earth on a globe. We notice the many continents and the vast country places, which exist within in it. The blueness of the seas that stretches from one end to the other is overwhelming within itself. It’s an elementary fact that life is prevalent on the dry places on the earth. However, another fact is true. Every society wants to establish its importance along with its reason for living and existing. The people of Umuofia were a people who had a strong belief in their power for oneness....   [tags: story analysis]

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Justice And Barbarian Societies : Justice

- Justice in Barbarian Societies Justice is the basis upon which the laws of a society are built. To examine a particular society in depth, it is imperative to appreciate their understanding of justice. There are certain limitations to understanding past societies. The best and most accurate way to surpass these limitations is by examining a society’s law. The law shows who and what were most important to these ancient people. Barbarian societies created a customary law, which ensured safety and governed the actions of the clan members....   [tags: Sociology, Law, Common law, Civilization]

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Empress Lü: Power-Hungry or Protective?

- No other woman in the Early Han held the same amount of influence as Empress Lü throughout her various titles as Empress, Empress Dowager, and then Grand Empress Dowager. Stories recounting her manipulative nature paint a picture of a scheming empress using her imperial power to bestow favors and political positions to her own clan. This essay argues that Empress Lü used the lack of precedence for her position as Empress Dowager to manipulate court officials into granting power to her clan, which caused political unrest late in her life and resulted in the destruction of the Lü clan....   [tags: imperial power, gaozu, ancient china]

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The Battle of Mogadishu

- ... Five hundred and fifty Pakistani troops were the first force to enter Somalia. The Pakistani troops assisted in the distribution and security of twenty million dollars in UN aid. Due to raids on supply posts, the Pakistani forces increased to 3500 troops. Intelligence suggested that supplies stolen from the posts were used to purchase weapons to strengthen individual clans.8 It was at this time that the United States decided to intervene in the relief efforts to feed an oppressed and famished people....   [tags: somalian militias, delta force commandos]

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Achebe's Things Fall Apart

- Life is never easy; it often takes unexpected turns, where one finds himself in a situation that was unimaginable before. This is what happens to Okonkwo in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo was one of the great clansmen in the village of Iguedo, where he proved himself to be a prominent contributor as a farmer and warrior to the clan, unlike his father, who was considered a failure in terms of masculinity. Due to an unfortunate accident, in which Okonkwo’s gun fires and kills a young man, Okonkwo is exiled to his motherland, loosing not only his farm and compound, but also the prestige that he has built for himself over the years, which strengthened his own belief in his masculinity....   [tags: story analysis]

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Clans of Somalia

- Somalia, also known as the Democratic Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Somalia history can be traced back as far as the Paleolithic period. (Funk & Wagnalls, 1900) Ancient structures, ruined cities, and stone walls found in Somalia, is evidence of a country that once thrived with a sophisticated civilization (p. 132). Somalia is a country that was once known for its rich geographical location located near oil wells in the Persian Gulf and a mainstream for international imports and exports along the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean....   [tags: International Government ]

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Sun Tzu’s Art of War and The Global War on Terror

- Art of War is one military tactical text that has survived for centuries. The author of the text, Sun Tzu left the world with knowledge to carry on for generations. Art of War is a compilation of Tzu’s military strategies, various principles passed down his ancestral clan, and Taoism for the world to study and understand (Galvin and Giles). The military strategist specializes in the manners in which a “small force can overcome a powerful enemy” (Galvin and Giles 15). These tactics have been demonstrated throughout history by various “underdogs;” during the Revolutionary War, WWI, and even today in the Global War on Terror (Galvin and Giles 21)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Romantic Elements in The Work Waverley by Sir Walter Scott

- Sir Walter Scott is considered to be „one of the most delightful figures in English literature and probably the most famous of all the Scotsmen who have ever lived“(Fletcher 2002, p. 127). This Scottish writer is famous for his historical novels which were very popular in the nineteenth century, especially his work that is our subject to discuss in the essay – Waverley. Scott himself was a descendant of one fighting clan and knew a number of people who took part in Jacobite rebellion. This helped him to depict the events better....   [tags: english literature, scottish writer]

