Comparing Destruction Essays

  • Comparing Destruction in Steinbeck's Flight and London's To Build a Fire

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    Journey to Destruction in Steinbeck's Flight and London's To Build a Fire Not many people have to face death in the cold wasteland of the Arctic or rugged mountains of California, but Pepe and "the man" do. Although the ironic destruction of Pepe and the man were caused by relentless forces of nature, their attitudes and reasons for going on their journeys differed. The setting in both stories consisted of extreme climate and conditions. In Flight the climate was desert hot during the

  • Destruction and Failure of a Generation in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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    The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Generation The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masks the decay and corruption that lay at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. The society of the Jazz Age, as observed by Fitzgerald, is morally bankrupt, and thus continually plagued by a crisis of character. Jay Gatsby, though he struggles to be a part of this world, remains unalterably an outsider. His life is a grand irony, in that it is a caricature of Twenties-style ostentation: his closet

  • Habitat Destruction

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    Habitat Destruction Overview In this new age of technology and advances in every possible field of study, many people forget about the environment. Some will just throw their trash all over the place with no concern for the possible consequences. Of course, there are many consequences, but only one comes to my mind. That is the demolition of species’ homes or habitat destruction. Habitat destruction or habitat loss is the altering or elimination of the conditions that plants and animals need to

  • The Systematic Destruction of Women's Agency in Juárez, Mexico

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    The Systematic Destruction of Women's Agency in Juárez, Mexico As citizens, people rely on the state as an agent that acts on their behalf, by providing them with benefits such as basic protection. However, the state itself derives its power (or agency) from the fact that its citizens give up some of their individual agency in exchange for the benefits that belonging to a state provides. People are, thus, both the creators and the subjects of the state. In Juárez, Mexico the state has been shaped

  • Understanding The Moon is Down

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    War affects everyone involved - the conquerors and those being conquered.  War is a struggle that is internal and external.  Man can be a dedicated and loyal soldier for only so much at a time.  He then longs for laughter, music, girls, a good meal and more.  In The Moon is Down, the soldiers feel the need to return home.  They begin to doubt what they are doing and if they are being told the truth.  They become uneasy when the enemy doesn't talk to them.  The townspeople's hatred is growing. They

  • Fight Club: The Destruction of Society

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    Fight Club is a social satire directed by the talented David Fincher and was adapted from the book of the same title written by Chuck Palahniuk. The film attempts to show the despair involved in living in a consumer driven society and the emptiness that fills people when commercialism takes over their lives. As well done as the movie is, when watching the film you can not help but feel the irony involved that Brad Pitt delivers the most biting lines in the film. Brad Pitt plays Tyler Durden whose

  • The Destruction of Love Between Hamlet and Ophelia

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    The Destruction of Love Between Hamlet and Ophelia Ophelia describes Hamlet as 'the courtier's soldier, scholar's eye, tongue and sword, Th'expectancy and rose of fair state, the glass of fashion and the mould of form, Th'observed of all observers (Act 3 Scene 1) He is the ideal man. But, after his madness and the death of her father she sees him as 'a noble mind o'er thrown!' (Act 3 Scene 1). Ophelia suffers from Hamlet's disillusionment; his attitude to her in Act 3 Scene 1 is hard to

  • Medea: Vengeance Will Be Mine!

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    grief bearable, and “annihilation” is “pure music.” She is wants “…to annihilate the past”, and obliterate everything Jason is, was, and ever will be. The omen of the young mare tearing at the stallion with its teeth symbolizes Medea’s impending destruction upon Jason. In order to do so, she plots to ravage everything Jason loves, namely Creusa, Creon, and their children. Medea plots to leave Jason “friendless” and “mateless” She sets her plan into motion after Creon banishes her and her children

  • Ann Petry: The Street

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    1940s is an excellent example of when many Americans were facing uncertainty in their lives. Although the events of the Stock Market crashing and the Great Depression had come to a halt, many of the affected Americans were still dealing with the destruction they caused. Many other events like this, small or large, have affected a multitude of people throughout time. Ann Petry, author of the 1946 novel The Street, metaphorically explains the impact of these difficult times and how different people

  • The Downfall and Destruction of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King

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    The Downfall of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King I found the tragedy of "Oedipus the King" to be quite interesting. It was not as hard to read as an epic. "The purpose of tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity and fear and thus to produce in the audience a catharsis of these emotions." (p488, A Handbook of Literature) A tragedy has more drama and builds to the climax. Oedipus' fate was set into motion by the circumstances he created himself because of his own rashness and arrogance. This

