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Winners Will Be Executed Short Story Analysis

- Winning a lottery is a good thing, right. Someone buys a ticket, then scratches it off or waits to see if they hold the winning number in their hands. However, that is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s world of “The Lottery”. In her critically acclaimed short story, a small town gathers in the village square and draws a name out of a box, and the ‘winner’ of their lottery is brutally stoned to death. All of this is done in a calm and orderly fashion, as well as without question. The lottery is a yearly event, and has been done for ages....   [tags: selfishness, lottery, shirley jackson]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research and The Survival Lottery Proposed by John Harris

- ... However, if it's taken from you I believe your rights extend beyond your body, and even your grave. So yes I would say, though to a point, that we as people have alienable rights to our tissues. And honestly I find the alternative myopic and bleak. Look at The Survival Lottery proposed by John Harris(Oxford 1975) for example. Harris frames a situation where transplant procedures take place without failure; two patients are going to die if they do not receive an organ transplant. When there are no organs available his two patients interject that if one person died they both could be saved(Harris p.81)....   [tags: genes, transplant organs]

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Critical Analysis of the Arguements Presented in Against the Odds, and Against the Common Good by Gloria Jiménez

- In her first publication, “Against the Odds, and Against the Common Good”, Gloria Jiménez tries to convince the readers that the lottery business is urging people to gamble. The thesis is apparent in the first paragraph: “Still, when all is said and done about lotteries bringing a bit of excitement into the lives of many people and bringing a vast amount of money into the lives of a few, the states should not be in the business of urging people to gamble” (118). The author successfully presents valid arguments to support her opposition to state-run lotteries throughout the essay; whether the evidence will properly convince most readers the way she wants them to, is questionable....   [tags: lottery, slogan, analogy]

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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour

- Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, and "The Story of the Hour" by Kate Chopin, both have similarities and differences when it comes to the elements of literature.  Particularly, when the authors use foreshadowing to manipulate the moods of the stories and add irony to cleverly deceive the reader. Both of these stories possess similarities and differences when it comes to their components of the story, specifically the authors' usage of elements of mood and the tone of irony....   [tags: Shirley Jackson Kate Chopin Literature Essays]

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The Power and Pain of Traditions

- ... Hutchinson is the one that loses the lottery and she says, ” It isn't fair.” And then a stone hit her on the side of the head.“ (Jackson 5) The stones they use to throw at Mrs. Hutchinson are from the piles of stones collected by the kids in the morning. Every year it is a tradition to do the lottery, and by the end of the lottery the townspeople kill one of the people that lives in the town. In this particular town, even the women and children are not protected from death. Jackson shows suspense by describing what is going on throughout the story and by not having as much dialogue at the beginning of the story....   [tags: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson]

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The Lottery by Beth Goobie is a Bad Influence on Teens

- A Bad Influence Throughout high school, the most essential trait to have above intellect and organization is good behavior. Without it, a student cannot be focused during a lecture, which can lead to disappointing grades and ultimately, a dreadful high school experience. The Lottery, by Beth Goobie encourages bad and rebellious behavior acted out by the protagonist Sally Hudson. At the start of the book, Sally gets picked by the school government as annual lottery winner. As lottery winner, Sally has to expect to be the butt of all jokes and for everyone to hate her....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Using the Biological Approach to Explain Lottery Addiction in Children

- Using the Biological Approach to Explain Lottery Addiction in Children Britain is producing a generation of child gamblers hooked on the Lottery and fruit machines. Disturbing research by two eminent academics shows that hundreds of thousands of children-some as young as 11- are now addicted despite the supposed legal restrictions. The findings will fuel warnings from lottery critics that the country is storing up social problems and is likely to trigger pressure for a uniform age limit of 18 on all gambling." (Reproduced from AQA A specimen material.) In the A level examination you will be required to explain a target behaviour using any approach....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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False Love in The Lottery and To His Coy Mistress

- False Love in The Lottery and To His Coy Mistress What is love. The age-old question arises once more. In truth, a universal definition has not been agreed upon, but generally one can define love as “an indication of adoration” or an “an ineffable feeling of intense attraction shared in interpersonal and sexual relationships.” Love can be directed towards kin, a lover, oneself, nature, or humanity- but regardless that love in an emotional sense is eternal. Some fall into love, and some claim they fall out....   [tags: Love Literature Analysis]

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Can the Hunger Games Portray Our Government?

- What if some stranger said too you “May the odds be ever in your favor”. What would you say. If you never have heard of the hunger games you would be puzzled asking yourself, what is this person asking me. In all reality no one would come up to you asking that in this day and age. But in the future if we came to the society that is portrayed in the hunger games, we could find ourselves in a rough fix ourselves. We could currently be blind to that fact that we are in a hunger games type society. The hunger games is based on a futuristic society in Panem....   [tags: lottery, debt, food stamps]

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The Lottery: Examples Of Literary Terms, And A Journal Entry

- A. 1) The tone, mood or atmosphere in the story begins with that of happiness and euphoria, by setting us up with a wonderful day that most everyone would enjoy. (Quote: “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day…”[pg147] ) However, later on in the story, it takes a different tone, and by the very end the tone is that of panic, disdain and fear. (Quote: “‘It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,’ Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.” [pg 155] ) 2) The conflict in this story is person versus environment (society) And to a lesser extent, person versus person....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Albert Camus' The Guest

