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The Defiance of Women in Antigone and Whale Rider - A young girl named Paikea once said, “In the old days, the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting. Waiting to be filled. Waiting for someone to love it. Waiting for a leader” (Whale Rider). As seen in the eyes of Paikea, from the movie Whale Rider, a leader is a guide, someone who guides his or her people in the right directions, someone who does all he or she can do to improve his or her land. In the eyes of Antigone, from the play Antigone, princess of Thebes, the rules of the leader only seem right when she feels they don’t contradict with the rules of the gods....   [tags: The Whale Rider, Antigone]
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Summary of The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner - Summary of The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner (pp. ix-39, 99-200). Winner states implicitly that he wishes to add his book to a surprisingly short list of works that can be characterized as "philosophy of technology" (which includes Marx and Heidegger). His book will deal primarily with the political and social aspects of this philosophy, pertinent since as he notes the world is changing because of tech., no longer comprised of national entities--a global economy, etc. In this context he will also look at language and determine how adequate it is presently for handling the state of the art high tech world....   [tags: The Whale and the Reactor] 3257 words
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The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick - The Whale as Symbol in Moby Dick That there are various perspectives to the white whale as symbol is a result of the value which Melville accords the symbol as a medium of expression. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim terms, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). Visible objects are as masks through which one can educe universal and significant order. The "eyes are windows"(Melville, 9) through which one "can see a little into the springs and motives which [are] cunningly presented ....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays Whale Essays]
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Comparing the Creation Scene in James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein and Kenneth Brannagh's 1994 Frankenstein - Comparing the Creation Scene in James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein and Kenneth Brannagh's 1994 Frankenstein James Whale’s 1931 portrayal of Frankenstein when compared to Kenneth Brannagh’s alternate account from 1994 reveals some similarities but also many differences in the way they try to evoke emotions such as horror, fear and expectation from the audience and keep the plot moving. To do this, the directors have used a series of techniques, including: camera shots, use of sound and music, use of lighting and shadows, and mise-en-scene....   [tags: Whale Brannagh Film Cinematography] 4501 words
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The Bowhead Whale - Many people can feel connected to the earth and their surroundings by observing and learning the way of the animals, including the whales. The Bowhead whale has been an important part in the Inuit-Inupiaq people of northern Alaska’s way of living. Native Americans have used animals like the whale in their stories to explain life and moral values. An American Indian author, Vine Deloria Jr., stated that, “Native Americans saw themselves as being related in some fundamental manner to every other living species....   [tags: Inuit-Inupiaq People, Northern Alaska]
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The Humpback Whale - The Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, is part of the marine mammals group. They are found in oceans all over the world, they live in open waters. Even though they are mammals, they do not live on land (Monterey Bay Aquarium). Humpback whales are known for their magical song that can travel great distances. These gentle giants are omnivores, their main diet is krill. They are mostly found near coastlines feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton and small fish. Humpbacks migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding water closer to the Equator....   [tags: Endangered, Wildlife] 827 words
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Franki the Whale - ... "You should really be happy dancing with me," Franki teased, calming down as others glanced over at her. Whatever, flithy peasants. "Or maybe not, I know you're about to die from a Brooks and Aldrich overdose. Still confused about everything, right?" she mumbled, stepping up to the front of the booth and smiling at the nice lady with food. "I"ll have fries with cheese please with a diet Dr.Pepper. Capri Sun, select your weapon . . ." Franki smiled, pointing to the menu. The lady took their order and began scurrying around in the back with the others....   [tags: short story] 2128 words
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The Natural History of Whale Sharks - What is the largest fish in the world. The answer would be the Rhincodon typus, or commonly known as, the whale shark. The whale shark is vey unique because unlike normal sharks, the whale shark is a filter feeder and so, does not have use of its teeth. The whale shark is also about the size of a bus. However, like many animals in the world today, they are considered vulnerable according to the IUCN. They are seen often in the tropical areas, but many behavior and movement mechanism of the whale shark are still unknown....   [tags: Rhincodon typus, sharks, zebra sharks]
