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Proud Essay

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I know people who shy away from anything that may seem out of the ordinary. They never take the initiative and their whole existence becomes monotonous and habitual, day in and day out. Seal, in his 1991 megahit, "Crazy," characterizes this idea in one fell swoop: "But we're never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy…" What's survival without living? Without getting a little crazy?

It seems that Gnarls Barkley and Seal have very similar understandings of the word "crazy." By contrast, Pierre Bouvier, the lead singer and songwriter of the Canadian band Simple Plan, describes "crazy" in a totally different manner. In their song, "Crazy," he sings, "Tell me what's wrong with society, When everywhere I look I see, Young girls dying to be on TV, They won't stop 'til they've reached their dreams, Diet pills, surgery Photoshop pictures in magazines, Telling them how they should be, It doesn't make sense to me, Is everybody going crazy?" It seems that he is referring to people who are committing mindless actions without thinking for one second about what they're doing or the ramifications those actions can have. These people are plummeting downward into a materialistic abyss that's filled with the heightened emphasis on outside appearances and the outrageous routes they must take to get there. These people are acting in a crazy fashion. However, their craziness can best be defined as insanity, as they've allowed their entire lives to be dictated by what society or the media has deemed "hip." And that's a bad crazy.

A person has to strive to get the level where he or she doesn't really care what "John Q. Public" has to say about them. Learn to enjoy the type of craziness that allows you to live your life the way you want to live it. Because that's…… [read more]


Piano Lesson by August Wilson Term Paper

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Family Legacy in the Piano Lesson

A play written by August Wilson, The Piano Lesson is a story about a family's dispute about their heirloom piano. This piano represents the family's tragic history, having been elaborately carved with the faces of dead relatives in order to record the family history. The sister, Berniece, holds onto the piano, revering it as a symbol of the family's hardships and record of legacy, while the brother, Boy Willie, tries to sell "his half" of the piano in order to secure his own future success (Wilson, 1990, p.28). In the play, the Piano Lesson, the overall theme of the importance of family legacy is manifested in Berniece's similarity to her mother, Boy Willie's similarity to his father, and the omnipresence of ghosts throughout the story.

The sister, Berniece, is similar to her mother both in demeanor and in habit. Berniece's father, Boy Charles, stole the heirloom piano back from his master, Mr. Sutter, and shortly thereafter he was killed when his boxcar was set on fire (Wilson, 1990, p. 45). After this tragic event, Berniece's mother, Mama Ola, protected the piano her husband died to salvage, mourning over the loss of her husband for years, "polishing" it with tears and blood (Wilson, 1990, p. 52). When Berniece was young, she would play the piano for Mama Ola, but after her mother's death, Berniece began to treat the piano with reverence and refused to touch it herself, giving it an enhanced respect in the same way her mother did before her. When Berniece's husband was shot in a dispute over a load of wood, she mourned her husband's death for over three years. Both Berniece and Mama Ola held on to the memories of their husbands, mourning their passing for extended periods of time; in the same way, they held a deep respect for their family's past, holding onto the family legacy, the piano, as a record of their history.

Berniece's brother, Boy Willie, on the other hand, continues the manifestation of the family legacy in his resemblance to his father in demeanor and deed. Both of these…… [read more]


Great Gatsby and the Resonating Detriments Book Report

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¶ … Great Gatsby and the Resonating Detriments of the Jazz Age

The changes which occurred during the jazz age, that is, the period in which F. Scott Fitzgerald famous novel, The Great Gatsby was set, were detrimental to society because they endorsed corruption, greed and materialism. The 1920s were a time of opulence and greed; a time when material gain far surpassed humanistic aims. The character of Jay Gatsby is at the center of these changes, and although he longs for the love of Daisy in his heart, his attempts to win her through shallow, ostentatious displays ultimately signifies the over-reliance on materialism of the time.

Although the novel is fictional, the vast consumerism of the so-called "leisure class" is not far at all from the reality of that which occurred during the Jazz Age. This was a period where outward appearances were everything; they signified a person's worth far more significantly than a person's kindness or intelligence or wit. In many ways, this mindset has continued on into the 21st century. Therefore, for those who value inner beauty over outer beauty, the jazz age was the evil catalyst that transformed America from a society of simple, church-going, hard-working people into a culture obsessed with consumption, indulgence and instant gratification. The effects of this era continue to resonate today, making the 1920s the detriment to society that "keeps on giving."