- Two great works known for irony, in one a great author, Albert Camus, creates a masterpiece and in the other, a masterpiece creates a great author, Shirley Jackson. Camus had been known to the world and his works had been studied even without the presence of “l’hote” or known as The Guest, but Shirley Jackson was a nobody till she wrote The Lottery and stunned the world. Both works are studied as pieces of irony but I believe both to be great works in other, with a twist of irony in the conclusion, although, worth mentioning, the ironies both serve to the other purpose rather than the plane simple sake of irony....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Identity in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Isaac Babel’s My First Goose

- Although the concept of identity is recurrent in our daily lives, it has interpreted in various ways. In general, identity means how one sees himself/herself and others around in order to distinguish himself/herself as different. David Snow differentiates between the ‘individual’ and ‘collective’ identity as “personal identities are the attributes and meaning attributed to oneself by the actor, they are self-designations and self-attributions regarded as personally distinctive.” (Snow 2) On the other hand, the “collective identities attributed or imputed to others in an attempt to situate them in social space....   [tags: literature, story analysis]

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The Unexpected Surprise of Violence

- No being on this planet will know exactly what will happen tomorrow. Every action they make today can alter an event in two weeks without awareness. But, life is valued poorly in the twenty-first century as another ordinary day of constant repetition. “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen” (Coelho). Life becomes valued once risks are taken, but the outcome is never expected. Shirley Jackson, reader of witchcraft books, horrifies people with her perspective on the understanding of merciless rituals that kept communities at ease....   [tags: shirley jackson, the lottery, life value]

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The One Who Walks Away From Omelas, by Ursula K. Leguin and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

- Imagine a perfect world: the sun beaming through translucent clouds, open fields drenched in daisies, and friendly neighbors on every corner. Everything one could possibly wish for, or need, already existing in his or her presence. No one questions this ideal way of life, or stirs up chaos to change it. In a nutshell, everyone is happy. In the short stories, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. Leguin, and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, the main focus is the idea of human suffering....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Human Suffering]

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Just what, If Anything, Is Wrong with Y and Z’s Proposal in John Harris's Survival Lottery

- Utilitarianism in its simplest form, claims that the morally right action is that which produces the greatest good, but questions not what the means are to achieve it. Jeremy Bentham and later John Stuart Mill are regarded as the founders of modern utilitarianism and believe that the greatest good is pleasure. John Stuart Mill (1806-73), states that utilitarianism is the moral theory that “actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.” John Harris’s proposes a ‘survival lottery’ which would minimise the overall number of deaths in a society by arbitrarily sacrificing individuals so their organs can be used to ‘give...   [tags: utilitarism, John Stuart Mill]

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The Formation of the National Health Service

- The purpose of this essay is to introduce the history of the National Health Service (NHS) and how its formation derived from the early 1600s. It will analyse two current political issues that occur within the NHS, the postcode lottery and the reformation of the NHS, examining the positive and negative effects they have had. It will also discuss implications of regulations within professional practice and how they account for quality of care. Initially set up in 1601, the Poor Law Act was introduced by the government in an attempt to provide shelter and food for those most in need, in exchange for hard labour, otherwise known as workhouses; “a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled t...   [tags: Political Issues, The Postcode Lottery, NHS]

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The Trials of Changing Tradition in Shirley Jones´ The Lottery and Hernard Tellez´s Lather and Nothing Else

- Tradition is an answer to how peoples live their lives. For many it is a social norm, how they have lived culturally for several generations. Despite the significance of tradition in many societies, it’ can still be very harmful to the people involved. Tradition doesn’t necessarily have to have a positive feature for many folks. In the end tradition could cause more harm than it is meant for good. Thus it is really important to change traditional values of communities to improve the quality of life for many people....   [tags: change, tradition, values, community, quality]

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Inhumanity in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

- In Flannery O’Connor’s, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and Shirley Jackson's, “The Lottery,” both short stories deal with man’s inhumanity in different situations, and ending with a similar consequence. Jackson and O'Connor both use two characters to depict man having the power to manipulate truth and objection into something people accept. In O’Connor’s’ A Good Man is Hard to Find, the Misfit is a character in need of desired assistance, troubled and confused he wanders savagely murdering strangers....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Shock Value in "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O' Connor

- Sometimes when reading a story, suddenly a shock appears. The shock usually is created in stories that seem to be normal but then take a turn in a different direction. In many forms of literature authors set up the story without ever letting the readers know that in the end of the story something completely different will happen. Authors create a shock value to make the story more interesting and to keep the audience wondering what will happen next and why something did occur. In "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O' Connor, both authors use different literary techniques to create a shock value that gets the theme of their stories across to the audi...   [tags: tradition, narrator, misfit]

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Dinner Party, by Mona Gardner, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, and A Man Who Had No Eyes, by MacKinlay Kantor

- Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This famous quote well represents a theme often evident in literature. Whether the characters in the stories achieve or fail in making that change the reader is able to infer that the literature is challenging the existing standards, and by challenging the things as they are there are positive changes to the society and in the characters. The short story “Dinner Party” challenges the circumstances at that time, with the hostess of the party trying to prove women inequality wrong....   [tags: Change, Conformity, Society]

