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Influence of Early Lifa and War on Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to Encourage a Generation Against War

- Influence of Early Life and War on Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to Encourage a Generation Against War Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is one of the most well known World War II authors. His humble beginnings and early life misfortunes shaped not only his writings, but also his view of the world. His imprisonment in Dresden in World War II, however, formed his opinions about war at an early age and later inspired many of his works and style of writing. After the returning from World War II, Vonnegut voiced his sentiments through his writing that war was wasteful and uncivilized....   [tags: influential American authors]

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The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut

- The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is one of the preeminent writers of the later half of the twentieth century. His works are all windows into his mind, a literary psychoanalysis. He examines himself as a cog in the corporate machine in "Deer in the Works"; as a writer through the eyes of Kilgore Trout in several works; and most importantly, as a prisoner of war in Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut created short stories and novels that dealt with events in his life. One of the most obvious self examinations is in "Deer in the Works"....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Improving the Economic Crisis

- Improving the Economic Crisis As hard as it is to say, the economic crisis started around the same time the equine slaughter plants closed down. In no way did this create crisis, but a landslide action that caused many industries to plummet. One of these industries is the farming industry. While it is a sad situation to start up again, opening the equine slaughter plants will strengthen many industries and open a few more jobs for people. Supporting our farmers will also give everyone the needed push in this economy....   [tags: Economics]

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Avarice Powered Injustice

- “They used me to the point where I had no body parts left to give, then they just tossed me into the trash can” –Kenny Dobbins. Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle and Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal explore the exploitation of workers in the meatpacking industry. In The Jungle, Sinclair describes the various adversities that a workingman went through to survive in the early nineteen hundreds, through the life of a Lithuanian immigrant family living in Chicago....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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What 's The Difference Between A Dog And A Pig?

- What’s the difference between a dog and a pig. Dogs are our friends and pigs are our food. What if I were to tell you that a pig is actually as smart and sociable as your pet dog. “When you ask people why they eat chickens but not cats, the only thing they can come up with is that they sense cats and dogs are more cognitively sophisticated that than species we eat - and we know this isn 't true” said Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary, the animal-protection and vegan-advocacy organization. “Although most people do not mind eating meat, they do not like thinking of animals they eat as having possessed minds," the researchers wrote in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (Crary)....   [tags: Nutrition, Meat, Veganism, Greenhouse gas]

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Food: the Succulence in Deceit

- In the American supermarket, we have access to an array of food products. These products, in most cases, appeal to our baser needs to eat items rich in flavor. For example, McDonald’s commercials prey on our weaknesses; depicting a slender man or woman of reasonable attractiveness eating their product, a succulent hamburger composed of what they claim to be fresh ingredients. Many people assume that these items, because they are sold in the supermarket, are generally healthy but this is far from the truth....   [tags: Health]

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Abuses in the Food Industry

- Oppression has always been a concept that humanity has turned its head too. Whether that means a country is being governed by a dictatorship, an individual race being discriminated against, or immigrants in a country not being able to find adequate working environment. Even today, big businesses and individual supervisors are oppressing many people, specifically immigrants in the lowest jobs available. Books like Fast Food Nation and documentaries like Food Inc. have brought light to the situation of the grotesque, dangerous, and immoral environment in which many people are forced to work within the American food system....   [tags: Business Ethics]

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Is it Ethical to Raise Livestock in a Factory Farm?

- When we mention about farm, most of us have this image of a vast green pasture where farmers spend most of their time herding livestock but that idyllic picture is just a thing from the past. Since the 1930s in America, small farms started to wither away, made way to bigger and highly mechanized factory farms. It all traced back to McDonalds and the booming of fast food restaurants (Food, Inc 2008). Fast food restaurants had become successful because they could produce tasty food with cheaper cost....   [tags: Animal Rights ]

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Analysis Of The Lithuanian And Italian Bootblack

- The immigrant 's experiences in the reading were overall very positive. The Lithuanian and Italian bootblack bothers stories started off rocky due to the Lithuanian listening to his fellow countrymen about how he must “look rich, even if you are not rich” using the small amount of money he brought with him to America to buy a an expensive suit and to bribe to the police officer to help secure a job in the slaughterhouse. The bootblack brothers were taken advantage of as soon they stepped off the boat....   [tags: Immigration, Human migration, Migrant worker]

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The Many Benefits of Hunting

- When a Minnesota dentist killed a prized African lion named "Cecil" he received an onslaught of criticism and reignited the debate concerning hunting. Those who oppose hunting often have no understanding of the many benefits provided by hunting. Hunting provides free census animal data, as well as money to sustain clean rivers and forests and to manage wildlife populations. Animals are treated more humanely by a hunter’s bullet than by a slaughterhouse’s blade. There are two categories of hunters, the poachers and the traditionalists....   [tags: Hunting Debate]

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Tralfamadore: An Escape To Sanity

- Kurt Vonnegut is considered by many to be the greatest American author of the twentieth century. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922 to Kurt Vonnegut, Sr. and Edith Vonnegut. His father was a prominent architect in Indianapolis, and provided well for his three children until the Great Depression hit in 1929. The Depression put Kurt, Sr. out of work, and harmed his spirits in such a way that he essentially gave up on life. His wife, Edith, ultimately resorted to alcoholism and prescription drug abuse as an escape from the troubling times the Depression brought upon the Vonnegut household....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Literary Analysis]

