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Analzying Contrasting 2 Short Stories Essay

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¶ … Lottery and the Destructors

The two stories have peaceful starts, but both of them develop to distressing circumstances, which result in hurting some people and bringing joy to others. The rituals that make up the Lottery by Shirley Jackson, bring about a lot of tension. Some people see the rituals as timeless and valuable, while others see them… [read more]


How Women Are Treated in Frankenstein Essay

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Role and Treatment of Women in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus (1818)

Read with gruesome fascination by generations of horror-seekers for nearly two centuries, Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, describes the animation of a "monster" created by Victor Frankenstein using electricity, a relatively new innovation that was also a source of popular fascination. Moreover,… [read more]


Analyzing Essay Question the Pearl Essay

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Pearl' by John Steinbeck, family assumes a truly vital part. The dependability of Kino's family is called into perspective all through the work. The title "The Pearl" is based on the interplay of the Kino's family in the novel and it suggests the theme of the story. In the novel, the family is underprivileged and their living circumstances are difficult. Kino and Juana, desire to provide education to their child in spite of the conditions (Writer Thoughts). There is a particular quote that summarizes it completely. The resolve is aptly summarized with Kino's prediction, "My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing" (Steinbeck, 2000). And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know -- he will know and through him we will know. . . . This is what the pearl will do." All through the novel decision making of Kino's family is based on their familial loyalty. They support Kino in all his endeavors unconditionally. They are united with each other to some extent regarding Kino's development and growth. In present era Kino's family would presumably be called facilitators to some extent. Given the unstinted support of his family, Kino's dangerous interest is permitted to happen with respect to material riches and wealth, for example, the pearl itself. For instance, take Juana, Kino's wife. She looks the possible obscurity in Kino that the pearl introduces and knows the devastation that could happen. However, Kino substantially denied the possibility of a damaging outcome to her. She complies with that conviction and stays quiet. This shows symbolism of the accommodating wife. Despite the fact that Juana, later, believes quietly that Kino's activities will prompt their ruin she keeps her own counsel. At that point, there appears the characters of Juan Tomas, Kino's sibling and his wife Apolonia, in the narrative (Writer Thoughts). As opposed to the Juana, they bolster Kino's decisions with no inquiry. Actually it is Juan himself who goes with Kino to the town to offer the pearl. Again the misplaced conviction emboldens Kino to proceed on his damaging journey. Time comes when the family hut is destroyed by fire and Apolonia's quiet personality and composed dispensation assures guarantee of their survival, Tomas manages to get supplies required for getaway from his industry.

I have two genuine considerations regarding protection of Kino having committed…… [read more]


Comparison and Contrast of Two Short Stories Essay

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¶ … Punishment" by Rabindranath Tagore and "Chike's School Days" by Chinua Achebe are two short stories that are quite fascinating and appealing. These are two stories that are set in the past period, a time when the cultures of the nations prevailed. The underlying theme of these two short stories exemplifies the aspect of ancient customs and practices. The main argument made in this essay is that the short stories both indicate the lives of the characters in different cultures and the influence that it has on them. More so, the influence that culture and customs have in the manner that the caste system in the society have an impact on the lives of people.

One of the similarities that can be perceived in Punishment and Chike's School Days is the caste systems that are presented in the short stories. Both novels are indicative of the different social classes within the community. In the latter, Achebe places emphasis on the Osucaste system. In particular, the short story portrays the negative outcomes of the customary system and people of the infiltration of new, peculiar cultural norms. For instance, owing to the new religion in the society, that is Christianity, Amos is heartened to marry an Osu lady. It is important to note that in the story, an individual from the Osuclan was a slave and was not permitted to raise the head while in-front of the others. More so, he or she was to be despised and looked down upon. An Osu was not permitted to marry a free-born and after their death, they were buried in the bush. However, the instigation of Christianity does away with these aspects and even allows inter-marriage between an Osu and individuals from the free-born. This is the manner in which Chike's father ended up marrying Sarah, who was an Osu (Ossie, 1988).

