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Don Quixote Term Paper

… We therefore live his life more or less chronologically from his 50 years until his death. The story seems to enfold like the desultory quality of life as it is being lived. There seems to be little consideration of formal ordering and coherence in the structure of the novel.

In Part One the omissions and inconsistencies in the details of the story suggest that Cervantes hardly revised anything he wrote. There are references back to previous experiences but rarely any sign of forward planning by Cervantes. Don Quixote is an episodic novel with many of its incidents being susceptible to being re-ordered into a different sequence.

The plots and characters in the novel seem to be gradually discovered by the author as the story progresses.…. [read more]

Heroism Classical Heroes Have Tragic Term Paper

… These characters are heroes not only because they demonstrate remarkable tragic flaws or because they succeed in their quests. Rather, Don Quixote, Faust, and Candide are quintessentially romantic heroes. Unlike their classical Greek counterparts, they incorporate passion and emotionality into their worldviews and are comfortable with paradox and ambiguity.

For instance, Don Quixote unabashedly admits his faults and failings by the end of Cervantes' novel, something that Odysseus would never have done. Faust permits himself to become seduced by worldly pleasures even as he reaches toward spiritual goals. Candide's quest ends in a paradoxical success similar to that of Don Quixote's. Seduced by romance and materialism, Don Quixote, Faust, and Candide all stand on the edge of newly emerging worldviews. As romantic heroes, they bridge…. [read more]

Dante Is Characterized as a Sort Term Paper

… Dante is characterized as a sort of foolish, blundering figure because he lost his path to God through sin. By giving into sin, this caused him to act foolish enough to lose himself as well. He wanted to prove he could overcome sin by traveling through hell where evil was punished by God's justice. In this journey, he failed to realize sin brings temptation and became a victim of it, which represents the human race.

For this reason, Dante the character does not emerge as a particularly well-defined individual; although we know that he has committed a never-specified sin and that he participates in Florentine politics, we learn little about his life on Earth. His traits are very broad and universal: often sympathetic toward others,…. [read more]

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra Term Paper

… He suffered bankruptcy and imprisonment at least twice. In 1606 Cervantes settled permanently in Madrid, spending the rest of his life there.

Cervantes started his literary career in Andalusia in 1580. According to Cervantes, he wrote 20-30 plays, but only two copies have survived. His first major work was the La Galatea (1585), a pastoral romance. It received little contemporary notice and Cervantes never wrote the continuation for it, which he repeatedly promised. In his play El Trato de Argel, printed in 1784, Cervantes dealt with the life of Christian slaves in Algiers. Novelas Ejemplares, (1613, Exemplary Tales), is a collection of short stories, which contains some of his best prose work about love, idealism, gypsy life, madmen, and talking dogs. (Canavaggio) According to legend,…. [read more]

Prince in Machiavelli Essay

… If they go unknown then they serve no purpose whatsoever to the leader and only benefit the person who is receiving aid. No leader should ever perform an act of kindness, no matter how small, unless it becomes public knowledge.

In Petrarch's work, "The Ascent of Mount Vertoux," the narrator writes a tedious letter to his father relating all the details of his trek up the titled mountain as if it were the grandest of adventures. Indeed he discusses an attraction to a young lady by describing it as, "Three years have not yet passed since that perverse and wicked passion which had a firm grasp upon me and held undisputed sway in my heart began to discover a rebellious opponent, who was unwilling longer…. [read more]

Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews Research Paper

… Either way, the presence of parody, in defining the distance of Fielding's novel from the bourgeois romance of Richardson, is sufficiently clear; equally evident is the use of parody in the cultural clashes of the mid- eighteenth century over ethics, class, and sexuality. (Dentith 61-2).

Dentith suggests the contradictions in the way that Fielding's response to Richardson views him from a lofty aristocratic height by stigmatizing him as "bourgeois" at the same time that it nervously indicates "conservative" class politics by "mock[ing]" the "class presumption" of Pamela. To some extent we can read the unveiling of Joseph Andrews as having been a gentleman all along as being Fielding's response to Pamela's need to attain respectability and marry into a higher class -- Fielding in response…. [read more]

Dylan Thomas Wrote Sixteen Poems Research Paper

… Dylan Thomas wrote sixteen poems that were considered as great. Thomas was born in a middle class family and his father was a schoolteacher. Hoewver, Thomas did not wear the "old school tie, his upper lip was far from stiff and everything about him seemed too much. In short, he was a slob." (Tindall, 1962) The work of Tindall states that Thomas "burst upon London with his marvels…in 1933" and dazzled his readers. (1962) Thomas proclaimed that he was a "Welshman" first and secondly a "drunkard." (Tindall, 1962) Thomas is described as "outrageous, irresponsible and charming." (Tindall, 1962)

Thomas is reported to have both acted and looked like a poet. Thomas' poems are about "the daisies in deep" and used phrase that were transcendental" and…. [read more]