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Biography of Shirley Jackson

- Winning at a price “Although ominous symbolic details prepare for the tragic outcome the reader's attention is skilfully distracted”(Schaub). The word Lottery makes a person think of winning and good fortune in this ironic short story an unexpected change of events occurs. Shirley Jackson was born in December 14, 1916 and died August 8, 1965. Growing up she wrote poems and short stories she fluctuated in colleges but ended up earning her degree and meeting her future husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, at Syracuse University....   [tags: Author, Short Stories, Poems, The Lottery]

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The First Prize Bonds

- INTRODUCTION: Prize bonds are authorized and laid under 1956 act of finance (miscellaneous provisions), the similar concept of “premium bonds” were introduced in UNITED KINGDOM. At the same time “prize bonds” were introduced in year of 1956. In 1957 then first prize bond was sold in the month of March. The first prize bond results draw was held in September 1957. at that time there were only six wining numbers , and prize bonds were consisted on six digits only.. then the rule got changed and furtherly it was started to sell with seven digits in each bond....   [tags: profit, rich, prize bond, lottery]

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Discrimination in Harrison Bergeron, after you my dear Alphonse, and The Lottery

- Discrimination in the Short Stories, Harrison Bergeron, after you my dear Alphonse, and The Lottery The trait of discrimination is the basis for the stories, Harrison Bergeron, after you my dear Alphonse, and Lottery. Discrimination is when someone is hated or acted upon negatively for the reason of race, sex, or nationality. In the short stories the author's feelings of discrimination are expressed through the characters differently. In these stories the author has his own feelings and thought depicted through the characters....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron]

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Essay on Appearance vs Reality in Yellow Wallpaper, Story of an Hour, and Lottery

- Appearance versus Reality in Yellow Wallpaper, Story of an Hour, and Lottery       Authors often write literature to have an emotional impact on the reader. These effects vary from work to work, and they may include happiness, sorrow, anger, or shock. Even authors who try to achieve the same effect may go about it in very different ways. This paper discusses three short stories written to shock the reader, but each uses a different method to achieve its effect. While Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" uses a sudden shift in plot at the end of a short narrative, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" gives hints throughout the story preparing the reader for a shocking ending; in contrast, Char...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and O. Henry’s "A Municipal Report"

- The residents of a certain undisclosed town in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and the nameless narrator found in O. Henry’s “A Municipal Report” are portrayed with completely different attributes by their respective creators. While Jackson introduces her readers to an “everyday” crowd of neighborly villagers in their preparation for a lottery, O. Henry presents his audience to a man who appears to be emotionally detached from society. Nevertheless, the outward appearances of the characters in these two texts utterly misrepresent who they truly are: the seemingly innocuous lottery in Jackson’s short story is in reality a gruesome gathering for the town’s annual stoning whereas O....   [tags: Shirley Jackson O. Henry 2014]

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Comparing The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin

- Comparing "The Lottery by Shirley Jackson" and "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin      The differences between "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin seem relatively minor when compared to the striking similarities they contain in setting, symbols, and theme.       Each of the stories begin with a description of a beautiful summer day. "The flowers were blooming profusely and the grass was richly green"(para 1) in "The Lottery" is quite comparable to "old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees"(para 1) in "...Omelas."  These descriptions (along with several others) provide positive conn...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison of Lord Of The Flies by William Golding ,The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, The White Circle by John Bell Clayton and The Vigilante by John St

- Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, "The Lottery", by Shirley Jackson, "The White Circle", by John Bell Clayton and "The Vigilante" by John Steinbeck all share the theme of mans inherent evil. Lord of the Flies takes place on an island in the Pacific ocean during an atomic war, and there is no adult supervision. "The Lottery" takes place in a small farming community in the present day. "The White Circle" is set in the turn of the century Virginia on a Large farm....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lotery by Shirley Jackson

- Not every lottery has a favored prize. Sometimes, as in the short story examined here, it is best to lose. Author Shirley Jackson, a 1940 graduate of Syracuse University, lived in Vermont in 1948 when she wrote her most famous work, “The Lottery.” She liked to entertain readers with psychological thrillers and suspense-filled stories and wrote with a “peculiar talent for the bizarre” (Ragland). Her writing is described as “unemotional narrative style.” She “reveals men and women to be timid, conformist, callous, and cruel” and gives a depressing view of human nature since she believed that people possess more evil than good and tend to resist change (Ragland)....   [tags: emotion, tradition, prize]

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A Brief Sumary Chapter by Chapter of The Lotery by Shirley Jackson

- 1. On June 27, the villagers of a small town got together for the town lottery. There are only 300 people in this village. The summer just started and everyone in the town collected stones together. Then families stand together. Mr. Summers ran the lottery because he does things for the village. A black box is brought out in front of everyone. Mr. Summers mixes up the slips of paper in the box. Then he calls everyone’s name in town. After he finishes calling names, everyone in town opens their papers....   [tags: calm horror, irony, peacefulness]

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Symbolism as a Literary Element

- There are an uncountable number of ideas to write about for stories. Authors may choose to write about the same general idea or many during their career. These ideas may be fictional, realistic, or a combination of both. Combining a realistic issue or idea with a fictional story may be used to point out a controversial issue in society. This may put forth an idea about the situation making one think about it. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” and Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” portrays this fictional view on issues in society; whether having happened, happening, or could happen....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Do Lotteries Benefit The Poor?

