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Glass Ceiling Term Paper

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Every employer actually gets two full-time employees for the price of one because, unless that employer hires only single men, what a can of worms that would open for anyone who tried it, if the wife stays at home to care for kids and home, allowing hubby to put in all kinds of ridiculous hours to make a successful high-powered, high paid, high status, career, there are two people earning that paycheck. In the end, it doesn't matter who the chief bread-winner is. In the end, it doesn't matter who has the biggest offices. What matters is how are people doing -- human beings: Human beings with their needs and wants, joys and pains. People work anywhere from a few hours to sixty, seventy, eighty hours per week. It makes sense, irregardless of gender, to make the work place as people-friendly as possible. If that means ditching some old ideas about the "right" way to do business, well, those ideas haven't really worked on their own merits for a long time. The only reasons businesses -major industries -- have kept going is pretty much on the backs of the employees. Now the answers to the challenges of staying in business are "out-sourcing" a polite way of saying giving jobs to people, in other countries, who will work cheaper. When does it stop? When does business and industry realize that it is actually cheaper and better for business to take care of the employees they have than to go through all the insane machinations that pass for business practice?


Chaffins, Stephanie, Forbes, Mary, Fuqua, Harold, Cangemi, Joseph; "The Glass Ceiling: Are Women Where They Should Be?" Online at Questia.com

Fagenson, Ellen, Jackson, Janice, "The Staus of Women Managers in the United States." Questia.com.

Kambayashi, Takehiko, "Women Work Way Up in Japan; Entrepenurial Spirit helps Lift Ailing Economy" reprinted from the Washington Times Questia.com

Wooten, Lynn Perry, "What Makes Women-Friendly Public Accounting Firms Tick?…… [read more]

Prince of Tides Plot Summary Term Paper

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Both of the main characters are socially isolated. While Susan is more effective in her day-to-day life with Tom she shares some of the isolation he feels from his family in her own. In that way it is understandable that these two people be drawn together into a relationship that passes the borders of ethical responsibility. But it is still incorrect for Susan to allow the relationship to progress in the way that it does. By drawing Tom into her treatment for Savannah, she enters with him into an unspoken contract that she will take the information he has to offer, use it for her care of Savannah and do the best of her professional ability for all the individuals involved. Of all of the characters, Susan bears the most responsibility and therefore must be found to be the most culpable. When a professional begins to have personal feelings for the client, it is most appropriate for the professional to suppress these feelings and at least to arrange for transfer of the care of both the family member and the brother to another, less involved party. Beyond that, it is probably clinically inappropriate for Susan to continue her personal relationship with Tom since she comes to the relationship with the balance of power in her favor. She knows a lot about him, he does not know enough about her. She can sense his emotional pain and vulnerability and should not press that advantage. I think that Susan was wrong to have an affair with Tom in this way. Also, the fact that he is a married man in a conflicted relationship shows that Susan is not correctly using her professional judgement in becoming intimately involved with him. Tom will now have to deal with the guilt surrounding his affair, something else to deal with on top of his already fractures self-esteem. But again, this is Hollywood. If Susan had simply listened to Tom and used the collateral information she obtained from him to treat Savannah only to send him on his way back to North Carolina, then there wouldn't have been much of a story.


1. Conroy, Pat The Prince…… [read more]

Growing Up Female in American Essay

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Mom couldn't rely on dad for anything, financially or otherwise, so she taught us early to depend on ourselves. This is a valuable gift for anyone, especially a woman. To know you can make it alone in the world is one of the best feelings in the world. Mom still works hard, and taught us to be strong and independent.… [read more]

Butcher Boy by Patrick Mccabe Term Paper

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I liked that" (McCabe 147). By the time Francie is left completely alone in the family house, his descent is about complete. He has delusions, and sometimes, he even realizes it. He thinks to himself once, "I was getting as bad as ma. Whiz this way then whiz the other way. I'll do this no I'll do that" (McCabe 184). Through it all, the townspeople ignore him. In reality, he is just a lost little boy who does not know what to do with himself and his life. He is totally alone, with no one to guide him or care about him. Ultimately, the town bears responsibility in his madness too, for they turn their backs on him when he needs help, and ignore his silent pleas for love.

Sadly, the only place in the end that is right for Francie is the mental institution where he will spend the rest of his life. Francie is a victim. He did not need to go insane or spiral into madness. He did not need to spend his life alone and dismal. Just one crumb of friendship from the people of the town could have made all the difference in his pathetic life. In reality, the Brady family were not the pigs of the town, the real pigs were the townspeople who looked down their noses at the Bradys and refused to answer their pathetic calls for help. Francie lost everything dear to him, including his mind, and it was a result of his family, the town, his friends, and even the pedophile priests. No one took any time to care about Francie, and his sad, pathetic life is the result.

In conclusion, this novel is the quintessential look at someone's gradual descent into madness and unreality. Francie is a completely likeable character, so his descent is all the more tragic. Patrick McCabe's lesson here is clear. A dysfunctional family can spawn dysfunctional and dangerous offspring. Francie is an obvious example of this, which makes his story even more heartbreaking, and even truer.…… [read more]

Nora's Relationship With Helmer Term Paper

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All your father's shiftless character - Be quiet! - All your father's shiftless character has come out in you. No religion, no morality, no sense of duty...So this is what I get for condoning his fault! I did it for your sake, and this is how you repay me" (Act 3, pg. 220-221).

During the third act, Nora finally opens her eyes to realize that her life with Torvald is over. He doesn't want to lose her as his wife as he begs her for forgiveness. "How you must have suffered - seeing no way out except...No, we'll put all those hateful things out of our minds. Now we can shout for joy, again and again: 'It's all over - it's all over! Listen, Nora - you don't seem to realize - it's all over. What's the matter? Such a grim face? Poor little Nora, I see what it is: you simply can't believe that I've forgiven you. But, I have, Nora, I swear it - I've forgiven you everything. I know now that what you did was all for love of me" (Act 3, pg. 223). Nora explains to Torvald that her life with him is over. "But you don't talk or think like the man I could bind myself to. When your first panic was over - not about what threatened me, but about what might happen to you - and when there was no more danger, then, as far as you were concerned, it was just as if nothing had happened at all. I was simply your little songbird, your doll, and from now on you would handle it more gently than ever because it was so delicate and fragile. [Rising] At that moment, Torvald, I realized that for eight years I'd been living her with a strange man and that I'd borne him three children. Oh, I can't bear to think of it - I could tear myself to little pieces" (Act 3, pg. 230).