The narrator of the novel, Nick Carraway, is the observer of this mounting corruption. While intricately involved in the story, he is forced to merely watch from the sidelines as American values get turned upside down, and the people he knows begin to turn into people he no longer recognizes. Nick views the larger essence of society in much the same way that he views his immediate surroundings: "Sometimes a shadow moved against a dressing-room…… [read more]


Two Essay

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Amy Tan's Two Kinds

Two Kinds: Daughter-mother relations

In Amy Tan's "Two Kinds," the inability to communicate that many children and their parents succumb to is a main theme that resonates throughout the entire short story. Jing-Mei is unable to reconcile two contradictory sentiments throughout the story: 1). A feeling of rebellion towards her mother which leads to self-sabotage and failure and 2). A strong feeling of needing her mother's approval and acceptance. Both of these feelings are portrayed vividly and poignantly throughout the story and from the writer's perspective define the mother-daughter relationship. It is evident however, that Jing-mei's rebelliousness is in fact a veiled cry for affection and unconditional from her mother that she does not believe she is receiving and does not know how to ask for.

In the opening paragraph, Jing-mei refers to her mother in a distant third-person, as if to distance herself from her mother's beliefs. The remainder of the opening chapter is a recitation of all the things that mother did to Jing-mei that caused the little girl to build up resentments. Though Tan does not expressly state that Jing-mei felt resentful toward her mother, Tan uses these antedotes to define Jing-mei as the protagonist and her mother as the antagonist. The stories about the student barber, the Good Housekeeping accounts of child prodigies and the incessant testing are all used by Tan to convey to the reader that Jing-mei felt she would never equal her mother's expectations and demands for her and did not receive positive feedbalck or unconditional love from her.

Jing-mei's rebelliousness first surfaces when she decides to willfully fail her mother's after dinner tests. She states that her goal was to perform so badly that her mother would "give up hope" (Tan 1). Jing-mei rebels because she believes that in trying to live up to her mother's expectations, she will lose touch with who she is. This is evident when she confronts herself in the bathroom: "I had new thoughts, willful thoughts - or. rather, thoughts filled with lots of won'ts. I won't let her change me, I promised myself. I won't be what I'm not" (1). To defy her mother, she sabotages her own efforts to perform well on the tests.

However, in the preceding paragraph, Tan reveals why Jing-mei feels compelled to rebel. Jing realizes that she will never do well enough on these tests to gain her mother's approval. Jing-mei laments that "after seeing, once again, my mother's disappointed face, something inside me began to die. I hated the tests, the raised hopes and failed expectations" (1). Tan establishes the theme early, that is in Jing-mei's endless pursuit of her mother's approval, Jing-mei learns that not trying is less painful than trying and failing.

Jing-mei's next rebellion occurs during her training to become a piano prodigy. Her willful attempts to not master the piano songs she is to play at the show are clearly designed to impose her will on her own life at the expense… [read more]


Cultural and National Identity Term Paper

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The first example comes from an article titled, Labour of Love (Beatie, 2008). It tells the story of a transgender who is legally male and legally married to his wife, Nancy. During his sex reassignment surgeries he decided to maintain his reproductive abilities. He states, "wanting to have a biological child is nether a male nor female desire, but a human desire" (Beatie, 2008, par 3). He and his wife always wanted to have a child; however, Nancy had to have a hysterectomy which resulted in the loss of her reproductive abilities. Thus, they decided that he would carry their child. He stopped taking his testosterone medication and after about four months his body regulated itself. In order to get pregnant he did not take any medication or fertility drugs; but rather, purchased anonymous donor vials from a sperm bank. Although he finally did become pregnant, he went through a total of nine doctors. Most refused to work with him or stopped working with him before the process was complete because they did not feel comfortable.

A second example comes from an article titled The Ambiguity of Michael Jackson, which discusses his confusion about adulthood and his sexuality (Independent Mind, 2009). Michael Jackson's face increasingly began to resemble that of a woman's, with feminine lines, sculpted eyebrows, tattooed eyeliner, and a nose which became progressively smaller. Nevertheless, he grabbed his crotch on stage, sang about women, and was married several times. He also demonstrated regressive tendencies in his song lyrics, interviews, and by the creation of Neverland, "a fetishizing of perhaps a missed childhood" (Independent Mind, 2009, par 3).