  • Division and Destruction in King Lear

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    King Lear: Division of the Country, Destruction of the Family As Shakespeare’s King Lear opens, the political conditions in Britain are precarious. Lear is an aging king, 'four score and upward', with three daughters and no male heir. Sooner or later power must be transferred.  Through no man's fault, persons of extremely evil propensity were placed very close to power. This situation is an outer expression of the conditions of the social consciousness of the country. Until now Britain has been

  • Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael - The Destruction Continues

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    Ishmael  - The Destruction Continues Ishmael   The Biblical depiction of Adam and Eve's "fall" builds the foundation of Daniel Quinn's novel, Ishmael. In this adventure of the spirit, a telepathic gorilla, Ishmael, uses the history of Biblical characters in order to explain his philosophy on saving the world.  Attracting his final student, the narrator of the novel, with an advertisement "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person," Ishmael counsels the narrator

  • Journey To Self-Destruction in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Journey To Self-Destruction in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, the character of Randle P. McMurphy undergoes a gradual journey towards self-destruction. His actions go from the minuscule, such as changing minor ward policies, to the act of trying to strangle Nurse Ratched. All of his actions, minor and major, lead to his self-destruction. He continues this behavior even after he discovers he's only hurting himself with his actions. McMurphy begins by protesting

  • The Signficance of Violence in Graham Greene's The Destructors

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    Destructors” witnessed destruction every day of their lives and played in the rumble of homes as they would a mound of dirt. The gang met every morning at “the site of the last bomb of the first blitz,” which hit when the leader of the gang was but a year old. Along with the destruction to the ground they met on, the house just beside it “suffered from the blast of the bomb and the walls were supported on wooden struts.” The gang was well accustomed to seeing destruction, therefore their imaginations

  • Foreign Aid and the Destruction of America

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    Before extending aid to other countries, we should focus on our more prevalent domestic problems. Patrick Buchanan said, "The idea that we should send endless streams of tax dollars all over the world, while our own country sinks slowly in an ocean of debt is, well, ludicrous. Almost every American knows it, feels it, believes it." The topic of United States foreign policy is greatly debated, and a decision on how to handle is very hard to come by. It seems as if we are finally leaning towards less

  • Self-discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in Frankenstein

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    Self-discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein explores the downfall of certain human characteristics, set to the backdrop of creation, destruction, and preservation. The subtitle denoted by Shelly herself supports this idea, by relating the fact that the title can be viewed as either Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. One scholar, Marilyn Butler, also maintains this by noting, "It can be a late version of the Faust Myth"(302). Shelly uses

  • Victor's Destruction in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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    Victor's Destruction in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Shelley, in her book Frankenstein, makes several allusions to the fact that Victor Frankenstein is usurping the role of God in bringing his creature to life. The point of the book seems to be that a human who attempts to usurp the role of God will be heavily punished. Victor Frankenstein is severely punished. He loses everyone he loves before perishing himself in the arctic wastes. But did he really "play God" or did he merely unleash

  • We Are Heading To An Apocalypse Of Our Own Creation

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    powerful indication that mankind will destroy itself if we do not “keep track.” What stops a leader in Washington from launching a weapon of mass destruction against his enemies? The answer is simple in theory, however the repercussions of the implications made are so complex that they dare not be pondered by man. M.A.D. or Mutually Assured Destruction. That leader can be assured that if he launches a weapon against another country, that country, or it’s allies, will launch back. We have created

  • The Influence Of Setting In Graham Greene's The Destructors

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    torn apart by the blitzing of World War II and pressures them to destroy themselves. The Wormsley Common Gangs meetings in “an impromptu car-park, the site of the last bomb of the first blitz” has a major impact on their actions (Greene 54). The destruction of their town leads to T’s proposition of destroying a neighboring house that belongs to a man known as Old Misery. Blackie shows more civil traits than T when he argues against T’s

  • Moral Destruction In The Great Gatsby

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    The Great Gatsby: The Destruction of Morals In The Great Gatsby, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the destruction of morals in society. The characters in this novel, all lose their morals in attempt to find their desired place in the social world. They trade their beliefs for the hope of being acceptance. Myrtle believes she can scorn her true social class in an attempt to be accepted into Ton's, Jay Gatsby who bases his whole life on buying love with wealth, and Daisy, who instead of marrying