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The Purpose of Mother Night

- The  Purpose of  Mother Night       Over  the years,  such world-renowned  authors as  Mark Twain and  J. D. Salinger have  shown readers how literature reflects the era in which  it is written. Another author who has   also  made   significant  contributions   to  American literature  is  Kurt  Vonnegut,  author  of  such well-known novels as Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle.        Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana  ("Kurt Vonnegut,  Jr."). Vonnegut  attended Cornell University in 1940 where he  wrote for the Cornell Daily Sun ("Chronology")....   [tags: Mother Night Essays]

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Post-War Insanity

- Post-war Insanity “This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from.” Insanity is a major theme in Kurt Vonnegut’s life and in turn his novels tend to be a release for his thoughts of mental illness. Vonnegut’s characters tend to embody him or at least characteristics of himself. His characters generally suffer from mild insanity and therefore hints that Vonnegut himself is possibly mildly insane....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Revolution of Incorporation

- In 1789 James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights-the first ten amendments of the Constitution, to the First Congress. The Bill was heavily influenced by Virginia’s Declaration of Rights and used primarily to protect the citizen’s rights and liberties as well as, as a limitation on the federal government. The “original Constitution contained few guarantees” for civil rights and liberties therefore, the Bill of Rights strengthened them mitigating fears about the new national government (O’Brien 324)....   [tags: Law]

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Unsafe Working Conditions for Meatpacking Plant Employees

- The aquarium of life is filled with all sorts of wonderful fish, each having its own purpose: clown fish to entertain, gold and neon tetras to illuminate, emperor plescostomas to rule, sharks to bite, bottom feeders to pick up the waste left behind and of course feeder fish, to be eaten. Unlike its expensive companions a feeder fish is only worth about 7.2 cents. It is kept in crowded, disease infested waters, sold at a pathetic price, and is made to sacrifice its body for the "common good." In man's aquarium there are many different terms for feeder fish: indentured servants, fiefs, peons, sweatshop workers, slaves....   [tags: Current Events]

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Beat The Meat

- Meat, everyone loves meat. Well, except for vegetarians. I for one am a meat lover; if you asked me to choose between a healthy salad and an oily heart attack burger, I would go for the burger. I eat fast food once in a while, and I do like the burgers. At times, I would wonder where the meat comes from since it tastes different from burgers that come from actual restaurants. Many people other than me eat fast food daily and have become a habit for them. In addition, due to the rise in costumers, fast food industries opened many more restaurants, which led to a higher demand of meat....   [tags: Nutrition ]

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Our Food Has Feelings Too

- Our Food Has Feelings Too A piece of meat, a glass of milk, or even an egg might seem pretty harmless. Everyone knows where they come from but most choose not to think about it. The truth is that the piece of meat sitting on your plate at dinner came from an animal that was tormented and put through enormous stress and pain to get from the ‘farm’ to the dinner table. Farms that breed and raise animals for meat and other such things aren’t at all what we picture. Green meadows where the animals graze in peace for the few short years of their lives have been replaced by “fresh produce factories”....   [tags: social issues]

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Better Treatment Regulations Protecting Slaughter Animals

- Approximately three billion ducks, cattle, lamb and turkeys are slaughtered to feed the hungry mouths of Americans each year . Unfortunately, while we Americans sit back and enjoy our hearty dinners, these animals are being subjected to conditions in farms and slaughterhouses that are harsher than us humans could even begin to imagine. If our society desires to pile our plates with the best poultry and meats, then the livestock that provides us with these delicacies deserve the best treatment. It is necessary for the government to enforce harsher regulations protecting animals raised for slaughter....   [tags: poultry, treatment, animals, harsher]

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The Satirical Writing of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- The Satirical Writing of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Considered to be one of America's imaginative, original, and talented contemporary writers, Kurt Vonnegut has treated readers to such wonderful works of literature as Slaughterhouse-five and Breakfast of Champions. Most of his many novels, short stories, and plays criticize various wrongs of society. Vonnegut's work is often humorous and light-hearted, mixing settings of fantasy with everyday situations of life. Deeper themes concerning the welfare of society are clearly evident in his satire....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Blue-Collar African American Life in Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett

- Every so often a film is made that makes a major impact on the culture of cinema. Charles Burnett with his film Killer of Sheep (2007) made that impact. The film was created by Burnett as his masters thesis from the UCLA film school in 1977, but was not formally released until 2007 (Burnett, Milestone Films). Even though it wasn’t released for almost thirty years, the film received international praise. Killer of Sheep brought to life a new image of African American cinema and created a powerful impression of life in the black ghetto....   [tags: cinema, african american realism, watts riots]

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I Was Mentally Preparing Myself For Tomorrow 's Big Day