- Do Lotteries Benefit the Poor. Lotteries take advantage of the poor in several ways. The lottery entices the poor to waste their money on lottery tickets, rather than everyday necessities, such as food, clothing and shelter. The main way that lottery promoters succeed in attracting the poor is through the persuasive use of advertisements. Other members of anti-lottery groups believe lottery advertisements are deceitful and attract poor people to its promises. Flashy slogans and pictures of large amounts of money are more than enough to pull the needy closer....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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American Gothic Compare and Contrast Essay

- What do you think of when you hear the words American Gothic. If you thought of death, heartbreak, loneliness, then you are correct. The writing period of American Gothic was one that people decided to write about the other side of the happy endings. the heart breaks and the funerals and the thought of being lonely forever. They tell you about the reality of things and what the truth is, how things really happened and it doesn’t sugar coat anything. In “A Rose for Emily” Emily becomes a sad and depressed person who will do something completely unexpected....   [tags: Death, Heartbreak, Loneliness, Gothic]

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How Gambling Effects the Economy

- How Gambling Effects the Economy It's just another Saturday night in just about any common town in America. The family sits around the television discussing how much money the twenty tickets in their hands are going to make them. The jackpot is fourteen million. Before the numbers have been shown, the family discusses how to spend the money and how much better their lives are going to be after they win the money. Then finally, the moment of truth. The numbers come across the screen. The first one matches… so does the third… and the fourth....   [tags: Papers]

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- GAMBLING FOR EDUCATION “ You cannot ignore the fact that there will be divorce problems, domestic abuse problems, homelessness and addiction problems if you pass this bill ”(Williams). Senator J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner, of Alabama, made this statement opposing the lottery bill. At first glance, this would put fear in the predominantly protestant state of Alabama, which is in the heart of the Bible Belt, as well as surrounding states that are trying to obtain a lottery. However, these problems are prevalent in the country, without the lottery....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Day of Doom

- The people of the village gathered every year on June 27th whether they wanted to or not, to watch and participate in the sacrifice of human life. In the short story "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson wrote about a humankind not unlike are own. Throughout the story she uses symbols to enhance the volume of the story. "The imagery and symbolism used in this short story can be contributed by the lottery, the black box and dot, and the actual names of the characters." The lottery is held every year at the same time in almost every town....   [tags: American Literature]

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State Lotteries

- State Lotteries: Take a Second Look From the time the Europeans first landed on the Atlantic shore, lotteries have been a part of the American society. According to Will Spink, most states are currently operating a state lottery despite its bleak history in the U.S. (Spink 1). Since 1983, North Carolina has introduced lottery bills in the legislature every year (NC Christian 15). North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley, favors a lottery for increasing revenues for education (Analysis 2). However lucrative state lotteries appear on the surface, they create even more moral and financial difficulties for citizens, and this should encourage states to look at other means of resources instead...   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Economic Intrepration Of Th

- Economics is a way of life: The Lottery is not A lottery is something that many people would be very excited to win. Most people think of a huge cash reward for winning a lottery. The thought of millions of dollars being awarded just because they picked your name is very exciting. In most cases, the possibility of winning one of these great lotteries is very slim; you would have a better chance of being hit by lightning. Shirley Jackson writes about a lottery that took place in a small farming community consisting of a meager 300 people....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Gamble on Texas

- Casino gambling is an increasingly popular and legal activity in many states throughout America. “The term gambling or ‘gaming’ as the industry calls it, means any legalized form of wagering or betting conducted in a casino, on a riverboat, on an Indian reservation, or at any other location under the jurisdiction of the United States” (National Gambling Impact Study Commission Act). States that allow casino gambling benefit vastly in the form of tax revenue and tourism. Texas, while allowing horse and dog racing, lottery, and charitable bingo, does not currently prohibit casino gambling....   [tags: Gambling, Casino]

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Comparing Progressive and Regressive Taxes

- Progressive and regressive taxes have an impact on funding for programs in our society, including education. The differences between the two provide for a very controversial view of how school districts plan budgets. Real estate taxes, earned income and personal income taxes, sales tax, and lottery revenue are factors that make up these differences. Progressive taxes increase as taxable base amounts increase. Progressive taxes have an effect on income and expenditures. The U.S. federal income is an example of progressive tax because the higher income a person has, the higher the tax bracket rate....   [tags: Fiscal Policy]

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Using Fear to Control the Masses

- ... The Party uses the telescreens to watch the citizens. The people however are already scared of the Party and become even more fearful around a telescreen. If they do anything wrong, there is a chance that the government will come in the night and take them away to be vaporized. A similar thing occurs in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. Tessie Hutchinson, a woman of the small town, is chosen in the lottery. The lottery is an annual event that occurs to take one person and stone them to death to keep the population to a minimum....   [tags: George Orwell, Shirley Jackson]

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The Loterry by Shirley Jackson