Grendel Essay

… e. fiction that includes within itself reflections on its own fictional identity. (Hutcheon, 1980; Neumann & Nunning, 2012)

The statement that authors in general try to draw us into their work on such a level might seem nonsensical given that we are generally aware of the fact that you are turning the pages of a book, or skimming through the latest Stephen King on your Kindle. But most authors want to draw you in to their story, to convince you that their characters are as real as your own family. Wagner is reminds you over and again that you can never be one of his family of characters but can never leave the story either until he is done with you as a complement to…. [read more]

Erin Brockovich and Corporate Ethics Essay

… He observed that workers who labored in the unlined ponds in Hinkley were being plagued by medical conditions -- his own cousin passed away from a malady caused by the toxins (Grant, 2000). The lynchpin is a document from 1966 that connects a conversation between a corporate executive in the San Francisco headquarters of PG&E with the Hinkley station (Grant, 2000). The evidence that was examined by a judge -- without the benefit of jury -- and PG&E was ordered to pay a settlement of $333 million to be divided among the 634 plaintiffs (Grant, 2000).

David and Goliath. The relationship between Erin and Ed has substantive relevance to the common reaction of society to corporate deviance and issues of morality. Erin is naive, stubborn,…. [read more]

Warrior Hero: A Stranger Term Paper

… Beowulf eventually becomes the ruler of the Geats, and has "grown gray in the guardianship of the land" (Beowulf, line 2210,-page 120) when a thief takes a treasure from the hoard of a dragon and awakens its wrath. Thus, Beowulf has laid aside his role as warrior hero and aged, his power diminished, when the crisis comes. It is an act of man that causes the problem, the theft of the cup. Beowulf takes up his sword and returns to the role of warrior hero: "While I live, I shall always do battle, while this blade lasts that early and late has often served me." (Beowulf, lines 2499-2500,-page 130) However, as mentioned earlier, he has no assistance from the cowardly retainers, and is killed in…. [read more]

Employment Discrimination at Wal-Mart Foundation Essay

… But more than a handful of young ladies sewing garments in a classic version of a sweatshop are caught up in the Wal-Mart debacle. More than one million workers are employed at Wal-Mart, the majority of whom are women (Gary, 2011, Jay, 2011).

Part and parcel of the workers' rights violations at Wal-Mart is the patent discrimination against women workers. "In 1999, women constituted 72% of Wal-Mart's hourly employees, but only 33% of its managerial employees" (Bhatnagar, 2004). Employee grievances of any type at Wal-Mart appear to result in punitive managerial actions, up to and including dismissal. But grievances related to sexual discrimination in wages and promotions are treated particularly harshly, such that, a female employee at Wal-Mart who grieves her situation may find herself…. [read more]

Great Gatsby: A World Essay

… We are constantly comparing ourselves to others to see how we "measure up." This is the purpose for Tom Buchanan. He represents all that is dishonest and corrupt. The irony of this character is that he personifies all that is bad in the world. Gatsby is supposed to personify all that is good in the world, at least in his own mind. However, Gatsby's world has every bit as much corruption as that of Tom Buchanan, you just don't see it on the outside. Bewley summarizes Gatsby's dream like this,"his belief that we can have an Earthly Paradise populated by Buchanans" (Beweley in Mizener, p. 140). The relationship between Gatsby and Buchanan is a classic good vs. evil plot. However, the good in Gatsby is…. [read more]

Balanchine to Petipa George Term Paper

… His themes would be very simple and easy to comprehend, and these he would combine well with the modern music of his time, and each of his ballet performances would be unique and known for their innovation and originality and simplicity of theme, as well as for their exclusiveness and their exquisite nature. Balanchine often called himself a 'craftsman', and preferred not to call himself a 'creator' of anything at all, and this was because he believed that he was crafting the already existing dance form into a beautiful performance. He believed in the visual impact that a ballet performance would have on the audience, and he therefore concentrated most of his efforts on this aspect of the performance and not on the plot at…. [read more]

Characterization in Hamlet Essay

… Characterization in Hamlet

If Shakespeare's ability at characterization is one of the hallmarks which have made him an enduring power in English literature, and Hamlet is among his most well-loved artistic works, centered by one of his most complex characters, then this essay delves into a deep and often murky water. Hamlet was written around 1600 AD, in the time when Queen Elizabeth's death seemed imminent and the question of succession was in doubt; the chief claimant to England's throne was James of Scotland, a member of a political faction in opposition to the ailing Queen's. Many of Shakespeare's works of that period seem to address the theme of political succession, notably Julius Caesar to which parallels with Hamlet can be drawn. It is evident,…. [read more]