References

Beatie, T. (2008, April). Labour of love. The Advocate. Retrieved from http://www.advocate.com/Society/Commentary/Labor_of_Love

Bernal, V. (2006). Diaspora, cyberspace and political imagination: the Eritrean diaspora online.

Global Networks, 6(2), p. 161 -- 179.

Fadiman, A. (1998). The spirit catches and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=FeDqIZeZ90UC&pg=PA20&dq=The+Spirit+Catches+You#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Independent Mind. (2009, June 28). The ambiguity of Michael Jackson. Now Public. Retrieved from http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/ambiguity-michael-jackson… [read more]


Poetry to Analysis Essay

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2pac Keepin' it Real

Irony is an important element of many poems and songs. However when Tupac Shakur wrote the lyrics to "Dear Mama," "Changes" and "Keep Ya Head Up," little did he know that the irony in his rhymes would end up being magnified by his own death. 2 Pac, as he is known to his fans, used a brilliant combination of rhythm, rhyme, tone and word choice to express his frustrations with the way society functions. He was not big into metaphors or similes or anything abstract. He spoke straight from the heart, using dialects and dialogues that his audience could relate to. In this essay I will show that 2 pacs straightforward approach to poetry and lyrics is more effective and moving than more conceptual poetry, such as Linda Pastan's "Marks." Although both are excellent poets, 2 pac touched people's hearts by saying exactly how it was, with no tricks, devices or gimmicks.

Tupac Shakur was born on June 16, 1971 in New York City. He would be 38 years old today if he had not been gunned down in the prime of his life in 1996. Tupak spent most of his childhood in Harlem, surrounded by gangs, drugs and violence. Although he had several brushes with the law, he was determined to rise above his circumstances and become a famous rapper and movie star. He accomplished both goals before he died, but he still had so much more to give. At least we can be grateful that he left us with some amazing poetry to remember him by.

One of 2 pac's best songs was "Dear Mama." The lyrics are very real and raw, and 2 pacs choices of words is strong and powerful. The fact that he does not speak/write in "proper English" adds to the realness of his lyrics. You can tell by reading or hearing the lyrics to "Dear Mama" that 2 pac felt truly sorry for not appreciating his mother when he was growing up. He makes it very clear that he wants to make up for that now and he hopes that it is not too late. The rhythm and tone are kept perfectly to the beat of the song. 2 pac doesn't need to use poetry devices like metaphors to show how deep his pain is. He could have said something like "we were poor as dirt" instead of "Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids" but that would have taken away from the honesty and down-to-earth tone of what he was trying to express. Of course 2 pac wasn't just about feeling sorry for himself. He was about inspiring people to change.

Throughout the song "Changes" it is clear that 2 pac is fed up with the state of things in most black neighborhoods. He is tired of racism, of brother killing brother, of drugs and crime and everything that keeps people oppressed. One of the most ironic lines of this song is "We ain't… [read more]


Failure and Success Research Proposal

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Thomas Edison failed many times before successfully inventing the modern electric light bulb. He said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." Reflect on an accomplishment you achieved in an unlikely way." love to sing. This fact has not brought me the joy one might expect from a much-loved hobby. In fact, my love of singing may be an ironic and cruel joke, because I am a horrible singer. Though less delusional than the rejected applicants one sees on American Idol, I am no better at singing than they are. Therefore, my love of singing has actually brought me some distress. Friends have requested that I please pipe down while singing in the car, and I was actually rejected from my middle school's choir, which I think was actually supposed to accept everyone. Even when faced with constant rejection, I still loved to sing. Giving voice to a song helped me clarify my emotions, made good times even better, and helped bring me comfort during times of trouble. However, it seemed that singing would be something that I had to keep private, since my singing did not bring joy to others, and actually caused most people discomfort.

A decided that I did not want to relegate one of the great joys in my life to a shameful secret, so I began to pursue ways to sing publicly.