Nora and Torvald Helmer have been through a rollercoaster relationship. Nora has awakened to the real life. She realized living as a doll in a doll's house was over for her. For the first time in her life she had her own opinion and realized she did not belong in the house anymore. She walked out of her doll house into her new world of dependence. As for Torvald, he was abandoned to raise his three children on his own. Nora, his once beautiful songbird was out of his life.


Silver, Elizabeth. "BookRags Book Notes on A Doll's House." 14 May 2004.…… [read more]

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Term Paper

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When she rejects his proposal his pride is obviously wounded. However, he moves on to propose to Elizabeth's best friend, Charlotte, who explains to Elizabeth that she is getting older and needs the financial security of the marriage. Elizabeth accepts this, although she still feels Mr. Collins is not deserving of her friend, and wishes them the best.

When Elizabeth visits Charlotte and Mr. Collins, who live near Lady Catherine, who also happens to be Darcy's aunt, Darcy happens to call and encounters Elizabeth. He subsequently makes numerous visits to the Collins' home, hoping to see more of Elizabeth. However, she still believes him to be arrogant and an unpleasant character. She confronts him about interfering with Mr. Bingley and Jane and also about disinheriting Wickham. Darcy then writes a letter to Elizabeth explaining that he did indeed urge Bingley to distance himself from the relationship with Jane, however, it was because he though Bingley was not truly serious about the affair and was merely playing with Jane's affections. He told Elizabeth that Wickham was not telling the truth of the matter, that he and Wickham had a disagreement concerning Wickham's attempt to elope with his sister, Georgiana. These confessions give Elizabeth cause to reconsider Darcy's character and to reevaluate her own feelings towards him.

When the militia leaves town, Lydia gets permission from Mr. Bennet to spend the summer in Brighton, the exact location of Wickham's regiment. Elizabeth goes to visit relatives, the Gardiners, up North to Pemberley, where Darcy's estate is located. She eventually visits the estate when she is certain that Darcy is away and becomes enchanted with the whole place, from grounds to house. She also hears from the servants that Darcy is a generous and kindly master. When Darcy arrives, he makes no mention of his proposal and instead sets about entertaining the Gardiners and Elizabeth. When a letter arrives telling Elizabeth that Lydia has run away with Wickham and the two cannot be found, she immediately leaves for home. Mr. Bennet and Mr. Gardiner leave in search of the couple, however, Mr. Bennet gives up and come home, whereas, Mr. Gardiner pursues and sends word that they have been found and Wickham has agreed to marry Lydia if an annual income can be arranged. The Bennets believe that it is Mr. Gardiner that paid off Wickham, however, Elizabeth soon learns that the money actually came from Darcy. Mr. Bingley comes back to Netherfield and begins to court Jane again. Although Darcy visits the Bennets often, he never mentions his proposal to Elizabeth and his desire to marry her. When Mr. Bingley proposes to Jane, the whole family celebrates at Longbourn, including Lady Catherine, who takes Elizabeth aside and informs her that she considers Elizabeth an unsuitable match for Darcy and insists that Elizabeth refuse any proposal from him. This only sparks a fire in Elizabeth. When Darcy expresses his true feelings, she accepts his proposal.

Pride and prejudice kept Elizabeth from seeing the true… [read more]

Displace All Our Social Ills Term Paper

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If Dick can be understood as a typical man, and Nichole as the modern woman bringing into the man's life resources for which he would traditionally seek, then the failure of the marriage, and the character flaws within Nichole are a quiet, politically incorrect subtext which suggests that a man cannot find happiness by receiving wealth, and security from a… [read more]

Eugene O'neill's Play, "The Emperor Term Paper

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That chastisement extends to George's grief over Emily's death at the grave, which the dead souls say should be spent by George in enjoying while he still has the time on earth to.

Wilder uses the stage to immortalize these simple and passing motions of daily life on earth and translate them into extraordinary and meaningful events through the eyes… [read more]

Restoration Drama: The Rake Term Paper

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In that sense, there can be said to be a subversive honesty at the heart of the rakes' acceptance of the married state, but that subversive intent is not directed against the institution of marriage per se; on the contrary, it tends to assert an idealized concept of marriage freely chosen between two free individuals who will continue to express… [read more]

Moral Perfidy in the Odyssey Term Paper

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There would seem to be a third category, that of Odysseus. Odysseus, once he has at long last made his way home to his family, still feels the need to lie. The restraint he shows upon seeing his dear wife and faithful servant for the first time in twenty years is truly remarkable. How can he prevent himself from running… [read more]

Kindred the Study of History Term Paper

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Although she initially refuses Rufus's request to intervene on his behalf with Alice, she ultimately acquiesces, rationalizing that she would "...help her avoid at least some pain." (Butler, p. 164) Finally, Dana herself pays a heavy price when she has to thwart Rufus's attempt to rape her by killing him. In fact, this final act is a moment of reckoning for Dana. Discussing her intent with Kevin, she tells him, "I'm not property, Kevin...if I have to accept limits on my freedom for Rufus's sake, then he also has to accept limits on his behavior toward me. He has to leave me enough control of my own life to make living look better to me than killing and dying." (Butler, p. 246)

Butler's choice of the word "control" here merits close consideration as it implies the difference between being free and enslaved. It also implies that the power of freedom should be used responsibly and not abused. In fact, as Dana so aptly points out, people should voluntarily accept limits on their freedom out of consideration for others since failure to do so will ultimately lead to a fight for control. Even if obtaining that control means resorting to dying or killing, as demonstrated by Alice's suicide or Dana's killing of Rufus. Thus, both Kevin and Dana discover through their journey into the past the price that the slaves paid for the freedom, which future generations finally came to enjoy.

In the ultimate analysis, this then is the core of Butler's message. The freedom finally obtained by the blacks was hard won and had a hefty price tag attached to it, paid by the suffering and loss of several lives. Indeed, this is symbolized by Kevin's scar and Dana's loss of one arm. In addition, the fact that both Kevin and Dana return to the present scarred is indicative of the fact that African-Americans are not alone in being affected by their history. The whites, too, are affected and carry the scars from their past. To that extent, the only road to a peaceful future lies in both sides working towards understanding their history, accepting it as unchangeable and resolving it through living together as kindred. Thus, Butler's work may seem complex given a multiplicity of themes, but all that complexity does get reduced to one simple message at the end of the regressive journey she takes her readers on.