Inequality in Marriage in English Research Paper

… The general expectations of women in a society was that they should be submissive and have only weak opinions, that they would not attempt to impose on the others: "Women were expected to have weak opinions; but the great safeguard of society and of domestic life was, that opinions were not acted on. Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them."(Eliot, 6) As Mr. Brooke observes at some point, women are generally "flighty" and as such, they cannot be committed to any serious purpose: "No, no,' said Mr. Brooke, shaking his head; 'I cannot let young ladies meddle with my documents. Young ladies are too flighty."(Eliot, 17) It is obvious thus that…. [read more]

Jeffrey Paul Chan Term Paper

… One of the most powerful works is from the novel No Boy by John Okada, which was rediscovered by the editors when compiling their book. It clearly shows how Asian-Americans, in this case Japanese, are torn between the worlds of the past and present. The main character, Ichiro, was placed in a "damned if you do and damned if you don't" position. If he fought for the United States, he would be a hypocrite -- how could he support a country that did not support his own people?

If he did not fight, he was scorned by those same people he supported.

Another telling entry is from Louis Chu's novel Eat a Bowl of Tea, which is about the isolated, bachelor-dominated culture of New York's…. [read more]

Slave Narrative and Black Autobiography Term Paper

… Several blacks were even admitted to the Military Academy.

The white intellectual community came to see black literature as somewhat formulaic. The linguist Geneva Smitherman in Talkin and Testifyin. For Smitherman, Signifyin (g) is a black "mode of discourse" that is a synonym of "dropping lugs; joanin; capping; [and] sounding." She believed the slave narrative to be characterized by eight common features:

indirection, circumlocution metaphorical-imagistic (but images rooted in the everyday, real world) humorous, ironic rhythmic fluency and sound teachy but not preachy directed at person or persons usually present in the situational context punning, play on words introduction of the semantically or logically unexpected. (Gates, 94)

It is interesting to note that many of these characteristics are to be found in the Rhythm and…. [read more]

Decline of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby Research Proposal

… ¶ … Decline of the American Dream Depicted in Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby

Scott Fitzgerald's novel, the Great Gatsby is a novel that reveals many things about human nature and the inclinations of the human spirit, namely the weakness of it as it becomes tempted with the promise of excess and materialism. When we read the novel, some of the details become hideous to us, as we do not like to think that man can fall pretty to such whims and devices and perhaps this is the truth that makes the novel such a classic. In the novel, we have the very basic creature of man that is experiencing life at a time of extreme freedom - or, at the least, a need to be…. [read more]

Why Read Literature Term Paper

… ¶ … value of literature must apply to all human beings alike, not to some group…Men [and presumably women too] ought to value literature for being what it is; they ought to value it in terms and in degrees of its literary value…" (Draughon, Earl Wells, 2003, p. 114).

Literature is available to the literate person for many reasons. For one reason and purpose, literature is entertaining and provides for the reader a fascinating excursion anywhere in the world -- or the universe -- without the reader having to leave his or her comfortable chair. But there are many other reasons why literature should be read, and those will be presented in this paper.

How to Read like a Professor -- Thomas C. Foster

Professor…. [read more]

Hamlet: A Theatre Review in the Month Term Paper

… Hamlet: A Theatre Review

In the month of March 2008, the Redlands Regional Players put on a production of William Shakespeare's classic play, Hamlet. Hamlet is widely considered to be one of the greatest literary works of the English language. It is what Goethe's Faust is to the German language, or Cervantes's Don Quixote to the Spanish language. As such, whenever a theatre group dares to put on a performance of Hamlet, they are taking quite a big risk, and the consequences can be grave. The Redlands Regional Players' production took even a bigger risk by deciding to place Hamlet in a modern day context. Thanks to some fine performances, however, the theatre group managed to pull it off, reminding us that Shakespeare's classic play…. [read more]

Fate Society and Determinism Term Paper

… Fate, Society & Determinism.

In comparing the two heroines in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Lily and Emma, one cannot help but wonder if these two grandiose protagonists have anything in common. The background of their stories is certainly not the same, their drives and inner most desires are fired by divergent impulses, their struggles take on different shapes, their deaths have contrasting meanings.

The social milieu in which Lily Bart is presented in The House of Mirth is an image of an entire society in transaction, it is an image of the old New York, of the veritable bourgeois, inevitably mingling with the new one, that of the "invaders," of the Civil War millionaires, of the industrial exploiters…. [read more]

Military Assistance Funding for Indonesia Term Paper

… U.S. Military Assistance Funding to Indonesia

The Causative People, Events, and Factors

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This case study examines the issues surrounding the influence, intervention, sanctions, and programs applied toward Indonesia support. Key to this study will be the individual people, groups, and institutions surrounding the successes and failures in this assistance and the motivations, perceptions, and agendas involved.

Historical Overview of Indonesia and United States' National Security Interests

According to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

, Indonesia is a strategic key to our National Security interests. Located strategically alongside several important international maritime crossroads, ingress to the United States from the sea must be managed from such strategic locations.

The…. [read more]

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