The first thing I did was to ask my parents for voice lessons. Initially, they resisted. My father told me, in as loving a way as he could, that giving me voice lessons would be like tuning a piano that had no keys. We were not an affluent family, and he simply believed it would be a waste of money. My mother was not any more helpful, but did agree to drive me to my voice lessons if I paid for them myself. Therefore, I turned my efforts towards making money for my voice lessons, a difficult task for a thirteen-year-old. Lacking most skills, but having the physical strength and boundless energy of most teenage children, I turned my efforts toward mowing yards. Our neighborhood of middle-class homes was ripe with people on the verge of becoming elderly, who prided themselves on meticulously maintained yards but were no longer able to do so. It would have been embarrassing to them to call upon a professional lawn company for assistance, but paying the earnest young neighbor to help them out was socially acceptable for them, and profitable for me. Using each neighbor's…… [read more]


Musical Film Reviews Seven Bride Essay

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Musical Film Reviews

Seven Bride for Seven Brothers (1954)

In the 1950s, it was still considered legitimate fodder for American cinematic entertainment to be couched in the mythology of the nation's pioneer identity. The musical would commonly find its content in the backwoods identity of the macho frontiersman. It is to farcical extremes that this image is reflected upon in 1954's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. A film which plays heavily on the archetypes of America's homesteading era, it would seem as unlikely a subject for musical tangent as there is.

And quite certainly, half a century hence, the piece does date horribly. A best picture nominee in its time, its acting plays a distant second to the elaboration of its choreography. The dancing may well have been the aspect to most recommend this work, which ably fits into the somewhat hokey tradition of musical humor. This is to say that it will have perhaps translated immediately better to the stage, where its age might not seem so readily apparent.

That said, the production of its song and dance numbers really does shine, with the filmmakers taking opportunities in some of the most repetitive and mundane of activities to bring out the musicality. The seven lumberjack protagonists and their respective would-be mates provide a loud and frenetic narrative, with a screen naturally crowded by this device to ensure the optimal number of players in the event of a spontaneous dance number. However, from the perspective of sheer filmmaking, this was a frequently tiresome condition where action and dialogue were concerned.

All told, it is clear that the film was constructed with the intent to deliver its musical numbers and that most other aspects of its production were a relative second. While this does not make for a permanently…… [read more]


American Literature Family in the Poems Term Paper

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American Literature

Family in the Poems of Cathy Song

The poetry of the Asian-American writer, Cathy Song, is literally haunted by family figures and, among these, the mother seems to be the most present of all. In Song's poems, the mother figure, in diverse representations which range from the concrete to the extremely vague and airy, imposes its presence over that of the narrator herself. Thus, the identity of the author is always disrupted by the figure of the mother or another family member. In this way, Song's poems mark the identity crisis of a person that has a mixed cultural heritage and that has to rely thus on the resources of the past instead to define herself. Cultural hybridism determines thus the author to constantly turn to her family and her ancestors in need for self-definition.

One of the devices through which this identity disruption is established in Song's poems is the portrait of the mother as a young girl. In the poem Cloud Moving Hands the author creates almost a mirage in which the mother and the daughter become two superimposed figures. The mother is intentionally represented alternatively as old and as a mere girl that has only met the husband that is destined to her: "The girl who has smiled at me / from the picture on my desk / emerges, vibrant and lithe, just shy / of sixteen, a year before she is to meet my father..."(Song, 54) There is thus evidence that the author is hunted by the mother figure, as the end of the poem indicates.

The author does not merely recollect her mother in the poems, but also emphasizes the need to be remembered by her mother. This translates as the necessity to stay in touch with her past. For this, significantly, in the same poem called Cloud Moving Hands, the author claims recognition and remembrance from her own mother. By reversing the arrow of time, Song presents the mother as an old woman first,…… [read more]


Amy Tan the "American Dream," Despite Being Term Paper

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Amy Tan

The "American dream," despite being a reasonably abstract idea, tends to act upon individual people in very direct ways -- it can actually influence the way people behave and the choices they make in their lives. This makes the American dream a reasonably potent force within the confines of American society. As Amy Tan's short story, "Two Kinds," indicates, belief in the American dream can significantly affect cross-generational relationships. In the story, Tan and her mother -- despite Tan's very young age -- seem to disagree over how realistic attaining the American dream truly is. This puts a continuing amount of strain upon their relationship; this is because Tan feels that the geniuses and prodigies of society attained most of their skills or fame through luck, while her mother maintains that these things are achieved purely through effort and perseverance. Accordingly, Tan's failures come to represent her overall laziness, rather than the true maximization of her talents.