Similarly, Togore discusses the Indian caste system. In this case, when one was born into a certain class, then he or she had no other option, but to stay in such a class for the rest of their lives. In this piece of literature, Togore signifies the dehumanization of women and relates subjects of inconspicuousness and expendability to make evident how society desensitizes women. This aspect is prevalent in the whole story. In essence, the story concerns a young innocent woman who faces trial with the society and also justice system being against her. In addition, the author shows the dehumanization as the only female in the story, who is Radha is killed. In the story, Radha is considered to be only beneficial for sex, food and bearing children (Togore, 2013).

However, there is a dissimilarity between the two short stories. On one hand, Punishment depicts a culture that is morally rot and does not have any change…… [read more]


Hawthorne and Redemption the Scarlet Letter Research Paper

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Hawthorne and the Redemptive Aim in the Scarlet Letter

As Hawthorne noted several times in his own works, he wrote "romances" -- not novels. The Romance writer, he contended, gave himself a degree of "latitude" that a novelist could not enjoy (Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables 1). What Hawthorne attempts to "enjoy," so to speak, in The Scarlet… [read more]


Analysis of Mrs Dalloway Research Paper

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Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway contains many of the hallmarks of the author's style and thematic concerns, including a critique of gender roles and concepts of mental illness. Throughout the novel Clarissa, the eponymous Mrs. Dalloway, reflects on the trajectory of her life and uses her self-reflection as a lens through which she develops a cogent critique of the entire… [read more]


Book Review Non Fiction Chapter Summary Book Review

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¶ … Lady and Think like a Man is a book published by the well-known Steve Harvey. A non-fiction work helps women learn what mean truly think about relationships, commitment, intimacy, and love. The book has received a NAACP Image Award for Amazing Literary Work in the Instructional subcategory and has fueled many women's thoughts in regards to what men really think about love. It was originally published in late January of 2009 and will be reviewed in this essay. A brief chapter summary of chapters 12-15 will also be provided.

The book is very easy to follow and feels highly relatable. It feels like the author is talking to you in person. This can be seen from the various titles of each chapter. They are more like phrases than titles and offer easy to identify guidance for anyone looking for assistance in regards to dating. There are some hang ups and some "archaic" offerings like in chapter 13 where Harvey suggest women stop being "women" in order to have someone because men prefer "ladies." This is not the case at all in modern society and just fuels that stereotype that woman must act helpless or less than in order to be attractive in front of a man. Aside from that, the chapters provide easy access to the mind of a man who is not only sincere in his approach, but also honest.

So many men that write about dating come from a clinical or research perspective. However, Harvey provides actual information from his own experiences as a heterosexual man in order to form his opinion on the big issue of dating and finding someone. The chapters sometimes are a bit short, but some of them, like chapter 8, "Why Men Cheat," can be very helpful when it comes to identifying certain patterns of behavior that men exhibit when cheating. It was also useful to see what it took a man to go and cheat. One of the first reasons was, because he can. He explains men cheat because sex to them is different and can be entirely physical. Things like this are important to identify from a genuine source because it gives readers a better idea of why men may do some of the things they do.

Women sometimes go into a relationship with a heterosexual man blindly and it is nice to have a man give you tips to encourage growth and connection in a relationship. For example, on page 72, Harvey explains what men identify as a "Keeper." Worth keeping to a man is someone that never gives in easily, has good standards that begin the moment one opens their mouth, and she commands respect versus demands it. This is something that most women are not aware of and often fall into pitfalls when it comes to their relationships with men. Harvey explains that women need to find worth in themselves and set appropriate boundaries in order to find a man that is worthwhile. Without the clue… [read more]


Connecting Boyz in the Hood With Strain Theory Research Paper

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Boyz in the Hood is a movie set in a black neighbourhood in South Central Los Angeles, California. It depicts the reality that young black men face, which is the possibility of death from murder and that from the hands of another black man. In this black neighbourhood, it is normal to witness a drive-by-shooting and violence is nothing new… [read more]


Deeper Look Into Chaucer S Canterbury Tales Term Paper

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Canterbury Tales

The General Prologue. The main point of the pilgrimage in the General Prologue is found in the lines 3-23; 29 individuals set out on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket at Canterbury. Each pilgrim tells stories; disclosures of personal prejudices and past events -- and some confessions and foolishness as well -- are the tales within this story.