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Polygamy Term Paper

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When John Taylor became (the third) President of the Mormon Church in 1880, there was a spirit of revolt among its members against polygamy. The Church had accepted polygamy in 1852 as a law pertaining to salvation in heaven, but the price of salvation became very high for the majority of the members. The desire for statehood was uppermost in the hearts of many members of the church, polygamist and non-polygamist as well. When John Taylor became (the third) President of the Mormon Church in 1880, there was a spirit of revolt among its members against polygamy. The Church had accepted polygamy in 1852 as a law pertaining to salvation in heaven, but the price of salvation became very high for the majority of the members. The desire for statehood was uppermost in the hearts of many members of the church, polygamist and non-polygamist as well." http://utahbooks.com/polygamists_of_colorado_city_2.htm

Keeping in view all the related problems and difficulties, the religious leaders raised objections to stop individuals from keeping one or more wives. They held meetings to discuss these problems in detail and they finally found out the solution that the individuals living in the Colorado city should stop this act of polygamy because it was a serious threat to the survival of the women of their society. Such actions and restrictions rsetricted the individual of the city to end these practices and to consider the rights of the women. Finally, it so happened that the number of polygamists began to decrease gradually, and the women gained their original position in the society.


The paper has taken into consideration the practice of polygamy by the people of Colorado city, Arizona.The researches show that the leaders and authorities of earlier periods developed the habit of keeping one or more wives at one time and from there on such practice polygamy started. Later on the individuals of the society adopted such practices and thus due to the implementation of polygamy women were deprive of their original status and their rights. The practice of polygamy was more implemented in the city of Colorado, which gave rise to multiple problems. But the religious leaders gave strong orders against such practices and removed these practices from the society.

Polygamy remains illegal, although it usually goes unpunished. Prosecutors say polygamy is difficult prove and is usually victimless. Still, members of the sect are wary of outsiders and hostile to who have broken with the faith. http://www.mazeministry.com/mormonism/polygamy/sect/sect.htm

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As retrieved at http://www.arizonan.com/ColoradoCity/On April 17,2004

As retrieved from A polygamous Mormon group in Utah and Arizona is preparing for an apocalypz ex-members say By ROBERT GEHRKE http://www.mazeministry.com/mormonism/polygamy/sect/sect.htm. On April 17,2004

As retrieved fromPractical Aspects of Polygamy

The benefits polygamy has for women and the controls it places on men.

By Samuel Chapman http://www.polygamy.com/Practical/Practical-Aspects-of-Polygamy.htm. On April 17,2004


http://utahbooks.com/polygamists_of_colorado_city_2.htm. On April 17,2004

As retrieved from Who Practices Polygamy? III&E Brochure Series; No. 13 published by The Institute of Islamic Information… [read more]

Folklore-st. Joseph's Table Term Paper

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Group observances are important, but personal, individual observances are, perhaps more important. One of the traditions involved with putting on a table is the idea of begging for either money, supplies, or services to put on the Table. Individual participants may fulfill a personal promise to the saint by their donation of foods, wine, bread or time for cooking.

This… [read more]

Ethics &amp Morality Curt Response Term Paper

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Psychologists who have studied homosexual couples report that sometimes one partner takes on the female role, while the other takes on the role of the typical married male. When both homosexual partners happen to opt for a more sexually open relationship, it is a function of their urges as men, rather than any urges unique to homosexual men.

Furthermore, the majority of heterosexual marriage proposals take place under some form of ultimatum, usually issued by the woman in order to reign in her mate. In all likelihood, homosexual couples -- particularly women -- have a better track record for mutually voluntary fidelity than do their heterosexual counterparts.

As far as Kurtz's third point, the mere awareness of the existence of alternate lifestyles is hardly a sufficient "temptation" to anyone genuinely secure and happy in his own values, marriage and lifestyle. The fact that Mr. Kutrz expresses such deep concern suggests, (at least to this reader,) that Mr. Kurtz might harbor some unacknowledged) ambivalence toward monogamy in his own marriage, (or perhaps even his devout heterosexuality) that might surface if the "taboo" he so cherishes and upon which he apparently relies so heavily) were to give way. Mr. Kurtz seems equally unaware that polyamory is already perfectly "legal," provided more than two people do not try to formalize their arrangement in a marriage.

Finally, Kurz's most ridiculous argument is his apparent belief that sexuality even within monogamous heterosexual marriages is morally "preferable" where its purpose is procreation, rather than "recreational."


Kurz, S. The Libertarian Question: Incest, Homosexuality and Adultery

National Review Online (April 30, 2003); Accessed March 23, 2004 at http://www.nationalreview.com/kurtz/kurtz043003.asp… [read more]

Death of a Salesman Linda Term Paper

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The quote also shows Willy's character in more detail. He comes across as both clueless and arrogant, assuming that he always has the right answer but woefully inept at creating a successful career at his age. But Linda's discussion with Biff shows that Willy may not be as self-delusional as he seems. He knows that he needs to keep up appearances and that he has a responsibility to support his family, and he is painfully aware that he is failing. So he goes to lengths to hide his failure from his wife and children, all the while trying to deal with his advancing age and decreasing career prospects. Instead of being a man who doesn't know his skills and abilities are no longer wanted or needs. Linda shows that Willy is painfully aware that he is a dinosaur in the land of sales.

If he was not aware of this, he would not feel the need to cover up his failure; the lengths he goes to in pretending everything is okay shows that he understands what is happening to him.

The efforts Linda sees Willy going to in order to protect her from the truth also show his love for his wife and children. He sees himself as the provider - the traditional father-figure, and he wants to be that for his family even when it's no longer possible. While he is annoying and sometimes insufferable, he is also loving and proud. He does not want to simply accept his own lessening role in the family and he fights it in the only ways he knows how. Clearly, this quote shows that Willy is a man of great character, and I felt much more sympathetic toward him after seeing him through Linda's eyes.

On one hand, Linda Loman's quote advocates a kind of dishonesty between husbands and wives - they go to great lengths to maintain illusions in their marriage. But at its heart, the quote shows that loving someone means doing so on their terms, and understanding when honesty would hurt more than pretending. Linda realizes that confronting Willy with his own failure would devastate him and change their relationship forever, and she is not willing to do that. Instead, she helps him with his charade and allows him to keep his sense of pride. When people speak of loving for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, it is this type of love they are talking about.