- I sat in my room anxiously as I was mentally preparing myself for tomorrow’s big day. I needed to do mental preparation because for my senior project, I’m going to a slaughterhouse. I chose this as my project because I feel if I can record the things that happen inside those four walls, I can inform people on what an animal’s life consists of, and what they have to endure on a day to day basis. I felt a stream of tears rolling down my face because I could already envision the awful atrocities I was soon going to see....   [tags: Debut albums, 2006 albums, ILOVEYOU, The Hitmen]

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A Social Study: Finding People Through A Lens

- The idea of American Romanticism originated in the early 19th century. It encompassed the revolutionary spirit America was beginning to embody, and sought to break rigid societal norms of conformity by emphasizing the individuals importance, fueled by emotion as movement, in connecting to the world in which one lived. The movement utilized various facets of art to form an identity, which produced an overwhelming appeal to an American society with contradicting mindsets prevalent in trying to form what the said identity looked like....   [tags: Sociology ]

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Major Themes of Slaughter House by Kurt Vonnegut

- ... And this explained why most soldiers were teenagers at the end of the war, like what a British officer said in the novel: “We had forgotten that wars were fought by babies” (50). In the novel, there were several characters that showed the darkness of humanity. Perhaps, Paul Lazzaro was the most obvious one. In the novel, he used an extremely inhumane way to torture and killed a dog that tried to bite him because he thought that revenge was “the sweetest thing in life” (65). And unfortunately, Billy was one of his “victims” too, he died from the murder of this person in 1976....   [tags: war, attitude, philosophy]

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Vegetarianism: A New Movement in Nutrition

- Every individual differs in their own unique way. Some people look skinny, some look overweight, and some obtain beauty while others do not. People examine each of these qualities every day as they encounter a new person. Is there ever a thought of whether that person is a meat eater or not. The answer, most likely, is no because it is not a physical quality. Being a vegetarian however, changes the whole dynamic and way a person lives. It is not only considered a lifestyle, but also a movement taking place all over the world....   [tags: Healthy Lifestyle Essay]

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War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

- ... War World II sent home a great deal of soldiers who returned to America with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, however it was not acknowledge by the soldiers themselves. They took on their original duties, and continued living their lives as normal as possible, for “‘Society didn’t want to hear it’” (Thomas 12). World War II veterans were considered heroes, and society did not want them to look weakened by their participation in the war (Thomas 12). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was an “invisible” disease, and those effected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder had no one to turn to, until society officially accepted Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a legitimate illness....   [tags: military force, conflicts]

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Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation Exposes the High Cost of Cheap Food

- Many feel that the fast food industry is providing a valuable service by catering to consumer needs; that it is inexpensive and easily accessible. For people who don't have time to prepare meals, for households in which both parents work, there's no question it provides a service. But what is the true cost of this convenience. In the book, Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser reveals that the cost is the lives of the people who work in the meat processing plants. Meat packing is now the most dangerous job in the United States....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Horse slaughter. Is it really worth it?

- Horse slaughter. Is it really worth it. Horse slaughter has been going on for a long time now and humans have increased their horsemeat consumption because of the mad cow disease. Mad cow disease is issued from the fattening foods farmers give to their cattle. In the food are sheep’s’ bones grinded into tiny, tiny bits. Ignorant till the outburst, makers didn’t know that in sheep bones there is the virus of the dreaded disease. The disease doesn’t affect sheep as it is only in their bones but when the cows eat it, it gets into their systems and is passed on through their meat to humans....   [tags: social issues]

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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

- The All-American meal takes more out of Americans to make then at first glance. Eric Schlosser’s book Fast Food Nation delves deep into the intricate workings of the fast food industry to expose mistreatment and cruelty towards workers in the business, just as Upton Sinclair had done in the early 1900’s regarding the meat packing industry. Schlosser is able to bring light to the darkness behind the All-American meal through extensive research and personal confrontations of which he has high regards for....   [tags: all-american meal, media, consumers]

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Food As A Source Of Energy

- Meriam-Webster Dictionary defines food as “material taken into an organism and used for growth, repair, and vital processes as a source of energy” (Mish). Food is simple, yet humans have made it very complex. In the United States of America, food has become more of a hobby than a nutritional need. Every family gathering, holiday, and birthday celebration contains food of some sort. Types of food are customary at different times, like birthday cake at a birthday party, or stuffing at Thanksgiving....   [tags: Nutrition, United States, Cancer, Obesity]

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Socialism for the Common Man

- “I wished to frighten the country by a picture of what its industrial masters were doing to their victims; entirely by chance I stumbled on another discovery—what they were doing to the meat-supply of the civilized world. In other words, I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident hit it in the stomach” (Yoder 9). With the publication of a single book, Upton Sinclair found himself an overnight phenomenon receiving international response. In late 1904, Sinclair left for Chicago to tell the story of the poor common workingmen and women unfairly enslaved by the vast monopolistic enterprises....   [tags: Economic System]

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Direct Action and Civil Disobedience

- Although the environmental movement is one that involves people from all around the world sharing similar ideals, there is also a growing divide between the regular environmentalists and the extremists. Peaceful protests, boycotts and letter writing have categorized much of the environmental movement. However, starting around the 1990s certain environmental groups became disappointed and overwhelmed with frustration that nothing was being accomplished by simply following the rules. This is when civil disobedience, law breaking and monkey wrenching began to make headlines....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]