Chaucer's description of the fellow travelers in the group was the poet's way of reviewing the values and social particulars of the Middle Ages; it should be noted that Chaucer may have heard " ... many a preacher censure pilgrimages as the occasion for pleasure and licence and unseemly behavior" (Hodgson 2000). Three supporting ideas: a) Chaucer mentions that secular pilgrims have " ... girdles, belts, and cords" but others do not; normally in the Middle Ages, the Prioress, the Monk, and Friar would wear girdles, belts and cords but in the General Prologue they do not. Why not? The girdles in this era stood for " ... chastity, faithfulness, truth, righteousness, and spiritual preparedness," and by omitting these "ecclesiastical girdles, belts, or cords" Chaucer suggests there are lax spiritual values represented (Besserman 2014); b) Chaucer "struggled to write under accepted [Catholic] guidelines of the day, while his creative self was attempting to emerge" (Hubbard-Brown 2009). Hence, breaking away from total adherence to Church values, he panned The Prioress (nun), saying that while she was "right pleasant, amiable," she was also "at pains to counterfeit the look of courtliness" -- in other words, she was fake (Nicolson 2015); and c) The Friar was a " ... begging friar" who believed that "... instead of weeping and of prayer men should give silver to poor friars all bare"; he loved profit which is borderline corrupt juxtaposed to what a friar is supposed to do ... (Nicolson 7-8).

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale: The main themes in this tale are marriage and power. Alisoun has been married five times and she reveals that with her very healthy sexual appetite, she was able to control her husbands through " ... the use of her body" (Trudeau 2005). She gained financial wealth through husbands who had means. Three supporting ideas: a) After her 4th husband mysteriously died (he had a mistress) she got married to a very young man strictly for love, a dramatic switch; however, he used his body to have power over her; b) Alisoun justifies her sexual adventures by recounting the Biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well who lived with a man out of wedlock; and c) Alisoun also thought that because the Bible says be fruitful and multiply, she was okay to sleep around.

The Miller's Prologue and Tale: Chaucer created a character in Absolon, the squeamish parish clerk, who has a feminine side but is not easily categorized. That is the main point of Absolon: he is feminine and…… [read more]


How the Green Knight Teaches Sir Gawain a Lesson in Humility Term Paper

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¶ … Testing and Teaching of Sir Gawain

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the idea of courtesy is tied to Christian virtue, which is in turn tied to courage, bravery, honor, and steadfastness. Each of these is tried at some point in Sir Gawain, who becomes the "pupil" in a sense of the Green Knight. It is, after all, the Green Knight who tests Sir Gawain three times within his castle and then at the end of the affair, gives him the slight knick on the neck as a reminder of his incompleteness in terms of absolute valor, courtesy, honor, virtue and faith. But, of course, this knick is a far better outcome than that which Sir Gawain anticipates, which is his utter beheading. Yet, the fact that Sir Gawain submits to be beheaded, showing up on time to fulfill his half of the impetuous bet, shows that Sir Gawain is at root an honorable man. This the Green Knight sees and thus, himself, shows a fair degree of mercy by not taking Gawain's head when he very well could. The final analysis of the story leaves the reader with the feeling that it is a simple morality tale, from which the reader is meant to come away with a lesson in humility -- which is certainly what Sir Gawain comes away with. This is the main point: the Green Knight sets out to test the impetuous Sir Gawain and to teach him a lesson in humility.