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The Extinction of Fin Whale - Animals are a blessing of God. They are seen in different type, shapes and weights in their own category. In marine animals, there are mostly mammals which are found to be in large number. Fin whale is among those mammals that are found in marine life. This type of whale is found in all types of oceans and is a suborder to baleen whales. Fin whale is a very heavy whale. Its weight is estimated to be around 74-75 tones. The weight is not only the only characteristic but its length is also very interesting....   [tags: specie, marine animals, mammals]
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Taking a Look at the Beluga Whale - There are about 16,118 endangered species worldwide that are listed in the IUCN Red List ("About Species"). These animals are most likely listed in this red list because of human cause. The things that humans do that seem so harmless could actually be harmful to many animals that live in the sea and everywhere else. Out of the 16,118 endangered species that are listed, there are a couple thousand beluga whales that are also in danger of becoming extinct soon if we don't do anything about it....   [tags: worldwide enangered species] 1397 words
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Whale Hunting Should Be Banned - Where there is a line between trying to preserve your culture and heritage, and being on the same page with the modern moral values. It is hard to reply to this question because there is no right or wrong answer. One of the examples of this question is the situation on Faroe Islands. People of Faroe Islands have been hunting long pilot whales for centuries; it is part of their culture and part of their identity. Also, it is one of the food sources that they have. However the world is concerned with the custom on the islands....   [tags: cultural and environmental changes]
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A Whale of a Story: Moby Dick - Located in the dark, cold pages of Moby Dick lies evil, an evil by the name of mankind. Mankind snarls its teeth into the face of nature and fellow-man by character development and a thick plot. By diving into the characters and the author, the motives of these individuals is shown clearly through the murky water. Herman Melville's own motives help illuminate his reasoning behind each examples of man's traits through the book. His motives are driven towards the dark side of humanity, also known as anti-transcendental....   [tags: Herman Melville novel analysis] 554 words
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Conservation of the Blue Whale - Introduction The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a species of baleen whale known as the largest animal on Earth. They can grow to be over 100 feet long and can weigh up to 165 tons. Blue whales are found in all oceans and can occupy a wide variety of habitats, from pelagic environments to offshore environments (Clapham et al. 1999). Up until the 19th century, blue whales were generally immune from whaling. Not only were they substantially large animals, they were also very quick and agile and were difficult to catch....   [tags: baleen biology, whaling, ship strikes]
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Whale Rider: The Maori Culture - Reflective Introduction The purpose of this reflective outline is to demonstrate a thorough understanding of theories, concepts, and/or strategies relating to cultural and social religions. “Whale Rider” (Caro, 2002) , is a depictive representation of a cultural religion that has survived on the belief of male inheritance as their form of guidance; however, history has shown that change is inevitable. For example, throughout history, religion has played a pivotal role in the development of individuals, including the evolution of societies....   [tags: culture and religion, reflective outline]
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Whale's Life on Entertainment Parks - Everyone dreams to be able to go to SeaWorld, to see the whales—these majestic creatures gracefully swimming, so close to you. Then, you can go see the Shamu show, and you can see all the tricks the whales have been trained to do. When one finds out about the whale’s life, everything changes. Killer whales in SeaWorld are held in captivity without the necessary living conditions or treatments. Due to this, the whales should be released because they can acquire mental health issues and anger can build up, causing them to act out against trainers....   [tags: sea world, whales, shamu show, animal welfare]
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Sonar vs. Whale Migration - Sonar vs. Whale Migration Imagine being in Baja California lying on the beach and out along the horizon you watch the first gray whale break surface and fling himself into the air. I personally have seen this and it is a life changing experience. A whale of that size can truly take your breath away. Whales migrate over 6000 miles in the winter each year just to mate in the warmer waters of the tropics. Although it is amazing to watch them arrive the trip for them is not easy. Whales rely on the hearing immensely and they use sounds to find food, friends, their mate and even find their way around throughout their life....   [tags: sound, mate, ocean, migrate]
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Killing the Killer Whale - ... After drilling of the teeth, the area must be washed thoroughly every day for the rest of the particular orca’s life. Bad dental issues can lead to many other health problems such as infections, pneumonia, and even a heart attack. Orcas are also constantly receiving antibiotics, which causes “…disruption of normal bacterial flora in the gut, malnutrition, and susceptibility of the host to opportunistic pathogens such as fungi and yeast.” The orcas also get a great deal of sunburn because there is no protection from it in such a shallow pool....   [tags: Orca trafficking, inhumane acts]