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Water Treatment Systems: Activated Sludge

- ... (Grady et al. 1999). It is well known that SRT affects sludge settling properties (Metcalf and Eddy, 2003) and the types of bacteria present in the activated sludge (Gerardi, 2006). Furthermore SRT is the key for controlling biomass production in a WWTP, elevating SRT to one of the most critical design and operational parameter in AS process. In this study and due to the nature of AS treatment and the slaughterhouses’ influent composition, a large amount of excess sludge was generated daily....   [tags: biodegradabilit, organic pollutant, engineering]

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Animal Farm Retold

- Animal Farm Retold Night had fallen on the animal farm, though no animal was sleeping peacefully. Sleep was impossible that evening, for in the morning it would be known who was destroying the farm and who killed the old leader. Once before the farm was in shambles, and the animals looked to their new leader, Freud, to save them again as he had once before. Freud was a beautiful pig, a prize-winning pig with snow-white skin and a large round belly. One day a Raven flew to where Freud was napping on the MacKenzie farm and whispered atrocities to him, whispered that he would kill his father and have piglets with his mother...and Freud was afraid....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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Benefits of Horse Slaughter Industry

- The horse is a highly respected animal in United States culture. It has been worshipped and paid tribute to through art, books (Misty of Chincoteague, Black Stallion), movies (Black Beauty, Spirit), and television shows (Mr. Ed). The horse industry is huge in the United States, encompassing everything from rodeos and racing to horses owned for purely pleasure. There have been statues erected of famous racehorses, as well as museums devoted entirely to equines. "Horse culture" is a huge part of American culture....   [tags: Current Events]

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The Effects of World War II on Kurt Vonnegut's Writing

- The Effects of World War II on Kurt Vonnegut's Writing February 13, 1945: Dresden, Germany. War is raging across Europe. In a deep underground meat locker beneath Schlacthof-Funf, Slaughterhouse Five, 100 American prisoners and their six German guards feel the Earth move as Royal Air Force bombers lay wreckage to the city above. They can only hear the mass terror as the greatest slaughter in European history takes place, killing an estimated 135,000 civilians and destroying cathedrals, museums, parks, and even the zoo....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Role of Religion and Morality in Cat's Cradle

- The Role of Religion and Morality in Cat's Cradle As an author, Kurt Vonnegut has received just about every kind of praise an author can receive: his works held the same sway over American philosophy as did those of Jack Kerouac or J.R.R. Tolkein; his writing has received acclaim from academics and the masses alike; and three of his books have been made into feature films. Society has permanently and noticeably been altered by his writing. Through accessible language and easily-understood themes, Vonnegut has created works subtle, engrossing, and familiar....   [tags: Papers]

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Farming Safety and Production

- Over a hundred years ago the idea of farming and food consumption was very different then it is today. Regulation, education about health, research and technology, food processing, marketing, and wholesale has changed the food industry and the agriculture itself. Before going to the market or grocery store meant going to your back yard where you knew where everything was being grown and how it was being taken care of. Nowadays the majority of people do not raise their own animals or grow their own vegetables they go to a big chain or even a smaller local store to buy their food....   [tags: Food Safety]

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Nazi and The Holocaust

- The Holocaust was a devastating event in Europe. The Greek words ‘holos’(meaning whole) and ‘kaustos’(meaning burned) combined have come to mean a devastating slaughter of around 6 million Jews in Europe. Even though Anti-Semitism was around longer than Adolf Hitler, the term only seems to originate from the 1870s even though the meaning itself has evidence of being around since the times of ancient Rome. The thing about the Holocaust was that not only Jews were killed, gypsies and homosexuals were also slaughtered in the extermination and concentration camps....   [tags: concentration camps, extermination]

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Vonnegut's Simple Style in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Vonnegut's Simple Style in Cat's Cradle The simple style with which Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. writes his novels belies the complexity hidden behind his sentences. Vonnegut's novels, as a result, are amazingly easy and, to many, enjoyable to read, yet they contain messages that go to the very root of humanity, messages that are not hidden underneath flowery prose. The success of Cat's Cradle, like all of his novels, relies on this simplicity to reveal its messages about religion, death, and apocalypse to the reader....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]

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The Life Of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- The Life of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a famous American author "known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction" (Kurt Vonnegut). Although Kurt Vonnegut is most widely known as a science fiction writer, what if his readers knew that he didn't consider himself that at all. He once said he "learned from the reviewer" that he was a science fiction writer. Regardless of what Kurt Vonnegut considers himself, he is one of the most sought-after science fiction writers in history....   [tags: Biography]

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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five

- Slaughter House Five Expaination Based on Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s book by the same name, Slaughterhouse Five has been described by many as one of the best anti-war novels of the 20th Century. In Slaughterhouse Five, Billy Pilgrim finds unstuck in time jumping between several periods of his life. From his experience as a prisoner of war in World War II to his suburban family life in the 1950s and 1960s, and his experience as a human specimen in an alien zoo on a distant planet, Billy seemingly has no control over these transitions, many seemingly coming without warning, others may be provoked by events at hand....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Shock Therapy