This main point is supported by the three meetings of Sir Gawain with the Green Knight -- first, at the Christmas dinner at Arthur's court; second, at the Green Knight's castle (though in this case the Knight is transformed and Sir Gawain does not know his identity); and third at their final meeting when the Green Knight is to have a clean swipe at Sir Gawain's neck with his sword. In the first meeting, Gawain boldly welcomes the (as he perceives it -- silly) challenge of the Green Knight to trade sword blows with one another's neckline. Gawain does not anticipate that…… [read more]


Writings During Colonial India Term Paper

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Women Writing in Colonial India

Mary Graham wrote the Journal of Residence in India. The author was an English woman from Cockersmouth near Cumberland. In the year 1808, she was on a journey of discovery to India what was then a British occupied Indian subcontinent. She met a British Lieutenant Mr. Thomas Graham on the ship and by the time… [read more]


Portrait of a Loser Essay

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¶ … MAN WHO KNEW BELLE STARR

BY RICHARD BAUSCH (REWRITE)

The thesis of this paper is that Mcrae is the quintessential failure. He was born into unfortunate circumstances, grew up in a luckless environment, made poor adult decisions that severely altered his life, and passively watched the cloud of misfortune overshadow and probably end his life. Richard Bausch illustrated the fact that Mcrae is a failure through the story's situation, Mcrae's manner of speech and vocabulary, other characters' assessment of Mcrae and his interactions with them, the setting, Mcrae's approach to important events of his life, Mcrae's epiphanies, his thoughts and his inner life

Mcrae's thoughts, inner life and words revealed the unfortunate circumstances in which he was raised, the poor decisions he made as an adult and the consequences of those decisions. As Mcrae thought back on his life and explained some of it to his lethal rider, it was clear that his family set the futile tone. While he did not expound on his mother, we and the hitchhiker learned that his mother died first (Bausch, 1996, p. 27). We also learned that his father was an alcoholic who "had been going steadily downhill from the time Mcrae was a boy" (Bausch, 1996, p. 8). Bausch vividly showed the lack of emotional support from Mcrae's father and the estrangement between father and son in Mcrae's remembrance of a very brief interaction with his father. After Mcrae's father collapsed at home, Mcrae called an ambulance and his father was taken to the hospital. As Mcrae stood by his father's side and said "Pops" but felt nothing. His father replied, "Don't look at me, boy. You got yourself into it. Getting into trouble, stealing and running around" (Bausch, 1996, pp. 8-9). Furthermore, after Mcrae's father was moved into the hospital's alcoholic ward for his final days, Mcrae did not visit his father in the hospital; rather, he stayed in his father's house, watched TV, drank beer, spent some time with high school friends and eventually left his father's house without going to the hospital and seeing his father again (Bausch, 1996, p. 9). Mcrae's remembrances, some voiced and others merely remembered, showed that Mcrae and his long-alcoholic father were disconnected and estranged, setting up Mcrae for a lifetime of failure.

The reader also learns through Mcrae's thoughts and stilted conversations with the hitchhiker that Mcrae was in the Air Force by order of a juvenile judge (Bausch, 1996, p. 8). While some would deem the Air Force a pool of opportunities, Mcrae did not. He deemed the Air Force punishment to avoid a jail sentence (Bausch, 1996, p. 9), and received a dishonorable discharge after serving four years in Leavenworth for suddenly, irrationally attacking a superior officer (Bausch, 1996, pp. 4, 11). Already in considerable trouble for his quick temper and attitude, a drunken Mcrae attacked the officer without provocation and destroyed whatever career he might have fashioned in the Air Force. As Mcrae's memories and brief conversations with… [read more]


Analysis of the Novel The Chrysanthemum Research Paper

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Chrysanthemums" was published for the first time in 1973 October by the Harper's issue. It was subsequently included in the collection of short stories, The Long Valley, by John Steinbeck in 1938. In many ways, the story of an unhappy marriage is a characteristic of the stories by Steinbeck. "The Chrysanthemums" occurs in the Salinas Valley, California, dubbed "The Long Valley." Steinbeck uses this title in the first collection of short stories. The story is about a married couple and an observation of the unhappiness psychology the marriage engenders. The story also presents the vibrant and enthralling imagery of the plants, seasons, weather, and animals, which appear to captivate and influence the writer throughout his life (Gale Cengage, 2002)