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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe And Hiroshima

- Greed for Power and its Consequences Conflicts between nations and cultures have always been present throughout history causing dispute both internally and externally. Both novels Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Hiroshima by John Hersey display the effects of Western invasion into both Africa and Japan. These books were centered on first hand accounts of those who suffered the consequences of these invasions. Things Fall Apart demonstrates the impact of western colonizers into Africa centered through the story of Okonkwo....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Nuclear weapon]

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The Political Structure of the Hutu Peoples

- The nature of the political structure of the Hutu peoples before the 19th century is only properly understood when a multitude of other factors are examined. Aside from examining the basic political system in which the Hutu lived it must be determined why the Hutu shaped their particular system in this way. This entails the assessment of factors such as their history based off of where they came from, what their identities became over hundreds of years, and how other groups reshaped their political society....   [tags: history, Hutu, ]

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Change in Ikonkwo Achebe´s Things Fall Apart

- Change is always hard, it means something is done and something else is beginning. To accept the new, sacrifices have to be made, but there are some, who are not willing to let go of the past. Okonkwo, in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, didn’t want to accept the new faith of the colonizers or bow down to their rules in acceptance. He wanted to fight to reserve the old way of life, preserved and passed down through generations by his clan, which for him was the only possible way to live. However, when Okonkwo came face to face with defeat; realizing that the people whom he believed to be his kinsmen, who would fight for their right to live according to their religion and tradition alongside him,...   [tags: faith, rules, reserve, religion, death]

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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

- '"But the times have changed, and we [the clan] must be fully prepared." ' (Achebe 259). The novel takes place in a civilized, African community known as Umuofia, a village in South Africa. It emphasizes the conflict between the village people and the arrival of the missionaries. Before they arrive, the culture of Umuofia is based on the strength and power of the title-holding clansmen, such as the main character Okonkwo. When the missionaries arrive, the values of Umuofia are changed and power is stripped from the elders of the clan and obtained by the Christians....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Igbo people]

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The Characters And Themes Of Beowulf

- Evil has a large presence in this world. Even if it is not an actual entity, evil is a concept explored throughout the literature of different cultures around the world. Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf follows the story of the titular warrior who confronts three different monsters throughout the course of his life. The characteristics of Beowulf’s foes represent his culture’s interpretation of evil and how to confront it. Beowulf fights these creatures to defend the Danes, a group of people who mainly value honor, among other ideas....   [tags: Beowulf, Good and evil, Denmark, Evil]

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Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a compelling story about Okonkwo, a wealthy and well-respected warrior of the Umuofia clan. He is haunted by the cowardly decisions taken by his father Unoka and when he dies, many of his village debts are left unsettled. Okonkwo’s relationship with his father shapes his strong and ambitious demeanor both characteristics coming from wanting to overcome his father’s legacy, which he views as weak and feminine. Another important aspect to understand is the concept of “Chi”, which plays a huge role in explaining Okonkwo as an unfortunately disastrous hero....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Igbo people]

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Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

- In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, fear plays a huge role throughout the main character Okonkwo’s life. Journalist Dorothy Thompson said “the most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness.” This statement has never be more true than it is when applied to Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo’s entire life is controlled by his fear, he is afraid of being a failure, afraid of looking weak, and afraid of letting down his clan. This fear dictates many of his actions and is a driving factor towards his eventual downfall....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo]

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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

- The idea of a nation colonizing another land is not unfamiliar and has been seen to occur ever since the 1700s. For centuries, the more ‘developed’ or ‘civilized’ nations of the world have sought out and competed against one another to gain land and to settle in a place where it is believed that civilization has not touched it yet. The act of colonizing another land is usually done because of a country’s own motives and purposes. Some nations colonize to gain and extract resources, while others do it to expand their own territory....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Igbo people]

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The End of Male Dominance

- Patriarchy is a form of social organization in which a male is the head of the family and has all the power to control and be a dominant individual. Male dominance is an ever present concept in society but women found a way to challenge this notion and overcome the hardships of male elitism. In “Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga is focused on the colonized African clan called the Sigauke clan. The novel examines unequal power relations between men and women in the Sigauke clan which is largely steeped in tradition....   [tags: Patriarchy Literature]