At the beginning of the story, Tan introduces us to her mother's broad understanding of how the American dream operates: "My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. You could open a restaurant. You could work for the government and get good retirement. You could buy a house with almost no money down. You could become rich. You could become instantly famous," (Tan). These beliefs grow directly out of the basic notion of the American dream: the idea that the social classes in the United States are somehow a reflection of individual effort and aptitude; as if American society exists as a level playing field, in which each person starts with the same set of tools, and success is simply a matter of using them properly. Generally, there is an often-held belief that the social classes and wealth in the United States are continually fluctuating -- that anyone can begin their lives in poverty and work their way out, if they put in enough work.

Tan expresses that from an early age, she was skeptical of this concept. Her mother saw Shirley Temple on television, and tried to mold her into a similar character; although Tan was convinced at first by her mother that her fame was attainable, she eventually realized that she plainly lacked the innate charm, talent, and attractiveness of the famous child -- not to mention the Hollywood connections. She writes, "I looked in the mirror above the bathroom sink, and I saw only my face staring back - and understood that it would always be this ordinary face - I began to cry. Such a sad, ugly girl! I made high - pitched noises like a crazed animal, trying to scratch out the face in the mirror," (Tan). At this point, Tan surrenders the dream of being the adorable television sweetheart, but is not yet ready to give-up the dream of attaining some level of fame through being a "prodigy." Her mother repeatedly tells her that anyone can be a prodigy in… [read more]


John Lennon's Song Imagine Essay

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¶ … haunting piano melody and Lennon's characteristic vocals, "Imagine" is hard not to like. Lennon wrote the song in the early 1970s, during a time of tremendous social and political transformation. Liberal social ideologies competed with brutal manifestations of Western imperialism. "Imagine" captures the social and political tension that continues to pervade the world more than three decades after the song was written.

The lyrics reflect the counterculture movement of the late 1960s, urging listeners to "Imagine all the people living for today...living life in peace...and sharing all the world." Its idealistic message reflects true tenets of communism and the selfless, egoless state to which many mystics and sages have aspired to since the beginning of history. The message of "Imagine" is therefore nothing new, but rather, a continuation of the age-old longing for spiritual freedom and joy.

Imagine" contains references to Eastern mysticism. For example, in the first stanza, Lennon imagines no heaven and no hell: the only reality is the one in…… [read more]


Compare Similarities Between John Lennon's Song Imagine With Romantic Poetry Term Paper

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¶ … John Lennon's song "Imagine" and Classic Romantic poetry

What do we think of when we hear the words 'classic, Romantic poetry'? We think of poems like "Ode to a Skylark" or "Ode on a Grecian Urn." These 19th century poems are personal, reflective meditations about the world in the poet's own unique voice. Lyric poetry, rather than epic poetry, was the most important style and form for the Romantics. Lyric poems are speculations in the voice of a first-person speaker. In "Ode to a Skylark" Percy Shelley imagines that a skylark is like a "cloud of fire" or a "high-born maiden" to express his feelings about the bird, and by extension the natural world. The poem is emotional, and does not try to be logical, rather it expresses both the feelings and thoughts of the writer.

Romantic lyric poems were often flights of fancy (no pun intended) but gave profound weight and significance to these imaginative speculations. John Lennon's song "Imagine" is also a flight of fancy. It is a personal meditation that expresses the singer's profound but personal feelings about the world. "Imagine there is no heaven," Lennon sings. He does not make a logical argument for world peace, but uses simple phrases and images to encourage the listener to live for today, rather than to engage in warfare about the afterlife.

