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Imaginary Companions Friends Term Paper

… ¶ … Friends & Companions in Children

During the preschool years, many children create imaginary companions that become a regular part of their daily routines. Imaginary companions are surprisingly commonplace, and research shows that as many as 65% of preschool children have imaginary friends (Mauro, 1991). The definition of an imaginary companion (IC) used by most researchers on this topic is taken from Svendsen (1934, as cited in Taylor, 1993): "an invisible character, named and referred to in conversation with other persons or played with directly for a period of time, at least several months, having an air of reality for the child, but no apparent objective basis."

This character is most often created during the preschool years, however imaginary friend creation is common any…. [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]

Are Men Stuck in a Perpetual State of Adolescence a Cross-Cultural Comparison? Term Paper

… Men and Adolescence

Anthropological inquiry into male-female relations has somewhat evolved around debates concerning sexual inequality. Gender roles are complex and clearly vary by culture and time-period, and are often misunderstood based on individual societal bias. Modern contemporary research shows that there were so many contradictions and odd conflicts within the data that the idea of gender role responsibility has been confusing even for scholars. (Stasburger, 2008). Since culture is so abstract, and based on so many individual and fleeting factors, many scholars now believe the relationship of the sexes to each other is best discussed in terms of the conflicts, tensions, and paradoxes that are at the heart of daily life in many societies (Sanday,, 1990).

Gender roles are the way that male…. [read more]

Glass Menagerie: An Uncertain Reality Term Paper

… In the activity, the unicorn is knocked over and loses its horn.

Jim is mortified, of course, but Laura forgives him and points out that the unicorn is now only a normal horse. He's so taken by her attitude that he gives her a quick kiss, only to quickly explain that he is involved in a serious relationship. He leaves only moments later, and Laura offers him the broken figure.

This illustrates the fragility of fantasies. Just as the ruler of the glass menagerie can be reduced to a simple animal by an accident, Laura understands that she is not a princess within her imaginary any longer but only an ordinary girl. Imaginary worlds are fine for daydreams and periods of reverie, but they are…. [read more]

Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Research Proposal

… ¶ … Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft's book a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) was written as a response to the proposed state-supported system of public education that would only educate girls to be housewives, a proposal made by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, the French minister of education after the French revolution (Mellor 367). The passion with which Wollstonecraft wrote a Vindication of the Rights of Woman was derived from her personal experience of inequality as a young woman in a patriarchal society and also by the injustice she experienced in her own family growing up, an injustice experienced primarily because of her gender given that she was raised in a home where her older brother, Ned (who by law…. [read more]

Psychological Perspectives the Relationship Term Paper

… Psychological Perspectives

The relationship to be considered is a romance between a man, 28 years of age, and a woman who is 22 years old. The relationship lasted three years, and can be described according to the five major psychological perspectives, including the biological, learning, cognitive, sociocultural, and psychodynamic perspectives. The man will be called Erik and the woman Amanda.

Erik and Amanda met at the wedding of a mutual acquaintance. Neither was in a relationship at the time, and they noticed each other while their respective companions were on the dance floor. At the meeting, the biological perspective (Appraiser Central, 2010) played a major role. Impulses, chemicals and hormones combined to attract Eric and Amanda to each other. When they first noticed each other,…. [read more]

Morality Then and Now the Technological Era Essay

… Morality Then and Now

The technological era that we as a society have entered has completely altered the way that morality and proper behavior is viewed and expressed. Before the Internet was as freely used as it is now, there was more control as to what children and teenagers had access to. Now, because of the rapid advancement in the exposure of the Internet, everyone has access to just about anything -- both appropriate and inappropriate. It is this unregulated exposure that has tainted morality. Cultures who are more open about such things as sexuality or who are not so religiously guided, can now influence and expose people who are a bit more conservative. Parents have a harder time explaining to their children what is…. [read more]

Concept of State Term Paper

… ¶ … Western tradition evolved, through time and context the concept of the state, the nature of man and liberalism also evolved. With each subsequent common thought the concept of each refocused to meet the needs of the situation at hand, in a sense either bolstering the current situation of political rule or challenging it to change, in some manner, to better meet perceived needs. As the dominant political thought changed the emphasis on rule changed, to meet new needs. First divine right and legitimacy are seen as the natural state, then through examples of illegitimate use of power and the faults of rule the concepts of legitimate rule changed, as the goal of a society that would better meet more needs of the individual,…. [read more]

