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Brecht's Antigone Compared to Sophocles Term Paper

… Antigone is Christ-like in her defiance of the evil of Creon—and he is like the Sanhedrin: unyielding, unmerciful, bent on destroying the good for no other reason than that he wants power.

In Sophocles’ scene of Antigone before Creon, there is no such Christian imagery, namely because Sophocles wrote his play hundreds of years before Christ’s story played out in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, the scene compares well with Brecht’s: “Pass, then, to the world of the dead, and, if thou must needs love, love them. While I live, no woman shall rule me,” says Creon to Antigone (Sophocles). Creon in Sophocles’ play will not be touched by the love and affection of the humane and pious Antigone. When he says he will not be ruled by…. [read more]

Brecht and Sophocles on Antigone Essay

… Brecht notes that the sisters' fear of a stranger being in the home immediately vanishes for this sustenance is a welcome sight'and upon pulling out the victuals it suddenly dawns on the sisters that this food is courtesy of their dear brother: 'Then we embraced each other and were cheerful for our brother was in the war, and he was well. And we cut and ate of the bacon and the bread that he had brought us to feed us in our need' (Brecht 4). The sisters are so consumed by their basic need of food in fact that they fail to register that the brother is nowhere to be failed. Even the screams do not clue them in. 'Take more for yourself. The factory's…. [read more]

Ibsen and Brecht the Live Essay

… It is up to the viewer to mentally create their own conclusion to the work based on their own sensibilities.

Brecht distances the audience from the characters in the play in order to make this point about the nature of goodness. One way he does this is by setting his play in China. The idea of the Asian culture would be uncommon in the western world, particularly in the 1940s. By setting the play in Asia, Brecht makes the audience view the characters as other and therefore they should not be able to relate to the characters. He also achieves this through the way the ending of the play is written. Not showing the viewer how the trial goes forces the audience to write their…. [read more]

Louis Althusser -90) Term Paper

… 3. Brecht and Althusser

Brecht was one of Althusser's primary examples of a revolutionary Marxist playwright, using the theater to challenge bogus capitalist ideology, particularly in the Life of Galileo. In addition, they both argued that the theater in capitalist society was simply another commodity for consumption, along with movies, television and radio, but subversive and oppositional tendencies were also possible. Classical theater was authoritarian and never questioned the dominant ideological assumptions of society but rather confirmed them. In dramatic (and melodramatic) theater, the death or sacrifice of the hero resolved all conflicts and contradictions in society in a "fictional, ideal manner." In comedy and the theater of the absurd of Ionesco, dominant ideological assumptions are overturned and even shown to be ridiculous, right up…. [read more]

Thirty Years of War Essay

… ¶ … War

Brecht and Montaigne have significantly different perspectives of the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century, especially given the fact that they are authors living more than 350 years apart. Montaigne is indeed a contemporary of the end of the 16th century, which is probably the primary reason for which he can actually describe factually some of the historical facts going on during the respective period of time. He has, indeed, lived through much of the intolerance period in France and the rest of Europe and is thus able to philosophically contemplate these events out of his posture of someone living them.

Brecht, on the other hand, has a modern perspective to the things occurring at the…. [read more]

Anti-War World War II Bertolt Brecht Essay

… Anti-War

World War II

Bertolt Brecht, German playwright, and Wilfred Owen, poet, had a great deal in common when it came to their writing. Both had been deeply impacted by wars and both felt the need to express their anti-war sentiments and beliefs in their work.

Bertolt Brecht, German playwright, wrote Mother Courage and Her Children (1978 ed) to demonstrate his anti-war sentiments. The play's main character is Anna Fierling, who follows the imperial and Swedish armies with her three children, selling soldiers liquor and other products. Her children die one by one in the play, yet still Mother Courage continues pulling the wagon by herself.