When John Lennon sings about his vision of a better world, just like Keats imagines a better past world by talking about an ancient urn, he directly addresses the listener like an equal, like Keats talks to the people painted on the urn. "You may say I'm a dreamer." Lennon sings to the listener like an equal, and does not sing as if he is making a universal proclamation about the world, as he might in an epic poem or an essay. But his words are not just about love, like a pop…… [read more]


Interpretation of Song Lyrics Term Paper

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¶ … Song's Lyrics

In terms of commercial success, Destiny's Child was one of the most popular female R&B groups of the late 1990's (Destiny's pp). In 1990, original members Beyonce Knowles and LaTavia Roberson met at an audition in Houston, Texas when they were only nine years old, and began developing an act with the help of Knowles' father (Destiny's pp). In 1992, Beyonce's cousin, Kelendria Rowland joined the group and in 1993, LeToya Luckett joined (Destiny's pp). The group finally landed a recording contract with Columbia in 1997, and made their recorded debut on the 1997's "Killing Time," a song included on the soundtrack of the movie "Men in Black" (Destiny's pp). Then their self-titled debut albums was released in 1998, and by the year 2000, the group was the biggest female R&B group on the scene, and the members indisputable superstars (Destiny's pp).

In November 2004, the group released the album Destiny Fulfilled, which includes the song "Free," a very powerful song, the title of which is used to symbolize many things. The term "free" is used to describe a woman's choice to leave a relationship when her partner is ungrateful and no longer puts her best interests ahead of his own, such as in the lines, "telling lies...I stayed and pacified...While I kept denying the truth" (Free pp). The term is also refers to a woman's need to be "free" to express her emotions through her words, as with the lines, "Finally I don't care...I'm going to keep it real with you," meaning she is no longer going to hide the truth, but is finally going to express herself (Free pp).

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Biography Michael Jackson Term Paper

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Michael Jackson was born in August of 1958 in Gary, Indiana, the seventh child in a family of nine. His early childhood experiences strongly shaped Michael's self-image, his cognitive development, and his sensory-motor skills. Growing up in a large household headed by a harsh and heavy-handed patriarch must have also impacted Michael's social and psychological development. Michael's own claims about his father's abuse were substantiated by his sisters Janet and LaToya. Michael was undoubtedly affected by his father's abusive presence in the household, perhaps contributing to his never having developed a stable family of his own, to his odd relationships with young boys, and to his numerous failed relationships. Michael's relationship with his father might have also contributed to his abnormal self-image, to the extreme alteration of his appearance that characterizes the superstar. Many of Michael's closest friends are either women or young children, and his lack of having developed any clear or at least well-publicized friendships with men his own age might also be related to a difficult father-son relationship and to his lack of having a solid paternal role model during his early childhood. Furthermore, Michael's family struggled financially, which could have contributed to the stresses in the Jackson household. Financial imperatives might have fueled the Jacksons' commitment to musical success, which came rather rapidly with the Jackson 5. Until they achieved fame and fortune, the entire family of eleven people resided in a small two-bedroom home in a working class town, and Michael's father Joseph worked in a local steel mill. Michael was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, and remained with the religion throughout much of his young adult life. In ascription with Jehovah's Witness practices, he went door-to-door. His beliefs and his membership in what is considered to be a fringe religion probably contributed to his sense of isolation and to what many would view as an identity crisis.

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Tempest -- Act 2 Term Paper

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There would be lots of tropical plants and trees, and perhaps even a tropical bird or two in the trees. However, to show the darkness underlying the scene, it would be set not in full sun, but in twilight, where the lighting would be darker, and more ominous, somehow. There would be storm clouds, and when Caliban hides from the storm, there should be lightening flashing, and thunder, and wind rustling through the leaves of the trees, making the island seem frightening and ominous. This scene is layered, and so the set should be layered too, which some areas that look like a beautiful paradise, and others that look more frightening. There could be a swamp or pond on the set that looked kind of slimy and muddy, where the characters could gather when they talk.

The costumes would be minimal, and what the three were wearing would show their status. Caliban might simply be wearing some kind of shorts or bathing suit, with bare feet and the cloak to hide him from the storm. Perhaps he would wear a hat or bandana on his head. Trinculo and Stephano would be better dressed. They would have polo shirts or t-shirts, better hats (maybe leather), and shoes of some sort that would be right on the island. They would look as if they had survived a shipwreck, but they would certainly look better than Caliban.