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The Political Situation in Mauritius

- The political situation in Mauritius is in ebullition with the Labour Party (MLP) holding on to power with a slim majority in Parliament. The defection of the Movement Socialist Mauricien (MSM) from the government, it is believed, could endanger Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam's rule. The ongoing crisis maybe the chance for Paul Berenger to grab power for the last time. As a backdrop of the crisis, is the sale of a private medical institution, the MedPoint. MedPoint is where a historic meeting in 2000 sealed an unlikely alliance that defeated the MLP....   [tags: MedPoint Affair, Parties]

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The Battle of Mogadishu

- THE BATTLE OF MOGADISHU Introduction This case study is on the battle of Mogadishu. This battle took place on October 3rd and 4th of 1993 in the country of Somalia which is located in Africa. This battle changed the foreign policy of the United States. The battle cost the Americans 18 lives, and 77 wounded. Estimates are that it cost the Somalis about 500 lives and wounded 1000.1 This battle was fought with some of Americas most highly trained and lethal warriors. The main effort of the battle was led by Rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment and Special Operations Forces Detachment- Delta....   [tags: Warfare]

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Video Games Promote Intelligence

- Promoting intelligence can come and be developed from several ways that can be found in life. 80% of intelligent people actually happened to be gamers as well. Since technology is developing really fast nowadays, it is not impossible to play video games that are mainly all about sports, or educational in another word. Most people believe that video games should be banned because of their violence, bad languages and habits, and a waste of time. It is my belief that video games are the number one main source for intelligence....   [tags: physically, mentally, society, wii, players]

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Culture in Samalian Life

- ... -because of the Islamic law, boys and girls are separated -and traditionally do not date, although a group of teenage males do a courtship dance for girls of marriageable age. -Families prepare food for guests and poor who are invited to join the celebration of a marriage/birth Racial/Ethnic Constructions: -Somali started around the southern Ethiopian highlands -they later on migrated to northern Kenya during the first millennium B.C.E. -In 100 C.E., the somali gradually moved to the horn of Africa -The Samaal, which make up about three-quarters of the Somali population, are divided into four main clan-families: the Dir, Daarood, Isaaq, and Hawiye....   [tags: camels, muslim, ethics]

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Film Analysis On The Neanderthal Man Of The Era 10.000 Bce

- Film Analysis on: 10,000 BC This is not a movie review of the movie 10.000 BC but an analysis on the first characters that we meet in the beginning of the film the Neanderthal man of the era 10.000 BCE. I will try to discuss the culture, lifestyle, clothing, religion, and beliefs presented in the first 20 minutes of the theatrical epic adventures of these characters. The film 10.000 BC depicts a humanoid culture building pyramids by harnessing elephants in what appeared to be the Nile River valley....   [tags: Human, Neanderthal, Neolithic, Human evolution]

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The Fall of Man in Things Fall Apart and Frankenstein

- The protagonist in these two stories, Okonkwo and Victor Frankenstein, are both pitted against forces that eventually bring their doom. Okonkwo is a hardworking, strong willed man who lives in the African village Umuofia. Frankenstein is a determined man whose greatest interest is science. Okonkwo and Frankenstein both experience external influences and changes in their life that are directly traceable to their tragic deaths. Both characters have life goals before the fall. “In Things Fall Apart, Achebe makes it clear that Okonkwo’s single passion was ‘to become one of the lords of the clan’....   [tags: literary analysis, okonkwo, achebe]

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The Night Wind Whispering And The Wolves Of Rome Listened

- The night wind whispered and the wolves of Rome listened. The moon swelled above them, clear, bright, and beckoning. During the day, Rome belonged to the two-legged mortal denizens of the Eternal City, but nights were always theirs. No man-made vehicle glided across the timeworn cobblestone streets, and establishments, homes and hotels were shuttered for the night. The mortal world knew, deep within their subconscious minds, what could happen to them if they ventured into the night without invitation....   [tags: Rome, Ancient Rome, Roman Empire, Palatine Hill]