Character and Nature of Frankenstein Term Paper

… This along with the evident pain of knowing that his own creator has no love for him transforms him from the gentle giant into a violent monster. The creature that Doctor Frankenstein created was too hideous to fit into society, and therefore became a violent outcast. The monster desperately tried to fit in and find someone to be its companion. "Wherever the monster goes, people reject him immediately because of his monstrous appearance." It seems he will never be anything but this horrible thing in society that everyone rejects him. When he attempts to converse with a blind man he is temporarily successful, but that triumph is later thwarted by the blind mans nephew who walks in on him and panics. The creature's terrifying appearance…. [read more]

Minor Characters and Themes Essay

… The most important thing is sincerity and loyalty that relationships promise but when they fail to keep this promise, man suffers either emotionally or mentally. This is what we notice in Hamlet especially where his childhood friends were concerned. Some critics believe that these two minor characters had not really betrayed Hamlet but were only trying to obey the King's orders. As Roy Walker (1948) writes, "They only obey the King, and obedience to Kings was imperative in Shakespeare's day. They are really Hamlet's friends -- would he choose worthless companions to his youth and humor? To the end they are ignorant of the King's real designs upon Hamlet, bearers of a sealed commission. They never lie to Hamlet (which is not quite true) and…. [read more]

American History X Term Paper

… American History X

Our Hero is Derek Vinyard, a Californian neo-Nazi racist played by Edward Norton.

Derek has most of the physical features of a neo-Nazi gang leader, with his head shaved bald, and a muscular body marked with swastika tattoos. His reason for choosing the racist path is having his fireman father murdered by a black man whilst trying to put out a fire in a drug dealer's house. He is in a process of promoting his beliefs by tutoring the vulnerable young minds of Venice Beach. He aims to push the neo-Nazi barrier to a new level by starting with his neighborhood and he just won by having overtaken power from the hands of other non-white gangs. The film illustrates the transformation of…. [read more]

Anne of Green Gables and Tom Sawyer Term Paper

… Anne of Green Gables, Tom Sawyer

Nature plays an integral role in the coming-of-age of the title characters in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. For Tom and Anne, nature represents a playground for the imagination, a magical realm in which children can escape from regimented adult ways of life. The natural world embraces Tom and Anne's passionate personalities and permits their natural uninhibited characters to shine. As a result, both Tom and Anne develop relationships with their natural surroundings. For Tom, the swampy, buggy world of the banks of the Mississippi offers a lush semi-tropical foundation for the flourishing of his mind. From tiny pinch-bugs to labyrinthine caverns, nature becomes instrumental for Tom's self-development. Likewise,…. [read more]

Dr. Veraswami Thesis

… Ambivalence of Dr. Veraswami of George Orwell's Burmese Days

Better known for his classic novels, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, George Orwell was also the author of a number of other compelling books that have attracted a great deal of scholarly attention over the years. In his first novel, Burmese Days, though, Orwell provides modern readers with some poignant examples of what life was like in colonial Burma when the British were in control but were not universally accepted by the indigenous peoples. Moreover, Burma was certainly not unique among the nations of Southeast Asia, and with the sole exception of Thailand, all of these countries experienced the colonization of imperialist European nations at some point in their long histories in ways that left a…. [read more]

Roxana as Tragedy "Roxana" Stands Term Paper

… She is eager from the first moment to "lay" with the landlord, should it produce her tangible benefits, but she must take great pains to fool all concerned that this is simply not the case.

This is entirely evident when she is all ears to the particulars of her arrangement with the landlord. Although she at first demurs from the possibility of prostituting herself for anything other than bread (see above, infra) she soon constructs a veritable contract with her landlord over what will be provided by her, and, of course, what will be provided by him.