- In "The Lottery" the reader witnesses both internal and external conflicts. Within the first few sentences of the story it is said that the villagers live a normal life similar to one that we can compare too. It is said that the children within the town are playing at the site in which the event will be held and the older people are chit chatting and having a good time. This makes the reader feel that everyone is having a good time and it deviates your mind from believing that something could possibly go wrong....   [tags: villagers, conflict, death]

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Analysis of Against the Odds and Against the Common Good

- The following two paragraphs are a summary of Gloria Jimenez's essay Against the Odds and Against the Common Good. States should neither allow nor encourage state-run lotteries. There are five major arguments that people use to defend lotteries. One is that most lotteries are run honestly, but if gambling is harmful to society it is irrelevant to argue if they are honest or not. The second is that lotteries create jobs, but there are only a small handful of jobs that would be eliminated if lotteries were put out of business....   [tags: gloria jimenez]

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Platos Repulic, book V

- ABSTRACT: This paper discusses the viability of certain aspects (the sex lottery) of Plato's Republic, book V. It is college level 'A' paper. Book V of The Republic finds Socrates explaining the practical details necessary in the creation of an ideal polis. He proposes a system for population control and human eugenics based on a lottery of sorts which will determine who will mate with whom and when. The lottery is “rigged” by the rulers in order that the best of the “herd” will mate much more frequently than others....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Happiness: It’s a Feeling, Not a Pursuit

- When I was little and up to my late teen years I always thought that the American dream was to own a big house with nice cars, a boat maybe, a dog or two, to live a happy life, make lots of money, have a couple kids and a nice chiseled piece of man candy on my arm. Seems nice right. Especially the money and man candy part. I feel like when I was younger, I sometimes based my parents love on how many nice things they would buy me for my birthday, or maybe at just random times. Silly to think that I gauged my parents love and my happiness on the material things I received as a child....   [tags: instrospection, emotions, self-analysis]

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Shirley Jackson and Her Short Stories

- ... She speaks up against it which is not her place as a wife. Despite her disobedience and questioning she is stoned to death by her neighbors, friends and family. Even the rules of the lottery itself favor a woman who knows her place and has borne several children; in a large family, each person has less of a chance of being chosen (Oehlschlaeger 268). The towns’ people live by a strict rule of gender roles. The boys collect stones for the lottery and the men converse about planting and the rain, tractors and taxes, the girls stand aside quietly joking and the women exchanged bits of gossip (Jackson 1)....   [tags: modern American literature]

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The Women of Shirley Jackson

- The Women of Shirley Jackson        Throughout her life, Shirley Jackson refused to fit into society's limited concept of a woman's role.  Her works feature female protagonists who are punished for seeking a more substantial existence than that of the traditional wife or mother.  In most cases, these characters are condemned as witches, ostracized by society, and even killed for their refusal to conform.        From her youth, Jackson was an outsider.  Always self-conscious about her obesity and plain appearance, she preferred spending time alone in her room writing poetry to socializing with other children (Oppenheimer 16).  As an adult, she struggled to fulfill her role as a mother wi...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Evidential Basis in Epistemic Justification

- The Significance and Priority of Evidential Basis in Epistemic Justification ABSTRACT:There are various approaches to epistemology as well as to the philosophy of science. The attempt to naturalize them is the newest approach. In the naturalistic framework, epistemology turns out to be identical with the philosophy of science. The main characteristic of both naturalized epistemology and naturalized philosophy of science is their methodological monism. Therefore, both of these meta-level areas of philosophy pursue only one scientific discipline to be a meta-method for themselves....   [tags: Research Essays Term Papers]

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Shirley Jackson: Using Color To Symbolize Cruelty and Evil in Everyday Life

- Shirley Jackson What is humanity's true nature. Are people basically good, or basically evil. Over the centuries, many people have tried to find the answer to this question, to no avail. Author Shirley Jackson takes a definite stance on the issue throughout her work, arguing that people are basically evil. Many times, this theme is obviously stated in her stories, but sometimes it is woven in more subtly. In her short stories "The Lottery,” "Elizabeth," and "Flower Garden," Shirley Jackson uses color to symbolize the cruelty and evil common in everyday life....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Legitimacy of Happiness to Evaluate Societies’ Performances

- Happiness (Subjective Well-Being): For centuries, the basis of philosophical, religious and scholarly debate has been happiness and what the nature of a good life is. In writings on happiness, a common theme is that happiness is relative; hence, the idea of Subjective Well-Being (SWB) came about. SWB refers to the fact that people subjectively feels and perceives or believes their lives are “desirable, pleasant, and good” (Diener, pg. 1). However, even this subjective definition of the good life varies amongst philosophers and scholars....   [tags: Hedonic Treadmill/ Adaptation Theory]

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Symbolism Of Death

- In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, she speaks much about tradition in a small town in which many have been lost over the years. The black box, which Shirley speaks about in the beginning of the story, is of great importance. The black box represents the entrapment of tradition and the change over time. It is the trapping of tradition because now that it is worn and ragged they still do not want to change it because it is tradition. Along with the box changing many people’s views on The Lottery, it also lets the town’s people stand strong by themselves....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Humans and the Fight for Equality