These are "worse" days for Willy Loman, but his wife Linda does not intend to abandon him; instead, she stands by him and defends him in the face of his son's criticism and ridicule. Loyalty and support are sometimes more important in a relationship, and Linda shows this in her words to Biff.… [read more]

Chinese-American Population Holds a Unique Term Paper

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In the case of the Chinese-Americans, the laws and political system took away rights and privileges at the time when the highest numbers of Chinese were entering and contributing to the country. As a result, at the time of the exclusion the Chinese identified themselves with China, and not with America and the Chinese family stayed distinctively Chinese in it's culture.

Culturally, unlike the Anglo-Europeans who immigrated to the U.S. And created the distinct American culture, the Chinese have remained distinctively Chinese. The foreign born Chinese have learned their cultural heritage from their families, and with each successive generation, the family has striven to remain Chinese, rather than become more American. Over time, the affective nature of the Chinese culture diminishes, however the Chinese people still remain to a greater extent distinctively Chinese. This cultural affectation is present in the language, food, and cultural values and philosophy maintained by the Chinese people in the new host society.

When the economic opportunities are shared by all people in a community, the community will become homogeneous as all members work together toward common goals. However, in the event of the Chinese citizens and families who came to America and to many countries around the world, their experience was that the economic prosperity was reserved for a few, and that they were not in the small clique. Therefore they remained isolated, working with those in the same economic conditions and with those whom they could trust, their cultural brothers and sisters, in order to build toward a Chinese economic future.

Regarding the ethnic identity of the Chinese community, uniqueness of the Chinese community was long to be accepted by the surrounding peoples. (Djao, 2003) Ethnicity is referred to as shared cultural heritage. The fact that the members of any ethnic category are aware of having a common ancestry, culture, language, or religion confers to them a distinctive social identity. According to Dun's study of Chinese history, the collective feeling of belonging to each other is the ethnic dimension of Chinese who reside overseas. This facet of Chinese culture identifies them most explicitly from other peoples. He say's: "The Chinese have pretty much done everything under the sun. This ancient peopled have accomplished astounding feats, and have endured all manners of hardships. They have been thorough everything, from tremendous cultural flowering, technological breakthroughs, and prosperity, to humiliation at the hand of conquerors, betrayals by their won people and abject poverty. Yet they have endured and bounced back. The endurance and resilience of the Chinese are probably the most edifying aspect of the Chinese heritage. (Djao, 2003)

Regarding the American stereotype of Chinese people today, the majority of Americans do not understand the importance which ongoing culture plays in the Chinese family's life. The traditional Anglo -- American, whose ancestors came to America and left much of their European heritage behind, do not understand the differences between their understanding of America, and the Chinese experience of the country.


Dunn, R. "In America Lies My… [read more]

Raymond Carver Teenage Sexual Frustration Term Paper

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The narrator's victorious struggle for the head was accomplished through the same kind of intimidation he would use on his younger brother George. In fact, sibling antagonism is played out not only at home but also at Bridge Creek, as the younger boy is a "kid about George's size," (12). The narrator's relationship with his brother is typical of siblings their age. Still, the theme of repressed emotions and dysfunctional silence in the family is drawn out through the emotionally distant relationship between the two brothers. The dividing up of the steelhead symbolizes the inevitable dividing up of the parents should the marriage end in divorce. The narrator clearly hopes to retain the upper hand as the older brother and asserts his dominance over both George and the kid at Bridge Creek.

Unspoken, repressed anger and fear of divorce is symbolized by the splitting of the fish. Likewise, the story contains strong undercurrents of frustrated sexuality. The narrator frequently masturbates at strange and inopportune moments; his fascination with his parents' bedroom and their Vaseline is disturbing and hints at the Oedipus complex. Sexuality is devoid of love in "Nobody Said Anything," as the parents' marriage lacks kindness and affection. Likewise, the boy's sexual fantasies are uninspiring. Accompanying these frustrated sexual desires is the morbid imagery of dead fish.

Sexuality is portrayed as a dark and degrading force throughout the short story. The narrator is fascinated with the concept of sex but has never had the opportunity to witness or learn about successful romantic relations. Moreover, sexuality connotes union, and the story is about severance. Symbols like the knife and the dead fish cut in half hint at the death of the parents' marriage. Sadly, no one is clear about their feelings, just as "nobody said anything" about the fish.

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Carver, Raymond. "Nobody Said Anything." In Where I'm Calling From. New York: Random House,…… [read more]

Life Matters by Roger Essay

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The interrelated relationships among these factors are illustrated in the modern-day/information age family. As more and more parents aspire to become economically successful through their work (their primary source of income), technology plays a vital role in improving work for people. Thus, in order to increase an individual's performance and productivity at work, people then tend to bring work in their home, which is made possible through computer technology. The desire to earn more and the invasion of technology at home results to lack of time for the family, whereon time management is devoted solely for the accomplishment of earning money and doing work. This illustration is one of the main points that Merrill and Merrill addresses in their book, particularly the role of time, money, and work in developing / underdeveloping family, interpersonal, and group relations in the age of information technology.


English-Leuck, J. (1998). Technology and Social Change: The Effects on Family and Community. The Silicon Valley Cultures Project Web site. Available at: http://www2.sjsu.edu/depts/anthropology/svcp/SVCPcosa.html.

Merrill, R. And R. Merrill. (2003). Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, and Money. NY: McGraw-Hill Companies.… [read more]

Revolt of Mother, by Mary Term Paper

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Amusingly enough, Freeman came to hate this story; even though it was one of her most admired works. One critic wrote, "In her later life when her work was hard to place with editors, the writer came to hate it. She wrote in 1917, 'In the first place all fiction ought to be true and "The Revolt of Mother" is not true.... There never was in New England a woman like Mother. If there had been she certainly would not have moved into the palatial barn.... She simply would have lacked the nerve'" (Foster 92). Sadly, even Freeman did not recognize the strength and character of New England women, or accept their ideologies could transform over time, and so she renounced her own character because of her strength and will. Freeman did not see the underlying truth in her own story - that many men and women simply do no communicate, and that is truly the underlying problem between Sarah and Adoniram. They have lived, worked, and born children together, and yet, they cannot speak of their own feelings and emotions, and that is tragic.

In conclusion, "The Revolt of Mother" may not be a true story, but it is an amusing and telling story. Sarah gets what she wants because she has always had such a strong and determined ideology about the home of her dreams. She is willing to sacrifice some things to get a better home, but in the end, she wins out over her husband because she knows her dreams, and is tenacious about having them. Ultimately, the story is about two people who do not know each other, even though they have shared each other's lives for forty years. Freeman may not like the story because it is not "true," but that analogy seems to be truer than most of us would care to admit - most people spend their lives not really knowing the deepest thoughts of those around them, and that is the underlying sadness in this tale of a woman of strength and determination.