In this light, Brecht criticizes war and business in his writings. Mother Courage's business, like many other businesses of…. [read more]

Comparative Literature Term Paper

… Justice, Revenge, Ongoing Violence:

AG -- "Heaven sends the vengeful fiends of hell. Even so doth Zeus, the jealous lord and guardian of the hearth and board, speed Atreus' sons, in vengeful ire, 'Gainst Paris -- sends them forth on fire, Her to buy back, in war and blood, Whom one did wed but many woo'd!" Here, the Chorus lays out the premise of Aeschylus' Agamemnon: the theme that runs through the play is one of revenge. The war that Agamemnon has gone off to fight is one based on vengeance and justice: Paris has stolen Helen for Agamemnon's brother. So all of Greece has gone to get her back. Troy finally falls after a long battle (ten years) and much violence. But Agamemnon's wife…. [read more]

Scorpions the Audience for Popular Essay

… It serves the function that a harmonica serves in a Dylan song -- an indication of the musical options available to the poorest of people who cannot afford a guitar -- but at the same time it also makes one aware of the fact that whistling is produced by a propulsion of air between the lips. The whistling sound is, itself, like a little version of the "wind of change" itself.

But it is worth noting that the structural similarity between the two songs may not be entirely accidental. "Still Loving You" may seem like a conventionally erotic power ballad, yet the climax of its lyrics -- or the moment where the bridge normally occurs -- instead offers us the following:

If we'd go again…. [read more]

Eugene O'neill -1953) Term Paper

… But the style in which this element has been used differs dramatically so much so that the two plays appear as if they were written by two different authors.

ALDJN is a beautiful play, which almost every reader can relate. It revolves around the theme of family and personal problems, denial, escape and man's natural reaction to cruel circumstances. It is not about man's identity as we saw in the case of Jones, but it deals with something more real, more relatable and more intense. "Men are lost, frustrated, isolated, in a world of illusion and self-deception, a world they have distorted and is now only distorted: that condition, which is always a consequence, has become an assumption, is where the new conventions start. O'Neill,…. [read more]

Trip to Chinatown Research Paper

… But the mood of maudlin sentimentality in "After the Ball" does not chime with the mood of the play in the slightest.

A number of critics have been quick to note similarities between A Trip to Chinatown and one of the great stage musicals of Broadway's "Golden Age," Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! (1964). But this jumps the gun on analyzing where the script came from, because it does have a long and erudite pedigree. Hello, Dolly! is a musicalization of Thornton Wilder's 1958 play The Matchmaker, which was itself a revision of The Merchant of Yonkers, a play he had written twenty years earlier which had flopped on its Broadway debut in 1938. Wilder, in turn, had based The Matchmaker and The Merchant of Yonkers…. [read more]

Actor as a Scenographic Instrument Focusing Essay

… ¶ … actor as a scenographic instrument focusing on the work of Robert Wilson

The concept of the actor as a scenographic instrument is often associated with the new perceptions and expressionism that stems out of the modern and contemporary theatre, probably because it represents such an antithetical approach to the naturalistic perspective of 19th century theatre.

In this context, perhaps the individual who has helped best in defining and proposing this new concept was Robert Wilson. His complex combination of language, movement or lighting into a unitary support framework for the artist was a cornerstone of what the concept stands for. This paper aims both to examine the concept itself and present Robert Wilson's vision on it.

The first notable element about the new…. [read more]

Elearning in Corporate Environments Organizations Essay

… Organizations can create collaborative online work groups, use online chats, threaded discussions, and live collaborative learning events via phone to help facilitate eLearning and create a feeling of community (Sloman & Reynolds, 2003). It is also worth noting that studies show that eLearning can often mean more access to experts and trainers through email, webcasts and other features (Capdeferro & Romero, 2012). Communicating these benefits can garner support and build confidence in learners, further supporting adaptation of eLearning across the organization.

Experts contend that a well-designed eLearning program demands interaction, critical thinking, and synthesis (Skillsoft, 2004). Positioning eLearning as an extension of job responsibilities can help reduce resistance to taking on personal responsibility for learning. Learning accountability can also be worked into performance appraisals (Chieh-Peng…. [read more]

Organizational Culture and Leadership Essay

… He cares about its employees, helps them identify their strengths and weaknesses and advise them about their career aspirations. This creates a huge sense of loyalty and commitment to the organization. (Block 2003) The role and responsibilities are defined from the start and the leader ensures give enough feedback and instructions to direct his subordinates. (Politis 2002) This management style is the least used of all because many people believe, wrongly, that this approach considered both long and tedious, does not correspond to economic reality where every minute counts. (Lok and Crawford 2001)