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Analysis of Things Fall Apart Based on Chapters 11-25

- Ekwefi and Ezinma relationship is more like one between sisters rather than between mother and daughter. Ekwefi receives a great deal of comfort and companionship from her daughter. Ekwefi loves and respects her daughter for lots women’s having a child is the crown achievement of their life, this is not a attitude of a savage women. It’s a universal trait that can be relative around the word regardless of ones social label placed on them. The mutually supportive between Okonkwo’s wives the kinship; female bonding and protecting each other from Okonkwo’s wrath is present like it would be to this day in modern society....   [tags: relationship, sisters, family, rights, customs]

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Negative Effects of Political Dynasties in the Philippines

- Many argue that one factor why the Philippines is underdeveloped in the dominance and perpetuation of political dynasties. The 1987 Philippine constitution, Article 2, Section 26 declares that, “The State shall guarantee equal access to public service and prohibit political dynasty as may be defined by law (Dannug and Campanilla 497).” A few politicians have tried to pass laws that would put an end to spread and persistence of political dynasties in the country. In 2004, Senate Bill 1317, an anti-dynasty bill has been filed by then Senator Alfredo Lim and by Senator Panfilo Lacson in 2007....   [tags: republic act, political dynasty, philippines]

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The Power Of Themes : Things Fall Apart

- Keval Patel ENGL 290 Dr. Harveen S. Mann Critical Research Paper The Power Of Themes: Things Fall Apart For an abundance of authors, the driving force that aids them in creation of a novel is the theme or number of themes implemented throughout the novel. Often times the author doesn’t consciously identify the theme they’re trying to present. Usually a theme is a concept, principle or belief that is significant to an author. Not only does the theme create the backbone of the story, but it also guides the author by controlling the events that happen in a story, what emotions are dispersed, what are the actions of characters, and what emotions are presented with...   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Igbo people, Chinua Achebe]

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Marriage Ceremony : The Rite Of Passage

- Marriage Ceremonies Marriage ceremonies are held to the highest traditional standards in the six Iroquois nations, specifically the Mohawk. A marriage signifies a lifelong relationship and there is no end. There are no Mohawk customs for the notion of divorce. Mohawk nations believe in a matrilineal society. In this society the woman is the head of the household and highly respected by her husband and family. The marriage process of the Mohawk nations includes seven traditional elements; the rite of transformation, arranged marriages, wedding wheel, the longhouse, marriage instruction, marriage questions, marriage baskets, feather dances, and traditions conducted at the end of the ceremony....   [tags: Marriage, Wedding, Family, Iroquois]

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Siddhartha Gautama Founded Buddhism Around 50 Bce

- Siddhartha Gautama founded Buddhism around 50 BCE; he was the son of a wealthy ruler who sheltered him from poverty, suffering and showered him with all the lavishness of life. Gautama unsatisfied with his prosperous life sought to search for life 's meaning beyond his wealthy lifestyle. He left his lavish life and decided to experience a life of asceticism, the practice of severe self-discipline. After seeing the uselessness of asceticism, Gautama turned to a life of meditation, in this state he realized a life of moderation would lead to happiness....   [tags: Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Noble Eightfold Path]

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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

- Things Fall Apart The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines civilization as the “condition that exists when people have developed effective was of organizing a society and care about art, science, etc.” Civilized is defined as “marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other.” When asked if the British brought civilization to Umuofia in Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe, the answer would be no because the people there were already a civilized group. In order to be civilized, there are certain things that a society must have- government, economy, societal roles, and religion, all of which Umuofia possess....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Civilization]

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No Great Mischief By Alistair Macleod

- Hero or villain. In Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief, Calum commits violent crimes and by all accounts should be considered the antagonist. However, this is not the case. To outsiders he appears violent and rough, but within his clan he is the compass that guides all its members. An intrepid leader who falls victim to his own history, Calum lacked guidance as a young man and this contributed to his later struggles with the law. In fact, Calum’s greatest downfall comes from his goodness. He is stabbed in the back after blindly trusting a stranger on account of their shared lineage....   [tags: Family, Boy, No Great Mischief, Leadership]

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