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Foster, Edward. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. New York: Hendricks House, 1956.

Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins. "The Revolt of Mother." Personal Web Page. 2000. 13 March 2003. http://www.geocities.com/short_stories_page/freemanrevolt.html… [read more]

Coaching Divorce Couples Term Paper

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Legal options can be as comprehensive or as limited as the couple needs and many decisions can be left in the hands of the individuals themselves rather than the court or the judge.

Though divorce coaching is not usually a counseling process the structure and plan of the meetings and non-litigation related planning can clearly assist individuals in their ability… [read more]

Prince and the Courtier Term Paper

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The Duchess of Malfi Act III Scene 1

With or without the consent of their family, usually without, and with or without actual physical love, or at least with or without sex. To a great degree it is the most cherished and foundational examples of dramatic courtly love which do not include sex at all but are simply tests of eternal devotion, with withdrawn and repeated hints of future physical gratification. Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright, / But look'd too near have neither heat nor light. The White Devil. Act iv. Sc. 4.

In Webster's Duchess of Malfi there is this same sort of statement about the trap of convention, and the challenge of the reader using the extremes of grief and pity to challenge the right and the wrong of the Duchess' position as a subject to her family, her husband and her cultural position. The Duchess becomes the victim of her love because she as a person of her status has no real personal control over her own life. When she takes control of her life it leads to her demise. (Mulryne 202) The Duchess is repeatedly warned that her free-will will lead to her death or her captivity. Even her own words tell of her trap as a woman and as a noblewomen, "We are forced to woo, because none dare woo us." The Duchess of Malfi Act I Scene II

Women in her position, with any kindling of passion for love and life are forced by the trap of their rank to go outside the proper to risk themselves because men are fearful of coming near them, due to social taboo and the seriousness of personal involvement with any one of rank.

Hansen 30) Yet, this same sentiment is expressed within The White Devil "T is just like a summer bird-cage in a garden, -- the birds that are without despair to get in, and the birds that are within despair and are in a consumption for fear they shall never get out." The White Devil. Act i. Sc. 2.

Yet, clearly those who are charged with the enforcement of the social restrictions associated with class are those who some would argue are most at risk for downfalls associated with them.

It is often the case in dramatic representation that one of the main if not only roles of high ranking men is the assurance of social control and the enforcement of love and honor taboos, as a trick of dramatic intrigue that drives the audience to interest or through a realistic representation of life is not always clear.

Webster and his contemporaries were known and are accepted as the very type to challenge convention and shock for effect. "The rage for pungent satire, a taste for disenchantment, parody, and the flouting of convention, and the desire to shock were symptoms of a mind-set among Inns-of-Court wits"

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Divorce on the Lives Term Paper

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To draw a conclusion, I compared children in the two samples (divorced and intact) on key variables known to be associated with both divorce and adjustment, including the five discussed in the literature review. The effects of divorce were examined through a series of questions on how children viewed their personal and family lives.

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Urban Violence Term Paper

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If the parents wish to participate they will be offered programs that will allow them gain employment skills or improve on the skills they already have in place.

The structure of the family is also changing in ways that have placed poor youth and parents at greater risk of problems of family life and individual development. For instance, during the… [read more]

Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska Term Paper

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Anzia could see the differences, and the professor who found her manuscript wrote, "Her constant themes are the dirt and congestion of the tenement, the struggle against poverty, family, and tradition to break out of the ghetto, and then the searing recognition that her roots would always lie in the old world" (Kessler-Harris xvi). Her father, and the father in the story, could not see that this was holding him and his family back, and he could not accept that he might need to change his way of thinking. He was a selfish, self-important man who had outlived his usefulness, but could never accept defeat, and so, he took out his unhappiness and frustration on his family - those who loved him most, but also learned to despise him.

In conclusion, understanding Reb and his actions is in part understand his culture and beliefs, and in part understanding the pull of the old world on everything he does. He is a mean-spirited man who dominates the women in his life, but ultimately, he is desperately trying to do what he thinks is right, the only way he knows how - through dominance and selfishness.

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Kessler-Harris, Alice. "Introduction." Bread Givers. New York: Persea…… [read more]

Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen Term Paper

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Hasn't Miss Sweet Tooth been breaking rules in town today?

Nora. No; what makes you think that?

Helmer. Hasn't she paid a visit to the confectioner's?

Nora. No, I assure you, Torvald

Helmer. Not been nibbling sweets?

Nora. No, certainly not.

Helmer. Not even taken a bite at a macaroon or two?

Nora. No, Torvald, I assure you really

Helmer. There, there, of course I was only joking.

Nora (going to the table on the right). I should not think of going against your wishes.

As the story progresses and the conflict arise between the married couple, a confrontation between Torvald and Nora revealed that both are no longer in love with each other. Their matrimony was only a result of lack of courage to confront the real state of their relationship. Indeed, it is evident that Nora's concealment of her feelings and negligence of her own development not only as a woman, but also as an individual, which drove her to finally give up on repressing herself. Finally, Nora achieves self-empowerment and regains her Self and individuality once again as she decided to leave her husband, leave the life that had repressed her inside 'the doll's house' for a long time: "I was your little skylark, your doll, which you would in future treat with doubly gentle care... It was then it dawned upon me that for eight years I had been living here with a strange man... I set you free from all your obligations. You are not to feel yourself bound in the slightest way, any more than I shall. There must be perfect freedom on both sides..." In effect, the end of Nora and Torvald's marriage marked the 'rebirth' of the couple as individuals who finally found their true Selves once again.


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Individual's Perception of Family Term Paper

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..childish faces so sad and bewildered...." (22)

Evident in Pearl's realization is the fact that all the Tull children had been impacted by their less than ideal family life, with each finding different ways of coping. Cody grows into a dominating, time-obsessed, rich engineer who, perhaps unconsciously ends up perpetuating the problems created by a dysfunctional family unit, despite his bitterness over "You think we're a family...when we're in particles, torn apart...." (294) Jenny copes through cultivating a witty and animated personality, and believes that despite their childhood, the Tull children survived just fine. Yet, the impact of the Tull family on Jenny shows through her being withdrawn from those who should be closest to her and her failure at making relationships work: "Names crossed out and added.... Dr. Jenny Marie Tull Baines Wiley St. Ambrose." (187) Ezra persists in attempting to fulfill his belief in family affection, as reflected in his frequent attempts at affectionate reunions and his views on his 'Homesick' restaurant: "He'd serve what people felt homesick for." (122) But, in doing so, Ezra ends up by failing to build relationships, outside of the family circle.