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Killer Whale in Captivity - Captivity is the state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved, according to Wiktionary. Every year, marine parks and aquariums, like SeaWorld, make billions of dollars through ticket sales. SeaWorld estimates about 70% of their total revenue is due to their performing killer whales (Jeffs). People visit from all over the world to encounter killer whales up close. “Their beauty and power, combined with willingness to work with humans, have made them legendary performers” (Gorman). In recent years, humans have gained the ability to tame and train these creatures....   [tags: seaworld, parks, incidents]
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Whale Symbol - There are many views on the symbolism of the white whale in Melville’s book, Moby Dick. Melville regarded the symbol as, what William Gleim describes, "a means of both revelation and concealment"(402). The symbol of the white whale lends itself easily to this concept. To Ahab, the whale represents the wickedness of nature. To Starbuck, it is a product. To Ishmael, however, it is "portentous and mysterious"(Melville, 6). It rouses his curiosity, but he recognizes it as a thing secluded. It is an "overwhelming idea"(Melville, 6): an idea which is larger than his consciousness....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Moby Dick] 865 words
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Whale Wars - Whale Wars In the Antarctic Ocean, Japanese whalers hunt for whales. Could you imagine eating meat from an animal that you admire. The Japanese are saying that their being killed for scientific research, but in reality many people believe they are being eaten. Several organizations have helped to ban whaling, but all that ends up happening is reducing the amount of whales to be killed. In the Antarctic Ocean there are several whales such as the White Hump-Back, Grey Whales, and Minkes Whales. These whales are the only ones the Japanese whalers kill for their scientific research, why not other whales....   [tags: Conservation]
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Is Tilikum the Killer Whale Truly a Killer? - Tilikum is the name of the most notorious killer whale in Seaworld. He is responsible for three deaths in SeaWorld. The most recent case of the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010 brought the world’s attention to the captivity of killer whales. Dawn Brancheau was one of the most senior whale trainer that is allowed to to work with Tilikum (Kirby 305). Despite that, many rounds of checks were carried out before the training starts. The incident occurred during a ‘Dine with Shamu’ experience where guest could eat while watching the killer whale interactions....   [tags: seaworld, orcas, captivity] 1669 words
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Myth, Culture, and Family in Whale Rider - Niki Caro’s acclaimed film, Whale Rider, is an aspiring story of a young Maori girl’s pursuit to prove herself to her grandfather and to undertake her destiny as the tribal leader. Her grandfather, Chief of Whangara has old-fashioned attitudes that blind him to his granddaughter’s potential as his successor. It is only when tragedy strikes that Pai can prove to her grandfather that her community’s link with the spiritual world of the Maori lives on. The emphasis on Maori culture and myth allow us to classify Whale Rider as a film that shows the protagonist, Pai, being unable "go home" and to understand it through a connection between myth, culture, and family....   [tags: film analysis, Niki Caro]
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The Blue Whale - The Blue Whale Balaenoptera Musculus, or the blue whale, is the largest mammal in the world. This enormous mammal can grow to be 110 feet long and weigh as much as 190 tons. That's longer than two city buses and the total weight of 30 elephants. This giant is powered by a heart the size of a taxi-cab. The blue whale's of the Antarctic grow larger than those of the Northern Hemisphere. Also, the females tend to be slightly larger than the males of the same age. These mammals are bluish-gray in color, with some paler spots....   [tags: essays research papers] 1727 words
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A Whale Hunt - Envision the Makah nation before white men came to reduce their lands, diminished their way of life, and contaminate them with new diseases. The Makah tribe was once free to roam along the dark sandy beaches of the Olympic Peninsula and experience the fiery glow of the sinking sun creep into the depths of the vast Pacific Ocean. They are no longer able to undergo this majestic cycle in the same tranquility that their ancestors once did. After dealing with the inequities that were brought upon them by the European settlers, such as being forced to speak a new language and being confined to a minute area of land, that cannot compare to the greatness of the territory where they once lived....   [tags: essays research papers] 1314 words
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The Humpback Whale - To look up into the mountains and see the steam rolling from a mountain stream on a cold winters morning is a beautiful sight. However, to look out over the horizon and see the white spray of salt water coming from the blow of a huge hump-back whale is much more exciting sight and a whole lot warmer. I lived in the mountains of Colorado for most of my childhood. The first time I had the opportunity to see the ocean was on a vacation to California, when I was about 15 years old. It was even better than I had dreamed it would be....   [tags: essays research papers] 1964 words