- Insight into the thoughts on the development of the perfect human race and the respect given towards a certain human remain written in a book. Francis Fukuyama records his opinions in his book, Our Posthuman Future, in a chapter called “Human Dignity”. This chapter explains the authors’ ideas on the origin and the importance of an attributed characteristic called “Factor x”. It described as a factor to human dignity. Fukuyama goes in depth about respecting humans up to their abilities and the religious, scientific, and political standing points....   [tags: factor x, biochemical studies]

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Times May Not Be A’Changin’

- Times May Not Be “A’Changin’” Although portrayed in a particularly gruesome scenario, author Shirley Jackson conveys the importance of upholding tradition in her short story, “The Lottery.” While the climactic execution-by-stoning isn’t quite a modern example, it still serves to show us that some traditions are worth upholding. In our society today, it seems as if there is a growing movement to look forward and embrace the new instead of remembering our past. But to effectively make changes and plan for the future, it is essential that we turn to our history....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Portfolio of An Obese Nation

- Portfolio of An Obese Nation The following portfolio is collation of information, statistics, references and work of the media in relation to the current situation of an obese nation. The portfolio specifies to the ‘Active England’ programme which is a new initiative from Sport England. The portfolio discusses the impact of lottery funding and the contemporary issue of the decline of the sale of National Lottery funding. To complete the portfolio future recommendations have been suggested regarding the issue of funding....   [tags: Papers]

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Solving the Foreclosure Crisis

- American families have been spoiled, and during the spoiling process, pride has consumed our emotional and physical actions. Together, the American people are experiencing the crunch of the economy, and together, we must help one another without the embarrassment of financial hardship and distress. Serving the public and giving back should be shared with positive reinforcements that create a chain reaction that can link us together once again. Watching television news channels and viewing the foreclosed auctions, has been devastating to the American families, and it has caused financial distress to the lenders as well as the taxpaying citizens....   [tags: Foreclosures,]

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Did William Marbury Have a Right to the Commision as Justice of Peace?

- At the end of President John Adam's term, his secretary of state, John Marshall, failed to deliver documents commissioning William Marbury as the new Justice of Peace. Thomas Jefferson claimed the commissions as invalid and denied Marbury the right of Justice of Peace. Marbury then sued Jefferson's Secretary of State, James Madison asking the supreme court to demand the delivery of the documents. Did Marbury have a right to the commission. Marbury had the right of the commission due to the fact that "The order granting the commission takes effect when the Executive's constitutional power of appointment has been exercised, and the power has been exercised when the last act required from th...   [tags: documents, deliver, invalid]

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Texas Gambling: The Morality vs Legality of Casino Gambling

- For years casino gambling was portrayed in the media and Hollywood as being associated with criminal activities and the mafia. Now with proper scrutiny and government regulations casino gambling has become a lucrative business, with casinos stock even trading on Wall Street. Casino gambling is an ever increasingly popular and legal activity in many states throughout the United States. “The term gambling or ‘gaming’ as the industry calls it, means any legalized form of wagering or betting conducted in a casino, on a riverboat, on an Indian reservation, or at any other location under the jurisdiction of the United States” (National Gambling Impact Study Commission Act)....   [tags: Gambling in Texas, ]

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The Fundamental Logic behind Intelligent Design

- “Where did that come from?” Is an innocuous enough question in mundane circumstances, but when applied to something as complex as the human race – and by proxy, to all life – the issue becomes incredibly clouded. The argument that humans and the material universe they inhabit resulted from the conscious and deliberate actions of an outside entity can sound at least passably convincing, even if one is determined to accept biological evolution as an established fact. It is fairly easy to dismiss literal Biblical creationism as irrelevant and/or inappropriate for the discussion of science, but it is harder to object to the formulation of a more sophisticated view that the universe’s form and st...   [tags: creation versus evolution]

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Positive Thinking and the Meaningful Life

- ... Chen and his colleagues further detailed that “the MAOA gene allows larger amounts of dopamine, serotonin and other mood-elevating neurotransmitters to stay in the brain,” thus resulting women to have higher level of happiness (p.4). The research study “Lottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative?” conducted by Brickman et al. further supports the idea that individuals have a set-point of happiness level. Brickman (1978) claimed that “although lottery winners felt very good about winning the lottery, they took less pleasure than controls in a variety of ordinary events and were not in general happier than controls” (p.923)....   [tags: views on pursuing happiness]

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Survival in Three Short Stories

- The effort to survive and to see another day has always been a problem since the first men walked the Earth. There are many obstacles that make living day-to-day a harsh struggle and many reasons why some fail to meet the expectations of this struggle. Some reasons of why people fail to thrive in life is captured vividly in the three short stories “The Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benét, “How to Build a Fire,” by Jack London, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. The author of each story cunningly drops hints in the text as to why characters and civilizations lead themselves to doom....   [tags: survival,]

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Authors Playing With Our Emotions

- Authors Playing With Our Emotions in Robert Frost’s “The Fear”, Chuck Palahniuk’s “Speaking Bitterness”, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, and Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” Some authors are very clever in the way they toy with our emotions. It is not uncommon to find yourself giggling at a story while simultaneously realizing you probably should not be laughing at something that is actually quite gruesome. These mixed emotions are stressful for a reader, and this anxiety is an author’s way of creating paranoia....   [tags: The Fear, Speaking Bitterness]

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Obedience or Rebellion?