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Opportunities and limitations

One of the most discussed subjects in 'The Chrysanthemums' is the limitations of a married woman. The issue of restrictions of a married woman comes up early in the story- through the depiction of the gray fog that hovered over the valley locking away the Salinas Valley from the world and from the sky. The fog appeared like a lid of a pot on top of the mountain closing it. Elisa lived within "the closed pot" under even greater confines.

The red geraniums that enclose the house of Henry and Elisa are as tall as the windows themselves. A wired fence that runs around the flower garden encloses it further. From the thus confines, of the homestead, Elisa can only see men coming in and leaving in their Ford motors from cattle trade; the fiddle drawn by the burro and Henry and his assistant Scotty riding their horses (Gale Cengage, 2002).

Elisa seems comfortable as she appears unmoved even as the men go about their chores. Elisa has fair knowledge of the roads around the valley; quite plausibly, she does not always remain confined to her house, as once in a while she gives the men advice on their way around. She knows that the road to the ranch is dusty and hence the river is filled up in sand. She advices the men to move back for the Salinas road and take the highway from that point; not that she is known to drive the family roadster. She, possibly, chooses to stay back or even that she has no place to go. At the point the tinker explains his expedition from and to Seatle and San Diego explaining how the travel takes away most of his time given his inclination to follow good weather, Elisa says that she has a liking for that kind of life.

After talking with the tinker, she gives him the chrysanthemum cuttings and seeks more about his life. She is curious whether he sleeps in the wagon and expresses her liking for that kind of life. She even wishes that women were able to do the things the tinker does. The man replies that women are not capable of such rough conditions, but even imagining it gives Elisa strength and courage.… [read more]


Magazine Stories That Were Creative Essays Article Critique

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¶ … Tipsy Tindering: A Short, Sobering Memoir," by Maddy Johnson, the narrator describes a night out with two of her friends. They are drinking in a bar called Lone Wolf, which symbolizes the alienation and loneliness that Tinder and other new media methods of meeting people represents. The writer aims at an audience familiar with online dating in general, and with alternative relationships too. The style of writing is postmodern, as Johnson makes no moral judgment or overarching metanarrative statement. She simply describes the scene and allows the reader to detect the intense loneliness and isolation her characters feel. Yet the author does comment that Tinder is most effective when its users are already drunk because they have their inhibitions down. Tinder sells itself as being an "empowering" method of taking control of relationships and sexuality, but in fact, the process of getting drunk and meeting strangers through an app shows how people have lost the ability to make real life connections that are deep and meaningful.

The author intersperses dialogue with commentary in deft ways, reflecting what readers need in terms of being able to draw their own conclusions but also reading something that has body and substance. I appreciated the frankness of the dialogue, the openness with which the author discusses the main themes of sexuality. I do not believe much needs to be changed in the method of storytelling, as Johnson refrains from being overly didactic. Johnson's method of engaging the reader through a combination of dialogue, narrative, and commentary allows for a multilayered reading experience. It would be possible to extend "Tipsy Tindering" into a longer piece about alienation in 21st dating culture, but also the upside, of liberal sexuality and especially gender empowerment through the dismantling of traditional taboos. The stories of Jonathan and Aidan and the narrator using Tinder while they are out together at the Lone Wolf speaks for itself.

In "Not So Broken," Alex Messina-Schultheis…… [read more]


Similarities and Differences Between Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mona Lisa Essay

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¶ … Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mona Lisa

The study provides the similarities and differences between Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mona Lisa. The paper shows that the literary works of Gabriel Garcia and Mona Lisa's portrait have been globally acclaimed. Fundamental difference of the two is that Gabriel Garcia was a well-known writer during its time, while Mona Lisa portrait was the famous work of Leonardo da Vinci.