- Shock Therapy Shock Therapy is a treatment used to adjust a patient’s brain function in psychiatric disorders. There are different kinds of shock therapy including Electroconvulsive Therapy, Insulin Therapy and Hydrotherapy. The first kind of shock therapy is Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. The common name is electroshock therapy. The way ECT is administered is by putting electrodes on the patient’s temples, and then providing a shock to their head causing the patient to have a seizure. (Wade & Tavris, 2011)....   [tags: Psychology]

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Fast Food Boom

- Fast Food Boom People today are busier than they have ever been; household adults have at least one job just to make ends meet. The overall dynamic of the house has changed immensely since the 1920’s when fast food was first introduced to the American society, and even though the United States is still in a down economy, one thing remains the same, fast food restaurants. Even though most people know that fast food contributes to health problems, it still remains a part of the American life. There are more options than ever before, and while the big name restaurants are slowing down and sometimes fading out, fast food restaurants keep their doors open and even open new ones....   [tags: American Society, Family Dynamic, Economy]

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George Orwell's Animal Farm and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- ... Some of the commandments that Napoleon broke were “no animal shall sleep in a bed” and “no animal shall drink alcohol” The commandment of “no animal shall sleep in a bed” was altered to “no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets,” so that the pigs could sleep on the beds in the farmhouse between two blankets. The commandment of “no animal shall drink alcohol” was altered to “no animal shall drink alcohol in excess,” this commandment was altered so that Napoleon and the other pigs could drink alcohol, even though he eventually allowed the rest of the animals on the farm to drink alcohol too....   [tags: critical lens essay, society's issues critique]

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Upton Sinclair

- &#9;At the turn of the century America was in the face of economic downfall. Laissez Faire Industrialism had been in place and citizens were at the disposal of big business. Poor working conditions and poverty were the norm in a time where Socialism was an irrelevant ideology. Big business was making the government rich. But according to Upton Sinclair and his "Conditions at the Slaughterhouse," unsafe and repulsive sanitary conditions were at play, putting thousands of carnivorous Americans and factory workers in danger of death, disease and poverty....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Life Will Always Be Worth Examining

- Every person living life has studied their own existence in some shape or form. Picking apart our own reality is part of who we are as humans, and helps us understand who we are and why we are here. Each person has their own way of getting to some understanding of themselves, which is again, another defining part of who we are. Kurt Vonnegut, a writer who is famous for attempting to explain the unexplained, chose to show one mans story of examining his own reality by having the main character, Billy Pilgrim, be “unstuck” in time....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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The Corrupted Food on Our Tables

- America has changed in the past decades becoming more innovative, efficient, and industrialized. Due to the changes in how our industries (Food; in this case) function, small family-owned farms have disappeared leaving large, industrialized production units that grow livestock in masses for the benefit of the Large Corporations such as Tyson Foods Inc. The legal definition of Animal Cruelty is…”Acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals” (Animal Cruelty). The red barn with white framing, the bright green pasture with cows grazing, and the respectable family who owns the land as seen in many commercials is a myth....   [tags: animal cruelty, factory farming, tyson food]

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Grand Avenue Masks

- Windows to the Soul Many Characters in the novel Grand Avenue, by Greg Sarris, are wearing masks. Masks that conceal themselves and their culture in an attempt to fit into the world that has enveloped their history and stifled their heritage. The key to these masks is the eyes. The eyes of the characters in the novel tell stories. The dispair of the Native Americans is first shown in The Magic Pony when Jasmine, the voice of the story, describes her Aunt Faye&#8217;s eyes. &#8220;Her eyes looked dark and motionless, like she was seeing something she didn&#8217;t want to see and couldn&#8217;t look away from'; (p.4) Faye, like many inhabitants of...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Vonneguts Changing Women

- Vonnegut's Changing Women What follows is an argument to the effect that, in the novels written before 1973, Vonnegut's female characters generally are presented negatively, either as pro-authority anti-individualists or as helpless or male-manipulated victims who never "grow" in either a personal or literary sense. In addition I maintain that, in at least two of Vonnegut's later novels, certain female characters exercise individuality in their own existences and effect positively the awareness and attitudes of male characters....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is one of the greatest pacifist writers in the world, although criticized by many he still tries to get his message across to the public. Kurt Vonnegut has written many novels in his lifetime the most well known is Slaughterhouse Five, which tells of his experiences somewhat in World War Two. Throughout all his novels he seems to keep the same “recurring Vonnegut theme is the evil that occurs when technology is allowed by man to run rampant. I am the enemy of all technological progress that threatens mankind.”(Saturday Evening Post, May/June 86 pg....   [tags: essays papers]

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Technology and Ethics as Depicted in Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Vonnegut's Slaughter

- Technology and Ethics as Depicted in Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five After a cursory examination of present day world politics, it seems there exist no sterling examples of society's progression towards utopia, or even a higher state of tolerance or knowledge. It is not that humanity does not seek knowledge or improvement. It is not a fault that curiosity drives society's scientists to explain and improve the world beyond the realm of the philosophers. The fault lies in how easily this motive can be manipulated by the vices of greed, the propaganda of the mass media, the centuries-old, unwavering human thirst for power....   [tags: Waiting for Godot Essays]