- During my childhood, often times whenever I got into trouble I would try to shift the blame to one of my siblings by saying, “But they told me to do it...” and my mother would always reply, “If he told you jump off a bridge would you?” Of course I wouldn’t have; but she was proving her point, which was I had the free will to choose whether I wanted to obey to my sibling or not. I choose to obey and now would have to be held accountable for my actions. Depending on the situation, sometimes we need to obey; however, sometimes we need to rebel....   [tags: A&P, Myth of Metamorphoses]

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Advertising in America

- Advertising in America Most Americans have excessive desire to gain wealth and marketers thrive on this. People dream of making lots of money quickly and without working very hard to get it. Another scenario of people wanting to gain wealth is getting something free. Marketers know that when they advertise getting something for free or getting money quickly, they will gain the consumers attention. When marketers advertise that there is an amount such as $85 million up for grabs people will easily invest their money no matter what the odds are....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Historical Analysis of the Military Draft Policy

- Historical Analysis of the Military Draft Policy The Constitution adopted in 1789 gave Congress the "power to raise and support armies," but it neither mentioned nor prohibited conscription. The Framers left that issue to the future, although most of them believed that the United States like Britain would enlist its men rather than conscript them, and would pay for its armies through the power to tax. Not until World War I did the United States rely primarily upon conscription. The Selective Service Act of 1917 was adopted in large part because a civilian-led "preparedness" movement had persuaded many Americans that a selective national draft was the most equitable and efficient way for a...   [tags: Military Army Drafting History Essays]

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Upper Classes Are a Nation's Past; the Middle Class Is Its Future

- “Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.” This quote was written by Ayn Rand. The meaning of this quote is that the upper class was important in the past, but now in the future, the middle class will be the important class.It relates to the story because in Russia during this time period, the upper class was the important class and the lower class had no rights. Anton Chekhov is the author of “The Bet”, “The Lottery Ticket”, and “Oh. The Public”. Anton was from Russia and in the three stories he represents Russia from 1881 to 1896....   [tags: literary analysis essay]

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Personal Opinion Essay: Short and Long Length Literature and Example Novels

- If literary works were to be split into two categories based on length of work, I would propose that these categories could be works that take the average reader less than half an hour to read, referred to as shorter length literature, and more than half an hour to read, referred to as full length literature. If this claim is accepted, then I would believe that short stories, short drama pieces, and poetry would fit into the shorter length literature category, while the full length literature category holds longer drama pieces, novels, and novellas....   [tags: Novels, Stories]

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The Long Or Short Quest for Surprising And Addicting Characters

- If literary works were to be split into two categories based on length of work, I would propose that these categories could be works that take the average adult reader less than half an hour to read, referred to as shorter length literature, and more than half an hour to read, referred to as full length literature. If this claim is accepted, then I would believe that short stories, short drama pieces, and most poetry would fit into the shorter length literature category, while the full length literature category holds longer drama pieces, novels, and novellas....   [tags: literary works, writing]

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Land, Growth, and Justice: The Removal of the Cherokees

- ... The Whites tried various methods to persuade the Cherokee to part with their land, but they refused and were frequently abused. “… we have come to the conclusion that this nation cannot be reinstated in its present location, and that the question left to us and to every Cherokee, is, whether it is more desirable to remain here, with all the embarrassments with which we must be surrounded, or to seek a country where we may enjoy our own laws, and live under our own vine and fig-tree.” If the Cherokee had agreed to relocate further west, they would not have had to go through adversity....   [tags: Native American history after colonization]

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The Importance of the Setting in a Story

- ... By using discreet details, Shirley Jackson is able to foreshadow the sinful end with the use of the setting. In Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour," the setting is very significant in the development of the story. The story took place in the early 1900's when divorce was not common. Had the story taken place in today's society, the story would not have made sense as the main character could easily get a divorce. Additionally, the setting took place in the main characters home where she could be alone and think about her emotions....   [tags: influence on plot, short story examples]

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An Unkindness of Tradition: Shirley Jackson´s Biography

- Many people use literature as an outlet from their personal life, from the struggles and hardships they face day to day. They enjoy the unknown of mystery and the unrealistic; it gives them something to ponder and offers a way to discover an unknown world of imagination. Many authors take the different avenues in their writing. Some stir hope and optimism while others explore a morbid and daunting way of writing. A common form is that of suspense and mystery. Shirley Jackson takes mystery to a distinctive level....   [tags: dark literature, american author]

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Shirley Jackson’s Constant Battle of Self Satisfaction

- Noted by Darryl Hattenhauer, Shirley Jackson, an American gothic author, was "ranked among America's most highly regarded fiction writers" during the "1940s, 1950s, and 1960s" (1). Jackson argued that “a good story must engage its reader, persuade him that he wants to belong in the story for as long as it lasts” and if the author fails to provide such experience then they can consider their work a failure (Hall 113). The idea of authors providing an experience of enjoyment, made Jackson a successful writer....   [tags: gothic author, fiction writers, beliefs]

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The Rich Get More Educated and Richer

- Education is a major component in an individual’s future success in today’s society. The traditional model that we are taught to follow is to achieve good grades in High School so that we are able to get accepted to a good college in order to obtain a good high paying job. However, if the major building blocks of our education are somehow hindered by sociological influences, it would be correct to assume that our future success would also be affected. An example of a situation in which sociological aspects impact that education system can be found right here in the city of Lowell....   [tags: Value of Better Education]