Thus, we see in each Tull family member the impact of family history on their identities, formed through different survival mechanisms. Mere survival, however, still leaves an unfulfilled need for love and belonging leading to the Tull family frequently reaching out to each other. The meaning of homesick, in the case of the Tull Family, then, has several layers, representing the search for: a better understanding of their present selves; resolution and closure; and a sense of connection, no matter how imperfect.

Given the relationship of the past to identity impacting the many themes in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, it can be said that Tyler has written a quintessential novel about the romance of family values and its impact on individual identity.

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Tyler, Anne. "Dinner at the…… [read more]

Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago Term Paper

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Everywhere Negi lived in Puerto Rico was a barrio, or what we would now consider a slum. The living conditions were quite primitive, from shared bathrooms to open sewers, but this was part of the economy of the country. They may have been under the wing of the United States, but the economy of the U.S. did not trickle down to Puerto Rico, which is one reason so many Puerto Ricans migrated to the United States. The economy in the barrios of New York may not have been much better, but there were jobs available, and more opportunities available for the people who emigrated from Puerto Rico. They were still victims of the economy of the area, but the economy of the country was much more vital, and it did trickle down in many ways to the new settlers. The economy of Puerto Rico was horrible, and so, it created horrible living conditions for her people, but people like Negi did not see them as bad, they just accepted them and went about their lives.

In conclusion, the main theory of feminism is strong throughout this book because it is told from a female perspective, but also because it clearly shows the differences between men and women in the culture, and how those differences blurred when Negi came to New York. As the critics continued about gender in the book, "This approach analyzes the differences between men and women that are determined by society and not by biology. It refers to what society establishes as feminine and masculine. Gender also signifies power. Gender relations are power relations, asymmetrical and defined by inequality and male domination" (Augenbraum and Fernandez 139). Mami broke away from this male domination in a way, and strongly influenced her daughter, her culture, and her outlook on life.

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Augenbraum, Harold, and Fernandez, Margarite Olmos, eds. U.S. Latino Literature: A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press,…… [read more]

Asian Women Compare and Contrast Term Paper

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There are obvious differences in wealth in the class/caste system as each sector - poor and wealthy - have their own sub-castes/classes to contend with. Arranged marriages are still one of the only ways a woman can marry, let alone date and it is common practice for divorces to end up messy and more shameful for the woman than the man. These double-standards may be pretty par with the rest of the world, but in India such proceedings bring shame upon the family and the family name.

Husbands and wives have never been regarded as equal" (41) and nor are rural and urban women. While they may suffer through the same social inequality, abortions because a child is a female, it is safe to say that rural women are more subjected to having to become prostitutes and deal with economic injustices far more than urban women.


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Kafr El-Elow Term Paper

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The religion rests upon five pillars, namely Faith in the oneness of Allah, prayers, the fast of Ramadan, almsgiving or charity to poor and pilgrimage to Mecca. "As devout Muslims, most of the villagers in Kafr El-Elow believe that is necessary to observe these five practices faithfully in order to gain eternal salvation" (Hani Fakhouri, Religious Belief And Practices, Pg. 75).

The first pillar serves as the most important element of faith to the people of Kafr El-Elow. The second pillar impels all Muslims to offer five times prayers. As mentioned by the author, " The mosque of Kafr El-Elow is so crowded for the Friday noon prayers service that it is usually necessary for some of the villagers to attend the service in the nearby Helwan" (Hani Fakhouri, Religious Belief And Practices, Pg. 76). The author also writes that, "I observed that that many of the male villagers of Kafr El-Elow were conscientious in their observance of the Friday prayer obligation, but very few among the younger generation, prayed five times a day" (Hani Fakhouri, Religious Belief And Practices, Pg. 77).

The month of Ramadan is considered to be the most exciting month in which all the Muslims fast to understand that there are higher needs than food and materialistic things. It allows one to feel the pain of those less fortunate then them and help them in any way possible. "While all Muslims over the age of seventeen are expected to observe Ramadan in many house holds of Kafr El-Elow even youngsters between the ages of ten and sixteen are encouraged to fast" (Hani Fakhouri, Religious Belief And Practices, Pg. 79). Almsgiving is the fourth pillar of Islam. The residents of Kafr El- Elow fulfill the fourth pillar of Islam by giving charity to those less fortunate then them. Some commit this act as a memorial to their dead relatives. Almsgiving is not always given in terms of money. Some residents donate charity to the Mosque.

The fifth pillar of Islam is Pilgrimage to Mecca. There are certain rules and regulations that a Muslims must follow in order to performed this Pilgrimage. Like all the other Muslims in the world, the residence of Kafr El-Elow possess great desire to perform this sacred act in the name of God. The people's lives in Kafr El-Elow are greatly influenced by Islam. Religious festivities such as Eid and Milad-Un-Nabi are celebrated joyously. Religious acts are also observed during the time when a child is born. The traditional act of circumcision is practiced on boys. "In the village of Kafr El-Elow death is not only regarded as the rite of passage, but also as an occasion that reflects the solidarity of the deceased person's clan and gives the villagers an opportunity to express their sympathy"(Hani Fakhouri, Religious Belief And Practices, Pg. 87). Religious act of bathing is performed before burying the deceased person. Several Koranic verses are recited on the grave of a deceased person. With time several changes have occurred in… [read more]

Water People Term Paper

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The only way to solve many problems existing between land humans and water people is to recognize and acknowledge one another. For example, if the water people and the land-based fishermen or divers work together than both can share the fruits of their discovery and in turn benefit equally. Land-based fishermen can attain great advantage from water people as they know the seawaters much better. Land humans are to be blamed if water people are determined in dividing themselves into groups. The two possible reasons, responsible of this grouping are as follows

The water people are so tired of how they are treated by land humans that they want their own recognition.

The water people are demanding for their rights and the right to live independently and freely among the traditional land humans.

I have always been a man of reason and believe that we as humans should always accept the consequences of our actions and pay respect to others even if they are different from us. As a father and as the head of my family I would always want to guide my children in the right direction so that they can acquire the wisdom to choose between right and wrong. Baltimore, Maryland as a result of being a coastal area is inhabited by many water people. As a result of living in this area, my children have a continuous interaction with the water people. My youngest son, Jason is 10 years old and studies in an elementary school. I have two daughters named Sarah and Grace. Sarah is a 15-year-old and is in her junior high. My eldest daughter Grace, who is 17 years in age, attends college.