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The Whale Rider - This book really grabbed me right from the beginning of the story. The story begins with the birth of fraternal twins, with the grandfather patiently awaiting the birth of the son. Right away I felt sadness when the mother and one of the twins die. The boy dies and the girl survives. The grandpa seems to not care about the girl who survived . He was longing for his grandson because he is from the Maori tribe and the tribe is waiting for the sign of a new chief to be born . The chief would lead the village and its community to greatness....   [tags: Witi Ihimaera essays research papers] 1166 words
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Whale Hunting By the Makah Tribe - Whale hunting has been a way of life for the Makah Tribe for more than 2000 years. They have traditionally depended on the whale meat to survive as well as they have utilized the whales blubber and oil. The dependence on whale hunting has caused the whale to be an integral part of the Makah culture. The whale is in their songs, dances, designs and basketry. It has given them a disciple and pride in their tribe. Yet for the past seventy years the Makah has been prevented from hunting due to the gray whale, the whale they hunt, being on the endangered list....   [tags: Essays on Hunting]
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The Destruction of the Minke Whale in Mobe Dick by Herman Melville - ... In the ocean is revolving cycle, such as planktons being eating by fish, which are eaten by whales. In order for the ocean to function, a cycle has to happen, Jeremy Jackson5. A solution could be finding another meat to use to substitute whale meat, or having a numerous amount of customer that stop demanding sushi. By lower demand the Japanese will have no reason to kill the Minke whale because it is not a request. While some conservationists argue that the minke whale is near extinction, economists suggest that the cost to protect the minke whale are too high for the LDC to afford....   [tags: capitain ahab, taxonomy]
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The Decline of the Blue Whale Population - People generally think that the largest animals ever to live on earth were the dinosaurs, but even those giants were not as huge as the blue whalethat is still alive today. Named for its blue-gray color, this huge cetacean may grow to be roughly 30.5 m (100 ft) long and weigh more that 108,000 kg (120 tons). Its close relatives include the smaller fin, humpback, sei, Bryde's, and minke whales. The blue whale and its relatives are called baleen whales because they have a feeding structure known as baleen that takes the place of teeth....   [tags: Environmental Essays] 886 words
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A New Species of Whale - Questions Surrounding a New Species of Whale During the month of September in 1998 an amazing and unique discovery was found by a group of scientists when they went out to the Sea of Japan. There, they collected the carcass of a medium sized baleen whale. This was the ninth specimen needed to complete the research on discovering this new species. This species of the baleen whale did resemble the fin whale, another species of the baleen whale. However, this carcass was much smaller in size. After comparing DNA data of the external morphology, osteology, and mitochondrial, scientists were able to classify all they found into a new and different species....   [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
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Moby Dick or White Whale - Ishmael, the narrator, announces his intent to ship aboard a whaling vessel. He has made several voyages as a sailor but none as a whaler. He travels to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he stays in a whalers’ inn. Since the inn is rather full, he has to share a bed with a harpooner from the South Pacific named Queequeg. At first repulsed by Queequeg’s strange habits and shocking appearance, Ishmael eventually comes to appreciate the man’s generosity and kind spirit, and the two decide to seek work on a whaling vessel together....   [tags: essays research papers] 1047 words
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A Whale of a Passion for Psychology - A Whale of a Passion for Psychology A beluga whale helped me first realize my true academic passion. I spent my high school summers and weekends volunteering at the New York Aquarium, first in the education department, and later in the training department. It was there, through casual and research-oriented observations of cetaceans, that I began to wonder about animal and human minds. I later had the opportunity to participate in an observational research project, helping to record data on the behaviors of new whale calves and mothers....   [tags: Graduate Admissions Essays] 789 words
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To Hold a Killer Whale in Captivity is to Abuse that Animal - ... In the wild, the dorsal fin of the Killer whale stands upright (Cetacean Inspiration). Cases of killer whales having bent dorsal fins in the wild is extremely rare and when it does occur its usually the result of injury, or even an oil spill. There are a several reasons why whales in captivity have bent dorsal fins. Two of the main causes as stated by the Cetacean Inspiration Website are: I. In the wild, the deep water supports the dorsal fins upright position while collagen hardens, and in captivity, the pool water isn’t deep enough to exert the amount of pressure necessary so the fin bends....   [tags: marine life, orcas]
