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Birth of a Nation: Epic Storytelling Research Paper

… Birth of a Nation: Epic Storytelling or Historical Blight?

Griffith's the Birth of a Nation may be the most divisive film in the history of American film-making. On the one hand, its overt racist message was so inflammatory that, even at the time of its release, people protested its message. The Ku Klux Klan saw an increase in membership after the release of the movie and continues to use it to recruit new members in modern times. Therefore, it is impossible to ignore the racism in the film and the impact that it had on American culture. At the same time, from the perspective of innovation in the film industry, the film is considered ground-breaking. Griffith incorporated a number of new elements into the film,…. [read more]

Epics Each Era Term Paper

… Arthur civilized Britain and protected it against invasion and kept the entire island at peace, without him it descended into chaos and civil injustice. It is the impact of the hero that is most important in Star Wars too. Luke Skywalker literally saves an entire planet of people on two different occasions, thwarts the evil emperor, and single-handedly saves the rebellion.

To have this impact, the hero must perform exceedingly courageous, or sometimes even superhuman, deeds that reflect the ideas and values of the era. Weapons bounce right of Grendel, so Beowulf must fight him barehandedly in an amazing feat of strength. Beowulf displays the virtue of the protection of home and hearth and of physical prowess. Achilles also fights with godlike skill, and is…. [read more]

Tom Shulich ("Coltishhum") a Comparative Chapter

… 40).

Thus, from the perspective of the bottom rung of Indian society, it is Lapierre's contention that the self/other dichotomy if not fully eradicated, at least becomes practically irrelevant. Lapierre's slum dwellers refuse to entertain invidious distinctions between self and other. The familiar as well as the stranger, the healthy and the diseased, the old and the young -- all are taken in and cared for in one big, harmonious community of the urban poor. In a society of unfortunates who all must struggle simply to survive against great odds, no one is rejected "marginal." The denizens of Calcutta's slums, Lapierre tells us, "had reconstructed the life of their villages in urban exile" (p. 41).

Stephan Kovalski, an expatriate Polish priest, is the main European…. [read more]

Innovation Star Wars -- the Birth Term Paper

… Innovation

Star Wars" -- the birth of the modern movie blockbuster and directorial control

What do these words mean to you: "Long, long, ago, in a galaxy far, far away?" Where were you when you saw your first "Star Wars" film? Did you have a "Star Wars" lunchbox -- or pretend that a rolled up newspaper was a light-saber? "Star Wars" (1977) has become such a ubiquitous part of our culture it is easy to forget the impact it had when it was first released. "Anyone who saw the first their youth has had their psyche stamped with the movies' imagery, language and ideas. Darth Vader, the Force, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-wan, Jedi knights, light-sabers and Yoda occupy shelf space in the imaginations…. [read more]

Terminology Used in Film and Television Production Research Proposal

… FILM & TV Terminology


Film is more than the twentieth-century art.

Don Delillo (b. 1926).

Visual storytelling, whether in film or in television (TV), some argue, constitutes the hardest of all the art forms. "In the making of a movie, between the idea and the finished print so much can go wrong and often does."

Knowing the right techniques, however, as well as, the correct terminology, the researcher asserts, enhances the opportunities for a filmmaker or TV producer to more effectively produce a film/TV program. Consequently, this thesis purports:

As the terminology used in film and television production illustrates the specific lingo professionals utilize in the business, the use of this terminology may contribute to the success of the…. [read more]

History of Interpersonal Skill Literature Review

… Interpersonal Skill of Mesopotamia

The study of interpersonal skills among ancient civilizations like Mesopotamia consists mostly of major innovations and advances in society, technology and human development. Sargon is typically credited with being the first person to unify a world empire in the 24th century B.C. Most of what is known of Sargon comes from the Chronicles of Early Kings, a series of tablets forming one of the first known historiographies and written from the 8th century B.C. To the 3rd Century A.D. Sargon, as the world's first known leader is believed to have inspired future Kings and rulers for centuries to come with his ability to build, maintain and administer his empire (Snell 32).

Hammurabi ruled Babylon in the 18th century B.C. He is…. [read more]

Persian Wars BCE Essay

… Miltiades led the initial Athenian strike against Darius' invasion, routing the enemy and decimating its ranks. When Darius died and his son Xerxes took the throne, another Persian attack was launched. Xerxes built a bridge at the Hellespont, and approached a pass through the mountain range called Thermopylae. Leonidas, who was the king of Sparta, took three hundred Spartans with him to defend the narrow pass. Other city-states lent Greeks, raising the number of defenders to four thousand. For two days they held the pass against the Persians. But a Greek traitor revealed an alternate route that allowed the Persians to bypass the defense and attack from behind. The three hundred Spartans and seven hundred Thespians refused to retreat, even though there was time. They…. [read more]

Trinidad Carnival History and Contemporary Practice Term Paper

… Trinidad Carnival:
The Greatest Show on Earth

The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, celebrated the week before Ashe
Wednesday every year, is among the largest and most popular in the world.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago official website, this annual event is
unrivaled in the world. "There is no experience on earth to compare with
Trinidad Carnival, the oldest and greatest of them all, the mother of all
Carnivals, often imitated, never equaled" (Trinidad & Tobago Official
Website). It would be hard to argue with that. Out of a population of a
little over one million, over 100,000 participants dress up in masquerades,
"singing, dancing, and miming" thus keeping the tradition going strong
through to the present day (Hill 3). Rich in history and a…. [read more]

Children's Literature Thesis

… ¶ … children's literature to dispel the popular premise that a diametric difference separate good literature and good multicultural literature, as it asserts that children's literature may promote interracial respect, yet lack bias and still possess exceptional literary qualities.

Contemporary book publishers face the challenge of fulfilling their the responsibility to produce good children's literature, yet not compromise that responsibility and/or fabricate culturally authentic works to satisfy the demands of the marketplace. Parents and educators face the challenge be another set of eyes to challenge a book, whether it advertises itself as multicultural or not, to qualify first and foremost as "good."


"Children's literature opens up a world of ideas and ways of thinking.

bringing children's literature into the classroom is…. [read more]

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