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Understanding Religion Through Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Understanding Religion Through Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle The following is issued as a warning from the author Kurt Vonnegut to the reader: "Any one unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either"(14). The latter quote is typical of Vonnegut in his usage of creating a personal narrative. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis, like many of his characters, in 1922. His life from that point on closely resembles the lives of the people in his satirical novel Cat's Cradle....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]

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Disadvantages of War

- The thought of a child being sent off to war is very upsetting. The first excerpt of this week’s collection of letters clearly shows that the 15-year old writer was not ready for the responsibilities of being a United States soldier. He existed for only 18 years on earth, dying at the age equivalency of a high school senior, such as I. I believe people shouldn’t be sent away to war, unless their age permits them to do so as well as their own free will. One compliments the other. Being drafted, to me, appears like being sent off to a slaughterhouse, but only for those who are of perfect physical condition and health....   [tags: Young people going to war]

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The Worst Jobs in the World

- The Worst Jobs in the World TURD DIVER - cleans the grate at the sewer treatment plant HOG SLAUGHTERHOUSE PROCESSOR - I work in a slaughterhouse where we process hogs. They come in by the truckload and sometimes I have to lead them to the killing pen and kill them with a bullet in the head. Usually this job means that the technician ends up covered with blood. The hog is then placed upon meat hooks by its hind legs. After the hog is lifted into position, its neck is slit so that blood can drain into a large vat....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Idealism of Kurt Vonnegut

- The Idealism of Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut was greatly influenced by his involvement in World War II. His entanglement with the Dresden bombing had an unequivocal effect upon his mentality, and the horrid experience propelled the liberal anti-war assertions that dominate many of his novels. Throughout his life, his idealistic nature has perceptibly undulated, and five representative novels illustrate the forceful progression and gradual declivity of his liberal views. The first thirty years of his life outwardly coincided with the average American man....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Animal Rights Of Animals : The Old Testament Of The Bible, And The First Vegetarian

- Everyday animals are abused, beaten, left starving, and neglected. They are left on the streets, and in cages left to die. They are killed for our needs, like food, perfumes,and coats. Animal rights date back many centuries. The love for animals is mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, and the first vegetarian dates back as far as the Greek philosopher Pythagoras during the sixth century B.C.In 1780 a British philosopher named Jeremy Bentham wrote, “The question is not can animals reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer?” Many people argue whether animals have rights or not, do they....   [tags: Animal rights, Animal testing]

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A Test of the Effectiveness of the Undiluted Bleach Method in Defleshing Remains

- The ability to effectively remove soft tissue from the skeleton without compromising surface morphology or overall bone integrity is essential to a thorough and complete analysis by a forensic anthropologist. There is no agreement among forensic anthropologists regarding the best method for defleshing skeletal remains. Choosing the most appropriate method for defleshing remains and exposing the unique features of the individual must be done with consideration of the forensic context of the remains....   [tags: forensic anthropology techniques]

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Essential Question: Is it Safe to Own Large Exotic Animals like Tigers?

- On October 18, 2011 over 50 large exotic animals were set free from their backyard zoo in Zanesville, Ohio by their owner Terry Tempos who later took his own life, according to Mark Guarino, staff writer for ABC News. The local police slaughtered 48 of the renegade animals instead of trying to capture them. In the United States, unqualified civilians owning exotic animals is a potentially dangerous problem that, if not properly dealt with, could lead to the endangerment, injury or even death of innocent animals and people....   [tags: zoo, unqualified civilian, legislation]

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Reality in Terrance Hayes´New York Poem and George Saunders The Simplica-Girl Diaries

- Comparative Analysis Growing up you expect a lot of things. You expect your family to always support you, you expect to have a lot of friends, you expect to get married, you may expect to go to college, or expect a well paying job that you love. These things are not always guaranteed though. The media fills our heads with these high expectations for perfect glamorous lifestyles the will never actually be a reality for most of us. Terrance Hayes’ poem “New York Poem” and George Saunders’ short story “The Simplica-Girl Diaries” are two modern pieces of literature that depict how reality does not always meet our expectations....   [tags: reality, expections, lifestyle, outside, giveup]

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Kurt Vonnegut : The Most Powerful American Authors Of The Twentieth Century

- Born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kurt Vonnegut is viewed as a standout amongst the most powerful American authors of the twentieth century. He was recognized as a writer who mixed sci-fi and humor. Vonnegut made his own remarkable world in each of his books and filled them with peculiar characters, for example, the outsider race known as the Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). In the wake of studying at Cornell University from 1940 to 1942, Kurt Vonnegut enrolled in the U.S....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Naive Art: Southern United States and Balkans Region of Southeastern Europe

- While folk art is unique to it's individual cultures we can't help but recognize running themes in subject, style, and feel. From these groups comes a remarkably rich and unique collection of music, food, holidays, arts and crafts, and literature. Naïve Art could simply be classified as folk art, but is distinctly the work of untrained, or rather, self taught artists, many of whom are capable of creating the most evocative and relatable scenes with tools as simple as matchsticks and mud. Contributions from religion, climate, agriculture, politics, and nationality affect these artists, and there is an undeniable congruence in the rich (often naturally derived) color choices, distorted or fant...   [tags: folk art, culture, religion, Rabuzin, creativity]