Comparison of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mona Lisa

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was an American Spanish, a Columbia novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and journalist known affectionately throughout Latin America. Born in 1927, Gabriel Garcia was one of the best screen story writer of 20th century. In 1972, he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize in Literature. In 1982, Garcia Marquez was a Nobel Prize winner in Literature. Garcia Marquez pursued a correspondence education where he obtained a degree in Law and after leaving the law school, he pursued a career in journalism.

On the other hand, Mona Lisa's portrait was not a personality figure similar to Garcia Marquez, however, Mona Lisa was a famous favorite paint of Leonardo's da Vinci, which he carried around with him till his death. At present, the Mona Lisa's paint is regarded as the most attracted and famous paint globally similar to the works of Garcia Marquez. The paint also attracts several thousand visitors yearly. Many theory has been proposed with regard to Mona Lisa's paint, the most popular theory is that Mona Lisa's paint was a self-portrait because there are similarities between the artist's self-portrait and facial expression of the Mona Lisa. Typically, Mona Lisa was drawn by an Italian painter, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mona Lisa was one of the painting work of the artist, which had been acclaimed as the world's most famous painting. The Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in Florence between 1503 and 1506. However, the paint is now at Louvre Museum in Paris where it remains the object of tourist attraction since 1797.

Typically, both Mona Lisa paint and Garcia Marquez works had been acclaimed globally. Garcia Marquez was an acclaimed short stories and non-fiction writer. His best acclaimed novels were "Love in the Time of Cholera written in 1985, One Hundred Years of Solitude written in 1967 and The Autumn of the Patriarch written in 1975." (Bell-Villada, 2002 p 6). Similar to the Mona Lisa portrait that had commanded a global recognition, various works of Garcia Marquez had also commanded a global recognition with widespread commercial success. After the death of Garcia Marquez in 2014, the President of Columbia, Manuel Santos, described Garcia Marquez as the greatest writer who had lived in Columbia. Garcia Marquez began his career after finishing his law program, and his education enhanced his greater understanding of Caribbean culture.

Similar to Mona Lisa picture that was the most famous works of Leonardo da Vinci, the "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (Bell-Villada, 2002 p 6) was also the most acclaimed writing of Garcia Marquez that… [read more]


BPMN Choreography Orchestration Collaboration Essay

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Business process modeling can be described using a performance arts metaphor in which the states of development are named "orchestration," "choreography," and "collaboration," (Hinkelmann). Conceptualized in terms of these three performance arts analogies makes it easy to understand basic functions in a business. Orchestration refers to the big picture issues, the "single coordinating point-of-view" that can keep everyone in the team on the same page (Hinkelmann 5). The nature of orchestration is structural, just as an orchestra would be. On the other hand, choreography is not structured or confined to a single context. Choreography is concerned with overall issues in the process model but differs from orchestration in that it does not produce any data that is universally shared. With a dance choreography, individual dancers have their parts. They may be aware of the orchestration of their maneuvers, but they do not necessarily know the choreography of each other's roles. Collaboration is focused on people and stakeholders. This visualization only reveals the pools as people, but does show the information that is shared continually between these parties.

Each of these different processes can be manifest in one visualization, and moreover, each of these processes may be present in multiple instances in the same diagram. Pool is a term that refers to the "container" in which processes reside (Hinkelmann 6). Hinkelmann distinguishes between public and private processes when discussing orchestration, choreography, and collaboration. The public processes are those in which work is coordinated between the partners, whereas private processes are those where a singular flow occurs in a closed system inside the organization or department. Using the metaphor of orchestration, choreography, and collaboration, it is easy to see how both public and private processes are affected. Multiple agencies will be coordinating their efforts, increasing the complexity of the system. With orchestration in place,…… [read more]


Choreographers I Would Present Together Research Paper

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¶ … choreographers I would present together in a festival are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ann Teresa De Keersmaker, and Sammy Davis Jr. I truly believe that these three could present a variety of dance types that would well complement each other. I think that Baryshnikov could go back to his roots by choreographing some really tasteful, classical ballet. This work would provide the counterpoint to Sammy Davis Jr.'s tap dancing, which is certainly more upbeat and rhythmic that Baryshnikov's ballet. However, I also think that the minimalism of some of De Keersmaker's work would work well in accordance with both of the choreography of Davis Jr. And Baryshnikov, for the simple fact that it is so sparse. This way, festival-goers would be able to experience a variety of sensations and dance styles.