Jason wants to bring a… [read more]

Nigger: The Strange Career Term Paper

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" The main problem with the use of the word 'nigger' is the derogatory connotation that the word has had ever since the 1800's. That long of a history is sometimes difficult to shake.

Another problem that comes into play is the lack of interest in understanding the word and its origins, and working to return the word to something that isn't painful for so many people to hear. Some across the country are using Kennedy's essay in classrooms, in an effort to educate children about the different uses of the word, and the ways that it has been used, including humor and endearment. One such teacher was forced to apologize to a lot of parents and other teachers recently because she used the essay in her seventh-grade classroom and many parents complained. They thought it was offensive (Teacher's, 2003). It might have been, to them, but the only way that it will ever have the chance to stop being offensive is if people realize that there are other meanings for the word and other ways to look at it besides the obvious one of being a racial slur.

In the essay that Kennedy wrote, he is trying to show to everyone who reads it that the term 'nigger' means much more than what most people automatically think of. To do this, he incorporates many jokes and comments, and he doesn't seem to take any offensive to the word at all. Rather than get upset about it, he chooses to examine it, and perhaps help to determine why it has been found so very offensive for so long. He also asks many questions about the word, such as whether it's acceptable for African-Americans to use the word around each other, and whether it should be acceptable for Caucasians and other races to use the word as well. Should it be regulated? Should there be a difference in meaning when used by a different race, or is it all the same no matter who says it? (Kennedy, 3-4).

Even though the word started out as a neutral comment, became a racial slur, and has curved toward a term of endearment between certain individuals, it appears that old prejudices and stereotypes remain and that there will always be people who view it as a racial slur. These are the very likely the same people who will continue to view African-Americans as something less than Caucasian people. For this kind of people, the word 'nigger' is an insult, and it will remain so. To them it is intended to be an insult. For those that work to understand history and the power of words, however, there are many ways to look at the word 'nigger' including choosing not to use it because, regardless of personal feelings about the word, it may still offend many people.

Works Cited

English Language History. 2003. 9 October 2003 http://www.yaelf.com/history.shtml.

Kennedy, Randall. Nigger - The strange career of a troublesome word. New York: Pantheon, 2002.

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Tiwi of Northern Australia Term Paper

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Thus, marriage was for the Tiwi about the preservation of social order. Mandatory marriage for women ensured that all children would be properly cared for by both male and female members of society. Moreover, Tiwi babies were assigned a future spouse immediately after they were born, and widows were required to marry as soon as the husband died.

Men were offered more leeway in the marriage institution. Men were not required, as women were, to marry, but generally the most powerful men accumulated as many wives as possible. Plural marriage was viewed by the Tiwi as a necessary part of a man's development. Having a huge household as a result of plural marriage ensured that that family would enjoy more fruits of labor and the resulting esteem in the eyes of other tribe members.

The Tiwi were "extremely hostile" to the European settlers (105). It is no wonder; the Portuguese captured Tiwis and enslaved them. The authors note that contact with Europeans and European culture changed the worldview of the Tiwi people considerably. The Tiwi have since been forced to live and work within European cultural organizations and have had to contend with a more pluralistic society than their ancestors ever imagined.

The data used to write this book was collected almost a century ago and is derived from direct observation. The study is adequately scientific and non-biased. However, some of the chapters, especially those that deal with statistics and the careers of the Tiwi in the modern age, are dated.

Still, the chapters on post-colonial Kiwi life, including a description of Kiwi perception of the invaders, are fruitful for modern anthropologists. As some of the first scientists to study the Tiwi, Hart and Pilling provide fruitful information about the indigenous…… [read more]

Sing With the Pigs Term Paper

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Known as the hungry season, during this time the Kaulong rise from their self imposed hibernation and return to the jungles to plant gardens and begin to hunt and fish. The families also resume traveling and trading. In the jungle, a garden is the most reliable source of food supply. A healthy garden will support an entire family, and ensure… [read more]

Autoethnography I've Always Been Proud Term Paper

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I had friends from many different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. My parents taught me that friendship did transcend those superficialities. For Italians, nationality and religion are paramount, though, and I understand that sometimes that can lead to prejudices and stereotyping of other races, ethnicities, or religious groups. Luckily, my family was tolerant. However, I do remember knowing other Italian families who were less accepting of differences and more apt to criticize or judge others because of their religious affiliation or their skin color. I would have to say that based on my own experiences that this does not reflect was it truly means to be Italian. Being proud of my identity does not have to entail prejudice of any kind and does not have to taint my friendships with others.

One of the ways that Italian culture is most often celebrated is with food. Italians and non-Italians alike love to eat and to eat well. Italian food is extremely popular around the world for its fantastic flavors, versatility, and freshness. We sometimes would spend hours together as a family: my mom, dad, and siblings all together cooking and preparing for big meals. When we had family or friends over for dinner, it was a joy to entertain and make everyone leave full and satisfied. I recall huge portions of antipasti, soups, salads, pastas, and main dishes, especially on special occasions like birthdays. Weddings were also an excuse to celebrate and eat a lot of good food. I believe that traditional Italian families tend to prefer fresh ingredients, and I knew many other Italian families that grew their own tomatoes or basil. Most of the Italian mothers I know, including my own, usually cooked fresh dinners instead of resorting to prepackaged processed foods. Moreover, food was not treated as an inconvenience, as it was in many of my friends' households. Rather, my family and many other Italian families we knew savored each opportunity to get together at home or at a good restaurant for dinner. Of course, wine often flowed around the dinner table as well and is as integral to Italian culture as food.

For Italians, food, family, and friendship go hand in hand. I fell honored and lucky to have been born into a Roman Catholic Italian family, and am quite proud of my heritage. My pride partly arises from the positive attitude my parents gave me toward my background, but much of it evolved as I realized how much I appreciate what it means to be Italian. Knowing how important family ties are will help me to be a better parent in the future; whether or not I marry another Italian or even another Catholic, I will definitely teach my children many of the same values that I learned as a child. Watching how my parents treated their friends helped me to honor and respect my own friendships. Finally, appreciating my culture would not be possible without acknowledging how wonderful Italian food is and how it ties… [read more]

Measure Term Paper

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Jaques's speech is still a moving explanation of how quickly and totally human beings can change, and, indeed, do change in this play. The same theme carries through "Measure for Measure." Isabella has to change to save her brother. She has to change her ambition to become a nun; she has to learn how to love, and to learn how to sacrifice. Her outlook on the law also has to change through the play for her to grow up. She realizes the laws are not made for everyone when Angelo propositions her. She is shocked but she will not give up her virtue, even to save her brother. "Which had you rather: the most just law now took your brother's life; or, to redeem him, give up your body to such sweet uncleanness as she that he hath stained?" (Shakespeare II iv). She has to change, and that is part of the theme of the stages in our lives that Shakespeare builds throughout these two plays.