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Myth, Culture, and Family in Whale Riderby Niko Caro - Whale Rider is a story directed by Niko Caro about a young Maori girl named Pai. In the story, her goal is to prove to her grandfather that she is capable of becoming the next tribal leader. Pai’s grandfather believes that only capable boys are allowed to be the leaders, which blinds him in seeing his granddaughter’s passion as his successor. Only when tragedy strikes can Pai prove to her grandfather of their community’s connection with the spiritual world in which the Maori people live on. Pai is portrayed as the protagonist of the story and is unable to understand the connection between myth, culture and family, which is very crucial in the Maori culture....   [tags: pai, maori girl, film analysis]
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Moby Dick, Or The Whale - I. Author InformationHerman Melville, was born in 1819, in a very "good" neighborhood in New York. A. Many influences on Melville's works were European literature, experiences in his travels, and tragedy in his life. B. Melville was born into the time when inspiring works of American literature began to emerge. Yet, European heritage in literature still had a strong hold on American writers of the time. C. Other contributions by Herman Melville were his narrative poems, and writings of other sea journeys.II....   [tags: essays research papers] 719 words
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Many Leaders Around Us: Whale Rider - A young girl named Paikea once said, “In the old days, the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting. Waiting to be filled. Waiting for someone to love it. Waiting for a leader” (Whale Rider). As seen in the eyes of Paikea, a leader is a guide, someone who guides his or her people in the right directions, someone who does all he or she can do to improve his or her land. In the eyes of Antigone, princess of Thebes, the rules of the leader only seem right when she feels they don’t contradict with the rules of the gods....   [tags: Paikea, movie character analysis] 948 words
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Gender and Transcendence: Sexing Melville's Whale - Gender and Transcendence: Sexing Melville's Whale Mention Moby-Dick to most undergraduates and their response is either a yawn or a groan.Of course, few of them have actually read the novel; rather, their trepidation is usually based on hearing over and over again that it's a Great Book.If it's been a Great Book for over 150 years, they ask, what could it possibly teach us now, on the brink of the 21st Century. Such thinking seems to have created a rather large hole in what most undergraduates know about 19th century American literature--a hole large enough to swallow not only Melville's whale but all of R....   [tags: essays papers]
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Effects of Illegal Whaling in The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on Benthic and Pelagic Ecosystems - Whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (SOWS) is an ongoing issue despite laws and regulations prohibiting commercial hunting in these waters. Whaling fleets from Japan use scientific research to justify continued whaling in the Southern Ocean. Weak enforcement of the regulations set up in the SOWS has allowed countries, most notably Japan, to continue their hunts with little interference. If whaling continues in the SOWS, it may lead to irreversible effects to the ecosystem of the Southern Ocean....   [tags: Ecology]
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Hunting for Whales: Outdated Practice - ... The first type of data is just that, the number of whales landed, the second type is “reports of catch and production by pre20th century commercial shore whaling establishments.”, and the third data is that of which is collected from catch and production by voyages (Reeves & Smith, 2010) WHALING 4 The second two forms of data collected from whaling, pre20th century commercial whaling establishments and pre20th century whaling voyages, are only used because these groups were whaling before it became illegal for commercial use in 2014 (Ganderton, 2014)....   [tags: assisting the whale population in growth]
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SeaWorld: Behind the Scenes - For 50 years SeaWorld has entertained park guests with numerous stunts involving the majestic sea creature, the orca, also referred to as the killer whale, and their human trainers. What the on-lookers don’t see at these shows is what goes on behind the scenes: how the whales got there in the first place, and the conditions in which they are housed. SeaWorld San Diego opened in March 21, 1964. This was the first SeaWorld park to be established. There three parks all together the other two being SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld Orlando (Ask Shamu)....   [tags: sea creatures, killer whale]
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Modernizing Genre: Subversion of the Epic in Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider - The epic genre is known for its celebration of achievements of community heroes and several other features. This paper argues that Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider conforms to the requirements of the epic genre although the author has used it push for progressive ideals among the Maori. It is, therefore, not mere celebration of heroic deeds of the protagonist as it would be the case for traditional epics. By setting the story in the present and through Kahu, the heroine, Witi seeks to inform the Maori and the world that leadership is no longer reserved for men as most epics tend to imply....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Of all the qualities in a hero, the ones that make helping a heroic act are honesty, wisdom, dedication and conviction, which John from Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher and Clarisse from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury portray. John and Clarisse are both honest about everything no matter what anyone says or thinks. They also take the wisdom they gain from their experiences, and use it to create a positive impact on those that they are helping. The level of dedication that John shows is one side of a pole while Clarisse’s level of dedication is on the other....   [tags: hero, qualities, honesty, wisdom]