If I was writing a press release about De Keersmaeker, I would sure to mention not only her lengthy influence and history in dance historically, but also in contemporary times. More specifically, I would lead the press release talking about how her work influenced pop singer Beyonce, who incorporated moves from De Keersmaeker's "Achterland" and "Rosas Danst Rosas" (Macaulay, 2009). I believe that incorporating imagery of Beyonce's video, or possibly sending a power point or audio/video presentation that actually shows the singer's moves that are clearly descended from the Belgian choreographer would be the perfect way to get people excited about the latter's work. This would be a very viable way to attract people to see De Keersmaker's choreography in the festival. She is inspiration for her longevity, for the simple fact that she influenced popular, modern dance in the 1980s and did so 30 years later in the second decade of the new millennium.

A.2. I would describe De Keersmaeker's movement as simply timeless, which it evidently is. Of course she has certain sparse, minimalistic tendencies as well, which have certainly evolved with the times. What's noteworthy about this choreographer's movements is that they are suggestive of a degree of intimacy with music…… [read more]


Art Critique June Morning ) Term Paper

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Before Her Appearance (1913)

American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieske's Before Her Appearance is a delicate portrait of a young ballerina applying the final touches to her make-up before going on stage. Intricate impressions of details, as well as the palette of cream, pink, yellow, and light blue, give a distinct feminine feeling to this oil painting.

Beautiful floral drapery hangs in the background of the scene, serving as the backdrop for the primping ballerina. Hanging in front of the drapery is the side of an elaborate costume. The mostly cream colored costume appears to have butterfly wings sewn between the arm and the body of the dress. One can almost envision the ballerina's upcoming performance; gracefully leaping across the stage with her butterfly wings of fabric fluttering with her every movement.

A small, framed wall mirror hangs on the wall to the left of the painting and in front of the ballerina. It softly reflects a small bouquet of summer flowers sitting in a rounded vase, on the corner of her dressing table.

One may question whether or not an admirer, wishing her luck before her performance, perhaps gave these flowers.

The dressing table itself is small, with delicate legs. A gathered fabric covering that hangs halfway down the slight, white legs covers the top. The pattern on the fabric appears to be of similar design as the drapery, with very feminine, miniature flowers, in pink and blue scattered across a cream background. The top of the table is littered with a variety of cosmetic paraphernalia. A thick, silver, antique-looking hairbrush is kept company with bottles of perfume, a string of rose-colored beads, makeup containers, and a powder puff. It is obvious by the disarray that most, if not all of the items have recently been used.

The ballerina sits on a squat wooden stool, covered with a blue and cream striped fabric. It is a very utilitarian looking stool, with the only decoration being the fabric covering the seat. Her legs are crossed as she applies the last bit of her makeup.

The ballerina herself is clothed in a loosely fitting, solid pink dressing gown. It hangs lazily off her right shoulder and is cuffed in white frilly lace. The solid pink dressing gown is contrasted against the floral drapery. This is also a contrast against her milky white skin and white silken hosiery on her legs. Her auburn hair is tightly curled and held back from her face with a rich, navy band. Her face is heavily made up, almost a deeper shade of pink then her gown, and is distinctly different from the complexion of her neck, which is cool and creamy. The ballerina holds a round, silver, thinly framed and simple mirror in her hand as she applies the finishing touches to her lips.

The feeling of the painting is sweet and delicate. There is almost an innocent quality to the setting, as it is surrounded by intricate floral prints. The ballerina is clearly a woman,… [read more]

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