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The Importance of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

- The importance of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is such that some have called it the amendment that “completed the Constitution.” When it was ratified on July 9th, 1868, the amendment became one of legislative cornerstones of the Reconstruction Era, a time in which the Radical Republicans, led by John A. Bingham and Thaddeus Stevens, promulgated a legislative program focused on providing racial equality before the law. Among the laws passed in the Reconstruction Era, the Fourteenth Amendment was one of the most controversial, with one Republican congressman, Representative A.J....   [tags: reconstruction era, 14th amendment]

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Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

- An Uncomfortable Death There are many short stories in literature that share a common theme presented in different ways. A theme that always keeps readers’ attention is that of death because it is something that no one wants to face in real life, but something that can be easily faced when reading. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson both exemplify how two authors use a common theme of death to stand as a metaphor for dystopian societies. Kurt Vonnegut wrote novels and short stories with a darker tone....   [tags: dystopian societies, an uncomfortable death]

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Court in Session: All Animals vs. the Mercy of Humans

- After a state of the art breakthrough at a scientific laboratory, several tested animals became capable of human intellectual capabilities and emotions. During an unseen event, they escape the facility, no longer remaining hostage as test experiments. Ten years pass and now the roles have reversed. These super hybrid animals are now the top of the food chain and humans are their pawns. Zoos now hold humans in a depicted natural environment and local grocery and department stores are farms were forced to eat, breed, and slaughter for animal consumption....   [tags: Animal Rights ]

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Do Governments Have the Right or Power to Dictate Morals?

- There has been an ongoing debate throughout history about whether or not governments, through the social contract, have the right or the power to dictate morals, specifically the morality of slavery. Do governments have the power to tell their constituents what they can or cannot believe in or practice. If they have this power what will stop them from becoming tyrannical. In the Constitution of the United States of America, slavery is endorsed, even protected through the Fugitive Slave clause found in Article IV Section 2 Clause 3, and the furthering of the importation of slaves in Article I Section 9 Clause 1....   [tags: morality, Constitution, slavery, First Ammendment]

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Analysis of Chapter 3 of Kurth Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five

- ... As Bob speaks for longer, and has a lot more turns in the conversation than Billy it shows that he in charge of the soldiers and his status is evident through this conversation. He also controls the topic of the conversation. Again, this displays that despite his physical and mental health he is still a strong, sure and higher status soldier than Billy and it is evident that Billy recognises this. Next I will discuss the characterisation throughout my extract. Firstly I will consider how thought is represented....   [tags: stylistics, narrative structure]

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Two Different Childhoods in My African Childhood by David Sedaris

- In “My African Childhood,” David Sedaris talks about his own childhood in comparison to his friend Hugh’s. From David’s perspectives, Hugh’s life was so fascinating and fulfilled, while his own seemed to be inane and dull. Besides, Hugh’s childhood stories were so adventurous that they made David’s life in North Carolina appeared ordinary and simple, even though, David’s surroundings were just as normal and safe environments as any average American boy would have. Illustrating both childhood experiences, David favored Hugh’s one over his own by describing the differences in school activities, vacations, and even living properties....   [tags: activities, vacations, properties]

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Animal Agriculture And Its Effects On The Health Of Americans

- Every year, humans kill over 56 billion farm animals, with 3,000 animals dying every second in the slaughterhouse around the world. In the United States, there are about 12.7 million people being diagnosed with cancer; eating red meats might be linked. Not only is the growth of the meat industry hurting the health of Americans, but also negatively affects the climate. As a society, we should be more educated about the food we eat and how it affects our bodies. Vegetarians are about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters, shown by large studies done in England and Germany....   [tags: Livestock, Agriculture, Meat, Milk]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Killer Of Sheep '

- How can you be a man to your family when you are poor and black. Killer of Sheep poses this question over and over again, and the tension between masculinity, blackness and poverty is central to the movie. The film seems to provide Stan with several choices, all of which are directly related to his masculinity. He can accept the advances of the white woman, which offers him both a way out of a miserable job at the slaughterhouse and a boost to his “manliness” in the form of a tryst with a woman of a higher status....   [tags: Woman, Man, Gender, Boy]

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Patriarchal Sexual Domination Of Women And Animals Are Interconnected

- Patriarchal sexual domination of women and of animals are interconnected. The illusion of freedom, namely sexual autonomy, are prevalent in both women and animals. In The Sexual Politics of Meat, Adams (2000) discussed how “animals are in chains, but we image them as free… [P]atriarchal-cultural images draw upon cues about another supposed freedom: the consumption of women’s sexuality” (Adams, 2000, p. 19). False freedoms are envisioned in patriarchal schemas though female liberation is often not conceived at all....   [tags: Feminism, Gender role, Patriarchy, Sociology]

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An Interpretation of “Black Lamb” by Paula Bohince