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Herman Melville's Moby Dick - Moby dick is a novel written by Herman Melville. The books takes place on the open seas, where very little happens. It has earned its status as a literary classic not by the typical presentation of a nuanced, epic plot or by devoting itself to absolute perfect portrayal of the world, but by its sheer bravado and omnipresence matched only by the god-character whom the novel takes its name from, Moby Dick. This is not to say that Moby Dick’s plot is bad by any means, it is just minimal. It is difficult to imagine, or find another book that is able to pick such good minimal elements and make so much of them....   [tags: the white whale, literary analysis] 1030 words
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Response to Story of Inky the Pigmy Sperm Whale - Response to Story of Inky the Pigmy Sperm Whale The economy is slowing, third world nations have political unrest, and Susie is distraught because she cannot decide what to wear to school tomorrow. These seem to be the problems that society is extremely concerned with today. The thing that is so shocking is the fact that humans are so caught up with material possessions and their egocentric problems that they are blinded from the big picture. If we don't preserve the physical world that we live in, there will be nothing to enjoy the fruits of our labor on....   [tags: Free Essays] 408 words
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Opening Sequences of Frankenstein by James Whale and Kenneth Branagh - Opening Sequences of Frankenstein by James Whale and Kenneth Branagh "Frankenstein" Compare the opening sequences of Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' filmed by James Whale (1931) and Kenneth Branagh (1994). Describe and account for the major differences and similarities between the versions. The gothic horror novel, 'Frankenstein', was written by Mary Shelley during the Industrial Revolution, which was a period of dramatic change. It was a groundbreaking and controversial novel, exploring subjects previously considered taboo and even more shocking was that this was done by a female author....   [tags: Frankenstein Movies Films Mary Shelley Essays] 5145 words
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Marine Mammals in Captivity - Imagine a warm day in February, a day that you have been waiting for forever, to see a majestic sea mammal, an orca (commonly known as a killer whale). The show was called “Dine with Shamu”, the orcas were doing amazing tricks and splashing the kids in the front row. After the show was finished, you make your way under the stadium to get a picture with the star of the show, Tilikum. As you wait for him to show himself, a siren goes off and sends everyone into a panic. You look at the crystal clear pool behind the glass, and see Tilikum dragging a women’s body down to the bottom of the pool....   [tags: Sea Mammal, Orca, Killer Whale]
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Physics of Whales Swimming - Animals can't rotate like wheels on a car. They must move by oscillatory motion. The resulting flow of fluids are complex and create agonizing studies for biofluid students. These students often find themselves at the forefront on research in fluid dynamics of unsteady, complex viscous flows. Often men have marveled at the dolphins and whale and at how gracefully they moved through the water. Jim Rohr, a fluid dynamicist working for the US Navy was on an evening cruise in the waters near San Diego when he saw nature doing what scientists had failed to do in the lab: reveal water motion to the naked eye....   [tags: physics whale swim] 802 words
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Why the Makah Indians Hunt Whales - Why the Makah Indians hunt whales: “Whales provide us with the food for our bodies, bones for our tools and implements and spirits for our souls.” “We haven’t hunted the whale for 70 years but have hunted them in our hearts and in our minds.” “Whales are a central focus of our culture today as they have been from the beginning of time.” This has been a tradition of the Makah Indians for more than 2000 years. They had to stop in 1926 due to the scarcity of gray whales. But their abundance now makes it possible to resume their ancient practice of the hunt....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Surprising Moby Dick - The Surprising Moby Dick Moby Dick was not the novel I expected. I was under the impression that it would be about seafaring and the whale Moby Dick. Instead, Moby Dick is a story about Captain Ahab's obsession. There is very little in the story about the revenge itself, just about Ahab's monomania. Out of 465 pages, only forty-two of them deal with the actual battle between Ahab and Moby Dick. The novel places very little emphasis on actual seafaring. Ishmael never even steps on a boat until page seventy-four....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 1129 words
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