Caliban's props would include some sticks of wood, his cape, and that is about it. The other props would be the bottle or bota bag that the men drink from, and that is really all they need. The scene is really carried by the actors, rather than their props and scenery. The scenery and the stage can add to the scene, but this is an important scene that shows who these three characters are, and why they act the way they do, so it is more important that the actors be able to carry off the scene and connect with the audience, rather than relying on the set to create the real meat of the…… [read more]


Daddy Don't Get Drunk Term Paper

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I don't think my mother has ever gotten over causing a fire that could have killed us all, and losing me to foster care because she was drunk. She never touched another drop of liquor after that, and neither has my dad. I know it was hard for them, because they told me about it. They went through withdrawals, and were sick, and lots of times they wanted to give up. But they didn't. They were like my very own Prince Charming, because they were determined to make their lives better, and they made mine better too. After they got sober, we began to live like a real family again. We played games, went on picnics and outings, and I wasn't embarrassed to have my friends over to the house any more. Life isn't perfect, but it sure is much more like a fairy tale than it ever was, and now that I'm grown, I know just what I missed, and how lucky I am that my parents were strong enough to quit their addiction.

That's my story. It didn't seem like much of a fairly tale at the time, but today, thanks to what I saw growing up, I'm happy to say that I really am living "happily ever after." I'm not an alcoholic like my parents were, and with help and support, today, they are addiction free too, which makes for some very happy yuletide celebrations at my parents house…… [read more]


Gap Digs Out Term Paper

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com's article reports.

Ideas for Improving the Competitive Advantage of GAP

One thing GAP should give consideration to and that is, to enter the outdoor clothing and gear genre, and couple that visionary marketing launch with a series of mega-benefit concerts and slick promotional pitches to fundraise for the environment.

The market for outdoor gear and clothing of course is jammed with successful companies now, but with a creative, sincere and aggressive marketing campaign, GAP could take a substantial bite out of that market. GAP could either buy some small but successful company, or go into co-promotional campaign with existing, high-visibility outdoor gear firms, to accomplish this task.

By reaching out to the extraordinarily large outdoor and recreational-related market, GAP could steer millions of people into their stores to buy cool gear, while at the same time steering them into activism to preserve what wilderness and wetlands and open space there is left on the planet. Every item for sale would have a little tag that reads: "A portion of the proceeds from this item go to preserving wilderness, habitat, animals."

The market is already in place: there are multiple-millions of youthful outdoor / nature (backpacking, hiking, camping enthusiasts) aficionados, mountain bikers, surfers, skateboarders, canoeists and sailing buffs, runners and cyclists, triathletes, walkers, workout / exercise buffs, hunters and anglers. What is proposed here is a series of live broadcasts of concerts featuring groups like U-2, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and younger acts to reach into the teens. The funds from the pay-per-view concerts - featuring the hottest rock, hip-hop, jazz and pop stars - would go to an umbrella group, and be divided up among such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, among others. GAP would regularly report to their customers where the money has been spent, to add credibility to the campaign.

References

Just-style.com (2004). "JAPAN: GAP Focuses On New Sales Initiatives."

Molin, David; & Young, Kristin. (2004). "GAP taking aim at…… [read more]


Theatre of Dionysus: Athens Term Paper

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The Bema of Phaedrus depicts stories from the life of Dionysus. One shows the depiction of the god's enthronement in the theater. The Bema reaffirms this Dionysus' centrality in spirit to the drama as a religious ritual.

The central section

The central section of the theater was usually used, particularly as personal drama came to the forefront, to portray ordinary characters or the main characters of the drama, in contrast to the Gods on high and the choral infusion of voices and bodies that often intertwined its presence amid the ordinary members of the audience. (Greek Theater Page, 2004)

Marble throne of the priest of Dionysus Eleutherios and other priests' seats

The presence of this marble throne indicates that even as drama retained more civic functions, its religious function in ritual, in appearance and name remained intact, with the centrality of this throne and the existence of the temple of the God near the theatre. (Greek Theater Page, 2004) In all, the early ruler Lycurgus added 67 chairs in marble for judges and dignitaries. Each seat is inscribed with the name of the individual for whom it was reserved. The elaborately carved throne in the center of the first row belonged to the Priest of Dionysus who officiated over the event as a judge of the best author. The throne was designed to that it was direct line with the thymele, or altar of the god, in the center of the orchestra. (Greek Theater Page, 2004)