- Paula Bohince grew up in rural Pennsylvania town and still resides there. (Bohince, Paula). The theme and setting reflects a young innocent girl raped in a Pennsylvania town. The poet writes the poem from the victim’s perspective. The words give a creepy feeling of what has happened. The poem describes a young girl who was brutally taken advantage of and relays the devastating affect it had on her. The diction is very fitting for the poem. It creates a very vivid picture of the devastating affect the attack had on the girl....   [tags: Black Lamb, Paula Bohince, rape,]

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An Analysis of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation

- The New York Times bestseller Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal is one of the most riveting books to come out about fast food restaurants to date (Schlosser, 2004). Fast food consumption has become a way of life for many in the United States as well as many other countries in the world. The author Eric Schlosser an investigative reporter whose impeccable researching and bold interviewing captures the true essence of the immense impact that fast food restaurants are having in America (2004)....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Elie Wiesel as a Survivor of the Holocaust

- Six million perished in the flames, mass shootings and gas chambers of concentration camps during the Holocaust. This started when the Nazi party established a “Final Solution” that sought out to eradicate the inferior Jewish race from Germany and the world (“Holocaust”). A person cannot look at this event and see nothing except for the dark, evil side of human nature. However, if a person looks at the Holocaust from a survivor’s point of view, they can see the good side of human nature, especially if someone looks at it from Elie Wiesel’s perspective....   [tags: nazi party, jewish community, concentration camps]

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Terror in Tim O´Brien´s on the Rainy River

- “How many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free...How many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn't see?” The lyrics of Blowin’ in the Wind strike the painful feeling when our dignity is smothered by unbearable fear. In the short story “On the Rainy River”, Tim O’Brien explores the idea that we cannot follow our heart in the face of terror. Through his experiences, O’Brien suggests that when our insecurity clashes with our self-respect, our moral conscience is often torn into pieces until we are left with no choice but to accept the ruthless reality with a desperate heart....   [tags: insecurity, moral, self-respect]

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The First Progressive President Of The Twentieth Century

- Beginning with the birth of the twentieth century, the United States was in a dilemma. America needed amelioration; the country had a tremendous amount of potential but was unable to put forth the necessary actions without the correct guidance. It was vital that the United States was pointed in the right direction or more problems would occur. America required political reform and the elimination of corruption caused by the government, thus, the time prevailed for the Progressive Presidents. The first progressive president was Republican Theodore Roosevelt....   [tags: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson]

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Pay Inequity and Sex Discrimination in America

- Even though the treatment and working conditions of the workers have significantly improved since the Industrial Revolution, some of those problems still linger today in American occupations. Women are still paid less than men, despite the fact that they share the same job. They are viewed as feeble people who do lighter tasks than men do. On another issue, jobs that include cutting meat with a sharp knife in a slaughterhouse make workers operate in compact spaces. While most Americans avoid doing dirty jobs, undocumented immigrants will seek refuge in them....   [tags: employers, women's right, industrial revolution]

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The City of Paris, France: Jardins d’Éole

- Introduction The city of Paris is famous for its obsession and its long tradition of designing its urban spaces, fact demonstrated from the large number of more than 450 designed public spaces (gardens, squares, parks, promenades etc.) included in its greater area. In the same time, many of the parisian gardens and parks seem to be heritage from its royal past or presents from previous presidents and mayors of the city and often tend to be ‘museumfied’. An exceptional example between this plethora of designed urban spaces Paris has to offer is Jardins d’Éole....   [tags: urban spaces, living spaces]

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Obedience to Authority vs. Personal Conscience

- Stanley Milgram, conducted a study focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. According to the study Migram suggested “that obedience we naturally show authority figures can transform us into agents of terror” (Migram, 1974/1994, p. 214). Milgram experiment was developed for the justification of the act of genocide in World War II. Many of the accomplices in the Holocaust said they were following in order given by Adolf Eichmann. Obedience to superiors is built onto the history of civilized society, and no culture worthy of the name has existed without stressing the respect that is due to legitimate authority of the duties of those in command....   [tags: Ethics]

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Rhetorical Analysis of Demise of Language

- Rhetorical Analysis Pathos is the most effective appeal used in Food, Inc. because many strong visual images evoke the viewer’s emotions. The food industry’s maltreatment of farm animals provides several examples of pathos. A particularly disturbing scene of a close up of a dying chicken lying on his back, bleeding and gasping for air appears early in the film when a farmer allows cameras into her chicken houses. A farmer, Carole Morrison, explains quite candidly that the chickens are grown too quickly and that their bodies cannot support the rapidly growing internal organs and oversized breasts....   [tags: Film, Analysis, Rhetoric]

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The Harm Caused by Factory Farming

- The term abuse refers to the harmful use or treatment of something. We are well aware of child abuse, spousal abuse, drug abuse and so on with in our society; but does the word abuse bring to mind images of farms and your dinner table. Well it should, because there is another form of abuse that has been on the rise since the 1930's which has tortured animals and placed them in our homes all while making millions in profit. Its called factory farming and for the past 80 years it has worked to put independent farmers out of business and used unethical methods of production while still avoiding all the legal consequences that their practices should have evoked....   [tags: cattle, livestock, abuse]

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