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The Baggage of War and Mandatory Drafts

- The Baggage of War In times of crises and chaos, the United States government must take whatever actions are necessary in order to preserve peace at home. One of these actions includes drafting men into war when the numbers of volunteers are low. In “The Things They Carried”, a memoir by Tim O’ Brien, oppression and stresses that soldiers faced on a daily basis are portrayed through a series of war stories and events during the Vietnam War and the Vietnam War lottery draft. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act....   [tags: psychological and social consequences]

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Ancient Athens: The Prototype for Western Democracy

- ... Women and foreigners were excluded from this lottery, as citizenship in Athens was determined by bloodline, not land ownership. Under this new reform of laws, slavery for agricultural debts was terminated, as was the incurring debt of farmers. During this assembly, current laws were constantly under review and revision, and new laws were voted on and passed by popular vote. City officials were also elected and dismissed, court trials, and appeals were also conducted by citizen vote. The assembly was held monthly, with citizens rotating in and out with each new lottery....   [tags: center of Greek culture]

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Types of Probability and Economic Models

- ... If one has knowledge from a pervious experience of how often an event has occurred. Then calculating probability becomes very simple. For example, if you have had experience in purchasing a lottery ticket before, and you try to figure out the probability of winning is, you can simply find it out by finding how many tickets are sold on average and how many winners are usually selected. All what you have to do is to divide the numbers of tickets sold by the number of winners. Subjective Probability is when one has no pervious knowledge of the event....   [tags: Theory, Mathematics]

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Was The Draft Unfair?

- On August 7th 1964 the United States Congress passed into law the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which, for all intents and purposes, officially brought the United States into the Vietnam War. Following this resolution, a draft was instated to increase the number of men that could be sent to war. Shortly after men started to be signed into conscription for the United States Military, a public outcry started over the use of a draft to increase military size. The draft was found to be unfair to American Citizens because certain groups of men were severely disadvantaged, the draft was illegal in many ways, and veteran’s future lives were harmed, among other reasons....   [tags: Military Issues]

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The Pros and Cons of Obtaining Great Wealth Suddenly

- The Advantages and Disadvantages of Obtaining Great Wealth Suddenly Wealth. Most of us dream of it, many of us strive for it, fewer obtain it, and fewer of us still actually bask in it. When it comes to the argument of whether obtaining vast fortune, the viewpoints can be numerous as the boundlessly vibrant ways in which the fortune could be spent. Since the introduction of the National Lottery on the 19th November 1993 (it was sanctioned by parliament a year and one month prior to this), big-money-winning and the acquisition of monstrous wealth has been something that has been embedded into the 'norm' of our culture; which in itself is surprising given the minisc...   [tags: Pro Con Essays]

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Conformity in The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence

- In The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence, the family was unable to see what they really had going for them. Corrupted Conformity Many times, people believe that they must achieve a certain social status within a community due to the need of acceptance, or perhaps, simply the fear of being rejected. Communities normally demonstrate a positive atmosphere. They are supposed to be places where everyone knows and is kind to one another; one where people feel comfortable with each other. Although the idea of community and solidarity is usually something to be looked at in a positive way, as illustrated in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, “The Lottery”, and “The Shining Houses”, certain individual...   [tags: English Literature]

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Homebuying 101: An Affordable Challenge

- Homebuying 101: An Affordable Challenge For the past four weeks, Natalie Delsoin and 24 other Boston residents have been spending their Tuesday nights learning the ins and outs of affordable housing. Delsoin recently moved to Dorcester after a military stint in Germany, and she hopes to someday own a home. She plans on that day coming sooner rather than later. Delsoin’s biggest concern is her 2 year-old daughter. “I need a single family home that is safe… and safe for my child,” she said. The class’ instructor, Tanya Townshend, teaches 30 to 60 people in each of her homebuyers classes....   [tags: Journalism Essays]

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Humorous Wedding Speech Delivered by the Father of the Bride

- Humorous Wedding Speech Delivered by the Father of the Bride I want to thank all of you for coming and helping Rick and Melissa celebrate this important day in their lives. I've tried to memorize this speech, which isn't easy when you have the memory retention of a geriatric goldfish, so please forgive me if I resort to my notes - probably every five seconds. I did ask for an autocue to be set up in front of me, but apparently the wedding budget doesn't stretch that far... And neither does my eyesight The most important people here for Rick, are Ellen and Terry....   [tags: Wedding Toasts Roasts Speeches]

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Turtles and Humans: Staying Strong amidst Tribulations in Kay Ryan’s Poem “Turtle”

- Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines, characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield (Turtle). This reptile is the object in Kay Ryan’s poem entitled “Turtle”. Kay Ryan makes a remarkable observation of a turtle. Along with her observation is the relation of a turtle’s daily life to the life of a human being. Despite the heavy shell that it carries around, the turtle proves to be a very strong animal because it never chooses to give up on the load that it carries, and when the readers face complexities in life, they must adapt the attitude that the turtle possesses....   [tags: Kay Ryan, poetry, Turtle,]

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