The style of Mentor, however, shows very efficient since it has a positive impact on all the factors of organizational climate. The leader can use this style in almost every type of…. [read more]

German Literature Scholarship on Yade Kara Research Paper

… German Literature

Scholarship on Yade Kara and Emine Sevgi Ozdamar

Scholarship on Yade Kara

Scholarship on Yade Kara has repeatedly placed great emphasis on the author's predilection for themes such as identity construction, cultural identity, and historical specificity. The latter is of particular appeal in that it situates Kara's novels as a useful rubric through which to examine German life in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kara's works also address the mass immigration of the 1960s, the picaresque novel, and the bildungsroman coming-of-age narrative structure. Although studies of Kara's works tend to repeatedly stress these themes, this paper elucidates some of the distinctions between emphases in Kara scholarship.

The theme of identity construction is perhaps the foremost theme in Kara's literature.…. [read more]

Personality and Prejudice Research Proposal

… Personality & Prejudice

Theories of Personality in Empirical Research: "The Relation between Personality and Prejudice: A Variable- and a Person-Centered Approach" by Ekehammar & Akrami

Ekehammar & Akrami's (2003) empirical study, as the title already suggests, mainly deals with the examination of the relationship between personality, the Big Five Personality to be more specific (i.e. Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness) and prejudice using to approaches, the variable-centered approach and person-centered approach. I shall explain this is more detail when we get to the discussion of methods.

The article did not make any specific, clearly-stated hypothesis. Extracting from the discussion and review of literature, we can say that the study hypothesizes that there indeed is a significant relationship between personality and prejudice based…. [read more]

Othello: Fool and Hero Term Paper

… His overcoming is powerful indeed. Though Othello enters the play looking every bit the Fool in costume, and proceeded by such lines as would prepare the audience for the coming of the Fool (as when Iago speaks of him as a black ram or as a horse, and others call him lascivious or savage), he manages by virtue of his speech to momentarily defeat these expectations. "Given their expectations of folly and Othello's own claims to be 'Rude... In [his] speech' (Othello, 1.3), I hardly need mention that the audience was no doubt struck by his eloquence." (Hornback, 26) Othello uses fair words and storytelling to win the love of a woman, the respect of the city elders, and even the acquiescence of her father.…. [read more]

Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cell Research Paper

… The ganglion cells are what constitute the intrinsic photosensitive response in the visualizing system. In the retina, the normal photoreceptive cells are of two types, the rod and cone [6]. The functioning of the rod is similar to that of specialized neurons converting the visual stimuli in the form of photons into chemical and electrical stimuli that the central nervous system can process. The rod responds to a wide range of light intensities. They are responsible for the cases of visualizing the size, shape and brightness f image. The cone cells, on the contrary, have the same stature as the rods. However, they have a difference in perceiving the light as photoreceptors. They are responsible for establishing the aspects of color and fine details. The…. [read more]

Leo Tolstoy: Life, Works, and Writing Style Term Paper

… Leo Tolstoy: Life, Works, And Writing Style

Leo Tolstoy

Born in September 9th, 1828, Leo Tolstoy according to Borrero is widely regarded one of the greatest writers of all time (340). Some of his most popular works include but they are not limited to Karenina and War and Peace. In this text, I discuss Tolstoy's life, works, as well as style of writing.


Early Childhood

The lastborn in a family of five, Tolstoy was born at his family's estate at Yasnaya Polyana. Tolstoy's birthplace lies in Russia's Tulu Province. Coming from a well off aristocrat family, Tolstoy according to Borrero was a count by title (340). Tolstoy lost both his parents when he was quite young. At age two, he lost his mother, Mariya…. [read more]

Nature and Significance of Joan's Faith in Shaw's Play Term Paper

… ¶ … Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw. Specifically it will discuss the nature and significance of Joan's faith in the play. "Saint Joan" dramatizes the story of Joan of Arc, the French female soldier who heard voices from God, which commanded her to help the French Dauphin (ultimately King Charles VII), drive the English out of France. Captured by the English, they accuse her of witchcraft and sorcery, and burn her at the stake. She was only 19-years-old at the time of her death, and the Catholic Church canonized her as a saint in 1920, which inspired Shaw to write this play in 1923. Joan's faith in her religion and that God exists is the major force that guides her life and her ultimate…. [read more]

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