Skene

Thus the center of the theater was the ornate throne of the priest of Dionysus with seats for other religious officers on either side. Actors were moved up to the top of a platform, where they performed their roles on a skena, protected by this tent-like structure. The introduction of a skene indicates that there was no longer easy communication between actors and chorus typical of earlier drama. By this time, the role of the chorus in drama had been drastically reduced, reflecting the changed relationship of Greek drama between chorus and actors. (Brown, 1983)

The stoa on the south side of skene

The skene or 'tent' was first wooden construction with a flat roof in front of which actors acted out their roles. The skene usually represented a palace, reflecting the usual setting of later Greek tragedy when the structure was introduced. However, the occasional play that required a natural setting could be accommodated with an alternative set representing rocks. The skene when the theater was not in use also came to be used as a dressing room and storage area for props for the actors, as they grew more numerous as the history of drama in Greece expanded and evolved to include more characters. (Bongie, 1977)

The actors performed on a shallow apron in front of the skene that was connected with the orchestra by stairs only a few feet high. These stairs allowed the actors to join the chorus in the orchestra when necessary. Lycurgus replaced the original wood with… [read more]


Knights in the Canterbury Tales Term Paper

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He is correct when he states that "after grief there should be bliss/And praise to Jupiter for all his grace" (101). He tells Emily that Palamon truly does love her "heart and soul and might" and urges her to show her "womanly compassion" and take his hand in marriage. (101)

In response to this, the couple is married, which is indeed a happy and positive ending for the tale. This action in the plot also serves as a decent ending for the tale because it provides a sense of closure for the tragedy.

In comparing the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale, the Miller's Tale is much funnier. For instance, in the Miller's Tale, there are two funny stories happening. The first funny story is Nicholas convincing John that through his astrology, he has discovered that "Rain is to fall in torrents, such a scud,/It will be twice as bad as Noah's Flood" (113). Nicholas has an answer, however, and it consists of getting tubs, attaching them to the roof of his house. This idea is hilarious because Nicholas is playing on John's fear by recounting the story of Noah. To make it even funnier, John simply accepts what Nicholas has to say and immediately begins to make preparations.

The second part to this funny story is the persistent Absalon, who will not give up on pursuing Alison. Part of the humor is how much he lavishes her. We are told that he takes his guitar and begins singing under Alison's window, "Now dearest lady, if they pleasure be/In thoughts of love, think tenderly of me" (109). John asks her if she hears him and her only reply is, "Yes, John, Go knows I hear all" (109). His attempts to attract her go beyond the limits of reason, as he sent her sweet wine and mead and spicy ale,/And wafers piping hot and jars of honey, / And, as she lived in town, he offered her money" (110). Absalon simply cannot take a hint.

In fact, we are told:

However Absalon blew his horn

His labour won him nothing but her scorn.

She looked upon him as her private ape

And held his earnest wooing all a jape. (110)

Clearly, we can see how unimpressed she is. Not only is she unimpressed, but extremely agitated to the point that when he comes to the window begging for a kiss, "out she put her hole" and Absalon "put up his mouth and kissed her naked arse/Most savorously" (119). When he returns with the hot coulter, he barely has a moment to think before Nicholas "at once let fly a fart/As loud as if it were a thunder-clap./He [Absalon] was near blinded by the blast" (121). In addition, when Nicholas gets burned, his cries for water alarm John, who immediately cuts the ropes and falls into the house and faints. The entire town is awakened and "all started laughing at this lunacy" (122).

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Cultural Sociology What Defines Us Term Paper

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Without religion, many of the world's cultures, which exist in Europe and the Middle East, would not have been born. Without countries, Man would not be able to celebrate our differences and skills in activities such as the Olympic Games or the Commonwealth Games. Without personal possessions and ambition, we as a species apart from the animals would have difficulty in moving forward. Technological innovations would not exist and we would not have the capacity to make plans for the future if we could only live in today, e.g. only have food for today and total uncertainty for the future. While greed and hunger are negative aspects of human existence, many countries and world organisations have mobilised to eradicate as much of this as possible. People have exercised compassion and love for each other in order to help the less fortunate.

The song "Imagine" by John Lennon isolates many of the reasons for human conflict and asserts the theory that without Man's differences, Man has no reason to be divided. However, in removing these differences from human existence, one also removes many factors which brings us together and defines us.

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Lennon, John. (1995) Imagine. www.plumbingsupply.com/greatsong.html… [read more]