Take, for instance, the extremely contractual nature of Roxana's agreement with the landlord: "As to that, my dear, I have taken such measures as shall make an equality…. [read more]

Letters of Richard Steele Term Paper

… On August 14, Mary has yet to give into Steele. Here is where she rebuffs him mildly and asks him to come back at a more convenient time. Steele writes this letter from her home, moreover, showing how desperately in love he is. He states, "I will live upon that expectation, and meditate on your perfections till that happy hour." In this letter, Steele also makes a generalization about love and passion: "All great passion makes us dumb; and the highest happiness, as well as highest grief, seizes us too violently to be expressed by words." This theme of ineffability runs through Steele's letters to Mary. Although he was an experienced writer and politician, Steele finds himself at a loss for words, and acutely feels…. [read more]

Pedagogic Model: Teaching Technology in Special Education Dissertation

… " (Dougiamas, 1998) Such trivial constructivism, though, is the bedrock from which Glaserfelds more radical constructivism springs. He continues to state that because knowledge is constructed by the learner, and because no two learners are the same, knowledge itself is not absolute. There is a degree to which knowledge is an illusion, and every individual constructs their own conception of reality which (while susceptible to the demands of "real" or normal reality) does not necessarily align with the normal paradigm. Constructivism does embrace this relativistic and existential approach to reality, but it also holds as a primary value the idea of constraint which enables the thinkers to participate in social interaction and mainstream reality. (Glasersfeld)

One interesting area of constructionist theory is…. [read more]

Nabokov Short Stories Term Paper

… Nabokov and the Phantasm of Selfhood

Nabokov is, perhaps unjustly, best known to the general public as the author of Lolita. Not only is it his most infamous work, there is also a degree to which this sordidly poetic novel represents in microcosm much of the pathos and glory of all his work. Yet it is far from accurate to suggest that Nabokov should be generalized as an author who writes of perversion and the pollution of the poetic body and soul with lust and degradation. Insight on this matter may be found in the writings of Azar Nafisi, who lived for years under the veiling regime of Khomeini's revolutionary Iran. Upon her expatriation, she wrote a book called Reading Lolita in Tehran, in which…. [read more]

Victorian Literature Was Remarkably Concerned Term Paper

… " The constant movement of passion is not troped as an imaginative freedom, but rather as its own form of routine -- like the "ebb and flow / of human misery" in Arnold's "Dover Beach," the tidal image here is one of senseless repetitiveness. In "Dover Beach" it is the senselessness that Arnold emphasizes, where Victorian religious doubts render the landscape into a melancholy locus where the only human meaning must be consciously constructed. But here, the "ebb and flow" of the emotional life of youth is understood as meaningless in a different way: the crux is clearly located in the word "expense." Arnold is clearly allowing the word to play with a double-meaning, one of which is concrete and financial, and the other of…. [read more]

Confessions of a Justified Sinner Hogg Term Paper

… Hogg

Though not widely recognized at the time of its writing in 1824, James Hogg's the Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner was a groundbreaking work that simultaneously predicted the rise of the crime novel and post-modern fiction while remaining grounded in the Gothic tradition (McGuire 8; Sandner 73). Hogg's novel features a curiously bifurcated narrative, where the same events are told twice; key events are relayed once through the narration of "the editor," who claims to be providing a generally unbiased, historical account of the events under discussion, and once through the titular memoirs and confessions of Robert Wringhim, a man who appears to be a far more unreliable narrator but who nevertheless offers the reader useful insights into the motivation and…. [read more]

Walt Whitman and the Civil War Research Paper

… Whitman's Drum-taps: Poignantly Realistic, Verifiably Patriotic

Walt Whitman's Civil War-related poetry was powerful yet paradoxical. On the one hand, early in his war-related poetry, he appeared to view the war as a wondrous event for democracy. On the other hand -- almost as though he was schizophrenic -- he saw the Civil War as an abhorrent desecration of humans. It is painfully clear that he was conflicted morally and creatively. His work in hospitals -- let along his sobering and fascinating poetry -- clearly shows his humanitarianism. The scholarship based in response to Whitman's Civil War poetry -- in particular, his noted work in Drum-taps -- is substantial. The viewpoints in the academic literature vary dramatically as to what Whitman's real attitude was about the…. [read more]

Arthur Miller or John Steinbeck Term Paper

… In the beginning of "The House of Usher," Poe talks of "bleak walls ... vacant eye-like windows ... rank sedges ... decaying trees ... black and lurid tarn" to represent the struggle between life and death.

Poe, himself, was his own critic. He stressed matters of form while his peers worried about content. He believed that method supports meaning and that it is important to know how literature works before anyone can fully understand what it says. He talks about structure: "In the whole composition, there should be no written, of which the tendency, direct or indirect, is not the one pre-established design (XI, 108). This structure had to have a beginning, middle and end, where the "beginning and end should not forget each other."…. [read more]

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