Another important theme that runs through both plays is the natural world compared with the confined world of the court. In "As You Like It," the city dwellers make fun of country life, those who live in the Arden forest relish their surroundings, and their closeness to nature and the natural world. "Are not these woods / More free from peril than the envious court?...And this our life, exempt from public haunt, / Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in everything. / I would not change it" (Shakespeare II, i). The life in the court is stiff and boring, while life in the country is free and pleasant. The same is true of "Measure for Measure." The Duke's court is full of morals and laws and strict beliefs, while the lives of the people are far different, and much more natural and relaxed. Shakespeare develops these themes to show his audience how laws and morality are not always the only right path to choose, and that laws are not made for everyone, or every situation. The "natural" world of the people in the town in "Measure for Measure" is more natural than the stiff and unyielding court, with its impressive ceremonies and dependence on rules instead of emotions. The theme here is that people are naturally more emotional, and they may sin from time to time, but that does not make them evil, it just makes them human. The themes all blend together here, and that is another way Shakespeare demonstrates the themes throughout these two plays - they all come together in the end, which means they all balance each other.

In conclusion, Shakespeare uses many themes in his plays to reach his audience, and to get across important messages about life, love, growth, and happiness. Sometimes he uses humor, as in "As You Like It," and sometimes he uses a more dramatic style, as in "Measure for Measure." Either way, he always manages… [read more]

Ellen Glasgow, "Barren Ground Term Paper

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Yet, to complete the character Dorinda's liberation resides in the fact that she discovers that she has also inherited good character traits from her father. As she becomes a more fully developed character she realizes the strength of her connection to the land and to tradition.

A what gives Dorinda her sense of independence and allows her to escape the futility of her father's life is her realization that she has inherited good traits from her father as well as her mother. For despite his limitations, he has maintained throughout his life a closeness to nature that has allowed him to endure. This "kinship with the land" has been passed along to Dorinda "through her blood into her brain; and she knew that this transfigured instinct was blended of pity, memory, and passion." This, combined with the determination to overcome and rise above obstacles, a trait inherited from her mother, allows her to find her life's work in successful farming (pp. 233-236).

(Carr, 1996)

Though Carr redeems his opinion of Galsgow through a fair interpretation of Dorinda he still seems to have a simplistic view of the subtlety of Glasgow's work. Having read the novel it is clear that the defining character, Dorinda is going through a period of growth that enables her to see her father and eldest brother as people of merit, regardless of their coarse natures. Dorinda embraces her growth and accepts the ideals that are a part of her heritage. Though stating that the character Dorinda loses her expectations or "has learned to live without joy," seems harsh. Dorinda has learned that reducing her expectations of others and the future, especially where she can have so little real impact makes her a more happy peaceful person not a less happy person.

Though Carr contends that there is no real solution offered for the dichotomy of old vs. new or traditional vs. modern, the real interpretation lies in the idea that each step toward anything is gradual. Dorinda realizes that she has a lack of control over just how much change can occur and though this may be sad because she seems to lose so much of her vision through this realization she also acknowledges the vision in what is right in from of her, the land, her family and a simple life. Dorinda learns that it is alright to be just who she is and not ruin her own life by constantly trying to manipulate and alter her situation.

The context of Glasgow's era was marked by the desire for characters that were believable to women, who lived real lives in America. There was little glamour to be had and the audience Glasgow was trying to reach wanted to hear that there was hope in everyday life and that there was admiration for enduring a simple existence with pride. Dorinda was a complete character because she could be looked up to and at the same time sympathized with. There were thousands of housewives reading Glasgow's works… [read more]

Everyday Use by Alice Walker Term Paper

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Rather, she is a patient and tolerant character as she took all kinds of Dee's actions and words.

Quilt Preference to Maggie

The two old handmade quilts were made by their Grandma Dee and quilted by the mother and her own sister, known as Big Dee. These quilts were promised to Maggie to take them with her into her new marriage. However, Dee never wanted Maggie to take them since according to her Maggie can never appreciate these quilts and would probably use them for daily usage.

On the other hand, Maggie was scared to surrender the most beloved quilts to Dee but the mother took the quilts away from Dee after feeling a sudden flow of rebellion in Maggie for the quilts. Thus, the promised quilts were given to Maggie who in real terms deserved it.


The reason why Maggie deserved the quilt is because despite all of Dee's education and worldliness, she neither knows, nor values her real culture and heritage. It is through this preference of quilt Walker showed that cultural change that Dee preferred is not changing names, speaking a foreign tongue, wearing bright dresses, or having different hair. One's culture and heritage is not an article to be adopted for trend-sake, using as conveniently as one would wear clothing. As Maggie always cherished and valued the cultural heritage of her family and home, she deserved the quilt more than Dee as one's culture and heritage is not any article to be adopted for trend-sake, using as conveniently as one would wear clothing nor they suddenly picked up like an antique found in some shop. People who possess their real culture and heritage use it everyday in their lives just as Maggie did.

Works Cited

Walker, Alice Everyday Use.

Walker, Alice. Everyday Use (Women Writers) Volume edited and introduced by Barbara T.

Christian. Rutgers University Press

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Edith Wharton's 'The Age Term Paper

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Their society does not tolerate deviation from its authoritarian etiquette. Ellen Olenska comes back into this society from the outside, genuinely unaware of its' unyielding boundaries. She is both a heroine and victim of society. She has come from a difficult period in her life, and initially finds the safety of this world charming. Later on, she realizes how cruel… [read more]

Photographers: Exploring the World Term Paper

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She quickly learned how not to draw attention to herself.

After graduating high school, she moved to San Francisco. She worked in a photo finishing department of a camera store to pay the rent, making friends with a number of people including a wealthy businessman who paid for her to start a photo studio.

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Heroes of Their Own Lives Term Paper

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In fact, in this study I met extremely violent and cruel women, as well as women whose passivity was sometimes literally murderous toward their children (Gordon vii).

As Gordon's text continues, she shows how family abuse became more recognized in our society. She also covers the often taboo topics of incest before she moves into the more familiar topic of… [read more]